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Vol. 79 No. 3
September 28, 2005
Selection committee announces three ﬁnalists to college community
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Mercyhurst College is one step closer to determining its 11th president after an extensive search process left three candidates. The three – Thomas G. Fox, Ph.D., the senior vice president for advancement at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Fla.; Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs at Mercyhurst; and Colleen Hester, Ph.D., vice president of strategic planning, institutional research and evaluation at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas – plan to visit the campus in early October. On-campus visits will take place Oct. 3-4 for Fox, Oct. 6-7 for Gamble and Oct. 11-12 for Hester. During those visits the candidates will meet with the college’s trustees, administrators, faculty, coaches and students at the Erie and North East campuses. They will also visit with the Sisters of Mercy, the order of nuns who founded the college in 1926. Following the visits, the board of trustees plans to meet on Oct. 27
Dr. Thomas G. Fox Dr. Thomas J. Gamble Dr. Colleen Hester
to ofﬁcially vote and determine the college’s new president. William C. Sennett, chairman of the search committee, said the board had “really good” applicants in a pool of 50 candidates that included presidents, provosts and vice presidents of other institutions. The search began in the latter month
of February after the retirement of Mercyhurst’s ninth president, Dr. William P. Garvey. The committee spent the ﬁrst month preparing a leadership statement and selecting the national search ﬁrm, Academic Search. All constituents of the college – students, faculty, alumni, administrators,
trustees and the Sisters of Mercy – aided in developing the leadership statement. Advertising for the position began in late spring and constant, up-todate emails were sent to inform the Mercyhurst Community about the search. “This has been a dedicated group.
They have been very harmonious considering that they are a diverse group and the undercurrents we faced,” Sennett said. “The committee considered every applicant,” he added. “Each of the candidates had the opportunity to convince the committee through the letter, application, curriculum vitae and references.” In late August, the committee narrowed the ﬁeld to eight candidates and after extensive 90-minute interviews with the committee, the committee voted on the three ﬁnalists. Thomas G. Fox, Ph.D., is the senior vice president for advancement at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Fla. He is responsible for all fund-raising programs; alumni, government and community relations; public affairs; marketing and communications; publications; and the public radio station. He has held that position since 2003. Prior to that, Fox was at Wheeling Jesuit University for three years where he was senior vice president for advancement and sponsored programs.
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A little something for everyone to enjoy
By Katie Walker Contributing writer
This weekend the famous gates of Mercyhurst will welcome back many people that have graced the campus in years past. Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, is Homecoming weekend here at the ‘Hurst, and the Hill will sure to be buzzing with alumni reliving their times at the ‘Hurst along with current students making memories that they will hold dear for years to come. Homecoming 2005 begins on Friday at 11:30 a.m. with the 11th annual James R. McKeever Alumni Golf Outing and Dinner at the Lawrence Park Golf Club. This annual event beneﬁts the James R. McKeever scholarship fund, a scholarship that is given each year at the event. The weekend’s events kick into high gear Saturday at 10 a.m. when alumni will register for events in the Performing Arts Center and also enjoy a continental breakfast and mingling with their friends until 11:30 a.m. For alumni that have not seen the improvements to the campus they can participate in Ambassador guided walking tours, which will be available until 12:30 p.m. The Homecoming tailgate party kicks off at noon on Tullio Field. This is a time for alumni to catch up with their friends and get themselves ﬁred up to cheer on the mighty Lakers in their game against Ashland beginning at 1:30 p.m. The Homecoming Queen and King will be announced at the football game. For those that do not want to attend the football game they can enjoy “A Comfortable Old-Fashioned Tea” with the Sisters of Mercy in the Cummings Art Gallery. This will give alums the chance to talk to several Sisters about Mercyhurst and the Sisters of Mercy. The fun will then continue at the Cornerstone Bar and Grill where alumni can “Revive the Good Times” beginning at 5 p.m. This is an informal get together for the alumni to sit and talk about their good times on the Hill. For those that do not go to “Revive the Good Times” they can attend the Alumni Awards Dinner in the Mercy Heritage Room. This event begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception dinner will follow at 7 p.m. This year’s award recipients are Mary Ellen Dahlkemper ’73, who will be honored for Outstanding Service to Her Community; William G. Ball, Esq. ’85, honored for Outstanding Achievement in a Chosen Field; Sister Elisabeth Lintsen ’70, honored for outstanding Service to Mercyhurst; and Matt Triola ’90, honored as Outstanding Young Alumnus. For those that do not wish to attend the Awards Dinner, but would like to congratulate the award recipients they may attend the post- dinner reception which begins at 9:30 p.m. in the Mercy Heritage Room. The weekend winds down on Sunday with a Mass celebrated in the Christ the King Chapel beginning at 10 a.m. and that will be followed by “A Taste of Class” Brunch in the Egan Dining Room from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Homecoming 2005 offers a wide array of activities for alumni young and old to participate in and also offers a little something for those that are enjoying their time at the ‘Hurst. Be sure to enjoy the 2005 Homecoming on the Hill.
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Student cars line both sides of Wayne Street due to a lack of parking spaces on the east side of campus
Parking problems persist
By Corrie Thearle
College is full of obstacles and challenges that all students must learn to overcome. Whether it’s a messy roommate or a drill sergeant moonlighting as a professor, college students tackle many problems. At Mercyhurst College one of the biggest student concerns does not present itself in a classroom or dorm room, but in the parking lots and streets across campus. Student parking has been a major issue for Mercyhurst College students. The incredible growth of the student body in the past couple years has added increased pressure to the parking arrangements on campus. Upperclassmen who cannot ﬁnd a space in a lot must seek parking on a city street.
Briggs and Lewis Avenues have cars lined up bumper to bumper on one side at any time of the day. The cars on the left or right side of Parade Street can be seen sporting many Mercyhurst stickers. Due to the heavy amount of parking on all of these residential streets, the city of Erie stepped in to alleviate the parking problems. All three of these city streets have parking restrictions, preventing students from parking cars on both sides. These measures allow for efﬁcient and productive trafﬁc ﬂow. Large emergency vehicles and snow plows are able to have complete access. Two cars can safely pass one another on the street and local residents have additional parking if needed in front of their homes. These measures have secured safe driving and parking conditions on residential streets, but have not lessened the pressure for students to seek parking
outside of Mercyhurst lots. The college restricts freshmen from having cars on campus. However, the large incoming freshman classes during the past years have now grown into sizeable sophomore classes. Many upperclassmen have cars on campus. The college has increased in student numbers, but has yet to increase parking lot spaces. Even though it appears there is a lack of spaces available on campus, there are enough spaces available for students with cars. According to Police and Safety there are 1,547 parking slots across campus. This fall Police and Safety conducted daily surveys of the number of available parking spaces in lots across campus. The surveys have conﬁrmed that at certain times of the day, there are up to 70 available slots in one lot.
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Technology professionals World Briefs CIT department provides instructional support
Compiled by Christina Ferranti
Straight to the moon
NASA plans return to the Moon by 2020. Four astronauts are to be sent in a new space vehicle that will cost an estimated $104 billion. It is similar to the Apollo program that carried the first humans to the moon in 1969. The new system will put crew members into a capsule sitting atop a rocket, and will have a separate heavy-lift vehicle to take only cargo into orbit. This will be the ﬁrst human mission to the moon since 1972, and will likely take place in 2018 carrying four people on a four to seven day stay. NASA chief Michael Griffin described the program as, “Apollo on steroids.”
By Katie Walker Contributing writer
Are you an instructor looking for a way to expand your use of technology in the classroom? Are you a student that is in need of video projection equipment? Well the answer to your questions and needs are located right on the Mercyhurst campus. The Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) is a new addition to Mercyhurst this year, but the idea of instructional technology is not a new one to the Mercyhurst community. For the past four years the Links to the Future Program was run by the education department and provided many of the same services which CIT now provides. However, the Links to the
Immune boost to ﬁght cancer and HIV
Researchers are working on an immune-boosting therapy that could improve cancer vaccines and help a range of patients, including the elderly, better ward off infection. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve found a means of boosting the output of disease-ﬁghting immune cells by the thymus, a tiny organ located in the upper chest. The Mayo team studied immune system responses in health workers who were accidentally exposed to HIV. All of those exposed received a common anti-aids treatment; none of the health workers went on to develop HIV infection.
Future Program was funded by a grant from the federal government, and the grant ran out last year. According to Barbara Pittman, Director of the Center for Instruction Technology, “The Center came into existence through the work of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Steering Committee, chaired by Dr. Terry Pettijohn, which over the last two years developed and proposed a plan to offer a college center that would continue and expand upon the successful Links to the Future Program.” CIT provides a wide variety of services to the whole Mercyhurst community. Located in room 307 of the Hirt Center, CTI provides everything from loaning video projection equipment to students and faculty, to helping faculty apply and secure Technology Innova-
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A glimpse inside the new CIT department in Hirt 307
The Vatican says it will ban new gay priests, even if they accept a vow of celibacy. The late John Paul II ordered a review of the Catholic Church’s policy on homosexuality following the U.S. child sex abuse scandals. The Vatican states that homosexuals are “intrinsically disordered.” Upcoming this month will be an inspection of an estimated 229 seminaries in the United States. According to some reports both gay and straight priests are embarrassed by this announcement.
tion Grants. Some other services they provide are consultations in the center for assistance with software or Blackboard, they will also be conducting, in cooperation with IT, some workshops on such things as advanced use of Blackboard and Web development, and on their Website, advice about instructional design and a bibliography of research in the use of technology. The center is manned by Dr. Pittman and two graduate assistants Baron Wolf and Sara Simard and is open to students and faculty Monday – Friday 7:45- 4:00 p.m. They look forward to helping
the Mercyhurst community with their technological issues. Pittman also would like the students and faculty to have some input in what the Center offers. “The Center is still in the process of building a good stock of equipment and software, and welcome suggestions from both students and faculty about what should be added to the Center.” If you would like more information on how the Center for Instructional Technology can help you, visit their website on Lakernet at http://users.mercyhurst.edu/bpittman/www/CIT. htm. Students should feel free to stop in and visit.
Mercyhurst stimulates relief efforts
By Dana Moderick Contributing writer
Just a little over one month ago, Hurricane Katrina tore through states in the South, leaving millions without any belongings and predictions of damage in the billions of dollars. Since then there have been relief efforts throughout the world, including at Mercyhurst College. Residence Life, Campus Ministry and the Mercyhurst North East Nursing Department are just three organizations making an effort to ease the suffering of Katrina victims. Residence Life held a rafﬂe that appealed to both students and faculty containing items donated from all over campus. The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center donated two tickets for six shows in their Artist Series chosen by the winner of the drawing. Also donated were free books for one term from the bookstore, an underground parking spot for the 2006-07 school year, $300 towards student housing and other gift packages. Mercyhurst North East contributed as well. The student Nursing Association created/prepared 50 “Crisis Care Kits” of personal hygiene items for families, children and babies. Each kit had items in it whose total value was between $10-$15. Organizing the efforts was Professor Lucille Morrison of the North East nursing department. Students in the nursing department also helped to add just under $800 towards relief funds. Sister Geri Rosinski, the Director of Campus Ministry, immediately went into fundraising mode. Within the ﬁrst 10 days of this school year she organized cash collections by sending out emails to faculty and students and made announcements at Sunday worship services. After speaking with head football coach Marty Schaetzle, he and Rosinski decided to take up collections at their last home game, and for homecoming weekend. So far, total collections for the relief fund are at just under $2,500, and Rosinski hopes to take in more at the upcoming game. Money raised is being spread out to different organizations aiding in the relief efforts, such as the American Red Cross, Mercy Corps and Catholic Relief Services. Rosinski stated, “It’s tough, there’s no two ways about it. We’re trying to do all we can. I feel especially sorry for the ones that have been hit twice now.” While campus ministry has already contributed a great deal, they will be turning their attention back to local agencies, while still continuing less intense efforts to help Katrina victims. In the short time since Hurricane Katrina, the students and faculty of Mercyhurst College have made great efforts in what seems to be an overwhelming devastation. Rosinski commented, “People’s hearts have been deeply moved by the terrible sufferings of the thousands of people impacted by the effects of the hurricane. “May this spirit of compassion and mercy always be a hallmark of this generous Mercyhurst College community.”
Chief justice vote
John Roberts, a 50-year-old federal appellate judge and the president’s ﬁrst pick for the Supreme Court, is assured of getting an overwhelming conﬁrmation vote by the Senate later this week, making him the nation’s 17th chief justice. Two-thirds of the 100 senators, both Republicans and Democrats, already had promised to support Roberts as the successor to the late William H. Rehnquist before the debate began. “The word is that the justices very much applaud his nomination to be chief justice,” said Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa.
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Sections of New Orleans open to public
Residents of one New Orleans neighborhood were invited to come home Monday and “help us rebuild the city.” The mayor’s ofﬁce announced that residents of Algiers, which largely escaped the ﬂooding brought by the twin onslaughts of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, would be able to return starting at 10 a.m. on Monday. Algiers, a neighborhood of 57,000 people across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter, also was the ﬁrst section to reopen to residents last week, before the approach of Rita forced the city to halt its plan to reopen some neighborhoods. In addition, business owners in the Central Business District, the French Quarter and the Uptown section would be allowed in to inspect property and clean up.
Senior Dan Kick sells rafﬂe tickets to help Katrina victims
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He was responsible for all fund raising, alumni relations, public affairs and government relations as well as the management of federal programs. He was executive vice president and CEO of Operation Smile (1996-2000); president and CEO of Liberty Science Center (1994-96) and vice president for development and public affairs at Oregon Health Sciences University (1990-94). Fox spent 18 years (1972-1990) at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, rising from assistant dean of administrative planning at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to executive vice president of the University Health System of New Jersey. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a master’s of education degree from the University of Vermont. Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., has been the vice president of academic affairs at Mercyhurst College since 2003. He is responsible for all academic planning and administration at the college. From 1997 to 2003 he was associate professor of criminal justice and psychology and director of the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute. From 1984 to 1997 he served in Erie County government, ﬁrst as director of the Edmund Thomas Adolescent Center (1984-88), then as director of Child Professional Services, Erie County Ofﬁce of Children and Youth (1988-93) and then as executive director of the Erie County Ofﬁce of Children and Youth (1993-97). He holds doctoral degrees in psychology and social psychology from Syracuse, and post-doctoral education at Yale University. Colleen Hester, Ph.D., is vice president, strategic planning, institutional research and evaluation at the University of St. Thomas, in Houston, Texas. Since taking the position in 1999, she has been responsible for strategic planning, institutional effectiveness/outcomes assessment, institutional research and accreditation. Prior to that she was an American Council on Education (ACE) fellow in 2001-02. She began her afﬁliation at the University of St. Thomas in 1982 as a staff psychologist and continued with the university, serving as director of the counseling and testing center (1984-87), professor of psychology, then chair of the psychology department (1987-1998), assistant to the president for institutional advancement (1998-99). She received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Lynndie England, the U.S. Army private photographed holding a nude Iraqi man on a leash, was convicted Monday of abusing detainees at Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison and faces up to 10 years in jail. A military jury at Fort Hood, Texas, took about two hours to ﬁnd England, 22, guilty of ﬁve counts of mistreating prisoners and one count of committing an indecent act.
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Parking spaces in high demand Police and Safety Log
However, many of these lots that have plenty of spaces available at any given time of the day are mainly located on the west side of campus. Lots such as Egan/McAuley, Zurn/D’Angelo, Mercy Apartments and the Athletic Center/ Student Union, have plenty of available spaces. However, most of the upperclassmen who are searching for spaces reside on the opposite side of campus, far away from these available slots. Rodger J. Gregorich, Director of Public Safety explained, “There is enough parking on campus, but it is not very convenient to where students are residing.” Many students agree with Gregorich. Ashley Leute, a sophomore who has a part-time job off campus, returns late to her apartment several nights a week. She explains that, “I’m not inclined to park across campus in the McAuley lot and walk almost three blocks back to my apartment on Wayne Street at midnight.” The lack of parking on the east side of campus has become a very serious problem this fall. The additional parking lot that was at the northeast corner of East 38th and Pine is no longer owned by Mercyhurst. This lot which provided 32 additional parking spaces, is now owned by Country Fair, which plans to build a gas station on the site this summer. Students who could not ﬁnd parking in any of the available parking lots on Lewis or Briggs, were always guaranteed a space across from CVS. With the loss of this parking
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lot, many students have begun to park on Wayne Street. Because there are no parking restrictions on Wayne Street, it is frequently ﬁlled with cars on both sides from the McAuley Adult Education Center to East 41st Street. This excess trafﬁc has caused many local residents who live on Wayne Street alarm and distress. Ellen Hailwood, who lives at 4015 Wayne St. has expressed concern over the large number of students who have been parking on the side of the road. Hailwood explains that many, “residents are extremely upset with the college and not the students. “I think they are treating students like second-rate citizens. If the college allows students to bring cars on campus, they should provide sufﬁcient parking,” she said. Hailwood went on to explain that she and many other residents have hired plows for their driveways during the winter. She warned that, “There is a tremendous chance that someone’s car will be damaged.” Efforts to solve these problems have been undertaken by both Executive Vice-President for Administration Tom Billingsley and the department of Police and Safety. The city of Erie is looking to take similar action on Wayne Street that they initiated on Parade, Briggs and Lewis. To ensure the ﬂuidity and efﬁciency of trafﬁc on the street, there will be restrictions that will only allow parking on one side. Billingsley stepped in to make an agreement with Country Fair that will allow Mercyhurst students to park in their lot until
Theft Baldwin Hall-Football ofﬁce 25 September 2005 Unknown person(s) took a Dell Laptop computer from an ofﬁce. Investigated
Liquor Law Violations Mercy Apartments 25 September 2005 Male student while being under the age of 21 years consumed an alcoholic beverage. Investigated
Domestic 3923 Lewis Ave 25 September 2005 Male and Female student had a verbal dispute. Investigated
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Criminal Mischief Hammermill Library 22 September 2005 Male student removed Dell Logo from computer. Investigated
Junior Ashley Saunier gives up after looking for a space
construction begins. The ﬁnal agreement is currently under negotiation and Billingsley commented that it should take about a week. Students should wait for authorization from the college to park in the lot at the northeast corner of Pine and East 38th Street. However, one student, senior Stephanie Reho points out that, “With the large freshman and sophomore classes, it’s only going to become more difﬁcult next year.” With the inevitable loss of the lot across from CVS at the end of the 2006 school year, once again the college will face another parking crisis. Billingsley explained that there is another opportunity for the college to lease a parking lot for student use. This parking lot is at East 35th Street and Wallace, almost three blocks away from the school and across East 38th Street. The large distance between
student housing and the parking lot has detained the administration from pursuing an agreement to lease it. Billingsley commented, “There is possible parking at Wallace and 35th Street if the students would use it.” He also explained that if MSG expressed the desire for the college to add an additional parking lot, the administration would take the initiative to lease the lot at 35th Street and Wallace. However, senior Melissa Jack sees a possible problem with this possibility. She states that, “Many students come home from either work or the bar late at night. Issues could arise from girls and/or inebriated students having to walk so far to get back to campus.” Although the current parking crisis seems to be averted over on Wayne Street, there are many more parking issues that will continue to surface throughout the year.
Theft McAuley Hall 24 September 2005 Unknown person(s) took a Dell Inspirion Laptop computer from a Dorm Room. Investigated
Criminal Mischief Parking Lot #19 18 September 2005 Unknown person(s) placed unknown type of liquid on a motorcycle seat. Investigated
Public Intoxicated, Criminal Mischief Disorderly Conduct 3828 Lewis Ave 17 September 2005 Male student while under the inﬂuence of an intoxicating beverage caused damage to private property and became combative with college ofﬁcials. Investigated, State citations
Liquor Law Violations 3810 Briggs Ave 17 September 2005 Male Student while being under the age of 21 years did possess and consume an alcoholic beverage. Investigated, State citations issued
By Melissa Jack Features editor
Unlike the rated-R wine comedy, “Sideways”, the Wine Country Harvest Festival that took place in North East this past weekend was an affair for all ages, even with the obvious alcohol thrown into the mix. Taking place over three days, Sept. 23-25, the festivities took place in two locales in the quaint town of North East: Gibson Park and Gravel Pit Park. I would compare the Wine Fest to an arts and crafts festival that happened to include wine sampling as the favorite activity. Of course, before you sample too many cups of wine the ﬁrst order of business is ﬁlling your stomach with food – and there existed many greasy options for
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everyone. There were signs for gyros, Greek dogs and fries, nachos, cheese steak, chicken wraps and hamburgers. To satisfy your sweet tooth were tents containing homemade ice cream, apple dumplings, funnel cake, fudge, chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels and the traditional kettlecorn. While walking the grounds I saw upon tent after tent of tempting handmade wares. There was jewelry, photographs, candles, hand-woven shirts, purses and scarves, wood carvings, lawn ornaments, glass ﬁgurines, pottery, bath and body products and ﬂowers. Eventually becoming overwhelmed I decided to duck into the wine sampling tent. Ahh…this is what I am here for. Inside, Erie’s ﬁve major wineries were featured: Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Heritage Wine Cellars, Mazza Vineyards, Penn Shore Vineyards and Presque Isle Wine Cellars. Each of these had a tantalizing display of wines spread out on their tables. In order to get a sample of wine you were required to purchase tokens: $2 for a small sample, $4 for a larger sample. Because I wanted to conserve money for a possible purchase down the road, I simply purchased two small sample tokens and made my way to the Arrowhead Wine Cellars table. Their wines were lined up in order from sweetest to driest, and after much debate I decided to ﬁrst try the Pink Catawba, which is semi-sweet and very fruity. At this point I decided it was time that I take advantage of one of the unique experiences the wine fest offered: receiving a tour of a winery of your choice. My roommate and I took the ﬁrst shuttle that arrived; it was heading for Penn Shore Vineyards. Upon arriving we were escorted into their front store containing shelves and bins of all their wines. Among the choices were Red Wine, Chablis, Bianca, Burgundy, Blush, Diamond, Lambruscano, Pink Catawba, Niagara, Concord, Chardonnay, Seyval Blanc, Baco Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Champagne. My roommate and I didn’t have much time to drool over our options because a tour was just starting. The tour guide started by giving us an impressive fact: between the tri-state area there are about 40,000 acres of grapevines, about 85 percent of them are concord grapes. To harvest their grapes Penn Shore Vineyards uses a mechanical harvester that has “ﬁngers” which shake the vines, causing the ripened grapes to fall into baskets. After being collected, the grapes go through a grape press and then are put into huge stainless steel tanks for fermentation. These tanks were impressive, the smallest of which could hold 500 gallons and the largest holding 2,000 gallons. The wines held in these tanks will ferment from 4-6 weeks and go through a ﬁltering process about seven times to remove the sediment. To ﬁlter each tank takes about half a day. Penn Shore Winery also has some wines that go through the fermentation process in oak barrels, such as the chardonnays and cabernets. These wines ferment in the barrels from two to three years. Upon entering the wine cellar containing these tanks there was no doubt as to what was made there. The smell was amazingly aromatic and delicious. Now, after the wine has fermented the sufficient amount of time and gone through all the ﬁltering processes, it is time to bottle it. Penn Shore Vineyards uses a bottling machine to do this, which can go through 1,000 bottles per hour. After this they go through the more tedious process of labeling. The tour ended on the back porch of Penn Shore Vineyards, which is wood latticework and looks out upon the many acres of grapevines growing on their property. I thought this a very appropriate and beautiful ending
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An example of the selection of wines at the Wine Fest.
Locals enjoy the festival.
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to an interesting and informational tour. Besides going on a tour of a winery there were many other unique wine-themed opportunities to experience at the Wine Fest. A fun activity, especially for kids, was grape stomping. They also had a champagne breakfast, available, but only if you made reservations. Wine and Food Seminars were also offered each day, such as “Cooking with Wine,” “Make Your Own Wine” and “Wine and Chocolate.” Also, they didn’t leave the men to suffer the arts and crafts aspect of the festival for too long – right next door was a massive
classical car show that lasted most of the day. Besides these activities they had live bands playing back-to-back for entertainment the entire day, along with a magician, a quilting show and horse-drawn carriage rides. As is quite obvious, the Wine Fest had many activities to offer for everyone, of any age and gender. Next year you should check out the Wine Country Harvest Festival. After all, since we spend so much time in this neck of the woods, why not experience some of the tradition and heritage of the Erie area?
Student meets Capitol Hill ‘Hurst takes part in Peace Rally
Political science major shows she has what it takes in D.C.
By Melissa Jack Features editor
This summer many students had notable internships in theirﬁeld of choice that came with many incredible learning experiences and opportunities for future development; junior political science major, Maeve Kelly, was no exception. “I worked for a PAC, which is a Political Action Committee, Photo courtesy of Maeve Kelly called 21st Century Democrats,” Maeve Kelly poses with Sen. said Maeve. This was located Evan Bayh just two blocks from the White House. the senior advisor to President The ﬁrst task Maeve was as- Bill Clinton and former host of signed was to run a Campaign CNN’s show “Crossﬁre.” Training Program, which brought Maeve’s second task was being in 120 people from across the in charge of the Youth Speaker United States, to train them on Series on the Hill. This lasted how to win a Democratic race. two weeks and on any given day The people who enrolled in this 500 interns would come to hear program varied in their degree of the speakers that Maeve had experience. scheduled. Maeve said, “This happened “What I did was create a data within the first week of my base of every Democratic repreinternship, so I was basically sentative and senator as well as thrown into the midst of it. political ﬁgures no longer in the “Some of the people had spotlight, such as Bill Clinton and worked for the Kerry Campaign, Madeline Albright,” said Maeve. some were running for ofﬁce and “I worked with congressional others just wanted to learn about schedulers and was able to get the process, possibly for future such noted speakers as Senareference,” she said. tor John Kerry, Senator Hillary One of the highlights of being Rodham Clinton, James Carville, involved with this program was Senator Dick Durbin and Conthat Maeve was able to meet and gressman Dennis Kucinich.” greet the keynote speaker of the Maeve’s third and ﬁnal task was program: Paul Begala, who was helping to organize the 21st Century Democrats Annual Dinner, whose theme was “Celebrating Extraordinary Leaders.” The dinner was honoring Senator Dick Durbin and Barack Obama. “I was given the task of being the VIP greeter, so I welcomed Senators to the event. However, the most exciting thing was that in a roomful of hundreds of people, who paid hundreds of dollars to even sit near Barack Obama, I, as an intern, had the opportunity to sit next to him,” said Maeve. Outside of her internship Maeve was able to really enjoy the experiences that come from living in Washington D.C. For example, she had the opportunity to have her picture taken in front of the Capitol with Senator Evan Bayh (Ind.), who is a 2008 Presidential Nominee. Maeve said, “While I was shaking hands with Bayh I said, ‘Senator, Kristen Hudak (’05 alumni) and I will single-handedly run your campaign in Pennsylvania,’ he laughed and said, ‘Thank you.’ “My experiences that I had through my internship could never be learned in a classroom setting. I would urge all students to take on an internship position so that they may truly have a hands-on experience in their ﬁeld of choice,” said Maeve, “I’ll never forget my wonderful summer in D.C.”
By Natalie Vindivich Contributing writer
“George Bush is a bigger disaster than the war...than Katrina!” An enthusiastic cheer erupted from the streets surrounding the Washington Monument. On Saturday, Sept. 23, more than 50,000 people congregated in Washington DC to make their voices heard and march to the white house on behalf of peace and an end to war. Photo courtesy of Natalie Vindivich For this day out of history, Constitution Avenue pulsed with Protesters at the Peace Rally exercise their right to assembly. life and vigor, drawing people from every age, race, creed, and passed a wide range of topics, resonated loud and clear. even country to connect for a though most everything reverted The challenge to make a difback to American occupation in ference goes beyond the grand uniﬁed vision. The Raging Grannies, Marx- Iraq. Thoughts and criticisms on procession in which painted ist and Socialist groups, nuns, how the government dealt with signs and NO MORE WAR butstudents, previous government the Hurricane Katrina crisis were tons line the streets like a Macy’s representatives, citizens from avidly worked in as a means to Day Parade gone liberal. Haiti, and even soldiers back support points about the Bush The question is, what will befrom Iraq were just a few of the administration. come of the ideas and emotions The most exhilarating part stirred up in Washington last dozens of groups adequately of the day came with the actual Saturday? Will those who took represented. One thing that could not be march around White House. The part make some kind of impact, missed were the array of signs, crowd’s behavior, almost pushing drawing on the experience for held high with catch phrases paradoxical for its own peaceful inspiration? such as ‘Bush lies Who dies?’, motives, was nonetheless conOne can only await the true ‘Make pizza Not War’, and the tagious and inspiring for those repercussion of event on our conspicuous ‘Impeach for sex taking part. country: the effects. Many musical groups shared but not for murder.’ Bush’s face was plastered on their talents at the rally. The more banners that were it not for atmosphere of the stage only the hate messages accompany- conﬁrmed that music does ‘make ing them, the crowd could have the people come together.’ Throughout the day, expresbeen mistaken for last fall’s right sions like “The time is now!” winged re-election campaign. Speeches were a key part of “It’s up to us to take our country the event. The speeches encom- back!” and simply “Revolution!”
New faculty meld science and art
By Jen Helbig Contributing writer
This fall, Mercyhurst has taken on two new faculty members in its family and consumer science program, each with his or her own individual talents to contribute. Stuart Henderson hails from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. “I studied architecture there for six years,” Henderson said. “I started out as an art major at Youngstown State, but then changed to engineering, and eventually came to architecture.” After graduation, he worked in an architecture ﬁrm in Erie. “It’s a great job, with long hours and lots of work, but it is completely rewarding,” Henderson said. However, Henderson said that he found teaching appealing after trying it. “I was teaching evening courses, and teaching is something I wanted to do,” he said. There is no architecture major at Mercyhurst, but Henderson explained the importance of architecture in relation to interior design. “You need to take structures courses, where you learn things like the statics and strength of materials. Lots of patterns from the inside and the outside of the building are the same,” he said. Now Henderson can use his real world experience to help interior design majors at Mercyhurst learn. His focus is on the architecture end of interior design. “I teach technical graphics courses, where the student learns how to draw their thoughts in a deliberate manner,” he said. He teaches Studio V and Tech II. “I enjoy being around so many creative minds, and to see the different solutions that they will come up with,” Henderson said. Another new faculty member is Amy Weaver-Kaulis, who graduated from Mercyhurst in 2000. Her bachelor degree is in fashion merchandising, along with a minor in marketing. “I went on to get my masters at the University of North Texas, through a distant learning program,” Weaver-Kaulis said. “It was a master’s of science in industrial/technical merchandising and fabric analytics, along with a minor in higher education.” What she studied involved the planning, developing and marketing of apparel and fashionrelated goods. “People don’t realize how much of fashion merchandising is related to other disciplines,” Weaver-Kaulis said. “Fashion merchandising is a social science, which is surprising to many individuals. Students are challenged to learn how fashion relates to history, psychology and sociology.” This term Weaver-Kaulis is teaching Introduction to the Fashion Industry and History of Dress. Weaver-Kaulis worked full time in the fashion industry for several years, as a manager at Talbots in Erie, but she always wanted to teach at the college level. “During sophomore review, I had to write out my goals, and I said that I wanted to go on and get a master’s and teach fashion merchandising,” Weaver-Kaulis said. “It isn’t too often that people end up doing what they originally set-out to do.” Weaver-Kaulis said that she was adjunct faculty last year, and enjoys seeing familiar faces in class and on campus. “I like Mercyhurst because the class sizes are small, you can really get one-on-one time with students. They are very involved with the program also, not just in class,” Weaver-Kaulis said.
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Each member of the football team was asked to bring in one health-conscious recipe to share in the cookbook. In the book, about 80 different recipes are broken down into 10 different categories: pork, chicken, beverages, snacks, dips, side dishes, poultry, seafood, pasta and brunch. The “Tackle Cancer Program Cookbooks” can be purchased at the football games, the DocuCenter, the football ofﬁce, the Mercyhurst Athletic Center, and soon, the Mercyhurst College Bookstore and Carolyn Hermann Union. The cookbooks will sell for $10 each and all of the proﬁts will be donated to charity.
Convenience: We speed into the closest parking space, we buy tickets ahead of time, we go through the self-check out lane at Wal-Mart and we hop into the high-intensity tanning bed for ﬁve minutes. As college students, there isn’t much time to waste, especially when you have a busy day riding
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the bus over to Peach Street to see a dollar movie. When it comes to dinner, waiting half an hour to eat is far from plausible, even if it means having a bowl of cereal or microwaving a Lean Cuisine again. Here’s a recipe to try instead of watching TV on one of those days when you ﬁnd an hour to spare. Unlike microwave TV dinners, it won’t be packed with calories, sodium and fat and only ﬁll you up halfway. Vary it to contain foods that you like, but remember to keep moist ingredients out of it, or it will turn out soggy.
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1 package 8 in. ﬂour tortillas 1 small can chopped peppers, drained 1 onion, chopped and fried 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1 can drained, or bag of frozen corn, thawed White rice, optionally cooked in vegetable, beef, or chicken broth instead of water for extra ﬂavor 1 can pinto, black, or refried beans, drained ½ lb. chicken, cubed and baked or fried until done or ½ lb. ground beef, fried and drained 1 8 oz. bag shredded cheddar cheese Chopped cilantro to taste Juice from one lime Barbeque sauce First, cook the meat until it is fully done. Drain the meat, and place it in a large bowl. Add peppers, onion, garlic, corn, rice, and beans and mix together. Lay out each of the tortillas on a counter on its own individual square of tin foil. Spoon about ¾ c. of the mixture onto one end of the tortilla Sprinkle with desired amount of cheese, cilantro, and a squeeze of the lime. Wrap each tortilla by folding the sides parallel to each other. Then roll the tortilla from the end with ﬁlling towards the open end. Lay the wrapped burrito with the loose end on the bottom in the center of the foil. Use the back of a spoon to spread desired amount of barbeque sauce over the burrito, this adds a great ﬂavor. Put all of the burritos in the freezer, and when you are ready to eat one, just pop it in your oven at 350 F for about 30-45 minutes. I usually stick one in when I get back from the gym and take a shower, when I get out, a homemade dinner is ready for me! * If you can’t handle so many burritos, cut a hole in the top of a green pepper, take out the seeds and rinse it. Drop it into boiling water for about 4 or 5 minutes, remove, and stuff it with the ﬁlling. Stuffed peppers can easily be wrapped in foil and frozen also, they just take a little longer to bake in the oven, about an hour. Enjoy the convenience of a great, cheap meal!
What does football, cooking and cancer have in common? Ordinarily the answer is not much. This fall the Mercyhurst College football team is setting itself apart and bringing together these three things in an attempt to make a difference in people’s lives. This year’s team is creating and promoting the “Tackle Cancer Program Cookbook” whose proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. Marty Schaetzle, head football coach for the Lakers, got the idea.
‘Buddy Walk’ helps kids
By Dennis Fletcher English Department
Five years ago, I joined my sister, a couple of nephews and their kids, my brother-in-law, and niece for my ﬁrst ‘Buddy Walk.’ It was a lot of fun tossing the football around and joking about the Browns and Cardinals. Eventually, I walked back to be with my sister Joyce and niece Amy. My sister was trying to coax my Down Syndrome niece to walk at least half of the mile, but it was a real struggle. So was the fact that Amy was the first child “included” in the Greene Township School District--so was the fight for excellent health care--so was a host of other things, the details of which I had little clue. I had been blessed by having, and raising, three “healthy” children. I was little help in getting 12-year-old Amy to walk some more, as little help as I had been in so many other of her life challenges. But at least on that day, and three other ‘Buddy Walks’ since, I walked alongside my sister for awhile – just to let her know I loved her and cared. Saturday, Oct. 1st will be my ﬁfth walk. Though there is a tendollar registration fee, my sister and I have never discussed how much money is raised, or what it is used for. It is enough, I think, that someone is there with her. Will you join us at the North East Gravel Pit Park at 2:00 p.m.? Call Donna (838-6831) or Keith (873-1363) for more information.
On the edge: Mercyhurst KTI
By Melissa Brandt Arts and Entertainment Editor
The Mercyhurst College Knowledge Transfer Institute (KTI) is bringing logic to economic development and social innovation. The internal organization, headed by director John Byrtus, joined a consortium of local colleges, universities and economic development agencies to apply for the creation of an Erie Keystone Innovation Zone in Aug. of 2005. The Institute’s mission is “to transfer knowledge from the college and other resources to create and grow regional businesses and understanding.” Due for approval, the program aims to utilize the local resources in Erie to promote economic and social growth at a time when Erie desperately needs it. “The Erie poverty rate is 30%, while the national poverty rate is 15%,” says Byrtus. “The Erie region has not done a very good job of starting businesses that create jobs. Through the KTI, we are ﬁelding the steps for a long term difference.” The idea behind “knowledge exchange” is to form a symbiotic relationship with a collective of Erie colleges and business. Physical and intellectual resources of Edinboro, Gannon, and Penn State Behrend are now available to Mercyhurst through the KTI and vice versa. “Deliberate knowledge transfer in support of business creation and growth has never happened on this scale before in Erie,” says Byrtus. Encouraging students to foster qualities of excellence, creativity and service throughout the development of social business relationships that will inevitably lead to positive social change directly enforces goals set by the Mercyhurst Mission Statement. As well as serving others, the KTI gives opportunities for students to increase their own professional value and even their wallets. As an example, the KIZ will announce a Business Plan Contest for students of the four participating colleges. To encourage participation, the Mercyhurst KTI will reward the top three Mercyhurst business plans with cash prizes and through the KIZ the best business plan of the four will earn $10,000. Although there are no course prerequisites, valid entries must be from a current Mercyhurst student. As well as an impressive résumé addition, “Participants in KTI and hence the KIZ have preferred status for state grants and academic support throughout the region,” says Byrtus. This entrepreneurial trend is catching on, as the new Future CEO’s and Social Innovators Club is also pending approval. The club, in line with KTI, is designed for people who want to build their resume, contacts and create something new, positive, and exciting. Through KTI Mercyhurst increases not only socioeconomic growth, but also that of the innovative individual. “Mercyhurst’s academic departments bring cutting edge knowledge to the classroom every day,” says Byrtus. “With KTI we seek to provide a convenient channel for faculty, students and employees to take these special insights and drive social and economic development into the region. The opportunity is there to enhance faculty reputation and make Mercyhurst a more attractive environment for students.” For more information contact director John Byrtus at ext. 2348 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Amore for Aromas
By Michelle Decker Contributing Writer
Aromas is a shining example of what a real coffee house should be. They feature an excellent selection of premium teas, coffees, Italian sodas and steamed milk drinks. Upon entering Aromas I was greeted with the intoxicating smell of fresh coffee. I tried the white heat steamer. It cost $2.50 and was an amazing blend of Ghiradelli white chocolate mixed with steamed milk and topped with whipped cream. My friend tried the café latte at $2.25, which she said was “Outstanding!” They were served in unique, oversized ceramic mugs. Aromas offers more than just great coffee. They also have baked goods and an appealing breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. I ordered the quiche du jour. Which is made fresh daily with varying ingredients. The broccoli quiche was very ﬂaky and delicious. It came with a fresh green salad and hot roll for only $5.00. The green salad was crisp and topped with sprouts and croutons. Aromas claims to serve the best French onion soup. It has three cheeses, four onions, wine, beef broth and chicken broth. It is topped with their homemade garlic croutons and at $3.75 it is a real bargain. Other items such as pita sandwiches made fresh to order and soup made by the whole foods co-op are available. Most of Aromas baked goods are made fresh daily by Arnone’s Sons Food Importers. For a complete menu of items available at Aromas visit www. goerie.com/aromas/menu6a. pdf. Coupons are also available online at www.goerie.com/aromas/index.html. Customers can order their favorite coffee and gift baskets online. I was delighted with the personable and cozy atmosphere. The interior is warm, inviting and has been decorated with a diverse mix of art done by the children who attend the InnerCity Neighborhood Art House. Customers can purchase the children’s art. There is plenty of comfortable seating inside and a casual dining area outside. It seems Aromas aims to create an outof-the-ordinary experience for their customers and is very successful at doing so. Customers can borrow books from the large selection or read some of the numerous periodicals. It has a great atmosphere and is perfect for relaxed dining and reading. Elizabeth Twohig, the barista, said, “We welcome students. This is a great place for them to study and they can stay as long as they like.” Aromas is a friendly and inviting place. Everyone from business people to families with
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children will feel more than at home there. They even have a small play area with toys for children. Aromas is a terriﬁc place to visit for information on the Erie art community. There are many pieces of literature and ﬂyers on upcoming events. Aromas also holds an acoustic guitar concert from 7 - 9 p.m. twice a month. If interested in attending you should call 456-5282 for the days. Aromas is located at 2174 West 8th street, just a short walk from the West Erie Plaza. According to Twohig, “Patrons of the Plaza Cinemas often stop into the coffee house before or after the movies.” Aromas has been in business for about 11 years and has a loyal customer base. “We have tourists who come back every summer.”, said Twohig. I enjoyed the experience and service at Aromas. I would certainly eat there again.
September 28, 2005
Some call me old-fashioned while others, more harshly, call me a loser. Very few, other than members of my parents’ generation, praise my taste. This all comes with the territory when you’re a Beatles fan stuck in my generation.
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matter. The point is they wanted to make a difference, which is something you rarely see today. The 60s were a time when the press challenged the government and prodded the public to think deeper and question authority. It was a time of reevaluation for what we stood for, and how much we would tolerate. The turbulence of this era shaped the nation we now live in, and our country has not yet fully recovered. So what does all of this have to do with music? Well the music industry also went through a revolution in the 1960s. As the mood of the country shifted, the music adapted to ﬁt the change. The Beatles provide a perfect example. In the early 60s, the Beatles wore matching suits and sang catchy tunes about love and romance. As the decade progressed and movements grew, their hair got longer, their matching suits became ﬂagrant showcases of individual style and their lyrics began to deal with issues such as war, peace and revolution. Not only did their words inspire a generation, their musical techniques and experimentation opened the doors for countless artists and allowed future genres of music to take shape. To me, the music of the 60s is so much more than just noise. It is a movement. It represents and captures important history, and it takes me to a time where I can relate. Groups of the past such as the Rolling Stones and solo artists such as Paul McCartney continue to tour. And while, the senior citizen jokes are liberally used, they still perform and write capturing the same feeling of the movement they helped create.
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Mercyhurst College is about to name three ﬁnalists for president. What sort of person do you think the new president should be?
When the Beatles arrived on the scene just over 40 years ago, they revolutionized rock and roll, and arguably, changed the course of music forever. But none of this matters to most members of my generation. Many laugh at my preoccupation with the music and times of the 1960s. Since it’s pretty much a given that most people in this country, especially people my age, could care less about history, I have come to expect this sort of reaction. The fact is I care. I hear stories of my parent’s generation and am transﬁxed by the then-warring cultures competing for dominance. The struggle between the youth trying to establish an identity and the adults desperately trying to cling to a picturesque past, where the hair is short and the jeans are straight legged. I hear the stories of the Vietnam War, the political movements, the marches, the activism and am frustrated that I am stuck in a generation marked by apathy. The youth of the 1960s fought for something, stood for something, right or wrong it didn’t
Kody Hiner, sophomore, communications
Paul McCartney is still touring over 40 years after the Beatles debuted and changed rock and roll.
Brandy Weber, senior, early childhood/Ed.
I don’t care.
By Richard Gonzales Knight Ridder Newspapers
Among the 94 countries that have offered aid to the United States in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, none is more symbolic of a difﬁcult friendship than Mexico. Katrina forced the United States and Mexico to cross years and miles of border resentment and suspicion. The neighbors transcended national and personal boundaries in the face of catastrophe to ﬁnd their humanity. It’s estimated that 145,000 Mexicans were affected by the hurricane, 10,000 of them in New Orleans. With President Bush’s approval, President Vicente Fox sent a Mexican Peace Corps to help his neighbor. Fox proudly told his people: “This is Mexico: It’s solidarity, love, caring, capable of conquering adversity. For this reason, we have a stronger Mexico, a more democratic Mexico, a free Mexico, a working Mexico.” Mexican sailors from the ship Papaloapan docked last week off the coast of Biloxi, Miss., and began unloading supplies for the hurricane victims. Their ship brought along rescue helicopters, vehicles and water. For many Tejanos and Mexican immigrants, the sight of the 45-truck Mexican troop convoy rumbling across the border along Interstate 35 on its way to San Antonio stirred pride and cheer. Many locals waved the Mexican ﬂag and shouted, “Bienvenido!” Welcome! Mexican troops hadn’t advanced this far north since 1846, at the start of the Mexican-American War. At that time, the Mexicans claimed that their land began at the Nueces River; the United States insisted that its southern border was the Rio Grande. Troops clashed in the disputed land between the rivers, and war was declared. After two years of ﬁghting, Mexico and the United States signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexico ceded lands that would become America’s Southwest and West for $18,250,000. Many Mexican citizens north of the Rio Grande suddenly found themselves to be U.S. citizens. An often-repeated, wry comment by MexicanAmericans who claim a long family residency in the conquered lands is that they didn’t cross the border the border crossed them. But this time, unarmed Mexican soldiers, sailors,
Jackie McCarty, junior, intel studies/French
I feel the president should be someone that is optimistic and open to change. A president that can compromise well and be a good leader is the best selection for Mercyhurst.
Stephanie Gibson, freshman, biology, pre-dental
Sarah Bellomo, junior, HRIM
Someone who knows what they are doing, who has an understanding of college life and is responsive to student needs.
engineers, physicians and nurses came to conquer fear, hunger and sickness. U.S. citizens were able to see the true might of a foreign people: the sharing of talent and resources to ease the pain of another foreign people. Minutemen, take note: From the halls of San Antonio to the shores of Mississippi, Mexican soldiers and sailors in plain view feed, comfort and heal the citizens whom you seek to protect. Don’t be surprised to see thousands of immigrants take part in the massive cleanup and rebuilding of New Orleans and other hard-hit Southern cities. As Fox said, Mexicans are a working people. Their time would be better spent if they followed the Mexicans’ example and volunteered to assist fellow citizens displaced by Katrina. If not, they should turn the binoculars on one another and peer into their hearts to track their fears. Cross the border, Minutemen, from shadow land to helping hand. Despite the rancor on both sides of the border about past wars, spilt blood, lost land, drug trafﬁcking and illegal crossings, demographic reality and natural calamity have forced us to recognize that the future demands reconciliation and cooperation. Mexicans and U.S. citizens must cross their Rubicon, knowing that they shall not return to futile construction of walls, moats and fences. It’s too late: Mexicans are here to stay. Latino numbers have grown so exponentially that Texans have come to a cultural crossroads. They can travel the path of harmonious blending of heritages to become a showcase to the country and the world, or they can follow the road historically more trekked by jealous countries one of bitterness and hostility. If the ﬁrst path is taken, American presidents and governors can bring those neighbors in conﬂict Israelis and Palestinians, Roman Catholic and Protestant Irish, Indians and Pakistanis to the yellow rose state and explain that we’ve learned to respect one another. We’ve managed to defuse our fears of difference and to identify our common humanity. We can do so because we shed the ethnic and class arrogance that blinds us to the good in other peoples. Katrina washed away buildings, levees and borders. Mexico and the United States can rebuild American cities as their citizens proudly wave both ﬂags.
Brian Connor, freshman, business
It should be someone who can incorperate the school’s tradition and combine it with vision to help Mercyhurst thrive.
Washing away borders
I had the pleasure of attending my ﬁrst Paul McCartney concert this past weekend in Philadelphia. The experience was indescribable. I cannot imagine a 50 Cent concert creating the kind of atmosphere I was surrounded by. I could strike up a conversation with anyone in that stadium; they all acted like we had been friends for years. We were all connected by a common bond: an appreciation for and the love of, good music. For the two hours and 40 minutes McCartney was on stage, I felt like I was a part of something bigger than a concert. I felt like I was a part of the movement I have admired for so long, and it gave me hope for the future.
Cliff Barton, sophmore, communications
A person who cares about the students and is a personable, involved president.
A person who wants to make changes to better enhance the school in buildings and academics
I look for a person like Dean Michael Victor as my president.
September 28, 2005
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Language without words
In our multicultural world many languages exist. On this campus alone various languages are offered. From several different Romance languages, Arabic to represent the Afroadiasiatic languages of Northern Africa and Southwest Asia and Japanese which is considered an Altaic language; among others including the lovely Russian tongue to represent the Slavonic. There is not, however, a course that offers lessons in the one language we all use on a daily basis: body language. Ellen After reading a Koenig recent letter from a friend, I began to notice more and more how people Contributing writer use their bodies to react in conversation and in interactions with different people. For example, body language is apparent at social gatherings on the weekend or when one is simply sitting in class. Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves non-verbally. In many cases a person may not be aware of what his or her body is saying to others. Our bodies have a language all their own; it is a language that our subconscious recognizes but our intellect may not comprehend. When in conversation, a person’s mouth may be articulating a message that completely contradicts what his or her body is communicating, or vice versa. It is through posture, hand gestures and facial expressions that the human body’s language is expressed. Body language gives you hints into what the person is really trying to say. An example would be a conversation between a guy and a girl. There are different actions taken by the girl that send certain messages, whether she is twirling her hair, playing with her necklace or earring or even planting a playful punch on the guy. Verbally she may not be expressing her true feelings, but a closer view of her body language indicates that she is trying to send the male different signals. Her body movements and gestures may reveal secret feelings, a desire for a one night ﬂing or, possibly, a complete lack of interest. The boy, picking up on the signals (hopefully), keeps looking at her hair, her hands, her feet, facial expressions and eye contact. These are his general indicators. If he can correctly interprets her body language, he will be able to make the right move, whether it is a kiss or getting the hint and saying goodbye. Being able to read another person’s body language is a valuable tool that you can learn to use to your advantage, just be aware of what actions you take, and the messages that these actions portray. After further research into the topic, I came to discover the actions that the body takes are far more effective at conveying a message than simply words alone. I am no guru when it comes to the subject of body language, or any other conversation tactics for that matter. But, if you can master the art of conversation my applause to you, but for those that can just as efﬁciently communicate without words, bravo.
Letters to the editor:
Reader takes issue with Ms Malarky
Dear Ms. Malarky, I am appalled that you would suggest that a woman is “possessive” if she doesn’t want her boyfriend to go to a strip club. Watching women strip is not only immoral, but the dignity of women has fallen to the wayside along with their clothes. The women no longer are considered people, but objects. Tell me, do you really think that men shake that image out of their head after they leave that place? True love would indicate that the boyfriend be faithful to his girlfriend and not engage in fantasies with other women. As a Catholic college, I would hope we would promote values to pass on to fellow students. God said, “Be holy as I am holy.” Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus even said if a man looks lustfully at a woman he commits adultery with her in his heart. Don’t you think a woman with only a G-string on will have more than one man looking lustfully at her? I think we need to reinforce the idea of respect for women, our bodies and promote that in our society. The Mercy tradition must carry on. Lori J. Krasnesky
Athlete reacts to “Athletes and academics” article
To whom it may concern: I am writing in response to last week’s article “Athletics and academics;” an article that while well written and researched left out a few very important aspects. I was not offended by Corrie’s take on the situation, I felt it was very two-sided; however, I do feel that Dr. Schiff and the other professors who are upset should understand not how the athletic department feels towards the subject, but how we, the athletes, feel. I myself am one such student-athlete, and if I was not I would not be at this school. While I believe that Mercyhurst is a ﬁne and prestigious college that offers its students a well-rounded education, it is small and not well-known by the general population. Along with being an athlete I am not from the tri-state area of Ohio, New York or Pennsylvania, which is a very big deal considering how many people are from this area that go to Mercyhurst. Way down in Oklahoma, my own stomping ground, when I inform people that I go here, they think I am going to a convent; my point being, and, yes, I do have a point, is that it is athletics, not academics, that ﬁrst attracted me to this school. Yes, I want to get a fabulous education, and, yes, we are here primarily for the education; however, if you start requiring student-athletes to miss competitions to attend class it will no longer be a school that wants good athletes. Missing class is difﬁcult and difﬁcult to make up. There is no greater teaching tool than the classroom environment, but the competition that athletes get on the ﬁeld, court, pool or lake is something that the classroom cannot and does not offer us. If I didn’t row I wouldn’t be the student I am today. Sports offer structure to the otherwise structureless life of a college student. I understand that it has to be difﬁcult and frustrating for professors who are here to teach, but you need to understand that college is not just about learning what is found in books and on the chalkboard. College is about becoming educated in all aspects of that word. I want to become a well-rounded person and sports are just one of the many tools to help me achieve that goal. It is my belief that if Mercyhurst decides to make drastic changes concerning its policy towards athletes it will lose a lot of us, especially incoming candidates. It is important to note that much of our diversity, the little there is here, is due to our athletic programs. Half of the rowing team is from Canada, and probably a larger percent of the men and women’s hockey team is from our Northern friend as well. The soccer team brings in many athletes from Ireland and Britain. There is a girl from Hawaii that came here to dance. Both Switzerland and Bulgaria are represented. Furthermore, there are many states that would not be as represented without the help of athletes including Michigan, Connecticut and, yes, my dear Oklahoma. Our school is constantly criticized for its lack of diversity, by some of the same professors complaining about athletes; if we make it more difﬁcult for student-athletes we will lose some of the little diversity we have. And I, for one, would not encourage that. Furthermore, I will say that leaving the GLIAC conference would also be another drastic mistake, because I along with many of my fellow athletes came to this school because it is Division II; for many it is the exact size we want to compete in. When deciding to play sports in college the ﬁrst decision that has to be made is size. It is a very difﬁcult and complicated choice and not taken lightly by most. Thus, by going to DIII you could also potentially lose some athletes I realize what we are looking for is a happy balance, but benching athletes because they miss too much class will be a mistake I don’t think this school can afford. While I am not saying that student-athletes have to be given lots of special privileges, like being passed for classes they didn’t complete, I am saying sometimes exceptions should be made, like outside tutoring by the professors to make up those missed classes. It is my impression that there is a fundamental disagreement between the professors and myself. As I understand it, they believe we are deﬁned by what we learn in the classroom; however, I view college in an all encompassing perspective that includes things not found between four walls and twenty-four desks. A certain poetry professor informed me that letters to the editor usually fail, because of how they are written. I am not trying to pick a ﬁght, and I do not want to personally offend anyone. In writing this article I simply want to explain how I, a student-athlete from a state with low representation, feel about athletics at Mercyhurst. I am sorry that our presence seems to upset some people, but without us Mercyhurst would be lacking. Sincerely, Chelsea Boothe
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
By Katie Tillman Contributing writer
Another week has passed, by and midterms are looming. People are managing even though the homework is starting to pile up. The general response to “how are you doing?” has gone from “I’m OK” to “I’m surviving.” I hope this remains that way for the student’s sake. Good news for busy students is that the reference service hours are from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday they are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, it’s from 6 p.m.10 p.m. It might come in handy for research papers and needing special articles for those picky teachers . . . since we all have at least one of them. Another bit of good news is that a traditional dance took place, the Shanghai Nights formal. Students spent $15 to dress up and to enjoy an evening of dancing and drinks. I wouldn’t be surprised if people are still reeling from this event. Students screamed as if they have never seen a school bus before.
Now onto the campus bad news. According to the Mercyhurst Student Government, parking is still a major problem. This year, freshmen are not allowed to have cars at all. For those who have been here a few years, this is the ﬁrst for the campus freshmen. The campus streets still remain crowded with student cars. Commuters still need a place to park, as well. It is a running joke that if the city started to collect parking tickets, they could fund their deﬁcit. By the time this week’s issue of the newspaper is published, homecoming nominations will be over with. Personally, I’ve had trouble deciding whether this belongs in the good or ugly section. To a few people I asked, the words “homecoming king & queen” bring back memories of high school, cliché, and popularity contests. It is my hope that the homecoming has advanced to mean something more than another silly high school tradition.
As more freshmen are accepted each year, the amount of housing available remains the same. This means more students crammed into what seems to be increasingly smaller spaces. The Mercy Suites are reported to have six people in what were once ﬁve-person suites. The great Wayne upset caused two people to be squeezed into the tiny second bedroom when they were once comfortable triples. As tradition stands in the other Briggs and Lewis apartments, four people are still crammed into a space made for three. In my opinion, we should be extremely jealous of those lucky enough to live in the Lewis townhouses. But of course, their situation is always up for change in the future. This concludes this week’s article. Goodbadugly05@hotmail.com is the outlet available for campus rants and praises, please take advantage of it.
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September 28, 2005
ENTERTAINMENT tHe Multi-platinum star performs at PAC
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Award-winning singer, songwriter Anne Hampton Callaway to perform this Saturday
By Christina Ferranti Contributing Writer
clude Clive Davis, Carly Simon and Wynton Marsalis. The diversity of her song lyrics and the emotion with which she performs each one of her songs will keep the audience intently listening to the overall messages portrayed throughout her works. Many people know Ann Hampton Callaway as the woman who wrote and sang the theme song to “The Nanny,” the television series starring Fran Drescher. But, her repertoire consists of much more, including songs all the way from Ella Fitzgerald to Duke Ellington to Van Morrison. Plus, her own work is a display of upbeat jazz and pop music. Callaway bases her lyrics and style of music upon the foundation of peace in the world. Her concerns lay with world peace and singing about unity. To her, unity should be “something to recognize.” Callaway is quoted saying, “Being a musician means spending a lot of time learning how to at least once a year all the world leaders would have to sing or play songs together on some kind of instrument and listen to each other, really connecting on that heart level that music demands. Wouldn’t it be fun to see them on one giant stage performing ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’ or ‘You’ve Got A Friend?’” This is an expression of how passionately she feels about singing and striving towards a better world for everyone to live in. Surely this is a sentiment that can be appreciated especially considering the current times of turmoil the country is experiencing. This performance is guaranteed to put you in the right mood and will emulate the perfect evening of serenity with a blend of dynamic, vivacious music. This event’s pricing is as follows: Mercyhurst Student with ID: $15.00, Gold Circle: $30.00, Adult: $25.00, Senior and Students: $20.00, President’s Card: $20.00 and Youth (15 and under): $15.00.
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. SEPT. 30. United We Funk All-Stars with members of Dazz Band, SOS, Confunkshun. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. SEPT. 30. World Famous Lipizzaner Stallions. Tullio Arena, Erie. On sale at Tullio Arena box ofﬁce, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 456-7070. OCT. 1. Nintendo Fusion Tour with Fall Out Boy, Starting Line, Motion City Soundtrack, Boys Night Out, Panic at the Disco. Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. OCT. 1. Our Lady Peace. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 1. Vince Gill. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 2. Dwight Yoakam. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 3. Alien Ant Farm, April 6, From Satellite, Rivalry. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 4. Roger Hoover and the Whiskeyhounds. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 4. Sold out. John Mayer Trio, Charlie Sexton. OCT. 4. Queensryche. Palace Theater, Greensburg. OCT. 4. Gang of Four. Mr. Small’s Theater, Pittsburgh. OCT. 5. Steve Winwood. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 5. Cat Empire. House of Blues (Cambridge Room), Cleveland. OCT. 5. Built to Spill, Mike Johnson. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. OCT. 6.”Queen: It’s a Kinda Magic.” State Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 6. Robert Fripp. Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. OCT. 7. O.A.R. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. OCT. 7. Alice Cooper. Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. OCT. 7. Trapt. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 8. Aqualung, Parishers, Tracy Bonham. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 8. Friends of the Bob & Tom Show with Pat Godwin, Dan St. Paul, Tim Bedore, Drew Hastings. Warner Theatre, Erie. OCT. 8. Foo Fighters, Weezer, Kaiser Chiefs. Wolstein Center at CSU, Cleveland. OCT. 9. Alice Cooper. Warner Theatre, Erie. OCT. 9. Rob Thomas. Heinz Hall, Pittsburgh. Schedule courtesy of GoErie.com
Award-winner and multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Ann Hampton Callaway, brings her inspiring performance to Mercyhurst College Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. She will dazzle audiences with her three-octave voice, her beautiful piano-playing abilities and a powerful set of lyrics. A native of Chicago, she comes from quite a talented background. Callaway’s mother, Shirley, is a distinguished voice teacher and singer, her father is the illustrious television journalist John Callaway and her sister is among the most celebrated singer-actresses on Broadway. She has performed with renowned pop icon Carole King and has captivated such a wide variety of fans including Barbra Streisand, who covered a few of Ann’s songs. Other well known artists in-
Singer and songwriter Callaway will performs on Saturday.
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breathe together, play together and be in tune together. What unity there is in the ﬁn-
est moments of music. I had a dream recently that a world orchestra was created and that
Film reveals 1950s’ cinematography
‘The Chorus’ to premiere Wednesday at 2p.m. in Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
By Christina Ferranti Contributing Writer
This ﬁlm takes place in France following the end of World War II 1949 at Fond de l’Étang, a boarding school for delinquent boys. The story focuses on a man who has given up hope on life and has taken a position at the boarding school. This man’s name is Clement Mathieu and his role is crucial to amending the lives of these deviant youngsters. His character embodies that of Mr. Holland and combines his humor with his yearning to compose music. So, Mathieu seeks to form the demeaning boys into a choir to aid in their reform; to do this he bribes them by not turning them into the headmaster when they of their interesting antics. They group together and rebel against the school in any way they can devise. Unfortunately for them, the head of the school is a strict man, Rachin, who will stoop as to using force to castigate these boys and disapproves of anything that relates to the boys having fun, including the notion of the choir. Secretly, the boys continue with their lessons, become spectacular and eventually ﬁnd their way out of the boarding school and into the public scene. This is an excellent movie for music lovers and anyone who loves dry humor. The teacher deﬁnitely instills the joys of music in the boys without them losing their sense of eccentricity and the imminent pull towards trouble. This ﬁlm is perfectly summed up by the reviewer Matthew Leyland of BBC: “A huge hit in its native France, period drama ‘The Chorus’ sticks to a familiar songsheet: the one where a kindly teacher (slaphead musician Gerard Jugnot) slowly but very surely wins over his urchin pupils. Yet, even though all the notes are predictable, the ﬁlm hits them with wit, warmth and gusto. Centred on the soaring sound of a boys’ choir, this Oscar nominee may be a school of schlock, but if you’re willing to submit, it’ll charm your ears and toast your cockles.” This movie will play at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Sept. 28, 2005 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Mercyhurst students are free with a Mercyhurst ID, Adults: $5 Students: $4 and Senior Citizens: $4.
Characters from ﬁlm, “The Chorus” showing at the PAC
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fall out of line. Also, as the movie unravels,
the audience has the pleasure of getting to know the boys and all
Book in Review:
‘White Noise’ challenges and satisﬁes readers
By Ben Alberstadt Contributing Writer
As an introductory note, this column will feature broad reviews and moderate expositions of the work of contemporary authors. The works showcased will not necessarily be limited to the most recent chronologically. Such is the case with the ﬁrst to ﬁnd its way here. Don DeLillo, author of “White Noise,” is without a doubt one of the most important American authors of today. Additionally, he is one of the most quintessential American writers, and his nearly perverse interest in American culture and character pulsates as a unifying current through his works, such as “End Zone” and “Underworld.” His most critically acclaimed, and perhaps best work is “White Noise,” which was ﬁrst published in 1985, but is still fresh and engaging some 20 years removed. DeLillo himself says that the work is searching for the “radiance in dailiness.” Throughout the book he achieves a sort of aesthetic luminosity with his writing, not necessarily because of the virtuosity of his prose, which is more than competent, but because he probes the multifaceted mystery at the heart of life. He manages to capture completely the transient brilliance of an instant, in an expression, turbulent kitchen scene or the rhythm of family. His supporting characters provide penetrating insights, and speak tersely from abstract realms which few authors are capable of giving adequate voice to. DeLillo seems to have cornered the mystery of life, and the human condition, occasionally he is even able to pin it down through the voice of Jack Gladney, a professor of “Hitler Studies” at the ﬁ ctitious, yet archetypical, Collegeon-the-Hill. The work is incredibly readable, yet inﬁnitely deep, as the author peppers casual dialogue with existential questioning. There is a black comedy wrapped in the mundane which is exposed here, through casual dialogue and scenes of brilliance. Sometimes the two exist as polar opposites, as would be discussions about rain and sunshine, and still yet sometimes the two become merged, and in this synthesis of the ordinary and the spectacular. DeLillo seems to be at his best, achieving transcendence rather than romantic melodrama. and mired in the post-industrial world. But, the real greatness of the piece is something which can only be hinted at here. It reveals itself in the tender space between the reader and the pages. “I tried to relate it in ‘White Noise’ to this other sense of transcendence that lies just beyond our touch. This extraordinary wonder of things is somehow related to the extraordinary dread, to the death fear we try to keep beneath the surface of our perceptions,” DeLillo says, in discussing his work. It is this search for the ﬂeeting majesty of existence which animates White Noise, and it is this sort of magniﬁcence which lies just below the range of auditory perception, as it were. The subtle current of a divine white noise pulses through our modern world, along with the endless ﬂow of information and images, and the sledgehammer of popular culture, but rather than turn away from the latter, DeLillo embraces the component part. The resultant, and seemingly incompatible whole is what he works out in his text, indeed in all his texts, and its resonance, and removal from temporality, stems from the fact that it is our task also, on this our shared stage of life.
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DeLillo tantilizes readers and invokes a search for truth
Death is always waiting in the wings, off-stage left, as it were, during the drama. Indeed Gladney seems obsessed with it, “Who will die ﬁrst?” He asks himself, eyeing his wife as she settles down to bed. It is this slow and gentle pulse which captivates the reader, it is after all, the common de-
nominator of this the human drama, and having done such, the author is free to reveal as little or as much as he likes, perhaps cutting to the heart of the matter, or perhaps traipsing gracefully across the surface then ending the chapter. As a work of literature, the story is excellent, well written and contained, entertaining
September 28, 2005
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Cronin’s Erie Art Museum exhibit combines fantastical tales with the solidity of bronze
By Melissa Brandt A & E Editor
“Fables Foibles and Fairy Tales,” by Susan Read Cronin, transports viewers back into childhood days with memories of Mother Goose and family stories that passed from one generation to the next. The quaint bronzed statues set the stage for an Alice-esque journey down the rabbit hole into factious reverie. Cronin’s art is not just a vehicle for reminiscence. On the contrary, many of the statues depict a unique relationship between the lines that separate humanity from savagery. Many statues focus on food and depict several animals, mainly squirrels or rabbits, taking painstaking measures to eat with human utensils. Here the viewer is able to see the human connection to nature through animals, and maybe even suggests a certain comical statement about the unquestioned superiority of humans. Cronin’s bronzed statues also employ both pun and “human folly” in her art to convey various messages. Such an instance of pun can be viewed through the title of one piece, “pigfreed and boy” which is meant to mirror famed animal trainers, Sigfreid and Roy. Again the relationship between animal and man is represented through her sculptures. A well known piece, “Sumo Snail,” is ﬁlled with irony when considering both the characteristics of snails and Japanese sumo wrestlers as well as being very humorous in composition. Other bronzed characters featured by Cronin include black birds in a magpie, a stylized jack-in-the-box and even a cow depicted gleefully waiting to be rocketed over a moon. It is a great exhibit for those who enjoy simple pleasures, Cronin’s display is not, however, for the admirer looking for bells and whistles in an artistic setting. The depictions, while humorous and possibly metaphorical lack the fanciful color or presentation that her collection theme may suggest. The exhibit’s presentation is simple as are the pieces as a whole. This exhibit will be on display at the Erie Art Museum until Oct. 30.
‘Fables, Foibles and Fairy Tales’ enchants
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Cronin’s “Sumo Snails” and “Second Thoughts” bronzed statues are on display at the Erie Art Museum through October.
Reality in the Reel:
By Melissa Brandt A & E Editor
The movie, “The Brothers Grimm,” takes viewers through a fanciful world of imagination and morbid realities. The two main characters, Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, battle through their own person demons as well as those created by the darker side of the mind. The ﬁlm presents the Grimm brothers as two con-artists, deftly dealing out magical remedies to the 19th century world’s common fears: witches, curses and the French. The haphazard pair scrambles, seemingly without logic, to towns creating a reputation and expendable income. While the film does a commendable job of merging together different tales from Little Red Ridding Hood to Snow White, it
‘Brothers Grimm’ combines reality and nightmare
is equally successful in developing a sense of human relationship. Much of the movie concentrates on stigmas of the time: inequities of the female and their possession of mysterious power, hardships and hatred towards the French (as they occupied Germany in the ﬁlm’s setting) and overall distrust of what was unknown. The various plot details that won’t be divulged hint that the director, Terry Gilliam, may have been familiar with the theory presented by Bruno Bettelheim (author of “Uses of Enchantment”) who believed Grimms’ fairy tales were actually Freudian myths. In effect, the film definitely explores the human psyche as well as what lies in the deep dark corners of ancient forests. The real brothers Grimm, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, were well educated and certainly capable of writing their tales in this psychological manner purposely, if not subconsciously. They published, “Children’s and Household Tales,” in 1812, with a second volume in 1814. Their tales are famous for creeping into the darker elements of human nature, secondary only to the evil that supposedly exists on its own. The ﬁlm succeeds in holding truth to Grimms’ penchant for gore, and simultaneously their trend for revealing happy endings. It is also, at the core, a lighthearted escape from reality with minimal trite dialogue and several witty quips. Overall, I would recommend this movie for anyone whose interest is piqued by the Grimm brothers’ tales or even just the slightly unusual mysteries of life and humanity that intersect our lives.
Matt Damon and Heath Ledger star in Terry Gilliam’s “The Brothers Grimm.”
Forward Hall showcases the Blood Brothers
By Melissa Brandt and Eric Haak Contributing Writers
Forward Hall Concert Club, one of Erie’s local concert venues, offers a unique view into the music scene. “We showcase everything from indie rock to blues to jam rock,” says manager David Nieratko. The shows at Forward Hall cater to a more alternative taste. Forward Hall Concert Club is more than just a concert venue. It features a bar for over 21 audiences and special activities during the week. Every Tuesday they offer the stage for open microphone performances. Every Thursday is pirate night, where Forward Hall Concert Club offers “the best of today’s Indie Rock and the area’s ﬁnest House DJ’s.” Stage Right, a section of the venue, allows for audiences to purchase beverages and food during the performance. “We have all age shows in addition to over 21, there’s really something for everyone,” says Nieratko. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, The Blood Brothers will be playing at the club. The Seattle quintet is touring to support their fourth and latest release, “Crimes.” “Crimes” is a 13 song post-punk power album. Alternating between soft piano passages and brutal guitar riffs with screaming vocals, the band avoids becoming predictable. Vocalists Jordan Blilie and Johnny Whitney croon and scream their way through the songs with such proficiency that it’s easy to miss the actual lyrics. Some people may wish they had missed them. Like their earlier efforts, Crimes creates a surreal lyrical landscape of violent imagery. However, don’t think this is noise for the sake of making noise. Songs like “Trash Flavored Trash” contain scathing critiques of modern society delivered in an attention grabbing juxtaposition of beauty and brutality. The Silent Press and Tomorrow Is Forever will be opening for The Blood Brothers. Tickets to the show are 12 dollars at the door. The show promises to be well worth the price of admission– The Blood Brothers claim that the shorter songs on Crimes are designed to enhance their ability to perform them on stage.
Adams receives glowing ‘Family Guy’ review for newest release DVD release
By Joe Fidago Contributing Writer
The second of three planned releases for Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in 2005, “Jacksonville City Nights,” slightly tweaks the formula used in his spring release, “Cold Roses.” That album was a sureﬁre hit for any Deadheads out there, where this one will connect more to country fans – not Rascal Flatts country mind you, but Hank Williams style country. “Jacksonville City Nights” hails from alternative country roots, accompanying a slightly rockish sound with untraditional somber lyrics. This album goes back to Adams’ sound when he was in Whiskeytown, considered to be one of the alt-country greats along with Wilco. This ability to seamlessly transcend genres is one of Adams’ strong points. He has made songs that fall into categories ranging from bluegrass (most of the “Heartbreaker” album) to MTV rock (his song “New York, New York”) and everything in between. The ﬁrst track, “A Kiss Before I Go,” sounds like it should be playing in a barroom somewhere. In fact, it tells the story of Adams’ being in a bar and the girls that he meets. It leads into the next track, “The End,” perfectly. “The End” tells the story of how the city of Jacksonville has played tricks on Ryan’s mind for long enough and he is now going to end them once and for all. The topic of heartbreak is not an unusual one in Adams’ songwriting, any long-time listener can attest to that. His song “Dear John” is a duet with Norah Jones, so if you haven’t been able to put a ﬁnger on what Ryan Adams sounds like up to now, the appearance of this musician for the duet should help you. While this album may be classified as a Country/Western album, it is much more accessible than one if you aren’t a country fan. Followers of Jeff Buckley or David Gray can appreciate this disc. “Jacksonville City Nights” is an album deﬁnitely worth checking out, as well as discography. With Ryan Adams possessing the ability to play so many different types of music, everyone can ﬁnd something they like.
By Billy O’Keefe Knight Ridder Newspapers
The “Family Guy” movie is, for all intents and purposes, a very long episode of “Family Guy.” The subtitle doesn’t lie: We really do ﬁnd out what is to become of Stewie. The caustic-tongued and maniacal but well-spoken infant who is easily the show’s funniest and most inventive character. But Stewie’s story is predictably bundled inside the usual suitcase of hijinks, pop culture lampoons and giggidy giggidy giggidy goos. Halfway in, you might find yourself wondering where the plot even went (and furthermore, whether it’s going to come back or not). But that’s par for the “Family Guy” course, and if you like the show, you’ll certainly enjoy the extended version, lost potential or not. DVD Extras include: Seth MacFarlane commentary, uncensored audio track, animatic, previews. `Family Guy Presents Stewie Grifﬁn: The Untold Story’ released Sept. 27, 2005.
September 28, 2005
By Matt Jackson Co-sports editor The National Football League (NFL) is entering week four and has left many fans scratching their heads. Here are just a few thoughts and highlights of the season so far for those of you out there that have better things to do on Sunday than watch football for eleven hours. I know I don’t. • The Cincinnati “Bungles” are 3-0 and sit at the top of a division consisting of two teams that many had considered top AFC contenders in the preseason. I just wonder how many more wins it takes before Browns fans from Ohio start telling everyone that the Bengals have always been their team. “No, honestly man I’m telling you. You can ask anyone. I have liked the Bengals since like at least last Tuesday.” • Brett Favre and the Packers dropped to 0-3 with a one-point loss to Tampa Bay, but I am going to stay strong in my opinion that Brett Favre is not too old to play at a championship level in the NFL. His team just ﬂat out stinks. They can’t play defense, have no go-to receiver, and have an overrated running back in Ah-
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Things in the NFL never get old
man Green. • Daunte Culpepper was ﬁnally able to perform his annoying “get your roll on” arm motions without Randy Moss after putting up big numbers, much to the chagrin of all the fantasy owners that benched him after week two. Although did I mention he played the Saints? • Speaking of Randy Moss, wasn’t the Raiders-Eagles matchup hyped solely around the two most egotistical players in the league in Moss and Owens? One, this doesn’t even make sense considering the two never step foot across the sidelines at the same time. Two, Brian Westbrook and David Akers stole the spotlight in the end anyway further proving that the Eagles can win without big plays from T.O. and more importantly that Randy Moss can’t play defense for the Raiders. • Big Ben lost in the regular season for the ﬁrst time in his career 23-20 to the Patriots. How do you add 52 seconds to the clock and have it unnoticed by two of the supposedly smartest and best coaches in the NFL in Bill Belicheck and Bill Cowher?
Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban has been stating his case to those believing he would ﬂop at the NFL level.
This is where I should admit that I watched the game closely and had no idea of this clock blunder until the following day. Of course, this blunder would have been irrelevant had Antwaan Randle El not had ﬂashbacks of his quarterback option
days at Indiana University. • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers suddenly have an explosive running game with Cadillac Williams proving he is the real deal. Jon Gruden looks like a genius for the draft pick but may be just weeks away from Cadillac getting
a ﬂat tire. Williams is averaging close to 30 carries a game in just his ﬁrst professional season. • Nick Saban is proving to be the exact opposite of Steve Spurrier which is a good thing for all the Miami Dolphins fans.
Spurrier came into the NFL a few years back and took a hyped up team nowhere while Saban, in his ﬁrst year away from LSU, has the left-for-dead Dolphins out to a surprising 2-1 start. Is it too early to make coach of the year nominations?
Field hockey almost upsets No. 3 Kutztown in 1-0 loss
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst ﬁeld hockey team earned a split in backto-back games last Friday and Saturday. The win was the Lakers’ third of the season. However, the loss was their seventh. At the halfway point of their season, the Lady Lakers are still looking for some consistency. The Lakers beat St. Francis by a score of 3-2 in overtime on Friday afternoon. Junior Lauren MacEllven scored all three goals for the Lakers, and upped her team leading goal total to eight. MacEllven’s play was good enough to earn her recognition from the Athletic Department as they named her the Mercyhurst Female Athlete of the Week on Monday, Sept. 26. Her eight goals, good for 16 points, puts her in the team lead in that category as well. Sophomore Erin Kelleher and junior Vanessa Mourey were credited with assists in the Lakers’ victory while junior goaltender Julie Smith stopped ﬁve shots. On Saturday the Lakers lost a heartbreaker to No. 3 Kutztown, who came into the game with a record of 8-2, by a score of 1-0. The teams went into the half tied at 0-0 but Kutztown managed a goal in the 50th minute and held the advantage for the rest of the way. Smith stopped eight shots in goal for the Lakers. At the mid-point of their season, the Lakers feel like they can improve a lot more in their ﬁnal ten games. “We’re very pumped up for the rest of the season, and we feel like we are headed in a positive direction in the last half of the season,” Julie Smith said. Up next on the schedule for the Lady Lakers are two road games. On Sept. 29 the Lakers head to Houghton for their ﬁnal game of the month. The team is now 3-7 on the season, with all but one loss coming at home. The Lakers then begin the month of October at Seton Hill on Oct. 1.
Junior Lauren MacEllven scored three goals in the 3-2 win against St. Francis.
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Women’s tennis excels at ITA Championship, GLIAC up next
By Kelly Oldach Contributing writer When asked how the season was going so far for the women’s tennis team, head coach Ray Yost simply said, “Excellent!” With a record of 5-2 and their recent conference win over Ashland, it looks as though Mercyhurst is doing very well this season. “We’re beating who we’re supposed to and we even snuck out a win over Michigan Tech,” Yost continued. “We’ve had three 5-4 matches and won two of them, which shows that we’re mentally tough. We’ve also been on the road for four weeks straight so it’s good to be home,” he said. Besides the incredible record, what makes this season so “excellent” in Yost’s mind? He says, “Although tennis an individual game, it’s really a team effort this year. No. one is just as important as No. six and there are no big standouts.” This year’s senior captain, Natalie Paparella, and junior teammate Jamie Sutyak agree. They said, “We have more team unity this year than last year. When we’re on the road it helps having a good bond.” A few weeks ago Mercyhurst participated in the annual ITA Great Lakes Women’s Division
Senior Natalie Paparella
Junior Jamie Sutyak
II Championship at Northwood University, where Paparella became the first woman ever to advance to the third round when she won a pair of singles matches. Unfortunately, in the following round, Paparella lost to a sophomore from Northwood 4-6, 6-3, 11-9. Paparella said, “I had two match points. I just couldn’t close it. It was a tough match.” Even though Paparella seemed upset with the loss, Coach Yost was pleased with her efforts. “It’s very difﬁcult to get as far as Natalie did in the regionals and she did well.” Mercyhurst also advanced two doubles teams of Paparella and Sutyak, and sophomore Jennifer Daly paired with newcomer Jaclyn McLean. The Paparella/Sutyak team fell to a team from Grand Valley
State, 9-7, and the Daly/McLean team also lost to a team from Northwood, 8-2. Putting those losses behind them, Mercyhurst is looking ahead to the next two weeks. Included in their schedule are four big GLIAC matches against Grand Valley State, Ferris State, Findlay and rival Wayne State. Yost stated, “GLIAC is tougher than nails. Next week the tough stuff starts.” The top eight teams from the conference will advance to regionals so winning these matches will be key. Sutyak said, “We’ve made regionals the last two years and we really want to do that again this year.” Yost took that idea one step further saying, “We have a great group of girls here. Our hopes are to make it all the way to nationals.”
September 28, 2005
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Athletics launches new Website
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer Well sports fans, strap on those carpal-tunnel-syndromepreventing wrist braces, because Mercyhurst is now privileged to showcase a brand new athletics’ Website. This summer, our Athletics Department agreed on a threeyear contract with a company called CSTV Online. The company took over the athletics site and moved it to an external site. CSTV Online is considered ‘the best of the best’ when it comes to working with college and university athletic departments. The company contains more than 200 sites in its network, and prides itself on interactive functions, quality of presentation and timely, accurate information. One of the people who was key in bringing this new Website to fruition was John Leisering, Director of Sports Information. According to Leisering, Athletics receives roughly 45 percent of all the hits the Mercyhurst Website regularly gets, so we in the department wanted to do everything possible to make our site as attractive, informative and user friendly as possible.” Many people are afraid of change, and may ask, “What was wrong with the old site?” Depending on who you ask, nothing was horribly wrong. It’s just that both the Information Technology and Sports Information departments had taken the site as far as they could. Realizing this, they decided to contract an outside source. The agreement was reached in early June, and CSTV Online got to work quickly. By Aug. 22, the new site was launched. Leisering explains the importance of Pete Russo, Director of Athletics at Mercyhurst College, “[He] listened to my sales pitch over the summer, and was willing to take a chance. All this couldn’t have occurred without his support.” The Website has some useful new features, such as an “Upcoming Events” calendar outlining the sports events for the upcoming week, a “Latest News” area describing the biggest and latest Mercyhurst sports news and another section devoted to important headlines from each in-season sport. And all of that is just on the home page. Additionally, there is no more waiting for the Sports Information staff to upload pictures onto Websites, allowing quicker generation of player/team proﬁles, as well as news articles. In the works, there is also a “live stats” system for certain sports. “Once the IT Department concludes its work in the football press box, we will be able to display ‘live stats’ on our Website for such sports as football,
The new athletics website has been up and running since August 22.
ﬁeld hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse,” Leisering explains. “The IT department is also making the baseball press box Internet capable so home baseball games in the spring will have ‘live stats’ as well,” he said.
For any worried about the “live stats” provided by the old sites for other teams, have no fear, “Since the basketball table and hockey press box are already Internet capable, we will be able to provide ‘live stats’ for those home events as well in 2005-06,”
Leisering says. So how has the new site been received thus far? Who better to ask than the man hearing the feedback? Leisering remarks, “I’ve had calls and/or e-mails from alums, parents, faculty, student athletes,
coaches, other Sports Information Directors, etc., all of whom expressed very favorable opinions.” The new Website can be accessed at the following address: http://hurstathletics.collegesports.com/.
Men’s tennis reaches new heights in Great Lakes ITA Regionals
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer The Mercyhurst men’s tennis team has a lot to be happy about as they enter the ﬁnal week of their fall season. The team is undefeated in match play and recently put on the best showing of any Mercyhurst tennis team at the ITA Championships, held on Sept. 23 and 24. The Lakers, who went into the competition with a record of 3-0, won four of eight singles matches on the first day of competition, which was held at victories for the Lakers in doubles matches. On the second day of competition Mariano Fava reached the semiﬁnals of singles competition with a victory over Kyle Klinge of Grand Valley State 7-5, 6-3. Fava’s feat marked the ﬁrst time a Laker had reached the semiﬁnals in the competition. Fava fell in the semiﬁnals to No. 3 seed Omar Iaalej of Drury in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6. Krasowski and Marnik also fell in the doubles competition to Brenton Bacon and Mark Hammelman of Ferris State by a count of 8-1. Coach Ray Yost couldn’t be more pleased about his team’s performance this fall. “I’m excited because that was the furthest our team has ever gotten in the ITA competition, and our record (3-0) has me very excited for the spring time,” Yost said. Yost speaks of experience, because this is season No. 11 of his Mercyhurst career, as a coach of both the men’s and women’s teams. The Lakers are not ﬁnished yet for the fall. T h e t e am w i l l p l ay o n e more match against Division I Duquesne on Oct. 15. “Duquesne will be really tough to beat but our guys will play as hard as they can,” coach Yost stated. Yost also said that his foursome of Fava, Marnik, Hersh, and Krasowski are “tough as nails” and should be tough to beat when the Lakers resume play in February. For Fava and Hersh, the losses in the tournament were their ﬁrst of the year. Fava is 5-1 in singles play, Hersh is 4-1, and when teamed together the tandem is 4-1. The Lakers have also received solid play from Marnik’s 4-1 tally and from Krasowski with a 3-2 rerord.
Sophomore Mariano Fava
Grad Student Dan Hersh
Northwood University in Midland, Mich. The singles victories went to sophomore Mariano Fava, junior
Lee Michael Marnik, senior Lucas Krasowski, and Dan Hersh. The tandem of Marnik and Krasowski also picked up two
Men’s and women’s golf both ﬁnish second at Behrend Invite
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer Both the men’s and women’s golf teams took second out of four teams in their respective competitions last Thursday at the Penn State Behrend Invitational. The event was held at Peek ‘n Peak and the finishes were among the best this season for both teams. Leading the men’s team was junior Kevin Binsell, who ﬁnished with a 73. Behind Binsell was junior Tim Falkner (75) and senior Matt McKinney (78). Sophomore Ryan McNutty and freshman Ben Deets logged scores of 80 and 81, respectively. The team finished with 306 strokes, a formidable distance behind ﬁrst-place Gannon (283). The race for second was tight; however, the Lakers edged out Daemen and Terra Community College by one stroke. The women’s team enjoyed similar success, each of their ﬁve leaders shooting signiﬁcantly lower than their season average. The women, who collectively shot 332, finished 25 strokes behind Allegheny, but defeated Gannon (344) and Pitt-Bradford (385). Sophomore Jenny Halinda led the charge with a remarkable 79. Said Halinda, “I honestly started off really badly. I thought it was going to be a bad day. “But I played with a girl that shot a 77. “Playing with someone doing that well just makes you focus. You start paying attention to all the little things.” On her slow start, she added, “When you start off badly, you just have to say to yourself, ‘No more.” Senior Hilary McCall logged an 84, while fellow senior Amy Natalie came out with an 84. Freshmen Alanna Kirwan and Kaitlin Brody each concluded play with a score of 89. The course treated players from both teams well, as nearly every player bested his or her season average. The men’s team may be more evenly distributed when it comes to class representation, but thus far a strong junior class has led the team, with Craig Bishop playing especially well. At the Clarion Invitational on Sept. 19, Bishop took home individual medalist honors with a three-under total of 141. The men’s team travels to South Haven, Michigan this week to participate in the NCAA Regional Qualiﬁer, and the women’s team will compete at the Northwood and Findlay Invitationals at the end of the week.
September 28, 2005
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Laker Sports “Quick Hits”
This Weeks Results...
Men’s golf.............................Sept. 22, 2 of 4 at Penn St. Behrend Sept. 25 15 of 20 NCAA Regional Qualiﬁer Sept. 26 15 of 20 NCAA Regional Qualiﬁer Women’s golf...........................Sept. 22, 2 of 4 Penn St. Behrend Field hockey..................................Sept. 23, W 3-2 (OT) St. Francis Sept. 24, W 1-0, Kutztown Women’s volleyball...............................Sept. 23, L 3-0, Wayne St. Sept. 24, L 3-0, Hillsdale Football................................................ Sept. 24, L 33-27, Ferris St. Men’s water polo...................................Sept. 24, W 12-7, Gannon Sept. 25, L 11-10, Washington & Jefferson Men’s cross country............Sept. 24, 1 of 3, Gannon Invitational Women’s cross country....................... Sept. 24, L 26-33, Gannon Women’s tennis.......................................Sept. 25, W 8-1, Ashland Women’s soccer.....................................Sept. 25, W 2-1, Edinboro
Volleyball cold after red-hot start
By Paul Coffey Contributing writer So what happened? The Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team started the season with an astounding 11-1 overall record and a perfect 1-0 mark within the GLIAC. They were on their way to a Cinderella-story season. Now, after five consecutive conference losses, the Lakers are left reeling and looking for answers. After Wayne State’s victory over the team on Friday, Hillsdale was able to come out of the Mercyhurst Athletic Center with a win as well. How could such a promising start turn into such a quagmire? The answer is simple and one of the oldest in the history of sport. The team is simply shooting itself in the foot. On the season, the Lakers have more than doubled their opponents in several statistical categories. Unfortunately, each of the following come with the word “errors” in their title: hitting errors, 427 to opponents’ 209, service errors, 142 to opponents’ 64, and blocking errors, 33 to opponents’ 19. This means that Mercyhurst is hitting the ball out of bounds (or in the net) and being penalized for net calls more than twice as often as its opponents. It is not impossible to win in such a situation, but it is immeasurably more difﬁcult. The team’s atrocious cumulative hitting percentage of 0.144 does not help matters, either. Add to that the increased difﬁculty that comes with facing GLIAC teams after a start against rather cushy opponents, and you have the makings of a drop-off. Much of the success of a volleyball team depends on the prowess of its front row. Strong hitting and blocking efforts are crucial to the overall performance of a team. As their play and their numbers show, the Lakers do not have a dominant front row as of yet. What they do have is a young, talented crew willing to put forth every last ounce of effort in their bodies, as junior libero Cara Nelson can attest. “We’re still a young team with our freshman and sophomores getting to play a lot.” Nelson noted the troubles that the team has been having at the net, “We lack height up front, so we have to pick up our defense behind them.” That is one maxim that Nelson has been declaring by example, leading the team by a wide mar-
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Bishop & MacEllven Athletes of the Week
Junior golfer Craig Bishop and junior ﬁeld hockey player Lauren MacEllvenhave been named the Mercyhurst College Male and Female Athletes of the Week. Bishop won the annual Clarion University Invitational by two strokes early in the week, carding a two-day total of 141, three-under par. He ﬁred an even par 72 in the ﬁrst round, then closed with a three-under 69.
Junior Megan Fargo is second on team with 147 kills.
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Junior Craig Bishop
gin with 251 digs thus far. In Saturday’s loss, she notched 12 digs. Also putting forth a strong defensive effort in that match was one of those young guns referred to above. Freshman Jenna Matson, the team’s offensive leader, racked up an impressive 17 digs while senior setter Kari Clapham accumulated 11. Nelson said of Clapham, “Kari being a senior setter, now, she’s a smart player.” And that’s just what this team needs: smart players making
smart plays. Wayne State’s three-game win on Friday (30-20, 30-25, 30-23) and Hillsdale’s Saturday victory (30-27, 30-20, 30-22) were certainly disheartening, but cannot be seen as signs of the apocalypse. “We work well as a team. There’s a good connection there,” Nelson said. “Our last loss was a ‘good loss’ in a way because we played really well against a really good team. We’re all pretty positive as a team,” she said.
MacEllven had quite a day last Friday as she scored all three Mercyhurst goals in a 3-2 overtime win over visiting St. Francis (Pa.). MacEllven gave the Lakers 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the second half, but saved the best for last when she scored just 16 seconds into the extra session.
Football’s comeback comes up short at Ferris State in 33-27 loss
By Matt Jackson Co-sports editor not get into a rhythm as much as they’d like with the changes, but I don’t think it affects our production. We are fortunate to have three very talented quarterbacks on our roster, and we have the ability to win with any one of them.” The Lakers will hope to win using one, or maybe even all three of the quarterbacks this Saturday in the school’s homecoming game against the tough defense of Ashland. The opposition is averaging just over 10 points a game against the Ashland defense. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 on Tullio Field, “Our team has a lot of heart,” said Egbert, “and I have no doubt in my mind that we are going to bounce back and surprise a lot of teams in these last ﬁve games of the season.” Ashland is 2-2 in GLIAC play this season, but also has the second-lowest offensive point total in the conference. Mercyhurst beat Ashland last year, 25-14, in Ohio. No starter has been announced for the Lakers, check their website for details.
Former Lakers join pro ranks
Former Mercyhurst standout ice hockey players Nolan Brown and Mike Kirby were recently acquired by the Lubbock Cotton Kings, the defending Southwest Division Champions of the Central Hockey League. Brown will be entering his third year as a professional following his graduation from the Mercyhurst program in 2004. Kirby’s season will be his ﬁrst at the pro ranks following his four years playing defense for the Lakers.
Calvin Kelly continued to put up huge numbers in his breakout season for the Mercyhurst Lakers football team on Saturday. The downside for Kelly and the Lakers is that as a team they Two additional Laker graduates recently signed professional continued to play poor run decontracts this past August. Former center Rich Hansen and fense, continued to turn the ball forward David Wrigley have signed to continue their careers over, and continued to lose in at the next level. Hansen signed with Augusta (Ga.) Lynx of their 33-27 loss to the Bulldogs the East Coast Hockey League. Wrigley has signed with the of Ferris State. Kelly was the playmaker for the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League, a team which Mercyhurst offense, scoring on chose him 14th in the ﬁrst round of the UHL draft. two catches of over 40 yards. He had ﬁve catches for 101 Women’s hockey receives what’s due yards on the game. Senior wide receiver John EgAt their exhibition contest against Durham this Saturday, the bert played alongside Kelly the women’s ice hockey team will be awarded with their rings for winning the College Hockey America (CHA) Championship as past two seasons and has watched well as their NCAA Elite Eight rings. The team was selected for him progress as a dominant the NCAA Playoffs for the ﬁrst time in school history last year, receiver. “He has worked unbelievably and gave the storied program of Harvard University everything hard to get where he is now,” said they could handle in the semiﬁnal game. Egbert, “and he deserves a lot of Also in the news from the women’s team is that two of their credit for what he has achieved. young Canadian stars have been chosen to play for their I think he is as talented as any countries’ Under-22 National team. Sophomore forward receiver in this league.” Kelly transferred to Mercyhurst Stephanie Jones and freshman forward Valerie Chouinard College after playing two seasons have been selected following their tryouts for the team. The team’s only international competition will be at the Euro- at Erie Community College and pean Air Canada Cup in Germany from January 1-8, 2006. has ﬂourished in his second season as a Laker. Kelly is only one of 11 men on Laker basketball alums still active in Europe the ﬁeld, though, and his numTwo of the 2003-04 graduates from the men’s basketball pro- bers have not been enough to get gram are continuing their careers across the Atlantic, as forward the Lakers that elusive win. Other players have played Josh Helm and guard Justin Shouse continue with the game well, but as a team Mercyhurst they love. Helm is a forward on the Rotterdam Basketball Club in the Netherlands, a team which ﬁnished 10-20 last year. In has just not been able to put it a recent scrimmage against Ohio University, Helm dumped together for a whole game, more in 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Shouse, an Erie speciﬁcally their troubles in the native, will be lacing it up for the Drangur Basketball Club in ﬁrst halves of games. The Lakers are being handIceland. There he will serve not only as a player, but also as ily outscored 103-54 in the ﬁrst the head coach. half this season, but seem to be able to ﬁgure the team out after An exciting weekend ahead returning from the locker rooms for the second half. Homecoming weekend brings a few exciting athletic contests The Lakers have just three along with it. The football team continues to search for their less points, 64-61, than their opﬁrst win of the season when they host GLIAC rival Ashland. position in the third and fourth Kickoff in that game is scheduled for 1:30, with the Homecomquarters. ing King & Queen being announced at halftime. “We prepare the same way every week and we get ﬁred up for Running counter to that contest will be the women’s ice hockey every game,” said Egbert. exhibition against the Durham Lightning, a team which features One factor believed by many two former Mercyhurst standouts. Former goalie Desi Clark to be the cause of the Lakers’ and center Teresa Marchese skate for Durham, a team in the turnover problem, 17 intercepNational Women’s Hockey League. Marchese has played in tions and nine fumbles lost, is the one game, scoring a goal in the Lightning’s 4-1 win last weekconstant changing of players at end. Clark did not see action in the team’s opener. The action the quarterback position. begins at 2 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Egbert, who at receiver may have the best perspective on the Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Any- issue, does not believe this to be thing worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to the case. “I guess the quarterbacks might firstname.lastname@example.org.