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Students concerned after possible voter registration fraud on campus.
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Merciad sports editor Brad Moehringer drops a few pounds in a Mercyhurst kick boxing class.
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World-renowned dance company Ballet Hispanico to perform at Mercyhurst.
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Possible voter registration fraud leaves students with concerns
By Casey Greene

Between online shopping and Internet scams, identity theft is a current concern on many individual’s minds. On Friday, Sept. 26, a student reported to Campus Ministry claiming he had been approached by a man asking him to register to vote, said Mercyhurst College Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin. The man, who identified himself as Mike Graham, claimed to be with the Fair Election Legal Network, a non-partisan organization working to increase voter participation. Graham asked students on campus to fill out voter registration cards. “The Fair Election Legal Network denies any affiliation with the man,” Tobin said. “They said they had no one in the Erie area on Friday.” Students were required to give their name, address, date of birth and social security number as well as other personal information. Considering the sensitivity of the information, the college moved to protect the students. “Identity theft is a very possible outcome in a situation like this,” Tobin said. It was quickly discovered that Graham had not been authorized to be on campus and Kathy Thornton and Greg Baker of campus ministry confronted the man. “Allegedly [Graham] became confrontational and refused to

give up the student’s information he had collected,” Tobin said. “He quickly left campus after the confrontation.” Mercyhurst has a strict solicitation policy, Tobin said. Solicitation is only allowed in rare cases. “Given the shadiness of the situation, the school decided to send out a campus-wide email Friday afternoon,” Tobin said. In the e-mail students were asked to report to Police and Safety if they had been approached by or had given out personal information. Since Friday’s events Police and Safety have continued investigating the incident. According to Tobin, Police and Safety have found that Graham works for Service Employees International Union. Tobin said the organization claims Graham is an employee and did turn in voter registration cards on Friday. Still, Police and Safety are continuing the investigation. An estimated 10 to 20 Mercyhurst students gave out their personal information to Graham. Tobin said these students are being directed to contact the Erie County Court House. “The court house said they will help students sort through voter registration cards to make sure theirs was turned in,” Tobin said. Clerk of Elections for the Erie County Court House Douglas Smith said he is surprised about the incident. “Sometimes we get groups trying to register people,

which can cause confusion for voters, but we have never seen this kind of thing before,” said Smith. “Unfortunately sometimes people take advantage of others and that’s what it comes down to in this case.” Smith outlined the information voters need to volunteer in order to register to vote. “We only ask for a driver’s license or the last 4 digits of your social [security number]. This information is on public record and anyone can access it,” Smith said. Releasing all nine digits of a social security number can be a dangerous move and result in “possible identity theft,” Smith said. For students who still need to register to vote, Smith suggests they check the source they are signing up with. “First thing is to make sure they are from a registered campaign by asking for their ID,” he said. “Anyone that asks for your personal information should have no problem presenting theirs to you.” To ensure the safety of your information, Smith encourages students needing to register to vote to come directly to the court house. Tobin sent out an e-mail Tuesday, September 30 alerting Mercyhurst students about the importance and urgency to register to vote. October 6 is Pennsylvania’s deadline to register for the Nov. 4 election. Campus Ministry remains the college’s non-partisan location to register to vote. To register, contact Greg Baker, Director of Campus Ministry, at x2301.

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Students who signed up for the emergency text notification system recieved this test message.

’Hurst texts students for safety
By Kelly Luoma
Contributing writer

Text messaging is not just a great way to communicate with friends; it’s a way to quickly receive information about emergencies happening on the Mercyhurst College campus. Mercyhurst has an emergency text message notification system available to its students. Students can visit to register to receive emergency alert text messages to their cell phones. To register, student are required to enter their Mercyhurst username and password, first and last name, and cell phone number. Once the terms of service have been agreed to, a validation code will be sent to the student’s cell phone. The student needs to enter this code into the system and then is ready to receive emergency alerts. This is the second year of the emergency text message

notification system at Mercyhurst. “This system was one of the recommendations that came out of the Virginia Tech shootings,” according to Dr. Gerard Tobin, vice president of student life. Virginia Tech used e-mail to alert its students Tobin said. With a rise in the use of cell phones and text messaging, “The campus needs to look at multiple areas of communication,” Tobin said. Freshman Sarah Blair registered for the system because her mom informed her. Freshman Tori Scott chose not to register for the text messages. “I don’t want anyone to have my [phone] number. I don’t think an emergency is going to happen,” she said. Senior Ashley Pizzuto signed up to receive the notifications. “I think it’s a really good idea. It’s a good, quick way to let everybody know what’s happening,” she said. “The goal is to try and get as many students and employees signed up as possible,” Tobin said.

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Government. She plans to attend several of the events to support the Mercy Mission Reading Program where she has acted as a student representative. She said the program has “strong connections to our core values and mission statement, and therefore as a member of the Mercyhurst community, everyone should become involved” either by giving ideas or assistance or just simply attending the events planned. With all of the interesting things the King Celebration is bringing to campus, freshman Nicole Gibson says she is also planning on attending more of the events and says students should attend, because the events “can bring more culture into the student’s life.” Student involvement is encouraged and anyone who wants to become involved can contact Olszowka in Preston 107. A full list of the year’s events can be found online at

’Hurst highlights MLK Jr. in year-long celebration
By Alaina Rydzewski
Contributing writer

As the school year gets busy with all of the extracurricular activities, Mercyhurst College provides, another series of speeches, films, poets and more are scheduled for throughout the year. The Martin Luther King Jr. year-long celebration, which started with Bobby Seale’s speech on Tuesday, Sept. 23, is now well under way. The idea was thrown around for the first time last April and progressed through the summer with the help of Dr. John Olszowka, who is in charge of the activities. Events in October include the discussion between Cornel West and Susan Neiman through live satellite broadcast on “Race and Religion in the Presidential Election,” the Panel Discussion on “Then and Now: The Civil Rights Movement and Barack Obama” and the Guelcher Film Series.

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The Martin Luther King Jr. year-long celebration, which started with former Black Panther Bobby Seale’s speech continues through October at Mercyhurst College.

As for student involvement, Olszowka says the “hope was we could get students interested and to help out.” Because the celebration was

formulated throughout the summer, student involvement is low. Even so, Olszowka and the committee are open to

students who have ideas and want to give input. Junior Jacquelynne Brown is the student events coordinator for Mercyhurst Student

Hispanic Heritage Month: food, language, culture
By Javiera Cubillos
Contributing writer

Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated during the month of September at Mercyhurst College. Students may have noticed, the theme of the “Did you Know?” on the table tents of The Laker and Egan Cafeteria is Hispanic Heritage. Questions such as: “How many countries use Spanish as their official language?” and “Who was the first Hispanic baseball player inducted to

the hall of fame?” reflect the awareness that Hispanic Heritage month tries to create on students. The Marion Shane Multicultural Center is in charge of organizing a couple events to celebrate Hispanic heritage as well. On Wednesday, Sept. 24, students who went to the Student Union Great Room between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. had the chance to taste a variety of typical Puerto Rican, Mexican and Dominican food. This was a good chance

for Hispanic students to get a little bit of home food, and for non-Hispanics to practice their Spanish skills as they listened to some Hispanic music and conversation. Gabriela Meza, a Honduran sophomore who attended this event, said the food “was really good, and it reminded [her] of her own homecooked meals.” “I brought an American friend with me to let her try some Hispanic food, and she loved it,” Meza said. This was a free event and open to any student who

wanted to give their taste buds something new to try. On Friday, Sept. 26, the Multicultural Center organized a Fiesta in the Great Room that started at 10 p.m. There was food, dancing and a little bit of Hispanic culture to learn from. Those who wanted free dance lessons could arrive an hour earlier and learn some moves from Mercyhurst’s dance teacher. “The turnout was great,” Marrero said. “We had several families come and learn dance

lessons while enjoying the atmosphere and the music of the Friday Fiesta.” Additionally, students were welcome to bring their Multicultural Awareness Passports to be stamped. Both these events were made possible through a Diversity Enrichment Grant given to the Multicultural Center. For more information relating to Multicultural activities, please contact Pertrina Marrero at pmarrero@mercyhurst. edu.

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Panelists discuss ‘Blood,’ presidential election, Obama
By Kelly Luoma
Contributing writer

“Then and Now: The Civil Rights Movement and Barack Obama” asked panelists to answer the question: Does Obama’s candidacy mean the United States is in a post-racial political era, and if so, does that mean the country has put the racial discrimination described in “Blood Done Sign My Name” behind us? Students and members of the Mercyhurst College community listened as a panel discussed these issues on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the Walker Recital Hall. The four panelists consisted of Dr. Michael Federici, Ms. Shirley Greene, Dr. David Livingston and Dr. Christina Riley-Brown. They discussed issues from Timothy Tyson’s “Blood Done Sign My Name” and how these issues relate to the current presidential election. “[The panel] relates the book to the role that race and religion play in the treatment of the current candidates for the American presidency,” Dr. Christina Rieger, organizer of the event said. Each panelist had time to discuss his or her own answer to the question the discussion was focused on. Greene’s answer was no, this country is not in a post-racial political era. “We still have much work to do,” Greene said. Livingston said even if Obama wins the presidential election, the country will not be in a post-racial political era. He talked about the country beginning to heal its “wounds,” but that the “scars” from slavery and the past will always exist. “When you read ‘Blood Done Sign My Name,’ you get a sense of why it would be impossible for an African-American to run for president in the 1960s,” Federici said. “Barack Obama’s accomplishment of winning the presidential nominee is no small feat.”

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A panelist led discussion inspired by the book “Blood Done Sign My Name” was held on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in the Walker Recital Hall. The dialogue focused on the theme of race and how it applies to the coming presidential election.

Even so, if Obama wins the presidency, there will be unrealistic expectations about the amount of change that will occur with him in office, Federici said. Greene opposed this idea by saying that expectations will be high for anyone who becomes president during this period in time. The discussion closed with questions from the audience. When asked who the panelists are going to vote for

in the upcoming election, they unanimously declared Obama. The discussion was “an interesting analysis of ‘Blood Done Sign My Name’ and race in politics,” freshman Lorraine Gentner said. “It was good,” freshman Stephen Schutta said. “[The panelists] were on topic, and made points clearly. It was a nice discussion about racism and politics, and how the two relate to each other.”

Poll helps determine students’ feelings on election
By Ashley Pastor
Staff writer

Mercyhurst College undergraduates will join college students from four battleground states in having opportunity to have their political voices heard when they participate in Youth Vote ’08, a poll conducted by CBS News, The Chronicle of Higher Educa-

tion and UWIRE, a leading provider of student-generated media. The poll partners have targeted an estimated 15 schools in Pennsylvania to gauge student opinion on the candidates, the issues that matter to young voters, their level of engagement in this campaign and their take on the political landscape in the Internet age. Mercyhurst is the only col-

lege in Erie County participating in the survey, a UWIRE spokesman said. The poll is also being conducted at schools throughout Ohio, North Carolina and Colorado. All Mercyhurst full-time undergraduate students will have the opportunity to take the online poll, which will be sent directly to their campus e-mails.

The initial survey will go out Monday, Oct. 6, with reminders on Thursday, Oct. 9, Monday, Oct. 13, and Thursday, Oct. 16. The Cornell University Survey Research Institute will conduct the survey, with the results to be reported by CBS News, The Chronicle of Higher Education and UWIRE on Oct. 27. “Every indication is that

today’s college students are paying very close attention to the presidential election. The chance for Mercyhurst students to have their views heard through the Youth Vote ’08 Poll, whose results will be reported nationally, is very exciting. I’m hoping our students will take advantage of this great opportunity,” Debbie Morton, media relations manager said.

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“It’s pretty shocking sometimes to hear what’s banned and where it’s banned. Most of the countries you’d expect things to be banned, but sometimes it’s very shocking; you think these books are timeless, but some people really get offended. Many of them have very moral guidelines to their structure, and it’s sad, you know, for people to be deprived of these stories,” Amnesty International President Sean Whaling said. Posters featuring covers of banned books, movies and music, as well as handouts about current issues, are on display in the Herrmann Student Union as of Monday, Sept. 29. “It’s really cool to see all that stuff,” Whaling said. “A lot of times we have the books there and have them opened to the pages that explain the

reasoning behind why it was banned.” Mark Twain and Toni Morrison were among the 10 most challenged authors in 2007 as compiled by the American Library Association (ALA). According to the ALA, books are banned most frequently, because they are sexually explicit, unsuited to age group or contain offensive language. “It’s still happening. As outrageous as it is, people are [banning books] to this day. It shows how far we’ve come with education, to think that some places in the world still do this. Part of Amnesty International is to ease the injustices of the world,” Whaling said. Setting up tables or “tabling” in the Student Union has been a good way for Amnesty International to raise awareness about all of their causes. “We get to talk to a lot of people. It’s a good spot to be to get in touch with a lot of people from the school. It grabs people’s attention.” BBW is about more than just informing people about the issue. Petitions will be out for anyone who wants to get banned books back on the shelves. “We do it to not only reach people who are unaware, but to get [books back] in circulation again,” Whaling said. Most activists and organizations, including the American Library Association and the National Association of College Stores, observe BBW in late September. Nationally, the 27 year of BBW runs Sept. 27 through Oct. 4, but organizations continue to raise awareness yearround. “It is amazing to see peo-

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ple’s reactions when they find out that books by Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Toni Morrison and so many of their favorite authors have been banned in this country. Some people even find it funny, but in truth it is not funny at all,” senior Laura Maus said. “The banning of books in elementary schools, high schools and colleges limits the education of students. The more people who are made aware of this issue, the less likely book banning will happen in the future.” Freshman and Amnesty International member Josh Burgart said “censorship is just wrong. To deny anyone the access to knowledge is not right. I think it’s good to raise awareness.” To find out more information on BBW, stop by the tables or visit

Amnesty International brings ‘Banned Books’ to ’Hurst
By JoEllen Marsh
Contributing writer

Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple.” Maya Angelou’s “Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” What do these literary works all have in common? In 2007, they were all banned at numerous libraries and schools across the United States. Mercyhurst College’s chapter of Amnesty International is sponsoring Banned Books Week (BBW), a national campaign to open people’s eyes to the music, literature and other forms of art that are being banned all over the world. Oct. 6-10 Amnesty International members will set up tables in the Student Union to mark BBW for the third year.

Stamps are passport to prizes
By Javiera Cubillos
Contributing writer

The Multicultural Awareness Passport Program is an effort of Mercyhurst College to encourage students to attend multicultural programs and events. The college hopes this will increase multicultural awareness, sensitivity and knowledge. The point is for students to attend multicultural events that happen around campus and their Multicultural Awareness Passport signed at each of these. Students get one stamp as proof of attendance for each event they attend. Once they attain a minimum of six stamps, they can pres-

ent their passport to Petrina Marrero, Director of the Multicultural Center, and enter to win prizes that will be revealed later in the year. The grand prize drawing will take place during Cultural Awareness Week which is Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 1. Programs and events are constantly happening around campus. They vary from lectures to films, from dance competitions and classes to theatre and from art shows to parties. They are advertised on bulletin boards around campus and on the Tuesday Afternoon. Students can always stop by the Multicultural Center to get more information or need a new Multicultural Awareness Passport.

Freshmen got their Multicultural Awareness Passports at their New Student Orientation and Upperclassmen can get one from their RA, AD or directly from the Multicultural Center located on the main level of the Student Union. “The Passport Program is working,” Marrero said. Students have showed up to various events, and they brought their passports with them. Though the events have always been advertised, students didn’t pay much attention to the bulletin boards or e-mail reminders. Marrero adds, “With the Passport Program, students are paying attention, making sure to attend the programs and to get their passports stamped.”

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Career Services helps students with hands-on learning
By Julie Hranica
Staff writer

Career Services provides students with the opportunity to participate in internships, allowing them to gain experience within their chosen field and possibly gain college credits. All majors allow opportunities for internships except for education, athletic training and social work, which provide opportunities within their respective programs. The majors in which students take advantage of internship opportunities include hotel restaurant and institutional management, intelligence studies and business. Bob Hvezda, director of career services, said 222 students were involved in internships over the summer, in over 20 different states. Senior Heather Schwager was one of these students. After working in a hotel, Schwager said, “It was pretty cool to be able to apply theories I’ve learned in class and to actually see them playing out in the real world. I really learned how to trouble shoot problems and deal with them as well as work one on one with customers.” Hvezda believes the benefits of internships are numerous. “Not only do internships give students excellent practical experience to put on their resumes, but they also allow students to secure letters of recommendation if they do a good job, and allows them to represent Mercyhurst College throughout the country,” Hvezda said.

The Career Services office placed 395 students in internships last year, in year-round and summer programs. Hvezda also stressed how important networking is within these internships. “What I like most about Mercyhurst College students is that they are contributing and producing while on an internship, which employers look favorably on. These internships provide great opportunities to network, which in this economy, can give students a real edge. Students become more marketable and more competitive within their fields. Our students are able to compete with the very best,” Hvezda said. In order to participate in an internship, students need to have at least 57 credits or have completed their sophomore year. Students may then attend an informational session and receive an application. After obtaining the necessary signatures from both their advisor and department director, the student can bring the application to the Career Services Office in 204 Old Main. There they can discuss possible placements and begin the construction of their resume, which is typed for free within Career Services. Once the resume is sent to the employer for review, the student can schedule a faceto-face interview to insure the match is a good one. For students who want to see what internships are available, Career Services posts information on a bulletin board right outside the office. Binders for each respec-

tive major are set up in the office for students to review as well. These two outlets provide a description of the internships, the contact information and the number of placements allotted. Students are encouraged to find their own internships. “If students are interested in pursuing internships within their hometown, we simply require that the student obtains a job description of what they will be doing so that we can approve it for academic credit,” Hvezda said. In addition to providing internship opportunities, Career Services also offers many other services to students. Seniors are encouraged to open a credential file, which is a way for them to store letters of recommendation. Additionally, students interested in developing interviewing techniques can find information and help through this office. Career Development seminars are advertised for faculty. Career and job fairs are developed and advertised by Career Services as well. A large Career and Job Fair for all students will be held on Nov. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Athletic Center. Hvezda mentioned that these career fairs are extremely important for all students, not just seniors, as they “give students the opportunity to discuss careers, internships, summer jobs, or full time employment.” If interested in more information about internships or Career Services contact Bob Hvezda at rhvezda@

IT’S DinoMITE! The life-size Tsintaosaurus cast now on display in Cummings Gallery. Exhibit runs to Oct. 16. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. and Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Heritage Celebrations The Marion Shane Multicultural Center will host celebrations honoring the heritage of Native Americans and Hispanics on Oct. 8 and 9, respectively. Walker School advisers meet The Walker School of Business and Communication at Mercyhurst College will hold its first advisory board meeting on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16-17, on the Erie campus. The board consists of 15 prominent business leaders several of them alumni, from the northeastern U.S. who serve as advisers to the Walker School. Pre-health seminar series The Mercyhurst pre-health professions advising office, under the direction of Dr. Steven Mauro, has announced the schedule for its fall seminar series. All talks are slated for 4 p.m. in Zurn 314 unless otherwise noted. The series focuses on options for the pre-health track student. All are welcome. Dog Days Video Many Mercyhurst faculty and staff brought their dogs to campus on a couple occasions in September, so students, particularly freshmen who may have been missing home and their own pets, could have an opportunity to enjoy the animals and meet new friends, canine and otherwise. Catch some clips on

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Center for Teaching Rare dinosaur replica hangs Excellence connects out in Cummings Art Gallery students to faculty
By JoEllen Marsh
Contributing writer

Mercyhurst College’s faculty has an exciting new development on campus. The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is a new center devoted to enriching teaching and learning at Mercyhurst. CTE’s Director Brian Reed said, “The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is committed to supporting, promoting and enhancing academic instruction and learning by providing assistance, consultation and resources for faculty in a collaborative environment that will nurture and advance the culture of teaching excellence at Mercyhurst College.” To reach this excellence, the CTE is building a variety of programs, including peer consultation, classroom observation and course materials review. Reed said, “One of the projects that we are currently working on is developing an online midpoint course evaluation, with a narrative component so that faculty can receive more precise information about what is working well in their course and what can be improved during the rest of the term.” CTE also organized workshops and lectures for faculty such as “The Family Track: Balancing Demands of Family and Profession,” which will be held in November. They will also offer programs to help faculty develop wikispaces for student projects

and use YouTube clips in the classroom. “During its first years of development, CTE will assist primarily full time faculty at the main campus,” Reed said. The CTE may eventually develop concentrations on adjunct faculty, teaching assistants, lab assistants and faculty at Mercyhurst North East and Mercyhurst West, according to Reed. A center such as the CTE helps students indirectly, but CTE graduate assistants Sarah Dost and Jeff Welgan had the opportunity to implement their own ideas into the development of the CTE. Sarah Dost, a second year graduate student in anthropology and archaeology said, “It has been exciting to be involved with the CTE for the first year of its existence… The work we are doing now is setting up the foundation for what the CTE will be doing down the road. There have been several opportunities to be creative and problem solve at the CTE, and I have been enjoying it very much.” It is clear there is a lot of room for the CTE to grow and develop in the coming years. According to Ross, the CTE received great support from the Office of Academic Affairs, the IT Department and many faculty members. “We see ourselves as a place that will stand as a positive force for continual improvement in teaching resources and methods while championing the variety of successful teaching styles that we already have at Mercyhurst,” Reed said.

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Scott McKenzie, curator for the Sincak Natural History Exhibit at Mercyhurst College, received a rare life-size cast of a Tsintaosaurus. The exhibit is on display in the Cummings Art Gallery and runs through Oct. 16. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 2-5 p.m. and Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

Donate life, donate blood
By Sarah Powell
Contributing writer

Can you imagine a loved one in a car accident and suffering major blood loss, but can’t be saved because the blood bank is empty? As reports, “Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood and only five percent of the eligible population donates blood in a given year.” The blood bank is always in need of regular donations of all blood types. On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Community Blood Bank and Mercyhurst College are teaming up for the first blood drive of the year in the Herrmann Student Union’s Great Room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donors must be 17 and over, weigh at least 110 pounds and

be in good health. Students may not donate blood if they have gotten piercings and tattoos within in the last 12 months. Students who have previously given blood need to make sure there has been a 56 day wait period between donations. Upon arriving in the Great Room, students will be asked to sign in and present photo identification, such as a driver’s license or student ID. Students will then go through a confidential health screening process to ensure their eligibility for donation. The screening includes measuring blood pressure, pulse and iron count as well as answering a series of questions. Giving blood is a no-brainer for senior Matt Musial who has donated blood over fifteen times.

When asked why Musial has given blood so many times he said, “one pint of blood can save three lives and that makes me feel rejuvenated.” Junior Karla Vogt has only given blood once, but looks forward to donating again in the future. “Donating blood is a way to give back to society. Knowing that I could save three lives by donating a pint of blood is really rewarding,” she said. Musial and Vogt recognize how donating one pint of blood can make the difference of life or death for another individual. They strongly recommend that anyone who has contemplated giving blood should do so on Tuesday, Oct. 7. The reward of saving lives is much more significant than a fear of needles.

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Be ‘sexy’; be a registered voter
By Amy Kuhnlein
Contributing writer

You have heard it from both sides of the political spectrum. Democrats are sexy; Republicans are sexy. Democrats have John Legend, but Republicans have Jim Caviezel. A legend versus Jesus: tough call. But really, is it not the registered, enlightened and informed voter who is too sexy for their ballot? If we are using this logic then BeCounted is the sexiest Facebook application. BeCounted is a downloadable application that takes you through the voting steps for the upcoming election. BeCounted breaks down the process of registering, changing your state of registration, voting in person or voting by absentee ballot. The application is as an unbiased source for students to make sure they have completed all the necessary requirements to successfully vote. You will get all of the information on how to register here in Pennsylvania, or back home.

Once you submit all your information on where and how you will be voting, BeCounted will find the polling location or the printable absentee request form along with the address of where to mail it. Knowing exactly what needs to be done and where to send information and registration is essential to first time voters to ensure they have an accurate and error-free voting experience. As the BeCounted application shows, once you have completed all steps, voting is purely awesome. If it has been awhile since you last participated in an election or if you are a lethargic voter, which hopefully none of you are, another useful tool is With VotePoke, you can enter your name and the address of where you think you are registered and it searches for any matches. The office of Campus Ministry will be organizing registration efforts, so be on the lookout for reminders. Be a sexy, informed and registered Democrat or Republican this year and don’t forget to vote Nov. 4.

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called “Now Playing” and is included when you purchase the phone. “Now playing” is an excellent tool for moviegoers who wish to have quick access to what’s playing, when it’s playing and even how to get there. Along with movie listings you are able to read reviews, which is helpful when deciding what movie to see. Even better than the “Now Playing” application is a feature called “Shazam.” This is also included when you purchase the phone. Most people have experienced a time when the music playing in the background of your favorite TV show or movie leaves you wanting more, or wondering who the artist is or what the song is called. If you hold the iPhone up to the television or radio while the snippet plays it can identify the song title, artist name and can even give you a link which will allow you to find the track on iTunes. The creators of the iPhone were not only looking out for music fans when designing the iPhone3G. A feature that could definitely be utilized by college students and literature lovers of all ages is simply called “Shakespeare.” The “Shakespeare” feature is free and included on the phone. It is a complete source of all things Shakespeare, as the name suggests. Although many of the iPhones greatest features are free with purchase, there are several other useful applications that can be added to the phone for a small fee. Another GPS compatible feature is called “WikiMe” and is available for only $1.99. “WikiMe” can be used in correlation with Wikipedia and offers information about a particular area, including historical landmarks, famous sights and interesting facts. This is a great tool for travelers who wish to learn more about the places they venture to without having to do much research beforehand;

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New iPhone, new applications to use
By Chad Weber
Contributing writer

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have either heard of the iPhone, created by Apple or perhaps you are lucky enough to have one. Apple just recently released the iPhone3G which is an even faster, more reliable version of the iPhone full of exciting features making it the must have item for anyone who likes to be up to speed with technology. The iPhone, which comes equipped with GPS navigation, utilizes this capability in many ways. One of its most convenient features is

another example of how the iPhone puts new and exciting information directly at your fingertips. Mercyhurst College student Jen Perez wants to get an iPhone. “I am so jealous of people who have the iPhone. I definitely want to get one soon,” she said. Most people who are aware of the iPhone’s capabilities would agree it appears to be extremely useful and well worth the cost when you consider all the benefits to having this piece of equipment. For more information on the iPhone, iPhone 3G and other Apple products, visit

The iPhone and the LG Dare are two of the hottest phones on the market. Both have touch screens, are bluetooth compatible, and have cameras. Which is the better deal overall? Let’s add it up and find out!

LG Dare
2 yr. unlimited plan: $139.99/month Phone price: with new contract: $199.99 without contract: $249.99 Total: $339.98-$389.98

iPhone 3G
2 yr. unlimited plan: $129.99/month Phone price: 8GB: $199 16 GB: $299 Total: $328.99- $428.99

A few select Mercyhurst students enjoy the convenience of having their email, phone and MP3 player all in one.

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The LG Dare offered by Verizon has a lot of the same features as the iPhone for those who don’t want to change networks.

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son thinks Rowlings will have another bestseller for a new age group. “I think now its good she’s reaching out to different age groups. Harry Potter’s matured through the ages, so now she’s almost going back to the beginning with children’s stories,” she said. Rowling is a British author whose Harry Potter series has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide. Rowling said Harry Potter would be done after the seventh book. However, her newest book joins two other fictional stories mentioned in the original series, like “Magical Beasts and Where to Find Them” and “Quidditch Through the Ages.” “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is complete with footnotes written in by Albus Dumbledore. Only seven copies of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” were originally printed. Each one was handwritten and illustrated by Rowling herself and bound in Moroccan leather with different gems embedded in every cover. In 2007, Rowling raised funds for the Children’s Voice charity campaign by auctioning off the “moonstone edition” for $3.98 million. Rowling did not plan to make the book public, but on July 31, 2008 she announced the book will be published. “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” will be released to the public on Dec. 4, 2008.

October 1, 2008

J.K. Rowling announces upcoming book
By JoEllen Marsh
Contributing writer

For all the Harry Potter fans out there, JK Rowling is back to the world of Hogwarts with a spin-off called “The Tales of Beedle the Bard.” “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is a collection of children’s stories based in the wizard world of Harry Potter. Hogwarts Headmaster Albus Dumbledore gives the book to Hermione Granger in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” The book serves to develop the plot in the “Deathly Hallows,” which is the seventh and last installment of the famous series. Freshman Kelsey Richard-

The original seven copies of the book were handwritten and illustrated by Rowlings herself.

Fashion industry helps out the needy, eco-friendly, penny pinchers with new lines, beauty accessories and donations
By Amanda Antenucci
Staff writer

The Web site also offers beauty accessories that give a portion of their proceeds to charities.

While designers are marketing their latest ideas trying to lure in the weak and vulnerable shopper, there is a strong market for shopping on a budget and looking surprisingly stylish at the same time. Places like the Salvation Army were always great for Halloween costumes, but now they seem to be appealing to the creative consumer as well. Shoppers will go there for unique and timeless pieces, calling it “thrifting.” Shoppers go to con-

signment shops, yard sales and flea markets to find pieces they can alter and redesign themselves. This Web site has everything covered from clothing to beauty tips to accessories all for the savvy budget shopper at It highlights the latest trends, what stores you can get designer runway looks for less, eco-friendly clothing stores and more. It acts as your own personal shopper and does all the work of shopping around for you. The best feature is the “Fashion for a Cause” where search for products to purchase that give the proceeds

to charities in need. The latest company lending a helping hand is H&M and Designers against Aids, where designers and celebrities paired up to launch a men’s and women’s line where half the proceeds help fight Aids. Every piece in the collections is made of 100% certified organic cotton as well. The Web site also features news in the fashion industry, the latest being the idea of “Ethical Fashion.” A new online magazine called “Thread” is for the fashion conscious consumer who cares about where their clothing comes from.

This goes hand-in-hand with the latest eco-friendly craze and is a smart read for anyone who wants to look fabulous, but not cause any harm in the process. The creator of the Web page has some designer duds she’s auctioning off and giving the proceeds to The Bottomless Closet, that provides professional clothes and career coaching that teaches women about image, confidence, self–sufficiency and employment skills. For more information on not breaking the bank while helping out others and helping others, visit

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Our Father’s and a round of bloody mary’s?
By Heather Donovan
Opinion editor

Popular downtown dance club used for religious service on Sunday
Whenever most Erieites hear “cellblock,” “.com” or even a vague reference to downtown, the minds of most Mercyhurst College students turn to a stop at a fan favorite, the It’s the biggest bar in downtown Erie, known for its sweaty dance floor, killer specials and free pizza that you will no question miss the bus for. So have you ever thought about bowing your head or closing your eyes for a moment of silence beyond those doors? This is not about the disputed moments when you’re not sure if you should run to the bathroom or order another round. To many students’ surprise, this prime social hangout is also used as a church. The McLane Church, whose slogan reads, “a different kind of church,” has hosted Sunday services at this Erie location since October 2006. Non-denominational, the church grew from evangelical roots and associates its foundation with the independent Willow Creek Community church in Chicago, Ill. So, how do these two entities that seem to be a world apart come together at the The McLane Church was looking for a third venue. According to their director of communication and technology, Joel Natalie, the church decided to bring services to their parishioners instead of having them drive out to their other two locations in Edinboro and Union City. Their initial following was young people from the Erie area including Mercyhurst and Gannon students. Dave Hertwick, a spokesperson for the cellblock. com, said the bar sees about 1,000 people come through their doors on a Saturday night, thought that this as a great way to reach out to the community and lend their space. The actual service is held on the dance floor downstairs as the pastor speaks from the stage while the main bar and stool area is roped off to keep the service intimate. So although you may not think the person struggling alongside you Saturday night to get a space at the bar would be the same one lining up less than 24 hours later for the service, you’d be surprised. We drink monkey pitchers until we can’t see, ride mechanical bulls and get in aggressive fights over who was in line first to use the Parmesan cheese on our pizza where a pastor greets his parishioners and families gather every week. Also in that same spot where someone may have lost that battle to keep their pizza down while scream singing on the dance floor, someone else is praying along with a religious sermon the next night. Although the original concept of “church in a bar” was to cater to the large college student population in the area, the service caters to a diverse group of people. The group meets Sundays at 7 p.m. Natalie said the population has really diversified into a multi-generational crowd that accepts everyone. “It’s a really different feel here; you can come as you are, it’s not too churchy,” Natalie said. “People can come and find out a lot about themselves.”

The has been a popular bar and dance club since September of 2001.

One of the hottest hangouts in Erie, located on the 12th block of State Street, is also used for religious services on Sundays.

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than just an innovative and riveting dance company. Headquartered on Manhattan’s upper-west side, the company uses their exhilarating art form in New York City public schools to give them cultural knowledge and teaching tools to develop learning skills. Called Primeros Pasos, or “first steps,” this program helps educate young learners about Hispanic culture and dance. The company supports student achievement on standardized exams in the Language Arts and Social Studies. Ballet Hispanico also runs its own dance school with national recognition, graduating such noted artists as Jennifer Lopez and Michael DeLorenzo. Along with the performance, the company will be bringing its values of community and educational outreach with them to Erie. They will provide a total of three programs, which include a master class taught by the company dancers to benefit

October 1, 2008 September 3, 2008

Ballet Hispanico to entertain, educate Erie
By Hazel Jennings
Contributing writer

The leading dance representative of contemporary Hispanic culture in the United States, Ballet Hispanico, is coming to Mercyhurst College. With choreography described as adventurous and passionate, this 38-yearold company uses classical and contemporary forms of dance to fuse ballet, modern and Latin dance to create spectacular on-stage performances to inspire an audience of any background. Under the artistic direction of Tina Ramirez, Ballet Hispanico has traveled worldwide, performing for more than two million people, with their 13member troupe in vivacious and colorful costuming. They have been featured in major venues, such as Shea Stadium and the John F. Kennedy Center, as well as appearing on CBS and NBC. In 1999, Ballet Hispanico was highlighted at the birthday gala for former President

Ballet Hispanico not only plays to capitvated audiences, but also works on a number of educational outreach programs.

George H.W. Bush, and in 1993 they were guests at a private reception for Venezuelan president Carlos Menem. The company is proud to present works from the foremost Latino choreographers of our time and other new, emerging names. Tina Ramirez, artistic director, founded the company in 1970. Born in Venezuela as the daughter of a bullfighter, she took the ruthless hunger for success that runs through her veins with her when she moved to New York City. Ramirez set aside her per-

formance career to open the Ballet Hispanico School of Dance and helps to push the company toward their goal of educational and community outreach. She has won a number of awards for her work, including the 2005 National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest cultural honor. Other awards Ramirez has garnered include The Dance Magazine Award; The Capezio Dance Award; and the New York State Governor’s Arts Award. Ballet Hispanico is more

the Mercyhurst Dance department on Friday, Oct. 3. They will be providing educational programs and performances to the 900 students at the Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy and the 800 students at Mercyhurst Prep. With a mission to “celebrate and further interpret the moving and beautiful aesthetic of this dynamic culture and to share it with all people,” they do not just limit their influence to the stage. However, being in the audience during such a multidimensional and exciting performance is sure to bring you to your feet in exhilarating celebration. Don’t miss this absolutely amazing display of contemporary Hispanic culture, in which music and dance drive the heartbeat of the Latino history and future. Ballet Hispanico will be performing at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for Mercyhurst students.

Q & A with Greg Summy: the return of vinyl
Q: Is this the new (old) media to enjoy your music on now? A: Yes and no. While vinyl is making a major comeback, it is not expected to again be the primary audio media format. Many independent labels are packaging digital download keys along with their vinyl pressed albums, allowing the consumer to maintain portability, as well as superior audio clarity. Many listeners prefer the sound of vinyl records to MP3s, CDs and cassette tapes. Q: What are the upsides? A: There are a few upsides to vinyl recordings. First, digital download keys allow you to not only have the album on vinyl, but also on your computer, your iPod/MP3 player and burned to a CD. This means you will get four mediums on which to play your newly purchased music for the price of one! Second, album art will make a comeback. In the era of digital music, artwork has slid into oblivion, but with the vinyl packaging, graphic designers will be at the top of their game, once again bringing album art into the forefront. Q: What are the downsides? A: As an amateur audio engineer/producer, and audiophile, sound clarity and definition are high on my list of expectations of an album. Vinyl records are notorious for the needle crackle, creating less than perfect signal clarity. The issue of transport is a rather important facet of vinyl versus digital versus compact discs. Vinyl records are larger, and rather fragile in comparison to other mediums. Q: What albums will be printed on vinyl? A: The truth is, no one really knows. As far as rereleasing albums, the labels will have to make the decision on how profitable they will be. The same goes for the release of new albums. Maybe we will see Rihanna’s next album printed on colored vinyl, or a re-release of Blink 182’s “Enema of the State.” Q: What equipment will I have to buy? How much will it cost? A: Unless your parents could never part with their old turntables from their youth and young adulthood, chances are you will have to purchase one. Prices for turntables can range anywhere from $170 for a decent table, to $700+ for semi-professional products. As far as a system to play it through, if you have a stereo with RCA (red and white) input/output jacks, you don’t need anything more. Chances are you will also need to purchase a preamp (unless your turntable is equipped with one). Preamps boost the audio signal going to your speakers, and are a necessity.

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‘Dare’ documents discrimination during Civil Rights movement
By Mason Lorek
Contributing writer

Fave 5ive

Of all of the hardships this country faces, including unemployment, lack of health care, the inability to afford or even receive a quality education and crime, what I find most disheartening is poverty. Poverty is more than a hardship; it is misery; it is penury. I saw it every day over the summer on my way to work— the homeless filling rusted shopping carts with glass bottles that have been tossed out of car windows, cardboard signs pleading for help or advertising a business that has either gone under or is on its way out, people sitting on front porches with emaciated animals, waiting for something, anything. I have seen it outside of Cleveland as well as other cities: Detroit, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Atlanta. These are the kinds of neighborhoods that make a white kid from the suburbs feel the need to lock his doors, roll his windows up and disregard stop signs and traffic lights, neighborhoods that drop your jaw to the floor and make you re-think the way this world is run. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m., the PAC will be showing Jeremy Dean’s award-winning documentary “Dare Not Walk Alone,” which addresses the origins of these plights. Admission is free to students with Mercyhurst ID. The title comes from a statement made by black civil rights marchers in St. Augustine, Fl., describing what the protests were like. They said that coming into

John Ladd (’09) English major
Favorite Web Site: Though I spend plenty of time on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, I think I have to go with xkcd is self-described as a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language. It’s really funny! Favorite Music: Instead of going for an all-time favorite I’m gonna pick somebody I like who most of you have probably never heard of: Sondre Lerche. This Norwegian pop star combines American-style mellow pop (think Jason Mraz) and more traditional European sounds, all with a little jazz thrown in. He writes mostly in English, even though it’s not his first language. Favorite Museum: One museum will always be near and dear to my heart: The Carnegie Museum in my hometown, Pittsburgh. Not many people realize that Pittsburgh is home to a world-class museum of art and natural history. The Carnegie is home to one of the largest collection of dinosaur bones in the nation, as well as one of the countries precious few quadrennial international art exhibitions. It’s enough to capture the imaginations of adult and child alike. Favorite TV Show: Aaron Sorkin’s fast-paced dialogue and pithy political commentary on “The West Wing” made for the smartest show on television during its award-winning seven-year run. As much as TV is good for completely zoning out, “The West Wing” was absolutely not that kind of show. Favorite Movie of 2008: I loved “The Dark Knight” as much as the next guy, but, in talking about the rise of computer animation as a legitimate medium for film, “WallE” is the pinnacle of the work Pixar has done. With very little dialogue, the animators and sound editors have framed a story as delicate and endearing as a Charlie Chaplin film. They also managed miraculously to fold in a social message blatant enough to reach children, but subtle enough to amuse and intrigue adults. And above all, it was simple, unadorned cinematic fun.

Director Jeremy Dean explores minorities’ non-violent protests in St. Augustine in his documentary, “Dare Not Walk Alone.”

it they felt safe and didn’t think they needed protection, because their movement was non-violent. What they realized was that although they were non-violent, the whites were the polar opposite, with every intention to put the blacks in ‘their place.’ protesters stuck The together in their marches, especially when it was dark. They knew if they were caught alone, they would not survive the onslaught that would inevitably follow, a feeling I am willing to bet is novel to the majority of Mercyworld, myself included. The brutality and the fear were on such a grand scale that St. Augustine became known as “Florida’s Birmingham.” Director Jeremy Dean will be present to introduce the film, as well as to hold a question-andanswer session afterward. Additionally, Dean will be guest lecturing in Dr. Magoc’s “U.S. History III” classes as a part of the college’s year-long celebration of Martin Luther

King, Jr. The film was conceived in 2003 when Dean was living in St. Augustine. While volunteering to help restore a historically black church, he was made aware of the events that took place in 1964. Dean felt honored to help preserve the church that at one time was the place where Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jackie Robinson stood sideby-side rallying supporters. He began researching further, finding footage that never aired, recordings and accounts of the protests, the brutality and the non-violent civil disobedience that never faltered. The documentary follows the city to the present day, where the issue becomes less about color and more about class. Dean presents a combination of unsettling statistics and upsetting interviews that beg the question of how would Dr. King view our supposed “progression?” Reaction: Somber Face

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October 1, 2008

HurstFest holds arts celebration
By Kyle King
A & E editor

’Hurst liturgical dancers take ‘Child’ performance to Atlanta
By Sarah Mastrocola
Contributing writer

As part of this past weekend’s on-campus festivities, the college’s dance and music departments collaborated to put together an entertaining hour-and-a-half series of performances. “An Evening of Music and Dance” opened with a performance piece by two of Mercyhurst’s music instructors, Assistant Professor of String Barton Samuel Rotberg and Louisa Jonason, who serves as the department chair and director of the opera program. Rotberg followed the intricate, incrementally ascending and descending performance with a solo performance of J.S. Bach’s “Chaconne for Violin.” The latter was a more winnowing, sorrowful exploration that at times sounded like a dialogue between two contrasting styles. A group of four student dancers followed the professional musicians’ arrangements. Assistant Professor C. Noelle Partusch choreographed the interesting and surprising “A Child will Lead,” which took selections from “Toddlers Sing Sunday School.” Three females and one male acted out such children’s religious songs as “I’ve Got the Joy Joy Joy Joy” in an almost scampering, childlike way. One senior and three junior dance majors followed the liturgical performance with “Paquita Variations,” solo pieces they developed over the summer while studying abroad in Amsterdam as an intensive workshop through the ConfiDance Foundation. Erin Alarcon opened the solos with a clear feat of unbelievable lower-body strength and balance, followed by Rachel

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“An Evening of Music and Dance” kicked off with a performance of “Variations on a Theme by Corelli.” Assistant Professor of String Barton Samuel Rotberg (right) performed on violin and Louisa Jonason, chair of the music department, accompanied on piano.

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Freshman Anthony Sardini followed “Glitter and Be Gay” with two popular music selections, Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” and Bernie Taupin and Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Leavenworth’s lithe routine. Senior Liz Clain-Stefanelli and junior Amanda Fisher rounded out the solos. The audience applauded the soloists, awed by the women’s explicit athleticism. Music returned to the forefront as junior Katy Podyma and sophomores Andrea Baker and Danielle Wright performed “Glitter and Be Gay,” a selection from Leonard Bernstein’s opera “Candide.” Jonason again accompanied on piano. Andrea Baker returned to the stage as a soprano alongside the drumming of senior Nicolas Kovach to perform the

‘tango/habanera’ “Youkali.” Rounding out the lineup were excerpts from “On Broadway” performed by a bevy of dancers in black. The pieces were choreographed by Mark Santillano, an assistant professor in the dance department. The show was extremely well-received by the audience and is only the first in a number of upcoming performances. “Ballet to Broadway” will run at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Oct. 25-26. The Wind Ensemble Halloween Concert will be held Oct. 31.

The Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble, led by faculty adviser C. Noelle Partusch, recently attended the Project Dance festival in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 26-28. Liturgical dancers Danielle Feller, Emily Mohr, Jennifer Mihu and Christopher Taddiken went and performed “A Child Will Lead,” a new liturgical dance piece choreographed by Partusch. While at the Atlanta festival, the attendees went to a worship service on Friday while also taking classes throughout the festival. The Mercyhurst College dancers kicked off the performance pieces on Saturday. Project Dance is described in its mission statement as “a movement of dancers seeking to positively impact culture through artistic integrity.” As a group that welcomes dancers of all faiths and beliefs to express their religious feelings through movement, this organization works to see that dancers are “nurtured to their fullest human potential for their own well-being and their contribution to the world.” Partusch says of Project Dance, “I like being able to see people from all over the nation and the world dancing, and it is also very good for the dancers to see so much variety in performance. It is also really fun to see dancers dancing in a sacred vein and to observe what that means to different people.” This is Mercyhurst’s second appearance at Project Dance, having also attended one of the festivals in New York City in the spring of 2007. Partusch says, “This is Mer-

cyhurst’s second time going, and we are hoping to be able to go to at least one a year from now on.” The rehearsals for “A Child Will Lead” began as soon as the dancers returned to Mercyhurst for the fall. Sophomore Taddiken says of the process, “The rehearsal time frame was quick because of time constraints. The choreography was somewhat simple but nice because it allowed some freedom for the dancers. A lot of the movement was petit allegro, and we were meant to portray the feeling of being younger. Both of these things were a bit challenging for me, but I enjoyed the challenge.” While being performed in Atlanta, “A Child Will Lead” was presented at the Parent’s Weekend performance at Mercyhurst over the same weekend as the Project Dance festival. Sophomore Christine Wilbur, who appeared in the Parent’s Weekend rendition of the piece, said, “It was a fun piece to perform, and it proved to be a great opportunity for Mercyhurst dancers to perform the same piece in two different places at nearly the same time.” “A Child Will Lead” features four dancers, three female and one male, dancing to childhood Sunday school songs sung by young children. The songs in the piece include “This Little Light of Mine,” “Jesus Loves Me” and “I’ve Got the Joy in My Heart.” Parent’s Weekend sophomore dancer Claire Hinde said of the work, “The piece, especially its title, has a very good message.” Hinde said, “Children are important and are our future leaders, and even their little songs and dances make a significant impact on the world, as is shown by this work.”

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Warner Theatre to Reviewing the Erie scene: host ‘Eerie’ films ‘Producers,’ ‘Children of Eden’
By Chad Weber
Contributing writer

Since October 2004, the Eerie Horror Film Festival has grown into a massive gathering for all kinds of horror film lovers and creators. This year marks the event’s fifth annual occasion and will take place at Erie’s own Warner Theatre, 811 State St., Oct. 9-12. Special guests this year include Sid Haig, who starred in “House of 1000 Corpses.” The festival is about much more than being spooked and running into horror legends, though; the event is an internationally recognized competition. Filmmakers, game developers and screenwriters are given the opportunity to compete against each other while gaining exposure and mastering their crafts. The 2008 call for entries is still taking place. “It’s pretty cool to think that so many people come out to support the event, people who starred in these classic films years ago and who still have a passion for the industry make it something that people from all over the area can really look forward to,” said junior Ashlee Miller, who plans on attending

the event. Not only is the Eerie Horror Film Festival a great opportunity for people to get their foot in the door of the film and gaming industry, but it also benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Besides benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation the Eerie Horror Film Festival makes a donation to The Second Harvest Food Bank each year. “I definitely want to check it out,” said graduate student Emily Forish. “I’ve known about it for quite some time, but it’s time to see what it’s all about,” she said in anticipation of the event. Since its inception, over 200 films have been shown at the festival, and past guests include Jason Mewes (“Clerks”), James Duval (“Donnie Darko”) and Nancy Loomis (“Halloween”). If you enjoy meeting new people and experiencing things that may be considered out of the ordinary, then the Eerie Horror Film Festival is for you. The Carnival of Carnage Expo will also take place during the weekend of the festival. For more information visit or to ask specific questions e-mail

By Marie Karbacka
Contributing writer

Mercyhurst’s literary magazine

is now accepting submissions. E-mail all submissions to First place: $250 Second place: $150 Third place: $100

“The Producers” From Sept. 4th through the 27th the Erie Playhouse put on their 1,156th production of their 92nd season—congratulations! The Broadway sensation “The Producers” by Mel Brooks was a smash hit on this Erie stage. Chris Bucci as Max Bialystock and Zachary Flock as Leopold Bloom were the grand stars of the show. Their abilities gave the show the quality of a true on-Broadway production. Bucci was the perfect Bialystock: raunchy, comedic and extremely exaggerated. Flock’s performance was as good as Nathan Lane’s. The funniest character was Franz Liebkind, played by Greg Hill. His dumb German attitude and scary temper were perfect for the part. Kristen Henry was sexy as Ulla Inga Hansen Benson Yonsen Tallen Hallen Svaden Svanson, the Swedish receptionist. Her solo in “When You Got It Flaunt It” was incredible; she could really belt it out. Her dancing ability was a tad limited, but it is difficult to just jump into a role that requires dancing. Overall, the entire cast did a fabulous job. Mercyhurst College even had one of its own stealing the show: Trevor Sones, a junior dance major. There was not much of a personal interpretation, but the show did not need it. When a movie comes out as a musical, it always puts a certain picture in everyone’s brain of what it should look like. Therefore, one can’t com-

plain of the Playhouse’s lack of interpretation. I have to say that the funniest scene was definitely “Keep It Gay,” which put all the men in interesting costumes. The film version employed perfectly shaped men, and so the guys really were up against stiff competition, but they seemed to enjoy it. The enjoyment they took to it even made them seem sexy—that is true acting! All in all, the show was a success for the Playhouse, especially with the strong leads, great scenery and good orchestra backing it all up. The next show at the Playhouse will be “Over the Tavern,” which will run Oct. 16-19 and 22-26. For tickets call (814) 454-2852. “Children of Men” A surprising hidden secret of Erie is the Our Lady of Peace Playhouse, which produced Stephen Schwartz’s 1993 musical “Children of Eden,” Sept. 26-28. It was definitely a worthwhile show to see with an incredible cast of all ages. The scenery was very well made, as were the costumes. The animals and hand props were very creative and colorful. The choreography was also quite well done with the entire cast giving incredible energy— that always helps an audience’s interest to stay locked in on the show. The Serpent in the first act was a little disjointed; a little more practice together would have made it look more in sync. Also, the first scene in the second act was very messy; there wasn’t a ton of structure to the dance movements, which made it too scattered for an audience member to follow. Even though some of the

dancing was off, the acting and singing were up to snuff enough to make the show an incredible catch. Joe Gruelich as Father was an incredible actor and singer exuding pure emotion that called for a standing ovation in itself. Everett Olszewski, a junior voice student, played Adam with equal passion. I was sad to see his character go, though I was glad he was still in the ensemble. At the same time, he deserved more. Olszewski’s counterpart, Rebecca Coleman, was just as incredible. If Coleman decided to go to Broadway now, she could get a great part in a show calling for her voice. Her voice is not at all nasal, and she maintains great maneuvering between her head voice and her chest voice. All three, Coleman, Olszewski, and Gruelich, had amazing talent for such a small, hometown production. As younger members of the show, Riley Droney as Cain and John Calabrese as Abel were also very gifted actors. Although Droney could have been stronger by limiting his arm movement during his solos, his voice was first-class for his age. Calabrese’s stage presence was riveting; he really stole the show. He was always present in whatever part he was in at the time, ensemble, lead, or supporting. Even when dancing he was right on; your eye was just drawn to him. Fr. Mike DeMartinis, Lesley Lopez and Anthony Palermo also performed excellently. Largely it was a very well put together musical for such a small venue. Congratulations to the cast for a job well done!

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Or not, what we learned is this is a horrible and idiotic campaign move. We lear ned that Sarah Palin doesn’t know what being “mocked” is. She must not have seen herself on Saturday Night Live. And she doesn’t know about the economic reforms McCain has carried out. Palin told Katie Couric, “I’ll try to find you some, and I’ll bring them to you.” This woman from Alaska has absolutely no political experience has a 50 percent cha n c e, well 4 5 pe rc e nt according to the most recent polls, of being the next vice president? Is it April Fools’ Day? At least she has foreign affairs experience. Sarah Palin has done something almost no one reading this has. She has seen Russia from an island in Alaska. She claims this is relevant to her foreign affairs experience, and reiterates this whenever she can. Summation: If you have seen a world map or have been abroad, you have experience that merits you being vetted for the vice-president position, and eventually the president. We all know McCain is going to die, soon. Speaking of death, the best part of this fiasco comes from the circus master, Johnny Boy McCain. Apparently, this week, New York City and Washington, D.C. became one city. Johnny called David Letter man, while the uncampaign suspension deal was happening, and tells him that he has to fly immediately back to Washington, D.C. in order to deal with the looming economic crisis. In reality, he had to make a surprise appearance on Katie Couric’s nightly newscast,

October 1, 2008

The Republican candidates: a teaching moment
By Seth Hallam
Contributing writer

There are several things we should have learned this week. Canada separates the United States and Russia. That is interesting … good thing for our national geographer, Sarah Palin. We also learned suspending your campaign but not actually suspending your campaign; but suspending the suspension even though you didn’t actually suspend it in the first place is a good tactical campaign move.

presumably trying to make up for Palin’s inadvertent Judas move earlier in the day. So, Canada separates the United States from Russia, and looking at another country is good foreign affair experience. New York and Washington, D.C. have become one city. And Johnny doesn’t know what the definition of suspension is. The disillusion in the McCain campaign is overwhelming. This has been an informative week; at least for those who can see that the GOP’s bid for the White House is getting ver y desperate and ver y disappointing.

Voter registration: keeping tabs on your personal information
By Devin Ruic
Contributing writer

The days are running out if you are planning to register to vote in Pennsylvania. MSG and SAC are pushing hard to help you get registered in time and have been passing out voter registration cards across campus. If you’ve already filled this card out, you may remember it required your full legal name, date of birth, driver’s license number or social security number and signature at the bottom. That’s where the trouble begins. You just filled out a card
Interested in reading more about the voter registration fraud that occured on campus? Turn to page 2 to read more.

with nearly all the information necessary to steal your identity, and then handed it over to a person you thought helped you out with your registration. If you filled out one of these cards in Garvey Park last Friday that is exactly what you did. “Mike Graham” was there with a box full of voter registration cards, a homemade sign and a smile. He wanted to make sure you were all registered to vote, didn’t he? Maybe he looked over your shoulder while you were filling it out and made sure everything was filled in correctly? And he was willing to deliver the registration himself because, “They’re having enough trouble these days… with the corruption and all.” It’s a good bet you’ve just been had, and now a man calling himself Mike Graham and claiming to work for the “Fair Elections Legal Network” has all of your

personal information. He doesn’t work for FELN, because they don’t employ anyone to do voter registration. All they are is a group of six lawyers based in Washington, D.C. who were really surprised to hear someone was using their name. Now, it is possible Mike Graham was legit; however, he was driving a rental car from Virginia Beach, not New York City, and lied about who he worked for. Not to mention, essentially running away when I started asking him questions. So, if you gave him a registration card start checking your bank accounts. Register to vote also, I doubt those cards got “handdelivered,” and next time, no matter who gives you a voter registration card - don’t give it back! By the way, this includes the “Mercyhurst Students for Barack Obama,” our favorite fake RSCO.

If you don’t want it printed . . . don’t let it happen.
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October 1, 2008
face and disk message that appeared on Aug. 15, 2002, in Crabshire, England. This produced a binary code that stated: “Beware of the bearers of false gifts and their broken promises. Much pain, but still time. There is good out there. We oppose deception. Conduit closing (bell sound).” Of course, only speculation exists on the meaning or purpose of this. Gerald Hawkins saw a Euclidean theorem in a crop circle formed in 1988, a relation to geometry. Near historic places like Glastonbury Hill, Stonehenge and Avebury circles frequently appear drawing an occult following. The phenomenon of crop circles has yet to surface into the collective conscious of most Americans. So Google: crop circles, and see what you find.

By Rhonda Marable
Contributing writer

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Circling your imagination Watching your words
By Jerrod Markle
Contributing writer

Thanks to - Mercyhurst’s core curriculum in art appreciation, readings have led me to re-discover some of the most majestic imagescrop circles. Whether you side with hoaxers, believers or skeptics, the detail of these abstract or geometric designs leave many viewers in a state of humble awe. Movies such as “Signs” have downplayed the reality of crop circles, distracting our perception with mythical and paranormal Hollywood hoopla. UFOlogists, shamans and new agers chase these mystical creations, attempting to discover there meaning. One of my personal favorite appearances is the 2002 Chibolton, extraterrestrial

I’ve been inspired to give a snippet into my opinion on racism and the media. In January, a female broadcaster for the Golf Channel, Kelly Tilghman, was criticized for her joke about lynching Tiger Woods in a back alley. The Rev. Al Sharpton and a variety of public bloggers called for the termination of her employment. Ironically, Tilghman’s joke was meant as a type of adulation towards Woods, trying to say that it seemed like the only way other golfers could beat him was by making it so that he couldn’t play. She should have said break his knuckles but then the mafia special interest groups would come and… So, disregarding the fact

that Sharpton and several media outlets had used her comment out of context and claimed that “lynching” was racist, their argument was that racist comments should not be tolerated. However, I find it curious that Sharpton doesn’t go on CNN daily and lead a charge against the numerous racist comments that AfricanAmerican DJ’s make about white people. While I’m not condoning a very inappropriate side comment, I do have to mention that it isn’t fair that I could have said the same thing and not been criticized or have my career jeopardized. That goes for Don Imus’ comment as well. It’s disappointing that figures like Sharpton carelessly say racist comments that makes it seem like the issue of racism is merely a white versus black issue.

Hurstfest, the combination weekend of parent visits, homecoming and alumni activities was a success thanks to SAC and MSG. The football team’s 24 point win over Slippery Rock added to the excitement.

Greener actions: leaving your mark
By Alice Edwards
Spanish Professor

I believe in compost: from the peelings and pits collected in the white ceramic jar on my kitchen counter to the beautiful, loamy “black gold” that my neighbor steals from our pile each spring to supplement her garden. I even believe in the gross, gastric, half-decomposed mess that slops around in the bottom of the jar, the stage that offends my kids when they have to dump it outside. I believe in compost so much that it’s hard to eat at other people’s houses when those coffee grounds and egg shells just go into the trash, and my

obsessive brain pictures them frozen in some air- less landfill 10 years hence. I love the cycle of compost, especially when the old vegetables are from my own pathetic garden; I love the part that feels like cooking when you see the mixture of organic matter that you’re putting in. I love watching the birds and chipmunks raid the pile, the virtuous feeling as I put out my small garbage bag on the curb each week and the fact that I have a practice that momentarily saves me from the guilt and stress of the horrid environmental

situation around us. I believe in the metaphor of compost, too, for my imperfect life – all the bruised parts, the cast-off and old being layered over and left alone to stew itself down into some fertile soil for future planting: what looks like waste becomes rich and useful. It is a model of compassion: I think, “That was a stupid thing to do” but it is followed by “Oh well, maybe time will make something of it.” It’s easier to let go of errors, unfinished projects, unpromising relationships, when I can imagine

them relegated to the spiritual compost pile. It’s also an easy way to gauge if you’re really done worrying about things - if you pull out a past mistake or trauma and it’s still recognizable, you know to just toss it back in until it breaks down a little more. I am also well aware that I am living off the accumulated richness of others’ leavings and that my life and work - the good and the bad – will fertilize the future. People’s footsteps may get washed away, their names forgotten, what they’ve tried to do pushed aside by other agendas, but I believe the wealth of their - and my -contributions remain, waiting to nourish new blooms on a brighter day.

Maintenance men were seen constructing what some students are referring to as a fun house mirror on the front walkway of Old Main. Students wouldn’t mind the sky blue structure if they knew what it was. This weekend was plagued with weak explanations to parents and alumni.

The safely of Mercyhurst is being questioned after a female junior was assaulted on campus Saturday night. Police and Safety is investigating the random act.
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must define country. According to Merriam Webster, country is defined as “the land of a person’s birth, residence or citizenship.” In my mind and in the mind of most people I know, this symbolizes all of us, Americans working together for a common good. The Pledge of Allegiance said it best “… one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” All of these definitions sound good, but I don’t judge a person or political party by what they say, because they can say anything. I look at their actions, so let’s take a closer look. Under the leadership of the GOP, these are the results of their actions: the rich got richer, the middle class and working poor got poorer. They destroyed the unions. There has been a decline in quality of life for the vast majority of Americans. There has been a steady erosion in education, health care benefits and civil rights. Greed, cronyism and disregard for the law, have gone unchallenged. Unilateral-ism and gunboat diplomacy have replaced consensus building and alliances, in fact they disrespect and show contempt for our allies. I hear republicans talk about fiscal responsibility, but what I see is a huge deficit and out of control spending, (we did have an eight year reprieve under the Clinton administration). Their politics are always about slash and burn, demonizing people who disagree with them and divide and conquer instead of compromising to achieve common sense legislation. So how do they really define “country” in the phrase “country first?” Based on past performance,

October 1, 2008

Making Americans No.1: with justice for all
By Eric L. Jackson
Contributing writer

The rallying cry for the McCain campaign and the Republican Party for this election has been “Country First.” This statement incites feelings of pride, emotion and has a nice ring to it, but what does it really mean? Do they really mean country first or is this a way of playing on your emotions and a trick to get your vote? We know what first means, but to better understand this phrase we

it could mean: “the rich,” so you get “the rich first.” You can substitute “corporations” and you get “corporations first.” If you use “special interest groups or donors” you’re on the right track, but to make a long story short the word we’re really looking for is “me,” as in “me first!” Eight years ago, another republican uttered these words to define his campaign as “compassionate conservatism.” What’s that? Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

Bail out taking priority
By Seth Hallam
Contributing writer

Real world success: Who says?
I have made it this far, right? I think just excepting that Contributing writer “it’s just a part of life” is the wrong attitude. I think staying Getting ahead in life is true to your values and one’s something every college junior knowledge on what is right or and senior is striving for at this wrong can help you succeed point. If there is an opportunity just fine. to build a resume When getting into the or a portfolio in any real world, I want to believe ... I am not ready to way, it is advised we being a good person take advantage. still counts. compromise my beliefs and Incollege,hopefully, I want to hope when I get values to get ahead. you come across there, who I am and what I Jordan Zangaro a teacher, mentor, can do for a company will advisor or boss that help me get ahead rather will understand and than going behind people’s want to help you in any backs to take their jobs. This week I was told, “It’s way possible. I hope the common thought just a part of life.” There are always going to be That is something I struggle and acceptance of “there are opportunities to get ahead and with. It is just a part of life always going to be people like that’s amazing. But, there are that people care only about that” and “it’s better you know always going to be opportunities bettering their situation? I may now” are no longer tolerated. I to compromise your character hope it happens, but what if it be naïve. and what you believe in. Maybe I am just not quite doesn’t? If you build your resume, What happens to the ready for the real world yet. But but in the process, stomp on people who don’t want to I know for sure, I am not ready someone else on your way up, to compromise my beliefs and get ahead that way? Will they what are you really gaining? end up having to give in to values to get ahead. What happens when you are I believe I can remain a this in order to get the jobs the one being stomped on? good person and have all the they deserve? What if you don’t believe that I certainly hope not. success I want in life. I mean,

Many American’s complain over and over again about socialism, some claiming that Medicaid is socialist. There are approximately 50 million uninsured Americans. Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are trying to bail out several big firms, including AIG, Washington Mutual, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, at a cost of about $945 billion. The first installment of $245 billion has already happened. Instead of helping to insure the 50 million Americans without insurance, the government scrambles to insure our biggest, most irresponsible companies. Every American deserves to be insured. Some would argue this cost would be to much to even fathom. This is not true. In 2006, Medicaid and Medicare insured 98.5 million Americans. The cost for

insuring almost one-third of the American population? Only $684 billion per year, or roughly seventy percent of the bailout cost. In 2008, the United States spent $648 billion in Iraq. The total for the bail out and the Iraq war? The equivalent of the Canadian GDP, $1.3 trillion, as well as the cost of insuring every American without insurance for 1.5 years. Screams of a socialist can already be heard. If someone needs emergency medical care, and they don’t have insurance they are still able to receive care. Who pays for the cost of the care? The cost is spread among the people who can afford insurance. For the cost of the bailout and the war in Iraq, every uninsured American could be insured for four years. What is better for our country: insurance, or making the rich richer with the bailout and the war?

By Jordan Zangaro

using others to get ahead is right? Some may believe that, in fact, that person is doomed and will struggle all their lives. It might be said these people are just making their journey to the top a more difficult one.

Football............................................Sept. 27, W 34-10, Slippery Rock Women’s Volleyball......................................Sept. 23, W 3-0, Clarion Sept. 26, L 3-2, Kutztown Sept. 27, W 3-0, Lock Haven Sept. 27, L 3-2, Shippensburg Field Hockey.............................Sept. 23, L 2-0, (No.1) Indiana (Pa.) Sept. 27, L 4-1, (No. 3) Shippensburg Sept. 28, L 2-0, East Stroudsburg Men’s Soccer................................................Sept. 24, W 2-0, Gannon Sept. 27, W 2-1, Shippensburg Women’s Soccer...........................................Sept. 23, T 1-1, Gannon Men’s Water Polo......................................Sept. 27, W 11-7, Gannon Sept. 27, W 15-9, Penn State Behrend Sept. 28, W 7-6, Salem International Women’s Hockey........ Sept. 27, (Exhi.) W 9-2, Guelph University

Hockey season just around the corner

Men’s Soccer Jumps to No. 7 Nationally

After posting wins this week over Gannon and Shippensburg, the men’s soccer team jumped 15 spots to No. 7 nationally in the latest NSCAA/adidad poll. The Lakers also moved into first place in the Atlantic Region. Junior Tomas Bulger and sophomore Christie Turak were named PSAC Athletes of the Week for men’s and women’s cross country respectively.

Bolger, Turak named PSAC Athletes of the Week

The football team is home again this week after a 34-10 win over Slippery Rock homecoming weekend. Thus far the Lakers are 2-0 at home and look to continue their winning ways when they take on Lock Haven at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tullio Field.

Editor’s Game of the Week:

Senior Hayley McMeekin (16) fights for the puck in the women’s hockey team 9-2 exhibition win over Guelph University on Saturday at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

Scoot Williams photo

By Mark Gramza
Staff writer

This senior linebacker lead the Lakers defense with 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks and an interception in Mercyhurst’s 34-10 win over Slippery Rock Saturday.

Jimmy Kokrak-Football

Sarah Powell-Women’s Soccer

Powell, a senior forward, scored twice in the final three minutes of regulation in the Lakers 2-2 tie Sept. 23 against cross-town rival Gannon.

The men’s Division I ice hockey team was recently ranked number two in the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) pre-season poll. This year’s team should be solid, considering they have returning players in senior Matt Pierce who was second in team scoring last year as well as sophomore Scott Pitt who was third in team. Defensively the Lakers will be led by senior Kirk Medernach and junior Cullen Eddy who this past week attended the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets’ development camp. As for goaltenders, the

Lakers return last year’s team MVP, senior Matt Lundin. He was a three-time AHA player of the week as the starter between the pipes last year. This team looks like it will be solid and definitely experienced as it is only losing three players total from last year’s team. This team’s record last season was: 15-19-7. The Women’s Division I ice hockey team also looks to be a solid contender for the title this year. This team should be a contender for the National Championship as they were ranked No. 6 in the nation in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Women’s College Hockey Pre-season Poll. This year’s team will again be led by former Gold

medalist winner with team Canada at the winter Olympics in Torino, Italy and former First Team All-American last season, junior Meghan Agosta. Agosta was also just recently announced to be this year’s team captain. This team will be led by recently named alternate captains senior Valerie Chouinard and sophomore Vicki Bendus. The women’s ice hockey team has had an extensive history of doing well and should be expected to have an excellent season again this year. This team’s record last season was: 26-8-3. They got off to a solid start with a 9-2 exhibition win over Guelph University Saturday at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

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October 1, 2008

Field hockey suffers Men’s soccer enjoys victory two weekend losses Lakers add two more wins to their record
By Sarah Powell
Staff writer

Shippensburg University and East Stroudsburg University got the best of the women’s field hockey team this weekend. The Lakers suffered two loses in two days. The team traveled to Shippensburg to take on the No. 3 ranked Red Raiders. The Lakers fell behind in the opening minutes of play, but Junior Megan Rasmussen scored her second goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1. Shippensburg answered back with two more goals before half time and then another second half goal to end the game at 4-1. Seniors Jen Macri and Jennifer Coleman split the game time in the net. Macri made seven saves, while Coleman wrapped up the game with two saves.The Lakers took on the Warriors of East Stroudsburg on Sunday, Sept 28. The Lakers did an excellent job in the first half, allowing no shots on goal from the Warriors’ offense. Unfortuneately, it wasn’t enough. In the second half, the Warriors would score two goals within five minutes to shutout the Lakers 2-0. After a disappointing weekend, the women’s field hockey team fell to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in Tyler Stauffer photo conference play. Junior Courtney Loper reaches for Even though the the ball at a field hockey game earLakers are coming lier this season. The Lakers fell to off a losing weekend, 2-7 last weekend.

Junior Megan Rasmussen is confident in her team and feels their record doesn’t really reflect the talent they possess. “We have a really strong, young and talented team. We just need to focus on working together on the field, but I think we have the potential to go far,” Rasmussen said. The Lakers’ have a busy schedule this week, taking on Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. They follow that game with three home matches against Mansfield University, Bellarmine University and Houghton College.

By Katie Waldin
Staff writer

The No. 22 Mercyhurst College Lakers dominated the soccer pitch both at home and away this week as the men beat Shippensburg University and arch rival Gannon University As the crowds gathered in the bleachers at the Mercyhurst Soccer Field last Wednesday, the men’s soccer team was mentally and physically preparing for a battle with the cross-town rivals of Gannon. Going into the game, the men were ready to face a tough challenge as the Knights were entering the match with a 21 record in the PSAC and a 5-2 record overall this season. “Gannon is always a hard fought game, because of the rivalry, and we always step it up a notch for that game,” senior Sean Spangler said. “We played well as a team, and we all were really happy about the big win”. Entering halftime with no score, both the Knights and Lakers were still on their toes looking for victory in the second half. In minute 54 of play, just after the second half resumed, sophomore Billy Colton headed the ball into the upper corner of the goal from a chip outside from junior David Miller to give the Lakers the lead they needed to change the pace of play. Less than 18 minutes after the first goal was scored, Colton received a through ball from sophomore Michael De Rose where he challenged the keeper with a short, sharp shot that ended in the back of the net.

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Junior David Miller dribbles the ball at a men’s soccer game earlier this season. Mercyhurst advanced to 6-1-1 this season.

The Lakers outplayed Gannon throughout the rest of the match to dominate overall and end the game in a 2-0 victory. This past Saturday, the men traveled to Shippensburg University for an enormous match against the Raiders. Although the men played extremely well throughout the entire match, they were trailing 1-0 almost the whole game. With less than five minutes remaining in play, Colton managed to sneak the ball passed the goalkeeper to tie the game up for the Lakers. With two overtime periods to play, senior Nick Thompson did not hold back as he blasted

the ball into the net off of a corner from senior Tyler Emerick in minute seven of overtime play. “It was not one of our best games, but it showed how much character and heart we have on our team to pull together and battle to win a game like that,” Spangler said. The Lakers topped off the week with two wins, and they are looking to do the same again this week. The Lakers will hit the road for two away games this coming week. They will play Lock Haven University on Wednesday, Oct.1, and West Chester University of Pennsylvania on Friday, Oct. 4.

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Laker volleyball wins one match, loses two
By Gary Coad
Staff writer

This past weekend the Lakers went to the California University of Pennsylvania volleyball tournament. Going into the weekend the Lakers were riding high after a great win over Clarion University and looked to carry their success with them through the weekend. Sadly, things did not turn out as planned as the Lakers went 1-2 on the weekend. The weekend opened with a game against Kutztown University in a five game match and Kutztown won. Senior Jenna Matson was red hot in the match totaling 16 kills and 17 digs while her teammate and fellow Pine-Richland alumna, sophomore Kendall Ashworth, added 20 digs. The Lakers were not be held without a win for long as their next match was against Lock Haven University,

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Senior Lauren Kubinsky, left, and sophomore Justine Smith, right, block the ball at a volleyball match against Gannon University earlier this season. The Lakers went 1-2 last weekend.

who came in at 16-1. The offense came out running on all cylinders as the

team combined to hit .322 in the match. The offense poured in from all sides and was very

spread out. Senior Lauren Kubinski led the team with eight kills, but

sophomore Erin English, senior Jenna Matson, and sophomore Katie Fritz were right behind her with seven kills each. Lock Haven was handled with ease, in three straight games. Last for the weekend was a match up with Shippensburg University, who came into the match at 10-9. Again the Lakers would not go down without a fight, and went to the fifth and decisive match before finally falling. Matson, Kubinski and Fritz led the team in kills with 14, 11, and 9 respectively. Ashworth again anchored the defense with a stellar performance of 29 digs in the losing effort. At the conclusion of the weekend, the Lakers fell to 9-8, a mark they are looking to improve on against the upcoming PSAC teams East Stroudsburg University, Millersville University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Believe it or not, running won’t kill you:
Common running myths cleared up by ’Hurst running enthusiast
By Louise Killeen
Contributing writer

Sadly, to many people running is buried in a cloud of confusion, misconception and myth that has most thinking you have to be stark raving mad to even consider trying it. So, in an attempt explain the reason why I’m up at the crack of dawn every morning while the rest of the world is asleep, I’m going to endeavor to part the clouds and dispel some of these myths. One of the most common criticisms of running is

it’s bad for your bones and joints. I don’t know how many times I’ve been told to give up for the sake of my knees. To these concerned nonrunners, I happily respond by relaying the fact that in recent years countless scientific studies have proven there is no identifiable link between long distance running and degenerative bone or joint problems. Another common myth is frequent running places the body under a great amount of stress that many believe will lead to a decreased immune system

and, in extreme cases, cardiac and circulation problems. Again, the science is stacked heavily against this one. I’m not saying running is easy; in fact, it isn’t. There will be plenty of times when it kicks your butt, but honestly, it’s nothing a little rest and some ibuprofen can’t fix. In fact, as with other forms of cardiovascular exercise, running over time strengthens heart muscles, fine tunes the circulation system, increases lung capacity and regulates blood pressure. So there you go- another myth extinguished. Never being

one to dwell on the negative, I think it’s about time to share one of the most positive, yet most often overlooked, aspects of running: It’s a great stress reliever. In fact, one could almost describe it as the cheapest form of therapy you can get. They say you can’t run away from your problems, but I know from experience running is a great way of letting go of anything that’s on your mind. I can honestly attest that nine times out of 10, I come back from a run feeling much better than I did when I left. Of course, the other one-tenth

is reserved for those days when the rain is bouncing off the pavement and there is a rather large dog chasing you down. So you see, running won’t kill you; in fact, if you give it a chance it may even change your life for the better. Now on to the best part -the post run recovery: for some, its protein shakes and Powerbars; for others its carbs and calcium. As for me, well nothing quite beats a pint of Guinness at the end of the week to replace those lost nutrients- at least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it.

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October 1, 2008

Looking for a complete workout?
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor

Kick boxing offers muscle strengthening for problem areas
In the spirit of broadening our horizons here in the sports section of The Merciad, we decided there is more going on athletically at Mercyhurst College than just the various varsity sports. So, we have decided to cover them. Some of these other activities include fitness classes offered to students over at the Recreation Center. What better way to cover such a class than by taking it and embarrassing myself ? After some deliberating, I decided kick boxing would be the right class for me. Granted this decision was based mostly on the fact that I could make the time and I knew the instructor. But, I digress. As I expected, I was the only male in the room with about 10 females, who found the situation quite entertaining. I was happy to enliven their workout experience. I didn’t know what to expect going into the class, other than I was probably going to sweat profusely while making a complete fool out of myself in the process. My expectations were dead on. The class started with some simple cardio to get the blood flowing, and I made it through the first 10 minutes of warm- up and cardio with no problem. Next came the elements of kick boxing as we began working in punch combinations mixed in with cardio. This wasn’t so bad, but at

this point I was definitely starting to sweat. Once we made it through a solid 10 minutes of punching, we moved on to the kicks. Now at this point there was no denying it, I was hot, dripping in sweat and tiredbut I endured. We finished the final 10-15 minutes with a few abdominal
Bottom left: Senior Brad Moehringer gives a double thumbs up to the camera at kickboxing while the other students in the class laugh. Top right: Moehringer bites his lip in concentration as he performs punching combinations and core strenthening exercises.

exercises and some stretches to cool down. In total, the class lasted 45 minutes and while I went home a couple pounds lighter, I didn’t lose too much of my dignity, so overall it was a good time. The next day my sore legs proved what I already figured: This is a solid workout. For anybody looking to work out and strengthen their butt, thigh, and core muscles, I highly recommend checking out kick boxing. Anyone who is interested in trying out one of these classes like I did can head to the Rec Center to pick of the schedule of fitness classes.

Scoot Williams photo

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When opportunity knocked, Kensy answered
By Samantha Sellinger
Sports editor

The Mercyhurst College football team slaughtered Slippery Rock University at the Lakers’ Homecoming game this past Saturday, Sept. 27, with a score of 34-10, in a great PSAC West Division game. So far, the team is enjoying a victorious season; a season that junior quarterback, Garrett Kensy is just grateful to be a part of. During the first game of the season, starting quarterback, senior Joe Laffey suffered a broken hand when two Wayne State defensive players collided with it, ending his game and his season. “I was very disheartened when it happened. I was very excited about playing this season and had high hopes for the team,” said Laffey. After surgery to put two screws into his bone, Laffey feels he is healing well and is doing rehab to get the strength

Junior Garrett Kensy (4) has stepped in at quarterback for injured starter junior Joe Laffey to lead the Lakers to a 3-2 overall record and a 2-0 record in the PSAC.

Tyler Stauffer photo

and movement back in his hand. Laffey’s injury, though, left an open position on the starting lineup; a position that needed to be filled. Kensy was the lucky player to earn the coveted position. Kensy overcame a lot of hardships and disappointments to play this past weekend. As a high school senior, his season

ended early with a broken leg, an injury that may have cost him a scholarship to an NCAA Division I school. During his freshman year at Manfield University, he was named starting quarterback but broke his thumb just a few games into the season. A few weeks later, Mansfield decided to cut the team. His biggest worry had

yet to come though in Sept. 2007, Kensy was diagnosed with cancer. After having the cancerous lump removed, he concentrated on getting back in shape for football. “When Joe went down with the injury, I was upset for him. He’s worked hard for his entire career and finally got his chance. It didn’t work out as he would’ve liked it, but

Late surge gives Lakers a tie with rival Gannon
By Stephen Duggan
Staff writer

an opportunity arose,” said Kensy. “The time came where someone needed to fill the void. I am extremely happy to get the opportunity to play and help the team out.” Kensy has led the Lakers’ to a 2-0 standing in their division, tying them on top with California University of Pennsylvania. Mercyhurst is also undefeated this year at home. At the game against The Rock, Kensy felt it was a whole team effort that brought in the win. “We ran the ball extremely well and our lineman controlled the line of scrimmage. (Senior Richard) Stokes played the best that he has all season and really took over the game,” said Kensy. “Our defense is playing great right now and continues to force the opposition to punt. As a team we really controlled the clock. This kept our defense fresh and the game in our hands. It is a great feeling to win, especially on homecoming.”

The Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team was in action again Sept. 23 with a home tie against cross town rivals Gannon University. Their opponents came into the game boasting a very respectable 51 record and had been playing well coming off the back of two 3-0 wins. The Lakers, on the other hand, were looking to bounce back from a tough 1-0 defeat to West Virginia Wesleyan As with most of the battles

between these two teams through the years, it was quite a tense opening 20 minutes. With neither team wanting to make a mistake, it led to very congested soccer in the middle of the park. The game remained scoreless until under two minutes to go in the first half. The Knights’ Courtney Rowan struck a very opportunistic shot which carried over the head of senior goalkeeper Rebecca Heintzman and into the top corner. The momentum looked to have swung in Gannon’s favor. The second half produced much better soccer from both

teams and the action flowed from end to end. With just three minutes remaining, it seemed as though the Knights would leave the Mercyhurst Soccer Field with a win. Then the drama started. Mercyhurst won a corner kick, swung in viciously by sophomore Jamie Schroter. Senior Sarah Powell rose majestically over the Gannon defense to head the ball into the back of the net. Now, with the game hung in the balance, most teams would settle for overtime, but not Mercyhurst. The Lakers went straight

back on offense and as senior Christine Rehnert crossed an inviting ball into the area; it was Powell again who steered it into the opposite corner, much to the delight of the huge home crowd. With 30 seconds left in the game, it seemed as though the miracle comeback had been pulled off. Gannon gave a last minute surge up the field and a long ball over the defense was connected on by Gannon’s Amanda Sharbaugh. The ball somehow found its way into the net and the teams were all squared up again.Two overtimes followed with little

between the teams, and all the excitement had finished. With the tie, Mercyhurst moved to 5-2-2 overall. Senior Katie Waldin had this to say about the tie: “When we play Gannon, it is always a different atmosphere, neither team will give up until that final buzzer. We thought we had stolen a victory today only to have it taken back. It was a crazy finish.”

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