THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929

FEATURES
Art students travel to Florence for educational experience

SPORTS
Women’s soccer team wins five straight

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Off-campus restrictions
Residence life implements new housing requirements for off-campus residents
By Dana Moderick Contributing writer
As enrollment over the past few years at Mercyhurst College has increased, so have the difficult issues about where to put all the new students. Some may choose to live in housing provided by the college, while others choose to live in off-campus housing. This issue of off-campus housing has become a main concern for both the administration and Mercyhurst students. In April of 2005, Erie City Council addressed the concerns of neighbors of Mercyhurst College in regards to allegations of loud noise levels, alcohol consumption and poorly kept property. Over 200 members of the Erie community attended in order to address the issues of “rowdy” students of the college living off-campus. Since then, the administration of Mercyhurst in joint-effort with the Erie Police have decided to try to put a stop to the inappropriate behavior of some off-campus students. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, a meeting to discuss the new policies for those living off-campus was held. Presenting at this meeting were several staff members of Mercyhurst College, including Director of Administration, Dr. Tom Billingsley, the assistant chief of police and safety and Erie Police Officer Dave Robarts. A student handbook with information about lease agreements and guidelines was also passed out. The school now has a new policy which requires students to request to

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Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 September 21, 2005
By Nick Bradford Contributing writer
Mike Bringley, Blake Tandoi, and Matt Woolshlager represent only a small portion of students living off campus that are affected by the new guidelines set by residence life this year.
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‘Disaster’ strikes Mercyhurst

live off-campus and give residence life housing information, including addresses and local phone number listings in order to keep track of where the off-campus Mercyhurst students reside. According to Director of Residence Life, Laura Zirkle, the IT department and the office of police and safety are establishing a database to include

these numbers so the college has an accurate handle on the whereabouts of Mercyhurst students. The school stated at the meeting that this is to look out for the well-being of the students and the name of the school so allegations against offcampus students of different schools can be sorted. There are 250-300 Mercyhurst stu-

dents living off-campus, with 27 student houses on 38th Street alone. There are mixed reactions from Mercyhurst students on and off campus about the issue. Some, like off-campus senior Stacy Edwards, have not yet decided whether they like or dislike the changes.

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Mercyhurst Sports Medicine Department is preparing for a project they cannot fail. With the recent tragedies around the world and the lack of preparedness, many wonder what would happen if a disaster struck the campus community. The Sports Medicine Department is planning to find a solution to such a question. On Saturday Oct. 22, Mercyhurst College will find out if the school is ready to deal with such an occurrence. The department is planning a simulation entitled “Mass Casualty Incident.” With the financial assistance of a grant from the department of Homeland Security and the legwork of the Sports Medicine Department, the school will stage a bleacher collapse at the football field. Thirty to 40 of the students in the Sports Medicine Department will be made up to be dead, injured, maimed, broken, mangled or otherwise critically hurt. Other students will be on the scene saving lives and mending bodies with the Erie Police, Fire and Emergency response teams, as well as aiding Mercyhurst Police and Safety in crowd control and other various duties. This will be a test of our readiness to deal with any disaster that may affect our campus community.

Athletics and academics Fall Fest heats up
Student athletes strive to balance busy schedules
By Corrie Thearle News editor
Each term Mercyhurst College buzzes with activity. With only 10 weeks on the schedule, faculty and students find themselves barreling along at a frenzied pace. For Mercyhurst students, it takes extreme discipline and dedication to maintain the high standard of academic excellence the college has upheld since its foundation. Trends in the beginning of the 20052006 school year have caused some faculty members alarm and distress over student athlete attendance. The men and women soccer and tennis teams as well as the football team missed the first days of classes due to sporting events, faculty members say. For many faculty members, the absence of freshmen students on the first day of class was extremely troubling. Dr. Kenneth Schiff, the chair of the Student Athlete Attendance Oversight Committee, explains his concern about freshmen athletes missing the first days of class. “I myself had a freshman football player miss the first day of class. Yet, the school catalog is quite clear that freshman attendance in class is mandatory,” Schiff said. “More importantly, though, it clearly sends the wrong message to incoming freshmen for the athletic program to

By Katie Walker Contributing writer
As the weather begins to turn cooler and the leaves begin to change, it means that fall is on the horizon. This weekend you can kick off fall at Mercyhurst College with the annual Fall Fest celebration. The excitement of Fall Fest begins on Friday, Sept. 24, with the formal. This year’s theme is entitled “Shanghai Nights.” The formal will be from 8 p.m.-12:00 a.m. at the Zem Zem Shrine Club on West 38th Street. According to Rob Englert, chairman of the Student Activities Committee, “The formal should be a lot of fun for everyone who attends, there will be great decorations and great food for everyone to enjoy.” Tickets are on sale in the Student Union all week from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost is $15 per ticket and you must have your student ID. Fall Fest continues to heat up on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. in Garvey Park and Grotto. There will be activities for everyone to enjoy along with free food. The games and activities will include a giant inflatable twister, life size rock’ em sock’ em boppers, Frisbee spin art and a money pit. Live bands will also be taking the stage in the Grotto all throughout the day. The main event of Fall Fest will be Saturday night at 8 p.m in the Grotto, when the band “Streamline” will take

the stage. “Streamline” opened for “Reel Big Fish” at last year’s Spring Fest. Streamline features Mercyhurst’s own Mike Hogan. The band will also be taping their performance to be used as part of their “Live DVD” which they are compiling to send to record labels.

Streamline will record their performance for a live DVD.
“We are looking forward to having Streamline perform at Fall Fest because they are such a good band and they are well received by the students,” said MSG executive board secretary Jennifer Ciccone. “We are also glad that they are going to be able to use this concert and the campus for their live DVD.” Fall Fest is only one of the many events that SAC provides to the Mercyhurst student body. The rest of the fall term will have many activities in store including a luau for Parent’s weekend featuring a Jimmy Buffet cover band, the second annual Mercyhurst ghost tours for Halloween, a trip to Kennywood for fright night and many other activities. Anyone interested in helping set up for Fall Fest may contact the SAC office at x2463.

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Soccer player Kyle Jackson says he’s piled with school work while balancing a busy fall sport schedule.

pull these students from their very first academic experiences so they can ‘represent the school.’” Schiff allowed a Merciad reporter to view e-mails faculty members have sent to him regarding athlete attendance. The Merciad confirmed that the faculty members authored the e-mails. Those faculty members asked not to have their names printed. One of these faculty members commented, “I have a freshman student in my FYI class who is on the soccer team,

and she has missed the first large session on Sunday and our subsequent small group session because of soccer. “So far she has missed about onethird of the total FYI experience, which I believe violates the FYI requirements. I am disturbed by this. I am working with her to make appropriate accommodations, but don’t know how it can replace the time in-class with her freshmen...”

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NEWS
By Robert Hodge Contributing writer

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Mercyhurst students display superior athletic ability in local competitions
for more than 400 people. “The distances will be longer and there will be more people, so I’ll be training harder.” Another outstanding athlete, Brian DeFrancesco, ran the Presque Isle marathon. DeFrancesco, a senior here at Mercyhurst, explained that running a marathon has always been one of his life goals. The marathon was 26.2 miles long and wound through Presque State Park. 450 people competed in the race. Many people compete in the marathon at Presque Isle to get a good time to place in the Boston Marathon. DeFrancesco finished his run in 4 hrs, 34 minutes. Although this time did not meet his expectations, a leg cramp during the last couple of miles slowed his pace. At the halfway point his time was clocked at an incredible pace of 1 hour, 53 minutes. DeFrancesco trained for six weeks in preparation for the marathon. He would run about 30 miles a week. He broke this schedule down into two small runs on Wednesdays and Fridays, and a big run on Sundays which was usually 13 miles long. DeFrancesco commented that not only was the race physically grueling, it was extremely emotionally taxing as well. “Past a certain distance it’s stops being physical and becomes mostly mental,” he said. “I saw an ambulance go by and ran past a collapsed runner on the ground. It was extremely hard to see that and keep going.” Both of these students have demonstrated amazing feats of athletic prowess.

Mercyhurst has its share of great athletes, but the best athletes Mercyhurst has to offer might not be playing sports here on campus. Two of Mercyhurst’s own students competed in the Presque Isle triathlon and marathon. Sophomore Brittaney Jacket competed in the triatholon. Not only did she compete, she placed third for her age group. When asked about her performance, she replied, “You always think you can do better.” This is the second triathlon that Jackett has competed in for the under 20 age group, placing fifth in her first. The Presque Isle triathlon consisted of a one-quarter mile swim, a 13 mile bike ride, and to

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Brittaney Jacket is all smiles after an amazing performance.

really drain your energy, a three and one-half mile run to complete the race. Brittany completed the course in one hour and 22 minutes. She started training three months before her first triathlon.

Most of her training was through soccer and a lot of extra running. “My next goal,” Jackett said, “Is to compete in Disney World’s ‘Half IronMan’ competition next September.” The field of this event is set

Biran DeFrancesco

DeFrancesco keeps pace.

Billboard hits reflect emotions Hurricane Rita Researchers’ study on music reveals mood of the nation
By Jack Thearle Contributing writer
Music is all around us. While it can’t be seen, it is constantly surrounding the world, waiting to be discovered. Many times musicians come from out of the blue to amaze the nation with a hit song that speaks deeply to the human soul. According to Mercyhurst’s own Dr. Terry Pettijohn, the mood of the nation possibly suggests what kinds of music will be made “popular.” Dr. Pettijohn and his team have spent the past 18 months analyzing statistics of the top billboard hits for the years 1955 to 2003. Their study has provided insight into how different economic and social climates can create a direct effect on what music the American people will buy. During times of prosperity and growth, the nation seems to buy more music that is upbeat, such as the pop style of Destiny’s Child. Difficult times, on the other hand, such as the Vietnam War Era or the current War in Iraq, seems to provoke music with slower melodies and more mean-

has Gulf Coast bracing for worst
Knight Ridder news service
age seemed insignificant. Schools are open in both counties Wednesday. Airports and seaports tried to restore normal schedules. Restaurants de-shuttered and opened for business Tuesday night in Hallandale Beach and many other places, ready to serve a stir-crazy dinner crowd. “Business as usual tomorrow,’’ said County Manager George Burgess. “We are up and running.’’ However at that point, 150 traffic signals were out of service due to power outages. By nightfall, about 50 lights were still out. Nearly 100,000 customers lost electricity in Broward and Miami-Dade, but fewer than 19,000 remained without power at 4 p.m. More than five inches of rain fell on Perrine, Kendall, Cutler Ridge and other areas inundated less than four weeks ago by Hurricane Katrina. Some localized flooding was reported. In both counties, a lot of people enjoyed an unscheduled day off from school or work. “We’re very pleased to have narrowly missed another storm,’’ said Broward Mayor Kristin Jacobs. In the Keys, debris and seaweed blanketed parts of U.S. 1 and side streets, water invaded some buildings near the water and some roofs lost their shingles. As of late Tuesday evening, about 14,000 customers in the Keys were without power. But damage also seemed light though a full assessment will not come until Wednesday. Monroe County officials said residents who evacuated should begin returning home at 7 a.m. “We’re very fortunate again,’’ said Key West Mayor Jimmy Weekley. In Cuba, where 16 people died during July’s Hurricane Dennis, 58,000 people were evacuated along the northern coast and nearly 12,000 tourists vacationing in Varadero were moved to safer hotels, according to the official government news agency. Cuba recorded sustained winds of 87 mph as the storm stayed to the north, but no damage was reported by Tuesday evening. Though Rita strengthened throughout the day, passing Cuba and Key West as a Category 2 hurricane with 100-mph sustained winds, a slight southward shift in its path diminished its impact on the Keys. In the end, Rita’s eye passed about 50 miles south of Key West.

Dr. Terry Pettijohn

Don Sacco and Dr. Terry Pettijohn with their study results

ingful lyrics. They invoke a more serious feeling that corresponds to a more serious time for the nation. Mercyhurst student Nicholas Bradford reacted to Dr. Pettijohn’s findings in the following way.

“I believe it completely,” said Bradford, “it seems to me that I buy many more slow, sad, and often times depressing albums now, compared to all the upbeat pop rock I used buy during the 90s.” The study was presented last May, yet there is still no guarantee of when or if it will be

published. While this study seems to be wrapped up, history and music continue to influence us today. Music continues to evolve and change and according to Dr. Pettijohn, future events will influence what we may be listening to on the airwaves.

Presidential search moves forward
By Chelsea Boothe Copy Editor
The Presidential Search Committee expects to have its final three candidates selected by the end of September. During the first half of October the Committee expects to bring the candidates to the Mercyhurst campus to meet the community and go through a number of interviews and meetings with the constituencies, according to a notice sent Monday to all college community members by committee chairman William C. Sennett. The committee had about 50 applicants for the position. They were all extremely well qualified with experience ranging from both private and public universities and colleges, according to Sennett. After closely reviewing each candidate, the committee narrowed it down to eight extremely potential contenders this past week. Sennett has assured the public that the committee will give as much notice as possible for the upcoming events and that the Mercyhurst community will be invited to meet the candidates as they come to campus for interviews in the following weeks.

Off-campus
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“Last spring when news of the policies came out, off-campus students were under the impression that Mercyhurst was becoming too strict. “So far, the year has started out fine, but we’ll have to see how it goes.” One of the policies which some students are not happy about is the policy that deals with punishment. The school now requires students that have had civil authorities involved after an occurrence at their residence (which includes a citation, arrest, or conviction) to provide a copy of information or documents received from public authorities relating to the alleged misconduct. When the interests of the college are involved, the school now reserves the right to suspend the student while an internal review is conducted by the director of student conduct. A list of violations according to the City of Erie in regard to disorderly conduct and disorderly house ordinances were included in packets distributed to students. Along with this were flyers encouraging students to get involved in the community as well as property maintenance requests from those leasing the properties. Recipes and ways to respect the requests of neighbors on party nights, including giving them free movie passes, were also part of the news regulations handbook, along with important contact information. Staff has also been assigned to off-campus housing in order to keep track of students. Unfortunately this policy is not going over well with many students. “The school is overstepping their boundaries,” said senior Andy Greathouse, an off-campus resident. “Mercyhurst is now paying people to monitor us. We chose to live off-campus. We wanted to get away from the school getting involved and now they tell us they reserve the right to discipline us for stuff that happens off campus. I just don’t like it.” Mercyhurst is not the only college getting involved in the partnership with the Erie police. Gannon University and Penn State Behrend are also taking part in cracking down on off-campus offenders. The meeting was not only to “warn” students of the punishments of off-campus violations, it was also to inform them that this is also to protect the students and the school if infractions occur by students of surrounding schools. Mercyhurst College requires students to act responsibly both for the student body and the name of the school. Please contact the Office of Residence Life at (814) 824-2422 with any further questions.

Threading the needle between Key West and Cuba, the core of Hurricane Rita adopted the best possible course Tuesday through the Florida Straits, a center path that spared both islands catastrophic damage. Still, the seventh hurricane to strike Florida in 14 months delivered its share of stormy inconvenience. A practice run, of sorts, for a stronger assault later this week on the Texas coast. Rita swamped roads, beaches and some buildings in the Keys. It propelled powerful squalls deep into Miami-Dade and Broward counties. It reminded everyone of the dangers of living in the hurricane zone, especially during this period of heightened storm activity. “I didn’t think we would get this much water,’’ Joe Cachia, a Brooklyn native turned Islamorada resident, said as he attempted to rescue three cars from Rita’s storm surge. No storm-related casualties were immediately reported anywhere in the Keys or South Florida. Truck convoys and helicopter missions were ready to go, loaded with water, ice, other relief supplies as well as National Guard troops and FEMA staffers. All or most water supplies were not affected, most people had electricity and authorities reported no problems with law enforcement. Greg Artman, a Monroe emergency management spokesman, said the county would like to keep the supplies on standby “just in case.’’ Now in the Gulf of Mexico, where the water is warm and nourishing, Rita was expected to intensify into a Katrina-like Category 4 terror and strike the Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. Fortunately for those still in New Orleans and the rest of Katrina’s impact zone, none of the hurricane center’s 14 computerized forecast models carried Rita in that direction. “It looks like Texas is it,’’ said National Hurricane Center forecaster Lixion Avila in Miami. Officials in Galveston called for a mandatory evacuation beginning Wednesday. “What people need to realize is that Rita has the same potential to create a catastrophic event as Katrina did,’’ said Stacy Stewart, another hurricane specialist. Back in Broward and MiamiDade, aside from downed trees and power lines, some street flooding and beach erosion, dam-

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News
Disorderly Conduct 3900 Block of Briggs Ave. 11 September 2005 Male non-student was urinating on vehicles. Investigated

Katrina survivor
By Cameron Sabel Contributing writer
Hurricane Katrina was one of the most destructive natural disasters in United States history. In addition to the death and destruction that we have all seen on the news, the storm disrupted many aspects of daily life for the victims. This included shutting down colleges that received massive damage from the storm. In order to assist the students displaced by Hurricane Katrina, Mercyhurst has decided to offer academic hospitality to students from the tri-state area that were attending a college shut down from the hurricane’s effects. They will be able to take classes tuition-free at Mercyhurst and possibly transfer their credits to the school they were attending once it opens again. Administrators have said they are sure that space will be found for any students who need to take advantage of this offer from the school. So far, one student, Emily Evans, has enrolled under the academic hospitality offer. Emily Evans is from Erie; she attended McDowell High School, and was enrolled at Tulane University in New Orleans as a freshman this fall. She was going to major in anthropology and neuroscience. She moved into her housing at Tulane early so she could buy anything she couldn’t bring with her, when the hurricane hit and she had to evacuate. She was given only a few hours notice that she was going to have to evacuate the campus and the city; however, was also told that hurricanes didn’t hit New Orleans, so she did not immediately go home with her family. Emily evacuated, instead, with her roommate’s family to Houston, Tex. Because of the hurry in the evacuation, she had to leave almost all of her belongings, including most of her clothing and personal belongings. Other than her computer and I-pod which she was able to resuce, her items are still at Tulane. When it became clear that the school was not going to open again soon, Emily flew out to stay with her family in Erie.

Police and Safety Log
Theft International Student Center 3 September 2005 Unknown person(s) took a mini fridge from the storage area. Investigated Public Drunkenness East 41st Street 4 September 2005 Non-Student did appear in public while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing a disturbance. Investigated

Freshman forced to evacuate relocates at the ‘Hurst

Burglary 3830 Lewis Ave 14 September 2005 Unknown person(s) gained entry into a students apartment vandalizing property within. Investigated

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Hurricane Katrina leaves a wide path of destruction

At home her sister Mary Evans, a sophomore at Mercyhurst, suggested that she take some classes to keep her mind off things and keep up with school. After setting up her plans with admissions, she received a phone call from the school telling her that because of the academic hospitality policy being adopted by the school in reaction to the

disaster, her tuition would be waived. Emily is currently taking a full course load here at Mercyhurst and is commuting to school from home. She plans to return to Tulane as soon as it reopens, but says she has found the Mercyhurst experience very pleasant.

Liquor Law Violations Outside the Basketball Court 5 September 2005 Student and guest while being under the age of 21 years did possess and consume an alcoholic beverage. Investigated

Harassment by Communications 3828 Lewis Ave. 14 September 2005 Unknown male made several harassing phone calls to a female student. Investigated

Communication gap between coaches and faculty
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When the sports program at Mercyhurst moved from independent status to conference membership a couple years ago, the athletic calendars were altered. The college’s membership in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) requires much more traveling time for teams. Shortly after the college joined GLIAC, great concern among faculty members over increased student athlete absences initiated an effort to resolve these problems. The athletic director, the dean of the college and the president met with the Academics Policies Committee to design and agree on a policy to limit the number of student-athlete absences. Under this policy, faculty members are not required to excuse student athletes from more than four classes in a Monday, Wednesday, Friday course or from more than three classes in a Tuesday, Thursday course. Schiff comments, “I believe this policy is a very generous concession on the part of the faculty. It allows student athletes to miss more than a week of classes, which is quite a big chunk of class time for courses that only meet for 10 1/2 weeks.” Once a student athlete goes over his/her legal number of absences, the student is subject to the faculty member’s attendance policy. Schiff explains that, “If a student athlete’s schedule would require him or her to miss even more than the allowed number of classes and thereby violate the instructor’s attendance policy, then it’s up to the coach to excuse that student from playing. This was the understanding. Its intention was to get the student athlete out of the middle of the conflict.” He states that this policy has repeatedly become strained because GLIAC at times, “requires student athletes to miss more than the prescribed number of classes.” Kyle Jackson, a senior soccer player describes his experiece as a student athlete. “As athletes we were brought into the school to play and represent Mercyhurst. To be able to do that diligently we have to take alot of time out of our schedules and miss class because of it. So by missing class, our school work builds up and put more pressure on us to perform academically as well.” The Athletic Department endeavors to make sure this situation does not occur. At the beginning of each school year a Comprehensive Athletic Travel Calendar is sent out to the head of every department including the dean’s office and the Office of the President for distribution to all faculty members. This calendar is reviewed by the athletic director, the director of compliance, the transportation director and the athletic academic advisor to minimize missed classes. Every faculty member should receive a copy of this schedule. Although it is not written in stone, the only changes that would be made to the schedule would be make up games for events that were cancelled. The schedule has been expanded recently to include specific times for sports events so that students who leave at 1:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon for travel, are required to attend morning classes. Faculty can refer to this schedule to verify whether absences are legal. Student athletes receive an attendance slip from their coaches to give to their respective faculty members before they

The coaches do not give any leeway to students. If you don’t go to class, you don’t play

- Owen Evans

miss a class for a sports event. Students are responsible for discussing with faculty members missed work and are expected to complete all missed assignments. Student athletes must be held accountable for classes missed for sports travel. However, the responsibility to maintain a productive and positive working relationship with faculty members falls not only primarily on the student, but must include the Athletic Department as well. When a student begins to miss class for reasons other than sports travel, that athlete places him/herself in academic jeopardy. To prevent this from occurring, it is the joint responsibility of the Athletic Department and the faculty to communicate productively with each other to address the problem. Wrestling Coach Anthony Cipollone explains, “We try very hard to create a solid working relationship between the athletic department and the various academic departments. If the administration must hold out a student athlete from competition, it will do so.” The Mercyhurst Athletic Department strives to maintain academics as the top priority amongst all student athletes across campus. All 25 sports teams have some sort of study table set up for their players. Coaches not only direct athletes on the field, they act as advisors, counselors and sometimes as pseudo parents for their players. Each term the athletic department must certify that the nearly 700 Mercyhurst student athletes meet the academic eligibility requirements. If students do not meet the required GPA standards, they are ineligible to compete until their averages reach the necessary minimum. The Athletic Department also keeps close tabs on students who have met the eligibility require-

ments, but have suffered a decrease in academic excellence. Cipollone is one of the Athletic Department coaches that makes specific academic improvement contracts with these students so that they receive additional help and support to raise their grades to previous standards of excellence. Cipollone meets regularly with these athletes to ensure academic improvement and progress. His primary goal is to help these students get back on track to the path of academic excellence. Senior football player Owen Evans describes the commitment of coaches to enforcing the attendance policy. Owens said, “Our coaches always stress that school comes first. “Being a student athlete is no excuse for skipping class. “The coaches do not give any leeway to students. If you don’t go to class, you don’t play.” The overall academic success of Mercyhurst student athletes is compelling. During the 2005 spring term, the overall GPA of all athletes was 3.08, the number of athletes with a 3.0 GPA or better was 285 and the number of athletes with a 4.0 was 37. The GPA of the student body as a whole in the spring was 2.99. Mercyhurst is extremely proud of the academic distinction of the student athletes on campus. However this fall there have been some problems with communication between faculty and coaches when student athletes have missed more class than they are allotted. Schiff commented that when instructors try and enforce their attendance policies, “coaches sometimes call the instructors and try to get them to bend their policies because, in their eyes, the athletes are representing the school and should, therefore, be excused from class over and above what the school policy allows. “I have already received one such phone call this term.” He goes on to express, “Since I expect my students to honor the attendance policy which has been approved and signed by the administration of the college and which is clearly spelled out in my syllabi, if the coach is unwilling to honor that policy, then, once again, the student athlete is caught in the middle of the conflict.” Sometimes a simple miscom-

munication or lack thereof between athletes, faculty and coaches can cause friction over the attendance policy. In these situations it is in every party’s best interest to contact one another and open up the pathways of communication. Schiff stated that, “Coaches should be more aware of student absences and be prepared to deny or bench a student from a sporting event when they have exceeded their legal absences.” Similarly Coach Cipollone echoes the same sentiment. “We just need to continue the dialogue between athletics and academics. If there is a problem we need to get together to solve it. With 700 student athletes, athletics is an integral part of Mercyhurst. As coaches we would not want to compromise academics as the number one priority.” The concern about the athletic attendance policy is on the agenda for the first Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday Sept. 21. Schiff explains some of the possible resolutions that many faculty members plan to discuss.

Meghan Arnold

Student athletes at practice

“This may be the time to reexamine our commitment to GLIAC, to perhaps drop back down to Division III sports so that student athletes won’t be required by their coaches to miss an excessive number of classes. “After all, it’s the education student athletes receive at Mercyhurst that will help them succeed in life. “At the same time, we could think about retooling our admissions department to develop recruitment strategies that put more emphasis on academics. “At the very least, we should require our freshmen to attend the first week of class. “That’s the best way they can represent the school.”

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Learning art at its roots
Two art students experience the beauty of Florence and learn the art forms that started there
By Katie Marsjanik and Beth Kenniston Contributing Writers
Florence, Italy, is one of the most historically and culturally significant cities in Europe, and also is home to some of the greatest artwork and art influence in the world. After hearing a lecture on the art school, Arte Soto un Tetto, or Art Under One Roof, given by Dr. Heidi Hosey and Professor Gary Cardot, we decided to not let this amazing opportunity pass them by. As Art Education majors, we knew the experience would enrich our learning and broaden their horizons, and it did just that. Spending six weeks abroad, and studying at Arte Sotto un Tetto, we earned six credits each towards their degree while also participating in a two week intensive Italian language course. Living in an apartment in the center of Florence, or in Italian, Firenze, we passed timeless monuments on their way to class everyday such as the Duomo and its famous baptistery doors, designed by Brunelleschi. Throughout our stay, we were fortunate enough to see works by Michelangelo, Giotto, Di Vinci, Botticelli, and Caravaggio. As well as the art in the museums, this city also possesses an array of churches and basilicas, covered in long-standing frescoes, which are an art form native to Italy and Florence in particular. While in Italy, I (Beth), studied this dying art, learning the ancient technique of painting on fresh, wet plaster with pigments dissolved in water. I (Katie) took an oil painting class, which was taught using traditional methodology. Both of us found these classes to be extra enriching because of the art influence in both fresco painting and oil which were present in the country of Italy. As well as these two classes both of us took a black and white photography class, which was incredible because of the complex and aesthetic environment they were able to capture on film. In addition to the academic rewards, the girls were also able to experience the excitement of learning a new language, meeting new people, being immersed in another culture, and having the luxury of inexpensive travel to other nearby destinations within Italy. Overall, the trip was an amazing academic and growing experience for both of us, leaving us with memories to last a lifetime. Mercyhurst in Florence is a summer program dedicated primarily to art majors. Gary Cardot, associate professor of art and director of the Cummings

An art studio in Florence

Photo courtesy of Katie Marsjanik

Students had opportunity to see architecture of Florence

Photo courtesy of Katie Marsjanik

Art Gallery, and now leader for the program, hopes to expand its participation beginning next summer. “We plan to send ten students in the summer of 2006,” Cardot said. “Having this program in Florence is a wonderful opportunity to enrich all art majors.” An additional expansion to the program will include sending a member of the art faculty as well, who will teach a course during

the program. “In cooperation with Mercyhurst administration and the art department, we hope to expand the program by sending over one member of our art faculty every summer,” he said. If any students are interested in in the program, they should contact Cardot.

Pinwheels for Peace inspires ‘whirled’ peace
By Natalie Vindivich Contributing Writer
“Imagine... whirled peace!” With Sept. 21 being International World Peace Day, Pinwheels for Peace intends to, literally, send peace souring into the air. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation program started by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan of Coconut Creek, Florida. The goal of their project is to give students a tangible way of expressing their feelings, concerns and definitions of peace. The founders of the project stress that Pinwheels for Peace is not a political statement; it is simply one way of conveying a peace our nation and others desperately yearn. As part of a new campus wide effort, many colleges are participating in International World Peace Day by encouraging students to make pinwheels. Today, for the first time at Mercyhurst, Pinwheels for Peace will be displayed in Garvey Park. The inspiring living depiction of peace is made possible by the Art Therapy Program. Last week, students were invited to make the pinwheels in the Union. To start the pinwheel, students were asked to decorate the page any way they liked on one side of a sheet of paper. The second part of the project required a little more thought. Asked to think about what peace really is and means to them, students wrote out a definition or message conveying their ideas. In keeping with the theme of International Peace Day, many students chose to write about global issues; peace in the Middle East, an end to war, peace among religions and an end to hunger were just a few of the topics I heard mentioned from participating students. Others chose to write about personal peace; peace of mind, peace of heart and peace with friends and family were also some concerns written by students on their pinwheels. Once the sheet was decorated and personalized, it was folded into a pinwheel, complete with a pencil for the base. The main goal of the Art Therapy program is to use different kinds of communication, including dance, music and visual arts to let people open up to their feelings. This worked perfectly in conjunction with Pinwheels for Peace; students had a chance to channel their own thoughts, while inspiring others with their work toward a global cause. The Art Therapy Program and Mercyhurst College hope

Students participate in making personalized pinwheels.

Katie McAdams/Photo editor

to make Pinwheels for Peace an annual Sept. 21 event. As you hurry through another scheduled, busy day, take a minute to notice the pinwheels; bril-

liantly spinning with hopes and dreams for a peaceful world.

Peace and Love Week
Learn to spread love...not STD’s
By Michelle Brewer Contributing Writer
With the summer ending and its flings forgotten, the new school year opens with many possibilities for single youths to go out and enjoy their freedom to date. Not so fast there bub…it also comes with a program to inform them of what is healthy and what is not and it’s called Peace and Love Week. Some of you may remember last years Sex Week, and whether you went to it or not, you probably knew what it was about: abstinence. This year, the theme has been broadened to include not just sex but healthy dating as well as a generally more informed and better attitude about life. Paul Macosko of Campus Ministry, as well as Jessica Zajac, Jeremy Hewitt and Kristin Leonard have put together a three day program whose goal, the Minister says, is to “encompass human dignity issues and social justice.” This is a far cry from last years abstinence vocation, and hopefully more helpful to both the campus inhabitants and its surrounding community. The program will run from Monday, Sept. 26 to Wednesday, Sept. 28 and is sure to have something for everyone. The events planned for Monday are centered on the Universal Dignity theme. Campus Ministry has scheduled to bring in the Lost Boys of Africa who are living in Erie, to tell their stories and share their view as refugees of Sudan. This will take place in the Taylor Little Theatre at 8:30 p.m. During the day there will be a bake sale and the raffling off of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets. The proceeds of these will go directly towards the building of a house for a family in need in Erie. Our campus Habitat for Humanity group as well as the group centered in Erie are working together to raise enough money to complete this project. The money raised on Monday will be combined with money raised on a latter date at a separate fundraiser. Tuesday’s events are more closely related to last years Sex Week. Service professionals are being brought in to discuss all the different aspects of dating, not just sex. The professionals include members of the Crime Victims Center, Natural Family Planning, Catholic Planning, Shout-Out Reach, Abstinence Advantage Program and members from our own counseling and health center. If you have questions about healthy relationships or sex, here’s your chance to get the real information from learned professionals as opposed to that friend of yours who said you cant get pregnant the first time. Don’t think that Tuesday is all about sex and dating lectures though, there is some comic relief. Members of Campus ministry, as well as some volunteers have prepared a skit whose plot is a satire on love. This is not another way to lecture, just a good natured skit poking fun at some of the stupid things you and I, and anyone else who ever thought they were in love have done. Oh, let’s not forget the prizes to be given away. They include, tickets to the lake Erie Speedway, Splash Lagoon, Claytopia, bowling lanes, ice skating, Erie Otters, Erie Seawolves, Panera, Asbury Woods, the list goes on and on. Anyone in the market for a free date? This brings us to Wednesday whose activities include T-shirt tie-dying (shirts and dye provided), grab bags full of coupons and prizes (for the first 200 people) and an abundance of things for single friends or dating couples to do in Erie- yes there are things besides bars in Erie. So hit the Union between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and win yourself some fun things to do and a healthy attitude about who to do them with.

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FEATURES
the National Student Advertising Competition, which takes place every year. A corporate sponsor provides an assignment or case study outlining the history of its product and current advertising situation. The case study is always candid and reflects a real world situation. Students must research the product and its competition, identify potential problem areas and devise a completely integrated communications campaign for the client. Each student team then “pitches” its campaign to a panel of judges. Regional NSAC competitions are held each spring in 15 districts throughout the U.S. The winning team in each district then advances to compete on the national level at the AAF National Conference in June, which will take place in San Francisco, Calif. Adpro is really excited to get things going this year. So if you are interested in being a part of a fun and exciting new club that will give you great real-life experience, sign up! Please contact Alecia Guerra, President at 824-3822 or aguerr01@mercyhurst. edu or Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, Supervisor at 824-3313 or jhopper@mercyhurst.edu.

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Pizza: The cliché college cuisine. Get it by the slice at the Laker for a dollar or even by the pan for under $9. Try a Little Caesar’s “Hot and Ready” for just $5.00. Or, going with Papa John’s, you can order dinner for four people for under $15.

A healthier column With Jen
But wait, will that be for pickup or delivery? How much for the tip? My roommates and I all like different toppings; can they split it in fourths? By the time the pie gets to the door, everyone is scrambling to find quarters to tip the guy and napkins to blot off some of the inevitable grease. Wouldn’t it be better if you could cook a pizza the way you wanted it? With access to your local grocery store, an oven and a cookie sheet, your dream pizza can come true, and at the same time be healthier than ordering from all those typical places.

Advertising is the name of the game
By Alecia Guerra Contributing Writer
Everywhere you go, everything you do can be tied back to advertising. At our ripe age, we will buy anything that looks good and makes our lives easier. That is why Mercyhurst has Adpro. Why not make our own advertising? Why not show the community that we can make our own mark? Adpro is the Advertising and Promotions Club. This is the second year for the club, and we plan to take the campus by force. We have projects and competitions lined up until spring, and we have even thrown in some great speakers and events for all our members. Adpro is a great opportunity for any Graphic Design, Communications or Business Majors. The club is AAF-affiliated which means that we have ties with the American Advertising Federation. This gives us career and internship opportunities, scholarships and awards. We have the chance to be nationally recognized for our work while at the same time adding another line to our resumes. This year, some of the ideas for work we have are as follows: creating a new identity for a college freshman that has broken into the professional world of BMX, helping to brand the Mercyhurst College TV Station, creating a new face for Erie’s most popular Christian Radio Station. We also have the opportunity to compete in student competitions across the U.S. One of the most popular competitions is

Pita Pizzas
Start with:
1. Whole wheat pita or flatbread 2. 1 large fresh tomato 3. 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil 4. Low fat feta or mozzarella cheese

Toppings:
Greek Pizza
1. Thin slices of onion 2. Kalmatta (Greek) olives 3. Cooked or raw spinach

Taco Pizza
1. Taco meat, chicken or Crumblers 2. Cheddar cheese, shredded 3. Taco sauce 4. Sliced black olives 5. Chopped onion

Meat Lovers Pizza
1. Pepperoni 2. Sausage *Note: these are high in saturated fat. You can buy Morningstar Farms Crumblers, which has no cholesterol in a serving, and only 2.5 g. of fat compared to 14 g. in regular sausage.

Hawaiian Pizza
1. 1/2 in. slice of ham from deli, cubed 2. Canned pineapple chunks 3. Slivered almonds (optional) 4. Cinnamon for extra flavor (optional)

Veggie Pizza
1. Peppers of all shades 2. Sliced onions 3. Sliced zucchini 4. Broccoli 5. Sliced olives 6. 1 Tbsp. ranch (optional)

Bake any of the above or your own variation for about 15-20 minutes in the oven, or until the cheese is melted and the pita is just starting to get crispy. If you’re cooking for one, or if you stocked up on pita, just freeze the extra, it will keep for a long time as long as it’s sealed up well.

From Pennsylvania and back
Two professors share their world experience in the classroom
By Jen Helbig Contributing Writer
Mercyhurst welcomes two new additions to its RIAP faculty this fall, David Grabelski and Arthur Mills. Both graduated into their teaching jobs from jobs that gave them real experience in the field. Grabelski began with a bachelor’s from Penn State, and moved on for his master’s at Pepperdine, in California. From there, his first career took off. “This is my third career,” Grabelski said. “I spent 14 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, and was a detective in cases that included vice, narcotics, robbery, sexual assaults and gangs, with seven years as a homicide detective.” “After that, I worked for the Department of Justice, where I studied national trends involving gangs, violence and their relation to drugs. Then I worked for seven years teaching drug intelligence to different agencies.” Grabelski’s had a connection to Mercyhurst before he even arrived: His daughter Kimberly was a student who graduated with the class of 2005. Grabelski believes in the education provided by Mercyhurst, and is now happy to be part of the faculty. “I love it,” he said. “There is an unbelievable amount of experience given to the students here, and the students always come

There is an unbelievable amount of experience given to the students here... they always come first.

- David Grabelski
first. Also, I’m impressed with the support from the administration for the R/IAP program.” The skills that Grabelski shares will be beneficial to the classes he is teaching this term.

“I’m teaching an Intro to Law Enforcement Intelligence Class and also a freshman Intro to Intel Class.” The other new faculty is Arthur Mills, who has a different emphasis of R/IAP in his background. “I’m originally from Erie,” Mills said, “and I received my BA at Gannon in history. Later, after the Army, I went to Vanderbilt for graduate school.” Contrary to his education and upbringing, Mills has not spent his whole life in Erie. “In 1983, I went overseas. I worked in Brazil, Zimbabwe, Germany, Nigeria, Washington, India, Saudi Arabia and Kiev. I worked for the State Department as a foreign service officer

for the next 20 or so years.” Mills’ job entailed working in the embassy as a consular officer, where he dealt with the American Citizen Services which included citizenship and nationality, and services to U.S. citizens abroad—births, deaths, arrests, welfare and whereabouts. He also took on cases dealing with immigration issues, most notably visas and immigration fraud. Mixed in with his busy and mobile life, Mills has a family. “I have been married for the past 23 years, and I have four kids,” Mills said. He said that it is nice to have a change after retiring from almost 25 years of federal service. “When you work overseas,

there is a downside to it. Going to places in the Third World, you have the worries of health, safety and school. Today the world is a different place, and it’s difficult to be concerned with safety so much.” Mills said he is happy to return to his roots in Erie. “This is where we’re from,” Mills said. This term Mills is teaching Twentieth Century World, and also History of Intel for the R/IAP program. Both professors surely will be great additions to the R/IAP program for their extensive experience in the field, and knowledge of this very unique and intricate area of study.

Conference explores visions, values
By Rev. Lyta Seddig Campus Ministry
Who speaks for “Christian values” in our country today? Does the religious right speak for all Christians, or does a progressive perspective on Christian values exist -- one that has been lacking in public discourse? Progressive Christians across the country have been working together to respond to these questions -- organizing to claim their tradition, to work as a united front for social justice, and to publicly disavow those on the fringe who have attempted to co-opt the image of the church in our country. Responding to that effort, “Values, Vision and the Via Media” was planned. On Oct. 13-15 at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. , this groundbreaking conference will seek to reclaim the values debate from the religious right, exploring how Christians have historically made ethical decisions and taken action. “Values, Vision and the Via Media” will offer an articulate representation of progressive Christian values held by the majority of moderate Americans, Republican and Democrat alike, thereby offering progressive Christianity a public face. Theologians, activists and lay persons will use case studies, panel discussions and plenary sessions to explore how to make a difference personally, locally and globally in the areas of: economic justice, environment, family values, peacemaking and racism/social oppressions. You are invited to join in the growing movement of progressive activists working together to reclaim the values debate and take faith-based action in the world. For more information visit http://www.everyvoice.net/values/, or contact Rev. Lyta Seddig, Protestant Campus Minister, x3348, lseddig@mercyhurst. edu.

Bowl on Sunday nights
By Katie McAdams Photo editor
Bowling is not just for Tuesday nights anymore. Mercyhurst senior John Novogurski has started a bowling league for Mercyhurst College on Sunday nights at Eastland Bowl. He got the idea when he saw the turnout on Rock-n-Bowl and thought it would be a fun social event to start a school league. “I thought that some would like a little more competitive atmosphere,” said Novogurski. After discussing with the center’s manager, and getting some encouragement from friends, Novogurski decided that it would not hurt to see if anyone would be interested in starting a league. The first mass e-mail was sent out in the spring of last school year. “The initial response was overwhelming, said Novogurski. “It was really exciting to see the level of interest so high.” Teams should preferably be coed with up to four people on a team. So far, the league consists of students, alumni and faculty members. The league meets every Sunday from 8:45 until 10:30 p.m. at Eastland Lanes on McClelland Avenue, about five minutes east of campus. Just like every club, there are policies to follow. One of them was whether they should be recognized as a Mercyhurst College club? There was also an issue dealing with the drinking policy. With most of people in the league being of the legal drinking age, and having access to a bar while bowling, they realized that breaks one of the MSG club policies. Rather than make the decision himself, Novogurski left it up to the teams to decide what they wanted to do with this issue. For this reason, they are currently a

New club offers a more competitive way of ending your weekend
league and not officially a school club. “Bowling once a week with friends is just another way to conclude the weekend before school starts,” said junior Courtney Degenhardt. Novogurski is the League President and Secretary, and is in charge of overseeing the league. He collects dues, takes care of roster issues, fixes scoring errors and handles any issues that arise with the managers of the lanes. Currently, Gannon and Penn State Behrend students do not have similar leagues and there are no plans to negotiate any with them. “I would like to see more young adults,” said Gere Umpleby, one of the evening mangers at Eastland Bowl. The league is open to any students and will be accepting new teams and individuals for the next few weeks. Please contact John Novogurski, League President and Secretary at jnovog97@mercyhurst. edu.

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The Mercyhurst Bowling League in action at Eastland Bowl

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OPINION
Every summer when my tuition bill arrives in the mail, I open it expecting an increase. Naturally, my suspicions are confirmed.

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Financial aid in danger
college. These loans are usually low-interest, making it less expensive for you, the student. Now, imagine if those loans were not available to you. Could you still attend an expensive college such as Mercyhurst? Or even a public school such as Penn State? The reality is, most college students rely on federal aid of some sort. Very few families have the resources to pay for higher education without assistance. President Bush’s 2006 budget called for the complete elimination of Perkins loans. Luckily for students everywhere, the House Education Committee voted to preserve the Perkins Loan Program this past July. Students and their aid are not in the clear yet, however. Currently, the White House is pushing Congress to cut financial aid to reduce the massive deficit. Total losses of funding for the Perkins Loan Program could be as much as $7 billion. That’s a pretty big chunk of change. Following a noticeable pattern that has evolved over the past five years, this budget cut would hurt those that need it most. The spoiled rich kids will survive and get their first-rate education, while the majority of students will struggle to make ends meet. Most jobs today require some sort of college education. If financial aid is reduced, paying for college will reach new levels of ridiculousness. Education is the future . . . I for one, hope I can afford it.

Campus Question

Allison Moore
Opinion editor
By now, students at Mercyhurst are aware that each year they will be paying more than the previous year to attend college. So how does a college student and his or her family pay for the increasing cost of college? Federal loans, known as Perkins Loans, are very helpful for reducing the immediate cost of

Celebrate Hispanic diversity
By Carolina Gonzalez Knight Ridder Newspapers
In 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson first proclaimed one week in September as Hispanic Heritage Week, fewer than 5 million people could claim that heritage in the whole United States. Two decades later, the celebration was expanded to a month (from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15), and there were an estimated 20 million Hispanics in the United States. Today, that number is 41.3 million and growing, not only numerically, but also proportionally and geographically. The Latino population is growing fastest in cities and communities away from traditional immigrant magnets. Such counties as Gwinnett, Ga., Nassau and Suffolk in New York, Clark, Nev., and DuPage in Illinois have experienced double-digit increases in their Hispanic populations from 2000 to 2003. We are dispersing, and our culture is dispersing beyond its assigned quarters. Some segments of Latino culture, especially mass media, are reflecting these demographic changes most dramatically. Over the past year, the Spanish-language network Univision made the largest gain, 23 percent, of any network in the coveted 18-to-49 age bracket of the population. By contrast, only ABC gained any viewers in that age group. This summer, more viewers in the nation watched Univision (3.5 million) than UPN (2.6 million) or the WB (2 million). In the music world, reggaeton, a propulsive mix of the rhythms of dancehall reggae, hip-hop and Latin music, has hopscotched over the usual crossover process and garnered mass appeal. It has moved almost overnight from the underground to widespread airplay on the radio, in clubs and in car stereos. Not only are reggaeton records all over the Billboard Latin charts, but Daddy Yankee’s “Barrio Fino” cracked the pop top 30 in May. Most notably, in the past six months, nine radio stations nationwide have switched to a “Hurban” (Hispanic urban) format, driven primarily by reggaeton. But in some way, these milestones of visibility obscure our cultural and physical presence the remaining 11 months of the year. It is only in the stirrings of the extraordinary the undiscriminating sweep of a hurricane, for example, that we see just how many Latinos are all over the United States, and how much they are already inseparably woven into its culture. In Katrina-devastated Louisiana, Hispanics are still a small three percent of the state population, slightly higher in New Orleans. But this population increased by 15 percent just between 2000 and 2004, to 124,222. Thousands of the displaced there and in Mississippi are Latinos, many of them immigrants from Mexico and Central America. New Orleans had the country’s largest Honduran community, an estimated 150,000. Many lived and worked under precarious circumstances on work permits for casinos that no longer exist, in restaurants and hotels that will see no tourists for the foreseeable future, as undocumented pickers in fields that have been destroyed. Talented Latino artists, educators and speakers will get a seasonal bump in business as they are booked for events this month. I hope they, and their audiences, remember the Latinos in this country whose lives are less prosperous and picturesque.

If Congress cuts $7 billion from lowinterest student loans, how will that affect your ability to pay for college? How does that make you feel?

Nick Pelon, sophomore, accounting

Dylan Morris, sophomore, business management

By Katie Tillman Contributing writer

The Good
Well, another week has successfully passed. That is always an accomplishment. Much like the handling of New Orleans. The fact is that no one was quite prepared for a disaster of this magnitude. Questions of why the 2,000 buses weren’t utilized or why the governors were slow in requesting federal aid, or why it only took three days for National Guard troops to arrive can only be answered afterward. For a moment, imagine the amount of people and resources it takes to go into a large-scale area that has been severely damaged. We don’t live in a Harry Potter world where it takes seconds to organize a massive search and rescue mission. However, it is my belief that the fingers will continue to point at President Bush no matter what anyone writes. Regardless, there is praise to give and it’s worthy of being noted in this week’s column. On a lighter side of things, the school provided a comedian for the Friday night’s entertainment. This is one of the better ways to laugh away the week’s frustrations. Or, perhaps if you’re physically motivated, the dodgeball tourney returned for a fun filled Saturday night.
Sarah Fairre, sophomore, pharmacy

The Bad
It’s the realization that as another week has passed, it’s one week closer to midterms and finals. Even worse, one week closer to colder temperatures. Soon shorts and flip-flops will be put away until spring. That sounds really depressing to me. I for one dread the day I will have to pack all my fun summer clothing and store them under my bed. That day is far worse than preparing for midterms. In my humble opinion. Even more horrifying are those tacky pants with letters on girls’ behinds. People are just inviting unwelcome stares.

Kyle Bogucki, junior, graphic design

The Ugly
There seems to be a conspiracy around here. Whenever you need to do laundry, there almost always seem to be five other people who do, too. Sometimes, you may end up waiting two hours just to get an hour and half ’s worth of laundry done. This is very suspicious in my opinion. Why does this happen on certain days, especially the weekends, when the laundry room is much desired? Situations such as this are just plain ugly in my opinion. People forget their laundry in the important washers and dryers. A standard guideline I use is if you leave your clothes in the washer for 30 minutes or more, you forfeit your right to a dryer. Why should we reward someone for being unable to keep track of time? This concludes this week’s Good, Bad, and Ugly. Remember, I only have two eyes and ears. Any deserving input would be welcome. Simply e-mail goodbadugly05@hotmail.com.

It makes me upset, because it would serverly reduce the loans and amount of money I am currently receiving.

Lauren Szydlowski, freshman, elementary/special education

It’s yet another reason for me to be angry at the government, and consider moving to a country that has it all together.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly

It will not affect my ability to pay for college; I do not have any loans.

Since I have loans, to cut the distribution of them would affect my ability to attend college.

I am not well enough informed about student loans to give an honest statement.

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OPINION

Time to confirm Roberts Methods of prayer and peace
Editorial from St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Judge John G. Roberts Jr. gave the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee a brilliant lesson in the law last week that left them looking like a bunch of bumbling first-year law students. Judge Roberts was as precise as his critics were vague. He was composed and polite while his critics blustered. Judge Roberts focused on the law while his critics grandstanded about hurricanes and their favorite movies. When it was over, about the only conclusion to draw was that this was one smart judge who could field questions for months without committing himself. Both conservatives and liberals could find solace in some of his answers. He stressed that a judge’s personal beliefs should not affect his rulings, that courts should exercise restraint and that judges should not venture into policy-making. That’s exactly what President George W. Bush _ and many Americans _ want in a chief justice. In addition, Judge Roberts said the court should be able to clarify its confusing decisions on religious freedom, a comment that could suggest decreasing the separation between church and state. But other answers might sound better to liberal ears. He suggested that he might limit the Rehnquist court’s states’ rights decisions by recognizing broad congressional power. When the framers of the Constitution used “broad language like ‘liberty,’ like ‘due process,’ like ‘unreasonable’ ..., they were crafting a document that they intended to apply in a meaningful way down the ages,” Judge Roberts said. That sounded like a proponent of a living Constitution. Judge Roberts also agreed with an 80-year line of cases on personal privacy including a 1965 decision upholding a married woman’s right to contraception. Because Roe v. Wade built on that case in 1973, Judge Roberts’ answer might indicate that he sees constitutional support for the right to abortion. The judge said he believes in adhering to precedent. That makes liberals happy because they like the precedents on affirmative action, gay rights, abortion and religious freedom. But Judge Roberts certainly did not foreclose the possibility of overturning precedents, including Roe. He noted several times that all nine justices of the Rehnquist court recognized liberty interests in the Constitution. Left unsaid is the fact that three of the nine didn’t think that liberty included abortion. In addition, Judge Roberts could, consistent with his testimony, apply the law on precedent to Roe and conclude it doesn’t warrant continued respect. The weakest part of Judge Roberts’ performance was his defense for opposing key civil rights remedies during the Reagan era; he was merely acting as a lawyer representing a client, he said. That doesn’t hold water, considering the memos he wrote hectoring other Reagan officials to move to the right. One memo, for example, criticized Justice Department officials for not taking a more aggressive stance to deny public education to the children of illegal immigrants. Judge Roberts’ inglorious civil rights record, his mealy-mouthed explanations of it and his unwillingness to say he was mistaken, are one good reason to oppose his confirmation. The first new chief justice of the 21st century shouldn’t have the same kind of dismal civil rights record as the last chief justice of the 20th century. Overturning Roe, a possibility with future conservative Bush appointments, would be disastrous for the women of this country, whose reproductive freedom is more vulnerable than it has been in 32 years. But a broader look at the man and his record leads to the opposite conclusion. Because of his legal brilliance, his judicial temperament and his wise view of the role of a judge, John G. Roberts Jr. should be confirmed as the nation’s 17th chief justice.

By Rev. Lyta Seddig Contributing writer
At a time when our nation is reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina, and the world is at war in so many places, with the forces of violence and oppression seeming to be increasing, praying for peace may appear to be a futile practice. But people of faith believe both in the promise of peace and the power of prayer. Prayer is central to the spiritualities of many faith traditions. And, contrary to popular understanding, prayer is not a call to turn inward, to retreat from social action and public life, but rather, a call to awaken and pursue the continuity of things of the Spirit with action for justice and peace.* With this important premise in mind, Campus Ministry invites the Mercyhurst community to participate in two opportunities for prayer: 1) Meditative Response to Hurricane Katrina In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the media are keeping us aware of the variety of responses. Campus Ministry received this response from Chapel Hill, NC and, because it reflects the spirit of the Mercy tradition, invites the Mercyhurst community to participate. This meditation may be done alone or with others. However you choose to participate, be aware that thousands of others are connecting with you at the same moment. Join with them in a five minute daily meditation for healing for all those who are suffering the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina – as well as for all beings suffering anywhere in the world. Starting at noon Eastern Daylight Time, you are invited to pause and devote five minutes to quiet - holding a peaceful center - making a

space within you for love to grow and then be sent forth as light. You may direct this light to specific places and beings – or simply envision a golden-white light blanketing the world. Prayer is energy…energy is powerful when it is concentrated such as in this meditative response. Imagine how powerful this will be when thousands participate! 2) International Day of Peace Vigil In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating Sept. 21 of each year as a day for the entire world to observe a day of peace and nonviolence. In 2004, UN secretary general Kofi Annan supported the proposal of the World Council of Churches to establish an international day of prayer for peace. The objective of the International Day of Peace Vigil is “to encourage worldwide, 24-hour spiritual observations for peace and nonviolence on the International Day of Peace, 21 September 2005, in every house of worship and place of spiritual practice, by all religious and spiritually based groups and individuals, and by all men, women and children who seek peace in the world.” This global spiritual observance for peace is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual practices in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict…and to support the establishment of a global ceasefire. In response to the above invitation, the Mercyhurst community is encouraged to gather at the Blessing Fountain in Munson Plaza at noon on Wed., Sept. 21 for a brief time of prayer. For further information, contact Rev. Lyta Seddig, Protestant Campus Minister (x3348 or lseddig@mercyhurst.edu). (* from a statement by Samuel Kobia, General Secretary of the World Council of Churches)

Ask the Malarkys
“My boyfriend’s birthday is coming up and his friends want to take him to a local strip club to celebrate. I’m worried things could get out of hand and I don’t want him to go. Am I overreacting?”

Ms Malarky:
Let him go ...
Overreacting? Before you make any move you might consider loosening that choke collar that you have apparently put around your boyfriend’s neck. ing their clothes off right before their eyes. Most strip clubs are not full of cheating boyfriends looking to hook up with strippers. They tend to be full of creepy old men. Younger guys tend to go with a bunch of friends, because they are all just looking to have a fun time. It’s a form of entertainment, one that includes high-priced food, drinks and lap dances. Basically, going to a strip club is like purchasing an incredibly expensive pop-up naked magazine. Don’t you like to hang-out with your friends and do girly stuff ? I highly doubt your boyfriend understands why you do some things with your friends, like watching chick flicks on Lifetime or going shopping for shoes. What would you do if your boyfriend tried to prevent you from going out to a dance club with some friends? Don’t you think he would be a little nervous about other guys trying to get up on you? Before you try restricting your boyfriend’s outlets of fun with his friends, put yourself in his shoes first. Wouldn’t you be mad if he didn’t want you to go to a male strip club or even to a bachelorette party that had a stripper? You know some guys do have a little restraint and control. I don’t think your boyfriend is going to drunkenly launch himself on the first naked girl he sees. Have a little faith in the opposite sex. Have you ever been to a strip club? Maybe you should check out a male strip club with your friends and realize that this “den of sin” is actually a lot of fun.

Mr. Malarky:
It’s a bad idea ...
The strip club dilemma has played itself out in many sitcoms and relationships over the years and has proven to be a true test for couples. and told a boldfaced lie to my girlfriend at the time. Strip clubs aren’t as horrible as most women make them out to be. As a guy who has seen the inside of a strip club on a few occasions, I know that lines can sometimes be crossed. These lines, however, are only crossed when males don’t set the proper boundaries. Don’t forget also that these girls do nothing for free. Basically, there are two types of strip club goers. There are those who simply go have a seat and a few beers and occasionally go submit their dollar to the lovely ladies on stage. The other type is the drunken frat brother birthday boy who simply wants to get drunk and look and touch naked chicks. Your boyfriend and his crew are certainly the latter. The situation with your boyfriend has disaster written all over it for this and several other reasons. First, and foremost, because it is his birthday and secondly because his immature friends will be there to feed him drinks and pay for him. This can only lead to something drastic happening. Communication in this instance is crucial. Know that things can sometimes occur in strip clubs that you wouldn’t approve of, but also understand that it is in your boyfriend’s hands to determine what happens. If you don’t want him to go say so. Set some conditions prior to him leaving and decide what you are both comfortable with him doing while he is there. If you are really brave, you could even go with him if you promise not to be an annoying fifth wheel. Whatever you decide in the end just be aware that these clubs are not nicknamed “sin bins” for nothing.

Ms Malarky

Mr. Malarky

I would think twice about making any demands that your boyfriend ditch his friends on his birthday because of your insecurities and self-esteem issues. It’s apparent that the only thing that would get out of hand in this instance would be your possessiveness and distrust. A strip club is simply Playboy magazine come to life. It’s the male fantasy of hot women tak-

I say it is only normal for you to not want your boyfriend to go to a strip club and have some random woman grinding all over him, while he spends his money on her and not you. One thing you must respect, however, is his straightforwardness. There are plenty of guys who would just go and hope you never found out. I found myself in a situation similar to this a year or two back

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ENTERTAINMENT
tHe BuZz
SEPT. 21. Krokus. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 22-25. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. SEPT. 22. Clarks. Sherlock’s, Erie. $15. SEPT. 22. Kings of Leon, Features. Odeon, Cleveland. SEPT. 22. DJ Quik. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 22. Leon Redbone. Oil City High School, Oil City. $18 advance, $20 door. Write to Oil City Arts Council, 21 Seneca St., Oil City, PA 16301 SEPT. 23. P.L.E.A.S.E. Benefit for Hur ricane Katrina efforts with the Clarks, Rusted Root, Donnie Iris, PovertyNeck Hillbillies, Joe Grushecky, Bill Deay, Good Brother Earl, B.E. Taylor, Crave. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. On sale now at Ticketmaster. SEPT. 23. Proclaimers. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 23. Tarbox Ramblers. Club Cave, Pittsburgh. SEPT. 23. Hotel Café Tour with Butch Walker, Cary Brothers, Imogean Heap, Joe Purdy. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 23, 24. Peter Frampton. Avalon Ballroom, Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ont. On sale at 1-888-836-8118, online at fallsviewcasinoresort.com. SEPT. 24. America. Pepsi Cola Roadhouse, Burgettstown. SEPT. 24. Rolling Stones, Beck. Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio. (Only Ohio appearance). SEPT. 24. Canceled. Judas Priest, Anthrax. Post-Gazette Pavilion (pavilion only), Burgettstown. SEPT. 24. Wish You Were Here. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 28. Coalition of the Willing. House of Blues, Cleveland. Proceeds to Hurricane Relief Fund. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 26. Interpol. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. SEPT. 26. System of a Down, Mars Volta. Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. SEPT. 27. Stratovarius, Into Eternity. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 27. Lecture. Pat Conroy. Allen Theater, Cleveland. SEPT. 28. Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam. PNC Park, Pittsburgh. SEPT. 29. Coheed and Cambria, Blood Brothers. Club Zoo (formerly Metropol), Pittsburgh. SEPT. 30. Live. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 30. Oasis, Jet, Kasabian. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

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Comedy on crutches
Comedian Eddie Ifft elicits boisterous laughter from Hurst students.
By Jessica Ciccone Contributing Writer
On Friday, Sept. 16, Mercyhurst students gathered in the Walker Recital Hall to catch a laugh from rising comedian Eddie Ifft. His set lasted for an hour and a half, every minute was packed with irreverent humor and hilarious wit. The audience was instantly engaged by Ifft, mostly feeling eager to avoid being on the receiving end of his jokes. Several unwary audience members were selected to receive Ifft’s special brand of abuse, but as it was all done in good humor, the hilarity was well received. This marks the second year in a row that Ifft has performed at Mercyhurst College, and there can be no denying that he was and will continue to be an enormous hit among the student population. Even though Ifft was stuck sitting on a stool, due to a recent leg injury (and the lack of a belt, which nearly resulted in him losing his pants), he still managed to adapt his physical comedy and keep the audience laughing hysterically throughout his entire set. Ifft graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in political science, and worked for both a senator’s office and an insurance firm before deciding that comedy was his true calling in life. However, when asked to describe his worst job experience, his immediate response was “shoveling wet paint in a paint factory.” When asked to elaborate, Ifft laughed and said he’d thought of an even better experience. at cars driving by.” He also organized a skydiving club and was dumped by the homecoming queen the week before she was crowned. “So everywhere I went on campus, there were pictures of her face,” he recalled, laughing. “Now that’s a terrible breakup.” Of all the big name celebrities Ifft has worked with, he says that by far his favorite has been his good friend Jimmy Kimmel. When asked if Jimmy was as funny in real life as he is on tele-


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I used to take potatoes ...and throw them out of my window at cars driving by.
- Eddie Ifft

Comedian Eddie Ifft signs autographs for Mercyhurst students after his act last Friday.

Around the time when Ifft first moved to New York and was experimenting with his comedy, he took a job with a temp agency. One particular job, he recalled, required him dressing up as a newsboy and going around to local businesses to advertise pens. “I had the door slammed in my face so many times,” he stated. When asked if he preferred to play to smaller or bigger crowds, Ifft replied that “bigger is always better,” but the most important thing is for the crowd to be “compact.”

The largest crowd Ifft has ever performed for consisted of seven thousand people, but because it took place in an area that was built for seven thousand people; he was still able to feel connected to the audience. Because every seat was filled, the arena did not lost the feeling of intimacy that is sometimes lost in large auditorium style venues. . He related the story of a time when he and a few other wellknown comedians were performing at a relatively large college arena.

Although there were around two thousand people in the audience, the expansive auditorium made it seem as though the house was nearly empty. This is the sort of setting that Ifft would prefer not to perform in. Ifft performs at many colleges across the country, and when asked if he had any personal college experience that he would like to share with Merciad readers. He answered, “I used to take potatoes out of the kitchen and throw them out of my window

vision, Ifft replied, “Everything about the man is just funny. He’s a really great guy.” Ifft also falls into the catagorey of great guy, as he will donate all of the revenue he receives from his CD purchases to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. In closing, Ifft was asked if he had any final remarks for the Mercyhurst Community. He replied, “Delete Tom. He’s not really our friend.” No doubt the student body is looking forward to what will hopefully be Eddie Ifft’s third consecutive year performing at Mercyhurst College.

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‘Exorcism of Emily Rose’ intrigues
The truth in Anneliese Michel’s demons
By Melissa Brandt Arts and Entertainment Editor
The battle of good versus evil is never in more classic form than when it’s between God and the Devil. However, this may not be the type of plot viewers expected from, “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” There are a few things the movie clearly is, and is not. It is based on a true story. Emily Rose’s (Jennifer Carpenter) true life counterpart was Anneliese Michel. Born in Bavaria in 1952, Michel led a wholly unremarkable life until she became afflicted by “demonic attacks” at age 16. Most of the symptoms could be correlated to epileptic seizers, and indeed she was diagnosed with Grand Mal Epilepsy at a clinic in Wurzburg. The key word is most. Some of Michel’s symptoms could only be explained through conjecture, and here where black meets white, is where the movie’s main plot is centered. It is not what the average viewer would consider a horror film. While there are some eerily disturbing images of a contorted Carpenter, the plot is written as more of a mystery than a thriller. Unfolding as a court case with the exorcist on trial for the death of Emily Rose, the thrilling moments are centered in flashbacks to when Rose was under the possession of demons. Whether those “demons” were spirits from hell or a physical illness is open to interpretation. Anneliese Michel did believe she was possessed by demons. Even still, she subjected her body to five years of medical treatment without noticeable benefit before seeking the aid of the Church. Approval for an exorcism by the Catholic Church (before Pope John Paul II renewed and revised the exorcism rites in 2000) depended on the supposed “cursed” exhibiting three of several characteristics. Most notably were those of the afflicted displaying abnormal strength, paranormal powers such as levitation or telekinesis and the knowledge of a language they’ve never studied. However, as noted at the beginning of the film and in real life, qualifications of the Catholic Church and defense in a court of law do not follow on the same principles, especially if the afflicted dies from the exorcism rite. The real question the film presents through stunning imagery and alarming visages is whether or not Rose was truly possessed, either by some unearthly force, or common maladay. And at the core, what effect, if any, that belief could have on the physical body of the real Emily Rose. I’d recommend this movie not only to “The Exorcist” crowd, but also to anyone who can appreciate a different presentation on an issue of real life trauma and other-worldly forces.

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Film Festival attracts Andy Dick
By Christina Ferranti Contributing Writer
The 2005 Great Lakes Film Festival is set to premiere Sept. 22 in Erie at the Roadhouse Theatre for Contemporary Art. A large turnout to this year’s film festival is expected given all of the events, films, and special guests, like popular comedian Andy Dick. No one will want to miss this year’s upcoming artists. The kickoff party for the Film Festival is on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. at the Docksider Tavern located on 1015 State St. Live entertainment will be provided by nationally acclaimed group, Lake Trout. They will kick off the festival with their characteristic experimentalist rock sound, often compared to The Talking Heads, The Pixies, Pink Floyd and Sonic Youth. Doors open at 6:30 p.m and films begin at seven. At 9:30p.m, the Opening Night Party begins, featuring Greg Ropp Acoustics (The Void), Phantasm (Winner of the 2005 Sherlocks Battle of Bands) and Sloe Jam (Karen Jeffreys and in attendance while his movie is screening. He is also the author of “Personal Demons,” the winner of Anubis Award for Horror. Saturday, Sept. 24, doors again open at 2p.m. Movies will be screening all day until midnight when the Punk Night theme kicks in with the presentation of two movies, “The Great Rock and Roll Swindle” and “Punk Attitude.” The special guest of the evening will be Marshall Cook, upcoming popular short-film director. Cook has acted on television shows such as JAG and Medical Investigation, and landed roles in films like “Jeepers Creepers 2.” “The Best of the Fest,” occurs Sunday, Sept. 25; doors will open at 12:30 p.m. Movies will be screening all day and the highlight of the day will be the special guest, Andy Dick, who will be available for autographs. For additional information contact the Roadhouse Theatre at 814-456-5656 or www.goerie. com/roadhouse/Sep2005 for this weekend’s events.

Kanye West’s ‘Late Registration’
By Joe Fidago Contributing Writer
One major aspect that separates Kanye West from other high profile rappers is that his lyrics seldom hit on the most popular subjects of the genre (death, drugs, women, jewelry) without having some type of moral message behind them. He focuses more on social injustices or issues in life that he feels need to be brought into the spotlight. However, as seen through interviews with West, his ego is already inflated larger than 50 Cent’s biceps; so it isn’t too sorely missed in his music. After all the gum flapping, the big question on everyone’s mind on Aug. 30 was whether or not West could “walk the walk.” Luckily for West, “Late Registration” gives him the opportunity to be as cocky as he wants and for good reason. This is easily the best rap album of 2005, and it’s a contender for the best album of the year, period. After one spin of this you’ll see how nicely your copy of “The Massacre” works as a coaster, if you haven’t already. The rhymes are right on point and the production is fantastic. West doesn’t try to change his persona at all; the Kanye West you already love or hate is the one you’ll hear. The album begins with a short skit featuring Bernie Mac, which leads into the song “Heard Em Say,” featuring Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Levine is arguably the best guest appearance that West has on the album; which is saying a lot when other guests include Game, Nas, Common, Jay-Z and Brandy. The current single, “Gold Digger” (featuring Jamie Foxx), tells the story of a man who goes through life paying child support only to find once the child’s 18th birthday rolls around that he is not even the father. On the flip side, West’s close relationship with his mother is featured on the track, “Hey Mama,” a touching tribute to her. Essentially a five-minute verbal thank-you note, he thanks

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Kanye West releases new CD

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Comedian Andy Dick makes a guest appearence in Erie

Trevor Huster of Starfish). On Friday, Sept. 23, doors open at 2p.m. Movies will be screened in two different rooms and will continue all day. The special presentation occurs at midnight, the production of “Slime City.”

The honorary guest, a native of Erie, Betsy A. McLane Ph.D. will be in attendance. She is considered one of the most knowledgeable experts in the field of documentaries. “Slime City” writer and director, Greg Lamberson, will also be

Spoken words of opera star
Student interviews PAC performer Chen Reiss
enlist and serve in the army for two years. So, at the age of 18, she sang in the army musical theater. “[I] had the opportunity to sing in the army for all of the men.” After Reiss was discharged from the army, she came here to America to study at Brooklyn University in New York. Her first major appearance was in Germany two years ago. This charismatic woman travels nonstop; some of the places she has traveled to include Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Israel, Belgium, America and Austria. “I have close family and friends all over the world, and since I am not in one place for a definite period of time, I can never meet with them. I am always busy, nonstop, it is extremely intensive.” Reiss embraces different cultures. “Being an operatic singer, you need to be able to adjust well to different cultures and to assimilate well. This includes knowing the language of that particular area and understanding the mentality of each country.” Reiss is fluent in five languages including Hebrew, English, German, Italian and French, which helps her to adjust easily. When I questioned what her favorite country was she could not decide on just one, “each country is unique in its own way,”

By Christina Ferranti Contributing Writer
I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with soprano Chen Reiss following the excellent performance on Sunday, Sept. 18. It’s fascinating to see how she achieved such a critical point in her career. Mercyhurst College is the first college setting she has performed at. She chose a beautiful repertoire that served to brilliantly demonstrate her vocal abilities. She really enjoyed the atmosphere here and the presence of the student body at the recital. Reiss said, “I love being around students who also aspire to sing.” In our interview, I asked how she began this intriguing career and whether or not she saw herself singing and acting as a lifelong career when she was younger. Reiss immediately responded that she had always wanted to sing professionally, though at one point she wanted to be a ballerina. Throughout the years, her mother, who is also an operatic singer, has encouraged and supported her in vocal performance, and she is pleased to say that her younger sister is now following suit. In Israel, her native country, it is mandated that every citizen

but she did express quite a liking for Italy. Reiss then explaind her adoration for classical music, stating, “classical music is very challenging and versatile, creative. It has a sort of healing power. I feel it is the most beautiful art form. Most of the music I choose contains good poetry with the highest quality of music written by geniuses.” Before singing each arrangement, she provides the audience with a brief synopsis and while singing she developes into the character she was portraying. Her animation kept the audience fascinated at Mercyhurst and eagerly awaiting to hear more. Overall, Reiss expressed how much she enjoyed performing in Erie for both students and the people of the community.

his mother for her hard work to make ends meet and for always supporting him in his endeavors. Whether you love or hate Kanye West, you can’t argue that this is a beautiful track. “Roses” and “Addiction” follow in West’s tradition of making songs that are socially relevant. Some say that the latter is the next “Jesus Walks,” which was truly Kanye West’s breakout song off his debut album, “The College Dropout.” “Roses” finds West’s grandmother on the verge of death and he becomes enraged when he realizes that if his grandmother had been someone famous like Magic Johnson, the doctors would be trying much harder to save her. On the first single from the album, “Diamonds (From Sierra Leone),” which became a bonus track on the album after the remix with Jay-Z took center stage, West struggles with the possibility that the diamonds he buys may actually be ‘conflict diamonds,’ and the native workers may have been beaten or killed in mining them. These tracks offer a lot more than the usual repetitive noise that’s killing hip-hop music. While the hip-hop genre is bigger than ever, the quality of most of it is as bad as it’s ever been. Kanye West is one of few whose songs are still centered on lyrical content – not just a catchy beat and hook. “Late Registration” will be the best 10 dollars you spend on a hip-hop CD all year.

PAC reveals risqué film ‘My Summer of Love’
By Christina Ferranti Contributing Writer
This film depicts the essence of a blossoming lesbian relationship, spiritual rejuvenation, rivalry, deception and the struggle to find love and faith in a world of such drudgery and sham. The feature depicts a wonderful character development, but the film’s point may be lost in the face of an elaborate concentration on a hot romance between two 16-year-old girls despite the fact that they have only just met. The one exception to this essentially “perfect” relationship is revealed through a character’s brother in the film who stirs up wild emotions and chaos in the lives of the two young women. Mona, a main character, and her older brother, Phil, have inherited the family’s pub and now are in charge of the running it to survive. Phil has just been released from prison due to his past criminal history. Upon release, Phil, who seems to have lost his spirit, decides that he wants to save his soul, so he declares himself a born-again Christian. To Mona’s dismay, he pours all of the liquor from the pub down the drain and converts the

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The girls of “My Summer of Love” share a tender moment

bar into a “worship center for Jesus people.” Mona races out to her engineless moped and escapes into the Yorkshire countryside. While Mona rampages throughout the countryside, an attractive young woman crosses paths with Mona and invites her to the secluded mansion where she lives with her distant family. This attractive female is Tamsin and the romance soars from there. Throughout the film, Tamsin and Mona build a trusting and passionately lustful relationship, but is it really that good? Phil does not approve of Tamsin’s disregard for life and Tamsin and Mona’s relationship. His temper is tested several times throughout the film. It is especially poignant for

him, on account of his track record of violence and beating. Plus, by the time the audience thinks they have figured out the ending, the director pulls a fast one and portrays a completely different, unusual twist between the three characters. I highly recommend this movie; the actors brilliantly capture their roles and force the audience to believe that there is always more than meets the eye. This film has received a few awards, including the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film and “Best New British Feature.” This film will premiere on Wed. Sept. 21 at 2PM and 8PM at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts. Center. Mercyhurst students’ admission is free with student ID.

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SPORTS
By Marc Narducci Knight Ridder Newspapers The spirit, camaraderie and patriotism were seen everywhere from the Giants Stadium parking lot to the field in a football game disguised as a fund-raiser. Monday night’s game certainly wasn’t a typical NFL contest between the New Orleans Saints and New York Giants. After Hurricane Katrina’s destruction, the games still go on, but this one had a special spirit. The Saints, who have temporarily moved their training facility and three of their home games to San Antonio, Texas, were the home team Monday night. They have been evacuated from their Superdome home. Their name was painted in one end zone and the Giants’ name in the other. No matter where it was staged, it was important to many that the game was played. “We see the Saints as a symbol of things getting better,” said Eddie Compass, New Orleans’ chief of police. The Giants ended an emotional evening with a convincing 27-10 win. The stadium turned to almost silence when New Orleans jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield performed “America the Beautiful.” Two other New Orleans natives, singer Harry Connick Jr. and saxophonist Branford Marsalis, then performed the national anthem. This was dubbed “NFL Hur-

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Saints have special ‘home’ opener
and linebacker Dhani Jones were at ABC’s studios in Times Square, taking telephone pledges in a nationwide telethon. Even though the Saints have become America’s team, they weren’t the favorites at Giants Stadium Monday night. The “visitors” were roundly cheered, and from a Giants perspective, there was a lot to get excited about. It’s possible that this NFC East rival of the Eagles could turn out to be a decent team. Tiki Barber scored two firsthalf touchdowns to give the Giants a 21-10 lead at the break. The Saints’ frustration escalated when John Carney missed a 29-yard field-goal attempt with 13 minutes, 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the Giants leading by 24-10. More impressive than any play on the field was the kinship of the fans. Ardent Giants supporters went out of their way to invite Saints fans to pregame tailgate parties. Imagine Eagles and Giants fans sharing a hot dog off the grill two hours before kickoff. “This is their game,” said Guy Madsen, a 25-year Giants seasonticket holder who was hosting Saints fans in a tailgate party. “After 9/11, we got so much goodwill from people, and now they need that.” It’s obvious that the outcome of a football game is trivial compared to the lives lost and families displaced. Yet there is a certain catharsis that football or any sport provides in times of tragedy.

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A New York Giants fan displays her affection for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

ricane Relief Weekend” by the NFL. While the league probably did the Saints no favor by making

them play a home game in North Jersey, a total of $11 million was donated toward Hurricane Katrina relief by the NFL, its

owners, teams and players collectively. Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, safety Brian Dawkins

“This game means so much to me,” said Grant Vogel, a 19-year-old tailgater and Saints fan from Metairie, La., about 10 miles from New Orleans. “For a few hours, you forget about everything.” Vogel has been living in Milwaukee with his grandparents because his home suffered severe water damage. He drove from Wisconsin for the game. “I just really wanted to be here,” he said. Another tailgater was longtime Saints fan Jason Oubre, a 33year-old bartender from New Orleans. Oubre said he lost his home and is living with his sister, Carla Jayson, in Ridgewood, N.J. “I love the Saints, and it’s cool to mingle with the Giants fans before the game and have a couple of hours of fun,” he said. “I welcome some entertainment.” Troy Majmerick, 27, is originally from New Orleans but has lived in Washington Township, Gloucester County, since 1989. His grandparents lived in St. Bernard Parish outside of New Orleans and lost their home and most possessions in the hurricane, he said. The grandparents, William and Renee Majmerick, have since moved with Troy’s parents to Washington Township, Pa. “It’s so easy to be down,” said Majmerick, a coordinator of student orientation at the University of Pennsylvania. “But I’m so happy they got out, and all this has shown me how much family means.”

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Lack of offense downs football
Lakers drop 35-7 contest to No. 21 Northwood
By Matt Jackson Co-sports editor Not often are statistical categories as lopsided as 392-57. These were the total rushing numbers in Mercyhurst’s football game against No. 21 Northwood University on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the second number was the one credited to their offense. 392 was the total number of yards Northwood (3-1, 2-1) accumulated on the ground after carrying the ball 55 times for five touchdowns in their 35-7 romp of the visiting Lakers (0-4, 0-4). Four different players scored on the ground for the Timberwolves including Torris Childs with two touchdowns from under five yards. Quar terback Kyle Kolbe proved to be highly versatile and quite probably the best weapon for Northwood by leading all rushers with 161 yards on 21 carries. Kolbe also added eight completions for 77 yards through the air. The strong running game brought by Northwood eliminated the need to pass the ball often, but when required, Kolbe did it well. This significant rushing differential between the two teams might not seem so daunting for Jeff Thiel. These two have certainly done their best in carrying the offense. Kelly currently leads the GLIAC with his 16 receptions for 379 yards. Schuler has been almost as impressive with his 10 receptions for 231 yards, but the problem comes when the ball isn’t landing in the hands of the Mercyhurst receivers. Thirteen times this season Mercyhurst passes have landed in the hands of their opponents compared to the zero interceptions by the Laker defense. The passing game has been very inconsistent with the frequent changes behind center. The Lakers have now used all three of their quarterbacks, with seniors Jeff Nowling and Brandon Staley seeing the majority of the playing time. Sophomore Mitch Phillis, who took advantage of a Nowling injury last season to make a case for himself, is back from his own injury and looks to now be a contributing player each week. The good news for the Lakers is that this Saturday their opponent is 0-4 Ferris State. Even better news is that Ferris State is currently last in the GLIAC in rushing offense. Mercyhurst will be looking for their first win in six games, a losing streak that dates back to the 2004-05 season.

Freshman running back Richard Stokes ran for 12 yards against Northwood University. the Lakers if it weren’t for the These numbers have the Lakers category allowing only 69 yards fact that this type of statistic has sitting at or near the bottom of per game. become a trend for the team this almost every rushing category That’s almost 200 yards per season. both offensively and defensively, game less than Mercyhurst. A The Lakers are being out including rushing yards allowed stat which makes one ponder rushed on average 265.8-120 per game where the Lakers sit the mantra of “defense wins yards per game and have let up 15 last in the conference allowing 40 championships.” rushing touchdowns compared yards per game more than Ferris So, big deal right? This doesn’t to only the three that they have State, the next worst team. really matter, because the Lakers scored offensively. Ashland is at the top of the are a passing team anyway and

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make up for this rushing differential through the air. Wrong. Or at least half wrong anyway. Yes, the Lakers are putting up great numbers through the air, especially Calvin Kelly with his breakout season, and Dan Schuler doing a superb job of filling the hole left at tight-end with the graduation of standout

Men’s soccer struggles with 1-6-1 record
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer The Mercyhurst men’s soccer team continued their rocky start to the season with another tight game that ended in defeat. On Sept. 18, the Lakers fell to Saginaw Valley State by a score of 1-0. Saginaw Valley scored nine minutes into the game on a goal by Matt Urick and held the lead for the rest of the game. Just like in the Lakers previous defeats this season, the problem was not shots on goal, as the Lakers outshot Saginaw Valley by a margin of 23-14 in defeat. Prior to that loss, the Lakers were edged by Ashland 2-1. Freshman goalie Daniel Mudd kept the opponent off the board until the 40-minute mark, and just 10 minutes later Ashland scored again to lead 2-0. Mercyhurst was able to get one back when Jason Pedra was awarded a penalty kick, which he converted for his first goal of the season. With the loss the Lakers dropped to 1-6-1 on the season and 0-2-1 in the conference. With just two more losses this season’s loss total will eclipse the total of head coach Keith Cammidge for the last three years. In his first three years at the helm, Cammidge went 46-8-3, including a Regional playoff appearance in 2003. The Lakers record is nearly opposite of what it was from last year, as the team finished the year 14-3-2 and was 3-1-1 in the conference. The Lakers did graduate one of their premier goal scorers in Mike Blythe last season, but have not gotten the output from junior Jason Pedra as they expected. The Lakers have gotten excellent play from Mudd, who hails from Hull, England. He has logged every minute in goal and has a solid goal against average of 1.42. Although, that number is strong, when considering the Lakers are only averaging 0.59 goals per game. It is not good enough to get the wins. Up next for the Lakers, the Golden Knights from Gannon, who will visit Mercyhurst on Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.

Freshman goalie Daniel Rudd has been a lone bright spot in a dismal season.

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Bishop wins Clarion Invite
By Matt Jackson Co-sports editor The Mercyhurst golf teams have to be pleased with the weather they have received up to this point in the season. Unfortunately, the weather is one of the few things the teams have been able to smile about. That was until this past weekend when junior Craig Bishop played possibly the best golf of his collegiate career to earn medalist honors at Clarion University’s Hal Hansen Invitational. Bishop went into the second day of the competition tied for seventh place after shooting an even par 72 on the first at the Clarion Oaks golf course. However, it was the second day that proved to be the round that would push Bishop into the No. 1 spot for the Lakers. Bishop shot an impressive three under 69 to win the invitational. The unfortunate part for the Lakers was that Bishop’s performance was only good enough to lead Mercyhurst to a tie with Washington and Jefferson College at eighth place, which is not terrible considering the 18-team field. The problem was the huge gap between Bishop and the rest of the Laker golfers in the standings. Sophomore Kyle Waddell finished next for Mercyhurst in 40th with a nine over par. Waddell was followed by sophomores Steve Barr in 49th at 12-over, Ryan McNulty in 58th at 14-over, and Ben Deets in 85th at 21-over. Prior to the Clarion Invitational the Lakers competed in the Wayne State Invitational and the Malone Invitational. Brendan Flood, recently voted team captain by his teammates, shot low-score for Mercyhurst in both events. Flood tied for fourth place to help lead the Lakers to a fifth place finish at Wayne State. His opening round 78 was disappointing, but rebounded well with a second day 70 to secure his place in the top five. The Lady Lakers have shared the same mediocrity as the men’s team, but have lacked an individual performance to match that of the men’s. Seniors Hilary McCall and Amy Natalie have done their best to pace the Lakers in their three competitions, but even they have managed only one top 10 individual performance between the two of them. This year’s team is very young, with the two lone seniors leading two sophomores and four freshmen on the roster. Natalie’s tie for eigth place in this past weekend’s Gannon Invitational is the best finish by a Lady Laker yet this season. The 12-over-par finish by Natalie was two strokes better than that of sophomore teammate Jennifer Halinda who finished in a tie for 12th. Halinda was followed by McCall at 17th with a 17 over par 89, and from a trio of a freshman came Lynn Hylwa in 33rd with a 95, Alanna Kirwin in 35th with a 95, and Kaitlin Brody in 40th with a 98. As a team the Lady Lakers finished sixth out of nine teams with Ashland earning the top spot. A day earlier at the Mercyhurst Invitational, Mercyhurst placed seventh out of nine teams, with McCall pacing the Lakers with a two day total of 169. Halinda was not far behind at 170, and Natalie finished her two rounds with a total of 176. Both the men and women will next compete on Thursday at the Penn State Behrend Invitational.

Field hockey fails to use home field advantage early in the season
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer The Mercyhurst field hockey team earned a split in two games on the road in Philadelphia over the weekend. The Lakers played a doubleheader on Sept. 17 against CW Post and the University of Philadelphia. In the first game, the Lakers got a goal from junior Vanessa Mourney on an assist from senior Misty Dennis with just eight minutes to play, and Mercyhurst held on for the 1-0 victory. The goal was her second of the year, and the first game-winner as well. The assist was Dennis’s third of the year, and when combined with her three goals her 26 points leads the team. The Laker defense was on its game as junior goal keeper Julie Smith only faced two shots on goal between the pipes, and was able to stop by for her second shutout of the season. The first shutout came earlier in the year when the Lakers downed Mansfield, with Smith making one save in that victory. in goal for the Lakers. Mercyhurst was able to get off 14 shots on goal, which is a good sign as the team had been averaging just under six shots on goal per contest. Even with the high total from last week, the Lakers are still being outshot 76-60 through eight games on the season. With the split the team now stands at 2-6, which perhaps may be disappointing for the squad consisdering six of their first eight games have been played in the confines of Tullio Field. There is certainly light at the end of the tunnel, as the team has certainly showed promise of late. Four of their last five games, counting out only the 7-2 loss to Shippensburg, Mercyhurst has had the contest decided by three goals or less. One of those contests came against the defending national champion, Bloomsburg University, who the Lakers fell to on Sept. 3 by the score of 3-0. Mercyhurst will return home for games against St. Francis and Kutztown on Sept. 23 and 24. During the month of October the team is in action nine times.

Freshman Courtney Monin

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In the second game of the double header against Philadelphia, the Lakers fell behind 1-0 early and trailed by the same margin at the half. Mercyhurst tied it at 1-1 on a goal from freshman Courtney Monin early in the second half. Junior Megan Smaling was credited with the assist. The goal was not only Monin’s first of the season, but was also the first of her collegiate career. However, the Lady Rams of Philadelphia fired back with two goals in three minutes and held on the rest of the way for a 3-1 victory over the Lady Lakers. Julie Smith stopped eight shots

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THE MERCIAD

September 21, 2005

SPORTS
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst women’s soccer team continues to roll through non-conference play last week, as they handily defeated West Virginia Wesleyan 4-1 on Sept. 18 at the Mercyhurst soccer field. The Lakers scored early and often, as their first tally came only eight minutes into the game when freshman Sarah Powell found the back of the net for her seventh goal of the year. Kelly Minich was credited with the assist, and the scoring would not end there. Just over two minutes later, junior Lisa Casement beat the keeper on the lower right from the center of the field, putting the Lakers ahead early by the score of 2-0. Casement’s sixth goal of the year was assisted by Jacque Sluga. Casement resumed scoring 40 minutes later, as Powell found her on the outside to tie for the team lead in goals. That lead did not last, as Casement returned the favor in finding Powell on a breakaway where she netted her eighth goal of the campaign.

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Women’s soccer wins five straight
The Bobcats sneaked in a goal past diving goalie Karen Eade on a corner kick, but that was simply not enough to counter the fast moving offense of Powell and Casement. Together the two have put up impressive offensive numbers, with Powell holding the team lead in both goals and assists, good for 24 points. Casement is never far behind, logging seven goals and three assists for 17 points. The team has been red-hot of late, winning five in a row to improve their overall record to 6-1. Mercyhurst has been playing non-conference opponents of late, teams such as West Virginia Wesleyan and Slippery Rock, but they open their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule on Sept. 24 when they play host to Saginaw Valley State University. Last season the team went 5-3 in the GLIAC play, a record they are striving to improve upon this year. The Lakers’ overall record last season was 13-6-1, something they are steadily working to improve as well. The team has been without captain Jessica Lamb for a few games due to injury, but other

Sophomore defender Kelly Minich tallied an assist in the Lakers’ win over West Virginia Wesleyan.

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than that have had good luck with regards to injury. The Sluga sisters, Jacque and Adrienne, have an increased role this year. Jacque has scored four goals

this season, while Adrienne has three. The play of Powell has been a tremendous lift for the offense, and has been prevalent as the Lakers have outscored their op-

ponents 25-6 so far this season. In addition to solid goaltending from Karen Eade, the Laker defense has been strong, allowing on 7.7 shots per game compared to their own 17.9 shots.

Eade has a 6-1 record, with a low 1.09 goals against average. Following the Saginaw contest, the Lakers will return to nonconference action when they travel to Edinboro on Sept. 27.

Volleyball goes 1-2 on roller coaster weekend
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer Mercyhurst’s women’s volleyball team continued its tear early this week, but suffered a few setbacks with the coming of the weekend. All in all the weekend was filled with ups and downs, wins and losses, excitement and frustration. The first item at hand for the Lakers was a tough contest with the cross-town rival Gannon Golden Knights. Although Mercyhurst dropped the first game 17-30, the team was able to rebound and win the next three (30-23, 30-22, 30-27) to emerge victorious. A slow start hindered the Lakers, as they racked up 12 hitting errors to 11 kills in game one. After that, however, the team found its stride. On offense, the Lakers were once again led by freshman Jenna Matson, who had 17 kills. Kristin Peterson also contributed heavily with 13 kills, as senior Kari Clapham amassed aces compared to its six errors. The leaders of the offense on Thursday were junior Megan Fargo, who logged 10 kills, and Matson, who came up with nine. Defense was not a saving point for the team, as it accumulated just 5.5 total blocks and Nelson recorded a team-high 10 digs. Oblock and Clapham each notched nine digs. Clapham’s assist total reached just 21. The hard times kept on coming for the team as it faced Michigan Tech on Friday night. This time the Lakers took the first game before losing three in a row once again (30-28, 27-30, 18-30, 23-30). Again the team struggled with efficiency on the offense, hitting just 0.085 as a team. There was certainly one bright spot for the Lakers in this match, the breakout play of freshman Lauren Kubinski. Kubinski had 11 kills on the night, ranking second behind Kristin Peterson who had 16. Peterson’s stellar play translated to defense, as the sophomore collected 10 digs. Junior Angela Furlano received extensive playing time, and came through to lead the team with 13 digs. The weekend’s play concluded with another loss to an upperpeninsula team on Saturday. Lake Superior State survived an early onslaught from the Lakers to come out on top, 3-1. After winning the first game 3018, Mercyhurst fell short in game two 30-32, and then dropped the next two 25-30, 20-30. The match dropped the team to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC. Kubinski once again shined for the Lakers with 14 kills and nine digs, and Jenna Matson had another remarkable performance with 13 kills and 18 digs. Kari Clapham garnered an impressive 50 assists in the match, but none of it was enough. “We can beat these teams,” Clapham explained, “but we’re just so inconsistent right now.” The Lakers will have a chance to redeem themselves this weekend with home matches against Wayne State at 7 p.m. on Friday and Hillsdale at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Senior Kari Clapham and junior Megan Fargo go up for a block against Northern Mich.

46 assists. Said Clapham of Matson, “We have a really good freshman right side back there. She is definitely an asset to our team. She’s confident but not cocky, and never shy on the court.”

Matson has shown her prowess thus far for the Lakers, collecting a team-high 162 kills. Defensively, junior Cara Nelson gathered 19 digs and freshman Jenny Oblock added 12. Thursday night’s match-up was

less fortunate. Northern Michigan ran away with a 3-0 win (30-18, 30-25, 30-22) as Mercyhurst achieved a dismal 0.016 team hitting percentage. The team scored two service

Deragon & Caruso leading Men’s water polo downs Behrend, cross country teams to success but beaten handily by Slippery Rock
By Matt Jackson Co-sports editor With Leif Schmidt and Shannon Morton gone this season, both the Mercyhurst men’s and women’s cross country teams will be looking for someone to step up and be the top runner for their team this season. With two competitions behind them, the squads hope they have found their answers in junior captain Matt Deragon and sophomore Victoria Caruso. Deragon first stepped up in the Westminster Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 3, with a seventh place performance individually, leading his team to a fourth place finish in the nineteam event. Following a 13 day break, Deragon proved to both himself and his teammates that his team best performance was no fluke with a 63rd place finish out of the 265 runners in the 26th annual Notre Dame National Catholic Championships. In the final four meets last season, Deragon’s average finish on his own team was fourth or fifth. “I really used my successful spring season as motivation to continue training hard throughout the summer,” said Deragon. “My summer base training has played a huge role in my turn around from last year to this one.” Overall the Lakers finished 25th out off 33 teams at Notre Dame. Duquesne won the event finishing one point ahead of host Notre Dame. The Lakers finished 13th out of the 20 Division II teams in the event while Deragon finished 25 in Division II. With his recent success, Deragon now has his sights set on Schmidt’s school record time of 26:06. Schmidt, now an assistant coach for the team, believes Deragon has a shot at knocking him back in the record books. “He has the talent and the natural speed,” said Schmidt, “and his endurance has improved. If he can put it all together with good course management then he has a shot at setting the new school record.” On the women’s side, Caruso, a newcomer to the team this year, has wasted no time in making her presence felt with team best times in both of the first two competitions this season. Caruso finished second place in the Westminster Invitational and 34th at Notre Dame. Beth Kenniston finished fourth at Westminster, 21 seconds behind Caruso. The women’s team finished fourth at Westminster and 20th at Notre Dame, with Saint Vincent and Notre Dame being crowned as champions in the two events. Of the Division II teams in the field, the Lakers placed tenth. Up next for both the men’s and women’s teams is the meet against rival Gannon. The two GLIAC teams will line up on the starting line together Saturday at Frontier Park. By Brady Hunter Contributing writer This week brought the men’s water polo team a dramatic and important win as well as a disheartening loss. Wednesday saw the team prove its grit in the Laker’s opening Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) competition against Penn State Behrend, but Saturday’s loss to Slippery Rock was not the direction the team wanted to take its momentum. The Lakers finished strong at the Princeton Invitational last weekend with a 9-7 win over Queens in overtime. The victory came after losses to traditionally strong programs from Fordham (10-6) and George Washington (18-8) on Saturday. Sunday’s victory was made possible by second-period overtime goals from junior Kyle Bogucki and freshman Jorge Montero. The win undoubtedly gave Mercyhurst a head of steam going into Tuesday’s showdown with Behrend. And boy did they need it. After being tied at the end of one quarter and again at 3 at the half ’s end, the Lakers had to mount a small comeback to force overtime for the second consecutive game. Freshman Zach Bell scored the tying goal with five seconds left in regulation, proving his merit in the clutch and earning Mercyhurst College Male Athlete of the Week honors. When all was said and done, the Lakers won 11-9 and Bell had three goals. Fellow freshmen Montero and Andrew Schonoff contributed three and two goals, respectively. Senior Kyle Wilson added a goal, as did freshmen Oscar Calderon and Milhailo Jovanovic. Senior Patrick Staab continued to be strong at goalkeeper, playing every minute of the game and recording nine saves. Saturday saw a turn of events, however, as the Lakers were unable to ride their wave of momentum to victory. Instead, the team lost 13-6, dropping them to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in CWPA play. This time Kyle Bogucki led the team on offense, with three goals. Riordan, Montero, and Schonoff each scored once. Once again, Calderon and Schonoff gave the Lakers assists, but the team effort fell short this time. At goalkeeper, Staab continued his steady play with nine saves while holding his ground throughout the contest. This kind of distribution is important for the development of young players, and the team certainly has its share of young guns. Seven of the 13 players on the team are freshman, and Riordan, the lone sophomore, has been a major contributor.

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