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April 14th, 2015

MSG Report 4-13-15

“The Department of Health inspection is scheduled and if the Laker passes it will open Thursday,” said MSG President Nick Latta. “There will be a Grand Opening celebration next Thursday, including a dunk tank.”

“All the money raised will go to Relay for Life,” Advisor Sarah Allen said.

In regards to the issue brought up about lighting in the gym, Senator TJ Lockhart said, “Maintenance is not in charge of the rec center until June 1. They will be reviewing the athletic facilities over the summer.”

Sen. Dylan Radtke said that small changes have already made noticeable differences.

Networks and preparation help students post-grad

Expansive networking from teachers and former graduates, as well as early preparation for post-graduate opportunities is helping Mercyhurst students secure placements after graduation.

The post-graduate survey of the class of 2014 reveals that Early Childhood and Special Education has a placement of 79 percent for graduates respond as having a job or at graduate school.

Chittister and Shriver share PAC stage 'In Conversation'

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, and Maria Shriver, former first lady of California, shared the stage of the D’Angelo Performing Arts Center as part of the Sister Joan Chittister Lecture Series.

The event, entitled “In Conversation,” discussed Chittister’s and Shriver’s respective careers, and their impact on issues facing women, such as Alzheimer’s disease and wage inequality. Chittister praised Shriver for her work in aiming to improve the situation of women facing these issues.

MU Team maps Venus for NASA

Next year, Mercyhurst University Geology majors Cole Nypaver and Elliott Baker, along with Nicholas Lang, Ph.D., are embarking on a three-year project, funded by NASA, to produce a geological map of part of the surface of Venus.

The map will be created largely by studying radar data collected from NASA’s Magellan mission that took place in the early 1990s. The portion of Venus they are mapping is roughly the size of Australia. The quadrant they will be studying is called Mahuea Tholus, Maori for “goddess of fire.”

MU Team maps Venus for NASA

Next year, Mercyhurst University Geology majors Cole Nypaver and Elliott Baker, along with Nicholas Lang, Ph.D., are embarking on a three-year project, funded by NASA, to produce a geological map of part of the surface of Venus.

The map will be created largely by studying radar data collected from NASA’s Magellan mission that took place in the early 1990s. The portion of Venus they are mapping is roughly the size of Australia. The quadrant they will be studying is called Mahuea Tholus, Maori for “goddess of fire.”

Mercyhurst Magazine captures university life, heritage

As the spring 2015 semester winds to a close, Mercyhurst’s Marketing and Public Relations Department is readying its biannual publication, the Mercyhurst Magazine.

The University has sent out the 30-page magazine since 1986. Scheduled to print soon after the new president of the University is announced, the magazines creators face a fast approaching deadline.

Sue Corbran, Editor of the magazine, said that the publication is the result of extensive interdepartmental cooperation.
“It’s an ongoing process that gets really intense in the last few months,” Corbran said.

Social media has changed the concept of communication

Social media has become a powerful tool of marketing in recent years. More companies are joining social media platforms every day and are expanding their strategies to best reach their target audiences.
One of the things that surprise not only me, but many others, is the increasing amount of older adults that are joining social media sites. Now, marketers can focus their media content not only for the millennial generation through social media, but also the baby-boomer generation, now that they have now joined social media.

Video Game Club set on pause after Union flood

After the closing of the Carolyn Hermann Student Union, some Mercyhurst student club meetings came to a stand-still.

The Mercyhurst Video Game Club (VGC), which utilized the Student Union Great Room as their primary meeting space, has been one of the clubs adversely affected by the February pipe burst and has not been able to hold a club meeting this term.

Movie ‘Black Sea’ playing in TLT

The movie “Black Sea” will be playing in Taylor Little Theatre.: miac photoThe movie “Black Sea” will be playing in Taylor Little Theatre.: miac photo

‘Tie It’ in Taylor Little

A film by Paul Festa, “Tie It Into My Hand,” will be shown in Taylor Little Theatre.

Entertaining and deeply insightful, “Tie It Into My Hand” is an unprecedented look at the life of an artist, told entirely through interviews with directors, filmmakers, artists and performers.

In “Tie It Into My Hand,” filmmaker Paul Festa takes a lesson on the Tchaikovsky violin concerto with a series of established artists, none of whom are violinists, prompting fascinating discussions of the joys and challenges of life as an artist.

‘Clothes for a Summer Hotel’ meets rave reviews

The Mercyhurst Theater Department put on a rendition of Tennessee William’s “Clothes for a Summer Hotel” on Thursday, April 9, through Sunday, April 12, in the Taylor Little Theatre.

It told the story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda during their stay at Hyland Hospital. The only catch: they, as well as the rest of the hospital’s inhabitants, are dead, doomed in a type of purgatory for what seems all eternity.

The show also examines the Fitzgeralds’ volatile marriage, problems stemming from Scott’s workaholic nature and Zelda feeling like his trophy wife.

Student Physics Society chapter opens at Mercyhurst

This year, Mercyhurst has been getting Physical.

After re-introducing a Physics major at the beginning of this year, ending a 20-year absence of the major, the University now also officially houses a chapter of the Society of Physics Students, an organization of the American Institute of Physics.

‘Madama Butterfly’ to be shown in PAC

The opera “Madama Butterfly” will be presented by the D’Angelo Department of Music.

Written by Puccini, the beloved work “Madama Butterfly” is one of the world’s most performed operas.

It tells the story of a geisha, Butterfly, whose unrequited love for an American naval officer ends in tragedy.

In 1904, a U.S. Naval officer named Pinkerton rents a house in Japan for himself and his wife, Butterfly, a Japanese girl he is marrying for convenience.

Poet to perform for Lit Fest

Performance poet Sean Thomas Dougherty will perform on Thursday in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.: Salina Bowe photoPerformance poet Sean Thomas Dougherty will perform on Thursday in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.: Salina Bowe photo

Culinary student cooks competition

Casey Bleuel photo: Junior Timothy Gilbert puts together a dish at this year’s Mercyhurst edition of “Chopped.” The proceeds from the event went to the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.Casey Bleuel photo: Junior Timothy Gilbert puts together a dish at this year’s Mercyhurst edition of “Chopped.” The proceeds from the event went to the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.Junior Hospitality major Timothy Gilbert won the second edition of Mercyhurst’s “Chopped,” a student cooking competition that simulates Food Network’s popular cooking show with the same name.

On Tuesday, April 7, Gilbert faced off against senior Hospitality major from Ontario, Ethan Sykes, in the cooking competition in front of an audience and three selected judges at the Center of Academic Engagement. Gilbert was victorious on what was a close margin, by one point in a 90-point scale. Tickets were $5 per person and included a pasta buffet. All proceeds of the event went to the Autism Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Online housing contracts: step forward or backward?

Mercyhurst, like most universities, is moving toward the technological age. With modernization comes reliance on technology.
One of these technological advances on our campus is electronic housing contracts instead of a hard copy that you physically sign. The question is whether this change necessary?
The newest debate considers whether or not online contracts benefit the student body.
According to Mercyhurst’s webpage, there are more than 3,000 students enrolled at the university.

One Direction fans become upset after Malik's leave

“Does it ever drive you crazy, just how fast the night changes?” Well, for One Direction fans across the world, it does.
One Direction was in the midst of their “On the Road Again” tour when after their show in Hong Kong on March 18, member Zayn Malik released a statement he was taking a break from the tour, but was planning on returning in two weeks.
Speculation of Malik’s reason came after rumors began to circulate that he was cheating on his current fiancé, Perrie Edwards. There were also rumors of the star having a drug habit.

April 13th

Rugby joins Mercyhurst clubs

Contributed photo: Kelly Peters pushes through tackle. Peters said the first few games will not involve tackling but will be tag or flag.Contributed photo: Kelly Peters pushes through tackle. Peters said the first few games will not involve tackling but will be tag or flag.

Softball splits double-header with Gannon

The Mercyhurst University softball team split a doubleheader with Gannon University on Saturday, April 12. The Lakers went into the contest, 2-5, in the Pennsylvania State Athletic
Conference against the undefeated Golden Knights.

After a joint effort on the mound by seniors Annie Truelove and in relief, Alexandra Puckly, the Lakers took down Gannon 6-4 in the first of two games.

Baseball wins again at home

The no. 4-ranked Mercyhurst Baseball team swept California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, 4-3 and 6-1.

The win against the Vulcans is the team’s 18th win in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

“Anytime we can win a series in the PSAC boosts the team’s morale,” junior Hank Morrison said.

Saturday’s match-up against the Vulcans paired up junior Matt Jaskolka and junior Cam Knott as the starting pitchers for the sweep.