Vol. 81 No. 11
Wrestlers win national Catholic invitational
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This I believe: Dr. Christine Colin
International students charged in RA impersonations
‘The only thing they touched was my ‘Harry Potter’ book.’
OPINION: Does Intel. belong?
Students respond to incident:
Faculty art show opens in Cummings Art Gallery
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Find the best places to download and buy music.
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Students travel to D.C. for ‘green’ conference
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Nov. 28, 2007
Students charged in RA impersonations
By Joshua Wilwohl, Casey Greene and Ashley Pastor Staff writers
Two international students from Honduras were charged by Erie police and the Mercyhurst College Residence Life Ofﬁce after impersonating resident assistants, said Mercyhurst College Designated School Ofﬁcial for International Students Daniel Cabanillas. Mercyhurst College sophomore Israel Estrada and senior Luis Sierra pleaded guilty Nov. 1 before District Justice Joseph Lefaiver to summary charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The two were also found in violation of seven Mercyhurst College regulations, including unlawful entry, presenting false information, drunk and disorderly, general harassment, reckless endangerment, creation of a hostile environment, and disruption of college activity, according to an official Residence Life Ofﬁce document dated Nov. 7. Cabanillas said the two students entered the Duval apartments on Briggs Avenue on Oct. 25. Estrada said the incident began in the Cummings Art Gallery when he and the other student each had four glasses of wine. “We began in the art gallery and had four cups of wine and we were hungry and went to the Laker,” Estrada told the Merciad. “We were walking past Duval and thought it was a good idea to pretend to be RAs as a prank.” Estrada said they went to two apartments and were carrying a “crumpled piece of paper with a pen,” and knocked on random apartment doors and asked the residents if they could enter the apartment to look for alcohol. He also said they were acting “pretty stupid” and really “making a show” of the incident. Estrada said they only went to the refrigerator, and then got down and looked underneath furniture. He said they did not enter individual bedrooms, or touch any students. The third apartment, Estrada said, is where the incident took a bad turn. “At the third apartment we got caught – it was an RA’s apartment and they recognized we were not RAs,” he said. “She called another RA who called police and safety.” Estrada said the ofﬁcers took his and the other student’s information and escorted them back to their apartment. Sophomore Kacie Zolkowski, a resident of West Duval and one of the students involved in the situation, said she did not feel like she was threatened during the incident. “We were caught off-guard, but we never felt like we were in danger,” she said. The residents across the hall, who were also targets of the phony room search, agreed. “They just took our names and checked our IDs, and asked us ridiculous questions,” said Zolkowski. “We let them in, and in no way were they forceful…they just kind of wandered around and looked at our stuff.” What was most annoying, according to all those interviewed, was that the “inspection” took place during Grey’s Anatomy. West Duval resident sophomore Kristen Van Buren said they did not do any thorough checks of the apartment. “They checked out the bedrooms, but they barely went in. They didn’t touch anything but my ‘Harry Potter’ book.” The students were to vacate Mercyhurst College by Nov. 19, according to the residence life document.
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Senior Luis Sierra and sophomore Israel Estrada are part of Mercyhurst College’s International Student Program headed by Eric Evans, which is located on Briggs Avenue, adjacent to the Cohen Student Health Center.
Cabanillas, however, said the students are in the process of an appeal. “You must report to the Student Conduct Office no later than 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19, 2007, to turn in your Mercyhurst Student ID, return your campus housing key, and complete any ﬁnal processing,” states the document. “At 4 p.m. on that date, you must permanently vacate Mercyhurst College and will not be welcomed on any college-owned or operated property, or at any event sponsored by Mercyhurst College until Nov. 19, 2012.” The document also states if the students violate this process, they can face a deﬁant trespass charge, and be “vigorously prosecuted.” Estrada said on Nov. 9, the two were called to Mercyhurst College Police and Safety where they were given the citation to appear before Lefaiver. “The defendant did appear in a public place under the inﬂuence of alcohol and did annoy persons in his vicinity,” states the citation. “The defendant
did, while under the inﬂuence of alcohol, impersonate ResLife officials and did searches of apartments (in West and East Duval).” “I don’t think ResLife and the school has any idea how serious this is for us,” he said. “Basically, we’re being deported, and once you’re deported you can never have a visa again.” Mercyhurst College Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said he could not discuss the particulars of the case due to privacy concerns. “We want to give any student charged with any violation of the student code of conduct means to appeal,” he said. Tobin said he has received no complaints of unfairness in the case. “Nothing was brought to my attention of anyone being treated unfairly,” he said. “That’s what the appeal process is for – if people see these situations differently, they have the opportunity to make their case.” Sophomore Vanessa Nastase said she and her roommates were never afraid of Estrada and
Sierra during the incident. “We were never scared; we just thought it was weird,” she said. Van Buren said the whole thing was “ridiculous,” saying they never felt like they were in danger. “I just thought they were funny. I felt like it was weird, but I never felt like they were going to hurt us or anything,” said Van Buren. “I feel more in danger having a broken building door. It’s been broken since before break and hasn’t been ﬁxed yet.” Sophomore Brittainy Surace of West Duval said she finds the incident blown out of proportion. “They were just wandering around looking at things… it really wasn’t a big deal,” she said. Estrada said he understands several of the charges, but never thought it would create such a stir. “Some of the charges are unfair and the punishment is too severe,” he said. “I don’t see why it’s so terrible. They’re making a really big deal about it.”
Nov. 28, 2007
’Hurst students help Katrina victims
By Julie Hranica Contributing writer
While many Mercyhurst students enjoyed their Thanksgiving break in their hometowns, 16 students spent three days in New Orleans, helping rebuild homes that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The students traveled with Mercyhurst College Service Learning Director Sr. Michele Schroeck and Americorps Volunteers in Service to America volunteer Colin Hurley. “Colin offered to lead a group to New Orleans after spending three months doing relief work there before coming to Mercyhurst,” said Schroeck. “I was so inspired by the students who gave up their break and traveled over 2400 miles to help the people of New Orleans.” The trip occurred from Nov. 14 to 20. The group traveled by van for 20 hours to New Orleans and spent three, eight-hour days working on rebuilding homes for two families. A t e a ch h o m e s t u d e n t s worked with one or two interns from the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. While the houses take longer than three days to complete, student work allowed the houses to be ready for painting at the end of the third day. “In three short days, my faith in the power of loving your neighbor was strengthened,” said sophomore Maria Rambuski. The g roups also were given the chance to meet the homeowners. Sophomore Nadine Beres said the owners showed support for the volunteers. “Our homeowners showed their appreciation by bringing us lunch, even though they couldn’t really afford it,” said Beres. Hurley said he hopes students will extend this experience into their life in Erie. “This community has plenty of brokenness and just as much culture to explore as New Orleans,” he said. “But it cannot be approached from the outside. Someone has to experience it, just like we did in New Orleans.” “The work in New Orleans has changed within this past year,” Hurley said. “During my service a year ago, you could expect to see dozens of dump trucks cleaning the sides of streets from the gutted houses.” Every homeowner whose home was still standing was waiting to have debris removed,
Mercyhurst College students traveled to New Orleans over Thanksgiving break to help in the ongoing effort to rebuild the destructed towns.
according to Hurley. “These piles were about 10 feet wide, seven feet tall and 40 feet long.” While the trip was primarily about service, the students had an opportunity to experience the culture of New Orleans. Students attended a church service at St. Peter Claver, an African-American Catholic Church, which also allowed them to see the affects of the Hurricane on the spirit of the people of New Orleans. Sophomore Surafel Mulugeha said some residents in New Orleans turned to the church
for guidance and assistance. “Some people have resorted to churches such as this to help them understand that Hurricane Katrina was just another ‘challenge rather than an obstacle,’ according the reverend at the church,” said Mulugeha. Beres said the people of New Orleans still have a love for the city. “We really seemed to catch the spirit of the people in New Orleans, despite everything that has happened to them, they still have hope and are welcoming and caring people,” she said.
“Service can be contagious if you had a great experience like we did,” said Hurley. “I saw so much learning and growth on this trip in numerous areas, things that cannot be read about in a book or newspaper.” Mercyhurst College Service Learning Office offers other trips throughout the year including Urban Challenge in Camden, N.J. in February, and Guyana, South America in May. For more information, contact Schroeck at mschroek@ mercyhurst.edu.
Water main break at Hammermill Library
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Construction on the library became mandatory when a water main break occurred in front of the Hammermill Library eight days before the end of fall term. Vice President of Administration Tyrone Moore was in charge of damage control. “We did everything we could to avoid inconveniences for students,” said Moore. The repairs required the water in the library to be turned off for three days. With the pipe breaking finals week, when the library is ﬁlled to capacity from open to close, the best solution was just to wait until students had departed for break. Moore said putting off repairs did not hinder the situation any further than if they had been done immediately. In addition to the water being turned off in the library, the water was shut off for around six hours at the ice rink, McAuley Hall, Baldwin Hall and Zurn. The extensive repairs consisted of the removal of the front stone wall of the library, a tree and numerous shrubs. The faulty pipe caused not only plumbing disasters but landscaping problems as well. The college hired a plumbing company as well as a landscaping company to complete repairs, according to Moore. “All of the underground pipes were installed in the 1960s. It was only a matter of time that we would see a problem like this,” said Moore. “In the problem area by the library, preventative maintenance measures were taken along with the repairs, but we can’t forecast when things like this are going to happen.” Moore said that the repairs were deﬁnitely costly but worthwhile to the school.
Nov. 28, 2007
’Hurst students talk climate control in D.C.
By Angela Phillips Contributing writer
Ten Mercyhurst College students joined 6,000 others from colleges and universities across the nation in Washington, D.C. to take part in the largest global warming conference and rally in U.S. history. Power Shift 2007 was ﬁlled with panels and workshops ranging in topics from climate science, faith-based activism, ecological racism, non-violent direct action and grassroots movement building. These activities blurred the lines between students and experts, while break-out sessions allowed students to discuss climate change with others in their state. On Nov. 2 to 5, participants made clear that while legislators and corporate powers are willing to stand idle to one of the most urgent issues of our generation, the nation’s youth are ready to lead the ﬁght for a sustainable and just future. Keynote speakers such as acclaimed environmental activists Bill McKibben, Van Jones and Winona LaDuke shared the stage with everyone from local musicians and Native American tribes to Nancy Pelosi. The summit was not all lip service, however. After uniting thousands of students, the conference shifted to Capitol Hill to turn talk into action. Students testiﬁed at a select committee hearing on energy and climate action and lobbied congress for legislation. Here their demands were clear: five million new green jobs, 80 percent reductions by 2050 - with 30 percent reductions by 2020 and a coal moratorium. The goals largely mirror those of a new campaign under the name 1Sky. While these demands are bold they are necessary and feasible. Mercyhurst attendee, senior McKenzie Midock, said, “One of the largest obstacles facing action on climate change is its economic implications, but by replacing blue collar jobs with ‘green collar’ jobs we can ﬁght global warming and poverty simultaneously.” Retrofitting a nation built around energy from coal and oil into a sustainable nation is no easy task. These green jobs, an initiative championed by crowd favorite Van Jones and his organization “Green the Ghetto,” would build the infrastructure needed to make this power shift a reality. Indeed, the students’ message was sophisticated and well -informed as they proceeded to ask their representatives how polluters could be prevented from busting their emissions caps, or whether they would stand against the passing of a weak bill like the proposed Lieberman-Warner legislation. All the right questions were asked, the pressure put on Congress to answer them, and solutions proposed to achieve climate neutrality -but continued pressure is integral in the quest for climate neutrality. The goal was not merely legislation but movement building -in that Power Shift was wildly successful. The summit allowed students from across the nation to come together under the cause of climate change, to forge a youth voting block and to return to their communities and universities as political armies with the skills to carry out a power shift beyond the weekend’s events. Junior Margaux Valenti, a Mercyhurst student and fellow power shifter, explained of her experience. “Power Shift gave hope to the movement, that there is backing; a support system,” she said. “No one is in the ﬁght to stop global warming alone. Power Shift reiterated that and strengthened my own opinions that something needs to be done now.”
MSG puts game room under new surveillance
By Amanda Valauri News editor
Mercyhurst Student Government recently issued a survey that gave the committee an idea of what students would like to see on campus. One of the questions on the survey dealt with the Herrmann Student Union and its hours of operation. Students responded positively to the current hours the union is open, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Had the survey indicated that students wanted the union to be open 24 hours a day, new security cameras would have been considered in order facilitate this decision. Along with keeping the union open later, the sur vey also addressed the game room policies. In the past MSG has wanted to make the game room more accessible to students while the Union is open. Senior and Vice President of MSG Mihailo “Mixa” Jovanovic said, “Instead of people being able to play pool, sign out board games and play ping-pong only when there is a work-study at the Union Information desk, students can now do all that as long as the Student Union is open.” Jovanovic added that cameras have always been in the game room until this year when they malfunctioned. According to Jovanovic, possible acts of vandalism have been noted in the game room recently and the new cameras would help monitor and hopefully prevent that from reoccurring. “I do not think students will respond negatively, because the cameras are hardly noticeable, and this is purely for preventive reasons in case an act of vandalism ever occurs,” he said. Jovanovic went on to say, “I doubt that vandalism will occur knowing Mercyhurst students.” The cameras will be monitored by MSG but will only be looked into if vandalism takes place. “The new cameras will be purchased and installed sometime after Thanksgiving break,” Jovanovic said.
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MSG plans to install surveillance cameras in the Student Union’s Game Room.
Police and Safety Log
Liquor Law Violation 3828 Lewis Nov. 10 Case closed Sexual Assualt Lewis Ave. Nov. 10 Case closed Larceny/Theft Student Union Nov. 14 Case closed Controlled Substance 745 East 40th Nov. 12 Case closed
Liquor Law Violation Lweis Townhouses Nov. 11 College discipline
Nov. 28, 2007
Online music invasion
Music lovers choose how and where to download their favorite tunes
online crime. “This generation has to be aware that it could happen to them,” said Lebec. “Identity theft is a huge problem with estimates of one in six people affected.” Junior Stephanie Oliver is careful as an online consumer. “I don’t download music from sites that are illegal, mostly because my mom won’t allow it,” Oliver said. Oliver and her roommates share music through iTunes and pay $.99 for a song. “They do have a free song of the week that usually features a new artist and everyone can have that,” Oliver said. However Oliver also said, “I do think $.50 for a song is more reasonable, but I do understand that when musicians aren’t charging for CD cases, they don’t make as much money.” “Let’s face it,” Lebec said, “in terms of mark-up, CD’s are obscenely overpriced.” Sophomore Garrett Evans will buy a CD if he really likes the artist. Evans experienced technical difficulties when using Windows so he switched to Mac. “Kazaa got pretty bad with Ad Ware and Spy Ware,” Evans explained. “There are so many viruses that block programs. The beneﬁt of Mac is that less people write viruses, so it’s slightly more secure.” Senior Wes Craig ﬁnds the freedom to download from Limewire convenient. “The quality is the same and downloading is quick, maybe 30 seconds,” he said. “It does slow down the computer, but all you have to do is put the music on a CD.” Senior Andy Kavulich said another beneﬁt of paying for music is that “you can’t go to jail.” He disagrees with Craig con-
By Carla Hart Staff writer
Some say downloading music is a freedom of technology. If your identity is at stake, will it matter if the song was free? According to published reports in The Wall Street Journal Online, a Seattle man pleaded guilty for identity theft after obtaining personal information from the computers of over 50 people who shared music through Limewire, a ﬁle sharing service. United States copyright laws protect the artist’s creativity from piracy. But are you protected from the pirate who hacks into your computer system and gains access to your identity? Mr. Dennis Lebec, a communication instructor at Mercyhurst, said that individuals can be highly vulnerable to
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iTunes is a popular program for downloading. Others include Limewire, Bearshare, Kazaa, and Aresgalaxy.
cerning the quality of music from sites such as Bearshare, Aresgalaxy and Limewire. “It’s easier to find whole albums on pay sites, and the
quality of a bootleg is not as good,” Kavulich said. If the quality of the music is jeopardized, is free music worth losing your privacy?
Students decide: Eat or cook on campus?
By Stacey Minchin Staff writer
As freshmen we all came to the ’Hurst with little to choose from as to where we ate our meals. The majority of us had a meal plan and took our preferences between the Laker and the Egan Hall Cafeteria. But once living in the apartments becomes an option, do students still prefer to stick with buying a meal plan or would they rather try to test their skills in the kitchen? Most students after their ﬁrst year ﬁnd themselves rarely going to the cafeteria for their daily meals. In the Laker many students line up, particularly at Subconnection, during peak meal times. “I usually go grab a sub for lunch or if I am in a hurry,” said senior Leanne Wzontek. “There are some good wraps for take out, but I deﬁnitely ﬁnd myself using my campus card more than cooking my own food.” Of course the Laker has become a popular spot for those students looking for a late night snack. The extended hours are convenient for anyone with the munchies. Students also ﬁnd the options in the Laker to be the fastest and easiest way to eat their meals, especially when trying to ﬁnd time during their hectic class schedules. “I live off campus but I deﬁnitely prefer to purchase my meals in the Laker because I am already on campus for class and it is just more convenient,” said senior Michalle Nedley. “Besides, I am not the greatest cook anyways so this way I can have tasty meals with hardly any effort.” On the other hand, there are those students who would rather cook their own meals in the apartments. Part of the excitement in moving out of the dorms is having access to a kitchen. Those of you who tend to lean toward organic foods, seem to prefer going to the store and making meals out of the comfort of your own place. Senior Josh Veith likes having a kitchen to use because he says he tries to be a healthy eater and would rather take the extra time to cook his meals than to run over to the Laker. “I don’t mind having to cook my own meals,” said Veith. “I think in the long run I actually save money by going to the grocery store. I really like the organic foods Kashi makes and you can’t ﬁnd that type of thing on campus.” Whether you decide to eat in because you are just too lazy to walk in the bitter cold or simply enjoy cooking, the apartment kitchens allow students to at least have the option to play along with Mr. Foods. Otherwise choosing to eat on campus seems to be the most popular way for students to eat their daily meals.
THE LAKER Winter Term
Dinner: S-Laker Burger M- Steak Salad T- Open Face Turkey Sandwich W-Slice Of Pizza, 5 Wings Th- Sweedish Meatballs w/ Noodles F- Chicken and Biscuits S - Cup of Chili w/ Cheese, Side of Nacho Chips Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
Nov. 28, 2007
Lunch: M-Ham and Cheese on Croissant T- Soft Tacos W- Potato Bowl Th- Turkey Ruben F- Sizzle Salad S- Southwest Burger Board Specials Lunch $4.75 Dinner $5.50
Gap’s ‘RED’ supports Africa
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Gap has released a line called (PRODUCT) RED, which will beneﬁt the (RED) initiative. They have joined forces with several other companies in their endeavor and also have successfully generated AIDS awareness across a new demographic. Fifty percent of sales go to the Global Fund to beneﬁt the research of AIDS, in order to eliminate AIDS in women and children in Africa. Gap has also collaborated with Emporio Armani to create a clothing line to be retailed at the Gap. Three limited-edition Converse ( P RO D U C T ) RED Chuck Taylor® All Star® canvas high t o p shoes will be offered in red, white and black for $47. From the Converse website shoppers can also customize Chuck Taylor® All Stars® to create a unique style that beneﬁts a good cause. The line launched in October 2006 and has generated a massive amount of press through a public relations and advertising campaign, featuring celebrity endorsements. The product line is mostly menswear but also features a few women’s wear items at retail locations. Most of the popular pieces are casual, featuring quirky tag lines such as inspi(red), desi(red), assu(red), ti(red) and hamme(red). Senior Drusilla Sturgess is a fan of the line. “The funky T-shirts are a great way to raise awareness,” she said. “I would deﬁnitely wear one.” A highly successful advertising campaign was divulged for the new product line. It features celebrities photographed by world renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz. Personal selling will occur physically in Gap stores, as well as online at both the Converse and the Gap w e b sites. Senior David Akers thinks that the marketing is appealing. “The marketing strateg y for this particular line is creative and eye catching,” Akers said. “I ﬁnd their clothes look nice on Will Arnett and Amy Poehler, and that alone helps raise awareness for their cause.” Overall Gap has successfully generated awareness for over a year now with their PRODUCT (RED) line. They have helped raise awareness and made a difference in Africa through the Global Fund. Personal success stories about individuals and family can be found featured on their website.
Look for New Menu Items! Mac & Cheese Bites Black Bean Burger New Salads: Chicken BLT-Veggie(no cheese)-Spinach-Asian ChickenGreek-Caesar
6” Sub $3.75 Combo $4.75 12”Sub $5.75 Combo $6.75 Baja and Buffalo Chicken Subs: 6” Sub $4.00 Combo $5.25 12” Sub $6.00 Combo $ 7.00
Wrap combo-Veggie $5.59 other wraps $5.79 ‘Wrap It Yourself’- Veggie $3.99 other wraps $ 4.19 Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Board Equivalency Available: 11:30 a.m.-8:00p.m. Board Specials Lunch $4.75 Dinner $5.50
Look for Laker Express Minute Meals!
Hours of Operation: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday & Sunday Closed
Nov. 28, 2007
O’Charley’s marks Erie’s newest restaurant
A lunch menu is featured on Mondays and Fridays from 113 p.m. and a Sunday brunch is available from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. O’Charley’s is also employing a few students on the Mercyhurst Campus. Senior HRIM major Paul Rushofsky has been enjoying his time working at O’Charley’s. “Best deals, best food and we will wow you with our service,” he said. “Also the spicy jack cheese wedges are phenomenal.” Senior Matt Patcher agrees on the outstanding menu options. “My favorite item on the menu is the Buffalo Kickin’ Chicken,” Patcher said. Be sure to stop by O’Charleys for good food and good times. Let this new-to-Erie experience be your break from holiday shopping at the mall or just a way to get off campus.
First of all, I hope that everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving and a relaxing break. But now it is time to get back to work. I wanted to start off the term with something sweet. Cheesecake is a favorite that can be made various different ways to ﬁt all tastes. Popular cheesecakes are prepared with strawberry topping, but there are many other options that could be added.
Some suggestions would be to do another fruit topping, such as raspberry, or something sweet like caramel or chocolate. In order to make this a healthier version of cheesecake I would suggest use a low-fat or low-calorie cream cheese. While it will not make it good for you it will make it slightly healthier. -Meghan Dolney
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
There’s a new name in Erie and it’s making a big splash with the locals. Finally the patch of land off of Interstate Road in Millcreek is developing and becoming quite an eye catcher. Sitting up on the hill is a new restaurant named O’Charley’s, which opened last Tuesday. O’Charley’s is a franchise restaurant with about 240 locations throughout Ohio and spanning south. The first O’Charleys was built in Nashville, TN and was founded by Charley himself. Covelli Enterprise, which handles Panera Bread and Cafes, has brought O’Charleys to the Erie market making it the ﬁrst in Pennsylvania to open. “We are bringing ﬁve-star service at a three-star price,” said
One restaurant location in Ohio.
1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs ¼ cup sugar 1/3 cup butter, melted 3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk ¼ cup lemon juice 3 eggs 1 tbsp. water
Donald Goodling, manager of O’Charley’s in Erie. The casual dining experience is a big market in Erie and O’Charley’s plans to cater to it with knockout prices and amazing dishes. Signature spirits, appetizers, chicken, ribs, salads and combos are just the beginning of a wide menu.
Get to know...
Name: Valerie Nuzzi Year: Senior Major: Biology Hometown: Warren, Ohio Favorite thing about the ’Hurst: Small campus and the friendly and helpful professors Least favorite thing: The Erie weather Campus Activities: Phi Eta Sigma, Executive board of Tri-Beta, Biology Department Work Study
1.) Combine graham crackers, sugar and butter and then press into the bottom of the pan. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. 2.) Beat cream cheese until it is light and ﬂuffy, then gradually beat in the milk. 3.) Add the lemon juice and mix together. 4.) Add the eggs and beat together until they are combined. 5.) Pour the mixture over the crust and bake for 45-50 minutes at 300 degrees. 6.) Cool for 10 minutes and then refrigerate overnight.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer
Gary Cardot, a member of the Mercyhurst Art faculty. The photos, which are all blue toned, picture different parts of the Rust Belt, and thus are part of a series Cardot titled “Rust Belt Memories.” Mercyhurst College student Claire Hinde says of these pictures, “Those photos were my favorite part of the exhibit because I thought they were very nostalgic.” The ceramic works, created by Tom Hubert, and the glass etchings, made by Mercyhurst Art professor Cathlyn Hahn, appear as three-dimensional pieces in the exhibit. Hubert’s collection includes two wall hangings and a vase, basket and teapot. The ceramics are colorful and have a generally tiled look. The glass etchings are all glass containers that picture imprinted faces of famous men such as Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein. The paintings in the exhibit include works by Jamie Borowicz, Christine Palotas-Bowler, and Heather Hertel, another member of the Mercyhurst art faculty. Palotas-Bowler’s “Autumn Sumac” is a large oil on canvas image. Borowicz presents two “The Stone and the Water” watercolor paintings, as well as a crayon drawing, “The Wisdom of Ozymandius.” Hertel’s paintings generally depict ﬂowers in indoor settings. “Collected,” a sizable oil on canvas painting, pictures ﬂowers in large, swirly vases. Hertel’s “Triptych of Studies” is a set of three small gouache
Nov. 28, 2007
Faculty, alumni art show on display tHe BuZz
NOV. 28. Shonen Knife. Grog Shop, Cleveland. NOV. 29. Peter Bjorn and John. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. NOV. 29. John Mellencamp, Los Lobos. Tullio Arena, Erie. NOV. 30. John Mellencamp, Los Lobos. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. DEC. 1. Big D and the Kids Table. Whole Wheat Bread. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. DEC. 1. Evanescence, Julien-K. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. DEC. 1. Jefferson Starship. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh. DEC. 1. Maureen McGovern. Miller Auditorium, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock. DEC. 2. Spitalﬁeld farewell tour. Forward Hall, Erie. DEC. 2. Bayside, the Sleeping, the Audition, Driver Side Impact. House of Blues, Cleveland. DEC. 3. Michael McDonald. State Theatre, Cleveland. DEC. 3. Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. House of Blues, Cleveland. Courtesy of Goerie.com
The Cummings Art Gallery is currently featuring a Faculty and Alumni Exhibit. The collection includes works of various media and styles; many photography pieces are featured, both digital and gelatin prints, along with several paintings and ceramic and glass works. Several mixed media pieces are also presented. The digital photography works were made by Jodi Staniunas Hopper and are dye prints on watercolor paper. The photos are brightly colored and run along a nature theme, all featuring plants and ﬂowers. The gelatin print photographs were created by on watercolor paper creations, which feature images somewhat similar to the one in “Collected.” Perhaps one of the most memorable pieces in the exhibit is “No Book Ends,” a rather unusual and innovative composition made by Mercyhurst professor Dan Burke. The work stretches across about a third of a wall and is made up of children’s books and a wooden shelf. Other works in the exhibit include “Six Baseballs,” a various media creation also by Dan Burke, and a series of Mezzotint engravings by Camille DempseyNischal. The engravings all follow a theme of bikes. As with much of the other art work in the exhibit, this theme develops continuity among the different pieces by the same artist.
Meta-literary groundbreaker in review
By Kyle King Contributing writer
Full of humor and hurt, irreverence and vitriol, Dave Egger’s memoir “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” is a meta-literary groundbreaker. Published in 2000, Eggers recalls in streamof-consciousness what it is like to have both of his parents die of cancer within ﬁve weeks of each other. Even more harrowing is how he, at 22 years old, is chosen by his two older siblings to take care of the family’s youngest brother, Toph, who is only eight years old. One would expect a sad story, and one would be partly correct. There are many moments when Eggers is emotional, angry at everyone and everything: his alcoholic father, Toph for having to be taken care of when he wants to go out with his twenty-something friends, his friend John, whose forshow suicide attempt reminds Eggers of his father, and society in general, for not getting out of his and Toph’s way. Beyond the angst and rage, however, there is a quirky, rebellious humor. Eggers’s preface is ridiculously long and includes, among other elements, “Rules and Suggestions for Enjoyment of This Book.” He includes “An Incomplete Guide to Symbols and Metaphors,” his gross and net proﬁt for writing the book, a ﬂow chart to help understand the themes of the book and a drawing of a stapler. Additionally there is a dedication page mocking his publisher’s parent company and self-assessing his place on the sexual-orientation scale, with one being perfectly straight and 10 being perfectly gay. For the record, he’s a three. There is also a never-beforeseen literary self-consciousness, especially in a memoir. He acknowledges right away that he has ﬁctionalized characters at some points in time to make them more symbolic . All of this self-consciousness stems from one of Eggers’ chief themes. He describes it as, “The Unmistakable Feeling One Gets, After Something Truly Weird or Extraordinary, or Extraordinarily Weird, Or Weirdly Terrible, Happens to Them, That in a Way They Have Been Chosen.” He anticipates critics’ complaints, readers’ concerns and society’s dubious questions with alacrity. In fact, I am willing to bet he intentionally paints himself as a worse guardian than he was in order to allow people to question his motivation even further. One should have to answer for oneself if Eggers is exploiting his family situation for proﬁt and publicity, but Eggers seems to answer the question for everyone Indeed he recounts his oneon-one interview using his family history to try to get on The Real World: San Francisco. It is admittedly difﬁcult to get past the book’s superﬁciality and self-consciousness, but this is how the media-saturated Eggers experiences catharsis. He purges all the violence, all the death and decay and destruction he feels in his family life. He reaches a transcendental state in the simplest moments with Toph, usually while playing Frisbee. When one ﬁnishes reading, one has the same realization. After watching Eggers selfdestruct and rise out of the ashes of the world he has destroyed and rebuilt in his own likeness, readers are likely to think they were spared the carnage. Readers will be part and parcel of Eggers’ lattice of humanity, the new and bold and willing and unafraid, people of might.
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to produce information to their superior in order for that person to make a more educated and clearer decision with the information analyzed by this type of professional. Heibel also made it clear that although many come interested to explore the job opportunities of the FBI or CIA many change their interests, yet the constant motivation for completing the program remains the $60,000 salary that is attributed to those analysts who complete the undergraduate studies at the institute of intelligence studies. Also mentioned by Heibel were career opportunities with Amnesty International or General Motors as an analyst, yet the brochure that sells the program to students does not mention either one of these organizations as a career opportunity ;rather it lists a majority of governmental agency employers such as the Department of Homeland Security, DEA, CIA and FBI. In many of my classes here at Mercyhurst I have been exposed to a higher education that is not focused on material gain, rather an exploration into unique thought, service and personal spiritual development. When researching the program I did not ﬁnd the exact information that is taught in regards to the FBI or DEA but I can only hope that they represent the truth or full spectrum on the damage that these institutions have done to parts of society. “J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI did more to choke and destroy legitimate political dissent than any other public organization in American history by managing to intimidate uncounted numbers who feared to speak up, sign petitions and the like, lest they receive notice in the notorious ﬁles of the Bureau, thus potentially ruining career or occupational possibilities,” said Eugene Lewis, an American political scientist who is a leading academic authority on the concept of political entrepreneurship. I hope Intel teaches its students about the unjust, illegitimate and international War on Drugs created by the DEA that spends 50 billion dollars a year into this failed war that rooted from scare tactics, propaganda and fear. I get the feeling these are not the lessons taught to the intelligence studies students here at Mercyhurst, yet I learn this side in class each day and have now come to fear the very institutions my peers are being trained to work. I believe the Intel department dulls down the human reﬂection and contemplation that is the result of action when making a decision whether to bomb a city or raid a building. I hope that the qualities of morality, compassion and empathy are not trumped by a focus on carrying out the process of information analysis. I believe in the spirit of my friends who are being put through the program, yet I question the controllers of the intelligence community who may not be as open to the liberal arts thought that has been taught to my peers. It is most hard to develop and cultivate the soul when plagued with endless hours of busy work that consists of using computer programs to complete informa-
Does Intel belong at a liberal arts school like the ’Hurst?
By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
Originally the debate as to whether this institution of intelligence studies, a professional school, belongs at a liberal arts school such as Mercyhurst was settled under the assumption that these analysts and organizations such as the CIA and FBI will continue to exist regardless of where the training takes place. Since seemingly impossible to stop and in need of growth Mercyhurst decided that it was best to train these people under the umbrella of a general liberal arts education to produce wellrounded analysts. After sitting down to talk with the head of the institute of intelligence studies, Robert Heibel, I became aware of his thoughts on how this program has been successful at Mercyhurst. He said that his program produces a generalist, a person with an array of knowledge, with opportunities to work as an analyst whose primary function is tion analysis without any true personal reﬂection because the product is best presented when in black and white. I believe that by paying for an education by the Institute of Intelligence Studies only allows the cycle of self-created analyst positions to continue to ﬁnance America’s ability to wage war, thus feeding into the military industrial complex. This is next to the very school that preaches of the dangers and evil of the military industrial machine that runs much of our government and is at the center of wars. It upsets me that I go to school with people who are setting themselves up for careers in agencies that have inﬂicted American society with wars based on scare tactics, blows to radical free-thought movements and roles in policing the world. I end with my questions to the audience. Does the institute of intelligence studies belong on the same campus that focuses on the liberal arts and when do we make the choice between to end fear and spread love?
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Walk the talk, ’Hurst
By Trey Zeluff Contributing writer
Walk the talk, Mercyhurst. While ﬂipping through the Merciad I came across an ad for the Army. That ad was the straw that broke the camel’s back. We are a Catholic, liberal arts institution and it is time we started to act like it. There is absolutely no reason for a U.S. Army recruiting ad to be in our newspaper. It is bad enough that everyday I pass an entire building dedicated to Mercyhurst’s most prestigious program of creating little military industrial complex peons, but now it is in my face while I read a school publication. The other great liberal arts colleges of America do not even allow recruiters on campus and Mercyhurst just keeps on giving in to the dollar, instead of staying true to our mission statement and vision. Every student on campus knows the college aspires to be like, and one day, a part of the Ivy League, but we cannot do something as simple as protecting the minds of our students from the predation of an establishment our education inherently leads us to question. Walk the talk, Mercyhurst.
Get interested, stay informed
By Casey Greene Managing editor
Politics not really your thing? Feel too frustrated and confused to get involved? It’s okay. I understand completely. They confuse me too. Don’t worry, there’s hope. You can decipher political jargon and get involved in choosing the leaders of your country. The 2008 presidential election is about 340 days away and the presidential primaries are only a few short months away. I do not want to feed you the cliché line that you are the future of this nation but it is something to consider. I will say that you most likely will live in this country for the rest of your life, work, pay taxes, raise a family, retire and so much more in this country. So if you don’t pay attention for any other reason, do it for yourself. Interested in the 2008 presidential election, but have no idea where to start? Try any of the large news network websites. Many offer background information on the candidates and their issues. Check out the Merciad every week as well. We will provide you with information on the 2008 presidential election.
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Streisand is not expected to have the same impact as Oprah. It has been reported that the support is going to send droves of women to show support in Iowa for Obama. Due to Oprah’s one-name celebrity status voters will have a new way to be inﬂuenced based on their choice for president. On that note, people often forget about the happy couple currently serving in the executive ofﬁce. President Bush is meeting with world leaders in Annapolis, Md., to promote a platform for discussion between Palestine and Israel undoubtedly to promote Western support in the East. Overall the current president’s status is nearly irrelevant, except he still has veto power and can sign agreements, etc. The real excitement is developing on the campaign trail, more speciﬁcally since Iowa just moved their Democratic Primary to Jan. 3. Needless to say, it is going to be a long year.
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Presidential vote 2008 Evil identiﬁed in society’s ‘moochers’
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
Returning to school in late November means less than a year now exists between the present and the 2008 presidential election. Dinner conversation with family and friends about the upcoming elections led to opinion sharing and overall the best political humor in a while. Some peers have already promised their campaigning sweat and blood to a candidate and are already backing particular candidates. Speciﬁcally the supporters of Ron Paul and Hillary Clinton took the brunt of the political jokes and puns of conversation. In a bold attempt to shock older relatives, they were introduced to the world of Youtube videos and rivals between “Romney Girls,” “Obama Girl” and “Guiliani Girl.” They were more uneasy from the exposure of satirical videos of political candidates that are becoming so popular on sites such as Barelypolitical.com and use of the power of video stream to inform the world of their pick for ofﬁce. One person even commented “politicians do a ﬁne enough job of mucking up politics, halfdressed college students just tramp it up.” The Internet has turned the 2008 election into a breeding ground for mud slinging, personal attacks and seeing politicians put on nerve. The lifelike exposure brings politicians closer to a “normal” level and off of the Capital Hill pedestal. Oprah Winfrey expressed her support for Barack Obama and reportedly Barbra Streisand, Steven Spielberg and Magic Johnson have ofﬁcially back Hillary Clinton.
By Keith Nemeth Staff writer political analyst
To the detriment of all hardworking individuals exists their polar opposites, which can be collectively known as the Moochers. Moochers are those who demand others’ earnings because they claim to be needy and unable to earn themselves. Even as they beg for help, they curse the people who make that help possible, because they hate the talented for having the ability they do not possess. These people are the most destructive individuals in the world as they destroy the productive through guilt.
Is this fair? Should those who are naturally more talented in one area be forced into subjugation to a weaker class because of apathy? Should the productive be willing to suffer at the hands of the apathetic as a sacriﬁcial victim for the “sin” of creating values? This is what is wrong with modern society and most speciﬁcally democracy. Our constitutional democracy, designed by the framers, is based upon a system of “good” equality. It secures the opportunity of equality to all but it does not arbitrarily push the untalented into the highest positions in government. How else could Alexander Hamilton, born poor in the
West Indies, skyrocket to the illustrious positions he held in America? Had it been Britain and not America, he would never have dreamed of accomplishing what he did because he would have been limited in station by his social class and wealth. The “bad” form of equality is based upon egalitarianism and it makes all equal by forcing them to accept the lowest common denominators. In this system incentive is destroyed, as there is no reason to make oneself better. Is this the society you envision for your future? Ultimately we are given a choice between two sides: elevation or degradation. Pick a side.
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little explanation as to why his life was cut short. Taylor who was loved by many in Washington was considered one of the best safeties in the league. Like many other greats of entertainment and professional athletes, this pointless end of life might have been a direct reﬂection to the lifestyle he lived. Taylor, who was no stranger to encounters with the law, lived much of a lifestyle that might have reﬂected a man who had little regard to his status as a role model to others as a professional athlete. His last conviction was that of displaying a ﬁrearm after a conﬂict in the Miami area. This behavior has become almost the standard of what to expect from professional athletes. Why is it that as Americans we can praise a man’s ability to catch a football far more than his ability to follow laws and social norms? It is a daily occurrence to hear that an entertainer or professional athlete has committed a felony. The failure on the part of American society to allow the attrition of moral responsibility of professional athletes has left each draft of athletes to become more deviant than the past year. So when will we, the commissioners of professional athletics, decline that their leagues be played by unlawful gangsters? The truth stated we as Americans have far more allegiance to our favorite professional teams than we do to what the players do in their private lives. However poor behavior and violence can only make one cringe when an athlete with so much talent has to forfeit his career due to an act during his private life. With all in sight we can only hope for a change in the near future and that professional athletes recognize that they can be great on and off the ﬁeld.
The loss of an NFL great: Sean Taylor of Redskins
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
As the news broke early Tuesday Nov. 27, many NFL fans were stunned to ﬁnd that Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor passed away. Taylor, a ﬁrst round draft pick in 2004 and graduate of University of Miami, had just come off a Pro Bowl appearance this season. This pointless violence is a just another trend that has spread in the realm of celebrities. This 24-year-old father and athlete has left the world with
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Refreshed from Thanksgiving, it is time to start a new term. Christmas on Campus is approaching with the holidays. Give a hand to someone who needs it more than you do. For all you scarf lovers out there, it is time to dig them out from under your summer attire and bundle up with a different scarf for every day.
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Taking care of parents during AARP years
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
Being the youngest of three children, I have the ﬁne opportunity to experience my parents in their late 50s. This means witnessing your parents becoming members of AARP and dream about not-so-distant retirement. I use WebMD daily to understand what my mother and father are talking about when they return from their doctor visits. I could not help but realize that I ﬁnd myself becoming more concerned about their welfare. In the near future, I feel I will reach the point in which I will dominate the Sunday afternoon conversations with concerns and criticisms. I often tell my father to not do anything strenuous or to not be hardheaded and wait until I am available to do it for him. My mother, on the other hand, is never too shy to put me to work and often dictates to me what slave labor activities she has for me when I come to visit her. Mothers have the divine ability to sway their sons to do anything. This can be a result of a mother’s care. It could also be because many men feel as though this is the only woman that they can trust. The truth is, as we get older we realize that it is now our role to take care of our parents. You start to understand that your parents are human beings. With age, we start to develop a friendship with our parents. We do not have to worry about them giving us a curfew. Our parents can easily be the most embarrassing creatures at times. This could be their style, disregard for your friends or even their taste in 1960s music. They say you should pick your parents wisely. For the most part, none of us would trade our unique, crazy parents for the world. The crazy household and the not-so-perfect lives that our parents gave us has made us who we are. The crazy stories that we will one day tell our own children have shaped us and taught us who we are. The stress that I induced on my parents as a child was tremendous. Therefore, it is now my time to pay them back. Thus as we all get older and time passes let always make sure we take care of the ones who took care of us.
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This I believe: The power of touch connects us to others
Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reﬂection Committee has initiated “This I Believe” to foster reﬂection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We hope that these essays will inspire further introspection, thoughtful discussion, and innovative ways of integrating holistically some of the ideas and values expressed here into our personal, academic, social, spiritual, professional and communal life. For example, faculty might introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; students might initiate conversations in class and beyond; administrators and staff might explore these with colleagues. Responses may be directed to the Merciad at firstname.lastname@example.org or to committee chair, Rev. Lyta Seddig at email@example.com. Share how these thoughts have had an impact in your life! Dr. Colin is an assistant professor of History, in her fourth year of teaching at the college. When asked about her favorite aspect of Mercyhurst, she states: “I love Mercyhurst. The ﬁrst time I stepped onto the campus to interview, there was a real sense of ‘home’ to me. It has a particular sense of community that is lacking most other places I have been.”
By Dr. Christine Colin Contributing writer
I believe in the healing power of touch. Historically, we often talk about the “laying on of hands” by absolute monarchs, the unique healing power that monarchs were said to have to cure the ills of their subjects simply by touching them directly with their hands. Rasputin, the so-called “Mad Monk” was reputed to have a mystical power to ease the physical suffering of the young Alexis. Even Christ was reputed to banish inﬁrmities from his believers simply by placing his hands upon them.
While these phenomena may be exaggerated in historical literature, I do believe that touch is the greatest healer humanity has. The power of touch rejuvenates us, it exchanges the ﬂow of energy between individuals, it reinforces that we are not alone in our struggles in life. Touch, in its many forms, connects us to others, complete the natural circle of energy, and allowing us to feel its ﬂow. I am a healer. I touch people. From a warm embrace to a gentle touch of the hand, I ﬁnd ways to connect with others on a daily basis, and in so doing, I join my soul with theirs, and complete the circle of energy that surrounds us all.
When someone is in pain, my ﬁrst response is to reach out and enfold them in the protective, healing circle of my arms. Think back to your earliest childhood memories, and I will bet that they involve being held by someone in your life – cradled by a mother, rocked by a grandmother, carried on the shoulders of a father, hugged by a friend. These are the moments that give us the strength to continue through the rough times, and that create a sense of security and warmth in the highest times. I discovered the power of touch early on in my life, and I have been sharing the gift ever since. I still remember that moment,
when I found the injured bird that we nursed back to health, as I sat for hours stroking its feathers and willing it to regain strength. The day we released the bird, I held it in my hand, its claws gripping my ﬁnger tightly, and I felt it squeeze just a bit tighter before it ﬁnally ﬂew off. And the ﬁrst time I experienced death, at age six, I still remember the strong, calming hand of my father on my shoulder as I stood at my grandfather’s casket. The power of touch carried me through that moment of distress, and strengthened me. In my own life, I have been blessed with the touches of many others, granting me love and strength at countless
moments in time. I always take the opportunity to pass on healing through my own touch as well. The power of touch should not be dismissed. Try an experiment. Go for a whole week without touching anyone, in any way, and see what it does to you. Then make it a conscious point to engage in contact with someone. See the difference it makes. Touch, even casual touch, infuses us with a new sense of power and love. I challenge you to become a healer in your own right, and share the power of touch in your circle of humanity, too. Believe, as I do, in the healing power of touch.
Save your heart by going on dates Take yourself seriously
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
How many of you can say that you have a friend or friends who seem to be able to bounce in and out of being “in love” without a shedding a tear? You know the ones I’m talking about; the people who seem to have another person waiting for them the second they break up with their boyfriend or girlfriend. It is as if they have a new prospect lined up and waiting before the current relationship is even over. One minute they are completely in love with one person, and the next minute they have a date on Wednesday and you still have not even heard all the details about the breakup. Some may frown upon this habit, but if you think about it, they might have a smart thing going. Call me immature, but I think that it is so much easier to get over a broken heart when there is someone else to distract you and get your mind off of it. Breakups are always hard but what is worse is when you ﬁnd yourself alone, thinking about it and thinking you might never ﬁnd someone else. I can’t explain it, but whenever you know that there is someone else out there that can make you happy too, the breakup isn’t half as bad. Now I’m sure this might apply a little more to girls than guys because guys, and please take no offense, but you seem to be way better at getting over relationships than girls, but I am sure some of you can probably relate. Nonetheless, these people may use the term “love” a little too loosely but when it comes down to it, who is the one with a date on Friday night and who is the one sitting at home feeling sorry for themselves?
By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
It can be hard to take someone seriously when they do not take themselves seriously. Sometimes a problem can resolve itself, but more often than not it does not. When the time comes to confront such a person, you may have a hard time approaching him or her. What can you say to this person? It seems that no matter what you choose to say, it is in one ear and out the other or it just gets ignored.
Perhaps this problem comes from poor communication skills or perhaps it comes from a lack of maturity. Either way, if you know someone with whom you cannot have a serious conversation because he or she does not take him or herself seriously, it is not your problem to correct. Say what you need to say in order to clear your mind. Do not sweat what the less-thanserious person says or does in return if it is in his or her classic “I don’t care” style. Take the initiative to be less passive agressive and confront this person who cannot get a grip on who he or she is.
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its mark to 24-5 over the past two seasons (.828). The squad ﬁnished its season with 18 wins, nine of them being conference wins. With such an exciting season behind them, the 2007-08 squad is looks to build on that success and continue in winning fashion. Despite the loss of several key players from last year’s roster (four starters and three leading scorers), the Lakers were picked 4th in the GLIAC preseason poll. The lone returning starter, senior Terry Smith, was named Preseason All-GLIAC South Division. Supporting him is a ﬁeld of veterans and a new crop of talented underclassmen. Fifth year head coach Gary Manchel has good reason to be excited about the promise his new players show. “We have eight new guys and four guys coming back that played quality minutes. I really like the makeup of our team. The young guys are coming along and the veterans are picking things up quickly,” he said. “I like the talent level of our team and I like the chemistry. They have gelled quickly and play well together.”
Men’s b-ball looks to build on last season’s success
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
The 2006-07 season of the Mercyhurst College men’s basketball team proved to be an exciting one. The program marched toward the elite teams in both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and the Great Lakes Region. For the second straight season, the Lakers exceeded expectations placed on the squad in the conference preseason poll. Picked to come in third in the GLIAC South Division, Mercyhurst ﬁnished second in the division, earning its ﬁrst GLIAC Quarterﬁnal home game since joining the conference in 1995-96. The Lakers accomplished their ﬁrst postseason win in 29 years and earned their ﬁrst GLIAC postseason win as well as a spot, for the very ﬁrst time, in the GLIAC semiﬁnals. Adding to the impressive resume of the 2006-07 season was the dominating play of the Lakers on their home court. Mercyhurst was 13-2 (.867) on its home ﬂoor, increasing
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Head coach Gary Manchel instructs the men’s basketball team during a practice earlier this week. Manchel is conﬁdent that, if everything falls into place, the team will have a great year. However, Mercyhurst is amongst several highly competitive teams that already have made huge statements during preseason play. The University of Findlay and Grand Valley State University each beat a Division I team during preseason, in Ohio State and Michigan State, respectively. Mercyhurst opened its preseason with exhibition gameagainst a Division I program in Ohio University on November 3. Despite solid efforts, the Lakers lost. However they soon picked up their ﬁrst win in their regular season home opener on November 15 against Roberts Wesleyan. In the 81-67 victory, the Lakers were led by Smith, who had 18 points and newcomer junior Milos Bogetic. During Thanksgiving break Mercyhurst earned victories against Columbia Union and future PSAC opponent Slippery Rock University. Strong defense and team-balanced scoring seemed to be the winning combination in the match-ups. The Lakers open GLIAC play on Thursday at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center against Michigan Tech with the game scheduled for 8 p.m.
Bowl championship series has an intense battle for No. 1
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
Week seven of the Bowl Championship Series wrecked havoc in the standings. With last week’s top two teams eliminated and still one week to go, the coveted spots in the title game are still considered up for grabs. After a crazy weekend of some great college football, it looks like the University of Missouri may battle West Virginia University for the national championship. But if either loses this weekend, Ohio State University will jump in. This past Friday ended with a major upset of the top-ranked team, Louisiana State University (LSU), by the University of Arkansas with a score of 50-48 in three overtimes. With its second loss of the season, LSU lost their chance to be the national champions, as a two-loss team has never competed for the title and knocked them to seventh in the BCS standings. “Right now, there’s a goal of our football team taken off the board and its sad…Tonight we’ll be sick,” said LSU coach Les Miles in the Associated Press. But they might not end the season empty handed. If LSU defeats the University of Tennessee on Saturday in the SEC championship game, they will compete in the Sugar Bowl. The other big upset this past weekend was No. 2 Kansas University by No. 4 Missouri with a victory of 36-28. Kansas’ ﬁrst loss of the season knocked them back to ﬁfth in the BCS. Missouri was elevated to the top spot and, with a win over the University of Oklahoma Saturday in the Big 12 championship game will play in the BCS title game. “We’ve got a tough game going down to San Antonio against a great Oklahoma team,” said Missouri junior quarterback Chase Daniels in the AP. If Missouri wins, it will be a Cinderella story for a team that was not even ranked in September and has not won a conference or national title in 38 years. With all the upsets, it was refreshing to watch WVU propel themselves from fourth to second in the BCS rankings and to earn an almost-guaranteed bid to the big game with their defeat of the University of Connecticut. WVU has never won a national championship but if they defeat the University of Pittsburgh this coming Saturday, then they will have the chance. “We want to ﬁnish the deal next week in a big rivalry game. I think we could chart our own destiny, but you have to win it,” said WVU coach Rich Rodriguez in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. With one week of games left, it looks like the national champions will either be Missouri or West Virginia, but all will be determined Sunday.
By Chris Davis Sports editor
It is December; that time of year when the store shelves are stocked with brand new toys, the latest clothes and every technological tool known to mankind. Also in December it is around the time when the Mercyhurst College men’s and women’s hockey teams have completed the ﬁrst third of their seasons. Both the mens and womens look to see improvement and progress being made with their respective teams. Men’s head coach Rick Gotkin has continued to see much development from his young team as the Lakers battled to two tough overtime contests against Sacred Heart University at the Mercyhurst Ice Center (MIC) this past weekend “Our offense has struggled, but we think our offense will improve as we get healthy,” said Gotkin. “Six points seperate the 10 teams in the conference; it will come down to the wire. On Friday the Pioneers battled back from two deﬁcits, 1-0 and 2-1, to defeat Mercyhurst 3-2 in the extra session. The following day the Lakers looked to seek revenge against Sacred Heart, but ended in a 2-2 stalemate. In the Lakers’ heartbreaking overtime loss Friday, Mercyhurst never trailed until the ﬁnal overtime goal was scored. Laker freshman Brandon Coccimiglio started off the scoring in the ﬁrst period, as he found the back of the net on a power play goal on assists from sophomores Matt Fennell and Cullen Eddy. Sacred Heart would answer back scoring with under 45 seconds left in the period. Mercyhurst would then answer ﬁnishing on a goal from Steve Cameron late in the second period on a breakaway opportunity. It was Cameron’s ﬁrst goal of his career. The Pioneers would answer early in the third period just after a power play expired. Sacred Heart ﬁnished off the contest scoring its game-winning goal three minutes into overtime on its ﬁrst shot of the overtime period. Both teams saw superb goaltender play as Lakers junior Matt Lundin ﬁnished with 36 saves in the defeat and Pioneers’ Stefan Drew stopped 31 shots. On Saturday Sacred Heart scored ﬁrst on a rebounded shot that sneaked past Lundin midway through the ﬁrst period. Laker junior Brett Robinson answered with a goal with under a minute left in the ﬁrst period. Mercyhurst would then take its ﬁrst lead a few minutes into the third period on a goal by junior Kirk Medernach, the ﬁrst goal of his career. The Pioneers would answer back a couple to deadlock the game 2-2 and would stay that way throughout the rest of regulation and overtime. The Lakers now stand their at 2-10-2 overall and 2-4-2 in Atlantic Hockey Conference play. They will play back-to-back weekend contests against rival Canisius College, with Friday’s game in Buffalo and Saturday’s game at the MIC. The women’s hockey team had two striking road wins this weekend against Princeton University to improve their record to 10-2-2 on the season. Sophomore Meghan Agosta has recorded 100 career points after scoring three goals on the weekend. “The team had a hard-fought win this weekend,” said coach Michael Sisti. “We have been working on penalty killing, which was a part of our success. On Friday the No. 7 Lakers
Nov. 28, 2007
Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Women’s ice hockey……………………………………………….Nov. 23, W 4-1, Colgate Nov. 24, W 6-4, Colgate Men’s hockey………………………………….………....……Nov. 23, L 4-1, Sacred Heart Nov. 24, T 2-2, Sacred Heart Men’s basketball……………………….……………...Nov. 20, W 62-58, Slippery Rock Nov. 25, L 67-45, IUP Women’s basketball……………….…………..Nov. 20, L 83-67, Northern Kentucky Nov. 24, L 74-63, Tifﬁn Nov. 26, L 71-61, Slippery Rock
Hockey battling for conference title
started off strong, as they outshot the Tigers 13-7 during the ﬁrst period, but it was stalemated 0-0 heading into the ﬁrst intermission. Mercyhurst would go ahead on a power play goal by senior captain Stephanie Jones eight minutes into the period on assists from juniors Melissa Dianoski and Valerie Chouinard. Agosta would then put in two goals, scoring one in the second and the other early in the third to help give the Lakers a 3-0 lead. The Tigers avoided a shutout, as they scored 14 seconds after Agosta’s second goal. Mercyhurst junior goalkeeper Courtney Drennen made 19 saves in the victory and has improved her season record to 4-0 on the year. The following day turned out to be a tough-fought defensive battle. Agosta would eventually come through like she did the previous day 12 seconds into the third period, scoring her teamlead 15th goal of the season. It turned out to be Agosta’s 100th career point, making her not only the 10th, but also the fastest Laker to reach that honor. The game-winning goal was Agosta’s team-leading ﬁfth of the season. Junior Natalie Payne and freshman Ashley Cockell were each credited with the assists. Mercyhurst net minder Laura Hosier was virtuoso as she recorded her 15th career shutout. Princeton outshot the Lakers 23-15, and Hosier came up big making 23 stops. The Lakers will ﬁnish their six-game road trip traveling to play CHA conference rival Niagara before hosting the No. 1 team in the nation, University of New Hampshire. “Our only focus is on this weekend and then hope to return home next weekend with the stands ﬁlled,” said Sisti.
Lundin/Agosta athletes of the week
Men’s hockey junior net minder Matt Lundin has been named male athlete of the week, as he made 66 total saves in two contests against Sacred Heart University this past weekend. On Friday in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Pioneers, Lundin had 36 saves, with 29 coming during the ﬁnal two periods, to help push the game into overtime. On Saturday in a 2-2 stalemate, Lundin made 30 saves, including a handful of spectacular stops, along with 13 third-period saves and an additional two in overtime to conserve the tie. Women’s hockey sophomore Meghan Agosta has been named this week’s female athlete of the week. Agosta scored three goals, including both of the game-winning goals this weekend in leading the Lakers to two victories over Princeton. The second game Agosta scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory and it was her 100th career point, making her the 10th and fastest player to reach this milestone, as she has accomplished it in just 49 career games.
Women’s hockey named team of week
The women’s hockey team has been named team of the week after two thrilling victories over Princeton this past weekend. The Lakers defeated the Tigers 3-1 on Friday, before ﬁnishing off a 1-0 win on Saturday. During the weekend, the Mercyhurst defense held the Tigers to just 43 shots and 0-for13 on power play opportunities.
Athletes excel in the classroom
The athletic department has announced that the 572 Laker studentathletes had a combined grade point average (GPA) of 3.05 during the 2007 fall term. Of the 25 athletic programs 15 had GPA’s exceeding 3.0 and 7.9 percent of the athletes had 4.0 GPA’s. Women’s soccer had the best overall academic success posting a solid 3.49 GPA.
Powell named all-region ﬁrst team
Women’s soccer player junior forward Sarah Powell has been named Daktronics All-Great Lakes Region ﬁrst team as she led the Lakers with 14 goals and 36 points this season. Powell has become the program’s all-time assist leader currently with 34 and is ﬁfth all-time in career goals (49) and points (132).
Young named all-region second team
Kurt Young of the men’s soccer team has been named to the All-Great Lakes Region second team tailing a team-high nine assists and ﬁnishing second on the team with 11 goals and 31 points during the season, along with adding three game-winning goals
Mercyhurst Sport Business Club running promotions
The Mercyhurst Sport Business Club will be selling t-shirts at the men’s and women’s basketball GLIAC home openers on Thursday for $12. They will also sell rafﬂe tickets for $1 in order for one lucky fan to earn one free t-shirt. Fans also will have the opportunity to enter a three-point contest during halftime with prizes being given to winners. The game time starts at 6 p.m. for the women’s game with the men following afterwards.
Nov. 28, 2007
Volleyball ﬁnishes season on strong note
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
Three years ago, seniors Sara Kuntz, Christine Nisbit and Kristin Peterson came to Erie, Pa. from Canada, with high hopes of being part of a successful volleyball program. With their talented backgrounds and experience, they embarked on collegiate volleyball careers that were ﬁlled with bumps ranging from losing seasons to coaching changes. They handled the road blocks with patience and as a result ﬁnished their time at Mercyhurst with one of the best seasons the program has had in ﬁve years. This season the women’s volleyball team went 18-14 overall and ended the season with a three-game sweep over cross town rival Gannon University. Mercyhurst concluded its best season since the 2002 team went 21-8. The win total marked an 11-win improvement over the 2006 season. Head coach Ryan Patton had the following to say about the season. “We turned a corner this year. There is a big difference between turning a corner and arriving, but you’ve got to turn that corner ﬁrst. We wanted to ﬁnish over .500, improve our standing in the GLIAC, and win more than we lost at the end of the year. In the last sixteen days of the season, we won four of seven matches, ensuring all of those, so we ﬁnished the season on a great, great note,” he said. “Our seniors helped see us through a down period in the program and were with us as we started our upswing,” said Patton. “Our team was young and hopefully they picked up some things one way or another, on what they need to do to make it through a long season. “I think the seniors will be missed in all aspects. They were leaders, have fun personalities and they worked hard,” said junior Lauren Kubinski. Next year’s squad will continue to follow in their footsteps when they leave the GLIAC and enter PSAC play. “I’m excited for the move to the PSAC. The competition is more equal to us so we should be able to have a better record and more fun, evenly matched games,” said Kubinski. “Going into the PSAC is going to be a change of pace for us, but we are going to prove ourselves once again,” said freshman Kendall Ashworth. Patton feels there is still work to be done if the team wants to contend for a PSAC championship. “It’s easy to head into this offseason thinking big thoughts. Several days before we beat Gannon, they beat the second best team in the PSAC [Edinboro], so it is exciting to sort of calculate where we may stand and what may be ahead,” he said. “That said, we have to get better. To win a championship next year, as a team we have to be able to serve signiﬁcantly tougher and probably have to cut down on our hitting errors. On top of that there is a lot of ﬁne tuning to do on an individual basis.” The individuals returning next year include several that made huge statements this year. The Lakers will return Kubinski, one of the team’s strongest hitters, and Ashworth, an all GLIAC performer. Co-captains Julia Butler and Jenna Matson also will be back, providing strong leadership, as well as a handful of underclassmen that proved competitive players.
Junior Trevor Gallo battles for a win during the National Catholic Invitational earlier this season at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.
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Wrestling starts a legacy
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College wrestling team started off the 2007-08 campaign with a ﬁrst year head coach, Mike Wehler, and ranked 14th in the Division II preseason poll. Welher became the second head wrestling coach in Mercyhurst College history as he replaced Tony Cipollone, who posted a career mark of 6644-1 and built the Lakers into a perennial top-20 program. “I feel that having Coach Wehler at Mercyhurst is a great opportunity for our guys to learn more about wrestling. He has different views and ideas in the practice room and on the mat. I feel fortunate to have been able to learn from two great coaches in my Mercyhurst career,” said senior Don Cummings. Along with the team’s recognition, Cummings and Andy Lamancusa were also ranked in the preseason poll. Cummings was ranked the No. 3 wrestler at 149 pounds and Lamancusa, a sophomore, was ranked No. 4 at 157 pounds. The Lakers’ ﬁrst action came at the Fighting Scot Duals, where they were outmatched by three Division I schools. Mercyhurst lost all three matches 38-3, 30-15, 31-13, to Edinboro, Maryland and Army, respectively. Mercyhurst did show positive signs as Cummings and Brian Pogel posted a 3-0 record at 149 pounds, with Pogel being the only Laker to win two matches. Also junior Trevor Gallo posted the only fall of the three dual matches for the Lakers against Army, pinning his opponent in 1:42. The Lakers quickly rebounded with a dominating performance at the National Catholic Invitational by defeating the nine-team ﬁeld and capturing top-team honors. It was the second straight season the Lakers won the invitational. Mercyhurst totaled 134 points, 16 points more then runner-up Gannon University. Cummings at 149 pounds, Hudson Harrison at 165 pounds and Braxdon Scaletta at 141 pounds all ﬁnished ﬁrst. Four other Lakers ﬁnished second: Payne Lint at 125, Lamancusa at 157, Gallo at 197 and Kenny Bluska at heavyweight. Following an impressive showing at the National Catholic Invitational, Mercyhurst was put to the test again, competing in the Keystone Classic. Mercyhurst was the only member of the 10-team ﬁeld that was not a Division I program. Senior Hudson Harrison led the way for the Lakers with a third-place ﬁnish. Also placing for Mercyhurst were Cummings sixth at 149, Josh Shields fourth at 174 and Gallo ﬁfth at 197. By having four place winners the Lakers ﬁnished the classic in eighth place, ahead of Boston University and Virginia Military Institute. “I expect our team to ﬁrstly beat Gannon at the War at the Shore in the Erie Civic Center, but also be undefeated at home in front of our fans and continue to work toward earning our team’s ﬁrst regional championship, and qualifying our wrestlers to go to Nationals,” said Cummings. The Lakers resume action Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Liberty State.
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Hockey chases a conference title
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