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From Erie to Eire, Mercyhurst branches out
College plans branch campus in Ireland
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Senior lacrosse goalie Jason Lashomb convinced businesses to donate money to the local Make-A-Wish for every save he makes this season.
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Saving goals to help kids

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January 21, 2009

Gamble doesn’t gamble with college’s endowment
College confident after downturn in economy
By Casey Greene
Editor-in-chief With this year’s downturn in the economy, Mercyhurst College is doing its best to help students keep the financial worries at bay. “We strongly believe students should be able to continue their education based on their ability, not on their ability to pay,” Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble said. “It’s a commitment to make this possible.” Around 150 students did not return to Mercyhurst this fall, a slightly larger number than normal, Gamble said. “We had to make several adjustments in this year’s budget because more students were unable to return due to financial reasons,” he said. However, winter enrollment was strong. He said he believes the economy affected the “affordability or perceived affordability of Mercyhurst.” “One of the things we are trying to do is to put the word out about the many sources of financial aid the school is trying to make available.” Gamble said. The Board of Directors passed a request to set aside a $750,000 reserve fund to help students in financial need. This request came at the heels of the decrease in the endowment fund do to the economy. The endowment fund, comparable to a trust fund for the college, is comprised of donations and contributions made to Mercyhurst. “A certain portion of the endowment fund is distributed to the operating budget for additional financial aid and scholarship for students,” Gamble said. “When the endowment goes down, like it has after the recent downturn in the economy, there is an impact on how much can be distributed.” Vice President of Advancement Dr. David Livingston said the effects of the economy have not had drastic results on the fund. “In terms of our overall budget, the endowment spending represents about one percent of our overall budget...,” he said. “The economic downturn hurts us less than schools with large endowments like Harvard and Yale who are impacted much more.” Gamble also said the school is “more than able to make up for the loss” by relying on other sources of financial aid money such as the $750,000 reserve fund and the institutional budget, which has a large portion dedicated to helping students. Still, Gamble and Livingston are spending much of their weeks traveling the country fundraising. In addition to frequent trips to Cleveland, Buffalo and Pittsburgh, Gamble and Livingston travel to Chicago, D.C., Florida, California, Texas and Boston to meet with past and perspective donors and alums. “We remind them about the Mercyhurst story and about the benefits they’ve gained from their education at Mercyhurst,” Gamble said. “We ask them to give back and help out especially in these difficult times.” Gamble and Livingston agree fundraising has gone well. Mercyhurst raised $2.9 million this fiscal year, compared to just more than $1 million at the same time last year. Last year they raised just more than $2.4 million total. “Dr. Livingston and I are on track to have the best fundraising year at Mercyhurst,” Gamble said. In addition to meeting with perspective donors, Livingston said the school has increased its phone-a-thon efforts and has applied for more grants. “We were and still are concerned about the effects of the economy on our students’ and their parents’ ability to pay,” Gamble said. “We are focused on this issue and are doing our best to make sure students are here due to their abilities not their abilities to pay.”

’Hurst students donate blood to save lives in Erie

Dr. Gerard Tobin and members of the Mercyhurst College community donated blood on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Herrmann Student Union.
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January 21, 2009

stir fry, sloppy joes, buffalo wing dip, pepperoni bread, taco dip, chili, apple pie, Philadelphia chocolate swirl cheese cake and red velvet cake. Participants enjoyed the tasting with “half being completely consumed,” Harvey said. Senior Craig van Tassel said the benefits to participating in Taste or Waist are “A healthier lifestyle; health and wellness to the community, one step at a time.” Van Tassel and his partner senior Haley Brochu prepared chili. Junior Maria Sanita said she learned “how to make healthy meals healthier,” along with her partner, junior Sara Pati, who made stir fry. Junior Meghan Dwyer, who prepared cheese cake for the event, said, “Some desserts will never be really healthy, even if there is a lot less fat, there are still a lot of bad things [in the recipes].” Taste or Waist raised $125 for the Mercy Center for Women and received enough canned goods to fill a large box of donations, according to Betsy Frank in Human Resources. “They all commented on how great everything tasted and everyone loved the variety of the dishes,” Frank said. Almost 50 percent of the tasters said the healthier dish tasted better. Harvey said that just shows “That you can substitute healthier ingredients and many times not change the taste, texture, smell, or visual appeal.” To learn about future Taste or Waists or other healthy events, contact Betsy Frank in Human Resources, extension 2279 or Harvey, extension 3372.

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Taste or Waist 2009 shows healthy way
By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer Mercyhurst College’s 3rd annual Taste or Waist 2009 took place in the Herrmann Student Union on Wednesday, Jan. 14, where over 130 people attended. Although there was not the same rush there was last year, Professor Tim Harvey, who directed the event, said “the flow was steadier.” Students in Harvey’s nutrition class were challenged to make different dishes twice, substituting healthier ingredients in the second variation. Visitors were asked to say which dish tasted better. (The healthier choices for each dish are listed in the box on the page.) Some of the dishes included

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Seniors Haley Brochu and Craig van Tassel cooked chili together for this year’s Taste or Waist event.

Taste or Waist January 2009 Results:
Veggie Pizza A – (Healthy) 55% B – (Unhealthy) 45% Taco Dip A – (Unhealthy) 63% B – (Healthy) 37% Chili A – (Healthy) 64% B – (Unhealthy) 36% Parsnip Soup A – (Unhealthy) 61% B – (Healthy)39% Apple Pie A – (Unhealthy) 35% B – (Healthy)65% Buffalo Wing Dip A – (Unhealthy) 57% B – (Healthy) 43% Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake A – (Unhealthy)61% Corn Chowder B – (Healthy)39% A – (Unhealthy) 80% Pepperoni Bread B – (Healthy) 20% A – (Healthy) 50% Crock Pot Lasagna B – (Unhealthy) 50% A – (Unhealthy) 63% Chicken Tortellini Soup B – (Healthy)37% A – (Unhealthy) 46% Stir Fry B – (Healthy) 54% A – (Unhealthy) 72% Chicken Marsala B – (Healthy)28% A – (Unhealthy) 37% Sloppy Joes B – (Healthy) 63% A – (Healthy) 62% Pumpkin Roll B – (Unhealthy)38% A – (Unhealthy)58% Rhubarb Cake B – (Healthy)42% A – (Unhealthy) 53% Red Velvet Cake B – (Healthy)47% A – (Unhealthy) 41% B – (Healthy) 59%
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Total: Healthy Choices 47% Unhealthy Choices 53%

Various dishes prepared by students from Professor Tim Harvey’s nutrition class for Taste or Waist 2009.

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January 21, 2009

Mercyhurst goes Irish
By JoEllen Marsh
Managing editor
Erie’s sister city Dungarvan, Ireland, soon will be home to a new Mercyhurst College campus. According to Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble, the first Mercyhurst students will arrive for classes in spring 2010. Gamble said the new campus is part of the college’s strategic plan to increase student’s international exposure. “Students are in Europe; they’re in the European Union and they can go anywhere there,” he said Dr. David Livingston, vice president of advancement, and Dr. Heidi Hosey, director of international education, returned this week from a trip to Ireland where they met with officials and worked on details of the campus. “Dungarvan is a beautiful coastal town right on the ocean,” Livingston said. “It has great restaurants, a cinema that plays six movies, and beaches all within walking distance.” Before the college makes plans to build in Ireland, Mercyhurst professors will teach core classes in Dungarvan’s new community center. The college will lease townhouses from a local hotel to house students. The townhouses, each complete with a kitchen, living room and small backyard, will house four to five students each. The hotel will provide access to a swimming pool and workout facilities. Freshman Stephen Donohoe, whose hometown is approximately 60 miles from Dungarvan, said he is excited for students to experience the culture in Ireland. “It’s a great opportunity for American professors and stu-

Students and faculty help themselves to breakfast at the Mercyhurst College Heritage Room on Monday.

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Mercyhurst community enjoys break from classes on MLK Day

By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer

For the first time in the college’s history, students at Mercyhurst College celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a break from classes. Activities on and off campus were planned for the whole day, including the 6th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Breakfast, the 23rd Annual Memorial March and the 4th Annual MLK Reflection Reception. Although many students attended these events, there were many other activities students could choose to participate in, including sleeping in, relaxing, hanging out with

friends, working out at the gym, volunteering or catching up on homework, to name a few. “[I] slept until noon then studied for my senior seminar presentation,” senior Andrea Villela said. Sophomore James Davis said he “Started a new job at PJ’s Car Audio installing remote starts and stereos.” Junior Jacquelynne Brown had a busy schedule. “I went to the gym, had a meeting to plan Spring Fest and Spring Formal, went to Starbucks, had a couple meetings for MSG Events and then went on a date,” Brown said. Unlike Brown, there were students who preferred to use MLK Jr. Day as a breather.

“I went to the doctor to get a green cast on my arm because of some bruised MP joints,” freshman Adam Hausmann said. Junior Jacqueline Phillips, “Volunteered because that’s what Obama called on America to do.” Sophomores Michael Waid and Gerald Anderson caught up on their sleep, worked out and volunteered at Gliding Stars to help kids learn how to ice skate. No matter what students chose to do with their break from classes, it seems most used it wisely to help someone—be it another person or themselves, which is what King and Obama suggested.

dents to experience a different culture, as many students I know have never had the opportunity to travel outside America or Canada,” Donohoe said. “There’s so much students and professors alike could learn from spending a term there. They would have to get used to the fact of not finding a Wendy’s or McDonalds on every corner.” Dungarvan is located approximately an hour away from Cork, Ireland’s second largest city. Donohoe said Cork, home to University College Cork, is a student hotspot, with great bars and clubs as well as traditional Irish tourist spots. “There’s a good possibility I’d study abroad if there was a campus there as long as it wasn’t too expensive. At this point, I’d probably be more likely to go through the Mercyhurst campus because being on my own is really scary right now. Being able to go with my friends and take classes with professors I know would make it easier,” freshman Kelly Wilson said. Mercyhurst alumni John Melody and John Deasy have played major roles in bringing Mercyhurst to Ireland. Melody now works in the development office. Deasy is a member of the Irish Parliament and helped set up meetings and pushed the Irish government to assist the new campus financially, according to Gamble. Livingston said students will only have to pay modest fees, such as travel expenses, but these costs have not been set. “I studied in South America for a term when I was an undergraduate,” Livingston said. “It had a huge impact on my life. I completely believe in students spending time in other countries and other cultures... The campus in Ireland is a way to do it inexpensively.”

January 21, 2009


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Senior Gift Committee members and representatives

No more FYI for Class of ’13
By Kelly Luoma
Staff writer
The new dorm won’t be the only change for the incoming freshmen in the fall of 2009. A new program will replace Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) at Mercyhurst College. The FYI class underwent changes, because the college is “looking for a better way to engage the students,” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerard Tobin said. While many changes are being made, some of the events from this year’s FYI will remain the same. There will continue to be a service project for the freshmen to participate in during movein weekend. The introduction to the school’s mission, history and student activities continues to be a part of the students’ first weekend on campus. Instead of having events only on the weekend, there will be activities throughout the first week. Next year’s freshmen will move in on Saturday, Aug. 29. The events for the freshmen begin that evening and go through the following Friday. This will be known as Welcome Week. Welcome Week includes residence hall meetings that integrate student activities and allows them to be introduced in smaller groups, Tobin said. The meetings are meant to “better engage students in life outside of classes,” Tobin said. The new freshman dorm, which houses a little more than half of the incoming students, will be a good place for the residence hall meetings, because it has many common places to meet, Tobin said. The biggest change will be the actual class that is replacing the FYI class.

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Freshmen will register for one out of the four seminar classes available. This will be a four-credit class and lasts the duration of the trimester. The seminar classes fulfills a core requirement and includes normal class work including exams and papers, as well as a requirement for the students to be involved in a film series and the reading and discussion of an assigned book. The proposed classes are Citizenship and Social Change; Enduring Questions; Introduction to Sustainability Studies; and The Sacred and the Beautiful. The class meets three times a week. Two times a week the class will meet in sections that consist of 75 to 90 students; once a week the class convenes in a smaller group of students. Each seminar class will be team taught by three faculty members. One professor will teach at a time, but all three will be present during the class period. The faculty is made up of professors from different departments that teach core subjects. The goal for the seminar classes is “to get some of our best faculty to engage students in what they know best,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Phillip Belfiore said. The class will “expose students early to some really interesting learning experiences and some really good teachers,” Tobin said. The new seminar class will “engage students in life inside of class,” which is “critical to student success,” Tobin said. “The more quickly you become connected, the more apt you are to be happy.” There will be a meeting at the end of this week with all faculty members who will tentatively teach a seminar class to finalize the subjects and professors for the freshman seminar classes next fall.

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nationwide…at Mercyhurst not the most popular but it’s up there, with 30 to 40 students in each class,” Illingworth said. Mercyhurst has superior equipment and methodologies students cannot be exposed to anywhere else. Archaeology is a combination of several different fields of study, as some students have already found out. “I really like history and science, so archaeology seemed like the best choice,” senior Randy Tucker said. In order to major in archaeology it is beneficial to enjoy history, and although not required, it makes classes more interesting. “I’ve always been interested in the past and relations to people in the past…it’s also appealing to work outside and not in a

cubicle,” junior Zoey Alderman said. Senior Kristin Starke also loves history. She wants to “help write history and put more women in history.” Archaeology offers a wide range of jobs for those with an undergraduate or graduate degree in it. Most students go on to pursue a graduate degree, which is imperative “for a long term investment in the career,” Illingworth said. As for undergraduate jobs, Illingworth said there are numerous options, including ‘contract archaeology’, doing work for construction companies, being employed with the federal or state governments in relation to parks or reserves, or even museum work.

January 21, 2009

’Hurst renowned for archaeology Want to tell someone you
By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer Mercyhurst College’s Archaeology and Anthropology Department is often referred to as the best in North America. This is because of “the hands on experience [the program] offers…it has labs where students can examine fossils, hands on experiences out in the field and exposure to internationally known professors,” Professor Jeff Illingworth said. The groundwork for the program started in 1990. Archaeology officially became a major in 1991 and has been steadily increasing in popularity since. It is a major that is “consistent

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sor in the Mercyhurst College History Department and a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, talks about the ship in his history classes. “Dr. Belovarac also increased my interest with the ship from his stories from working on it and his historical knowledge of the ship. Before his class, I watched the History Channel and read about it, but hearing one of his lectures about the Brig and the Battle of Lake Erie is the best,” Wilkens said. Bill Welch, an instructor in the Intelligence Studies Department, has also been a very active volunteer in the past. “Talking to Mr. Welch about the ship is always a great conversation. He gave me a picture of the ship that was the only eyewitness rendering of it. It’s amazing! He also gave me a nail from the Brig. It is definitely one of those things that you look at and go ‘Wow!” Wilkens said. Welch has had connections to the ship for years. “I have been involved with the Brig Niagara since 1983. I had been interested in the ship since I was a 10-year-old boy, and maintained that interest over the years,” Welch said. “Most recently, I was president of the Flagship Niagara League, the organization that supports the museum and ship. For one summer, I was a volunteer sailor. I’ve been a guide at the ship and museum. I’ve also been the gift shop manager and the newsletter editor,” he said. He stepped down as president because of time issues. Regardless of their position at the Niagara, Wilkens and Welch have fond memories and fun stories to go along with their time spent there. “I’ve met a lot of people at the Brig through my tours from all over the world. I love being able to experience the ship with

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Touring Erie, learning history
By Emily Grabowski
Contributing writer Erie is a city that has a lot of interesting sightseeing opportunities. The bay front, Presque Isle and Waldameer Park are only some of places to go when visiting Erie. While most sightseeing activities are reserved for warm summer weather, the Erie Maritime Museum and the U.S. Brig Niagara are fascinating exhibits to visit, even during the frigid winter weather. Mercyhurst College senior Stephanie Wilkens is an enthusiastic volunteer tour guide at the museum and ship. “I started volunteering there last December. I had to do service learning hours, and I heard horror stories about the Boys and Girls Club, and I went through the packet and saw the Erie Maritime Museum was there. I had always had an interest in the navy and history. I knew that if I did anything with history I would be happy,” Wilkens said. “I have learned so much there. I think that understanding more about Oliver Hazard Perry has meant the most to me. He, as well as the brig, is my favorite part about Erie,” Wilkens said. In the 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, Perry took over command of the Brig Niagara and won at age 28. “I love to go to Presque Isle and look at the monument. I always take pictures whenever I go to the monument or the museum and even though the pictures are always of the same thing, I feel that the pictures just get better every time,” Wilkens said. Mercyhurst professors have strengthened Wilken’s interest in the Niagara. Dr. Allan Belovarac, profes-

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Senior Stephanie Wilkens stands in the rigging of a U.S. Brig Niagara at the Erie Maritime Museum.

them. Every time I give a tour and get on the ship it’s amazing. My favorite is to see a surprised face on a visitor, like ‘wow, can you believe they lived on this?’ It’s such a great place to visit,” Wilkens said. “I also love talking on my tours about how lucky Perry was – that always gets a surprised face. Also, terms that we use today that were used for slang is something always fun to talk about,” Wilkens said. Welch and Belovarac were volunteer sailors on the ship when it sailed in 1991. “One of the best summers of my life was the one I spent as a volunteer sailor,” Welch said. “I did so many cool things on the ship, got to know some very interesting people and learned from the inside what it is like to be a tall ship sailor.” Wilkens hopes to be a volunteer sailor one summer. “The sailors are really interesting people. They really love what

they do and you can tell. The same can be said for the guides. I can’t wait to do a day sail,” Wilkens said. What started out as a service learning experience has had a positive impact on Wilkens that she will remember for years to come. “I have a reputation on the cross country team for giving fun facts from the Brig and always finding a way to bring up the Brig in conversation. I have even received awards for it. I am the cross country 2008 miss Brig Niagara.” Wilkens said. “My room is plastered with the posters from there as well, so that just supports their point even more. Plus, I wear my “don’t give up the ship” shirt and fleece and carry a Brig Niagara bag all the time,” Wilkens said. For more information on the Erie Maritime Museum and the Brig Niagara, visit brigniagara. org.

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it wouldn’t be home for me. I graduated that spring with my degree in Religious Studies, and I’d come back in the fall for a quick student teaching before I’d finish my Social Studies Education Certificate. The year after graduation I saw a lot of job hunting and “You, Me, and Dupree”-esque languishing. However, I finally landed a great job (here is the surprise twist) with my religion degree! While everyone expected I’d get a teaching job first, I ended up taking over the Youth Ministry program at St. Jude Church a little over two years ago. I took the passion for social justice instilled in me during my time at Mercyhurst to my job. My youth group and I regularly work with the Erie City Mission and our local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. We’ve held a Dance for Darfur at the mall and raised over $2,000 for the UN’s work in Sudan as well as two charity Dodge ball Tournaments (with the third coming up in a couple of months) garnering just under $1,000 for local charities. Mercyhurst taught me the importance and joy of being a “life long learner.” A little over a year ago, I spent two weeks in England (with a tiny jaunt to Scotland). While there, I learned a few very important lessons. First, there is absolutely nothing cuter in this world than a girl with an English accent. Trust me on this. Second, I can die fulfilled now that I’ve walked across the “zebra crossing” at Abbey Road. It was a religious experience. Third, it is more fun to say “holiday” than “vacation.” Seriously. Try it. I could go on-and-on, but it’s enough to say it’s been an interesting and exciting few years since graduation.

January 21, 2009

Alumnus Miller believes home sweet ’Hurst
By Michael Miller
Contributing writer I vividly remember sitting on a bench in front of the Hirt building in the spring of 2005, after I had completed the last final exam of my undergraduate career and looking out at the campus. The moment seemed pregnant with importance as those sorts of moments usually do. For the past four years, Mercyhurst was home. And it was a great home. It gave me wonderful memories and treasured relationships I knew I’d take with me for the rest of my life. But still, the moment was tinged with sadness. While I was excited about what my future would hold, one thing seemed certain: Mercyhurst wasn’t going to be home much longer. At least Mercyhurst prepared me well for the world outside its walls, and I have never been part of an institution--before or since, academically or professionally-of which I was more proud. While I was right about that moment in front of Hurt three years ago being important, I was wrong about one thing. It turns out Mercyhurst is still home, even if I‘ve “moved away.” It always will be.

Mercyhurst alumnus Michael Miller still thinks of Erie as home.

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through the lens of a child’s eye, no matter how grand the scale or how blurry the picture may be. It reminds me of a lyric from a band I like called Bears. In the song “You Can Tell,” Charlie McArthur sings, “You must wonder what’s going through my mind besides the alphabet, counting to six, and prehistoric times…Adjusting to having to think about more than myself is not so simple for me, and I know you can tell.” The mind is active, even in a child who cannot count all the way to ten. We pass down simplistic answers to questions like, “Why are the workers on the farm wearing striped pajamas?” in an effort to somehow maintain innocence or quell curiosity, but we end up just fanning the flames. And on some level, we know

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we’re doing it. We aren’t surprised when the German adults give these overly simplistic answers to the boy, only to see him run off to the fence to find out for himself. We know it’s only a matter of time before he discovers the truth. It’s this delayed reaction, this subconscious understanding that allows us to emotionally invest ourselves in a film like this. Adjusting to being forced to think about more than yourself isn’t so simple, but when we do, we can appreciate things for what they are. “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” will be playing at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 2:15 and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students with student ID (one ticket per ID).

PAC to play ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’
By Mason Lorek
Staff writer If you’ve seen the poster or trailer for the film “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” you may feel like you have a pretty good idea of what the movie will be about. A large barbed wire fence separates a well-dressed boy from another whose head is shaved and who wears the black and white stripes of prison clothing. The two youths cannot be any older than eight, so the immediate thought is that the second boy is Jewish, and that this is a Holocaust film. This notion would be accurate, but only generally speaking, in the way that attending a university is about attaining a degree and starting a career.

‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas’ will play at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 2:15 and 8 p.m as part of the Guelcher Film Series.

The thoughts and emotions of those involved, the actual substance of the subject, is glossed over. This is more than just a Holocaust film. What sets it apart is the fact it’s shot from the mind set of a child.

It is made evident that as much as we struggle today as adults to understand how such a genocide was possible, it would have been nearly impossible for a child to comprehend it at the time. However, we are able to see more clearly and more simply

Petition asks Obama to name secretary of arts
By Kyle King
A & E editor Newly sworn in President of the United States Barack Obama has already admitted to an ambitious plan for his first 100 days in office. Some of his most pressing tasks include closing the prison at Guantanamo, restarting a faltering economy, averting multiple worldwide crises and restoring the reputation of America worldwide. Those in the arts community nationwide have an additional proposal for Obama: create a new cabinet position, secretary of the arts. The grass roots, petitionbased movement was supposedly started by Quincy Jones, the 75-year-old African-American musician and producer who goes by the sobriquet Q. Jones is well-known for producing Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” and producing and conducting the charity song “We Are the World.” As of Tuesday night, more than 161,000 signatures have been added. Additionally, a number of Facebook groups are dedicated to the cause. Signees are allowed to add written comments beside their signature. Many posters complain that other countries have Ministers of Culture and the Arts. One early signee wrote, “The arts elevate the human spirit to great heights. They are a true impression of the artist’s soul. They are certainly God-given gifts to make this world a more beautiful place.” Another later signee wrote, “The arts are the expression of a society’s soul.” Another signer also wrote, “Arts play a large role in the development of each and every person on this earth. Without proper funding, live performance will go silent.” Some signees signed and proposed particular candidates. Nominated names include trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and Jones himself. Obama clearly appears to be an advocate of the arts. During his inaugural ceremonies, he seemed contemplative and meditative during “Air and Simple Gifts,” a John Williams piece composed for the occasion and performed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, violinist Itzhak Perlman, pianist Gabriela Montero and clarinetist Anthony McGill. Obama commissioned poet Elizabeth Alexander to recite a poem written in commemoration of his historic inauguration. He became the fourth president to name a poet to read at an inauguration, following the lead of John F. Kennedy, who tapped Robert Frost. The present American poet

laurete is Californian Kay Ryan. For those interested in signing, the petition to name a Secretary of the Arts has been posted online at www.petitiononline. com/esnyc/petition.html.

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summit focusing on how to solve the new millennium’s most challenging problems and most gripping crises. The Wakan Foundation for the Arts had a five-person crew film more than 140 hours of footage of the event, which they turned into a full-length documentary. Harrison Ford provided narration of the week’s events, beginning with the group’s travels through India and arrival in Dharamsala, the Lama’s home. Also captured were feuds between featured participants and so-called silent observers. By the close of the summit, the group achieved a measure of synthesis. The group’s resolution resulted in the Lama considering their proposal to universally boycott

Chinese goods. Forsthoefel went on the trip as an observer and participated in small group breakout sessions. “I had a very good friend, Wayne Teasdale, with whom I shared similar experiences and values—travels to India, staying at the ashram of the late Benedictine monk, Bede Griffiths, and an appreciation for the importance and need for interfaith dialogue. He was a leading organizer of the conference and invited me to join,” Forsthoefel said. “There was actually some tension at the conference because of the two-tiered approach [of participants and observers], which seemed a bit hierarchical and lacking some spontaneity. But the tension itself was, in the end, good, as it provoked insight and clarity and appreciation,” Forsthoefel said. Forsthoefel was not working on a project at the time, but later completed “Soulsong,” a book on models of holiness, and used the Dalai Lama’s example to illustrate the “Holiness of Calm” and the path to meditation. His latest book, “The Dalai Lama: The Essential Writings,” was released last year and is a compilation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s most important and effective writings. Forsthoefel plans to use the book in his Buddhism courses at Mercyhurst. “It’s odd to say that I ‘met’ the Dalai Lama, because I did not enjoy formal introductions or simple conversation,” Forsthoefel said. “However, at the end of the

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conference, he received each of us personally, offering a blessing to us in the form of a kata, silk scarf. I must admit I did feel that I received a blessing, some grace from a holy presence. And that was special and mysterious, and I think has had an impact on me.” Darvich is currently touring the Northeast region promoting “Dalai Lama Renaissance.” The film has taken home a myriad of awards and praise, including 12 wins at film festivals worldwide and eight other official selections. The film plays at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 2:15 and 8 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students, $5 for adults and free to students with Mercyhurst ID.

Forsthoefel appears in ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance’
By Kyle King
A & E editor Mercyhurst College’s Religious Studies Department Chair Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel appears in this week’s Guelcher Film Series documentary, “Dalai Lama Renaissance.” Forsthoefel will introduce the film along with director Khashyar Darvich and field questions for Darvich after both sessions. “Dalai Lama Renaissance” centers around a group of 40 innovative thinkers, including artists, scholars, physicists, astronomers, business leaders, doctors and authors. The group was invited by the Dalai Lama of Tibet in 1999 to participate in a week-long

’Hurst sophomore works as Aware music rep
By Casey Harvilla
Contributing writer It would be an understatement to simply say I like music. As the proud owner of an iTunes library spanning 304.3 days, I honestly do not know what my life would be like without it. Almost three years ago, I found something that would not only aid, but also feed my music obsession. One day, as I was surfing the Internet trying to find some new music, I came across Aware Records, an independent record company based in Evanston, Ill. Aware’s mission as a record label is simply to find the best unsigned artists and bands in the country. As an independent label, Aware’s approach to marketing has always been grass roots and word-of-mouth. Aware made its name in the music business releasing compilation CDs in the 1990s. Aware artists and include posting flyers, handing out samplers and promoting at competing shows. In the past, Aware has done projects for Coldplay, Jason Mraz, Tyrone Wells and James Morrison. Being an Aware Aware Records made its name in the music business releasing compilation CDs in the 1990s and now has contracts through Columbia Records with Rep is pretty artists such as Five For Fighting, John Mayer, Mat Kearney and Train. amazing. Reps are involved in nearly every stage of artist Some of their early finds In 1994, one year after its included John Mayer, Train, Five creation, Aware founder Gregg development, from promoting For Fighting, Vertical Horizon, Latterman started the Aware shows and handing out samplers Matchbox 20, Hootie and the Rep Program as a way to involve to hosting CD listening parties and attending free concerts. Blowfish, Better Than Ezra, music fans in the industry. I have been an Aware Rep Edwin McCain and The Verve There are approximately 900 Pipe. reps across the U.S. and Canada, since March 2006 and I love Aware now has a separate located in both major and minor every minute of it. I have had the opportunity to management team, A Square, markets. The varied locations with a stable of recording artists of reps help Aware immensely promote bands at huge concerts as clientele, including The Fray with marketing projects. These (including free tickets!), sell and Liz Phair. projects are usually for non- merchandise at shows, meet and befriend amazing musicians and, best of all, watch unknown artists become respected in the music industry. Some bands I have worked with include The Working Title, Five for Fighting and The Heyday. These are just a few of the lesser-known bands who are affiliated with Aware. Bigger names such as John Mayer, The Fray and Motion City Soundtrack are also part of Aware Records. Reps usually receive advance copies of albums by these artists. Aside from the free swag and other perks of being a rep, my favorite part is connecting with reps across the country, finding out about other new bands through them and watching the independent music industry grow, one band at a time. For more information about Aware Records or to inquire about becoming an Aware Rep, you can visit their Web site,

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Other artists played with perspective even further, such as in an image by Vance Lupher in which the dancer appears to be swimming or leaping out of the canvas. The settings of the images vary as well, with dance shown in scenes ranging from the standard stage or a photography backdrop to the sands of Presque Sarah Mastrocola photo Isle. The paintings ‘Celebrate Dance’ includes both paintings and photography. The exhibit premiered Thursday, Jan. 15, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 1. in the collection are especially noticeable, because of their minority among the many photographs, and in some

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‘Celebrate Dance’ exhibit opens in Cummings
By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff Writer The Mercyhurst College Cummings Gallery is currently housing a display entitled “Celebrate Dance,” which exhibits works that show “the essence of dance captured in art.” Michael Fuhrman and John Vanco worked as curators for this special exhibit. Fuhrman is a Mercyhurst dance alumnus who now directs the Mary D’Angelo PAC, and Vanco is the director of the Erie Art Museum. The gallery reception for “Celebrate Dance” was held on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m. This reception involved an array of refreshments as well as the opportunity to view the art. The collection includes works by Erie artists Art Becker, Ed Bernik, Mark Fainstein, Rick Klein, Brad Lethaby and Vance Lupher, who also arranged and installed the exhibit. Works are included from the collection of Tauna Hunter, Dance Department Chair at Mercyhurst College, as well as from Mark Santillano, assistant professor of dance and codirector of modern dance company SoMar Dance Works, which is pictured in several of the displayed photographs. In addition, Art Therapy professor Cathlyn Hahn also loaned images for the gallery exhibit. “Celebrate Dance” consists primarily of photography, as well as a few paintings, lithographs and sculptures. Many of the photographs picture alumni and current students of the Dance Department, especially in the work of Rick Klein, who is frequently hired as a cases because of their large size. “Ballerina Tauna Hunter” by Andrew Burton pictures the Dance Chair in her former days as a ballet dancer, and “Dying Swan” by Brad Lethaby depicts the classic scene of the dying swan, a solo originally danced by famous ballerina Anna Pavlova in the 19th century. Sophomore Laura McCarty said of the exhibit, “The art work was very expressive.” “The art was visually appealing,” sophomore graphic design major Samantha Williams said. The Cummings Art Gallery is open for viewing Tuesday through Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursday 7 to 9 p.m. “Celebrate Dance” opened Thursday, Jan. 8. The display will be open through Sunday, Feb. 1.

Sophomore Ryan Lanzel looks at photography from the ‘Celebrate Dance’ exhibit at Cummings Gallery. Performing Arts Center director Michael Fuhrman and Erie Art Museum director John Vanco served as guest curators for the exhibit.
Scoot Williams photo

Where did Fastball go after 1997 without ever knowing the way? Since “All the Pain Money Can Buy” sold more than a million copies, they tumbled, much like the elderly couple about whom ‘The Way’ was written. Speaking of 90’s one-hit wonders, even the most discerning listeners would have problems naming this Scottish band, formed in 1980, as the authors of this song, also on their latest CD, ‘Hatful of Rain.’

Fastball “Our Misunderstanding”

Del Amitri “Roll on Me”

photographer for the Mercyhurst dancers. The Mercyhurst Liturgical Dance Ensemble and SoMar Dance Works, which include Mercyhurst student dancers, were featured within these photographs. Although most of the works capture moments from ballet and modern dance, and not other forms, still a good deal of variety is present within the

display. Some pieces show standard stage shots, while others were taken from backstage. Some artists made use of blurred images and silhouettes, while others went for a more straightforward depiction of the dancers. A few images capture only the feet of the dancers, while most include the whole scene of the dance.

The Thorns “Long Sweet Summer Night”
For those of you needing a pick-me-up from depressing wintry weather, check out this acoustic trio featuring Shawn Mullins, most known for “Lullaby,” Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge. The supergroup released only one CD, back in 2003. Also check out “No Blue Sky” and “Dragonfly.”

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

Jennings’ resolutions get feedback
For someone who brags so openly about her uniqueness, you sure do adhere to the “everpopular, ever-unoriginal” principle of conforming to nonconformity. I, as a Merciad reader, expect to read more in a college newspaper’s Arts and Entertainment section than a self-righteous rant from one of its staff writers (“Hazel Jennings makes A & E New Year’s resolutions,” Vol. 82, No. 12). Instead of alienating your readers by bragging about yourself, Ms. Jennings, why don’t you try actually writing about the cultural topics you claim to care about so much? Here’s a news flash for you, Merciad staff: People want to read about things with substance, things they can relate to. Audiences typically don’t want to be ostracized by some elitist braggart of a columnist who blabs about how great she is for nearly 500 words. I anticipate your criticism and would like to make it known that I do, indeed, appreciate sarcasm as much as the next thickrimmed glasses-wearing, indie rock-listening young adult. You write with a relatively amusing amount of flair, I’ll give you that. However, if you

readers share their thoughts.
want people actually to enjoy reading your stuff – keep your ego in check. Kryssy Smith

The Inbox: Where

Hazel fires back
By Hazel Jennings
Contributing writer The article was obviously a satiric jab at people who hold themselves to a ridiculous standard of underground culture pretension. I’m sorry you felt alienated, because you failed to recognize a humor piece. At least you have your thickrimmed glasses and indierock to make you an authority on nonconformity.

Students cure crises with nights out
By Jordan Zangaro Staff writer
Our world is in crisis. I have written many articles about the problems our society is facing and how we should approach and handle them. There are so many things causing anxiety to the point of collapsing. Alternative: Go to The Cornerstone on Wednesday nights. Don’t worry. I am 21 years old and I am allowed to be there. But let me tell you, there is not a problem in the world on Wednesday nights at Mercyhurst. Sitting around with your closest friends, knowing how difficult it would be to spend more than 10 dollars the entire night is just the start of it. Walking downstairs to the dance floor is probably one of the most intensely fun and exciting things awaiting most patrons. You see people you Why is it so fun? never expect, dancing in ways ing me) we tend to have some It is completely out of hilarious stories. you didn’t even think possible. But more than anything, our school persona. We are Letting loose of all the week’s stressors, people get so funky when I turn the last corner of all studious, responsible and with their dance moves you the staircase and hit the dance put-together girls. And really, cannot help but smile the entire time. When hits like “Thriller” or a classic from high school like “Air Force O n e s ” comes on, the crowd of slightlyintoxicated p e o p l e scream like Heather Donovan photo they’ve just Mercyhurst students posing during a night off from term stress and studying all won a milfloor on a Wednesday night, I we only hang out with each lion dollars. There is one group of people am positive I will see one of my other anyway. Maybe because of the I love to reference and write fantastic roommates breaking it down so hard sweat has slicked sweat issue. about in particular, and that But I assure you, for one night is my roommates. Living in back her previously beautiful hair. Or, “someone’s” pants rip a week, we are not worried about such close quarters with so money, the future, job opportumany girls (seven not includ- from dancing at 150 percent.

nities or how our time together is quickly dwindling. We aren’t worried the economy is failing or how older generations are constantly talking about how ridiculous our generation is becoming. For that night, and that night only, we are only making sure of one thing: We are making fools of ourselves and loving it. It makes a wonderful Thursday morning to discuss how ridiculous the night before was. We all take turns showering and putting ourselves back together so we can carry on with our week. But those nights are something I know you have all encountered. I missed out on those nights for a long time and encourage you all to let loose and embrace them. Because, even though you may wish you didn’t get kicked out of the bathroom after having a heart to heart with your roommate for two hours, you won’t ever regret the night or the memory.

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Making distinctions beyond color
By Thomas Kubica
Contributing writer Only in the land of the free did Americans have the opportunity to vote for an old white guy or a young black guy in the recent presidential election. Never have Americans had such a distinction in color and age to choose from. We were truly blessed with choice. Could anyone 200 years ago imagine we would have the option to either keep spending nearly a trillion dollars a year maintaining troops in 140 countries around the world, or bringing them home from Iraq so we would only have them in 139 countries? Oh man, I bet 200 years ago, no one would have ever thought, if we ever allowed the government to take 50 percent of our paychecks through one form or another of taxes, we could decide which class of people should get some of it back. We also had the unique opportunity to vote for a man who really understands economics. This one was a win-win. Obama understands deregulation caused our problems; had the government just regulated the banks more after it forced them to make loans to unqualified debtors, the housing market would have been fine. McCain understood you can’t promote a free-market system without catching the big boys when they fall. Even further, Americans had the opportunity to vote for a candidate that would solve all their problems. Whether it was the old white fart or the young black stud, no longer did Americans have to crumble from the burden of self-reliance and responsibility. No longer do we have the moral obligation to take care of our neighbors directly, for we can do it through an impersonal government institution. No longer will we have to worry about our neighbors getting ahead, for we can sit on the couch and let them get taxed to death while they try. Both the old white guy and the young black man have plans to solve our problems. So don’t worry. Stop trying to figure out how to live within your means. Stop working so hard to pay your bills. Stop worrying. Go buy some cool stuff on your credit card. Quit your job and stop paying the mortgage. When you can’t pay your credit cards and/or housing payments, Big Brother will be there to make sure the lenders don’t suffer the consequences of lending to you. Don’t feel bad. It’ll just mean a little higher tax to pay for more bailouts, maybe a little less freedom and possibly a little more government control of our lives. But, that’s a small price to pay to protect the American tradition of security first. With this kind of prospect for hope, no matter who won, I think Americans can officially say it really doesn’t matter if the president is black or white.

Hoping for a new approach
Obama in the Middle East
By Seth Hallam Staff writer
Israel really needs to leave Palestine alone. Think about it, if you were surrounded by people you hate, you would want to shoot rockets at them as well. Hopefully, the Obama administration brings change when dealing with Israel. Just because the Palestinians are viewed as inferior does not mean they are and shouldn’t be treated as such. The Obama administration should take note of the previous president’s administration. After WWII, the Jews came and took over their so-called “homeland.” The Palestinian people were ruthlessly shutantagonist of the Palestinians, will lead to less resentment from the Middle East towards the U.S. The U.S. treating Israel like the child that can do nothing wrong is, in itself, wrong. The new administration needs to view Israel, as it is, an overly aggressive nation, which feels no military Seth Halllam boundaries. The Obama bombing everyone administration can change this. they think is a harm The Palestinians should to them. continue as is; this situation is If they keep this up mentality attracting attention to the Middle it will lead to their end, and East, and making people think because of all the people Israel may just be using WWII who have vested interests in and the U.S. as a shield for their the situation, the world as we crimes against humanity. know it. Blowing up the U.N. office is Also, being a mediator, not a a perfect example. out. Now where should they go? The Israeli’s will continue to blow things up in Gaza as long as they have the support of the U.S. Israel needs to learn WWII isn’t a justification for

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Holiday Escaping a daily drone equality An out-of-the-ordinary pastime
By Amanda Valauri
News Editor

By Hayley O’Hare
Contributing writer

It’s clearly a coincidence Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and national celebration were the day before President Barack Obama was inaugurated. While this may be true, I feel we are overlooking some equal importance national holidays. Thinking about current events in our nation, I feel like we need to draw attention to equally important national holidays. Our nation is seeing big changes, but what about our veterans? Veterans of wars we study in history textbooks and veterans of our current war are arguably equally significant as a civil rights leader’s birthday. Without belittling the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I think it is important to not forget our vets. They symbolize a commitment to our daily freedoms and safety just as MLK symbolizes equality among races. I realize and acknowledge MLK’s symbolic significance, yet we are valuing the achievements of one man versus the contributions an entire sector of our society. Why is MLK day celebrated on the day of his birth? As national holidays go, the only other birthday we celebrate in that fashion is Christmas. (Feb. 16, is “Washington’s Birthday” as written in the United States Code, but nation wide it is celebrated as “Presidents Day.”) Are we holding MLK in such high esteem that not only is he more important than our veterans, but he is on the same level as Jesus Christ?

College students should read more. I know that sounds utterly ridiculous and you might want to throw your heaviest text book at me right now, but let me explain. With all of the assignments, papers, research and tests constantly running our lives, it is important to do something for our own personal entertainment. Of course, there are always the options of hanging out with friends, working out, watching movies and frequenting the

local bars. But why not stay in from the cold and curl up with a great book? I am in no way encouraging you to neglect the assignments from your professors; I am only presenting an alternative way to spend the leisure time you do have. A book can be something you carry with you and when the opportunity presents itself you can dive into the story as an escape from everyday life. Opportunistic times include: waiting for the bus, in between classes, traveling or something to help pass the time while biking your daily miles at the

gym. I can bet we have all been in the situation where waiting for something or someone can seem like a boring eternity. If you had a good book I am sure you would be thankful for the extra time to get a few pages read. Currently, my friends and I are reading the Twilight series and while some of us have finished the four books and others are just beginning the exciting story, it has given us something to talk about. Passing books from friend to friend and recommending them to each other can be fun and a way to share something other than the latest gossip.

Our nation’s first black president was sworn into office yesterday. Jan. 20, 2009, was not only a historical moment our children will surely ask about but the start of a new era.

Mascots causing concern for ethnic group representation
By Rhonda Marable Staff writer
So the picture staring back at me of a wide-grinned, bright red face with a feather attached to their head is apparently the cause of some controversy. I don’t see why though, I mean it’s just a cartoon, cartoons couldn’t possibly represent anything derogatory or defaming. It’s not as if those cartoons depicting Asians with squinty eyes and a long braid in their hair are really all racist. I mean that’s what Asians generally look like. But American Indian cartoons, what harm could those have? It’s just a mascot and symbol of a sports team. I don’t think Indians should be offended because I’m not offended, by the Patriot’s mascot and I consider myself patriotic. I think all the American Indians want is money; I mean they wait this whole time to complain about mascots when they didn’t say anything when they were first introduced. Who cares if they were introduced during a time when there was a lot of racism and nobody cared what they thought anyway? I mean we’re not racist now so what’s the problem? Do any of the above sentences make sense to any of you? I would hope they would sound incredibly stupid to everyone but sadly, these are some of the reasons I get as to why American Indian mascots aren’t racist. Trust me, there are many more reasons fans and nonfans alike defend the use of American Indian mascots. As I try to appeal to people’s reason I’m met with claims and very poor, erroneous excuses as to why these mascots are not a big deal. I know I can’t make anyone feel a certain way; but how can some of us not put ourselves in the shoes of those we’re mocking? Some people just don’t get it and continue on with claims like, “It wouldn’t bother me if there were a team called the Chicago Whities/Negroes/Beaners, I think it’d be funny.” Just because you’re not offended, doesn’t mean something isn’t offensive. And the poor excuses you come up with to avoid changing your attitude is one of the most pathetic ways to hide the fact you care little about the feelings of others or worse, are in fact, racist.

The now former President Bush will be vacating the White House, but an unlucky village will be getting their idiot back.

The ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world at 2012, a daunting thought considering the new year. We don’t know what’s uglier, apocalypse theories or the people who believe them.
Please e-mail any suggestions to The GB&U is a compilation of student opinions.

Barnett steps down as athletic director
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor Mercyhurst College Provost Dr. James Adovasio announced via e-mail Monday night that Craig Barnett has resigned his position as director of athletics. Barnett cited personal reasons for his resignation, according to a news release sent by the college. Adovasio announced that a national search will now begin to find Barnett’s replacement. Aaron Kemp, assistant athletic director, will take over Barnett’s duties on an interim basis with the help of Sara Headly, also an assistant athletic director. Barnett, originally from Oakville, ON, began his Mercyhurst career as assistant men’s hockey coach and ice center director from 1991-93. He then returned to Mercyhurst in 2006 as associate director of athletics before taking over as director of athletics for the past two years. Barnett’s career also includes a stint as director of athletics for NCAA Division III Becker College in Wochester, Mass. where he was also the men’s hockey coach. Barnett earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Plattsburgh State in New York and a masters degree in sports administration from Kent State. Barnett and his wife Andrea are the parents of three children.

Men’s Hockey........................................Jan. 16, W 2-1, Sacred Heart Jan. 17, W 7-0, Sacred Heart Women’s Hockey.......................Jan. 16, L 3-2, No. 10 Connecticut Jan. 17, W 5-2, No. 10 Connecticut Men’s Basketball..............................Jan. 14, L 68-53, Slippery Rock Jan. 17, L 59-48, Indiana (Pa.) Women’s Basketball.......................Jan. 14, W 80-66, Slippery Rock Jan. 17, L 74-56, Indiana (Pa.) Wrestling.............................................Jan. 17, L 31-6, Pitt-Johnstown

Editors Game of the Week:

This week we suggest heading over to the Mercyhurst College Ice Center on Friday and Saturday night as the men’s hockey team takes on Atlantic Hockey rival Connecticut. The Lakers are in the midst of a nine-game home stand and look to continue their two game winning streak this weekend. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.

Two Lakers take home Weekly AHA Awards

After a weekend sweep of Atlantic Hockey rival Sacred Heart two members of the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team took home weekly AHA awards. Sophomore Steve Cameron was named AHA Player of the Week and sophomore Ryan Zapolski was named AHA Goaltender of the Week.

Shields named PSAC Wrestler of the Week

Wrestling falls to Pitt Johnstown; Shields takes down No.1
By Samantha Sellinger
Sports editor

Sophomore Josh Shields of the Mercyhurst College wrestling team took home Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Wrestler of the Week. In Shields’ lone match of the week, he took down the No.-1 ranked wrestler in his weight class 7-0.

Mercyhurst College wrestler, sophomore Josh Shields has been busy making a name for himself this season and added an impressive win to his resume this past week. Shields defeated the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Division II No. 1 ranked wrestler, Kyle Keane from PittJohnstown, earning Shields the title of PSAC Wrestler of the Week at 165 lbs. No. 2 Shields, handed Keane a 7-0 shutout loss by holding a 4-0 lead after the first period and adding another takedown 15 seconds into the second

Ryan Zapolski-Men’s Hockey
Sophomore Josh Shields defeats the No.1-ranked wrestler in the nation at 165 lbs, Kyle Keane, on Jan. 17.
Scoot Williams photo

period for a 6-0 lead. Shields completed the shutout during the final stanza. Shields moved to 11-3 on the year and 8-2 in dual meets. Early in his career at Mercyhurst, Shields is proving to

be a powerhouse and can only improve as he gains age and experience. On Friday, the wrestling team will be back in action, competing in the East Region Dual meet in Laurinburg, N.C.

This sophomore goaltender picked up back-to-back wins over Sacred Heart on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 to earn our Athlete of the Week honors. Zapolski made 51 saves over the weekend to improve his record on the season to 7-2-2.

Achesinski, a sophomore, helped lead the Lakers to a 1-1 record over the weekend. She scored 16 points in a loss to IUP and 14 points against Slippery Rock to earn our AOTW honors.

Amy Achesinski-Women’s Basketball

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Lacrosse goaltender ‘Saves for Kids’
have, what pills to take next or suffer in anyway.” Sports editor He went on to explain he will do whatever it takes to raise money to help The bruises, aches and pains senior children forget about those worries for goalie Jason Lashomb will feel on the at least awhile. lacrosse field this season will now be Other Mercyhurst students appreciate accompanied by a sound – Cha-ching. Lashomb’s efforts. This season Lashomb decided to use “These children go through so much at his All-American talent to help make such a young age that they deserve all the the dreams of children come true. The happiness we can give them in their short goaltender from Rush, N.Y., created a period of time with us,” senior Jenna program through the local Make-A-Wish Barone said. “If Mercyhurst College can Foundation called “Saves for Kids.” give them one truly amazing day through The idea behind the program is simple: the Make-a-wish Foundation, it can give Lashomb wants to find local companies a child the hope and inspiration to live and individuals willing to donate money each day to its fullest.” based on the number of saves he makes Lashomb doesn’t plan on doing this this coming season. alone. He has asked teammates find The Make-A-Wish Foundation, for companies and individuals in Erie and in those who don’t know, is an organization their hometowns that would be willing to that grants terminally ill children the wish participate in the program. Lashomb’s of their choice. goal is to try and get small amounts of “Over the summer, I started thinking money from a large amount of people. of ways I could take my success and His teammates are happy to help. channel it into something that would “It’s cool to have a teammate who is benefit others,” Lashomb said. “Saves going out and extending what we do for Kids is a way for me to use my talent on the lacrosse field to help out the less in order to benefit a part of a young, sick fortunate in the community,” senior child’s life.” midfielder Mike Bartlett said. Lashomb began by working with Senior defender Tom Eighmey isn’t several members of Mercyhurst’s athletic surprised to hear about Lashomb’s Saves administration and Steve Zinram, who for Kids. in charge of Alumni Donations and “Jason is an outstanding lacrosse Development, as well as Jan Stork, a player, but even more important, is he local representative of the Make-A-Wish is an outstanding person,” Eighmey Foundation. Together they brainstormed said. “Jason always looks to give back ways to use his to anybody and talent to benefit everybody To be able to give just a others and that he can. I Saves for Kids little bit back by playing the think that this was born. Saves for Kids sport I love is truly what I “As an program is a education major, hope I can accomplish with great idea.” I really wanted There are two this program. to gear this ways to donate Jason Lashomb to Saves for toward children, and I think the Kids, Lashomb Make-A-Wish Foundation was a great explained. The first is a “per save avenue for that,” Lashomb said. amount,” which means the company or Lashomb said he believes children individual can agree on an amount to pay should never have to worry about “the for each save Lashomb makes during the next form of treatment they‘re going to season. Companies or individuals can

Jason Lashomb dedicates season’s saves to Make-A-Wish
By Brad Moehringer

Senior goaltender Jason Lashomb is teaming up with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation to help terminally ill children in the Erie community.

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also agree to simply give a donation to the cause. All the money raised will go directly to the local Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania to sponsor a child’s wish. The average wish costs around $3,500, and Lashomb is still looking for sponsors to participate in his Saves for Kids program. “I feel very grateful and fortunate for what I have in my life,” Lashomb said. “To be able to give just a little bit back by playing the sport I love is truly what I hope I can accomplish with this program.” Senior Margaux Valenti said she is impressed with Lashomb’s dedication. “I think it is absolutely wonderful

that an athlete is getting involved with the community on a personal level,” she said. “It is truly a beautiful initiative on his part.” All the money donated through “Saves for Kids” is tax-deductible and signing up requires only a few minutes to fill out a form. As of right now, Lashomb said he has many individuals lined up to donate money. However, the only company currently on board is PAETEC, a communications company in Rochester N.Y. who has donated $500. Anyone interested in participating in Saves for Kids and helping Lashomb make a child’s dream come true can contact him at for a donation form.

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Lashomb uses talent in the goal to benefit others

Senior lacrosse goalie Jason Lashomb is using his talent in the net to benefit terminally ill children. Lashomb, in partnership with the local Make-A-Wish Foundation, is finding sponsors to donate money to the organization for every save he makes this season. If interested, contact Lashomb at jlasho40@ for a donation form.

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Sports are the extension of the warrior into civilization, evolving from the gladiators that entertained the ancient world. As fans, we invest ourselves into the team, we attach ourselves to that team and often refer to it as though we were a part. The team represents us, represents our home cities, and ideally, through their team mentalities and play style, are representative of ourselves. What physically connects us to that team most, though, is the jersey. When we wear a team’s jersey, we broadcast our attachment to a team. We enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow fans and loathe the jeers from the fans of rival teams. We suddenly become part of a larger family, accepted into a fan base, sometimes a nation of people who come together over this one commonality. That jersey is our direct connection to the team. Indeed, it is the team. If the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns traded rosters, straight up every player for every player, I would root for whoever is in the Steelers jersey. Players come and go, but the jersey is forever. So why do I wear the jersey? Why so many? Aside from making me unique and being my calling card, the jersey represents so much. Every jersey holds a meaning to somebody, a memory of cheering that team on or being beaten by the team wearing that jersey oh so often. Perhaps it is a player, sometimes forgotten, sometimes beloved, and the memories

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Mercyhurst’s ‘Hockey Jersey Guy’ speaks out
By John Baranowski
Staff writer In my first article, I figure I did not want to step on toes and to instead start off with a topic which I can really sink my teeth into. I’m the hockey jersey guy. Aside from being a scholar of jerseys, I own 80, and consider myself a bit of an expert on the subject. The question I most often hear is: Why? people associate with the player. For me, being a history major, every jersey is a history lesson. Some team wore that jersey in the past, and did something great, or something terrible, but never should be forgotten. Every jersey, and every change to a team’s jersey, is a snapshot, a time capsule of an era, and therefore a connection to another time. So why do I do it? I want to revive those memories, to add to them and to make sure that they never die.

Women’s hockey looks to nationals
By Katie Waldin
Staff writer Ranked No. 4 in the nation, the Mercyhurst College women’s hockey team is working one game at a time to trample the competition as they work their way towards the national tournament at the conclusion of this years season. Although their 11 game winning streak came to an end this past weekend against the University of Connecticut on Friday evening (a 3-2 loss), the Mercyhurst Lakers jumped right back on board to crush their rivals on Saturday night 5-2. Despite the loss to the Huskies, the Lakers are still on top of their game. Over the course of the year, many players from Mercyhurst are acknowledged with awards, titles and recognitions that are well deserved by many different organizations. For the first time this season, the Lakers swept the College Hockey America (CHA) weekly awards for best offensive, best defensive and best rookie of the week within the league. Freshmen Jess Jones from Picton, ON earned the Rookie of the Week for the CHA. Sophomore Melissa Lacroix of Penetanguishene, ON won the Defensive Player of the Week, while junior Meghan Agosta from Ruthven, ON was named the Offensive Player of the Week. Sweeping the CHA awards is an honor for the Mercyhurst Lakers and truly shows the league how many talented athletes are on the ice representing Mercyhurst. With 20 top notch athletes performing at their peak performance, the women’s team has no where to go but up. As the team molds together and the season moves forward, the Lakers are pushing ahead looking to win a national title in the 2008-09 season.

Women’s basketball starting strong
By Sarah Powell
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College women’s basketball team came out strong in their first ever Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West conference game on Wednesday, Jan. 14. They defeated Slippery Rock University 80-66. The win over The Rock was a combined team effort with points coming from multiple players. Senior Stephanie Prischak continued to be an offensive powerhouse leading the Lakers with 21 points, while sophomore Amy Achesinski scored 14 points and shot 4-for-4 from the line. Freshman Megan Hoffman stepped up, making her first career start and leading the Lakers with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Hoffman also contributed eight points with all of her game statistics being career highs. Junior Jackie Artise continued her scoring sucess from outside, netting three three-pointers and scoring all four free throws, finishing with a season-high 13 points. Sophomore Samantha Loadman contributed 10 points, including two three-pointers and three assists. Freshman Abby Allen scored a career-high seven points and juniors Lindsay Whipkey and Stevie Spetoskey finished out the scoring with four points apiece. After winning big over The Rock, the Lakers headed to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to take on the No. 12 Crimson Hawks on Saturday, Jan. 17. Despite all of the hard work Mercyhurst put into the second half, they were unable to close the scoring gap created in the first half of play. Hoffman looks forward to the rematch between the two teams. “I feel as though we didn’t come out to play in the first half,” Hoffman said. “If we would have played the first half the way we played the second half, it would have been a totally different ball game. IUP is a ranked team and is a very good team as well; however, I feel that it’ll be a different game the next time we play them at home.” The 74-56 loss was the Lakers first PSAC West loss and now sits them at a 1-1 record in PSAC play and 7-8 overall. Although the Lakers have had some unfortunate losses this season, Mercyhurst has won seven out of 14 games, equaling its win total from 2007-08 season. Many of the players are improving each game, posting game-high and career-high records. Prischak scored 983 points in 80 career games and is closing in on 1,000 career points. The Lakers are back on the court tonight, Wednesday, Jan. 21, playing cross-town rivals, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, at Edinboro. Tip off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and the Lakers hope to pick up the win.

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on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17. Friday night’s game was a defensive battle with plenty of hard hitting and physical play to keep the fans entertained. Sophomore Scott Pitt started the scoring for the Lakers in the first period off a pass from senior Matt Pierce. Sophomore Jeff Terminisi picked up an assist on the goal. The score remained 1-0 until the second period when junior Chris Risi

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Cameron helps men’s hockey get back on track
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor The friendly confines of the Mercyhurst College Ice Center seem to be just what the men’s hockey team needed to get back on track. After getting swept last weekend by Atlantic Hockey foe Army, the Lakers returned home for another pair of conference games against Sacred Heart

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Junior Chris Risi scores a goal against Sacred Heart at the men’s hockey game this past weekend.

Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Zapolski protects the puck behind the net against Sacred Heart this past weekend.

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lit the lamp thanks to assists from senior Brett Robinson and sophomore goaltender Ryan Zapolski. Two goals was all the offensive support Zapolski needed as he made 30 saves and was just 53 seconds short of a shutout, but still picked up the win. Saturday night’s game was a one sided affair headlined by sophomore Steve Cameron. Cameron picked apart the Sacred Heart defense and found the back of the net four consecutive times. Cameron leads the Lakers with 15 goals and 16 assists on the season. Sophomore Mike Gurtler added two

goals and, sophomore Scott Pitt capped off the scoring with his tenth goal of the season to defeat the Pioneers 7-0. Zapolski got the nod on Saturday in goal, and he was solid once again securing his seventh win of the season and first shutout of the year. Mercyhurst now stands at 9-12-2 overall and 7-6-2 in the conference. The Lakers continue their nine-game home stand this weekend with a pair of games against the University of Connecticut Huskies. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. for Friday and Saturday games at the Mercyhurst College Ice Center.

Men’s basketball cools down after sizzling start
By Gary Coad
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College men’s basketball team cooled off quickly after a smoking hot start earlier this season. The Lakers, who started off the season on an 11 game winning streak, have lost three of their last four games, including two losses on their home court. This cold streak comes at a pivotal point of the season, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) regular season. The Lakers are now 0-2 in the PSAC with losses to Slippery Rock University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A lack of rebounding in the Slippery Rock game led to the loss, as the Lakers were out rebounded 41 to 27. During the IUP game there was a clear lack of offense, as the Lakers were held without a basket for just under 10 minutes in the second half. These two events proved to be the key in the respective games. Possibly even worse news is the Lakers were held to a season low of 53 points by Slippery Rock. The Lakers set the season low to 48 against IUP during the next game. While this might sound like bad news, the Lakers have a chance to bounce back with a win coming up this week against cross town rival Edinboro University. The Lakers will be looking to get into their previous form and get back to their old winning ways. The Lakers are 12-3 on the season.
Junior Neil Graham (24) levels a Sacred Heart Pioneer on Jan. 16.

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