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March 31, 2010
‘Empty Bowls’ raises money to ﬁll empty stomachs
By Chelsee Callahan
Staff writer Students and members of the Mercyhurst College community came together on Sunday, March 28, to eat dinner while working toward reducing hunger in Erie. Students from the art and sociology departments raised money for the Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie by selling bowls and soup in Egan Dining Hall. Students and members of the community paid $15 for a soup and bread dinner and one of the 383 handmade bowls made by the art department, or they had the option of paying $3 to eat without purchasing the bowl. Ticket sales for the event raised about $6,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank, which is approximately $102,000 worth of food. Those who attended the event had the chance to enter to win art or scarves in the silent auction. The Empty Bowls event has been held for the past three
Juniors Caitlin Ross and Eve Klajbor enjoyed a bowl of soup and bread at the Empty Bowls event.
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Students from the Mercyhurst College Art Department sold handmade bowls to beneﬁt the Second Harvest Food Bank.
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years. Seniors Lilly Parker, Alicia Peterson, Allison Hellmann and Bobby Kensinger agreed the event had a better turnout this year because it was in a good location and easy for students to get to. Hellman, a graduate student, said, “We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout, and it was a great event.”
The event was not only for a good cause, it was also educational. In every handmade bowl there was information about hunger relief. Those who attended the event learned that every day 16,000 children die from malnutrition, which is the equivalent of one child dying every ﬁve seconds. The information about
hunger relief showed why supporting this cause is so important. “I am so happy with the turnout,” senior Betsy Morningstar said. “It is wonderful to see the community and Mercyhurst come together for this great cause.” Morningstar was one of the students in charge of running the event.
Students who attended the event were also pleased. “This was a really cool idea and a pretty awesome event. I am glad my roommate invited me,” senior Emily McDowell said. “I had a great time seeing my friends and enjoying soup all while supporting a great cause,” freshman Paige Bosnyak said.
University status to beneﬁt undergrads
By Jennifer McCurdy
Staff writer The decision to turn Mercyhurst College into Mercyhurst University is possibly the best thing to do for Mercyhurst undergraduate students. “Our goal is to preserve and strengthen the undergraduate program by deﬁning who’s in it,” Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble said. Under the new system, only four-year undergraduates would remain students of Mercyhurst College, while associate degree students and graduate students will belong to new colleges formed within Mercyhurst University. The new system better deﬁnes the special needs of different student groups. The organization will also allow associate and graduate programs to grow and develop while maintaining the size of the undergraduate program. “We are not looking to expand the undergraduate program,” Gamble said. He said he thinks that the program is the “right size” to allow for a personal atmosphere and to maintain focus on student-faculty relations. In addition to developing a more efﬁcient organization of student groups, gaining university status will also improve the international reputation of the Mercyhurst community. “In the global marketplace, ‘college’ means ‘high school,’” Gamble said. With a university degree, students would have an easier time ﬁnding employment overseas or establishing international trade connections. Essentially, as Mercyhurst’s reputation improves, Mercyhurst degrees gain more worth in the workplace. According to Gamble, aside from opportunity cost, there are no downsides. “The more students know about the change, the more they will like it,” he said. “Your life won’t change. You will come to the same campus and go to the same classes. “In terms of day-to-day life, there will be no change except choosing between Mercyhurst College or Mercyhurst University sweatshirts at the bookstore.” Of course, the decision has not yet been made. Gamble and his staff will make a report to the Board of Trustees in April and will make a ﬁnal recommendation in June, after which the Board will make its ﬁnal decision. “Part of that is student and faculty support. If you support (the status change), let it be known,” Gamble said. If the Board of Trustees decides to seek university status, Mercyhurst College may become Mercyhurst University as soon as the fall term of 2011 or 2012.
March 31, 2010
A major reason for the change ferent students paying different in billing comes from the lack costs each term, it invites errors of predictability in a per credit on bills,” Lyden said. He said he hopes the ﬂat rate tuition charge. According to Dr. Michael tuition will reduce the number Lyden, vice president for of complaints about billing Enrollment Management, the issues. primary reason for the change is We’re going to look back on to “make costs of coming here this and say I can’t believe we more predictused to do it the other way. able.” It is difﬁcult -Dr. Michael Lyden, for families to Vice President for Enrollment calculate each Management term’s bill when it changes every term due to stuThe ﬂat rate billing is meant dents taking different amounts of credits and dropping and to make paying tuition easier for students and families. The abiladding classes, Lyden said. The ﬂat rate tuition will allow ity to pay tuition online is one students and parents to answer way to simplify things. “We’re going to look back the question, “What is it going to cost me to come here?” on this and say I can’t believe we used to do it the other way,” Lyden said. Another reason for the change Lyden said. Lyden said he believes stuin tuition is issues with billing. “When you have so many dif- dents will beneﬁt from ﬂat rate tuition because they will now be able to take non-major classes that will make them more competitive in the job ﬁeld without it costing more money. Students agree that the tuition change will be beneﬁcial. “I think it would help people whose ﬁnancial aid might not help them get where they’re going as fast as they would like,” senior Connor Corcoran said. Sophomore Kaitlin Badger said, “I feel good about it because I’m a double major and it would not cost as much.” This new billing system will not affect all students on campus. Only traditional undergraduate students at Mercyhurst main campus will pay the ﬂat rate tuition fee each term. Adult undergraduate students, post-baccalaureate students, graduate students and students at the Corry, North East and West campuses will be charged per credit. Adult undergraduate stu-
Tuition changes to ﬂat rate charge
By Kelly Luoma
Students’ average tuition this year for 30 credits is $23,661. Next year, students can take 12 credits per term, or 36 credits total, for the cost of 30 (inflation adjusted). These 36 credits will cost $24,648. The additional six credits will cost $624/credit less than this year’s rate, giving students a financial incentive to take four classes per term.
As of fall 2010, Mercyhurst College students will be charged one ﬂat rate for tuition each term as opposed to being billed per credit. For the 2010-2011 academic year, students who register for eight to 12 credits a term will pay $8,216 plus general fees each term. Students who register for less than eight credits will pay $822 for each credit. Students who register for 13 or more credits a term will pay $822 for each credit over 12 in addition to the ﬂat rate charge of $8,216. These costs do not include course or laboratory fees. Students paid an average of $7,887 for fall 2009 tuition charges. The ﬂat rate charge of $8,216 is a 4.2 percent increase per term, a result of Mercyhurst’s annual tuition increase.
dents will not be affected by this because there are “too many part-timers,” Lyden said. “They wouldn’t really get the beneﬁts from it.” For more information about the ﬂat rate tuition charge visit mercyhurst.edu/financial-aid/ ﬂat-rate-tuition-charge/.
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religious studies major and the founder of this group, and he walks around mingling with the people, getting ready for the meeting. Then he sits down in his chair and the room gets quiet. The meeting is about to start. But it isn’t just any meeting. This group of students, alumni and other Erie residents gather for Mercyhurst College’s Bible study group. Haiden is pleased with the new faces that have come, as well as the returning members. “It is vitally important to our relationship with the Lord to know who God is,” he said to start the meeting. “To know who the God of the Bible is, you gotta know a little about his word.” Forty-seven people were in attendance that night, and all of them introduced themselves and their reasons for coming. It was standing room only by the time the last stragglers trickled in. There were science majors and English majors and many other occupations and disciplines in between, but they all had come for one thing — to learn what they could about scriptures, not from notes and lectures and quizzes and tests, but from discourse with their peers. “It’s like a little community we have here, a little family,” Ratner said. “We try to step out of the busy school day and make time for God.” Many people ﬁnd out about the Bible Study group through friends, and a few have been with Haiden from the beginning. Lawrence ‘LB’ Bright is a junior ﬁnance major, and he remembered when the group ﬁrst started. “It got too big for his living room, so we moved here (to the Student Union), and now we’re too big for here,” Bright said. Janel Craig is a junior in the forensic science department,
March 31, 2010
Hallelujahs and Amens heard at the Student Union
By Faye Clark
Staff writer It’s 9:15 p.m. on Thursday night in the Student Union and a club meeting is about to start. People wave at friends they haven’t seen in a while, girls cluster together and talk, boys ﬁst-bump each other as they walk in and chairs are brought in to accommodate a large crowd. Haiden Ratner is a junior
Last Thursday, 47 students attended Bible study. The group, which started in Ratner’s living room, is already getting too big for the Student Union.
Junior Heiden Ratner, who started the group, leads the discussion.
who heard about it through a friend. “It helps me to be a better Christian, and on Thursday nights I’m not getting into trouble. I’m learning about the Word,” he said. Elizabeth Mordenga, Kylie McCormick, Tess Sinke, and Chelsea Morris are all freshmen who said they like to have a day
in the week where they can just talk and hang out with friends. Jessica Stachelrodt, a freshman English and dance major, summed it up for the group: “You can’t just run around campus yelling, ‘Are you Christian? Hang out with me!’ People would run away. This way it provides fellowship for all of us.”
T-shirt proﬁts go to building a new school — in Afghanistan
By Jemma Homer
Staff writer There is an African proverb that, paraphrased, says, “To educate a boy, you are only educating an individual, but to educate a girl, you are educating an entire community.” Even so, educating young women remains a signiﬁcant problem. Sixty-three percent of the children in the world who are unable to attend school are women. Driven and passionate high school students from the Erie area have come together to give girls in Afghanistan a better chance at a good education. Instead of sending aid to an operational school, their goal is a bit more ambitious. They’re raising money to build a whole new school. Students are in control of every aspect of the venture: T-shirt designs, printing, sales, management, etc. The shirts themselves are designed with the theme of taking the initiative and making a difference. “It’s extremely uplifting and motivating to see a small group of kids within a small, rural town excited with a global perspective. It’s reassuring that there is hope even among the smallest towns,” Mercyhurst College sophomore Laura Jones said. Laura has recognized the efforts of these high school students and is encouraging the Mercyhurst College community to support them in this cause. The T-shirts that the students made are now being sold oncampus for $10 each. “Personally, this project for me is a combination of so many feelings. As a girl, educating women is a cause close to my heart. In that sense, the project is extremely respectable and necessary,” Jones said, only taking credit as a messenger of the students’ work. “Educating girls actually decreases infant mortality rates, slows the population growth rate and increases the quality of health in the community. In Afghanistan, the Taliban will throw acid in the girls’ faces who want to go to school, throw poisons in the schools with the students inside, will massacre and murder the teachers in front of the students. It is gut-wrenching to think that these females go through this for something we take for granted,” Jones said. Many Mercyhurst students have already responded in supporting the cause. “I think it’s a great cause to support education. It opens doors to awareness and understanding,” senior Laura Stevens said. T-shirts will be sold around campus, so keep an eye out for your chance to contribute to this cause or email Laura Joneas at email@example.com.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Dance runs in the family
By Emma Rishel
Staff writer Michelle Conroy, this month’s featured dancer, is a senior from Batavia, N.Y., who has been dancing since she was three years old. 1. What made you originally decide to come to Mercyhurst College? I originally became interested in Mercyhurst because of the reputation of the dance department. After visiting the school and auditioning for the program, Mercyhurst became my number one choice. 2. What drew you to dance? Both my mom and my older sister danced. Even at a very young age, I can remember being fascinated when watching them take class and perform in the end-of-the-year recital. Apparently I bugged my mother for a year about when I would be able to start dancing. She allowed me to start classes at three, after watching me jump around in a play tutu every day. 3. What do you want to do with your dance training after you graduate? During the spring term I have been and will continue to audition for various dance companies. I would love to dance professionally for a few years if I am fortunate enough to be given the chance to do so. If I had my choice, I would love to dance with a contemporary company. 4. What professor/teacher has particularly inﬂuenced you? Since the beginning of my time at Mercyhurst I have appreciated the help that I have received from my dance professors. Ms. Hay and Ms. Partusch have especially helped my growth as a dancer and have always been a source of encouragement when I was feeling less than conﬁdent. An unabridged version of this interview can be found online.
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Senior Michelle Conroy has danced since age three.
Lady A creates a must-listen album
By Casey Harvilla
Staff writer Lady Antebellum is quickly becoming one of the hottest country acts today. Lady A, as they are often called, is made up of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, who all bring a little something different to the group. Kelley, whose brother is musician Josh Kelley, had a solo career before joining the group, as did Scott. Haywood is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents help the group reach fans of pop, rock and country alike. Lady Antebellum’s newest album, “Need You Now,” was released on Jan. 26. The album opens with the title track and ﬁrst single, a song that sums up the dreaded but predictable feelings between exes. The second single from the album is “American Honey.” This ode to simplicity and the good things in life showcases the trademark harmonies of Lady A. Charles Kelley takes over lead vocals on “Hello World,” a track about seeing the world for what it truly is with all material possessions aside. My favorite song on the album is “Stars Tonight.” It is an upbeat, feel-good song about just having a good time at a concert. It reminds me of “Here’s To You” by Rascal Flatts in that it acts as a salute to the fans who contribute to the fun atmosphere at a concert. Each of the 11 tracks on “Need You Now” has a uniqueness about it, which helps the album ﬂow. The amazing talent in Lady Antebellum also doesn’t hurt, as their harmonies blend together to truly tell a story with each song. “Need You Now” is a must-listen album for any country fan. An unabridged version of this article can be found online.
Lady Antebellum released their third album, “Need You Now,” on Jan. 26.
Over the years, Erie has been host to numerous musicians of various genres and styles, including, but not limited to, the Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, Ludacris and MercyMe. Add to that famed R&B singer Bobby Valentino, or Bobby V. Born Bobby Wilson, Bobby V’s nickname of ‘Valentino’ came about because his due date was Valentine’s Day. He entered the music scene in 1996 in the four-person group Mista, and eventually, with the help of Diddy and Ludacris, was signed as a solo artist by Disturbing Tha Peace Records. He released his ﬁrst solo CD in 2005. Since then, he has switched record labels, released two other albums and is set to release his fourth in the spring of this year. In addition to having a successful music career, Bobby V also holds a degree from Clark College and has received several awards, including the NAACP Image Awards, the Soul Train Awards, the Vibe Awards and the Urban Music Awards for his
Bobby V will be performing at the Bayfront Convention Center on Sunday, April 7.
success in the music industry He will be coming to the Bayfront Convention Center on Sunday, April 4, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. They are available at all Ticketmaster locations. However, there is another (and cheaper) way to get your hands on a set of tickets. All you have to do is go on Facebook, become a fan of the Ben Jammin’ Entertainment page and write on the wall saying you joined because of Mercyhurst. You could be the lucky winner of two tickets! For more information, contact the A&E editor at entertainmentmerciad@ mercyhurst.edu.
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Dropping ball on health care coverage
By Greg Summy
Contributing writer I was thoroughly shocked and disappointed when I picked up last week’s issue of the Merciad. Sunday, March 21, marked a day that will have an impact on the economic and political climate of this country for years, if not indeﬁnitely. However, there was but a mere single opinion article buried on Page 6 on the topic. The front page justiﬁably featured two monumental stories which affect the college and its students. The intelligence department was featured in a half-page article on Page 3, and health care reform bill passing, and, thankfully, he did. For the Merciad to not acknowledge the issue outside of the opinion section is preposterous. This bill has an impact on every American, everywhere, and needs to be discussed. “Mercyworld” may be a self-contained microcosm of the US, but one of our core values is Global Responsibility. How is it Globally Responsible to refrain from reporting on American health care reform? The Merciad did not live up to its expectations as a college newspaper. Thank you, Mr. Ruic, for actually caring enough about this country to say ANYTHING about the issue.
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a preview of the Guelcher Film received more than a half page. The Springfest band online poll was granted more exposure than health care, sadly. A&E articles made up a whopping 25 percent of the Merciad this week, while one of the biggest political stories of the year, perhaps our lifetime, was limited to one opinion article. I could have bet any extraordinary amount of money on Devin Ruic writing about the
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The Merciad responds to criticism
By Kyle King
Copy Editor The Merciad staff appreciates Mr. Summy’s concerns and shares his belief that health care is a vital issue of our time. It was not covered more fully in last week’s issue because, like most weekly newspapers, we have our pages planned out and articles written by Sunday night. The turnaround time to produce an informative article on such a complex, nation-affecting issue is too difﬁcult, especially since, as Mr. Ruic has written, “It is unlikely that a single one of the Representatives who voted for, or against, the bill can hope to truly understand its effects.” What we are trying to do to remedy our lack of immediate coverage is to offer a more thoughtful package in the issues to come. Our ﬁrst issue back from Easter vacation, scheduled for April 14, 2010, is slotted to focus a great deal of our energy and space on understanding the impact of health care through a number of perspectives. In the news section, our planned coverage includes talking to administrators about how nationalized health care could change costs at the school. In the features section, we intend to poll students on the introduction of health care reform and how they believe it will be perceived at re-election time and 50 years from now. In the opinion section, we want to hear not only from students, but also from the resident experts – our faculty. We have invited a number of scholars the opportunity to discuss issues surrounding health care connected to their ﬁelds. For a history professor, this could mean detailing welfare reform movements – and health care’s place among such initiatives as Social Security and unemployment beneﬁts. A political science professor may be invited to weigh in on the re-election chances of Congressional Republicans who voted against the bill, or on different amendments the bill has picked up traveling between House and Senate. A philosophy professor might be asked to opine on the ethics of heath care reform – is it ‘necessary’ in any meaningful way? A business professor could evaluate the short-term and long-term costs of health care: When does health care become ‘worth it’ ﬁscally? All students and professors who want to contribute to the debate are welcome to contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. These issues are thorny. It is unfair to ask professors – or considerate writers of any stripe – to produce knee-jerk reactions and hypothetical theories to the murky rhetoric of polarizing politics. The Merciad has attempted to take the high road, taking our time to produce quality coverage of what is possibly the year’s biggest news event. We hope Mr. Summy and all readers look forward to the Merciad issues to come.
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March 31, 2010
the best professors I’ve ever had,” senior softball player Amber Rapose said. “We know him as Dr. Dad because he cares about you as a student and as a person, and as a professor he pours his heart out to you,” Rapose said. “It is hard to ﬁnd a professor that treats you like a peer and doesn’t judge you by your title. The two letters in front of his name don’t seem to matter to him,” Rapose said. The way O’Dell tries to get to know his athletes is very impressive to Rapose. “He always tries to go and watch our games. The students ﬁnd it cool that he takes the time out of his busy day to get to know you on and off the ﬁeld,” Rapose said. “It is really nice to know that someone cares about you as a person too,” Rapose said.
Prof bonds with students through the lens
By Nick Glasier
Sports Editor Dr. Richard O’Dell has developed a habit of attending students’ athletic events and photographing them. He then uses the photos as a way to connect with his students. “It makes me more involved with the students, allowing me to get closer to that student,” special education professor O’Dell said. “It allows me to see the student more as a person than someone that I dictate notes to and spits them back to me,” O’Dell said. O’Dell thinks that this closer connection with his students translates into a better learning environment in the classroom. “I think it makes the classO’Dell started photography in high school and purchased his ﬁrst 35 millimeter camera while he was in the Coast Guard. O’Dell took a photography course in college as his interest in photography grew. Sports photography came into the picture for O’Dell when his kids began to play high school sports, as he wanted to document their achievements. O’Dell started his sports photography at Mercyhurst for a different reason. “It’s just a great way to get out of the ofﬁce, and after a little bit it got to be a great way to connect with students,” O’Dell said. With this hobby, O’Dell cites many instances where he has become a great deal closer to his students. For the full article go to merciad. mercyhurst.edu/content/ODell.
room more relaxed and more collegiate. It is no longer one dimensional because our relationship goes beyond the classroom,” O’Dell said.
Mercyhurst College special education teacher Dr. Richard O’Dell’s photo of softball senior outﬁelder Amber Rapose.
Richard O’Dell photo
One of the athletes who O’Dell has photographed said she agreed with O’Dell’s philosophy. “(O’Dell) is probably one of
Unselﬁsh Santora looks to break homerun record
By Billy Colton
Staff writer Records in sports are made to be broken. Records can give players a goal. Some last longer than others, but, in the end, they are always broken. Last year, 20-year-old baseball player Ethan Santora came agonizingly close to breaking the single-season home run record. He hit 16 home runs, tying a shool record that has stood since 1997. This was all the more impressive considering Santora was competing in his ﬁrst year of collegiate sports as a freshman. Santora, though, is completely modest of his achievements, which also include being named Pennslyvania State Athletic Conferance West Rookie of the Year, All-PSAC West First Team and a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association AllAmerica Honorable Mention. “I didn’t really have any personal goals. Coming into the year, I didn’t really know what to expect,” Santora, who is a native of Mayﬁeld, Ohio, said. “I just wanted to go out and help our team win. All I did was try to do my part, and it ended with me tying the home run record,” Santora said. There can be a heavy price to pay for a successful athlete. Coaches, players and fans begin to expect more. That builds pressure. Santora does not feel this. “I feel a little more pressure, but it’s from myself, not any outside sources. I put a little more pressure on myself to help experience enabled him to cope with the pressure of college baseball and believes the pressure has actually died down since his senior year high school. Santora admits last year was his best year as a baseball player based on his statistics, and not for the awards he won. “I don’t really think about things such as records or things like that. I just try and take one game at a time and one at-bat at a time. I feel as though if I keep doing that and keep working hard to improve my game, then something good will come from it,” he said. Santora said the team is going through a small rough patch, but he trusts that with continuing hard work, the team will come through it. For the full article go to merciad. mercyhurst.edu/content/santora.
Ethan Magoc photo
my teammates out and help the team win, since I had such a big role in our success last year,” the third baseman said. Breaking records and garnering awards was not new for
Mercyhurst College sophomore Ethan Santora aims to have a repeat of his stellar freshman season.
Santora. In high school, he won the Ohio Player of the Year award and broke the school’s home run record. He believes that having this
March 31, 2010
‘Dis-Ease’ presents dancing with a message
By Claire Hinde
Staff writer SoMar Dance Works and local musician Davie Sturtevant presented an ingenious collaborative performance of song and dance this past Sunday, March 28, in the Walker Recital Hall. The performance, titled “Disease: A Coming Out,” was free to the public and received a phenomenal response from the community. Each seat in the theater was ﬁlled and people were spilling down the stairs and standing along the back wall. The show featured all original music by Sturtevant and new choreographic works from Mark and Solveig Santillano, the founders and directors of SoMar Dance Works, a local nine-member dance company. This sold-out concert was more than simply a dance performance. Sponsored by Stairways Behavioral Health, “Dis-ease” also served to raise awareness about mental illness, including bipolar disorder. It lent a three-dimensional element to Sturtevant’s heartfelt story. “The connections between the dancing and lyrics worked really well,” junior Christine Wilbur said. The performance rolled along as Sturtevant and his band played tunes in a wide variety of styles, sporting banjos and washboards at times, and plucking out a bona ﬁde tango at others. The performance proved to be wonderfully fresh and imaginative, blending SoMar’s inventive movement and interpretations with Sturtevant’s gentle voice. One number, “Better roll over play dead,” was a humorous depiction of dealing with treatment policies to a peppy blue-grass melody featuring Mercyhurst senior dance students Christopher Taddiken, Erin Alarcon and Amanda Fisher. The discussion was open to the audience, and spearheaded questions from the audience about how to deal with mental illness, going a long way to sow acceptance and hope for those dealing with mental illness. There is no doubt that Sturtevant and SoMar Dance Works accomplished a great feat on Sunday. “The performance dealt with the topic really well. It was very moving,” sophomore Victoria Scott said. Junior Nicole Lyons, who performed in the concert, said, “Performing in ‘Dis-ease’ was very different from other performances because it carried such a strong message. It was great to have that kind of experience — it really tested my maturity as a dancer.” For both performers and viewers alike, “Disease: A Coming Out” was a powerful experience. An unabridged version of this article can be found online.
Between dance numbers, Sturtevant chatted with the many people that had gathered, ﬁlling in the gaps of the story and explaining in more detail all that he has faced. Sturtevant’s complete honesty and simple frankness in both the lyrics of the song and his chats made the concert especially poignant and refreshing for those who have faced the difﬁculties of mental illness themselves. Even more amazing than the positive response from the com-
SoMar Dance Works, along with local musician Davie Sturtevant, presented “Dis-Ease” on Sunday, March 28.
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munity was the fully-rounded nature of the event. Once all the singing and dancing had been completed, with overwhelming support from the audience, all were welcomed to stay for a discussion about the difﬁculties of dealing with mental illness, as well as to ask questions. The discussion was led by Mary Ellen Dahlkemper of Stairways and included a panel made up of psychologists and therapists from all over Erie, as well as Sturtevant and both Santillanos.
Ailey II presents strong talent, pleases audience
By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff writer reographed by Associate Artistic Director Troy Powell. This piece exhibited ﬂowing movement The Ailey II performance that appeared in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) at Medrcyhurst College last Friday, March 26, exhibited the great talent of the dancers. Surprisingly, however, the performance did not present any of the historic choreography created by Alvin Ailey himself. Instead, the show featured works by current leaders of the Ailey company as well as by leading choreographers of today. The performance opened with “The External Knot,” chowith a dynamic and powerful ending. The dance featured an especially strong performance by soloist Chang Yong Sung, although all the dancers in this piece performed well. The following piece was a solo, an excerpt from “Splendid Isolation II,” choreographed by Jessica Lang and performed by Taeler Cyrus. As the curtain rose, the audience was wowed by the elegant white dress that ﬁlled the entire spotlight. The solo exuded beauty in its simplicity and featured expressive port de bras, as the large skirt inhibited any large movement across the stage. Next came the quirky quartet “Proximity…” choreographed by Carlos dos Santos. This piece featured unusual and at times twitchy movement with comic, cartoonish moments. Unlike the rest of the pieces, the dancers wore street clothes for this dance, which added to its edgy ﬂavor. “The choreography was amazing, especially in the simplicity of the second piece in the white dress,” junior Sarah Hlusko said. The ﬁnal piece of the evening, “Divining,” called upon Ailey’s African dance roots and was choreographed by Judith Jamison, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Artistic Advisor of Ailey II. The piece highlighted the dancing of Ghrai DeVore as a soloist supported by the rest of the Ailey II company. The performance was wellreceived by many of the audience members.“It was very exciting and fresh. The physicality of all the dancers was great,” senior Cameron Woods said. “The show was wonderful. I loved the expression of the dancers,” freshman Darnell Lewis said. Overall, the show seemed to be well-liked and appreciated by many. “They should bring more shows like this to Erie,” audience member Vivian Tate said.
Ailey II performed at the PAC last Friday, March 26.
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