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Marching towards equality and peace
Mercyhurst students join Erie community members in commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
By Jessica Nulph Contributing writer
Frigid temperatures and Monday classes didn’t stop the Mercyhurst community from celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Jan. 16. Several students and faculty joined in the various events around campus and the Erie area. Events began in the Mercy Heritage Room where Diversity 101 served a buffet style breakfast at both 9:00 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. The Third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast was offered at two sittings this year, so that students and faculty members’ could attend without schedule conflicts. Fifty-eight students were present, almost double the number of last year. Mercyhurst’s director of student union, Darcy Kemp, assumed the increased participation was possible because of the added seating. The Mercyhurst Student Government joined in the celebration by providing transportation to Erie’s 16th Annual Memorial March presented by Erie Bayfront NATO. Participants began their march at noon in Perry Square, and continued to the Martin Luther King Jr. Center on Chestnut Street. Students were proud to display a banner for the first time this year, proclaiming, “Mercyhurst College Celebrates Diversity.” Sister Michele Schroeck took a number of students to the Warner Theatre to attend a memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Keynote speaker, Congressman John Lewis, was present to discuss the importance of King’s teachings. Lewis is a former student leader who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 40 years ago. The Office of the Student Union and Student Activities sponsored a MLK Reflection Reception in the Student Union Great Room from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Students met to reflect on Martin Luther King’s life and accomplishments, watch a movie on King’s life and vision and enjoy refreshments. About 40 students stopped by to exchange stories and ideas and celebrate the day. Director of the Student Union, Darcy Kemp, said the events were largely a success, despite the continuation of classes Monday. She noted that faculty members had been encouraging students to attend the events around campus, and some had even offered extra credit. Aisha Jasper, president of Diversity 101, explained that there was a lot of student support this year. “There was a very nice turn out for the brunch and many participants in the march downtown,” she said. “My hope for the future is that even if we don’t have the day off from class, people will find time to be present at one of the events on campus.” “We’ve come a long way but we still have a long way to go,” she said. Many of the events around Mercyhurst’s campus were available through a diversity enrichment grant. Events will continue throughout the week, including a Tabernacle of Praise at 7 p.m. on Thursday, in the Student Union Great Room. The event is sponsored by Diversity 101. MSG will offer, “The Meeting,” a fictional play discussing the political views and goals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X. The play will take place on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre.

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Above: Seniors Sarah Laurens, Aisha Jasper, and Diversity 101 advisor Pertrina Williams march down State Street. (photo by Amada Zechman) At right: Students gathered outside the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Erie on Monday. (photo by Amanda Zechman) Below: Students enjoy the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brunch in the Mercy Heritage room on Monday. (photo by Katie McAdams)


ONE card provides access for students both on and off campus
By Lakyn Bianco Contributing writer
As students, faculty and staff have been receiving e-mails and newsletters about the Mercyhurst College One Card, many are left with the question of what exactly it is. The actual card is the college ID that all members of the Mercyhurst community already have. The One Card allows for the incorporation of access control, use of the copy machines and printers, library services, vending machines, meal plans and spending services on and off campus, all on one card. The One Card works like a debit card. Students, faculty and staff deposit money onto the card for all on-campus spending as well as at various off campus locations. This should not be confused with the meal plan service that includes dining dollars. There has also been confusion between the One Card and the Laker Loot Card. The Laker Loot Card is a gift card that can be used the same as the One Card Services. Money can be deposited onto the One Card in the One Card Office, Student Financial Services or at the ValuPorts located in the bookstore and the library. The ValuPorts work like a reverse MAC machine. They accept money rather than dispense. The money deposited into the machines is automatically loaded onto the individual’s One Card and is immediately ready for spending. Laker Loot gift cards can also be loaded and dispensed at the ValuPorts. John Patterson, Administrator of the One Card Office, asks that if any students or school employees are having trouble with their One Card to bring it to the office. The One Card Office is located in the lower level of McAuley Hall adjacent to Police and Safety. The Office was started last spring after a decision to expand the College’s See ONE on page 2

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Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat and Dr. Steven Symes display the GIS grant.

GIS grant awarded
By Melissa Brandt A&E editor
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell announced the approval of a $75,000 grant this week that will launch a Geographic Information System (GIS) at Mercyhurst. The grant was awarded in part to further the development of the newly founded Erie Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ), a vehicle to foster innovation and create entrepreneurial opportunities with the goal of keeping young people in Pennsylvania and accelerating economic growth. Mercyhurst’s allocation is considered a Keystone Innovation Starter Kit Grant, which is designed to help KIZ colleges and universities recruit top faculty researchers. Spearheading the approval of the grant was e-commerce professor John Byrtus. “Byrtus knew about the program and talked with Dirkmaat,” says forensics anthropology professor Louis CaboPerez, M.S. “He was instrumental in getting the grant,” Cabo-Perez said. Dirkmaat, director of the applied forensic sciences department at Mercyhurst College, said the grant will be applied toward providing GIS technology at the college, including See Grant on page 2

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ONE card use increases on campus
Continued from page 1 use of the CBORD System which has developed the One Card Program. Mercyhurst is the first educational institution to use this program, and it will continue to develop. The One Card program will continue to expand its use to off-campus businesses as well as on-campus uses such as Student Government voting. As of now, the One Card is accepted at various locations off campus that are listed on the One Card Office Website where there are links to menus and coupons. The website can be found on LakerNet under the Offices link. Patterson explained that the One Card Office was created in mind of the students and is open to their opinion. “It’s all about the students and whatever we can offer. If students have ideas or want anything specific they need to let us know,” he said. The office will be sending out newsletters and will continue to send e-mails regarding updates and any other information about the One Card.

International news
Liberia president
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as Liberia’s president, making her Africa’s first elected female leader on Monday. Loud cheers greeted her inauguration, with U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice among those at the ceremony. Johnson-Sirleaf says her top challenge is to maintain peace, law and order after 14 years of civil war. In an hour-long speech after the ceremony, she called for a moment of silent prayer to remember the thousands of people who died during the war. Her vow to wage a war on Liberia’s problem of corruption was also applauded by the large crowd. Johnson-Sirleaf becomes Liberia’s first elected head of state since the end of the war in 2003.

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Melissa Jack often uses her ONE card in the vending machines.

Iran nuclear fear mounts
By Jonathan S. Landay Knight Ridder Newspapers
The world’s leading powers on Monday agreed that Iran should resume its freeze on research into uranium enrichment, a process that can be used to produce fuel for nuclear weapons. But the United States, Britain, Germany and France failed to persuade Russia and China to join them in bringing Iran before the United Nations Security Council for violating the NonProliferation Treaty, the global pact to halt the spread of nuclear weapons. The council has the power to punish Iran with economic sanctions. But that could jeopardize the enormous commercial interests that Russia and China have in Iran, the world’s fourth-largest oil producer. Nevertheless, the Europeans told their American, Russian and Chinese counterparts in talks in London that they’ll call an emergency session of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency’s 35-member board of governors in early February for a vote on reporting Iran to the Security Council. The Europeans’ decision appeared to have been encouraged by comments on Monday by Russian President Vladimir Putin that his government had moved very close to Western views in the growing crisis. “The UK, France and Germany informed the other participants of their intention to call for an extraordinary board of governors meeting on the 2-3 of February,” said a British Foreign Office statement. Senior diplomats from the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia, the veto-wielding permanent members of the

Leading powers seek to put a stop to Iran’s resumed nuclear program
ropean and American partners” held similar positions on Iran. But he was quoted by the staterun RIA Novosti news agency as cautioning that “we should act very carefully in this sphere.” He said Iran appeared to remain open to a compromise in which uranium for Iranian civilian power plants would be enriched in Russia, a proposal that’s backed by the United States and the European Union, according to RIA Novosti. Russia is thought to wield considerable influence with Iran because of the two countries’ commercial ties. Russian companies are completing a $800 million nuclear power plant at Bushehr, hope to build more in a $10 billion deal and are seen by Iranian officials as potential partners in modernizing Iran’s decrepit oil industry infrastructure. Moreover, Moscow is Iran’s top weapons supplier and recently signed a $700 million deal to sell 29 air defense missile systems to Tehran. Iranian leaders insist that they have the right to enrich uranium under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Tehran, however, has acknowledged concealing its enrichment program, including technology bought from an international black-market ring, from IAEA oversight for 18 years in violation of the treaty. The IAEA Board of Governors in September declared Iran in breach of the treaty for failing to disclose all aspects of its nuclear program. But the board delayed referring it to the Security Council. Iranian leaders have dismissed the threat of U.N. sanctions and threatened to halt cooperation with the IAEA if their country is reported to the Security Council.

Journalist given 72 hours to live
Al-Jazeera broadcasted a video of the kidnapped U.S. journalist Jill Carroll, the first sighting of her since she was abducted in Baghdad 10 days ago. The video contained a claim that her unknown abductors would kill her unless all female prisoners in Iraq were released within 72 hours. Carroll, 28, has been a freelance reporter for the Christian Science Monitor newspaper, among others.

Gore allegations
Former Vice President Al Gore called Monday for an independent investigation of President Bush’s domestic spying program, contending the president “repeatedly and persistently” broke the law by eavesdropping on Americans without court approval. Gore charged that the administration acted without congressional authority and made a “direct assault” on a special federal court that authorizes requests to eavesdrop on Americans. One judge on the court resigned last month, voicing concerns about the National Security Agency’s surveillance of e-mails and phone calls.

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The Iranian nuclear power plant Natanz south of Tehran.

Chile President
Centre-left candidate Michelle Bachelet has become Chile’s first woman president, taking 53.5 percent of the poll with almost all the votes counted. Her rival, conservative businessman Sebastian Pinera, has conceded defeat. Giving a victory speech to cheering supporters, Bachelet said: “Who would have said, 10, 15 years ago, that a woman would be elected president?” The election is the fourth since Chile returned to democracy in 1990 after 17 years of military rule. Outgoing President Ricardo Lagos hailed the election of Chile’s first woman leader as a “historic triumph.”

Security Council and Germany met in London a week after Iran ended a more than two-year freeze in uranium enrichment work. “There was serious concern at the meeting about Iranian moves to restart enrichment-related activities contrary to the appeals of the international community not to do so,” said the British Foreign Office statement. “There was also agreement on the importance of Iran returning to the full suspension and negotiating process.” Iranian experts broke IAEA seals at three sites, including at a key research facility at Natanz, in central Iran, and they told the Vienna, Austria-based U.N. watchdog agency that they planned to enrich small amounts of uranium. Iran says it wants to be able to produce low-enriched uranium for civilian power plants. But the same process can be used to make highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, which is what the Bush administration charges is Iran’s real goal.

The administration and its European allies had hoped to use the London talks to persuade Russia and China to add their weight to what’s expected to be a majority on the IAEA Board of Governors that backs referring Iran to the Security Council. But the British Foreign Office statement made it clear that Russia and China balked. “These discussions will continue with the aim of reaching agreement on the way forward,” the statement said. “The participants remain committed to a diplomatic solution.” Energy-hungry China, which is heavily dependent on Iranian oil and gas supplies, has cautioned against any precipitous moves. Russian officials have indicated that they’re losing patience with Iran’s hard-line leaders, and Western diplomats believe that Moscow would abstain from, rather than contest, a vote to refer Iran to the Security Council. Speaking after meeting Monday in Moscow with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin said that his government and its “Eu-

Grant enrichment
Continued from page 1 a new faculty member, a graduate assistant, lab and necessary equipment. One application for forensics anthropology, crime mapping, may require the processing of 200 layers of information at once. Through mapping explosions the GIS is able to interpret the way debris is disrupted to reveal patterns. “The GIS shows us the patterns that tell about the bomb,” says Cabo. “The main application then could be for human rights investigations, for example, examining mass graves.” The GIS is not limited to forensic anthropology functions, though. It will be used for several departments, most notably archeology, intelligence studies, computer science, forensic anthropology and more. “Anthropology measures on a scale of milimeters, crime officers work in terms of streets, archeology uses milimeters but the analyzation is always the same,” says Cabo. Governments can use it for tracking land usage, utilities, real estate parcels and for emergency response planning, and businesses for interpreting demographic data. “It is another tool for our toolbox,” said Jim Breckenridge, chair of Mercyhurst’s intelligence studies department. “Geographic analysis accompanies most of all of the analyses we do and the GIS software is state-of-the-art. If our students can be proficient in GIS, it makes them all the more attractive to future employers,” Breckenridge said. “This is a very fast growing field,” says Cabo. “GIS researchers fit a very high profile. It’s very good student wise-they will have access to a lot of jobs.”


False data found in cancer study
A cancer expert invented patients for a study which concluded taking common painkillers could protect against oral cancer, it is alleged. Dr. Jon Sudbo reportedly made up patients and case histories for the study published in highly-respected Lancet medical journal last October. Sudbo has not commented publicly on the claims. But a spokeswoman for Oslo’s Norwegian Radium Hospital, where he works, said he had admitted falsifying data. The revelation comes just days after work published in the journal Science by South Korean cloning expert Hwang Woo-suk was revealed as fabricated.

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Stardust capsule lands
A capsule containing comet particles and interstellar dust landed on Earth after a sevenyear space mission on Sunday morning. The Stardust probe released the capsule as it flew back to Earth after a 2.8-billionmile trip. The capsule plunged through the atmosphere and touched down in the Utah desert. Scientists believe the first cometary dust samples ever returned to Earth will shed light on the origins of the Solar System.

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A year to last a lifetime
When involved in a year of service you have a chance to give as well as receive
ganizations are Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Mercy Corps, and AmeriCorps. Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and Mercy Corps are both religious and community service opportunities,” Zechman said. The VISTA program seems to be a good opportunity, but probably isn’t the best long term choice, as VISTA“does not pay a salary but gives a stipend. Usually the stipend is around $800 dollars a month,” Zechman said. Money, however, wasn’t Zechman’s reason for joining the VISTA program; she joined because “it allowed me to do indirect and direct service. I wanted to learn what it was like to be the person organizing, training, and facilitating programs, not just directly working with the community.” While not the best career choice, programs like VISTA can actually assist you in getting a job because “it shows the employer so much,” Zechman said. In preparing for the future, Zechman offers the following advice: “I would recommend going on an alternative break trip and discovering a new part of the states/world. This will open so many doors for you in the future. I also recommend giving a year of service so that you can gain professionalism, leadership, organizational skills, and self-confidence in the work force.” In preparing for the future, taking a cue from Zechman should be something that each student should at least consider and hopefully the resulting experience will be as enjoyable and rewarding as Zechman’s.

Photo courtesy of Sister Michele

Hazel Jennings, a freshman and workstudy for Sr. Michele, goes four times a week to offer her services to the Booker T. Washington Center, an after-school program for innercity kids. This program is designed to help these students with their school work. Here she offers help and support to Semaje.

‘Hurst students willing to devote time to others
A total of 700 Mercyhurst College students on the Erie and North East campuses completed 6,456 hours of community service during fall term, according to service learning director Sister Michele Marie Schroeck, RSM. The volunteers included 615 students in 22 classes at Mercyhurst Erie, and 85 students in five classes at Mercyhurst North East. “Once students participate in service learning, they experience the rewards of helping others and see that they, too, gain something from it,” said Sister Michele. “Some students find jobs or future internships.” Among the 42 sites served were the Booker T. Washington Center, House of Healing, Erie County Historical Museum, Hispanic American Council, International Institute, Pleasant Ridge Manor East, Neighborhood Art House and Emmaus Soup Kitchen. Ten students completed a fall alternative break trip to Frenchville, Pa., where they volunteered Oct. 8-9 with Young People Who Care. Another five students lent their help to the Franciscans for the Poor Oct. 13-16 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Amanda Zechman, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer assigned

Photo courtesy of Amanda Zechman

Amanda helps at the inner-city after-school programs.

By Jen Helbig Contributing writer
Four years ago, you were probably sitting in your high school counseler’s office wondering if Mercyhurst was really the place you wanted to study. This year, you might be making trips around town to drop off your resume or scanning the Internet for graduate schools. What if you have no idea where you want to be in one year? Have you ever considered a year of service?

If this applies to you, or if you are an underclassman looking for some direction, maybe the VISTA program is for you. VISTA stands for Volunteers in service to America. Amanda Zechman is Mercyhurst’s AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer this year. She transferred to Gannon University four years ago from California University in Pennsylvania, and graduated in May 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in science specializing in sport and exercise science. “Many times when a student graduates they struggle to find

a satisfying job because most positions require experience,” Zechman said. “Doing a year of service helps students gain experience in organization, leadership, professionalism, and follow through. When Mercyhurst had their career fair I went over to talk about AmeriCorps and to my surprise I was offered jobs on the spot just because I had AmeriCorps written behind my name.” There are also opportunities other than AmeriCorps to become involved in if you are interested, “some popular or-

I feel it made me more accepting of others.

- Caitlin Graci
to Mercyhurst for the 2005-06 academic year, coordinated afterschool and evening tutoring programs at neighborhood centers throughout the Erie community with the support of Mercyhurst student volunteers. “My service learning experience really opened my eyes,” said Caitlin Graci who volunteered at Emmaus Soup Kitchen in Erie. “I really learned a lot, especially how much the people appreciated our help and company. I feel it made me more accepting of others who aren’t like me and helped me to see what kinds of poverty people face in our community.” “I am a retired vet and this is a way I can give back to my comrades from the military,” said Mercyhurst North East volunteer Randy Luce, who volunteered at Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home.

Shooting for the

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Brenda Steib and her friends take advantage of the new pool tables MSG arranged to put in the Student Union last year. If you have not used them yet, don’t miss out on this opportunity. Hours of use on weekdays are noon to midnight, Fridays are noon to 2 p.m., 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight and on weekends you can go there from noon to midnight. So, next time you feel like letting off some steam, go relax and perfect those pool shark skills.

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‘Hurst graduate grogram to hold an open house
The Office of Adult & Graduate Programs will hold an open house for prospective graduate and post-baccalaureate students on Feb. 4 from noon till 2 p.m. “This is a ‘one stop’ opportunity,” said Dr. Michael Lyden, Office of Adult & Graduate Programs. “You can meet informally with our graduate program directors and get information about financial aid, graduate assistantships, application procedures and whatever else you need.” In addition to five master’s degree programs and five graduate certificates, Mercyhurst offers post-baccalaureate advanced certificates in such fields as accounting, financial planning and interior design, as well as certification in early childhood, elementary and secondary education. College grads can come to Mercyhurst and get their secondary teacher certification, choosing from 16 subject areas ranging from art to world languages. A new program in Medical Science / Pre-Health Professions should prove very popular. It helps college graduates meet the admissions requirements of medical, dental, osteopathic and pharmacy schools – regardless of their undergraduate degree field. “This can be a great career strategy for top students who majored in one of the social sciences or humanities and minored in a science area,” said Lyden. The open house will be held at the Catherine McAuley Adult Education Center on Wayne Street. RSVP by calling 824-2270 or e-mailing adult@mercyhurst. edu.

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The average person is recommended to adhere to a 2,000 calorie diet. While this varies for each individual body type, the general guideline should be followed, and caloric intake should be distributed between the macronutrients protein, carbohydrate and fat. Visit www.mypyramid. gov to find out your daily recommendations. When I calculated my recommended daily allowance, it said that I should consume up to 290 calories per day from extra fat and sugar sources. A regular 12-ounce beer has 150 calories, and a light beer has 105. Each shot of whisky, vodka or rum packs about 100 calories. If you add a cup of pineapple juice, tonic water, ginger ale or regular soda, you are adding any

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where from 120 to 150 calories to the drink. However, a diet soda can cut the calories down to 0. If I go down State Street and order a mixed drink, then according to the pyramid, I’m only allowed to drink half of a can of beer for the rest of the evening. On the other hand, I could continue down to Starbucks. A grande (16 oz.) coffee has 10 calories. However, does anyone really go to Starbucks with the intent of ordering a black coffee? Maybe you think that you will be healthy and avoid caffeine, and order a hot chocolate. A hot chocolate without whipped cream contains 350, and a white hot chocolate minus the whipped cream packs 480 calories. Or, if you want the traditional Starbucks specialties, try 260 calories in a caffé latte, 300 in a caffé mocha, or 310 in a caramel macchiato – and those numbers are minus the whipped cream. It should quickly become apparent to you that even your quick morning pick-me-up can wipe out your daily allowance for extra calories. This is where the other food groups can help you out. recommends that I have three cups of milk every day, two cups of fruits, and three cups of vegetables. Having a homemade hot chocolate with skim milk can replace my morning coffee, or even having an herbal tea with a bit of soy milk can be a soothing beverage to study with in the library.

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Plagiarism: Still hazy after all these years
By Julia Keller Knight Ridder Newspapers
Way back in 1989, a witty, affable writer named Thomas Mallon published a book titled “Stolen Words: Forays Into the Origins and Ravages of Plagiarism,” in which he puzzled over “the inability of the literary and academic worlds adequately to define, much less reasonably punish, instances of plagiarism.” Surely, almost a decade and a half later, Mallon’s point is passe, yes? Surely, as society has matured and progressed, we’ve managed to get a handle on plagiarism, right? Well, actually, nope. This much was made clear recently at a professor-packed session of the American Historical Association’s meeting in Chicago: When it comes to plagiarism, almost everybody thinks that something ought to be done about it, but almost nobody agrees with anybody else about just what that something ought to be. And there’s also that annoying bugaboo of defining just what truly constitutes plagiarism. Talk about dispiriting: If even the wise and learned historians can’t suss it out, what chance do the rest of us have? “I favor the most draconian approach possible” to plagiarism infractions, declared Carla Rahn Phillips, a history professor at the University of Minnesota who seemed to be the six-member panel’s sole hard-liner, advocating punishments such as “public disapproval and shaming.” Not so fast, countered Richard Posner, federal judge and professor at the University of Chicago Law School, and James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine. Is plagiarism, they implied in their remarks, really so awful? Should a desperate undergraduate who filches a paragraph or three from an essay found on the Internet at 2:27 a.m. the night before a crucial term paper is due really to be judged as harshly as, say, canny professionals such as Doris Kearns Goodwin or the late Stephen Ambrose – to name but two recent high-profile plagiarists? Isn’t plagiarism, Posner and Fallows argued, a matter of degree, of nuance, of intention, rather than a black-or-white, up-or-down, you-did-it-or-youdidn’t issue? Musing somewhere in the middle were panelists Alan Brinkley, Columbia University history professor, and Donald Lamm, former chief executive officer of W.W. Norton & Co., a New York publisher. Brinkley says that the “commodification” of history by popular writers may have contributed to the increase in plagiarism’s profile – although neither Brinkley nor his colleagues could say whether plagiarism itself is on the rise or just our awareness of it, thanks to the media’s willingness to expose the likes of Goodwin and Ambrose. The session, which carried the provocative title “Plagiarism: What’s So Bad About It, Anyway?” was moderated by William Cronon, a history professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and author of several critically acclaimed books including “Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West.” Today’s plagiarism scandals, Cronon noted, generally fall into two camps: They are perpetrated either by those “caught in a moment of intense personal crisis” who resorted to plagiarism in one wild, crazy impulse, or by “serial plagiarists” who repeatedly swipe other people’s words and ideas. The latter, Cronon added, are “weirder and harder to explain.” Posner, though, proved to be no hanging judge when it came to plagiarism. Of Goodwin and Ambrose _ who copied others’ work in their own books multiple times _ he said, “I take a benign view of the celebrity plagiarism of Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin. ... They left footnotes, which made their plagiarism more detectable.” Posner thus joined the ranks of those who curiously believe that a clumsy and ineffectual plagiarist is not really a plagiarist at all. The question-and-answer session following the panel discussion was disappointing, as members of the overflow audience rose and told their own plagiarism tales _ as victims, naturally, not perpetrators _ rather than engaging with the panelists. Yet the fact that so many people came packing a plagiarism yarn indicates that the issue continues to mystify and infuriate, perhaps because at its root, plagiarism is about creativity. We don’t know exactly from whence creativity comes, so when somebody piggybacks onto somebody else’s, we don’t know whether to scream and reach for the cuffs, or shrug and smile ruefully. Is plagiarism a moral and ethical crime or just a naughty nono? A career-killing blunder or a forgivable lapse? Even the professors continue to scratch their heads. Is it a crime or a no-no?

With the purchase of a juicer, a cup of strawberries and even a cup of carrots can make a homemade energy drink packed with vitamins C and A. With the right equipment, you could host a juice party at your apartment that would be a much classier, healthier and cheaper alternative to spending the night carousing up State Street.

Alternatives at the coffee counter
(based on drinks from Starbucks) What you were going to order
1. Iced Caramel Mocha w/ whipped cream (420 calories) 2. Caffe Mocha w/ whipped cream (400 calories) 3. Frappuchino, any flavor (280-510 calories) 4. Chantico Drinking Chocolate (390 calories) 5. Tazo Chai Tea Latte (290 calories)

Instead, try ordering
1. Iced shaken coffee w/ a shot of caramel (or your favorite flavor) (50 calories) 2. Iced Caffe Mocha (220 calories) 3. Light Frappuchino, any flavor (150-400) 4. Iced Caffe Mocha (220 calories) 5. Regular tea (0 calories)

1. On a grande sized coffee, whipped cream adds 130 calories. 2. A flavored syrup adds only 20 calories. 3. Request soy or skim milk instead of whole. 4. Smoothies made at the coffee bar are made from syrup and ice, not actual vegetables and fruits.

Myspace craze continues
best expressed in Times New Roman. What one doesn’t think about when opening a Myspace account is how time consuming and potentially dangerous this simple fun can be. Pre-pubescent teens take scantily clad photos with their webcams in hopes of achieving social acceptability and maybe a few new Myspace friends. Have we forgotten that we live in a world of pedophiles and stalkers? Along with those sexy photos, most user profiles include personal information available to anyone who cares to look. It is not uncommon for a user to claim addiction. Millions check their profiles several times a day, itching with excitement and anticipation. Could I have a pending friend request? A new message or comment? The possibilities are endless and keep users indefinitely hooked. Katie McAdams/Photo editor It is easy to let Myspace take Myspace is beginning to take the place of people’s identities. Although this may be the precedence over schoolwork and occupational duties. It can case, there are those who continue to use it because of the escape it offers. become a second life, more alluring than the day-to-day Upon sign up you get to design myspace friends!” By Andrea Bodnar a profile page to your liking, add However, this can easily create realities we commonly immerse Contributing writer photographs and have your very an illusion of what friendship re- ourselves in. Although there are many inown blog. Such a prospect has ally is and instill feelings of false Find me, message me, add brought around 40 million users superiority for some. herent risks, Myspace can be a me, and don’t forget to read my to this rapidly growing site. Some people do hold a negative safe and fulfilling indulgence. blog. Many teens today are replacing view of Myspace. Sophomore Responsible users can have fun For millions of young people real social activities with Internet Melike Konur said, “Myspace. interacting among friends and a verbal exchange like this is communities such as Myspace. com convinces lonely people allowing others to appreciate nothing out of the ordinary. Instead of meeting with friends they will make friends or find unique forms of self-expresInstead of exchanging telephone at the local hangout or convers- love. These people that make sion. numbers upon meeting someone ing via telephone, it has become a these sites arent even making Alex Nees Van Balen, a freshnew, people now initiate further world of messaging and commu- money, they’re just as bored and man, expresses this point of interaction through their respect- nication over the net. Myspace lonely as the people on them. It’s view, “I think Myspace is great! It able Internet community. allows me to tell the world about allows for social interaction, sup- a neverending cycle.” Getting to know someone port and the sharing of common myself and interact with all my through your computer is less interests. It is not uncommon friends without even picking up intimidating and lacks the awkKids have moved popularity for a user to claim the phone. I’m always checking wardness associated with face- contests from school to the Inmy page and uploading new pics addiction. to-face conversation. to share!” ternet, competing to see who can To those who have not yet acquire the most expansive list Ultimately, an occasional delvWhatever your view is of joined the Myspace scene, it is of friends. Theodore Bodnar, a Myspace there are some unspo- ing into MySpace can be entera Facebook-like Internet com- 16-year-old highschool student, ken rules people follow: upon taining and fun; but, when it munity that gives users more remarked, “When I add someone getting involved in a new rela- begins to take precedence over personalization options, and is as my friend I really hope they tionship, don’t forget to post it daily activities it’s time to, at the available to a larger network of accept, it really makes me feel in your profile. True validation very least, take a break. people. so much better to have lots of of new romantic endeavors is

A few good brains
Brain Bee challenges your knowledge of neuroscience
Mercyhurst College will host the annual Brain Bee on Saturday, Feb. 11, and is looking for a few good brains to participate in the competition based on knowledge of the neuroscience field. Area high school students are encouraged to participate and earn a chance to represent Northwest Pennsylvania at the International Brain Bee held in March at the University of Maryland and sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience. Last year more than 30 regional Brain Bees took place in the United States, as well as competitions in Canada, Hong Kong and India. The regional competition, which is hosted by the biology and psychology departments at Mercyhurst College, features questions answered aloud by individual students in a “round robin” fashion until only one student is left standing. Questions are pulled from the Society for Neuroscience publication “Brain Facts,” which can be obtained by visiting the Society for Neuroscience Website at http://www. BrainFacts/index.html Students and teachers interested in the competition should contact Darlene Melchitzky at 824-3342, dmelchitzky@mercyhurst. edu or Robert Hoff at 8242380,, for more information. Sponsors are also needed for this event.

Janurary 18, 2004



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King’s dream still not reality There’s more to life than college offers
Another birthday of civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. has come and gone. It’s been nearly 38 years since King was shot down in Memphis and 33 since his famous “I have a dream” speech given on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. America has Allison come a long way since those Moore turbulent days, but even after all this time, Opinion editor inequality is still prevalent in American society. Dr. King was a strong advocate for civil rights, but he was a supporter of economic rights as well. Toward the end of his life, King began to focus his attention to the issues of poverty, calling for a Bill of Rights of the Disadvantaged. King realized the detrimental effect poverty had on society and fought to eradicate it for every race. King understood the value of social programs and in the midst of the raging war in Vietnam, spoke out against federal money being used to kill rather than being used to improve the lives of needy American citizens. No doubt King would share a similar view today. The federal budget reflects American priorities, with the defense budget bulging, providing funding for Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terrorism. On the other end of the budget spectrum, social programs are being cut and funding is being withheld from those who need it most. Thirty-seven million Americans are living below the poverty line with 13 million being children. It has been estimated that 45 million Americans do not have, and cannot afford, health insurance. In the wealthiest nation in the world, the so-called land of opportunity, this is a disgrace. These issues climaxed in late August, early September when Hurricane Katrina ripped the veil off of a massive social divide, one that continues to grow. On every American’s television screens were images of poverty and despair . . . images of societal failure represented largely with African American faces. Blacks were accused of “looting” while whites acting in the same manner were labeled as “trying to survive.” The poorest areas of New Orleans were exposed for all to see, bringing up the uncomfortable reminder that race and class issues were not resolved in the 1960s. The 1960s were a great time of change and progress for American society, but the work that was started was never fully completed. While all of the important legislation, such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, remains on the books, actions taken by government continue to undermine such progressive feats. As long as federal budget cuts hit social programs the hardest, equality can never fully be given a full chance to transpire. Martin Luther King Jr. Day should not just be a time to remember the life and accomplishments of King. It should also be a reminder that there is still much work to be done. America’s progress since the 1960s has been significant, but the present is still a far cry from what King envisioned in his famous dream. At a gathering with friends this past weekend, I took a look around and noticed a few things. Observing people, the way they behave and the tiny details of situations, is something not many people note. On this specific night and with these speEllen cific people I Koenig saw something new, however. Call it a revelation, a sign or Contributing writer what have you, I have come to the conclusion that college life is not as fascinating as authors, college alumni and even college students make it out to be; at least in the social realm of things. This time between high school and adulthood where waiting seems to be the only solution, and I have become rather bored with this life. It is the same situation at colleges across the U.S.: students sit around on the weekends, have get togethers and throw parties. There is always alcohol, scantily dressed girls and that one guy with the aviator glasses or hat, some kind of prop to display that he is in fact the host of the shindig. It gets boring fast. Is there more to college life, or is this it? Call me crazy, but I have heard wonderful stories about college life since the days of high school and now that it is finally here, I find myself jaded in the process. After college we are supposed to look forward to a career, being entirely independent, paying our own bills and ultimately taking total control of our lives. For some people the end result may be marriage, for others a career; it is up to the individual. In fact, while home over the Christmas holiday I went out to parties where I saw girls that I attended high school with who had huge rocks on their fingers, drunkenly stammering on about how they are engaged to so and so. In a cynical way, we took bets to see who would break up first. But on a positive note, if this is what makes them happy then it is a positive change and good for them. This is obviously contradictory to what I have stated in past Merciad publications, but it is true. Change comes about in a number of ways, one is through life. Modifications to life are inevitable, and it is how we observe such changes that will determine the end result. Another such way is through a personal initiative. Only so many movies can be watched, games of pool played and weekend trips taken until you realize that something has to change. Life is fleeting away and moments are scarce. Change is possible. It can be as simple as rearranging the furniture in a room, going out with a different group of friends for the weekend or even taking a weekend off to get ahead on homework and detox the liver. People change and so do situations, it is just a matter of how these differences are dealt with that determine how life ends up.

Improved gas mileage standards: Better ratings, better choices for consumers
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By the second time they buy a car, most American drivers have learned to view skeptically the mileage estimates listed on the windows of those shiny new automobiles in the showroom. “28 m.p.g. highway, 21 city.” Yeah, right. Our skepticism is not in vain. Studies have revealed vast discrepancies between the fuel efficiency automakers say vehicles can achieve and what they actually deliver. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency finally admitted that its 20-year-old mileage rating system is outdated and vowed reform. Beginning in 2008, ratings will take into account higher speed limits, rapid acceleration, use of air conditioning and cold weather. They’ll consider road grade, wind resistance, tire pressure, load and different fuels. With gas prices high, consumers deserve accurate information to make better vehicle choices. That’s important to individuals, but also to the nation. Family vehicles account for 40 percent of American oil consumption and 20 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions, which contribute to global warming. By choosing more fuel-efficient vehicles, Americans can help clean up the environment and bolster national security by reducing dependence on foreign oil. Assuming no changes to the vehicles themselves, city m.p.g. estimates for most models are expected to drop 10 percent to 20 percent. Highway estimates will likely drop 5 percent to 15 percent. That would be consistent with comparisons done by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automobile Research Center. In a study released this week, the center compared EPA’s current ratings with owner data and its own technicians’ research on 41 vehicles. Ninety percent experienced mileage worse than their EPA rating. For example, a 2005 Toyota Camry averaged 28.5 m.p.g. in the EPA rating, but only 23.7 in the owner test and 24.2 in the auto club test. Gas-electric hybrid vehicles could see some of the biggest variations, because they’re more sensitive to road conditions and fuel-draining features, such as air-conditioning. However, hybrids will still remain among the most fuel-efficient choices. Beyond vehicle choice, gas mileage depends on good maintenance and sensible driving. Factors such as low-tire pressure, jump-start acceleration, overloading cargo racks, running electrical accessories on “max,” and unnecessary use of four-wheel drive reduce efficiency. This new EPA gas-mileage rating system is a needed change.

Ask the Malarkys
It seems like a lot of people meet “the one” in college. Am I missing out if I’m not dating seriously?
There are some people who meet the “one” in college, get married soon after graduation maybe, the one person you are destined to be with. My take on dating in college was inspired by the movie The Sweetest Thing. “Don’t go looking for Mr. Right, look for Mr. Right Now.” In my experience if you go looking for something, you won’t find it. It’s when you least expect something to come your way, it ends up falling into your lap. For now, just relax and make the most of your college experience. People are multi-faceted creatures. When you first meet someone they can seem amazing but in three weeks can be amazingly annoying. I think it is better to date a range of people because you begin to find what characteristics you are attracted to in others. This can only serve to assure you that when you finally meet the “one” they will stand out from all the rest. I would not want to lie awake at night next to the person I married and wonder whether there was someone else out there for me. I don’t think you can predict the best path for your life. There are people who are happily married at 22 and there are those who tie the knot at 32. Remember, marriage is not something that should be considered lightly. Don’t think that in five years you need to have a ring on your finger and settle down. Life is meant to be lived, whether you are married or not. Never settle for anything less. Wow what a question…I stroked my beard probably 40 times before I could even think marriage should be the last thing on any college kid’s mind, because there are so many important things that precede marriage: finishing school with strong grades, starting a career or graduate school, along with saving money to name a few. But, then again, I don’t want to be 40 by the time I get married. Additionally, isn’t there a better forum for meeting attractive, single and intelligent people than a college setting? Hey, maybe the person you met in some lacrosse player’s dingy basement after a few funnels was the one and you let them slip right through your fingers! After all, Baldwin Hall is only so large and this campus so small, am I destined to be single forever? (Yes). Perhaps I’m the only one asking myself these questions; but, ultimately I know that there is a woman out there naive enough to involve herself with me on some sort of a permanent basis. It seems like the right thing to do in this situation is whatever comes naturally and we’ll all end up fine in the long run. Don’t count on the love of your life to just waltz into a room and sit on your lap, but life most certainly shouldn’t be a constant search for a mate. In conclusion, I feel that I have proven certainly to myself, and even to you, that I am not ready for marriage. Maybe somewhere down the road I’ll meet that special someone; but, alas I remain single and shall stay this way for a while.

Ms. Malarky

Mr. Malarky

and live happily ever after. However, this scenario does not occur as often in the 21st century as it did in previous decades. If anything, college serves to introduce people to a wide range of new experiences. This includes meeting a diverse group of people and maybe, just

about touching the keyboard on this one. I personally believe this is actually a really good question with a couple of answers. This question might sound ridiculous, but there are a lot of people who get married right out of college. My gut reaction tells me that

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January 18, 2006

ENTERTAINMENT Schneider brings big band to the PAC
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By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
According to Time Magazine, “Schneider’s big band paints musical landscapes full of glowing pastel harmonies and sharpangled rhythms, listen to her sweepingly ambitious compositions, and hear the next wave in jazz taking shape before your very ears.” Grammy-award winning arranger and composer, Maria Schneider, has inspired and amazed many people. Her several accomplishments have earned her a plethora of awards and place her in the prestigious position to compose large-scale projects and collaborations Maria Schneider is classified in the Big Band genre of music, which can be defined as a large musical ensemble that is focused in the jazz realm. This form of music was very popular in the 1930s and the 1940s and is typically arranged through improvisation. The sections of a big band include rhythm, brass and saxophones.

Trumpet pieces are either arranged in close harmony with each other or played in unison to provide a powerful, penetrating sound. She initiated her career in 1993, appearing every Monday night at Visiones in Greenwich Village. This remained the same for five years until she was invited to perform large-scale performances at jazz festivals and concert halls across Europe, Brazil and Macau. Robert Hoff praises the acclaimed performer/composer. “Maria Schneider is today’s most important and exciting contributor to what has been called ‘orchestral’ jazz. “She is a musical explorer in a line of great musicians such as Duke Ellington and Gil Evans who have managed to meld the spontaneous improvisational spirit of jazz with a masterful sense of harmonic construction. “Her voicings are gorgeous, and she writes the most amazing melodies,” he said. Hoff has hosted and produced a series of jazz programs and continues his interest in broad-

casting by hosting programs for WQLN-FM Erie, in jazz, world music and new music (contemporary classical music). Currently, he hosts a program entitled “JazzFlight,” which airs Monday through Thursday evenings from 9-11 p.m. It features contemporary artists from all around the world including Cuba, Senegal, Brazil, India, Mali, and Eastern Europe. “‘Concert in the Garden,’ [Schneider’s] Orchestra’s recent recording, is perfect for my jazz program on WQLN since it grafts word music to jazz,” says Hoff. He regularly features Schneider’s material, so make sure to tune in for a sampling of her music. Schneider will be visiting Mercyhurst College to perform and hold a master class with students. Scott Meier says, “Schneider is a huge and current figure in the big band world. Chances to work with people of this caliber are rare and the students in the jazz ensemble will benefit greatly from her rehearsal and discussions with them about jazz and

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Grammy award-winning composer/arranger Maria Schneider performs Jan. 28 at PAC.

the real working world. “She has a reputation as a knowledgeable, well thought rehearsal technician who is absolutely sure of what she wants

and how to get it out of her ensemble.” She will be performing at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Ticket

prices are: Gold Circle: $22.50; Adult: $17.50; Senior/ Student: $15.00; President Card: $15.00; and Mercyhurst Students (one per ID): $1.00.

Emo genre turns chic
By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
When it comes to fashion, I’ve never claimed to be a Giorgio Armani in-the-making, but I like to think I know the basics. My limited insight gives me the ability to write the following. One of the most popular clothing styles tied in with music nowadays seems to involve a massive amount of hair, tight shirts, and women’s pants. No, this isn’t the “Van Halen World Tour;” it’s the new dress code for fans of bands such as “Dashboard Confessional,” “My Chemical Romance” and a slew of others. Emo is supposed to be a subgenre of Indie music, but somehow it transferred into fashion, and lately it’s become a defining characteristic of some people’s clothing. As far as I can tell, there are three major requirements for a male to be referred to as an “emo kid.” The first requirement is to have hair –and a lot of it. It has to be arranged to mimic that old man in Eat ‘n Park with a hideous comb over, or plastered down onto or across the forehead. The second requirement is to buy shirts that are originally intended for an 11- year-old. If the cliché studded belt is at all covered, the shirt is far too large. If the shirt looks like one a girl might wear, the goal has been accomplished. The third requirement is to go to a favorite clothing store and raid the girls’ jeans. From what I have heard, several skating companies make flare jeans for guys, but they are much more expensive and not much different than the female brands. Tattoos and gauged ears are also a big characteristic, as well as having “sleeves” on the arms (intertwining tattoos that cover the upper arms and forearms). Getting the “Thursday” dove tattoo on the triceps area is an acceptable alternative to sleeves. Another thing that will greatly increase the chances of being accepted as a true “emo kid” is to set up a MySpace account. Now, millions of people have MySpace accounts, and I have no problem with it. The “emo” Web page I’m talking about probably has the heading of the infamous, “The truth is you could slit my throat / And with my one last gasping breath / I’d apologize for bleeding on your shirt” line by “Taking Back Sunday,” or possibly something by another band whose members wake up in the morning just to go through the day acting like their kitten just died. The page background is black. The person’s picture: most likely an extreme close-up, black and white, only half of the face is showing and –you guessed it– hair all over the face, covering up at least one eye. Mysterious, dark, edgy? No. So, if you are an “emo kid,” this probably just described you, and for anyone that was looking for guidance in the matter, refer to above to complete the transformation. As a final reminder before the internet crashes because of all the hate mail I’m sure to receive, I don’t hate these bands or their music at all. This is not meant to diss them it’s just a recommended idea to shop in men’s department every once in a while.

Students examine the etched wood sillhouettes created by Japan native Yu Kanazawa.

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International artists’ exhibit at Cummings
By Melissa Brandt A&E Editor
Kaleidoscopic patterns and intriguing etchings cover some of the pieces featured in the Cummings Art Gallery this week. The “International Vision” showcase displays the creations of artists Yu Kanazawa and Michael Olugbile, natives of Japan and Nigeria, respectively. Olugbile’s ceramic creations range from earthy, detailed vases to representations of the female form with child. He is also the chair of the Ceramics Program at Shawnee State University. Kanazawa’s art, dominantly prints and drawings, also includes unique silhouettes etched into wood slabs. The original form was provided by his students at SUNY Jamestown where he is the chair of the Fine Arts Department. Kanazawa maintains it’s not just the person that is important, but their role in the form the art takes. “It’s like a character in a language,” says Kanazawa, “you can look at ‘a’ away from the alphabet, away from language and still recognize ‘a.’” “It’s a symbol,” says Kanazawa, “A sampling of America, a sampling of what I see.” With 15 years in the United States, the ex-economics major has explored his artistic abilities in several areas, another includes printmaking. In lithograph printmaking, the intended image is recessed on the plate in order for the ink to fill the well and transfer to the product. Although usually the printed work is the end product, Kanazawa chose to display the lithographic plate as the art. “It’s only natural that I present the plate,” he says. “The matrix is the product.” Both artists are scheduled to hold a workshop and lecture in their field of expertise. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m and Thursday from 7-9 p.m. This show will be available until Feb. 18.

Member of band ‘Thursday’ dressed in normal emo garb.

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‘Circle Takes the Square’ releases ‘As the Roots Undo’
By Eric Haak Contributing writer
It takes about six seconds into “Circle Takes the Square’s” CD “As The Roots Undo” to realize this is not an average CD. Indeed, the best word to describe the opening track which consists entirely of whistling, chanting, humming and sound effects is creepy. This is a good way to describe many of the atmospheric and moody tracks on the third release, their first full length, from the Savannah, Ga. natives. “Circle Takes the Square” is an amazingly technical band considering that they have only been playing together for five years and lost a guitarist after their first two releases. “As the Roots Undo” is a screamo album. However, fans of “Fall Out Boy” and “Taking Back Sunday” should probably stay away. This is actual screamo and not the pop-punk equivalent. The main issue that fans of such music will likely have is the fact that the vocals involve actual screaming. Drew Speziale and Kathy Coppola (yes, there’s a girl in the band) share vocal duties in the band. While both use spoken word and clean vocals, the screams may put off some. At certain points on several tracks it is easy to hear Drew’s voice breaking from the strain of screaming. Some fans enjoy the honesty of this type of screaming when compared to the cookie monster growls of other hardcore. For those who don’t like the vocals, it is easy to ignore them and enjoy the music instead. The standout track is probably “Interview at the Ruins” which starts with an ominous piano introduction which is then layered with some simple drums. Soon, the guitars come in with a cutting riff and the drums pick up. Throughout the track there is a pensive feeling. “Non Objective Portrait of Karma” shows the bands diversity with a prolonged introduction which is downright soothing. These two tracks are also probably two of the most accessible tracks on the album with the music being more melodic than on other tracks. Another interesting riff is found at the intro of “A Crater To Cough In” which is the eight minute ending track. It was a very melodic part to the album, and it served as a nice counterpoint to the pounding riffing and drums found on many parts of the CD. Overall, “Circle Takes the Square” is not a band for everybody. The people who are most likely going to enjoy this are the people who can listen to a “Blood For Blood” CD and then switch to Cursive. Fans of hardcore music should not be put off by the screamo tag because the lyrics aren’t as dripping with emotion as one would suspect. Instead, the lyrics are simply more poetic than most hardcore bands. The emotional parts are there, but they’re very easy to miss or ignore if desired.

‘Circle Takes the Square’ releases new screamo album.

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Senior hits her 1,000th point off free throw against Saginaw Valley at home
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The women’s basketball team came away from a pair of home contests with two losses to conference foes last week. Thursday against Northwood things came down to the last seconds, with heartbreak at the end. “I am disappointed for the team that we didn’t take care of being at home this past week with games we should have won,” said Coach Karin Nicholls. “We are not playing up to our potential defensively and holding teams under 35 percent from the floor,” she said. Mercyhurst (6-11, 2-5) came out hot at the start of both halves, leading early on 15-5 before the game was tied 27-27 at halftime. Down the stretch the game remained close. Northwood went ahead 56-55 when Maureen Elliot converted a free throw with 19 seconds left. Mercyhurst got the ball back with plenty of time to score, but were unable to convert as Erin Solada’s last-minute attempt went wide of the hoop as the buzzer sounded. Anderson led the Lakers in scoring with 17 points and also grabbed eight rebounds to lead all players while senior Cassie Seth contributed 12 points. Saturday the Lakers fell to Saginaw Valley State 83-67. Seth reached a career milestone in the contest, tallying her 1,000th point with a free throw in the second period.. “We are happy to see Cassie get her 1000th point. It is a tremendous accomplishment and it shows her complete dedication to the game.” said Nicholls. Anderson again led Mercyhurst, this time tallying a doubledouble with 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Seth reaches milestone
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Junior J.J. Zanetta

Junior Zach Schafer

Zanetta gets big win at National Duals
By Matt Jackson Co-Sports editor
Prior to the NWCA National Duals held this past weekend. Mercyhurst wrestling Coach Tony Cipollone made just one prediction; it was going to be a tough competition. Now after the event has taken place, J.J. Zanetta could tell you Cipollone knew what he was talking about. Zanetta finished 1-2 for the Lakers, who also finished 1-2 on the weekend, but with the quality of competitors Zanetta was forced to go against- three of the top five nationally ranked wrestlers- that one win alone shows he could be the cinderella story for the Lakers come national tournament time. The losses came via a 3-1 decision to No. 1 Thad Benton of Pitt-Johnstown and a 7-1 decision to No. 2 Kyle Evans of Central Oklahoma. Sandwiched in between was the highlight of Zanetta’s day, a 9-8 win over No. 5 Ben Keen of Minnesota StateMoorhead. “That win is definitely a boost,” Katie McAdams/Photo editor said Zanetta. “Hopefully I can keep getting better and become Cassie Seth (33) reached the 1,000 point mark for her career in a loss to Saginaw. an All-American at the end of the year.” Cipollone has faith in his junior Seth finished with 15 points, Up next is a pair of tough con- week to prepare and hopefully becoming the 11th player in the ference road games against Ferris come away with at least a split,” co-captain saying last week that he has been the team’s most conprogram’s history to top the State and Lake Superior State. said Nicholls. sistent wrestler all season. 1,000-point mark. “ We need to work harder this However, as far as national rankings go, Zanetta has been a no show despite having just one less win than top-ranked teammate Zach Schafer. Fortunately, the 141-pound former national qualifier is not concerned by the rankings. “I don’t think national rankings mean that much,” said Zanetta. “The postseason is like a whole new season. Everyone steps it up and goes after each other because everyone is shooting for a national title.” The underdog path could prove to be an advantage. Unlike Schafer, who will have a giant target on his back if he stays near the top of the rankings, Zanetta will be the wrestler with less pressure to deal with in big matches. Zanetta wouldn’t have to look too far back to see a story similar to his unfold with a successful ending. Just two seasons ago Ricky Randazzo was a relatively unnoticed 125-pounder despite wrestling consistently well all season. Randazzo ended the season as an All-American with a seventh place finish at the NCAA Championships. Zanetta and the young Laker squad will return to the mat Friday and Saturday in the East regional Duals at Shippensburg. Mercyhurst is currently ranked No. 14 in the nation. See related story at bottom of page.

Men’s hockey sweeps visiting Connecticut
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
It was a tale of two weekends for the men’s hockey team. After being swept last weekend at Army, the Lakers rebounded nicely with a sweep on the road against the University of Connecticut Huskies. Friday night the Lakers won a high scoring affair with a 6-3 decision, despite being outshot 43-33 by the Huskies. Trailing 2-0 after one period, the Lakers turned it on in the second by scoring four goals, including what turned out to be the game winner on a penalty shot by Ryan Toomey. Mercyhurst led 4-3 entering the third and tacked on two more goals to seal the victory. “Trailing 2-0, we talked in the lockerroom about what happened and where the mistakes were made, and the boys came out and took charge in the second,” Coach Rick Gotkin said. After falling behind early last weekend, the Lakers played catch up the rest of the way, but not on this night. Dave Borrelli scored twice, and Jamie Hunt, Conrad Martin and Preston Briggs tallied the other goals for the Lakers. Freshman goalie Tyler Small stopped 40 shots in net. “I give all the credit to the players. We don’t like losing like we did last weekend and this weekend was a complete turnaround,” Gotkin said. On Saturday night Mercyhurst found themselves in a backand-forth contest like the week before. The Lakers led early on a goal by Matt Pierce just 39 seconds into the game. UConn came back with two unanswered goals four minutes apart and Mercyhurst trailed after one period 2-1. Borrelli scored the only goal of the second period to tie the game at 2-2 heading into the third. Sophomore Ben Cottreau put the Lakers back on top about half-way through the third before the Huskies tied the game with six minutes to go at 3-3. So for the second straight week the Lakers would face adversity, in overtime on the road. This week the outcome was much more satisfying. Mercyhurst dominated play in the Huskies zone out shooting UConn 5-0 in the overtime period. With a little more than a minute and half to go freshman Chris Trafford scored his eighth goal of the season to give the Lakers a 4-3 victory. “It really was like a playoff atmosphere that night. The crowd was into it and the guys knew how important it was to escape with at least a point, but we got two instead,” Gotkin said. “Games like this will definitely help down the road knowing that we can handle adversity and play our best when it matters.” Mercyhurst returns home after a month of games away from the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Next weekend the Lakers take on American International College, who have won three out their last four games. The Lakers hold a three point advantage in Atlantic Hockey with a 13-8 record overall and a 12-4 record in conference play.

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Wrestling garners national ranking in latest Intermat poll
By Matt Jackson Co-Sports editor
The Mercyhurst wrestling team may not be having the best season since Coach Tony Cipollone started the program, but the team is still receiving some recognition in the national polls.. Intermat released their most recent rankings on Jan. 11 and the Lakers are No. 14, two spots below the previous ranking. The Lakers are still ranked two spots in front of No. 16 Gannon despite losing to the Golden Knights earlier this year. Mercyhurst also has two wrestlers individually ranked. Zach Schafer is No. 1 at 165 pounds with a 15-6 record. Schafer finished 2-1 at the National Duals, but did lose to No. 2 ranked nate Baker of Minnesota State-Moorhead. Sophomore Don Cummings is No. 8 at 149 pounds despite being out with an injury for a large part of the season.

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Laker Sports “Quick Hits”
This Weeks Results...
Women’s hockey................................Jan. 13, T 2-2, Wayne State Jan. 14, W 4-2, Wayne State Men’s hockey.................................................Jan. 13, W 6-3 UConn Jan. 14 W 4-3 (OT),UConn Women’s basketball.........................Jan. 12, L 56-55, Northwood Jan. 14, L 83-67, Saginaw Valley Men’s basketball..............................Jan. 12 W 69-67, Northwood Jan. 14, W 83-67, Saginaw Valley Wrestling..............................Jan. 14, 26-15, Minn. St. Moorehead Jan. 14, 31-7, Pitt-Johnstown Jan. 14, 32-6, Central Oklahoma ___________________________________________________

Men’s hoops win two
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
This week brought two important wins to the Mercyhurst men’s basketball team. Both opponents were GLIAC rivals, and both fell at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The wins raised the Lakers record to 13-4 overall and 3-4 in the GLIAC. First up was Northwood University on Thursday night. This contest was a tough struggle, although Mercyhurst led 3117 shortly before the half. The beginning of the game saw Mercyhurst run to a 7-0 lead before the visitors rallied and gained an 8-7 lead. The end was also as close as can get, as senior Andy Kubinski explained. “I’ve never been in a situation like that where the game was on the line with no time - or basically no time - left on the clock. I was glad that I had a chance to win the game.” Kubinski stood at the free throw line with the game clock reading 0:00:10 and the score tied at 67. “The confidence that I felt from my teammates after I got fouled really helped to lessen the situation in my mind,” Kubinski explained. The senior drained both free throws, and the Lakers earned their second GLIAC victory. On the night, junior Avi Fogel was up to his old tricks, leading the team with 24 points. He was also the only player in the game to spend all 40 minutes on the court. Fogel led Mercyhurst with five assists, as well. Junior Richard Field and sophomore Terry Smith chipped in with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Besides his game-winning shots, Kubinski had four rebounds, three steals and six other points. He was also able to draw a charge on the defensive end with seven seconds to play when it appeared all hope was lost. Saturday saw the Lakers pick up another big win, as they downed Saginaw Valley 67-63. This time it was another senior Katie McAdams/Photo editor making big plays, as Jeff Daisley finished with a career-high 20 Senior Jeff Daisley scored 20 points against Saginaw. points. He added a game-high nine practices have been focused on (Ferris State on Thursday and defense and coach Tyson has Lake Superior State on Saturday). rebounds and two steals. Once again, Fogel dropped a really been stressing having ac- Last week’s wins should not be good number of points with 17, tive hands at all times,” he said. underestimated, however, as and added five rebounds, five “I just go out there every game Kubinski points out. and try to help my team get a win. “It is always great to have backassists and two steals. I don’t put up a lot of points, but to-back wins in the GLIAC. The Kubinski contributed four more steals, giving him 56 on my teammates know that they league is tough so all wins are big the year and eight straight games can count on me to work hard wins. We were picked last at the and make little plays that can beginning of the season, but we with multiple steals. have talent here that can make When asked about his streak, help us win.” After two impressive GLIAC an impact in the league if we can Kubinski emphasized his team’s philosophy, “We have really wins, the Lakers go on the road stay focused and execute coach’s been struggling defensively. Our to face two more league rivals system,” he said.

In the news...
Basketball’s Fogel gets national honor
Awards keep coming for basketball’s Avi Fogel, this time being honored by the Eastern College Athletics Conference (ECAC). Fogel, a junior transfer from San Diego, was named the Division II Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Fogel scored 24 points against Northwood and contributed 17 against Saginaw Valley in the team’s two wins last week. His jumper with 14 seconds left against Northwood tied the game and set the stage for Andy Kubinski’s heroics at the free-throw line with one second left. In addition, he scored 15 of his 24 points in the second half, keeping the Lakers in the contest. For the season he is averaging over 17 points-a-game as well as adding four rebounds, five assists, and a pair of steals.

Men’s hockey back in the polls
After being left out last week following a sweep at the hands of Army, the men’s hockey team returned to the national polls, both the USA Today poll and the poll included the Lakers in their latest release. In the USA Today poll, the Lakers are ranked No. 22, the only ranked team in Atlantic Hockey. In the poll, they are ranked No. 28, two pegs ahead of Atlantic Hockey rival Holy Cross. Topping both polls is Wisconsin, who now is ranked first in both men’s and women’s hockey polls.

Women’s hockey goes 1-0-1
By Ryan Palm Sports editor For the first time in 25 contests, the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team did not defeat the Wayne State Warriors. As hard as that is to believe, the history between the two schools has been dominantly one-sided until Friday night’s contest. On Friday night a hot Mercyhurst team was cooled off by Wayne State goalie Tiffany Thompson. The sophomore stopped 42 of the Lakers’ 44 shots on goal, enabling the Warriors to notch a 2-2 tie with their conference foe. The game marked the third week in a row that Wayne State had played a nationally ranked team, with Friday night’s being the second point earned in that stretch. “44-11 shots on goal, clearly goaltending was the key Friday night,” said coach Michael Sisti. Mercyhurst was behind early, with Wayne State scoring their first goal just three minutes into the game. A Warrior shot had deflected high into the air off a Mercyhurst defender, and Mercyhurst goalie Laura Hosier was unable to halt the puck. Six minutes later Mercyhurst evened the score when junior Stefanie Bourbeau continued her hot streak, scoring her 11th goal of the season and seventh straight game with a score. The tie held until the very beginning of the third period when the Warriors converted an evenstrength goal to go ahead 2-1. Mercyhurst was able to get back to square midway through the period when senior captain Samantha Shirley scored on the power play. Mercyhurst was able to come out scoring on Saturday, when they scored three goals in as many minutes in the middle period to defeat the Warriors 4-2. Sophomore forward Sherilyn Fraser scored her first goal of the season to get the scoring stampede started. She was soon followed by Bourbeau’s 12th goal of the year, which is now good for second on the team. Freshman forward Valerie Chouinard, fresh off of playing in Germany for the Canada U-22 team, scored her team-leading 13th goal only 25 seconds later. Wayne State was able to tally a goal in the third period, but Mercyhurst came right back when junior defender Ashley Pendelton was able to beat Thompson for her eighth lamplighter of the year. Interestingly enough, the two teams played over 54 minutes without a penalty, with only one call against Wayne State creating the lone power play for the Lakers. Because of the tie, Mercyhurst dropped a position in the poll to No. 6. The team had moved up a week ago to the No. 5 position ahead of Minnesota, but the move up was short-lived. Mercyhurst now stands at 14-6-2 overall, and their perfect conference record is now spoiled at 5-0-1. The team will be traveling to square off against fellow College Hockey America rival Niagara University on Jan. 21-22 and then travel to No. 3 New Hampshire and Boston College Jan. 27-28.

Former hockey stars in pro ranks
A pair of former stars for Rick Gotkin’s hockey program are making a name for themselves at the next level. Defensemen T.J. Kemp and forward David Wrigley both made the all-star rosters in their respective leagues. Kemp will be playing at the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in Fresno, Calif. in late January. Wrigley will represent his team at the United Hockey League (UHL) All Start Classic also in January in St. Charles, Mo. He will be playing for the “B” squad in the contest.

Borrelli Atlantic Hockey Player of Week
Atlantic Hockey announced Monday that Mercyhurst forward Dave Borrelli is the conference Player of the Week for his great play against UConn last week. He scored five points over the weekend in the two wins, with two goals Friday night followed by a goal on Saturday. He also added a pair of assists in the back end of the weekend.

Volleyball has eyes on improvement
By Andy Tait Contributing writer
competition to senior setter, Dan Kick. Rochester native Dave Newman will complete a trio of players hoping to fill the two middle blocker positions. Four freshmen will look to gain experience from senior, outside hitters Justin Waas and Nate Keegan. Chad Proudman, Jeff Hartman, Gary Coad and Bryan Ritter will add strength to this area. Tim Wagner could see plenty of action in his first year. He will compete with senior Brady Hunter for playing time as starting opposite. Three players are in contention for the starting libero position. Freshmen Jordan Pierson and Kyle Miller will compete with sophomore Ben Van Balen. The competitiveness of practice is what Patton holds as the key to the program realizing its ambitions. Particular emphasis has been placed upon the importance of performing in practice. “Practice is going to be the key determinant in who makes the starting lineup,” said Patton. “Practices have been very competitive,” said freshmen Kyle Miller, who also added “Success only comes with hardwork, so that is the only option we have.” Patton has implemented a new system to practices dubbed the ‘Competitive Caldron.’ “Players are ranked based on physical testing, statistics and win/loss records of practice drills and games,” said Miller. One key factor in how far the team goes this year will be how quickly the team can gel. With such a large group of freshmen it is vital that the team has good leadership. Seniors Dan Kick and Nate Keegan will lead the team this season as co-captains. Outside hitter Waas and opposite hitter Brady Hunter, complete the team’s senior contingent. “The four seniors are in a really good position, where they can heavily influence the future of this program,” said Patton. Miller believes that senior leadership is going to be crucial to how well the team does this year. “Nate Keegan and Dan Kick will be two individuals that the team will really look to,” said Miller. “If we can mold and shape the younger players into what they need to be, Mercyhurst men’s volleyball should be very competitive over the next few years,” said Kick. “We lost two excellent players last year to graduation, and they will be difficult to replace. But we have some great talent at the freshmen level,” said Kick. The Lakers compete in the A-League of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA). The MIVA announced this past week that the names of the leagues will be changed to honor former coaches. Patton has lofty goals for the future of the men’s volleyball program, and he believes a second round berth is without doubt achievable. “I think he’s a great coach, who will have tremendous success here,” said Kick. The Lakers will get underway Jan. 18 against Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y. The team then returns home for a trio of games in the Mercyhurst Invitational. The Lakers will face Niagara at 6 p.m. and East Stroudsburg at 8 p.m. on Jan. 20. The following day the Lakers will match up against Sacred Heart at 4 p.m. With the season shortly to get underway, please try to support the team this year in their quest to make history. “When people give men’s volleyball a chance, they usually find it is a good, fast sport to watch,” said Patton.

With the season due to get started Jan. 18, the men’s volleyFreshman goalie Tyler Small was also named Honorable ball team is gearing up for what Mention for his goalkeeping against the Huskies. He stopped could be an interesting year. a combined 72 of 78 shots to improve his record to 5-2 overall. Never in the history of the program has the team progressed past the first round of the playoffs. Drennan CHA Rookie of the Week Second year coach, Ryan Patton is working hard to try and College Hockey America (CHA) honored Mercyhurst goaltender take the team to that elusive Courtney Drennan as the Rookie of the Week on Monday. Drennan notched her fifth win in as many chances on Saturday next step. “Our finish was right on last against Wayne State. She held the Warriors scoreless in the year, we played some good volsecond period when the Lakers went on a tear taking a 3-0 leyball and in our playoff game lead. we played really well,” said Patton. Unfortunately, the team fell short, which is something that Club Hockey wins against RMU Patton hopes to change. The Mercyhurst club hockey team picked up their seventh win “We would like to win more of the season this past weekend when they defeated Robert games this year but we will look Morris University 5-2. more at the way we are playing, than measuring ourselves against The team is now 7-1, good for third place in the Eastern other teams.” Collegiate Hockey League. They are four points behind leagueThe Lakers have lost eight playleader Niagara and two behind University of Buffalo. ers from last year’s team, due to graduation and a variety of other The team will rest this weekend before they are scheduled reasons. to host Rochester and Slippery Rock on Jan. 27-28 at the Ice The arrival of nine newcomers Center. Both games are scheduled for a 7 p.m. face-off. to the team this year signals the beginning of Patton’s rebuilding Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Any- efforts. The new recruits include Dave thing worthy of being a “quick hit” should be e-mailed to Hatten, who will provide stiff