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Sexual assault case resolved on campus

By Alicia Cagle
Each year 207,754 people fall victim to sexual assault and rape, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Many cases, though, never get reported, leaving the perpetrator to go free. This did not happen for Jane Doe* and several other women at Mercyhurst University. A federal law and university action taken as part of that law made sure of that. In the Oct. 24, 2012, issue of The Merciad, an article titled When she says no and he says yes reported on the types of sexual violence as well as what students should do when faced with this situation. One victim of sexual violence, Doe, also told her story. While Doe talked to Police & Safety, a resident assistant (RA) and other members of ResLife, her case was not pursued. According to Tobin, based on initial reports, no action was warranted. After the Oct. 24 issue was published, several other students came forward about their own situations, each naming the same perpetrator and providing new information. According to Vice President for Student Life Gerry Tobin, Ph.D., the situation has now been resolved. He said the university launched an investigation in November 2012 after the students formally made their accusations about the alleged perpetrator. The university completed that investigation in recent weeks, convened a hearing and expelled the person. That person is no longer connected with Mercyhurst. A major part in this decision was the federal law known as Title IX. While Title IX is credited with expanding collegiate sports for women to have the same athletic opportunities as college men, it actually has a broader reach. Tobin explained that Title IX also emphasizes the need to protect people of both genders from becoming future victims. Thus, Mercyhurst was obligated under federal law to look into the matter of Jane Doe and the others. Enforcing university compliance is the U.S. Department of Educations Ofce on Civil Rights. Title IX will be with us for a good long time so we need to understand it well and apply the principles, Tobin said. Looking ahead, Tobin explained that students also need to look out for each other, particularly when consuming alcohol. would have never done sober, said Tobin. Theres a responsibility we need to take for ourselves and our friends need to take for us as well. Tobin currently meets with every freshman and sophomore after their rst alcohol offense to talk about taking responsibility and to highlight the number of incidents involving death and sexual assault. He additionally suggests that all students have a friend who will remain sober or below the level of intoxication who will make sure his or her friends get home safely, and stay out of trouble. Probably one of the saddest stories I listened to when I was director of the Counseling Center, said Tobin, was a student who was being criminally charged with sexual assault who wept in my ofce and said that he had no idea what he had even done. Now his life and someone elses life are changed forever. That is avoidable suffering. If it happens to you, contact Erie Police Department, (814) 870-1125; your RA; Police & Safety, (814) 8242304; Title IX Coordinator attorney Meredith Bollheimer, (814) 8243363; Counseling Center, (814) 8243650. A counselor is always on call even when the Counseling Center is closed. Editors Note: The name of Jane Doe was changed to protect identity of innocent.


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Some of the perpetrators may be doing something drunk that they would have never done sober.
Gerry Tobin Ph.D.

If it happens to you, contact:

Erie Police Department, (814) 870-1125 Your RA Police & Safety, (814) 8242304 Title IX Coordinator attorney Meredith Bollheimer, (814) 824-3363 Counseling Center, (814) 824-3650 A counselor is always on call even when the Counseling center is closed.

Tobin said that nationwide there are over 100,000 reported sexual assaults attributed to alcohol involvement, but that is only what is reported. Some of the perpetrators may be doing something drunk that they

Professor investigates fossils in Erie area

By Kierston Bromley
Staff writer
Approximately 364 million years ago, a giant sh known as the Dunkleosteus swam around in the salt water ocean that once was the Erie area. Assistant Professor of Geology and Paleontology Director Scott McKenzie has been investigating and putting back together recovered pieces of a Dunkleosteus fossil, assisted by junior Patrick Nolan. Due to a heart attack and stroke, McKenzie was unable to go into the eld to search for fossils. In his absence, a friend found the Dunkleosteus fossil and backpacked it out in pieces so it could be put back together again. The Dunkleosteus was a deep ocean sh, said McKenzie, and when it [this one] died, its parts fell apart in one area. Thats how so much of it can be put back together. McKenzie said he was not sure what originally interested him in the eld he is now quite accomplished in.

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Mercyhurst University Police & Safety

Police Log
Sunday, March 3 Theft and vandalism Old Main Referred for discipline Saturday, March 9 Public intoxication 3910 Lewis Ave. Referred for discipline Saturday, March 9 Vandalism McAuley Hall Referred for discipline Sunday, March 10 Vandalism 3923 Briggs Ave. Referred for discipline

McKenzie teaches geology to students at Mercyhurst.

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My earliest memory, said McKenzie, was picking up rocks to try and see what they were. The Dunkleosteus fossil turns out to be a giant fossilized rock. While some fossils record a length as long as 30 feet, this recovered fossil is between 15-25 feet long. Shaped somewhat like a tadpole, it had an armored front and a soft body.

The latter has never survived so it is hard to tell what the internal organs of the sh looked like, according to Nolan. However, many things can be discerned from the shs armored frontal plates. The Dunkleosteus had no teeth, said Nolan, and it was not a very fast sh because of its size. The Dunkleosteus was also a predator to be reckoned with, as it ate sharks and shared a distant relation with them. It could open its mouth very fast, in effect creating a vortex that would sweep anything in range into its mouth, said Nolan about the Dunkleosteus feeding habits. Nolans passion for dinosaurs and ancient life in general never left him from a young age. So, when he took a geology class with McKenzie, Nolan rst took an interest in the Dunkleosteus sh. Eventually he would write a research paper on a possible hypothesis for the Dunkleosteus extinction. McKenzie hopes to eventually display the Dunkleosteus fossil on campus in the future, though space is certainly a pressing issue because of the fossils immense size.

Project Kenya raises funds for student

By Katie Felong
Staff writer
Through successful fundraising and donations, 14-year-old Anne from Kenya will be able to travel to Erie and obtain an education at Mercyhurst Preparatory School. In the American education system, our transition from elementary school, to middle school and then to high school is usually paid for by federal and state governments. In Kenya, high schools are private and of the boarding school nature. Fees are about $2,000 a year to attend a good school, covering tuition, uniform, accommodations and pocket money. Opportunities for girls to attend are rarer than for boys. Several years ago, a woman and Sister of Mercy, Helen Khisa, came from Kenya to attend Mercyhurst. She earned her bachelors and masters degrees in special education. As she was ready to graduate, her community back in Kenya, raised money for a member of her family to come over. That person was her brother, Anthony Juma Khisa, and he returned to Erie and Mercyhurst to get his bachelors degree. Juma, now a senior studying computer systems, plans to return again to Kenya after graduation to open up a computer college in those [geographic] areas are where the technology is growing. He would like to primarily service, those still in high school, but for those on school break who wanted to increase their skills. During all of this, news of another Khisa family member who wanted to come to Mercyhurst was heard. Hopes arose to bring Anne, Jumas daughter, to Erie to study at Mercyhurst Preparatory School. Unfortunately, her visa was delayed, so she had to stay in Kenya. Anne is considered an excellent student. Her intelligence was acknowledged in the fth grade, granting her to sit in on sixth grade exams. The principal of her school noticed her potential, and wanted to help her. He always wanted to help people who wished to have an education, Juma said. When word of this came to Executive Director of Wellness Judy Smith, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Life Gerry Tobin, Ph.D. and Mercyhurst President Tom Gamble, Ph.D., they The dinner began at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 5, featuring Kenyas national dishes. Wristbands and tickets were sold in advance, but also at the door. Before the event, Juma laughed and talked with the Egan staff. When it came to food, that was their idea... That really surprised me, especially how they prepared the food, and how the food looked exactly like it did in Kenya. Upon entering Egan Hall guests saw, shiny silver buffet dishes lled with colorful foods, such as: Samosas (deep fried potato pastries), Sukuma Wiki (simmered collared greens) and Kuku Paka (chicken curry). The Romantic Era provided entertainment and played a set of soft, upbeat songs. Following the dining, MSG played a video about the benet and how it began. Baskets were rafed featuring African, Mercyhurst and movie themes. Thanks to the Mercyhurst Rowing Team, MSG, Juma and the Mercyhurst staff the fundraising so far has been successful. To further help Anne with her education, remember to attend the Spring Charity Ball.

Juma thanks those involved in raising funds to bring his daughter from Kenya to Erie for schooling.
asked Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) to help launch fundraising efforts to help pay for Annes education in Kenya. Gamble additionally offered to match the funds raised at the events.

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MSG responded by organizing three events to help support Annes education: a portion of the funds from the Rowing Teams Endurowthon event, prots from the Spring Charity Ball and the Kenyan Benet Dinner.

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New Mercyhurst website launches

Recently, Mercyhurst launched a new website, as well as a new look and update for Blackboard. Errors on the website have been found, as occurs with many new websites. The Marketing and Public Relations staff are collaborating and xing the technical issues with the site. Some of the issues are with browsers and the glitches that occur, depending on which browser is being used. It was found that occasionally when an item was selected it would then disappear. The site was launched despite the errors because many issues cannot be discovered until it is loaded. According to Web Coordinator Chris Norris, Websites are living, breathing elements to any organization. Websites are never launched 100 percent, but the errors are being corrected quickly. The goal is to create a site as close to perfect as possible. We strive that the little bugs there are xed before there are bigger issues, Norris said. The new site includes the feature of live tweeting that displays the latest and greatest news about staff and faculty. Larger photos are now shown, which follows the trend of many up-to-date websites. More videos are also incorporated into the site which highlight the academic departments and student involvement. The target of the site is to attract prospective students and make the website have a desirable look for iPads and tablets that many of these students own.

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Mercyless Endurowthon breaks two world records

By Juan Mendez
Staff writer
From Parkhursts Rhonda to Louie the Laker, from the administration to the sports teams; the entire Mercyhurst community came out and supported the rowing team on their Mercyless Endurowthon, where they were able to break world records: the most people on a single erg and the mens lightweight team achieved the longest distance in 24 hours. A total of 600 people from the Mercyhurst and Erie communities came to help the team make history, breaking the record previously held by the government of Poland for the most people on a single erg. A few minutes before 11 a.m. on Friday morning, senior Liz Lynch became the record breaker, being the 355th person in the rotation of students and faculty members. Kyle Cooke and Annie Truelove were the fastest participants. Cooke, with a time of 1:21.9, was the fastest male, and Annie Truelove was the fastest female with a time of 1:41.3. Other participants included athletes from Mercyhurst Universitys teams, the Mercyhurst Prep rowing team, Mercyhurst faculty and staff, 212 Degrees of Fitness and Erie City


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Senior Marcin Osajda helps the mens lightweight team break the record for longest distance in 24 hours.
Councilman Bob Merski. Meanwhile, the mens lightweight team was focused on breaking their record; having a team of athletic trainers and staff that helped them with their needs; helping them stretch, bringing them drinks and food and whatever else was needed to complete the lapses of 30 seconds per person with a ve-minute break. The team really put their bodies through hell and back, but they never gave up, Student Activities Council (SAC) chair Adam Borgman said. At the end of 24 hours, the team had broken the record with a nal distance of 451,879 meters, beating the previous record of 406,000 meters. Senior rower Jake Schuppe felt very accomplished about what his team had done. All of us really helped each other

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get through it. Our coaches, Adrian and Jamie, were instrumental to us, as they kept us motivated and united, he said. We were all hurting, some of us were injured, but the adrenaline kept us going. When we were done, we were all overcome with a feeling of accomplishment. It was incredible. Their average split time was 1:35.6, a full 11 seconds less than the previous record-holders. However, the team only got faster as the timer kept going, fueled by the adrenaline and the motivation the community was providing them. The single erg record belongs to the Mercyhurst student body and the local communities. This is something they achieved; their dedication is what helped make this record what it is, Borgman said. For more information visit: http://

Buddhist monk visits Mercyhurst, Erie

By Stefani Baughman
Staff writer
On Tuesday, March 12, Mercyhurst hosted a visit from Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, an accomplished Tibetan Buddhist monk, teacher and author. His morning lecture on Discovering Peace and Well-Being in the Mind was well attended by students, faculty and other members of the Mercyhurst community. The Rinpoche expressed the need for each person to work towards individual and world peace by using their own mind, knowledge and skills. He also explained the need to do this in a seless way. Without altruistic motivation, knowledge can be abused [and] severe destruction and harm are brought into the world., the Rinpoche explained. The visit from the Rinpoche was co-sponsored by the Religious Studies Department and the Erie Karma Thegsum Choling, a Vajrayana Buddhist meditation center, which follows the Tibetan Karma Kagyu tradition. Professor of Religious Studies Thomas Forsthoefel said this event, like the departments courses and other programs, aimed to broaden horizons and open minds. Ordained a monk at the age of 12, the Rinpoche, now 89, has acquired extensive experience in meditation, philosophy and monastic arts. In 1975, he was recognized with the title of Choje Lama, meaning superior dharma master, by the leader of his lineage, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. The Rinpoche is one of the few senior lamas in the world who was trained in Tibet before the Chinese invaded in 1959. The Rinpoche immigrated to the US from Tibet the following year to facilitate the development of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra, a Tibetan monastery located in Woodstock, New York. He is currently serving as the abbot, or leader, of the monastery, which also follows the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Among his other accomplishments, the Rinpoche has also authored two books on Buddhism, the Wish-fullling Wheel, Practice of White Tara and Taking Refuge: A Teaching on Entering the Buddhist Path. Each of the books discusses different elements of Buddhist practice, philosophy and thought. From the lecture, Forsthoefel hoped students would note the ubiquitous connection between philosophy and psychology in Buddhism. Philosophy is never abstract reection, said Forsthoefel, but aims to impact the workings of mind to issue in happiness and peace. You can make a difference in the world, the Rinpoche said, and of this Im absolutely certain.

Buddhist monk Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche speaks to students about bringing peace and harmony into the world.

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Service Learning and Habitat for Humanity offer spring break trips
By Daniel Tarr
Staff writer
If you ask anyone what they did, or plan to do, over spring break, youll probably expect to hear answers related to going on vacation. But, for some students at Mercyhurst, spring break meant something more than just relaxing after a long term at school. The Service Learning program and Habitat for Humanity offered unique trips for students to spend their spring break a little differently. Campus Ministry and Service Learning have a program called the Alternative Break Program which offers students a variety of different trips over the break. There were two trips sponsored by the Mercyhurst Chapter of Habitat for Humanity. One was to Mississippi and the other was to North Carolina. The North Carolina trip was known as the House that Hurst Built. The trip cost $175 and covered everything from food, expenses, and housing. The trip involved a group of students volunteering to rebuild a house that was knocked down. The trip lasted for six days. The stu-

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Students pose for a picture on the roof during the Habitat for Humanity spring break trip.
dents on the trip left the Sunday after nals week, and came back on that following Saturday. Five of those six days were work days for the students. According to junior Katy Adams, who went on the trip, there are three phases to house building. The students on this trip only focused on the rst phase. The rst phase involves laying down the foundation of the house and putting up the rest of the oors and walls, Adams said. The second phase involves roong and the third phase involves putting up windows and doors. Students on the North Carolina trip also had some down time in between working on the house building. When they rst arrived, they went through an orientation explaining what they would do for that week. A special activity they did over the week was called Secret Admirer. This involved the students pulling names out of a hat, leaving little gifts for that person whose name they pulled for the week, and then guessing who their secret admirer was at the end of the week. They also did activities such as going to the zoo, icebreakers, playing other fun games, and going out to dinner each night. The Mississippi trip also involved helping build a house. However, unlike the North Carolina trip, this one involved going through the rst and second phases. This involved the students putting in the foundation of the house and also putting the roong on the house. This trip cost $225 for students. Senior Kaleigh Hubert went on this trip. Hubert rst joined Habitat for Humanity last year and has gone on two spring break trips in the program. These include the Mississippi trip and

last year when Habitat for Humanity went to Albany, Georgia. They were both great trips, but I denitely think I liked this years trip the most, Hubert said. Hubert says that the most memorable part of the Mississippi trip was everyone working together as a team. Another memorable part was seeing the house owner and showing him the progression of his home. I would recommend these trips to anyone. Helping out is a big part, Hubert said. Service Learning is already looking to the future for other alternative spring break opportunities. According to Service Learning Director Colin Hurley, they are looking at the semester break next year with the calendar change. Hurley says the trips will most likely occur during March, but the J-Term will also be a possibility. There will be approximately four to six trips planned. Specic trips are not planned yet, but the program will look similar with the calendar change, Hurley said. If you would like to know more about alternative spring break opportunities contact Colin Hurley at 814824-4271 or

Ewing wins Cunningham photo contest

By Kayla Kelly
Features editor
After the judges of the Be Bill Cunningham contest thoroughly considered the best submitted street fashion photograph, junior Caitlin Ewing won with her unique photo. Ewing has always had an interest in photography and took classes on the subject since high school. She is a graphic design major and photography minor. She took this photo while enrolled in Assistant Professor of Art Gary Cardots class for a series she did on street photography, with her particular focus on street fashion. Ironically, I did not care for this photo, but its turned out to be quite the favorite, Ewing said. Ewing explained that she tries to submit her work into as many contests as possible, so others can admire her art. The Bill Cunningham contest was just another opportunity for her to display her work. Her sister introduced her to the Bill Cunningham documentary because she thought Ewing would love Cunninghams passion for photography. I saw the Bill Cunningham documentary my freshman year, said Ewing. I was entirely too inspired that its impossible to keep Cunningham out of perspective when I shoot street photography. Ewing recommended the documentary to anyone because it is not only a well done documentary, but it is also funny and short. While Cunningham is a unique personality and individual, Ewing admires his drive for what he loves: photography. Cunninghams dedication is what truly inspires me; the fact that he goes out every day with no preconceived notion as to what trend is current, and can then pinpoint it to a T just amazes me, Ewing said. To see Ewings full photo, visit

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Ewing snapped this winning street fashion photo for the Be Bill Cunningham contest.

Career Fair:
Stepping-stone for the future
By Garrett Erwin
Contributing writer
As Lakers, we all share a common purpose, to get a job after graduation. We are fortunate enough to have the Career Development Center (CDC) on campus as a tool to help us reach our goal. On Thursday, March 21, the CDC will host a Career Fair in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC). The Career Fair is not just an event that you go to and pick up iers and/or applications; attending gives you the opportunity to form relationships with prospective employers in, and possibly outside of, the Erie community. Almost 80 percent of job or internship opportunities are unadvertised, so connections are extremely important when searching for a job, Director of the CDC Kyle Foust, Ph.D., said. Attending the Career Fair is vitally important in order to meet new people and gain communication skills with real-world companies. The fair is focused on establishing connections that may benet students in the future. According to Foust, around 20 percent of the recruiters attending the fair at Mercyhurst are alumni. Therefore, everyone is encouraged to attend because this is a major connection that is made even before walking through the doors. The senior and junior populations have dominated the fair in the past, but Foust and Career Fair Coordinator, Dolores Griswold, both believe that it is also just as important for freshmen and sophomores to attend. Attending as an underclassmen gives you a look at what will be happening in a short two years. In addition, it gives you opportunities to gain connections when preparing for internships during or after the next academic year. Griswold said she encourages students to do their research before they arrive. The fair is designed to be a conversational experience, not a formal interview. Dont be intimidated, but be prepared to have a conversation and know your facts as well as the history about the company that you are interested in, said Griswold. This could potentially impress companies and show them that you are knowledgeable about what is taking place in their business. Although there will be around 90 companies at the fair, students should take the time and talk to whomever they want. Many companies have different departments that use a wide range of degrees. An example of the companies that will be at the event this year are: LORD Corporation, International Atomic Energy Agency/BNL, Wegmans, JET 24 FOX 66 YourErie. com, Seneca Gaming Corporation, PA Board of Probation/Parole, Saint Vincent Health System, The School District of the City of Erie, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Erie Insurance Group, Marriott, and UPMC Nursing. Education majors should take special note that is the rst year that The School District of Erie is attending this event. Students are encouraged to dress in business casual attire. Suits for both men and women are recommended. Also remember to bring your student ID, and 20 or more copies of your professional rsum. The CDC is reaching out to support the student body so that any student can take a copy of their resume to the DocuCenter, and the CDC will pick up the tab for all copies in support of your future. The Career Fair is being held on Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m. in the MAC. 600 students are expected. Foust suggested to those attending, to devote at least one hour to meeting and conversing with the companies. It is becoming increasingly rare that companies will take the time to come to college campuses to recruit possible employees and interns, so take advantage of this opportunity and get to know the companies and what they are all about, said Foust. Simply by attending this major event, you have the opportunity to ll out a quick survey following for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. Stop by the Career Development Center located on the rst oor of Egan Hall, or contact the CDC via email at, (814) 824-2426, or search for them on the Mercyhurst portal or Facebook for a complete listing of companies or for any questions that you may have. By taking an hour of your day in order to meet someone, you are potentially creating a future for years to come.

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Award seasons fashion shined on the red carpet

By Isabella Cardina
Staff writer
The Golden Globes, the Oscars, and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards are not always about acting, but its about fashion, too. To see what each celebrity is going to wear on the red carpet is one of the most anticipated feelings of the year. As each starlet walks down the carpet thousands of photographers are capturing pictures from every angle, and as celebrities they most look their best. Choosing a dress to wear to each of these ceremonies is crucial, some take fashion risks, and some play it safe. Before award season begins, actresses must choose a dress they have to make sure no one else will wear that dress, which is truly where the competition begins. The search for the perfect dress could take months. Some choose well-known designers, where as others choose new and up-and-coming designers. For the top three best-dressed choices of the Globes, the Oscars and the SAGS, each of these women choose designers who have great success and are constantly dressing celebrities. The beginning of award season starts off with the Golden Globes, which really sets the stage for the fashion choices of each actress. The bestdressed winner for the Golden Globes was Emily Blunt, a well-established fashionista. Blunt chose a gold beaded The next award show after the Globes is the SAG awards, which is less formal. Marion Cotillard was beyond best dressed at the SAGs, with her new asymmetrical haircut. Cotillard wore classic Dior, which might have been a tribute to her French heritage. The dress was an old school silhouette, styled with a ribbon across the waist, and was shorter in the front, and longer in the back. This blue and white gown was a denite risk for Cotillard. She kept it very simple and styled it with a beautiful diamond necklace and black pointed heel shoe. The nal show is The Academy Awards, or the most important ceremony for actors of the year. The bestdressed woman of the red carpet was 2012s leading lady Jessica Chastain, who stat in Armani Prive. Her dress was a strapless gure-hugging gown that sparkled with a silver shine. Chastains choice was risky because her dress was a very light color, which could make her look very pale, but this champagne colored dress made her gleam. Her hair was done very simple, and she paired it with diamond earrings, and a bracelet. Overall it was a huge success for fashion during award season this year, where some stepped out of their comfort zone, and some stayed in it. It will be interesting to see if any of these new fashion trends catch on for spring fashion 2013. photo

Cotillard kept it classic on the red carpet in Dior.

dress designed by Michael Kors. The pictures taken of this dress from a distance do not do it justice because the detail and beads create a very intricate design. The dress also features a small cut-out that wraps around the back, which is subtle, yet sexy, and is an up and coming trend. Blunt paired her outt with fuschia colored accessories including a ring, earrings, and bracelet. Her hair and makeup really brought this outt together, proving Blunt true to her title of fashionista.


Senior Sustainabilit Project with DesigUP

Senior Interior Desig & Sustainabilit Stdies Stdent

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By Megan Hopton

MARCH 2013

munities, we can easily prevent the loss of creativit and ar education in schools when budgets become tight. Stepping up is DesigUP, a progam that invites desig professionals and representatives for desig materials to donate obsolete samples and ar supplies that they no longer need/want for reuse in local schools. Instead of throwing usefl materials into the landll, they can be given to stThe answer is quite simple. dents to create amazing arork. With help from local desig com- This progam not only pushes for Ar Education progams are increasingly threatened with exinction from schools and those that surive must make due on resticted budgets. This does not allow for necessar supplies to be purchased or maintained in the classroom. Teachers cannot aord to use money out of their own pockets to provide materials for their stdents ar education. How can we x this problem?

creative minds to work together, but also places sustainable practices within schools by recycling materials into ar. DesigUP rns workshops that infor teachers of how they can get in touch with the desig communit and reuse materials in brilliant ways with their stdents. The creative thinking brought to the table is astonishing and the possibilities are endless! The entire process that DesignUP follows can be seen below.

The process begins with the collection of available materials from the desig communit. All manner of materials from caret samples to laminate chips are collected along with an endless variet of supplies. Nex, the materials are sored and inventoried. One of the most imporant steps is brainstoring. This is where DesigUp comes in to help teachers think of ar projects that stdents can create with collected materials. Aer an idea is

brainstored its time to desig a piece of ar! Material that was par of one desig becomes par of anothers. This process may seem simpleand it isbut the key is to star the collection process with a local desiger and keep the process going! Everone can celebrate the creation of new arork from the recirculation of desig elements. For my Sustainabilit Senior Project I will be conducting a DesigUp

Workshop at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center for the local school disticts in Erie. More inforation can be found on our Facebook page or by scanning the code below.


Documentar Filmmaker Mark Kitchell to visit Mercyhurst to his latest:

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet

by Marie Sullivan Assistant Professor of English climate change, from halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal, from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rbberappers saving the Amazon, the lm tells vivid stories about people ghtingand succeedingagainst enorous odds. Two activists proled in A Fierce Green Fire have lectred on campus in the past, including Bill McKibbon and Lois Gibbs. Never before has a lm told the fll stor of environmentalism. While A Fierce Green Fire focuses on activism, its about movements more than issues. This is an engaging approach, fll of drama and passion. Its also a more open-ended approach than cant and rant. Kitchell emphasize sythesis, bringing together all the pieces of the environmental pictre to exlore

Its not easy being geen. Environmentalists have been both revered as heroes and champions or reviled for being killjoys and Cassandras. Ever battle begins as a lost cause and even the victories have to be fought for again and again. Still, environmentalism is one of the geat causes of the tentieth centr, and an inevitable challenge for the tent-rst. At this moment in histor, humans rival natre as a power capable of deterining the fate of the earh. Today more than ever, its the battle for a living planet. Oscar nominated lmmaker Mark Kitchells A Fierce Green Fire is the rst big-pictre to exlore the environmental movements promise to tansfor our civilization from gassroots and global activism spanning years. Covering issues from conseration to

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connections, resonance, larger visions, and deeper meanings. His hope that it will be a dening lm that reaches and teaches a huge and hung audience is working out well. Mina Hochberg of Outside Magazine called A Fierce Green Fire inspiring and stiring and Naomi Wolf, writing for The Guardian describes the lm as historically sigicant. Kitchell will host a screening of A Fierce Green Fire on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00PM in Walker Recital Hall. He will be available for Q&A aer the lm. This event was made possible by an Academic Enrichment Grant and suppor from the Sustainabilit Progam and English Deparment. It is free and open to the public. For more inforation, contact Marie Sullivan at

Join the Stdent Green Team!

In fall 2011, new bylaws were passed including changing the name of the Stdent Green Fee to the Stdent Sustainabilit Fund. Updated bylaws now allow to additional stdents to be a par of the review board and oversee the dispersal of the fnds. In addition, the updated bylaws exand the acceptable range of topics for proposals from geen energ to anyhing sustainabilit related. Since the changes to the stdent geen fee over the past year, there have been a large number of project proposals to the fnd. The board has recently approved fnding of new carbon accounting soare for the Greenhouse Gas emissions inventor; creation and installation of educational sigage for the geen roof located on the Zur Hall ceramic stdio; renewal of the wind oset purchase for the Erie campuss

Editor: Marie Sullivan Sustainabilit Ocer: Brittany Prischak Ecodemia is periodic publication of the Mercyhurst Universit Green Team which welcomes con- Desiger: Samantha Link tibutions from stdents, facult, and sta from across the disciplines on any matter related to Contibutors: Trish Arstong,Megan sustainabilit, the environment, and good geening. Send queries, suggestions, and submissions Hopton, Lucy Koelle, Brittany Prischak, and to Marie Sullivan at Marie Sullivan.

electicit consumption; purchase of reusable To-Go containers for the 2012 incoming freshman, tansfer stdents, and new commuters; parial purchase of to Earh Tub composters; and purchase of recycling bins for all freshman residence hall rooms, the Interior Desig and Psycholog deparent buildings, and replacement of missing bins for upper level stdent aparents. Anyone interested in learing more about the Sustainabilit Fee or submitting a proposal to the review board can contact Brittany Prischak in the Sustainabilit Oce at 814-824-3829 or, or the Sustainabilit Fee Review Boards chair, Dr. Dyan Jones at

Some of their Spring Ter plans include the Post-Thaw Campus Clean-up and a 5K Walk/Run to occur in April around Earh Day, and assisting Collegiate Academy with a raised bed school garden with a rain barel. Interested in joining? Contact their curent president, Kate Moran, at for more inforation and the date for their nex meeting.


Composters, located on the southeast side of the Warde Hall parking lot, were installed fall 2012. In this pictre education gaduate stdent Patick Zapolski and freshman Salina Bowe, load food waste into the composter on its rst day of use.
The Green Roof educational display located on the east side of Zur Hall on the ceramic stdios wall. This display was desiged by Lisa Bathor, a gaduate of the Ar deparents Graphic Desig Progam, with help from Jodi Staniunas-Hopper, assistant professor in the Ar deparent. The ceramic mushrooms were desiged by Ar stdent, Felicia Sandino.

Composters, located on the southeast side of the Warde Hall parking lot, were installed fall 2012. In this pictre: Patick Zapolski, education gaduate stdent, Brittany Prischak, Sustainabilit Ocer, and Salina Bowe, freshman.This is the rst load of food waste from the Egan Dining Hall being dumped into the composter.

Le: The reusable To-Go containers used in Egan Dining Hall. Staring in the fall of 2011, Parkhurst Dining Serices discontinued the use of plastic disposable To-Go containers in the Egan Dining Hall in favor of reusable containers. The Sustainabilit Fee parially fnded the purchase in 2011 and this years purchase in fall of 2012.

Renewed Sustainabilit Commitent

The Mercyhurst Green Team was established during the 1999-2000 school year by a goup of environmentally minded stdents, and contibution from Dr. Chris Magoc, Sister Maura Smith, and then President William Garvey. One of the rst orders of business was to revitalize the recycling progam on the Erie campus. Since then, the Campus Green Team has accomplished so much in ters of sustainabilit initiatives including the gowth of the sustainabilit stdies academic progam, creation of the Stdent Green Fee, and establishment of the Sustainabilit Ofce, among many others. However, this inforal goup was not integated into the stctre of the universit; therefore, a need to create a goup through which sustainabilit concers can be forally addressed was still deemed necessar. Due to the tansition of Mercyhurst from a college to universit and to meet the curent needs to stenghen sustainabilit eors, the Campus Green Team submitted a proposal to the Universit Council to create a Sustainabilit

Sustainabilit Ocer Committee within the council. Creating the Mercyhurst Sustainabilit Committee claries and elevates the stats of sustainabilit-related concers at Mercyhurst, providing an instittionally recogized means by which sustainabilit issues can be advanced and take the for of policy recommendations to the President. Creating an all-universit standing committee also invites new leadership and changes the perception of these matters to a fnctioning committee broadly representative of the universit communit that has a place in the goverance stctre of the instittion. It also seres to house the Sustainabilit Fund Review Board, while opening the door to more project proposals to be brought before the board through the all universit standing committee. This committee oversees campus sustainabilit which includes: 1. Conducting research to deterine the best management practices for campus sustainabilit; 2. Recommending polices regarding energ and water conseration, recycling,

By Brittany Prischak

constction, and purchasing, among others; 3. Submitting proposals to the Sustainabilit Fund Review Board (sub-committee) for approval and fnding. The membership of the Sustainabilit committee consists of eight voting members including four administators/sta, to facult members, one representative of the Norh East campus, and one sustainabilit stdies stdent. In addition, anyone who is interested in sustainabilit eors is welcome to attend the meetings and voice their thoughts, concers, and opinions. For inforation about sustainabilit initiatives at Mercyhurst, how to get involved with the Sustainabilit Committee, or if you have an idea to make Mercyhurst a geener universit, please contact Brittany Prischak in the Sustainabilit Oce 814-824-3829 or bprischak@mercyhurst. edu. You can check out more inforation about the Sustainabilit Committee from the Mercyhurst Sustainabilit website; htt://sustainabilit.mercyhurst. edu/sustainable-campus/geen-team/.


Senior Business Major with a Minor in Sustainabilit Stdies Mercyhurst Universit prides energ eciency. Over 200 stickers can stdents were able to set up their own reitself on cultivating a series of core val- be found in aparents, townhouses, wards accounts and begin their own perues in stdents, including the principle academic buildings, and athletic facili- sonal recycling campaig. Cans with the ofglobally responsibilit.Globalization ties. This Dont Be Afraid of the Dark same logo were distibuted at the Winter challenges us to lear how to steward the campaig was deemed a successfl and Ter Food resources of the Earh wisely and to act in sustainable initiative by MSG due to the for Finals simplicit of the progam and the ease of event put solidarit with its diverse peoples. In accordance with the mission the project to be utilized again. A second on by the of the universit, MSG is doing their par initiative by the committee was a public S t d e n t to be globally responsible by creating a serice announcement concering recy- Activities Sustainabilit Committee to help initiate cling on campus. For the past to years, C o u n c i l and implement geen procedures and Mercyhurst Universit has been in the ( S A C ) . progams not only within the senate, but possession of to Pepsi Dream Machines A nal on campus. So far the MSG geen team that collect a variet of plastic and alu- a c c o m has been a wonderfl addition to the sen- minum products in exchange for online plishment ate and has spent their last six months rewards. The Sustainabilit Committee by the committee was the purchasing of hard at work. The committee is com- saw a geat oppornit with these ma- three large recycle/tash receptacles for prised of three stdents, senior Commit- chines not only raise awareness about campus. With the help of the Sustainabiltee Chair Trish Arstong, junior Emily the availabilit of recycling bins on cam- it Fund Review Board, MSG was able to Mashuda, and junior ChelseyStarin. The pus, but as a chance to promote their purchase three bins that accept recyclable main concer for the goup from its star committee. In October of 2012, the com- items as well as garbage. These aluminum was to raise awareness of the geat pro- mittee handed out a variet of recyclable bins can be seen at the bus stops on both beverages with stickers instcting the Lewis and Briggs Avenue, as well as in gams already in place on campus. The committee kick stared the consumer to retr the can when n- front of the new CAE building! year by placing stickers on light switch- ished. The slogan read, Dont let your es across campus in order to promote planet go to the tash, RECYCLE! Many
the scarce queerest and dearest blinking out like rey lights, No other primates and less of the birds By Lucy Koelle A planet still populated by humans who Sophomore Sustainabilit Stdies Stdent stggle with such a taken for ganted earh, Please think of the cost, Let the senators protect the rights of other Please, beteen, and more than beteen, species and the generations to come, protect lunches and papers and volunteering, tr from the causes of many sicknesses as well the lights out when you are done, or better as they protect from the, yet dont tr them on to begin with Think of interelated ecosystem eects, not Please think about the process of making just ban that which we know causes food and the rightess of what it took to get death, it to the cafeteria, dor room, and restau- Keep tents of farers markets up and have rant table. them surass those foods from wastelands Please think of the landlls with food that with cramped, antibiotic pumped livestock, could be composted, with food that lls but does not nourish, Consider compost toilets, houses made of And when stdents or citizens ask what to tash, or the process of making deodorants, do how to change to lessen the damage to toothpaste, shampoo, the planet, Think of the rabbits with eyes taped open, Let exers answer with teaks and tomorcovered in shampoo, supposedly to make rows noral answer, it safe for consumers, for you, I dont tst And let us ask what we will forego, what them keep and notice fellow verebrates as we Because when we continue to igore them watch the star of the sun or many farher we doom ourselves to natral disaster, stars and planets on our walk or bike to Famine, ood and stor, work and act as if we are cohabiters with To baren land with many fewer verebrates, them and stewards of the earh

MSG Creates Sustainabilit Committee

By Trish Arstong


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Not sure what to do with all your leover notes and assigments from fall and winter ters? Donate them to the March paper drive! MSG Senators will be around campus the week of March 11-18 collecting paper in a battle of the schools! Suppor your favorite senatorsor get to know the senators that represent youby helping them collect the most paper by weight, while also doing your par to help the environment. If you or your friends have any thoughts, concers or questions regarding MSGs Sustainabilit Committee please feel free to contact any one of the committee members by stopping into the MSG Oce located in the Laker or by email. We would be happy to discuss geen initiatives on campus or answer any questions! Care Diem!

Upcoming Paper Drive

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Friday, March 15, at 2:15 & 7:15 p.m. Taylor Little Theatre
Directed by Jenny Abel (comedic documentary) An unprecedented glimpse into the life and career of Alan Abel, the notorious media prankster who made a name for himself with hoaxes that are just ridiculous enough to be believable. Please note, the lmmaker will only be present at the 7:15pm screening.
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On Screen/In Person: Abel Raises Cain

Gabriel Alegrias Afro-Peruvian Jazz Ensemble will be adding The Erie Art Museum to its extensive list of venues, bringing a combination of American jazz and traditional Peruvian music to Erie.

$6 for adults, $5 for students/seniors, $4 for presidents card holders and FREE for Mercyhurst students (with ID).

Erie Art Museum presents renowned jazz ensemble

By Garrett Erwin
Contributing writer
Jazz music in particular has always had a home not only on campus, but also is recognized as a staple in the Erie community. On Monday, March 18, the Gabriel Alegra Afro-Peruvian Sextet will display their talents during a live performance held at the Erie Art Museum beginning at 7 p.m. Coming straight out of Latin America, Gabriel Alegra, creator of the sextet and composer of much of the groups music, claims that his music is a combination of jazz harmonies from the United States, and Afro-Peruvian rhythms and sensibilities. The unique formation of cross-cultural jazz is a creative concept based on the history of black music from the coastal areas of Per. Alegra has a knack for merging the primordial rhythms of his native country of Per and the contemporary jazz technique that originated in the American south in the early 1930s. Both genres of music are heavily based on syncopated rhythms coupled with strong, prominent bass lines making them a natural match. The Afro-Peruvian Jazz Ensemble was formed in 2005, and since then has performed in over 400 concerts all over North America. On top of that, the band has performed for the United Nations and various diplomatic agencies around the world. Most recently, the band completed the famous Tour Per, where they gave their fans the opportunity to travel with the ensemble on a tour throughout Per. Alegra has had the opportunity to perform with The Peruvian National Symphony, and various concerts and/ or on recordings with multiple wellknown performers. This list includes famous artists such as Arturo OFarrill, Maria Schneider, Kenny Werner, Russ Ferrante and Alex Acua. Their fun, from-the-heart and energetic music has the goal of reaching as many people as possible to create an original experience of Afro-Peruvian jazz. Alegra has had an undeniable presence on North American radio, along with his albums reaching the top of the Jazz Week World Music charts and also College Media Journal jazz charts. The Erie Art Museum is located at 411 State Street in downtown Eries cultural and economic zone, occupying a group of restored commercial buildings and a modern expansion. This feel-good music ensemble is certainly not one to miss out on. Admission to the concert is free, with a suggested $15 donation. For more information, contact The Erie Art Museum at their website,, or by phone at 814-4521744. Sample music and more about the band can be found at gabrielalegria. com.


Albums to keep in mind

by Zach Dorsch

View upcoming performances:

www.merciad.mercyhurst. edu/arts_entertainment

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March 13, 2013

Oz completely re-imagined
By Matthew Teleha
Staff writer
Released last week, director Sam Raimis Oz The Great and Powerful takes us back to that colorful land over the rainbow that we know and love so well. Realistically, its hard to make a follow-up, or in this case a prequel, to what many consider to be the greatest lm of all time. Raimi, however, manages to accomplish this feat while also delivering something quite fresh. As the lm begins, were brought back to the colorless world of 1905 Kansas. Here we meet carnival magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a womanizing trickster who refuses to settle down and desires to become famous and rich. Suddenly, a tornado whisks him off to the land of Oz, where hes proclaimed by a witch named Theodora the Good (Mila Kunis) to be the prophesied great wizard who would save Oz against the Wicked Witch. Oscar is certain he is not the prophesied wizard, but envious of the fame and riches that accompany being so, he puts on a ruse to trick the people of Oz. However, the threat of the Wicked Witch is quite real, and he must attempt to become the greatness he claims to be in order to live up to his lies. The visuals of Oz are immensely captivating, especially in 3D. I was also pleasantly surprised to nd that there was little given away in the trailers, and much to be discovered as the lm progressed. Many people may liken this movie to Tim Burtons Alice in Wonderland; however, I found that I was much more satised with Raimis nal product. photo photo

In comparison, this lm had a more cohesive plot, which is held in congruity with the stories were most familiar with. The acting at times can be somewhat wooden, but this is rivaled with a healthy dose of humor laced throughout the lm. Franco plays a protagonist that you rightfully cannot trust, and by contrast there is much heart to be found in the loyal companions he gains along his adventures. While he recalls some images from his previous lms, Raimi is unfortunately forced to restrict his use of violence to appease Disney, despite his deep horror roots. In my opinion, a PG-13 rating would go a long way to increasing the already immersive quality of the lm by adding a bit more realism. Oz, however, is ultimately a worthwhile journey with many surprises along the way.

The DAngelo Department of Music Presents: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozarts

The Marriage of Figaro

Mary DAngelo Performing Arts Center
Friday, March 22, at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. Adults: $15.50 Seniors/ Students: $12.50 Presidents Cardholders: $7.50 Youth (12 and under): $5 Mercyhurst Students (with ID): $2.50

For more information, please visit pac.mercy or the PAC box ofce at (814)8243000

Mumblecore lm style tests genre boundaries

By Christy Moore
Staff writer
In each generation, there are a collection of movies and television shows we spent an enjoyable part of our lives watching a collection that later went on to dene and determine our values and goals. Our generation grew up on such stuff as Lizzie McGuire, Even Stevens and the introduction of ve new Disney princesses, then, in adolescence, moved on to The O.C., Gossip Girl, a slew of superhero movies and some Sex and the City reruns, rounded out, of course, by all 12 seasons of American Idol. Taken all together, what sort of images and lifestyles did these lms and shows tell our generation was normal and to be prized? And what do we think about ourselves and others as a result of their expectations? Glossy. Stylized. Flawless. Epic. If were brave enough to be honest, none of us are these things. The people around us whom we think have it together, whom we aspire to be, in turn aspire to be someone other than themselves, and so on. Every person whose identity and value we perceive to be so assured by something, whether intelligence, beauty or creativity, will at some point encounter an individual more prestigious than they, and so feel just as insecure and self-conscious in the light of their own shortcomings. As written by William Shakespeare, Expectation is the root of all heartache. But in a competitive world, admitting weakness is impossible, so we continue on with our illusions of success and happiness. Glossy. Stylized. Flawless. Epic. But with these masks of perfection alienating us from those around us. But as with any movement in any social institution, a counterculture typically evolves. A few years ago Mumblecore referred to a low budget style of artistic lm, so named because the poor quality of the lms audio resulted in the dialogue sounding mumbled. Within this genre, characteristics such as improvisation and natural dialogue were valued, rather than stify structured and formally delivered scripts. Non-professional actors, without makeup artists or stylists, and often in clothes from their own personal lives, embodied characters with comedy-drama story lines in aimless artistic and romantic failures. These organic, and even ugly, characters led less than perfect lives and spoke in less than perfect dialogue. The creators of mumblecore acknowledged that normal was illusory, that there was no one way that life was supposed to be, and there was no one path to follow that guarantees success or happiness or acceptance. With these qualities, the mumblecore movement of lm denounced the faade of perfection, and with it, the loneliness of the black and white world-view of our parents, the good vs. evil lms of our youth and the glamor-oriented popular culture of our generation. No behavioral scripts. No expectations. The much needed freshness of such a message meant that the values of mumblecore started to go mainstream. Films such as the indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed, and television shows such as HBOs hit Girls, are written, directed and acted by lmmakers from the mumblecore genre. Girls writer and actress Lena Dunham made her debut in the coming of age lm Tiny Furniture, in which Dunhams frizzy-haired characters home is her own, and her mother and sister acted by her own mother and sister. Dunham herself describes Girls as a TV show about the harsh reality felt by the Sex and the City generation. These individuals realized in their own lives, then translated to their lms, that were all awed and ugly and scared. With this came a genuinely truthful realization: That we can either pretend to be perfect alone, or we can be broken with the companionship of all the other broken people. And in this harsh honesty, were not so focused on being a stylized happy, or a happy for the sake of everyone else, that we forget to just be organically and strangely ourselves.

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The Mercyhurst and Erie communities came together to successfully break two world records: most people on a single erg in a 24-hour period and mens lightweight distance in a 24-hour period. There was no holding students back from showing what they were capable of achieving.

Hopes abound for Pauls libuster St. Paddys block received well by most, not all party sequel
By Stacy Skiavo
News editor
Whether youre full-blooded Irish or not, St. Patricks Day is a holiday everyone pulls out their green for in celebration. Last year, Mercyhurst was alive with celebration of high spirits and merry attitude. Those who attended will never forget the good time they had at the Lewis Street block party. The party was handled well. Students were respectful of the school and Mercyhurst respected the students by blocking off the road for safety and allowing the party to continue. Yes, underage drinking did occur and I understand this is illegal. However, behavior such as this occurs at many other colleges around the country without a care. Many transfer away from Mercyhurst because they did not nd it exciting enough or are looking for a bigger party atmosphere. Activities like the block party fulll the desires of many students that transfer for these reasons. Aside from that, the students that do stay the entire four years would then be provided with some memories to last a lifetime. The party was handled in such a civil way, I think we deserve another chance to recreate the same this year. Students living in the townhouses even went to the extent of cleaning up any trash discarded afterward. Last years St. Patricks Day at Mercyhurst is one of my favorite college memories. It is something I hope to partake in this year as well as hear about occurring for future Lakers to enjoy. It was a celebration where students came together and had a great time in a respectable fashion. Although I feel like their is a slim chance of reviving the legendary Lewis block party, Im wishing on my shamrock otherwise.

By Zach Yost
Staff writer

Those who are even slightly into current events could not have missed last weeks historic, nearly 13-hour libuster of John Brennans nomination as CIA Director by Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. Rand Paul made it clear that he was not so much libustering Brennan himself but rather the President and his administrations obstinacy regarding information about the drone program. This libuster was historic in several ways. It was the longest old fashioned talk until you drop libuster in recent times. It was historic in that it united factions of the political world who

under normal circumstances would prefer to claw each others eyes out. Whenever you have Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity agreeing with liberal talk show host Cenk Uygur you denitely know something is afoot. Even Van Jones, a former member of the administration who resigned after a brouhaha about his radical views, tweeted in support of Rand Paul. The left wing group Code Pink tweeted its support of Rand Paul and delivered him a heart-shaped thank you card the next day. One of the most historic things by far however surrounding this libuster is the importance that social media especially Twitter played. Read the entire article at

Students have expressed disappointment over prices of food on campus. In the bookstore, a basic salad is $4.45 whereas a large mufn or cupcake is $1.69. While healthy food is typically more expensive, these prices are slightly discouraging. So much for eating well.

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by Brady Greenawalt
An original comic about struggles in a modern world.

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A young tree outside of Hirt became another innocent victim due to Mercyhurst weekend shenanigans.

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September March 13, 2013 3, 2008

Wrestling nishes season 12th in nation

By Joe Chiodo
Sports editor
While competing in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship in Birmingham, Ala., this past weekend, the Lakers received incredible recognition that reects a spectacular and successful 2012-2013 season. On Sunday, March. 11, Mercyhurst University wrestling was named 20122013 Academic National Champions. This prestigious recognition was awarded to the Lakers for their impressive team cumulative GPA of 3.379. Also on Sunday, head coach Mike Wehler received the Division II Bob Bubb Coaching Excellence Award, which is well deserved after leading the Lakers to a winning percentage of .833, the best in program history. Additionally, eight Lakers were selected to be a part of the 2012-2013 Division II All-Academic Wrestling team by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. Senior Eric Lundgren, junior Ian Grecco, senior Tony DUrso and junior Tyler Berger were named to the Second Team. Junior Ian Abplanalp, senior Seth Stonis, junior T.J. Stanton and senior Jeffrey Pollard received Honorable Mention selections. Fellow Laker quarter nalists freshman Dylan DUrso, Grifth and

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Freshman William Bohince placed seventh in the NCAA Division II Championships on Saturday, Mar. 9.
Schaefer did not make it through to the medal rounds, but put up tremendous ghts. DUrso ended the season with a record of 30-7, Grifth with 25-12 and Schaefer with 24-13. DUrso was awarded Most Technical Falls in Division II for his performance in the NCAA Division II National Championships with 11 total technical falls. DUrso had a stupendous rookie season, holding a 19-match win streak from Dec. 15 to Feb. 23. Additionally, his 30 recorded wins this season are the fourth most by any Laker rookie. DUrso cites his sacrices and hard work for such a phenomenal season. Its taken a tremendous amount of

hard work to get where I am right now. All the late nights spent in the gym on my own and the practices have pushed me through this year, said DUrso. Weve all given up a huge chunk of our social life to get to this point, but its all worth it. On Friday, Mar. 9, Bohince clinched an impressive seventh-place all-American nish in the NCAA Division II National Championship. With this, Bohince became Mercyhurst Universitys 23rd All-American. Bohince nished the season with a record of 35-7. Bohince utilized his extreme passion and dedication to have such an extraordinary season. I just work hard in everything I do to be the best I can. I dedicated a lot of my time to working out at least twice a day; running or lifting in the morning and then practice in the afternoon, said Bohince. It was very helpful having great teammates to beat me up in practice and make me better. Bohince is humble about his superb NCAA Division II National Championship seventh-place nish. I dont really pay attention to the rankings because I dont want to worry about who Im wrestling, of what Im ranked compared to them, said Bohince. But, I guess it feels good to get recognized as one of the top wrestlers in the nation.

By Samantha Bante
Staff writer

Womens tennis remains undefeated

it is really showing. Although some of our toughest matches are still ahead, I know that the girls will be working hard to get the win, Coach Jerome Simon said. With losing only one senior, and gaining one freshman, Devon Hubbard, the Lakers have a strong team and have been working successfully together within the past years to make the team wins their matches. Devon is adapting very well to the collegiate level. She is in and out of our starting line-up and is really putting forth an effort to the team, Simon said. Caroline Bristol is one of the standouts to look for, as well as the rest of the girls who are working hard, practicing hard, and who are coming out strong in their matches. Our biggest goal this season is to qualify for nationals. We didnt last year, and the western side is denitely our strongest side. Our key to success is just being prepared, working hard and winning our PSAC matches Coach Simon said. With a recent win against Robert Wesleyan College on Saturday with a score of 9-0, it was the Lakers seventh shutout win in the past eight matches. We have a pretty comparable schedule this year, said Simon. Even though our PSAC matches will be our hardest ones thus far, I think we are pretty set and ready to take on those tougher teams, and in the end qualify for nationals.

Having a small team can be a struggle for another any collegiate team, but the Mercyhurst Womens Tennis team is stepping up to the plate and is making this year one to remember. With only just nine players on the team, the Lakers are all contributing to the solid 10-0 schedule thus far. We are doing a little better than last year. We work hard at each match and

Our season is really from a team effort, Simon continued. All the girls contribute to winning each match. You have to really put forth a lot of effort in order to win. Our best player can really only win once so we have to have a complete effort as a team. The Lakers next home match is Sunday, March 24, against Ashland University at Pennbriar Athletic Club at 1 p.m.

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March 13, 2013

Rawding breaks impressive PSAC record

By R.J. Niedzwiecki
Contributing Writer
The Mercyhurst baseball team has just come back from a long road trip. Their trip began playing three games in North Carolina against Chowan University. The Lakers went 2-3 in that series. Then 10 days later they traveled to Myrtle Beach where they went 1-4. Two days later traveled to Florida where they went 3-2. They ended the road trip with a 6-7 record. Recently the Lakers swept Salem International in three games bringing their record to 9-7. While on the road trip, they pursued a record. Senior pitcher Ben Rawding was chasing PSAC history, the most consecutive win streak. The previous record was 14 consecutive wins and Rawding broke the record in Florida against Queens College. Rawding recorded his 15th consecutive win with a 6-1 victory. His last loss came to Slippery Rock on April 29, 2011. Rawding is very humble about breaking the record and giving praise to his teammates for helping him along the way. Even though it is an individual record, its a compliment to the teams I have been on here at Mercyhurst, said Rawding. Without being on such tremendous teams over my career, breaking this record would have never been possible. Currently, Rawdings record stands at 4-0 with a 2.49 ERA and striking out 34. Allowing around two runs a game, Rawding shows his dominance on the mound and ability to hold teams to low runs. This allows the team to manufacture their own runs to score more and feel comfortable with their lead. The Lakers will travel to Washington, Pa., on March 15 and 16. There they will play West Liberty University in a double header and Grand Valley State University the next day for two. First pitch against West Liberty is set for 1 p.m. and Grand Valley State is to be announced. They will return home for a double header against PSAC West foe California University set for 1 p.m. at the Mercyhurst baseball eld.


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Senior Ben Rawding currently holds a 2.49 ERA with 34 strike-outs.

Womens hockey claims CHA title, NCAA bid

By Lindsey Burke
Staff writer
The Mercyhurst Womens Hockey team claimed the 2013 College Hockey America (CHA) Championship in a 4-1 win over Syracuse. The Lakers advanced to the nals after defeating Robert Morris, 2-1, in the semi-nal match-up. Scoreless after the rst period, despite the Lakers outshooting the Orange 10-4, the second period proved to be the same. The Lakers nished the second period down 0-1 after a Syracuse power-play goal. Syracuse had all the momentum heading into the third, when a Laker scoring explosion occurred. Mercyhursts four goals were all scored in the third period. While Mercyhurst has claimed 14 CHA regular season titles, this CHA Tournament Championship was especially memorable after previously losing in the 2012 CHA Championship game to Robert Morris. There was a redemption factor for the returners, said senior goaltender Stephanie Ciampa. However, it was

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The lady Lakers earned the College Hockey America (CHA) Championship title on Saturday, Mar. 9.

more about accomplishing a goal we set at the beginning of the year. The Lakers swept the CHA Tournament honors. Taking home the Tournament MVP was Ciampa, in addition to all-Tournament selections junior forward Christine Bestland, senior forward Lauren Jones and senior defensemen Stephanie DeSutter. Receiving accolades at both the banquet and tournament allows us to have condence and a desire to build on those heading into the NCAA Tournament, Ciampa said. With the CHA Tournament title, the Lakers received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They will face Cornell in the rst round of play. The Lakers lost to Cornell earlier this season 0-4. The match-up is set for Saturday, March 16 at 1 p.m. at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Ciampa believes the Lakers can defeat the Big Red by playing smart and together. We have to stay calm and make plays, said Ciampa. Emotions are high at this time of year, but we must channel that energy the right way and come together.