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Mercyhurst students contribute to local politics

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Communication students visit Congressman Phil English and First Lady Laura Bush
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October 22, 2008
The 20 student volunteers from Corbin’s class met at the Manufacturer and Business Association building on West 38th Street. Williams participated in this reception as well. “I got to drive Mayor Giuliani to and from the airport with his publicist and bodyguard. He was an incredibly pleasant and down-to-earth guy and actually pretty funny,” he said. After driving the mayor Williams said, “I have never been so nervous driving a car, or had a public figure’s fate resting in my hands, but we made it.” Senior Jenna Golden was excited to help at the event. “Even though I am a Democrat, I really look up to Giuliani and everything he did for New York City,” she said. “It was a great experience getting to meet him and so many other local politicians.” Corbin was proud of her class and said Mercyhurst should be proud to be represented by such high caliber young professionals. “Several of the guests, a representative from the National Republican Congressional Committee, the Congressman and Mayor Giuliani’s staff all complimented the students who were at the event on their professionalism, positive attitude, knowledge and confidence,” she said. DeVore, who took pictures at both events, said, “This election will be a historical moment in time, and I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to work for the Republican Party. I think everyone who attended would agree that it was well worth our time; we learned so much.” Matt Williams agrees. “It has been a good week for me, having met two of the most influential political figures of the last several years,” he said.

Communication class meets high profile Republicans
By Amanda Valauri
News editor

Mercyhurst College students and People for Phil English were busy campaigning for Erie’s congressman at two event fund-raisers with some high profile guests: First Lady of the United States Laura Bush and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Students from the communication department had this unique experience, because of Meghan Corbin, finance director for People for English. The adjunct professor recruited students from her Strategic Communication class to help with these two events. Corbin said communication theories, internal communication and contingency plans are all part of classroom learning and real life experience enhances students understanding. “This type of learning is constructive and necessary, but when students can take that knowledge and not only see it in action, but also experience it firsthand, it is a much more meaningful experience and a more complete learning process,” she said. Corbin said the experience is valuable. “Students can take away lessons that are practically impossible to recreate in the classroom and also can list this experience on their resume, which provides them an advantage when they are either looking for a job in the coming months or when they are applying to graduate school,” Corbin said. The guest appearances served as fund-raisers for the congressman and will help drive the last two weeks of the campaign. “The events were a great success in terms of fund raising,”

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Mercyhurst College communication students had the opportunity to volunteer to a local political campaign and meet Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and First Lady Laura Bush.

Corbin said. “Both First Lady Laura Bush and Mayor Giuliani provided us with the shot in the arm we needed to get us through to the end of the election.” Sophomore Brittani DeVore’s experience at the events was humbling. “Having Meghan Corbin as a professor has allowed me to experience two great, amazing events; they were experiences that will last a lifetime,” DeVore said. The first lady The modest house in Sharon, teemed with anticipation and Secret Service men early on Wednesday morning, Oct. 15. The First Lady Laura Bush was on her way. Six of Corbin’s students volunteered to work the brunch reception. Laura Bush came to show her support for Congressman Phil English’s re-election. The brunch served as an important fund-raiser for the congressman and a milestone in a few Mercyhurst College students’ lives. Senior Stephanie Oliver was excited to meet Laura Bush.

“Meeting the first lady was the greatest educational opportunity I’ve had since coming to Mercyhurst College,” Oliver said. “I have a passion for events, so being able to help with something of this caliber was a highlight of my life.” The students had a variety of different responsibilities at the event ranging from general crowd control and flow to photo pushers and pullers. Senior Matt Williams had the rare opportunity to get a professional photo with the First Lady. He said he was nervous. “I got thrown into the picture line at the last second as a courtesy and didn’t have any introduction prepared in my head,” Williams said. While the first lady flew across Pennsylvania to campaign for the congressman, she used her brief time and private audience to talk about her other causes, like breast cancer. For breast cancer awareness month, the First Lady brought a little color to the White House. “…And I know y’all saw the White House lit pink,” Laura Bush said with her Southern accent. The guests and students were

enchanted by her charm. “The first lady was eloquent, elegant and down to earth; characteristics I think every president’s wife should possess,” Oliver said. “I was amazed at how friendly she was too, especially when she wrapped her arms around us and gathered us together for a picture.” New York City mayor Along with the first lady, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned for the congressman on Monday, Oct. 20. English was one of the first congressmen to endorse Giuliani for president. They have been long-time friends. Giuliani said, “It is a pleasure to be here and campaign for such a valued congressman.” Giuliani spoke about the importance of experienced politicians on Capitol Hill. “Phil’s experience and willingness to put his district before his party is why people should vote for him,” he said. “It is not only important to re-elect Phil, but to also throw your support behind out good friend, John McCain. Experience matters.”

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NEWS
willing to meet and discuss the article.” Hallam said the Monday meeting lasted a half-hour. “I called the meeting in an effort to understand his reasons behind writing the article,” Tobin said. “I wanted to see if something had happened that I could help him work through.” But Hallam said he felt Tobin tried to use his position to “interrogate” and “intimidate” him. While Hallam said he believes Tobin was attempting to “censor through intimidation,” Tobin said this was not his goal. “I told him that my article was based solely on facts and he told me that it was up to interpretation,” Hallam said. “He said I really needed to watch what I wrote.” Tobin said he had no other intent in calling the meeting other than curiosity. “It’s the psychologist in me that wants to better understand human behavior,” he said. “I wanted to know what motivated him to write the article.” Tobin called Hallam’s article “less than cordial,” and said the “article had an attack tone to it.” “My effort was to put him at ease,” Tobin said. “I did not want to put him on the defense.” Hallam said the topic of censorship was discussed and said he believes Tobin was trying to stop any future controversial issues from being printed “I asked him if I had written a vehemently pro-life article would I be in his office, and he said ‘I would hope so,’” Hallam said. “That means most certainly not.” Hallam said he explained to Tobin that his article was an opinion piece. Hallam told Tobin that he wanted to “make people think.” “It was not my intent to upset him,” Tobin said. “I expressed that to him on several occasions.” Hallam said he did receive an e-mail from Tobin shortly after their meeting. In the e-mail Tobin thanked Hallam for meeting with him and explained it was not his intent to cause an argument. “It didn’t go the way I had hoped it might,” Tobin said. Hallam said the meeting with Tobin will not stop him from his “attempt at enlightening.”

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Opinion piece causes concerns
By Casey Greene
Editor-in-chief

It’s the season to vote ‘green’
By JoEllen Marsh
Staff writer

Sophomore Seth Hallam’s recent opinion piece in The Merciad has stirred controversy across the Mercyhurst College campus. Hallam’s opinion piece, titled “Abortion: a solution to poverty?” was printed in the Oct. 15 issue of The Merciad. In the article, Hallam expressed his criticism of the pro-life stance. Since the article was printed, The Merciad has received several letters to the editor disagreeing with his opinion. Vice President of Student Life, Dr. Gerry Tobin, was one concerned reader. Tobin wrote a letter to the editor, and he asked Hallam to meet with him Monday for a one-on-one conversation about the opinion piece. Tobin said he decided to ask Hallam to meet with him after reading his article and receiving many calls from alarmed Mercyhurst community members. “A number of people expressed concern about his article,” Tobin said. “So I called Seth to ask if he was

Members of Mercyhurst College’s Green Team will be in Garvey Park on Thursday promoting Power Vote, a nation-wide pledge drive to get students to vote green. Green Team President Margaux Valenti said, “We are having the rally basically as a huge visual. We want people to see and hear us.” Green Team members hope the rally, which takes place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, will attract a lot of students. Junior Valerie Fuhrman said, “At the rally, I hope to

make our generation aware of green energy and jobs. I think most students care about politics and care about a green earth, but it’s important that we all make the connection between the two.” Aside from signing pledges and eating free baked goods, students who stop by the rally can write out ideas and learn how to submit proposals to the Green Energy Review Board. “Power Vote shows that it matters to the American youth what happens to the environment and we care about the election. It’s making a nationwide statement!” Valenti said.

CLARIFICATION
The story on page 5 of the Oct. 8 Merciad indicated “numerous” assaults against students had been reported this trimester on the Mercyhurst College campus to Police and Safety. The department has not had reports of assaults against students this term.

New parking rule affects all students
• Parking is not permitted in the circle in front of Old Main. • Parking in the circle will be reserved for vehicles with special permits, or by special invitation only. • There is no general parking available in the area behind Old Main, Preston Hall and Egan Hall as all parking spaces located in that lot are now reserved. • There will be a parking space behind Old Main designated as a 30 minute loading and unloading zone. • Enforcement of parking rules and regulations in these two areas began Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.
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This year the Food Drive will send 102 students out into the community. Last year’s group collected 4,776 pounds of food, more than the weight of an average car. All of the donations are given to the Second Harvest Food Bank. The “Eat-it-to-the-Bottom” Chili Cook-Off is in its third year and will be going on in the Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students can enter their own chili recipes, sample the different entries or judge other student’s chilies. The different categories to enter include hot and spicy, vegetarian, unique and traditional. Prizes will be awarded for best overall chili. Juniors Arianne Zimmerman and Amy Bergan will be entering under the unique category with their white chicken chili, something they are cooking for the first time. They have entered for a couple of years, and think it is a good time. They said, “[The Cook-Off] benefits a good cause and you get to know other college employees other than professors, and of course you get to try a bunch of chilies.” Chili samples cost 25 cents each. One can of food can also be traded for three samples. All of the proceeds benefit the Erie City Mission. Betsy Frank of the Human Resources Department and head of the Chili Cook-Off, said, “[It’s] very nice to get the whole community involved, and the Cook-Off is a nice marriage with Box City,” which is also occurring Wednesday. Box City’s goal is to raise awareness about global issues such as poverty and world hunger. Students will be sitting in boxes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. between Zurn Hall and Old Main to collect money for the Erie City Mission. Students are encouraged to donate their

October 22, 2008

Mercyhurst students donate food, food, food
By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer

What do canned goods, chili and cardboard boxes have in common? They are not only frequently found in supermarkets, but they also pertain to fundraisers on campus. This is the 36th consecutive year the Food Drive is giving back to the local community. The program will run through Saturday, Oct. 25. Amanda Zechman, Campus Minister and head of the food drive, said every year students go door-to-door, asking for donations.

change to the cause. Wondering how to g et involved for next year? Signing up through service learning or simply calling Zechman in the Herrmann Student Union are both easy ways. Zechman said it’s important to help out, “especially now, because our economy is really bad and poor people are most affected—some have to decide whether to buy food or pay bills,”.” Freshman and Mercyhurst Student Government Senator Chol John said, “A student has to give back to the community and be a symbol for the community.”

Democrats, not Republicans, win some voters with Christian values
By JoEllen Marsh
Staff writer

Are young Christians losing their faith? Some would say so. A survey done by Public Religion Research (PRR) called “The Young and the Faithful” suggests issues like gay marriage and abortion are less important to younger Christians when it comes to supporting a candidate in the 2008 election. Voters considered Senator Barack Obama, who does not support laws against abortion or gay marriage, friendlier towards religion than Senator John McCain 49 to 45. This is a step forward for the Democratic Party, which has traditionally been considered less supportive of religion than the Republican Party. Whether this signifies a loss of faith or not, young Christians are heading towards a broader political agenda. Fiftyseven percent of young voters support a big government that provides more services,

compared to 45 percent of all voters. In fact, young Catholics favor a larger government more than any other group (67 percent versus 57 percent of all young people). Fifty-six percent of all young voters, including Evangelicals, believe in using diplomacy over military strength. “I think diplomacy is important. I know there are circumstances where you have no other choice but to use the military, but at least you should try,” senior Christina Drushel said. Senior and the president of College Democrats Sarah Belotti said, “I believe the Democratic Party is faith friendly, because it is committed to creating and protecting equality for all. It upholds Christian values in its commitment to end discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age and disability in every corner of the country.”

Senior and president of Young Republicans, Adam Hammer, believes the Democratic Party is anything but friendly to people of faith. Hammer said, “Democrats’ insistence on multiculturalism and diversity has marginalized the importance of the Christian faith in American history. The Republican Party respects the role of religion in public life, while the Democrats go out of their way to shame religion.” Still, many of Christians voting for McCain choose their stance predominantly on issues like the economy and the war in Iraq. Sophomore and Catholic Bethany Brun, who plans to vote for McCain, said, “I try to look at the whole candidate. Yes, it plays into the way I feel about them, but when you look at the democratic process, it takes a majority of Congress to pass legislation on these things… Social issues are important to society, but there are more important issues.” Sophomore and weekly

church-goer Jim Maxwell, on the other hand, said “I value someone’s life more than the economy.” Although Evangelicals of all ages equally support anti-abortion laws, there is a major generation gap between Evangelicals aged 18-34 and those over 35 concerning gay marriage. Only 37 percent of all Evangelicals support giving gay couples rights to marry, yet 52 percent of young Evangelicals support giving them some form of legal recognition. Young Christians Support Obama Overall, the PRR’s survey showed Obama had a much stronger lead among younger voters than among voters over the age of 35. Catholics aged 18-34 supported Obama 55-40, while Catholics 35 and older supported McCain 46-45. Nearly seven in 10 young Christians who attend services once or twice a month favored Obama.

Drushel is an Obama supporter and a Christian who has attended a Presbyterian church her entire life. “He’s sort of become the voice of the youth, he really inspires people. I think he genuinely cares what happens to us,” Drushel said. Among those who attend services most often, however, there is no generation gap. Christians who attend services at least once a week supported McCain almost equally (55 percent of young people versus approximately 52 percent of all evangelicals). The largest shift since the 2004 election is among monthly church-goers that make up 16 percent of voters. According to the study, this group currently supports Obama 60-40. When Senator John Kerry ran in 2004, he received votes from only 49 percent of this group. More information about the PRR’s survey can be found at www.faithinpubliclife.org.

October 22, 2008

NEWS
By Liz Maier
Staff writer

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The first week of the ’Hurst EMTA bus
• • • • • In first 10 days, almost 800 students rode the new bus. More than 100 students used other EMTA routes. Information on bus routes can be found at www.emtaerie.com or by calling the Ride Line at (814) 452-3515. The Mercyhurst route is Route 17. Students can ride any of EMTA’s routes for free by showing their student ID card.

Students can ‘innovate Erie’
Inventors, innovators and designers unite. Professionals in the fields of science, art and manufacturing have joined in a collaborative effort to find the newest and most unique marketable product idea in northwestern Pennsylvania by launching the “InnovationErie: Design Competition.” The competition was created by Science, Art, Manufacturing, Engineering and Design, “SAM & ED,” a local, voluntary group of individuals dedicated to initiating and producing unknown product ideas. Each product design must follow certain criteria; It must be small enough to fit in your hand, it must be useful, have some aesthetic appeal, it should be original, and it must be able to be produced or manufactured in Erie. One grand prize of $1,000 cash and $7,000 in InnovationErie partner services from Penn State Behrend’s Plastics Technology Center and Northwest Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center will be awarded to first place winner. The competition is open to teams, small businesses and individuals, though one person must be designated as an informational contact. All applications must be submitted electronically and contain visuals, a Microsoft Word or PDF based narrative description of 800 words or less describing their product idea. Application deadline is Monday, March 2, 2009. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of northwestern Pennsylvania. Submissions will be judged by a panel of independent, expert business and design judges from InnovationErie. Semi-finalists will have their designs on display at the Erie Art Museum from May 8 through July 27, 2009. Design exhibits may include drawings, print-outs, photographs, models, prototypes and any other beneficial materials. The public will be able to vote for “Best in Show” on May 8, 2009 at the Erie Art Museum’s Public Opening Reception. On June 27, 2009, the top four finalists will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation and to respond to a 10 minute question and answer session with the judges. Shortly after the sessions, the competition winners will be announced. Three first place prizes of InnovationErie partner services will also be awarded. Junior Sara Norris thought of several ideas could specifically benefit the environment. “One good idea would be to recycle leftover food with a small, hand-held food compactor,” Norris said. “Food could be ground up and then the remains could eventually develop into a compost pile.” Junior Denise Wheelock also contributed her idea. “They should make a keychain breathalyzer test available to everyone, so you can determine whether or not you are able to drive,” Wheelock said. “This way you won’t run the risk of confrontation with the police.” To find out more information about the InnovationErie Design Competition visit www. www.innovationerie.net or call the Erie Art Museum at (814) 459-5477.

The MSG shuttle was replaced by an EMTA bus on Saturday, Oct. 11.

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Friday, Oct. 24 Pub Night 9 p.m. Herrmann Student Union Saturday, Oct. 25 7 p.m. Bash the Knights-Volleyball vs. Gannon Hurst-o-ween 9 p.m. Herrmann Student Union

Sophomore Aleksandra Bielska was one of the first students to ride the new bus.

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October 22, 2008

Get ‘sheet’-faced for Halloween for less
Creative and fun costume ideas for little or no money or effort
By Emily Grabowski
Features editor

Halloween isn’t a holiday just for kids anymore. It’s a lot of fun to get dressed up as something out of the ordinary for the night and be someone or something you’re not. It’s also fun to go out with a little brother or sister and go trick-or-treating in your neighborhood. However, Halloween costumes have been getting more and more expensive over the years. For an adult police officer or firefighter costume, it can cost around $50. It seems like the less fabric used to make the costume, the more expensive it gets. Halloween is supposed to be fun, not a day to put you

Wrap yourself in medical gauze for an easy mummy costume.

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in debt. Luckily for college students (and penny pinchers), there are easy costume ideas for little or no money that are fun or creative, and will make Halloween fun and exciting without spending all your money. The ghost costume is a classic.

These two can pull off the “Prom King and Queen” look with crowns and sashes.

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Grab a old white sheet, cut out the eyes. Be sure it is short enough not to trip you. Why be the same old plain ghost? A ghost going out in public might like to get dressed up a little. Use the same old white sheet, cut out holes for the eyes and a small slit for the mouth. Dress it up a little. Put eye shadow and lashes around the eyes, lipstick around the mouth. Put a little color on the cheeks. How about earrings and a necklace? Color in a beard or mustache. Use something besides just a white sheet to be a little fancier. Another good costume idea is the American tourist. Guys should wear a loud Hawaii shirt, shorts (if weather permits) and large straw hat. Girls can wear a bright loud patterned dress, flats, big sun hat and straw bag. Don’t forget to have a camera, maps hanging out of your pockets and bags, and that look of being lost. Guys can use a tourist bag,

like you get from travel agents, and gals can use the straw bag for their treats. Couples can dress up as themselves in 50 years as the “old” man and woman. Guys can wear dark pants (cuffed) and jacket, any dress shirt, flannel hat and a walking cane. Gray the hair with any of the commercial temporary colors, or dust with a little flour. Girls can wear an old style dress that falls just below the knee, knee-high stockings rolled down a little, oxfords and a large black purse. Add reading glasses that sit right at the edge of your nose. Miss America can be a fun one if you like dressing up. Use an old bridesmaid or prom dress, add a pair of gloves, a tiara, some oversized jewelry and heels. For the banner, a piece of wide ribbon, and write “Miss America” in glitter. Another cute one for couples is prom king and queen. For girls, it’s the same concept as Miss America, except write “Prom Queen” on the ribbon. Guys, put on your nicest suit and get a cheap plastic crown and make a sash saying “Prom King.” You can get all the supplies to be a mummy at CVS. Wrap yourself in white bandages (rolls of gauze). Use splotches of green paint for “mold”. Use white make-up on face with “age lines” drawn on. The stiff-legged gait works perfectly. A crash test dummy is something different to dress up as. There is a commercial cos-

tume for this, but a good one can be made with sweats and tape to make the markings on it like the crash test dummies. Use bandages and fake blood to decorate. Fashion a seat belt out of webbing and an old buckle and pin in place. (or go to a junk yard and ask for an old seatbelt). Be a Rubik’s cube by using a large cardboard box and five different colors of contact paper or construction paper (contact paper is easier to stick on) enough to do five sides, black pants and long sleeve shirt. There are plenty of fun and easy costume ideas out there, so let your imagination loose and have a blast.

Spice up the classic sheet ghost costume by adding makeup, drawn on facial hair, and jewelry.

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October 22, 2008

FEATURES
10 or 11 when the students like to rush the place,” Anderson said. Surprisingly enough, neither Anderson nor Byers is interested in making a career out of food service. Anderson is a psychology and bio chemistry major, while Byers is busy chasing a degree in law enforcement. So why work at the Laker? Why so late? It turns out that both students have a professional history with food. Anderson has worked for popular a grocery chain, Giant Eagle, for the past two years and Byers has experience working as a server at Chili’s. It is safe to say they’ve just gotten used to working with food. Their food industry experience comes in handy. Students working the late shift act as cook and clerk; they take the orders and prepare the food. Anderson and Byers are more comfortable working the late shift, because the atmosphere is much more laid back.

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Working the ‘night owl shift’ at the Laker
By Cameron Woods
Contributing writer

Most students have had a midnight trip to the Laker Inn, but how many know what it is like to make the food rather than order them? James Anderson and John Byers are two students who have no qualms fulfilling their late night Laker duties. Anderson and Byers are Mercyhurst College juniors working what they like to call the “night owl shift” at the Laker Inn and can attest to the interesting experience of working late nights. “The shift itself lasts from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.,” Byers said, and from the constant flow of students pouring down the steps of the union at this time, it is clear someone is always around. For many, this late night dose of reality would prove too much. “I just don’t see how the do it,” junior Amy Jarosz said. “My sleep is way too valuable. I’d be cranky all the time.” “It’s most difficult around

can do is get their order out as “One advantage is the ab- be “creepy.” sence of multiple bosses,” “There must be all kinds of quickly as possible and laugh Anderson said. weird people that come in late at them later.” All their experience and During the night shift, the at night,” Morrison said. guys are only accompanied by The experience definitely hard work aside, Anderson and Byers feel good about one manager. “The rules all serves up a side of reality. still apply, but aren’t coming “We’ve had some weird their jobs and agree the late at you from too many direc- people,” Byers said. “No mat- shift at the Laker Inn is where tions,” Anderson stated. ter what anyone does, all you “all the action is.” Byers believes the mood of the customers is better late at night than it would be if they were waiting in the lunch or dinner rush lines, where tempers tend to get the better of students on the go. “No one is in that much of a hurry at midnight,” Byers said. Still others believe working the late night shift is a Tyler Stauffer photo Juniors Sarah Blackwell and Michelle Thomas enjoying their dinner at the daunting task. Junior Con- Laker. nie Morrison believes working late at the Laker would

Year: Junior Major: History Hometown: Hackettstown, N.J. Random, interesting fact about you: I’m a musician and I’ve written, recorded, and produced three solo albums in which I played all the instruments and sang. Where do you see yourself in five years? I honestly don’t know, alive? One day, whether in five years or not, I hope to follow the Rangers for an entire year with tickets to all 82 games plus playoffs.
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The staff of the Galley hard at work preparing the orders of Mercyhurst students.

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October 22, 2008

Seasonal sickness: How to avoid it
By Casey Bertolette
Contributing writer

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Bottles of Nyquil and Kleenex boxes will soon be taking over your nightstand. It seems like every year, no matter what, you and everyone around you are sneezing, coughing and fighting a sore throat. Making it to class seems even harder than usual and the walk from Lewis to Hirt feels like a 10 mile hike. Life is miserable when you are sick, but there are ways to prevent those painful days. Here are a few suggestions to skip the cold weather blues and stay healthy. Stop it before it starts, get your flu shot. Every year the Cohen Student Health Center offers a limited amount of complimentary flu shots to students. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 70 to 90 percent of healthy adults can prevent the flu with a vaccine. Some students are already preparing. Valerie Johnson says she hates dealing with being sick and prefers to avoid it by getting her yearly flu shot. “It’s free and takes five minutes. I don’t know why everyone doesn’t get one. I’ll definitely be getting one this year.” To get your flu shot, call the Health Center at 814-824-2431 to schedule an appointment. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. It really is the best way to prevent catching a communicable disease like an upper repertory infection or everyone’s favorite, strep throat.

According to WebMD.com, colds and the flu enter through your eyes, nose or mouth, which are commonly touched by your hands. Try carrying around instant hand sanitizer if you don’t have the chance to wash your hands regularly. Avoid the bar and don’t smoke. Drinking won’t do anything for your sickness, but it makes you more prone to catch a cold. WebMD.com says heavier drinkers are more likely to get an infection, because drinking slows down one’s immune system. Going out is something Lisa Pessia definitely avoids when she isn’t feeling well. “I know I can’t drink and stay out late when I think I’m getting sick. You feel better all around when you don’t have to deal with a hangover.” Even though smoking is never good for your health, you certainly want to avoid it when you are feeling a cold coming on. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warn that smokers are more likely to die from complications with the flu than non-smokers. If you are feeling sick, don’t wait. Doctors are available for appointments almost everyday of the week and the staff does an excellent job of working around your schedule to help get you in. Practicing good health habits like regular exercise, healthy eating choices and getting plenty of sleep will all help you avoid getting sick as well. Catching a cold is sometime inevitable, but taking these suggestions should keep you healthy and well.

October 22, 2008

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Not a traditional stage manager in the theatrical sense, Ruic instead directs the characters onstage and narrates the exposition. In addition to interacting with the characters as stage manager, Ruic plays minor roles in a number of scenes. “Our Town” showcases the transparency of the art of theatre. Cast members move what little set pieces there are on and off stage while Ruic delivers lines, and they can even be seen backstage at times. During the wedding scene before intermission, the audience feels metatheatrically involved, as wedding-goers talk directly to the audience. “You’re not supposed to be completely taken in and engrossed in what’s happening,” Kiefer said. “We’re just trying to show an example of a real town; the audience should be thinking about themselves, realizing that this is what a lot of people’s lives could be like. “In some senses, the play is a call to action. It’s trying to say, ‘Be fully present in your life or you could miss out on a lot,’” Kiefer added. Going to a dress rehearsal makes the process of a play coming to production quality that much more apparent. Kiefer’s and Ruic’s characters were the most realized and actualized at the first dress rehearsal; other actors were still attempting to channel a voice, so to speak, and, having found one, keeping it consistent. Even projecting loud enough and blocking are still concerns with less than a week left, not to mention the stability of two ladders, the quickness of costume changes and the mysterious women’s hat bandit in the wings. “In all honesty, I’m a bit concerned the show won’t all come together in time. I realize that happens with every show. Then somehow, the night before it opens, everything clicks, and you suddenly have your show. When that finally happens, it’s a great feeling, and you realize all the chaos has been worth it,” Kiefer said. “Our Town” opens Thursday, Oct. 23 at Taylor Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Performances will be at the same time Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25. A special matinee performance will also be offered Sunday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. Adult tickets are $10, senior and student tickets are $7.50 and Mercyhurst students with ID can obtain tickets for a dollar.

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Glimpse behind the scenes of ‘Our Town’
By Kyle King
A & E editor

“Are we sort of ready here?” Erie Playhouse director David Matthews asks Monday night, half angry, half pleadingly. One of the male leads is conspicuously absent, and the stage manager will be an hour late. So begins the first dress rehearsal for Mercyhurst’s production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” With only three days left until the show opens, the cast is off-book, meaning they no longer carry their playbooks around reciting lines. That doesn’t mean the actors are off-prompt. Every once in a while, someone mutters a curse under his or her breath before exasperatedly calling out, “Line!” It may seem chaotic, but it’s not as though this particular performance is different from any other college production’s first dress rehearsal. What is different is the utter lack of scenery and props, an “Our Town” trademark. “If you’re not careful, you can do things like walk through walls or forget to open doors,” said junior Renée Kiefer, who plays the female lead as Emily Webb. “There’s a lot of little things you have to remember to pantomime, because there’s always that one person in the audience paying attention and noticing that you didn’t leave with the stack of books you came in carrying,” Kiefer said. Another difference between “Our Town” and other conventional American theatre is the role of the Stage Manager, played deftly by sophomore Devin Ruic.

Grover’s Corners, N.H., wedding-goers interact with the audience during the wedding between George Gibbs and Emily Webb.

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Emily Webb (junior Renée Kiefer, left) and George Gibbs (Luka Glinsky) fall in love in high school.

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Sophomore Devin Ruic’s character directs and narrates the action.

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ments, only a few of which have the familiar contours of the common Baroque recorder. Others encompass a range of tunings and shapes, from a set of Renaissance recorders, which taper outward toward the bottom, to the bizarrelooking Paetzold basses, developed in the 1970s, which are basically organ pipes fitted out with broad plywood keys. Collaborating and emerging young composers around the globe, Quartet New Generation creates something unique by using both renaissance and contemporary music. This risky attempt to change the music world has not gone unnoticed. “The sound was irresistible,” reported the “Wall Street Journal.” Their creative, ‘fresh’ eye has created them great success and a credible reputation. With a surprising high energy performance, Quartet New Generation creates new expression and exciting style to define music of our time. They change people’s overall appreciation for music and creativity. The “American Recorder Magazine” reported, “This was an impressive evening for the recorder,” after seeing the show. “The playing was brilliant.”

October 22, 2008

Quartet New Generation ‘records’ new sound
By Jordan Zangaro
Contributing writer

I remember desperately trying to maneuver my little fingers over the holes of the recorder, concentrating so hard and hoping the sounds I made sounded like “Hot Cross Buns.” I am willing to bet that strikes a memory with pretty much everyone. Quartet New Generation plays those same recorders we all remember from elementary school, but takes it to the extreme. Showcasing the flexibility and new possibility of sounds on this familiar instrument, Quartet New Generation plays recorders of all different shapes and sizes ranging up to six feet long. Each member of the group owns as many as 30 instru-

pac.mercyhurst.edu

Quartet New Generation is a group of four girls who play more than 30 instruments each. They are playing in the PAC Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m.

The group was founded in September 1988 by four recorder players who met during their studies in Amsterdam Conservatoire and the University of the Arts, Berlin. Winning top honors at the International Chamber music competitions in Europe, Quartet New Generation began attracting broad and enthusiastic audiences in Europe, North and South America. Quartet New Generation is part of the Visiting Artist Series brought to Mercyhurst College. Come to the PAC and open your eyes to the new, fresh music of Quartet New Generation. The mesmerizing group of four extraordinary women will transform the PAC on Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets will be $7.50 for students with student ID.

‘Priceless’ film showcases gold-digging girl
By Mason Lorek
Staff writer

In 2005, Kanye West wrote a song about prospecting for gold. For some reason, popular culture twisted this innocent, patriotic song into a wanton attack on women who marry for money. This alteration was exacerbated by an increased desire by women to play the role of this so-called gold-digger. As this progression took place, I slowly watched the number of females interested in me slip from slim to none. I cursed society for imposing this incredible handicap on me and wondered why people couldn’t just accept Kanye’s work at face value.

Then someone told me my initial interpretation had been incorrect. Not only had Mr. West intended his song to be about this parasitic behavior, it was not the first documentation of this type of lifestyle. I felt disappointed in myself. I don’t know how I looked past the lyric, “We want pre-nup.” Over time, I came to accept this new definition as a part of life and was eventually able to listen to Kanye again. I was even able to view without hesitation other forms of media portraying similar circumstances. Talk about a triumph of the human spirit. One of these triumphs involved a movie called “Priceless,” a French film starring Audrey Tautou, whom we all know from “The Da Vinci

Code” as a living descendant of Jesus Christ. Tautou plays Irène, the fiancée of a wealthy older man who falls for a bartender named Jean, whom she mistakes for a wealthy suitor. They meet up a few nights in a row after her husband-to-be has passed out drunk in their hotel room. Jean is able to keep the illusion up until they are caught by another hotel employee giving a tour. Having thrown away her engagement and her chance to be financially set for life, she leaves in a huff to find a new mine to dig. Jean goes looking for her and finds her at a restaurant waiting for a date to arrive. Personally, I was not a fan of this move. Irène left because

I just want my protagonists Jean didn’t have any money, so how did he spend said non- to be rational, that’s all. He’s existent funds to go find this going to end up with her, it’s in the tag line of the movie, we girl? He wasn’t even in love with know this from the beginning. And he’s acting in the film her, he just thought she was hot. I’m sorry, I was just a for crying out loud, how does he know this? Did he not read little frustrated. Don’t laugh at me like that; the script? I know she’s pretty, you cheer on characters in especially in designer dresses movies too, even if it is a and shoes and jewels, but how romantic comedy. I think it’s much debt must one incur? justified, especially since after People have a bad case of the Jean ruins her date, she more dumb sometimes. “Priceless” is playing at the or less punishes him by going on a shopping spree that maxes Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Wednesday, out his credit card. She followed up that foray Oct. 29, at 2 and 8 p.m. It’s a with an expensive dinner, a good movie, you’ll like it. You fancy hotel room and more probably won’t be yelling at shopping. Finally, Jean has to the actors like I do, but that’s use all of his bonds and stocks probably normal. and his pension plan to cover the damages incurred. Reaction: flabbergasted face

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Dance performances span ballet, Broadway genres
By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff writer

This weekend Mercyhurst dancers will present their fall dance concert “Ballet to Broadway.” This performance consists of a variety of works ranging from the classical movement of the Royal Danish Ballet to modern and Broadway style dance. Dance Department Chair Tauna Hunter characterized the performance as offering “something for everyone.” Hunter added, “I really strive for variety in planning our annual fall concert. It is challenging and exciting to present a wide range of movement information that makes both the performers and the audience appreciate traditions and at the same time stretches all of us to look to what the future holds.” Hunter continued, “Most importantly, the performance aims to make the audience feel, think and just simply enjoy themselves.” The performance opens with “La Conservatorie,” a classical ballet work choreographed by August Bournonville in 1849 for the Royal Danish Ballet. This historic piece was set on the dancers by Vivi Flindt of the Royal Danish Ballet, who was in residence in the Dance Department for three weeks this past September. “La Conservatorie” portrays the ballet school system of the Paris Opera Ballet School in the 1800s and appears similar to the ballet paintings of Edgar Degas. The work is classic and certainly enjoyable for the ballet enthusiast.

The work of contemporary a crowd pleaser. Amanda Johnson, a senior choreographer Kevin Maloney will also appear in the concert dance major who will appear as the dancers present “Circu- in “Circular Thoughts” and “On Broadway,” said of the lar Thoughts.” This piece is especially cap- concert, “It is a good show tivating in its use of props as with a little bit of everything the dancers manipulate large and something for everyone.” Nicole Lyons, a sophomore green fitness orbs. Thematically, “Circular dancer and performer in “On Thoughts” touches on how Broadway,” similarly said, people must deal with daily “The show is an exciting array of soft graceful ballet and loud problems and stresses. Choreographed by Mercy- Broadway movements.” hurst dance professor Christine Hay, “Over the Rainbow” will also be presented in the fall concert. This work is set to a rendition of the famous song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.” It contains lyrical, balletic movement and features Mercyhurst senior Cassie Powers. The fall concert closes with “On Broadway,” a rousing performance choreographed by assistant professor Mark Santillano and set to Contributed photo Broadway tunes. Sophomore Nicole Lyons (left) and This Broadway senior Elizabeth Clain-Stefanelli perdance revue includes form in the ‘On Broadway’ portion of pieces from famous the dance department’s ‘Ballet to musicals such as Broadway’ performance. “Grease,” “Guys and The show will take place Dolls,” “The Lion King” and on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 2 and “Rent.” 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 26 at Somewhat lesser known 2 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo musicals such as “Billion Performing Arts Center. Dollar Baby” and “The Tap Tickets cost only $1 for Dance Kid” are also included Mercyhurst students with ID, in the performance. and prices range from $5 to Filled with energetic danc- $15 for the general public. ing, flashy costuming and fun Tickets may be purchased music, this representation of by calling 824-3000 or by visitBroadway dance is sure to be ing the PAC box office.

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Freshman Andrew Mayher examines his reflections in Gary Cacchione’s hallway piece outside of Old Main. Students’ reactions to the piece were mixed.

‘Friends of Mercyhurst’ brings interesting art
By Hayley O’Hare
Contributing writer

Countless Mercyhurst College students have been marveling at the bright blue wood and mirrored object that appeared in front of Old Main a few weeks ago. Mary Gamble announced, “This is the second annual Friends of Mercyhurst College art show, and we are hoping it will grow.” Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble and Mary Gamble invited their artist friends to display their work in Old Main. Numerous pieces on display have been donated to the college. Mrs. Gamble said, “We are hoping to create a permanent art collection.” Predictably, there are varied student opinions on the art. Senior Ed Steinmetz said, “I enjoy looking at the artwork as I walk through Old Main. I see new and interesting pieces almost every time I stroll through.” Others do not agree. Another student who wished to remain anonymous said, “That blue thing is just there; it doesn’t do anything. I don’t get it.”

‘That blue thing’ is actually an archway, made by furniture designer Gary Cacchione. “It is a contemporary wooden piece that was used as the walkway into the celebration. Gary was happy to bring it to Mercyhurst,” Mary Gamble said. There is actually a deeper meaning and purpose to having that particular piece in position on the walkway outside Old Main. “It is there as an entry or exit, so after you take a look at the show, you will look at yourself. Hopefully, you will think and reflect on what you have seen and make wise choices for your future,” Mary Gamble said. “There is some of Brother Thomas’ pottery, a worldrenowned potter whose pieces were donated by a man in the maintenance department,” Mary Gamble said. Some of the other artists have both national and international acclaim, so we are fortunate to have their work on display. “It is open to the community, and we have already had some classes from the middle school and prep school come through. It would be wonderful if it became general knowledge that we have this,” Mary Gamble said.

October 22, 2008

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The views expressed in the opinion section of The Merciad do not necessarily reflect the views of Mercyhurst College, the staff of The Merciad or the Catholic Church. Responses on any subject are always welcome and can be e-mailed to opinionmerciad@mercyhurst.edu.

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Not every secret is taken to the grave
By Jordan Zangaro
Contributing writer

Everyone has a secret. Something that has happened in your past that helped in the process of molding you into the individual you are today. But, maybe you can’t express it. You can’t bring yourself to say the words out loud, and you need an outlet. Look no further. My brother, Brandon, took

me into Borders bookstore one day when we were out and told me that he needed to show me a book. I was home for one of our breaks and was having a tough time dealing with life in general. We sat down and he pulled a book off the shelf titled A Lifetime of Secrets by Frank Warren. I flipped through the pages and saw artwork of normal, everyday people trying to deal with life. Their secrets were written on the postcards.

These postcards were, to me, people’s release from something that had been holding them back. It shows the struggles and the triumphs of the human race on such an intense and intimate level. I was laughing out loud, shocked, scared and even started to cry in my chair in the store. The book showed me that even when I may feel completely alone, there are people all over dealing with life and issues that are more pressing.

Health, death, divorce, jobs, love and many other issues are discussed, showing this book does not close its mind to anything. They may not be the same issues that I am tackling every day, but these people are facing their lives head on and, probably to some, the only way they can. The book started as an art exhibit but the artist, Warren, decided to do an experiment by sending blank postcards to anonymous people around the

country asking them to write or even draw their secrets. What he received back was collaborated and formed into many books, all of which are like what I just previously described. The books are still being made and, honestly, there is something for every person. Go buy it or just go to Borders and skim it. Or visit the postsecret.com and see what happens. Most likely, it will change your life.

Mercyhurst’s gates: the threshold of censorship
By Seth Hallam
Staff writer

Many questions have arisen since my last article. The bottom line is that a b o r t i o n s t o p s p ove r t y. A b o r t i o n l owe r s c r i m e. Abortion is good for society. The Catholic Church and the conservative right must realize this. From a legal prospective, the most Supreme Court of our land has already decided abortion is legal. Outlawing it would be like jaywalking, sure it’s illegal but the crime will still be committed on a regular basis. It’s better to show kids how to safely cross the street, anywhere on the street, than not show them at all. (Unfortunately, the lines that would have appeared in this part of the article have been censored. The reason for this censorship is that some people associated with the Church are too narrow

offended.” With all due respect, that is the inherent problem. You are judging people and their actions when you are not in the same situation as them. It is easy for you to judge how you would feel in that situation, but you are not in it. The article was not a satire; it may have been to some because they live in a fairy tale world, where only good happens. The bottom line is that Unfortunately, it is reality. There becomes a time abortion stops that we must look past religion, realizing that there poverty. Seth Hallam is a fundamental difference between religion and reality. One could argue that However, what we can learn from this is that this person’s religion is reality, but something opinion does not have much that we cannot prove is not merit if they are not open to considered to be real. The reality is, if we look others ideas. Wouldn’t want to be down one beyond our religious conflicts important guest at graduation of interest, we find that abortion is not bad for society. again this year would we?) In the response printed in this It acts as an almost free poverty issue of The Merciad, “A young control tool and controls the Sister of Mercy responded, ‘If general population at an even I was poor I would really be swifter rate. minded to have opinions other than theirs expressed. If opinions other than theirs were expressed, it would most certainly lead to the condemnation of the paper and myself. Even if we cannot win this censorship battle, it is ever important to point it out when it happens, silence yields nothing.

If you don’t want it printed . . . don’t let it happen.
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October 22, 2008

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Leveling the playing field for a fair campaign
By Eric Jackson
Staff writer

So far my articles have highlighted the ineptitude of the Republican ticket. In a sense, the McCain campaign has been so disgraceful that it has overshadowed the stellar performance of the Obama machine. Still, Barack Obama has offered a renewed sense of hope and optimism to America. Throughout this campaign, his character has been relentlessly attacked. They have even attempted to drag his wife through the mud. The Obama campaign could have reacted by attacking Cindy McCain’s bouts with addiction or her shady business relationships. Instead, Barack Obama said family is off limits.

After eight years of Bush, America’s credibility is in the toilet. Obama has reignited a feeling of hope for legitimate leadership. Obama’s stock continues to rise and the McCain campaign’s slander and low ball tactics have increased. They are appealing to the fear and ignorance of the American people by trying to brand Obama as un-American, cavorting with a terrorist and implying that he has some secret agenda to finish the job Bush started by destroying America. They are sending, not so subliminal, messages to white America that he is not one of them. These tactics were successful in the past, but America is changing; the old bigots and racists from the Jim Crow era are dying off. There is still a fringe element

of racism that will never vote for a black man, that racism is ingrained and has been passed d ow n f r o m generation to generation just like a cancer gene. With that said, some of the people who would never have considered voting for a black man in the past are beginning to think twice, they are feeling the pain of George W. Bush’s whip (the economy) on their back. I have to believe, the vast majority of Americans are good and will judge a man by the content of his character not the color of his skin.

Barack O b a m a ’s campaign has outlined a plan of hope for America. He has displayed grace under the onslaught of attacks; he has been deliberate in his

actions a n d thought process in c o n t r a s t t o Jo h n McCain’s emotional and compulsive reactions. He has run a practically flawless campaign. The question is not, is Obama ready to lead, it is will America give him the chance?

Political candidates: Cool enough to get your vote?
By Devin Ruic
Staff writer

America has about two weeks to make up its collective mind and decide on a new president. There are many ways the individuals that make up the citizenry of the United States may go about making their personal decisions, some more legitimate than others. It is unfortunate to think about, but it is still a reality that there are people who would vote for or against a political candidate not based on the quality of their policies or their character, but rather base their vote on a candidate’s age, race, creed or other

personal quality. You may have noticed people our age are more likely supporters of the 147-day Senator Barack Obama. I would be remiss if I were to tell you this support is primarily due to his revolutionary different political policies dealing with foreign affairs, the economy and education. The truth of the matter is a frighteningly large portion of college-aged Obama supporters are supporting him for no other reason than the idea that it is “cool” to support him. Surprisingly, I am not taking this opportunity to lambast supporters of Obama who tr uly believe in his

political ideology. I personally feel that you may wish to look no further than Uncle Joe for a history of nearly 70 years of failed economic policies along the same lines as Senator Obama’s but I digress. Elections should not be won based on whether or not a candidate is “cool.” They should be won based on the policies of the candidate themselves. Besides, Senator John McCain is as lively, if not more, than any politician you will meet. If you want proof, look no further than his speech addressing the 63rd annual Alfred E. Smith memorial foundation dinner. The speech epitomizes the

personality of John McCain, though perhaps not in a way noticeable enough to a population more interested in reality television than reality itself. It is scary to think the greatest people who have ever lived w o u l d probably lose a presidential election to

Ryan Seacrest… Annuit coeptis.

Seth Hallam’s opinion, “Abortion: a solution to poverty?” (Merciad, 10-15-08), demands my response. After all, I have received numerous comments about it. One generous mind hoped the article was intended to be a satire in line with Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” Another “truly hoped” it was intended to be ironic, but feared not. My reading of it has been so underscored by comments about its insensitive, offensive and inflammatory nature that I must conclude that an attempt at social satire, if there were one, has grossly, widely missed its mark. A young Sister of Mercy observed, “What is this Guttmacher Institute? It sounds one-sided,” and, “If I were poor,

A mission-centered response to Hallam
I would really be offended.” Her comment leads me to the mission of Mercyhurst College having a Catholic identity and Mercy heritage. In a time when the powerful made laws in Ireland fixated on decimating the Irish Catholic people, the Sisters of Mercy were born out of an unstinting compassion for the poor. As the literal Hebrew would have it, they were born out of rahamin —“the feeling of a mother for the child of her womb.” A college staff person also remarked, “Wait ‘til the Bishop reads this!” Well, why wouldn’t the Bishop be distressed? The bad press that the U.S. Catholic Bishops face often blinds us

to the strong, well-nuanced voice of their teachings. For example: “While the common good embraces all, those who are in greatest need deserve preferential concern. “A moral test for society is how we treat the weakest among us—the unborn, those dealing with disabilities or terminal illness, the poor and marginalized” (Catholic Social Teaching, #4). So how will we at Mercyhurst, who hold being “socially merciful” as a core value, measure up to the test? Sister Lisa Mary McCartney Vice President for Mission Integration Mercyhurst College

readers share their thoughts.

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Learning together through Hallam
I love working at Mercyhurst College and participating in the formation of young minds and hearts, shaping the leaders who will shape our tomorrows. I treasure the opportunity to learn critical thinking from professors and writers. Still, in the end, we learn more by trial and error than we ever learn from lectures and reading. In his opinion piece, “Abortion: a solution to poverty?” I believe Seth Hallam and The Merciad have made errors that provide an opportunity for us to learn together. Seth correctly states abortion is hotly debated. Proponents on both sides do themselves and us a great disservice by trying to out shout the other. Complex issues do not lend themselves to simple analysis or simple solutions. It is more collegial and genuinely productive to enter into a dialogue where change is rooted in understanding. The Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception. For those who challenge that teaching, ridicule does little to advance the conversation. Instead, ask good questions; expect good answers. Faith and reason flourish together and as a Catholic college, we believe that each informs the other. As we struggle with these questions it is important to remember that people are the church. The questions about poverty, injustice, inequality, hunger and abuse are summed up in the scriptural roots of our Mercy heritage: What did each of us do for the least among us? The Merciad should have provided a counterpoint argument on the same issue. Sensitive issues demand sensitivity. When poked in tender places, people naturally become defensive. Defensiveness, though, almost never advances the dialogue. Editorial decisions about hot button issues that fundamentally challenge our Catholic, Mercy identity ought to be viewed through a representative lens. Otherwise, we simply contribute to the sound and fury that hinder finding a real solution to poverty. Gerard A.Tobin, Ph.D. Vice President of Student Life

“The act of Mercy forgives again and again, even the ungrateful.” Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, students, staff and administrators alike need to regard the feelings and views of those around us while expressing their opinion. I have a great sense of pride in my alma mater and have always felt that a Mercyhurst College student is of a certain caliber among highly educated students. In reading Seth Hallam’s article in last week’s edition of The Merciad, I was proven wrong. This was certainly not the first time that I have read an article from The Merciad and felt this way,

Hot-button issue concerning students
however I was not only embarrassed for the institution that I have called home for six years now, but I was also embarrassed for Mr. Hallam for writing such a distasteful article. This is now my tenth year at an institution with a Mercy heritage, and I have always experienced the value of discussing controversial issues in the classroom. It helps students understand rather than just brushing aside the issue. Abortion is an on-going, controversial issue that when discussed can leave a sour taste in the mouths of others. Whatever the opinions are about abortion, they are equally strong on either side. It is as strong as the decision

to vote for McCain or Barack in a few short weeks. As Mercyhurst was being built, the founder, Mother Borgia Egan said, “Second best just won’t do!” What better quote to describe those affiliated with Mercyhurst? I need to express my disappointment at the misinformed opinion of Mr. Hallam, because it didn’t even rate second best in my mind. I am in the position of realizing that “Mercy is more than charity, for it not only gives benefits, but it receives and pardons again and again, even the ungrateful.” I guess there’s hope yet. Daniel A. Zimmer, Graduate student

I would like to take the liberty of being the one person at Mercyhurst College to rebut Rhonda Marable’s ridiculous and uneducated articles that she has so graciously contributed to the Merciad on a weekly basis. Finding a place to begin is even difficult. From her eloquently titled article, “You’re cute, for a black girl”, to the other journalistic wonder, “Pick up lines getting shot down” and finally, the critically acclaimed, “Looking like a ‘hot mess’: inappropriate dress for court,” Rhonda has really portrayed her classiness to the student body. Most of us are stumped, why does Rhonda Marable hold herself on such a high horse? Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to have woman’s voice heard in The Merciad. However this particular voice is not preferred. Mercyhurst College is an esteemed institution. Most females that attend this school would not enjoy themselves portrayed as girls who make snap judgments based on race, articulation or even clothing choice. So what, a drunken guy makes an innocent pass at you at the bar. Just give a lovely smile and keep on walking… it really isn’t that difficult! And a courtroom? Why are you even in a courtroom, Rhonda? Shouldn’t that be the first issue to address? Not to mention… it’s traffic court. Is it that much of a blunder why no one is “dressed appropriately?” In conclusion, I would like to speak for hopefully most of the female population at Mercyhurst when I say that women here do not have such a closed mind and a cold heart. I thank you. Natalie Gnipp, sophomore

Interpreting Marable

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search on that one. Sexy (insert noun here)? Come on, how very uncreative and cliché. And for some this might not be much of a change from their everyday wear. So, too easy. We are currently experiencing a faulty economybad for the country, great for your costume! Make a tombstone proclaiming ‘Rest in Peace Wall Street.’ However, if current events aren’t your thing, go the school

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spirit route. Pick a beloved entity on campus to disguise yourself as on Halloween. Sophomore year I was the kiosk that sits in front of Hirt, a little cardboard, spray paint and a few campus maps go a long way. However, if you must fall back on dressing up as something in a scantily clad ensemble, try mixing it up – nothing’s creepier than a kiosk that isn’t afraid to show a little leg.

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In response to Natalie Gnipp
By Rhonda Marable
Staff writer

Treating yourself to a tricky costume
By Amy Kuhnlein
Contributing writer

Big decisions are on the horizon friends, and no, I’m not talking about who to vote for in the upcoming elections. Halloween is just around the corner and the time has come to choose your costume. Ghost? Boring. Witch? Overdone. Banana? Too expensive, trust me I have done my re-

I appreciate her criticism, albeit less constructive than I’d like. Basically, we seem to disagree in our opinions. However next time, let’s try not to get personal because as you’ll learn in College Writing I, ad hominem attacks do little to support the validity of your argument.

Religion giving way to science
By Jacob Torba
Contributing writer

Throughout history, most societies believed in a being greater than themselves, such as a god. Frequently these early societies were polytheistic. The gods they believed in were merely efforts to explain the unexplained phenomena in society or take the blame away from the individual for actions that they chose to do. As human thought and science evolved and began to explain the previously unexplained things in the world, the religions being widely practiced began to be ones in which there is only one deity such as the most practiced religions of the world right now – Christianity and Islam. Science has allowed humans to better understand the previously unexplained problems which necessitated the need for gods. As human understanding has grown, there are increasingly fewer reasons for belief in a god. I believe we are on a path to a society that has no need for faith in a god. Science will have

the solutions to all problems occurring in the world. One remaining reason standing for religion is to take the blame away from the individuals. In addition, we have many other things we can blame our behavior on; from our genes, to parenting, to our environment. The last reason for people to want religion is the hope for an afterlife. People do not like facing their own mortality and thus cling to the idea of an everlasting life or rebirth. They “believe” in their faith only because of this hope, and give donations to charity so that they may live on in the splendor of the Lord in heaven as they were selfless people in life. Well if we can get people to continue to give for charity without wasting time in pointless faith practices, we would have a win-win situation. Make this life a better one and you will have no need to hope for another life as you will get all you need and desire out of this life. The increasingly logical and scientific people in the world should see there is a time when the thought of a higher being has no purpose.

Stomping on sidewalk etiquette
By Rhonda Marable
Staff writer

Halloween is finally around the corner. College is a last ditch effort to be immature and Halloween is no exception. So think long and hard about that perfect costume to have people talking until Christmas. Everyone knows that anything that goes down on Oct. 31 is fair game for a good time.

Ever try walking on the sidewalk in front of Zurn or Hirt when everyone is getting out of or going to class? It’s almost like a game to try to get from point A to point B without touching anyone else. Have you ever caught yourself walking in a row of human traffic only to look ridiculous when you try to avoid running into that person who decided it would be a good idea to stop and wave to their friend? Yeah, that’s me daily. It’s a good thing I don’t have low self-esteem, otherwise I’d think I was fat. I know I don’t take up that much room on the sidewalk and seriously, do you and your friends really need to walk sideby-side to talk about the hot person in your biology class? I think not. I think it’s about time we started exercising proper sidewalk etiquette, lest I lose it one day and decide to run down the sidewalk like a linebacker. First, if you’re walking along, let’s just pretend the sidewalk

is a two-lane road; move to the right and if you have to pass a slow walker, wait for an opportune moment. Do not, I repeat do not, step to the left in front of somebody else that’s walking by you and spill their Frangelica all over them. That’s rude. Second, if you’re walking with a group of friends, be it a crowded or not crowded day, please make room and walk in a single file line. You and your friends are taking up more space and just because you’re in a group doesn’t mean you’re entitled to more sidewalk space. There are no such things as high occupancy sidewalk lanes. Third, it’s awesome you’re on a sports team or have some other reason to carry an obscene-sized bag, but if you could possibly not swing it around when you’re walking, that would be a great help. Sometimes I feel like I’m on American Gladiator trying to avoid the swinging bags. We’re all just trying to get to class, so try not to be part of the obstruction that gets in someone else’s way.

The upcoming Mercyhurst football game at Edinboro on Oct. 23 will cost students. If getting fans to come to the games wasn’t hard enough, you’re going to have to pay $3.00.

Apparently coffee drinking is time specific. Cafe Diem, the coffee shop in the library is closed from noon to 6 p.m. With the hours most college students keep, it’s tough to stay up even in the middle of the day.
Please e-mail any suggestions to opinionmerciad@mercyhurst.edu. The GB&U is a compilation of student opinions.

Underdog Lakers take down No. 1 IUP

Football................................................Oct. 18, L 42-10, Indiana (Pa.) Women’s Volleyball..................................Oct. 14, W 3-1, Houghton Oct. 17, W 3-2, Charleston Oct. 18, L 3-0, Wheeling Jesuit Oct. 18, W 3-1, Alderson-Broaddus Field Hockey...................................Oct. 18, W 2-1, #1 Indiana (Pa.) Men’s Soccer...................................................Oct. 18, W 4-2, Findlay Women’s Soccer....................................Oct. 15, W 2-1, Lock Haven Oct. 18, W 4-1, Edinboro Men’s Water Polo...............Oct. 17, W 14-6, Washington Jefferson Oct. 18, L 10-5, Princeton Oct. 18, L 9-8, Bucknell Oct. 19, W 16-11, Johns Hopkins Women’s Hockey.................................................Oct. 17, W 2-1, RPI Oct. 18, W 4-1, RPI Men’s Hockey.................................Oct. 17, L 5-0, Alaska Fairbanks Oct. 18, L 6-4, Alaska Anchorage

Men’s soccer and women’s hockey moved up the nationally rankings this past week. Men’s soccer moved to No. 23 in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll and No. 2 in the Atlantic Region. The women’s hockey team moved up to No. 6 in the nation in the latest USCHO poll.
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Men’s soccer, women’s hockey move up rankings

Sophomore Sarah Wowkowych (3) controls the ball in Mercyhurst’s 2-1 upset win over No. 1 Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 18.

By Sarah Powell
Staff Writer

After suffering a 2-0 loss against Indiana University of Pennsylvania more than three weeks ago, the Lakers used their home field advantage to send the Crimson Hawks home with a devastating loss. The Mercyhurst College women’s field hockey team made program history with their biggest win ever on Saturday, upsetting No.1 ranked IUP, 2-1. Junior Lauren Rinaca couldn’t be happier about the outcome of the game. “It was a well-deserved, hard-earned win. Every person came

together to clinch the victory,” Rinaca said. “Each and every person showed how much they wanted to win and put their heart and soul into it.” Before Saturday’s contest against the Lakers, the Crimson Hawks were the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division II field hockey, with a 13-0 record, and allowed just three goals to two different opponents. Eighteen minutes into the first half, senior Courtney Monin set freshman Serena Slattery up for the first goal of the game, giving Mercyhurst the 1-0 lead early on. Less than eight minutes later, the Crimson Hawks would respond with a penalty corner

goal to tie up the game at 1-1. IUP held an 11-5 advantage in shots through the first half, but the goaltending tactics of senior Jennifer Coleman proved to be the difference. Coleman made six of her nine saves during the first half of play. Until midway through the second half, the score remained tied at 1-1. Junior Megan Rasmussen clinched the victory when she took a pass from junior Emily Warren and pushed it past IUP’s Lydia Dolly at 51:19. Mercyhurst returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 22, when the Lakers take on Slippery Rock University. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

Get ready for some Thursday night football. This week the football team travels to rival Edinboro to take on the No. 15 Fighting Scotts. Thursday night’s game will be a battle for sole possession of second place in the PSAC West as both teams are currently tied for second place going into this match up.

Editor’s Game of the Week

This is Colton’s second time being named Male Athlete of the Week. This sophomore earned the honor by scoring twice against in the Lakers 4-2 win over former GLIAC foe Findlay. Colton’s two goals gives him team high 13 for the year.

Billy Colton-Men’s Soccer

This senior goalkeeper backstopped the Lakers to the biggest win in the history of the program. She stopped nine out of 10 shots in the Lakers 2-1 upset of unbeaten No. 1 ranked Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Coleman-Field Hockey

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again. “It was a tough game, because we lost two important leads,” sophomore Mike De Rose said. “But, the team kept their composure and worked even harder to get the victory in the end.” As the Lakers entered half time tied up at 2-2, they were looking to refocus and regroup in order to pull out on top at the end of the 90 minutes of regulation play. The men re-entered the field of play with a positive outlook and the mentality that the game belonged to them. In the second half, defender sophomore Arash Fahandezh crossed the ball to Colton who headed it into the back of the net, giving the Lakers the early second half lead. Soon after, De Rose dribbled passed the Oilers’ defense to shoot and score the final goal of the match in minute 78 of play. With the victory over Findlay, the Lakers are moving forward, focusing one game at a time as they finish the rest of regulation season.

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Men’s soccer kicks it up a notch for victory
By Katie Waldin
Staff writer

In the past week, the Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team had only one challenge, against the Oilers of Findlay University. With the 4-2 victory over Findlay on Saturday, the Lakers are now 8-3-2 for this season. In just the third minute of play, Laker forward sophomore Billy Colton scored the first goal of the game, giving Mercyhurst the lead. As the men fought hard to work the ball up the field to score another goal, they were halted by Findlay as they rebounded the ball off of a shot taken on Mercyhurst senior goalkeeper Danny Mudd. After losing the lead, the Lakers bounced back, scoring again in the minute 31 of play off of a free kick taken by senior Tyler Emerick. Once again, with only a few minutes left before halftime, the Lakers lost their 2-1 lead against the Oilers as Findlay slid the ball into the net once

Sophomore Arash Fahandezh prevents a side tackle and passes the ball upfield at the men’s soccer game last Saturday against Findlay. The Lakers won 4-2.

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With only a few games left, the Lakers are mentally and physically preparing for each game as it could be their last, but they are looking forward

to working their way into the PSAC playoffs. “We are continuing to work on our formation as a team, and getting mentally prepared

for what is coming up in the season,” De Rose said. The Lakers are looking to take on Slippery Rock University in their upcoming match.

Mercyhurst hockey goes 0-2 in Alaska
Men’s hockey team loses big and drops to 0-4 on season
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor

Alaska was not kind to the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team. The Lakers traveled up north to take part in the Brice Alaska Gold Rush Tournament in Fairbanks, Ala. Mercyhurst took on AlaskaFairbanks in the first game on

Friday and struggled to get the offense going. The Nanooks jumped ahead in the first period 2-0 to set the tone. They added another in the second period and two more in the third to pick up the 5-0 win. Senior Matt Lundin stopped 42 shots in the loss. In game two on Saturday, the Lakers took on Alaska-

Anchorage and did not fair any better. Despite opening the game with an offensive flurry and jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Mercyhurst was unable to hold on. The offense was led by senior Matt Pierce who scored the first two goals of the game while junior Chris Risi added the third. The Seawolves responded

with four straight unanswered goals of their own to take the lead in the second period 4-3. Senior Brett Robinson tied the game at four with his second goal of the season. The game was knotted up at four going into the third when Alaska-Anchorage erupted for two goals in the third to put the game away and seal

the 6-4 win. Lundin turned away 38 shots in the loss. Mercyhurst drops to 0-4 on the season and will continue their road trip again this weekend when they travel to University of Nebraska at Omaha for games on Friday Oct. 25 and Saturday Oct. 26. They will try to get their game together and pick up their first game this season.

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The ensuing free kick was converted off the crossbar and the Lakers took the loss. Looking to reverse their luck the Lakers held their second home game in a week on Saturday, when they hosted the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. This game took a different shape to the Lock Haven game as the Lakers scored an early go-ahead goal when Powell converted a rebound off a shot by senior Hailee Maioroano. The Fighting Scots had an immediate answer as Elise Falatach tied the game up. The game was tied at 1-1 going into the second half until Hilinski took over; she scored two goals in a seven minute streak. These strikes

October 22, 2008

Winning streak Soccer picks up eighth win snapped
By Stephen Duggan
Staff writer

By Gary Coad
Staff writer

The Laker volleyball team rolled into Wheeling, W. Va., for the PSAC/WVIAC crossover tournament. Leading into the weekend, Mercyhurst College had been riding high on a seven game win streak and were looking to improve their record with the three games in the crossover. The ladies ended up extending their winning streak to nine games by winning the first two games, but had the streak snapped by the Wheeling Jesuit University team. In their first victory over the University of Charleston, which went five games, the Laker’s offense was running well as they hit a team total of .290. The Lakers knew coming into the game, and season for that matter, the play of their middles would be important to their game plan. Sophomore Justine Smith was unstoppable as she got five blocks and got six kills without recording a single error. Her fellow middle sopho-

more Erin English was also playing well totaling up 10 kills and adding a block for good measure. The next win came over Alderson-Broaddus College. This match went four games and gave junior setter Julia Butler a chance to shine. Butler totaled up 14 digs and dished out 39 assists, both of lead the team in this game. Sophomore Katie Fritz put away 11 kills of those 39 assists and hit .364 on the match. The last game of the weekend came against Wheeling Jesuit, against whom the Lakers could not get an offense rolling. The Lakers only hit .105 on the match and had some of their best offensive weapons kept at or below a zero percent hitting percentage. Wheeling Jesuit made quick work of the Lakers, winning 25-17, 25-19 and 25-16 and successfully snapped the winning streak. The Lakers record now stands at 18-10 overall and 53 in the PSAC. Mercyhurst is looking to bounce back at home against cross town rival Gannon on Saturday Oct. 25.

Intramural Flag Football Standings
Division A: Walczak Baringer Coughlin Cierniakoski Thon Cirbus Constantini Larson Gallo Weissman 4-0 3-1 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-3 0-3 Division B: Hubert 4-0 Dennstedt 4-0 Sanders 3-1 McClellan 2-2 James 1-2 Pettrone 1-2 (game postponed) Shuriha 0-3 Lamancusa 0-3 Nicklas 0-2 (game postponed)

The Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team was in action again Oct. 16 when they lost to the Bald Eagles of Lock Haven University to the Mercyhurst soccer field. This game saw the visitors take and early lead. The Lakers conceded a corner kick which was taken by Courtney Johnson. She swerved the ball elegantly into the net as the Mercyhurst defense could only watch. The home team immediately doubled their efforts and went in search of an equalizer. They could not find it before halftime despite coming close on several occasions, including striking the uprights twice. The second half was all one-way traffic as the ‘Hurst relentlessly targeted the Lock Haven goal. They continued to hit the post, doing so twice in the second half. The Lakers outshot the Bald Eagles 19-2 in the second half and it was inevitable that they would break their opponents down. In minute 60, the lifeline came as junior Taylor Hilinski picked out senior Sarah Powell in the box. Powell blasted a shot to the keeper’s right and into the back of the net, concluding the scoring. The game went into overtime and in the fifth minute a free kick was Tyler Stauffer photo awarded to Lock Haven Junior Jamie Laturell gets ready to power the ball up the field at the women’s soccer game last Wednesday. just outside the box.

took Hilinski to 10 goals on the season. With the momentum swinging in Mercyhurst’s favor the Lakers added another from a Powell shot just outside the penalty area. This goal, Powell’s 13 of the season, came much to the delight of the fantastic turnout at Mercyhurst soccer field. “It was great to get back to winning ways after last Wednesday’s loss,” sophomore Jamie Schroter said. “We took control of the game and finished our chances well. It was great to see such a huge crowd out there to cheer us on.” The Lakers are 8-4-3 on the season.

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play goal with 2:36 left to play. Freshman goaltender Hillary Pattenden picked up her second collegiate win stopping 17 shots. Saturday McMeekin continue her hot streak as she tallied the first two goals of the contest to give the Lakers an early 2-0 lead. The Engineers found the back of the net to close the lead to one, but that was as close as they would come. Freshman Kelly Steadman gave the Lakers a 3-1 cushion with her goal late in the third while sophomore Ashley Cockell provided the knockout blow just 16 seconds later with an empty net goal. Pattenden picked up her third win of the season for Mercyhurst. McMeekin and Pattenden were both honored by College Hockey America for their efforts over the weekend. McMeekin was selected as CHA Offensive Player of the Week while Pattenden was selected as CHA Defensive

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Women’s hockey derails RPI Engineers
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor

The comfort of home was all the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team needed to get back on track. The Lakers swept the weekend series against Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). In Friday’s game, the Lakers fell behind early in the first period 1-0. However, the defense buckled down after the goal and only allowed one shot from RPI in the second period. The Lakers would even the score at one in the second period on the power play as senior Hayley McMeekin found the back of the net off an assist from freshman Bailey Bram. The game would remain tied into the third period until the special teams would strike again. Senior Valerie Chouinard gave the Lakers the lead and the win when she snuck the puck past the goaltender for another power

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The women’s hockey team battles the Engineers for possession of the puck at their Friday night match up. The Lakers picked up two wins against RPI.

Player of the Week. The Laker’s record now

stands at 3-1 overall as they travel to Potsdam, N.Y. to take

on Clarkson University on Friday and Saturday.

Mercyhurst football spanked by IUP
Lakers lose first PSAC game to the Crimson Hawks
By Samantha Sellinger
Sports editor

The Mercyhurst College football team suffered its first PSAC West loss this past Saturday against No. 23 Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Crimson Hawks took the win 42-10, forcing the Lakers to break their four game winning streak and come home empty handed.

IUP took the lead early, scoring three touchdowns, the end result of two precise passes and a 31 yard run before Mercyhurst was able to put any points on the board. Their only points in the first half of the game were on a 30 yard field goal kick off of the foot of senior Chris Ryan. Making the goal meant that Ryan stayed perfect on field goals for the season so far. Entering the second half

with a score of 21-3, the Lakers seemed to find their groove, and junior quarterback Garrett Kensy completed a touchdown pass to senior running back Richard Stokes. This put the score up to 21-10, but the Laker’s weren’t able to battle back any further. In the third quarter, the Crimson Hawks completed two more touchdown passes, thwarting the chance of

Mercyhurst making a comeback. Overall, it was a disappointing loss for the Laker’s. IUP out gained Mercyhurst 456-133 and held the Lakers to minus-6 yards rushing for the contest. In comparison to IUP’s 29 first downs, the Lakers ended with just 12. Mercyhurst fell to 5-3 overall for the season and 4-1 in conference play.

The Lakers hope to get back on the track to winning the PSAC West this Thursday, Oct. 23, when they play the Fighting Scots at Edinboro University in the first of two games that could determine the West Division champions. Page 20 Freshman Bailey Bram controls the puck in Mercyhurst’s 2-1 win Oct. 18

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