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garage, heated sidewalks and a rock climbing wall. By the fall, the committee had narrowed the gift ideas to a park, a restaurant, a locker room for the Mercyhurst Athletic Center, a green roof, an outdoor classroom/amphitheater and a track. Hancock said narrowing down the ideas was a sensible process. “As great as all of the ideas were—each adding their own beneﬁt and legacy to the college—it came down to potential budget and unfortunately most of the ideas fell outside of our feasible range,” she said. The proposals of the locker room and restaurant were pitched to Gamble in what Anderson said were excellent presentations. Gamble ultimately decided on the restaurant due to the extensive cost and time involved in the locker room renovations. However, due to the proposal of the committee, renovations of the MAC may still be in the works. “Because of the cost of the needed improvements to the locker room area, it seemed better to focus on their other suggestion for this year’s senior gift,” Gamble said. “As a result of talking to the committee,
January 14, 2009
Senior gift spices up ’Hurst dining
By Ashley Pastor
The Class of 2009 has announced their senior gift this week with the help of the Mercyhurst College administration. After the Senior Gift Steering Committee decided on two proposals, they presented each idea to Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble, who approved the addition of a Mexican themed restaurant in the Laker Inn. The Senior Class of 2009 gift selection process began last spring with an e-mail notiﬁcation detailing the development of the committee. About 30 seniors attended the meeting and offered their suggestions for the gift. Eight of the 30 seniors were selected to form the Senior Gift Steering Committee, headed up by Student Chair Hilary Hancock and Adviser and Associate Vice President of Alumni Affairs Cathy Anderson. Over the summer, the Steering Committee went to work researching gift ideas based on what other schools have done, what Mercyhurst needs and what students want. Some ideas included a parking
Construction of the new Mexican restaurant planned for the Laker Inn should be completed by mid-summer 2009.
$5 for two tacos, rice, drink, chips and salsa
from El Canelo
Friday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 30 at 12:15p.m.
The Senior Gift Committee hopes to have a card reader available so students can use their college IDs, but be prepared to pay with cash.
I visited the locker room and changing area with Dr. Adovasio, our Provost. He and I agree that we really need to make some improvements in that area and a project over there is included in our discussions for next year’s budget, which starts July 1.” The Mexican restaurant will offer students another dining option on campus, much like larger college campuses. The food will include healthy choice options since everything will be prepared fresh. It can be most closely related to restaurants such as Baja Fresh. The restaurant will offer vegetarian items as well as different ﬁsh and shrimp. According to the Steering Committee, the food is the main grievance students have with the campus, and this should provide some relief. Also, the restaurant with its ﬁsh and vegetarian menu items will give Catholic students different options during the Lenten season. The restaurant will be similar to the SubConnection outlet. The restaurant is planned to be located as part of the Galley where many renovations will be made. Executive Vice President of Administration Tom Billingsley said as far as it looks
right now, construction should begin just after graduation and could possibly be ready as early as mid-summer. Anderson is pleased with the outcome of the proposals and the progress made by the Steering Committee. Having worked on the Senior Class of 2008 gift, Anderson said this year’s committee’s progress has been as “tremendously exciting as it was last year. It is great that this year’s committee was able to hit a homerun with both of the ideas being pursued.” Anderson stressed that the success of the committee is huge because the gift not only shows the philanthropy of Mercyhurst students, but also leaves a legacy for their class to be remembered by. “This year’s group has been driven. They have worked hard and will continue to work hard until the fundraising goals are met,” Anderson said. The fundraisers for the gift include the T-shirt sale for the 100 Days ’til Graduation celebration, the donation of seniors’ housing deposits, as well as donations in monetary form from students and families. For donating their housing deposits, students will receive
their names etched in frosted glass located near the restaurant, similar to that found in the 24-hour lounge, Anderson said. For donations of $200, students will receive their name etched into a Mexicanthemed tile art, which will also be located close to the restaurant. For $100 donations, students will receive their names engraved onto a brick. In promotion of the gift, the Steering Committee will present “Fiesta Fridays” in the Herrmann Student Union, selling El Canelo food during lunch. “Fiesta Fridays” will be held this Friday, Jan. 16 and Friday, Jan. 30 at 12:15 p.m. The 100 Days ’til Graduation celebration for seniors will be “Fiesta Friday the 13th” on Friday, Feb. 13. This celebration will be exactly like those of the past, with T-shirts sold in place of paying cover at the Cornerstone for the night. The committee is currently seeking seniors to help with the Arts and Humanities school for fundraising activities. If anyone is interested or wants to contact the Steering Committee he or she00 should e-mail email@example.com. See Page 4 for Senior Gift Committee members and representatives.
January 14, 2009
we have the MLK holiday off to pay better tribute to a man of vision and purpose that worked to better every man’s situation in the United States of America,” and as to how the idea originally came about, she attributed it to “change…simply.” There are several events happening on campus and in the city of Erie on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, starting with the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the Mercy Heritage Room. Seats are limited and reservations should be sent to Trina Marrero at extension 2369 or MCC@mercyhurst.edu. After the breakfast, the 23rd Annual March will be held at Perry Square. Transportation will be provided courtesy of the Ofﬁce of the Student Union and Student Activities and the Marion Shane Multicultural Center. Finally, there will be the 4th Annual Reﬂection Reception in the Student Union Great Room from 1 to 4 p.m. A casual discussion will be held about King in remembrance of him.
MLK Day observed with break from classes
By Alaina Rydzewski
As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. celebration this year at Mercyhurst College, students and faculty will be given Monday, Jan. 19, off from classes for the ﬁrst time in the college’s history. This decision originated from the administration, and then the committee for the Beyond the Dream program started planning this year’s events, according to Dr. John Olszowka. Although students and faculty have the day off from classes, the “hope is that this will be used as a starting off point for Mercyhurst students to participate in other events that are being hosted in the Erie community,” Olszowka said. “Or perhaps even respond to the call of city leaders and the incoming Obama administration and engage in a day of service.” Pertrina Marrero, director of the Marion Shane Multicultural Center said, “I believe
For the ﬁrst time in Mercyhurst College history, Monday, Jan. 19, will be observed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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“To the Mountaintop” Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Mercy Heritage Hall Monday, Jan. 19, 2009 9:00-9:30 a.m. Prayer Service lead by Rev. Lyta Seddig Carpe Diem Women and the Liturgical Dancers “There is a Balm in Gilead” by Harry T. Burleigh 9:30-9:35 a.m. Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble, Remarks 9:40-9:45 a.m. Student Poetry Reading Ofﬁcers of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society 9:45a.m. Breakfast Served 10:00 a.m. “In His Own Words” Video Montage of Dr. King’s Speeches, 1955-1968
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RSVP by Thursday, Jan. 15 to MCC@mercyhurst.edu or call Trina Marrero at x2369
Senior Gift Committee Members and Representatives
January 14, 2009
Fund sponsors exceptional student research
By Kelly Luoma
Adviser: Cathy Anderson Steering Committee Chair: Hilary Hancock Amber Carruba, Zach Pekor, Vicky Fleisner, Casey Greene, Dan Piechocki, Jenna Golden, Kristin Tedesco School Chairs and Fund Raisers Natural Science: Allyson LaCovey Julissa Armstrong John McCellan Jackie McLean Kaitlyn Hoover Arts and Humanities: Elise Zigrossi Social Science: Liz Gutoskey Stephanie Wilkens Ryan McCartney Behavior Sciences and Education: Lauren Weisser Katie Wootton
Seniors interested in donatineg or getting involved should contact any of the students above.
The Mercyhurst College student research fund provides students with the opportunity to enhance their education. The fund allows students to display an exhibition or present at a research conference by covering the travel expenses. The Student Research Committee will meet in the spring to determine if there will be sufﬁcient funds available to cover non-travel expenses, such as necessary supplies to conduct research. Students may receive a maximum of $300 from the student research fund for the 2008-09 school year. A member of the Mercyhurst faculty must oversee and approve all research ventures. Research proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year, but the
Student Research Committee awards most of its grants during the winter and spring semesters. Proposals are due by April 24 to be considered for research funding. The proposal form requests basic student information as well as a description of the research project and its projected expenses. The student research fund requires students who received funding to provide a summary report of their research conclusions within 30 days of its completion. Students will be required to spend the entire grant on their research project. Proposal forms may be found on LakerNet. The forms are to be submitted to Dr. Peggy Black in Preston room 111 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Black is the chair of the Student Research Committee. For more information, contact her at extension 2453.
Presidential Inaguration Events
The Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. The swearing-in ceremony is between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Campus Ministry has reserved the Herrman Student Union Great Room so interested students can watch the historic ceremony on the big screen.
Are any RSCO’s interested in taking the lead on planning for this event with additional activities, advertising, refreshments, etc? Are any other viewings being planned in other places on campus? Please contact Greg Baker (x2301, email@example.com) if your RSCO is interested.
January 14, 2009
Erie community Winter wonderland proves in high demand to be not so wonderful for blood donors
By Cassie Dinko
Contributing writer January 2009 is National Blood Donor Month, and the Community Blood Bank is coming to Mercyhurst College on Thursday, Jan. 15, to conduct the second blood drive of the school year. Blood is in demand during the winter months, and the Community Blood Bank is the sole supplier of blood to hospitals in Erie County. “Now that the holidays are over, more surgeries will be performed and emergencies are always happening. This means more blood will be needed for treatment,” Deanna Renaud, mobile drive coordinator for the blood bank, said. “We are in critical need of type O and B-positive donors especially. We’re looking forward to another successful drive at Mercyhurst to help the community’s blood supply.” Mercyhurst has been competing against Gannon University and Penn State Behrend for biggest blood drive turnout. Behrend turned out 154 donors in November, taking the lead. The competition encourages students to donate blood, but the real winners are the patients whose lives may be saved. All donors will be registered to win a brand new 42-inch plasma television. And one donor will win a pair of ski passes to Peek n’ Peak Ski Resort. Many who show up to donate will receive free T-shirts, while supplies last. The blood drive will be held in the Herrmann Student Union Great Room from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photo I.D. is required. All donors must be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 lbs and be in good health. All donors may not have had tattoos or piercings within the past year. Eating well is encouraged before making a donation and the process of giving blood takes on average of ﬁve to eight minutes. Each donation saves three lives.
EMTA Launch: Food, Fun and Facts
WHERE: Herrmann Student Union WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 20 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. WHAT: Information on the shuttle service. Also free pizza and pop plus a chance to win a $100 Best Buy gift card and EMTA promotional items.
Junior Brian Johns (top) and other Mercyhurst College students spent hours digging out their vehicles after the weekend snow.
Scoot Williams photos
January 14, 2009
MacWorld showcase reveals updated software
Apple computers becoming energy efﬁcient with new applications
By Liz Maier
Poor economic conditions have taken a bite out of the juggernaut Apple industry. Vice President of World Wide Product Marketing Phillip Schiller introduced upgraded versions of Apple software during the 2009 MacWorld Showcase on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Standing in for CEO Steve Jobs, Schiller introduced the new MacBookPro and the improved iWork and iLife ’09 software which contains iPhoto, Garage Band and iMovie. Less than one inch thick, 17inches long, and 6.6 pounds, the MacBookPro notebook is the world’s lightest laptop computer. Energy saving, the MacBookPro operates on less than ﬁfty percent of the energy of a single light bulb. Its battery can be recharged up to 1,000 times—three
Tara McGuire and Katrina Herring work on their homework using McGuire’s Mac.
Scoot Williams photo
times the industry’s standard. It can also sustain eight hours on a single charge. Shipping of the MacBookPro will begin in late January and will cost consumers $2,799. Additionally, Apple revamped its ofﬁce software, iWork.
With the new iWork version, business workers can choose more presentation templates, themes and transitions. Users can also purchase the “keynote” application that allows them to use their iPhone or iTouch as a remote when making multimedia business presentations. Non-business professionals can look forward to using Apple’s iLife software
because of the revamped iPhoto, Garage Band and iMovie applications. For the avid photographer, Apple added “Faces,” facerecognition software, to iPhoto, which easily allows users to create galleries containing pictures of individual friends and family members. “Faces” has a GPS geotagging application users can use to sort photos
geographically. Aspiring musicians may ﬁnd Garage Band ’09 useful as artists like John Fogerty, Norah Jones, Colbie Caillat, Sting and Sarah MacLachlan teach them how to play their songs in nine basic guitar, piano and keyboard lessons. For video directors and editors, Schiller said Apple rewrote its iMovie software to have better precision editing and video stabilization as well as easier audio editing and smoother transitions. Upgrading to iLife 2009 will cost Apple users $79 and frequent iTune downloaders should be prepared to pay more for songs. Schiller reported the price of a new song download may reach up to $1.29 starting April 1. Apple laptop owner, junior Sara Norris was upset with the new software and products. “It would be nice if you were into photography and making movies, but if you’re just a normal person; it seems a bit useless,” Norris said. Read the full article on the showcase at cnn.com.
Want to work for The Merciad next year? There are paid positions available! Contact editor-in-chief Casey Greene at
New Apple technology will allow iPhone or iPod touch users to use their phones or mp3 players as a remote to ﬂip through a slideshow presentation on a Mac.
Tyler Stauffer photo
January 14, 2009
Mr. Rogers: childhood legend and ‘good neighbor’
By Alaina Rydzewski
The popular childhood television show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” started in 1962 as a 15 minute program with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. It soon evolved to much more, eventually running everyday until it was taken off the air in 2008, although numerous stations have continued to air it. It was the longest running series on PBS, even beating “Sesame Street”, which aired a year and a half later. Even with his death in February 2003, his show remains a popular choice among young children and their parents today. There is much more to Fred Rogers than viewers see of him on his show. “He was always dressed really nice,” ‘Hurst sophomore Ben
Mr. Rogers was a childhood ﬁgure for more than 40 years.
Caplinger said, but that is just the beginning. Two examples amply dem-
Mr. Rogers, shown here in the 1960s at the beginning days of the show with two of his puppets, King Friday and Prince Tuesday.
onstrate this, one being Koko the gorilla. Upon meeting Mr. Rogers, she followed his example on the show and took his shoes off. Also, when Mr. Rogers reported his stolen Impala to the police and the report made it onto the news, the thieves who had inadvertently stolen it returned it within 48 hours to the same parking spot with an apology note attached. In truth, there are ten things everyone should know about Mr. Rogers, regardless of whether or not they watch the show: 1. He rescued public TV and the VCR. When the government was planning on cutting public television funds in 1969, Mr. Rogers went to Washington and was able to convince even the sternest politicians to raise funds, resulting in a 13 million dollar raise in funds.
2. He started his show because he hated what TV was being used for. The ﬁrst time he ever turned on a TV, he saw people throwing pies at each other and vowed to give children a better reason to watch television. 3. He documented his health daily. Not only were his daily activities strictly regimented with praying, swimming and writing to fans a part of his everyday life, but every day for the last 30 years of his life he weighed in at exactly 143 pounds. This was based on his belief of the number 143 to mean ‘I love you,’ I representing one, the four letters in love representing four, and the three letters in you representing three. 4. The sweaters he wore. Every cardigan he ever wore on the show was hand-knit by his mother. “I didn’t watch the show too
often, but he had cool sweaters and was a good singer,” ’Hurst freshman Katie Stadler said. 5. He was an Ivy League drop out. He proved you don’t have to have an Ivy League education to excel in life. 6. He composed all of the songs on his show, and named the characters after his family members. Queen Sara was named after his wife and Mr. McFeely after his maternal grandfather. 7. He was literally and ﬁguratively color blind. He couldn’t see the color blue and his parents adopted a black foster child when he was growing up. 8. He genuinely cared about others, even those he did not know. Not only did he personally respond to every letter he received from fans, but he was interested in hearing everyone’s life story. He would strike up conversations with strangers, just to hear what they would say. 9. He was possibly the most tolerant American the world has seen. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he always preached tolerance ﬁrst, and often told minority groups, such as gays, that God loves you just the way you are. 10. He could inspire a subway full of people to sing. Once, when he had to take the subway with a colleague, fellow riders immediately recognized him and started singing, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…” Some people would label Mr. Rogers and his qualities as weird or too personal, but Mr. Rogers had an amazingly positive effect on this world, changing the lives of many people for the better.
a better ﬁt. I enjoyed being in front of the camera as much as I enjoyed being on the scene of a breaking news story. Following the internship and graduation, I obtained a part-time writing post at the now-defunct “Lake Shore Visitor,” the Erie Diocesan newspaper. It was a call from WSEE reporter Carol Pella that put TV back into my life. She said WJET-TV was looking for a weekend weather forcaster and part-time reporter. With resume tape in hand (an industrial-sized Beta tape), I interviewed with JET’s news director, Steve Drexler. He also had me try my hand at a weather forecast. I stunk. Adlibbing about weather was not my thing, and we both agreed it wouldn’t work. He said he’d keep me in mind when a reporting job opened up at the station. He called me back a few months later and it began my “on-again off-again” involvement in TV news. After several years in TV, I tried my hand at public relations, becoming public relations director at a medical school called LECOM. The life of a PR ﬂack didn’t hold the same excitement for me as TV news. I jumped at the offer to anchor my own newscast for a struggling 10 p.m. newscast on WFXP-FOX 66.
January 14, 2009
’Hurst professor talks about life with Mercyhurst
By Brian Sheridan
Thomas Wolfe once wrote “you can’t go home again,” but apparently you can get hired there. My life after Mercyhurst College brought me full circle. A 1987 graduate, I now work for the same department where I once learned. An internship from Mercyhurst helped me set a career course. I was always interested in journalism and, as the editor of the Merciad, thought my future lie in print. After interning at WSEE-TV, I realized TV seemed more of
Communication professor Brian Sheridan shown here in a 1986 issue of The Merciad when Sheridan was editor-inchief.
The station was, and still is, operated by WJET, so I was among old friends. During that time, I completed my master’s degree in Communication at Edinboro University. When Mercyhurst needed someone to teach communication classes and advise ’Hurst TV, I made it known I couldn’t wait to join the world of academia. It offers me the chance to instill my passion for news in young people. A person would hope it leads to better reporters for the future. As Henry Luce said, journalism “brings us as close as possible to the heart of the world.”
Remembering the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
By Allie Miniri
Martin Luther King Jr. is a stand-out ﬁgure in the history of the United States. The famous saying, “I have a dream” is taught in schools and is very meaningful to many Americans. For the ﬁrst time in recent years, Mercyhurst College has decided to give the students the day off of school to reﬂect on the holiday and why it is meaningful to our society. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, but it took Congress 15 years to commemorate the day as a federal holiday as we know it today. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a black activist leader in the American civil
rights movement during the 1960s. His main legacy was to secure progress for blacks, and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon. His most famous speech is his “I Have a Dream” speech. He spoke of his wish for a future where blacks and whites could coexist peacefully as equals. King’s delivery of the speech on Aug. 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for jobs and freedom was a deﬁning moment for the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as American history. A Congressman from
Michigan ﬁrst introduced legislation for a commemorative holiday four days after King was assassinated in 1968.
After the bill became stalled, petitions endorsing the holiday containing six million names were submitted to Congress. Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983 and then was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. A compromise involved moving the holiday from Jan. 15, King’s birthday (which was too close to the end of the Christmas season), to the third Monday in January helped overcome opposition to the law. The holiday is popular with school children, as it
Civil rights groups ask citizens to volunteer on Martin Luther King Jr. day.
not only means a day off of school, but it is a time to commemorate a leader that pushed for freedom for race issues in schools. Seniors Vicky Fleisner and Haylie Starin plan to attend the breakfast coordinated by the Diversity ofﬁce to celebrate the holiday. Junior Chris Ulrich will use the day off wisely to catch up on classwork. “Since professors give us a lot of work, I will use the time wisely to catch up on readings for class,” Ulrich said. Since classes have been cancelled for the day, Mercyhurst has planned a celebration in King’s memory in the Mercy Heritage Hall. Refer to page three for the “To the Mountaintop” activities planned for Monday’s holiday.
January 14, 2009
Travel the world with the Alternative Break Club
By Emily Grabowski
Breaks from school are usually what every student needs to unwind, recharge and get ready to get back to work. Going home and hanging out with friends and family is usually what students enjoy doing. However, if you’re looking for an adventure to a new place and to help others, the Alternative Break Club is for you. The Alternative Break Club was started in 2003 to select and organize national and international service trips to promote service, education and cultural awareness in line with the mission and core values of Mercyhurst College and the Sisters of Mercy. The Alternative Break Club has an information night in the fall and spring. They organize a fall rafﬂe to raise funds for student scholarships. This year, the club offered a trip to New Orleans during Thanksgiving break. Eighteen students and three Mercyhurst staff members drove 21 hours to New Orleans to serve with the Episcopal Diocese Ofﬁce of Disaster Relief. Sr. Michele Schroeck, director of service learning, was one of the staff present on the trip. “We worked at two different houses near the ninth ward,” she said. “One group started at the very beginning of a gutted house and installed sheet rock (dry wall) to form rooms and ceilings. It was a mathematical nightmare!” Schroeck said. The other group worked
The club completed two projects during their stay in New Orleans, painting a house and drywalling another house.
on the ﬁnal touches of a house to be turned over to the owner who lived in a FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) trailer in the backyard three years after Hurricane Katrina. The group re-sided, scraped, primed and painted the house. “On our free day, we experienced a lively African-American liturgy and had a beignet
at the famous Café Dumont. Students also had a few hours to walk around French Quarter,” Schroeck said. Senior Jasiek Czajkowski joined the group heading to New Orleans for the second year. “I think that this trip was a very positive experience as it allowed me to do something valuable and give back,”
he said. “I also saw that what we do is help real people, and we have some input in the whole rebuilding process. What I liked the least was seeing how tragic the city was hit and realizing that it probably will never be as it was prior to Katrina,” Czajkowski said. The club has a trip coming up for spring break and also
one in late May. “During spring break we have a trip to the Navajo Reservation where students can serve at the St. Michaels Association of Special Education,” Schroeck said. “We also go to Philadelphia and Camden for the Urban Challenge. Students learn about urban poverty from a faith perspective and serve in soup kitchens, shelters, schools, etc.,” she said. Right after graduation, the club organizes an international mission trip to Guyana, South America; the only English speaking country in South America. Students can serve in Sisters of Mercy ministries including hospitals, schools, nursing homes and a boys’ orphanage. “In addition, students travel to the ‘interior’ to experience an Amerindian culture,” Schroeck said. There are still a few openings for the Philadelphia/Camden trip available. AmeriCorpsVISTA at Mercyhurst, Amelia Diaz, thinks the Alternative Break Club is a positive addition to campus activities. “The Alternative Break Club is a great asset for the campus community, because it serves to encourage both the Mission of Mercy and social justice and the opening of borders that allows college students to learn as they serve and serve as they learn,” Diaz said. “Furthermore, it nurtures the students with positive opportunities for their school breaks at a reasonable cost,” she said. If you are interested in learning more about the Alternative Break Club, contact Sr. Michele Schroeck, RSM at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nadine Beres.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2009
PAC announces 2009 Guelcher Film Series
camp befriends a Jewish boy living on the other side of the Staff writer camp fence. I’m going to go ahead and call a pre-emptive Unfortunate as it may be, sad face on this one. The term school has resumed and it’s concentration camp by itself time to turn our brains back spells heartache; putting the on. words ‘boy’ and ‘friendship’ One suggestion for a light next to it just seal the deal. mental warm-up exercise is 2/4 — Man on Wire: coming to the Mary D’Angelo English/Documentary/90 min Performing Arts Center This ﬁlm takes a look at Wednesdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Philippe Petit’s daring, illegal, to watch some ﬁlms that will high-wire routine performed make you think a little bit. in 1974 between New York As always, tickets are free to City’s Twin Towers in “the students with Mercyhurst IDs. artistic crime of the century.” I sure hope the guy’s attorney 1/21 — Dalai Lama attempted the insanity defense, Renaissance: English/ because the man is certiﬁable. Documentary/95 min 2/11 — Dear Zachary: Narrated by Harrison Ford, English/Documentary/90 min 40 of the world’s most innoA ﬁlmmaker trying to vative thinkers meet with the memorialize his murdered Dalai Lama to discuss the friend discovers the woman world’s problems and possible who allegedly killed him was solutions to our own personal pregnant with his friend’s Tibet. Director Khashyar son. Take the sad face I said I Darvich and Dr. Thomas would give to “The Boy in the Forsthoefel, chair of the Striped Pajamas,” multiply it department of religious stud- by ﬁve, and add a tear to it. ies, will introduce the ﬁlm. 2/18 — The Black 1/28 — The Boy in the Balloon: English/Drama/ Striped Pajamas: English/ 97 min Drama/94 min The story of a boy strugSet during World War II, gling to love and accept his the eight-year-old son of the autistic brother, who tends to commander at a concentration interfere with his adolescence. Full of the emotional ups and downs to which anyone with an autistic loved one can relate. 2/25 — The Hustler: E n g l i s h / Drama/134 min Paul Newman coming at you straight from pac.mercyhurst.edu 1961 as an upOnly a child could befriend the victim of a and-coming concentration camp and call him ‘The Boy in pool player the Striped Pajamas,’ playing Jan. 28. who challenges
By Mason Lorek
The documentary ‘Man on Wire’ (Feb. 4) examines Philippe Petite’s 1974 high wire routine across the Twin Towers.
long-time champion Jackie Gleason to a single high-stakes match. 3/4 — In Bruges: English/ Comedy/107 min After a difﬁcult job, two Irish hit men begin to differ on their views of life and death as they become used to local customs while stuck in Bruges, Belgium. Colin Farrell basically plays himself in a medieval city surrounded by Dutch prostitutes, violent art and little people. 3/11 — I’ve Loved You So Long: French/Drama/115 min A woman who returns to live with her younger sister after being imprisoned for 15 years struggles to reach normalcy and open up. At one point she plays piano with a little girl. 3/18 — Flow: English/ Documentary/84 min This award-winning documentary investigates what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: the world water crisis. No semi-witty banter about this one, I’m all business. 3/25 S l u m d o g Millionaire:English/ Drama/120 min An impoverished Indian teen is arrested and accused of cheating on the Hindi version of “Who Wants to be a
Millionaire?” when he is one question away from winning. I’ve got a good feeling about this one, the trailer plays my favorite song by Sigur Rós. 4/1 — S y n e c d o c h e , New York: English/Comedy/ 123 min A dying theatre director with an estranged family, a MacArthur grant and a desire to make something deep and brutally real turns a warehouse into a life-size replica of New York where actors play out the roles of the people in his life. 4/8 — Happy-Go-Lucky: English/Comedy/118 min A look at the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, London schoolteacher whose optimism, for some reason unbeknownst to me, tends to exasperate those around her. How can someone be too happy? Honestly people, more smiles please. 4/15 — Let The Right One In: Swedish/Thriller/114 min Oscar, an overlooked and bullied boy, ﬁnds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl who turns out to be a vampire. It’s kind of like “Twilight” except it’s darker, Swedish and with younger kids. 5/6 — Wendy and Lucy: English/Drama/1hr 20min A woman’s life is derailed when her car breaks down on
her way to a potentially lucrative summer job and her dog is taken to the pound leaving her with no mode of transportation, no companion and no money. 5/13 — The Wrestler: English/Drama/119min A retired professional wrestler makes his way through the independent circuit, trying to get back in the game for one ﬁnal showdown with his former rival. 5/20 — Frozen River: English/Drama/97 min Two single mothers, faced with desperate circumstances, are drawn into the world of border smuggling across the frozen water of the St. Lawrence River. I know the USCanada border is little more than a formality, but driving a car across a frozen river has got to throw up some red ﬂags. 5/27 — Stranded: Spanish/ Documentary/126 min Survivors recount how they survived for 72 days after their plane crashed on an Andean glacier in 1972. An intense one for certain, circle this date on your calendars. 6/3 — Doubt: English/ Drama/94min A nun sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth as she grows suspicious when a priest begins taking too much interest in the life of a young black student. If you like ﬁlms containing the Catholic Church, racial tension and Amy Adams, I strongly recommend “Doubt.” 6/10 — Moscow, Belgium: Flemish/‘Dramedy’/102min A 41-year-old mother of three with a husband in his mid life-crisis meets a 29-year -old truck driver, who takes an interest in her. Moscow, the Flemish language, a 12-year age difference and a trucker; this is clearly a comedy.
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with Islam Today: A Muslim’s Call for Reform in Her Faith” and the creator of the Emmynominated PBS documentary, “Faith Without Fear,” she is speaking out on one of the most important issues of the modern world. New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service is partnering with Manji on the Moral Courage Project. The Moral Courage Conversations premiere with Salman Rushdie, who 20 years ago had a fatwa, a religious edict calling for his death, issued against him. Rushdie is the author of one collection of short stories, four works of non-ﬁction and 10 novels, including “Midnight’s Children,” which won the Booker Prize; “The Satanic Verses” and “The Moor’s Last Sigh,” both of which won the Whitbread Book Award; and most recently, “The
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to spend almost a decade in hiding, giving public addresses rarely. Throughout the ordeal, he was incredibly clear and outspoken on his rights as an author and how censorship threatened his freedom of expression. The “Live from the 92nd Y” series is brought to Mercyhurst College through a live satellite feed allowing the college and Erie community to watch world-renowned scholars and leaders discuss important and emerging issues in the world as they happen. Erie audience members have the opportunity to email questions to the speakers during the presentation. Previous speakers have answered questions from Mercyhurst. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for Mercyhurst students and the Temple Anshe Hesed community.
Salman Rushdie to be broadcast as part of 92nd Y series
By Hazel Jennings
Irshad Manji will sit down with Salman Rushdie in the “Live from the 92nd St. Y” series for “The Moral Courage Conversations with Irshad Manji.” The conversation will be broadcast at Mercyhurst College’s Taylor Little Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. The New York Times described Irshad Manji as “Osama bin Laden’s worse nightmare.” Through the 92nd St. Y, she is launching a series of public conversations about moral courage in journalism, politics, religion, and beyond with some of the most inﬂuential leaders who are leading the population into a future of free expression. Author of “The Trouble
Salman Rushdie is arguably the United Kingdom’s most well-known living author.
Enchantress of Florence.” In 2007, the British Crown appointed Rushdie a Knight Bachelor for “services to literature.” His work is most often described as a cross between magical realism and historical ﬁction, and a dominant theme of his work concerns the connections, barriers and migrations between the Eastern and Western world. As a British-Indian author, much of his work is set in India and the Middle East. Rushdie showed his moral
Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ (1988) caused Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa for his death.
courage when his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses” (1988), induced a wave of Muslim protests. The late Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, declared a fatwa against him. The fatwa forced Rushdie
Student-run musical begins ﬁrst rehearsals for ‘Sweet Charity’
By Marie Karbacka
Last week was the start of the rehearsals for the studentrun Musical, “Sweet Charity.” The ensemble met for the ﬁrst time on Tuesday, Jan. 6, to go over the chorus numbers, which sadly are limited and few in number. However, to the ones who were asked to stay to sing in the quartets, trios and duets of “The Rhythm of Life,” it was a vigorous attempt to start learning and getting to work. On Wednesday, the rehearsal continued for the selected singers. The choral/orchestra director, senior Chris Von Volkenburg, had a difﬁcult
time mapping out for the students the groupings—who would come in where and so on. Also, it was a challenge for many of the students who are not music majors to read the music, listen to their notes and then repeat it within the context of the song. Overall, the rehearsal for the vocalists went very well. The singers learned the music and went over it again and again for practice’s sake. At the next rehearsal, the group can add the full chorus at the end of the number for the big ﬁnish. After the music rehearsal was the dance rehearsal for “The Gentlemen’s Frug.” If someone were to rent the VHS of “Sweet Charity,” he
or she would know that this scene takes place in a social club of the rich and famous in New York City. In different groupings, the dancers performed characterlike dances, one example being “the boxer” number, which consists of punches to the air. The dance choreographer is junior Trevor Sones. He explained to the cast that he usually does not have time beforehand to come up with the choreography to the numbers. Thus, Sones creatively makes it up on the spot. Yet within an hour and a half, the group had the entire piece completed and learned, which gave them time to practice it and run it a few extra times in full context.
from the score to ﬁt what the CD has on it, so the complete piece will not be performed. What is being performed is an incredible work of dance and movement in the Bob Fossy style. As a performer myself, it will be an incredible experience to work with everyone in the cast, and watch the leads grow and proceed to learn their lines and songs. The Mercyhurst cb-pr.com In fall of 2006, Molly Ringwald starred students will surely as Charity Hope Valentine in a Broadpull off the show like way revival of ‘Sweet Charity,’ which a true “on-Broadway” originally premiered on stage in 1966. production. The song has been altered
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or through the Live in HD program, this is the perfect event for you. “Orfeo ed Euridice” is one of the more accessible operas coming to the PAC, though it holds the classic tradition of traditional opera. First performed in 1762 in Vienna, Morris uses his chorus and choreography to bring the infamous story to a contemporary audience. Though opera can be alienating to most college students as it seems so far outside the general day-today life of the average young person, “Orfeo ed Eurdice” has chorus characters such as Babe Ruth and Rosa Parks and costumes designed by one of the most famous names at Target stores. This production is certainly nothing to shy away from, and with a running time of merely 90 minutes, there is not a whole day investment as with some
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of the more time-consuming, six-hour operas. Don’t stay inside watching bad MTV re-runs to avoid the snow this Sunday. Instead, walk to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center and experience the timeless and breathtaking event of The Metropolitan Opera. Now in its third season and the second year at Mercyhurst College, “The Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Deﬁnition” broadcast is made possible with the help of a dozen strategically placed cameras in the Metropolitan Opera House. The cameras offer brilliant close-ups, which reveal the details of costumes and facial gestures, and sweeping wide angles that present a panoramic spectacle giving PAC viewers an intimate advantage over those actually in the Met audience.
Met Opera ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ to play at PAC
By Hazel Jennings
Christoph Willibald Gluck’s historic opera “Orfeo ed Euridice,” as adapted by Mark Morris, is coming to the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College as a part of “The Metropolitan Opera: Live in High Deﬁnition” series. The opera will be broadcast Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. Premiering in 2007, the adapted version of the classic opera envisioned by Gluck boasts costumes by Isaac Mizrahi and music direction by James Levine. The male title role is perfected with the artistry of Stephanie Blythe. The alluring Danielle de Niese stars as Orfeo’s adored wife, Euridice, who inspires the hero to face the underworld for her sake.
The chorus of ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’ dominates the opera.
With only three characters to tell the story, the chorus holds a major role in the score and on the stage. Facing the audience from a three-level tier, they help to tell the story from an united point of view. Mizrahi designed each of the 100 chorus members’ costumes, which represent speciﬁc historic ﬁgures ranging from Moses to Jimi Hendrix. A tradition originated in Greece, the chorus really helps
to contextualize the opera. “Surrounded both visually and musically by the chorus, Orfeo’s struggle becomes more clearly focused. And with the individual costumes, representing ﬁgures from all centuries and professions, the chorus illustrates the universality and timeless allure of the Orfeo myth,” Met Chorus Master Donald Palumbo explained. If you have never attended an opera before, either live
Guitarist sues Coldplay for plagiarizing ‘Viva La Vida’ melody
By Greg Summy
A little known, yet absolutely brilliant musician was ripped off by Coldplay. The song “Viva La Vida” seems to have stolen the melody from Joe Satriani’s 2004 song “If I Could Fly.” Recently, the guitar virtuoso ﬁled a lawsuit against the British adult alternative band. In the lawsuit, Satriani alleged Coldplay is in violation of copyright infringement, and is demanding proﬁts resulting from the sale of the song, as well as pain and suffering. Copyright infringement is a very serious offense, and this case should not be taken lightly. Should Satriani lose
the case, Coldplay will go unscathed, and Satriani’s name will forever be tainted, the punch line of jokes for years to come. Satriani opted for a jury to hear his case, a very bold move. Should the jury be tainted by Coldplay’s massive success, Satriani has a high chance of losing the lawsuit. Or, the jury could be ﬁlled with Satriani fans, who were outraged by Coldplay’s actions. Or, the jury could be completely openminded and listen to the songs for themselves, and hear the evidence presented to make an informed decision. The third is perhaps the best case scenario for Satriani. After all, a win based on bias is more rewarding than one
based on facts. In order for Satriani to prove his case, he must show that “Viva La Vida” and “If I Could Fly” share the exact same melody. There is a plethora of music theory that can, and will, be applied to this case. This evidence will likely be used in defense of Satriani. What the jury must keep in mind is what is on trial here: not the chord progression, not the lyrics, not the percussion or bass line, but the melody the most recognizable part of any song. Personal preferences aside, the melodies from both songs are identical, and Coldplay is in direct violation of the law. Chris Martin and company should be ashamed of themselves as musicians, and
more importantly, as human beings. They outright stole the melody from Satriani’s
epic tribute to his wife, and have made a mockery of themselves.
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Severe rage over random acts of kindness
By Jordan Zangaro
The alarm goes off. Thirty-eight minutes is up. You rush to put on some shoes, because you do not want your feet to get wet from the melted snow at the front door of the apartment building. As you swing around to the last ﬂight of stairs, the cold, bitter wind sends a chill up your spine. You slide into the laundry
room and your wet clothes are nowhere to be found. The washer is empty and there is nothing on top of the machines or on the folding table. Then panic strikes… the dryer. Someone in your building was doing a thoughtful deed by putting your clothes into the dryer. But your brand new shirt or your nice pair of jeans do not go in there. The items are now too small.
Money is wasted and aggravation grows. It is just a guess, some of the people reading this do not know my roommate, Michelle Coady. In a nutshell, she is absolutely the most laidback person I know. It takes something severe to upset her. Something extremely severe—like laundry. This weekend, I was in Cleveland and when I came back, Michelle could not wait to tell me what had happened.
After many failed attempts of polite notes asking people not to put things in the dryer, she had enough. Rage was running through her veins as she told me another brand new shirt was ruined. Her ﬁsts were clenched so tight her knuckles were white as she yelled about how it happened again. The words coming out of her mouth definitely could not appear on regular cable television. At one point, I thought she
was going to stop breathing. This may sound insignificant, but to others there is nothing more irritating. I know it can be viewed as a random act of kindness, and I agree completely. But, with a roommate so upset, I thought it was my duty to use this column as a much more public—but still polite—note. Please stop putting other people’s clothes in the dryer. It is laundry etiquette. Stop the shrinking. Let Michelle breathe again.
Considering your options: a future outside the box
By Heather Donovan
Patterns of violence plague the past, present
By Seth Hallam
I haven’t seen everything. Not even a sliver of everything. I haven’t even begun to see all the magniﬁcent things there are to see… But I have realized this: to begin to do so could be the key to gaining the greatest wealth of knowledge the world has to offer. My incentive? Because I want to. I’ve never considered not ﬁnishing my education. After all, like most Americans, I’ve been driven from the womb to consider a textbook my magic carpet to success. Read, highlight and annotate, right? Oh, then hand it in and start over. With each year, getting progressively harder, our education has consumed the whole ﬁrst phase of our lives, but where does it fall in the hierarchy of things? The things that are truly important. We learn, we do what we
ﬂickers of childhood have been lost and layers of adolescence shed, I’ve been drawn more and more to ﬁnd out why I do what I do or want to do. The first 15 years were easy—Mom said so. The next few were less contolled but still rigorously guided and the last four have been a freakish mix as we struggle to put our feet solidly My incentive? on the ground. And now the choice is Because I want to. completely ours. We are in college, beHeather Donovan cause we want an education. But the day we walk Are you stuck? And do we across the stage we will have have a choice? more choices than we ever I don’t like to think with dreamed possible. my head too far in the clouds. What to do? There are realities: money, loans Travel, learn more in two and secondary education as weeks than you ever did in colthe law. lege. Live, hovering above the But if there were a break- poverty line doing something ing point of this frustration, it you’ve always dreamed of but would have to be the structure never thought would pay. and uninterrupted flow that Be who you have become in most young people fall into the ﬁrst phase of your life, but after college. exactly where, how and when. Over the past year, as the ﬁnal Just because you want to. learned to do, then we (supposedly) pass down the wisdom and knowledge to those learning. And I completely agree with the premise of the process, but what if what you learn as a young person is not what you want to do in the middle portion of your life?
People wonder why we live in a society riddled with violence. Christians all around the world call for world peace. To understand our actions, we must look to our societal origins: God, the focal point of Christian culture throughout the world. God did many things to people who wronged him, just as we do today. His retribution against people committing whoredom with the Sisters of Moab left 24,000 dead. We follow the same tactics. The Iraqis supposedly terrorized us, now 600,000 are dead (according to U.N. estimates). The story of Samson sums up where we get our genocidal and terroristic ideas from. Samson called on God to crash down on 3,000 people innocently worshiping another god. Killing people over a difference in religion? Sounds familiar.
People vilify Hitler’s killings of 73 million in WWII, which indeed where horriﬁc. This equated to about 3 percent of the world’s population at the time. God, on the other hand, killed the entire population of the world in a single event. The population of the world was an estimated 30 million during the ﬂoods of 3000 B.C. If Hitler had been as selfrighteous as God,S he would have killed 2.5 billion people, the world population during WWII. Luckily, he was not. In the Bible our almighty God kills 2,391,421 people. It’d be hard to come by another storybook that shaped a culture as much as the Bible, and also one that killed so many people. When we ponder why violence is so prevalent in society, we should look to our moralizer. His favorite was killing those who did not agree with him. Why shouldn’t we do the same? We do.
ate school were blown. None of my experiments had worked – who would accept a student so inept at designing research? I sat frustrated for days at the computer, my adviser looming nearby and constantly demanding more data, more analyses and more improvements in the experimental design. She was a constant reminder of how important this research was for my future. Finally, exhausted, in the lab in the middle of the night, I decided enough was enough. I needed a break. I knew the freshmen at my college were going to view the Surrealism exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art the following morning as part of their Humanities curriculum, and I would go too. I didn’t know anyone on the bus to New York, but I must have been a sight – the only upperclassman, frazzled and alone. A professor I didn’t know sat next to me and asked, kindly, what had persuaded me to join them. That single question unleashed a tirade of despair about the uncertainty of my future. “Melissa,” he responded calmly, “never let school get in the way of your education.” It took the events of that day to make me understand the profundity of that statement. What about getting ahead? What about succeeding? He seemed to be telling me that I would be ok after blowing off all my work to romp around New York. He invited me to tour the museum with the small group of faculty chaperones, an event that turned out to be a critical moment in my intellectual development. For the ﬁrst time, I was socializing with academics from different disciplines. I had to ﬁnd the common ground between us, keep up with the conversation, and share my thoughts on a variety of subjects in which they seemed to be earnestly interested. Over lunch, we discussed the Freudian roots of surrealism, and I realized that my contributions to the discussion brought them to insight, not simply the other way around. It was thrilling. Despite all my previous academic accomplishments, it was this moment that made me realize that I was drawn to academic life because of the sheer experience of intellectual engagement. This I believe: Education, in its most deep and important sense of the word, happens when you are engaged with the world in a way you never have been before. Sometimes these moments happen when you least expect them. Be open to them at all costs. I had a lot of work wait-
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ing for me when I got back. My adviser wasn’t ver y pleased, and there were some more long nights in the lab. But everything worked out in the end. I was newly energized and committed to my goals, and I made it into grad school. Those troublesome experiments even got published. Anyone want to go to New York? Dr. Melissa Surawski is in her ﬁrst year at Mercyhurst as Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her favorite aspect about Mercyhurst: “Its emphasis on student-faculty relationships”.
Mercyhurst’s Ethical Reﬂection Committee has initiated this series to encourage reflection within the entire college community on the values by which we live. We suggest faculty introduce appropriate essays into class discussion; we encourage students to bring these thoughts to classes; we invite administrators and staff to explore these in department meetings. The ERC also requests you let us know how you have used these thoughts in your life. Contact Rev. Lyta Seddig, Chair: lseddig@ mercyhurst.edu. “This I Believe” is now linked to the college Web site. Essays can be found at http://www. mercyhurst.edu/ne/special-events/ believe_essays It was bad. So bad, in fact, I thought my chances for getting into gradu-
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Land of the free? Mostly
By Rhonda Marable
I’ve chosen to be selective on which aspects of my personal life I make public. While I believe what I do in my own life is nobody’s business, I do tend to be very open should anyone want to know more. Per haps it’s a d e fe n se mechanism, being secretive, because I’m afraid of what people will think. I don’t live a “normal” life and I don’t care for labels on
what I feel. I never thought it was too much to ask to keep my personal life private and not in the faces of people who disagree. I certainly don’t like people pushing things in my face, I don’t agree with. But I’ve come to realize I’m not being asked to keep my life private, I’m more or less being told to. Before I met Fariba I thought I was courageous. Fariba had to ﬂee her country, because they conformity to a devastatingly higher degree. Had she not left, she would have been jailed, tried and killed.
She was forced to spend the ﬁrst 29 years of her life in secret before she was able to run away. When she came here and heard people choose to live their lives in secret she was shocked and immediately started crying. While I choose not to go on rooftops proclaiming whom I choose to love, I do realize living my life and fighting for my right to do so is the most clear way I can defy such demands. I feel as though living in secret is not living at all, and it’s a shame so many of us have to do so.
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them, I was surprised to ﬁnd several subjects I had written about were themes they wouldn’t be allowed to discuss at their schools. For the most part, the friends relaying this information were those who went to private schools with various religious afﬁliations. Even though the Catholic tradition here is something everyone is aware of, I’ve never been discouraged from writing a paper of my choice by any Mercyhurst College professor. Inversely, on more than one occasion, my friends have told me they could never write or propose a paper topic on homosexuality or sexuality in general without being discouraged from doing so by their professors. While I understand the conﬂicting issues that arise from the values a religious school tries to instill, I’m confused as to why certain colleges and universities would continue to stiﬂe the academic freedom of any student. Free speech is something we hold very dear in this country and regardless of the prerogative of a private institution, it’s a right I feel should not be dropped once you step on a campus. What’s more, if a professor is going to open the door by assigning a paper open to the student’s choice, they should be prepared for any topic coming their way. It shouldn’t be “any topic of your choosing… unless it’s about gay people, communism, the war in Iraq or something criticizing the church.” I am thankful for the fact I have the freedom to explore my academic research without censorship at a place of higher education rather than “higher power only” education like some of my peers.
Beneﬁting from an ‘open-book’ policy
By Rhonda Marable
Throughout my time at Mercyhurst I’ve had the opportunity to expand my research on several subjects that interest me, free from criticism by professors and administration. Unbeknownst to me, not every college student has the same opportunity. Over winter break I was talking with my friends attending schools all over the country about which assignments we hated and which we enjoyed. While sharing some paper topics with
The Mercyhurst Athletic Center has ﬁnally tended to its broken treadmills. Your convenient excuse for not getting started on your New Year’s resolution is repaired. Get moving Lakers. Mercyhurst decided to recognize one of our nation’s greatest hero’s this year. Enjoy Martin Luther King Jr. Day off and take Sunday funday up a notch.
Defending a country gone astray
An in-depth view of modern nationalism
By Thomas Kubica
I have a dream... I dream of a great nation where the citizens are strong, intelligent and aware. A nation populated by those who hold their government to task and hold liberty, economic and civil, in high esteem. There once was such a nation. People would give all they had and sometimes their lives to make a dream a reality, to live free within a nation in which the government was under the rule of law and rights of the people were inalienable and granted. Where are these people? Where is this nation? The people are no longer strong. They hope for a caretaker in their government instead of taking pride in selfreliance. They have lost their appreciation of liberty and
worry more about their own security and comfort; they are victims of each other. Each one having been offended, hurt or wronged by the other, wailing to the powers that be to make it right somehow. The people are no longer intelligent. They have natural intelligence but haven’t achieved intelligence. They choose to let the government think for them; when a candidate says they will lower taxes and yet increase the government programs, they cheer. They do not think past the rhetoric and, they blindly follow, without question. When a candidate says they are for or against something, the people believe, even though the voting record proves otherwise. When a candidate promises something for nothing, the people do not stop to question the impossibility of such
a promise. The people are no longer aware. Most make their political choices without even having read the law of the land, the United States Constitution. Instead of guarding their heritage as Americans, they vote down party lines, pushed into fear of their vote being wasted. They count as true what is spoon-fed to them on the “news” and have no defense against the smorgasbord of misinformation because they have not educated themselves and have let themselves be led around by the whims of others. In doing so, they have enslaved themselves to their caretaker and the caretaker is now their master. I have a dream for people to wake up and gain their strength back. People who stand again on their own, proud to take back the power once relin-
quished to the government, driven to be independent. People who can count themselves equal to the patriots who built this country on their own sacriﬁce. People who realize it is time for a new patriot who loves their country enough to hold her accountable to the law of the land and relight the torch of Liberty. As a wise man once said, “The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility, and out of self interest, for himself, his family, and the future of his country, to resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means obedience to the state.” If you want to understand the Philosophy of Liberty and what it means to live in a Constitutional Republic, check these out: www.isil.org/ resources/introduction.swf, www.campaignforliberty.com/, www.cato.org/.
Apar tment 4008 on Wayne Street was inexplicably flooded this week. There’s nothing like not being able to escape the winter weather.
The Senior Gift Committee has graciously introduced the class of 2009’s legacy as a Mexican-themed restaurant. The eatery will surely test students’ bowels and Mercyhurst’s plumbing for generations to come.
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Men’s Hockey........................................................Jan. 9, L 2-1, Army Jan. 10, L 4-3, Army Women’s Hockey.........................................Jan. 10, W 8-1, Vermont Jan. 11, W 8-1, Vermont Men’s Basketball...............................Jan. 10, L 63-58, West Chester Jan. 11, W 70-66 OT, Millersville Women’s Basketball........................Jan. 10, W 77-67, West Chester Jan. 11, L 53-44, Millersville Wrestling.....................................Jan. 10, L 31-13, Central Oklahoma Jan. 10, W 25-7, Minnesota St.-Moorehead Jan 10, L 31-7, Nebraska-Omaha Jan. 10, W 26-18, Chadron St. Jan. 11, L 22-17, Upper Iowa We suggest heading over to the Mercyhurst Athletic Center tonight to check out the men’s basketball team as they take on PSAC West rival Slippery Rock in their ﬁrst ever PSAC West showdown. The Lakers are ranked No. 21 in the nation, and the game has been designated the “Lake Effect” event.
Starting PSAC at No. 21
By Gary Coad
Editors Game of the Week:
Lakers Sweep CHA Weekly Awards
After a weekend sweep of Vermont, three members of the Mercyhurst college women’s hockey team took home weekly College Hockey America awards. Junior captain Meghan Agosta took home Offensive Player of the Week while sophomore Melissa Lacroix took home Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Jess Jones received Rookie of the Week honors.
Two Lakers deemed Players to Watch for 2009
The American Baseball Coaches Association recently released its NCAA Division II All-America watch list for 2009 and two Lakers earned mention. Junior pitcher Steve Grife is on the “Players to Watch” list while freshman inﬁelder Ethan Santora is on the “Newcomers to Watch” list for the Atlantic Region.
The 2008 Don Hansen Football Gazette All-Region Team was announced Jan. 9 and four Mercyhurst College football players earned honors. Senior linebacker Jimmy Kokrak was the only Laker to be named to the Super Region 1 Second Team Selection. Senior running back, Richard Stokes, redshirt freshman offensive lineman, Dave Hetrick and redshirt freshman defensive end Zac Wild all earned Third team selections.
Football players earn post season honors
The Mercyhurst College men’s basketball team came out of the gate red hot, starting with an 11 game winning streak. This streak, which was snapped by West Chester in a 58-63 loss on Jan. 10, helped to propel the Lakers into the Division II polls at No. 21. The 11-0 start was the best in school history, with the previous record being a 9-0 start in the 1977-78 season. This ranking is the highest for the Lakers since the 1985-86 season when they got as high as No. 13 in the nation. If the Lakers continue in their winning ways, Head Coach Gary Manchel could reach 100 career wins at the helm of the Lakers by the end of the season. His record stands at 88-65 with 14 games remaining in the regular season. On Jan. 14, the Lakers will open up their long awaited Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West schedule against Slippery Rock University. Throughout the years, this match-up has been a fairly even one, with the Lakers holding a slight edge, winning
Sophomore Iddo Cohen (44) dunks the ball during the Lakers 63-58 loss to West Chester on Jan. 10.
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16 of the total 29 games. The Slippery Rock game, due to its timing and importance, has been designated one of the “Lake Effect” games by the college. This is an attempt to get more fans to attend the games,
so please help the team out by grabbing your friends, teachers, residence assistants, even that guy or girl you look at while you should be paying attention in class and come to the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The tip off is set for 7:30 p.m.
January 14, 2009
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Lakers swept by Black Knights:
By Brad Moehringer
Men’s hockey stumbles on national television
The setting seemed to be perfect for the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team. They were heading to West Point riding a ﬁve game winning streak against Army dating back to the 2006-07 season, and they were playing Saturday night in front of a national audience. But as the saying goes in sports, that’s why they play the game. The Lakers were swept by the Black Knights and now fall to 7-12-2 overall and 5-6-2 in Atlantic Hockey. Despite dominating the early going of the game on Friday night, the Lakers were unable to hold a lead. Midway through the ﬁrst period, sophomore Scott Pitt found the back of the net off a pass from sophomore Steve Cameron to give Mercyhurst the early 1-0 lead. The momentum swung early in the second period when Army scored on the powerplay just 20 seconds into the period to tie the game at one. The Black Knights took the lead for good just ﬁve minutes later picking up the win 2-1. Saturday night’s game was televised live on CBS College Sports, but unfortunately the outcome was the same. Freshman Derek Elliot, junior Chris Risi and freshman Phil Ginand lit the lamp for the Lakers as they attempted to battle back from a two-goal deﬁcit, but were unable pull out a victory. Senior Matt Lundin made 28 saves, but took in the loss. The Lakers now begin a nine game homestand starting this weekend when Atlantic Hockey Association foe Sacred Heart visits the Mercyhurst Ice Center for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
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January 14, 2009
Malmstrom; Sweden victorious over teammates
Four women’s hockey players compete in Europe
By Katie Waldin
As students and staff packed up their bags to return home to their families for the holiday season over winter break, four of Mercyhurst College’s ﬁnest women’s hockey players packed up their bags for a different reason. Junior Captain Megan Agosta, freshman Bailey Bram, sophomore Vicki Bendus and junior Johanna Malmstrom packed their bags and jetted off to Europe to compete in the 2009 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany during their time away from the ice at Mercyhurst College. A dynamic trio including Agosta, Bram and Bendus represented the Mercyhurst Lakers proudly as they competed together with the Canadian Women’s Under-22 Team. Malmstrom represented Team Sweden, where she would eventually play against her own Mercyhurst teammates in the championship game. Together, the four girls tore through teams from all over the world including
The women’s hockey team scores one of their eight goals against Vermont at the Mercyhurst Ice Center this past weekend. The Lakers picked up the win, 8-1.
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Finland, Russia and Germany to eventually lead to the ﬁnal match up against each other, where they would battle for the cup title. Agosta had three goals in the ﬁrst three games that Team Canada played while in Germany. Bendus came to the rescue with the game winning goal for Team Canada
against Germany Bram tallied three points with one goal and two assists. Together the trio led Team Canada to the cup championship where they looked to receive their seventh straight gold medal. Agosta came into the game having scored three goals previously in the tournament. Team Sweden did not seem
to slow Agosta down as she scored the ﬁrst goal of the championship game to give Team Canada the 1-0 lead. Team Sweden kicked back into gear as they pulled ahead scoring two goals to end up taking home the gold, ending the Canadian’s seven-year gold medal winning streak. Despite Team Canada’s
impressive 18-0 record during the four game tournament, they settled for silver as Team Sweden swept through to take the gold. Mercyhurst’s Malmstrom helped Team Sweden to their victory over Team Canada in the championship game while battling against her own college teammates. Despite tough competition against each other, the women have returned to Erie to once again play together representing the Mercyhurst Lakers. With the return of the four players from overseas as well as the rest of the team from the holidays, Mercyhurst took on Vermont on Saturday, Jan. 10, taking away an 8-1 victory. Standout Mercyhurst sophomore Jesse Scanzano scored her ﬁrst collegiate hattrick as Mercyhurst won their tenth straight game. The Lakers played Vermont again on Sunday and came out on top with the same score as the day before of 8-1. The Lakers have 11 straight wins and look to carry on the streak as they prepare for their next game on Friday, Jan. 16, in Connecticut.
Bench press challenge offers healthy competition
By Samantha Sellinger
If you are of a competitive nature and like to lift weights, then you may be interested in putting your muscles to the test in the Bench Press Strength Challenge! The competition, sponsored
by the Intramural Program at Mercyhurst College is open to all students, faculty and staff. If you are not a gym rat, don’t worry about keeping up with the big guys. There are seperate competitions for different weight classes, so everyone can participate and perform their best in a healthy environment.
For the winners of each weight class, there are more than just bragging rights at stake, as one of the prizes includes a $20 gift card to Best Buy. Registration is currently open. If interested in the challenge, contact the Assistant Intramural Director, Nola Hessom, by e-mail at nhes-
email@example.com. If you don’t sign-up, you will not be able to compete. Sign-ups end this Friday, Jan. 16, so decide soon if you are up to the competition! If there are not enough people signed up by the end of the day on Friday, then the event may be cancelled, so get all of your friends involved.
It will be more fun competing against people you know and work out with. For a complete list of rules, check out the signs around campus, your e-mail, the Tuesday Afternoon, or contact Hessom. If competing, be ready to weigh-in on Jan. 19, at 8:30 p.m. in the recreation center.
January 14, 2009
“Everyone on our team is deﬁnitely excited about joining the PSAC...I think it is going to be good, because hopefully it will bring more people to our games, since people are more likely to recognize the names of teams we are playing this year,” Prischak said. “I think Edinboro and Slippery Rock will be good games for us, especially with how close they are to Mercyhurst. Cal U and IUP are both really good teams too, so those should also be good games.” Sophomore Samantha Loadman is excited for PSAC conference play and likes how the Lakers had the ﬁrst part of their season to warm up for it. “I like that the ﬁrst half of our season we get to focus on working as a unit and becoming conﬁdent on the court, so in the second part of the season, when the conference games really count, we can just go for it,” Loadman said. The Lakers split their PSAC East crossover games this past weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 10, the Lakers defeated the Golden Rams of West Chester University 77-67 in the ﬁrst meeting between the two schools. Prizchak led Mercyhurst with 26 points, scoring 22 of those points in the second half. Sophomore Amy Achesinski added 18 points towards the victory. The Marauders of Millersville University handed Mercyhurst their ﬁrst home loss on Sunday, Jan. 11. The Lakers were unable to come back from a large early deﬁcit as they fell 53-44. Junior Jackie Artise led the Lakers with a season-high 12 points. Mercyhurst opens their PSAC West conference play today, Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center taking on Slippery Rock University.
Women’s basketball excited to start PSAC play
By Sarah Powell
The Mercyhurst College women’s basketball team is gearing up for their ﬁrst-ever Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West conference game. The Lakers are halfway through their season with an overall record of 6-7. The ﬁrst half was a test for the Lakers, playing two ranked Division II and one ranked Division I teams they are not used to competing against. Now that the Lakers are going into the second half of the season with all of the remaining games being PSAC West conference games, they will be more familiar with the teams they will be facing. Senior Stephanie Prischak shared her thoughts on joining the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
Freshman Megan Hoffman takes the ball down court at the women’s basketball game against West Chester.
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Club hockey stepping it up to make nationals
By Sarah Powell
The Mercyhurst College men’s club hockey team struggled through the month of December with a few tough losses. A nice two-week break seemed to be what they needed though, as the team came back full force after the winter break. The Lakers won their ﬁrst two games of 2009 this past weekend, defeating Duquesne University and Washington and Jefferson College. Despite the 2 hour trip turning into a 4 hour trip
because of the winter conditions, the No. 23 men’s club hockey team upset No. 15 Duquesne University on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Lakers ﬁnished with a 7-4 victory, despite being outshot by their opponent. After Saturday’s game, the Lakers traveled back home to Erie and were only at school for 10 hours before they were back on the road Sunday, Jan. 11 to play Washington & Jefferson College. All of the bus time seemed to have no effect on the Lakers however, as they handed Washington and Jefferson a devestating 5-1 loss. Junior Jeff Monnin led the
attack with two goals and one assist. Freshman Chad Thompson felt the entire team had a great weekend. “Everyone played really well, especially senior goaltender Adam Faulkner,” Thompson said. “He played unreal, and I would give him three thumbs up if I could.” Thompson was also impressed with the third and fourth lines. “They really stepped up producing goals and doing incredible penalty killing,” Thompson said. Monnin is happy about the weekend wins also and is
optimistic about the National Tournament. “Beating a No. 15 team and a weekend sweep will without a doubt help our chances for Nationals, just depends how much. Hopefully, we can continue our team effort,” Monnin said. The Lakers have 11 more games to jump into the top 16 in the National standings and are hoping to earn a spot in the 2009 American Collegiate Hockey Association Men’s Division I National Tournament. The tournament is hosted by John Caroll University and the Greater Cleveland Sport Commission.
It takes place at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio from Saturday, March 14, to Wednesday, March 18. The Lakers are back in action Thursday, Jan. 15, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center at 10:15 p.m. and are looking for another win to boost their national ranking.
Page 20 Junior Jordan Armstong reaches for a rebound during the men’s basketball game against West Chester. The Lakers lost the game 63-58.
Bring on the PSAC
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