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January 18, 2007
Vol. 80 No. 12 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546
President announces 4x1x4 semester system
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
The 4x4 semester system is “off the table,” says Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble. Gamble, instead, proposes a new plan referred to as the 4x1x4 semester system, or the intersession semester system. This plan, Gamble says, is the “only calendar on the table.” According to Gamble, either the school votes for it or it doesn’t change until the next constituent period in about three to five years. Gamble said the calendar vote would occur sometime in the summer and, if passed, would begin in the fall of 2008 or 2009. Gamble also said he met with the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees last week and discussed the 4x1x4 system. He also made a presentation to the faculty senate on Wednesday. “The 4x1x4 is a compromise between the current trimester system and the once-considered 4x4 semester system,” said Gamble. According to Gamble, the 4x1x4 would consist of two 14-and-a-halfweek terms with a three-and-a-halfweek intersession during January, and the possibility of another three-and-ahalf week term during May. During each of the two long terms, students would take four classes worth three credits each, said Gamble. During the January term, students would take one class worth three credits. Gamble said there are still ideas being developed for the January session. He said the short term could be required for freshmen and sophomores address the problems of the trimester system. “I think 10-week terms are not the best way to provide a college education,” he said. “Ten weeks is too short for creative pedagogy.” Gamble also noted that 10 weeks narrows the window for paper duedates and exams. He also said that if a student falls behind in a class during the 10 weeks, it is hard to catch up. Behan agreed. “We can use the 4x1x4 system to continue some of the benefits of a term system,” she said. “Students will have more time to rehearse material and use critical thinking.” Gamble said the switch will “…change the pace of the institution and make it similar to other institutions.” He said other schools such as Washington and Jefferson College and Middlebury College use the 4x1x4 system. Gamble said the switch to the intersession semester system would be easy because the amount of credits, classes, and class time are the same as they are now. “Not much of a change has to occur,” he said. Gamble also said that students will find the 4x1x4 system easier. “I think students will see it easier to hold four classes in 14-and-a-half weeks,” he said. He said the 4x1x4 calendar will also benefit athletics and align the athletic calendar with other schools. “Scheduling games will be easier,” said Gamble. Though not every detail of the system is worked out, Gamble said the 4x1x4 system is his final calendar plan. “There are enough problems with the trimester system,” he said. “We need to see if there’s an option for switching.”
Survey reveals opposition
Dr. Thomas Gamble
and optional for juniors and seniors. He also noted the possibility that it could be optional for all students. Gamble could not give details on the May session except noting it would be similar to the January session. According to Gamble, class times for the 4x1x4 system are “commensurately shorter.” Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Behan gave an approximation of class times. According to Behan, during the long terms, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes would be 50 minutes to an hour, and Tuesday and Thursday classes would be 75 to 90 minutes. Behan said that during the short sessions, classes would meet four or five times a week for two-and-a-half to three hours. Gamble assured that this system would allow for graduation in four years because the number of credits does not change, but he said not everything is fully worked out. Gamble said the change to 4x1x4 is not that dramatic, but needs to occur to
E-mail survey indicates students want trimesters to stay
By Chelsea Boothe Campus Living editor
The Merciad e-mailed all students on the main campus to ask whether or not the students were for or against switching from the trimester system to a 4x4 system. The poll finished on Tuesday at noon with 752 responses. Of those, 563 opposed any change, preferring the trimester system, and 189 favored the switch to the 4x4 system that was under discussion at the time the e-mail was sent. Students’ responses in favor of switching to semesters included wanting more time in the classroom per class; they don’t like the break during the winter term; think pace of class is currently too fast; and it currently doesn’t align with certain sports’ seasons. The majority of those responding to the e-mail want to keep the trimester because they enjoy classes that last only 10 weeks; they like the longer Thanksgiving and spring breaks; they are glad they have the opportunity to take more classes in four years than most colleges and university systems provide; and they think the course work is lighter. To see more student response please turn to Opinion on Page 6.
Trimesters versus semesters detailed
Mercyhurst College is currently on the trimester system, but President Thomas Gamble is now considering the change to a 4x1x4 semester system. In the past, Gamble also considered the 4x4 semester system. Listed is a brief breakdown of each different academic calendar. • Three 10-week terms • Two 15-week terms • Three to four courses per • Four classes per term term • Four credits per course • Three credits per course
• Two 14-and-a-half week terms • One three-and-a-half week January term • Possibly a three-and-a-half week May term • Four classes for long term • One class for short term • Three credits per course
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Admissions on way to exceed goals for 2007
By Nicole Cerilli Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College’s growing reputation, strategic planning, and early recruitment explain the increasing number of applicants for the 2007-2008 freshman class. So far, the number of applicants for next year has already surpassed last year’s total of 2,650 and is expected to exceed 3,000 by May 1, 2007. Right now, the Mercyhurst assessment period is doing very well. This can be attributed, in part, to recent changes such as the college’s new president, Dr. Thomas Gamble, and the resulting change in the college’s administration, but it is also the product of ongoing planning. Admissions director J.P. Cooney said that currently, “there is a very good buzz, if you will, about Mercyhurst in the community.” Mercyhurst’s location, medium sized student body, academic programs, and faculty are among the top features that entice prospective students to look at Mercyhurst. The top two applied-for majors are intelligence studies and business. One aspect of Mercyhurst admission’s str tegic planning is to advertise these features by expanding their outreach regionally. Cooney said, “Although the college itself is not national, some of the programs are.”
Mercyhurst North East to host identity theft presentation Become informed about one of today’s most rapidly growing crimes at “Information on and Prevention of Identity Theft” on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Mercyhurst North East, Miller Hall, room 116. Stephen Szwejbka, director of the criminal justice program at Mercyhurst North East, will explain what identity theft is and how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. The presentation is free and open to the public. Call 725-6371 for more information. Mercyhurst students perform classic musical Performers from the D’Angelo Department of Music and other students from Mercyhurst College will stage the popular musical “Bye Bye Birdie”
the weekend of Jan. 26-28. They’ve chosen to set the play in the 1980s. Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 for seniors and non-Mercyhurst students, $6.50 for President’s Cardholders, $5 for youths 15 and under, and $1 for Mercyhurst students with ID. Call the box office at 824-3000.
Open skate The Mercyhurst Ice Center will be open after the hockey game on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. Mascot name to be announced The name of the new Laker mascot will be announced at the basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m.
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Spanish PM makes “clear mistake”
Spain’s prime minister says he made a “clear mistake” by being too optimistic about the prospect of peace talks with the Basque separatist group Eta. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he had predicted an improvement in the peace process the day before a bomb attack on Dec. 30. On Saturday, more than 200,000 people in Spain protested over the bomb blast that killed two at Madrid airport. “Although it is not frequent among public leaders, I want to admit to all Spanish citizens the clear mistake I made,” he told a special session of parliament debating Spain’s policies.
Hurst TV airs ‘Digging for the Truth’ Marathon
Hurst TV, the student-run cable station of Mercyhurst College’s Department of Communication, celebrates the debut of the third season of the History Channel’s “Digging for the Truth” with an eight- hour marathon on Jan. 22nd. The marathon, featuring eight episodes of the series from its first two seasons, begins at 1 pm. It ends just before the onehour, third season debut of the show on the History Channel, and replays starting at 10 p.m. “Digging for the Truth,” hosted by survival expert and adventurer Josh Bernstein, takes the viewers around the world to explore the myths and legends of archeology. Bernstein has been called a “real-life Indiana Jones.” His show has been the highest rated program on the History Channel and is provided to Hurst TV by its affiliate, Zilo TV. The Hurst TV marathon shows a fresh and engaging approach to archaeology. Bernstein digs for the truth and goes to extremes to do it whether it’s trekking through Ethiopia in search of the lost ark of the covenant, tackling the mystery of Cleopatra’s death, searching for the hidden treasures of the Incas, or exploring Easter Island. “Digging for the Truth” is educational and fun for people of all ages.
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Spanish PM Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapetero
Six accused of 2005 London bomb plot
Six men planned “murderous suicide bombings” on public transport in London in July of 2005,” a court has heard. The prosecution has told Woolwich Crown Court of their alleged “extremist Muslim plot” targeting London two weeks after the July bombings killed 52. Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya deny conspiracy to murder.
Admissions still aiming for class of 700 in 2007
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Recruiting takes place from as far north as Massachusetts and as far west as Minnesota. As a result, this year’s freshman class alone represents at least 30 different states. Another goal for admissions coordinators has been start the recruiting process for prospective students earlier on than in the past. Since one year ago, the Mercyhurst application process has begun a lot sooner. It has become important for the admissions coordinators to make sure the information that prospective students want to know is out there and readily available, especially on the Internet so that it will show up in online searches by high school students. Cooney said that thus far, this approach “has really paid dividends.” The college’s reputation has grown and the number of applicants has increased. Currently, the college is assessing a strategic plan to help increase the number of transfer students for next year to 90 from last year’s total of 74. One way that admissions department plans to achieve this is by targeting community colleges. The enrollment in community colleges has been continually increasing in recent years, which opens up the opportunity for Mercyhurst to recruit second and third year transfer students from these colleges. Mercyhurst has become reputable for having a culturally unique environment. At least 36 different countries are represented on campus, and the college strives to maintain this diversity. “Having a student body from around the globe enhances the college because it brings unique and different perspective to the campus,” Cooney said. The qualifications for prospective students applying to the college will remain relatively the same. Although the average SAT score for students accepted into the college is an 1100, and the average GPA is a 3.4, there is no single variable that stands out to admission officers. “To sum it up, we look for unique students. An applicant’s high school curriculum, activities, and recommendations all factor into our decision,” Cooney said. Despite the alterations made to the new SAT, recent applicants have not really been affected. The test results are treated exactly the same as in the past. Cooney said that the addition of the writing section to the SAT “is really just an extra piece of data that Mercyhurst can use for placement purposes.” It is not used for admissions. Despite the growing number of applicants, Mercyhurst still plans to aim for a freshman class of 700 for the 2007-2008 school year. Because the college has rolling admissions, applicants will be accepted up until May 1, 2007. After that, applicants will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis due to housing limitations. Currently, a strategic plan is underway to look at what the ideal size for the college’s student body should be in the future, but until a decision is reached class sizes will remain at about 700 students each.
Hussein’s two aides hanged & beheaded
Iraqi government officials have shown journalists video of the hanging of two of Saddam Hussein’s aides, during which one of the men was decapitated. The film shows Barzan Ibrahim - Saddam Hussein’s half-brother - and Awad Hamed al-Bandar hanged side-by-side. Barzan, former intelligence chief, and al-Bandar, former head of Iraq’s Revolutionary Court, were convicted over the killing of 148 Shias in 1982. The government said Barzan’s beheading was accidental. The latest hangings drew expressions of concern from among the international community.
Amnesty International is doing a lot in its first year here.
‘AmnesTea’ offers entertainment
By Elyse Lagana Contributing writer
The local Amnesty International chapter has many events planned for their first full year since being reestablished. The chapter was reactivated in spring 2006 by Patty Evanoff after being inactive for many years. Amnesty International is a human rights organization, independent of any political or religious affiliation, which works worldwide to end injustices. “Once I found out about Amnesty, I had found something I could really feel comfortable about putting myself behind,” said Evanoff. Since then the clubs membership has increased from its original 10 to 20, piquing many students’ interest. “I wanted to be a part of something that made me feel good, doing my part in helping out the race of our species and making others aware of the problems within our world,” said junior Sean Whaling, “The nature of the organiza-
Barzan was Hussein’s halfbrother.
Somali broadcasters ordered to close
Somalia’s main broadcasters have been ordered to close, shortly after the interim president set up a new team to end the “chaos” in the capital. Three top Somali radio stations and al-Jazeera TV are affected. They have been ordered to appear before the national security agency. A policeman was killed and a convoy of government and Ethiopian troops attacked in overnight violence. The president returned to Mogadishu last week, after Islamists were routed. “The city is in chaos. It’s not safe,” he said.
Somalia has three major TV stations.
Body parts sent through mail in China
A man and woman have been detained in China on suspicion of murdering a man and mailing his body parts to three different cities. Last week police in Qingdao city opened a package and found it contained a human torso, the China Daily said. A few days later, a head and arms were reportedly found in parcels sent to Beijing and Jiangyin. The man and a woman were caught on closed-circuit television, mailing the three boxes from a Guangzhou shipping company. The packages were reportedly labelled as medicine and machine fittings.
Obama takes first step in White House bid
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Illinois Sen. Barack Obama’s newly formed presidential exploratory committee will work to build a full-blown candidacy for the Democratic nomination. A presidential aspirant might need as much as $40 million to $50 million to compete just through next January, predicted Steve Elmendorf, a senior adviser to two Democratic presidential hopefuls in 2004. Obama, who has leapt to national stardom with dizzying speed, on Tuesday established a presidential exploratory committee that will further lay the groundwork for a White House campaign. Obama said that he will declare his intentions Feb. 10 in Illinois amid speculation that he will choose Springfield in part because of the symbolism of announcing in the venue where his political career began two days before Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
tion puts the focus on caring about people. Their methods often deal with case by case scenarios which directly impacts people who are in need of help” said Evanoff. Besides writing letters, this year Amnesty International has attended a protest in Harrisburg to protest the death penalty, taken part in the Million Faces Campaign for control arms during Peace and Love week, and has also held a few fundraisers including a bake sale and a hugging booth. “We try to make our fundraising noticeable, but reasonable,” said Whaling. On Jan. 20, Amnesty International is hosting an “AmnesTea.” Free trade coffee, tea and snacks will be available and an open microphone with student performers. Amnesty has many other events planned, including, an outdoor benefit concert called “Jamnesty,” with a variety of bands from the Erie Area, will be the biggest event of the year. Jamnesty is scheduled to take place in mid-April.
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President calls for ‘citizen’s revolution’
Ecuador has sworn in its newlyelected president, Rafael Correa, who has promised a “citizens’ revolution”. The left-wing economist’s proposals include debt restructuring and less US involvement in Ecuadorean affairs. Correa faces a hostile Congress and must also please an electorate which has ousted the last three elected leaders before the end of their terms.
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Blueprints show layout for the new ecology lab.
The new ecology lab will provide “a better learning environment for students,” says Dr. David Hyland.
Zurn lab gets a much-needed makeover
Current lab becomes the fourth one to be updated with new lighting, ventilation, and equipment
By Courtney Stuempges Contributing writer
The science department will be getting a makeover in the near future. The ecology lab will be gutted and renovated in the Zurn building. The current lab will be updated with new lighting, ventilation, equipment and an all-around friendlier environment. The biggest change, three 180gallon aquariums, will be placed in the lab wall. Science professor Dr. David Hyland said the first will be a saltwater environment, the second like Lake Erie and the third similar to Elk Creek animal and plant life. These 6-by-2 foot tanks will be located in the walls of the lab and can be viewed by from the hallway. There will also be smaller aquariums will be at each work station for experimental purposes. Hyland is also looking forward to the transformation. “The lab is simply outdated and the new lab should be a better environment for students to learn in.” Hyland said there are hopes to use grant money to purchase a $35,000 Florence and Gas Exchange System. This briefcase-size machine detects the photosynthesis of leaves and the gas exchange in soil. “There are only three used in the world for education,” said Hyland. “This would be a new and interesting thing for botany.” The new lab will be a continuation of the molecular lab, and is planned to strengthen all areas of the science department. The new design and aquariums will hopefully help with the marine biology branch. “This lab will be designed to handle dirt and water to interface between lab and field courses,” said Hyland. In the future, the department will complete the renovation on that side of the hallway, along with new offices before starting on the other half. There is also potential of a greenhouse to be installed. Work on the new ecology lab will most likely begin spring break of this year.
Intelligence students awarded for analysis of Kosovo conflicts
Dance-a-thon fundraiser for AIDS
On Friday Jan. 19 from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the REC for a dance-a-thon. It is $25 per entry and, while this may seem steep for college pockets, all of the proceeds go the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation. “Please come. It’s for a good cause, and we’re raffling off great prices. Even if you can’t dance I promise you’ll have a great time trying,” said senior Colleen Lanigan who is in charge of the dance-a-thon. You can sign up in the Union, or show up with your money at 8 p.m. on Friday. The music is changing every hour and the prizes are worthwhile. If you have any questions please email Colleen Lanigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Nichole Rosewicz Contributing writer
The Intelligence Program at Mercyhurst has held a reputation as being one of the best in the country. Government officials look to Mercyhurst Intelligence undergraduates for continued research and analysis on national security and military initiatives. Professor Kristan Wheaton’s Strategic Intelligence class developed a 10-week group project to be analyzed by the 66th Military Intelligence Group. Four of his students, James Kelly, Bettie Cole, Anna Dunin and Gregg Bowan have a lot to be proud about. They were awarded a prestigious certificate of achievement for their final analysis on the project. It had to do with the impact of the final status of Kosovo on European stability in the next 3-5 years. One of the students who worked on the project, Bettie Cole, said, “No one from Mer-
cyhurst has ever received this honor and it is actually a really big deal for us.” The project for Wheaton’s class was a contract project with the 66th Military Intelligence Group. “We had to create an actual product for them, and then the final product was passed on to higher officials in the military” said Cole. The 66th Military Intelligence Group serves as the United States Army Europe Intelligence Corps. The students put a lot of time and effort into this project. Over the 10-week course, they spent approximately 20 hours or more a week. There was a long written report followed by an oral presentation on which all four members consulted. “It was about the final status of Kosovo and their final outcome relating on gaining autonomy in conjunction with minority nationalism. It will likely bear on European/ international stability from the perspective of American national interest,”
said Cole. Kosovo has encountered many conflicts throughout recent years and the Intel students predicted what would happen if they became an independent nation. “The main problem we had in gaining information was that the news, especially from internet sources, can be biased so we had to make sure we found neutral resources,” said Cole. Mercyhurst plans on holding a formal awards ceremony in the near future to honor these four students. It is even expected to make the local Erie news. “One thing I learned is that the United States has it pretty easy compared to other countries regarding ethnic conflicts and border disputes,” said Cole. Kelly, Cole, Dunin and Bowan now are looking at wonderful prospects for job opportunities as a direct result of this project. U.S. Military Intelligence positions in Germany and Africa are interested in hiring these four students.
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of oatmeal, a food that sticks to your ribs, those moments would be few and far between. Now, if the taste is what bothers you there are many ways to dress up the grains to make them more appealing. First, you could add raisins or craisins; if you boil them for a bit first they will be even more appealing. Also brown sugar and melted butter add a smooth, sweet taste. If the idea of hot cereal is simply not appealing, you should tr y oatmeal- chocolate chip cookies; they are always a treat! Next on the list is dried plum breakfast; however, if we’re talking about dried plums we should also talk about fiber. Fiber at the beginning of your day is always a good idea. Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, bananas, dried fruit, nuts, cherries, whole-wheat muffins and pancakes are all great ways to include fiber into your culinary morning experience. There does not seem to be a particular recipe titled Dried Plum Breakfast; however, recipes that include these California favorites are in pancakes, coffee cake, parfaits or scones. Next, and the writer’s personal favorite, are the two beverages being celebrated this fine winter month: gourmet coffee and hot tea. For those who with as many cupfuls as you can handle. After all, it is a national celebration. As far as the benefits of coffee and tea, they vary depending on what issue the consumer is trying solve. If you drag when you wake up or fall asleep while preparing for mid-terms both beverages can offer a perky, caffeinated solution. If you are trying to fight the flu this season, black tea has been known to help boost your immune system. However, perhaps you are looking for an excuse to ask out a pretty blond, or the tall, dark and handsome man who passes you everyday on your way to class,. A coffee date is both informal, relaxed and an excellent way to get to know someone better. Finally, keep in mind that both tea and coffee come in many varieties and forms. Any sweet, tart, sour, lemony, bold, soft, mellow, etc. taste you enjoy, tea has the answer for you. Some tea is used to calm your nerves, others to help you sleep. Some tea will help you stay alert, or ease a sore throat. If all you’ve ever had is English morning, try branching out, you might be surprised. And as for the dark, sumptuous java concoction there are as many combinations and
By Chelsea Boothe Campus living editor
What do oatmeal, dried plum breakfast, gourmet coffee, hot tea, wheat bread, eggs and fiber all have in common? If you guessed breakfast foods, you are correct; however, interestingly those are all also National “blank” Month. Everyone knows that February is National Black History Month and March is Women’s History Month. But in actuality every month has several different national remembrances. In honor of the wide and somewhat eclectic collection of breakfast foods that are being recognized this month, here are a few benefits and suggestions for fitting them into your morning routine. Many people twist their faces in revulsion when someone presents them with a bowl full of oatmeal; however, everyone on a budget should reconsider. Not only is a box of dried Quaker Oats very cheap, it also has redeeming qualities. Many students take back-toback classes, and most have experienced that moment when your stomach growls so loudly that people begin to stare. However, had you started with a bowl
claim to like neither tea nor coffee, I pity your unfortunate taste buds. For those of you who appreciate and enjoy the smell of rich, strong coffee or bold, citrus tea, this is the month to pamper yourself
creations of coffee as any one person can imagine. Whether you want it sweet or bold, creamy or powerful, coffee has it all. Finally, the last two items on the list are wheat bread and eggs. Wheat bread is high in fiber and can be eaten as toast with jam, French toast or in conjunction with the egg. One of the best breakfasts is two pieces of toasted bread with melted Munster cheese and an egg. The egg can be boiled and sliced, scrambled, cooked over easy or prepared as eggs benedicts. Any way you enjoy eggs, the egg sandwich in the morning is a great way to celebrate its national month and integrate fiber along with other dietary supplements into your diet. Often students and professors tend to skip breakfast because when the alarm goes off more sleep seems more important than a fiber-filled breakfast, but keep in mind this January, that by eating some of the aforementioned items you will display your patriotism by partaking in a food that is being nationally celebrated. It might seem corny, but drinking a cup of coffee has never meant so much.
Wish we had a winter wonderland this year? Here are some snowless ideas
By Lakyn Bianco Contributing writer
Thanks to changes in the weather pattern, Erie is missing a critical element that has always defined the city’s winters—snow. While some hope the snow stays away, others are missing their favorite winter activities. Without snow there is no skiing, no snowboarding, no snowball fights, no snow angels, no snowmen and no sled riding. What is there to do in Erie when there isn’t any snow? One great way to beat winter boredom is ice-skating. The Mercyhurst Ice Center holds open skates at various times throughout the week. The times for open skates are posted in the Tuesday Afternoon. If you can’t make it to one of those times the J.M. Cochran Memorial Ice Arena next to the Erie Zoo on West 38th Street also holds public skate sessions. Family First Sports Park, located on upper Peach Street, is another place for indoor fun. The park hosts an indoor driving range, indoor miniature golf, a 16-foot rockwall, and a video arcade center. Across Peach Street from Family First is Lazer Tag and the Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park. Mercyhurst students may also qualify for residential ticket discounts at the water park. Couples who are looking for something fun to do together can take ballroom dancing classes Wednesday evenings at the Mercy Center for Aging on East Grandview. The classes are open to all ages and are $8 per couple or $5 per person. To register call 824-2214. For those looking for a more relaxing time there is the Erie Art Museum on State Street. Aside from touring the gallery, the museum offers classes and workshops in pottery, painting, photography, framing, drawing, bellydancing, painting and more. For more information check out their website at www.erieartmuseum.org. To learn more about the Erie area, the Erie County Historical Society has several museums and a planetarium. Another place to go to learn about Erie’s history is the Erie Maritime Museum and the U.S. Brig Niagara located at the bottom of State Street on the water front. If you are interested in spending some time in the great outdoors, the Asbury Woods Nature Center has roaming animal encounters Saturday mornings. Finally, enjoy what Erie is best known for—Presque Isle State Park. Visit the Tom Ridge Environmental Center that features interactive exhibits about the peninsula, a Nature Shop, an Art Gallery featuring the work of local artists, a Big Green Screen Theater and an observation tower. Take a walk or go for a run throughout the park. Check out the Perry Monument Area or bird watch at Gull Point. Bad weather doesn’t mean you have to stay in the house. Explore Erie and stay active all winter long. To find out more about the happenings around town, refer to the Erie Times-News Showcase section published Thursdays or the “Things to do” feature published Mondays in the City & Region section. For more information on Erie places to visit and events going on all year, visit www.visiteriepa.com.
Gwyneth Paltrow in “Proof,” showing in Taylor Little Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 24.
By Jen Helbig Contributing writer
Imagine feelings of despair that overwhelm you as you try to make it through the day. Imagine feeling tired and not being able to concentrate. Imagine feeling irritable for no apparent reason. According to depression.com, these, and other similar symptoms, may not be symptoms of a bad day; they may be symptoms of depression. “Most people who have gone through one episode of depression will, sooner or later, have another one,” the Website added. Early detection is key to learning how to manage the symptoms before they become too overwhelming. Unfortunately though, “Most people with depression never seek help, even though the majority will respond to treatment,” the Website explained. If left untreated, depressed people may hurt themselves or others through their actions. In order to increase awareness about depression and its symptoms among students, Mercyhurst College Counseling Center will host the screening of a movie as well as free depression screenings next week. All students are invited to view the movie “Proof,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow, at 8 p.m. on Tues. Jan. 23 in the Taylor Little Theatre. Proof is a film about the difficulties of a mathematician’s daughter after her father’s passing. Before he died, the father, Robert, spent years in a cloud of insanity. The daughter, Catherine, is concerned that she has inherited Robert’s madness. To complicate matters, a young mathematician, Hal, wants to search through Robert’s notebooks to see if Robert had made any innovative math equations during a lucid time in the last years of his life. Eventually Catherine provides him with information, but it truly puts her own sanity at stake. In addition to the movie, on Wed. Jan. 24, the Counseling Center will provide depression screenings at the Cohen Student Health Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Screenings will be free and confidential, and they are a simple step to take to pinpoint a serious problem and move toward treatment. According to the Website,
‘Hurst counseling center offers help for depression
“women are almost twice as likely to become depressed as men,” which may partly be due to hormonal changes from puberty or menstruation. Men’s risk for depression may be lower, but “men are more likely to go undiagnosed and less likely to seek help.” Depression can be multifactarial, but in any case, it is not entirely the fault of the sufferer. Genetic inheritance, trauma and stress, a generally pessimistic personality, a serious medical condition, or other psychological disorders can all contribute to the development of depression. In addition, even the time of year can affect a person’s mood, and a condition like seasonal affective disorder has symptoms that are common with any major depressive episode. If you feel that you might be suffering from depression, take one simple step and attend the screening. Treatment is available to make you feel better. Do not diagnose yourself. Stop into the counseling center on Jan. 24 and take a step towards bettering your own health. For more information call the Counseling Center at ext. 3650.
Earth democracy on campus
By Lindsey Bowler Contributing writer
To most people, October seems far away but for the Mercyhurst Green Team and the Office of Sustainability it is right around the corner. The Green Team and Office of Sustainability will be offering the Charlene M. Tanner Speaker Series sometime in October 2007. The three educational speakers will provide an in-depth look at Earth democracy and what surrounds it. Earth democracy is a world view that everyone is a part of the Earth, according to Cathy Pedler, the director of the Office of Sustainability. It is a commitment to go beyond just helping to save the Earth but to be truly a part of the solution. The first speaker on tap for this informative event is Dr. Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned scientist and environmentalist. Shiva has participated in the program Navdanya, which is an Earth democracy research program developed from the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology. This program has revolutionized India and India’s look at Earth democracy. Shiva preaches theories of non-violence around the world and establishing a “creative and peaceful” lifestyle. Secondly, the series will welcome Winona LaDuke. She is the program director of Honor the Earth and the founding director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project. With her creative leadership and visionary tactics, LaDuke has led many initiatives to change environmental policy. LaDuke was nominated in 1994 by Time Magazine as one of America’s Fifty Most Promising Leaders Under 40 Years of Age. LaDuke has received countless other awards and has just finished writing a new book titled “Recovering the Sacred: The Power of Naming and Claiming.” She also teaches a course at several universities on native environmentalism. The final speaker in the series will be Mr. Derrick Jensen. Jensen is an activist who speaks all over the country. Jensen is also an author, his books “A Language Older Than Words” and “The Culture of Make Believe” have both been well received by critics. This multidimensional speaker hopes to get the audience back to Mother Nature and to help do what is right for us and the Earth. If you are interested in attending the speaker series or looking for more information contact Pedler in the Mercyhurst Sustainability Office (Old Main 314) at (814) 824-2578 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Also the Mercyhurst Green Team always welcomes new members so feel free to stop by their next meeting or contact them at greenteam@mercyhurst. edu.
January 18, 2007
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Chili is a great way to warm up your day in the winter months. You can doctor up this basic recipe anyway you want to and make it your own. The recipe is also very versatile. Depending on who you are cooking for or your personal preference, you can make it spicier or more mild. You can add many ingredients to chili to make it even tastier. I prefer to put it on top of noodles and add cheese, also called Cincinnati Chili. I love this recipe because it is very easy to make and you can easily double it and freeze the leftovers for later consumption. Chili heats up very well without losing its quality or taste. There are also many health benefits to chili because of the foods that it contains. The beans are the most beneficial source of nutrients and make chili a very well-rounded dish. There is also the meat, as well as any vegetables that you might add that are going to boost the nutrient level. Putting it over whole wheat pasta would also be a great addition of complex carbs that are essential to a balanced diet. Also, chili will keep you feeling
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1 pound ground beef 1 chopped onion, green pepper 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce 2 Tbsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. salt Pinch of salt Pinch of oregano 2 cans of kidney beans
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1. 2. 3. Brown the ground beef with the onion in the large pot in which you are planing on cooking the chili. Then drain the grease out of the pan. Add everything except for the beans and stir together. Cover it and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add the beans and cook for about another hour.
Time to embrace your inner Middle Eastern self at the Hookah Café
Erie’s favorite fashion season: the winter
By Jen Gildea Contributing writer
As Erie temperatures begin to fall, it’s time to start dressing for the true winter to which northwest Pennsylvania residents are accustomed. Many people think that it’s hard to be fashionable in the winter months; however, it’s definitely not impossible. After all, doesn’t everyone look forward to slipping on their favorite pair of jeans? Fortunately, the trends this season are practical and easy for anyone to pull off. One of the simplest ways to update a wardrobe is to add new colors. Red is a hot color this winter, as it instantly gives some punch to an otherwise somber palette. There are many different hues and tints of red, each one complimenting different skin tones. If you have a warm complexion, such as yellow undertones, tanned skin or golden highlights, opt for orangey-reds and corals. On the other hand, if you have a cool complexion, typically characterized by fair skin and naturally dark hair, the best reds for you would include true red and maroon. If red is not the color of choice for your wardrobe, it’s simple to add its bold accent instead in items such a shoes, handbags and accessories. However, don’t get too bogged down in one color. Keep in mind that blue is being projected as the “it” color for spring. Another way to look chic this winter is to wear skinny jeans. To the demise of many women, this trend is not fading any time soon. In fact, it’s a great way to transition from fall to winter. While it was popular to wear skinny jeans with stilettos in autumn, they’re now a convenient way to prevent pants from dragging in the snow. Simply tuck the jeans into a pair of boots and never worry about stepping in rain or slush. As we all know, temperatures in our region tend to drop pretty low during the winter months. For that reason, many retailers are forecasting their sweaters to be major sellers. This winter, the chunky cable knit sweater is a popular choice. Find it in turtleneck or crew neck styles to suit your preference. This is a great way to stay warm in the bitter cold. With the weather on the cusp of a downhill fall, many shoppers don’t want to face the cold to hit the mall. Fortunately, there is an alternative, which comes into play greatly during the winter. A new trend of online boutiques and fresh, new designers is popping up on the World Wide Web. If you’re sick of seeing the same thing over and over again in the mall, online shopping is the way to go. Up-and-coming designers are discovering that selling online is a good way to attract customers. It’s refreshing to see new products and ideas from smaller vendors instead of similar products from the major retailers with whom we’re all familiar. With that, it’s important to remember to appreciate your own sense of style and not feel forced into trendy styles that will come and go. Winter is a perfect time to feel comfortable. Grab an oversized, chunky sweater (preferably red), throw on a North Face, and slide those skinny jeans into some fur-lined Uggs. Now that’s Erie style.
By Adam Hicks Contributing writer
The experience of other cultures is crucial to developing a full liberal arts education. In order to develop a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern culture, coupled with great appetizers and coffee, one must look no farther than the Hookah Café at 129 West 14th. Senior Andy Narusewicz said, “I think the Hookah Café is a great place to call my hangout. It is a very relaxed atmosphere, culturally rich, and a great place to practice my Arabic. If you want to listen to Arab music and eat, drink and smoke traditional foods and hookahs, stop down. It is the perfect place for homework, too.” A hookah, according to the menu is, “a traditional MiddleEastern water pipe for smoking tobacco filtered by water.” The hookah pipe originated in Turkey and then spread to become an integral part to all Middle Eastern culture. According to owner Samer Mustafa, who came to the United States from Syria, “Smoking the hookah is used to get together and talk; a social thing. It is not a cigarette; it is a whole
different idea.” Traditionally, hookahs are smoked after work, hence the hours of operation from 5 p.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The flavored tobacco is imported from the United Arab Emirates and comes in flavors of: cherry, apple, grape, mint, orange, peach and house blends. A single bowl is $6.99 and a double bowl, for sharing with another, are $9.99. All hookahs come with disposable mouth pieces to ensure they are sanitary and all tobacco and hookahs must be used on the premises, which includes a patio for warmer months. Mr. Mustafa also informed me that a single bowl usually lasts for an hour and a half and that the prices here in Erie are better than in larger cities. The store opened on June 3 and is the first hookah café in Erie. In addition to the hookah, the café also offers appetizers like hummus, baba ghannouj and fattoush each for $2.99 per plate. Desserts include bakalawa ($1.50) and knafa ($3.95), in addition to Turkish coffee ($2.25), black tea ($1.79) and cappuccino ($2.49). To enhance the experience, the store plays Middle Eastern music and has a live satellite feed to news from Syria. For patrons’ convenience Mr. Mustafa also offers free wireless Internet and chess boards to pass the time while smoking. Junior Mike Cilladi voiced his approval for the atmosphere,
Rob Blackburn smoking at the Hookah Cafe.
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stating that, “The cafes an amazing place. Perfect for chilling with friends and taking in some Arabic culture. The owners are great guys; they help me with my Arabic homework! It is an overall chill place and perfect for some homework or a game of chess.” Although there is a smoking ban going into effect in Erie, there is hope for the Hookah Café, since similar establishments are permitted to remain open in New York, where a smoking ban is successfully in effect. For anyone interested in a new experience, I recommend a trip to the Hookah Café. According to Samer Mustafa, “We try to bring a new experience to you. We are proud of being the first and only Hookah bar in Erie.”
Bounce into spring break options
By Cara Nemanic Contributing writer
Spring break is quickly approaching and students are anxious to get away from the cold weather. Why not go on a trip to sunny Florida or beautiful Cancun? Sure, this sounds great, but how much does it cost? For those who are willing to pay a little extra, a trip to Cancun is in your future. With US Airways, the estimated flight cost of a round trip ticket is $576. Hotel costs would add an additional $80 per night at the Radisson Hotel Hacienda Cancun (hotels. com). The estimated cost for this trip is $1,056. A slightly cheaper option would be to go to Daytona Beach, Florida. With Delta Airways, a round trip ticket would be around $330. Hotel costs there are around $58 per night, bringing the total estimated cost to $678. If beaches aren’t your thing, why not spend some time in the city? With Northwest Airlines, a flight to Boston will run you about $244. With the cheapest hotel rate at Best Western at around $66, the estimated cost for this trip is $640. Even cheaper, a flight to Chicago is only $98. But with hotel costs, this trip is a little more expensive with a final estimated cost of $560. Don’t forget about food costs as well as extra spending money. For additional information about hotel and flight costs, you can visit Travelzoo’s Website. Finally, some college students choose to participate in the growing alternative spring break trend. Alternative spring breaks are volunteer trips organized by colleges, universities, charitable organizations and religious organizations. “It is a holistic integration of culture, community and service that becomes one of the most life changing experiences you will have at Mercyhurst,” said Sister Michele Schroeck. This year, the alternative spring break program at Mercyhurst will travel to the Navajo Reservation. The cost is $425. Unfortunately, the Navajo trip is full for this year. Whatever your preferences, the most important thing is you must plan ahead for such trips.
January 18, 2007
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Mercyhurst should stick with trimester system
Mercyhurst is losing its uniqueness. For the past several years, the college has tossed around the idea of switching the current trimester system to some form of semesters. There was first the 4x4 calendar that called for two 15-week terms where students would take four classes worth four credits each term. Now the idea of a 4x1x4 semester system has come to the forefront. This system calls for Josh two 14-and-a-half week terms with one three-and-a-half week Wilwohl intersession in January, and possibly another one in May. Students would be required to take four classes worth three Editor-In-Chief credits each term, and may even be required to take one class during the January session. Granted class times would be shorter during the long terms, they will be twice as long during the short term. The three-and-a-half week classes would meet four to five times a week for two-and-a-half to three hours. Some students have trouble sitting through two hours, let alone three. Nevertheless, the main reason for the switch, according to President Thomas Gamble, is because the 10-week term is not “…the best way to provide a college education.” Hasn’t Mercyhurst been providing the best education on the trimester system for the past 20 or so years? I think so. My mom and dad get Mercyhurst Magazine and tell me all the time about the number of students who are featured as “success stories” – and they were on the trimester system. However, I understand the idea that the 14-and-a-half week terms would allow for more time to complete projects, papers and tests. But, I cannot help looking past the results of the student poll distributed Friday. The results show students want to keep the trimester system. Seventy-five percent are in favor of the current calendar, while 25 percent want to see it change. The Merciad’s e-mails flooded with revolt from students: “I am totally against it,” “NO! NO! NO!,” “Completely against!,” “I came to Mercyhurst because of the trimester,” and “Trimesters are better!” It doesn’t come clearer than that. Gamble said, however, the switch will make Mercyhurst more like other institutions, but I thought Mercyhurst strived to be the unique Catholic college on the hill? Several student responses say the main reason they chose Mercyhurst was because of the trimester system. Making such a switch to the intersession semester system would simply toss Mercyhurst in the category as “just another college.” And Mercyhurst shouldn’t be “just another college.” I know there are a lot of details that still need worked out, but even with the preliminary plans, it seems that a lot of work needs done to ensure such a calendar is good for Mercyhurst.
Students weigh in on the fate of the trimester system
No, keep trimesters . . .
I think the set-up we have right now is working just fine. I feel the general student population is very satisfied with the trimester system, but it’s the faculty that want the change. I love being able to only have to take 3 classes at a time. It gives you so much more time to do other things such as study or recreation. I think Mercyhurst’s students are happier, in general, compared with the students from other schools because of this. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it! Mike Allen I do not want there to be a change to the “4x4” system. I don’t understand why this keeps being a recurring issue on campus, and I think it is ridiculous that Dr. Gamble is even making it an issue AGAIN. No student I have talked to wants to do away with terms. Having terms is one of the reasons I chose Mercyhurst, therefore if there were to be a change I would not hesitate to consider changing schools. Ashley Sayre I am against switching to semesters. I think this will hurt the enrollment of Mercyhurst, as I have heard many say this is why they attend the college. I personally enjoy the trimesters, as it gives a more vacation time between trimesters and causes classes to feel like they go by quickly and encourages students to keep pressing forward. It’s faster paced and more seems to get accomplished. I am strongly for keeping the terms the way we currently have them. Samantha Hedderick The trimester system was one of the reasons I came to Mercyhurst. I think it makes us different from other small schools and helps to attract a lot of interest from students for this reason. It is also a very good transition from the block scheduling that seems to be the trend in many high schools. I like change and it is just the right amount of time to get to change classes every 10 weeks. The classes seem to hold your interest rather than just getting long at the end. It also forces you to stay on top of your studies by eliminating the option of procrastinating. In 10 weeks you can’t get by if you don’t plan your time and study throughout the term. The only class that I think would benefit from the semester system is the ceramics class because you only have 7 weeks to work with wet clay. Other than that I am totally against it. Carolyn Fisher
I think that it would be an awful thing to change to semesters. Yes, I do want to be on the same break as some of my friends; but school is more important. You should take into account the fact that many individuals, including myself, decided to come to Mercyhurst in part because of the tri-mester system. Being an athlete, I think that the trimester system is a lot more benifical for my schedule and for all sports teams. PLEASE DON’T CHANGE!
Yes, it’s time for a change . . .
I would be in favor because many other extremely successful institutions have this type of system and if they have success, then this could push Mercyhurst into the upper echelon of colleges throughout the country. Also, it would give the students more time to truly get into a subject, rather than being “hustled” through in 10 weeks. Kyle Linehan I am for the switch to the 4x4 semester system. It will give me a chance to actually take in some information in class because I will allow for the professors to teach their lesson plans in a more in depth manner. Also I would be able to enjoy my breaks a little more because my friends that go to other semester schools will also be on break at the same time as I would. Thanks! Kristen Stanopiewicz I think that this system would be beneficial for the students because you are only taking 8 classes instead of 10 during the school year. This will also allow for the teachers to develop topics instead of cramming everything into a 10-week period. That usually includes the first week of introductions, midterm and testing days and the final exam preparation and exam. The instructional time is so minimal that 15 weeks would help a lot. Kenny Waszak I think that by switching to the 4x4 system it will give students a longer time to be able to immerse themselves in the material for each course without feeling rushed. Five extra weeks is a lot of time to be able to acquire more knowledge in a subject area. I think that it would only benefit the students at Mercyhurst and make us as a college more competitive against other area colleges. Corey Spacht Yes I think it is worth a shot. We can at least try it for a year. I really do not like the way our second trimester is set up so that we go those two and a half weeks and then Christmas break. I thought that it was pointless. Also, we had a short Christmas break for a college and homework on top of it, where if we only had two semesters we would be done with classes, probably a longer break and no homework to worry about. Most of my friends go to schools set up this way and I think that it would be nice to try. Lauren West I am FOR the semester switch, because I want to study abroad and it’s really difficult on the trimester system, and I’m not a big fan of the break set up. I like being home when all my friends are home. Haley Martens
Ethanol’s insatiable appetite for corn could trigger food crisis
By Eric Peters MCT Newspapers
Want a bountiful stock tip for 2007 that will make you grin from ear-to-ear next December? Sock a lot of your seed money into Kellogg’s, General Mills, Beatrice Foods, Archer Daniel Midland and Cargill. Corn, once again is king! The humble grain that has turned thousands of hard-scrabble Midwestern farmers into millionaires over the decades is about to skyrocket in both popularity and price because of the nation’s suddenly insatiable thirst for ethanol. That’s the word from Lester R. Brown, the chief deep-thinker at the Earth Policy Institute, a littleknown Washington think-tank with an excellent track record for spotting potential environmental disasters. Troubled by the dramatic increase in corn acreage devoted to ethanol rather than food, Brown is urging a moratorium on new ethanol distilleries just as Democratic congressional leaders are proposing to tax Big Oil and divert the revenues to subsidize more ethanol production. Brown says a distillery moratorium is urgently needed because new projections forecast that the global auto industry’s appetite for corn-based fuel will rival that of humans by 2008. “The unprecedented diversion of the world’s leading grain crop to the production of fuel will affect food prices everywhere,” Brown said. As world corn prices rise, he notes, so do those of wheat and rice as consumers look for tasty substitutes and farmers compete for increasingly scarce croplands. Brown says that investment in fuel ethanol distilleries has soared since the late-2005 hike in crude oil prices so much so in fact, that the federal government’s collection of pertinent data has been left in the dust. A compilation by his Earth Policy Institute showed there were 116 U.S. ethanol distilleries in production using 53 million tons of grain annually at the end of last year with 79 under construction with a capacity to devour an additional 51 million tons of grain. In addition, designs for more than 200 new ethanol plants were on the drawing board and 11 existing ones were being expanded. Brown worries that the uncontrolled growth of Big Ethanol will wreak havoc on the global economy with near apocalyptic implications for the world’s nearly 2 billion chronically malnourished people. The U.S. corn crop currently accounts for 40 percent of the global harvest, but a whopping 70 percent of the world’s corn exports. Iowa alone exceeds the entire corn production of Canada and so does Illinois, which ranks a close second. With corn supplies tightening fast, Brown says rising prices will hit not only products made directly from corn such as breakfast cereals, but those from animals who rely on corn for their sustenance including pork, poultry, beef, milk, eggs and cheese. The automotive demand for corn-based ethanol is nearly insatiable. Filling a 25-gallon tank on one mid-size vehicle consumes enough grain to feed an Egyptian peasant for a full-year. Yet converting the entire U.S. grain harvest corn, rice, wheat, barley and oats to ethanol would supply only 16 percent of America’s motoring fuel. What’s worse, ethanol is not even an effective substitute for gasoline requiring huge federal subsidies to compete at the pump and delivering only 70 percent the energy of an equivalent amount of gas. Brown predicts that the soaring food prices triggered by the ethanol splurge will spark urban food riots in many of the world’s smoldering tinderboxes, including Indonesia, Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria and Mexico igniting even more anti-Western sentiment. “The world desperately needs a strategy to deal with the emerging food-fuel battle,” Brown says. “As the leading grain producer, grain exporter and ethanol producer, the United States is in the driver’s seat.
We need to make sure that in trying to solve one problem our dependence on imported oil we do not create a far more serious one: chaos in the world food economy. Lester Brown’s sage words ought to be heeded by new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and new Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. And the Earth Policy Institute’s new report ought to be distributed as “required reading” to those members of Congress ever anxious to pander to the desires of Big Agriculture.
January 18, 2007
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Animal testing is necessary
Drugs and cosmetic testing has been conducted on animals for years. Products have been tested on animals to make sure they are ready for the human market since 1933, when a woman used mascara to darken her Ellen eye lashes and Koenig experienced a burning sensation in her eyes, later Contributing writer blindness and then death due to the product. Soon after in 1938, the FDA passed the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, protecting the public from unsafe cosmetics and drugs. Many of the procedures scientists perform while developing medications, medical procedures, intensifying age moisturizers and other consumer driven goods, are conducted on animals. Late last week at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, a neurosurgeon reportedly demonstrated an induced brain aneurism on a dog to demonstrate a medical device to salespersons. The dog was anesthetized during the procedure and euthanized after. The Cleveland Clinic claims the act was unauthorized and an investigation is pending. Later that day, CNN was interviewing dog owners who were discussing how horrible it was to demonstrate on dogs. One woman was holding her pet and was “shocked” at the news. However, if people do not want medical experiments conducted on dogs and other domestic creatures, they should be against any sort of medical experiments on living animals in general. Some families keep mice and rats as pets, in fact it is argued that rats may be more intelligent than dogs. Let us remember that dogs in some cultures are served as a meal. If pet owners are going to complain about a dog
The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
By Editorial Staff and contributing writer
The truth is, whatever ethical problem you may have with animal experimentation, it is impossible to get away from.
The talent show held last weekend at the Taylor Little Theatre raised about $1,000 dollars for Pete Geddes son, who has a serious heart condition. The Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society hosted the event which packed the theatre and showcased Mercyhurst’s finest.
This ‘Bad’ is for all the individuals who like to ride the bus back after a night of fun on State Street. Frankly, many of us are sick and tired of being cut in front of after arriving early and waiting for the bus. Those of you, and you know who you are, who think that being inebriated or those who lack the proper clothing for standing outside in the cold, ladies, give you the right to cut in line, you are sadly mistaken. Because of you thinking you can just waltz onto the bus at any given time despite the people who have been waiting, legitimately, for the bus is ending in people being left at the stop. In many instances, the people being left behind are the ones who have been waiting and are kind enough to let you on because you are either too drunk to know better or you’re too cold to care (not good qualities ladies and gentlemen). In kindergarten, we learned how to stand in line and not cut, we are now in college, let’s please act like adults and apply what we already know.
being tested on, then they should give up every cosmetic and medical procedure that has ever been conducted on lab mice, rabbits and monkeys. The truth is, whatever ethical problem you may have with animal experimentation, it is impossible to get away from. Many chemotherapy and cancer fighting methods have been tested on animals. Now stem cell research and cloning are being pushed to fight disease and human imperfection. If you want medical advancement to save lives and rid the world of disease, some creature is going to be subject to the pokes and prods of tests. As horrible as it may be to see Fluffy subject to numerous lab procedures, the truth is who would you rather live? You or the dog. Overall no matter what steps the Cleveland Clinic does to apprehend the doctor, the American public should be thanking the animals that give their lives to testing so that in case of an accidental aneurism or life altering illness, theirs may be saved.
According to our survey, 75 percent of students polled are not in favor of changing the current trimester system. The switch is sure to cause controversy with students, especially for freshmen and sophomores. There were reports of stolen artwork from a ladies bathroom on campus . . . that is not only ugly, but just plain weird.
215 years after Bill of Rights, freedom rings hollow in U.S.
By David A. Love MCT Newspapers
On the 215th anniversary of the Bill of Rights, freedom is on the retreat. Congress adopted these first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution on Dec. 15,1791, to prevent the rise of tyranny by a central government. The Bill of Rights protects the people and limits the power of the federal government by preventing Congress from abridging the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and the freedom to petition. Further, it protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, prevents cruel and unusual punishment and self-incrimination and, guarantees due process with a speedy public trial and an impartial jury. Unfortunately, in the land of the free, the concept of freedom never really applied to everyone. And its meaning has changed over time. In 1791, freedom applied to white men only. White women would not have the right to vote until 1920. And blacks had no rights of citizenship, a view affirmed by the Dred Scott decision in 1857. This ruling stated that slaves were property even if enslaved in free states and territories and that the court would not deprive slave owners of their property without due process of law, as stated in the Fifth Amendment. Blacks and other disenfranchised groups have served as the conscience of America, forcing the country to expand the definition of liberty. Now, with recent assaults on affirmative action and the voting rights of citizens of color, liberty seems tenuous. The government has a history of giving freedom and taking it away. During the Civil War, it suspended habeas corpus, which safeguards individual freedom against arbitrary imprisonment. During World War II it placed JapaneseAmericans living on the mainland in internment camps. And during the Cold War, the government, under McCarthyism, ruined the lives of thousands who it suspected of being communists and socialists. During times of hysteria and national paranoia, freedom fades. Today, when Americans are told that terrorists hate us for our freedom, some people are more than willing to give up that freedom in exchange for more security. They end up with neither. In the land of religious tolerance and cultural pluralism, Muslim-Americans and Arab-Americans are held in suspicion and treated like secondclass citizens. When Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the first Muslim member of Congress, decided that he would carry a Quran rather than a Bible to his swearing-in, his patriotism and allegiance were questioned. Meanwhile, in a nation where there is no official state-sanctioned religion, Christian fundamentalism shapes policy on women’s reproductive rights, same-sex marriage, stem-cell research and the teaching of evolution in schools. Under the Bush administration, the Bill of Rights has taken a beating. In the name of the war on terror, the administration has suspended due process and has approved abusive interrogations, illegal, warrantless wiretappings, torture and indefinite secret detentions for suspected terrorists. The executive branch has placed itself above the law, and Congress has given its rubberstamp to this abuse of power. Those who do not use their democracy will surely lose it. America has squandered democracy and allowed the Bill of Rights, an extraordinary document, to go brittle and tear. We must restore it and our freedoms before it’s too late.
Bush’s new Iraq plan not settling well
By Michael Goodwin MCT Newspapers
With his new Iraq plan, President Bush has united the country. Pretty much everybody in America is now against him. With good reason. Bush’s plan was a first-class blunder. The deal we send an additional 21,500 troops in exchange for Iraqis making the same promises they failed to keep before deserves the rejection it got in public polls and Congress. Bush’s worn-out, beaten-down look in Wednesday’s primetime address was reflected in a plan that was short on logic and long on hope. The president needs a rest and we need better ideas. If America were a parliamentary democracy, we would have a no-confidence vote and a new prime minister by spring. Bush, already wounded, is now a virtual party of one. When Secretary of State Rice went to Congress to sell the Iraq idea, the only real difference between Democrats and Republicans was that the latter were more polite in leveling criticism. At the end of the day, Senate Foreign Relations boss Joseph Biden, D-Del., called the all-against-one tone “profound.” Indeed it is. Only last year, Republicans watched in relative silence as his failure to change course in Iraq cost them Congress. Now they will not go meekly to the slaughterhouse if he is going to destroy the party for a generation. Another illustration of his isolation was an op-ed column in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. Co-authored by two likely GOP presidential candidates in 2008, Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, the piece focused on rebuilding Iraq but never mentioned Bush’s name! That could not have been an accident. The turnabout is dramatic for Giuliani, who last spring said “George W. Bush will be considered historically a great president.” Even then, the “great president” line had to draw laughs in about 60 percent of American homes. Absent a miracle in Iraq, Giuliani won’t be saying anything like that again unless he wants to commit suicide in 2008. The mystery is why Bush failed to seize the chance to unite the nation around a new course in Iraq. The stage was set two months ago for him to do just that and most Dems would have gone along because it made policy and political sense. Bush started right by dumping Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld the day after the elections. The Iraq Study Group, led by family bailout specialist James Baker, gave him more running room by laying out some ideas he could accept, even if he couldn’t buy into the whole package. But Bush suddenly went haywire and reverted back to stubborn type by putting all his chips on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Just days after an aide wrote that the chaos in Baghdad “suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into action,” Bush inexplicably dubbed Maliki “the right guy for Iraq.” It was all downhill from there. The decision to send more troops and money is based on the need to crack down on death squads. Yet it was Maliki’s job and vow to do that. So we’re rewarding him again for making the same promise twice. Apart from the obvious desire not to see Iraq totally unravel, the only explanation came from Rice. She told the Senate Bush believes Maliki’s problem is more one of capacity to do the job than will. Fair enough, but that raises another question: If the main problem is that Iraqi forces are so unreliable in the sectarian fight, how will 21,500 more of our brave troops help? They probably can’t, which is why a united Congress must tell the president no deal.
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Matt Tolbert, Joe Will and Mike Humphrey in costume for the Drama Guild performance of William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night.’
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‘Twelfth Night’ debauchery
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
Mercyhurst Drama Guild proudly presents the classic Shakespeare comedy “A Twelfth Night,” or “What You Will,” a twisted yet hilarious play about shipwrecked twins, a gay pirate, rebel-rousing gentleman, a sexually frustrated puritan, a duke and a grieving pseudo-agoraphobic. Director Dr. Hillary Fogerty and her brilliant cast designed a revamped rendition of this Shakespeare production, set in the Jazz Age, inspired by a Belvedere Vodka advertisement. You will recognize many faces if you saw either “Macbeth” or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” last year, but this one challenges the actors with roles that are over-the-top with a sense of seriousness and underlying dirty humor. Fogerty explained that, “Shakespeare never met a dirty joke he didn’t like, then use, then refer back to six or seven times throughout the same play with a bad, yet witty, pun.” This just adds to the excitement and anticipation of portraying these characters on stage for an audience ready for a night of laughter. The play begins with twin sister and brother, Viola and Sebastian (played by Samantha Ketner and Ryan Heise, respectively) who are shipwrecked and separated, each believing the other is dead. The plot unfolds into several twists and turns from here. In the country of Illyria, Viola boldly decides to dress and pass herself off as a boy and become a servant to Orsino, the Duke of Illyria (played by Derek Dernosek). Orsino instantly befriends Viola, who is incognito as a boy. Orsino sends his “boy servant” to countess Olivia, who has stolen his heart (played by Leah Zahner). Olivia wants nothing to do with him as she is grieving the death of her brother and is generally not interested in the egotistical Orsino. A love triangle begins as Viola falls in love with Orsino, Orsino professes his love for Olivia and Olivia falls for Viola, who is actually a boy. The situation heats up as the friendship between Orsino and his “boy servant” escalates. As if this is not enough confusion, Sebastian turns up, much to Viola’s surprise, and causes more controversy. Viola is also shocked to discover that her brother has been frolicking around with a very effeminate pirate. That’s not all— Shakespeare is known to create subplots. He expertly interjects the fun and folly of Sir Toby Belch (Matt Tolbert), Sir Andrew Aguecheck (Mike Humphrey) and Feste the jester (Joe Will), who tear up the scene with their wild parties and tricks. The character who is infuriated by this vulgar behavior is Malvolio (played by Cameron Sabel). Malvolio desperately attempts to quash the fun wherever it is found, but ends up the fool as he gets locked away, so as not to pose a threat to society. The cast are in the last preparations for the show and very excited about portraying their characters. “Orsino is real over the top and deep into himself. He finds things to boast about himself, but still remains the classy gentleman type,” says Derek Dernosek, now in his third Shakespeare play at Mercyhurst. Fogerty is very proud of the cast. “Everyone has worked remarkably hard on this show. We started rehearsals in October and experienced some cast changes, but overall everyone is 100 percent dedicated. “Though it has not been stress free, we’ve been having a lot of fun,” she said. The show premieres Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre and will show again Friday and Saturday at the same time. Tickets are available for the show at the Box Office in the PAC (814-824-3000) and at the door: $1 for students, $3 for president’s card holders and $4 for all others.
Roadhouse premieres Simon classic
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer
“The Last of the Red Hot Lovers,” by Neil Simon, describes the frustrations of a decent man who wants to bring a little bit of mysticism place on the pull out couch. He goes about his routine so as not to disturb the perfect order of his mother’s apartment by putting his galoshes on newspaper, shutting the blinds, setting out newly purchased scotch glasses on the table, slathering old spice over his hands to be rid of the nection with. Too bad Irene only yearns for cigarettes, whiskey and a man (other than her husband) to tear off her clothes. The encounter between these two is wildly amusing as she tramples all over his sappy emotions, campaigning to just get it done and At least the second time around, Barney brought cigarettes. The third trial is by far the m o s t ch a l l e n g ing, as Barney tries to have an affair with his friend’s wife.
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Experience ‘Birdie’ updated
By Josie Cattron Contributing writer
“We love you Conrad Oh yes we do...We love you Conrad and will be true...When you’re not near us we’re blue...Oh, Conrad, We love you!” Does this song sound familiar to you? If not, come Jan. 26, 27 and 28 you will not be able to shake these catchy, if slightly annoying, lyrics from your mind. The Mercyhurst College Performing Arts Center will host the fourth annual studentproduced musical, “Bye Bye Birdie.” Except at Mercyhurst, the musical is will be performed with a twist. “Bye Bye Birdie,” originally set in the 1950s, has been revamped to fit present times. Conrad Birdie, (played by freshman political science major Garrett Evans) normally portrayed as an Elvis impersonator, takes on the role of a Clay Aiken-esque pop star in the midst of “American Idol” popularity. Still, there is one common thread between the two interpretations: greedy music industry agents. The plot of the musical revolves around the complications that arise when Birdie’s agent stages a publicity stunt on “The David Letterman Show” in which he will kiss one lucky girl (played by Amy Krebs) before heading into the Army. Other featured performers
Rehearsals are in full swing for the cast of the 4th annual student-produced musical ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ premiering on Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC.
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are communications major Joe Zamora as Albert, Birdie’s agent and Emily Rose as Rose Alvarez, Albert’s assistant and love interest. The student production team is comprised of Jim Rudisill director, Michelle Thompson producer, Jessica Provenzano choreographer and Mike Miele music director. The faculty advisor for this year’s musical is Brent Weber. When asked how they decided on the show, Provenzano said that the choice every year de-
pends greatly on the group of people who audition. Since the turn out for males is often low, they have to be careful in that area. Another huge factor they have to take into consideration is the cost of the production including: buying the rights, costume possibilities and set construction. With the success of the musical the past three years there has been continued support from the music department, and the production team now has its
own budget. After performing “Anything Goes” in 2004 followed by “State Fair” in 2005, Provenzano said, “Last year’s musical ‘Grease’ had the second-highest number of attendance out of all the performances in the PAC.” They are looking forward to the same kind of support with “Bye Bye Birdie.” Everyone is extremely excited about this year’s musical, including junior cast member Alia Wells. “The student-run musical is an
amazing opportunity that I am glad to be able to participate in. It is one last chance for me to do something I love and may never be given the opportunity to do again,” Wells said. All four members of the production team are seniors who will graduate in the spring. They are currently looking for shadows that will fill their shoes once they leave, however, they will never be replaced. Senior music education major and “Bye Bye Birdie” director Rudisill says, “We’ve been work-
ing really hard, and I know it will turn out well.” The show premieres Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. There will be another performance at the same time Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12.50 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; $6.50 for President’s Cardholders; $5 for youths 15 and under; and $1 for Mercyhurst students with ID. Call the PAC box office at 824-3000.
Persuasive language and addictive ingredients
By Megan O’Hare Contributing writer
Have you ever been to a restaurant or bar and come home reeking of smoke? Do you cringe every time someone lights up a cigarette walking in front of you? Perhaps you have been disgusted by this “bad habit” and wondered why anyone would continue to smoke. There have been films in the past that have addressed the lifethreatening effects of smoking and tobacco use. This film, however, gives audiences a backstage pass to the world of big tobacco companies and the methods they use to attempt to persuade people, especially teenagers, to start and keep smoking. Nick Naylor stars as a lobbyist working for the Academy of Tobacco Studies, who is also a role model for his 11-year old son. He has a way with words defending the tobacco industry, despite the evidence that tobacco is linked to lung cancer. Naylor is an amoral man who gets more people to start smoking because it’s simply a job for him. The film begins with his a Jolly Rogers symbol on every cigarette package. Meanwhile, Naylor is commissioned by his company to start the Hollywood campaign. He travels to Los Angeles to pitch the deal with head honcho, Jeff Megall (Rob Lowe). The chief of Entertainment Global, Megall suggests that they team up to release a cigarette simultaneously with the release of a new movie. After returning from L.A., Naler heads home to appear on a t.v. interview with the senator. While discussing their contrasting issues, a viewer calls into the show and threatens Naylor for how many lives have been lost from tobacco usage. Nick is shaken by this phone call but remains calm until the next day when he is attacked in broad daylight and kidnapped. The kidnappers put several nicotine patches on his body “giving him a taste of his own medicine.” Nick awakes to his family standing at his bedside in a hospital room. The doctors tell him he must quit smoking, otherwise his body could relapse from his injuries as a result of the use of nicotine patches. Throughout the movie, Nick has a constant conflict between his role as a father and his job. His son, Joey, constantly looks up to him and longs to have a close relationship with his father. Nick has constantly put his job as his top priority over his son. In the end, however, Nick turns down his previous job and realizes that responsibility as a father is more important than paying a mortgage. This movie definitely gives audiences a look into the world of Big Tobacco. The employees seem heartless at times and have one goal in mind: To sell cigarettes and make a profit regardless of their consequences. The tobacco industry had knowledge that tobacco usage was directly linked to lung cancer and yet, they kept on targeting more people to use this product or to start smoking. Thank You for Smoking will be shown at the PAC on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are FREE for Mercyhurst College students with ID (one ticket per ID).
Members of ‘Thank You for Smoking’s Merchants of Death, alcohol, guns, and tobacco.
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guest appearance on a popular talk show, The Joan Lunden Show. There, after being booed on stage, Naylor announces that the Academy of Tobacco Studies is launching a $50 million campaign to get kids to stop smoking. However this is a completely fictitious campaign that Nick created to try to project a better image of the tobacco industry. As a way of getting back into his boss’ graces, Naylor pro-
poses an idea that he believes will get teenagers, the biggest smoking demographic, to take up smoking. Nick believes that the first step is to make smoking look appealing again by incorporating it into every aspect of Hollywood, especially movies. Nick discusses his ideas with his two best friends, who call themselves the MOD (Merchants of Death) Squad. Holly, a lobbyist for the Alcohol Moderation Council and
Bobby J, the chief firearms lobbyist, share the same merciless attitude as Nick exhibits toward tobacco. As with every movie there is always an opposition to what the main character stands for. In “Thank You for Smoking” this character is Senator Finistirre (William H. Macy), who strongly opposes smoking and tobacco use. The senator wants to launch a campaign that would require all tobacco companies to affix
Unique coloration exhibited at the Cummings Art Gallery
By Melissa Brandt A&E Editor
This week the Cummings Art Gallery is full of scenery from Warren to Wales. Artist Thomas Paquette’s works showcase a style of painting known as gouache, meaning the medium used to make the art is opaque watercolor. The paintings act as little windows into the landscapes and vegetation from the artist’s home in Minnesota and a host of other locations he’s visited all over the world. From his book, Paquette says, “Originally I intended to use gouache to make quick, throwaway color sketches for my larger oil paintings…But from the very start, I couldn’t let these little ‘color notes’ alone.” Viewers might be surprised to see that most of Paquette’s works are only a fraction of what one might consider to be a normal painting. Most works are two to five inches in length and roughly the same in height. Don’t let the size fool you, however. Each painting is packed full of unique and impressive content, especially color. What creates such depth in the gouache form of art? A combination of talent and technique. “Though a gouache painting may start its life on a cliff ’s edge at sunrise, when I find it back in my studio sometime later and far from the site, it may have many incarnations ahead of it still. “And here we hit upon an odd property – like gravity – inherent in my studio: any artwork even if it has been framed and exhibited already, is likely to attract more paint at any moment while in my studio. “Rather than a liability, I see this process like a journey or a fascination, ongoing dialogue I have with my paintings, one that I am intrigued to pick up again at any time.” The passion the artist has for his work shines through in his art. “Paquette’s work has great strength,” says gallery director Peggy Brace. “He is an extraordinary colorist. The works are very rich.” Color is so important to these works, one of the Cummings Gallery walls was painted to compliment them. As this is something new for the exhibit, reactions are requested at the gallery opening, where a special box will be set up for comments from visitors. Not only the wall is colored to match the paintings, all the food for the event (vegetarian, like Paquette) is colored specifically to match the art. Try the delightfully colored and tasty spread at the gallery opening reception today at 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Paquette will be present at the reception, and his book will also be available. The gouaches exhibit will be on display until Feb. 18.
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A little color change for a wall in the Cummings gallery.
January 18, 2007
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Volleyball 0-2 after losses to Nazareth and Medaille
By Chris Davis Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst men’s volleyball team opened their season on Wed. Jan. 10 and was defeated by Nazareth College in five games (30-23, 30-22, 22-30, 25-30, 159) in front of 165 people at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. During the match, the Lakers came back to tie after being down two games to none. The Lakers’ only lead during the first two games was when they scored the first point of each game before Nazareth took control. Instead of folding after falling behind two games to none, the young Laker squad regrouped to force the match to five games. After losing 30-23 and 30-22 to the Golden Flyers in the first two games, the Lakers came back to win 30-22 in the third game and 30-25 in the fourth to give the team an opportunity to get back into the match. After winning games three and four, Mercyhurst had momentum heading into the fifth. However, the Lakers and their youth started off the fifth game trailing 7-1, as Nazareth had blocks for three straight points. The three blocks represented half of the Golden Flyers’ total for the match. The Lakers eventually shaved the lead to three, 12-9, before Nazareth scored the final three points of the match to wrap up the victory. Several Mercyhurst players had career-highs during the match. Three sophomore players in particular stepped up with exceptional performances. Tim Wagner played a crucial role for the team, as he had a career and match-high 20 kills. He added five digs and two blocks for the Lakers and led all players with three service aces during the match.
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Antonio Pittman decided to enter the NFL draft and also decided to forgive his father.
Pittman joins Gonzalez and Ginn in NFL draft
By Maria Ridenour MCT newspapers
AKRON, Ohio - Antonio Pittman was enveloped by his loving cocoon as he announced he was leaving Ohio State for the NFL Draft. The large group of friends and family included his mother, Valerie Pittman, three grandparents, two of his three sisters, his girlfriend of four years, Kenya Prade, their 5-month-old daughter, Keilyn, Buchtel High School coach Claude Brown, even Buckeyes teammate Chris Wells. But the only time the junior tailback choked up during a news conference at the Buchtel gymnasium was when he mentioned his father, Marcus McKinnie, who sat on one side of him at the head table. McKinnie, a standout at Barberton High School and a free safety at Purdue University, spent most of Pittman’s college career in jail. The only time McKinnie saw Pittman play in person was OSU’s 41-14 loss to Florida on Jan. 8 in the BCS National Championship Game. After the game, they took off together to “enjoy some makeup time,” as Pittman said, driving to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Ariz., and Las Vegas. McKinnie said Pittman took him shopping in Las Vegas, where they picked out the long-sleeved Lacoste shirts and matching caps, Pittman’s red, McKinnie’s navy blue, that they wore Monday. “To see Antonio break down today was heartwarming,” Valerie Pittman said. “He’s never expressed how he felt about the situation with his dad. I know it wasn’t a very comfortable one. For him to tell his dad he’s not mad and everything’s OK, that meant a lot to me.” McKinnie and Valerie Pittman had five children, three during his career at Purdue. Antonio, their youngest, was born in December 1985, and the pair broke up in 1990. “When we split up, I went kind of wild for a while,” McKinnie said. “I didn’t get a lot of time in with him. Growing up he’d come to me, but I was so busy running the streets.” When Pittman was 14, McKinnie said he was imprisoned for a year on a probation violation. “I can remember when they handcuffed me in Barberton, he was looking at me through my mom’s door and they’re taking me away,” McKinnie said. When McKinnie was released, Pittman was a freshman at Barberton and had broken his femur in the second game of the season against Garfield. McKinnie said when he got home, Pittman tried to jump on him despite his cast. The real rift in their relationship came in 2000 when Pittman’s brother Anthony committed suicide. “I didn’t go to prison until I was 39,” McKinnie said. “I wasn’t gone a month and my older son killed himself in my mom’s house. Tony really got distant because I wasn’t there, I was in jail.” When Pittman signed with Ohio State and began classes in the spring of 2004, McKinnie couldn’t attend games because he said he was taking anger management classes at the University of Akron on Saturdays. McKinnie spent the final two years of Pittman’s career in jail in Mansfield after breaking probation on “domestic” charges. But they talked every Friday night, even a couple of times when it took some wrangling because the calls were blocked from prison. Even when McKinnie was incarcerated, his family was involved in Pittman’s life. McKinnie told his brother, John, to take care of Pittman, and John McKinnie watched his games from pee-wees on. Valerie Pittman called her son’s grandfather, also named John McKinnie, “the backbone of the family.” Valerie Pittman works two jobs she delivers the Akron Beacon Journal and is also employed at Sterling Jewelers to help her children attend college. But she knew she couldn’t always give her son what he needed. “Me trying to be a mother and a father to Antonio was a hard job,” she said. “A woman cannot raise a man. I feel great that Antonio is not holding this against his dad, that he can move on. I don’t want him to take that into the next level of his life, contemplating `My dad wasn’t there for me.’ Now he’s got an opportunity to go head-on with a clean state.” Pittman said he’s forgiven his father and “let bygones be bygones.” Their time together after the championship game wasn’t as strained as some might have imagined. “It wasn’t like it was a stranger,” Pittman said. “My father, I respect him a lot, you have to respect your parents. worse.”
Dave Newman was another Laker who played well and picked up some career-highs during the game. Newman recorded careerhighs with 16 kills, second on the team, and led the Lakers with nine blocks. In addition, setter Dave Hatten managed a careerhigh with 48 assists. Coach Ryan Patton was impressed with Nazareth’s team. “They were a pretty good team,” he said. “I was hoping after we started making a run during the match, that we would pull out the victory.” Patton thought his team came out sluggish during the first couple games of the match. “During the first two games, we played underwater. We were playing in slow motion both emotionally and physically,” Patton said. However, Patton saw some positive signs throughout the match. “We played well for two games,” Patton said. “Anytime our volleyball team plays in a fifth game it will help the progress of our team to where we can grow both fundamentally and physically.” While Patton wasn’t completely disappointed with his team he wasn’t but wasn’t pleased either. “It was a fine match, but overall, it shouldn’t take an hour to get everything started.” Patton believes the competition
will get tougher as they start their conference schedule and team will have to pick it up a notch. “It is going from Double A to Major League,” he explained. “We will have to show up and play to a higher level because every team in this conference is very competitive.” The Lakers began a four-game road stretch with a loss to Division III Medaille in Buffalo, N.Y. Tuesday. The match started off well for Mercyhurst as they took the first game 30-28 to take a 1-0 lead, but Medaille (2-4) won the next three games (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) and the match. The loss to Medaille is not a good sign for the Lakers. The Mavericks were one of just three wins for Mercyhurst last season. The Lakers will begin conference play Friday when they travel to Illinois to take on Lewis. They will continue their road trip the next night with a conference match against Loyola Chicago. The Lakers will not compete in another home match until Jan. 27 when they host Rutgers. The match against Rutgers will be the first of six straight home matches that ends against IPFW Feb. 17.
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Cummings, Schafer finish 3-0 at NWCA Duals in Iowa
By Matt Jackson Co-Sports editor
The Mercyhurst wrestling team travelled to Cedar Falls, Iowa for the 2007 NWCA/Cliff Keen Nation Duals Friday and Saturday and left with a disappointing 1-2 record after losing in the consolation second round. The duals were set up in a team-tournament format and the Lakers drew Western State (Co.), ranked No. 9 nationally, in the first round. Senior co-captain J.J. Zanetta provided an early spark for the Lakers with a 4-3 win over No. 3 Chris Freije, but Western State scored bonus points at 184 pounds and 197 to pull out a one-point win, 20-19. The No. 17 Lakers bounced back in the first round of consolations with a 18-13 win over No. 19 Minnesota State-Moorhead but were ousted from the event the next round with a 22-14 loss to No. 15 West Liberty State. It was Mercyhurst’s second loss to West Liberty this year. The Lakers’ other co-captain, senior Zack Schafer, and junior Don Cummings were the only Mercyhurst wrestlers to finish 3-0 in the tournament. Schafer defeated No. 4 Tommy Clark of West Liberty for the second time this year, solidifying his spot as the third-ranked wrestler in the national rankings. File Photo The two have wrestled three Senior J.J. Zanetta times this year and there is a good chance the two will meet again Brad Steinbach of West Liberty at least once before the end of 5-2. Harrison was pinned in the the season. first contest between the two. Cummings won all three of his Kenny Bluska and Mike Sulmatches by decision, including a livan each won their only con4-3 win over Camille DuPont of tested bouts of the tournament Western State. at heavyweight. Hudson Harrison finished 1-2, The Lakers will return to action but one of his losses was to re- Friday in the East Coast Duals in turning national champion Nate Johnstown. Baker, who defeated Schafer in Mercyhurst will wrestle UNCthe national finals last season. Pembroke and Carson Newman Harrison’s lone win avenged an at the duals. earlier defeat. The junior defeated
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Women’s hoops downs Northwood
By Chris Davis Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst women’s basketball team continued to show improvement Jan. 11 as they defeated Northwood 72-71 in a thrilling overtime road win. Two days later at Saginaw Valley State, Mercyhurst ran into a red-hot shooting team that defeated the Lakers 76-55 in University Center, Michigan. After the weekend split, the Lakers now stand at 6-11 overall and 2-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Northwood fell to 7-7, (1-6 GLIAC) and Saginaw Valley improved their record to 6-9 (3-4 GLIAC). Just like previous games against Northwood, Mercyhurst had to battle back from being most of the first half. Their only lead in the first half came when Julie Anderson scored the first points of the game on a lay-up. The Lakers were down by as many as eight points during the first half, and were down by that count when Katlyn Petit hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut Northwood’s lead to 34-29. Mercyhurst battled back in the second half as they have many times this season. During the start of the second half, the Lakers went on an 8-3 run to tie the game. After the Lakers tied the game, Northwood went on an 8-0 run with 15:14 to play, which gave the Timberwolves a 45-37 lead. The Lakers continued to battle back throughout the second half with scoring going back and forth between the two teams. The Lakers then tied the game with 5:11 to play in regulation on a foul shot by Stephanie Prischak. After the tie, the lead changed several times before Anderson made a lay-up with 43 seconds left on an assist from Mara Dreiser to tie the game and help send it to overtime. In the overtime session, Mercyhurst fell behind quickly as Northwood’s Anna Trim hit her fifth 3-pointer of the contest just 10 seconds into the extra session, which forced the Lakers to put together another comeback. Over the next few minutes, Anderson scored three points and freshman Paris Pugliese made 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 68-68. After Northwood was unable to convert on its possession with less than a minute to play in overtime, Anderson was fouled and proceeded to knock down a pair of free throws to put the Lakers ahead 70-68. Northwood was then unable to score on its next possession and Anderson made two more free throws with four seconds left to give Mercyhurst a fourpoint lead. Those shots became even more important when Northwood’s Sara Bilunes knocked down a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded to end the game. Anderson ended with a gameFile Photo high 22 points. She also added Women’s basketball picked up a hard-earned overtime win against Northwood last week on the road. a team-high eight rebounds and added three steals. According to research from team did an excellent job battling freshman players and they are room ahead 41-22 behind 11 In addition, Petit had a very back to get their first conference stepping up and making big plays points, five rebounds and eight the Sports Information Departimpressive second-half as she road win of the season by follow- when we need them,” she said. assists in the first 20 minutes ment, the 20-plus points scored scored 15 points to end with a ing the game plan. by Anderson for the fifth straight “Everyone on the team has from Schroeder. total of 18, which consisted of Anderson scored nine for the game is the longest streak for a “Once again as a team we didn’t stepped up and made a difference making 4-of-6 three-pointers. Mercyhurst women’s basketball follow the game plan,” Nasci- and that is what we need from Lakers in the first half. During the past three games, mento said. “When we finally now until the end of the season,” The closest the Lakers would player since Teresa Szumigala Petit has made 52 percent (13-of- started to do it, we played with Elliot said. get in the second half was a 41- hit for at least 20 points in six 25) of her three-point attempts. more emotion, and we came back The Lakers also held the Tim- 27 deficit with 18:01 to play after consecutive games early in the Prischak also came up big dur- and won.” berwolves to just 37 percent two free throws by Katlyn Petit. 1993-94 season. ing the Lakers’ win, adding 16 For the second-straight game, Saginaw Valley then went on a Mercyhurst was out-rebounded shooting from the floor, includpoints, along with a team-high 47-36 during the game, but ing just 2-of-12 in the overtime 16-3 run that built the lead to 27, the Lakers struggled on the glass, five assists and a career high five forced Northwood into 25 turn- period. and got out-rebounded 43-31 in with 13:12 left in the game. steals to help the Lakers prevail. overs. Mercyhurst ran into a hot the game. Latille Ross of Saginaw The Lakers shot well from the Prischak believed that the road Erica Elliot, who grabbed six field, shooting 44 percent and shooting Saginaw Valley squad. Valley had a double-double with win gave many of the players rebounds for the Lakers, thought made 5-of-9 three-pointers. The Cardinals shot 52 percent 12 points and 11 rebounds. The some much needed confidence. that it was great to get their first On Saturday, Mercyhurst took during the game, including 58 Cardinals’ Valerie Smith also “It was really good for our team big conference win of the year. an early 12-11 lead against Sagi- percent in the second half to put hauled in 10 rebounds. to win on the road, especially Anderson led the Lakers with “Road games are especially naw Valley after a jumper by the game away. in conference, because with so tough, so it felt great to win on Prischak in the paint. The Lakers shot just 33 percent seven rebounds. many young players who aren’t the road, and to get over the first After the basket, the Cardinals in the contest. Even thought both teams comfamiliar with conference games game hump,” said Elliot. “Any then went on a 12-0 run to take Saginaw Valley received some mitted 23 turnovers, one of the I think it helped to give all of kind of production that I can control of the game. outstanding play from Schroeder. major differences in the game us more confidence,” said Pri- contribute to us winning is always Jenna Schroeder and Kara She hit 10-of-12 field goals for 22 was a 20-2 advantage in favor of schak. Kinzer each scored five points points, dished out 10 assists and the Cardinals on the fast break. a great feeling.” Pugliese came off the bench Mercyhurst will return home Elliot also thought that the for Saginaw Valley to stimulate had five steals for the Cardinals. to finish in double figures with program is continuing to move the run, as the Cardinals claimed Julie Anderson and Stephanie to play their next three games, 10 points. a 23-12 lead with 6:36 left in the Prischak were the lone Mercy- with the first two taking place in the right direction. Priscila Nascimento, who on Thursday against Ferris State “We are making major strides half. Mercyhurst missed all seven hurst players in double figures. played only 20 minutes because for the women’s basketball pro- of its shot attempts during the Anderson scored 22 points and on Saturday versus Lake of foul trouble, scored two gram. We have a large amount spurt. and Stephanie Prischak added Superior State. points. Nascimento thought the of our minutes going to our Saginaw headed into the locker a dozen.
Men’s hoops loses pair on road
By Finella Annand Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst men’s basketball team hit two stumbling blocks this weekend as they fell to Northwood and Saginaw Valley on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. It was less than a month ago that Mercyhurst dominated Northwood at the Mercyhurst tournament; however, the Timberwolves brought a different game to the court on Thursday night, downing the Lakers 7466. The first half started slow for both teams, and Northwood went into the break with an uninspiring 26-10 lead. The half-time break appeared to regenerate the players and both teams came out in the second half in an offensive frame of mind. Mercyhurst fought hard in the second half to get back in the game, but Northwood remained one step ahead all the way. The Lakers got closest to the Timberwolves in the final five minutes of the game when they pulled the score back to 66-61. However, Northwood hadn’t forgotten the earlier championship game defeat and held out convincingly to win the game by an 8-point margin. Despite the defeat Avi Fogel continued his stellar run of play this season, and finished the game with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both Richard Field and Shelby Chaney ventured into double figures.
Recruiting no longer just Pa.-based for men’s basketball
By Nick Giallourakis Contributing writer
When it comes to recruiting for a small school, most coaches stick to their local resources. Coach Manchel did not. Manchel has three players from different countries and only two players on the team are from Pennsylvania. The three men from other countries are Mitch Brennan from Australia, Roland Andris from Germany and Ronnie Williams from Toronto, Canada. “I felt really comfortable with the coaching staff,” said Mitch Brennan. “My parents really felt comfortable as well with the coaches and the campus.” Mitch Brennan is one of the top 3-point percentage shooters in the GLIAC, hitting 48 percent from behind the line. Brennan is being recruited for professional basketball back in Australia for next season. When it came to recruiting inside the borders of the United States, Manchel went after transfers to help his high-powered team. Last season, he brought in Avi Fogel from San Diego University and Richard Field from Mott Community College. Fogel was named All-GLIAC South first team and led the Lakers in scoring at 17.4 points a game (second in GLIAC), assists at 4.1 per game (fifth in GLIAC), free throws made, minutes played with 36.1 per game (second in GLIAC), free throw percentage at .813 (fifth in GLIAC), field goals made with 172 and defensive rebounds with 86. Fogel is also atop the leaderboards this season as a senior leader of the team, averaging 18.8 ppg and four steals per game. “Mercyhurst and Coach (Manchel) was the only Division II school to give me a call and I didn’t want to sit a season out since I was transferring from a Division I school,” said Fogel. This season, Manchel has added two more transfer students with tremendous talent and leadership to the team. Manchel brought in a player from cross-town rival, Gannon top big dog Shelby Chaney, who was ranked 20th in rebounds in the nation last year. He also brought in T.J. Mathias, who transferred from Division I Morgan State. Mathias received several minutes at the Division I level and is currently third in the GLIAC in steals averaging about two a game. This season the Lakers received votes in the AP Coaches poll to be ranked in the top 25, something that no Mercyhurst team has accomplished at the Division II level.
Senior Avi Fogel (shown in previous game against Findlay) scored 24 points and had five assists in the Lakers’ loss on the road against Northwood last week.
Mercyhurst has bounced back from defeat a couple of times this season with inspiring results; however, the weekend seemed destined only for disappointment as the men lost their second straight against Saginaw Valley. The game was tight all the way through, with Saginaw eventually squeaking a 71-68 victory. A 3-point attempt by T.J. Mathis in the dying seconds came agonizingly close to tying the game for the Lakers, but for the second time this weekend it wasn’t meant to be.
Mercyhurst held a slim 25-24 lead at the half despite a combined 4-of-16 shooting performance from leading scorers Avi Fogel and Chaney. The Cardinals shaved the lead to just one at the buzzer with a three by Luke Laser. Like Northwood in the game before, Saginaw had an impressive second half and shot 63 percent to seal the win. Mercyhurst’s Shelby Chaney also had a very impressive second half and finished the game with a season-high 25 points.
Unfortunately, his efforts weren’t enough to lift the Lakers over the Cardinals, as Mercyhurst fell just short of the mark. The Lakers returned from the road with two GLIAC losses hanging over their heads. Despite their impressive wins this season, Mercyhurst has an unrepresentative 3-4 record in the GLIAC. They will look to return to form on Jan. 18 as they start a three-game home stead against Ferris State.
Laker Sports “Quick Hits”
This weeks results...
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
January 18, 2007
Lakers sweep Warriors
Women’s hockey remains unbeaten in conference play
Women’s hockey......................................Jan. 12, W 8-0, Wayne St. Jan. 13, W 7-5, Wayne St. Men’s hockey......................................................Jan. 12, L 6-3, Army Jan. 12, L 2-1, Army Women’s basketball.........................Jan. 11, W 72-71, Northwood Jan. 12, L 76-55, Saginaw Valley St. Men’s basketball.................................Jan. 11, L 74-66, Northwood Jan. 12, L 71-68, Saginaw Valley St. Wrestling........................Jan. 13, L 20-19, Western State Colorado Jan. 13, W 18-13, Minn. State Moorhead Jan. 13, L 22-14, West Liberty State Men’s volleyball...........................................Jan. 10, L 3-2, Nazareth
Although the weekend might not have gone just as the Lakers would have scripted it, the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team returned to Erie with a pair of wins from conference foe Wayne State University. The Warriors have proven to be a difficult opponent for Mercyhurst in the past, including a pair of ties between the two teams in the 2005-06 season, the In the news... only blemish on the conference record for Mercyhurst. The action started out quickly on Friday night, with Mercyhurst Athletes of the Week scoring four goals before the buzzer sounded to end the first A wrestler and a skater were named Athletes of the Week on period. Monday by the college’s Athletic Department. Zach Schafer The Lakers got two goals from was named Male Athlete of the Week for his 3-0 performance sophomore Valerie Chouinard at the NWCA National Duals this past weekend. He won and sandwiched in goals from decisions of 13-2, 7-1 and 7-5 to finish the tournament freshman Meghan Agosta and unbeaten. sophomore Natalie Payne as well. Valerie Chouinard was named the female Athlete of the Week Juniors Danielle Ayearst and for her high-scoring weekend in Detroit, Mich. Jackie Jarrell each tallied a goal in the middle session to put MercyAgainst Wayne State Chouinard scored three goals on Friday, hurst ahead 6-0 after two. and then added a pair of goals on Saturday to help Mercyhurst The offensive attacked refused sweep the Warriors. She currently leads the team in scoring to let up in the third, getting a with 19 goals on the year. goal from Sherilyn Fraser and Chouinard’s third goal of the Agosta Rookie of Week game in the third period to finish off the Warriors. For the fourth time this season women’s hockey forward When the final buzzer sounded, Meghan Agosta was named the Rookie of the Week by College Mercyhurst went off the ice with Hockey America. Agosta returned from Germany in style, an 8-0 win, dominating the game scoring three goals and adding three assists in the weekend from every aspect. sweep of Wayne State. “It was one of those nights where we got off to a good start She leads the Lakers in points with 39, coming from 18 goals and surprisingly they didn’t put and 21 assists thus far on the year. She played last week in up much of a fight. They do the Air Canada Cup in Germany, where Team Canada went have a good team and they maybe unbeaten to win the gold medal at the tournament. were shocked a bit, but we played very well both offensively and Baseball noticed early defensively,” said Coach Michael Sisti. Three baseball players have received some early recognition by Game two was a different story, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The publication listed David though, with Wayne State coming Lough, Joe Luli and Adam Nine as preseason All-Americans. All out with a start that resembled three enjoyed very successful seasons in 2005-06, each earning that of Mercyhurst the night First Team All-GLIAC honors for their play.
Additionally, John Mang was named a Player to Watch by the publication. Mang was a Second-Team selection as a freshman. Junior Jeff Stoll was named a Newcomer to Watch, a transfer from Pikeville College where he was First Team All-Mid South Conference.
Sophomore Courtney Drennan (35) came in relief Saturday against Wayne State.
before. The Warriors scored three goals against junior goalie Laura Hosier in the first 15 minutes of play Saturday. Once that third goal went in, Sisti decided he needed to jump-start his team a little bit and pulled Hosier and replaced her with sophomore Courtney Drennan. “At that point, I thought the team needed a shakeup and for whatever reason, maybe it wasn’t Laura’s night. Certainly after that we got going a bit. The key to the game was senior captain Julia Colizza who put the team on her shoulders,” said Sisti. Mercyhurst bounced back and scored a late first period goal from Colizza and notched three second period goals to tie the game after two periods. The scores came courtesy of Agosta, Chouinard and senior defender Ashley Pendleton. In the third Mercyhurst dominated once again, scoring three goals while only surrendering one to the Warriors, which left Detroit with a hard-fought 7-5
victory. In the third Agosta scored again, her 18th of the season, and Chouinard scored her second of the night and 19th on the season. Junior Stephanie Jones also scored in the third, her seventh marker of the year. Agosta was named the College Hockey America (CHA) Rookie of the Week for her play over the weekend, scoring three goals and adding three assists. Drennan allowed two goals while making nine saves during the 45 minutes of work, picking up the win. Chouinard tallied five goals on the weekend, and was named the Mercyhurst female Athlete of the Week for her effort. She was one of five Lakers who experienced a bit of jet-lag after returning home to the U.S. after playing in the Air Canada Cup last week in Germany. Although a bit tired, Chouinard appeard to be in game-shape when the puck dropped. “We had some recovery time after we got back on Tuesday and
then got back on the ice as a team on Wednesday, so we’re feeling pretty good,” said Chouinard. “I think we were ready for the weekend, we were expecting a big challenge so we played hard. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy so we went out hard and finished out well,” she said. This upcoming weekend Mercyhurst hosts UConn for a pair of games Friday and Saturday at the Ice Center. UConn has been a streaky team this season, at times being ranked in the top-10 although they are not ranked in the latest poll. “I think they are a legitimate top-10 team who has some stretches of great and not so great hockey. Before Christmas, UConn was the hottest team in the country, but then they went into a funk without their top freshman and they had some setbacks,” said Sisti. “We are going to have to play very well this weekend, they work extremely hard during a game, I think it’s a perfect opponent to bring out the best in us.”
Men’s hockey falls twice to Army
By Ryan Palm Sports editor
leaving the team. Mercyhurst now has two goalies on its roster, both seniors in Wakefield and Mike Ella. Having lost their last nine games, Mercyhurst will look forward toward a weekend series against Bentley, a team that the Lakers have yet to see this season. Mercyhurst defeated Bentley four times last season, so the Lakers will seek to better their record against the Falcons. Despite their poor ranking in Atlantic Hockey, playoff hopes are still alive for the Lakers. The Atlantic Hockey Association does have an automatic bid, which means that the team which wins the conference tournament at the end of the regular season earns an automatic trip to the NCAA Championships. Once the regular season is complete, the teams will be seeded according to record and will then play a single-elimination tournament to determine the conference champion. Gotkin realizes this, and hence there is still much to play for this season. “As bad as things have been, it doesn’t really matter how well you do in the regular season. Our goal has always been to be the regular season champ, but the bottom line is that you can still get to the NCAA’s when all is said and done. For all the teams in our conference, the thing that really matters is to get that playoff championship and go to the NCAA’s” said Gotkin.
In a weekend that seemed to be a role reversal, the Black Knights from Army swept the Lakers of The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team easily held onto their Mercyhurst 6-3 and 2-1 this past No. 1 ranking this week in the USCHO.com and USA Today weekend. polls. Mercyhurst is 20-1-1 and stands 18 points above No. 2 Army has traditionally been Wisconsin (20-1-3). one of the weaker teams in Atlantic Hockey in terms of wins Little changed inside the top-10, with Harvard moving up to a and losses, which included a 13tie for the No. 4 position with Dartmouth. 17-7 season last year. In the Atlantic Hockey preFormer Laker an All-Star season poll Mercyhurst was picked to finish first, while Army Former Mercyhurst men’s hockey defender T.J. Kemp has been was chosen ninth. named to the All-Star Team for the American Hockey League What a difference four months (AHL). Kemp is on the Manchester Monarchs, where he leads makes, as Army currently sits in all defenders in scoring with three goals and 17 assists. The third place, only two points out Monarchs are a top-level affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. of first while Mercyhurst is in ninth, only four points away from The game will take place on Jan. 29 in Toronto, Ontario. Of last place. the 394 players to play in the game since 1995, more than 90 “Our effort has been good, but percent of them have gone on to play in the National Hockey our execution and scoring timely League (NHL). goals are the things that have escaped us. We just have to keep Club Hockey Standings on working at this,” said Coach The club hockey season continues to progress, with the team in Rick Gotkin. Things started off on the action most recently at Niagara University where they fell 3-2 in wrong foot for the Lakers Friday a shootout on Jan. 14. The team is back in action next at Ohio night, with Army scoring three University on Jan. 26-27. goals before Mercyhurst got on the board in the middle of the TEAM W L T POINTS second period. Robert Morris University 7 5 2 10 Although Mercyhurst put up Niagara University 7 5 2 10 three goals throughout the rest University at Buffalo 5 3 2 6 of the game, Army responded Mercyhurst College 7 3 4 6 with a goal following each, and Syracuse University 2 1 1 2 the Black Knights emerged with University of Rochester 6 0 6 0 a 6-3 victory. Kerry Bowman, Brett RobinQuick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Anything worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to son and Matt Pierce all scored for Mercyhurst, all even-strength email@example.com.
Women’s hockey still No.1
Senior goaltender Jordan Wakefield defends his goal with Nick Vandenbeld (10) following the puck.
goals with Mercyhurst finishing 0-2 on the power play. Senior goalie Jordan Wakefield made 27 saves in the loss. Saturday’s match-up was a lowscoring affair, with the two teams skating for nearly 25 minutes without scoring a goal. After an Army goal at 15:47 of the second, Ryan Toomey struck back at 2:33 of the third to even the game at 1-1. The score remained that way for six minutes until Army lit the lap again to take a 2-1 lead, an edge which stood up for the remainder of the game. Wakefield made 22 saves in goal for Mercyhurst, absorbing the loss to drop his record to
1-8-1 on the season. Wakefield has been the starter since getting a chance just before the Christmas break, when Gotkin played musical goalies looking for the right man between the posts. Wakefield played well against some quality opponents, and has since earned the badge of starting goalie for the Lakers. His competition for that position was reduced earlier this month when sophomore Tyler Small chose to leave the team for personal reasons. According to a press release on the Mercyhurst athletics Website, Small cited his heart not being into it as his prime reason for
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