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March 2nd, 2015

Police and Safety Now Armed

Police and Safety officers at Mercyhurst University are now carrying firearms. It began on Monday, March 2.

The decision to arm officers is the culmination of a two-year process of first debating the issue and then deciding how to implement it. The officers have gone through enhanced firearms training, as well as training in conflict de-escalation techniques, additional psychological examinations, and sensitivity training on cultural differences in preparation for the implementation, Chief Robert Kuhn said.

February 27th

Mercyhurst implement arming police officers Mar. 2

Mercyhurst Police and Safety officers will begin carrying firearms on Mar. 2.

The decision to arm officers comes as part of a comprehensive strategy to improve the physical safety of the Mercyhurst campus. The decision also comes in the wake of such security violations as the suicide which occurred in Sept. 2013, where a man shot himself in front of Old Main.

Laura Zirkle, vice president of Student Life, sent out a message to the student body, informing them of this upcoming event. The Merciad will be updating students on this story as more information becomes available.

Mercyhurst implement arming police officers Mar. 2

Mercyhurst Police and Safety officers will begin carrying firearms on Mar. 2.

The decision to arm officers comes as part of a comprehensive strategy to improve the physical safety of the Mercyhurst campus. The decision also comes in the wake of such security violations as the suicide which occurred in Sept. 2013, where a man shot himself in front of Old Main.

Laura Zirkle, vice president of Student Life, sent out a message to the student body, informing them of this upcoming event. The Merciad will be updating students on this story as more information becomes available.

February 24th

Janiga, DiTondo honored by CHA

After the sweep of conference rivals Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), junior forward, Emily Janiga, and junior goaltender, Julia DiTondo, were awarded with weekly honors for the Collegiate Hockey America (CHA) conference.

Each week, every team from the CHA has a submission from their coaches for one skater and one goaltender to be awarded with player of the week honors. Members from the CHA committee vote to see which players will be awarded these honors. This week, two Mercyhurst players won the weekly awards for their performances on the ice.

Students, staff struggle with weather conditions

The weather is taking its toll on Mercyhurst.

For the third time in its 89-year history, the university canceled classes due to the harsh weather conditions this past Thursday and Friday, which reached as low as -17 degrees.

The school’s water pipes have struggled to hold up, breaking in Audrey Hirt Academic Center’s first floor on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and damaging the computer lab in Room 110.

A water line then proceeded to burst in the Student Union on Saturday, Feb. 21, causing flooding and an evacuation. The snow continues to be a problem for students and employees as well.

SAC adapts to cancellation

Members of the Student Activities Council (SAC) had to think on their feet this past Friday, Feb. 20.

Due to classes being canceled, SAC’s plan to host their “Are You Smarter than a Professor?” event was put on hold. In one evening, the SAC had to plan, advertise and budget a new event, which became a Social Media Night.

The SAC Constitution requires that at least two events be held over the weekend.

Blood Bank drive relocates

Due to the water main break in the Student Union, the Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York’s blood bank drive scheduled for next Thursday, March 5, will be moved to the Mercy Heritage Room in Sullivan Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Community Blood Bank comes to Mercyhurst every 112 days, according to Communication and Marketing Coordinator and recent Mercyhurst graduate Nicole Leone.

“The goal is to provide a safe and adequate blood supply to patients in need,” Leone said.

‘Seventh Son’ amazes

The movie “Seventh Son” is about a knight, played by Jeff Bridges, named Master Gregory, who has to train a young prodigy.

This prodigy, the Seventh Son, named Tom, is played by Ben Barnes.

Their mission is to kill evil spirits conjured by Julianne Moore, who stars as Mother Malkin, the most evil person in their world.

She wants to rule the world but she cannot do it alone, so she has many people at her command that can morph into evil creatures; the most fearsome of these being a man who can turn into a dragon.

‘Still Dreaming’ playing at Taylor Little Theatre

The film “Still Dreaming” will be playing at Taylor Little Theatre.: miac photoThe film “Still Dreaming” will be playing at Taylor Little Theatre.: miac photo

Theatre Department accepting donations

For the past few years, students and faculty alike have looked forward to the incredible shows performed by the university’s theatre program.

Directed by faculty advisor Brett D. Johnson, Ph.D, the program has been able to perform a variety of successful productions, including the cleverly funny “Urinetown,” the sultry “Cabaret” and a production of the play “The Laramie Project.”

The 2015 Oscars raised mixed emotions during the night

The 2015 Academy Awards took place this past Sunday, Feb. 22. The film industry anxiously awaits this night as they get recognition for their hard and outstanding job.

Neil Patrick Harris, who entertained the audience with his genuine comedy, hosted this year’s event.

Some people disliked the fact that he appeared in his underwear toward the end of the show, and others just considered it as part of his humorous personality.

This year’s awards brought up some emotional moments. One of them was when Common and John Legend sang Glory, a track for the film “Selma.”

Residents at Warde Hall undergo technical issues

Maintenance has had their hands full with this year’s winter weather. There is snow and water damage all over campus that now has to be repaired. However, the work orders for non-snow-related issues should not be overlooked.
Ever since our return from Winter break, Laker Vapor has been struggling to do its job to satisfy student Internet needs. The signal strength all in over Warde Hall seems to be getting worse. Many residents, including myself from the fourth floor, have better access in the bathroom than on the bedroom.

Networking Night offered for students, alumni

Mercyhurst will host its Fourth Annual Alumni Networking Night for students from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Mercy Heritage Room.

The event, open to all majors and academic years, is intended to be a chance for current students to interact and make connections with former Mercyhurst students in the working world.

Thirty alumni are expected to attend, with backgrounds in business, education, hospitality management, graphic design, biology, accounting, criminal justice and more.

Magoc receives national recognition

History Department Chair Chris Magoc, Ph.D., was recently recognized for outstanding achievement in Public History by the National Council on Public History.

Magoc received the honor for his article “Reflections on the Public Interpretation of Regional Environmental History in Western Pennsylvania,” initially written and presented at a conference early in 2014.

Gysin, Latimer named honorable mention All-American

Two Mercyhurst football players, Ben Gysin and T.J. Latimer, recently earned the 2014 Don Hansen NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American honors. Both players played a huge role in sparking Mercyhurst to a seven-game win-streak to conclude the 2014 season.

Offensive lineman Ben Gysin, from East Palestine, Ohio, says he was notified about earning the award from Head Coach Marty Schaetzle.

“It’s very flattering and humbling, and I’m thankful and appreciative of it,” Gysin said.

Himes receives pre-season All-American title

Lacrosse Magazine recently named Rebecca Himes pre-season All-American.

During last year’s season, Himes became the fifth player in Mercyhurst women’s lacrosse history to score 200 career points and during her freshman year she was part of the 2012 Synapse Sports All-Rookie Team.

“It’s a great honor to be named a pre-season All American,” said Himes. “It’s awesome to get recognized for the hard work the team and I put into practices and off-season. Without my teammates, I would never have received this honor.”

Six 'Hurst wrestlers seeded second

Mercyhurst University wrestling is gearing up for NCAA Super Region I Championships which is set for Friday in West Liberty, W.Va. The Lakers are sending 10 men, six who are seeded second, to represent the university.

Among the six wrestlers is Willie Bohince in the 125-pound division. Bohince, who was 18-1 in duals this year and 28-4 overall, is currently fourth in the nation. Last season, he set the school record for wins by a freshman. Bohince finished 7th at the NCAA National Championships.

February 23rd

Are people giving something up for Lent or are they giving up on Lent?

Lent is a time of reflection and spiritual preparation, but some may only know the season for Mardi Gras or the smudges on people’s heads from Ash Wednesday.
Everyone finds themselves in a new place, different from last Lent. To many, Lent means 40 days to try something new.
It means 40 days to focus on something other than yourself. When I was little, my mom used to ask me to give something up, and let me tell you how difficult it was to not eat chocolate chip cookies for 40 days.

Secondary Education implements after-school program

Five graduate students from the Mercyhurst University Secondary Education program used a $3,700 federal grant to create and direct two technology-based after-school programs in Erie middle-schools.

Under the direction of Jane Blystone, Ph.D., three graduate students taught a nine-week, STEM-based water conservation program at Joanna Connell School and two more students ran a nine week literacy project at Emerson-Gridley school as an alternative to writing a typical graduate thesis.

Student Union, Hirt soaked

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Cold weather cracks water lines, sending torrents on rampage

A main water pipe in Herrmann Student Union ruptured on Feb. 21 as a result of prolonged exposure to extreme cold, causing severe water damage to the middle and lower levels of the building.

The building is currently closed until further notice in order to clean up the water and begin to restore the damage. All offices based in the Student Union have been moved to Egan and Warde.