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Vol.82, No.12/1.07.


Hazel Jennings ‘veers away from the ever-popular, ever-unoriginal’ New Year’s resolutions
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Men’s hockey to be televised nationally on CBS College Sports Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

Homicide occurs at edge of campus, Police and Safety believes students still safe
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January 7, 2009

New minor at the ’Hurst
By Kelly Luoma
Staff writer

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An assault occurred at 4 a.m. on New Year’s day at East 38th and Ash streets. The victim was found on Mercyhurst’s lawn. He died en route to Hamot Medical Center.

Assault near campus ends in death
By Ashley Pastor
Staff writer

On Thursday, Jan. 1, just hours after ringing in the New Year, 27-year-old Erie resident Brent Carey was found badly injured near the sidewalk along the front of Mercyhurst College, across from East 38th and Ash streets. Just hours later, the Erie Police Department found Carey beaten badly, with what police described as “severely swollen eyes” and multiple contusions and abrasions to his face. The Erie Times-News reported that the Erie police arrived at the scene at about 7:40 a.m. Carey died in an ambulance on his way to Hamot Medical Center. Police arrested Jermaine T. Vaughn, 31, in connection with the assault. Vaughn told officers at the scene Thursday morning that he struck Carey. Vaughn

told police that he couldn’t help hitting Carey as hard as he did. Erie County Coroner said Barnes suffered blunt force trauma, but withheld a final ruling pending toxicology reports. Vaughn, of the 100 block of East 17th Street, has been charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. He is in the Erie County Prison on $100,000 bond. According to the Erie Times-News, Carey’s girlfriend said Vaughn was the last guest to leave a small party on Pine Avenue at about 7 a.m. Vaughn’s ride never came, and Carey and Barnes finally asked him to leave. Vaughn told police he left the apartment on foot. Carey felt bad and decided to try and find Vaughn to give him a ride home. Vaughn “admits he punched the victim numerous times in the face, knocking him unconscious,” police said in the crim-

inal complaint. The Erie Times-News reports that no one knows what words were exchanged when Carey found Vaughn on East 38th Street. Police have not found anyone who witnessed the assault, though numerous passers-by called 911 when they saw Carey’s body, police said. Mercyhurst students were not informed of the crime via the Clery Campus Crime Reporting System. Mercyhurst Director of Public Safety Rodger Gregorich said the Clery Campus Crime Reporting Manual requires that a campus must issue a warning “ a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes” when a Clery Act crime occurs. This warning must be issued whenever Clery Act crimes are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies, and are “considered

by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.” In regards to the timely notification not being issued, Gregorich said, “the Erie Police Department knew who had committed the crime and had the person in custody. Therefore, a serious or continuing threat to the college community did not exist.” For clarification purposes, the Clery Act crimes are: criminal homicide (to include murder, non-negligent and negligent manslaughter), forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. Gregorich is confident in the safety of the Mercyhurst community. “I believe that students, staff and visitors to our campus agree that Mercyhurst College continues to be a very safe and secure place to live, learn, work and visit,” Gregorich said.

Mercyhurst College recently added an economics minor to its catalog of undergraduate programs. The minor became available for students to enroll in during this current winter term. There are about 15 students presently declared as an economics minor. The new minor was created because “many students requested it,” Assistant Dean of the Walker School of Business, Lee Belovarac, said. She said “international students are especially interested” in having an economics minor to add to their business major. The experience of Mercyhurst’s faculty members is an important factor in making this minor possible. Dr. Juan Argaez and Dr. Selin Yalcindag both have PhDs in economics. Many business students are required to take micro- and macroeconomics courses according to Argaez. These courses teach students about American society, and the students “realize that [economics] is interesting,” Argaez said. After enrolling in economics classes, students began to request higher level courses that are more advanced. Freshman Intelligence Studies major, Chris Sands, said that he is very interested in an economics minor. “I want to pick up the minor, but I am still deciding if I will have the room in my schedule for it.” The economics minor was approved in late October.

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a second time while changing one or more ingredients to healthier choices,” Harvey said. Students and faculty will be allowed to try each one and guess which is healthier. Last year, only 60 percent of people guessed the right one, which is “perfect for the educational aspect about using healthier choices in food prep,” he said. Even though his students are required to participate in Taste or Waist for a grade, Harvey said that they all enjoy it and get the additional ben-

efit of “practicing what they should be preaching and actually seeing the results on someone’s face when they can’t tell.” A short description containing the caloric values, ingredients, recipe changes and preparation will be included for anyone who is interested. Some of the dishes which will be prepared include stir fry, sloppy Joe’s, Buffalo wing dip, pepperoni bread, taco dip, chili, apple pie, Philadelphia chocolate swirl cheese cake and red velvet cake. Betsy Frank in Human Resources applauded Taste or Waist, said it is “a great event with a lot of people and fun.” Tickets to taste are 50 cents or one canned good for two tickets. All proceeds go to the Mercy

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Center for Women. Additional information can be requested through Betsy Frank in Human Resources, extension 2279 or through Professor Tim Harvey, extension 3372.

‘Taste or Waist’ teaches students to eat healthy
By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer

Mercyhurst College will present its 3rd Annual Taste or Waist event, prepared by Professor Tim Harvey’s nutrition class. It will be held Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Herrmann Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature popular dishes with a twist. “My students are challenged to prepare a recipe twice; once the normal—usually less healthy way—and then

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the United Nations in chemistry and became involved taught high school and is now working students. Devi was workto bring them to ing on his master’s America, Canada, in physics when Australia and locahe was contacted tions in Europe. by the United Erie is just one Nations for immeof 15 sites in the diate departure to U.S. that helps to America. He had to relocate refugees. abandon his studCurrently, 80 refies as he realized ugees from Bhutan this might be his are living in Erie, only opportunity to with more arriving come to America. daily. Through welfare, Tw e n t y - t wo Contributed photo the federal governyear-old refugee, ment gives each Devi Subedi, settled Devi Subedi is a 22-year-old refurefugee roughly in the city with his gee from Bhutan and is now living $180 each month two brothers and in Erie with his family. for rent, utilities, sister-in-law. He and 12 members of his family groceries, clothing and miscellaneous lived in a refugee camp from 1992- expenses. Many of the families are unable to 2008. Devi stated that living in a refugee turn heat on in their apartments and camp was “a very humbling experi- must bundle up in winter clothing inside their apartments in order to stay warm. ence.” He and his siblings are striving to Many of these families also have young live the “American dream” and become children. They have no jobs and must rely on bikes or walking as their form of independent individuals. While in the refugee camp, Subedi transportation. “Our family needs help now, but once was able to obtain his bachelor’s degree

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’Hurst volunteers help refugees in Erie
By Jenna Golden
Contributing writer

Most of us take for granted that our homes will be heated, we will have warm clothing to wear during Erie’s cold winter months and have enough food to eat. But what many of us do not realize is that there are people right here in Erie who do not have these simple luxuries. Some of them are refugee families who are settled by the International Institute of Erie. In the past, many have come from Bosnia, Sudan and other war-torn countries. Recently, many refugees to Erie have fled the small nation of Bhutan. Bhutan is located in southern Asia and borders Nepal and India. During the 1980s, the “Lhotshampas” (southerners) were seen as a threat to the king and were branded as “antinationals.” Thousands of southern Bhutanese people were imprisoned and tortured because of their Hindu faith. By the end of 1992, more than 80,000 Bhutanese refugees were held in seven camps in Nepal. For 17 years, the world community ignored these people. Only recently,

we get help, we should be fine. We want to work, and we want to continue our schooling,” Subedi said. Much of the help these families receive comes from people within the Mercyhurst community. Director of Learning Differences program Dianne Rogers and her husband, Dan, have gotten to know quite a few of the Bhutanese refugee families and have been able to help these families greatly. Other Mercyhurst faculty and staff including Robert Cullen, Greg Bacon, Pat Benekos, Merry Schultz and Helga Mervine are also volunteers for the International Institute. More than 400 new refugees are scheduled to arrive in Erie within the next year. Four families will be coming in the next two weeks. All will need household items such as cups, dishes, pots and pans, furniture, blankets, sheets and toiletries. Think about those in our community who are less fortunate and donate. For donation information, please contact Dianne Rogers at drogers@ or Jenna Golden at Donations can be dropped off on the fourth floor of Old Main.

Campus-wide paid vacation brightens holiday season
By Amanda Valauri
News editor

At Mercyhurst College, Christmas cards are so last year. This year, for the first time in the college’s 83-year history, the administrators and staff were given paid vacation. While this is a luxury the faculty has always enjoyed, Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble decided it was time for a change. Administrative Assistant to the President Sue Johnson said, “We have always talked about closing the school for the holidays because most other schools do.” This holiday season, main academic buildings were closed while class was out of session, giving administrators and staff an opportunity to take a

break without having to use their vacation days. As a result of closing the buildings for the duration of break, the college saved money on heating, water and electricity. While this change was not budgeted for this year, “closing down the buildings balanced out the wages,” Johnson said. “In these tough economic times, wages may not be as much as we want to give people so paid time off to spend with their families is a great way to say thanks and to show our appreciation,” she said. Johnson said the administrators and staff were appreciative of the holiday change and the faculty was very supportive. Joann Bishop, a custodial employee at the college for the past five years, said, “Vacation was my time for rest and relaxation. The extra money helped brighten my holiday.”

Custodial employee, Joann Bishop, celebrated the holidays with a paid vacation.

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This way there are munchies for everyone throughout the night and no one has to spend more than $5. Video games, movies and Rock Band are a great way to have an entertaining night with all of your friends for less money. Ask your friends to bring over one or two of their favorite movies or video games. Board games are another option. Get a group together and play a wild game of Cranium or Monopoly. There are also lots of different card games to play. Play a game of poker but instead of betting money, use candy. Tootsie rolls are worth $10, Jolly Ranchers are worth $25, and so on. It’s fun to put a different spin on an old classic, and it keeps you from going home broke. There are lots of different options for things to do to have fun. Use your imagination and see what you come up with. Just remember there are ways to have fun without spending all of your money, especially after all the holiday spending. Remember that having fun can cost you $10 or less. Keep an eye out for more great ideas for having fun and saving money.

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Have fun for less than $10
By Caitlin Bly
Staff writer

Strapped for cash after the holidays? No worries. There are still ways to have fun now that school is back in session without breaking the bank. It may sound crazy, but $10 can get you a fun night without the guilt of spending too much money. If you don’t feel like a night on the town, staying in with friends is a fun and inexpensive option. Ask each person invited over to bring a bag of chips, soda or any type of snack.


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Here’s what to do to start off fresh and make a plan to show those New Year’s resolutions who’s boss. It’s all about attitude: Fresh off of two weeks vacation, you might dread coming back to school, but you should wake up and look forward to a new year and positivity. Maybe you have a bunch of tough classes this term and the first couple weeks didn’t start off too well. Don’t give up! Form a study group with members from your class (a great way to meet new people) or go to learning services where the staff can find you a tutor free of charge! Did you get into a bad habit of slacking off and not going to class for those few short weeks of class between Thanksgiving break and Christmas break? It’s a new year, so start off with a new attitude toward classes. Make an effort to get up and go to every class, no matter how boring or tedious you think that class may be. Is your resolution to become more organized? Do things as soon as you think of them or are able to. Completing tasks right away will reduce a huge pileup of chores and assignments that will inevitably have to be done all at once. Complete assignments when they are handed out, do your dishes right after you use them and make your bed right after you get up in the morning. Want to go to the gym more often? Make a plan to go on certain days and at certain times every week to give yourself an established plan. A lot of students make New Year’s resolutions of going to the gym more often, but that idea usually only lasts a couple of weeks. Don’t let yourself get lazy. Going to the gym for even 20 to 30 minutes will make you feel energized and refreshed. The extra boost of adrena-

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Get back into groove after a long vacation
By Allie Miniri
Staff writer

Getting back into the swing of things after winter break can be very stressful on a student’s mind and body. One of the most difficult aspects of returning to campus after a long vacation at home can be falling back into your old routine of getting up for classes, doing homework, etc., which was definitely neglected during the holidays. As much as one might love sleeping in, eating cookies for breakfast and the carefree attitude that comes with holiday break; it’s time to get back.

line will get you in a mood to get more tasks done, and you’ll feel better knowing you eliminated the stress of last minute assignments. Want to get more involved on campus? Go to sports events on campus or go to a weekend SAC event by yourself or with a group of friends – there’s always something for everyone to do and it is a great way to meet new people. Whatever your resolution is, be sure to do one thing and keep it! You will boost your confidence and go on to do things you may not have thought possible before.

Twelve helpful Web applications for college students
By Emily Grabowski
Features editor

College students spend a majority of their time vegging in front of their computers. However, students are usually playing games, browsing Facebook or chatting with friends on messenger services. Since students spend a majority of their time on the Internet, collegestudentsrule. com composed a list of the 12 best Web applications for students to be familiar with. 1. Facebook Facebook has surpassed MySpace as the social network of choice amongst college students. That’s probably due to the origins of Facebook, starting out with access to only those people with a .edu domain e-mail address. Since they’ve opened up their registration and open-

sourced their application development, Facebook has exploded. 2. Word Processors. When Microsoft seems to disappoint once again, there are online word processor programs that can be life-savers. The top three are Google docs, Buzzword and Zoho Writer. 3. Meebo If you do any type of Instant Messaging, meebo is your one-stop site to access all kinds of IM accounts. You can use AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber. 4. myNoteit This program is an online note taking and class schedule organization tool. A lot of these types of apps are out there, but this one is

very well organized. Share your work with others in your class or community. is a useful source for interesting articles to benefit students.

5. This Web site is a social bookmarking tool. You might be doing research and want to note a certain Web site.

Store your links online and apply tags so you can find them quickly. 6.Google calendar. This is a super calendar with lots of add-ons to easily access your schedule through email or text message. 7. Never look anywhere else to find a textbook that you need. This site searches the entire Internet and shows you the best price for what you’re looking for. 8. Most of your professors won’t let you quote or cite any type of Wikipedia articles in your research. However, it’s still incredibly useful to give you an overview of most subjects. 9. Here’s an online application that will create correct bib-

liography entries for books, magazines, newspapers, films, journals, etc. If you register a username on the site, it will even save your entries. 10. Divshare Divshare provides unlimited free online storage. You can upload files to your divshare account up to 200MB in size. 11. This site is better than Ebay. You can buy and sell textbooks here, along with just about anything else you can think of. 12. Schoolr This is a unique search engine that combines the search fields of Google, Wikipedia, dictionaries, thesauruses, acronym finders, urban dictionary, encyclopedias, citation builder, book summaries, text translators and also has a unit converter to make searches faster and easier.

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Some of the juiciest stories are celebrity hookups and breakups and superstar babies. Probably one of the most shocking celebrity hookups was the marriage of Mariah Carey, then 38, and Nick Cannon, then 27. The wedding occurred after just six weeks of dating. The newlyweds got their first tattoos together. Carey got “Mrs. Cannon” tattooed on her lower back and Cannon got a large “Mariah” across his shoulders. Love was in the air for musicians in 2008, but so was heartbreak. Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift dated for a few months until Jonas broke it off via a very short phone call. Swift, who writes songs based on real-life experiences, vented her anger in her new song “Forever and Always” on her most recent album. The most interesting breakup of 2008 was the divorce of singer Pink and her husband of two years, Carey Hart. Although the couple split, there are no bad feelings between the two. Pink was quoted saying her and Hart love each other very much, but marriage wasn’t what was best for them at the time. Pink’s hit song “So What” was about her breakup and Hart even appeared in the video. Last but not least, there is nothing more exciting than the birth of a child. Several stars welcomed

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Looking back on the hits, misses of 2008
By Emily Grabowski
Features editor

Last year was filled with ups and downs, hits and misses. There were good times, bad times and confusing times. Among these categories were movies, television, music, celebrity hookups, splits and new arrivals. One of the hot topics for 2008 was movies. According to box office stats, “The Dark Knight” was 2008’s No. 1 movie, which probably comes as no surprise to most viewers, since the reviews were outstanding. Finishing out the top five were “Iron Man,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” “Hancock” and “WALL-E.” Along with the popular movies, there were popular television shows as well. According to, the top five television shows were “Prison Break,” “Heroes,” “House,” “Lost” and “Gossip Girls.” Most or all of the top five

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon shocked the world by getting married after only six weeks of dating. photo

After Joe Jonas broke up with Taylor Swift, Swift vented her anger in a new song “Forever and Always.” photo

shows of 2008 were on college students’ ‘cannot miss’ list or on their TiVo queue for those lucky enough to have it. For college students who spend more time running to and from classes, jobs and the library, an mp3 player is almost always on hand. All of the top songs of 2008 were popular among colelge students at one point and time. The No. 1 song of 2008 according to was “Low” by Flo Rida, which has been a popular hip hop song ever since it hit the music scene. Finishing out the top 5 were “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis, “No One” by Alicia Keys, “Lollipop” by Lil’ Wayne and “Apologize” by Timbaland feat. One Republic. Of course, pop culture hits and misses wouldn’t be nearly as exciting without celebrity gossip. Web pages such as and other gossip pages are favorites of most young adults today. photo

Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz and new bride Ashlee SimpsonWentz welcomed their son on Nov. 20.

little ones into their homes in 2008 as stated on’s year in review for 2008. Ashlee Simpson and Fall Out Boy husband Pete Wentz, welcomed their son, Bronx Mowgli Wentz, on Nov. 20. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt became parents yet again with the birth of their twins on July 12. Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline joined a household that includes four older children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh. British-born singer M.I.A. (also known as Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam) is expecting her first child with fiancé Benjamin Brewer. “When I found out I was pregnant and ‘Paper Planes’ was in the iTunes top 10, it seemed like the whole world was reshuffled in one week, and all my plans went out the window,” she was quoted saying shortly after going public with the pregnancy. “And that’s the lesson ... you can’t make plans.”

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I listened to good music. I come from a family with a brother that smokes an old-fashioned pipe just for the look of it. My mother listens to podcasts and told me the only kind of boy I could never bring home is a Republican. In short, pretentious does not even begin to cover it. Therefore, with all that in mind, here are my New Year’s resolutions: Resist temptation to dance furiously to Britney Spears and Katy Perry at Cell Block. Attend every Wednesday PAC film and refuse to see any movie appearing at mainstream theaters. Compile an alphabetical list from my iTunes for the favorite music section of my Facebook profile that I am absolutely sure 97 percent of my friends have not heard of. Spend more time in the bookstore coffee shop publicly finishing experimental poems and screen plays. Finally stop referring to “RENT” as that musical where everyone has AIDS. Start describing and discussing events, activities and media as they fit in with post modernism: only do this using the term “pomo,” and scoff at people if they ask me what it means. Spend more time making my general appearance seem completely unstudied. Start taking black and white photographs. Find controversial, underground, but widely critically discussed art prints to hang all over my town house. Start listening to music on records only: refer to them as “vinyl.” Integrate more ridiculously

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complex words into my daily conversation, this includes dropping names of little-known but verybrilliant musicians, artists, directors and actors. Smile less. 2009 is going to be a new year for Hazel Jennings. Too long have I been turning my head away from the everimportant underground-arts culture to let myself be swayed by that flesh-eating monster: the mainstream media. Look for more articles on live and cultured entertainment, scholarly and socially important lecture series and thought-provoking and brilliant opera performances broadcast live from the Met. Maybe we can all make this year a little better. I know I’m certainly going to. (I mean, after all, we have a better president!)

Hazel Jennings makes A & E New Year’s resolutions
By Hazel Jennings
Staff writer
I, like any dutiful citizen, plan to make several New Year’s resolutions for 2009. As a contributing writer for the Arts & Entertainment section of The Merciad, my goals tend to veer away from the ever-popular, ever-unoriginal common goals of losing weight and saving money. Let’s be honest. I write articles encouraging the sweats-clad masses of Mercyhurst College to attend live broadcasts from the Metropolitan Opera featuring Italian Mezzo-sopranos that have not recently appeared on “The Hills.” In short, I am cultured. Let me put it this way: I once had a curlyhaired Jack Osboune look-a-like hit on me at the Cornerstone because, as he put it, I looked like

Hazel Jennings rings in the New Year as her typically stylistic self.

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Burroughs’s ‘Running with Scissors’ disturbs readers
By Kyle King
A & E editor
The poignantly humorous memoir has grown in popularity in recent years. David Sedaris’s non-fiction works are routinely best sellers. Dave Eggers’s “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” is probably the book I most enjoyed reading last year, with the possible exception of Ian McEwan’s “Atonement.” Nick Flynn’s “Another Bull***t Night in Suck City” is a great combination of lyrical prose and confessional memoir about the life of the down-and-out in Boston. Some critics attest that Augusten Burroughs’s 2002 foray into the genre, “Running with Scissors,” is the best of them all. Burroughs, who was born Christopher Robison in Pittsburgh in 1965, is the son of former University of Massachusetts at Amherst Philosophy professor Dr. John G. Robison and poet Margaret Robison. His older brother, John Elder Robison, struggled through Asperger’s Syndrome but went on to design guitars for KISS and Pink Floyd and write his own successful memoir, “Look Me in the Eye,” in 2007. His brother gone and his alcoholic father preoccupied, Augusten was forced at a young age to live alone with a mother obsessed with her work and just beginning to embrace mid-life lesbianism and pill popping. During the course of his parents’ separation, the family begins seeing a Yale-educated psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (the book uses pseudonyms), whose physical appearance and sexual eccentricities (he has a room adjacent to his office closed off and deems it the “Masturbatorium”) evoke a larger-than-life, Freud-spouting Santa Claus. Finch takes in a teenage Augusten as it becomes apparent his mother is unfit, not to mention unwilling, to care for him. The Finches live in a ramshackle house on a street of opulence; at one point in time, Augusten and Finch’s daughter Natalie create their own ill-measured skylight by shearing through the ceiling above the kitchen table. Actions like this are frankly par for the course in Augusten’s life. The book is definitely intended to shock, and Burroughs’s relationship with the 35-year-old Neil Bookman (beginning when Augusten was 13) is the most disturbing element of the work. There is an extremely vulgar depiction of Augusten’s first sexual encounter that reminds one of “Lolita,” had it been written from her graphic adolescent perspective instead of in Humbert Humbert’s more urbane language. Withholding other anecdotes for those unwilling to hear more, suffice it to say that “Running with Scissors” is not for everyone. Personally, I found sparse nuggets humorous; my sense of humor is not particularly twisted, and most of the work made me want to angrily phone Social Services for not remedying this kind of upbringing (Burroughs writes that he only attended school sparingly, and only enough to ensure he was not expelled). One possible explanation of the unbelievable monstrosity of the book is that some of it may have been exaggerated or even fabricated. The Finch family sued Burroughs on slanderous and libelous defamation charges, and an outof-court settlement was reached. Burroughs continues to write successfully, however; his newest

publication, 2008’s bestseller “A Wolf at the Table,” recounts memories of his father, unique in being an undeveloped character in “Running with Scissors,” a work ultimately more troubling than entertaining for me.

Augusten Burroughs’s other works include “Sellevision,” a novel, and “Dry,” “Magical Thinking,” “Possible Side Effects” and “A Wolf at the Table,” all non-fiction works.

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the wee-hours of the morning occupy most of the movie’s 90minute playing time. Though it is a ‘cute’ movie, as the females with whom I saw it attested, it assuredly does not warrant repeat viewings. The movie is founded on a series of highly unlikely coincidences, the characters’ travels should take up a much longer period of time than they do and the characters’ actions make them decidedly older than high schoolers, which makes one of the major premises of the movie (‘What will happen after high school?’) seem like a false dilemma. Kat Dennings and Michael Cera handle their roles serviceably as the only two rounded

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Cheap seats: ‘Nick and Norah’ at the Dollar Theater
By Kyle King
A & E editor
Keeping in that we are college students in the current economic state, The Merciad decided to try bringing lower-cost arts and entertainment opportunities in the area to readers’ attention. We’d like to begin with reviews of movies playing at Cinemark Millcreek Cinema 6, better known to locals as the Dollar Theater. As with most movies I tend to check out at the Dollar Theatre, I enjoyed the previews for “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” I saw on television, but not enough to fork out the $7 or $8 it usually takes for a ticket at Tinseltown (only “Atonement,” “The Dark Knight,” “Pineapple Express” and “Burn After Reading” made me pay full-price in 2008). However, I was willing to make the $1.25 venture on a Wednesday night. The plot of “Nick and Norah” is fairly straightforward. Nick is a high school senior (played by Michael Cera) who has recently been dumped by Tris (played by Alexis Dziena). He has been trying to win her back by burning her CD compilations of his favorite songs (this generation’s version of mix tapes). She dumps them in the trash, where they have been found and adored by Norah (played by Kat Dennings), a friend of a friend of Tris’s. Norah serendipitously meets Nick when his band plays a club one night. To complicate things, Tris is at the same club with her new boyfriend and gets jealous, deciding she wants him back. Nick and Norah, Tris and her new boyfriend, Norah’s friend Caroline and Nick’s band all traverse New York City that night trying to catch the elusive band Where’s Fluffy. Their wanderings through generation’s Topher Grace (it was disconcerting watching Eric Foreman turn into Venom in “Spiderman 3”). He’s still young (only 20 years old), so there is certainly time. Additionally, Tris, Caroline, Nick’s ‘queercore’ band (their word, not mine) and Norah’s on-again, off-again Jewish hookup are all caricatures, stereotypical, potentially non-PC caricatures at that. Though not offcolor, the 24-year-old Dziena’s Tris character looks disturbingly juvenile, especially considering her come-hither personality. If anything, the movie could have been rewritten as though the characters were college students. On a final note, I went back to check the sound track, which others had highly acclaimed. Nick (Michael Cera) and his bandmates Dev (center, Rafi Gavron) and Thom (Aaron Yoo) debate a I did enjoy most number of uninspired band names for their ‘queercore’ band in a series of unfunny scenes. of the songs (special commendation characters. to Devendra Banhart, Vampire One complaint I have is that it is dif- Weekend and We Are Scientists), ficult to notice much but I didn’t remember most of difference between the tracks from the movie, recallCera’s George- ing only the garbage the characMichael Bluth from ters’ bands played. The movie is anything but “Arrested Devel“Infinite;” only hours after I opment,” Evan in “Superbad,” Paulie saw it, the film had faded almost Bleeker in “Juno” entirely out of my mind. However, “Nick and Norah” and Nick here. may be worth one viewing, espeIt seems as though he’s been pigeon- cially for fans of Cera and at the Dollar Theater rate. holed into very parNick (Michael Cera, “Juno,” “Superbad”) and Norah (Kat Dennings, “The ticular roles, which If you see a movie at the Dollar House Bunny,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin”) search New York City all night may make it hard for Theater and want to review it in The in Nick’s beat-up yellow Yugo for the elusive band Where’s Fluffy, finding him to ever gain much what passes for high school love along the way. versatility, some- Merciad, send along an e-mail to enterthing like a younger

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January 7, 2009

Switchfoot, Nickel Creek members merge
Part-time ‘supergroup’ to perform at Grove City College
By Emily Smicker
Special Contributor
Fiction Family, a new band featuring Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, will be coming to Grove City College on Friday, Jan. 23. They will be performing in Crawford Auditorium at 8 p.m. This unlikely duo was the product of a couple of talented friends sitting down and enjoying a cup of coffee. Though the duo formally met at a show featuring REM, Wilco, Switchfoot and Sean Watkins, it was after a series of runins at a local coffee shop near their San Diego homes that Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins were inspired to combine their love for music and contrasting musical styles in an attempt to make a fresh sound. Both singers come from drastically different musical backgrounds. Since Foreman performs in the modern rock scene with Switchfoot and Watkins prefers the bluegrass/folksy style of Nickel Creek, the combination was sure to be one of a kind. The result is delightfully positive and catchy melodies, such as the new single “When She’s Near.” After listening to the song on Fiction Family’s website,, Grove City freshman Lisa Marcellus describes “When She’s Near” as “having a Beatles-like vibe, with flowing vocals and similar instrumentation.” The project of Fiction Family and the creation of their upcoming self-titled album, though exciting, has been slow-paced and relaxed. Since their primary commitment is to their original bands, Switchfoot and Nickel Creek, Foreman and Watkins have worked on their collaborative album when convenient for them. Despite the elongated process, “Fiction Family” is set to be released by ATO Records Tuesday, Jan. 20. Foreman and Watkins take turns vocally and play a number of instruments on each track, including including guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, baritone ukulele, piano, organ, mandolin, steel guitar and 12-string guitar. When asked how they anticipate the performance and sound of such a unique combination will work out, Grove City freshman Mary Trease and senior Colleen Dougher commented on the partnership of two of their favorite bands. “I love when bands are so different because it is a collaboration of their different strengths,” Trease said. “Why wouldn’t two amazing individual performers make one amazing show? I’m so excited to see how Sean Watkin’s folksy style melds with Jonathan Foreman’s deep lyrics! They both are so open to crossing genre lines that they can’t go wrong!” Dougher said. All in all, Fiction Family is sure to be a stellar performance. Tickets are $18 for general admission in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets can also be ordered online now at This article was written by Grove City freshman Emily Smicker, who grew up in Erie. She can be reached with any questions concerning the concert at Information from and was also used in this article.

Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Jon Foreman perform in concert as Fiction Family. They will play at Grove City College’s Crawford Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23.

Fiction Family “When She’s Near”
Jon Foreman and Sean Watkins’s first single, available for free download online, contains a catchy chorus and tamborine use and definitely warrants repeat listens.

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Devendra Banhart “Long Haired Child”
See if you can spot the VenezuelanAmerican psychedelic-folk musician’s cameo in ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’; meanwhile, hear his paean to young hippies from the album ‘Cripple Crow.’ Though he currently lives in Seattle, Erie’s own rock star temporarily split from Train last year to record a solo album, “Last of Seven.” The first single, “Her Eyes,” made the Top Ten on Billboard’s Hot AC chart. He also recently wrote two songs for Tina Turner’s new album, released in September.

Pat Monahan “Her Eyes”

January 7, 2009

Don’t get me wrong, I would love to skydive and to go on a diet, but I don’t think that is the point of a resolution. Thinking over the past years and the years behind those, there is much that I regret. I have made mistakes and have handled situations in ways I wish I could change. I have beaten myself up over situations from my past to the point where I feel like I will never get over them. I hold grudges. That is the best thing I do. When someone wrongs me, I hold a grudge against them until I am blue in the face. I have been told a dozen times how hard it is for me to let things go. I realize now that it is putting a damper on the life I am currently living. I give myself a hard time because of the things that have happened to me, things that I have done to other people and to myself. My resolution is to forgive myself and others — to let go. We are all human. We inevitably make mistakes. But most of the things that we beat ourselves up over are innate and not a big deal in the least. I find this to be the most important thing for me to learn this year. I do think it is important for people to be happy with their resolutions to look better and feel better. I even envy those with remarkable and unique resolutions. However, I feel that my resolution should be shared, because I think everyone can relate. Everyone has a mistake or a past that needs to be forgiven. While I do not believe everything happens for a reason, I do believe that the past happened and formed me into the individual I now am. This year, I encourage all of you to let go. Forgive.

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Choose a better resolution: forgiveness
By Jordan Zangaro
Staff writer

With the new year finally here, resolutions are being set all over the world. Some want to lose weight. Some want to be happier. Some want to be more relaxed. Others have crazier resolutions that could quite possibly resemble the movie The Bucket List, resolving to go skydiving or travel. My resolution is a little different. I like to look at the new year as a blank slate. A new start to make improvements in my life.

All our favorite shows are back to give students more reasons to procrastinate on homework. XOXO.

New year, new president won’t help economy
By Thomas Kubica
Contributing writer

The party is over for America. This painfully obvious statement came from Peter “the man who called the economic collapse” Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital, who was also Ron Paul’s economic advisor during the presidential campaign. Type his name in on YouTube and be amazed by his economic predictions back in 2006. I know that not many people are eager to hear doom and gloom assessments, but the facts are clear: America is bankrupt and we are about to face an economic collapse like nobody alive has seen before. Our government currently faces $11 trillion in debt to foreign countries due to decades of reckless borrowing, massive government expansion, expanding social programs and maintaining our military empire of 700-plus bases across the globe.

This amount can never realistically be repaid. It is also clear that our economy is phony because it relies on 72 percent consumption; we hardly produce anything of value anymore, but we enjoy the fruits of other countries’ labor. America’s savings have been wiped out as well. Borrowing, debt and spending have taken its place. In the genius that is Austrian Economics, true economic growth can only come about from free markets, sound money (free from government manipulation), savings and investments. Perpetual borrowing, printing of money and spending is destructive and cannot be sustained. We have seen the booming economy turn into the bust because of the Federal Reserve’s artificially low interest rates and massive credit expansion. The Theory of the Austrian Business Cycle developed by Ludwig von Mises clearly explained this boom

and bust process due to credit expansion. The socialization of the banking industry, bailouts and revving up of the printing presses that the Bush Administration has relied upon, combined with the “New Deal II” pledged by Obama, will put the final nail in the coffin of our economic prosperity. The “bailouts” are now over $8 trillion! This is a 75 percent increase in the monetary base in only two months! This money has been created out of thin air, printed by the privately owned international banking cartel known as the Federal Reserve. This is legalized theft! Every time the Fed “lowers interest rates” it is printing more money and devaluing yours. Again, this is institutionalized theft. Since the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, the dollar has lost 95 percent of its value. It is clear to anyone with common sense that the Federal Reserve (as federal as

Federal Express) is destroying the dollar. Eventually it will become clear to our creditors around the world to dump their dollars in order to save themselves from our government’s ignorance (exclude Ron Paul) of free market Austrian Economics. It is not the Free Market that has failed; it is the epitome of central economic planning and economic regulation that has failed: the Federal Reserve and Keynesian economics. If we continue this course, we could be looking at hyperinflation and a currency collapse. Remember the Weimar Republic? How about as Thomas Jefferson said, “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currencies, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their prosperity until their children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”

One of Mercyhurst’s favorite math teachers, Patrick Kelly, is out until at least the end of the term. Students are hoping he recovers soon.

EMTA is cracking down on food and drink. This means no CellBlock pizza on the bus. The Erie Times-News reported that Mercyhurst lost $5 million from its endowment fund.

Please e-mail any suggetions to The GB&U is a compilation of student opinions.

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being part of a vote that had already been scripted to happen. I learned that Democrats and Republicans are two sides of the same coin, enemies on stage and friends behind the curtain. I learned China, no matter how backwards their policies and how terrible their treatment of Tibet, will still be celebrated by catering to athletes who are unwilling to stand up against such atrocities. I learned that regardless of how stupid and pathetic reality TV gets, people will continue to watch and believe that it reflects reality. I learned that the uneducated overpaid athletes still have an opinion, are granted a voice and receive airtime about matters they are clueless about and should have no say in, making them more authority figures than teachers. I learned that the CIA is responsible for lots of terror at home and abroad, thanks to our tax dollars. I learned that global warming is a trumped up hoax that has become a scapegoat for many peoples environmental problems. I learned that TV is evil whether it be through the distraction peoples favorite shows that control moral standards or the disgusting advertizing that brainwashes many through subliminal messaging. I learned that love exists as it ebbs and flows, but never disappears. I learned that I often associate best with people who are experienced through trips that have opened their minds to alternative realties. I learned that A is A. I learned that I love my life and that’s why I try to live it to the fullest. I learned that too often Christianity is a quick fix religion that allows people to mindlessly and blindly accept a faith they rarely attempt to understand. I learned that although I have celebrated Jesus birth 21 times in my life, he has also died 21 times, never getting that full life he deserves. I learned that people who wear their iPods everywhere are escaping from their natural or unnatural surroundings into further isolation. I learned that I struggle to find common ground because I am on first trying to steal second while many continue to strike out at home while the balls on the tee. I learned that numerous secret societies played integral rules not only in the founding of our nation, but also in the means we use to justify our knowledge and understanding of the universe. I learned that aliens are real regardless of our evolving attempts to deny reality. I learned that those waiting on a savior do not deserve one. I learned much more than I ever chose to write down. I learned all that is above not from any class, any ivorytower philosopher or any

January 7, 2009 September 3, 2008

2008’s life lessons shape this year’s resolutions
By Jarrod Markle
Contributing writer

As many made resolutions for the New Year of 2009, I could not help contemplating how to change for the better as well. A recap of 2008 was necessary to set a resolution for 2009. I learned that the government has been involved in the cover up of 9/11. I learned that Monsanto is an evil company that has cost millions of farmers not only their jobs but their lives by creating a monopoly on seeds. I learned that aspartame makes diet soda/ pop worse than I had originally anticipated. I learned that no matter how much I cry socialism it would not stop that nationalization of banks, housing, and auto industry. I learned that corruption seems to be what leads the Wall Street elites, yet many commoners trust other people to handle their money. I learned that hope floats politics and even though change is guaranteed people will pat themselves on the back (with both hands) by

overpriced mainstream education, but from following my personal interests, instincts and experiences. So I will try to remain grateful for every fleeting moment. And my New Years resolution is to live more silently so that I may honestly listen to those who have yet to learn what I think I know, because after all I could always be wrong. Then I can learn that all is not relative and subjective, or else the phrase universal truth would be an oxymoron.

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Women’s basketball drops two in California
we would have had a little more time to see everything,” Gordon said. Junior Jackie Artise’s favorite part of the trip to San Diego was a team dinner at Dicks Last Resort. “It was a fun atmosphere that brought us all together for a very entertaining meal!” Artise said. The Lakers returned home on Dec. 31 with only four short days to prepare before they were on the road again to take on the Raiders of Shippensburg. The traveling seemed to have no effect on the Lakers, because they upset the No.15 Raiders 70-56 on Saturday, Jan. 3. Prischak continued her offensive attack and scored a game-high 20 points for Mercyhurst. After the upset over Shippensburg, the Lakers traveled to Cheyney for their second PSAC crossover game. Mercyhurst tied the game four times in the second half, before Cheyney pulled away for a 6043 victory on Sunday, Jan. 5. Achesinski led the Lakers with 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Lakers host two PSAC crossover games this coming week. They play West Chester Saturday, Jan. 10 and then square off against Millersville on Sunday, Jan. 11, both games begin at 1 p.m.

Men’s Hockey...............................................Dec. 20, T 2-2, Canisius Men’s Basketball...............................Jan. 3, W 72-66, Shippensburg Jan. 4, W 66-64, Cheyney Women’s Basketball............Dec. 28, L 73-58, Wisconsin-Parkside Dec. 30, L 70-60, Massachusetts-Lowell Jan. 3, W 70-56, No. 15 Shippensburg Jan. 4, L 60-43, Cheyney Wrestling...........................Dec. 18, W 37-10, Mercyhurst Northeast Dec. 18, W 34-3, Seton Hill

Agosta, Bendus and Bram represent Canada

Junior captain Meghan Agosta, sophomore Vicki Bendus and freshman Bailey Bram of the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team have lead 2008-2009 Canadian Women’s Under 22 Team to the gold medal game in the 2009 MLP Cup against Team Sweden Tuesday night in Ravensburg, Germany. Thus far Agosta and Bram have both tallied three points with Bendus chipping in one point of her own. At the conclusion, of the tournament they will return to Erie as the Lakers host a weekend series against the University of Vermont Catamounts Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.

Senior Stephanie Prischak was named to the Surf Division All-Star Team for Mercyhurst at the San Diego Surf ‘N Slam Classic over Christmas break.

Jim Cooper photo

The Mercyhurst College wrestling team moved up one spot in the latest NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association Poll to No. 9 in the country. Also, two wrestlers remained ranked nationally in their respective weight classes. Sophomore Josh Shields was ranked No. 2 at 165 pounds and freshman Michael Baxter was ranked No. 5 at 133 pounds.

Mercyhurst wrestling climbs national poll

By Sarah Powell
Staff writer

Even though the Mercyhurst College women’s basketball team didn’t come out with the tournament title at the San Diego Surf ‘N Slam Classic over Christmas break, the Lakers had a good experience and picked up a few awards while they were in California. Sophomore Amy Achesinski and senior Stephanie Prischak were named to the Surf Division All-Star Team for Mercyhurst. Prischak scored 29 points to lead the Lakers throughout the two tourna-

ment games, while Achesinski added 25 points. When the team wasn’t busy preparing for games, they hit some hot spots in San Diego. Junior Stevie Spetoskey enjoyed her free time in San Diego. “We went to the amazing San Diego Zoo and got to see the beautiful animals. The panda bears were a hit. We also had a hotel right next to the mall so many of my teammates and I shopped. I would say the zoo was the best part of the trip.” Teammate junior Kelsey Gordon agreed with Spetoskey that going to the zoo was amazing. “I just wish that

The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team will take the national stage for their game Friday, Jan. 10 against Atlantic Hockey rival Army has been named CBS College Sports Game of the Week. Face-off is scheduled 7:05 p.m. and can be seen locally on Time Warner’s designated CBS College Sports channel.

Men’s hockey takes national stage

Three Lakers named preseason All-Americans

The No. 4 ranked Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse team had three players named preseason All-Americans in Inside Lacrosse’s 2009 Face-Off Year Book. Senior goalkeeper Jason LaShomb and senior defender Matt Spahr were named to the first team while senior midfielder Mike Thon was named to the second team.

Lakers move up to No. 4 in poll

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team moved up to No. 4 in the latest USCHO. com Division I Women’s Top-10 Poll. The Lakers stand at 12-4-0 on year.

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January 7, 2009

Red Wings make history at Wrigley Field
By Katie Waldin
Staff writer

The winter wind blew and the snow fell, but while the Mercyhurst College’s men and women’s hockey teams had a break for the holidays, NHL hockey fans from around the world were treated to an unusual but thrilling event: the 2009 Winter Classic. On Jan. 1, 2009, the Detroit Red Wings took on the Chicago Blackhawks on an open air ice rink laid in the middle of Wrigley Field where baseball is traditionally played. This unique outdoor NHL event exceeded fan and player expectations. With 40,818 fans filling the seats of the home to the Chicago Cubs, the atmosphere at the start to a chilly New Year was one that could not be beat. Players and coaches from both teams commented about the outdoor conditions and how it could have affected play. But both sides agreed the temperature of a cool 30

degrees with 18 mile per hour winds did not impact the outcome of the game this past week. The ice that was put together in the middle of Wrigley Field, directly on top of the baseball diamond, created some difficulty for the lowest level

Detroit Red Wings’ defenseman and Chicago native Chris Chelios greets the fans after winning the 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field on New Year’s Day.

seats to see over the top of the boards. Although this could have been a problem, excited fans remained on their feet for the duration of the game getting a closer look at the action on the ice. For those in the “cheap seats,” large video monitors

were set up around the stadium and down by the ice for a better view of the players and the action. Not only did the fans get the experience of watching a hockey game outdoors in Wrigley Field, the players soaked up every minute of it as

well. Athletes from both teams trudged through hallways and corridors, up and down steps and across tarp like red carpets to get to and from the home and visitors locker rooms from the Chicago Cubs. Despite the cold weather and the snow outdoors, the players and coaches managed to stay warm for the duration of the game. Only 48 hours prior, Chicago lost 4-0 to the Red Wings in Detroit. Despite their earlier loss, they managed to take the lead for the first period. With a 31 lead after the first period, the Blackhawks looked strong against the Red Wings for a short period of time. Scoring three goals in the third period, the Red Wings came back to win the game 6-4 with a tremendous show. This unique and special event for Chicago is one for fans to remember for a lifetime.

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Freshman men’s soccer player Greg Bennett performs during the Laker Showdown. See story on Page 15.

College football bowl season rings in the new year
By Gary Coad
Staff writer

It’s that time of the year again and whether you love it or hate it, we are watching the BCS Games. This year featured some high profile matchups and so far they haven’t completely disappointed. The Orange Bowl pitted Virginia Tech against a good University of Cincinnati team, but the game failed, at least in my eyes, to live up to

the hype. Cincinnati was bit by the turnover bug when quarterback Tony Pike threw four picks, setting a new career high at the worst possible time. The Bearcats got on the board first but failed to score after their first touchdown and the game ended 20-7 in favor of the Hokies of Virginia Tech. The Rose Bowl was a great matchup of Pennsylvania State University against the Trojans of University of Southern

California in a glorified home game for USC. Sadly, this game was a real disappointment to watch as USC dominated the second quarter and went into the half at 31-7. USC quarterback Mark Sanchez showed that he is the real deal, completing 80 percent of his passes against one of the better defenses for 413 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Sugar Bowl was the biggest surprise of the year in my opinion, with the University of Utah coming into the game

undefeated but getting a true lack of respect from a weak schedule. Utah got to take on a very good University of Alabama team, which was a heavy favorite. Utah jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and never looked back to win the game 31-17. Utah may be a better team than people gave them credit for and have a legitimate argument that they should have played for a national championship.

In the Fiesta Bowl, University of Texas took out a good Ohio State University team with some last minute heroics. Ohio State played great and seemed to have things in hand until the fourth quarter. The final score was 24-21 in favor of Texas behind Colt McCoy’s 414 yards and two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground proving he is the “real McCoy.” This is the third straight year that Ohio State lost in the BCS games.

January 7, 2009

A new unique feature the Peak has added is the College ID Night. For only $25 college students get a lift pass for night skiing from 4 p.m. until close any day of the week including holidays. With this great affordable deal, students can head up to the mountain after classes or on a weekend for an inexpensive day of fun. Make sure to bring a student ID card to receive the special College ID Night deal. If skiing and snowboarding

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Peek’n Peak offers college ID special
By Katie Waldin
Staff writer

Scoot Williams photo

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team puts on a performance during the Laker Showdown on Dec. 17.

Showdown raises $1,700 for charity
By Samantha Sellinger
Sports editor

Students were in a giving mood this holiday season and it showed. Thanks to the generosity of students and especially the athletes, this year’s Laker Showdown raised $1,700 to be donated to the Special Olympics. The Student Athletic Advisory Board, which ran the event, could not have been happier about the event. “We were extremely pleased with the turnout for this event.

Tickets sold out and money at the show for change exchange was sold out too,” SAAB said president Lauren Rinaca. “We want to send a thanks to everyone who participated!” This is the second year for the event, which is a charity talent competition between the Mercyhurst athletic team, and has proved to be a fun and popular event. While all of the teams put on entertaining shows, the women’s basketball team won the attention of the crowd, earning the most in change donations and making the team the talent winners.

After a much needed break from the textbooks, reading, papers, exams and the extreme Erie weather, winter break has come to an end and students must face the realities of settling back in. Back at school, the work will pile up as week four of the term approaches. Even though students have not been back at school more than a week, a much needed break for fun and excitement may be in order already. Peek’n Peak Resort, located just a short drive from Erie in Findley Lake, N.Y., is a great place for students to get outside and have a blast. From skiing to snowboarding to snow tubing and ice skating, the Peek’n Peak resort has it all! Open seven days a week with day and night skiing, the resort can make for a great day trip to just get away from school. Ski and snowboard rentals are on site ranging from anywhere between $20 and $30 depending on what you need, how long you rent the equipment for and the quality of the equipment you prefer.

are not the thing for you, check out many of the other activities the Peak has to offer. Snowshoeing, snow tubing and snowmobiling are some of the top activities for those who are not looking to ski while staying at the Peak and can offer great exercise while having fun in the snow. The Peak offers a great array of outdoor activities to get out the winter blues and start you back on track for winter term.

Peek’n Peak Resort offers many fun outdoor activites in the snow to help fight those winter blues.

Keep your resolution with total body fitness
By Sarah Powell
Staff writer

In order to keep your resolutions going strong this year, check out the total body fitness class being offered at the recreation center. Total body is a fitness class

for people who are looking for an overall toning of their entire body, with some additional cardio to keep the heart rate up. Total body instructor, senior Brittney Bosnik, will provide a great workout in just 45 short minutes. “I try to make the workouts intense,

but I encourage everyone to participate. I explain and demonstrate each exercise before the group performs them.” Throughout the class, Bosnik will focus on working your legs, glutes and arms. Light weights and high repetitions are used to tone the legs

and arms. If you are shying away from the class because you aren’t a big fan of cardio workouts, don’t worry. The total body class only requires simple cardio workouts like jumping jacks and squat jumps. To complete the workout and fulfill the all around tone, you

will finish with some core training exercises, including bicycles and full planks. The total body class is offered once a week on Sundays at 7 p.m. The fitness classes are for all genders, shapes and sizes. The workouts are only as intense as you make them and beginners are always welcome.

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Athletes show off talents
Laker Showdown raises $1,700 for charity

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