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Mo’ money? No money if you don’t sign
By Liz Maier

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Smoked out

The clock is ticking. Time is running out for college students to sign their Master Promissory Note. “The Master Promissory Note (MPN) is the legally binding agreement issued by the Department of Education to repay a student loan,” Mercyhurst’s Financial Aid Advisor and Coordinator Kelli Carpinello said. Carpinello said students only have to sign their MPN once, because it is effective for 10 years and those who fail to sign it will not receive their student loan. “We’ve sent out e-mails numerous times,” Carpinello said. “It is scary to think there are still stragglers who haven’t signed it yet.” In the spring, Mercyhurst switched from using the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) to the Federal Direct Loan Program Vice President of Finance and Treasurer Jane Kelsey said Mercyhurst decided to switch loan programs due to the instability in the student loan market. Continue reading NO SIGNATURE on Page 3

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Freshman Breanna Krownenwetter, along with other smokers, will be spending more time outdoors now that Pennsylvania has started enforcement of the Clean Indoor Air Act. Continue reading CLEAN on Page 2

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These places include establishments like the Cellblock. com and Park Place. However, Mercyhurst student favorites like Plymouth Tavern and the Cornerstone are now smokefree. Senior Walt Ozanick from Pennsylvania thinks the restriction could have been tougher while still allowing smoking. “I think having the 20 percent rule would be OK; just have designated places for people to smoke. It just seems like those places are where the most smoke is, so why put a ban in place and not take care of one of the bigger problems?” Ozanick said. The Health Department has produced information packets for businesses that explain the ban, address frequently asked questions and provide tips for how to tell patrons about the change. Online, it has made available downloadable “No Smoking” signs. There won’t be compliance officers monitoring businesses, so health officials are counting on the public to report people or places violating the ban say Health Department officials. Senior Rainey Murdock, from New York thinks the ban will be successful despite not having monitoring of businesses. “New York has had the 100 percent smoking ban for a while now. I think people just know it and respect it and that’s enough,” Murdock said. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have what the Lung Association categorizes as comprehensive bans, which effectively outlaw smoking in all public


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Clean Indoor Air Act restricts smoking in Erie hot spots
By Ashley Pastor
Staff writer

Thursday, Sept. 11, marked the first day of the Clean Indoor Air Act, the smoking ban in restaurants across Pennsylvania, 90 days after the bill was signed into law on June 13. Pennsylvania joins 32 other states that have prohibited smoking in most workplaces and public spaces, from restaurants and train stations to office buildings and sports arenas. Businesses or people who break the law face fines of up to $250 for a first offense and up to $1,000 for repeat offenders. Senior Joanna Sanzo from New York agrees the law should have been passed. “I don’t know why it took so long for Pennsylvania to pass smoking ban laws, especially if New York and Ohio have them already in place,” Sanzo said. The Pennsylvania law is not as strict as many other states. In fact, it has so few restrictions the American Lung Association declined to endorse this law. Senior Christina Fernandez, a Pennsylvania native, says the state was overdue on passing this legislation, but thinks it could have been more restrictive. “It is a step in the right direction, but going downtown on the weekends we still are around all the smoke.” Even with the new law, smokers in Pennsylvania could continue lighting up in some hotel rooms, private clubs, casinos, nursing homes and bars where food accounts for no more than 20 percent of annual sales.

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Pennsylvania is now on the list of 32 states in the country to ban smoking in some public places. Critics of the Clean Indoor Air Act say it is not strict enough while opponents say it inhibits their freedoms.

places with few or no exceptions. According to the Erie Times-News, Erie County Executive Mark DiVecchio and others who fear the ban should be reassured in that the two biggest states bordering Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York, have managed to pass and enforce 100 percent smoking bans in restaurants, bars and workplaces. New York state requires that establishments affected by the ban post prominent signs with the “no smoking” symbol. Ohio’s smoking ban requires noticeable antismoking signs in all public places and places of employ-

ment. Ohio’s signs carry a toll-free number to report violations. Establishments have to remove ashtrays and other smoking receptacles. The Erie Times-News reported that DiVecchio has expressed concern that the new law will cost the county money. He claims the fines do not look like they will keep up with the costs. He says violators are not fined more than $250, leaving the district judge the option of fining them as little as $10 if he deems necessary. However, some establishments in Erie did not wait for the Clean Indoor Air Act to be passed to initiate their

bans. Saint Vincent Health Center and Hamot Medical Center banned smoking on all hospital property for patients, employees and visitors. Mercyhurst College has taken measures to provide substance-free housing. This means all of the student smokers on campus must exit buildings to smoke, preparing them for the ban in off-campus public locations. Senior Jenna Barone of Pennsylvania sums up her relief of the law being passed. “It’s nice to come home at night and not smell like smoke,” she said

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No signature can mean big trouble for students with loans
the cash,” said Kelsey. Financial Aid Services will Staff writer continue to contact students who haven’t signed yet CarpiContinued from MO’ MONEY nello said. on Page 1 “The sooner they sign, the better,” Carpinello said. “Because we moved from the Junior Cara Adamus already FFEL program to Federal Disigned her MPN. rect Lending, all students, even “I signed my Master Promreturning students, must comissory Note shortly after I replete Entrance Loan Counselceived an e-mail from financial aid,” Adamus said. Student Financial Advisor, Emily Semrau said, “As of Sept. 12, 744 students in the total student body have not yet, either signed their MPN or decided to decline the loan.” “That breaks down to 23.9 percent,” Semrau said. Senior Julian Dunlap-Smith is one component of that statistic. “I don’t think I signed mine yet,” Julian said. “Where do you go to sign it?” In order to electronically sign the Master Promissory Note, students need to go to the Web site, Students will be asked to provide their Social Security Number, driver’s license number, permanent address and FAFSA pin number. Contact Student Financial Services if you have any questions about your student loan in Tyler Staufer photo Freshman Andrew Mayher is smiling because he signed his Master 115 Old Main ext. Promissory Note and is able to recieve his student loans. 2288.

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ing and sign a Master Promissory Note,” Kelsey said. If the loans are not finalized, the student may be prevented from registering for winter term classes, she said. “It is a federal requirement to complete both the Entrance Loan Counseling and the Master Promissory Note before we can finalize the loan and access

Mass of the Holy Spirit was held Thursday, Sept. 11, in Christ the King Chapel and attracted more than 600 attendees.

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Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrates the start of 2008-09
By Tim Hucko
Staff writer

The morning of Sept. 11 marks the annual liturgy that traditionally coincides with the beginning of a new academic year at Mercyhurst College. Students, faculty and members of the community gathered in Christ the King Chapel to honor the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy and the academic mission of the college. A moment of reflection and prayer was offered up to the victims of 9/11 for their enduring struggle and horrific losses and to any other members of the community in need of prayer. The Mass, which attracted approximately 600 persons, put on quite a show that incorporated many facets of the college. Music and dance were provided by students from the

Creative Arts division in addition to our own college choir who graced the service with serine song. This year Father Jim Piszker, college chaplain, was the celebrant, accompanied by guest homilist Father Mike Allison of the religious studies department. The message at this years, Mass reflected the core values and visions of Mercyhurst and the founding sisters who graciously opened the door to students over 80 years ago. Junior Kerrie Smith said the service was a touching way to start off the academic year. “When you take the time to reflect on your personal life, it gives you a better picture of who you are and what you have to accomplish this year in school,” Smith said. The Mass was followed by a catered luncheon in the Old Main loop that allowed students and faculty time to relax and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.

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September 17, 2008

Graduate students struggle to find assistantships
By JoEllen Marsh
Contributing writer

It is a nationwide college tradition to tailgate before football games. Mercyhurst College created new guidelines for students to follow for upcoming games.

College presents new guidelines for Mercyhurst students planning to tailgate at home games
By Ashley Pastor
Staff writer

Mercyhurst College Student Government (MSG) has worked along with the Mercyhurst Department of Athletics in order to pass a new tailgating policy for the 2008-09 football season. The Department of Athletics will reserve 50 parking spaces in lot #10 for four of the five home games, excluding the Homecoming game. The spaces will be sold at $10 per car, or students will be

able to reserve one space for all four games for $40 before the first game. Any vehicle seeking admission into the tailgating area during game time must be on the official list. All of the standard Mercyhurst alcohol policies, as well as state policies regarding misconduct, will be enforced in the designated tailgating areas. Therefore, in order to maintain order a list of rules and regulations has been established. Within the rules, tailgating areas will be available for setup two hours prior to

kickoff. Also, tailgating will cease at the beginning of the football game and will be permitted for one hour after the game. Students consuming alcoholic beverages must provide ID upon request by security. The rules also state tailgating that threatens public safety or breaks any state or college laws will result in removal from tailgating area. This policy follows the tailgating policy from last year. The 2007-08 school year was the first season in which organized tailgating was offered by Mercyhurst.

Many of Mercyhurst College’s graduate students had trouble securing a graduate assistant job this year. Unlike the rumors however, there are just as many graduate assistants (GA) on campus. “A lot of people have been asking why there are fewer GAs. We just had more come back for their second year,” Justin Ross, the academic coordinator of graduate programs who administrates the GA program said. “Let’s say if we had 100 GAs, 80 came back, so we only had 20 positions open,” Ross said. “It’s not that there are fewer positions, it’s more there are fewer opportunities this year.” Graduate assistants are graduate students who work at least 25 hours a week in jobs more demanding than undergraduate positions. “GAs work in every type of department, from academics to administration. Some work as teachers’ assistants or hall directors in residence life,” Ross said. “They work almost anywhere on campus where it makes sense for there to be a GA.” Mercyhurst has between 60 and 70 regular GAs not counting those working through a contract with other institutions, according to Ross. Jack Sanden, a graduate student in applied intelligence, is a second year GA in the library. “I think [the graduate assistant program] opens up the graduate experience to some people who wouldn’t consider

it,” Sanden said. All GAs are given a one year appointment with the possibility of a second year. According to Ross, most people stay on for two years, which sometimes means fewer opportunities for other graduate students. Sanden planned on going to school whether or not he was given a GA job, but the pay makes a difference for some people. “It pays for your school. I think a lot are helped out by that tuition waiver,” Sanden said. For McCauley Hall Director Bryan Kuhn, applying to become a GA was more about the quality of the job than the money. “Tuition factored into it, but I really do love res life, and I love my job,” Kuhn said. Like many others Kuhn, who is a first year GA working on his Administration of Justice degree, won’t give up his position easily. Kuhn said “Oh absolutely, as long as they rehire me, I plan on staying here another year.” Although Ross thinks there will be more positions open next year, he can’t guarantee how many more. “It’s hard to predict with the current budget what our needs are going to be next year. Some departments might decide not to have a GA for this year, so we’d lose those positions,” Ross said. Even if the budget decreases GA positions, it’s likely there will still be more opportunities for students seeking them next year.

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Erie native, Lev Kubiak, speaks on global issues at ’Hurst luncheon
By Kelly Luoma
Contributing writer

The 2008 Homecoming king and queen and freshman Senator candidates are in. Voting stations are available in the Zurn lobby, Laker Inn and Egan cafeteria. Students can also vote by logging Sept. 18 is the last day to cast a vote. Freshman Senator Candidates: Chad Ball Spencer Cadden Casey Christo Courtney Clair Mark Fuhry II Lorraine Gentner Meghan Hess Chol John Ryan Kinney Shannon Kissel Andrew Mayher Brandon Miller Steve Nicklas Robert Sgrignoli Michelle Tatavosian Caitlin Vizzi Queen Candidates: Ricki Proper Heather Schwager Kara Stadelman Katie Wootton Ariana Smaczniak King Candidates: Steven Heranic Tim Knecht Richard Larson Robert Larson Nick Marcellino Zach Pekor Matt Williams

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Volunteers from neighboring schools can volunteer at the six different ESO dances throughout the year.

Members of the Mercyhurst College community were able to eat, converse and listen as global issues affecting the world today were discussed at Friday’s Global Issues Luncheon. It was held in the Mercy Heritage Room on Friday, Sept. 12. This is the fourth year the college has hosted a Global Issues Forum throughout the year. The luncheons have grown from an audience of 15 to an audience of Friday’s 65 attendees. Lev Kubiak was the first speaker for the series this year. He is the special agent in charge for Buffalo, New York’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Office of Investigations. He spoke on Homeland Security. Kubiak is no stranger to Mercyhurst College. He grew up in the Erie area and his father, Richard Kubiak, is a retired Mercyhurst History professor. Kubiak graduated from Mercyhurst in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Studies. His presentation goals were to “increase understanding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), discuss Northern Border Trade and Security, study ICE in depth, and consider the Immigration Challenge.” Kubiak chose not to share his personal opinions on Homeland Security with the audience. He said it is up to the people to form their own views. His job is to enforce whatev-

er the laws state he declared. He did express some of his beliefs about what the future will have in store for the United States. “Can I stand up here and tell you 9/11 won’t happen again? Absolutely not,” Kubiak said. However, he was confident in guaranteeing that the next president will be forced to deal with the issue of immigration. “I thought that it was a great presentation, because Kubiak was very informative about ICE’s and DHS’ mission,” freshman Chris Sands said. Sands was the only student to attend the lecture. “My one regret is that not enough students attend the lectures,” Corrine Egan, coordinator of the luncheons said. Kubiak hopes to return to Mercyhurst to speak again in the spring.

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These include the Miss Central Pennsylvania 2008 pageant where she won a talent award, and the Crawford County Fair of 2006 in which she was third runner-up and of 2007 where she was first runner-up. Even with the continuous preparation, Devore loves it. “Competing takes constant determination, time, and patience. You have to take everything you do in life and consider it a part of competition; whether it be education, news or personal opinion, you are expected to be able to support yourself and your views,” Devore said. She practices her dance everyday and completes mock interviews on a constant basis in preparation for competitions. Current events are imperative in the pageant world. Knowledge about issues and happenings all over the world enables you to form opinions about the topics that matter most in today’s world and according to Devore, that’s one of the most important things judges pay attention to. Representing herself through her views, along

September 17, 2008

‘Hurst sophomore is a queen How to cope with
By Alaina Rydzewski
Contributing writer

being away from home
By Allie Miniri
Contributing writer

What do Vanessa Minnillo, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Palin all have in common? They can boast that at one time they have each been crowned a beauty pageant winner. Now Mercyhurst College sophomore and Saegertown native Brittani Devore can do the same. Devore’s first local win was the Miss Crawford County 2008 pageant this past summer. She has been competing since the third grade and believes it has helped her grow not only as an individual, but as a person. Her talent is dance, both lyrical and jazz, but she is also an avid enthusiast of DDR, or Dance Dance Revolution. Her platform, called “DDR: The Next Step to Fighting Childhood Obesity,” focuses on the growing number of children and teens in the U.S. who are obese. Besides winning Miss Crawford County 2008, Devore has competed in several other competitions.

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Brittani Devore (center) along with two of her competitiors

with her dance and interview, are her favorite parts of competing. Her least favorite part is the swimsuit competition. “Although I respect it because it is a tradition [in pageant competitions,] I truly believe that young women across the world have a lot more to offer than just a nice body in a swimsuit.” While this year will be devoted to promoting her platform, Devore’s next competition, the Miss Pennsylvania pageant, will take place this upcoming June in Allentown, Pa.

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Devore fulfilling her duties as Crawford County queen and visiting with county natives (left) and taking part in the Crawford County fair (above).

Believe it or not, everyone will get homesick at one point or another. Not many people are willing to admit it, but being homesick is actually more common than one might think. College is usually the first time in a person’s life when he or she is away from what is considered home for them. For some, it might hit right away when parents and students are saying their goodbyes. For others, it might occur after all the shiny newness of college has worn off; after he or she has realized all of the newfound responsibility related to college. The good news is it normally goes away once you reach a comfort level. It might help to start thinking what exactly you miss about home. Is it the comfort of familiarity and being around people you’re comfortable with? Part of the transition is getting used to everything and deciding how you are going to deal with it. One of the easiest ways to overcome homesickness is to keep busy. Staying cooped up in the dorm will only bum you out, so join some clubs. There are tons of clubs on campus. Join one that relates to your major, or join one simply because it seems interesting to you. It is a great way to meet students with the same interests as you. Another idea is to find other

students from the same area as you. You can get together to watch hometown sports games, talk about where you’re from and talk about carpooling so you can go home even if you can’t get a ride from your parents. Senior Haylie Starin still gets homesick every once and a while. “Even though I’m a senior, I still miss my family and friends at home, but I am also grateful for the new friendships I have developed here, because they have helped me to forget about missing home.” Freshman Megan McKelvey had to said goodbye even earlier than freshmen move in day on Aug. 28. “I came to play field hockey, so I had to come two weeks before most of the other freshmen,” she said. “I haven’t been home since I moved in, so I definitely miss it.” Meghan Hess had a hard time at first. “The first few nights were pretty tough. A lot of people told me it would get better, but at the time it was hard to believe,” she said. “Each day gets better, though. The Mercyhurst atmosphere has been really welcoming and has made it easy for me to adjust.” Always know that the Counseling Center is located in the building behind the bookstore. The doctors, nurses and counselors there are always willing to listen to you and can certainly help you with any anxiety you might be feeling by being away from home.

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is more potent than ever. The ragweed season starts at the beginning of August and usually ends with the first frost. Recent studies have shown increasing temperatures and carbon-dioxide levels are extending the season and increasing the pollen count. Senior Kallen Dearnbarger is one of 36 million with fall allergies. “I have allergies to pollen and dust,” she said. “I just take over-the-counter medicine like Tylenol Allergy Relief.” As if those allergies weren’t bad enough, a third of ragweed sufferers may have a related condition known as “oral allergy syndrome.” Eating certain foods magnify conditions rapidly, known as cross-reactivity. Foods like sunflower seeds, bananas, chamomile tea, cucumber, melons and zucchini are just some of the triggers. If this is the case, people will have a scratchy throat and mouth and a slight swelling of the lip. Senior Caitlin Roberts does not do anything special during allergy season. “I just deal with the headaches whenever I have allergy problems,” she said. Traditional reliefs for allergies are antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants. Nowadays, doctors are suggesting that sufferers start treatment 10-14 days before the allergy season begins. This will help aid in the ongoing battle of allergies.

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Fall allergy sufferers sniff out ragweed relief
By Caitlin Bly
Contributing writer

The leaves are turning colors, the air is becoming cooler and the days are growing shorter. Fall is definitely here and so are the sneezing, itchy eyes and runny noses. Looks like allergies are back in action and the culprit might just be right under your nose. There are 36 million people who suffer from fall allergies every year. Looking around, ragweed is always spotted and is the number one allergy perpetrator for these sufferers. Ragweed pops up in fields, empty lots and alongside roadways. Thanks to global warming, new research shows there is now more of it and it

Most fall allergies are caused by the ragweed plant, which flourishes this time of year.

Designers begin work on spring 2009 looks
By Amanda Antenucci
Staff writer

Zac Posen uses animal prints in both short and long dresses to create a wild yet feminine look.

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Fashion label Omnialuo is starting off spring with frilly, flirty styles in pastel pinks and yellows.

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The metaphor for designers Spring 2009 runway collections is “It’s like a mystical dream.” It’s never too soon to be talking spring fashion, since chunky sweaters and snow boots are in our future for the next several months. While many designers stay true to their signature form season after season like Oscar de la Renta and Tommy Hilfiger, other designer’s collections are visibly a bit from the norm. The 2009 spring collections are packed full of high voltage prints and color palettes, girly frills and delicate silhouettes. This new feminine and fragile look is a complete

opposite from this fall and winter’s harsh and mysterious look. Ralph Lauren, for example, showed a beautiful collection inspired by his new store opening in the Middle East. It featured delicately layered frocks accessorized with turbans and light exotic jewelry. Kimora Lee Simmons’ KLS line reflected her recent getaway to Africa and showed an interesting mix of sexy safari inspired plus 1970s shapes. Zac Posen is a classic example of what’s to come in future months. He changed up his look and rocked a variety of playful party pieces, both super short and tight, and long and flowy. The color scheme was

pretty pastels, and the layers of chiffon prints were subtle yet girly. Animal prints, swirls, and polished color effects made the outfits whimsical and attention getting. Another look that’s popping up in more than one designer’s collections would be the gypsy inspired clothing. Light colored fabric with subtle tie-dye has been seen in wrap dresses and jumpsuits with bejeweled waists, hems and lean silhouettes. So for the girls who aren’t really into rocking the leather bomber jackets and plaid skinny pants, spring time this year will definitely be for you. It will be a season that finally pays homage to the simple yet playful beauty of being a woman.

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Jon Stewart, Bill Maher and Margaret Cho are among an all-star lineup of entertainers who will honor the late comedian George Carlin at this year’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The prize was announced just before Carlin’s death in June. It will be awarded during a tribute performance Nov. 10, 2008, at the John F. Kennedy

Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. The program was announced Tuesday and will be aired later on PBS stations. Others who will honor Carlin include Garry Shandling, Lily Tomlin, Denis Leary, Joan Rivers, Lewis Black and Richard Belzer. The prize is being awarded posthumously for the first time in its 11-year history. Last year the Kennedy Center honored Billy Crystal.

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Mercyhurst student attends Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado
By Jennifer Jarema
Contributing writer

When Barack Obama began his candidacy for president, I knew without a doubt I wanted to be involved in the campaign. I started an informal chapter of Students for Barack Obama at Mercyhurst and got involved locally. I became aware that applications were available to become a delegate for Obama. I wasn’t sure what would be required, but I turned in an application anyways. After the Pennsylvania primary was held, I had been elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Denver, Colo. I was greeted in Denver by a city buzzing with activ-

ity and excitement about the big event. Convention activities began on Monday, Aug. 25, and I couldn’t help but be somewhat nervous. I had no idea what to expect. Each morning that first week began with Pennsylvania delegation breakfasts, which included notable figures like Chris Matthews (Hardball on MSNBC), Sen. Bob Casey, Gov. Ed Rendell, and the vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden. This was all quite a spectacle; having hotel breakfasts with bomb-sniffing dogs and Secret Service agents. Official convention business began every day at 3 p.m. I was required to obtain security credentials each day that would get me through the intense, airport-level secu-

rity and onto the convention floor. On Monday, I received a surprise phone call from DNC staff. The day’s events would include a feature of young delegates, and I was invited to stand on stage as a part of it. I eagerly accepted the opportunity, and I was rushed through hair and makeup. I appeared on stage with several other young delegates. My experience had already been thrilling, and it was only the first night. Tuesday night, Hillary Clinton spoke gracefully about uniting the party and gave full support to Barack Obama. Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton had his opportunity to mend any rifts between Clinton and

Obama supporters. Wednesday night also included the delegate role call, a process by which states cast their official votes towards the eventual nominee. Other speakers throughout the week included John Kerry, Bill Richardson and Al Gore. Thursday was the night that made the rest of the convention pale in comparison. Barack Obama gave his nomination acceptance speech to a crowd of over 80,000 people at Invesco Field. I was given the surprise honor of sitting in the “Inner Circle” section reserved for

the Obama family, the Biden family, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and 100 other supporters, placing me a few feet from the podium. Words cannot describe the energy and emotion of that night. The magnitude of history that occurred during that speech was humbling and mind-numbing. Senator Obama delivered a fantastic speech. I found my commitment to his campaign reinvigorated. The convention was a grand introduction to the American political process. It will be a personal inspiration for many years to come.

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Junior Jennifer Jarema at the Democratic National Convention in her seat in the “Inner Circle” which is located only feet from the stage and podium.

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Fave 5ive:
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CD - The Shins’ “Oh, Inverted World” I remember listening to it for the first time and feeling like it changed the way I appreciated music. “Caring is Creepy” and “New Slang” are definitely worth a listen. Lately, however, I’ve been playing a lot of Nada Surf on my iTunes. Their lyrics are clever and interesting, and the lead singer really surprises you, especially on “Neither Heaven Nor Space.” Web site - I can get lost in that site for obscene amounts of time if I’m not careful! There are thousands of names you can search through, and they give you the origin and meaning of each of them. Plus, there are daily polls, where you can rate how much you like or dislike a name. The lists of the most common male and female names by year are also kind of cool to browse through – the most popular ones are surprisingly different from our generation. Broadway show- “Wicked” Some of my friends in high school started listening to the soundtrack non-stop and it drove me crazy! Then I actually saw the show and it all made sense. The relationship and interaction between Elphaba and Glinda is bitterly hilarious when they first meet, and endearing without losing its charm by the conclusion of the story. Plus, the set is phenomenal, and I stayed glued to my seat the whole show; I didn’t want it to end! Museum National Museum of IrelandArchaeology in Dublin It is smaller than, say, the British Museum, but fascinating nonetheless, especially for an archaeology major. My favorite exhibit was “Kingship and Sacrifice,” where there are actual Iron Age bog bodies on display. Back home in California, I try to visit the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena on my breaks. The art collection is unbelievable: Picasso, Matisse, Degas, van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir…the list goes on. The museum actually gives out free prints of one of the paintings on display to every visitor (I write the dates on each print every time I visit). Disney movie - “Peter Pan” Ever since I was little, “Peter Pan” was definitely my favorite. I loved the ride at Disneyland (you get to fly over Neverland in a pirate ship – how awesome is that?!) The Disney version is classic, and I could watch it over and over again and not get sick of it. I recently read J.M. Barrie’s original Peter Pan stories, “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens” and “Peter and Wendy,” and I really appreciate the childlike genius of his writing and the way his themes were incorporated into later cinematics interpretations, like “Hook” and the Disney version.

Thomas Friedman’s ‘Geogreenism’ seeks to integrate the forces of capitalism and environmentalism
By Kyle King
A & E Editor

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number of countries, a problem not alleviated by the fact Friedman asserts the United States is funding both sides of the War on Terror—while fighting terrorists militarily, we are supporting them in that very same military’s operations costs. Thirdly, ‘global weirding’ is leading to more and more extreme climate conditions. Fourth, ‘energy poverty’ has caused a large global population to fall farther and faster behind the industrialized nations of the world due to not being able to access all the world’s information. Finally, ‘biodiversity loss,’ has caused the widespread extinction of species after species of animal and plant on Earth. Friedman prefers to look at these trends as opportunities. He posits that if America does not lead the green revolution, our standard of living will suffer. He hearkens back to one of the main messages in his “The World is Flat” in prophesying, “Change or die!” and wondering, “Have you ever been to a revolution where no one gets hurt?” Friedman insists change will not occur in America until the price signs and regulations change from on high, and he assigns the presidency an extremely central, almost dictatorial role akin to FDR during the New Deal reforms. Change can happen and needs to happen stateside, to prevent another country from creating the next “Green Google” or “Green Microsoft.” Friedman concluded with an ominous dictum, “We have exactly enough time…starting now.” Friedman’s lecture was heard by more than 200 people in the Taylor Little Theater. The next speakers in the 92nd St. YMCA series will be Cornel West and Susan Niemen, who will discuss race and religion as it pertains to politics and the presidency. The event will be broadcast in the Taylor Little Theater Thursday, Sept. 25, at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are free for students with Mercyhurst ID.

According to Thomas Friedman, author of the new book, “Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America,” a “book [that] masquerades about energy and environment” but is really about America, green is the new red, white, and blue. Friedman was the first speaker in this year’s Mercyhurst’s 92nd St. YMCA lecture series, broadcast to the campus in conjunction with Temple Anshe Hesed. He outlined America’s failings as a nation today in three ways: the events of Sept. 11, 2001, have caused us to withdraw as a market; America no longer has an enemy like the Soviet Union against whom to compete; and the government is failing to solve multi-generational problems. Friedman maintains the bigidea entrepreneurial spirit remains intact, but the powersthat-be in the American government are not harnessing that energy in a positive direction. Friedman notes there are five major trends emerging that have both caused warming and are leading to changes in the world today. First, more nations are consuming more energy than ever before. Secondly, ‘petrodictators’ have come to power in a

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“Hot, Flat, and Crowded” will almost assuredly be Thomas Friedman’s newest bestseller. His previous chart-toppers include “From Beirut to Jerusalem” (1989), “The Lexus and the Olive Tree” (1999) and “The World is Flat” (2005). He writes twice weekly for “The New York Times.”

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some of his repeatedly coarser word choices. Cox’s wife Katie, played with beautiful coldness by Tilda Swinton, is meanwhile seeking a divorce from her now jobless husband and sleeping around on the side with

employees, Linda Litzke and Chad Feldheimer (Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt). Litzke is an obsessive Internet dater who feels she can only regain her selfconfidence and beauty after multiple expensive lar choice) for a small Good Samaritan reward, the deal goes sour and Litzke initiates a blackmail attempt, going

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movie, the body count inevitably escalates. J.K. Simmons reprises a similar role to that he played as a foil to Aaron Eckhart in “Thank You For Smoking,” and it is his job as a CIA superior to brief and debrief the audience. At one point he insightfully analyzes, “Everyone seems to be sleeping with each other,” and he concludes one meeting with a subordinate by mandating, “Report back to me when…things make sense.” A friend with whom I saw the movie said he was reminded of the last stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “The Hollow Men” throughout the film: “This is how the world ends / Not with a bang but a whimper.” If you need a fulfilling plot, traditional genres and hero roles in order to like a film, go see “The Dark Knight.” That’s not a condemnation. But if you are willing to have your expectations altered, see cinematic stars play oddball roles and leave without closure, give “Burn After Reading” a shot.

No movie for old men: ‘Burn After Reading’
By Kyle King
A & E editor

After making perhaps the best movie of 2007 with “No Country for Old Men,” Ethan and Joel Coen have returned with an interesting spy-spoof in the ensemble comedy “Burn After Reading.” John Malkovich is at his insolent, neurotic best as Osborne Cox, an aging, elitist Princeton grad Courtesy of run out of his job in the CIA. When a coworker remarks his alcoholism is to Brad Pitt has always excelled as a character actor, and his Chad Feldheimer in “Burn After Reading” is no blame, he snarkily exception to this rule. George Clooney’s Harry Pfarrer treads intriguing boundaries of movie perversity, especially since Clooney generally plays charming, suave protagonists. John Malkovich’s Osborne Cox is retorts, “You’re a both pitiful and pitiable at turns as he deals with losing his treasured elitist status. Frances McDormand, Mormon. Next to Tilda Swinton, J.K. Simmons and others round out this all-star ensemble cast list. you we all have a drinking problem.” Malkovich mixes flooring- and sex-obsessed plastic surgeries. Pitt steals through the Russian embassy the high brow and the low brow Harry Pfarrer (George Cloo- all his scenes as Feldheimer, in the hopes of getting enough with great results. His pro- ney). oblivious to the world, locked money for her liposuction. nunciations of “memoirs” and The plot is complicated out of life by his iPod. The plot is complicated mag“rapport” were in themselves when Cox’s CIA information Originally trying to return nificently from there, to the laugh-out-loud moments, and memoirs end up in the Cox’s ‘sensitive information’ point where absurdity reigns. especially considered against hands of two local D.C. gym (Pitt has a different vernacu- As it is a Coen Brothers’

Preview the Guelcher Film Series before it plays
By Mason Lorek
Staff writer

Freshmen, if you have not yet been made aware, the PAC shows a movie every Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., and it is free with your Mercyhurst ID. There are some good ones, so check them out. Additionally, when I break down individual films in the coming weeks, I will be implementing a sort of rating/personal reaction consisting of a facial expression. Besides my reviews, here is what we have to look forward to in the coming weeks:

“The Counterfeiters” – Sept. 24 – This is the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history. The film follows the king of counterfeiters who helped the Nazis organize the operation in order to finance the war effort. “Times and Winds” – Oct. 1 – “Times and Winds” offers an unforgettable glimpse of rural Islamic life that is at once timeless, out of time and transfixed, like so many works of its kind, by the futile search for lost time. “Dare Not Walk Alone” – Oct. 8 – This is the story of

civil rights supporters in 1964 in Saint Augustine, Fla., and the inequalities that persist to this day. “The Visitor” – Oct. 15 – A widowed college professor returns to New York City to find a young couple, who turn out to be illegal immigrants, living in his apartment. “Uncounted” – Oct. 22 This explosive documentary examines election fraud and how easy it is to change election outcomes and undermine election integrity across the nation. “Priceless” – Oct. 29 Through a case of mistaken identity, a young gold digger

woos a mild-mannered bartender thinking he’s a wealthy suitor. “Schism” – Nov. 5 – Directed by Erie native John C. Lyons, “Schism” is a story of one man’s descent into the world of Alzheimer’s. “Tell No One” – Nov. 12 “Tell No One” is based on the best-selling book about a pediatrician who again becomes a suspect in his wife’s murder when two bodies are found near the scene of the original crime. “And When Did You Last See Your Father?” – Nov. 19 – “And When Did You Last See Your Father?” is an

unflinching exploration of a father-and-son relationship, as a son deals with his father’s terminal illness and imminent death. “The Edge of Heaven” – Dec. 3 – A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father’s former girlfriend after her accidental death. “In Search of a Midnight Kiss” – Dec. 10 – This funny and bittersweet look at relationships, love and modern romance follows an aspiring writer who is persuaded by his intervening friend to post a personal ad on Craig’s List for all to see.

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Love, obsession abound in Vladimir Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’

‘Skip School, ‘Start Sights’ with Hit the Lights
By Greg Summy
Contributing writer

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Above is the 50th Anniversary edition of “Lolita,” published in 2005. To the right is Jeremy Irons as Humbert and Dominique Swain as Lolita in Adrian Lynne’s 1997 film version.

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By Kyle King
A & E Editor

Two words characterize the classic Vladimir Nabokov novel “Lolita” perfectly: ‘love’ and ‘obsession.’ The plot centers around a handsome young professor who has been jailed for murder, as the framing device at the beginning of the work reveals. Since he has died of coronary thrombosis, however, his diary has been released, with pseudonyms in place for the central characters. Professor Humbert Humbert, as he is throughout coined, has emigrated from Europe to the United States. He finds residence in the home of a widowed woman, Charlotte Haze, with an adolescent daughter, Dolores (shortened to Lolita), whose sensual and alluring presence is the only redeemable quality of the entire estate. Lolita is not a classic beauty-

to-be or lady-in-waiting, but Humbert associates her with a childhood love who died of typhus, so Lolita seems lovably radiant. While secretly sexually desiring Lolita, it becomes apparent that Charlotte is smitten by Humbert herself. In order to keep up appearances, Humbert agrees to marry her. However, without spoiling any major plot details, suffice it to say that Charlotte is not long in the picture when the relationship between Humbert and Lolita turns lustward. There is a strange paradigm at work in “Lolita.” While clearly immoral and grotesque, Humbert’s love for his stepdaughter is genuine and even endearing, at least as it blossoms. Humbert’s eloquent language, classical allusions (he compares them to Peter Abelard and Heloise), and clever punning (“Sweet and Lo,” “Lo and behold,” et al.) make readers almost hope the relationship can somehow responsibly flourish.

However, as Humbert and Lolita travel the country, Lolita becomes more desirous of a normal teenage life and Humbert becomes more paranoid and possessive. The climax and conclusion, leading back to the murder that results in Humbert being jailed, seem almost inevitable by the end. “Lolita,” overall, is one of the most beautifully written novels I’ve ever read, and I highly recommend it so long as you can get past the taboo subject matter, which is admittedly tetchy. The language is all the more impressive considering Nabokov was Russian and English was only his third language. Nabokov is still up for debate in literary circles today, as well: his as-yet-unpublished fragment “The Original of Laura” could soon be made public by Nabokov’s literary executor, his son Dmitri, despite the author’s instructions to destroy the manuscript.

Losing a lead singer in a band these days is quite an obstacle to overcome. Lima, Ohio, pop-punk rockers Hit the Lights turned that very situation into an opportunity to restart their careers. “Skip School, Start Fights,” their new record on Triple Crown Records, marks the band’s re-entry to the music industry, since Colin Ross decided to take his vocal cords off the road and out of the band. After a long, grueling, almost futile effort to find a new singer, Hit the Lights finally decided to make long-time guitar player Nick Thompson the new voice of the band. The band then had to find a replacement for Thompson, and found guitarist Kevin Mahoney. With a secured lineup, the band started writing their sophomore follow-up to 2005’s “This is a Stickup, Don’t Make it a Murder.” The band recorded the thirteen-track album with former Hidden in Plain View guitarist Rob Freeman, with members of Mayday Parade and Cartel lending their mixing skills. The band’s first single, “Stay Out,” is an up-tempo anthem of summer and youth. The pop-punk style that was so blaring and in-your-face on their last record has carried over to “Skip School, Start Fights,” via melodic vocals, thick guitars and splashy

drums. The formula for pop punk rarely changes. This is painfully apparent on this record, as every song seems to be a continuation of the previous. Whether it was the band’s own doing, or pressure from the label, all the songs on the record seem to be written in dangerously similar keys, with shockingly comparable melodies. There are a few diamond-inthe-rough songs on the record, which give the band some credibility in their comeback. “Cry Your Eyes Out” features a slight exploration into heavier guitar tones and Blink 182-inspired vocal melodies. The final track of the album, “On and On,” is rather boring for a Hit the Lights song. The tempo is cut almost in half compared to the rest of the record. The song takes more than one-and-a-half minutes to build into a full sound. It is perhaps the weakest track on the record; it was not a smart choice to conclude the album. Hit the Lights is vocalist Nick Thompson, guitarists Omar Zehery and Kevin Mahoney, bassist Dave Bermosk and drummer Nate Van Dame. The band has traveled with The Friday Night Boys, A Rocket to the Moon, Nightbeast and Fireworks this summer on the AC Slay Tour. They continue to play on the road with Cobra Starship, Forever the Sickest Kids and Sing it Loud on the Sassyback Tour. “Skip School, Start Fights” is in stores and online now.

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the past 17 years. This mobility, not unlike what many Americans undergo in their lives, means a life of shifting communities and changing faces. Perhaps this is why I am always so grateful for the circle of friends I have always been lucky to have in each place. That most of these communities were designed to be temporary in geo-spatial terms only makes them more precious to me. Anchors of grace in a life always in motion. How different my experience of community is from that of my mother, for example. Until recently, she lived in the same town her entire life. In fact, her side of my family is soo rooted in place that my sister and I were the sixth generation of that side to live in my mother’s hometown. For her, community is rooted to place. For her son, living in a mobile, wired age, space seems incidental. I constantly live as the outsider looking in on communities of place. As one who does not share the rootedness of these communities, I must admit to envy. My communities over the years have been built around less concrete things than place, but they are not less powerful for that. While I look with a certain covetousness at those rooted around me, I delight in my multiple circles of family and friends from various stages of my life. All of these people envelope me in the grace of community. The grace of community, so precious to the nomad, both lifts my spirits and keeps me grounded. My circles of fami l y a n d f r i e n d s s ave m e from my solitudinary and misanthropic tendencies. These same communities of grace also keep me honest – pulling me back to earth when I threaten to lose my moorings in near delusional flights of grandeur.

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The grace of the community
By Robert von Thaden, Jr.
Contributing writer

I am a nomad, a vagabond, by profession. Well, technically, I’m an academic, but on one level that’s just a fancy way of saying the same thing. Born and raised in Rockland County, N.Y.; college in Allentown, P.a.; a master’s program and high-school teaching in Chicago; a doctoral program in Atlanta; assistant professor in Erie. I’ve moved around a little in

The only way that communities can function in this their proper way is when we allow ourselves to become vulnerable to those close to us. This vulnerability to be raised up and to be brought down, I believe, is what makes us fully human. And so, the vagabond opens himself up to vulnerability again and again knowing that by doing so he is chasing after the grace that roots us all in a common humanity. Robert H. von Thaden, Jr., Ph.D. has just started his third year as Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. His favorite aspect about Mercyhurst: The dedication of and camaraderie among the faculty.

The One Card: curbing its use
By Chris Duval
Contributing writer

With several bars now prohibiting smoking, I figured now is better than any to quit. However, anyone that is addicted to nicotine knows it’s easier said than done. I have quit several times cold turkey, but this time I figured I’d try it with the help of Nicorette. Plus, chewing gum at the club instead of having a cigarette is ideal. However, Nicorette is insanely expensive at about $50 for a box and trying to live on my summer earnings for as long as possible I can’t really afford it. Now, I already know you cannot buy cigarettes using your One Card and that is completely understandable. Mercyhurst doesn’t want their students to harm themselves. So when I went to CVS to buy Nicorette using my One

Card, I was completely shocked to find that it was against Mercyhurst policy. Yes, it is technically a tobacco product, but it’s used to combat the addiction not further it. Still in disbelief, I tried again a day later and asked a different employee, but got the same response. Mercyhurst should be promoting students to better themselves and not have policies that prevent them from doing so. I do not write this to complain and because I have nothing better to do, but because I feel this ridiculous policy needs to be changed. I agree with not being allowed to buy cigarettes on the One Card, however not allowing students to buy a product that will in the end save or considerably extend their life is truly unfortunate. I ask Mercyhurst and the One Card office to change this policy.

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September 17, 2008

Challenging the tire-to-energy plant
By Anne Zaphiris
Communication dept. chair

Keeping Erie safe
mental justice. More disquieting is the ability of ERE to convince our community that ‘gassified’ tires are a form of ‘renewable’ energy. Renewable energy is that which is g enerated from natural resources, such as

Those who live in Erie County because of love of place and people must stop the proposed tire-to-energy plant, an acknowledged Title 5 polluter. This proposal should be discussed as a complex turning point in the history of our community. Are we going to allow ambivalence, lack of unbiased information and green-sheen to negatively impact our health and vibrancy as a person and collective? Or, will we enact democracy and use our shared voice to demand what is right for our health, our families and our future? Let’s examine this environmental, economic and ethical dilemma as informed resolute citizens. In doing so, four interrelated issues must be addressed. First, the health of our families and ecosystem will suffer; everything is connected. The argument should end here, but pursuit of profit and flawed reasoning continue to thwart this simple tenet. With a predicted life of 3035 years, the plant will have the opportunity to scar a generation - our children. Recently, the Erie County Medical Society and Sierra Club published position papers which candidly request an assessment of the impact of the plant. They understand that a sick environment creates sick people. To deny that environmen-

tal health and human well being are not connected is irresponsible. An unbiased scientifi c assessment must be undertaken and openly shared with our public. Second, economics and the environment are undeniably linked. Unfortunately, in our burgeoning green economy, developers and corporations effectively take advantage of our conflicted national psyche torn by the desire to go green, yet maintain our current standard of living and retain jobs in tough economic times. Erie Renewable Energ y serves as a textbook example of greenwashing, a deceptive organizational tactic where stakeholders are persuaded that a corporation’s environmental practices are beneficial to all and services and products are not harmful, when indeed, the alleged green practices are actually detrimental to humans and the environment. This green-sheen is especially toxic when considering the tire-to-energy proposal. ERE’s plant will be built in a brownfield site bordered by an impoverished area populated by individuals without access to health care, balanced infor mation or opportunities to move out of the neighborhood. The proposal now becomes a case of social and environ-

Unfortunately, our burgeoning “green economy,indevelopers and

corporations effectively take advantage of our conflicted national psyche...

poses a few good paying jobs over a short period of time in exchange for our health and well being. Our regional Rustbelt history includes the Cuyahoga River burning in Ohio in the 1960s, Love Canal harming thousands in Buffalo, N.Y., in the 1 9 7 0 s , and more. Do we want Erie’s waterfront to be the millennium chapter in that record of environmental Anne Zaphiris degradation and human harm? the sun, tides, wind and It’s time to recognize and geothermal heat. accept our past and find proIt is truly clean with no gressive solutions to the ecoh a z a r d o u s e m i s s i o n s o r nomic downturn. dangerous pollutants. Finally, elected and appointThe tire-to-energy plant’s ed leaders must stand fi rm, use of the term ‘renewable’ is as representatives of our calculated trickery. community, rather than as Our society has to and delegates of profit-motivated will change when green isn’t developers. just a feel good word, but a Community leaders were reway of life. cently invited to a closed door American values, vulnerable session hosted by ERE’s local in a weak economy and mis- and out of town developers informed through deceptive to keep out ‘radical’ voices of marketing, will demand that others; the very people who when an organization claims voted for them to lead. to be green, it is. ERE’s proposal, an ethical Third, the Erie region needs dilemma and complex test to let go of its poor self of leadership, must call into image, while retaining the question the overall benefit to positive elements of our the community. industrial past, such as hardOur leaders must resist working values, commitment advocating for the few who to community and focus will profit financially in on the future. exchange for Erie region Our collective negative health and vitality. self-perception influences With a recent air qualihow others perceive us and, ty grade of “F” from the quite possibly, fueled this American Lung Associafire - making us susceptible tion, will we permit a ‘reto an organization who pro- newable energ y’ company

to add toxins to an already impaired atmosphere? Asthma, pulmonary disease, cancer - words and experiences already part of our everyday conversations. Will we allow this to escalate? Will community leaders h i p ch o o s e s h o r t - t e r m economic g ain for a few over long-term health consequences to Erie County people and environment? What can you do? Communicate. Inform yourself, talk to your neighbor, and do something for Erie’s future by voicing your concerns. E-mail or call your legislative representatives. Ask them to demand an examination of outdated DEP and EPA standards and to conscientiously scrutinize the impact of the plant on our population. Then, ride your bicycle on the peninsula, stroll along the emerging bayfront and travel through the winding roads of North East’s grape country. Ask yourself “Am I willing to compromise my community with a short-term fix versus long-term solution? Is the beauty of our natural environment and health of our people negotiable? Can we make a better decision through committed patience, sound judgment, and innovative thinking?” Mercyhurst College, I believe we will make the right choice. Please stop by 107 Hirt to sign a petition against ERE’s proposal or send me an email at expressing your concern.

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Russia, while still maintaining the sovereignty of their small, democratic neighbors. Gibson attempted to embarrass the two-year governor by accusing Palin of holding extreme religious views just because she referred to her Christian faith when encouraging people to pray for American soldiers. Unfortunately for Gibson, Palin spryly countered that she was following in the footsteps of President Abraham Lincoln, a path that Obama has referred to himself as following several times during his campaign. By contrast, the 147-day Senator Barack Obama referred, to his “Muslim Faith”, and continued without correcting himself. Instead, George Stephanopoulos leaped forward to correct the junior senator, assuring both Obama and the audience that Obama meant his “Christian Faith.” It isn’t a matter of doubting that the junior Senator is Christian. Instead, it is the double standard of the mainstream media when dealing with the Democrat and Republican candidates. It no longer matters the quality of an individual’s character or policies, only their political affiliation. The media is elephant hunting, be vewy vewy quiet…

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Coddling Democrats Manhattan lawyer
By Devon Ruic

lashes back
By Rhonda Marable
Contributing writer

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It would appear the Democratic nominee for president needs to be treated with childlike care, if his interview with George Stephanopoulos is any indication. However, a hatchet should be utilized when dealing with the Re publican vice-presidential candidate. To demonstrate this brand o f d o u b l e - s t a n d a r d , we need look no further than the Charlie Gibson interview with Sarah Palin. ABC heavily and unfairly edited the inter view to make the Alaskan governor appear like a hawk and a religious radicals. ABC found it politically expedient to edit out Palin stating unmistakably that, “We will not repeat a Cold War. We must have good relationships with our allies, [and we must] remind Russia that it’s in their benefit… for us all to be getting along.” This is just a small example of what was left behind on ABC’s cutting room floor, in an attempt to make the calm, collected Palin seem like she would provoke a war with Russia. It is obvious she plans on encouraging a peaceful relationship with

Have you heard the latest about Roy Den Hollander? The Manhattan lawyer who sued Columbia University this August for having a women’s studies program that he claims is discriminating against men. Obviously my first reaction was “Are you joking?” But the joke’s on me, actually, it’s on all women that have purchased a drink for half price at the club, didn’t have to pay a cover charge or have even taken a women’s studies class. Hollander is on a mission to get rid of all injustices towards men that have come by way of what he calls a “religionist belief system called feminism.” This belief system according to Hollander is “like all religions…an irrational one.” According to Hollander, a feminist “is someone who was born as a female and because of that, believes they’re superior to men, and that females are innocent until proven guilty, and that guys are primarily always at fault.” Silly me, I thought I was more of a woman who was trying to gain socioeconomic and educational equality and in a male

dominated society. In addition to the accusations about Columbia University’s class, Hollander has brought suits against several popular New York night clubs for offering drink discounts to women. Hollander was rudely awaked to clubs making exceptions for women while he was out trying to forget about his bitter divorce. It would seem that he hasn’t been out clubbing in the last …ever. I would be sorry if I weren’t such a staunch feminist, but can I just say crybaby? When will people stop abusing lawsuits? I know we can sue clubs for giving college students a discount, since it clearly discriminates against those that don’t go to college. I’m hoping that our legal system can see through this middleaged, male rant and throw the cases out for being baseless, accusations that are nothing more than legal jargon connoting a personal vendetta against the opposite sex. Well Mr. Hollander, enjoy the motion for summary judgment in your right hand while I hold a half-off drink in mine. Cheers.

Many Central and South American students will be celebrating Hispanic heritage month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This weekend celebrates the half-way to St. Patrick’s Day, so mark your calenders and prepare for one of the most fun holidays of the year.

The football team was shut out on the 13th against Bloomsburg University after fumbling the ball six times.

Election 2008: patriotism not in question
By Seth Hallam
Contributing writer

The accusations of a lack of patriotism during the cur rent presidential race are preposterous. It started from the McCain camp with murmurs that Obama was not American enough, because he did not wear a flag pin.

From there it went to ridiculous rumors that Obama was a Muslim extremist. The Democrats struck back, claiming the way that the Bush administration has run the country is unpatriotic in itself. Recently, the Obama campaign has been criticizing the McCain campaign, claiming they were unpatriotic, because their proposed tax cuts.

Both sides of the race need to end the unfounded accusations. There will be enough slandering in the coming months, but to question a candidate’s Americanism is too far. Obviously, McCain and Obama want the best for America, at least we would hope so. They’ve changed their entire lives in order to run for President, and the winner will have

their own views as to what is best for our country. What we should be focusing on are the real issues: McCain’s outright lies and wishwashy views, and Obama’s lack of experience. Criticism is always a huge part of the campaign process. But being patriotic is not a question; however who will do the best job for the country is.

Homecoming, fall fest and parents weekend are all at the same time this year. So if you’re planning on partaking in the traditional homecoming/fall fest activites on the hill, at your friends off campus apartment or between the Cornerstone and your front steps, be aware that your mom might be watching
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Women’s Volleyball............................Sept. 9, L 3-0, California (Pa.) Football..................................................Sept. 13, L 24-0, Bloomsburg Field Hockey......................................Sept. 13, W 2-0, Slippery Rock Men’s Soccer..............................................Sept. 10, W 3-0, Lake Erie Sept. 13, W 4-0, Alderson-Broaddus Women’s Soccer..........................................Sept. 9, W 3-1, Edinboro Sept. 13, L 2-1, Indiana (Pa.) Men’s golf finishes 11th at Hal Hansen Invitational The men’s golf team finished on Monday with a two day total of 642 strokes to finish in eleventh place at the Hal Hansen Invitational which is hosted by Clarion University. Women’s hockey names captains for 2008-2009 season Head coach Mike Sisti announced this past week that junior Megan Agosta will serve as the head captain this season for the Lakers. Senior Valerie Chouinard and sophomore Vicki Bendus will serve as the team’s assistant captains.

Field hockey poised for success
By Samantha Sellinger
Sports editor

Editor’s Game of the Week: Cage the Golden Eagles

Football vs. Clarion University Saturday Sept., 20 at 1p.m., Tullio Field

Christie Turak-Women’s Cross Country This sophomore ran her second fastest time of her career with a time of 18:32.10 on her way to winning the Penn State Behrend Invitational Saturday in Erie. Billy Colton-Men’s Soccer Colton, a sophomore forward had four goals and an assist in wins over Lake Erie and Alderson-Broaddus this week for the Lakers. He was named the PSAC West Men’s Soccer Athlete of the Week for his efforts.

The season began to look brighter for the Mercyhurst College field hockey team this past weekend. The Lakers earned their first victory this season when they battled Slippery Rock University at their first home game, 2-0. “We played hard out there; played our game,” senior Courtney Monin said. “We played intense and scored early just like we wanted to.” With the win, Mercyhurst’s winning streak over SRU extended to eight. Their season improved to 1-3 overall, and 10 in the PSAC. The Lakers got on the board quickly, racking up both goals within the first 16 minutes of play. Junior Kathryn Wicus and senior Haley Brochu were the sole goal scorers of the match. Senior goalkeeper Jen Macri,

picked up her second career shutout against SRU by totaling five saves. With such excellent playing in the first half, the Lakers were able to cruise through the second half and keep their two goal lead until the end. On Tuesday, Mercyhurst had the chance to continue on the road to victory, at their match

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with Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Unfortuneatly, for the Lakers, their best efforts weren’t enough and they lost 1-9. The team has the chance to get back on track with their next game, this Friday, Sept. 19 against C.W. Post on home turf.

Another year of intramurals set to kick off
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor

Alright, so you’re a college student now and while the glory days of high school athletics may be behind you have no fear; Mercyhurst College has just what you’re looking for to relive those memories.

Welcome to the wonderful world of intramural sports. Mercyhurst provides a variety of intramural sports which can provide some much needed stress relief and exercise. Each term provides different sports to go along with the appropriate seasons. In the fall, you have your choice of flag football as well

as ultimate frisbee. The winter brings co-ed volleyball along with men’s and women’s basketball. While in the spring, there is 3-on-3 basketball, soccer and softball. Ultimate frisbee is co-ed and each team must have a minimum of three males and three females on the roster.

As for flag football, there are separate leagues for males and females. The fall season gets started right away so for those looking to take part in either ultimate frisbee or flag football don’t waste any time, rosters are due by Friday Sept.19. Those students who are interested in getting a team

together can register at the Rec Center where you will find sign up sheet as well as a roster drop box at the front desk. If you want to play, but don’t have a team or just have a question about intramurals, contact Intramural Director Joe Spano at x2441 or email him at jspano@mercyhurst. edu to be placed on a team.

September 17, 2008

crossed the ball into the mix where senior Sean Spangler shot the ball into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Just minutes later, Spangler crossed the ball into the Alderson-Broaddus defense where it was deflected into the net to give the Lakers a rewarding 3-0 lead as they went into half time. Going into the second half, the Lakers were looking to keep the Battlers out of their net. In minute 89 of play, Colton scored the final goal for the Lakers to wrap up the game with a 4-0 victory. “I was really pleased with the performance on the field. I was impressed with how everyone played. The rest of the squad stepped up and did very well during the game,” said sophomore Dean Atkins. “I was happy with the way we played and used our strengths.” Earlier this week, the Lakers came out strong to beat Lake Erie College with a score of 3-0. Colton sneaked the ball past the Lake Erie keeper just 41 seconds into the match on Wednesday. Keeping the 1-0 lead for the entire half, the men came out strong in the second looking to score. In just the first two minutes of play, the Lakers charged down the field scoring another goal picking up momentum over Lake Erie. Sophomore Mike DeRose posted the third goal in the 82 minute of play to give the Lakers the final 3-0 victory. The Mercyhurst defense has posted three shutouts in their four games so far this season. Senior goalkeeper Danny

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Men’s soccer continues to pound the victory trail
By Katie Waldin
Staff writer

Mudd, with his third shut out this season, now has 17 thus far in his career.

Battling through the hurricane force winds and the extreme rain, the men’s soccer team took the Battlers of Alderson-Broaddus College by storm at home this past Saturday. The Lakers came out strong in the first half of the game pushing through the tough conditions. Posting 12 shots on goal the first half to AldersonBroaddus’s six, helped the Lakers take an early lead in the game. In minute 15 of play, sophomore forward Billy Colton connected with the ball off of a short cross from senior Marty Powell to score the first goal in the match. Just 20 minutes later, Colton

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Sophomore Billy Colton battles for control of the ball Tuesday at the men’s soccer game at home. The Lakers suffered their first loss against Slippery Rock University 0-2.

CC begins season on the right foot

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The Mercyhurst College cross country program had a successful meet this past weekend. At the PSU-Behrend Invitational, the men took third and the women came in second.
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By Kenny Hunt
Contributing writer

September 17, 2008
Club hockey pays its own way
The start of a new school year brings several things; increased expenses for school, new professors and classes, and the start of a new hockey season. Mercyhurst holds a reputation for winning on the ice with the women’s and men’s Division I varsity teams, and with the Division I ACHA club hockey team. This season marks a new beginning for the Lakers, as Head Coach Tom Mckinnon says, “We’ve had winning records two of the last three seasons including an appearance in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s DI National Tournament in 2006. This year, we have 12 returning players and one of the biggest recruiting classes on record with a mission to return to the ACHA DI National Tournament in 2009.” The Lakers will go after the ECHL division title against such powerhouse teams as Niagara and defending champion Robert Morris University. If the Lakers can clinch the division, they will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament In order to prepare for the upcoming season, the club hockey team has set into motion fund-raising initiatives to help offset the costs of rising travel expenses and the need to stay competitive in an ever-growing league. “For club teams like ours, times are especially challenging as we rely primarily on individual player fees and outside contributions,” said Mckinnon. “As a result, we’re pulling together to bring in funds through different fundraising ventures including t-shirt sales, 50/50 giveaways during games and a partnership with My Sports Dreams Fundraising to help us raise money for long distance road trips throughout the region and other related equipment expenses.” The club team will be holding a showcase tournament to help raise money and a fan base for the upcoming regular season. The tournament will take place Friday Sept. 26 through Sunday Sept. 28. Teams from Toronto, North York, Pittsburgh and Massachusetts will be participating. The Lakers play Friday, Sept. 26, and Saturday, Sept. 27. The championship game is at 1p.m. on Sunday, September 29 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Football shut out by Bloomsburg
By Mark Gramza
Contributing writer

The Mercyhurst Lakers football team finally comes home this weekend when they take on Clarion University at 1p.m. on Saturday. Last Saturday, the Lakers lost 24-0 to number 11 ranked Bloomsburg Huskies in Bloomsburg, Pa. The Huskies and their fourth ranked rushing offense in Division II gained 334 yards on the ground. This combined with the rest of their offense had the Huskies finishing the game with 490 yards and 23 first downs. Junior quarterback Garrett Kensy got the start under center again this week. He went 1424 with no interceptions. But the Lakers did little to help their cause despite managing 222 yards and 11 first downs. The Lakers had trouble keeping possession of the ball as they fumbled it six times, losing three of those. This strong defense of the Lakers, which was ranked number one nationally coming into this game was lead by Brian Boyce who had a team high nine tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble against the Bloomsburg Huskies.

The Lakers fell to 1-2 on the year after being shut out by the Bloomsburg Huskies 24-0 Saturday in Bloomsburg Pa.

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When asking a student about what they felt about the Lakers upcoming home opener at Tullio Field they stated: “It is definitely a must see game as I expect the Lakers to win this game for sure. Also being that it is a football game and the home opener, I think

everyone on campus should go and check out and support their football team.” So fellow Merciad readers, put it on the calendar and make sure you all show up in attendance for the home opener this Saturday at 1p.m. versus Clarion.

Annual Hockey Media Night to kick off 2008 hockey season
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor

It’s nearly time for the puck to drop on another Mercyhurst hockey season, but before play can actually begin the season will kick off with the Annual Hockey Media Night Monday, Sept. 22 at the Ambassador

Banquet and Conference Center. The annual event will feature guest speaker JP Dellacamera. Dellacamera’s career includes being the former radio voice of the Erie Blades from 1978 to 1982 as well as calling thousands of collegiate and professional games for a variety of networks including

NBC, ABC and ESPN. He has been the lead announcer for the past two summer Olympics for men’s and women’s soccer as well as the play by play voice for the past six men’s World Cups and the past four women’s World Cups Currently, Dellacamera is the voice of ESPN’s MLS

Primetime Thursday and the television voice of the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers. The men’s hockey team looks to build off a late post season push which took them all the way to the conference tournament final. They start their season on Oct. 5 against Royal Military College at the MIC

at 7:05 p.m. The women’s hockey team looks to rebound from an NCAA tournament loss against Minnesota Duluth. They drop the puck to begin the season on Sept. 27 against Guelph University at the MIC starting at 4 p.m. For ticket information to the Media Night call 814-824-2277.

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and 25-21. The offense never got running properly and sputtered its way to a hitting percentage of .008, which is well below the season average. California was able to take advantage of the absence of English by racking up eight blocks while hitting .190 on the match. The Lakers had a few players who performed very well, namely sophomore Kendall Ashworth and senior Lauren Kubinski. Ashworth lead all players with 15 digs while receiving serve at a .950 clip. Kubinski tied for the match high with 11 kills and added three blocks to round out her night. The silver lining on the evening is that this will not

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Women’s volleyball suffers first loss of season
By Gary Coad
Staff Writer

This past Tuesday, the Mercyhurst College volleyball team played host to a very tough, ranked opponent, No. 19 California University of Pennsylvania. California was the preseason favorite in the conference and lived up to their preseason rank very well throughout the match. To make matters worse for the Lakers, the reigning PSAC West player of the week, sophomore Erin English, was sidelined with flu-like symptoms. California was able to jump out to an 11-5 lead in the first game and never looked. A combination of good

be the only meeting of these two teams, and the Lakers will be very prepared for the next match. California improved to 100 at the conclusion of the evening and is now 2-0 in the PSAC West. Mercyhurst fell to 6-4 overall, 1-1 in the PSAC West and had its five match winning streak snapped. The Lakers continue with their season this Saturday, Sept 20 at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Page 20 Junior David Miller heads the ball at the men’s soccer game against Slippery Rock University on Tuesday at home.

Senior Lauren Kubinsky, left, and sophomore Justine Smith, right, jump for a block at Tuesday’s game against rival, Gannon University.

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ball distribution and passing were the keys to California’s victory.

The Lakers dropped all three games in a row, with the scores being 25-16, 25-17

Women’s soccer gets back on track with win
By Stephen Duggan
Staff writer

The Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team had been in fine form since the start of the season and was looking to get back to winning after last week’s overtime tie with Clarion University. Carrying a record of 3-01 into the week, the Lakers jumped from No.21 in the nation to No.19. Last Tuesday night, the ladies traveled the short distance to Edinboro University to take on the Fighting Scots. As they have done so many times this season, the Lakers jumped quickly out of the blocks with two early goals. The first of these goals came from junior Taylor Hilinski after just 18 minutes. She

scored on a breakaway from 20 yards which was assisted by senior Sarah Powell. The provider then turned scorer as Powell connected on a pass from sophomore Jamie Schroter to find the back of the net just three minutes later. This goal gave Powell her fourth of the season and Schroter picked up her sixth assist. The Lakers held firm at the back and added to their lead in the 76 minute. Hilinski pounced on a deflected shot sending it into the far corner past the Edinboro goalkeeper. In the 80 minute, the Fighting Scots managed to put themselves on the scoreboard when a speculative effort found its way to the top corner past senior Rebecca Heintzmann in

the Laker goal. The defense locked the game up at 3-1 for another win. The Lakers traveled to Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday to take on the Crimson Hawks. The Lakers found themselves down in the first half as a goal from IUP’s Sarah Romasco stunned them. There was still plenty of time to get back into the game and this rang true in the 61 minute when Hilinski received the ball from senior Hailee Maiorano and duly finished past the Hawks keeper. Then in the 75 minute the game took a cruel twist for the Lakers as a seemingly harmless free kick from 45 yards was headed into the goal by the Hawks’ Melinda Lieb. The Lakers outshot their opponent 17-16, but the

Crimson Hawks defense would close out the game at 21 and give the ladies their first loss of the season. Powell had this to say about the games, “After a great victory at Edinboro when

the team fought very hard for each other, it was a tough loss to take at IUP. We played well, but conceded a soft goal in the end. Hopefully, this can spur us on to a victory next time out.”

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Senior Sarah Powell gets ready to pass off the ball at a game against the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown earlier in the season.

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