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SEPT. 5, 2007
Vol. 81 No. 2
AlcoholEdu could help curb the binge before it starts >> page 2
Mercyhurst OneCard adds new locations; beneﬁts help students >> page 3
Clean up that mess!
Tips on keeping a spotless apartment >> page 6
What’s Inside Police log..........2 I HEART Erie......5 The Buzz...........9 Quick hits........15
Sept. 5, 2007
Students sober up with AlcoholEdu
Freshmen, transfer students required to take online course
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
With the start of a new school year, some students may have their priorities in order. Others may have their drink orders ready. In order to help curb the latter, the Ofﬁce of Residence Life is making sure students sober up with an online course. Mercyhurst College Director of Residence Life and Assistant Vice President of Student Life Laura Zirkle said her ofﬁce’s largest means of reaching students about alcohol is through AlcoholEdu. Associate Director of Residence Life Justin Ross said AlcoholEdu is an educational course that makes students aware of alcohol in college. “(It’s) an online interactive education course part of the alcohol, abuse, and prevention plan (at Mercyhurst),” he said. “It is used by over 500 colleges and universities including the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Yale in an effort to educate students to encourage them to make the best decisions about alcohol.” According to Director of Marketing and Communication Erika Tower for Outside the Classroom, the company that runs AlcoholEdu, the program is entirely science based and not opinionated. Tower said the course is made to “…help reinforce information and prevent problems before they occur.” Ross said the course is a requirement for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. According to Ross, freshmen take AlcoholEdu for College, program,” states the survey. Students, however, have mixed opinions on the course. Freshman Joe Krjcik said the course would help him make better decisions. “Hopefully (the course) will deter you and explain the bad (alcohol) will do to your body,” he said. Freshman Alicia Grosso said the program more than likely won’t change her opinion. “It’s a little too late for some people (to learn about alcohol),” she said. “Others tried alcohol already so it needs to be taught when you’re younger.” Freshman Anthony Terry agreed. “I think (learning about alcohol) comes from your background and how you were raised,” he said. Sophomore Amelia Carland, who took the course last year, said the program did not sway her opinion on alcohol. “A lot of the information I already knew,” she said. “A lot was common sense for us, so it was repetitive.” Sophomore Ben Jennings, who also took the course, agreed with Carland. “Most of the info on there I learned before that,” he said. “And throughout the course, it seemed redundant.” Sophomore Krystal Johnson said she doesn’t drink alcohol, but found the course somewhat educational. “It helped me on some things, but I don’t think it would sway me one way or the other,” she said. Ross said the program offers the chance for students to make good choices about alcohol. “This is the cornerstone of our alcohol, abuse, and prevention program,” said Ross. “I hope people take the message to heart and make the best decisions.” Zirkle agreed. “We want to give the message that being careful and making healthy choices sticks,” she said. For more information, students can access the AlcoholEdu Web site at http:// college.alcoholedu.com.
AlcoholEdu Web site
Freshmen and transfer students will begin the two-part, online AlcoholEdu course on Sept. 9.
which is a 3.5-hour course in two parts. Part one of the course will start on Sept. 9, and freshmen have 10 days to complete the online course, said Ross. Ross said part one of the course consists of two surveys and one ﬁnal exam that all freshmen must pass with a 75 percent or better. Thirty days after completion of part one, Ross said, part two will begin. According to Ross, part two is a survey that must be completed by Oct. 19. Ross said AlcoholEdu for College is different from AlcoholEdu for Sanctions, which students must take on their ﬁrst alcohol offense. “AlcoholEdu for College is a course that is a broad overview for incoming students,” Ross said. “AlcoholEdu for Sanctions focuses more on the decision to drink and what to do now that you got in trouble.” According to a 2005 survey conducted by Outside the Classroom, AlcoholEdu for College effectively engages
students, consistently increases practical knowledge and protective behaviors, motivates students to change behavior, undermines the college “effect,” and decreases negative consequences. The survey states, “90 percent of students paid attention to the program, 70 percent would recommend it to other students, and 62 percent said that AlcoholEdu stimulated them to talk with their friends about drinking patterns, behaviors, and traditions on their campuses.” The AlcoholEdu for College survey also states that students who took the course were less likely to face consequences. “An independent, thirdparty analysis of all PopulationLevel Prevention results with AlcoholEdu for College in academic year 2003-2004 concluded that students who completed AlcoholEdu reported 50 percent fewer negative health, social, and academic consequences related to drinking than students who had yet been exposed to the
Police and Safety Log
Harassment Preston Hall August 27 Case closed Controlled Substance 611 East 38th St. August 30 Pending investigation Criminal Mischief Parking Lot #17 August 30 Case closed Liquor Law Violation 3807 Briggs Apartments August 31 College disicipline Liquor Law Violation 3827 Briggs Apartments September 1 College discipline Liquor Law Violation 3909 Briggs Apartments September 1 College discipline
Sept. 5, 2007
OneCard offers it all to ’Hurst students
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
Whether you are hungry, printing a last-minute assignment, coming home late at night or checking out a movie at the library the OneCard is there for you. John Patterson, OneCard supervisor said, “The one card is the tool to access all of the services that the school provides to you.” “Students use the OneCard for door access, an ID card, the library, a meal plan or spending money. The card is designed for use by any students, not just freshmen.” Students should realize that the card is set up as a debit card, which means that they must apply cash or a check to their accounts before they can be used. A meal plan or dining dollars can be applied to a student’s account to be used at foodservices on campus. Board meals cannot be converted to cash; they must be spent at the Galley, Laker Express, Sub Connection, or Egan Cafeteria during board hours. throughout the community. A list of vendors may be viewed http://lakernet.mercyhurst.edu/ departments/one-card/vendors. php. In addition, vendors that will soon be accepting the OneCard include Quaker Steak and Lube, Applebee’s, Boston’s, Steak ‘n Shake, Johnson & Flick Tire & Automotive Service Centers, Hair Raizerz Progressive Salon and three locations of Country Fair. Sophomore Patricia Sanders said, “I think it’s very good that Mercyhurst is doing this for students. It will help promote our college name around the city.” Junior Tim Knecht agreed. “I think that the one card has many advantages. It allows students a chance to leave campus to go out to local stores and restaurants. The OneCard gives students more choices as to where to eat. Vendors are getting our business and we are getting the chance to eat and shop elsewhere than the cafeteria.” Patterson said that he would like to have an opportunity for students to become more aware of the vendors available to them. Students who choose to participate in the Student Advantage program pay a one-time fee of $35 to receive four years of the service. The Student Advantage program offers discounts to over 20,000 national vendors and will soon offer over 20 new local businesses in addition to the 20 local businesses which already participate. For more information on the Student Advantage program students may visit the OneCard ofﬁce or http://www.studentadvantage.com/discountcard/. “The Student Advantage card used to be a separate card, but it is now printed on the back of the OneCard,” Patterson said. “If you happen to lose it, we will issue you a new number and print a new one.” If students lose or damage their OneCard, a $15 fee applies and the OneCard ofﬁce will print a new card. Patterson and the OneCard staff are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. to assist with students needs.
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The OneCard acts as an all-access pass to the campus as well as the community.
“Freshmen may only use one board meal during each dining period,” Patterson said. “If they need additional food, they may use dining dollars. Upperclassmen can use multiple boards when at a meal.” Dining dollars may be used at any of the above foodservices only. They are not to be used at vending machines, the bookstore, the library, or any coffee bars. Students can also use the OneCard as identification for access to the ﬁtness center, at campus events and Wednesday movies, or any other instance on campus when identiﬁcation is required.
Each student receives $16.70 on his or her OneCard per term to be used at print stations at the library and in the student union lobby. If the value is not used, it will not carry over to the next term. Students will also need to check out items from the library with their OneCard. “If a student runs out of prints,” Patterson explained, “there are stations where $1, $5, $10 and $20 can be added to the card.” Campus cash or LakerLoot can be used to purchase food on campus, items in any on-campus vending machines, items at the bookstore or items at businesses
Miss New York alumni of Mercyhurst, to compete for Miss America
By Scott Matta Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst community was fortunate enough to claim an alumnus as Miss New York. Elisabeth Baldanza, a 23-yearold graduate from Oneonta, was crowned Miss New York earning the opportunity to travel the country, share her message, and compete in the Miss America pageant in January. “It is weird,” Baldanza explained. “I think that you should be talking about someone else. It is especially strange when my friends say it. I’m just Lissa!” During her time here at Mercyhurst, she was an RA under Joe Howard who was ecstatic for Baldanza when he heard the news. “When looking at someone to role model for younger girls, Lissa ﬁts that to the T,” assured Howard. Howard was shocked when he heard that she was even in the pageant, yet was not surprised that she was chosen as the best candidate to represent New York. He described Baldanza as very emotionally mature as well as authentic and genuine. Howard also remembers her coordinating a service project with her residents raising money to purchase livestock for families in developing nations. The project emphasized Baldanza’s leadership capabilities and passion for helping and serving others. At this point, Baldanza is traveling across the country making appearances and giving talks concerning her platform for the pageant. In the next few months, she will be appearing in Los Angeles to shoot a video with the other contestants of Miss America which will showcase the lives of the girls. “The competition was a great learning experience as I was able to make myself a better person,” said Baldanza Baldanza worked hard on a platform to present at the New York competition as well as the Miss America pageant. “In today’s culture many young women and men are watching celebrities and seeing how materialistic they portray happiness,” Baldanza explained. “The one thing I would say to all the girls reading this is that we shouldn’t ﬁnd our value in superﬁcial things. “A true sense of personal worth comes from developing our character and serving others. I feel that when an individual can positively impact someone else’s life, that gives value to their own life.” The Miss America pageant will be broadcasted live on Saturday, January 26.
Sept. 5, 2007
Sophomore housing takes over North Briggs Avenue
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Mercyhurst College sophomores may soon dominate North Briggs Avenue. According to Associate Director of Residence Life Justin Ross, the area currently labeled as “North Briggs” will become a sophomore-only living area. The area starts with 3924 and 3926 Briggs Avenue and runs north to 611 and 613 E. 38th St. Ross said the Residence Life Ofﬁce has worked on the almostcomplete project since 2003. Ross noted the reason for the area’s creation is due to the needs of sophomores. “A lot of research shows that students in their sophomore year still need a lot of help,” he said. Ross emphasized that the second year of college is a big transition from freshmen residence halls to upperclassmen apartments. “A lot of places you go from residence hall to residence hall,” he said. “Here it’s to apartments.” According to Ross, the Residence Life Office will assist sophomores in the transition by creating resident assistant-led programs that teach sophomores more independent living. One program includes cooking, Ross said. “Through programming by the RAs, they learn not to burn the chicken,” Ross said. Ross said as more programs develop, the Residence Life Ofﬁce will try to work with other departments such as career services in order to focus programs for sophomores. Assistant Director of Residence Life and director of the sophomore area Sean O’Neill said North Briggs will branch off of the freshman-area model. “We have to look at sophomores from a developmental perspective,” said O’Neill. Ross said the area is split into upper sophomore area and lower sophomore area due to its size. He also said each area is assigned a hall director similar to the freshman area. Ross said he wants North Briggs to become a community away from other upperclassmen. “Sophomores lose a sense of community moving in with juniors and seniors,” he said. “(This area) serves the sophomores, like the freshmen, independently.” Ross said this year sophomores could opt out of living in the area, but most still decided to live on North Briggs. “As of now it’s not mandatory, but a majority of sophomores still live in sophomore housing,” said Ross. Sophomores that currently live in the area have mixed opinions. Sophomore John Baranowski said having an all-sophomore area is key to making friends. “We know all the people,” he said. “You get more friendships that way.” Sophomore Paige Nelson agreed. “In the (sophomore) area, you ﬁnd more people who have the same classes as you,” she said. Sophomore Maeve McGoff said she does not agree with sophomore housing. “I like it, but it makes me feel more watched because you go outside an apartment and the RAs are there,” she said. “You’re a supposed to feel like an adult, but I feel more and more watched upon.” Ross said the Ofﬁce of Residence Life wants the area to serve the sophomores. “(The sophomore area) is easier for sophomores to get the kind of housing they want,” he said.
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The Erie City Police Department are now ticketing cars this week on Briggs and Lewis avenues.
By Abby Grasinger Staff writer
The City of Erie has begun ticketing cars parked illegally on Briggs and Lewis avenues. Warnings were placed on cars violating trafﬁc and safety laws last week to prepare students. “We placed them so students are wary of signs,” said Mercyhurst College Police and Safety Chief Ken Sidun about the warning slips. All tickets carry a ﬁne of $25, said Sidun. The tickets are issued for violations such as parking too close to ﬁre hydrants and crosswalks, as well as cars parked facing the wrong direction. Many students, however, are unsatisﬁed about parking. “Mercyhurst police and safety should be taking care of the violations because we are students of this college” said senior Natalie Canikk. Students are also ﬁnding the regulations such as the switching of vehicles from one side of the road to the other on Tuesdays. Senior Kevin Burns ﬁnds the Tuesday switch annoying. “I ﬁnd it cumbersome to keep track of all the violations and schedules,” he said. To help avoid a ticket, Sidun said students can park in Antonio’s parking lot diagonal from CVS. The lot is free of charge, he said.
Mercyhurst residence halls, apartments to go wireless
By Amy Zielinski News editor
Landline Internet is soon out the window. Wireless Internet will hit Mercyhurst College shortly, but it will take about the wait of dial up. About 100 access points are going to be available to all on-campus residents by the end of December. Director of Information Technology Patricia Benekos said the change came after Mercyhurst administrators saw a need for wireless Internet in student housing. “The administration thought it was a high priority for students,” said Benekos. Many people at Mercyhurst have been working on the more than $100,000 project all summer, she said. According to Benekos, Mercyhurst administration helped foot the bill. Network Specialist for Mercyhust College Gary DiPietro said a lot of work was involved in the process. “It was a major project that we spent a lot of time on – it will always be a continuous process that we are tweaking and reﬁning,” he said. Junior Meghan Reese said going wireless will beneﬁt students. “Having wireless Internet makes it a lot more convenient and students will have more options where they would like to do work,” she said. Sophomore Daniel Scutella agreed. “It’s a really good idea,” he said. “When it’s a nice day, you can go to a park bench, rather than a room with white walls.” Benekos and DiPietro have worked out a lot of the bugs, but now it’s just a question of getting the Internet up and running. “Once we’re ﬁnished, the idea is you’re not tied to a cable and wall connection,” said Benkos.
Sept. 5, 2007
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Delicious food and historic decor at Pufferbelly
taurant and specializes in soup, salad and sandwiches. The owners, Bruce and Mary Ellen Hemme, have decided the new undertaking caters to those that want fast, quality food at an affordable price. Reservations for your dining experience can be made and, of course, carry out is available. The restaurant also has an outside patio dining area that is used when weather permits. The Pufferbelly Restaurant is a great experience when looking for wonderful food and good conversation about historical Erie and ﬁreﬁghters in the late 1800s. For more information visit the The Pufferbelly website at www.thepufferbelly.com.
Like peas in a pod, nothing goes better with spaghetti than meatballs. This recipe is a ﬂavorful twist on an Italian classic. Like most recipes, spice to taste and experiment with new cheeses and ﬂavors. A few things to keep in mind to save your meatballs from sticking include: watching the heat of your skillet and the amount of olive oil in your pan.
Salt and pepper are optional for this recipe and are used for taste. For a healthy addition to the Italian dish you could prepare whole wheat pasta. The great thing about these meatballs is that the leftovers do not have to go to waste. They make an excellent meatball sub for lunch the next day. Just melt some cheese and enjoy. -Meghan Dolney
Nestled in the heart of downtown Erie, The Pufferbelly Restaurant is a historic landmark. The restaurant, named after steam pumpers and engines of the late nineteenth century, is housed in a 1908 renovated ﬁrehouse. Artifacts and photographs of the original building and ﬁremen line the walls of the reasonably priced restaurant. Located at the corner of Fourth and French streets, the restaurant’s menu plays along with the ﬁrehouse façade, promoting sides including “Firehouse Chili with Cheese” and
“Engine House Potatoes.” The atmosphere of the restaurant is cozy and inviting with lit candles on each table. Pufferbelly also has bar and lounge rooms attached to the restaurant that cater to guests with a full wine list and other libations. A specialty of The Pufferbelly is the “all you can eat” Sunday brunch that includes made-to-order omelets and other breakfast and lunch favorites. All are affordable prices, starting at $14.95 for adults. Recent additions to the Erie original eateries include The French Street Café. The café is located directly next to The Pufferbelly Res-
2 lbs. ground beef 1 clove garlic 1 small, chopped onion 5 pcs. bread, soaked in milk 2/3 cup bread crumbs 2 eggs 1/3 cup Italian cheese Pinch of parsley Pinch of basil Pinch of oregano
Directions 1.) Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl (using your hands works the best) until everything is mixed together very well. 2.) Shape the mixture into balls and brown them in the skillet with some olive oil. 3.) After they are browned, bake all of the meatballs at 350 degrees for about 30-45 minutes, depending on the size that you made them.
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Year: Senior Hometown: Erie, PA Major: Elementary/Special Education Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: Trimesters! Least favorite thing: Limited amount of parking What you did all summer: I was in Costa Rica for a lot of the summer, volunteering at an orphanage in a small town. I took a couple classes at Veritas University, which was located in San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. I also participated in a lot of extreme activities, including bungee jumping off of a 265 ft. bridge, kayaking to a small remote island, and hiking to a gorgeous waterfall.
Sept. 5, 2007
Messy and boring dorm rooms can easily be brought to life.
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Dorm decor 101
By Allie Miniri Staff writer
As a new school year begins at the ’Hurst, another year of campus living is here, as well. With a few inexpensive innovations, you can easily turn your dorm room into a great place to sleep, study, and create some of the best memories the next couple years are going to bring. Be creative and let your room make a statement about who you are. The best way to make a dorm room your own is to have bright and inviting colors. A dark room often causes drowsiness, fatigue, and even bad moods. As for color, the ﬁrst place to start is the bed; it is the biggest piece of furniture in the room and will be the focal point everytime someone walks in the room. Do you have a mini fridge? Get some colorful magnets. Better yet, hop onto the shuttle and go to a craft store and pick up some printable magnet sheets to make your very own. Pictures, music lyrics, and inspirational quotes make great magnets. Buy a potted plant, put up colorful window shades, lay out a cute carpet, or decorate with lights at holiday time. Junior Ashley Carman takes advantage of pictures to cover blank walls. “Hanging pictures is a great way to bring in color and fun to a room,” Carmen said. “It makes me feel happier and reminds me of friends and family at home.” Digital photo Web sites often have services that allow for printed digital pictures to be sent to students at school, thus avoiding expensive printing stations at local drugstores. Be creative with your photos, too. Buy some plain picture frames and decorate them with ribbon and puffy paint. Make a collage or a border right on your wall. An easy way to stick things on your wall, without ruining the paint, is to use sticky tack. Senior Kelly Maloney agrees that decorations help to make a room cozier. “My roommate puts plants and ﬂowers around her room, which is fun,” she said. For the nine months of a school year, dorm rooms serve as student’s home away from home. Sport team photos, high school varsity letter, and pictures of family and friends are all great ways to remind you of home and show people where you’re from.
Lunch: M-Pierogies T- Taco Salad W- BBQ Rib Sandwich Th- Chicken Patty Sandwich F- Sizzle Salad S- Southwest Burger Board Specials Lunch $4.75 Dinner $5.50
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Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30a.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday 11:30a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Closed
6” Sub $3.75 Combo $4.75 12”Sub $5.75 Combo $6.75
Wrap combo-Veggie $5.59 other wraps $5.79 ‘Wrap It Yourself’- Veggie $3.99 other wraps $ 4.19
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6” Sub $4.00 Combo $5.25 12” Sub $6.00 Combo $ 7.00
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Sept. 5, 2007
New faculty for Walker School of Business
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Mercyhurst welcomes two additional faculty members to the Hotel, Restaurant Institutional Management and buisness departments. Mercyhurst College President, Dr. Thomas Gamble spoke highly of all new-coming faculty. Gamble said that their previous working experience in their chosen ﬁelds “is a great addition to the staff at Mercyhurst.” These ﬁnal two faculty members join the ﬁve other new staff members highlighted last week. Mark Dobeck Ph.D, who holds a title as an international financial consultant, will be adjunct faculty member. He also has over 20 years of management experience in the related ﬁelds of banking, securities, and information technology. Most of his time was spent in Russia, where he helped develop one of Russia’s leading securities exchanges, Moscow Interbank Currency Exchange (MICEX). In Moscow, Dobeck also taught international investments and ﬁnancial risk management courses in a Russian MBA program. He holds a multitude of related degrees that include: a Doctorate in Public Administration, a Master’s in Science in Electrical Engineering. Dobeck also posesses a degree in Businesses Administration, and ﬁnally a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. Charles Magalhaes will be joining Mercyhurst’s unique and renowned Hotel and Restaurant Management department, more commonly referred to by the student body as HIRM. Along with an Associate’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America, Magalhaes has received his executive chef certiﬁcation from the American Culinary Federation. Magalhaes is also a current member and secretary of the American Culinary Federation’s North Coast Association of Professional Culinarians. Magalhaes is transferring from a position in the HRIM program at our brother campus, Mercyhurst Northeast. He will now take over the position as a professor and as the executive chef of the Grotto. Formally, he was employed as a consulting pastry chef at the Alto Cucina restaurant. He is currently the only certiﬁed executive pastry chef in the vicinity of Erie. The ever growing population of Mercyhurst demonstrates how the ’Hurst draws in many different people from all over the country. The community of Mercyhurst, students and professors alike, extends a warm welcome to these new faculty members. “Our new instructors are of a high quality,” said Gamble. “Their diversity in experience and education will be a tremendous benefit to Mercyhurst. I’m happy to welcome the new faculty to the campus and know that they will be a successful addition.”
taking over a position in the buisness program. Dobeck’s previous jobs include: senior positions at many large investment houses and banks, as well as experience in stock brokerage ﬁrms. He also has taught at a university in Texas, beginning as an
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Blair’s merger with Orchard Brands has increased opportunities for area college students to earn extra money through evening and weekend work as seasonal customer service representatives at our call centers. Our customer service representatives receive telephone orders from Blair and Orchard Brands’ customers across the country and guide them through the ordering process. At Blair, our customer service representatives enjoy: • A competitive pay rate of $8.51 per hour • Discounts at Orchard Brands companies, including Blair, Appleseeds, Norm Thompson Outﬁtters, Sahalie, Solutions, Haband, The Tog Shop, and Draper’s & Damon’s • Consideration for fulltime employment • Short-term commitment with opportunities for continued employment following peak seasons • Flexible work schedules • Modern, pleasant ofﬁce environments
NYC holds jobs for fashion students
By Monica Porostosky Contributing writer
Fashion majors at Mercyhurst have the opportunity to spend a year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Many decide to stay in the Big Apple to complete work experience and internships. The students are presented with incredible experiences and internships that are rare outside of New York. One such internship that Mercyhurst students have taken advantage of is with Spiegel Brands, a women’s fashion catalog and online retailer working under several buyers and assistant buyers. As interns, students help with day to day tasks, such as visiting vendors, shopping the market, working with the budget, and much more. Staying for the summer is a great chance for young people to make real connections with the people in the industry and gain a greater understanding of the kind of work that is common. Many students ﬁnd internships on the F.I.T. career website. Companies are often familiar with the school and use the website to seek out their students. The website lists thousands of companies and many career options. Other popular internships include Phillips-Van Heusen, Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, and Macy’s. New York City is not all work though. Students who stay should also take advantage of attractions and events that are offered in the summer. For the fashion students who do get to experience NYC for a year, the opportunities are plentiful, and the memories everlasting.
If the opportunity to earn some extra money this school year is appealing, consider the opportunities at Blair’s Erie Customer Service Center. To learn more, you can stop by our Erie Service Center, 3939 West Ridge Commons, Suite D1, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Fridays. Or you can visit our booth at the ErieCareers Career Fair 2007, Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the new Bayfront Convention Center in downtown Erie. You owe it to yourself to explore the possibilities that can be yours through part-time work at Blair. EOE
Darcy Kemp, director of recognized student clubs and organizations, said that there are currently “over 2,200 memberships among clubs and organizations at Mercyhurst.” Similarly, last year, “there were approximately 900 room reservations for clubs on campus,” thus showing the popularity of clubs and desire for events and meetings. Although many clubs are typically organized within speciﬁc departments, students do not always need to be part of that major to belong to the club. Advantages of joining clubs on campus extend further than social life. Participating in clubs, and especially holding an officer position, is a great resume builder. Future emplyers often weigh extracurricular activites just as high as course grades and GPA. Mercyhurst proudly recognizes numerous clubs in many different forms, including aca-
Sept. 5, 2007
’Hurst to hold annual club and organization fair
By Jen Gildea Features editor
With Mercyhurst’s annual club fair approaching, students have a good reason to come out and see what clubs are available to join on campus. With over 90 different organizations in which students can participate, Mercyhurst paves the way for student involvement. Each recognized student club or organization (RSCO) offers fun activities that help students build leadership and social skills. Getting involved on campus is a great way for young people to create friendships and meet many new people. “I’ve gone to the fair every year just to see what’s offered on campus,” said senior Megan Shoup. “The fair was especially beneﬁcial to me as a freshman and sophomore.” demic clubs, environmental, cultural diversity, recreational, and honors organizations. This year’s fair will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 3:00 to 5:00 in the student union. Tables are assigned to each club, with representatives present to distribute information. Sign-up sheets are usually available for students to join clubs or receive more information. “It’s a great way for passive or shy students to receive information from clubs without having to talk to someone faceto-face,” Kemp said. “The Union is very exciting during the fair,” said Kemp. “This year, the fair will be extended beyond the Great Room. It will also include the foyer, upstairs rooms, and the Student Government Chambers.” All students are encouraged to stop by the fair to see the many fascinating RSCOs that Mercyhurst has to offer.
Clubs will soon ﬁll the student union great room.
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PGSA holds annual ﬁve-week event at Mercyhurst
By Mary Vuono Contributing writer
While many students were at home enjoying summer break with friends and family, Mercyhurst was hosting a scholarship program called the Pennsylvania Govoner’s School of the Arts, or the PGSA. This program hosted 200 students, between their sophomore and senior year of high school. These students have excelled in their art programs in their high schools throughout the state. The arts programs include dance, acting, visual arts, writing and music. During the event, which lasted for ﬁve weeks, the students learned from artists from around the world to strengthen their creativity. Mercyhurst College has been hosting the PGSA for 17 years. Mercyhurst now holds the record for the longest existing site for the event, which became an ofﬁcial tradition in Pennsylvania in 1973. Mercyhurst has been the most popular school to hold the scholarship program for over a decade. Because of the school’s strict liberal arts background, the PGSA requests to hold its events at Mercyhurst, despite all of the other liberal arts colleges and universities that are located in the state. Mercyhurst’s performing arts center, dance space, and art gallery on campus surpasses 50,000 square feet, which is another reason in which Mercyhurst is such an attractive site for the PGSA. The students who attend the PGSA at Mercyhurst will then be able to be educated by artists from not only Erie, but from all over the world, as well. Although the students who participate in the PSGA mainly focus on one area of art, they do have chances to take other electives to get their minds more open to all the arts offered by the PGSA. During the program’s five weeks, there were gallery openings, concerts, and other nightly performances. The students and the Erie community could enjoy all of these activities, which were free of cost. The students attended “major classes” and “core classes,” which all contributed to the total educational experience. On Saturdays, students had the same schedule and sometimes optional and planned activities. Additionally, there were presentations and readings to keep students occupied. Students were not permitted to leave for home during the course of the stay, however had plenty of activities to participate in and enjoy. The PGSA is anticipating next year’s program where it strives to promote ﬁelds of arts to young people.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SEPT. 7. Bone Thugs-NHarmony, Skant Bone, and more. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 24. Hurt. House of Blues (Cambridge Room), Cleveland. SEPT. 26. Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. Note: Rescheduled from Aug. 28 at Tower City. Original tickets will be honored. SEPT. 29. Vanilla Ice. Cellblock, Erie. SEPT. 29. Dizzy Reed. Roadhouse T heatre, Erie. SEPT. 29. Mekons. Pat’s in the Flats, Cleveland. OCT. 4. Guster, Brett Dennen. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. On sale Aug. 31 at Ticketmaster. OCT. 4. Brian Regan. Warner Theatre, Erie. $32.50. On sale now. OCT. 7. Johnette Napolitano. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. OCT. 11. The Misfits. Cellblock, Erie. OCT. 18. The Wiggles. Tullio Arena, Erie. OCT. 20. Pat Monahan. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale date TBA. Courtesy of Goerie.com
Dancers train in Amsterdam
By Nicole Cerilli A&E editor
Mercyhurst dancers had the opportunity to train in Amsterdam with worldrenowned ballerina Valerie Valentine. The dancers attended the intensive dance program in Amsterdam thanks to a unique collaboration by Valentine and Dance Chair Tauna Hunter. Valentine and Hunter were childhood friends in Salt Lake City. Valentine later trained with the London Royal Ballet School, followed by a career as a principal dancer with the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam. Hunter and Valentine reconnected two years ago in Amsterdam. It was then that they began talking about collaborative possibilities between Valentine’s new studio, Dance Street, and the Mercyhurst dance department. In December 2006, Hunter invited Valentine to Mercyhurst as a guest artist. Valentine invited all Mercyhurst dance majors to audition for her summer intensive program in Amsterdam. Juniors Cassie Powers, Jackie Koehler, and Liz ClainStefanelli were accepted into the program. Overall, the trip was an eyeopening experience for everyone involved. That is exactly what Hunter had hoped for it to be. “It is important to me that my students know how others live, think, communicate, and enjoy the world,” said Hunter. Clain-Stefanelli was intrigued by Amsterdam because it seemed to be a melting pot for many different cultures. Koehler was also fascinated by the culture. “There is something magical about discovery outside of one’s
Cassie Powers, Jackie Koehler, and Liz Clain-Stefanelli posed for a photo shoot at the Dance Street studio in Amsterdam.
usual life,” said Koehler. During their four-week stay overseas, the dancers’ days were jam-packed with classes, rehearsals, and performances. The dancers were privledged to work with a variety of
teachers, and they recieved a lot of individual attention because the classes were small. Valentine also had dancers from the Dutch National Ballet come to the program for partnering classes.
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Sept. 5, 2007
Choir takes on Ireland
By Katie Wootton Contributing writer
The last thing a group of Mercyhurst students expected to be doing over the summer would be sitting around a local pub in Ireland at 3 a.m. singing Irish ditties with the town priest. But that is exactly what happened at least one night during the Mercyhurst Choir’s eight day trip Ireland this past summer. Director and coordinator Rebecca Ryan led the 47 students on the trip with a cultural experience that was musical and fun. Ryan plans an international trip almost every year. For many students, the most exciting part of the trip was exploring the sights and sounds of Ireland. “I have never seen more beautiful landscapes or terrain in my life. It was literally breathtaking. No picture or description does justice to its beauty. You have to see it for yourself,” said former senior Jessica Shane. Junior Kara Stadelman’s favorite memory was “…all the pubs and kissing the Blarney Stone.” On a typical day, the choir awoke at 8 a.m. to travel to Ireland’s picturesque cities. They stopped to dine and shop along the way. The group began their journey in Galway, Ireland’s fastest-growing city. Then they experienced the Irish language and culture in the Aryan Islands. While in Dungarvan, the group was greeted by a delegation including the mayor. A select group of students also had a photo shoot at the sign that declares Erie to be Dungarvan’s sister city.
Camille Nischal, far right, talks to local villagers in India.
Dungarvan, Ireland welcomes the Mercyhurst College choir.
Inspired by Indian art
By Nicole Cerilli A&E editor
A Mercyhurst art professor was recently inspired by the abundance of art in Indian culture and schools. Camille Nischal, assistant professor of art, traveled to India this summer to visit her husband’s family. She dedicated a large portion of her trip to observing the roll of art in India. Although you do not necessarily have to travel to another country to view its art, Nischal said that it’s worth the trip. “There is something special about the aesthetic experience of living and breathing it,” said Nischal. Nischal brought back a wealth of photos and stories to share with her classes. “It is very helpful when art educators know about art in other countries because it gives students inspiration and ideas for classes of their own,” said junior art major Ricki Proper. Proper said that it is good when professors are able to tie in art history from other cultures and that it adds and extra element to their classes. Nischal said that she was most fascinated by how art is embedded into so many aspects of everyday life in India. Unlike in most American cities, crafters can be found up and down the streets in India. Colorful paintings and exquisite drawings appear on everything from buildings to signs. Nischal said that the art within the temples in India really caught her eye. One temple in particular drew her in because of the 140 life-size elephants that were painted all over the building. “Even in grassy ﬁelds, little specks of color can be seen scattered amongst the grass,” said Nischal. In addition to observing art in everyday life, Nischal studied the roll of art in Indian schools in hopes of learning something that she could bring back to share with her art education classes at Mercyhurst. Nischal continues to research how American teachers incorporate and implement art into the classroom environment.
After the photo shoot, the delegation and several students went to their formal meeting place. Here, Ryan was presented with a plaque for the college. In addition, the students were formally welcomed by the community. During the ceremony, the choir students sang the “Celtic Blessing” for those who assembled and were guests at a reception. the Shortly thereafter,
students attended Mass at Abbey Side Chapel. Then entire choir took part in a concert for the congregation. The audience at the congregation responded with a standing ovation after their last rousing spiritual by Erie native, Harry Burleigh. Shane was honored to be part of the trip even though she was not a music or voice major. The trip was particularly special to Shane because of her rich Irish background.
Sept. 5, 2007
Techs are the front line of the IT department and work independently of the bureaucracy that you have to go through at the helpdesk. Unfortunately, people don’t make use of them, and then complain when they have to wait to get their minor computer problems ﬁxed. IT still needs to improve a lot. The helpdesk is understaffed and sometimes not knowledgeable to ﬁx the more difﬁcult problems. Very few of the people there have any sort of computer background, other than messing with their own PCs. However, they still do a lot of positive things, like getting LakerVapor up in all the residential and academic buildings on campus this year. It comes down to this: if you can’t ﬁx your own computer, don’t complain and verbally abuse the people who can. Most of the workers at the IT department are students, overworked and underpaid, who don’t really want to be yelled at by their impatient and panicked peers. If you give IT a chance and be polite, I think you’ll ﬁnd things are a lot better than you’ve heard.
IT service improved Fashion personal preference
By Cameron Sabel Contributing writer
It’s a Wednesday afternoon. You’re typing a paper for class the next morning - let’s face it, you’re probably not doing work ahead of time - and suddenly your computer just stops working. The blue screen of death comes up and tells you that something went wrong and you are screwed. Time to call Iinformation Technology. You get someone on the phone and they tell you to bring your computer to the helpdesk on Friday. Now you’ve got to start your paper over and God only knows how long your computer is going to be gone. Is it going to be two days or two weeks? Sound familiar? It should, especially if you’re an upperclassman. The IT department at Mercyhurst has a terrible reputation of inefﬁciency and general unhelpfullness. That reputation was somewhat warranted a few years ago, but there have been major improvements since then. Unfortunately, the student perception has not changed, which leads to all sorts of unpleasantry. Other than move-in and beginning of the year network registrations, which are always hectic, things at the IT department have been much more professional and much faster than most people seem to think. It may be frustrating when you call IT and they can’t ﬁx your problem immediately, but there are a lot of problems on campus and not many people who are willing and able to deal with them. The small staff at the helpdesk can only handle so many computers at a time. Sometimes, the problems are not easy to ﬁx. A major help to everyone are the Res-Techs, or they would be, if people remembered that they existed. The Res-
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
Fashion is a personal preference, often stressed to meet certain standards of seasonal attire. It has long been the bain of discussion among socialites and those who ﬁnd their own sense of style. After a marathon of “America’s Next Top Model” on Saturday afternoon, I looked at the clothes the girls wore. The clothes are so intricate they should be considered works of art. It is when the fashions are ﬁltered down to the racks of Old Navy or Express that the art is utterly destroyed and mass produced clothing takes up more
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Ellen Koenig browses ANTM’s artistic fashions.
room in the closet. Many recently featured styles are dated and can be found in vintage shops. Recent economic trends of the international market allow the fashion industry to create hideous, mundane trends, available to the masses. With such creative vision in
the world, why is it so difﬁcult for the fashion industry to provoke new concepts? Since manufacturers are unable to create unique styles that simply jump off the racks to become great new fashions, it must be left to the individual to be express creativity through his or her attire.
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By Keith Nemeth Contributing writer
Idaho Senator Larry Craig recently resigned due to a men’s room sex sting. An undercover ofﬁcer sat in a stall investigating reports of sexual activity occurring in that bathroom. Craig occupied the adjacent stall, where the ofﬁcer recognized speciﬁc acts of sexual solicitation. The ofﬁcer then showed Craig his badge and arrested him. Could this spell doom for the Republican Party, a political faction that prides itself on family values? Craig’s indiscretions are not the ﬁrst incidence of Republicans engaging in situations that go against their plank of moral superiority. Nearly one year ago, Florida Representative Mark Foley was forced to resign from Congress due to sexually explicit instant messages to teenage boys who were currently serving or had served as Congressional Pages. The idea of sex scandals and the religious right is a strange dichotomy—how exactly can a political party continue to exist if it does not practice what it preaches? The Republican Party may be at a crossroads. To survive, it may have to shed the burden of religion, a duty it once accepted to battle heathen Leftists. A slow tide is rising in America, that will pit the moderate Republicans against its religious oppressors. It is imperative that the Republican Party ﬁnd its identity. How much longer can it survive when the idea of the “perfect family” is a caricature of 1950s television?
Sept. 5, 2007
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The new fossil casts in the geology department are bringing in a lot of people and publicity. 2005 papal candidate, Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez, is the guest homilist for Friday’s Mass of the Holy Spirit.
Moribund morals: The decline of religious right?
It is time to reject the false reality that is being portrayed, and accept the world for what it really is—ﬂawed. Both political parties are subject to their fair share of scandals, but it is the Republicans that denounce the vices of men, making them hypocritical when they are caught in “malfeasance”. When the Republicans ﬁnally decide to stop inculcating America with its unachievable values will the debates between the two political parties be about issues, and not a battle of moral standards or lack thereof.
Buffalo Chicken subs, Baja Chicken subs, and all wraps don’t ﬁt on board equivalency anymore due to rising dairy and poultry prices. Inconsistency in room temperatures keep students guessing on what to wear to class- a hoodie or a bikini? Parking, as usual, is hit or miss.
Positive spin on hip-hop
By Gary Williams Contributing writer
Society has been unrelentless with its attacks on hip-hop music. An artist named Akon lost a sponsorship due to supposed lewd behavior with a minor. Oprah Winfrey criticized the language in hip-hop music on one of her shows. Al Sharpton is in on all of the bashing as well. Yet what tends to go unnoticed is the amount of philanthropy that hip-hop contributes. Many communities are grateful for the contributions that hiphop artists have made. There are many examples of the hip-hop community giving back to society. Nelly holds bone marrow drives throughout the country. Snoop Dogg created a youth football league in Long Beach California. He even coaches a team in the league. Florida artist Rick Ross set up charities which provides mentors for young people in Miami. P. Diddy ran the New York Marathon to raise money for his charity, Diddy’s House. During the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, some of the largest contributions came from the hip-hop community. Mississippi hip-hop artist David Banner practically stopped promoting his album in order to help the people in the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Jay-Z did the “Water for Life Tour” in order to bring potable water to communities around the world. There are many other artists that have given back to their communities. Hip-hop has deﬁnitely made a charitable contribution. I know that some of the songs have questionable material in them. There are behaviors that some artists exhibit that is inexcusable. Yet it is impossible to deny the positive contributions that many of these artists have made. So when we all go to judge them, let’s do so in a fair and just manner. Let’s look at both the good and the bad.
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The computers on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the library rarely work, have fuzzy screens, and don’t support Microsoft Word. If you are in Historical Geology and didn’t buy your books last week, the bookstore is out of the textbook. Please email any suggetions to opinionmerciad@ mercyhurst.edu.
Sept. 5, 2007
Women’s soccer battles heat in overtime draw
By Stephen Duggan Contributing writer
After seeing off the challenge of Tifﬁn 3-0 on Tuesday, the Mercyhurst women’s soccer team travelled on Sunday to Kansas City to play Rockhurst. This would be their fourth in a series of away games at the start of the season. Rockhurst, who traditionally ﬁelds a strong team, would be a stiff test for the Lakers, especially in the searing heat. Mercyhurst came out with all guns blazing and in the sixth minute Sarah Powell blasted a shot from ﬁfteen yards out that found the back of the Hawks net. The latest strike brings Powell’s tally to ﬁve goals in four games. The assist came from senior Jacque Sluga. The game remained 1-0 until the much welcomed half time break. Rockhurst quickly began to ﬁght back. Eight minutes after the restart, they drew level with a goal from freshman Danielle Boyce, her second of the year. The Lakers were unlucky not to hit the game winning goal during regulation, as Sarah Powell was twice denied by the posts from dead ball situations. Mercyhurst held the advantage on shots during the game. However, they were unable to ﬁnd the net as the game ﬁnished as a tie in double overtime. Rebecca Heintzman ﬁnished up the day with two saves in the Mercyhurst goal. Sophomore Karla Vogt thought the team played hard despite the warm climate. “Despite the long travel and hot weather, we played hard and with heart,” she said. “Even though the result was a tie, Rockhurst was a competitive team and we felt we handled them well. It gives us high hopes for our games ahead.” Mercyhurst now holds a 2-11 record as they return to Erie for their ﬁrst home game of the season against Charleston on Saturday. The game will kick off at 3 p.m.
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Mercyhurst’s Kurt Young (6) attempts a shot as Tyler Emerick (9) looks on.
Men’s soccer struggles to score
By Katie Waldin Contributing writer
Over the past week, the Mercyhurst men’s soccer team has come up against two hard working and extremely competitive teams. With dedication, focus, and hard work, the Lakers came out with one win and one loss as they move farther into the season. The men are working hard to improve their game and score more goals. Last Tuesday the Lakers took on the Seton Hill Grifﬁns in a well fought battle. Mercyhurst came out on top with the 3-1 win, despite the fact that Seton Hill scored early on in the game. Although the Lakers were down 1-0 at the half, it did not stop them from stepping up their game, and having the desire to win by putting the ball into the back of the net. Sean Spangler and Kurt Young each scored early goals in the second half, to give the Lakers the much needed lead they were looking for. Once they were ahead of the Grifﬁns, there was no turning back, as Billy Colton scored the ﬁnal goal in the 75th minute to end the game with a victory. The Lakers outshot the Grifﬁns 13-5 and dominated the second half of the game. With the impressive come back over Seton Hill and their 1-1-1 record, the men’s team looked forward to Kansas City, M.O. There they took on the undefeated Rockhurst University Hawks. On Sunday, when the undefeated Rockhurst took on the Lakers they gave the team a run for their money. The Lakers kept the game neck in neck until the last ﬁve minutes when the Hawks were able to sneak one passed Mercyhurst goalkeeper, Danny Mudd. The lone goal was scored in the 85th minute off a free kick at the top of the eighteen yard goalie box. Rockhurst forward, Tom Heinemann, headed the ball into the back of the net to score the game winning goal with only a few minutes to spare. “They worked really hard the whole game and held them off,” said Mercyhurst women’s soccer player, Sarah Powell. “It is unfortunate that they scored with only ﬁve minutes left in the game. The work rate on the ﬁeld is there, they just need to put a few more away in the back of the net.” With a 1-2-1 record, the Mercyhurst men’s soccer team is looking to improve their game as they move closer to the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) games in the upcoming weeks. This week the men will try to get back over the .500 mark, against Indianapolis University and Oakland City, in the Oakland Tournament in Indiana. With numerous new freshman faces, the young team is looking to organize all of their strengths and work together to be successful on the ﬁeld for their upcoming games.
Men’s water polo wins ﬁrst-ever season opener
From staff reports
With the Mercyhurst men’s water polo team coming off of their best season in school history, the Lakers have high expectations for the 2007 season. On Saturday the Lakers opened their season with a victory over Queens (N.Y.) 17-7 in the Navy Labor Day Open. The win remarked the team’s ﬁrst ever season opening win in the programs seven years of existence, which may revel a sign of good things to come this season. Junior Alex Perry led the team with ﬁve goals and two assists to lead all scores. This feat helped him to earn male athlete of the week honors. The Lakers goalie, Andy Sekulski, made his ﬁrst career start in goal recording 10 saves and three steals. The Lakers next four games will take place in Princeton, N.J. in the Princeton Invitational. Two of their games will be against two top 20 teams, No. 15 Princeton and No. 18 Bucknell.
With that win under their belt, the squad looked forward to this past weekend’s tournament, the Mercyhurst Invitational, where they hoped to continue their strong start to the season. They opened the event with victories over West Virginia Wesleyan 30-18, 26-30 and 3025, and Seton Hill 30-20, 30-28 and 30-26. Leading the team with outstanding play were cocaptain Jenna Matson, Kubinski, Butler, and freshman Kendall Ashworth. The following day, the Lakers found themselves victorious over Holy Family 30-21, 30-21 and 30-26, and W. Va. Wesleyan 30-14, 30-17 and 30-21, respectively. Matson, Butler, Kubinski, and Ashworth were all named to the all-tournament team as a result of their superb play. Matson was named tournament MVP. Kubinski felt that the ﬁrst place tournament ﬁnish reﬂected the hard work that is being put into practices. Also adding to the success, she feels, is the team chemistry. “We are playing so well as a team this year. We are so much better as a team then we were last season at this time,” she said. “We are getting along well and it shows on the court.” Currently, Mercyhurst is riding a ﬁve game winning streak and stands 8-1 on the season. This weekend they are hosting yet another tournament at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center for what will hopefully be a victory ﬁlled weekend and another ﬁrst place ﬁnish.
Sept. 5, 2007
Volleyball remains strong
By Christine Mersch Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team has a lot of things to be proud of, as the beginning of their 2007 season has been ﬁlled with hard work, solid play, and best of all, rewarding wins. Last week, the Lakers provided their fans with a convincing home-opening win by beating Indiana (Pa.), in three games, by the scores of 30-22, 30-18 and 30-24. Leading the team with their impressive performances were junior Lauren Kubinski, who led the team with 17 kills, and co-captain Julia Butler, who recorded her third 40-assist match of the season.
’Hurst baseball a success
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
The bright lights, illuminated scoreboard, freshly cut outﬁeld grass, cheering adoration of thousands of fans - all of this and more is part of nearly every young boy’s dream – to become a Major League Baseball (MLB) player. However, each year in the United States only a mere 10.5 percent of NCAA senior baseball players are chosen to enter into the elite world of professional baseball according to NCAA Online. Two of these fortunate, hardworking men, David Lough and Brian Espersen, were members of the Mercyhurst baseball team for the past two years. This past June, during the 2007 MLB draft, Lough was selected in the 11th round (336th overall), by the Kansas City Royals to join their rookie Appalachian League team, the Burlington Royals. This selection made him the highest player drafted in Mercyhurst’s history. Later, Espersen was chosen by the Houston Astros in the 18th round (561st overall), to play for their Class A New YorkPenn League team, the Tri-City ValleyCats. At Mercyhurst, these athletes were standout ballplayers, both posting impressive numbers and receiving remarkable accolades. Lough, a centerﬁelder for Mercyhurst, put together a solid 2007 season with 74 hits, a .404 batting average, 49 runs batted in (RBI’s), eight homeruns, and 23 stolen bases. These numbers, among others, helped Lough receive a selection in the draft, as well as a place on the Rawlings/ Amercian Baseball Coaches Association All-North Central Region ﬁrst team and the AllGreat Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) ﬁrst team. Espersen, a starting pitcher for Mercyhurst, led the team in strikeouts with 69 as well as innings pitched (60). He also posted the ninth best ERA in the GLIAC. As members of their new teams, both Espersen and Lough are making considerable contributions. In New York, Espersen is working to distinguish himself as a pitcher; a rather daunting task against a pool of highcaliber hitters. Although his current record is 0-2, Espersen has four starts and eight appearances, during which he fanned 15 batters. With his last game approaching this Friday, Espersen commented on his ﬁrst season. “I feel that overall my ﬁrst season of professional baseball went pretty good,” he said. “It was a good learning experience and I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better in many ways, especially mechanically.” For the Burlington Royals, Lough, after battling an injury early in the season, hit a team high .337 with 29 hits, six doubles, two homeruns and twelve RBI’s. Also, just as he did at Mercyhurst, Lough continues to show off his speed with six stolen bases. Lough’s ﬁnal game of his ﬁrst season playing professional ball was August 27, when the Royals fell to the Bristol Sox, 4-6. Through hardwork and dedication, these Mercyhurst athletes have overcome great odds and entered into the world of professional sports. As their former teammate Jim Ludwig commented on their selection, “Them being drafted is a great accomplishment, and an inspiration to the team.”
Football suffers ﬁrst defeat
By Kyle Craig Contributing writer
After tackling a very talented Kentucky State team to take its ﬁrst season opener in three years, the Lakers turned their attention to the No. 15 ranked Northwood Timberwolves. The ﬁrst three quarters turned out to be quite a battle as each team shared the lead, but the Lakers fell 28-10. The Lakers were the ﬁrst to score by capitalizing on a key Northwood penalty early in the drive. The drive lasted a total of 5:37 and was capitalized by a fade pass to the corner of the end zone by Mitch Phillis to Josh Szeluga. The Lakers looked as though they were going to runaway with the game after controlling a solid drive that took advantage of Northwood mistakes. However, the Timberwolves quickly struck back with a 21 play drive to tie the game at seven heading into the half. Northwood kept the ball on the ground for most of the drive pounding it into the Laker’s defensive line. They capitalized on 53 yards rushing along with a 12-yard touchdown pass to end the drive. Other than this small hickup by the defense, the Lakers did a great job stopping the Timberwolves offene. The Lakers’ defense was led by Theo Hall who had six tackles and one key interception during the game. With time running out in the ﬁrst half, Hall blocked a ﬁeld goal attempt by Northwood which would have given the Timberwolves a three point lead going into the half. The second half did not go quite as the Laker’s had planned with the Timberwolves striking quickly in the third quarter. With 7:23 left in the third quarter, the Northwood offense struck with a two yard touchdown rush. Mercyhurst’s last glimmer of hope came with 7:19 left in the third quarter when the Lakers were able to drive 60 yards on 12 plays to the Timberwolves 26 yard line. This set up a 43 yard ﬁeld goal for Chris Ryan. The kick was good, making it his ﬁrst career ﬁeld goal as a Laker. On a positive note, the Lakers looked very strong on both the offensive and defensive end. In addition, Mitch Phillis made history by moving into 2nd place on the Mercyhurst Lakers all-time passing list. In addition, Frank Ziegler, Aaron Haynes, and Brandon Hill had monumental days combining for a total of 181 yards. The Lakers next challenge will be at Ferris State (1-0) on Saturday. The Lakers look to seek revenge for last year’s 28-7 loss that they had against them.
Sept. 5, 2007
The Lakers started off against West Liberty State with Ezzo and senior Jennifer Daly scoring an 8-2 decision at No.1 doubles. Followed by Jaclyn McLean and Meghan Raynor winning 8-0 at No. 2, and Macke and Mersch holding an 8-6 decision at No. 3. Mercyhurst took the early 3-0 team lead into singles and did not look back sweeping the bottom ﬁve matches never losing more then two games in a set. No. 2 saw Ezzo win 6-2, 6-0, while McLean won at No. 3, 6-1, 6-2. Raynor gathered a victory 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4, and Macke won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 5. Maria Franco capped off Mercyhurst’s great play with a 6-1, 6-1 decision at No. 6. Mercyhurst scored its second 8-1 decision in consecutive games when they defeated St. Vincent at Westwood Racquet Club. In singles play Mercyhurst was led by Daly who won at the No.
Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
This week’s results...
Football.........................................................Sep.1, L 24-10, Northwood Field hockey........................................ ............... Sep. 1, L 4-2, Catawba Sep. 2, L 10-1, Davidson Men’s soccer………………………………………… Aug. 29, W 3-1, Seton Hill Sep. 1, L 1-0, Rockhurst Women’s soccer……………………………………….Sep. 1, T 1-1, Rockhurst Women’s volleyball………………………..Aug. 29, W 3-0, Indiana U. (Pa.) Aug. 31, W 3-1, W.V. Wesleyan Aug. 31, W 3-0, Seton Hill Sep. 1, W 3-0, Holy Family Sep. 1, W 3-0, W.V. Wesleyan Women’s tennis………………………….Sep. 2, W 8-1, West Liberty State Sep 3, W 8-1, St. Vincent Men’s water polo……..………………………………..Sep. 1, W 17-7, Queens
Tennis starts season with a victory
By Kirk Campbell Contributing writer
The Mercyhurst women’s tennis team opened the season with two victories by defeating West Liberty State 8-1 on Sunday and St. Vincent 8-1 on Monday. This season Mercyhurst will have to deal with two key losses: Chelsea Dowing due to transfering to Bryant College and Jaime Sutyak due to graduation. The additions of freshmen Kelton Macke and Kim Ezzo will take command of those postitions in the line-up. When asked about how they prepared for the opening match senior Christine Mersch said, “This preseason we spent a lot of time drilling, which got us in shape and getting back into a comfortable rhythm. We also did a lot of match play, which helped us get mentally prepared for the upcoming matches.” 1 spot by a 6-2, 6-4 decision. The Lakers ended up winning the top ﬁve spots as Ezzo won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2, while McLean won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3, Raynor scored a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 4 and Macke won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5. The Lakers swept doubles play managing only to lose six games in the three matches. This weekend was head coach Neil Leroy’s ﬁrst taste of the fall tennis season after taking over in January. Leroy coached the Lakers to a 4-3 spring season improving on their 8-10 fall season from a year ago. “Winning our ﬁrst two matches of the season was a huge conﬁdence boost for us heading into our GLIAC matches starting next week,” said Mersch. “It was a good practice for us.” The Lakers travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with a 2-0 record for their ﬁrst GLIAC matches on Friday.
Perry/Matson Athletes of the Week
Mercyhurst men’s water polo’s Alex Perry, a junior college AllAmerican transfer who played at Grossmont a year ago, led the team with ﬁve goals, two assists and a steal in the win over Queens on Saturday. Mercyhurst volleyball player Jenna Matson, a junior, totaled 49 kills, 13 service aces and 33 digs in four matches this weekend in the Mercyhurst Invitational. Matson led her team to a 4-0 ﬁnish and was named the tournament MVP.
Women’s volleyball named team of the week
The Mercyhurst women’s volleyball team continued its impressive start to the 2007 season, as it capped a 4-0 weekend and a ﬁrstplace ﬁnish at the Mercyhurst Invitational. With the early season success, their 8-1 record already tops the previous season’s win total of seven. Matson, sophomore Julia Butler, junior Lauren Kubinski and freshman Kendall Ashworth were all named to the all-tournament team.
Field hockey still looking for ﬁrst win of year
By Chris Davis Sports editor
Sports performances vary from week to week and this weekend was just not a good weekend for Mercyhurst ﬁeld hockey and that’s all there is to it. The team traveled on the road to play against two tough opponents and struggled. Coach Stacey Gaudette said, “With the young team we have this year, they will continue to show improvement with every game we play.” “All of these ladies were brought in because they have unbelievable talent; we need them to keep playing hard and the opportunities will come.” On Saturday, Catawba, which is located in Salisbury, N.C. opened their season by defeating the Lakers by a count of 4-2. After Mercyhurst trailed 2-0 to Catawba, the Lakers would take a timeout to focus. The Lakers came out of the timeout with some optimism. Mercyhurst took their next possession down the ﬁeld, and Haley Brochu would score their ﬁrst goal of the game. After Mercyhurst fell behind 4-1 in the second half, the Lakers would continue to play hard. Kristen Fogle scored her ﬁrst goal of the season with seven minutes left in the game. The Lakers had their chances as they held a 9-8 advantage in penalty corners and attempted 16 shots. Mercyhurst traveled to Davidson (2-0) on Sunday and were defeated 10-1. The teams battled and kept the game close. Mercyhurst tied the game 1-1, only three minutes into the second half with a goal by Emily Warren. The Wildcats would soon gain momentum, scoring nine consecuitive goals for the win. The only other team to score 10 goals against the Lakers was Houghton in 1998. Mercyhurst has opened the season 0-3 for the ﬁrst time since 1997. Sophomore Brittany Coppola said, “As a team we need to work play strong for 70 minutes, and put two halves together.” The Lakers play Division I Robert Morris on Friday.
Two former men’s lacrosse players drafted
The Arizona Sting, a team in the National Lacrosse League, drafted graduated Mercyhurst lacrosse players, Alan Downey and Scott Janssen, each of who were contributors in the success of Mercyhurst’s national championship runner up team. Downey was selected in the fourth round and Janssen went as their ﬁfth round selection.
Seven players make Canadian U-22 roster
Mercyhurst’s forwards Valerie Chouinard and Meghan Agosta were named team captain and assistant captain for the Canadian U-22 team that defeated the United States in three consecutive exhibition games. Other Laker players on the team included Stephanie Jones, Hayley McMeekin and Jesse Scanzano; Ashley Cockell; and goaltender Laura Hosier, who received the win in the ﬁnal two games.
Sept. 5, 2007
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