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The building is projected to have four floors of approximately 9,000 square feet each. The need for a new structure arose partly because of an increase in students but also due to the Intelligence Studies Department’s growth since its inception in 1992. Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Phil Belfiore said the building’s main purposes will be to showcase the college’s already well-known intelligence program and to construct a building uniquely consistent not only with Mercyhurst’s education style, but in appearance as well. The new classrooms would represent “fusion centers,” as Livingston termed them, where intelligence faculty and students can monitor and process incoming data streams from around the world. These fusion centers would not be limited only to intelligence or even business and communication majors. “Faculty in any discipline would be able to use a fusion center for a seminar-type, interactive course for upperclassmen,” Livingston said. Business and intelligence majors currently comprise 25 percent of Mercyhurst’s student body, which helped to precipitate the need for a new building.

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its current area on the third floor of Preston Hall. The Intelligence Studies Department will reside largely on the new building’s third floor, with seven proposed office areas and two to three fusion center laboratories. The building’s lower level will house offices for the hospitality management department, and a portion of the building would also give the Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics & Society a permanent home. The building, tentatively titled as the “Center for Academic Engagement,” will likely not move forward until a major donor offers a naming gift worth at least $4 million. “It is a tough market to raise big dollars in,” Livingston said candidly. “It is challenging to get those very high-end gifts, and that’s been true across the country.” Still, the college expects to complete fundraising for the building by summer 2011. Those dates, however, are not set in stone, according to Livingston. “If someone walked in with $5 million tomorrow,” he said with a smile, “then that might move ahead.”

Administration plans for new academic building
By Ethan Magoc
Multimedia editor Mercyhurst’s business, communication, graphic design, hospitality and intelligence majors will soon have a new home. Groundbreaking could begin as soon as 2012 for a new academic building on Mercyhurst’s main campus that would house three of the college’s majors, as well as an auditorium and meeting room for visiting conferences and lectures. College administrators are currently researching site possibilities and fund raising toward the building’s total projected cost of $10 million. Dr. David Livingston, Mercyhurst’s vice president of advancement, said that $6 million of the ongoing $50 million capital campaign will help fund its construction. Potential site plans now consist of either demolishing the Warde Townhouses and building the structure adjacent to the bookstore or relocating the maintenance building. “The idea behind the first site would be to close off the quad between Hirt and Zurn,” Livingston said. “We’re still looking into the possibility of (moving the Maintenance site).”

This virtual image depicts the proposed Center for Academic Engagement.

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The current Center for Intelligence Studies, 3928 Wayne Street, comprises more than 11,000 square feet of classroom and office space. In 1994, Mercyhurst committed to a 15-year lease for the building from Baldwin Brothers, Inc., at approximately $113,000 annually, according to Tom Billingsley, the college’s vice president of administration. The college renewed the building lease in 2009 on a fiveyear lease with an option for five more. The estimated 36,000-square-

foot new building would feature a small auditorium with seating for about 150 people, along with an atrium, dining room, kitchen and three classrooms— all on the first floor. The Audrey Hirt Academic Center is 55,000 square feet. The second floor, likely to house the communication and graphic design departments, would consist of two classrooms and studio space. Belfiore said it is still uncertain whether the entire Walker School of Business would be relocated to this building from

College mourns death of adult student
By JoEllen Marsh
Editor-in-chief Mercyhurst College mourns the death of a student, Matthew J. Weber. Weber, 27, of Erie died at his campus apartment on Friday, Feb. 19. Weber was an adult graphic design student who graduated from Mercyhurst Preparatory School in 2001. According to his obituary on GoErie.com, Weber loved hiking and the outdoors, music and boating. The Erie County Coroner’s office said the official cause of death would not be known for several weeks, but no foul play is suspected. Mercyhurst College President Thomas Gamble said, “I remember Matt as an enthusiastic and charming young man with a ready smile and a generous spirit. Matt loved his friends, his family, music and art. My thoughts and prayers and those of the entire Mercyhurst community are with his friends and family at this difficult time.” Weber’s friends and family attended a Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at St. Peter Cathedral in Erie. A private burial followed the Mass at Laurel Hill Cemetery. More than 60 of Weber’s friends have posted on his Facebook wall since his death. In addition, friends, family and acquaintances posted over 110 comments on his online obituary’s guest book, offering prayers and condolences to his parents. One of Weber’s professors commented, “(Matt) was a gentle but exuberant soul and will be greatly missed.” A friend from Erie posted, “Matt was a great friend to anyone he came in contact with.... He genuinely touched my heart, and it was a pleasure knowing your son. He brought out the best in people, and had such a good heart. He will be sadly missed by many.” Memorials may be made to the Maria House, c/o Fr. James Peterson, 1218 French St., Erie, PA 16501, or to Mercyhurst College, 501 East 38th St., Erie, PA 16546.

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said. The college conducted a study of the Highland Square Apartments to see if it is “worth our investment to make repairs to those buildings or ought we to look at demolition of the buildings,” Tobin said. Tobin and Assistant Vice President of Student Life Laura Zirkle received the results of the study on Friday, March 5. Before the results can be made public, the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees and Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble must review them. Whether the decision is made to repair the four buildings or to demolish them, “We recognize that the windows have to be replaced now,” Zirkle said. The windows are able to be removed and reused in another building if the Highland Square Apartments are eventually demolished. If the option to demolish the apartments is chosen, a new sophomore housing area would be built. The proposal for a better sophomore living area came from a six-month study of campus housing a few years ago conducted by the Westminster Group. This study included several student focus groups and surveys as well as looking at all of the buildings on campus. According to Zirkle, the study looked at colleges that were similar to Mercyhurst and colleges that Mercyhurst aspires to be like. The conclusion of the study showed the need for a twophase housing project. The first phase was to significantly improve freshman housing. The second phase was to “create a more creative and developmental sophomore area,” Tobin said. According to Tobin, the sophomore area that would be built would have suites that four to six students would live in with two to three students in one bedroom. These suites would have meeting areas in the building and would help sophomores transition from a freshman dorm to an upperclassman apartment, Zirkle said. If the college decides to build a new sophomore living area, the current Highland Square Apartments would be the location of the new buildings due to their prime location, and because they are the worst kept buildings, Zirkle said.

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College considers razing Highland apartments
By Kelly Luoma
News editor Administration from Mercyhurst College are deciding if they should demolish the apartment buildings at the top of Briggs and Lewis Avenue. Residents of these buildings have experienced mold, insect infestations and windows that blow wide open or are difficult to close or latch. To fix the last problem, Mercyhurst College is in the process of replacing some of the worst windows in the four apartment buildings on Briggs and Lewis, which are known as Highland Square Apartments. “We recognize that Highland Square has a significant need for renovation,” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin The type of sophomore housing to be built would be determined by what the college and students are able to afford. “We want to provide the best experience for students and maintain a cost that is reasonable,” Tobin said. Despite Tobin’s statement that he wants students to have the best experience, Junior Rachel Kandefer said she does not think administration has been responsive to the issues residents have faced. “I sent Dr. Tobin an e-mail in November about meeting about the conditions of the apartments, and he didn’t respond until January,” Kandefer said. For now, the residents of Highland Square Apartments must continue waiting as administration reviews the results of the study.

Mercy Beyond Borders founder receives Romero award
By Jennifer McCurdy
Staff writer Mercyhurst College honored Sister of Mercy Marilyn Lacey with the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award for 2010 on Tuesday, March 9. This year’s honoree, Lacey, has dedicated 25 years of her life to helping refugees in Africa, Southeast Asia and the United States. In 2008, she founded the nonprofit organization, Mercy Beyond Borders, which educates women and children displaced by war. Mercy Beyond Borders also funds small businesses that women can run in southern Sudan. The Dalai Lama recognized Lacey in 2001 as an “Unsung Hero of Compassion.” Lacey holds a master’s degree in social work from the Uniaward has been given at Mercyhurst since 1991, when Jesuit activist Daniel Berrigan became the first honoree. “The Oscar Romero award is important as an opportunity to reflect on and in some way internalize cardinal values of Mercyhurst, the inspiration and call to faith and justice,” Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel, chair of the religious studies department, said. “The event honors an individual who has expressed those values, so grounded in a gospel ethos, in an exemplary way.” “The award has always been an opportunity to remember and focus on the deepest instincts of the gospel and the founding inspiration of Mercyhurst,” Forsthoefel said. Lacey spoke to the college community after receiving the award. She told stories about her experiences with refugees and commented on the love and joy she experiences from social work. “When I was a young nun, I first discovered the Bible and this amazing God who was always welcoming us,” Lacey said. She described humans by saying, “All of us are caught in God’s embrace....We are all kin.” Since Lacey first visited Mercyhurst in March 2009, the college community and Mercy Beyond Borders have shared a strong relationship. Many students and faculty members have helped the group with service and fundraising projects, and Mercy Beyond Borders named Mercyhurst its “Ambassador of the Month” last June.

Sister Marilyn Lacey received the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award at Mercyhurst College on Tuesday, March 9.

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versity of California, Berkeley, and in 2009, she published her memoir, “This Flowing Toward Me: A Story of God Arriving in Strangers, through Ave Maria Press.” Freshmen will recognize the

book as this year’s freshman reading requirement. The award Lacey received is named after the Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, who was assassinated while celebrating Mass in 1980. The

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FEATURES

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Alternative spring breakers skip partying, help others
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer Nearly six years after Katrina hit New Orleans, victims of the hurricane are still struggling and Mercyhurst students were recently there to help. Forty-one Mercyhurst College faculty members and students participated in alternative spring break trips this year, choosing not to party and to help the less fortunate instead. The students who participated in the New Orleans trip explored the French Quarters, weatherproofed a Habitat house, and helped complete projects around Camp Hope, a former school building where Habitat for Humanity provides low-cost housing for volunteers. The “urban immersion” trips to Baltimore and Camden allowed students to provide hands-on service and empathy to “poor and marginalized people in a variety of settings,” according to Campus Ministry Director Gregory Baker. Campus Ministry, Habitat for Humanity and Service Learning coordinated to plan three trips. Six people traveled to learned new things and helped a stranger regain hope and a home.” Baker encourages students to participate in alternative spring break trips, citing their affordability and popularity on the Mercyhurst campus. “Habitat for Humanity trip fills to capacity each year. Students actually line up early in the morning on a winter morning each year to secure their space for the trip,” Baker said. “Go. Try something new! Take a risk. These trips are fantastic for so many reasons,” Baker said. “They offer an opportunity to bond with a small group of students who are committed to serving others. They allow people to see, hear and touch the reality of the poor in our midst, and they offer powerful opportunities to reflect on these experiences, moving beyond service to ask the tough questions of social justice.” A final trip is planned for after graduation this year for two weeks in Guyana, South America. Any student can participate in these trips, and scholarships are available. If you have interest in alternative break trips, please contact Service Learning or Campus Ministry.

Mercyhurst students volunteered their spring break and helped waterproof a habitat house in New Orleans. Trips to Baltimore and New Jersey allowed students to provide hands-on service to residents of the area.

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Baltimore, Md.; four people traveled to Camden, N.J.; and 31 people traveled to New Orleans, La. “We had the opportunity to build a house for a family who was a victim of Katrina,” senior Laura Stevens, who went to New Orleans, said. “Our group mostly focused on waterproofing the house, which means putting in windows, tarring and shingling the roof, and wrap-

ping the house.” “(The homeowner) shared his story with us while we worked and it reminded me why we were there and how much of an impact we were having on someone else’s life,” senior Jill Marshall, who also traveled to New Orleans, said. “The whole trip was an incredible experience that will stay with me forever. I met amazing people, made new friends,

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With graduation only a couple of months away, senior Maeve McGoff is taking an extra role as a movie producer to present her script as this year’s Communications Department film. Upon her script being chosen, McGoff took charge of the production, filming and editing, as well as managing the cast and crew. With another thing to add to her busy schedule, McGoff said she tries not to focus on the amount of work. “My expectations are high, but it will be a lot of fun, and it will give me the perfect hands-on

experience. It‘s my senior year, I didn’t want to regret not doing the student film, so I submitted one this year,” McGoff said. “The skills of our major can‘t be taught in a classroom, so the Communications Department provides opportunities like this to learn and experience things hands-on. It just depends (on) if you take advantage of these opportunities.” The film is titled “Student Production,” and is a satire on student films and their filmmakers. The main character is Walter “Chet” Perkins, who believes he will be Hollywood’s next big star. Though his film background is primarily based on clichéd movie scenes and Internet searches, he believes

his film is that it will thrill audiences and blow all other student films away. His crew suggests that behind the scenes would make a better film. “The story revolves around Chet’s decision but is narrated through after-scene confessionals from the director and crew, who think their director is a complete moron,” McGoff said. McGoff had in mind to write this script since last year. “I wrote it in a couple of months on and off, but once the production starts, the script will continuously change with everyone’s personalities taking advantage of windows for improvement,” she said. McGoff ’s own experiences

inspired her to write the script for “Student Produced.” Without ever being in front of the camera and with many experiences behind the camera, she finds being behind the camera sometimes more entertaining than what is being produced. She wanted something that was more realistic and a chance to give production crews more credit than just a name in the ending credits. The film is expected to show in mid-May and will be open to the public.

If interested in helping out with this production, contact Maeve at kmcgof90@ mercyhurst.edu.

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‘Lorna’s Silence’ presents moral, emotional dilemma
By Kathleen Vogtle
Staff writer Compromising is an unavoidable facet of the 21st century; we rarely encounter a situation where we can gain one thing without giving up something in return. But imagine having your life, or the life of someone you love, put in these terms. The spring term Guelcher Film Series kicks off with a gripping drama derived from this very circumstance. In “Lorna’s Silence,” the title character, an Albanian refugee living in Belgium, finds herself caught between safeguarding the life of her husband and the monetary powers of a shady underground. Lorna, played by Arta Dobroshi, is initially seen as an inconsequential dry cleaner whose boyfriend, Sokol, played by Alban Ukaj, is a travelling salesman who comes to see her when his travels permit. Her legal residency in Belgium has been secured through her sham marriage to a drug addict named Claudy (Jérémie Renier), whom she has come to love. Despite her highly questionable situation, Lorna has no choice but to keep the status quo, as the underground has the ability to financially ruin her. But her unstable life finally comes crashing down when the underground decides it has no further use for Claudy. They want Lorna to trick him into a drug overdose; instead, they wish her to ‘marry’ a Russian crime boss who needs papers. In the mean-

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ wows few students
While some of the audience was wowed with “Sleeping Beauty,” there were a select number who were disappointed.

Sonos exceeded expectations
Sonos exceeded the expectations of audience members with their acappella performance last Friday.

‘Promised Land’ tackles debate
This book by Jay Parini tackles the debate of picking the 13 most signi icant books that shaped America.

“Lorna’s Silence” tells the story of a woman forced to choose between her safety and helping the man she loves.

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time, however, Claudy desperately wants to clean up his life and begs Lorna to help him. Lorna now finds herself faced by a crushing ethical and mental dilemma. On the one hand is the underground, trying to force her hand with their monetary control and holding a man’s life over her head. On the

other hand, Lorna might save a man’s life, but would then face either a future of destitution or death by the underground. Presented in French with English subtitles, it shows in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center today at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are free for Mercyhurst students with ID.

Rector’s album gives upbeat feel
By Casey Harvilla
Staff writer It’s no secret that the Nashville music scene has produced countless successful musicians. One such success story is that of Ben Rector, a Nashville-born and -bred performer. His piano-driven pop/rock has drawn comparisons to Jon McLaughlin, Gavin DeGraw and Matt Wertz, to name only a few. Although Rector is unsigned, he has managed to release a holiday EP and three fulllength albums. His latest release, “Into the Morning,” hit iTunes and online stores on Feb. 16. The album opens with “The Beat,” a great driving song with an infectious sound. The lyrics are about an unacceptable broken heart and the musical beat that brings it all full circle. The slower “When a Heart Breaks” follows with a truthful take on breakups. The chorus, “This isn’t easy, this isn’t clear... then confusion and the doubts you had up and walk away— when a heart breaks,” tells it like it is. “Out of My Head” is a track about being in a situation that just drives you crazy. The chorus shares the sentiment, “I’m out of my head and I’m out of control, I’m out of my mind again and I’m out of regrets and I’m letting you know, I’m letting you go again.” Another upbeat song on the album is “When I Get There.” It has a more soulful, retro sound than the other tracks, complete with cheeky background vocals and a danceable rhythm. My personal favorite song on the album is “Moving Backwards,” for which Rector recently filmed a teaser music video. The central line of the song, “Standing still isn’t easy when the world’s moving backwards,” attributes itself to the always-busy lifestyle we all lead and the importance of taking some time just to breathe. “Into the Morning” is a great album with a variety of sounds and an overall happy feel. For an extra bonus, I urge you to visit Rector’s YouTube page (www. youtube.com/benrector), which features his unique take on Tom Petty’s classic song “Free Fallin’.”

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“Into the Morning” is Rector’s fourth full-length album, along with a holiday EP.

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OPINION

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

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Lessons through break up
By Victoria Gricks
Staff writer Even though it happened a few months ago, I remember everything perfectly. I was working out at the gym, trying to calm down from arguing with my then-current boyfriend. I tried to ignore my phone so that I could cool off, but that plan never worked. Eventually, after about 30 minutes of sending bickering texts back and forth, it elevated to the point of no return – he broke up with me. When it actually happened, I was in the middle of biking. Most people probably would have stopped and ran to the bathroom to cry, but because I’m completely obsessed with exercising, I maintained my composure for the five minutes I had left. When I finally left the Rec. Center, that’s when it hit me – my relationship of one year and eight months was over, dunzo, kaput. As I was walking back to Warde, I tried to choke back the tears, but my eyes slowly started to water. It was a good thing that I didn’t bump into anyone I knew. I know this is kind of depressing, so I will try to lighten the mood. As soon as I was inside my room, I looked in the mirror and saw the tears. And would you like to know what that reminded me of ? Dane Cook’s comedy skit about crying. I just kept picturing him pretending to weep and saying, “I did my best! I did my best!” and “This is what I look like!” So it’s been several months since all of this happened, and I’m OK with it now. Sure, he broke up with me. Sure, it was done through a text. It happens to the best of us.

Here is where my advice starts. You don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy. I am perfectly fine being single, because I don’t have to worry about any kind of drama like before. I’m not saying that dating someone is a bad thing, but don’t try to force anything. If someone likes you, that’s good. If they don’t, it’s not the end of the world. It took me a while to realize this, but better late than never. This is not an article about me lashing out. I guess it just doesn’t bother me either way. It all goes back to being who you are and not changing for anyone. If you have feelings for someone, just be yourself and go from there. Never try to be the person you think they want, because your relationship won’t work out. Trust me. It’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. Am I right? Absolutely.

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This I Believe: Love what you do
By Linda Johnson
Contributing writer I believe in loving your job. Recently, I was volunteering at the House of Mercy Christmas store wrapping gifts for the neighborhood children. As I work, I usually ask the children their name and what grade they are in. That often leads to a conversation about what they like best about school. One young man responded, “I really like school and work hard at it because my dad and mom say that I must do well in school so I can get a job I really like when I grow up.” I responded that I am a nurse and I teach nursing and I love my job too. That conversation made me think about what it is I do or maybe who I am. When my granddaughter was three or four, we would play a game where she would ask me, “Who are you, Grandma?” I would respond, “a grandma, “a mother,” and so on. After each answer she would say, “And what else?” As one could imagine, this game can go on for quite a while. Yet when I meet someone new and he or she asks me that question, I invariably say, “I am a “NURSE (I see it in capital letters) – I teach nursing.” I have been a nurse for almost 30 years and have always loved my work. I have held a variety of different nursing positions, from floor nurse to nurse practitioner and many things in between.

I have had many patients over the years who touched me in some way. When I began teaching about five years ago, I realized that every patient my students “touch” gets a little bit of me. How fortunate I am that I have a career that nourishes my spirit. I agree with that young man’s parents, the most important thing in the world is to love what you do. Linda Johnson is a native of Erie and is one the faculty for the Practical Nursing Program at Mercyhurst Northeast. She has been there since 2004. An Associate with the Sisters of Mercy, she believes teaching at Mercyhurst North East is a poignant expression of the vision and values of Catherine McAuley and allows her to make a difference in students’ lives.

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Concussion: A real pain?

No big deal
By John Baranowski
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in sports.”

“I am sick and tired of all the concern about hits to the head

“Why are we suddenly so concerned? Have concussions suddenly gotten more dangerous?” “If they are so concerned about getting knocked around, they can decide to not play the game, and not make the millions of dollars. It’s that simple.”
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Sophomore sports editor Nick Glasier and senior John Baranowski debate the rash measures in professional sports to protect athletes from concussions .

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Very big deal
“John Baranowski Sports editor purely misses the human concern here. Yes. These athletes are filthy rich and will do anything to make this money even if it means hurting themselves, but if you think about that it is tragic.”
By Nick Glasier

“Just because it is tradition doesn’t mean it doesn’t need to be changed.”
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Mercyhurst College senior Meghan Agosta puts a shot on goal in a Canadian intra-squad scrimmage.

Lakers’ golden girl
By Nick Glasier
Sports editor Mercyhurst College senior Meghan Agosta has become Mercyhurst’s golden girl again. For the second time, Agosta won gold in the Winter Olympics representing her country, Canada. This time, through, Agosta cemented herself as one of the top women’s hockey players in the world. Agosta was named the tournament’s most valuable player as she led all scorers with nine goals and six assists. On top of her exploits on the ice, Agosta also gained a great number of rabid fans at the Olympic games. There were a few news reports of men holding up signs proposing to her, and Agosta now boasts three fan pages on Facebook. She was also met by a number of her supporters at the airport when she returned home after winning the gold medal. Agosta was the talk of women’s hockey as her meteoric rise caught some off guard and put her into the spotlight as she helped carry Canada’s hope of a gold sweep in hockey on home turf. Mercyhurs Head coach Michael Sisti was not in the least surprised about Meghan’s performance in the tournament. “It really doesn’t surprise me. She has been gearing up for this for a long time, and it was truly one of the best performances I’ve seen and really put her on the level of being one of the best players in the world,” Sisti said. Agosta brought a great deal of fame to Mercyhurst as the announcers referred to the college a number of times and referenced her ongoing collegiate career. Agosta will be returning to Mercyhurst next season to bring the Lakers another added boast to a team that has already proved to be the best in the nation. Agosta’s return will make the team even better as will only be losing a marginal amount of players after this season. Agosta will again look to take her game to the next level and hopefully take Mercyhurst College’s game to the next level. For the rest of this article go to merciad.mercyhurst.edu

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