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Jan. 16, 2008

Election 2008: From the candidates
While the Presidential Election is many months away, primaries and caucuses have already begun to shape the race and decide our presidential candidates. The Merciad thinks it’s important for students to stay interested and informed. For this reason, we will be providing you with presidential race updates and political news. Featured this week, are two front runners from each party. Here are their views on a few issues that stand out in the forefront of American voters. The information provided below is from the candidates’ own Web sites.


“Courageous “Ready to Lead.” Service, Experienced Leadership Bold Solutions.”
Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is a Democratic frontrunner in the 2008 Presidential race.


Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a Republican frontrunner in the 2008 Presidential race.

Sen. John McCain
War in Iraq
A greater military commitment now is necessary if we are to achieve long-term success in Iraq. More troops are needed to clear and hold insurgent strongholds; to provide security for rebuilding local institutions and economies; to halt sectarian violence in Baghdad and disarm Sunni and Shia militias; to dismantle al Qaeda; to train the Iraqi Army; and to embed American personnel in Iraqi police units. Accomplishing each of these goals will require more troops and is a crucial prerequisite for needed economic and political development in the country. America’s ultimate strategy is to give Iraqis the capabilities to govern and secure their own country.

Sen. Hillary Clinton
War in Iraq
“We have heard for years now that as the Iraqis stand up, our troops will stand down. Every year, we hear about how next year they may start coming home. Now we are hearing a new version of that yet again from the president as he has more troops in Iraq than ever and the Iraqi government is more fractured and ineffective than ever. Well, the right strategy before the surge and post-escalation is the same: start bringing home America’s troops now.”

Environmental Concerns
Ensuring clean air, safe and healthy water, sustainable land use, ample greenspace - and the faithful care and management of our natural treasures, including our proud National Park System - is a patriotic responsibility. One that must be met not only for the benefit of our generation, but for our children and those to whom we will pass the American legacy.

Environmental Concerns Centered on a cap and trade system for carbon emissions, stronger energy and auto efficiency standards and a significant increase in green research funding, Hillary’s plan will reduce America’s reliance on foreign oil and address the looming climate crisis. Veteran Healthcare
As president, she will honor three fundamental commitments: First, every member of our armed forces will receive a fair shot at the American dream when their service is over. Second, every veteran in America will have health care. Third, every veteran will receive the benefits they have earned and the assistance they need - right from the start. As president, she will honor three fundamental commitments: First, every member of our armed forces will receive a fair shot at the American dream when their service is over. Second, every veteran in America will have health care. Third, every veteran will receive the benefits they have earned and the assistance they need - right from the start.

Veteran Healthcare
John McCain believes that all military retirees, even if they are not eligible for VA health care, should be provided with meaningful access to health care. The federal government should ease the burden of health care costs on those people who have dedicated their careers to protecting our freedom. He has supported allowing military retirees to remain eligible for CHAMPUS or TRICARE military health care programs even when they reach the age of 65 and are eligible for Medicare. He has also consistently supported efforts to give military retirees tax breaks to help pay health insurance premiums, and he has opposed placing user fees on militar y retirees for using military medical facilities.

Jan. 16, 2008



Stress eating could make you fat
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
Stressed and starving? Think twice before bingeing. According to the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, recent research shows that excess weight and obesity are associated with emotion and stress-related eating. Many risk factors for becoming overweight have been identified, but this is one risk factor that is especially applicable to college students. The obesity problem in America is a hot topic in the media, but prevention, or a realistic, easy-to-achieve cure, has not been discussed as much. Senior Lisa Lanza said stress eating is a common problem with college students and identifies with it herself. “I personally find that I eat more than I should if I am stressed and emotional,” Lanza said. “What you eat is all about self-control, and that is easy to lose when you are under a lot of stress.” Lanza said she believes that if students learned to cope with their emotions better, they would not turn to food as often. “I think that if you keep things in and refrain from expressing your emotions, you might turn to food,” she said. “All of the changes, like new people and a new environment, can contribute to stress eating and the freshman fifteen.” Senior Vanessa Diaz agrees with Lanza and the findings of the study. “I feel that when you’re stressed, you feel that you don’t have much control of things,” Diaz said. “When it comes to eating, it’s the one thing you have control over. When you’re under stress you don’t have the time or energy to please yourself, and it just doesn’t feel good to be stressed.” Diaz said she thinks negative emotions can culminate in a person and cause him or her to take drastic measures to feel happiness, even if it brings negative consequences in the end. “Food feels good, and you have control of it,” Diaz said. “It might make a person feel better if they can eat at a time when they are feeling out of control.” Lanza said that she thinks it is not always possible to cope in other ways, so if the munchies attack, a stock of healthy foods are better to turn to than unhealthy foods. “My advice would be to try not to keep things in, but sometimes you just can’t help it,” she said. “Try to buy healthy snacks like fresh fruit or granola bars to keep around. You could try to drink water instead of eating also.” Diaz’s and Lanza’s advice correlates with the solutions proposed by the researchers in the article. T he researchers sug gest behavioral interventions instead of overeating. Behavioral interventions to cope with stress can include cognitive restructuring, stress management techniques, self-monitoring and social support. Mercyhurst College students have their friends, Resident Assistants, professors and the Health Center as resources to help them learn how to eat more healthy.

MySpace installs new Internet security
By Clare Trapasso Associated Press
Under mounting pressure from law enforcement and parents, MySpace agreed Monday to take steps to protect youngsters from online sexual predators and bullies, including searching for ways to better verify users’ ages. The hugely popular online hangout will create a task force of industry professionals to improve the safety of users, and other social-networking sites will be invited to participate. “We must keep telling children that they’re not just typing into a computer. They’re sharing themselves with the world,” said North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper. The deal comes as sites such as MySpace and Facebook have grown exponentially in recent years, with teenagers making up a large part of their membership. This has created a new potential venue for sexual predators who lie about their age to lure young victims and for cyber bullies who send threatening and anonymous messages. The only state not joining the agreement was Texas, where the attorney general said he cannot support the effort unless MySpace takes action to verify users’ ages. “We do not believe that — or any other social-networking site — can adequately protect minors” without an age-verification system, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said. “We are concerned that our signing the joint statement would be misperceived as an endorsement of the inadequate safety measures.” Parry Aftab, executive director of, a children’s Internet safety group, said the agreement was a good first step but could have unforeseen consequences. “There’s no system that will work for age verification without putting kids at risk,” she said. “Age verification requires that you have a database of kids and if you do, that database is available to hackers and anyone who can get into it.” On Monday, prosecutors in Queens announced that two girls younger than 15 were lured via MySpace to the home of a couple who allegedly plied them with alcohol, engaged them in group sex and took them to a strip club where the girls danced on stage. A 15-year-old girl from Texas was allegedly lured to a meeting, drugged and assaulted in 2006 by an adult MySpace user. And a 13-year-old girl in Missouri hanged herself in 2006 after receiving mean messages on MySpace she thought came from another teen that actually were sent as a hoax. Investigators have grown increasingly interested in the sites in their search for sexual offenders. New York investigators said they set up Facebook profiles last year as 12- to 14-year olds and were quickly contacted by users looking for sex. Over the last two years, MySpace said it has implemented over 100 safety and security innovations, including using new technology to identify and remove registered sex offenders from the site and pushing for tougher laws in this area. The company also said that it hopes other sites follow its lead in pushing for tougher standards. Facebook said it welcomed the increased vigilance. “We are happy to work further with the states to develop and deploy strategies to protect kids online,” the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said in a statement. Under the agreement, profiles for users under age 16 will be set to private so no strangers can get information from their profile, users can block anyone over 18 from contacting them, and people over 18 cannot add anyone under 16 as a friend in their network unless they have their last name or their e-mail address. Anthony Apreda, a 12-yearold from Teaneck, N.J., said he lied about his age to create a MySpace account two years ago. He said he was 18, and noted that other kids frequently do the same thing. “You just put an age and a date and you just put it on there,” the sixth-grader said. MySpace said it is creating a database where parents can submit children’s e-mail addresses to prevent their children from setting up profiles. “The concept is this: We want to empower parents to be able to tell companies like ours that they don’t want their kids on our sites,” Nigam said. The multistate investigation of the sites — announced last year — was aimed at putting together measures to protect minors and remove pornographic material, but lawsuits were still possible, officials said.



Jan. 16, 2008

Ovens: Self-cleaning or self-destructing?
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Over winter break, 155 stateof-the-art ovens were installed in the residence buildings along Briggs and Lewis avenues. According to Director of Housing and Maintenance Tyrone Moore, these installations concluded the updates of kitchen appliances in the residence buildings which began several years ago. However, when students returned from break to find their new ovens, the instructions to self-clean the appliances resulted in smoke detectors ringing and horrible odors filling apartments. So, just how safe are the new ovens? Moore said that students simply need to follow the instructions issued with the appliances and there will be no issues. “If students don’t want to read and follow the simple instructions they just need to call our office and we would be more than happy to send someone over to take care of it,” said Moore. Mercyhurst College Fire and Safety Inspector Rick Sadlier agreed with Moore. Sadlier said that following the manufacturers’ instructions properly should prevent problems from arising. “From a fire and safety perspective, as long as students use their heads and follow the instructions there shouldn’t be any problems,” said Sadlier. Sadlier explained that when an oven self-cleans, the cooking chamber, which typically only heats to 500 degrees, heats to 800 degrees or more.

Gift success?
By Elizabeth Maier Staff writer
Students and faculty warmly responded to the Senior Class gift of a 24-hour lounge and café. The convenience of being open 24 hours seems very appealing to most students. Junior Tim Watts said, “I don’t use the library much because it closes at 2 a.m., but I think that when (the lounge) opens I will use it often since I study late into the night.” Sophomore Sara Norris agreed saying, “I would definitely use the lounge because I get annoyed at how all the buildings on campus are closed at night.” Senior Jeff Lewis is pleased with his class’ choice for a gift. “I think it’s a good idea because there isn’t anywhere on campus that is open 24 hours for students,” said Lewis. “It’s great and I know that the students will take full advantage of it.” Some concerns have alsobeen expressed by students and faulty. It has been speculated that students will take advantage of it through vandalism or use it primarily as a refuge when intoxicated. Senior Gift Steering Committee member, Deanna Fletcher said a student ID card swipe system will be set up so if the lounge is vandalized police and safety can identify which students were using the lounge at that time. WMCE disc jockey and Communications department adjunct Michael Leal said if students utilize it properly, it would be a great atmosphere for late night studying and group meetings. Education professor Dr. Ruth Auld agreed. “It looks very useful; something that means a lot to the students. I like it because it will give students a more adult-like atmosphere,” Auld said. The lounge and café will be beneficial for work study students because Café Diem’s hours may be extended as well, said Fletcher Coffee and comfort is an important combination to freshmen Michelle Schmitz. “Back at home I would always study at Caribou Coffee with my friends because it is a comfortable setting, so I think I will definitely use it,” she said. The academic school who donates the most will win a catered dinner with Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble at the end of the year. “Instead of being scared of the future, it is actually something exciting to look forward to seeing completed,” said Fletcher.

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Self-cleaning ovens, such as the one pictured above, are blamed for setting off fire alarms in apartments.

The latch lever found in the front of the appliance should lock, preventing someone from opening the chamber during the process. Sadlier said that if the chamber is opened during cleaning, smoke could seep out and cause smoke detectors to be set-off. Senior Kyle Scully explained that he and his roommates do not like to clean their ovens by hand. “Instead of cleaning up the spill by hand, we just chose to self-clean the oven,” said Scully. “Self-cleaning spills definitely burns things, like oil, from a turkey for example.” Scully’s roommate, senior Brian Folland, said he watched maintenance workers who responded to the fire alarm, open the oven and have a large,

dark plume of smoke billow out. “We were kind of embarrassed that the guy had to come over for something like that,” said Folland. “Especially when we had to explain that we were just trying to make a turkey dinner.” Sadlier recommends that students should just exercise caution when using appliances such as ovens at any point in time. “These situations are likely to take place at any point in time,” he said. “There is no way for us to completely avoid them so students should just remember to follow instructions, keep combustibles away from the appliance and just be careful. Careless cooking is the number one cause of fires in the nation.”

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Jan. 16, 2008



laker briefs
Kaplan classroom prep courses for the Medical College Admissions Tests (MCAT) and the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) will be offered at Penn State Behrend this month. The MCAT course begins Thursday, Jan.17; the LSAT, Wednesday, Jan. 30.

MCAT, LSAT Prep Courses offered

Balanced eating
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
Many college students face words like “organic,” “local” and “vegetarian” at supermarkets when grocery shopping. Others might face the words at the Mercyhurst College bookstore coffee shop, food labels at the Laker Inn or on the television when a food advertisement cuts between programs. Connotations of health, wellness and an appreciation for bodily and environmental health embody these three words, but many consumers have little understanding of what they actually mean. Many times organic food is only available at higher prices, leading many consumers to conclude that eating healthy foods may be impossible to afford on a college student’s budget. Sophomore Jenny Bishop chooses not to buy organic because of the price. “I think organic fruits and vegetables are too expensive,” she said. “If I could buy them, I would, and I know that I will buy them when I’m older and have more money.” Bishop believes she can eat healthy without organic foods, but that organic foods are superior to nonorganic foods. She defined organic foods as those that do not have chemicals or pesticides on them. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, organic non-meat products are those produced by farmers that use renewable resources, conserve soil and water and refrain from using most conventional pesticides. Organic meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products come from animals that receive no antibiotics or growth hormones. Sophomore Ashley Gammiere did not know how to clearly define organic foods. She said she believes a healthy diet is necessary to have a healthy body, which is important to her for playing soccer. “When we go to the grocery store, we don’t think about foods being organic,” she said about herself and her roommates. “We try to get the healthier stuff, but we get some junk food too. Mostly the healthy stuff consists of fruits, vegetables and boneless, skinless chicken.” Neither Gammiere or Bishop concern themselves with buying local foods, but a movement toward buying local foods has emerged in recent years. Local foods are beneficial for the environment because less fuel is required to transport foods, and consumers can support their local farming economy directly through purchases. In addition, food may make its way from the farm to the plate more quickly if purchased locally, which could mean that more nutrients are retained. Another concept misunderstood by many college students is vegetarianism. Many consumers believe that a vegetarian diet lacks necessary nutrients, or that

The Marion Shane Multicultural Center and the Office of the Student Union and Student Activities at Mercyhurst College have announced the activities and events slated in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For more information visit

MLK Observance

Adult and Grad Open House

The Office of Adult and Graduate Programs at Mercyhurst College will host an Open House on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 4-7 p.m., at the Catherine McAuley Adult Education Center, 511 E. 34th Street (in the former Saints Peter and Paul School).

Police Training

The Municipal Police Training Academy at Mercyhurst North East will host an orientation for persons interested in the program on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 2-4 p.m., and Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6-8 p.m., both at the Michele and Tom Ridge Health and Safety Building.

Students will no longer be e-mailed their registration times. Each student’s time can be found in WebAdvisor under the miscellaneous category. This new feature also enables students to see if they have financial holds on their account, which could prevent students from registering.

Registration times

the diet is expensive and restrictive. Vegetarianism is the practice of restricting meat and meat products from the diet. Some vegetarians, called lactovegetarians, consume milk. Some, called ovo-vegetarians, consume eggs, and some, called pescovegetarians, include seafood in their diets. Sophomore Lindsay Schofield is a lifetime lacto-vegetarian. She chooses not to eat meat because she does not like the thought of eating animals. “I think that when people hear the word vegetarian, they think that I am upset with the way that meat is processed, but I don’t eat meat because I don’t prefer it,” said Schofield. “There are animals that some people keep as pets, but others that people eat; I see all animals as animals and not as food.” “Mostly people ask me about where I get nutrients, but they’re respectful about it,” she said. Schofiels believes that both a vegetarian diet and a diet that includes meat have the potential of being healthy or unhealthy. The only healthy diet is one that balances foods from all food groups with moderation and variety.

The new minor added to Mercyhurst College is launching its first introductory class this spring. The Sustainability Studies class focuses on environmental issues and attempts to tackle problems from a science, business, history and philosophy perspective. The four credit course and is listed under the Interdisciplinary Studies section in the Academic Schedule for spring term 2008.

First Green Minor Class Offered

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Focus the Nation



Jan. 16, 2008

Learn to educate ‘Stuff the bus’
By Julie Hranica Contributing writer
Kappa Delta Pi, the Education Honor society, will be hosting their annual Teaching and Learning Expo at Mercyhurst College. The third annual Teaching and Learning Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Hirt building on Jan. 19. The expo costs $5 and is open to all majors. The event will feature three sessions, followed by a catered lunch. A panel discussion with the presenters will end the day and allow students to ask any questions that were not addressed during the day. The expo provides a great opportunity for students to learn about education, with workshops such as “How to Survive with a Limited Budget: Ideas for Resourceful and Creative Teaching” and “Creative Classroom Management for the Elementary Grades.” Students can also select workshops that prepare them for interviewing, such as “Maximizing Your Job Interview” and “Building a Phenomenal Resume.” Students can also select workshops that pertain to science in the classroom, teaching writing at a secondary level, early childhood education, special education and technology. Sophomore Nadine Beres said this is the first year that she will attend the Teaching and Learning Expo. She looks forward to the opportunity to learn more about techniques and technologies in education. Adviser for Kappa Delta Pi Dr. Ruth Auld said the purpose of the expo is to target needs that are rising within the educational community that

By Amy Zielinski News editor
The AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Children and Youth of North West Pennsylvania will host the second annual “Stuff the Bus.” The event, on Jan. 19, will help nonprofit organizations in Erie and Crawford County by providing necessary items including toiletries, pencils, office supplies, food, etc. Nearly 80 nonprofit organizations submitted a wishlist of supplies they need. These wishlists will be handed out to the public as they enter Wal-Mart, 1900 Keystone Drive, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. AmeriCorps VISTA is working with the Erie Metropolitan Transit Authority (EMTA), Hubbard Bus Service, Northwest School Bus Service, Wal-Mart and the Meadville Tribune as well as colleges and universities to complete this project. The public will be asked to donate any supplies on the list. If they do not want to buy any of the items, money donations will be accepted. AmeriCorps VISTA member Colin Hurley said he would like to see Mercyhurst College students and the general public volunteer. “Mercyhurst students get a chance to take part in a fundraiser to benefit the community,” said Hurley. “The bottom line is they are raising awareness and getting donations for a worthy cause and they should feel good about that.” Senior Tara Himes thinks this is a worthwhile event and is something students should get involved in. “I think it’s important that college students get involved in the community they live in, if not for themselves, but for

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Supporters can help stuff the bus with toiletries, school supplies and other necessities.

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The Mercyhurst College chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honors Society for Education, is headed by Dr. Ruth Auld.

cannot be addressed within the regular curriculum. Examples of the needs suggested by Auld are healthcare and cleanliness in the classroom. She also suggested that technology is addressed for secondary education majors who do not have as much exposure to it within their courses. Sophomore Emily Warren appreciates these current topics. “I am looking forward to the workshop entitled ‘How to Survive with a Limited Budgeting’ most because I have spent so much money on lesson plans thus far,” said Warren. “I want to incorporate what I learn from the workshop into my future lessons.” According to Auld, the workshops are taught by experts in the field of teaching who are out in the community. This year, only two of the presenters are from the Mercyhurst faculty.

Auld said this allows students to hear different perspectives than what they hear in their classes. In addition to Auld’s hard work, grad student Jillian Perfetti has also worked hard to make this event successful. Auld also recognized the work of junior Jenn Coleman, who is the official chair of the event and graduate student Amy Todd. These individuals, along with the work study students within the Education department have been working together to make the event successful. There will be 19 workshops offered and students will be able to select which three they attend. Each workshop lasts for 90 minutes and door prizes will be given out during the event. If interested or for more information contact Dr. Ruth Auld at rauld@mercyhurst. edu.

the image of the school they attend,” Himes said. “I know someone who works for them in New York, and whether you’re working for them, volunteering, or participating in an event, they always seem to get a great end result for whoever they’re helping.” Hurley said volunteers will hand out wishlists to the public and help “stuff the bus.” Student volunteers are asked to work a two hour time slot, which will count toward service learning hours. He also said transportation to the event will be provided by the service learning department. Senior Matt Kampman believes students will appreciate participating in “Stuff the Bus.” Kampman said service learning has helped him throughout his college career by showing him that college is more than just studying for classes and writing papers. “It helped me realize that we learn more than just classroom information, but we learn how to become better people,” he said. For more information, contact Colin Hurley at (814) 824-2343 or at

Jan. 16, 2008



Surprising end to primaries
Mitt Romney triumphs, Hillary Clinton dominates in Michigan
By Liz Sidoti Associated Press
Mitt Romney scored his first major primary victory Tuesday, a desperately needed win in his native Michigan that gave his weakened presidential candidacy new life. It set the stage for a wideopen Republican showdown in South Carolina in just four days. Three GOP candidates now have won in the first four states to vote in the 2008 primary season, roiling a nomination fight that lacks a clear favorite as the race moves south for the first time. The former Massachusetts governor defeated John McCain, the Arizona senator who was hoping that inde pendents and Democrats would join Republicans to help him repeat his 2000 triumph here. Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, trailed in third, and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson is making a last stand in South Carolina. “It’s a victory of optimism over Washington-style pessimism,” Romney said in an Associated Press telephone interview from Southfield, Mich., echoing his campaign speeches and taking a poke at McCain, the fourterm senator he beat. “Now on to South Carolina, Nevada, Florida.” Minimizing the significance of Tuesday’s vote, McCain said he had called Romney to congratulate him “that Michigan welcomed their native son with their support.” “Starting tomorrow, we’re going to win South Carolina, and we’re going to go on and win the nomination,” McCain declared, also in an AP interview from Charleston, S.C. H u ck a b e e, t o o, a l r e a d y campaigning in the next primary state, predicted in Lexington, S.C., he would “put a flag in the ground here Saturday.” He also jabbed at Romney, who has poured at least $20 million of his personal fortune into his bid: “We need to prove that electing a president is not just about how much money a candidate has.” In Michig an, with most precincts reporting, Romney had 39 percent of the vote, McCain had 30 percent and Huckabee 16 percent. No other Republican fared better than single digits. Previously, Huckabee had won leadoff Iowa, and McCain had taken New Hampshire. Hillary Rodham Clinton was the only top contender on the Democratic ballot Tuesday. With most precincts counted, she had 56 percent of the vote to 39 percent for uncommitted delegates to the Democratic National Convention. Romney’s ties to Michigan proved beneficial. Four in 10 voters said his roots factored into their decisions, and 58 percent of that group backed him, according to preliminary results from surveys of voters as they left their polling places, taken for The AP and the networks. He also led among voters who said the economy (42 percent) and illegal immigration (39 percent) were their most important issues, and won the most Republicans (41 percent), conser vatives (41 percent), evangelicals (34 percent) and voters looking for a candidate with experience (52 percent) or shared their values (37 percent). A mere 20 percent or less of eligible voters were expected to show up at polling stations across frigid and snowy Michigan, the turnout depressed in part by the Democratic race of little to no consequence. For Republicans, the stakes varied. Of the three candidates competing hard here, Romney needed a Michigan victory the most to invigorate a campaign crippled by searing losses in Iowa and New Hampshire. He was the only one who watched the voting returns in Michigan; his top Michigan opponents, McCain and Huckabee, campaigned in the state earlier in the day but left by afternoon to plant themselves in next-up South Carolina. Up for grabs in Michigan were 30 Republican delegates. Romney campaigned in the state far more than his rivals and spent more than $2 million in TV ads in Michigan, nearly three times what McCain did, according to an analysis of presidential advertising by the nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network. McCain paid for more than $740,00 in ads and Huckabee spent more than $480,000. Feeling optimistic in the runup to the Michigan voting, Romney went back on the air with TV ads in South Carolina after a brief hiatus. A muddle from the start, the GOP race has grown ever more fluid as the first states voted over the past two weeks. Ro m n e y wa s s e c o n d t o Huckabee in the Iowa caucuses and to McCain in New Hampshire’s primary while Huckabee dropped to third. Thompson is camping out in South Carolina looking for his first win. Rudy Giuliani is doing the same in Florida, which votes Jan. 29. T h e f o r m e r N e w Yo r k mayor got only 3 percent of the Michigan vote, trailing Thompson and Texas Rep. Ron Paul as well as the top three, and he hasn’t fared better than fourth in any of the states so far. Yet, the fractured GOP field plays into his strategy of lying in wait — and making his move — in Florida in the run-up to Feb. 5 when some two dozen states vote. Romney was born and raised in Michigan, and his late father, George, was head of American Motors and a three-ter m governor in the 1960s. McCain had a built-in advantage of his own. He won the state’s primary eight years ago on the strength of independent and Democraticcrossover voters, and he still had a network of hard-core backers. Six months after his campaign nearly collapsed, he now leads national polls. H u ck a b e e, a n o r d a i n e d Southern Baptist minister, had hoped to stage a surprise finish with the support of Christian evangelicals who live in the more conservative, western part of the state. With his populist pitch, Huckabee also wanted to do well in Reagan Republican country outside of Detroit. The economy dominated the weeklong Michigan campaign. Michigan doesn’t typically hold its primary until February but state party officials scheduled it earlier to try to give the state more say in picking a president. The Republican National Committee objected and cut the number of Michigan delegates to the national convention by half as punishment while the Democratic National Committee stripped the state of all 156 delegates to its national convention, including 28 superdelegates who would not have been bound by the outcome of the primary.

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Corrections from Jan. 9 issue
A headline in the Sports section read, “Sabres defeat Penguins in Winter Classic.” The Penguins defeated the Sabres. Senior Deanna Fletcher’s last name was spelled Feltcher in the article “24hour lounge chosen as senior gift.” The article “Police and safety regulations” did not fully print. Efficient is spelled incorrectly on last week’s cover.



Jan. 16, 2008

Contest of the coffees
McDonald’s new coffee selections strive to rival Starbucks
By Stacey Minchin Staff writer
In an attempt to brew up yet another tasty delight, McDonald’s has decided to go after Starbucks, the giant of the coffee world. McDonald’s has always dominated the food industry with their fast food tactics and reasonably priced menu items. Now, in an attempt to compete with Starbucks, they have launched a slightly more upscale restaurant chicly called the McCafé. With their new gourmet coffees, the McCafé is expecting to bring in an added $1 billion in revenue on cappuccinos, lattes and other beverages. They have even added a barista position to their restaurants. McDonald’s new premium flavored coffees come already sweetened and creamed for those who may be in a hurry. Conveniently, the coffee bar is also available at the drivethru window, which some critics say might pose a threat to Starbucks. “I would definitely be willing to try the McDonald’s coffee bar,” said junior Haylie Starin. “I think that as long as it tastes good, it would be the cheapest way to go.” Besides considering the money one would save by buying coffee at McDonalds, some students said they more concerned with sacrificing coffee quality as a result. “I love Starbucks coffee,” said junior John McClellan. “It may be more expensive, but the quality is better. McDonald’s coffee is not healthy for you because of the extracts they add.” Even though Starbucks has become popular over the years, McDonald’s restaurants are more accessible to customers, as there seems to be one around every corner. Having such a familiar name and reputation, McDonald’s might end up posing a threat to other companies as well. Dunkin Donuts, Burger King and even local gas stations offer their own morning beverages. “Personally, I am not a coffee drinker, but I think that McDonald’s is a big competitor to other coffee companies because of their popular name,” said sophomore Dinorah Sanchez. Having a cup of joe in the morning has become prevalent in our society. Before the McCafé, early risers would choose McDonald’s for breakfast due to their food menu, but now they will have more beverage choices to coincide with those meals. “I think McDonald’s is making a smart business move,” said senior Kelly Cofrancisco. “I would definitely give it a try, but like all trends, I don’t really think it will last.” McDonald’s is looking to implement the McCafé throughout all their restaurants. They hope to have the coffee bar installation completed by 2009. So the next time you’re craving a little caffeine, which will you choose McDonald’s or Starbucks?

McDonald’s new coffee bar features coffee that is already flavored with cream and is available at the drive-thru.

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Students choose their favorite coffee: McDonald’s or Starbucks
From Staff reports The Merciad
In a world where dozens of brands of coffee exist, it seems that only a handful of are the frontrunners in popularity among drinkers. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are among the favorites for busy people on the go. But now that McDonald’s is introducing a new coffee bar featuring improved coffee, the question lingers: “Will McDonald’s become the new favorite?” Mercyhurst College students have several options of coffee to choose from, including choices from Café Diem and the bookstore. Senior Jackie Jackson favors her joe from Dunkin Donuts. “As a shift manager at Dunkin Donuts, I would just like to say that ‘America runs on Dunkin.’” Despite Jacks o n’s s t r o n g stance, the ultimate favorite seems to be Starbucks. “I love peppermint mocha at Starbucks, and it’s offered year round,” said junior Emily Donovan. “I like Starbucks because it’s all about the whipped cream,” said junior Joanna Sanzo. Similarly, senior Justin Henning prefers Starbucks because of its “exotic flavors.” “I think Starbucks is my favorite because of the decorative and intelligent atmosphere,” said junior Gary Peterson. Nonetheless, McDonald’s does have a small and loyal following. If not for any other reason, senior Bryan Tyler points out the obvious: McDonald’s is guaranteed hot.

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are something we do so well, we don’t think about it; therefore, we don’t realize that it is strength,” she explained. Carruba agrees. “It takes a lot to dig and find our strengths, since we’re so self-critical,” said Carruba. “The leadership society teaches you to find and build on strengths, even if it’s a personality.” Developing leadership skills is based on the students’ involvement. Students challenge themselves by setting goals and achieving them. “It’s about them, not me,” said Kemp, who chooses not to micro-manage students, but instead teaches accountability and empowerment. She also credits the assistance of Sarah Rish and Caley Doran, who are Mercyhurst graduate students pursuing Master’s degrees in special education. “I couldn’t do it without them,” said Kemp. Similarly, Carruba is encouraged by the people in her life who go out of their way to help her achieve her goals, including her supportive family in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dr. Brian Ripley, a political science teacher at Mercyhurst. Ripley said he is delighted that Carruba’s leadership skills and potential have been recognized. “Amber is a gifted young woman who is for tunate enough to have both the intellect and the personal skills to be an effective leader,” said Ripley. Kemp agrees, and said that Carruba’s commitment to other student leaders is also admirable. “Amber is a conscientious leader with deliberate, thoughtful speech,” said Kemp. “The feedback she gives to students is well respected.” The next goal on the agenda for Carruba is to prepare for mid-terms. “I’m going to make about


Carruba wins leadership scholarship
By Carla Hart Staff writer
While majoring in intelligence studies, Mercyhurst College junior Amber Carruba still finds time to hone her leadership skills. In addition to gaining the trust of her peers, she has earned a $500 scholarship from the Leadership Certification Program. Carruba said that scholarship opportunities are available monthly through participation in the LCP. The program, which was created in 2005 by Darcey Kemp, director of student union and student activities, is designed to focus on strengths, relational leadership, and positive psychology. “As a society, we focus too much on being the best at everything, instead of what we do consistently, near perfectly,” said Kemp. “Strengths

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Junior Amber Carruba recently won a national leadership scholorship award.

60 note cards tonight,” said Carruba. And in the summer Carruba will intern with the intelligence unit in Pittsburgh, with dreams to work for the FBI, on hold for now.

“Or I may decide to stay in Pittsburgh,” said Carruba. Either way she still wins as a leader in the community. In Carruba’s words, a good leader is “someone who is able to bend with the wind.”

Oprah Winfrey getting her own TV network
By David Bauder Associated Press
Oprah Winfrey is getting her own TV network. OWN - for Oprah Winfrey Network - will debut next year in nearly 70 million homes with cable and satellite, part of a deal announced Tuesday with Discovery Communications. It will replace the Discovery Health network. The announcement builds a media empire that already includes the top-rated TV talk show, a magazine, a satellite radio network, a Web site and TV movies made under her banner. “This is an evolution of what I’ve been able to do every day,” Winfrey said. “I will now have the opportunity to do this 24 hours a day on a platform that goes on forever.” Winfrey envisions the programming dealing with issues such as money, health, relationships and raising children. While Winfrey will be the face of the new network, she won’t have much of a presence, at least at first. She is under contract to continue on “Oprah” through May 2011, a deal that prohibits the use of reruns on her own network.

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Lunch: M-Ham and Cheese on Croissant T- Soft Tacos W- Potato Bowl Th- Turkey Reuben F- Sizzle Salad S- Southwest Burger Board Specials Lunch $4.75 Dinner $5.50

Keira Knightly in Atonement.

Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd.

Dinner: S-Laker Burger M- Steak Salad T- Open Face Turkey Sandwich W-Slice Of Pizza, 5 Wings Th- Swedish Meatballs w/ Noodles F- Chicken and Biscuits S - Cup of Chili w/ Cheese, Side of Nacho Chips Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-1:00 a.m. Saturday 1:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Sunday 5:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Golden Globes honor winners
By Jen Gildea Features editor
The red carpet was empty this past Sunday and dozens of stylists had the night off. Disappointingly to many fans, the Golden Globe awards were cancelled at the last minute due to the writer’s strike. While the show was set to continue as of the past few weeks, the impromptu cancellation was confirmed after numerous celebrities opted not to attend the awards in respect of the writers. Without the array of fashion dos and dont’s to scrutinize, viewers instead were presented with a press conference-like announcement of the winners, appropriately called Golden Globes: The Winner’s Special on NBC. Unfortunately, the broadcast lacked the luster of the real Golden Globes annual award show, as it had no stars and no actual awards to distribute. Nonetheless, the winners were still announced. The race for awards was tight this year, as several worthy pictures made their debuts in recent months. Among the hopefuls for some of the top film awards this year included Atonement, Michael Clayton, There Will Be Blood, and No Country for Old Men. The following winners were announced by the Hollywood Foreign Press on Sunday, Jan. 13. Best Picture, Drama Atonement Best Actress - Julie Christie, Away From Her Best Actor - Daniel Day Lewis, There Will Be Blood Best Picture, Musical or Comedy - Sweeney Todd Best Animated Picture Ratatouille Best Supporting Actress - Cate Blanchett, I’m Not There Best Supporting Actor Javier Bardem, No Country For Old Men Best Director - Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Going green: Recycled fashion
around $110, while children’s wear, specifically infant apparel, runs around $230. While Lindquist’s is a bit more conservative than Junky, the cut-and-paste style is not for everyone. “I think it’s a cool concept to re-use and reintroduce vintage,” said senior Nicole Rondini. “Overall though, the style just is not for me. I would like to see a bit more coordination in the pieces.” These new designers are filling an untapped market with environmentally friendly options that ever vigilant fashion consumers are not accustomed to buying. Now, one can rest assured that their garment is not a contributor to the thousands that fill landfills, contribute to greenhouse gases and essentially enforce over-consumption within the industry itself.


Gwen Stefani is a fan of clothing line Junky Clothing.

By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Recycling has never been a word heard much in the fashion industry. Now, everything from fabrics, to garments, to handbags and accessories have gone green. A new book entitled, “Green is the New Black,” has been recently composed about this sometimes controversial subject of the environment in the fashion industry. Its writers include Tamsin Blanchard, who currently serves as the fashion editor of Telegraph Magazine based in London. He has teamed up with Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager to create the book which will resonate with anyone who is concerned about the environment and its complicated relationship with fashion commerce. These two contributing authors also happen to own a unique business called Junky Clothing. The company takes old, outof-date garments and turns them into something fashionable, comfortable and urban. The girls have developed their creative strategy on a three-part repair, enhance and reform formula.

For instance, if they like a sleeve from a particular garment, they will remove it and sew it onto another piece. Their base or main piece is usually taken completely apart via main stitches, and then put back together by replacing and moving the seams around. Their clothing is popular with both an older and younger ecoconscious crowd. Two of their main supporters are Gwen Stefani and Kate Moss. Senior Nikki Yakich is in favor of the eco-friendly clothing. “I like the idea as a whole because it saves time, money and resources,” she said. “I especially like the outfit Gwen Stefani is wearing.” Another notable designer is New York-based and Parson’s trained Deborah Lindquist. Lindquist’s line is especially interesting because it includes decently-priced formal and wedding dresses, as well as ready-to-wear options. One of her most interesting pieces is a soy-based spandex cat suit made for skiing or other winter sports, priced at $275. Lindquist is also infamous for creating recycled doggy and children’s sweaters with skulls and cross bones emblazoned upon them. Doggy sweaters are priced



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Food Fix
10th Street Café and Market is a festive place to eat.
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used by Mercyhurst for special events, the two offer a great café experience at the corner of Weschler and 10th Streets. Sandwiches start at $3.29 and go up to $6.99 and are served with chips and a pickle. Hot Grinders are served in half or whole sizes, 4 or 8inches respectively, and include items like Philly Cheesesteak and Sweet Italian Sausage. The best item on the menu though is the Daily “Blue Plate” special priced at $4.99. Earlier this week the daily special was Vegetarian Lasagna and Spinach Ricotta Raviolis with sage butter served with a side salad and roll with butter. All of that food costs just $4.99, and it is a big helping, too. Senior Michelle LaSlavic says the café is a great place to order

With Meg
only way you can ruin stew. If you can, pick up a loaf of fresh bread and be ready to eat when you get home because the smell will hit you as soon as you open the door and you will want to fill a bowl quickly. The leftover stew will keep in the fridge for a few days or you can freeze it. You will really enjoy the stew on a cold, dreary day. -Meghan Dolney

Blue plate specials from 10th Street
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Fresh ingredients, classic and contemporary dishes, fast service and kind prices are just a few ideas that make the 10th Street Café and Market so special. Home of “Make it Fabulous Catering and Events,” the 10th Street Café offers great sandwiches, cold subs, hot grinders and pizza at an affordable price everyday. Owners Jack Eaker and Stephanie Potous-Eaker moved their catering business from Kansas City to Erie six years ago and local residents are truly happy of their decision. Not only do Jack and Stephanie offer a great catering business to Erie, which is often from when at work. “My coworkers and I always order the “blue plate” special from the café,” she said. “It’s very affordable at $4.99 and they have a great variety of food.” Call ahead to place an order at (814) 452-2500 or stop by the market with a few friends and try some of the items on the menu. The café is bright and colorful, a great place to catch up on some with friends while eating a great meal. The market also sells Gimme Coffee which is based out of Ithaca, N.Y. and has a great selection of deli meats, imported cheeses, fresh pastries, desserts and breads. Hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A good bowl of stew is the perfect fix to a blistery winter day. The thick and hearty meal can be created using many different ingredients, such as meats and poultry. You can vary this recipe just by using your favorite vegetables. Be careful about adding spices since most everything you need will be in the seasoning pack. Over seasoning is about the

Beef Stew

2 lbs. beef stew meat 3 cups water 1 pkg. beef stew seasoning mix 2 medium potatoes 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables 1 small onion Directions 1. Cut meat into bite size pieces. 2. Put meat, water, seasoning mix, vegetables, chopped onion and diced potatoes into a crock pot. 3. Cook on low for eight to ten hours or on high for four to five hours.

Get to know...
Name: Erik Penn Year: Junior Major: Social Work with a Fashion Merchandising minor Hometown: Northglenn, Colo. Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: Friendly people and unlimited ice cream in the cafe. Least favorite thing: ‘Gator’ tracks and muddy sidewalks. Campus activities: Diversity 101, Mercyhurst Student Government, Judicial Board, Spirit Committee, Leadership Certification Program, Social Work Club. Anything else interesting about you: In my spare time, I think of great one-line jokes, only to find them used on the next episode of Family Guy.

Erik Penn

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tHe Student band releases first CD BuZz
By Nora Beckenstein Contributing writer
JAN. 15-27. Musical. “Avenue Q.” Palace Theatre, Cleveland. JAN. 24. Erie Broadway Series. “Chicago.” Warner Theatre, Erie. FEB. 22. Comedy. Larry the Cable Guy. Tullio Arena, Erie. FEB. 22. Erie Broadway Series. “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” FEB. 23. Buckwheat Zydeco. Reg Lenna Civic Center, Jamestown. N.Y. M A RC H 1 . G e o r g e Strait, Little Big Town. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. MARCH 1. The Chieftains. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. MARCH 8. Disney’s “High School Musical: The Ice Tour.” Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. MARCH 14. B.B. King. Warner Theatre, Erie. MARCH 15. K.D. Lang. Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo. MARCH 18. Erie Broadway Series. Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance.” M A RC H 2 5 . Ro b i n Trower. Tralf, Buffalo. Courtesy of
The Mercyhurst College Recreation Center was recently filled with screaming girls, glitter T-shirts and four young men to credit for this phenomena. No, it was not the Beatles invasion, but these boys have developed quite the following. The band Easystreet was created less than a year ago and is comprised of sophomore Justin Gray on guitar and vocals, senior Joey Jablonski on drums, sophomore Matt Tolbert on keyboard and vocals and junior Chris Von Volkenburg on Bass. As well as playing covers of popular songs, the boys have been exploring their own creative compositions as seen on their first recorded album, “Empty Spaces EP.” Similar to the artists they cover, Easystreet is the epitome of easy listening. Drawing inspiration from musicians such as John Mayer, David Gray and Hootie and the Blowfish, their songs are lyrical and emotive. The vocals are well harmonized, and complimented by a strong instrumental foundation.

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Easystreet celebrates the official relase of their first album.

The boys have managed to add richness to the bands they cover while maintaining the integrity of the artists they respect. Their January concert was the celebration of their accomplishments and the official release of their own album. Unfortunately, a few days prior to the concert, the lead singer was left without a voice. As every rock ‘n’ roll lover knows, the show cannot go on without the infamous front man. With half

of the CVS cold and flu aisle, and a lot of self determination, Matt Tolbert was able to perform. The concert was lively and soulful. Months of practice and hard work went into the progression of Easystreet, and the performance was evidence of their commitment. Their line-up was a good mixture of covers and original creations. Just to spice up the program, listeners got a wellreceived blast to the past in Chris

Von Volkenburg’s rendition of classic Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire”. Many members of the audience were entertained by the skillful solos of each band member. It will be interesting to see where the band goes from here as they increase in their repertoire. If the One-Ders from “That Thing You Do” can make its start at Mercyhurst College, there is no telling what the future holds for Easystreet.

Faculty recital features four hand work
By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer
As part of the Faculty Recital Series, a piano recital titled “Four Hands” will be performed by Mercyhurst College Music Department faculty. This is the fourth faculty recital in the series this year. It will feature the entire piano staff, which includes Dr. Nathan Hess, full time piano faculty member and director of the Faculty Recital Series, as well as part-time accompanists Janet Bischoff, Ann Bommelje, Sung Hui Elberfeld and Faith Lifshen. “Four Hands” gets its name from its inclusion of piano music written specifically to be played by four hands. Although the recital consists essentially of chamber music, the music to be presented varies greatly with pieces coming from different musical eras and composers. Music selected includes two sonatas by composers Mozart and J.C. Bach, as well as “Slavonic Dances” by Dvořák and “Hungarian Dances” by Brahms. Hess describes the recital as “a program of contrasting pieces.” There have been some faculty recitals done in the past that featured four hand work, but this is the first recital in recent times that consists only of four hand pieces. Hess says that through this presentation, the music faculty members hope to educate students in regard to this side of musical repertoire by introducing them to the four hand work. Hess hopes that, through this display of how working with someone else can result in different and interesting musical work, students may be inspired to enjoy musical collaboration. The recital is on Thursday, Jan.17th at 8 p.m. in the Walker Recital Hall and should run under one hour in length. Admission is free to both Mercyhurst students and the general public.



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By Stacy Minchin Staff writer
One of Mercyhurst College’s own professors of art, Daniel Burke, presents his own, unique art exhibit known as “Variations” in the Cummings Art Gallery. The opening of this exhibit will represent his twenty-fifth one-man-show, in which his pieces took about two years to compile. Burke has won prizes and honors in over 60 juried competitions. What makes Burke’s exhibit unique are the ways in which his art is formed.

Mercyhurst art professor shares a creative and uniquely-formed art exhibit with the community
He does not like to waste any materials, but will save them for potential use in other art pieces. He also obtains his supplies from thrift stores or yard sales to show that even a Popsicle stick can be of great use. Several of the installations that will be in the gallery seem to focus around different birds. Burke says that he is not inspired by birds, but would study them when he went on the rooftop of his downtown studio. “I don’t believe in inspiration. Art comes from habit and discipline of working at something and putting in studio time,” Burke said. “You can’t help but have reactions to things. Art is taking what catches your attention and turning it into something else,” he said. When creating art, Burke goes through a process in which he observes something visually stimulating, studies and investigates the object, finds a focus, organizes and changes the pieces to turn them into a vision and then displays the art accordingly. Senior music major, McKenzie Midock, said she would definitely be interested in viewing Burke’s art exhibit because it’s nice to have access to a gallery in which professors can show off their talents. “As a musician, I recognize the value in having access to creative opportunities and experiences through art. I personally would like to take advantage of the creative and intellectual environment this school provides for us to enhance our understanding of what it truly means to be a liberal arts school,” she said. Sophomore Pawel Bialk said he enjoyed the exhibit. “It’s cool to see all the creative ways he uses everyday things... it’s a really awesome form of art.” Junior Christina Fernandez agreed. “I thought it was really neat and eco-friendly,” she said. There are a total of ten pieces displayed in the gallery, including

urke’s birds and more

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his “No Book Ends,” which specifically targets children. The piece shows how books can trigger the imagination, as the pages turn into birds flying away. This exhibit also includes one of his more well-known pieces “…of a feather.” This piece has been displayed in five other museums and galleries throughout Pennsylvania. A few of his other works on display are “Slave Ship,” “Bird Display” and “Arrivals.” Burke’s exhibition opened to the public on Jan 10 and will run until Jan. 31. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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male. There are no big surprise coming from a 20-something year-old vocalist and lyricist. Do not let the cliché topic fool you. Sanders write more hooks and one-liners than Fall Out Boy, while keeping the phrases understandable, even without the aid of an art-school degree. The album is also lyrically distant from the band’s home in Florida. There are numerous mentions of the east coast, Las Vegas, and California. Mayday Parade takes the idea of a big sound and amplifies it to the extreme. The guitarists play some serious and unique chord progression and harmonies that seem to be thicker than most bands. The drums and bass on this album are tight and crisp with just enough rock and swing influence to create an original sound fitting enough for the lyrical and guitar genius. From a musical standpoint, each track on the album maintains similar structure, which does not allow a lot of room for creativity. However, Mayday Parade manages to change keys often enough within the album as well as individual songs to keep the flow maximized without being redundant. Mayday Parade, while carrying a unique sound, has obvious influences within the album. Brand New’s “Deja Entendu,” Amber Pacific’s “The Possibility and the Promise,” and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus’s “Don’t You Fake It” are a few albums that share the overall tone and feel with “A Lesson in Romantics.” This album lacks is in the order and feel of each song on the track list. The best albums have a way of building up, and then slowly bringing the listener back down, particularly in Mayday Parade’s genre. However, “A Lesson in Romantics” starts out full, then drifts off, builds up, and then fluctuates between varying


Mayday! Mayday Parade! Pop-punk quintet in review
By Greg Summy Staff writer
Tallahassee, Fl. has a new reason to be proud: The fivepiece rock band Mayday Parade. The pop-punk quintet is a proverbial breath of fresh air in a genre overrun with clichés and saturated with more bands than you can shake a stick at. Mayday Parade takes the classic mold of the genre, twists it, turns it, throws it in the air and comes up with a solid, full, well-rounded sound. The debut full-length “A Lesson in Romantics” is a work of musical genius in a genre where you would least expect it. It is an album full of lyrics that flow off of vocalist Derek Sanders’ tongue in addition to guitar hooks that soar, and a rhythm section with enough power to fuel a small country. Lyrically, “A Lesson in Romantics” conveys a message of love and life from the perspective of a college-aged

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Mayday Parade’s debut is a work of musical genius.

degrees of sound. The incorporation of an acoustic piano track in the middle of the album, might

seem to be a good idea, but instead it takes the listener away from the feel of the album as a whole.

‘Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y’ comes to Mercyhurst
By Megan O’Hare Contributing writer
Located in the heart of New York City, The 92nd Street Y’s mission is to enrich the lives of all races, faiths and backgrounds. a groundbreaking program to help educate communities across America. Featuring some of the world’s most fascinating people, the program uses satellite technology to simultaneously broadcast the Y’s renowned educational and cultural programming to community organizations across America. Thanks in part to Mercyhurst College and the Anshe Hesed Temple, this acclaimed series is coming to Mercyhurst. The series will begin with former Secretary of State, Dr. Madeleine Albright on Sunday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the 64th Secretary of State of the United States; the first female to hold this position. At that time, she was the highestranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade and business, labor and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She is the author of the bestseller “The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs,” and her forthcoming book is titled “Memo to the President Elect: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership.” James F. Hoge, Jr., editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, will join Dr. Albright to discuss foreign policy and international affairs. Hoge’s experienced career in journalism has included his work at the Chicago-Sun Times and the New York Daily News. Hoge is currently the Director of Human Rights Watch, Chairman of the International Center for Journalists and Director of Foundation for a Civil Society. “Though we are over 100 miles away from New York, our students felt that they were in attendance at the 92 Street Y. We filled a room with almost 150 students and you could have heard a pin drop during the lecture. I would recommend live satellite broadcasts of speakers to any department or program in order to bring speakers to a campus that would otherwise be unavailable,” said the University of Delaware. The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” series will be held at the Taylor Little Theatre. Tickets for the lecture are FREE for Mercyhurst College students and faculty. Only one ticket is available per ID. Your student ID must be shown when the ticket is purchased and at event’s entry. Seating is limited.

The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” program is a series comprised of thought-provoking lectures and compelling interviews. These lectures and interviews feature newsmakers, political figures, opinion-shapers and authors who discuss issues and events that affect our lives. After more than 130 years of success within the community, The 92nd Street Y launched


a violation of civil rights. The Supreme Court has not reviewed cases concerning the death penalty in over a 100 years and this ruling may affect how prisoners are executed. Currently, 37 out of the 38 states that perform capital punishment require lethal injection, with only Nebraska requiring electrocution (personally Nebraska’s method seems more cruel to me). Lethal injections work by a three step chemical process where one makes the inmate unconscious, the second paralyzes all the muscles and the final one stops the heart. It is being argued that the executions are often slow and painful which would violate the constitutional ban on “cruel and unusual punishment”. But shouldn’t there be an element of pain in the proceedings? After all the inmate is dying. Lethal injections really aren’t as interesting as other forms of capital punishment. We should bring back the firing squad and the customary offering of one last cigarette. Now that seems more like cruel and unusual punishment than getting a shot.

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Lethal injection legality questioned: Good news on death row
By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
The US Supreme Court will review the legality of execution by lethal injection as two death row inmates sued the state of Kentucky in 2004. The pair claimed that the lethal injections were cruel, and

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
The Mercyhurst MultiCultural Center had a birthday cake to honor Dr. King Tuesday evening. Seniors, get ready to register for your last term. Ever.

Happy 21st: Here’s your fine Get involved in campaigns
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
Over the last three and a half years, I have had my fair share of run-ins with an RA or two. I have shaken it off as them doing their jobs and didn’t complain or bad mouth them. Therefore, I do not feel the least bit guilty for expressing how absolutely ridiculous the last incident I had with them was. It was less than a half - hour before my friend’s 21st birthday when there was a knock at the door. Mind you, Christmas break had already started, but apparently quiet hours were still being enforced for all of the students that weren’t in their apartments, not studying. Anyways, my friend opened the door and let the three RAs in that were coming to regulate the noise, since one had heard “eight distinct voices” and assumed we were having a party. My friend was not holding a beverage in her hand, she was not given a breathalyzer tes. She did admit to having one drink, but that is all. Silly us, we thought that since it was about 15 minutes before her 21st birthday, they might consider that and be somewhat compassionate. Considering that some bars will even let people in 15 minutes prior to midnight, we felt it was reasonable. Like I said, silly us to think that. When we came back to school after break, she found out that she had been written up for an underage. I don’t know what rationale I am using to back my opinion up, but what type of person or school writes a person up just minutes before their 21st birthday?! I understand that writing up students provides our school with a significant amount of money through fines and bodies able to do work for free called “community service,” but honestly, is it necessary to write a student up just minutes before her birthday? I am sure I do not stand alone in saying absolutely not. I do not have a problem with our RAs doing their jobs, but I do have a problem when it seems as though they are specifically searching for people to write up and cannot even have a little consideration once in a while.

By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
For the political junkies amongst us, the first few weeks of the year have been a constant track meet of candidates crisscrossing the country trying to gain votes. Picking a candidate to support this early in the game is like trying to pull teeth. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were recently in a squabble with each other over the issue of race, and Republicans took refuge in the mess that is Michigan. While I cannot help but play to the pathetic media coverage of Hillary crying or Mike Huckabee playing Guitar Hero, there is uncertainty of putting effort behind a candidate before being sure of positions on issues. On one hand, Guiliani seemslike a fair contender until we are reminded that his political career began with New York City. It was carried on with the defeat for the New York Senate seat to his ongoing rival Hillary Clinton. A Michigan columnist remarked this week that the next President must care about our problems, with specific attention to the manufacturing industry. In Michigan, Mitt Romney made a pitch that his first 100 days in office would be focused

on granting tax cuts for industry, dealing with health care costs and investing in fuel science and alternative fuels. This is likely a pitch for the automakers in Michigan, but honestly the current state of the country is not sustainable. We are facing the current problems because of abuse of natural resources and over consumption. In this case, winning votes is more important than being honest let alone realistic. While many people remain muddled in their decision to jump on a candidate’s campaign, sophomore Jennifer Jarema has started the student efforts for Obama’s campaign. It is great to see students working toward the American presidential selection. I encourage others to become involved either with national or local politics in the coming seasons. If you have ever worked intimately on a campaign then you understand the time and the personal emotion that is invested into a person or issue. It is a thrill that exhilarates but can also disappoint. In regard to the presidential selection everything before the National Conventions is predominately political squabble. Someone please get me when October rolls around and we have weeded out the has-beens and want-to-bes.

The Bad
The registrar’s office no longer sends your registration time directly to your e-mail. Find it on WebAdvisor. The weather has been changing more often than Michael Jackson’s nose.

The Ugly
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have to complete a drawn out education that will be outdated by the time of graduation. Obviously there are the enduring experiences that reveal truths and wisdoms created by the teacher-student relationship, and I am grateful for the opportunity to receive a higher education. I would never have been exposed to most of the material I have encountered at this school, had I not chosen Mercyhurst College as my post-secondary option. In times where globalization created a reality that shows the world its own interdependence and interconnectedness, it should be evident, now more than ever, that the world must react by supplying basic needs. However, we work to maintain the status quo. As much as people mention change in the news, there is no evident and clear shift in thought or action. People refuse to break their routines, allowing order to rule society. Yet perhaps this order is what allows society to exist on this level. The rest of the world works to support and uphold the mass consumerism of America that allows us to live with excess and luxury even though no other nation would be able to live like this. It would be a dream if people were to suddenly drop all their fleeting responsibilities in search of creating a utopian society. So, in these times where fear dominates our atmosphere with power and hate, a rampaging disease controlling many elite sectors. We need to build the blocks to what we need, peace. It seems silly to give up on ideal


Order rules society, we have created many distractions
By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
As school in winter term seems to drag on and on with no end in sight, the work continues to overwhelm numerous amounts of students. I tend to wonder about the implications of furthering my education. It is frustrating to have grown up and live in a reality that any information ever needed can be simply accessed and reviewed via the world wide web. Despite still dreams to pass along the shameful games that allow realism to dominate. Maybe my frustration lies in the selfish nature that has given rise to the modern society where we are not consistently working towards a better place in which all people are ensured all basic needs. Maybe we have become too comfortable in our own ways, where no sacrifice is ever needed or asked for as long as we maintain the mediocre course. If only we had not created so many distractions.

Holiday love melts with snow
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
Winter term at the ’Hurst always seems to drive everyone just a little crazy. This term brings frigid temperatures, large deposits of snow, high winds and the total lack of sunlight. We find ourselves overwhelmed with schoolwork and our free time consists of being stuck inside due to inclement weather. Every winter term I notice a large increase in the number of relationships among my friends. The cold, and the lack of outdoor activity can drive a man to extreme things such as relationships. Is it that we are just subjects of our environments? Does the Erie winter encourage one to seek a significant other? As much as we hate this weather, a common cure seems to be the companionship of another. Being forced indoors can cause the mind to wonder. However, what are the success rates when the sun reappears? Will that once oh-so-romantic movie night be great be when the sun returns? I find that in winter we lack rationale. Our environment drives us to attempt to make commitments that one would not would not make in the spring. It is hard to tell if the heart is just more prone for intrusion in the winter. Maybe we should use discretion in the sweep of winter love. Will the relationship be as solid as it was, when you are able to go outside and see a member of the opposite sex in something more revealing than a winter coat? The truth is that soon it will be spring, and the excitement of a 65-degree day will call for time with your friends. Inflatable pools and corn hole might take away from your time with your recently acquired significant other. Your friends will want your companionship and so will your new love. It is likely your friends will take precedence if your relationship was built on winter boredom. However, if the significant other takes precedence it is likely you have found someone special from the caustic thing we call winter. For the sake of all of the Mercyhurst love birds out there, let’s hope the relationships we form don’t melt with the snow.

Senior gift: Return on investments
By Jeff Allen Contributing writer
As the year progresses we are coming to a time when the seniors begin to fundraise for senior gift. In recent weeks, while discussing the senior gift, there has been some confusion as to what the senior gift committee is asking of the seniors. For clarification, we are asking for your financial support in the name of school spirit. What is remarkable about this project is that it is the largest in the history of the senior gift, which in turn will require a significant contribution by the class of 2008. Most recently, the class of 2007 installed an all-purpose sports court between Lewis and Briggs avenues valued at around 50,000 dollars. Previously, the seniors have given gifts that include the Sr. Damien Spirit Bell, the gazebo behind the Union and the Grandfather Clock in the Union. It has become evident that the size and scope of the gifts conceived by the senior classes have grown in recent years and that is a testament to our drive to make Mercyhurst a better place. Anyone who has taken note of the pledge cards being passed around campus knows the senior gift committee is asking for sizable donations to be put toward this project. Some scoff, and others willfully pay the full amount. What is most important is that we as seniors realize just how much giving a gift we will not even be present for can help us, and our fellow Mercyhursters while leaving a lasting impression for future members of this school. Many of us can recall how many improvements we have been present for at this school since we have been here. What we fail to realize is there was a time when the Union was in the basement of McAuley Hall, and there was no Hirt Center, parking garage or Movie Theater. What I am getting at is, the more the current students, faculty and alumni contribute to the school the better this school will become. On a more selfish note the better this school becomes, the more our degrees will be worth and the more we will ultimately be paid. Ultimately what I am saying Seniors, is it is time to start considering what you can offer to the school which has offered you education, camaraderie and a home. Get a return on your investment.

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Jan. 16, 2008

This I believe: Each and every person I meet is a saint
Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reflection Committee has initiated “This I Believe” to foster reflection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We hope that these essays will inspire further introspection, thoughtful discussion, and innovative ways of integrating holistically some of the ideas and values expressed here into our personal, academic, social, spiritual, professional and communal life. For example, faculty might introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; students might initiate conversations in class and beyond; administrators and staff might explore these with colleagues. Responses may be directed to the Merciad at or to committee chair, Rev. Lyta Seddig at Share how these thoughts have had an impact in your life! Dr. Livingston currently serves as the Mercyhurst Associate Vice President of Advancement and Associate Professor of Religious Studies. He has spent 10 years in the Religious Studies department and has been in Advancement for about five months. Dr. Livingston’s favorite aspect of Mercyhurst: “The community is the most important aspect.”

By Dr. David Livingston Contributing writer
I believe in the saints. Not the traditional Saints of the church, though I do also believe in these holy men and women, but the ordinary saints of everyday life, the men and women who read these words. I was raised in a Catholic home where the saints were certainly a part of the lexicon, but it wasn’t until I attended a Lutheran college in the Midwest that I really came to understand the saints. Father Albert Bischoff S.J. was the Catholic campus minister at Augustana College, my alma mater. This Jesuit priest found a way into my soul

through a simple phrase. “How are you doing, saint?” It was not that he singled me out as an especially holy member of the undergraduate population, for I was certainly not that. Fr. B. addressed everyone he walked by on campus as “saint.” And though this may have been a useful tool when he did not know someone’s name, it was much more than that. He actually lived out of a radical belief in the incarnation. Wednesday night chapel was always crowded. I believe this was due in large part to Fr. B’s presence on campus. The chapel was filled not only by those who attended bible studies, but by the football linemen, the sorority sisters, the pre-med student taking a study break, and the

pre-happy hour students taking a break from their social life. The chapel was dark and quiet. Forty five minutes broken only by a five minute reflection and an opportunity for communion. All present in the chapel sat in the dark with the firm conviction that at least someone on this campus saw beyond their insecurities and flaws, beyond their own best sense of themselves, and named each and every one of them as a saint. It

makes you hold your chin up a little higher, study a little longer, and be a little nicer to the person next to you when the holiest man you have ever known calls you a saint. You know better of yourself, but if he says it, there must be some truth to it. I now work at a small Catholic College. I find myself saying a simple phrase in my head as I meet each student in each new class, interact with every colleague, break bread with mem-

bers of my family, and interact with the stranger at the grocery store or across the way at the other gas pump: “How are you doing, saint?” The communion of saints may not be defined by every theologian in the same way, but as a practitioner of this ancient art, I have come to believe that each and every person I meet is a saint, and we are the communion of saints. Thanks Fr. B.

Don’t cram and wait
By Amanda Valauri News editor
Are you interested? Paying attention yet? While you still have time, forming your political opinion is an important part of the election and voting process. Like everything else in our lives, we shouldn’t cram and wait until the last minute to educate ourselves. The election is still months away, but surveying the candidates behavior now and following it through until you place your ballot, may influence your end decision. In the 2004 Presidential Election, John Kerry was labeled as a flip-flopper because of his lack of conviction to his political stances. In the end, this was his downfall when he lost the ballot to George W. Bush. Decide what’s important to you now and make sure your candidate has consistent concerns and opinions on the issues that matter to you. Keeping tabs on your favorite presidential candidates from the get go can help change the nation’s attitude toward voting from, “who is worse,” to, “who is the most qualified, trustworthy, honest and experienced.”

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scoring the game winning goal. “I feel good obviously about scoring the goal, it is always good to get one,” said Camlin. “I think that it was good to get the win this weekend, and I am just glad that I could help out.” Duquesne would answer one last time within the remaining minutes, but it would not be enough, with the final score being 6-5. Sunday’s win gave the team a boost in confidence. “I think that today’s win is going to help us going into next weekend,” said senior Justin Henning. “Everybody worked really hard and it showed.” “Everyone was making good plays and getting quality chances that eventually help us edge out the other team,” he said. The Lakers now stand at 97-5 overall, and 4-3-1 within the Eastern Collegiate Hockey League (ECHL). Mercyhurst will take to the road this coming weekend and travel north to Buffalo where they will play the University of Buffalo on Friday and then travel to Niagara University on Saturday with both games beginning at 8:30 p.m.


Club hockey picks up a win at home
By Matthew Ferris Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College men’s club hockey team went 1-2 during their three game set this past weekend. The team struggled early against Rutgers University suffering a 5-4 shoot-out loss on Friday and losing by a score of 8-4 on Saturday. The Lakers then rebounded with a win against Duquesne University on Sunday with a 6-5 victory. Sunday’s game was a close battle between the Dukes and the Lakers. After the first period the Lakers led 2-1. The first goal from Mercyhurst came from senior captain Whitney Gibbs, while the second Lakers goal came from the other senior captain, Matt Warren. As the second period started, Duquesne’s Luke Wawrzeniak was quick with a comeback goal to tie the game up at 2-2. The Lakers were also able to score goals number three and four during the second period. These goals were made by juniors Brian Stefanski and


1 1 3 4 4 4 4 8 9 9 9 9 Schmidt (4-0) Brown (4-0) Kampman (3-0) Coaches (3-1) Gaertner (3-1) Giallourakis (3-1) Stokes (3-1) Johnson (2-2) Hubert (1-3) Flanagan (1-3) Blackburn (1-3) Dillay (1-3)

13 Elliott (0-4) 13 Patcher (0-4) 13 Denman (0-4) 13 Finn (0-4)

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Senior Jason Kilijanski (25) looks to score against Rutgers University in a 5-4 overtime loss on Friday.

Walter Ozanick respectively. The Lakers’ back-to-back goals, were then answered by the Dukes with a goal from Andrew Paolicelli. At the end of the second period the score was 4-3 with the Lakers leading. As the third period started, Patrick Leone was able to have the puck find the back of the net to give the Lakers a two goal lead.

Midway through the third period Duquesne’s Si Bishop shot made it past netminder Rob Kelley, which brought the Dukes to within one goal, with a score of 5-4. The Lakers’ Blake Camlin would respond back scoring on the Dukes net minder, again giving the Lakers a two goal advantage. Camlin commented after

Intramural Sports

Fennell achieves academic success for men’s hockey team
By Casey Greene Managing editor
Mercyhurst College men’s hockey sophomore Matt Fennell was awarded Friday before the Lakers’ win against Army, with the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) 2007 Student Athlete of the Year Award. Fennell, a defender on the team, was the first Laker player to ever receive the AHA’s Student Athlete of the Year Award. The award is given to the top scholars in the American Hockey Association Division I conference. “The award was obviously a great honor,” said Fennell. “It is given to the athlete with the highest GPA in our league. It was very exciting to be recognized for a league award.” Fennell has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his freshman and sophomore years. “At times it is difficult to stay on top of things when we miss so many classes for road trips, but all my teachers have been very understanding and they help us work around our unique schedules,” said Fennell. The biology major from Melfort, Saskatchewan was recruited out of a junior “A” hockey league in his hometown and decided to attend Mercyhurst. “I came to Mercyhurst because of the excellent hockey program,” said Fennell. “Mercyhurst seemed like a good place to get my undergraduate degree.” Currently, Fennell has contributed five points to this year’s team, scoring three goals and assisting on two others. The defender ranks fourth on the team with two power play goals. He has attempted 33 shots during this year’s season. Fennell plans to go into the field of optometry, meaning at least four more years of school after completing undergraduate work. For this reason, he hopes to start earning his optometry degree immediately after graduating from Mercyhurst. This may make it difficult for Fennell to continue playing hockey after graduating. “I am not sure if I will play hockey after college,” he said. “My plans may change after four years of college hockey, but right now I plan to pursue my academic career before my hockey career.”


Schmidt defeated Hubert: 89-65 M. Johnson defeated Patcher: 57-42 Stokes defeated Giallourakis: 34-30 A. Brown defeated Flanagan: 40-31 Flanagan defeated Dilley: 49-29 Dilley defeated Elliott: Forfeit Coaches defeated Gaertner: 41-33 D. Johnson defeated Blackburn: 30-29 Kampman: bye week



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Wrestling: 1-2 in duals
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
The No. 16 Mercyhurst College wrestling team knocked off No. 7 Ashland University, 2112 but fell to No. 2 NebraskaOmaha, 21-13 and No. 8 Western State, 23-12 at the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals on Saturday in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Lakers were paired up against Nebraska-Omaha in the preliminary round. Due to an injury to red-shirt freshman Josh Shields at 174, Mercyhurst was forced to insert senior Don Cummings at 157 pounds. In doing that, the Lakers had to bump up sophomore Andy Lamancusa to 165 and senior Hudson Harrison to 174. Even with the Lakers having to adjust their lineup, they still captured the first two matches as junior Payne Lint recorded a 9-3 decision at 125 and freshman Lance Pitcel pinned Mario Morgan at 133. Heading into the 149 pound match-up between No. 5 ranked junior Brian Pogel and No. 1 Todd Meneely the Lakers held a 9-3 advantage. A decisive 11-3 victory over the nation’s No. 1 by Pogel extended the Lakers lead to 13-9 heading into the 157 pound bout. However, Mercyhurst lost the last six matches by decision and fell to eventual dual meet champion, 21-13. After defeating the No. 1 wrestler in the nation and last year’s national champion at 149, Pogel said, “I knew this was going to be a huge match for me. Not only to see where I stood against the best, but also to prove to myself and others that I deserve to be where I am.” Mercyhurst then bounced back in the consolation bracket by eliminating the Ashland Eagles and winning seven out of

Women’s lax adds coach
By Chris Davis Sports editor
College lacrosse is thought of as a spring sport, but most of the teams these days that compete in the NCAA have a fall season used to improve its squad. The fall season gives coaches the opportunity to experiment with putting players in different positions, teaching freshmen the playbook, giving them collegiate experience, and most importantly, to keep players active and in shape. It is no different at Mercyhurst College, where both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams wrapped up their fall season in late October. The Lakers’ women lacrosse team had an impressive 2007 fall season. The women finished with a record of 7-5 overall and it was their second consecutive season over the .500 mark. With the women’s lacrosse fall-ball season coming to a close, head coach Cecil Pilson has good reason to be anticipating the most successful season in the program’s history when the spring comes around. During the fall season, Pilson had organized four dates of competition, which is more than the team has ever had in the past. “The competition includes some Division I and top Division II teams to challenge the future 2008 Lakers’ squad,” said Pilson. “The fall is for freshmen and transfers to get as much experience as they can before we begin to compete in the spring.” “We also use the fall to experiment and try players out in new roles on the field,” he said. “These two factors are the reason that fall ball is so important to the team and our coaching staff.” According to Pilson, the fall season went extremely well as the women were very competitive by continuing improve. “The team greatly improved from day one to the final day,” he said. “They improved drastically and because of that we [the coaching staff] have high expectations for the team. This spring, hard work and staying focused, can lead to great things.” The Lakers added a new face to their personnel during the fall season by bringing in volunteer assistant coach Morgan Russell who is the graduate assistant for the sports information department. Russell is a welcome addition to the Mercyhurst lacrosse staff, graduating from the University of North Carolina (UNC) last spring. “After being a part of the University of North Carolina women’s lacrosse team for five seasons, she knows first-hand what it takes to play and be successful at one of the top Division I programs in the country,” said Pilson. “She has a wealth of knowledge that she gained not only from the UNC coaching staff, but from several other staffs around the top tier of Division I from coaching at various youth camps throughout the summer months. This season she will be looked at to assist [assistant] coach [Stacey] Gaudette and me in all aspects of field instruction, conditioning, and defensive strategy.” “Defense has improved by leaps and bounds,” he said. “Coach Russell has been a major catalyst with her different perspectives. As a coach, it’s good to have another female perspective within the four walls of the locker room.” “Time management skills are very important to balancing my time,” said Russell. “I’ve learned how to balance my time from being a college athlete and having to do this.” Russell stated that coming to Mercyhurst is a different atmosphere then at UNC, but balancing time is equally important for all the players. “This is a different type of environment, with the girls here [at Mercyhurst] being very dedicated,” she said. “I can see that the girls are passionate about the sport and are good at balancing time as well.” Russell has heard many stories about playing in the snow. “I’m interested in seeing how the winter is and the winter practices,” said Russell. “I’m anticipating a lot of snow but am not sure how excited I am about it. [The weather] definitely was one of the first things I was told when I was looking here.” Pilson believes the program is coming around very strong from the day he took over as head coach three seasons ago. “Every player on the roster that has decided to play for the Lakers knew coming out of high school that Mercyhurst was a rebuilding team and they wanted to be a part of the future success of the program,” he said. “As a coach it is nice to be here for the fourth season because you get the opportunity to see your freshmen girls develop over four seasons into confident and strong young women.” “The team has really come along way since I have been here,” said Pilson. “From Courtney Olvenik’s (senior captain) freshman year, the talent on the team has gotten significantly better.” The Lakers will soon be starting its conditioning season before fulltime practice and games officially start in February. This year the women will open its regular season on Feb. 22 traveling to Charlotte, N.C. to play Lees-McRaee.

Junior Brian Pogel 10 bouts. The Lakers won the first four bouts as Lint defeated Brandon Davis 4-2 at 125, Pitcel won 13-7 over Dan Mandara at 133. Red-shirt sophomore Braxdon Scaletta then beat Tommie Grazzi 6-2 at 141, and Pogel beat Marcus Gordon 7-0 at 149. The other victories came from Hudson Harrison at 165, Brian Wolff at 184 and Kenny Bluska at heavyweight securing the 2112 victory over the Eagles. The Lakers match-up against Western State was a different story, as they only won three bouts and were eliminated from the tournament, losing 23-12. Pogel continued his impressive weekend by winning his third match when he defeated Justin Morris 8-6. Lamancusa and freshman Nathan Sharp recorded the other two victories at 157 pounds 3-1 over Neil Samples and heavyweight by fall over Andrew Skinner. By competing with three topten teams in the nation, Pogel said, “We definitely have the talent to be a true contender at the national level, but injuries and a shallow roster are getting the best of us. If we can stay healthy and continue to work hard, I have no doubt that we will be contenders at the end of this year.” The Lakers return to action on Jan. 25 when they travel to Pembroke, N.C. to participate in the East Coast Duals.

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Sunday was a big day for the Lakers as they were able to snap their losing streak, shutting out the Friars 3-0. Hosier was able to set her own mark on school history with her 64th career win and is four shutouts shy of tying Desi Clark’s 24 set from 2001-05. All three goals for the Lakers came in the third period as junior defender Natalie Payne was able to push it past the Friar goalie just eight minutes into the third period. The assist for the goal was credited to senior Sherilyn Fraser. Jones and freshman Cassea Schols rounded out the scoring for the Lakers. In addition, Agosta was able to continue her scoring streak to 16 games, as she tallied her 18th assist of the year, tying her previous club record. While it proved to be a tough weekend, the girls still remain at a solid 6th place in this weeks poll. “I think our team has some


Women’s hockey drops to No. 6 after loss to Providence on weekend
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team faced a tough Providence team this weekend. The Lakers were able to squeak out a split weekend, as they lost 7-3 on Saturday and then turned around and blanked the Friars 30 on Sunday. Saturday proved to be the most goals the girls have ever given up in a single game as junior goalie Courtney Drennen allowed four goals and senior Laura Hosier allowed three more. Mercyhurst had jumped to an early lead as Vicki Bendus was able to look past the Friar’s goalie for her sixth goal of the year. Providence followed with three unanswered goals until senior Stephanie Jones was able to capitalize on a key power play opportunity to cut the lead to 32 with her seventh goal of the really talented players and we can explode offensively at any time,” said Jesse Scanzano. “Our defense is steady, and our goaltending is outstanding. So if we put it all together we can go very far.” The big win on Sunday was not the only good news out of the press for the Lakers. Hosier and Schols were both honored this week with College Hockey America awards. Hosier, was honored as a defensive awardwinner for her efforts in posting her 20th shutout of her career. Schols was honored as the Rookie award-winner for posting back-to-back nights with points. Mercyhurst will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend as they take on Yale and Brown University on Friday and Saturday. These games kick off an eight game homestand for the Lakers (15-5-2) as they make a push toward the playoffs.

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Freshman Jesse Scanzano (23) chases down a puck during an earlier game this year against Maine.

year. Finishing up the scoring that night was freshman Ashley Cockell scoring her fourth goal of the season to cut the lead to three at 6-3.

Sophomore Meghan Agosta had yet another multi-point night as she was able to put two assists on the board to give her 17 assists this year.

Men’s volleyball opens season falling to NYU and Rutgers-Newark at home
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
Whoever thinks white men cannot jump has never been to a Mercyhurst. College men’s volleyball game. The men’s volleyball team opened its season this past Friday and Saturday by hosting New York University (NYU) and Rutgers- Newark. The guys played hard against NYU and even won the first set by outhitting and outblocking the Violets but lost the fourgame match in the end. A few less errors and violations and the victory could have been theirs. The games were all tied or close until the end. “Simply what happened is the NYU executed better at the end of three of the games, while we executed better in only one,” said head coach Ryan Patton. The first game started out well for the Lakers who led early on 15-9. At the end they still held a 29-27 lead until NYU’s Erick Chakeen made two kills and secured the win for the Violets 31-29. In the second game, the Lakers fell behind early, but came back with four straight kills from Jonathan Gurr and Joe Montroy. They held the lead for the remainder of the game, and Dave Newman made his 13th kill to win the game and even out the match 1-1. Game three was up for grabs, as neither team could take a decisive lead. It was the Lakers’ errors that ended up procuring the win for NYU. The fourth game was the same, the lead changing hands frequently. Newman kept the team alive throughout the last stretch of the game, with his 24 kills, but it was the Violets’ Devin Zolnowski that scored the games final point. NYU took the game 30-28, and the match. A competitive match with close games was expected, so the Lakers’ loss came as a disappointment. “This was a match that was well within our reach of winning,” said Patton, “so my expectations weren’t quite fulfilled.” In terms of statistics, Wagner led the team with 15 kills, while Newman and Gurr each had 13. David Hatten had 45 assists and four blocks. Montroy and Newman each had four blocks as well. Saturday’s match versus Rutgers-Newark was ugly, and after winning the first game, the Lakers took a brutal beating. “Tonight’s game was not good by any definition. In the first game, we executed and were aggressive,” said Patton. “We seemed complacent at the start of game two, and after falling behind, whatever energy we had got sucked out of the room.” During the first game, the Lakers took a decisive lead 2623 after battling a tied game thanks to errors by the Scarlet Raiders. A kill by Montroy widened the gap and Newman’s fifth kill took the game 30-26. Game two was tied at 1212 but two aces from Rutgers’ Grant Metheny put them in the lead where they stayed, winning the second game 30-23. In the final two games, the Raiders took the lead and the Lakers were just not able to close the gap. Rutgers won the match easily, 3-1. Montroy, junior Tim Wagner, and Newman each had seven kills, and Hatten led the team with 24 assists. Montroy and Bryan Ritter had four blocks each. As disappointed as the team is over their losses, they are going to work hard this week to get ready for their game this Thursday. “Most of all, we’ll work on entering Thursday’s match- a good one for us- in the right competitive frame of mind,” said Patton. Their next game is Thursday versus Nazareth at home in the MAC at 7 p.m.



Jan. 16, 2008

Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Men’s ice hockey……………………......…………........................Jan. 11, W 3-0, Army Jan. 12, W 4-2, Army Women’s hockey………………........................................Jan. 12, L 7-3, Providence Jan. 13, W 3-0, Providence Men’s basketball……………….......................................Jan. 10, W 81-75, Ashland Jan. 12, L 71-42, Findlay Women’s basketball…………….....................................Jan. 10, L 76-71, Ashland Jan. 12, W 81-78, Findlay Men’s volleyball…………………...................................................Jan 11, L 3-1, NYU Jan. 12, L 3-1, Rutgers-Newark Wrestling………………………….........................Jan. 12, L 21-13, Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 12, W 21-12, Ashland Jan. 12, L 23-12, Western State

Men’s hockey moves into fourth place
Lakers defeat Army in sweep over weekend
By Chris Davis Sports editor
Rebounding from a tough defeat is quite often seen in the world of sports. One week a team may go 02, but follow that off with an undefeated weekend. That happened with the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team. After the Lakers opened the 2008 portion of its season being swept by Michigan Tech, Mercyhurst headed back into conference play with a sweep of Army. This extended its American Hockey (AH) winning steak to five games this weekend in the Mercyhurst Ice Center (MIC). The Lakers picked up a 3-0 shutout over the Black Knights on Friday, which happened to be Mercyhurst’s first shutout since Feb. 14, 2005, which ironically was a 4-0 victory against Army at the MIC. Saturday the Lakers picked up a 4-2 triumph over Army without junior net minder Matt Lundin, who injured his shoulder late in the third period in the shutout the previous day. With the two victories the Lakers improve their record to 7-13-2 overall and 7-5-2 in AH, bringing them over the .500 mark in conference play for the first time this season. The Black Knights have dropped their record to 6-11-3 overall (6-5-2, AH). In the opening night of the series, Army looked to be the more aggressive and dominant team throughout the first period, as they took an 11-2 shot advantage into the first intermission. The positive aspect for Mercyhurst was both teams were deadlocked at zero, making it almost a waste for the Black Knights. The Lakers would come out Mercyhurst, unlike the day before, started strong, scoring first on a firing slap shot by sophomore Matt Fennell with less than one minute remaining in the first period. Junior Matt Pierce and senior Kerry Bowman received the assists on the goal. “We came out with a lot more jump and made plays,” said Gotkin. “We scored with a minute and a half left which gave our team a spark.” “Every time Army did something we had an answer for it,” he said. Army answered back with a power play goal in the second period by Zach McKelvie to tie the game 1-1 with 4:31 remaining in the period. The Lakers answered back 32 seconds later, as freshman Steve Cameron scored on a breakaway goal. Freshmen Jeff Terminesi and Jesse Echternach recorded the assists. Mercyhurst added, what turned out to be the gamewinner, when they cleared the puck while on Army’s power play. The Black Knights’ goaltender would try to clear a puck, which was intercepted by Mike Gurtler who put it in the back of the net. Each team scored once more during the third period. Army would score first on a goal by Luke Flicek to cut the lead to a 3-2 Black Knight deficit. The Lakers would close out the game with Fennell scoring his second goal of the game on a slap-shot. “Ryan Zapolski played great,” said Gotkin. “You know he’s been in a tough spot because we really have a lot of faith in Matt Lundin. Before the game, we found out that Matt could not play, so Ryan was a difference maker for us.”

Pogel/Prischak athletes of the week
Juniors Brian Pogel of wrestling and Stephanie Prischak of women’s basketball have been named Mercyhurst College’s Athletes of the Week. Pogel, ranked No. 5 in the country at 149 pounds, stunned the No.1 ranked wrestler in the nation, Nebraska-Omaha’s Todd Meneely. Pogel also managed to go 3-0 on Saturday at the NWCA/Cliff Kean National Duals in picking up his team-leading 19th win of the season. Prischak helped the Lakers pick up their first GLIAC win of the year in tying a career-high of 23 points in a 81-78 victory against Findlay on Saturday, including sealing the win with a pair of free-throws in the final seconds. She set a new career high of six steals in a 76-71 loss to Ashland on Thursday, adding 18 points in the loss.

Junior Matt Lundin with more ease in the second period, but neither team was able to score. The third period is where Mercyhurst started making some adjustments and coming through with some success. The biggest negative from Friday’s game was the apparent injury of Lundin, who finished the game with 29 saves, but felt constant pain in his shoulder throughout the final stages of the third period. “One of their forwards got his stick inside my glove… inside under my arm and body and pulled the shoulder out,” he said. “His stick got stuck in there and my shoulder kind of got yanked out of the socket. I slammed it down on the ice to pop it back in.” “We talked about taking him out, but he is such a competitor, a hard worker and a great kid,” said Gotkin. “We will be evaluating him over the next couple days.” “I was telling them to keep it down that end of the ice, [their offensive end] as much as possible,” said Lundin. “The more we sat around, the more it was getting tight. I had to keep moving around.” With the loss of Lundin for Saturday’s game, it meant local Erie product, freshman Ryan Zapolski, had an opportunity to earn the weekend sweep for the Lakers.

Men’s hockey team of the week
Men’s hockey picked up their second consecutive conference sweep and fifth straight Atlantic Hockey (AH) victory overall in a sweep of Army 3-0 and 4-2 this past weekend. In the Lakers’ 3-0 shutout, their first shutout since Feb. 14, 2005, junior goalkeeper Matt Lundin made 29 saves. Freshman goalie Ryan Zapolski stopped 35 of 37 shots in the finale to record his second career win, helping to move the team into fourth place in the AH standings.

Heintzman receives GLIAC commissioner’s award
Mercyhurst junior women’s soccer player Rebecca Heintzman was one of 12 fall recipients of the inaugural GLIAC Commissioner’s Awards for academic and athletic achievement. She is a two-time member of the GLIAC All-Academic team, carrying a 3.84 GPA while majoring in biology.

Lundin named Atlantic Hockey goaltender of the week
Junior Matt Lundin has been named the Atlantic Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week in recording his first career shutout in a Lakers uniform, and fourth throughout his college career with the other three playing for Maine. He made 29 saves, including playing the final few minutes with an injury after a collision.

Hosier and Schols receive CHA weekly honors
Senior netminder Laura Hosier and freshman defender Cassea Schols have earned Conference Hockey America player of the week honors. Hosier climbed into first place in Mercyhurst career wins with 64, passing former Lakers’ player Desi Clark. Schols had a goal and an assist last weekend.

Grife tabbed by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
Red-shirt sophomore Steve Grife was named in January’s issue of the Collegiate Baseball newspaper as one of the “Players to Watch” in the North Central Region entering the 2008 season. He finished the 2007 season as an All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selection after posting a 4-3 record, along with a 1.98 ERA.

Jan. 16, 2008



Women’s bball gets first GLIAC win Basketball splits games
By Rhonda Marable Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s basketball team split two close games this past week, coming up short against Ashland University 76-71 on Thursday and then following that up by earning their first GLIAC win in a thrilling back and forth battle against Findlay University 81-78 two days later. On Saturday the Lakers hosted the Oilers in a game that saw 15 ties and 20 lead changes. Four Lakers tallied double figures on the court and the team sunk an impressive 85 percent from the free throw line. The final three minutes of the game were crucial for the Laker win. Tied at the three-minute mark, the two teams traded baskets, with the Oilers holding a one point advantage with 29 ticks left in the game. Sophomore guard Paris Pugliese drew a foul and sunk both of her free throws to give the Lakers the lead with 17 seconds left. With a missed shot and foul from the Oilers, the Laker victory was sealed as junior Stephanie Prischak sank two free throws and stole the ball in the last second. Prischak finished tying her career high with 23 points and three rebounds. Lakers freshman forward Amy Achesinski totaled 17 points along with seven rebounds, helping the team gain their first GLIAC victory. Sophomore guard Stevie Spetosky contributed 14 points and six rebounds. Freshman guard Samantha Loadman finished with 12 points and six rebounds. With the loss, Findlay falls to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the GLIAC. The Lakers advance to 6-10 on the season and 1-5 in the

Men go 1-1 against GLIAC teams
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
Gary Manchel took over the head coaching position for the men’s basketball team during the 2003-04 season. In just a short time, Manchel re-energized the Laker program, making it one of the most consistent in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). In 2003, he was handed a team that finished 4-13 during the previous season. His 2003-04 squad posted a 10-7 conference mark. During the last two seasons, Manchel’s teams have produced the 37 victories (19 in 2005-06 and 18 in 2006-07), marking the most successful two-year stretch at Mercyhurst since 1977-79. Last year, Manchel and the Laker program reached a number of milestones. The squad went 18-11 and placed second in the GLIAC South Division, earning a home playoff game for the first time since joining the conference in 1995-96. With all of his success so far at Mercyhurst, it was fitting for him to earn his 200th career victory last Thursday when the Lakers beat Ashland University 81-75 in overtime at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. “I think Coach Manchel earning his 200th win at Mercyhurst speaks volumes about his success in rebuilding this program,” said junior Brian McTear. “To reach that type of milestone is a great accomplishment.” McTear also had plenty to smile about Thursday night as he led the Lakers with his first career double-double, earning career-highs in points with 20 and assists with 10. “The overtime win against Ashland was a good win for our team,” he said. “It was big in the sense that it was a key win, but also because it was our first overtime game this year and we were able to pull together and come out with the win. I think it has prepared us for games down the road when we are in tight situations and have to come together. We now know we can do it.” Mercyhurst (8-8, 2-4 GLIAC), usually a defensive minded team, stepped up their offense against Ashland (9-7, 3-3 GLIAC). After building a 31-27 edge at the half, senior Terry Smith got the offensive firepower going, drilling a three-pointer on the first possession of the period. Mercyhurst’s lead grew to as many as 12 points at the 18:13 mark. Ashland, however, refused to go away and slowly cut down the lead by the impressive three point shooting of Ashland’s Brett Bartlett. The game stood tied at 64 through 40 minutes, but in overtime the Lakers held Ashland to just 2-of-12 shooting and 0-of-5 from three-point range. McTear’s biggest shot of the night came with 1:49 left in overtime with the Lakers trailing 6968. He drilled a three from the left side, giving the Lakers the momentum to finish the contest in winning fashion. In the final 26 seconds the Lakers downed five foul shots in a row to secure the victory and finished 8-of-10 from the line in overtime. “Grand Valley is a great team,” McTear said. “My thoughts are that we are certainly prepared mentally and physically going into that game. It is imperative that we play extremely hard and execute our game plan.” The Lakers fell to No. 9 Findlay University on Saturday 71-42. Mercyhurst (8-8, 2-4 GLIAC) struggled to score, as the Lakers scored a season low with 42 points. Morgan Lewis led Findlay with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.

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Freshman Amy Achesinski (22) looks to make a move to the basket during an earlier game against Gannon this year.

conference. This game marks a key moment for the Lakers team with respect to games played and future performances against teams that defeated Mercyhurst earlier in the season. “We’ve played really well against really good teams and we finally stuck in there for a whole game,” said assistant coach Tiffany Grubaugh. “It’s a great experience and I think it will be a turning point and hopefully we’ll play better the second time around.” The last moments of the game were the most challenging for the Lakers, after losing a close game earlier in the week to Ashland. “The intensity we had the last three minutes in the Ashland game, we had the whole Findlay game,” said Spetosky. “We never stopped battling.” The back and forth was nerve racking in the stands but for some players it was all apart of the game.

“The last few minutes I was nervous and focused because Findlay started to press,” said Spetosky. “We knew they would press us, so we wanted to make sure not to turn the ball over.” The Lakes trailed by 12 points at the half against Ashland due to the 18 crippling turnovers that occured. The Laker offense fired up in the second half outscoring the Eagles 45-38 but could not manage to recover from the first half. The women managed notable offensive statistics with Achesinski earning the fourth doubledouble of her career with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Pugliese led the Lakers with 19 points and four rebounds and Prischak added 18 points with seven rebounds. Spetosky finished the game with 15 points and four rebounds. The Lakers endure a four game road trip starting with a face-off against Grand Valley State.


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