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Seniors fear future


‘I am terrified. I have no idea where to go and the economy is terrible.’

Mercy Week events help southern Sudan
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Administration Art students re-envisions paint murals Career at Erie Zoo Services
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efit this year’s majority charity, Mercy Beyond Borders. The most ambitious of the planned activities may be the “Cycling to Sudan Challenge.” Participants can log miles on exercise bikes, elliptical machines, rowing machines and treadmills in order to “travel” the 7,233 miles from Erie to Narus, Sudan. Students and employees will collect pledges on Thursday, March 25, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. in the dance room of the Rec Center to support Mercy Beyond Borders in southern Sudan. Participants of the 200 Mile or 300 Mile Challenges can help raise money for the project while counting miles for their challenge. Other ongoing events include core value banners in Garvey Park, a Mercy Display in the Hammermill Library, Mercy

land: A Global Q&A with the Sisters of Mercy,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mercy Heritage Room on Monday, March 22. Using Skype live video, participants can connect with students, faculty and Sisters of Mercy in Ireland and California. On Tuesday, March 23, Mercyhurst Student Government will host Raymond Ablack, an activist on worldwide poverty who once played Simba in the stage production of “The Lion King” in Toronto and Sav Bhandari in the popular television series, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” On Wednesday, March 24, a luncheon celebrating Women’s History Month will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Herrmann Student Union Great Room. Multiple presentations will feature issues such as nonvio-

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lence and the fundamental right to water. On Friday, March 26, there will be a Wellness Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Herrmann Student Union and a UNIFEST Battle of the Bands from 8 to 11 p.m. In addition, a 24-Hour Fast will be observed from 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday. Those not participating in the daylong fast are encouraged to skip a meal on Friday and donate the money. All proceeds will benefit Haiti Relief. The theme of Mercy Week 2010 reflects the Mercyhurst core value of global responsibility while offering students and faculty a chance to improve the lives of the poor and marginalized citizens of southern Sudan. In keeping with the Mercy tradition, seize the day, and get involved.

Mercy Week events to raise awareness about Sudan
By Jennifer McCurdy
Staff writer The events of Mercyhurst College’s annual Mercy Week are planned to raise awareness about the college’s Mercy heritage and the current plight of southern Sudan, where onequarter of the displaced population of the world currently lives. Mercyhurst will celebrate its annual Mercy Week from Saturday, March 20, through Friday, March 26. This year’s theme is “We are Globally Responsible.” The Mission Integration office and many departments across campus, including academics, athletics and student life, collaborated to organize the weeklong event. Donations generated from these events will largely ben-

Week Films in the Student Union and a photo exhibit of southern Sudan by photographer Paul Jeffrey in the Old Main Alcove. Some faculty members will integrate short poems and other pieces about the theme of Mercy Week into classroom discussions. The Mercy Week kickoff, “Breakfast in California, Lunch at Mercyhurst, Dinner in Ire-

Fashion show teaches how to dress professionally
By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer Kappa Delta Pi, Mercyhurst College’s education honor society, is having a “rags-to-riches” fashion show where students will model inexpensive professional clothes. The fashion show is Saturday, March 27, at 3 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre. The point of the fashion show is to “show everyone that you don’t have to spend tons of money just to look professional,” junior Kappa Delta Pi advertising committee member Christina Borelli said. The models will be wearing clothes that are acceptable in the professional world, but the outfits will cost only $10 each. The fashion show will have apparel for males and females and is not only for education majors. The honor society encourages non-education majors to attend, Borelli said. “Everyone is going to have to dress professionally at one point in their life, so this show is for everyone,” Borelli said. Twenty Mercyhurst College students and two non-student volunteers will model in the fashion show. “The show is going to be a lot of fun, and we really think it’s important for everyone to see that professional dress can be affordable,” Borelli said. The show is a fund-raiser for Kappa Delta Pi, but the honor society also plans to donate some of their proceeds. Tickets for the show are $3 and can be purchased at the door the night of the event. Tickets will tentatively be sold in Egan Dining Hall on March 17, 23 and 24.

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By Alaina Rydzewski
A&E editor and Deputy Medical Examiner and also serves as a forensic consultant on the television shows “CSI” and “Bones,” and to various authors. He can also be recognized from a public service announcement in which he talks about a girl’s main cause of death being ecstasy. In addition to these, he has appeared on numerous television shows, including “Nancy Grace,” “Snapped,” “Oxygen,” “700 Club” and the “Mummy Road Show.” At his present job, he sees approximately 1,000 bodies a year. He performs autopsies on around 450 of them, and of those, 45 are homicides. In his spare time, Telgenhoff is a rock musician for several different bands. His music has appeared on “CSI,” and his newest CD includes songs with musicians such as Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult. His daytime work inspires his music.

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Administration ‘CSI’ consultant speaks re-envisions Career Services
By JoEllen Marsh
Editor-in-chief Last week, Director of Career Services Bob Hvezda left Mercyhurst College to pursue other options, according to Vice President for Student Life Gerry Tobin. “He left on good terms with us and we wish him well,” Tobin said, not wishing to disclose Hvezda’s reasons for leaving. Associate Directors of Career Services Frank Rizzone and Kyle Foust will take care of the internships organized by Hvezda. According to Tobin, the opening of this position caused Student Life to rethink the role of Career Services. Tobin said his department plans to reorganize several areas in the department to create a Center for Experiential Learning. The person who replaces Hvezda will be the executive director of this new center, which will be responsible for service learning, career development, student engagement and leadership. “What it’s created is an opportunity to re-envision Career Services,” Tobin said. “One of the things Dr. Gamble has stressed in the last year is how do we justify the private school premium.” At approximately $34,000 per year, students want to be confident that they will have good graduate school and job opportunities when they graduate. “As much as we try to keep prices low, compared to state schools Mercyhurst is a bigticket item,” Tobin said. “We’re looking at all the things that make a student marketable.” To improve students’ marketability, the new center will attempt to combine students’ extracurricular activities, leadership positions, service learning and internships into online portfolios. “Our eventual goal is to develop e-portfolios where all extracurricular activity is recorded....There’s nobody that’s taking paper copies of résumés anymore,” Tobin said. Another new focus will be giving undecided students a place to discuss their futures. “Being undecided does not mean you should be unguided.... Part of that guidance is getting to know the work world, and part of it is ‘What do I want to do?’” Tobin said. In addition to changing Career Services, Student Life plans to rethink Mercyhurst’s health services. Director of the Cohen Health Center Christine Dimperio plans to retire at the end of this school year. Tobin said the administration would like to create a Wellness Center that would oversee the counseling and health centers. Creating a Wellness Center and a Center for Experiential Learning will not call for new positions; it will merely be a “realignment of responsibilities” for the two existing positions. The college is currently doing a national search for qualified applicants for these positions. Once the administration has reviewed résumés, it will invite several applicants to interview. The review process is rigorous and involves representatives from the student body and those departments directly and indirectly affected by the changes. The Mercyhurst College community experienced an out-ofthe-ordinary presentation when Gary Telgenhoff, or “DrT” as he is known to many, spoke about his profession. Telgenhoff, a man with an aptitude for many different skills, spoke as part of the Mercyhurst Student Government’s five-speaker series. Educated at Eastern Michigan University with a master’s degree in biology and physiology, Telgenhoff has a colorful background, starting with medical school at Michigan State University while finishing his MS. After attaining his degrees, he served five years of pathology residency in Ohio and then relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada. He is employed at the Clark County Coroner’s Office in Las Vegas as a Forensic Pathologist “My music is about what I do,” Telgenhoff said. “I was a musician before I went to medical school, but I had no ideas for tunes. As soon as I got into the profession, ideas started falling from the sky and I can’t stop writing. Everything I do really wraps up into one strange package.” His presentation took the audience from his beginnings as a musician through his years with “CSI” to what he does now. To start, Telgenhoff said he would show how his job really is. He said to “find something you like.” Prestige and money don’t matter as much as doing something that you can enjoy, he said about his early beginnings in rock bands. His PowerPoint was interactive and filled with sounds to keep the audience interested while hearing about his life story. By the end of his presentation, the audience not only knew about Telgenhoff himself, but also about the fields of pathology and rock ‘n’ roll.

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Seniors fear future in an economy with few jobs
What are your plans after graduation?
Katlin Hess:
“I am applying to grad school and I have an internship with Disney. It is everything I have ever wanted to do.”

By Katie Atkins

Contributing writer

Connor Corcoran:
“I have not the slightest idea. I am terri ied. I have no idea where to go and the economy is terrible.”

Lauren Rinaca:
“I am going to Physician Assistant school.”

Julia Butler:
“I am taking a test to obtain the certi ied strength and conditioning specialist and then hopefully inding a job.”

Mitch Lorig:
“I am going to the police academy.”

Eric Richmond:
“I’m coming back next year.”

Max Khuri:
“I have no idea. I am 50 percent excited and 50 percent scared.”

The snow is melting, the days are longer and the nights are warmer. With the sun shining for several days now, spring is on its way. For some Mercyhurst College students, this better weather is a sign of hope to help break out of the blues that seem to accompany winter term. For others, spring’s arrival means that college is drawing to an end. For seniors, graduation is looming and decisions must be made about the future: Should I be searching for a job? Where will I go? What about graduate school? By late May, they will need some answers. Piasha Chanda, a senior from Philadelphia, said she has nothing planned for after graduation. “My plan right now is to see where the road takes me,” Chanda said, who has also been searching for jobs in the past month. “Almost half of my friends are going to graduate school.” Chanda also said she is nervous about finding a job. “Things aren’t looking too good right now, economy-wise,” she said. The economy’s effect was the focus of a story in the March edition of The Atlantic Monthly magazine. Atlantic writer Don Peck, author of “How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America,” the economy now sits in a hole more than 10 million jobs deep. Peck reported that’s the number required to get back to 5 percent unemployment, the rate the U.S. had before the recession started, and Sunrise to Sunset one that’s been more or less Commemoration of U.S. typical for a generation. And troops lost in Iraq and because the population is Afghan wars growing and new people are March 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. continually coming onto the (Prayer service at noon) job market, the U.S. needs The Boston Store Lobby to produce roughly 1.5 mil760 State St. lion new jobs a year, about (use State Street or 125,000 a month, just to keep Peach Street Entrance) from sinking deeper.

According to Peck, if these trends continue much longer, the era of high joblessness will likely change the life course and the character of a generation of young adults, and quite possibly those of the children behind them as well. Peck says strong evidence suggests that people who don’t find solid roots in the job market within a year or two have a particularly hard time righting themselves. Peck’s story cites Krysia Mossakowski, a sociologist at the University of Miami, who has found that in young adults, long bouts of unemployment provoke long-lasting changes in behavior and mental health. Still, there is hope. Jean Twenge, associate professor of psychology at San Diego State University, recently wrote in her book, “Generation Me,” that “self-esteem without basis encourages laziness rather than hard work,” and that “the ability to persevere and keep going” is “a much better predictor of life outcomes than selfesteem.” Twenge adds that many young people might be inclined to simply give up in this job market. “You’d think if people are more individualistic, they’d be more independent,” she says. “But it’s not really true. There’s an element of entitlement. They expect people to figure things out for them.” Mercyhurst’s Chanda said she is nervous about graduating -- statistics or not -- because Mercyhurst College has been her home over the

last four years. “I’m nervous about starting over in a new place,” Chanda said. “I didn’t think it would be that difficult to find a job. It took me seven months,” Jessica Jelinek, a 2009 Clarion University graduate and full-time teacher at Mercyhurst Preparatory School, said. “I wish someone would tell me what to do and where to go,” Chanda said. “But those are things I must figure out myself.” “Deep down, I was nervous to graduate, but on the surface I acted like I couldn’t wait to be done. You don’t know who you’re going to stay friends with, or where you’re going to end up in life,” Jelinek said. “It’s almost as if you’re graduating into the unknown.” Nervousness about keeping in touch with college friends seems to be a common worry among seniors. “I’m really bad with keeping in touch. I will probably remain in touch with three or four of my closest friends,” Chanda said. “I am still friends with a handful of my sorority sisters and two other girls I met in my freshman year,” Jelinek said. Mercyhurst graduate student Chelsea Atkins, a 2008 Fredonia State University graduate and student teacher at East High School in Erie, has advice for worried seniors. “Graduating is a really big adjustment from having your friends with you all the time to living more on your own. Also, work is harder than any class you will ever take,” Atkins said.

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Art exhibit showcases seniors’ unique efforts
By Tyler Stauffer
Photography editor On Saturday, March 13, the Cummings Art Gallery opened its doors to the public with a reception that debuted the senior art thesis show, “Mind Mapping.” It features the works of 13 graduating senior art students. The show represents seniors in graphic design, art education and studio art exploring such media as digital print on canvas, watercolor on gesso, Photoshop, mixed media, silverprints and acrylic and crayons. “The students worked extremely hard in developing thesis statements and then devoting the concentrated hours toward art making. I believe that the exhibit speaks well for the

Seniors exhibited their artwork in the Cummings Art Gallery in a show titled “Mind Mapping.”

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art department and for Mercyhurst College,” Art Department Chairman Daniel Burke said. Jeremy Weber’s “Exploration 1-17” explores the use of crayons and mixed media together, while working with the concepts of color and the ordinary objects of everyday life. Also on view is Maggie McKosky’s “Nature Series I-VIII,” a still life study of flowers and leaves exploring the use of color and a light table. “It’s nice to see such a diversified body of work from the seniors, in both media and particularly style,” sophomore studio art major Trevor Surgener said. Betsy Morningstar’s mixed media series depicts the view of beauty and women’s struggle to fulfill their pursuits of beauty, while Kristie Wenzel explored mixed media with everyday utensils and used materials such ‘Opera Pops and Sizzles’ will dazzle audiences
An evening full of operas most dramatic and famous selections, as presented by the D’Angelo Department of Music.

as nails, bottle caps, mirrors and silverware. “When viewing the senior theses this year, I was pleased to see that all the students took different approaches to representing their subject matter....The exhibit got me thinking about participating in the thesis course my senior year,” sophomore art therapy major Samantha Fiorello said. The show will be on view until March 31 in the Cummings Gallery. The gallery is open Tuesdays through Sundays 2-5 p.m. and Thursdays 7-9 p.m.

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‘Cutting for Stone’ explores world of Ethiopia
By Alaina Rydzewski
A&E editor A national bestseller and hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “lush and exotic,” “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese is the story of half-Indian, halfwhite twin brothers growing up in Ethiopia in the mid-1900s. Their story is full of mystery: Born of an Indian nun who dies in childbirth, the twins never know their father, the surgeon who operated on their mother trying to save her life. Ultimately failing her, himself and his sons, whom he abandons on that day, the father leaves the country in the midst of confusion and pain. The twins, Marion and Shiva, are raised by two of the other doctors at the hospital who knew their parents well. Marion narrates the tale, beginning from the beginning and not stopping until the end, a phrase that is used recurrently throughout the story. He starts with the story of his mother, Sister Mary Joseph Praise, and as her life intertwines with his father’s life, he tells the story of his father, Dr. Thomas Stone. As the twins go through life, they are confronted with challenges, and how they deal with these challenges ultimately defines their lives. Shiva, along with the love of Marion’s life, Genet, betrays Marion, placing a Marion is in his early 20s and has no problem finding an internship in New York and becoming a surgeon, like his adoptive father. What happens in New York will change Marion and Shiva’s lives forever, with only one of them surviving, but as Marion notes, without both, neither can survive. The only downfall of this is the extremely graphic parts of the story that describe surgery procedures. In a story in which almost every character is a doctor or surgeon, the medical procedures are many and detailed, even explicit at times. Readers with a light tolerance for this type of thing might want to be careful, as sometimes these descriptions were too much for me. Although 600-plus pages, this novel has a plotline that is anything but slow, and with portrayals as rich as they are, one should have no problem reading this novel, and don’t be surprised if it doesn’t take you as long as you thought it would. Verghese has two other bestselling novels, both nonfiction accounts of his experiences as a doctor inside America, dealing with issues from AIDS to the demise of his marriage. They are titled “The Tennis Partner” and “My Own Country.” An unabridged version of this review can be found online.

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deep resentment between Shiva and Marion. Genet then betrays Marion again, this time forcing him out of the country. By this time,

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Embarrassed by lack of school spirit
By Devin Ruic
Staff writer freshman year and the two years following. Even when students grace our amazing hockey teams with their presence, most seem more concerned with texting one another than with the games themselves. There is, however, some hope. The Laker Spirit Club is trying very hard to get more students excited about the games, and their events can only be praised. Yet it still shouldn’t be that way – if you attend a hockey game where the best female team in the nation is playing, shouldn’t you already be excited? Even a quarterfinal game against Boston University was eerily quiet, save some brave male students who painted “Go Lakers” on their chests and dyed their hair. That small group of guys should not have to carry an entire fan base, though, and the largest majority of so-called Mercyhurst supporters decided that they were better served remaining impassive and silent during the game, rather than joining in with the attempted cheers. I think that we can start turning the tide of this poor participation by reinstating the well-defined student sections that we enjoyed my freshman year. Yes, sitting all together does leave portions of our already depressingly small arena empty, but it could also help some of our lazier fans get excited about the games by osmosis or the like. We are a bunch of twentysomething young adults, purportedly active, strapping, virile and such things like that, yet I have seen too many groups of you cheer like octogenarians asking politely for a bit more soft food. Read the unabridged version at

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For those of us who regularly attend Mercyhurst sporting events, in particular hockey games, this year has been more than disappointing. Not because of our teams. Instead, this year has been disappointing from the standpoint that the students of this college seem detached from the games and remain almost entirely silent during even the most exciting portions of the games. I may sound like I am echoing John Baranowski’s opinions on the subject, and in part that is true. Since last year, I have helped John announce for our ACHA DI Men’s hockey team, alongside Devon Swanson There has been a huge difference between the activities and involvement of the students my

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Importance in experiencing new things
By Victoria Gricks
Staff writer It was the Thursday night after we got back from spring break, and for the first time ever, I was hanging out in McAuley. Before you start ragging on me, you should understand one thing: I live in Warde, and ‘the palace’ beats ‘the projects’ almost every time. Anyway, I was really only there to eat some food. Well, there’s a little bit more to it than that. Before the winter term ended, I promised my friend that I would make him some of my mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies. In return, he said he would buy a pizza. And who doesn’t enjoy a dinner of Pizza Hut and cookies? Weird people, that’s who. While we were eating, one of my friend’s friends was playing Call of Duty on Xbox. (Yes, I know what that is. I may be a girl but I’m not stupid.) For a while, I just sat there and watched. That eventually became boring, so I wanted to give it a try. I was a little nervous because I had never played before, but that didn’t stop me. Please let me tell you that once the controller was in my hands, history was made. I was a natural, killing the enemy like it was my job. OK, OK. That’s a complete lie. The truth is, I am the worst COD player ever. But there is a moral to this story. Life is all about trying new things. You can’t just do the same stuff every single day. Well, I guess you could, but what fun is that? You need to venture out of your comfort zone and live a little. The world is full of different things to do, so you should take advantage of those opportunities. Who knows? You might even find yourself with a new hobby. So what if I am horrible at Call of Duty. By the end of the year, I will be good enough to wear the headset.

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sure. I push myself each practice, and each game, to become more of a leader and prove that I am ready for the opportunity in front of me,” Nash said. LaShomb has every confidence that Nash will be able to continue the winning mentality. “Zach is a very good fundamental stopper and will be able to accomplish a lot in his career. He has waited for his time patiently, and now it’s time for him to step up. I wish him the best of luck,” LaShomb said. Nash is certainly not taking anything for granted. Now he has the starting position. “There is good competition for the goalie position on this team. Each of us has our own unique style of playing goalie, and we all battled and pushed each other throughout fall-ball to prove ourselves,” Nash said. He has learned from his experience of being a backup goalie, and he says that it

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Mercyhurst lacrosse goalie fills big shoes
By Billy Colton
Contributing writer For the past three years, Jason LaShomb had been the starting goalie for the men’s lacrosse team. LaShomb garnered many honors during this time, ranging from conference awards to AllAmerican awards. This made it difficult for any other goalie to dislodge LaShomb from his starting position. That is exactly the difficult task 21-year-old junior Zachary Nash, a native of Rochester, N.Y., has encountered the last two years. Nash had to watch as LaShomb continued to play well and get more awards. It would have been easy for a rivalry to spring up between the two as they were competing for one spot. This, though, was not the case. was a humbling experience for him, although it was difficult to watch. The two years watching LaShomb play enabled him to learn from the high level of play he was watching. “I had never been a back-up goalie throughout my lacrosse career. It helped me learn, and prepare more than ever for when it was my time to step in net,” said Nash, Nash has made the most of his time in goal so far, impressing fellow teammate Kyle Plante in the recent 11-8 win against No. 6-ranked Dowling. “After our game against Dowling, Zach proved he deserves to be there. He came up with some major saves that really kept us in the game. He wasn’t really tested in our first two games, but Dowling put some pressure on him, and he responded pretty strongly in goal,” Plante said. For the full article go to merciad.

“I think we both pushed one another in practice to become better goalies, but it is never a rivalry,” LaShomb said. Nash’s patience is now paying off as the junior has helped the No. 3 ranked Lakers to a perfect

Mercyhurst College junior Zachary Nash readies himself for a shot during the Lakers’ game against Malloy College.

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4-0 record so far this season, starting every game. Nash is looking forward to the challenge of replacing LaShomb. “Replacing LaShomb comes with a good amount of pres-

For Lakers this Frozen Four is all business
By Courtney Clair
Contributing writer The No. 1 ranked Mercyhurst women’s hockey team is on its way to the Frozen Four for the second year in a row after a 4-1 win over Boston University this past weekend. They defeated the eighth-seeded Terriers in front of a full house of 1,300 at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. This time, though, the accomplishment feels a lot different. “The first time we made it to the Frozen Four, we were so excited to just get there. This time we have had the goal to win it all the entire season, and getting this far just seemed a matter of fact, and we handled it very professionally,” Head Coach Michael Sisti said. Mercyhurst’s women’s hockey program has seemingly defied logic as it is far smaller in size than many of its competitors, but has had equal and, in many cases, far greater success than these larger schools. “We have defied logic because we have had such great success with nine conference championships and have been able to win on a regular basis and against some well-known teams. No one thought we could do what we are doing,” Sisti said. This year the competition is beginning to take notice of the Lakers, also. “We have done enough to earn people’s respect, and for us to be playing for the championship, they don’t have to like us, in any year. Not very many girls have this chance throughout their four years of school, so I definitely consider myself lucky,“ freshman Samantha Watt said. This time just making it to the Frozen Four isn’t good enough. “Last year’s team made it to the final at the Frozen Four in Boston and came up short, so hopefully this year we can change things around,” Watt said. The Lakers play Cornell University at 6 p.m. at the Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, Minn., in the Frozen Four semifinals on Friday, March 19. Mercyhurst is holding a watch party at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center where the game will be broadcast on a big screen.

Mercyhurst College junior Vicki Bendus looks to lead the Lakers to their first national title in women’s hockey.

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but they do have to respect us,” Sisti said. While going to the Frozen Four is an accomplishment

for any player, the feeling for a freshman is unfathomable. “Going to the Frozen Four is an amazing accomplishment


Spring brings outdoor activities back to life
By Jemma Homer
Staff writer Forget swine flu, spring fever is the latest illness sweeping across the Mercyhurst campus. With only a few days of warm weather so far this term, there has already been a flip-flop revival. Students preparing to shake off the winter blues are already starting to engage in those warm-weather activities. It is not uncommon to see students jogging or running around our beautiful campus, but there are other activities to consider as well. “I’m looking forward to spending some time outside riding my bike,” graduate student Laura Drathman said. After the long harsh winters here in Erie, students learn to appreciate even the little things about slightly warmer weather. “I like to take walks to enjoy the nice weather and even eating dinner outside on the picnic tables in front of the student union,” sophomore Lindsay Cox said. There are plenty of fun things to do right here on campus like biking, rollerblading or playing cornhole, badminton or Frisbee. However, if you’re considering branching out and seeing what else Erie has to offer in this warm weather, you may consider going to Wintergreen Gorge. The Gorge is located just off of the Bayfront Connector near Penn State Behrend, which is only about 15 minutes from Mercyhurst. It is a great place to go hiking as well as view the beautiful waterfall; it is also an ideal place for a picnic. If students are looking to get away from the city-type atmosphere, they should look no further than Asbury Woods. Asbury Woods provides students with the opportunity to enjoy hiking, jogging, mountain biking and fishing. They also hold seminars, including one on April 17th which includes a yoga class, learning to journal about nature, and a nature hike. Another favorite off-campus location for Mercyhurst students is Presque Isle. There you can enjoy building a sandcastle, playing volleyball, lying out in the warm sun and even going out on boat tours. “I’m looking forward to running and biking outside, particularly on the peninsula,” junior Ashley Harper said. For students interested in being outdoors who aren’t really into the sport scene, Erie also has the Zoo just down the street on West 38th Street. The zoo is a fun place to go with your friends on a warm day. Since Waldameer Park doesn’t open until May, you might also consider going to Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park.

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Art students paint for Erie Zoo animals
By Jennifer McCurdy
Staff writer Mercyhurst College art education major Kevin Salem volunteers at the Erie Zoo. When zoo staff mentioned that they would like to have a mural painted, the Mercyhurst College Art Education Club soon got involved. The mural will be painted inside classrooms and stage at the zoo. The art, which will cover an astounding 1000 square feet of wall space, will be divided into nine “windows,” each of which will be designed by a different artist with a unique style. Seven of the windows will depict animals from one of the seven continents, and the remaining two windows will have a mix of animals with a particular emphasis on animals currently living at the Erie Zoo. In addition, students plan to top the mural with a quote by Jane Goodall, the British primatologist well known for her work with chimpanzees: “Only if we understand can we care. Only if we care will we help. Only if we help shall they be saved.” “As future educators, we thought it would be important for the mural to be a teaching tool, so we designed so that the zoo staff can use the mural as an aid to better educate children about various unique animals around the world,” senior Betsy Morningstar said. Along with junior Meredith Stalker, Morningstar is co-president for the Art Education Club and co-director for the project. “It is our way to put out a message about protecting the wonderful creatures in the wild.” According to Morningstar, the volunteer project has been entirely student-driven. Aside from the Art Education Club, members of the Ambassador Club and the Art Department have lent their help. The primary artists include Morningstar and Stalker, in addition to seniors Diana Bockhahn, Kristina Dahlgren, Darlene Fahmey, Jeremy Weber, junior Samantha Williams and freshman Carli Hatfield. “I think that it is important for the people at Mercyhurst to look at our project and see how we as students can make a difference in our community, and our world,” Morningstar said. “Our project may seem insignificant to some, but I believe that by teaching children to appreciate and respect animals, nature and art now, our planet will benefit in the future.” The Art Education Club plans to complete the mural by the end of March. Until then, student artists will continue to volunteer their free time to make a difference.


Painted murals will cover 1000 square feet of the Erie Zoo’s wall space.

Tyler Stauffer photo