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Senior wrestler named All-American


3-part series / This week: Profile
Seung-Hui Cho, at right, shot dead 32 students before killing himself. Steven Kazmierczak killed five students, then himself. In its final installment, The Merciad spoke with world-renowned criminal profiler Brent Turvey and the college’s counseling staff to dissect what exactly motivates one to kill.

Profiling a killer
| Joshua Wilwohl reports on page 6



March 19, 2008

Class ‘Seizes the Day’ Future RAs Mother, daughter team up with sales begin race management class to raise money for disorder
By Liz Maier Staff writer
Mercyhurst College senior Kaitlyn Slomski is working with her sales marketing class to help find a cure for a disorder Slomski suffers from: Epilepsy. “Since Epilepsy research is the most under-funded disorder, it is the focus for my sales management class’ fundraising project,” said Jill Slomski, the professor of the marketing class and Kaitlyn’s mom. In past semesters, Slomski’s class has coordinated fund raisers to benefit cancer and heart disease research at Rainbows, Babies and Children’s Hospital. “Our winter term class raised $6,100 for cancer research,” said Jill Slomski. “We want to surpass that amount spring term.” Students in Slomski’s sales management class are split into small groups and each are in the process of fundraising. Sophomore Jen Charles and junior Joe Cook are working on a mixture of fundraisers. “We are selling green ‘Seize the Day’ bracelets at the Bookstore for $2, and we are asking a number of businesses for donations,” said Charles. Studying business management, Cook said he contacted Quality Markets and several other companies located in the K-Mart shopping plaza. “Our group is asking businesses like CVS pharmacy to put paper donation baseballs from the Epilepsy Foundation in their stores,” said Cook. “If businesses donate something like a gift basket, we will raffle it off.” Another group composed of junior Robert Larson, senior Bryan Tyler, senior Danny O’Shurak and sophomore Kurt Young submitted a philanthropy request to Mercyhurst Student Government. “We submitted their name (Epilepsy Foundation) as the recipient for MSG’s Charity Ball,” said Larson. Cory Tubo, a senior business finance major, and his group members, coordinated a March Madness basketball tournament over the weekend in the main gym. An entry donation fee of $10 was charged for each team. Additional donations were accepted as well. All the money fundraised will be given to the West and Central Epilepsy Foundation of Pennsylvania because they are extremely underfunded. Kaitlyn Slomski is one of more than 2.5 million United States citizens affected by Epilepsy, a chronic neurological disorder caused by sudden and brief changes in the brain’s electrical balance. Often referred to as a “seizure disorder,” Epilepsy can affect any person, at any age, and at any time. Most causes are unknown, but some are hereditary, according to the Epilepsy Foundation. The foundation’s Web site also states when there are excess electrical discharges in the brain, seizures occur. Generally lasting from a few seconds to a few minutes, seizures alter physical movements, emotions, actions and awareness, states the site. Kaitlyn was diagnosed with adolescent epilepsy in seventh grade after she was unresponsive from experiencing a head injury. Initially, doctors believed she had a concussion, but, after thorough examination, she was diagnosed with a rare type of epilepsy known as absence epilepsy. Characteristics of this type of epilepsy include a person staring blankly, beginning and ending abruptly, and lacking awareness of the seizure until it has ceased. “During my seizure, I could only remember fleeting moments such as being in class and then being put in the ambulance,” said Kaitlyn. “It’s like I’m day dreaming.” Jill Slomski said Kaitlyn’s condition has not made any drastic changes to her body. “Every moment you seize, you can produce scar tissue,” she said. “Luckily for Kaitlyn, she does not have any.” There is no cure for epilepsy, but the disease can be eased with anti-epileptic medication. A handful of Mercyhurst students, including Kaitlyn, will travel to Washington, D.C. on March 28 to participate in the National Epilepsy Foundation benefit walk on March 29 at 8 a.m. at the National Mall. “I am very excited about the walk and the fundraisers because there are many stigmas attached to Epilepsy and people who have it,” said Kaitlyn Slomski. “I hope the walk and fundraisers will raise awareness.” The walk’s entry fee is $35 and volunteers are expected to find their own transportation however, according to Kaitlyn, her mother will be driving walkers via van. Students can sign up at the Web site,www.walkforepilepsy. org. Mercyhurst’s group name is “Seize the Day.”

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Elise Frey and Ryan Heise discuss the selection of new resident assistants for the 2008-2009 school year.

SAAC hosts talent show

Accompanied on piano by Jamie Schroter, Braedyn Ordway sings her first-prize winning Mariah Carey selection at the Student Athlete Advisory Committee talent show, held Tuesday, March 18.

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March 19, 2008



‘One Book’ hopes to diffuse school violence
By Tim Hucko Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College senior Ashley Gabriel is leading a revolution. In late December while doing some leisurely reading, Gabriel came across a book that would change her world. Moved by Jodi Picoult’s “Nineteen Minutes;” a shocking novel on the horrific reality of school violence in today’s society, Gabriel made it her mission to bring this issue into the spotlight. Rallying with Kappa Delta Pi advisor Dr. Ruth Auld, the duo formulated a plan to bring “Nineteen Minutes” to the Mercyhurst community. “I was really moved by what the book had to say, and realized how big of an issue that is going unaddressed all across our nation,” said Gabriel. “I wanted to change that and shed some light on school violence; something that could happen anywhere.” Through careful deliberation, the pair decided that a “One Book” would be the perfect solution. The concept of a One Book is to get the entire school community involved in reading the same book and then addressing the issues and concerns together as a whole. “We started with just the education department reading the book, but then realized that the issued involved many more majors on campus,” said Gabriel. “So far we have had a great response from multiple schools on campus, in particular the Criminal Justice department.” “It’s a frightening way to solve a problem, to think that shooting is a solution, and one nobody wants to talk about,” said Auld. With growing support, Gabriel and Auld changed the book reading into a three-day event that will encompass an overview, student-led discussions and a panel discussion of experts from various fields and professions. The first day of activities will start on April 15 in the Herrmann Student Union at 8:15 p.m. The night will start with an overview of the book and then discussions about school shootings. The One Book event will also acknowledge and remember the many school shootings that have occurred during the week in April: Padukah on April 18, 2001; Columbine on April 20, 1999; Edinboro on April 25, 1998 Virginia Tech on April 20, 2007, among others. On March 16 there will be a student-led discussion in the Mercy Heritage Room at 8:15 p.m. that will focus on specific facets of the book, particularly addressing the prevalent cultural issues. Specific majors will have brief presentations and discussion questions at the end of the meeting. The last night, April 17, will begin with a panel discussion of experts from various fields who will respond to the issue of school shootings in the Mercy Heritage Room at 8:15 p.m. Speakers include: Pat Crist from Edinboro, Pa. (General McLane School District, Principal at Parker Middle School in 1998); Jack Daneri, District Attorney; Tina Cornell, Stairways Clinical Adolescent Case Management Supervisor; Patty Palotas, Erie School District Student Assistance Program and Mental Health Coordinator Dr. Charles Joy, Medical Director County Mental Health Office and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, who will present what we can do to prevent school violence.

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Junior Lauren Weisser is reading Jodi Picoult’s novel, “Nineteen Minutes.” The book recounts the horrific reality of violence in schools. The issues in the novel will be the main focus of the One Book event.

“We picked this week to host these events because multiple shootings have taken place around this time and we felt this would be a good way to commemorate all those who have been affected by these tragedies,” Gabriel said. “Our goal is to raise awareness, because this is our generation’s issue. We are all graduating soon and it will be our responsibility to work to resolve this problem that has been in our schools for the past 10 years. “Bringing the student body together and discussing the serious issues at hand could start something big; something that needs to happen on college campuses across the United States,” Gabriel said.

Auld agreed. “This is not the kind of world I want to live in; nor is it the type of world I want my children and grandchildren to be in either.” To students interested in reading and participating in the One Book events, copies of “Nineteen Minutes” may be purchased in the bookstore for $11. Junior Lauren Weisser recently purchased the book and has been glued to the pages ever since. “I never really thought much about school violence and how nobody is ever really safe; even here at Mercyhurst,” Weisser said. For students who have not had the opportunity to read the book, attendance to these events is still encouraged.

“The first night of discussion might be a little hard to follow for students who have not read, but the second and third night will be perfect for anybody who wants to help pave the way for a better future,” Gabriel said. “If enough students step forward about this issue, the school will have to respond.” “Students should read the book because it is wonderful and really eye opening. “I hope the community comes out for the discussions because we can make a change, and we need to make it before tragedy strikes again,” said Gabriel. For more information on the One Book event contact Ashley Gabriel at agabri37@



March 19, 2008

Adovasio appointed provost
By Javiera Cubillos Staff writer
Another job was placed on the shoulders of Dr. James M. Adovasio, but he says he will be able to tackle it – no problem. Adovasio was named Mercyhurst College’s first provost in early March by Dr. Thomas Gamble, the college’s president, and the Board of Trustees. Adovasio, an archeology professor at Mercyhurst since 1991, is also dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute and senior counselor to the president. As provost, Adovasio will be responsible for academics, athletics, student life and the branch campuses though he already had responsibility for athletics and branch campuses prior to this appointment. Gamble said Adovasio’s new position is one that will help build his leadership. “Though common in academia both Gannon and Edinboro have provosts for example, this is the first time Mercyhurst has one,” said Gamble. “Dr. Adovasio’s leadership will bring [these academic departments] to new levels of excellence.” Gamble said that this new addition will bring positive changes to Mercyhurst. “The college will benefit because of Dr. Adovasio’s commitment to academic excellence, his experience at several different colleges and universities and his contacts with grant and funding agencies,” he said. Adovasio is enthusiastic at the opportunity to make Mercyhurst a better place. “I hope to elevate not only the quality of the student learning and living experience at the college but also to provide for faculty the opportunity to expand their horizons and their engagement with their respective fields,” he said. As Adovasio takes on some of Gamble’s previous responsibilities, it leaves the president free of some routine operational matters, giving him more time to work on the college’s mission, five-year strategic plan and the funding necessary for these to be met. “I will be allowed to spend more time on our strategic initiatives, as well as with students, faculty, trustees and potential donors,” Gamble said. The board of trustees chose Adovasio after Gamble proposed his idea of integrating a provost to the college. He says that ever since he became president two years ago, he has seen Adovasio’s work and realized that he would be a great addition as an administrator. “In the role of senior counselor to the president and in what he has done for the sciences here at Mercyhurst I have come to see that in addition to being an excellent scholar, Dr. Adovasio is also a very effective administrator,” said Gamble. Freshman Aleca Jarvis is an anthropology major and met Adovasio when he guest lectured in her class. “He seems like he’s extremely knowledgeable and like he’ll be a good addition to the college as its provost,” she said. Among his accolades, Adovasio is a renowned archaeologist for his excavation at Meadow-

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The dean of the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, director of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute and senior counselor to the president, Dr. James M. Adovasio, was named Mercyhurst College’s first provost by President Dr. Thomas Gamble and the Board of Trustees.

croft Rockshelter, the earliest site in North America with evidence of human life. He also turned the college’s archaeological department into the leading research program of North America after becoming chairperson of the department in 1990.

“I view this as an opportunity to attempt to do for the college at large what has been accomplished with the Zurn School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics,” said Adovasio. “Hopefully the net result of this entire process will be a better Mercyhurst.”

Lake Erie grows greener through grant
By Julie Hrancia Staff writer
Mercyhurst College students will conduct a study starting in June to make sure local water is in tip ‘tap’ shape. The college’s biology departm e n t r e c e n t l y r e c e ive d a $106,500, “Growing Greener” grant that gives students the opportunity to study the waters of Walnut Creek and Elk Creek. During the study, students will identify sources of bacteria and chemicals in these selected creeks. Dr. Steve Mauro and Dr. Clinton Jones, professors of biology and chemistry at Mercyhurst, are spearheading the project, with Mauro studying bacteria and Jones studying chemical levels. Both professors submitted the g rant last year after they found evidence of bacteria in these bodies of water from former research projects. “What makes our research unique is that we are going to combine both biological and chemical studies in order to correlate the presence of bacteria and chemicals,” said Jones. “[This] could provide details into the impact that humans are having on this region.” Research for the grant will also involve teams chosen by Mauro and Jones, comprised of two undergraduate biology students and one undergraduate chemistry student. “Having the opportunity to research the grant will provide these students with the necessary skills to enter graduate school,” said Mauro. Students will also get the chance to work directly with experienced faculty members and learn about the environment, said the professors. Jones said the students involved will also have the chance to perform some research in the new Sr. Mary Charles Weschler Chemistry Lab, which will open in Zurn Hall this fall. Mauro has done studies in the past about bacteria levels on the beaches of Erie, which point to levels of bacteria in the water. He said the study affects students because both Walnut and Elk creeks are big sources of water, such as bathing water on Presque Isle. “The water dumps into Lake Erie where we [do recreations] such as fishing,” said Mauro. After the research is complete, according to Jones, an action plan will be developed to reduce pollution in the bodies of water surrounding Lake Erie.

March 19, 2008



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Sister Kathleen accepted the Oscar Romero award and gave a lecture on “The Spiritual Challenge of Immigration” Tuesday night.

Immigration advocate awarded
By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Kathleen Erickson, RSM, a longtime advocate for just immigration policies and border issues, received this year’s Archbishop Oscar Romero Award from Mercyhurst College. Sister Kathleen accepted the award and to gave a lecture on “The Spiritual Challenge of Immigration.” Sister Kathleen has spent the last 15 years working near the U.S./Mexico border, as well as traveling and studying in Latin America. The lecture on Tuesday night focused on bringing light to events taking place on the southern borders. She called for the crowd to take a moment of silence. “Cast aside all of your thoughts...bring your heart and soul into the room,” she said. She continued on explaining her presence in the issue and her first-hand experience with the situations plaguing the country’s border. She is co-founder and former director of the Women’s Intercultural Center in Anthony, N.M., a rural community near the U.S./Mexico border that’s one of the most economically impoverished areas in the United States. Sister Kathleen talked about the scope of symbols for which the word division stands. “Within ourselves, divisions are what keeps us from being who we want to be,” she said. “Reflection on our borders has incredible depth.” She questioned the contents of the major religions; abiding in love, God and themselves and why with these characteristics in common there are over 200 million refugees around the world. Sister Kathleen said that we are part of a movement of divine energy in our world and within each individual. “We cannot ignore the interconnections. It’s not about feeling guilty, it’s about awareness and learning about the interconnections about the things we didn’t know before,” Sister Kathleen said.





March 19, 2008

How to profile a potential killer
Final part of the three-part series on college campus safety
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
No one could have predicted that on Feb. 14, 2008, 27-yearold Steven Kazmierczak would walk onto the Northern Illinois University campus and shoot dead five students. Media have said Kazmierczak forgot to take his medication. Other reports say Kazmierczak just snapped. For world-renowned criminal profiler Brent Turvey, it’s too early to tell the motive behind Kazmierczak’s killings. Turvey, an adjunct lecturer at Bond University in Robina, Australia, and author of Criminal Profiling, Third Edition: An Introduction to Behavioral Evidence Analysis, said it’s more than difficult to predict or even point out a person who could commit a school shooting. “There is no way to predict any crime, only anticipate the possibility that crime can or may occur,” he said. “The most important thing is that there really isn’t a profile of a school shooter.” Turvey says the stereotype that a school shooter is one that suffers from depression, wears black all the time and talks about death is a bogus label. “The way the teenage mind works, [they] actually gravitate towards…negativity, but that’s just them working out their frustrations,” he said. “This could mean dyeing your hair black or whatever, but it doesn’t mean he’s a killer.” He said most people think: Dark hair, dark shirt…must be a killer. “Teenagers who are trying to work out their personality may emulate or address their mannerisms from those who use violence, such as thug and gang music that is all about violence, but does not necessarily result in violence,” he said. “They adopt [these characteristics], but do not emulate violence.” Turvey said, though, there are signs that are known to accurately predict or discriminate the school shooter from others. Dr. Judy Smith, Mercyhurst College’s counseling center director, said there are certain red flags people can look for that could spark violence in a person. “We don’t have a great ability to predict who’s going to walk in with a gun,” she said. Smith said some of the “red flags” are social isolation, students who perceive themselves as socially unaccepted and have an “axe to grind” with someone, and preoccupation with weapons, violence, guns and paramilitary action. “When those individuals [who exhibit some red flags] get stressed, then you could have a problem,” she said. Both Turvey and Smith said these types of crimes usually end in suicide, but are sparked by anger, revenge or jealousy. Turvey said Seung-Hui Cho, who shot dead 32 students at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007, is an ultimate example of anger. “This was utter narcissism bred by spending time alone,” said Turvey. “He thought this is the gateway to fame, the gateway to celebrity.” As for Kazmierczak at Northern Illinois University, Turvey says it’s too soon to tell. “To figure out why he did it, we have to figure out who he shot,” he said. “He didn’t involve his girlfriend, and it could have been a mental illness if he was off his medication, but, every mentally ill person is not a school shooter.” Smith said people who go through with school shootings do so ultimately to kill themselves. “It’s been pretty clear that those who go in to do these shootings go in to kill themselves as well,” she said. “There’s some sort of suicidal element that’s different than killers on the street.” Smith said those who commit school shootings look for a way out of life. “[Those doing] the shootings don’t expect to get out,” she said. “It’s more of a goodbye event.” She said school shooters usually are people that “…think they don’t mean much in this world.” Turvey stresses, though, there is no single profile of a campus shooter, and those who are considered “outcasts,” should not be ignored. “If you think someone is troubled, talk to them and learn what they say,” he said. “Have them talk about their hopes and dreams and then you won’t be afraid of them.” Smith agrees. “You don’t have to be afraid of those depressed,” she said. “Treat them with respect and politeness to make life a little easier.” Smith said, though, if any student starts to exhibit certain “red flags,” students should contact the residence life office at (814) 824-2422. “If there’s a roommate who is always angry, looking at guns online, talking about hurting someone else, then someone [should be notified],” she said. Smith urges not to call the counseling center if this occurs because there is very little they are able to do until residence life is involved. Turvey said if students do discuss killing a person, then it’s something to take seriously. “All threats must be taken seriously,” he said. “If a student just jokes around about murder, then this is its own red flag for a deficient or misplaced value system.”

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Senior Awards Nominations Online

The Senior Awards Nominating Process has gone green. No more paper nomination forms! Nominate your choices for the Senior Awards today by visiting

The Mercyhurst College Service Honor Society is established to honor graduating seniors who exemplify the college’s mission-centered commitment to “service to others.” Nomination forms are available at the following in the Registrar office, Residence Life and the Office of the Student Union & Student Activities.

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March 19, 2008



Here comes Peter Cottontail
By Jen Gildea Features editor
For those people with a serious sweet tooth, the perfect holiday is just around the corner. With Easter comes a plethora of candy options, including jelly beans, Reese’s peanut butter eggs, chocolate bunnies and, of course, marshmallow Peeps. Statistics show that Easter is the second most important holiday for candy, coming up short behind Halloween. Nearly as much candy is consumed on Easter as any other holiday, raking in the billions of dollars spent by consumers. But just how well do consumers know the candy that they eat? There are many surprising facts that provide humor and thought to this candy-infested holiday. According to popular traditions, chocolate bunnies are meant to be eaten “ears first.” Marshmallow Peeps shaped as chicks are most popularly found in yellow, followed by pink, blue and lavender. Other shapes of the sugary candy include eggs and bunnies. Experts have estimated that if all of the jelly beans bought and hidden in Easter baskets were lined up, they would be able to circle the globe three times. Jelly Belly is perhaps one of the most popular jelly bean producers, as it has made a name for itself by creating obscure and surprising flavors, including butter popcorn, jalapeno and honey biscuit. Feeling nauseous yet? Whatever happened to the hot cross buns that were one of the earliest Easter treat traditions? While the sweet tooth may be pulsating, there are alternatives. For those who want to avoid the impending cavities sure to be brought on by the onslaught of so much Easter candy, use nonsugar items in Easter baskets, such as gift cards, movie tickets or homemade Easter cards.

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Oversize chocolate bunnies are among Easter favorites.

Animated films not just for kids
By Carly Lyons Staff writer
Remember the good old days when kids actually got excited about waking up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons or begged their parents to see the latest animated Disney or Pixar film? Even though Disney and Pixar seem to be putting out less and less animated films, the films that do come out seem to be appealing not only to the younger generation, but teens and adults as well. Some films like Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King will always be classics but are becoming less and less wellknown as some of the new hits become popular among audiences of all ages. A couple of the newer animated films include Happy Feet, the story of a colony of penguins who attempt to find their own “heartsong” and deal with many issues, such as acceptance, peer pressure and love, as well as addressing environmental issues in the Antarctic. Freshman Jackie McCarthy is a big fan of Happy Feet. “I love the movie and the story behind it,” she said. The characters are voiced by such celebrities as Nicole Kidman, Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman and Brittany Murphy, and the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2006. Another popular animated movie is Ratatouille, which follows a rat named Remy living in Paris who dreams of becoming the best chef in his hometown but is challenged by the disapproval of his family and the prejudice of humans. Ratatouille won the Academy Award for Best Animated Featured Film in 2007, as well as winning a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album the same year.

It seems that many Mercyhurst College students like Disney and Pizar films. “I like old-school Disney films,” said senior Steve Faber. “Pretty much anything pre-Toy Story is good.” Sophomore Catherine Matthews agreed, adding that she “loves all of the Disney classics.” Other films popular with all generations include The Incredibles, the Shrek trilogy and Finding Nemo.


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March 19, 2008

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Buffet at the baseball field
By Chris James Staff writer
Sitting at a baseball game with a drink and hotdog in hand is an image with which most people can relate when thinking of our nation’s favorite past time. The problem with this image is the prices that one must pay in order to get the tickets, food and drinks at the game. Thanks to a new trend emerging within Major League Baseball stadiums, people can get all three of these amenities for a single price. In fact, you can get as much food and drink as you desire. Baseball fans willing to pay a little extra for designated “allyou-can-eat seats” will find themselves enjoying as many hotdogs, nachos and drinks as they desire during the game. Some of these stadiums are even offering beer and candy with this deal for an small additional fee. Sophomore Tim Raley thinks the idea of all-you-can-eat is creative and interesting. “I would be willing to pay the extra money,” he said. “Food tends to be expensive there normally, and it’s more about community than all-you-can-eat. You go to a baseball game not only to watch but to be a part of the crowd and the food helps with that.” Of course, dietitians are outraged at the idea of baseball fans stuffing themselves full of the unhealthy food. “Baseball food is an American tradition and people can make dietary sacrifices on one night,” said sophomore Garrett Evans. “I think it’s about choice,” Raley said. “If people want to eat an apple, they’d bring an apple and eat it at the game.” Regardless of how unhealthy this new trend is, it has obtained instant popularity. Most of these special seats sell out each night. Combining the growing trend of obesity among Americans with an all-you-can-eat buffet in baseball will likely not have an effect on this trend. Of course, regularly eating as much as you can at every baseball game you attend will be disastrous for your health. As always, remember that moderation is essential.

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March 19, 2008



Dos and don’ts of business attire
Kappa Delta Pi honors society previews fashion show of what’s appropriate
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
The Honors Society in the education department, known as Kappa Delta Pi, hosted the Professional Dress Fashion Show on Saturday, March 15. The show’s theme was based on the popular television show “What Not to Wear,” which airs on TLC. This theme demonstrated the imperative need for appropriate dress in the workplace. This particular premise was selected to inform individuals of the guidelines of professional and appropriate dress within a business environment. Duel models humorously demonstrated these guidelines through a “before,” or inappropriate look, and an “after,” or appropriate outfit. Kappa Delta Pi’s event was held in order to raise money for a program titled Reading is Fundamental, which helps distribute books to local school districts from the elementary through high school levels. The program involves Kappa members’ direct involvement. They not only distribute the books to every child in a particular class, but also read them aloud to the students. Junior education major Lauren Weisser was in charge of directing and producing the show. “It’s an extremely important cause for all students,” Weisser said. “While books for elementary students are somewhat inexpensive, literature aimed at high school students is costly. This age level is vital, not only because we want to remain consistent but also ensure that we reach out to older students as well.” The show took place on Saturday at 1 p.m. and was hosted as a luncheon event catered by Sysco Corporation. The club raised money by selling tickets as well as hosting a Chinese auction with items donated by local vendors. Vendors such as Splash Lagoon, Marriott Courtyard, Theresa’s Italian Restaurant, Wegman’s and Pano’s Restaurant donated to the baskets. The models demonstrated looks that inform students and adults on the appropriateness of professional dress in our evercasual society. The show was composed of 17 different looks modeled by Mercyhurst College male and female students. The looks ranged from a number of attire faux pas. The female models demonstrated the importance of issues like proper suiting, low tops, appropriate dresses, denim in the workplace and skirt length. One female model elicited an abstract point on cell phone use in the office or classroom. Male models also illustrated points on suiting, ties, proper footwear, garment fitting and the appropriateness of hats or other head gear in the workplace or classroom. The “What Not to Wear” looks were equally humorous and

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Members of the Kappa Delta Pi honors society gather to showcase appropriate and inappropriate business attire for the workplace.

interesting. One male demonstrated the importance of shorts length by donning five-inch denim cutoffs, construction boots, a leather cowboy hat and sleeveless plaid shirt. Female looks included tailored suits and work-appropriate capris

and shorts from New York and Company, while B. Moss supplied professional dresses. The males sported a number of versatile looks supplied from Eddie Bauer. Overall the show was a success, as there were over 70 people in attendance.

Junior education major Jim Fodse modeled in the show. “The show was really fun; it was not anything ordinary,” he said. “They made it comical with the models and outfits.” “We had a blast, while raising a lot of money for a good cause,” Weisser said.

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March 19, 2008


Food Fix
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Nunzi’s features Italian favorites right down the road.

With Meg
I would suggest adding more vegetables, such as diced tomatoes and maybe lettuce. Not only is this healthier than most pizzas, it is also pretty cheap and easy to make. Also, if you are feel adventurous you could make your own pizza dough and then you can find several recipes for this online. -Meghan Dolney

Nothin’ like Nunzi’s
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
Right down 38th Street, just past our favorite bowling alley, is Nunzi’s Place. This family owned-Italian Eatery and Bar is a local favorite, especially due to its close distance from campus. The eatery, currently owned by Mike and Betsy Cilladi, opened in 1953 and has been serving up Italian favorites along with a few American classics. With one more Lenten Friday left, stop down to Nunzi’s to check out their Friday specials, including fried cod served up with two sides. Mercyhurst College senior Katie Sammon dished about her beer battered cod priced at $8.95. “I think it was the biggest piece of fish I’ve ever had and it was pretty tasty,” she said. “It definitely filled me up.” Senior John Wayner had a great time at Nunzi’s and was pleased with his meal of perched fish and a side. “Great service, great food and a great time are guaranteed at Nunzi’s,” he said. “It was a large group of people and they still accommodated us with separate checks.” Along with the fish options are classic Italian-style dishes including four-cheese lasagna, spinach gnocchi in a garlic butter sauce and traditional spaghetti and

meatball all served with soup or salad and bread, priced between $8 and $10. Food is served in the dining room and seating is also available on the bar side. If you are in a rush or looking for a great dinner to serve your friends but are short on time to cook, call ahead and carry out your order. I would suggest calling ahead to reserve a table on the weekends as well. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 825-2940 for reservations or carry out and make Nunzi’s your I Heart Erie destination.

When asking my friends what their favorite meals are, one of the first responses was taco pizza, which of course got me craving the delicious twist on an Italian classic. Searching for a recipe I came across this on and it sounded delicious so I wanted to share it with Mercyhurst. There are many variations you can do on pizza but this is a very popular one, which is also pretty good for you.

Taco Pizza
1 package pizza crust 1 can tomato paste ¾ cup water 1 package taco seasoning Chili powder, to taste 1 can refried beans 1/3 cup salsa ¼ cup chopped onion ½ cup ground beef 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

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1.) Follow the directions on the pizza crust. 2.) In a small bowl combine the tomato paste, water, chili powder and most of the taco seasoning (you will save the rest for later). 3.) In another bowl mix the refried beans, salsa and onion. 4.) In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, then stir in the rest of the taco seasoning and a little bit of water. 5.) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 6.) Spread the bean mixture on the crust, followed by the tomato mixture and then the beef. Sprinkle the cheese on top. 7.) Bake in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

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March 19, 2008



tHe Novel provides a ‘meaning of life revelation’ BuZz
By Kyle King Contributing
MARCH 18. Erie Broadway Series. Michael Flatley’s “Lord of the Dance.” MARCH 18. Drive-By Truckers. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale. MARCH 20. Clutch. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale. MARCH 21. Van Halen. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh. MARCH 22. Blue Man Group. Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. MARCH 22. Man Man. Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale. On sale at ticketweb. com. MARCH 25. Avril Lavigne, Boys Like Girls. A.J. Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh. MARCH 25. Say Anyt h i n g. D i e s e l C l u b Lounge, Pittsburgh. MARCH 25. Mae, Honorary Title, Between the Trees. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. MARCH 26. Avril Lavigne, Boys Like Girls. Wolstein Center, Cleveland. MARCH 28. Ice skating. Smuckers Stars on Ice. Mellon Arena, Pittsburgh.
There was a time in high school when I seriously considered becoming a sportswriter, hopefully traveling the world to cover tennis and golf for “Sports Illustrated” or ESPN, as the next L. Jon Wertheim or George Plimpton, or so I thought. Then there was a time I grew disillusioned with the meaningfulness of athletics, right around the time whispering allegations of steroid use in baseball grew louder and the Palace at Auburn Hills turned into a free-for-all boxing match between Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Pistons supporters. I feel as though I am now able to place these events in my worldview and am equally capable of finding value, for better or worse, in Roger Federer’s quest to become the greatest tennis player ever and NBA players mailing in games to try to force a trade to contenders. Richard Ford’s “The Sportswriter” has made me reexamine what it would have meant (or could mean) to adopt the craft as a career. The first noticeable characteristics about “The Sportswriter” is how it has aged, particularly through its narrative voice, Frank Bascombe, the eponymous 38year-old at the center of the novel. A former literary prodigy who wrote a great book of short stories, Blue Autumn, then failed to finish an attempted novel, Bascombe picked up a few freelance sports articles for work. He became a full-time sports writer after realizing he could do nothing else, including teaching at a local college or maintaining his marriage with “X,” as Bascombe always refers to his former wife. The novel was written during the height of Ronald Reagan’s presidency, and there is a 1980s Republican, half-Midwestern, half-Southern feel to the dialogue, which makes sense since Ford grew up in Mississippi and went to school in East Lansing, Michigan. However, this can be construed as one of the novel’s failings, since much of the story takes place in the mid-Atlantic; Bascombe lives in New Jersey, and Lake Erie and Allegheny College are alluded to in the novel. Ford seems to feel his regionalism is universal, which is a questionable claim.The voice strikes one as, though piercingly insightful, immediately superficial. I am reminded of the early work of the band Train. Although the lead singer Pat Monahan was born in Erie, he can twang on cue. Its sagacity is subjective. There are other paradoxes and seeming contradictions to reconcile as well. Ford does not glamorize the sportswriter’s trade, though many of the characters around him look up to Bascombe and hope he can put their everyday struggles into words. Indeed, the one major scene of journalism in the novel, when Bascombe goes to Detroit in order to try to interview slightly off-keel, ex-NFL fullback Herb Wallaghe. The event is a fiasco, with Bascombe spending the majority of the time wondering how he can keep Wallagher from having a nervous breakdown at the thought of life post-football. In this way, people who write as a profession are seemingly grounded in everyday humanity. At the same time, Bascombe still seems to idealize becoming a “real” writer, as he calls heavy-hitting novelists and true literati. This position must be acutely regarded considering the medium of “The Sportswriter” itself, as though Ford toots his own horn, though with tongue firmly in cheek. The real message in “The Sportswriter” emerges as a sort of meaning-of-life revelation when Bascombe receives a call from his ex-wife about one of the members in his Divorced Men’s club. That the call reaches him via the home phone of the father of the woman he is currently seeing, Vicki Arcenault, surprisingly does not strike one as far-fetched or inappropriate. There are people at once central to one’s life and yet always peripheral. The only constant in one’s life is one’s own consciousness, no matter how hard we try to let others in or escape ourselves. Succumbing to the “dreaminess of woulda, coulda, shoulda,” as Bascombe would relate it, is an existential crisis one must avoid

at all costs. “What else is the ordinary world good for,” he asks, “except to supply reasons not to check out early?” (351). There are few Enlightenment ‘first principles’ worth debating to Bascombe in “The Sportswriter,” and this is fine. There are larger lessons to be gained from smaller stories, both good and evil, which Bascombe thinks is perhaps the very reason he is so adroitly talented at his job, despite frequent misgivings. As the ideals of living forever in perpetual wedded bliss asthe next great American novelist in a utopist suburbia were dispelled, seeking to simply get through life with a net gain becomes more and more appetizing. Ironically, considering the aura of despair and failure in Richard Ford’s work, the sportswriter’s life never looked so good. The Vintage 1986 edition by Richard Ford “The Sportswriter” is available for $11.16 at

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Switching from painting to photography, senior Megan Jell made assortments of images of the fishing industries in Erie, Pa.and eastern Ma. The photos were all black and white and pictured boats and rigging. Also using photography, senior Steve Puskar created what he called the “What If ?” collection. This collection includes black and white war photos created through Photoshop and reenactments. “We all think of ‘what if ’ statements every day. I have always been fascinated with World War II things, and so I decided to make a ‘what if ’ statement about that war by creating photos of Nazi control in America,” said Puskar. “What if Hitler and the Nazis had been in America instead of Germany? What if we had lost the war? What if you had to run for your life or became a victim of war? This collection is meant to spur questions like these.” Puskar also mentioned that his grandfather was a soldier in World War II and that all the weapons that appear in this photography collection belong to him. Esther Claros, another senior artist, made a brightly colored acrylic on wood painting of people next to plant life. Senior Matthew Seifert created mixed media presentations of modeling paste and acrylic paint. His works were very textured and abstract in form, all rectangular bases with assorted items such as roping, belts, buttons and bottle caps rising off the base. Working with digital media, senior Katie Diley produced images resembling magazine covers with women’s pictures. In the art exhibit brochure, Diley explained many of the headlines on these images are humorous, and they are also meant to comment on expectations assigned to women in our culture. Senior Amanda Kaiser fashioned cut paper pop-ups in the shapes of animals such as a peacock and a koala. These pop-ups were made entirely with white paper, giving the work a very

March 19, 2008

Senior art students present impressive exhibit in Cummings Gallery
By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer
The opening presentation of the Mercyhurst Senior Art Exhibit in the Cummings Art Gallery presented new and exciting art on display, accompanied by live music and a buffet. The presented art varied greatly on Saturday, from painting to sculpture and from photography to cut paper pop-ups, similar to the German art of scherenschnitte. Senior Sean Whaling used charcoal for some works, pastels for others and even acrylic and motor oil for one. He created images of aptenodytes, which are large penguins. The penguin images were gathered closely together, as if in herds, and each work was in black and white. Senior Emily Campbell’s work was made with acrylic on canvas, picturing dolls and other childhood images. The paintings were formed with brown and blue hues and were of a somewhat abstract nature.

The Mercyhurst Senior art exhibit opened on Saturday in the Cummings Art Gallery.

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clean look. Finally senior Denny Porter created brown bust and hand sculptures picturing heads in generally unhappy or agonized expressions and hands relating to the heads. Mercyhurst freshman Kate Gilson said, “I was impressed by the variety of art displayed in the exhibit.” “There is some serious talent being displayed here,” freshman Bethany Brun added. “My favor-

ite work was the 3-D cut paper because I’ve never seen anything like that done with paper before. It seemed very unusual to me.” Featured artist Steve Puskar also said, “The show is really quite good, and it displays the works of many people who used many different media for their art.” The senior art exhibit will remain in the gallery through April 5, and it is certainly a show of great talent and diversity.

Rock quintet The Thrifters inspires loyal fans with new album
By Greg Summy Staff writer
Touring parts of the east coast and midwest, writing a brand new album and inspiring thousands of already loyal fans across the country through inspirational music is what Cleveland, Ohio rock quintet The Thrifters are all about. After five strong years together, the band was able to gain a devout following in the Cleveland area and beyond. However original vocalist Brendan Lieske and the band parted ways in August 2007. Stepping right in and winning over the hearts of loyal Thrifters’ fans was Sergio McCollam in late August 2007. The band then set out to write a new record, which is still in progress. The new sound takes the old Thrifters style and adds a touch of something different. Lieske’s vocals were comparable to those of Brandon Boyd of Incubus and Nick Hexum of 311. McCollum, however, brings a more soothing, yet still intense voice to the Thrifters. The band’s Myspace profile features three new songs, all with McCollum taking the reigns as lead vocalist. “Since When Were You So Vain” touches a plethora of genres in its exploration of the new Thrifters’ sound. The song features a strong emphasis on harmony, both vocally and instrumentally. Frank Frazza and Colin Stacy develop unique and fundamentally solid guitar arrangements and incorporate their own personal influences quite well within the song. Both guitarists have been with the band since its inception over five years ago, and have shown tremendous growth as musicians since the release of the band’s debut album “Entropy,” which is available on iTunes and CDBaby. Picking right up is the song “Underdog Fight Song” with heavy guitars, and layers upon layers of harmony. This song fluctuates between varying levels of energy much like a Thrifters’ live show; the right parts are soft and mellow, while others are driving and heavy. The final track available on the Myspace page, “Loveless,” features drummer Steve Orlando and bassist Chris Henke. Orlando is almost legendary in Cleveland for his drumming abilities both within a band and solo. Henke takes the basic structure of the bass, applies his own flair and influence and creates arrangements that sound just as good solo as they do in the mix of the band. Compared to “Entropy,” these three new songs mark a new era for the Thrifters. The band has gone from a young, aspiring reggae-rock band, to a full, unique band of their own style. This by no means should suggest that “Entropy” is not a work of exquisite musicianship and energy. The Thrifters, having opened for bands such as 311, played venues like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, House of Blues and Tower City Amphitheatre, will head out on the road yet again this summer to spread their music to more and more.

March 19, 2008

same as the person you’re with? I am a firm believer, now, that people should not get into relationships until they are secure with themselves, they know what they want and they don’t define themselves by the person they are with. I have to say that I am glad I made that mistake in high school because I see it so often now at an older age, and I feel bad for these people because they may never get the chance to realize what they are doing. Friends, family and personal identity are three of the most important things in a person’s life and they should not be given up so freely just to satisfy another person. If someone really respects you and wants to be with you, they will like you because of those things. Why would you want to be with a person who wanted you to give up things important to you or try to make you be or act a certain way? Think about it, it’s not really you who they want to be with in that case, but the person they are trying to get you to become. Think about this point too; if you choose to let someone take over your life and forget about those you once deemed important, who is going to be there for you if something were to happen to that relationship? Just remember, people are not always forgiving. ucts many years ago and have produced alternatives to animal based products. When you go to the local grocer, it is important to realize that soy milk has been made in massive quantities. Alternatives to soy milk, such as rice milk, almond milk and cow milk are all commerciallybased products, thus leading to massively produced products. The process to produce soy milk is commercialized and thus there are various additives and supplements added to the concoction. Through the growth period of the beans themselves, consumers may be unaware of what pesticides and growth hormones are used to cultivate the crop. Not to mention some beans are grown on factory farms rather than by the local farmers. Ultimately soy milk, tofu, tofurky and meat alternatives are still processed foods,


Lost identity in relationships Defense of soy as weak as processed meat
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
Over the years and the tears, I have noticed that some of the biggest obstacles people face when it comes to relationships is finding a way to balance friends, personal identity and the significant other. Heck, when I look back on it now, my boyfriend at the time and I were a prime example of this in high school. It was your typical immature relationship where I stopped talking to all of my friends and let my controlling boyfriend consume my life. I lost many of my friends because they didn’t like being ignored and picked over, but I didn’t care because I had “Chad” and that was all that mattered. Instead of letting him be a part of my life, along with my friends, family and personal interests, I decided to let him be my life, spend all of my time with him and like all the same things that he did; I practically lost my identity for a while. I look back now and I can only laugh at how silly I was really being. Why do so many people think that once you get into a relationship, you have to give up things like your friends, hobbies, interests and adjust them to be the

By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
A friend recently made the comment that drinking soy milk is a healthier option then drinking cow milk. The claim was followed up by defense that soy milk is a healthier option since it is plant-based and unexposed to hormones and a cultivation process. This claim led to a further investigation about soy-based products and the companies that make them. A brief background goes as such. Soy milk is the product of liquid produced from pressing ground, cooked soy beans. Soy beans have been cultivated in Asia for thousands of years. Traditionally, soy milk was no more than a step in the process to make tofu. Western markets began to consume such prod-

thus with some risk in their consumption. A justification for eating healthier is often awareness of what you consume now will affect your body 10, possibly 20, years into the future. Unless your soy products come from a local Asian market where you can guarantee the manufacturing process, there is still risk in the post marked products from Wegmans. Meat is a natural part of the human diet. Unless you are from an Asian ethnicity, your ancestors probably depended on meat for protein and survival. If you have the ability to purchase a portion of a cow from a local farmer it is often more advised then simply buying a national brand. Most products we purchase from the grocery store are likely contaminated by some process from their organic beginnings; even attempting to eat healthier can prove to be trivial.

When things fall apart: Say it ain’t so
By Keith Nemeth Staff writer & political analyst
The title of this article, taken directly from a line in a Yeats poem, is not in reference to the coming of the Anti-Christ, but when relationships deteriorate so rapidly that you tend to ask how things could have turned out the way they did. But do no worry, this is not going to be a vapid monologue filled with half-witty puns, nor will it be a long-winded harangue. Instead it’s going to be an exegesis of the failure of communication. So what is it that divides the sexes so greatly that miscommunications abound with greater proclivity at each turn? Could it be the mischaracterization of actions, no matter how slight, that soon accumulates so much force that what was once a snowball thrown down a mountain has become an avalanche? Is the road to Hell really paved with good intentions? Is love an objective lie and only through our subjective use of it does the term have any credence? Can I ever write an article without asking rhetorical questions? More importantly, shouldn’t you be reading the perennial attacks held by other staff writers? C’mon it’s better than Jerry Springer! My columns have become consistently worse as the weeks drag on, which if you have followed my small jaunts in journalism, you are quite aware. Not only did my extensive use of vocabulary wane, which I continuously use to sound as pompous as possible but the passion in my topics has burned out to the point where my heart is filled with a cold, void of ennui. But being the premier choice word that I am, a term I will use metaphorically in my endeavor, I really had to slip my resignation from writing in an article completely intended for a different topic. Sneaky! So for those three people out there who actually read my articles, I’d like to say thank you. It’s kind of funny that when you give things up there is always a part of you that wants you to say it ain’t so.

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sweatshirt. Bill Clinton stopped his speech to answer the young man’s question under the conditions he would leave after Clinton’s response. He agreed. However I am sure that the young student did not realize that he was about to debate with the king of public speaking. After all, he sold the world that he did not have sexual relations with a young college intern when he in fact did and subsequently was impeached for his behavior. Clinton rolled out an answer like an auctioneer with information detailing his involvement in the 1991 NAFTA agreement. The student’s attempt to discredit Clinton only gave the former president more ground to prove his “Silver Tongue.” Pennsylvania, which is a necessary win for Clinton to remain a candidate, must have been enthusiastic with her husband’s response. The student who was later quoted stating, “I am very happy he took the time to answer my question,” got what he set out to do: Have a little bit of spotlight. Is it the best idea to bring up past events of a man who is not running for president and to do so in a Mercyhurst College sweatshirt? The answer is no. In the words of the former president himself, “These people that are paranoid about the world come and scream at me everywhere.” Not only did this student scar himself as an individual, he might have brought down the creditability of our name by simply wearing Mercyhurst College clothing. As the Associated Press later

March 19, 2008

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
The Good
Get in line ladies and gentlemen. Mentally prepare yourself with how you are going to spend your refund check. They will be ready this week . Enjoy a long weekend, ham and jelly beans for Easter break.

Silver tongued Bill: Use gumption at rallies
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
As the five-week stretch in the Pennsylvania primaries begin, Erie is becoming stomping grounds for the close Democratic party primary campaign. The first political event kicked off at East High School. Notoriously known for his wonderful public speaking abilities, former president and husband of a candidate, Bill Clinton ,was here to speak on his wife’s behalf. In the middle of his discussion about foreign trade, a student begins to chant “1991 Bilderberg.” As the press turned their cameras toward the young man, they revealed him in a white Mercyhurst College confirmed, the student was Trey Zeluff, who is no stranger to uneducated assumptions, recalling his article earlier in the year discrediting the Army advertising on campus. I encourage all students to take an interest in politics and control our country’s collective decision to elect the next president. Use a little gumption and be concerned with the future, not the past, of someone who is not even a candidate. While attending rallies, listen closely to what has to be said. Use analysis to decide if the candidate supports your beliefs. If you do decide to ask a question, make sure you know who is answering. Politicians are in the business of question-and-answer. If you must heckle a candidate do not do it in a Mercyhurst sweatshirt.

The Bad
March Madness is taking over the sports world, Facebook, sports bars and people’s lives. American Idol has once again dominated Tuesday night airwaves.

Not a terrorist: Put aside differences to come together
By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
I know from experience that free speech activism can get dismissed or construed as “paranoid heckling,” while the real issues will never be addressed. Whether it is glorification of how well one may sway a crowd, crowds of supporters will not stand for opposition to their false idols. It is no doubt easier for masses to feed on the selfinterested speech of hypocrites because challenges to the flawed paradigms created by such leaders are difficult to swallow. Staged events deserve to be interrupted, especially featuring a former important politician who is accountable to the very public in which he ruled over. Excuse concerned citizens that care about the future of a species for speaking out against global elitism. The issues will get looked over and personal attacks will be made when confronted with issues and debates on truth. Know that I am not a terrorist nor am I comfortable with being constantly lied to by people who carry out acts of terror. At a time when ignorance is bliss, people continue to deny reality as it becomes an uncomfortable fit to their false paradigms. These thick illusions of many have me troubled and has spurred a lot of my thoughts. Do we not see through the events that happen right here on our campus? The 10-12 million dollar investment that has been made here on campus in order to combine Business and Intelligence will work to further the web of disinformation through “strategic communications.” These investments that come to build our “education” are preceded by Mercyhurst leasing a portion of the social center at Saints Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church to make room for the graduate center and the Civic Institute, which were exiled from the Intelligence Studies building. What predispositions are we setting here? The Center for Strategic Communications will arise as a government and military cheerleader just as ordered by the government in the Report of Defense Science Board Task Force Strategic Communications in 2004. The report states that “Collaboration between government and the private sector on an unprecedented scale is imperative.” No surprise that the CEO and President of Draper was the chairman on this Task Force. Anyone willing to guess as to who will be the future employers of these Strategic Communicators? In a time when vision and insight are the valued tools of thought, I quote Bob Marley: “Emancipate yourselves from

The Ugly
The vending machine in the Hirt Center had a serious lack of water Tuesday. Perhaps there was a drought or maybe it was just St. Paddy’s Day after effects. Spring is upon us, but the snow is still here. To make matter worse, though, the snow is a dirty and much more unsightly type of snow. Please email any suggetions to opinionmerciad@

mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.” I know not of the endurance of the ignorance that is rooted in fear, but I am witness to the eternal still of love that allows us to grow in empathy for all sentient beings. Essential to our study is embracing the opportunity to study our institutions and thoughts both freely and critically. Join me in the spirit of debate on a date to be determined after consultation with whoever is kind enough to help vision such an event into existence. By no means should this be limited to students, as all are embraced as one in such an experience. I am allowing myself to be categorized, analyzed and identified in whatever limiting views, but for the sake of developing awareness and free debate, we must put aside individual differences to come together.

March 19, 2008



This I believe: There is hope Passion as motivation
Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reflection Committee has initiated this series to encourage reflection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We hope that these will inspire reflective discussion in a variety of venues. We suggest that faculty introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; we encourage students to bring these thoughts to classes; we invite administrators and staff to explore these in department meetings. Or, if you wish, you may respond directly to our committee chair, Rev. Lyta Seddig: The ERC also requests that you let us know how you have used these thoughts in your life on this campus. “This I Believe” is now linked to the college website. All essays can be found at Bill Welch has been at Mercyhurst since July 1, 2002, as a grant writer, journalism instructor, public relations director and adviser for the Merciad. He now is an instructor in the Intelligence Studies Department and deputy director of the department’s Center for Intelligence Research Analysis & Training. His favorite aspect about Mercyhurst: “Dealing with the people, especially the students.”

By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
I have been guilty of losing vision, as I am sure you have. Sometimes it’s hard to remember why you do certain activities. There are days when I drag my feet coming to the office on Tuesday nights, knowing the temperature will be unpredictable and a cloud of obscenities will hover toward Josh. But there are times when you need to put the passion back into the things you enjoy. I often forget that there is always a chance that someone picks up this issue of the Merciad, never reading it before.

By Bill Welch Contributing writer
I believe the world can be a better place. No, I believe we can make the world a better place. Oh boy! I’m really stepping out on a ledge here, eh? Why don’t I just go to the middle of the mall and sing, “I’d like to build a world of hope …” You know: “It’s the real thing, Coke is.” I’d sing it with a big smile, of course, and sway happily from side to side. Smiling and swaying – that would make it happen, huh? You see, at age 56 it’s real easy to think the world won’t be a better place, that we might try to make it a better place, but our efforts will go down the drain. Almost 40 years ago, I absolutely believed down to my very

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core that the world was on the verge – just a few more years – from becoming a visibly, noticeably, even measurably better place … for everybody. The revolution was just around the corner and everything was gonna be alright. We were going to make it happen. On May 9, 1970, I was standing on the Mall in Washington, D.C., with at least 200,000 other people who were all within a couple years of my age. We were going to make it happen. We were going to bring peace and truth and justice and equality to the world. We shouted it out for all to hear. We believed it. As most people may have figured out, it didn’t happen. Peace arrives one place and evaporates somewhere else. Truth? I was a journalist for 29 years; truth has always been elusive, and is more so now, especially in journalism. Justice and equality? Hard to buy into those when you see the misery doled out in the world for no justifiable reason. Given the disappointing results as I look around the world in the decades since 1970, it would be natural to say I believe in the steady slide of humanity and the dire prospects for the world at large. Fact is, I have said it. I don’t believe it, though. I thought I believed it. But life’s daily actions say something else: That if I did believe it, I wouldn’t go on. If I did, I wouldn’t teach. If I did, I wouldn’t vote, and I wouldn’t bother working against

bad things like that tire-burning plant on Erie’s east side. If I did, I wouldn’t look so fervently to the day when a grandchild arrives.There’s still hope that we can make this a decent world, even a better world, for that grandchild and everyone else’s grandchildren. This, to my surprise, I believe.

Maybe it is that handsome guy from LECOM or maybe it is a senior citizen at a PAC movie. Either way, I must find a way to pour passion back into what I do. I always have a chance to use the power of words to influence someone, maybe even a group of someones, and for that I am thankful. Next time you start a project in an area that you love, reflect upon why this is something in which you are interested. Take that memory of the first time it inspired you and be 10 times more passionate in doing it each and every time thereafter. So when I sit here mumbling under my breath, I’ll do the same and keep the passion in it.

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March 19, 2008

Women’s lax drops two games on road
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse lost its first two games this season to No.1 C.W. Post and No. 4 Adelphi, dropping its record 3-2 this past weekend. Friday’s game versus C.W. Post was expected to be a challenge. The Lakers played tough but were not able to put together a strong enough offense to defeat the Pioneers. Mercyhurst lost 16-8. “Both were tough losses. It was hard especially for the upperclassman…we had never beaten [C.W. Post] and we had high expectations,” said junior Jessie Horeth. C.W. Post gained control early in the game, scoring unattested five times. After five minutes and a time out, the Lakers were warmed up enough to respond. Sophomoroe Maeve McGoff made her second save of the game, and Horeth made Mercyhurst’s first attempt to score. It was saved and picked up by the Pioneers. After 11 minutes, the game began to pick up intensity. Junior Breanna Haggerty made three attempts on the net, but all were uncompleted. She was finally successful, making the score 1-5. By the end of the first half, Haggerty scored with just 28 seconds left to play but C.W. Post had scored twice more, making the score 2-7 at the break. Just 11 seconds into the second period, the Pioneers picked up another goal. They were quickly answered by an onslaught of Laker attempts, and Horeth made Mercyhurst’s third goal. By the end of the game, Haggerty had scored six goals, and Horeth and freshman Elizabeth Tice added one goal apiece. Mercyhurst outshot C.W. Post for the game 33-31, including 1712 in the first half. Sunday’s game against Adelphi went better for the Lakers, although they were unable to pull off the win. Mercyhurst sophomore Kate Smith scored the first goal of the game. After a tight battle the score was 4-5 and the Panthers began to pull away. They scored three more goals by the end of the period and the Lakers only scored one, making the score at the break 5-8. Forty seconds into the second period, the Panthers scored the next goal, but Mercyhurst began to catch up. With the score at 6-11, Haggerty scored with 20:03 to play and sparked the Lakers to make six of the next seven goals and tie the game at 12-12. At 8:11 to play, Adelphi scored another goal, and at 6:15 to go, they scored the last goal of the game. Horeth ended the game with three goals and three assists for a career-high six points. Freshman midfielder Kim Masterton had three goals and two assists and Haggerty added three goals. Smith scored two goals for the Lakers and McGoff had 10 saves. Both teams had 34 shots and the Lakers committed 19 turnovers, only one more than Adelphi. “We have a great chance of winning the rest of our games,” said Horeth. The team’s next game is tonight against Seton Hill, where they hope to get back on track and pick up another win. They also have an important game this weekend against No. 9 Queens.

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Starting the first game was senior right-hander Wes Craig, who showed no rust and pitched a solid five innings to gain his first win of the season. Coming in to finish the game, and earn his second win of the season was senior co-captain James Ludwig. Already this season Ludwig has made nine appearances and is en route to finishing off his college career in strong fashion. Head coach Joe Spano commented on Ludwig’s past three seasons at Mercyhurst and his college career. “[Ludwig] continues to have clutch performances... and he continues to be one of the most solid players on the team,” Spano said. During his appearance in the night cap of the doubleheader Ludwig was steadfast for 1.2 innings, with no hits given up.


Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
This week’s results...
Men’s hockey........................................... Mar. 14, W 4-1, Sacred Heart Mar. 15, W 4-2, Army Mar. 16, L 5-4, Air Force Women’s hockey...................................... Mar. 15, L 5-4, Quarterfinals Women’s lacrosse........................................ Mar. 14, L 16-8, C.W. Post Mar. 16, L 14-12, Adelphi Baseball....................................... Mar. 15, W 7-2, Salem International Mar. 15, W 6-2, Salem International Men’s volleyball..................................................... Mar. 14, L 3-0, Lewis Mar. 15, L 3-0, Loyola Men’s tennis....................................................... Mar. 14, W 9-0, Findlay Mar. 15, L 7-2, Ferris State Women’s tennis......................................... Mar. 15, W 7-2, Ferris State Women’s water polo............................... Mar. 14, W 8-7, Cal Lutheran Mar. 15, L 15-4, Michigan Mar. 15, W 15-5, Carthage

Baseball picks up sweep
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
Playing a spring sport in Erie, Pa. can prove to be incredibly difficult. The weather never seems to cooperate and games are constantly being postponed or cancelled. Last weekend the Mercyhurst College baseball team finally got the opportunity to play after a two-week break due to inclement weather. However the break did not seem to have much of an effect on the men’s performance. On Saturday they took the field against Salem International, and won both games of a doubleheader. Despite the continued absence of injured starters, the team once again demonstrated its depth. Continuing their excellent start on the offensive side of the ball were freshmen Jonathan Keppler and Craig Denman, as well as junior Jamie Walczak and red shirt junior Scott Monzel. In the first game of the series Keppler and Walczak drove in two runs each, while Monzel drove in one, helping to lead the men to an easy 7-2 victory. During the second game’s 6-2 win, Monzel recorded another RBI, while Denman, who had the game-winning hit during a victory over C.W. Post in Florida, picked up two big hits. Despite the two wins on Saturday, the doubleheader scheduled for Sunday was cancelled thanks to Mother Nature. The Lakers will take their home turf for the first time this season on Friday to take on Findlay in a four-game series.

Harrison/Griepsma athletes of the Week
Mercyhurst senior Hudson Harrison became the third wrestler in school history to be an NCAA Division II national runner-up, placing second at the national championship last weekend and become an All- American for the first time. Mercyhurst freshman water polo player Rachel Griepsma scored with 1:12 left in regulation as Mercyhurst defeated Cal Lutheran at the Michigan Invitational. Griepsma had four goals in the Cal Lutheran game, and a career-high seven goals in a win over Carthage.

Water polo continues success on road
By Andrew Schonoff Staff writer
The Mercyhurst women’s water polo team has had another successful week, as they went 2-1 at the Michigan Invitational. The team was also recently ranked ninth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s top 10 poll, matching the best ranking in the program’s history. At the Michigan Invitational this past weekend, the Lakers opened up their play against Cal Lutheran. The Lakers started off strong, holding their opponents scoreless throughout the entire first half, while putting in three goals of their own. However Cal Lutheran battled back into the game by scoring five unanswered goals. In the last few minutes of the game, Mercyhurst found themselves tied at 7-7. Cal Lutheran had the ball looking to put the final blow on Mercyhurst. However freshman Rachel Griepsma made a steal and swam the ball down the pool to score a one-on-nobody breakaway goal with 1:12 left in the game. In its next game, Mercyhurst had a chance for a rematch against Michigan. While the Lakers hung with them for the first half, the nationally-ranked Wolverines proved to be too much for Mercyhurst, and the game concluded in a 15-4 loss. In their last game of the weekend, the Lakers beat Carthage to improve their record to an impressive 7-3. Carthage was able to make it a game during the first half, as the game was tied at four going into the second half. However the Lakers had an incredible second half of play, outscoring Carthage 11-1. Senior Christine Somera was right behind Gripsma, scoring 4 of her own while also adding two steals and two drawn ejections. Since the team did not lose any players due to graduation last year, the women’s water polo program returned a very strong squad. Somera has been a big factor in this season’s success, as she leads the Lakers in most points, assists, steals and drawn ejections. Another big influence has been the addition of Griepsma, who currently leads the Lakers with 30 goals. Senior Carrie Willison attributes their success to elevated standards. “I think we all know how much talent the team has as a whole, which has allowed us to set higher expectations for ourselves. I believe this will be the best season in program history,” she said.

Men’s hockey named team of the week
Men’s hockey lost in a double overtime to Air Force, just barely missing the chance to compete in the NCAA Division I national championships. Seeded No. 5 at the Atlantic Hockey Tournament, Mercyhurst had beaten No. 3 Army Saturday night.

Harrison finishes as national runner-up
Senior Hudson Harrison finished the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championship on March 15. This was his fourth and final trip to the championship, and is the third runner- up in Laker history. He almost became Mercyhurst’s first national champion. Harrison finished the season with 34 wins, the second best season in school history, earning him All-American honors.

Terminesi named rookie of the year
Freshman defenseman Jeff Terminesi was named Atlantic Hockey Association Rookie of the Year on March 18. He was the only freshman named to the All-American team.

Athletes excel in the classroom
In winter term, a total of 41 Mercyhurst College student athletes earned 4.0s. The women’s field hockey team boasts eight of these athletes, the most of any team.


matches in straight sets. Cotic led the way without dropping a game, defeating his opponent 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Both King and

March 19, 2008

Men’s hockey season Men’s tennis opens with split comes to a close
By Christine Mersch Staff writer By Ashley Pastor Staff writer
Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team ended its season falling to Air Force in the AHA tournament finals 5-4 in double overtime. The fifth-seeded Lakers defeated Sacred Heart 4-1 Friday, and Army 4-2 Saturday. This was the first time a number five seed made it to an AHA championship. Junior Matt Lundin played a vital role in the team’s success in the net during the tournament. The Lakers will have an experienced team returning, as they will only lose three players to graduation. Ben Cottreau, Kerry Bowman and Jamie Coghlan will be missed. Coach Rick Gotkin believes Mercyhurst played hard despite its season coming to an end. “[Against Air Force] was another example of two great teams battling to the end and they found a way to win,” he said. “They were very deserving of a championship, not that we weren’t, but I think they will represent AH very well in the NCAA tournament.” The Mercyhurst College men’s tennis team welcomed the University of Findlay to Pennbrier Athletic Club Thursday. Findlay (4-0) entered the match ranked No. 9 in the Great Lakes Region. The Lakers came in unranked but rolled to a 9-0 victory over the visiting Oilers in the GLIAC opener for both programs. Freshman Tim Hansson and sophomore Mateusz Przbysz started the match with an impressive 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 sophomore Mijo Cotic and freshman Adam Marnik blanked their opponents 8-0. Sophomores Ronald Heurich and Kyle King battled for a 9-7 victory at No. 3. The Lakers also dominated singles play, winning all six

Lakers fall in Frozen Eight
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey season came to a dissappointing end Saturday following a tough loss to No. 2- ranked Minnesota Duluth. Mercyhurst fell to Minnesota by one goal 5-4 with it being its fourth straight year losing in the first round of NCAA playoffs. The game started off fastpaced with both teams scoring within the first minute of the game. Sophomore Meghan Agosta put one past the UMD goalie just 22 seconds into the match. Her goal came off of a rebound, her 40th of the season, with an assist being credited to freshman Geena Prough. Just 26 seconds later, the Bulldogs hit the back of the net off a shot from Laura Fridfinnson. Mercyhurst junior Valerie Chouinard capped off the first period with a powerplay goal to give the Lakers a 2-1 lead heading into intermission. Minnesota scored the only goal of the second period off senior Karine Demeule’s shot, giving the Bulldogs a shorthanded goal. The game remained tied into the third period until junior Natalie Payne recorded her fifth goal of the season with the help of Agosta and Prough. Just as before, the Bulldogs tied the game at 3-3 with a quick goal by Fridfinnson. Minnesota took the lead just two minutes later with a powerplay goal from Emmanuelle Blais, giving the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead in the third period. Blais sealed the victory for Minnesota with another goal at 16:53. The Lakers pulled within one when freshman Vicky Bendus put a last-second goal past the UMD goalie. It was Bendus’ 11th goal of the year with the assist coming from Chouinard. The Bulldogs will host the Frozen Four this year and are making their fifth straight trip, as they will face New Hampshire next Thursday.

Przybysz won their matches by identical scores of 6-1, 6-0 at No. 6 and No. 2 singles. Hansson, playing No. 1, rolled to a 6-1,63 victory. Heurich and Marnik won their matches 62, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively. With one GLIAC win under their belt, the Lakers looked for another on Saturday when Ferris State traveled to Erie for yet another GLIAC showdown. FSU proved to be too strong for Mercyhurst, however, as they handed the Lakers a 7-2 loss.

Mercyhurst’s lone wins came at No. 1 and No. 6 singles. At the top, Hansson picked up a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 win over Lewis DeGeneault. King needed three sets to battle his opponent for a 6-0, 2-6, 63 victory. At No. 5 singles, Mercyhurst’s Marnik took his opponent to three sets before losing 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. In doubles the No. 1 team of Hansson and Przybysz almost pulled out a win against Akshay Chellappa and Corey Banghart but came up short and lost 8-6. With the loss Mercyhurst falls to 4-5 and 1-1 GLIAC Ferris State is ranked No. 3 in the region and improved to 3-6 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Lakers return to the court in two weeks for matches against Northwood University and Wayne State University.

Let the games and madness begin
By Daniel Bertolini Contributing writer
Madness: the quality or condition of being insane, in fury or full of rage. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is insane with upsets and Cinderella stories but the selection Sunday created fury and teams full of rage. Arizona State could have the strongest argument of all the teams that were on the bubble of the tournament. Arizona State had 21 wins, including good wins against USC and Oregon. This is a continued trend of good teams in good conferences that just do not make the big dance and teams like Coppin State, who is the first team in the history to have 20 losses and still make the tournament. This has stirred up some controversy. Why play the regular season? If a team that went 12-20 in the regular season can make the NCAA Tournament and teams with 20 wins do not make it then does the regular season even matter? Bob Knight, long time Indiana basketball coach and former Texas Tech head coach, seems to think that they should add more teams to the field and get rid of the conference tournaments. That would eliminate some of the mid- major conferences from getting teams with subfive hundred records making the tournament. The major conferences are the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Conference USA, Pac 10 and the SEC. Are teams in some of the other conferences not as competitive as the major conferences is the true question. Teams like American, Cal State Fullerton, Texas Arlington and Oral Roberts who won automatic bids from their conference tournaments, would not have made the tournament otherwise. There have been some proposed changes to try and make the tournament better. There have been some negative aspects about the selection but make no mistake about it, this is arguably the greatest sporting event in all of sports.

March 19, 2008

By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
Hard work, determination, and plenty of blood, sweat and tears are exhausted as one tries to take aim at any championship. For the Lakers’ 165 pound wrestler Hudson Harrison the reality of being a NCAA Division II national champion almost came true but he fell short losing 8-2 to Andy Pickar from Minnesota State Mankato in the championship bout. Also joining Harrison on the podium was red shirt freshman Josh Shields, as he placed fourth at 174 pounds and earned AllAmerican honors. Shields lost a 3-2 decision to Kamarudeen Usman of Nebraska Kearney in the third place bout. On his way to the finals Harrison shocked many spectators as he pinned the East Regional champion J.J. Davis. Shields also reached the semifinals but suffered a 5-2 decision to the eventual runner-up. “It was one of those times where someone had to pinch you because you dream about moments like a national title match,” Harrison said. Shields, junior Brian Pogel, sophomore Andy Lamancusa and junior Trevor Gallo all made their first appearance at nationals. When asked who he credits his success this season to Harrison said, “First off, my family who is very involved in my wrestling. My brothers all wrestle and have a lot of success and their success helped drive me to be successful myself. Next Coach Wehler who has coached against me for the last three years became a major part in my success this season.” Lamancusa looked strong early as he earned a 5-2 first round decision over Eric Pretto from Southern Illinois Edwardsville, but then dropped two matches to get knocked out.


Tennis wins big

Hudson, wrestling ends year strong
Pogel entered nationals as the No. 3-ranked wrestler in the country but was upset in the first round. He was later eliminated by Ryan Etherton of NebraskaKearney. After Gallo scored an 11-10 first round decision, he lost his next two matches and was eliminated from the tournament. Harrison’s impressive performance has only been matched two other times in Mercyhurst history, as he joined Zack Schafter in 2005 and Ben McAvinew in 2004 as the only Lakers to reach the national championship match. “The Mercyhurst squad is very young considering we are graduating two seniors from the team. Our bench this year was filled with wrestlers who could have started at any other school,” Harrison said about next season’s Lakers. The Lakers finished tied with Chardon State with 31 points in ninth place.

Freshman Kim Ezzo returns a volley during Saturday’s win.

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By Kyle King Staff writer
The Mercyhurst women’s tennis team improved to 12-7 on the season after stifling Ferris State University, 7-2, in an outof-season contest last weekend. The Lakers had previously defeated the Bulldogs, 5-1, in the fifth-place match of the GLIAC tournament in October. The Lakers opened up to a 2-1 lead after doubles play. Senior captain Jenn Daly and freshman Kim Ezzo took No. 1 doubles with an 8-5 victory while junior Jaci McLean and sophomore Meghan Raynor cruised to an 8-1 triumph at No. 2 doubles. Singles play sealed the outcome, as the Lakers took five of six matches. Ezzo won handily at No. 1, 6-3, 6-2, as did sophomore Elizabeth Mullane, who surrendered only one game in two sets at #5 singles. Winning her first match since returning from a term at home in Peru was Maria Franco, who cruised to a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 6. “Maria has a huge impact on the team,” said McLean. “Everyone on the roster is really

tough, but having a player with Maria’s tennis ability at No. 6 is a great asset. I think throughout the spring season she will be helping the team out a lot.” McLean and Raynor also took matches in straight sets at numbers three and four, respectively. Dropping the only singles match-up was Daly, who was forced to retire though up a set due to a nagging rotator cuff injury that has limited her ability to serve and hit overheads. “The human body is a remarkable thing, but it was never meant to do anything in an overhead motion, including serving or even throwing,” noted Daly, a sports medicine major. “I will take it one day at a time, however, and I will do my best to continue the rest of the season and help the team out however I can,” said Daly. The Lakers are off until an April 1 meeting at Carnegie Mellon. The team is hoping for a bid to the NCAA Nationals later this spring. “To quote Coach [Ray Yost], ‘We play on the razor’s edge,’” concluded McLean. “These next few matches will be crucial in determining our rankings.”

Men’s volleyball suffers two losses on road
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
Even after valiant efforts, the men’s volleyball team dropped two more losses this past weekend to Lewis and Loyola, making its record 3-15. “We just couldn’t match their performance on the court. It was definitely not for lack of effort,” sophomore Pete Swauger said. Friday night’s match versus Lewis was destined to be rough for the Lakers from the beginning. Lewis has had a great season, advancing to 15-6 after sweeping Mercyhurst 3-0. Game one started out with neither team taking the quick lead, but after a kill by Lewis, the Flyers took off until they led 10-4. Mercyhurst was never able to close the gap and suffered a 3019 loss. The second game went slightly better for Mercyhurst. They gave the Flyers some great competition. Dave Newman scored the first point and then the two teams proceeded to trade points back and forth. Lewis ended up getting the win 34-32 after a Mercyhurst attack error and a kill from Lewis. Game three went even worse than the first. The Lakers were not able to keep their momentum from the last game, and Lewis played at the top of their game. Even though the game started out neutral, the Lakers never took the lead and the Flyers ended up dominating the game, winning with a score of 30-14. Saturday’s game against Loyola went just as badly as the Lewis match for the Lakers, who lost 30 and never really threatened the Ramblers throughout the match. “The two losses are disappointing, but we are not letting them slow down our progress,” sophomore Ron Cierniakoski said. “Our team has made some huge strides.” The team had a devastating weekend and is still looking for its first conference win. They try to keep in mind that winning is not as important right now as growing as a team. “We are good enough to pull out some wins against some decent teams,” Cierniakoski said. “Our performance in this stretch of games will have great influence in determining how we finish in the conference,” Swauger said.


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