Lacrosse players reinstated

SEPT. 19, 2007

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Vol. 81 No. 4


Former student charged in infant’s death >>PAGE 2

Teri Rhodes

Lakers win three in a row
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What’s Inside Police log..........3 Lakerbriefs........5 I HEART Erie......6 Get to know.......6 The Buzz..........11 Quick hits........18

Witness recounts accident >> PAGE 5


“We’re college students and we know not to put babies in a plastic bag.” Freshman Caitlin Burke agreed. “I think she deserved it because she knew what she was doing,” she said. Sophomore Frank Jones said she must serve time for her actions. “She killed her own baby,” he said. “So she deserves the homicide charge. She has to do time for killing another person.” Junior Tom Dennstedt said he finds the incident shocking. “When I first read the e-mail, I wasn’t sure what was going on,” he said. “You just don’t think stuff like that happens around here.” According to the criminal complaint, Rhodes “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently caused the death of her newborn baby girl,” and that the infant was asphyxiated. The Times-News stated, “… the detectives, Lt. Dan Spizarny and Sgt. Kenneth Merchant, said in the complaint that Rhodes hid the baby by placing it in a plastic bag and leaving it on the floor of a bathtub while she took a shower.” According to the complaint, “The defendant made no attempt to seek medical care and even went so far as to deny to medical personnel that she had even given birth.” The Times-News reported, “Erie police and the District Attorney’s Office spent the five weeks since the infant girl’s death building a case against Rhodes, using records from Rhodes’ laptop computer and cell phone.” Detectives also investigated Rhodes’ medical records, including a physical she underwent two days before the pregnancy. A physician contracted by Mercyhurst cleared Rhodes, who played on the woman’s volleyball team. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook ruled the infant’s death a homicide two days after police discovered the body in a plastic bag. Cook said the baby was suffocated after being alive for about 10 minutes. “Her lungs had been used,” he said at a press conference on

Sept. 19, 2007

Ex-’Hurst student charged with homicide
By Staff reports The Merciad
Erie police filed a general count of homicide against former Mercyhurst College sophomore Teri Rhodes six weeks after an infant was found dead in her on-campus, Briggs Avenue apartment. The Erie Times-News stated the general homicide charge against the 18-year-old “…allows the District Attorney’s Office to seek a wide range of convictions, from first-degree murder, or a pre-meditated killing, to involuntary manslaughter, an unintentional killing due to gross negligence.” Rhodes is also accused of concealing the death of a child, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child and abuse of a corpse, according to the criminal complaint. She was arraigned at the office of Erie 5th Ward District Judge Joseph Lefaiver. Students find the charge appropriate. “Clearly it’s murder,” said sophomore Stevie Lynn Crisci.

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A student stands in front of 3810 Briggs Ave., the location of Teri Rhodes’ former apartment.

Aug. 14. Mercyhurst College Media Relations Manager Deborah Morton released a formal statement Tuesday. “The Mercyhurst College community continues to cope with this terrible tragedy, our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have suffered as a result,” read the statement.

“As is the Mercyhurst way, however, we will look for ways to learn from this distressing experience….Never can we avert every tragedy. They are a part of life. But we can and should learn from them, deal compassionately with those who are hurting and double our efforts to offer support to those who are in crisis.”

Mercyhurst relocates sand volleyball court
By Abigail Grasinger Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College students will soon be offered another activity to add to the lengthy list of things to do around campus. The construction of the new sand volleyball court is currently underway and is expected to be completed by the end of this week. The project is currently considered by Associate Vice President of Administration Tyrone Moore to be “a work in progress,” but should be open for games by the weekend. The new court is actually being built to replace the old court which was removed to make room for last year’s senior class gift, the Multi-Purpose Court between South Briggs and Lewis avenues. The new court currently has eight inches of sand and clay based soil. Additional sand of a finer, beach-type quality will be added before the court is open for play. “The court is being created to accommodate the needs of students to make it easy and fun,” said Moore. The court is another student centered establishment from a growing list of improvements for the Mercyhurst campus. “The goal is to provide relaxing outlets to be utilized on campus,” explained Moore. “It is another way the student government is pushing to maintain numerous activities for the students.” “I think it’s good that the school is continually getting involved with its student’s lives by creating different activities we can participate in,” said Junior Sarah Muhlberger, about the construction of the new court. Moore also explained that the establishment of the court is an attempt to utilize wasted campus space in a way that benefits students. The aim for the college is to utilize all unused space to make the campus a more pleasant environment for students. This area, they figured, was to be best used for recreational purposes. The addition of the court does pose several problems. The administration overseeing the construction of the court is still working out minor kinks such as where the actual volleyballs are to be housed. It is a possibility to have them available at the student union or possibly at the surrounding building’s RA’s apartments. Security screens will be placed on the windows of the surrounding buildings to prevent them from breaking and the net will be taken down during winter months. The new court is located on upper Briggs and Lewis, between Briggs 3937 and Lewis 3938. The exact opening date will depend on when the netting poles are to be delivered and put up.

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Police and Safety Log
Disorderly Conduct West Duval Sept. 8 Unfounded Liquor Law Violation Baldwin Hall Sept. 9 College discipline Criminal Mischief Parking Lot #21 Sept. 9 Case closed Larceny/Theft West Duval Sept. 12 Unfounded Burglary Family & Consumer Science Center Sept. 12 Case closed Controlled Substances 745 E. 40th St. Sept. 15 College discipline

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A new Cardio Theater will be installed in the Recreation Center by the end of Sept.

Cardio Theater, Card Swipe System make their way to Recreation Center
By Ashley Pastor Contributing writer
It took six years, but with the help of the Student Government, the Mercyhurst College Recreation Center will soon have a Card Swipe system and a Cardio Theater including four televisions by the end of the September. “I’m excited for it. Hopefully it will encourage more people to come and workout. Right now the gym is so boring,” said senior Maggie Nielsen. Director of the Fitness Center Thoman Herman, credits the changes largely to the Student Government’s involvement in the issue. “This is the way that the gym should be run. The students need to have a say in what they want and I’m willing to help them get there,” said Herman. For six years he has pushed for the Cardio Theater and is excited for the state-of-the-art technology. The Cardio Theater will include four televisions, tuned into stations such as CNN and ESPN. Students will also be able to request a station, which will be controlled by the office. Each television will be tuned into a FM radio receiver, which can be accessed by any FM radio device. The gym will be signing out receptors for students to use. The receptors however will not be headsets, due to health reasons. The Cardio Theater is an important addition to the gym, Herman assured. As of now, the people using the treadmills, elliptical and stairclimbing machines and other devices, are looking at the people lifting weights, and vice versa. “New televisions would be great in the gym. They would be better to watch while working out then having to watch everyone else workout,” said sophomore Chelsea Buckley. Freshman John Downing agreed. “The new TVs would be nice. I was just thinking about that when I was running on the treadmill,” he said as he was leaving the gym. Another new addition to the gym is a Card Swipe System. This system is comparable to the methods used at the Laker or cafeteria except it will not be used to charge students. According to Herman, the Card Swipe System at the Rec is being put into affect to better regulate and keep track of gym visitors for records, liabilities, and insurance reasons. Students should be aware that no exceptions will be made for students who do not have their IDs with them. Students lacking IDs will not be granted access to the gym. Students will still be allowed to sign guests into the gym. In cases such as alumni, a separate system is in the works to dodge any discrepancies the new system imposes. Also keep in mind that it is not the student employee’s fault if you do not have your ID. Senior Julianne Rotondi said, “It will definitely make things easier. I try to be as nice as possible when people forget shoes or don’t have their ID. Sometimes it’s intimidating to have to tell some of the people who come in they have to have an ID or shoes.” Student athletes are no exception to the Card Swipe System and will also be responsible for producing an ID in order to use gym facilities. The gym is at its peak right now, boasting all of the new additions. The gym still offers sping classes including martial arts and boxing, aerobics. So if it took six years to enact these changes, what’s next for the gym? Herman said, “Well maybe a nice locker room with a sauna, but that’s definitely going to take a while.”

Lacrosse players suffer suspension
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Three Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse players returned to the team this past weekend after a two-week suspension from the program. Mercyhurst College Director of Athletics Craig Barnett said a total of four players were suspended after breaking team rules. Barnett said one of the suspended players chose not to return to the team. Barnett would not elaborate on which team rules were violated, nor would he confirm the names of the suspended players obtained by the Merciad, since the incident is an “internal investigation.” Sources close to the team suggested the suspension was a result of an off-campus party turning into a fight at a house located on East 38th Street three weekends ago. Mercyhurst College Associate Athletic Director Anthony Cipollone would not comment on the incident. “We are not commenting on anything related to this,” he said. “This is something that is being handled internally.” Barnett said the team violated no athletic department or school rules. “This is not a hazing incident,” he said. He said each team develops their own team rules that are monitored by individual coaches. Barnett said team rules are essential to each athletic team. “They’re important,” he said. “We expect them (players) to follow the rules.” Mercyhurst College men’s head lacrosse coach Chris Ryan would not comment on the suspensions, and referred all matters to Barnett. Barnett said the men’s lacrosse team is not in season and an official list of players is not available. “It’s hard to distinguish who’s on the team and who’s not,” he said.



Sept. 19, 2007

Carnival of fun at Fall Fest Celebration of peace inspires Mercyhurst
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
This past weekend was a carnival of fun in Garvey Park. Members of Mercyhurst Student Government and the Student Activities Committee put on Fall Fest on Saturday, bringing a cheery atmosphere to a cloudy day. Senior Kelly Cofrancisco, SAC chair, was excited to see the turnout despite the overcast weather. “In previous years we’ve had more people but I think it’s a good turnout considering the weather,” Cofrancisco said. Freshmen could be seen streaming from Baldwin Hall, but upperclassmen from across campus also attended. Cofrancisco said, “It’s definitely a mixed crowd. The upperclassmen come to expect the bigger events like Fall Fest and Spring Fest so we try to put on a good event.” “SAC and MSG put on events of this caliber for the students,” MSG President Marissa Starin said, “We are here for the students with their concerns and problems, but also to show them how to have a good time.” Junior Mixa Jovanovic, Vice President of Student Government, said that the purpose of events such as Fall Fest is to provide an outlet for students to have fun. “Fall Fest gives students a nice time to relax,” Jovanovic said. “School just started and we have so much to do. Freshmen just got to Mercyhurst and they need a break from their schedules.” Cofranciso said that this year’s Fall Fest was designed with a carnival theme in mind because it is something different. “Last year with Dr. Gamble’s Inauguration Week activities, we did a Presidential Laker Luau to honor him as the 11th president.

By Elizabeth Maier Contributing writer
Haven’t practiced your peace sign since that last picture you took with your friends? Then mark your calendar for International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. “The purpose of the International Day of Peace is to celebrate and demonstrate peace on campus,” said Pertrina Marrero, director of the Mulit-Cultural Center and coordinator of the day’s events and festivities. According to the 2001 resolution passed by the United Nations General Assembly, Sept.21 signifies International Day of Peace. The resolution states that this day “shall be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, an invitation to all nations and people to honour a cessation of hostilities for the duration of the Day…” Beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union’s Great Room, St. Francis of Assisi’s prayer, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” will be read by four international students in their native language. “The Prayer Vigil will give a brief background to the Day - the theme for which was put together by young adults from all over Europe,” said Campus Minister, Reverend Lyta Seddig, who along with campus ministry is sponsoring the prayer vigil. “They chose the prayer “Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace” because it gives specific examples of how we may live peace in our daily lives,” she said. Sophomore, Carrina Crow shared her thoughts on the day. “Before we can create peace in other nations, we should start in

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Fall Fest was a success, allowing students to enjoy carnival games, inflatables and cotton candy.

This year, the focus is back on the students and we had a carnival theme,” Cofrancisco said. Cofranciso said that the planning had to start early to organize an event of this size. Jovanovic helped the team of students who planned the event. “The executive boards started planning in July and August this summer,” he said. Jovanovic added, “Everybody loves the inflatables, so we got the Adrenaline Rush Course, inflatable Twister and bouncy boxing.” There were also many things to do at the event other than inflatables. “We have carnival games, such as the big mouth to throw bean bags through, milk can toss and hole in one golfing,” said Starin Junior Hilary Hancock was a member of SAC working at the prize booth. “Students can play carnival games, and if they win once they get a stuffed animal. If they win again they can come back to the prize booth with a raffle ticket and try for one of the prizes in a drawing,” she said. Students were also eligible to win the grand prize which was

a stereo. Hancock was able to step away from her booth long enough to try Totally T-shirts. “There are binders with options of what you can put your face on,” she explained. “There are pictures like magazine covers, a wanted poster and a milk carton. I got my face put on a picture of a cowboy.” Students who weren’t having t-shirts made, playing on the inflatables or at the booths were eating cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones. Later in the afternoon, a barbeque was served, followed by the local band Money Shot. Senior Jen Feret was wandering among the booths at Fall Fest. “I’ve never been here before ... I came today because I wanted to see what it’s all about. Also, I love the band and can’t wait to see them.” Starin only has good memories of Fall Fest, and hopes that others enjoyed their time also. “I have attended fall fest every year, and worked it since I was a freshman. Lines aren’t bad, and the weather has usually been pretty good. It’s a great time for all.”

our own country by trying to join peace organizations,” she said. Following the prayer vigil, students will be given the opportunity to show their peaceful nature by making a peace bracelet. “Four different colors of wooden beads: red, yellow, black and white; will be used to make the bracelet. The four colors represent the four races of humanity. Wood symbolizes sustainability,” Marrero explained. The day’s celebrations will end with a sampling of Hispanic food in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month. “I chose the events of prayer, bracelet making and food sampling because they symbolize unification and solidification of peace,” Marrero said. In addition to Campus Ministry, Residence Life is also sponsoring and supporting the MultiCultural Center’s first prayer incorporated service. Assistant Vice President of Student Life Laura Zirkle said, “Residence Life contributed financially to the day’s festivities and the Resident Assistants have encouraged many students to participate.” Zirkle believes, “This day is about what we are about. We are carrying out our Mercyhurst mission statement when we participate in days such as these.” Besides participating in the International Day of Peace, students share their thoughts on how to practice peace everyday. Sophomore forensics major, Jen Beruk believes, “I think we can become more peaceful if people would talk things over and come up with strategies to solve problems that don’t involve violence.” Don’t forget that peaceful living should be practiced long after this Friday’s celebrations have ended.

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“I was walking home from the bookstore on 41st and Lewis and I saw people moving around on the street frantically,” she said. “I then saw a girl lying on the street. The kid who hit her had got out of his car and called 911, while another person put a sweater behind the girl (on the street).” Testa said Sturik was crying and had no recollection of what happened. “We tried calming her down and informed her police were on the way,” she said. “It was pretty dramatic and then the ambulance, fire and police arrived.” Students say that they’re not surprised another peer was injured while trying to cross Lewis Avenue. Senior Elyse Lagana said she witnesses people speeding on Lewis and Briggs avenues all the time. “I knew it was going to happen sometime,” she said. “Cars zip through the street.” Junior Candida Bolaños said she also witnesses fast cars on the avenues. “The cars don’t go so fast in the morning,” she said. “But in the afternoon, they especially do.” Senior John Wayner, who lives in one of the townhouses near the site of the accident, said he’s shocked by the incident. “I agree people go very fast up and down the hill, but I’m surprised both parties didn’t do anything to prevent it such as the girl waiting to cross or the guy slowing down,” he said. There is no report that Jason was speeding during the time of the accident. Lagana suggested signs be posted or speed bumps be installed to slow cars down. “As a driver, speed bumps would be annoying, but they (Briggs and Lewis avenues) are highly populated areas,” she said. “It’s like playing Frogger walking across the street.” Mercyhurst College Police and Safety Chief Ken Sidun said the decision to install any warning signs must come from the city. Sidun said the city will more than likely not install speed bumps because of snow plowing. He said the only consideration could be to install a pedestrian walking sign. “We have to get students into the habit of using the crosswalks,” he said.


Student struck on Lewis
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Mercyhurst College students will want to look twice before crossing Lewis Avenue. A vehicle driven by senior Matthew Jason struck junior Allison Sturik on Wednesday, Sept. 12 shortly after 2 p.m. An Erie Police Bureau police crash reporting form stated Sturik suffered a concussion, abrasions to the head, and soreness in the right shoulder. According to the report, Jason made a left turn onto Lewis Avenue from 41st Street and struck Sturik, who was crossing the street. “(Jason) did not see (Sturik) until it was too late to avoid collision,” states the report. The report states another vehicle was traveling southbound on Lewis Avenue at the time of the incident, but did not stop and “…most likely was not aware of the accident.” The report states Sturik did not use the crosswalk, and crossed “…an estimated 20 ft. north of (the) crosswalk.” Senior Samantha Testa said she witnessed the accident.

laker briefs
Good People Gather
Good People Gather: The Charlene M. Tanner Speakers Series brings three of the most compelling voices on the frontlines of environmental advocacy to Erie Oct. 12-14. Many other activities are planned. All are free and open to the public.

‘According to Jim’ executive producer Jonathan Stark ‘75 returns to his alma mater to kick off Homecoming Weekend and share his Hollywood experiences.

’Hurst to Hollywood

Hurst TV telecasts Cardinal’s lecture

The address delivered by Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on September 10 is being televised by Hurst TV. It can be seen on Erie’s Time Warner Cable, Channel 19. His speech will air Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. with a rebroadcast at 10:30 p.m. It can also be seen on Friday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The show was produced by students of the Mercyhurst College Department of Communication and Hurst TV.

The Gliding Stars first meeting will be held on Monday Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. The program offers Mercyhurst students an opportunity to help children with disabilities learn the techniques of ice skating and put on a final performance in the spring. The meetings are held every Monday at the Mercyhurst Ice Center and run until April. On-ice and off-ice volunteers are needed.

Gliding Stars

Mercyhurst College stops list of preferred lenders
By Casey Greene News editor
Future Mercyhurst College students may suffer due to the illegal business dealings of several colleges and universities around the nation. Over the past year multiple educational institutions were found guilty of receiving various types of kickbacks from lending companies. In return for these illegal payments, the guilty colleges added the lender’s name to a Preferred Lender List. Preferred Lender Lists are utilized by many college financial service departments as a way to aid students when choosing a lending company. “Preferred Lender Lists basically explain who offers the best deals to our students” explained Director of Student Financial Services, Kathy Bialk. “Students and their families often need guidance when looking into loans and other financial services. Many colleges and universities put together these lists with the intent of helping their students,” she said. The recent investigations concerning lender lists have caused Mercyhurst to eliminate their own directory of preferred lenders. Bialk assured that Mercyhurst, “is in no way under the scrutiny of these claims,” before explaining that the issue has caused Mercyhurst to reevaluate the means by which they choose preferred lenders. “Mercyhurst selections have previously been based on borrower benefits and good services,” said Bialk. The list has been withdrawn until more formal research can be conducted. “We need to develop a process that will be able to objectively show how our Preferred Lenders List was developed,” she said. Bialk said that students are able to pick any lender they want. The Preferred Lenders List is used only as a way to inform students which lending companies have provided adequate service in the past. “The fact of the matter is some lenders are better than others. Some lenders conduct good business and some just don’t,” said Bialk. For Mercyhurst students the withdrawal of the Preferred Lenders List means specific financial information will not be dispensed until research has been completed. Research is expected to be completed by fall 2008, said Bialk. Bialk stressed that students should feel comfortable meeting with their financial advisors to discuss any finacial concerns. “That’s why we are here,” she said. “We want to help students.”



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Food Fix
This recipe was suggested to me by senior Ashley Loeser because she said “they are so quick and easy to make.” Well she was right! They are easy to make and they taste amazing. One thing about this recipe is that you can put in as much or little ingredients as you want, such as the cheese or salsa, to make them unique. There are no set rules for this one and no matter what

2005, 2006 and 2007, Doc Holliday’s offers 22 different flavors at the affordable price of $6.99 for 10 wings. Sandwiches are also $6.99 and include thick French fries and a pickle on the side. Burgers will cost hungry customers $7.49 and dinner options start at $8.99 with your choice of three sides. Pizza is also a specialty at the Country Bar with a plain cheese, 12-inch pizza costing $7.25. “After eating my pulled pork sandwich at Doc’s I was stuffed, I didn’t break the bank and I was looking forward to some line dancing,” said Mercyhurst senior Meghan Dolney. Yes, that’s right; line dancing lessons take place every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are family oriented and fun. Unfortunately for all those under the age of 21, you can not enter past 9 p.m. However, luckily, and for those of legal age, there is no cover charge for the live entertainment featured seven nights a week. Dueling Pianos will be performing Sept. 25, and this year’s featured Fall Fest band, Money Shot, will perform on Saturday Sept. 29. Gentleman, if you’re not looking forward to line dancing, come to Doc Holliday’s to play pool or to watch the NFL Sunday Ticket on the big screen. With all of this and more, make Doc Holliday’s your next I Heart Erie destination.

With Meg
you can not mess it up because even if they fall apart, or you forget something they will still taste great. Loeser was eager to share this recipe because of the fact that it is one of her favorites and she has made it several times. To share your favorite recipes with Merciad readers, please contact me at mdolne06@ - Meghan Dolney

Dinner and dancin’ at Doc Holliday’s
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Getting sick of the same old sports bar and grill? Looking for a place that soothes your appetite and introduces you to new dance steps? Then grab your cowboy hat and boots because this week’s I Heart Erie is taking you on a journey through the country. Doc Holliday’s Country Bar and Grill is Erie’s leading country hot spot. Located a half mile north of the Presque Isle Downs on Schultz Road near Interstate 90, the local eatery offers an assortment of dishes and a variety of entertainment. Voted Erie’s Best Wings in

Chili Dog Roll
1 package hot dogs 1 package flour tortillas 1 can beanless chili 1 jar salsa 1 package cheddar cheese

1.) Spread as much of the beanless chili in the tortilla as you would like and roll the hot dog in it. 2.) Place all of the roll-ups in a large glass pan. 3.) Put the desired amount of salsa on top of the rolled up hot dogs. 4.) Place the glass pan in the oven to bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. 5.) Sprinkle the cheese on top and place back in the oven until all the cheese is melted.

Get to know...
Year: Senior Hometown: Russell, Pa. Major: Dance and French Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: Small campus and friendly, helpful faculty Least favorite thing: The lack of attendance at dance performances School activities: The Mercyhurst Dancers, Mercyhurst Dance Team, Nu Delta Alpha, and Dance Club President

Jo Alspaugh

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Christina Aguilera Vanessa Williams

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Fashion hits Emmys
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
The Emmy awards mark a day of red carpet fashion not to be missed by anyone who has even miniscule interest in fashion and celebrities. This year the Emmys event marked a notable difference, mainly in the fact of similarity. Nearly all nominees were sporting long, tightly fitted bodice tops, elongated by fish tail bottoms and coupled with the usual “bling.” America Ferrerra, wore a beautiful brilliant blue gown, created by Monique Lhuillier. The design featured a vertical ruched line down the side seams of the gown. This look accentuated her curves very nicely; it’s just too bad the NBC blue background was the identical color of the gown, diminishing its beauty. Another favorite was Christina Aguilera’s dress, a stunning vintage-looking frock designed and created by Valentino. Aguilera’s dress was one of the only ones where one could see a clearly defined reflection of her personal taste. The A-line white gown was sprinkled with black trim on the upper straps and also on the empire waist bow. The gown was designed with a sweetheart-shaped flowered decollate, as the dress reflected a 1920-1930s vibe, in which she is regularly known for. On a different note, older actresses were wearing ageinappropriate gowns. One such example would be Desperate Housewife actress Felicity Huffman. Huffman wore a beautiful draped fuchsia gown, which was cut a bit too low for someone over the age of 30. It is disturbing that seemingly all of the “A-list” Hollywood crowd find it alluring to show off their boney, xylophone-like chests. If actresses decide to wear one of the deep cut V-neck dresses, especially one that features a draped, skin grazing fabric, they should locate their nearest McDonalds or Dairy Queen for further assistance beforehand. Speaking of celebrity mishaps, one to mention is the lovely mint green, Andes Candy colored and feather emblazed number that was featured on Vanessa Williams. No doubt the design was unique, innovative and acceptable, that is if your name is Bjork or Paris Hilton. Many looked gorgeous, but many should probably just fire their stylists. Who is appointed to classify these works of art as good or bad is unknown to many. After all, Picasso never really profited from any of his designs.

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Sept. 19, 2007

Studying abroad offers a chance for new experiences
By Shannon Kelley Staff writer
Erie may be your ideal location for school, but if you have ever dreamed of escaping from the dreadful snow for some sandals and sun, why not earn some credits along with your change in scenery? Why not consider studying abroad? Mercyhurst College offers a variety of study abroad programs that enables students to earn credits in foreign places, or just at a different university. There are essentially five internationally accredited programs that Mercyhurst offers to its students. These programs include The American Institute for Foreign Study, AustraLearn, Cultural Experiences Abroad, Freeman-Asia, Semester at Sea, and Syracuse University. All of these programs offer different types of experiences. The Semester at Sea actually takes place on a ship that acts as a small college campus, and AustraLearn, taking students to Australia or New Zealand. Mercyhurst alumni Rebecca Tudi participated in Semester at Sea in 2005, spending several weeks studying different subjects. She remembers her time studying abroad as both a time of learning and fun. “My time at Semester at Sea was so much fun. I got to experience the college atmoshpere in a whole new environment.” Tudi says that she would recommend studying abroad to anyone who is interested. “Studying abroad is such a great experience. Students should take advantage of programs that colleges offer.” Faculty-led programs have become very popular among colleges, and Mercyhurst provides those, as well. For the 2007-2008 school year, Japan and Europe are the destinations being offered. Two core requirement courses are available for each destination, allowing students to earn up to six credits. A brochure can be found online at abroad/docs/fsat_brochure. pdf. A breakdown of the trip and other information is also given in the brochure. “I’ve heard that some people that have studied abroad have trouble transferring credits,” commented Kristin Drake, a senior HRIM major. However, transferring credits is said to be easy, as students sign up for classes that are equivalent to Mercyhurst courses. Students are advised to check with their abroad program and school’s registrar’s office before signing up for classes. And although many may think that studying abroad is too expensive, all the programs offer some type of scholarship that can be applied for. Additionally, aside from the airfare and cost of living, the tuition is similar to Mercyhurst. And when it comes to financial aid, it is still awarded to students, as long as it coincides with their program. The Mercyhurst office of financial aid can help with the exact amount of aid each student would receive. There are multiple benefits of studying abroad, but as any student that has participated in any of the programs will tell you, the experience they took away lasts a lifetime. Kyle Bogucki, a senior graphic design student at Mercyhurst studied in Prague. “It was an amazing opportunity to experience a new culture and learn there. I highly recommend studying abroad to students.” Furthermore, young people who study abroad often become more well-traveled later in life. Traveling to foreign countries gives students a chance to learn about new cultures and lifestyles of people around the world. In addition to experiencing new and unfamiliar cultures, studying abroad can help increase independence, responsibility and maturity. The Mercyhurst website provides all of the information students would need to know as an interested traveler. Commonly asked questions are answered on this page, and more intense information about each program and other necessary information is given. The website can be accessed at academics/study_abroad/. Mercyhurst College Director of International Admissions and Services and Study Abroad Eric Evans reminds us that the Annual Study Abroad Night will be held Oct. 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Zurn 114.

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Study Abroad Night
Wednesday, October 24th 8:00p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Zurn Hall, Room 114. For more information contact Eric Evans in the International Student Center

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College students struggle to choose the right computer.

Wired for school
By Carly Lyons Staff writer
Let’s face it: Buying a computer for college is not a simple decision. S t u d e n t s mu s t ch o o s e between brands like Dell, Gateway or Hewlett Packard, as well as buying a laptop or personal computer. So how does one know what brand or kind to buy? Dell offers two different types of laptops: Dell Inspiron and Dell XPS. Students can customize a Dell computer to fit their personal needs, such as adding programs and changing face colors. Although Dell offers many choices, students have had some difficulty in the past when it comes to actually purchasing the computer. According to Dell’s website, Dell has been having problems with receiving the colors needed for the laptops, and this has caused extensive delays. Others like freshman Sean Dooher, have not experienced any problems. “I got a really good laptop from Dell with Vista already on it,” Dooher said. On the other hand, the competition, HP, offers several models of laptops in two different types: HP Pavillion and HP HDX.

HP offers more choices of models and students have not had as many problems with ordering and the receiving of computers. Freshman Molly Keleshian agrees that her HP was easy to purchase. “I love my HP,” she says. Finally, another brand option is Macbook or a Macbook Pro from Apple Computers. An Apple computer can be appealing to many young people because of its variety of media programs, especially those dealing with graphic design and its innovative technology. One downside to getting an Apple computer is that it is equipped with a different operating system than Dell and HP. The choice of deciding between a laptop or desktop is an individual decision. Students have to decide what the computer will be used for and what features will suit their personal needs. Space is highly limited in campus living areas, so many opt for getting a laptop that can be taken from place to place and sit on student’s laps. Others prefer having a desktop and not dealing with a tiny computer. Options are plentiful, so students have tough decision to make.



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’Hurst attracts international students
By Carla Hart Staff writer
Come one, come all. Mercyhurst College is not only home to students from the surrounding cities and states, but to young people from all over the world. Mercyhurst has roughly 147 international students from approximately 37 different countries, according to Eric Evans, director of international admissions and services. The Fulbright Scholarship Program assists international students and has been given to more than 250,000 Fulbright grantees. “The majorities of international students choose Mercyhurst College for academic and sports programs and are awarded scholarships,” said Evans. Freshman Yuri Sato explained what the scholarships mean to her as an international student. “I am so thankful for the scholarships. That’s why I want to sign up for campus ministry, or become an Ambassador. I want to give back to the community,” said Sato. Sato is a long way from home, but you wouldn’t know it by her confident smile and pleasant nature. As a first-year student from Japan, her biggest challenge, along with many college students, is writing essays. Additionally like many college girls, Sato loves to shop. “I love Hollister and Abercrombie,” she said. Grig Grigoryan is an international student from the Baltic Republic and doesn’t let anything get him down. “I’m a magnet and attract what I want,” he proudly announced. Grigoryan was inspired by the documentary, “The Secret,” which uncovers the laws of attraction. Even though there are no direct flights from Latvia to Erie, he maintains a positive attitude while performing his duties as a resident assistant. Mariana Ponse is a freshman from Honduras. Talk about courage: not only was it her first time in the United States, but also her first time flying. Ponce is in awe of the Erie’s fast pace, but isn’t impressed with the fast food. “I miss the healthy food. In Honduras we cultivate fruits and the coffees are exceptional,” she said. Abigail McDonald made Mercyhurst history in 2004 as the first Jamaican to be enrolled.

International students Abigail McDonald, Grig Grigoryan, and Thomas Ruettimann come from all over the world.

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She embraced the activism on campus by joining clubs, such as the Honors Program, Forensic Science Club, Diversity 101, Alternative Break, and Mercyhurst International Student Organization. She is now the senior representative for MSG. “Now that more Jamaicans are here, I think we can bring more of our culture into the community,” McDonald said. “Different people bring different flavors and ideas.” Similarly, Claudia Sevilla is a senior from Honduras and president of Mercyhurst Interspecific laundry rooms for available washers and dryers. That’s right, no more gathering laundry and taking a hike down to the laundry room just to find every washer and dryer is taken. Better yet, students can receive notification when their wash and dry cycles are complete via e-mail, PDA, or cell phone. ESuds tells students if the

national Student Organization. International students don’t have the luxury of driving home for a quick fix for homesickness. “We offer students a family,” Sevilla said, and credits Mercyhurst President Tom Gamble for his pro-active ideal regarding diversity grants. “Without the diversity grants, we wouldn’t be here,” she said. Jess Nelson is a graduate assistant in the International Student Center, holding down the fort. machines are available, in use, or if the cycle is complete. Sophomore Celeste Shefferly thinks that eSuds is a great idea. “With a busy schedule, sometimes I forget about my laundry. With this system, I could be reminded.” Although students at Mercyhurst have the luxury of not having to pay for their laundry, eSuds machines are nice

At any given time she’s there to support students and make the transition from overseas easier. “By nature, international students are enthusiastic and bright, bringing positive energy into the office,” she said. Nelson uses Skype, an internet telephone service, to speak to the Azerbaijani family who hosted her when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer. Students can download it, buy credit, and make international calls via their laptops, as another way to help make the shift from home to the U.S. because they reduce vandalism due to the fact that students can pay for laundry on the Internet. Some machines allow students to choose what detergent they prefer, as well. With the purchase of the new high efficiency washers and dryers this summer, it is unlikely that Mercyhurst will be seeing these program any time soon.

eSuds helps ease laundry woes for students

By Allie Miniri Staff writer
Sure, Mercyhurst just got new high efficiency washers and dryers, but that doesn’t change the fact that laundry is difficult to fit into student’s busy college schedules. Never fear, eSuds is here! ESuds gives students the ability to go online to check

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By Leslie Ruchala Advertising manager
Mercyhurst College welcomed the Chicago Comedy Club to the Walker Recital Hall this past Friday, where a night of laughs and hysterics were had by all. The group of Chicagoans who consisted of two men and one woman performed a series of improvisational games, where all jokes were acted out through spontaneous and impulsive responses to the situations they were put in. This was a first for a group of this kind to entertain Mercyhurst students. Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chair Kelly Cofransisco explains the committee’s decision. “Improv’s really hot right now and was something we have never had here before. We were looking for something different other then standup.” And different it was. Comparable to episodes of “Whose Line Is it Anyway”, the trio kept audiences laughing and on their toes through games that relied on active participation from them. The skits demanded outbursts and interruptions, which wasn’t hard to find at the jam-packed theatre full with a rowdy and animated crowd. Junior business major

and audience member Ryan Schreiber said, “I like the idea of improv because it allows you as the audience to contribute to the games and situations. You are a part of the show, rather then just watching it.” One of the most-enjoyed skits was ‘Slips’, where spectators write phrases on pieces of paper only to be pulled at random by the performers, who then act out those words through a monologue. Another favorite came at the beginning of the night when an audience member was chosen to go on stage and manipulate the bodies of two performers who while performing dialogue, remained statuesque until maneuvered by the participant.. While the show only lasted about an hour, is was plenty of time to leave the audience wanting more. As crowds made their way out the doors, it was easy to see a good night was had by all. Cofransisco adds, “This group was definitely a crowd-pleaser and I’m really happy with how the night turned out. Hopefully they’ll still be performing next year.” For more information about SAC events and activities visit their website at http://msg. or stop by their offices in the Herman Student Union.

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SEPT. 24. Iron and Wine. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. S E P T. 2 4 . A n d r e w Bird. Asbury Hall at the Church, Buffalo. OCT. 4. Phillips, Craig and Dean. First Assembly of God, Erie. OCT. 11. The Misfits. Cellblock, Erie. $20. OCT. 17. Type O Negative. Town Ballroom, Buffalo. OCT. 18. The Wiggles. Tullio Arena, Erie. $18 to $35. OCT. 24. Lecture. Ira Glass, David Rakoff. Ohio Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 27. Blue Rodeo. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. OCT. 31. Jon McLaughlin. House of Blues, Cleveland. NOV. 1. Pete Francis, Eric Hutchinson. House of Blues, Cleveland. NOV. 1. Nickel Creek. Carnegie Music Hall, Homestead. NOV. 4. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. NOV. 8. Blue Man Group. TullioArena, Erie. Courtesy of
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Comedy club evokes hysterics

Fiona’s husband shares his love and support for her.

Film explores love
By Megan O’Hare Staff writer
What is love? Perhaps you have felt an immense bond for another individual but don’t truly know the meaning of the word. “Away From Her” explores the tremendous love that a man and a woman share. To love another person requires complete selflessness and taking whatever measures necessary to ensure their wellbeing regardless of the effects it will have on you. To care for another person in this manner is the ultimate love. The film chronicles the diagnosis and battle through Alzheimer’s for Fiona. Every 72 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Those diagnosed suffer severe memory loss, forgetting all of their close family and friends as well as their own identity. The San Francisco Chronicle said that “Away From Her” is “a chillingly accurate portrayal of a marriage that’s made it over the long haul to both the betterment and detriment of both partners.” A recent article in the New York Times said, “I can’t remember the last time the movies yielded up a love story so painful, so tender and so true.” “Away From Her” is a powerful film that shows how strong the bond between a man and a woman can be under the most difficult circumstances. “Away From Her” will be shown at the PAC today at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students with ID (one ticket per ID).

Laker Shakers to hold tryouts for upcoming season
By Stacey Minchin Contributing writer
The “Laker Shakers” are at it again. The dance team will hold tryouts this weekend for the upcoming basketball season. The dance team is known for their hip hop performances during halftime of Mercyhurst basketball games. Their new coach Stacy Garrastazu thinks the team has a lot of potential to go far. ‘“The dance team is such a talented group of girls and I would like for them to have the opportunity to do more than just dance at the games,” she said. In addition to competing locally, Garrastazu’s main goal is to fundraise enough money so that the girls can compete at nationals in Daytona, Florida. “They are very determined girls,” Garrastazu said. Senior dance team member Melissa Diethorn is also excited. “I definitely expect it to be the best year since I started my freshman year. We’ll definitely be more active as a team,” she said. Garrastazu is looking for approximately 18 girls for this years team. “I do that for choreography reasons, it’s not too big and it’s not too small,” she said. Garrastazu highly encourages anyone with technical jazz or hip hop training to tryout. Dance team tryouts will be held Sunday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.



Sept. 19, 2007

Mixed media displayed
By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College Cummings Art Gallery presents a collection of new art works that vary widely in media, style, and subject. These pieces of art came from the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association. The current showing features paintings, alongside some sculpture works, photography, and displays of other media or multimedia presentations. Even one quilt, Deborah Sementelli’s “Good Bird, Bad Bird,” is included. Many of the paintings’ subjects involve depictions of forestry and nature, while others picture human forms or other various subjects. Also, some works are very realistic, such as Ben Gibson’s “Phosphor,” but some others are much more abstract in style, subject, or both. Much of the painted artwork appears to have been made with oil or acrylic paints; other works, however, feature pastels, which gives these a softer and highly blended look. This difference in texture helps to add variety amongst the many works portraying nature. Mercyhurst student Claire Hinde says after viewing the Gallery display, “The paintings that used more blended colors were more visually appealing, as opposed to those using sharp colors. Some of the paintings also showed nude figures, but those that did so subtly were much better.” Though many of the works were conventional in subject or display, many others were much more unusual and intriguing, some even seemingly confusing or difficult to interpret. One such display is Carol Posch -Comstock’s “Transformation.” The work pictures a figure morphing, somewhere in the stages between a human form and what appears to be some sort of headless mannequin. The displays of Frank Fecko on the subject of autism were also especially thoughtprovoking. Fecko’s “Interlocking the Reality of Autism” and “Autism, Solving the Puzzle…” both use the shapes of puzzle pieces to develop a larger picture of a face. The Gallery showing also includes several sculptures, some made of clay, others of metal. Many of these works are rather abstract in form, style, and subject. In addition, the current display contains photography by Mercyhurst professor Gary Cardot. Multimedia works, such as Susan Stone’s “Calla Lily Moon,” are also on display. More unsual works such as the wooden “Four and Twenty Birds” by Dan Burke, also appear in the collection. The Mercyhurst Website says of the Cummings Art Gallery offers seven shows each year. There is an internal show, an external show, one featuring unusual media, the senior show, a faculty show and a juried student show. Whether traditional or unusual art is preferred, the current new works display includes enough variety to satisfy most viewers’ expectations. The collection from the Northwestern Pennsylvania Artists Association can be viewed until Sept. 22. The Cummings Art Gallery, though closed on Mondays, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Cummings Art Gallery is also open on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Chris Von Volkenburg, Matt Tolbert, Justin Gray, and Joey Jablonski of the band Easystreet.

Band brings a new beat
By Alex Page Staff writer
There is a fresh new sound being heard around the Mercyhurst College campus, and it belongs to the band Easystreet. The artists behind this new sound are Matt Tolbert on lead vocals and keys, Joey Jablonski on drums and percussion, Justin Gray on guitar and vocals, and Chris Von Volkenburg with the bass. Gray and Tolbert originally started playing together locally, and decided to take it a step further and formally start a band. Volkenburg and Jablonski were the additions that completed the group. Their name was suggested by band member Gray’s father. They were hesitant to put an exact classification on their music since their songs “touch on all different genres,” as Gray says. One of the most important things to the members is the tremendous support that they receive from everyone, including professors, fans, and students who help them with their album, cover art, and promotion. Volkenburg said that the local support is like a “Mercyhurst camaraderie thing.” The group is currently in the studio, but that is not going to stop them from playing locally. They will perform on Sept. 28 at Mercyhurst College. The location will be announced on their website www.easystmusic. com, which they strongly encourage fans to check out. Also, a collaboration with the Mercyhurst Student Activities Committee is underway for a possible CD release-show this winter. This would provide the band with an opportunity to showcase Easystreet’s sound, which Jablonski says is “really professional” and has been “taken to the next level.” Nonetheless, they are really excited about the unique sound of their music that a lot of time and energy has gone into. All of the efforts are beginning to pay off as the band’s contact list grows and more people become interested in having them as a venue. Jablonski and Gray laugh as Volkenburg says that “Easystreet will give birth to a new era in music.”

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submission of women to their husbands. US News and World Report stated that Mormonism is the fastest growing religion in the US. While Mormons are often associated with polygamy, the church banned the practice in 1890 to comply with the US Government so Utah would be admitted to the union. The Mormon church does not recognize sects that practice polygamy. However, there are around 20, 000 to 50,000 people in the U.S. who are still in practice. I hate to be the bearer of recent trends, but arranged marriage has been outdated for about 100 years, at least among popular culture. This man, the fixture of a religious movement as well as an instrument in the marriage of people exposing children to sexual abuse and in a sense, slavery. Jeffs is seen as a prophet amongst the followers of the church. They are taught to be good Christians and yet the acclaimed prophet has sermons where he preaches about the threat of black people. While cult-like behavior is not uncommon, it is important to remember that people have the right to live how they choose. If women choose to live with other wives, then so be it. However, when the practice reaches children before they are old enough to consent, then a problem arises. Then again this is how many faiths retain their young populations, that is, by teaching them what is supposedly right and wrong and then maintaining such traditions for years thereafter. Among many Christian faiths they baptize you while you are still an infant, thus maintaining high memberships.


Polygamy not acceptable Wake up democrats: You’re in office!
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
This past week, the leader of the fundamentalist church Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Warren S. Jeffs, is being charged with being an accomplice to rape in the case of a forced marriage of a 14-yearold girl in 2001. Jeffs teaches that in order to achieve the highest glory in heaven a man must maintain at least three wives. Wives are considered to belong to their husbands for all eternity. In the case of the 14-yearold girl, she was to marry her 19-year-old first cousin. After expressing reservations to Jeffs, she was told she must marry him and replenish the Earth, as this was her duty from God. Jeffs, who is now on trial, preaches polygamy and the

By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
Never has there been so much emphasis put on a change in government since Thomas Jefferson’s “Revolution of 1800.” He defeated the first and last Federalist president, John Adams. The Democratic Party was being pronounced as the saviors of America as they were to sweep into Congress and end the war in Iraq. Apparently, they didn’t get the memo. Are the Democrats entirely to blame for their lack of progress or is the present predicament also an onus placed upon the

shoulders of the voters? America, did you really expect to rely on the party whose sole positive quality in the last election was that they were not the Republicans? Will they be able to devise a strategy to exit Iraq? The Republicans dabble in idealistic rhetoric, like President Bush announcing in a State of The Union Address that he is going to eradicate evil from the world The Democratic Party must take up the mantle of realism! I know, I know, you are not accustomed to be in a position where one must be practical. You can do this. You have to do this if you want to win the presidency in 2008. The current opinion polls for

the Democratic Party are now actually lower than the Republicans due to a lack of a strategic plan for Iraq. Iraq is now the perfect political game of hot potato. As long as the Republicans can continue to shift blame back and forth before the next election they have a clear path to victory. Democrats, if you want a fighting chance in the next election you need to start getting legislation passed and start winning small victories. If not, you are going to end up like a deleted scene in the movie Borat. He asks “Is this cheese?” for 20 minutes. It’s scene that starts off with a bang, but ultimately ends in a whimper.

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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 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

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Ladies: It’s 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 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. To register for the seminar, contact John J. Bruno at by Sept. 20. Face it ladies, in reality you never know what can happen, especially after you breach the 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.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
The new labs in Zurn are a great addition. Women’s tennis has started 4-0 for the first time in 10 years.

The Bad
What is a PureMessageDigest e-mail anyway? You can’t see what’s in the body of the message, so why are they invading our inboxes? The inevitable weather change is about to rear its ugly head. Bunker down in your apartment and stop those drafts.

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The Ugly
Headlines in the Tuesday Afternoon should be edited for spelling, especially when the correct spelling is in the body text. Seussical is definitely worth double checking. Bed bugs?! Now that’s just gross...but it gets worse. Who brought these hitcher bugs to campus? iTunes users beware: the company is monitoring college campuses for illegal downloads and ratting students out to music companies.
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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

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both sides. From the student perspective, it’s easy to blame officers for targeting us. I agree with the fact that there is simply not enough campus parking for everyone. It’s even possible that the argument of “but this spot was closer” makes some sense. But alas, there is logic behind the parking rules established. Color-coded parking decals are issued to provide some order and a shot of actually getting a parking spot closer to your apartment, not to limit where you can’t park. If parking was a free-for-all,

do you really think you would ever park near your building? Furthermore, Police and Safety do not charge students for a parking permit every year, unless they enter the lottery for an underground parking space and receive one. In fact, most other colleges charge outrageous prices for parking permits and don’t guarantee their students adequate parking, either. In reality, it isn’t Police and Safety’s fault. If I had a dollar for every time an angry student at the office window told me that there wasn’t enough parking, I could knock down the Hirt center and build a 12-story parking garage with the money. The office does not permit freshmen to have vehicles on campus, which keeps some of the congestion down as well. Police and Safety does all it can to help students find decent parking, but its abilities are limited, so don’t bite my head off next time you come in upset about a ticket. And next time you see that flash of green under your windshield wiper, remember that you’re not paying to park here and it won’t kill you to walk from the McAuley lot next time.


Headache of limited parking requires cooperation
By Samantha Ketner Contributing writer
You know the feeling: you come out of class, walk to your car and there it is, bright green and obnoxious— a Mercyhurst Police and Safety parking ticket. You think angrily, “This is so unfair. I was only here for an hour and there was NOWHERE ELSE to park!” As a senior who has dealt with the parking crisis for three years and a work study in the Police and Safety office for four, I can very easily sympathize with

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
The new volleyball court will be a good place to play without leaving campus to go to the beach. Tailgating before the football game is going to stay. It is definitely a fun way to get hyped before crushing our opponents.

Eco-demically friendly
By Katie Diley and Joshua Wilwohl
Being the environmentally conscious students that we are, the Merciad staff has chosen to implement a weekly column that will deal with different environmental problems around campus. These will range anywhere from littering to energy conservation. These articles will include opinion, features and news stories. Our goal is to raise campus awareness and inform our fellow classmates of what they can do. The columns will also include student and faculty interviews as well as student poll data. Now, don’t get us wrong, we don’t expect everyone to turn into tree huggers. All we are trying to do is make students more aware of the environment in which they live. We want to make it clear that we are not scared to mention any names here. If we catch you putting a plastic bottle in the “Paper Only” bin, there will be a full description in next week’s article. Maybe that will make people think twice. While this may seem trivial, it will make students and faculty more aware of their daily actions and decisions. Throughout the term, we will discuss parking issues on campus, how students can conserve energy in their apartments, the Mercyhurst West campus development and other issues that we find pertinent. Some of you may be thinking “Who the hell cares about this crap?” That is just the problem. Nobody seems to care about the destruction of the Earth, the very thing that gives us life. In a sense, we are killing what gives us life and must act now to slow this destruction. Since we are a student-based newspaper, we would love to get your feedback on issues that you would like to hear more about. If there is a particular environmental issue that you would like us to discuss, feel free to contact us. The Merciad staff information can be found in the Opinion section of every issue. Our first news story will run next week, featuring the Mercyhurst West campus development. All we have to say is that it is pretty “corny.”

Reclaim your experience
By Bill Swafford Contributing writer
As I enter my senior year here at Mercyhurst College, one thing is quite apparent. Every student seems to have some, if not multiple, run-ins with the Residence Life staff. It is an experience that most students will grumble under their breaths, about the unfairness of the violation or the demeanor of the ResLife staff. As an institution, it is clear that there needs to be rules and regulations on behavior to keep a civil college community. However, some of the student staff members of ResLife seem to take their jobs a little too seriously. It is their culture, their clique and their job to end perfectly good weekends by writing someone up. Violations range from being too loud or for stumbling into your room after a long night at the Corner Stone. I mean, when they look back at college will they regret the fact that they might have power tripped a little too hard or lack the social skills to fit into society? Now I am not accusing all of the ResLife staff of being this way. In fact, I have several friends who serve as RAs for finical reasons. However, it seems clear 50 percent of the student ResLife staff went directly from the high school locker they were shoved into to become RAs. Here is my challenge to you Res Life: Do your job with respect for others and maybe try not to be so hard on your peers. Get out and see what the world has to offer other than walking Briggs and Lewis avenues every Friday and Saturday night. End the chase for freshmen or staring through windows of apartment buildings to see if someone might be drinking. End the hefty fines for small infractions and remember that you are a student, too. You yourself, might have been participating in the same activity the night before, but did not get caught because you are an RA. Just lighten up, enjoy life and reclaim your college experience.

The Bad
It can be annoying when you have to use the library reserve and all the other students in your class have taken the material out from under your nose. So much for saving a few bucks on textbooks. For anyone who noticed, the Merciad printed the same page twice in last week’s issue.

The Ugly
Google yourself. Facebook has reached a new low: you’ll find yourself in the search. You know you walk across Lewis and Briggs avenues with no regard to the traffic. Pay attention drivers and pedestrians alike- a student got hit.
Please e-mail any suggetions to The GB&U is a compilation of student opinions.



Sept. 19, 2007

Polo has tough weekend
By Rhonda Marable Contributing writer
After splitting the Princeton Invitational last weekend in New Jersey, the men’s water polo team traveled to Thousand Oaks to play against nationally ranked teams in the Cal Lutheran Invitational. The Lakers lost the opening match of the tournament to Cal Lutheran 8-7. The men fought and closed the 5-3 gap in the final half and came within one point but couldn’t get the tie at the end of the fourth. Junior Alex Perry led the team with four goals, Alex Moggridge had two, and Andrew Schonhoff added a goal to the Laker’s effort. Schonhoff also added five drawn ejections and a single steal and assist. Goalie Kyle Boguki had 12 saves during the game. In the following match against No. 19 Cal Baptist the Lakers again played well, but ended with a 10-8 defeat. Head coach Curtis Robinette stated that the men’s game against Cal Baptist was one of their best games of the week. “It was a good test to play a nationally ranked team.” Perry and Freshman Ryan Speers each had multi-goal games with three and two goals respectively. Juniors Jake Coin, Jorge Montero and Schonhoff scored one goal apiece. Freshman goalie Andy Sekulski played the entire game, and finished with an impressive 12 saves and three steals. Despite two losses in the tournament the men’s polo team didn’t come home emptyhanded, winning an exciting game against No. 18 Redlands 9-8 in overtime. With 36 seconds left in the last quarter, Moggridge scored the tying goal to take the men into overtime. Coin scored the winning goal with an assist from goalkeeper Boguki. This game puts the Lakers 2-0 for overtime wins for this season. Coach Robinette said that he was pleased with the overall performance of the men during the week. “The two goalies split responsibility in the cage for the Redlands game and they played hard every quarter.” Boguki looks forward to taking the experience from the past two demanding tournaments into the conference games to come. “As long as we keep our focus and play our game we should be able to play well against teams like Gannon and Washington and Jefferson”. The team looks forward to a rest before playing the next six conference games. “We’re going to let ourselves heal and keep conditioning to get ready,” stated Coach Robinette. The team is now 4-4 and will take on their rival Gannon on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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Freshman Cherie Jackson races to the finishline at the National Catholic Invitational.

Cross country battles against the nation’s best at Notre Dame
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
When competing against some of the very best an athlete must mentally and physically be prepared to perform at their own very best. The Mercyhurst College men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the National Catholic Invitational hosted by the University of Notre Dame. Amongst a strong field of some of the region’s best competitors, including Division I schools Duquesne University, Dayton University and Xavier University, the teams faired well. Two freshmen men, Ron Whiting and Chris Strohm mentally and physically came prepared to take on the tough competition. Both set personal records (PR’s) for an 8K course. Whiting with a time of 27:24, not only set a PR, but also came within 13 seconds of breaking Mercyhurst’s fastest time recorded by a freshman cross country runner. Shaving more than a minute off of his time from last week, Strohm finished 3rd on the team with a time of 28:27. Once again, senior Kenneth Foster placed the highest on the team with a time of 27:16, which was good enough for 74th place in a field of 266 runners. On the women’s side, freshman Cherie Jackson continued her success with a time of 19:12 on the 5K course, good enough for a 35th place finish out of 218 runners. Her finish, along with the help of freshmen Jennifer Mieczkowski (20:43), Christie Turak (20:57), and senior Victoria Caruso (21:35), led the team to a 27th place overall finish out of 37 teams. The men’s and women’s teams will continue to push themselves and strive to set PR’s this Saturday at the Allegheny Invitational.

Tennis takes part in individual tournament
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
With their best start in over a decade, the Mercyhurst College women’s tennis team, at 4-0, took a break this week from team competition and competed individually in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Tournament. Opening round action saw the Lakers finish 2-2 with senior Jennifer Daly and junior Jaclyn McLean picking up wins. Daly defeated Tesvataha Long of Tiffin and McLean beat Katie Jo Clagg of Southern Indiana. Freshman Kim Ezzo and sophomore Meghan Raynor both lost hard fought matches with Ezzo dropping a third set super tiebreak to Barylann Tiat of Grand Valley, while Raynor lost to Raphesie Perisic of Northwood. Mercyhurst played tough but struggled to find a win on day two with Daly and McLean both losing and thus ended the Lakers singles play at the ITA Regional Tournament. Daly dropped a third-set super tiebreak to Drury’s Thu Ha Mai 6-3, 67 (4-7), 10-4, while McLean was defeated by Northwood’s Ashley Neumann 6-0, 6-1. “It will help us in the long run because it was another opponent each of us faced that exposed us to a different style,” said Daly about the ITA Regional Tournament. The Lakers also competed in double teams of Daly and Ezzo, and McLean and Raynor who were also bounced on day two. Daly and Ezzo, seeded No. 6, were beaten by Northwood, while McLean and Raynor lost 8-0. When asked about playing Grand Valley State and Ferris State Daly said, “It is going to be tough, but everyone is looking forward to getting a piece of either one of these teams.” The Lakers resume GLIAC play this weekend.

Sept. 19, 2007

By Katie Waldin Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team defeated Northwood University 2-1, and lost 4-1 to Saginaw Valley State University on the road in Michigan this past weekend. Despite being up 1-0 at halftime against Northwood, the Lakers let a loose ball into the goal for the Timberwolves to tie up the game in the 71st minute of play. Freshman Billy Colton took a penalty kick after senior Kyle Jackson was fouled from behind inside the box to give the Lakers the 2-1 victory. Colton has made his mark on the scoreboard for the Lakers as he scored both goals in the Northwood game. The game versus Saginaw Valley did not go well for the men on Sunday. After a rough first half, in which the Lakers were down 4-0, the men managed to come out in the second half with high hopes for a come-from-behind win. Colton, who has had five goals in the last four games, has been a spark for the Lakers. The 19-year old from Pitsea, England is making a name for himself in the college soccer world. Colton, who came to the United States after head coach Keith Cammidge showed interest in his abilities. “I came to Mercyhurst because Keith showed interest in my playing,” Colton said, “Plus, there are other English boys on the team.” Colton has shown great potential on the field in the first nine games, and he fits right into the Laker’s style of play. In addition to his soccer abilities on the field, Colton’s sense of humor and positive attitude are some of the other attributes


Women’s soccer dominates Men’s soccer splits
By Stephen Duggan Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team continued their sensational start to their season as they racked up two wins this past Friday and Sunday. The Lakers faced the Northwood University Timberwolves on Friday afternoon in their Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener for this season. This game mirrored many of the team’s games this year as Mercyhurst came firing out of the blocks. After just 45 seconds, sophomore Taylor Hilinski found the back of the net. Not even one minute after the restart senior Jacque Sluga had doubled the advantage off a Christine Rehnart assist. The Lakers did not sit back on this scoreline. In the fifth minute Rehnart, who assisted on the team’s first goal, chipped one over the keeper to make it 3-0. Mercyhurst effectively finished the game in the twelfth minute when junior Sarah Powell finished coolly. Jacque Sluga assisted on the goal with a nice pass to Powell. Powell’s goal, her eighth this season, meant she kept her game scoring streak alive at nine. T he Timberwolves were stunned, struggling to find any rhythm after being hit for four before the 13th minute. The Lakers settled down and controlled the game through the break and until the 73rd minute when Jessie Ghilardi scored what proved to be a consolation goal for Northwood. Hilinski capped off the scoring and in doing so showed exactly why she was chosen as the GLIAC’s Player of the Week. In the 5-1 victory, the Lakers out-shot their opponents he brings to the team as well. Putting the ball in the net is not the only thing Colton has on his mind for the Lakers this year. “We have a great team spirit which has shown in the first nine games. But we want to win as many games as possible,” he said. “The team always comes first and personal ambitions come second.” The new arrival has been a great asset to the team and his fellow players appreciate the work he puts in on and off the field. “Billy has brought experience with him which was missing from the team from previous players who have graduated,” junior Nick Thompson stated. “Billy has been a dynamic attribute to the team this year. He has scored many goals this season and has looked great while doing it,” said sophomore David Moehle. Before he came to the United States, Colton was playing semiprofessional soccer for a team called Billericay Town. Billericay Town has been one of the most successful teams in the Eastern Junior Alliance League in all of England. Playing at the semi-professional level of soccer has prepared Colton very well for his college career in the United States. As far as the team goes, Colton said, “We are not doing badly at all, considering we have a lot of new people,” he said. “We should have more wins, if we would have taken our chances, but we have been extremely unlucky with some calls.” Despite a few losses, the Lakers are looking to keep up their winning attitude for the rest of the season as they take on more Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) teams. The next game is Friday at 3 p.m. against Findlay.

Sarah Powell (15) looks to control a ball out of the air.

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17-6, putting eight of those on target. Both Mercyhurst and Northwood split corners with two a piece. They carried a 6-1-1 overall record into the next game and 1-0 in the GLIAC. The Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State University awaited the Lakers on Sunday afternoon. Saginaw Valley, who was opening brand new soccer facilities, were looked at as Mercyhurst’s toughest opposition thus far into the season. This turned out to be true as the game ebbed and flowed, but neither team could find a breakthrough. As the clock ticked down and the tired legs of Saginaw Valley were already thinking about the break, the Lakers capitalized. They won a throw-in in the offensive third with 20 seconds left. The ball was thrown in and after a scramble in the box, senior Adrienne Sluga slotted home a goal, which came much to the delight of the travelling fans. Mercyhurst extended their lead in the 69th minute when a red hot Hilinski put her mark on the

game with a goal from freshman Jamie Schroter’s assist. With the assist, Schroter now leads the team with six assists on the season. The Laker’s defense held out for the 2-0 win against the No. 25th ranked team in the nation. Junior Rebecca Heintzmann had three saves in goal to help keep a clean sheet. Junior Katie Waldin believed the team fought hard during the weekend. “Everyone played real well this weekend,” she said. “We fought hard especially in the second game against a tough team. “The whole team dug in and made a huge effort and everyone got a chance to show what they can do.” With continued dominating performances on the field and clutch goals from players like Hilinski and Powell, the women’s team will undoubtedly make a mark on the tight competition of the GLIAC. The Lakers are in action again on Sunday at Davis and Elkins before returning home to play Pitt-Johnstown on Wednesday at 3 pm.



Sept. 19, 2007

Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Football...............................................................Sept. 15, W 58-50, Wayne State Field hockey........................................ ......................Sept. 14, W 2-1, Bellarmine Sept. 16, W 2-1, CW Post Sept. 18, W 3-1, Houghton Men’s soccer………………………………………….............Sept. 14, W 2-1, Northwood Sept. 16, L 4-1, Saginaw Women’s soccer……………………………………..............Sept. 14, W 2-1, Northwood Sept. 16, W 2-0, Saginaw Women’s volleyball………………………...................................Sept. 14, 3-0, Findlay Sept. 15, W 3-0, Ashland Men’s water polo......................................................Sept 13, L 8-7, Cal Lutheran Sept. 14, L 10-8, California Baptist Sept. 15, W 9-8, Redlands

Football rolls to win
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
Frasier vs. Ali? Not quite, however Tullio Field held a packed house Saturday as the Mercyhurst College Lakers football team battled the Wayne State Warriors. A few bumps and bruises as well as three overtimes made Mercyhurst come out on top victorious. Riding the veteran arm of Mitch Phillis, the Lakers broke down the Wayne State defense to a 58-50 win. The Warriors could not get past the Lakers even with second team All-American Joique Bell rushing for 227 yards. The game started out slow for the Lakers, as Wayne State opened up to a 21-3 lead after two rushing touchdowns by Bell. The Warriors carried the momentum until Theo Hall blocked a punt by Dave Chudzinski causing the ball to land in the arms of teammate Andrew Bukta for a touchdown to close the gap to 21-9. The block punt proved to be the turning point for the Lakers as the team used the momentum to score again with a two yard run by Dave Stallard to make it 21-16. The tide shifted in the game and set up what turned out to be an offensive battle. The Warriors struck first in the third quarter opening their lead to 28-16 with 4:07 left on the clock. Mercyhurst was able to return the favor by driving 83 yards on nine plays. A seven yard touchdown pass to Josh Szeluga closed the score to 28-22. Mercyhurst gained the lead for the first time in the fourth quarter when running-back Richard Stokes broke a 58 yard rushing touchdown to give the Lakers a 29-28 lead. The Lakers looked as though they were going to seal the victory when Stokes punched in his final touchdown to give the Lakers a 36-28 lead with 1:50 left. The lead was short lived unfortunately as on the ensuing drive, the Warriors marched 57 yards to tie the game, sending it to overtime. The Lakers struck first in overtime when Phillis hit Szeluga in the endzone giving the Lakers a 43-36 lead. The Warriors struck back to send the game to double overtime. The second overtime opened up with the Warriors on offense and took four plays for them to strike, giving them the lead 5043. Phillis, under enormous pressure was able to calm his offense down and focus on sending the game into a third overtime. When asked how he remained calm, Phillis stated, “The guys were really fired up when we went into the huddle during the overtime period. “I told them that we needed to stay calm, focus on making our plays, and try to score.” The Lakers tied the game up at 50-50 when Neil Apfelbaum punched into the endzone on a three yard pass from Phillis. The third overtime opened with more pressure as NCAA rules state that each team must attempt a two-point conversion after scoring a touchdown. This did not stop the Lakers as Phillis hit Brandon Hill for ten yards to give them a 58-50 lead, after succeeding on the conversion. In the end, the Warriors could not keep up with the Lakers, dropping a hard fought battle. Zac Wild commented on the win stating, “We weren’t really nervous going into the third overtime.” “Practice has prepared us greatly for this type of situation and we had to trust our gut instincts to pull us through,” he said. “We often practice a 2-minute drill as well as a 4th quarter drill to prepare us for this type of situation.” “I didn’t know what to think at first,” said Phillis. “I was physically and emotionally worn out by the end of the game and all I could think was ‘wow, I can’t believe it’s finally over.’” “I got goose bumps as I ran out on the field. We had left everything on the field and I was ecstatic we had won.” The Lakers defense was led by Hall who had two interceptions and the important blocked punt. Charlie Gleisner had 13 tackles and Craig Moone had one interception of his own. The offense was yet again led by Phillis who had 283 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Szeluga and Brandon Hill combined for 181 yards receiving with three touchdowns while Stokes rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Stokes has now rushed for 397 yards the past two games. Stokes and the Lakers (3-1. 21 GLIAC) will look to continue their winning ways as they travel to cross-town rival Gannon University Saturday at 7 pm. This marks the first time since 1999 that the Lakers have started off 3-1 and will look to make it 4-1 for this first time since 1992. The Lakers who were picked to finish 11th in the GLIAC during the preseason poll have moved into a tie for fourth in the conference.

Hilinski/Phillis athletes of the week
Women’s soccer player Taylor Hilinski has been named female player of the week as she scored three goals this weekend. On Friday she scored two goals in a 5-1 win over Northwood and added another crucial goal against No. 25 Saginaw Valley Sunday. Hilinski currently ranks second on the team in scoring with nine total points, seven goals and two assists. She also was named the women’s soccer GLIAC Player of the Week. Men’s football player Mitch Phillis has been named male player of the week leading the team to their first 3-1 start since 1999. He threw for 283 yards along with four touchdowns in a 58-50 triple overtime victory over Wayne State. During the game he completed 26-of-45 passes, including connecting on 7-of-8 passes for three touchdowns during overtime.

Field hockey named team of the week
Field hockey has been named team of the week for their two overtime wins this past weekend over Bellarmine and Mansfield. The Lakers received game winning goals from Kristen Fogle on Friday against Bellarmine and Erin Kelleher scored the game winner on Sunday at Mansfield. Jennifer Coleman had a big weekend in goal as she came up with 13 total saves in both of the overtime victories. These wins mark the first two on the season for the field hockey team.

Men’s golf finishes 13th out of 20th at Clarion
Junior Kyle Waddell shot 15-over par in the invitational to finish in a tie for 29th to help the Mercyhurst men’s golf team to a 13th-place finish at the two-day Clarion University Invitational on Sunday and Monday. The team finished with a total of 642 after both days.

Football ranked No. 22 in poll
Dan Hansen’s National Weekly Football Gazette has recognized the men’s football team as they ranked the Lakers No. 22 in this weeks poll, after Mercyhurst defeated Wayne State Saturday. The Lakers have begun the season 3-1, their best start since 1999 when they finished 5-5. They hope to build on the momentum as they travel to in town-rival Gannon on Saturday and battle for the Niagara Cup.

Women’s hockey names assistant captains
Mercyhurst College women’s hockey head coach Michael Sisti has named senior Danielle Ayearst, junior Natalie Payne, and sophomore Meghan Agosta assistant captains for this season. The trio will help senior Stephanie Jones, who was chosen team captain in the spring.

Women’s golf to host Invitational
The Mercyhurst women’s golf will host their annual Mercyhurst Invitational at the Lake View Country Club on Saturday and Sunday

Sept. 19, 2007



Volleyball falls on road
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
This past weekend, the Mercyhurst College women’s volleyball team hit the road for the first time this season for Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) showdowns with the University of Findlay and Ashland University. On Friday, the squad came into Findlay riding a nine-game winning streak and was off to the best start in school history with a record of 12-1. However, Findlay proved to be too strong for the Lakers and as a result they came up short on the scoreboard for only the second time this season. Their nine-game winning streak was snapped by Findlay in three games. Mercyhurst was led by junior Jenna Matson, who provided 12 kills. The Lakers looked to bounce back on Saturday against No. 9 Ashland University. Despite a solid effort, Ashland wrapped up the victory 3-0. As a result of this weekend’s play, the volleyball squad falls to 12-3 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC. Matson feels that the team played solid, despite the losses. “We played well,” she said. “There were some stretches in the game against Ashland where we played really well.” She feels that now all the girls have a better understanding of the higher level of competition in the GLIAC. “I think we have a good chance of coming up with a win,” said Matson. The Lakers will look to get back on the winning track with three more GLIAC showdowns this weekend. Williams photo Scoot

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Mercyhurst senior captain Erin Kelleher (13) goes for the ball during a 2-1 overtime victory over Bellarmine as field hockey has won three straight games this week after beginning the season 0-5.

Field hockey wins third in a row
By Chris Davis Sports editor
Indian summer appears to have come and gone, but Laker Fall, however, appears to be in full bloom. Mercyhurst College women’s field hockey team came from behind to defeat Bellarmine 2-1 in a sudden-death double overtime thriller on Friday night at Tullio Field. It was the Laker’s first victory of the season as they scored just 32 seconds into the second overtime session. This game helped end a five game slide to start the season and will hopefully build a little momentum. Sophomore Kristen Fogle scored the game winner as she ripped a shot into the back of the net after receiving a near perfect pass from fellow sophomore Emily Warren. Fogle, who tallied her second goal of the season and is now tied for first on the team, could not describe how awesome it was scoring the game-winning goal to give the Lakers their first win. “Exhilarating,” she said, taking a couple deep breaths. “It was a total team effort. I couldn’t have done it without the rest of the team. “We practiced with intensity this week,” said Fogle. “We would have scrimmages to start practice off with and coach would say you have five minutes to score and that helped us.” Junior Courtney Monin who has been one of the Laker’s most consistent players this season believed the team earned this hard fought victory. “We gave 110 percent out on the field,” she said. “Our goal has been to play for 70 minutes and today we even played for more then that. “It was a huge confidence booster for us,” Monin said. “It helps with are willingness to grow.” She certainly was right about that as they battled for just over 85 minutes to get the win. “We were tired coming of the field at the end of regulation,” said Fogle. “As we stepped back on the field, we forgot about tiredness and felt the adrenaline rushing.” Also, contributing to the victory was goalkeeper junior Jennifer Coleman, who came up big making six saves during the game. Sophomore Brittany Coppola scored the game-tying goal after the team trailed 1-0 at the half. “The hardest thing to overcome this year is to get back up once we’re down,” she said. “We have a new thing called the heart, everyone has this heart sticker on their stick and when someone says heart, we all go and touch it. It’s just something that we have been doing.” They need to continue their heart-touching ritual, especially if it helps lead the team to continued success. The Lakers then defeated Millersville University 2-1 in overtime on Sunday. Mercyhurst scored the only goal in the first half when freshman Sara Wowkowych’s shot found the back of the net on an assist from Monin. After Millersville tied things up in the second half, the Lakers won it in overtime as senior Erin Kelleher scored her first goal of the season, eight minutes into the period. This was the second consecutive win for the Lakers. “We have been working on finishing shots on goal, positioning things, and going as hard as we can,” said Coppola. “Coach has been getting us to play like it’s a game during every practice.” The Lakers defeated Houghton University on Tuesday night by a score of 31 to improve their record to 3-5 on the season and gather their third straight game. Warren led the Lakers with two goals and an assist on Monin’s goal. Warren now leads the team with four goals and 10 total points on the season. Mercyhurst will go for their fourth straight win at Seton Hill on Tuesday at 4 p.m.


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Lakers win in triple overtime

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