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Jan. 23, 2008

Change of plans for senior gift
By Casey Greene Managing editor
The Mercyhurst College Senior Gift Steering Committee has had to decide on a new location for the senior class gift. The original idea for the gift has remained, but the location has been changed. “The concept of a 24-hour lounge has not changed,” said Director of the Senior Gift, Cathy Anderson. “Instead of being on the main floor of the library, the lounge will now be located on the lower level.” Steering Committee member senior Jeff Allen said the new location will face the north lawn, which overlooks East 38th Street. The location change was necessary due to issues with the location of sanitary pipes, said Anderson. Shortly after deciding upon the original location of the lounge, Mercyhurst College administrators found that the sanitary pipes needed to create a restroom were located on the east side of the building, not the west side, as proposed in the original plan. “It’s all about plumbing,” said Chairman of the Senior Gift Steering Committee senior Marty Wallenhorst. Mercyhurst College Director of Administration Tom Billingsley said when the administration discussed the original location on the west side of the building to include Café Diem, it was assumed that plumbing lines were available. “Together we identified something we had not contemplated before,” said Billingsley. “That was how we were going to get a bathroom to that section of the building.” Mercyhurst College Vice President for Administration Tyrone Moore said the Steering Com-

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Changes were made to the senior gift to accomodtae plumbing and location concerns. The idea and purpose of the gift remain the same, according to the committee.

mittee “…felt it’d be necessary to have a restroom if the room was going to be utilized 24/7.” Stuart Henderson, a faculty member in the interior design department and head architect and designer for the new lounge, agreed with Moore. “A restroom will be needed in a 24-hour lounge,” he said. “The plumbing is located on the wrong side of the building to create one in the original location.”

Moore said that without major construction, it would have been impossible to create a bathroom in the initial location. “The sanitary pipes are on the east side of the building and the original lounge was on the west,” said Moore. If the administration had chosen to follow through on the original project, installing a bathroom would have required running pipes through the ceil-

ing, said Billingsley. “It would have been very expensive,” he said. “Maybe as much as six figures, and it would have put a halt to the project.” The location change of the lounge has eliminated this issue, said the committee. “The new site has closer access to plumbing lines,” said Billingsley. “There are already sanitary lines there that we can access.” When the decision was made to

move the location of the lounge, the administration proposed three new layout options on the lower level of the library. “When we were deciding between the three options, everything revolved around using the emergency exit (on the lower level of the library),” said Wallenhorst. “The final design chosen utilized the exit best.” Please see Plumbing on Page 3

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Plumbing issues result in relocation
as well as the strategic plan.” The steering committee said another benefit of the windows is security. “Now, Police and Safety can drive by and just look in through the windows to make sure everything is okay,” said Wallenhorst. The committee said the only major change to the project is the move, and the lounge’s features will not change. A fireplace, lounge area and restroom are still part of the design, and wireless Internet access will still be available, they said. The benchmarks for donations will also remain the same: A $100 donation will receive a “High Rollers” T-Shirt, a $200 donation will receive a brick engraved with the donator’s name, and a $300 donation or larger will receive an acid-etched name engraving on a glass block. “The etched glass blocks will still be included in the design,” said Anderson. “They will be displayed above the fireplace, just as in the original plans.” Currently, the senior class has donated just over $5,000. “We are very thankful for those who have donated,” said Wallenhorst. “We are a quarter of the way towards our goal of $20,000.” The college will also pitch in to help with additional costs. “We are fortunate to have the college get on board,” said Wallenhorst. “We want to be sure the lounge is in line with their vision for the future of Mercyhurst.” The Steering Committee includes Wallenhorst, Gabriel, Allen, seniors Deanna Fletcher, Joshua Wilwohl, Kelly Cofrancisco and Katie Zinn. “We are all excited,” said Allen. “Some of us are working very hard.” Wallenhorst said the changes have not taken away from the size of the project. “This is still the most ambitious senior project,” he said. “With the new move, there will be less construction but it is more complex.” Henderson agrees. “It is still a complex project,” said Henderson. “The new location is just more logical.” Moore said the location change does not mean all hurdles have been cleared. “There are still going to be challenges,” said Moore. “But none that are insurmountable.” Mercyhurst College Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Barbara Behan said that members of the administration will meet Monday afternoon to discuss the new details of the project. Behan said that Ken Stefferson, Mercyhurst College’s director of the physical plant, Darci Jones, the college’s interim library director, Pat Benekos, head of information technology at the college, along with Henderson, Anderson, Billingsley and Moore will attend the meeting to review Henderson’s new design for the lounge. “The location had to be changed,” said Behan. “But that new room is going to be just beautiful.” Behan said Billingsley has expressed interest in beginning the project as soon as possible. “We will know more after the meeting on Monday, but construction may begin during spring break or even before,” she said. Many pre-construction issues would need to be addressed before the project officially begins, said Behan. “The first thing that will have to be done is moving the stacks,” she said. “Then other things can be worked on until construction is able to start.”

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Plans for the 24-hour lounge changed over the past week due to plumbing issues. The new lounge is located on the lower level of Hammermill Library.

Continued from Page 2 Although the move was unexpected, Billingsley said he thinks it is for the best. “This has morphed into a better choice,” he said. “From a cost and construction point of view, this is the better choice.” The location change has allowed Henderson to increase the size of the lounge. “The new location is actually larger,” he said. “We have added around 200 square feet to the design.” With the location change, other modifications will also be made.

A café will no longer be a part of the lounge, but the Steering Committee plans to include vending machines at its new location. The new lounge will line the wall of windows on the lower north wall of library, said the committee. “The new location is much better,” said Ashley Gabriel, a member of the Steering Committee. “The wall of windows provides natural light.” Wallenhorst said Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, a winter depression caused by lack of natural light. The all-glass wall in the new

lounge could help relieve some of this depression. “One of the main arguments for having a lounge with a wall of glass is to utilize natural sunlight due to SAD,” said Wallenhorst. “Having an entire wall of windows will help with this problem.” Anderson said she believes utilizing the glass wall makes the lounge in line with the administration’s vision of a “green” Mercyhurst. “Utilizing the wall of windows and natural light makes the lounge more energy-efficient,” said Anderson. “It aligns with the college’s goals for sustainability



Jan. 23 2008

Philanthropy vote Florida loses fails for second time its popularity
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) voted Jan. 21 for the second time this year on their philanthropy matching opportunity. The philanthropy matching opportunity is a way in which Recognized Student Clubs and Organizations (RSCOs) can raise money for non-profit organizations and MSG will match the amount raised and being donated. On Jan. 15, the MSG Budget and Finance Committee heard two requests from Amnesty International: Increase the amount of money available in the philanthropy line item and increase the amount of money individual RSCOs could apply for during the course of one academic year. As it stands, the philanthropy matching amount is $350 per academic year per club, an amount which is already figured into the MSG budget. This means that a club can raise up to $115 per term in which MSG will match. Prior to this year, however, only a few specific RSCOs were able to take advantage of this opportunity. By rationing the philanthropy matching opportunity, an equal opportunity is now given to clubs who request matching funds. Though, to some, more specifically those in Amnesty International, said they feel that this figure is too low. Amnesty International wanted each club to have $160 per term to match, a figure which would roll-over if not used from term to term, giving clubs an opportunity to raise up to $480 by the end of an academic year in which MSG would match. Senior MSG representative and member of Amnesty International Lauren McDermott feels that the current figures for the philanthropy line items pose severe limitations on the amounts that RSCOs are able to raise. “With these restrictions, MSG is laying the smack-down on students’ abilities to raise and give money,” said McDermott. Student Government President senior Marissa Starin said that the philanthropy line item was discussed in depth and voted on in October 2007, using data and numbers from previous years. “Looking at the lack of RSCO participation we analyzed the process,” said Starin. “At that time, we reached the decision that RSCOs may request up to $350 to be matched through the course of one academic year.” As of Jan. 21, MSG has only received one request for the philanthropy from the Fashion Merchandising Club for the amount of $108. McDermott, however, says that in the three years past, the philanthropy amounts have exceeded the yearly budget allowances of $4,500, reaching $6,000. McDermott said that these figures were not mentioned to the voting body at the hearing on Monday night. “The Budget and Finance committee has three executive board members on it. That is extremely unfair. Students voting weren’t given all of the facts needed, and simply voted to vote. They voted totally apathetically without concern for what they were voting for,” said McDermott. Junior Chris Ulrich, public relations chairperson for MSG and member of the Budget and Finance Committee, says that the philanthropy line item amounts have been evaluated based on basic financial principles. “We aren’t supposed to raise the amount until the proposal has been made by the RSCO in pursuit of the funds,” said Ulrich. “We get audited each year and need to have some sort of fiscal stability.” Ulrich said in previous years, line items have exceeded the set amounts, but requests have still been matched. T he petition created by Amnesty International protesting the change of the philanthropy figures signed by over 100 students would say no, said McDermott. The need to increase amounts in the budget specifically for philanthropy is not necessary, according to Ulrich. Starin agrees with Ulrich, saying the line item was not diminished. “The philanthropy line item was not decreased in any way, nor did any of us believe that it should be,” she said. McDermott stands strong, along with Amnesty International, in the belief that the figures should be increased. McDer mott says MSG is neglecting to listen to students, and as a result is failing to live out its mission. “I have been utterly disappointed by the actions of the student government this school year. I am considering resigning from my position as a representative because of the apathy expressed by the student government as a whole,” said McDermott. “They don’t care about anything anymore and it’s showing.”

By Matt Sedensky Associated Press
When Eric Feichthaler became mayor three years ago, this town was booming. The city issued 800 permits that month to build single-family homes. Cape Coral still has thousands of empty lots, but last month, it issued just nine permits. A number of factors explain the downturn, and many of them are not unique to Florida. But it is becoming clear the Sunshine State is losing some of its luster. Census figures show that in 2007, the number of people who moved to warm and sunny Florida from other states outnumbered those who left by just 35,301, down from 268,347 in 2005. It was just the second year since 1990, when the Census Bureau started keeping such records, that the state saw fewer than 50,000 net U.S. arrivals. Experts blame the recent slowdown on a combination of circumstances: The national mortgage crisis and the bursting of the real estate bubble, hurricanes, Florida’s steep insurance rates and property taxes, and rising unemployment. Feichthaler said he is glad certain folks have left — “the people that came in three years ago in a gold-rush mentality” — even if that’s causing some upheaval. The downturn, he said, is leading to more affordable housing and the departure of unlicensed contractors, shady title agents and other scam artists. Beth Mann, 27, lived in West Palm Beach until a year and a half ago, when her husband,

Michael, was offered a teaching job in Georgia. He took it — at a higher salary than he was paid in Florida — and they moved to Buford, Ga. Their house is three times bigger. Their property taxes are 75 percent less. Their homeowner’s insurance bill has been cut nearly in half. “We’re like, ‘Why didn’t we move sooner?’” she said. Eight other homes on the Manns’ street are also occupied by former Floridians. Stanley Smith, who heads the Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the University of Florida, blamed hurricanes, taxes, insurance and housing prices. A 2005 report by Smith forecasts a decline in people moving to the state through 2030, but the overall population is still expected to increase by more than 10 percent in each of the next two decades. In Cape Coral, where the population has more than doubled to about 150,000 since 1990, some welcome the downturn. Bob Janes, a Lee County commissioner whose district includes Cape Coral, said it may give officials time to improve mental health care, roads and other services. But Feichthaler, who is challenging Janes for his commission seat, said the decrease in property values and the resulting plunge in tax revenue will mean the city must cut $6 million to $7 million to avoid tax increases. There have been municipal layoffs, and more are possible. Many remain optimistic. “People still want to follow the sun,” Janes said. “And as soon as it gets cold up north, they think more and more about the sun.”

Jan. 23, 2008



Learning expo successful event for students
By Julie Hranica Staff writer
Many Mercyhurst College students gathered in the Audery Hirt Academic building Saturday morning, Jan. 19 to participate in the Kappa Delta Pi Teaching and Learning Expo. The expo consisted of three educational sessions in the morning, a catered lunch and a panel discussion with seven first or second-year teachers. When students arrived, they received their individual folders with a breakdown of their schedule for the day. Students got to select their first and second choices for each session upon registering. Some of the sessions offered were “Healthy Classrooms” taught by a representative from the Mercyhurst Health Center, “How to Survive on a Limited Budget,” taught by Art Education professor Camille Nischal and “Science Activities for the Secondary Classroom,” taught by Marlene Cross, another member of the Mercyhurst Faculty. The other sessions addressed current issues facing teachers today, such as new technology to use in the classroom, stress and relaxation tips, writing Individual Education Plans’s for Special Education majors, and tips to aide the processes of student teaching, interviewing for jobs and creating portfolios. The session on maximizing your job interview was helpful to senior Justine Keltz who said that she attended the expo because she thought the information provided would help her to find a job. Keltz also explained that she found the session “Student Teaching and Portfolios” to be extremely helpful as well. “It is what is relevant to me right now,” Keltz said. Sophomore Heather Buechner found this to be one of her favorite sessions during the day. “I thought that the ses sion about interviewing for a job was very informative and it definitely helped me to prepare for future inter views,” she said. While some students attended due to the sessions available, others wanted to go due to last year’s successful event. “I came to the expo last year, and I am a member of Kappa Delta Pi, which is why I at tended again this year,” Buechner said. Other members of Kappa Delta Pi, including the coPresident, sophomore Amanda Byrnes, attended the event as well. Byrnes said that she came last year and learned a lot from the presentations and thought that the event was worth it, even though it was on a Saturday morning. While some students may have had favorite sessions, Byrnes mentioned the importance of all the sessions. “I really think that each session was a piece of the puzzle,” she said. “I though they were all helpful in different ways and I learned everything from how to get free art materials to keeping occupied in creative ways and to best prepare for student teaching.” Graduate Assistant and coordinator of the event Jillian Perfetti said that the expo was helpful to the students. “The expo went really well and 110 students came,” she said. There will be another expo next year and Perfetti is already preparing for it.

The Kappa Delta Pi Teaching and Learning Expo, held on Jan. 19, benefited Mercyhurst College students.

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“Each student received an evaluation form in their packet, and we are definitely going to take them seriously for next year,” she said. Students were able to discuss any questions or concerns they had about teaching with seven first and second-year teachers in the form of a panel discussion, held in Taylor Little Theater.

Overall the Teaching and Learning Expo was an excellent way for students to learn material that they might not hear in the curriculum at Mercyhurst. It provided them with the opportunities to network with other teachers from the community and allowed them to prepare for their future careers.

The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” broadcast series is coming to Mercyhurst’s Taylor Little Theatre, allowing viewers to watch events occurring in New York City in real time, including lectures by newsmakers, political figures, opinion-shapers and authors.

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MCAT, LSAT Prep Courses offered

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.


Election 2008


Jan. 23, 2008

Listen before going to the polls
It seems many Americans are already getting stuck in the political muck of the 2008 Presidential race. Between the inparty bickering and the across-party mudslinging, it’s no wonder Americans are getting lost. Still, I can’t help but be shocked at how many people are caught up in the issues that absolutely do not matter. Once again we are allowing ourselves to be blinded be by the subtle sensationalism of a political race. I have friends, even relatives, who support a candidate completely based on the candidate’s position on one issue. Commentary “I don’t really know what their By Casey Greene stance on the War in Iraq is,” they say. “But he or she shows emotion and we need someone like that in charge.” I also have family and friends who vote against candidates based on the same reasoning. “Oh yes,” they say. “So and so has a wonderful plan for educational funding, a brilliant foreign relations idea and wants to bring jobs back to the States, but I can’t vote for them. He or she believes in more rigid guns laws and I hunt.” A popular topic of today’s debate is race versus gender. I’ve overheard countless conversations about the pros and cons of having a black president versus having a female president. Wake up, people. Once they’re sitting in the Oval Office, the color of their skill and their anatomy will not be our biggest concern. The race and gender of our candidates do not matter; it is all about the issues. I encourage you to think a few years ahead, to when we leave college. It’s not that far down the road. Three months after graduation we will have to pay for our own insurance. Not longer after that, taxes. We will be job-hunting, buying homes and paying mortgages. During those years, do you think we are going to care more about if our president shows emotion or if they are bringing jobs back into the U.S.; if they are for capital punishment or if they are organizing universal health care? While all issues matter, some are more relevant. On Jan. 30 the next Republican Presidential Debate will be aired from Calif. And the Democratic Presidential Debate will be broadcast on Jan. 31. I encourage you to turn on the debate and close your eyes. Forget what the candidate looks like and what their last name is. Just listen. Ask yourself, do you like what you hear?

Sen. John Edwards is a 2008 Democratic presidential candidate.

Dr. Ron Paul is a 2008 Republican presidential candidate.

Health Care: “More than any of the presidential candidates, John Edwards has come up with a specific and plausible plan that provides for health care coverage for all Americans.” - Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times War in Iraq: “We don’t need debate; we don’t need non-binding resolutions; we need to end this war. In order to get the Iraqi people to take responsibility for their country, we must show them that we are serious about leaving, and the best way to do that is to actually start leaving.” - Edwards Immigration: “The administration may think domestic defense is about changing the color code from yellow to orange. Let me tell you something: the colors that will make America safer are firefighter red, EMT white, and police officer blue.” - Edwards

Health Care: “(The Government) is more involved in medicine than many other areas and you see a skyrocketing of prices.” - Paul War in Iraq: “ The only proper way to go to war, the only legal way to go to war, the only constitutional way to go to war is to declare the war, by the congress, not by the president. The people should be behind it.” - Paul Immigration: “We are spread so thin that we have too few troops defending America. And now, there are new calls for a draft of our young men and women. We can continue to fund and fight no-win police actions around the globe, or we can refocus on securing America and bring the troops home.” - Paul

Jan. 23, 2008



King Day observed in ’09
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been recognized nationwide since 1986, except for at Mercyhurst College. Monday marked the 79 birthday celebration of the renowned activist. While the holiday is recognized by the closing of federal facilities and services, Mercyhurst College remained fully operational. However there is good news for all those who have been forced to miss their classes in order to partake in the day’s festivities. It has been announced that for the 2008-09 school year, Mercyhurst will recognize the holiday by cancelling classes for the day. Junior Kara Branby thinks it is a good idea that the college has made the decision to cancel classes. “Students will be able to take part in the events around Erie, and take notice of what a great person Martin Luther King Jr. was for our country,” said Branby. “It’s a national holiday for a reason.” Petrina Marrero of the Marion Shane Multicultural Center is also happy that the college is going to live up to its mission. “Following the mission means recognizing a day to celebrate someone such as Dr. King, who was so passionate in his beliefs, as the school should be urging students to be able to do,” said Marrero. Despite classes being held and the college up and running, the Marion Shane Multicultural Center and Student Activities Committee have hosted an array of events commemorating Dr. King. Marrero assures that just because classes are not cancelled,

Erie ‘stuffed the bus’ full
By Amy Zielinski News editor
Gannon University student Jarett Beavers shrugged his shoulders as he tossed his money into the donation bin. He didn’t even look back; all he said was, “It doesn’t hurt to give.” Almost 40 college students from Mercyhurst’s North East and Erie Campuses volunteered their time to help raise donations for 80 local nonprofit agencies on Jan. 19 at the second annual “Stuff the Bus” at Wal-Mart, 1900 Keystone Drive. Customers at Wal-Mart donated nearly 300 goods including school supplies, hygiene items and paper towels, and $327.86 was raised in money donations. Volunteers worked in twohour intervals starting at 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., handing out flyers to customers as they entered Wal-Mart. The flyers had various supplies that the patrons could donate to the non-profit agencies. Freshmen Jill Leaness and Jessica Carley were two students who offered their time by collecting money from customers as they entered Wal-Mart. “It’s a good opportunity to get involved in the community,” said Carley. AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member Colin Hurley said the day was freezing and was ver y thankful for all of the volunteers and donations. “Shivering in the cold and asking for donations for local non-profit agencies is not easy, especially if you can’t stand rejection,” said Hurley. “Overall, shoppers were very cooperative.” Bo Sutton, an AmeriCorps VISTA member of Gannon, said it went really well despite the weather. “Our volunteer turnout was exciting,” he said. “It’s nice to see students out on a Saturday giving their time to help someone in need.” Erie’s 103.7 radio station, STAR 104, broadcasted live from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the Stuff the Bus event. “This gave us a boost with publicity and provided music on-site,” said Hurley. “The donations started coming more steadily at that point.” “Volunteers have stepped up to make it all happen,” he said. “We can always dream of the day when we need a second bus, but today was very successful and I am proud of that,” said Hurley.

Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday that Mercyhurst College will observe starting next year.

students still have opportunities to celebrate the holiday. “Emails were sent to faculty members and administration asking to allow students to celebrate by partaking in the events held on that day,” said Marrero. Marrero said that permission slips were also available at each event for students to have proof of attendance. Senior Tor rie Car uso is pumped to hear about the college’s decision to not hold classes for next year’s MLK day. “If I had off class, I would definitely take advantage of the events the school offers for Dr. King’s remembrance,” said Caruso. On Tuesday, Jan. 15, the multicultural center hosted a birthday celebration in honor of the late Dr. King. The 15 is the date of King’s actual birthday, while the holiday is recognized every third Monday in the month of January. Special liturgies recognizing

Dr. King were offered, including the Protestant Liturgy for the Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, in Prince of Peace Chapel in the student union and the noon Mass in Christ the King Chapel on Monday, Jan. 21. On Monday, the school hosted a breakfast, transportation to the march that took place downtown, and the MLK Reflection Reception in the Student Union Great Room, made possible through the college’s Diversity Enrichment Grant program. On Thursday, Jan. 24, a Unity Night Dance will be held in the Student Union Great Room from 10 p.m. to midnight. Participants are urged to wear white and come together in the spirit of peace and unity. MLK day is just the lead into the celebration of Black History Month which begins in February. Keep your eyes and ears open for festivities the college will likely be hosting for the month.

Commitment to accuracy
To report corrections and clarifications, contact managing editor Casey Greene at mgeditormerciad@ or (814) 824-2376.

Corrections from Jan. 16 issue
A paragraph was repeated on the political page under Hillary Clinton’s section.



Jan. 23, 2008

‘Focus the Nation’ addresses global warming
By Tim Hucko Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College will join forces with over 1,100 schools, students, scientists and other professionals to participate in Focus the Nation on Jan. 30 and 31. Focus the Nation is a national educational initiative on global warming solutions for America. The Mercyhurst programming is being facilitated by Dr. James Snyder, Dr. David Hyland and Dr. Chris Magoc, with support from president of the Student Green Team, Angela Phillips. This multi-media event is expected to reach close to one million students nationwide to help raise awareness of these issues. Through collaboration with students, faculty and professionals Focus the Nation hopes to perhaps devise a solution for our nation’s future in the coming years. Students like Ryan Heise are really intrigued by the idea and hope that students will take a personal interest in their future. Fresh on the heels of its environmental speaker series, “Good People Gather,” and the installation of energy-saving solar panels on its main campus, planners here hope that Mercyhurst is moving toward a tipping point in awareness and ecological change. Sophomore Patrick Barrett said, “I heard all of the speakers and would like to see more changes on campus to promote a cleaner environment right here in Erie.” Mercyhurst President Dr. Tom Gamble said, “Mercyhurst College believes it is incumbent upon all of us in academia to address the critical issue of global warming by educating the leaders of tomorrow who stand to inherit this global challenge. “Mercyhurst has long been a frontr unner in the green movement among higher edcation institutions in Pennsylvania, as proven by our purchase of wind power, and our recently developed green landscape master plan,” Gamble said. “We’ve also taken many other steps towards establishing the college as a model of sustainability like creating a sustainability minor as part of our science cur ricula and incor porating the use of geothermal energy in some building construction.” Kicking off the two-day awareness campaign on Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., will be the Guelcher Film Series documentary, The 11 th Hour, about the state of the global environment, including visionar y and practical solutions for restoring the planet’s ecosystems. Senior Anne Sobol said, “I saw the posters around campus and thought these films and presentations could be interesting.” Later that evening, a live, interactive webcast, The 2% Solution, produced by the National Wildlife Federation will be streamed across the entire Mercyhurst network. During that webcast, climate scientists will present five strategies designed to reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050 and will ask participants nationwide to text their opinions and votes for a collective solution. On Thursday, Jan. 31, a Political Roundtable and Reception in the Mercy Heritage Room with Congressman Phil English state representatives Patrick Harkins and Curt Sonney; County Council Chairman Joseph Giles; County Councilman David Mitchell; Millcreek Township Supervisor Lawrence Curtis and Erie Mayor Joseph Sennott’s representative Sarah Galloway will be held to discuss local issues and solutions to the daunting subject of global warming. To close out the proceedings, a slide show presentation titled “An Inconvenient Truth for the Erie Region and Beyond,” adapted from the Academy Award-winning documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” will be shown in the Walker Recital Hall. The presentation, delivered by global warming outreach coordinator of PennFuture, Sharon Pillar, will address the effects of global warming on the Northeast U.S., the Great Lakes, Pennsylvania and the Erie Region. Green Team Chair Snyder is very pleased with the scheduled events and hopes to see more in the future. “Although it has always been an uphill battle for us to generate awareness,” said Snyder, “I sense that perhaps there is a change in the tide now, not just for the Green Team, but for the bigger issues the Green Team is engaged in.” Fellow event leader and Biology Chair Dr. David Hyland hopes students respond with great interest and attend as many events as they can. Is global war ming real? Here’s a great opportunity for you to learn more and decide for yourself. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , please visit www.focusthenation. org.

Literacy fair benefits ’Hurst, Erie community
By Amy Zielinski News editor
Mercyhurst College will host its very first literacy fair in the Student Union on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The fair is designed to expose children, from kindergarden to third grade, to literature and activities to build their interest in reading. The literacy fair is part of the Mercyhurst Diversity grant entitled “Skills and Interest for College.” Over 50 children from different non-profit agencies are expected to attend the event. Colin Hurley, AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) member, is coordinating the event along with education majors enrolled in the children’s literature course. “Our goal is to have children think positively about books and learning,” said Dr. Tim Frawley, assistant professor of eduction at Mercyhurst College, who teaches the children’s literature class. “We are looking for the child’s reading response,” he said. “We want to plan activities that engage the students.” Nearly 30 students from Frawley’s class will be selecting their own literature piece to read to the children. “Taking the time to make a child feel important by engaging his or her literacy skills and creativity can open the child’s eyes,” Hurley said. “My hope is that Mercyhurst students will encounter that one child who surprises him or her by making some impression,” he added. There is work currently being done to create “passports” for the children as incentives. Students will be able to choose at least three tables to which they would like to go. When students are finished listening to the story and completed the activity, they will be given a stamp for their “passport.” Michele Garvey, a post baccalaureate student at Mercyhurst College, says it’s a keepsake for the students and a way to show accomplishment. “It will be great to have handson experience with the children,” said Garvey. Junior Nathan Ratkovsky agreed. “Since we’re all going to be teachers, it’s great that we are getting this experience now,” he said. “It exposes us to work with students and to become more comfortable with them.” Senior Sandy Newell is glad to see Mercyhurst education students participating in the literacy fair. “I definitely wish that an event such as the literacy fair would have been done in the past when I took children’s literature, but hopefully it will be a huge success and continue into the future,” Newell said. “This event shows that Mercyhurst is a college committed not only to educating its own students about the broader world around them, but is also committed to reaching out to the Erie community in positive and effective ways.” Frawley would like to see the event continue in the future. “It gives an added dimension to the students,” he said.

Jan. 23, 2008



Career services’ monitors inform students
By Jen Helbig Staff writer
Newly installed monitors on campus may increase students’ exposure to information from the Career Services office. The monitors are located in the basement of the student union near the SubConnection and near 204 Old Main, the location of the Career Services office. Associate Director of Career Services Frank Rizzone and Director of the Office of Career Services Robert Hvezda were part of a team that chose to install the new monitors. “We were doing some research online last summer and came across some information that this new company was out there,” Rizzone said. “Robert [Hvezda] and I did some investigating and found that some other top colleges and universities had signed on and were very pleased with what they received.” “We contacted them and they sent a representative to visit Mercyhurst, and we scouted some locations. The monitors were installed just after New Year’s,” Rizzone said. The monitors feature information for students that can help them gain an internship, a job, improve interviewing skills and more. Junior Katie Wootton, has seen the monitors around campus and was interested in some of the tips they featured. “The interviewing techniques are helpful. “They’re tips you don’t really think about but they’re good to know,” Wootton said. “I think if they put deadlines and dates for important paperwork or events on the monitors it would be helpful to students.” Rizzone said that more Mercyhurst-specific material will appear on the monitors in the coming weeks. “We submitted to the company a whole CD of photographs of Mercyhurst. We have the ability to put more information on there; all that we have to do is email them the information, and the turnaround time is almost immediate,” he said. Senior Nicole Ruffo has not seen the monitors but said that she thinks they will be a valuable service to students. “Because I’m a senior, it would be nice to see reminders applying to graduate school deadlines. I guess the normal deadlines for graduate school are around January, and if students were reminded in the fall it might keep them on track because they would be reminded about their applications,” she said. “One of the challenging things we have encountered in communicating messages and information out to the student body,” Rizzone said. “We have such a diverse population with students that live on campus and those that are commuting daily. We can now reach students from numerous majors and classes, with the latest cutting edge career information that ability is literally at our fingertips.” “In addition, trying to get to all of those age brackets is tough. We use posters, e-mail, word of mouth and announcements from faculty already, so any new method of getting mes sages across is something we are proud to offer students,” he said. Rizzone said that the monitors were placed in high traffic areas for visibility to students and recruiters. “We chose this particu-

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New monitors will help inform students about Mercyhurst College’s Career Services Office. The monitors are set up in the Laker and in Old Main.

lar location (in Old Main) because we have many recruiters that will be visiting Mercyhurst,” Rizzone said. “We envision that the monitors will be used for putting up announcements about recruiters that will be coming in.” Recruiters pay to advertise on the monitors, which is beneficial to them because word spreads to students who might apply for positions at their companies so there is no cost to the students. The monitors went online only two weeks ago and Rizzone said that more information will be added on career tips, resources and employers advertising for full time employees and interns. Wootton has heard publicity about Career Services prior to the monitors. “One of my psychology professors talked to us about the services that the Career Services office offers. I also heard about it in Ambassa-

dors club. The monitors will offer different information and reminders that other sources might not touch on,” she said. “I have been up to Career Services before for help look-

ing up an internship. The secretary and Kyle Faust were helpful resources. Students should visit the Career Services office because it’s something very helpful that Mercyhurst offers.”

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many more cities, counties and states will require menu labeling once they see how easy it is for these chains to list calories on menus.” But J. Justin Wilson, senior research analyst at the Center for Consumer Freedom, called the new law an example of “nannystate public health policies.” “It doesn’t take a Ph.D. in nutrition, let alone a high school diploma, to tell the difference between a 12-piece bucket of chicken and a salad,” he said. The regulation affects fast-food chains because their standardized menus make it feasible to determine calorie counts. The restaurants will be required to display calorie counts “in close proximity” to items on their menus or menu boards in letters and numbers at least as big as the name of the item or the price. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Frieden said the law would strike a blow against obesity by helping consumers make informed choices. “Today in New York City, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, and half of children are overweight or obese,” he said. “It’s a serious epidemic.” Some New Yorkers said they would ignore the calorie information if it were posted. “I think it’s a foolish idea,” said Patricia Conboy, who was eating a hamburger at a McDonald’s in Manhattan. At a Burger King, where the calories were posted in a separate area away from the menu board, Eloisa Malhurin said she had not noticed the calorie counts although she tries to watch what she eats. “I’m having this burger now but that’s it for the day,” she said. “Maybe some tea.” New York City, which banned trans-fat-laden cooking oils from all restaurants last year, is believed to be the first U.S. city to enact a regulation requiring calories on menus. Since then, California lawmakers and those in King County in Washington, which includes Seattle, have considered similar bills. The earlier version of New York City’s law was struck down in September by U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell, who said it conflicted with federal food labeling laws. But he indicated that the rule would not seem to conflict if it were mandatory both for restaurants that had posted nutritional information and for those that had not. Chuck Hunt, spokesman for the New York Restaurant Association, said the group had not decided whether to challenge the latest version of the law. Hunt said the regulation would not stop people from eating fattening foods. He pointed to the nutritional information that is already required on packaged items sold in stores. “It’s been done in supermarkets for 13 years,” Hunt said. “Has it worked? Has obesity declined?”
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Jan. 23, 2008

NYC fast-food outlets required to post calories
By Karen Matthers Associated Press
NEW YORK - Want 300-calorie fries with that? The city Board of Health voted Tuesday to approve a new version of a law requiring fast-food outlets to display calorie counts on their menus, hoping the fat-filled truth will shock New Yorkers into eating healthier. The regulation, which takes effect March 31, was altered slightly after a judge rejected the city’s first attempt last year. The new regulation applies to any chain that operates at least 15 separate outlets, including those that don’t currently provide any information on calories. Major fast-food chains make up about 10 percent of the city’s restaurants. Several chains, such as McDonald’s and Burger King, have the information available but don’t list it on their menu boards. “It’s going to get a lot easier to make informed choices at New York City’s chain restaurants this spring,” said Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director for the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We expect that a

Study: False statements issued before Iraq invasion
By Douglass Daniel Associated Press
A study by two nonprofit journalism organizations found that President Bush and top administration officials issued hundreds of false statements about the national security threat from Iraq in the two years following the 2001 terrorist attacks. The study concluded that the statements “were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.” The study was posted Tuesday on the Web site of the Center for Public Integrity, which worked with the Fund for Independence in Journalism. White House spokesman Scott Stanzel did not comment on the merits of the study Tuesday night but reiterated the administration’s position that the world community viewed Iraq’s leader, Saddam Hussein, as a threat. The study counted 935 false statements in the two-year period. It found that in speeches, briefings, interviews and other venues, Bush and administration officials stated unequivocally on at least 532 occasions that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction or was trying to produce or obtain them or had links to al-Qaida or both. Named in the study along with Bush were top officials of the administration during the period studied: Vice President Dick Cheney, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan. Bush led with 259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq’s links to alQaida, the study found. That was second only to Powell’s 244 false statements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 10 about Iraq and al-Qaida. The center said the study was based on a database created with public statements over the two years beginning on Sept. 11, 2001, and information from more than 25 government reports, books, articles, speeches and interviews.

Jan. 23, 2008



Actor Heath Ledger found dead
By Tom Hays Associated Press
Heath Ledger was found dead Tuesday, Jan. 22 at a downtown Manhattan apartment, and police said drugs may have been a factor. The Australian-born actor was 28. Ledger had an appointment for a massage at the residence in the tiny SoHo neighborhood, NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said. A housekeeper who went to let him know the massage therapist had arrived found him dead at 3:26 p.m. A large crowd of paparazzi and gawkers began gathering Tuesday evening outside the building on an upscale block, where several police officers guarded the door. Ledger was to appear as the Joker this year in “The Dark Night,” a sequel to 2005’s “Batman Begins.” He’s had starring roles in “A Knight’s Tale,” “The Patriot,” and played the suicidal son of Billy Bob Thornton in “Monster’s Ball.” Mercyhurst College students had similar reactions to the shocking news. “Oh my God, really?” said sophomore Trevor Sones. “I guess I’m not surprised that another young, hot actor is using drugs,” said senior Amanda Kaiser. “It’s sad because he has a kid and he was a good actor. I guess he just got ahold of the wrong stuff.” Other students expressed the same response. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it was Britney Spears, but Heath Ledger is shocking,” said junior Laura Drathman. “I would never have expected that.” More than anything, however, was sadness for the loss of a talented actor. “His death is traumatic because he was a good actor,” said freshman Mike Cirbus.

Ledger has a two-year-old daughter with former girlfriend, actress Michelle Williams.

Students see difference in clothing choices
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Europe has long served as the catalyst and muse for fashion across the globe. Out of Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles and other fashion capitals worldwide, America seems to always have the slowest uptake on new trends in the fashion industry. This can also apply to the technology industry. For example, in Asia your new phone you got for Christmas is the equivalent of something Zack Morris would have owned. Has our culture become so casual that we have become dismissed in the broad picture of massive industries in the worldwide market? There are a number of European students here at Mercyhurst College who feel dramatic differences in the way Americans and international students dress. Senior Roland Andris from Dieselstrasse, Germany, emphasized the diversity seen in men’s clothing and how it is drastically different over seas. He said that “street style” is commonly seen along with the prevalence of what is commonly referred to as the “metro” look, which is more streamlined to the body and styled with modern details. “I grew up with a fusion of the hip-hop culture and high fashion,” Andris said. “To me, both are acceptable, and overall I think Europeans have less hesitation than Americans to wear something unusual or out-of-the-box.” This fashion opinion is the case with the female population, as well. Freshman Kinga Krolikowska of Chelm, Poland also agrees with Andris on the issue. “American students tend to dress in Victoria’s Secret, whereas international students, especially Europeans, tend to dress in H&M, C&A and Cubus,” she said. Cubus is a company based out of Norway and is similar to H&M. Cubus offers men’s and women’s sportswear at affordable prices. For instance, a well-made ski jacket costs $54.90 and matching ski pants sells for $36.40. Krolikowska also divulged that she is not fond of the fact that she finds a vast number of the female population at Mercyhurst wearing the color pink. Lately, the trend of wearing pink, particularly light pink, has crossed into the male market, perhaps never to return. Perhaps our light-hearted and casual attitude has been translated in American ways of dressing and also into an industry that lacks substance in contrast with the world market. Anna Wintour, editor-inchief of Vogue, the nation’s most prestigious fashion magazine, would probably argue otherwise, but from a grassroots perspective this conviction

Stores like H&M and Cubus strive to offer unique, fashionable clothing for a variety of nationalities.

might hold some truth. Protestors of the Vietnam War served as the individuals to attribute to the rise of popularity in wearing denim. This casual, laid back style seems to highlight and hallmark the cultural and societal attitudes during this time of

revolution. Overall, European designers may serve as the inspiration via the trickle-down theory. But, one can clearly discern the connection between a country’s cultural norms and its impact on how its people choose to dress.



Jan. 23, 2008

Technology rises, DVD sales slip
By Chris James Staff writer
It is a Saturday night, and you are hanging out in your apartment with some friends. With nothing better to do, you decide that a movie will help pass the time. Where the movies are coming from is changing recently as sales slip, thanks to both online subscription and illegal downloading. Ever since DVDs were released to the public, they have risen in popularity with the passing of each year. However this year, sales slowed and left the market with millions of dollars less compared to sales in 2006. The rental market has remained level with previous years, and lately, the option to download movies from the Internet is becoming far more popular. People find the DVDs that they buy in a wide variety of places, including online, in the store or through the mail. Senior Megan Shoup says that she still visits video stores to rent and purchase DVDs, but the other options are appealing. “It is pretty convenient to order a movie online and not leave the house,” she said. Sophomore Angela Fortunato tends to make the purchases from the Internet. “Usually, I can get them at Amazon,” she said. “They are cheaper and I know that they will have a good quality when I get them. Sometimes though, I do buy them at stores while I’m shopping.” Many factors could be blamed for the decline in sales. The ease of movie downloading, both legally and illegally, brings a movie to you nearly instantly without forcing you to leave your home. The bigger chains such as Netflix and Blockbuster deliver movies of your choice directly to your home for a monthly fee, and even ordinary rental stores are cheaper if you only want to see the movie once. These online subscriptions fequently offer a faster turnaround in movie deliveries

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Video stores like Family Video may suffer sales due to increased online subscriptions.

compared to how often consumers will frequent a video retail location. “I almost never rent,” said Fortunato. “I like to have the movies on hand, and I know that I can take care of them. You don’t know the condition

a rented movie will be in when you get it home. Slipping sales could also have a lot to do with Blu-Ray and HD-capable TV’s coming out.” While it is true that the new technology such as Blu-Ray and HD DVDs could perhaps

bring success back to DVD sales, this year they have made up only about one percent of the market. However if this percentage does not rise, sales could continue to decline while the online market continues to grow.

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Jan. 23, 2008

THE LAKER Winter Term


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Fun Web sites to bust the boredom blues
By Allie Miniri Staff writer
Ever find yourself sitting in front of the computer with endless possibilities at your fingertips, yet you can think of absolutely nothing better than e-mail or Facebook? Fear not, for here is a list of boredom busters on the web. Sick of YouTube? Check out, a Web application that turns your digital photos and music into a professional-looking video. Users sign up for free and can make an unlimited number of 30-second videos to share with friends over the Internet. Users can also pay just three dollars for a full-length video to download to a computer. Mercyhurst College Intelligence Studies students received a link to this Web site from Professor Wheaton. “Animoto is a much better way to make slideshows that are more interesting than PowerPoints,” said sophomore Cerissa Lynch. Another site that is worth checking out is bighugelabs. com. This is an awesome photo editing resource. Anyone can make really neat projects that look like they were made by graphic designers. For most projects all you have to do is upload a digital photo and click “go.” For some projects, students may be required to sign in, but it is free to sign up. “For SAC we often have to do a lot of image work and Microsoft Publisher doesn’t always work,” said senior Kyle Craig. “With, we can make some cool things quickly and for free.” Feeling out of the loop? Get hooked up with the slang of today at urbandictionary. com and get some instant street cred. Senior Kelly Cofrancisco is a fan of this site. “Urban Dictionary is off the hook,” she said. “I have the book and the Web site is just funny.” With the increase in technology in music, online sites are catering to music fans’ tastes. is an interactive online radio, similar to, that lets the user choose the mood and type of music to play, then creates a mind map and custom playlist. And for those surfers who are more interested in fashion, Web sites are popping up all over the place. is one of the coolest place to shop for handmade items on the Web from small businesses all around the world. It has the feeling of thousands of chic boutiques all on one site. Users can find what they are looking for by keyword, or pick a color and see what products come up. “I don’t like to buy things that I know everyone else will already have,” said junior Vicky Fleisner. “That’s why I think this Web site is awesome.” All products are unique and often eco-friendly.

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Jan. 23, 2008


Food Fix

Julio and Lilia Reyes are the owners of Latinos.

With Meg
for a quick meal. However it does make great leftovers that can be eaten cold or hot on the go. Not only is this a tasty meal but it is very well-balanced with all of the necessities on the pizza, including vegetables, chicken and bread. As always, you can add anything that you may want to make this dish fit your tastes. -Meghan Dolney

Classic Mexican at Latinos
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Looking for authentic Mexican food in a welcoming environment that is close to campus? Latinos Restaurant Bar is located at 1315 Parade Street, near the corner of Parade and 12th Streets. Open since 1996, Latinos has been serving up authentic dishes with family recipes and fresh ingredients. Owners Julio Reyes and wife Lilia say that they serve only authentic Mexican dishes to Erieites. “My cuisine is Mexico City style: Classic Mexican,” says Reyes. “My family has been cooking this kind of food for generations now.” Signature dishes include “Comida Corrida,” a dinner special that is changed daily from a selection of over 300 recipes. Appetizers like guacamole, ceviche and tamales can help start your meal off in the right direction. Chiles Rellenos, a fresh roasted poblano pepper stuffed with your choice of beef or cheese and topped with tomato sauce, is another signature dish at Latinos. Dinner dishes start around $12 and come with soup or salad. Dessert is also on the menu including flan, a custard served in a light caramel sauce, which is a Mexican favorite. The restaurant is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The bar area is open until 2 a.m. on the weekends. Traditional hospitality, salsa music and a fully stocked bar continue to bring customers back to Latinos Restaurant. Visit Latinos for an experience like no other.

College kids love pizza! But sometimes we all need a little variation, even from our favorites. This is a great homemade pizza with a little twist. Instead of the traditional tomato sauce, this recipe gives a Mexican taste by adding some salsa and chili powder, as well as peppers and onions. This is a little more difficult and time consuming, so it might not be the best choice

Fajita Pizza
1 tbsp. olive oil 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips 1 clove garlic 1-2 tsp. chili powder 1 cup onion, sliced 1 cup red or green pepper, cut into strips 10 oz. pizza crust, in a can ½ cup salsa 2 cups Monterey jack cheese

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Name: Anna Hamilton Year: Senior Major: Studio-Theatre Arts Hometown: Manchester, Md. Favorite thing about Mercyhurst: Warde. It is frankly the best place to live on campus. Least favorite thing: The school’s lack of support for student-run theatre. There has been a lot of opposition to student-directed plays on campus not to mention the complications to get space to perform or any kind of money. Campus activities: Kettle Bell, Drama Guild, Seussical the Musical

1.) Heat the oil in a pan and add the chicken. Cook it for about five minutes. 2.) Add the garlic, chili powder, onions and peppers and then cook for another minute. 3.) Heat the oven to 425 degrees. 4.) Unroll the dough onto a pizza pan and bake for 8-10 minutes. 5.) Spoon the chicken mixture over the crust and then add salsa on top of that. Sprinkle with cheese. 6.) Bake 15-18 minutes in the oven.

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Jan. 23, 2008



Getting rid of restlessness
By Carla Hart Staff writer
Being tired is not uncommon and is a growing epidemic. The Better Sleep Council reports that “65 percent of the people surveyed are losing sleep due to stress, 32 percent are losing sleep once a week and 16 percent experience stress-induced insomnia.” Health experts from John Hopkins Medicine report that relaxation techniques, limiting caffeine intake and exercising are all beneficial natural remedies for overall restful sleep. Sleeping pills and antidotes may cure symptoms, but can also lose potency. Sometimes dependencies may occur. According to the Better Sleep Council, “A melatonin dose of 0.3 mg nightly is recommended for individuals with biologiSenior Rhonda Marable swims over 14 hours a week, practicing with Mercyhurst’s water polo team. “Early morning practices wake me up, and I can have a full day so I’m exhausted at night, and evening practices just wear me out,” Marable said. She admits to being tired sometimes but won’t complain. Similarly sophomore Ryan Kerr is athletic and also maintains healthy sleep patterns. He dances in musical theatre, practicing over 14 hours a week. “I overlap,” Kerr said, meaning he dances and performs in one show after the next. “I can’t see it as work because I enjoy it so much.” Although Kerr is athletic with high energy levels, he still becomes tired. “I fall into a cycle each term with irregular class schedules,” he said. Kerr recommends 20-minute naps and establishing a routine to help with tiredness. “I would suggest for students to try to wake up at the same time each day even if you don’t have classes,” said Kerr. “That way, you will get tired around the same time each day.” Likewise, senior Meg Marong recommends natural remedies and time-management to ensure adequate sleep. “What helps me sleep is making sure that I am drinking lots of water and green tea, getting a lot of exercise and making sure that I have everything done for the next day,” said Marong. For more information on healthy sleep patterns and stress induced insomnia, go to or

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Many students lay awake at night, suffering from sleeplessness.

cal rhythm disorders, such as problems adhering to a sleep schedule or jet lag.” Maintaining normal sleep patterns may require discipline,

but it can be done. Mercyhurst College students maintain their sleep patterns with healthy lifestyles and creativity.

Grocery shopping offers galore of choices
By Stacey Minchin Staff writer
Wal-Mart, Wegmans, Giant Eagle or Tops. For those of you who do go grocery shopping on a regular basis, what store do you find yourself shopping in most often? Wal-Mart tends to offer great low prices; although, many people prefer Wegmans’ brand and are willing to shell out the extra buck for groceries. Others head straight toward Giant Eagle for those great Advantage Card deals, including savings on gas purchases. Freshman Sarah Heuer does not have a choice as to which grocery store to visit. “As an underclassman I don’t have a car, which means I am forced to take the shuttle,” she said. “The only grocery store the shuttle goes to is Giant Eagle, but I can’t say that I mind.” For those of us who do have our own form of transportation, choosing a grocery store that is the closest to your location might be a deciding factor. “I prefer to shop at Wal-Mart because they have everything I need and it is conveniently located,” said junior Kara Eltschlager. “Besides you can’t beat some of their prices.” As technology improves in today’s world, innovations have reached yet another area of our daily routines. Thanks to Microsoft, grocery stores are beginning to go digital. Starting in the second half of 2008, the software maker will experiment with a grocery cart-mounted console that helps shoppers find products in the store, then scan and pay for their items without waiting in any lines. Customers with a loyalty card will be able to go online and digitally type their grocery list. When they get to the store, they can swipe their card on the console and the list will appear. As shoppers pick up and scan their items, the products will be checked off the list and a price will be tallied. The technology can also be used to send advertisements to certain people, offering coupons to shoppers while they browse. It can also keep track of the purchases people makes and offer discounts on the products they are most likely to grab off the shelves. Even though this may seem like the perfect way for advertisers to target consumers, the console will also help customers save money in the long run. Having a console that can access coupons on the spot might be exactly what some shoppers need. “I always forget my coupons at home and sometimes it would be nice to have them,” said sophomore Marissa Petroff. “I have an Advantage Card for Giant Eagle, so that’s where I do most of my shopping.” Senior Michalle Nedley thinks this new technology could have its advantages, but she worries about the downfalls to having such an innovated system. “I can understand the convenience of having a console system, but where is the money going to come from to implement this technology? I worry about prices increasing as a result,” Nedley said. The new “MediaCart” is going to be tested in ShopRite supermarkets across the East Coast.



Jan. 23, 2008

tHe BuZz
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
Sophomores Garrett Evans and Carly Rae Eisenhauer, graduate student Jessica Provenzano, and junior Jessica Rudisill will perform in ‘Seussical’ this weekend.
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‘Oh, the places you’ll go!’
By Nicole Cerilli A&E editor
Mercyhurst College presents the lively and colorful studentproduced musical “Seussical” this weekend at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, “Seussical” tells the story of Horton the Elephant who hears voices coming off of a speck of dust on a clover. The entire town of Whoville is on the clover, but only Horton can hear the Whos of Whoville. So with the help of a little Who boy named JoJo and Horton’s neighbor, Gertrude the Bird, Horton is able to save the Whos. This year’s student-produced musical includes 54 cast members. Junior Kara Stadelman, a music education voice major, is the director of “Seussical.” Stadelman said that as the director, she has enjoyed watching the interaction among all of the students involved in the production during the rehearsal process. “It’s really nice to see different-aged people become friends with people outside their major who share the same love for music, dance and acting,” Stadelman said. “It really shows that the arts are for all people.” Stadelman got involved with “Grease” during her freshman year and has been participating in the musicals on campus since then. She hopes that as the director of “Seussical,” she will gain the experience she needs to direct high school musicals in the future. Virginia Simoncelli, a senior music education major with a concentration in voice, is the producer of the show. “I am very proud of the show and everyone who has been helping to make it the great show it is,” she said. “The most enjoyable part of the experience has been watching everything come together so well.” Simoncelli performed in “Bye Bye Birdie” last year, in addition to being the assistant producer for that production. Music Director and Conductor Melissa Heitzenrater, a senior music education major with a concentration in piano, is also excited to see everything come together. “I recently had some cast members come to a pit orchestra rehearsal to sing with us, and it was so nice to finally get a feel for how it is really going to sound when all the pieces are in place for the performance,” she said. A production of this scale is typically very challenging to piece together. For Heitzenrater, the biggest challenge was teaching all of the music. “We have been working really hard to learn all of the songs, and have learned a very large amount of music in a relatively
short amount of time,” she said. “ I am very proud of the cast and pit for all of the effort they are putting forth.” Trevor Sones, a sophomore dance major, is the show’s student choreographer. Sones was asked to be the choreographer for this year’s musical last year when he was the assistant choreographer as well as a supporting actor in “Bye Bye Birdie.” For Sones the most enjoyable part of the experience has been working with the other students on campus. “I love working with students my age. I find it easier to relate with them and make the process fun and full of energy,” Sones said. “I also love to see the growth everyone makes in their dancing abilities from try-outs to show week,” he said. “Seussical” will be performed in the PAC on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $1 with a Mercyhurst ID.

Jan. 23, 2008



‘Does God Exist?’
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. After more than 130 years of success within the community, The 92nd Street Y launched 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. “Though we are over 100 miles away from New York, our students felt that they were in attendance at the 92nd Street Y. We filled a room with almost 150 students and you could have heard a pin drop during the lecture,” said the University of Delaware. “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.” The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” program is a series comprised of thought-provoking lectures and compelling interviews, that feature newsmakers, political figures, opinion-shapers and authors who discuss issues and events that affect our lives. Thanks in part to Mercyhurst College and the Anshe Hesed Temple, this acclaimed series is coming to Mercyhurst. The series will continue with Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach in debate ‘Does God Exist? on Jan.30 at 8 p.m. Join two of today’s most provocative voices as they debate

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Christopher Hitchens, above, and Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will debate God’s existence.

The band The Devil Wears Prada will perform in the 2008 Warped Tour.

the ultimate religious question: Is there a God? Bestselling authors Hitchens and Boteach pull no punches as they discuss organized religion and religion’s place in American life. Hitchens is a British-American author, journalist and literary critic. He has been a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Nation and Slate. His latest book is “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” Boteach is an American Orthodox rabbi, who achieved worldwide recognition from the publication of his international bestseller, “Kosher Sex.” Boteach currently hosts his own series, Shalom in the Home, a reality television show where he facilitates family members to overcome their problems. 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 students and faculty. Only one ticket may be purchased per ID. Students must show ID at ticket purchase and event entry.

Let’s get warped!
By Greg Summy Staff writer
Kevin Lyman, the head of annual punk rock festival, Warped Tour, announced the first wave of bands committed to the 2008 tour. The list includes a broad range of talented acts. “We’re striving to have a diverse lineup that includes a little of everything while still catering to our core fan,” Lyman said on The first release of bands ranges from ska, dance, pop punk, all the way to metal. The list also includes perennial favorites, as well as newcomers to the tour. After a nationwide tour with Fall Out Boy in 2006, The Academy Is… will reunite with From First to Last on Warped Tour this summer. The Academy Is… label mates Gym Class Heroes will also joining the tour with The Color Fred. Heavier acts are also set to play Warped all summer, after the overwhelming success of Blessthefall and Scary Kids Scaring Kids on last year’s tour. The Devil Wears Prada, Every Time I Die and Norma Jean will be pounding out the breakdowns all summer for thousands of fans in every city. Hip-hop, a genre usually not associated with Warped Tour, has steadily make its way to the stages of the punk rock festival. This year, The Lordz, a punk and hip-hop crossover band, intense hip-hop group 3Oh!3 and Shwayze, a popular indie hip-hop artist, will all be performing all summer on Warped. Christian bands have also been very popular at Warped Tour in recent years. The Devil Wears Prada is not alone so far this year; Relient K will also be spreading their faith to the crowds and mosh pits at Warped Tour. This first release of bands also represents classic punk, the origins of Warped Tour. Irish style punk band The Briggs, and traditional political punks The Street Dogs are among those who will share the stage this summer. Ska fans will not be disappointed either. Reel Big Fish will be on Warped Tour all summer long. Fans of something more upbeat and danceable will enjoy Warped Tour as well this summer. Indie pop-rock singer and songwriter Katy Perry will be joining the ranks this year, as well as pop punk up-and-comers We The Kings. As usual with Warped Tour lineups, bands that incorporate a mix of the heavy rock with the lighter are set to play this year. The first few among a potentially long list of like bands are The Bronx and Pierce the Veil. Lyman and the rest of the Vans Warped Tour will be releasing the names of more bands in the coming months. Tour dates have not been announced for summer 2008. For more information regarding the Van’s Warped Tour be sure to check out


Chambers, a more humble and wise character, played by Freeman, who also suffers from cancer. Because of Nicholson’s “twoto-a-room” stance he placed on his hospital, he is forced to share a room rather than having his own private suite, and so it is as roommates that these two meet. During his hospital stay, Freeman begins to develop a list of things he wants to do before he “kicks the bucket.” He says that the idea came from making such a list in one of his high school classes long ago. After receiving the news of his limited time to live, Freeman is ready to discard the list, seeing it as pointless. However Nicholson discovers the list and insists that they must both go do everything on it before time runs out. Thus, the adventures begin. In spite of opposition from Freeman’s wife, Nicholson and Freeman run off to complete the list. With exploits ranging from skydiving and racecar driving to getting a tattoo, the two quickly become pals through their escapades. They travel across the world, hitting such sites as the pyramids in Egypt, the Taj Mahal and the Himalayas. Through these travels, the viewer also learns much more about these two characters as people, discovering their history, triumphs and failures. Nicholson, who has had four divorces and found satisfaction mostly from his success as a businessman, is unhappily estranged from his only daughter. Freeman labored as a mechanic for more than forty years so he could support his family, in spite of his desire to go to college and work as a teacher, now feels some separation from his wife. These two, through their bickering and friendship, faults and life struggles, become real people. Freshman Bethany Brun said of “The Bucket List,” “It was

Jan. 23, 2008

Before you kick the bucket: Review of ‘The Bucket List’
By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer
What would you do if you found out that you had a year or less left to live? “The Bucket List,” a film directed by Rob Reiner, which stars Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, answers this question for two characters while the story follows the lives of two terminally ill cancer patients. Crude and demanding billionaire Edward Cole, played by Nicholson, finds himself in an unusual and unfortunate situation when he is diagnosed with cancer and is forced to reside in the hospital that he owns. It is during his hospital stay that Nicholson meets Carter very funny, and it had a great message. It really made me ponder what kind of things I want to do before I die. This movie, which is the first film in which I actually liked Nicholson, really made me think and relook at my priorities.” Although “The Bucket List” has received negative reviews from some critics, it’s story is touching, and it is a refreshing break from the usual movies released by Hollywood.

‘American Idol’ returns
By Jackie Koehler Contributing writer
There are some who watch “American Idol” purely for the entertainment value, some to hear how cruel Simon Cowell can truly be, some for the inspiration of hearing raw musical talent put to the test and others who root for the William Hungs of the show. “American Idol” started its seventh season last Tuesday night, resulting in 33.4 million viewers tuning to Fox. Among those viewers were Mercyhurst College students. Junior Cassie Powers watchesfor the ridiculous singers who attempt to make their way to “American Idol” stardom. “I identify with them because I myself am tone-deaf,” she said. She also said she was surprised that “American Idol” is still up and running after six seasons. Junior Mike Temple was also surprised that the show is still being aired. In his opinion, “It’s no longer about talent, because it’s clearly scripted.” As one of the shows not affected by the on-going writer’s strike, it is expected to do very well. Advertisers pay more than usual, over a million dollars, in order to get a single commercial to play during its broadcast. Producer Nigel Lithgowe told Reality TV World, “Hopefully it’s going to be a good year because we’ve got good talent.” Junior Caitlin Cummings agrees. “It looks like there is a lot of potential so far this season. I’m excited to see how it turns out,” she said. However she disagrees with some of the decisions made by the judges in whom they keep and who they eliminate. Many viewers had stronger opinions about the judges and host than they did about the show. Some viewers commented on judge Randy Jackson’s newfound sideburns and Ryan Seacrest’s hosting skills. Senior Joey Jablonski wishes he had been asked to help judge the show. Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see if “American Idol” is able to produce another singing sensation as they have in past seasons. If you are bummed out by the writer’s strike and need to watch something other than re-runs, tune in to Fox Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

‘Manon Lescaut’ comes to PAC
By Jordan Zangaro Contributing writer
Don’t miss the thrilling, world-class opera and its groundbreaking series of live, high-definition performance transmissions to movie theaters around the world. Come and observe the beauty and power of the Metropolitan Opera at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center with the next production of the remarkable and unforgettable “Manon Lescaut.” The Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College, is one of four college campuses in the nation to join over 600 venues in 13 countries across the world in broadcasting the spectacle and intense passion of the Metropolitan Opera House and its astonishing performers. A dozen strategically placed cameras offer brilliant close-ups, which reveal the details of costumes and facial gestures, and capture sweeping wide angles of dance and panoramic spectacle, which provides an intimate advantage to those actually sitting in the audience at the Met. The story of “Manon Lescaut” is based on the 1731 novel “L’histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut” by the Abbé Prévost and is written and composed by Giacomo Puccini. On the heels of her triumph, phenomenon Karita Mattila adds another landmark role to her Met repertory, the free-spirited beauty “Manon Lescaut.” The story of the magnetic attraction between two young lovers is the perfect vehicle for the soprano’s exhilarating charisma, especially when matched by the ardent tenor of Marcello Giordani. Music Director James Levine conducts his first Met performances of the work since 1981. The remarkable love story begins with Lescaut, Geront and Manon arriving in a diligence. Lescaut is taking his sister to a convent to complete her education, but finding her to be greatly admired by the wealthy Geronte, is quite willing to play a negative part and let the old plot with the landlord to abduct Manon. Des Grieux, however, has seen her. “Donna non vidi mai simile a questa” (Never did I behold so fair a maiden), he sings in praise of her beauty. The story unfolds into one of love, corruption, money, arrests, escapes, banishment and death all the while accompanied by extraordinary music. For information or tickets, call the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center box office at 824-3000. Tickets will be sold to students for $15, and the performance is open to the public.

Jan. 23, 2008

words are still coming from me, but it is just so much easier to express my feelings when I don’t have to see the person’s face. I’ve also noticed that people find it easier to vent about someone to another person than to approach the person they actually have a problem with and tell them to his or her face. Of course if the person finds out, though, it’s always, “I never said that,” or, “That’s not what I meant.” Why are we so afraid of people actually knowing how we feel? Should we be so ashamed of our feelings? It’s easier to have opinions about someone or something when no one else knows, or the specific person doesn’t know that you feel a certain way about them. This makes me think; what’s the point of even expressing our feelings if we are too ashamed to put a face with the words? I think that if we are going to be so opinionated, we should start standing behind our words. It’s okay to have thoughts and feelings about people or issues, but if we are actually going to say them or put them out there, don’t be anonymous or afraid to go face-to-face.


Sincerely, Anonymous Obama and Clinton show their teeth
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
As I was leaving my apartment last week, I found a note taped to my door with words of encouragement and it got me thinking; why are we so much more confident and open with our opinions when our identity is hidden or we are separated from a person by an IM or a text message? I have noticed over the years that people our age are straying away from face-to-face interaction and replacing it with emails, text messages and other forms of digital communication. People seem to find it much easier to point out a problem or solve relationship issues with someone over the computer or on the phone. I think it is because it’s less painful to tell someone something when you do not have to see their reaction or see how much what you’re saying hurts the person. I personally have said things through instant messenger that I would never have had the guts to say to the person’s face. I don’t know the reason, the

By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
Only a few days before the South Carolina Primary, Clinton and Obama are sniping each other. Clinton recently stated that Obama has become frustrated at his recent losses in New Hampshire and Nevada, while also

stating he is not able to back up his words with action. Obama retaliated against Clinton by saying she is willing to “fudge the truth” in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. South Carolina is the last primary before “Super Tuesday” during which voters will cast ballots in 24 states. With the delegation votes split nearly even among Obama,

Clinton and Edwards the candidates are willing to do anything to sully the reputation of their opponents or try to appear as the “good guy.” This is currently Edwards’ strategy by staying out of the bickering. With a race this close the convention is where the next Democratic candidate is going to be chosen, and the primaries are mainly for show at this point.

Thirty-five years of women’s freedom
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
If you missed the celebration, Tuesday, Jan. 22, was the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. That means 35 years of added privacy and freedom for women in the U.S. I never witnessed a person lose composure so quickly as when the pro-life stance was challenged. People are afraid to discuss it with fears of being politically incorrect. Still other individuals become so hostile over the issue that there often is no point in continuing the conversation. Why is abortion such a hot topic that is difficult for opposing opinions to sit down and hold a civil conversation? Cases such as Griswold v. Connecticut or Doe v. Bolton both were instrumental in the promotion of women’s freedom of body and choice. Doe v. Bolton was decided the same day as Roe v. Wade and allows a health exception for abortion. It eliminated the trimester limitation created by Roe, which allows for abortions past the first trimester. Parts of this decision were weakened when Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was signed in 2003. A forerunner to Roe is Griswold v. Connecticut, which criminalized the use of contraceptives. However it violated the right to marital privacy and was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1965. The issue runs much deeper into beliefs on contraception, women’s health, when a fetus is considered a human and family planning. It is difficult to sway people’s perception of abortion unless they are put into a situation of unexpected pregnancy. With recent technology, doctors are able to detect “defective” fetuses, which are more often subject to extermination. If the choice to have an abortion lies on such a decision then it is encouraged that the fetus’ mother examine her so-called moral conscience. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. In the meantime please keep your laws off our bodies.

A world with name tags for forgotten friends
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
Since a young age, I have struggled to remember names. To make the situation worse, I usually do not remember names of individuals to whom I am an acquaintance. Forgetting a name can be an embarrassing situation for both parties. Forgetting a name at the end of the night can really put a damper on your love life. Nothing is worse than calling a girl by the wrong name. You can always play the risk game with what you perceive to be his or her name. However this is often risky and can have severe consequences. The easiest way to rectify this situation is to call them such names as buddy, killer, big guy, sweetie, etc. You can only hope that when he or she walks away that your friend to the left or right of you knows his or her name. This dilemma is all too common within the college environment. Memorization of over 100 names makes it impossible to remember everyone. Truthfully there is no common solution to this dilemma other than producing name tags. In areas of public service, a name tag is sewn on to the left upper pocket to ensure that those they encounter can remember his or her name. This is the case especially when you get your car fixed; you can always remember that Kenny fixed your car.

How convenient would it be when you walked into the Cornerstone, ran into someone and could look to the upper left breast and notice that their name is P.J. It eliminates the introduction period and allows you to call him or her by his or her real name, not killer or buddy. In the scheme of things, this will most definitely never happen. However it would be a great world if we lived in one with name tags.

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unite when problems occur but we are blind to see the truth in front of us. We choose leaders who are blind and will lead more blindness into the abyss. Scientists create future problems and forget how they evolve. Who is to blame for starving children and the war that is being fought against hunger? The war is drying the most powerful country. Humans are losing their lives, families are being destroyed, kids are being left without parents and money is being spent to create problems to destroy humanity. As I blink, another family is being destroyed. Another soul is being buried over greed and we are happy to see that it will not be me. Preachers are pilfering God’s innocents. Where do we stop? We celebrate, but we also celebrate the harm that we cause others. Miles are traveled for a better life, but exile those that do not suit our taste. We speak of a melting pot, but love to degrade and shame those that bring happiness. I see terror, destruction, hate and death! My eyes bleed, human souls turn to darkness and my eyes continue to suffer. Society changes people; ask Him for solutions. Let Him guide you to salvation. In my eyes the world turns counter-clockwise. I notice that all we read in our American education was that the Americans died. We have been brainwashed and are told that Americans should live longer and should dominate others. Are others not human? In my eyes, we all said, “I had a dream.” In my eyes, there is a distant pass of memories to the past I have seen; distant memories for the future in me. In my eyes, God brought us to earth naked. God brought us pure and without sin. In my eyes, I must watch creators of life be abominated. Why must we believe that creators of life should be hidden from nature? In my eyes, we live in hell, and when death arrives we will be free. Free from life problems and in a land of paradise that my eyes could bear. In my eyes, we will seek peace and faith, to solve the hatred among us.

Jan. 23, 2008

‘In my eyes we will seek peace and faith’ The Good,
By Engel Vargas Contributing writer
The world, in a blink of an eye/ Turns pink and dark/ The eyes run like rivers/ Puddles of rain/ And fear to rave./ Colors of all nations fear one./ The clouds close and the light opens the eyes/ That were shun from right. In the 21st century humans have been challenged due to religion, color, ethnicity and beliefs. We have killed thousands of innocent humans and will continue until the end of time. The U.S. government has Americans blind-folded with the belief that other countries are invading and trying to destroy America, when we have invaded a country of the Holy Land and no human power will overcome the power of God. We are fighting over elements with which we have been blessed. One religion is trying to tell the other the truth. We

the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
Spring break is less than a month away. Pack your bags and don’t forget the sunblock. You may never have to call the Registrar again if you lost your registration time because it is right online.

The Bad
M o s t s ch o o l s h a d Monday off to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. We did not. Whatever happened to that sign on Lewis Ave. that said “Do not park on grass?” There are just two posts there now.

King’s influence lives on
By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
In case you missed the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, do not fret. MLK has been one of the most influential people in American history, inspiring the hearts of millions. Seeing the cyclical effects that carried over to Dr. King from Gandhi originating in Hindu philosophy, it is hard to ignore the importance of being awake to such wisdom. As Dr. King said, “Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” More than just a bumper sticker or button quote, this saying puts to words the meditations of the beloved MLK. These words carry a personal connection for me, as it seems many people consciously choose ignorance and avoid deep mental explorations. This type of chosen blindness creates a lifestyle focused on maintaining the hedonistic rituals that allows ignorance to take on the illusion of bliss. In reality, this bliss may also be interpreted as a latent fear. This will coincide with the awareness that the means and the end are inseparable. Setting up a more educated population that is not propelled by latent fear but vision realized through daily action would be a true testament to the teachings of Dr. King.

The Ugly
The weather this past weekend was tough going. Both Saturday and Sunday I-90 and I-79 were shut down at one point. When did Britney Spears acquire a British accent and pink hair? Perhaps that is what sparked a writer to submit her obituary despite the fact that she is still alive.
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Jan. 23, 2008



This I believe: Mercy is an essential element of life
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! Sr. Pat Whalen was a faculty member in the Department of Education from 1970-1987, served as Assistant Academic Dean from 1996-1999 and has been Registrar since 1999. Her favorite aspect about the college: “Inspired by the mission, I appreciate the commitment to excellence, mercy, service, as well as the collegial spirit that marks our efforts at Mercyhurst College.”

By Sr. Pat Whalen Contributing writer
I believe that mercy is an essential element of life, that the people of the earth clamor for mercy. As individuals respond mercifully in the ordinary circumstances of their lives, destructive impulses are resisted and society moves toward recognizing that the dignity the individual needs to be reverenced and valued. Each of us can learn from others the ways of responding in mercy. In turn, each of us can become more capable of interacting in a merciful way. As a Sister of Mercy, my perspective on mercy is shaped by the Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Chapters six and eight proclaim the significance, the beauty, and the giftedness of mercy. We strive to witness to mercy

when we reverence the dignity of each person, create a spirit of hospitality and pursue integrity of word and deed in our lives. Recognizing our own human weakness, we know that only through God’s mercy can we be merciful. By collaborating with others, in works of mercy we continually learn from them how to be more merciful. Frequently I recall an experience of my early teen years. An elderly woman, Louisa, lived next door to my family. Since she lived alone, my mother sat with her each evening while Louisa ate her dinner. I still recall my mother carrying a pot of freshly brewed coffee to our neighbor’s home each evening about 4:30 p.m. By this hour, my mother had completed the preparations for our family dinner. When I arrived home from school, I watched the food cooking on the stove making

sure that nothing burned. A particular experience occurred when I was 14 years old. My mother, pregnant with her sixth child, did not feel well on one September afternoon. She asked me to sit and converse with Louisa as she ate her dinner. I resisted, not wanting to sit with an elderly woman, and unhappy with the prospect of attempting conversation with an old person. My mother prevailed. Mumbling about the unfairness of life, the injustice of my mother’s request, my displeasure at being required to sit and converse with an old woman, I reluctantly walked next door. As I walked across our adjacent lawns, a spirit deep within my being emerged and I vaguely recognized that my response was selfish, immature and mean spirited. At that moment, I could not articulate this blessing nor did I ponder its significance. In fact,

at that time in my life I barely attended to this revelation. As I experienced her warm welcome, her lively interest in my life and the easy conversation with Louisa, the generational gap that I had fabricated evaporated. From that day on, I relished my time and conversation with her as I began to take comfort in the wisdom Louisa had accumulated from years of living and of reflecting on the human condition. I marveled at the peace of heart that enveloped her spirit, how she maneuvered through the times of joy and sorrow in her life. She maintained hope in the face of anguish and grief. For some reason, this memory has continued to invite my reflection over the years. I gradually recognized that the Spirit of God moved my spirit in this experience. Seven Septembers following that particular day, I entered the candidacy of the

Sisters of Mercy, to join my life with women who devoted their lives to the works of mercy. This seed of responding with compassion, planted by my mother, continues to inspire and challenge me. These two women, Louisa, my neighbor, and Genevieve, my mother, by their loving kindness showed me mercy. I continue to believe that such simple and commonplace acts of compassion that occur each day throughout our world maintain society at some level of equilibrium. In their tender and compassionate expressions of mercy, human beings respond to misery and restore hope. A merciful response generates another merciful response. Mercy has the power to create, to renew and to heal. Let us respond to human misery bit by bit, day by day. Certainly living in mercy is a manifestation of a living and loving God, our Creator, the Holy One.

The little things are big
By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
It’s the little moments that count. You can’t learn that soon enough. Whether you are a freshman still figuring out this “college” thing or a senior who has already mentally moved on, you can feel overwhelmed from time to time. I work so I have some money in the bank after graduation. Sometimes it just isn’t worth it. I worked over 40 hours this past weekend. It sounds crazyand believe me, it was, but I feel very comfortable right now. On the other hand, I let myself get very behind in school work, which has put me on edge. Looking back at the weekend, I realized that it really is the little things that matter the most. Sit back with a cup of hot chocolate, turn on your favorite movie and enjoy the people with whom you spend your time. Just pace yourself. I’m telling you, it’s the little things.

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erations in such a fashion that every single human being—and, indeed, every living being on Earth—stands to be profoundly affected. No, the transcendent challenge of our times is global warming. Of all the challenges we face, it alone is a threat to all communities and ways of life on earth, wherever they are found, whether human or nonhuman. It alone has the unsurpassed ability to lay low the vast and varied web of life. Indeed, it is climate chaos, not Islamic terrorism, that gathers on the horizons of the 21st century like a civilizational-sized Katrina. It promises to dwarf the suffering that we are threatened with at the hands of terrorism. It is even reasonable to assume that as scarce, vital resources become increasingly stressed through climate change, conflict will erupt along the cultural fault-lines of our world, according to traditional religious-political ties. Indeed, with “natural” disasters such as Katrina, the accelerating albedo effect in the arctic circle, the melting of the Greenland ice-caps, the thaw of the Siberian tundra and a thousand other calamities around the world, we are already in the early stages of its unfolding. Yes, global climate change is the true, transcendent, civilizational crisis of our times—a crisis that will spare no civilization if we do not wage a war on it along every front possible. It is a scientific-technological crisis, a political-economic crisis and, most of all, a moral crisis of the first degree, of the widest possible scope, and of the greatest consequence. And, like the war on terrorism, it will not be won militarily. Nor will it be avoided or even defeated through massive public and private investment and innovation in science, technology and the economy, although these will be required. Rather, like religiously motivated terrorism, global warming must be addressed at the roots of the problem, which in the case of global warming is the moral myopia that fuels eco-systemic degradation wherever it occurs. Moreover, like in the war on terrorism, global warming will not be solved by rotating committed individuals into and out of isolated frontlines. The solution to global warming will require a global response led by each and every individual who has first embraced the following simple facts that have been established by the Nobe Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Control: global warming is real, its main correctible causes are anthropogenic, the consequences of failing to address it are massive and dire and the solutions to global warming and climate change are within our individual and collective moral and material reach. Additionally the nations of the world—particularly the United States of America, and that means her citizens—must acknowledge the threat of climate change, study and enact targets, identify cost-effective solutions, mobilize science and technology, work with developing nations and show leadership! The time has come to focus our nation on the true transcendent challenge of our times. On Jan. 30 and 31, the Green

Jan. 23, 2008

Global warming: The transcendent challenge of our times
By Dr. James Snyder Contributing writer
Anyone who has been paying attention to the presidential race will surely have heard presidential hopeful, Sen. John McCain, say again and again that the transcendent challenge of our times is Islamo-fascist terrorism. Certainly in our post 9/11 world we are haunted by the tragedies that terrorism has spawned on our homeland and around the globe. Certainly, we still face the specter of a stateless enemy that wants to attack us when and wherever it can, despite a 14-year campaign along the central front in the War on Terror. But is Islamo-fascism really the transcendent challenge of our times? When one compares the statistics of those affected by terrorism worldwide next to those who are and will be affected in the future by increasing ecological degradation and global climate change, there simply is no comparison. Sen. McCain is simply wrong—breathtakingly wrong. He’s flown the coup, as it were, embracing a rhetoric and an ideology that is disconnected from reality. That’s not to say that Sen. McCain is wrong about the seriousness of terrorism with respect to our national security and international well being. Wherever it occurs terrorism is a horrific crime committed by sick individuals that we need to steadfastly defend against and, perhaps, even continue to wage a smart and allied war against. But terrorism—and particularly Islamic terrorism—is simply not a challenge that is transcendent in the literal sense of the word as something that exists above and beyond all individuals, all nations, all borders, as well as future genTeam will sponsor FOCUS THE NATION on our campus, a nationwide teaching at more than 1,200 colleges and universities. The goal of FOCUS THE NATION is to raise awareness about global warming and the need for timely solutions. In accordance with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and supported worldwide by the Joint Science Academies, the Union of Concerned Scientists and numerous other organizations, we advocate that Americans rise to the challenge and demand visionary and sweeping legislation that seeks to reduce CO2 emissions 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 (sometimes referred to as the 2% Solution).

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Jan. 23, 2008


1 Schmidt 5-0 5 Gaertner 4-1 5 Coaches 4-1 5 D. Johnson 4-1 5 Giallourakis 4-1 5 Brown 4-1 6 Kampman 3-1 8 M.Johnson 3-2 8 Stokes 3-2 13 Hubert 1-4 13 Flanagan 1-4 13 Finn 1-4 13 Blackburn 1-4 13 Denman 1-4 14 Dillay 1-3 16 Patcher 0-4 16 Elliott 0-4

‘Squeeks’ dominates intramural b-ball
By Jeffrey Stoll Contributing writer
Over the past two weeks intramural basketball has seen a spectacular array of events occur. There have been breakaway dunks, come-from-behind victories and even a 53-point scoring binge. On Sunday, the freshmen baseball men [Denamn’s ] picked up their first intramural basketball win, as they defeated Blackburn’s team to drop their record to 1-4. Both teams lacked depth, as the same five men remained on the court the entire game. The game was very close throughout the entire first half, as the lead seemed to switch each time down the court. However within the last minute, Blackburn’s team made a surge and jumped ahead by eight points. Needing a huge shot, the freshman squad’s Abe Rak hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the lead to 28-23 at the half. “It was great to give our team some momentum heading into the second half by nailing a three at the buzzer,” said Rak. The freshman squad was dealing with some personnel changes as its offense Denman and Adam Gray all hit three-pointers to jump-start the offense. After this there was no looking back, as the final score went on to be 58-45 in the freshmen’s favor, giving them their first victory of the season. In other intramural news, two Sunday’s ago on Jan. 13, senior Daniel Bertolini, acquired the nickname accustomed to the nickname “Squeeks” had the game of a lifetime scoring 53 points. “Squeeks” caught the opening tip off and took it down the court to hit a quick three. This started what may be the story of intramurals for the 2007-08 school year, as he went on to score the next 34 points for his team. This was a beating like no one had ever seen; Squeeks could not miss, and could not be stopped. It’s as if people were witnessing the Kobe Bryant rage on the Toronto Raptors, just in a much duller, miniature, environment. Squeeks came out gunning in the second half, but the break must have rusted him just a bit as he only put up 19 points, to finish with a 53 point game. “Home is where you make it,” said Bertolini, when asked about his dominance.

Intramural Sports

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The first round of playoffs will begin on Feb. 3rd for intramural basketball, and will culminate on Feb. 17th with the championship.

struggled throughout the first half. The freshman offense

picked it up in the second half, however, and went on a 12-0 run to start the half. Rak, Craig

Volleyball scheduling takes a back seat
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
The first week of intramural volleyball is under way; however the turnout was less than spectacular at the opening matches last Wednesday. Although much less popular than flag football and basketball, volleyball still managed to spark the interests of eight teams. Last Wednesday, there were three matches scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. inside the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC). Surprisingly though, only one of the matches was played as Travis Jessick’s team beat Cherie Jackson’s team in just two matches. The other scheduled contests were ruled forfeits giving Josh Schmidt’s team a forfeit victory over Jenelle Remington’s team, and Marissa Starin’s team a victory over Dan Rajakovich’s team. Despite being only the second week of scheduled play, there was a conflict with the night selected for matches, which could potentially cause each week to be filled with forfeits: the Wednesday night specials at the Cornerstone. Senior Dan Rajokovich commented, “If they picked another day, I’d show up for the games, but Wednesday night is ’Stone night.” There are four matches scheduled for tonight at the MAC.


Schmidt defeated Kampman: 76-60 M.Johnson defeated Hubert: 46-33 Giallourakis defeated Brown: 49-32 Gaertner defeated D.Johnson: 45-39 Denamn defeated Blackburn: 58-45 Coaches defeated Finn



Jan. 23, 2008

Can the Giants come up big?
Some believe Eli Manning can carry his team past the Pats
By Kenny Hunt Contributing writer
The New England Patriots are looking to become only the second team in NFL history to complete a perfect season, going 19-0 with a Super Bowl victory February 3rd in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots capped off a perfect 16-0 regular season by defeating the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in Week 17. Which begs the question: They beat them before; why can’t they beat them again? One answer would be that this game is far from home for the Giants. After losing to the Cowboys in Dallas in week one, the Giants have won an NFL-record 10 straight games on the road, including their three playoff victories, which all came against the three NFC division leaders. The upcoming Super bowl game in Glendale, will be thousands of miles away from Giants Stadium, unlike week 17. The Giants have relied on a strong defensive core, which led the NFL with 53 sacks this season. Centered around Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora (13 sacks) and seven-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan (nine sacks), the Giants’ front seven have put pressure on opposing quarterbacks all season, especially in the playoffs. Last week against the Chargers, Tom Brady was anything but perfect, throwing three interceptions and receiving a terrible QB rating of 66.4. With recent rumors of Brady sustaining an injury to his right ankle against the Chargers, the Giants’ front seven will bring pressure on him and force Brady to move outside the pocket or force throws to covered receivers. The Giants, however, have been criticized for having a weak secondary. However with injuries to Sam Madison, Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery, the Giants have gotten exceptional play from Corey Webster and R.W. McQuarters. The Giants held leading receivers Joey Galloway, Terrell Owens and Donald Driver, to a combined 10 receptions and only 199 yards this postseason. They expect to have the same success against Pro Bowler Randy Moss, who set the singleseason touchdown record this year with 23. One of the biggest surprises for the Giants has been the consistent and efficient play of quarterback Eli Manning, which all started in the Week 17 match-up against the Patriots. In that game, Manning was 22 of 32 and threw for 251 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Since that pivotal 3-point loss to New England, Manning hasn’t turned the ball over once, and has complied passer ratings that seem more like Tom Brady than Eli Manning: 117.1 against Tampa Bay, 132.4 against Dallas and 72.3 in the thirdcoldest football game ever played against Green Bay. “I think the Giants have a legitimate shot,” said sophomore Chris Cummings. “Eli has been playing really well the last couple of weeks The run game that seemed destined for failure with the injury to starting running back Derrick Ward earlier this season has emerged as a game-breaking piece to the Big Blue puzzle, especially with Bradshaw’s 88yard touchdown run in Tampa and an average of 4.2 yards per carry in the postseason. The Giants defeated the Green Bay Packers to move to 40 all time in NFC Championship Games. In their previous three Super Bowls, the Giants are 2-1 with their most recent Super Bowl contest in 2000, resulting in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens. When asked about the Giants chances this time around, Mercyhurst sophomore Alan Damiani replied,“Being a New York Giants fan all my life, I have witnessed a lot of let- downs since 2000, but this team is nothing like I have ever seen.” “I feel very confident that they will beat the Patriots and become Super Bowl Champions.” The Patriots have many different weapons, find different ways to win, and still, the last time these two teams met, the Giants came close to ending their perfect season. This time however, the Giants can tweak their Week 17 game plan to apply more pressure to Brady, and cover Moss as they have Owens, Driver and Galloway, continue their efficient passing game and slice through the defensive line with their suddenly dangerous run game. This is a different Giants’ team than four weeks ago and this team could make history.

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Two Mercyhurst students showing their love for the New York Giants as they battle the New England Patriots on Feb. 3rd in Arizona for the Super Bowl.

and their defense has been excellent the entire season.” The Giants have also put together a balanced running

game as of late with their power running backs Brandon Jacobs and the lightning-quick Ahmad Bradshaw.

Jan. 23, 2008



A Tournament of Champions:
Students and teammates show their support during SAC event
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
Some people say that charity is what makes the heart grow larger and happiness spread like a wildfire. Giving not only makes those receiving the gift feel better but also leaves a wonderful feeling with those who give. I’ve heard that the giving is even more fulfilling when its helping someone about whom you care. Early in the fall term I reported on a sophomore football player Garrett Kensy, who was diagnosed with a form of cancer and was honored by football players who shaved “#4” on the backs of their heads. While I cannot report on his progress since the last article, I am pleased to announce that SAC and Tri-Beta held a “Tournament of Champions” benefit in his honor. There were a total of eight teams in the tournament and each team tried to raise money in order to gain points on the other teams. In addition there was a silent auction, which saw memorabilia such as two autographed Cleveland Indians baseballs, tickets to the Otters, Sabres and Penguins and a signed hockey stick from the women’s hockey team. Everyone at the event had the opportunity to bid on the memorabilia, as the proceeds from the silent auction went toward the cause. “We were able to raise about $1,000 and are looking to have an extra $350 donated from MSG,” stated sophomore SAC member Alexandra Miniri. “We wanted to donate to Garrett

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During the benefit for Garrett Kensy, called the “Tournament of Champions” held by the Mercyhurst Student Activities Committee, students and teammates came together to offer their support.

and LiveSTRONG in honor of Garrett because we wanted to keep the money close to campus and he is a part of the Mercyhurst family. “ Half of the proceeds on the night will be donated to Kensy and his family to cover the cost of travel and medical treatments. The other half of the proceeds will be donated to the LiveSTRONG foundation in honor of Kensy. The LiveSTRONG foundation strives to raise money and awareness for testicular cancer research.

The football team played a large part in the success of the night, as they were able to put together three teams in the tournament. “We took money out of our budget to send to his [Garrett’s] family and also each team in the ‘Tournament of Champions’ from football was to raise money and/or bring a donation in for the silent auction part of the night,” said senior Stephen Kindler. “We try to send Garrett text messages and emails just to help him keep his spirits up and to let him know that he is deeply

missed.” “Whenever a group or individual goes out of their way to do a charity event as SAC and Tri-Beta did, it benefits the cause. I know it brought awareness to our students and college, both for support and realizing life is so precious,” stated head football coach Marty Schaetzle. “As soon as we found out about the fundraiser our players quickly made plans to put three teams together and each player made their own contributions to the cause through the silent auction.”

Two of the football teams took first and third place with the Mercyhurst cross country team coming in second place. The real winners on the night were Kensy, LiveSTRONG and all those who made donations. SAC and Tri-Beta did a wonderful job raising money and awareness for both Kensy and the LiveSTRONG organization. If anyone is interested in making donations on behalf of Garrett Kensy and LiveSTRONG they can contact Allie Miniri at aminir76@



Jan. 23, 2008

Hepfinger leads by example
By Chris Davis Sports editor
When thinking of a marvel, what type of person comes to mind? For the most part it is usually someone that has both experience and is well-known to a particular community. Many people may know Joe Hepfinger, but many may not know that he retired in the fall of 2004, after working 23 years for Mercyhurst College in its maintenance/athletic department. Hepfinger currently lives in Erie with his sister and brotherin-law, who have helped care for him since the death of his parents over 20 years ago. Many people have described Hepfinger as the “the big man on campus,” as he is always supporting the various athletic teams each week. The amazing part is that the school continues to get encouragement from him, even after his retirement, as he vigorously attends all the Mercyhurst Athletic events, and volunteers at some of them. Before Hepfinger started volunteering, he worked on the Mercyhurst campus for several years. Some of his duties included getting the mail each and every day, making sure the basketball courts were kept clean, constantly taking out the trash and even lending a hand with the appearance of the locker rooms. Other duties included helping with watching over the locker rooms and getting referees food during football games. More recently, Hepfinger has been collecting tickets at many of the Lakers men’s and women’s hockey games. local youth baseball league in Erie. His favorite teams include the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers. He enjoys baseball most, as he has been to a few Indians’ and Buffalo Bisons, the TripleA farm team for the Indians, games during his days. Although Hepfinger said that he has never attended a Cavaliers or Browns game though. He annually attends the St. Luke’s appreciation dinners, MSG Banquets and the Mercyhurst College community’s Annual Christmas party. When Hepfinger was asked what his greatest gift or honor he ever received was, he responded by recognizing his family. “Living with my family, my sister and brother-in-law,” Hepfinger responded. “And visiting my brother and seeing my nephews and nieces grow up,” he added. “Joe comes from a wonderful family and has represented his family name quite well,” said Moore. “He is a person that could engage anyone and you would leave with a smile.” “Joe is a wonderful friend to talk to,” said junior MSG Spirit Club committee chair Haylie Starin. “He’s always there to lend a helping hand. “He has a wonderful sense of humor,” Starin commented. “He always makes me laugh.” “I met Joe through my older brothers Jim and Dan,” said Schuler. As long as the 77-year-old Hepfinger can, one might expect to find him volunteering somewhere around the city of Erie, if not at the MIC or the MAC. So, the next time you run into him, thank him for all his service he has given to the ’Hurst community over the years.

Joe Hepfinger continues to volunteer his time serving at Mercyhurst and around the Erie community.

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“Joe is the epitome of what the Sisters of Mercy stand for,” said Mercyhurst Associate VicePresident of Administration Tyrone Moore. “I look at Joe as a male version of Sister Damien [late Sister M. Damien Mlechick, switchboard operator/greeter/face of Mercyhurst], and that is the highest praise I can give to anyone; Sister Damien is tops.” Hepfinger demonstrates a strong work ethic, just as the Mercyhurst mission statement advocates. “Joe’s a great guy,” said sophomore football player Andrew Schuler. “He’s really been an integral part of the campus both with working and volunteering. “Joe doesn’t get paid, he vol-

unteers his time,” he said. “He’s always out their supporting all of the athletic teams,” he said. “Joe always knows what is going on. He always brings a smile to your face and is a person you could talk to.” Hepfinger is a good example to the community, as he is actively involved with the college and the local church. “It says a lot about not only Joe, but for the community as well, because they care about the school,” Schuler said. “He puts a lot of time and effort into getting to know everyone.” Hepfinger has also spent time volunteering as an usher at St. Luke’s Catholic Church for over 25 years and as the Sergeant at Arms for over 10 years for the

Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG). “Joe is one of the faces of Erie,” said MSG president Marissa Starin. “You can find him anywhere. His heart is always in the right place.” In Hepfinger’s free time he enjoys watching sports, listening to generic bluegrass music, putting together puzzles, and making things. Some of his projects include making latch hooks and cushion covers over the years and inaddition he loves putting together puzzles, including the 300 piece puzzle, which he currently is working on. During the summer, Hepfinger has enjoyed serving as the assistant commissioner of the

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The New England Patriots seek the perfect ending
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
As the New England Patriots (18-0) defeated the San Diego Chargers 21-12 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. they continued their perfect season entering Super Bowl XLII on Feb 3. Their quest for the first perfect season since 1972 will be challenged by the New York Giants, who defeated the Green Bay Packers in overtime 2320 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisc. Even with a shaky performance, Tom Brady and the Patriots recorded their 18th win of the season but looked vulnerable, as the banged-up Chargers held them to a season low of 21 points. The AFC Championship victory marks New England’s fourth in the past seven seasons. By reaching the Super Bowl Patriots linebacker Teddy Bruschi said through, “There’s history on the line, we recognize it, and we acknowledge it.” The high-powered pass offense of the Patriots was a non-factor, as they relied heavily on running back Lawrence Maroney to carry the load. Maroney responded with 122 yards on 25 carries. His touchdown in the second quarter gave the Patriots a 73 advantage; a lead they never lost. However Brady put the game out of reach when connected with Wes Welker late in the fourth quarter extending the Patriots’ lead to 21-12. The touchdown pass was Brady’s second of the game, as he threw for 209 yards and a season-high three interceptions. Brady’s other touchdown was a 12-yard connection to Jabar Gaffney in the second quarter. The Patriots’ defense supported their lackluster offensive by limiting Phillip Rivers and the Chargers’ offense to only four field goals. After the win Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick said, “I think there will be a time to sit back and reflect; we’ll certainly enjoy this for a few days.” The NFC Championship was a different story as the Cinderella playoff run of the New York Giants (13-6) continued when kicker Lawrence Tynes connected on a 47-yard field goal in overtime. Tynes, who was 3-of-5 on the day, was able to overcome two missed fields’ goals in the fourth quarter, one of which coming as time expired. “It feels good because this is what you work for. We stuck with it, we believed in ourselves and we got to the Super Bowl,” said Eli Manning Green Bay (14-4) took a 10-6 lead into halftime as Brett Favre and Donald Driver hooked up on a 90-yard touchdown pass midway through the second quarter and Mason Crosby made a 36-yard field goal. The Giants responded in the third quarter with a 12-play, 69yard drive when Brandon Jacobs plunged into the end zone on a one-yard run to give the Giants a 13-10 lead, but a Favre 12-yard touchdown pass to Donald Lee gave the Packers a 17-13 lead. At the end of regulation, the score was knotted up at 20-20 as Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a four-yard touchdown run for the Giants and Crosby booted a 37-yard field goal for the Packers. A Corey Webster interception of Favre on the second play of overtime allowed the Giants to start their possession in Green Bay territory and score the games final points, ending the Packers season. “We haven’t been given a shot, but we’re here and I think we’re deserving of it,” Manning said. “Right now I’m excited as I can be.” On Feb. 3 the Giants play the heavily favored Patriots in Super Bowl XLII in a rematch of Week 17 when New England won 38-35.

Men’s lacrosse hopes to build on successful 2007 campaign
By Chris Davis Sports editor
The Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team made it to the Division II National Championship game and fell to Le Moyne College in May of 2007. Since then the team has worked hard with an effort to improve and build on last year’s success. “The kids made a great deal of progress in the last two weeks of the fall season,” said head coach Chris Ryan. “We gave everyone a pretty good amount of playing time. Fall is for development; the spring is for winning games.” Mercyhurst received a large influx of newcomers after the run it made in 2007. “After the national championship game we ended up with a number of transfers coming in here; five transfers and one more true freshman,” said Ryan. “Added exposure brought in great players late in the [recruiting] process. “It has allowed us to recruit kids without having to sell the program,” he said. “Fifteen kids have been brought into this year’s class.” Ryan has confirmed the four captains of this year’s team are seniors Joe Konnecke and Scott “Sulli” Sullivan, as well as juniors Jason Lashomb and Philip “Mike” Bartlett. “All four of the captains complement each other,” said Ryan. “Jason leads by example, Mike is a little more local, Sulli is the thinker of the group and is the consensus guy and Joe is the hustler and the organizer.” The Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team will again be playing one of the toughest Division II schedules, as it plays eight of the top 10 preseason ranked teams. “We always like playing a good schedule,” said Ryan. “People come here knowing the kind of schedule they are going to play will be challenging.” Ryan has led the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse program to its most successful reign ever. “That’s the nature of the job and you do enjoy this, the pride and pressure,” said Ryan. This year the men will open their regular season traveling to Charlotte, N.C., to play Queens.



Jan. 23, 2008

Volleyball still searching for first win
Lakers drop two matches to Nazareth and IUP to fall to 0-4 on the season
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
With true Laker spirit, the Mercyhurst College men’s volleyball team played hard this past week in matches at home against Nazareth College and Indiana University-Purdue University, but could not come up with any wins. The guys lost to Nazareth in a tight, frustrating match last Thursday 3-2, after a 90-minute delay when Nazareth’s bus broke down on the way. “The outcome was quite disappointing, as I want to win and expect to win,” said head coach Ryan Patton. “We had won two gritty games and I think we were better conditioned than Nazareth.” The first two games were pretty unremarkable, with the Lakers losing each. However at the end of the third game, the team did all it could to avoid a sweep. They took control at the last point of the game with a kill by junior Dave Newman. A kill from junior David Hatten tied the game at 29-29. The teams continued to trade points back and forth until they were tied again at 38-38. A kill by junior Joe Montroy followed by a joint block by Montroy and junior Jeff Hartman won the game for Mercyhurst, 40-38. In game four, the Lakers took an early lead and managed to stay in front. During this game, Hatten was forced to leave the match with a broken finger, but backup junior Pete Swauger was able to take over and guide the team to

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Mercyhurst men’s volleyball team, despite taking Nazareth to five games, still stands at 0-4 on the year and is searching for its first win of the season.

a 34-32 win. With the match tied up 2-2, the teams entered a fifth game. Nazareth took the lead and the Lakers struggled to catch up. Nazareth won the last game 15-9, and the match. “Obviously the outcome of game five was not what we wanted and it was a tough loss,” said team captain junior Tim Wagner. In terms of statistics, Newman led the team with 24

kills, freshman Jonathan Gurr had 16 and Wagner had 12. Injured finger and all, Hatten led the team in its match Saturday night against IPFW, as the Lakers opened Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play. The Lakers played valiantly, but suffered a devastating shutout, losing all three games. IPFW boasts a great roster, so this loss needs to be kept in perspective, according to Patton.

“We played at a level that would have won our previous four matches,” Patton said. “The guys played a great match, the score just wasn’t a good representation.” “We knew that we were playing a tough team but we also knew we could compete with them and we showed that for short spurts in the match,” said Wagner. Wagner was the team’s most effective player this match, fin-

ishing with nine kills. Although the Lakers are dealing with last week’s losses, they are gearing up both mentally and physically for this week’s games, which they expect to go well. “If we clean up a few weak points, we will be capable of making things happen,” said Wagner. The Lakers hit the road this week for their next two matches against Juniata College and St. Francis.

Jan. 23, 2008



Basketball teams fall to GVSU, FSU
Women showing improvement despite losses
By Rhonda Marable Staff writer
After a two-game road trip, the women’s basketball team came back empty-handed, dropping two contests, one to Grand Valley State University (GVSU) 70-54 on Thursday and the other to Ferris State University 81-70 Saturday. Despite the two losses, the Lakers turned the ball over just 20 times and came away feeling rather optimistic about the next away games. Against the GVSU Lakers on Thursday, the women had only nine turnovers, but poor shooting doomed any hopes they had of pulling an upset. The Lakers stayed close in the first half, not letting GVSU get more than a 10-point lead. Grand Valley started quickly and took an early lead at the four-minute mark but a steal followed by a layup from junior guard Stephanie Prischak kept the team within reach. second half and they got more second chances on rebounds.” Prischak led the Lakers with 18 points and five rebounds, with freshman guard Samantha Loadman helping out with 11 points and four rebounds. Spetosky contributed nine points and seven rebounds. Saturday’s game was much closer, with the Lakers, led by charges from Spetosky and Prischak, putting up a good fight against the tough Ferris State Bulldogs. Mercyhurst set the pace with a strong start and led until the Bulldogs took their first lead on a jumper by GLIAC preseason player of the year Rachel Folcik. After the Lakers vaulted ahead, the Bulldogs managed to tie the score before the Lakers took the lead and kept it at the end of the first half, 40-35. The Lakers kept the lead until two-and-a-half minutes into the half, when Folcik turned up the heat with back-to-back layups that gave Ferris State a fivepoint lead. Prischak and Spetosky answered back, each sinking three pointers to eventually tie the game. After a shot-for-shot battle, Folcik tied the game and then gave Ferris State the lead for good with two jumpers. The Lakers never recovered, largely due to their failure to connect on a high percentage of their shots. Spetosky and Achesinski lead the team with 17 points each. Sophomore Paris Pugliese tallied 13 points with five assists. Even with two defeats, the Lakers were optimistic about the games to come. “We battled both those teams and stuck around, especially with Ferris. It shows we can play any team in the GLIAC,” said Pugliese. “We are optimistic and we are going to come back with two road wins.” With that confidence, the Lakers hit the road to face Hillsdale College on Thursday and Wayne State on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Stevie Spetosky scored 26 points despite the Lakers falling to Grand Valley and Ferris State this week.

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A good three-pointer by Prischak and a jumper by sophomore guard Mara Dreiser brought the Lakers within four points, and at the end of the half Mercyhurst trailed by just five. The second half was not as strong for Mercyhurst,

with the women shooting only 28 percent from the field, including a mere eight percent on three-pointers. “It’s hard to say if we played a full 40 minutes,” said sophomore guard Stevie Spetosky. “Our shots didn’t fall in the

Men drop third straight GLIAC conference game on weekend
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
After a seven-game homestand, the men’s basketball team began its four-straight conference-game road trip this past weekend. Mercyhurst (8-10, 2-6 GLIAC), looking to display the same intensity that produced an overtime win against Ashland University last week, started off the weekend with a matchup against GLIAC opponent and No. 2 ranked Grand Valley State University (19-0, 7-0 GLIAC). GVSU, entering the game ranked No. 1 in the conference in defense, held the Lakers to under 50 points and won the contest 67-48, but it was not easy as Mercyhurst used its own defensive strength to stay with the home team for the first 25 minutes. With 17:28 remaining in the second half, the Lakers were within four points of GVSU. Grand Valley showed why it is at the top of the GLIAC standings by going on an 18-5 run in the next six minutes to pull away. Mercyhurst was down by as many as 11 points in the first period, but managed to get within six of GVSU towards the end of the half and headed into the locker room down 29-21. After the break, senior Terry Smith hit a jumper to cut the lead to 32-28. But from there on out, GVSU’s offense produced an 18-5 run that overpowered the Lakers.Fellow teammate junior Brian McTear led the Lakers with 12 points. GVSU was led by Callistus Eziukwu, who finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Following the loss to GVSU, the Lakers looked to bounce back against another GLIAC opponent, Ferris State on Saturday. Despite the offensive fire provided by McTear and senior T.J. Mathis, who each finished with 20 points, Mercyhurst lost the contest 63-58. The Lakers began the game strong, hitting 12-of-27 from the field, including four 3-ointers. As a result, they led FSU 31-19 at halftime. “We didn’t play well in the second half of either game,” said coach Gary Manchel. “We will need to keep working harder in practice with rebounding and taking better quality shots.” As soon as the second half began, the Lakers went cold and the home team answered with the first 16 points of the half, taking a 35-31 lead 4:49 into the half. After FSU went up by six with 12:29 remaining, Mercyhurst got back on track as Smith and Mathis stepped up their offense. Tied at 43, FSU began to pull away, leaving the Lakers in a hole they couldn’t overcome despite a 5-0 run in the final minutes.



Jan. 23, 2008

Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
Last week’s results...
Men’s basketball………………................……Jan. 17, L 67-48, Grand Valley State Jan. 19, L 63-58, Ferris State Women’s basketball…….............…………...Jan. 17, L 70-54, Grand Valley State Jan. 19, L 81-70, Ferris State Men’s hockey………….................................……………..Jan. 18, T 3-3, Connecticut Jan. 19, L 3-2, Connecticut Women’s hockey………………...........................................…….Jan. 18, W 5-3, Yale Jan. 19, W 4-2, Brown Men’s volleyball…………………….......................................Jan. 17, L 3-2, Nazareth Jan. 19, L 3-0, IPFW Jan. 22, L 3-2, Medaille

Men fall to UConn
Hockey ends five-game win streak
By Chris Davis Sports editor
Boxing and soccer are not the only sports that feature split decisions. The same situation can occur in college hockey. The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team battled to a 3-3 overtime tie with Atlantic Hockey Association (AH) opponent Connecticut on Friday and fell to the Huskies on Saturday 3-2 to finish the weekend with a record of 0-1-1. The Lakers now stand with an overall record of 7-14-3 overall and 7-6-3 in AH, as they still are six points behind leading RIT. Connecticut, with the win and tie this past weekend, improved its record to 7-13-2 overall (6-82 AH). The tie on Friday marked only the second in the 30-game series between the two teams, which the Lakers lead 21-8-2. Despite their efforts to pick up a victory this weekend, including outshooting the Huskies in both games, the Lakers ended their six-game conference unbeaten streak. The Lakers opened Friday’s game outshooting the Huskies 9-5 in the opening 20 minutes, but fell behind 1-0 when Jeff Sapiera connected on a powerplay goal less than three minutes into the game. Mercyhurst answered back early in the second period on a goal by junior Brett Robinson. Senior Ben Cottreau and freshman Brandon Coccimiglio picked up the assists. Connecticut responded with 7:46 remaining in the second period on a goal by Andrew Olson, which was assisted by Justin Hernandez and Nick Schneider, to give the Huskies a

Agosta/Cottreau athletes of the week
Women’s hockey sophomore Meghan Agosta and men’s hockey senior Ben Cottreau have earned athlete of the week honors. Agosta tallied six goals along with an assist this weekend in wins over Yale and Brown in and led the Lakers to two victories. She also established a school record with scoring at least one point in 18 consecutive games. Agosta currently leads Division I scorers with 31 goals and the team with 50 points. Cottreau extended his scoring streak to nine consecutive games with a goal and two assists this weekend in games against Connecticut. He currently leads the Lakers in goals , assists and points. Cottreau also moved into the top 10 in career points this past week.

Women’s hockey team of the week
Women’s hockey came from behind in victories over Yale and Brown this weekend to earn team of the week honors. After Mercyhurst fell behind 20 against Yale, they rebounded to score five of the final six goals in a 5-3 win. Against Brown, the Lakers fired 70 shots in earning a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

Junior Kirk Medernach clears the puck during an earlier game this year.

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Women’s hockey stays at No. 6 in poll
Team (First Place) 1. New Hampshire (6) 2. Harvard (5) 2. Minnesota Duluth (4) 4. Minnesota 5. Wisconsin 6. Mercyhurst 7. St. Lawrence 8. Connecticut 9. St. Cloud State 10. Dartmouth Record 20-3-1 16-1-0 20-3-1 17-4-3 16-6-2 17-5-2 17-7-0 16-4-3 15-5-4 11-6-3 Pts 138 136 131 101 88 71 64 35 34 10 Last Week 1 2 2 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Agosta Named offensive player of the week
Sophomore Meghan Agosta continues to wrap up awards, as she has earned the offensive player of the week for the third time this year. Agosta scored 66 percent of the Lakers’ goals and assisted on another to lead the Lakers to two victories over Brown and Yale over the weekend. She currently leads the nation in goals (31), goals-per-game (1.29) and shorthanded goals (6).

Wrestling remains No. 4 in East Region poll
The wrestling team remained No. 4 in the latest East Region poll, but individually, junior Brian Pogel and Andy Lamancusa are currently No. 1 in their individual weight classes. Pogel remained No. 1 at 149 after posting a 3-0 record at national duals and defeating No. 1-ranked Todd Meneely of Nebraska-Omaha. Lamancusa, who started the season ranked No. 1 in the nation before falling to No. 3, has moved back to the top spot after winning his lone match at 157 at the national duals.

2-1 lead heading into the second intermission. Mercyhurst sophomore Matt Fennell would answer 2:44 into the third period with his third goal in the past two games to tie the contest up at two. After the Huskies regained the lead once more, Lakers’ freshman Scott Pitt, who assisted on Fennell’s goal, would knot it up at 3-3. That turned out to be the final score, as neither team had an answer throughout the rest of regulation and overtime. Lakers’ goalkeeper Matt Lundin managed to make 16 saves during the game, while Connecticut’s Beau Erickson came up with 29 saves. Connecticut came out playing well on Saturday, building an early 2-0 first period lead. The Lakers fought back to tie the game 2-2, with a goal apiece in the second and third periods. Coccimiglio put the Lakers on the scoring board with his seventh goal of the season to

cut the lead in half, 2-1, at the second intermission. Lakers’ senior Ben Cottreau tied it up with 9:49 remaining in the third, extending his consecutive scoring streak to nine straight games. Connecticut junior Chris Myhro’s second goal of the game with 7:06 left in the third proved to be crucial, as it gave the Huskies a 3-2 lead and the win. Erickson proved to be the difference-maker, coming up with 41 saves in goal for Connecticut. Lundin made 26 saves, as he played all but the final 1:22 of the game, when the Lakers pulled him for a sixth attacker. “Its going to be a battle in a really competitive conference,” said Lakers head coach Rick Gotkin about the close separation for first place in AH. “It’s hard to watch the scoreboard. Everything is always changing. We’re just going to take it game by game.”

Jan. 23, 2008



Women’s hockey picks up two wins
Lakers defeat Yale, Brown on weekend
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
With the season on the line and almost everything to lose, the Mercyhurst women’s hockey team hosted Yale University and Brown University this past weekend. In a confident, dominating fashion, the girls were able to steamroll Yale 5-3 on Friday and slip past Brown 4-2 Saturday. With the wins the girls were able to remain in a solid sixth place, with sophomore forward Meghan Agosta and freshman winger Jesse Scanzano receiving College Hockey America (CHA) awards. Agosta earned the Offensive Player of the Week honors, as she scored six goals and one assist in two games this weekend, giving her 31 goals and 19 assists with 50 points total on the season. In addition Agosta extended her points scored streak to 18 games. Teammate Scanzano received the Rookie of the Week honors, as she had one goal and two assists on the weekend. Scanzano now has seven goals and sixteen assists on the season. The Lakers played a solid game on Friday against Yale, as they saw themselves down 2-0 after giving up two power play goals to the Bulldogs during the first period. The Lakers were unable to sneak it past the Yale goalkeeper, Shivon Zilis, despite outshooting the Bulldogs 15-7 with four powerplay opportunities of their own during the first period. Mercyhurst was able to tie tional” hat-trick celebration. The comic part of the night came, however when Agosta put her fourth goal into the back of the net as students were seen taking of their shoes and tossing them onto the ice. Sports information quoted it as being a “shoe-trick.” The win also pushed senior goalie Laura Hosier to her 66th career win. “I am grateful to be a part of such a great program,” said Hosier. “I’ve seen the team grow and change each year I have been here and what we’ve accomplished each year has been amazing. “I am just happy that I can leave my mark on a program that has helped me grow so much over my four years here.” Brown netminder Nicole Stock set a school record making 66 saves during the game, along with breaking a school record of 27 stops in a period, made during the first. Every win from this point on pushes the girls closer to making the NCAA playoffs. The Lakers will look to continue their winning streak as they challenge former CHA team Quinnipiac University on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Ice Center. “As a team we will have to work on consistency and mental toughness, which have been our weaknesses so far in the first half,” said Hosier. “We must be able to play great two nights in a row as a team.” “We are running out of chances and at this point we can’t afford to have any lapses in our play if we want to make a run at the Final Eight and Frozen Four,” she said.

Mercyhurst senior Kristen Erickson (2) goes for a loose puck during Saturday’s 4-2 win over Brown.

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the game halfway through the second period with Agosta and freshman Geena Prough scoring back-to-back goals just 13 minutes apart. Junior Valerie Chouinard and senior Stephaine Jones assisted on Agosta’s goal, while senior Danielle Ayearst assisted on Prough’s game-tying goal. The tie was carried into the third period when Chouinard scored her tenth goal of the

season to put the Lakers up 3-2 with an assist from junior Melissa Dianoski. Mercyhurst never looked back as Agosta and Scanzano were able to find the back of the net two more times against the Bulldogs. Agosta was credited with the assist on Scanzano’s game winning goal. Agosta’s final goal came on a 2-on-1 created by junior Natalie

Payne, which found the back of an empty net. Saturday fared just as well for the Lakers, as they were able to down Brown. All four goals for the Lakers came from Agosta, as she extended her scoring streak to 18 straight games on the season. Students threw hats onto the ice after Agosta scored her third goal of the night in a “tradi-


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