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March 15, 2006

Art class bounced by geology lab
Students abruptly lose photography classroom and class to provide more space for geology
By Joshua Wilwohl and Michelle Brewer
The spring term will bring a new geology laboratory for the Mercyhurst College Archaeology Department in space that had been used, until the end of February, by the photography department’s classroom/laboratory in the basement of Zurn Hall. The conversion of the space into a geology lab required the cancellation of an intermediate photography course that had been scheduled there for the spring term. The room was a workspace for members of the photography, graphic design and art therapy students. It housed such courses as photography one, digital photography, color photography, history of photography and intermediate photography. Original plans called for construction of the geology laboratory to commence in the summer of 2006, and according to Thomas Hubert, the director of the art department, he was notified on Feb. 17 that this spring term would not be affected. In a later e-mail on Feb. 22, Hubert said, he was notified that such changes would affect the department’s spring term and, ultimately, an intermediate photography class. According to Dr. James Adovasio, dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, however, the reconstruction was planned as early as three years ago. “The construction of the geology laboratory had been put off on several occasions despite several inconveniences,” he said. Adovasio emphasized that construction could not be postponed until summer, as originally planned, because the laboratory was needed to accommodate archaeology students and faculty in the fall. The construction, however, requires the relocation of art students and faculty, effective immediately. Gary Cardot, assistant professor of art and photography, said he and his students need this dedicated space. “The students need somewhere to practice their specific discipline,” said Cardot. “We have next to no facilities now, but we can’t exist with nothing.” Adovasio said the “…art department had ample opportunity to get ready for the reconstruction, and they didn’t.” According to Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble, the building of the geology laboratory was put off because of the biology and physics laboratories. “Part of the plan is to improve the science labs every year,” he said. “We cannot put it (the laboratory) off any more.” The Donald and Judith Alstadt Laboratory for Cellular and Molecular Research opened in the fall term of

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Juniors Andrew Lapiska and Gina Christofferson both had schedule conflicts after the cancellation.

2004. A new physics lab opened in September 2005. Both are in Zurn Hall. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Barbara Behan, said the administration looked at three different places to put the geology laboratory and seven places to construct the photography studio.

“We primarily looked at Zurn Room 206 for the geology lab, but recognized the room was being used for classroom space,” she said. “As for the photography studio, we looked at two places in Hirt, including building off the back of the Hirt building.” Behan also stated that there were two

places in Zurn for the relocation of the laboratory, including building a second floor on top of the ceramics room and the foyer on the second floor. “The problem with these was the ceramics room would not support Please see Lack on page 3

Alternative activities provided for St. Patrick’s Day in honor of Alcohol Awareness Week
By Jessica Kocent Contributing writer
There are many different alternative activities planned for St. Patrick’s Day on campus. The Student Activities Committee wishes everyone the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day at Casino Night from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the Student Union. This year’s Casino Night is part of a week-long coalition of SAC and Campus Ministry to provide a fun and safe environment for Mercyhurst students as an alternative to alcohol. For starters, Campus Ministry has deemed this week Alcohol Awareness Week. Starting on March 15 students can sign a pledge to make safe and healthy choices. All of those who participate will get an Awareness bracelet and an Alcohol Risk Card with your name, the date and reminders about the dangers of drinking. SAC has planned to unveil the new Laker mascot this week and in celebragetting a good message across.” Another very important event for the week is a Remembrance Ceremony to be held on St. Patrick’s Day at noon. Though there will be a special intention for Matthew Milgate, the purpose of the ceremony will be to remember all of those who have been affected by alcohol. The ceremony will feature a few short readings and a procession to the Grotto. Each student will also have the opportunity to sign a book of intentions which will be read aloud at the end of the ceremony. Following the ceremony there will be a luncheon for everyone with entertainment by Ischabaha, an Irish folk band, featuring Mercyhurst’s own Jim Tometsko, Director of Human Resources. Paul Macosko, of Campus Ministry has been crucial to the organization of this event. He feels “it is very important for the school to do something, especially on St Patrick’s Day; so often students choose alcohol when there are other ways to Please see Students on page 2

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Gamble addresses the college.

Presidential speech gives new direction
By Chelsea Boothe Copy editor
On March 6, Dr. Thomas Gamble gave his 1000 Day Speech in the Performing Arts Center. While Gamble invoked the goals and values of the Mercy sisters, complimenting their excellent and profound example, he was also inspired by a politician, a saint and a rock icon. Gamble applauded the work of the faculty, staff and past presidents; however, he said to stay complacent with the current situation would be a fault. Gamble has the goal of rebirth and renewal for Mercyhurst’s future. He wants to continue with the Mercy tradition and expand on the great work that has been done thus far. Gamble emphasizes a number of important issues he plans to focus Please see Gamble on page 3

A Remembrance Ceremony will be held on St. Patrick’s Day at noon with a special intention for Matthew Milgate. Students will be signing pledge cards and wearing red bracelets during Alcohol Awareness week.

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tion is sponsoring Lunchroom Laker. Students will have a free lunch and have the opportunity to participate in a raffle for prizes, including tickets to the Erie Playhouse, Erie Otters, Erie Seawolves, the Erie Zoo and Splash Lagoon.

On Thursday night in the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, SAC will feature a presentation by Keith Karkut called Hypnotic Intoxication. According to Sarah Allen, Assistant Director of the Student Union, she believes that “Karkut has a fun way of

Football players face charges after scuffle outside of local club
By Jeff Allen Contributing writer
On Thursday, March 9, four freshman football players, Theo Hall, Aaron Hayes, Dwayne Marshall and Richard Stokes were arrested outside Peccadillo’s a local nightclub. The four students are charged with criminal conspiracy, simple assault and disorderly conduct, two of which are misdemeanors and one of which is a lesser summary offense. According to Erie Police Chief Charles Bowers and eyewitnesses, the four allegedly dragged the victim, Dennis Fohner, a local student, out into the street and beat him after the group was asked to leave the club. Peccadillo’s hosts a college night every Wednesday. No weapons were used, however, the victim did suffer a broken right arm and was treated at an area hospital. A spokesperson for Mercyhurst College stated this week that Hall, Hayes, Marshall and Stokes were suspended from the football team pending the investigation but remain students of the college. The spokesperson went on to say that the college is treating the matter seriously and is continuing its own investigation. If convicted, the four men face up to five years in prison or a fine of over $10,000; however, this outcome is unlikely. An April 19 preliminary court hearing has been scheduled at the Erie County Courthouse.



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World Briefs
Compiled by Corrie Thearle

Commanding a new vision
Panel discusses various methods to foster growth of Catholic education
By Sarah Sheehan Contributing writer
On Sunday, March 12, a discussion was held in the Mercy Heritage room about whether or not Catholic education had a future. The discussion began with Sister Julie Upton’s thoughts and ideas about the issue. Upton is a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s school, the largest Catholic university in the United States, and currently serves as its provost. She has taught at St. John’s University for over 26 years and has taught every grade except third grade. Upton was educated in the Catholic school system from first grade until graduating from college. Upton believes that Catholic education is in a time of crisis and that this is an “opportunity to be seized.” She also believes that the Catholic educators need to be more open to discussion. She suggested that through liturgies, ideas can be be discussed, for example she suggested referring to popular and ground breaking films such as “Crash.” Upton reminded the group that the goal of Catholic education was to be able to “teach all nations” and if people don’t look at their sins then this will never happen. Her concern was that there is a generation of college graduates who are moving into the work force, but are not equipped for life problems because their education did not adequately prepare them. She continued by suggesting that getting a Catholic education may prepare individuals and suggested that parishes should give small scholarships to their members to go to college. Another issue that was discussed, concerned the needed involvement of the Church. Non-active church members should be approached and invited to discuss why they are not attending church and not becoming involved. She ended with the idea of whether or not a society had more dreams or more memories. To move forward a society needs more dreamers. Mary Jo Lipani, Peggy Aste, Dr. Thomas Gamble and Sister Maura Smith all shared their opinions on the discussion led by Upton. Smith is formerly principal of the Mercyhurst Preparatory School. She focused on the continuing education of adults and believes that the future of Catholic education starts with the parish. Smith feels that high schools should follow the Cristo Rey model, which is four days in class and the fifth day would be a day for students to perform service

International news
Midwest tornadoes
Swarms of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest, shut down the University of Kansas and caused so much damage in Springfield that the mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The violent weather started during the weekend with a line of storms that spawned tornadoes and downpours from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley. On Monday, a second line of storms raked the region, with rain, hail and fierce wind tearing up trees and homes from Kansas through Indiana. Illinois’ capital was hit hard twice in 24 hours, first by a tornado and then strong wind early Monday that blew debris through the city.

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Sister Julie Upton described various education methods.

Bush strategy to combat violence in Iraq
President Bush has set out his strategy to tackle the violence in Iraq, in an attempt to counter American scepticism over the war. He gave details of coalition attempts to build up the Iraqi security forces and said, “We will not lose our nerve.” His speech comes ahead of the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on March 20. Bush admitted the situation in Iraq “is still tense,” but said there was also “signs of a hopeful future.”

Milosevic’s funeral
Serbian President Boris Tadic says his government will not object to the return of former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic’s body for burial. Speaking on BBC television, Tadic said it was up to Milosevic’s family to decide where they held his funeral. Milosevic, on trial at The Hague for war crimes, died of a heart attack in his cell last week. Full test results are awaited, but a toxicologist who found traces of drugs in Milosevic’s blood before his death said they may have neutralised treatment for his heart conditions. There have been questions raised over what caused Milosevic’s heart attack.

and learn about the world. Mary Jo Lipani believes that Catholic education should begin with the very young and continue into adulthood. Gamble believes that sacraments are more fundamental than doctrine. Elementary school is the important time to grasp the student’s attention with the liturgy, sacraments and Mass. During higher education, students begin to be more creative and want to ask questions and explore. Gamble believes this to be a key time to start dialogue and discuss ideas. Peggy Aste, principal of Mercyhurst Preparatory School, believes that during the early years of education and in high school there is nothing to do but plant the seeds of religion and hope

that they grow. Aste believes that the world is sending out the opposite message. Then the school and students must interpret confusing messages. She also agrees with Smith that education needs to continue into adulthood and ideas need to be discussed and analyzed. Afterwards the discussion continued focusing on not only continued education, but a vision that needed to involve the Sisters of Mercy goals and the Catholic tradition. It was also brought up that Catholic schools do not and should just educate children of Catholic faith. The discussion ended on the note that there needed to be more imagination in Catholic education.

Students pursue safe decisions to celebrate
Continued from page 1 have fun.” He feels that this ceremony will be an outlet for those who have been hurt in any way by alcohol and important for the healing process. Friday night is Casino Night. Students can purchase raffle tickets to be entered in a drawing to win an X Box 360 and a $250 package from Coventina Day Spa that will include a massage, manicure, facial and much more. Sarah Allen says, “SAC has put a lot of time and money into making a big event to deter students from dangerous decisions.” Junior Colleen Lanigan, says she “hopes these efforts by Campus Ministry and SAC influence people to be smart about their plans.”

Iran nuclear talks
The Bush administration said Monday it is open to a resumption of Russian talks with Iran over its nuclear program, but has no indication Tehran is ready to give up its uranium enrichment efforts. Another round of talks between the two countries could be held even while the U.N. Security Council considers how to constrain an Iranian program that the United States and its European allies say is geared to developing nuclear weapons, a State Department spokesman said. Russia has offered to enrich uranium for civilian purposes for Iran, thereby keeping the process out of Iran’s control as a safeguard to weapons production.

Academic Celebration tackles controversial and groundbreaking research topics
The Mercyhurst Honors Department is very excited to present Academic Celebration 2006, “The Cutting Edge.” Academic Celebration is a series of events and presentations researched by both faculty and students in a variety of fields. This year our focus is controversial and groundbreaking research and promises to be one of our best years ever. Come and check out any or all of the events that might interest you. Reminder: Some professors do offer extra credit for attendance and all events are Honors Certified.

Sunday, March 19, 2006
- Natural Pharmaceuticals: An Introduction to the Basic Science, Lore, and Clinical Studies Surrounding Garlic and Wheatgrass - Monitoring the Oxygenation of Blood from Ingesting Wheatgrass Juice - Quantum Chemical Analysis of the Stationary States of S2-propenyl ester - Garlic: Facts and Fiction - Analysis of Volatile Organic Compounds in Wheatgrass - What Have We Learned about Wheatgrass and Human Metabolism? - In the Hands of Barbarous Monsters: Depictions of the Islamic World in Early American Literature - The New Consumer

Tuesday, March 21, 2006
- Recreating the Classroom: Enhancing Academic Success with the Use of Tangible Rewards
- What’s All This Garbage?

2 p.m. - Zurn 214

4:30 p.m. - Hirt 213 5 p.m. - Zurn 114

- Determination of Postmortem Interval of Felines Through Degradation of Specific Biomarkers - Intelligent Design: The Cutting Edge of the Creation/ Evolution Dispute? - Speaking Out for a Change: Confronting Others as Prejudice Reduction Presenter, Alexander Czopp PH.D

6 p.m. - Zurn 314 7 p.m. - Hirt 213

6 p.m. - Hirt 213

7:30 p.m. - Taylor Little Theatre

Da Vinci Code author denies accusations
Author Dan Brown has dismissed accusations that he stole the ideas for his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code as “completely fanciful.” The novelist is appearing at London’s High Court after historians Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent sued publisher Random House. They say Brown copied ideas in their book The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail. “I have been shocked at their reaction. Furthermore I do not really understand it,” Brown said in a statement. Both books explore a theory that Jesus did not die on the cross but survived and had children with Mary Magdalene, and that their descendants survive.

7 p.m. - Main 210 8 p.m. -Hirt 314

- The Rebirth of Totalitarianism

Monday, March 20, 2006
- Using Novel Molecular Techniques for Detection of Microscopic Organisms Causing Macroscopic Problems in Pollution of Local Beach Waters - FBI Case Study: The New Agenda - Creating an Edge: Merging Erie and Millcreek - The Future of Hydrogen as an Alternative to Fossil Fuels: The Promise, the Obstacles and the Search for a Storage Material

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
- Cutting through the Crap: Analyzing the first 2004 BushKerry Presidential Debate for Logical Fallacies - Poetry’s Newest Incarnation - Dance!

5 p.m. - Zurn 108

5 p.m. - Hirt 214

9/11 case halted
U.S. prosecutors can continue to seek the death penalty for the only person charged in the U.S. in connection with the 9/11 attacks, a judge has ruled. Judge Leonie Brinkema had suspended the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui, saying government prosecutors had been involved in “egregious” misconduct. She has now said the trial can continue and that the government could press its death penalty case.

5 p.m. - Hirt 214

6 p.m. - First Floor of Student Union 8 p.m. - Walker Recital Hall

7:30 p.m. - Zurn 114 8 p.m. - Zurn 314

- Alternative Spring Breaks

8:30 p.m. - First Floor of Student Union

Academic Celebration 2006 is sponsored by the Mercyhurst College Honors Program. Funding for Academic Celebration is provided by an Academic Enrichment Grant. Academic Celebration 2006 is created and produced by honors student committee chair Jessica Kocent, and the Academic Celebration Committee of Kyle Linehan, Ashley Masi, Audry Passetti, Amy Adovasio, Vanessa Diaz and faculty advisor Dr. Karen Williams. They would like to thank all sponsors and participants in the events that have comprised this year’s Academic Celebration. The committee also extend its thanks to Jodi Staniunas-Hopper and her Winter Digital Imagery Class for all of their hard work designing this year’s cover. Special thanks to Christine Schaefer for providing this year’s featured design.

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Lack of space and planning cause problems in the basement of Zurn
Continued from page 1 an additional room and the foyer is the only place for students to relax in Zurn,” she said. Hubert emphasized that art spaces are “dedicated spaces” that cannot simply be moved. “You cannot have a paint, ceramic, and photography class all in one classroom,” he said. “Students have to have dedicated studios to work.” The loss of the photography classroom, according to Hubert, not only inconveniences the photography students, but art classes in general. “Losing the photo lab makes us lose slide projections for classes,” he said. “Now I work in the stairwell projecting images; it’s just not conducive for anyone.” Adovasio stated the art department “…elected to ignore the information for a long time and now it’s the department’s responsibility to accommodate classes.” He also noted that there were several options for moving classes. “It wasn’t short notice,” Adovasio said. Hubert, however, said if the art department was informed early, classes never would have been scheduled in that room. “If we would have been aware of such a situation earlier, we would not have planned any classes,” he said. “To even schedule classes, it has to run through the registrar’s office and the office of academic affairs.” According to Hubert and art therapy professor Cathlyn Hahn, the art department has suffered the loss of rooms in the past. The losses included Zurn Room 119, which was once the graphic design classroom and is now home to the Applied Forensic Science Department. Another loss of space included the Zurn dance studios that were once part of plans for a courtyard studio/sculpture garden and two art classrooms. “It has been 15 years since we had an entire art wing (in Zurn),” said Hubert. “We have more Another junior, Andrew Lapiska, stated he never received a phone call about the cancellation. “Nobody told me,” he said. “I only got an e-mail; that’s all I got.” Lapiska also emphasized that “…art students are paying the same amount as students in other departments, but they (other majors) get new equipment and facilities and we get the same old equipment and facilities.” He also noted that even though there is construction of a new photography facility, the dark room will be an inconvenience. “We will still have the same dilapidated dark room, and it is going to be in the middle of another department,” he said. Junior Katie Diabola, an archaeology major, says she understands how the art students must feel. “I know that they don’t appreciate that we’ve taken over the basement of Zurn,” she said. Sophomore and archaeology major Gary Williams says he shares the sympathy of the art department. “I am shocked, we already have enough space; we need to be efficient with the space we have,” he said. Williams also noted that some forensic anthropology and science students use the photography studio when working with pictures of crime scenes. Williams said, however, that both departments have to be fair. “When you take a space for one department, another department is losing out,” he said. According to Behan, “…everyone is onboard with the new, current plans.” Adovasio said the demolition of the current photography studio will begin in March and the construction in April, finishing for the fall term. The construction of the Cummings Art Gallery and new photography studio in the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, according to Gamble, still has to be approved by the Board of Trustees in April.

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“The art department has not gained even one square foot of space and has lost a lot.”
- Cathlyn Hahn
students and less space.” Hahn shares Hubert’s opinion. “The art department has not gained even one square foot of space and has lost a lot,” she said. Adovasio, though, said that in June 1990, Mercyhurst President Dr. William Garvey granted him the entire basement of Zurn. “When the art department was running out of space, I indicated it was OK to give art that space (the photography room) on a temporary basis because of the lack of room,” he said. The new laboratory, according to Adovasio, will include special microscopes and specific equipment for measuring the layers of earth. Six geology students and all archaeology and anthropology majors will use the laboratory. According to MAI Director of Curation and Conservation, Jeffrey Illingworth, the applied forensic science department will also use it. According to Adovasio, some funds to build the facility will be obtained through money from an overhead account derived from a $25 million contract between the U.S. Army and Mercyhurst. The total cost of the laboratory, according to Behan, will run be-

“It’s the (art) department’s responsibility to accommodate classes.”
- James Adovasio
tween $250,000 and $300,000. The building of the new geology laboratory consequently will bring about the construction of an approximately $500,000 photography studio as an addition to the Cummings Art Gallery, said Behan. Preliminary plans call for doubling the size of the current gallery and adding an office space, closet and photography classroom. The dark room, however, will stay in the basement of Zurn and not be rebuilt. For the 13 students registered for intermediate photography, these changes meant a last minute schedule conflict that, according to Hubert, required some to modify their photography minor fulfillments. Matt Seifert, sophomore and photography minor was one of the affected students. “I had to rush back and forth between the Registrar’s Office, my advisor and Peggy Brace whose class I needed signed into that day so I could attend it,” he said. “I’m just lucky that I had an extra year to complete my minor.” Nate Smith, a junior and another photo minor, shared Seifert’s disappointment. “I don’t think it’s fair how Mercyhurst treats the art department,” he said.

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President Thomas Gamble met with students on an informal basis on Monday, March 13, at the Student Union. Top: Gamble talks with MSG executive board members. Bottom: Students enjoy the wide range of delicious food.

Gamble ushers in a new vision and era for Mercyhurst
Continued from page 1 on: the need to assert and manifest the historical image of Mercyhurst, continuing to work on the diversification of the campus, promoting strong relationships with neighboring colleges, create new academic programs, while strengthening current ones, establishing and implementing the best strategic planning for Mercyhurst and further work on strengthening the relationship between Mercyhurst Main campus and the North East campus. Dr. Jeff Roessner, director of English department, said, “He laid out a positive vision of the future, especially with his commitment to the humanities and unity of Mercyhurst community.” Gamble’s goal is to “imagine Mercyhurst for what it can become,” just as the Sisters of Mercy always have.

Blood donations pour out of Mercyhurst
By Lakyn Bianco Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College Rotaract Club and the Community Blood Bank are sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Student Union for faculty, staff and students. Everyone who donates will be eligible to win an iPod Shuffle. The winner’s name will be drawn at the end of March, and he or she will be contacted by the Blood Bank to claim the prize. Because Penn State Behrend and Gannon will also be holding blood drives this month, those students will also have a chance in entering the raffle. Last March, Mercyhurst had the most donors out of all drives with Edinboro, Gannon and Penn State Behrend. None of the other campuses in this area have achieved the record of over 90 donors. “Mercyhurst students came out in full force making the event one of the largest blood drives to date and the largest for a college in 2005,” said Deanna Renaud, Mobile Drive Coordinator of the Community Blood Bank. Basic requirements for blood donation are that you must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds. Those interested in giving blood must be in general good health and eat well the day of donation. Anyone who received a tattoo or piercing from a place other than the Millcreek Mall cannot donate blood for one year. Donors must also wait 56 days between donations. Photo ID is required to donate blood. The Community Blood Bank is especially in need of Type O blood. “One donation can save about three lives and we need about 800 donors per week to keep up with the demands on the blood supply,” Renaud said. The Community Blood Bank is a local, non-profit organization whose national affiliate is America’s Blood Centers. All of the blood donated with Community Blood Bank will stay in the area. They are the only supplier of blood to all patients and hospitals in Erie, Elk, McKean and Warren counties. Brenda Steib, Vice President of Rotaract encourages students to donate. “This is a great way for students to help others. They can save a life. We hope others feel strongly about it and come out to give blood,” she said. Students with questions on blood donation can call 814-4564206 to speak to a Community Blood Bank nurse.


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Alternative breaks give another perspective
By Lori Letender Contributing writer
Winter term finals ended on Feb. 22 at Mercyhurst and that meant only one thing for students – Spring Break. Some students retreated to their homes and spent a week lounging in front of the television and catching up on sleep. Others packed their bags and headed south for a wild week of spring break fun. But, other students chose to spend their break differently. This year, 45 students gave up their traditional spring break plans in order to give something back, volunteer their time and learn something at one of four separate alternative spring break trips sponsored by campus ministry. On Feb. 26, Campus Minister Paul Macosko took 25 students to Foley, Ala. to work with Habitat for Humanity and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD). The students worked for two days with Habitat for Humanity to build a new home for a single mother of three children. Laboring alongside the new home’s owner, the students put down sod on the front lawn, painted the entire inside of the house, built sheds and worked with door frames and windows. The second half of the Alabama trip consisted of working with VOAD to rebuild a house that was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The family had been living in a trailer for the past two years, but FEMA would soon be recollecting the trailer, and their house needed finished immediately. This was Erika Funnel’s second Habitat for Humanity trip. “The group that went to Alabama this year was absolutely amazing,” she said. “It is amazing the difference that 25 people, when working together, can make! It is a great feeling knowing that you are making dreams come true and literally changing people’s lives.” Sister Geri Rosinski accom-

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The Arizona group in front of a Navajo shelter.

Students involved with Habitat for Humanity clear away weeds and brush.

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The Arizona group at SMASE with two members of the staff fun, which goes to show that By Jen Allison work can be fun and games. Contributing writer As part of the experience we were asked to reflect on what we When spring break hits Mer- learned from working with the cyhurst College every year, the special needs students at SMASE students spread out and take ad- and what we could teach others vantage of the break, each doing from the experience. something different. I saw the simple joy of life on Many people decide to use their the faces of the students I worked spring break in service to others. with and that is something that Many only think of Habitat for is often forgotten in the stress Humanity but several students of college life. As students we go elsewhere with the alternative spend a great deal of time worbreak program. rying about grades and what we I was one of eight students are going to do after graduation, who accompanied Sister Michelle but sometimes we forget to just to the Navajo reservation in Ari- relax and enjoy life. zona for the alternative break. Over my spring break I learned There we spent a great deal of something from others, made a time helping out at St. Michael’s difference in a community, and Association for Special education had fun doing it. What did you (SMASE). Though we did work do? to make a difference we also found time to goof off and have

panied five students to El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico for a Border Awareness Experience. The group visited museums to learn about border issues, walked across the AmericanMexican border, painted a clinic for disabled children and became immersed in the culture of those who live near the border. Walking across the bridge to Mexico was “a very powerful experience,” said Sister Rosinski. She and the students had the opportunity to each stay with a Mexican family and learn about life in the very poor village. When describing the families, Sister Rosinski said, “They’re resilient and loving. They share everything they have. They have much to teach us about how to love and care for one another.” Junior Marie Blum stayed with a woman and her two children. The mother worked in nearby factories, where she risked her life to walk home after midnight every day in a town where hundreds of women have been killed doing exactly that. “The alternative break was an eye-opening experience to another culture that I will never forget. Not only did the trip open my eyes to the Mexican culture, but I learned a great deal about the immigration laws of my own country,” said Blum of her experience. Another trip began on February 25 when Sister Michele

Marie Schroeck and 10 students traveled to Fort Defiance, Ariz. to visit a Navajo Reservation. There, the group worked at St. Michael’s Association for Special Education. Students worked in classrooms and on outdoor environmental terracing in an effort to conserve water. They also visited a pueblo that was originally built in the 1500s to learn about the Navajo culture. The fourth alternative spring break trip was the Urban Challenge in Camden, N.J., which takes place in one of the poorest cities in America. Five students were accompanied by Amanda Zechman, Americorps Vista, to the Catholic social justice retreat center. In Camden, the students took part in a number of service options including: serving food and cleaning in shelters, visiting with patrons at an AIDS Drop-In Center and working with children at an after-school program. The students also saw plays and heard speakers that dealt with social justice issues such as AIDS, homelessness, hunger, disabilities and children and youth. A highlight for many of the trip’s participants was attendance at a bilingual Mass. “A lot (of the Camden residents) have an incredible faith. It was very powerful to share that faith” said Zechman. Zechman said the trip was

important because, “it gave our students the opportunity to not only do service, but learn about Camden and social justice issues.” The students and advisors who made the trips showed their pride and excitement about what they accomplished during their break. Stefanie Steinmetz has been on three alternative spring break trips. She said, “I have learned so much on these trips: organization, fundraising, and leadership skills, team-building, and how great it is to help others. Though this is my last year at Mercyhurst, I will continue to be a part of Habitat for Humanity.” Nearly all the students agreed that their experiences were well worth giving up their traditional spring break. Although there was lots of hard work involved, all the students got the opportunity to have fun and learn about a new culture and different people. Macosko was very proud of the students. “It was really touching for me to see these students who work so hard during the term, and when they finally get a break, they give it up to help others,” he said. For more information on any of the alternative spring break trips or to get involved in future trips, visit the Campus Ministry Office in the Student Union.

Red carpet do’s and don’ts
Fo r m y f i r s t Merciad article, I wanted to introduce myself to all of the readers. I’m a fashion merchandising major at Mercyhurst, and a recently declared journalism minor. My dream is to someday be a fashion editor for a magazine such as Vogue, W, In Style, or even the trade publication called Women’s Wear Daily (the “Bible” amongst us fashion gurus). For my required practicums in the communications department, I decided that there would be no better way to get some practice at my future career than to write a weekly fashion column. So, whether you’re a fashion-loving or fashion-loathing individual, I hope that my articles give some insight, as well as fun and maybe even humor, into the world of fashion at all levels. As many of you might know, award shows are the ideal time for celebrities to strut the red carpet in luscious gowns and chic tuxedos. From the Golden Globes to the Grammy’s, nothing quite tops the importance of the Academy Awards in the fashion world. Recently held on March 5, this year’s Oscar fashions remained consistent with the traditional turnout of most award shows: a handful of beautiful actresses in gorgeous dresses; a few fashion faux pas that were, if nothing else, embarrassing; and then the two or three women who looked completely put together from her hair, to her dress, to her jewelry, to her shoes. It is these women who stand out of the crowd and are truly the epitome of what it means to possess great style. Trends were unmistakable on the red carpet dubbed “the return to glamour,” including many yellow-to-gold color gowns, one shoulder strap gowns, pocketed gowns, “up-do’s,” and a whole lot of black. Rachel Weisz, who won best supporting actress for The Constant Gardener, Felicity Huffman, Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron, and Queen Latifa were among the women who donned classic black for the occasion. Although the same color, each dress had its own flair and distinct differences. For instance, Aniston rocked out her dress with a serious two-tiered necklace of Bulgari diamonds. Huffman’s dress had a deep plunging square neckline and

Veterans to speak at the PAC
Three veterans of the war in Iraq will speak at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Monday, March 20, at 8:15 p.m. The three veterans are members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a recently formed organization that describes itself as “the nation’s first and largest group dedicated to Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and (their) civilian supporters.” Mercyhurst Student Government is sponsoring the appearance. The appearance is one of many at colleges around the country by members of IAVA in an effort billed as Operation Truth. “Operation Truth is educating the American public about the truth of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and from the compelling perspective of the troops who have experienced the wars firsthand,” according to an announcement from MSG. “Veterans tell their stories about firefights, working with Iraqi civilians, being wounded, missing home, and what they think of our military policy. Whether the subject is the role of private contractors in military operations, the lack of body armor for troops, the closing of V.A. hospitals, or the effects of the ‘back-door draft,’ the men and women who have served and those who have returned to civilian life truly have a uniquely informed and valuable perspective.”

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sheer bodice sides, and Theron topped her dress off with an over-sized bow atop her left shoulder. Despite the obvious attributes of black (sultry, intelligent, and slimming, to name a few), the real stunners of the night were the golds and creams. Reese Witherspoon had a big night winning best actress for her role as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line; however, her real win was two-fold, as she stole the spotlight in the fashion department wearing a gorgeous full-length vintage Christian Dior gown. With its classic cut, full skirt and beaded lines, Reese’s cream colored princess dress shone just as bright as her smile during her acceptance speech. Also striking in gold this year was the beautiful Jessica Alba, who ranked among the top red-carpet fashion lists of the major networks, wearing a shimmering bronze Versace gown; and Jennifer Garner, who despite almost taking a face plant on stage, came back with the witty line, “I do my

own stunts.” Undoubtedly, the worst dressed award goes to Dolly Parton, who stepped out onto the red carpet in a pale pink catastrophe. A mixture of too much texture, and one too many brooches, Dolly’s dress did not suit her shape or skin tone. Another poor choice at the awards was Michelle Williams, wife of Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger, wearing a mustard yellow, Vera Wang dress with tulle pleats around the shoulders. In an effort to channel “Old Hollywood,” Williams must have forgotten that today’s styles are typically curveforming, rather than limp frocks in unflattering colors. So, remember, ladies, even celebrities have mishaps. And in case you are job-hunting, I hear that Dolly Parton is looking for a stylist.

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A healthier column
This past week Erie was afforded a brief glimpse of the spring to come. Immediately students could be found exercising outside and flip-flopping to class. Soon it will be time for outside barbeques and picnics. In the spirit of springtime food, here’s a chicken salad that is easy to make, even though it requires about an hour to prepare. It’s packed with protein and isn’t drenched with mayonnaise. Make sure to immediately refrigerate any leftovers, if there are any.

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Chicken Salad
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts ½ cup fat free sour cream ½ cup light mayonnaise ¾ cup purple grapes 3 green onions ¼ cup sliced almonds
Photo courtesy of Joe Slepko

Natalia Czerniak, Dr. Lutton and Christine, one of the Directors of the facility they stayed at, study the rocky shoreline in Jamaica to gain insight on what they studied during the winter term.

1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Trim any excess fat off of chicken breasts and rinse under cold water. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is 170°. You should have an instant read thermometer in your kitchen if you cook meat, one can be purchased for around $10. When chicken is done, remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle it. 3. Cut chicken into strips about ½ inch wide. Gather a few strips together and turn them so that you can cut into cubes about ½ inch thick. 4. Place chicken pieces into a large mixing bowl. Add sour cream and stir until chicken is coated. Add ¼ cup mayonnaise and stir until blended. 5. Cut grapes into halves; chop green onions into thin rings. Add grape halves, onions, almonds, pepper and lemon juice, stir until well blended. If salad is too dry, add the other ¼ cup mayonnaise. If a moister salad is desired, add more sour cream instead of mayonnaise. 6. Chill for 2 hours. 7. Toast bread, rinse and dry lettuce. Place lettuce on bread. Add salad with a spoon and cover with other slice of bread. Serves 4.

For spring break some students were learning instead of lazing
By Merissa Frank Contributing writer
No one wanted to think about homework over spring break. Homework, studying and the library were in the recesses of everyone’s minds. Everyone except 16 students who were in Jamaica. Dr. Lewis Lutton, professor of biology, took 16 students from a variety of majors to Jamaica for Tropical Marine Biology. The course met once a week during the winter term for an hour to get biological background information and organized for the course’s grand finale, an 11-day trip to Jamaica. Alicia Abbey, Francia Aguilera, Alex Bonamo, John Bonenberger, Anthony Ciotti, Natalia Czerniak, Colleen Davis, James Dylewski, Nicklas Lyon, Monica Oyuela, Patrick Rogers, Kathryn Ruemler, Joe Slepko, Denise Thompson, Jyll Wassell and Erik Weber spent those 11 days in Jamaica learning tropical marine biology and the culture and history of the island. The trip is nothing new to Mercyhurst, though the location is. Lutton said that the first marine biology trip was led by nuns around 1970 on an expedition to the Virgin Islands. Jamaica was a little more special to Lutton. “I love the lab and I love Jamaica,” said Lutton. The lab on the island is run by Hofstra University and it is also associated with a cottage hotel setup. Joe Slepko, junior environmental science major, was among the students who went to Jamaica. He said the class was open to non-majors, so it was much more than just a biology class. “It was the history, biology, and culture of the island,” Slepko said. Aside from tropical marine biology, students visited a port Columbus made and lived at for

Hibachi, sushi, seaweed, oh my
By Kristen Piquette Contributing writer
Walking into Aoyama Japanese Steakhouse and Lounge one will instantly notice the Japanese architecture and ambiance. The restaurant is decorated with dark wood beams, trim and furniture. Japanese lanterns hanging from the ceiling light the space, and traditional Shoji sliding doors separate the hibachi rooms from the rest of the restaurant. Japanese art adorns the walls and a towering rock immersed in a Japanese garden separates the dining room from the bar. Friendly hosts dressed in traditional Komonos greet customers and politely ask if they have reservations. Those who don’t will probably have to wait because this new restaurant has created a buzz among the Erie residents. But don’t worry because you can pass your time in the bar area with a wide variety of drinks ranging from Sapporo, the great imported Japanese beer, to traditional types of sake. Those who did make a reservation will soon begin a Japanese culinary experience by making the decision of where to eat. The host will offer three choices: the dining room, hibachi, or the sushi bar. The dining room is normal – a table, chair, and waitress setup. But if you’re going to make your experience at the new Aoyama restaurant worthwhile, I suggest waiting and choosing either the hibachi or sushi bar. With the hibachi dining experience you not only get to eat excellent food but watch a show that is well worth the money you spend. You will sit at tables surrounding a large grill and, if your party is small, you will most likely dine with others. This just adds to the fun. The waitress will first take your order and then your personal chef will arrive and not only make the food but put on a great show, tossing spatula and knives in the air and slicing food with precision. The chef will flip eggs into his hats, and vegetables and shrimp into your mouth. The heat gets turned up when he makes the lava-flowing onion volcano or lights the entire grill on fire. The best part of the night comes when that fresh, hot food

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When going to Aoyama these may be some of the choices on the menu.

lands on your plate. With the hibachi meals you get soup, salad, rice, vegetables, two pieces of shrimp, and your choice of any meat, seafood, vegetables, or a combination of two. The kind of main course determines the price. I ordered the steak hibachi meal, received all that comes with it, ordered a water to drink, experienced a great show, and had leftovers to take home. The bill, including tax and tip, went for a $20 bill. Sure, this is quite expensive for the average college student but if you want to treat yourself, get a group of friends together and have a fun and different dining experience, this is worth every penny. Better yet, hit up the parents when they come for a visit and see what Aoyama is all about, but whatever you do don’t miss out on this great food and fun dining Hibachi style. Hibachi is not the only way you can get a feel for Japanese dining, if you have always wanted to try sushi and/or sashimi then go to the sushi bar. If the sushi bar is full you can still order it anywhere in the restaurant but it just makes the experience a little more exciting to eat sushi as the Japanese do. As you open the menu, firsttime sushi goers may be a little lost, however Aoyama has placemats with pictures featuring many of the sushi options available. If you’re still confused ask your waitress. I ordered the sushi deluxe platter (comes with nine pieces

half a year. The people and culture were just as interesting as the biology. Lutton said, “The people and culture are so fascinating and so much fun to be around. The hotel staff was fun and helpful and made it special.” Jamaica offers all of the typical features tropical marine biologists could hope for: a coral reef, mangrove swamps, inner tidal areas and lagoon areas. Biology isn’t free, though. The good times came at a price, a reasonable price. The whole trip, including airfare, room and board and field trips cost about $1,600. The pricey part of the trip was snorkeling gear. That was about the only thing not provided and Lutton said, “It’s not cheap to get decent stuff to really enjoy the water.” If you’re the geeky type who sat at home during spring break, maybe a tropical marine biology trip is what you need. You can still be geeky and learn while enjoying the fun and the sun.

of sushi and one California roll, which sliced turns out to be six servings), and although it comes with a garden salad or miso soup I opted to pay a little more for the seaweed salad and a side of fried rice. My boyfriend and I split this meal, but it was more than enough for us. I drank water, and he had a Sapporo beer. The total came to $35.15 with tax and tip. Cheaper options are available. We could choose from a wide range of platters and all looked equally delicious. Ours was made in front of us and, although you couldn’t see them actually roll the sushi, the sushi chefs made sure to have the plate where you can see it all come together. This restaurant gets two thumbs up not only for the fun atmosphere but the excellent food. Aoyama Japanese Steakhouse and Lounge is located on Peach Street next to the Millcreek Mall in the old Chi Chi’s building.



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Letters to the Editor: Photolab issue causes controversy
Art student feels lab removal is against the values of the college
I find the recent events that have unfolded in the basement of Zurn Hall unacceptable and in direct contrast to the values that the Sisters of Mercy outlined when building the foundation of our institution. Even more troubling is the laissez-faire attitude of the administrative powers when confronted with the topic. Many of the arguments outlined below have previously been directed to the attention of the governing powers of Mercyhurst and, although eventually receiving a singular reply that was sub-par and circumventing at best, were mostly ignored. While reading this, it must be understood that the anger felt by myself—along with my peers in, and facility of, the art department—is not rooted solely in the fact that we no longer get the opportunity to take a class that everyone enrolled was looking forward to; but as the last straw in the greater scope of the xenophobia and persecution that our department has been enduring for years. I wish to explain that this photography class is offered in alternating years, making it the last chance for upperclassmen to enroll and therefore, the last opportunity for over half of those enrolled to attend. Even if it were to be offered next year due to this conflict, this year’s graduating class will be out of luck, many—myself included—needing this class to complete a minor field of study. Since my freshman year, I have worked with my advisor to plan out my future at Mercyhurst, being sure to account for classes needed to graduate and when they are offered throughout my tenure. It is safe to say that any student, regardless of field of study, could attest to the lack of course offerings at Mercyhurst, especially those of upper-level structure. Not to mention in a field such as art, developing a strong portfolio is the only way to get internships and find a career. These upper-level classes are therefore essential in the development of such and are more powerful than any transcript resume. Axing this class has meant lost portfolioquality work and experience, resulting in the under qualification for—and resulting loss of—jobs and internships. Students enrolled in Intermediate Photography were informed of its cancellation five days before classes were to begin. It is unethical to inform those enrolled of the cancellation with such short notice, when the plans for such construction have obviously been in the works for more than a mere week. The class should have never been offered nor made it to the registration date if such construction plans were being approved. While at home on break, away from the guidance of my advisor, chair and registrar, I found myself worrying about picking up another class to maintain full-time status and maintain financial aid. Some of the students enrolled were fortunate enough to receive a telephone call from the Office of Academic Affairs, I was not so fortunate; luckily, my WebMail account was working that day and I could view the e-mail. Upon my return I was forced to scramble to find a class to fill the now vacant space in my schedule. Given that the remainder of the campus had already had their opportunity to register the slim number of classes that, as a junior, I needed to complete were already closed. It was only through the persuasion and pleading I was accepted in to the singular class that worked with my schedule, nonetheless having to miss the first week of class and now having to endure a perpetual feeling of being behind. I find it unfair that the needs of the anthropology/geology department are once again being addressed at the expense of all other departments; students of the art department are paying the same top-dollar for their education as those in any other and should be treated equally. Sadly, this has never been the case. We have sub-par studio facilities and computer hardware in need of upgrade, whilst the anthropology department is constantly expanding and receiving new equipment. Our studio facilities are sparse and are overbooked and ill-equipped for classes, leaving the hours for open studio time needed to complete projects restricted to the late evening and weekends. If this expansion is to benefit the five students majoring in the field of Geology, should not they be the ones to suffer by having to wait until winter term of next year to use their brand-new facilities? It would seem the reasonable solution to me, to delay the construction until summer, pushing the completion back to sometime during fall term. Therefore, cancel classes that have yet to be offered or scheduled rather than ones that are already offered, registered and required. To say that the art department must adhere to the plans of another department is an outrage. In the reply I received from the administration, it was cited that the expansion to take place would be beneficial to both departments, however; it was not outwardly revealed to me how it would benefit those in the field of art. When in discussion with the faculty of the Art Department, I discovered the expansion of Zurn was to include an addition to the lobby of the Performing Arts Center that, by partioning the Cummings Art Gallery, would house a “new” photography studio. However, the darkroom would remain in the same location its state of ill repute and in need of repair and would now find itself in the midst of another department altogether. To me, it sounds as if the planned construction is mostly to benefit the PAC and the geology department with the photography studio being tacked on to the blueprint as nothing more than an attempt at a peace offering. Also cited was the fact that the construction in the Zurn basement was to be paid for with monies the archaeology department received from a grant over three years ago. Conveniently enough, days after the new administration took the helm and Dr. Adovasio, director of the archaeology department, was appointed to the Special Counsel to the President, plans which were supposedly in the works since the money had been granted were now magically put in motion. Such hegemonic undertakings are a far cry from the values of integrity, dignity and mercy that Mercyhurst is based upon. For shame to the new administration for turning its back on the staff and students of an entire department while hindering the Mercyhurst Tradition so early in its infancy. Andrew Lapiska

Art faculty member tired of being slighted
I am very frustrated, as I have been for years, by all the loss of Art Department spaces and by having to share studio space. Several departments now have office and/or art department studio areas. The art department had such wonderful plans for an outdoor courtyard studio/sculpture garden where the dance department studio is now and there was a seminar room where the dance office is now that I had to use for lack of classroom space. The art department had a very good office/supply space right next to a studio and it is now a math department office. A room that is located across from the performance arts center was the art department graphic design studio and now is used by another department. And now, the basement photography classroom, darkroom and faculty office space, desperately needed by the art department is gone. We had a graphic design studio space and office, but it is now a science department classroom. The graphic design program was moved over to the Hirt building. That move also made for the loss of the place for a planned Art Education studio and office. That move has disjointed the art department and its students. Factually, the art department has not gained even one square foot of space and as stated has lost a lot. This is a big problem. The department has well over doubled, almost tripled in size. There has been what would seem continuous negative consequences throughout the department which create additional problems. Sharing studio space is a major problem, as well as scheduling. I am a program director for the Art Therapy Major with over 60 majors and minors. I had two advisees scheduled in the canceled photography class, and I am very emphatic to their situation. Therefore, I am very confused as to the loss of office and studio space. This also leads me to be concerned about the situational problems relative to that of the progression of future actions and decisions. There are plans for the photography studio, darkroom and office for faculty, but I think it means loss of parking lot space behind Zurn Hall by plans to add onto the building. That parking lot is where I have problems as a faculty member finding parking space. Throughout my profession of being an artist, it seems that art is always the first to go or to be displaced and replaced in some manor. Any “future plans” can sound important as does the new art(s) building, but creativity and learning is in the “now.” We should be trying to keep the art major/minor students we have now as well has maintaining a focus on recruitment. Interesting also is the fact that most construction and plans are made when the students and faculty (summer) are not on campus, this being the most recent example. The reason given was that this is happening all over campus, well it’s just not the same, and it’s not a good rationale. Cathlyn Hahn


South Dakota’s abortion error
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In signing a bill Monday virtually banning abortion, South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds has created an unworkable law and almost certainly damaged the anti-abortion cause. The impetus for this bill was the arrival of John Roberts and Samuel Alito on the Supreme Court. Both are thought to be skeptical, at least, of the court’s decisions creating a constitutional right to abortion. But even if we assume they are open to scrapping the 1973 Roe v. Wade verdict, the South Dakota law is clearly doomed. In the first place, the court very rarely repudiates a major precedent merely because of a change in personnel. In addition, five of the nine justices are on record supporting that decision. About the best anti-abortion groups can hope for is to lose 5-4 instead of 6-3. And even that is far from certain. As conservatives, Roberts and Alito have stressed that they will not lightly overturn venerable precedents. Forced to confront the issue so early in their tenure, the court could end up reaffirming Roe by an even bigger margin than before.

Facebook: Friend, foe or both?
As spring term begins and the first week comes to a close, students cannot help but think, “are we there yet?” For the pining seniors, the condition of Senioritis has kicked in and for the student body as a whole, the days with no deadlines and sleeping-in seem like a world away with another nine weeks to go. Students returning to school this past week were presented with a mass mailing from Residence Ellen Life about the dangers of Koenig Facebook and other online personal databases. In fact, it has been reported that a mass e-mailing was sent to faculty and staff to create accounts via their Mercyhurst e-mail to discourage unsuitable content on the site. Many students were outraged by this and feel it is a violation of their expression and should be permitted to post pictures and/or content that does not meet the college’s approval. One must remember that the Internet is public domain where information about people, countries and practically any other subject is shared for anyone to access. As members of the college, each person is essentially an ambassador for how the institution molds its students. They can either be viewed as alcoholic ignorant college students, or the kind of individuals that the faculty strives to influence everyday; free thinking individuals who give hope for a decent contribution to society. Students of this school give Mercyhurst a physical front that interacts in the community, each student is a diplomat on behalf of this institution. On the same note, we are also entitled to the constitutional right of freedom of speech and expression. However, freedom is not entirely free, and with these rights come responsibility. First and foremost, the content of the Web pages must be lawful. No matter how you try to justify it, if you drink alcohol under the age of 21, you are violating the law, no question. Having pictures on the Website is evidence that the said individual in fact took part in such an activity. In many ways, students incriminate themselves by stating how smashed they were Sunday morning on a friend’s ‘wall’ or listing absurd activities under interests and quotes about themselves. Ultimately members of staff gaining access to these sites simply make students accountable for content of their own pages. It forces us to take responsibility and be aware that the Internet can in fact be a dangerous place. On the flip side, faculty and staff becoming members of Facebook can makes the online database a little more quirky and interesting. Adding professors, coaches and staff that students know can inflate your number or friends as well as strengthen the bond between students and staff, even if it is under the loosely used ‘friends’ category. The bottom line is, students must be aware that their actions can be judged and punished via the Internet, especially with the development of personal databases such as Facebook. While these services can be entertaining and even socially useful, one must always be mindful in choosing content and realize it will literally be posted for all the world to see . . . even by your teachers.

The other problem is that while a majority of the people in South Dakota may favor a ban, a clientele for abortion still exists. The state’s only abortion clinic serves 800 patients a year. If those women could not get an abortion in South Dakota, odds are good they would travel to a neighboring state to get it. Or they might obtain illegal abortions, with the attendant risks. Though the activists on both sides of this debate get most of the attention, many people favor the goal often stated by President Bill Clinton, which was to make abortion “safe, legal and rare.” The anti-abortion movement has had some successes, but it has not been able to convert widespread ambivalence about abortion into firm opposition. What South Dakota lawmakers have approved may shake some people out of ambivalence, but not in the direction the lawmakers favor. The ban allows no exceptions for rape, incest or serious dangers to the mother’s health. Only when the mother’s life is at risk would it be allowed. Faced with this ban, voters on the fence are more likely to be pushed toward the abortion-rights camp than pulled away from it. What the South Dakota legislature has approved, however, does not promise to change that state of affairs.

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March 15, 2006



ENTERTAINMENT Klezmer and classical merge at the PAC
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By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
Trio Solisti was formed in New York City in 2000 based on a unique blend of technical mastery, innovative programming, an embrace of 20th and 21st century repertoire and a notably exuberant brand of music-making. The group is made up of three musicians, violinist Maria Bachmann, pianist Jon Klibonoff and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach. Individually, each of its members has performed at the majority of the major venues across the United States as well as in over 20 different countries. David Krakauer tours as a guest performer with Trio Solisti. David Krakauer is known as one of the foremost performers in the new wave of klezmer music. His eccentric musical style includes chamber classical music, Eastern European Jewish klezmer, as well as avant-garde improvisation. He tours with the Klezmer Madness! Ensemble that plays

music which combines the influential sounds of world music with other genres, including jazz, rock, funk and hip-hop. He is critically acclaimed worldwide and is asked to serve as a guest performer with several different ensembles such as the Tokyo String Quartet, the Kronos Quartet, the Lark Quartet, the Orquesta Sinfonica de Barcelona, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra and Trio Solisti. The combination of Krakauer and Trio Solisti will bring together a cultural explosion of ethnically diverse music from notable composers all around the world. They will be playing selections from var-

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Above: Violinist, pianist, and cellist of performance group Trio Solisti. Right: David Krakauer.

ious artists, particularly though from Paul Moravec’s “Tempest Fantasy,” winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Also, Krakauer will be holding a Master Class on Monday, March 20, from 11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m., open to the public and Mercyhurst students. In this workshop, he will demonstrate his style of klezmer music and entertain questions regarding his music, as well as related topics. Krakauer and Trio Solisti will perform as part of the Visiting Arts Series directed by Dr. Albert Glinsky, the chairman of the Music Department. Glinsky personally knows Krakauer as they attended the Juilliard School together as well as being personally acquainted with two of the three members of Trio Solisti, so he is “very excited for the reunion of these world-class artists.” This show will take place on March 19 at 2 p.m. at the Walker Recital Hall. Tickets for this event are available now at the box office or call 824-3100. Ticket prices include: Adult: $17.50; Senior/PC/Student: $15; Youth: $5; and Mercyhurst College Student with ID: $1.

Fire this ‘Gun’ at will
Ben Harper releases new album ‘Both Sides of the Gun’
By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
ricane Katrina disaster. In it Harper sings, “You left them swimming for their lives down in New Orleans / Can’t afford a gallon of gasoline / And your useless degrees and your contrary statistics / This government business is straight up sadistic.” That song may very well be the highlight of the first disc, although “Better Way” and “Engraved Invitation” come in near the top as well. It’s hard for me to pick out the best songs because I can honestly say that I think they are all well done. For people who are more into Harper’s funk/pop/classic rock side than his mellow side, the second disc might not have the same outcome for them as the first. The second disc is one that is much more a collection of songs that deal with Harper’s innermost fears and thoughts, some of which he has touched upon since his beginnings in 1994. However, never has he devoted an entire CD to the subject. The reason people may not enjoy this CD as much as the first is that when Ben Harper gets mellow, it’s a great cure for insomnia. Not to say they still aren’t great tunes – he just becomes very soft. Think even a more laidback Jack Johnson if you aren’t familiar with these types of songs from Harper. Overall, “Both Sides of the Gun” is another great album from Ben Harper. Whether you enjoy his mellow tunes or ones that are more upbeat, you’ll find something to enjoy here. In a world that teaches gun safety, this Gun is one you should definitely keep loaded at all times. If you are a fan of Dave Matthews, Pearl Jam or most relevantly, Jack Johnson, you’ve probably also heard the music of Ben Harper and his group, The Innocent Criminals. In fact, Jack Johnson, the exsurfer turned college student favorite singer/songwriter, actually got his start playing at Ben Harper shows. The last album Harper released, 2005’s “There Will Be a Light,” was recorded with the Blind Boys of Alabama and although it won a Grammy for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album, it probably sank under most people’s radars because of the fact that it wasn’t so much them recording with Harper as Harper recording with them. Before that was the 2003 release “Diamonds on the Inside,” which is a much more polished release than this one. “Both Sides of the Gun” is a double album, the first disc being more upbeat and socially relevant, and disc two being more introspective and mellow. As you may have guessed by the fact that Ben has opened for Pearl Jam, he does his fair share of dabbling in political matters. The song “Black Rain” on the first disc is a harsh critique of an issue that still has people up in Photo Courtesy of arms, the handling of the Hur- Check out Ben Harper’s emotionally intense new album, ‘Both Sides of the Gun.”

Spring PAC films
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
BBC film reviewer Andy Jacobs calls “The Constant Gardener” “Gripping and intelligent entertainment, a dramatic thriller about a man who only grows to truly understand his wife after she’s dead. “Rachel Weisz excels as the late Tessa, a passionate, sometimes overbearing activist in Kenya whose motivations unspool in flashback as her other half, shy diplomat Justin (Ralph Fiennes), investigates her fate. “‘City Of God’ director Fernando Meirelles blends high tension with social conscience, giving a human face to the West’s exploitation of the Third World.” The film is an adaptation of a book by John Le Carre. It begins with the character Justin Quayle, who is a British diplomat in Kenya. He meets an enthusiastic activist, Tessa, and marries her. Soon into the marriage, Tessa is murdered in what is titled a bandit raid. Justin, who suspects foul-play in the violent death of his wife, searches for the truth about Tessa’s death and simultaneously discovers information about her life that pose more questions than answers. Was Tessa having an affair with one of the accompanying black doctors? Why was she was constantly obsessing with the new drug created to cure tuberculosis? The latter question reflects another theme within the film which is corporate greed and corruption in the pharmaceutical companies.

Rachel Weisz and Ralph Fiennes in ‘Constant Gardener.’

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Justin begins to unravel an elaborate conspiracy involving the drug companies that places several lives in danger, a major undertone to the novel. “The Constant Gardener” is showing March 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m at the PAC. Another film “Separate Lies” is perfectly epitomized by John Anderson of Variety. “Tale opens with a hit-and-run accident in which a man on a bicycle is run off the road by a car and left for dead. Nearby, the marriage of James and Anne Manning (Tom Wilkinson and Emily Watson) is on the verge of collapse. “Julian Fellowes captures the idyllic if petrified elegance of their domestic existence with cruel perfection – homes in both whitewashed London and the country – after-work cricket for him, comfortable boredom for her. “Anne has grown impatient with her older husband, but when she expresses too eager an interest in a young heir dressed in cricket whites, Bill Bule (Rupert Everett), it’s all too apparent trouble lies ahead.” The destruction of the marriage of James and Anne lays the framework for most of the events in the film. As the intricacies of the mystery of the hit-and-run accident unfold, the three lead characters, Anne, James and Bill all become entangled in the tragic and treacherous aftermath. There is a great deal of suspicion surrounding Bill and Anne, but James’ attempts to protect his wife in order to save his reputation and destroy the reputation of Bill will result in many unexpected twists. “Separate Lies” shows March 22 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.



March 15, 2006

By Matt Jackson Co-Sports editor
Zack Schafer was just inches away from making school history while wrestling at the NCAA Championships Saturday. The junior, competing in the finals at 165 pounds, battled Minnesota State Moorhead’s Nate Baker to a 2-2 tie after one period. Schafer started the second period from the top position where he hit the move that nearly made him Mercyhurst’s first ever national champion. The move, which has became almost a trademark of Schafer’s in the past few years, is close to a reverse head-and-arm, and Schafer has proven he can hit it from any position. This time it came while Baker, a former starter for Division I Minnesota, attempted an escape, but instead found himself on his back and almost pinned. “I knew it was close,” said Schafer. “I knew either way, whether I got the pin or not, that I had a lead and I thought I would be able to hold on.” Schafer was awarded three near-fall points before Baker finally broke the hold. Unfortunately for Schafer, he was unable to hold on to the lead as he surrendered a reversal, a takedown, and a three-point near fall in a 10-5 loss. “He just beat me physically in the last period. He was probably the strongest person I’ve ever wrestled,” said Schafer. However, the loss does nothing to diminish the dominance Schafer possessed in his path to the national tournament finals. Schafer pinned his first five postseason opponents, including three in the regional tournament and hist first two opponents at the national tournament.


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Zack Schafer finishes second and J.J. Zanetta seventh at Nationals

Feret produces at the plate and on the mound in spring trip
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
While some students were off enjoying a relaxing spring break, the Mercyhurst softball team was hard at work, fighting for victories and striving to improve in practice. Sure, they were able to spend some time in Fort Myers, Fla.. But it was certainly no vacation. The Lakers played 12 games over a seven-day span while in Florida, and emerged with a 5-7 record. It was a week of trends, with few variations in the wins and losses columns when it came to repeat opponents. For instance, there was the matchup with Palm Beach Atlantic. The Lakers certainly had Palm Beach’s number, defeating them on consecutive days (Feb. 25-26). The wins came with an impressive combined score of 13-2. Unfortunately, another team that Mercyhurst had to play several times, Florida Gulf Coast, drew a bead on the Lakers. In four clashes, Florida Gulf Coast downed Mercyhurst in every try (once on the 24th, again on the 25th, and twice on the 28th). Another team that was able to consistently keep the Lakers at bay was LeMoyne, who defeated them on the 24th and the 26th. Wins over Wheeling Jesuit, Dubuque, and Northwood as well as a loss to Concordia brought the team’s final mark to 5-7 to open the season. This weekend saw the team face another hectic schedule, as they traveled to Florence, S.C. for six games. On Friday, the Lakers fell 7-6 to Augusta State. Although a three-run homer from junior Jen Feret put Mercyhurst up by one, Augusta State ended up tying the game and winning in the 10th inning. Saturday brought losses to West Liberty State by a score of 7-3) and West Virginia State (4-2), sandwiched around a win over Fairmont State. Feret once again led the charge in the Fairmont State game, although this time from the mound. With the help of some solid defense, she allowed just four hits while earning five strikeouts. Georgia College and State University dropped the Lakers 9-1 to open Sunday’s play, but the Lakers rebounded to defeat Belmont Abbey, 3-1. Melissa Rizzo provided the winning runs with a two-run homer. After these two grueling performances, the team has another long break before competition resumes. On the March 25-26, Mercyhurst travels to the Salem Invitational in Virginia to square off against five foes over two days. Fortunately, the team also has room to make up ground in the GLIAC in a big way, with all of their conference matches still ahead of them. Important upcoming competitions include a doubleheader at Gannon on April 4, and five straight home doubleheaders against GLIAC rivals stretching from April 19-29. The Lakers will try and improve on their 10-10 conference record from a year ago when they qualified for the GLIAC tournament as the eight-seed.

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Junior Zack Schafer became an All-American for the second straight year Saturday.

He cruised through his semifinal match with an 11-5 win over nationally-ranked Cort Peterson, tallying his 17th straight win in the process. “Just getting to the finals was a big relief,” said Schafer. Schafer’s win streak started after a loss to Baker on Jan. 14 and came to end with a second loss to the national champion Saturday. Junior J.J. Zanetta also earned All-American honors with a seventh-place finish. The junior lost his opening round match before winning his first two consolation matches to secure All-American status. Zanetta was major-decisioned in his next bout before winning

via medical forfeit over Willie Hilton of North Carolina-Pembroke in the match for seventhplace. Schafer was just as happy for his roommate’s performance as he was his own. “It was great to see him get All-American,” said Schafer.” We started here together, we train together, and we live together, so it was nice.” Sophomore and returning AllAmerican Don Cummings came up one win short of advancing to the All-American round as did Hudson Harrison who was eliminated from the tournament with a 7-6 loss to Clinton MacNaught of Upper Iowa. Payne Lint, Lenny Calhoun,

and Will Tedder also competed in the tournament. As a team the Lakers finished 14th while Nebraska-Omaha won the event for the third straight year. The Mercyhurst wrestlers also earned accolades for off the mat success. The Lakers finished No. 8 on the Division II All-Academic wrestling team. Schafer and Zanetta led the way with First-Team statuts. Seniors Paul Bergman and Franz Zatta were named to the Second-Team. Sophomore Bryan Kuhn was selected as an Honorable Mention.

Women’s lacrosse drops to 1-3 after trip to Carolinas
By Jim McCann Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team was busy over spring break as they played four road games, with three of them occurring within four days. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Lakers opened their season in Charlotte, N.C against Queens University. After senior Kelsey French (2 goals, 3 assists) scored back to back goals in the first half, the Lakers trailed just 5-4. Queens then scored three goals in the final seven minutes of the quarter and went into halftime with an 8-4 lead. The Lakers came out strong after halftime and cut the lead to 8-6 as freshman Alicia Guzzo (1g, 2a) and Breanna Haggerty (3g, 1a) scored the first goals of their collegiate careers. That streak was then dashed as Queens notched seven straight goals en route to a 19-8 win. Senior Lindsay Jackson (1g, 1a) scored her first goal of the season while junior Darci Doran and freshman Jessie Horeth each added an assist. Freshman Megan Foley made 11 saves in her collegiate debut for the Lakers. The Lakers were looking for vindication the next day as they took the field against the Blue Hose of Presbyterian College. That vindication was immediately realized as the Lakers exploded for 11 goals and gave up only two in the first half. Jessie Horeth (4g, 1a) had a hat trick and Kelsey French (2g, 3a) added two goals in a 7-0 run that gave Mercyhurst a 7-1 lead

Junior Darci Doran

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Senior Kelsey French

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at 20:40. The Lakers survived an early four goal barrage from the Blue Hose at the start of the second half, but the five goal margin was the closest that the Lakers would allow their opponent to come. Mercyhurst outscored Presbyterian 5-2 in the final 15 minutes and came away with a convincing 16-8 victory. Breanna Haggerty (3g, 3a) was once again impressive in the win and sophomore Courtney Olevnik dished out four assists. The Lakers were also impressive on the defensive side of the ball and were lead by freshman Kristen Toomey’s three caused turnovers and freshman Beth O’Neil’s four ground balls. Megan Foley and Freshman Stephanie Obsitnik split time between the pipes and combined for eight saves. Two days later the Lakers took on No. 5 Limestone to continue their southern trip. The Saints built a 5-0 lead before Jessie Horeth scored her sixth goal of the season to open to scoring for the Lakers. Despite second half goals

from Horeth, French, Guzzo and Lindsay Jackson , Limestone proved to be too much for the Lakers as they held a 40-15 shot advantage and walked away with an 18-5 win. Limestone improved to 4-0. The Lakers finished their hectic first week schedule on Thursday, March 2 in Misenheimer, N.C. as they faced No. 8 Pfeiffer University. The Lakers took a 4-3 lead and trailed just 7-4 at the half, but Pfeiffer outscored Mercyhurst 9-1 in the final 30 minutes. Jessie Horeth led the Lakers with two goals and one assist while Kristen Toomey (2g) and Breanna Haggerty (2a) also contirbuted. The Lakers will continue their season on the road when they travel to Greensburg, Pa. to take on the Griffins of Seton Hill University. Mercyhurst (1-3) will open the home portion of their schedule on Sunday when they host East Stroudsburg University at 11 a.m.

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Men’s hockey downs Canisius 7-2
Lakers move one step closer toward repeat appearance at NCAA tournament; Bentley up
By Ryan Palm Sports editor The Mercyhurst Lakers (2212-1, 20-8-1) scored early and often Saturday night, defeating the Golden Griffins of Canisius 7-2 in front of over 1,200 fans at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers never trailed, but did not gain the lead for good until late in the second period. A late second period goal coupled with a pair of early third period goals pushed the Lakers on to the semifinal round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs. Mercyhurst will travel to Worcester, Mass. this weekend to square off against the winner of the Bentley College. Mercyhurst and Bentley have squared off four times this season, with Mercyhurst winning all four games by a combined score of 27-14. Bentley edged Army last weekend 5-4 in double-overtime. The scoring got started early Saturday night, with the Lakers putting the first goal on the scoreboard less than three minutes into the contest. Mercyhurst defender Jamie Hunt scored his eleventh goal of the season at the 2:58 mark in the opening period. Hunt, who entered the game tied for first in Division I hockey in defender scoring, was fed by sophomore forward Ben Cottreau at the blue line and put his one-timer past freshman Canisius goalie Dan Giffin. The Golden Griffins got even at the 9:20 mark, when Tommy Flikeid lit the lamp for his third goal of the season. Flikeid’s goal was assisted by Fre Coccimiglio and Billy IrishBaker. The score remained tied 1-1 for the rest of the first period. While things were relatively calm during the opening session, action heated up significantly in the second. The middle period featured double the number of shots from the first, as well as nine penalties between the two teams. Mercyhurst regained their lead at the 9:57 mark when senior Dave Borrelli scored his 26th tally of the season. Borrelli’s power play score came just after the beginning of a Canisius power play. Cottreau won the face-off and flipped it to Borrelli who beat Giffin above his right shoulder. Just as in the first period, the Laker lead did not last long. Canisius got their second goal of the night from Flikeid who beat Small on his right side. Flikied’s second score of the night was assisted by Jaymie Harrington and Greg Brown. Mercyhurst broke the 2-2 tie at 15:56 when freshman Chris

Sophomore Ben Cottreau tallied two assists in Saturday night’s win over Canisius.

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Trafford scored his 12th of the season on a 3-on-2 breakaway. Trafford was assisted by junior defender Pat Henk and sophomore forward Matt Warren. The Lakers put the game away for good early in the final session. Sophomore Ryan Toomey scored a short-handed goal on a

breakaway just 37 seconds into the period to put the Lakers ahead 4-2. Just two minutes later Mercyhurst scored again, this time from the stick of junior Kyle Gourgon. Gourgon’s 13th goal of the season was unassisted and gave the Lakers a three goal lead.

Mercyhurst wasn’t finished scoring on the night, however, with Toomey scoring his second of the night at 11:48. With the Lakers up 6-2, Canisius coach Dave Smith chose to pull Giffin with three minutes left to give his offense an extra attacker to try to close the four goal margin.

The Golden Griffins turned the puck over at the blue line, however, and Borrelli added a short-handed, empty-net goal at 17:38. The game finished with 31 penalties, with Mercyhurst holding Canisius to only one power play goal in their 10 chances on the night.

Men’s lacrosse moves to 3-0 with win over Queens
By Jim McCann Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team started its 2006 campaign on a high note, winning both games on their annual trip down south over spring break. The season started Thursday, March 2, in Salisbury, N.C. as the Lakers put their No. 5 national ranking on the line against Catawba College Indians at Shuford Stadium and Kirkland Field. Both teams felt the effects of “early season lacrosse” as the first half produced only a goal for each team with senior Jim Mullaley opening the scoring for the Lakers. After such a slow first half, Mercyhurst came out of halftime firing on all cylinders. Junior Adam Mulherin needed only a minute to notch his first goal of the season and junior Bryon Lindner needed only three more minutes to follow suit, tallying his first of two goals on the game. Before the Indians knew what had hit them, the score was 8-2 and it was the end of the third quarter. Mulherin scored two more goals in the fourth quarter to lead the Lakers to a 10-3 win and their first victory of the season. Senior goaltender Mike Bringley was impressive in the cage, recording seven saves while allowing only three goals. Seniors Blake Tandoi (1 g, 2 a) and Matt Woolshlager (1 a), Juniors Scott Janssen (2 g) and Simon Stocks (1 a) and freshman Ryan Arnold (2 a) also played pivotal roles in the Laker victory. The Lakers put all of their offseason training to the test only two days later as they took the field against the Knights of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. After learning their lesson from the slow start in their first game, the Lakers came out flying and jumped out to a 6-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Lakers spread out the scoring with the six goals coming from five different players, while Freshman Ryan Arnold (4 g, 1 a) hit the back of the net twice. In the second quarter, the Knights refused to go down without a fight, as they rallied for six goals of their own. The game was suddenly tied at six before senior Scott Janssen (3g, 2a) broke the tie with five seconds to go in the first half, sending the Lakers into halftime with the lead. Freshman Mike Bartlett (2g) and senior Andrew Schuster (2g) each scored a goal in the third quarter to put the Lakers up for good. The Lakers outscored the Knights 8-2 in the fourth quarter and ended up coming back to Erie with a 17-10 win and a 2-0 record. Bringly was once again solid between the pipes as he made 11 saves while allowing 10 goals. Tandoi spread the ball around the field nicely as he recorded three assists in the win while Jim Mullaley and Simon Stocks each beat the goalie twice. The team also soundly defeated visiting Queens this past Monday, March 13, at Tullio Field. The Lakers downed Queens 14-1, with Queens recently coming off an upset of No.6 Limestone just last week. Leading scorers for the Lakers included Linder, Mulherin, and the Stocks brothers, Simon and Greg, each with two goals apiece. Bringley picked up the win playing most of the contest and notching seven saves. The Lakers will take to Tullio Field on Thursday and Saturday Katie McAdams/Photo editor as they battle with Pfeifer and Scott Sullivan looks to move upfield against Queens. Seton Hill respectively.

Baseball finishes Florida trip with best record in recent years
By Steven Barr Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst Lakers baseball team began its non-conference schedule over spring break, and the 2006 season looks to be quite promising. The Lakers flew to West Palm Beach, Fla., at the end of the winter term to open up an 11game road trip to start off their season. The trip was funded almost entirely by the team itself, as they raised more than $20,000 in various events during the fall and winter terms. The Lakers began the trip strong, with back to back convincing victories over Mercy, 182 and 7-2 respectively, followed by an impressive win over nationally-ranked Lynn University. After a rain delay on the fourth day of their trip, the Lakers win streak came to an end at three as they fell to Lynn, 9-5. The Lakers then traveled to Davie, Fla. for a game against No. 13 ranked Nova Southeastern. The Lakers played Nova tough, “We don’t have to travel to North East anymore. The artificial turf upgrades have meant the world to our team, I’m glad the administration decided to invest in it.” Spano said the new turf also has helped him compile an impressive class of recruits, which should help Mercyhurst be competitive in conference play this year. Despite its northern location, Spano considers the GLIAC to be one of the most competitive Division II conferences and feels that this year’s Lakers have a very good chance of being successful in it. “For the first time in a long time, I am confident we can be at the top of the conference and make the playoffs.” Mercyhurst swept a double-header last Saturday from Wheeling Jesuit. The offense was on fire the entire day, scoring 41 runs in the two games. The Lakers won the opener by a score of 20-1 and the nightcap 24-6. The two teams were scheduled to play a pair on Sunday as well, but Mother Nature interfered in those plans. No makeup date has been announced. The Lakers have several players with a hot bat, notably senior catcher Brian Zacour at .414 and senior shortstop Joe Mariano at .396. Senior outfielder Matt Echan ranks third on the team with a .375 average. On the mound the Lakers have been led by senior Brandon Mendola with a 2-0 record and standout sophomore James Ludwig at 3-0. Next up for Mercyhurst is a pair against Salem International on Saturday, March 18.

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but came up a couple runs shy and fell to the Sharks, 4-2. The following day the Lakers lost a shootout to Palm Beach Atlantic, 17-11, but rebounded nicely by knocking off Barry the following day 6-3. The Lakers split a doubleheader with Davis and Elkins in Fort Pierce, Fla, and then wrapped up their trip well with wins over Lewis and Felician. The Lakers concluded their Southern swing at 7-4, which is impressive as the team has never finished above .500 on any of its previous Florida trips. According to Coach Joe Spa-

no, a significant reason for the team’s strong play has been their improved practice and playing facilities. Prior to the 2004-2005 season, the Lakers played home games and practiced at Hirtzel field on the Mercyhurst North East campus. But a decision by the athletics department allowed for the construction of artificial turf that has had a tremendously positive impact on the Lakers baseball team. “It’s brought the team closer together, and allowed for full team practices” Spano said.



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This Weeks Results...
Men’s hockey............................................Mar. 10, W 7-2, Canisius Women’s hockey...............................Mar. 9, W 9-0, Robert Morris Mar. 11, W 6-2, Niagara Men’s volleyball..........................................Mar. 10, L 3-0, Ohio St. Wrestling.....................................Mar. 10, 14 of 32, NCAA Champ. Women’s water polo...................................Mar. 5, L 14-6, Indiana Mar. 5, L 13-7, Michigan Mar. 11, W 5-4, Grove City Mar. 11, L 8-5, Slippery Rock Baseball.....................................Mar. 10, W 20-1, Wheeling Jesuit Mar. 10, W 24-6, Wheeling Jesuit Softball.....................................Mar. 10, L 7-6 (10 inn) Augusta St. Mar. 11, L 7-3, West Liberty St. Mar. 11, W 4-0, Fairmont St. Mar. 11, L 4-2, West Virginia St. Mar. 12, L 9-1, Georgia Mar. 12, W 3-1, Belmont Abbey Men’s lacrosse.........................................Mar. 13, W 14-1, Queens

Women’s hockey on to NCAA
Lakers travel Saturday to Wisconsin for NCAA Tournament
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst Lakers women’s ice hockey team is headed back to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. This past weekend the Lakers secured their bid to the NCAA’s by disposing of the Purple Eagles of Niagara in the College Hockey America conference tournament final by a score of 6-2. The victory for the Lakers marked their fourth straight CHA tournament victory. Mercyhurst, who sits ranked at No. 7 in the country, finished their regular season at 23-7-6 overall. The Lakers out-shot the Purple Eagles 45-19 in their dominating victory. Freshman Valerie Chouinard was named the CHA Tournament Most Valuable Player. She ignited the Lakers in the final against Niagara with two goals while sophomore goalie Laura Hosier had to stop just 17 shots to earn the victory in net. Mercyhurst is arguably playing their best hockey of the season heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Lakers have not lost a game since January 27; the team is 7-0-4 in those contests. “We have really been playing must-win hockey since October, and the team has really responded,” Coach Mike Sisti said. Mercyhurst got off to a slow

The Lakers will travel to Madison, Wisc. this weekend to take on the Badgers.

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Athletes of the Week
Mercyhurst wrestler Zach Schafer and women’s hockey forward Valerie Chouinard were named the Mercyhurst Athletes of the Week this past Sunday. Schafer finished second at the Division II National Championships held March 10-11 at the University of Findlay. The 165 pound grappler scored two pins to get to the championship match before falling 10-5 in the final. Schafer is the second Laker in the program’s history to be a national runner-up. As a team, Mercyhurst finished 14th. Chouinard had another spectacular weekend on the ice, this one coming at the College Hockey America (CHA) Tournament. The excitement began even before commencement of play, however, as Chouinard became the first female in NCAA Division I hockey history to be named Conference Player of the Year as a freshman. To prove the award was well deserved, she went out the next night against Robert Morris and tallied a hat-trick in a 9-0 defeat of the Colonials. She also added a pair of goals in the championship game against Niagara. The weekend came to an end with Chouinard leaving Michigan with the tournament Most Valuable Player award.

start this season at 3-5 overall, and were just a couple more losses away from being done for the season. The veterans on the team and the freshmen have learned what it takes to win. “The veterans really stepped up and taught the younger kids. We were able to solve problems on and off the ice, and that has made the biggest difference,” Sisti said. Mercyhurst will have to continue to play at their highest level in order to beat their first round opponents, the Wisconsin Badgers. The Badgers finished their regular season at 33-4-1 overall,

which leaves them sitting at No. 2 in the country. Wisconsin features arguably the best forward in the country in Sara Bauer, who is fourth in the country in scoring. In order to give the Badgers a run for their money the Lakers will need their top two scorers to step up. Junior forward Julia Colizza and Valerie Chouinard are both ranked in the top 20 in scoring in women’s D-I hockey, combining for 45 goals and 47 assists. To beat Wisconsin the Lakers will have to play their best game of the year. The Badgers have the deepest team in the country and a tre-

mendous amount of offensive firepower. Mercyhurst has improved in several areas throughout the course of the season, including their power play, penalty killing, and most importantly, learning what it takes to win. “The girls have really impressed me this year. After the amount of talent we lost from last year’s team the girls have really been forced to learn quickly. No other team that I have coached has grown and developed as quickly as this team has,” Sisti stated. The Lakers game against Wisconsin is set for March 18 at 8 p.m. in Madison, Wisconsin.

Women’s water polo pick up first win
By Brady Hunter Contributing writer
Although the season got off to a rocky start for the women’s water polo team this spring break, the team was able to come away with their first victory on Saturday to draw their record to 1-3 on the season. After a gangbuster exhibition period in which the girls dominated Ohio University and Grand Valley State to the tune of a combined 22-3 score, the first two regular-season matches proved formidable for the Lakers. On Sunday, March 5, Mercyhurst squared off against Big Ten teams Indiana and Michigan. In the end, the Lakers were outmatched against both teams, and fell 14-6 and 13-7, respectively. Sophomore Carrie Willison led the way against Indiana, scoring twice while seniors Tessa Diloreto and Cassie Rand each added a goal. Sophomores Christine Somera and Christie Haibach each contributed a score, as well. Sophomore goalkeeper Gina Mieras finished with nine saves. Against Michigan, Rand took center stage with four goals, while Willison, Diloreto, and Haibach each chipped in one. Mieras racked up 10 stops in the game. The considerable gap in size between the two schools was quite evident in both games on the 5th, as Mercyhurst struggled to succeed with just one reserve player. This weekend brought better tidings, however, as the Lakers notched their first win. Mercyhurst defeated Grove City 5-4, with Willison once again leading the way. Her three goals were a teamhigh, with Diloreto and Rand chiming in with one apiece. On the defense end of the pool, Somera came away with four steals, and Mieras had eight saves and two steals of her own. Said Willison, “We worked really well as a team-we were playing as a unit. We’ve been working on specific situations and different settings during practice, and we were able to take advantage of those situation when they came up in the game.” The win was an important one, made even more meaningful when a loss to Slippery Rock immediately followed. Willison’s two goals were second to Rand’s three against Slippery Rock. What ended up dooming the team was a 3-0 second quarter in favor of SRU. Those three goals would end up providing the margin of defeat, as the team traded three goals apiece in the final two quarters. For the game, Mieras grabbed nine stops. Tuesday night the Lakers downed Gannon 6-5 behind an important fourth-quarter goal by Rand, who finished with three goals. Diloretto scored two goals while Willison added one tally. Up next for the Lakers is the Penn State Behrend Invitational. The Lakers have four predetermined matchups at the Behrend Invite. They open with Iona on Saturday and finish the day with a game against St. Francis (N.Y.). Sunday the Lakers will take on Colorado College and Utica. Later on, the team will have a chance to reprove its dominance over Grove City and seek retribution from SRU, as both appear again on Mercyhurst’s schedule near the season’s end. Despite the big games Willison noted that what happens at the end of the season is what really matters.

Basketball players earn honors
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Association honored four Laker basketball players during the first week of March. Junior lead guard Avi Fogel was named to the GLIAC South first team, averaging 17.4 points-per-game (ppg) and added 4.1 assists per tilt. Sophomore shooting guard Terry Smith was named to the second team, his first all-GLIAC selection. Smith scored 13.6 ppg in 2005-06, and already ranks ninth on the Lakers top-ten in three-pointers made. Senior forward Andy Kubinski earned an appearance on the All-Defensive team. The Erie native finished the year ninth in Division II in steals, and finished two shy of breaking the singleseason record at Mercyhurst. On the women’s side, junior forward Julie Anderson was named to the GLIAC South first team. Anderson led Mercyhurst in nearly every statistical category, most notably points, rebounding, and steals. She scored 15.1 ppg, pulled down 9.1 rebounds-per-game, and also shot just under 90 percent from the free-throw line.

Men’s lacrosse at No. 5
The men’s lacrosse team held on to thier No. 5 ranking in the most recent United States Intercollegaite Lacrosse Association poll released March 13.

Men’s volleyball struggles against tough MIVA foes
By Andy Tait Contributing writer
over recent weeks, they turned in a gutsy team performance causing a few scary moments for the Buckeyes. The opening two games were extremely tight with the Lakers never trailing by more than three points. The supposed gulf in class was nowhere to be seen as the Lakers stretched the Buckeyes to the limit. Unfortunately, Mercyhurst could not find that killer instinct to close out either game. This has proved a problem so far this season as they have only registered one victory, which came against Lewis back in January. The 33-31 loss in the second game was a crushing blow for the Lakers, having narrowly lost the opening game. The Lakers raced out to an early 8-3 lead in the second and controlled the lead until the Buckeyes fought back to claim a 31-30 advantage and clinch it moments later. A combination of isolated errors by the Lakers and strong play from the Buckeyes were the factors that resulted in the team falling just short early on. The third game was a formality following two tough games that saw the Lakers come ever so close to creating an upset. Freshman Tim Wagner led the Lakers with 13 kills and 13 points. Senior co-captain Nate Keegan added eight kills and eight points as did fellow freshmen Chad Proudman. “I think we played our best volleyball of the season in games one and two and had prime opportunities to take either,” said Wagner. Despite the 3-0 score line, which does little to reflect this close contest, the Lakers have taken many positives from the performance. “I feel this is the best we have played all year,” said Wagner. No one individual was responsible for carrying the team. This could be a sign that the Lakers are ready to re-write the script for the remainder of the 2005-06 season. Senior co-captain Dan Kick dished out 40 assists in the contest and remains positive about the team’s chances of success as they approach the final stretch. “A 1-12 record is not where we would like to be at this point, but we are better than our record suggests,” said Kick. The Lakers have nine remaining games and have only two road trips left to cap off the season. “The way our schedule is set up gives us a great opportunity to finish the season in a strong way and move into the post season on the right foot,” said Wagner. Every team makes the playoffs and as things stand it is going to be a tough tournament unless the Lakers can pick up some wins before the regular season ends on April 13. The Lakers entertain Quincy University this coming weekend in MIVA action at the MAC. The contests are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12.30 p.m. on Sunday.

Men’s volleyball dropped its 12th game of the season Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. Hours after the poll was released the Lakers dominated Ohio State, the No. 11 team in Queens University by the score of 14-1. the country disposed of a youthful Mercyhurst team in just three Women’s Hockey No. 7 games, 30-28, 33-31, 30-21. The defeat leaves Mercyhurst released the final poll of the 2005-06 season with a 1-12 mark overall and 1-5 on Monday with the Lakers holding on to their No. 7 ranking. in the MIVA. Final records and votes are below: With the win the Buckeyes now stand 15-4 overall and 3-2 in the SCHOOL RECORD VOTES MIVA. 1. New Hampshire 32-2-1 150 The Lakers arrived in Colum2. Wisconsin 33-4-1 134 bus hoping to avenge an earlier 3. St. Lawrence 30-4-2 118 3-0 defeat to the Buckeyes in 4. Minnesota 27-10-1 107 Erie. 5. Minnesota-Duluth 22-8-3 83 However, it appeared to most 6. Princeton 21-7-4 74 people that the Lakers had little 7. Mercyhurst 23-7-6 65 hope of achieving anything. 8. Harvard 18-12-4 49 Another 3-0 loss to a strong 9. Brown 15-13-5 21 Buckeyes team doesn’t seem like 10. Boston College 20-11-4 18 much to be optimistic about, but the quality of volleyball on display from the Lakers at times Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Any- was impressive considering the thing worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to caliber of their opponents. Despite the Lakers’ poor results

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