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Mercyhurst tuition crosses $30,000 mark
Administrators say ’Hurst endowment not large enough to cover costs
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
Students will need to delve deeper into their pockets to pay for next year’s tuition. A hike of 6 percent will bump the current main campus resident price tag of $29,691 to $31,482. The commuter bill for main campus will increase from $21,891 to $23,286. Mercyhurst College Vice President of Finance Jane Kelsey said the increase is necessary because the school relies heavily on student tuition for revenue. “We need to pay for science lab renovations…and keep the faculty at the college,” she said. Kelsey said Mercyhurst does not have a large endowment, such as Harvard University, which is able to cover most costs such as construction. Kelsey said Mercyhurst’s endowment is currently $28 million, an increase from $22 million just a few years ago. Harvard’s is $25.9 billion, according to the university’s Web site. “Twenty-eight million is small,” she said. “This is because we’re a relatively young institution…and we don’t have the endowment to cover (certain) costs or offset financial aid.” Kelsey said a tuition increase of 6 percent is normal, noting that the college has bumped tuition an average of 6 percent over the past 18 years. In the 2004-05 academic year, resident tuition was $24,891 and commuter tuition was $18,093. She did not know the national average for tuition increases and said that figure is not calculated until later in the year. Kelsey said, however, that 16 other private colleges in the area, including Allegheny College, will see an increase in tuition costs. Dr. Scott Friedhoff, vice president for enrollment and communication at Allegheny College, said the school’s tuition, including room-board, and comprehensive fees, will increase 6.67 percent to $40,000 for 2008-09. Of the 16, according to Kelsey, Mercyhurst ranks in the bottom four for tuition increase. “We want to maintain being a low-cost intuition,” she said. “But, we need a bare minimum with education and utilities.” Kelsey said Mercyhurst does not get state funding since it’s a private institution, but it does obtain grants that help pay costs at the college. “Grants and contracts are a way through research opportunities that you’re able to fund a teaching position or other projects,” she said. Students said they want to see tuition level off. Sophomore Elizabeth Gallea said updating the college is good, but there’s a point where a tuition increase is too much. “It’s always good to continue updating facilities, but they just increased it last year,” she said. “You’re going to get to a point where future students don’t want to come because it’s too high.” Junior Amber Cerzantez said if the college is going to increase tuition, it should spend the money wisely. “It seems that they have a lot of money, but they use it in areas they shouldn’t and that could be used in other areas,” she said. “I’ve heard they rent out flowers, etc. for big events, but they could use that money to build an athletic field or something.” Kelsey said the college does not simply decide to increase tuition, but takes into account factors before making the decision.

Sophomore Jillian Miller obtains advice about her tuition bill for next year in the college’s financial aid office.

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“We don’t blindly give budget managers the task to increase tuition,” she said. “We start in the fall of each year and look at College Board to see what the state is doing with tuition.” College Board is a Web site for students, parents and professionals that provides an in-depth look at a college or university. Kelsey said the college does not take the tuition increase lightly. “I know there are families that see this as a significant increase and we do understand that,” she said. “We’re always looking for ways to increase tuition as little as we have to.” Sophomore Kyle Hart said tuition is becoming costly. “When will it stop?” he asked. “That’s what I want to know.” Kelsey said to help decrease the stress of college costs, Mercyhurst is implementing a federal direct lending program in the

2008-09 school year. This program, according to Kelsey, is the best option for students with loans. “We’re watching closely on what lenders are backing out,” she said. “Alternative loans are

shrinking and we’re taking a harder look at families.” Kelsey said students who are having trouble paying their tuition bill should contact the financial aid office at (814) 824-2278.

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Mercyhurst gets ‘direct’ with lending
College moves to Federal Direct Loan Program to benefit students
By Casey Greene Managing editor
Mercyhurst Colleg e will launch a program next year that will make sure students aren’t left a-loan. Mercyhurst is cur rently making the transition to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (FDL), which will take full effect beginning in the 2008-09 academic year. FDL allows students and parents to apply online for federal student loans using a single source. With the instability of the lending market, students relying on loans to pay tuition costs could be feeling nervous. Independent lenders are dropping out of the market.. Mercyhurst College Director of Student Financial Services Kathy Bialk said ’Hurst students don’t need to worry. “This transition will be so simple the change will not inconvenience the students in any way,” Bialk said. Bialk said Mercyhurst decided to move to the Federal Direct Lending Program because of the instability of the lending market. “There is such uncertainty in the market,” Bialk said. “We don’t want to put students through that, and we want to make sure funding is available.” Previously, students took loans through the Federal Family Educational Loan Program (FFELP) lenders, a program that uses multiple independent lenders. Bialk said more than 40 lenders have suspended their services or have completely stopped participation in FFELP. Several dozen Mercyhurst students have lost funding due to this. “We expect these numbers to continue to grow,” Bialk said. Bialk said that most students are not affected by this, but around 12 currently face issues paying for their spring term classes. “We are working with these students on an individual basis,” Bialk said. “We are reaching out to these students to help them with their financial needs.” Bialk said this will be the case, because Mercyhurst will have full control and will be communicating directly with the U.S. Department of Education. “This will be a more secure and simple system,” said Bialk. “FDL will have fewer issues. Problems will be picked up sooner rather than being lost in the shuffle.” Under FFELP, Mercyhurst has little ability to help students with the lending process and often leaves students and parents feeling overwhelmed when taking out loans, Bialk said. The FDL eliminates all outside sources, giving Mercyhurst control over lending. “Students will now have a single source,” said Bialk. “This makes the process very simple and easy for students.” Bialk said the FDL will benefit students who utilize loans. “We will now have the ability to help students directly,” she said. “If students are having trouble with their loans we will be able to fix things immediately.” Bialk said the eligibility requirements of the Federal Direct Loan Program are the same as the requirements for FFELP loans and FDL provides students with favorable repayment choices and, in some cases, debt forgiveness. “In terms of benefits to students, short and long term, the Federal Direct Loan Program is the most beneficial,” Bialk said. Bialk said the college is trying to keep students informed and provide multiple lines of communication about the transition to FDL. An e-newsletter will be sent to parents and students will receive an e-mail or letter with similar information. Infor mation will also be included in students’ financial aid award letters, which are scheduled to be sent to upperclassmen in early June. A Web site has been created to ease any concerns students or parents may have. Bialk said students should be directed to go to finaid.mercyhurst.edu and click on “Types of Financial Aid,” then “Loans.” “I’m very excited about this,” Bialk said. “I truly believe that not only are we giving students assurance that they have funding for their education, but we will be able to have control over services which will be a significant improvement.”

‘Vote Smart’ bus tour educates Mercyhurst voters
By Liz Maier Staff writer
In addition to Hillary Clinton’s visit, the approaching Pennsylvania primary has brought the Project Vote Smart bus tour to Mercyhurst College. The 45-foot, red, white and blue charter bus stopped at Mercyhurst College on Tuesday April 8, to deliver students, faculty and staff with accurate, nonpartisan and unbiased information to aid in their electoral decision making. For 16 years, Project Vote Smart has been educating the public with unbiased information about political candidates running for state and national positions. The nonprofit citizens’ organization provides information on a political candidate’s campaign finances, interest group ratings, issue positions, voting records and public statements. The “voter’s self-defense system,” as the project refers to itself, offers information on voter registration, absentee ballots and polling locations. Legislative Research Director for Project Vote Smart Jeremy Clemens said, “We contacted Mercyhust because of the upcoming Pennsylvania primaries, however usually our members will ask us to visit.” “Citizens are always manipulated by political leaders,” senior Jessica McNurlen said. “Sometimes it is a battle of who can win more of what the people want or need to hear.” Sophomore Celeste Shefferly said she agrees. “Whenever political candidates answer controversial questions they are always very vague,” she said. “It is hard for me to believe that they will uphold their word.” Project Vote Smart is funded by the private donations of more than 48,000 members. “In the last six months, our two teams have traveled 25,000 miles across the United States,” Clemens said. “From West Virginia, to Florida, to Maine; we have been everywhere.” The large bus acts as a miniature movie theater so the public can view a 10-minute film about the project. Also traveling with the bus is a giant red, white and blue balloon. “Written on the balloon are messages from people across the nation,” Clemens said. “They each wrote something that they think should be heard.” Clemens said the balloon will be displayed in front of the nation’s capitol throughout the week of the presidential election. As a part of the Project Vote Smart bus tour, laptops are lent out to the public so they can view their Web site. According to “The Voter’s Self-Defense Manual” distributed by Project Vote Smart, their award winning Web site, www. vote-smart.org, contains information for citizens to evaluate elected officials and candidates. Clemens said: “The information found in the Voter’s Self Defense Manual is gathered from the National Political Awareness Test taken by all political candidates. The test is like a survey where candidates answer questions on their position about various issues ranging from abortion to the war on Iraq. They are straightforward questions so candidates can’t go around answering them.”

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New faces in MSG leadership
By Javiera Cubillos Staff writer
Mercyhurst College Student Government (MSG) is under new leadership. The newly inducted executive board includes President Christina Coovert, Vice president Dinorah Sanchez, Treasurer Adam Kostik and Secretary Santina Sgro. Coovert is a junior majoring in business management with a minor in fashion merchandising. She is originally from Las Vegas, NV, grew up in Texas, and she now calls Hurricane, Utah home. Sanchez is a sophomore forensic science major with a double concentration in biology and criminalistics and a minor in political science. She is from Baytown, TX and takes part in the Honors Program, Ambassadors Club, Forensic Science Club and LCP. “I love every minute of it,” Sanchez said. Sgro is from Valley View, Ohio. She is a freshman intelligence studies major. Kostik is also a freshman, and is majoring in political science. Despite their different backgrounds, MSG executive board members all agree on the fact that MSG needs to improve communication with other departments and it is in their agenda to do so. Coovert said she will have three focus points. First, she wants to improve relations between MSG and the student body, Registered Student Clubs and Organizations (RSCOs), faculty, staff and administrators. Her plan is to reach each sector “…through innovative and amplified public relations,” she said. RSCOs will be reached through electronic communications and meetings. Faculty, staff and administrators will also meet with MSG more regularly as well as increasing their correspondence. “I look forward to really embracing the role of MSG liaison between the RSCOs and MSG to work for them, the students,” Sanchez said. Students will be targeted through different media. There are plans for a campus-wide TV network for posting news, information and advertisements, as well as placing bulleting boards in each residential building. “We want to explore new venues for getting the word out,” Coovert said. The second change that MSG is most concerned about is increasing school spirit, mainly with regard to athletics. This will be done through various action plans: securing institutional employment for Mercyhurst’s mascot Louie the Laker, getting more student involvement in clubs and the activities sponsored by MSG and, finally, building on the college’s existing traditions as well as creating new ones. MSG is concerned with finding ways to ensure that suggestions and complaints are heard in order to better serve the student body. “I will go out to club meetings to hear directly from the students,” Sachez said. Sgro agreed. “I hope to include student input as much as possible when creating these changes to ensure that our time is spent serving the students’ best interests,” she said. MSG will focus on research for new ideas by visiting other colleges and creating proposals for implementation on the Mercyhurst campus. “There will also be more focus on exploring opportunities for student-initiated projects,” Coovert said. This is a point of special interest for Sgro. She said that student lack of interest toward college events makes it difficult for MSG to plan successful events. “While serving as a freshman representative this year, I realized that student apathy plays a big role in the ability of student government to create change,” Sgro said. Coovert said anyone with questions, complaints or concerns can contact the board at (814) 824-2428. MSG offices are located on the top floor of the student union.

Service opportunities after graduation
By Julie Hranica Staff writer
Mercyhurst College students who did not get enough service learning have plenty of service opportunities waiting after graduation. Students can find ways to give back across the country and get great life experiences too. AmeriCorps VISTA For graduating students, an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) position is available for 2008-09. This position offers benefits such as a monthly stipend, health insurance, $4,750 education award and housing. The full-time, year-long position includes working with Mercyhurst students who are AmeriCorps scholars. Duties include working in non-profit community agencies, helping to improve services that range from illiteracy to health issues. There are 20 VISTA positions available in Erie and Crawford counties. The International Institute, Mercy Center for Women, House of Healing, Earthforce and many others are organizations for which students can work. Colin Hurley, Mercyhurst’s current AmeriCorps VISTA representative, has led students on service trips to Camden, New Jersey and New Orleans. Hurley will have a table in the Herrmann Student Union from April 21-25 from noon to 2 p.m. to provide students with information concerning the VISTA positions. Hurley said he feels service is extremely important and encourages students to look into these positions. “Whether it’s for a few hours or for a few years, giving service truly simplifies life to a point where you get to experience first hand the social issues involving poverty,” he said. “After considering how many lives you are affecting, the last person you think about helping and changing is actually yourself. Sophomore Nadine Beres is currently an AmeriCorps scholar. She said she believes her service through AmeriCorps has opened up new opportunities for her. She said the program enabled her to take part in the many service opportunities throughout Erie. “I would have had no reason to participate but now that I have done it I love it and I participate even when I do not need service hours,” she said. “It has really helped me grow as a person and a volunteer in the Erie community.” For more information about the VISTA position got to www. americorps.gov. Faith-based service Faith-based organizations such as the Mercy Volunteer Corps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps are open to Mercyhurst students looking to further their service to others. The Mercy Volunteer Corps partners with the Sisters of Mercy to organize opportunities for volunteers to serve in education, healthcare or social services. Volunteers commit one or two years of service. The fulltime program places volunteers throughout the United States or Guyana, South America. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps is both a national and international program, with about 250 Jesuit volunteers serving around the world. These volunteers serve where the need is greatest and provide help to individuals in low-income situations, people with AIDS, refugees and many others. For more information about these programs visit www.mercyvolunteers.org or www.jesuitvolunteers.org. Please see Senior on Page 6

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represent their academic school or represent their class. “The new setup for senator elections is a great way to get students involved, especially those who feel or have felt MSG is not able to serve their specific needs,” said freshman MSG Secretary Santina Sgro. “By creating school positions along with class positions, more students can get involved and create change for students they hope to represent.” According to Sanchez, senators will have similar responsibilities as the current MSG representatives “with the vital component being that they represent their constituents to the best of their abilities.” Senators will be expected to attend MSG meetings, complete at least three MSG service hours per term, serve on a committee and several other duties. In return, senators will receive $55 per term with Committee Chairs receiving $150 per term. They also receive a 10 percent discount at the bookstore, the ability to attend off-campus leadership conferences and other benefits. MSG will hold senator elections on Wednesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 17. “To be eligible a student must submit an application and picture by Wednesday, April 9, at 6 p.m.,” said Sanchez. Applications can be found at msg.mercyhurst.edu and can be turned in at msgelection@ mercyhurst.edu, she said. Students must also attend an informational campaign meeting on Wednesday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m. in the MSG Chambers in the Herrmann Student Union, Sanchez said. “In the MSG Senator Elections ’08, the students will elect the senators,” Sanchez said. The candidates who win the popular vote will be sworn in at MSG’s meeting on Monday, April 21, and the new body will be set, she said. “The MSG executive board is really excited for next year and is looking forward to working with the new senator setup, in order to tackle innovative projects that will bring positive changes to the student body,” said MSG President Christina Coovert, a junior. Further questions or concerns can be directed to Sanchez at msgvp@mercyhurst.edu.

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Want to be a campus senator?
By Casey Greene Managing editor
Mercyhurst College students who want to be the voice of their fellow classmates, make a difference on campus and have a say in campus politics now have a venue to do just that. Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) has decided to create senator positions to give students the chance to actively voice their opinion and participate in student government. MSG Vice President Dinorah Sanchez, a junior, said the senator positions are part of the new MSG constitution, which was passed in February. “This setup aims to reach out to more students from across academic schools and the ’Hurst community in general so that their needs can be better met, represented and voiced,” Sanchez said. The MSG Senate consists of 22 senators – two senators from each of the five academic schools and three senators from each of the four graduating classes present on campus. Students can choose to

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Seniors John McClellan and Dan Piechocki participated in the 60th annual military ball for the ROTC Battalion.

Mercyhurst cadets participate in military ball
By Kenny Foster Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College cadets recently participated in the 60th annual military ball for the Gannon Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion, held at the Union Station Ballroom in Erie. The military ball represents a history and tradition for the ROTC Battalion and gives the cadets an opportunity to experience a formal, military setting. The ROTC was first established at Gannon University in the fall of 1948 with the mission of developing and commissioning the future leadership in the United States Army. The first graduating class of cadets, which consisted entirely of veterans, was commissioned in 1950. Beginning in 1970, the ROTC program initiated cross enrollment with other colleges in the Erie area. However, it was not until the 1990s when Mercyhurst was included in the cross enrollment. Last Friday, the military ball celebrated this tradition and now Mercyhurst enjoys its largest enrollment ever. Additionally the cadets are able to celebrate their training and improvements accomplished from the year of hard work that they have put into the battalion. The military ball was led by Mercyhurst senior and Battalion Commander William Swafford. Later in the evening the ROTC Battalion was honored by guest speaker, Colonel (Ret.) William W. Smathers, a Pa. native and a 1980 Distinguished Military Graduate from Clarion State College, in Clarion, Pennsylvania. The military ball ended with late-night dancing festivities as well as door prizes for all in attendance.

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Students bring UNICEF to ’Hurst
By Casey Greene Managing editor
The United Nation’s Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, has made its way onto the Mercyhurst College campus with the help of several ambitious students. Sophomore Marta Baran, President of the UNICEF campus initiative, has worked hard over the last year to develop a Mercyhurst chapter of UNICEF. Her hard work paid off last term when Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) officially recognized the group. Baran, an international student from Poland, said she decided to form a UNICEF group because of the good she has seen the organization do in her home country. “UNICEF helped a lot of people in Poland for many years,” Baran said. “I found out about it and thought it’d be great to have a campus initiative that could benefit people in Erie.” The group is currently working with the International Institute of Erie, which provides “resettlement services for refugee families” and “a variety of other multicultural and national services,” according to its Web site. The goal of the institute is to “help families learn the language and culture of their new country, and become self-sufficient, says its Web site. Baran said many of the families at the institute were forced out of their native countries due to war or political unrest. Baran along with seniors Kevin Burns and Payton Olverd “adopted” a family from Uzbekistan at the institute earlier in the year. “It is not that they are poor,” Baran said. “They have just found themselves in a bad situation because of political problems in their home country.” The group visits the family at least three hours every week but often spends more time with them. “We just want to spend time with them and make them feel comfortable,” Baran said. Baran, Burns and Olverd work on improving the family’s English and answering questions about living in the States. The students help the family organize their finances including taxes, applying for and finding jobs as well as settling into a home. “It’s really just about dedicating

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Members of the Mercyhurst College UNICEF campus initative have brought the organization recognized around the world to campus.

time to helping others in need,” Baran said. The UNICEF campus initiative has started its work at the institute, but Baran said the group will help the Erie community in many ways. “We’re a new group,” Baran said. “We are still organizing and planning but we want to help in as many ways as possible.” For their first fundraiser, the club sold cookies and chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. Baran said the

group is organizing a donation drive in early May. The group will be putting bins along Briggs and Lewis Avenues and asking students to donate goods as they begin moving out of their apartments for the summer. Baran said, “Students get rid of so much stuff when they move. That stuff can help families at the institute. The refugee families who come to the institute have nothing. They have to go solely on charity.”

The UNICEF campus initiative hopes to make the donation drive their first, official event but plans to do much more next year. The group will hold a meeting in Zurn 114 on Wednesday, April 16, at 8:15 p.m. Students interested in getting involved are encouraged and welcome to come. “We would like to see more support,” Baran said. “We welcome any new ideas, contacts or students who just want to help.”

Senior pledge: more service opportunities
Continued from page 4 Other opportunities Current freshmen and sophomores also have the opportunity to get involved. AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pa. is a service scholarship. The scholarship requires 450 hours of service be completed in a year’s time. After completion of these hours, students receive a $1250 award. Students must sign up with Sr. Michelle Schroeck by the end of April to take part in next year’s program. Senior service pledge Seniors interested in shortterm service opportunities can take the initiative to sign the graduation green pledge in May. The pledge states: “I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work.” Seniors who sign the pledge will receive a pledge card and their name will be posted on the graduation pledge Web site. The pledge can be signed in the bookstore from May 1-9 from noon to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. or in the Service Learning Office from May 1216. Service information Students interested in service opportunities can attend the “Real Deal” presentation on Wednesday, April 23, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Mercyhurst Student Government Chambers. The presentation will include speakers who have participated in the Mercy Volunteer Corps, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and the AmeriCorps programs. Contact information If any of these opportunities to provide service sound interesting, contact Schroeck in the Service Learning Office in Main 200. Students can also e-mail Schroeck at mschroeck@mercyhurst.edu.

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Increase happiness, stop whining
By Nicole McIntyre Staff writer
Throughout society there is an excessive use of whining and complaining in everyday lives. What if putting an end to complaining, would result in happier lives? Could society do it? A few months ago, a pastor from a Kansas City church posed a challenge to his congregation. He asked the members of his church to stop complaining for 21 days. Complaining was just one of the negative acts that parishioners were asked to end. The list also included the acts of criticizing, gossiping and being sarcastic. Sounds easy, right? The congregation wore purple bracelets to remind them of their three-week goal. Each time they caught themselves performing one of the negative actions, they were asked to switch the bracelet to the opposite hand and start counting over again. The pastor admitted that it took him over three months to go 21 days straight without complaining. He estimated through this experiment that the average person complains 20 times a day for 30 days straight. He said the church has received requests from churches, groups and individuals all around the United States and as far as South Africa. So far 126,000 bracelets have been distributed. This effort focuses not only on making individuals aware of their negativity but also on creating a better atmosphere. The Merciad posed this same challenge to different groups around campus. These groups include multiple apartment residents, campus ministry and the Merciad staff. The same rules apply to the Merciad challenge - no complaining, criticizing or gossiping. If these rules are broken, one must switch the bracelet to the opposite wrist and begin counting again. Students who have accepted the challenge are using hair ties, and other bracelets in substitution of the official “no complaining” bracelets. At mass on Sunday evening, Fr. Jim Piszker informed students that everything we do, even the smallest gestures, represent us not only as individuals, but also as a community. This statement can certainly be paralleled with the focus of this pledge. Last week, the philosophy department invited Stephen G. Post, author of “Why Good Things Happen to Good People” to speak at Mercyhurst regarding happiness. Post emphasized the idea that individuals need more happiness, tranquility and satisfaction. Perhaps the no-complaining challenge is one path to achieving this goal. The Merciad will record the findings of the pledge the next issue. Are students and faculty up to the challeneg? Check back next week to see the results.

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Plymouth Tavern is located on State and 12th streets.

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ence in the spring and summer months. There is also an abundance of room inside to enjoy great menu items like deli wraps, chicken sandwiches, burgers and even pasta dishes. Some favorites of Mercyhurst students include the giant soft pretzels that go great with the Thursday night special. Drink specials are available for those of age every evening, but for those who are not 21, dive into the fabulous menu anytime before 9 p.m. Plymouth caters to the whim of any college student with an affordable menu, great drink prices and a lot of room to fit all of your friends. Looking to get in quickly? Call ahead to reserve a table for you and your friends by calling 814-453-6454. Senior Molly Rodriguez works at the Plymouth and says the bar has a great following of loyal regulars. “We’re the ‘Cheers’ of Erie,” Rodriguez said. Rodriguez said popular items served at the Plymouth are chicken wings, which are priced at 2-for-1 on Mondays starting at 5 p.m. Check out www.plymouthtavern.com for more details on drink specials and the current menu. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. So, if you’re looking for food and fun, stop in at Plymouth.

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chocolate frosting or any other kind you might prefer. You can either make the frosting from scratch or buy it premade which is also very good. Obviously, everyone has a favorite kind of cake and there are many different recipes. Try many different kinds, see what is your favorite and celebrate something with your friends.

Pick your faves at Plymouth
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
As the weather warms up, we are all looking for a great place to be outside with friends for meals and maybe even a few drinks. Outdoor eating is rare at most restaurants in Erie, especially those located downtown. Plymouth Tavern on State Street caters to the desire to dine outside with friends or family during the week and on weekends. Between 11th and 12th Streets directly on State Street, The Plymouth is currently celebrating its 35th year in business. Owners Barb and Mike Haggarty have made the tavern courtyard a delightful experi-

The year is coming to a close and there are a lot of events to celebrate. One of the best ways to celebrate anything is to have a cake to mark the occasion. I think that making a cake from scratch like this recipe is a meaningful way to show your friends that you care enough to make them something special. A yellow cake is very simple yet very tasty. I suggest that you frost it with

-Meghan Dolney

Celebration Cake
Ingredients
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 cups white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 4 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil ¾ cup orange juice 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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Directions
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease and flour the bottom of the cake pan. 2. In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and then make a well in the bowl to put the eggs, vegetable oil, juice and vanilla into. Then mix everything together. 3. Pour into the cake pans and bake for 45 minutes. Let cool before icing.

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Students get involved in campaigns
By Carla Hart Staff writer
Excitement and passion surround the political process at Mercyhurst College. Among other tasks, students have been campaigning for the presidential election making calls, distributing literature by door-todoor and rallying support from constituents. Democratic hopefuls, Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, each have local campaign headquarters, while Republican Senator John McCain does not? Western Vice President of the College Democrat Federation and Mercyhurst College junior Timothy Knecht considers it an honor to work for the Clinton campaign. “I feel I am doing a great duty to my country by being involved in the political process and helping to create a political culture and associations,” said Knecht. Along with obtaining signatures for Clinton delegates for the national convention, Knecht represents unions, creates signs and canvasses the Erie area. “I also do anything else they would like me to do,” he said. Like Knecht, junior Sarah Belotti said she loves the atmosphere surrounding a campaign. She will replace Knecht next year as vice president of the College Democrat Federation. “I love working on campaigns, because it shows how powerful grassroot campaigns can be,” she said. “Also, they are always high intensity and you meet a lot of people with similar interests and field of study.” Senior Kaitlyn Faucett, secretary of the College Democrat Federation, has worked for several local campaigns. She said campaigning has been extremely rewarding, but working on campaigns is not in her future after graduation. “If in the future I do work for a politician, I would like to be his or her lawyer or political consultant,” explained Faucett, who is pursuing a degree in political science with pre-law. With the Pennsylvania primary coming up on April 22, and nine contests remaining, Jennifer Jarema, spokesperson

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Junior Tim Knecht works in Hillary Clinton’s office in Erie.

for Mercyhurst Students for Obama, expressed excitement and passion for being part of the movement. “I love knowing that my efforts will help try to elect a man that needs to be the next president of the United States,” Jarema said. She has rallied support from fellow intelligence studies major sophomore Scott Inman. “All the people at the head-

quarters always are so fired up and you get a really good vibe seeing all kinds of people that are young and old, from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, working together and making calls or canvassing,” Inman said. Jarema agreed, but also realized there’s much more work ahead. “We have a lot of great volunteers, but we are also aware of how important it is for Obama

to do well in Pennsylvania,” said Jarema. For students, like freshman Chris Nagy, this will be the first election in which they vote. “Working with the Obama campaign and understanding the things he wants for this country is a great experience, especially on my part since it will be the first presidential election I get to vote in,” said Nagy.

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Knockoff purchases rip off striving businesses
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
The purchase of counterfeit goods, such as an imitation or knockoff purse or handbag, may appear seemingly harmless to the ill-informed consumer. Alas, this is not the case. The distribution and production of counterfeit goods is not only illegal for both parties involved, but also the proliferation of these goods directly affects American businesses, consumers and our economy. The most commonly seen counterfeit fashion goods include designer purses, sunglasses, jewelry, wallets, clothing and hats. Senior Andrea Bodnar commented on the counterfeiting industry. “I personally wouldn’t purchase a knockoff fashion item,” she said. “However, the amount of pirated music and movies that are distributed seems almost impossible to stop completely.” Every year the distribution of counterfeit goods deducts over $200 to $250 billion from U.S. businesses. Realistically, if one can purchase a fake Coach purse for a mere $20, why would they visit the store to purchase an authentic version that costs more than double that amount? “By and large I believe that consumers know it is wrong to purchase counterfeit merchandise. However, on an individual level, I don’t believe that they consider their particular purchase as harmful to our economy,” senior Dru Sturgess said. Most recently in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Police Department organized a raid geared to extract counterfeit goods. Last month the NYPD was successful in seizing over $1 million in counterfeit and pirated goods from the area. It may seem harmless for one to purchase a pirated movie, a knockoff bag or fake jewelry, but these purchases are damaging when it comes to the well-being of the U.S. economy. While federal regulations may help extinguish fraudulent goods, the real power to stop this unlawful trade lies solely in the hands of consumers worldwide.

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30-minute piece is no easy feat. “[This piece] is by far the most challenging thing I have done during my time at Mercyhurst College,” Marquez said, who greatly appreciates her dancers for all their hard work. “Without them I would have never been able to complete this massive project,” Marquez added. Swisher agrees with Marquez on the amount of time and effort that goes into the production. “It’s not just the choreographing,” she said. “It’s the lighting, the staging, the advertising, the casting, the editing...truly taking an idea all the way from concept to performance.” Swisher’s piece, titled “A Fine Line,” with music by Steve Reich, was “inspired by people…how they deal with relationships, how they interact with each other, how they understand themselves.” Swisher wants the audience to take away a sense of hope to which they can relate and feel as though they have taken a journey with the dancers. She hopes that each audience member sees “a little piece of themselves onstage.” Marquez’s piece, titled “Let Men Burn Stars,” incorporates the music of M83, a French electronic band, with modern dance, and the use of constant visual projections cast on the dancers throughout the piece. With the contemporary music and innovative technology she hopes to draw a wider audience to the show. The idea for the colorful projections came from her desire to transform the entire Walker Recital Hall. Marquez manifested her vision with the help of senior Tomas Ayuso, whom she knew had some experience with the visual arts. Inspired by the music, Marquez’s piece developed into her hope to “echo the Socratic notion of ‘an unexamined life is not worth living.’” “I truly want the audience members to experience the piece from their own perspective and create their own discourse with the piece,” she said. The show begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the Walker Recital Hall. It’s free and open to all.

April 9, 2008

Walker to present contemporary choreography
By Jackie Koehler Contributing writer
With spring comes rebirth, with rebirth comes creation and with creation comes two world premiere dances for “Dance 2008” in the Walker Recital Hall. Choreographed by seniors Alyssa Marquez and Dara Swisher, their separate pieces take on the subjects of selfexamination and the perseverance of the human spirit through contemporary movement. The pieces are the culmination of the highest level of choreography a Dance major can take at Mercyhurst. The task of creating a roughly a

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APRIL 10 - APRIL 19. “The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash” Theatre 145, Erie. APRIL 14. “The Year of Living Biblically,” Mercyhurst College Taylor Little Theatre.

Fiery all-female chamber orchestra shares passion for music
By Jordan Zangaro Staff writer
Classical music usually is not the typical genre that college students will blare at a party on a Friday night or the first song downloaded when craving a dance party with roommates but something that can be guaranteed is that this classical ensemble is like no other classical group in the world. Determined to spread their music to all different audiences, they are far different from anyone and definitely eye catching. Award-winning violinist Angèle Dubeau will lead the fiery all-female classical chamber orchestra known as La Pietà on the stage of the Performing Arts Center on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. Selling out venues across Canada, the United States, China and Japan and having seven topselling albums, La Pietà has taken audiences by storm in its quest to bring classical music to new audiences around the world. The 11-member ensemble consists of some of Canada’s finest female musicians who have gained recognition for their fierce passion and high-energy display of classical music. La Pietà was formed in 1997 by classical violinist Angèle Dubeau. Wanting to make a stronger impact on the classical world, and wishing to record a CD dedicated to Vilvaldi’s works, Dubeau put together this brazen back-up band. The impact these powerfully talented women have made is almost indescribable. Although these women are world-renowned and unbelievably successful, it is clear that they are not just about their success, but about the music and spreading something for which they share such a strong passion. “Like musical caresses, they soothe my soul and comfort me, bringing serenity and well-being. Like this music, softly evoking tenderness, romanticism, passion, warmth and dreams— cradle, envelope and enchant you,” Dubeau said. With what one critic calls their “flashy, bold style” and showmanship, an afternoon of excitement is guaranteed. Tickets for Mercyhurst students are $5

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This week’s film at the PAC: ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’
By Mason Lorek Staff writer
Bad news bears, guys, I didn’t get to preview this week’s movie. I was under the impression that Netflix could send me any movie I wanted when I wanted it, but apparently you have to give them money first. Whatever happened to the honor system? I let people borrow my pen in class all the time; you don’t see me asking them for a monthly fee. It’s okay though, because it’s one that I wanted to see so I’m going to recommend it anyway. Actually, come watch it with me. I had to watch “Control” all by myself last week, and listening to Joy Division is not easy to do alone. Sure, Joe DiPasqua was a few rows up, but we all know that a few rows doesn’t cut it in the theater. It doesn’t cut it anywhere actually. If you sat rows away from me in my apartment I’d be equally upset, albeit intrigued as to how you installed stadium seating in my living room. Incidentally, I’m looking to hire someone to keep me from digressing while writing these articles. These are the facts that I can tell you about this week’s film: It is called “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” The actual title is “Le Scaphandre et le papillon” since the movie is in French, but I only took a year of French in middle school, so my best attempt at a translation is “The Scaphandre and the papillon.” It’s about Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle, who suffered a stroke and had to live nearly entirely paralyzed. He is sometimes called Jean-Do, which appears to be one of those pun-type nicknames. A speech therapist developed a method of communication for him based on blinking a certain number of times to cor-

respond with specific letters of the alphabet. He dictated an entire book in this fashion. The biopic was nominated for Academy Awards in achievement in cinematography, directing, editing, and best writing. Roger Ebert gave it four stars. “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” will be shown at the PAC at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. Tickets are free for students with a student ID.

April 9, 2008

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
By Greg Summy Staff writer
As spring approaches people are coming out of hibernation and getting back into the full swing of their socially-infused lives. So is the case for so many of your favorite local and national touring bands. This spring features some very interesting and groundbreaking tours and shows in Erie, and other major cities in the region. Some of the smaller tours this spring and summer come from independent labels supporting their artists. Equal Vision Records is sending out their flagship band, Chiodos, on tour with MXPX, From First to Last, Drop Dead, Gorgeous, Protest the Hero and The Color Fred. The tour will hit New England and Canada throughout April and May. Other tours, sponsored by companies like Hot Topic, MerchNow and Glamour Kills Clothing, will hit the Midwest, both coasts and parts of the south. A Skylit Drive and Dance Gavin Dance hit the road with Four Letter Lie on the Across the Nation Tour 2008 sponsored by The Artery Foundation, MerchNow.com and Electric Zombie. Dayton, Ohio metal heads The Devil Wears Prada will be touring the country with Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, White Chapel, Once Nothing, and Gwen Stacy. They will be at the Edinboro University Off-Campus Activity Center on May 10 while on the tour. NewBandTV.com and Level 2 Energy are taking Alesana out on tour with The Chariot, Sky Eats Airplane, Love Hate Hero and Our Last Night. The tour features dates mainly in the South and along the west coast, with a few stops in the Midwest and Canada. Mayday Parade is headlining the Explosions in Your Pants Tour (Glamour Kills Clothing),

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Curtain opens for Theatre 145 with ‘The Man in Black’
By Emily Grabowski Contributing writer
The grand-opening weekend of Theatre 145, formerly known as the Roadhouse Theatre, was a huge success. What better way to open the theatre than to christen the stage with the production of “The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash.” Housed in a former church in downtown Erie, this 220-seat theatre gives a cozy vibe. Aside from the theatre part there is a small coffeehouse setting in the back, complete with tables, chairs, sofas and a small bar so guests can relax. Local musicians have also frequented the space to play small gigs and hang out with friends and fans. Steven Opsanic, the executive director at the theatre, and his crew put on an impressive production the second a guest walks into the building. The show began with a slideshow of pictures of Johnny Cash throughout life, while playing one of his songs. The screen was then lifted and the performance took place on the small stage. The play opens with Johnny Cash, portrayed as an older man, playing some of his hits and reminiscing on the memories attached to each song. After a 15-minute intermission, the second act was set up as if Johnny Cash were performing live at the Grand Ole Opry. A radio clip from a Nashville radio station introducing Cash live from the Grand Ole Opry was played prior to Shannon Solo, who played Johnny Cash, came out on stage, which was a nice touch, adding a little piece of history. The show concluded with a few duet performances by Solo and Kristen Schrum, or Miss June Carter-Cash. I was skeptical going into the show, thinking it was going to be a portrayal of his life. I came out pleasantly surprised. Solo played all of the songs on his acoustic guitar, giving it a much more authentic feel. Executive Director of Theatre 145, Steven Opsanic, is also the producer/creator of “The Man in Black,” along with Shannon Solo, a local singing celebrity, and Kristen Schrum, a young lady with a very impressive voice. After the show, I had the privilege to sit down with Opsanic and ask him about the show. The idea for the show came around last August, and was going to open in the fall, but the closing of the Roadhouse Theatre put the production on pause. Everyone involved in the production thinks it was a great show to open the theatre because each show performed is different. Opsanic and Solo wanted to do something different with this show. “We wanted the emphasis to be on Johnny Cash himself, so we didn’t add a lot of flare,” Opsanic said. “I really think we achieved the look we were going for. We did what we wanted to do.” Opsanic is working on another show for the theatre called “2050s: Yesterday, Today.” The show will be set in the 1950s in a concert-like setup. The focus of the show is to illustrate where and how today’s music started, and where modern artists get some of their influences. “The Man in Black” will run from Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 19. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Theatre 145 is located at 145 West 11th Street in downtown Erie. For more information, visit the Web site at www.thetheatre145.com.

Spring of 2008 is concert season
with special guests My American Heart and The Graduate. SmartPunk.com is taking pop punk on the road in all its glory with the Spring Break ’08 Tour. The Audition, Hit the Lights, Every Avenue, The Morning Light and Kiros will be serenading the mosh pits through the end of April. The two largest tours this spring are the Honda Civic Tour, and My Chemical Romance’s headlining tour sponsored by Live Nation. The Honda Civic Tour, headlined by Panic at the Disco with opening acts Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet, kicks off April 10 in San Francisco. My Chemical Romance hits the road with Billy Talent and Drive By. The month-anda-half-long tour is sure to be another successful notch in MCR’s impressive touring belt. For more information on the previously mentioned tours, pick up a copy of Alternative Press. See you in the pit.

What is a year living biblically like?
By Jordan Zangaro Staff writer
You shall not wear a “garment of cloth made of two kinds of stuff ” (Leviticus 19:19). If you suspect your wife is cheating, you shall bring her to a priest, who will mix a potion of barley, water, and dust, which the woman shall drink. If she’s cheating, her stomach will swell (Numbers 5:11-20). Sound crazy? These are just a few of the rules one man spent an entire year trying to follow. Luckily, at Mercyhurst we are given a chance to see what it was like for this individual who made the bold move of taking on this task. The “Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y” series continues with best-selling author A.J. Jacobs in his presentation of “The Year of Living Biblically” in Taylor Little Theatre on Monday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Join Jacobs as he discusses his most recent book in which he recounts his fascinating, enlightening and delightfully strange year trying to follow all 613 commandments in the Bible. This lecture is an eye-opening lesson in the wisdom of rabbis, religion in America today, Bible history and the dangers of literal interpretation. “‘The Year of Living Biblically’ is about my quest to live the ultimate biblical life,” Jacobs said. “To follow every single rule in the Bible – as literally as possible.” This is an opportunity that should not be passed up by anyone. It discusses a way to live that was taken very seriously and now is slowly slipping from the grip of society. No matter what religious denomination you may be, something can be learned by this informative, yet humorous, story this brave man has to tell. He discusses the rules he successfully kept throughout the entire year, the rules he broke daily and the most unexpectedly wise and life-enhancing rules. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students and available at the door.

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things” are career driven. She is enjoying one of the choices women and men have been given, to determine the paths of their lives. The term “feminism” often gets a bad report from people of the modern age. Some may have images of beatniks and hipsters from the second wave of feminism protesting and dragging stuffed mannequins of “the man” through the streets. The term needs to be adapted beyond this negative stigma. My parents’ generation fought for equality in the work place, home and society. In the past 40 years many grounds have been covered to give women choices that were largely privileged to men. Feminism in this sense is not about man-hating or anti-motherhood. Feminism is a state of mind; it is about being treated as an equal. Acknowledging your status as a feminist is showing gratitude to the women who have come before you and fought for the choices that you embody. So in response to the comment of not sounding like a feminist, as a female, if you are pursuing a career after graduation, practicing regular birth control or enjoying a spot on a varsity athletic team, you are a product of the feminist movements. The term is much more expansive and inclusive then many give it credit. Overall the term applies to people who believe in social equality and equal rights among the sexes. So please go, do penance and wash your soul out with soap because you embody ideals of those “man-hating women.” But do consider the works and efforts of the two previous feminist movements. We are now engrossed in a struggle to

April 9, 2008

Feminist commentary for 21st century
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
In last week’s Merciad, a fellow columnist claimed “I am not trying to sound like a feminist” when defending her statement to choose profession over marriage. I was driving back from the hospital on Sunday where a close friend had just delivered her first child. I realized she had chosen motherhood over a career at this point in her life, proving that not all women of the “twenty-some-

continue the labors and maintain movement of equality issues. Many people have not been exposed to the horrors of domestic abuse. For the people still immersed in domestic violence and abusive relationships, they are still in a fight for equality. In an effort to promote a similar cause, Amnesty International is hosting a two-day benefit concert to fundraise for the Stop Violence Against Women campaign. Bands are attending from Cleveland and Pittsburgh and in case you do not hear us, we will be set up in the Grotto April 18 and 19, weather permitting.

Cheating applies to more than intimate relationships
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
My roommate was telling me about some of her class discussions from her marriage and family course the other day that I’ve been dwelling on since. She explained to me how they were talking about the realities of cheating on loved ones and forgiveness. The lesson learned, though, could be related to other situations beside relationships that we can relate to, so I thought I’d share. The idea they were talking about was how many people claim that if they were ever cheated on, even just once, they would never put up with it and leave their significant other. This proposal was then presented: If a person messes up, just once, and is truly sorry, is it worth quitting on everything you have over a few regretted moments? Say, for instance, Bob and Sally have been together for five years. While Bob is away on vacation, he makes a huge mistake and hooks up with another girl. He comes home and tells Sally, apologizes profusely and promises to never do it again. Some people might claim that Sally should break up with him and not give him a second chance but seriously, how can you justify leaving someone you’ve been with for that long over one mistake? Now, if the person has cheated multiple times or continues to do it, then come on, it’s time to hit the road, but this idea makes sense. If a person acknowledges that they have done wrong and know they won’t ever do it again, take the apology and move on. While listening to her explain this situation to me, I couldn’t help but relate it to friendships as well. I’ve seen firsthand decade-long friendships torn apart over one incident that the other deems unforgiveable. We are human, people make mistakes and sometimes you have to weigh out the two sides; I think it’s important to keep this concept in mind. As much as we may be tempted at first to deem an action too horrible to accept an apology, look at your past with that person; is it really worth giving up on everything you have?

Beware buyers and sellers in friendships
By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
The Beatles once said you can’t buy love. After purchasing a round of drinks, a conclusion was reached: You can’t buy friendship, either. Sharing rounds among a group isn’t often considered a bought friendship, but think again. My charge to you is this: Decide what side of the fence on which you sit. Are you the buyer or the seller? I am sure you can think of a time when you convinced someone to stay just a little longer to keep you company by offering them dessert, a favor or simply a drink. Perhaps the best time to buy friends is when you are on the verge of winning cash from the March Madness bracket, so long as Kansas wins. As a buyer, be wary of the merchandise. A true friend, and not one won over by your temporary luck, will always be there whether or not you are treating. Sellers, market yourself well by reciprocating a favor now and then, even if all you can manage is to spend an evening playing board games. Once you have decided where your loyalties lie, take charge of your life. You should not have to buy or sell your friendship. Camaraderie is necessary to a healthy, fulfilling life and by feigning friends you only fool yourself and no one else. In the end, you will see that as any item purchased, the friendship wears and tears, though no warranty can apply to the loss of a friendship. It seems like friendships can be purchased in the workplace as well. A request for baked goods to fulfill a hankering is just as much of a grey area as any when it comes to co-worker relations. With the year drawing to a close, many of us will say goodbye to friends. The question is, with whom will we stay in touch and who will disappear like a crowd at the Stone at 2:15 a.m.?

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First of all let me apologize to the people who so adamantly choose to defend the institutions with which they identify and associate; I cannot comprehend the passion and individual pride that goes into such strong identifications. Back to the intelligence studies department, it must be my vendetta or maybe it’s the personal attacks that have gotten to me. I know positive reform is being sought and questions are being asked, but perhaps it would be beneficial to take on the view of an outsider in order to objectively view the past of the organizations where jobs are being created. My issues have never been with any student within the intelligence department until recently when I realized that so strong is the pride that comes with considering oneself a patriot that sometimes this pride can be blinding or, worst of all, a source of hubris. Perhaps my views on the United States’ way of life or history is different than those who work to reform this community. A patriot in America used to be the one who fought against the tyranny and oppressive regime of Britain in order to establish rule of self-government with human-guaranteed rights for all people. Now in 2008, the Patriot Act, for example, although labeled as patriotic, is in essence the opposite of the freedoms and rights for which our forefathers fought.

Call to consciousness: Who Senioritis: chooses labels that divide us? Only cure is to embrace it rather than deny distractions
By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
In fact, I could argue it supports the very tyrannical and oppressive forces against which patriots fought. If this is true, why would branches dedicated to protecting our freedoms and liberties take them away with this act? All three presidential candidates left in mainstream media also voted for this act. Not shocking that this act was passed and accepted with open arms after the attacks of September 11, 2001. I am more than curious as to the intelligence department’s stance on the events of that day. It tears me apart that the official government story is 19 hijackers led by Bin Laden pulled off three successful attacks that day and then one plane was shot down or crashed. Donald Rumsfeld isn’t even sure anymore on that one. At least we all know Bin Laden was a CIA agent. Can we please openly debate 9-11, intel department representatives? Set up that date as one of your club meetings and let us discuss the facts so we can get our history right before we create more war out there. Luckily all of this wonderful legislation has fostered a world belief and thought paradigm where you’re either with us or against. Well, with who, against who? Maybe the divide and conquer concept can help us understand this one. It is easy in this post-9-11 age to embrace fear of others in suspicion that they might be a terrorist. Instead of choosing to love one another as free and in possession of natural rights, we chose to fear one another based on the assumption that they are not “one of us.” Who set these lines or labels that divide us from one another? So while all intel students may not be the freedom-crushing neo-Hitlers that they think I think they are, it is apparent that these students follow in the footsteps of, are funded by and now defend the ideals of the people that are indeed freedom-crushing, neo-Hitlers. That is why I left the department; once I realized that I was associating with people who have such questionable ethics, I chose dissociation, not reform. I guess causing terrorism at home and abroad is somehow just as sinister as the history of the math department or archaeology department. Surprising that in their constant pursuit and high regard for the truth, not one of the intelligence studies students have chosen to question the official story of 9-11. And if you think this is a challenge to debate, it most certainly is, so let’s get to the heart of that problem. The spirit of public debate can surely help us reconcile the issues that I feel deter the nature and compassion of the students that chose to reform the Intelligence community. Would such compassion be served better elsewhere; is it better to speak truth to power or to people? “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace,” according to Jimi Hendrix, a radical hippie conspirator, yet friend for many, both past and present.

By Bill Swafford Staff writer
As April turns the corner, the sun has finally graced us with its presence. The last term of the 2008 school year is now halfway over and seniors are faced with less than 50 days before graduation. As a junior last year I watched my senior friends quickly crumble as they soon realized their undergraduate years were nearly over. They all showed the signs of what many like to call senioritis. This can be symptoms of not caring about academic performance due to the small window left in their academic career. I, myself, ensured my friends last year that this would never happen to me; however, as I near the end, I find myself facing a brick wall. As I open a book, prepare to study or write this very article, I find that there are better activities to do than be stuck in front of a computer. These include the Cornerstone, Presque Isle, a motorcycle ride, a game of volleyball, tossing a baseball, making fun of friends, catching up on the latest Mercyhurst gossip, looking at my future job, staring out my window, watching repetitive episodes of The First 48 or Rob and Big, looking at John McCain’s Web site, or my favorite, stalking on Facebook.

No matter how important a paper or test can be, these activities are daunting. Teachers’ lectures seem to be longer by the day and no matter how much the material interests me, I always seem to turn them into a Charlie Brown show sound. Is there any way of saving a senior from this quickly moving epidemic? The answer is only if one’s post-bachelors career has not been decided, but for the seniors blessed with certainty in their future , there is no way to stop the movement. The only common cure shall be to embrace it and do not deny your list of distractions for soon you will have to focus again, this time on your career.

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The Good, This I believe: Liberal arts have power to transform, heal Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reflection this series the Bad & hope that these will inspire reflectiveCommittee hasainitiated of venues. to encourage reflection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We discussion in variety We suggest that faculty introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; we encourage students to bring these thoughts to cl asses; 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: lseddig@mercyhurst.edu. the Ugly Mary Ellen Dahlkemper ’73, has been on the Board of Trustees since ’06, and a President’s Associate since ’86. She was Director of Adult and Graduate
The Good
March Madness is over so for you lucky bracket winners, it is time to collect the pay dirt. For everyone else, it’s time to gear up for hockey play-offs. In light of the student loan crisis, Mercyhurst is creating a federal program to help others when loaners drop out.
Programs from 1992-2002, and presently is Chief Administrative Officer of Stairways Behavioral Health. Her favorite aspects about Mercyhurst: Mercyhurst’s commitment to the liberal, fine and performing arts and attending performances and events on campus. “My ‘This I Believe’ essay says it all!”

By Mary Ellen Dahlkemper Contributing writer
The liberal arts, my favorite subjects as a Mercyhurst College student, have become my life mantra. Ah, the joy of reaching into the complexity of another time and place, of discovering diverse cultures with amazing customs and language, of unearthing universal truths that connect humanity across boundaries! My husband and I frequent the performing arts center for thought-provoking lectures, films, world and classical music, art exhibits, dance performances and live opera from the Met over high-definition satellite. Most surprising is how the liberal arts have transformed my professional life. As the director of adult and graduate programs at Mercyhurst for 10 years, I advised adults who wanted to begin or complete degrees. For adult applicants, Mercyhurst’s extensive curriculum evoked the inevitable question: “Why must I take liberal arts classes when it’s the major courses I need for the job, for the promotion, for getting on with life.” After a term or two, these students glowed about how much they enjoyed the liberal arts and the fascinating ways their lives were being transformed. One business man told me a literature course saved his marriage. He and his wife were finally relating authentically, sharing ideas, core values and dreams. I remember a welder who was assigned to interview Mother Eustace Taylor and write an essay for College Writing I. He could hardly wait to tell me how deeply he was

The Bad
Girls, it’s time to shape up. Swimsuit season is just around the corner. Spring may have sprung along with allergy attacks and sinus infections. It is time to start planning your summer, whether it’s finding a job, place to live or planning your schedule for next year.

affected by her oral history of Catherine McAuley and the courageous, determined women from Dublin who built a most remarkable school called Mercyhurst. He changed his major to English and graduated magna cum laude. And then there was a machinist who, because he knew his company was closing, began taking business courses in anticipation of a looming job search. But something else grabbed his mind and his heart. He aced every liberal arts course he took,

changed his major to Philosophy, graduated with honors and went on to earn a masters degree. Joe Kloss then made Mercyhurst his permanent home as an administrator in our library. Healing often accompanies transformation through the liberal arts. At Stairways Behavioral Health where I now work, we sponsor a Center for Arts and Humanities. Persons recovering from mental illness gather in our studio with staff, professional artists and community members to

draw, paint, fuse glass, sculpt, write stories and poems, sing, garden and learn print-making. We focus on being together and encouraging each other in the creative process. Each person discovers the artist inside. Individuals who are non-verbal transform into mentors for others through the unique sharing of the artistic experience. Self-confidence grows; our common humanity connects; mental wellness abounds. We heal. Ah, the power of the arts!

The Ugly
Potholes aren’t filled in with snow anymore. The patch jobs on Briggs and Lewis avenues is “patchy,” to say the least. Think you’re prepared for the annual tuition hike? It is going to take a lot more pennies to break 30 grand. Please email any suggetions to opinionmerciad@ mercyhurst.edu.

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Hockey déjà vu
NHL’s race to the Stanley Cup looks reminiscent of the 1990s
By Kenny Hunt Staff writer
The run for the Stanley Cup Playoffs is beginning to look like a lot like the 1990s. Many of the players and teams that shined brightest in the 90s are coming back and proving that they can pass the test of time. The Detroit Red Wings stand atop the western conference and have clinched the President’s trophy with 115 points, which is reminiscent of their backto-back President’s trophies in 1994-95 and 1995-96. Detroit also won back to back Stanley Cups in 96-97 and 1997-1998, which could be a harbinger of things to come. At the top of the Eastern Conference lies the Montreal Canadiens, who won their last Stanley Cup in 1993 when they defeated the Los Angeles Kings. They also won an NHL-record 10 consecutive overtime games. Two points behind the Habs in second place are the Pittsburgh Penguins; a team who won its franchise’s only two Stanley Cups in the early 90s. However, it’s not just the top of the Eastern Conference that had success in the 90s; seven of the eight teams in the playoffs this year either made it to the finals or won a Stanley Cup in the 90s. The players themselves are proving this hair-brained theory to be true, too. Sergei Fedorov, the NHL’s most valuable player in 199394, has found a home in Washington, and increased his performance in the Capitals’ race for the playoffs. In the last six games of the season Fedorov notched eight points, leading the Capitals into the third seed in the Eastern Conference and winning the Southeast Division for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Another former Hart Trophy winner, as the league’s MVP, Jaromir Jagr has picked up his game as of late. Jagr is currently on a fourgame goal-scoring streak, one that has seen him tally five goals and seven points as the Rangers enter the most critical point in their season. The most notable throw-back to the 1990s is Peter Forsberg’s return to the Colorado Avalanche. After unsuccessful seasons in Philadelphia and Nashville and a brief exit from the NHL due to injury, Forsberg has jumped right back into his mid-90s form. Forsberg has tallied 13 points in his nine games since returning to the lineup and helped the Avalanche take sixth place in the Western Conference. These three players are stepping up at the right time for their respective teams, and this would be no surprise if it was still 1999. All three have Stanley Cup rings, which they earned in the 90s and until late were slumping or, in Forsberg’s case not even in the NHL. Their solid play in the final days of the regular season, and the team standings both resonate with the sound of Ace of Base and T.L.C. If there is anything history has taught us, it’s that it tends to repeat itself, so don’t be surprised to see a 90s powerhouse team or player steal the show this postseason.

Members of SAAC (front row L to R: Two Special Olympic Committee members, senior Rhonda Marable, AD Craig Barnett, Assistant AD Sarah Headley. Back row: Sophomore Carrina Crow, junior Brittany Strier, junior Danielle Zubek) presented a check to the Erie City Special Olympics on Sunday.

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SAAC donates money to Special Olympics
From staff reports The Merciad
The Mercyhurst College Department of Athletics donated a $1,000 to the Erie City Special Olympics. The donated money was raised through the first annual Laker Showdown Talent Show that was held on Tuesday, March 18. All of the proceeds from the event were donated. The check was presented at a ceremony on Sunday in conjunction with National StudentAthlete Recognition Day. The event was presented by Mercyhurst’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee, which consisted of several students, coaches and administrators.

Baseball struggling to win games; Morris breaks all-time saves record
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
Despite the beautiful spring weather unfamiliar to the Mercyhurst College baseball team, an all-too familar sight unfolded for the men during their weekend series against Saginaw Valley State University. Although the pitching remained strong on the mound, timely, key hits failed to manifest for the men’s offense. Leading the sluggish offense over the weekend was senior Joe Luli, who returned just two weeks ago from an injured hamstring, with a homerun, three hits and four RBIs. During the only win of the weekend, senior co-captain John Morris became the AllTime Saves Leader for the Mercyhurst College baseball program. In Sunday’s first match-up, Morris came in to relieve starting senior Wes Craig, after he pitched another four solid shutout innings. Morris pitched two hitless innings to tally his fifth save of the season, the 18th of his four-year career. Also continuing to throw well out of the bullpen was senior co-captain James Ludwig who has made 16 appearances and has not allowed an earned run in the last 11. Ludwig contributes his succuess on the field with the overall strength and depth of the team’s defense and pitching. “All of us (pitchers) have been able to pitch with confidence knowing that there is a solid defense playing behind us,” Ludwig said. The men will take the home turf today at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader against cross-town rival Gannon University.

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Women’s golf looks to take advantage of weather
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
The Mercyhurst women’s golf team took to the stage this past Saturday and Sunday at the Ashland Invitational. The Lakers finished the weekend with a two-round total of 755, placing eighth overall. Once again junior Caitlin Cummings led the team with a two-round total of 176 that put her tied for 28th overall. Cummings believes that the warm weather will light a spark in the Lady Lakers play this spring. “This spring season has been a difficult one for our team. Before our tournaments we really didn’t get a chance to play at all on a golf course,” Cummings said. “Now, that we can play outside our goals for our next tournament are higher and we’re really trying to take advantage of the good weather.” The University of Dayton took full advantage of the weather, finishing in first with 76 over par. Rounding out the top three for the tournament were Ashland and Allegheny College. First place for individuals in the tournament went to Gannon’s Jessica Slonaker after she shot a 159 during the two-day tournament. The girls were supposed to travel to Penn State Behrend for their invitational on Thursday, but according to sources from the golf team the tournament has been cancelled. The girls will next take action as they take the links at the University of California of Pennsylvania Invitational in Pittsburgh. With only two more tournaments left in the season, the Lady Lakers are looking to make a statement for next year. “Our team is expecting to improve from the last tournaments and really concentrate on practicing for our GLIAC conference championship in Findlay,” Cummings said. The top five Mercyhurst players at this weekend’s tournament were Cummings 28th, Mattye Laurer 52nd, Alanna Kirwan 55th, Arielle Chong 57th and Lauren Montebell 60th. The Lakers will travel to Pittsburgh for the California, Pa. Invitational this weekend.

Bald for St. Baldrick
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
Even though Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse junior Tom Eighmey’s hair was too short to be donated to Locks of Love, he stumbled upon a chance to chop his hair for charity after the team’s game at Dominican College on March 29. “I felt really good doing it for a cause,” Eighmey said. “I wanted to cut it for a good reason, so I was glad that I was able to cut it the way I wanted.” Eighmey hadn’t planned on having his seven-inch long hair cut that day, but when he and the rest of the team and supporters stopped at Dominican’s Hennessy Hall to dine before heading back to Erie, they found the annual St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser for childhood cancer research in full swing. Anybody who donated to the cause had their head shaved in representation of the common hair loss due to cancer treatment. Eighmey gathered 75 dollars from his fellow teammates and supporters and was the 168th person to have his head buzzed that day.

Junior Tom Eighmey shaved his head in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation during a recent away game.

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“The guys on the lacrosse team were shocked that I did it and they gave me some crap for it, but it was all in good fun,” said Eighmey. According to Eighmey, the volunteers at the event found it odd that he was so willing to give up his locks, as he had no affiliation with the school or area but were excited to have him participate anyway. His parents and the parents of his teammates were all very supportive of his decision. As he had been growing his hair since August, a slight attachment had developed, and even though losing his hair was a

little upsetting at first, Eighmey felt that it was worth it for such a deserving cause. “I like the new hair. It’s definitely a different look for me, but I like it,” said Eighmey. Although he’s not sure that he will keep his hair so short, he is getting used to his new “do,” and is pleased to have contributed to a great cause. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation was founded to raise funds and awareness to cure children’s cancer by supporting cancer research and fellowships. So far, they have raised over $12 million dollars in donations and shaved over 12 thousand heads.

Men’s golf performs well at Ted Barclay Invitational
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
At the Ted Barclay Spring Invitational the Mercyhurst College men’s golf team was led by junior Tyler Bidwell, who shot a 74 on day one and 77 on day two for a combined 151, which was good enough for nine over par. Mercyhurst as a team finished in ninth place overall. After the front nine on day one Bidwell looked as if he was going to compete for the individual title by shooting a 34. After day one competition concluded, Bidwell was tied for sixth place and shot a 40 on the back nine. Bidwell’s performance placed him tied for 13th in the individual competition and only seven strokes behind the winner, Adam Claytor from Ohio Wesleyan University. Senior Kyle Waddell posted the Laker’s second-highest score with 80 on day one and 78 on day two which was good enough to tie for 36th place. Mercyhurst had three other players compete and they finished as follows: senior Steven Barr tied for 55, freshman Patrick Jackson tied for 57 and senior Ben Deets 60. However, two other Lakers competed as individuals and were unattached to Mercyhurst’s team score. Junior Matt Mahoney finished tied for 57th and senior Darragh Agnew completed competition in 72nd place. The Lakers posted a team, combined score of 637 and the winner, Otterbein College had a combined score of 594. The only team to finish with a higher score than the Lakers was Kenyon College, who totaled 687 strokes. After day one the Lakers were in eighth place overall but dropped a spot after the invitational concluded on day two. Mercyhurst continues competition this weekend in the Findlay Invitational on Saturday in Findlay, Ohio.

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Volleyball unable to pick up a win
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College men’s volleyball team fell to 5-18 on the season and 1-10 in their conference after devastating losses to St. Francis and IPFW. Although the team managed to win one game, it lost to St. Francis 3-1 with scores of 3022, 29-31, 30-23 and 30-26 last Wednesday. The men hadn’t been able to practice the day before due to Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop, and it showed on the court. They played sluggish from the get go. “We looked like we were playing after a day off,” coach Ryan Patton said. “Perhaps we still wouldn’t have won without that break, but I’m not sure.” In game one, the Red Flash came out strong and dominated over Mercyhurst for the win. Junior Dave Newman led the team with 19 kills, three of which were the deciding points in the Lakers’ win in game two. Game three looked up for grabs when Mercyhurst was as close to the Red Flash as two points at 14-12, but St. Francis scored six of the next seven points to take the game. Game four was close, as junior David Hatten and Newman combined on a block that put the Lakers just one point below at 26-25. But St. Francis made another kill and Mercyhurst made an attack error that gave St. Francis enough room to pull away for the win. Against IPFW, the Lakers just couldn’t get it together to effectively battle the Mastodons, who played at the top of their game last Friday. Mercyhurst ended up losing the match 3-0, with scores of 30-16, 30-21 and 30-24. IPFW is this year’s defending runner-up team, and an intense team against which to compete. “IPFW got hot as we came to town (they beat the No.15 team in the country the next night) and we started slow,” Patton said. “We got better as the night went on, but weren’t assertive enough to make things interesting.” Freshman Jon Gurr led the Lakers with 13 kills. Junior Tim Wagner added nine and Newman had eight. The men play one last regular season game this Saturday at Ohio State and hope to pick up another win.

Junior Chrissy Genian of women’s water polo attempts a shot during a 7-4 win over Slippery Rock Friday, as the Lakers improved their overall record to 12-5 this weekend.

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Polo goes 3-1 on trip
By Andrew Schonhoff Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s water polo team had another very successful weekend, winning three of four conference games over the weekend. This extends the Lakers overall record to 12-5, with three of the five losses coming from nationally-ranked Division I programs. The team started off the weekend on Friday night, with a 7-4 victory over rival Slippery Rock University (SRU). The Lakers came out strong and ended the first quarter leading 3-1. SRU and Mercyhurst traded goals evenly throughout the second and third quarters, and then the Mercyhurst defense proceeded to shut them out in the fourth. Freshman Rachel Griepsma put in five goals during the game, but she was not alone in her efforts. Seniors Christine Somera and Carrie Willison also each scored a goal and contributed three steals apiece. The defense was led by senior Gina Mieras in goal, as she managed to block an incredible 17 shots while only allowing four goals. One of Mieras’ blocks was on a Slippery Rock penalty shot at a pivotal point in the game. Saturday morning, Mercyhurst came to its home pool to take on Indiana University, who is currently ranked 17th nationally. However the Lakers were not intimidated, as they jumped out early to take a 3-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Hoosiers battled back hard in the second, and left halftime with Mercyhurst trailing 7-4. In the second half, both teams exchanged goals to end the game 11-7. While it was a tough loss, the game showed much promise for the Lakers’ water polo program. In the 2007 season, the Hoosiers overwhelmed the Lakers by defeating them 14-2. Somera led the Lakers’ offense with four goals, and Mieras had another spectacular game, blocking 17 shots for the second game in a row. Later that evening, Mercyhurst took on rival Gannon University, who had defeated the Lakers in the previous year. The two teams battled back and forth during the first half, and second quarter play concluded with Mercyhurst leading 7-4. Coming out into the third quarter, the Lakers really opened it up, outscoring the Golden Knights 5-1. The Lakers ended the game having defeated their cross town rival by a score of 15-8. On Sunday, the Lakers faced another team who had beaten them in the 2007 season, Grove City. The game opened up with a scoreless first quarter, but it didn’t take the Lakers long to find their rhythm. They ended the game with a dominating 11-3 victory. Going 3-1 over tough conference rivals this weekend marked big steps for Mercyhurst water polo. With their only conference losses to Michigan and Indiana, Mercyhurst hopes that the stellar play will land them a spot at Eastern Championships. Head coach Curtis Robinette said, “They really played great this weekend. This should give us the confidence and momentum we need for our conference tournament.”

Congratulations!
Mercyhurst senior

John Wayner

won the Merciad’s NCAA March Madness Sweet Sixteen bracket contest.

Thank you to all who participated.

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By Chris Davis Sports editor
A way to describe the Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse season to date is like riding a roller coaster at an amusement park: The Lakers have gone on winning and losing streaks to start the opening portion of their schedule. After the Lakers started their season at 2-0, they dropped their next three to fall under .500 for the first time in over four years. Recently, Mercyhurst has improved its record back over the .500 mark at 4-3, including 2-1 in the East Coast Conference (ECC) after picking up a 98 victory over conference rival Molloy College on Saturday at Tulio Field. This was the Lakers’ home opener, as it was their first home game of the season after their game against Limestone College was cancelled due to the weather. “Were a young team so every game is a building game,” said junior captain Mike Bartlett, who tied with grad student Jordan Witt for the team lead with two goals. “The biggest part right now is coming together as a team because we can help push each other to get better.” “After the half it gave us a good amount of time to adjust and try and fix the little things that we can do to try to get that extra pass, that extra goal trying to just build on that lead,” he said. The Lakers’ offense gave junior goalie Jason LaShomb and their defense one its biggest cushions of the year, as junior Mike Thon found the back of the net with 10:06 left in the third quarter to give Mercyhurst a 8-2 lead. “I never try to give up any goals, but our offense is improving,” said team captain LaShomb. “(The offense scor-

April 9, 2008

Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
This week’s results...
Men’s lacrosse.......................................................................Apr. 5, W 9-8, Molloy Baseball................................................................................Apr. 2, L 7-6, Canisius Apr. 5, L 10-5, Saginaw Valley Apr. 5, L 3-1, Saginaw Valley Apr. 6, W 5-4, Saginaw Valley Apr. 6, L 3-2, Saginaw Valley Softball...................................................................................Apr. 2, W 6-3, Clarion Apr. 2, L 8-0, Clarion Apr. 3, W 9-0, Tiffin Apr. 3, L 11-3, Tiffin Apr. 5, W 6-0, Findlay Apr. 5, L 3-2, Findlay Apr. 6, L 2-1, Ashland Apr. 6, L 4-0, Ashland Women’s water polo................................................Apr. 4, W 7-4, Slippery Rock Apr. 5, L 11-7, Indiana Apr. 5, W 15-8, Gannon Apr. 6, W 11-3, Grove City Men’s volleyball................................................................Apr. 2, L 3-1, St. Francis Apr. 4, L 3-0, IPFW Men’s tennis.............................................................Apr. 5, W 9-0, Michigan Tech Apr. 6, W 8-1, Lake Superior State

Men’s lacrosse wins second straight game

Hansson/McNurlen named Athletes of the week
Freshman tennis player Tim Hansson advanced to 5-1 in GLIAC play at No. 1 singles by winning a pair of matches against Michigan Tech and Lake Superior State. Hansson also teamed up with sophomore Mateusz Przybysz, to win a pair of doubles matches. Senior softball player and captain Jessica McNurlen hit .407 in eight games with two doubles and three triples. McNurlen is now batting .402, which ranks her third in the GLIAC. She is second in the conference for runs driven in with 26.

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The men’s lacrosse team will host Seton Hill today, along with No. 4 C.W. Post on Saturday at Tullio Field at noon.

Men’s tennis named team of the week
The men’s tennis team picked up two conference wins this past weekend, defeating Michigan Tech 9-0 and Lake Superior State 8-1. The team is now at 3-3 in conference play for the season.

Morris becomes all- time saves leader
Senior baseball player John Morris picked up his 18th career save at Sunday’s victory over Saginaw Valley State. After picking up his fifth save of the season, Morris earned the title of Mercyhurst’s all- time saves leader.

LaShomb named ECC Goalkeeper of the Week
Mercyhurst captain and junior men’s lacrosse goalie Jason LaShomb was named the East Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Week after leading the Lakers to a 9-8 victory over Molloy on Saturday.

Five men’s volleyball players named MIVA All-Academic
Five of the Mercyhurst men’s volleyball players were named to the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Academic All-Conference team. Selected for the team were juniors Jeff Hartman, Bryan Ritter and Tim Wagner, along with sophomores Ian Michalski and Joe Montroy.

Women’s lacrosse moves into a tie at No. 7 in the IWLCA poll
Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 Team C.W. Post Limestone Adelphi West Chester Lock Haven Stonehill Mercyhurst Gannon Record 9-0 10-1 7-0 7-1 7-2 7-1 8-2 6-2 Points 96 91 79 72 54 44 34 34 Previous 1 2 4 3 7 6 8 5

ing goals) is going to help out our defense and take a little pressure off of them. Also our defense is playing real well right now. We just need a team effort on both sides of the field.” “(LaShomb) coming up with big saves helps build momentum for us,” Bartlett said. “We may throw the ball away or make a mistake and (the opposing team) brings it down and our defense has to step up and when Jay makes a big save it pushes us (the team) to go get the ball and do something on the offensive end.” LaShomb made 11 saves overall for the Lakers during the game. He also led the team with seven ground balls. “I definitly think that we obviously could have played better,” LaShomb said. “Obviously a win’s a win and we need to just get better and grow from here. We also need to work on some things as we definitely need to get better.” Mercyhurst would struggle

throughout the final 18 minutes of the game, as the Lions scored six out of the final seven goals of the contest to make the final two minutes very nerve-wracking. “The defense is coming together real well,” Lashomb said. “Obviously we need to make a few adjustments and we need to start playing a full complete game. Definitely with these better teams coming up with (C.W.) Post and (New York Institute of Technology) Tech and also with Seton Hill, who is a very good team this year.” Head coach Chris Ryan emphasizes playing as a team for 60 minutes and the team is still looking for that. “We havent really found our 60 minutes yet so that’s going be a goal that we will strive for and obvious we’re going to push for that real hard,” Lashomb said. “(Playing as a team) is going to be the biggest factor every day in practice,” Bartlett said. “The question is if (the team) can push each other to get to the next level..”

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Softball drops five during week
Split opening series with Clarion, swept by GLIAC rival Ashland
By Rhonda Marable Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s softball team had a busy week hosting its first home games against Clarion University on April 2, traveling to Ohio to face off against Tiffin Unversity on April 3 then back home for four conference games against Findlay University and Ashland University on April 5 - 6. At the end of the week the Lakers finished 3-5 overall and 1-3 during the conference games. The Lakers split the home opener against Clarion with a 63 win in game one followed by an 8-0 loss in game two. The Lakers also gave Tiffin a split for their home opener, winning game one 9-0 in five innings and dropping game two 3-11 in another five innings. Starting off their first conference games at home the Lakers worked to blank the Findlay Oilers 6-0 in game one. Despite the big win, the Lakers could not hold off the Oilers’ comeback, Ashland. The Lakers held the Eagles close in two games but lost both contests 2-1 in game one and 40 in game two. Sophomore pitcher Carrina Crow started the week on the mound and with the first win against Clarion, moving to 6-4 on the season. Crow improved to 7-4 with a two-hit shutout against Tiffin, striking out three batters and allowing just one walk over five innings. Crow kept up her streak against Findlay, giving up just two hits and striking out eight batters over seven innings to improve 8-4. Crow’s streak ended, however, with a two-run, seven-hitter against the Ashland Eagles. Her record held strong despite the loss at 8-5 on the year. In addition to Crow’s stand out performance, senior captain Jessica McNurlen contributed during her at bats. McNurlen went 3-for-4 with a pair of triples and drove in four runs during the Lakers’ sweep of Findlay on Saturday. Also putting up a heavy bat during the week was freshman Kara Gorgos, who hit .400 over eight games and kept up her end of the defense at second base. “She’s very good defensively and offensively she’s coming on as well,” coach Headley said. With the tough losses and the 1-7 conference record thus far this season, Headley had a lot to say about her squad. “I think right now we’re just battling inexperience. Other teams are capitalizing on our small mistakes, which is what is hurting us at this point,” she said. Before the women face off against Gannon in the crosstown conference game they will use their practice time to work on improving their offense. “I think the big thing is to go through situations. We’re working to increase our offensive capabilities. We’re hitting really well but we’re not getting timely hits,” Headley said. The Lakers will look to improve their offense and keep up their defense as they travel down State Street to face cross town rival Gannon University today at 3 and 5 p.m.

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Senior captain Jessica McNurlen rips one of two triples during Saturday’s sweep of Findlay University.

getting nipped 2-3. Finishing off the weekend

the Lakers hosted two more conference games against

Men’s tennis defeats two GLIAC competitors during weekend
By Christine Mersch Staff writer
The Mercyhurst men’s tennis team got two consecutive GLIAC victories this past weekend by defeating Michigan Tech 9-0 Saturday and Lake Superior State 8-1 on Sunday. In the first match, the Lakers swept all three doubles matches. Freshman Tim Hansson and sophomore Mateusz Przybysz won No. 1 8-6. At No. 2 sophomore Mijo Cotic and freshman Adam Marnik won 85. The easiest doubles match of the day belonged to sophomore Kyle King and sophomore Ronald Heurich, who picked up an 8-4 win at No. 3. During singles play, the Lakers only dropped one set before earning the sweep over Tech. Hansson went three sets at No.1 before becoming victorious. He won his match by the score of 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Przybysz took his match 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2, while King won at No. 6 with identical scores. Cotic added a 6-3, 6-1 score at No. 3 and Marnik easily won his match 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4. Rounding out the singles lineup at No. 5 was Heurich, who secured the sweep with a 6-3, 63 victory. Michigan Tech fell to 3-14, 1-5 GLIAC with the loss. The Lakers looked to reach .500 in the conference the following day when they played at Lake Superior State and did just that, dominating Lake State 8-1. In doubles action King and Heurich, holding a three-match winning streak, easily took their match 8-3. Both first and second doubles teams rolled to victories 8-3 and 8-5, respectively. Mercyhurst proved to be too strong for Lake State in singles play, as the Lakers’ top three players dominated their matches. Hansson, now 5-1 in GLIAC play, won his match 6-3, 6-1. Mateusz won No. 2 with an identical score. Cotic rounded out the top three with a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Heurich battled to 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (12-10) three-set win at No. 5 and King earned a hard fought 7-5, 7-6 win at No. 6. Lake Superior was victorious only at No. 4 singles. Marnik lost his match 6-3, 6-4.Lake Superior State fell to 7-11 on the year and 1-5 in GLIAC play. The wins moved the Lakers back to .500 in the conference. Mercyhurst now stands at 6-7 overall and 3-3 in the GLIAC. Next week the Lakers host Grand Valley to end the regular season.

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Lacrosse wins home opener against Molloy College Lions
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