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November 20th, 2014

Mercyhurst University lays off 14 in cost-cutting move

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Six full-time employees reduced to part-time status; faculty untouched by layoffs

President Tom Gamble, Ph.D., announced to the university Thursday that 14 administrators and staff will be laid off from their positions here, and six more will have their positions reduced from full time to part time.

The steps are part of cost-cutting efforts for the current academic year. No faculty were laid off and no academic programs were eliminated.

The letter detailed an university-wide initiative to "realign our resources by consolidating work, eliminating positions in our university workforce and implementing other budgetary adjustments."

November 18th

MSG votes to appoint Treasurer

Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) voted to change the position of Treasurer from an elected position to an appointed position at its weekly meeting on Nov 17.

Under the recommendations of an auditor for the school, MSG brought up the issue of making the treasurer a position filled through an appointment rather than through an election as it was prior to Monday. MSG passed the motion with 22 votes for, 6 votes against, and 1 abstention. In addition to making this change to the

J-Term offers increased FSAT opportunities

This year, increased study abroad options will be offered during the J-term giving students the opportunity to travel to other countries at a cheaper rate than last year. Mercyhurst worked to create a shorter and cheaper study abroad experience for the students during the J-term in response to the interest shown in semester-long study abroad trips.

Men’s hockey to host Snowtown Throwdown

The Mercyhurst University men’s hockey team and the Ohio State hockey team will be playing each other in the first annual Snowtown Throwdown.

The hockey team, with the Erie County Convention Center Authority announced in October that the game would be played at the Arena instead of at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
The event will take place on Friday, Jan. 2, and Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Erie Insurance Arena.

Face off Friday is 7:05 p.m. and Saturday is set to start at 2:35 p.m.

Men’s hockey splits series

The Mercyhurst men’s hockey team picked up a tie and a loss on the road this weekend at Bentley University to make their record 5-4-1.

On Friday, Nov. 15, the Lakers went into overtime ending the game in a 4-4 tie and on Saturday, Nov. 16, they lost 4-5.

During Friday’s game, Bentley started off the scoring early on and scored the only goal during the first period.

Just 47 seconds into the second period, Bentley’s Matt Blomquist acquired a five minute penalty for boarding and Mercyhurst was able to take the lead on it.

Football sinks ‘Ship’ in finale

The Mercyhurst football team played their final game of the season against Shippensburg on Friday, Nov. 15. The Lakers ended the: Jake LowyThe Mercyhurst football team played their final game of the season against Shippensburg on Friday, Nov. 15. The Lakers ended the: Jake Lowy

Men’s soccer advances in NCAA

The men’s soccer team beat Notre Dame College of Ohio 1-0 on Sunday, Nov. 16, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The th: hurstathletics.comThe men’s soccer team beat Notre Dame College of Ohio 1-0 on Sunday, Nov. 16, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The th: hurstathletics.com

Recent Mercyhurst graduate commissioned to redesign university website

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  • Are troops worthy of the support they receive from US citizens?

    With the recent passing of Veterans Day social media, TV shows, commercials and Google Doodles were singing the praises of the brave men and women who defend America.
    Reading or listening to some of the praises heaped upon them, one would think that America would long ago have been overrun by barbaric hordes intent on enslaving and pillaging the entire country.
    Yet, such statements betray a lack of critical thinking on the part of those from whose lips such profuse praise pours forth.

    Education Department promotes 'Giving Tree'

    Ashley Favata: The Education department's annual 'Giving Tree' is located on the third floor of the Audrey Hirt Academic Center.

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  • Equestrian club seeks new members

    Mercyhurst’s Equestrian team has been on the mission of attracting more members.

    Currently the team is made up of sophomore Intelligence and Business Marketing major Rachel Betzner and sophomore Exercise Science and Pre-Physical Therapy major Molly Card. They have been on the search of bringing new members after two people quit the team.

    “Nobody knows about us and we’ve been trying to get our name out there,” said Betzner. She recently created a website and Facebook page to promote the club.

    Innaritu delivers with ‘Birdman’

    Director Alejandro Innaritu delivers a witty and intelligent film about a washed-up actor trying to relive the days of his youth: movienewz.com photoDirector Alejandro Innaritu delivers a witty and intelligent film about a washed-up actor trying to relive the days of his youth: movienewz.com photo

    Kimball breaks interception record

    Colin Kimball breaks interception record during his last collegiate football game: Jake LowyColin Kimball breaks interception record during his last collegiate football game: Jake Lowy

    Lumen looking for submissions

    As the school breaks for Thanksgiving and Christmas are quickly approaching, so is the deadline for submissions for Mercyhurst University’s fine arts and literary magazine, Lumen.

    Any submissions have the chance to win prizes of monetary value up to $250.

    The unveiling of Lumen in the spring semester is the final, climactic event of the Literary Festival.

    The Literary Festival, which consists of other events such as poetry readings and presentations given by various poets, writers and other reknown literary artists.

    ‘Il Barbiere’ promises comedy

    Rossini’s comedic opera is sure to charm audiences with its wit.: miac photoRossini’s comedic opera is sure to charm audiences with its wit.: miac photo

    ‘Shaping the Future’ show now on display in Cummings Art Gallery

    48 pieces from Pennsylvania art educators are now on display.: Ashley Favata photo48 pieces from Pennsylvania art educators are now on display.: Ashley Favata photo

    Ben Sollee to play at Mary D’Angelo

    Musician Ben Sollee will thrill audiences with his unique cello stylings and smooth-smoky vocals.: kdhx.org photoMusician Ben Sollee will thrill audiences with his unique cello stylings and smooth-smoky vocals.: kdhx.org photo

    November 17th

    Football defeats Shippensburg for season finish

    In their last game of the season, the Mercyhurst football team hosted the Shippensburg University Raiders on snowy Saturday, Nov. 15th.

    The final score of the game was 42-21 after a game of even more record-breaking performances.

    During this senior day game, Mercyhurst honored 16 senior members of the football team as well as recognized the senior members of the cheerleading squad.

    The game opened with Shippensburg scoring on an 11 play 80-yard drive when quarterback Chris Lawshe found wide receiver Mike Brown for a 23-yard touchdown.

    November 16th

    Enrollment, wifi service, food among issues new president should consider, students say

    After nearly a decade of service at Mercyhurst University, Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., president of Mercyhurst University, announced that he will retire in May of 2015. With a president being here for so long, the question on many student's minds is who will now replace him.

    This process was started in October and will continue to be an ongoing process until the day Gamble retires. There has been several decisions made already, but many more to come.

    Pesticides and preservatives affect more than we thought

    The initial introduction of pesticides and preservatives into foods and crops was not highly debated or tested. However, as time went on, the use of both types of chemicals increased.
    According to takingcharge.org, since the heaviest use of pesticides began in 1950 and the heaviest use of preservatives began in around 2000, the large-scale and possibly irreversible risks to people and the environment have become more clear.