Archive - Oct 2009


October 27th

Game of the Week: Men's soccer rallies past The Rock

Led by junior Billy Colton, the Lakers held off Slippery Rock for a 2-1 win on Tuesday afternoon to clinch the top seed in the PSAC. Watch above as Colton and coach Dale White recap the game.

Mold and more riles residents

While the 300 freshmen living in Warde Hall rave about their brand new housing, a group of frustrated students living in apartments on upper Briggs and Lewis Avenues met with college administrators last week to discuss the worsening conditions in their apartments.

Junior Rachel Kandefer and her roommates were shocked when they moved into 3938 Lewis, which students say is one of the worst apartment buildings on campus.

Cardboard village raises awareness of homelessness

Tyler Stauffer photo: Mercyhurst College students stayed in cardboard boxes outside of Zurn Hall from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.Tyler Stauffer photo: Mercyhurst College students stayed in cardboard boxes outside of Zurn Hall from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20, until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.
Tyler Stauffer photo: Campus Ministry graduate assistant Gretchen Yori raised funds and awareness for the homeless during Hunger and Homelessness Week.Tyler Stauffer photo: Campus Ministry graduate assistant Gretchen Yori raised funds and awareness for the homeless during Hunger and Homelessness Week.

Swine flu '09: Flu bug creeps on campus

Swine Flu on campus

As of Friday, Oct. 23, health authorities have confirmed nine cases of swine flu at Mercyhurst College.

This number, however, does not necessarily include all of the students infected with the H1N1 virus on campus.

“There have been anecdotal reports of other students on campus having flu-like symptoms,” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said.

A transfer's transition

Transferring can be tough, finding your place and finding true friends can be even more difficult, but staying optimistic can make any transition easier.

Melanie Zuccarini was that ‘new girl’ who struggled, but kept her held high and found exactly who she is and where she belongs.

October 26th

Refugees find comfort in Erie

Amanda Hamorski, AmeriCorps VISTA Mercyhurst president, is raising awareness about Erie's refugees through this organizationAmanda Hamorski, AmeriCorps VISTA Mercyhurst president, is raising awareness about Erie's refugees through this organization

Refugees enter the Erie area every year.

They are asked, in many cases commanded, to leave their homeland and are forced to search for a new place to live. They search for a home, a welcoming place where they will have the ability to live self-sufficiently.

In a letter asking for assistance, the AmeriCorps VISTA at Mercyhurst Amanda Hamorsky wrote, “America can be that place; but only if the host community is welcoming of the refugees.”

When they relocate themselves to an area such as Erie, most refugees enter with little material baggage from their previous life and little understanding of American culture.

Honduran students speak out about crisis at home

On June 28, 2009, the president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was ousted and exiled to Costa Rica by soldiers of the Honduran military. This event was preceded by controversy regarding the Constitution of Honduras.

Zelaya had wanted to convene a National Assembly for the purpose of rewriting the constitution to include a referendum that would allow for a fourth ballot. Opponents of Zelaya held that such a procedure would be unconstitutional and feared that a new constitution would allow the president to seek re-election.

An athlete's preperation

It’s a special morning for graduate student Stephen Duggan. He has a different feeling and excitement about him today, one that only sports fans and players understand. It’s game day, and in a couple of hours, the soccer player will be on the field, ready to play.
This means there is only really one thing on his mind all day, one moment he is looking forward to. That time is kick-off.

Preparation for the game begins the night before as he will get an early night, and it will be the last thing he thinks of before bed.

Men's hockey gets first win

The Mercyhurst College men’s hockey team fought to a 3-3 tie and a 4-1 victory this past weekend against Army in West Point, N.Y.

Saturday’s meeting produced the first tie since the two teams first squared off in 2000.

Sophomore Phil Ginand scored his first goal of the season about midway through the first period and gave Mercyhurst the 1-0 lead.

Army scored the next two goals at the 11:12 mark of the second period and at 1:20 in the third to steal back the lead, 2-1.

Junior Steve Cameron scored the Lakers' equalizer less than a minute after Army’s, making the score 2-2.

Ultimate Frisbee club prepares for Halloween tournament

Sunday night at Tullio Field, the lights were on and athletes were running, throwing and catching. No, the football team wasn’t practicing. The Ultimate Frisbee team was.

They are practicing in preparation for the Halloween tournament this weekend at Grove City College as they will square off against teams like Edinboro University, Allegheny College and other area colleges.

The tournament is Halloween-themed, with each team wearing a costume. The Mercyhurst College team plans to wear Crayon-themed costumes.

Campus TV station receives new name

At the beginning of this school year, the Mercyhurst College’s Communications Department revamped its former television station, Hurst TV, and developed it into the new Laker TV.

Laker TV is a comprehensive entertainment station that informs and entertains the surrounding communities.

The name change will be officially adopted at the beginning of the winter term when the station receives a new logo.

Students of all majors have the chance to participate in the production of TV shows, which are shown between 6 and 9 p.m. every day of the week.

Don't hate on defunct hockey teams

OK, hockey fans, listen up. There is good sports intolerance and bad sports intolerance, and I am sick and tired of bandwagon Pittsburgh fans overstepping their bounds in this respect, because it has gone too far. This column cites a disturbing event in the hopes of preventing it from happening again.

I spent the weekend in Pittsburgh, and after the Penguins played, I went to play some pool. I happened to be wearing a Winnipeg Jets jersey, because despite what many may believe, I can’t wear a Pens jersey for EVERY game. I have to diversify, or I’d never go through the collection.

State of economy emphasizes importance of career fair

Nearly 70 percent of students graduate from college without a job lined up, according to an online poll published in July.

Fortunately, Mercyhurst College students have tools to help them become part of the 30 percent of college graduates who are hired upon commencement.

One of these tools available is Mercyhurst’s annual Career and Job Fair.

On Thursday, Nov. 5, representatives from 85 to 100 organizations will visit Mercyhurst to discuss possible career opportunities with students.

Pattons create familial and winning team

Mercyhurst College volleyball coach Ryan Patton’s team has served, dug and spiked its way to a 19-9 record—the best start for any squad in his five-year tenure.

It is perhaps no coincidence, then, that 2009 marks the first full season that Patton’s wife, Jenell, has served as his assistant coach.

“It’s a very non-traditional coaching relationship,” Patton says. “She does the administrative stuff, all the day-to-day recruiting and probably the least amount of coaching of any coach on campus.”

Bram makes Big Red blue

The Mercyhurst College women’s hockey continued their undefeated streak this weekend after rolling over Cornell University 4-1 in two different games. Cornell dropped to 0-2.

On Friday, Oct. 23, the games started as an even match.
Both teams had the same amount of shots and scoring chances in the first period until junior Vicki Bendus got the rebound goal at 11:14.

The second period was more exciting. The Big Red outshot the Lakers but added two more goals.

Sophomore Bailey Bram put in number two at 1:27 in with an assist from junior Jesse Scanzano.

NCAA makes contact a crime

Momentum swings are common and critical in almost every sport.
Hockey is no exception and, to some degree, affected more by momentum than other sports. A 'ginormous' hit, timely goal, or well-placed punch into an opponent’s orbital can all change the complexion of a game instantly.

A recent example of this is the tangible effect on team play in NHL ’10. It seems elementary to use a video game as a representation of a real-world concept, but in the instance of a fight, momentum becomes huge and corresponds to the real game extremely well.

Lakers' PSAC playoff bound

The Mercyhurst College women’s soccer team concluded this week’s play earning a playoff berth.

The first of these two victories came on Tuesday when the Lakers welcomed the Golden Eagles of Clarion University at the Mercyhurst soccer field for a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West game.

With the season almost over, every game became vital.

The first half went the way of the home team, with the Lakers registering 15 shots. The defense also held strong, allowing just four shots to their opponents as neither team scored in the first half.

Feller plans to use double major to be double prepared

Certain to become a success, Danielle Feller is more than the average math major—she can dance, too.When she entered Mercyhurst she could not settle on just one major.

Men's soccer crushes Gannon Knights

With just two games left to go in their regular season, the Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team is making every match count.

“We don't think we are the number one team in the nation, but we have to practice, play, and enjoy playing soccer as if we were,” said freshman Diego Gustin.

Two weeks ago the men went one for two in matches against Findlay University and California University of Pennsylvania.

The Lakers defeated the Vulcans in a hard-fought 3-2 victory on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

October 25th

'Homecoming' art gallery showcases local art

Bright colors and captivating canvases hang around the walls in the Cummings Art Gallery, tempting every eye to take a
closer look.