Vol.82, No.23/5.6.09/Free

The ‘Eye’ of the storm:
3EB headlines Tropical Thunder Springfest
Twenty-six students headed to Dungarven, Ireland FSATs take students to Greece, Galapagos, Egypt Freshman residence hall named New Athletic Director Joe Kimball interviewed

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May 6, 2009

SAC rocks ‘Tropical Thunder’ theme for Springfest
By Kelly Luoma
Staff writer The end of spring term is almost here. This year’s weekendlong Tropical Thunder Springfest is a great way to celebrate the completion of the school year and the beginning of summer. The Third Eye Blind concert starts the events for the weekend. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 8. Third Eye Blind performs after the opening band, The Upwelling. If tickets for the concert are still available, they will be distributed on Thursday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Springfest T-shirts are available during these times for $5. “We have been distributing lots of tickets for Third Eye Blind, and I’m sure we are going to sell out,” Student Activities Council (SAC) Chair Vicky Fleisner said. “Students are very excited about the band this year.” Outdoor Springfest activities continue on Saturday, May 9. There will be food, inflatables and activities from 1 to 5 p.m. To go along with the Tropical Thunder theme, SAC and Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) are “trying to make it look like a beach boardwalk theme,” Fleisner said. Cotton candy, funnel cakes, popcorn and Rita’s Italian Ice will be provided. The inflatables include Bungee Run, Rock and Joust, Sports Challenge, a slip n’ slide and Pirates Cove Obstacle Course. Besides the inflatables, there will be opportunities for students to decorate flip flops and cover themselves in airbrush tattoos. The barbecue starts at 4 p.m. and will include hamburgers, hotdogs and nachos. “Student Government and SAC have worked really hard. … Hopefully students will enjoy the hard work we’ve put in,” Fleisner said. Fleisner and MSG events coordinator Jax Brown planned the event. To show MSG and SAC you appreciate their work, celebrate school coming to an end at Springfest.

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Students can race friends through the Pirates Cove Obstacle Course at this year’s Springfest.

The Sports Challenge inflatable lets students show off their athletic abilities.

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First-year professor receives $137,000 NASA grant
By Amanda Valauri
News editor

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For some people, the first time is the charm. Assistant Professor of Geology Dr. Nicholas Lang wrote his first proposal about Mars research to NASA and was awarded a grant to follow through on his research. “I was really surprised,” he said. “I’m really excited to start work on the project.” Over the next three years, the $137,00 grant from NASA will go towards research about Mars.

The money will be used a few different ways. Some of it is allotted for Lang’s salary and for six undergraduate students’ salaries. The team will travel to conferences across the country where they will present their most recent findings. The money to pay for this is included in the budget. Lang is looking for a diverse student group to make up his team. “I want to work with anyone who has an interest in Mars,” Lang said. “I would love to pull from the Intel and math departments.” Any students interested in working on the project should contact Lang at or at extension 2076.

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New freshman dorm gets ‘new’ name
By Amanda Valauri
News editor So what’s in a name anyhow? When it comes to naming the new freshman dorm, a lot actually. With Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble’s suggestion, the board of trustees approved the name Frances Warde Hall. “The name was chosen in order to remain consistent with Mercy Heritage,” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said. Frances Warde was the American founder of the Sisters of Mercy. Born in 1810 in Ireland, Warde and Catherine McAuley moved into the House of Mercy on Baggot Street and began

Senior Lindy-Jo Smart, senior Hazel Jennings, senior Nick Gutowski and junior Kyle King display their awards alongside retired Mercyhurst professor Paul Barry McAndrew, center.

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Students awarded for Lumen writings
By Kelly Luoma
Staff writer Students received awards and had the opportunity to read their original writings to an audience at the unveiling of Lumen. Lumen is a literary magazine and disc produced by Mercyhurst College students. The English Department judged the work submitted to Lumen, and awards were given for the best submissions. Senior Nick Gutowski was awarded third place for his short story, “One Cold Night.” The department awarded senior Hazel Jennings second place for “Reflections on Eye Drops.” “I was excited and surprised that I won an award,” Jennings said. Senior Lindy-Jo Smart won first place with her poem, “A Letter from Kenton, TN.” Smart explained her poem. “The poem itself, ‘A Letter from Kenton, TN’ is from a collection of letters my friend has written to me,” Smart said. “Her letters seemed so simplistic, yet completely genuine; I liked being able to capture her sincerity.” Junior Kyle King was announced the winner of the P. Barry McAndrew Essay and Literature Contest. Paul Barry McAndrew is a retired Mercyhurst professor. After the winners received their awards, students had the opportunity to read their writings to the audience. Jennings told a story about the reality of being an English major in the workforce. “I have focused my creative writing studies on the art and practice of live storytelling,” Jennings said. “It was a great evening and I’m glad everyone enjoyed my story.” Eight students went on stage to read their work. “Since I came to Mercyhurst, the Lumen has been something I’ve looked forward to year long,” Smart said. “From submitting, to finding out I had been accepted, to gaining the courage to read at the event has all been a great experience.” The event took place on Thursday, April 30, in Taylor Little Theatre. Lumen is the capstone event for the Literary Festival.

To instruct is an easy matter; but to educate requires ingenuity, energy and persever ance without end.
Frances Warde, 1843

caring for the poor of Dublin. In 1833, Warde became the first Sister of Mercy named by McAuley. A decade later, Warde came to the United States and furthered the Mercy mission, first

in Pittsburgh, Pa. In her lifetime, she established over 100 foundations in Ireland and the U.S. While there is another residence area named after Warde (the Warde Townhouses), Tobin explained how the name of the building fits into the strategic five-year plan. “Another key reason the name fit was because the Warde Townhouses may eventually be replaced with another building,” he said. The strategic plan is being discussed this summer for reevaluation. As of March 31, the cost for the new freshman dorm, now known as Warde Hall, is $14.7 million.

Students protest tire plant
By JoEllen Marsh
Managing editor Students and faculty from Mercyhurst College joined more than 50 other protesters to demonstrate against the proposed tire burning plant last Friday. The rally, organized by Mercyhurst professor Keiko Miller, was held outside the Boys & Girls Club of Erie near the proposed site of Erie Renewable Energy’s future plant. “The spirit of the rally was extremely uplifting, not angry, because we knew it was meant to benefit

everyone,” Miller said. “The issue of the tire plant is the matter of life and death for all of us.” Protesters stood near the road with pickets and posters while many passing drivers honked to show their support, and a high school guitarist played power chords while Mercyhurst students chanted “put your rubber somewhere else” and “save the tires from the fires.” The plant would burn 100,000 tires per day for several decades, and release 23 chemicals including carbon monoxide, mercury, zinc and dioxin, on a daily basis. For more information about the fight against the tire burning plant, go to

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The children of Campus Minister Greg Baker (left) hold up a sign. Junior Jordan Zangaro, senior Nicholas Thompson, senior Robbie Kennerney and junior Holly Hayward (right) protest the tire burning plant.

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May 6, 2009

Hayes’ lecture concludes ‘Beyond the Dream’ series
Staff writer

By Alaina Rydzewski

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Dr. Diana Hayes gave her lecture “From King to Obama: Black Catholics in the United States” on Thursday, April 30.

MSG approves new senate
Senior Class:
Katarina Jovanovic

Bruno Didiano

Charles Saylor

Neil Apfelbaum Sarah Heuer Bryan Parker

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Sophomore Class:
Killian Bowe Casey Christo Andrew Mayher

Social Sciences:
James Gallagher Devin Ruic

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Jeremy Mando Caitlin Bridget Toms Vanlam Luu Amber Schaefer James Brody Jovan Jovanovic


Throughout the school year, Mercyhurst College has been celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a series called “Beyond the Dream: The Legacy and Challenge of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” To end the series, Mercyhurst hosted Dr. Diana Hayes, an associate professor of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University, on Thursday, April 30, in Taylor Little Theatre. Approximately 65 people attended this event. The lecture commemorated the 30th anniversary of “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” which is a pastoral letter on racism by the Catholic Bishop of the United States. Hayes’ lecture was titled “From King to Obama: Black Catholics in the United States” and addressed the role of the Catholic Church in the Civil Rights Movement and the continuing effort for racial equality. It focused on King, Obama, the Catholic Church and the relationship they have with society. “Hayes gave me an insight to the diversity we may not

see here at Mercyhurst in the aspect of Catholicism,” junior Cerissa Lynch said. Hayes’ speech started by reminiscing about King and moving to Obama. “Forty-five years ago, a man went on stage and proclaimed his dream. … The dream is still alive; it has not died,” Hayes said. After relating King and Obama, Hayes focused on the Catholic Church and the “long history of relationships” it has with Africa. She explained there have been both negative and positive roles within the Church. To emphasize her points, she referenced the Bible often and quoted numerous intellectual figures. “Can the time ever be wrong to challenge discrimination?” Hayes questioned. “My response to this,” she said, “No, a resounding no.” Hayes then spoke about the changing face of racism. She said that racism is now concealed and institutionalized. “We are all guilty [of racism], we are all innocent; the latter is impossible, the former is a reality,” Hayes said. Hayes spoke about an array of interconnected topics. At Georgetown, Hayes teaches a multitude of class-

es, but she spoke specifically about womanist theology courses. These courses use women’s stories to promote participation in religion. “Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy. … There is no time like the present,” Hayes said to conclude her speech. “Dr. Hayes’ presentation was applicable to everything that we are taught here at Mercyhurst,” freshman Robin McDonald said. “It was a great experience well worth attending.” Hayes is the author of five books and over 60 articles. She is currently completing her sixth book, called “Forged in the Fiery Furnace: African American Spirituality.” Some of her other books include “And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black L i b e r a t i o n T h e o l o g y,” “Trouble Don’t Last Always: Soul Prayers, Were You There?” and “Stations of the Cross.” The “Beyond the Dream” series, the Diocese of Erie, the Sisters of Mercy of Erie, Pax Christi U.S.A., Erie Benedictines for Peace and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania co-sponsored Hayes’ lecture.


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Google shows news on a timeline
By Jenna Golden
Contributing writer Google has again come up with a new and innovating feature to the ever popular search engine. A new experimental project called Google News Timeline was released last Monday. The experimental project showcases news in a timeline fashion which has new and old news stories, and it also makes it very easy to view new trends or celebrity gossip. The timeline is projected so there are news stories on the top in a calendar fashion featuring each day. If the reader is interested in a particular day, he or she can simply keep scrolling to show just news from that day. It also includes Time magazine covers so that it is easier to see events and articles. The Google News Timeline also features stories from Google News as well as newspapers, magazines, sports, blogs and music and movies. art endeavors more than anything else. I can see it helping me research ideas and lines of thought from those ideas much more easily,” he said. Senior Shannon Farrell agreed. “I never knew about this before. I would look into using it. I usually just use CNN for quick news updates. If I had the Google News Timeline I would definitely read more news,” Farrell said. “It’s hard in the middle of the day to actually sit down and read, but I use Google all the time. So if Google uses this as sort of their main page or a feature like that I could learn a lot more of what is going on in the world. Basically I think its really cool and a unique way to deliver news,” Farrell said. Google does not plan to make any type of a profit from this new feature, but will eventually charge for advertisements if all goes as planned. It is expected that the Google News Timeline will give some news organizations a run for the money because of its unique features. Check out Google News Timeline at

Google News Timeline’s layout is simple and easy to follow. Users can search for news from a specific date, subject or key word, or through Time magazine archives or Wikipedia events.
Since the phenomenon is so new, not many students at Mercyhurst have heard of it. “I had never heard of Google News Timeline prior to this, but from the small amount of time I have used it, I really like photo

it. It is very user savvy for visual learners and also research types in general. Its capacity to connect specific answer types is refreshing and addictive,” junior Billy Cundiff said. “I think I will be using it more for my

Students one year away from Dungarvan
By Carolyn Carlins
Contributing writer For 26 students and about five faculty members, spring term next year will begin on March 8 in Dungarvan, Ireland. These students will be taking courses that fulfill core requirements in humanities, ethics, behavioral/social sciences and world perspectives. The opportunity to study a term abroad in Dungarvan provides a wonderful way for students to experience culture and continue education. Each of the students going on the trip submitted a study abroad application which was reviewed with three issues given priority: students who will be juniors in the upcoming year; able to return to Mercyhurst for a final year to discuss their experiences; and very strong students who would benefit most from this study abroad experience. For sophomore Melissa Kirwin, the opportunity to study abroad was too good to pass up. “I decided to apply because I have been looking for an opportunity to study abroad that would not interfere too dramatically with my life and classes and that also would not break the bank,” Kirwin said. Sophomore Cherie Jackson said she decided to apply because of her desire to study abroad, especially in a locale that offers a number of opportunities. She said she expects to enjoy exploring the culture of Dungarvan. “I love to travel and I have a good friend from Ireland and I’ve always love to visit his homeland. It seems like it will be a memorable experience,” Jackson said. While the students are in Ireland, they will also have ample opportunities to take advantage of their surroundings. Classes will be held only four days a week, and in the many three-day weekends the students will have the ability to travel and see what interests them. Dr. Heidi Hosey, Director of the Faculty Led Study Abroad Trips Program, said that because Dungarvan is nestled on the coast in south Ireland, it will be easy to travel. There are ample ways to get to buses, trains and ferries that can take a person anywhere in the country, the United Kingdom or Western Europe in just a few hours. “I have other friends studying abroad in the spring so I hope to meet up with them and share some of their experiences in a different country,” Kirwin said. She said she is excited about visiting France. “We are going on a five-day trip to France, and may have other opportunities to visit England, Spain, and Italy as well,” Kirwin said. Freshman Monica Gehring also expects the trip to offer amazing opportunities. “I want to have an open mind and experience the culture,” Gehring said. Hosey believes the trip will be a unique and rewarding experience. “What’s cool here is that the students will be living and learning in the real Ireland, not some place that looks pretty much like any city in the U.S. We’ll know we’re in Ireland and no place other than Ireland—which seems like a strange thing to say, but that is getting harder and harder to find in globalized Europe in the 21st century,” Hosey said.

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Seniors showcase green companies for final project
By Ashley Brudy
Contributing writer On Tuesday, May 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Student Union will be the site of the 4th annual Communication Campaigns Tradeshow. This year, business and communication students were given the eco-friendly task of creating a green company. “Think Green” will showcase eight companies ranging from INGEO a green, organic restaurant, to Nature’s Greenings, a greeting card company with “plantable” cards. Senior Matt Musial, cofounder of INGEO, said he is looking forward to introducing his company at the tradeshow. “Based out of California, it is important for our restaurant to test its product and brand… and what better opportunity than in Erie, Pa.,” Musial said. The first tradeshow was created in 2006 as a capstone project to showcase, highlight and apply what communication and business students have learned in their classes. The show has progressed from a simple student project to a community-wide event with media coverage, networking opportunities, prizes and excitement. Senior Casey Bertolette, a participant in last year’s class, said she is excited for the 2009 tradeshow. “With current environmental issues in the world, it will be interesting to see how the students incorporate green initiatives while creating their companies. With so many green ideas already in the business world, I’m curious to see what they’ve come up with,” Bertolette said. “Being a part of the tradeshow and creating our company, Nature’s Greenings, has been a great learning experience and also really fun,” senior Hayley O’Hare, a participant in this year’s tradeshow, said. “I am excited to see the

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final product of everyone’s hard work and think that everyone should come see what the communication and business students are capable of creating,” O’Hare said. Everyone is welcome to attend “Think Green.” Guests will receive three tokens at the door in order to vote for their favorite green company. At the end of the show, tokens will be counted to see what company is awarded “fan favorite.”

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Dr. Heidi Hosey teaches the course on Middle Eastern Literature. She said she enjoys the group of students in her class. “They are really an incredible bunch of students – smart, curious, sensitive. And they have such a great sense of humor,” she said. Hosey is leading her Middle Eastern Literature class on the trip to Cairo, Egypt. Other professors on the Egypt trip include Dr. Joanne McGurk, Business Dean Jim Breckenridge and Mrs. Missy Breckenridge. “This is a trip of a lifetime, and I think we [as a class] are all seeing it that way and looking forward to sharing it!” Hosey said. Excited about the trip to Cairo, senior Pat Silvis said, “I’m looking forward to trying Egyptian food and riding a camel!” Dr. James Snyder and professor Daniel McFee are leading the FSAT trip to Italy and Greece. “I am looking forward to seeing a whole different way of life – a lifestyle that we don’t get to experience every day,” junior Kati Tompkins said. Students traveling to Italy and Greece will be visiting historical sites such as the Sistine Chapel, Parthenon, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Acropolis and more. Unlike the European trip, students, chaperones and professors traveling to Ecuador/Galapagos Islands will be visit

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FSATs: from Greece to Galapagos
By Liz Maier
Staff writer Imagine walking through the stadium where the Olympic Games were first held, exploring the ancient Egyptian pyramids or charting the clear, blue waters of the Galapagos Islands. Eighty-three Mercyhurst College students enrolled in the Faculty-led Study Abroad Trip (FSAT) Program will make this picturesque dream into a reality May 25 through June 8. Director of FSAT at the ’Hurst Dr. Heidi Hosey said a total of 93 professors, chaperones and students will travel in three separate groups to Egypt, Ecuador/the Galapagos Islands and Italy/Greece for two-week tours coordinated by Education First, Educational Tours. Like the tour company’s name, students were required to take a college course during the spring term. Each course fulfilled a core requirement or could have been taken as an elective. Junior Karla Vogt is taking an FSAT course in Western Philosophy. “I really enjoy our class because it allows me to learn about a culture that I would never have otherwise explored,” she said. Some other FSAT classes students are taking are Christianity in Europe, Middle Eastern Literature, Global Leadership, Biodiversity, Comparative Psychology and History of the Modern Middle East.

Last year, Mercyhurst students took a trip to Japan. Senior Courtney Drennen is shown here with people she met there.
several sight-seeing spots. Chaperoning the Ecaudor/Galapagos Trip is Dr. Ruth Auld. “We will be visiting a volcano, and seeing all manner of unusual living things,” she said. “I am looking forward to being in a

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climate where time doesn’t matter so much. Tortoises don’t seem to hurry, or worry too much and they live a long, long time,” Auld added. “I am also looking forward to watching the students come out of their “technology shells!”

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Mercyhurst students enjoy a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

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May 6, 2009

Dance department rocked ‘Giselle’
By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff writer Last weekend the Mercyhurst College dance department performed the famous romantic ballet “Giselle” at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC). The audience for the Saturday, May 2, matinee performance was fairly small; the audiences for the Saturday, May 2, night and Sunday, May 3, shows were sizeable, however, and the dancers received standing ovations at both of these performances. Overall, the comments from audience members were very positive. “This was by far the best ballet that I have seen performed here, and I have seen probably about five or six different dance performances at Mercyhurst so far,” sophomore Bethany Brun, who attended the Sunday show, said. “I was extremely impressed with how professional the production was. I knew that Mercyhurst has a very respected dance department but never realized the immense talent of our dancers,” sophomore Austin Almendarez said. The one complaint among viewers was that the plot of

Seniors were sad to close a chapter of their dancing careers.

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the ballet was difficult to grasp without outside explanation. “I really liked the first act, but I found the second act to be somewhat confusing. I wasn’t exactly sure of what was going on,” freshman Tara Heade said, who attended the Sunday performance. “The sets were absolutely gorgeous, though,” Heade added. “I really liked the graveyard scene and the concept of the dancers dancing the men to death, once I understood that that was what was going on,” freshman Nikki Zeak said. This weekend’s performance was an especially poignant moment for the 10 seniors of the dance department, as this was their last show with the Mercyhurst dancers. “I was excited to see how the show pulled together. It was a pleasure to work with peers and faculty, making my last memories

on the PAC stage unforgettable,” senior Sarah Klock said. “It was very sad to end this amazing chapter of our lives. Working with such a wonderful group of people and getting to perform with them is what I will miss the most about leaving school,” fellow senior Caitlin Roberts said.

Audience members thoroughly enjoyed the performance by the Mercyhurst College dance department.

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‘Giselle’ was put on at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center this past weekend.

Art majors, professors travel to art gallery
By Tyler Stauffer
Staff writer On Friday, May 1, the art department, seven professors and 35 students of various art majors took a trip to Buffalo to view the exhibit “Action/ Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning, and American Art, 19401976,” at the Albright Knox Art Gallery. The exhibit, organized by the Albright Knox Art Gallery with The Jewish Museum of New York and the St. Lewis Art Museum, reexamined the time period 1940-1976 through the understandings of two top art critics: Harold Rosenberg and Clement Greenberg. During the Cold War, Rosenberg stressed action—his idea was of the creative, physical act of making art, which disputed Greenberg’s idea of abstraction—the formal purity of the art object. These two ideas of art are expressed within the collection that is on display at the gallery consisting of artists’ work such as Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Clyfford Still, Jasper Johns and 28 others. Allen Kaprow’s interactive piece “Words” epitomized both Rosenberg’s and Greenberg’s precepts. “I liked the word room because it was interactive, full of words and intricacy,” sophomore Samantha Williams said. The piece contained various magnets that could be rearranged to make sayings, along with a room to leave notes about the piece. The collection is for all art tastes, from interactive work to paintings, sculptures, photography and drawings. “The Action/Abstraction Installment in the Albright Knox was visually appetizing as well as whimsically intricate. The historically thought-provoking art signified the aesthetics of Natural Abstraction,” sophomore graphic design major Ryan Lanzel said. The exhibition is on display through Wednesday, June 10. For more information on how to get tickets or exhibit information, call the gallery at (716) 882-8700, or visit the website at html.

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up of Stephen Barker Lile, Brian Bandas and Eric Gunderson. The band members met through a mutual friend in Nashville. They all take lead vocals and harmonies to a new level. They just released their debut single, “Runaway,” and their debut album is due out later this year. Lansdowne is a Bostonbased trio that formed in 2006. The members of Lansdowne, including Jon Ricci, Shaun Lichtenstein and Tom Sargent, list their influences as the Goo Goo Dolls, The Police and Jeff Buckley. Their pure rock sound is made even stronger by their energetic live shows. M is for…Matt York & My Favorite Highway. Matt York is not just another singer/songwriter. After three years and over 750 shows promoting his debut album, York sought refuge in a Toronto recording studio to rekindle his passion for songwriting. Six months later, York recorded eleven new tracks and released his sophomore effort, “Mine.” York is currently touring across Canada and the United States in support of his album. My Favorite Highway was formed by Dave Cook and his cousin, Will, in 2005. In 2006, they rounded out the band, adding Bobby Morgenthaler on drums and Pat Jenkins on guitar, released an EP and toured for support. While touring, the band wrote and recorded their latest album, “How To Call A Bluff,” which is available for download on iTunes. N is for…Natascha Sohl & New Year’s Day. Natascha Sohl was born in Paris and studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music, where she earned a degree in vocal performance. In 2004, she was touring the UK as a solo artist when she caught the attention of several independent labels. She signed with Granite Music soon after and began working on her sophomore album. The first single, “Naked,” was featured on MTV’s “The Hills.” New Year’s Day formed in 2005 when bassist Adam Lohrbach joined forces with singer Ashley Hittesdorf, keyboardist Keith Drover, guitarist Mike Schoolden and drummer Russel Dixon. Although the dawn of female-fronted bands is upon us, New Year’s Day offers a different sound, which earned them early support from Fall Out Boy. Their debut album, “My Dear,” is available now. O is for…Oval Opus & Owen Beverly. Cincinnati-based Oval Opus started out in 1997, while the band members were students at Miami University. In 2000, after touring around the east coast, Oval Opus landed opening spots for Guster and Sister Hazel. These opening gigs earned the band great respect and led to the very successful release of their sophomore album. They released their latest self-titled album in 2006 and performed on The Rock Boat in 2007. Owen Beverly attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Beverly entered a severe state of writer’s block after finishing school, leading him to rethink a career in music. His song, “Drunk Lover,” ended up changing all of that. The song became his first single and the name of his debut EP. He is currently touring in support of his full-length album, “Shooting The Bull.” P is for…Parachute & Pretty and Nice. Parachute is a five-piece band, which is made up of Will Anderson, Johnny Stubblefield, Kit French, Nate McFarland and Alex Hargrave, that describes their sound as acoustic-driven pop/rock. Their first single, “She Is Love,” is featured in current Nivea commercials. Parachute’s debut album is due out in May 2009. Pretty & Nice is made up of Holden Lewis, Jeremy Mendicino and Bobby Landry. Their debut full-length album, “Get Young,” includes 10 tracks with clever hooks and mysterious lyrics that leave the listener laughing yet intrigued. It’s one of those albums that you have

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Unknown artists from K to R showcased
By Casey Harvilla
Staff writer K is for…Kate and Kacey Coppola & Kyler England. Kate and Kacey Coppola, twin sisters, have taken the country music world by storm. Their harmonies set them apart from other country acts. The fact they’re identical twins with opposite personalities also plays a part in their songwriting process, because it allows them to write from two perspectives but combine overall thoughts. Their debut album, “Kate and Kacey,” is available online. Kyler England grew up in North Carolina and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She credits her Southern upbringing and experience at Berklee with making her a better songwriter, writing songs with just the right amount of depth and catchiness. England’s latest album, “Simple Machine,” spans alt-country, pop-electronica and singer-songwriter genres, making it interesting and relevant to all fans. L is for…Love and Theft & Lansdowne. Love and Theft is made to listen to all the way through to really hear. Q is for…Quiet Company & Quinzy. Quiet Company is fronted by Taylor Muse, former lead singer of Eisley. Quiet Company’s piano-driven indie pop/rock made for a successful debut album in 2006. The band focused on touring in support of the album for over a year, then decided to get back into writing. They recently released “Everyone You Love Will Be Happy Soon.” The album is available at Quinzy is a powerpop quartet made up of two pairs of brothers, David and Jason Pankratz and Sandy and James Taronno. After their debut release in 2005, critics described their sound as “Weezer meets the Beatles, then goes out for drinks with Ben Folds Five and crashes at Wilco’s place.” Their newest release, “These Nautical Miles,” is available now. R is for…Razorlight & Rocco DeLuca and The Burden. Razorlight was started in London in 2002 by singer Johnny Borrell and guitarist Björn Ågnen. Borrell and Ågnen met up with bassist Carl Dalemo and drummer Andy Burrows, rounding out the rock quartet. Razorlight released albums in 2004 and 2006, both of which were certified triple platinum in the UK. Their third and most recent album, “Slipway Fires,” is available now. Rocco DeLuca and The Burden are a four-piece band out of California. In 2006, the band was signed to the Ironworks Music label, which is co-owned by Kiefer Sutherland, and released their debut album the same year. In early 2009, Rocco DeLuca and The Burden released their sophomore effort, “Mercy.” photo

Pretty and Nice’s debut album has 10 tracks, which all have lyrics leaving listeners intrigued.

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May 6, 2009

Guelcher Film Series plays ‘Wendy and Lucy’
By Kyle King
A & E editor As part of its award-winning Guelcher Film Series, the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center will screen the film “Wendy and Lucy” on Wednesday, May 6, at 2:15 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Wendy and Lucy” stars Michelle Williams (“Brokeback Mountain,” “I’m Not There”) as Wendy Carroll, a down-onher-luck blue-collar worker hoping to start over again working at the Northwestern Fish cannery in Ketchikan, Alaska. Her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Unfortunately, her car breaks down in Oregon and the duo are stranded. Wendy’s economic state slowly unravels and her situation becomes more and more desperate. The companionship between Wendy and Lucy is put to the test as Wendy turns to strangers for assistance. The film is especially poignant considering the nation’s economic crisis. Director Kelly Reichardt, whose film on liberal masculinity, “Old Joy,” won a Tiger Award at the 2007 Rotterdam Festival, explores what it means to be a decent human being and how far one’s limits can be

Meryl Streep was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in ‘Doubt.’ It will be screened June 3.

stretched before reaching a breaking point. As Manolha Dargis of The New York Times wrote, “With uninflected realism, an attentive camera and no weeping strings, Ms. Reichardt makes palpably, tragically real what it means to be struggling at the very edge of the economic abyss. ‘Wendy and Lucy’ is political to the bone but without any of the usual political grandstanding.” The storyline is complemented by an engaging Pacific Northwestern pastoral landscape. Tickets for “Wendy and Lucy” can be obtained at the PAC Box Office and are $5 for

adults, $4 for senior citizens and students and $3 for President’s Card holders. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students with student ID. The Guelcher Film Series will screen films at 2:15 and 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through the end of school and into summer vacation. Mickey Rourke stars in Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” on May 13. “Frozen River” will play May 20. The documentary “Stranded” will screen May 27. Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in June 3’s “Doubt.” This year’s Series is rounded out with “Moscow, Belgium” on June 10.

Michelle Williams (‘Brokeback Mountain’) stars as Wenday Carroll, a hard-luck blue-collar worker in ‘Wendy and Lucy.’

Mathew Kearney
“Closer to Love”


“If every building falls / And all the stars fade / We’ll still be singing this song / The one they can’t take away.” Kearney’s sophomore album, “City of Black & White,” comes out on Tuesday, May 19. His music is heartfelt while incorporating modern day edgy rap.


Auditions for “The Day Boy and the Night Girl” opera
Master Class:
-Composer Jordan Farrar will be discussing the opera in D’Angelo room 19 on May 7. -Presented through the After Dinner Opera Company, which is in residence at Mercyhurst.

-Held in Walker Recital Hall on Friday, May 8 from 4:40 to 8 p.m. -Sign up for one 10 minute slot in the hall of the music department. -Come prepared with one memorized song in English.

FOLK “Cannonballs” is Colello’s first EP and combines older artists such as Neil Young with newer artists such as Cat Power to form a unique style. Her music is also a combination of modern rock and indie rock. The debut EP, “Birds of Prey, will be released on Saturday, July 11.
The band has released three albums, the most recent of which is called “Slipway Fires,” and features the song “Hostage of Love.” “You make yourself a prisoner of me / You blind yourself so you don’t have to see / You turn your life to a power above / You make yourself a hostage of love.” These lyrics are not only compelling but flow together well.

Jentri Colello “Cannonballs”

Razorlight “Hostage of Love” INDIE ROCK

May 6, 2009


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Professor speaks out about elimination of major
Why the college may have made a huge mistake by removing Marriage & Family Studies

The Inbox: Where readers
share their thoughts.
I am truly saddened by the administration’s decision to close the Marriage & Family Studies program and believe it is short-sighted. I was recruited by the department eight years ago to strengthen the undergraduate program and create a graduate program in Marriage & Family Therapy. Marriage & Family Studies on an undergraduate level is unique in the tri-state area and, being an institution of higher-education with a Catholic vision, locating the program here seemed perfect. Two weeks ago, I was told the reason for phasing out the Marriage & Family Studies program was our overall numbers. It cannot be our overall numbers of majors and minors. We have 47 students but, if the administration was referring to our recruitment numbers, from my perspective they would change as the discipline continued to mature and become better known. I think these numbers are falsely interpreted as indicative of a weak program. Undergraduates discover our major after exploring various options at Mercyhurst and our numbers of majors and minors tell the story of a vibrant pro-

gram. So, why the confusion? When admissions goes to sell Mercyhurst to prospective students, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work have name recognition and a long-standing identity, while Marriage & Family Studies is a new discipline in the social sciences. If a graduate program in Marriage & Family Therapy had been developed, as originally intended, name recognition on an undergraduate level would have crystallized more quickly. I think the more prominent issue for the administration was program redundancy; the administration saw program offerings in Social Work and our Marriage & Family Studies program as similar. In my opinion, the notion of redundancy is a misnomer, as there is little room for electives in the Social Work major. In keeping with the research on this generation of millenials and a liberal arts tradition, our Marriage & Family Studies majors are encouraged to pull from many disciplines related to the social sciences. This is done to build their expertise and competence base beyond one view and make our graduates more marketable. We have majors with a background in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Education and Art Therapy. Our minors include not only those mentioned but Religious Studies, Special Education and Dance. Now this begs a question as to why would the administration choose to close this program? It

is progressive, developmentally sensitive and fits the milennial trends of new and current students. Could it be it has been a threat to the other social science programs, i.e. Social Work? The number of Social Work majors recruited each year is not much more than our sparse recruitment numbers. But, I would argue in comparison to Marriage & Family Studies, the actual number of students that discover Social Work after arriving or are retained in the major pales by comparison. In the eight years since Ms. Ondrejcak and the Family and Consumer Sciences Department (now defunct) recruited me, we have seen great strides by our students being accepted and completing graduate degrees in Marriage & Family Therapy. Some of the recent Mercyhurst graduates are now or soon to be alumni from the University of Connecticut, Virginia Tech, the University of Missouri and NOVA Southeastern of Florida. Many local graduate school programs such as those at Edinboro University, Gannon University, the University of Akron, John Carroll University, Youngstown State College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania have many Mercyhurst graduates from our program as well, in fields beyond our own including community counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, art therapy and social work. These strides are not limited to going to graduate school, but also include making major contributions to social service agencies locally and nationally. I receive positive feedback from employers about the professionalism and confidence

our students exude in the field. This is partially due to the service learning requirement each student must fulfill for each and every major course in Marriage & Family Studies.” Whether through service learning or the Human Services Club, our students have contributed tirelessly with little recognition and I can only imagine what service learning will look like at this institution without our majors leading the way. Our students and graduates have

been known by many names through the years: “human ecology majors,” “family ecology majors” and fairly recently as “marriage & family studies” majors. Regardless of the administration’s decision to conclude this program, the legacy started by Ms. Ondrejcak some 27 years ago will remain. All are to be commended. It is never too late for the administration to reconsider their decision.

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nomic freedom and individual freedom are one and the same. After President Clinton policed U.S. troops around the world, President Bush based his 2000 campaign on a noninterventionist foreign policy. He said, “I am not so sure the role of the U.S. should be to go to other nations and tell them to ‘do it this way.” Well, we saw how sincere he was. While the Republican Party claims to be a party supporting low taxes and small government, the Department of Education doubled in size, the leviathan Department of Homeland Security was created, government medical programs greatly expanded, federal spending increased faster than in 30 years, the national debt increased more than under any president in American history and a $700 billion “bailout” was passed. How can you be a party of low taxes and small government when you take action resulting in the opposite? On the same note: Democrats love to point out the loss of liberties Americans have endured under the “conservative” Bush Administration. But the same Democrats voted into office are the same who unanimously gave President Bush the power to do “whatever he deemed necessary” his entire term. Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel even has an outline of a mandatory youth service corps for Americans between the age of 18 and 25, which is just a step closer towards a national draft and slavery to the state. There might be a difference in the two parties’ supporters, but is there actually a big difference in whom the supporters vote for? All the while, these two parties continually fail America by with a failed war on drugs, increasing national debt with deranged

government spending, increasing military presence overseas and enlarging the size of our bureaucracy, while restricting personal freedom and taking our country farther away from our Founding Fathers’ ideals. The third largest party in the United States is not even mentioned: the Libertarian Party. Republicans and Democrats alike have claimed our current financial crisis came out of nowhere and couldn’t have been prevented. While Bush Republicans come up with excuses for the failure of our economy, Democrats find it a perfect time to attack the evil “free market” and try to convince the American people that Socialism can save us. The truth is these current train of thought. As far as social issues go, Christians have strong moral beliefs opposing homosexual acts and abortion. However, Libertarians do not believe they have the right to force their moral codes on other Americans at the point of a bayonet or through the abused powers of government. As a Libertarian, I do not have to agree with other people’s lifestyles, but I do tolerate them. What takes place in other people’s lives, whether it is homosexuality or the recreational use of marijuana, is no more my business than it should be the government’s. Morality should not be in the hands of the government (especially the federal government) as long as it is not violating someone else’s natural rights. Libertarianism is a limited moral philosophy denouncing aggression against person and property, but holds no ethical position on numerous other positions. Before any true change or progress can take place in America, we as individuals must change and understand the moral, economic and political necessities of throwing off the chains of big government and Social Democracy. These chains have shackled us into an unsustainable entitlement system, corporatist bailouts, immoral wars on foreigners, an immoral war on those who partake in drugs, a ferocious business cycle unleashing havoc on the American populace and in general a War on Liberty. In the coming months, Americans will either choose to affirm the path we are on towards authoritarianism or we can embrace liberty, peace and property under the aegis of freedom. I’m a Libertarian because I believe in freedom…Why aren’t you?

May 6, 2009 September 3, 2008

Alternatives to hypocritical politics
By Thomas Kubica
Contributing writer Albert Einstein said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.” This is the best explanation for modern politics. The Democratic and Republican parties have monopolized our government while citizens of the United States go at each other’s throats daily. As a new president from the opposing party goes into office after eight years of failure, broken promises and distrust, we fail to see any real “change.” Both parties are blinded by their hypocritical ideologies; Democrats base their platform on opposing unconstitutional wars, supporting personal freedoms such as women’s rights, gay rights and separation of church and state, and claim to oppose unconstitutional bills such as the Patriot Act. While they make a strong front for personal freedoms, they are anything but strong for economic freedom for individuals while imposing increasingly progressive taxes and the belief that “wealth redistribution” is noble. French political philosopher Frederic Bastiat said it best, “The state is the great fiction by which everybody tries to live at the expense of everybody else.” On the other hand, Republicans claim to base their platform on economic liberty while failing to be proponents of individual liberty. Rather than operating as a principled political organization, the Republican Party has turned into to an overgrown club for the nation’s evangelicals who look to infest the globe with military presence without considering repercussions or blowback of their actions. Both parties are outright hypocritical and do not realize eco-

The beautiful tulips recently planted in Garvey Park make trips around campus all the more enjoyable. Campus is bustling with pre-final jitters while seniors are putting the final touches on their capstone projects. All will be relieved in a matter of days.

However, Libertarians do not believe they have the right to force their moral codes on other Americans...
Thomas Kubica financial woes have nothing to do with the “free market;” it is impossible considering we have not even actually had a free market in decades. The media and politicians fail to mention where the root of this disaster actually came from. You rarely hear the policies of the FED were actually the catalyst to the economic troubles we face. Surprisingly enough, Republicans and Democrats fail to realize Libertarian political and Libertarian economic thought (The Austrian School of Economics) have been predicting this crisis for years. Despite Libertarians spot-on prophecies, oddly enough the government continues their bad habits and ignores Libertarian politics and The Austrian School of Economic’s

Although SAC nailed down Third Eye Blind as the best band to perform at springfest in years, the no-guest-ticket policy put a damper on many students’ plans.

Overflowing toilets in the basement of the Hirt building made Tuesday af ter noon the s ti nk y scene to send stressed-out students over the edge. This stench seems to rear its ugly head every so often.
Please e-mail any suggestions to The GB&U is a compilation of student opinions.

Men’s Lacrosse.................................................. May 2, W 6-5, NYIT Tullio Field will be revamped this summer with the replacement of the 10-year-old Astroturf. Mercyhurst College is installing Field Turf Duraspine. It is worth the $500,000 because it will reduce injuries to the players. Football, lacrosse and field hockey will play on the new surface. Installation is scheduled to begin on May 26 and should be completed by late July, a month before the fall season begins.

Tullio Field scheduled for makeover

No.5 women’s lacrosse was selected as the No. 3 seed in the upcoming NCAA Division II tournament. They earned their first NCAA selection after winning a program-record 14 games this season. The Lakers will play Lock Haven University on Saturday, May 9, at Lock Haven.

Women’s lax seeded No.3 in NCAA Tournament

New AD looks to fresh future
By Katie Waldin
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College Athletic Department will see a major change as the administration in the athletic department changes next year. Next year, former Mercyhurst Football coach Joe Kimball (from 1993-2002) will take over the position of Head Athletic Director at Mercyhurst. Former Athletic Director Craig Barnett resigned from the position earlier this year. The administration then appointed Aaron Kemp as a temporary athletic director for the duration of the 2008-2009 school year. With the addition of Kimball to the Mercyhurst family, Kemp has been promoted to the Associate Athletic Director and Director of Compliance, where he will work alongside Kimball to unite and improve the group of impressive athletes that Mercyhurst is producing. With new athletic administration, Mercyhurst will see many changes over the course of the year. Kimball said he is not looking to come in and change all of the traditions and things that are going well with the athletic

Athletics is in our family and our blood

Joe Kimball

Senior goalkeeper Jason LaShomb was named the East Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the second consecutive week with the Lakers’ victory over NYIT holding NYIT to their lowest single-game total of the year since 2004. This is the fourth time of the year LaShomb has received this honor. LaShomb wrapped up his Mercyhurst College career with 50 games. He went 34-9 with a .612 save percentage and a 6.44 goals against average. He also holds several program records.

Jason LaShomb- Men’s Lacrosse

Junior Tyler Bidwell finished the first round of the 2009 East/Atlantic Regional Men’s Golf Tournament in a tie for 30th place out of 108 competitors. He shot a 79 for the first round, which ties him at fourth out of the 17 golfers from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference who are competing in the tournament.

Tyler Bidwell- Men’s Golf

department. He said he wants to come in and find solutions to the problems that are in existence now. “It is a big mistake to think you can come in and say we should do this and that to make the program better, especially to people who have already been working in the department,” Kimball said. “It is too early for any changes to occur, the answers to the current problems will come from within the department,” said Kimball. For the past seven years, Kimball worked in a variety of positions for the City of Erie School

District. Working within in the school district gave him many opportunities to gain a variety of skills and important abilities that will benefit him in his work at Mercyhurst. “The experiences I gained in the last seven years as an administrator in the City of Erie have been immense,” Kimball said. Although working for the schools district was rewarding, Kimball said he cannot wait to get back to working with athletes because he and his family were all athletes. “Athletics is in our family and our blood,” he said. Kimball left a piece of advice for the student athletes at Mercyhurst. “This is your shot to have four years to compete at high levels,” Kimball said. “Give it everything you got while your in it, because this might be all you ever get,” Kimball said. “Leave it all out there even though it may be hard with school, balance is key,” Kimball said.

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something new to the team, and helped the 2008-2009 tennis season progress the way it did. Junior Meghan Raynor became a very strong doubles and singles player and brought a lot of strategy to the game. Another junior, Natalie Iovino, made some great strides in her game and her attitude on the court really helped the team. “Kim Ezzo is a tough number one player,” McLean said. Sophomore Ezzo contributed with a lot of incredible matches throughout the season. Sophomore Kelton Macke brought in some great wins while really improving her game consistency. The team’s freshman, Courtney Conway, earned several big matches to put under her belt for the upcoming seasons. Together the team played well and had a great attitude. The conference consisted of some pretty tough competition for the girls, still coming

May 6, 2009

Weather heats up May along with NHL playoffs
By Devon Swanson
Sports columnist It’s May, and I don’t know what more astounding: the Pirates are flirting with .500, or Martin Havlat is healthy. The second round of the NHL playoffs are here, but I have to finish the first round because two Game 7’s weren’t over by the time the Merciad went to print last week. The Rangers wrapped up a 31 lead on the Capitals by losing three straight games in dramatic fashion. To give you an indication, the Rangers got beat so badly, Markus Naslund retired. (All joking aside, Naslund was the best Canuck to ever lace them up and he has a special place in the hearts of Pittsburgh fans). The other New York City area team (you seriously thought of the Islanders being in the playoffs?) blew one of the most guaranteed wins possible. The ‘Canes were down by two to the New Jersey Devils with less than two minutes to go in the third, but Eric Staal remembered he was on the cover of NHL ’08 and won it for Carolina. This earned them the right to go on and face the number one seed overall in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins. With those series complete, it’s on to the second round! The NHL’s plan of promoting one series and using the other three as filler between its games is working like a charm. The Caps are up 2-0 because of secondary scoring, end of story. An interesting note, though, is that Penguins get penalized for checking the Capitals star Alex Ovechkin. Watch the replay: Ovechkin gets hit down low, turtles up, grabs his face, and sells a penalty like the true athlete he is. M-V-P! M-V-P! The Blackhawks split in Vancouver, not an easy task considering the Canucks have been practically unbeatable at GM Place down the stretch. Patrick Kane recovered from the swine flu and has four points in two games. You won’t hear about it because “he gets paid to make the big saves,” but Roberto Luongo robbed Ben Eager on a rebound in Game 2. The second matchup is Detroit against Anaheim. The tone was set when Scot Stevens Mike Brown bloodied Jiri Hudler with an open ice bomb in Game 1. Game 2 saw a triple OT thriller with Todd Marchant(huh?) scoring the game winner. Finally, the Boston Bruins and Cam Ward are tied at one heading back to Carolina. The Bruins really took it to Ward in Game 1, but the ’06 Conn Smythe winner held his own in Game 2 and shut out the B’s. The war room in Toronto couldn’t conclude whether a puck shot by the Hurricane’s Chad LaRose was across the goal line even though there were multiple unobstructed views of it. Jokes. For all of those hockey fans out there who are missing out on the action on campus because Mercyhurst College no longer gets Versus, I suggest streaming the games on the internet at www.myp2pforum. eu/nhl-icehockey/ to remain up to date on all the second round playoff action.

Tennis wraps up season
By Katie DiNunzio
Staff writer Game, set and match. Women’s tennis season is over for the year and it can definitely be chalked up as a success. Despite the odds, the team had a great season. They had to make a big adjustment to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and also had to play in the conference with a mere six girls, the minimum number needed to play a match. Senior captain Jaclyn McLean had nothing but good things to say about each of her fellow team members and their accomplishments this season “In terms of the season, we had a good shot at nationals,” McLean said. She added that all the girls on the team stepped up their game this year. Each player brought out with a solid 9-9 overall record. Teams from schools including Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and California University of Pennsylvania brought strong competition to the Laker tennis girls. A big win for the team was against Clarion University of Pennsylvania, against which they lost a tight 5-4 contest last year, and this year they won with an incredible 7-2 outcome. McLean, who also had a great final season herself, is a senior who will not be returning to the team next year. However, she has a positive outlook for the 2009-10 tennis season. “Next year’s team should be very strong as we have everyone but myself returning, and lots of recruits,” McLean said. The women’s tennis season has ended but all involved with the team have high hopes for the returning group of players next season.

Keep commentators in mind
By John Baranowski
Sports columnist Apart from aesthetics, hockey jerseys serve a very important role. It sounds obvious, but it can be quickly forgotten that jerseys are the identification of players to those calling the game. Sleeve numbers on jerseys are one of the most underrated things in sports. Anyone who has done play-by-play has come to realize the importance of these seemingly insignificant four-inch-high numbers. Considering that commentators are placed on the side of the playing surface with players facing perpendicular to them most of the time, these are the only identifiers for long periods. The absence of these, as I’ve seen in the ACHA with the University at Buffalo, Niagara University and Washington and Jefferson, among others, wreaks havoc with commentators as they struggle to fill time until the unidentified player turns his back toward you. Front numbers are completely idiotic and the most pointless addition to hockey jerseys that most people consider good. Considering the hand placement of a hockey player, the number is obscured by the stick. Color schemes mean a lot for identification. This is not as simple as white jerseys versus colored jerseys, but more about what colors the numbers are. I recall Colgate’s NCAA Women’s hockey team had dark maroon sweaters with black numbers outlined in silver. For someone with less than perfect eyesight, they were not always identifiable, especially at hockey speeds. The names, in silver, were obstructed by the hair of the players, making them just as useless. The game became much more difficult for me as a result. So I beg you, if you ever are in charge of having jerseys made for your team, keep the commentators in mind, eh?

May 6, 2009
uniform and fight for a victory on the home turf, and that is exactly what they did. The Lakers pulled off the upset by a score of 6-5 over favored NYIT, who was last year’s National Champion, to continue their home winning streak to 17 games. The Lakers were led by senior Aaron Mazer and junior Tyler Burton, who each scored two goals. Senior Mike Bartlett came through with the dagger with 74 seconds left by scoring the go ahead goal in a man-up situation. Another senior, Jason Lashomb, came up big by making 12 saves. Goalkeeping was crucial in this highly defensive game, as both teams were well below their season scoring average.

LaShomb continued his fantastic season and won the ECC Goalkeeper of the Week for the fourth time this season, his second in as many weeks. With this honor he rounds out his Mercyhurst career record of 34-9 with a 61 percent save percentage. Despite not making the tournament this season the Lakers had a very good year and will look to continue improving next year. The Lakers finished the season with an 11-3 record with a 4-2 record in the ECC conference.

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Lax claims victory, knocked out of tournament
By Gary Coad
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College men’s lacrosse team’s season came down to the final weekend as the Lakers needed a win to have a chance at an NCAA Tournament bid. Sadly, the Lakers did not get chosen to be in the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Tournament this year. Their No. 5 ranking, even with the clutch victory over the No. 3 team, was not good enough to get them into the four-team tournament. The No. 3 New York Institute of Technology came into town to play the No. 5 Lakers on Senior Day. It was the last day for the seniors to put on the Laker

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Junior Johnny Pawluk (20) and senior Matt Spahr (27) defend a NYIT attacker during their 6-5 win on Saturday, May 2, at Tullio Field

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Sophomore Tim Winslow (40) holds back a member of the NYIT men’s lacrosse team during their match-up this past weekend.

Lakers chase milestones on baseball diamond
By Nick Glasier
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College baseball team is entering the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference playoffs with a number of its players chasing team milestones. Senior Jamie Walczak is having a sensational season and is in the top 10 in several offensive categories for Mercyhurst singleseason records, including hits, doubles, and runs. He is leading the team with 69 hits and is six hits away from breaking the team record of 74 hits. He has managed to hit 17 doubles this season and is one short of tying the team record of 18. He is seven runs away from breaking the single-season record for runs. Senior Jeff Stoll currently has 57 RBIs and is 16 short of breaking the record of 72. Sophomore Jonathan Keppler has drawn 38 walks this year and is just seven short of the mark. The most notable record that is being chased this year has been freshman Ethan Santora’s pursuit of the single season home run record. He has the record tied at 16 home runs and with one more home run he will be all alone at the top.

Rowing continues to rock the boat this season
By Anne Sobol
Staff writer This past weekend, the Mercyhurst College women’s rowing winning streak was finally broken while the men’s lightweight four remained undefeated at the Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association Championship in Michigan. Still, every crew between the men and women went to the finals for a chance at a medal. For the first time this season, the women’s V8 lost, when they were overcome by Grand Valley State University, who led the race from the start. The Lakers accepted silver with an impressive time of 6:10, over 30 seconds ahead of Michigan State University. According to Head Coach Adrian Spracklen, they did not taper, but used the race as training for this week’s prestigious Dad Vail Regatta. In the varsity four event, the women remained competitive through windy conditions. Though they fought to stay ahead, they eventually gave way to Northwestern University and Cleveland State University and settled for bronze. Neither this event nor the eight have any effect on the crew’s national ranking, as they remain No. 1. The men’s team had an equally strong performance when junior coxswain Ryan Browning led the V4 to sweep their final 10 seconds ahead of University of Dayton. With their record now 40-0, they expect to receive the top seed at Dad Vail. Then, the men put together an eight that saw perhaps one of the most exciting races of the day. The men landed in second place between Grand Valley and Michigan. Later, the men’s pairs stole gold and silver in their even when juniors Stanislav Kostic and Michael Orzolek commanded the race in the ‘A’ boat and sophomore Ben Caplinger and junior Ben Wells in the ‘B’ boat dominated over Lawrence University. Both teams will continue their success at the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest in the U.S., in Philadelphia on May 8-9.

Knocked out
Men’s Lax defeats NYIT, fails to make NCAA tournament

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