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Phillis wins' Stop the Hate' contest
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in Chief The Residence Life Office is asking students to "Stop the Hate." The second annual "Stop the Hate" poster contest winners were announced during a ceremony last Thursday. Junior Mitch Phillis took the grand prize award of $500 with his poster titled "Revolution." Senior Bethany Krowsoski won $200 with her second place Mad Libs poster, while senior Michelle Ellia took home third place and SI00 for her poster "What goes around comes around." # Phillis said his poster design was spontaneous. "I just went in one day at the end of the term when they were- due and"sat down and went with the flow," he said. Krowsoski said her poster came from a brainstorming session. "I brainstormed that no matter what the color your skin is...we're all the same," she said. |g Ellia said her design is meant to teach people a lesson. lc ~£ It shows the golden rule to teach others that what goes around comes around," she said. "If you spread acceptance, then you get it in return." The ceremony also featured Brent Scarpo and Renee Byrd-Mullins, two of the five celebrity judges for the contest The program was put together by Assistant Directors of Residence Life Trina Williams and Dara Zirkle. Zirkle said the contest submissions received this year were "exceptional." According to Scarpo, the poster program represents a hate-free campus. "The number one issue in the new millennium is hate," he said.. "We must communicate the fact that it exists.. .and speak out about it."

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Goaltender Laura Hosier and forward Stephanie Jones try to stop the University of Minnesota at Duluth from scoring that crucial game-winning goal.
By Ryan Palm Sports Editor In the first meeting between the Mercyhurst Lakers and the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth, one of the two programs was going to win their first NCAA playoff game in three years. Unfortunately for the faithful in Erie, the third time was not the charm for the blue and green, as Minnesota Duluth edged Mercyhurst 3-2 in overtime on Friday, March 9th. Pkase see Lakers Page 12


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Mercyhurst: Unplugged
Musician Jason Levasseur, 2005 Campus Activities Music Performer of the year will be performing in the Taylor Little Theatre, Friday, March 16, at 10:30. The performance will also feature Mercyhurst students Joey Jablonski, Chris Von Volkcnburg and Andy Picchotka.

CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen to speak at Mercyhurst

SAC has St. Patrick's Day Casino Night *&*
The event will be held in the Student Union from 9p.m. until 1a.m. Prizes include an underground parking spot, an XBox 360, an IPOD Shuffle, Erie Otters tickets and a Coventina Day Spa Certificate.

Ph.D., a leading expert on skeletal trauma, dismemberment and mutilation, is expected to take the CNN terrorism analyst Peter stand Wednesday, March 14, as an Bergen will provide an insider's view expert witness for the prosecution on "The Osama bin Laden I Know" in what has been dubbed the "suitwhen he visits Mercyhurst College case murder" trial of a New Jersey woman. on Tuesday, March 20. Symes' unique expertise is in saw His free, public lecture, sponsored by the McHale Distinguished Speak- and knife mark analysis of bone, ers Series and Mercyhurst Student and is the focus of a large part of Government, begins at 8:30 p.m. his research with the Mercyhurst in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Archaeological Institute. Arts Center.

sports Editor Ryan Palm wins Pa. writing award
The Pennsylvania Newspaper Association has awarded Ryan Palm, co-editor of The Merciad sports section, an Honorable Mention for one of his sports stories. ^The Honorable Mention is for Palm's Dec. 6, 2006, story about the development of the Mercyhurst women's hockey program. In it, Palm traced the history and development of the program largely through the eyes of Coach Michael Sisti and through other coaches and players. The extensive story ran on the same day The Merciad reported on the women's hockey team ranking as No. 1 in the nation. Palm is in his third year as sports editor. Now a senior, he has written for the sports section since his freshman year. He is an intelligence studies major and will graduate in May. He is engaged to Sarah Williams. The couple will marry July 7 at Christ the King Chapel on the Mercyhurst campus. "Ryan has been a rock solid member of the Merciad staff since the first day he started writing for us," said Bill Welch, the newspaper's adviser. "His story on the women's hockey team reflects his enthusiasm for the 1 sports program here and his strong writing ability. '

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Voice your opinion on the prop- Symes called to testify in scd calendar! the event will be held 'suitcase murder' trial Monday, March 19 at 8:30p.m. in the Mercyhurst College forensic anthropologist Steven A. Symes, PAC. Sponsered by MSG

During Alcohol Awareness Week, March 12-17, the Division of Student Life, Student Government, and Student Activities Council will host activities aimed at encouraging students to make responsible choices about alcohol consumption.



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Ex-Fiji PM faces treason charge
J Fiji's former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says he is facing possible charges of treason following a military coup that removed him from power. Qarase says he is waiting to be questioned by police over phone calls he made to the Australian and New Zealand prime ministers last year. The military government claims that during those calls he sought foreign intervention to prevent the coup. Qarase denies this, saying he was seeking information on foreign aid. &


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BBC fears for Johnston, Gaza reporter
The BBC says it is concerned for the safety of a correspondent who has gone missing in the Gaza Strip. 4 The corporation said it had been unable to contact Alan Johnston, but did not comment on Palestinian reports that he had been kidnapped* Johnston's car was found abandoned in Gaza City. He has been the BBC's correspondent in the Gaza Strip for the past three years.

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Rotaract and Community Blood Bank are once againteamingup Nigerian army to save lives here in the Erie rescues Europeans Community. A Spring Blood 3»C f i & Three Europeans abducted Gusau* I Drive will be held Thursday, Mir*o* from a bar last month in the March 15 from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 oil-rich Niger Delta have been p.m. in the Rec Center. &MW rescued. Usually, we are in the Student | \ Special task force spokesman Union but the I Mohammed Sagir told the BBC room was not News Web site the kidnappers available so I were taken by surprise. *Abuia would defif The two Croatians and a Mon- Third place winner, submitted by Michelle Ellia. nitely like to ? tenegrin oil worker were seized emphasize that 0< * « ^o f2i % M«*ur •Ace EWU by unidentified gunmen from we will be set • Aluurc 7 Port Harcourt, where many forup in the Rec Eni-i<4t-ft eign workers are based. Center. Continuedfrom page 1 There have been dozens of t To donate, | The program included the kidnappings, with most freed showing of Scarpo's documen- you must be after a ransom is paid. Byrd-Mullins emphasized taryfilm"Journey to a Hate-Free at least 17 years old, weigh at A similar military operation "...through faith, anything can Millennium'' that focuses on least 110 pounds and be in genlast November led to the death happen." three hate crimes, including the eral good health (no colds, sore of a British oil worker and three Byrd-Mullins said her father murder of Byrd-Mullins' father. throats, antibiotics). Harcourt is on the | i was killed by hate. Vice President of Student Life Donors must wait 56 days southern coast of Nigeria others in a shootout. According to Byrd-Mullins, in Gerry Tobin said during the cer- between donations and one year the summer of 1998 in Jasper, emony that prejudice is hard to from the date of any piercings Texas, three white males tied overcome, but is accomplished or tattoos received at a tattoo Bush tour stops! her father to the back of a truck through love. parlor. in Guatemala and dragged him over 3.5 miles "Every one of us has some Mercyhurst College is consisbecause he was black. I President George W Bush is form of prejudice; every one tently a great supporter of the in Guatemala for a one-day visit, "Hate took the life of my fa- of us has some form of hate," Community Blood Bank, last after a stop in Colombia where ther," she said. "I'm leading by he said. "In the end, love is the year donating a fantastic 156 he pledged his personal support example." answer. to its fight against drugs. He -will discuss security; trade and immigration with Guatemala's president This is thefourthstop in Bush's tour of Latin America, which has seen protests at every stage. -one 4 Bedroom Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, has used a parallel tour 0 -one 2. Bedroom of die region to speak out against what he calls the interference of the "American empire." INCLUDES: Chavez has arrived in Jamaica where he started his tour last Bush has seen protests I 'Mult p r w n t coupon and GAS jWATER,SEWER,GARBAGE week with a massive anti-Bush in every stop on his Latin student Identification 3 &M rally. American tour. $400.00/STUDENT/MONTH.

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A protest staged by thousands of rural workers in central China ended in violent clashes last week, reports say. Several people were injured as up to 20,000 people clashed with 1,000 police in Hunan province on Friday, a local official told Reuters news agency. The Boxun Chinese news Web site said the clash was sparked by rising public transport costs. A witness told the BBC sporadic incidents continued on Monday. Rural regions of China have seen mounting unrest in recent years.

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French centre-tight candidate Nicolas Sarkozy, the frontrunner to succeed Jacques Chirac as president, has distanced himself from the Chirac era. He was speaking just hours after President Chirac confirmed that he would not be seeking reelection in April. "France is the republic it is not something you inherit," Sarkozy told French radio on Monday. But he also praised Chirac for a "dignified, sincere" speech.

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Mercyhurst takes proactive steps to control new gambling concern
programming such as the signs right now," said Zirkle. "We will get more information (to students) in the future." Students who enjoy gambling According to Zirkle, the opentoo much may want to hesitate ing of Presque Isle Downs and before putting the next coin in Casino will lead to more extenthe slot sive programming next school According to Executive Direc- year. tor of the National Council on "We are trying to inform stuProblem Gambling Keith Whyte, dents it (gambling) really can be two to three percent of the entire a problem," she said. adult population has a gambling According to Assistant Direcaddiction. tor of Residence life Joe HowThe opening of Presque Isle ard, the division is "...building Downs and Casino last month awareness around what gambling raised concerns about student is, and the problems associated gambling addiction with Mer- with it" cyhurst College's Student Life Howard said the signs are a Division <c f supplement to announcements According to Associate Vice posted on Mercyhurst College's President of Student life Laura Lakernet Web site. Zirkle, the division wants to The signs posted by the diviensure students are aware of sion state, "Problem gambling gambling addiction. isn't a bad habit or a moral weakZirkle said the division posted ness — it's a serious condition, signs around campus that state but with treatment, problem warning signs of a gambling gamblers can put the game in problem. perspective and make decision "We just started with passive to improve their lives." By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-Chief Whyte said there are three general signs of a gambling addiction. "The signs include: preoccupation (the narrowing of interests), loss of control and harm," he said.. ^According to Whyte, gambling addicts can cause financial, psychological and physical harm. "Gambling addicts affect a wide circle of family; friends, and community with their addiction," he said. Whyte said the National Council on Problem Gambling helps addicts control their problem, while also educating people on gambling addiction. He said there is a 24-hour confidential nationwide hotline that assists people with an addiction. The number is 1-800-522-4700. According to Whyte, the council received 236,000 calls last year. Whyte also noted the council promotes National Gambling Week that runs March 5-11. L\-He said the council also holds


a national conference to educate counselors on gambling problems. 'There's always an option for treatment and recovery," said Whyte. "Once an addict makes the first steps toward help, we can help them the rest of the way." Whyte said the council also promotes college-specific public service announcements on gambling addiction. "There are 34 state chapters that work with universities in their state," he said. "Most college students gamble, just make sure it doesn't get out of control." Zirkle said the Division of Student Life isn't trying to say gambling is a bad thing. "We just want to make students aware of the potential problems of gambling," she said. Whyte said the council's Web site, www.ncpgambling.org, can provide more in-depth information about the symptoms of a gambling addiction and the steps to take for help.

Exhibit afreal scream
A collection of museum-quality fossils and casts, Including a massive Tyrannosaurus Rex skull will be on public display from March 3-10. The collection was given by Michael and Barbara Sincak, who Is a collegue of Scott McKenzle, a geology instructor at Mercyhurst, with bringing the college and the collection together. 1

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seen from the team, the crowd, By Joshua Wilwohl and the faculty" Editor-in-Chie f Freshman Austin Ewing said he has had a good time watching Despite the Lakers' loss on Fri- the Lakers. "It has been a blast day, student fans give nothing but watching them," he said. "Win encouragement to the team. or lose, they're still champions "They played a great season to me." and they tried hard " said freshJunior Kyle Craig said the man Jacqueline Phillips. team worked hard to get where Sophomore Zack Pekor agreed. they are. <c We made it pretty far this season "Keep up the hard work," he and we've done a good job," he said. "And don't let anybody tell said "I think they showefltevery- ypfi you can't win " %t one what they can dd." l ^ r j t^f • j ^ Sophomore Mihailo J o vano vie Fresftman; Kyle H Itv Aid the I 'Said, "They're number one in our team had a terrific season. "They hearts no matter what" made it pretty far, and that's Senior Kyle Linnehan said the pretty good," he said. Lakers worked hard this season. <€ Senior Noelle Bchard said, 1 "It was a heck of a season," he would say this has been the best said. "We enjoyed watching them all year; it was great while year. Junior Shelley Turk said, 'This it lasted."


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Giving students an alternative tountoxication
By Kate Collins Contributing writer give students an alternative to excessive partying and drinking. According to Sarah Allen, assistant director of the student union and student activities, the week is intended to encourage students to do something other than drink and make safe, reLeary brings a medical perspective on how alcohol can impair our bodies." After the talk, the movie "Spin the Bottle" will be shown. Beginning on Tuesday March 13, students can sign a pledge against drinking alcohol and making safe, healthy choices.* They will receive- a red Alcohol Awareness wrist band and an Alcohol Risk Card. A l s o on Tuesday and Wednesd a y , speaker Matt Eby, who was (charged in Palm Beach County, Fla., with DUI manslaughter and DUI serious injury will talk In the freshman residence halls about the consequences of getting behind the wheel intoxicated. This talk is intended to really hit home with the students, making the point that bad things really can happen when heavy drinking occurs. The events wrap up on March 17 with the planned Casino night in the Student Union beginning at 9:30 p.m. and concluding at 1:30 a.m. The event will feature a B DJ, free food and a list of prizes, of which included the above mentioned X Box 360. On Friday, March 16, at 12:30, p.m., a Remembrance Ceremony, will be held in Matt Milgate's, honor was killed on March 17, 2005 in a traffic accident Following the ceremony, a free lunch will be held for students with prizes ranging from free tickets to coupons to different restaurants. At 8:30 p.m, a hypnotist will appear at the Taylor Little Theater where students can be hypnotized on stage by Keith Karkut into thinking they are drunk. According to the press release, Allen said "this is an alcohol awareness program and Keith Karkut's hypnosis of students will demonstrate the risky behavior people do when they are

St. Patrick s Day is upon us, a time to embrace our inner-Irish, even if we aren't actually Irish. With this particular holiday, & though, comes the association of **sponsible choices. L& A.jjMfis**? heavy alcohol consumption. In a press release disclosed The Surgeon General has is- l a s t week J sued a "Call to Action" against Allen said underage drinking. A 2005 "we care National Survey on Drug Use a b o u t I and Health estimates there are t h e 11 million underage drinkers in choicthe United States. es our I The survey also showed that s t u 7.2 million are considered binge dents are has been the most enthusiasm making. drinkers. Because of this inevitable fact, W e Mercyhurst has planned an Alco- w a n t hol Awareness week leading up to give I Don't forget to fill out the to the March 17 holiday. them a Friday, April 26, and Saturday, The event, organized by Mer- real alternative April 27, Willy Wonka will over- registration form for your kid take the Student Union for this or sib to ensure they receive a cyhurst's Student Life division, that will be fun." special t-shirt and details about Student Government and the The events began Mondajj year's Kids *n' Sibs event. Student Activities Council,; is March 12, at 8:30 p.m. where Dr. Friday, fill your sweet tooth the weekend events. This event is sponsored by SAC offering events throughout the Leary will address student athwith treats from the chocolate fountain and everlasting candy and has a committee of students week, some of which include letes and the rest of the student during showings of the original that join Thursdays at 8:15p.m. in hypnosis, a remembrance service body in the Taylor Little rheatre "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate the SAC office. If you would like and a casino night where an X regarding the effects of alcohol Factory" followed by the remake to help plan or volunteer for the Box 360 will be the ultimate prize on student athletes. ^PatsPohl, director of the "Charlie and the Chocolate fac- event join us Thursday evenings. for the winner. 0 For questions contact SAC at Alcohol Awareness week will Counseling Center said, "Dr. tory. On Saturday, laugh throughout sac@mercyhurst.edu. the day on the inflatable slide, obstacle course, and petting ass. m zoo during the carnival and WWW.TOYOTALIVEWEB.COM cookout j| This awesome day will be followed by an evening full of prizes at BINGO. Registration forms are currently available in the Student Union at the Student Union Information Desk.

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Hurst students take on Italia


Every spring break Or. Randall Howarth, a professor in the history department, takes a group of adventuresome students to a country in Europe. Two years ago it was Greece, and this past spring break it was Italia. The group of 28, including Howarth and Dr. Cindy Nimchuk, a new addition to the history department, ventured off to three great cities: Roma, Napoli and Sorrento. Howarth, who affectionately became the fearless leader, showed the group not only the ancient sites and wonders of Roma, but also taught the students how to blend in as a part of Roman culture, in hopes of obtaining the full European experience. The first blunders for some were the different eating customs. Breakfast was a light meal consisting of a roll or two and cafe. Lunch was also more of a large snack as opposed to a full meal, perhaps pizza or light pasta. | Dinner, however, was a banquet every night with three courses. Usually it would begin with anti-pasta such as caprese, which is a mozzarella and tomato salad. This was followed by a traditional pasta dish and a final course consisting of meat or fish with a vegetable. To complete the meal a dolce

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was ordered, which could be any- atmosphere. If students wanted thing from Italy's light version of to participate they did. and if ice cream, geh to, or a delicious they wanted to do something piece of tiramisu. on their own they could do that Also throughout the meal as well vino, either rossa or bianco, was ^During the first three days, served along with water, which the group saw everything from could be served with or without the catacombs of St. Sebastian gus (gas). to the Circus Maximus to the Quickly everyone began to Vatican museum. Some were fall into a European mindset even privileged to be in a crowd Espresso was ordered in the of over 500,000 that heard Pope morning, not at lunch, and the Benedict deliver his monthly American tradition of wearing address. flip-flops was dismissed. From Roma the group travIt The moment the group stepped eled to Napoli, and the first stop off the plane the touting began: was a museum that used to be a the Coliseum, Forum and a mu-|_ hunting lodge, and held the esseum were all seen on the first r" teemed work of Caravaggio and day. The trip had a very relaxed other artists from the Baroque

The whole group waving to Howarth In front of the Mediterranean in Sorrento, Italy.
period. Then, after eating at one of the best pizzerias in Naples, everyone ventured across the street to the ruins of Hurculeum. Hurculeum, once a port city, was covered and ultimately preserved by lava when Mt. Vesuvius exploded^ These ruins were below those of Pompeii, which was covered in ash. The next day Howarth's group spent eight hours touring the ruins of Pompeii, which is essentially an entire ancient city unburied. There were neighborhoods, a house of mystery, a forum, an arena and more. One of the fantastic aspects of Pompeii is since it was buried in ash, not lava, the natural preservation was exceptional. Howarth explained that when archeologists were digging they continued to find hollow areas, out of curiosity poured plaster into these areas and discovered they were making molds of the humans who had been buried alive by the ash. A dozen or more of those molds are still in the city and presented a fascinating lesson.; Howarth's group also was able to climb Mt Vesuvius which provided an awe-inspiring glimpse at all of Napoli and the Mediter-1 ranean. Interestingly, along the climb and at the top there were bars, or counters, so along the walk bickers can purchase coffee, wine, beer or gelato.^ In Naples the group was able to tour casdes, see ancient mosaics and eat the freshest swordfish possible. There was also a day trip to Sorrento, with the option of taking a ferry to Capri, or touring the quaint Italian town.. The trip was a combination of a firsthand learning experience, a cultural immersion and a vacation. Whether someone went for history, shopping, culinary delights or adventure their appetites were quenched; it was both unforgettable and magical.

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Over Spring Break, Kyle and I went on Dr. Howarth's trip to Italy, along with- about- 20 other torcjH^t s t u d e ^ ! ; '' g We visited many historical places, but we also tasted many different kinds of food. In honor of our trip we decided to share our recipe for spaghetti sauce. This is a great meal to share with friends and is extremely e^sy. We add ground beef and sausage in this particular recipe, but you can omit them if you are more health conscious or a vegetarian.

If you want to add more to the sauce I would recommend that you add more vegetables, some popular veggies that we found in sauce while we were in Italy included eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms, and squash. Or if you like meat but want to add something healthier use ground turkey, which is a lot leaner and leave out the sausage entirely. Italian meals are always a favorite and you can add to the meal by;making some garlic bread or using the sauce to make

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While some attempt the drunken revelry of an American style St Patrick's Day, it is Photo by Adam Hicks also possible to hearken back to Inside of Molly Brannigans located at 5th and State. a simpler time and celebrate the traditional food and festivities land in hopes of better fortune beef sandwich. There is the of Irish culture without exces- in America. Molly would go traditional Irish Reuben with sive amounts of alcohol. down to the docks and feed her braised Guinness cabbage for This week's feature in Erie comrades, give them drink and $8.29 and the King Roderick's culinary adventures is the tradi- wish them safe passage!"? with sauerkraut for $7.99. tional Irish pub and restaurant, It certainly is the closest a All entrees are offered after 5 Molly Brannigans. Mercyhurst student can get to p.m. and include the traditional Although this column usu- Ireland without purchasing a dishes like the Puree 11's fish and chips at $10.99 for a half ally shuns away from chain plane ticket. restaurants, Molly Brannigans The food at Molly Brannigans pound of fish and $15.99 for a corporate offices reside here in is a wonderful combination full pound. Erie, Pennsylvania, and it is the of traditional Irish dishes and The large piece of beer batperfect setting to celebrate St. American cuisine in order to tered fish, two if you order Patty's Day. please the taste buds of all the pound option, takes up the entire plate and lays on a Residing in the 500 block of patrons. State Street, Molly Brannigans Their appetizer menu starts bed of chips with a side of is a traditional Irish restaurant out as Irish as possible with a coleslaw. For dessert, Molly's with great food and fantastic pini of Guinness, also known as continues the Irish theme,' ofservice. ["pure magic" at the restaurant, fering sweet treats like Bailey's According to the restaurant's but there are more conven- Irish Crime Cheesecake and legend written on the inside of tional appetizers, such as jumbo Guinness Crime Brulee. the menu, their renowned hos- chicken wings for $7.99. For those who are looking pitality is based on the legend The most recommended ap- for more of a deal, the restauof Molly Brannigan: petizer would have to be the rant offers a happy hour, every "One of the most beautiful spinach artichoke dip, a large Monday through Friday from 4 women the Emerald Isle has crock of the hot dip topped p.m. to 6 p.m., for both appeever known. While Molly was with diced tomatoes and served tizers and drinks. There is also suited by many men, she never with a generous plate of hot pita a trivia event, called the "Pub succumbed to any of their ad- chips sprinkled with parmesan Quiz, on Wednesday nights. For more information you can vances. She put all of her energy cheese for §8.29. into helping those less fortunate. For sandwiches the establish- visit their website at www.molDuring hard times, many Irish ment offers two different kinds lybrannigans.com. were forced to flee their native of Reuben, an Irish corned

Directions 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. In order to get ready to start chop the garlic, onion and green pepper (as well as any other veggies you wanted to add) Add olive oil and chopped veggies to your large pot and simmer over medium heat until the onion becomes clear and your veggies are tender. While your veggies are simmering in a skillet, brown your ground round and sausage over medium-high heat. m Once the meat and veggies are ready, add meat and tomato sauce to the large pot with the veggies. (You may consider adding a bay leaf, too.) Reduce the heat to low, mixing in basil, oregano salt and pepper to taste. J f Cover and allow to simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. j

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This I Believe: Dr. Thomas Gamble ! The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly The Dignity of Work I I • *
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Bjm becoming President in 2006, Dr.. Gamble served on whatever particular task engaged her. Because the Mercyhurst community as Adjunct Faculty in Criminal she didn't resent her work she didn't withdraw her Justice and Psychology (1985- 1996); Full-time Faculty mind from it and as a result her work was mindful in Criminal Justice and Psychology and Director of the and graceful. Mercyhurst Owe Institute (1997-2005); and Vice This was my first experiential introduction to President of Academic Affairs (2005-2006). the 'dignity of work' and ever since I have been Dr.. Gamble states: "I think my favorite aspect of Merry- time and again by how this notion echoes intrigued hurst is the warm and congenial hospitality, especially with hallways of human thought. I catch a down the respect to the nature and quality of the faculty-student of it now and again in interesting places: glimpse relationship." i in how a monk holds a bowl, an artist his brush, a dancer her pose. IntimeI learned that the Catholic Nona \vai a mercurial woman given to great notion of the dignity of work rests in part on the warmth and tenderness as well as a volcanic tem- notion of the goodness of creation and the opper. She spoke English with a heavy Italian accent. portunity for women and men to continue the act She was as innocent as a dove and wily as a snake. of creation. When I recollect the smell of Nona's fresh bread, the connection between the dignity of I adored her. I remember being a toddler and following Nona work and the goodness of creation is immediately around the house as she did her chores. In par- disclosed. ticular I remember her baking bread and making Work is not just something we do "at work"; it homemade pasta. I was always fascinated watch- exists whenever we transform the world we share ing her in these activities and it wasn't until much with others. Work is the manner of our eneagelater that I realized why. There was elegance in her merit in the world; it connects our mind, body and movements whether breaking eggs, kneading the spirit to the rest of creation. I believe that the way floured dough, cutting the rolled macaroni. Watch- we work - how we treat one another and how we ing her made me feel a sense of well-being and treat the materials of our work — is an expression wholeness. Later I understood that this was because of who we are, what we value, and our mutual she gave herself over to her work so completely, obligations to one another, to our community and body and mind. She didn't resent having to work to the Creator.

The Good


Seven graduating art seniors will have their thesis work showcased in the Cummings Art Gallery beginning on Mar. 15. A reception will honor the students on Mar. 24. This year's show will have an emphasis on photography and will prove to be a diverse and thoughtful exhibit Eight Mercyhurst students and Dr. Michele Crumley will represent Mercyhurst at the World Model United Nations Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, at the end of the month. While there, students will represent the nation of Poland and debate a variety of issues while experiencing the art of diplomacy. Additionally, students'will attend several social and cultural events, having the opportunity to meet other students from around the world. This week is Alcohol Awareness Week on campus, conveniendy placed right before St. Patty's Day weekend/ Several activities will be available to students with the goal of encouraging students to make responsible decisions regarding alcohol consumption. As students know, the irresponsible use of alcohol can possibly have tragic consequences and, if nothing else, can result in making some rather regrettable decisions. £

The Bad
This past week was rough for Mercyhurst sports. Women's and men's hockey both lost playoff games. This is a shame because they have both had such amazing seasons, especially the women. Fans took the losses hard, but the college community will never forget this exciting hockey season, £ ^

The Ugly


SportsCenter for women: Caution... endangered dating
The benefits of College are obvious: independence from our parents, new friends, higher education, great parties and unforgettable experiences. Unfortunately, weVe encountered the apparent negatives as well: the freshman 15, crazy roommates, ca feteria food, all-nighters, Natty Light Jessica and 8 a.m. classes. Lamb But a major downside exists that receives little Contributing writer attention and, in fact, may have gone completely unnoticed to some, fc 3* ^ • *$' Perhaps the largest negative aspect or college (at least for the sake of relationships and emotional sanity) is that college students don't date. By "date" I mean two things: that we don't go on actual dates and that we don't casually "see" people. Instead we rush into a relationship with the first guy who shows some interest, often regardless of his evident personality flaws, which we either make excuses for, pretend not to notice or are determined to fix. We are a culture that settles for nothing less than instant gratification. We buy on credit because the notion of "saving-up" for something is obsolete. Similarly, we date "on credit": I'll rush into a relationship and fix the damage later. We need to slow down, | If the person is really something worth having, we need to use our emotions wisely, not throw them around like they're disposable. It will make the little experiences and "first times" with that person all the more special, f Otherwise when we make an impulse "purchase," we find ourselves saying, "Did I really need this? He looked good at the time, but now I'm realizing he's not who I thought he was..." If we had just taken it slow from the beginning, we would have realized this and not gotten so emotionally attached. 2 In college, however, sex comes before dinner and a movie, the kiss comes before he asks for our phone number andflirtingcomes before we know his name. Goodbye romance, goodbye. Ladies, much of this is our faul j >

Saint Patrick's Day. Why isn't this a 'good* you ask? Well, because this year the famous Irish holiday falls on a Saturday, and, quite frankly, things could get ugly (even more than usual).

Our expectations of a guy's ability to court us have sunk to a new low: we now get butterflies from a Facebook "poke," 'j These low expectations contribute to the imWhile global warming is not apparent in Erie, personal and rushed behavior; we're basically Pa., with the continued streak of cold weather, telling men that it's acceptable for them to do theefforts are being taken on the Mercyhurst campus bare minimum and still come out on top. We must to counteract environmental damage and promote not forget that long before there was AIM or cleaner energy usage. text messaging, there were love letters and actual Mercy. . . phone calls—that's right: voice-on-voice action. hurst's Green 'X News flash: digitalflirtationis w/the same as the Team has real thing. been busy Ellen Two serious questions arisefromthis unfortunate over the past Koenig situation. First is this behavior limited to college, year Hand, or does it extend to the twentyrsome thing years fthrough their m[——^ « a »VJ w as-well? God-help us all if it exists in-the "real efforts, solar • ***£ S * ipanels will I world." i ifen$n*ni fnlh f Contributing writer Second does this emotionally destructive behav- soon be in''^—^mammm—^mm—Mm^—^mmmm ior threaten the future of relationships? As our stalled on the •-—*•——-———-———-———-—tolerance for taking relationships slow decreases, roof of Zurn Hall's ceramics lab to supplement the divorce rate seems to increase. The beauty of energy for the campus. courtship — emotionally "saving up" - is that it will The move comes after a Solar Scholar grant in allow us to appreciate our "purchase" much more, which students must match the money given from think about what we're getting ourselves into and the grant. £ ultimately make an informed decision. To raise the money, students will vote on a refHow do we reconcile this situation? Know your erendum in the upcoming student elections to pay limits. Don't ignore that voice in your head that's | 5 a term (totaling $15 a year) to match the Solar pleading "Um, hellooo. You're moving way too Scholar grant. fast here." f This is a small price to pay considering the Don't forget the correct order of operations: amount of money spent to attend Mercyhurst. exchange of names, exchange of phone numbers, Students have the opportunity to vo^e in favor of actual phone calls, actual dates, then the physical promoting cleaner energy and can help make the stuff. college a regional model for alternative energy. Finally don't settle for anything less than what Currently, Hammermill Library, the PAC and you want. If he chews with his mouth open and Audrey Hirt Center are heated and cooled by geoit absolutely grosses you out, don't make the in- thermal energy. evitable excuse to your friends, "Oh, he can't help In another effort to energize the campus, the it He has an overbite." If you want dinner and a Green Team and the Office of Sustainability has movie and he wants sex, politely (or rudely) turn managed to buy wind power to supplement for him down. Hold your ground. 10% of the school's energy. Dating works best when you have a clear conThey hope to grow this figure to 20% in the science and when there's no doubt in your mind near future. that you've made an informed decision. The wind is supplied by Pennsylvania wind farms, which makes Mercyhurst College the third largest Be smart. academic institution using wind power. Slow down. If he wants to move faster than you do, he's not t Looking at other Pennsylvania schools, 31 total have some reliance on wind energy. This ongoing the right guy. trend simply shows the dedication to alternative Period.

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March 14, 2007

By Joe Fidago Contributing writer And the winner is...Chris Cagle. This Capitol N ashville recording artist will be our headliner for Springfest 2007, with the opener still to be determined. Cagle *s Website offers no streaming music, but most country fans will have heard of him, even if it's only because of his song "Chicks Dig I t " Other songs you will want to check out are: from his 2001 debut "Play it Loud," "My<Love Goes On and On," "Laredo, "The Safe Side," "Country By the Grace of God," "Play it Loud," "Are You Ever Gonna Love Me" and "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out." From his 2003 self-titled album check out "What A Beautiful Day," "Look What I Found," *Td Be Lying," "Everything" and "Look At What I've Done." & His most recent release, "Anywhere But Here" includes the noteworthy songs "Wal-Mart Parking Lot," "Miss Me Baby," "Anywhere But Here" and the


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cover of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," which has been praised by Ion Bon Jovi himself. Some of you may be confused as to how we ended up with a country artist and not alternative, so here we go. The Country genre came in second place by a mere seven votes to Alternative in the Music Genre Survey that was sent out in January. After making a preliminary list for SAC of all the possible alternative acts that could work as headlincrs (and would be

Bamboozlefest is a huge two once the Bamboozlefest offer ^° was on the table, especially with day punk/rock concert in New their new album that is getting Jersey which took away just rave reviews from everyone. about every band that I had Anyone who thinks that I written down. have a bias against Brand New It's almost a two day version should think again; I'll see all of the Vans Warped Tour, but you diehard fans in Buffalo toit unfortunately includes a wider morrow night at their show. range of music. So there you have it, Chris [. Muse, one of the first bands we wanted to get in contact Cagle is our main attraction with, were already signed to the this year. Some of you who read this festival, as were Jack's Mannewill be thrilled, some of you quin and a host of other acts. The group of students who will be so angry; you will get pushed to get Brand New to blue in the face, but the reason play at Springfest made their I picked Cagle as one of the case however, Brand New*s possible country acts was beasking price was just outside of cause his music is' not twangy Ahywk^r^^ui Htrt the allotted money SAC had set or hard to get into if you don't http://chr<scagle.muslccilynetv/orks com/ like country. aside for a Springfest band. Check out Chris Cagle at Springfest on May 5. If you aren't happy with the 1 ven so, with the enormous exposure that Bamboozlefest outcome, give the songs I listed enjoyed by a majority of the declined to play at Bamboozlef- allows the bands to have, there above a listen before you blow students), bids were placed est, and then with Cartel, who was no guarantee that Brand a fuse. with The Academy Is...,- who did the exact same thing. New wouldn't have backed out


History Boys' examines unconventional teaching
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By Megan O'Hare Contributing writer The following is a preview of the film, 'The History Boys." The time before college when preparing for entrance exams is always very stressful; the competition begins to heighten especially when attempting to get into an extremely prestigious school. We can all relate to this feeling when we were seniors in high school preparing for our SAT/ ACT exams. The pressure to do well on these exams to be able to get into your choice college was very ceivingextra practice or courses tnrpugnout the school year. Based on the popular play by Allan Bennett, "The History

Boys" follows a group of eight young men in a private all boys academy in Yorkshire, England during the 1980s. | The boys take an extra semester to prepare for their entrance exams with help from their teachers. The boys are competing for acceptance into the esteemed universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Mrs. Lintott is the history teacher at the school and Hector teaches the boys French and Literature. The young men admire Hector for his unconventional methods of teaching and his ability to make learning interesting and Cqppetitfpn arises, when Jhe headmaster of the school hires a new teacher, Mr. Irwin. He is much younger than

Hector and has a completely different method of teaching. He believes passing the entrance exams takes great discipline and focuses completely on the goals it takes to achieve it. Mr. Irwin believes that the students' ability to answer the questions any way they can is more beneficial than actually having knowledge about the subject matter. Hector, however, feels it is important to know as much as possible about the different subjects and how the students can apply this knowledge to real life, not simply for an essay question. There is a constant battle between the two teachers for the ap^pjtanc^pf.^f fj: stwJepts and,
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man who is in love with Dakin and Timms, an overweight student who acts as the "class clown" in his school. Rudge portrays-the stereotypical "dumb joc&J^and Seripps, who is a devout Christian. The other boys in the group are not featured in direct story lines; rather, they are involved in dialogues with the main characters. The boys interact with each other as- any group of friends would, except for the fact they are all competing for the same



The eight students in the movie are, Dakin, the self-absorbed, teen heartthrob, Posner, a gay





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in London's National Theatre in 2004 and is performed by the same cast in the movie. The History Boys will be shown 1 at Ae-'PAe'&n Wednesday, Mar. 14at2aitd&p.m. ^ ' »» • Tickets are FREE for Mercyhurst Gollege students with ID (one ticket per ID).

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Lakers fall to Le Moyne in battle of nation's top ranked lacrosse teams
Jimmy McCann Contributing writer '.The nationally ranked No. 3 Mercyhurst men's lacrosse team put its 3-0 record on the line Saturday when they played host to the nation's number one team and defending National Champion Le Moyne College. Touted by many in the lacrosse world as what would be the best game of the year in Division II, the game lived up to expectations and 60 minutes of play was not enough to decide a winner as the Lakers fell 8-7 in overtime. The two teams spent much of the first quarter feeling each| other out With the Lakers down 1-0 in the final minutes of the first, sophomore Mike Bartlett dodged right to left before tagging the comer of the net to tie the score at one. The Dolphins scored the next two goals of the game before senior Simon Stocks drew the Lakers to within a goal to close out the scoring for thefirsthalf. Just a minute into the second half, senior B.T. Lindner notched hisfirstgoal of the day to tie the score at three. After some good back-andforth action, Le Moyne looked poised to regain the lead, but sophomore goalie Jason Lashomb had other ideas. Lashomb seemed to stand on his head as he made two breathtaking, point-blank saves in a row before sending senior Adam Mulh erin on a fast break that he tucked into the lower left corner of the cage, giving the Lakers their first lead of the day. That lead, however, was shortlived as just a minute and a half later, the Dolphins scored the first in their string of four goals Thon threw a desperate heave toward the other end of the field, causing a scramble of 'Hurst attackmen and Le Moyne defenders 10 yards in front of the cage. Lindner seemed to come away with the ball but was stripped immediately. Senior Scott Janssen picked it up and drew the goalie out of the cage before the ball was checked out of his stick and rolled to sophomore Mike Thon who netted the game-tying goal with just seven seconds remaining. When the game moved into overtime, the Lakers had two unsuccessful attempts at die win before Le Moyne took the ball downfield and scored. Lashomb was nothing short of brilliant between the pipes as he made 14 saves, while vastly outplaying two-time Goalie of the Year Jared Corcoran from Le Moyne. Also impressive was the effort of Joe Thon, as he came up with countless big stops and takeaways from the highly regarded offense of Le Moyne. In a post-game conversation with a Le Moyne parent, the Lakers drew rave reviews for the determination, heart and hustle that the}* put on display. To sum up die day from a fan perspective, one needs to look no further then the Lemoyne fan's closing sentiments when he said "You tell those boys to be proud of what they did out there today. We are lucky to come away with this one and it looks like it will be another classic when we see you in the playoffs.9' With the loss, the Lakers record fell to 3-1. They will return to action this Saturday when they host Dominican at noon to open the conference portion of their schedule.

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Zack Schafer (white) became an Ail-American for the third time, finishing seventh.

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Three Laker wrestlers finish as All-Americans
Matt Jackson Sports Co-editor Senior wrestlers Zack Schafer and JJ. Zanetta came to Mercyhurst in the same recruiting class in 2003 and have been good friends and roommates since day one. It seems fitting then that the two would end their collegiate careers the same way as well. Both Schafer and Zanetta earned Ail-American honors with seventh-placefinishesin the NCAA Division II Tournament at Nebraska-Omaha. For Zanetta, it was the second straight year he had placed seventh while Schafer dropped five spots from last year's runner-up finish. "It was a little disappointing only finishing seventh/' said Schafer* "now a th^ee-time,Alln American, "but it was fiice to end my career on a win and it was a great four years with JJ- and the other guys/* Schafer nearly missed being an All-American this year at 174 pounds, a weight class up from last season. |, He was pushed to overtime by Newberry's Quinn Tolbert before getting the winning takedown. Schaferfinishedhis career with v ! 109 wins; ? Zanetta technically finished his career with a win as he was declared the winner by forfeit in the seventh-place match in the 141-pound weight class. Prior to that, Zanetta had two two-point decisions, including his 8-6 win to guarantee he would be an Ail-American. "It would have been nice to wrestle for that final win," said Zanetta, whofinishedthe season with a team-best record of 32-8. "I also would have liked to finish a little higher than seventh, but it was still a good season" | .-While Schafer and Zanetta were putting an exclamation mark on their highly successful careers, it was freshman Andy Lamancusa who actually had the highest finish for the team. * Lamancusa finished 3-2 in the tournament and was pinned in the final match for a sixth-place finish. [• Lamancusa finished 22-8 in ; his inaugural season as a Laker and also led the team with four technical falls. pDon Cummings, wrestling at 149, just missed becoming an AUAmetican for the second time. The junior finished 2-2, but lost to UNC-Wilmington's Willie Hilton in the second round of consolations. Also competing for the Lakers were Payne Lint at 125 and Hudson Harrison at 157. Both finished the tournament 0-2. As a team the Lakers finished 15th with 23 points. The University of Central Oklahoma won the event with 124.5 points, 16 points ahead of second-place Nebraska-Kearney.. tjjBt.j Central Oklahoma finished with eight All-Americans, including one national champion and four second-place finishers.

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in a row to take a 7-4 lead with just 4:09 remaining. A previously raucous crowd was silenced as the defending champs led by three and had seemingly every whistle from the referees go in their favor. That was until sophomore David Osier breathed new life into the Tullio Field faithful when he drew the Lakers to within two goals with 2:41 left to play in the game. Whistles continued to hurt the Lakers as they fanatically tried to regain possession. After killing off what seemed to be a game ending penalty, Osier took a feed on die goal line and faked a shof before dishing to Lindner, who promptly redirected the pass into the empty net Parents, alumni and fans were all now back at their feverish pitch, urging the Lakers to somehow find the net one more time. Le Moyne won the ensuing face-off and looked to kill the final 20 seconds. \ The Lakers responded by double-teaming the ball carrier and senior Joe Thon came through with the takeaway. With the secondstickingaway,

Feret leads Softball over No. 8 Le Moyne but Lakers return from Florida at 3-7
By Fin ell a Ann and Contributing writer The Mercyhurst softball team recently traveled to Fort Myers, Fla., for spring break training. While other Mercyhurst students were busy partying it up, the softball girls managed to squeeze 12 games into 10 hectic days. They finished the 10 days with a record of 5-7. % "This is our spring break for us. We get to play the game we love, and still get the sun of Florida, so I don't feel like we are sacrificing at all," said Mercyhurst junior catcher Annie Dragolich. The Mercyhurst softball team opened its season by splitting a pair of games in each of its first two days of action. The Lakers rolled past Concordia St. Paul 7-1 in its season opener, before losing to Alma, 4-1, Sunday. Monday, the Lakers split a doubleheader with Concordia St. St. Paul. The decision paid off Paul, losing 3-2 in eight innings as the Lakers picked up an 8-4 before bouncing back for an 8-4 win. win in the nightcap. Senior Kim Griffin saw the [•)0en Feret set a standard for majority of the time on the herself in the very first game mound as she pitched the first of Mercyhurst's spring season. three innings and allowed only She scattered four hits as the two runs. Lakers beat Concordia St. Paul The early splits were a sign 7-1. The pitcher also struck out of the inconsistency that was five batters and dodged three to follow Mercyhurst for the Mercyhurst errors in the Lakers remainder of the spring training first game of the season. games. p£In game two, the Laker bats "Some days we played to our went quiet as Alma held Mercy- potential and looked like a really hurst to just three hits. Freshman good team, hut other days we Lisa Nazarenko got the start on looked nervous and didn't play the mound, allowing seven hits. as well as we should have" said On the second day of action, Mercyhurst senior Kim Griffin. Mercyhurst took a tough-luck One of the biggest highs for loss in the opening game against the Lakers was a 2-1 win over Le Concordia St. Paul. Moyne, the eighth ranked team in Coach Sarah Headley tried a the nation. different tactic in the second Jen Feret came up big for game of the day and used four Mercyhurst, as she continued to different pitchers in order to do throughout the spring traintry and unbalance Concordia ing games. With two outs and

Melissa Rizzo on third, Feret knocked a base hit up the middle to bring home the winning run and stun Le Moyne. lc [p When other players weren't playing to potential Jen Feret really stepped up and won games for us. The rest of the team "has to follow her lead in order for us to be the success that we can potentially be this season," said Griffin of her fellow senior. fi Unfortunately, there were times during the training games when Feret simply couldn't bring out the win for the Lakers. Feret had an unbelievable game against Au gustana as she hit three homers and drove in four runs; however, it wasn't enough as Augustana defeated the Lakers 14-6. In the remainder of the games the Lakers recorded three losses against Florida Gulf Coast, a narrow defeat to Palm Beach Adantic and an impressive win against CW Post

Women's lacrosse wins two straight on the road
By Chris Davis Contributing writer After the women's lacrosse team dropped its first two games of the season in the state of North Carolina, the team has rebounded to win its next two road games to improve their record to 2-2 on the year. Two ranked teams, Queens and Pfeiffer, defeated Mercyhurst before they picked up theirfirsttwo wins, defeating Belmont-Abbey and Millersville, In the season opener on February 8 against No. 10 ranked Queens College, the Lakers were defeated 9-4 as they fell behind 4-0 and were never able to overcome the Royals* early lead. The Lakers then traveled to No. 8 ranked Pfeiffer College March 3, where they were defeated 187 in a game in which they were out-shot 40-18. During, the Belmont Abbey game, Mercyhurst jumped out to an early 5-0 lead, which helped them to cruise to victory. The Lakers never trailed throughout the contest and left with a 12-7 win. Mercyhurst received wellbalanced scoring in getting their first win. Sophomore Breanna Haggerty scored herfirsthat trick of the season with the first two goals coming within the first 10 minutes of the contest. She then tallied her third goal of the game, scoring with 1:36 remaining in the match. Junior Courtney Olevnik scored two goals during the game with her first goal putting the Lakers up by a score of 2-0, which came on an assist from sophomore Jessie Horeth.
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Senior Lauren Smith and sophomore Kris ten Toomey each scored a pair of goals to help lead the team to the win. Freshman Maeve McGoff made eight saves as she improved her record to 1 2 on the year. The Lakers then traveled to Millersville where Mercyhurst defeated the Marauders 11-10 to improve their record to 2-2 on the season. Mercyhurst did not do it in normal fashion as they played into double overtime before scoring the game-winner in this suddendeath overtime on Saturday. Angela Schumerth scored the first goal of the game to give the Lakers the early lead. Going into halftime, the Lakers had a lot of momentum as they led 5-3, Millersville would then come back to tie the game#8-8 at the end of regulation. In the first overtime period, Millersville scored first, but Mercyhurst's Toomey soon answered totiethe score at nine. While still in the first overtime, Guiffiida scored on an assist by Kate Smith, to give the Lakers the lead but Millersville would then answer with a goal to de the score at 10. In the sudden-death double overtime, Schumerth scored the game-winning goal, her third of the season, for the 11-10 win. Schumerth believed that the team came together very strong. "It was definitely a team effort and it felt good to come out on top after such a close and intense game,'* she said. The Lakers next match is at Tullio field, which will be their home opener against. Slippery Rock on Monday, March 19 at 4 p.m.

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This weeks results...
Women's hockey.. Men's hockey. Wrestling. '' Men's volleyball Women's water polo W ^ Mar 9, L 3-2 (OT) Minn Duluth Mar. 10, L 5-4, UCONN ....Mar. 9,13 of 34, NCAA Session I Mar. 9,15 of 34, NCAA Session II Mar. 10,19 of 34, NCAA Session III Mar. 9, L 3-0, Penn St .................Mar. 10, L 4-2, Siena sj Mar. 10, W14-0, Utlca Mar. 11, W 7-5, Queens Mar. 11, W11-2, Carthage Mar. 10, W11-8, Salem Intl. Mar. 10, W11-5, Salem Intl. Mar. 11, W14-6, Salem Intl. Mar. 10, L 8-7 (OT), Le Moyne ....Mar. 10, W11-10 (3 OT), Mlllersvllle


Baseball 'ki Men's lacrosse....... Women's lacrosse..

In the news...
Athletes of the Week The Mercyhurst College Athletic Department announced Monday that Andy Lamancusa and Angela Schumann were this week's Athletes of the Week. Lamancusa Is a freshman wrestler who earned All-Amerlcan status by virtue of his sixthplace finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships. His finish was the highest of any Mercyhurst wrestler at the event. Schumerth proved to be the hero last Saturday when the women's lacrosse team edged Mlllersvllle 11-10 In triple overtime. The game-winner was her third score of the night, which netted her the first hat trick of her career.
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Mercyhurst struggled to get the puck past Mlnneosta Duluth goalie Rita Sehaublln, who made 44 saves on Friday. By Ryan Palm Sports editor
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"Two very good teams played tonight, and the game could of gone either way," said University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Coach Shannon Miller. "Nobody deserved to lose, and Baseball ranked No. 4 In region we've been on the short end j he last two years, so this was the With three wins over Salem International the Mercyhurst third time, and the third time was baseball team moved up to No. 4 in the North Central Region the charm." Poll. The team was ranked two spots lower In last week's poll, Before a standing room only which Is conducted by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers crowd at the Mercyhurst Ice Association (NCBWA). Center, the two teams played their hearts out in the NCAA Ranked above the Lakers are three other conference foes in Division I Quarterfinal game, the Grand Valley, Ashland and Wayne State. Mercyhurst takes the first of its kind to be hosted on road for a pair of non-conference double-headers this weekend. the Mercyhurst campus. First up is Davis and Elklns on Saturday and another twinbill While the quarterfinal game with Grand Valley on Sunday. itself was familiar for the Lakers, playing that game at home was a new experience, one that the Men's lacrosse at No. 3 team seemed to appreciate. "The fans were great' to us Despite a loss last week against No.l Le Moyne, the Mercyhurst all season long, and especially men's lacrosse team held onto their No. 3 ranking In the tonight. They created a great country. Last weekend the two battled with the Lakers coming playoff atmosphere," said team up short in the 8-7 overtime decision. Up next for Mercyhurst captain Julia Colizza following is Dominican (N.Y.) for a conference match-up at home on the loss. • Saturday at noon. Below are complete rankings: On paper the match-up seemed to be very one-sided; Mercyhurst having its best season ever with a

32-1-3 regular season record. On the flip side UMD had an up-and-down campaign, finishing the regular season with a 22-10-4 mark. As coaches and players from both squads described in postgame interviews, playoff matchups rarely turn out as the statistics claim they should Mercyhurst got off to a hot start in the contest, scoring a goal late in the game's opening session. Junior assistant captain Stephanie Jones netted her\ 16th goal of the season onfJa, feed from sophomore Melissa Dianoski at 18:32 on the first Only two minutes into the second period the Lakers struck again, this time from the stick of freshman Meghan Agosta, whose 38th goal of the year put Mercyhurst up 2-0 and cranked up the momentum at the MIC. UMD got a late second period goal from Michacla Lanzl at 17:53 to slow the momentum, with the next 20 minutes of hockey filled with near misses and great saves. Unfortunately for Mercyhurst, Jessica Koizumi converted inI or missing at 18:16 or the third, to stun the boisterous crowd and tie the game at 2-2.

Following an intermission the team played seven minutes of overtime hockey before Koizumi put the final dagger in the Laker dreams, ending the game at 11:16 of the overtime period with her 20th goal of the year and second of the night. UMD got stellar goaltending from senior goalie Rika Schaublin, who made 44 saves, including every Mercyhurst shot during the third period and overtime. In the pipes for Mercyhurst Hosier played nearly as well, making 29 saves in her 71 plus minutes on the ice. A stunned Mercyhurst team struggled to collect themselves after the loss, which is understandable given the dream season they experienced. Such a negative ending simply cannot diminish the season the team put together, filled with highlight after highlight all season long. "Not only did they win another league and playoff championship, they only lost twice all year, and that may never happen again/' said Mercyhurst Coach Michael Sisd. What both Colizza and Sisd noted following the game was the appreciation they had for the campus and community all

season long. "I think they got this campus and community to fall in love with them. You can win a lot of hockey games, but we got so many people on this campus and community to follow us closely. That doesn't happen overnight; it says a lot about this team and the teams that came before them," said Sisd. "The support has really helped us get through many games, particularly Dartmouth and Princeton, where the fans really pushed us to get the win,'; said rr Colizza. ** ' "iff! Perhaps no words were more appropriate than those uttered by the several hundred Mercyhurst students in attendance, who waited 10 minutes for the UMD celebration and handshakes between the two teams to yell "We still love you," for their team. One could list accomplishments for hours and, while that is deserved, the impact this team had on the college community says more than how many trophies they hoisted or how many weeks they spent at No. 1. One can only hope this trend continues for years to come, and Mercyhurst hockey will develop into the elite tradition it so deserves.

Anderson First Team All GLIAC
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference named Mercyhurst forward Julie Anderson to their First Team earlier this month. It Is the second straight First Team honor for Anderson, whofinishesher career near the top of many all-time records. For her career, shefinishedIn the top-five all time In By Ryan Palm points, rebounds, steals and career free-throw percentage. Sports editor

Baseball gets off to hot start
the process. *& In the weekend's closing game, Spano took advantage of the Laker offense, giving him a sizeable lead, and was able to shuffle' his lineup throughout the contest. | Six different Lakers reached base in multiple at-bats, highlighted by a homerun by Ixnigh. | Six different pitchers put in work for Mercyhurst, with Adam fray picking up the win going two innings of relief work, striking out five of the six batters he faced. HAll in all things are looking up for Mercyhurst, who is handily outscoring their opponents at a 110-79 clip so far this spring. Additionally the team's batting average of .321 is very respectable given the little exposure they've had to the outside elements and real hitting situations. Coming off an excellent campaign in 2006, Mercyhurst will seek to build upon progress made last year. In one of the best years in recent program history, the Lakers finished 2006 38-15-0, with a 23-9-0 conference record. They narrowly missed out on a NCAA playoff appearance, something they have not experienced since the 2000 season. "We have a lot of potential, we have a lot of talent but we only have four seniors. New leaders will have to emerge, and it needs to go a long way with chemistry. It doesn't matter how talented you are, you need chemistry to succeed," said Spano, * With a solid core of hitters, coupled with an emerging staff of solid arms, the regular season looks bright for the baseball program, which is currendy ranked No. 4 in the region, up two spots from last week. Mercyhurst has four more nonconference games coming up this weekend before they head into GLIAC play. On Saturday they will travel to Elkina WVa. to take on Davis and Elkins for a pair. On Sunday they will play a non-conference twinbill against GLIAC powerhouse and the No. 1 in the region in Grand Valley State. W On March 24-25 the Lakers are scheduled to travel to Detroit, Mich., to open GLIAC play against Wayne State University. The team opens up at home the next weekend, March 31 and April 1 when Saginaw Valley comes to town. ^

For the second time in as many years, the Mercyhurst baseball team is off to a hot start, fueled The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) by a spring break trip to warm honored Mercyhurst college earlier this month for their sunny Florida. excellence off the field and in the classroom. As a team, Although they have yet to play Mercyhurst finished fifth in NCAA Division II with a team GPA of a conference game, the team 3.25, which earled them a National Academic Team Award. has 14 games in the books, 11 of which came in the Sunshine From women's hockey State. |,*When asked for his opinion The women's Ice hockey team would like to extend a of the team's play on the annual huge thank you to President Gamble and the entire . trip, Coach Joe Spano seemed administration, faculty and staff for all the support you pleased. gave us this season. "The team did very well. If we had an opportunity to get outside We would also like to thank the Erie Community for all before we;left, we could have your support that you gave us In so many ways this past done better and upset some of season. The spirit club and student body were remarkable the top Florida schools. throughout the season. The atmosphere was amazing and "It was a lot of physical misso exciting to play In this past weekend. takes that just would have been fixed if wc had got on thefi<Id. It was a devastating loss for our team In the final 8 game, We were in every game, hit well; but we couldn't have been as successful as we were this and played really well/* said season If It was not for all of you. Thanks again for all your Spano. support, it Is greatly appreciated! Hope to see you all next In most recent action, Mercyyearl hurst swept a trio of games from Salem International on March Sincerely-The women's ice hockey team 10-11. f On Saturday afternoon they Quick hits arc compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Any- won the weekend opener by a thing worthy of being a "quick hit" should be emailed to score of 11 -8, fueled by multiple hit performances from Brian sportsmerciad@mercyhurst.edu.

Field hockey team honored

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Junior David Lough Sanders, David Lough and Josh Schmidt. After starter Eric Drobotij was roughed up in his three innings of work, Ryan Schreiber and James Ludwig combined for four innings of solid relief work to give the offense time to bounce back and win the game. Game two of the weekend was delayed due to weather conditions, finishing the contest on Sunday morning. Sanders, Lough and Schmidt again had a pair of l\its each for the Lakers, who also received a pair from Jamie Walczak and Jeff Stoll. >; ' } > Wcs < raig pitched four hitlcss innings in relief, and picked up his second win of the spring in