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December 5, 2007

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Vol. 81 No. 12

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Find a way to defeat that nasty cold. The Centers for Disease Control Web site states the most common signs of a cold are sore throat, stuffy nose, coughing and sneezing.

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RA impersonators suffer suspension
From staff reports The Merciad
Mercyhurst College sophomore Israel Estrada and senior Luis Sierra were suspended for one 10-week term, said Mercyhurst College Designated School Official for International Students Daniel Cabanillas. The suspension stems from an incident on Oct. 25 where the two international Honduran students entered apartments in West Duval and East Duval pretending to be RAs. Estrada and Sierra were also charged by Erie police and the Mercyhurst College Residence Life Office as a result of the incident.

Teri Rhodes hearing set
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A new section in Sports offers coverage of intramural and club sports on campus.

Former Mercyhurst College sophomore Teri Rhodes is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 16.

Intramural/club sports
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PAC presents MET Opera

Mercyhurst is the fifth college in the U.S. to add “MET Opera: Live in HD.” See more in A&E >>PAGE 14

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Dec. 5, 2007

’Hurst looks to increase diversity
By Casey Greene Managing editor
Mercyhurst College is increasing the diversity of its student body. While efforts to expand international diversity at Mercyhurst already exist, the new diversity initiative is designed to bring minorities living in the United States to the college. “We already have great focus going towards international diversity,” said Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble. “The new diversity initiative is primarily a genuine effort to increase the number of domestic minorities on campus.” “We are going to remain committed to international diversity on campus but we want to expand that goal to include domestic diversity,” Gamble said. According to Gamble, around two years ago only two or three percent of incoming freshmen were considered domestic minorities. Currently, that number has increased to seven and a half percent. The new diversity initiative seeks to increase that number to 10 percent. “We want almost every fulltime, undergraduate student to have a friend of a different culture,” explained Gamble. “There is no better way to break down stereotypes and culturally educate.” Dr. Phil Belfiore, professor of special education, feels that the goal of increasing this number to 10 percent by year 2011 is reasonable. “Ten percent is definitely possible,” said Belfiore. “Ten really is not a great goal. Fifteen is better but 10 is a goal and it’s possible.” Dr. Ruth Auld, assistant professor of special education, has taken an active role in the diversity initiative. “This program and the initiative is all about social justice to me,” said Auld. “Social justice is the epitome of the program. These students are our neighbors and they are as able and competent as any other student here. By doing this, we are just leveling the playing field.” Gamble explained that Belfiore and Auld, as well as others on campus have designed plans and programs to achieve this goal. “This is partially a challenge to admission counselors to get committed to the project,” said Gamble. Auld said she feels that getting students to know and identify with Mercyhurst is a large part of the battle. “If we want to increase minority enrollment then we have to introduce students to Mercyhurst,” said Auld. “We have to give an identity to the college.” Belfiore explained that getting students to see attending college as a realistic goal is critical. “We want to bring students to the campus and get them involved with the college in a way that gets them to see Mercyhurst as a real possibility,” said Belfiore. One of the ways local minority students are being introduced to post-secondary education and Mercyhurst College is through the College Aspiration Program (CAP) developed by Auld and Belfiore. The program is designed to offer dual enrollment opportunities to students at East Senior High School. According to Auld, less than 20 percent of the students at East apply to college and, of that 20 percent, only 50 percent actually finish their freshman year of college.

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Considering these statistics, East High School was the perfect place to implement CAP. “We thought long and hard about what we would need to do to get these students on campus and making them successful,” said Belfiore. Students enter the program during their freshman year participating in CAP sponsored events. The events are designed to help them explore post-sec-

ondary options and prepare for college. “College is hard and it’s especially hard if no one else you know has ever attended,” explained Auld. “We want to students to be prepared for college and have a better chance of succeeding.” CAP participants take around seven field trips to Pa. colleges such as Mercyhurst Main, Mercyhurst North East, Penn State

Behrend, Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University, Clarion University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average in order to attend these trips. During their senior year, students take courses such as College Writing I or Statistics for college as well as high school credit. Please see Domestic on page 6

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Suspect facing charges in Sean Taylor death
By Matt Sedensky Associated Press
The 17-year-old suspect in the death of Sean Taylor was accused Tuesday of firing the shot that killed the Washington Redskins safety. A Miami-Dade grand jury identified Eric Rivera as the gunman in its indictment. Rivera and his three co-defendants were indicted by the grand jury on charges of firstdegree felony murder and armed burglary. Charles Wardlow, 18; Jason Mitchell, 19; and Venjah Hunte, 20; were ordered held without bail during brief court appearances via a videoconference from Miami-Dade County jail. The three, who stood silently during the hearing, will remain at the jail under suicide watch after Judge John Thornton Jr.’s ruling. Rivera, still in custody in Fort Myers, was expected to be transported to Miami-Dade on Tuesday night and make a court appearance Wednesday. One of his attorneys said the grand jury’s identification of Rivera as the gunman was expected. “This does not come as a surprise,” said Sawyer Smith, who along with his father Wilbur represents Rivera. The 24-year-old Taylor died Nov. 27, a day after he was shot in the bedroom of his home. Police have said he was a victim of a botched burglary. “I think he’s in disbelief over what occurred,” said Wilbur Smith. “His expression to me was that ‘I can’t believe this kind of thing happened.’” Asked how he would defend his client, Wilbur Smith said simply: “Stay tuned.” Attorneys said the four young men were agitated. “He’s very distraught,” said Hunte’s attorney, Michael Hornung. “He’s scared.” Hornung offered glimpses of his client’s possible involvement. He said Hunte was the only suspect with a valid driver’s license and behind the wheel at least part of the time. He said Hunte did not have a gun and did not know his friends’ plans. “Just a bunch of friends that evening said they were going to the East Coast, and he went along,” Hornung said. “He had no idea whatsoever what was going on.” Hunte is cooperating with police, his attorney said, and would tell them everything he knows. Probable cause affidavits for Mitchell and Rivera said the two confessed to participating in armed burglary. According to the reports, Mitchell and Rivera admitted entering the home and said someone had a gun and shot Taylor, but they didn’t identify who. Police and attorneys also have said some of the young men confessed, though they wouldn’t elaborate. The court proceedings came a day after Taylor’s funeral, which was held at a university arena and drew about 3,000 mourners. Among those attending were NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, 300 members of the Redskins organization and actor Andy Garcia, uncle of Taylor’s girlfriend, Jackie Garcia. Richard Sharpstein, Taylor’s former attorney, said the athlete’s family was grateful for police and prosecutors’ work, but that it did little to lessen their loss. “They’re still grieving, and no amount of justice could ever replace Sean to them,” Sharpstein said. “However, they’ll support this prosecution and wish the state attorney the best in achieving the most severe punishment to these people.”

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Dr. Scott Meier, Assistant Professor of Music (far right), with members of the Mercyhurst College Jazz Ensemble after the group’s finale performance at the Musicians Helping Musicians fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.

’Hurst, local musicians play to benefit Habitat for Humanity
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
On Sunday, Dec. 2, the Music Department hosted the Musicians Helping Musicians Performathon, a 10-hour marathon of back-to-back concerts raising over $5000. The fundraiser benefited New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity to build housing for musicians who were left without a home by Hurricane Katrina. This community-wide event was organized by Mercyhurst College faculty members Dr. Nathan Hess, professor of piano, Linda Kobler, adjunct instructor of the online music appreciation course and Dr. Albert Glinsky, chairman of the music department. Planning for the event began in September with Hess and Kobler working to find performers in Mercyhurst and the Erie community. By December, Hess and Kobler had assembled over 100 performers consisting of young children to senior citizens, amateur to professional musicians. “It was very gratifying to see the Erie music community come together with the Mercyhurst Music Department students and faculty, as well as Habitat for Humanity,” said Glinsky. The concert was setup to run from noon until 10 p.m. Each hour featured different sets of musicians from the community. A t 8 p. m . t h e s l o t wa s filled by Mercyhurst student performances. Capping-off the Performathon was the Mercyhurst Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Scott Meier. Meier chose the last song “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione, which was composed in reflection of the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Volunteers from the Mercyhurst chapter of Habitat for Humanity, coordinated by Amanda Zechman, assistant campus minister, and Kristin Leonard, president of the Mercyhurst chapter of Habitat for Humanity, worked closely with the music department to make the day a success. Mercyhurst members included senior Lauren Brant, sophomore Brittney Bucco, sophomore Chelsey Crawford, senior Tim Cunningham, freshman Ashley Harper, senior Chris Kelly, senior Justine Keltz, senior Rachel Meeks, freshman Katie Rissetto and sophomore Laura Stevens. Stevens, a member of the Mercyhurst chapter of Habitat for Humanity, said, “Many people came in out all day to listen to the performers and donate money. The students’ efforts paid off.” In addition to funds raised by participants, there was also a 50/50 raffle, and donations were accepted from audience members in place of paying for admission. “We raised more money than we expected,” said Hess. “We were unsure of just what kind of a turn out we would have for the event, but we are excited we did as well as we did.” Glinsky, Hess and Kobler all said that they were very happy with the project. “The Performathon is another example of communities helping other communities through the arts,” said Glinksy.

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MSG gives money to local family in need
By Elizabeth Maier Staff writer
Mercyhurst Student Government is holding the annual Christmas Donation Coin Drive to help a local Erie family this holiday season. Coordinator of the coin drive and MSG Treasurer, Christina Coovert, said beginning on Dec. 3 through 14, donation coin jars will be placed all over campus at site such as the bookstore, the Laker Inn and the Recreation Center. “MSG representatives will also be present at a few athletic events with coin jars to collect money as well,” said Coovert. Last year, MSG donated $405.80 to St. Martin’s Center in Erie, which provides financial assistance to people in need. Instead of donating to a charity, a sug gestion was made by MSG representative Zach Pekor to give the donated funds to a local family. After a majority vote, a family was assigned to MSG through Peter’s Presents, a program run by the Women’s Council at Saint

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Kirk Nesset, this year’s winner of the prestigious Drue Heinz Literature Award for short fiction, will read and discuss his work at Mercyhurst College on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. Free and open to the public.

Peter’s Cathedral. “This year, I would like to see us reach a goal of $600.00 if not more,” Coovert said. “I think this is very achievable because there is a 3000 student population on campus and if every student gave just 20 cents, we could easily reach the goal of $600.00,” she added. “It is very exciting to think that a small act on behalf of our college community will end up making a large difference for one family during the holiday session,” said Coovert. The money raised will not only go towards buying gifts but it will also help purchase groceries for their holiday meal. Pekor said, “I initially brought up the idea to sponsor a family because I thought it could have more of an impact instead of having it absorbed into a large charity where you do not d i r e c t l y s e e w h o yo u a r e helping.” “By sponsoring a family I feel that the coin drive can give a face to the many people who are trying to help,” he added. Sophomore Katie Atkins responded to the new idea. “I think it’s better this way because the money is directly affecting a family,” Atkins said. Sophomore Jade Ha disagrees. “I think it would be better to give to an organization because the money will be distributed to more than one family.” The name of the family was not shared because of privacy reasons. “I would love everyone to search through their couch cushion and pants pockets to find as much change as possible in order to help this large family. It would make such a difference in their lives,” said Pekor.

Look for cans around campus to donate your spare change in order to make Christmas better for a family in need! MSG is sponsoring a family during the holiday season from Dec. 3-14. All Proceeds will go to Peter’s Presents Organization, sponsored by Cathedral Women’s Council in Erie.

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The holiday season is hectic! Come and get ready for the holidays and celebrate other cultures. Get your gifts wrapped, enjoy some Christmas music, make holiday crafts, and enter to win fabulous gifts for your family and friends. 8:30 p.m., student union. When: Tuesday, Dec. 11 Where: Egan Hall Cafeteria Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We will be serving a scrumptious meal consisting of stuffed chicken breast with gravy, carved dijon ham, rotini vegetable alfredo, savory rice, whipped potatoes with sour cream, bacon and cheddar cheese, green bean casserole, kernel corn, caesar salad, fruit salad, rolls and butter.
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Hearing date set in Teri Rhodes case
From staff reports The Merciad
For mer Mercyhurst College sophomore Teri Rhodes is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The hearing is to be presided over by Erie Fifth Ward District Judge Joseph Lefaiver, who also heard Rhodes’ arraignment in September. Rhodes, 19, was charged by the Erie police with general homicide, concealing the death of a child, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, and abuse of a corpse on Sept. 19, six weeks after an infant was found dead in her 3810 Briggs Ave. apartment. Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook ruled that the infant was suffocated.

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lege,” he said. “My prayers and thoughts definitely go to people suffering in Darfur.” The fast ends at 5 p.m. when a dinner will be held in the Herrmann Student Union. The conflict began in February 2003 and is primarily tribal and ethnic though its roots are religious. The Janjaweed are militia wiping out an entire race of people in the Darfur region. This nomadic, Arab militia is unofficially funded by the Sudanese government. Suffering the slaughtering are the settled, non-Arab ethnic groups such as the Zaghawa and the Massaleit. Decades of drought, growing desert lands and overpopulation have caused the nomadic tribes to compete with the settled tribes over scarce resources like water and fertile grazing grounds for livestock. The struggle for resources has erupted into violence that only the United States government has recognized and defined as genocide. The Janjaweed rape, burn and murder the Sudanese people as they battle for resources. Families have been torn apart and completely annihilated in this struggle. The situation is so dangerous that many international aid groups such as Doctors Without Borders cannot venture into Darfur to help the Sudanese people. The only aid received is supplies dropped via airplane, according to Social Work Club member, senior Katie Zinn. The people of Darfur rely on this monthly to sustain life. The United Nations is doing everything they can to ease the suffering of the victim tribes. As a peacekeeping force, it is no easy task to negotiate with the Sudanese government who is attacking their own people. The number are often disputed but estimated at around 500,000 deaths and the number is still climbing. Roughly 2.5 million people have been forced out of their homeland and are fleeing to the borders of Chad and Libya where the genocide has begun to spread. In the wake of the destruction, colleges all across the United States and the world are raising awareness of the conflict and doing their part to help the victim tribes. All students and faculty are encouraged to take part in the Fast For Darfur event and are welcome to join the dinner at the Union. There will be an open dialogue allowing students and faculty to discuss the details of the conflict and brainstorm ways the club and the college can help in the future.

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‘Fast For Darfur’ brings awareness to ’Hurst
By Amanda Valauri News editor
Can you be a voice for Darfur and genocide prevention? The Mercyhurst College Social Work club thinks you can. The club organizes events on campus that deal with social issues or social injustices occurring around the world. The club has organized an event for Dec. 10 to alert the student body of the ongoing conflict in Africa. Specifically, this event hopes to bring awareness to the genocide occurring in the Darfur region of western Sudan. The event, Fast For Darfur, is an opportunity for Mercyhurst students and faculty to fast all day Monday. Junior Kevin Flanagan supports the club’s idea. “The idea of the fast is good because we go to a Catholic col“We want to raise awareness and try and get the college involved in anyway possible,” said Zinn. “I think it’s great to raise awareness. Not enough people know about what’s going on over there. How much we can individually help, I don’t know. Working together is important.” said Flanagan. Any size donation can be made to help the cause. “All of the money raised goes to stand.org which is the student organization that helps benefit Darfur and the issue that’s going on,” said Zinn. Flanagan encourages students to get involved with many oncampus events. “I’d like to see the student body get active and participate in school activities,” said Flanagan. “This time of year it’s so important to remember what we all have and to give back to those who need it most.”

Mercyhurst banner in flight at Erie International
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Mercyhurst College became a part of the Tom Ridge Field Erie International Airport in the form of a 15-foot vinyl wall mural. The mural features the college logo and an image of the 38th Street gates. So exactly what is the sign expected to do for the ‘Hurst? “Our primary objective was twofold,” said Shelia Coon, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. “We wanted to extend branding of Mercyhurst College externally to potential students, parents of students and philanthropists; and to instill a sense of pride in our current students who pass through the airport as they travel to the college from home as well as students who travel abroad on the many programs the college offers,” she said. Coon says that the growth in Erie airport traffic levels as well as the demographics of travelers at this gateway to Erie, all made this marketing channel attractive to the college. “The airport was offering wall wraps for the first time, and the area that was selected formerly displayed Tom Ridge’s portrait,” said Coon. The Mercyhurst College banner is in one of the most prominent locations at the airport. Steve Perkins, art director in the marketing and public relations department, designed the visual. The ad gives the feeling of walking through the Mercyhurst

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The Mercyhurst College banner features the new slogan, “Learn More” and is on display at the Tom Ridge Field Erie International Airport.

College front gates. According to Coon it took about a month from contract signing to locate the vendor that could produce the banner at the best price.

“We received bids from all over the country and MegaGrafix here in Erie offered the lowest price to produce and install the banner and Steve was able to watch it as it rolled off

the large format 3M printer to make sure the reproduction was perfect,” said Coon. The banner is expected to increase enrollment as well as community support.

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Continued from page 2 Auld explained that the program is funded through Governor Rendell’s Dual Enrollment Program. CAP has proved to be success in past years. “One hundred percent of the kids who graduated from the program last year are all currently attending college,” said Auld. CAP is not the only step being taken towards reaching this goal. Belfiore explained that Mercyhurst is working with Mercyhurst Preparatory School in developing a Mercy Prep school in downtown Erie. “We are still in the planning process,” said Belfiore. “We want to the school to be designed for students in ninth and tenth grade who will transfer to Mercyhurst Prep main school for eleventh and twelfth grade.” “The unfortunate part is that everything is still in the planning

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‘Christmas on Campus’
By Amy Zielinski News editor
Santa. Check. Elves. Check.. Christmas presents. Check. A room full of excited children. You bet. This Saturday, more than one hundred underprivileged children, ages four to 10 will experience the true spirit of Christmas by participating in Mercyhurst College’s Annual Christmas on Campus event. The agencies par ticipating in the event include the Booker T. Washington Center, Boys and Girls Club of Erie, House of Healing, House of Mercy, John F. Kennedy Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Mercy Center for Women, Neighborhood Ar t House, and the Erie Heights YMCA. The event will take place at the Mercyhurst College Sr. Carolyn Hermann Student Union from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A committee of student volunteers and the Office of the Student Union and Student Activities organized the event. The children of the nine agencies will have the opportunity to sing Christmas carols, face paint, decorate cookies, play tic-tac-toe, and other scheduled activities throughout the day. Nearly 150 Mercyhurst College students dedicate their time and energy for the event to brighten the child’s life and give them a sense of what Christmas time is all about. When the children arrive at the student union, they will be paired with a Mercyhurst student or “buddy.” The “buddy” will walk the child to each table and help him or her design a craft, play fun games, or pick out a present for his or her parents. Senior Abbey Wayman said it gives Mercyhurst College an opportunity to interact with children and realize how lucky most people are. “In a way it forces us to be more aware of how blessed we are to have the ability to do things that others may not be able to do, such as getting a good education,” said Wayman. Besides playing games, making crafts, and eating delicious food, the children will also get to hear an traditional Christmas story, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, read by Barry McAndrew. After McAndrew is finished with the story, the children will wait for Santa’s arrival. Santa will call children one by one where they will each receive a wrapped Christmas gift donated from the Mercyhurst Student Government and faculty. The gifts will range from footballs to board games to Barbie dolls. Mercyhurst College Events Chair of Christmas on Campus Heather Quinn started planning the event in November, along with other students and advisor Darcey Kemp. “They always have a great time and it’s a special moment for them to celebrate Christmas,” said Quinn. Various committees also help organize the event such as student co-chairs, and publicity cochairs, decorations committee, events committee, gifts committee, volunteer coordinator, and the social and refreshments committee. Senior Jennifer Helbig said the event strengthens the Mercyhurst community. “It’s an easy, fun way for clubs to come together to do community service, because not all clubs do community service otherwise,” Helbig said. “Students who are not in clubs can participate and feel welcome because they can be a buddy or help out in other ways.”

stages,” explained Belfiore. “We are still awhile away from putting some of these ideas into effect and making them work.” Another idea is to developed urban studies courses within the humanities department. “We’d love to see an urban studies program developed at Mercyhurst,” said Belfiore. “If we brought in minority teachers and taught urban courses, we’re giving these students something to connect with.” Many other programs are being designed and organized in attempts to bring domestic diversity to the Mercyhurst campus. The diversity initiative will remain a part of the current strategic plan for upcoming years. “It’s important to the Mercy mission as well as the students that all people who come here have experiences with different cultures, races and lifestyles,” said Gamble. “What better way to share the Mercy tradition.”

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hostile environment and disruption of college activity. Cabanillas said he was not sure if the students are staying in the country. Mercyhurst College Assistant Vice President of Student Life Laura Zirkle could not comment on the specific case. She said, however, when an international student is suspended for only 10 weeks, that student does not have to leave the country. “An international student who is suspended for longer than a certain amount of time (that is longer than 10 weeks), is required to leave the country,” she said. Zirkle was unsure of the exact suspension time that would require international students to leave the country as a result of a college suspension. Zirkle said students who are suspended are not allowed to live in campus housing, participate in clubs, organizations and sports. “A suspension does not sever all ties from the college,” she said. “Students just cannot act as a student during those times.” Estrada told the Merciad he and Sierra 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. Sophomore Vanessa Nastase, a resident of West Duval and one of the students involved in the incident, said she finds the suspension too strict of a punishment. “I know that they have to give them some punishment, and suspension is definitely better than expulsion,” she said. “I still think it’s an excessive punish-

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International students suffer suspension
From staff reports The Merciad
Continued from page 1 The two pleaded guilty Nov. 1 before District Justice Joseph Lefaiver to summary charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. They were also found in violation of seven Mercyhurst College regulations. An official Residence Life Office document, dated Nov. 7, states the violations include unlawful entry, presenting false information, drunk and disorderly, general harassment, reckless endangerment, creation of a ment, and I’m glad they’re not getting expelled.” Sophomore Kacie Zolkowski of West Duval agrees with Nastase. “It’s still extreme,” she said about the suspension. “In my opinion, a fine and community service would have been sufficient. It’s not as bad, and I’m glad that they’re not getting expelled.” Cabanillas did not know if Estrada and Sierra are staying in Erie. Estrada refused to comment on the situation. “We just don’t want to talk about it,” he said.

Bali coral reef benefits from electricity
By Joseph Coleman Associated Press
Just a few years ago, the lush coral reefs off Bali island were dying out, bleached by rising temperatures, blasted by dynamite fishing and poisoned by cyanide. Now they are coming back, thanks to an unlikely remedy: electricity. The coral is thriving on dozens of metal structures submerged in the bay and fed by cables that send low-voltage electricity, which conservationists say is reviving it and spurring greater growth. As thousands of delegates, experts and activists debate climate at a conference that opened this week on Bali, the coral restoration project illustrates the creative ways scientists are trying to fight the ill-effects of global warming. The project – dubbed BioRock – is the brainchild of scientist Thomas Goreau and the late architect Wolf Hilbertz. The two have set up similar structures in some 20 countries, but the Bali experiment is the most extensive. Goreau said the Pemuteran reefs off Bali’s northwestern shore were under serious assault by 1998, victims of rising temperatures and aggressive fishing methods by impoverished islanders, such as stunning fish with cyanide poison and scooping them up with nets. “Under these conditions, traditional (revival) methods fail,” explained Goreau, who is in Bali presenting his research at the U.N.-led conference. “Our method is the only one that speeds coral growth.” Rod Salm, coral reef specialist with the Nature Conservancy, said while the method may be useful in bringing small areas of damaged coral back to life, it has very limited application in vast areas that need protection. “The extent of bleaching ... is just too big,” Salm said. “The scale is enormous and the cost is prohibitive.” Others note the Bali project is mostly dependent on traditionally generated electricity, a method that itself contributes to global warming. Goreau himself concedes it has yet to attract significant financial backing. Nonetheless, scientists agree that coral reefs are an especially valuable – and sensitive – global environmental asset. They provide shorelines with protection from tides and waves, and host a stunning diversity of plant and sea life.. It has long been known that coral that breaks off the reef can be salvaged and restored if it can somehow be reattached. What Goreau’s Bali project has done is to construct metal frames, often in the shape of domes or greenhouses, and submerge them in the bay. When hooked up to a low-voltage energy source on the shore, limestone – a building block of reefs – naturally gathers on the metal. Workers then salvage coral that has broken from damaged reefs and affix it to the structure. Goreau and his supporters say the electricity spurs the weakened coral to revival and greater growth. “When they get the juice, they are not as stressed,” said Rani Morrow-Wuigk, an Australian-German woman who rents bungalows on the beach and has supported efforts to save the reefs for years. And indeed, the coral on the structures appear vibrant, and supporters say they have rebounded with impressive vigor. The coral in Pemuteran teems with clownfish, damselfish and other colorful tropical animals. Funding, however, is a major problem. There are some 40 metal structures growing coral in Pemuteran Bay and about 100 cables laid to feed them with electricity, but only about a third of the wires are working because of maintenance problems and the cost of running them, said Morrow-Wuigk. The electrification program is part of a wider effort in the bay to save the coral. Chris Brown, an Australian diving instructor who has lived in Bali for 17 years, said he and other people determined to save the reefs have had a long struggle driving away fishermen who use dynamite and other coraldestroying methods to maintain their livelihoods. He said a key has been demonstrating to shoreline communities the benefits of coral reef maintenance, such as growing fish stocks and jobs catering to tourists who come to dive in the area. Brown has participated in Goreau’s projects, and won funding from the Australian government to set up a BioRock structure electrified by solar panels fixed on a floating off-shore platform. Brown has also used seedmoney from Canberra to establish the Reef Gardeners of Pemuteran, which trains islanders to dive, maintain the solar-paneled coral structure and clean the reefs of harmful animals. Kadek Darma, 25, a Balinese who has worked with Brown for two years, said the advantages of the corals to the local economy were obvious. “They attract the tourists, and more tourists means more jobs,” he said. “I hope we can all keep maintaining the reefs for our great-great grandchildren.”

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Food for Fines benefits students and community
By Jen Gildea Features editor
Mercyhurst College is doing its fair share of giving this holiday season. In collaboration with the Hammermill Library, the school is conducting a new charitable idea that involves both students and the community. The first annual Food for Fines is a drive where students can eliminate their book fines when they bring in non-perishable food items. A credit of $1 per donated item up to a $20 credit will be applied to students’ accounts that currently have a fine. Credit does not count toward billed, lost or damaged items. Mr. Joe Kloss, circulation supervisor for the library and key organizing member of the Food for Fines drive notes that even those students and patrons who do not have fines are encouraged to donate. “Our main goal is to instill the spirit of giving using the Food for Fines process,” Kloss said. “We want to create sensitivity for those with needs in the community and act on it.” Accepted items include canned meat, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, soup, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, dried beans, cake mixes, dried cereal, oatmeal, rice, pasta and coffee. Additionally, household products like paper supplies, health and beauty aides are acceptable. Items that are not accepted include home canned goods, glass containers, unsealed or open packages, dented cans or outdated baby formula. Mercyhurst students agree that the event as a good idea for the holiday season. “I think it’s a great idea,” said senior Laura Pusateri. “Not only does it save students some money, but does good for the community as well.” Ju n i o r C a r o l i n e B oy c e agrees. “The drive will motivate students to bring in food since there is an incentive compared to other types of drives we have around campus,” she said. Food for Fines will be held Dec. 12-16 at the Hammermill Library. All food goods will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Items should be dropped off at the circulation desk.

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Widgets on Facebook include Top Friends and Grafitti.

‘Widgets:’ useful or just entertaining?
By Chris James Staff writer
Most college students use some sort of Widget daily, though few would be able to tell you exactly what a Widget’s function is. You can find them on sites such as Facebook and Myspace under the more common name of “applications.” If your computer is new enough and carries certain programs, you may find Widgets as close as your desktop. A user can do anything from send hatching eggs and growing plants to take quizzes on movie knowledge. Others can help map out trips that they are going to take or are planning. These Widgets supply entertainment, but other forms of Widgets with different uses do exist. These Widgets are ones that many Mac and Vista users are taking advantage of and can find with a single click on the desktop. Sophomore Garrett Evans talked about Widgets found on his desktop. “It’s so much easier than having to go through my files to bring something up. It’s like bringing the things you need to do most often with easy access,” Evans said. “I can bring up my calculator with a quick click, or I can find the weather forecast for the week.” Evans is not as fond of the Facebook Widgets that seem to be taking over the popular site. “Some of them are cool, but they end up being a lot of clutter on most pages,” he said. Widgets are becoming more common in newer computers, especially those that use Vista. Whether you use your Widgets for sending Internet flowers or to check the weekly weather, it is probably true that you recognize their value in both entertainment and usefulness.

’Hurst glows from tree lighting
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
On Sunday Mercyhurst celebrated its eighth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. This year’s theme was “Miracle on 38th Street.” MSG President Marissa Starin said that about one third of the MSG representatives took part in the actual decorating of the trees and light poles extending from the student union to Garvey Park. The Lighting Ceremony took place at 6 p.m., beginning with caroling by Praise and Worship, an introduction speech by Starin and guest speaker Vice President of Student Life Mercyhurst College Gerard Tobin.

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Students sing carols at the Tree Lighting ceremony.

Starin decided to take the event to the next level this year, adding a Christmas tree decorating contest where 17 clubs competed for a $75 check. Each club decorated their tree according to a certain theme. Votes were made by attendees of the ceremony. The winner was Habitat for Humanity. Starin credits the record at-

tendance to the added club involvement. “This year was one of the best turn-outs for the ceremony. There was great enthusiasm,” said Starin. “We definitely plan on continuing on with the tradition.” The trees will remain on display in the student union until Sunday, Dec. 16.

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Less stereotyping for gender-specific majors
By Jen Gildea Features editor
“Sugar and spice and everything nice” might be the stereotypical description of females compared to males, but that sure didn’t stop Mercyhurst College senior Allison Babcock. “The idea of being an Intelligence Analyst seemed kind of cool and glamorous,” she said. Babcock, an Intelligence Studies major, is only one of a handful of females in her maledominated department. Along with Intel, many other majors that have commonly been thought of as “feminine” or “masculine” fields of study have become much more integrated, as more and more students push past genderbased stereotypes in higher education. Intelligence Studies instructor Bill Welch notes that behind the “hardwiring” of male and female preferences are cultural norms. “When it comes to the intelligence analysis program, I think many of our male students associate this with military matters and it resonates with them,” Welch said. “It doesn’t mean they are better at it, just that it attracts them more.” Like Babcock, senior Intelligence Studies major Marla Glista says that her studies are leading up to a wide array of career options. “There are currently so many opportunities in the field and I won’t be limited to just one area,” she said. And when it comes to the male dominance in her particular major, Glista notes that it does not bother her. “In the long run I don’t think gender will affect whether or not one succeeds in a field of study dominated by the opposite sex,” she said. Female students at Mercyhurst are not the only ones business aspect of the fashion industry and realized that a fashion merchandising degree would be the best fit for this career.” Despite his comfortable and determined attitude today, Van Balen says that he was a little nervous at first about being stereotyped. “I was nervous initially, but if guys can’t deal with the stereotype as a male in the industry, they shouldn’t be in it. I became comfortable quite fast and easily.” VanBaalen is one of only three male students in the fashion merchandising program. Senior Jimmy Mason is another in the strongly female-dominated major. “I assumed that fashion would have a higher female-to-male ratio since it is naturally a more popular subject for women,” Mason said. “It is natural for gender-based majors to come about because men can naturally do some things better than women, and vise-versa.” What it boils down to is that there is a difference between gender-stereotyped majors and simply majors that are genderdominated. “Everyone should be able to pursue the field of study that interests them most and until there is an equal distribution of interest among men and women in those particular fields, then it is likely that we will continue to see single gender dominated majors,” said Glista. While many outside students may view these majors as stereotypically masculine or feminine, the students within the departments would have to disagree. When it comes down to it, students are moving past gender norms to focus on what’s really important in college. As Babcock summed it up perfectly, “I think we’re all too busy trying to get our work done to waste our energies on anything else.”

Junior Alex Nees VanBaalen is a male fashion major.

to find themselves studying alongside a classroom of the opposite sex. Senior fashion major Alex Nees VanBaalen was “well aware” of the female-to-male ratio within the major before entering the program, but credits a family member for first inspiring him to become interested in the fashion industry. “My step uncle was a buyer for Nike and Birkenstock,” Van Balen said. “I did research on the merchandising and buying

Winter weather brings many potential colds
By Allie Miniri Staff writer
Spreading the flu or a cold is not quite the same as spreading holiday cheer. Spending the holiday season with a cold or flu might as well be just as bad as coal in a stocking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site states that “strict attention to infection control practices should decrease or prevent spreading of infection. Frequent hand-washing and not sharing items such as cups, glasses, and utensils should decrease the spread of virus to others.” One of the easiest ways to help prevent catching a cold is to wash your hands. After using the restroom, sneezing, coughing or even touching desks and keyboards, students should take a minute to wash their hands. If a washing station is out of reach, an alternative option is to use hand sanitizer. Interestingly, and perhaps shockingly to many, a sneeze is expelled from the body at more than 100 miles per hour. To prevent illness of others and themselves, students should cover up while sneezing and coughing, especially in the winter season when people are more apt to get a cold. “It’s so gross that I could get sick from someone who can’t cover their mouth and nose while sneezing,” said sophomore Katlin Hess. “I don’t want to be sick around Christmas. There is just so much that needs to be done,” she said. The CDC furthers that people should be careful when making contact with shopping carts, elevator buttons, sinks and dishes, desks and doorknobs. Some everyday habits that can pass along the common cold include shaking hands, kissing and passing objects.

Students should stock up on cold remedies for the winter cold and flu season.

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Holiday shopping a click away
By Carla Hart Staff writer
Getting ready for the traditional Christmas of heavy traffic, long lines and angry consumers at the department stores? Or would you prefer to bake Christmas cookies while you shop? Shopping online also avoids waiting in lines or sliding in the snow. According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, 71 percent of online users reported buying products online, based on an August 2006 survey. Mercyhurst College students seem to enjoy the convenience of technology. Other than a trip to Wal-Mart to get Shrek the Third for his six-year-old brother, senior Jeff Stoll has done all of his shopping online. “It’s so much faster online and there’s better sales,” said Stoll. He recommends Overstock.com. “Instead of walking for hours in stores looking for one or two items, you can search thousands of things in minutes by typing in keywords,” said Stoll. Mercyhurst College alumnus Jeffrey Cagle said that, in a small way, shopping online is also helpful to the environment. “If you really think about it, staying home shopping online will save you a bundle, not just because the prices online are somewhat cheaper, but because you don’t have to fill up your tank to go anywhere,” Cagle said. “You can’t go wrong with Amazon.com.” Junior Steve Faber agrees with Stoll and Cagle. He shops comparatively, diligently researching online sellers. “I personally like eBay, but I stick to quality sellers,” Faber said. “Like its ads say, it’s better when you shop victoriously.” “Almost all of my shopping is online,” said sophomore Scott Inman. He shops online at eBay, Woot.com and Threadless.com. When Inman was asked if he was starting to feel the Christmas spirit, he said, “No, but I smell, taste, hear and see it.” Senior Ashley Brudy disagrees. “I am definitely getting the Christmas spirit because of the Christmas music playing in stores, the snow, Christmas lights on houses, decorating and Christmas shopping,” she said. Brudy traditionally shops at J.Crew, Papaya and Forever 21, where she inspects her purchases and finds “reasonable prices for clothes that are cute.” “I like to see and feel the quality of the product; that way you know what you’re going to get,” Brudy said Whether you’re out fighting traffic or sitting in your pajamas online, the season is here, so spread the joy.

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Winter head gear tops off season
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Knit hats for the dreary winter weather have always been popular and understandably so, especially in areas like Erie. More than ever the popularity of sporting these outdoor accessories indoors, as well, has been vastly seen. Etiquette on donning a hat of any type is often debated, as everyone has a relative or professor who not only insists on the removal of headgear but often is vastly and greatly offended by the wearing of such an accessory indoors. Popular hats for this winter An example would include the one pictured here, which is designed by Mischa Lampert, whose focus for this winter season is centralized greatly on knitwear. All of her hats are made in the USA and comprised of 100% wool. They range from $125 to $176. Senior Lisa Meyers thinks that the high prices of luxury goods often outweigh the appearance. “Although the hats are really cute, I could not foresee spending an obscene amount of money on one,” Meyers said. For those of us who cannot afford or do not desire to spend upwards of $100 on a knit hat, other options are available. The popular retailer Urban Outfitters released a similar style that sells for a much cheaper price of $36.00. Our local college bookstore has also capitalized on this trend for the upcoming blustery season. A new addition for winter ’07 is an intricately designed green and white knit ski cap complete with the ever popular ’Hurst logo, which is integrated into the design at the front of the hat. Surprisingly so, this headpiece, although nicely designed and made, is priced at $31.00. Student opinions on the appropriateness of these garments in the classroom vary based on circumstances.

Knit hats top the trend chart for this winter.

include brightly colored knit ski caps, fur trimmed hunting hats, and the ever-popular beanie. Takeoffs shaggy caps are surprisingly commonplace for luxury designers and are available in a variety of styles.

“I enjoy retro-style caps,” said senior Kevin Riordan. “Plain colors are a nice accent to the new styles I’ve seen.” Winter knits hats will clearly always be a popular item in the winter months, not only for their functionality factor but also because of changing and emerging seasonal trends. The acceptability of these garments within certain environments must also be taken into consideration. A large pompadour of fur and fluff may obstruct a fellow student from the PowerPoint presentation he or she is desperately trying to jot down, while a smaller winter hat may be a non-issue for fellow pupils.

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son with Christmas trees and wreaths, spreading the festive spirit. Rose decorates for every holiday to bring a little cheer to customers’ table, while Festa whips up great wings and burgers in the kitchen. Chef Shawn has a specialty for wings, serving up about 48 different flavors. “Chef Shawn’s wings of the Night” feature mixtures of sauces and new flavor categories that are favorites among customers. “Everythings” is a flavor that is just that: everything. A tangy and spicy sauce with garlic and parmesan cheese makes for a great wing night. Wings are $4.95 a dozen and if you want them to go add $.50. Lunch is served from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner is served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m on weekdays. From 9 to 10 p.m., Fiddle Inn serves only wings and pizza. The smaller “craft room” section of the house was built in 1809 and the rest of the house, which is now the main dining room and bar, was built years later. Quiet and quaint Fiddle Inn offers many menu options for any one of your friends or family members. Start with a signature appetizer like Cheddar Broccoli Bites for $3.95 or move right into burgers and fries, like the Fiddle Inn O-Burger for $6.70. Dinners range anywhere from $6.95 to $12.95 and include Fiddle’s Famous Chicken Dinner, specially prepared by Chef Shawn. A Christmas tradition in my house is my mom’s Christmas cookies. The most popular are the decorated sugar cookies. While they can be a lot of work they can also be really fun to make and decorate. The best part about these cookies is decorating them. My mom makes her own frosting and it is delicious, but to make the process a little easier I would suggest just buy-

By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Looking for a great restaurant to take that special someone for the holidays but don’t want to spend a fortune? Look no further than Fiddle Inn, where you can get everything from great food to great service. Fiddle Inn, located at 6615 Buffalo Road in Harborcreek, has been serving great food for many years. Louise Bailey has been the owner of Fiddle Inn for the past eight years with her son Shawn Festa and sister Rose working closely beside her to serve good eats in a great atmosphere. Fiddle Inn is currently decorated for the holiday sea-

ing pre-made frosting at the grocery store. I buy white so that I can use food coloring to make it several different colors, and also add sprinkles. Christmas is a good time for traditions and now maybe we could start our own tradition of making Christmas cookies for the people that are special to us. -Meghan Dolney

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Bethany Brun

Name: Bethany Brun Year: Freshman Major: Religious Studies Hometown: Dayton, Ohio Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: The people I’ve met, coupled with the awesome movies at the PAC on Wednesday evenings. Least favorite thing: The lack of opportunities to use duct tape around campus and in our dorm rooms. And board meal times. Campus activities: Rowing, Honors Preparation year, LCP

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DEC. 5. Hall & Oates. State Theatre, Cleveland. DEC. 7. Comedy. Jim Gaffigan. Junker Center, Penn State Behrend, Erie. $30, $20 for Penn State Behrend students. DEC. 7. Todd Rundgren. Rex Theatre, Pittsburgh. DEC. 8. John Prine. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. DEC. 8. Silverchair. House of Blues, Cleveland. DEC. 9. Straylight Run, Color Fred, more. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. DEC. 9. Starting Line. House of Blues, Cleveland. DEC. 11, 12. Brand New. House of Blues, Cleveland. DEC. 11. Kissmas Bash. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. D E C. 1 2 . M i c h e l l e Shocked. Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland. DEC. 14. The Raspberries. State Theatre, Cleveland. DEC. 14. Barry Manilow. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. DEC. 17 Lemonheads Grog Shop, Cleveland. Courtesy of Goerie.com

By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer

Sophomore dance major Trevor Sones has recently been awarded a scholarship to attend the Millie Lewis AMTC (Actors, Models and Talent Competition) taking place Jan. 1 through Jan. 7, 2008 at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, Florida. Sones first heard about Millie Lewis AMTC through a commercial on the radio, and he worked with Kim Myers from Applause International for the audition. Last summer he attended an open call audition at the Millcreek Mall in Erie and was accepted as a competitor in the program. However, realizing how expensive attendance at the AMTC would be, Trevor then applied for a full-scholarship to the program. The required scholarship essay’s topic was centered on why the applicant thinks he or she is deserving of the award. After making the first cut for the scholarship application, Sones then submitted a oneminute sample of his dancing as the second part of the application process. In the end he got a call saying that he had received the scholarship in the amount of $2,595. Sones said of the experience, “I was speechless at first. I called my father right away and screamed with excitement quite a few times.” Although he received this award for attendance at the convention, Trevor still must find a way to pay for his housing, meals, and travel costs, about $2,000 in total. So far he has been given about $600 from his hometown, but he is still seeking donations to cover these expenses. Having auditioned in the cat-

egories of singing, dancing, and commercial, his competition will occur in these areas. Trevor is preparing a oneminute song and a one- minute dance for those two categories. He is currently choreographing his own dance solo to the music “Footloose,” and he plans to sing “What Do I Need With Love?” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” a musical he performed in this fall at the Erie Playhouse. While at the competition, if he ranks within the top 10 for either area then he will present a two minute song and/or two minute dance. For the commercial division, each contestant must select a TV commercial to read in a recording room, and Trevor has chosen the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes commercial. As part of the scholarship, Trevor was given not only three areas in which to compete, but also a full photo shoot with photographer Rick Klein which was paid for by the AMTC organization. This recent photo shoot included 25 headshots and many other photos. The competition will have about 50-100 agencies present, which are the link to jobs in places such as New York, Chicago, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles and Miami, among others, according to the Millie Lewis AMTC website. Lots of Broadway workshops will also take place at the convention, along with speeches made by various guest artists. “At the moment I’m really just looking for a summer job or maybe an agency to further my career,” Sones said. “In the futureI would really prefer to finish school before jumping into my career.” He also notes that Dance Chair Tauna Hunter and professor

Sophomore Trevor Sones will attend the AMTC in January.

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Mark Santillano of the Mercyhurst College dance department have been helpful throughout the entire process. In addition to all these preparations, Sonesr is the choreographer for “Seussical,” this year’s student-run musical at Mercy-

hurst College . Trevor is also a member of the Mercyhurst College Dance Team, and is currently choreographing a piece for “Raw Edges X,” the dance department’s student choreography concert that will take place in February.

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PAC presents MET Opera live
and Gretel” will air Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. Most fairy tales, though charming on the outside, have darker underpinnings. Alice Coote and Christine Schäfer play the siblings lost in a shadowy world of unknown menace, pursued by the Witch who seeks to devour them. The next riveting performance of “Macbeth” will be on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m. Giuseppe Verdi’s longstanding affinity for Shakespeare is explored in Adrian Noble’s dark, yet exhilarating vision for this disturbing work. James Levine conducts and acclaimed baritone Lado Ataneli star in the towering title role. “Manon Lescaut” will show on Feb. 16 at 1:30 p.m. The story of the magnetic attraction between two young lovers is the perfect vehicle for the soprano’s exhilarating charisma, especially when matched by equally talented tenors. The English-language production of Engelbert Humperdinck’s masterful treatment of the beloved story by the Brothers Grimm is the second in the Met’s annual series of special holiday presentations. On March 15, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. “Peter Grimes” will take over the screen. Peter Grimes is under investigation for unthinkable transgressions, yet Benjamin Britten’s probing exploration of the nature of guilt and judgment implicates an entire fishing village. Director John Doyle, a Tony Award® winner for his interpretation of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, makes his Met debut answering the challenges of this modern masterpiece. Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey takes on the complex title role. The riveting Patricia Racette plays Ellen Orford, the woman who refuses to abandon him. Featuring what may be 20thcentury opera’s most impressive tenor role, “Peter Grimes,” with its sweeping orchestral beauty, will be an engrossing and haunting theatrical journey. “Tristan und Isolde” will show on March 22 at 12:30 p.m. Met Music Director and eminent Wagnerian James Levine conducts this muchanticipated revival. Deborah Voigt, one of the world’s most celebrated Wagnerian sopranos, undertakes this iconic role for the first time at the Met. The leading Tristan of our time, Ben Heppner, portrays the other half of this archetypal couple on their mystical journey of love, sex and death. “La Boheme” takes the screen April 5 1:30 p.m. A magnificent cast comes together for Franco Zeffirelli’s iconic production of the Puccini favorite. The exciting young conductor Nicola Luisotti presides over a glorious vocal ensemble led by the mesmerizing Angela Gheorghiu, who sings Mimì at the Met for the first time in twelve years, opposite goldentoned tenor Ramón Vargas as her lover, Rodolfo. The last show that the PAC will present will be “La Fille Du Regiment” on April 26 at 1:30 p.m. Experience the “exceedingly yummy operatic cake” that was called “the operatic show of the season” by The Times of London when it opened at Covent Garden this past winter. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy thrilling, world-class opera at The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center starting Dec. 15. Tickets will be sold at the box office for $15 with student ID (One ticket per ID).

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Mercyhurst is the fifth college in the U.S. to add ‘MET Opera: Live in High Definition.’

By Jordan Zangaro Contributing writer
Come observe the beauty and power of the opera, live at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center as it presents the “Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Definition.” This year’s season includes the enthusiastic and vibrant performances of “Romeo et Juliette,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “Macbeth,” “Manon Lescaut,” “Peter Grimes,” “Tristan und Isolde,” “La Boheme” and “La Fille Du Regiment” all of which are guaranteed to take your breath away. “The Met’s experiment of merging film with live performance has created a new art form,” wrote the Los Angeles Times of the groundbreaking series of live, high-definition performance transmissions

to movie theaters around the world. Mercyhurst College is the fifth college in the country to display this artistic, eye-opening experience. Displaying unbelievably amazing scenery and subtitles for the entire audience, this remarkable opportunity will make you feel like you were actually there for the thrilling, world-class opera. Last season, more than 625,000 people across the world witnessed the spectacular performances of the Metropolitan Opera through the HD Live series, and this year the program anticipates impacting millions more. The live HD performances will broadcast to 44 states in addition to Canada, Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Japan, The Netherlands, Sweden and the

United Kingdom. The series is made possible by 10 cameras, which are strategically placed all over the Met. Audiences all over the globe can witness not only the performances from a front row view, but also behind-thescenes footage such as technical operations, arrivals, make-up appliance and even personal interviews with the performers. The first of the eight shows being presented is “Romeo et Juliet,” which will show on Dec.15 at 1 p.m. This astonishing story of the world’s most famous lovers will leave you breathless as the amazingly talented Anna Netrbko and Rolando Villazon combine undying passion with Shakespeare’s masterpiece of a love so untainted no matter the circumstances of family issues. The second show in this special performance, “Hansel

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professor and chosen against many others is a great honor,” Jell said. One of the students in the Art Education program, Sarah Ross, met with representatives at the conference and was elected to serve as a Pennsylvania Art Education Association co-rep. student board member. She is the first student from Mercyhurst to be honored as a representative at the state level in this field. She is also the newly elected president of the NAEA student chapter art education club. “Being elected to this position means that I will have a great way to share my interest and passion for the arts with others throughout the state and country and in doing so, I will hopefully learn more ways in which I can be an advocate for the arts,” said Ross. “To receive this honor makes me feel that the work I’ve done so far and my involvement with the Art Education program at Mercyhurst has paid off. To be recognized for that motivates me to keep going and to do more in the future.” Along with bringing back

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Art education students attend state conference
By Stacey Minchin Staff writer
Nine art education students attended the Pennsylvania Art Education Association State Conference (PAEA), along with professor Camille Nischal on Oct. 25 through the 28. Nischal presented, ‘Using Visual Journals in Understanding Aesthetic Experiences’ and Brianne Ferry, an Art Education student, presented ‘Technology and Art Lesson Plans/ Exchange.’ Ferry, along with Art Education student Megan Jell, were honored as PA State Clyde McGeary Scholars at the PAEA Awards dinner. This award is given to students in the state for outstanding service, research and leadership contributions in a Pennsylvania art education program. In addition to receiving a scholarship, these students received a grant to attend the state conference. “It’s an honor to be recognized as a Clyde McGeary scholar because it is open to the entire state. To be nominated by a

Camille Nischal, left, poses with art educations students atthe PAEA State Conference.

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awards and recognition, the art department now has a new addition to their program. Nischal entered a raffle at the conference and became the lucky winner of a 6-foot mannequin that is now their popular mascot. As a fundraiser, the NAEA student chapter offered photo opportunities with the mannequin for a dollar. The mannequin has also attracted publicity for the art education department. “The PA state Art Education

organization is also interested in some PR associated with the mannequin. I think this will be a lot of fun and may generate much needed publicity for our Art Education program,” said Nischal. Darlene Fahmey, an adult student, attended the conference for the first time this year. She thinks having the mannequin as part of the program gives our college the opportunity to expand upon the Art Education field. “It represents art and how it

is very important and needs to taught within schools as well as colleges. Through the PAEA conference, students have been given the opportunity to be recognized as winners. Mr. Mannequin has big intentions and plans to make his presence known here at Mercyhurst and within Erie,” Fahmey said. The PAEA conference is meant to enable students to meet art educators in their field and to learn from them through workshops and network with individuals from all over the state.

Japanese epic film ‘Paprika’ to show at PAC
By Mason Lorek Staff writer
I made a rule some time ago that nobody should hang Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. None of you know about this rule because it turns out I don’t have the authority to make that decision. However, I’m feeling rebellious, so I’m going to do all of the things that I’ve learned I can’t do since I started writing for this newspaper. Not only am I naming a new Irishman of the Day, Darren Conway (you thought it wouldn’t happen, shame on you), but I’m retroactively enforcing my Thanksgiving law. I have no way of knowing for sure, but my gut tells me at least some of you hung decorations, and for this you will be punished. “What is my punishment,” you ask? You must put the Christmas season on hold for 90 minutes and watch the new PAC film: “Paprika.” “I have to watch a movie? That’s not a punishment, it’s a reward,” you may exclaim, but you would be wrong for two reasons: It isn’t about Christmas, and it’s anime. In this Japanese epic, humanity’s last bastion of privacy has finally been infiltrated by technology, the world of our dreams. The story centers on a new invention called the DC-Mini. With this device, psychiatrists are now able to enter a patient’s dreams in a therapeutic setting. But when an unknown assailant steals all of the devices, using them to enter peoples minds enacting mind control, chaos ensues as dreams begin to bleed into reality, and the thin line between the conscious and the unconscious begins to blur. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika. I think I’ve convinced some of you to accept your punishment by making the film sound at least somewhat interesting, but some of you are still hung up on the whole “It’s anime” thing. That is why I’ve done some not so extensive research and found this quote by Manohla Dargis of The New York Times. Dargis writes that “Paprika” is “evidence that Japanese animators are reaching for the moon, while most of their American counterparts remain stuck in the kiddie sandbox.” If that doesn’t light that good, old fashioned, patriotic, nobody messes with America fire inside of you, I’ll send Bill Swafford, Deputy Instigator, Department of all Things Trivial, to come light it for you. I know, that’s a pretty drastic measure, but maybe next year you’ll pay Thanksgiving a little respect. Paprika will be shown at the PAC at 2 and 8 Wednesday, Dec. 5, and as always, tickets are free for students with a student ID.

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Dec. 5, 2007

Christmas commercialization
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
While perusing through online shopping the other day I was reminded repeatedly that Christmas is right around the corner. The reminders came in the shape of a “holiday” section on the Anthropologie site as well as “top gift ideas” on Amazon. Not to mention the atrocious collection of Santa Clauses in the hallway connecting Old Main and Preston Hall. Be advised this is the time of year to avoid any shopping facility and remain sane by giving the Visa card a break and focusing on how much you already have. The whole holiday experience has turned into a headache in recent years with multiple gift exchanges and hesitations thrown into the mix. Around this time of the season you realize the luxury of 2 a.m. shopping trips and gift cards. Not to mention news agencies and economists predicting how much the American public is going to spend on holiday gifts. Overall the value of the holidays has been put aside while the lights and glimmer of American commercialism has taken a strong hold. Personally I have gained distaste for the holiday season. Other than the family celebrations, returning to see friends and practices of Christmas traditions, Christmas does not stand high on the list of favorite holidays. People have become more focused on the aesthetic pleasures of material items instead of being grateful for what they already have. Middle class America and those higher up the economic chain have repeatedly been about brand names, the newest products and the latest technologies. Since Christmas is a Christian- based holiday, greed at this time of the year is not the best quality. This and the other capital vices are often too common toward the end of the year. This Christmas why not be grateful for everything you already have? Consider the people who have less than you and delve into philanthropy to make yourself a little less greedy. With constant talk of global warming and lead paint from China the less you consume and acquire is probably better. If you are not sure what to get the person who has everything, consider a donation to their favorite charity in their name. Fair trade coffees and teas are always appreciated and support decent causes. Instead of exchanging presents, hold a White Elephant where guests simply do a gift draw for the quirky and funny gifts. If you are not sure what you want, tell relatives or friends to put it in the bank to help cover graduate application costs or put gas in your car. Consumables are always appreciated gifts such as alcohol from local breweries and vineyards and other locally-made products. If you receive excessive clothing for Christmas, donate one item from your wardrobe to charity for every item you have acquired. On Tuesday it was reported that robbers in Australia stole about $90,000 worth of pork from a grocer’s warehouse. In accordance with holiday tradition, an Australian charity is probably going to have a large holiday feast.

It is OK to not be OK
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
Over the last five months of my life, I have realized how differently people handle situations and sometimes it is okay to not always be okay. This past August, I had to do one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my life. As my sisters, my mom and I drove away from my dad for the last time before he had to leave for his first tour, I witnessed three completely different reactions to the event. My older sister talked, trying to be the strong one, my younger sister sat there silently and my mom just sobbed. Trying to comfort my mom, my older sister said jokingly, “Now Mom, you are only allowed to cry on his birthday and holidays, otherwise you have to keep busy and be strong.” Why do people always try to be okay when they are not? Why is it that so many times you hear comments such as “You need to get over it” and “It is not a big deal, do not worry about it?” Everyone handles situations differently and I do not think that anyone has the right to judge the importance of a matter for someone else. If you experience something that makes you want to cry every day, that is perfectly fine. I had a friend from home whose father was tragically murdered this past summer. I asked him how he was doing. He responded with “I do not know how I am supposed to feel right now.” I do not think there is a person on this planet that has any say on how he is supposed to react to a tragedy like that. I am not saying that it is ok to sit in your room and do nothing but feel sorry for yourself, but you do not always have to be strong even if it is losing a game, getting a bad grade or getting into a fight with your friends or parents. There will never be a guideline as to how anyone is supposed to feel and sometimes it is okay to not be okay.

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
The MSG Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony had a good turnout on Sunday evening. If you are doing Christmas shopping online, packages are arriving timely as of now.

The Bad
People would not stop talking during the speeches at the MSG Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Late Christmas shoppers, beware. Lines are still horrendously long at many department stores. If you drop or add a class, do not expect it to appear on your transcript for a few weeks.

Apathetic voters on both sides
By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
Does anybody know how many political debates, both Democrat and Republican there have been so far? How can one actually become excited for the upcoming Presidential election when the media consistently bombards America with candidates that do little more than rehash tired slogans? With the advent of ‘the people’ becoming more involved in American politics starting in the 1800s, a great deal of responsibility is being placed upon the populace. The future of the nation is no longer governed by the best, but the most popular, and those who can raise the greatest amounts of campaign contributions. Is this how America should be administered? Regardless of that question, it is the current trend in political life and with that we will be subjected to the ‘refulgent’ ideas of candidates in political debates in which they will be repeatedly asked the same questions. Living in a constant state of déjà vu will make most voters apathetic as they hear the positions of candidates on waterboarding at every gathering. I know I am.

The Ugly
A good portion of the Merciads were stolen last week. If you want them that badly, we will give them to you. PennDOT is already behind in keeping road conditions up to par. Icy conditions have led to many small accidents already.
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Dec. 5, 2007

OPINION
rificed their own well-being for others to live as the Americans did in freedom. American soldiers’ blood was left in Vietnam in attempt to spread freedom for others. It was American soldiers who sacrificed their well-being to ensure that Kuwait was free from invaders. And it is American soldiers who give up their lives daily to ensure others in the Middle East have the ability to live free. These men and woman of an all-volunteer force do not choose where their country sends them. As an all-volunteer force this means they must recruit to ensure that they have enough men to accomplish any mission that the American government directs them to carry out. This means that there must be educated military officers that have the leadership and the gumption to lead men into combat operations, humanitarian operations, etc. As the Army looks for military officers, what better resource than Mercyhurst College? This intuition offers its graduates a diversified education that allows them to follow the college’s mission statement. This education makes the Mercyhurst student much more appealing to the United States Army than many other colleges and universities in the nation. The mission statement of Mercyhurst College states, “liberal arts combined with an appreciation for the dignity of work and a commitment of serving others …and to exercise leadership in service towards a just world.” This is a direct reflection of what the U.S. Army teaches it future leaders. The U.S. Army officer follows a strict code of placing the mission first, the welfare of their men over themselves. An Army officer follows the seven Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Their service is toward others, to include their men, their country and their country’s allies. The contributing writer last week stated Mercyhurst needed to walk the walk and he is right. The college can do this by doing more for the ROTC program. The thought that the U.S. Army ROTC program should not be allowed at Mercyhurst is absurd. With seven Mercyhurst seniors graduating this year who will take the commission as second lieutenants in the Army, it is time the college does more for these future leaders. A classroom, storage space and increased funding are some of the few actions that can be taken. As a future Army infantry officer, I take much pride in the U.S. Army and the ROTC program. It is truly discouraging that one of our fellow student

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The Army fits the vision of Mercyhurst’s mission statement
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
Since the creation of the United States Army on July 14, 1775, men and woman of the armed forces have strived to defend the ideas of freedom and democracy. In its 200-plus years as an organization it has ensured that Americans and the values of our country will never be stripped by foreign powers. The blood, tears and sweat of our forefathers is a direct reflection on why we are the best country in the world. The U.S. Army has stood as a beacon of true professional fighting force for over a century. The U.S. Army stood against the Nazi regime as they attempted to exterminate the Jewish population and conquer Europe. American soldiers stood for world peace and sacbody members could write such a poor editorial letter about the Army advertising in the Merciad. It is because of that very advertising that you have the right to attend college not be drafted to be a part of the military. If Zeluff is so concerned with Army advertising then you should move to another country where there is no marketing, just conscription. You will then understand what it means to be a part of a liberal arts institution, wellrounded student to include military science. Some of America’s greatest leaders have served in the military who were graduates of Ivy League schools. With that said, I leave you this quote from American president John Kennedy. “A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living.”

By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
As the Information Age begins to take shape and grow exponentially it is necessary to reflect on the effects of such an age. At times, one week’s worth of information from a newspaper contains more information than someone would have been exposed to in a lifetime during the 18th century. It is hard to determine what type of views we would hold if we were free from media influence, yet it is important to consider and contemplate. Currently the modern media creates an influx of constant propaganda whether on CNN, Fox or CNBC; they all pres-

ent what should be basic news with a slanted view. The ability of stations to control the information presented to the public is an interesting possession of persuasion power. Whether placing certain candidates in front of the camera, regulating the direction of questions during a debate or allowing certain views to be expressed more than others, the news never seems balanced. Instead of hearing about the atrocities in Myanmar where monks were being persecuted for simply marching in the streets, I get to see the latest on the Britney Spears child scandal. Perhaps the populous is to blame for not demanding significant stories and giving up freedoms by choosing to accept whatever CNN presents as the

most relevant and important news. Instead of creating your individual world of information based on personal discovery, CNN can strip your individuality while you and numerous others get “Your World Today,” based on whatever CNN feels like telling you that day. Television also creates archetypes for people to follow, leading to a somewhat blind, ignorant following trying to live up to these TV idols or even worse, imposing their set TV stereotypes onto others. People may look up to the girls on “The Hills,” who get to dramatically act out their script and pass it off as reality. Luckily if you get to watch the commercials of such a show, you will be flooded by advertisements that dictate societal norms based on the products

they force down our throats. I enjoy TV as much as the next person. It primarily serves as a tool for entertainment or actual reality in the sector of sports. However I would recommend that we get out and play for an hour a day, just as Shrek recommends in order to gain some freedom from the boob tube. I don’t know how many times about how I hear how tragic it is that someone’s precious “Grey’s Anatomy” time was interrupted but it hurts my soul to hear how attached people have become to their TVs. Perhaps the time has come to free ourselves from the bond of television, if not completely, at least to reasonable autonomy where we are able to act independently, make our own decisions and set our own values.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
strate the issue of the lack of material gain often accepted by analysts in the name of making a difference. For example, one student who graduated with his Masters and joined the US Army as a Special Forces medic is making approximately $25,000 a year and spends most of his time running a free clinic in Afghanistan. Another student who joined the Francis Corps is running youth programs in Hispanic neighborhoods in Syracuse. Yet another student conducted thesis research in Malawi to determine how the expansion of a national park there would impact indigenous people. Surely these graduates are not in it for the money. The dazzling salary as a ‘constant motivation for completing the program’ is indeed untrue. Intel students have demonstrated their ability to conduct benevolent intelligence work by spending thousands of hours working on projects that service local businesses and aid organizations including the Lake Erie Region Conservancy and Free the Slaves (www. freetheslaves.net). In terms of projects for national security and law enforcement agencies, Intel students completed a project for Canadian law enforcement designed to combat endangered animal trafficking, a project for the National Intelligence Council (NIC) about the impact of globalization on human rights, and a project for the NIC examining the impact of global disease on US national interests. Many consider a career in intelligence a noble profession, and students who receive a degree in this field from Mercyhurst are not limited to national security, business and law enforcement, but rather are able to apply their knowledge to areas such as humanitarian projects, environmental intelligence, and tasks for non-profit and non-governmental organizations. Of great concern is that the author claims he has learned ‘in class each day’ the aspects of government agencies and organizations that are damaging to society, as well as the unjust, illegitimate and failed policies and practices of such agencies. Apparently the author now fears institutions which exist to provide security and safety to the public on local, state and national levels. But shouldn’t such fears be assuaged by exposing present and future intelligence analysts to a liberal arts campus environment? The Sisters of Mercy long ago committed to interacting with and serving the community. The campus cannot be cloistered thus we strive to interact with the world while maintaining Mercy heritage standards. Intel students who receive a Catholic liberal arts education provide an excellent opportunity to influence government ethics and morals. As the author questions ‘the controllers of the intelligence community,’ so do we all question authority on occasion. Are leaders of government and private industry as ethical and moral as we would hope? What better hope do we, as Mercyhurst graduates, have for influencing the judgment of such leaders than by supporting them through analysis or by one day filling their shoes? As the author leaves the audi-

Dec. 5, 2007

Resounding and empathic yes, Intel does belong at the ’Hurst
By Ryan Blackwood, Justin Boggess, Matt Boone, Mike Frost, Rachel Kesselman, Courtney Kuhn, Eliseo Lopez, Kelly Mattes, Pat Noble, Mike Olenwine, Cathy Pedler, Iwona Petruczynik, Alicia Santoliquido, Tom Szymanowski and Ian Taylor In response to Jerrod Markle’s article “Does Intel belong at a liberal arts school like the ’Hurst?” we present a collaborative submission to clarify several points. The author questions the training of well-rounded analysts at a liberal arts institution; however Mercyhurst is a comprehensive Catholic college, housing both liberal arts and professional programs best articulated by our Vision Statement: “Mercyhurst College seeks to be a leading higher educational institution that integrates excellence in the liberal arts, professional and career-path programs, and service to regional and world communities.” Selecting only the Intelligence Studies program for scrutiny is interesting as career-path programs in Education; Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management; Applied Forensic Sciences; Social Work; and a variety of pre-professional programs sit along side liberal arts programs including Political Science, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Art, and World Languages and Cultures. We laud the recognition of the benefits of a Mercyhurst education, including as mentioned ‘an exploration into unique thought, service and personal spiritual development.’ However, we strongly disagree with the thinly veiled suggestion that the educational experience in the Intel studies program is focused on material gain. Several cases of Intel graduates demonence with a question of choosing whether to end fear or spread love, let us harken back to a more fitting question in the title of the article and answer with a resounding and emphatic yes, Intel does belong at the ’Hurst. This and all other pre-professional as well as liberal arts academic programs are the pillars of a proud institution of higher education enriching the lives, minds and spirits of students in theoretical and applied studies alike. To read this letter in full, as well as other letters responding to Nov. 28’s articles ‘Does Intel belong at a liberal arts school like the ’Hurst’ and ‘Walk the talk, ’Hurst,’ visit merciad.mercyhurst.edu.

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Dec. 5, 2007

CLUB/INTRAMURAL SPORTS

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Club hockey puts heart on the ice
By Brittany Jackett Sport editor
Mercyhurst College proudly boasts of its strong Division I varsity hockey program and all of the bells and whistles that go along with a first-rate organization; but what often goes unrecognized season after season is the noteworthy and highly-competitive men’s club hockey program. The club team at Mercyhurst provides hockey players with an opportunity not afforded to all college athletes. Those selected to the team are able to continue to play the sport they love, as well as continue to develop their skills at a high collegiate level without having the same stress and intensity of the Division I varsity program. Senior captain Bobby Williams commented on the importance of club hockey. “The club program was a huge draw for me completing my years here. It has definitely been a key component to my college experience, and I wouldn’t have come if the team didn’t exist.” The Mercyhurst team participates in the American all of their games. They have sunk their hearts and soul into the program, and as senior captain Matt Warren commented, “HurstTV is great because it brings awareness to our program, which would otherwise go unnoticed.” Thanks to the help of so many people the club program has enticed students from a plethora of regions around the continent. Of the 24 team members, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Texas and California are represented, as well as three Canadian provinces; a rather impressive collection of players for a club program. Currently leading the team with 26 goals and 14 assists for a total of 40 points is Warren, which places him at fourth in the nation. Also having a notable season is freshman David Gaines, the leading rookie scorer with four goals and 15 assists for a total of 19 points. The men will continue their season playing Sunday in the Mercyhurst Ice Center at 2:45 p.m. against Robert Morris University with an upcoming home game on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. against GMHL.

Junior David Gaines looks to clear a puck during an earlier game this season at the Ice Center. Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA), which is a Division I club team league consisting of 54 teams from across the country. The team is coached by Thomas McKinnon, who has led the men to a 7-4-4 record so far this season. However McKinnon feels that the success of the team relies heavily on, not only the hard work and dedication of the players, but the volunteer support staff that he and his players are incredibly grateful to have. McKinnon explained the importance of a handful of critical men and women from general manager Bill Shannon, assistant coaches Chad Klimow, Jeremy Peterson, Tom Kitchen and senior student manager Matt Ferris to those involved in game day preparations like Joe Fink, Molly Carlson and Kerry O’Connor. “Without them the program wouldn’t run efficiently or effectively. They are just as much a part of the program as the players are,” he said. Others who have had a positive impact on the growth and development of the club program are Brian Sheridan, John Baronowski and David Stearns. These men are responsible for the newest addition to club hockey – HurstTV broadcasts

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Winter intramural season kicks off
By Scoot Williams Photographer editor
Mercyhurst College winter intramural sports kicked off this week with basketball Sunday. The fall football ended with great success with the championship game, held Nov. 7 and won by Jamie Walczak’s team, its third consecutive football championship. The ultimate Frisbee season also went extremely well during the fall, with the championship won by Ben Wells’ team. “Our participation this year is as high as it has ever been,” said the Intramural Student Assistant, senior Christine Mersch. Fall consisted of 18 teams and nearly 180 students. Co-ed volleyball and dodgeball rosters are due Dec. 14. Games will start after break.

Intramural basketball
Elliot vs. Blackburn Elliott 44 Blackburn 30 Rajokovich vs. Finn Finn 48 Rajokovich 42 Kampman vs. Denman Kampman 56 Denman 49 Dilla vs. Johnson Johnson 46 Dilla 42 Gaertner vs. Giallourakis Gaertner 36 Giallourakis 32 Hall vs. Schmidt Schmidt 43 Hall 20

The 2007 intramural flag football champions.

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Coaches vs. Flanagan Coaches 35 Flanagan 20

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Dec. 5, 2007

Remembering Jimmy V.
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
Every once in a while there is someone special who comes along and opens our eyes making us realize just how much we take life for granted. Jimmy Valvano was that type of guy. Jimmy V, as he was known by his friends and colleagues, was the head basketball coach for North Carolina State University where he won a coveted national championship in 1983. Just nine years later in June of 1992 Valvano was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was that day he began the fight of his life and vowed that someday he would have a hand at finding a cure for cancer. In April of 1993, Valvano passed away from metastatic cancer to an unknown organ of the body. “I want to help every cancer patient I can now,” stated Valvano in one of his final interviews posted on the VFoundation Web site. “I don’t know if I can handle that, but it’s the only conceivable good that can come out of this.” On one faithful night in March of 1993, Valvano declared his battle on cancer while receiving the Arthur Ashe award during the ESPYs. According to espn.com, each year a portion of the proceeds of the ESPY’s are donated to the V-Foundation. He announced that, in conjunction with ESPN, he would start the V-Foundation dedicated to cancer research. “There are 86,400 seconds in a day. It’s up to you to decide what to do with them,” according to Jamie Valvano Howard, on what Valvano once said. He followed his own motto

Pittsburgh Steelers look to steal New England’s reign
By Andrew Kavulich Contributing writer
Yins Pittsburgh Steelers fans better be hoping that everyone from the ball boy to the head coach of the Steelers watched the Baltimore Ravens beat the New England Patriots on Monday night. Baltimore did everything right to beat the Patriots on Monday, except they did not win the game. In a way, Steelers fans should be grateful that the referees gave New England four chances to win the game. A game that should have been over with 55 seconds left on the clock and New England quarterback Tom Brady being stuffed at the line of scrimmage, for no gain. They should be grateful because now they have the chance to prove that they are worthy of being a top team in the AFC. To make up for the loss to the New York Jets (3-9) and the awful 3-0 win against the winless Miami Dolphins (0-12), they get a chance to do what 12 other teams have tried to do before them: beat the New England Patriots. The Steelers, who are sitting at the top of the AFC North with a two-game lead over the Cleveland Browns, will have to beat the undefeated Patriots in New England. New England, which is 12-0, has had two close scares in the past two weeks playing teams with losing records, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Pittsburgh (93) looks to be the toughest challenge for the Patriots since the showdown in Week 9 with the then-undefeated Indianapolis Colts. For the Steelers to achieve victory they must rely on their defense, which is ranked No. 1 in every defensive category in the NFL, to stifle the No. 1 offense. Pittsburgh, which is notorious for its blitz schemes, must do just that, and do it often. Pittsburgh also must look to the run to establish the newly found weakness in the Patriots’ defense. In the previous week against Philadelphia, outside linebacker for the Patriots Rosevelt Colvin’s season came to an end, forcing New England to change its defensive scheme to match up with the Ravens. They went from their usual 3-4 defense to a 4-3, and Baltimore pounded the ball up the middle for over 140 yards of rushing offense. Pittsburgh must get running back Willie Parker past New England’s front four, and into the secondary to use his speed to make big plays. As far as Ben Roethlisberger’s role on Sunday, all he needs to do is move the chains. The closest thing New England has come to defending a mobile quarterback this year was against Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys. Look for Roethlisberger to use his feet rather than his arm to keep the chains moving. As for the Patriots, they are trying to do what only one other team has done in the NFL. The 1972 Miami Dolphins went 170, ending with a Super Bowl victory. In this era, if the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl while going undefeated they will be 19-0 and stand alone as the best team ever to play the game. The Patriots face the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants in the final weeks. Two of the three have losing records, and the Giants at 8-4 just lost their running back.

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Coach Jimmy Valvanlo celebrating his 1983 national basketball championship. as he spent every second of his final days dedicated to raising money for the foundation. Valvano was a wonderful coach, person, husband and father who inspired millions of people throughout the world. He cared deeply for those closely affected by cancer and did everything in his power in those last few days to ensure that the V-Foundation would continue on after his death. One quote that he said on that faithful night in March, which has inspired many people stated, “To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. “But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special,” he said. Millions of people in the US are diagnosed or affected by cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 1,500 people are expected to die of cancer every day in the United States, meaning 1 out of every 4 people will not survive. If you would like to help those affected by cancer and fight the battle call 1-800-4JIMMYV or log onto www.jimmyv.org/help/ givingtoday.cfm. Every dollar donated goes directly toward cancer research, finding a cure and fulfilling Jimmy Valvano’s life long dream.

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Women’s basketball falls in GLIAC competition
By Rhonda Marable Staff writer
Mercyhurst College women’s basketball suffered a loss in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) opener to Michigan Tech 71-59 Thursday and fell short against Northern Michigan on Saturday 76-69. The women now suffer from a six-game losing streak with an overall record of 1-6 and 0-2 in the GLIAC. Against the Michigan Tech Huskies the Lakers began the game with several key plays. Sophomore guard Paris Pugliese scored three, three-pointers in the first four minutes of play and sophomore transfer Stevie Spetosky added another two to take an early 15-4 lead. At the half the Lakers led the Huskies 33-31. The second half, however, marked a comeback from the Huskies, who outscored the Lakers 40-26 to win the game. Spetosky scored a season high 22 points with Pugliese behind her with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists. All-GLIAC South Player of the Week freshman Amy Achesinski completed her third double-double game, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. During the game the Lakers managed to capitalize on one second chance shot versus the Huskies 17 and were outscored in bench points 19-5. The Lakers also missed out on any fast break opportunities compared to Tech’s eight. Saturday the Lakers played an exciting game against the Wildcats of Northern Michigan. The Wildcats took a small, early lead in the first half 35-28 and never lost the advantage. The Lakers pushed a strong comeback in the second half, matching Northern Michigan with 41 points. Achesinski added 20 of her career high 29 points in the second half. Junior Stephanie Prischak followed with 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Three other standouts played solid games, scoring points and tallying assists as well as rebounds for the Laker effort. Pugliese, Spetosky and freshman Samantha Loadman scored seven baskets for a total of 17 points, eight from Pugliese, six by Loadman and Spetosky scoring four. Each player had four rebounds and Loadman had four assists, with Spetosky and Pugliese adding three and two, respectively. The Lakers outscored the Wildcats on second chance points 14-11 and turnover points 21-18. Both teams scored 36 points inside the paint but the most devastating advantage the Wildcats had over the Lakers were the 31 points off the bench. The Lakers only managed four points from players off the bench. “We are just really excited to be playing a lot of PSAC teams this season,” said Prischak. “We are definitely excited to switch conferences next year and its really helpful for our young team to get the chance to play some of these schools before next year. “We are getting more experience playing together every game,” she said. “We are definitely starting to come together and play more cohesively. Head coach Deanna Richard and the women look to improve their record and come out of their slump for Wednesday’s game against Edinboro University. The Lakers are set to play the Fighting Scots at 6 p.m. in the MAC.

Men’s b-ball gets 500th win
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
On Saturday afternoon, Mercyhurst welcomed GLIAC opponent Northern Michigan to the MAC. The Lakers, seeking their 500th victory in program history, were able to hold off NMU 63-55, evening out their GLIAC record at 11. Mercyhurst earned the 500th program win milestone by shooting 48.9 percent from the floor. “It was great for the team to get their first GLIAC win,” said head coach Gary Manchel. “We hope the team continues to gel with each game and the young continue to keep getting better.” The first half saw six lead changes and four ties. It was not until the second half when Mercyhurst was able to take the lead for good. With 1:03 remaining in the first half, Terry Smith threw up a 3-pointer that gave the Lakers the edge, 31-30. This sparked a huge run by the squad. In the final seconds of the half, senior T.J. Mathis drew a two-shot foul, and the Northern Michigan bench was hit with a technical foul, giving the Lakers four free throws. Junior Brian McTear sank all four shots, and, as a result Mercyhurst led 35-30 going into the half. During the second half, backto-back jumpers by Northern Michigan gave the visitors a 4239 lead. Smith cashed in another 3-pointer to retake the lead at 4442 with 9:56 left. Darren Jones retied the game for Northern Michigan, but Mathis and Ronnie Williams came up with big shots, once again taking the lead. From there, Mercyhurst hit nine of its final 10 shots from the floor, four of which were 3pointers. Smith provided a steal that led to a two-hand slam with

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Junior Brian McTear goes up for a lay-up during Saturday’s game against Northern Michigan. just under two minutes, finally putting away Smith, honored before the game for scoring 1,000 career points, dropped a game-high 20 points. TJ Mathis (15 points), McTear (10 points) and Smith(33 pointers) all made impressive offensive contributions to the win. Cory Tubo, one game after his career high 15-point performance, pulled down a career high seven rebounds in the contest. Already seven games into the season, the Lakers seem to be mixing up their line-up, as Manchel has several key veterans and an abundance of newcomers to choose from. Smith, Mathis, Tubo and McTear are all providing excellent play as well as valuable leadership. McTear has proven to be an explosive offensive force, finishing in double digits six out of the seven contests and averaging 12.3 points per game. Freshmen Iddo Cochen and Miles Bogetic are off to fantastic starts in their collegiate careers. Cochen, hailing from Israel, has started six of the last games, while Bogetic, a Montenegro native, has had several doubledoubles. “This years team is younger and more inexperienced than last years team, but they work extremely hard at practice each and every day,” said Manchel. The Lakers will be back in action tonight when they host Edinboro at the MAC. Tonight’s match-up is a preview of what is expected to be a future PSAC rivalry between the two programs. Last year, Edinboro won the contest 63-57. This weekend, Mercyhurst will enter its third GLIAC match-up when they travel to Michigan to face Lake Superior State. The Lakers hosted LSS last year and won the game by a slim margin, 66-62.

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followed by a major decision by Andy Lamancusa, Division II’s No. 4 ranked wrestler at 157. “Being ranked third in the country motivates me to work harder to be able to beat the two guys ranked above me. It’s great to be ranked on paper this highly but it ultimately comes down to wrestling. It’s a long season and I don’t really take too much emphasis on national rankings,” said Cummings. After a Hudson Harrison decision at 165, Josh Shields recorded the biggest upset of the night when he defeated the No. 2-ranked wrestler at 174, Chris Gibbs 4-3. Shields’ impressive performance was followed by a Bryan Wolff fall at 184, a decision by Trevor Gallo at 197 and a Nathan Sharp fall at heavyweight, sealing the 31-9 victory for the Lakers. The fall by Cummings was his third of the season, while Wolff notched his second and Sharp registered his first fall of his career. The decisive victory over the Hilltoppers put the Lakers on the right track heading into

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Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Women’s ice hockey……………………........……………………Dec. 1, W 4-1, Niagara Dec. 2, W 6-4, Niagara Men’s hockey………………………..………………………………..Nov. 30, L 4-0, Canisius Dec. 1, W 5-2, Canisius Men’s basketball……………………………………….Nov. 30, L 69-62, Michigan Tech Dec. 2, L 67-45, Northern Michigan Women’s basketball………………..………………..Nov. 29, L 71-59, Michigan Tech Dec. 1, L 74-63, Northern Michigan Wresting………………………………………………Nov. 29, W 31-9, West Liberty State Dec. 1, 1st of 9 teams, Simonson Invitational

Wrestling continues its explicit start
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College wrestling team looked for its first dual match victory of the season and found it with a rout of West Liberty State 31-9, giving head coach Mike Wehler his first win as a Laker. Not only was it special for Wehler to earn his first victory but it came against West Liberty State, where he spent the last three seasons as head coach. Mercyhurst was trailing the Hilltoppers 9-0 after the first three matches but stormed back winning the final seven bouts, which gave the Lakers a convincing win. Even though the Lakers dropped the first three bouts they were competitive against top-ranked wrestlers in the country. Don Cummings, who is ranked No. 3 in Division II, started Mercyhurst’s rout of West Liberty State with a fall at 149 pounds. Cummings was the Simonson Invitational (SI). Mercyhurst earned its second tournament victory this season, as they dominated the SI on the performance of five Lakers who took first place and two others that placed second. The other tournament victory was the National Catholic Invitational on Nov. 10. At 125, Payne Lint earned his first tournament victory since the 2007 NCAA Division II East Regional. The Lakers had two competitors at 149 until Cummings defaulted out of the tournament due to injury. However Brian Pogel had an impressive performance and placed first for the Lakers. Shields used the momentum he gained from defeating the nation’s No. 2 wrestler and won the 174-pound bracket. Harrison and Kenny Bluska also chipped in for the Lakers, with individual titles at 165 and heavyweight. Mercyhurst’s runner-ups were Gallo and Wolff. The Lakers got two top-four place finishes from Braxdon Scaletta and Lamancusa.

Shields/Achesinski athletes of the week
Redshirt freshman of the wrestling team Josh Shields has been named athlete of the week after he astonished West Liberty State’s Chris Gibbs, the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the country at 174-pounds, helping the Lakers to a 31-9 win over the Hilltoppers this past week. Shields then continued his dominance by winning the 174-pound championship at Ashland’s Simonson Invitational on Saturday, the first tournament championship he has won in his career. Freshman women’s basketball player Amy Achesinski had a pair of 20-point games and a double-double in three games this week. She was the reigning GLIAC South Player of the Week, as she scored a career-high 29 points on 12-of-18 shooting against Northern Michigan on Saturday. She added 22 points against Slippery Rock and 10 points and 10 rebounds in a conference game against Michigan Tech. Currently, she ranks second in the GLIAC in scoring and fourth in rebounding.

Wrestling named team of the week
The Mercyhurst wrestling team has been named team of the week by defeating West Liberty State 31-9 Thursday and finished first in Ashland’s Simonson Invitational Saturday. Trailing 9-0, the Lakers swept the final seven matches, including a stunning upset at 174 pounds, defeating the No. 2-ranked wrestler in the country. During its first place finish at Ashland, Mercyhurst had five weight-class champions, two runner-ups and four more who placed in the top six at the nine-team tournament.

Women’s hockey sweeps up three CHA awards
College Hockey America recognized three Mercyhurst women’s hockey players with weekly awards: sophomore Meghan Agosta Offensive Player of the Week, senior net minder Laura Hosier Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Jesse Scanzano Rookie of the Week. Agosta was recognized as she contributed seven points, scoring four goals and assisting on three others this weekend. Hosier was named as a player of the week after making 47 of 48 potential saves and Scanzano received the award because she had a pair of 3-point games, tallying a goal and five assists on Saturday and Sunday.

Otters hope for success with $5 college ID Fridays
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
The Erie Otters may have to find a new marketing technique because their most recent gimmick, $5 College ID Fridays, is not as popular as they had hoped. Starting with this past Friday’s home game, the Otters offered $5 tickets to college students with their IDs for their Friday home games during the remainder of the season. Tickets are usually $13.50, and a lot of students, even hockey fans, tend to find that price a little steep to see the Otters, the lowest ranked team in the Midwest division of the Canadian Hockey League. The Erie Otters’ staff is hoping that by lowering prices, they will be able to bring in a larger crowd. “Five dollars is worth it for the fights,” said sophomore Katie Porter. “That’s all the Otters are good for.” But even the fights are not enough to entice most Mercyhurst College students. “Five bucks for a team that isn’t exactly number one in the nation?” said sophomore Matthew Visco. “No thanks; it isn’t worth it.” With champion hockey teams playing right here on campus for free, many students just do not feel the need to go elsewhere, since the Lakers play better. The Otters’ luck may be changing. They ended their recent four-game losing streak with a win against the Guelph Storms Saturday with a score of 5-4, in front of 3,145 at Tullio Arena. The Otters’ next game is Friday at home versus the Sarnia Stings at 7:30 p.m. In addition to it being College ID Friday, the first 1,000 fans to arrive at the game will receive a free appetizer card courtesy of TGI Fridays. These discount tickets can be purchased at the Civic Center Box Office at Tullio Arena or by calling the office at 452-4857.

USCHO.com Poll moves women’s hockey up to 6th this week
Team (First place votes) 1. New Hampshire (12) 2. Harvard (3) 3. Minnesota Duluth 4. St. Lawrence 5. Minnesota 6. Mercyhurst 7. Wisconsin 8. Dartmouth 9. Boston College 10. Connecticut Record 15-2-0 9-0-0 12-3-1 11-3-0 11-4-1 12-2-2 10-6-2 9-2-1 7-3-3 11-3-1 Pts 147 134 123 101 80 72 66 50 26 16 Last Week 1 2 3 5 6 7 4 8 10 9

Women’s hockey hosts No. 1 New Hampshire this weekend
Women’s hockey will host No. 1 New Hampshire this Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

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Men’s hockey picks up first home win
By Chris Davis Sports editor
There are usually several times during any team’s season when success and failure is seen. The same is applied to streaks, both winning and losing, and also accomplishments. The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team has been familiar with losing at home as they started the season winless during its first four home games at the Mercyhurst Ice Center (MIC) before picking up a 52 victory Saturday to end its winless streak. They also ended a four-game overall winless streak, in which three of the four games went into overtime and came down to the wire. After the Lakers traveled to conference rival Canisius College Friday and fell 4-0, Mercyhurst would then make the trip home for a one-game battle in the MIC where they ended their streaks. The Lakers’ win also marked an accomplishment for head coach Rick Gotkin, as he recorded his 350th career victory. “We needed the win,” said junior net minder Matt Lundin. “It’s huge in the standings to come back from a 4-0 loss.” Friday’s game started off with a great defensive battle throughout the first and second period. During the first period, Mercyhurst out shot Canisius 9-8, but the game stayed scoreless. In the second period even though the Lakers were out shot 16-8, Canisius would not score until the final minute, giving them a 1-0 lead heading into the second intermission. In the third period the Golden Griffens ended any Laker hopes by scoring three, third period goals, and finished with a 4-0 victory. “Coach said it best by saying ‘have a moral victory,’” said senior forward Kerry Bowman heading into Saturday’s game. Bowman was a difference maker in Saturday’s game with a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as the Lakers continued their fight for a conference title. The Lakers took a 3-0 lead before Canisius broke the shutout by scoring with under a minute remaining in the second period. Freshman Dan Bremmer started the scoring for the Lakers, ripping a shot top-shelf to give the Lakers the first lead. Bowman would then score two consecutive goals, with one of them coming short-handed to build Mercyhurst’s lead to 3-0. The Lakers would then answer Canisius’ scoring when freshman Mike Gurtler found the back of the net to make it 4-1. After the Golden Griffens scored to cut the lead to 4-2, Mercyhurst would add an opennet goal to wrap up the victory. “We were able to get our pride back with the win,” Bowman said. “It’s going to be a battle every single night.”

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Men’s hockey will look to continue its success as they host American International Dec. 14 and 15.

Women’s hockey looks forward to playing No. 1 team in the nation
By Kyle Craig Staff Writer
Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team continued their winning ways this weekend against Niagara University. They extended their winning streak to four games after a dominant 6-1 win on Friday and blanking the Purple Eagles 5-0 on Saturday. The Lakers improve their record to 12-2-2 and move up to a number six ranking in the national standings behind Minnesota Duluth. Niagara scored the first goal on Friday, but, Mercyhurst never looked back scoring the next eleven goals over the two games against the Purple Eagles. Saturday proved to be no different as it took just 2:19 into the game to move ahead for good. Meghan Agosta had a huge weekend with her second career hat trick and four goals on the weekend. The four goals gives Agosta nineteen goals on the season, as she leads the team in every category including assists with 14. In addition Agosta extends her scoring streak to 10 games and will look to continue her streak against New Hampshire. Freshman Jesse Scanzano also had a monumental weekend with a goal and five assists to help push the Lady Lakers in their sweep. Senior goalie Laura Hosier led the defensive attack for Mercyhurst with her 61st career victory and her 18th shutout putting her firmly into second place all-time in both categories behind Desirae Clark (63 and 24). “I am not feeling any pressure. Individual achievements are great, but ultimately all I want is an NCAA championship,” said Hosier. “Winning and getting shutouts will help us as a team to reach that goal, and of course I’d love to leave my mark on this great program, but to be honest I haven’t really thought much about my numbers,” she said. Finally senior Valerie Chouinard and freshman Vicki Bendus helped propel Mercyhurst with a goal and three assists each on the weekend. Agosta, Hosier and Scanzano all received the weekly awards from the CHA (College Hockey America). Agosta received offensive player of the week while Hosier pulled in defensive player of the week. Scanzano was also honored, receiving the Rookie of the week award. The Lakers will take on No. 1-ranked New Hampshire this weekend at home. New Hampshire is 15-2-0 and is riding a six-game winning streak into Mercyhurst and the Lakers will look to knock them off of their top spot. Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. and the Saturday game begins at 3 p.m. “We’ve been gradually coming together on and off the ice, but it’s been a slow process. This past weekend against Niagara was a huge step for us as far as pulling together as a team and getting the results we want,” said Hosier. “We know that this is no time to sit back and congratulate ourselves and we are working at riding the wave of momentum we’ve created over the past two weekends and staying focused on our upcoming games against UNH.”

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