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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OF MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 February 1, 2006
By Jonelle Davis Contributing writer
Randall Silvis kicks off the annual Mercyhurst Literary Festival Thursday Feb. 7 in the Taylor Little Theatre. Silvis is an internationally known novelist, playwright, screenwriter and essayist and his visit to Mercyhurst will be the ﬁrst of four major events organized by the English department this year. According to Dr. Ken Schiff, festival organizer and assistant professor of English, Silvis has spoken at Mercyhurst in the past and in fact, was a writer-inresidence here for a year, about 10 or 15 years ago. “He’s a ﬁne writer and a very dynamic public speaker,” said Schiff. The rest of the events will take place in April and include visits by poet LiKatie McAdams/Photo editor
Silvis lecture kicks off annual literary festival
Young Lee on April 12, ﬁction writer Robert Coover on April 19 and the unveiling of the college’s award-winning literary magazine, Lumen, on April 26. Each speaker will also hold a special writing workshop for designated English majors, which allow for students to get personal help and attention. Schiff feels that the festival is a great opportunity for students to gain exposure to contemporary literary ﬁgures. “Students who attended last year’s festival, especially those who had no previous interest in contemporary poetry or ﬁction, besieged me with e-mails afterwards telling me how valuable the experience was for them.” Dr. Jeff Roessner, acting chair of English and organizer of the festival, added that the best part of the festival Please see Literary on page 2
Mercyhurst fans storm the court after the Lakers beat Gannon with a ﬁnal score of 48-45.
Lakers topple Gannon
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
Saturday’s showdown between Gannon and Mercyhurst had everything that its 1,923 fans in attendance could hope for. The game was tied 25-25 at intermission, but Mercyhurst came out with a monstrous defensive effort to start the second half. In fact, the Lakers held the Knights to just ﬁve points in the ﬁrst 12 minutes out of the locker room. That defense would prove to be the difference, or as junior Mitch Brennan described the win, “100 percent defense. Our defense was pretty huge for us. We’ve come to learn that if we don’t play defense, we’re not going to win games.” That held true on Saturday, the ﬁnal score ending at 48-45, Mercyhurst. “Defensive lapses have cost us a couple of games lately, but against Gannon we just came out with a bluecollar, defensive mentality,” Brennan added. The game was certainly a defensive struggle, but, had it not been for a 7-0 run with 6:41 left in the game, the contest might have been a blow out. At that point, both sides of the ball picked things up and held on for the win. Describing his team’s attitude at halftime, Brennan said, “I don’t know if the fans helped or what, but we really came out focused. We know that we were scoring as many points, and if we didn’t play some defense we wouldn’t win.” The defense certainly helped, and was an important part of the game. Each squad shot just 36 percent from the ﬂoor, but the Lakers achieved 75 percent free throw efﬁciency. A few of those trips to the line were absolutely crucial. With just eight seconds left in the game, junior Avi Fogel was sent to the charity stripe. He converted one of his throws, making it a 47-45 game. On the rebound of his second shot, junior Richard Field was fouled. Field made one of his free throws, forcing the Knights to convert a three-point play in seven seconds if they wanted to continue playing. In the end, Gannon fell short and Please see Victory on page 8
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MSG secretary removed from ofﬁce
Ciccone dismissed after not performing extended duties
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
The MSG judicial committee confir med Tuesday the removal of impeached Secretary Jennifer Ciccone from ofﬁce. The unanimous decision came after Ciccone failed to meet a required deadline as stated in the probation stipulations. In a letter to members of the MSG body, the committee outlined the speciﬁc reason for Ciccone’s termination. The document states, “On Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, the MSG Secretary, Jennifer Ciccone, failed to meet the required deadline of 12:00 p.m. to have the ﬁnal copy of the second winter term constituency in the MSG representatives’ mailboxes.” The letter goes on to state, “If the impeached MSG ofﬁcer fails to meet the requirements, terms and conditions of the probation, he/she will be removed from ofﬁce upon immediate veriﬁcation of such failure.”
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Rowing ﬁnally honored
By Sarah Sheehan Contributing writer
In 2004, the women’s rowing team won the NCAA championships. On Saturday at the Gannon/ Mercyhurst Basketball game they were supposed to receive rings for their excellence. However, the rings were not ready in time and instead the team was going to receive empty boxes. 15 women were on the team that won the championships in 2004 and of those women only three are still on the team. When Mercyhurst discovered that the women had won the NCAA championships they posted it on the Website and had a Sodexo dinner where the girls received a plaque and were honored. They were again honored at the homecoming football game a few weeks later. When the women’s hockey team won fourth place at NCAA the school offered to pay half the price of rings for the team. The women’s rowing team never received any type of offer as the aforementioned. It was brought to the attention of the Board of Trustees that the women’s rowing team had won the NCAA and that they deserved rings. The Board of Trustees decided to purchase the team rings and to recognize them two years later. The rings are going to take four to six weeks to design. Because the women would have only received empty boxes at the game on Saturday and the players that live elsewhere were not going to ﬂy in, Coach Adrian Spracklen decided it would be best to wait. The women’s rowing team is the ﬁrst Please see Rowing on page 2
Jennifer Ciccone was removed from her position as MSG secretary.
- Marty Wallenhorst
According to senior judicial member Eric Squtrito, the committee followed all guidelines. “When appointed, our job was to come up with a probation stipulation,” he said. “The stipulations were approved by the body and our responsibilities were to make sure all of the duties were fulﬁlled…we felt they were
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not met.” Agreeing, sophomore committee member Martin Wallenhorst said the “…duty of the judicial committee is to uphold the document.” The removal came after MSG’s weekly Monday meeting on Jan. 30. “The information was brought to us after the meeting and we as a committee met with Jen (Ciccone), Dan (Schuler) and Darcey (Kemp). Jen then had the opportunity to explain the situation and had the opportunity to defend herself,” said Squtrito. “We then discussed and deliberated among the ﬁve of us, and it was our responsibility to determine whether or not the duties were fulﬁlled.” According to junior judicial committee representative Jen Krupa, the judicial committee has full power to remove Ciccone from ofﬁce and the body does not have to vote on her removal. Squatrito said the MSG representatives gave the committee the power
to relieve Ciccone from her position. “They (the body) put their faith in us when they voted to have a committee,” he said. Wallenhorst agrees. “We act as judges, not as lawyers,” he said. “Was she or was she not in violation? We decided unanimously, and we all signed off.” Ciccone declined on two occasions to comment on the matter. Some MSG representatives vary in their opinions on Ciccone’s removal. Sophomore representative Dan McNulty said the MSG’s executive board is to blame for Ciccone’s dismissal. “In my opinion, I feel the executive board brought this on themselves,” he said. “They should have expected worse; they kept pushing for it and pushing for it. The whole thing is a mess.” Senior Kathleen Chew disagrees with McNulty. “I have all the trust in the Please see Removal on page 2
Bill Murray delights audiences in romantic drama “Broken Flowers”
February 1, 2006
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Velo is the RC Cola of ECCC
By Lakyn Bianco Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College Velo Club has been busy organizing a collegiate cycling race that will take place at North East on April 15 and 16. This will be the ﬁrst time in history Mercyhurst will be hosting a cycling race. There will be three racing events that weekend. Saturday there will be an individual time trial and race, and Sunday there will be a criterium race at Lake Erie Speedway. Velo has been working with the Lake Erie Allegheny Earth Force, Lake Country Bike, Arrowhead Wine and Lake Erie Speedway to make this a successful event. Velo has been contacting local authorities for permission, ﬁling insurance and securing police and ambulance presence for the race. The club has also been working towards buying a ﬁnish line camera. Most of the funding for the race will be coming from race fees, but Velo has also received assistance from the College Administration and Student Government. They are also trying to gain support from local business and have been asking for donations from them. Velo will be selling t-shirts for Valentine’s Day to raise extra money also. They have been trying to get other teams interested in participating in the race. If all goes as planned Velo will be able to participate. “Hopefully we have it planned so well that we can race. That’s the goal since the race is at home,” said Velo President Andy
Velo Club provides refreshing alternative to the collegiate cycling races
Former Enron bosses Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling have arrived in court to face charges over their alleged role in the ﬁrm’s multibillion dollar collapse. More than 100 potential jurors are also due to appear in the court in Houston, Texas, as the long-awaited criminal trial begins. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake has said he will question potential jurors himself to determine their suitability. The trial could start as early as Tuesday and may last up to four months. According to reports, former Enron chairman Lay and chief executive Skilling arrived looking relaxed.
Rob Hall and Andy Rose compete at the Erie Speedway.
U.N. considers giving aid to Hamas
U.N. chief Koﬁ Annan has said future aid to the Palestinian Authority will hinge on the government’s commitment to peace and recognising Israel. Speaking for the Mid-East “Quartet,” Annan said any new government must accept previous agreements, including the “roadmap” peace plan. Aid to the Palestinians has been thrown into doubt by the election victory of Islamic militant group Hamas. The group’s statement, read by Annan after a meeting in London, said: “All members of the future Palestinian government must be committed to non-violence, recognition of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations, including the roadmap.”
Rose. Mercyhurst Velo competes in the Eastern Collegiate Cycling Conference (ECCC). This is the ﬁrst ECCC race in western Pennsylvania in many years. This race is an attempt to promote cycling in the Erie Area.
All race participants are full time students and cycling team members from their college or university. Velo will be posting ﬂyers about the event around campus closer to race time. More information can be found on their Website at www.mercyhurstvelo.com.
Festival brings in more than speakers
Continued from page 1 is putting students in contact with writers they have read and admired. “The students get to meet the living person behind the works, and that is a real source of inspiration. For that reason, I especially like the workshops, when the guest writer talks to the students in an informal setting and answers their questions about the craft as well as the business of writing,” said Roessner. Roessner also feels that the festival is going beyond the gates of Mercyhurst. “Mercyhurst is becoming known for hosting the great writers that we have brought to campus. Students and faculty members from other schools show up to the readings, and that tells me that we are reaching well out into the community for our audience,” he said. Senior English major Katie Cain is one student who shares Schiff and Roessner’s excitement for the upcoming festival. “I went to all three speakers for last year’s festival and I loved it. I’m really looking forward to it this year. It’s going to be my last festival, so I’m excited about it.” “Last year, I also took part of the work shop with Robert Bly. I thought it was really good. It was cool to sit down one on one with this famous novelist and to learn from him directly,” said Cain. Cain added that she feels it is important for students to be exposed to such accomplished people in the literary ﬁeld. Although she’s looking forward to the speaker’s, one of Cain’s favorite events is the unveiling of the annual Lumen. The Lumen consists of work written by the Mercyhurst community, which is selected by a special editorial board. Cain noted that she had work published last year and is excited to see what’s in store for this year. “I think it’s such an honor to have the opportunity for my work to be published, especially considering how much work is submitted. It’s very reassuring to be accepted by peers and teachers at school,” she said. All events for the festival will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theater and are open to the public.
Polish ofﬁcials investigating the collapse of a trade hall in Katowice now say 62 people died, ﬁve fewer than they had previously thought. Rescuers have not ruled out finding more bodies in the wreckage. Poland began three days of mourning following Saturday’s disaster in Katowice. Flags are ﬂying at half-staff, as the country tries to come to terms with the scale of the tragedy. At least 150 people were injured in the hall, which had been hosting an event for world pigeon enthusiasts.
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Rowing team succeeds in respect for their sport
Continued from page 1 first team in Mercyhurst history that will receive rings at no charge. Other sports teams on campus have received rings but have had to raise money to purchase them. It is a school policy not to buy rings for sports teams but in hindsight the school realized that winning the NCAA championships was a big deal and that the team deserved rings. Part of the reason why rowing is not well known on this campus is because rowing is a very unique sport. Another reason why the students do not recognize rowing is because the team has no home course. Jill Natale, captain of the women’s rowing team, expressed, “We only have one race a season here and we practice at Finley Lake.” Coach Spracklen offered many other explanations as to why the crew team is not as popular as other sports. “It is a sport where the individual is not gloriﬁed;
Rising concentrations of greenhouse gases may have more serious impacts than previously believed, a major scientiﬁc report has said. The report, published by the U.K. government, says there is only a small chance of greenhouse gas emissions being kept below “dangerous” levels. It fears the Greenland ice sheet will melt, leading sea levels to rise by 23 feet over 1,000 years. The poorest countries will be most vulnerable to these effects, it adds. The report, Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change, collates evidence presented by scientists at a conference hosted by the U.K. Meteorological Ofﬁce in February 2005.
U.S. soldier guilty of prisoner abuse
A U.S. soldier has been found guilty by a court martial in Kabul of assaulting prisoners in an American military base in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province. Sgt. Kevin D. Myricks was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to maltreat and two counts of maltreatment, a U.S. military statement said. Myricks has been reduced in rank and sentenced to six months’ detention. On Saturday, another soldier, James Hayes, was sent to four months in prison for the same incident of abuse. Human rights groups have often accused U.S. forces of abusing Afghans held at detention centers in the country.
Bull leaps into crowd
At least two people are being treated in a hospital in Mexico City after a bull leapt into a crowd during a bullﬁght. The half-ton bull named Pajarito or “Little Bird” breached the safety barrier and landed on the fans. The rampage ended when a fight participant entered the stand and killed the animal with his sword. One woman spectator received a six-inch gash in her chest. Little Bird is the ﬁrst bull in the ring’s history to jump into the crowd.
world in the judicial committee,” she said. “If they think this is the best decision for MSG and for the school, then this is what must be done.” Chew also noted that the committee acted fairly in their decision. “I believe our judicial committee has given her a fair and accurate probation,” said Chew. “She did not follow her guidelines and therefore she received the accurate punishment.” Senior representative Jeannie Jyurovat said that MSG appropriately handled the removal of Secretary Jennifer Ciccone. “The expectations set by the probation committee were fair, and her duties were made clear. MSG established a probationary procedure that would act in the best interest of MSG and the student body we represent,” she said. “None of us wanted to see the situation come to this, but our actions reflect what we promise the constituents – that MSG works for the student body and we have a clear responsibility to their interests.” Now that Ciccone is ofﬁcially removed from ofﬁce, Squtrito said the body will follow the MSG Constitution, and the chair of the public relations committee will temporarily ﬁll the void. “We will refer to the constitution and determine who will step in…the chair of the PR committee is outlined as next in line in the constitution,” said Squtrito. MSG President Dan Schuler said he stands by the judicial committee’s decision. “They acted out of a sense of duty and responsibility to the student body they represent,” he said.
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The rowing team practices on campus in the tank room.
there are no standouts, and very few statistics. It is boring to watch if you do not understand what is going on, it is just not a spectator sport.” Coach Spracklen also explained that the team is not disappointed in the lack of attention they receive. “It is not about the individual and it is not about the attention; people row for the enjoyment it
gives themselves and the sense of belonging to something more powerful than one individual,” he said. The rowing team deserves more attention for all of their hard work and achievements. The school will again sponsor a dinner for the women who won the NCAA championship in 2004 during the Spring, at which time they will receive their rings.
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A healthier column
The majority of college students on campus might have a few condiments lying around the fridge one compartment below frozen chicken nuggets and next to leftover Arby’s sandwiches from the ﬁve-for-ﬁve deal. However, my guess is that any mention of hummus would simply elicit a blank stare and any stomach growling would cease. Hummus is a popular food in the Middle East, from Israel to Lebanon or Greece. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas, which are also known as garbanzo beans. Chickpeas are low in fat, are an excellent source of ﬁber (ﬁve grams in a half cup) and are a good source of iron (10 percent of the recommended daily allowance). They also are a great source of protein when combined with a piece of whole wheat bread or with brown rice. Other ingredients go into hummus to add ﬂavor and variety in consistency. The amount of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and other ingredients can make one hummus taste different from another. A store-bought hummus will have around 50 calories in two tablespoons, which is relatively low compared to other protein sources such as steak or a fried chicken patty. When making your own, use a food processor or a blender to chop the garbanzo beans until they’re a paste. In addition, try making the hummus one day in advance and let it sit in the refrigerator, covered, overnight. This will allow the ﬂavors to combine evenly. The beneﬁt of making your own is that you can use a small amount of olive oil to limit the amount of fat in the recipe. Whether you buy your own or try this recipe, you should try
hummus on a variety of foods, because it is a versatile food. I personally enjoy carrot sticks dipped in plain hummus, or low-fat triscuit crackers with a sun dried tomato hummus.
Cliff Barton practices his production skills in the Grotto.
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Hummus and Garlic Toast
14 oz can garbanzo beans Juice of 1 large lemon 6 Tbsp sesame seed paste 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed Salt and pepper Chopped cilantro and black olives if you would like to garnish it before serving
Lights, camera, practice, action
By Jen Helbig Contributing writer
Many students may be surprised to ﬁnd out that communications majors have a lot more to learn than what’s taught in the classroom. Only so much can be said about operating a camera or interviewing a football player, but until students put it into practice, they cannot truly understand the ﬁeld of communications. Hurst TV is one of the outlets on campus for the communications majors to practice their talents and warm up for the real media world. Senior Amy Landphair is the station manager for Hurst TV. Although students might tune in only once in awhile and catch a program on the Mercyhurst channel, much of Landphair’s time is spent practicing on the equipment and planning upcoming shows. “If you want to make it in the communication world, it’s going to take more than textbooks, pencils and paper,” Landphair said. “I work-study here in the department, but the amount of hours that are spent here beyond those is ridiculous.” Sophomore Cliff Barton, a communication-production major, has been working on a television show called “Cooking on Campus” this year. “I was approached by Amy to produce and direct the cooking show,” Barton said. “In the beginning, Amy and I sat down to talk about what we wanted the show to be like. We decided who the target audience was and the concept of the show.” Graduate student Katie Walker is the star of Cooking on Campus, and the meals that she cooks are quick, easy and inexpensive to make. While focused on his target audience, Barton is able to practice his production skills. Barton said, “Before this show, I had done some work in the studio for classes, but I had never done anything that I had full control over. I have learned that it takes more time to edit the show than it does to ﬁlm. If a show is 30 minutes long, I expect to spend at least three hours in the editing room.” “A lot of people have very little experience when they ﬁrst enter the studio,” Landphair said. “This is all about trial and error. We try to maintain as much professionalism as possible.” Currently, a show, “MC Sports,” tapes on Tuesdays and airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Sophomore communications majors Chris Petrillose and Nick Giallourakis host the show. Petrillose said, “The show is basically Nick and myself talking about the sporting events that took place during the past week. It helps spread the word around campus about how special our student athletes really are.” Petrillose said he is learning the basics such as producing, editing, taping and interviewing. “I am currently in Mr. Shannon’s Sports Broadcasting class, where I have learned the proper way to handle myself on camera, and also how to look and act in a professional manner,” Petrillose said. Giallourakis agreed that appearing professional is important. “Preparation is the key in making a good show,” he said. “It is necessary to research the topics to make sure you get the facts. You could be the most talented person on TV but without preparing yourself, you’re nothing.” There is only so much that can be done in the classroom though, and students like these four have shown that spending time outside of the classroom runs much deeper than a 30 minute ﬁnal product. Barton added, “I mainly have learned that putting a show together takes time. It is not something you can throw together in day. You have to have patients.”
1 medium loaf of bread, use ciabatta for a great taste or any whole wheat bread if you want the hummus to be your protein source for the meal 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro 4 Tbsp olive oil
1. Drain the beans, keep about ½ cup of the liquid. 2. Process beans in a food processor while adding reserved liquid and lemon juice until smooth but still thick 3. Stir in the sesame seed paste (or tahini) and add all but 1 tsp. of olive oil. Add garlic a little at a time until it suits your taste. 4. Spoon the hummus into a dish, ﬂatten with a spatula, and drizzle remaining tsp of olive oil over the top. If you want, allow it to sit overnight in the refrigerator, otherwise it will be chilled enough while you are preparing the toast. Garnish before serving if desired. 1. For the toast, place slices of toast (1 inch thick) on a baking sheet. 2. Mix garlic, cilantro and olive oil together in a bowl, drizzle over the bread. Broil for about 2 minutes, ﬂip and broil for about 2 minutes on the other side, until golden brown. 3. Serve with hummus while bread is still warm and crispy.
Murder mystery solved over dinner
By Colleen Lanigan Contributing writer
The question “Who Dun It?” was answered Friday night at the Murder Mystery Dinner. Students present at the SAC event found out that it was Barry DeLive, known as “Evil Ed” who murdered Paul Bearer during the 25th Annual Mystery Author of the Year Award dinner. The food provided for the dinner was either chicken marcela or stuffed portobello mushrooms, which were fantastic. Those in attendance, around 170 people, were given the chance to interact with the “authors” nominated for the award and listen to the “interrogation” of the authors after Bearer was murdered. Freshman Kristin Tedesco said, “It was
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The Super Bowl Basket
Super Bowl with a cause
By Melissa Jack Features editor
Many people have seen a huge basketfull of goodies being carried around campus. This is just another in a line of themed baskets that the Ambassador’s Club organizes to raise money for different causes. This particular basket’s theme is the Super Bowl and the idea was generated by admissions receptionist Debbie Wurst and ambassador president Lindsey Kole. The basket contains everything you could possibly need to host a successfully gluttonous Super Bowl party: peanuts, pretzels, salsa, tortilla chips, potato chips, pringles, doritos, crunch and munch, cheesy popcorn, two football-shaped serving trays and more. Also, Patti’s Pizza donated three $10 gift certiﬁcates, The Cornerstone donated $10 and Papa John’s donated a free pizza. Though this seems like an instant party, the proceeds are going to a serious cause. The Pierce/Buskirk family’s house recently burned down and the money this fundraiser generates will go to helping them. Wednesday and Thursday are the last days to buy tickets at 50 cents each. Go to the Union or Weber Hall to show you care.
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Actors bring Murder Mystery Dinner to life.
something cute and different.” The audience got a chance to guess who they thought killed DeLive, what their motive could have been and how the murder was committed. Five expert sleuths solved the mystery and received gift baskets ﬁlled with
food, the game Clue and other prizes. SAC came up with the idea, instead of having a formal. The night was a fun-ﬁlled evening for all with good food, a semi-formal atmosphere and a new and exciting event put on by SAC and MSG.
February 1, 2006
OPINION Campus Question Ask the Malarkys
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Are ‘breaks’ a good way to save a relationship?
Anytime you attempt to maintain one aspect of a relationship while entertaining other options at the same time, you are setting yourself up for disaster. The idea of taking a break in an effort to salvage a relaMr. tionship with the stipulation Malarky that a third or any number of parties could be involved is going to leave someone with a sour taste in their mouth. Essentially what you are saying is that we are not really broken up but we can fool around with other people. Last time I checked a lot of people consider that cheating. If a person is willing to let their signiﬁcant other get a free pass in that department they don’t care about them enough to consider them a boyfriend I would like someone to explain to me what exactly a ‘break’ is. Let’s get real, what’s the difference between a ‘break’ and a “break up?” I’ll just come right out and say it, breaks do not work. Ask yourself this question: Why do I want a break? There are only a few answers to that question. If you answered that you want to Ms. date other Malarky people, then what possible gain will a break accomplish? Usually, if someone involved in a relationship wants to take a break for this reason, they deﬁne it a “break” instead of a “break up” to keep the other person on the leash, and on the sidelines, just in case their alternate dating scene goes a bit sour—then they will have something comfortable to fall back on. If you answered that my boyfriend/girlfriend has changed, then move on. How will a one week, two weeks or even a month break help reconcile the ways in which you two have grown apart? Time passes, people change and this is the time when you can act on those perceived changes, ﬁnding someone else who better complements your beliefs and or girlfriend. A relationship should be an all or nothing commitment. That is not to say that you should act like a married couple, spending every moment with each other etc., but the relationship should be exclusive. It is not uncommon for college age people to have doubts about lasting relationships and where they are ultimately going. We wonder if this is going to be the person we are with forever, and if so don’t we want to squeeze a few more hookups in before settling down? That’s not a totally disgusting thing to be interested in before really committing but if so break things off all the way. I’ve heard of people breaking up in their last semester of school so they can really cut loose and enjoy themselves before they have to start acting like real adults. I suppose you would have fun whether you were in a relationship or not; however, I know I would rather look back and remember how I stuck things out with someone I cared about rather than hooked up with some inconsequential individual. lifestyle. It’s better to not have a “break” mentality about a relationship, because what happens when a relationship takes the next step into marriage? Let’s face it, when you get married you’re together for better or for worse. During that time both of you will change; however, you have chosen this person because you know you can grow, adapt and change together—that’s what growing old together means. There’s no breaks in marriage, and if you practiced breaks in every relationship leading to your marriage that’s a sure equation for failure. You may also answer the question by saying that you and your signiﬁcant other are sick of each other and need a break. What’s stopping this same situation from happening a month after the break is over? My advice would be to simply acknowledge that it is over and accept it. I’ve known people to take multiple breaks throughout the time of their relationship; they take a break, get back together, take a break, get back together ad inﬁnitum. They are simply stunting each others’ growth, living in the past instead of looking to their future. The bottom line is this: When someone says they want a break it’s because they are scared of their own feelings concerning the relationship and can’t make a decision. Decide what you want and stick with it. If you like the person, be true to that; if it’s not working, get over it.
What are your plans for Super Bowl Sunday? What do you think the outcome is going to be?
Forgetting my name . . . unfortunately, Steelers . . . Browns ‘06 BABY!!!
Chip Kubiak, senior, HRIM
Jennie Colbert, sophomore, public relations
Well, I will be eating chips and drinkin’ soda pop with friends. The Steelers will win but ‘06, the Bills.
Collect valuable points by manipulating family, friends
By Edward Wasserman Knight Ridder Newspapers
Just when you thought you’d heard everything, along comes spouseware. That’s a new variety of downloadable programs, which link you to Web sites that’ll pay you to persuade your mate to buy things from participating companies. It’s a new twist on the traditional, “make money at home in your spare time.” Consumer response is strong, and politicos are eyeing the business model, because they have no problem with inﬂuence-for-hire. A Web site, movethem.org, is under development. It’s nonpartisan, a wholly commercial undertaking that pays for political conversions. Get your husband (a Republican since Reagan) to go Democratic or your Kerry-loving wife to vote for a GOP congressional candidate, and cash in. If the preceding sounds farfetched, it should. I made it all up. But with most every mode of communication being weighed as a potential channel for manipulation, with columnists secretly paid and conﬂict-of-interest rules ignored or corrupted, why shouldn’t pillow talk be next? That brings us to so-called buzz marketing. What follows isn’t make-believe. Consider a Boston company called BzzAgent, described in a Wall Street Journal report as “a word-of-mouth specialist.” It’s raising $14 million from venture capitalists to expand its business, which consists of selling “the old-fashioned way by getting people to talk to others about the product.” BzzAgent’s 120 client companies include Volkswagen and Anheuser-Busch, the Journal reported. It has trained 130,000 people to talk to other people about products. The trainees are mainly young people who like to think they’re trendsetters. They aren’t paid in cash; instead they amass points redeemable for prizes. Meet buzz, known by critics as stealth marketing and by adherents as word of mouth. It’s a hotgrowing $100 million to $150 million advertising sector, with perhaps 85 percent of the U.S. top 1,000 marketers making some use of it, according to estimates in Advertising Age. Techniques vary. Sometimes it’s hiring actors who ask visitors to take their photos at the Space Needle in Seattle or the Empire State Building in New York. The tourists snap the shots, admire the snazzy new Sony Ericsson camera, and presto, they’ve joined an on-the-spot product demonstration. Or it’s the graduate student featured in another Wall Street Journal story who talks up the new cream cheese and yogurt spread she served at a pre-wedding brunch. She was part of a 12-week BzzAgent push involving 2,000 agents. “Word of mouth,” one marketing honcho tells the Journal, “is the ultimate form of consumer engagement.” You’ve got to love the enthusiasm. It’s as if this sales presentation was some therapeutic outreach intended to lure timid consumers out of their shells and get them truly involved genuine “engagement” with the goop they’re slathering on their bagels. Advocates do rhapsodize about all this with the fervor of real conviction, as the height of authenticity, a way to empower the lowly grassroots of the buying public. It brings a lump to the throat. The Web site of buzzmarketing.com makes the whole push sound like some proud insurgency: “We don’t think like normal advertising, marketing, and PR people. We defy convention.” Word of mouth is “the oldest, most effective form of marketing on earth,” which raises the question of what convention it could be defying. One could be honesty. Commercial Alert, a commercialization watchdog, complained to the Federal Trade Commission in October about Procter & Gamble’s Tremor campaign. That’s a four-yearold program that, USA Today says, uses 250,000 teenagers to talk to friends about new things that P&G sends them. Tremor also purportedly rents out these teens to such pals as Toyota, Coca-Cola and Kraft Foods, and the watchdog group wondered whether the entire undertaking might not be fundamentally deceitful. Disclosure is supposedly a key issue: Do the agents fess up? Buzz marketing’s trade group, the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), has an upstanding ethics code that requires agents to tell what they’re up to and forbids them to praise products they don’t actually care for. That’s comforting. It’s even possible that these tens of thousands of semi-trained marketing irregulars, eager to be envied as trend-spotters and hungry for the perks and geegaws that moonlighting for their patrons brings, might actually heed such admonitions. But that’s not what this is all about. What it’s about is injecting, deep into the tissue of ordinary, day-to-day social relations, a whole range of commissioned, ulterior agendas. Buzz works as a sales technique only because it attaches itself, parasitically, onto the loyalty and mutual regard that are the qualities we esteem most in relationships, and rides them for personal gain. This isn’t about disclosure. It’s about a corruption of core values to a depth that even the cynical genius of U.S. marketing had not previously dared to aspire to. Before long you won’t even expect to trust anybody. Then we’ll be ready for spouseware.
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I am going home and watching it at my family’s pub. Go Steelers!
Going to the lobby and eating free pizza. Seahawks win: Steelers lose the big one. The Browns will come out of nowhere and win. James says the Steelers win!!
Going to a Super Bowl party, my friends want the Steelers, so I guess I hope they win just because I don’t want to hear them cry.
I am going to the Super Bowl. Of course the Steelers will win!
February 1, 2006
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Ciccone’s dismissal justiﬁed by board
ASK THE ETHICIST!
The purpose of “Ask the Ethicist!” is to provide insight and reﬂection on everyday ethical dilemmas facing individuals on campus. The “Mercyhurst Ethicist” is not one person, but a group of Mercyhurst faculty, administrators and staff. We’re interested in student responses to these reﬂections! Please send your thoughts (or another question) to lseddig@mercyhurst. edu. If you are submitting a question and wish to remain totally anonymous, send it via campus mail to Rev. Lyta in Campus Ministry. “My class was in a workshop session in the library. Each student was supposed to sign in for the session. My roommate decided to skip the class and he asked me to sign in for him. This is difﬁcult because, on the one hand, I am tempted to sign in for him because he is my roommate. On the other hand, I feel like I’m lying and I sure don’t want to get into trouble. What should I do?” Answer 1: Dave Hewett, Controller and head women’s golf coach: Ultimately this is an issue of personal integrity and the question is, “Do you value the relationship you have with your roommate so much that you are willing to sacriﬁce your integrity?” This is not to say that just by saying no your relationship has to be harmed in any way. You could use this opportunity to help your roommate learn a little bit about integrity with the hope that he will value his relationship with you enough to want correct this ﬂaw in his character. If you can pull it off, you both win. If you don’t, at least he will understand that maintaining high ethical and moral standards is important to you. This is still something that he may recognize when he is in a better position to learn it. We are all tempted and tested from time to time with things that we know in our hearts are not right. We struggle because, even though we are conﬁdent that we will never be discovered, we will always know that we have compromised our character. Einstein said, “The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance, and even our very existence depends on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives.” JC Watts said that, “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.” A French proverb states, “There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.” Good Luck ! Answer 2: Pat Benekos, Director of Information Technology: To me this one is cut and dried: If the roommate didn’t go to the class, then his name shouldn’t be on the sign-in sheet. Asking your roommate to lie for you is not a reasonable request. Being dishonest is bad enough, but putting your friend in a tough spot compounds it. Answer 3: James A. Snyder, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Philosophy My advice would be to have the questioner think about their conﬂicting duties or obligations. First, if someone is signing in someone else out of friendship, then some hearty reﬂection will see that the duty to help a friend in this situation is ultimately overridden by the duty to the truth and trust which friendship presupposes in the ﬁrst place. So, I’d advise the student to foster authentic friendship by not lying for their friend in situations that are relatively trivial in the big picture. I’m sure it will strike many people as odd, but I’d say, “If you are going to lie and cheat, at least save it as a last resort for something truly important – like an unjust life-or-death situation!” Second, I’d encourage the student to think about whether their duty to their own well-being is compromised by doing things that can practically undermine it. I would advise the individual to question seriously what kind of person he or she is being and becoming when he or she does dishonest things, and question whether he or she really wants to be that way. I would also caution the student to think about the possible consequences of their actions. After all, the student is disrespecting and violating both a course requirement and a College policy. Are they really willing to face the consequences? Finally, I would refer the student to the College’s mission statement and ask him or her to think about the meaning of the core values “honesty” and “integrity.” Then, I would challenge the student to be thoughtful and courageous enough to be the kind of person that experiences the joy of actually being honest and having integrity. I think if a student ﬁnds this joy they will ﬁnd happiness in being responsible and the strength to stand up to friends who have lame expectations and ﬁnd it cool to be irresponsible.
In any work place when an employee fails to complete their job requirements, termination is an appropriate course of action. When an individual gets a third, fourth and ﬁfth chance to complete their duties, termination becomes even more appropriate. Most people would take responsibility and admit their failings to themselves and the organization they made a commitment to. In December, the student government voted 28-14 to impeach Jennifer Ciccone and place her on a probation period for not performing 22 of 38 duties. MSG then formed a committee to monitor Ciccone’s work and ensure all tasks would be completed on time, or else she would be removed from
ofﬁce. MSG reasonably and efﬁciently dealt with this situation that had no previous precedent. This past Monday, the committee found Ciccone in violation of her probation stipulations and removed her from ofﬁce. Normally, this issue would be over and the person would accept responsibility for their actions; however, Ciccone will not. The incident is rather clear: She did not fulﬁll her duties; therefore, she should not be in ofﬁce. The committee agreed unanimously to remove her after she did not meet the required deadlines. The reality of this situation would be comprehensible to a toddler.
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Silence: Music to my ears
While walking between classes I often pass friends who all have white cords streaming through their coat pockets to the headphones placed in their ears. A sign of the infamous iPod. Recently one was so loud that when passed I could actually hear the Bjork track that was playing. The iPod and digital music is taking over the minds of our culture. In the college realm I see people with their multicolored minis at the gym, the library and just Ellen simply walking around the Koenig campus. I can understand the need for muContributing writer sic, it makes life more enjoyable; however, not every situation needs a soundtrack. What ever happened to silence? Has it escaped the minds of college students that are now ﬁlled with guitar cords and endless lyrics thanks to the creators at Macintosh? People say that silence is boring, in a way I feel that people may be afraid of their own thoughts. If you stop and listen, you may actually notice something peaceful about life. Noise can pollute a person’s concentration, but when taken in the right measures it can also be incredibly relaxing to the body and mind. Depending on the genre of music being played, it can drastically inﬂuence a person’s mood and outlook. Sometimes the best sound is silence; life can be so chaotic and hectic at times that hearing music at any pace may only intensify the stress. Music qualiﬁes as noise which can clutter the mind and even certain thought patterns. Even while preparing meals people often have the TV or music playing, just to create background noise. Eating dinner with friends the other evening MSNBC was blaring in the background. I insisted that we turn it off to appreciate each other’s company and eliminate noise that was quite simply giving me a headache. Silence is a value that has been lost in recent days by the constant need for noise. Turn off the headset or CD player and listen to the noise around you. People say they identify with lyrics of music, words and sounds. But by turning off the noise you may be able to hear yourself for once. That being said, you can probably identify with your own thoughts more soundly than another person’s lyrics. The school of Mahayana Buddhism teaches that silence is essential to happiness. While this concept may be taken with the most serious outlook by followers of such beliefs by the pursuit of selfdiscipline and intense meditation, we can take such knowledge at face value and learn to appreciate the sound of silence.
Shaky case for warrantless surveillance
By Orange County Register editorial Knight Ridder Newspaper
Administration spokespeople including Vice President Dick Cheney, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and the president himself, have been conducting a full-court offensive to persuade Americans that the program of surveillance of Americans by the National Security Agency without a warrant from the special secret court created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was not only legal but virtually obligatory following the terrorist attacks of 9-11. The campaign is no doubt intended to soften up public opinion in advance of hearings into the matter scheduled for Feb. 6 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The trouble is, every argument the administration makes rests on shaky legal ground. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act was passed in 1978 precisely to control the use of surveillance technology by the government in the wake of abuses documented during Vietnam and Watergate. While the act allows for some emergency exceptions, it speciﬁcally says, “the procedures in this chapter ... shall be the exclusive means by which electronic surveillance may be conducted.” Supreme Court precedent says that when Congress has legislated in a speciﬁc area the president’s authority to act in a way other than speciﬁed by law, even during wartime which Congress was never asked to declare is at its weakest. And the FISA law says, “A person is guilty of an offense if he intentionally engages in electronic surveillance . . . except as authorized by statute.” One can understand the president authorizing some surveillances without warrant as an emergency situation seemed to warrant it. But this systematic program has been underway for four years. That’s plenty of time to get Congress to adopt new procedures if they were needed. That would have been the right way to do it. Indeed, the USA Patriot Act contained a few minor tweaks to the FISA system, so getting Congress to act on new procedures was hardly out of the question. Abraham Lincoln has been criticized, and rightfully so, for suspending the right to habeas corpus unilaterally during the Civil War. But when it became apparent the war was going to go on a while, he went to Congress and got authorization for what he had done. That’s a sound precedent. It is difﬁcult to avoid the conclusion that the administration wanted to undertake surveillance that the FISA court which has refused only a handful of requests for warrants to do surveillance in the last 20 years and Congress would not have authorized if asked to do so openly. We hope the Judiciary Committee explores these and other questions aggressively, without the kind of grandstanding we saw during the Alito hearings, and in a format that allows plenty of time for follow-up questions and perhaps incorporates staff counsel as well as senatorial questions. The issue of whether the president deliberately broke the law even with pure intentions is serious enough to warrant extended exploration.
Americans are forgetting the value of an education
By Dallas Morning News editorial Knight Ridder Newspapers
Stanford University is one of the world’s great research institutions, so when the school’s president talks about American universities in the 21st century, it pays to listen. In a discussion about China and India outstripping the United States in math and science education, Stanford’s John Hennessy was asked whether U.S. universities should give preferential admission to American students in those ﬁelds. “Maybe so,” said Hennessy, himself a distinguished engineering researcher, “if we could get these students in the ﬁrst place.” The National Science Foundation warns that America is not producing enough researchers to maintain the country’s leading role in science and technological progress. As Hennessy indicated, U.S. graduate applications in the sciences and engineering are down. True, mediocre K-12 education plays a big role in this crisis, and, yes, there must be systemic reform. But the Stanford president told us that there’s a more fundamental problem the American people have yet to face: a widespread loss of faith in education’s value. Immigrant communities used to be especially devoted to education, he said, but “now you only really see it among immigrants from Asia.” He mentioned Condoleezza Rice’s grandfather, a sharecropper who worked hard to get a college degree and who, by instilling in his descendants a deep belief in the transformative power of education, produced within two generations one of the most powerful women in the world. This is what education can do for those who believe in hard work and scholarly self-discipline. That used to be most Americans. What happened? How did we fall from a nation that respected teachers and treasured the gift of learning into one with an entitlement mentality? Lawmakers in Texas and Washington can tool with education policy all they like, but no tax will require lazy students to do their homework, and no law can make self-indulgent parents care deeply about their children’s education. Parents in China and India aren’t making the same mistake.
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February 1, 2006
By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
One of the hottest topics in entertainment is the “problem” of people downloading music and movies. It seems that downloading music is nowhere near as big a problem as the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) makes it out to be. They have gone to the extreme of actually ﬁling lawsuits against people who shared music using ﬁle-sharing programs such as Kazaa, Ares, Limewire, etc. Granted, the people they targeted were sharing at least 1,000 songs; but some of those lawsuits hit six ﬁgures. The fact that those people were sharing the songs seems to be the determining factor – you can download ﬁles without a problem, but if you share them with potentially thousands of others, you’re done for. From a band’s standpoint, some of the bigger ones that everyone has heard of didn’t want their songs ﬂoating around on the Internet where people wouldn’t have to pay to listen to them and (more importantly) be able to burn them to CD. Even though sites like PureVolume.com exist – where bands allow visitors to download certain songs they post – most of the songs are available only to stream from the site. For example, if Mike Hogan and Streamline hadn’t broken out like they did, I can’t imagine Hogan putting up a huge ﬁght to keep their songs off ﬁle-sharing programs if it gave them exposure all over the country instead of just in this corner of the East Coast. A whole new group of people would be able to hear what Streamline is all about, and the more exposure the better. From a monetary standpoint, with hip-hop music being all the rage, and every label trying to get in on the action, what’s to stop from rushing out an album with one hot single and then a bunch of ﬁller? Geez, we’ve never seen that before…right, Tony Yayo? That’s not to say that rock and pop music are off the hook, a lot of artists come out that make people wretch at the words “mainstream rock” and couldn’t carry a tune in a wheelbarrow without computer assistance, respectively. The popular expression is that ‘money doesn’t grow on trees,’ and that’s even truer when someone is at the store. No one wants to end up with a CD that is a better Frisbee than source of musical entertainment. These are the kinds of things the RIAA ignores when they wring their hands and try to
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Click, click, burn: the RIAA vs. the consumer
come up with new ways to get more money. Sorry guys, I don’t really feel like throwing $12 down to support Lil Jon’s pimp cup collection. Another thing that the RIAA ignores is the studies done that show people who download music actually are more likely to buy CD’s than those who don’t. Back in 2002, right when the RIAA was jumping on their high horse to sue people, a study was done by professors at the University of North Carolina. For 17 weeks, they watched downloads of songs from 500 CDs that were on the charts at that time. Their results? In the most pessimistic study, it would take over 5,000 downloads for the music industry to suffer the loss of one CD. In the more realistic outcome, downloading would boost album sales. People want a little sample of what they are investing their money in, and if they like it, they go support the artist. The people who don’t download have no idea what they are going to be buying, so they just play it safe and keep their money in their pockets. Sharing is caring, RIAA. I’d love to introduce myself and tell your CEO that; however, he is too busy stufﬁng C-Notes into his pockets with both hands.
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Bill Murray stars in PAC ﬁlm, ‘Broken Flowers’
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
Jessica Winter of VillageVoice. com summarizes what this movie entails, “Stoic and decaffeinated, Bill Murray’s in every scene of the bittersweet ‘Broken Flowers.’ A premature retiree, rumpled and doleful in his tracksuit, Don barely reacts when he receives an anonymous letter informing him of the son he never knew he had, who’s now grown and in search of his father.” The main character is Don Johnston, played by Bill Murray. This name, no doubt, has predisposed the character for 20 years of “Miami Vice” jokes and perhaps a predilection for womanizing. The story begins with Sherry, played by Julie Delpy, on her way out of Don’s life describing her relationship with him as feeling like his mistress even though he is not married, and she is sick and tired of dating an over-the-hill Don Juan (which is what he is watching on his plasma television as she is walking out). Another character that happens to live next door to Don is Winston (Jeffrey Wright). Winston seconds the notion that Don is a couch potato and has not pursued much of a commitment in a relationship. Upon receiving the mysterious letter claiming that he has a son, Johnston does not know how to react and becomes quite confused that he could possibly be a father. Winston creates this plan for Don to go and visit all of the women that could potentially be the mother to Don’s son and see who sent this letter. Winston purchases plane tickets, hotel reservations, ﬂowers and sends Don off on the long adventure that ensues from this point in the movie. Don pays an unexpected visit to four out of his ﬁve past lovers (the ﬁfth one is dead). The ﬁrst woman he reunites with is Laura (Sharon Stone) who is the recent widow of a race car driver and has a seductive teenage daughter, Lolita. The second woman he meets up with is Dora (Frances Conroy), who is married and seems a little less enthused about her life at the moment. The third woman he comes upon is Carmen (Jessica Lange), an “animal communicator” who has quite an impressive ofﬁce and a death-glaring receptionist, who decides to hate Don from the beginning. The last woman is Penny (Tilda Swinton), who runs a junkyard. When he arrives on her doorstep she causes a riot and sends her mechanic friends to beat the pulp out of him. He goes to pay his respects to the deceased woman and wonders about what is actually happening in his dull life that could possibly change things forever. This ﬁlm shows at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and again at 8 p.m. So, if you have always enjoyed Bill Murray, this is another performance that will entertain you. Ticket prices include: Adult $5.00; senior citizens: $4.00; students: $4.00; and Mercyhurst students: Free with ID (one ticket per student ID).
Bill Murray’s midlife crisis gets interrupted by his lost child, in ‘Broken Flowers.’
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Oscar nominations passed over a few of this year’s best
By Chris Hewitt Knight Ridder Newspapers
Before Academy Award nominations were announced Tuesday, nothing was for sure. Except this: Many of last year’s best movies will be ignored. There are a variety of reasons great movies get the cold shoulder: The academy’s complicated rules disqualify some of them. Many are outside the taste zone of the academy, whose members tend to be older, richer and more liberal than the average American. And some haven’t developed the kind of buzz that leads a movie into Oscar’s warm embrace. In the latter category, the surprise is Steven Spielberg’s “Munich.” Before its release, the drama was considered the favorite. Critics loved it. But by Saturday, when nomination ballots were due, its momentum was gone. Spielberg’s the-movie-speaks-for-itself failure to do interviews didn’t help “Munich’s” cause. And some of the qualities critics have most admired, its subtlety, its refusal to simplify a complicated political situation in the Middle East, seem to be working against it with Oscar voters, who like their politics obvious, populist and feel-good (think “Erin Brockovich”). The too-subtle-to-hug problem will also damage chances for “A History of Violence.” “Brokeback Mountain,” on the other hand, ﬁts right in with Oscar sentiments. Sure, it’s sad, but the romance between male shepherds also gives Oscar voters like Rita Moreno or Brad Pitt a chance to pat themselves on the back for supporting human rights and for being OK with a theme – homosexuality – that is controversial in most places, but not Hollywood. We already know “Brokeback” isn’t a ﬁnalist in a few categories – makeup, sound editing – so it’s not going to rack up “Titanic” numbers, but it seems likely to nab around 10 nominations. Noncontroversial controversy will also work in the favor of a couple of other titles: “Good Night, and Good Luck,” which comes out in opposition of someone (Joseph McCarthy) virtually everyone in the world is opposed to, and “Crash,” which boldly argues that racism is wrong. Both will get at least six nominations and perhaps several more, depending on whether Oscar voters, aided by the year’s most relentless Oscar campaign, can agree on which of the many supporting actors in “Crash” deserve nominations. “Munich” is not the only movie whose Oscar hopes are fading. When critics went ape for “King Kong,” its fortunes rose, but when audiences decided they liked “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” better, “King Kong” disappeared from the best-picture picture (as did best-actress contender Naomi Watts). Before it hit theaters, it looked like “Memoirs of a Geisha” was the sort of period yawner that wins respectful reviews and Oscar nominations, regardless of quality. But it wasn’t a fave of critics or moviegoers, so it’ll have to settle for the pretty categories; costumes, art direction, cinematography. And what about “The New World,” the lush period drama that has divided critics and been mostly ignored by audiences? Its iffy reception would seem to doom it at the Oscars, but director Terrence Malick somehow came up with seven nominations for his last movie, the even less warmly received “The Thin Red Line,” so the thinking is that Oscar voters like him. Really, really like him. At least those movies are all eligible for Oscars. Plenty of good movies aren’t. Eight of the 58 submissions for best foreignlanguage ﬁlm ended up being disqualiﬁed. Reasons ranged from films that were not in the language of the country that submitted them to violations of the rule against showing entries on TV (the Netherlands won’t have a foreign-ﬁlm contender this year because of that rule). The most unfortunate ineligible ﬁlm is “Cache.” Universally hailed as one of the best movies of 2005 in any language, “Cache” was submitted by Austria but disqualiﬁed because the dialogue is French (a language that, last time I checked, was still foreign). Turns out the movie was not nominated, despite widespread appeal and publication in New York and L.A., where the vast majority of Oscar voters live and take Pilates.
February 1, 2006
Wrestling upsets Ashland
Paul Bergman wins in overtime to lead the Lakers to a 21-20 win
By Matt Jackson Co-Sports editor If I had one word to describe the Mercyhurst wrestling team this year it would be unpredictable. Earlier this season Coach Tony Cipollone watched his team fall to Gannon 19-18 in the much anticipated War at the Shore just one year after the Lakers dominated the Golden Knights 30-7. It would be tough to argue that the Lakers weren’t favorites going into that match. At the time the Lakers were ranked No. 12 nationally while the Knights were three spots behind at No. 15. With the guidance of Cipollone, the wrestling program at Mercyhurst has made leaps towards an elite Division II team every year. After the Gannon loss and an extremely tough schedule ahead of them, it looked as if Mercyhurst might regress for the ﬁrst time. That thought vanished quickly. Friday the Lakers again proved they have the ability to make their presence felt when the postseason arrives, because this time it was the Lakers playing the role of underdog in a 21-20 win over No. 7 Ashland in front of 400 fans at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. “It was about as exciting as a college wrestling match gets,” said second-ranked junior Zach Schafer who recorded a 14-6 major decision over sixth-ranked Eric Lakia at 165 pounds. The excitement Schafer referred to reached its highest point in the heavyweight bout where senior Paul Bergman bumped up a weight class and left the mat a heavyweight champion in the eyes of his teammates and the Mercyhurst fans. With the Lakers trailing the
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Bashing of Super Bowl site Detroit hardly justiﬁed
By Jemele Hill Knight Ridder newspapers
Unfortunately, this column won’t stop completely the jokes about how parts of Detroit look like a car bomb went off 20 minutes ago or that it gets so cold here, Dick Cheney’s heart can chill on Eight Mile. Some free advice to you national columnists who are preparing to shred Detroit: Bombed-out building jokes are as old as Members Only jackets, so be more creative if you’re going to insult us Detroiters. The problem is that when it comes to Detroit, people can’t separate the truth from the CNN footage. Yes, Detroit has lots of crime _ uh, doesn’t every major city? but people act like as soon as you land in the Motor City, there are a couple of gunmen waiting for you at the end of the jetway. Oh, but nobody says a thing about Los Angeles, where if you wear magenta in the wrong neighborhood, you leave wearing Eau De Bullet. “I’ve lived in Detroit all my life, and I’ve never been a victim of a crime,” 60-year Detroit resident Janice Berman said. Detroit has lived with a bull’seye on its back for ages. Sadly, the main reason the national media condemn Detroit during Super Bowl week is because it isn’t in a warm-weather city. So, sorry it’s a Super Bowl that inconveniences journalists by forcing them to wear coats. We see the game for free, eat free on our respective companies dime, stay in hotels for free and go to parties for free, but bring a scarf ? The nerve. Jacksonville is a warm-weather city, and all I heard from people after last year’s Super Bowl was everything had to be done by boat, the city was too spread out and you couldn’t ﬁnd anything to eat past 9 p.m. In Detroit, we have two things that will win the national media over quickly: Full nudity and gambling. Three casinos are in downtown Detroit and another across the river in Windsor, where strippers fully undress. But that’s not what makes Detroit special. What makes the city special is that it has fulﬁlled a lot of dreams for people for years. African-Americans fled the South to Detroit looking for jobs, which they found in abundance at the city’s auto plants. Greek immigrants came to Detroit seeking a better life, too. That’s why there are 120,000 people of Greek descent in the Detroit area and a two-block stretch of terriﬁc Greek restaurants along Monroe Street. You might think of Detroit as the birthplace of violence, but without Detroit, there would be no Ben & Jerry’s, Dr Pepper or automobiles. Ice cream, soda and Henry Ford all were born in Detroit. (The city also has the secondlargest theater district in America next to New York, but I don’t want to brag.) Dogging Detroit has been an Olympic sport for years. Though the Olympics are every four years, and bad-mouthing Detroit happens nearly every day. But riots happen everywhere. Cold weather is a part of life, and certainly Florida’s 75 consecutive 90-degree days have been known to cause a bit of discomfort. Detroit has problems, but any city with nearly a million people would have them, too. But if you still want to rip my city, I’d advise you to take heed of this warning from Keros: “You keep picking on us, and we’ll get even better.”
Will Tedder (top) won 14-5 over Pete Carnabucci of Ashland.
Eagles 21-19, Bergman battled Josh Ohl to a 8-8 stalemate after seven minutes of wrestling to force overtime. In overtime Bergman hit a low single for the takedown, securing the upset victory for the Lakers. “That’s deﬁnitely the biggest win I’ve had at Mercyhurst,” said Bergman. “I knew I could beat him. We have seen Ashland wrestle a lot and he is a big strong kid, but I knew I was in better shape than him so I went out there and wore him out.” When asked how he felt after the match Bergman’s initial response was what you would expect from a wrestler who just won in overtime. “Tired.” said Bergman. “It felt pretty good though.” Bergman wasn’t the only Laker wrestler to come through in the clutch in what could truly be called a great overall team performance in what is sometimes considered an individual sport. The Lakers did exactly what
they had to do- get some unexpected bonus points at certain weights while preventing the Eagles top wrestlers from getting bonus points at others. “I thought we had a shot,” said Cipollone, “but I didn’t think the match would go the way it did.” Down 6-0 after one match freshman Leonard Calhoun came through with the ﬁrst big win for the Lakers. Calhoun cut the Ashland lead to 6-4 with a 10-1 major decision over Tony Iovine. “We were just hoping for a win from Calhoun,” said Cipollone. The next big win came at 149 with the Lakers trailing 9-4 in the match. Sophomore Don Cummings trailed 5-2 before getting a takedown and a pin at the 5:55 mark to put Mercyhurst up 10-9. The Lakers followed with two straight wins. Will Tedder took it to nationally ranked Pete Carnabucci in a 14-5 win which was followed by Schafer’s major decision to give the Lakers an
18-9 lead. Hudson Harrison followed at 174 and although the sophomore didn’t win, he hung in with Clint Carmony who ﬁnished third in the nation last year at 184 before losing 6-5. Two straight major decisions by Ashland at 184 and 197 made the score 20-18 in favor of the Eagles, setting the stage for Bergman’s heroics at heavyweight. “It felt good to beat a team that we hadn’t beat yet,” said Cipollone who also noted that the Ashland “attitude” made the win even more satisfying. “I told the team we would be a better team in the second half of the season than they would be in the ﬁrst, and we still have a lot of work ahead of us,” said Cipollone. The Lakers (10-7) also beat Heidelberg and Limestone on Sunday. They will have a long break to get ready for a Feb. 10 home match against Shippensburg.
Women’s basketball comes up short against Gannon
By Andy Tait Contributing writer
Second year head coach, Karin Nicholls wants to bring an exciting product to the ﬂoor and women’s basketball did exactly that on Saturday evening. The result might not have left the Mercyhurst players with much to smile about having lost to their cross-town rivals, Gannon 83-74. But anyone who watched the game was left more than satisﬁed with the quality of basketball on display. A tough, gritty and adrenaline fuelled ﬁrst period saw the Lakers trail for almost 15 minutes, before dramatically snatching a one point lead on the buzzer, as Cassie Seth drained a three pointer to make it 46-45. Gannon led by as many as eight points on two occasions during a scintillating ﬁrst period. However, the Lakers responded well to everything Gannon threw at them. A strong opening 20 minutes for the Lakers, saw them shoot 44.1 percent from field goal range and 40 percent from behind the arc. Despite a good ﬁrst half the Lakers could not keep up the pace in the second half. “We left shooters wide open and when they are shooting over 60 percent from the floor we were always going to struggle,” said Nicholls. The Golden Knights went on a 12-0 run during a six minute period in the second half, which left the Lakers trailing by 10 points with less than eight minutes remaining.
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This was a lead that they would not relinquish, leaving the Lakers to ponder their sixth straight defeat, which drops them to 6-14 overall and 2-8 in the GLIAC South. Gannon’s lead was cut to nine with just under a minute remaining, following a pair of Anderson free throws and lay-ups by Katlyn Petit and Jena Schafer further aided the Lakers cause. Schafer then slashed the lead to single digits, knocking down a three to get a few Gannon nerves jangling in the closing moments. “We made a run late on, but we should have played like that the whole second half and not just at the end,” said Seth. Senior guard Cassie Seth epitomized the team’s ﬁghting spirit as she played in Saturday’s game, despite having a broken bone in her wrist. “I have seven games left and I’m not ready to hang it up yet. I just love it too much,” said Seth. Junior forward, Julie Anderson has been a teammate of Seth’s for
three years and has the utmost respect for Seth as a player and a person. “She lives and breathes basketball,” said Anderson. Anderson notched her fourth double-double of the season in the loss Saturday. She registered 23 points, 10 rebounds and three steals. Jena Schafer ﬁnished with 15 points while Seth had 10. The Lakers have seven games remaining, four of which are at home. “We have to be optimistic and try to pick up as many wins as possible,” said Anderson. Co-captain Seth is determined to ﬁnish her college career with something to smile about. “I would like to end the season with some pride, make an impression and prove a few people wrong,” said Seth. The Lakers return to action this Thursday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at1 p.m. against Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech, respectively. Both games will be played in the MAC so don’t forget to show your support for your Lady Lakers.
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This Weeks Results...
Women’s hockey...........................Jan. 27, L 2-1, New Hampshire Jan. 28, W 5-2, Boston College Men’s hockey......................................Jan. 27, L 4-1, Sacred Heart Jan. 28, L 2-1, Sacred Heart Women’s basketball...............................Jan. 28, L 83-74, Gannon Men’s basketball...................................Jan. 28, W 48-45, Gannon Men’s volleyball..............................................Jan. 27, L 3-0, Loyola Jan. 28, W 3-1, Lewis Wrestling................................................Jan. 27, W 21-20, Ashland Jan. 29, W 44-6, Limestone Jan. 29, W 27-18 Heidelberg ___________________________________________________
Men’s hockey drops two
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
The weekend was a reversal of fortune for the men’s hockey team. After sweeping their last two weekend series, the Lakers saw their four-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Sacred Heart, who now sits one point behind Mercyhurst for ﬁrst place in Atlantic Hockey. Friday night the Lakers saw a physically dominant Sacred Heart team come out and take it to them. Mercyhurst was taken out of their game and couldn’t respond. Lakers forward Kyle Gourgan tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period before the Pioneers came back with three unanswered goals to end the period. Mercyhurst was out shot in the game 42-26 and could never ﬁnd a rhythm to get them back in the game. “We did not play very well on Friday night. Sacred Heart came out fast and dominated and we really couldn’t get anything going. We had some good chances when the game was tied 1-1, but couldn’t cash in and Sacred Heart
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Athletes of the Week
The Mercyhurst College Athletic Department has announced wrestler Don Cummings and women’s basketball player Julie Anderson as its male and female Athletes of the Week. Cummings, a sophomore, tallied three pints in last weekend’s action against No. 7 Ashland, Limestone, and Heidelberg. The sophomore wrestles at the 149 mark, and on the season is now 14-7 overall.
Goalie Tyler Small gave up seven goals and made 35 saves Tuesday night.
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took advantage,” Lakers coach Rick Gotkin said. Saturday night the Lakers came out with more ﬁre and led 1-0 on Ben Cottreau’s 10th goal of the season at the 12-minute mark of the ﬁrst period. For the second night in a row Sacred Heart responded, scoring two unanswered goals in a span of two minutes to lead 2-1 after one period. Mercyhurst dominated the game as Sacred Heart did the night before, out shooting the Pioneers 55-24.
Fifty-ﬁve shots on goal normally indicates a Lakers victory with the type of offensive weapons the Lakers possess, but Sacred Heart goaltender Jason Smith, a draft choice of the New Jersey Devils of the NHL, stood on his head to make save after save and singlehandedly won the game for Sacred Heart as their 2-1 lead held up for the ﬁnal two periods. Mercyhurst dropped to 1510 overall and 14-6 in Atlantic Hockey. Mercyhurst ﬁgures to lose its
one-point lead by default this weekend because the Lakers are not playing a conference game; Sacred Heart and Holy Cross are. The Lakers one game this weekend is the team’s ﬁrst Sunday game of the season, and it just happens to fall on Super Bowl Sunday. The Lakers will play the Rochester Institute of Technology, who moves to Atlantic hockey starting next season, at 3 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Junior Julie Anderson
Anderson had yet another standout game this past Saturday against cross-town rival Gannon University. The junior had 23 points, 10 boards, and also snagged three steals in notching her fourth double-double of the season. She converted on eight of 13 from the ﬁeld, and was a perfect seven of seven from the free throw line. Finally, the department honored the wrestlers as its Team of the Week. Its win against Ashland was the program’s ﬁrst in its six attempts, and is sure to gain notice from the pollmakers. The team has now won their last seven, and stand at 12-7 overall.
Men’s volleyball beats Lewis 3-1
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
The men’s volleyball team rebounded nicely after a sluggish 0-2 start to their season with a victory of rival Lewis over the weekend. The Lakers won the match 3-1 on scores 30-26, 30-27, 20-30 and 30-16. The victory put the Lakers record at 1-3 overall and 1-1 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. Senior setter Dan Kick turned in an outstanding performance against Lewis with 41 assists to go along with seven blocks against Lewis’ hitters. “The hitters from Lewis will be seeing Kick in their nightmares for weeks,” Coach Ryan Patton said. The Lakers had a great match serving the ball and was the best that coach Patton had seen from his team in the time he has been coaching for Mercyhurst. “We made big plays when we had to and held them in check,” Patton said. The Lakers also received great performances from senior Nate Keegan and freshman Chad Proudman. Keegan tallied a team-high 17 kills while Proudman notched 15 of his own. Mercyhurst also received timely contributions from the middle, especially junior Mike Palaschak and freshman Dave Newman. Palaschack recorded six kills and four assists and Newman made several timely passes to help the effort. For the Lakers to keep their momentum going, they have to continue to improve in several areas. “If we are going to have a chance in this conference we’re going to have to improve our passing and be more consistent in our blocking. Those are the keys to beating the bigger, more physical teams in the MIVA,” Patton said. The MIVA conference has three teams in the top-15 in the country and is the second toughest conference in the country. The Lakers will enjoy a small home stand over the next couple of weeks.
This week features a full slate of home athletic events for Mercyhurst, beginning with a basketball doubleheader on Thursday. On Feb. 2 the Lakers will play host to Northern Michigan for a pair of basketball games. The women start at 6 p.m., the men shortly after the women’s game around 8 p.m. Friday night, Feb. 3, features both women’s ice hockey and also men’s volleyball. The hockey team will be hosting non-conference foe Colgate for a game at 7 p.m. at the Ice Center. The volleyball team will host MIVA rival Ohio State in the MAC also at 7 p.m. Saturday presents four home events, beginning with another basketball doubleheader beginning early in the afternoon. Women’s basketball will tip-off against Michigan Tech at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m. The women’s hockey team will also be in action at 2 p.m. with the conclusion of their series against Colgate at 2 p.m. Finally, the Club Hockey team is in action at the Ice Center at 7:30 p.m. against Syracuse. Finishing the busy weekend is a rare Sunday afternoon matinee for men’s hockey. They play host to non-conference rival Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) at 3 p.m. at the Ice Center. Be sure to check the games out and support your fellow student athletes.
Tim Wagner goes up for a kill against Niagara.
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Ohio State, ranked eighth in the country, will visit the Athletic Center on Feb. 3 and will offer the toughest test the Lakers have faced yet this season.
“Ohio State is a very big, physical team and we are going to have to be on top of our game if we want to hang with them,” Patton stated.
Women’s hockey splits on the road
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
The women’s hockey team split their two-game trip this weekend to maintain their position as the No. 6 team in the country. A loss to New Hampshire and a win over Boston College left the Lakers standing at 17-2-2. On Friday, Mercyhurst traveled to New Hampshire to take on a team that was a red-hot 9-0 at home this year. When the Lakers left, New Hampshire was 10-0 and Mercyhurst saw its streak of 10 consecutive games without a loss ended. The 2-1 loss was a tough pill to swallow, as the ﬁnal goal came with just 45 seconds left on the clock. In fact, the winning goal itself was disputed. Mercyhurst strove to convince the ofﬁcials that the goal had been dislodged, but to no avail, and the scored stayed. The teams opened the game with a scoreless ﬁrst period before Mercyhurst went on a shooting bonanza in the second. Riding the crest of a 13-1 shot advantage, the Wildcats scored ﬁrst. Later that period, freshman Courtney Unruh lit the lamp, with an assist by junior Ashley Pendleton to tie the game. Despite the 18 saves managed by sophomore goaltender Laura Hosier, she could not overcome the 20-13 shot advantage in favor of Hew Hampshire as the Lakers fell to the 20-2-1, second-ranked Wildcats. Saturday brought the Lakers better news, however, as they ran up a 5-2 victory over Boston College. Mercyhurst generated a surge of momentum by scoring four goals in the ﬁrst 20 minutes, two of which came from junior Julia Colizza. Sophomore Sherliyn Fraser and freshman Robyn Law each added one goal. While Boston College would close the gap in the third, senior Danielle Lansing added the ‘Hurst’s ﬁfth and ﬁnal goal with 17 minutes left to play. Mercyhurst was able to take advantage of a 31-24 shot advantage, and can take pride in the fact that none of their goals came against an undermanned squad. Freshman Courtney Drennen improved her mark to 7-0 this season, amassing 22 saves on her way to a victorious decision. This weekend’s action put the Lakers ahead ﬁve points from last week in the USCHO.com Poll, just 11 away from number ﬁve Minnesota, but miles away (33 points) from number seven Harvard. At 17-2-2, the women have earned their rank as No. 6 in the nation, but still have a tough schedule ahead with the possibility of the NCAA Playoffs looming over their heads.
Club Hockey Standings
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the Lakers held on. “It was a good team win,” Brennan stated, “All fourteen guys helped us pull it out.” Fogel led the team with fourteen points and three assists, Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Any- while sophomore Terry Smith, thing worthy of being a “quick hit” should be e-mailed to in his second big performance in as many games, chipped in email@example.com.
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Victory for the Lakers against cross-town rival Gannon
Continuing from page 1 12 points. Brennan and Field each came away with seven rebounds, and senior Andy Kubinski extended his multi-steal game streak to eleven with ﬁve take-aways. All in all, the team converted an impressive 24 points off of their forced turnovers, while Gannon managed only 14. For the series, Mercyhurst stands at 12-39 against Gannon (9-11 overall, 3-7 in the GLIAC this year), but have won four of their last ﬁve competitions this season. Coming up next week are home games against Northern Michigan, Thursday, Feb. 2, and Michigan Tech, Saturday, Feb. 4. This week’s rivalry game certainly provided the team (15-5 overall, 5-5 in GLIAC play) with an emotional spark, however. “We have some huge games coming up, lots of talent coming at us,” Brennan explained. “But if we lock down and play as well as we did against Gannon we’ll do ﬁne,” he said.