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OCT. 17, 2007

Vol. 81 No. 8

Good People Gather

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Students speak their minds
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NEWS: ’Hurst fires tennis coach

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Neil Leroy

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Police log >> page 3 I HEART Erie >> page 7 The Buzz >> page 8 Quick hits >> page 14

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Oct. 17, 2007

Mercyhurst College fires tennis coach
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Mercyhurst College fired its men’s and women’s tennis coach Neil Leroy on Oct. 10 due to “philosophical differences,” said Mercyhurst College Director of Athletics Craig Barnett. “His operations of the tennis team were different from ours,” said Barnett. “He was not consistent with what we want out of our coaches.” Mercyhurst College Senior Council to the President Dr. James Adovasio, who oversees the athletic department, said the college dismissed Leroy because of differences in management style. “There was a sharp difference in opinion between administration and coach on what one would call management,” he said. “It was a situation examined over time and only change would compromise.” Barnett said the athletic department was also concerned with communication between Leroy and the team. “We were very concerned about how the team was being communicated with between coach and player,” he said. Barnett said text messages were part of the communication. He said Leroy did text message players. “Yes, text messages were sent,” said Barnett. “I’m not sure what they said.” Barnett said he has no problem with coaches text messaging players. “It’s a new form of communication,” he said. “Coaches use it for recruiting.” The college hired Leroy in January to replace longtime coach Ray Yost. Leroy led the women’s team to a 9-2 start, their best start in over a decade. This weekend the team dropped two contests: 9-0 to Duquesne University on Saturday and 54 St. Bonaventure University on Sunday. Before Mercyhurst, Leroy was the head coach at Gannon for both men’s and women’s tennis from 1995 until the program was discontinued after the 1999 season. Leroy did not return a phone call to his home for comment. Barnett said Leroy’s leaving is for the betterment of the college. “We needed to make a change for the best of our student athletes,” he said.

Noted environmentalists come to Mercyhurst
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
Mercyhurst hosted Good People Gather, a three-day conference featuring lectures on social and environmental issues and other activities. The event was produced in hopes of inspiring others to help create a healing environment for the world. The event was gifted by Doris Cipolla in memory of her partner, Charlene M. Tanner. The two were deeply involved in social justice, peace and the environment. Mercyhurst Sustainability Director Cathy Pedler believed that Good People Gather was an opportunity to expose students and members of the community to important issues that need awareness. Pedler also felt the event allowed individuals and other community members to come together for a united cause. “The event instigates dialogue and debate,” she said. “If the college community members choose to participate in events such as this, then they give themselves an opportunity to become exposed to the edge of the issue where the direction of the debate is decided/guided/propelled.” “The root of our current social and environmental crisis involves how we interact with the earth—as relation or resource,” Pedler said. “Our current culture, especially as it expresses itself in the global marketplace, does not interact with local earth,” Pedler said. “It demands product and resource from distant places. Our consumption is disconnected from the damage caused to people and place. This structure is allowing the ecosystems and indigenous social systems of the earth to be systematically dismantled.” The speakers in Good People Gather each addressed this crisis in different ways. Speaker Winona LaDuke presented on Friday afternoon. She is the leading Native American activist, an environmentalist, economist and writer who spoke on the topic, “Recovering the Sacred.” Senior Angela Phillips attended the speech. Phillips said LaDuke insisted people need to recognize the impact of their actions on the environment instead of simply being satisfied with activities that are generally considered environmentally friendly. “She practices recycling and alternative energy, but does not deem it sufficient environmentalism,” Phillips said. “(LaDuke) talked about going back to a culture where, if we’re cold, we put wood in the fire instead of turning the thermostat up,” Phillips said. “If we see the wood, feel it and take the time to put it on the fire, we’re more likely to reconnect with how we sustain ourselves.” On Saturday Derrick Jensen author and environmental activist, presented the speech, “End Game.” Jensen’s speech described the way industrial civilization is unsustainable. He also presented how society can eventually change to be more harmonious with the environment. Phillips also attended Jensen’s speech. “He takes a green-anarchy perspective,” Phillips explained. “Civilization is crumbling, and we need to get ready for the failure.” Phillips said that Jensen connects our consumption practices in today’s society as being structures of violence. “(Jensen) encourages alternative energy and recycling, but does not see them as being really sustainable. He sees them as means of perpetuating the violent structures of globalization and capitalism,” Phillips said. Vandana Shiva, a physicist and activist, was the third and final presenter of Good People Gather. Shiva’s talk “Earth Democracy” was on Saturday and senior McKenzie Midock attended. “(Shiva) talked about the way that the global world puts corporate rights above human rights,” Midock said. “Everything’s for sale and everything’s a commodity.” According to Midock, Shiva “focuses a lot on putting the power back into the small farmer with local support and community support.” Midock said that Shiva’s emphasis on encouraging local farming was neatly correlated with another event of Good People Gather, the Farmer’s Market. “ T h e Fa r m e r s ’ M a r k e t featured all local, org anic produce from Rahal Far ms out in North East,” Midock said. Midock explained that the purpose of the Farmer’s Market was not to make a profit but to “raise awareness of local eating.” Midock said that the average meal travels a very long distance from its source to our plates, so eating locally helps local farmers and ensures fresher food. According to Midock buying food from places like Wal-Mart does not allow you to know where the food you are buying comes from or what is in the products. “In that sense, the corporation and the government that sponsors big corporations are taking away that freedom,” Midock said. In addition to the talks and farmers markets, Good People Gather featured hikes, documentary viewings and panel discussions throughout the weekend. Phillips and Midock said that there was good attendance at the events and that the campus has been excited about Green issues lately. “There’s been a lot of enthusiasm this year for these issues, especially with the underclassmen,” Phillips said.

Oct. 17, 2007



Eby speaks on alcohol One-Card gets
By Casey Greene News editor
On Oct. 11, Mercyhurst College welcomed convicted felon Matthew Eby who had just been released from jail two days earlier, but why? Eby spoke to two small groups of students on Thursday about a fun night out with his friends that left him convicted of DUI manslaughter and DUI serious bodily injury. Although Eby has been convicted of both crimes he will only spend five days inside a jail cell for these crimes. Mercyhurst invited Eby to share his moving and unique story in hopes that students will learn from his tragic mistake. On Oct. 8, 2005, Eby and good friends Mathew Foster and Tanner Maxwell went out for a drink in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Eby and his friends traveled among several bars and house parties to drink with friends. Eby, who had been driving that night, recalled that he and his friends had been enjoying themselves a little too much. “I would definitely say we were drinking heavily,” admitted Eby. “I had had significantly too much to drink.” Between 2:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m., Eby recalls losing control of his 2003 Dodge Neon and crashing into a tree. The crash resulted in the death of Eby’s long-time friend, Foster, and the serious injury of Maxwell. Eby suffered only minor injuries. Hours after the accident, Eby had a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 percent, over twice the legal limit. Because of this, Eby faced the possibility of up to 20 years in prison. Eby traveled to Mercyhurst in hopes of preventing students like him from making possible life-changing decisions when it comes to alcohol. While confronted with the possibility of 20 years behind bars, Eby was fortunate enough to meet prosecutor Ellen Roberts, who fought to make Eby pay for his crimes without spending years in prison. Through the efforts of Roberts, Eby was sentenced to spend five days in jail, one day a year on Oct. 8 the anniversary of the accident, for five years. He was also sentenced to 15 years probation during which he must submit to random and frequent drug and alcohol tests, cannot travel far distances without the consent of his probation officer and cannot get behind the wheel of a car. In addition, Eby was required to put together a visual presentation of his experience as well as travel to different colleges and high schools to tell students about the dangers of drinking and driving. Eby shows his presentation at the beginning of every speech. The video consists of news feed, court proceedings, scenes from the accident and other relevant material. Eby travels at least once a month to speak with students. “I won’t speak to large audiences of more than 50,” said Eby. “I don’t want to make this some kind of show. I’m just here to share my story and show students how serious the consequences of their actions can be.” Freshman Thomas Feicco thought Eby’s message was very beneficial. “It just made sense,” Feicco said after Eby’s speech. “Something like this is a lot more effective than doing things like AlcoholEdu.” While it may seem like Eby got off easy for such serious crimes, he assures that he is paying for his mistakes. “It’s sad but I’ve gotten use to having a leash tied around my neck,” Eby told students in the McAuley Hall lobby. “Sometimes it feels more like a noose.” Eby explained that he shares his story not only to give the loss of his friend some meaning but also in hopes of saving the lives of others. “Its not just about you when you drink,” said Eby. “I hurt so many people because of one decision.” Eby feels that this is a message more young people need to understand when it comes to alcohol. “When you’re intoxicated you lose your perspective of not only your own well-being but others’ as well,” he said. Freshman Amylyn Verrone told Eby after his presentation that she wishes he would have spoken at her high school. “Someone like you really could have made a serious impact,” Verrone told Eby. “I think that you could have saved some people from getting behind the wheel after even one drink.”

an upgrade
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer

Police and Safety Log
Criminal Trespass McAuley Hall Oct. 6 Pending investigation Liquor Law Violation 3909 Briggs Ave. Oct. 7 College discipline Burglary 3808 Briggs Ave. Oct. 9 Pending investigation Liquor Law Violation Baldwin Hall Oct. 10 College discipline

Mercyhurst is taking a step to join the fast-paced Internet craze with a new tool enabling students to check the balance of their One-Cards via the Internet. The new technology will also allow students to report their cards lost or stolen. On Tuesday students received word of this new service by way of e-mail and were able to begin setting up their accounts. The e-mail also contains instructions and features that the service has to offer. Junior Alex Page took advantage of the system right away. “I set mine up as soon as I got the e-mail,” said Page “It’s convenient to be able to access all of that information so easily.” This is considered to be one of the most comprehensive on-line resources available by the OneCard office. “We have been working on this project for about two years now. We wanted a way to internally display balances for students to access themselves,” said John Patterson, supervisor of the One-Card Office. This service is being provided by, which chose Mercyhurst as one of five schools to pilot the program, said Patterson. “We are lucky to be thought of so highly and have the program implemented so quickly,” explained Patterson. The ManageMyID system is very similar to an on-line bank account. The service is specifically connected to Mercyhurst, enabling students to check the balance of Laker Loot, all campus transfer money and campus cash, the

amount available for making copies, the number of board meals, the amount of dining dollars, a six-month transaction history and the ability to report stolen or lost ID cards and disable them for safety reasons. The process of depositing money to the account, however, will remain the same. “We are still working on a way to create a credit system on campus,” said Patterson. “The college is fearful that (a credit system) won’t be secure.” Patterson is currently working to find a reliable and cost-efficient way to get a credit system on campus. The ideal institution to partner with the school in the credit program is PNC. The One-Card office encourages students to share access to this account with their parents or guardians. If funds look low, or board amounts run out before expected, parents will be aware and able to help out and make arrangements faster. The office is under the same code of privacy as the rest of the college when it comes to right to give out information. Through the use of the ManageMyID system, parents can access this information without having to deal with the circle of calling the office, contacting the student and so-forth. The program is not required but is a useful tool available to all students who depend on the One-Card and meal plans on a regular basis. “A lot of students have already registered,” said Patterson. “We hope to continue to provide services to make the One-Card services more convenient for students. We hope in the coming weeks to hear positive things from students.”


Many of the students experienced a variety of reactions during the filming. One student said she could feel her fingers tingle when she walked close to the confessional booth. Another said he could feel the temperature drop suddenly when he was near the entrance of the tower. All of the students’ experiences were caught on tape and will be a part of the show. What was Zinram’s favorite part? “Watching everything unfold while we were filming was the best,” she said. “You can’t plan what is going to happen, which makes shooting exciting.” She added that she was excited to go through the film and see if any of the cameras caught anything unusual that the naked eye may have missed. More shooting will take place all over campus in the coming weeks, as the group gets ready to air its premiere episode at a most fitting time: Halloween night. Interviews with campus faculty, Campus Ministry, the Sisters of Mercy and other students’ isolated experiences will be a huge part of the episode. Zinram also has plans to visit parts of Egan Hall at night for a second filming in hopes of finding more spiritual life.

Oct. 17, 2007

Haunted ’Hurst
By Amanda Valauri Staff writer
A group of students armed with cameras and a spiritual medium ventured into the guts of Old Main to look for signs of the life beyond. The filming was the first step in creating the mini series for Hurst TV called “Haunted Hurst.” The new show is the brainchild of Nadine Zinram, a junior communications major. The series will bring to life and highlight a few of the most popular ghost stories on campus, as well as interview students and faculty who have had their own encounters here on our haunted campus. The group that filmed the first round of activity in Old Main was comprised of volunteers who were just along for the spooky fun. They met at 11:00 p.m. at the entrance to O’Neill Tower and entered the building just as Police and Safety was locking the doors, to ensure that no student could accidentally run into the shot. With them they had two regular portable cameras, one night vision camera and Mercyhurst’s very own spiritual medium, Peggy Rogers. The group went through the chapel and Old Main in low whispers looking for sharp drops in temperature and differences in pressure as those are signs of possible spiritual energy. Many of the people in the group had professed their fear of the dark, including Zinram. “The time in the dark was very scary, but Peggy assured us that there are no evil spirits. This and Peggy’s strong belief that God protects us from all evil made me lose my fear really soon,” Zinram said.

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Paying back the debt
By Carly Lyons Staff writer
A recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics shows that about 50 percent of recent college graduates have student loans, with an average student loan debt of $10,000. According to the Mercyhurst College website, more than 95 percent of this year’s incoming freshman class received institutional, federal and state aid. “If it weren’t for loans, I don’t know how anyone would be able to afford college,” said freshman Nathan Katus. But what exactly are the different types of loans that Mercyhurst students, as well as college students across the nation, are receiving? The first type of loan is a Federal Stafford Loan. This type of loan comes directly from a bank, credit union or savings and loan association. Under the heading of the term “Federal Stafford Loan,” there are two different subcategories: subsidized and unsubsidized. Subsidized means that the government pays the interest on the loan while students are in school and during a sixmonth grace period after they have graduated from school or may be preparing to enter graduate school. The interest rate is guaranteed not to exceed 8.25 percent. An unsubsidized loan is granted to someone who does not qualify for the subsidized federal Stafford Loan, and for students who have a need for additional monies. Unsubsidized means that the student is responsible for paying the interest rate while attending college, but the payments will be postponed until after graduation. Another type of loan is the Federal Perkins Loan, which is fixed at five percent, but is also long-term. Mercyhurst’s Office of Student and Financial Services considers every single eligible student for this type of loan and awards the money based on those with the greatest financial need, since the number of students eligible for the loan currently exceeds the money available. Repayment of the loan begins either nine months after graduation or when the student is enrolled for less than six credits per term. “I think that Mercyhurst offers a lot of opportunities for financial aid, not only in terms of loans and scholarships, but also through work-study,” said freshman Rianne Howell. Some other types of loans available to Mercyhurst students include the Parents Plus Loan, which is available to parents of dependent undergraduate students, the Alternative Education Loan, which are typically used in conjunction to the Federal Stafford Loan and the GraduatePLUS Loan, which is considered one of the best loans for graduate students because of its flexibility. Additional information about these types of loans can be found on Mercyhurst’s website under the Financial Aid tab.

Oct. 17, 2007



Senior Tamara Putney waits at the Financial Aid office for information on student loans.

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Oct. 17, 2007

Fall break: Fun or just more work?
By Carla Hart Staff writer
A well-deserved break is coming up for Mercyhurst College students and faculty starting Thursday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 22. There’s always time to chill and relax before the four-day weekend is over so enjoy it. Carla Cappabianca, co-owner with her sister Lisa, of Cappabianca Travel Agency Inc., located in downtown Erie, didn’t realize there was a fall break. “Maybe because it’s only a few days and people are waiting to spend the money when they can take a longer vacation,” Cappabianca explained. Cappabianca saw a decline in college business about 10 years ago. The “bar crawl” seems to be what some college students want and the big touring companies know this, she explained. “We typically see families, teachers and husbands and wives booking vacations for spring break, and they go to Disney or on cruises,” Cappabianca said. “We used to get a lot of Gannon kids, but the touring companies began direct marketing to college campuses, offering packages that include wrist bracelets worn for bar hopping tours.” Cappabianca explained That doesn’t seem to be the case at Mercyhurst College. President of Mercyhurst Student Government Marissa Starin isn’t taking an extravagant vacation, or participating in the “bar crawl,” but is looking forward to going home. “As far as I am concerned fall break is time to breathe, relax and chill with family and friends,” Starin said. “I am going home to Cleveland and am very excited to see my puppy, Kirby!” After Starin catches up on extensive projects for school, she and her family will go square dancing on Saturday night. “There is line dancing, hayrides and facepainting, in the Metroparks,” she explained. A few of Starin’s friends are taking a road trip to Cedar Point to experience “Halloweekends,” a haunted experience at the park, and others are taking their Graduate Record Examinations for admission into a graduate school. While many students take a break from school, some of us still have to work, take tests and write essays. Esther Claros holds a postbaccalaureate in graphic design and her skills are a hot comodity. While working three jobs and maintaining an internship at Mercyhurst College, she’ll find time to relax. “I’ll sleep, catch up on some housework and write entrance essays for graduate school,” Claros said. Claros is preparing for the burst of excitement she’ll feel when Christmas break arrives and her family, including three brothers, are all home for the holidays. “Around the first of December, I get so excited to go home to Honduras and see my family,” Claros said. Although fall break is a wel-

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Pittsburgh is a popular location for fall break.

come diversion, continued learning seems to be the trend at Mercyhurst College. Senior Kelly Cofrancisco serves on the Student Activities Council as the SAC chair. She and members of the AdPro Club will be attending the Student Conference and Career Fair hosted by the American Advertising Fed-

eration from Thursday until Saturday. “We were really lucky that the conference was on a break so that we didn’t have to miss class,” Cofrancisco said. For those individuals who can’t break commitments for a short respite, quiet meditation helps to ease the burden of stress.

Fashion expirement proves that what you wear affects first impressions
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Exterior appearances and clothing choices invariably affect first impressions, which usually end up being incorrect. Over the weekend a social experiment was performed to justify this statement and to prove of a point of social and materialistic importance. Mainly to ask the question, “Why is it vital to get all dressed up to go out in downtown Erie and simultaneously meet new people?” Friday night, the subject of the trial wore a monochromatic sweat suit with bright white pleather ‘Reebok’ inspired shoes. The top was a crew neck children’s sweatshirt, complete with a glitter appliqué featuring two frogs, a rainbow and hearts, along with the word “kisses” emblazoned underneath. The lower portion of the outfit had a high elastic gathered waistband, as well as elastic ankle holes. The subject styled her hair and makeup as normal, to act as the control variable. The individual is employed at an establishment on State Street, where she works Friday and Saturday nights and invariably receives a decent amount of attention from the opposite sex and social interaction in general, as it is a “late night” establishment. The subject measured the number of male customers she interacted with, along with the number of flirtatious male customers. The ratio was 14:1 on the test day, compared to an average ratio of 14:6, as measured on a previous “normal dress code” day. The subject’s interactions with Mercyhurst students were quite varied and interesting. In one positive instance, the subject asked Mercyhurst senior Roland Andris, who was unaware of the experiment, what he thought of Friday night’s attire. “Those shoes are crisp; I like them,” Andris said. Junior Frank Heinz was informed of the investigation, yet still responded positively. “If I look at a girl, and she has great facial features along with a nice personality, of course I would approach her,” said Heinz. “It shouldn’t matter what she is wearing.” Overall, most Mercyhurst students seemed to be refreshingly non-judgmental on clothing choices. Clearly, the type of attire one wears affects another individual’s perception and attitude toward them. However Erie, Pa. is not NYC, State Street is not a runway, and the Corner Stone is not the latest version of Buddha Bar. It is also important to note that one’s personality and demeanor does not change when wearing a ridiculous sweat suit, or the latest True Religion jeans, for that matter.

Oct. 17, 2007




Food Fix
Serafini’s restaurant serves up traditional Italian favorites.
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“You can smell the sauce right when you walk in the door and the ambience of the restaurant is quite romantic” said Testa. Three menus allow the restaurant to cater to all of your needs. A lunch menu that offers salads priced at $6.95 includes Antipasto and Grilled Chicken. Homemade soups including Wedding and Pasta Fagioli are priced at $2.75 for a cup. Sandwiches like meatball and Italian sausage are priced at $5.25. The dinner menu includes appetizers, soups and salads along with larger dinners that start at $11.95 for baked manicotti and go up to $16.50 for veal parmesan. All dinners include salad, Italian bread and butter and Romano cheese. Homemade pastas like spaghetti, linguini, gnocchi and lasagna are other dishes that grace the dinner menu. The carryout menu includes all of the items mentioned above and lets you plan for a great family-style dinner right in your own dining room by offering Pasta by the Pound, homemade spaghetti, marinara or meat sauces and meatballs. These items are a bit pricier due to their abundance, with a half pan of lasagna (9 pieces) priced at $32.00. Call 814-833-7709 for carry out or stop into to Serafini’s to enjoy homemade Italian food in the heart of Erie. So if you’re looking for savory italian favorites, make Serafini’s

With Meg
recipes to make pumpkin pie, including everything from a pecan pumpkin pie to a doublelayered cheesecake pumpkin pie. This is such an easy recipe to make and is so delicious. If you plan on having a preThanksgiving meal with your friends and roommates before the end of the term, try this recipe for dessert. - Meghan Dolney

Spaghetti and more at Serafini’s
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Looking for a romantic place to take your boyfriend or girlfriend for a sweetests’ day dinner? A place with the smell and ambiance of an classic Italian eatery close to the Lake Erie shore? Then stop on down at Serafini’s Family Restaurant located near the corner of West 12th Street and Peninsula Drive. Open since 1938, the Italian restaurant is known for its amazing sauce and restaurant atmosphere. Senior education major Samantha Testa recently took her boyfriend to Serafini’s for a relaxing dinner.

If you have not noticed, the theme of fall flavors tends to be pumpkins. You see them everywhere. If you go to Starbucks they have pumpkin-flavored coffee or, if you are of age, there is a new pumpkin-flavored beer by the makers of Blue Moon. So for this week’s recipe I thought I would stick to the old classic pumpkin recipe: pumpkin pie! There are many different

Pumpkin pie
1 package pie crust 1 can pumpkin (15 oz.) ½ cup sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg 2 eggs, slightly beaten ¾ cup milk

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 2.) Roll out the pre-made dough and fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Trim the edges so that it fits in the plate. 3.) In a large bowl, mix the pumpkin, sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. 4.) Add the eggs to the mixture by beating with a fork until combined, then stir in the milk gradually until combined. 5.) Pour the filling into the pie crust and put foil around the edge to make sure that it doesn’t burn. 6.) Bake for 25 minutes with the foil on and another 25 minutes with the foil off. 7.) Let it cool for a couple of hours, then place in the refrigerator.

Get to know...
Name: Haylie Starin Year: Junior Major: Communication, double concentration in Public Relations and Production Hometown: Westlake, OH Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: The welcoming and friendly people, and the comfortable atmosphere and the beautiful campus scenery. Least Favorite thing: The lack of parking space for students. Campus activities: Student Activities Council Programmer, MSG Representative, Spirit Club Co-Chair, Producer of the MSGevening News, PR for Hurst TV, Leadership Certification Program Level 3, Ambassadors, Ethical Reflection Committee, Habitat for Humanity

Haylie Starin


By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer

Oct. 17, 2007

What ’Hurst students are watching tHe BuZz
OCT. 17. Loreena McKennitt. Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo. OCT. 17. Steven Wright. Byham Theater, Pittsburgh. OCT. 18. The Wiggles. Tullio Arena, Erie. OCT. 18. Phil Lesh and Friends. Shea’s Theatre, Buffalo. OCT. 18. Strung Out. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 19. Tony Bennett. Allen Theatre, Cleveland. OCT. 19. Diamond Dogs: The Sound and Vision of David Bowie. OCT. 19. Wilco. A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. OCT. 20. Pat Monahan. House of Blues, Cleveland. OCT. 23-28. Ten Tenors. Avalon Theatre, Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls, Ont. OCT. 24. Tori Amos. Shea’s Theatre, Buffalo. OCT. 24. ‘After the Wedding’ film. Mercyhurst College PAC. OCT. 25. Lewis Black, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo. Courtesy of
In the busy life of the average college student, some time is needed for recreation and relaxation. Many students find this entertainment through watching their favorite television shows. Although there are many different shows on TV, a few shows in particular seem to be especially popular among college students this year. When asked what TV shows are most popular among college students, Mercyhurst College freshman Chelsea Cox said, “I think most people are watching ABC primetime shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Desperate Housewives.’ ” Mercyhurst student Melia Stanek said, “I think college students watch mostly dramas, especially medicals.” “ I know a lot of people watch

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Several Mercyhurst College students tune into ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ every week.

‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ and I like to watch it as well. I know lots of people who also enjoy watching ‘Desperate Housewives,’ but I don’t watch that show,” said Stanek. “Many people also like ‘House.’ ” Another Mercyhurst student, Elise Frey, said, “I don’t really like TV, but I know that Thurs. at 9 p.m. is ‘Holy Hour’ on the third floor of Baldwin because

‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘CSI’ and ‘The Office’ are showing.” “Grey’s Anatomy” appears to be one of the most popular shows among many students. Over the premiere week, there were two different organized Grey’s Anatomy parties on the Mercyhurst College campus. However students reported that they also regularly watching shows such as “House,” and

“America’s Most Smartest Model.” Students Heather Huber and Kate Gilson also added “The Hills” to the list. So, although shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” appear to be popular among students, many college students are also frequently tuning into shows such as “The Office,” “CSI,” “Heroes” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

‘Golden Door,’ film to show at PAC
By Mason Lorek Contributing writer
At one time Ellis Island was the main point of entry for immigrants traveling to the United States. Immigrants flocked to America, the land of opportunity, full of determination and hope. Today The Guelcher Film Series will present director Emanuele Crialese’s eye-opening film titled “Golden Door.” Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, “Golden Door” shows a story of hope and desperation “Emanuele Crialese’s beautiful dream of a film, is hardly unfamiliar. Some version of this immigrant’s tale — setting out from the old country, crossing the Atlantic in steerage, arriving at Ellis Island — is part of the family history of millions of Americans,” reviewed The New York Times. The film portrays the story of a Sicilian family living in poverty that decides to leave behind the world they know in the hope of finding new opportunities in America. Beginning in Sicily in 1904, “Golden Door” follows the life of a poor, struggling farmer, Salvatore Mancuso. He is barely getting by as he provides for his two sons, one of whom is mute, along with his elderly mother Salvatore. Captivated by stories of immeasurable wealth and the flourishing fruit and vegetables that are supposedly grown from bountiful American soil, Salvatore envisions endless possibilities in the land of opportunity. Determined to pursue a better life for his family, Salvatore decides to sell everything he owns for a passage into the United States. “Golden Door” truly shows that Salvatore’s journey is as important as the destination by revealing the hardships and obstacles immigrants overcame. A Los Angeles Times review said, “Ignorance, hope and imagination combine to create the strange, lyrical images that form in Salvatore’s mind.” When Salvatore and his family set sail for America, they meet Lucy Reed, a single English woman. Due to her mysterious past, she becomes the topic of gossip on the ship. Golden Door will show at the PAC today, Oct.17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are free with student ID (one ticket per ID).

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They could potentially have their e-mails and telephone calls bugged. Popular opinion is hardly ever swayed by the masses of people that join on streets for peaceful protests. The kind of radical movements Friedman refers to are often ineffective and too radical for politicians and middle America to take note. In contrast people in their 20s are currently watching I LOVE NEW YORK with the host’s breasts pushed up to her chin. They watch this instead of taking serious note of countless atrocities around the world. The change we cause is in our own neighborhoods and amongst the real people that policy affects. Rather than having a physical presence at government establishments they are building houses and tutoring children down the street. Change is something you have to be active in implementing. It can not be accomplished by raising money from your computer. Apathy is a disease that has been rooted in our minds. I fear 20 years of mind numbing is too late to reverse the effects. Unfortunately more people are likely to pay attention to a controversial blog or Youtube video then they are thousands of people gathering in the streets. The days of the 1960s are a romantic era that modern day activists simply dream about. They may never have the full effect as they once did. Instead activists are often framed as criminals and the establishment they protest is the victim. If change is going to happen, it will sadly be conveyed through the form of MTV or text messages. looked like Rosie O’Donnell. On the other hand, you could tell a story about your friend totally botching a hook up attempt at the bar the past night. The long laugh session due to excessive teasing makes everyone escape from the troubles of life for a brief moment. It can also lead to serious talks about a friend’s tragedies in life. These moments help you realize you are friends although you might be tough on him at times and you might have talked trash about him; he is your boy and you would do anything for him. The men who sit with me in these talks know that I would go to battle with anyone any day of the week for them and vice versa. So just remember when you feel like you and your friends are at the edge of hostility, schedule a man talk session. They are great and allow you and your circle of friends to escape a night of bar hopping or going to crowded parties and allow for a night of spending time with your true friends.


Generation Q a bit quiet Man talk: All should join in Chat away
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
Last Thursday, The New York Times ran Tom Friedman’s editorial. He labeled college students and 20 somethings as Generation Q. The “Q,” standing for quiet. He goes on to describe our age group as “quietly pursuing their idealism, at home and abroad.” Initially I approached this comment with reservation he goes on to state “I am impressed because they are so much more optimistic and idealistic than they should be.” I am baffled because they are so much less radical and politically engaged than they need to be.” While this may be true, our generation’s idealism is a result of an overprotective society and many social issues that we did not have to face. The quarrels of our parents’ generation are fundamentally different than those with which we currently deal. Both sets of circumstances are unique to their own time period. The issues we facie take place on a more international stage opposing large corporations and governments simultaneously. We are represented by politicians who tend to talk more than act. People have lost interest in voting due to issues that are never resolved or simply vetoed with the stroke of a pen. When students do speak up, they are tazered by campus security or blockaded several city blocks from where politicians and world leaders are gathered. If people were to act as outwardly 40 years ago, they would be targeted as anti-American.

By Bill Swafford Staff writer
Weekly my closest friends and I meet to participate in man talk. These discussions are great because of the lack of sensor due to members of the opposite sex being absent. These talks focus on things such as the Washington Redskins being better than the Cleveland Browns or who might be the hottest or ugliest girl on campus. The greatest element of these talks is having the ability to call your friend out for being a bum or possibly letting his girlfriend run his life. These necessary man talks promote cohesion and allow everyone to vent his displeasure with a friend’s behavior. Since the start of man talk we have found that the more alcohol involved, the more one might have the ability to tell a friend how he really feels. Every set of friends has the tendency to talk about each other behind each other’s backs to another friend causing a constant cycle of chatter. This dilemma can be hurdled by actively participating in a weekly session of man talk. At times man talk can reflect a panel of experts on life. Your friends dictate what you should do in a given situation. Although most of your friends have little experience in life and possibly offer less expertise than your own, it can be comforting because it comes from your friends. These man talks can also be a time for reflection. This could entail calling your boy out for hooking up with a girl that might have looked like Jessica Biel to him after 11 whiskey and Cokes, when in fact she

By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
Girl talk is seemingly more productive than man talk. Guys, we don’t just talk about what color to dye our hair next or who is cuter: McDreamy or McSteamy? Girls, you know this is not the extent of our chats. Occassionally, we need a glass of wine when we are talking, but the conversation does not depend on alcohol for honesty. Women make life decisions when they chat with their friends. The topics are much broader and deeper than men think. We talk politics, cars and the opposite sex as much as men do, but we consider relationships and careers as well. It is important to keep this ritual, otherwise all that man talk may make us go a little crazy. Guys need their chats just as much as women, though women tend to make more solid choices during these discussions.

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By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
As promised, my light-hearted jaunt in localized satire has once again concluded. This week I will delve into the heart of a global pandemic— money for nothing. How exactly did it become so trendy to give away your money? Whether it be Hollywood stars adopting children to the average American giving money to local charities, this practice has become widespread and accepted. My position is not that I disagree with the concept of charity. I refuse to believe people are entitled to my money and that I should not be guilted into such an endeavor. I believe charity should be largely based upon the belief that my money should be given to them based upon my own personal choice. I do not, however, believe that anybody is entitled to my money and that I must give it to them purely because they are needy. I refuse to be placed upon an altar of moral obligations in which I do not believe. This utterance may bring a cold chill to the hearts of the liberal left. I would rather spend my own money on improving myself and becoming a force that can cause real change in society, besides giving a few dollars to poor children in a part of the world of which I have never heard. To hell with the ethical standards of some, and to hell with forced eleemosynary!

Oct. 17, 2007

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
After complaints in a previous GBU, the garbage trucks no longer wake students at 3 a.m. Somehow the word got out. Fall Break starts after class today. It’s about time.

Money for nothing Let the trivial stuff go
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
Does popularity exists in college? With a little over three years of college down, I would say no. Don’t laugh yet. Think back to high school when there were the “popular” kids. Everyone wanted to be these kids. They controlled what and who was cool. Does this happen in college? I don’t think so. Now people do their own thing. It doesn’t matter if you were a nerd, the quarterback or in the band because these things aren’t important anymore. I think that people are more accepting of others’ differences in college. Look at the difference between homecoming court in high school and in college. In high school, homecoming was a popularity contest. You didn’t even have to be liked, you just had to be popular. In college homecoming is not a question of popularity; it’s about involvement and being well-known. Ultimately, people embody this characteristic from being active in clubs, sports, organizations or just going out a lot. This doesn’t make them any cooler. I’ve noticed that everyone is mostly friends. In the end, we will graduate, enter the real world and be forgotten anyway so let’s just enjoy the four years of college we have and let the trivial stuff go.

The Bad
If your light bulb goes out, the newest policy on getting it replaced means trekking over to maintence to pick one up yourself. Halloween costumes are breaking the bank and there aren’t that many to choose from.

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Professors aren’t as dumb as you think. Just because you look like you are using your laptop to take notes doesn’t mean they don’t know you are really shopping on Way to try and pull one over. Registering for classes became a nightmare for many when they were locked out. Financial aid and billing issues were mostly to blame. Many students were not informed early enough to make changes.
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Keith was so proud of his victory that he decided to stray from his juvenile political ramblings to once and for all prove his popularity. If anything it should only make sense that he would win this “popularity contest” of a court that consisted of mainly RAs, MSG and SAC members. Strange how that works out. You can win a contest among the same out-of-touch individuals who dominate the scholarship positions. It would be nice if the student power elites of this school would simply accept who they are; stop trying to play both sides. Wear your smug, self-accepting crowns around so that I may distance myself from all of you. It is apparent you all do not hold the majority support from students on this campus. You only operate in your own power elite circles in which your popularity will not be questioned. It sickens me to see you all continue to struggle with the fact that your sole purpose is to suck up to the people who hand you money. In exchange for their money, you give them your undying support to their system of limiting student freedom and expression. Thumbs up, and don’t act like you represent the voice of this college anymore.


Tooting your own horn unnecessary in some cases
By Jerrod Markle Contributing writer
I find it ironic that ResLife is holding meetings to find out why the majority of the student population did not know or even care about homecoming when apparently they are the most in-tune campus members. It is wonderful to hear from Keith Nemeth that Keith Nemeth won homecoming king. Congratulations from the majority of the student body who didn’t know or care and, now that we do know, still don’t care.

Common decency destroyed by Merciad
By Jillian Perfetti Contributing writer
This is in reference to the article “Homicide: Former student charged in infant’s death.” Do I have a problem with the Merciad covering this story? No. It happened and there is no sense in pretending it didn’t. What I have a problem with is how it was presented. When did the Merciad become a scandal rag? It is almost like the writer was thinking “How juicy can we make this story?” It is not a joke. Am I defending this girl? No. But I also don’t pretend to know the whole story. “We’re college students and we know not to put babies in a plastic bag.” I am not attacking the young woman who said this quote, but I am asking what the writer of this article felt this quote brought to the story. Maybe some comic relief ? Another person upset with the article referred me to this statement of Mercyhurst core values: “We are socially merciful. Mercy restores human dignity, expands out social relations and empowers us to reach out in compassion to others.” We are Mercyhurst College students; we know not to treat something like this as juicy gossip.

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to describe the Sisters of Mercy and intellectual freedom, this person seemed to suggest this explained a certain persuasion. Instead, both liberal and intellectual suggest an openness to dialogue that calls for all sides of an issue to be raised, offering the context for mature, well reasoned decision making. Had consultation occurred, a more accurate picture of the Sisters of Mercy and this issue may have been presented. Beginning with its revised mission statement, “consistent with its Catholic identity and Mercy heritage, Mercyhurst College educates women and men in a culture where faith and reason flourish together…,” Mercyhurst College is a Roman Catholic college in the Mercy tradition and is not exempt from nor reticent to embrace the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church in matters of faith and morals. Mercyhurst College is very much a part of the Diocese of Erie, while not under the direct jurisdiction of the diocesan bishop as other institutions may be, but still very much responsible to the moral and teaching authority of that office. In the area of human sexuality, Mercyhurst College acknowledges first and foremost the dignity and respect that is due to each human person and particularly acknowledges that for those persons who may be spurned by society for whatever reason. As referenced in the new United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, “the number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible….. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard must be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives…” Historically, because of the teaching of the church and the Mercy tradition of hospitality and compassion, the Gay/Straight Alliance came into being. It was, and hopefully continues to be, a vehicle by which the above statement becomes a reality. With that in mind, Mercyhurst College cannot and will not embrace any other under-

Oct. 17, 2007

Intentions may be good, but factual errors discredit Sisters
By Fr. James E. Piszker & Sr. Joanne Courneen As well intentioned as the article, “Mercyhurst more tolerant than Gannon” from the Oct. 10 issue might be, the fact is that it is full of factual errors that must be addressed in regard to the serious subject presented. First of all, in promoting our own institution, it is not necessary or appropriate to denigrate another institution. All Catholic institutions, exercising various legitimate models of church, strive to represent the Catholic faith to the best of their ability. While styles of leadership may vary, the underlying religious philosophy remains the same. That being said, this letter will not speak to the issues or understandings of other institutions, but rather, focus on those exclusive to Mercyhurst College. As far as can be seen, no one in the administration, campus ministry or the Sisters of Mercy was contacted to comment for this article. For example, when the author used the word “liberal”

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standing concerning homosexual activity that falls outside the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church. To do so would be not only irresponsible but contrary to the stated mission of this institution. As an institution of higher education, our sincere hope is

that all members of the college community will continue to discuss, discern, pray and educate themselves in regard to this most delicate matter. To do otherwise would negate this institution’s great tradition and discredit the name and spirit of the Sisters who brought it into being.

The fourth amendment and you: Private colleges do not fall under this
By Nicholas Kovach Contributing writer
The question contested on this and many other college campuses is the role of the fourth amendment in searches of campus housing. What can they do when they search and can they even search without a warrant? When the question comes to Mercyhurst College, the answer is yes, they can search without a warrant when not pursuing criminal prosecution and they have legal precedence to do so. Searches performed by college staff are administrative not governmental searches. According to several cases including Piazzola v. Watkins, Morale v. Grigel and Smyth v. Lubbers, courts have ruled that searches that are administrative-those that result in school disciplinary actions not criminal prosecution-are not covered by the fourth amendment. The fact is that searches are performed by the college are “generalized or routine inspection for violations of housing, health, or other regulatory codes.” Another reality is that this is a private institution and according to rulings like Duarte v. Commonwealth, “the fourth amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures are wholly inapplicable to a search or seizure, even an unreasonable one, effected by a private individual not acting as an agent of the government or with the participation or knowledge of any governmental official.” The other fact is that all residents in campus housing have agreed to the campus housing policy, which includes a search clause; look at page 41 in your handbook for the actual clause. This again grants the school a legal right to search and has been defended in cases such a State v. Hunter. This all being said, the school policies do respect the privacy of the students by requiring a probable cause before a search occurs. As an RA I must have probable cause and attempt to get permission before entering. So the college makes reasonable attempts to respect a resident’s privacy. So there it is a brief summation of fourth amendment and what it means to a Mercyhurst student. Yes, there are contradicting rulings to these and this is a gray area in law but you have to face the facts. Like it or not the school has legal precedence to search your room and property with out a warrant as long as they are not pursuing criminal prosecution and they try respect your privacy and rights within reason.

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Football cannot handle the running game of Findlay
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
Findlay proved to be a tough match for the Mercyhurst College football team on Saturday. The Lakers couldn’t stop Findlay’s tough running game, as they gave up over 400 yards rushing. The Oilers only looked to the air seven times and rolled past the Lakers 38-22. Despite the tough weekend, the Lakers were still able to see some individual milestones set against the Oilers. Junior Richard Stokes became the second running back in school history to rush for 2,000 yards in his career. Stokes reached 2,045 yards with a 67-yard rushing day against a tough Findley line. Senior Mitch Phillis had a big day as well, going 18-43 with 191 total yards passing with one touchdown. Sophomore Josh Szeluga, after being hurt in the Gannon game, came back strong, mounting 90 yards and one touchdown on the day. Senior Brandon Hill and Aaron Haynes also combined for 83 yards, rounding out what looked to be a strong Mercyhurst offense. The defense was led by sophomore Adam Brown who had five tackles and 11 assisted tackles on the day. Sophomore Tim Herbener had a big game as well with an interception that was returned 14 yards and one sack. Unfortunately for the defense the Findlay running backs were just too strong. “We really hope that as a team we can end the season on a positive note, especially for the seniors,” said freshman Freddy Hale. “Looking into next week, we really need to improve our pass defense. We’ve done a great job running to the ball, now we just need to build our confidence and trust with one another.” The Lakers (4-4) will battle Hillsdale at Tullio Field Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Junior Sarah Powell (15) takes on a Findlay defender in preparation for a shot during last Friday’s game at Mercyhurst.

Women’s soccer wins two
By Stephen Duggan Staff writer
The measure of a great team is its ability to bounce back after defeat. Coming off a weekend in which the team surrendered two games and conceded an uncharacteristic nine goals, the Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team was in need of a couple of wins to get back on track. These games would be crucial to their playoff hopes as their opponents, Ashland and Findlay, are both Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) rivals. The Findlay Oilers traveled to Erie on Friday to play the Lakers. Determined to have a great start, Mercyhurst came firing out of the blocks. Only two minutes into the game junior Christine Rehnart crossed a ball that senior Adrienne Sluga finished. The Oilers were stunned but kept the game tight and ended the half down by a single goal. The Lakers managed to stun Findlay once more as Rehnart scored just 33 seconds into the second half. In the 72nd minute junior Sarah Powell hit her first of the game, and a minute later senior Jacque Sluga assisted sophomore Taylor Hilinski to make it 4-0. Powell capped off the scoring with her second of the day to make it 5-0 with the assist by Adrienne Sluga. Junior Rebecca Heintzmann had a quiet game between the sticks, being called on just three times. The Lakers took the momentum from this victory into their next game against Ashland. Mercyhurst put the pressure on Ashland from the start and had nine shots in the first

half before they could find a breakthrough. Just 25 seconds remained on the clock when sophomore Braedyn Ordway found the back of the net to give the Lakers the lead, and the momentum going into the break. In the second half the Lakers looked to have the game won as Powell found the net for the second goal. Sophomore Karla Vogt then put the game out of reach with a goal off of a Powell assist. Ashland gave the Lakers’ fans a scare as they scored two goals, but Mercyhurst hung on for the win, and a 2-0 weekend. Jacque Sluga commented on the game, “It was a great weekend for us, to come back and win two games after last week’s disappointment was huge. The whole team played great and we deserved these two results.” The team will take on Daemen tonight at 3:30 p.m.

Cross country sets records
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
Setting a record in any sport is an impressive accomplishment and display of physical ability. This past weekend at the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational a number of the Mercyhurst College men’s and women’s cross country runners set personal records (PR). On the men’s side senior captain Kenny Foster finished the race with a PR of 26:18 for a five-mile course. This time was good enough for a second-place finish out of 152 runners. Foster’s strong finish led the team to an overall second-place finish out of 14 teams. “We’re definetely starting to look like we’re ready for the GLIAC Championships,” Foster said of the team’s recent performances. For the women freshman Cherie Jackson continued to perform well. Like Foster, she set a PR at the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational on the 5K course with a time of 19:06. This time was good enough for a fourth-place finish in a field of 149 runners. Jackson and fellow freshman runner Jennifer Mieczowski, who finished 16th (20:20), were the top freshman women runners at the race. On Saturday Mercyhurst will host the GLIAC Championship.


scoring opportunities. The men had been working extremely hard in practice this past week to prepare themselves for two rough and skillful games this weekend at home. Their hard work paid off and they walked away from the field on Friday with a 5-3 victory over Findlay University, their first home game win of the season. After an important win on Friday afternoon over Findlay, the men were ready to come back to their home turf and challenge Ashland University for another victory. With a much needed improvement on the weather conditions, Sunday turned out to be a beautiful fall day to watch a great soccer match. The men came out strong and confident from their previous at-home win on Friday with an eagerness to get a goal against Ashland. “I think that we played really well as a team,” junior Sean Spangler said. “The two wins were very much needed and a nice boost for our confidence on the field.” Working together and staying

Oct. 17, 2007

Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Women’s ice hockey………………………………………............Oct. 13, W 6-5, Boston Oct. 12, W 4-1, Boston Men’s hockey…………………………………………………….…Oct. 12, L 2-1, Ohio State Oct. 13, L 4-0, Notre Dame Football…………………………………………………………………Oct. 13, L 38-22, Findlay Women’s volleyball………………………..…....Oct. 12, L 3-0, Saginaw Valley State Oct. 13, L 3-2, Hillsdale Men’s soccer……………………………………….…………………..Oct. 12, W 5-3, Findlay Oct. 14, L 3-2, Northwood Women’s soccer………………………………………...................Oct. 12, W 5-0, Findlay Oct. 14, W 3-2, Ashland Men’s water polo……...................……Oct. 12, W 14-5, Washington & Jefferson Oct. 13, W 9-1, Salem International Women’s tennis…………………....……………………………..Oct. 13, L 9-0, Duquesne Oct. 14, L 5-4, St. Bonaventure Men’s tennis……………………………………………….………..Oct. 13, L 9-0, Duquesne

Men’s soccer picks up two wins
By Katie Waldin Staff writer
As the deep grey clouds rolled overhead and the crack of thunder struck, the Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team trudged onto the field as the gigantic rain drops began to fall. The poring rain managed to soak the players to the bone in just a few minutes, but the men kept pushing towards victory over Findlay University. Having already beat Findlay 2-1 this season, the Lakers brought a confidence to the field that was apparent in their playing, as they took an early lead over the Oilers. Scoring just two minutes into the game off of a corner kick assisted from Nick Thompson was Kurt Young, who posted two goals and two assists in the game Friday afternoon versus Findlay. The Lakers were working well together moving the ball around on the field, communicating and making simple and quick decisions that were able to free up many players to create focused were important for the men to have success on the field this weekend, but they went above and beyond their duties to achieve their wins. Danny Mudd, the Lakers’ junior goalkeeper, had a stellar game over Ashland. He worked extremely hard walking away from the match with 12 saves and a shutout. “We had a very disappointing weekend with two losses last week, so to come back and win two games like we did this weekend, especially with the shutout on Sunday, is great, said junior midfielder Stephen Duggan. “With both games being GLIAC ties, two wins were crucial for our playoff hopes,” he said. “Hopefully we can take this form into the last three games of the season,” Duggan said. The Lakers look forward to finishing off their season with wins in their last three games on home turf. The Lakers, in the last piece of their season before playoffs play Ohio Dominican University this Saturday at 11 a.m. on the Mercyhurst Soccer Field.

Colton/Payne athletes of the week
Freshman Billy Colton of the men’s soccer team helped carry the team in two key GLIAC victories on Friday and Sunday. In Friday’s game against Findlay he scored three goals for his first collegiate hat trick, and assisted on the gamewinning goal during Sunday’s game against Ashland. Although only a freshman Colton is currently tied on the team for first in points scored. Junior defender Natalie Payne of the women’s hockey team had a hand in the team’s two weekend victories over Boston University. Payne tallied three assists in the first come-from-behind game on Friday, and went on to add three more assists during Saturday’s 4-1 win.

Women’s soccer named team of the week
The women’s soccer team has been named team of the week, after picking up two impressive GLIAC wins this weekend defeating Findlay University 5-0 on Friday and Ashland University 3-2 on Saturday. The Lakers are second in the GLIAC behind Grand Valley State University and fifth in the region, as they now are 11-3-1 on the season and 5-2 in the GLIAC.

Powell named GLIAC women’s soccer player of the week
Junior forward Sarah Powell has been named the GLIAC women’s soccer offense player of the week after leading the Lakers to two wins this weekend by tailing eight points, scoring three goals and two assists. Powell has added a team-best 30 points along with 12 goals, and has also added six assists on the season.

Volleyball loses sixth straight GLIAC match
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s volleyball team welcomed Saginaw Valley State University and Northwood University to the MAC this past weekend in what hoped to be a winning weekend for the Lakers. Unfortunately, our squad came up short in the first match against Saginaw, a team that proved to be too strong for the Lakers. SVSU took the match in three close games: 30-28, 3022, 30-27. Leading Mercyhurst was junior Lauren Kubinski, who tallied 17 kills. Both Jenna Matson and Katie Fritz had 10. The Lakers looked to end their five-game losing skid the following day against Northwood University. Trailing two games to one, the team held off defeat by taking game four. In the fifth and final game emotions were high, as both teams played solid. However Northwood took the match by the scores of 2530, 30-15, 30-23, 26-30, 15-11. Mercyhurst’s effort was led by senior Christine Nisbet, who notched eight kills, two assists, four aces and six total blocks. Sophomore Julia Butler totaled 37 assists and 22 digs. “We’re about we’re I’d hoped we’d be,” said head coach Patton. “We have some injuries to people who have been on the court a lot, so we were able to get some other people experience against really good teams.” “We’re so far ahead of where we’ve been in the past and we’ve got an incredible amount of upside,” he said. The Lakers will look to halt their six-match losing streak on Oct. 19, when they host Findlay at the MAC.

Payne and Chouinard named CHA players of the week
Junior forward Valerie Chouinard earned College Hockey America (CHA) Offensive Player of the Week (POTW) and junior defender Natalie Payne has been named the Defensive POTW award after their victories moved No. 2 Mercyhurst to 5-0, which is the team’s best start ever.

Three men’s hockey players named to AHA honor roll
Senior forward Ryan Toomey, junior goaltender Matt Lundin and freshman forward Brandon Coccimiglio have been named to the AHA Honor Roll for their performances this past weekend in the Lefty McFadden tournament.

Club hockey open season
The club hockey home opener is on Friday as the team hosts John Carroll University at 7 p.m. They then follow up with a game the following day against Youngstown State University at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The team opened their season on the road going 1-1-1.


“Being 5-0 is a great opportunity for our team,” said junior goalie Courtney Drennan. “We have been working hard to prepare for each game, and treat each opponent the same way.” “Each day the team enters the rink with the same attitude; we have to work hard to win every game because nothing will be handed to us,” she said. Saturday’s win marked head coach Michael Sisti’s monumental 200th win of his illustious career. Sisti has been with Mercyhurst since 1993 when he was an assistant men’s coach. He took over the women’s team in 1999 and has led the Lakers to the NCAA playoffs three times and CHA conference championship five times.

Oct. 17, 2007

Women’s hockey starts season 5-0 for first time ever
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
The Mercyhurst women’s hockey team hosted Boston University on Friday and Saturday night. The Lakers headed into the match ranked No. 2 in the nation riding a three-game winning streak. BU gave the Lakers a slight scare on Friday with Mercyhurst topping the Terriers 6-5. Saturday proved to be no contest for the Lakers as a fourpoint night from sophomore Meghan Agosta gave Mercyhurst a 4-1 victory. This marks the first time in school history that the girls have started their season 5-0. Sisti was also named the 20062007 Coach of the Year and elected to coach the West squad in the second annual Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Mercyhurst will look to seek revenge this weekend as they take on Minnesota-Duluth, the team that knocked them out of the NCAA playoffs last season. “Minnesota-Duluth is a very good team, and this weekend will be a great test,” said Drennen. “I think all of the veterans are excited to play UMD and prove that we deserve, and did deserve last season, to beat them,” she said. “The team will handle this game, and UMD, will the same hard working and focused attitude that we handle all of our games.”

Valerie Chouinard (18) looks to clear the puck during a game on Saturday against Boston University.

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Men’s hockey falls to two ranked teams Tennis drops a pair of matches
By Chris Davis Sports editor
The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team opened its season dropping a pair of hardfought games to two ranked teams, the Ohio State University (OSU) and the University of Notre Dame (ND) during the Lefty McFadden Tournament in Dayton, Ohio on Friday and Saturday. “We played terrific Friday night; as good as you can without winning,” said head coach Rick Gotkin. “They brought a good work ethic playing against the big guys, OSU and ND.” The Lakers opened Friday’s game playing extremely well, as they grabbed the early 1-0 lead on a goal from senior Ryan Toomey. OSU battled back but had no answer during the second period, as Mercyhurst’s junior goalie Matt Lundin came up with some big saves. Finally in the third period OSU came out scoring two goals that ended up helping to give the Buckeyes a 2-1 victory. Lundin played strong, making 46 saves during the game. “This is more of a different team then a year ago,” said Gotkin. “These two games will make us better. The next day the Lakers played against ND. After playing a scoreless first period, the Fighting Irish came out in the second period scoring first. “It fueled our passion after they scored first,” said Gotkin. “The team was a little tired on Saturday, but the guys played hard.” Freshman Ryan Zapolski made his first career start against ND making 33 saves. The Lakers play another top 15-ranked team this weekend, as they travel to the University of Maine on Friday and Saturday.

By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
The weekend after Mercyhurst College women’s head tennis coach Neil Leroy was relieved of his coaching duties, the Lakers were competitive in matches against Duquesne University and St. Bonaventure University. Two days after Leroy’s departure Mercyhurst Athletic Director Craig Barnett named Terence McMahon the men’s and women’s interim head coach. In McMahon’s first match as coach the Lakers fell to Duquesne 9-0. Even though Mercyhurst did not win a match, they were highly competitive in some areas. At No. 2 singles freshman Kim Ezzo won the opening set 4-6 but lost the next two 6-4, 6-1, and at No. 5 singles sophomore Elizabeth Mullane forced a second set tiebreak but lost 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). The next day Mercyhurst

Field hockey looks to finish their season on strong note
By Chris Davis Sports editor
The Mercyhurst College women’s field hockey team will look to finish its season with some wins after struggling earlier this season finishing on their attempted shots. “The one thing about this team is that they continue to fight each and every game,” said head coach Stacey Gaudette. “I am a very proud with the effort they put in this week at practice.” “The one thing about our team is that they are very flexible, as they can play many different positions on the field.”

battled St. Bonaventure to a hard-fought loss, 5-4. At No. 1 Ezzo and senior Jennifer Daly won 8-4, while Jaclyn McLean and Meghan Raynor picked up an 8-6 victory at No. 2. In singles play Mercyhurst added to its lead with wins at No. 1, when Daly recorded a 6-3, 7-5 win, and No. 2 with Ezzo cruising 6-1, 6-1. St. Bonaventure swept spots No. 4, 5 and 6 to tie the match and McLean’s valiant effort at No. 3 fell short, losing 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. “In the GLIAC Conference, we will come across all types of players,” said freshman Kelton Macke. “By playing a tougher team, we will mentally be determined to win, thereby allowing us to focus better during the tough GLIAC matches,” she said. Mercyhurst, now 9-4 on the season, finishes the regular season hosting Ashland. The winner will get the third seed in the GLIAC Scoot Williams


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Soccer wins two in GLIAC competition
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