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MSG VP candidates promote their platforms

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While the party attracted the communitys attention, the students are being thanked for their respect and cooperation. Police and Safety, along with the help of Erie Police, asked the students to end the party at about 10 p.m. in order to be respectful to the campus community and its neighbors. Campus Chief of Police Robert Kuhn explained they were surprised to see that everyone did not only disperse, but also started to clean. Residents of the Lewis Townhouses grabbed shovels and scooped up the trash. By the next day, Kuhn found a clean Lewis Avenue. I must admit I am impressed with the students behavior and maturity, and I thought it would be nice to let them know that, said Kuhn. Too often students actions are only brought to light when they have done something wrong. Kuhn continued to say that all students Police and Safety had contact with were polite and obedient. Tobin was pleased with the students responsible behavior as well. Im really grateful that students certainly seem to have enjoyed themselves, and Im most grateful that there were no reports of anyone getting hurt, said Tobin. There was a spontaneity to it all that was festive, and people seemed to manage themselves mostly respectfully and cooperated. Tobin did want to clarify the universitys position on the party.

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Police commend behavior at party

By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer
Im going to assume there was a lot of underage drinking, but the college is not in a place we can condone that, he said. Our main concern is for everyones safety. Read a letter from Tobin to the students at merciad. Students woke up to the sounds of St. Patricks Day festivities on Mercyhurst campus Saturday, March 17. For many, the day began with kegs and eggs at local bars and then continued in the form of a campus-wide party in front of the townhouses on Lewis Avenue. Grills, inflatable pools, furniture and yard games could be seen scattered throughout the mass of more than 300 students all dressed in green. Mercyhurst faculty and staff, such as Mercyhurst Police and Safety and Vice President for Student Life Gerard Tobin, Ph.D., were close by to observe the students party. The celebration even caught the attention of local authorities. While Mercyhurst Police were unable to block off Lewis Avenue, the Erie Police Department (EPD) blocked off the street for part of the afternoon for the safety of the students. EPDs involvement was tracked through the eriealerts Twitter account. The tweets included EPD dispatched to 3900 Block of Lewis Ave - complaint of a large party causing a disturbance and traffic hazard and EPD dispatched to 3800 block of Lewis to assist Mercyhurst Police - report of approximately 300 students in the middle of the street.

The March 14 issue of The Merciad contained a story titled, ResLife to cut 49 RA positions. In the story the headline was incorrect in stating that 49 RA positions will be cut next year, when in fact 27 positions will be cut. The numbers were correct in the story.

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MSG executive board candidates debate

By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer
Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) hosted the Executive Board Debate for those running for student government Thursday, March 15, at the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union. The annual debate provided candidates running for MSG president, vice president and treasurer an opportunity to answer questions about their campaign for Mercyhurst students. This year juniors Richard Molloy and Brian Lombardo are running for president and vice president against juniors Jeremy Dickey and Joseph Reinhard. Junior William Page is on the ticket for treasurer. Many students came out to support the candidates and listen to what they had to say in order to see what candidates would represent the student body best. The debate was opened and run by MSG President Meghan Hess and Vice President Reed Garetto. After the opening, candidates were given a chance to explain their platforms before answering questions from MSG and the students in attendance. Molloy and Lombardo explained that their platform includes two main goals. They want to bring MSG to the student body and spread school spirit and pride. I think we did a good job, and we got our points across, Molloy said. Dickey and Reinhards platform involves improving conditions on campus so students are able to show off where they attend school. Issues discussed included leadership styles, Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations, representing the student body, working with administration and the budget. Questions from students involved the candidates number one goal, how they hope to improve campus, their biggest concern, what experience they can bring to the table and if they are able to set aside personal thoughts and stances for the good of the university. The candidates agreed that the debate was successful. We were able to show that several people can get together and discuss real issues that affect Mercyhurst, said Dickey. We were very happy to see the amount of people that came out to watch and listen to us. Lombardo agreed with Dickey about the positive attendance at the debate. It was really good for MSG as a whole that there was so much interest in an election, Lombardo said. Reinhard explained that the support has not been exclusive to the debate. Im a little bit surprised about how excited everyone is about the election, said Reinhard. Everyone has been getting in on it on both sides. Its been very competitive and very exciting for us. MSG Executive Board elections will be on Wednesday, March 21, and Thursday, March 22. Students should receive an email from MSG when the polls open Wednesday at 12:01 a.m. with directions on how to vote.

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Career Fair approaching

By Mark Vidunas
Contributing writer
Mercyhurst University will be hosting its 20th annual Career Fair on Thursday, March 29, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (MAC). The Career Development Center will run the event. This is only the second time it is being held in the spring; usually it is held in the fall. There are currently 63 companies and organizations slated to attend. Students can monitor the attendees online through the Career Center on the Mercyhurst Portal, which will be updated twice a week leading up to the event. Among those currently on the list are Cleveland Marriot East, Erie Country Office of Children and Youth, UPMC, U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command/ INSCOM and WICU-TV 12. All years and all majors, even undecided, are encouraged to attend. While no exact statistics have been recorded, feedback from previous attendees has been positive, rating the event successful. Executive Director of Experimental Learning Kyle Foust, Ph.D., said, Especially in the last two years, weve had a goal of bringing back alumni to these events to represent their employers. Networking is very important for finding a job, and students having similar associations with these Mercyhurst alumni can be very beneficial. In fact, 37 percent of the companies attending the event have a Mercyhurst graduate representing them at the fair, and 30 percent of the total number of recruiters at the event are former Mercyhurst students. Student reactions to this event have been positive. Sophomore Emily Mashuda said, I am definitely planning on going to the Career Fair. It is a wonder-

Bobbie and Jim Colburn, parents of Sean Chewy Colburn, mourn his death. Colburn died March 17 in a motorcycle accident on East 38th Street and Old French Road. Colburn collided with an oncoming vehicle and died an hour and a half later at UPMC Hamot. His seven-year-old daughter, who was on the back of the motorcycle, is home and in good health according to the parents of Colburn.

ful opportunity for the students to make business connections that will be beneficial for the future, and I think everyone should go if they have the chance. Junior Will Dula agreed, although he wont be attending. I do think its a great idea for other majors to use because it could be very helpful, he said. Junior Kaylyn Stack said, I will probably attend the Career Fair. Honestly, it would be more beneficial to me to see more opportunities in education present. But all in all, I think Mercyhursts fair offers an awesome opportunity to start stepping out into the real world for many majors. Those students who wish to attend the Career Fair should dress in professional attire, bring copies of their resume and/or business card and have a 30-second elevator speech prepared. For more information, email Foust at

Theft Friday, March 16 Criminal mischief Saturday, March 17 Liquor law violation/ unwanted guest Saturday, March 17 Liquor law violation Monday, March 19

McAuley Hall Referred for discipline Lot #8 Referred for discipline 3925 Lewis Ave. Referred for discipline Cafeteria Referred for discipline

March 16-19, 2012

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RSCOs to share admin rights on Facebook

By Caitlin Handerhan
Opinion editor
The Center for Student Engagement and Leadership Development will face some changes for the 2012-13 school year. Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations (RSCOs) are under the purview of the Center for Student Engagement and may experience some changes to RSCO policies for next year. In a joint effort between the marketing and public relations department and the Center for Student Engagement, it is being recommended that RSCOs who have a Facebook page add a member of the marketing team as an administrator in an effort to streamline Mercyhurst Universitys presence online and on Facebook. RSCO presidents have been contacted and were asked to meet with Web Coordinator Chris Norris and include him as an administrator on their respective Facebook pages. According to Sarah Allen, director of the Center for Student Engagement, the reason behind adding the marketing department to the RSCO Facebook pages is two-fold. We want to make Mercyhurst University have a positive and streamline presence on Facebook. For example, when you search for Mercyhurst, we want the university page to come up first, not an inactive RSCO page, Allen said. Although it is not an official policy yet, the move is designed to prevent a RSCO page from being inactive, perhaps due to the student with administrative rights graduating and leaving the page inactive, and to help all RSCO pages transition from the page to group category on Facebook. Allen indicated that ideally the only Mercyhurst page on Facebook will be the official university page, while all of the RSCOs who want an online presence will be within the group category. We havent made this an official policy but are encouraging presidents to consider meeting with Chris and help us make these social media goals a reality, Allen said. The Center for Student Engagement will make any policy changes to the RSCO handbook over the summer, with club presidents and faculty advisers being notified in the fall. Although there are upwards of 80 active RSCOs on campus, only

20 use Facebook, Allen estimated. We really only have a handful of RSCOs that utilize Facebook at this point. Along with these changes, we are considering a workshop in the fall to help educate students how to utilize Facebook and maximize exposure for their clubs, Allen said. In terms of student reaction to the policy, the sharing of administrative rights has been received relatively well. Queer Straight Alliance President Mark Ennis, a sophomore, indicated that he was open to the changes. I see it as a way to help the RSCOs. Why not use it as a promotional tool? It seems to be a mutually beneficial policy, Ennis said. Senior Lauren Moss, president of the Mercyhurst Equality of Women club, who already met with Norris and made the administrative changes, had a similar take on the Center for Student Engagements recommendation. These proposed changes are going to be a great way to reach a larger audience and will make our advertising for events much more effective, Moss said. If and when the policy becomes approved, all RSCO presidents will be notified.

The zero credit option is now available for students doing an internship who cannot afford to pay for the extra credits or do not want them. In order to take advantage of this option, 100 hours must be worked, which can be done either during the school year or in the summer. This opportunity also requires no cost except for the $40 registration fee as opposed to paying for credits. According to Executive Director of Experimental Learning Kyle Foust, Ph.D., the department heads are very excited about this new opportunity for their students. This will help more students gain practical experience, which is a very desirable asset among employers, he said.

News Briefs
New zero credit option available

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Tuition increase for next year to be released

For the 2012-13 school year, Mercyhurst students will face a tuition increase. The finalized increase is still being determined and will be released as soon as it is ready. Once the number increase is finalized, letters will be sent to each student from Director of Student Financial Services Carrie Newman. Last year, Mercyhurst faced a 5.17 percent increase, resulting in a $1,839 cost increase for any students living on campus. This was less of an increase than the previous year of a 5.48 percent increase.

PAC announces new director

The Mercyhurst Institute for Arts & Culture announced a new director starting immediately: Jamie Grady. Grady has 12 years of experience in nonprofit theater management with 12 years in academia. We are so pleased to have Mr. Grady joining us as director of the Mercyhurst Institute for Arts and Culture. Jamie brings with him years of experience in various areas of the performing arts, Vice President for Advancement David Livingston, Ph.D., said. We are confident that the major in arts management will draw students to Mercyhurst and that Jamie will inspire students to attend the cultural series as an integral part of their Mercyhurst education. Jamie is a great addition to the Mercyhurst community, he continued.

Changes planned for Tullio Field

By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer
The changes to Mercyhurst Universitys campus are branching out to the Louis J. Tullio Field. The athletic department will be improving the football field by turning the hill at the end of the field into a pavilion. The athletic department decided to enhance the football field to create a better experience for students, athletes and fans. The project is currently in the design process, and those involved are working with engineers and architects to work out complications associated with drainage and ground water. The design includes four sections of bleachers, picnic tables, grills and a sound system. Director of Athletic Fundraising John Melody said, This will really enhance the gameday experience. According to Melody, the pavilion will be something everyone can take advantage of all the time, even when games are not taking place. The project will be executed in hopes to create other opportunities for students as well. There have been talks of using the field for concerts and the new pavilion for general use. Building the pavilion is a $200,000 project, which the university is matching dollar-for-dollar. If the Mercyhurst Athletic department can raise $100,000, then the school will cover the rest. Those who donate to the project can also get their name on part of the pavilion. Weve had a fantastic start, said Melody. Alumni have been generous, and many are excited. The design process is planned to be finished in the spring. The expected date to break ground is June 1. The pavilion will be finished in August before the first home football game. Students seem to show mixed thoughts on this project. Its a waste of money, said junior Samantha Cross. There are so many other things they could spend money on academically and to fix up the buildings in the school. Senior Sarah Reedy did not agree with Cross and expressed much excitement about the project. It will be a great area for community building, said Reedy. Im just disappointed I wont be here to see it. Donations to the project can be made at landing or to make a pledge, contact Melody at 814-824-2902 or

New Mercyhurst app released for iPhone

A Mercyhurst app was released Feb. 23 for the public to access various Mercyhurst online services. The app runs on any Apple device with iOS 5. The app can be used to view the latest tweets, calendars, events, The Merciad, official press releases and various Mercyhurst pages like MyMail and Blackboard. Any questions about the new application should be sent to and can be rated on the Apple app store. The app has already received a lot of attention, accumulating 106 downloads on the day it was released and approximately 400 downloads as of March 7. An Android version is in current development, but a completion date has not yet been released.

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Council (NAC). The Mercyhurst team also received an honorable mention for its overall representation of Portugal. Spending three days competing at such a high level was very rewarding in and of itself, said Handerhan. The fact that both Lucas Sageot and I were honored with an award for our performances was humbling. Ten students attended the event along with adviser Lena Surzhko-Harned, Ph.D. Mercyhurst represented Portugal in five committees and Ukraine in one committee. As a team, they had a great dynamic and worked well together, said Surzhko-Harned. Their research and diligence paid off. The conference provides an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience within areas such as foreign policy, security, diplomatic action, military action and political and social issues. Students learn the workings of NATO and how nations collaborate in order to solve crises and other various problems. Handerhan explained her experience as a student representing Ukraine in this competition. Representing Ukraine on the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council was both fun and challenging due to the fact that I

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Students win awards at Model NATO

By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer
Mercyhurst University proved successful at the 27th Annual International Model North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference in Washington, D.C. that was held Feb. 16-19. Mercyhursts Model International Organization team worked hard to walk away with three individual awards and an honorable mention in its third year of participation in this competition. The Model NATO competition was hosted by Howard University of Washington D.C.; Converse College of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Kent State University of Kent, Ohio. Junior Caitlin Handerhan won the Outstanding Partner Nation Award as the Ukrainian delegate in the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council and junior Lucas Sageot won Outstanding Delegations in Committee Award and Committee Leadership Award as the Portuguese delegate in the North Atlantic had both European and Russian interests to contend with, which required some diplomacy, she said. Sageot had his own challenges when it came to representing Portugal. Representing Portugal in NAC was not easy because it isnt a powerhouse, he said, but diplomacy and hard work paid off. Surzhko-Harned praised Handerhan and Sageot for their performance and dedication to the event. After three years (on the team), Lucas and Caitlin have shown a great deal of growth, said Surzhko-Harned, and the awards are a recognition of their hard work. We always have a strong performance at this conference, said Handerhan, but the fact that we not only won two individual awards but also brought home strong performances across the board is a testament to the talent and depth we have on the team this year. Surzhko-Harned agreed with Handerhan. The students performance is a testament to the quality of the student body we have here and the university at large. Alicia Cagle is a member of Mercyhursts Model International Organization team.

Junior Lucas Sageot talks to Lena Surzhko-Harned, Ph.D., the adviser for the group that attended the Model NATO conference from Feb. 16-19.

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March 21, 2012

Organic food: Is it better than artificial ingredients?

By Brady Greenawalt
Staff writer
Its all too common today to read the ingredients on your food wrapper and think its a foreign language. Strange sounding ingredients like hydrolyzed vegetable protein, Monoammonium glutamate, sodium acid pyrophosphate and propylene glycol alginate can be found in most packaged and fast foods. These extra ingredients serve all kinds of different purposes from preserving the shelf life of the food, to giving it color or even making it thicker and more filling. These unusual additives may sound scary, but are there really any risks to eating them? If youre unsure, the alternative is organic food. Food that is made without any artificial additives and that has never been in contact with pesticides or chemical fertilizers is considered organic. Some people swear by organic food and avoid artificial food additives at all costs. But is there a real significant difference? According to an article published by the University of Edinburgh in England, many chemicals most commonly found in food have been linked with instances of cancer. Even so, the main culprit are the pesticides that are often used on our food while it is still at the farm. According to the study, farmers who have regular contact with the pesticides are far more likely to develop cancer than people who dont have contact. Organically grown food is free of pesticides, but some believe that it lacks flavor. Senior Bryan Craven actually prefers food with additives to the more natural alternative. I think the taste is better. It also stays fresh longer and doesnt look like its already spoiled by the time I want to buy it, he said. Hes not the only one who sees negatives in organic foods. According to an article in COSMOS magazine called Organic Food Exposed, Many agricultural scientists estimate that if the world were to go completely organic, not only would the remaining forests have to be cleared to provide the organic manure needed for farming, the worlds current population would likely starve. Despite those claims, many consumers are turning to organic foods in ever growing numbers. In fact at the beginning of the month, the UK branch of the Nestle candy company announced that it has completely phased out all use of artificial ingredients in all of its products. It cant be denied that interest in organic food is on the rise. In recent years many popular documentaries like Food Inc, King Korn and Super Size Me have praised the benefits of organic foods, but some people are just uninterested. Sophomore Katie Jeffries, for example, isnt particularly concerned about whether her food is organic or artificial. I have lived this long with it, she said, so a little artificial sweetener cant hurt.

DIY College style:

Cheesy vegetable pasta
On her blog, A Grapefruits (many) Passions, senior Alaina Rydzewski writes about her foray into cooking, along with movie, book and music reviews. To check out her blog, visit The newest recipe I tried, one for cheesy veggie pasta, was from Womens Health Magazine. Weirdly enough, it provided the ingredient list but no steps on how to cook it, so I ended up putting it all in a Pyrex dish and baking it. This is what you need: whole wheat macaroni, one can whole, peeled tomatoes, one small container ricotta cheese, and one cup chopped spinach and one medium-sized zucchini.

New film minor goes hand in hand with classic series

By Alex Stacey
A&E editor
Movie lovers alike can follow their interest with the recent addition of an interdisciplinary film studies minor. The minor was organized in part by Associate Professor of History John Olszowka, Ph.D., but includes many more disciplines to make up the coursework. It includes history, English and communication classes, with a small sampling of psychology. Olszowka describes it as a broad, interdisciplinary study. The minor was first conceived because many Mercyhurst professors teach film-based classes. This group realized that the benefits of film in education far outweigh how the medium is being used on campus currently. It should not be a passive experience. We live in an age where people are more visual than ever, said Olszowka. We can utilize film for every major and subject, and we can teach people to be critical about what they are seeing. We need to be critical and learn. I look at film as a primary source. The film series that runs this year celebrates the Golden Age of Cinema. Olszowka prefers this time period of movies the most. I love film, and I love watching old movies, he said. The film series is made possible because of an Academic Enrichment Grant from the university for this academic year. The Academic Enrichment Grant program allows professors to apply for grants that will enhance the academic environ-

What to do: 1. First, boil water and cook the pasta according to box directions. 2. While the water is boiling, chop up zucchini, tomatoes and spinach. 3. Drain pasta and run cold water over it until it is room temperature (or at least not burning hot). 4. Put pasta into Pyrex dish and mix with ricotta cheese. 5. Layer zucchini, spinach and tomatoes on top. 6. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.

ment in some way. Films that have been shown this year include The Philadelphia Story (1940), Ninotchka (1939) and Casablanca (1943). Many of these movies have strong female leads, which coincides with this years academic theme: exploring gender and relationships. Actresses such as Greta Garbo in Ninotchka defied the social norm of gender and relationships in their movies. Olszowka also pointed out that this year marks the 70th anniversary of Casablanca, making it the high point of the series for many movie buffs. He hopes that a similar film series can continue. He loves the weekly film series, but argues that a classic series of films adds just a little something different to the campus.

This made four heaping servings. Enjoy. DIY College Style is a weekly column featuring two college students blogs on quick and easy tips about crafts and food.

March 21, 2012


Upcoming events at the PAC:
A Documentary: A Man Named Pearl Wednesday, April 4, at 2:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. The MET: HD Live Massenets Manon Saturday, April 7, at noon

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Music Department to produce Two Comedies Tonight!

By Mathew Anderson
Staff writer
Mercyhursts DAngelo Department of Music will perform two popular operatic comedies this weekend. Both operas will be performed in English and have been changed to create one seamless plot line, separated by an intermission. Act One will be Wolfgang Mozarts comedic masterpiece The Impresario. In this production, the script has been completely rewritten by a contracted playwright, but all of the music will be kept the same. The story is set in New York in the late 1920s and includes the characters Mr. Sweeney, a famous and retirement-bound Impresario, and his assistant Mr. Eager, who desperately wants to be the leading baritone of the opera company, are met by women of their past. Hilarity ensues when the two women and the patron, Buoso Bucks Bottino, come into the situation from very different backgrounds. Sylvestra Vesterdal is a seasoned performer, and Polly Ann Asbister is a new but talented girl from Spotted Gecko, Arizona. Both divas yearn for the same rolethe prima donna of the company. When asked about the production, junior Alianna Whiteaker, who plays Silvestra Vesterdal said, My experience in this production has been interesting in regards to singing. It has also been a great experience as far as acting goes, especially during my favorite portion of the show the cat fight part of the Impresario. The tie between the two shows is the patron, Bottino. The patron has connections to the mafia and is an influential character in both shows. The second performance of the night is a rendition of Giacomo Puccinis Gianni Schicchi, which has been altered to take place in 1940s Manhattan. In this story, Buoso Bottino has recently died in his penthouse. The curtain opens to the family of Buoso mourning his death. That is, until the frantic search for his will ensues. Once found, the will is read, and to Bottino leaves his money to his Divas. It is then decided that the hated Gianni Schicchi should help them in duping the notary and having another will drawn up to please the family. The family disposes of Bottinos body, and Schicchi takes his place in the bed. The notary believes the familys plan and doesnt suspect that Buoso is dead at all. Schicchi dictates all of Buosos new wishes to leave vast amounts of money and land to the family. Both productions are ripe with plot twists and knee-slapping comedy. The shows are double casted for certain roles, so the audience will have a different and magnificent, experience each night. Two Comedies Tonight! will be performed Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2.50 for Mercyhurst students with an ID.

On Screen/In Person: BLAST! Wednesday, April 11, at 2:15 p.m. & 7:15 p.m. The MET: HD Live Verdis La Traviata Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m.

Some Nights is a Fun. album

By Aaron Ullman
Staff writer
Many times when an extremely popular single hits the airwaves, the song drowns out the album itself. Fun.s newest endeavor, Some Nights, is in danger of becoming subject to this phenomenon. The bands chart-topping song We Are Young is found on radio stations across the country. Even so, there is much more to their second album than the hit single. While the body of work is not perfector even as good as their first album Aim and Ignitethe entirety of the disc is truly a Fun. listen. Some Nights seems to have a bit of a dualistic personality, as some tracks have an 80s feel, while others are an interesting melding of hip-hop and indie. Even with these differing styles, the songs are catchy and melodic. The true driving force of the album is the unique vocals of Nate Ruess. The former front man of The Format has thankfully resurrected himself with his new band. His voice is powerful, charming and prominent in most of the songs on the album. It is only fitting that the album opens with a bombastic title track, complete with an intro, which showcases Ruess voice. Some Nights sounds almost like a Queen hit complete with some powerful guitar chords and harmonized vocals. The bands energy radiates freely from the song and makes for a wonderful listen. The aforementioned We Are Young brilliantly follows up Some Nights, making for a great one-two punch. It is easily the anthem of the yearbeing catchy, loud and rebellious. Again, the bands enthusiasm and energy carries throughout the song. The next track, Carry On, is a tad mellower, but builds well. Here again, the song has a feel that reminds one of Queens glory days. In the same vein, Why am I the One is an Elton John-esque ballad with a fantastic chorus. There are some glaring holes in the album, though. Many of the tracks that contain the hip-hop beats simply do not work. In It Gets Better and Stars, Ruess voice is irrevocably marred by auto tune and poorly combined with repetitive lyrics and beats. Further, One Foot sounds like a musical novice attempting to cover some Matt & Kim song. Simply put, the latter part of the album is lackluster and contrived. The few songs that are subpar do not detract from the overall quality of the disc, though. Some Nights is an energetic, fun album with multiple hit songs on it. The creativity, melodies and beats will have the listener playing it over and over again.

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March 21, 2012

Juried Student Art Show brings honors to art majors

By Emma Rishel
Staff writer
The annual Juried Student Art Show took place Feb. 14 through March 18 in the Cummings Art Gallery. Nine of the Mercyhurst University art students received special awards at the opening reception. Local artists, Patty Baldwin and Brian Pardini, selected the 58 original works in the exhibit, which included ceramics, sculptures, photography, paintings and drawings. The highest award given, the Mercyhurst University Purchase Award was given to seniors Tyler Stauffer, Jillian Barrile and Sarah Blair and junior J. John Thiede, who said that it is an exciting time to see your classmates put forth their best work, and I feel that this years show was quite successful. Those who received honorable mentions were senior Erin McCandless, juniors Durim Loshaj and Karma Smith and sophomores Tracey Howland and Rodolfo Claros. Stauffers Selmer Mark VI #6 was a large piece with yellow, navy blues and black. It was very detailed and interesting, inviting the onlooker to stare for quite some time. There was a contrast of some faint markings as well as definite geometric shapes. Thiedes Drag Queen and Chair was full of energy and color, as well as interesting patterns and shapes. Barriles Untitled digital photograph was reminiscent of looking through a kaleidoscope. When the light shone through, the different facets of the pictures focal point and the ombre color were captivating and created a beautiful image. Blairs Dress Patterns was a collection of collaged clothing patterns, creating an imaginative way of repurposing. Claros Restaurant Door evoked a feeling of loneliness, yet the way the light beamed through the doors in the photo gave it a sense of hope. The way a simple chair and double doors can be so interesting and evoke such feelings is impressive. Claros explained his feelings about being a part of the juried art show. The juried show was just an amazing opportunity for us artists to get our name out into the Erie art community, he said. Having sold a piece not only makes me feel like Ive earned the title of artist but it also gets me wondering whats next for me in the art world, Claros said. McCandlesss View from Notre Dame was captivating because the photo captured a very iconic building. The sunset in the background only added to the already unique photo. McCandlesss other photograph, The Palace of Westminster, was also stunning. The combination of the lights of the sunset in the background with the magnificence of the building and architecture created a beautiful picture. McCandless said, I was honored to be a part of the juried art show. I always enjoy participating in these events. I felt all of the pieces in the show were of a high caliber. I feel that participating in these events is a good way to get your work out there and also become inspired by the work of other artists. Another piece of artwork that stood out was Hilda Navarros Kuna Indian from Panama. Navarros photograph of an older woman sewing a kind of traditional Panama cloth really captured and shared the culture, allowing viewers to step into that tradition and understand it. A very interesting sculpture called The Raven by junior Rachel Playso was colorful with a full rainbow of colors and different pieces of furniture painted on the base along with words and phrases from Edgar Allan Poes famous poem. Senior Shane McCabes Celestial Ocean was almost mesmerizing with the way the colors of the

Jill Barrile photo

Senior Sarah Hlusko, senior Natalie Grospitch, junior Bridget Finn, senior Claire Hogan, senior Kelly Clymer, junior Kayla Clark and senior Rachel Brown pose by senior Shane McCabes scuplture.
planets stood out against the night sky. Junior Kaylyn Stacks photograph titled Send Me on My Way shared the beauty of simple things in nature. It was able to remind the onlooker that even the simple things in life can hold importance. The way her lens captured just a few small twigs in the cold sunlight was beautiful. The art show showcased the diverse artwork of Mercyhurst students and is a pleasant display of the many kinds of talents within the community. The Cummings Art Gallery, located in the lobby of the Mary DAngelo Performing Arts Center, is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.

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Junior class senator makes bid for MSG VP

By Brian Lombardo
Staff writer
This year is a big election year. And Im not just referring to Novembers U.S. presidential contest. As you may already know, there is a different race going on right here on campus this week elections to pick the next Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) president, vice president and treasurer. This race is so important to the school and to each of the students who are represented by MSG. It is your chance to decide which candidates you want to be your voice at Mercyhurst. It is also personally important because this year I am running for MSG vice president on a ticket with my fellow junior class senator Richard Molloy, who is running to be your student government president for the 201213 school year. While our platform has several plans for specific projects wed work hard to institute on campus next year, our main goal is to make sure that we listen to the students ideas. Above all, we want to connect the students with MSG so they know what exactly the organization is doing for them. To make this a reality, we will implement simple ideas like drastically updating the MSG website to make it more user friendly and by posting weekly bulletins around campus to keep students informed on recent progress on projects and of upcoming goals. We want to create a centralized bulletin board in the Union so students can easily check who their senators are and contact them with any ideas they may have to improve the school. We will also require senators to carry out at least one project or event per term to directly serve their constituencies. Further, we will explore all possible means for updating the Rec Center, including adding a second floor or an indoor track. We would also like to renovate the upperclassmen housing areas by installing new furniture, especially beds and couches. By working with the Office of Residence Life, we can ensure that maintenance issues are taken care of promptly and premove-in inspections are done more thoroughly. In addition to all of this, Molloy and I promise to work hard to create and develop a greater sense of Laker spirit around campus, so all students feel welcome and comfortable here and have an outlet to show off their passion for Mercyhurst. To do this, we can work with student groups and the newly appointed Laker Spirit Coordinator to hold MSG pre-and post-game day events to increase student presence at games. Similarly, we will also plan events at both the beginning and end of the year for upperclassmen, such as block parties or cookouts. Molloy and I have proven leadership experience and are ready and able to lead MSG so that your concerns and ideas are heard. Molloy is the chair of Welcome Week. He is also a member of LCP and an Ambassador. I also have demonstrated leadership experience, serving as an RA for two years in Warde Hall and as a committee chair of the Ambassador Club. As junior class senators, we have both proven to be successful leaders on MSG. Molloy and I are excited to be running for the positions of MSG president and vice president, and hope that you will consider voting for us. We would be grateful for the opportunity to work for you, the students, next year. Make sure that you take the time to vote in this election. Its your chance to be heard.

VP candidate says Nothings Too Big for MSG in 2012-13 year

By Joe Reinhard
Contributing writer
Wednesday, March 21, marks the first day of voting for the Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) executive board, and I am sure that by the end of this week you all will have had your fill of our campaign nonsense, if you have not already. We have badgered you, bugged you and have done anything in our power to persuade you to vote. But now, I want to urge you on to make a conscious vote this election. I am urging all students to make this an election that counts. I am asking that this time around, all students keep in mind that nothing is too big to accomplish and this is your chance to create change. Nothings Too Big is the campaign slogan for Jeremy Dickey and Joe Reinhard, candidates for MSG president and vice president. With this, we want to convey to the students that the era of being told no, thats not possible, is over. We want to have a presidency that is marked by tangible results. Why is it impossible to think a recreation center with working equipment, an indoor track and even a pool is possible? Why is housing that is clean, modern and connected to adequate wireless Internet unthinkable? The fact is, Dickey and I believe that all of this and more is possible. It is not enough to simply think big. If we expect these changes, we all need to act. Were a university now, and it is time our campus reflected that. Now, we need you to tell your friends that nothings too big, we need you to tell us what your big idea is but most importantly, we need you to vote. I personally promise it will not be a waste of your time and I am not one to make promises lightly. As your vice president, it will be my goal that when someone asks what MSG does, students will answer, probably in a less PG way, They get stuff done. This is a platform that Dickey and I have been attacked for. We have been called unrealistic and accused of thinking too big. But Nothings Too Big does not mean anything is too small. While we continue to work toward a better future for Mercyhurst, we will also assure a better now. Making sure WiFi works everywhere, equipment works in the Rec while we plan a new one and more parking while our campus continues to expand are all on our list as soon as we are elected. By the end of this week, most of you will have tuned us all out and will continue going about enjoying the warm weather and trying to finish out the term. And I hope you all do; time here is too short to waste listening to us any longer than necessary. Wednesday, though, take a moment to visit the Jeremy Dickey and Joe Reinhard Campaign Facebook page, look at what we want to accomplish and decide if we are worth your vote on Wednesday, March 21. I believe that once you realize Nothings Too Big and that we can accomplish these things, you will accept nothing less than Jeremy Dickey and Joe Reinhard as your president and vice president.

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More women should put name on ballot

By Caitlin Handerhan
Opinion editor
Imagine growing up in a nation where you have little representation in your government, issues important to you are frequently cast aside and often there are few people to look to as agents of change. Would you ever guess that this profile fits the average female voter in America? Despite representing 51 percent of the population, the U.S. Congress is only 17 percent female, a concerning statistic to say the least. The percentage of women in Pennsylvanias state legislature renders our state 42nd in the nation. In addition, Pennsylvania is one of the only states to not only have a male governor, but also a state bureaucracy with no females currently elected to statewide office. The United States as a whole ranks 71st in the world in terms of numbers of women holding political office. To put that sobering statistic into perspective, that puts the United States behind Afghanistan, Cuba and Turkmenistan, to name a few. As a young woman living in one of the most privileged countries, these statistics are infuriating. But perhaps these disheartening trends can begin to change, thanks to a progressive initiative called The 2012 Project. Capitalizing on the upcoming 2012 presidential election, the 2012 Project seeks to increase the number of female legislators on both the federal and state level. Using a bi-partisan approach, the goal is to recruit and equip women to consider public service as a viable option, one which is frequently not considered by women. The 2012 Project also hosts Ready to Run seminars, effectively equipping women with the knowledge and confidence to pursue public service. With important issues such as birth control and pro-life/prochoice questions dominating political discourse, thanks to ignorant views held by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, it becomes all the more important to have equal representation in legislative politics. Although I am a strong advocate of women in politics, being a college junior leaves me too young to yet consider a career in political office. However, I have been introduced to the 2012 Project by someone who has set a great example, not only for me, but for women everywhere of a successful woman in national politics. Former U.S. Representative Kathy Dahlkemper has made the 2012 Project accessible to the Erie community by organizing a panel

The impromptu St. Patricks Day block party on Lewis Avenue is quickly becoming legend, with Erie police and Mercyhurst police officers commending the 300-plus partygoers for their cooperation.

discussion to be hosted by Mercyhurst University and the Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics on Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in Mercyhursts Walker Recital Hall. The bi-partisan event seeks to bring together women from the college and greater community to discuss and learn about seeking political office. Panelists for the event are Kathy Dahlkemper, Dana Brown of Chatham College, Denise Robison, former Erie City Councilwoman and Courtney Sullivan, Mercyhurst University graduate student. Moderated by Lena SurzhkoHarned, Ph.D., the panel discussion will consist of a presentation from each panelist, followed by a question and answer session. Im going because I want to learn more, because I want to change the political discourse in our country and because trailing countries like Afghanistan and Cuba in this area is appalling.

While St. Patricks Day festivities were overwhelmingly positive on campus, some damage was done to nearby Lewis townhouses, such as a screen door that was missing after the party broke up.

Consultants detract from campaigns

By Zainab Javed
Staff writer
I first caught election fever in 2000 when my second grade class was given the opportunity to practice our future voting rights in Scholastic.coms online poll. Torn between the polarizing forces of peer pressure from the kids at my lunch table, I let my decision come down to a single deciding factor. It all came down to comparing the election posters in the cafeteria; George W. Bush posed with an infectious smile on his face, while Al Gore seemed completely unapproachable. This sealed the deal. Understandably, eight-year-olds cannot be expected to make educated political decisions. However, Ive noticed an increasing trend of adults making their decisions based on flashy campaigns rather than diving deeper into the positions that the candidates take. This is a problem because it undermines the democratic process. Youre no longer electing candidates based on their ability to represent you in the legislative process, but rather, how well they can market themselves. With all the glitz and glamour of consultant-based campaigns, its easy to get swept up in a wave of speeches, advertisements and hoodies with rhinestone-studded portraits of your candidates face on them. Understand that campaigns are not accurate representations of any candidate. They only serve to provide a small piece of the picture and can easily distort or simplify facts. Lets take a look at Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who is currently competing against three other candidates for a place on the Republican Presidential ticket. In order to reach out to the far-right end of the spectrum, he is marketing himself as a man firmly against the policies of the Obama Administration.

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The extra EMTA route that was added to the St. Patricks Day schedule did not show up during the afternoon to take students downtown, leaving many standing for an extended period of time. The luck of the Irish was not with students this time.

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March 21, 2012

The Lakers welcomed five freshmen on the roster this year: Lauren Rossi, Cherise Gunnell, Annie Truelove, Becky Malaga and Shaina Bunker. All of our freshmen came in and stepped up to the plate, said Eimers. They each bring a lot to the table and have filled different starting roles. Redig agreed. Shaina Bunker has been utilized as a powerful hitter, and Lauren Rossi is a great slapper, something that we didnt have in the past, Redig said. Both players noted the success of the 2011 campaign as providing momentum into the 2012 season. Since we were picked as No. 1 in the PSAC West during the preseason, we want to live up to that expectation and let everyone know we deserve it, Redig said. The Lakers have started the year with a record of 13-12 after trips to

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Softball works to build on preseason rank

By Lindsey Burke
Staff writer
Momentum comes in a variety of forms. The 2012 Mercyhurst University softball team has found its momentum in the form of being ranked No. 1 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) West preseason poll. That momentum has propelled them during the beginning of their season. The Lakers returned six starters including three all-PSAC selections in Emily Redig, Samantha Eimers and Courtney Smith. Eimers returns with many accolades following 44 starts last season, leading the PSAC in total bases, 107, runs scored, 42, and slugging percentage, .836. The senior led the Laker squad in 11 different categories after transferring from Mercyhurst North East. Florida, North Carolina and West Virginia. With big wins over St. Andrews University, West Liberty University and Davis & Elkins University, the Lakers are playing well. Eimers thinks the team will continue to be successful with the increasing ability to bounce back from mistakes and play through errors as a team with a continuing positive attitude. Our team motto for the year is Team over Self. We put the success of the team over the success of the individual players, Eimers said. Redig noted the toughest competition in the PSAC West as California University of Pa. The Lakers lost to the Vulcans in their first meeting of 2011 and then went on to split a pair in their second meeting. The Lakers open their PSAC campaign this Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Edinboro. On Saturday the Lakers will have their home-opener vs. Clarion at 1 p.m.

Senior Samantha Eimers high performance is key for Mercyhurst to have a successful year. She leads the team in seven offensive categories.
Redig, a senior, also returns this year as an integral part of the teams success. Batting in 29 runs, Redig spent 42 games at second base with a .321 batting average recording 44 hits including six homers, three triples and eight doubles. Other key returners sophomore power-hitter senior defensive specialist Sauers and senior starting Kristi Janoske.

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I had known Rick, and the position of stick boy was open and asked if Dave could do it, John Leisering said. Dave Leisering was nine years old when he began working with the mens hockey team. I was around nine, and I got to sit on the end of the bench and wore a helmet during games, said Dave Leisering. Eventually I got promoted to door opener on the bench. Dave saw his responsibilities increase as he helped sell programs at football games and served as ball boy for the basketball and soccer teams. With John at the helm, Dave worked numerous positions as he grew up. Eventually, Dave began doing play-by-play announcing with John. Dave helped his dad by doing the color commentary. I remember when I was 13, my dad and I were doing a hockey game together against Brockport State and we were pounding them, said Dave. My dad left before the third period, and I did the whole period by myself, and I loved it. After serving as the director of athletics from 1986-89, John worked for the communication department and campus radio station and became head of Sports Information in 1997. Dave went on to earn his bachelors degree in computer systems from Mercyhurst in 2001. During his four years, Dave was a studentassistant under John. I learned a lot from my dad, but it was hard balancing classes and going to almost every game on campus, Dave said. Dave even worked full time during his junior year. There are a number of people that were assistants during my time that I think I helped, said John. I am very proud of them. Dave left Erie for a few years after graduating. He headed the Sports Information Department (SID) for the University of Findlay in Ohio from 2001-03 and worked for Vertmarkets in Erie from 200309. But he could not stay away from Mercyhurst. Dave became the director of the Mercyhurst Ice Center when John retired in 2009, but John remains heavily involved in Mercyhurst athletics. I try to help out where I can, said John. Its been a tremendous experience for me. Helping out has been Johns motto since retirement. He is always willing to help work the P.A. or do play-by-play for Mercyhurst games. Dave and John both have very fond memories of working together at Mercyhurst. This job has given David and me tremendous opportunities to travel thanks to the success of these teams, John said. But Mercyhurst athletics has done more than bring John and Dave together. I remember one hockey game when my wife was selling tickets, my daughter was in the press box, Dave was behind me doing playby-play and I was doing the public address, said John. Its not often you get to work with your family, and its been very special. Johns wife has been working at sporting events for the last 10 years. She sells tickets and programs at hockey and will help wherever else is needed. This past season Dave had to relinquish his play-by-play duties when he took over Johns old position, director of athletics communication.

March 21, 2012

Mercyhurst is Leisering familys second home

By Spencer Hunt
Sports editor
Family lineage is a common theme in athletics. Generally it refers to athletes, but in some cases it can refer to play-by-play announcers or writers. For the Leisering family it started in 1986 when John Leisering began his first full-time position with MerJohn Leisering cyhurst University as the director of athletics. As the director, John oversaw the addition of numerous sports teams and was able to watch as Mercyhurst grew. In 1988, after the mens hockey program became a varsity sport, John hired Coach Rick Gotkin to run the team. With Dave Leisering that hiring, John also added another Leisering to the Mercyhurst family. Sucks, Dave said with a grin. But seriously, I just try to do the best that I can. My dad was the best, but I can only do the best I can and hope its appreciated. I dont want Dave to be me. I want Dave to be Dave, said John. I want him to do his own thing. Overall, Dave is thankful to have his dad here to help whenever he has questions or concerns. This is my first SID job since 03, and a lot has changed, so its very nice to know my dad is around, said Dave. Its comforting. John instilled basic principles in Dave and the department that still hold true today. In Sports Information, you try to be fair, respectful and professional to everyone, John said. Even though John is retired and Dave has a demanding position, the two are still able to work closely together. We still get to call games together every once in a while, said Dave. But thats certainly something I would like to get back into. The Leisering family has strong ties to Mercyhurst athletics, and those arent going to break anytime soon.

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Mens hockey season ends

By Spencer Hunt
Sports editor
The Mercyhurst Mens hockey season has ended. The Lakers lost in the semifinals of the Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) playoffs to eventual champion Air Force by a score of 5-2. The loss ended what turned out to be an excellent season for the Lakers. The team was picked to finish seventh in the AHA preseason coaches poll. They ended the year fourth, but were only two points away from first place. The team finished the year with a record of 2016-4 and 15-8-4 in conference play. Coming into the year the Lakers had numerous questions about its roster. Losing four of the top five scorers and starting goaltender could have been a disaster. Thankfully, Coach Rick Gotkin and his staff found an outstanding freshman class. They brought in 12 freshmen, with 10 of them seeing significant playing time that was critical in the teams success. Three of the teams top four scorers were freshmen. The Lakers will only lose four seniors to graduation, but they will be difficult to replace. Defensemen Pat Goebel and Kevin Noble were vocal leaders along with forward Derek Elliot. Goaltender Max Strang took over the starting role to start the year and was one of the main reasons the season was so successful. Gotkin will have 22 returning players from a team that went to the AHA semifinals this season. The 2012-13 season looks very promising for the Lakers.