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Vol. 80 No. 18 Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546 March 28, 2007
Earth Week
arrives in April
SAC presents
“Iron Chef: Pizza”
Mercyhurst’s own Kitchen Sta-
dium will be in the Student Union
on Friday, March 30, from 8p.m. to
Midnight where SAC will be giving
you a secret ingredient to incorporate
in all of your pizzas!
Gather your friends together and
get ready to show off your pizza
cooking skills.
Peter Coyote kicks off
2007 Literary Festival
Coyote will kick off the 2007 Lit-
erary Festival at Mercyhurst College
with an appearance on Thursday,
April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s
Taylor Little Theatre.
The festival, with a theme of “The
Arts and the Counter-Culture: Then
and Now,” continues April 19 with a
visit by novelist Francine Prose and
culminates April 25 with an event
celebrating student creativity.
Coyote will discuss and read from
“Sleeping Where I Fall,” his memoir
of life during the psychedelic ’60s. He
had earlier received the prestigious
Pushcart Prize for “Carla’s Story” in
Fundraiser for hunger at
the Masonic Temple
On April 1, Mercyhurst Social Work
Club and Art Education are putting
on a fundraiser at Masonic Temple
at 300 - 520 to raise awareness for
hunger in Erie.
Novelist Mary Gordon to
speak at Mercyhurst
The Catholic Studies Speaker Series
at Mercyhurst College will pres-
ent noted author Mary Gordon on
Wednesday, April 11, for a presenta-
tion titled, “Catholicism Through
a Literary Lens.” She will speak at
8:15 p.m. in the Walker Recital Hall.
The program is free and open to the
Gordon first gained acclaim for
her novel “Final Payments,” which
has been described as “addressing
the beauty and pain of one woman’s
experience in a devoutly Catholic
family.” Her most recent novel,
“Pearl,” was published in January
2005 by Pantheon Books.
Summer employment at
Applications are now being distrib-
uted to students who want to apply
for summer jobs at Mercyhurst Col-
lege this year. Most of the available
jobs are in maintenance, housing,
and various administrative offces.
Applications may be picked up in
Main 200A from Marion Nies and
should be returned by April 20, 2007.
Placements will be notifed by mail in
early May.
1st year summer student employees
will be paid $7.15/hr and 2nd year
returning summer student employees
will be paid $7.75/hr.
Students who work at least 180
hours during the summer will qualify
for a 50% reduction in their hous-
If you have questions, please con-
tact Marion Nies at ext. 2124.
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Campus news briefs
Some students may have already
gotten letters from the fnancial aid
offces, informing them and their par-
ents of next year’s tuition increase.
According to vice president of fnance
and treasurer Jane Kelsey, “this increase
is actually second lowest among private
The average total tuition increase,
including fees and room and board is
about 6 percent and as the letter states,
Mercyhurst’s tuition increase will be
a little more than 6 percent, bringing
total tuition from $27,822 this year to
This tuition increase process, actu-
ally began for Kelsey in October,
when the U.S. News and World report
announced its top colleges. For the next
few months Kelsey met with adminis-
tration, and the Committee of Budget
and Finance to devise the best plan to
maintain the academic superiority of
Mercyhurst College.
Though the increase is typical of all
institutions of higher learning, Kelsey
said that Mercyhurst’s tuition increase
will go specifcally to maintaining the
excellence of the school.
The money will go to recruitment
and retention of faculty, improving
facilities, expanding the wireless capa-
bilities, making more money available
for student research and study abroad
opportunities and, for the ffth year in a
row, renovating the science labs.
“Science is one of our fastest grow-
ing majors,” said Kelsey, “so this year
we plan to improve the biology and
ecology labs.”
Please see Mercyhurst on Page 3
Tuition increases
for 2007-2008
By Jessica Kocent
News editor
Preliminary plans are in development
for renovating the freshman area Mercy
According to Assistant Vice Presi-
dent of Residence Life Laura Zirkle,
the suites may undergo a summer-long
overhaul to improve freshman hous-
The current setup of each suite
includes: three bedrooms, one bath and
one large closet.
Two of the bedrooms are 13 feet,
11 inches by 11 feet, 5 inches, and one
bedroom is 15 feet, 5 inches by 7 feet,
5 inches.
The latter bedroom is sectioned by
a wall that makes for a narrow room.
Zirkle said one of the possible plans is
to remove the wall and expand the area
to a common room.
“It has not been an ideal setup,” she
said. “Our plan is to take down the
wall and put up and restore that area as
a formal living area.”
Zirkle also said the current closet area
may convert to a study room.
According to Vice President of Stu-
dent Life Dr. Gerry Tobin, each suite
will still house six people with three
students in each of the two remaining
“Right now, it is one space for two
people to occupy,” he said. “Given
this (new) situation, it gives more
Tobin said if the wall is taken down, it
will allow for a more livable area.
“I think spaciously, it takes them (the
students) out of the bedroom and gives
them a living area,” he said. “It makes
the bedroom the bedroom, and not the
bedroom a living space.”
Zirkle said other renovation plans
include changing the suite’s main foor
halls. Such changes include: better
lighting, art on the walls, and adding
furniture in the halls.
According to Zirkle, professor of
interior design Kathy Weidenboerner
is leading a class that is developing pos-
sible design plans for the suites.

Please see Suite on page 2
The Mercy Suites may soon be “more livable,” said Vice President of
Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin.
Andy Finkel photo
Mercy Suites may undergo facelift
MSG election candidates answered many student questions during the debate Tuesday night.
Andy Finkel photo
Bus hits sister
Sister Rita Panciera is currently recov-
ering at Hamot Medical Center after
being struck by the Mercyhurst College
Student Government bus last Thursday
following a speech by Bishop Thomas
Panciera sustained a few broken ribs
and a broken shoulder blade.
According to the Mercyhurst College
Police and Safety report, the bus hit
Panciera in parking lot number three.
The report states, “(The victim was)
run over across the chest by the front
passenger side wheel (of the bus).”
Mercyhurst College Police and Safety
Chief Ken Sidun confrmed police and
safety and the Erie Police Department
responded to the scene.
Juniors Mackenzie Kaczmarek and
Luke Handley said they were the frst
witnesses at the scene.
“We were coming out of the speaker
and saw the bus in the parking lot,” said
Kaczmarek. “We then heard someone
screaming bloody murder, that’s what
made us look.”
Handley said he and Kaczmarek at
frst did not believe the scream.
“We thought it wasn’t real, and then
we realized it was real and ran over,”
said Handley. “I then ran and knocked
on the bus door and the driver came
out, then I went over to the sister.”
According to Handley, Panciera was
talking and asked for someone to call
Kaczmarek said she tried to contact
police and safety.
“Police and safety drove by and I
attempted to fag them down, but they
continued to drive,” she said.
“Then another girl that was with us
ran back to her apartment to call police
and safety.”
According to Kaczmarek, police and
safety came frst, then a fre truck and
an ambulance.
“The EMTs took control of situation
(once they arrived),” she said.
Both Handley and Kaczmarek said
the bus was not going that fast.
“The bus could not have been going
more than fve miles per hour,” said
Handley said once police and safety
arrived, he attempted to help Pan-
“I placed my backpack behind her
head to comfort her,” he said.
“I kept asking her if there was any-
thing I could do, but she said she was
By Joshua Wilwohl
Candidates square off
Mercyhurst Student Government
executive board election candidates
proved their worth during last night’s
MSG debate.
Presidential candidates Marissa Starin
and Marty Wallenhorst briefy outlined
their platforms.
Starin said she is running to represent
“I want to provide new opportunities
for the student body,” she said. “I’m a
student before a politician.”
Wallenhorst stressed he is currently a
member of the executive board.
“I want to raise understanding of
MSG and SAC,” he said. “I want to
improve the recreation facility and
improve key student life activities.”
According to Starin, her most ada-
mant plan is working toward renewing
the intramural sports program.
She said her ideas include new pro-
grams such as Saturday softball.
Wallenhorst said his prominent plan
is to continue all projects already in set
by the current executive board.
Please see Debate on page 3
MSG debate proves tough election is ahead
By Joshua Wilwohl
Feret hits Lakers
to victory
By Joshua Wilwohl
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Historic N Ireland
agreement reached
Ian Paisley is expected to
be the frst minister to the
new administration.
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Northern Ireland’s arch-rival
leaders Ian Paisley and Gerry
Adams have agreed to a power-
sharing deal at historic talks.
The two men agreed to form a
joint executive on May 8 to run
the province.
Paisley, leader of the Protes-
tant DUP, and Adams of the
mainly Catholic Sinn Fein, have
been implacable opponents for
The DUP wants to keep British
rule. Sinn Fein calls for a united
Paisley is expected to be frst
minister in the new administra-
tion, while Martin McGuinness
of Sinn Fein, would be deputy
frst minister.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has apologized in parliament for
the country’s use of women as sex slaves during World War II.
The apology comes after Abe was criticized by Asian neighbours
for previous comments casting doubt on whether the women were
Abe told Parliament: “I apologize here and now as prime minis-
Japan PM apologizes for past sex slaves
Egyptians have voted in a key referendum on constitutional changes,
which the opposition criticize as paving the way for a police state.
The information minister put turnout at between 23% and 27%,
but unoffcial estimates were much lower.
The 34 amendments include a ban on the creation of political par-
ties based on religion, and sweeping security powers.
The government says the changes will deepen democracy, but op-
ponents say it will be easier to rig future elections.
Correspondents say there has been little sign of the “millions of
voters heading to ballot boxes” reported by the offcial news agency,
Egyptian citizens vote on major reforms
The Democratic Republic of
Congo president has defended
the army’s role in last week’s
violence, which led to at least 150
deaths in Kinshasa.
“Order had to be restored at
any cost,” said President Joseph
He also dismissed calls for
talks with opposition leader Jean-
Pierre Bemba, saying: “You do
not guarantee security through
The violence threatened to
derail the peace process which
ended DR Congo’s war and led
to elections last year.
Kabila defeated Bemba, a
former rebel leader, in a second
round run-off.
Kabila warns DR
Congo’s ex-rebel
“Order had to restored at
any cost,” Kabila said.
Donald Tsang has won a sec-
ond term as Hong Kong’s chief
executive in the frst contested
leadership race since the city
returned to Chinese rule.
Tsang was widely expected to
win. He clinched the fve-year
term in a vote of 649-123.
His rival, democratic legislator
Alan Leong, is calling for univer-
sal suffrage.
The territory’s leader was cho-
sen by an 800-member election
committee in a secret ballot.
Hong Kong’s leader
wins new term
Tsang was widely expected
to win the election.
At least 29 migrants have died
after smugglers forced them at
knife-point to jump into the sea
off the coast of Yemen, the UN
refugee agency has said.
The UNHCR said another 71
people were missing after the
Some of the 293 survivors said
the smugglers ordered some 450
migrants to jump when their
boats hit rough seas near the
coast town of Ras al-Kalb.
They said those who refused to
jump were stabbed and beaten
with clubs.
“We are horrifed by this latest
tragedy,” said UNHCR’s Assis-
tant High Commissioner Erika
Feller after returning from a visit
to Yemen.
Smugglers drown
migrants off Yemen
Migrants were told to jump
near the coast town of Ras
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Mercyhurst College has given
Quizno until the end of the week
to decide whether or not they
want to continue their One Card
deal with the college.
Many students have already
found out that the One Card is
not accepted at Quizno anymore
and that this came as a result of
Mercyhurst not being able to pay
their bills. This is not correct ac-
cording to One Card Supervisor
John Patterson.
“We have not broken any deal
with Quizno” he said, “And at
no point were we late with our
Quizno Manager Dan Grol-
man, however, claims that he has
not been paid for the months of
December, January and February,
and will not turn the Mercyhurst
One Card readers back on until
this is resolved.
Patterson is mildly confused
with these allegations and claims
that the bills have been paid on
“Our payments are not due un-
til 30 days after the initial bill ar-
rives at our desk. This is standard
procedure that anyone dealing
with business would know,” he
said. “Dan Grolman signed a deal
that confrms these procedures,
and he should therefore know
that we have not been late with
our payments.”
However the December pay-
ment was not paid until March
16, and this was the reason for
Grolman turning off the card
Patterson claims that Grol-
man knew the December pay-
ment was going to be late, and
that he agreed to receive both
the December and January bill
“Technically, we were late on
our December payment,” Patter-
son said. “But I personally spoke
to Grolman and we agreed upon
paying the December bill togeth-
er with the bill for January.”
According to Patterson, the
two checks for December and
January were not due until March
16. Grolman assumed that he
would get paid February 23. The
checks did not arrive February 23
and Grolman therefore decided
to turn of the card readers Feb-
ruary 27.
“I told Grolman his check
would probably arrive at Febru-
ary 23, even though they are not
due until March 16,” Patterson
said. “We did not get the check
out that fast, but Grolman still re-
ceived January’s payment March
3, almost two weeks before it
was due.
The December payment was
received by Quizno’s the exact
due date that we had agreed upon
on March 16th. “
Patterson claims that Grolman
promised to turn the card read-
ers back on the very same day.
A couple of days later, however,
Grolman notified Mercyhurst
and told them he would not
accept any cards until he was
paid for the month of February
as well.
Even though the February
payment was not due until later,
Mercyhurst delivered the pay-
ment March 23. Upon deliv-
ery, Patterson asked Grolman
whether or not he would like to
continue the partnership with
“Grolman told me he wants to
wait until April 1 to make a deci-
sion,” Patterson said. “It is solely
up to him now.”
Grolman was not willing to
comment on the matter, but
wants to wait until he has made
his decision before making any
comments to the Merciad.
If you are one of the students
who are craving the meat-stacked
subs from Quizno’s, you will have
to wait until April 1 to fnd out
if you can pay with your One
Card or if you will have to bring
By Bjorn Alnaes
Contributing writer
The One Card Offce denies all allegations that the bills to
Quizno were late.
Andy Finkel photo
One Card Offce
pays the bills
Continued from page 1
Weidenboerner said the sopho-
more Interior Design Studio II
class was asked by the Housing
Department to develop multiple
“We were asked to come up
with multiple options and make
recommendations on remolding
the suites,” she said. “The de-
signs will include: fooring, walls,
ceilings, furniture and lighting.”
According to Weidenboerner,
the class will make presentations
to housing by the end of April.
Zirkle said the possible plans
come after the Division of Stu-
dent Life held focus groups with
resident assistants, students, and
staff about changing the suites.
Tobin said the school’s reten-
tion committee also viewed the
suites for possible changes.
Zirkle said the cost of con-
struction is not known, but noted
there will be no special housing
assessment to student bills.
She also said if the plans are
passed, construction will start
this summer and will fnish by
Associate Director of Resi-
dence Life and Director of
Freshman Housing Justin Ross
said the plan is “…to create a
place that’s comfortable.”
Ross also said the changes will
make the suites a “…more hos-
pitable place to live.”
Zirkle agreed.
“This shows we are listening,”
she said. “And we want to ac-
commodate student needs.”
Tobin said the renovations will
add to the overall wellbeing of
the students.
“It (will add) to the quality of
life and give more fexibility to
students,” he said.
Sophomore RA Tom Eighmey, relaxes in his living room,
which will soon be drastically improved.
Andy Finkel photo
Suite additions
will improve
student living
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Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
was presented with the Arch-
bishop Oscar Romero Award on
Thursday, March 22.
His embodiment of the same
virtues of Oscar Romero has
made him worthy of countless
awards as well as Mercyhurst’s
own Archbishop Oscar Romero
During Romero’s time as Arch-
bishop during the seventies, he
became known as a champion
of the poor in El Salvador, lead-
ing them based on a non-violent
philosophy. Romero was assassi-
nated in 1980 for “addressing the
deepest implications of the gos-
pel,” Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel ex-
plained as he presented the award
to Gumbleton but Romero still
continues to inspire countless
others to fght for justice.
Forsthoefel was proud to pres-
ent the award to Gumbleton
and following the ceremony
said, “We are proud to be able
to confer this award to some-
one who so embodies the very
values Romero lived, which are
themselves the central values of
the Gospel. To confer this award
gives us a chance to call to mind
these values and to incarnate
them in our own lives.”
Gumbleton was overwhelmed
to be given an award named af-
ter Archbishop Oscar Romero,
a man he referred to as “truly
a saint.”
Gumbleton passionately spoke
of the life that Romero had led
in an attempt to bring true justice
into the world.
“The people of El Salvador
were formed by him,” he said,
“He was formed by them. He
loved them and gave his life to
save them.”
One main message rang true
throughout the hour long cer-
emony. This was the idea that
all violence has one root cause
and that is the injustice within
the structures of society.
“Violence of structure and the
unjust economic system is what
kills the poor throughout the en-
tire world,” Gumbleton said.
Gumbleton referenced num-
bers such as one-fifth of the
world’s people hold 87% of the
wealth leaving over one ffth of
the world’s people “barely able to
survive living on the margins of
human life.”
Many current events were men-
tioned throughout Gumbleton’s
speech. References to the War in
Iraq, actions of the North Amer-
ican Free Trade Association as
well as choices of the current
administration led Gumbleton
to tell the audience that it is an
undeniable responsibility of all to
learn what affects our world.
The Walker Recital Hall, where
the ceremony was held, was com-
pletely flled with many audience
members having to sit in the
Throughout Bishop Gum-
bleton’s speech the audience
remained very attentive as he
spoke of the life of Romero and
others who continue to fght for
justice in the world.
One audience member, Tiffany
Stephens, was quite affected by
the words of Bishop Gumbleton
and felt he was an “enlightening
and inspiring man.”
“I came tonight as a require-
ment for one of my classes but
I stayed because what he was
saying made so much sense,”
Stephens said.
She was so moved that she
mentioned she was planning to
quit her job as a children’s aid at
a local business.
“The bishop’s words were a call
to action for me. So many people
have so little while so many oth-
ers have too much. The majority
of us go through life learning to
deal with life’s injustices. I don’t
want to learn to deal with them.
I want to change them.”
Stephens did, in fact, quit her
job the following day saying that
the Gumbleton’s words gave her
a sense of accountability.
“No matter what, everything
we do affects others. We can
either infuence with our actions
or our lack of action. I want to
cause change because of what
I do not what I don’t do,” ex-
plained Stephens.
Gumbleton ended his speech
by expressing his hope that the
work of Oscar Romero and
countless others who continue
his battle for jutice will inspire
people to work for change.
It seems that this motivation
has been passed on right here at
By Casey Greene
Contributing writer
Bishop Thomas Gumbleton
File Photo
Bishop Romero Award
celebrates Gumbleton’s
fght for a better world
Mercyhurst seni or Tracy
O’Connell will be awarded the
Nick Cardello Youth of the Year
Award on Thursday April 12.
The reception will take place
at the 34th Art Rooney Dinner
and Auction which is being held
at the Pittsburgh Hilton. For the
past 17 years, the Catholic Youth
Association (CYA) has honored
a young person for dedication
to improving the community
through the programs the CYA
Nick Cardello was a prominent
figure in the Pittsburgh com-
munity. He was the owner of
Cardello Electric and was very
active in the Pittsburgh area.
Cardello’s family and life work
is honored by the Youth of the
Year and Senior of the Year
O’Connell, from Pittsburgh,
is being awarded for her will-
ingness to donate time to the
CYA. O’Connell started out as
a camper at CYA youth camp,
Camp R, 10 years ago, and has
climbed her way through the
rankings where she is now one of
the senior staff members.
“She was chosen for her lead-
ership skills, terrific sense of
humor, solid work ethic and, as
an elementary education major
at Mercyhurst College, her ability
to organize and teach activities
to children,” said Gretchen Fay,
CYA Executive Director.
O’Connell enjoys spending
time and working with children,
“It is a lot of fun and extremely
rewarding. Although a classroom
and a summer camp are two
totally different environments,
the overall outcome is the same,
being able to have a positive
impact on a child’s life,” said
“I am truly honored to receive
an award for doing something
that I love,” she added.
Along with the impact she has
had at Camp R, O’Connell is also
being recognized for the extra-
curricular activities that she has
done throughout high school and
college, including volunteering,
helping with the Special Olym-
pics, tutoring, and her academic
Camp R is a traditional youth
camp for children ages 7-14. The
camp is located at Laurel Hill
State Park in Rockville, Pa. “It is
basically what you picture a typi-
cal summer camp to be, bonfres,
hiking, sports, fshing, relay races,
swimming at the lake, and camp
dances,” said O’Connell.
Tracy isn’t the only one in
her family to have received this
award. Her brother, who went
to school at Mercyhurst, won
the award two years ago, and
her older sister won the award as
well. “Tracy has a younger sister
who I am sure will follow in their
footsteps,” said Fay.
The Art Rooney Award Din-
ner and Auction is the host to
800 guests from the Pittsburgh
business community. Sports
memorabilia and art work are
among the items that will be up
for auction this year. “Guests
come for cocktails, look at the
items and place bids, and then we
have a nice dinner,” said Fay.
O’Connell will be in good
company on April 12, Allegheny
County Chief Executive Dan
Onorato will be receiving the Art
Rooney Award, and former Pitts-
burgh Steeler Mel Blount will be
receiving the Bob Prince Award
for the work that they have done
in the community.
By Jeff Lewis
Contributing writer
O’ Connell wins ‘Youth of the Year’
On Sunday April 1, the Ambassador Club will host its Annual
Spring Tea in Christ the King Chapel at 2p.m..
This ceremony includes the induction and jacket presentation
of over 30 new ambassadors, who have worked so hard these
past two terms to be accepted.
The event will also honor over 30 graduating ambassadors,
many of whom have given four years of service to Mercyhurst
This year the chapel is expected to be particularly crowded
with the families of not only the new ambassadors, but the large
number of senior ambassadors who will be graduating.
The ceremony will conclude with an introduction of the 2007-
2008 Executive Board. The four new members will receive pins
on their jackets designating their leadership in the club.
Following the ceremony, there will be a short reception in the
Student Union for all ambassadors and their families.
First of all, the Ambassador club would like to thank the
Spring Tea Committee, and everyone else who helped out with
the event this year.
The club would like to thank Lindsey Kole, the advisor to the
Ambassador Club for the 2006-2007 year.
The club would also like to thank the Debbie Wurst of the
Admissions Offce for all she has done for us!
Spring Tea honors
new ambassadors
Continued from page 1
She does not know if the
money will be used to head off
some of the costs of the new
$3.3 million addition to the Stu-
dent Union yet. Meghan Corbin,
Director of Public Relations, said
that as far as she knows, “the
plans for the Student Union are
still in the preliminary stages, so
that information just isn’t there
As far as fnancial aid, Kelsey
explained that any new fnancial
aid opportunities will be given to
the incoming freshmen, consid-
ering most upperclassman have
already worked out a fnancial aid
plan with the college.
Incoming freshman, as is usu-
ally the case, will have access to
the endowment, which has addi-
tions to it every year.
Kelsey also pointed out that the
Offce of Advancement has also
been working on an emergency
fund for all eligible Mercyhurst
students, for books and related
college costs. That fund is sup-
plied mostly by alumni, adminis-
tration and faculty.
Over the past four years Kelsey
has held her position of vice
president of fnance, she has had
surprisingly very few complaints
from students and parents, and
any complaints usually come
within the frst week after the
letter has been sent out.
Kelsey noted that Mercyhurst,
is still below the national average
for tuition, and that this process
is always taken very seriously,
“because we want Mercyhurst
College to continue to be a recog-
nized nationally as a good value,
with excellent academics.”
Mercyhurst still
a ‘good value’
Debate kicks off MSG election
Continued from page 1
He said this includes primarily
the expansion of the current
Carolynn Herrmann Student
“I’m proud how far it (the
union expansion) has come,”
he said.
Both candidates said they are
able to balance the presidential
Starin said she “…loves being
busy.” According to Starin, she
will complete her service hours
for her ambassador position
during the summer, and sees her
resident assistant position as a
night job while dedicating the day
to the presidential position.
Wallenhorst said he chose to
give up several other positions to
manage his current presidential
“I gave up being a RA and an
ambassador,” he said. “It (the
presidential position) is more
than a fve-hour job as stated in
the constitution.”
Vice presidential candidates
Jeff Allen, Chris Davis, Mihailo
Jovanovich, Zack Pekor, and
Andrew Schuler explained their
reasoning for election.
Allen said his experience sepa-
rates him from the other four
“I am the only candidate who
served all three years,” he said.
“I know what works and what
Davis said he plans to increase
school spirit and work on better
communication with students
and MSG.
“I learned a lot over the last
two years on student government
meeting new administrators and
students,” he said.
Jovanovich said he will make a
better Mercyhurst.
“I can be a leader,” he said. “I
don’t want to be vice president;
I want to serve you as vice presi-
Pekor said a qualifed candidate
needs to have a good sense of
“Though I may not have ex-
perience, it (sense of humor) is
what is ultimately good for the
students,” he said.
Schuler said that even though
he is only a freshman, he is still
a well-qualifed candidate and a
“…natural born leader.”
Secretarial candidates Jacque-
linne Brown, Alexandra Miniri,
and Erik Penn said they are fully
dedicated to the school.
Brown said her ideas include
changing and updating the cur-
rent representative offce. She
also said she will also encourage
constituencies that go along
dealing with the platforms of
the president.
Miniri said she “loves” MSG
and the school.
She said she will focus on such
items as student living aspects
and the MSG speaker series.
Penn said he will expand multi-
cultural awareness and intramural
sport programs.
“I want to find out what’s
working with students and what
they’re passionate about,” he
Treasurer candidate Christina
Coovert is uncontested, but said
she is more than qualifed for the
Students can now vote online
at until
Thursday at 11:59 p.m., or in
person at the student union on
Wednesday and Thursday from
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Students vote for next executive board
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March 28, 2007 THE MERCIAD
Top: Andy Narusewicz, Chris Bodley, Allison Moore, Nicole Kubit, Mark Schneider and
Adam Hammer. Seated: Lindsey Kole and Dr. Michele Crumley.
File Photo
Mercyhurst students participate in Model UN
Eight members of the Mercy-
hurst College chapter of Model
United Nations (MUN) have
been invited to the 16th annual
session of the Harvard World
Model United Nations in Ge-
neva, Switzerland from March
26 until March 30.
The past few years the team
has gone to Montreal and par-
ticipated in McGill University’s
large conference. However ac-
cording to senior, Lindsey Kole,
“Dr. Michelle Crumley, Assistant
Professor in the Political Science
Department, was the one who
did the research and found this
conference for us.
“She also did so much for us
in getting enough funding so we
could send 8 people from our
tea,” said Kole.
All of the students that were
chosen to represent Mercyhurst
in the competition have won
awards this year in past con-
ferences and each student is
required to write two position
papers before leaving.
The Har vard Worl dMUN
will be a week-long conference
comprised of 1500 university
students from over several coun-
“Every year the Harvard Model
UN takes place in a different
city,” Crumley said.
“This year is particularly special
because Geneva is the home to
over 200 international organiza-
tions, including the European
Headquarters of the United Na-
Teams are assigned to a spe-
cifc country and students must
debate topics in committee from
their country’s perspective.
“I’m really excited to have the
opportunity to go to Geneva
and represent Mercyhurst. I’m
also really excited that we got
Poland. Its rich history gives us
quite a bit to draw from when
we are debating and formulating
positions,” Kole said.
“The eight of us are all rep-
resenting Poland on 8 different
committees,” Kole’s for example
is the Human Rights Commit-
The culmination at the end of
the week is a UN-style resolu-
tion that addresses the issues
discussed over the week.
As quoted in the itinerary, the
vision for the WorldMUN 2007
in Geneva is to unlock Geneva’s
unrivaled passion for diplomacy
and international cooperation,
by revealing Switzerland’s un-
matched cultural wealth, ethnic
diversity and tolerance, by creat-
ing a real and lasting legacy for
the EPFL and the World MUN
The WorldMUN conference
will also include a number of
casual and formal social en-
gagements. The frst event is
the ‘Global Village,’ which will
offer a selection of Swiss delica-
cies and foster participation and
spirit amongst the conference
Participants will also be of-
fered a traditional evening,a boat
cruise, a cabaret evening, and a
farewell party to end the week.
Crumley said, “The contacts
our students make at Harvard’s
World Model UN in Geneva will
leave lasting impressions, and the
personal experiences gained will
enrich everyone involved.”
Kole thinks the team will do
pretty well at this venue.
“I think that we’ll be able to
hold our own against the other
schools from around the USA
and the world. I think it is going
to be a really exciting week and
a great learning experience for
everyone - I’m so excited and
grateful to have the chance to
Crumley agrees, “I am excited
personally about the chance to
travel for the first time with
Mercyhurst Model UN to Eu-
rope for a conference. And it is
a privilege to be a part of this
unique international experience
for Mercyhurst students.”
By Jessica Kocent
News editor
The importance of dressing
the part for the interviewing
process is something that many
underestimate, in return severely
decreasing their chances of se-
curing the job.
It doesn’t take a fashion genius
to have the common sense of
what not to wear to an interview.
In fact, the keys to dressing for
success are simple and obtain-
able for everyone.
Professional, polished and
minimal, these are the three
main characteristics of a well
put-together interviewee.
It’s important to remember
that frst impressions do make
a significant difference, and
for an interview, the best frst
impression should be classy and
Women ought to begin creat-
ing an interview outft with a
classic suit, either pants or a skirt
and blazer.
Both options are acceptable,
so long as the skirt does not
rise higher than slightly above
the knee.
Pants are a more common
choice, simply because women
feel they will get more use out
of them.
Choose the suit that you feel
most comfortable in – pants or
a skirt – and you will be more
confdent for the interview.
When it comes to color, the
classic debate over the custom-
ary black suit comes into play.
Many traditionalists say that
black is the way to go, a sure
However, there are perfectly
acceptable alternatives, including
a navy, charcoal or even a khaki
color for spring.
Solid colored suits are best for
both men and women.
Blouses ought to be conserva-
tive and fattering.
Choose a color that compli-
ments your skin tone and works
well with the suit. Many women
have discarded the classic button
down blouse for more comfort-
able, dressy tops underneath the
suit jacket.
The area that countless women
consider the most diffcult is the
The most important thing to
remember is that it does not
matter whether the shoe is round
toed, pointed, patent leather or
suede, as long as it is not open-
toed, fat heeled or mismatched
Women should stick to brown
or black, whatever matches the
suit, and approximately a two-
inch heel, as this is the most fat-
tering height for all women.
Women should limit jewelry to
one set of earrings and another
classy piece, either a necklace or
Makeup and perfume should
be minimal and natural, so as not
to be a distraction.
And please, ladies, do not ne-
glect your fngernails.
Although it may sound minis-
cule and insignifcant, manicured
and polished fngernails gives the
impression that you actually care
about your appearance and pay
attention to the small details.
The rules for men are very
similar to women, following the
same guidelines.
Suits should be a neutral, solid
color, with a coordinating dress
shirt underneath. Men have a
tendency to buy the wrong size
suit, either too small or too large,
so it’s important to check the
critical ft points.
Shoulder seams should hit
right at the cap of the shoulder,
and men should be able to wrap
their arms around their backs
Sleeve length is measured so
that when arms hang straight
down, you can curl your fin-
gertips up over the edge of the
Men do not have a wide selec-
tion for suit pants. One impor-
tant detail is for the pants to
match the jacket.
Whereas a sports coat often is
a different color than the slacks, a
traditional suit matches perfectly
and is expected in an interview.
Pants should sit at the waist with
a belt, and avoid bagginess and
dragging on the foor.
Ties are the area where some
color comes into play.
Against a white shirt, which is
preferred, a conservative tie adds
some personality. Be careful not
to be too fashy with prints and
bold colors.
Men should wear shoes that
are dressy and professional, such
as wingtips or other traditional
lace-up shoes.
The shoes should match the
leather of the belt. A mistake
that far too many men make is
wearing white socks with a suit.
Like women, men should ap-
pear groomed, including hair,
facial hair and nails.
If you feel good and look
good, you will radiate a sense of
self-confdence and poise. Fol-
lowing these dress for success
tips is sure to have you looking
career ready for the big day.
By Jen Gildea
Contributing writer
Fashion for interviews
What you wear affects your employment
Earth Week is a time set aside
every year for people to celebrate
the environmental movement
and discuss the problems that
should be dealt with in order
to care for the environment for
years to come.
This year at the tail end of
Earth Week, an Earth Rhythm
Day will take place at Villa Maria
If you would like a refreshing
retreat into clarity and focus, you
should consider attending this
day of celebration and rhythm.
The day will be filled with
drumming, dancing and walking
of a labyrinth.
The facilitator, Patricia Evans-
Morris, will share her experi-
ences with rhythm as a healing
tool, which can enhance learn-
ing, reduce stress and improve
emotional balance.
Tina Fanfer, the Program De-
veloper at Villa Maria Education
and Spirituality Center, explained
what students can expect if they
“Come prepared to fnd your
own rhythms. Earth Rhythm
Day at Villa Maria is a celebra-
tion of Earth,” Fanfer said.
“Villa Maria Community Cen-
ter is comprised of over 700
acres of land,” she continued.
“The Sisters of the Humility of
Mary have been living and work-
ing on this land for over 150
years. With this day we hope to
enjoy the outdoors and celebrate
the land and its history.”
Fanfer explained that the land
is used to grow organic produce
which is donated to local com-
munity food banks.
“We will begin the event by
gathering together at the farm
and we will refect in gratitude
for all that has been provid-
ed through the land. We will
then break up into four groups
– moving to North, South,
East and West locations on the
grounds. After a set amount
of time each group will move
with their rhythms to a central
Labyrinth walking will be an-
other activity featured on Earth
Rhythm Day. The labyrinth is
carved out of grass on the farm,
and as attendees wander through
the labyrinth they can find a
unique sense of thoughtfulness
and peace.
“Labyrinth walks are used for
reflection, meditation, prayer
and comfort,” Fanfer said.
“As one moves back and forth,
turning 180 degrees each time,
shifting direction our awareness
shifts from right brain to left
brain - this is one of the reasons
the labyrinth can induce recep-
tive states of consciousness.
Walkers can focus on releasing,
receiving and integrating.”
Labyrinths have been around
for over 4,000 years and are
found in every major religious
tradition in the world. They
have been an integral part of
many cultures including Native
American, Greek, Celtic and
Sister Therese Pavilonis, HM,
who was instrumental in bring-
ing the labyrinth to Villa Maria,
will share more on its history.
Wayne Muller, a participant
in one of Evans-Morris’ drum-
ming seminars summed up the
feelings of the day.
“Being in community with oth-
ers is an inescapable part of a full
and meaningful life. ....when we
ache for God, we sit in circles.
“We pass the kiss of peace.
We hold one another’s hands
in prayer. We touch another to
remember. We remember our
love in the company of the
If you are interested in experi-
encing what the Earth Rhythm
Day has to offer, you are invited
to attend on Saturday, April 22
from 1:00 until 4:00 at Villa
Maria Farm, located at 288 Villa
Drive in Villa Maria, PA 16155.
By Jen Helbig
Contributing writer
This picture of the Earth gives a visual for what Earth Week wants to save.
Photo from by Google Image
Earth Week arrives
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Soul-warming recipes
With Meg
and Kyle
In the mood
for the
Try Jade
on 38th St.
By Adam Hicks
Contributing writer

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Best Burger
As graduation day quickly
approaches, most seniors are
frantically searching for jobs in
hopes of kick-starting their ca-
reers. On the other hand, thanks
to the growing hospitality feld,
graduating HRIM majors may
already have job opportunities
in line.
This past fall, 23 hospitality
related companies were repre-
sented at the Mercyhurst Career
and Job Fair, but the job oppor-
tunities for HRIM majors has
not faltered since.
A total of 15 companies have
scheduled on-campus recruit-
ing throughout this school year,
including Sodexho USA, Omni
Jacksonville, Westin Hilton
Head, Marriott International,
Nemacolon Woodlands and
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Out of the 171 total HRIM in-
terviews this year, 86 have been
held since the frst week of this
spring term.
According to Daryl Georger
of the Hotel, Restaurant and
Institutional Management De-
partment, many of his students
entered their senior year with
full-time jobs waiting for them
because of connections made at
previous internships. He further
explained that the placement for
HRIM seniors is very close to
100 percent this year.
“I have to give a lot of the cred-
it to Bob Hvezda and Kyle Foust
of Career Services. They’ve done
a great job,” Georger said.
The strong connection be-
tween Career Services and the
HRIM Department has provid-
ed the opportunities available for
students in the hospitality feld.
Georger also expressed the
quality of the “world class”
recruiters who are interested in
Mercyhurst College students.
Feedback from these recruiters
has been overwhelmingly posi-
tive, and Georger expressed his
pride in the HRIM students.
“Recruiters love coming to
Mercyhurst because of the
hospitality we offer to them and
because of our students. Our
students are down to earth, roll-
up-your-sleeves, hard-working
management candidates,” he
Georger stressed that these
employers are very interested in
Mercyhurst students, and as the
hospitality feld grows, the only
dilemma the department faces
now is actually flling all of the
job opportunities available.
By Lakyn Bianco
Contributing writer
set to
On Thursday, Mar. 15, the Art
Therapy Department’s display
was taken down. The display was
a requirement for the student’s
senior seminar class.
The purpose was to symbolize
the art therapist’s interaction with
the client and was to be seen as
the self as an art therapist. The
display featured “Life’s Deal,”
a set of white hands holding a
deck of cards created by Megan
Jell. This piece represented feel-
ings felt by both the client and
the art therapist themselves.
Jell explained that they were a
clean separation from the client’s
past and lift upwards toward the
future. This outreach enables
him or her to deal with diffcult
aspects of life. The untouched
black walnut base represents
the negative experiences the
client may face that lead that
individual to art therapy. The
cards represent the clients that
the art therapy will reach. It also
reminds them that life is not pre-
dictable because you never know
with what you will be faced.
Many may not even notice that
the deck of cardsis being held.
Jell explains that this is because
the relationship between the cli-
ent and therapist is personal and
The display also included a
mural that was a gift from the
2007 Senior Art Therapy class.
This piece represents an ex-
pression of the reinterpretation
of the mission of the L’Arche
Central to the piece is a depic-
tion of three fgures in a boat,
this being an extension of the
L’Arche logo. These three people
represent the core members and
employees of the community set
apart as unique and special. The
fgures facing outward implies
that their journey may take them
past the limitations that they will
encounter. The background of
an open ocean, then, represents
challenges, growth and opportu-
nities that lie ahead.
According to Cathlyn Hahn,
assistant professor of the Art
Therapy program, “This proj-
ect is a good refection for the
seniors to take on even after
By Kate Collins
Contributing writer
Happenings in Art Therapy Department
Dr. Heidi Hosey has worn
many hats at Mercyhurst Col-
lege, including the executive
vice president of Mercyhurst
West, vice president of strategic
planning, English department
chair, Faculty Policies Commit-
tee chair, dean of the School of
Arts and Humanities, associate
vice president of academic af-
fairs and chair of the presidential
inaugural committee.
Needless to say, Hosey has
had a signifcant presence on the
Mercyhurst College campus.
But, after four years of full-
time administrative roles, and 15
years of part-time administrative
duties, Hosey is “going back to
her roots,” as a full-time faculty
contract in the Mercyhurst Eng-
lish Department in fall 2007.
Hosey and Presi dent Dr.
Thomas Gamble have met many
times over the last few weeks to
plan Hosey’s exit.
Hosey will continue her ad-
ministrative role until the end of
summer, and has agreed to see
the strategic planning process
through until the fnal report is
submitted in November 2007.
As part of the process, Gamble
has appointed Dr. Gary Brown
to assume the administration at
Mercyhurst West. Brown is also
the executive vice president at
Mercyhurst North East
Though the administration
will miss her, Gamble said that
he, “respects her decision and
realizes that the students and
the college will beneft from her
teaching expertise.”
“Teaching has always been my
frst love,” said Hosey, “… and
I will miss working day-to-day
with [her] talented colleagues
in administration,” but when it
comes to going back to teaching
she “is looking forward to it!”
Dr. Hosey moves
Hosey goes from administration to full-time prof
By Jessica Kocent
News editor
Dr. Heidi Hosey
File Photo
Prior articles showcased ev-
erything for Italian to Irish
cuisine, the small hometown
diners and distinctly Erie res-
taurants, but what about more
foreign tastes?
For those who have an Asian
oriented palate, this week’s din-
ing recommendation showcases
the Chinese restaurant and
buffet, Jade Garden. Residing
only a short walk away from
Mercyhurst College at 2034
East 38th St., on the corner
between 38th and McCain
Ave., this dining establishment
offers a large amount of items
to please almost every Chinese
culinary enthusiast.
Jade Garden is owned and
operated by Xiu Mei Chen and
the Chen family, and has suc-
cessfully served patrons in the
Erie for the last six years.
In addition to their long run-
ning record of great service,
the restaurant also boasts the
title of being the “Number One
Chinese Restaurant in Erie,”
based on a survey conducted
by the Erie Times-News.
According to the manager,
Sandy, “Jade Garden is won-
derful place to come and enjoy
Chinese food, whether from
the menu or the buffet, it is a
comfortable atmosphere and
an overall great place.” The
restaurant is open Monday
through Thursday from 10:30
a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and
Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11
p.m. and Sunday from 11:30
a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
For college students the pri-
mary attraction is the large
lunch and dinner buffets con-
taining over 40 items offered by
Jade Garden.
The buffet, a prominent trend
increasing among Chinese es-
tablishments, allows the pa-
tron to enjoy as many unique
Chinese dishes as they please
for a single fare. In addition
to the buffet, the Mongolian
Barbeque is also part of the
price, offering a “create your
own stir-fry” with various types
of noodles, fresh vegetables,
meat, seafood,and sauces to add
favor which is cooked by a chef
on a large fat surface.
The cooking surface of the
Mongolian Barbeque, accord-
ing to legend, is part of an old
Mongolian tradition where
victorious hunters and war-
riors would use their upturned
shields to cook large banquets.
The buffet is open Monday
through Thursday from 11
a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10
p.m. and Sunday from noon
a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the lunch
price of $5.15 and the dinner
price at $6.99.
In addition to the buffet, Jade
Garden also offers various sit
down meals along with various
specials. Based on Manager
Sandy’s advice, “the most popu-
lar dishes here are the Lo Mein
and the General Tso’s Chicken;
they are both very good.”
Lo Mein is a dish consisting
of stir-fried wheat noodles
mixed with various combina-
tions of meat and vegetables,
and General Tso’s Chicken,
named after a prominent his-
torical fgure in 19th century
China, is made with chicken
fried in a sauce consisting of
ginger, garlic, sesame oil, scal-
lions and hot chili peppers.
As a lunch special, both dish-
es are available with a generous
portion of roasted pork fried
rice for under $5 a piece. For
dinner, Jade Garden’s fare is
made up of multiple regional
styles of Chinese food includ-
ing Moo Shu, a northern Chi-
nese dish consisting of shaved
meat served with “pancakes” to
roll the food into for $7.25;
If you are tired of the typical
college cooking, I recommend
a trip to Jade Garden for a
Chinese culinary and cultural
experience for your taste buds.
This is a wonderful restaurant
that offers great food at an af-
fordable price for every college
Beautiful buffet at Jade.
Photo contributed for Adam Hicks
With Erie’s frst, 70+ degree
day behind us we feel it is only
appropriate to get you all out-
The grill pavilion between
Lewis and Briggs offers students
an often forgotten opportunity
to have a barbeque. Burgers to
wings you can grill it all. There
is a trick to barbequing at Mercy-
hurst… turning on the grills.
To do this you need to turn on
the gas. On the back right post of
the pavilion roof there is a timer
dial that will turn on the gas.
Get a group together and have
a potluck barbeque. It is a great
way to spend time with friends
and enjoy the good weather…
while it lasts.
Burgers allow for a lot of
options. You can add or sub-
tract almost anything from this
recipe. The health conscious
may consider ground turkey
rather than ground beef. If you
like spicy food, dice jalapeño
peppers and mix them in with
the onion and garlic. Whatever
you choose these burgers are sure
to be a crowd pleaser.
1. Turn on your grill and allow it to pre heat while you prep the burgers
2. Chop the garlic and one medium onion.
3. Place ground beef, garlic, onion, egg, 2 Tbsp ketchup, 1 Tbsp of mustard and ¼ cup of
bread crumbs in the large mixing bowl. Knead the mixture together. If the mixture still
seems too wet add bread crumbs slowly until a good consistency is reached.
4. Add salt, pepper and red pepper to taste and kneed the mixture again.
5. Form 4 equal size burgers from the ground beef and grill away.
6. Grill for about 4 minutes a side, time may vary depending on temperature, thickness of
the burger and how you want them prepared.
7. About 1-2 minutes before you are ready to take the burgers off add a slice of your
favorite cheese and let it melt. If you like your rolls toasted you can throw those on the
grill now too, but watch them close.
1 lb ground beef Mixing bowl
Clove of garlic Grill
1 egg (optional)
2 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp mustard
Bread crumbs
Red pepper fakes
Salt and pepper
Cheese of your choice
4 kaiser rolls
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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
The Good
Around 150 students showed up to the Mercyhurst Student Government debate Tuesday evening.
This is the most students that have attended such an event in at least fve years.
The Bad
According to the frst people to arrive at the scene of the accident that occurred on campus last
week, Mercyhurst’s Police and Safety offcer ignored the witnesses and told them to leave the scene
rather than have them stick around to make statements. They tell us they were never contacted to
make a statement. It could be the offcer had his hands full enough without taking a statement.
Bringing a lapdog to class is not a great idea. It’s not even a good idea. It sends the message
that a yappy little dog, that resembles a certain Mexican fast food chain mascot, is more important
than a lecture. It isn’t.
The Ugly
It will be about two weeks until someone knocks down the fsh mobile in Old Main.
Dan Schuler, MSG president for two years, is a senior
mathematics major with a concentration in secondary educa-
tion. He looks forward to a career that enables him to make
a difference in our world, while also bringing satisfaction
and a sense of fulfllment to his life. His personal goals
are to spend more time building relationships with friends
and family.
Regarding his favorite aspect of Mercyhurst, Dan states:
“I love the people here. Everyone seems so warm and friendly
that it is easy to think of Mercyhurst as a home. So many
people are also very passionate about the school and its
future. This is one thing that I have been able to notice on
a continual basis working as MSG President.”
I believe that faith can be for us a beacon of light
in a sometimes dark and dismal world. It gives us
something to believe in when we have nothing, and
it lifts us up when we cannot possibly lift ourselves.
For me, having faith is like the poem Footprints, in
which a person, walking with God along a beach,
looks back over the scenes of his life and realizes
that in the most challenging times - those moments
of total darkness and despair -there was only one
set of footprints. He asks God how and why he
was abandoned in those moments of greatest need.
God responds, “It was then that I carried you.”
With college graduation looming on the horizon,
I have often felt overwhelmed in the last few weeks.
There are so many possible paths before me and
none of them is a clear choice. It seems that ev-
eryone I talk to wants to know where I will go and
what I will do. Feeling a need to respond, I would
give them a few possibilities and think to myself,
“I have no idea.” I used to worry about this, as I
noticed friends that have known exactly what they
wanted to do for several years and even some that
have had jobs in place since the summer. Beyond
not knowing where I would go or what I would do,
responsibilities that took priority over contemplat-
ing this issue discouraged me further.
As I struggled with this, I was reminded of a simi-
lar time in my life just four years ago. As a senior
in high school, many of my friends had decided on
a school of choice and even a program of study by
December or January. At that time, I wasn’t even
sure of where I wanted to apply. With applications
piled high and no clear direction on which ones to
pursue, I felt completely overwhelmed. School was
in session, basketball season was in full swing and
application deadlines were looming on the horizon.
I offered a small prayer for help one night before
going to bed, saying, “God, I am putting this is your
hands.” The next day, miraculously, we had a snow
day and I was able to write a few college essays.
That gave me the confdence to believe that God
would show me the right path and, just a few weeks
later, Mercyhurst football laid that path before me
and I was excited to step forward.
That experience taught me that when I ask for
help and invite God into my life, all of my anxiety
can be washed away. I believe that any choice I
make with a heart open to the promptings of the
Spirit will form me into a better and more loving
person. This confdence comes, simply and beauti-
fully, from a little faith.
This I believe:

By Editorial Staff
They say good things come when you least expect
them. Unfortunately, so do bad things.
I have this friend who, surprisingly, was quite okay
with being single; she’s graduating in May and didn’t
want any new attachments. She wasn’t expecting
to meet anyone, let alone someone who had the
potential to change her mind about being single.
However, a cer-
tain nice, avail-
abl e, strai ght
guy who seemed
fairly interested
stumbled into
her life. Because
this was a small
miracle in itself,
she convinced
herself to just go with it – to get to know him
better – and not worry about future implications.
After all, there’s no better feeling than a requited
Even though she was trying to keep her cool
and not get excited too quickly, she somehow
found herself on Cloud Nine. How could she
have possibly stayed on earth when he said and did
everything right? The best part was that she wasn’t
just imagining his kindness or overestimating his
feelings for her. This seemed like the beginning of
something worthwhile. But things were going just
a bit too well for comfort…and she knew it.
While she knew she was setting herself up for a
potential heartbreak in the end, she didn’t think it
would happen so fast. But alas, the crush ended, at
least on his part. The feelings were now unrequited.
Her dreamboy had become justanotherboy.
You see, the problem with Cloud Nine is that it
doesn’t have guardrails to prevent one from falling.
At the very least, shouldn’t it come with a release
form in order to warn people the kind of world
they’re about to enter? It’s a world with immediate
gratifcation: nonstop smiles, preoccupied minds
and of course, butterfies. But this extreme grati-
fcation is subject to end just as fast as it began and
will often leave one feeling dejected, heartbroken
and upset.
So, is there any alternative to Cloud Nine? Yes,
it’s called “reality.” Perhaps you’ve heard of it be-
fore. It’s a place with no feeting feelings, no brief
infatuation and no misinterpreted signals. All too
often, Cloud Nine is simply a tease – a hop, skip
and jump to Brokenheartsville. And when we get
back down to earth, there’s a huge welcome sign
that says, “Welcome back, sucker.”
We let ourselves become vulnerable. We were
emotionally slutty – we became too involved too
quickly – and we let that amazing butterfy feeling
prevail over our better judgment. We may have
been lonely on planet Earth, but at least we were
secure. Unfortunately, the problem with a seem-
ingly innocent “crush” is just what its name implies:
that one person always gets crushed in the end.
After it ended, my friend was beating herself up
about becoming so exposed. But did she really
have the option to put up a protective industrial-
strength wall around her heart? In a perfect world,
maybe…but in actuality, no. When you have a nice,
attractive, available guy whispering sweet nothings
in your ear, you fall prey to his spell – and his spell
is a nonstop fight to Cloud Nine. As much as we’d
like to think otherwise, I believe this situation is
wholly unavoidable. If you live with a wall around
your heart, how do you know you’re not missing
something great?
So, does this mean we can’t protect ourselves at
all? In my opinion, we can try, but that protection
will only prove itself useful to a certain point. I
think it’s inevitable that we’ll reach that point of
no return – the point where you open your heart
up to the possibility of something greater than a
crush – with someone who’s worth it. Had my
friend reached that point? Not yet, but I think she
was well on the way.
That’s the funny thing about heartbreak. Some-
times it’s a good thing in the end. After all, my
friend and the “dreamboy” were from two different
worlds. (Well, at least two different countries….)
Sometimes people hurt you, sometimes people
lead you on and sometimes people simply stop
liking you. But with any relationship, that’s a risk
everyone must take. No one can go through life
without some sort of misfortune. As much as we’d
like to be strong and not leave ourselves open to
vulnerability, we can’t. Our nature craves love and
companionship. And all relationships end eventu-
ally, in one way or another, don’t they?
We can’t let ourselves become preoccupied with
potential heartache, just as we wouldn’t protect our
hearts from the possibility of happiness. Some-
times we have to take chances, be impulsive and
let our guards down. We might get hurt in the
end and hell, maybe it won’t even be worth it. But
how do we know if we don’t allow ourselves the
chance to try?
SportsCenter for women:
Beware of Cloud Nine
Walking through Garvey Park the other day I
overheard a conversation that was taking place
between two girls behind me.
Two females, having no clue of their identities,
did not seem to care who could hear due to the
volume of their voices. One of the two proceeded
to complain about an acquaintance; she used far
more profanity than should be used to describe one
individual. All
of this within
clear volume of
Preston Hall, the
back of Egan
dorms and a rel-
atively busy Gar-
vey Park post
dinner time.
Thi s i s of
course bound to
happen. Girls love to gossip about each other and
bad mouth everyone from their best friend to the
people they stalk on Facebook.
Circumstances do differ and drama does hap-
pen. The entire situation reminded me of a scene
off of some bad MTV reality TV show. Where
the characters drive cars that could pay for an Ivy
League education.
They often are caught up in the dumbest conficts
between careless sexual fings and eating disorders.
I should hope students at Mercyworld are more
dignifed than blond children from Malibu, but
then again this may be wrong.
Oftentimes you should take a step back and
breathe before complaining about an opposing
party or person. If you fnd the need to confde
in someone, I recommend doing this out of ear-
shot of other students and be cautious of whom
you tell.
In addition, if you must degrade a person, leave
them with a little dignity and avoid giving them
degrading titles that no human deserves. If you
do speak about people in this manner, you should
wonder what your friends and acquantances are
saying about you.
With spring term hitting its high point and the
end of year quickly approaching I think we should
all strive to live a little more genuinely amongst our
friends and the Mercyhurst community. There is
enough hostility in the world, miniscule degradation
and petty complaints need not contribute.
I do not understand the petty complaints that
people throw about carelessly. No matter what a
person does to offend or displease you, they are
still a human being and deserve the same respect
you would like to have. For the sake of humanity,
leave the drama to the world leaders and just get
along with each other.
Leave the drama aside
Contributing writer
Dan Schuler
Contributing writer
As I was pondering ideas (or lack thereof) for
this week’s article, only one thought continuously
ran through my mind: How much I didn’t want to
write an article. And then it hit me. I have reached
that point; the point of no return. I have the incur-
able disease known as senioritis, and it is quickly
consuming my life.
When many hear
the term seniori-
tis, they envision
a student ignoring
their homework,
skipping class and
spendi ng more
money at the bar
than the grocery
store. While these assumptions are largely correct
for a large portion of seniors everywhere, I don’t
think it’s complete. Maybe it’s just me, (and it very
well may be) that senioritis affects areas of your life
other than academics.
Now I’ll admit, academically speaking I have lost
a sizeable amount of motivation. Studying is more
of a chore than it’s ever been and the thought of
going to the library is enough to make me physi-
cally ill. But over the past few weeks I’ve noticed
other changes in my attitude. I am ready for an all
around change. I don’t just want to put my books
down; I desire a new life. I am restless.
I know the fact that I have plans to move to a new
city after graduation is the main reason for my insa-
tiable appetite for change. Apartment and furniture
shopping is enough to make me want to pack my
boxes now. It’s not that I don’t love Mercyhurst,
because I do and will miss the relationships I have
formed here. Hell, I might even miss the Laker
at some point in the future, although I’m sure my
waistline won’t mourn the loss of a chicken fnger
sub and fries.
Looking back, it’s clear that I had the same prob-
lem in high school. At the young age of 18, I was
desperately awaiting graduation, craving a taste
of semi-independence. And that’s exactly what
Mercyhurst has given me. Now as a 22, going on
23, year-old, I am ready to take the next leap into
adulthood. Sure, paying bills is going to suck, but
there will be something magical in owning, and
earning, every aspect of my life.
As I write this article, I fnd myself wondering
if senioritis ends after college? While the term
may not be applicable to non-students, what it
represents surely is. Most people these days change
careers fve times in their lifes. The divorce rate is
astronomical. Fads, whether they be products or
a diet, are in and out faster than it takes to read the
instruction manuals or see results.
The fact of the matter is, our society is restless.
Perhaps it is a direct result of the age of instant
gratifcation or the radical individualism that now
defnes our culture? Or, perhaps the desire for
change is more deeply rooted in our human nature
and the evolution of our society now allows our
desires to be fulflled? Either way, it is plain to see
that the themes of senioritis will not vacate your
life after you are handed your diploma. Sooner or
later, life is going to become monotonous again,
and when we are tied down with jobs, marriages
and children, it will be more diffcult to adhere to
the call of change.
So are we destined to unsatisfying lives where
the present is never as fulflling as the future could
be? In my case, I hope that one day senioritis will
loosen its grip, for while change can be good, I
can’t think of an emptier life than one where the
‘here and now’ will never be as gratifying as the
‘what could be.’
Not using what you pay for?
Opinion editor
I couldn’t help but recall my fourth grade days
when I saw the proposal for the addition to the
Carolyn Hermann Student Union. Now, if the
plans are approved in time, I can stop here.
But let me play the devil’s advocate for a minute.
If the plans for this addition are not approved
within the next month, what good will this be to
Flash back to the fourth grade class of 1994 at
Conway Elementary School. We busted our butts
fundraising for a brand new playground. But (and,
of course, there is always a “but”) did we get to
exhaust ourselves on those glorious new purple
monkey bars and slippery yellow slides? No. All
of our hard work-and money-wasn’t brought into
existence until the following year, when we already
moved on to middle school.
So back to 2007. And the notion of not having
the Student Union addition being completed by its
estimated date. How, exactly, is Mercyhurst going
to fund this $3.3 million project? Let’s see … add
an additional fee to our ever-rising tuition? And
if that is the case, juniors will miss out on this
expansion (although, either way, the class of 2007
will miss it entirely) and all of its glory.
This is the case in the real world, however. We
are always paying for something we will never use
or see to its full potential. I suppose I had my frst
taste of real world experience way back in fourth
grade and didn’t even know it. But here it is, some
13 years later, and I’m feeling that anxiety again.
Aside from practically sitting on top of the grotto,
I think this addition will certainly beneft RSCOs,
MSG and SAC alike for years to come. I’m a mem-
ber of a few campus organizations and surely this
additional space will allow for many more events,
meetings and other activities, but be realistic for a
moment. The projected sketch looks like this gi-
ant renovation will encompass the holiness of the
grotto as well as most, if not all, of the driveway
between the Union and the Athletic Center.
If the plans don’t come to fruition by the hope-
ful date of fall 2007, when is this addition going
to come about? I have an unnerving feeling that
I will sadly miss the boat in use of the additional
space but will end up paying for it one way or an-
other. Not that I am entirely resentful of paying
for a space I will never use, but it is disheartening
to think about.
In retrospect, I learned a very useful lesson in
the fourth grade when I paid for that playground
that I never got to explore. I helped make possible
something very benefcial to others who came after
me, looking for more than dodge ball, Red Rover
or chasing girls to throw dirt at them. If I don’t
see the fnal results of the addition to the Carolyn
Hermann Student Union, so be it. I’ll have the
comfort of knowing students to come will have a
place to make into their own haven for whatever
organization they fnd of interest, whether it’s
politics, anime or snowboarding.
Senioritis strikes again
Dan Schuler, MSG President
A Little Faith
By Merissa Frank
Contributing writer
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“Personally, I am very
happy with that decision
because I play soccer
and it is good to have
only three classes.”
Jamie Laturell ‘10
“I don’t care because
I will be graduating.”
Jessica Garry ‘08
“I was pleased with
their decision because I
like the trimesters…”
Casey Bertolette ‘09
“I think they made
the best decision for the
Zach Pekor ‘09
“I think there needs
to be more student in-
put in it (the decision)
Haylie Starin ‘09
“As a senior, (trimesters)
worked for me, and I liked
to take three or four classes
a term…Either way, I think
we would have made it
Brooke McNierney ‘07
Students comment on the 4x1x4 decision
MCT newspapers
(Editor’s note: Victoria Allen,
an adult student in the Intelligence
Studies program, asked that The
Merciad reprint this article which
appeared on the Website, Navy- on March 15. The author
has granted permission to do so.)
Here are the facts: There were
indeed weapons of mass destruc-
tion (WMDs) in Iraq (Saddam
used them on his own people).
There were terrorists moving
freely within the borders of Iraq
prior to the U.S. invasion. There
were conversations taking place
between international terrorists
and Iraqi offcials before 2003.
President Bush did not instigate
the bombing of the Golden
Dome mosque in Samarra last
year (thus triggering the new,
increasingly sectarian-fighting
phase of the war). Iraq is not a
lost cause (unless the anti-Iraq
War crowd is allowed to have
a free hand in war policy). Iraq
is not a meatgrinder (I’ll get to
what is in a moment). What
happened at Abu Ghraib and,
allegedly, Haditha are not the
results of some dark policy
initiated by some secret White
House inner circle. Unlike the
terrorists and guerrillas, target-
ing non-combatants is not the
modus operandi of our soldiers.
And anyone who says otherwise
is simply fomenting propaganda
for political purposes or repeat-
mouthing misinterpretations
of realities they basically know
nothing about.
But they’re doi ng i t, and
they’re getting away with it.
Worse, if you disagree with them,
you’re considered a crackpot
who loves war, “hates all living
things,” and has bought into
some grand conspiratorial lie.
Recently, I had a conversation
with one such person – a friend
in fact – and tried to explain to
her that I believed the war in
Iraq is far more complex than
her black-white, right-wrong
perception of it.
I was trying to be diplomatic
by explaining, without con-
demning her own opinions, that
the war in Iraq – including the
counterterrorism and insurgency
components; geostrategic issues
and regional balances of pow-
er; divided political ideologies
(there in Iraq and here at home);
evolving mission plans; policies;
manipulative, self-serving U.S.
politicians both Democrat and
Republican; historic hatreds
in Iraq; twisted interpretations
of religious faith; lack of trust;
fear; money; oil; alliances; and
lives (soldiers and civilians) – is
a diffcult confict with multiple
shades of gray: Thus, extremely
diffcult to prosecute, but vital
that we do so successfully.
“No,” she snapped back. “It’s
about right and wrong.” Period.
Of course, her side is right, and
mine is wrong.
According to Dinesh D’Souza
(The lie that Bush lied, March 12,
2007), the reason the Iraq debate
became so “acrimonious,” was
because “mainstream Democrats
went from accusing Bush of
bungling the Iraq war to accusing
him of lying to get America into
that war. His crime, at this point,
became not merely one of error
but one of deliberate deception.
The basic liberal reasoning is that
no weapons of mass destruction
were found in Iraq, therefore
Bush has been misleading the
American people all along.”
D’Souza’s assertion is correct.
And if anyone were to even
hint in 2007 that the reason no
WMDs were found was because
Saddam had moved them out of
the country – perhaps across the
border into Syria or even Iran,
where he moved the bulk of his
air force in 1991 – they would
be considered by the Left to be
completely misguided or worse.
Yet Middle Eastern terrorism
expert Dr. Walid Phares, author
of Future Jihad, says that obvi-
ous factors should be our lead.
“First, the evidence regarding
past possession and use is abun-
dant,” Phares, told me earlier
this week. “Second, we have no
information as to what happened
to these weapons.”
Phares, whose grasp of the
dynamics of global terrorism
has earned him the respect and
audiences of everyone from the
U.S. Congress and State Depart-
ment to CNN, MSNBC, and the
FOX News Channel, even the
Oprah Winfrey Show, argues that
Syria would have been an easy
“Syria’s regime – which op-
posed the invasion – opened its
borders to Jihadists who crossed
into Iraq after the fall of Bagh-
dad,” he says. “A large number
of Baathists took refuge in Syria;
and there are various reports
from the Syrian opposition that
many trucks crossed the border
between the two countries weeks
before the invasion began, and
days before Baghdad fell. So,
are Iraq’s WMDs – or some of
them – in Syria? That is a very
real possibility.”
Unfortunately, that very real
possibility is almost never dis-
cussed by anyone – on either
side – anymore. It’s so much
easier and politically expedient
for those on Capitol Hill to give
more credence to people who
paint their faces and march down
streets holding signs proclaiming,
“Bush lied. People died.”
Then there are the additional
elements of propaganda, like
downplaying Iraqi elections
(damning the elections with faint
praise and practically ignoring
the enormous percentage of
Iraqis who risked their very lives
to vote) and playing up the U.S.
casualty fgures (without lending
any perspective to those fgures
by looking at the astronomical
losses suffered by the U.S. in
previous wars) – all for the sake
of political hay.
Regarding the latter, so many
on the Left without any fair
measure of military history,
loosely refer to Iraq as a “meat-
grinder,” claiming that the losses
are numerically enormous and
proof of “Bush’s failure.” This
is wrongful manipulation.
First of all, every loss is griev-
ous to the nation, particularly
to the families of those killed
and seriously wounded. But let’s
look at the actual numbers for
perspective: Nearly 3,200 Ameri-
can servicemen and women
have been killed (and more than
23,400 wounded) in Iraq since
the invasion, four years ago.
Compare that with 19,000 U.S.
soldiers killed and nearly 62,000
wounded in just six weeks of
fighting in the Battle of the
Bulge. Some 500,000 American
G.I.s were involved in that battle.
And though the U.S. Defense
Department does not break
down the actual number of Iraq
veterans from Afghanistan vet-
erans, the number is nearly 1.5
million with the majority having
served in Iraq.
Hardly numbers represent-
ing a failure or a meatgrinder.
But those who hate the current
administration, for whatever
reason, seem to repeat-mouth
what they hear.
Then there is the trend toward
blaming the previous year’s surge
in sectarian violence on the
Bush administration, as if the
president had anything to do with
the blowing up of the Al-Askari
(Golden Dome) Mosque in Sa-
marra (February 22, 2006).
The bombing, which served
as a catalyst for the new sectar-
ian fighting, was an al Qaeda
operation aimed at destabilizing
a tenuous union between Iraqi
factions in hopes of bringing
down the new Iraqi government.
It was a major setback for our
efforts in Iraq, though all wars
have setbacks. It temporarily
strengthened the position of al
Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), giving
AQI an opportunity to claim a
temporary victory after being on
the ropes (and AQI continues
to be on the ropes). It also gave
AQI some breathing space by
forcing the U.S. to shift some of
its intelligence and operational
resources from counterterrorism
to counterguerrilla operations.
It also spawned a wave of fac-
tional killings, revenge killings,
and more revenge killings which
U.S. forces are now struggling
to quash: And doing so while
trying to develop the country’s
economy, standup the military
and police forces, secure the gov-
ernment, and continue to press
the attack on al Qaeda.
But the anti-Iraq War crowd
doesn’t seem to want anyone to
wrap their arms around these
facts. They want to blame Bush,
concede defeat in Iraq, prevent
reinforcements from deploying
to Iraq (the Left – most of whom
don’t understand the particulars
of military operations – prefers
to refer to reinforcements as an
“escalation” of the war), and
keep the propagandists mouth-
ing distortions of the facts here
at home, manipulating American
voters and emboldening terror-
ists worldwide. And if you dis-
agree with them, you are simply
wrong without exception.
Such an atmosphere makes it
almost impossible for our coun-
try to have any serious, reason-
able debate on the critical issues
of Iraq and the broader war on
terror. And hardest of all truths
within these issues is that a failure
in Iraq would be a catastrophic
blow to our efforts against ter-
rorism around the globe.
The U.S. has no choice but to
win in Iraq, and the self-serving
political propagandizing of the
war must stop if we hope to win
in Iraq.
“The region will not be stable
until Iraq is stabilized,” said vet-
eran newsman Ted Koppel this
past week on Meet the Press.
“It’s the one thing nobody talks
Everyone is concerned about
the United States being in the
middle of a civil war inside Iraq,
but they forget about the fact
that, if U.S. troops were to pull
out of Iraq, that civil war could
become a regional war between
the Sunnis and Shia.”
Koppel adds, “the idea of
pulling out of there and letting
the national civil war expand
into a regional civil war, [is]
something the United States
cannot al l ow t o happen.”
That fact should never be up for
Beyond the DropZone: Why the U.S. must stay in Iraq
By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
Contributing writer
MCT photo
Author believes U.S. troops should continue to maintain a presence in Iraq
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tive, Brand New Sin. House
of Blues, Cleveland.
APRIL 3. Joey McIntyre.
House of Blues (Cam-
bridge Room), Cleveland.
APRIL 4. Celtic Woman.
Palace Theatre, Cleveland.
APRIL 4. Men, Women &
Children, Bedouin Sound-
clash. Icon, Buffalo.
APRIL 4. Aaron Lewis
of Staind. Center for the
Arts, University of Buffalo,
APRIL 5. Killswitch En-
gage, Dragonforce, Chim-
aira. Agora Theatre, Cleve-
APRIL 5. Anberlin, Bay-
si de. House of Bl ues,
APRIL 6. Eric Clapton,
Robert Cray Band. Schot-
tenstein Center, Columbus,
APRIL 6. Pere Ubu. Mo-
hawk Place, Buffalo.
APRIL 7. Crime Mob, 71
North Boys, Trece. Metro-
politan Dance Club, Erie
$20 at the door.
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Dance infused with Southern heat
Strictly square-dance-free entertainment provided by the North Carolina Dance Theatre
Three of the talented NCDT dancers that will perform to live music by The Greasy Beans and singer, Christine Kane at the PAC on April 3.
PAC Photo
North Carolina Dance The-
atre will be performing “Under
Southern Skies,” which show-
cases the rich Southern culture
of music, dance and cuisine.
What makes the performance
unique and complete will be live
music by the bluegrass band The
Greasy Beans and country folk
singer, Christine Kane.
North Carolina Dance Theatre
was founded in 1970 by Robert
Lindgen the Dean of Dance at
Winston-Salem’s North Carolina
School of the Arts.
After becoming an established
dance company, North Carolina
Dance Theatre performed at
the Spoleto Festival U.S.A. in
Spoleto, Italy.
One year later, in 1982, NC
Dance Theatre was labeled the
nation’s highest-rated touring
company by the National En-
dowment for the Arts.
NC Dance Theatre quickly
gained popularity after the release
of their frst fully self-produced
ballet, Shakespeare’s “A Midsum-
mer Nights Dream” in 1984.
The dance company continued
to grow throughout the next
decade and in 1999 the Arts and
Science Council awarded NC
Dance Theatre with the Ad-
vancement of Excellence Grant
which was given based on “qual-
ity of professional programming,
artistic vision and ability to make
the strongest artistic advance-
The group centers around
“tradition, innovation, a love
for the natural beauty around us
and the energy and rhythm that
propels us.”
The director of NC Dance
Theatre, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux,
is no stranger to the PAC; North
Carolina Dance Theatre per-
formed at its annual July 4th
celebration at the PAC.
The group performed George
Balachine’s patriotic classic,
“Stars and Stripes.”
Bonnefoux has performed with
ballets all over the world includ-
ing the Paris Opera Ballet, New
York City Ballet and the Bolshoi
At the age of 14, he joined the
Paris Opera Ballet and became
star at the age of 21, the young-
est age ever to receive that honor
to date.
Bonnefoux has been commis-
sioned by the New York City
Ballet, Munich Opera, Metro-
politan Ballet Company and the
Pennsylvania Ballet.
As a whole, North Carolina
Dance Theatre has performed
all over the world including two
European tours.
New York Post Dance Critic
Clive Barnes praised NC Dance
Theatre for being “one of the
liveliest and most brilliant troupes
in North America.”
The performers in the com-
pany are known for their “high
energy, precision and speed as
well as ability to perform a ver-
satile repertoire ranging from
full-length classical ballets to in-
novative contemporary works.”
North Carolina Dance Theatre
will perform on Tuesday, April 3,
at 7:30 p.m. at the PAC.
Tickets are $12.50 for Mercy-
hurst College students with ID.
By Megan O’Hare
Contributing writer
Under the radar: New releases you might miss
By Joe Fidago
Contributing writer
Since one of the biggest re-
leases to come out in the past
few weeks was from Notorious
BIG (being his “Greatest Hits”
album), and offers nothing new
that you haven’t already heard,
I have decided to review some
releases that might otherwise
foat right by you.
As far as other releases, the
first is the sophomore effort
from The Arcade Fire, entitled
“Neon Bible.”
One of the frst characteristics
that you will realize about this
band once the frst track “Black
Mirror” starts is that there is no
easy way to categorize them.
Are they pop? Indie? Folk? A
combination of all three?
Even the group may have trou-
ble answering that question.
Regardless, just like several
other albums I have reviewed
in the past, the ability to label a
group or album is not as impor-
tant as what they can do or what
it contains, respectively.
Their frst album, 2004’s “Fu-
neral,” was more operatic than
this new disc, which has more
of a rock feel to it.
That’s not to say the band
conformed to the industry or
lost what created a lot of buzz
over them.
This is still a disc ripe with the
usage of many different instru-
ments and is just as intriguing as
their frst offering.
I’m actually at a loss as to how
to review this disc, because it’s
just so different it’s hard to draw
comparisons to other bands.
If you like Radiohead, Belle
and Sebastian or The Shins,
check this band out.
None of them are the same
as Arcade Fire, but if you like
them you may like Arcade Fire
as well.
Chalk up another good prod-
uct to come from Canada.
Next up, from Britain, is Matt
Hales, also known as Aqua-
His new album, “Memory
Man,” is somewhat of a piano
rock disc, but I only call his style
that because I don’t know what
else to label it.
His previous album, “Strange
and Beautiful,” was just a piano
and him–extremely mellow, a
stripped down Ben Folds if
you will.
From the first few seconds
of the frst track, “Cinderella,”
it sounds as though this will be
the same way, until the other
instruments kick in.
However, after that short
burst, it settles back down into
what we would expect for the
majority of the song.
“Pressure Suit” seems to fol-
low the same pattern to an
extent, a pattern that I actually
prefer compared to his previous
album. Although that album
was very good, after a while
it seemed that all the songs
blended together because of the
lack of energy in it.
No lack of talent or emotion,
but things can only get so mel-
low before everything starts to
blend together.
I can’t listen to your music if
I’m falling asleep because of it.
Once again, it’s hard to com-
pare Aqualung to other artists,
but I can say that it is a quality
album that should be looked
Lastly is the punk rock act Bay-
side, who released “The Walking
Wounded” last month.
This is a far departure from
the other two acts I just men-
Signed to Victory Records,
they were struck by tragedy al-
most a year and a half ago when
after a show in Wyoming their
tour bus hit a spot of black ice,
fipped over, and their drummer,
John Holohan, was killed.
Bayside resumed the tour they
were on a few weeks later, play-
ing acoustic sets each night and
adding in the song “Winter” to
their set list, written in memory
of Holohan.
The acoustic sets they played
were so popular they released a
CD/DVD set of their acoustic
This disc is their frst since the
If this type of music is your
style (other Victory Records
bands i ncl ude Hawthor ne
Heights, The Black Maria, and
Silverstein), then defnitely check
this out.
There is nothing earth-shatter-
ingly original about what Bayside
does, but their music is solid and
Anthony Raneri’s voice may
take a little getting used to, but
once you do their albums will be
staples of your collection.
Don’t miss the unique new releases from Notorious BIG, Aqualung, Bayside and Arcade Fire. Above, is artwork from Arcade Fire.
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March 28, 2007 THE MERCIAD PAGE 9
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Are you sleeping or awake?
By Megan O’Hare
Contributing writer
Have you ever had a dream
that seemed real?
Do you wake up in a panic
after a dream and are thankful
it is over?
Is it sometimes difficult to
decipher what was a dream and
what was reality?
The film, “The Science of
Sleep” is a movie that breaks the
mold of traditional movies and
struggles to identify between
dreams and reality.
Stéphane, played by Gael
García Bernal (“The Motorcycle
Diaries”) is the main character
in the movie who moves into his
mother’s apartment in France
after his father dies of cancer
in Mexico.
Stéphane is a handsome and
quirky calendar illustrator who
draws gruesome pictures of
catastrophes such as plane
When he moves to France, his
mother sets him up with a job
that is supposed to deal with
graphic design.
However, the job is not what he
expected and Stéphane spends
his days at work simply cutting
and pasting paper all day.
Stéphane explains that one
can dream about just anything;
random thoughts, relationships,
past memories or events from
the day.
In some of Stéphane’s dreams,
all of these themes seemed to be
happening at the same time.
He dreams about the pres-
sures he feels from work and
how much he truly dislikes his
Stéphane also has dreams that
involve memories of him and
his father from when he was
His inability to distinguish
dreams from reality becomes a
problem when Stéphane begins
to like his neighbor, Stéphanie,
who is much more normal than
Stéphane but accepts him for
who he is.
Stéphane’s problem attempts
to get in the way of him de-
veloping a relationship with
The two must work through
these issues in order to begin a
relationship together.
“The Science of Sleep” takes
one through an extraordinary
journey that exists only in our
Situations that could never
happen in reality can appear in
our dreams and create an adven-
ture that can only happen when
we are asleep.
This movie can also teach us
to follow our dreams for with
what we have a passion, no mat-
ter how unusual it may be.
“The Science of Sleep” will be
shown at the PAC on Wednes-
day, April 4 at 2 and 8 p.m.
Tickets are FREE for Mercy-
hurst College students with ID
(one ticket per ID).
300 six-packs meet historical plotline
By Melissa Brandt
A & E Editor
If Gerard Butler were a real Spartan warrior, he’d be dead.
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HURST TV Schedule for March 28-April 1
Film Preview
In this French flm, playing at the PAC next week, a man entranced by his dreams and imagination is lovestruck with a French woman, and attempts to show her his world.
PAC Photo
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COMING IN APRIL TO HURST TV: Mercyhurst College’s productions of William Shake-
speare’s 12th Night and Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Dr. Fogerty.
Cinema and historical fact
haven’t always been friends. Some-
times they even engage in a mutual
round of the silent treatment.
When it comes to Frank Miller’s
“300,” they converge at a halfway
point where they are just close
enough to forget each other’s
It should be noted that the
movie never claims to be histori-
cally accurate.
Rather, it is a stylized version of
the events, enhanced for popular
appeal. Still, I think it’s fun to
decipher truth from the vision
of Frank Miller, as outlined in his
graphic novel.
The overall plot of the movie
follows closely to the events of the
Battle of the Thermopylae (also
known as the ‘Hot Gates’ named
because of the literal translation
of Thermopylae “hot springs”) in
480 BCE, where Persian forces,
led by King Xerxes, fought Greek
It is true that there were 300 of
King Leonidas’ personal Spartan
body guards.…and a few thou-
sand other men. Total Greek forc-
es against Persian King Xerxes are
said to be anywhere from 3,000
to 5,000 men. Greek researcher
Herodotus recorded Persian at
a number of 2.1 million, while
scholars debate the accuracy.
Many scholars state because of
a decimal error, the more realistic
number was probably 210,000.
Still…no one was betting on
the Greeks.
The flm itself is visually stimu-
lating. Shot almost completely on
blue screen (blue was preferable
over green for the tone of the
flm) in Canada, the settings and
graphic elements of the flm are
incredibly impressive.
The plot is rewarding on an
emotional level and it is defnitely
a flm that has the ever elusive
theme/lesson combo.
The dialogue is witty, and some
of it is even historically accurate.
At one point King Leonadis is
ordered to give up his weapons,
and he responds for Xerxes forces
to come and get them—this ex-
change is recorded and historically
There’s a lot to discuss in this
movie in the vein of historical
accuracy. Here are a few main ele-
ments and their factual history.
The Immortals: mostly factual.
The Immortals were the royal
guard of Xerxes. They did not,
however, wear stylized Asian
monkey-men armor or cloak
themselves in black.
In his description of the battle
of Thermopylae (480 BCE), the
Greek researcher Herodotus men-
tions a Persian elite corps which
he calls the ‘Ten Thousand’ or the
Herodotus explains they re-
ceived this name because if any
solider was killed or wounded,
the vacancy he created was im-
mediately flled.
During battle, the total forces
were rumored to never fall below
or above 10,000 men. It’s not too
far of a reach to imagine why
even though men were killed, the
constant supply of soldiers would
make the opposition think the
elite were immortal.
Now that I’ve given you the fairy
tale validation for the name “The
Immortals,” I have to air the prob-
able truth behind its origination.
References to Xexrses personal
guard as the Immortals is not
widespread in history without di-
rect reference to Thermopylae.
Many scholars believe Herodo-
tus’ informant confused the name
Anûšiya (‘companions,’ in specifc
reference to the king) with Anauša
The armor: Not factual. In
battle, Spartans did not rely solely
on their spear, shields and rock
hard abs for protection (pity).
The Spartan armor actually
weighed about 60 pounds and
included a breastplate, a bronze
helmet with cheekplates, greaves
and a bronze-plated shield ap-
proximately 3 feet in diameter,
called a hoplon.
Their weaponry consisted of a
spear, a small sword, and a saber.
In contrast, the costuming of
“The Immortals” is vastly differ-
ent from that which is depicted in
the movie. Xerxes guard actually
wore a patterned tunic, sleek black
didn’t come into fashion until the
gothic era.
Ephialtes (the malformed Spar-
tan) – Factual. To avoid any
spoilers for those who haven’t
seen the movie (and you should),
Ephialtes is a historically accurate
fgure in regards to his choices in
the flm.
However, I couldn’t fnd a re-
cord on his physical condition,
and as such that was probably
manifested or enhanced for the
Ephors: Factual. Ephors com-
prised the Ephorate, the highest
Spartan magistrate. Historically,
there are fve of them, and they
form the main executive wing of
the state. The presence of the
Ephorate dates back to 754 BC.
The funneling of Troops:
Mostly Factual. King Leonidas
and the Greek forces held the
Persian army on the one main
road into their cities. The forces
maintained the gateway the frst
Every last Spartan fought at
Thermopylae until death. This
distraction provided enough time
for the rest of the Greek army
to retreat into southern Greece,
and helped to prevent Persian
Watch the 300 fght for free-
dom. If you can, check it out at
an IMAX theater.
PAGE 10 THE MERCIAD March 28, 2007
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By Dick Jerardi
MCT newspaper
Ohio State freshman standout Greg Oden is one of many
players in the NCAA Final Four that have the potential to
be great NBA players in just a few short years.
MCT Photo
Saturday’s two NCAA national
semifnals at the Georgia Dome
could be a preview of the NBA
All-Star Game in a few years.
Depending on how the players
on the four teams progress, there
could be as many as a dozen
NBA types on the floor, and
certainly a few All-Stars.
There is no George Mason, but
if you want to see high-quality
hoops and players with star qual-
ity, this Final Four has it all.
The NBA rule that doesn’t let
high school players go directly
to the league has given us Ohio
State’s Greg Oden trying for a
national title to go along with
those three Indiana high school
state titles. And it has given us
players on every team who will
eventually be playing for money
with Oden.
In one semifnal we get a re-
match of the last year’s title game
when Florida beat UCLA, 73-57,
with almost all of the same play-
ers back.
In the other game, we get the
Buckeyes against Georgetown,
another rematch of sorts. The
Hoyas crushed the Buckeyes in
last year’s second round, 70-52.
Of course, that was Ohio State
without Oden and Mike Conley
Each of the four teams has
won 30 or more games. They
are a combined 127-19. In the
65-team “S” curve that the
tournament selection committee
uses to seed the teams, the frst-
(Florida), third- (Ohio State),
fifth- (UCLA) and seventh-
ranked (Georgetown) teams are
still playing.
UCLA will make its record
17th Final Four appearance; it
has won a record 11 titles. Ohio
State will be in its 10th Final Four.
Georgetown is making its ffth
Final Four appearance, Florida
its fourth. The latter three have
each won a single title.
Game 1 is Ohio State-George-
town at 6:07 p.m. EDT; Game 2
is UCLA-Florida.
The Final Eight had the six
tournament champions from
the BCS conferences, along with
UCLA (regular-season Pac-10
champ) and Memphis (Confer-
ence USA champ). There were
no surprises. The best teams all
season were the best teams at the
end of the season.
In the East, it was classic _ Big
East vs. ACC. In the Midwest, it
was SEC vs. Pac-10. The South
was Big Ten vs. C-USA. The
West was Pac-10 vs. Big 12.
All fve Florida starters came
back to try to get a second title.
Each of them has scored 1,000
Most of them could already
be in the NBA. Instead, they are
33-5 and, after Sunday’s 85-77
win over Oregon, back in the
Final Four.
The Gators have won an amaz-
ing 16 consecutive postseason
games (10 NCAA, six SEC).
They have not been dominant
like last season, but they fnd a
way. Sunday, it was Lee Hum-
phrey bombing in threes (seven,
11-for-24 for the Gators), beat-
ing Oregon (8-for-22) at its own
Florida is first nationally in
scoring margin and field goal
percentage, fourth in rebound
margin. The Gators play like they
know are supposed to win. And
they do.
UCLA (30-5) does not have a
senior on its roster, but all these
players were here last year. They
did everything right in the 2006
NCAA until that fnal game when
Florida overwhelmed them.
This season, these Bruins are
11-1 against ranked opponents,
which tells you how they did in
big games. Their only loss was
at Oregon.
Darren Collison, Arron Affalo
and Josh Shipp are as good a
wing trifecta as there is in col-
lege hoops. They are fast and
Bottom line, UCLA plays per-
fect, fundamental defense. They
are always in the right spot.
When they double the ball,
which is often, there is no hole
left uncovered. Coaches preach
“help and recover.” The Bruins
teach it and they do it.
There were two ways to look
at the 68-55 regional fnal win
over Kansas. It was either really
ugly basketball (45 turnovers,
32 steals) or some of the best
defense you will ever see. I think
it was the latter.
The best athletic plays in the
game happened to be on defense,
but they were highlight plays
If UCLA can make Kansas
look ordinary on offense, they
can do it do anybody.
In 10 NCAA games over two
years, the Bruins have allowed
more than 60 points just twice
and fewer than 50 fve times.
And, in a game against an op-
ponent that did not allow a team
to shoot 50 percent all season,
UCLA shot 53.5 percent against
Ohio State (34-3) has won 21
straight. Its only losses were at
North Carolina (without Oden),
at Florida (just as Oden was
cleared to play) and at Wisconsin.
They have no apparent weakness
and the ultimate difference-
maker in Oden.
OSU trailed Xavier by nine
with three minutes left in the sec-
ond round. And won in overtime.
They trailed Tennessee by 20 just
before halftime in the Sweet 16.
And won in the fnal seconds.
Once they got rolling against
Memphis, they blew the game
wide open, winning 92-76 while
making 20 straight free throws in
the second half and giving fans
a glimpse of what the future will
look like with Oden. The big man
showed some of his offensive
repertoire and guarded the bas-
ket like it contained the Hope
Despite Oden’s constant foul
trouble during the tournament,
the Buckeyes commit fewer per-
sonals than any team in America,
just 13.5 per game. When their
three wing players shoot free
throws like they did Saturday
(Ron Lewis, Mike Conley and
Jamar Butler were 25 of 26) and
Oden is not in foul trouble, they
are nearly unbeatable.
Conley and Oden have not lost
a one-and-done game since their
freshmen seasons at Indianapolis
North High. They both have that
look in their eyes, the one that
says “we are not losing.”
Georgetown (30-6) has not
been in the Final Four since it
was the other team in Villanova’s
perfect game. That 1985 champi-
onship game was the last played
without a shot clock.
These Hoyas are a throwback
to the pre-shot clock era with a
serious twist. They run patterns
that would work in any era, but
they run them at a speed that has
never been tried before. And they
make it work.
After a classic comeback, 96-
84 overtime win over North
Carolina (the seventh OT game
in the last 14 regional finals),
Georgetown is all the way back
to its glory days of a generation
ago. It is just quite different than
it was back in the time of Hoya
Paranoia. Everything about this
team is pleasing.
These Hoyas have an incredibly
unique big-man combination in
Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert.
You can look way back in col-
lege basketball history and never
really see a pair quite like them.
Seeing them deal with Oden will
be one of the many highlights
of a semifnal day that could be
among the best ever.
Coming into the regional fnal,
the Hoyas ranked fourth nation-
ally in points allowed, ffth in
feld goal defense and fourth in
feld goal percentage. It is a com-
bination that has helped them
win 19 of their last 20 games.
David Osier (5) is second on the Lakers squad with 21 total points this season.
File photo
Osier’s seven points lead
Lakers over Seton Hill
The most recent lacrosse rank-
ings had a new No. 1 team which
may have Mercyhurst looking
The Lakers’ next game is against
Notre Dame de Namur Saturday
at 4 p.m. at Tullio Field.
However, a bigger challenge
awaits Mercyhurst on April 7,
when the new No. 1 ranked team
in the nation, Dowling, comes to
Erie to battle the No. 3 ranked
Dowling took over the top
spot after last year’s national
champion, Le Moyne, lost for
the frst time this season to No.
6 Bryant.
The loss snapped Le Moyne’s
70-game win streak in the North-
east 10 conference.
Le Moyne defeated Mercyhurst
8-7 in overtime March 10 to give
the Lakers their only loss of the
season thus far.
The Lakers appear to have put
that loss behind them, reeling off
back-to-back wins since the loss,
including a 14-7 win over Seton
Hill Saturday.
Sophomore Ryan Arnold led
the way for the Lakers with three
goals, two of which came in a
closely contested frst period.
The Lakers actually trailed 2-
0 late in the period but Arnold
scored two goals in the fnal 1:41
to tie the game.
Senior Mike Grizanti was a part
of the Laker defense that held
Seton Hill to just 5 goals in the
fnal three periods.
The veteran noted that his
team got stronger as the game
went on.
“I think we were ready to go,
but things just didn’t go our
way at frst,” said Grizanti, who
fnished with three groundballs.
“We kept fghting and really came
together which helped us break
away in the end.
Sophomore David Osier also
played a large role in the win at
Seton Hill.
Osier fnished with a goal and
six assists for a team-high seven
For the season, Osier is second
on the team in points with 21,
two points behind leader B.J.
Merciad sports staff
Final Four loaded with future stars
Oden, Affalo and others may be future NBA All Stars
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Feret hits and throws Lakers to victory
Mercyhurst softball coach Sara
Headley isn’t messing around this
With an impressive group of
incoming freshman players and
a strong squad of returning
players, she sees no reason why
the team cannot realize their
potential and challenge for the
conference championship.
“The conference champion-
ship is at the forefront of our
minds. Obviously, we have a
long way to go, but if we keep
improving and peak at the right
time then we defnitely have a
shot at winning the champion-
ship,” said Headley.
Senior pitcher Jen Feret echoed
Headley’s optimism. “I think this
is going to be a good year. We
just need to fnd some consis-
tency. We have had a lot of ups
and downs but the ups have been
pretty bright. This is hands down
the best team I have seen in four
years, and we could really do well
this year,” she said.
One thing that the Lakers have
to work on this season if they
want to make a serious bid for
the coveted championship is
their consistency.
With a 7-10 record on the sea-
son so far, it appears as though
Mercyhurst is struggling to keep
a consistently high level of play.
This past weekend at the Salem
Invitational Tournament, the
Lakers finished with a record
of 2-3.
A rough Saturday saw Mer-
cyhurst pick up three consecu-
tive defeats against Millersville,
Kutztown and West Virginia
Friday and Sunday were more
productive days, as Mercyhurst
picked up two impressive wins.
“The three teams we played
on Saturday were generally bet-
ter than the teams we played on
Friday and Sunday; however,
inconsistency in our offense is
defnitely a concern in our play so
far this year,” said Headley.
Mercyhurst opened the week-
end’s play with a domineering 11-
2 win over Alderson Broaddus.
The Lakers came out strong
offensively in the frst and second
innings and held out defensively
to allow only two runs in the
entire game.
Unfortunately, Mercyhurst’s
offensive game appeared to be
taking a break on Saturday. The
Lakers only managed three runs
in three games on Saturday.
Ironically, all three runs came
against Kutztown, the strongest
team Mercyhurst was to play all
With the disappointment of
Saturday behind them the Lak-
ers came out ready to play some
serious ball on Sunday.
Mercyhurst defeated West Vir-
ginia State in fve innings, 8-0, in
the team’s fnal game at the Salem
Invitational Tournament.
The Laker offense was back
on fre as three different players
hit homers.
Jen Feret was up to her usual
tricks as she pitched a perfect
game and hit two balls out of
the park.
Freshman shortstop Megan
Houston and senior Melissa Riz-
zo also hit long balls in the game
against West Virginia State.
Feret has had a brilliant start
to the season and will surely be a
crucial factor in the Laker’s suc-
cess or failure this spring.
Houston has already showed
great potential as an incoming
freshman, and returning infuen-
tial players such as senior pitcher
Kim Griffn and senior 2nd base-
man Anne Styn will also be a big
part of Mercyhurst’s pending
success this season.
“Jen Feret had a fantastic soph-
omore year, and after struggling a
little last year she is now back to
playing her best. She is defnitely
a key factor of our team. The
freshmen have great potential
and all have more developing to
do. I am very pleased with their
class, and especially with Megan
Houston’s level of play so far,”
Headley said of the Lakers’
emerging key players.
Up next for the Lakers is a
game against cross-town rival
Gannon University on Thursday,
March 29th at 4 p.m.
The rivalry always tends to
bring the best out of both Erie
teams and all softball fans are
advised to attend.
By Finella Annand
Contributing writer
The offense for the softball team stalled at moments, but came alive Sunday against West Virginia State.
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Water polo struggles through 1-3 weekend in Michigan
The Mercyhurst women’s water
polo team was faced with a tough
task of playing three games in
two days, including the No. 17
Wolverines from University of
The Lakers beat Slippery Rock
University in double overtime 9-
8 and lost against the University
of Indiana and the University
of Michigan, concluding their
weekend with one win and two
When asked about how the
women’s water polo team is
progressing, Coach Curtis Robi-
nette said, “We are starting to
play team polo. It takes a while
for everyone to understand the
effort that is needed to win in
this conference and throughout
the season.
“ But I feel we have turned the
corner and are ready to face new
The two-day, three-game play
began with a 14-2 loss at home to
Indiana. The team’s only scores
came in the second quarter from
consecutive goals by Carrie Wil-
lison and Rhonda Marable.
The Lakers were only trailing
5-2 at the half but the Hoosiers
broke away in the second half,
outscoring the Lakers 9-0.
Indiana overpowered the Lak-
ers and came out on top winning
Mercyhurst then traveled to
Slippery Rock University where
they played at 4 p.m. on the same
day. Mercyhurst fell behind early
in the frst half, trailing the Rock
Christine Somera scored the
only goal of the second quarter
and cut the Rock’s lead by one.
Mercyhurst came out hot in
the third quarter with Somera
scoring three more goals for the
The Lakers began the fourth
quarter with a 5-4 lead, but Slip-
pery Rock scored in the final
minutes and the game went into
In overtime both teams scored
in each of the two quarters and
sent the game into a sudden
death, double overtime.
In double overtime the Lakers
were led by Willison, who scored
12 seconds in to give Mercyhurst
the win over Slippery Rock 9-8.
After scoring the game winning
goal Willison said, “The entire
team had played so well and all
I wanted was a big victory over
Slippery Rock.
“I couldn’t believe that it was
fnally over and we had won.”
Willison also had four steals
and a pair of drawn ejections
in the win over the Rock. Jenna
Jefferds added to the victory with
fve steals.
Gina Mieras had 11 saves in
the game against Slippery Rock
with six more in Mercyhurst’s
frst game against the Hoosiers,
a total of 17 on the day.
The last game of the weekend
came on Sunday, March 25, when
the Lakers hosted the No. 17
ranked University of Michigan.
Playing their third game in two
days, it was obvious the Lakers
were a little drained.
They fell behind early and
found it hard to come back.
Somera led the team with two
goals and a couple of steals while
Willison adding a pair of steals
and two drawn ejections.
Mieras started in goal and
added another 13 saves to her
season total but was replaced
with Kathi Korenich, who added
two more saves as she fnished
the game for the Lakers.
The Lakers played tough but
Michigan proved their national
ranking is well deserved by beat-
ing Mercyhurst 14-5. The loss
gave Mercyhurst a record of 6-10
this season.
“We have played a much tough-
er schedule this season and our
record has suffered because of it
but it has already prepared us for
tough conference games includ-
ing the overtime win against Slip-
pery Rock,” said Robinette.
Mercyhurst’s next contest is at
home against neighboring rival
Penn State Behrend on Wednes-
day at 7 p.m.
The Lakers will compete in the
Siena Invitational in Loudonville
N.Y. on Saturday and Sunday
where Slippery Rock will look
for revenge from their double
overtime loss to the Lakers.
Mercyhurst will also play St.
Francis and a team later to be
By Kirk Campbell
Contributing writer
Junior Christine Somera
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Junior Carrie Willison
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Senior standout throws fve-inning perfect game and adds two homeruns
Men’s volleyball beats Medaille and falls to Loyola
This past week the Mercyhurst
men’s volleyball team experi-
enced the highest of highs and
unfortunately the victorious was
short lived.
After staging a dramatic come
from behind win against Medaille
College in midweek, the Lakers
were quickly brought back down
to earth as they stumbled to a
3-0 defeat against No. 14 Loyola
University on Saturday.
The Lakers were narrowly
defeated in the frst two games
(26-30, 27-30) against Medaille
and many people would have
expected the Mavericks to go
to conclude the contest in the
third game.
Mercyhurst has been defeated
3-0 on 13 occasions this season
and a large number of people
would have been forgiven for
thinking the result was a fore-
gone conclusion.
However, the youthful Laker
team had other ideas.
They turned back the Mav-
ericks 30-19 in the third game
and despite a late charge from
Medaille in the fourth, the Lakers
held on to force a deciding game
by a score of 30-27.
The Lakers snapped a tight and
tense fnal game by surging to a
15-11 victory with a 6-1 run at a
pivotal moment.
Senior middle-hitter Mike
Palaschak led the team with ten
block assists and one solo block.
Tim Wagner, Marcus Dos Santos
and Dave Newman all reached
double fgures for kills and con-
tributed a number of block as-
sists helping the Lakers pull off
the comeback win.
Wagner, a sophomore out-
side hitter, attributed the team’s
dramatic win to an outstanding
blocking performance.
“Whenever we out block teams
by that much it helps us develop a
lot of momentum in the match,”
said Wagner.
Jeff Hartman and Jordan Pier-
son each recorded 11 digs while
fellow sophomore David Hatten
chipped in with 49 assists in the
“I think all of our starters
played well, everyone has a role
and everyone did their job,”
added Wagner.
On Saturday afternoon the
Lakers entertained No. 14 Loyola
University team, who boasted a
record of 18-6 overall.
Mercyhurst’s 2-18 record meant
the Ramblers came into the game
frm favorites to win.
Once again the Lakers fought
bravely in the opening two games
before falling 30-21 and 30-27.
Loyola controlled the first
game, keeping the Lakers at arms
length for its duration. However,
in the second the Lakers held
the lead on seven occasions by
as many as two points before
the Ramblers got those noses in
front and didn’t look back.
Mercyhurst was faced with a
0-2 defcit for the second time
in a week and unfortunately
on this occasion it proved too
greater task.
The Ramblers closed out the
game in comfortable fashion
clinching the fnal game 30-12
and showed why they are #14 in
the nation.
“I think in games one and two
we showed a lot of fght, espe-
cially game two. It’s good for
us to get that experience against
a veteran team in a match like
that considering we are such a
young squad,” said an encour-
aged Wagner.
Once again Palaschak came
up big for the Lakers. He led the
team in kills with 11 and had a
hitting percentage of .500.
Dos Santos and Wagner both
had six kills each, while Dos San-
tos’ seven digs led the team.
Coming up for the Lakers is
a tough trip to Indiana where
they will play a pair of confer-
ence games. The Lakers travel
to IPFW on Friday night before
moving on to face Ball State the
following evening.
“We are all really excited and
I think that we are a team that
is developing towards the end
of our season,” said Wagner
ahead of this weekend’s trip to
Wagner is confdent the team
is capable of surprising a few
people this coming weekend and
sees the unlimited potential as
something other teams need to
be wary of.
Senior Mike Palaschak led Mercyhurst with 11 blocks against Medaille last week.
File photo
By Andy Tait
Contributing writer
Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
This weeks results...
Men’s volleyball...............................................Mar. 24, Loyola, L 3-0
Women’s water polo..................................Mar. 21, L 10-4, Gannon
Mar. 24, L 14-2, Indiana
Mar. 24, W 9-8 (OT), Slippery Rock
Mar. 25, L 14-5, Michigan
Baseball.................................Mar. 22, W 11-0, Indiana Univ. of Pa.
Mar. 22, L 4-3, Indiana Univ. of Pa.
Mar. 24, W 10-7, Wayne State
Mar. 24, L 3-2 (8), Wayne State
Mar. 25, L 3-1, Wayne State
Mar. 25, W 6-2, Wayne State
Softball...................................Mar. 23, W 11-2, Alderson-Broaddus
Mar. 24, L 2-0, Millersville
Mar. 24, Kutztown, L 6-3
Mar. 24, W.V. Wesleyan L 3-0
Mar. 24, W.V. State L 3-0
Men’s lacrosse............................Mar. 21, W 13-5, Wheeling Jesuit
Mar. 24, W 14-7, Seton Hill
Women’s lacrosse.............................Mar. 24, W 10-8, Bloomsburg
Mar. 25, postponed, East Stroudsburg
Men’s tennis...........................Mar. 23, W 9-0, Lake Superior State
Mar. 24, W 9-0, Michigan Tech
In the news...
Athletes of the Week
A pair of individuals from the diamond were honored this
week by the Athletic Department as its Athletes of the Week.
Baseball’s Brian Espersen was named the Male Athlete of the
Week for his performance when he picked up his third win of
the season against No. 25 Wayne State. The junior pitched six
shutout innings against the Warriors, striking out eight while
allowing just three hits and three walks. He is now 3-0 on the
season with a stellar 1.38 earned run average
Softball senior Jen Feret did it all in an 8-0 victory against West
Virginia State this past weekend. She went deep twice for the
Lakers, upping her total to seven on the young season. She also
pitched a fve-inning perfect game, retiring all 15 batters she
faced. She struck out seven batters, and led the team with four
RBIs on the day.
Women’s hoops coach resigns
Karin Nicholls, who for the last three seasons was at the helm
of the women’s basketball team, has resigned from per position
effective immediately. She took over the team for the 2004-05
season, and bettered her team’s record to 8-19 in her each of
her frst two seasons. With a number of key injuries this past
season, the team struggled to a 6-21 fnish.
Nicholls has indicated that she is ready for a change, and will
shortly be assuming a sales position in Raleigh, N.C. The search
for the program’s new coach should begin immediately.
Men’s lacrosse still at No. 3
Although the top two teams were shuffed, the Mercyhurst
men’s lacrosse team held onto its No. 3 ranking in the latest
poll published by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse
Association (USILA). Dowling University nabbed the No. 1 spot
from Le Moyne, who dropped their frst contest of the year.
Up next for Mercyhurst is a home game against Notre Dame de
Namur taking place Saturday at 4 p.m.
Women’s golf competes at Mount Union
In the rain-shortened Mount Union Invitational, Mercyhurst
fnished in a tie for sixth place with a fnal score of 379. The
tournament was scheduled for 36 holes, but Mother Nature
forced the event to just 18. John Carroll University was the
event winner with a fnal score of 346.
Leading scorers included Jennifer Halinda with a 90 and
Mattye Laurer with a 92. Alanna Kirwan and Kaitlin Brody each
fnished in the top-40, shooting 97 and 100 respectively.
Up next for the team is the Ashland Invitational scheduled for
Saturday and Sunday.
Men’s tennis wins a pair
The men’s tennis team swept a pair of GLIAC opponents last
weekend, earning 9-0 wins over Michigan Tech and Lake
Superior State.
The matches concluded a three-match homestand for
Mercyhurst, which began on the downside with a 8-1 loss
against Northwood. With the wins, Mercyhurst is now 10-4 on
the year, and will seek to improve that record when they travel
to Michigan on March 31 to take on the Bulldogs from Ferris
State. The very next day they take on rival Grand Valley State
for a conference match, with both matches scheduled for 10
a.m. starts.
Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Any-
thing worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to
Page 12 March 28, 2007
Women’s lax wins 4 straight
Sophomore Jessie Horeth seeks to move the ball up feld in previous action.
File photo
The Mercyhurst women’s la-
crosse team picked up its third
straight win of the season by
defeating Bloomsburg University
10-8 on Saturday, March 24.
After Bloomsburg scored the
three goals in the frst seven min-
utes of the match, Mercyhurst
battled back as it has throughout
this winning streak.
The Lakers then rallied to score
the next three goals and tie the
game at three.
Sophomore Breanna Haggerty
started the scoring for Mercy-
hurst with the Lakers’ frst two
goals, and Haggerty had a game-
high fve goals.
Junior Courtney Olevnik then
tied the game during the 20th
minute on an assist from Hag-
gerty. Bloomsburg battled back
and scored the next two goals to
take a 5-3 halftime lead.
The Lakers came out playing a
little sloppy throughout the frst
30 minutes of the match and
Bloomsburg outshot Mercyhurst
21-5 during that period.
Haggerty added her third goal
less than two minutes into the
second half.
Both Bloomsburg and Mercy-
hurst then traded goals for the
frst 15 minutes of the second
The Lakers scored three suc-
cessive goals to erase a 7-5 defcit
and take the lead.
Sophomore Angela Schumerth
started the run during the 47th
Kristen Toomey then tied the
game during the 52nd minute on
an assist from Olevnik.
Less than a minute later, Hag-
gerty put Mercyhurst up for the
frst time during the game.
After Bloomsburg’s Megan
Taylor scored her fourth and fnal
goal to tie the game with less than
two minutes left in the match,
Haggerty notched the game-win-
ner just 28 seconds later.
Kate Smith then added the fnal
insurance goal with less than 30
seconds remaining.
Freshman Jessica Raniero, who
picked up the win, started her
frst career game in goal. Raniero
registered nine saves. This was
her third game of the year.
She made seven of her nine
saves in the frst half to keep the
Lakers close.
In addition to Haggerty’s fve
goals, she also added a pair of
assists for seven points.
With the seven points, Hag-
gerty has become just the ninth
Laker to top the 100 career point
mark and fnished the game with
103. That is the quickest time pe-
riod that a Mercyhurst has player
scored 100 points.
Haggerty believed that even
though the team was down, they
were never completely out of
the game.
“After being down, we never let
ourselves believe we were out of
the game,” she said.
“We knew we were still in it
and that we had to come out
with intensity in order to battle
back.” Haggerty also said that
it is great to be part of the 100
points club at Mercyhurst, but
believes that winning is what
matters the most.
“It is a great honor to be rec-
ognized as a contributor to the
team, but we still have a lot of
work to do this week to prepare
for our frst home game,” said
“We cannot let ourselves be
intimidated by a ranked team
and hopefully we will come out
strong and surprise them this
Toomey had three points with
two scores and an assist. Olevnik
scored once and assisted on an-
other goal.
Freshman attacker Kate Smith
has scored a total of four goals
and one assist to lead all fresh-
men in total points.
She believes that the team
is working exceptionally well
“We are working together really
well,” Smith said. “We want to
win for each other, and the win-
ning streak we have shows how
hard we are working.”
Smith went on to say that in
addition to the coaching staff, the
player’s work with each other to
improve their games.
“I am so glad that I have the
opportunity to learn from my
teammates who have so much
skill,” she said.
“Just playing with them [her
teammates], they have helped me
to become a better player.”
Mercyhurst’s next game will be
their home opener, which will be
against second-ranked Adelphi
on Sunday, April 1, at 11 a.m.
By Chris Davis
Contributing writer
Baseball splits with Wayne State
In its opening weekend of
conference play, the Mercyhurst
baseball team came home from
Detroit, Mich., with an even 2-2
The Lakers tangled with the No.
25-ranked Warriors of Wayne
State for a pair of double-headers
to open their Great Lakes Inter-
collegiate Athletic Conference
(GLIAC) schedule.
Wayne State was picked to
fnish third in the conference,
one notch ahead of Mercyhurst
which was chosen by league
coaches to fnish ffth.
In Saturday’s opening game,
Mercyhurst used a fve-run sev-
enth inning to beat the Warriors
Starter Eric Drobotij went fve
and one third innings, getting
roughed up for six runs on nine
hits during that time.
James Ludwig finished the
contest for Mercyhurst, picking
up his frst win in relief, giving
up just one run in his one and
two-thirds innings of work.
Offensively the bottom half of
the lineup carried the load for the
Lakers, with the six through nine
hitters combining for nine hits
and scoring fve runs.
Trey Bennett and Josh Schmidt
led Mercyhurst in hitting, each
fnishing the opener 3-4 with two
runs scored apiece.
In Saturday’s nightcap it took
eight innings for the Warriors
to squeak by Mercyhurst, 3-2, in
extra innings.
Starter John Mang went seven
and one-third innings, surren-
dering three runs on just seven
The potent offense from the
opener failed to show itself in
game two, with Mercyhurst be-
ing held to just two hits for the
The same illness plagued Mer-
cyhurst in Sunday’s opener, fall-
ing for the second consecutive
game by the score of 3-1.
Starter Brian Chad’s record
fell to 0-2, surrendering three
runs in four and two-thirds in-
nings. Only one of those runs
was earned.
Infelder Adam Gray was the
only Laker with multiple hits in
game one, going 2-3 with an RBI
on the afternoon.
Game two proved to be more
productive for the offense, and
got some excellent pitching to
go with it.
Starter Brian Espersen pitched
six outstanding innings, giving up
three hits and no runs to improve
his record to 3-0.
The junior struck out eight and
walked three on the afternoon.
Bennett and Gray each had a
pair of hits, each also driving
in a run.
With the weekend split, Mercy-
hurst now stands at 13-7 overall,
and 2-2 in GLIAC play.
Wayne State’s record is nearly
identical, standing 13-6 and 2-2.
Next up for Mercyhurst is a
pair of double-headers at home
next weekend, hosting the Car-
dinals from Saginaw Valley State
Saginaw is sure to be a tough
contest, as they were also cho-
sen to finish fourth alongside
Mercyhurst in the GLIAC pre-
season poll as voted by the league
The Cardinals are coming off a
disappointing weekend, fnishing
1-3 in a pair of doubleheaders
against Grand Valley State.
On both afternoons games
are scheduled to start at noon
and 2 p.m.
By Ryan Palm
Sports editor
Mets motivated by the memories of 2006 NLCS
The New York Mets played
themselves back into their city’s
Yankee-dominated baseball con-
sciousness in 2006.
They had the best record in the
National League and got back to
the postseason for the frst time
since 2000.
But the lasting memory of
2006 isn’t all the excitement that
was produced in Shea Stadium.
It’s the disappointment that
filled the old ballpark on the
night of Oct. 19.
The underdog St. Louis Car-
dinals rallied to beat the Mets,
3-1, in Game 7 of the National
League Championship Series.
The Mets’ dream of making the
World Series died when Carlos
Beltran took a called third strike
with the bases loaded to end the
Pitcher Tom Glavine says the
Mets will be ready for the next
Their season opens a week
from Sunday night against the
same Cardinals club that beat
them in the league champion-
ship series.
“There’s some unfnished busi-
ness here,” Glavine said. “It’s
mostly a quiet, understood thing,
but there’s no question it’s a mo-
tivator for us.”
Cl oser Bi l l y Wagner con-
“We know how close we came,”
he said. “We know the feeling.
We feel we were the better team.
We just didn’t execute, and that’s
something that drives us.”
The Mets have a star-studded
lineup and say they can repeat
as NL East champions. But they
have challenges, particularly with
their starting pitching rotation
and bullpen.
Both units could be really good.
Or both could be something
else. In the end, pitching will
determine the Mets’ fate, but that
doesn’t make them unique.
The Mets have some tremen-
dous resumes in their starting
rotation, but all come with fne
Glavine is 10 wins shy of 300,
but he’s 41 years old. Orlando “El
Duque” Hernandez, 40, doesn’t
have the dazzling stuff he once
did, and has had trouble with
nagging injuries. Pedro Marti-
nez had rotator cuff surgery in
The bottom of the rotation
has big potential in John Maine,
Oliver Perez, and possibly top
prospect Mike Pelfrey, but con-
sistency is an issue.
That reality fuels this team’s
“Last year left us knowing we
can do it,” Delgado said. “It’s a
friendly reminder. But we know
we have to earn it. Even though
we have the same core players, we
have to perform and earn it.”
By Jim Salisbury
MCT Newspapers