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Student races to N.Y. finals

Casey Bleuel photo: Sophomore Molly Card will advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition in New York this April.Casey Bleuel photo: Sophomore Molly Card will advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition in New York this April.Molly Card, captain of the Mercyhurst equestrian team and sophomore Exercise Science major, placed second at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional Finals in West Virginia this Spring. She will now advance to the Zone Equestrian Competition April 4 in New York.

Though many students on the team have advanced to the Regional finals in the past, Card will become the first to advance to the Zone equestrian competition since Mercyhurst University sponsored its first equestrian team during the 2005 to 2006 academic year. She will compete with riders from across Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ontario, according to the team’s advisor, Mary Ann Owoc, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at Mercyhurst.

Mercyhurst dining manager addresses Egan situation

It was Isaac Asimov who said, “Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s transition that is the trouble.”

Despite the flooding and subsequent closing of the Student Union on Feb. 21, Egan Dining Hall and Laker Inn employees have handled the sudden shift to Egan Dining Hall well, according to Mercyhurst Dining General Manager Dean Schoenfeldt. Schoenfeldt said that his staff is working hard to accommodate students during the transition.

“We’re doing everything to keep the students in mind,” Schoenfeldt said in an email to The Merciad.

Experts discuss interviewing and Career Fair prep

Career Services and Mercyhurst’s Business Club hosted an interview preparation seminar this past Thursday, March 19.

Keynote speakers Frank Rizzone and Kristofer Gossett, Ph.D., informed students about interviewing etiquette in preparation for the Career Fair this Thursday, March 26. The fair will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst REC Center. Students in attendance were grateful for the timely advice.

The seminar is the first event held by new Business Club President, Mariano Lagos, who took office this semester.

Students perform at Hurst Idol

Nhi Tran photo: Participants at SAC’s third annual Hurst Idol learn the results after the audience texted their votes for their favorite performance. Dhedra Danudoro and Eva Sullivan embrace as they are awarded the title.Nhi Tran photo: Participants at SAC’s third annual Hurst Idol learn the results after the audience texted their votes for their favorite performance. Dhedra Danudoro and Eva Sullivan embrace as they are awarded the title.

Mercyhurst’s Student Activities Council held its third annual Hurst Idol this past Friday, March 20, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center.

With over 350 people in attendance, the event drew what was estimated to be its largest crowd in the three years it has been hosted. Judges Rhonda Blount, Jenna Dascanio, Michael Grasso and Trina Marrero reviewed six diverse performances by Mercyhurst student participants in the show as junior Sam Beckas and senior A.J. Zahuranec hosted the program.
Participants submitted audition tapes to SAC’s email, which were then reviewed and chosen by SAC. The winners of the evening were then chosen by popular vote, as audience members were asked to text in their favorite performance.

Ohmer elected new president of MSG

Salina Bowe photo: Current junior Caleb Ohmer will take over as president of Mercyhurst Student Government for the 2015-16 academic year.Salina Bowe photo: Current junior Caleb Ohmer will take over as president of Mercyhurst Student Government for the 2015-16 academic year.
Caleb Ohmer, a junior Political Science and English major, has elected the new president of Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) for the 2015-2016 academic year.

He will officially be sworn in on April 27. Ohmer ran unopposed on the ballot for MSG president. A member of MSG since his freshman year, Ohmer plans to introduce changes to club finances and keep the organization “moving forward.”

Ohmer, a native of Saegertown, Pa., was unsure about what he wanted to study when first coming to Mercyhurst. He tried out various majors including Intelligence, Biology, and Business before his love for politics and reading led him to major in Political Science and English.

Student keeps the beat around campus

Nhi Tran photo: Senior Michael Hibbler II plays with student jazz band The Monk’s Brew.Nhi Tran photo: Senior Michael Hibbler II plays with student jazz band The Monk’s Brew.

Senior Percussion major Micheal Hibbler II has been drumming up success at Mercyhurst with a wide range of musical projects.

With a passion for music, Hibbler has displayed his talents in several ways during his time at Mercyhurst, including as an active member of the Mercyhurst Jazz ensemble, a member of the student band The Monk’s Brew and the Percussion Director for the Mercyhust Pep Band. He has also been a part of various Mercyhurst Musical Theater programs, as well as a local rap group, Hollahou$e.

Exoneree, priest to discuss death row

This Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre, Mercyhurst students will have the opportunity to hear from Joseph D’Ambrosio, who faced death row for 21 years of his life for a crime he did not commit.

D’Ambrosio, a U.S. Army Veteran, was wrongfully-convicted of the stabbing of a 19-year-old in 1988 and sentenced to the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio when he was 26.

With the help of a Catholic priest, D’Ambrosio was exonerated by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 and released in 2013.

'Hurst officials discuss this year's Spring Fest artist

While the lyrics of T-Pain can be seen as suggestive, selecting him to perform at Mercyhurst University has not raised any strong opposition on campus.

The choice was made by the Chair of the Student Activities Council (SAC) and the Events Coordinator for Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG), this year Michelle Farley and Megan Lawrence respectively, and then approved by the adviser for MSG, Director of Campus Involvement Sarah Allen.

Zumbathon comes to REC

On Saturday, March 21, Student Activities Council (SAC) and Kappa Delta Pi will be hosting the first annual “Zumbathon” at 1 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center.

Students are invited to join in the event, which will support the children’s charity, Project Linus.

SAC programmer Samantha Beckas helped to organize the event, which will feature two local Zumba instructors who will lead students in two hours of continuous Zumba.

“You don’t have to do the whole two hours,” said Beckas, “but it’s better if you at least start and get your heart rate up.”

Committee seeks student submissions for 'Illumination'

Mercyhurst University plans to highlight the diverse projects of its student population with an end-of-year event.

On Friday, April 24, from 1- 4 p.m. in the Center for Academic Engagement atrium, Mercyhurst students will have a chance to display posters of projects they worked on during the year in a showcase titled, Illumination 2015.

The showcase is a chance for Mercyhurst students to create and display posters of projects they worked on during the year and explain and discuss them with other students, faculty and the public.