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With graduation less than three weeks away, a bishop protesting attendance, Sen. Hillary Clinton’s visit, and two political policy groups in session, Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble discusses the direction of the school as a Catholic college. NEWS 10
April 30, 2008
Spring Fest hits ’Hurst on Saturday
By Liz Maier Staff writer
Mercyhurst College students are “hanging by a moment” for Spring Fest. Co-sponsored by Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) and Student Activities Council (SAC), Spring Fest is a day ﬁlled with activities, inﬂatable games, food and an evening concert. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 Spring Fest kicks-off with a variety of inﬂatable games such as the Wrecking Ball, Rapid Fire, Obstacle Challenge, Human Bowling, Velcro Wall and Big Wave Mechanical Surfboard. After working up an appetite on the inflatable games, students can feast on hamburgers, hot dogs, pasta salad, ice cream sandwiches and more between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Spring Fest will conclude with a performance by opening act, I Nine, and headliner band, Lifehouse. The 8 p.m. performances will be held in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC) and doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Lifehouse was chosen because they are a popular mainstream band who appeals to many students who like alternative music, said SAC Chair, senior Kelly Confrancisco. “I have always been a fan of Lifehouse and I am shocked we got such a mainstream band to come to Mercyhurst,” sophomore Danielle Ohman said. “I also have heard a lot of good reviews about the group I Nine.” Cofrancisco said SAC placed a bid for Lifehouse after working with an agent who helps the organization book bands. “The band is approved through a division of Student Life on campus, Darcey Kemp and the Vice Presidents of Student Life, Laura Zirkle and Gerry Tobin,” said Cofrancisco. Free tickets to the concert can only be picked up on April 28 through May 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Herrmann Student Union. Tickets will not be provided on the day of the concert. Cofrancisco said no tickets will be given without proof of a Mercyhurst student ID. Last year Mercyhurst hosted country singer, Chris Cagle, at the Spring Fest concert. Around 500 people participated in the day’s activities while 900 people attended Cagle’s concert, Cofrancisco said. “Over 1,000 people are expected to attend this year’s concert and most likely over 500 (people) for the day activities,” she said. In the occurrence of rain, all outside activities will be moved to the MAC. Sophomores Pete Swauger and Cory Haywiser said they are excited about Spring Fest. “I am looking forward to eating free food and seeing Lifehouse in concert,” Swauger said. Haywiser said, “I had a good time last year so I’m looking forward to it again this year.” In the future, both students said they would like to see more mainstream bands like Lifehouse come to Spring Fest. “I’d like to see Three 6 Maﬁa or Lil’ Wyte come to Mercyhurst,” said Haywiser. Swauger disagreed saying he’d like to see more alternative or country musical acts. “I’d really like to see Tim McGraw or Dave Matthews,” Swauger said.
Students can take turns making their way through an inﬂatable obstacle course.
The inﬂatable wave will bring the coast to Mercyhurst College this Saturday.
Students can battle their friends in the inﬂatable Wrecking Ball at Spring Fest on Saturday.
April 30, 2008
Triple housing options
By Tim Hucko Staff writer
Mercyhurst College is offering students triple apartments for the 2008-2009 school year. After two years of cramped living quarters, Residence Life will be allotting approximately 50 triple apar tments scattered across the Briggs and L e w i s Av e n u e h o u s i n g complexes. Director of Residence Life and Student conduct Laura Zirkle says she is very excited to once again offer this housing option to students. In years past, there have been as many as 100 triple apartments offered to students or as few as none. “This is all dependent on the size of the freshman class, primarily, then we factor in sophomores and juniors,” Zirkle said. The last few years have marked the tail end of the largest freshman classes to ever attend to Mercyhurst College, which has caused a pinch in housing accommodations. Students like sophomore Michelle Thomas find it very convenient having the ﬂexibility to live with two roommates instead of three. “When you have two really close friends that you want to live with next year, it eliminates the problems and awkwardness of having to ﬁnd a fourth roommate,” Thomas said. The sign-up process is the same for triple apartments as it is regular four person apartments and are available to sophomores, juniors and seniors. In previous years, ResLife has tried a few different strategies as how to best arrange triples around campus. “Some years we have had entire buildings of triples, others we have just randomly selected apartments up and down Briggs and Lewis. This year we are offering more triples in some of the less popular buildings to offer incentive for students to sign up for them,” said Zirkle. “We try to accommodate students in any way we can to provide a comfortable living environment, and hope to continue this option in the future.” For students still interested, housing signups are Wednesday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m. in 312 Old Main. For more information, contact the Residence Life ofﬁce at (814) 824-2422.
The Empty Bowls event on Saturday, April 26, raised money for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie.
’Hurst students ﬁll ‘Empty Bowls’
By Tim Hucko Staff writer
Mercyhurst College students raised money using nothing but empty bowls. The Empty Bowls project allows participants to purchase tickets to the event. Those with a ticket receive a ceramic bowl that was handthrown by a Mercyhurst College student or a Mercyhurst Preparatory High School student. Participants are then served a meal of soup and bread. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder that there are always “empty bowls” in the world. In 1990 a high school art teacher in Michigan helped his students ﬁnd a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to make ceramic bowls for a fundraising event. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread and were invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world. By the following year the originators had developed this concept into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that ﬁght hunger. Empty Bowls came to Mercyhurst College through the social work department in 2005, raising awareness throughout the Erie area. After taking a year off in 2006, the department decided to try a second time to raise funds and support the initiative. In 2007, Empty Bowls raised more than $11,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Erie to help fund and support their mission of providing to the less fortunate. Although the final amount raised from this year’s event has not been tallied, it is assumed that they surpassed last year’s total. The event on Saturday, April 26 was another success for the Food Bank. Junior Erik Penn was pleased with the turnout and hopes to see more students involved in the coming years. Senior Allison McCaslin said she strongly supports the event because “it is a really good cause for the community to help out those in need across Erie, let alone the additional food banks and soup kitchens that beneﬁt from our donations.” Empty Bowls events are held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.
Event helps seniors give ’Hurst a ‘formal’ goodbye
By Emily Grabowski Staff writer
T he Mercyhurst College Walker School of Business helped some seniors bring their ﬁnal year to a “formal” end. Senior business, communications and Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management (HRIM) students were invited to an evening of dinner, dancing and friends, to wrap up their ﬁnal year at the Walker School of Business Senior Formal. The senior business formal was held on Saturday, April 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the Kahkwa Country Club in Erie. Around 200 guests attended the event, including students, professors and alumni. T he evening’s activities included a three-course meal, prizes and a DJ. A committee of volunteers from the Walker School of Business organized this year’s event. Seniors Christine Mersch and Katie Waldin were co-chairs of the event’s committee. The Walker School of Business helped with the expenses for the formal, but the majority of event’s funds came from ticket sales. Many of those in attendance said they were pleased with the evening. “Everyone seemed to have a really good time and the event was really nice,” Waldin said. “I think it was a great success. It was the perfect way for seniors to come together before graduation and celebrate their success with friends and those they have had class with over the past four years.” Senior Meghan Cleary said she was equally pleased. “I was on the committee so I saw ﬁrst-hand how much hard work and effort went into planning this event,” she said. “Christine and Katie did an excellent job. I thought it went really well.” “It was amazing” senior Don Smith said. “T he DJ was g reat and the food was delicious. The entire event was a very magical evening.”
some parents.” Fifty-three percent of seniors have participated in the fundraising process Gabriel said. President Dr. Thomas Gamble previously estimated the anticipated cost for the lounge to be approximately $35,000. Gamble said Mercyhurst “will make up the difference between what the students donate and the cost of the new study room.” Additionally, the various academic schools at Mercyhurst have been competing against one another to donate the most funds. “The academic school with the most donations is the Business and Communications School,” Gabriel said. “They have raised $8,905.18 with 60 percent participation.” Senior business student Daniella Nunnally has raised the most money Gabriel said. Students who donated $200 will have their name engraved on a brick, while donors giving $300 or more will have their names etched on glass in the lounge. “We have dropped off the bricks and sent the names to Erie City Memorials for both the bricks and the glass etchings,” Gabriel said. The bricks and glass engravings are expected to be completed in time for the senior gift dedication ceremony on Friday, May 16 at 1 p.m. in the library Gabriel said. “Construction should begin shortly after graduation day,” Gabriel said. Member of the senior gift committee, Katie Zinn, said currently the committee is ﬁnalizing donations from students and parents. “Individuals can still donate until Sunday, May 4,” Zinn said. Deanna Fletcher, senior gift
April 30, 2008
Senior gift update: $11,700 to reach total
By Liz Maier Staff writer
Leaving it’s legacy one lounge at a time, the senior class is excited to give the biggest gift in Mercyhurst College history. All year long students and parents have been donating to the senior gift fund, a 24-hour student lounge, soon to be constructed in the Hammermill Library. Member of the senior gift committee, Ashley Gabriel, said, “As of April 27, 2008, we have raised $23,328.18 from donations made by students and committee member, said, “We are still trying to get a few more $8 dollar donations to help with our participation percentage.” Those who wish to donate should contact any member of the Senior Gift Steering Committee; Marty Wallenhorst, Ashley Gabriel, Katie Zinn, Deanna Fletcher, Kelly Cofrancisco, Jeff Allen or Josh Wilwohl. Zinn said donations can be given to Cathy Anderson in her business ofﬁce on the fourth ﬂoor of the library or placed in the library’s senior gift dropoff box.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author speaks at ’Hurst
By Emily Grabowski Staff writer
Mercyhurst College prides itself on its academic diversity. The campus frequently has guest speakers talking to students and the general public on all topics. Last month, Bill Rancic spoke to guests about business and entrepreneurship. On Thursday, May 1, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter A. McDougall will address the public. McDougall’s speech will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall and will be free to students, faculty and the general public. His lecture is part of the Teaching American History Grant program put together by Dr. Michael Federici, a political science professor at Mercyhurst. Federici thinks McDougall’s presence on campus will be a positive inﬂuence on students and faculty. “Having a leading scholar on campus helps to enliven the intellectual work of the college. It brings a perspective, in this instance, on the history of American involvement in war that students would otherwise not be exposed to,” he said. “It helps both faculty and students experience scholarly analysis at its best and gives us a model to follow in our classes and scholarship. His talk will help broaden the intellectual horizon against which contemporary events like the War in Iraq can be better understood and analyzed.” McDougall is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania as the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History. McDougall was born in Washington D.C. in 1946, but grew up around Chicago, Ill. He graduated from Amherst College in 1968, and then served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. At the end of the war, McDougall came back to his hometown and went the University of Chicago earning his doctorate in 1975. After graduating from the University of Chicago, McDougall became a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. He remained there until 1987. During his time at Berkeley, he earned fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Center and The National Air and Space Museum. He was an advisor to the U.S. Congress’s Ofﬁce of Technology Assessment and the Harvard/Carnegie Study on the Prevention of Nuclear War. McDougall has written several books during his lifetime. He won the Pulitzer Prize and the Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology in 1986 for his book “The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age.” In 2004, he wrote a second book, “Let the Sea Make a Noise...A History of the North Paciﬁc from Magellan to MacArthur.” It is a gripping account of the rise and fall of the empires in the last, vast, unexplored corner of the habitable earth—an area occupying one-sixth of the globe. In 2005, “Freedom Just around the Corner—A New American History: 1585-1828,” hit the shelves. This book is the ﬁrst installment of a trilogy that will eventually bring the story of America up to the present day. McDougall’s third book came out just this March. The second part of his American history trilogy, “Throes of Democracy—The American Civil War Era 1829-1877,” is the American epic as lived by Germans and Irish, Catholics and Jews, as well as people of British Protestant and African-American stock in a very turbulent time in American history. The ﬁnal part of his trilogy has yet to be published, but is very much anticipated by the academic community, as well as everyday history buffs.
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Walter A. McDougall, will speak on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. McDougall is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania as the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations and Professor of History.
April 30, 2008
Senior Meghan Cleary (far right) and her group members created a coffee company for the ﬁrst communication department tradeshow.
Mercyhurst sponsors ‘Living Through Giving’ Tradeshow
Communication department students design non-proﬁt organizations in third annual show
By Andrea Coulter Contributing writer
T he Mercyhurst College Communication Department is excited to announce the third annual Communication Campaigns Tradeshow. This year’s theme is “Living Through Giving,” featuring non-profit organizations designed entirely by the communication department students. The show will take place Tuesday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free to the public, with the tradeshow taking place at the Herrmann Student Union. Groups will compete for various awards, including Best of Show, Best Logo, Best Print Materials, Best Multimedia and other categories. The class encourages all interested students and faculty to attend, as every vote counts. This annual event features organizations created by class members, and serves as a capstone course for enrolled students. Course professor, Dr. Anne Zaphiris, is eager to see what her students produced. “This annual event is a hallmark for the Communication Department. Our students invest an exorbitant amount of time and effort into this project, in addition to utilizing numerous skills learned throughout previous courses,” Zaphiris said. In preparation for the tradeshow, the class visited the United Way of Erie and met with RJ Zonna, Director of Communication to discuss campaign strategies. Director of Media Relations for Erie Insurance, Mark Dombrowski also spoke with the students regarding public relations techniques. As in past years, regional communication professionals will assist in judging student projects. Senior communications major Meg Marong is excited for the event. “This is one of the favorite communication classes that I have taken at Mercyhurst. There is not much lecture – its more hands-on,” Marong said. “It gives you the full effect of working in a public relations or advertising ﬁrm.” Marong, along with seniors Stephanie Alward and Nichole Rosewicz will present their company, Election 101, at the May 5 Tradeshow. Additional organizations involved include Brigade of Hope, Connect the Dots, Fairytale Project, and Harmony. Leaders of Tomorrow, Party for the F u t u r e 2 0 0 8 , Po w e r p l a y and Strive Shelters will also participate.
It’s almost time to start packing and preparing to leave campus for the summer. Mercyhurst College’s UNICEF and Green Team is asking students to donate many of the items they would normally throw away. The organizations will be placing donation bins on Briggs and Lewis avenues and other locations around campus. Students should look for the logo shown above. Clothing, bedding and furniture placed in and around bins featuring this logo will be donated to the Erie International Institute, which helps refugess.
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April 30, 2008
‘Mip’ class helps guide psychology majors
By Jemma Hommer Contributing writer
Mercyhurst College psychology majors are offered a unique opportunity to advance their knowledge about their future in the ﬁeld of psychology. Each year the department offers its majors a chance to take part in a year-long course called Majoring in Psychology, or Mip. Mip is a class designed to help students reach their full potential in the ﬁeld of psychology. The course is free and students receive no credits, yet the class sees impressive numbers in participation each year. Sophomore psychology majors are required to take this biweekly course for the entire year. The class is run by Professor Robert Hoff, Chairperson of the Psycholog y Department, Dr. Marilyn Livosky, Dr. Gerard Barron and Dr. Terry Pettijohn. The professors take turns every other Monday addressing pressing concerns about the present and set the outline for what the future as a psychology major entails. Students in this year’s fall session examined if and why psychology was the right ﬁeld for them. During the winter term, students focused each other’s lives within the department, including the dos and don’ts of the department and psychology business. Currently, students in the spring term session of Mip are looking at the possibilities that exist outside of Mercyhurst and after their education is completed. Graduate schools and possible career choices are topics focused heavily on during this term. But why would students show up to a class they don’t receive credits for? “The Mip class has allowed me to realize how important actions are in this major,” sophomore Ashley Ristau said. “The professors did a good job emphasizing that behaviors will lead to success. I think the class allowed the students to be more comfortable in approaching professors because of the relationships formed.” The class offers informational value along with interaction with professors in the department. “I switched my major the spring term of my freshman year and being in the Mip class has encouraged me to be more proactive in the ﬁeld of psychology,” junior Allison Penharlow said. “I started thinking about doing an internship and my future in the ﬁeld.” Sophomore Dave Swickline participated in the Mip class and felt it was of real value. “The Mip class took the place of the sophomore review which is easier for students,” he said. “It also allows professors to know students in a relaxed setting… where teachers and students sit together talking about classes and future options.” One of the beneﬁts of Mip is the connection students are able to form with professors in the department. “Mip opened me up to other psych teachers that I may have never had a class with,” Swickline said. “The teachers did a great job with this course and I highly recommend it to psych majors and other majors as well.” Livosky, a professor of the Mip course, said, “As a professor, I value spending this time with our sophomores, getting to know them better.”
Business, adult students inducted into honors societies
By Julie Hranica Staff writer
High achieving Mercyhurst College students from the business and adult education departments were recently inducted into two honor societies. Alpha Sigma Lambda, the national honor society for adult students, and Delta Mu Delta, the national honor society in business administration, held induction ceremonies on Sunday, April 20, in the Mercy Heritage Room. The honor societies combined their ceremonies this year. Penny Hanes, faculty advisor for Delta Mu Delta, said students must be in a four-year program, have completed at least 60 college credits and have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher. Student who qualify must also have completed at least nine business classes at Mercyhurst and have no more than one course in business with a ﬁnal grade below a “B.” Hanes said that Delta Mu Delta honors students who have excellent scholastic achievement in business administration. Seniors honored during the ceremony include Samuel Ansbro, Miranda Guth, Rebecca Hohmann, David Licata, Zachar y Wild and Nicole Van Gils. Many juniors were also inducted into Delta Mu Delta including Jennifer Charles, Michael Costantini, Gabriela Delgado, Dane Doolittle, Michael Flickner, Sherryl Jordano, Mihailo Jovanovic, Joseph King, Tanisha Morgan, Maria Morocco, Shayna Nair, James Nicotra, Jose Osorio, John Paige, Lisa Pessia, Michael Prechtl, Ana Rodriguez, Ariana Smaczniak and Hagime Toyofuku. Hohmann said, “It is an honor to be inducted into Delta Mu Delta not only because it showcases high academic achievements but also because it expresses our strive for excellence not only in our business classes but for our futures in the business world.” Alpha Sigma Lambda also inducted students this year. Lisa Laird, advisor of the society, said the society is geared toward non-traditional college students. She said in order to join the society the student must be in the top 10 percent of their class and must have at least a 3.2 GPA. Laird said the ceremony consisted of speakers, the induction and a reception that followed the ceremony. Ten students were inducted into the ceremony this year. They include senior Candy Brundage; juniors Lorie Knapp, Liesa Mills, Halle Kostansek; sophomores Jennifer Kubiak, Michelle Palmer, Stephen Reimers, Rachel Rice and freshmen Stephanie Turner and Michael Williams. Sophomore Maria Rambuski said she believes Alpha Sigma Lambda is important for the non-traditional students on campus. “I think it is great that we recognize adult students for their efforts in maintaining high grades,” she said. “We have many non-traditional students on this campus so it wouldn’t make sense to not acknowledge them and their hard work.” It was a new decision to combine the two ceremonies. “It is possible that since onethird of our entire adult population of students are in the business department that we combined to address this,” Laird said. She added, “There are about 10 to 15 students every year who meet the Alpha Sigma Lambda requirements, so maybe the thought of having such a small ceremony for just one group helped in combining the two.”
Delta Mu Delta is the national honors society in business administration. The ceremony for new inductees to this society and Alpha Sigma Lambda was held Sunday, April 20, in the Mercy Heritage Room.
April 30, 2008
Eight locations have been chosen for emergency blue light system towers. The towers are being strategically placed around campu s, tenatively in the locations shown above. Of the eight blue light towers that are being installed this summer, three are solar powered.
Emergency blue light system goes ‘green’
Three of eight blue light towers to run on solar-power; cost $26,386
By Casey Greene Managing editor
Mercyhurst College is increasing its sustainability measures in many areas around the campus. The college has even added a “green” touch to campus Security. Mercyhurst has recently decided to invest in an emergency blue light system, consisting of eight emergency towers strategically placed around campus. The towers allow members of the campus community to alert law enforcement and safety services to any threatening situation. Of the eight blue light towers being installed, three are solarpowered. Talk of installing an emergency blue light system has been in the works for several months. Mercyhurst Student Government’s Health and Safety Committee submitted several proposals to the administration and Mercyhurst Police and Safety throughout the academic year. The committee originally presented the administration with an all-wired tower proposal. The committee then revised its proposal, including the suggestion of solar-powered towers. The ‘green’ towers cost around $3,120 per unit, totaling approximately $9,363 for the three towers. This expense will be paid for using Mercyhurst’s Green Energy Fund. Each term, traditional students pay a $5 fee that is deposited into the Green Energy Fund, which is used to increase sustainable efforts on campus. The college has currently agreed to install and test the solar-powered towers, said Executive Vice President for Administration Tom Billingsley. Billingsley said the college may consider investing in additional solar-powered towers at a later time. The ﬁve wired emergency towers total $17,023. The administration will cover additional expenses. In total, the emergency blue light system will cost around $26,386. The Health and Safety Committee proposed eight possible locations for the towers shown in the campus map above. Tower installation is scheduled to begin this summer, Billingsley said.
April 30, 2008
‘Jungle Fever’ at ’Hurst’s Kids-n-Sibs weekend
Mercyhurst students invite siblings to campus for weekend of activities
By Emily Grabowski Staff writer
Mercyhurst College’s annual Kids-n-Sibs event took place this past weekend. For the event, students were encouraged to invite their siblings to the college for the weekend, which gave them a chance to participate in funﬁlled events. Each year, the Student Activities Council (SAC) develops a central theme for the Kids-n-Sibs weekend. This year, SAC chose a safari theme. The fun began on Friday evening. Students and siblings registered for the weekend in the Herrmann Student Union, where they received complimentary T-shirts. A kid-approved buffet was served at 5 p.m. At 8 p.m. kids, sibs and all other students were invited to watch the DreamWorks ﬁlm “Madagascar.” Saturday’s events started at 10:30 a.m. with breakfast in the union, followed by BINGO. That afternoon a carnival was set up in the Great Room of the union including crafts, inﬂatables and a hands-on reptile and amphibian show called “Snakes Alive!” led by reptile expert Tom Kessenich. Kessenich said he was thrilled to be a part of the ’Hurst’s Kidsn-Sibs weekend. “I think it’s totally awesome,” he said. “One of the perks of my job is getting to travel and entertain and inform kids of all ages. I would deﬁnitely be interested in coming back to campus to do another show sometime.” A BBQ was held Saturday evening and, in addition to the on-campus activities, shuttles were offered to and from Splash Lagoon. Splash Lagoon offered reduced admission for Mercyhurst students and family members for the day. SAC members said they were pleased with the turnout for the weekend and the positive feedback regarding the activities. “We had a great turnout,” junior SAC member Haylie Starin said. “The safari theme produced a great atmosphere, and we think it was a big hit.” Sophomore volunteer Danielle Ohman said she had a lot of fun participating. “I was very impressed with the turnout,” she said. “I was surprised how many students had their younger siblings come and participate. It was a lot of fun and it’s a really good experience for the younger kids.” Around 250 families registered for this year’s Kids-nSibs weekend. Nothing is in the works yet for next year’s weekend. “We usually start planning this in the beginning of spring term,” Starin said. Contributed photo A fairytale idea has been mentioned for next year’s theme Reptile expert Tom Kessenich presented the hands-on but nothing has currently been reptile and amphibian show, Snakes Alive!, at Mercyhurst’s Kids-n-Sibs event on Saturday, April 26. decided.
Funds available to student researchers
By Javiera Cubillos Staff writer
Mercyhurst College students looking to conduct and present research now have a ﬁnancial means to do so. The student research fund is a small grant given to undergraduate or graduate Mercyhurst students to help with the costs of academic research. These costs may include materials for artistic projects, traveling to conferences or actual research expenses. Any student may apply for the grant as long as they present a valid proposal. The grants are competitive and are only awarded to around 20 students each term. Dr. Terry Pettijohn, chairperson of the Student Research Committee (SRC), said each year funds are limited by the college’s budget. In order to apply for a grant, students must submit a proposal to the SRC by May 1. The proposal should describe in detail the research content and how the funds will be used. Each proposal is rated and discussed among members of the SRC, which includes faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. Awards are granted based on merit and the proposal. Though the SRC gives most of its funding to supplement the costs of traveling to present a research or artistic project, there are few exceptions that cover non-travel related expenses, such as materials and equipment necessary for a speciﬁc project. Mercyhurst directly provides the funding for the SRC, Pettijohn said. “In the past two years that these funds have been available, the college has helped assist many students present their work at conferences and purchase materials for research,” Pettijohn said. Senior SRC member Lauren McDermott has received funding through the student research fund. She said she believes funding should be increased because it beneﬁts the college. “I believe Mercyhurst College should recognize the student research committee as an investment in its future reputation and continue to increase funds given to research [to show] pride in its students’ dedication to research projects,” she said. Until last year, a maximum of $200 per student was awarded. This year, the maximum amount has increased to $300. The funds given depend on the provided budget which, along with the number of recipients, varies each year. “It would be nice to grant everyone some kind of funding for their research, but the student research committee simply doesn’t have a large enough pool of money,” McDermott said.
April 30, 2008
Certiﬁcation for Fireﬁghter 1 is granted to candidates who excel in both the written exam and the physical skills test.
Mercyhurst College is one of 29 designated agencies throughout Pennsylvania allowed to issue certiﬁcation.
’Hurst helps certify local ﬁreﬁghters
By Julie Hranica Staff writer
Mercyhurst College’s Public Safety Institute recently g ave local firefighters the opportunity to receive state certiﬁcation. Associate Director of the Public Safety Institute, Tim Maloney, said the testing occurred on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at the Erie County Public Safety Training Facility at the Franklin Center. “Mercyhurst College is statecertiﬁed to facilitate these tests,” he said. “It is only one of 29 designated agencies throughout the Commonwealth that can do this.” The tests consisted of a written exam as well as a skills test, featuring a number of skill stations including a burn tower, smoke maze and chemical burn pit. “Each candidate must demonstrate proﬁciency in performance on a chosen number of skill stations from the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy,” Maloney said. Certiﬁcation for Fireﬁghter 1 is granted to candidates who excel in the skills test and the written exam. Maloney said each candidate was required to go through a number of state-mandated courses before they could apply for this certiﬁcation. Junior Erik Penn said, “Providing certiﬁcation is a vital part of protecting citizens and lends to the production of highly skilled ﬁreﬁghters.” Sophomore Carly Rae Eisenhauer agreed. “I think it is highly important for Mercyhurst to recognize and address these community needs,” she said. “It is great that we have the Public Safety Institute because it adds another component to the list of ways that Mercyhurst beneﬁts the areas that surround us.” Sixteen candidates were tested including local ﬁreﬁghters, ﬁve ﬁreﬁghters from Canada and one female ﬁreﬁghter, Maloney said. The candidates who received certiﬁcation from the tests are able to apply for national certiﬁcation as well. The Public Safety Institute of Mercyhurst College provided this opportunity for candidates. “It was established to provide critical training to front line ﬁrst responders that must perform appropriately in the face of a disaster,” Maloney said. Penn agreed about the importance of the Public Safety Institute. “I think it is important to have the institute as a part of the Mercyhurst institution because it adds to the depth of possibilities Mercyhurst represents and provides to the community,” Penn said.
MSG elects new senators for 2008-09
From staff reports The Merciad
Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) has added changes to its ranks. MSG recently elected 18 new senators. MSG organized student election during which votes were cast for senator candidates. The elections, which were held April 16 and 17, saw the highest voter turnout in MSG history with almost 500 students participating. Senators were able to apply for a position under two separate categories: class senator or school senator. The elected sentators were sworn in at the ﬁrst MSG Senate meeting on Monday, April 21 in the MSG chambers. The MSG Senate will not be complete until freshmen are voted in during September.
Sophomores Sarah Heuer Carson Loveday Devin Ruic Juniors Katlin Hess Vanlam Luu Seniors Zach Pekor Erik Penn Nick DiPalma
School of Business Angela Long Carly Rae Eisenhauer School of Social Sciences Celeste Shefferly Liz Gutoskey School of Education Marissa Petroff Trey Zeluff School of Science & Mathematics Colleen O’Hara School of Arts & Humanities Jerrod Markle
Deﬁning ’Hurst as ‘Catholic’
President answers questions on religious afﬁliation
By Joshua Wilwohl Editor-in-chief
The past few weeks at Mercyhurst College have been what some would say, one of the rockiest times for a Catholic institution. Erie Diocesan Bishop Donald Trautman says he will no longer attend the college’s 2008 graduation in protest of Sen. Hillary Clinton’s visit. As a result, Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble developed two committees to develop political policies. One focuses on paid political advertisements and the other focuses on political speakers. The controversy over both made its way up the chain of news to the New York Times, gaining national attention. But, what is it about the college on the hill that has everyone in a stir? Gamble says the school upholds its Catholic identity, while others say the college is one of the most “liberal” Catholic institutions they’ve seen. The president attended a seminar last week led by Pope Benedict XVI with over 300 other presidents and superintendants of Catholic colleges, universities and high schools in the United States. What he gathered, along with his own beliefs, Gamble responded to the questions everyone wants answered. Q: What was primarily discussed when you attended the pope’s seminar? A: A variety of things. It was very exciting and kind of inspirational. He was grateful to Catholic educators and what they do. He gave a blessing to us all and he talked about Catholic the bishop’s protest … was there any advice given on how to guide a college such as Mercyhurst in the “right” direction? A: Of course I’ve been consulting and talking with lots of people and this is really an issue with most Catholic colleges and universities. … Everybody is working on that issue and trying to ﬁnd the right balance. We are, too. It’s said and it’s personally painful for me to be in a controversy about something like this, because I consider myself a faithful and good Catholic. So, I think we’re all struggling with it. I continue to, so does the (Board of Trustees) and we really want to respect and express the beauty of Catholic identity, but we also have to do it in a way that respects the pedagogical virtue of free and open discussion. We’re planning a forum in the fall before the election that is called, “The Responsible Catholic and the 2008 Election.” And that will be a variety of viewpoints from the Catholic perspective about the election and the candidates and the choices. We do want to make sure that everyone at this college and in the broader Erie community get an opportunity to hear from a variety of Catholic scholars and how a responsible Catholic might respond to the 2008 election. Q: Would you consider Mercyhurst more of a “conservative” Catholic college or a “liberal” Catholic college? A: You know, honestly, in Catholicism, those terms do not apply very well. Those terms apply to the political realm. … I think that some aspects of the church teaching look conservative to people and
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other aspects look liberal to people. The authentic teaching of the church looks very liberal on social justice issues, and it looks conservative on other issues. So, it’s really not liberal or conservative, it’s faithfulness to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. I don’t think it comes out liberal or conservative. Q: In what direction do you see Mercyhurst heading as deﬁning us as a Catholic institution? A: I think that should be an active area of inquiry for us and we should continue to try to articulate our Catholic identity and express it. Somebody should be able to ask, ‘What makes Mercyhurst Catholic?’ The answer should be evident, and maybe more evident than they are…I want to work with the ofﬁce of mission integration on (this) and that’s why I’ve asked Sister Lisa Mary to take this important role. Q: How in its current state would you deﬁne Mercyhurst College as a Catholic college? A: We have an active campus ministry, we have liturgy available ﬁve or so times a week, we have retreats and rosary groups. We also have service opportunities that link to missions of the Sisters of Mercy. … Even the goals can be tied to some of the mission statement. When we were going out and doing a strategic plan, the ﬁrst thing we did was rearticulate the mission statement. The ﬁrst sentence says Catholic and Mercy in it, and then it expresses…we talk about goodness of creation, dignity of work, we talk about service to others, we talk about the liberal arts…and all of that makes it Catholic.
Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble.
identity, and how that ﬁts into a Catholic college … and he wants all them to express something genuine about Catholic identity. Q: What is something genuine that Mercyhurst would express in its Catholic identity? A: There are lots of things. All the way from we have liturgy ﬁve times a week. We have a very active campus ministry program here. We have retreats for students who are interested, and right now we’re creating an ofﬁce of mission integration. The ofﬁce will be led by Sister Lisa Mary, and she’ll report directly to the president. When we talked about the ($32 million) plan, we discussed the meaning of work and the dignity of work, which ties to Catholic social teaching. So we have a commitment to the dignity of work in our mission, and the rest of our activities here. Why are we so focused on international students? Because
the church is international, and because we’re Catholic and Catholicism is international, so we should be international. Why are we so focused on sustainability? Well, we’re called by Catholic teaching to respect creation and the goodness of creation. So, an awful lot of commitments and the kinds of things we do are there because of our commitment to features of the Catholic faith. Then, of course, there’s service to the community, service to others. One of the ﬁrst things our students do when they come as freshmen is go out on a day of service. And then one of the last things is, of course, your social ethics course. So … I hope and expect that it’s the whole atmosphere of the college has a Catholic feel to it. Q: With the current events that are happening at Mercyhurst such as the political advertisements, Sen. Hillary Clinton on campus,
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Mercyhurst students began the school year with a startle. Sophomore Teri Rhodes is accused of killing her baby in her Briggs Avenue apartment.
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The news that put Mercyhurst College on the map
Four members of the men’s lacrosse team were suspended for breaking “team rules.” The athletic department would not say what deﬁned “team rules,” or release the names.
A column written by Bill Swafford sparked a debate between students and residence life. Swafford asked RAs to calm down. RAs retaliated, telling Swafford they “...weren’t shoved in lockers.”
Winning the West
Mercyhurst College’s plans for the college’s West campus include ‘green’ degrees that focus on agriculture. The campus is located in Girard, Pa., about 30 minutes from main campus.
An Erie landmark burned to the ground just days before Halloween. The cider mill was a staple for students at the college. It is locaed at 1218 East Gore Road, about 5 minutes from campus.
A female Mercyhurst College student was hospitalized in her hometown after contracting a suspected case of meningitis. The college’s health center and Erie Department of Health investigated.
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Sophomore Israel Estrada and senior Louis Sierra pleaded guilty after impersonating resident assistants and raiding student apartments. Both were suspended for 10 weeks.
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Senior representative Lauren McDermott claimed student government did not care about philanthropy, as the vote to increase the philanthropy line item budget failed twice.
Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble announced a massive expansion to the college that includes a new residence hall and academic building. Project completion: 2013.
After receiving notice from Erie Bishop Donald Trautman, Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble suspended paid political ads in the Merciad, saying the college needs to deﬁne its Catholic identity. Ads are still not allowed to run.
Sen. Hillary Clinton arrived to campus for a speech that turned into hoopla. The result was Erie Bishop Donald Trautman protesting by saying he will not attend the college’s graduation.
Tuition hiked almost $8,000 over the past four years. The college raised tuition 6 percent for next year, saying the college is tuition dependent and needs the money, because the school’s endowment is small.
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Mercyhurst junior David Hatten sets the ball for a fellow player during a match against Niagara earlier this season.
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Senior Nick Giallourakis held a fundraiser for his brother who was diagnosed with cancer.
Shown here is part of the Mercyhurst West Campus. The college plans to create new academic programs for West.
How the West was won
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Cider runs dry
Fuhrmans Cider Mill located on 1218 Gore Rd. caught ﬁre and was nearly destroyed on Oct. 28.
Mercyhurst sophomore Adam Gray attempts to tag out a stealing Wayne State Warrior in a game earlier this season.
You’re outta here!
Battle of sticks
Senior captain Scott Sullivan eludes an opponent in a match earlier this season.
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Sophomore Megan Houston of softball slides safely as the Lakers secured a GLIAC playoff spot.
Junior Christine Rehnert helped women’s soccer in advancing to the second round of nationals.
Mercyhurst basketball sophomore Stevie Spetoskey drives to the basketball hoop during a game this season.
Dribbling to the hoop
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President of Mercyhurst College Young Democrats, junior Tim Knecht, introduces Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton at the Mercyhurst College Atheletic Center on April 1.
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To the goal
Mercyhurst sophomore Chris Risi and Canisius’ Phil Rauch battle for the puck during one of the Atlantic Hockey Quarterﬁnals on March 7.
Mercyhurst College sophomore Meghan Agosta scores her 20th goal of the season in the ﬁrst period of the Lakers’ game on December 7, 2007, versus the No. 1-ranked New Hampshire Wild Cats.
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BCBG showcased many sheer looks for spring and summer.
Summer fashions are sizzling
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
Summer fashion trends and styles this year include a number of surprising looks and themes in runway and ready-to-wear departments. Unfortunately, individuals cannot afford the hefty price tags often seen on designer apparel. Thankfully for those of us who cannot afford a $700 top, more affordable options exist. Retailers like Forever 21, Old Navy, H&M, Charlotte Russe and Topshop offer trendy seasonal clothing at lower price points. Sheer, chiffon attire was seen this spring in the designs of Chanel, Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton and Moschino. The sheer look has been translated into ﬂowy dresses, rufﬂed blouses and loose tops. While top designers price dresses in the upper hundreds, Topshop has capitalized on the trend at a lower going rate. Topshop’s spring runway show was ﬁlled with sheer designs this year. Tops are priced at $32 euros or roughly $50 in the U.S., and dresses range from $50 to $100. Shoppers can browse and shop online for this London retailer at topshop.com. Lingerie-inspired pieces were another recent trend seen on the runway this year. Designers like Mui Miu, BCBG Max Azria and Blumarine showcased underwear-styled pieces as outerwear. An affordable option to this trend can be found at the retailer Forever 21, who offers an immense number of options at the price range of $15 to $30. Tuxedo-styled pieces are also a popular theme this year, popping up in many designer collections on the runway. Celebrity and model Kate Moss has been spotted sporting the trend this spring. Designer BCBG Max Azria offers a classic take on the trend priced a bit higher at $178. The classic tank top features a rufﬂed top and bodice with a V-neck front and corset-like seams. Art deco is another trend that has surfaced this year. Deco-inspired fabrics can be found in virtually all ranges of designers, manufacturers and retailers. Art deco has even made its way into the male market via the introduction of the popular urban-inspired clothing brand LRG. H&M also featured a deco theme this spring for the male and female markets. Senior Dane Renwick is a fan of art-deco fashions. “I enjoy the pattern on most of the shirts, but personally I would not wear both patterned items at the same time,” he said. Other seasonal trends for females include a 1930s throwback to Hollywood glamour, wide leg pants and vintage highwaisted shorts. Trends in the male market include vintage tees, striped shorts and acid-washed hoodies. Overall, summertime fashion trends exude an optimistic and colorful aura this season in both markets and at numerous price levels of the industry. Hopefully, this brightening trend will continue in both markets, as it turns the clothing consumers’ wear into an art-oriented aesthetic.
Fashion fanatics can peruse topshop.com and take a look at some of the hottest fashion trends from this London merchant.
Lucky Magazine is a good place to ﬁnd the latest trends each season.
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Mother’s Day shopping madness
By Courtney Nickel Staff writer
If you have been to the mall lately, chances are you have noticed several large banners advertising Mother’s Day. Bright pink banners splashed with slogans such as “Mom’s Day” and “Mother’s Day is May 11!” are noticable. Reminders that the holiday is approaching seem to be everywhere. Mother’s Day has no speciﬁed date of origin. For centuries, it has been celebrated in countries all over the world including Ireland, the United Kingdom, Rome and Greece. The holiday is celebrated at different times throughout the year and has varying titles such as Ladies’ Day and Women’s Day. In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. Across the world, dates vary from the second Sunday in February (Norway) to December 8 (Panama) and December 22 (Indonesia). With Mother’s Day approaching, students may still be pondering the perfect gift to give. The classic card, ﬂowers and box of chocolates are simple, thoughtful and inexpensive ways to show appreciation. Other inexpensive gift ideas include a gift card to her favorite store, a photo album, homemade dinner or even simply spending time together. According to the National Restaurant Association, Mother’s Day is now the most popular day of the year to dine in the U.S. So, what’s it going to be? Flowers? A hug? Take a break from thinking about finals and decide what you’re going to give to that special someone you call mom. Get your creative juices ﬂowing by taking some time and putting some thought into the gifts you give on May 11. Several students have found creative ways to show their mothers how much they care. Freshman Bryan Parker said
Cool gift ideas for that special woman in your life
he’s not going too far for a gift for his mom. “I am getting my mom a Mercyhurst sweatshirt that she wants and my sisters and I are going to take her to dinner,” Parker said. “I’m going to get my mom ﬂowers and a new book because she loves to read,” junior Dan Racitano said. Other students have chosen to make gifts themselves. Sophomore K atie Atkins thinks that homemade gifts make the holiday extra special for moms. “I think I’m making my mom something. I like to give things straight from the heart,” she said. “They mean more to her than if I just run out and buy something. Who wants a present that was thrown together at the last minute?” So, it’s up to you to decide what is the perfect gift for your mom. Take some time to think about what is important to her to make her day special. Regardless, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Fun Mother’s Day gifts could include a colorful frame with a special picture inside.
The top 10 Mother’s Day no-nos for college students
Coming home with a giant bag of laundry. Get out of bed and say “What’s for breakfast, mom?” Make mom breakfast, lunch, dinner and leave a mess in the kitchen. Pass gas on/near mom. . . never a good idea. Use your hand as a tissue: Give her one day of thinking you’re not disgusting. Forget to ﬂush the toilet. Have mom go pick up takeout. Borrow mom’s car and bring it back empty. Wake up mom at 6 a.m. to let you in the house, because you’re too drunk to open the door. Try to sneak a girl/guy out of your bedroom on Sunday morning.
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Seniors look to the future
By Carla Hart Staff Writer
To all Mercyhurst College graduates: It’s time to turn the page and begin another chapter. What’s the plan? How does Honolulu sound? After being offered the highest possible scholarship available for international students, senior Edyta Tudruj is extremely excited to be accepted to Hawaii Paciﬁc University’s graduate program. “I want to continue my education, broaden my horizons and gain more skills in the ﬁeld of public relations and advertising,” said Tudruj, a communications major with concentrations in public relations, production and journalism. Tudruj is not the only ’Hurst grad furthering her education. Before finding a graduate school near her home in Akron, Ohio, senior Kristen Erickson will focus on paying back student loans. “I’ll live at home and work to try and pay off debts from going to school here,” she said. “I don’t really have set plans. I’m kind of just going with the ﬂow.” Others are not as sure what the future holds. Senior English major Stephanie Barker has until the end of May to make up her mind. “Since my lease is up at the end of May, I will probably be somewhere else. I guess I might have a bed at home,” she said. Barker, who is from Syracuse, N.Y. said her future will include her boyfriend, who is from New Hampshire. “The plan is that we both want to move to Boston,” Barker said. “It’s the nicest area of literature and publishing.” Senior Gary Williams plans to live at home for a brief amount of time before moving on to the
Seniors Stephanie Barker (left) and Kristen Erickson are preparing their plans for after commencement.
next chapter in his life. “I am staying with my mother for a month before I move into my own place,” Williams said, who will serve with Americorps, a national service organization. He will work at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in his home town of Baltimore, Md. “I will be teaching seventh grade Latin in a small Jesuit school located in downtown Baltimore,” Williams said. Senior Deanna Fletcher has been accepted into the AmeriCorp National Civilian Community Corps Program. Fletcher will work as a team member on different projects in Vinton, Iowa and around the country. “We will be going to the Gulf Coast at least twice to help with
the rebuilding, and will be going on three other big trips out of Iowa,” said Fletcher. Colin Hurley, AmeriCorps VISTA member at Mercyhurst, stressed the value of service. “You live and work in a community that you might otherwise avoid if you were off to bigger and better things in a corporate world,” Hurley said. “These experiences shape and mold your understanding so that when you approach graduate school or that next job, you not only have experience from a different perspective, but you are also changed for the better because of those experiences.” In addition to service, other graduating seniors are off into the business world. Senior Kelly Oldach will expe-
rience the ofﬁce setting when she begins working in June. She obtained a full-time position as a communication facilitator at Erie Insurance Exchange and will utilize her graphic design and communication skills she has gained at Mercyhurst. “I am conﬁdent that what I have learned at Mercyhurst will help me in doing the job,” Oldach said. “I’m excited because I actually know a few of the people I will be working with.” Oldach also stressed the importance of liking what you do in life. “I like the ofﬁce setting,” she said. “If I can wake up every morning excited to start another day, then I will perform better and consequently have more success in the future.”
Senior Edyta Tudruj
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Beat those winter blues
After a day at the beach, don’t forget to stop at Sara’s Diner. Sophomore Alicia Rankin summed up the best part of Sara’s. “The food is really good and inexpensive, and it’s a fun environment,” she said. There are plenty of tables outside and once in a while, a live band. At the edge of the state park is Waldameer Park & Water World, a fun amusement park overlooking the Presque Isle peninsula. It is open weekends starting May 10 and daily starting Memorial Day weekend. Parking and admission are free and visitors pay for rides individually or can buy an all-day pass for about $20. This year Ravine Flyer II will make its debut as the park’s newest ride. It’s a world-class wooden roller coaster with a 120-foot drop and a bridge crossing Peninsula Drive. If you’re not headed over to the beach area, there are still plenty of attractions downtown, as well. The Erie Seawolves, a Detroit
Summertime activities in the Erie area
Tigers afﬁliate, offers ﬁrst-class baseball at a low price. It’s exciting to see players who may become major league stars someday. Several names that have passed through Erie on their way to the majors include Aramis Ramirez, Justin Verlander and Curtis Granderson. Other downtown events include “8 Great Tuesdays,” which are live music nights at the Pepsi Ampitheatre, “Celebrate Erie” and block parties. Junior Kyle Hicks enjoys the downtown block parties because “they hire some great cover bands, have decent drink specials and occasionally get amusing people like Vanilla Ice to show up.” Don’t listen to the cynics who claim there is “nothing good to do” in Erie. They just haven’t been paying attention. Is it nice out right now? Then put down that X-Box controller, grab some friends and enjoy Erie’s many attractions. Don’t squander an opportunity to get some fresh air and enjoy a sunny day.
Arial view of Erie’s Waldameer Park and Water World located near Presque Isle.
By Ray Horton Staff writer
After a long, hard winter, springtime in Erie is great for enjoying the outdoors. As the past couple weeks have conﬁrmed, sunny days do come to Erie and, when they do, don’t get caught unprepared. For those students who plan
to stay in the Erie area over the summer, they should be aware of all Erie has to offer. There are many ways to spend a nice Erie day. Erie’s most popular attraction is free: Presque Isle, a picturesque state park on Lake Erie. “When the weather’s nice, I like to go to Presque Isle,” sophomore Patrick Campbell said. “There’s a lot to do there like
bike riding, rollerblading or just hanging out on the beach.” The park features miles of sandy beaches, which are wonderful for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing with friends. There are nature trails and 15 miles of paved trails for hiking, skating and biking. For something more active, try the sand volleyball courts at Beach 6.
Coming in 2008, the Ravine Flyer II features over 3,000 ft. of track, three giant drops, and speeds of over 60 miles-per-hour.
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Quiet and elegant dining is a staple at Breeze Steakhouse.
to make.” The bad thing about this dessert is that it is so good, you will just want to keep eating it. In order to avoid an overload on calories from this addicting dessert, I would suggest cutting the calories by using low-fat, lowcalorie ingredients and serving smaller portions. This is a fantastic summer dessert, so try making it and enjoy. -Meghan Dolney
A breeze of fresh air in Erie
By Shelley Turk Staff writer
A breeze of fresh air has come to Erie and it’s serving up fantastic dishes that are sure to keep you coming back for more. Breeze Steakhouse and Grille, located at 1325 State Street near 14th Street, opened in 2007. The restaurant is a combination of east-meets-west with the use of traditional ingredients served in an upscale dining atmosphere. Walking into Breeze Steakhouse visitors have the option of sitting on the front patio, the bar side for cocktails or the spacious dining room. The main flavors at Breeze come from Thai, Malaysian and Japanese cooking. Appetizers, ranging from $6 to $10, include a fabulous dish called “tuna nachos,” which is an meager description for the sliced, seared rare tuna placed on top of a noodle chip and garnished with Asian slaw. The steaks are priced at $23 for a sirloin served with traditional vegetables and go up to $31 for ﬁlet mignon. Classic dishes like Tuscany Chicken dressed with capers, tomatoes, spinach and olives in a feta cheese and white wine sauce are priced from $17 to $20. Senior Nathan Moore was very impressed with the mood of the restaurant and the live pianist playing on Friday night. “I would deﬁnitely go back to Breeze,” he said. “There’s just a great atmosphere to the place. I’d have to say my favorite dish was probably the Breeze Pasta.” Senior Kelly Minnich also enjoyed the steakhouse. “I had the Maguro Roll,” she said. “It tasted fantastic and was ﬁlling. It was a great time had by all at Breeze.” The restaurant features changing art exhibits and live music as an added bonus to your meal. Visit www.breezesteakhouse. com for more information on menu items or call 814-4557766 to make your reservation today.
This is by far one of my favorite desserts. We often make it in my family for birthdays and other holidays. Recently it was made for my cousin’s sixth birthday party by her and her younger sister. This just proves it is easy to make and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Senior Liz Burchell suggested I do this recipe for my ﬁnal article because “It is an easy recipe that everyone should be able
Oreo Cookie Dirt
Ingredients 1 package Oreo cookies 2 boxes French vanilla instant pudding mix 1 stick butter 8 oz. Cool Whip 8 oz. cream cheese 2 1/2 c. milk
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1.) In a 9 x 13 inch pan crumble up all the cookies, except two. 2.) Melt butter and mix with cookies. Spread evenly in pan. 3.) In a separate bowl blend the milk and pudding. 4.) Add cream cheese and mix. Add Cool Whip and mix well. 5.) Pour mixture over the cookies and butter. Rub the 2 remaining cookies together to garnish the dessert. Refrigerate.
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Here come ﬁnals: Are you ready?
By Caitlin Bly Contributing writer
With spring term approaching its end, ﬁnal exams are coming right around the corner. The hustle of last-minute projects and papers is closing in and the worries of ﬁnding time between enjoying the sunshine with friends and studying for ﬁnals is starting to hit home. As students prepare to buckle down for hours of studying, here are a few tips to help relieve forthcoming stress. Listen to the professors and study in advance. This is crucial in remembering and processing information for the ﬁnal exam. Simply studying for 15 minutes a day could make a huge difference in the performance of taking a ﬁnal. Re-writing notes for a class is another helpful tip in preparing for a ﬁnal. It helps refresh the memory of previous discussions and key facts that might have been forgotten over the past few weeks. It also gives students a chance to highlight or make note of important terms and facts overlooked. Junior Sarah-Hazel Jennings knows studying and coffee go hand-in-hand. “As an English major, I review the assigned readings for the term and go over my class notes,” Jennings said. “I make strict to-do lists and study schedules. Then, I usually conﬁne myself to the library with a ton of coffee.” Another useful tip is group study sessions. Gather fellow students from class and ﬁnd a quiet place to study. Compare notes, ask questions and quiz each other on course material. This is a great way to see what notes students might have missed and to understand the material from a different perspective. Flashcards and study guides are the most popular form of studying. These two ideas help students reiterate notes from class and can be taken anywhere with the student. Flashcards and study guides
Scoot Williams photo
The Hammermill Library is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
come in handy when waiting for class to start or while a little free time is being spent waiting in line to grab a cup of joe. Further advice can be attained from those who have been studying for the past couple of years and should have a study habit down. Senior Nick Giallourakis says
playing it cool goes a long way. “I ﬁnd the best way to study for ﬁnals is by not stressing out,” he said. “I study for awhile and make sure I still ﬁnd some time to relax and party to relieve some stress.” While making those ﬂashcards and ﬁlling out study guides, the best word of advice to give is to
be prepared. Study in advance and make time for it, even if it’s for 15 minutes a day. Utilize the library and take advantage of the warm weather for places to study outside. The reward will be seen in the excellence of your ﬁnal grade. Good luck!
Lead ‘Idol’ singers more likely to get the boot
By Jen Gildea Features editor
If you tune in late to American Idol each week, be prepared to say goodbye to the contestant’s you’ve missed. A recent study of the hugely popular reality series showed leadoff singers in the competition every Tuesday night are disproportionably being kicked off. According to an article in the USA Today, in 69 ﬁnals episodes, 20 singers in the number one spot have been voted off over the course of the show. In four out of six weeks this season, the ﬁrst ﬁnalist has been in the bottom three, twice being eliminated. Reasons suggested for the phenomenon are that viewers are missing the ﬁrst contestant to sing, and therefore don’t place votes for that contestant. Another explanation is the judges have nothing to base the ﬁrst singer against. All of those who follow are naturally compared to the singer beforehand. Producers of Idol say they vary the order in which contestants sing each week to create the most fair and entertaining show. Conspiracy? Just a strange coincidence? Watch, vote and decide for yourselves. American Idol airs on Tuesday and Wednesday nights on FOX. Contestants perform to differnt themes on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and eliminations are the following evening at 9 p.m.
David Archuleta is a front-runner and has avoided elimination.
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2008 Olympic Games preview
By Shannon Kelley Staff writer
The 2008 Olympic Games kick off this summer on Aug. 8 in Beijing, China. There has been a cloud of controversy surrounding the games since the host city was chosen, leading to the Games’ slight overshadowment. The very idea of the Olympics is to bring countries together for healthy competition. However, high levels of smog pollute the air within the host city has many athletes worried. Some are said to be re-thinking their Olympic trips and some are putting off the trip until the last minute. Every four years, the best of the best meet to compete for the gold. The world hopes that the c o n t r ove r s y d o e s n’t t u n e people out and not allow these athletes their time to shine. The Olympics offer 35 different sports and almost 400 events, ranging from archery to gymnastics, there is something for every viewer. Everyone usually has a favorite sport they like to watch. Many families g ather to watch the Olympics, as its historical factor is realized on the opening night ceremony. The host city shines on the big show, often going into debt for it. The city’s culture is highlighted and accented at every turn, from native dancing to other cultural customs. T he host city holds the world’s attention for those historical days when the athletes come to town. Many Americans enjoy watching swimming. This year, the men’s side seems to be heating up. Michael Phelps has been dominating the events, but this summer Ryan Lochte may put up a tough fight. In a recent New York Times article, Lochte said he swims three to five miles most days, sometimes two times a day. Such hard work and dedication goes into preparing for the Olympics, but in the end, it all comes down to the couple minutes of competition. Great stories come out of the Olympics every time the best athletes around the world meet and compete. As many probably remember, the world watched in astonishment as gymnast Paul Hamm won the gold medal in 2004. Hamm’s story was interesting. He had his twin brother as a teammate on the Olympic gymnastics team. That year was a significant one for gymnastics because of the change in the scoring system, which led many to re-think the way the sport is scored. Whatever sport you enjoy, the Olympics are sure to draw attention as long as people remember the true purpose of the competition. They are about the city, the athletes and those stories that come out of Beijing at 3 a.m. but touch our families’ hearts during evening television. For the love of the sport, for the love of your country, for the love of the Olympics, let the games begin.
Swimmer Michael Phelps is expected to be a strong competitor in Beijing.
What do the rings really mean?
By Jen Gildea Features editor
They’re a familiar sight around the world every four years, but do people really know what they stand for? The symbolic Olympic rings were created in 1913 by Pierre De Coubertin, founder of the International Olympic Committee. In a 1914 article published in the magazine Revue Olympique, De Coubertin said the following about the world emblem:
The interlocking rings represent unity among all nations.
“These ﬁve rings - blue, yellow, black, green and red - represent the ﬁve parts of the world now encompassed by Olympism and ready to compete against each other. Moreover, the six colours (including the white background) combined represent all nations. The blue and yellow of Sweden,
the blue and white of Greece, the French, English, American, German, Belgian, Italian and Hungarian tricolours, the yellow and red of Spain are side by side with the new Brazilian and Australian ﬂags, the old Japan and the new China. It is a true international emblem.”
Gymnast Nastia Liukin leads the U.S. team with incredible talent on all four events.
Fashion goes green
Companies strive to make the fashion industry more eco-friendly
By Sandy Watro Staff writer
On April 22, otherwise known as Earth Day, a group of textile and apparel manufacturers in Hong Kong have formed the Sustainable Fashion Business Consortium (SFBC). The SFBC’s main goal is to reduce waste by changing and altering ways in which the factory functions. The group of textile and apparel giants plans to implement eco-friendly procedures throughout all levels of textile and garment construction. They plan to massively lower excess waste by the creation of a device that will break down, clean and reform scrap fabric pieces into new textiles. Pat-Nie Woo, one of the foundtory will waste between 15 and 20 percent of the fabric used in the construction of apparel. These garment houses and factories go through millions of yards of fabric per year on average. The recycling procedure will save most of the companies selfgenerated fabric waste. Other org anizations are involved with the industry’s environmental crimes as well. Back in 2003, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a new program entitled ‘shopping for a better world.’ The program is designed to help enlighten individuals about daily consumption and waste. This program is working with the fashion retail industry to market an environmentallyfriendly attitude to individuals. The organization speculates that using the apparel industry as a conduit for ‘hippie marketing’ will inﬂuence other individuals to become more eco-friendly and waste conscious. This idea may have humble intentions, but curing a hangover with the ‘hair of the dog’ is not always miraculously successful. Over the last two years the fashion, apparel and retail industries have taken massive strides to the beneﬁt of our environment and our future. Clearly, environmental information and knowledge distribution beginning at the grassroots level can result in a constructive manner. Hopefully, the continuation of programs and individual efforts can diminish the carbon footprint of our generation and of those to come.
April 30, 2008
Eco-friendly Web sites are popping up all over the Internet to promote “green” fashion.
ers of the consortium, owns four large factories in Hong Kong and
throughout China. Woo stated in a press release that a typical fac-
‘Loser’ names ﬁrst female winner
By Jen Gildea Features editor
Being a loser isn’t always a bad thing, especially when it comes to dropping pounds. NBC’s hit reality show, The Biggest Loser, has been a popular choice among audiences for the past ﬁve seasons. Whittling down the thousands of applicants nationwide to just a handful – ranging from 12 to 50 in the last ﬁve seasons – the show challenges overweight men and women to leave their families and careers behind for the sole purpose of getting healthy. Wei ght loss is achieved through grueling exercise and healthy diets, both of which are major life changes for the contestants. Each week, one person is eliminated and sent home to continue the challenge at home. By the end of the show, only one person can claim the title of the biggest loser. The ﬁrst four seasons saw men take away the grand prize of $250,000, but just this month, season 5 winner Ali Vincent became the ﬁrst woman to win the show. Losing a total of 112 pounds in approximately three months, Vincent dropped nearly 48 percent of her bodyweight. It isn’t surprising that Vincent is the ﬁrst woman to win the weight loss show. Men often have a much easier time losing large amounts of weight for several reasons. One of the most signiﬁcant underlying reasons is due to the fact that men are typically larger and have more muscle than women due to testosterone and other hormone levels. A larger person with more fat has more body weight to lose quickly. Nonetheless, Vincent proved many people wrong by winning The Biggest Loser ﬁnale. Every season, women claim they are going to take the title, but none have been able to do so until now. The runner-up and the “athome winner” were men. Vincent is currently appearing in Got Milk? campaigns nationwide to promote her weight loss and the importance of a healthy diet, including drinking milk. Season six of The Biggest Loser is currently being cast and plans to air later this year.
Winner Ali Vincent
April 30, 2008
Bon Appetite, class of 2008
The best places to go for dinner with your family post-graduation
By Stacey Minchin Staff writer
Before heading downtown to the bars for the post-graduation celebration, remember your families will still be in town. Many of our families will drive into town for the special event, and the most common thing to do after graduating is head to dinner. But with all the restaurants in the downtown area and those on Peach Street, where are the best places for a nice family dinner? “I’ve been to Pufferbelly’s with the family before. The food was good, atmosphere was different and prices weren’t bad,” senior Lauren Brant said. “Also, a cute, little local Italian place I’ve been wanting to try is Arnone’s on 18th and Cherry Streets that has a family-owned bakery and gelato place beside it.” Brant also suggests Seraﬁni’s and Marketplace Grill because they “are good and unique to Erie.” Senior Michalle Nedley says she is not planning on eating downtown with her family because she thinks it will be too chaotic and restaurants like Pufferbelly’s are already booked. “I am pretty sure we will be going to Olive Garden, which is usually the place my family goes for celebrating special occasions,” Nedley said. “If we were going downtown, then I would take them to the Plymouth because it’s my favorite place.” Other recommendations from seniors include the Cornerstone Bar and Grill, Smuggler’s Wharf and Benjamin’s Pub and Eatery at the Avalon Hotel. Senior Carolina Abaunza agrees with the most popular choices to eat downtown. She also makes a few of her own recommendations for restaurants other than those on State Street. “I would say Molly Brannigan’s, Pufferbelly’s, Marketplace Grill and the Papermoon restaurant are great choices,” Abaunza said. “However there’s also Olive
The Pufferbelly is a popular place for families to eat a nice meal together.
Garden, Red Lobster, Outback Steakhouse and Hibachi, if you are willing to travel a little bit further for a good meal.” With so many places to choose
from, ﬁnding a decent restaurant for your after-graduation family celebration should not be a challenge. If you are planning to eat in
the downtown area, you may want to book your reservations now by calling or stopping in. Otherwise, bon appetite, class of 2008.
The Cornerstone Bar and Grill is located on the intersection at Pine Avenue and 38th Street.
Benjamin’s Pub is located inside the Avalon Hotel in downtown Erie.
April 30, 2008
Rising prices not just for gas
By Nicole McIntyre Staff writer
Hungry? Get ready to shell out more money than usual for the food you eat. Studies are showing overwhelming gas prices are connected with the uprising price of groceries. Both energy and food prices have risen by the largest amount since 1990. Energy costs were up 17.4 percent and food averages increased up to 4.9 percent in recent months. Inﬂation rose 4.1 percent in 2007, and is expected to cap off at a higher percentage for 2008. With the prices of gas sky rocketing, the cost of importing and exporting of goods has increased and will continue to as long as this pattern does. How can this occur? It’s called supply and demand. The price of goods and services are determined by how available it is and how much consumers need. Gas may reach four dollars this summer, but Americans will continue to drive. Sophomore Ben Crimmins has noticed the impact. “It’s getting to the point where I’m passing up driving home to see my family because I can’t afford it,” he said. In the last year, the prices of fresh produce have also been on the rise. Even more so, the cost of dairy products has risen; eggs by 35 percent and milk by 18 percent. A gallon of milk costs less than a gallon of gasoline. If only cars ran on skim, two percent or whole. The price of ﬂour has quadrupled since August. This affects the price of dough, ﬂour, oil and pasta. Why the correlation? Last year, 14 percent of the United States corn crop was used to produce ethanol. More agriculture is being used for the production of gasoline, yet the price of gasoline continues to rise, as well as the price of food. Both increases could have a significant impact on college students. Sug gestions to lessen the burden of rising prices include to start clipping coupons, take advantage of Papa John’s specials for Mercyhurst students and invest in a bicycle for transportation purposes.
Food prices are on the rise, in addition to increasing gasoline costs.
’Hurst names graduation award winners
Twenty-three students are honored with prestigious awards
From staff reports The Merciad
On Monday, Mercyhurst College named the winners of the academic graduation awards. For undergrads, the winners are the following: Megan Rulli – Carpe Diem Award Brittany Monteparte – Bishop’s Award for Academic Excellence Carolyn Fisher – Bishop’s Award for Academic Excellence Jessica Kocent – Mother Borgia Egan Honors Award Lauren Brant – Sr. Carolyn Hermann Service Award Kelly Cofrancisco – Frank Barry Leadership Award Kyle Craig – Frank Barry Leadership Award Stephanie Prohaska – Alumni Recognition Award Alison Fisher – Alumni Recognition Award Robert Williams – President’s Award for Excellence in the School of Social Sciences Erin Kelleher – President’s Award for Excellence in the Hafenmaier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences Ashley Gabriel – President’s Award for Excellence in the School of Arts and Humanities Noelle Lelakus – President’s Award for Excellence in the School of Arts and Humanities Alanna Baker – President’s Award for Excellence in the Walker School of Business and Communication Kevin Schneider – President’s Award for Excellence in the Zurn School of Natural Science and Mathematics For adult students, the winners are the following: Phillip Palmer – Catherine McAuley Undergraduate Adult Award Narvan Shorish – Catherine McAuley Undergraduate Adult Award Julie Whan – President’s Award for Adult Excellence Cara Bodenmiller – Sr. Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Organizational Leadership Kyra Stull – Sr. Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Anthropology Kelly Mattes – Sr. Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Applied Intelligence Amanda Congdon – Sr. Eustace Taylor Graduate Student Award in Administration of Justice Lynne Orengia – Sr. Eustace taylor Graduate Student Award in Special Education Awards were given based on criteria including academic acheivement, service and leadership within the different departments on campus. Winners will receive either medals or framed certificates, varying for different awards. Awards funded from outside scholarships sometimes give small checks to recipients. Adult winners will be honored at a ceremony Saturday, May 17, the night before graduation. Undergraduate winners will also have an awards dinner the night before graduation, with the exception of the Carpe Diem Award and the Bishop’s Awards. These winners will be honored on stage at the graduation ceremony May 18.
April 30, 2008
Beachwear dos and don’ts
By Jen Gildea Features editor
With summer vacation quickly approaching, students are preparing for warm-weather getaways and afternoons of lounging poolside. While baking in the sun and hanging out with friends at the beach is supposed to be relaxing and fun, it’s no secret that the summer season is the prime opportunity for the fashion industry to rake in proﬁts from the sale of apparel. Bathing suits and related beachwear outﬁts are becoming more and more common at retailers nationwide. No longer must consumers visit a specialty swimsuit store or order from expensive catalogs to get a decent bathing suit. Now, affordable and attractive gear can be found at retailers like Target, Wal-Mart and discounters like TJ Maxx or Marshalls. This season, look for staples like the classic bikinis and onepieces, but be prepared for a new twist on the traditional bathing suit. Monokinis are splashing onto the scene and are becoming popular among women for the added coverage of a one-piece, but with the ﬂirty cutouts of a bikini. Nonetheless, many women are not comfortable frolicking around in a tiny bathing suit for all to see. Luckily for them, there are numerous types of cover-ups that add an element of modesty while still being fun, trendy and sexy. Sarongs are a good option for women who want to leave their suits on while doing other daily activities like cooking, taking a walk on the beach or playing in the sand. Sarongs can be found in different lengths, fabrics and styles. Tie it at the waist or around the chest to achieve equal effectiveness. Floppy sun hats are also popular to help shade faces from the sun. These safari-inspired hats work for women of all ages, shapes and sizes. If hats aren’t a part of your style, make sure to apply ample sunscreen to prevent the damaging effects of the sun. No matter what your summer style may be, one thing is for sure: Enjoy the weather and wear what makes you most comfortable.
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THE LAKER Spring Term
April 30, 2008
Skype’s new cell phone plan allows for international calls.
Skype goes international
By Chris James Staff writer
Students that come from overseas or across the country can face many problems adjusting to a place far from home. One of these hardships can be communication with family and friends, especially when the distance forces them to use long distance or international calling plans. Luckily for them, Skype is now offering a plan that could save them money and keep them connected with their families whenever they wanted. Skype is a free downloadable computer program. It allows members to talk to each other with instant messages and video, but for a price, this program can allow users to call other phones with your computer and have a conversation that the receiver would never realize was being done through a computer unless they were told. A new, unlimited international calling plan has recently become available for Skype customers. The plan makes it affordable and easy to have those hour-long conversations back home with your parents, siblings, friends or all three over the course of a day. Calls between computers with Skype are free of charge.
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Junior Diane Thomas enjoys the freedom of movement that it offers. “You can do multiple things at once such as type or look something up because you have free hands,” she said. This program is also useful for students that have chosen to leave Mercyhurst and take a term to study abroad. Using this program, sophomore Erin Tracy, a student now spending spring term in Australia, is able to call home whenever the time schedule differences work for both her family and her. “I’ve been here for over two months, and I’ve used less than $40 calling people multiple times per day,” she said. “I wouldn’t be able to do that without the program. It’s easy to download and use.” However, Skype users do face some problems, primarily the fact that both callers must have Skype. “The only problem is that if someone wanted to call me they’d need Skype as well,” she said. “Right now, I have to initiate most of the conversations with my friends back home.” So whether you are on a trip overseas for a term, or you are here at Mercyhurst all year with plenty of distance between you and your family, Skype is doing what it can to bring the both of you closer together.
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April 30, 2008
The Good, the Bad & the Ugly
Get ready for Spring Fest this weekend. Free food, prizes and music are just some of the fun you can enjoy. With finals approaching, bless the souls of Cafe Diem and Bookstore Coffee Bar employees. We need our caffeine accompanied with friendly smiles.
Take control for yourself Stay
By Ellen Koenig Staff writer
Despite what others may tell you, the years you spend as an undergraduate are probably the best spent years of your life. In addition to taking up space in the ungodly span of 48 pages, because the editors of the Merciad are only killing more trees, I have derived a list of realizations that time has contributed. The ﬁrst is an uncanny style for clothing, going far beyond the traditions of blue jeans and a collection of sweatshirt hoodies. If you have the resources, try to establish an independent sense of style. It contributes to self-conﬁdence. It is most important to acquire self-esteem in your college experience through the build-up of community and support. On a similar note, Cosmopolitan, which once dawned great authors, has pretty much turned to smut. Regardless, students should have the opportunity to read this publication. To be honest, it is preferred reading to the elaborate collection of wedding magazines that grace the top magazine rack at the coffee bar. In contrast, people have to ask for Cosmo from the bookstore’s staff. I suggest students demand the magazine more frequently to create a wider range of publication options. To those people who love to wear pajamas to class, sweatpants may be acceptable. However, the rest of us have managed to wake up within 10 minutes of class and still wiggle into a pair of blue jeans. You should be respectable and do the same. If you want people to take you seriously, dress like it. As your years in college increase, you ﬁnd an increasing annoyance for underclassmen. Speciﬁcally, the increasing amount of foreign and domestic students who forge fake IDs to enjoy the bar scene. The drinking age in the U.S. may be old, however, if in your native country you are allowed to bar hop at 16, congratulations, welcome to the States. This is a right that comes with age, one you should not enjoy prior to the honorable age of 21. If you must, go to Canada. Those who participate in this thing called life are increasingly busy. I tend to doubt you have more going on than the next person. Learn how to juggle and manage time. If you feel the need to complain about how much occurs in your life, then simplify. On a similar note, regardless of how much schoolwork you may have, make an effort to read a non-academic book. People ﬁnd you far more interesting if you have literary knowledge as well as a personality. Roommates are amazing people. While everyone has ticks in daily living, perfection is a utopian perspective that no human being has the ability to achieve. In terms of drama, if you are the cause, please stop. If you do not like the presence of drama in your life, remove it. On a similar note, I am increasingly concerned about the future of our world’s children and leadership. Speciﬁcally, when I see student leaders and education majors dancing on the bar at Park Place on a Thursday. Next time you feel the drunken urge to creep up on the bar in your mini skirt, take note of the type of men who are evidently gawking. If this is the kind of attention you want to attract, then go right ahead. Ultimately, you are in control of the people and decisions with which you surround yourself. When you enter a romantic relationship, it is important to be upfront about what you want. Otherwise you may just waste your time. In this life there is nothing more important or valuable than time. Thus commit yourself to something or someone you truly love and appreciate. You must be your own self-advocate in this life, so speak up. As the next two weeks begin to wrap up, I hope we have all had a fun time. Take all you can and enjoy it.
By Noelle Lelakus Copy editor
Seeing as the opinion section needed one more article to ﬁll its page quota for the last issue of the Merciad for the 2007-08 academic year, I decided I would step up and ﬁll the void. As I was not prepared to articulate an opinion on a serious topic, or take a trip down memory lane for senior farewells, I decided it would be most appropriate to address the work of my fellow editors and writers who have worked incredibly hard to make the Merciad a weekly must-read, in addition to our loyal readers. Our jobs in the newsroom this year proved to be a huge learning experience, as every week brought new information that had to be prepared for publication in a short amount of time to be read by members of the Mercyhurst community. Enormous amounts of diplomacy were displayed by the Editor-inchief and section editors pursuing facts for their stories, which covered topics ranging from an infant death and residence life squabbles to political advertisements and expansion plans. On a lighter note, those who occupied the rolling desk chairs in the Hirt Center basement every Tuesday managed to keep the late nights entertaining, despite constant static from the police scanner that kept us up to speed with the most recent instances of lost dogs in Erie. In the midst of serious work, we thoroughly enjoyed the detailed process it took to bring you your news. Thank you for your continued support. From the Merciad, with love.
Hello? Erie? Did you get the memo that spring came over a month ago? The 40-degree weather is not appreciated. Guest tickets for the Spring Fest concert are already sold out. Get your own tickets before those are gone too.
Senior dinner dance signups are about as bad as housing sign-ups. First come, first serve. Don’t count on sitting where you really want. Sign-ups for preferred housing were on Monday. If your group didn’t get it, you now have to scramble to rearrange and resubmit your information.
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This I believe: know meaning of life
Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reﬂection Committee has initiated this series to encourage reﬂection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We hope these will inspire reﬂective discussion in a variety of venues. We suggest that faculty introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; we encourage students to bring these thoughts to classes; we invite administrators and staff to explore these in department meetings. Or, if you wish, you may respond directly to our committee chair, Rev. Lyta Seddig: firstname.lastname@example.org. The ERC requests that you let us know how you have used these thoughts in your life on this campus. “This I Believe” is now linked to the college website. All essays can be found at http://www.mercyhurst.edu/ne/special-events/believe_essays. Dr. Sue Godboldt is ﬁnishing her ﬁrst year at Mercyhurst as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Her favorite aspect about Mercyhurst: “The atmosphere on this campus is different than any other college I have encountered. The faculty members here are truly excited about teaching. It is refreshing to have such caring and talented colleagues around me.”
By Dr. Sue Godboldt Contributing writer
I believe everyone should know the meaning of life. Because the meaning of life might be different for each individual, I cannot tell you the meaning of your life. I can, however, tell you how and when I ﬁgured out the meaning of mine. As a graduate student in Texas working on my master’s degree, I dedicated all my time and energy to being a student. Everything else in life was second to my education. I had a personal study room reserved in the library and spent many long hours locked up in my academic hideaway. I rarely saw my husband or spoke to my family, and I could only vaguely remember what sunshine or raindrops felt like as they hit my face. I continued on this path for two years, completed my master’s degree and moved to Nebraska with my husband and Miniature Dachshund to begin a Ph.D. program. During the ﬁrst semester of the doctoral program my grandmother, Margaret Mae Christianson, passed away during the night. I was extremely close to my grandparents, especially my grandmother, and her death was a raw and traumatic experience. Although losing my grandmother was painful, it was what I learned at the funeral that felt like razorblades were being
embedded in my soul. At the funeral, I had a conversation with my great aunt, my grandmother’s sister, that broke my heart. Two nights before my grandmother passed away, she picked up the phone and called the people she loved the most. She spoke to my mother, my brother, both of her sisters and a cousin. The only person she did not speak to was her only granddaughter, me. According to my great aunt, my grandmother tried to call me, but I was not there. My grandmother told her sister that she felt bad calling me because I was always so busy with school. It was at this very moment that I found the meaning of life. I would never again be too busy for my family. For my life, family is what gives it meaning. My grandmother felt guilty calling me and taking me away from my studying. Most of our conversations were ﬁlled with stories of nothingness, like what was on television or how badly she needed a perm. She felt those conversations were not important enough to tear me away from my academic obligations. What my grandmother did not understand, and neither did I at the time, was that I would gladly trade an hour of studying to have a conversation about nothing.
I would happily listen as she told me about the latest episode of Jerry Springer and in the same conversation hear
how 7th Heaven has gotten “too sexy.” My dissertation was, and this essay is, dedicated to the loving
memory of my grandmother “Maggie.” For through her death, I found the meaning of life.
April 30, 2008
ﬁve-year reunion. Now many of you will agree with me ﬁve years is too soon to have a high school reunion. We haven’t had time to do anything besides graduate college and start an entry-level job. We won’t have much to talk about. What will the conversations with my former classmates sound like? Something along the lines of, “Hi, wow, you look great. Did you lose weight?” Then they’ll say, “No.” And I’ll try to change the subject by bringing up someone who had a baby, while I desperately try to ﬁnd one of the six people with whom I was actually close. So to decrease the chances of this situation becoming a reality, we should all simply lie to everyone. This is OK because everyone lies at reunions. No one makes as much money, is as happy or volunteers as much as they say they do, except the guy who shows up in the Audi wearing an expensive Italian suit. He went to a much better school than you and everyone else, is making much more money, and is, by default happier. But I digress. The trick to the effective lie has a few components. First, delete your Facebook proﬁle about a year in advance so people don’t know you’re still clinging to your college lifestyle. Next, don’t talk to anyone from high school for about six months prior to the reunion: This will help set up that you’ve been out of the country. Study the map of an exotic country and familiarize yourself with some local customs and a few native phrases. Google maps and Wikipedia will help with this. When you show up to the reunion, forgo the suit or cocktail dress. Wear wrinkled khakis and a safari shirt with a worn-out tie. Make sure the shirt has epaulettes. People will
What they don’t tell you when you graduate: A satire
By Joe Will Contributing writer
I realize that many of you are preparing to graduate and have many questions that are as yet unanswered. Will I ﬁnd a good job? Will my signiﬁcant other and I tie the knot? How long will mom and dad let me stay at home rent-free? These are all important, but I feel that I have stumbled upon a grave, important, seldom discussed issue. Two years from now, I will receive a letter in the mail from my high school class ofﬁcers. It will say that it is time for our think you’re either Bear Grylls’ cameraman or just ﬂew in from a UN aid station. For further study, reference the ﬁlms Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion and Grosse Point Blank. Remember that the most important part of adulthood is trying to impress people you knew for four years and will only see twice a decade. Oh, if you don’t have a ﬁveyear reunion, this can still apply to the 10- year, just be sure your character can account for the possible increased waistline and receding hairline.
First come, ﬁrst serve not guaranteed: Housing lottery a bust
By Kyle Hicks Contributing writer
With the end of term quickly appearing upon the horizon, confusion and disorder are prevailing for students at Mercyhurst College. One must ask, then, why the Residence Life department helps to add to the confusion with problematic housing sign-ups. Here is one quick scenario: A group of girls who are all going to be seniors sign up for a townhouse. They have lost none of their housing points, and have completed and turned in the appropriate forms weeks before the due date. One would think they would get an early choice, right? This is not the case at Mercyhurst College. Due to a poorly thought out lottery system, these girls will not receive their townhouse this year, despite being one of the ﬁrst to complete their housing forms. The current lottery system applies to groups with the same number of housing points. If 10 groups, who each have the same amount of points, are competing for ﬁve townhouses, their names go into a lottery. Those picked in the ﬁrst ﬁve slots have priority over those picked later, even if the group picked 10th turned in its housing forms ﬁrst. This means that a group that was organized and completed their sheets two weeks ahead of time can be denied their preferred housing due to a group who turned in housing forms at the last minute. In a world that favors both quality and speed, it is surprising that this system is still used at Mercyhurst. America has always been about doing things properly and quickly. Those who explored the west ﬁrst got ﬁrst choice on land, and those who made it out to California ﬁrst had the ﬁrst chance to ﬁnd gold. There is no explanation why this system does not prevail for housing. This is a huge problem at Mercyhurst College. Finding the appropriate number of roommates for the following year is enough anxiety for any student. The added stress of not knowing whether one’s group will have to be disbanded can interfere with schoolwork and social life. Who wants to worry about splitting a group of six into two triples because their ticket was not chosen? For these reasons, and many more, Residence Life should change the current system to favor those who complete their forms in a timely fashion.
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I was going to do after and, instead, college was about making friends and pretty much doing whatever I wanted. Freshman year was the initial year where almost everyone found their group of friends and I don’t think anyone can argue, we were pretty cliquey. Who could blame us though? This whole college thing was new to us and we were scared to be completely open to new people and situations. As the years went on and we became a little bit more sure of ourselves, you could see people branching off and incorporating groups of friends together. You could see many people starting to work harder in their classes and being a bit more serious about their future plans. Finally, we are just weeks away from the end of our college career and it’s the strangest thing, but I feel like I have met more people outside playing volleyball in the last few weeks than I have in the last year. It may have taken a while, but I feel like so many people have finally just realized that the little things don’t matter anymore and it’s more important to enjoy the time we have left with one another. My advice to you lucky students that have one to three more years ahead of you: Take your school work seriously and start figuring out what you’re going to do later on so you can enjoy your senior year instead of stressing. Also, don’t hold yourself back from meeting new people and accepting new ideas; there are many interesting and fun people you could miss the opportunity of enjoying if you just seclude yourself to a small group. Don’t judge people too early or based on what you heard from someone else. And finally, don’t rush out of here or wish your days away too quickly because believe me, they will come fast enough on their own. To my fellow seniors, thank you for an amazing four years; they have been unreal and good luck in whatever it is you choose to do.
April 30, 2008
Cheers to the last four years We only part so we can meet again
By Michelle LaSlavic Staff writer
With this being the last article I’ll ever write for our wonderful newspaper, I can’t help but make it appropriate by being a bit sentimental. I’d like to commemorate this week’s column to the last four years that have forever changed my life, as well as many of you other seniors graduating in just a few weeks. When I came to college, and I’m sure some of you can relate, I thought I was already so mature and independent. Little did I know, I had a lot to learn about life. Freshman year, I had the mentality that I could just have fun forever. Don’t get me wrong, my academics were very important to me, but it wasn’t far and few that I might have chosen socializing over a whole night in studying. Knowing I had four years ahead of me, I didn’t feel it necessary to think about my future, start planning what
By Jerrod Markle Staff writer
I could have written an article this week about my new ﬁndings on Marlene Mosco, president of Mercyhurst Board of Trustees and her friendship with Tom Ridge, the former secretary of Homeland Security. Any outsider would view, critically analyze and question the factual evidence of conﬂicting interests that went into the decision for the no-bid contract granted to Mercyhurst Intelligence Studies department in 2005 by the department of Homeland Security. However, some people may cry over such evidence and I do not want to bring others to tears, although they have been known to heal. I obviously do not have the support from the school to question their motives in allowing ventures on campus, since the person who broke the above story in the national news was already scrutinized by the college, while a college representative stated, “Mercyhurst College stands by our intelligence studies program.” With such unquestioned loyalty, how dare a student question the reasoning of existence for such a ﬁne, freeloving institution? My consistent scrutiny has apparently rufﬂed many “patriotic” feathers, and I guess I need to just shut up and let it go since “intelligence” is never going to cease. Really, what’s the big deal; not like any harm is being done, right? I scoff in the face of such ignorance and plead for some
Goodbye and thank be thankful Mercyhurst you forever remember Mercyhurst campus. I can only
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
The time has come for me to conclude my collegiate career with only three short years at Mercyhurst. I will soon venture off to other parts of this country and world following my career. Some of my best memories will remain here in Erie, Pa. on the campus of Mercyhurst College. I can only shine on the great academic curriculum I have been offered and my vast opportunity to gain real-world training and leadership while on this very college was the spot to nurture my development into adulthood. I speak for many of my peers when I say I am very thankful for what I have received. I have realized fashion will change, music will come and go and leadership will change like the seasons. However, 38th Street will forever hold a spot in thousands of adults’ hearts as the spot where they learned not only higher education but about themselves, about love and maybe about growing up. Time has swept us all off our feet and we have been pushed out the doors of Old Main, but we will
College as the ’Hurst. As for me, I am off the day after graduation. I am off to Fort Knox, Ky., to serve my country as an Infantry Ofﬁcer in the United States Army. For those who read my column week after week, I thank you for your support and those who disagreed with me, just realize that about 90 percent of my content is twisted to a satirical view of college and is not truly meant to be offensive. However, if you truly disliked me, this is the last time you will read my material. So farewell Mercyhurst, and remember, vote Republican.
sort of awakening. My ridicule paralleled with pleas are soon to be forgotten, as the winds of time carry the class of 2008 off into the real world of jobs, careers and prolonged education away from Mercy world. Surely the childish actors who chose to carry out violence and hide behind power, ignore or disrepute my words as they deﬂect off their closed minds. Am I such an idealistic dreamer to think that endeavors in the 21st century should be guided by humble philosophies of peace, harmony and love? The government will continue to lie, exploit and harm the people of the human species as long as these very people remain complacent in apathy and unceasing in their trust in elite institutions. It must be the same majority that turns a blind eye to the ever-present atrocities and evils spread under the United States ﬂag. No longer willing or able to displace blame, the people that chose to take on the onus of individual responsibility soon will unite and rise, I hope. The education here at Mercyhurst has prepared the 2008 seniors to operate with the lens that “not all that glitters is gold” so they can realize the reality and gravitas of each free, individual choice made and contemplated. Carpe Diem seniors, for only those who openly embrace and seize the opportunity of every new day can fully appreciate the eternity that is pervasive in each second. It would be foolish to think the memories made here at Mercyhurst will ever be forgotten, so let the memories guide each ever-increasingly important decision made toward establishing individual emancipation.
April 30, 2008
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Debate, don’t defame: empty holsters
By Devin Ruic Contributing writer
When I helped organize the Empty Holster Protest among students on our campus, I expected a certain degree of controversy and, obviously, some debate. However, I did not expect a half-page of the Merciad to be used in an ill-informed, emotionally-based attack against myself. It was suggested that I, among other members of the Students for Concealed Carryon Campus (SCCC), spend time “on the inner-city streets of Detroit or St. Louis.” The obvious conclusion Ellen attempted to draw here is because the two cities listed are numbers one and two on the 10 most dangerous cities list in the U.S., more guns equal more crime in these cities. Sorry to burst this pessimistic little bubble, but the Detroit Free Press states, “The incidence of violent crime in Michigan [particularly Detroit] in the six years since the [concealed carry law] went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years. The overall incidence of death from firearms, including suicide and accidents, also has declined.” What this shows is more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens equals less crime, including crimes that involve firearms. It was also suggested that members of the SCCC would advocate the arming of 12year-olds. All this shows is that Ellen likely did zero research on the group; as the SCCC solely advocates allowing individuals who fulfill all legal requirements to obtain a firearm and carry it concealed to grant themselves and those around them the same amount of protection they are provided everywhere else, including their businesses, churches, malls and movie theatres. “I hate to break the news,” Koenig said, but concealed carry laws have been proven to lower violent crime rates, including the rate of crimes involving firearms over the past decade. She said, “Let me put this in perspective,” all nine public colleges in Utah, Colorado State University and Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia allow concealed carry-on their campuses. In a combined total of over 60 academic semesters, there has not been one circumstance in which a concealed firearm has been used in an illegal or illegitimate manner. Washington, D.C., a gunfree zone, held the rank of “highest per-capita murder rate” in the country for nearly a decade. Virginia Tech was a “gun-free” zone. Mercyhurst is a “gun-free” zone. There is a reason mass shootings continue to occur in areas deemed “gun-free.” It is because shooters know none of their victims will be able to defend themselves. Following Virginia Tech’s tragedy, there were tales of those students who attempted to use “non-weaponries selfdefense.” Indeed, students threw books, ran at Seung-Hui Cho, and attempted to disarm him. Thirty-two people died at Virginia Tech, and 30 of those died after the police arrived. I pray that no such incident would ever occur here, or indeed anywhere, but I also recognize the vulnerability of our own “gun-free zone.” Now, I suppose I could be quiet. I guess I could have taken classes from home. I expect I could have avoided expressing an idea different from the mainstream groupthink, but that would not be my style. Nor would it be the style of the collegiate environment. This is an institute of higher education, and it is supposed to be an open marketplace of ideas. If I “agitate” anyone, I hope they would express their differences with logic and fact, rather than doubletalk and misplaced zealotry. This is not a ploy to frighten the masses. I am not a radical. I am not trying to prove my machismo. If I had wanted to do so, I would have avoided singing and dancing in Seussical. I am an American citizen, like many of you, and I am expressing my right to freedom of speech. I believe in it as strongly as I believe in the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment. If you disagree, God bless you. Debate. Engage. Understand the other side. Don’t attack. Don’t attempt to embarrass or libel someone in front of the entire school. I mean, that’d just be childish, wouldn’t it?
Fault found in tuition hike article
By Emily Crawford Contributing writer
I wanted to take a minute to write a letter about the cover of the Merciad that was released on April 9, 2008. The ﬁrst thought I had when I saw the cover was, “Wow, shouldn’t the Merciad focus on the positive by headlining the exciting news that the college has switched to direct lending.” The college is taking proactive steps to its the students during the loan crisis seek reliable funding. The news is drawing such great attention that Fox Business Network was on our campus, interviewing students and administrators about this switch. I was not only disappointed about the headline on tuition, but I also wanted to write a letter to make corrections to the inaccuracies of the article. The headline states, “next year’s tuition bill will be $31K.” the reality is that tuition will be $21,690 for a student that takes 30 credits per year. If you add on housing and fees, that is how Mercyhurst breaks the $31,000 mark. To say that tuition has crossed the $30,000 mark is an inaccurate statement. To put things into perspective, according to FinAid, a ﬁnancial aid Web site, during a 17year period starting in 1958 college tuition nationwide increased yearly between six and nine percent. On average, the yearly increase is usually closer to eight percent. Insidehighered.com noted that between 2007 and 2008 the average four-year private school increase was 6.3 percent. After research, I have looked into our competitors and have realized that the Mercyhurst College tuition bill is one of the lowest. Gannon University tuition for 2008-09 will cost $22,160; Allegheny College $31,680; John Carroll University $27,190; Saint Vincent College $24,620 and Canisius College $27,100. I do not write these ﬁgures to compare us to other schools, because I am sure everyone reading this article knows the reasons why they love Mercyhurst and have decided to pay the private school sticker price. I write these ﬁgures to show that maybe the price of Mercyhurst College isn’t worth complaining about. No one wants tuition increases, but it is a reality and will continue to happen to sustain the college. I encourage the Merciad staff to focus on the positive as we analyze the inevitable tuition increases. The college and its administration are creating positive changes such as moving to direct lending and the construction of a new residence hall and academic building. These changes are occurring to support the students and the high standard of education for which Mercyhurst College is known.
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of activism in the Mercyhurst Student Government, which serves no purpose to the school administration outside of a school activity. What about police and safety? They are expected to be taken seriously while wearing a belt holding nothing more than handcuffs and radio. The school wonders why there are issues with police and safety and student interaction. It is because many students view them as nothing more than mall security. In a true time of crisis, our police force could do nothing more than call the Erie police just as a normal student could. What is their function other than trafﬁc code enforcers? With that said, some of the ofﬁcers perform their job to standard, however, some would ticket their own mother if given the opportunity. Let us not forget about the beloved student conduct book that reads more like a high school policy book than that of a collegiate institution. This monster forces students off-campus every weekend into the Erie to cause more destruction in the town due to severely stringent rules on campus. However, revenue is revenue for student infractions, which might fund another golf cart in the ﬂeet. However, we all know it is not going toward campus landscaping, as we have seen the decline in the beautiﬁcation of the grounds in the past few years. Or what about our beloved students who pursue degrees that offer no career progression? What will the college do to aide them in their $120,000 debt for a college degree in which their highest paid job might yield $20,000 dollars a year? These are slight details left out I am sure at the college visit to students who pursue degrees in the ﬁne arts. What about the Merciad itself ? The fact that the editor allows me to be printed makes him as absurd as me writing these articles. There are also the inﬂated tuition costs and additional fees that seems to creep higher and higher every trimester. I am almost certain next year the school will charge an oxygen fee. Lastly, I could not forget about the liberal camp that is ﬁrmly supported here at the college. The push of extreme left thought and even communist ideas can be fostered by some of the college’s elite staff. This very staff might have aided Jerrod Markle into thinking that the world is out to get him and the only way to survive is to abandon government and live on a desolate island. However, many liberal professors are good men and women and make for great debate during class. With that said, it would be nice to see more than about three conservative thinkers on campus. Maybe then, the ROTC program will no longer be looked at as Hitler Youth, but rather a group of young men and women who volunteered above many of their fearful peers to conserve freedom for years to come during a time of war. Maybe then the school will actually give the largest ROTC company in Erie the facilities and support it has been after for years. With all this said, I am sure that these issues will continue several years after my graduation. Seeing as though this is my last article, I can receive no rebuttal or counter argument. The bottom line is there is some truth in all that I have stated. What will you do to change it?
April 30, 2008
My ﬁnal thoughts on the ’Hurst Take it with a grain of
By Bill Swafford Staff writer
[Editor’s Note: The following column does not reﬂect the views of the Merciad staff.] As I write my ﬁnal article for the Merciad, I feel it is most appropriate for me to go back to my roots and give my ﬁnal satire of the negatives of this campus. I ﬁrst must start with a topic that many students have e-mailed me about week after week, a faculty member who drives a golf cart around campus the same color as the vehicle he drives. I am sure that his role at this college may be vital to the success and future of this institution. However, there is no excuse for a man to act like a ruler of a kingdom. Is it right to have maintenance workers meet him at his car in the morning only to deliver his golf cart so he is not required to walk like the rest of the world? Or even is it kosher for the second ﬂoor of Old Main to smell like cigarettes in the areas of his ofﬁce when the building is non-smoking? Then there are the lavish executive board members with their expensive cars that block Old Main drive with what looks like a parking lot in South Beach. These very people are rarely seen at any function on campus in support of those who pay their salary, the students. Then there are members of the school administration who are merely nothing more than a name on a door. It is my belief members of our college’s administration might even miss a faculty member’s funeral due to their “busy” schedules. Their concern for the student body is shown in their lack
salt: A few tidbits on life
By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
tionships with other adults, one hopefully realizes that respect is a two-way street. Moreover, if you lose it, it is even harder to earn back. If you never had it in the ﬁrst place, do not expect to receive it in return. I live my life according to my own values and ethics, most of which are consistent with what society deems acceptable. If you don’t follow my values and can reasonably share your views with me without forcing them upon me, you have earned my respect. You cannot earn a person’s respect by doing several things. These include, and are never limited to, going over your “boss’s” head to that of her “CEO.” Do not expect a person to interact with you if you do not even have the dignity of coming to her with what you want to see from her. If you wish to insult her, ﬁne. But please, for your own sake, at least spell the person’s name right. (Let me put out another disclaimer for those readers easily insulted by the Opinion section: I use “her” instead of “him or her” exclusively to keep this concise and easy to read.) Let me wrap this up by saying, get over yourself. This is college. There is no other time in life to deﬁne yourself like right now. Do you want to be deﬁned as an “uptight wench” or a “self-serving egotist?” Just take a step back and assess just how seriously you are taking yourself right now, because frankly, don’t you think you would enjoy life a little more if you weren’t so critical instead of projecting your ﬂaws onto others? And in case you were wondering, don’t worry, we hate Josh too.
The trend among the Opinion staff is farewells and goodbyes. I suppose in a way, I did it last week and am going to do it again. However, it is my turn to seethe a little. Apparently I offended someone a few weeks ago with a glib comment in the Good, Bad and Ugly about “girls”-and not women-needing to get in shape. For those of you who may not consistently read the Merciad, the Good, Bad and Ugly is meant to be witty, sarcastic, snarky and any other cynical adjective you pull out of your hat. For the regular readers, you should know that by now. Instead of letting it go, I have stewed over it. But as I need to get over it, so does anyone insulted by what was printed. At the same time, though, the Tuesday Afternoon the very next week advertised to get in shape. Did they get attacked? Doubtful. If you have insecurities, don’t get bent out of shape (and yes, a pun is emphatically intended here) over an off-hand Merciad snippet. Stop watching TV, reading magazine and surﬁng the Internet because they all reinforce this comment and I feel safe in assuming that while it makes women extremely uncomfortable, it is the insufferable truth that the American society is superﬁcially obsessive. My time at Mercyhurst has been spent learning textbook facts, but better founded on learning about life’s nuances. First and foremost, the most important thing I capitalized on is respect. As an adult in rela-
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life as a grown-up. That means you have to ﬁnd a job from which you will receive beneﬁts that never really seemed important until now. Things you once took for granted, that you relied on your parents for, are no longer accessible. If you aren’t a senior, I bet one of the last things on your mind is health insurance. May 18 comes around, and it is gone for most seniors. Not to be negative, but worst case scenario: you’re in a car accident. You get appendicitis. Any surgery is well over tens of thousands of dollars. And, of course, don’t forget those little, pesky student loan payments can only be prolonged for six months.
Reality check painful but important
By Merissa Frank Opinion editor
There is not much left to say but goodbye, but there is still a ton left to say that words cannot convey. The time has come, seniors. You say you’ll keep in touch, but only time will tell. Face it. Whether or not you keep in touch, you are going to have to make new friends at work. This is a daunting task for most people. You have to be vulnerable enough to see where your friendship could go, but closed enough to remain professional. It is time to get a handle on So on our agenda thus far: Lack of friends, lack of health care, lack of ﬁnance. Real world is looking real grim, ain’t it? My theory is, if you don’t have a “big kid” job right after graduation, spend your summer enjoying life, with or without friends or insurance. Just be aware of these things, unpleasant as they may be. I’m not saying to bunker down and become a cube monkey, because that isn’t a healthy choice. I’m not saying to ignore the facts of life and blow off everything without saving up a little money. Reality is at the door. While many of you aren’t ﬁnishing your chapter on higher education, those who are need to know what to expect.
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By Chris Davis Sports editor
The Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse team gave its all against No. 2 New York Institute of Technology (New York Tech), but came up short, falling 9-8 in overtime on Saturday. The victory for New York Tech guarantees they will win at least a share of the conference title and most likely will get a bid into the NCAA tournament with its current record of 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the East Coast Conference. The Lakers fall to 8-4 on the season (3-2 ECC). Mercyhurst battled as they tied the game 1-1 with 8:58 left in the ﬁrst period on a goal by graduate student Jordan Witt. Witt would answer, scoring on a goal assisted by junior Mike Bartlett to put Mercyhurst 2-1 with 6:29 remaining. The Lakers led 2-1 after the ﬁrst period. Mercyhurst was ﬁrst to light up the scoreboard in the second period less than 35 seconds in with a goal by junior captain Mike Bartlett with the assist going to junior Mike Thon. A strong defensive effort and superb play in goal would keep the score 3-1 in favor of Mercyhurst at the half. Junior Jason LaShomb contributed an All-American effort, gathering 14 saves during the contest, with six of them during the ﬁrst half. New York Techs’ Chris Powers came up with nine saves during the game. “We gave it everything we had,” sophomore midﬁelder Charles Saylor said. “We have continued to improve throughout the year, and hopefully we can ﬁnish the season strong, getting a victory for all of our seniors.” The third quarter was littered with scoring from both teams.
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Laker Sports ‘Quick Hits’
This week’s results...
Baseball...............................................................................Apr.23, W 6-3, Gannon Apr 23 W 4-0, Gannon Apr. 26, L 12-6, Grand Valley State Apr. 26, W 9-3, Grand Valley State Apr. 27, W 5-4, Grand Valley State Apr. 27, W 10-9, Grand Valley State Softball..........................................................................Apr. 23, W 12-4, Seton Hill Apr. 23, W 3-1, Seton Hill Apr. 25, L 8-0 (5), Northwood Apr. 25, L 2-0, Northwood Apr. 26, W 1-0, Saginaw Valley State Apr. 26, L 5-3, Saginaw Valley State Men’s lacrosse..................Apr. 26, L 9-8 (OT), New York Institue of Technology Women’s lacrosse...............................................Apr. 28, W 21-1 , Slippery Rock Women’s water polo......................................................Apr. 25, L 14-2, Michigan April 26, L 14-8, Bucknell Apr. 27, L 15-3, Indiana
Lax drops OT heartbreaker
Bertolini/Crow athletes of the week
Senior baseball player Dan Bertolini batted .476 this week, as he went 10-for21, scoring ﬁve runs and driving in two more. In a doubleheader sweep over rival Gannon at Jerry Uht Park, Bertolini went 6-for-8. In the 4-0 game two victory, he was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Bertolini scored the Lakers’ ﬁrst run and drove in the second in the victory. Sophomore Carrina Crow of women’s softball helped put Mercyhurst in the GLIAC Tournament going 2-1 on the mound this past weekend with a 0.35 ERA, as she pitched three complete games in all of her starts, allowing just one earned run in 20 innings. Crow struck out 16 batters throughout the weekend.
Don Eighmey photo
Men’s golf named team of the week
The Mercyhurst men’s golf team won the Division II Championship at the Penn State Behrend Invitational this past week and followed that up with a 291 to defeat Gannon by ﬁve strokes on Sunday in the Mercyhurst Invitational. Sophomore Tyler Bidwell took medalist honors in each event, shooting a 72 in the Penn State Behrend Invitational. The Lakers beat Gannon by six strokes, Slippery Rock by seven and Edinboro by 42. In the Mercyhurst Invitational, Bidwell shot a 69 as the Lakers rolled to a victory.
Junior Tom Eighmey clears the ball during a win earlier this year. The Lakers honor the seniors Saturday on Tullio Field.
Former Laker Cottreau involved in longest AHL game
On April 25, former Mercyhurst hockey captain Ben Cottreau was a part of American Hockey League history. That night Cottreau’s team, the Albany River Rats, was defeated in ﬁve overtimes by the Philadelphia Phantoms. Ryan Potulny’s goal at 2:58 of the ﬁfth overtime gave the Phantoms the 3-2 win. The game was the longest in American Hockey League history. It began at 7:01 Thursday night and did not end until 12:39 of Friday morning. Cottreau did not factor in the scoring but was on the ice when the gamewinner was scored.
East beats West in spring football game
Red-shirt freshman Cody Ladutko completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to red-shirt sophomore Josh Szeluga for the only touchdown of the annual spring football game, as the East defeated West 10-0. The only other points came from red-shirt junior Chris Ryan, who hit a 22-yard ﬁeld goal. The Lakers ﬁrst season as a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference begins with a non-conference game August 30 at Wayne State at 12:30 p.m.
Water polo members earn postseason honors
Freshman Rachel Griepsma became the ﬁrst Laker to win CWPA Western Division Rookie of the Year. She was also named CWPA All-Western Division First Team. Senior teammate, Christine Somera was named to the second team. Coach Curtis Robinette was named CWPA Western Division Coach of the Year.
The Lakers scored the ﬁrst two goals of the period within the ﬁrst three minutes. Thon scored ﬁrst on an assist from Bartlett before sophomore Tyler Burton scored 45 seconds later to give Mercyhurst a 5-1 lead. After New York Tech’s Keith Henderson scored his ﬁrst of three goals on the day, Thon answered back seven seconds later off of a face off. New York Tech scored the next two goals to cut the lead to 6-4 with 9:18 to play in the third period. Bartlett and sophomore Trevor Rice would score for Mercyhurst. New York Tech would get a goal from the 2007 ECC Offensive Player of the Year, Kevin Hennessy, to cut the Lakers lead to three, 8-5, to start the fourth. Mercyhurst could not score during the ﬁnal period, as New York Tech would rattle off
three goals to send the game into overtime. Matt Messina was the savior for Tech, when he scored with 1:35 remaining to tie the score at 8-8. With all the momentum heading into the extra session, Austin Carino scored off of a pass from Messina two minutes and seven seconds into overtime for the game-winner. The Lakers will look to ﬁnish their season at home on Saturday against Adelphi at 1 p.m. At the game they will honor ﬁve seniors: Joe Konnecke, Scott Sullivan, Chris Waheibi, Brian Perkins and Karl Heinz. “I’ve had a wonderful career being a Mercyhurst Laker and I cannot wait to graduate this spring,” Waheibi said. “I will miss my teammates tremendously, but thank them for all the many wonderful friendships that I’ve made. They have been a second family to me. I just wish we could have had a better year.”
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the series was senior co-captain Dan Bertolini, who went 6-8 with two doubles and three runs scored in the doubleheader. The sweep of Gannon brought Mercyhurst’s win streak to ﬁve before traveling to Grand Valley State over the weekend for Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders. In Saturday’s game one, Grand Valley State roughed up Lakers’ starter junior John Mang for 11 runs through four innings of work, only ﬁve of which were earned. Mercyhurst managed to put six runs on the board, three of which came on one swing of the bat from freshman Jonathan Keppler, who hit his ﬁrst career homerun. However, it was not enough and Mercyhurst dropped game one 12-6. Game two on Saturday saw freshman Nick Gillung take the bump for the Lakers and keep Grand Valley State off balance. Gillung went ﬁve innings giving up seven hits and only allowing three earned runs to pick up his second win of the year. Senior Josh Schmidt provided
Baseball sweeps Gannon, lose three to Grand Valley State
By Brad Moehringer Staff writer
It was a home away from home for Mercyhurst College, as the baseball team traveled downtown to Jerry Uht Park last Wednesday for a doubleheader against the Golden Knights of Gannon. The Lakers found comfort on the natural grass as they put together a dominating twogame sweep of their cross-town rivals. In game one, it was the bullpen of the Lakers led by seniors James Ludwig and John Morris, who came in relief of senior starter Wes Craig to shut down the offense for the Golden Knights. Craig picked up the win for Lakers, his ﬁfth of the season, and Morris picked up his sixth save of the year. Mercyhurst had 12 hits in game one and broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, when they put up four runs to take the lead. A lead they would not relinquish the offense getting three hits to drive in four runs as Mercyhurst took game two 9-3 to salvage the split. Sunday’s doubleheader saw Mercyhurst drop both games by scores of 4-1 and 10-4. In game one, Grand Valley State got the lead early scoring one run in each of the ﬁrst two innings off senior starter Eric Drobotij, who despite going ﬁve and one-third innings took his fourth loss of the season. The lone Laker run was driven in by freshman Craig Denman. Game two’s only highlight came off of the bat of Luli, who belted a grand slam for the Lakers only four runs of the game in the sixth inning. Freshman Thurman Schaetzle took the loss, his ﬁrst of the season. The Lakers now stand with an overall record of 23-23 and 9-17 in the GLIAC. Next up for Mercyhurst is a road trip to take on GLIAC opponent Ashland this Wednesday, April 30 for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
The Laker’s baseball team concludes its season on Sunday with Joe Hepﬁnger throwing the ﬁrst pitch.
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picking up the win 6-3. In what seems to be a commonly reoccuring theme, game two saw another pitching performance from red-shirt sophomore Steve Grife, worthy of the “That’s Nasty” segment on Baseball Tonight. Grife went the distance for Mercyhurst giving up no runs, striking out eight and only giving up four
hits in seven innings of work to pick up his fourth win of the year. Junior Jamie Walczak and senior Joe Luli each had two hits, as well as an RBI. Luli sent one deep into the Erie night with a towering homerun to lead off the ﬁfth inning and solidify the 4-0 win. But the story of the offense in
’Hurst water polo ends with losses at Eastern Championships
By Andrew Schonhoff Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s water polo team spent the weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. for the Eastern Championships. This year marks the ﬁrst time the team has ever made it this far in the postseason. They started play matched against top-seeded University of Michigan. The Lakers came ready to play, but the No.11 Wolverines proved to be too much. Mercyhurst held Michigan to only a three-goal lead after the ﬁrst quarter, but the Wolverines continued to play hard and ended up winning by a score of 14-2. Freshman Rachel Griepsma and senior Christine Somera scored the only goals of the game. After Michigan sent them into the consolation bracket, the Lakers were matched up against No.5 Bucknell. By the end of the ﬁrst half, Mercyhurst was still in the game, but down by a score of 8-4. The Lakers were able to mount a small rally in the fourth quarter, but still fell by a score of 14-6. Somera and senior Carrie Willison each totaled three goals and two assists during the game. The loss against Bucknell sent them into the seventh place game, where they played Indiana University for the third time this season. Both the previous games ended in a Mercyhurst loss, and the Hoosiers came out just as strong as they had in the preceding games. In the end, Indiana topped Mercyhurst by a score of 15-3. The Lakers’ scoring came from the three leading scorers, with one goal a piece from Somera, Willison and Griepsma. Despite losing all three games over the weekend, there are many positives that can be drawn from the Eastern Championships and the season as a whole. Mercyhurst was the only Division II team at Easterns, and there has not been another Division II team make it to the tournament in four years. The Lakers ended the season with a record of 14-9, which is just one short of the most wins in a season for the program. The team has six seniors, all of whom have made strong contributions to the program throughout their careers. Somera and Willison stand as the second and third all-time leading scorers, and senior Gina Mieras is at the top of the list for most career saves. Other graduating seniors are Renee Sander, Christie Haibach and Rhonda Marable. Griepsma had an incredible year, and shows great promise for the future of the program. She ﬁnished the season leading the team with 80 goals. Not only was this the most for the Mercyhurst water polo program, but she leads the entire nation in season goals. Head coach Curtis Robinette commented on their season. “The team really worked hard this year, and they were rewarded by the best postseason Mercyhurst women’s water polo has ever had,” he said. The Lakers hope to build off of this season’s success with next year’s team.
April 30, 2008
Rowing ﬁnds success in Philadelphia
By Anne Sobol Staff writer
Another weekend brought another milestone race for the Mercyhurst rowing teams. The women found themselves ranked No. 5 nationally in the NCAA, after crushing Eastern Michigan at home last weekend. At the April 26 Eastern Regional Championship in Philadelphia, Pa., the main event was the women’s varsity eight competition in which the Lakers again faced their east coast foes, Philadelphia and Dowling. Philly and nearly 13 seconds behind Dowling. Led by freshman Beth Brun at stroke and sophomore Annie Schiller in seven-seat, the Lakers took second place this week, cruising in at 6:50.48, cutting No. 2 Dowling’s lead in half from their last match-up and ﬁnishing over six seconds ahead of Philadelphia, ranked third nationally. The varsity four continues to improve as well, coming out fourth overall and is currently ranked at No. 5 in the east. With the Mid-America College Rowing Association (MACRA) Regatta approaching on May 3, Mercyhurst’s women are looking to shake up the NCAA rankings further as they compete against Dowling and Philadelphia for a third time. On a whim the men’s team only traveled two crews out of four this weekend. They won their second consecutive championship, dominating the event in ﬁrst and second place at least 36 seconds over Philadelphia and 41 seconds ahead of Villanova. The Mercyhurst men will take their full team to MACRA with the women this upcoming weekend, surely leaving their mark in Athens, Ohio as well.
The Mercyhurst men’s rowing team will compete this weekend in Athens, Ohio.
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During the two weeks since the women last saw these crews, they made vast improvements, as shown by their times on
Saturday. In New Jersey two weeks ago, the ‘Hurst ﬁnished third overall, roughly ﬁve seconds behind
Dave Lough moving up the professional ladder
By Brittany Jackett Sports editor
For most baseball fans, and even non-professional players, watching a spring training exhibition game from the stands in Florida or Arizona is an exciting, rare occasion. But imagine the excitement of getting the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in the event. This is exactly what former Mercyhurst College centerﬁelder Dave Lough was given the chance to do this past spring. Prior to heading down to spring training, Lough had played for class-A Burlington of the Appalachian League, after getting drafted during the 11th round by the Kansas City Royals in June 2007. Despite only getting 86 atbats due to a strained quad early in the season, Lough put up the numbers necessary to get noticed. When he was healthy, Lough hit .337 with six stolen bases, six doubles and 12 RBIs. Even those at the top have taken notice of the 5-foot10, Division II double-sport athlete. “He comes out here and looks like he’s been here for ﬁve years. Like he deﬁnitely belongs. He’ll probably start in Burlington, but we look to have him move a level before the season is over,” said J.J. Picollo, the Kansas City Royals’ director of player development. Former Mercyhurst teammate, senior outﬁelder Joe Luli, was proud to say he played with Lough. “He is a natural athlete and competitor with tons of talent, and he’s got his head on his shoulders right,” Luli said. Also commenting on Lough’s success was his former coach, Joe Spano. “He always worked hard on and off the ﬁeld, but his greatest asset is his ability and willingness to learn,” Spano said.
A new era begins in baseball
By Andrew Kavulich Sports columnist
In the midst of a steroid offseason, and then the end of the steroid era, not hearing the names Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for the ﬁrst month of baseball has been nice. Instead, we have heard of headlines involving the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles being tied for ﬁrst place, the Colorado Rockies and Detroit Tigers tanking and a David Ortiz jersey selling for 175K. Major League Baseball’s biggest challenge this season was to get through a season without two of the greatest players who have ever played the game. Say what you want about how they got there, but the two biggest headlines this time last year were when and if Bonds would break the record, and with what team Clemens would grace his presence. As for this year, the headlines have nothing to do with individuals, but rather team play. As of Monday, the Rays and Orioles are tied for ﬁrst place with the defending champion Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Florida Marlins are in ﬁrst place in the hardest division in the National League, the NL East. To say you could name more than two players on each of these three surprising ﬁrstplace teams, excluding Boston, puts you in a class of few. However, the fact that these three teams have no superstars could be the reason why they are playing so well. With the good, comes the bad and it doesn’t get worse than last in your division. The Detroit Tigers are sitting dead last in one of the hardest divisions in baseball, the AL Central. At the beginning of the season, the Tigers were set to go to the World Series. The reason being was because of their busy off-season, upgrading in both offense and defense. The Tigers acquired in a trade with the Florida Marlins a bat in Miguel Cabrera and an arm in Dontrelle Willis, all without giving up key players. As for the National League, the defending NL Champs, the Colorado Rockies, are near the bottom of their division. Unlike the Tigers who can only get better with the meshing of the new players, the Rockies did not acquire any help in the off-season. However, it is the ﬁrst month of baseball and there still six months left. What is true in baseball now will more than likely be different in the fall. After all, the Yankees and Red Sox will play their usual 500 games for the division and the Tigers will join the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox in a race for ﬁrst in the Central. As for the National League, don’t be surprised if another unexpected team makes it to the World Series. What can be certain right now is a new era is beginning in baseball. As for the name of this era, that is up to the players to decide.
April 30, 2008
Women’s lax earns school record, defeats Slippery Rock
By Samantha Sellinger Staff writer
The Mercyhurst College women’s lacrosse team broke the program record of wins in a single season on Monday when the Lakers defeated Slippery Rock 21-1. The win came as no surprise, although the women would have liked to completely shut out the Rocks. The Lakers’ record rose to 12-2 for the season. With only one more game to go the women are ranked No. 7, and hope to break the record again by beating their cross-town rival, Gannon. University. “I think we have a real shot at winning out the rest of our season, beating Gannon would be a career highlight and it would be something I would never forget,” junior defenseman Beth O’Neil said. Junior defenseman Elizabeth Wagner agreed with O’Neil. “I think that Gannon will be a physical and mental challenge for our team, but i am conﬁdent that we will come out on top,” she said. With only two losses overall, contributed four groundballs and caused two turnovers. Mercyhurst’s strong defense held Slippery Rock completely scoreless in the ﬁrst half and the offense made 16 goals. The Lakers added ﬁve more points to the scoreboard in the second half and SRU was able to pick up its only goal of the game. With such an exciting season it was hard to pick just one game, but O’Neil and Wagner agree that their win over Queens, 19-2, earlier in the year was the highlight of this year’s season. “Our blowout against Queens felt great! The past two years that I have been here we have lost pretty badly but we killed them this year and it was amazing!” Wagner said. When the Lakers took on Queens, they were ranked in the top 10 and O’Neil said that “...we made them look like they weren’t supposed to be there.” The team will only graduate two seniors, captain Courtney Olevnik and Holly Brown. It will be able to build upon their momentum and success from this year into next season.
Junior Page Christensen looks to pick up the ball during a game this season. Merychurst College women’s lacrosse team broke the single-season win record on Monday.
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to No. 1 C.W. Post and No. 3 Adelphi, Mercyhurst has had a successful season, showing real talent on the ﬁeld. “It feels great to be a part of history for the program; this is the best season the program has ever had and it feels good to know that I contributed to its success,” O’Neil said.
“I think that having Coach Russell added to our team this year made a big difference and might have been the extra boost that our team needed to be as successful as we were this season. It can only get better from here,” Wagner said. At their game against SRU, the women played as one, proving
they deserve the record. Junior Breanna Haggerty led the Lakers again with ﬁve goals and three assists. Eleven other players scored in the contest as well. Freshman Maggie Yackel led the defense with four groundballs and four caused turnovers, while O’Neil
Women’s tennis ﬁnishes season with hopes for next year
By Kyle King Staff writer
The Meryhurst College women’s tennis team headed to Clarion last Tuesday on a cold, windy day, and was unable to come up with the nonconference victory. Clarion is a member of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, in which the women will play next year. The Lakers led 2-1 after doubles play concluded. Senior captain Jenn Daly and freshman Kim Ezzo teamed up at the top to squeeze through a tightly contested tiebreaker, 9-8 (12-10), and the second pairing of junior Jaci McLean and sophomore Meghan Raynor wrested a close match from their opponents, Lisa Baumgartner and Kassie Leuschel, who are of note for separate reasons. Baumgartner was honored as a ﬁnalist for the 2007-2008 NCAA Sportsmanship Award for her on-court etiquette and altruistic work with the Special Olympics and Junior Olympic Skills Challenge, among other organizations, and Leuschel is herself a former Laker, going 1-4 at number six singles and 1-2 at number three doubles in 2005. “It was fun to play against Kassie, who was a really good friend of mine when she here,” McLean said. “Her game has deﬁnitely improved, too.” Leuschel’s game improved to the point she was able to take a hotly contested match against Raynor at number four singles, 6-4, 6-4. Though McLean won 6-2, 63, at number three singles and sophomore Natalie Iovino won 6-4, 6-2 at number six, it would not be enough to propel the Lakers to victory. Daly fell 6-3, 6-4, to Baumgartner at number two singles, and freshman Kelton Macke couldn’t ﬁnd the answer after taking a tight ﬁrst set at number ﬁve singles, falling, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0. The Eagles’ number one, Corin Rombach, punctuated the victory by downing Ezzo, 6-3, 6-4, bringing Clarion’s overall record to 9-8.Not all was lost in the encounter, however. The Lakers end the year with a 13-9 record and hope for their future in the PSAC Conference next fall. “Everyone played tough, but the adjustment to the Clarion courts was difﬁcult given the weather conditions,” McLean, who will be captain said of next fall “It was a good experience to have, though, since next year all of the matches will be outside and within the PSAC. I expect us to be ready and to be really tough as a team next year,” she said.
April 30, 2008
Male team of the year staff poll results
Team of the year
Division II Champions Co-champions of the Collegiate Water Polo Association Division II Eastern Conference Finished with an overall record of 14-8
Finished ninth at Nationals led by senior Hudson Harrison ﬁnishing as a national runner-up
Advanced to the America Hockey Association ﬁnals
April 30, 2008
Male athlete of the year poll results
Matt Lundin Hockey
Athlete of the year
Goals-against average of 2.81 and a save percentage of .918 Three-time American Hockey Association Goaltender of the Week Stopped 185 of 195 shots in ﬁve games of the playoffs Season high of 51 saves at RIT on Nov. 17 Ninth in goals-against-average at 2.97 Eighth in save percentage .911 Fifth in winning percentage .523
Leads the East Coast Conference in goals against average (6.12) Leads ECC in save percentage (65.9 percent) Fifth in the nation in save percentage Second in the conference in saves (60) Third in the ECC with an average of 12 saves per game Tied for fourth in the nation with 75 goals-against
Leads team with 68 total bases, 16 stolen bases and 49 hits Tied for ﬁrst with four home runs Tied for second with 28 runs scored
Third on the team in batting average (.331) and second in RBIs (21)
April 30, 2008
Female athlete of the year poll results
First Team All-American Patty Kazmaier Award ﬁnalist
Athlete of the year
Conference Hockey America (CHA) Player of the Year Second nationally in points per game (1.97) First in goals per game (1.21), tied-for-12th in assists per game (0.76) and tied-for-seventh in power-play goals (10) First in short-handed goals (7), third in game-winning goals (9) Third in goals (9), tied for 4th in power play goals (2), ﬁrst in shorthanded goals (3) and second in game-winning goals (3) Led the team in goals (40), points (65), game-winning goals (9) and shorthanded goals (7)
Tied for ﬁrst in the nation with ﬁve goals per game and is third in goals (70) Tied for fourth in the nation with 89 points Third (in nation) with 6.23 points per game Broke the single-season points (90) and goals (69) record Broke the Lakers’ all-time scoring record (currently has 164 goals with one regular season game left)
Leads the GLIAC with 100 total bases Tied for third in the GLIAC with a .610 slugging percentage and is ﬁfth in the conference with 30 runs scored Leads the team in batting average (.348), along with home runs, RBIs and hits Tied in the GLIAC lead with 35 RBIs and is second in the conference with eight home runs and 57 hits
April 30, 2008
Female team of the year staff poll results
Team of the year
Broke the Mercyhurst College record for most wins in a single season with 12
Made it to Nationals for the third straight year and won the CHA conference tournament
Advanced to Nationals for the ﬁrst time ever ﬁnishing eighth and ﬁnished third in the CWPA
April 30, 2008
Erie rugby looks to continue success
By Anne Sobol Staff writer
Did you know Erie has a rugby team? The Erie Rugby Football Club (Erie RFC) was established in 1973 by Keith Branton and John Miles. After the Erie RFC captured the team title at the IUP Tourney in both 1976 and 1977 before ultimately taking the Penn State Phyrst Cup title in 1978. Since then, the club has seen an ebb and ﬂow of participants, but the ’90’s brought a new interest in the sport among players, both veteran and novice. The team has won the Allegheny Rugby League Division III title in ’93, ’95, ’99 and 2000, as well as ﬁnishing in the top three during other years. This fall, the men enjoyed a successful season with a record of 3-2 and so far have gone 12 for the spring, winning Saturday’s game against Pitt City with a score of 15-10. They won all three matches when they traveled to California University of Pa. on April 12, for the Cockﬁght Tournament placing third cyhurst College students play for Erie RFC. Some of the men’s players are: Aaron Zone, Shane Hoyne and Sean Asp, and sophomores Adam Kessler and Adam Herbaugh. There are womens players from the ’Hurst as well: sophomores Samantha Sellinger, Erica Cleghorn and Katie Porter, and junior Kristin Starke. This coming weekend the Erie RFC will host its annual Alumni Game at Roger Young Park on East 10th St. and Gilson Ave. at 1 p.m. The game is for people of all shapes and sizes, young or old, and both teams are always looking for new players – no experience necessary is needed to join the squad. The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. “until we are ﬁnished,” head coach Jeremy Jaeger said. “We’re always looking for members to join our team each and every day,” Jaeger said. “Even if you don’t have any experience with rugby or sports in general we always like to spread the growth of rugby.” If you would like, go to erierugby.com for information.
The Erie Rugby Football Club won over Pitt City by a score of 15-10 on Saturday.
overall. Rugby is not only a men’s sport. Erie has a competitive women’s team as well as well
as men’s and women’s high school teams. A perk to this sport is the rules are equal between gen-
ders. Unlike hockey, the women are allowed to hit as hard as they want. A surprising number of Mer-
Penguins excel in semiﬁnals of Stanley Cup playoffs
By Emily Grabowski Staff writer
The Stanley Cup playoffs have proceeded to round two. Semiﬁnals competition has four teams battling to become the winner of their conference and move on to the Stanley Cup ﬁnals. In the Eastern conference, there are four teams left: the Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Out of the four teams battling for the Eastern conference champion title, one team has made quite an impression on NHL players, coaches and fans: the Pens. The Stanley Cup playoffs began for Pittsburgh on Wednesday, April 5, with the ﬁrst of a seven-game series against the Ottawa Senators for the quarterﬁnals. The best of seven games is declared the winner and moves on to the semiﬁnals. The Pens won the ﬁrst game in an amazing shutout, 4-0. Their momentum just increased from there. The second game on April 11, was a win with a score of 53, the third on April 14, was a 4-1 win, and the fourth and ﬁnal game of the Pens quarterﬁnal round was on April 16, with a 3-1 win over the Senators. The Pens swept the Sens in the ﬁrst round of the NHL playoffs. After the Penguins showed incredible athletic talent and desire to dominate, they had to sit back, relax, and wait for the rest of the teams to ﬁnish out their series. The main concern of many NHL fans was if this break was going to help or hurt the Pens. Round two, game one began on Friday, April 25, at Mellon Arena. The Pens were calling for a white out for game one. White t-shirts were given to fans at the front gates and many fans wore their own white apparel. The result was simply outstanding. The Pens shocked the NHL community by coming back from a 3-0 deﬁcit to win the game in the ﬁnal minutes of regulation 5-4. The close call boosted the team’s energy and they won game two on Sunday, April 27, 2-0. The Pens are the only team in the semiﬁnals undefeated in the postseason.
April 30, 2008
Underdogs leading the way in MLB
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
From the basement to ﬁrst place? Three of the six divisions in Major League Baseball are being turned upside down this season with the Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays and Florida Marlins all gaining ﬁrst-place honors after tough stretches this weekend. The Rays swept the Boston Red Sox in a three-game stand that saw Tampa Bay outscore the Sox 10-5. The sweep helped extend the Rays win streak to six games. “It’s a great feeling, but it’s very early in the season,” a conﬁdent Rays manager Joe Maddon said to the Associated Press. “It’s not about winning. It’s of over .500. The White Sox are faring just as well with a 2.5 game lead over second-place Cleveland. With a tough schedule, including the New York Yankees, and then a double header with the Orioles, it looked as though Chicago was destined to stumble. “It’s been a tough week,” Konerko said to the Associated Press. “Those Yankees games are always marathon, grueling games -- [and] the day-night doubleheader [on Saturday]. So to come and have these games so quickly and to lose the ﬁrst one, then take the next two is just huge.” The White Sox’s schedule doesn’t get any easier from here with one more against Baltimore followed by 22 out of their next 31 games being on the road. Finally, the Florida Marlins are lighting up the NL East, winning 8 of their last 13 games. Florida leads the New York Mets by a game-and-ahalf and look to cushion the lead, as they head into a series with the Dodgers on Tuesday. While the season is still young, it’s clear that Major League Baseball is no longer dominated by the large spending of some organizations. Coaching and skills positions are becoming highly important and even more notably creating exciting baseball for the fans to watch. Look for this year’s race toward October to be even more exciting than ever, with ﬁve of the six divisions being led by three games or less.
how we did it, with the pitching and defense and we get the hits when we needed them. We’re playing the game right, and if you do that, you’ll win your share of games,” Maddon said. Four of the ﬁve Rays’
starting pitchers have winning records and a collective earned run average under 3.5. Furthermore, the Rays’ bats have been unbeatable with three players batting over .300 and a collective slugging percentage
Tejada causing controversy over age, steroids
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
Everyone has heard of Little League baseball teams lying about a player’s age to gain an edge on an opponent. But could it happen in the Major Leagues? Ask Miguel Tejada, if that is even his real name. In an interview with Tom Farrey of ESPN, Tejada’s real age was exposed to everyone watching, opening up discussion of a crackdown by the federal government just ﬁve years ago. The goal of the investigation was to catch players who deliberately lied about their age to gain attention from Major League Baseball teams in the United States. According to ESPN, a high school graduate at 17 is more appealing and often given a exposing players who have taken performance-enhancing drugs. This report came out just weeks after Tejada swore under oath that he had never taken such drugs during his career. These allegations about Tejada’s age will only hurt the 33, not 31, year-old as he faces charges of perjury for the Mitchell report. “I was a poor kid,” Tejada said to the Associated Press before the Astros ﬁnished a threegame series against the Phillies on Thursday. “I wanted to sign a professional contract, and that was the only way to do it. I didn’t want or mean to do anything wrong. At the time, I was two years older than they thought.” According to sources at ESPN, the investigation launched by the government ﬁve years ago allowed for lenience on anyone who admitted to lying about their age. Miguel Tejada deliberately chose to ignore this opportunity and continued lying about his age, hoping it would help with contract talks. “It’s something that happened the ﬁrst time I signed my contract,” Tejada stated. “I had no intention of doing anything wrong. And now I feel like I’m 25 years old, maybe younger. I feel my legs are stronger than I used to be feeling. I feel great. I have a lot of energy.” Tejada will need all the energy he can muscle up for the toughest battle of his career; one with the legal system. The Houston Astros are currently backing their star, but only time will tell what’s in store for this 33 year-old Major Leaguer from the Dominican Republic.
Miguel Tejada has come under much scrutiny this year for lying about his age, as well as steroids.
higher priority than those who graduate at the age of 19. Not only is this a problem for Miguel Tejada come time for contract talks, but it is also a federal crime to lie about one’s age when applying for a work
visa in the U.S. This trouble only adds to the other charges on Tejada’s record. You might recall that just a couple of months ago, Tejada’s name appeared on the infamous Mitchell report,
April 30, 2008
2008 National Football League Draft
Some memorable moments included changes to this year’s draft
By Brad Moehringer Staff writer
It’s that time of the year again, when the NFL and ESPN invade New York City and Radio City Music Hall, when the dreams of college athletes are realized and crushed and when Mel Kiper ﬁnally earns his paycheck. That’s right; it’s the NFL Draft Even though Bill Parcells and the Miami Dolphins took away drama by locking up the ﬁrst overall pick, offensive tackle Jake Long from Michigan, days before, there were still plenty of stories that unfolded at this year’s draft. A quicker, more efﬁcient draft made for more excitement in the early rounds. Teams only had 10 minutes to make their selections in round one, and seven minutes in round two. As for the selections, NFL teams made it clear that round one was all about the men in the trenches. Six out of the ﬁrst eight If you don’t, well, they go in a different category. Flacco has a great arm, and the Ravens are a solid organization. They won’t rush him onto the ﬁeld.” It was with the 56th and 57th picks overall that Brohm, of Louisville, and Henne, of Michigan, ﬁnally heard their names called. Brohm went to the Packers and Henne to the Dolphins. While these two may not make immediate impacts on either team, they could be developed over time and eventually turn into starters or at least solid back-ups. Finally, time may be the best judge of the winners and losers in this year’s draft. Every year the media focuses on rounds one an two. But, the truly successful teams are the ones who can build their franchise from picks late in day one and into day two. The teams who can develop these late round picks into impact players are going to be the teams who will have the most success in the long run.
Offensive tackle Jake Long of Michigan poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday after being selected ﬁrst overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
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players drafted this year were either offensive or defensive lineman. Teams traded up to snag the linemen before they were gone. New Orleans did this by trading up to the number seven spot to grab defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis. He almost certainly would have gone to Cincinnatti at
number nine. Quarterbacks were not so fortunate on day one. Except for Matt Ryan of Boston College and Joe Flacco of Delaware, who went in the top 20 to Atlanta and Baltimore, respectively, a quarterback did not hear his name called until well into round two.
The Ravens’ selection of Flacco 18th overall drew a buzz from draft enthusiasts when he went ahead of big school quarterbacks, such as Chad Henne and Brian Brohm. ESPN’s John Clayton commented on the pick by saying, “If you believe in Joe Flacco, the Ravens are winners.
Top draft picks look to make immediate impact on teams
By Kyle Craig Staff writer
There’s no greater thrill for a college football player than hearing his name called on the biggest stage at Radio City Music Hall. It didn’t take “Long” for offensive tackle Jake Long from Michigan to learn his future. The Miami Dolphins selected the tackle days prior to the scheduled draft on Saturday. Miami offered Long an extravagant deal at ﬁve years’ $57.75 million, with $30 million guaranteed. “I was a little more relaxed just knowing where I was going and just being here to make it ofﬁcial,” Long commented in an interview with the Associated Press. “That solidiﬁed it all. It was just breathtaking to walk out there and shake the commissioner’s hand and hold up that jersey. It was a dream come true,” Long said. The rest of the top six picks went as predicted by ESPN analysts. Chris Long and Matt Ryan went second and third to the St. Louis Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, respectively. Rounding out the top six was Darren McFadden of Arkansas going to the Oakland Raiders, Glenn Dorsey of LSU going to Kansas City and Vernon Gholston of Ohio State heading to the New York Jets. With all of the talent in the college pool, who possibly could have pulled out the upset in this year’s draft? The Atlanta Falcons have to be the clear winner with two ﬁrst round draft picks and 11 picks overall. Furthermore, Atlanta gets to put the nightmare of dog ﬁghting behind them, dismissing any chances of Michael Vick coming back into the spotlight. It will be interesting to see if Ryan is thrown right into the mix, with the rest of the quarterbacks for Atlanta being very weak. “I don’t think there’s a right or a wrong way to do it,” Ryan exclaimed in an interview with ESPN’s Vic Carucci. “I think guys have been successful coming in and playing. I think guys have been successful coming in and sitting and learning from a bench. As a player, you want to be out on the ﬁeld, so I’m going to do everything I can to prepare myself and be in the position to play (as a rookie),” Ryan said. With another NFL draft out of the way, it’s clear that defense was on the mind of many teams during this off-season. Five of the top eight players drafted in the ﬁrst round this year were from the defensive side of the ball. While at this point every team is undefeated, it is certain that teams have come out on top after this years draft.
April 30, 2008
Softball heads to GLIAC Tournament
By Rhonda Marable Staff writer
The Mercyhurst women’s softball team capped off regular season play by splitting a sixgame homestay and earning a spot in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. With the three victories of the week Head Coach Sara Headley totals an impressive 98 career victories, just two shy of 100, which is possible in the upcoming GLIAC tournament. Kicking off the week, the Lakers dominated Seton Hill on Wednesday April 23 12-4 in game one and 3-1 in game two. The 12 runs is a seasonhigh for Mercyhurst, as it ties a previous season-high with 14 hits in one game. Sophomores Megan Houston, Amber Rapose and freshman Michelle Schmitz rocked the Grifﬁns, going 8-for-12 with six runs and four RBI’s. Friday’s conference games against Northwood, however, were much different, with the Lakers getting shut out 8-0 in conference losses, the Lakers needed a win against Saginaw Valley State in order to clinch a spot in the GLIAC tournament. Crow ensured that win, throwing a shutout game, as the team defeated the Saginaw Cardinals 1-0 in game one. Crow was on ﬁre, coming up with a big strike out with runners on second and third. Sacriﬁce bunts by junior Danielle Zubek and senior Annie Dragolich allowed freshman Elizabeth Maier to score the only run of the game. The Lakers could not keep the momentum going and, despite homeruns by Zubek and Schmitz, the team dropped the contest 5-3. Saginaw entered the game with heavy bats, scoring a run in the ﬁrst inning and knocking out two homeruns in the third to top out with ﬁve runs for the game. The Lakers travel to Midland, Mich. on Friday and Saturday to compete with the best teams in the conference and ﬁnish their season on a strong note.
The Mercyhurst College softball team heads to Michigan this weekend to take on GLIAC rivals, Ferris State, in the ﬁrst round of the GLIAC Tournament.
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ﬁve innings of game one. Game two was a battle of the pitchers with sophomore pitcher Carinna Crow and Northwood’s
Alicia Brandenburg battling it out. After two Seahawks reached base on an error and a walk,
Korey Schluckbier capped off a six-RBI day by driving both runners home with her single. Coming off the two
Men’s golf defeats Gannon at Mercyhurst Invitational
By Kirk Campbell Staff writer
Sophomore Tyler Bidwell led Mercyhurst College by shooting an even par 72 to win the Penn State Behrend Invitational on Thursday; he also shot his second round of his career in the 60’s leading the Lakers to a Mercyhurst Invitational victory this past Sunday. By shooting a combined score of 300 the Lakers captured their ﬁrst victory of the season by winning the Penn State Behrend Invitational at Peak ‘n Peak in Findley Lake. Bidwell’s 72 was matched by Slippery Rock’s Chris Kwolek, but Bidwell earned ﬁrst place after comparing scorecards. Following Bidwell’s outstanding performance were Laker teammates seniors Kyle Waddell who shot a 74 and Steven Barr with a 75. “I think some of our guys are getting more comfortable with their game after the long winter break; swinging a little more conﬁdent and getting some touch back,” Bidwell about the team’s improvement. “It’s evident with the drop in scores over the last couple weeks,” he said Mercyhurst ﬁnished six strokes ahead of runner-up Gannon University. The Mercyhurst Invitational was much of the same for the Lakers as Bidwell tied for ﬁrst by shooting a 69 with Gannon’s Pat Kloecker. The Lakers also stole the team title by shooting a 291, four strokes ahead of secondplace Gannon. Waddell ﬁnished with a 71 while junior Derek Fisher shot a 75. The two other competitors for the Lakers Ryan McNulty and Steve Barr ended with 76 and 80 respectively. Mercyhurst also had four other compete as individuals and they ﬁnished as follows: sophomore Matt Mahoney (73), Deets (79), senior Darragh Agnew (80) and Jackson (83). “When you look at some of the scores we had some low numbers spread throughout, and it is nice to see that the scores have dropped as we got closer to the end,” Bidwell said. Mercyhurst ﬁnished its spring season on Monday by competing in the Gannon Invitational. When asked how he expects next year’s team to improve, Bidwell said, “I’m hoping the better play will carry over into next fall. “We are losing a couple of good players to graduation so it would be nice for the underclassmen, including myself, to realize what we are capable of after these last couple tournaments and step up when it comes time to play next season,” he said.
April 30, 2008
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