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SEPT. 12, 2007
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Sept. 12, 2007
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
“Don’t let the bed bugs bite” might not ring true for some Mercyhurst College students. One student said she first reported bed bugs on Aug. 25 after she noticed several bug bites on her body. “We had all of these bites all over our bodies,” she said about her and her roommates. Associated Vice President of Administration Tyrone Moore said the Housing Maintenance Ofﬁce received reports of bed bugs in Lewis Avenue apartments. “We received some report of infestation and the word ‘bed bug’ was used,” he said. “I’m going to assume this is the case and do multiple, multiple layers of things to ensure it’s no longer.” Exterminator and owner of D&H Pest Control Don Coulson said Cimex lectularius, or bed bugs, are small amber-brown to reddish-black bugs with ridges on their backs that live on blood. “They usually spend three to 10 minutes for feeding (on humans),” he said. “They (then) defecate in the spot they took blood from that results in itching.” Coulson said the bugs usually nest and lay eggs in mattresses and cracks in living areas. “Typically, they lay 12 eggs a day between cracks around mattresses,” he said. Kathy Wright, a nurse with the Erie County Health Department, said the bugs attach themselves to their host. “They are hitchers,” she said. “They tend to hitch anywhere.” Coulson said they will attach to animals such as bats, hamsters and mice, and then transfer to humans. Coulson also said they are transferred when people stay in motels and hotels. The female victim said her and her roommates caught a bed bug in order to show the exterminator. “We caught it and put it in a plastic Ziploc bag so the exterminator knew what we’re dealing with,” she said. Moore said the apartment in question was treated three or four times. “When we receive reports of this nature, we assume the worst and we address the problem immediately,” he said. Moore said the problem is in the furniture students bring from home. “Students bring a lot to campus,” he said. “And 99.9 percent of the time we have it under control.” Coulson said the biggest key to rid any place of bed bugs is to be thorough. “Check everything including picture frames and night stands,” he said. “You can spend three hours in an apartment cleaning and inspecting.” Coulson also suggested washing clothes often and vacuuming. He said if the problem is in the mattress, the mattress needs treated or thrown out. Moore said the college cleans the apartments before school starts. “Just as a precaution, we even treat all the areas we store furniture in,” he said. “The entire campus is thoroughly treated prior to the start of school.” The female victim said all of the furniture in her apartment was replaced, and an exterminator visited the apartment four times. Moore said his office has received no more complaints since the cleaning. “We are aggressive in treating everything we have,” he said.
Hurst TV beneﬁts from international inﬂuence; new programming to come
By Elizabeth Maier Contributing writer
Fame awaits Mercyhurst College students on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8:00 p.m. in lower Hirt room 110 where auditions for new Hurst TV hosts will take place. The history of Hurst TV began in the early 1990’s through the efforts of several Mercyhurst students. Under the guidance of Dr. Richard Welch, the students planted the ﬁrst seeds of Hurst TV. Over the past years, the club has advanced technologically as well as grown in popularity. The continual improvement of Hurst TV has been made possible through the hard work and diligent labor of the student body. One student in particular, junior Nadine Zinram, has been a catalyst for the program’s success. Director of Hurst TV, Brian Sheridan said, “Nadine has forced everyone to step up their game because of the skills she has brought to the program.” Once employed for major television news production companies in her native home of Mainz, Germany, Zinram had six years of experience prior to her enrollment at Mercyhurst. “From when I was 19 until I was 25, I helped produce for a production company that worked with major news stations like MTV,” Zinram said. The aspiring TV/movie producer became involved with Hurst TV immediately after she arrived her freshmen year. Zinram, now 27, instantaneously impacted the program by sharing her experiences with fellow classmates new to the production world. “This school year I am in
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The Hurst TV studio where the MSG Evening News and the Hurst Hockey Program is ﬁlmed is located in Hirt 109.
charge of post- production. I am assisted by two seniors, Michelle Decker and Elyse Lagana, who are in charge of production. Last year, along with Brian Sheridan, I was in charge of everything, which was too much work for me alone.” Depending on the number of shows produced, Hurst TV airs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with re-runs continuing into the night and the following day. Shows scheduled to air again from last year are “MSG Evening News,” “Ticket to Hollywood” and the “Hurst Hockey Program.” Zinram, however, has some new ideas that are also in the mix. “This fall I am producing a television show called “Haunted Hurst” which is a show that looks at Mercyhurst’s ghost stories.” “In the future, I would like to see more coverage of Mercyhurst athletic events; a longer “MSG Evening News;” a show dedicated to music videos and “The Ladies Corner,” a gossip centered talk show to be reproduced.” Along with Zinram, other student viewers have their own
ideas for the program. Junior Jennifer Popinski, dual Public Relations and Production major shared her beliefs of what would inspire Mercyhurst students to watch more Hurst TV. “I think more students would watch Hurst TV if they were to cover other athletic events besides hockey and if they were to include a movie night or entertainment show,” she said. Graduate graphic design major, Esther Carlos said, “I would love to see a cooking show hosted by some of the Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students.” With so many great ideas how is Hurst TV not a daily ritual for all students? Believe it or not, lack of club members has inhibited the program from true creativity. “The only way we will be able to produce any of these shows is if we get more student involvement. Any students can join Hurst TV - not just production or communications majors,” Zinram said. “Television is teamwork. It can’t be done alone.” If interested in becoming a part of Hurst TV, contact Zinram at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sept. 12, 2007
Mercyhurst reminds students of ﬁre safety
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
We have all done it before: preheated the oven without looking inside ﬁrst, put laundry in the dryer without cleaning the lint screen, flicked a cigarette butt into the bushes because the disposal was full or went to bed with a string of Christmas lights glowing in the living room. These actions may seem ordinary but can end up disastrous if they lead to a ﬁre. Richard Sadlier, a 30 year veteran of ﬁre service and the director of ﬁre safety at Mercyhurst, knows all about college students’ history of toying with ﬁre. “Careless cooking is the number one cause of ﬁre alarms in all college residences,” he said. “Cooking should never be left unattended, combustibles should not be kept, placed or stored near a cooking appliance, cooking should never be conducted if tired or impaired and cooking have occurred at Mercyhurst involved prohibited materials, speciﬁcally candles. Last year the power went out in certain buildings on Briggs, and many students’ rooms were suddenly illuminated by the glow of candles. Julissa Armstrong, a junior forensic science major, was subject to the power outage. “We only had one ﬂashlight in our apartment, and we had to use it along with our cell-phones to get around because we weren’t allowed to have the candles,” she said. Armstrong has mixed feelings about the banning of candles, saying she understands that the rules are safety precautions but should be allowed for emergency situations such as a power outage. “I don’t like that I have to dig into my candles to get the wicks out; that ruins them,” she said. Armstrong suggested that Residence Life alter their stance a bit on the restriction of candles. “I think that if they find a candle in your inspection that has clearly never been burnt you should not get into trouble,” she said. Decorations seem to be another common offender of ﬁre regulations at Mercyhurst. From Christmas lights to curtains, students must be aware of the hazards of fashion. “Holiday lighting is meant to be temporary,” Sadlier said. “Think about what a string of 50-100 lights costs. These materials are not designed for prolonged use. The lights are very often strung together in long strands and can reach temperatures that could easily ignite ordinary combustibles when used for purposes other than what they are designed for.” Junior Christina Coovert, a business major with a minor in fashion design, is cautious when it comes to ﬁre safety. “I personally have not started any ﬁres before,” Coovert joked. “I do try to practice ﬁre safety, though, like making sure I unplug electronics when I’m not using them, and I make sure there are not any fabrics close to the heaters.” Smokers are one other potential source of problems with ﬁre. “Smoking is being more regulated in all areas of the public,” Sadlier said. Sadlier explained that individuals who may be trying to “sneak a smoke” are more likely to be careless “in the extinguishment of the smoking materials.” In any case, if a ﬁre is started, Sadlier has one key piece of advice. “Exiting the building is the most important thing that can be accomplished when a ﬁre alarm activates,” Sadlier said. He added, “Exit the building using the nearest available exit. Once out, move to a safe distance from the building; never reenter the building for any reason until told to do so by emergency responders.”
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surfaces (stovetops, ovens, broilers) should always be kept clean. A build-up of cooking residue can easily be ignited.” Even freshmen without the privilege of having cooking facilities must be careful to only use approved appliances in their dorm rooms. “All rules are eventually broken or at least tested,” Sadlier commented. “The reasoning for prohibiting certain appliances is due to their inherent hazard. Residence Life pays strict attention to prohibited appliances.” Sadlier said the only ﬁres that
Senior gifts give back to campus
By Nick Pecon Contributing writer
Whether enjoying an afternoon in the Pavilion, listening to the Sister Damien Spirit Bell or admiring the Mercy Cross, senior gifts have become an appreciated part of the Mercyhurst College campus. Each year the members of the senior class are asked to help fund a senior gift. To some, after paying almost $30,000 a year, this request seems unfathomable, even ludicrous. Before students curse the notion of the senior gift, they should think of how previous senior gifts have bettered the Mercyhurst campus. The Senior Gift Advisor, Cathy Anderson, pointed out, “This class has a great group.” Last year’s class set a record by raising over $15,000, which funded the Multi-Purpose Court and Park between South Briggs and Lewis Ave. This year’s committee will try to build off their momentum. “I think the right people are in the right places, and because of that I have high expectations,” explained Anderson. There is a lot of work involved with the senior gift, from the initial idea, to fundraising, to actual implementation, but the most important aspect is student involvement. The gift allows seniors to leave a legacy and a memory of their class. Senior Dan Conochan said, “It would be nice to come back in the years after graduation and see something that is speciﬁc to our class.” Fellow senior Matt Kampman agreed, saying, “I like the senior gift because it is the students’ opportunity to decide what should be done on campus and make an improvement that everyone will enjoy.” Every senior gift allows students to give back to a place that has given them so much. For more information, visit the Facebook group “Mercyhurst College Class of 2008 Senior Gift.”
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Sept. 12, 2007
New lab brings life to Zurn
By Whitney Paul Contributing writer
Construction is in its final stages and re-organizing is underway for the new ecology lab, Zurn 102, in the biology department. The extensive remodeling, which began during the 2007 spring term, is nearing its end, allowing a variety of biology classes and labs to make use of the new room. At the completion of the project, the cost of the new lab and the equipment will be upwards of $500,000. The most exciting features of the new lab are the built-in tanks that make up its front wall. The tanks are visible to students in the classroom as well as in the hallway. Junior Zack Pekor feels the tanks are the best part of the new lab. “The tanks bring another dimension to learning by allowing students to see different ecosystems and how they work ﬁrst hand,” said Pekor. Though not ﬁlled yet, each of the three new tanks will represent a different marine environment. One will be devoted to organisms from the marine reef, another to specimens from Lake Erie and the third will be dedicated to life found in streams
The Cohen Student Health Center will hold its annual meningitis vaccine clinic on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union. No appointments are necessary, but patients will be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the shot. Cost is $125 and is payable by cash, check, or credit card (Discover, Visa, or Mastercard only). No debit cards permitted. Students must provide a driver’s license with check.
Health Center to host Meningitis Vaccine Clinic
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The new biology lab located in Zurn 102 is almost complete after several months of construction.
and creeks. Though the lab is not limited to one particular subject area, the layout and choice of new equipment in the lab focuses on the ﬁeld of ecology. Since the ﬁeld deals with many live specimens, the new lab benches have a unique doublelayer design providing separate benches for the organisms and work space. The new equipment in the lab is far more advanced than to what students and faculty have previously had access. One of the new machines, which is used in studying photosynthesis, can even be taken out of the classroom to study natural environments. Two new microscopes will also be useful in the lab, as they are
connected to a digital camera that can record and project the image seen in the microscope onto a computer screen allowing for more involved demonstrations. Ecology professor Dr. John Campbell is very excited about the new lab. “It’s awesome; I’ve been waiting 23 years for this,” he explained. Campbell also added that he has never seen a lab so efﬁciently designed. “It’s great because we’ve been working with primitive equipment for so long,” said Campbell. “We’ve ﬁnally got a smart podium set up so the new room can serve a dual purpose as a classroom and a lab.” To check out the new lab visit Zurn 102.
The Ofﬁce of Adult and Graduate Programs, the Mercyhurst Civic Institute and the Ofﬁce of Sustainability invite Mercyhurst students and employees to visit their new facility at 511 East 34th Street (at the corner of 34th and Wallace) at an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and tour the new facility. Call 824-2270 for more information.
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Homecoming nominations will be held all week in the Hermann Student Union. They will be held every day this week between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Seniors are encouraged partcipate in electing this year’s king and queen.
Mercyhurst College, in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling (PACAC), will host the Northwest Regional College Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Recreation Center.
Northwest Regional College Fair
Police and Safety Log
Forgery & Counterfeiting Hermann Student Union Sept. 7 Pending Investigation Liquor Law Violation 300 Mercy Suites Sept. 8 College discipline Harassment Garvey Park Sept. 7 Case closed Liquor Law Violation 3827 Briggs Apartments Sept. 8 College discipline Criminal Mischief Old Main Drive Sept. 8 Pending Investigation
They’re back! Natural history comes ALIVE at Mercyhurst College with the second annual Dinosaurs & Fossils Exhibit Sept. 27-Oct. 17. Ambassador Club Informational Meetings Two Ambassador Club meetings will be held this week in Zurn 114. The ﬁrst meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. The second meeting will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 8:15 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming an Ambassador should plan on attending one of these meetings.
Sept. 12, 2007
ID number scare ﬁxed
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Student identiﬁcation numbers are now safe. The Ofﬁce of Student Employment removed the posted numbers that matched over 1,000 student names on a bulletin board outside of their ofﬁce in Old Main 213. Mercyhurst College Associate Vice President of Administration Tyrone Moore said the error occurred during updates on Sept. 6. “All previous lists had ID numbers only and not names,” he said. The list, which names students working for the school under federal work study and the monetary reward they receive, was posted sometime before school began, said Moore. Moore reassured the names and identification numbers were only matched up and on display to the public during updates. “The third or fourth update is when the error occurred,” he said. “I process 100 plus placements per day and as we do additional placements...then the updates are posted.” Students, however, are not taking any risks. Senior Samantha Ketner said she is somewhat concerned about the posting. “With the large amount of students in the work study program, it seems like a mistake that slipped through in the chaos of the beginning of the year,” she said. “Any student who had any sensitive information protected with their ID numbers should probably change that.” Junior Scott Kahler said he sees the posting as an issue. “I don’t know how knowl-
Bush to speak on bringing troops home
By Matthew Lee Associated Press
WASHINGTON — President Bush will tell the nation Thursday evening that he plans to reduce the American troop presence in Iraq by as many as 30,000 by next summer but will condition those and further cuts on continued progress, The Associated Press has learned. In a 15-minute address from the White House at 9 p.m., Bush will endorse the recommendations of his top general and top diplomat in Iraq, following their appearance at two days of hearings in Congress, administration ofﬁcials said. The White House plans to issue a written status report on the troop buildup on Friday, they said. Bush’s speech is not yet ﬁnal. Bush was rehearsing and polishing his remarks even as the U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker were presenting their arguments for a second day on Capitol Hill. In the speech, the president will say he understands Americans’ deep concerns about U.S. involvement in Iraq and their desire to bring the troops home, they said. Bush will say that, after hearing from Petraeus and Crocker, he has decided on a way forward that will reduce the U.S. military presence but not abandon Iraq to chaos, according to the ofﬁcials. The address will stake out a conciliator y tone toward Congress. But while mirroring Petraeus’ strategy, Bush will place more conditions on reductions than his general did, insisting that conditions on the ground must warrant cuts and that nowunforeseen events could change the plan. Petraeus recommended that a 2,000-member Marine unit return home this month without replacement. That would be followed in mid-December with the departure of an Army brigade numbering 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers. Under the general’s plan, another four combat brigades would be withdrawn by July 2008. That could leave the U.S. with as few as 130,000-135,000 troops in Iraq, down from about 168,000 now, although Petraeus was not precise about whether all the about 8,000 support troops sent with those extra combat forces would be withdrawn by July. Petraeus said he foresaw even deeper troop cuts beyond July, but he recommended that Bush wait until at least March to decide when to go below 130,000 — and at what pace. At the White House, Bush met with House and Senate lawmakers of both parties and he publicly pledged to consider their views. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the president didn’t talk about the nationwide address. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Bush appears poised merely to bring the country back to where it was before the election that put Democrats in control of Congress — with 130,000 troops in Iraq. “Please. It’s an insult to the intelligence of the American people that that is a new direction in Iraq,” she said. “We’re as disappointed as the public is that the president has a tin ear to their opinion on this war.” In his speech, Bush will adopt Petraeus’ call for more time to determine the pace and scale of future withdrawals and offer to report to Congress in March, one ofﬁcial said.
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The student names and ID numbers were removed Sept. 7.
edgeable people are, but it doesn’t take much to put two and two together (and match the names with the numbers),” he said. “I think people who use computers and know safety, know if they change passwords it’s no big deal, but if you don’t, someone could access your information.” Moore said the Office of Student Employment does not ever list student identiﬁcation numbers with a name. “We normally have name and a placement,” he said. “We also usually list who the supervisor is and the supervisor’s extension.” Moore said students are sometimes unsure of their award amount and so they list student identiﬁcation numbers with the amount, but never match the student’s name. “So many students come into the ofﬁce and ask what their reward is,” he said. “So, all we list is (only) student ID numbers and award.” Mercyhurst College Director of Information Technology Patricia Benekos said if someone was to obtain a student’s identiﬁcation number and his or her name, there is not too much a person could do with the information.
“They cannot access ﬁnancial records or courses,” she said. “If students have changed passwords, your ID numbers have no access to anything.” Junior Elizabeth Kelley said the posting is a problem because her passwords were her identiﬁcation number. “It’s probably not good because (the identiﬁcation numbers) are how we get into blackboard and stuff because it’s your password,” she said. Benekos said, however, the identiﬁcation number acts as a reference number. “It’s a unique identiﬁer that identiﬁes you as yourself and does not provide access to sensitive information,” she said. Benekos said a person who obtains a student’s identiﬁcation number could access that person’s e-mail and personal storage drive. According to Benekos, the Information Technology Department is implementing a forced password change to student e-mails in October to ensure no one can access personal student ﬁles. Moore said he and his ofﬁce is sorry for any damage that resulted in the posting. “I sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed,” he said.
Sept. 12, 2007
JR’s on the Bay and Sloppy Duck offer good food and an excellent view of the bayfront.
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Appetizers, salads, burgers and seafood specialties create a menu that will have mouths watering and will not drain wallets. Owned by Dave and Kim Litz, and Doug and Debbie Richardson, JR’s and the Sloppy Duck Saloon are great places for drinks and friendly conversation. Upon entering the Sloppy Duck Saloon, take a trip to the outside pond, which features the sloppy ducks themselves. Yes, that’s right, live ducks greet all visitors during the day. After a great summer season, JR’s prepares for the winter by operating only Wednesday through Sunday. But don’t worry, live entertainment will still be featured on Fridays and Saturdays, which is another major reason for JR’s popularity. Dave Litz, also known as “Junior” or “J.R.,”is excited for the winter season and to begin work on the tiki bar expansion plan. Slated to open Memorial Day of 2008, the tiki bar is expanding to accompany 4,000 people and what is to be known as “the largest tiki bar in North America.” The expansion will allow for bigger bands and comedians to be presented at the Sloppy Duck. Visit www.sloppyducksaloon.com to view hours of operation and pictures of the bayfront.
changed and altered to each person’s tastes. Those feeling extra carniverous might want to use ground beef or even strips of steak. Others might want to leave out an ingredient if they do not have it lying around their apartment. I would also like to suggest using a taco seasoning if you like a spicier flavor to your fajitas. - Meghan Dolney
Nothing messy about Sloppy Duck
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
You don’t have to be a goose in this circle of ducks to ﬁt in and stand out. Tourists are not the only ones who get to enjoy the sunset and Lake Erie at local eateries. Take pleasure in the sites and sounds of the lake in a peaceful environment at JR’s on the Bay Restaurant. Located at 726 W. Bayfront Parkway, JR’s is an oasis for those looking for great food and a spectacular view. Known for its adjoining Sloppy Duck Saloon, JR’s caters to families and friends with its second level, non-smoking indoor and outdoor patio restaurant.
With football season starting this past week, I wanted to do a recipe that could be great food for watching a football game. I also wanted to give an option that would be healthier than traditional greasy food, such as wings or pizza. If you like tacos, you will like this fancier style that can be great, especially for when a large group comes together. This recipe is really quick and easy to make and can be
1 pound chicken strips or ground beef 1 package tortillas 1 large tomato 2 cups of shredded lettuce 1 cup cheddar cheese 1 small, chopped onion 1 small green pepper, cut into strips Pinch of Chile powder Salt and pepper Olive oil
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Year: Senior Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH Major: Intelligence Studies Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: small classes and one-on-one contact with professors Least favorite thing: winter season during almost the entire year School activities: Chairman on Senior Gift committee, ROTC co-commander, former vice-president of Student Government
1.) Turn the skillet on medium high heat and coat the bottom of the skillet with olive oil. When it is hot place the chicken in the pan and let it cook until it is done on sides, make sure that you sprinkle the Chile powder, salt, and pepper. 2.) In the other skillet put a small amount of olive oil and cook the chopped onion, green peppers, and tomato. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. 3.) Warm the tortillas either in the oven or in the microwave so that they will be easy to fold. When everything is cooked you may begin to assemble the fajitas. 4.) I place each of the toppings in a separate bowl in order to make it easy for people to put what they would like on their fajita.
Sept. 12, 2007
Runway models showcase the wide-leg pant trend.
Return of wide-legs
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
This season, and thankfully so, the blissfully comfortable and flattering wide-leg pant has experienced a revival in women’s fashion. After years of the straight leg, it is good to ﬁnally see some variety in the denim section, especially since straight-leg pants are not ﬂattering on most body types. Wide legs probably will not completely overtake their skinny nemesis, but they are more popular for this fall. Labels such as Goldsign, Citizens of Humanity, Juicy Couture and Gap have produced styles of the oversized and revamped trend. Locally shoppers can pick up an upscale model at Buckle for around $100, a mid level version from Gap for under $60 and a bargain version from Old Navy for $34.50. When combined with a ﬂowy or oversized top or tunic, a frumpy disaster will ensue. To obtain the most attractive look, refrain from combining this trend with anything that resembles a tunic, shirt dress or any tent-like or A-line shirt. Wide-leg jeans look best with a favorite wardrobe staple: a ﬁtted T-shirt. A popular choice this season is by Lucky Brand, available at Buckle. Lucky Brand have produced a line of ornately decorated tie dyed tees that cost around $50. Chunky belts also look great paired with this look, as they emphasize the waistline and draw attention to the silhouette of the pant itself. Numerous female students have been sporting the wide-leg trend on campus. Senior Drusilla Sturgess loves the wide-leg trend. “It’s nice to see these pants. I think it’s ludicrous to expect girls to wear ridiculously tight ﬁtting jeans all the time, especially when almost all of the male population here wears loose pants or sweatpants,” she said. Reports from male students are mixed. Senior Gannon Carr says that he does indeed like the style but prefers ﬂared or boot cut pants instead. “They highlight otherwise hidden assets of the female gender,” Carr said. Wide-leg pants’ long overdue return to women’s fashion is greeted with open appendages.
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
Dinner: S-Grilled Chicken Sandwich M- Mushroom & Swiss Burger T- Crab Cake Sandwich W- Ziti with Red Sauce Th- Steak Sandwich F- French Dip Sandwich S - Finger Sub Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Look for Laker Express Minute Meals! Board Equivalency Available: 11:30 a.m.-8:00p.m. Board Specials Lunch $4.75 Dinner $5.50
Sandwiches, Wraps, Salads, Ready Made Dinners
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday 11:30 a.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 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-9:00p.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Baja and Buffalo Chicken Subs:
6” Sub $4.00 Combo $5.25 12” Sub $6.00 Combo $ 7.00
Sept. 12, 2007
Service learning, a rewarding experience
By Carla Hart Staff writer
It’s time to serve. Sister of Mercy Michele Shroeck has been coordinating the Service Learning Program at Mercyhurst College, enlisting your support. Services may include tutoring children, mentoring teens or visiting the elderly. The greater reward is giving the gift of time. And, it is a college requirement. The Service Learning Ofﬁce sponsored a service fair on Thursday, Sept. 6 in the student union for service learning students and others interested in connecting with local agencies. Over 33 community partners and 100 students attended. There are many ser vice learning sites from which to choose. If you prefer an after-school setting, The Kids’ Café will appreciate your help. Director of Emmaus Ministries Kids’ Café, Anne Vinca and her assistant, Colleen Barbules, recognize that it takes a community to raise a child. “We are very blessed to have Mercyhurst and Gannon students working with the kids,” Barbules said. Fourteen 2007 Mercyhurst College graduates who learned the value of service went on to give a year of service. Americor psVISTA is a national service program that allows you to serve your communities, earn a $4750 educational award, a small living stipend, health benefits and loan deferment in exchange for a year of full-time service. Mercyhurst College graduate Colleen Lanigan completed her social work degree in the spring of 2007, but was not ready to part with her college family, so she decided to become a VISTA member. Now she serves at Erie Homes for Children and Adults, where she completed her college internship. Colin Hurley is a college graduate from Bucknell University and a VISTA member working in the Mercyhurst Service Learning Ofﬁce. “Community Service is the vision, whereas our mission is to combat poverty on all levels, not just financial poverty,” Hurley said. In reference to the future, she added, “We need to get the resources from the top, and motivate agencies to invest in their communities by sponsoring more Americorps members.” Mercyhurst senior Abbey Wayman is not required to perform service hours, but feels that by serving others she empowers them with the love of God. “I believe that every human life has dignity whether we are talking about the baby in the womb, the homeless man on
Senior Abbey Wayman helps with local community agency.
the street or the elderly woman in the nursing home,” said Wayman. Wayman has filled out her application for a 24-hour Days of Service with Young People Who Care, an organization that performs indoor and outdoor
home repairs and cleaning in Frenchville, PA, on Oct. 12 and 13. The cost is 20 dollars and openings are still available. Find your special niche. What are you good at? If you have a passion, put it to good use.
Eating healthy at college helps students avoid the ‘freshman 15’
By Allie Miniri Staff writer
Everybody has heard of the dreaded “Freshman 15” that seems to creep up on students when they ﬁrst go to college, and we all know that it does not only happen to freshmen. College students typically gain between ﬁve and 15 pounds when they go to school, but it is very easy to get into the right eating habits before bad habits develop. There are many tips that can help students avoid the freshman 15, and maybe even lose a few vanity pounds. First it is important to remember not to skip meals. Your body needs three meals every day to stay energized. Try something different at each meal and remember to select appropriate portions, so your body stays balanced with all the major food groups. Also don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink water even when you aren’t thirsty. Another major benefit of going to college is the Recreation Center, which provides students with gym access, free of cost. Take advantage of it. If you accidentally miss dinner, do not pick up a menu and a phone, but rather have a healthy snack right in your dorm room. Some great alternatives to takeout pick-me-ups are Cheerto eat. Food is fuel for your brain so you can do your best thinking. Eating in the dining hall may cause a dilemma when you are trying to eat healthily, but the Egan cafeteria offers both a salad bar and sandwich bar, not including the healthier options they offer in the hot meal stations. Instead of eating fried food, try something that is grilled or baked. Eat whole grains, such as wheat bread and brown rice, instead reﬁned grains like pasta and white bread. Drink ﬂavored water instead of soda, and eat fruit instead of desserts. “Eating well is very easy to do in the cafeteria. There are so many options,” said sophomore Chris Ulrich. If you are going to the Sub Connection for lunch, have your choice made into a wrap or made on a wheat roll. At the Laker Express, get a wrap or salad with grilled chicken, a piece of fruit and a bottle of water. If you really want to do well on this lunch trip, skip the cookie and get light dressing. Eating healthy is sometimes hard to do, especially when temptations are all around. Nevertheless, there are good ways to be more careful with food choices, as well as hitting the gym often, to avoid the freshman ﬁfteen.
Colleen Gaffney and Mary Vuono eat healthy at the Laker Inn.
ios with yogurt, granola bars, fruit or celery with peanut butter and raisins. More good-for-you snacks include nuts, pudding, oatmeal and popcorn. If you have class during meal times, make sure you take something small with you
Sept. 12, 2007
Don’t blame the bookstore, blame the man
By Andrew Kavulich Staff writer
Do you think your textbooks are outrageously priced? Does spending $100 on a book that picked up two times in a semester really seem worth it? Textbook prices can tear a hole in your pocket in seconds. However it’s actually not the bookstore that’s ripping students off. According to Dan Cullen, general manager of the Mercyhurst College bookstore, the bookstore does everything in their power to get the books to you at the cheapest price. “There are seven wholesale companies that sell used books, and as soon as a teacher gives me the book they are using, they are the ﬁrst ones we call,” Cullen said. He added that “the problem is that you have ﬁve major publishing companies – Thomson, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin and Von Holtzbrinck – who have bought out all of the smaller companies.” Cullen further explained that these companies stop publishing the smaller company’s textbooks in order to make one edition. This then leads to teachers being able to select only one textbook, priced at whatever the publisher deems. This process is repeated with new editions every year. So although it seems like the bookstore rips students off, the prices on books are really out of the bookstore’s hands. “Publishing companies have a right to make a buck, what they don’t have is a right to practice unfair trading. It’s a monopoly, and Congress is investigating these unfair trade practices,” said Cullen. So what can professors do to help students out with the overpricing of these books? For subjects like math and history, they can use older editions of the text. Two plus two will always equal four, no matter how old the textbook is. Another thing that some teachers are doing is taking advantage of the Internet. “I try to print off material needed and utilize internet resources if they’re available,” said Brian Sheridan a professor in the communication department. Other professors take this strategy to not only save students from having to buy expensive books, but also to be more environmentally friendly. Another method of lowering the cost of textbooks is to purchase them online. Many students ﬁnd the ISB number of the textbook and buy them over the Internet at half of the cost. When asked if he would give his students time to purchase the book online once classes start, Eric Compton of the communication department said, “Yes, I would give them the time, but it all depends on the subject of what you are teaching.” With students there seems to be a consensus that textbook prices are, indeed, too high. “Almost $400 for one term of textbooks that teachers barely use is ridiculous,” said junior Stephanie Oliver. Nonetheless Oliver buys her books from the bookstore because she does not trust giving her credit card number online. “We only use books for a temporary time, so we should be able to rent them,” said senior Dan Rajakovich. “I bought them from the bookstore this term because it’s more convenient then buying them online.” When it comes to buying your textbooks next trimester, remember that you can either buy your books from the bookstore or get the ISB number and order them online. Popular sites that students purchase books from include amazon.com, bigwords.com, bookbyte.com and even Ebay. At the bookstore students should try to get their books early, in an attempt to buy used textbooks, rather than new. Although textbooks are often a huge expense for college students, they are a mandatory burden that all must face. However the ways to get around the high price tags may be one of the only ways to save a few bucks.
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Juniors Mike Prechtl and Lenny Calhoun demonstrate the result of expensive textbooks.
Earn Something Special At Someplace Special
Spring Break Travel, Holiday Gifts, Tuition And Textbooks
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
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
Sept. 12, 2007
Cardinal lands inspirational message to Mercyhurst community
By Jen Gildea Features editor
The visit of Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, left Mercyhurst College blessed under his spiritual wing. Speaking on issues such as poverty, education and globalization, Rodríguez stressed the importance of creating a campaign for human rights. With a multitude of talents, Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble introduced Rodríguez as “a liberal arts college in himself.” Gamble said Rodríguez’s visit marks the beginning of new school year. “(His coming) at Mercyhurst calls on God’s spirit at the beginning of each academic year,” said Gamble. “This calls to mind the hospitality and graciousness of Mercyhurst,” Gamble added. Rodríguez, 64, is one of the most inﬂuential Catholics in the world, said Gamble. “It made me feel important that he was here and took time out of his schedule to come,” said sophomore Kristen Kowalski. Rodríguez was one of the papal contenders from which Pope Benedict XVI was chosen in 2005. Rodríguez is widely seen as a moderate committed to social justice whose campaign for human rights and the impoverished have won him widespread praise. In an April 2005 Newsweek magazine report spotlighting the papal candidates, Rodríguez was identiﬁed as one who could
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Cardinal Rodríguez conducts Mass at Christ the King Chapel on Friday, Sept. 7.
“get the nod as a compromise candidate” but for many cardinals he would be considered “too young.” According to Gamble Rodríguez accepted the invitation to Mercyhurst because of the college’s commitment to diversity. Rodríguez conducted Mass of the Holy Spirit on Sept. 7 and conducted a public lecture on “Social Justice and Solidarity in the Globalized World” that same evening. Junior Nadine Zinram, who participated in a multilingual bible reading during the Mass, said Rodríguez’s visit was beneﬁcial to the college. “I was glad to be a part of it,” she said. “It was good to bring everyone together.”
At the evening lecture, Rodríguez said Catholic institutions such as Mercyhurst need to instill ethical values in their education. “There are four pillars,” he explained. “Truth, love, liberty and justice. These are the pillars we have to build globalization. Through education, total quality is a philosophy that is reality.” Rodríguez said the message he wants to give students of Mercyhurst is to strive hard and be the best. “I will encourage you to continue being the best of the best,” he said. “Students need to think globally and act loyally with moral and ethical perspectives in mind.” Students said they are hon-
ored to have Rodríguez visit campus. Sophomore Libny Tovar, who lives in Tegucigalpa, the same town as Rodríguez, said his visit is one she will never forget. “It’s a blessing for us,” she said. “We’re proud of him and for him to be here makes us really happy.” During his speech Rodríguez stressed the importance of charity and helping people in need. “Poverty comes and goes,” he said. “But it always challenges us. We ought to follow in the teachings of Jesus. Love thy nieghbor.” Rodríguez discussed the importance of active involvement between both individuals
citizens and our government. “The ideological war is over now,” Rodríguez said. “We must not hesitate. We must respond now.” Sophomore Daniel Martinez, who is from Honduras, said he is ecstatic for Rodríguez’s visit. “I am very pleased he came,” Martinez said. “I identified with him because I’ve met him before. I’m from Honduras and he conﬁrmed me in Honduras.” Martinez said Rodríguez’s speech in Spanish at the beginning of the Mass of the Holy Spirit was touching. “He said he’s very happy for us to be at this institution and doing the best we can,” said Martinez.
Sept. 12, 2007
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
SEPT. 12. Within Temptation. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 13. Feist. Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh. S E P T. 1 3 . A n d r e s Osbourne, Charlie Hunter Trio. Thursday at the Square, Lafayette Square, Buffalo. Free. SEPT. 13. Mustard Plug, Whole Wheat Bread. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. SEPT. 14. Ani DiFranco, Melissa Ferrick. Lorain Palace Theater, Lorain Ohio. SEPT. 14. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult. Post-Gazette Pavilion, Pittsburgh. SEPT. 14. Brad Paisley, Rodney Atkins, Taylor Swift. Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. SEPT. 14. Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. SEPT. 15. Sum 41, Yellowcard, Amber Paciﬁc. House of Blues, Cleveland. SEPT. 15. The Whispers. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. SEPT. 17. Sum 41, Yellowcard. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh. Courtesy of Goerie.com
Erie celebrates Irish culture
By Kelly Logan Contributing writer
The Erie community will unite for a three-day celebration of celtic culture at the annual Erie Irish Festival, presented by St. Patrick Parish. The celebration kicks off this Friday, Sept. 14 at Rainbow Gardens in Erie and will last through Sunday, Sept. 16. Live entertainment, Irish food and beverages, games, vendors and an arts and crafts show will all be a part of the weekend. Guests who attend the festival can look forward to an array of authentic Irish cuisine at an affordable price. Traditional Irish meals like shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage can be purchased for $7 to $10. Smaller meals including sandwiches and sides will be available at prices ranging from $1 to $8. New to the event this year is a banjo and guitar workshop and a ﬁddle workshop. Each workshop will be instructed by experienced musicians who have traveled all over the world to play with world-renowned musicians. Both workshops can be attended for an additional fee and include hands-on lessons and one-on-one sessions with the instructors. A variety of live entertainment including Irish bands and Irish dancers will perform on stage each day of the event. Friday evening will feature the Erie-based Irish band Ischabaha. Saturday the celtic trio Reely Moka will perform, along with the Youngstown, Ohio-based band Rose and Thistle. Sunday the Michael O’Brian Band will engage the audience with a collection of Irish pub songs. Irish dancers from the Rince na Tiarna School of Irish Dance will perform several times throughout the weekend. The Irish dance school performs primarily in the Buffalo region, but they also perform in Erie. The school is highly respected for their achievements in various competitions, which include ranking 6th at the World Championships held in Ireland in 1999. In addition, the festival features a grand prize rafﬂe to win a trip for two to Ireland The Erie Irish Festival will run from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Rainbow Gardens is located at Sixth and Eighth streets in Erie. Adult admission to the festival is $5 for the entire weekend or $3 for the day.
Tribute to Paul Robeson to play
By Megan O’Hare Staff writer
In a much anticipated program, Baritone Lester Lynch will pay tribute to Paul Robeson, the great American actor, singer, athlete, writer and civil rights activist. Lynch will do so by singing selections that made him famous such as “Oh Shenandoah” and “The Four Rivers.” Lynch will also perform works from Erie’s own Harry T. Burleigh, including “Go Down Moses” and “Hold On.” Described as being one of today’s most promising baritones, Lester Lynch has a rich and unforgettable voice. His program will also include works by Schubert, Mussorgsky and Rachmaninoff. In addition the Mercyhurst College Concert Choir will join Lynch on stage to perform two spirituals under the direction of Rebecca Ryan. Lynch began his career after studying at the Julliard Opera School when he debuted as Marcello in “La Boheme.” Under the direction of Bobby McFerrin, Lynch performed the roles of Crown and Jake in “Porgy and Bess” with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and The Ravinia Festival Orchestra. Lynch has performed with operas including “La Traviata” with the Houston Grand Opera and “Porgy and Bess” with Houston Grand Opera’s International Tour, where he performed at Teatro alla Scala and L’Opera Bastille in Paris. Lynch’s powerful voice has earned him several awards, including the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the George Condon Vocal Competition and the Richard Gaddes Award from the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Lynch also won the top prize in the D’Angelo young artist
Baritone Lester Lynch will pay tribute to Paul Robeson.
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competition in 1999. Lynch will perform Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the PAC.
Tickets are $5 for Mercyhurst college students with ID (one ticket per ID).
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Door.” (English/Italian) A Sicilian family living in poverty leaves behind the world they know in the hope of ﬁnding new opportunities in America. Oct. 24: “After the Wedding.” (Danish/English) Sweeping, yet entirely intimate, “After the Wedding” is a shattering portrait of a family struggling with the fragility of life and the search for connection, healing and forgiveness. Oct. 31: “Night of the Hunter.” (English) A psychopathic preacher goes on the trail of hidden money, the secret of which is held by two children. It is a weird, manic fantasy in which evil confronts the power of innocence. Nov. 7: “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.” (English/ Gaelic) In this historical drama, two brothers ﬁnd themselves on opposing sides in Ireland’s struggle for freedom from Britain. Nov. 14: “La Vie En Rose.” (French) This ﬁlm is a biopic on
Sept. 12, 2007
Film series announced
By Mason Lorek Staff writer
Believe it or not the school year has ofﬁcially started. The good news is that every Wednesday at 2p.m. and 8p.m. the Mercyhurst College Performing Arts Center offers you a chance to temporarily break free of the monotony that is homework. The beginning of fall term brings a fresh set of ﬁlms courtesy of the Guelcher Film Series. Nine of these ﬁlms have have received recognition from international ﬁlm festivals. The following is a sneak peak of the ﬁlms that will be shown through December of this year. Sept. 12: “Black Book.” (German) Set in Holland during World War II, this is the story of a Jewish singer who joins the resistance against the Nazis. Sept. 19: “Away From Her.” (English) A man whose wife suffers from Alzheimer’s discovers that she has transferred her affections to another man. Oct. 3: “Talk to Me.” (English) Don Cheadle stars as outspoken ex-convict and iconic radio personality Ralph Waldo “Petey” Greene in a powerful biopic. “Talk to me details the life and career of a media ﬁgure whose voice instilled the black community with hope during the turbulent 1960s. Oct 10: “No End in Sight.” (English/Arabic) This ﬁlm is a grim and somber exploration of how grievous mistakes made after the invasion of Iraq spiraled out of control and possibly beyond repair. Ferguson’s debut doc “No End in Sight is a brilliant piece of investigative journalism. Oct. 17: “The Golden
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Luciano Pavarotti will be remembered for his tenor voice.
By Nicole Cerilli A&E editor
Opera fans around the world are reﬂecting on the legendary career of Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, who died Thursday of pancreatic cancer. Pavarotti died at 71 at his home in Italy. Known for his tenor voice, The New York Times said that Pavarotti’s “ringing, pristine sound set a standard for operatic tenors of the postwar era.” “The clear Italian diction and his understanding of the emotional power of words in music were exemplary,” said the New York Times. Nicknamed the “King of the High Cs,” Pavarotti’s Italian tenor voice led him to lead a memorable and inﬂuential career world-wide. Adjunct music faculty member Lisa Layman said that Pavarotti had an enormous inﬂuence on reviving opera. “He is responsible for attracting a new generation of opera fans,” said Layman. Pavarotti had a gift for entertaining large audiences. Mercyhurst conductor and professional opera singer Steve Colantti saw Pavarotti perform live. “He had a very distinctive voice, and he sounded just as good live as he does on recordings,” said Colantti. Colantti was an aspiring singer when Pavarotti’s career was ﬂourishing, and Pavarotti was a big inspiration for him. During his career, Pavarotti sang a total of 379 performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. The New York Times said that at his ﬁnal MET performance, Pavarotti received a standing ovation and 10curtain calls. Layman also said that Pavarotti had a remarkable career that extended beyond the opera world. He performed with music icons such as Elton John and Sting.
the extraordinary life of Edith Piaf. Nov. 28: “Ten Canoes.” (Aboriginal/English) To set his younger, unmarried brother on the right path, a man tells a salutary tale of wrong love and revenge. Dec. 5: “The Unreasonable Man.” (English) With the help of exciting graphics, rare archival footage and over 40 on-camera interviews conducted over the past two years, “An Unreasonable Man” traces the life and career of Ralph Nader, one of the most unique, important and controversial political ﬁgures of the past half century. Dec. 12: “Paprika.” (Japanese) When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient’s dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. All ﬁlms will be playing at the PAC on their respective Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students with ID (one ticket per student ID).
Sept. 12, 2007
was on holiday in Portugal. This rant is not so much about the missing child, but rather the news story CNN chose to cover over and over again. Children go missing every day in our own country and abroad. Hundreds are even trafﬁcked and smuggled from overseas. Yet we do not get to see these weepy eyed mothers begging for their daughters’ return on television. Whenever the news media seems to cover a missing person
A sick fetish:
By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
Election season is around the corner. Do you know what that means? Ronald Reagan is going to be pimped out to every conservative in the Grand Old Party. So why is it that every rightleaning candidate pretends as if it is Halloween as they all don the likeness of the Gipper, but without his unctuous charm? Ladies and gentlemen, it appears we have entered a new era in American history where originality is dead and our only option is to drag the corpses of dead presidents into the forefront. Why must politicians announce they are imitating the life of a more successful politician?
Missing white woman syndrome
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
After a month-long streak of not watching CNN, I walked into the living room this past week and caught a glimpse of Headline News. Apparently one of the biggest news breakers is up-to-date coverage of Madeleine McCann, an English toddler who recently disappeared while her family story they are generally female, relatively attractive and Caucasian. This situation has actually been deemed “Missing White Woman Syndrome” by Sheri Parks, a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Quite simply said, whenever the attention is put on one person, that is more time, energy and resources that could be used to ﬁnd a truly missing person.
The apotheosis of Reagan
Can a man not stand on his own two feet and rise to power because of his own convictions, or must he constantly ride the coattails of the more successful? I personally hold no grudge against Ronald Reagan, but I fail to see why presidential candidates are choosing to champion his cause. The Cold War is long over and what is needed now is a ﬂexible politician who is willing to make compromises. Reagan is a testament to a bipolar world, whereas the next president will be subject to a world reeling from the backlash of the War on Terror. Is the standard conservative the kind of man needed to ﬁll the role of president? No, I believe not. Perhaps it is in the best interest of the party to ditch its uberconservative leanings and return to its core essence. I also believe that since Republicans feel the need to associate themselves with a former president, they are doing an injustice to their party by only emulating Reagan. Has the history of America become so fuzzy that it does not remember the exploits of some of its greatest presidents, so they choose Reagan because he is the only one still fresh in the minds of Average America? The G.O.P is also home to Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Do you believe any of the current crop of candidates could step into the shoes of those aforementioned presidents? Do you truly believe Sam Brownback could deal with the cessation of the South? Do you believe Fred Dalton Thompson could knife-ﬁght a cougar?
Good shoes are hard to ﬁnd. It’s even harder to ﬁll someone else’s shoes.
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tactics. For the vast majority of women out there, even the words “defensive ground tactics” can be intimidating. But if more women took the initiative to learn even the most basic elements of self-defense and practice them regularly, there would deﬁnitely be less acts of violence against women in this country. I am not going to lie to you and tell you that acquiring selfdefense skills is an easy task. It isn’t. But I am going to point you in the right direction should you choose to take on the challenge. Our Mixed Martial Arts Program is hosting a four hour Women’s Self Defense seminar on Sept. 23 that will be taught by Roy C. Harris. Professor Harris has actively studied more than 20 different styles of martial arts. This seminar has limited spots that will be allotted on a ﬁrst come, ﬁrst serve basis. If you are interested in selfdefense classes, our Mixed Martial Arts program can accommodate you. The creation of classes depends on demand, so express your interest. For more information about the seminar offered by the Mixed Martial Arts Program, contact John J. Bruno at firstname.lastname@example.org. Face it ladies, in reality you never know what can happen, especially after you breach the
Sept. 12, 2007
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The new labs in Zurn are a great addition. Women’s tennis has started 4-0 for the first time in 10 years.
Ladies, it is time to strike out for your own defense
By Nola Hessom Contributing writer
Ladies, we’ve been told it a thousand times: “Don’t walk alone at night.” But sometimes the circumstances of life get in the way and you have to walk home all by your lonesome from that party. I know that most of you here feel that the campus is safe enough to walk alone at night. You have good reason to feel that way. Yes, Police and Safety does a good job of monitoring the campus, but they are by no means a perfect backup plan. I have trained in martial arts for ﬁve years and still continuously seek to broaden my knowledge of striking and grappling arts. Through this training, I have come to understand the beneﬁts of realistic self-defense training. Women on this campus, and women in general, should seek out knowledge of self-defense regardless of age or location. In my opinion, women need to learn a bare minimum of basic strikes and defensive ground conﬁnes of Mercyworld. Do your self-conﬁdence a favor and increase the overall feeling of freedom in your life. If you are willing to put in the time and effort to learn a few things, it could save your life one day.
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Letter to the editor
I am writing to you to express a concern about a comment that was published in the Sept. 5, 2007, edition of the the Merciad. Under the section called “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” there is an incorrect statement about the Library computers. It states that “the library computers on the ﬁrst ﬂoor rarely work, have fuzzy screens and do not support Microsoft word.” Most, if not all, of this information is entirely false. Not once was I ever contacted and asked what purpose these computers serve. The equipment is performing in working order. The writer could have veriﬁed that the PCs actually do work and are not “fuzzy” before going to print on this. Respectfully, Cessie Lombardozzi Computer Services Administrator, Hammermill Library
Sept. 12, 2007
record came under much scrutiny from professional athletes, sports writers and fans. However despite this questioning and uncertainty of whether today’s professional athletes are cheating the game or not, the certainty is that the Little Leaguers success is providing hope for a brighter future of the game. As a result the professional nature of today’s Little League baseball players was a hot topic during broadcasts of the games on ESPN. The announcers for each game, on numerous occasions, commented on how the skills and fundamentals shown by the young kids were amazing, and the lack of individuality among the players on each team was blatantly absent. Naturally these announcers were analysts who generally cover major league baseball and were talking about how these youngsters were bonaﬁde professionals at the age of 11 or 12, but in reality, they are just acting their age and having fun. Whether the announcers were over-analyzing or not, it was evident that the lack of individuality was the difference in these kids and it showed in the way they competed on the ﬁeld. It truly was fun for the kids that participated in the LLWS, which is where I think professional baseball players could learn a valuable lesson. The kids are not worrying about how big of a contract they have, what endorsements they may be receiving or what performance- enhancing drugs they can take to get an advantage over their opponents. There was not any arguing with the umpires or bench clearing brawls between teams, but rather pure sportsmanship at the highest level. During one game a young player hit a tie-breaking home run. As he rounded second base, the opposing shortstop congratulated him with a highﬁve. This shows not only great sportsmanship, but the respect for each other that the kids have. They do not forget that it is a competitive sport between friends. When you are watching your
Little league playoffs in a league of their own
By Chris Anderson Contributing writer
Following the conclusion of the Little League World Series on Aug. 26, it was obvious that professional baseball players could learn a thing or two from the eleven- and twelve-year-olds who participate each year in the annual baseball tournament in Williamsport, Pa. Major League Baseball is currently trying to escape a bad name due to the suspected use of performance- enhancing drugs. This has caused the game of baseball to lose a signiﬁcant amount of credibility among fans. In particular, Barry Bonds’ breaking the all-time home run favorite team during the rest of this year’s season, pay extra attention to the sportsmanship displayed in each game. What you will most likely see in each game is a player or two slamming his batting helmet following a strikeout, a pitcher beating up the water cooler or a batter not running out a hit. The fact of the matter is that the Little League players are in a league of their own and the effort they displayed this year during the LLWS sets them a notch above the professionals. In the end it will be the Little Leaguers humbly running back to the dugout after a strike out with the “next time” attitude, while the Major Leaguers are giving their frustration to the helmet rack.
State avoids the little guys
By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
Working for the state is not nearly as easy as PennDOT makes it seem. For every dozen PennDOT employees, it seems only one actually works. The same cannot be said for other state companies. I recently interned at a local historical site, Old Economy Village, in Ambridge, Pa. I worked in the Education Department, which controls PR. Part of my job was to ﬁnd ways to advertise to a new audience on a limited budget. All of the money Pennsylvania dumps into the highways short-changes small organizations within the state. I thought a radio broadcast from our site would be effective. I sent my proposal to the site administrator, who wholeheartedly agreed. The disagreement came when we got to the price. The state was on a budget freeze. Did this stop PennDOT’s “laborious” activity? Being the youngest by at least a decade, I tried to come up with innovative ways to appeal to a younger crowd. Aha! Myspace and YouTube. These two avenues are ideal when facing budget issues, since neither charges a membership fee. I sent proposals and held my breath. I knew the state regulations were tight, but I had no idea quite how stuffy the state really is. My proposal was promptly shot down,though I thought the state’s reasoning would be more concrete. I waited for a reply saying that Myspace could potentially to give the state a bad reputation. Those answers weren’t in the email I received. The true reason the state didn’t want me to create a Myspace account was that it was an unsecured website. That was it. A one-sentence refusal to my well-argued, twopage proposal. How does the state expect us to continue advertising a small but valuable historic site by relying solely on donations? It should not. While all of those PennDOT employees slave away in the summer, making upwards of $18 an hour, and small entities like Old Economy Village struggle to put an ad in local papers, the state turns the other way. Ten weeks was not enough time to persuade the state that their archaic ideals are not keeping up. Eventually the state will see the error of its ways, but it is a true inconvenience and disservice to historical treasures that preserve the culture of our state and country to not only limit their budget, but to put the kibosh on fresh ideas that do not require a dime.
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sophomore setter Julia Butler, who gathered 43 assists. In day two of the Laker Invitational, the squad rolled past Stonehill 30-20, 30-26, 3023. The win was a team effort as Kubinski, Butler, Fritz and seniors Christine Nisbet and Sara Kuntz led the Lakers. Following the ﬁrst match, the women’s volleyball team found themselves in familiar territory as they played once again for a ﬁrst place ﬁnish. They outlasted Tifﬁn in four games by the score of 30-22, 31-33, 32-30, 30-20. Leading the team were Butler, Matson and Ashworth, who were all named to the AllTournament Team. With the victory the squad improved to 12-1 on the season and continued their win streak to nine. Most importantly the Lakers are off to their best start in school history as a result of their dominating play. Kuntz explained that the winning start has provided a high level of conﬁdence heading into GLIAC play this upcoming weekend. “Well, the GLIAC is a tough conference. Every match is highly competitive,” she said. “This past weekend raised our conﬁdence level as a team because we are playing solid and competitive volleyball. That’s going to play a big role entering GLIAC play.” This weekend the Lakers travel to Ohio for matches against the University of Findlay and Ashland University. Both are strong teams ﬁlled with tremendous talent, with Ashland already ranked 8th in Division II. However there is a lot to be said about the Lakers. They possess a competitive attitude, the ability to produce solid play on a consistent basis and already have 12 convincing victories this season, proving that they are more than capable of making a huge statement in this year’s GLIAC play.
Sept. 12, 2007
Volleyball wins ninth straight
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
After dominating the Mercyhurst Invitational, the women’s volleyball squad turned its attention to their second home tournament of the season this past weekend. The Lakers found themselves once again victorious, as they capped off the Laker Invitational with a 4-0 record. On the opening day of play, the team defeated Ohio Valley 30-17, 30-22, 30-19, and Le Moyne with the scores of 30-17, 30-24, 36-34. In the ﬁrst contest the Lakers were led by junior Lauren Kubinski and freshman Katie Fritz, each of whom gathered up career highs of nine kills. Kubinski also showed strong play in the second match, producing a career-high eight blocks. Also leading the teams against Le Moyne were junior Jenna Matson, with 15 kills, and
Senior captain Kenneth Foster races to a 6th-place ﬁnish at the CALU Invitational.
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Men’s cross country places third in opener; women ﬁnish in ﬁfth
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
Running is not exactly everyone’s favorite pastime. Most of the time in sports running is a dreaded part of practice or even at times a form of punishment; however, for cross country runners, running is the sport. After intense preseason training in August, the Mercyhurst College men’s and women’s cross country teams were ready to race. Their ﬁrst test took place this past Saturday at the California University (CALU) Invitational in California, Pa. The men’s team was led by senior co-captain, Kenneth Foster and freshman Ronny Whiting. With a time of 27:55.60 on the 8K course, Foster placed sixth out of the 78 runners, with a time of 28:10.60, Whiting received an eighth place ﬁnish. Their excellent running helped propel the team to a third place ﬁnish overall at the event. Also ﬁnishing in the top 25 were junior Derek Hoerner and freshman Matt Allison. With the ﬁrst race under their belt, the team is looking to continue to succeed and improve through hard, competitive practices. “The top seven spots on the team are going to be very competitive considering the team is relatively quite young, but the upperclassmen have helped lead the freshmen in practices,” Foster said. “Prior to CALU we were a little uncertain of how well we would perform this year, but I personally think this is the best team since 2004.” The women’s team also faired well at the CALU Invitational, with a ﬁfth place overall team ﬁnish. Freshman Cherie Jackson led the team by placing third with a time of 20:08.50. Also contributing to the team’s performance was sophomore Amanda Ehrbar with her time of 22:05.80. As the season progresses both teams look to consistently improve in preparation for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship, which will take place in October. Both teams travel to Indiana this weekend for the National Catholic Invitational.
Tennis starts 4-0; best start in over a decade
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s tennis team opened Greater Lakes Interscholastic Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play with two victories over Lake Superior State, 8-1 and Michigan Tech 5-4, capping off their trip to Michigan. Mercyhurst is now 4-0 overall and 2-0 in GLIAC play. “Winning our ﬁrst four matches is a huge conﬁdence boost, and great way to start a season,” said junior Jaclyn McLean. “The wins also help us mentally knowing we can compete with anyone.” Mercyhurst started off slow as their only doubles win came when McLean and sophomore Meghan Raynor teamed up at No. 2 and defeated the Huskie’s pair 8-4. Mercyhurst battled back in singles play, winning four out of six matches with two three-set victories. Freshman Kim Ezzo prevailed at No.2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 and McLean won at No. 3, 61, 4-6, 6-4. The Laker’s other victories came when Raynor won 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3, and junior Maria Franco recorded a victory 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6. After the come-from-behind victory, the Lakers traveled to Lake Superior State. Mercyhurst controlled the match from start to ﬁnish, sweeping doubles play as senior Jennifer Daly and Ezzo won at No. 1, McLean and Raynor dominated at No. 2, and freshman Kelton Macke and Franco won at No. 3. The Lakers continued excellent play winning ﬁve of six matches in singles play. Ezzo battled through a two-set victory at No. 2, while McLean won in third-set tiebreak at No. 3. When asked how the team has improved from last season McLean said, “With the great leadership of our seniors and the addition of great freshmen with good attitudes we are an overall strong team.” Mercyhurst returns to action on Friday in Indianapolis.
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The next day the Lakers traveled home to play against the undefeated C.W. Post Pioneers at Tullio Field. The Lakers fell by a score of 2-1 to drop their season record to 0-5. One positive aspect of playing against C.W. Post was that after trailing 2-0, they battled back and played extremely well in the second half as they controlled the ball for a majority of the half. The Lakers were able to score a goal off of C.W. Post, something that no other team has done this season, which is an exciting accomplishment for the team. Courtney Monin scored the only goal off of a penalty corner to cut the Pioneers’ lead in half. Monin scored after sophomore Kristen Fogle’s shot was blocked and Monin was there to put in the rebound for the Laker’s only
Field hockey dominates, but does not win
By Chris Davis Sports editor
Young teams sometimes have trouble ﬁnding ways to win, even after outplaying a team for most of a game. That is what happened this weekend as the Mercyhurst College ﬁeld hockey team dropped two, one-goal games even though they dominated in the matches. On Saturday the Lakers traveled down to Robert Morris and were defeated 2-1. Emily Warren scored the only goal for Mercyhurst during the match. Junior Jen Coleman started in goal for Mercyhurst making six saves in 48 minutes. Junior Jen Macri then relived Colemen, playing the ﬁnal 22 minutes making two saves on two attempted shots. ﬁnishing the ball into the back of the net. The team is starting to get better with each game that we play.” The Lakers have now lost three times this season by a score of 2-1. Mercyhurst head coach Stacey Gaudette believes it is only a matter of time before everything comes together. “As the season is going on, our team is improving with fundamentals each and every game,” she said. “I would prefer to have a better record then we have, but I am happy with the progress we made to become a better team this past weekend.” “We just need to keep on working hard in practice and the wins will come,” said Gaudette. Mercyhurst will be going for their ﬁrst win on Friday as they host Bellarmine University at 5 p.m. on Tullio ﬁeld.
Mercyhurst’s goalie Jennifer Coleman made eight saves last weekend in two loses to Robert Morris and C.W. Post.
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goal of the game. The Lakers outshot C.W. Post 18-9 during the game, including taking 11 shots and attempting seven penalty corners in the second half. The Lakers controlled the ball for most of the second half,
but the Pioneers goalkeeper, Pam Guernaccini, came up big making numerous saves. Junior Alicia Guzzo belived that the team played extremely well despite the loss. “We dominated the game,” she said. “We just had trouble
Men’s water polo splits at Princeton Invitational
By Rhonda Marable Contributing writer
Following an impressive season opener, the Lakers traveled to the Princeton Invitational in New Jersey to face off against two nationally ranked teams, Princeton University and Bucknell University, The Lakers were called on to perform for a grueling threegame schedule on Saturday. The men certainly did not disappoint, winning an exciting game against Division I Iona College 5-4 in overtime. They then followed with a defeat of Queens College for the second time this season. At the end of the night the Lakers fell for the ﬁrst time this season, 13-7, to the Division I Princeton in a hard fought game. The next afternoon the Lakers fell 12-4 to the No. 13 Bucknell Unviersity Bisons in a contest dominated by Bucknell. Despite a split weekend and a 3-2 season record thus far, the team continues to perform well up to the standard set by last year’s most successful 12-8 winning season. The team’s veteran standouts for this weekend included AllAmerican leading scorer Andrew Schonhoff and points and assists leader Kevin Riordan. Schonhoff totaled seven goals, four drawn ejections and a single assist and steal on the weekend. His seven goals puts him in the season lead with 10. Riordan completed the tournament with ﬁve goals, three drawn ejections and In addition to an impressive defense, he ﬁnished with three goals and an assist. Moggridge, a freshman utility player from Ottawa, Ontario, made four goals and two drawn ejections. He came in second for the team in steals with eight. Goalies freshman Andy Sekulski and Senior Kyle Boguki shared responsibilities in the cage; both displaying excellent performances during the games they played. Sekulski made 16 saves, three assists and three steals, although 10 of Sekulski’s 16 saves came during the Laker’s game against Queens on Saturday Boguki also ﬁnished the weekend with 16 saves. The Lakers head to California to play four games at the Cal Lutheran Invitational.
Junior Andrew Schonhoff is currently leading the team with ten goals on the season.
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Senior Kevin Riordan scored ﬁve goals and had ﬁve assists during the Princeton Invitational last weekend.
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a steal. His ﬁrst drawn ejection was instrumental in contributing to the team’s win over Iona during overtime.
Coin, a junior transfer from San Diego, Ca., was on ﬁre defensively tallying a team high 13 steals for the weekend and four drawn ejections.
Fishback blasted a penalty kick past the Mercyhurst goal keeper to tie up the match with only a few minutes remaining. With the score tied at 1-1 the Lakers fought through the rest of regulation time and two overtime periods, but just could not get another goal. “We have been playing well; we just need to get the ball in the back of the net more,” defender Marty Powell said. “Things just have not been going our way in the past few games.” Saturday’s game against Oakland City was a complete turnaround for the Lakers. Taking the ﬁeld ready to play, the Lakers were able to put the ball into the back of the net numerous times to take the lead. “The men are working hard on the ﬁeld,” head coach Keith
Sept. 12, 2007
Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Football......................................................................Sep.8, W 42-23, Ferris State Field hockey........................................ .......................Sep. 8, L 2-1, Robert Morris Sep. 9, L 2-1, CW Post Men’s soccer…………………………………………............... Sep. 7, T 1-1, Indianapolis Sep. 8, W 4-1, Oakland City Women’s soccer…………………………………….................Sep. 8, W 4-0, Charleston Women’s volleyball………………………...........................Sep. 7, W 3-0, Ohio Valley Sep 7, W 3-0, Le Moyne Sep. 8, W 3-0, Stone Hill Sep. 8, W 3-1, Tifﬁn Women’s tennis…………………………........................Sep. 7, W 5-4, Michigan Tech Sep. 8, W 8-1, Lake Superior State Men’s water polo......................................................................Sep. 8, W 5-4, Iona Sep. 8, W 13-5, Queens Sep. 8, L 14-7, Princeton Sep. 9, L 12-4, Bucknell
Men’s soccer struggling to score
By Katie Walden Staff writer
This week the Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team traveled to Oakland City, In. to play in the Oakland Tournament against Indianapolis University and Oakland City University. The ﬁrst game against Indianapolis was a tough battle for both teams, as they kept the match a 0-0 tie for the majority of regulation time. In the 82nd minute of the game Mercyhurst’s Kurt Young slipped the ball into the back of the net to take the lead over the Greyhounds. The Lakers were playing well the whole game, but nothing seemed to be going their way on Friday. Two minutes after Young scored, Greyhound mid-ﬁelder Brian Cammidge said. “Things are moving in the right direction for us.” Leaving the Oakland Tournament with a 4-1 win over the host team, the Lakers headed home to host arch rival Gannon University on Tuesday. The Lakers dropped a heartbreaker in overtime sudden-dealth, as Gannon’s Chad Wynter connected on a deﬂection with 2:31 left in the ﬁrst overtime period. Mercyhurst started the game strong as they scored the ﬁrst goal of the game by freshman Billy Colton, after Young’s shot was deﬂected off of a save by Gannon’s goalkeeper. Daniel Mudd made 10 big saves in goal for the Lakers. The men travel to Michigan to take on Northwood University this weekend.
Raynor/Stokes athletes of the week
Women’s tennis player Meghan Raynor has helped the Lakers to their best start in the past decade as the team has started the season 4-0. Raynor has gone 6-0 during the past week playing as the Lakers’ No. 4 singles player and with Jaclyn McLean at No. 2 doubles. Raynor had three victories playing singles and three at doubles matches, including wins over conference opponents Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State and a win over St. Vincent College as well. In doubles she was paired with Jaclyn McLean as the duo won doubles matches by scores of 8-2, 8-4, and 8-2. Running back Richard Stokes of the football team earned male player of the week as he had 361 all-purpose yards including 244 yards rushing and three touchdowns, carrying the ball a school-record 37 times following the Lakers’ 42-23 road victory over Ferris State on Saturday. He also added 91 yards on three kick returns and 26 receiving yards to honor him with GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week. Stokes rushing total against Ferris State is the second-highest mark in school history and he is just the third running back in the Lakers history to go over 200 yards in a game.
Women’s soccer wins big at home
By Stephen Duggan Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team gave us a reminder of how good they are on home soil by hitting their opponents for 11 goals this past weekend. The Lakers went 9-0 at home last year and began this season in the same fashion. They came into this weekend’s ﬁxture holding a 2-1-1 record meaning two wins were a necessity. They did not disappoint. On Friday afternoon the Charleston Golden Eagles came to Erie. Senior Jacque Sluga opened the scoring in a game that would see four different Lakers hit the back of the net. Junior Sarah Powell added what would be her sixth goal of the season. Junior Christine Rehnart grabbed her ﬁrst goal of the season with a header off a Jamie Schroter. Freshman Schroter would go on to earn her third assist of the game when she swung in a corner kick that sophomore Braedyn Ordway ﬁnished to seal the game 4-0. The Lakers were in action again on Sunday afternoon hosting West Virginia Wesleyan (WVW) who defeated the Lakers 1-0 last season. With that game in the back of their minds, the Lakers were out for revenge. The game kicked off under torrential downpour and ﬂowed from end to end for 24 minutes. Adrienne Sluga took the ball down the right side before cutting in and playing a perfect pass to sophomore Taylor Hilinski, who made no mistake. The ﬁrst goal seemed to lift the pressure off Mercyhurst and what had previouslybeen a tight encounter opened up. A Schroter corner was then headed towards goal by Lisa Melander, the keeper palmed it but the rebound fell to Melander, who ﬁnished calmly. The bobcats of WVW could only keep Powell scoreless for so long, and in the 52nd minute Powell ripped a Hilinski cross into the goal. Her latest effort brings Powell to seven goals in six games. Hilinski then added her second goal of the game on a play built up by Powell. Junior Heintzmann had ﬁve saves in goal and made it two shutouts in as many games to help lead the team to a 7-0 win. Powell said, “After an average opening to the season we needed two wins at home this weekend. We pulled together as a team and scored 11 goals in two games. Hopefully these wins can give us momentum going into next week.” The Lakers are in action again on Thursday at Northwood where they will have their ﬁrst conference game of the season.
Football named team of the week
For the second time in three weeks, the Mercyhurst football team has been named team of the week, as they shocked Ferris State 42-23 on Saturday evening in Michigan. This victory ended a 20-game losing streak in games played in the state of Michigan and the team picked up its ﬁrst road win in Michigan since 2000. Stokes was named GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week, and teammate Charlie Gleisner was named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week to help to contribute to the team beginning the season 2-1.
Men’s golf places 13th; women place 9th
Junior Kyle Waddell shot 7-over to place 29th and helped the Mercyhurst men’s golf team to a 13th-place ﬁnish at the two-day Ohio Valley University Invitational held at the Woodridge Plantation Golf Club in West Virginia on Friday and Saturday. Teammates Patrick Johnson and Ryan Bidwell each shot 11-over-par to ﬁnish tied for 47th. Mercyhurst College women’s golf team placed ninth out of nine teams on Sunday and Monday at the Youngstown Invitational ﬁnishing with a score of 705. The host Penguins of Youngstown State proved to be the best team in the ﬁeld, shooting 629. The best score by a Mercyhurst golfer belonged to Caitlin Cummings, who ﬁnished in 36th place as she shot 173.
Brennan selected captain at 2007 university games
Recent Mercyhurst basketball graduate Mitch Brennan was named a starter and team captain for Australia at the 24th World University Summer Games in Bangkok, Thailand, helping his team to a 17th-place ﬁnish.
Sept. 12, 2007
Football upsets Ferris State t0 improve to 2-1
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
Mercyhurst stormed into Big Rapids, Michigan this weekend looking to show Ferris State that last year’s 28-7 loss was only a ﬂuke. The Lakers were a clear underdog on paper, but did not show it as they rode on the back of junior Richard Stokes past the Bulldogs, 42-23. The win marks the ﬁrst Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) win for the Lakers this year. Solid offensive drives led by Mitch Phillis combined with a speedy defense led by Theo Hall allowed the Lakers to wear down the Bulldogs attack on their way to a solid victory. Stokes led the running attack with 244 yards rushing and three touchdowns. In addition Stokes compiled 26 receiving yards and 91 return yards to give him 361 all-purpose yards. This magical performance from such a talented running back was the spark for which the offense was looking. Phillis ended the day with a 63 throwing percentage, 248 yards passing and two touchdowns. Both Phillis and Stokes owe their amazing performances to a solid offensive line, which opened up holes and kept the quarterback on his feet for most of the day. Mercyhurst set the tempo early in the ﬁrst quarter establishing a 90-yard scoring drive, which lasted 1:56. The drive followed a ﬁeld goal by Ferris State and an interception thrown by Phillis. The offense did not let these early woes put them down, as the drive was capped off by a 22-yard rushing touchdown by Stokes. The Lakers were able to expose a weak defensive line while capitalizing on a costly personal foul by Ferris State’s Kurt Hout. Early in the second quarter the Bulldogs regained the lead with a two-yard touchdow (21n run by Leonard Curry. The lead did not last long when on the pursuing drive; the Lakers drove 75 yards on the hands of Phillis. Phillis capitalized drive and opened up his bag of tricks. A 34-yard pass from Phillis to Frank Ziegler set up defensive linebacker Dave Stallard for a two-yard rushing touchdown. This gave the Lakers a comfortable 28-10 lead. The defense, led by Zac Wild, held strong however, forcing the Bulldogs to settle for a ﬁeld goal that brought the score to 28-23. Haynes added insurance points for the Lakers by catching a 17-yard touchdown pass from Phillis followed shortly by yet another rushing touchdown by Stokes. The Lakers’ defense came up big when the game was on the line, giving the offense numerous opportunities to capitalize against Ferris State. The defense forced two key turnovers and sacked C.J. Van Wieren four times en route to the victory. The Lakers (2-1) will look to utilize their powerful offense against the Wayne State Warriors (1-1) in their homeopener on Saturday at Tullio Field at 1:30 p.m.
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Mercyhurst football players practice at Tullio Field. The Lakers won against Ferris State 42-23.
on the drive hitting defensive linebacker Charlie Gleisner for a one-yard touchdown pass. Mercyhurst’s special teams gave the Lakers another chance to score before the end of the half when Hall forced a fumble from the Bulldogs, which was recovered by Aaron Parks.
This set up Stokes for a rushing touchdown to put the Lakers ahead 21-10 at the half. The second half opened the same way the ﬁrst half ended, with the Lakers in the end zone. Coach Marty Schaetzle put the playbook away for the
Steelers new coach begins with victory over Browns
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
On Jan. 22, 2007, Mike Tomlin was named the Steelers 16th head coach replacing Bill Cowher who resigned on Jan. 2. Tomlin, 34, was the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator in 2006 after spending the previous ﬁve seasons (2001-05) as defensive backs coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Vikings’ defense ranked eighth in the NFL and ﬁrst against the run in Tomlin’s only season as defensive coordinator and did not allow a 100-yard rusher. The transition for a ﬁrst year coach is always difﬁcult and Tomlin’s has added pressure with the historic success of the Steelers. Tomlin replaces Cowher, who produced a Super Bowl XL victory, two AFC championships, eight conference titles and ten post-season births during his 15-year tenure. Cowher’s resignation was to the dismay of Steelers nation because of the restored success to the franchise producing a 160-99-1 record, the best in its history in the NFL. During his 15 season as head coach of the Steelers, Cowher possessed the “blue-collar” attitude around which the city of Pittsburgh was built. In 1992 Cowher was hired as the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers replacing Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll. During Noll’s tenure the Steelers had arguably the greatest run in NFL history, winning four Super Bowls (1974, 1975, 1978, and 1979) in six seasons, which makes him the only coach to achieve such a feat. Along with Noll’s 225-1641 record he also produced numerous Hall of Fame inductees, notably Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris and Jack Lambert. Until the hiring of Noll in 1969 the Steelers were bottom dwellers in the NFL, posting a 144-246-19 overall record. It only took Noll ﬁve seasons until he had the Steelers at the top of the NFL winning their ﬁrst Super Bowl in 1974. With Noll’s four Super Bowl victories and Cowher’s win in Super Bowl XL, the Steelers are tied with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers for the most Super Bowl victories. The Tomlin reign started with a win at Cleveland, 34-7. The Steelers dominated all three phases of the game, as the defense forced ﬁve Browns turnovers and added six sacks, while Ben Roethlisberger threw for a career-high four touchdowns. With the win the Steelers now lead the all-time series against Cleveland 56-55. Tomlin and the Steelers will return to action this Sunday at Heinz ﬁeld against the Buffalo Bills at 1 p.m. as they look to improve to 2-0 on the season. Scoot Williams photo
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Women’s soccer scores 11 unanswered
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