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McDonald’s wins ’Hurst food contract!

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Vol.82, No.17/4.1.09/Free

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Mercyhurst College will switch food services in September, awarding the entire food service contract to McDonald’s Restaurants Corporation, The Merciad has learned exclusively. A source close to the top of the college administration told The Merciad that McDonald’s has created a new College/Institutional Foods Division and has selected Mercyhurst to be its first endeavor in that market. “They want to show the world the things they can do for a college and they like the idea of doing this to Mercyhurst,” the source said Tuesday. One of the immediate impacts is that Mercyhurst will now have a Chicken Tenders Bar and it will be open 22 hours a day. The source said it will have to be closed from noon to 2 p.m. each day so the McDonald’s staff can reload the Chicken Tenders Production Device. “We explained that students like to eat at those hours, but they then knocked another $200,000

from the price. Tough to beat in these times,” the source told The Merciad. As it is now planned, McDonald’s will convert the Egan Dining Hall into a Fast Service Operations Area. Students will come in, order not only from a typical McDonald’s menu, but also from a Green McDonald’s menu -- all food that is environemtnally approved by the Green Foods Union (GFU). Everything will be organic and grown within 10 miles of campus. I f it is not grown here, it will not be served. “No orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate or .. well, .. lots of stuff,” the source quipped. The Laker Inn will change, too. Now it will be McLakers. The McLakers will offer fastcooked, wholesome food such as grilled chicken, grilled burgers, grilled sausage, grilled tofu burgers and grilled peppers. Water will be offered. “It’s kind of a limited menu, but we will save lots of money with this,” the administration source said.

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April 1, 2009

Mercyhurst chooses Parkhurst
By Casey Greene
Contributing writer Two ’Hursts are joining forces to provide Mercyhurst College students with the best possible oncampus dining experiences. Mercyhurst chose Parkhurst Dining Services to provide the college’s food services beginning in fall 2009. “We chose Parkhurst because of their outstanding food quality and emphasis on sustainability,” Coordinator of Student Life Joe Howard said. “They really emphasize healthy, fresh and locally grown foods.” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said he was impressed with the freshness of the food Parkhurst offers. “The meat is never frozen and many of the foods are made from scratch,” he said. “This means there will be less processed foods served.” Tobin and Howard emphasized the commitment of Mercyhurst Student Government President Christina Coovert and Senator Trey Zeluff, both seniors, in choosing a food service provider. “Parkhurst had it all,” Coovert said. “The other food service finalists had one aspect they did really well, for example Chartwells had an appeal marketing program and AVI’s values were very similar to Mercyhurst’s and Sodexo had interesting plans for renovations, but Parkhurst was able to bring it all.” Zeluff said Parkhurst “made a proposal that represented a major change from our current services while also being financially viable for the college and the students.” In addition to many new additions and changes to Mercyhurst dining, students also get an off-campus bonus. “Students will receive a 20 percent discount at both Erie Eat’n Parks when they show their IDs,” Tobin said. Many changes will take place on campus but some things will stay the same, Tobin said. “Even though Parkhurst will replace Sodexo, students will see many familiar faces working in dining services,” Tobin said. While Sodexo is the food provider until July 27, Howard said Parkhurst will soon begin working on their plan for Mercyhurst’s dining services. Still, Coovert is confident in the changes that will take place. “Overall a lot of positive changes will be made and I have a feeling students are going to be excited about them – going to eat on campus is something students will look forward too,” she said. “I’m jealous I’m graduating and won’t be around to enjoy it.”

Below are a few examples of the many new dining features Parkhurst will bring to Mercyhurst
HEMISFLAVORS
Hemisflavors will help Parkhurst introduce students to authentic world cuisine. The station showcases a variety of flavors and culinary techniques from around the globe. Parkhurst’s executive chefs follow authentic preparation methods to create dishes that maintain the integrity the region’s food. India, Mexico, Greece and Thailand are some primary regions focused on in Hemisflavors.

SUSHI BAR
No more driving to Aoyama or Wegman’s - Parkhurst will bring Sushi to Mercyhurst. The company prepares their sushi on-site in order to guarantee freshness and quality. Maki rolls, temaki, sushi and sashimi will all be provided as part of the Parkhurst’s sushi selection. Students can expect both raw and cooked sushi and a variety of options to choose from.

Parkhurst’s Creation Station will give students a chance to order custom desserts. Howard compared the station to Cold Stone Creamery. Parkhurst will join Hershey’s Ice Cream to provide students with premium hand-dipped ice cream as well as milkshakes, floats and sundaes. Butterfinger, Gummy Bears, M&M’s, Nerds and marshmellows are just some of the mixins that will be available.

CREATION STATION

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“The great thing is that Parkhurst’s food actually looks like it does in the pictures,” Howard said.

Just kidding! The staff of The Merciad wanted to have a little fun. McDonald’s is NOT the 2009 food service provider. Read on to find out which company really is.

April Fool!

Whose cuisine reigned supreme?
Find out which food service company Mercyhurst really chose.
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April 1, 2009

Seniors take siesta on senior gift fiesta
By Casey Greene
Editor-in-chief It seems seniors are snoozing on the Class of 2009’s senior gift fiesta. While this year’s Senior Gift Steering Committee predicted fund raising to be a fiesta, it’s turned out to be a siesta. The committee worked for almost a year to develop, organize and implement this year’s gift. In early fall, with the help of Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble, the committee was able to c h o o s e the 2009 legacy gift: a Mexicant h e m e d restaurant to be located in the bottom of the Herrmann Student Union. Steering Committee Chair, Hilary Hancock expected fund raising for such an exciting gift to go smoothly, but she said it’s been tough. “We thought Mercyhurst students would be very enthusiastic about a new restaurant as one of the most common complaints on college campuses regards the lack of food variety,” Hancock said. “The new restaurant will hopefully lessen these complaints, as it will bring change, a new place to eat, add a larger selection of food and fresh, healthy food at that.” While last year’s senior class raised more than $20,000, this year’s fund raising has been difficult. “The student support and enthusiasm the Steering Committee anticipated has just not been there,” she said. The 2009 Steering Committee’s ambitious goal of $25,000 has recently been lowered in response to the lack of senior donations.” The Steering Committee has decided, although it would be great to raise $25,000 … it is a little out of reach for this year,” Hancock said. The new goal is $15,000 to $20,000. To date, the Senior Class of 2009 has only donated around $10,000. Lauren Weisser, fundraiser for the education department, said she believes the lack of support is due to the economic situation. “The economic situation is terrible and people feel they have already paid so much to go to school here so I think that is making it challenging for some students to be able to donate,” Weisser said. Weisser said she believes students may misunderstand the format of the new dining area as well. “I think people have misunderstood the layout and concept of the “restaurant,” she said. “It is not going to be a sit-down restaurant but rather something like a Chipotle or Moe’s. It will be a made-to-order type of place. So many of us drive out to Moe’s so what better than to have one on campus.” Hancock also compared the new restaurant to Moe’s, Chipotle and Baja Fresh. “Students will be able to walk up and choose the fresh ingredients they would like in their burrito, taco, rice bowl, etc.,” she said. “All of the food will be prepared in front of the students and the restaurant will have a very interactive atmosphere.” Still, the Steering Committee is working hard to continue raising funds. Recently donation requests went out to parents and several events are planned for the remainder of the year. “The Steering Committee hopes … the Senior Class of 2009 will step-up their enthusiasm and help us reach our goal so we can leave behind a legacy that all students will benefit from,” Hancock said. “Come on, what senior would not have wanted another place to eat on campus during our four years?”

Senior Gift Committee Members and Representatives
Adviser: Cathy Anderson Steering Committee Chair: Hilary Hancock Members: 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 McClellan Alexis Dzubak Behavior Sciences & Education: Lauren Weisser Katie Wootton Business & Communication Haylie Starin Heather Schwager Becky Hohmann Social Science: Liz Gutoskey Stephanie Wilkens Ryan McCartney

Arts & Humanities: Sarah Ross Marie Skidmore

Seniors interested in donating or getting involved should contact any of the students above.

Now that Mercyhurst has chosen Parkhurst as its food service provider, the Steering Committee will soon be announcing exciting news about this year’s Mexican-themed restaurant. Keep reading The Merciad to get the latest news!

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April 1, 2009
per student per term and the student with their own room pays $1,932 per term. Decreased enrollment with the poor economy to blame is part of the reason for the new housing policy. “Upperclassman housing was filled to capacity for a number of years and we were unable to offer an alternate to traditional quad housing, outside of the townhouses,” Associate Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct Alice Agnew said. “As the enrollment numbers have changed and we see that triples can be an option for many students, we have chosen to make that the standard option.” Agnew is confident that students will be pleased with the change. “The price for a triple has gone down for the 2009-10 aca-

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demic year. As a result I feel students will be excited by the idea of having more space to live, all while paying only $100 more a term for that space,” she said. “A few years ago we had such a demand for triple housing that we had to turn people down, so my experience shows me that the student body has a history of embracing the option when it is offered.” Residence Life anticipates a smooth transition to triples, hoping the option is not too attractive. “The only problem I could foresee is that everyone will want a triple and we still have other options that will require our students to remain in four, five or six person groups in Wayne Street, Duval Apartments or the townhouses,” Agnew said. The Lewis, E. 41st Street and Warde Townhouses remain four, five and six person housing. The Wayne Street and Duval Apartments remain quads. Wayne is priced at $1,859 per student per term and Duval at $1,722 per student per term. Students who planned to live

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in a quad on Briggs or Lewis Avenues still have that option. These are priced at $1,617 per student per term. Students in search of roommates should attend the meeting in Sullivan 2 at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14.

Big changes under way for ’Hurst housing
By Amanda Valauri
News editor Students worried about the roommate battle for the “big room” may find themselves doing just the opposite in the fall. The new dorm construction has opened up many options for student housing on campus. Triples in the Briggs and Lewis Avenue apartment buildings are one of the changes. The tworoom apartments feature the soon-to-be highly coveted small room, which is for one person. There are two cost options for these apartments. In option A, students equally split housing charges of $1,722 per student per term. In option B, the two students sharing the big room pay $1,617

Procedure for the housing sign-up process:
1. Students select their roommates for the following year 2. Students pick up a housing packet starting on Wednesday, April 1 3. The group of roommates submits the completed housing packet by Thursday, April 23 4. The group leader draws the lottery ticket to determine the group’s place in the housing lottery

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Global Issues Forum informs students about human rights
By JoEllen Marsh
Managing editor The Global Issues Forum at Mercyhurst College sponsored a Human Rights Watch luncheon on Wednesday, March 25. Anna Dolidze, the speaker, gave firsthand accounts of human rights conditions in Uzbekistan, having returned from a two-week research trip just days before the luncheon. “One of the problems we have in Erie is there is not enough information about what’s going on in the world,” program coordinator Corinne Egan said. Dolidze and her husband Irakli Kakabadze, both from Georgia, spoke at Mercyhurst in November about the conflict in the Caucasus. Dolidze and Kakabadze were at Mercyhurst through the auspices of Scholars At Risk, a program at New York University that helps professors and scholars who have been exiled from their home countries. Dolidze has acted as a fellow consultant for Human Rights Watch in Uzbekistan since the permanent researchers were forced to evacuate. Child labor, religious persecution and the ejection of United States human rights workers from Uzbekistan are some of the issues Dolidze discussed. “With the state of affairs and the economy, these concerns are legitimate for the United States,” Dolidze said. Kakabadze spoke about taking an educational and spiritual-based response to terrorism. “The biggest problem is ideological: Who wins the hearts and minds of those Afghans and Pakistanis? We are not reaching them,” Kakabadze said. Kakabadze is a professor who specializes in conflict resolution at Cornell University and has published many articles about democratic reform. Approximately 40 people attended the presentation, only three of them students. Egan hopes more students come to future Global Issues Forum luncheons. Pakistani writer Arif Jamal will speak at Mercyhurst on April 30, and on May 7 Holocaust survivor Leo Bretholz will speak about his memoir, “Leap Into Darkness.”

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News
Residence Life. Weather, again, is a factor here. “In September we have incoming freshmen and returning sophomores who have this new found freedom and with nice weather we find a higher incident rate,” Agnew said. Students transitioning out of their parent’s house and out of the heavily monitored freshman dorms take advantage of their new freedoms in the first month of school. Working together Not all conduct incidents require help from Police and Safety. “I think over the last couple of years the RAs and the AD staff has handled a lot of the incidents in house,” Chief of Mercyhurst College Police and Safety Ken Sidun said. “Our role is when the RAs and ADs can’t handle it they call us and we take charge of that.” Residence Life and Police and Safety both agree they mutually cooperate with each other. “It’s a good working relationship and since Laura Zirkle came on board and took over as director of res life it really has improved a lot,” Sidun said. Senior residence assistant Ashley Pizzuto said, “I think it’s a really strong relationship [between Res Life and Police and Safety]. When I’ve needed them they have come right away and they’re always there for us.” Respect the badge While Sidun and Platz agree Residence

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Weather pending: Erie climate impacts student conduct
By Amanda Valauri
News editor The Police Log is a highly anticipated part of each Merciad issue. Readers may have noticed a lack in this reporting over winter term. This is not because students weren’t getting into mischief. Winter hibernation Associate Director of Residence Life and Student Conduct Alice Agnew said weather plays a part in the number of incident reports. “When it’s 12 degrees in the winter and you get off the bus, you make a Beeline for your apartments whereas in September you may stop by at a party before heading home,” Agnew said. Weather is only one of the factors for the decrees in incident reports during winter term. Officer Matthew Platz noted an increase in experience among the RA staff as another factor. “In my five years here I have seen RA training improve greatly,” Platz said. “They are definitely more prepared to deal with incidents which may account for why we are having so much less called into us because they have taken care of it.” Fall term freedom On the flip side, fall term has the highest number of incidents with 247 according to

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This graph shows the number of incidents Police and Safety have responded to with spikes during spring and fall.

Life, RAs in particular, is more self-sufficient than ever, there are still times when they are needed. “Sometimes we are one officer and if you walk into a building with five or six unruly students that you realize that one person is not going to be able to get them to calm down. That might be a time we call for assistance,” Platz said. “Most times our badge and uniform mitigates the circumstance.” Agnew is the area director for the townhouses. She, too finds the uniform helpful. “Sometimes events get to the level where you want that person who looks more official,” she said. In incidents like felonies, misdemean-

ors, sexual and aggravated assaults, stabbings or physical injuries Police and Safety must call the Erie Police Department. Sidun explains the EPD interference is not because of ’Hurst students. “Sometimes our interactions are not with our students and it might be guests, other college students or Erie residents and that can escalate to the point where we’d want the City of Erie to come in and assist us,” he said. Most of the problems on campus are alcohol related and can be taken care of without EPD assistance. Sidun and Platz both agree, “for the most part the students are respectful.”

’Hurst student is target of lottery scheme
By Amanda Valauri
News editor When it sounds too good to be true, it is. A Mercyhurst College student was mailed a letter saying she won the lottery and received her first payment of $4,970. In the letter, G & F Financial Group claimed the student had won $450,000 as a result of her number being drawn from everyone with a telephone. In the letter, the student was instructed to use this money to pay the taxes on the amount she had won in the sum of $3,490. The student turned the letter and check over to Police and Safety because they questioned the validity. After researching the letter and this type of scam, Police and Safety found several documents confirming the lottery fraud. This lottery scheme is a new kind of fraud. Its main goal is to manipulate the banking system. Victims of the fraud deposit

the counterfeit check and the bank pays it. The fake company counts on the bank clearing the victim’s check before theirs bounces. By the time the check is processed, the victim is liable for the entire check amount. While the student did not fall victim to this lottery scheme, Police and Safety wants to warn students of the possible danger. In hard economic times it may be tempting to accept the check, but do some research before cashing it in. It’s probably too good to be true.

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FEATURES
You need to realize what you are eating and where it came from. These women are not afraid to use the proper words to finally tell you the truth about what you are feeding yourself. They write, “If you can’t take one more day of self-loathing, you’re ready to hear the truth: You cannot keep shoveling the same crap into your mouth every day and expect to lose weight.” Senior Amanda Valauri, who read the book, said, “I liked it but I felt like someone was yelling at me to stop my bad habits.” There is a common misconception that “Skinny Bitch” is all about deprivation. Nothing could be further from the truth. “Skinny Bitch” is the lifestyle Freedman and Barnouin live, and rest assured, they would never maintain it if they felt deprived. Whether it’s shopping for food, talking about food, thinking about food, dreaming about food, cooking food or eating food, they can’t get enough. They devised the “Skinny Bitch” plan so they could have their cake and eat it too! Senior Rainey Murdock ,a fan of the book said, “‘Skinny Bitch’ is an extreme perspective, but really makes you think about what you eat and realize that some choices we make are not necessarily the best for us.” The women also offer ways to avoid those detrimental foods and offer recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks at the end of the book. It is a guide for the girls who are serious about losing weight and changing their lifestyles. The book might make you cringe after you realize what farmers do to get the chicken for your sandwich, but it’s helpful in realizing just what you’re eating in order to live a healthier lifestyle. Pick up on it today and start getting skinny! Remember, as the authors note, “A Skinny Bitch is someone who enjoys food, eats well, and loves her body as a result. It has nothing to do with how much you weigh or what size you are! Skinny Bitches come in all beautiful shapes and sizes!”

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‘Skinny Bitch’ opens path to the skinny life
By Caitlin Bly
Staff writer You are what you eat. But no, seriously you are. Ever wonder what you are stuffing into your mouth on a daily basis? Do you know the process of attaining that meat in the burger you just inhaled? Probably not, because most of us do not think about those issues when our stomachs are growling so loud they take over our thoughts. The book “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin is a “no-nonsense, tough-love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous.” “Skinny Bitch” explores the various processes through which different foods are prepared and opens your eyes to the world of getting skinny. The two women write about the daily foods you are taking in, and that you are not realizing how bad they are for you. They claim that if you want to get skinny you have to start doing something about it.

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The authors of ‘Skinny Bitch’ offer a serious, straight forward and friendly approach to adopting a better lifestyle.

Rookies and experts fool crowds big, small
By Annaliese Browning
Contributing writer Gullible people are everywhere, and on April Fool’s day they are the prey for most of the jokes. April Fool’s day is not an official holiday but it is a day dedicated to making fools out of the unsuspecting. Some of the best know pranks come from the people you least expect them to. Taco Bell pulled a notorious prank in 1996. The fast food company took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry replied in jest that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial. Another famous prank was pulled by a Dutch telecaster in the 1950s when they announced that the Tower of Pisa had fallen. The television station was receiving distressed phone calls the rest of the day asking if it was really true. Mercyhurst College students are no exception to April Fool’s pranks. Every year students fall victim to their friends’ jokes and hoaxes. Freshman Brittany Campbell said, “My Dad likes to call me on April Fool’s Day and tell me that my Grandma won the lottery and is giving all the money to me.” Freshman Marysa Casey admits to have been pranked by her best friend. “I am deathly afraid of spiders. So being the comedian [my bestfriend] is, he came to my home and gave me a ‘belated’ birthday present. Inside there was a clear plastic box with at least 20 live spiders,” she said. Senior Brian McTear said he recalls pulling a prank on his friend in an attempt to celebrate April Fool’s day. “I told my girlfriend that my spinal cord was crooked, prohibiting me from ever playing basket ball again,” McTear said. “I continued the ‘joke’ by telling her that I would never be able to recover from this ailment and would eventually die.”

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The event supplied students with a free healthy lunch that consisted of fruits and vegetables, rice and salsa, whole-wheat crackers with cheese and more. There were informational signs about the importance of each food in a person’s daily diet. Sophomore Char Linchtinger said there was a lot to do at the fair.

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Wellness Fair says farewell to unhealthy habits
By Alexandra Miniri
Contributing writer Did you know that skipping breakfast can lead to overeating later in the day? This was just one of the facts presented by the Annual Wellness Fair that took place March 27 in the Student Union in celebration of Women’s History Month. It was a great way for students to welcome spring, while learning all about healthy living. Students from Active Minds, Athletic Training, MSG, the Health and Well Being club, Campus Ministry and the Sports Medicine Student Association participated in providing events at the fair. Upon arriving at the Wellness Fair, visitors were greeted by staff members who passed out bags with hand sanitizer and information sheets. Five dimensions of well-being were represented at the fair: emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual health. “They provided a great healthy lunch and a lot of information about living healthy,” she said. A pamphlet provided by the American Heart Association said a healthy diet and lifestyle are the best weapons in fighting cardiovascular disease. Student Government also had a station where students could make fruit and yogurt parfaits. Attendees could relax while making stress balloons or getting a massage in the MSG Chambers. Students were able to learn about their bodies and find out their blood pressure, BMI, body composition, flexibility and muscle strength. Participants were conveniently provided with formson which to record all of their personal information on. Demonstrations on yoga and cardio exercises were given to interested students. “I got a massage and it was fantastic. It was a really great wat to relax and reduce stress,” junior Angela Long said. The Health Center was on hand to discuss healthy behavior when it comes to the sun and skin health.

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Facebook feeds or Twitters’ tweets?
Is Twitter the ‘new big thing’? – Students ‘tweet’ their thoughts on Twitter’s popularity
By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer Freshman Cara Bastianini I don’t think it’ll be the next big
thing, people have too much into Facebook. But if Facebook keeps making sucky changes, then who knows?

What is the newest way to stay in touch with family and friends from different parts of the country or even the world? If you thought Facebook, you are wrong. Twitter is now the latest form of technology being used to communicate everything to everyone. Posting anything from your deepest thoughts to your everyday activities is fair game as long as you do it in less than 140 characters. According to Twitter.com, Twitter is “a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?” Twitter is free and easy to use. If you are an active member of Facebook, Twitter should pose no problems. Simply go to Twitter.com and click the green ‘Get Started—Join!’ link in the middle of the page and get connected! And if you already have Twitter but can’t get enough, check out these related aplications: Twitpic: Web site that allows users to upload pictures to their Twitter page Twiterriffic: iPhone aplications that allows users to view and post tweets on the Twitter Web site

Professor Brian Sheridan It’s not the NEXT big thing. It’s the
big thing now. Almost everyone has heard about it. Celebrities, politicians, and news orgs. are using it

Director of JAZZ FM Michael Leal We have one for JAZZ FM,
we have several people who follow us and we use it to let people know about special programming and current shows

Sophomore Tyler Frey I think it’s like Facebook only easier.
Personally, I don’t think it’s the next big thing. And I have one but only for advertising my band

Freshman Meghan Hess I don’t have Twitter because I don’t have time. I think it’ll be the next Facebook and the next big thing! It’s a good way to connect w/ppl Freshman Meghan Keener I don’t have one but I hear the new
Facebook is a lot like it so I’m sure it will become really popular like Facebook

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Senior John Baranowski I don’t have one. It says that it is a community thing, but at its heart, it has one purpose: to make as many people read what you are thinking Junior Courtney Clark I personally don’t have a Twitter and
don’t plan on getting one anytime soon. It would be just one more distraction for me on top of Facebook

Senior Hayley O’Hare Our professors keep saying how it’s a
good networking tool for professionals to follow each other, but I don’t see the draw for students yet

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a few days ago. I have no idea what it is exactly, so that is why I do not have one

Senior Jamie Turner I think it’s a fad that’s going to die fast. I
don’t see it as anything but a Facebook status update

Junior Michael Zinn It’s a kind of ‘social’ updating tool. It allows
you to disseminate info to a potentially world-wide audience. Senator John McCain uses it, too!

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
[it] in New York City for ‘The American Singer’s Opera Project.’ It was a great concept that I wanted to repeat. It is, after all, one of the greatest operas ever written.” This performance also showcases students’ knowledge of classical vocal training. “For the singers, this is the kind of music that really helps young singers develop the discipline of learning a part in all its facets; that is, ensemble, phrasing, blending and language. In my singing career I never ended up singing Don Ottavio, but the lessons I learned studying it have remained with me for life,” Stephen Colantti, director of the pit orchestra and former voice professor at Mercyhurst, said. After performing at the college, the cast will travel to Honduras to perform two complete performances of “Don Giovanni” and other various American opera scenes and arias. This opportunity came through former music student Daniel Cabanillas, a former tenor who is now in charge of International Studies. He is Mercyhurst’s liaison with Honduras, arranging for the American Embassy to have the Honduras State Orchestra perform with the opera cast. Performing in such a public venue with a state orchestra is a huge accomplishment for the cast of “Don Giovanni.” This performance is a testament to the opportunities that Mercyhurst vocalists have available to them. Not only is the performance an opportunity for the vocalists, but the Mercyhurst Orchestra will also perform some of Mozart’s best work. Colantti is being assisted in the pit orchestra by the strings professor, Dr. Samuel Rotberg. “When you play as part of a pit orchestra, it is no longer about you; it’s about the vocalists on the stage. I think that this builds a fundamental aspect of musicianship: humility. Achieving greatness takes humility,” Rotberg said. The performers certainly feel as though they are benefitting from the experience. “I don’t really know a lot about orchestral settings or operas, but I feel like I have learned a great deal about how our music interacts with the singers on stage,”

April 1, 2009

‘Don Giovanni’ hits PAC before traveling to Honduras
By Erin Hepler
Contributing writer What do the American Embassy, Honduras and the Mercyhurst College Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center have in common? It could be thought that these places bear only differences, but the PAC will host the performance of Mozart’s timeless opera, “Don Giovanni,” and following that the cast will travel to Honduras to perform at the American Embassy in July. Louisa Jonason, a former international opera star who has been directing operas at Mercyhurst since 1992 and has directed in conjunction with the After-Dinner Opera Company since 2002, described her reasons for choosing “Don Giovanni” by saying, “I directed

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This upcoming Sunday, April 5, Urban will be performing at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. His latest CD, “Defying Gravity,” was released March 31. This is only one of his numerous CDs that has a light, optimistic sound. Flo Rida “Right Round” Rap His newest single is currently number one on the Billboard Top 100 chart. His other well-known single is “Low” and has also reached the Billboard Top 100. A native of Florida, he has appeared on mix tapes with the likes of Trick Daddy, Trina, Dre and Rck Ross.

freshman horn player Jordan Gruver said. “Any performing ensemble gives a lot of credit to the student body as a whole. It also provides us with the tools with which we can continue to educate ourselves and the community,” senior bass player Chris Von Volkenburg said. The cast of “Don

Giovanni” will perform on Friday, April 3, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 5, at 2 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for youths 15 and under. Call extension 3000 for reservations.

A brief history of Mercyhurst Opera
The performance of opera has always run deep in the lifeblood of the D’Angelo Department of Music at Mercyhurst College. For many years, the operas were performed in the Taylor Little Theatre and were directed by the choir instructor without an orchestra. In 1992, Mercyhurst College hired international opera star Louisa Jonason to teach voice and direct the operas in the D’Angelo School of Music. In 2000, the opera department premiered Seymour Barab’s opera ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ In 2002, the department became affiliated with the After Dinner Opera Company. The After Dinner Opera Company was the brain-child of Richard Flusser, who started his chamber opera company in 1950. When Flusser passed away in 2002, Barab approached Ms. Jonason and asked her to take on the project of directing the operas for the ADO. Jonason agreed to take on the ADO under the condition that she could produce the shows at Mercyhurst College, using Mercyhurst students.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
This is the first time in approximately 15 years that such hearings will be held, and this will offer a special chance to prove the arts’ great scope and worth to the economy and job market. Dance department chair Tauna Hunter, as a leader in the Mercyhurst arts community, is a strong supporter of arts advocacy. “I’ve been involved in the arts all of my life. As a dance leader in the community I advocate passionately for my art form everyday as I educate the future leaders for dance who will graduate from Mercyhurst College,” Hunter said. “It is extremely important that the dance majors understand the necessity of lobbying and advocating for the survival and growth of the arts in this country, and you can’t do that by burying your head in the studio. You have to reach out, find your audience and infect them with your passion. I think that participating in Arts Advocacy

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U.S. celebrates 22nd annual Arts Advocacy Day
By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff writer Occurring for the 22nd annual year, Arts Advocacy Day took place March 30 through the morning of March 31. Designed as a day in which the various sectors of America’s cultural and civic organizations come together to lobby for support of the arts, Arts Advocacy Day and the advocates who take part in its proceedings help to highlight the significance of creating public policies in support of the arts and initiating funding for the arts. Arts Advocacy Day provides an opportunity for arts supporters to visit members of Congress and make their voices heard on the subject of backing for the arts and art education. The day’s events also allow networking among colleagues and provide information on how to advocate effectively and influence national authorities. President Barack Obama’s Day is a step in that direction,” Hunter said. Senior Nora Beckenstein, who worked for the National Dance Institute (NDI) last summer, said, “Sometimes people don’t seem to realize that the arts affect everyone, but they really do. Working at NDI certainly showed me how art has the power to change people’s lives.” “Advocacy is very important, especially because a lot of people don’t understand it. It’s not just about asking for subsidies for the arts; it’s about giving them the means to expand and lower ticket costs so that art does not become an elitist thing,” said senior Kirstie Corso, a dance and political science double major. “Art is for everyone, and is especially important in education. It has been proven that children who participate in the arts develop all sections of their brains, making them better equipped to succeed in life in any field,” Corso said.

Musician John Legend spoke at the 2008 Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. Musicians Linda Ronstadt and Josh Groban met with Congress during this year’s celebrations.

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campaign last fall had a very strong platform in support of the arts. He called for reinvestment in arts education, creation of an “Artists Corps,” increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, providing health care to artists and ensuring tax fairness for artists among other policies in public support of art and art education. As a newly elected president,

it should be interesting to see how Obama’s promises for the arts play out. Recently political matters involving the arts have begun to surface. For instance, on March 23, a committee in the House of Representatives announced plans to hold hearings on the impact of the creative industries and their essential roles in the American economy.

Meier headlines faculty recital series
By Marie Karbacka
Staff writer Last Thursday evening, March 26, at Mercyhurst College’s Walker Recital Hall, the D’Angelo Department of Music presented another performance in their Faculty Recital Series. Dr. Scott Meier, solo saxophonist, accompanied by Ann Bommelje on piano, performed five pieces: “Partita,” by Erwin Dressel; “Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, arranged by Ralph Martino; “Pulcinella, Op. 53, No. 1,” by Eugene Bozza; “Parable XI for Alto Saxophone, Op. 123,” by Vincent Persichetti; and “Concertino da Camera,” by Jacques Ibert. The first piece was divided into five movements, the third of which was very dance-like and up-beat. Another up-beat movement was the fifth one, which was in a sense almost hyper and extremely buoyant. The Rachmaninoff piece was truly written for voice, soprano to be specific. However, since it was such a beautiful melody, it was soon rearranged for many different instruments, including saxophone. Bozza’s piece is actually based on a certain character Americans might know from the British version of the stories, “Punch and Judy,” where Punch sometimes has a bat in his hand. The song seemed frivolous and playful. A parable in literature usually has a moral at the end where a character learns a lesson about a certain event, or occurrence. Within Persichetti’s “Parable,” the listener can hear the character in his or her normal state before being forced to make an instant decision. Following that is a bout of chaos before a return to the character’s returning to his or her original state. As Dr. Meier said, the melody has “punchy accents” and interwoven counter melodies. Last was Ibert’s “Concertino da Camera.” The first movement looked very difficult for the pianist, but had a very fun melody, taking the listener on a journey in a metropolitan area. The second movement started out soothing and gentle, but quickly turned into an animated playful piece with fun syncopated rhythms. During the cadenza the soloist made very odd stopped sounds on his instrument. It was a splendid evening of music. The next recital is April 23rd at 8 p.m. in Walker Recital Hall. The performance will feature Dr. Nathan Hess on piano.

Author Chuck Spinner coming to Borders Express on Saturday, April 4!
When: April 4, 1-3p.m.
Where: Borders Express in the Millcreek Mall What: His book signing, “A Book of Prayers: From the Heavens to the Stars” Why: This is the perfect easter gift that includes prayers from Oscar winners, Olympic Gold Medalists and three former Miss Americas.

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roots market, touring nonstop and relying on their fans to spread their music. Their most recent release, “Glassjaw Boxer,” was named one of the Top 5 Albums of 2007 by USA Today, and they have been recording a new album, due out this summer. Kyle Riabko is probably my favorite singer, fitting into the same category as SK6ers, which makes sense because he has joined them as a fourth member on two of their tours. Riabko, a Canadian guitar prodigy, started his career at the age of 10, touring across Canada during the summer months. At age 15, he was signed to Aware/Columbia Records and released the infectious single, “What Did I Get Myself Into.” He toured for the next few years, opening for John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Buddy Guy. Now 21 years old, Riabko has three EPs and two studio albums to his name. As if that was not enough, he also starred as Milo Keegan on the last season of “Instant Star” and soon after took over Broadway. Riabko landed the lead role of Melchior Gabor in the Tony Award-winning show “Spring Awakening.” After only playing the role for four short months, Kyle was added to the cast for the first national tour of “Spring Awakening,” which is currently playing in Toronto.

April 1, 2009 September 3, 2008

Artist Spotlight: Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers
By Casey Harvilla
Staff writer If I had to choose a favorite band, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers would be it, no doubt about it. Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, or SK6ers for short, started out as a trio in Massachusetts. The original members, Stephen Kellogg (vocals, guitar, harmonica, kazoo), Keith “Goose” Karlson (keys, bass, keytar) and Brian “Boots” Factor (drums, vocals), are all still going strong, sharing stages and spotlights across the country. The Sixers effortlessly blend genres ranging from singer/songwriter and country to alternative and indie pop/ rock. It is obvious during their live shows that they absolutely love what they do and would rather play to a crowd of 20 dedicated fans than a sold-out audience of obnoxious ones. SK6ers continue to work in a grassAs an added bonus, I’ll mention another “artist.” Trevor Jackson is the name of a side project involving Factor and Riabko. They have an album for download on iTunes and several videos for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Trevor Jackson is not for the faint of heart, though; their combination of musical and comedic talent is an acquired (but entertaining) taste.

‘Synedoche’ to ’Hurst
By Kyle King
A&E Ediitor As part of its esteemed Guelcher Film Series, Mercyhurst College is bringing Charlie Kaufman’s (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Being John Malkovich”) acclaimed 2008 film “Synecdoche, New York” to campus. A venue change means that the movie will be airing at Taylor Little Theatre on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at 2:15 and 8 p.m. Kaufman’s film showcases Philip Seymour Hoffman as Caden Cotard, a director who unexpectedly receives a McArthur Genius Grant while his personal life unravels. When his wife Adele (Catherine Keener, “The Forty Year Old Virgin,” “Into the Wild”) leaves with his daughter Olive (Sadie Goldstein) for a new life in Berlin, Cotard plunges himself into a masterful performance art piece, the creation of an entirely mimetic metropolis inside an abandoned warehouse that intends to replicate the life of the outside world. The title is a pun on the city of Schenectady, N.Y., and also alludes to the literary technique of synecdoche, in which a part is used to represent the whole, or vice versa. Cotard struggles through countless relationships, including communication issues with her therapist and a coworker in the box office. He is only able to make a personal breakthrough when he renounces his role as director of the project and takes over a more minor part. The ending is worth preserving for those who want to attend. Tickets are available at Taylor Little Theatre before each screening. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for President’s Cardholders and free for Mercyhurst College students with ID.

April 1, 2009

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OPINION

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A future complete with Facing harsh realities in America unwavering optimisim Problems the country brought upon itself
By Hayley O’Hare
Staff writer There are no jobs out there. We are graduating at the worst time. We won’t be living out our dreams for a while. I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing this as much as I am. After my friend attended a conference this past weekend, where this was the only advice she heard, I have decided, I am fed up. While this advice might be a realistic way of thinking, I know we’ll be all right. So I have made a decision I encourage everyone to make as well. I will think positively about my future. This might sound naïve but I believe in our generation. I am positive there have been many people who came before us into the job market who struggled and overcame worse. Think about a time when not only were you competing for a job but you were automatically denied a position because of your gender or race. There may not be many people hiring right now, but who says we need to land a dream job right after graduation? We don’t and, as so many people will tell you, it’s probably not going to happen. Don’t take the pessimistic route, and try thinking about all the things you can do. Take a job you might not have seen yourself in, travel, work at a clothing store or restaurant until another opportunity presents itself. Do something for a charity or non-profit organization needing help, even if the paycheck isn’t monumental. You never know who you might meet or where life may lead you, so don’t count yourself out. People are quick to tell us how bad the economy is and how negatively it’s going to affect our search for a job. What they aren’t telling us is, there is still hope and time for things to turn around. We are young and talented people and we will do amazing things. Just stay positive and don’t listen to people who tell you otherwise.

By Jerrod Markle Staff writer

We have stopped honoring those who came before so we forsake the present, and sin the future into existence with lies starting with ourselves and spreading as a cancer to others. A socialist society is allowed So those believing they to arise in a libertarian state, are the ones to create Utopia but a libertarian society is blessed with God’s will, write not allowed to exist in the legislation telling others to give socialist state. to a government that has taken I had and have no hope in the our souls, our blood, our Obama rhetothoughts, our retirement ric nor do I see We stopped honoring those who funds, our taxes, our land, change in the same old design came before so we forsake the our dignity, our hope, our of destruction present and sin the future into faith and our peace, all while poisoning our land, our food and death. existance... Jerrod Markle and our minds. So where is But enough buy in so the my resistance? Utopia is sewn along with the It is not seeds of an others’ hell, and because it appears we are com- American generations on this fortable, complacent and com- soil, Erie constituents, the Mer- we care not as we stare in oblivipliant in this heaven for some cyhurst community, Vietnam- ous awe at our magical screens ese, Iraqis, Koreans, African- since others’ eyes reflect too and hell for most. Americans from slavery to crack much truth for us to handle. We deserve this reality. The nightmares of reality Our supervening, emergent houses; White poor, upper, and culture, economy and govern- middle classes; Burmese monks, invade our dreams, but we take ment are oppressive to such Jews, Palestinians, the mentally the master the steps creating a degree, it has caused me to disabled, Gypsies, murderers, disaster, destroying life and polwitness the death of many pacifists, Socialists, Libertarians, luting the ways that are many. people’s happiness, souls Neo-Conservatives, those close, Time will tell, heal us from this hell, but only if we choose. those far and the unborn. and friendships. This is all engineered by a select group of individuals attempting to bring about heaven on Earth, to create some type of Utopian society, an illogical masterpiece. In painting this melting masterpiece the blood and souls of all has become a medium for reality including Indigenous families worldwide, Native

Fuming over apalling condiments
By Jordan Zangaro Staff writer
Walking to the salad bar, my stomach is rumbling and it seems other people can hear it too. I have been waiting for a salad all day. I am careful with each piece of lettuce. The cheese looks fresh. The carrots are crunchy. Covering the top with croutons and salted sunflower seeds, there is just one more thing to make this meal perfect. I grab the ladle for the dressing perfection and as I pour, the salad is ruined. I tend to use my articles as an outlet for problems I see around campus, or life in general. I try my hardest to pick topics I think are relevant to the students at Mercyhurst College. And there is an issue that I think needs to be made public. The ranch in the cafeteria has been disgusting since we have been back from spring break. Most of the cafeteria food is wonderful but like many others, I love the salads. I can not express how disappointing it is every day that I make a salad and go to put ranch on top of my field of greens and some thick, gross form of ranch plops on top of my previously perfect meal. It is enough to make me sick. I have contemplated writing in the suggestion box to put a stop to this. But I think that a public plea is more appropriate. I know I am not alone in this feeling of dissatisfaction. Many people have discussed the issue with me and it seems ridiculous to put the repulsive ranch in the salad bar when the other ranch is beyond delicious. It seems to be common knowledge what bad-tasting dressing can do to a meal. It isn’t necessary that I go into detail about the horrid taste it will leave in your mouth. I feel sick when I even think about the contents of the ranch. I say let’s stop the madness. We all deserve the good stuff. If you are going to choose a healthier meal, shouldn’t you be able to top it off with something mouth-watering?

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April 1, 2009

Looking past daily dilemmas to intertwine humans and nature
hums of tires spinning out of smaller cars in between them. They are wild sprayers, yet I no longer fidget when I hear them coming. What’s the use? I get wet all the same. Instead, I breathe in and out to ease their rush as they align to pass me. Presently I veer off from this busy linear path into a quiet residential section. The freshly fallen wet snow dotted last fall’s leaf piles raked too late and now wilted like over-cooked spinach. Yet, they serve to grip my feet when the rest of the road glistens with a sheet of ice. The sound of crunching them evoked my childhood memory of walking upon the frost-pillared dirt road in late fall and early spring all the way to school. I greeted a man dressed in his professional coat and scarf. Grinning slightly towards me, his gloved hands gingerly picked up two over-sized garbage cans, which had been emptied earlier by Waste Management. His car waited for him in the driveway, warming up his seat. A few houses further, I heard young teenagers being coaxed to hurry up by their mother; that morning they must not have made it to the school bus stop at the corner. I focused on the sycamore tree whose silent strength graced its bare torso and limbs reaching up to the steel-grey sky. Cutting across another stretch of highway, I enter into the woods. The deer’s morning tracks have already paved the way, embossing the snowy papyrus. They led me to the creek which runs to the zoo across the road. Last night’s rainfall has swollen the creek. I search for a reliable rock to make it across. Today I will have to ask my hiking boots to be more daring. Poor guys, they have only known the summer mountains trails. I wobbled atop one rock midcurrent and the next wobble took me to the still edge. Just then, a hawk swooped in front of me and flew up to perch on the branch of a tree a few feet away. It shook my primordial juice inside and then held it still as if in a chalice. The moment gripped me away from my goal of reaching my destination. In the falling snow, the silence vibrated between us into a point. Uphill, a few feet away, I come to a fallen, limb bent tree, like an old serpent. Though no longer visible, I know the exact spot nearby where the single trillium had bloomed and died last year. I picked up a couple of beer cans strewn around it. I long to see its delicate head lift the soil above to be seen again in early spring. For now, I envy its natural obeisance to slumber. At the edge of the woods, I hopped onto the last stretch of the commute. By this time, the road is filled with drivers rushing to make it to work. It was on days I needed to use cars that I felt the spatialtemporal confine. In fact, it felt as though it seemed farther by car than on foot! Walking, I can go only so fast. My mind found its refuge in my body. I felt sufficient. I come to a path between two baseball fields. I pretended to make my last run from third base to home, “Alas!” By slowing down to the speed of our own body, we begin to exercise our perspectives from “an edge of the perpetual shift”, to cite David Abram from his book “The Spell of the Sensuous” between the manmade and natural world. There, like turtle eggs buried under the tidal womb, somewhere between water and land, the elements common to both humans and nature intertwine, completing our stories unheard in human language. In this way, Mother Nature mirrors the template for our own compassionate nature within. Yet, I believe that it is up to us to journey past our own images we have projected of ourselves to get to that magical edge.

Hiking through woods provokes magical experience
Keiko Takioto Miller is Assistant Professor of Japanese and French as well as Director of the Asian Studies Program in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She has been affiliated with Mercyhurst since 1982 when she was the Studio Portrait Drawing Class facilitator for Adult Education; then she was an adjunct professor of French in 1983-4; and she has been full-time since 1992. Her favorite aspect about Mercyhurst: the “open and liberal spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, and good camaraderie among colleagues - seasoned with the Lake Erie effect.”

Mercyhurst College’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 that 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 that 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 website. Essays can be found at http://www. mercyhurst.edu/ne/special-events/ believe_essays. As usual, I jiggled my bent old key into the equally worn out key hole on our kitchen door. Just then, a squall of icy rain wrung out of an unruly gust of wind. Half wet, my arthritic fingers struggled to open my umbrella, pitifully bent. “Is it OK?” I asked my umbrella for another chance to accompany me on my way to work. On the way, the liquid drops turned into heavy puff buttons. My umbrella began to feel the weight of its accumulation. It muffled the sound of my footsteps echoing from beneath. Now and then I’d hoist the umbrella upward and watch the mini-avalanches fall all around me. On the busy road, trucks and SUV’s punctuated the sticky

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April 1, 2009

OPINION
mutual consent. So two people who exchange property are better off or they wouldn’t do it, and only you can make the decision to exchange your property. Sometimes though, force or fraud is used to take from others without voluntary consent. Use of force or fraud to take life is murder, to take liberty is slavery and to take property is theft. This is the same, no matter if it’s done by one person acting alone, many against the few or people in expensive suits and fine hats. You have the right to protect your life, liberty and property from the forceful aggression of others. However, you don’t have the right to initiate force against the life, liberty or property of others. Therefore, you also have no right to make others initiate force against others for yourself. One has the right to seek leaders for oneself but not to impose rulers on others. Officials are human beings too, so they also have no rights or claims higher than those of any other human beings, no matter what imaginative labels they give themselves or how many people encourage them. Officials have no right to murder, enslave or steal. Since you own your life, you are also responsible for it, and you choose your own goals based on your own values. Success and failure are unavoidable and necessary to grow. This is the basis for a free society and it is the most practical, humanitarian and ethical foundation. Problems in the world that come about as a result of initiation of force by government have a solution. This solution is to stop asking government to initiate force against others on your behalf. Evil not only arises from evil people but also from good people who tolerate the use of force as a means to their own ends. In this way, good people have empowered evil people throughout all of human history. Having confidence in a free society is to focus on the process of discovery in the marketplace of ideas instead of on an imposed vision or goal. Using government force to impose a vision or goal on others is wrong and results in perverted and unintended consequences. The only way to a free society is to think, talk and act especially when it’s easier to do absolutely nothing.

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Govermental force violating liberties
By Thomas Kubica
Contributing writer I dedicate this article to reviving in our society the single greatest invention in human history, the philosophy of liberty. Liberty is based on the principle of self-ownership. No person or group of persons but you own your life, and likewise, you don’t own any other person’s life. Denying you own your life implies someone else has a higher claim on your life than you. You are the sole and sovereign owner of your life and property, which is the fruit of your labor attained through talent, time and energy. Property is the part of nature you turn to valuable use. Property can be given to others only through voluntary exchange and

Mercyhurst College President, Dr. Thomas Gamble, announced yesterday housing arrangements next year will finally go co-ed. In addition, RA’s will now be replaced by Sisters of Mercy. PSYCH... April Fool’s.

Food served on campus Reflecting on ‘The Boy lacking healthy choices in the Striped Pajamas’
By Alexandra Stacey
Contributing writer As I have spent more and more time at Mercyhurst College, I have come to realize how little of a choice students have in what they eat. Whatever eating establisment, there are very few options for those students who wish to eat healthy. You don’t want to look at the nutrition facts because you feel guilty about what you have eaten. I would like some nice fresh fruit or a cooked vegetable or two. Is that too much to ask from a food service company for which I pay $1,359 a term? It seems the school is after our money, not our nutrition, which isn’t fair when, as underclassmen, we have to eat every meal on campus. With nationwide obesity rates on the rise, why shouldn’t a food service company choose healthier options? There is a big push to get active in this country, but I don’t think that going to the gym twice a week is enough. Meals for students should be healthy, so if you don’t get a chance to get to the gym one day, you don’t gain five pounds. Fresh foods should be served whenever possible, and low fat options should be readily available. With the switch of food service companies in the near future, I ask the school to please choose one that pushes healthy food choices. It will benefit the students in countless ways.

By Alaina Rydzewski
Staff writer

This past week my roommate received, “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” from Netflix. When we sat down to watch it, I wasn’t expecting more than your average movie or documentary experience. However, as the credits rolled, we both sat in shock, not knowing what to say or what to do. We simply sat, and even after the credits were finished, we sat for more than 10 minutes trying to collect our respective thoughts. I won’t ruin the ending of the film by commenting on it or saying why we were in shock. I am not trying to critique the film itself.

The film put my life and daily complaints into perspective. So I have a paper to do, or some reading? I have to go to work, or can’t stay up late because of a morning class? So what? The things people in WWII went through do not even compare to anything in my life or most people in America’s lives. Compared to them, we have absolutely no reason to complain. This film helped me to realize my problems, if you can call them that, are in reality nothing but minor conflicts I can easily dismiss. Even the word conflict is too strong in this context. Anyone who has not seen the film should put it at the top of their to-watch list. It’s a lifechanger, and in a positive way.

Mercyhurst’s recent mailing of senior graduation information on a highquality, glossy postcards earned the college two strikes. 1.The uninformative mailing violates the green movement. 2. With all the budget cuts, students are questioning every dollar spent on frivolous throwaways.

Vince Shlomi, ShamWow backer, was arrested last month on charges of battery against an aggressive female with a questionable career choice—lady of the night We’ll see if Shlomi can ShamWow this mistake.
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Baseball..........................................Mar.27, L 1-0, W 4-2 Lock Haven Mar. 28, W 6-1, L 9-6 Lock Haven Softball.....................................Mar. 24, L 8-0, L 2-0 California (PA.) Mar. 28, L 3-1, L 2-0 Lock Haven Men’s Lacrosse...............................Mar. 25, W 12-2 Wheeling Jesuit Mar. 29, W 12-2 Dowling Women’s Lacrosse.............................Mar. 26, W 13-12 Lock Haven Mar. 28, W 11-9 West Chester Mar. 29, W 15-14 Bloomsburg Women’s Water Polo.............................Mar. 28, W 11-1 Grove City Mar. 28, W 10-0 Chatham Mar. 29, W 7-0 Penn State Berhend Freshman Guilherme Alves and junior Johanna Malmstorm were selected to represent Mercyhurst College at the 2009 NCAA National Student-Athlete Development Conference. Alves, a men’s water polo player, and Malmstrom, a women’s hockey player, will attend the conference devoted to issues student athletes face on May 24-27 at the Disney World Coronado Spring Resort in Orlando, Fl.

Alves and Malmstorm Selected to Conference

Men’s lacrosse on a roll
By Gary Coad
Staff writer The lacrosse teams on this campus have been great so far this year, and this week they did not disappoint. The men tallied two more wins in as many chances with a blowout over Wheeling Jesuit University and a game that came down to the wire with Dowling College. The big picture goal for the week was two wins, and that goal was reached. Senior defensemen Tom Eighmey was very happy with the team’s performance. “Overall, I think that it was a good week. We said we wanted to go 2-0 and at the end of the week we were 2-0. I’m sure we all wished the Dowling game wouldn’t have been as close as it was, but at the end of the day the team stepped up and got the win,” Eighmey said. The Dowling game in question came right down to the wire, with the Lakers pulling out an 8-7 victory in the final minutes. Junior Michael Sciulli, coming off his Player of the Week honor, showed why he won the

Sophomore national champion wrestler Josh Shields will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Mercyhurst College’s doubleheader against Lake Erie College. Mercyhurst College will honor its first individual national champion at the pre-game ceremony on April 4, which will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m.

Shields To Throw First Pitch Saturday

Mercyhurst College’s senior lacrosse standout Jason LaShomb was named East Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Week. This is the second time LaShomb has received this honor this year. LaShomb has allowed only 4.5 goals per game and has saved 70 percent of the shots he has faced the past two games.

Jason LaShomb-Men’s Lacrosse

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Senior Aaron Manzer advances the ball up the field against Dowling College.

Breanna Haggerty-Women’s Lacrosse

Senior Breanna Haggerty of Mercyhurst College’s sixth-ranked women’s lacrosse team was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division Player of the Week. Haggerty scored 16 goals, one game-winning, four ground balls and three draw controls. Haggerty lead Mercyhurst to a 3-0 week, including victories over two top-five teams.

award by scoring a goal with 1:01 remaining in the game. This goal ended up being the final nail in the proverbial coffin for Dowling and ensured another Laker win. On the weekly award watch, there was another award given to a Laker this week. LaShomb Senior Jason won East Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the

second time this season. LaShomb has won this award again for his stellar play between the pipes, saving a staggering 70 percent of the shots he faced this past week Coming up for the Lakers are games against Seton Hill University, Dominican College and Grand Canyon University, as the Lakers look to stay hot and extend their winning streak.

April 1, 2009

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The ‘No Fun League’ is becoming increasingly dull
By John Baranowski
Sports columnist The NFL, long nicknamed the “No Fun League” has a longstanding tradition of adding new rules prior to the start of every season with the intent of fixing problems that happened in the previous season. Numbers vary on how many rules were ratified for next season, but four of them were added for the purpose of promoting safety among the players. The NFL has added so many rules that a team from the 1970s would not be able to even play by today’s standards without being penalized into oblivion, just as I mentioned last week. This year has hit a new level of absurdity that I cannot even begin to fathom. Three new rules meant to improve safety, but end up detracting from the toughness of the game, and at times impinges on the game itself. There will now be a 15-yard penalty for a “blind-side block” if any part of the player touches an opponent’s head. While it sounds great to prevent head injuries, which is also plaguing hockey at the present, this will affect linebackers and safeties who are targeting receivers coming through the middle of the field. They are looking to make the big hit, but will end up hesitating to avoid this penalty. This rule has some sense behind it, the other rules, not so much. On the kickoff return, there has always been the strategy of the first line of returners coming together to form a wedge. This strategy allows for effective blocking for the player who catches and carries the ball. These five front-line players are the first line of defense from reaching the ballcarrier. This stops at least a handful of players from having a chance to make the tackle. This strategy is now banned from kick returns. Now, a wedge of more than two players will incur a 15 yard penalty on the return team. This rule is just dumb, and completely changes everything about the kick return for the worse. Don’t look for touchdowns on kickoffs any time soon. Adding to the idiocy, during an onside kick where a team attempts to get the ball back after a score, no more than five players can bunch up on one side of the kicker. This greatly reduces the chance of success. Good luck trying to make a late comeback, it isn’t going to

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happen. These rules, all made in the name of safety, will hurt football as a game, killing strategies and comebacks, and indeed, the fun of NFL football. I hope these get repealed.

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Senior Jason LaShomb (9) stands guard in Lakers 8-7 Victory over the Golden Lions of Dowling College on March 29 at Tullio Field.

Lakers go pro
By Brad Moehringer
Sports editor After a disappointing end to a hard-fought season for the Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team, several of the seniors have gone on to sign professional contracts. Seniors Kirk Medernach, Bobby Phillips, Matt Pierce and Matt Lundin have all signed with teams in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). Co-captains Kirk Medernach and Matt Pierce will be reunited in Cincinnati, Oh., as members of the Cincinnati Cyclones. Pierce was the team leader in goals for Mercyhurst this year with 24, and his 44 total points placed him third on the team. He was also recently selected to participate in the 2009 Frozen Four Skills Challenge in Washington, D.C. Medernach was a four-year blue-liner for the Lakers and finished his career with four goals and 28 points total in his four years. Phillips anchored the Laker defense for four years and will now suit up for the Elmira (N.Y.) Jackals. He finished with four goals and 22 assists in his career. However, Elmira placed Phillips immediately on the three-day injured reserve list. Finally, Lundin, who was a transfer from the University of Maine, spent two years with the Lakers. He has signed as a goalie for the Alaska Aces. In the 2007-2008 campaign Lundin set the single season saves record at Mercyhurst with 946. In his two years he finished with a .909 save percentage, allowing 3.25 goals against and posting an overall record of 17-21-5.

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allowing one run, but has earned an 0-1 record in these games. The Lakers were shut out for their second time in the past two weekends on a seven-inning, three-hit, six-strikeout performance by Lock Haven sophomore pitcher Andrew Simonik. Lock Haven scored its only run in the second inning on a double off of Grife by Lock Haven junior Jermie Cook. The Lakers rode an outstanding pitching performance by sophomore Nick Gillung to a 4-2 victory in the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader. This was the first Laker victory in a game in which they have scored five runs or less. Gillung threw a complete game with four strikeouts, while only giving up two runs as he improved his record on the season to a perfect 4-0. Standout senior leadoff man Jamie Walczak and Santora paced the Lakers offensively as the two combined for three hits and drove in three of the Laker’s four runs. Stoll drove in the other Laker run on a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Saturday, March 28, the

April 1, 2009

Freshman standout paces Lakers offense
By Nick Glasier
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College baseball team came into the weekend with a 14-9 record and ranked No. 7 in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division II Atlantic region poll. The Lakers encountered stiff opposition this weekend as they split a weekend series against Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. The weather this weekend was frigid, and the same could be said for one of the “Big Three’s” hitting, as recent standout sophomore Craig Denman could only muster two hits over the four games played this weekend. Freshman Ethan Santora, another of the Lakers’ “Big Three,” supplied some heat to the Lakers lukewarm performance, providing five hits, five RBIs and two home runs over the weekend. Santora’s two home runs put him only five home runs short of Mercyhurst’s single season record with 26 games left in the season. Lakers returned home to play another doubleheader against Lock Haven. The Lakers won the first game 6-1 over the Bald Eagles. Senior pitcher John Mang pitched a six-hit, eight-strikeout complete game performance for the Lakers to bring his record to 4-1 overall. Sophomore Jonathan Keppler got the scoring going for the Lakers with an inside-the-park home run in the first inning. The “Big Three” batted in the remaining five runs as even Denman would add an RBI. Santora hit his first home run of the weekend in the fifth inning. The Lakers ended the weekend with a 9-6 loss in the second game. The Lakers finished up the series with a 16-11 record and dropped to No. 8 in the NCBWA. The Lakers will head to Wheeling Jesuit University on Thursday, April 2, for a game at 1 p.m. This weekend, the club will face Lake Erie College in a home-and-home series on March 3, at 1 p.m and March 4, at 1 p.m.

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Freshman Ethan Santora (3) leads the Lakers with 12 home runs thus far and is only five away from the all-time record.

At this pace Santora will hit 24 home runs, smashing the single season record of 19 as a freshman. When asked about the record Santora said, “Everyone keeps on asking about it but I haven’t thought about it. I’ve just been out there seeing the ball and hitting it. I don’t think about records. I just think about what’s best for the team.”

The last member of the “Big Three,” senior Jeff Stoll added four hits, three RBIs and one home run. At Lock Haven on Friday, March 27, the Lakers wasted another outstanding pitching performance by junior Steve Grife and were blanked in the first game of the series, 1-0. Over his past two starts, Grife has pitched 13 innings, only

Softball swept in weekend series by PSAC foe Lock Haven
By Sarah Powell
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College softball team traveled to Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania this past weekend to face the No. 9 Lady Eagles in an interdivision road doubleheader. The Lady Eagles swept the double-header, winning the first game 3-1 and claiming a 2-0 victory in game two. Despite the losses this weekend, sophomore Erica Beidler remains confident in her team. “I’m proud of my team for holding our own against one of the top Division II softball teams in the nation. Lock Haven has an intimidating reputation throughout the league.” Beidler said. “For being a young team with six freshmen and five sophomores, we hit the ball hard and played until the very last out. No one should underestimate or count us out because this is only the beginning,” Beidler said. The Lakers are now 10-13 overall and 0-2 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, Western conference play. The game against Lock Haven did not count against Mercyhurst’s conference record because Lock Haven is in a different PSAC division than the Lakers. Lock Haven is part of the Central Division, consisting of Bloomsburg, Indiana (Pa.), Mansfield and Clarion. The Lakers are definitely proving stiff competition in the PSAC. Junior Elizabeth Maier currently has the third best batting average in the PSAC (.484). Maier is also fifth in the category of on-base percentage (.515) and ninth in steal attempts (10). Sophomore Michelle Schmitz is sixth in the PSAC with 25 runs batted in. Out of the 11 games left in regular season play, six of those are conference games. The Lakers must continue to work hard and play as a team in order for a chance to win a bid for post-season play. The Lakers are back in action this weekend for two PSAC games. On Friday, April 3, Mercyhurst will travel to Slippery Rock University for a 2 p.m. game. Then Saturday, April 4, the Lakers will travel to face Gannon University at 1 p.m.

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By Devon Swanson
Staff writer an opponent higher up in the national rankings on the road. Toomey netted her second critical goal of the season for the team, her other being the game-winner against Gannon University. If beating the No. 5 team in the country wasn’t enough of a task, the Lakers had to take on the defending national champion West Chester Golden Rams next. The Lakers trailed 5-0 early in the game, so Head Coach Cecil Pilson called a timeout to settle things down. The Lakers quickly responded with four goals of their own, one from junior Kristie Jennings and a natural hat trick from sophomore Kimberley Masterson. After halftime, the game was all Mercyhurst. The Golden Rams took the lead once more, but the Laker offense, powered by Masterson and senior Breanna Haggerty, put Mercyhurst back in the driver’s seat to help junior goaltender Maeve McGoff shut

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Water polo makes splash
Lakers win three in a row
By Sarah Powell
Staff writer Keleshian netted three goals for her first collegiate hat trick. Beck, Katerberg, Clemente, Griepsma, Goodhart, junior Jenna Jefferds and freshman Jessica Clemente rounded out the offense with a goal each. Junior Cathi Korenich recorded the shutout with 15 saves. Korenich became the only goalie in program history to record back-to-back shutouts when she recorded her second straight shutout with six saves against Penn State Behrend. Freshman Tara Bouma led the offense with four points, scoring two goals and adding two assists. Keleshian followed up with two scores and four steals, and freshman Laura Hennessey tallied a goal and three steals. Becks and Clemente each added one goal. Griepsma was happy about the weekend play. “It’s hard playing with a group of new girls but with every game we play the team chemistry gets better,” Griepsma said. “Everyone played really well this weekend and worked together to combine for some great goals and three great wins,” Griepsma said. With a 4-1 conference record, the Lakers are looking toward post-season play. “Our goal for the rest of the season is to keep playing hard and hopefully come in 3rd at Western Division Championships [at Indiana] and to earn a bid to the Eastern Championships,” Griepsma said. Mercyhurst returns to action this weekend with an 8:30 p.m. contest against Indiana on Friday, April 3, at the Mercyhurst Aquatic Center at North East.

Women’s lax on win streak
To say the last three games played by the Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse team have been close is an understatement. Trailing in all three contests, the Lakers rallied to defeat No. 5 Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, No. 1 West Chester University and Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in a blistering start to the season that puts the team on a melt-your-face-off hot streak of eight straight wins. After beating Indiana University of Pennsylvania to improve their record to 5-0, the Lakers had to battle the Lock Haven Bald Eagles. The contest was a back-andforth game that culminated with senior Kristin “Clutch” Toomey’s game-winning marker with 1:17 left in regulation. The 13-12 win was huge for the Lakers as they defeated the door on West Chester. The streaking Lakers played Bloomsburg in an epic double overtime win. Though controlling most of the game, the Lakers found themselves down by three with only four minutes to play. After markers from Jennings and Haggerty, sophomore Elizabeth Tice tied the game at 13 with 29 seconds left in the game. A goal by Bloomsburg was answer by with a goal senior Jessie Horeth with 29 seconds left again. A scoreless second half led to a sudden-death overtime, where Haggerty received a Hail Mary from McGuff, burned several defenders and made no doubt with the top-shelf, winning tally with 1:26 remaining. Haggerty’s game winner capped a 20-goal effort in the past four games, which, combined with her overall stellar play, earned her a spot on the 2009 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, which is college lacrosse’s finest award.

It’s good to be home. That’s the thought crossing every woman water polo player’s mind. After 16 away games, the Lakers finally had some home games this past weekend and apparently home is where the heart is. Mercyhurst began the season 1-14 with every match being played on the road. Despite the slow start, the Lakers have gotten back on track, starting with a win at Washington and Jefferson College. From there the Lakers extended their winning streak to four, adding three big wins this past weekend. The Lakers faced Collegiate Water Polo Association foes Grove City College, Catham University and Pennsylvania State University Erie, The Behrend College and beat them all by marginal amounts. The Lakers claimed an 11-1 victory over Grove City. Six different Lakers found the back of the net in the game against Grove City. Sophomore Alyssa Katerberg led the offense with three scores. Freshmen Kimberly Goodhart and Laura Perez and sophomore Rachel Griepsma tallied two apiece, while sophomores Chrissy Becks and Molly Keleshian added one goal a piece. Freshman Hope Rozelle had a great performance in net, stopping 12 of 13 shots and holding the Wolverines scoreless throughout the first 56 minutes. Mercyhurst continued to get everyone involved in the scoring efforts in the game against Chatham.

Junior goalkeeper Maeve McGoff (27) makes a save against Bloomsburg at their match-up on Sunday, March 29, at Tullio Field. The Lakers won 15-14 in a double overtime.

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