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Repeated heists hammer Hirt
Thousands of dollars worth of equipment and personal items reported stolen
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Reports of theft over the past year in the Audrey Hirt Academic Center are raising concerns with departments housed in the building. Police and Safety Chief Ken Sidun said the case is under investigation. Sidun confirmed Tuesday that a private detective has been hired to investigate. The communication and graphic design departments were struck the most so far with nine and eight items stolen, respectively. The Center for Instructional Technology (CIT) division also lost two items. According to Communication Chair Brian Sheridan, the communication department was robbed of technology equipment during the 2004-05 school year. Included among the stolen items were studio microphones, a DVD player, battery chargers and a video camera. The total value of the equipment stolen is around $1,500, said Sheridan. Graphic design professor, Jodi Staniunas-Hopper reported thefts from the graphic’s department beginning in the summer of 2004 when the Pennsylvania Governor’s School of the Arts used the facility. According to Staniunas-Hopper, only a video camera was stolen during that time, valued at about $500. “There was a lot of talk about the theft being a Mercyhurst student or a governor’s school student,” she said. StaniunasHopper noted the governor’s school replaced the camera, but not with the original. Over the 2004-05 school year, Staniunas-Hopper reported an additional five items stolen. The missing items include: two student book bags, an X-Box video game system costing about $180, student books, a camera tripod and fundraising items from the ADpro club. Staniunas-Hopper said she informed Police and Safety on the issue. “Police and Safety have taken reports, but I have heard nothing back yet,” she said. The Merciad lost a 256 megabyte photo memory card and card reader to thieves in December 2004, valued at $200. Director of CIT, Barbara Pittman, informed security in October 2005 of the theft of two video cameras, valuing at $1,200, she said. According to Pittman, campus security has hired a detective to investigate the matter.

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The CIT department has had video equipment stolen.

Nine items were stolen from the communications department.

- Gina Christoffersen

Numerous items have been taken from the yearbook office.
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Sophomore and Communication Board Secretary Megan Shoup said she would not consider leaving any personal items in the communication office for a night. “The thefts made me reconsider leaving stuff behind and, as a result, I will never leave anything there, ever,” she said. Junior and graphic design major Andrew Kochirka does not normally leave any items behind in the graphic design department; but, after discovering two issues of his “Print” magazine were stolen at $20 an issue, he reconsidered leaving anything overnight. “The thefts have caused me to leave nothing behind,” he said. Sidun vows to continue the investigation until Police and Safety apprehend the perpetrator. “We will not give up until we have the person in custody,” he said.

Athletic teams searching for a place to study
By Sarah Sheehan Contributing writer
There has been a rumor on camus about athletic teams no longer being able to have group study sessions in the library because of an incident that occurred. The rumor is wrong. Ken Brundage, the director of the library, described in detail the actual situation. Three years ago, there had been multiple complaints about the athletic teams’ group study sessions disrupting other students’ personal study time. Instead of enacting a policy, retired President Dr. William Garvey insisted that athletic teams have their own classroom and that either a coach or an assistant coach be present during group study sessions. Now that Garvey is retired Brundage brought up the issue with the MSG library representative. Therefore, there was no incident to bring this matter into the limelight. The main issue is concerned with a lack of space in the library and on campus for group study sessions. Brundage wants to work with MSG to help the athletic teams have group sessions within the library but hopefully make more space for other students. Another issue centers on the fact that a coach must be present during a study session. This is sometimes a difficult task for the coaches of smaller teams because they do not have the necessary time for the group sessions which occur three to four nights a week. The coaches of these smaller teams brought this to Brundage’s attention. Brundage approached MSG about enacting a written policy regarding group study sessions not only for the athletic teams but also for any student organization wishing to have group study sessions. Brundage is not sure what the end product of the policy will be but he wanted to gather student opinions before creating a policy. Last Monday, at the MSG meeting the idea was brought to the board of representatives and they had last week and have this week to gather student
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Students utilize all the space provided in the Walker Reading Room.

“I spoke with (the detective) about the incidents, but I have heard nothing yet,” said Pittman. Sidun acknowledged hiring a private detective. “We were granted a request for an investigator on a part-time basis,” he said. “He investigates serious crimes and we are using him a lot.” The investigator, Dennis Donovan, is an adjunct professor of forensic science at Mercyhurst College and a retired Pennsylvania State Police investigator. “With his help, we have solved more crimes on campus,” said Sidun. Donovan could not be reached for comment. The thefts also plagued the college’s student-run yearbook office on the lower level of the building. Junior yearbook worker, Gina Christoffersen, said they reported bake sale goods and over $120 worth of art calendars stolen in the past month. Christoffersen, who regularly works in the office, said she no longer feels safe leaving anything behind for a night. “I would never leave anything in the yearbook office,” she said. “I just don’t feel it would be safe to do so.” Other students who frequent the Hirt building share Christoffersen’s opinion.

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Jacque McCarty practices Arabic.

Conversational courses offered in foreign tongue
By Stephanie Williams Contributing writer
On Jan. 16th the Mercyhurst Adult and Graduate Center began its 12-week courses in conversational Arabic, Chinese and Russian for those who have a basic proficiency. These courses are intended to facilitate conversation in an informal and supportive environment for those who wish to explore one of the above languages more thoroughly. Classes are open to both students and the general public. Nikki Caserta, a local Erie resident enrolled in the 12-week program. She explained that she read about the opportunity in the Showcase section of the Erie Times News. When asked why she signed up for the course Caserta said that she, “wanted to be exposed to other cultures.” The three courses mark the beginning of an innovative program that will offer opportunities to anyone interested in learning less commonly taught languages. “There is a shifting interest in languages,” said Alice Edwards, Ph.D, chair of the world languages and cultures department at Mercyhurst. “Something hits the news and everyone says ‘Wow, we need to learn Arabic.’ Colleges have trouble responding to that,” Edwards said. Therefore, in response to the recent interest in unusual languages, Mercyhurst College has approved the informal Please see Language on page 2

I would never leave anything in the yearbook office. I just don’t feel it would be safe to do so.



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Making political advances World Briefs Political science department hires a new faculty member for the fall
International news
Compiled by Corrie Thearle

Bolivia president
Bolivian President Evo Morales has named his cabinet, with ministers from a range of different interest groups. On his first full day of work, he appointed 16 ministers, among them four women, farmers, business leaders, miners and indigenous representatives. One of the key appointments was that of energy analyst and journalist Andres Soliz Rada as hydrocarbons minister. Mr. Morales has vowed to “recover” the country’s natural resources by renationalising them. Correspondents say the appointment of Mr. Soliz Rada could signal a tough fight for the multinational gas and oil companies operating in Bolivia. But Mr. Morales’ choices appear to have been welcomed by many elements of Bolivian society.

By Jessica Nulph Contributing writer
For several years, the political science department of Mercyhurst College awaited permission from the administration to hire a new faculty member. Their request was granted last spring. The political science department has grown popular over the years. With only four current faculty members, the department was unable to provide enough classes for the increasing student population. Those current members took on further responsibilities, shortening the number of classes they could teach. The department knew they needed help, fast. About 120 professors from across the country and a few from outside of the United States applied for the position. Dr. Randall Clemons, chair and professor of the political science department, and Dr. Michael Federici, professor of political science, held pre-interviews for 25 candidates at the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of September. Two of the top six candidates were chosen in that session, and the others were selected from interviews held at the college. The list was then narrowed to

Kuwait emir abdicates position
The new emir of the Gulf state of Kuwait has agreed to abdicate in order to resolve a constitutional crisis in the royal family, officials say. The ailing Sheikh Saad al-Abdullah al-Sabah, who became emir on Jan. 15, will step down in favour of PM Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Parliament was to consider a government request on Tuesday for the removal of the emir on health grounds.

three candidates, Dr. Chris Lee, Dr. Jamie Jacobs and Dr. Michelle Crumley, all specialists in Comparative Politics. Clemons and Federici decided to hire Crumley, who currently teaches at the University of Tennessee. She will begin teaching at Mercyhurst in the fall of 2006. Her responsibilities will be the same as the current professors, teaching, advising, representing the department at various events and doing her research, as well as many other tasks. Clemons hinted that she also might lead a study abroad trip in the future and is very eager to find other projects to take on. Clemons commented that though it was difficult to choose, Crumley seemed like the best choice. “Everyone who heard Michele lecture, read her vitae and met with her when she was here agrees she was a great choice and a great fit for Mercyhurst. We feel very gratified that our search was so successful and know that she will add a lot to our department and the college,” Clemons said. Clemons added that all three of the final candidates were very talented and accomplished. The department even suggested that the college hire two of them, but they had to settle on one.

We know that she will add a lot to our department and the college.

- Dr. Clemons
The political science department now hopes to offer more sections of classes. This would allow for more students to take advantage of the expanded program. Crumley will be able to offer new classes as well. While nothing is confirmed yet, Clemons suspects Crumely will offer classes on Contemporary Russia, the Central Asia/Caucus area, the Middle East, Women in Development and Ethnic Conflict. None of these classes have ever been offered at Mercyhurst before. As of now, Mercyhurst has never had a female faculty member in the political science department. When asked why this may be, Clemons responded that many things may have affected the outcome, most commonly that

women with Ph.D’s in political science are rare and seem to be attracted to the most prestigious colleges. Recently, however, Clemons commented that it was simply a matter of selecting the best person for the job. “When both Dr. Ripley and Dr. Morris were hired, they were simply the best candidates available. In fact, the other candidate we brought in when Dr. Morris was hired was a woman.” Crumley has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, specializing in Comparative Politics, International Relations and Russian and East European Studies. She has an M.P.I.A. in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh; a certificate in Soviet Studies and a B.A. in Political Science and Russian and East European studies at the University of Tennessee. Crumley did field research in Russia twice, interned at St. Petersburg and organized a study abroad course there. She had an article published in the East European Quarterly, has made seven national and international conference presentations, and several regional presentations. Crumley is also fluent in both Russian and Spanish.

Balkan train crash
At least 39 people were killed when the brakes failed on a packed passenger train and it jumped the tracks, sliding into a ravine in mountainous Montenegro on Monday. A total of 135 people were injured, 75 of them children, the government said. Trees caught the plunge of the front coaches 40 yards from the river below. Army and police helicopters hovered over the site as rescuers climbed down the steep slope in darkness to reach those trapped in coaches below. They began smashing the windows to extract survivors from a coach lying on its side.

President’s office relocating
By Jonelle Davis Contributing writer
One of the first major changes that Dr. Thomas J. Gamble has decided to make as the eleventh president is to change the location of the president’s office. Gamble’s new office will be located in the Bishop’s Parlor, which has been used by the admissions office as a recruiting spot since 1990. According to Gamble, he wanted to change offices for a couple of reasons. “The office will symbolize the new start with new association. Also, everything we do has to be connected to our heritage. The current president’s office used to be the south parlor, which was used as a reception area. The space will once again be a reception area,” he said. Gamble also hopes to extend the admissions space. “I am interested in exploring whether or not we can have a patio built by the old president’s office so when there are receptions, people can go out there and into the quad,” he said. Right now, the new office is only in the planning phase, but construction will start soon in order to have the office ready to go by March 1. Along with the president relocating, his secretary Sue Johnson will follow. In order to accommodate this, part of the renovation will include creating a doorway in the interior wall, connecting the two rooms. As far as the décor of the office goes, Gamble said he’s only marginally involved. “My wife and Sue are working on that part,” he said. “The only rule I have is

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The Bishop’s Parlor will soon be the president’s office.

Kenyan collapse
A four-story building being built in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, has collapsed on top of scores of people, leaving at least seven dead. Kenyan TV said 200 people were in or around the building when it fell. Rescuers have been digging through the rubble with their bare hands to save those trapped inside. A doctor at Kenyatta General Hospital said 75 people had been admitted with chest, leg and abdominal injuries. The hospital appealed for people to go to the hospital to donate blood, while police called for people trained in rescue operations to make their services available.

that it’s not too expensive.” Overall, Gamble is excited for his new office. “I spent so much time in the old presidents’ office, not as the president, that it will be nice to have a new office as the president that is my own,” said Gamble. Most students also seem to support the move.

Senior Ambassador Kathryn Reeners thinks moving the president is a great idea. “A bigger reception area would be good because it would allow for admissions to grow and expand. Plus that area is more centrally located in Old Main and stands out.”

Language program offers global perspective
Continued from page 1 language program. The formation of this program was initiated by intelligence studies graduate student Diane Chido. “I thought something like that would be valuable for students in general, but primarily for the Intelligence Studies students so they could have a greater understanding of the languages and cultures of a range of countries,” Chido stated. Jacque McCarty, an intel studies major, explained that she signed up for the program to prepare for any professional experiences she may undertake abroad. “I wanted to become proficient in other languages so that I would be able to interact with people from other countries,” Line said. The cost for the program was $139 for Mercyhurst students and $399 for the general public, in addition to books and study materials. There will be no grades or transcripts issued. The classes are held three nights a week from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the language lab at the Hammermill Library. The lessons will end the week of April 10.

Students lack study room
Continued from page 1 opinions about what should be done about the policy. Last year some athletic teams studied in the MSG chambers, which seemed to work out well. This may be an option for some larger teams who are known to be noisy. Other teams through the years have taken over the second floor computer lab in Zurn. However, this did not seem to work because there were complaints that the athletes were rude, disruptive and other students found it impossible to work while they were there. Two sophomore football players suggested that the Old Main computer lab be used because it is rarely used unless for class and it is out of the way. Apparently, football players are now remaining in the locker rooms to hold their group study sessions. Unfortunately this is not a long-term solution and they should have a better location to study. Other resolutions discussed were having team captains preside over study sessions instead of coaches. Many students expressed concerns at the meeting that the athletic teams were being shunned from the library for doing nothing. Group study sessions are mandatory for freshmen. It is easier to have the study sessions in the library so the students can use the resources of books, computers, the writing center and the math lab. Being pushed into a dark corner of campus is not seen as an acceptable solution and Brundage would agree. He wants students to study in the library and is trying to make that possible for everyone by working with MSG to implement a new policy.

Conservatives win Canadian elections
Canada has swung to the right in a general election after 12 years of Liberal rule increasingly overshadowed by allegations of corruption. Conservative Stephen Harper is set to succeed Paul Martin as prime minister, but will need partners to govern. “Tonight, friends, our great country has voted for change,” Mr Harper said in his victory speech, pledging to lower taxes and root out corruption. Mr Martin said he would step down as Liberal leader. Results indicated that the Conservatives made significant gains in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, and in the Francophone region of Quebec.


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On the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion opponents gathered at the foot of Capitol Hill Monday to urge Congress and the Supreme Court to reverse the 1973 decision that legalized the procedure. Supporters of abortion held a rally on Sunday and urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito. They held a candlelight vigil in front of the court, waving signs that read: “Alito No Justice For Women.”

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A healthier column
You borrowed your roommate’s notes from World History so that you could fill in a couple of missing years in your essay. You bought some anatomy flashcards from the bookstore instead of trudging your way to a lab in Zurn. You even searched frantically online for Sparknotes on the “Blithedale Romance” before attempting to decipher chapter one yourself. If you made it through midterm last week without having a breakdown, I’m sure you are familiar with at least one of the above shortcuts. However, in addition to academic shortcuts, you probably filled your tank with Arbys, energy bars, potent coffee, and whatever you could swipe your card for in a vending machine. Midterm and final’s weeks can leave us feeling mentally drained, but if we do not physically treat our bodies well, they won’t be performing their best. Convenience foods are full of sugar and fat, while lacking vitamins, minerals, and long-lasting energy and they leave you craving homemade comfort food by the end of the week. We crave heavy homemade meals so much when we’re away because they are filling, tasty and familiar. This recipe will definitely satisfy all of your needs and even leave you with leftovers so you do not need to cook tomorrow! The recipe is not packed with fat and calories because the cottage cheese stays thick and cheesy while acting as a substitute for some of the cheese. Using whole wheat pasta will be more filling than eating the usual white macaroni shells like the ones that come in the blue Kraft box. This is due to the fiber, which will also help keep your digestive system moving after eating the cheese. Please don’t consider the onion your serving of vegetable for the evening. I enjoyed stirring in some broccoli cooked in the microwave, and the next day I added a fresh chopped tomato for a different flavor. Having some steamed carrots on the side with a small spoonful of brown sugar might actually be a way of getting your vegetables that you won’t mind. The time for preparing will be about 30 minutes, and then you can sit back and finish tak-

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ing notes for another 30 minutes before it comes out of the oven. The dishes can wait until later, so even on the most hectic night you can spare the 30 minutes for this nutritional and filling meal. Share the dish with your roommates and neighbors when you get your grades back this week, and be comforted – you’re halfway through the year!

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Josh Long, Kristen McCarty, head trainer Mary Ann Love, Jessica Oste and Debbie Dalsin were the lucky athletic trainers who experienced the Cactus Bowl.

Hands-on experience at the Cactus Bowl
By Debbie Dalsin Contributing writer
During the first week in January, four of the senior athletic training students at Mercyhurst College flew to Texas for an amazing opportunity. Supervised by head athletic trainer Mary Ann Love, Debbie Dalsin, Josh Long, Jessica Oste and Kristen McCarty arrived in Kingsville, Texas, and prepared to assist with the athletic training services for the Cactus Bowl. The Cactus Bowl is the NCAA Division II All-Star game in which the top players from around the country face off in front of scouts from every NFL team, in addition to several thousand fans. The host school of this game is the Kingsville branch of Texas A & M University. A generous invitation was extended to Mercyhurst’s head athletic trainer as well as the Mercyhurst senior athletic training class. Throughout the course of the week, the visiting students used their skills and knowledge to provide care to the all-star athletes. Much work was to be done during the two-a-day practices and the actual game. Mercyhurst students quickly became familiarized with Kingsville’s unique approach to athletic training. They were introduced to the exciting culture of Southern Texas through the hospitality of the hosting athletic training students. Some highlights of the week included the meshing of crosscultural attitudes towards medical treatment, trying authentic Mexican cuisine, venturing across the Mexican border by foot and a tour of the world famous King Ranch, which is the largest working ranch in the country. After a week of double practice sessions the players took the field for the Friday night kick-off. After a well-fought game the West team proved to be too much for the visiting East team to handle, with the final score of 49-28. With all the talent displayed in the game there are sure to be several Cactus Bowl participants competing in the NFL in the years to come.

Easy & Comforting Macaroni & Cheese
Half a box of whole wheat macaroni (8. oz) 1 cup plain bread crumbs 1 tsp. olive oil 1 8 oz. container reduced fat cottage cheese 3 cups skim milk ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. mustard (yellow or stadium) 1 medium onion, chopped in small pieces 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese

1. Preheat the oven to 350F, spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with non-stick spray. 2. Follow instructions on macaroni box and cook until soft but with a little resistance, also known as al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water. 3. Mash the cottage cheese with a fork for a minute. 4. Whisk ½ cup of the milk, flour, and mustard in a small bowl until smooth. 5. Heat olive oil in a large pot, preferably one with a thick bottom. Add onions and cook (stirring often) for 7 minutes. 6. Add remaining milk, and heat until simmering (some steam will begin to come off of the milk, do not continue until boiling). Make sure you stir during this step so that the milk will not burn on the bottom of the pan 7. Whisk in the flour mixture, and cook for 5 more minutes, or until the mixture thickens a bit. Remove the pot from the heat. 8. Whisk in the cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, and some black pepper to taste. Stir in the macaroni and combine everything well. Pour from the pot into the 13 x 9 dish, and sprinkle breadcrumbs over the top. 9. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes or until bubbly. 10. Enjoy with your roommates, this recipe will feed four of you for 2 meals each.

iPod craze takes ‘Hurst students take on FBI on new niche
By Jacqueline McCarty Contributing writer By Merissa Frank Contributing writer
For many young adults, music is like coffee. They crave it in any form possible. Our generation is one that loves music, that lives for music. Electronics companies have taken note of that need for music. From Dell to Sony, they have gone from traditional to unbelievable in the innovations that have been devised to transport music anywhere you go. Portable music got its first go with Sony and the Walkman. Today, a company that has been out of the spotlight for some years is making a comeback, and making it huge. iPods are the latest and greatest creation from Apple. Of those students you pass who are connected to their own worlds via headphones, you could bet that the majority of them own an iPod MP3 player. MP3 players have made it possible to carry thousands of songs with you anywhere on a device smaller than an average wallet. How has Apple upped the ante for its competition? With its very own new line of clothing, designed specifically for the iPod owner. Not yet in stores, Apple has developed this high tech line of clothing for the avid iPod fanatic. Check out the Website shopping. com. They are featuring accessories and the clothing. Burton Snowboarding has bought into the craze. They have a jacket, the Burton Shield iPod Jacket, which allows you to control your Pod from the outside of your jacket. So not only can you snowboard, you can listen to your iPod fearlessly, without the thought of dropping your MP3 player into the snow. How convenient is it that you can listen to your iPod worryfree now? It’s amazing. But such technology comes at a price. The Burton jacket is selling right now for $379.90, though o n s h o p p i n g. com there is a sale price of $303.92. Yikes! T h e g roundbreaking new apparel costs m o r e than your iPod. The newest form of iPod is the iPod Shuffle, which costs $99.99 at Is such technology savvy clothing worthy of the high cost? Many Mercyhurst students felt that such clothing to protect an iPod is “unnecessary” and “stupid.” But there has to be at least one person who sees eye to eye with Apple. Jay Yankosky, a sophomore business administration major, is that student. He said, “It’s a good idea. It could find a niche.” Sure, it’s overpriced right now, but Yankosky went on to say that “it’s not going to come right out and catch on. It’s going to take some time to find a market and Apple is good at finding a market.” How desperate will Mercyhurst students become for their musical fix? Will Apple eventually find its niche here at the Hurst? As we were boarding the plane many emotions were running through our minds – excitement, nervousness and anticipation. Were we really going to be briefing the FBI? Myself, as well as senior team leader Ryan Ross and sophomores Ashley Scheid, Brittany Monteparte and Kevin Szczepanski traveled to Washington D.C. as one of the top three finalists in the FBI’s first National Case Study Competition. We began the competition in mid-October, pitted against another team from Mercyhurst also comprised of intelligence studies students. The focus of the competition was to develop a strategic plan to help the FBI in its new role in intelligence and counterterrorism. We discussed ideas that included a cultural gap between special agents and intelligence analysts, how the FBI does not have a cool celebrity spokesperson, like the CIA has Jennifer Garner from Alias and also how intelligence analysts are not respected, and are basically used to take out the trash. We addressed all of these issues in our proposal which involved a three-tiered plan. The first was to form a joint special agent\intelligence analyst training program, which allows for close collaboration and builds relationships between agents and analysts. Second, was to revamp the public relations of the FBI by hiring a celebrity spokesperson and gearing recruitment to the college market. The final part of our proposal was to reorganize the FBI’s 56 field offices that can be found all over the nation. This reorganization would be achieved

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Ashley Scheid, Jacqueline McCarty, Brittany Monteparte, Ryan Ross and Kevin Szczepanski comprised the team.

through our proposed creation of a directorate of field offices, which would help to ensure the FBI’s priorities and polices. Word came in December that we had been chosen as a finalist in the competition, and the nights of meetings and practicing continued. It seems that we were hardly back from Christmas break before we landed in Washington D.C. to present. As we landed we were met by representatives from Edventure Partners, the organization responsible for running this competition for the FBI. We settled into our hotel rooms and did a little sightseeing before meeting for dinner with the two other teams of finalists and Edventure Partners representatives. As we mingled and talked with the other teams it hit me that the next day they would become our competitor. Bright and early on Friday, Jan. 13th, the day we all had been waiting for, we finally had the chance to brief the FBI. As we walked toward the FBI Headquarters those feelings of excitement and anticipation began to reemerge.

Once we were cleared to enter headquarters we were escorted to the Flag Room where we were to make our briefing and go down in history as the first to win the FBI’s National Case Study Competition. Before the judges entered the room, we had time to get acquainted with the room and make final preparations for our presentation. The panel of judges consisted of five high ranking executives in the FBI such as, supervisory special agents, intelligence, counterterrorism and language specialists. We were impressed that they sent such executives to judge the competition. The first team to present was from the University of St. Thomas from St. Paul, Minn. Their proposal was to shift the FBI’s focus to strictly domestic terrorism issues and let the CIA handle all of the international terrorist threats that were under the FBI’s jurisdiction. They also proposed moving the FBI from under the authority of the Department of Justice to under the Department of Homeland Security.

We were the second team to brief, giving a 20-minute presentation and then handling almost 30 minutes of questions, which was 15 minutes longer then allotted. During this session the judges asked many detailed and in-depth questions about our proposal and much to our surprise parts of them were already in the planning stages of implementation. The last team to give their presentation was from DeSales University. Many of their ideas in their presentation were similar to ours, but also included an idea of an ROTC-style special agent recruiting program for colleges and universities. After all three teams were finished the judges exited the room to make their decisions. We all waited in anticipation. Then the door opened, the judges filed in and we all took our seats as the room fell silent with nervous anticipation. The third place winner was announced: it was the University of St. Paul, and we let out a short sigh of relief before the next announcement. Then DeSales University was announced as the second place winner. At this point we sat composed but excited at the same time. They named Mercyhurst as the 1st place winner and we went to the front to accept our award. To witness the historic day of the FBI’s first Case Study Competition and in the Department of Intelligence Studies was faculty advisor David Grabelski and Mercyhurst College Institute for Intelligence Studies director, Mr. Robert Heibel. As well as claiming this prestigious honor we also received a $3,000 grant for the Intelligence Studies Department. Senior team leader, Ryan Ross, sums it up the best, “We did what we do best.”



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Critics of Big Oil likely to howl when companies report 4th-quarter profits
By J. Bennet Johnston Knight Ridder Newspapers
Ferocious natural disasters and soaring federal budget deficits notwithstanding, 2005 was a robust year for the U.S. economy as most fourth-quarter earnings reports undoubtedly will confirm in the days ahead. At the same time, it’s easy to predict that the good news of strong profits for America’s energy companies will be virtually drowned out by critics’ accusations that Big Oil is “pricegouging” and “making obscene profits.” And once again, many of the critics will call on Congress to enact a windfall profits tax and, perhaps, even institute price controls on the alleged miscreants. I’ve heard the name-calling and cries for retribution many times before especially in election years. Before rushing forward in a vindictive lather, the critics and their allies on Capitol Hill need to take a deep breath and consider the facts. The peak gasoline prices of last summer have plunged by an average 75 cents as refineries and pipelines have come back on line. Yes, many Americans especially in the Northeast are paying more for heating oil and natural gas to warm their homes and workplaces this winter, but this is a consequence of many factors, not corporate greed. Consider for a moment what determines the price of fuel and how global energy markets work. Not surprisingly, about half the retail price of a gallon of gasoline is the cost of crude oil itself, money that goes directly to suppliers in the oil-producing countries. Today we import nearly 60 percent of our crude oil from 30 countries on six continents. An additional 20 percent to 30 percent of the pump price pays for refining, distributing and marketing of the gasoline. Federal, state and local tax collectors get most of the remainder about 20 cents on the dollar. Oil companies in recent months have been keeping about a dime a gallon. That’s a lot of money because Americans buy far more gasoline and drive far more miles than any other nationality. To satisfy millions of individual and mutual fund shareholders and stay in business in a fiercely competitive global marketplace, the oil and gas companies must plow much of their profit back into finding new petroleum reserves often in dangerous parts of the world. Basic research and capital investment in new refineries, tankers, trucks and pipelines require additional billions. In addition, energy prices are variable and often volatile. Crude oil is bought and sold in a vast worldwide marketplace. Its value can change dramatically on any given day by a wide spectrum of factors ranging from weather to world politics. We all know the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Katrina. The emergence of full-throttle economies in China and India, nations whose peoples account for a third of the Earth’s population, has ratcheted up demand and prices. Investors know that the mere threat of an Iranian oil cutoff can send global stock markets into a tailspin. Yet overall, the actual profit of the U.S. oil and natural gas industry amounts to less than eight cents per dollar of sales or roughly the same percentage as all U.S. industries combined. The disruption of supply by the one-two punch of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita last summer caused pain at the pump for every American motorist. Thankfully, the pain was temporary for most because the crude oil market reacted as markets are supposed to do: supply shortages produced temporary high prices and some momentary cutbacks in consumer demand until resurgent market supplies and reallocations adjusted for the situation. We avoided the prolonged energy crisis generated by the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo and the 1979 shut down of Iranian oil. There were no lines at neighborhood gas stations, no “oddday, even-day” pump rationing schedules, no widespread fuel shortages. Four months later, retail pump prices have returned to pre-hurricane levels, and they have done so without relying on federal price controls or new taxes on energy companies. By contrast, the windfall profits tax of the 1980s proved harmful to U.S. energy supplies and consumers in many ways: reducing domestic oil production, increasing oil imports and depleting investment revenues for future energy production. Artificial price controls and windfall taxes on domestic energy producers are an unnatural intervention. They proved to be a bad idea when they were tried in the past. They are still a bad idea now. A vibrant economy is a shared national asset. Let’s allow the markets to work the way they are supposed to, according to the natural laws of supply and demand. We will all benefit as a result.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
By Allison Moore Opinion editor

Pittsburgh: I love it
Recently, while reading friends’ Instant Messenger profiles and away messages, I’ve confronted with phrases like “proud to be from Pittsburgh” in black and gold. In the last few weeks Pittsburgh pride has been on the rise due to the resurgence of the Steelers; a revival that is carrying them to Superbowl XL. Attending Mercyhurst, I realize that not all people on campus are as excited as Pittsburgh natives. Amid of all the Pittsburgh cheering there has also been the usual Pittsburgh bashing. My hometown doesn’t mind being the butt of jokes; chances are we have a whole other level of dislike reserved for your city too. Pittsburgh has its own charm; its own persona. For those of you that have never experienced it or do not wish to, I’ll try to sum it up. I love Pittsburgh because we’re a no-nonsense, in-your-face kind of town. Denver columnist Bill Johnson

The Good
MSG is hosting its first murder mystery dinner in place of the beloved formals. While many students are upset that formals are no longer an option (which is completely understandable after the fall term fiasco), MSG deserves some credit for coming up with such a creative alternative. The Mercyhurst Website has adorned a new look this past week. The new style displays more campus information with a sleeker format. The Gannon/Mercyhurst basketball game is this coming weekend. While the outcome could be good or bad depending, the event itself is a great opportunity for students to go out and express their school pride with the exctiting backdrop of a timeless rivalry. Go out and support the Lakers!

The Bad
One of the multiple complaints regarding the new Webmail system is its inability to notify the user when his or her mailbox is full, leading to undelivered emails. With all of the problems with the new Webmail, one must wonder why the powers that be didn’t make the switch until the end of the 2005-06 academic year. The hyped “new and improved” brunch in the Egan Cafeteria doesn’t live-up to all the talk. While some minor changes have been made, like available soups and a more convenient set-up, overall the “new” brunch closely resembles the original.

The Ugly
The classes being offered spring term are lack-luster at best. The choices are few and far between with little sounding desirable. The religion section is truly pathetic. With students having to take two religion courses, some variety would be nice. Some seniors are outraged with the religious selections after being promised Marriage and Family early in the year. Accepting that promise, some seniors waited to take their second religion only to be denied their preferred class. Remember that old adage “don’t make promises you can’t keep?” Maybe Mercyhurst should adhere to that.

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called Pittsburgh a “butt-ugly” city, sparking an outcry. No response, however, embodied Pittsburgh more than one man’s at a tailgating party, “His mom’s butt ugly.” Now that’s Pittsburgh. I love Pittsburgh because we have our own language. Grammar there is less than perfect. Despite their crass nature, words like “yinz” and “n’at” have become second nature and a source of amusement to many; even Pittsburghers like to poke fun at their ridiculousness. I love Pittsburgh because I love Heinz Ketchup. I mean come on, who doesn’t? I love Pittsburgh because football is our passion. The energy created during the Steel Curtain, four Superbowl era of the 1970s has never died. We are not fair-weather fans. Football is the only topic of conversation from August until March. Fans booed an injured Jacksonville player for interrupting the Steelers’ momentum on a drive. The waiting list for season tickets is 10 years long. Security had to ask Steelers fans to exit Invesco Field in Denver after the game: they wouldn’t leave. Football is a religion in Pittsburgh, not a sport. We recognize the short-comings of our other teams, a negative remark about our Steelers, warranted or unwarranted, will earn you a swift fist to the face. But most of all, I love Pittsburgh because it becomes a part of you, no matter where you end up in life. Whether you find yourself eating Heinz Ketchup somewhere across the country, saying “yinz guys” at a business meeting or waving a Terrible Towel at a party at Mercyhurst, the effects of the ‘Burgh will never fully leave you. At least I know they won’t for me.

Pedestrians have right of way
While crossing Lewis Avenue the other day, I was almost run down by two, I am assuming students, in recent model, beige Ford Explorer. Being in the crosswalk, I was entitled to the right of way. Although common sense told me to get out of the way when a 4 ton vehicle traveling down the street at a rate of at least 45 miles per hour is coming straight at me. Students Ellen and comKoenig munity members alike race Contributing writer up and down Briggs and Lewis Avenues at all hours of the day. Walking back from morning practices at 7 or 7:30 in the morning, commuters going to work seem to have no regard that this is in fact a college campus where many students live. In order to get to the main academic buildings we must have access to these streets. We should not have to live in fear of being hit by a vehicle. Pennsylvania law only protects pedestrians who are in a marked crosswalk. There are four of these along Lewis Avenue, although the paint is fading and there is no indication for drivers to know that they are there if visibility is blocked by snow or rain. Really, the only time drivers stop for pedestrians is if forced to by walkers half way through the street, the driver is made to bring the car to a halting stop and act as if it is a burden to actually abide by the law. Occasionally, there is a good Samaritan who is kind enough to stop for pedestrians crossing the street voluntarily, and for those people I am grateful. Even on the main campus, cars speed along the roadways. Next to the Hirt parking garage between the library and Taylor Theater, cars zip along in utter disregard for the students and faculty that compose the pedestrian traffic. Even so, I am amazed that Erie Parking Authority is able to make it out every Tuesday to ticket students’ cars that are parked on the wrong side of the road, while at the same time drivers are free to speed up and down the road ways at their leisure. There is no posted speed limit sign on the streets, and since Mercyhurst College is not responsible for the roads, the city of Erie is in charge of maintenance and law enforcement along the roadways. In many residential areas around the United States, speed bumps have been implemented to prevent speeding. I feel that Erie’s city council should be petitioned to have such means installed on Lewis and Briggs Avenues. Police and Safety should have some jurisdiction over such incidents. And I feel that cars should be forced to stop at the crosswalks for students on their way to classes in the mornings and throughout the day. Even if this means bringing back the crossing guards that I have not seen since grammar school. As I am writing this article I can hear a car whisk by the apartments and I am just waiting for that one incident which will involve a scream and sirens to follow. A note to drivers, please SLOW down, I really do not want to visit one of my friends at St. Vincent’s due to a traffic incident.

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ENTERTAINMENT ‘Enron’ film reveals the inside of corruption
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January 25, 2006

Documentary ‘Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,’ shows the means and the methods behind the lies
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
Lester Pimentel of PopMatters. com superbly capsulizes the documentary “Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room” and places it in the context of the times. “A kind of quasi-apocalyptic zeitgeist took hold in America in the waning months of 2001. “It seemed that major institutions came under assault when, on the heels of 9/11 and the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse revelations, Enron suddenly imploded. “More than the other events, it was the extraordinary fraudulence of that once mighty company’s hierarchy that most unsettled the American psyche, since it shrouded in shame our national preoccupation with obtaining wealth. “The mordant documentary ‘Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room’ cleverly deconstructs the men who reminded us of the dark side of the American dream,” says Pimentel. “Enron” unmasks the inside story of one of history’s greatest business scandals where a few designated men almost walked away with over a billion dollars, leaving investors and their own employees with next to nothing. People lost retirement plans, pensions, nest eggs, etc., all at the cost of two greedy men. This is the story that will divulge the schemes and marketing strategies that these brilliant men utilized to maintain the immense profit they were racking in. The two men talked about, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, controlled the increasingly impressive rise and tumultuous fall of Enron. According to Pimentel, they were “incredibly intelligent men felled by their own hubris.” The film introduces the background of these two men and how each moved up the societal ladder. It also provides an insight into the intensive manipulation and fierce domination that occurred within the expanding energy business. It depicts how this Texas-based company flourished from Ken Lay’s gamble on energy deregulation in 1985 and became the seventh largest corporation in 2000. Both Lay and Skilling were credited for introducing a new business model, trading kilowatts of energy, which became the master plan to the deviant and conniving development of what American corporations can potentially stray towards. Director of the film Alex Gibney, comments on the making of this movie and how he gradually displayed an interest in how the networking of Enron actually worked and how Lay and Skilling could deceive the world for as long as they did. “It was a human drama with the emotional power of a Greek tragedy—yet tinged with the blackest humor imaginable. “I felt that the film would give me an opportunity to explore some larger themes about American culture, the cruelty of our economic system, and the way it can be too easily rigged for the benefit of the high and mighty,”says Gibney. He based this documentary on the book written by Fortune Magazine, writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. McLean delved into the case even before the scam was unveiled, throwing the entire corporation in the spotlight. He encouraged people across the United States with stock in the company to conduct their own investigations. Several people were involved in this case and all of the information that could be revealed is still looming in the minds of the executives. This documentary unlocks the many secrets Lay and others endeavored so ardently to hide. It proves to be an insightful look into corporate America today, and instills in the audience the warning that as corruption like this has already happened, what could stop it from happening again? This film, which is the first in the PAC film spring season, is playing at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. Ticket prices include: Adult: $5, Senior/Student: $4; and Mercyhurst College students enter free with student IDs, limit 1 ticket per ID.

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Ken Lay, Enron ex-executive, under arrest for his corrupt business practices.

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Fugazi proves status as serious band
By Erik Haak Contributing writer
Fugazi is a band that has been too productive to single out one CD to review. The now questionably retired band (they haven’t released an album since 2001) was a fixture in the punk and post-hardcore movements of their day. Fugazi was composed of vocalist and guitarist Ian Mackaye, drummer Brendon Canty, bassist Joe Lally and Guy Picciotto who joined the band later as a guitarist and vocalist. Fugazi could be viewed as a sort of post-hardcore indie supergroup in two ways. First of all, many of the band members played in other important bands. Ian Mackaye was a member of Minor Threat, the Teen Idles, and Embrace. Minor Threat is probably the most well known of these bands and responsible for the straightedge movement, which is probably Ian Mackaye’s only mistake. Picciotto and Canty were both members of “Rites of Spring,” another band that everyone should listen to. Rites of Spring and Embrace would become important again a decade later as the bands helped birth the modern day “screamo” movement. While influences from these bands would obviously be apparent in Fugazi’s material, the band quickly formed its own identity. This identity would make them a supergroup in another manner. “Fugazi” quickly became as famous for its political and social ideas as for its musical prowess. The band was actively antiviolence, performing shows to support Amnesty International, Campaign for Tibet, Food Not Bombs, and similar groups and efforts. The band has also refused to give interviews to most major publications. Money is obviously not much motivation for the band as they became famous for charging only five dollars for their shows and 10 for CDs. For more information on the band’s politics and philosophy, interested people should check out the documentary video “Instrument,” filmed by indiefilm maker and band friend Jem Cohen. More important than any band’s image and beliefs is their musical ability. Listening to any of Fugazi’s six fulllength albums is proof enough that this is a talented band. The band’s music is full of energy and diversity. Songs like “Exit Only,” the opening track from “Steady Diet of Nothing” have an almost industrial feel accomplished through repeated syncopated bass but are then followed by a more experimental feel as in “Reclamation.” The band’s post-hardcore stylings are apparent on the fast paced and energetic song “Public Witness Program,” off of “In On the Kill Taker” while “I’m So Tired” off of the “Instrument Soundtrack” illustrates the band’s emotional and cathartic roots. The piano driven song harkens back to the band member’s days in Embrace and Rites of Spring. Other highlights from the band include “Long Division,” “Returning the Screw,” “Arpeggiator,” “Latin Roots,” “Instrument” and numerous others. People interested in being introduced to the band should probably look into the albums “Steady Diet of Nothing,” “The Argument” and “In on The Kill Taker.” These albums are probably the band’s most diverse and accessible works. The “Instrument” documentary is also a wonderful resource for people familiar with the band but interested in learning more about Fugazi. Any fan of post-hardcore or screamo should recognize their roots and give Fugazi a listen.

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Experienced, post-hardcore, indie group Fugazi plays live at the Sylvan Theater.

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January 25, 2006



tHe BuZz
JAN. 26-28. Gordon Lightfoot. Avalon Ballroom, Niagara Falls, Ontario. JAN. 27. Whole Wheat Bread, Know How. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. JAN. 27. Lakewood Project. House of Blues, Cleveland. JAN. 28. Low. Grog Shop, Cleveland. JAN. 28. David Allan Coe, Kentucky Headhunters. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. JAN. 29. Moe. House of Blues, Cleveland. JAN. 29. Laura Cortese. Walker Recital Hall, Mercyhurst College. JAN. 31. Toasters, Go Jimmy Go, Gelatinus Cube and Jolly Rodgers. Odeon, Cleveland. JAN. 31. Sevendust, NonPoint, Wicked Wisdom. House of Blues, Cleveland. FEB. 2. Lonestar. Warner Theatre, Erie. $35. FEB. 2. Aimee Mann. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo. FEB. 4. Stylistics, ChiLites, Bloodstone, Heat Wave, Main Ingredient. Palace Theater, Cleveland. FEB. 4. Sugar Magnolia. House of Blues, Cleveland. FEB. 7. O.A.R. A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. FEB. 8. Less Than Jake, Rock & Roll Soldiers. House of Blues, Cleveland. FEB. 9. Bob Pollard (ex GBV). Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. FEB. 9. Blue Oyster Cult. Denny’s Bar and Banquets, Edinboro. FEB. 10. Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. FEB. 10-18. Opera. “Romeo et Juliette.” State Theatre, Cleveland. FEB. 10. Green 17 Tour with Flogging Molly. House of Blues, Cleveland. FEB. 11. Black 17 Tour with Flogging Molly. House of Blues, Cleveland. FEB. 12. Sigur Ros. Allen Theatre, Cleveland. FEB. 13. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Elephant, Morning After Girls. Odeon, Cleveland. FEB. 14. Matt Pond Pa. Grog Shop, Cleveland. FEB. 14. Isaac Hayes. House of Blues, Cleveland. FEB. 15. Hinder, Revelation Theory, Faktion. Odeon, Cleveland. FEB. 17. Motley Crue. Tullio Arena, Erie . FEB. 18. Zoso. House of Blues, Cleveland. Courtesy of


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Dance department keeps you on the edge ...
By Jessica Ciccone Contributing writer
On Feb. 4 and 5 in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, the Mercyhurst College community will get the chance to see yet another stunning show presented by the talented and highly acclaimed Mercyhurst College Dance Department. The show is titled “Raw Edges Eight,” and, as stated in the press release, it will be sure to keep you “on the EDGE of your seat!” The “Raw Edges” series has been performed every spring for the past eight years. It is a very extraordinary dance show as it consists of imaginative new works choreographed and performed entirely by Mercyhurst’s own students. This allows the students to challenge themselves, dedicate their time and put all of their effort into every aspect of the show. The result is always a brilliant program that leaves a lasting impression on the audience. The pieces in the show are choreographed by students enrolled in the Choreography II and III courses. These aspiring choreographers oversee every aspect of their production, from costuming and lighting, scheduling rehearsals and choreographing the dance itself. Choreography III students are also required to collaborate with one other person on their pieces, and so the skills of students from many different fields are brought into use. Communication, fashion, and music students’ skills are also used in conjunction with the skills of the dancers and choreographers to create a series of wonderful numbers that will be sure to impress everyone present. Some of the pieces to look forward to include freshman Lauren Stenroos’s piece that was choreographed to music, a piece featuring classical ballroom dancing blended with contemporary style. Another piece answers the question, “What do animals in the zoo do after hours?” Another piece, choreographed by sophomore Dana Swisher, is based on the music of Philip Glass. This particular minimalist number is also going to be preformed at the American College Dance Festival in Columbus, Ohio in March. According to the Artistic Director of the program, Mark Santillano, a “variety of styles” will be showcased. This will include everything from classical ballet, to ballet preformed to a rock beat and to pieces featuring modern dance. With the wide range of dance

of your seat, during the eighth annual presentation of student-produced “Raw Edges.”
techniques being offered, the audience can be assured that there will certainly be something for everyone. Santillano, who has been coaching the student dancers and choreographers, says the show is “strong and interesting, and it will leave a lasting impression on the audience.” He also says that the “Raw Edges” series is one of the biggest highlights for the dance department, and it is always fascinating to see what the young choreographers come up with. Working on projects like this is an integral part of the learning process, and Santillano remarks on how fascinating it is to watch students transform “from friends into leaders.” The show is sure to be a breathtaking adventure into the minds of the aspiring choreographers at Mercyhurst. It will be performed Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. With student ID, tickets are only a dollar and can be purchased at the door. Don’t let this excellent chance to experience the majesty and beauty of the art of dance pass you by. Experience “Raw Edges VIII” and show your support for the Mercyhurst Dance Department.

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Briana Sullivan in mid-pose, practicing for “Raw Edges.”

‘Lights and Sounds’ is more than bells and whistles
By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
Anyone who has looked in the Sunday advertisements the past month have seen the depressingly small amount of new CD’s released. Have no fear, however, as Yellowcard has come to pull everyone out of the winter slump. One of the first things that should be said about “Lights and Sounds” is that this is an entirely different sound than Yellowcard’s previously recorded “Ocean Avenue.” The fast-paced songs are still here and guaranteed to satisfy fans who love them, but there are also songs that sound comparable to “Empty Apartment” and “Twenty Three” as well. The songs are much more introspective this time around. “Two Weeks from Twenty” is a song that seems like it should be matched up with Green Day’s video for “Wake Me Up When September Ends.” It tells the story of a boy who (presumably) goes to Iraq, and then his mother gets word that he died, just two weeks shy of his 20th birthday. The song goes on to say that even though all these soldiers are dying, the man to blame still feels no shame, ‘cough’ Bush ‘cough.’ “Rough Landing, Holly” and “Waiting Game” are two songs that will definitely bring back memories of “Ocean Avenue’s” title track. “Rough Landing, Holly” is about finding someone who makes you feel like you are flying high, but knowing that in reality you should let it go. Ultimately, nothing good is going to come from the situation. The lyrics state it’s better to let go right away and “come to a rough landing” rather than endure the situation until all you end up doing is crashing and burning. “Game” is somewhat the same, in the sense that it is another song about relationships. This song relates how two people feel as though if they threw away their relationship during a bumpy period, it would be a tragedy. No matter what the cost, if everything comes together in the end, it will have been worth the wait and all the games. I don’t see this album being as

Check out Yellowcard’s new CD, ‘Lights and Sounds’ released this week.

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big as their previous effort, but that’s not to say in any way that it isn’t a good CD. When “Ocean Avenue” came out, it fit perfectly into what was big at the time.

Sum 41 was still in the spotlight, as well as Blink 182, etc. This album might not get the attention it needs and deserves, but don’t let that stop you from giving it a spin.

People always say that from one album to the next, a band’s sound should progress in some way. If you are one of those people, “Lights and Sounds” won’t disappoint.

‘Hostel’ horror invades college student lives
By Melissa Brandt A&E Editor
“Hostel” will make you rethink any plans you may have had to backpack across Europe. In fact, it may make you re-think leaving the country altogether, boarding a train, viewing an art show or indulging hedonistic desires. If you are brave enough to breach the U.S. border, after watching this movie one thing is certain: You won’t step within a 1,000 feet of a youth hostel. Unless, of course, you don’t mind losing body parts to a crazed European who has terrible problems keeping a steady hand. Horror genre director Eli Roth is responsible for “Hostel,” although he claims it is based off true events. The film is set briefly in Amsterdam, where two college boys and a drifter, Oli, are in the pursuit of drugs and “love.” When a local youth informs the travelers of a hostel in Slovakia that will fulfill their needs, they don’t hesitate to find it. Clearly the movie immediately poses an interesting question, which is scarier: college boys loose in European cities, or torture and death. As a horror film, “Hostel” easily fills the quota for gore. According to the International Movie Database ( over 150 gallons of blood were used in the film, which is three times the amount Roth used on his previous set for “Cabin Fever.” If rating the movie on a ten scale, in the category of suspense, “Hostel” would only get a three. Of course this is only an opinion, but there was really no particular part of the film that induced the “uh-oh” tension that feeds the horror genre appeal. Although, what “Hostel” lacked in suspense, it made up in cleverness and humor. As might be expected from a director who asked the President of Iceland for an official pardon for making Icelanders look like “drunken sex maniacs” in “Hostel” with the character of Oli. Roth also issued a formal apology to the Icelandic Minister of Culture, for all the damage “Hostel” may cause to Iceland’s reputation. If you see the movie, you’ll realize why it’s warranted. Of course, the humor inherent in the film is a bit more sadistic and ironical than any of Roth’s publicized antics. One scene includes a formidable gang of local Slovakian children ready to maul anyone who doesn’t give into their demands for…bubble gum. Somehow the scene meshes perfectly with the rest of the film and only adds to the intrigue. I recommend “Hostel” to anyone who enjoys a plot with their bloody horror scenes, a movie that feels like it has come full circle and to those that can tolerate nudity (because there is certainly a lot of it). If you’re into gruesome and twisted, it’s worth the $6.50.

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Quentin Tarantino presents, Eli Roth’s horrifying ‘Hostel.’

January 25, 2006


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Men’s hockey sweeps AIC
Lakers extend conference lead to five points over Sacred Heart
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
Homecoming is always nice. The stands are full, the fans are loud and there is that added boost of adrenaline that gives the home team the extra edge. Even though it wasn’t the official homecoming for the men’s hockey team, a return home was kind to the Lakers this weekend as they swept American International College in consecutive home games. “It was great to be back in front of our home fans. They were loud and active and really gave us an extra boost,” Coach Rick Gotkin said. The Lakers won by scores of 7-2 and 7-1 to extend their winning streak to four games and their conference record to 14-4, and they now have a five point lead in Atlantic Hockey. Mercyhurst is now the top scoring team in all of Division I with 105 goals scored, one more than Minnesota. This weekend, the Lakers were led by their own version of the “Legion of Doom,” not to be confused with the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers fantastic trio of the early to mid 1990’s. Junior Jamie Hunt, senior Dave Borrelli and junior Scott Champagne combined for 12 points to continue the Lakers hot-streak. The high scoring coupled with freshman Tyler Small’s outstanding play in net resulted in back-to back weekend sweeps for the Lakers. Between Hunt, Borrelli and Champagne, the trio has now accounted for 103 points for the Lakers this season, and all three players are in the top 12 in the country for individual scoring. Hunt has racked up 37 points while Borrelli and Champagne have tallied 33 points apiece. “All three are having breakout years. Jamie is having a career

Wrestlers finish 4-0 at East Coast Duals
By Matt Jackson Co-Sports editor
After 47 days of scattered away matches and tournaments, the Mercyhurst wrestlers will return to the Mercyhurst Athletic Center for a match Friday and two matches Sunday. In those three matches, the Lakers and the fans will get to see a little bit of everything - a top notch Division II team (Ashland), an inexperienced Division II team that was just formed last year (Limestone), and a mediocre Division III squad (Heidelberg), It is more than safe to say that the match Coach Tony Cipollone really wants is Friday’s match against Ashland. Ashland, ranked sixth nationally according to Interamt, is the one team that Cipollone has been unable to beat since he started the wrestling program at Mercyhurst in 2001. Unfortunately, this may not be the year. The practice room is filled with talent after a couple of good years of recruiting, but the problem is that much of it is young talent. The Lakers have had to throw freshman wrestlers into the mix all season long. Most matches you can expect to see at least three Mercyhurst freshmen, but they have started as many as six in their 31-7 loss to Pitt-Johnstown at the National Duals. But then again, the Eagles also are loaded with young talent, but both seniors on their roster have played a pivotal role in their team’s success this year. Ashland has four wrestlers ranked individually, two of whom should provide for some interesting rematches. Pete Carnabucci is ranked eighth at 157 and should match up against Will Tedder. Tedder is unranked, but holds a 10-5 decision over Carnabucci in Ashland’s Simonson Invitiational. The Eagles’ Eric Lakia is ranked sixth at 165 and will get yet another chance at top-ranked Zach Schafer. Schafer has beaten Lakie numerous times in the past few seasons. The other two ranked Ashland wrestlers are Matt Allen and Ryan Kirst at 184 and 197, weights the Lakers have shuffled various wrestlers around all season, including Paul Bergman, Frank Zatta, and Rich Froats. After this weekend though it’s tough to count the Lakers out completely. Mercyhurst traveled to Shippensburg for the East Regional Duals and left with four convincing wins and a good idea of where they stack up against the competition in thier region. How dominant were the Lakers? Well, in their wins over Carson Newman, North Carolina-Pembroke, Newberry and Anderson, Mercyhurst won 34 of the 39 contested bouts, outscoring the four teams 151-18. Don Cummings, Tedder, Schafer, Hudson Harrison, Paul Bergman, Payne Lint, and J.J. Zanetta all went 4-0 on the weekend to help improve their team’s overall record to 9-7. Tedder and Schafer are both just one win away from 20 at 19 while Zanetta sits at 18 wins. Six matches remain before the Division II East Regionals. Of those six matches, four are against nationally ranked teams. On that list besides Ashland is No. 3 Pitt-Johnstown, No. 7 Shippensburg, and No. 15 Findlay.

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Junior Jamie Hunt looks to move the puck up the ice against American International.

year and Dave is one of those guys that I feel is very underrated in terms of his skill and Scott is having a great season as well,” coach Gotkin said. The Lakers came out with a high intensity level in both games and it showed on the scoreboard. “American International isn’t necessarily a bad team, but we sure made them look bad,” Gotkin said.

“We played great, especially when attacking on offense. We capitalized on the chances that were given to us. AIC had their share of chances but Tyler did a great job in goal for us to shut them down,” said Gotkin. As the season gets shorter and shorter, each remaining game counts more and more toward determining the post-season seeding. Mercyhurst holds a five-point

advantage over Sacred Heart while Holy Cross sits in third place with 21 points. Next weekend presents a tough challenge for the Lakers. They will travel to Sacred Heart for a pair of games and which gives the Lakers a chance to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the pack. They lead Sacred Heart by five points in the Atlantic Hockey standings.

Women’s basketball drops a pair in Michigan
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
This week saw the women’s basketball team drop its fourth and fifth straight in a frightening losing streak that has seated them at 6-13 overall and 2-7 in GLIAC play. Thursday, the Lakers competed with GLIAC rival Ferris State, and emerged with a humbling 7247 loss as Mercyhurst shot just 32 percent from the floor. From behind the three-point line, only senior Mary Clare Harlan found any success, making two of her four attempts. Harlan sits at second on the team in three-point percentage. The Lakers were unable to click on offense in general, with only two players reaching double digits in scoring. Junior Julie Anderson finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, and six steals (leading the team in each category). Anderson’s 3.3 steals per game are tops on the team for the season. Junior Priscila Nasimento also chipped in 11 points. Junior Erica Elliott matched Anderson’s team high 11 boards and Harlan added five more. Unfortunately for the Lakers, their opponent shot 81 percent on their 36 free throw attempts, which provided more than the margin of victory. Mercyhurst, on the other hand, reached the line only six times, and sank only one of their charity attempts. The ‘Hurst did gain an early lead (2-0 to start the game), but finished the first half down 3321. At one point in the second

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Mary Clare Harlan is second on the team in three-point percentage at 31 percent.

half, the Lakers were behind by 27 points. In the end, however, they managed to finish with more rebounds than Ferris State (4236). On Saturday, the Lakers had to face an even more formidable foe: 18th ranked Lake Superior State. Despite their national ranking within Division II basketball, Mercyhurst hanged with Lake Superior until the Lakers gained a 6-5 advantage. At that point, the home team ran off 13 straight points and never looked back. Lake Superior State (14-3 overall, 7-3 in the GLIAC) held Mercyhurst to numbers similar to Thursday’s matchup. The Lakers finished shooting 28% from the floor, and only two of 21 from three point land. The ‘Hurst did improve con-

siderably in the free throw area, however. This time the team reached the line 12 times, converting seven of those attempts. It wasn’t enough, though, as Lake Superior led 42-25 at intermission. Anderson once again led the charge, with 11 points and nine rebounds. Senior Cassie Seth also contributed 10 points and had a game-high two blocks. At one point in the second half, Lake Superior State led by 33 points. This was, in part, due to their complete dominance of the board-they outrebounded Mercyhurst by 20 boards (48-28). The Lakers hope to show that Saturday’s loss was the last in a five-game streak, as they take on their biggest GLIAC rival (Gannon) at home this Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in the MAC.



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Laker Sports “Quick Hits”
This Weeks Results...
Women’s hockey........................................Jan. 21, W 2-1, Niagara Jan. 22, W 3-1, Niagara Men’s hockey....................................Jan. 20, W 7-2 American Intl. Jan. 21, W 7-1 American Intl. Women’s basketball........................Jan. 19, L 72-47, Ferris State Jan. 21, L 72-41, Lake Superior State Men’s basketball.............................Jan. 19, W 61-59, Ferris State Jan. 21, L 96-94, Lake Superior State Wrestling.................................Jan. 20, W 32-12, Carson-Newman Jan. 20, W 46-0, UNC Pembroke Jan. 21, W 37-3, Newbury Jan. 21, W 36-3, Anderson ___________________________________________________

Men’s volleyball opens 0-2
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The men’s volleyball team has opened their 2006 campaign on a sour note, dropping a pair of games last weekend. On Jan. 18 the Lakers traveled to Medaille College for a nonconference match-up. Medaille, the No. 8 team in Division III, avenged a 3-0 lost to Mercyhurst last season by defeating the Lakers 3-2. The game seesawed back and forth, with Mercyhurst taking the first and fourth games, and Medaille winning the second, third and fifth. Freshmen Tim Wagner and Chad Proudman paced Mercyhurst in kills, tallying 19 and 15 respectively. Mercyhurst struggled hitting wise, averaging just .394 as compared to Medaille’s .441. Senior setter Dan Kick contributed 56 assists in the game. The Lakers played their first home game two days later against East Stroudsburg, also a nonconference opponent. Oddly enough the match went in the exact same sequence as the season opener, Mercyhurst coming out strong but ending up short in the end. Wagner again led the Lakers with 25 kills, with seniors Justin Waas and Nate Keegan contributing 13 and 11 kills respectively. Kick notched 53 assists and freshman libero Kyle Miller tallied 13 digs. “I think it went well, we realized things about our team that we need to realize early in the year,” said Wagner. “Even though we lost Friday, it was good to get that five-game experience for upcoming conference play,” he said. The team will open Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball

In the news...
Athletes of the Week
The Mercyhurst College Athletic Department announced that men’s basketball player Avi Fogel and women’s hockey defender Danielle Ayearst are this week’s Athletes of the Week. Fogel made news by notching the first triple-double for the men’s basketball team since the 1996-97 season. He tallied 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in Saturday’s loss to Lake Superior State.

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Senior Dan Kick sets for a middle-hitter.

Association (MIVA) play next weekend when they travel to Loyola-Chicago and Lewis. The Lakers failed to beat either

team in four chances last year, and looks to better their luck this weekend.

Women’s hockey sweeps Niagara
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
The women’s hockey team swept CHA-rival Niagara this past weekend on the road to up their overall record to 16-6-2 and 7-0-1 in conference play. With the sweep the Lakers were able to maintain their No. 6 spot in the rankings released Monday. On Saturday, Jan. 21, Mercyhurst dominated offensively, out-shooting the Purple Eagles 59-10 in shots on goal. The Lakers struggled, however, to get the puck past Niagara junior net-minder Allison Rutledge during the first two periods, trailing 1-0 after the first two periods. Freshman Valerie Chouinard got the Lakers on the board in the final period when she scored her team-leading 14th goal of the season. Defenders Ashley Pendleton
Junior Avi Fogel
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Ayearst played a big role in Saturday’s 2-1 road win against Niagara. She assisted on the first goal which tied the game, and then beat Niagara goalie Ashley Rutledge in the third period to win the game for the Lakers. Men’s wrestling was named the team of the week for their 4-0 performance at the East Coast Duals. They defeated CarsonNewman 32-12 and UNC-Pembroke 46-0 on Friday. They also edged Newbury 37-3 and Anderson 36-3 on Saturday.

Freshman Valerie Chouinard

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Men’s hockey remains ranked
The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team is ranked No. 19 in the USA Today poll and No. 28 in the poll. Mercyhurst secured their position with a sweep over Atlantic Hockey conference foe American International. The USA Today poll receives input from all six NCAA Division I conference as well as officers from American Hockey Coaches Association. The poll features 40 voters including 28 college coaches and 12 writers from across the country. One move of interest in Atlantic Hockey circles is that Holy Cross leaped ahead of Mercyhurst, now earning six votes compared to the Lakers’ three.

and Danielle Ayearst were credited with the assists on the goal. Ayearst was not done scoring on the night, with her next point being a big one. With just five minutes left remaining Ayearst beat Rutledge with the eventual game-winner. Ayearst’s first goal of the season was assisted by Chouinard and senior captain Samantha Shirley. Sophomore Laura Hosier

stopped nine of the 10 shots she faced in picking up her 10th win. “Another gut-check time,” said Michael Sisti, “Allison (Rutledge) played great, but we were able to find a way to win.” Sunday’s contest was a little less stressful, with a different Niagara goalie proving to be no match for the Lakers. Chouinard was all over the scoreboard again this day, tallying a pair of goals to raise her season tally to 16. Niagara scored at 5:53 of the second to get the game to 2-1, when freshman goaltender Courtney Drennan surrendered a goal. Freshman forward Robyn Law moved the Lakers back ahead 3-1 when she posted her third goal of the season at the 18:27 mark of the second period. The Lakers are now 9-0-1 in last 10 games, including three in a row. Up ahead for Mercyhurst is a tough road trip Jan. 27-28. On

Friday the Lakers will visit No. 2 New Hampshire in a crucial non-conference contest. This game represents the last ranked opponent Mercyhurst will face in the regular season. It also represents a chance to draw attention from the pollvoters, given an upset of New Hampshire will potentially help the Lakers move up a notch in either of the national polls. There was a slight shakeup in the poll this past weekend. Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth split a series on Friday-Saturday, which moved Minnesota up a notch ahead of St. Lawrence. Playoffs are not far away, with the conference championship, which the Lakers have won for three consecutive years, scheduled for Mar. 11, 12, 13, 2006 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Should the Lakers keep their No. 6 ranking, they will make a return trip to the NCAA Playoffs.

Men’s hoops split pair of road games
Andy Tait Contributing writer
remainder of the contest. The important thing for the Lakers that finished up in their hands. The win gave them their first, in-conference road win of the season. For the second game running, senior, center, Jeff Daisley had the team high in rebounds with nine, he also recorded eight blocks. Kubinski picked up where Field left off, scoring seven of his nine points in the final four minutes of the contest. The senior’s hot streak gave the Lakers a five-point lead with just over a minute left in the game. The Lakers lead was cut to just two points, following an FSU three, and they were able to get one more chance to tie the game with only 19 seconds left to play. Then up stepped Andy Kubinski to steal the ball with only two seconds left to play and stretch his multi-steal games to nine. Fogel and Smith joined Field in double figures for contest, with 11 points each. Junior, guard, Mitch Brennan said, “We put in a good team performance, the whole bench was into it and our coaches had us doing the right things.” On Saturday afternoon the Lakers faced Lake Superior State University (2-15, 1-9 in GLIAC) in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Lakers, 1-3 on the road in conference matches this season and unfortunately, this record was about to get worse. Facing the conference’s last placed team and following the Lakers win over FSU; it looked on paper an easy win. In a seesaw battle, LSSU upset the Lakers 96-94 in overtime. The Lakers registered their highest number of points this season but it was not enough to keep the winning run going. “We are one of the lowest placed teams in the country when it comes to scoring,” said Brennan. “Our coach places a lot of emphasis on defense and if we want to win games, we have to play at both ends.” On the back of two big performances last week and picking up ECAC player of the week, junior, guard Avi Fogel turned in two more stellar performances. The San Diego, Calif., native had a triple-double, the schools first in almost 10 years. Maurice Profit was the last player before Fogel to record such a feat; he had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks in 1996-97. Fogel had 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the game. He and sophomore Terry Smith combined for 59 points but their efforts could not prevent a devastating defeat. “The loss really hurts because the effort was there, we just didn’t perform on the defensive end,” he said. “We didn’t play to our full potential and despite having lots of opportunities we just couldn’t capitalize on them,” added Fogel. Despite some unbelievable LSSU offense, the Lakers only trailed by three, 78-75 with under a minute remaining. The Lakers were not finished yet and Kubinski for the second time this past week drained a huge three, which sent the game into overtime. LSSU could have wrapped things up moments earlier, but Mike Rader missed one of his two free throws, giving Kubinski his chance. It was Kubinski’s first field goal attempt of the game. The Lakers would need yet another comeback in overtime, as they trailed 92-84 with only 28 seconds left on the clock. This lead would prove to be too much for the team to overcome. And so what could have been a great week for men’s hoops ended on a dour note. It has left the players with plenty of time for reflection; ahead of next week’s big game against Gannon. “It doesn’t matter what your record is, you have to come out to play because they are always close games,” said Brennan. “I cannot wait to play in it,” said Fogel. He will appear in his first Mercyhurst- Gannon game, along with fellow newcomers Field and freshmen Stu Anglum and Kerry Wilkinson. Despite Saturday’s setback Fogel remained optimistic and confident in his team’s abilities. “I have a lot of belief in this team and the great thing is we all believe in each other,” said Fogel. With the Lakers backs against the wall, the only way to respond is to come out fighting and that is exactly what Fogel believes will happen. “We have the heart and will to do it, but it is not going to be easy, we have a battle on our hands,” said Fogel. The Gannon game is scheduled for Jan. 28. at 8 p.m. at the Mercyhurst athletic center. Tickets will go on sale Wed. Jan. 25, starting at 9 a.m. in MAC. Tickets are priced at $4 for adults and $2 for students. They will be available to purchase from 9-12 and 1-4 each day, until they are sold out.

This past week’s games for the men’s basketball team proved that you cannot take anything for granted. Women’s hockey stays put The Lakers traveled to Michigan to face two teams from The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team secured is sixth place opposite ends of the GLIAC standing in the poll with a pair of wins over spectrum, and they turned in two Niagara this past weekend. Jekyll and Hyde performances. Thursday night the team was in The poll changed a bit, however, ahead of the Lakers. Big Rapids, Mich. to take on the Minnesota Duluth and Minnesota split a series, and that No.1 team in the conference. coupled with a loss by St. Lawrence shook up the top-five. The Going into the contest, Ferris top-ten is listed below: State University was the only remaining unbeaten team in the 1. Wisconsin (21-2-1) conference, leading the GLIAC 2. New Hampshire (19-2-1) north with a 7-0 record. 3. Minnesota-Duluth (17-4-1) However, the Lakers put an end 4. Minnesota (16-7-1) to this record, thanks to a great 5. St. Lawrence (18-3-2) team effort. The Lakers stunned 6. Mercyhurst (16-6-2) FSU, 61-59. 7. Harvard (10-6-2) The Lakers trailed by 10 points 8. Princeton (11-5-4) at one point during the first half, 9. Clarkson (17-7-1) 27-17. 10. Providence (13-7-4) However, a Lakers faught back in the final two minutes of the Mercyhurst Spirit Club first half, left them only four points behind at the interval, The Mercyhurst Spirit Club, a committee of MSG, is hosting 27-23. a tailgate party prior to the Mercyhurst-Gannon basketball The Lakers stepped their game games this Saturday Jan. 28. up in the second half, with Richard Field and Andy Kubinski The tailgate will include free pizza, supplies for poster-making, at the forefront of the team’s and best of fall, free face painting! efforts. Field, a junior forward, scored The tailgate starts at 4:30 in order to give you plenty of time a game high 15 points, with 13 to get there, get pumped and covered in paint, and then get to of them registered in the second the girls basketball game which tips off at 6:00 p.m. half. He was on fire at the beginning Come wearing green and bearing cowbells! of the second half, notching nine consecutive points, on four sucBe sure to bring your ticket with you, as IDs will not get you into cessive possessions to give the Lakers their first lead. the game without a ticket! However, this was to be shortQuick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Anything worthy of being a “quick hit” should be e-mailed to lived and the lead would change hands 11 times throughout the

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