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AUG. 29, 2007

Vol. 81 No. 1


Mercy Suites freshman residence hall renovation is complete >>PAGE 4 OPINION: Gonzalez resignation; PSAC worth a shot >>PAGE 11 & 12

’Hurst athletics switch from GLIAC to PSAC

Gamble approves change of conferences >> page 13

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Mercyhurst adopts emergency cell phone alerts >> page 2

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Special education students aid in CA >> page 7

What’s Inside Police log..........2 World news.......3 I HEART Erie......5 The Buzz...........9 GBU................12 Quick hits........15



Aug. 29, 2007

Homicide shocks Mercyhurst
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Erie Police continue to investigate the death of an infant found on Aug. 12 in 3810 Briggs Ave., Apt. 6. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the infant’s death a homicide two days after police discovered the body in a plastic bag. Cook said the baby was suffocated after being alive for about 10 minutes. “Her lungs had been used,” he said at a press conference on Aug. 14. Cook said he is not sure whether the baby was suffocated by the bag or by hand. The body was found after police were called to the apartment to investigate a report of a female student in need of medical assistance. According to the probable cause affidavit attached to the search warrant filed for the apartment, Mercyhurst College Police and Safety were first called to the scene after athletic trainer Brian Bentz said 18-year-old Teri Rhodes “…was thought to possibly be pregnant.” The war rant states that Rhodes’ roommate, Julia Butler, reported finding blood in the toilet and hearing grunts and groans coming from Rhodes. According to the probable cause affidavit, a Mercyhurst College Police and Safety officer, Bentz, volleyball coach Ryan Patton and Butler went to the apartment at 4:28 p.m. The Mercyhurst College Police and Safety officer then called Erie Police and Emergycare after finding “…what he described as the body of an infant in a plastic bag in the (bath)tub,” states the warrant. Cook said the baby was about

Texts to alert students of campus emergencies
By Amy Zielinski News editor
A text message alert system is being introduced to Mercyhurst College students this year. This new system will notify students and faculty when there is an emergency on campus. During the first week of school, students will receive an e-mail to register for the text message alert. When students register for the system they will receive a code on their cell phone. Once students obtain their personal code, they will have to type it in the computer to be fully registered. Coordinator of Student Life Joe Howard says, “It’s a system we hope we never have to use, but it’s an extra tool we can use.” The Emergency Response Team and others from Residence Life will have the ability to take charge and text students on campus when a situation takes place. Students who register for the text message alert system will be notified about traffic accidents, cancelled classes, emergencies and bad weather conditions. The text message will tell students what to do or where to go for further information. The cost of each text message will vary depending on the specific cell phone plan. “I don’t think people will mind paying extra money if they are safe,” says Laura Zirkle, director of residence life and student conduct. “The more students who have it – the more students it will reach. It’s not like you check your e-mail every 20 minutes – when a text goes to your phone, you will check your phone instantly,” said Zirkle. “We’re not using this lightly – if you get a message from us, you really need to know it’s something you need to be aware of.” For further information about the text message alert system, students can contact Zirkle.

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The infant was found by Mercyhurst Police and Safety in 3810 Briggs Ave.

39½ weeks along. Vice President for Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said Rhodes underwent her routine physical for volleyball on Aug. 10 and was cleared to practice by a St. Vincent Hospital physician contracted by Mercyhurst College. “It’s not as uncommon as people might think (to miss a pregnancy),” said Tobin. According to a search warrant obtained by the Erie TimesNews, “Rhodes was first denying having been pregnant,” read the warrant. “She did, however, eventually tell investigators and hospital staff that she was pregnant and had given birth earlier on this same date.” Mercyhurst College officials said they did not know about the pregnancy until around noon that Sunday. According to the search warrant, Butler heard slapping noises, the water turning on and off, and the toilet constantly flushing around 12:30 or 12:40 p.m. The war rant also states Rhodes asked her roommate to get her Midol from a drug store.

Once Butler returned with the medicine, “she went into (Rhodes’) bedroom (and) saw blood all over,” states the warrant. Butler then sent an instant message to women’s volleyball coach Sarah King and described what she had seen, according to the warrant. King then contacted Butler via phone and came to the apartment. At King’s request, Rhodes came out of the bathroom and left for the hospital with King at 1:30 p.m. According to the Erie TimesNews, Rhodes later sent a text message from her cell phone to Butler that said, “Don’t go in the bathroom. It’s a mess.” According to the warrant, Lt. Dan Spizarny then interviewed Rhodes at St. Vincent Hospital later that evening at around 7 p.m. where she stated she gave birth in her apartment and “…placed the child and the placenta in plastic bags.” Erie County District Attorney’s Office is still deciding on charges against Rhodes. Mercyhurst College Registrar’s Office said Rhodes has withdrawn from the college.

Terroristic Threats Lewis Apartments 12 August Case closed

Police and Safety Log
Liquor Law Violation 200 Mercy Suites 23 August Pending investigation Liquor Law Violation Briggs Apartments 25 August College discipline Liquor Law Violation Lewis Apartments 26 August Case closed

Larceny/Theft Bookstore 15 August Pending investigation Criminal Mischief Parking Lot #11 16 August Case Closed

Aug. 29, 2007



Greek fires kill 63
By Elena Becatoros Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece – Firefighters rushed helicopters and buses Monday to evacuate more than two dozen villages threatened by towering walls of flames that had killed 63 people while ravaging swaths of forest and farmland in Greece’s worst wildfire disaster in memory. Four days of devastating blazes from the northern border with Albania to the southern island of Crete unnerved and angered Greeks, drawing strong criticism of the government’s response and setting off widespread suspicions and fingerpointing. The government, which declared a state of emergency, implied the destruction could be part of an orchestrated campaign of arson. But environmental experts expressed skepticism. People used garden hoses, buckets, tin cans and branches in desperate – and sometimes futile – attempts to beat back flames and save their homes and livelihoods. The destruction was so extensive that authorities said they had not had time to tally the amount of burned land – or the number of people injured. Sixty-three people were known dead. Fires engulfed villages, forests and farms and scorched woodland around Ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. New fires broke out faster than others could be brought under control, leaving behind a devastated landscape of blackened tree trunks, gutted houses and charred animal carcasses. The destruction and deaths infuriated Greeks, who already had been stunned by deadly forest fires in June and July, and the disaster appeared likely to dominate political debate before parliamentary elections Sept. 16. Many people said the government did not react quickly enough. After declaring a state of emergency over the weekend, the government raised the possibility of arson and said several people had been arrested. On Saturday, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said it could not be coincidence that so many fires broke out simultaneously in so many areas. But it was not clear who – if anyone – was responsible for these fires. An official of the WWF environmental group dismissed the notion of an orchestrated arson campaign. “I think these are very dangerous assessments, particularly when the evidence so far does not seem to back them,” said Theodota Nantsou, the group’s conservation manager for Greece. Greece’s few remaining patches of forest were being rapidly incinerated, and the environmental consequences will be dire, experts said. The government has budgeted more than $274 million for immediate aid to families, businesses and communities. Authorities also appealed for help from abroad, and 19 countries promised planes, helicopters and firefighters.

New appointment will benefit ’Hurst
By Gary Williams Contributing Writer
Dr. David Livingston was named associate vicepresident of development this summer. Many faculty members are pleased with Dr. Livingston’s appointment to the position and expect him to be a beneficial member of the Mercyhurst community. Linda Bennett, vice president of development, said that he brings to the position, “an extensive knowledge of Mercyhurst College. He also brings a profound appreciation for the mission of the college.” Dr. Livingston’s new post will have him working on funding for multiple academic opportunities offered by Mercyhurst. Through grants, donations and other means of raising money, he will work to raise money for various academic departments and activities. Currently, Dr. Livingston is working Professor Federici, a member of the Political Science department. The two are working to obtain a grant for an American Constitutional

Dr. David Livingston

Activist blogs his mind on Web
PHILADELPHIA – Federal prosecutors on Tuesday filed a civil action seeking the removal of postings on an anti-abortion activist’s Internet site that authorities said exhorted readers to kill an abortion provider by shooting her in the head. In the filing, U.S. Attorney Patrick Meehan seeks to force John Dunkle, 72, of Reading, to remove the alleged threats from his Web page and prohibit him from publishing similar messages containing names, addresses or photographs of health clinic staff members. One posting, which featured the provider’s name, photo and address, stated that “While it does not sound good to say go shoot her between the eyes, it sounds even worse to say let her alone.” Dunkle said he did not write the message on the blog, but that he did post it. He said that, if asked, he would take it down and identify its author. “If they tell me not to print it, I won’t print it,” he said. Dunkle said he was not sure if he agreed with the statement. Meehan said in a statement that the postings constitute a violation of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. “This type of intimidation and scare tactic, regardless of one’s beliefs or religious convictions, simply cannot be condoned,” Meehan said. “Using a public forum, such as the Internet, to incite and instruct people to kill is tantamount to a form of domestic terrorism.”

Studies center at Mercyhurst. New science labs are also a focus of Dr. Livingston’s work, although many other departments will also benefit from his employment, as he continues to meet with professors and department chairs to discuss their goals. Dr. David Livingston was a former associate professor in the Religious Studies department. He has been working at Mercyhurst for 10 years. He has also served as president of Faculty Senate. Livingston commented, “Knowing the school so well gives me credibility.” He also said that it is this credibility that allows him to perform his job to the best of his abilities.

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Aug. 29, 2007

Suites looking sweet SAT scores at
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
The freshmen are not the only new addition to the Mercyhurst campus this academic year. The Mercy Suites were newly renovated this summer. Laura Zirkle, director of residence life and student conduct, feels that the changes will benefit the needs of the students as well as parents of students. “You probably remember the old, skinny, small, long room,” Zirkle said. “I would talk to students and parents and they didn’t understand why two people would be put in that room when the other residents were more comfortable.” The room was originally intended to be a single bedroom explained Zirkle. The narrow bedrooms and dark storage closets have been converted into a fresh living room and study area. “We tore down the wall, created a study where the closet used to be and created a living room out of the old small bedroom,” Zirkle said. Justin Ross, the associate

record low
By Justin Pope Associated Press

The tearing down of a bedroom wall has created a new living space in the Mercy Suites.

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director of residence life, is also pleased about the renovation of the area. “The living room area gives students a place for social activities,” he said. “And the addition of a study area demonstrates the importance that we place on incorporating studying into the daily routine.” In addition closet organizers have been added to all of the bedrooms during the renovation. The bathrooms and other parts of the bedrooms remain structurally the same but each bedroom now has three beds. Two beds are bunked and the third is lofted with dressers

beneath it. The front living room contains two wooden wardrobes for additional storage space. Updated coffee tables, lamps and couches were also added to the living room. “We’d like upperclassmen to know that we did take their suggestions seriously and made the best improvements we could.,” explained Ross. Both Ross and Zirkle commended everyone involved in the renovation including Tyrone Moore, Tom Billingsley and campus maintenance workers whose imput contributed greatly to the overall design of the renovations.

The class of 2007 averaged the lowest math and reading SAT scores since 1999, the College Board reported Tuesday. Last spring’s high school seniors scored on average 502, out of a possible 800 points, on the critical reading section of the country’s most popular college entrance exam, down from 503 for the class of 2006. Math scores fell three points from 518 to 515. The declines follow a seven-point drop last year for the first class to take a lengthened and redesigned SAT, which included higherlevel math questions and eliminated analogies. The College Board, which owns the exam, insisted the new exam wasn’t harder and attributed last year’s drop to fewer students taking it a second time. Students typically fare about 30 points better when they take the exam again.

The College Board’s report Tuesday noted that a record number of students – just short of 1.5 million – took the test. The cohort of test-takers also was the most diverse ever, with minority students accounting for 39 percent: There has been a persistent gap between the scores of whites and the two largest U.S. minority groups, Hispanics and blacks. “They have taken a very progressive stand in trying to get more and more students to go to college,” College Board President Gaston Caperton said of Maine at a news conference Tuesday morning. “The larger the population you get to take an examination, it obviously knocks down the scores.” Average scores also slipped from 497 to 494 on the writing portion of the SAT, which debuted with the class of 2006. Many colleges are waiting to see results from the first few years of data on the writing exam before determining how to use it.

New Orleans marks second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
By Cain Burdeau Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS - On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, anger over the stalled rebuilding was palpable throughout a city where the mourning for the dead and feeling of loss for flooded homes, schools, snowball stands, old-time hairstylists and hardware stores doesn’t seem to subside. Hurricane Katrina made landfall south of New Orleans at 6:10 a.m. Aug. 29, 2005, as a strong Category 3 hurricane that flooded 80 percent of the city and killed more than 1,600 people in Louisiana and Mississippi. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. On Wednesday, protesters planned to march from the obliterated Lower 9th Ward to Congo Square, a venerable spot where slaves were able to celebrate their culture. Accompanied by brass bands and wielding megaphones, they will again try to spread their message that the government has failed to help people return. “People are angry and they want to send a message to politicians that they want them to do more and do it faster,” said the Rev. Marshall Truehill, a Baptist pastor and community activist. “Nobody’s going to be partying.” At Charity Hospital, a 21-story limestone hospital adorned with allegorical reliefs, public officials will attend a somber groundbreaking for a victims’ memorial and mausoleum that will house the remains of more than 100 victims who have still not been identified. “It’s an emotional time. You re-live what happened and you remember how scattered everyone is now. There are relationships now that are completely over,” said Robert Smallwood, a New Orleans writer. “The city has been dying this slow death. In New Orleans, you can’t escape it. It’s bad news everyday.” Churches will hold memorial services, including one at the historic St. Louis Cathedral on Jackson Square, and ring bells in honor of the victims.

Aug. 29, 2007



Get an early start at Panos
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
ments often located in low-tomiddle class neighborhoods and highway exits. Panos plays along with the title by serving up traditional comfort food with a healthy approach. Often associated with high fat content, this restaurant serves up their signature dishes by using soybean oil with no trans fat. With its great location, yet sometimes limited parking, Panos caters to a variety of people including early morning seniors, late night partiers and families in between. It is often referred to as the “place to go” after a night out on the town. And do not forget your One Card for Laker Loot is accepted at all times.

Food Fix
With Meg
For the first recipe of the year I thought that I would do a take on the old college favorite: pizza. Ordering pizza can get expensive for a college student so why not just make your own? This recipe can be great when you are on the run because it makes are more of a sandwich than a slice of pizza. These can be really fun to make because you can easily add whatever you would like to make them delicious and popular for everyone. I have done this with ham and cheese on the inside and just dipped it in the pizza sauce, or you could make it a taco pizza with the appropriate taco fillings.

Panos Restaurant offers a wide selection of breakfast dishes along with a full menu from appetizers to salads, entrees to desserts. Open all day, everyday, Panos offers a clean, smoke-free atmosphere that has many people coming back for more. Located at 1504 West 38th street across from the Valu Plaza, Panos is a short drive away from the Mercyhurst Campus. The Panos family has owned and operated the restaurant since 1956 making the diner over 50 years old and a staple

in Mercyhurst tradition. The menu includes personal omelets, a variety of breakfast dishes, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, milkshakes and fresh brewed coffee. Portions are big and price is small at this “greasy spoon” restaurant, a term used to classify restaurants catering primarily to breakfast and lunch crowds with these establish-

1 tube Pizza Dough (unbaked) ½ cup Pizza Sauce ½ package Pepperoni ½ Green Pepper ½ Onion Flour Olive Oil

New grad program for the ’Hurst
By Jen Gildea Features editor This summer Mercyhurst announced that it was adding new programs to the list of available gratuate studies, which is in a new location on East 34th Street. Beginning this fall there will be offered a Master of Science degree in secondary education with a focus on the teaching of science and math. The program is designed to fulfill the void of qualified science and math teachers, especially in urban areas. “We’re aiming for people with undergraduate degrees in math and science. However, the program is also designed for adults who have been in the field for a while and want to make a career change,” said Dr. Phillip Belfiore, dean of the Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavior Sciences, who designed the curriculum for the new program. Dr. Karen Evans, who will be directing the program, agreed. “A good majority of young people don’t stay in the same career,” she said. She notes that the program allows for people of diverse backgrounds to re-evalutate their careers towards teaching, even if they have no teaching experience in an undergrad program. This new curriculum marks the only program of its kind in the area, and the sixth graduate field offered at Mercyhurst. As Mercyhurst continues to expand its graduate programs, other schools are doing the same. Reasonings behind the expansions point directly to the fact that more and more college students are pursuing advanced degrees than ever before. Graduate enrollment figures nationwide keep rising each year, due largely in part to the increase in women and minority applicants. One of the major reasons that students continue on to grad school is because an increasing number of future employers are requiring employees to have higher degrees. College students are beginning to realize the advantage a graduate degree holds over the competition in today’s job market. With the increase in grad school applications and enrollment, it would be adventageous for any college to expand its available programs. Mercyhurst is expecting a smooth transition for its new grad program in its first year. There are currently five to eight students enrolled in the program. With final approval occuring just a month ago, the department is planning to advertise heavily and secure more students in the upcoming terms, as enrollment is available any time of the year, rather than just in the fall.

Start by spreading some flour on the cutting board so that the dough does not stick to it. Separate your dough into two pieces and roll it out flat. Put all of the fillings on, but only on one half of the dough. Fold the dough over the fillings and pinch it tight with your fingers. Make sure that they are closed or the fillings will ooze out. Place on a baking sheet and brush a small amount of olive oil over the top. Bake according to the directions that were on the package of dough. Normally, about 35 minutes at 350 degrees.



Aug. 29, 2007

Fall fashion at affordable prices
By Laura Pusateri Contributing writer Fall fashions are on the rise again, despite the weather remaining warm and sunny. Retailers nationwide are presenting their fall lines, which are sure to include a few new trends, as well as timeless classics. One of the biggest trends that will be seen this fall is designer looks at affordable prices. College females in particular tend to wonder, “Why spend so much money on a cute outfit just to wear out on a Friday night?” Luckily in today’s world of fashion, there exist trendy looks for prices even broke college kids can afford. Designer looks can be found at everyone’s favorite store: Target. Following the past success of other designer collaborations, Alice Temperley, stylist for celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson and Mischa Barton, is the newest designer taking her turn at the mass merchandiser, by creating a line exclusively for Target. Her collection consists of the basic pieces women need for their fall wardrobes. Everything from ruffle front and jersey dresses, long wool sweaters, sailor pants, and stretch belts are all priced between $14.99 and $49.99. “I wanted to take ideas from the casual pieces and make them more accessible,” Temperley has said about her trendy line for Target. Her collection includes an array of everything we’re seeing that are “must haves” for fall, including twill jackets with jewels and belted waist dresses, jackets, and coats. With the help of Alice Temperley, women can look trendy and still have some extra cash for the weekends. Look for Temperley’s line in Target and starting Sept. 16. Another low priced fashion outlet to check out is at Steve and Barry’s. Most often noted as the destination store to find college apparel, the retailer is beginning to completely change its image by creating lines by celebrities. One of their most popular collections is Bitten by Sarah Jessica Parker. Parker created the low priced line that includes everything from tops and bottoms, shoes, and accessories, all retailing for under $20. Her catch phrase for the line sums up her creative image. “It is every woman’s inalienable right to have a pulledtogether stylish, confident wardrobe with money left over to live,” she declared. With everything under $20, even college students can afford trendy pieces. Steve and Barry’s has also teamed up with teen actress Amanda Bynes to create a slightly less mature line called Dear by Amanda Bynes. Geared toward a high school audience, the collection consists mostly of graphic T-shirts and mini skirts. Nonetheless, both of these retailers have hit the jackpot with providing trendy styles at affordable prices. Stop by and see the trends that will put wardrobes right on the mark for the fall season. Whether young, old, short, or tall, everyone is guaranteed a style that will work for them.

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Aug. 29, 2007



MSG president has Education students learn life big plans for ‘07-‘08 lessons on trip to California
By Shelley Turk Staff writer This summer, MSG President Marissa Starin was prepared for her first term in office. Mercyhurst students elected Starin into office at the end of Spring term in 2007. For the past three months, Starin has replied to emails, attended her first board meeting, gathered information and statistics for upcoming projects. Starin’s major concern is a lack of space for RSCO to hold meetings. “Walking into the meeting was intimidating, but everyone was welcoming and ready to begin another school year” she said. Starin presented important information to the board so proposals can be made to approach the situation. MSG is committed this year to take a “more active role” with RSCO. At the first MSG meeting, which will be held Monday Sept. 10 at 9:00 in the MSG chambers, each MSG representative will be responsible for a RSCO. Starin says this is a key step to help clubs become aware of the services MSG can provide to clubs, which include funding and equipment. A very strong concern of Starin and MSG is the Intramural Sports Program on campus. Starin is currently working with administrators to help the program reach its full potential. There are also makings of a softball program that will take place this fall term of 2007. At the end of last year MSG was approved for adding outdoor balls to the Recreation Center, including basketballs, By Amanda Antenucci Contributing writer This summer eight students from the Special Education Department accompanied by Dr. Richard O’Dell traveled to Santa Cruz, California to work hands on with children at Bridge School Institute. They worked directly with children with physical and communication disabilities, while absorbing technolog y and instruction experience. The program consisted of 90 hours of pre-instruction for the students through Mercyhurst assignments followed by 60 hours of direct training from the Bridge School. “The goal of the experience was to build a stronger connection between the child and the tools used to communicate with the child,” noted O’Dell. The lucky eight students who got to experience this educational trip were: Amanda Sandurak, Lauren Brant, Stacey Clark, Peter Glumac, Jenna Kuhn, Maureen Loftus, Megan Jovanovich, and Janine Pizzo. After nearly 18 months of planning and organizing, O’Dell and his students embarked on the trip for the first time in the department’s history. Arriving for the first day, “It was not what I expected at all,” said Janine Pizzo. “Once the trip was over, I

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Dr. O’Dell works with students at the Bridge School.

Marissa Starin

softballs, bocce ball and badminton. There may be some additions to the Recreation Center. “Students want TVs in the rec,” she said. “We’re working on a cardio theatre for the upcoming year.” Important events on this year’s agenda include Fall Fest, which will be held the weekend of Sept. 14, with a feature concert by Money Shot. The carnival themed event will have many games and inflatables to start the year off right. MSG also plans to be more active during homecoming and is looking forward to going out and meeting more people everyday. Although the summer did fly by Starin enjoyed it very much. “I came to the office, figured out what needed to be done and did it,” she said. Starin encourages students to come to an MSG meeting or stop up at the MSG offices in the Student Union. And be sure to keep an eye out for the campus wide surveys sent from the MSG body. Let your voice be heard on the changes you want to see.

realized that I learned more from these children than I ever could have taught them. It was a life changing experience.” Some other life lessons learned on the trip? “Not to judge a book by its cover and to treat people equally” is what Pizzo took away from it. Peter Glumac agreed. “I learned that my life has had an effect on the people there no matter what I think.” The Bridge School is an internationally acknowledged leader in the education of children with severe speech and physical impairments. Its mission is to make sure these special individuals can achieve full participation in their communities through alternative communication, technology applications and innovative life-long strategies. Their programs are unique

to any other schools, highly trained and skilled professionals as assistive instructors. The trip was an intensive twoweek experience from July 216, and was helped funded by a number of gracious sponsors. Truly, the fundraising helped the students great deal, as they otherwise would have been paying for the trip out of their own pockets otherwise. “A total of 25 to 30 contributors sponsored money donations ranging from $18 to 7,000,” said O’Dell. Next year, O’Dell hopes to have around eight or nine students travel with him to California. One he can potentially count on is Pizzo. “I would definitely recommend the trip to other people. It was a lot of work and a very long week but it was worth it. I may even go again next year.”

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Aug. 29, 2007

’Hurst welcomes new faculty members

Caesar Monteveccio

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Stephen Ousley

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Suzanne Godboldt

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Rondal Tomlison

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Dawn Wozneak

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By Sandy Watro Contributing writer Along with a bevy of new students, Mercyhurst will also welcome seven new educators to campus this fall. These instructors have backgrounds and expertises in various genres of concentration. Some of which subsequently coincide with some of Mercyhurst’s most popular, renowned and unique courses of study. Altogether, the anthropology and archaeology, business, criminal justice, hotel and restaurant management, religious studies, intelligence studies and music departments will receive new professors. The anthropology/archaeology department welcomes Dr. Stephen Ousley, a physical anthropologist. Ousley attended the University of Tennessee where he completed his graduate studies and earned a Master’s degree in anthropology. It was there that he teamed up with a few collegues to create the FORDISC project. FORDISC functions as computer software that identifies

and analyzes the components of human skeletal remains, specifically for the purpose of identifying sex and gender. Most recently he worked for nine years at the National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institution. There, he served in numerous departments and the largest osteological repatriation documentation program in the U.S. In the Criminal Justice department, Dr. Suzanne Godboldt, a previous resident of Nebraska, will join the staff. Godboldt recently graduated in 2007 with a Doctorate in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebrasaka, where she also taught courses. Her most recent studies were concluded in a dissertation, that focused on domestic violence and branched off to further elaborate upon the social disorganization theory and its relation to the repeated and cyclical effects of domestic violence on couples or partners. Dr. Godboldt also has a Master’s in criminal justice and criminology from Sam Houston State University, which is located in Texas, as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Florida

Southern College in Sociology and Criminology. Religious studies department newcomer Caesar Montevecchio enters the staff, recently from a position at Villa Maria Academy. Montevecchio, who is a local “Erieite,” also taught in Cambridge, Massachusetts at a Catholic high school. While living there he assisted in writing theology curriculum standards for secondary schools for the Boston Archdioese. He also attended the Harvard Divinity School and received a Master of Theological Studies degree, in addition to earning his B.A. in theology and psychology from Georgetown University. Musically, Mercyhurst will receive Dr. Rondal Scott Tomlison, who taught as a professor of musical studies at two colleges, located in Kansas and Indiana. He served as the assistant professor of music, head of music education, director of bands, jazz ensemble conductor, instrumental methods instructor and more. He earned a doctorate from the University of Missouri at

Columbia, a Master’s degree in music education from Murray State University and a Bachelor’s degree in music education from Eastern Kentucky University. On a different note, Dawn Wozneak is a returning member of the Mercyhurst community. She is an alumna who will teach for the intelligence studies department. She completed her Master’s degree in administration of justice along with a concentration in applied intelligence at Mercyhurst. She also acquired her Bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies and criminal justice at Fredonia. Ms. Wozneak also held positions as an intelligence analyst for the FBI, police officer positions at the Chautauqua and Jamestown police departments as well as a deputy sheriff position in the Chautauqua County Sheriff ’s Department. Each with his or her own specialty, the new faculty members will be a great addition to the staff at Mercyhurst. Overall, the Mercyhurst community welcomes and embraces these newcomers as vital, inter-

gral and interconnected spokes that will add to the unique and ever turning wheel, that symbolizes the community of Mercyhurst.

Not-so-funny Jim Carrey
NEW YORK - Jim Carrey has made a straight-to-YouTube video. And it’s not funny at all. The 45-year-old actor-comedian - in rare serious mode - appears in a new public service announcement on behalf of the Human Rights Action Center and the U.S. Campaign for Burma. The goal: To free Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been confined by the Burmese government for 11 of the last 17 years. “People around the world need to come to her aid.” Suu Kyi, who is under longterm house arrest in the city of Yangon, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her nonviolent efforts to bring down the oppressive military regime that rules over the Southeast Asian country.

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composers in the limelight. The company is now in residence at Mercyhurst under the direction of Assistant Chair of the music department Louisa Jonason. During the year voice performance students make up the company’s membership, but in the summer the members are typically education students and Mercyhurst alumni. In the summer members had an intense two-week long rehearsal schedule that served as their only preparation for the New York performance. Based on their review in the New York Times, two weeks worth of preparation and artistic dedication was long enough. According to the review, the best performances were by Jaqueline Edford, Dennis TeCulver, Kata Amatuzzo and Mark Donlin. The review also said that Matthew Makay, Nicole Marie Gasse, Rachel Myers, and Scott Spinnato made strong contributions. Jonason said that it is virtually unheard of for a college to be reviewed in New York City, and that the review of the Mercyhurst singers is a very big deal, especially in the music world. “Some professional singers only get five or six reviews in their entire career,” said Jonason. Jonason’s best guess is that


tHe Opera reviewed in New York Times BuZz
By Nicole Cerilli A&E editor
AUG. 29. Aly and A.J., Corbin Bleu, Drake Bell, Bianca Ryan. Plain Dealer Pavilion, Cleveland. AUG. 29. The Format. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. AUG. 31, SEPT. 1. Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean. Post-Gazette Pavilion, Burgettstown. AUG. 30. The Bangles. House of Blues, Cleveland. AUG. 30-31. Donny Osmond. Avalon Ballroom Theatre, Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ont. SEPT. 1. Hilary Duff. Darien Performing Arts Center, Darien Lake Theme Park, Darien Center, N.Y. SEPT. 2. Donny Osmond. Tower City Amphitheater, Cleveland. SEPT. 6. Romantics, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers. Thursday at the Square, Lafayette Square, Buffalo. Free. SEPT. 6. Taylor Hicks. Seneca Events Center, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, N.Y. SEPT. 7. The Killers. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. In June, the After Dinner Opera Company was reviewed in The New York Times for their performance of the opera “The Sin of Infidelity.” The opera was performed on June 11, 2007 at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater at Symphony Space in New York City. Most of the singers were students or recent graduates of Mercyhurst. Founded in 1950, the After Dinner Opera Company started as a showcase for American opera composers. The company’s original goal was to keep American opera

the provocative title of the opera, “The Sin of Infidelity,” is what drew attention to the singers. The performance was a collection of several one-act operas and short operatic scenes written by Seymour Barab. The New York Times wrote, “Nothing gets an opera moving like one of the seven deadly sins, and if you can make the sin comic rather than deadly, so much the better.” Mercyhurst audiences can look forward to an on-campus performance by the After Dinner Opera Company on Halloween when they perform “The Medium” on the PAC stage.

‘Deathly Hallows’ worth the anticipation
There was something strange and different about the summer of 2007. On the weekend of July 21, kids were not playing in the sun or escaping to the dark, cool caves of movie theaters. They were reading a book. To millions of fans this past summer was a Harry Potter enthusiast’s dream. The fifth movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” blasted into theatres around the world and most excitingly, the final and most anticipated installment of the seven-part Harry Potter series arrived. The books that had changed the face of literacy finally came to an end. At midnight on Friday, July 20, millions of people with
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lightning bolts on their foreheads and scarves of scarlet and gold around their necks waited anxiously to be the first to purchase a copy. J.K. Rowling’s seventh book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was fast-paced and incredibly addicting from the beginning. There were seven little but violent pieces of one’s soul to destroy, romances to rekindle. In addition there was vengeance to be claimed and a maniacally evil dark lord, that mades Darth Vader look like a pussy cat to defeat.

There were few breathers between the chapters to catch one’s bearings before the next life-altering event took place. Harry Potter, or more so J.K. Rowling, was swamped. Even though the book was close to 800 pages, there did not seem to be a novel long enough to quench the readers’ thirst for the last glimpse of Harry Potter’s world. J.K. Rowling has a gift for plot and the ability to keep a reader enthralled for 800 pages and then beg for more. All the nagging questions and bizarre theories fans have accumulated for nearly a decade were answered. Readers have undergone the same journey as Harry Potter throughout the entire series and in the final book the readers matured alongside him. The beauty of J.K. Rowling’s stories wass that the reader gets

to grow up with Harry Potter and vicariously experiences the weight and importance of doing what is right as opposed to what is easy. For those concerned about the ending of the book, do not go reaching for antidepressants just yet. Although a large box of tissues would probably be a smart investment. Rowling does not sugarcoat the magnitude of Harry Potter’s struggle, but she is not cruel. Truthfully the most depressing aspect of the book is that it is the last book in a cherished series. Therefore a final warning goes out to parents, teachers and therapists around the world. Beware, because an outbreak of post-Potter depression is sweeping the nation and, if you are lucky, you could be next.



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PAC announces a stellar season
By Nicole Cerilli A&E editor
The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center celebrates its tenth year with a new season. It’s here. Everything from Mexican folk dancing to jazz concerts will be performed on the PAC stage this year. While some artists will make their first appearance at Mercyhurst, others will be performing for a second time. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico performed at Mercyhurst in 1997. Now, ten years later, they will be back to dazzle Erie audiences with their folk dancing, lavish costumes and lively music once again. With the purchase of a ticket for the dance performance, complimentary Mexican food will be provided by the Mercyhurst Hotel and Restaurant Institutional Management Program. Ballet Folklorico de Mexico will perform Wednesday, Sept. 26. YAMATO, the popular Japanese Drummers, will make their encore appearance in November. Superhuman feats, rhythm, coordination and Japanese culture will combine to convey the drummers’ belief that the drum is the pulse of life. YAMATO will perform Nov. 3 and 4. In addition Pink Martini, a small retro orchestra, will make a return to the PAC stage. Pink Martini will bring their jazzy instrumentals, sultry vocals and world rhythms to the PAC stage March 2, 2008 when they perform “Rumbas and French Café Music.” Aside from the returning artists, there are several other exciting performances planned for 2007-08. Mark your calendars for April 4, 2008, when Eric Bibb and the Campbell Brothers Blues and Gospel group is scheduled to perform. This unique group grew up playing for services conducted by their father, Bishop Charles Campbell. Over the years the group evolved and their music began to attract the attention of international audiences. Now, the group’s African-American HolinessPentecostal repertoire consists of a blend of funk, blues, R&B and Jazz. The highlight of this performance is Grammy nominee Eric Bibb who will open the show. The Paul Taylor Dance Comapany, which is based in New York City, will dance at Mercyhurst Saturday, March 29, 2008. The dance company has been around for over 53 years, and has performed in more than 500 cities and 52 countries. The San Francisco Chronicle & Examiner said that “Paul Taylor is without question the greatest living American choreographer.” Another highlight of the season is something entirely new and different to the PAC. This year six operas will be broadcasted live to theaters around the world from the Metropolitan Opera House. “Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD” is made possible by ten high-definition cameras placed throughout the MET in New York City. Now, Mercyhurst will be able to view these broadcasts along with 325,000 other viewers around the world. Other than Mercyhurst, five additional colleges around the country will be able to experience the live MET performances, and most of those colleges are Ivy League. This year six live operas will be transmitted to Mercyhurst. They operas are “Romeo et Juliette,” “Manon Lescaut,” “Peter Grimes,” “Tristan und Isolde,” La Boheme” and “La Fille Du Regiment.” In addition to these featured peformances, a multitude of other artists are scheduled to appear on stage. The peformances in September will be by Lester Lynch and Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. The Oberlin Fortepiano Trio and the Hugo Wolf String Quartet will perform in October. YAMATO, the Japanese Drummers will be here early in the month of November. In December Mercyhurst students can look forward to the Dave Stevens Big Band Christmas Concert before the holiday break. The first concert in 2008 will be the Vienna in Erie New Year’s Day Concert. In February the Avishai Cohen Jazz Trio and Rebel Classical Baroque will both have concerts. Do not miss Pink Martini, Tommy Flemming or the Paul Taylor Dance Company in March. In the last stretch of the season in April, Eric Bibb and the Campbell Brothers will be at Mercyhurst. Overall it looks as though the Performing Arts Center has a spectacular array of shows in store for the tenth season. Tickets for these shows can be purchased throughout the year at the Mercyhurst Performing Arts Center box office.

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Liberties in a country where they are ensured, the Attorney General did much to develop legal tactics in the White House’s War on Terror, including allowing the treatment of terror suspects to the warrant less wire tapping surveillance program. Gonzales had openly reminded the U.S. Attorneys that they worked for President Bush. In truth members of the DOJ work for the American people by upholding the laws of the federal government. By choosing a career of public service, you ultimately choose to serve the public that pays your salary through taxes and elected the officials that put you in that position. By pursuing his various political policies Gonzales has helped to strengthen the power of the executive branch by giving the President added power over the Congress and the Supreme Court. The President has gained power by bypassing various congressional processes and international treaties to implement policy and power. In 2002 Gonzales dismissed the Geneva Conventions and deemed prisoners taken in Afghanistan were not deemed prisoners of war. As recently as January 2007 he petitioned for the limitation of habeus corpus, which allowed for the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens as enemy combatants. While it is important to implement and seek out people who are threats to America, the government must establish regulations that ensure civil liberties to private citizens and maintain the privacy that people expect. In recent testimonies about the firing of U.S. Attorneys, we have witnessed an actual conflict of branches, where the Executive branch is flexing its power and the Congressional has called their bluff. In his appearances before Congress, Gonzales has been suspected of lying under oath in various testimonies to the extent that his credibility is questioned. Often when a person reaches the extent of questionable credibility, a person’s character is degraded and essentially devalued.


Gonzales resigns, good for Americans in 2008
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
Monday morning Internet feeds and news channels were buzzing with the news of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ resignation from the Justice Department. His resignation from the Department of Justice comes at a time when Congress is out of session and Gonzales can claim he was not forced out of office by political pressure. Throughout his tenure in the Cabinet, and more recently, his credibility has been questionable and he has been known for his partisanship in the hiring and firing of Judicial Prosecutors in 2006. As the frontrunner for Civil While it is important to be loyal to the person who employed you, in this case President Bush, sometimes an individual should be sure what work they are doing and its effects on themselves. Overall Gonzales’s resignation signifies the power the executive branch has gained and the extensive route they have taken to reach aims on the infamous War on Terror. Ultimately, the replacement of Alberto Gonzales will have to weigh the low morale of the DOJ and hopefully resurrect the image of the U.S. government prior to 2008. If the recent administration and its secretaries are unable to reverse the role, the winner in 2008 will appear as a godsend to the American people.

Mendel’s clothes as elegant as his furs
NEW YORK - Gilles Mendel didn’t know he was at the right place at the right time when, 25 years ago, he was eating gefilte fish and a pastrami sandwich in Manhattan’s garment district. In fact, Mendel was feeling a little sorry for himself: He had come to the U.S. on a tourist visa with a dream that he would be the next featured French designer on Madison Avenue, envisioning his name up there with Hermes and Chanel. But no takers. Just days before he was to return home to Paris and the successful family fur business, he met one of his father’s business associates for lunch in an old Jewish restaurant and it changed his life.
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UFC know-it-alls
By Sean O’Reilly Contributing writer
It’s Saturday night. The Ultimate Fighting Championship 74 is on Pay-Per-View. I’m sitting at the bar enjoying myself watching the under-card fights at Buffalo Wild Wings, just waiting for the marquee bouts. And then the worst thing that could happen to an MMA fan happened. Hometown favorite Josh Koscheck, an Edinboro University graduate, entered the cage. Every person in the bar who had ever seen one minute of mixed martial arts fighting became an expert. A slew of drunken comments on how he was going to pummel his opponent as his career heads to the top began. In reality if they knew anything about his opponent Georges St. Pierre (GSP), former welterweight champion, they would have had the same doubts about Koscheck as I did. Needless to say GSP took Koscheck down repeatedly, beating the former wrestler at his own game of ground and pound. Coupled with St. Pierre’s several submission attempts, he earned an unanimous win. Among the boos and jeers from the crowd, I couldn’t help but laugh. To exist in the MMA world, fighters like Koscheck can only go so far. His skill set is not suited for the full contact arena. Koscheck was undefeated until that Saturday, but if you look at his previous fights, most have been won in the same way. He is an expert at taking people to the mat and controlling them there. Yet his skill set lacks one vital component that any mixed martial artist must have: the ability to fight on his back. It’s made or broken many fighters’ careers.

The Good The Bad

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The football team won its first game of the season against Kentucky State. The homicide in 3810 Briggs, apt. 6, that happened over two weeks ago. The monstrous green barricade called a fence that is surrounding the new recreation center between Lewis and Briggs avenues. punches that he has spent little time on his back. Wrestling is a great tool for mixed martial artists. It teaches the ability to successfully take down an opponent and gain a dominant position. Relying solely on wrestling ability with some striking can only take one so far when it comes to the big show. The ability to adapt your training is the key that Koscheck needs to excel. He learned this the hard way as he stared up at the lights while a well-versed fighter beat him at his own game and handed him his first loss.

The Ugly

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PSAC better off in the long run for ’Hurst
By Chris Davis Sports Editor
In almost anything that one does, there is one solution that turns out better than another. A small, Catholic college in Erie, Pa., is looking to make changes for the finest college athletes in town. Mercyhurst College will be moving a large majority of its athletic teams to a new conference in Fall 2008. This new conference, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) just like any other, has major advantages and disadvantages. Of the research I have done, I came to the conclusion that many student athletes believe that it will be the better conference. Almost 63 percent of the Mercyhurst athletes surveyed believe that moving to the PSAC would be a better fit for Mercyhurst. Twenty-six percent believe that the move will be a downgrade because of the weaker teams that make up the PSAC. The remaining members surveyed did not know enough about either conference to make a decision. The downside of negatives moving to the PSAC includes moving many of the teams into a weaker conference. Playing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matched many of the Lakers’ teams up against the best competition in Division II. Moving this conference will mean we will not play these teams unless we meet them in a tournament or playoff game. Another negative about switching conferences may mean less out-of-state athletes. A major reason why some of the athletes decided to come here from out-of-state is that they would have the opportunity to return to their home state. Some advantages will include less time on buses; some long drives are brutally tiring. From my own experience, being on a bus for more than eight hours can make any person exhausted. Athletes will not have to miss as many classes, making professors happier. In the past students have missed three class days in a given week because of these long trips. When you only have 11 weeks of class, the more classes a student misses, the more behind he or she falls. Another advantage is that the team may get an opportunity to win more conference championships. I feel the PSAC will give teams a better chance to win because they won’t be playing big schools. Another reason the conference will be much improved is because the team will be moving into a different region and playing more schools from this area. One final reason that this new conference will be extremely successful for Laker athletics is that we will still continue to defeat Gannon in every sport. We must wait till next season for all these conference changes to happen and though I will probably no longer be here to see them, as I will hopefully graduate.

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By Kirk Campbell Contributing writer
On June 27, Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble announced the school’s acceptance to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Mercyhurst will be a fulltime member of the PSAC beginning in the 2008-09 season. This season marks the 13th and final year the Lakers will be member of the Michigan-based Great Lakes Interscholastic Athletic Conference (GLIAC). “This move provides benefits for our studentathletes, coaches and administration,” Gamble said. “We already have developed great rivalries with some of the PSAC members, such as Edinboro and IUP, and we anticipate this move to enhance that across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” Seventeen of the 25 varsity sports are affected by the switch of conference. The teams making the move for the GLIAC to the PSAC are baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis and women’s volleyball. Men’s and women’s hockey, lacrosse, men’s and women’s rowing, men’s and women’s water polo and men’s volleyball will remain in their same conferences. “Being able to play games closer to home allows us to have larger crowds and shorter away trips,” said Matt McCall, a member of the Laker football team. “The switch will bring new excitement to all of our athletic programs.” The average trip to a GLIAC school is 427 miles, whereas the switch to the PSAC shortens trips to an average of 246 miles. Mercyhurst’s Sports Information Department estimates the college will save $250,000 a year on travel expenses by switching to the PSAC. The distance of travel not only saves money for Mercyhurst but it also prevents student-athletes from missing as many classes from being a member of the GLIAC. Mercyhurst is not the only school making the change. Gannon will join the PSAC for 2008-09, which brings the PSAC total to 16 full-time members. The PSAC has made several changes toward offering scholarships. Previously the PSAC had restrictions on how many scholarships were allowed per school but with the addition of Mercyhurst and Gannon, two private schools, the restrictions will be lifted. The PSAC will now offer 125 athletic scholarships instead of the previous 70. “Joining the PSAC is not only great for the college but great for the student-athletes,” said Zac Wild a member of the Laker football team. “Being from Pennsylvania I now will be able to play against some of my high school friends, while being a member of the GLIAC I have not had that chance.” The PSAC, now with 16 fulltime members, is tied for the second largest conference in Division II athletics; the Gulf South Conference has 17.

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Junior Haley Brochu prepares a shot against a Mansfield defender during the team’s overtime loss at Tullio Field.

Field hockey suffers sudden-death loss
By Chris Davis Sports editor
There is an old saying that great teams know how to win big games. In field hockey it is no different, as No. 8 Mansfield found a way to defeat Mercyhurst as it scored the sudden death goal in overtime to defeat the Lakers 2-1 on Saturday in the home opener at Tullio Field. Although the game deciding goal came in the final seconds of the contest, Mercyhurst head Coach Stacey Gaudette believed the team enhanced its play during the course of the game. “Our young team showed fight against one of the top teams in the country,” she said. “We started off a little on the sloppy side, but improved considerably throughout, and even though we didn’t get the big W, I am very proud with the progress that was made as the game went on.” After Mercyhurst fell behind 1-0 the team continued to fight and tied the score 1-1 with 2:21 showing on the clock in the first half. Freshman Sara Wowkowych, who has already received the nickname ‘Wow’ from her coach and teammates, wowed the crowed as she slipped a pass across the center of the goal to Brittany Jeffords. Jeffords finished strong to tie the score which silenced the Mansfield spectators after gaining an early lead. It was the first goal for Jeffords as a Laker and the first assist Wowkowych has had. Gaudette announced that senior Erin Kelleher, who has been a starter the past three seasons, has been named the captain. “I feel because of her hard work she deserves to be the team captain,” she said. In the first half Mansfield controlled the ball for a large portion of the period, as they attempted nine shots and seven penalty corners. Mercyhurst on the other hand only was able to take three shots. As the weather started to heat up Mercyhurst picked up their game. The Lakers not only controlled ball possession during the second half, but also outshot the Mountaineers 7-6 in the second half. In goal Jennifer Coleman was solid for Mercyhurst. In making her first career start, she kept the game tied by making save after save. Mercyhurst travels to North Carolina this weekend where they will take on Catawba on Saturday and Division I Davidson on Sunday.



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Women’s soccer starts season with victory
By Stephen Duggan Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst women’s soccer team finished the 2006 season with an astounding 16-4-0 record, earning a spot in the NCAA playoffs. With the loss of only four players through graduation, the Lakers have most of their starting line-up returning from last year. Most notable of last year’s seniors included Finella Annand, named second team All American, and Lisa Casement, first team All Region and a consistent source of goals for the Lakers. Coach Dale White has recruited five new players to an experienced team with hopes of going to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The team’s home record in 2006 was perfect, winning all nine contests on Mercyhurst soil. They lost four games on the road, which is where the team looks to improve in 2007. The team began its season this week with two games on the road. The first of these two games served as a chance for the Lakers to settle a score with Indianapolis, the team that ended their NCAA playoff run last year. The Lakers showed just how much they have improved since that game last November and beat the No. 16 ranked team in the nation 2-1. Last year’s leading scorer Sarah Powell, who registered 18 goals and 10 assists, showed that she continues to be a threat to the opposition. She had three shots on the day, two of which found the back of the net. Her first goal came early as Mercyhurst put pressure on the Greyhounds’ defense right from the start. The Lakers were rewarded as Powell scored an unassisted goal nine minutes into the game. Seven minutes later Mercyhurst had doubled their advantage and again it was Powell who scored from an assist by sophomore Karla Vogt. Indianapolis staged a comeback scoring after 33 minutes but the Mercyhurst defense tightened up and held out for the win. The 1-0 Lakers then continued their road trip to play Quincy on Sunday. This was another opportunity for the ladies to beat a nationally team. Quincy had defeated the Lakers 2-1 in last year’s season opener. This year’s game looked to follow suit when Jenna Boyko put the Hawks 1-0 up after 11 minutes of play. The lead would not last too long as Mercyhurst found the net five minutes later. Powell took her personal tally to three goals in the first two games of the season as she knocked in a Lindsey Meyers corner kick to level the game at one. This scoreline lasted until the 73rd minute when senior Jacque Sluga scored on a header with assists from Braedyn Ordway and Jamie Schroter, which gave the Lakers momentum. The lead was cut down 16 seconds later, as the Hawks sent the game into overtime. Quincy then ended the contest with a goal scored by Becky Flaming off a rebound. Senior Jacque Sluga believes the team is coming together. “I thought we played really well together, the new players gelled well with the returning players,” she said. “We’re a little disappointed not to come out of the weekend at 2-0 but we can build on this weekend’s games.” The Lakers then traveled to Tiffin on Tuesday and shutout the Dragons 3-0 to improve their record to 2-1. Powell added her team high fourth goal of the season to help lead the Lakers to victory. The Lakers travel to Kansas City, Ill. on Sunday to play against Rockhurst in a non-conference contest.

Men’s soccer looks to build on last season’s success
By Katie Waldin Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst men’s soccer team has returned this year with high hopes for the 2007 season. After a disappointing loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year, the returning players are eager to get back on the field and prove that they have what it takes to build on their success from the previous season. With 12 new additions, the young team looks to develop players and utilize the different talents and strengths brought to the field by new faces. “Although there are many new, young players this year, we are looking forward to a his Mercyhurst soccer career this year as the only senior on the team. His experiences from previous years and his leadership on and off the field are important to the team this season. Seven freshmen will join the Mercyhurst soccer team this year with fresh outlooks and great determination to make an impact on the team. Along with the seven freshmen, four other new faces from all different corners of the world (Canada, Ireland and Honduras) will be joining the men’s team. These new players have meshed well with the team and helped lead to two ties and one win during their pre-season. This past weekend Mercyhurst held the first game of the season at home where the Lakers suffered a 2-1 loss in overtime against Southern Indiana University. Although the game was played well for 90 minutes, the Eagles were able to slip in one last goal to take the game in overtime. After a hard loss to Southern Indiana the team came around and tied Kentucky Wesleyan on Sunday 1-1. Despite their first game loss the Lakers are keeping their heads up, as they look forward to entering the rest of their season as the 25th nationally ranked team in the country. Mercyhurst travels to Seton Hill today and then heads to Illinois to play Rockhurst on Sunday at 1:30 p.m..

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Mercyhurst’s Kurt Young (6) attempts a shot as Tyler Emerick (9) looks on.

successful season with the boys,” said asssistant coach Dale White. “There is a lot of talent and ability within the new play-

ers but with only one senior returning this year the younger players are going have to step up and work hard.” Kyle Jackson will finish off

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yard touchdown pass to Aaron Haynes with 14:09 left on the clock in the fourth quarter. The offense was led by Phillis, who threw for 170 yards and one touchdown. Jennings was able to rush for 75 yards and one touchdown. The receiving core stayed strong as well with Brandon Hill netting 51 yards and Aaron Haynes adding one touchdown reception. The defense forced four turnovers from the Kentucky State offense. Leading the way on defense was Zac Wild with eight tackles, three for a loss and one forced fumble. The Lakers are extremely excited about their season opening victory as it marks the first time in three years that the Lakers have won their season opener. Steve Kindler stated, “We started off slow but picked up the offense in the second half.


Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
This week’s results...
Football...................................Aug. 25, W 21-6, Kentucky State Men’s soccer................Aug. 24, L 2-1 (2OT), Southern Indiana Aug. 26, T 1-1 (2OT), Kentucky Wesleyan Women’s soccer............................Aug. 24, W 2-1, Indianapolis Aug. 26, L 3-2, Quincy Field hockey........................................ Aug. 25, L 2-1, Mansfield Women’s volleyball..........Aug. 24, W 3-0, Alderson- Broaddus Aug. 24, W 3-1, Houghton Aug. 25, L 3-0, Westmont (Calif.) Aug. 25, W 3-0, Point Park

Football wins on the road
By Kyle Craig Contributing Writer
Two-and-a-half weeks of grueling conditioning and blazing Erie heat and humidity could not prepare even the toughest NFL players for what Mercyhurst had to face Friday in Kentucky. With the mercury reaching an unbelievable 92 degrees, the football team did not only have to battle Kentucky State but also the elements. Even through the elements, the offense was quickly able to strike first with a 25-yard run for a touchdown by Ben Jennings that capped off an impressive six-minute drive. The defense was able to stave off Kentucky State until the offense put the game away with a 13-yard touchdown run by Richard Stokes. The final dagger was placed when Mitch Phillis threw a 32-

Athletes of the week
Junior defensive end Zac Wild was a big reason why Mercyhurst held Kentucky State without an offensive touchdown in a 21-6 win in the team’s season opener. Wild came up huge as he had eight tackles, with four being for loss, two sacks, three quarterback hurries and a forced fumble on the afternoon. His play not only helped Mercyhurst get there first road victory since 2005, but also he helped them snap a three-year losing streak in season openers. Sarah Powell scored three goals in two games, helping Mercyhurst women’s soccer to a win over No. 16 Indianapolis in the season opener. Powell had both goals as the Lakers beat Indianapolis 2-1 Friday and then added another goal in the team’s 3-2 overtime loss to No. 22 Quincy Sunday. Powell, an All-GLIAC member in 2006, has scored 38 goals in 42 games during her career as a Laker.

It was our defense who really stepped up allowing for good field position for the offense.” Phillis added, “The offense was able to control the second half due to the offense line opening up holes for the running game.” The Lakers hope to carry their momentum and solid defense into their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener vs. Northwood on Saturday. The Lakers were to accomplish this with a plus three differential in the turnover battle. “As a team we need to remain focused on our goals, which are keeping turnovers on offense down while stepping up on defense,” added Phillis. Look for the Lakers to be a solid contender in this year’s chase for the GLIAC crown. The Lakers will try to begin conference play this Saturday, as they take on Northwood.

Volleyball takes second place
By Christine Mersch Contributing Writer
The Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team found themselves overwhelmed with positive notes at the end of last season when they defeated GLIAC opponent Wayne State in their final match. Led by third-year coach Ryan Patton, Julie Butler and Jenna Matson will be leading the team as captains. Patton explained their impact on this year’s squad. “Jenna and Julia have a lot of wins in their background, going back to their years playing high school volleyball. They use their experience and winning history to lead our team,” he said. “Our seniors are reliable and have been since the coaching change three years ago. They have provided a steady influence on our program. As a coach, it’s rewarding to see them at their best.” Already making a valuable impact on the court is outside hitter Kendall Ashworth, who, following her first collegiate action, was named to the all-tournament team this past weekend at the Roberts Wesleyan Tournament in Rochester. Mercyhurst opened the tournament defeating Alderson-Broaddus 30-28, 30-28, 30-24 before defeating Houghton 33-31, 26-30, 30-19, 30-26. The second day consisted of the Lakers defeating Point Park 30-26, 30-28, 30-17 before losing to Westmont 30-28, 30-20, 30-26 in the finals. Based on the team’s second place tournament finish Patton commented, “Right now we are a significantly better team then we were last spring.” With all the pieces starting to fit, this year’s squad will hopefully see more wins in the GLIAC and earn much success. The Lakers are back in action tonight in their home opener against Indiana (PA) beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the MAC.

Football named team of the week
The Laker football team opened its season with a 216 road victory over the Kentucky State Thorobreds on Saturday. As a team, Mercyhurst forced four turnovers and held the Kentucky Wesleyan offense without a score, giving up only a punt return touchdown.

Mercyhurst names new directors of athletics
Earlier this summer Pete Russo announced his retirement as Director of Athletics (AD). Craig Barnett, the Associate Director of Athletics, was named the new AD. Tony Cipollone was named Associate Director of Athletics and resigned his duties as the head wrestling coach. Sarah Headley also added the title of assistant director of athletics.



Aug. 29, 2007

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