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In other words, much the same as it has
always been, plus a stronger endowment, doc-
toral programs and additional campus facili-
History of change
The founding Sisters of Mercy ﬁrst faced
the task of ﬁnding funding to build an infra-
structure before and during the Great Depres-
sion. Back then, thoughts of the future were
slightly cast aside in pursuit of merely enroll-
ing enough women to pay tuition and help
keep the doors open.
But as the educational experience within
Glenwood Hills’ tudor structures stabilized
economically, and then grew, past presidents’
thoughts inevitably turned to the generations
of students yet to arrive.
By the 1960s and ‘70s, Mercyhurst had
transitioned into offering a coeducational
experience, and presidents Sister Carolyn
Herrmann and Marion Shane, Ph.D., led the
college through an unprecedented time of
change. Many of the college’s current aca-
demic structures opened, including Zurn
Hall, and varsity athletics were gradually
established as a way to grow admissions.
William Garvey, Ph.D., brought the college
further into its contemporary state from the
early 1980s through 2005 when he resigned.
He pushed forward the construction of the
Ice Center and establishment of Division I
hockey programs, the Mary D’Angelo Per-
forming Arts Center and the Audrey Hirt
Gamble’s assumption of the presidency
in March 2006 began another period of
growth in college history. In January 2010, he
announced Mercyhurst College would seek
The Board of Trustees submitted a 102-
page application for such a change to the
Pennsylvania Department of Education
in October. It remains under review but is
expected to be approved in May.
Gamble views the university change as
the ﬁrst step in refocusing Mercyhurst’s cur-
rent purpose in higher education. He said
the perception of the college—previously as
a baccalaureate institution whose main mis-
sion is to award undergraduate degrees—had
become somewhat muddled during the most
recent growth periods.
The college now offers six separate mas-
ters of science degrees, maintains four
regional campuses (Erie, North East, Corry
and Girard) and boasts a sister campus in Ire-
None of these traits are typical of small,
liberal arts colleges. The title of Mercyhurst
University, then, would be more apt, Gamble
Still, if university status is approved, he
said, “If you’re a baccalaureate student at
Mercyhurst in Erie, it’s going to feel a lot like
it’s always felt.”
Reach for $50 million
While Gamble’s overall plan for the col-
lege’s growth is not grand or sweeping in
scope, one aspect could carry major impli-
cations for Mercyhurst’s long-term staying
It simply must grow its endowment,
Gamble said, to survive and thrive in the
future world of private higher education.
“It’s a very competitive environment,” he
said. “I don’t think all (private colleges) will
survive the next decade. My job is to make
sure we’re one of the ones that do.”
To do so, Gamble told the board the
endowment will reach $50 million by 2020.
The college’s endowment in 2009-10 was
$20.8 million, putting it alongside regional
schools like the College of Mount St. Joseph
and Ohio Dominican University in terms of
That mark ﬂuctuates annually based on the
number of scholarships awarded, the ﬁnan-
cial climate, construction projects undertaken
and the overall operating budget. The higher
the endowment, the more comfortable the
administration feels with dishing out money
in each area.
The endowment is on pace to grow toward
the $30 million range this year—the highest
in college history.
Gamble said the work of David Livings-
ton, Ph.D., and his advancement ofﬁce staff
is behind this year’s growth and the ambitious
Livingston, a former religious studies pro-
fessor, joined advancement in August 2007 at
“I ﬁgured if you can sell religious studies
to college freshmen, you can sell anything,”
said Gamble, laughing. “What he’s done is
Mercyhurst set records for most money
raised in its history each year since 2007. The
college is now averaging between $4 and 5
million in total annual donations.
Direct, face-to-face alumni contact stands
as one tactic Livingston has employed suc-
cessfully in his tenure. The advancement
ofﬁce strived to bring alumni back into the
fold through dozens of events and through
the admissions and career services staffs’
nationwide efforts at reconnection.
Prior to 2007, Livingston said, “It was less
of a focus, especially on the national level.”
He said women who graduated in the col-
lege’s ﬁrst 40 years possessed strong ties to
the school, which translated well into dona-
tions. Graduates from the 1970s through the
2000s, though, didn’t possess the same tight
Gamble, too, had recognized this down-
“We had lost connection to our alums,”
Gamble said. “It’s the alums and their con-
nection to the school that turns into dona-
tions down the road, but if you don’t have
them, then you’re in trouble.”
Livingston said if and when $50 million is
reached, the goal shifts to the college’s cen-
tennial in 2026.
“The real goal is to have $100 million by
the 100-year anniversary,” he said. “If you
want a goal for the school, that’s the one. It’s
going to be very challenging.”
Doctorates, facilities, prestige
The board extended Gamble’s contract for
another ﬁve years in October, ensuring he
remains at the helm through 2015.
Looking back at the ﬁrst ﬁve-year crux,
he paused when asked to pinpoint which of
his administration’s accomplishments he was
most proud of.
Mercyhurst’s “vigorous” study abroad pro-
gram, which includes an opportunity for a
term of study in Dungarvan, Ireland, would
be at the top of the list, he said.
“I think a strong undergraduate education
has to provide the opportunity to go abroad.
Also, the four-credit interdisciplinary courses.
One of those two things, I feel best about.”
But he also learned from one key misstep
during his ﬁrst half decade. It came to mind
more immediately than any successes.
“I would have done the calendar change
differently,” Gamble said. “That was a mess.”
During the 2006-07 school year, Mercy-
hurst proposed switching from a trimester
system to a semester system; students openly
revolted against such a move.
Gamble said he failed to work hard enough
to inform his constituencies, particularly stu-
dents, about the change’s details and beneﬁts.
“We didn’t cover ourselves in glory on that
In presenting a 10-year plan, he said he
recognizes a greater need to keep everyone
informed and involved at the beginning.
When he spoke to the board and then wrote
to faculty, he clearly outlined a set of goals
and sought input.
Perhaps the most intriguing of those goals
is the establishment of one or more doctorate
programs, likely in the areas of archaeology,
anthropology, education or intelligence stud-
Such terminal degree offerings are at least
ﬁve years away.
Construction expansion, at this point,
is more difﬁcult to achieve. The college is
landlocked by East 38th Street to the north,
residential areas on the east and west and
Mercyhurst Prep to the south.
Beyond the front of campus construction
of the Center for Academic Engagement,
which will house the intelligence studies and
hospitality management programs, Gamble
plans to look within campus boundaries for
potential areas of improvement.
“At some point, we have to do something
about Briggs and Lewis (Avenues) and the
Highland Square area,” he said. “Ultimately,
it’s not a good use of space right now.”
The college renovated Highland Square
this summer after students consistently com-
plained about living conditions there, but
Gamble would also like to see a dining hall
constructed on the east end of campus.
Plans featuring a type of falling water area
and more vegetation are also in the works to
enhance the grotto.
“It could be very dramatic,” he said.
Finally, he said, growth of the college’s
national reputation and prestige remains the
driving factor behind each portion of the 10-
“The best way for students to beneﬁt is if
the reputation and the proﬁle of Mercyhurst
continues to get better,” Gamble said. “If
graduates can someday say, ‘I couldn’t even
get in there now,’ that increases the value of
Gamble presents 10-year plan
The outright contributions include
money from all sources including,
alumni, trustees, parents, friends of
the college, corporations and
foundations. *As of March 11.
Alumni partcipation includes the per-
centage of alumni who donated to the
college during the year.
*As of March 11.
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Groundbreaking date set for academic building
Every year Mercyhurst hosts different events to promote
being sober and aware of the effects of alcohol. On Wednes-
day, March 16, students can meet with candidates for the MSG
Executive Board and drink a mock tail at 4 p.m. in the Laker Inn.
Hypnotic Intoxication will take place in the Walker Recital
Hall at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. In this performance, Keith
Karkut will make students become intoxicated without the use
of alcohol. The Peer Educators are hosting a St. Paddy’s Day
Party on Thursday, March 17, in the Hermann Student Union
Great Room. The party lasts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and
includes free Irish food and games. The women’s lacrosse
game at Tullio Field is the ﬁnal alcohol awareness week event.
The event, which takes place at 3 p.m., is a green out, and the
craziest fan will receive a prize.
College promotes alcohol awareness
Groundbreaking for the Center for Academic Engagement is
set for June 3. The original plan was to begin construction on
the $9 million academic building during March.
Erie power to be shut down
Penelec will shut down the power on campus Saturday, March
19, from 8 to 10 a.m. The repairs may not take the full two
hours. Vice President for Student Life Gerard Tobin will send
an e-mail to students Friday afternoon to remind them to turn
off electronic devices before Saturday morning.
Eleven students and two professors from the political science department traveled to Washing-
ton D.C. over the weekend. They went on tours and met with Mercyhurst alumni in the area.
Jill Barrile photos
Career fair to take place at Mercyhurst
The Mercyhurst College Career Fair will take place Thursday,
March 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is in the Mercyhurst
Athletic Center. Students from Mercyhurst, Gannon, Beh-
rend, Edinboro and Allegheny are able to attend. There will be
more than 100 companies at the fair. Visit the Career Services
section on the Mercyhurst Portal for a list of the companies.
Chief Kuhn offers St. Patrick’s Day advice
After attending a meeting involving law enforcement agen-
cies, Chief of Police & Safety Robert Kuhn learned that the
Erie Police will be strongly patrolling on St. Patrick’s Day. The
Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Enforcement Bureau will be
assisting Erie Police. Kuhn advises students, “Don’t do any-
thing that will embarrass your college, your family or yourself.
If you keep that one rule in mind, you don’t need a laundry list
of rules to follow,” he said.
Students tour D.C.
March 16, 2011 Page 4
like in 2020?
“I honestly don’t think
that Mercyhurst will have
changed too much, besides
the new building that
they’re getting ready to
build. I just think they’d like
to keep that ‘college’ look.”
“I don’t think it will look
much diﬀerent than it does
now. The front gates and the
rustic look of the buildings
are what make Mercyhurst
unique, and I doubt anyone
would want to modernize
the campus too much.”
“I ϐigure ‘Hurst will have
a few new buildings and
will have renovated some
others, but other than that
I’m sure it’ll look pretty
much the same. All the
changes will just be little
things like senior gifts.”
Internships provide better career
In today’s uncertain economy, it
is more important than ever for stu-
dents to be proactive in the resume-
building process if they want to
ﬁnd a job after graduation.
Becoming a competitive candi-
date for employment more often
involves having previous work
An internship, speciﬁcally.
“Over 70 percent of employers
said they prefer to hire candidates
with previous relevant experience,”
said Kyle Foust, Ph.D., executive
director of experiential learning in
Mercyhurst’s Career Development
In a survey of 2007 graduates of
the college, students who interned
received twice as many job offers as
students who did not.
“Salary ranges were always higher
for those that did the internship,”
Sophomore Gevaun Scott, an
interior design major from Pitts-
burgh, wants to get an internship
before she enters the work force.
“I think it would make me feel
comfortable before I go into my
ﬁeld, to get an idea of what to
expect,” she said.
The Career Development Center
places more than 400 students in
internships per year.
“The vast majority are in the
summer,” Foust said. “It’s not too
late. If you have any inkling at all
to start an internship, come in and
talk to us.
“We’ve worked with Fortune 500
companies, many federal agencies
(especially in the Intel area) and Big
Four accounting ﬁrms,” he said.
Junior Amanda Stafford found
internships to apply for by calling
different museums in her home-
town of Albany, N.Y.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said
Stafford, a public history major.
“A chance to learn about whatever
ﬁeld we’re interested in.”
Foust also cites the opportunity
to test how much students actually
like their chosen careers before-
“It either conﬁrms your career
choice, or allows you to change
your focus. It’s better to do that as
an undergraduate before you go
into the ﬁeld and essentially have to
start all over again,” he said.
There are a few important things
to consider when applying for an
internship. Geographically, consider
where you want to go. Can you stay
at home during the summer and
work out of your hometown? Or
is there a speciﬁc city that is well-
known in your chosen ﬁeld?
Also, what type of job do you
want? Most students realize early
into their freshman year that there
are many different ways to apply
their chosen ﬁeld. Students should
have some idea of which ﬁelds they
are interested in pursuing, even if
they intend to use the internship
opportunity to narrow down the
Whether the internship is paid is
not as essential. Some companies
simply may not have the funds to
pay an intern.
“Quality of the experience is
what is important,” Foust said. “All
other things being equal, take the
paid internship, but sometimes you
will get a better experience at an
Students are also encouraged
to visit the Career Connect web-
site, where they can actively search
out internships and jobs, and also
change the settings of their account
to receive notiﬁcations for intern-
ship postings in their chosen ﬁeld.
Whether students use the ser-
vices provided by the college or set
out to ﬁnd an internship on their
own, being proactive is the best
way to ﬁnd internships and further
hopes for future careers.
By Faye Clark
Women: Set a high target and ask
On average, when women
choose to negotiate their salaries,
they have their salary increased by
$4,000. Only 3-5 percent of women
do this, and this was the subject of
Sara Laschever’s speech Tuesday
at Walker Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m.,
titled, “Ask for It! Women and the
Power of Negotiation.”
Laschever is the co-author of “Ask
for It: How Women Can Use the
Power of Negotiation to Get What
They Want” and “Women Don’t
Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding
Negotiation and Positive Strategies
for Change,” with Linda Babcock.
“It’s not about some way that
women are broken or need to be
ﬁxed, or about how we need to be
more like men,” Laschever said.
Rather, it’s simply about asking more.
Women are less likely to ask for
not only salary negotiations, but
also recommendations, high proﬁle
teams or projects, or work in a dif-
ferent area, and this goes back to
the day of birth and continues with
socialization of children.
Nurses tend to see boy babies
as more alert and stronger and girl
babies as less alert and weaker, even
when there is nothing to support
this. Continuing this route, the toys
we give children affect how they
learn to act. Girls are given kitchen-
ettes and tea sets, encouraging them
to serve people, while boys are
given train sets and building blocks,
encouraging their self expression.
This continues throughout
women’s lives, leaving women to
wonder: How many other things
are women not asking for?
Another interesting stance on this
issue is in academia. Women claim
57 percent of bachelor’s degrees,
59 percent of master’s degrees and
46 percent of doctorates, yet they
only make up 23 percent of college
Negotiation is not something
some people are born with and others
aren’t, Laschever said. “It’s a skill set,”
and can be learned and practiced.
Some important things for
women to keep in mind for nego-
tiating, Laschever said, are don’t
accept the status quo or that every-
one will be treated fairly, assume
everything is negotiable, and do
The purpose of the books they
wrote are to help women, “Build
conﬁdence and develop the needed
skills,” to negotiate.
World Language and Culture
Department Chair Alice Edwards,
Ph.D., said, “Given our history and
constituency, it seems to me impor-
tant that to develop our women stu-
dents in a society where they face
too many barriers.”
Edwards said the presentation
was beneﬁcial to all students regard-
less of gender because, “many men
don’t understand how negotiation
works, like with a starting salary.”
This leads to women being labeled
as troublemakers and taking what
they are offered.
This lecture was presented by the
President’s Task Force on Women
and Leadership, and ﬁndings from
the task force will be presented on
Tuesday, March 22, at 3:30 p.m. in
Mercy Heritage Hall.
By Alaina Rydzewski
Sara Laschever spoke at Mercyhurst about the power of
negotiation for women in their professional lives.
Ethan Magoc photo
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Page 5
March 16, 2011
Music department to present ‘Cosi fan Tutte’
The talented students of the
D’Angelo Department of Music
will perform Mozart’s comic opera
“Cosi Fan Tutte” will be per-
formed at the Mary D’Angelo Per-
forming Arts Center on Friday and
Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2
As one of Mozart’s most popu-
lar operas, “Cosi Fan Tutte” has a
reputation for being an entertaining
Moreover, the Mercyhurst rendi-
tion will be sung in English, making
the performance more accessible
to opera aﬁcionados and novices
The music is lovely, having been
described by director Brent Weber
as “medicine for the voice, as well
as for the ears and souls of the lis-
The comedic “Cosi Fan Tutte,”
which translates loosely as “This
or That” or “Women Are Fickle,”
comments on inconsistency in love
with its tale of humorous decep-
In the story, two ofﬁcers, Fer-
rando and Guglielmo, accept a bet
made by Don Alfonso that tests
the faithfulness of their lady lovers,
Dorabella and Fiordiligi.
The ofﬁcers pretend to go away to
war, but then they come back to their
women disguised as Albanian men.
Over the course of the opera,
each ofﬁcer manages to seduce the
other’s lover and in the end have
marriage contracts signed.
The ofﬁcers ﬁnally reveal them-
selves to the women, having seem-
ingly proven, as Don Alfonso had
originally declared, that all women
As the performance is triple cast,
each show will feature a different
set of singers.
Weber said, “The triple cast has
made the rehearsal process a little
crazy, but it is a great educational
opportunity for the singers.
“It will be a different show each
night as different students interpret
Junior Elizabeth Zurasky, who
will perform the role of Despina on
Friday night, said, “Rehearsing for
the show has been really exciting.
“It’s been really cool to see each
actor’s interpretation of the differ-
“We’ve all helped each other
with ideas and character traits and
I’ve learned so much through this
experience,” she said.
There are also many different
artists involved in the production
aspects of the opera, and Weber
described the process as something
of a collaborative effort.
“I think collaboration is what
Mercyhurst is all about,” said Weber.
The performance includes the
Mercyhurst student orchestra con-
ducted by Scott Tomlison, Ph.D..
Music Department Chair Louisa
Jonason and alum Jessica D. Murray
assembled traditional costuming
characteristic of the 1700s.
Dance Department professor
Michael Gleason created the light-
ing and set design.
Junior Alexandra Stacey and
freshman Natalie Pertz have oper-
ated as assistant directors and stage
“I could not have directed this
opera without them,” Weber said.
The opera includes both music
education and performances majors
from freshmen to seniors.
There will also be two guest
performers, with the role of Don
Alfonso played by Erie resident
Ken Daub, and Friday and Sunday
night’s Ferrando played by Mercy-
hurst alumnus Andrew Ferguson.
“This is a difﬁcult opera to pro-
duce, especially with these students’
busy schedules,” Weber said. “I am
very proud of all of them for really
coming to bat.”
Tickets for “Cosi Fan Tutte” are
only $2.50 for Mercyhurst students
Tickets cost $15.50 for adults,
$12.50 for seniors and non-Mercy-
hurst students, $5 for youths and
$7.50 for President’s Cardholders.
To purchase tickets, call 824-3000
or visit the PAC box ofﬁce.
By Sarah Mastrocola
Junior Marie Karbacka and freshman Mathew Anderson
rehearse a scene of ‘Cosi fan Tutte.’
Alex Stacey photo
Mills appreciates the close-knit dance community
Senior Heather Mills has had a
passion for dance since the age of
Her many years of training could
be about to pay off as she heads
into the professional dance world.
Mills aspires to dance in a profes-
sional ballet company after graduat-
Although she does not have a set
company in mind, she would like
to move somewhere that is a bit
As she is going through the audi-
tion process, Mills is looking for a
company with a good training pro-
gram and fair amount of perfor-
mances during its season.
She particularly likes contempo-
“I can easily lose myself in the
movement,” she said.
Mills originally decided to come
to Mercyhurst College because of
the small class sizes.
She especially liked the one-on-
one experience with professors.
When asked about her experience
at Mercyhurst, Mills said, “I have
deﬁnitely beneﬁted from dancing in
college. It gave me time to develop
into the dancer I am today.
“Being able to learn from so
many different teachers with each
of their own past professional
experience was a great opportu-
nity,” she said.
One important life lesson that
Mills will take with her from Mer-
cyhurst is not to procrastinate.
The dance department’s heavy
workload, as well as her choice to
be a dance management major, has
taught her how to manage her time
When her dance career is ﬁn-
ished, she would like to use what she
learned from the major by working
in public relations for a company or
opening a dance studio.
One of her favorite parts of the
dance department is that they are so
close with each other.
Because of the advantages of
a small department, “we are all so
close and supportive, especially the
senior class this year. We really are
like a family.”
Yet Mills’ favorite thing about
dancing, and what she wants to
continue with, is the performance
“I can forget everything besides
the movement and just let loose
and dance,” she said.
“Nothing else matters. I get lost
in the moment.”
By Emma Rischel
Heather Mills hopes to dance professionally.
September 3, 2008
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Program beneﬁts, prepares
students with Asperger’s
I’m not usually the person to
comment about campus happen-
ings, but today I decided to give
it a shot.
As you know, Mercyhurst Col-
lege has many academic and sup-
port programs. Today’s topic is
about one of the more beneficial
AIM stands for Asperger’s Ini-
tiative at Mercyhurst. Basically,
this is a program for college stu-
dents who have Asperger’s Syn-
What is Asperger’s Syndrome?
It is a neurobiological learning
difference characterized by dif-
ficulties in social interaction,
problems with emotional regula-
tion, an intense repetitive interest
in a certain area and an average to
Mercyhurst’s Learning Differ-
ences Program, led by Dianne
Rogers, started the program a
couple years ago to cater to the
needs of students with Asperg-
er’s Syndrome. Mercyhurst is
one of a handful of schools in
the country that has a program
specifically for students with this
From my dealings with both
Dianne and Brent Martin, the
program’s director, I can say that
they are both dedicated to their
jobs and students. Furthermore,
Brent goes above and beyond the
call of duty to help his students
The AIM program provides its
students with access to assistive
technologies, testing accommoda-
tions, special living arrangements,
social supports (such as monthly
trips) and priority registration to
ensure that course loads cater to
each student’s interest. This pro-
gram is great because it offers
support to students who would
otherwise have difficulties in a
regular college environment.
Mercyhurst also offers a
summer transition program for
students with Asperger’s Syn-
drome who are in high school. It
provides them a chance to earn
three college credits while also
having a preview of college.
The college has really stayed
true to its mission with a program
like this. It opened college to a
group of people with untapped
talent and is helping students
prepare themselves for employ-
ment and a successful transition
to adult life.
By Mike Lado
Time to prepare for Easter
It is common knowledge that
Easter has become a “popular-
ized” holiday in many communi-
ties. It seems to have been written
off as another holiday stepping
stone between Christmas and
the tantalizing future of summer,
lining up with Valentine’s Day
and St. Patrick’s Day to provide a
break in late-winter drudgery.
Outside of those organizations
which hold Easter in religious
regard, very little preparation
is conducted to prepare for the
The season of Lent, which
began for many Christians last
Wednesday, is meant to be a time
of spiritual preparation for the
Easter season, marked by fast-
ing, prayer, and giving to those in
need. If you speak to a Christian
during this time, many will say
that they have “given up” some-
thing for Lent as a way of indi-
There is the obvious tempta-
tion, however, for Christians and
non-Christians alike to make the
next month just another time of
the year. We are all struggling to
make our way through the last
weeks of winter, knowing that
spring, warm weather, gradua-
tion and summer break are just
around the corner. As such, the
importance of service toward
others is often left by the way-
side. In these weeks leading up
to Easter, though, this task is of
Turn on the news and you will
undoubtedly see coverage of the
devastation left after an 8.9 mag-
nitude earthquake hit northern
Japan earlier this week. It is said
to be the fifth strongest earth-
quake recorded, and the long-
term impact of this event will be
felt for years. Such an occurrence
has a tendency to put things in
perspective, especially in our
Even though we anticipate
Easter for different reasons, this
is still undeniably a season of
preparation. I hope we can all
find some way to make it mean-
ingful and worthwhile, both for
ourselves and for others.
By Kathleen Vogtle
For more columns, visit merciad.mercyhurst.edu/opinion.
The potholes on Briggs were ﬁnally ﬁxed. No
more danger of breaking an axle.
Campus won’t have power Saturday from 8 a.m.
to 10 a.m. Hopefully, your alarm clock runs on
Mercyhurst is the host school for the women’s
Frozen Four, but the team lost to Boston
University and won’t be playing this weekend at
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Ian Wild stars in two sports with no problem
Mercyhurst junior Ian Wild can
juggle many challenges within his
schedule, but the way he carries
himself on and off two playing
ﬁelds is anything but a circus act.
peted for the
in the fall, then
made the transi-
tion this winter
to his second
sport, lacrosse, for
Continuing his dichotomous
involvement, he is double major-
ing in accounting and ﬁnance all
while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. As a
result, Wild earned many academic
honors, including ESPN Magazine
First Team Academic All-District
and ESPN Magazine Academic All-
America during the 2010 football
As a defensive back, Wild has
proven to be a strong asset to the
Laker football team, as it posted a
10-3 record last fall en route to an
NCAA playoff run.
Wild was third on the team with
79 tackles, and he also forced three
fumbles. Heading into his senior
season, Wild has high expectations
for the Laker defense next fall.
Following a year spent on the
sidelines as a medical redshirt, the
junior is back with the lacrosse
team this spring. The Lakers hold a
3-1 record so far, and, through four
games, Wild has four goals and won
more than half of his 43 face-offs.
“The two sports are difﬁcult in
their own way,” said Wild, a 6-foot,
2-inch 200-pound athlete. “They
are both tough to keep up with
mentally and physically. We do,
however, do a little bit more run-
ning with lacrosse.”
The transition from football to
lacrosse is certainly not an easy task.
But even with a high course load,
Wild continues to stand out in both
Fans can see Wild and the rest of
the men’s team in action for its ﬁrst
home game of the season at Tullio
Field Saturday at 1 p.m.
By Matt Cirell
Mercyhurst junior Ian Wild is the starting safety for the football team and also the starting
mid-ﬁelder for the men’s lacrosse team.
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scheduled for April
Tryouts for the 2011-12 cheerleading team will be Sat-
urday, April 9 from noon to 3:30 PM, in the wrestling
room at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (off the main
To try out, students must have previous cheerleading
experience. Stunting experience is preferred, but quick
learners with no stunt experience can still try out. Tum-
bling is a bonus, but not required.
The Mercyhurst College cheerleading team consists of
20 to 25 cheerleaders. Males are always welcome.
Cheerleading at Mercyhurst includes sidelines, ﬂoor
cheers, dances and stunting at football and basketball
games, as well as some wrestling matches.
Cheerleaders practice at least twice a week and atten-
dance at games and practices is mandatory.
If you have any questions, please contact coach Pam
Zimmer by email at email@example.com.
Over the course of a season,
many college hockey teams need
to ﬁght through injuries and
harsh schedules to come out on
the other side as a stronger team.
For the Mercyhurst men’s hockey
team, this is an understatement.
The Lakers fought through
a season loaded with injuries.
Six forwards who started the
season on the team were not
with the team by season’s end.
Key players such as start-
ing defensemen Pat Goebel and
Kevin Noble both had to ﬁght
off nagging injuries that cost
them a combined 19 games.
Senior forward Steve Cameron
missed six games this season,
after missing eight last year from
a concussion, and freshman
Kyle Just left the team after he
and goaltender Jordan Tibbett
were charged with sexual assault.
Despite all the adversity, the
Lakers managed a sixth seed in the
playoffs. They beat a Robert Morris
team that most guessed would
advance well past the ﬁrst round.
The Lakers handed RMU a 5-1 loss
and advanced to face the University
of Connecticut in the second round.
Against the Huskies in a best-
of-three series, the Lakers’ rocky
season ﬁnally came to a close. Even
in defeat, the Lakers played hard and
fought back from deﬁcits to make
both games extremely competitive.
In Friday’s game one, the Lakers
were in a two-goal hole after the ﬁrst
period before tying it in the second.
Then on Friday, in what became
the ﬁnal game of the Laker season,
the team fell in a three-goal hole
but came back and forced over-
time. In the overtime loss, the
Lakers outshot the Huskies 56-32
but were unable to take the lead.
“We played very well against
Robert Morris, but against (Con-
necticut), we just couldn’t score.
Our guys played their tails off,”
coach Rick Gotkin said. “I’m
very proud of how they played
and the season they had. They
came to the rink every day and
did everything we asked of them.”
The team ﬁnished with a 15-18-
4 record, but given the issues this
team has faced, it was a very solid
year. Two top forwards accepted
professional contracts mid-year,
two freshmen were charged with
sexual assault, and only seven
players played in every game.
Through it all, the team
played hard and stuck together.
“We have the makings of a real
good team. We proved we can be
very competitive even without
some of the guys and were right
there in the conference. We can take
the situations from this year and
learn from them and come back
stronger next season,” Gotkin said.
The Lakers return a strong
core of players next season, head-
lined by freshman forward Taylor
Holstrom and sophomore Paul
Chiasson, along with returning
defensemen Noble and Goebel.
Despite a long, brutal season,
the Lakers are hoping the hard
times are behind them and can
again climb atop the Atlantic
Hockey Association in 2011-12.
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The Mercyhurst women’s hockey
team had the stage set. It was one
of the top teams in the country all
season long. The team won a ninth
consecutive College Hockey Amer-
ica championship to earn a trip to
the NCAA tournament.
The Frozen Four, which the
Lakers had reached in back-to-back
years, is taking place at Erie’s Tullio
Arena. Even though this season
had the makings of a historic one,
the Lakers fell a game short.
The Lakers had a 30-3-3 season
in 2009-2010. Heading into the year,
the team had star forward Meghan
Agosta returning from a season off
to play with team Canada in the
She led all of women’s hockey
this season in total points, assists,
power-play goals, and tied for the
lead in short-handed goals. Agosta
also set the NCAA record for
points and goals in a career.
The Lakers also had the Patty
Kazmaier award winner from
2010 in senior Vicki Bendus. This
year’s team was loaded with senior
talent. The other seniors included
forwards Jesse Scanzano, Kylie
Rossler, Bendus, and Agosta, and
defensemen Cassea Schols and
This was the year everything was
supposed to come together.
But the Lakers were given a sixth
seed in the tournament and were
forced to travel in the quarterﬁnal
round. Additionally, the Lakers had
to face Boston University, the team
the Lakers beat in last year’s tourna-
ment, who were given a No. 3 seed.
The BU game was not consid-
ered an easy one, but one most fans
expected the Lakers to get through
and come home to play in the
Instead, they were defeated, 4-2.
The Lakers battled in the game,
tying it on two separate occasions
including once in the third period.
Still, the team had plenty to be
proud of. The senior class was a
combined 116-23-6 record after
this year’s 29-6 season.
“It’s a big disappointment, and
we feel like we let people down since
we (are hosting) the Frozen Four,”
senior forward Kylie Rossler said.
“We just need to keep our heads up
and be proud of what we accom-
plished over the last two years.”
Going forward, the senior class
left big shoes to ﬁll. Juniors Bailey
Bram and Kelley Steadman will step
into the holes left by Agosta, Scan-
zano and Bendus. All-conference
defender Pamela Zgoda will also be
back, along with Samantha Watt to
anchor the defense.
The Lakers may never have as
golden a chance to win a champion-
ship as this year, but their chances
are by no means gone. Next season,
Mercyhurst hopes to earn its 10th-
straight CHA championship and
avenge this year’s early play-off
By Spencer Hunt
Men’s hockey season ends in overtime loss
By Spencer Hunt
Mercyhurst women’s hockey team fell short of a third-consecutive Frozen Four apperance, a
disappointment made worse by the school’s opportunity to host this year’s championship.
Mercyhurst men’s hockey team closed out a rough season
with a 3-2 overtime loss at Connecticut Saturday night.
Women’s hockey team falls short
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