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Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie Pa. 16546

May 2, 2007

Center to enhance college community
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in chief
Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble announced Tuesday that the college will develop a MultiCultural Center. “The Multi-Cultural Center (MCC) is a comprehensive office that supports and assists with the educational, cultural, social and personal, needs of all students,” states the proposal for the center. “The primary focus of the office is to develop leaders and scholars. Other areas of focus are to create campus wide awareness in regard to socio-economic issues and to bridge the gap between students and faculty.” The proposal states the Multi-Cultural Center will increase awareness of diversity. “The office advocates educational growth through scholarship, leadership and service. The MCC strives to implement retention and personal enhancement programs that are instituted for students to promote academic success and professional development,” states the document. Vice President for Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said the idea for a center started several months ago. “After meeting with a number of constituencies, Cathy Anderson began the search for a multicultural center and we’re bringing this forward,” he said. In a summary proposal about the multi-cultural center, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Cathy Anderson said the center is muchneeded for the campus. “The most consistent/persistent message regarding the ‘how to’ of improving issues surrounding diversity on the Mercyhurst campus requires having a person/office where leadership to resolve these challenges is intentional, personified, comprehensive, and consistent,” she said in the proposal. “Dedicating resources, space, salary and focus would show that the college has chosen to visibly deal with these issues as a college.” Tobin said the location of the center has not been determined, but noted it will be located in a high traffic area such as the student union. Please see Promoting on Page 3

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Springfest ‘07 will take on a ‘Cinco De Mayo’ theme.

Renovations on freshman housing Mercy Suites to start in mid-May
Ross said the future setup will include: two bedrooms, one bath, a living room and a study room. According to Ross, the renovation will be based on designs submitted by the Interior Design Studio II class. Ross said these designs include ideas for painting, carpet, furniture and lighting. The renovation will leave two bedrooms that are 13 feet, 11 inches by 11 feet, 5 inches. It will also make for a living room area that is 15 feet, 5 inches by 11 feet, 5 inches, and a study area that is 11 feet, 3 inches and 9 feet, 2 inches. Ross noted that the suites will still accommodate six people with three students in each bedroom. Ross said the Residence Life Office is looking into different beds and lofts that will accommodate three people in one bedroom. He said, however, that constructing a living room “…makes the bedroom a bedroom.” According to Ross, s design will be finalized in the upcoming weeks and construction should start in mid-May.

Springfest ‘07 to be red hot
By Casey Green Contributing writer
With a platinum-selling artist, free food and countless activities, Springfest 2007 is sure to be a hit. Springfest 2007 is being sponsored by SAC and MSG and will be celebrated on Cinco de Mayo. As always, lawn inflatables are included in the celebration. The usual inflatables such as the Bungee Run, the Deluxe Bouncer, Bouncy Boxing and the Gladiator Joust will all be available as well as several new toys. A 93-foot long Titanic Adventure Slide, a Super Size Twister Board and “The Screamer,” a roller coaster simulation ride, are new activities at this year’s Springfest. A caricature artist, Old Tyme photo booth and airbrush tattoos will also be part of this year’s celebration. “I am really excited about the roller coaster simulation ride,” said Kelly Cofrancisco, SAC Chair and coordinator of this year’s Springfest. “We’ve never had anything like it so it should be a lot of fun.” Cofrancisco also said the most requested activity was the Slip ‘N Slide that was last included in the 2005 Springfest. The Slip ‘N Slide will be next to the Student Union on the hill leading down to the Grotto. Please see on Cinco on Page 3

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Design suggestions for the Mercy Suite renovations were submitted by the Interior Design Studio II class.

By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
The Mercy Suites freshman residence halls will soon receive a makeover. According to Associate Director of

Residence Life Justin Ross, the suites will undergo a complete renovation that involves removing a wall to make for a living room. The current setup of each suite includes: three bedrooms, one bath and one large closet.

Men’s lacrosse officially voted #1

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Mercyhurst senior wins ‘Erie Idol’ competition Erie’s newly crowned “Idol,” 21year-old Kayti Ostromecki, graduates from Mercyhurst College in May with a communication degree but, if the stars continue to shine on her, she may be communicating as a pop vocalist rather than a PR professional. Kayti won the Erie Idol contest, sponsored by WFXP-TV, on the strength of two performances: Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman” placed her among the top five out of 20 in the Idol finals on Thursday, April 26, and Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” sealed the win. Pi Sigma Alpha welcomes Dr. Morton Coleman In celebration of the induction of new members and graduation of senior members, the Mercyhurst chap-

ter of Pi Sigma Alpha political honor society welcomes Dr. Morton Coleman to campus on Monday, May 7. Coleman is the Director Emeritus of the Institute of Politics at the University of Pittsburgh and will deliver a lecture on “Politics: The Dilemma of Media Consolidation and Fragmentation” in Taylor Little Theatre at 8 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Seniors asked to take a “green pledge” Graduating seniors on the Erie and North East campuses still have time to sign the Graduation Green Pledge that states: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects

of any organizations for which I work.” The pledge program stems from the efforts of Sister Michele Schroeck, RSM, director of service learning, and students: Nadine Beres, Julie Hranica, Vanessa Diaz, Jen Helbig, Stephanie Prohaska and Zack Ufnar. Erie students can sign now through Friday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. in the bookstore. Graduates at Mercyhurst North East can sign May 14-16 in the foyer of the Ridge Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students who sign will receive a pledge card and their names will be posted on Mercyhurst’s graduation Web site. Contact Sister Michele at for more info.

Year in Review


The Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team further distinguished its season by adding to their long list of accolades, in what may become the program’s most successful campaign. Please see page 12.

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World Briefs
Compiled by Jessica Kocent From BBC News

Magoc awarded for green efforts
By Jessica Kocent News editor
On Monday, April 23, Dr. Chris Magoc, Chair of the History Department, was presented with the first ever Sustainability Award, by President Dr. Tom Gamble, Sister Maura Smith and the Green Team at the first annual Sister Maura Smith lecture. Magoc has been a vital part of the environmental efforts on campus since coming to Mercyhurst College. He helped to found the Green Team in 2000, and most recently has helped to spearhead a Green Team initiative, which is awaiting approval by the Board of Trustees. The initiative will add a $15 fee to student tuition to increase the Green Team funds to institute new environmentally-friendly programs on campus. These programs may include increasing wind power, investigating the use of wind energy on campus, expand the use of solar power on campus and investigating a number of other possibilities. Magoc said, “While I am deeply touched and personally gratified by this award, the sustainability advancements are really a testament to the success of the college.” He wants to, in fact, receive the award on behalf of all the efforts put forth by the whole campus. “From the spirit of Sister Maura Smith to the leadership of Tom Billingsley and President

Police and Safety Log
April 24 Larceny/Theft 3828 Lewis Ave. Closed April 25 Criminal Mischief 742 East 40th St. Closed April 25 Larceny/Theft Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation April 28 Larceny/Theft Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation April 28 Larceny/Theft Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation April 28 Larceny/Theft Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation April 28 Criminal Mischief 3937 Briggs Ave. Closed College Discipline April 30 Liquor Law Violation Baldwin Hall Closed College Discipline April 30 Larceny/Theft Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation

International news
Prince Harry to be deployed to Iraq
Prince Harry will be deployed to Iraq with his regiment, the head of the British army has confirmed. Gen Sir Richard Dannatt said he had taken the decision personally but stressed it would be kept under review. He called for an end to the “somewhat frenzied media speculation around this issue...” There have been fears for the safety of the prince in Iraq amid apparently worsening tensions in the country. Dannatt added “I will of course keep that decision continually under review, and if circumstances are such that I change that decision, I will make a further statement.”

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U.S. court rejects Guantanamo case
The US Supreme Court has refused to hear a case lodged by two Guantanamo Bay prisoners who sought to challenge the legality of US military courts. The court gave no reason for its decision but three out of nine judges said they would have heard the case. A total of four votes would have been sufficient to have the case heard by the Supreme Court.

Turkish PM makes appeal for unity
Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has appealed for national unity in the row that has erupted over the disputed election of a new president. He said an “atmosphere of stability” was essential. Erdogan’s ruling Islamist-rooted AK party has put forward Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul for president. But the army has hinted it may block him. Last week Gul was backed in a vote in parliament, but the constitutional court has been asked to annul the vote. It says it hopes to rule on the petition before the next round of the vote is due to take place on Wednesday.

Gamble to the daily efforts of Ken Stepherson and his physical plant staff…to the impassioned and inspired leadership of the students on the issue of green energy…we now seem to be moving toward establishing a college that will increasingly be known for its environmental responsibility and stewardship,” said Magoc. Magoc will be handing over his responsibilities of Green Team advisor to Dr. James Snyder, Associate Professor of Philosophy, at the end of this year. He still plans to be involved in a few particular projects on campus. “It is exciting to see the students all charged up,” said Magoc. “I believe that in and out of the classroom, the campus is really honoring the mission of the college and the vision of the Sisters of Mercy.”

April 25 Burglary Athletic Center Closed April 26 Criminal Mischief Hirt Center Closed April 26 Burglary Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation April 28 Larceny/Theft Baldwin Hall Open Pending Investigation

Students and faculty on ‘lock down’ for charity
By Jessica Kocent News editor
The Ambassador Club has been working on an interesting fundraiser since the beginning of April. The entire Mercyhurst Community as well as some local businesses really pulled together to help the March Of Dimes Foundation. The fundraiser “captured” five participants from their offices and apartments Thursday, April 26. They were then taken to the Student Union, and asked to raise $50 before they could be released. Participants who were placed under “lockdown” included Ambassador Club President Kyle Linehan, MSG Treasurer Ryan Palm, Assistant Directors of Residence Life Justin Ross and Joe Howard and Associate Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Ludlow Brown. Associate Vice President Tyrone Moore, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Daniel McFee also helped out behind the scenes. Altogether they raised over $700, which far surpassed the anticipated amount. “We want to thank the faculty and staff members for their generous donations, Papa Johns for providing lunch and all those that helped out with the lockdown. We had an extremely successful fundraiser,” said co-chairperson for the fundraising committee Leah Sefcik.

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Reminders for all graduating MC seniors
By Bjorn Alnaes Contributing writer
Graduation is approaching rapidly and many seniors are probably already feeling stressed and overwhelmed by all the forms that need to be filled out, and all the arrangements that need to be attended. Friday, May 11, the celebration starts with the Senior-Dinner Dance at the Avalon Hotel. The dance will start at 7 p.m. and end at midnight. Dinner will be served and transportation will be provided by MSG. If you would like to sign your group of friends up for a table, you will need to go to the Student Union during the week of April 30. Ten people are allowed at each table. Further questions about the dance should be directed to the Mercyhurst Student Government. The fun continues Thursday, May 17, when the seniors head to Cedar Point Amusement Park. The day after the Cedar Point trip will be another eventful day for the seniors. Friday, May 18, the Dedication of the Senior Class Gift will be underway at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be held between Briggs and Lewis along East 41st Street, and include the dedication of the multi-purpose court as well as memorial benches for Sara Pieszak and Matthew Milgate. The Sister Damien Spirit Award will also be presented here. Later that day, the Welcome to the Alumni Reception will be held in the Student Union from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m.. This event is free of charge and welcomes seniors, parents and faculty. Reservations are required with ticket pick-up in the bookstore beginning Monday, May 7. Also remember that dress-code is business casual. Saturday, May 19, a family picnic in the grotto will be arranged by the MSG. The event is for the graduating students and their families. Sign-ups are being held in the Student Union until May 16. As most of you already know, Sunday, May 20, is the day of graduation. Numerous events will be held this day, with the commencement starting at 2 p.m. in the Tullio Arena (Erie Civic Center). Following the graduation ceremony, a farewell reception will be in Egan Dining Hall. This will be the last Mercyhurst event for seniors. Remember that graduates must be checked out of campus housing by noon May 21, so make sure you get back from the bars in time…

Israeli leader, Olmert, ‘rushed to war’
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been criticised for taking Israel to war in Lebanon last year “hastily” and without a comprehensive plan. A government inquiry panel found him and other leaders guilty of “very serious failings” in handling the war. About 1,200 Lebanese and 160 Israelis were killed after Israel launched operations against Hezbollah militants who had captured two Israeli soldiers. Olmert said in a TV address he had no intention of resigning. He said that instead he would work to implement the conclusions of the report, admitting that “mistakes were made”.

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Somalis returning to capital, Mogadishu
Hundreds of Somalis, many in desperate conditions, have been returning to the capital, Mogadishu, since the end of the fiercest fighting seen in years. The BBC’s Mohammed Moalimo said many returnees were very distressed and had no shelter and a shortage of food. The first talks since Ethiopian forces and interim government troops defeated Islamists and Hawiye clan militia fighters took place on Sunday. The Somali president and Hawiye elders agreed to a ceasefire and more talks.

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Airlines cancel Sri Lanka flights
Three airlines have cancelled or changed flights to Sri Lanka a day after Tamil Tiger rebels carried out an air raid on the capital, Colombo. Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific and Dubai-based Emirates have suspended flights, while Singapore Airlines will only fly into Colombo during the day. Meanwhile, 12 people were killed in two clashes between Sri Lankan forces and the Tigers on Sunday, officials said.

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Mercyhurst green team unhappy MSG reps sworn in with Union expansion plans
By Courtney Stuempges Contributing writer
The Green Team is consistently looking for new ways to bring the Mercyhurst campus to a whole new meaning of ecological-friendly. Recently they found a new way, and it is up to you to help. As far as the expansion of the Union goes, the Green Team disagrees on the matter. Junior Megan Rulli, who runs the Green Team, says there has been no open dialogue on the issue. “As a leader, no one came to us to ask our input,” said Rulli. “This seems like an internal MSG project.” Rulli also said she has seen no real push to get the students’ input either. A small survey was sent out, but that was the extent. “Is the expansion really necessary? Does it meet people’s needs?” Rulli asked. The Green Team also asks if the expansion is at all environmental friendly, or has an environmental design. As far as the land in the Grotto goes, Rulli said the expansion and the ecological impact were not fully thought out. Flooding in the Grotto and the health of the trees comes largely into play. The Green Team is also in the process of getting the Board of Directors to agree on their Green Energy Renewable Land Fund. Along with Rulli, the other student-force behind this is junior Angela Phillips. The plan has already passed through the students by the MSG elections. It was agreed a separate fee of $15 per student, per year would be added onto the tuition bill for these students. This $15 would help increase the wind energy Mercyhurst purchases from 10 to 20 percent. The team would like to get an Advisory Committee together, composed of students, faculty members, administration and Green Team advisors to represent everyone on campus. A proposal they have already received is a Green Roof, where trees, shrubs and grass would actually be planted on top of a building on campus. “This would help the building stay warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and would eventually lower our energy bills,” said Rulli. The less heat we use the less energy we use and the tuition should decrease in the future, explained Rulli. The library, Hirt Center and D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on campus are already geothermal buildings. Rulli said she would also like to see the wind energy actually visible on campus. “This way, students would have more of an understanding with what’s going on.” “We would just like to transform the campus to be environmental friendly,” said Rulli. “And we want to make the students a part of this as well.”

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On Monday, April 23, 26 Mercyhurst Student Government representatives were sworn in. MSG will have their first meeting of the 2007-2008 school year on Monday, September 3.

Promoting diversity
Continued from page 1 Assistant Vice President for Student Life and Director of Residence Life Laura Zirkle said the creation of a multi-cultural center is an on-going focus. “All we had was the Diversity 101 club,” said Zirkle. “Now there is the creation of a multicultural center.” Tobin said the center will be led by Assistant Director of Residence Life and Diversity 101 adviser Pertrina WilliamsMarrero. Williams-Marrero, who will begin her duties as director of the multi-cultural center on July 1, said she will leave her position as assistant director of residence life. According to Tobin, WilliamsMarrero will continue to advise Diversity 101. Gamble said Williams-Marrero is the best choice as director for the center. “Trina has been an important and vibrant part of Mercyhurst’s efforts over the years,” he said. “Trina continues to grow as a professional and I am confident that multicultural affairs at Mercyhurst College will do the same.” Williams-Marrero said she will strive to increase diversity awareness on campus. According to Williams-Marrero, she plans to continue events such as the international food night that includes foods from all over the world. Williams-Marrero also said she has new plans such as creating a “Dinner with Six Strangers.” She said the dinner would encourage people to meet new people from the community. “This is to enhance who we are and that we are Mercyhurst College,” she said. “And we do have diversity here.” Williams-Marrero said she wants the center to be a hub for culture. “I want it to be a place where conversation happens and a place where we can grow and learn about each other,” she said.

Cinco de Mayo takes over the ‘Hurst
Continued from page 1 “This year’s Springfest seems like it is going to be really fun,” said Ricki Proper, a sophomore Art Therapy major. “I can’t wait for the caricature artist and Slip ‘N Slide.” Chris Cagle is this year’s guest performer. Cagle’s popular songs include “Laredo,” “Miss Me Baby” and “Chicks Dig It.” Students attending the daytime activities will be given a chance to enter a raffle to win a Meet ‘N Greet with Cagle after his performance. Ten Meet ‘N Greet tickets will be given away. Coffey Anderson will be opening for Cagle. Cagle and Anderson will perform in the MAC at 8 p.m. Because the festival falls on Cinco de Mayo and the performer is a country star, the theme is TEX-MEX. In accordance with this, the barbeque will feature not only the usual hotdogs and hamburgers but chicken, pork, baked beans as well as chips and salsa provided by El Canelo restaurant. Zach Pekor, a member of SAC, explained that the committee had a lot of fun planning this year’s Springfest. “It the most exciting event we plan all year and it should really be a blast.” As with all other SAC events, everything at Springfest is offered free of charge. The day activities will be located outside the student union, beginning at 1 p.m. and going until 7 p.m. The barbeque will be in Garvey Park from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. SAC and MSG will be offering tickets for the Springfest concert in the Student Union from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. all week. There were 50 faculty and staff member tickets, 1400 student tickets and

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Watch out for muggers
By Carla Hart Contributing writer What do you do if you’re mugged? First, stay calm and don’t panic. Thankfully the mugger only wanted your belongings that can be replaced. And take off the iPod, or at least turn it down when walking down the street or on public transit. Be careful, that’s what I always say. It can happen any time, or anywhere. Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense. Good planning can go a long way in ensuring that you won’t become a mugger’s next victim. Bring a team of friends with you so you don’t travel alone. The mugger isn’t playing fair, and may cheat bringing along others meaning to inflict harm. Happily, after speaking with Mercyhurst Police and Safety, the office is open, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They were very helpful and concerned, pointing out that their doors are always open, ready to support the well being of the public. In the Communications Center, the surveillance cameras are videotaping the campus and, with digital technology, are able to capture deviant acts on film. Mercyhurst Police and Safety also work with the Erie Police Department. So, don’t worry, they’re watching, and ready to protect and serve. We seem to take it for granted that, “it won’t happen to me,” but it does happen to men and women alike. And it could be any time of the day or night, according to Mercyhurst Police and Safety. Just because it’s well lit, doesn’t mean it can’t happen. If it does, report the crime right away. The best statement is a fresh one. A mugging is merely slang for robbery, as classified in the State of Pennsylvania. Reporting the crime to start the investigation can bring retribution, hospital and monetary. You may qualify for indemnification (payment) by the State of Pennsylvania. Through the Victim Witness Services of Erie County victims are also provided services including, Crisis Intervention, Supportive Counseling, Assistance with Filing Victim Compensation Forms, Accompaniment to Criminal Justice Proceedings and Homicide Survivor Groups. The Director of Health Services, Chris Dimperio, urges victims to get injuries documented immediately because insurance companies go back to the original documents when negotiating compensation. If you know of anyone who has been victimized, be a friend and “steer them to the health center,” Dimperio said. It’s also important to know, you’re not alone. But, you must reach out so people know that you’re suffering. A strong support system is offered right here on campus. And the situation do get better. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings, so that you’re not taken unawares. Jesus told us that in one way or another. And I do suggest prayer. A happy heart is a fulfilled heart. Victim Witness Services of Erie County has a 24 Hour Hotline: (814) 455-9515 and is located at 125 West 18th Street, Erie, PA 16501.

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Director of Campus Ministry, Sister Geri Rosinski, will be leaving at the end of the year.

Sister Geri says goodbye to ‘Hurst
By Chelsea Boothe Campus living editor Since 1998, Mercyhurst has had the honor of Sister Geri Rosinski’s presence on campus. Sister Geri has faithfully and passionately been the Campus Ministry Director, helping to make this school the fine institution it is today. In countless ways she has affected the lives of thousands of students, through her warmth, devotion, kindness and hugs. With great sadness, however, Sister Geri is being called to a new and different ministry within her faith and community in Rodchester, NY. Although she will readily admit that serving and working among the Mercyhurst College community has been one of her happiest positions, she leaves without reservation, because she trusts in God’s ultimate plan. Sister Geri’s faith is both outstanding and strong, and she allows it to guide her whenever and wherever she goes. Although she will greatly miss the students and faculty at the ‘Hurst, she knows that where she is going, she is needed. So many people on this campus have been touched by her love and concern for others. Whether it is a freshman who is looking to fit in, or a senior who is nervous about his or her future, Sister Geri is always open and ready to hear the student body. Her genuine personality and likeability has helped to make her one of the most loved persons on campus. Few could refute what a wonderful campus minister she has been, and all will agree that whoever takes her place next will have very large shoes to fill. So many students and faculty have stories they could tell about the role Sister Geri has played in their lives, and there are many who could tell of how much they will miss her. Offered below are only a very few who have known her, loved her and will miss her dearly. Dr. Thomas Gamble, president, “Sister Geri has been a great blessing to campus ministry, to our students and to Mercyhurst as a whole. I’m sure you will hear about her enthusiasm and passion from everyone you talk to. I just want to add that she has been a personal blessing to me, and for that I will always be grateful.” Sister Michele Schroeck, service learning, “Sister Geri has expanded the opportunities for religious activities to include more retreats and student initiated projects. She is a real Mercy presence who supported justice and outreach activities including the alternative breaks. She will be greatly missed.” Fr. Jim Piszker, college Chaplin, “Sister Geri and I both came to Mercyhurst at the same time in August 1998. Having never met before, we were able to establish an excellent working relationship and I have come to appreciate Sister’s skills as a gifted pastoral minister. She will be greatly missed, most particularly by the central object of her great love, compassion and mercy – the students.” Daniel Cabanillas, director of liturgical music, “Sadly, there will be no more ‘hi darlings.’ Sister is very passionate about what she believes. She took her job way beyond the call. She did more than was ever asked of her, and more than seems humanly possible.” Dr. Gerard Tobin, vice president of student life, “Besides having the loudest laugh on campus, Sister Geri also has one of the largest and most tender hearts. In moments of tragedy and profound sadness especially, Sister Geri has blessed Mercyhurst with a ministry of presence and an abiding faith that reassures us that all will be well. The Division of Student Life has been so grateful for Sr. Geri’s generous spirit and all of us will miss her and wish her well in her new ministry.” Paul Macosko, campus minister, “Sister Geri has a remarkable way with people. She knows how to make people feel comfortable, how to empathize, and how to build connections and relate to them no matter what age, socio-economic status, gender, or situation someone may find them self in. “She has been a personal mentor to me for the past eight years and she gave me my first opportunities to explore ministry. For this and for the many things she’s taught me regarding ministering to others, seeking God’s will, and living out what you believe, I’m incredibly grateful.”

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Juniors Will Swafford and Jeff Allen are riding around on their crotch rockets.

Motorcycle gang takes ‘Hurst
By Joshua Wilwhol Editor-in-chief Vrrrooommm. The sounds of the motorcycles fly threw campus. You can hear them a mile away, but motorcyclists Jeff Allen and Will Swafford don’t care – they’re hitting the open road. Swafford and Allen are only two of the several students on campus who enjoy the door-free vehicles and the brush of air constantly hitting their face. Swafford said he has been riding for three years and has put 15,000 miles on his 2003 Honda ZVR. Allen recently bought his 2007 Harley Davidson Sportster last month. Swafford said he bought his motorcycle when he was in the military and had extra money. He also noted he wanted to anger his girlfriend and mother, which, he said, succeeded in doing so. Allen said he always wanted to own a motorcycle since he was young, but never got one because he didn’t have anyone to ride with. Swafford said he enjoys riding in Erie, Pa., despite the city roads not being great. “It’s a good town to ride in with nice scenery,” he said. “If you go 15 miles outside of Erie, it’s farm country and a nice ride.” Allen, however, said he prefers the New York roads. “The air is fresher in New York than in Erie,” he said. Swafford said he rides 200 miles at a time. Swafford and Allen said they have many more roads to explore across the country and in Erie.

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Cookie recipes
There are only two more weeks of school left, and by the end of the year, everyone wants to celebrate, whether it be the completion of another year, graduation, winning an award or landing your dream job. This recipe can be the center of any great celebration party. This recipe came from my mom, who has made this recipe for every celebration throughout my life. It tastes delicious and can be personalized by decorating each cookie for an individual. The most important thing is to get together with your friends at the end of the year to celebrate all of the year’s accomplishments.




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Cookie Cake
Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 cup creamy peanut butter 1 cup sugar 1 sup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 ¼ cup flour 1 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt

Equipment Large bowl 2 pizza pans Wooden spoon Spatula Measuring cups
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1. Beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar together until they are light and fluffy. 2. Add the eggs and mix well. Then add the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix well into the batter. 3. Finally, stir in the oats and the M & M’s until they are evenly distributed through the batter. 4. Spread the batter into the two pizza pans and bake at 325 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

Above: Fashion Promotions students, Leslie McAllister, Shelley Turk, Jen Gildea, Jimmy Mason, Meghan Oxenreiter, Laura Pusateri, advisor Amy Weaver-Kaulis, Stepfanie Skinner, Jess Shane, Stacey Laveen, Kate Reumler, Sunita Mathur, Kelly Wilson, Abbey Rowe and Marissa Riccelli. Right: Fashion models, Katie Cahill, Kathy Teelak, Caitlin Collins and Tamara Putney get ready backstage before the show.

Fashion takes the runway
By Jen Gildea Contributing writer Mercyhurst Fashion Promotions class held its annual fashion show on Friday evening in a nearly sold-out Taylor Little Theatre. Featuring both vintage and contemporary pieces, the show’s title was “A Walk from the Past.” The show was a hit Friday night, despite mild ticket sales earlier in the week, and numerous other events happening on campus. “We were very surprised and pleased with the turnout,” said senior Kate Ruemler, who was in charge of admission. Approximately 30 student models strutted down the makeshift runway to a mixture of music from previous decades. The models, both male and female, kept the audience entertained with on-the-spot dances, and cheesy facial expressions. The show was split into sections, each dedicated to a different decade: the 1940s through the 1980s. With the help of local retailers, including JCPenney, Urban Behavior, New York & Company and Classic Consignment, the variety of outfits was perfect to obtain the look and feel of life from each decade. Poodle skirts in the 50s, reminiscent of Grease fame, tie-dye in the 60s and leggings in the 80s all came together to portray the hottest trends from the era. Musical selections made the show fun and energetic. Each decade was comprised of a collaboration of tunes reminiscent of music of years past. Put on completely by the 14 students in the class, the show was a success, especially for being put together in a short eight weeks. “We all had our own individual responsibilities, and worked so hard to create a fun show,” said junior Shelley Turk. “It was stressful, but it was worth it.” Additional fashion majors assisted backstage as dressers, keeping track of models’ outfits and line-up. Proceeds from the show – nearly $750 – were going to be donated to senior Megan Wells and her family to help pay the burdensome post-surgical expenses after her father’s recent lung transplant. Sadly, however, Megan’s father passed away on Saturday. Instead, the Fashion Promotions class will donate the money to a cause close to Wells. She has said that she wants to set up a fund on campus to help other students and families who are facing similar situations. “There’s a need beyond my father. I want to help other families who are going through the same thing,” Wells said previously. Despite the sad news of her father, the fashion department is pleased to donate its proceeds from the show to a good cause. And, of course, fashion students are excited for next year’s show, hoping it will be as exciting and successful as this year’s. “The show is a chance to present our love of fashion to the rest of campus,” said Turk. “Each year we hope it gets better and better.”

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Need some energy for finals? Try Brick House coffee

By Adam Hicks Contributing writer
With so many corporate coffee shops opening, it is hard to get a good cup of coffee these days. Although Starbucks may offer a decent cup of joe the atmosphere is extremely lacking as the corporate world hustles in and out of the premises. In a constant quest to find the ideal coffee shop, I followed a tip by graduate student Michael Mancinelli to visit Brick House Coffee, located at 3741 W. 26th Street. Owned and operated by Jeff and Rebecca Weeks, this establishment is the perfect blending of fantastic coffee and a relaxing atmosphere that every coffee connoisseur dreams of finding. The Brick House opened its doors on April 4, 2005, when Jeff and Rebecca moved to the location, “and decided to bring coffee to Erie.” The house itself, constructed in the 1880’s, was completely renovated to complete the perfect atmosphere. “We are kind of our own look,” describes Jeff. Within the house there are two rooms for patrons to enjoy their beverages: the Bistro Room and the Daily Grind. The Bistro Room is a comfortable coffee house styled room with tables and chairs for patrons to enjoy the traditional atmosphere. The Daily Grind offers large style club chairs, a book case full of reading materials and a television. Both rooms offer free WiFi for the more work-

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Seniors: Where are you going next year?
By Chelsea Boothe Campus living editor
Every year Mercyhurst graduates men and women who go on to do fabulous and interesting jobs; yet, few ‘Hurst students actually know where the alumni go after school is out. This page offers a few examples of the wide spectrum of opportunities and careers that the students of this institution are going into and the people they are becoming. Some seniors graduate without any idea of what they are doing. Some people have short term plans, while others know exactly where they are going in their lives. Following are four very different stories about just a few people which we hope will give you a glimpse of both where the class of 2007 is headed, and the future of this entire generation. These are the dreams of four classmates that are now becoming a reality. In each story there is the promise of youth and the excellence of four hard years of work. Though it is not a sweeping biography of every graduating senior it is meant to be a small example of a few. ELISE YABLONSKY Elise Yablonsky graduates with a degree in political science, and she will be attending Ohio State. At OSU, she will gain a dual degree in both city and regional planning and public policy management within the Gleen School of Public Affairs. She has been offered a university fellowship that comes with full tuition, a stipend her first year, and a paid internship with an organization in Columbus. Yablonsky’s story begins at home with her father. “I am my dad’s daughter.” Mr. Yablonsky is a director of economic development at a non-profit organization in downtown Cleveland, so Elise grew up under these conditions. However, she started out at Mercyhurst as a pre-med major her freshman year. Then she went to a speech by Thomas Hilton who discussed redeveloping cities and communities and the importance of civic involvement. As she listened, she realized that his topic was exciting and impassioning, more so than her field of study. So she switched majors. Her graduate degrees offer her many different options, but she is very interested in city renewal and urban affairs. Yablonsky said she plans to “go back to Cleveland. They are trying to redevelop, and I want to be a part of that.” She grew up in downtown Cleveland, and feels that her experience in this environment shaped her future. “A lot of people who live in an urban area don’t see the urban part. It’s not just something I like; it’s something I love.” In five years she hopes to be in Cleveland at an entry to mid-level position in the city government planning department to help develop the downtown area; however, she is open to nonprofit organizations. Yablonsky’s love for her city and obvious intelligence will aid her in helping Cleveland achieve the potential she sees in it. As guidance to those younger, Yablonsky said, “Be careful about taking people’s advice. There is no one path for everybody.” ZAC UFNAR Zac Ufnar graduates as a history major with a concentration in social studies education. Next year, before Ufnar joins the paid work force, he will be giving a year of service through the LaSallian Volunteers which is run by the Christian Brothers. His placement is in Tulsa, Okla., at the San Miguel Middle School. Ufnar says he is doing a year of service because, “I want to give back, and experience another way of living—simply. It is also a good transition between college life and complete independence.” Also, while he may not be a paid teacher, he will still be teaching social studies to middle school. Ufnar started at Mercyhurst as a political science major, but he decided he wanted to work with kids, and also he learned to love education. He decided to put his two passions together and became a teacher. Middle school students, while to the outside world seem riddled with high amounts of hormones and unwarranted drama, are the age group Ufnar feels called to serve. He believes they need extra attention and a good deal of mentoring as well. Ufnar feels he is

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Above, Elise Yablonsky (right) sits with her friend Leah Zahner (left).

Left, Senior Jeremy Ivey at a rowing regatta.

Photo contributed by Jeremy Ivey

able to address the needs of these students during this tumultuous time in their lives. The key, Ufnar says, is, “having respect for the kids. They want to be seen as adults, but also keeping them in check so they don’t grow up too fast.” When done with his year of service Ufnar wants to teach English in foreign countries, but he eventually would like to settle down in Pittsburgh. He said, “I want to teach at private/charter schools that have the flexibility to try new methods of instruction and also attend to the growing needs of students.” In five years he hopes to be traveling and teaching. His parting advice is, “I hope for everyone to be able to understand that education is something that exists in and out of the classroom. To love it and appreciate it is something that will enhance your life.” Unfar leaves Mercyhurst to enhance the lives of young students all over the world. Although this is a hefty challenge, he seems willing and ready to step up to the bat. JEREMY IVEY Jeremy Ivey graduates with a degree in sports medicine, and will be attending Smith College in Massachusetts. It is a two-year program, and he will graduate with a master of science in exercise and sports studies. The program focuses on preparing coaches for intercollegiate teams. As such, during his first year he will be the assistant coach for the women’s varsity rowing team, and during his second year he will be the head coach of the women’s novice rowing team. As a rower at Mercyhurst, this is the ideal position for Ivey. He said, “I love rowing. It is a huge passion of mine. I want to create a different avenue of health promotion by using my knowledge of sports medicine to help coach.” The program at Smith College fits him well, and he feels it is the best option for him right now. While Smith is an all-girls undergraduate school, their graduate program is coed. Smith is also a small liberal arts school, which Ivey feels is very similar to Mercyhurst. Ivey found the program, and while he thought it would be perfect for him, he felt it was a long shot. However, he said, “I had so much support from Mercyhurst.” He feels he was better prepared than many applicants thanks to Bob Hvezda and Kyle Faust in career services, who were very helpful. Also, his coaches, Adrian Spracklen and Anne Dinshah, prepared him by asking interview questions. Both allowed him to feel confident when he went to Smith for his interviews. While Ivey is a native Newfoundlander, he hopes to work some day in the States as an assistant coach in rowing and work his way up at a successful Division I college. However, he is open to going back to Canada and working solely in the field of sports medicine. His advice to the younger generations is, “Just because this is your undergraduate degree, you should still apply yourself, and give 100% in everything you do. Also, you should create good relationships with the people in your department, because they offer help and support.”

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Senior Abby Brennan, HRIM major, will be moving to San Francisco this fall.

Ivey leaves the ‘Hurst to help mold younger athletes to be as competitive and successful as his own career demonstrates that he was. ABBY BRENNAN Abby Brennan graduates as a hotel, restaurant, institutional management major. After surveying her many options on both the East and West coasts, Brennan took a job as the Sales CMT at the Hyatt Hotel in San Francisco. She will start by learning the job and will eventually become the sales manager. A sales manager’s job is to plan and book events at the Hyatt Hotel. Brennan started at Mercyhurst with a contract major for wedding planning, but switched to HRIM because she was convinced that the skills she would learn in the major would help her as a wedding planner. In high school when she was flying back from Italy, she saw the movie “Wedding Planner” with Jennifer Lopez and decided that she wanted to plan weddings as well. Brennan has a “love for visual things, and a wedding is so beautiful.” While she really has an eye for wedding planning, Brennan is not completely sure what she wants to do with the rest of her life. However, what she does know is that she is interested in sales. With this in mind, she flirts with the idea of real estate or perhaps opening a cookie café in San Francisco. No matter which direction, she will eventually go, her start at the Hyatt Hotel will be a great step in the general direction of her future. Brennan is an ambitious and bright woman, who has great ideas and has provided herself with the background to help achieve those goals. As she parts, Brennan leaves the ‘Hurst with this advice, “I came into school wanting to be a wedding planer. “I created my own way, so others shouldn’t feel constricted either.”

Senior Zac Ufnar, history major.

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This I Believe continued...

Allison Moore: Little gestures
When I first agreed to participate in the “This I Believe” series, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to write about. Throughout my life, and especially during my four years at Mercyhurst, my belief systems have evolved as I was exposed to new surroundings and new ways of thinking. A few ideas and drafts later, I still found myself searching for the right topic. Little did I know I would find it where I least expected. Last week, my great aunt passed away from cancer. As I sat there during the funeral Mass, I listened to the priest deliver a touching sermon highlighting the amazing aspects of my aunt’s life. Pointing to the casket, he posed the question, “What are people going to be saying about us when we get here? In the end, isn’t that what life’s all about?” He went on to talk about how as humans we often lose sight of the little things in life. We spend our time dreaming of opportunities to make “big impacts,” and while being a positive force on a grand scale isn’t necessarily a bad thing, we usually neglect the “little impacts” that, in the end, can truly shape the legacy one leaves here on Earth. In our fast paced, individualistic lives, it is easy to become wrapped up in yourself; it is easy to create your own little self-interested universe where your needs and wants are put above all else. Unfortunately, this is how most people live their lives, and while they may not realize it, our society actually perpetuates and encourages self-absorption. So as I sat there listening to the priest speak I really gave his question serious thought. What will people have to say about me when I’m gone? Listening to loved ones recall fond memories of my aunt, it became clear that she never neglected the little things. She would never forget a birthday, anniversary, holiday or special occasion. She would go out of her way to ask you how you were doing, make you feel important and, in true Italian form, would never let you leave hungry.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
The Good
Congratulations Class of 2007. Since this is our last issue, we wish you success and happiness.

The Bad
Spring has sprung and so has maintenance’s muddy, fertilizer mess. Not only is this unpleasing to the eye, but it makes walking to class a messy endeavor as well. No, that smell in class isn’t the trash, it’s your shoes. With tears welling up in my eyes, I looked around to see all those who would miss her and realized that they were mourning these small gestures. My aunt never cured a disease, ended a war or stopped a famine, although she cooked enough to probably do that. She was a simple beautician and housewife who, through a genuine effort, brought joy to everyone who knew her. Then it hit me: I believe in the power of little gestures. Throughout my life I’ve tried to make a positive influence on those around me, but like many others, I have found it is often difficult to take a step back from your own life and problems. But the beauty of little gestures is that one can easily adopt them without having to restructure their entire life. It’s as simple as asking someone how they are, smiling at a stranger, sending a card, saying thank you, cheering up a friend, calling your parents or letting someone know you love them. Sure there are big problems in this world that need addressed. But think of the immediate improvements that would come from no longer neglecting the little gestures. So go ahead . . . after all, how do you want to be remembered? Allison Moore is a senior political science major with a minor in history. In the fall she will begin work on her master’s degree in Political Management at George Washington University and hopes to have a career in government.

The Ugly
The earthworm blanket on the sidewalks is disgusting. Though the weather is nicer, the earthworms are not. Watch your step.

Wedding bells and whiffle ball
With May upon us, wedding bells will be ringing since the month is a popular time for weddings, along with October, falling in at close second. As friends approach graduation and the next phase of their lives, they have chosen paths such as graduate school, Ameri Corps or Peace Corps, service projEllen ects and beKoenig ginning on the career path for postgraduation Contributing writer period. However, quite a few people graduating this year have chosen the path of marriage. My own family members have chosen this route in combination with a career and other decisions. As a female, with various options available to women now for post-bachelor education, I am proud to see so many people pursuing a variety of paths. However, when I hear of people my own age planning weddings for months soon after graduation, I am somewhat caught off guard in my response. A maturing person in his or her twenties is probably the most neglected demographic. Yes, the teenage years can be dramatic and college is a time between growing up and your teenage years, but I cannot help but feel overwhelmed in the aging process. Post-graduation time holds so many opportunities. Still, in the first 20 years of life, I cannot help but view my peers still as teenagers, and some still as kids. Marriage is something adults do, along with jobs and mortgages and taxes. It is hard to view my age group as adults, which includes added responsibility and overall requirements to grow up, in contrast to my 10- and 11-year-old cousins, who send text messages and e-mails explaining their wants to be in college and freedom from parents. I cannot help but tell them to halt all desire to grow up, hold onto the time you have left to enjoy three months off in the summer and not have to worry about GRE and LSAT scores. Enjoy your youth, as there is lots of time to work and be an adult. While reminiscing of childhood as something to be cherished, we must hold onto the time we have at present and pursue it with every ambition and effort, as we would in a pick up game of soccer or whiffle ball. Marriage is one of the steps in life that screams responsibility at the top of its lungs. Not only is a person committed to oneself, there is now another being to whom you are legally bound. Whether it is the commitment or the events that commonly follow, such as family and house payments, the choice of marriage seems a bit extreme at such an early age. However, nothing in this life is permanent; tattoos can be removed, marriages annulled and careers can be changed mid-life. Whatever path you decide to lead, just make sure you are happy in the process.

SportsCenter for women: Delicious Ambiguity
This article is one of the many “lasts” I’ll be experiencing over the next three weeks. I’m sad about writing SportsCenter for the last time, although not as upset as I’ll be after my last Wednesday night at the Cornerstone. Regardless, I Jessica want to thank everyone for Lamb all the feedback I’ve received. While it was mostly Contributing writer p o s i t ive, I have received some comments characterizing me as a “manhater” and a feminist. Interesting as these accusations are, they’re false. Manhater? Let’s be honest here, I’m just as critical of stupid women as I am of stupid men. For every fault men have, women have just as many. Guys, I feel bad that you have to deal with our mood swings and our indecisive behavior. I’m sorry that we lead you on sometimes and play hard-to-get. Just blame it on the estrogen… As we walk across the stage to get our diplomas, our eyes will inevitably fall on those individuals in the crowd who’ve shaped our past four years. Some of those faces will make us happy, some will make us sad, and some might not even return our glances. It is my hope, however, that as you look out at the crowd at these select few, you have no regrets. We must appreciate all of our experiences here, whether they were good or bad, and learn from our past as we move into our future. If you’re like me, you’re anxious to see where your life will take you. This may be the first time in our lives where knowledge of our future is so uncertain. Where will we live in five years? Who will we be with? How many bad dates, blind dates or weddings will we have to sit through until it’s our turn to find “The One?” As a child of the 80’s, I’m reminded of the series of books called, “Choose Your Own Adventure,” where the reader had the opportunity to select which path the main character would follow. What if we could choose our own paths in life? Would we make our lives as challenging as they are now, or would we choose the paths of least resistance? Presumably, we’d choose the easy paths. We’d take our supposed “dream job,” we’d never lose loved ones and we’d marry our first loves. But where would we end up down the road? We’d likely be miserable and wondering about all those paths we didn’t take. I don’t think that everyone knows what’s best for him or her, but that’s where fate comes in…to knock us around a little bit. Fate makes things hard for a reason; hardships and breakups give us character. And no matter how hard it may seem at the time, I truly believe that these things happen for a reason. When it comes down to it, I don’t think anyone truly wants to know exactly where their life will take them. Perhaps it’s best if we just sit back, enjoy the ride, and not worry so much about the future. As I sign off on what has become a controversial, yet fun little column let me leave you with my favorite quote: “I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”

Letter to the editor:
Dear Merciad Editorial Staff, In the last edition of the Merciad in the “Opinion” section, you noted that “a lot of complaints have been heard from students regarding online voting for MSG” (supposedly, many students were not able to vote). Since I was the person in charge of these representative elections, and put a lot of effort in making sure that everything ran smoothly, I felt obligated to provide an explanation to Mercyhurst students. First of all, I would like to state that online voting actually increased the voter turnout four times compared to regular ballot voting. The problem occurred, for some students not being able to vote, because a certain number of students simply have more credits than their classmates. MSG gets the voter lists from Registrar’s Office, which places students by the number of credits, not the year they entered school or graduation date. So, for example, if a student has credits to be a senior but this is his/her third year, he/she will not be able to vote for the candidates from the junior year, because this student would be placed in the senior voter list. I was aware that this problem existed, even when MSG did not provide online voting. For that reason, I put my name, e-mail address and phone number both on the MSG Website and voting Website, telling students to contact me if they have problems voting. I checked for messages ten times a day during the elections period, just to make sure that everyone could vote. Twenty-five students contacted me and I checked their detailed class status, put those students manually in the software, and then called them back to let them know that they would be able to vote. I would also like to add that this problem did not happen during executive board elections, because everyone can vote during those elections since that election does not go by class. The only way this problem would be solved is that if I, a month before representative elections, go through every single student from freshmen to junior class (approximately 2,100 students) and check manually, one by one, if they have more credits than their class and place them appropriately on their respective class ballot. I sincerely apologize for this inconvenience, especially to the students that may face this problem, and I promise I will do my best to find a solution in the future. Also, I would like to recommend to any student who has voting concerns or campus issues in general to feel free to contact me or any other executive board members. Sincerely, Mihailo Jovanovic Mixa MSG Vice President

Response to SportsCenter, the male perspective
By Bill Swafford Contributing writer
I feel like “SportsCenter for women” is often right about the dating scene and is a well-written column. However, it usually contradicts itself. One week “SportCenter for women” is telling us, as guys, to be nice and respectful and the next week it talks about wanting a muscular cocky guy. When is the columnist going to make up her mind? One week she is excited to meet someone new, the next week she delights in saying good-bye. Maybe the largest underlying factor for those who read (and write) “SportsCenter for women” is having some consistency in what you desire in a man and Mr. Right will walk in to your life. Maybe women on this campus should stop making analyses of men and just be happy and roll with the moment at hand. Maybe then the 180s or the end of cloud nine would never happen. I am by no means a romantic, but it is time to just make a decision. As I approach the end of my junior year at Mercyhurst, there are some observations that I have made. If you do not play football, hockey, wrestling, etc., it seems like you are at a disadvantage. If you do not have a crusty pair of sweat pants or dirty shirt that almost every girl on campus seems to have that states team member she is dating, you

are a nil. Why is it that those focused on academics and other extracurricular activities are nonentities on this campus? I think it is time for the females to reevaluate their criteria for dating. Why is that super jocks who wear Nike shorts with flip flops when it is snowing have better chances than me when I will be 10 times more successful than most of the future gym teachers of America? The second observation is that this school’s dating scene consists of the chase. You either are the chaser or someone else is chasing you. When will this ever end? Man-up and end the games of stupid away messages, or the jealousy games at the bar, and just tell the one you are chasing you like them. Also, everyone focuses on the future with dating. Most girls on this campus ask where a man will be in a year after knowing him for two weeks. Just stop it, you are in college; live for the day. If you enjoy someone’s companionship today, it is likely that you will continue to in a week, month and so on. If it ends because of circumstances such as gradation or summer breaks, then so be it. But you will never know if you don’t try because you were too afraid of being hurt. Just because what you build could be destroyed overnight, you might as well build anyway.


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Graduating Seniors
Richard Sadlier: Believe it all
I believe in everything. Myths, monsters, legends, truth, fiction – they’re commonplace in my everyday life as much as they are staples of my imagination. I feel as though I can see this world, this existence we are enduring, from every angle. When I began my college career, now almost four years ago, I remember with uncanny clarity the sensation that I stood on a ledge. The task ahead of me would prove a defining time in my life, both simply as a mammal leaving the familiarity and safety of his pack, but also as a quarter-life tabula rasa, my mind wide open to new knowledge and experiences. And I truly believed that by the time I graduated, not only would I know what I wanted out of life, but I would know exactly where I stood on all of life’s issues. By the winter of my first year, not only was I no closer to enlightenment, most of the space on my blank slate was quickly being filled with questions, not answers. The subsequent year was exactly the same. Every corner of consciousness that I examined, expecting to find some conveniently shaped piece of information that would fit perfectly into the hollow quarters of my character, either wasn’t the right shape or belonged to a different puzzle completely. Finally, my frustration at the imposing quantity and varying nature of knowledge itself peaked, and I decided to take a stand. If I couldn’t decide where I stood on religion, politics, ethics, morality, even literary theory, I wouldn’t decide at all. And for a considerable amount of time, this is where I found myself – a nihilist, alone on a very large and very frightening sea. I became one of the intellectually homeless, too proud to accept the charity of competing beliefs. Throughout this time, I never displayed any outward hostility toward people who enjoyed some stability in their views. On the contrary, I would often find myself envious of their conviction and ability to throw themselves so selflessly head-first


Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reflection Committee has initiated this series to encourage reflection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We hope that these will inspire reflective discussion in a variety of venues. We suggest that faculty introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; we encourage students to bring these thoughts to classes; we invite administrators and staff to explore these in department meetings. Or, if you wish, you may respond directly to our committee chair, the Rev. Lyta Seddig: The ERC also requests that you let us know how you have used these thoughts in your life on this campus. “This I Believe” is now linked to the college Website. All essays can be found at

Adam Hicks: “With a little help”
“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends…” -The BeatlesI believe that the most vital aspect to an individual’s success is the support of a mentor. Life is a difficult journey full of invisible twists and turns and individuals require assistance, whether from friends or family, in completing their passage. When I was in middle school, I transferred to three different schools. The experience was exciting at first, until I realized that my previous friends were gone. The feeling of being a social outcast, simply for not attending the school in years past, was extremely painful. It was during this time that I first reached out to my family for more than just advice on my homework. In this period I learned a vital lesson, no matter how young or old, each person has wisdom to offer. From my father, Michael, I learned the value of selfless hard work and dedication in every task I take. From my mother, Sheila, I learned to care, and more importantly to verbalize that support to others. My brother, Kyle, changed my life with a simple question, “Why do you only care what other people think about you? You need to care more about how you see yourself.” Finally, my younger sister Paige showed me the everlasting depths of courage that each individual retains in their heart. Through her life- long battle with her Juvenile Arthritis, a crippling disease, she continues to smile and face every day with unfaltering optimism. Family members are a shining example of mentors: they are there to offer a kind word or a helping hand, and they remain your closest friends even when others are gone. In college, with the majority of students far from home, friends and teachers form the base of mentors. I remember moving in my freshmen year, alone and nervous of the social interactions, but I was immediately welcomed by the other residents of third floor McAuley Hall. To this day, four years later, many of us still live together and remain in close contact, supporting each other though the difficult times serving as mutual mentors.

into a belief system that was ultimately uncertain. I envied equally the Catholics and the Muslims, the Modernists and Post-Modernists, Stoics and Hedonists, Republicans and Democrats. One day, while reading Nietzsche (more specifically a work of his describing the fictional nature of most of humanity’s most cherished institutions and ideas), I slowly became aware of having made a tremendous mistake. It is a strange sensation, to be inspired toward faith by the man who wrote, “God is dead.” But, at that moment, I realized – just as I had months before – there is no absolute truth. This time, instead of abandoning millennia of knowledge, study and the glory of human imagination, I decided to do something equally drastic – embrace all of it. If I couldn’t figure out one single truth, why not have four or five? Which raises the question: should faith be exclusive? Is my commitment any less sincere or meaningful if I chose to read the Wall Street Journal and The Nation? Am I less of a liberal if I find myself relating with a conservative? My answer, of course, is a confident yes . . . and no. Richard Sadlier is a senior English major. After graduation he intends to pursue his passion of music and art. Eventually he plans to pursue graduate work in English. But for now, it’s a life of simplicity and travel.

The knowledge that another individual cares is extremely powerful; it can mean the difference between studying for the next exam or dropping out of school completely. It can also mean the difference between life and death. A mentor offering care and support may have, given a student new hope, possibly preventing a horrible tragedy like what recently occurred on the Virginia Tech campus. In experiencing the pain of being socially ostracized first hand, I believe that such drastic measures are a desperate cry for a helping hand. The violent actions are a call for help, a plea for a mentor, for anybody, to reach out with a kind word or an act of compassion. Therefore, I challenge the reader, be it a coach, student, teacher, administrator or even family member, to reach out to those on the social fringe and positively acknowledge them. Becoming a mentor does not require more than a minute of your time; it is as simple as saying “hello,” and may have a resounding reaction in the life of another. I am personally in debt to the strong support of mentors throughout my life. I only wish that through this essay their message of hope and positive reinforcement persists. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies in us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Adam Hicks is a Senior Intelligence Studies Major, with Minors in Russian Studies and Religious Studies. He has secured a position with Northup Grumman and will begin working in Northern Virginia in July.

Chelsea Boothe: Save the world
I believe that everyone has a responsibility to save the world. Over Easter break I held my new nephew, slowly rocking him to sleep, and as I looked at his sweet, innocent face, the delicate fingers wrapped around mine, all I wanted to do was to find a way to shield him from the pain of the world. I want him to live in a world without war, pollution, abortion clinic bombings, hate rallies, children running around with AK-47s or holy men and women being killed for what they believe. I believe that it is not acceptable to wait for someone else to make the changes that are necessary to provide a better world for those who are yet to come. We have a responsibility to both the very young and the unborn. All too often, it is easier to say that our own personal problems and worries are too consuming to worry about the pain that goes on around us. But, I believe that it is because of this ego-centered viewpoint that we allow so much hate and discrimination. I am well aware that there are many distractions in our daily lives. Some of us are economically poor and have to worry about bills and the rising price of gas. Others have ailing parents and friends in Iraq, and are totally consumed by worrying about their specific lives. As important as each of those worries are, as I listened to my nephew breathe in and out, I realized he may be called some day to fight in the war on terrorism, because it isn’t going to end any time soon if we, the American people, don’t do anything about it. He may have to live in a world where there is not enough fresh water even in America, because our political leaders aren’t doing enough to help fight the national and global pollution problem. There are many scenarios in which I believe he

Hope Randall: The real world
“I just found out there’s no such thing as the real world. Just a lie you’ve got to rise above.” Who would have thought John Mayer lyrics would be my personal mantra for the months preceding graduation? But I happen to believe them. Most of us have been hearing about the “real world” of responsibility all our lives. My personal experience is, I believe, fairly typical. In kindergarten, I was told that first grade was serious business. No more group tables or snack time; it was a world of solitary desks and independence, and the description frightened me to death. In fourth grade, the transition to the dog-eat-dog world of middle school may as well have been a rite of passage to adulthood. Teachers, we were warned, would no longer hold our hands through our homework or tolerate any petty excuses. Then there was high school, the field of preparation for that ultimate “real world” known as college. A new atmosphere away from home, preparation for a specific career and the harrowing experience of doing our own laundry, certainly seemed like elements of the real world if a checklist ever existed. And yet, we each found our own comfortable routine in this new place. The mystique surrounding college vanished when we learned proper study habits (or rebelled against them), made friends, figured out how to keep our shirts the same size before and after laundry day. Most of us have wondered along the way if perhaps college isn’t the terrifying “real world” it was cracked up to be. This realization brings me and the rest of this year’s seniors to this moment in time, to the last trimester before our entrance into… the “real world”? I’ve grown skeptical of the concept.

may have to live, but I also believe that each of us, especially the well-educated, have the responsibility to make sure that he doesn’t have to. In March, I asked Bishop Gumbleton, a worldrenowned promoter of peace and justice, how one person can make a difference and change the world. His reply was to go into downtown Erie and serve the poor, stop buying clothes made by children in sweatshops and to essentially change my lifestyle. It is not enough to simply wish for a better world, and it is not enough to wait for others to create a better world. I believe that it is essential to be the change. The Buddhists are right in their philosophy that we are all connected. Your suffering is not unique to you, and the African woman with AIDS does not suffer alone either. We all suffer together, and by realizing this we should begin to help stop the suffering. It is not enough to end our own suffering; we must work for an end to everyone’s. Chelsea Boothe is a Senior History Major, with Minors in Creative Writing and Religious Studies. Chelsea will be doing a year of service through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Why frighten us about the pressures of the real world instead of encouraging us to shape our world moment by moment? Clearly, the “real worlds” of elementary school, middle school, high school and college were not as formidable as some would have us believe. We have pieced together the puzzle step by step, and there is no reason that our future approach need be any different. I believe faith and optimism are far more effective motivators than fear and doubt. We should teach the upcoming generation to embrace the future in hope, instead of frightening them into timidity. Our lives are not some preparation for a cataclysmic “real world” moment, but a journey of growth. The “real world” is, after all, what we make of it, and we have proven thus far that we have what it takes. Seniors, I believe we can look ahead with confidence to making the “real world” a place worthy of pride. Embrace that world that you choose to construct with your lives. Carpe Diem. Hope Randall is a senior English major who hopes to attend graduate school and pursue work in the museum field.

Jason Sepac: Take your time
I believe in taking your time. We’ve all been guilty of pouting in line as the person in front of us debates whether they want a double shot of espresso or the coconut soy chai to jump start the day. More often than not, its seems like the faster we want to go, the longer that person takes to decide, the more our anxiety grows and the less we are able to think about anything other than this perceived mini-crisis. All to often we’re unable to see anxieties that we’ve created and to take the time to notice everything we’ve been missing. I can recall a summer about two years ago in which I had been working particularly long shifts as a bus boy and kitchen worker. I had fallen into a banal routine that consisted of mostly eating, sleeping and working. So, when I saw that I finally had gotten a long weekend off from work, my father and I decided that we’d take a few days to rejuvenate ourselves by heading into the wilderness for some camping, hiking and rafting. Our first day was dedicated to white-water rafting. Since it was only my father and I, we were paired with a family. I should note that the father of this family was quite serious about his rafting. As my father and I soon found this out, he had designated himself captain of our boat and shouted things like “Pull! Right… my right! Just let me do it!” We’d spent the day paddling hard and making our way around some challenging rapids, so by the last hour of our journey down the river we had grown quite exhausted. As we came near the end of our route, there remained one last obstacle in the river – a huge boulder shaped like a spike set directly in the middle of the river. Our captain frantically shouted orders, “Go left! No, right!” As I panicked, looking at the boulder in front of us, I stopped, attempting to compose myself, and I saw an image that I will never forget. I looked at the boulder and followed its sharp tip into the sky as if it was pointing to the huge mountains straight ahead that seemingly devoured the river that ran through them. We passed the boulder, with no real assistance of the captain. In fact, amidst the confusion on the boat, as we all let go, the river naturally took us past the boulder without incident. After we passed that point in the river I asked, “Did anyone else see that?” The Captain replied, “Of course, we almost hit the damn thing!” The Captain in all of us is often too concerned with controlling the direction of our own hypothetical boats when in fact letting go is all we

need to move on. We all have boulders in our lives that seem so daunting and overwhelming that we can’t see what lies beyond them, but when we let go and take the time to notice what’s around us, we realize everything we’ve been missing. Jason Sepac is a senior double major in English and Religious Studies. He will begin his graduate work in English Literature in the fall at Boston College and hopes to eventually earn his Ph.D. and to teach at the college level.

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dents,” said Hunter. Usually the ballet is performed with outside help, but this year, Mercyhurst had all the right dancers for the parts. “This is the first time for an all student production,” said Hunter. “We have two male dancers and two lead female dancers.” The three-act story ballet is both romantic and comedic. It will intrigue an audience of all ages, especially during act two when Dr. Coppelius’s dolls start to dance. Vibrant costumes and beautiful sets borrowed from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will enhance the choreography. “If you’ve never seen a ballet this is the one to see because it’s fun and funny,” said Hunter. “Most everyone loves this ballet because it has a story to it, and not what you’d think of as a classical, boring, ballet. I think a lot of the students would enjoy seeing it. Young children, old children, it’s a very family oriented ballet.” “Coppelia” will be performed Saturday, May 5, at 2 and 7 p.m., and on Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. Students will receive a discount with their student ID.



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Dancers perform the story-ballet ‘Coppelia’
By Nicole Cerilli Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst dancers will perform the ballet “Coppelia, the Girl with the Enamel Eyes,” at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center this weekend. “Coppelia” is a story-ballet about peasant boy named Franz who is torn between his love for a peasant girl, Swanhilda, and his love for a doll, Coppelia. Mercyhurst senior Bonnie Hair and junior Alyssa Marquez will dance the principal role of Swanhild. Freshman Bradley Wong and sophomore Justin Hogan will perform the principalrole of Franz. Guest artist, local performer, director of City Style Swing and juggler Geoff Bach will perform as the old doll maker, Dr. Coppelius. In addition, this weekend’s performances will showcase the hard work of over 50 Mercyhurst dance majors, who began rehearsals for the production during winter term. This particular version of “Coppelia” was choreographed in 1953 by Willam F. Christensen, and it is set to music by Leo Delibes. The original story was adapted from E.T. A. Hoffman, who also wrote “The Nutcracker,” and was originally choreographed in 1870. Christensen’s “Coppelia” has been restaged for the Mercyhurst dance department by Dance Chair Tauna Hunter and dance professors Christine Hay and Noelle Partusch. Christensen was Hunter’s teacher and mentor. Hunter had the opportunity to dance his Swanhilda role during her career at Ballet West. “As a direct protégé of Christensen, I feel a great honor to pass this ballet onto my stu-

‘The Cave of the Yellow Dog’ shows at PAC
By Megan O’Hare Contributing writer
The following is a review of the film “The Cave of the Yellow Dog.” Have you ever perceived someone negatively, only to find out later they are the complete opposite of what you thought? Do you ever jump to conclusions about others’ motives only to find out you were wrong? The movie, “The Cave of the Yellow Dog,” ties in perfectly with these feelings. The story takes place in northwestern Mongolia, where the landscape is green for miles and the absence of trees give a glimpse of life on the Mongolian steppes for these nomads. The film follows the adventure of six-year-old Nansaa, the oldest daughter of the family. When Nansaa’s mom sends her out to collect firewood, Nansaa discovers a small cave. As she walks into this mysterious cave, Nansaa finds a dog inside that she names Zochor. She is instantly drawn to the dog and decides to take him home. When she arrives home, Nansaa is very excited to show her parents her new pet. However, her father tells Nansaa that the dog probably lives with the wolves and is responsible for the loss of his livestock. He orders Nansaa to get rid of the dog immediately. Nansaa is upset because she has become very attached to Nansaa and getting rid of him would be like losing her best friend. When the father returns, he is upset to find the dog still living with them after he instructed his daughter to get rid of him. The family’s life changes when they have to pack up all their belongings and move into town where the father has gotten another job.

Nansaa finds a dog named Zochor inside a mysterious cave while collecting firewood.

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The father leaves Zochor behind, much to Nansaa’s disappointment. As the family starts their voyage to the city, the father realizes they left their baby behind and rushes back to retrieve her. Just as vultures swoop in ready to attack the baby, Zochor scares them away and ultimately saves

the baby. When the father finally approaches, he realizes that Zochor saved his baby’s life. At that moment, he is finally able to accept the dog and allows him to come with the family as they travel to the city. Although this movie moves at a very slow pace, it is worthwhile

to watch from start to finish. We can all easily relate to the lessons that arise from the movie. The “Cave of the Yellow Dog” will be shown at the PAC on Wednesday, May 9, at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst College students with ID (one ticket per ID).

Mika debuts with CD, ‘Life in Cartoon Motion’
By Joe Fidago Contributing writer
In a world where the nightly news is constantly filled with harrowing tales of violence and disaster, most of us turn to entertainment for a pick-me-up and to sometimes get away from the daily grind. Being commonly compared to bands such as Queen and Scissor Sisters, UK act Mika seems to fill this role perfectly. Born in Lebanon, he moved with his Lebanese mother and American father to Paris at age nine. Constant bullying and other incidents such as his father being taken hostage at Kuwait’s American Embassy affected Mika (born Michael Holbrook Penniman) so much that he stopped talking and was pulled out of school for six months. During this time music became his life, and he started taking voice lessons. He began studying with the Royal Opera House, but eventually dropped out to concentrate all his energy on pop music, inspired by numerous artists, including Prince. Although his debut album, “Life in Cartoon Motion,” which includes the hit single “Grace Kelly,” was released back in February, I was just recently introduced to it by a fellow Merciad writer and music buff in her own right. This is definitely pop music, but like bands such as Cartel, Mika is pop music done right. Not to say that the two sound similar, they just know how to make enjoyable, upbeat music that has more substance to it than say, a certain female member of the Black Eyed Peas. A band like Wolfmother, which some people feel just rehash music from the 1970’ instead of putting their own spin on it, sometimes gets flak for not being original enough. With “Life In Cartoon Motion,” the music is obviously more of an homage than a ripoff, which is always a plus. This becomes readily apparent from his vocal style, which screams Freddie Mercury. After hearing that comparison over and over, I cannot help reading the song title “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful),” and not thinking of the Queen song “Fat Bottomed Girls.” For fans of the Beatles, you will enjoy the strings arrangement on the song “Any Other World,” which resembles those used on “Eleanor Rigby.” “Love Today,” the second single released, falls into the category of songs easily to which one can enjoyably sing along. “Happy Endings” blends elements from all the previous songs on the album and puts them together in one final hurrah. The biggest obstacle Mika has is that the audience for music like this in the States might not be big enough for him to break through. This is definitely something refreshing and different that is worth a listen. Hopefully the poor sales of the latest Scissor Sisters CD will not foreshadow Mika’s future here.

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PAC premieres thrilling film, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’
By Mason Lorek Contributing writer
“The Mexican-born writerdirector Guillermo del Toro is the most accomplished fantasist in contemporary cinema.” He is “a master creator of images, atmosphere and mood who uses his visionary’s gifts to

One of the many mystical and fantastical creatures that populates the fantasy portion of Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ showing at the Performing Arts Center May 16.

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do what others cannot: make imaginary worlds seem more real than reality itself.” This review by Los Angeles Times writer Kenneth Turan decribes del Toro’s latest film, “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Winning three Oscars for Best Achievement in Art Direction, Cinematography and Makeup, this dark fairy tale for adults will

not disappoint you visually. The film is set in two parallel worlds. The first is the cold, brutal one of Spain in 1944, just after the end of a Civil War. The second is an equally disturbing alternative universe that a serious 10-year-old girl named Ofelia stumbles upon. Having lost her father in the

fight to preserve democracy, Ofelia is thrown into uncertainty when her mother hastily marries Captain Vidal, the leader of a fascist militia. Sensing the cruelty of her new stepfather, she retreats into the fairy tale world she has created for herself, which, as we are shown, is not any more bright and cheery than the real one.

The characters that exist are menacing and spooky, including a seven-foot-tall faun who gives her an instruction book to complete three tasks. The pages turn out to be blank and begin dripping with blood. “Pan’s stories of what’s happening underground and aboveground subtly reinforce each other, but the film refuses to say

what exists and what does not,” says Turan. “It not only leaves us free to determine how real Ofelia’s world is, it trusts us to make the right decision.” “Pan’s Labyrinth” will be playing at the PAC Wednesday, May 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst Students with ID (One ticket per ID).

Folk band ‘Old Blind Dogs’ to perform at Walker
By Mason Lorek Contributing writer
A seriously rocking crew, the ‘Dogs’ are helmed by Jim Malcolm’s soaring vocals, the stirring pipes of Rory Campbell, Jonny Hardie’s fiddle, Aaron Jones bass/bouzouki and Fraser Stone’s percussion. They are moving into territory pioneered by the Tannahill’s and Battlefield Band. Taking predominantly traditional songs, trimming them and rounding them off with a great groove has certainly proved to be a resounding success, which is obvious from the audience’s response at the end of each number. Winners of the 2004 BBC Radio award of the year and also “Best Folk Band of the Year 2005” at the Scots Traditional Music Awards, Old Blind Dogs remain one of the most exciting Scottish bands around. The band has developed its own trademark style in which dynamic percussion and bluesy harmonica fuel delicately-phrased melodies of traditional songs. Folk Roots (UK) says, “A major force to be reckoned with...a source of continual surprises... firmly establishes their position as one of the most exciting Scottish bands around, bar none.” In concert, their respectful, yet bracingly modern musical attack is a source of continual surprise, which is equally capable of moving your heart as it is your feet. Old Blind Dogs will perform at Mercyhurst College’s Walker Recital Hall on Saturday, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Mercyhurst Students with ID.

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Old Blind Dogs perform folk, and they will bring their act to the Walker Recital Hall on Saturday, May 5, at 8 p.m.

Innovative artists show in the Erie Art Museum’s Spring Exhibit
By Melissa Brandt
A&E Editor

‘The Pymatuning Preakness’ by Ralph Bacon, currently on display at the Erie Art Museum.

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Dinosaurs invading your kitchen? Pounds of salt on the floor that just won’t stay in one place? These aren’t your everyday problems, and to experience them you have to visit the Annual Spring Show at The Erie Art Museum. The 84th annual show recently premiered and feautures everything from woodcarvings to screened-image table salt. The works will be on display in the museum until June 11. Artists residing within 250 miles of Erie were invited to enter works not previously exhibited in the Erie area. Four-hundred and thirty five

artists applied for the show, and Spring Show juror Janet Koplos accepted 83 works from 73 artists. “The great pleasure of jurying was dealing with the real objects. Many shows nowadays are juried from slides, but you can’t turn work in slides around, bring it closer or put better light on it,” said Koplos. “Besides, I like the physical reality of art-works, so I was happy to be able to see the real things,” said Koplos. Plus, a lot of the art on display is meant to be displayed in a 3-D medium. Intricate moving parts of one piece delight onlookers, and can not be captured through photographs alone. Not all of the art is playful, however. Others pieces are more traditional in technique. There is

really something for everybody. “I noticed themes in the submitted works, and it was interesting to me to pull those out so they can be seen together in the exhibition. I looked at the works individually, yet, I couldn’t help but see them in relationships,” said Koplos. Koplos explains what art made the cut, and why. “Everyone asks about jurors’ standards, what they look for. I look for work that distinguishes itself from others,” she said. Outstanding technique, unusual subject matter and a distinctive way of thinking or seeing are all considerations in choosing the art to be a part of the Exhibit. For more information visit the art museum website at www.

HURST TV Schedule for April 25- April 29
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FRIDAY, May 4 11 a.m. Ticket to Hollywood 11:30 a.m. Communication Debate - Politics Noon City Club of Cleveland Speaker (Paul Volker, former fed reserve chair) 1- 4 Message Board 4 p.m. Ticket to Hollywood 4:30 p.m. Zilo TV 5:30 p.m. Ladies Corner (new episode – series finale) 6 p.m. MSGvening News 7 p.m. A.m.nesty International 7:30 p.m. Ticket to Hollywood 8 p.m. Ladies Corner 8:30 p.m. Communication Debate – Politics 9 p.m. City Club of Cleveland Speaker (Dr. Ruth Simmons, Brown University) SATURDAY, May 5 11 a.m. Ticket to Hollywood 11:30 p.m. Communication Debate - Censorship Noon Ladies Corner 12:30 p.m. MSGvening News 1:30 p.m. Communication Debate - Censorship 2 p.m. City Club of Cleveland Speaker (Dr. Ruth Simmons, Brown University) SUNDAY, May 6
8 - 10 p.m. Communication Debate (4 episodes) 10:00 p.m. City Club of Cleveland (Paul Volker, former fed reserve chair) 11 p.m. MSGevening News 12 a.m. Ladies Corner 12:30 a.m. Ticket to Hollywood Progra.m.s subjected to change without notice.

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April 25, 2007

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Men’s rowing sweeps Lakers score 23 goals in win over Presbyterian East Regional at Findley Lake
By Chris Davis Contributing writer
Gannon’s offense. Gannon improved to 12-4 to end their season. Presbyterian then came to town on Sunday, after Mercyhurst’s heartbreaking loss to Gannon and dominated the Blue Hose 23-10. Mercyhurst then ended its season in great fashion against Presbyterian, as they broke the team record for goals in a game, scoring 23 goals in their season finale. The Lakers also put up a season-high 47 shots in their final game of the season. Haggerty led the team with eight points, scoring seven goals. She ended the year leading the team with 58 points, scoring 42 goals and 16 assists. Mercyhurst started off by scoring the games first seven goals, to open the first 13 minutes of the game. It helped the Lakers build a 12-5 lead at halftime. The Lakers continued their domination in the second half as they out scored Presbyterian 11-5. Senior defenders Jessica Hale and Doran helped lead the defense in their final game as each of them both had two drawn charges. Smith and Keelin Hollenbeck also finished their careers at Mercyhurst contributing in the final game. Smith had a goal and Hollenbeck added a groundball to help end their careers on positive notes. With the win, Mercyhurst has ended its season with a record of 7-5, while Presbyterian ended its season with a record of 6-9. Pilson said he is looking forward to next year’s team. “We have a lot of potential looking ahead to our future and we hope to be a legitimate top 10 team.”

Senior day is a day in which seniors are recognized during their final home game for their commitment and dedication to their team. Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team recognized their seniors on Saturday against rival Gannon. It made it extra special being able to play against their in town rival. For Coach Cecil Pilson this senior class is one that will be missed. “They all have been a pleasure to coach and will be extremely successful with their career endeavors,” Pilson said. Senior Darci Doran feels she has had some great memories being a part of the Lakers Lacrosse team. “Over the past four years, we have been really fortunate to have such a close team,” said Doran. “Our friendships and team unity is like no other team on campus. I love that about us, and I can’t imagine it any other way. Doran thought the team has put together a great season and will miss playing lacrosse along with all of her teammates. “When I graduate, I am going to miss lacrosse because it has been a huge part of my life for the past eleven years, but I am also going to miss every single girl on this team,” she informed. “We have had our ups and downs this season, but we have all been there for each other on and off of the field.” The seniors and the rest of the team was there for the hardfought contest April 28 against Gannon at Tullio Field, when the Lakers lost 8-7 on a goal scored against them with just 10 seconds left. Throughout the first half the

By Andy Tait Contributing writer
The men’s rowing team is not a club sport, and they practice as much and as hard as any other team on campus. In fact the men’s lightweight eight is 12th in the nation and has beat the number one team in the nation. The Mercyhurst men’s and women’s rowing teams hosted the annual East Regional Invitational at Findley Lake, N.Y. this past weekend. The men had an extremely successful weekend, winning all three races. The men’s lightweight eight clinched first place with a time of 6:22.6. The men’s heavyweight eight finished second in 6:36.12, while Franklin Pierce’s finish was over 40 seconds behind the winners, Dowling, with a time of 7:01.44. In the men’s varsity four, Mercyhurst once again claimed first and second place. The lightweight four finished with a time of 7:10.01 with the heavyweight boat finishing eight seconds behind them with a time of 7:18.25. The Lakers novice four finished with a time of 7:11.6, almost 30 seconds ahead of Franklin Pierce, 7:40.44. Head coach Adrian Spracklen viewed Sunday’s races as part of a training program, which will continue next weekend with the Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Spracklen was pleased with his team’s efforts this past weekend following a hard week of training and preparations.

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Katie Nagle battles for a faceoff in a game earlier this season. Nagle has seven draw controls this season.

two teams played on an even level, which brought the score to 3-3. Gannon then took the momentum into halftime, as they scored twice in the final 21 seconds to build a 5-3 lead. The second half started off strong for Gannon as they scored to make it 6-3; Mercyhurst recovered quickly. Breanna Haggerty scored her second goal of the game with 19:17 remaining and senior Lauren Smith followed up with a goal 35 seconds later to make it 6-5. Haggerty completed the hat trick and tied the game 6-6 with 15:48 to play in the game before Jessie Horeth put the Lakers ahead for the first time 46 seconds later. Horeth’s goal gave Mercyhurst its first lead of the game. Mercyhurst received strong

support from their defense. The Lakers’ defense led by senior Darci Doran shut down Gannon’s strong, high-powered offense throughout the game. They held Gannon scoreless for more then 16 consecutive minutes during the second half. The Golden Knights finally tied the game on a Colleen Dixon goal with four minutes to play. And just when it seemed the game would head to overtime, Gannon’s Melissa Hill received a pass and found the back of the net with 10 seconds left. Gannon outshot Mercyhurst 38-22 for the game, but the Lakers out-worked the Golden Knights, as they held a 20-17 advantage in ground balls. Mercyhurst goalkeeper Maeve McGoff started her first game since being injured and made 11 saves to help shut down

“Winning never gets old and to win all three races was good for the guys,” said Spracklen. Junior rower Adam Grady is excited and optimistic for the MACRA regatta this coming weekend. “I think with an intense week of training coming up we’ll do well and make some good strides towards our ultimate goal of doing well at Dad Vails, which is the last race of the season,” said Grady. Spracklen was aksi extremely encouraged by the women’s team performance this weekend, who managed to defeat the No. 2 team in the nation, Dowling College. The Lakers blew away their opponents in the varsity four with a time of 8:24.11. Dowling was the closest team to them with a time of 8:53.56. However, Dowling picked up the win in the varsity eight with a time of 7:00.75, while Mercyhurst finished second in 7:24.75. “The goal for the women’s team was to reduce the gap on Dowling from the last time they met. “The women managed to reduce the margin from 36 seconds to 24 seconds, which shows a great improvement in speed,” said Spracklen. “The four did a great job of beating Dowling twice and shows the depth we have on the team. Overall it was a very successful weekend and something for everyone to build upon,” said Spracklen. Both Mercyhurst teams will compete on Saturday in the Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association Regatta to be held in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Lakers score 51 runs in four wins; run streak to eight
By Ryan Palm Sports editor Heading into the week the Mercyhurst baseball team was well aware that they needed to literally win-out in order to make the NCAA playoffs. They took step one in achieving that goal by winning six straight this past week, picking up two wins against Gannon and four wins against Northwood. In Wednesday’s game at Gannon, Mercyhurst swept the doubleheader with wins of 9-3 and 8-1. In game one Adam Gray provided the big hit with a two run-single in the fourth, which opened up the game for the Lakers. Eric Drobotij pitched six solid innings, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out eight. In the nightcap Brian Espersen started and picked up the win over the Golden Knights. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing the one run while scattering four hits. The scoring came early and often for the Lakers, picking up two runs in the first, one in the third and five more in the fourth. Leading the Lakers at the plate was David Lough, who had a pair of hits, three runs scored, two RBIs and a pair of walks. Later that weekend Mercyhurst headed far north to take on the Timberwolves from Northwood University. The series opener on Saturday featured the same two teams playing two very different games. In game one Mercyhurst squeezed out a victory thanks to a two-out triple from pinch hitter John Blike in the seventh. The two-run hit broke the tie and put Mercyhurst ahead 5-3, where the game ended giving Mercyhurst the late-inning victory. James Ludwig continued his stellar relief work, picking up the win by throwing two scoreless innings while striking out a pair. Game two proved to be a polar opposite, as the Lakers pounded their conference foes 14-0. The story of the game was perhaps not the offense but the second consecutive gem tossed by Steve Grife, who last weekend shut down No. 4 Grand Valley to give Mercyhurst a doubleheader sweep. This weekend Grife did the same, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits. The right-handed freshman struck out six while allowing just a pair of walks. The offense was plentiful throughout the contest, with each starter for Mercyhurst having at least one hit. All together, Mercyhurst scored 14 runs on 17 hits, with six Lakers smacking extra-base hits. On Sunday, Mercyhurst swept two more from Northwood, with the first game a blowout similar to Saturday’s nightcap. The Lakers dominated from the start, winning 16-3. Jamie Walczak’s five hits led the way for the Lakers. Wes Craig picked up the win, throwing five innings and holding Northwood to just one run over that span. Game two proved to be a bit closer, yet the blue and green finished ahead once more. While starting pitcher John Mang had a rough outing, reliever Ryan Schreiber came through for Mercyhurst by pitching 4 1/3 innings of solid relief work. He held the Timberwolves at check while the Laker offense got back into the game. In the end the teams combined for 26 runs on 33 hits, but Mercyhurst took their eighth straight win by a final of 16-10. With the winning weekend, Mercyhurst improved their conference record to 14-8, just one game behind Saginaw Valley State for third place. Overall the Lakers now stand at 28-15, and it is that record that will determine their postseason fate. As of the regional poll, dated April 25, Mercyhurst was ranked No. 8 in the North Central Regional Rankings. The top-six teams in the region make the NCAA Playoffs, and thus, as of right now, Mercyhurst is on the outside looking in. They do have the opportunity to make up some ground on those ahead of them, however. They have six conference games left, two of which are against the regions No. 2 team from Ashland University. Additionally they play in the GLIAC Tournament from May 12-14. The Lakers have not qualified for the NCAA Regional Tournament since 2000.
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By Jim McCann Contributing writer

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May 2, 2007

Unanimously No. 1
Men’s lacrosse triumphs over No. 2 NYIT

Baseball......................................................April 25, W 9-3, Gannon April 25, W 8-1, Gannon April 28, W 5-3, Northwood April 28, W 14-0, Northwood April 29, W 16-3, Northwood April 29, W 16-10, Northwood Softball..........................................................April 22, W 3-2, Findlay April 22, W 9-1, Findlay April 27, L 2-0, Ferris State April 27, L 10-1, Ferris State April 28, W 3-2, Grand Valley April 28, W 7-2, Grand Valley April 29, L 2-0, Northwood April 29, L 11-1, Northwood Men’s lacrosse................................................April 28, W 12-9, NYIT April 29, W 17-7, Dominican Women’s lacrosse........................................April 28, L 8-7, Gannon April 29, W 23-10, Presbyterian

For the first time in program history, the Lakers are the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation, as they garnered all ten first place votes in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division II weekly rankings. This after Mercyhurst walked away with two important victories, including a 12-9 thriller over the nation’s No. 2 team NYIT For the second time this month, the nation’s top two seeds facedoff at Tullio Field for a late season game with plenty of playoff implications. In the news... Both teams came out strong, but Mercyhurst was able to jump out to an early five-goal lead and Athletes of the Week were ahead by a score of 7-2 going into the half. Scott Janssen of men’s lacrosse and Breanna Haggerty of Scotty Janssen led all scorers in women’s lacrosse were honored this week by the athletic the first half, as he paced the Lakdepartment as the Athletes of the Week. Janssen, a senior ers with four goals in the opening attacker had five goals against NYIT on Saturday, and added 30 minutes. three more goals Sunday against Dominican. As most expected, NYIT was not about to lay down and take Haggerty, a sophomore attacker scored three goals against rival the loss without a fight. Gannon, and added seven more on Sunday, in a huge 23-10 They solidified this belief when win over Presbyterian. She also recorded four assists. Both were they came out firing in the sechonored this week by the East Coast Conference. ond half. The Bears battled back to a one-goal deficit, as it became Team of the Week 8-7.
The men’s lacrosse team earned the Athletic Department’s Team of the Week honors. On Saturday the team defeated No. 2 ranked NYIT 12-9, and as a result became ranked No. 1 unanimously by attaining all 10 votes from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Mike Bartlett goes in for the score in a game earlier this season.

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As time ran down, the two teams traded goals before the Lakers made one final run to come away with a 12-9 win. Janssen ended up with five goals on the day. Mike Thon added three goals of his own, while Mike Bartlett notched two. B.J. Lindner and Adam Mulherin also added solo tallies to round out the scoring for the Lakers. Jason Lashomb stayed hot in net for Mercyhurst, as he recorded 10 saves on his way to becoming the Eastern Coast

Conference (ECC) Goalie of the Week for the fourth time in the last five weeks. Janssen joined Lashomb, as he too was recognized by the ECC as Player of the Week. After the big win on Saturday, the Lakers had another must-win conference match up on Sunday with Dominican College. This game could easily have been labeled a “trap-game” for the Lakers, as it would have certainly been easy to overlook the unranked second-year program. Some in attendance may have been concerned about the fact

that five minutes into the game, the Lakers were in the midst of a 1-1 stalemate. The Lakers reeled off 13 straight goals to take a 14-1 lead going into the half. The second half provided a chance for the Lakers to show the depth of their bench, as they coasted to a 17-7 win. Mercyhurst is now 11-1 overall and 5-0 in ECC play. The Lakers will conclude their regular season this weekend, as they travel to Adelphi before they prepare for what is likely to be the first ever final four home lacrosse game.

Zubek, McNurlen power big wins
By Finella Annand Contributing writer The miserable weather didn’t stop the crowd from coming out on Saturday as Mercyhurst swept Grand Valley at the Mercyhurst softball field. In less than inspiring weather, the Lakers of Mercyhurst demonstrated a more than inspiring performance to record their school-record breaking 21st and 22nd wins of the season. Grand Valley may be the giant of Division II athletics, but a strong crowd full of students, alumni and parents propelled Mercyhurst to two convincing victories. Unfortunately the Cinderella story wasn’t typical of the weekend’s play, as Mercyhurst fell to Ferris State on Friday and Northwood on Sunday. Despite the losses Mercyhurst is still in a good position to win the conference championship. “Our goal since the beginning of the season was to win the conference tournament and even though we lost games this weekend, we are going in to the tournament as the number five seed. The GLIAC is wide open so it doesn’t matter who we play it just matters that we show up and play our “A” game. It is in our hands,” said senior Kim Griffin. The weekend started out poorly, as Ferris swept the Lakers on Friday at the Gannon University field. Rough weather conditions rendered the Mercyhurst field unplayable, forcing the Lakers to host the game on their crosstown rival’s turf. In game one, Ferris came away with a 2-0 victory. Jen Feret only allowed three hits in the game while striking out 10 batters. However the Laker defense fell apart in the bottom of the sixth by committing two errors that would allow two runs to score for Ferris State to win. In game two, Ferris came out with all guns blazing. The Lakers scored their only run in the top of the second inning. On Saturday with home turf under their cleats once more, Mercyhurst showed Grand Valley that there is room for only one Laker in Erie. As alumni, parents and students partied and cheered from the sidelines, Mercyhurst went to work. Game one developed into a pitchers’ battle between Feret and Lori Andjelich until Danielle Zubek’s two-run shot over the leftfield fence in the seventh lifted Mercyhurst to a 3-2 victory and sent the crowd into raptures. Mercyhurst carried over the momentum from game one, notching a 7-2 win to pick up the sweep and clinch a space in the GLIAC Championships. Mercyhurst struck first, scoring four times in the third inning, powered by Jessica McNurlen’s fifth homer of the year. Maureen Bailey reached on a bunt single and later scored on a Melissa Rizzo single up the middle. McNurlen followed with a three-run shot to score Feret and Rizzo. Mercyhurst struck again in the sixth with an RBI double by Zubek, which scored Kim Griffin. Mercyhurst had to jump on a bus to Michigan immediately following the Grand Valley games to play Northwood Sunday. The high of Saturday’s games was soon forgotten, as the Lakers fell to Northwood in the Sunday twinbill, 2-0 and 11-1 in six innings in game two. Mercyhurst will travel to Edinboro University on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader.

Baseball Fifth in NCBWA Poll
On Tuesday, the Mercyhurst baseball team earned a No. 6 ranking from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) poll. Over the past week the team has gone an impressive 6-0, defeating two GLIAC competitors, Gannon and Northwood. During the week the team compiled an incredible 27 doubles and averaged 11.3 runs scored. The team concludes regular season action this week with series against Ashland and Findlay.

Softball Headed to Conference Tournament
The Mercyhurst softball team tied for 5th place in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) with Northwood and Ashland, but following a series of tiebreakers, dropped to 7th place. As the 7th seed, Mercyhurst will attend the GLIAC double elimination softball tournament on Friday in Midland, Michigan, and take on No. 2 seed Ferris State. This season Mercyhurst softball finished with an 11-9 record in the GLIAC, the team’s best performance since 2002.

Womens’ Hockey Players Honored
Valerie Chouinard, a sophomore forward, and Meghan Agosta, a freshman forward, both of the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team, will receive post-season honors from the NCAA for their statistical accomplishments in a number of categories during the 2006-2007 season.

Draft starts with Russell going No. 1
By Kirk Campbell Contributing writer Russell was only one of three LSU players who were drafted in the first round. Safety LaRon Laundry was drafted sixth overall by the Washington Redskins and is expected to start the season alongside Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Dwayne Bowe, a wide receiver. After Russell was selected, the draft’s most talented player, Calvin Johnson, was drafted by the Detroit Lions, followed by Joe Thomas to the Cleveland Browns Fourth was Gaines Adams by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Arizona Cardinals drafted Levi Brown to round out the top five. The most surprising story over the course of the first round was Brady Quinn. Quinn was expected to be drafted as high as third and as low as ninth but when the Browns drafted Thomas, Quinn was expected to be picked by the Miami Dolphins with pick nine. The Dolphins surprised everyone when they drafted Ted Ginn Jr. from Ohio State and passed on Quinn. Quinn sat and waited for his name to be called, but he his lifetime dream did not come true until the Browns traded up in the first round to pick No. 22 and drafted him. “I guess just the opportunity to have Cleveland come back around and giving me a chance to play there is just something that I’ve always dreamed of doing,” Quinn said. At one point during the first round, nine straight draft picks were used on defensive players. The first round was six hours and eight minutes long, the longest ever. There was much debate about Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith and where he was going to play but that was answered when the Baltimore Ravens drafted Smith with the last pick of the fifth round. The biggest surprise during day two was when the Raiders traded five time Pro Bowler Randy Moss to the New England Patriots for a forth round pick. The Raiders used their extra pick to draft John Bowie, a corner back from Cincinnati. Cornerback Ramzee Robinson from Alabama was this years Mr. Irrelevant, the last pick in the draft, after being drafted by the Detroit Loins. The two-day. 255 pick draft lasted a total of 18 hours.

The 2007 NFL Draft on April 28 and 29 started as planned when the Oakland Raiders draftChouinard had a Division I best, with 17 power play goals, and ed quarterback JaMarcus Russell Agosta was tied for second with 16 in the category. Agosta also from Louisiana State University was the Division I leader in goals-per-game and game winning (LSU) with the first overall pick. goals. After being selected first overall Russell said, “It’s a dream come true. Growing up as a kid playing Rowing Sweeps East Regional Invitational every sport in life and always seeing the guys on the professional On Sunday, the Mercyhurst men’s rowing team hosted the East level, and here I am today.” Regional Invitational on Findley Lake, N.Y.. All three boats that In the 2006 season, the Raidcompeted in the event were victorious. The lightweight eight ers were last in the NFL in total won with a time of 6:22.6, the novice four won with a time offense. By drafting Russell they of 7:11.6, and finally, the lgihtweight four won with a time of believe they have fulfilled their 7:10.01. The team will compete again on this Saturday at the biggest need. Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association Regatta. Russell is 6-foot-6 and is best known for his strong arm. On Quick hits are compiled by sports editor Ryan Palm. Anything his pro-day he threw a football worthy of being a “quick hit” should be emailed to sportsmerciad@ 80 yards.

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7 9 10 6 8 The top-ten sports moments of 2006-07
Looking back at the best moments of a historic year for Laker athletics
By Ryan Palm Sports editor

Wom n #1 hockey eNo.’ s1
it was a banner year for the women’s hockey program, taking an already successful program to an entirely new level. The team reeled off huge wins against programs like Dartmouth, St. Lawrence, New Hampshire and Princeton. In late November, fresh off two wins in the New Hampshire Tournament, Mercyhurst was named a unanimous No. 1 in the country, marking the highest ranking for the program’s history. They held on to that ranking for most of the season and rode the momentum into the NCAA Playoffs. In March the team hosted their first NCAA Playoff game, squaring off against MinnesotaDuluth on March 9. Unfortunately for the blue and green the visitors won 3-2 in overtime, prematurely ending the best season in program history.

first ever GLAIC playoff game, defeating Wayne State at the MAC and making their first trip to the GLIAC semifinals, where they took on top-seeded Findlay.

Several players were honored individually, including Andy Tait who received a third-team All American honor by the NSCAA. Additionally, Tait, Jason Pedra and Daniel Mudd were all on the NSCAA All-Region First Team.

Men’s water #5 polo finishes best season in school histor y – the 2006 campaign
for the men’s water polo team was by far their best ever. The program finished the year with a 12-8 record, which drastically improved their pre-

the 2006 season with a 16-4 record, which tied the mark for second most wins in program history. Their season came to an end at the Division II Great Lakes Regional playoff game, where they fell 2-1 against Indianapolis. The team was ranked No. 20 heading into the game, and made their first NCAA regionals appearance since 2001 when they lost 2-1 to Northern Kentucky. Senior defender Finella Annand was named Second Team All-American by the NSCAA and was also chosen as the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Year. Annand, Lisa Casement and Sarah Powell were also named to the All Great Lakers Region First Team.

hanging from her neck, with Lorsell sporting the bronze.

Softball drasti#8 cally improves

#7 inTrio competes world championships – the Mercyhurst name took to the international stage this past spring when a trio from the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team played in the 2007 Women’s World Championships. Freshmen Meghan Agosta (Canada), Angelica Lorsell (Sweden) and Katariina Soikkanen (Finland) all competed on the worldwide stage. The games were played in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada a n d were broadcast to around ten million homes during the weeklong tournament. Agosta returned to Erie with a gold medal

– Although their season is not complete as of press time, the 2007 campaign for the softball team has been one of grand improvement. Coming off of four straight losing seasons, the Lakers head into this weekend with a 22-21 overall record, including an impressive 11-9 record in the GLIAC, one of the toughest conferences in Division II. That mark easily surpasses the 5-15 conference record the Lakers posed in 2006. Mercyhurst travels to the GLIAC Tournament this weekened to square off against No. 2 seeded Ferris State, a team that beat Mercyhurst twice last weekend. Last week the team was ranked No. 8 in the region, a week after being the No. 7 team in that same poll.
later this month the Mercyhurst Ice Center will get a much-needed facelift to critical components of the building. The rink was built in 1991 and has not had a major renovation since that time. There will be new dasherboards installed, along with new glass, protective netting, player benches, and penalty boxes. The renovation comes a critical time, as the women’s hockey team hosted its first NCAA Division I playoff game there in March, and given the success of 2006-07, it is not likely to be their last. The project is running a bill of $175,000, and is expected to take about a month to finish, with a late-June estimate for completion.

Ice Rink #9 facelift – to get

women’s hockey team men’s lacrosse is enjoying their best season ever in 2007. The team entered the campaign with high hopes and a tough schedule ahead of them. As of press time they are 11-1 and are a unanimous No.1 in the poll conducted by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The team has had their way with traditional powerhouses like Dowling, C.W. Post and New York Tech, with its lone loss coming to defending national champion Le Moyne 8-7 in overtime. The team has their final regular season game at Adelphi and then will travel to the NCAA playoffs later this month.


Men’s lacrosse No. 1 – much like the

Two seniors topped the 1,000 point mark in Avi Fogel and Shelby Chaney , who were both honored by the GLIAC as first and second team selections, respectively. The team also beat Gannon twice on the season, both on the road and at home.

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record 17 and makes NCAAs – the

Men’s #3 ball winsbasket-

ketball team enjoyed one of its most successful seasons in recent history not only making the conference playoffs but hosting the first round game as well. The program also won its

GLIAC playof f game & hosts quarterfinals – the men’s bas-

men’s soccer team drastically improved on a disappointing 2005 season by finishing the 2006 campaign 17-4 overall and 6-1 in the GLIAC. The team was chosen by the NCAA to compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, where they fell 6-1 to No. 6 SIU-Edwardsville. Although that game did not go according to plan, the rest of the year pretty much did. Their 17 wins tied the school record, and their three other losses were all by only one goal.

vious best record of 7-11. T h e team also e xc e l l e d in conference play, finishing 5-1 in the Southern Conference’s Western Division. That mark was good enough to tie rival Gannon University for the lead in their division. They reeled off ten straight victories at one point, including wins over local rivals Penn State Behrend and Gannon. Individually, Andrew Schonhoff was named to the Division II All-American First Team following his second straight outstanding season. The sophomore is already the leading scorer in school history, and finished this season with 54 goals and 18 assists. He is only the second in program history to achieve such a high honor, with Brad Armstrong being the last in 2004.

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women’s soccer team concluded

07 season was one of national and international attention for Mercyhurst College athletics, coming from a variety of sports. Already we’ve mentioned the international role of women’s ice hockey, which drew attention from newspapers like the USA Today and the New York Times. Additionally a large number of

national and worldwide stage – the 2006-

athletes drew national honors for their individual play, several of whom have been mentioned already. A handful of hockey alumni are continuing their careers in the professional ranks, and a men’s lacrosse graduate is doing the same as well. With several of the college’s most successful programs having good seasons, one can only hope that this momentum carries firm in 2007-08. There were many good stories that could have been included in this top 10, but it is necessary to choose the best. Numerous sports had good seasons, including wrestling, baseball and several others. Others had seasons they are quick to forget, such as men’s volleyball and men’s hockey. Nonetheless come summer and fall the teams will be back at it, with eyes set on improvement from this past year. Regardless of what their outcome was this past year, expectations will be higher for 2007-08, from students up to administration, wins will be appreciated. As I was putting together this top 10 of 2006-07, I couldn’t help but think about what a wonderful ride it has been. I’ve had the honor of serving as sports editor for three years now, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. It has been an amazing experience working with so many great coaches, athletes and administrators throughout the last few years. The staff of this newspaper is first-rate, and I will truly miss the Tuesday nights we’ve spent together over the last few years. Our advisor Bill Welch has been a rock for this paper, and will truly be missed. He has been an incredible resource for not only myself but for every writer and editor that has had a word printed in our paper. In closing, I wish the best of luck to the hundreds of athletes that will continue their athletic careers long after I am gone. Every time you step on the field or court with the blue and green on you represent not only current students but also thousands of alumni as well, and I will be on alum that will be following closely. The great Vince Lombardi once said “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Keep up the chase.

May 2, 2007

The Year in review



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Against Semesters

Another year has passed at Mercyhurst College. It has brought more off-campus rules, 4x1x4 semester ups and downs, wallcrawling slime, the student union expansion, and several other stories that topped headlines over the past nine months.

Off-campus rules Gamble installed Dirty magazines
In early September, the Erie Police Bureau enforced stricter laws for students who party off campus. Ordinances currently in place include major fines for underage drinking, noise and disorderly house. The latter ordinance was a shock to students who could pay fines of $300 and 90 days in jail if found in violation. Dr. Thomas Gamble was officially installed as Mercyhurst College’s 11th president during an inaugural ceremony in September. The elaborate ceremony took place in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center, and included faculty, students, and other members of the college community. The Mercyhurst College bookstore removed Cosmopolitan, Maxim, GQ, and other magazines whose covers had scantily clothed women and men, and headlines that included the word “sex.” The magazines were removed after one parent complained in early November.

4x1x4 debate
One of Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble’s initiatives was to reconstruct the academic calendar to a 4x1x4 semester system. Students revolted, saying they did not want a semester system. The academic affairs committee soon rejected the 4x1x4, saying it did not fit the needs of the “diverse student population.”

Mold in Wayne
Wall-crawling slime invaded the Wayne Street apartments in early March. Associate Vice President of Administration Tyrone Moore said water entering the apartments from above the balcony doors was causing the problem. Construction to take down the balconies started last month in order to solve the problem.

Union expansion
Mercyhurst College Student Government proposed to expand the current Carolyn Herrmann Student Union by almost 14,000 square feet. The expansion includes a north wing full of offices and an east wing reserved for Registered Student Clubs and Organizations. The plans also include expanding the Laker Inn and Galley.

KEY Light Blue- 14% students voted for union expansion Yellow - 35% students voted for parking Dark Blue - 20% students voted for other Green - 31% students voted not to raise the fee Gray - Did not respond

Blue - 52% Voted to arm Police and Safety Green - 48% Voted NOT to arm Police and Safety Gray - Students who did not respond

Students vote ‘no’
Mercyhurst Student Government voted to increase the building assessment fee by $102 for four years to pay for the union expansion. The Merciad asked students what they felt about the student union expansion and the increase building assessment fee. The results were close, but only 14 percent voted for the union expansion.

Arming police & safety Multi-cultural center
After the massacre at Virginia Tech in late April, questions arose about the safety of college campuses. Mercyhurst College Police and Safety officers do not carry firearms, and the Merciad asked students if they would prefer the officers be armed. The response was close: 52 percent voted to arm and 48 percent voted not to arm. Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble announced the creation of a Multi-cultural center that would help promote diversity on campus. Assistant Director of Residence Life and Diversity 101 adviser Pertrina Williams-Marrero will become the college’s first director of the multi-cultural center.