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SGA presidential debate

Kendra Walker and Mackenzie Wenrick compete for SGA president By SAMANTHA GRISWOLD managing editor, news

Gannon archivist in local films

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Arts & Leisure

Red Hot Chili Peppers rock live show

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Wrestling on a hot streak

Page 16 Knight Vision.......... 4 Columnists Kelsey Ghering............ 4 Samantha Griswold..... 4 Olivia Burger................ 5 Harlee Boehm............. 5 Kyle Joseph.................. 5 Brandon Jaces.............. 16 World Issues............ 2 Knightly News......... 3 The Roundtable....... 6 Finding God on Gannon’s Campus.... 6 ‘Pass the Mic’.......... 11

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The spring semester brings many events to Gannon University, one of them being the presidential elections for the Student Government Association (SGA). The SGA held its traditional debate with the candidates for president and chief of staff Thursday in Room 101 of the Zurn Science Center. Zubda Khokar, a senior biology major and vice president for academic affairs for the SGA, moderated the event. On the first ticket, Kendra Walker, a sophomore accounting and finance major and current vice president for finance for SGA, is running for president and Grant Kruszewski, a junior finance major, is running as her chief of staff. On the second ticket, Mackenzie Wenrick, a sophomore public health major, is running for president and Kishan Patel, a freshman pre-dentistry major, is running as


Kendra Walker, left, and Mackenzie Wenrick are running for SGA president. Elections will be held from midnight Feb. 14 until midnight Feb. 15.

her chief of staff. The first question asked why the candidates were excited to run for president. Walker answered first and said that she is most excited about the people aspect of it. “I didn’t realize the passion I had for people and empowering students,” she said.

Walker also said she wants to reach out and unify campus through student mentoring programs and club and organization empowerment. Wenrick said that she is also excited to work with people. “Without you, my job wouldn’t be possible,” she said. “[Kishan

and I] recognize that Gannon’s campus is like a family and we need to look out for each other.” The candidates were then asked how they plan to make the 20172018 SGA term their own. Wenrick said that she wants to incorporate smaller groups to create a campus-wide community in three ways: by making sure groups know what resources are available to them and how to utilize them, by encouraging collaboration between clubs and organizations to become more successful and to focus on communication on campus. Walker said she will make the presidency her own by giving back to the students, sponsoring more student initiatives and reaching into the community. The next question asked what improvements can be made to the SGA. Walker said that she would like to do more delegation when it comes to work on the SGA so that it can be more efficient. She See SGA, page 3

‘Tea and Convo’ discusses conflict materials, ethics By KELSEY GHERING editor-in-chief

The materials that go into your smart phone have a story beyond the factory it came from. Coltan, one of the most common metals used in capacitors for smart phones and mobile devices, is a conflict mineral, meaning it’s mined in a way that causes some sort of harm to native populations. Stephanie Barnhizer, an instructor in the philosophy department, gave a talk on some of the ethical questions of manufacturing smart phones titled “The High Cost of Charging your Selfie: Unethical Sourcing of Coltan in the Democratic Republic of Congo” as part of the women’s studies department’s “Tea and Conversation” series Monday. Barnhizer said she became interested in conflict minerals after attending a lecture on ethical consumerism at Mercyhurst University. “I wanted to show you this because I don’t think a lot of people are aware of it,” Barnhizer said. “Technology is such a huge part of our lives.” Coltan mined in the Congo is

controlled by rebel gangs who monopolize the resource with no benefit to the people in the surrounding land. Control is maintained by employing child miners who are underpaid and sexual abuse of the village women to dominate the men. Once the raw minerals are collected, the gangs sell them to neighboring countries like Uganda for further processing. Once the minerals are refined, it is almost impossible to find out where they were sourced. “They’re sitting on trillions of dollars of rare minerals; fortunately or unfortunately [the Congo] possess this, but they can’t access it,” Barnhizer said. “Their land is being looted and it’s awful.” Dick Moodey, Ph.D., an assistant professor of sociology, pointed out that this exploitation is not a new problem in the Congo. “The Congo has been one of the most exploited regions since the Belgians were in charge,” Moodey said. “One of the reasons the Congo cannot have a stable country was the American overthrow of King Lumba, who was the one hopeful democratic candidate.” See ETHICS, page 3


Black History Month has been celebrated during the month of February since 1976 to bring awareness to the achievements of African-Americans.

BSU reflects on Black History Month By SAMANTHA GRISWOLD managing editor, news

Black History Month as we know it has been celebrated every year during the month of February since 1976, when it expanded from Negro History Week in 1925. To celebrate Black History Month, Gannon University’s Black Student Union (BSU) will hold the first Black History Month celebration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel.


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At the event, there will be performers singing, dancing and reciting poetry. Erika Thomas, a junior criminal justice major and president of the BSU, said that she hopes that celebrating black culture fosters support from campus administrators, staff and students. “Often people set apart black history as if it is just something that applies to just black people, but it doesn’t,” Thomas said. “Black history is everyone’s history. Black history is American See BSU, page 3

California’s Oroville Dam evacuation order lifted Who? According to CNN, officials have shown signs of optimism about containing flooding following the evacuation of 188,000 people in the towns near Northern California’s Oroville Dam. What? A hole was found in an emergency spillway in the Oroville Dam, creating an emergency evacuation that left communities downstream from the dam in a crisis. People in Butte, Sutter and Yuba counties were forced to leave behind belongings and pets in their homes as they evacuated to get to higher-elevated areas. Why? The mandatory evacuation for communities below the Oroville Dam in Butte and Sutter counties was reduced to an evacuation warning Tuesday afternoon, according to the sheriff ’s departments for both counties. The change in status meant that residents were permitted to return home immediately. However, the evacuation warning means that the potential for an emergency remains, and residents had to be ready to evacuate if a new immediate evacuation order was given.


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CHESS conference to take place Saturday By HARLEE BOEHM assistant news editor

Gannon University will hold its third annual College of Humanities, Education and Social Services (CHESS) Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Palumbo Academic Center. The theme of this year’s conference is Transformation and Renewal. According to Jeanette Long, coordinator of the conference, this event was created in order to promote the work

being done in a variety of humanities courses. Throughout the growth of the event, the conference has come to include work from multiple local schools, such as Slippery Rock and Penn State Behrend. Long said that a new piece was added to the conference this year. The conference will now feature creative work along with scholarly work. Long said that she hopes the popularity of the conference will continue to increase and attendees will take something with them when they leave.

“Because the conference participant numbers have grown three sizes since last year, I would like to see three times the attendees come out to celebrate the remarkable work being produced,” Long said. “I would also love to see people leave the event inspired by the ideas generated within the conference and use that energy to do some good.” The event will begin with registration from 8-8:30 a.m. in Main Commons. Coffee will be available during this time. Presenters not affiliated with Gannon will be required to See CHESS, page 13

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Journalism contest set The journalism communication program is holding its annual journalism contest, open to all Gannon students. Submissions will fall within six categories: news, features, op-ed, reviews, sports and photos. Entries are due by noon Friday in Frank Garland’s office in Room 319 of the Center for Communication and the Arts. Students may enter two articles per category. Entries must have been published in a campus or professional medium between Feb. 19, 2016, and Friday of this year. Entries can be submitted one of two ways: by hard copy or print copy of the web-based version. For hard copies, tape each entry to 8.5-by-11 white paper. Either way, entrants must provide the following information on the back of each copy — entry category, publication name, date published, your name, major, year and phone number. Contact Garland at 814-8715808 or garland003@gannon. edu for information. Nash Library furniture options on display Nash Library furniture options will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of the Palumbo Academic Center. During this time, furniture dealers will be showing their furniture options. Student opinions are important during this process, so chairs and workstations will be set up during this event. Gannon hosts Senior Salute Gannon will hold the Senior Salute for May graduating seniors from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Yehl Ballroom. This event will give seniors a chance to finalize all graduation details. Students may have their photos taken by Grad Images, pick up caps and gowns and order graduation announcements and class rings. Students will also get the opportunity to meet the staff from the various offices around campus. Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event. Compiled by: Harlee Boehm

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also said that she would like to talk with the members of the General Assembly (GA) to determine areas that they believe need to be improved. Wenrick said that she would like to focus on the GA as a whole and agreed that delegation is a big concern. She also said that she would like to give SGA representatives a chance to hold leadership positions. Next, candidates were asked how they plan to motivate members of the SGA. Wenrick said that there are two ways she would like to encourage members: by serving as a role model and by being a motivator to them. “If people see the work that you’re doing, it makes them want to do more,” she said. The candidates were then asked what they thought were three things that students would like to change on campus. Walker said that she feels like students don’t have the tools they need to succeed. “We have a unique opportunity in organizations,” she said. “We can empower them to bring the needs of students forward.” Wenrick said that as a current resident adviser (RA), her residents come to her frequently with complaints. “The top complaints that I hear are that the food isn’t great and there’s nothing to do on campus,” she said. She also said that she thinks that people are uninformed about events on campus because of the lack of effective communication, which she wants to change. The last question directed toward the presidential candidates asked what three things they would like to focus on that align with Gannon’s new 2017-2021 strategic plan. Wenrick said that she would like to make a community of inclusiveness on campus. “Twenty percent of our students are international students and fostering a global community is one of the strategic goals, but are we really reaching out to global students?” she asked. She also said that she would

like to create a “beehive atmosphere” on campus that encourages communication and collaboration between everybody and increase student success after graduation by providing opportunities to prepare while you’re still in school. Walker said that she would like to align the SGA with the university initiatives and create a global community by equipping people with the tools they need to succeed and empowering workers with real-life skills. Then the debate turned to the candidates for chief of staff, the position that manages and oversees the SGA executive board. The first question asked what experiences the candidates had managing a dynamic group of people and how their experiences will help them in their role. Kruszewski said that he knows what it means to be both in a group and as a part of a team because of his membership in his fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, and he knows how to lead because he runs his own company. “I understand what it’s like to be working on a project – not overseeing it, but working on it,” he said. “I feel like I really understand both ends of creating it and overseeing it.” Patel said that he has leadership experience from his role in his temple community, which is an international organization, because he is currently on the national board and has many responsibilities, including communicating and collaborating with people from across the world. He said that what he does in the organization is essentially the same thing they would like to do in the SGA – align resources with what the SGA provides students to maximize potential. The next question asked the candidates to describe how the pair balances each other out and how their team dynamic will benefit the SGA. Patel said that his relationship with Wenrick is unique in the way they want to get things done. “She’s definitely the activator and I’m the executor,” he said. “I feel like that’s a perfect relationSee SGA, page 13

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Almost 3 million people have been forced out of their homes due to conflict mineral mining. Barnhizer said this inhumanity has been going on for a long time. Carolyn Baugh, Ph.D., an assistant professor of history and the director of the women’s studies program, expressed concern she has not found a cellphone company that ethically sources its materials. “And this has become a pressing issue because my phone just went through the spin cycle this morning,” she joked. What are the options for consumers? Project Enough offers a list of companies who take accountability for their products and the materials that go into them so you can make a more informed decision when updating electronics. Some of the companies that do not meet the standards decided by the Dodd-Frank Act passed by former president Barack Obama are Amazon, Google and Apple – three of the superpowers in tech-

nology sales. One big name, Hewlett-Packard, however, does meet the standard. Barnhizer completed her talk with a discussion on selfies and feminine identity, and how that plays into young girls forming an “identity” online. Baugh cited her 17-year-old daughter as part of the group who puts grave importance on her social media presence. “She’s highly functioning, a straight-A student — but once you take the phone away she goes into hysterics,” Baugh said. Taylor Roth, a graduate student of English, said she had never heard of conflict minerals before. “It’s a super bummer,” Roth said. “But at the same time, I need my phone. There’s nothing we as consumers can do about it — we can’t change laws in China or South America. “The only thing we can do is lobby for child labor laws in those countries. It’s the double-edged sword of blissful ignorance.” KELSEY GHERING

BSU: ‘It’s not just another month to us’

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history and we plan to show that through our performance and celebrate it as well.” Lydia Bundy, a junior health management major and vice president of the BSU, said that she thinks Black History Month is important because it highlights the historical contributions of black people in America. “It provides a month-long opportunity for people to learn and appreciate them,” she said. “[The Gannon celebration] means an opportunity to educate the student body on these contributions and enlightening our peers on events and figures that our high schools neglected to cover.” Bundy also said that she hopes the attendees take away an appreciation of black culture and a better understanding of what it means to be black in America.

“It’s going to be good,” she said. Breeze Bowen, a freshman environmental engineering major and member of the BSU, said that she hopes the attendees understand that there is a difference between culture and black culture. “I hope they gain an understanding as to why we feel this month is important to us and that Black History Month needs to be made more of an importance,” Bowen said. “It’s not just another month to us. These 28 days mean a lot and the fact that people don’t even know about it is honestly unacceptable. “I hope they become more educated about the importance of black history after this performance and they take home the knowledge.” SAMANTHA GRISWOLD

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you’ve noticed it, too. Your sleep schedule is destroyed. The bags under your eyes have become permanent. Every yawn and body ache is just a reminder of how badly you want to go back to bed. Every time you finish an assignment three more pop up — like you’re fighting a hydra just to get your work done. We at The Gannon Knight feel your pain. Not all of us are journalism majors. Kyle, our Features editor, studies mechanical engineering. Olivia, the Arts and Leisure editor, is a pre-optometry student and takes nine credits of science. Lydia, our copy editor, is taking gross anatomy this semester in the physician assistant program, which is a feat all its own. And the rest of our staff knows the meaning of stress too well, with demands to produce

all of our professors and adhere to different styles for each project. Stress doesn’t do anyone a favor, especially your immune system. We know what it’s like to pull all-nighters — we do it every Tuesday night. It’s important to take care of yourself so you don’t burn out before spring break. Seriously. Take a 20-minute break as you’re cranking out your lab reports to talk to your roommates or grab a coffee, and maybe follow that espresso with some water so you don’t get dehydrated. Break is almost here, and before you know it, you can board your flight to Cancun — or Mom and Dad’s Hotel and Lodging — to relax for a few days. It will be worth it, even if it doesn’t seem that way now, with less than two weeks between you and freedom.

Feb. 15, 2017

A word on buying ‘ethically’


s part of Gannon’s Tea and Conversation series, I found myself at The Knight Club Monday with some vanilla roobios tea and a concerned feeling brewing in my stomach. Stephanie Barnhizer, an instructor in Gannon’s philosophy department, delivered a talk on the ethical question of the material in everyone’s smart phones. Barnhizer talked about the horrific violence women and men endure in the Democratic Republic of Congo when rebel gangs arrive to mine coltan, one of the integral materials in the charger for smart phones. Women are raped and abused by gang members and are often left to care for their children without access to emergency contraception. One woman told the story of a gang member cutting her leg off and dividing it into six pieces — one for each of her children. He then asked her kids to eat the portions of her leg. The mining itself is usually done by children in dangerous conditions. About half of the world’s coltan is supplied by the Congo, and mega powers like Apple rely on it to power their products. Heavy, I know. I covered the story on Page 1 if you want to learn more. Barnhizer opened the talk up for discussion after playing some videos and talking about initiatives to improve working conditions in the Congo, like Project Enough and the DoddFrank Act, which states U.S. companies must ethically source their materials. I had one question: What can I do? One of the professors said there’s not a cellphone company in existence that uses ethical materials right now. And yes, my heart goes out to these women, but how is “ethical consumerism” going to fix a broken system? That itself is an oxymoron. Consumerism, no matter how “pure” your product is, still is going to exploit something. Mass production exploits artisans who are just as capable of making your coffee mug and knitting your sweaters. Eating pretty much

KELSEY GHERING editor-in-chief anything — I don’t care if it’s plants or protein — exploited the earth somehow if you bought it anywhere besides a sustainable farm in Utopia. But as ethical consumers, everything’s OK. As long as we buy things that were produced fairly, we’ve done our part. Nevermind the fact we’re still buying into capitalism. And we should try to help the women in the Congo, especially when 1 in 5 women in the U.S. will be raped during her time at college. Why isn’t anyone at Gannon talking about that? I’m not suggesting you give up on consuming things altogether, because it’s an inevitable part of life. And no, I don’t expect you to give up your cellphone as a protest against modern slavery. It’s important to be an informed consumer, especially since you must participate. But I won’t stand for compensatory virtue disguised as social awareness. That wasn’t the intent of the talk, but I think it steered too close to the line. What are you going to accomplish by making people feel guilt in their own existence? Not much. But hey, at least you’ve been an ethical consumer. KELSEY GHERING

Living in small town not a free pass for idiocy


t’s not a secret that experiences you have during your childhood play a significant role in shaping who you become. They say that where you live also plays a role in your personality, though I hadn’t ever thought of that before. I read an article from CNN that talked about how character traits vary from state to state and that to an extent, some stereotypes we hold about people from certain places are true. That led me to wonder how my upbringing and the places I’ve lived have had an impact on who I am today. I am no stranger to moving; I’ve lived in many different regions across the country – the West Coast, the South, Alaska and now the Northeast. My experiences affirmed what they said in the article – some stereotypes are true. They say that people from the West Coast are more carefree and less neurotic than those from the East Coast. They also say that people from the South are friendlier – there’s a reason “southern hospitality” is a thing. But where does all of this leave me? I didn’t grow up in one city or even one state. I moved multiple times and was never anywhere for longer than three years until I was 14. I have two theories for this, though a mix-

SAMANTHA GRISWOLD managing editor, news ture of the two is probably more along the lines of the truth. One theory is that I have developed my own personality traits modeling my parents’ personality traits. Even taking the dumb “We can guess where you’re from” quizzes online, I usually get that I’m from California or somewhere on the West Coast – which makes sense, considering my mother is from California and I take after her more than I’d like to admit. My father is from Erie, though he doesn’t really exhibit many typical Northeastern traits.

My second theory is that my upbringing has just made me a more accepting and well-rounded person. I feel like I have been around so many people and experienced so many different ways of life that I’ve gotten a more complete view of the world, at least in this country. Not to say that growing up in one town for your entire life is a bad thing – I often wish I had. I craved that kind of stability. But I do think that when you are in one place for your entire life, you tend to be more ignorant of the complexity of the human experience and the vast differences that make up the world. It only turns bad when you refuse to learn about things beyond your small, 4,000-person town. If more people understood that the world is made up of people from all walks of life, all races and ethnicities, all sexualities, all religions – and that these differences are OK, we would be a more peaceful and happy world.


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Feb. 15, 2017

An honest and necessary reflection on college years


s I struggled to come up with an idea for this column, I was hit with the fact that we are almost halfway through this semester. You could say that it might be a little bit late to be realizing this considering the fact that midterms and spring break are coming up, but I feel like I have been lost in my own little world for the past month. All right, maybe I’m being a little bit overdramatic, but it feels like this semester just started. Now we are suddenly approaching midterms and my brain has finally synced up with the real world again. After being hit with this realization, it occurred to me that something just like this happened to me last year after a really rough first semester of college. For the next hour of my writing time, I sat on my couch thinking about how much my life has actually changed in the past year. Some would call it procrastination, but I’ll just call it an honest and necessary reflection. At this time last year, I was just beginning to realize that college may not be half bad. I was almost a quarter of the way through my (hopefully) four years and things were starting to look up. I was finally starting to make real relationships with the people around me. I was doing OK. As time went on through the year, I got closer to a lot of people, gaining best friends here at Gannon and learning more about myself than I even really wanted to. Another huge thing that happened a year ago was that I met my now-boyfriend. Josh and I met in the way any real modern couple does nowadays — online. Seeing as how it is still the Valentine’s Day season, I felt that it was appropriate to mention the person who really turned things around for me this past year.

HARLEE BOEHM assistant news editor I think it’s also important to reflect on the bad times just as much as the good times. This can give you the opportunity to appreciate the good things even more. For me, one of the bad things I looked back on was the fact that I grew further apart from some of my closest friends from home over the year. Realizing this has made me more motivated than ever to get back in touch with everyone back in Pittsburgh any time I have the chance. As of now, I can sit back and appreciate all of the positive things that have happened to me this past year and realize that I am working toward to being the happiest I have ever been. I challenge everyone to take a step back every once in a while and look at how things are changing. It can be really amazing to see how much you can say you have accomplished in as little time a year.




Changing the music game

artist from Chicago, made Grammy history and sent a message to the music industry by becoming the first streaming-only artist to win a Grammy – three actually, and in difficult categories. As Best New Artist, Chance proved that some of the best new talent isn’t being cultivated by big record labels. With his win in the Best Rap Album category, beating out some of his idols like Kanye West and Drake, he validated that streaming artists are serious artists. As a passionate, gifted and likable rapper, something that is rare to come across these days, it is clear that Chance could be making serious money if he chose to abandon the streaming scene, yet he chooses to be the face of the movement. Why? Why would a Grammy-worthy artist like Chance only stream music, selling no physical copies or paid downloads? The answer is artistic freedom at its finest. By finding a way to annex all the BS involved in music industry, Chance and his followers are focusing on the thing that matters the most – the music. As we continue to move toward a streaming-based music industry, I wouldn’t be surprised if independent artists like Chance continue to dominate award shows and gain appreciation in the future. OLIVIA BURGER

People are slobs: My weekend house-hunting experience


KYLE JOSEPH features editor The first visit I was able to make it to was at an apartment complex across the street from Kenilworth. Apparently this whole building was built before levels were invented. The floors were slanted. The doorways were crooked. I got a little dizzy. The carpets were a lovely bile-colored brown and no two chairs at the dinky dining table matched. It was just a dirty looking place, though the landlord preferred to describe it as “vintage.”

It was basically out of the running the minute we walked in the door. The place with the most potential was a house a few blocks from the Knight Tower. After years and years of watching HGTV with my mom, I was kind of excited to get the opportunity to tour the only real house on our list. It was kind of like “Property Brothers,” except the landlord sent his mom to give us a tour and our renovation budget was about $20. So it was nothing like “Property Brothers.” But it was a house, and we’d be getting all of it if we decided on it. I suppose there was one thing I learned while looking at property that is being used at the time you’re touring — people are slobs. It was probably more of an idea I’d already had that was being reinforced rather than one I was learning for the first time. Seriously, some of these people should not be allowed to legally live on their own. The one house we toured was by far the worst, and it made imagining ourselves living there in a few months a lot more difficult, despite how nice it looks in pictures from its advertisement. I guess we’ll hope for the best and bleach all the furniture if we have to. However it works out, it was an interesting experience. I just hope that next time I’m looking for a place to live, it won’t be in Erie. KYLE JOSEPH

Feb. 15, 2017

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Tiffany Taccone Sophomore Legal Studies

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hen it comes to college students, the cheaper the cost of something, the better. We flock to anything free, whether it be a free T-shirt, free food or free Wi-Fi. Simply put, we don’t have the funds nor the patience to pay for something unnecessary. This type of thinking translates for the way we consume media and music. As a generation crafted in the art of illegally downloading music, we’ve become talented song swindlers. I would guess that at some point in time, each student converted an old favorite YouTube music video to an MP3 with a sketchy website, or completely fried a computer using LimeWire. When we finally upgraded from our iPod Nanos to the iPhone 4, popular video music apps like SongTube were used to listen to our favorite hits, avoiding the excessive 99-cent cost of purchasing a song from iTunes. Today we turn to streaming services like SoundCloud and BandCamp for free legal music, as it is seemingly more difficult to scam the system now than it was when we were 12 years old. SoundCloud, an online auto distribution platform based in Berlin, is perhaps the most popular free and legal streaming service today. Unknown talents and better-known artists all use it, as it is an efficient way to upload, promote and share new songs. However, because SoundCloud is free and open to the public, artists do not make money on the songs that they upload. Because of this, there tends to be a stigma against SoundCloud, suggesting that these artists are not serious professionals due to their lack of a record label. These truly indie artists are creating music, which is at times arguably better than hit songs produced by full record label teams, yet face an absence of recognition from critics. However, after this weekend’s 59th annual Grammy Awards, things seem to be headed in a much different direction. Chance the Rapper, an indie hip-hop

t was getting to be mid-February and my roommates and I still had no idea where we’d be parking our rear ends next year, so we decided we’d better get down to business and figure it out. Apparently when you’re an adult, you can’t just procrastinate and find a semi-permanent place to live in a matter of days, so it was better that we found a home to spend our senior year in sooner rather than later. As any logical person would do in this day and age, we checked Craigslist. Our search wasn’t as easy as the past two years when all we needed to do was sign up for or renew the room we already had in Harborview. There are additional things you need to consider when looking for off-campus housing, like location and the cost of utilities and luxuries – more like necessities, really – like internet and cable. But after doing the math, we’d still be saving, literally, thousands of dollars, so we had to explore our options. So as much as I’ll hate walking a few more blocks in another bitter, freezing Erie winter, hopefully I’ll thank myself later. We discovered that there are not many requirements for being a landlord. None, in fact. You can work at the mall and lack the ability to communicate coherently and still muster up enough money to own property in Erie. As long as we could get a sweet place at a reasonable price, though, we didn’t really care who we’d be renting from.

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Kaitlyn Confer Freshman Early Childhood and Special Education

“Are you a 90-degree angle? Because you are looking right.”

“Are you a boxer? Because you are a knockout.”

Photos and responses compiled by: Lydia Fennessy,

Delaney McMeekin Freshman Early Childhood and Special Education

Erin Behe Freshman Physician Assistant

“Do your feet hurt? Because you’ve been running through my mind all day.”

“Are you from Africa? Because African love you.” Anna Pitliangas Freshman Physician Assistant

Leanna DiMartino Freshman Nursing

“You must be my backyard because I really dig you.”

“Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peeling.”

Finding God on Gannon’s Campus ‘The Well’ focuses on gift of fortitude, perseverance By DANIELA ALBAN staff writer

“Fortitude is not asking God the question why, but rather the question, what next?” These words were spoken by Maggie Bahm, a Gannon University senior theology major, at the most recent installment of The Well, an ecumenical worship service hosted by Campus Ministry, on Thursday. Bahm spoke on fortitude as one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Throughout the year, this worship experience has focused on “The Promise” of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and how to utilize these gifts in our daily lives. Each session begins with two praise and worship songs and a chosen speaker gives a testimony on his or her experience of the featured gift along with ideas for how each person can use these in his or her daily life. Of all the installments of The Well, this one held a beautiful testimony of the mystical ways of God. Bahm focused on life as a journey that may lead you to a place that you love, but have to leave to go a place that you don’t love at all, finally returning to a place you never thought you could love again. Despite the challenges that come along with transitioning into new phases of your life, this journey must be faced with the strength only God can give to you.

The Well is an ecumenical worship service that takes place one Thursday a month. This year’s theme, “The Promise,” focuses on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

As each transition of life occurs, the only strength or reason to keep going must come from God himself. The most profound statement of this talk was the idea that most of the time, the answer is not given as to why things occur in your lifetime. Rather, you must ask, “How can I continue to follow the will of God, given my current state?” Rather than asking the question why, the

real strength comes from asking the question, “What can I or should I do next?” The most important lesson in humility is recognizing that the will of God is not known to anyone for most of his or her life. You must simply allow Christ to take over and let him lift you up and to be the strength for you. For college students, this message is important when facing the shifting ways of

life and the decisions that will affect your life forever. This installment of The Well was highly impactful. Bahm presented a profound way of thinking that was applicable for each student to hear, whether he or she was a freshman or a senior. Along with that, the most beautiful part of The Well is the open and welcoming atmosphere that invites any type of Christian tradition to worship and celebrate God in a very relaxing and “coffee shop-like” setting with others who know and believe in the Spirit and all it contains. Overall, I found that the highest impact came just as Bahm spoke the last words of her testimony. “In order to fully find fortitude, you have surrender what you want and ask God what he wants,” Bahm said. The service closed as the words of the closing song rang through an accepting and welcoming room. The next session of The Well will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 16, in Room 219 of the Waldron Campus Center. Abby Blankenship, the co-director of Kirk House campus ministry, will present on the gift of piety. DANIELA ALBAN


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When Gannon University Archivist Bob Dobiesz isn’t busy sorting through school records at the Knight Tower, he can often be found indulging in his passion for acting and filmmaking. Dobiesz said he was always interested in theater, singing since grade school and participating in a number of plays and musicals throughout high school. He joked about one of the first major solos he had at Kleinhans Music Hall in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. “The review said he had a great voice, but you couldn’t see him over the piano,” Dobiesz said. “That was my first taste of fame.” During his college career at Gannon, Dobiesz said he took time off from the theater and didn’t participate in any productions as a student. It wasn’t until he began working at Gannon as a faculty member that he was encouraged to make his way back to the stage. Dobiesz said that while dating a girl in the ‘80s, she encouraged him to audition for Gannon’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” with her and he was given the role of Annas. “I got so nervous I couldn’t even sing the scales,” Dobiesz said. “I was the librarian, but nobody knew I could sing.” Dobiesz eventually regained his confidence and went on to play several more roles in Gannon productions. Among these included some of his favorites roles, such as Erronious in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” where he played a blind man who runs around the hills of Rome seven times to banish an evil spirit from his home.

#SinglesAwarenessDay 1. Jade, @jademc Isn’t that bad. At least I didn’t have to buy anyone a present this year. 2. Maria, @krykkyssyma Sending your “Happy Valentine’s Day” text to your parents. 3. Olivia, @livyhut12 All I want is flowers! Doesn’t even have to be today... Any day is good.

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Bob Dobiesz plays the role of Detective Kearse in his latest film, “Angel of Reckoning,” his seventh under director Len Kabasinski.

Later, during a period at Gannon under a new supervisor, faculty members were not allowed to participate in theater productions any longer. Dobiesz still kept himself busy, however, acting in plays and musicals around Erie, principally at the Lincoln Theater. It wasn’t until running into former student Len Kabasinski at the local Cinemark Tinseltown that Dobiesz’s film career took off. Kabasinski, who had worked for Dobiesz at the Nash Library before graduat-

ing and going to stunt school, had recently moved back to Erie to pursue a career in physical therapy. After reconnecting at the movie theater, Kabasinski, who had already written and directed some films at that point, told Dobiesz that he had the perfect role for him in his next film. While he always had an interest in movies and filmmaking, Dobiesz said he didn’t have any connections before speaking with Kabasinski that night. Soon after, Dobiesz was cast in his first film role.

In “Warriors of the Apocalypse,” Dobiesz played Winston, a powerful weaponeer. “If you know me and my size, it was quite funny,” Dobiesz said. “It was a fun role.” As the first time Dobiesz had acted in front of a camera rather than on a stage, he learned firsthand the major differences between theater and filmmaking. “It was a little intimidating, you know, See FILM, page 9

Professors reminisce on 51 years together

Phil and Carol Hayes share their love story By KELSEY GHERING editor-in-chief

According to Priceonomics, farmers, lawyers and teachers are statistically more likely to marry someone within their profession. So, finding married professors who work together should be no surprise – except that Carol Hayes, English instructor at Gannon University, and Phil Hayes, an adjunct lecturer at Gannon, didn’t plan on becoming professors. The couple met in high school, and worked together on Phil Hayes’ radio show, which was the first of its kind in his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio. Hayes said it was the first rock ‘n’ roll station, and the first opportunity students had to request songs on the radio. “We actually had soap operas on the radio,” Phil Hayes said. “We never dated or anything, but we knew each other through [radio],” Carol Hayes explained. “Phil already knew he loved radio and that’s how he got acquainted with it.” The Hayeses grew closer as they traveled to complete their undergraduate degrees. Carol Hayes went to Emory University while Phil went to Ohio State University. Carol Hayes recounted the time Phil visited in his navy uniform over Thanksgiving. “Phil had joined ROTC and he came up in his uniform,

so I was like ‘what?’” Hayes said. “We were never on each other’s campuses. “So we talked, but we didn’t talk about things on campus — Did we talk about Kennedy? That’s what I love, we’ve talked every day for 51 years, but there’s still things I don’t know about [Phil’s] campus.” Phil Hayes never went active duty after ROTC, but said his draft notice taught him the most dangerous job in the army was carrying a radio on your back. He also admitted he was a terrible student after his time at Ohio State and attempted to finish his degree in Wisconsin. “I was really interested in history and I was friends with the faculty so we’d go out together,” Hayes said. The Hayeses spent much of their married life traveling between different jobs and cities, including Detroit and Pittsburgh, before settling in Erie much later. While living in Arizona, Phil found out about an opening at WICU Erie for a news director and applied. “I didn’t finish anything,” Hayes said. “And that’s how we ended up here,” Carol Hayes said, finishing her husband’s story. She said when Phil took the position, she had just started working at a university, so she had planned to stay. “We always moved together, but I wasn’t going to come See HAYES, page 9

4. Morgan, @morgandare About to cook a romantic dinner for two... For me and my cat lmao. 5. Andy, @andytlim What does a calendar have that I don’t? Dates. 6. Pedro, @ptg559 Don’t be sad you’re alone this Valentine’s Day. You’re alone all year long so today is just another day. 7. Madeline, @oh_madeline If any secret admirers want to declare their love, today’s the day. 8. Andrea, @atdelisle Who needs a boyfriend when you have an UNOs deep dish personal pizza and strawberry milk! 9. Adam, @Big_Swish Don’t waste your singleness, take advantage of the freedom and opportunity that comes with it! 10. Michael, @sand000r Roses are red, violets are blue. I like long romantic walks to the fridge, how about you?

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Carol and Phil Hayes met in high school and now share an office in the Palumbo Academic Center many years later.

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A student walks toward the Old Main annex, the back of what is now the Waldron Campus Center, after an ice storm on Feb. 15, 1990. According to an article from the “Los Angeles Times,” all five news stations in Erie were knocked off the air, while power lines and tree limbs fell onto the streets.

Good for U reflects on Wellness Fair By DAVID RUSSO staff writer

Gannon University’s Recreation and Wellness Center was certainly the place to be last week for the 13th Annual Wellness Fair. This year, Good for U has been working toward creating a culture of wellness at Gannon by providing students, as well as faculty and staff, with many opportunities to embrace each dimension of their well-being. To celebrate this journey of wellness, Gannon’s Recreation and Wellness Center invited the community to “Navigate Your Wellness” at “Destination Wellness” — the 13th Annual Wellness Fair. Did you have the opportunity to take advantage of the great attractions, free food, prizes and rest stops offered along the way as you navigated your wellness? If not, here is a recap of what you missed. This year, at the 13th annual event, the local community was encouraged to “Map Out” their wellness through a variety of new and exciting stations and activities offered during this all-day celebration. Participants had the opportunity to test their skills on an obstacle course inspired by ninja warriors, be a surgeon for the day in a new state-of-the-art surgery simulator, take pictures with their friends in the fan photo booth and express themselves by creating a scrapbook or painting, among other activities focused on nurturing each aspect of your well-being.

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Junior environmental engineering major Matt Colbert attempts an obstacle at the Wellness Fair.

That wasn’t all though. In between these interactive activities, everyone was encouraged to take a rest stop along their journey to wellness and enjoy therapy dogs, minute massages, a potpourri bar, adjustments by Iadeluca Chiropractic Center, 15-minute meditations, Praise in the Park and more. Free food was also offered throughout the day, including a pasta dinner courtesy of Teresa’s Deli; and one lucky winner received a $500 gift card to Lake Country Bikes. There was truly something for everyone at the fair.

Even though the celebration has ended, the journey to wellness at Gannon doesn’t stop. Follow Gannon’s Recreation and Wellness Center on Twitter @GannonRWC, Facebook @GannonUniversityRWC and Instagram @gannon.rwc for more updates on initiatives available for you to further embrace your well-being here at Gannon. DAVID RUSSO

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Retreat focuses on spirituality in health care By HEBA ALSAHLANI staff writer

Health care is essential in all our lives, but does your doctor understand that you may want to pray before a surgery or read scripture before getting the results of your tests? On Saturday, senior occupational therapy majors held an educational spiritual retreat open to all health care majors to take part in. The retreat focused on teaching students about integrating spirituality in health care. Approximately 20 students participated. Ashley Mann, Jackie Curtz, Emily Cornelius and Sam Favret wanted to do their group thesis project on a topic that they found was relevant to health care providers, but is not addressed often. “The benefits of addressing spirituality in a health care setting are well-researched and documented, which led us to our question: ‘if the research is there that it is beneficial, why aren’t people addressing it?’” Mann said. “The most common answer we could find was that health care providers did not feel that they were educated enough to address spirituality in practice.” Mann, Curtz, Cornelius and Favre wanted to see if more education would help make spirituality a common topic that is addressed in health care. Mann said that spiritual awareness in health care professions is necessary across the board. “We don’t feel that spirituality and health

“The benefits of addressing spirituality in a health care setting are well-researched and documented, which led us to our question: ‘if the research is there that it is beneficial, why aren’t people addressing it?’” Ashley Mann senior occupational therapy care are related in different ‘degrees’ across professions because that implies it is quantifiable, it’s more a variation in the way it is connected,” Mann said. “For example, a physician does not necessarily need to address spirituality in treatment the same way a nurse or occupational therapist does, but he or she still needs to have an awareness that the client’s spirituality would have impact on their treatment.” At the retreat, there were various case studies and role playing activities for students to take part in. The significance of these activities was to provide students with experience on addressing spirituality as well as education. Also, guest lecturers were there to share their insights on the subject. Jeffrey L. Boss, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the occupational therapy program, was one of the guest lecturers. He addressed specifically how to guide health care providers using the proper methods to approach clients about spirituality.

“It’s a model designed to approach another topic that providers and clients both have difficulty discussing – sexuality – but seems appropriate for any topic which is perhaps considered sensitive in nature,” Boss said. By exposing the students to the model approach and various tools, Boss explained that they are expecting this educational information would help participants to be more prepared to address spirituality and religion in the clinic. Spirituality in health care is a fairly new topic that is still being delved into. Boss said that it only been overtly considered part of occupational therapy’s domain since about 2000. “We are still coming to terms with just what it means and how it applies clinically, as are most other health care professions,” Boss said. “But, the research showing the health benefits of spirituality and religion is strong, and so health care accreditation

bodies are starting to require spirituality’s inclusion in plans of care.” Since the retreat is part of a thesis project, it is not yet known if there were any benefits. However, learning about spirituality in any career, especially one that predominantly works with a wide range of people, can be beneficial. Spirituality itself may seem vague because people interpret it differently. Moreover, Boss expressed that spirituality is not something that can be taught, for it is experienced. Boss acknowledged that experience can come in many forms. “From my Christian perspective, [spirituality is a] relationship you have with God,” Boss said. “I believe that relationship, that experience, to be important. “So yes, I believe all students should learn to strengthen that experience and understand how others see that experience.” Boss said that this acknowledgement and awareness of the spiritual aspect of health care can only benefit health care students in their future careers. “For health care students, having a good grasp on your own spirituality is going to be necessary to help clients with theirs as it impacts the client’s health,” Boss said. “For other students, a deeper understanding of their own and other’s spirituality is going to be important in any profession in this multicultural society.” HEBA ALSAHLANI

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Bob Dobiesz (third from left) and the rest of the cast of “There Are No Goodbyes,” a 2013 film directed by John C. Lyons.

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being in the spotlight,” said Dobiesz. “You screw up [in theater], you keep going, while in films you reshoot several times.” It was also in his first movie that that Dobiesz began to gain a reputation for making a grand exit. In “Warriors of the Apocalypse,” Dobiesz’ character Winston dies after another character throws a bomb in his lap, while his character in one of his next films, “Ninja: Prophecy of Death,” is sliced in half with a samurai sword. Dobiesz said he does get the last laugh in a few of his roles, though. In “Wendigo: Bound by Blood,” Dobiesz played Stanley, a man who, at first, finds himself at the wrong place at the wrong time. “I get bullied by a bunch of thugs and get pushed down, which I really did fall so it was method acting, definitely,” Dobiesz said. “I do my own stunts,” he added with a smile. In the end, Stanley turns the tables on the bad guys and tazes them. Kabasinksi said he hoped Dobiesz liked being involved in his projects as much as the rest of them enjoy having him on the sets. “Obviously Bob does something right, or I wouldn’t keep calling him to do my pictures,” Kabasinski said. “Bob has a great attitude on set, other cast and crew members love him and he easily adjusts to our situations onset when we have sudden changes.” Dobiesz also had the opportunity to play an extra in

“The Dark Knight Rises,” taking a trip to Pittsburgh to endure a 12-hour shoot at Heinz Field in the middle of the summer. While he said he probably wouldn’t take a role as an unpaid extra again, he did say there were some positives to the experience. This included meeting one of the film’s stars, Tom Hardy, and seeing up close how a major motion picture was filmed. “That was my only claim to Hollywood fame… so far,” Dobiesz said. Dobiesz is currently preparing for his next role in the film “Blood Prism,” which begins shooting later this month. Even though these local films aren’t going to win any Academy Awards, Dobiesz said their sets and production can still teach you a lot about how movies are made. “It’s amazing how people, just like you see on a [Hollywood] movie set, really have a lot of fun, but when the cameras start rolling, everyone hops-to and really gets into character,” Dobiesz said. “These may be local movies, but they’re probably microcosms of what a movie set really would be like.” Dobiesz said that although he’s not going to be making a career out of it, he doesn’t see himself retiring from his hobby of acting in local films anytime soon. “I guess this is my small contribution to something I enjoy, and if someone enjoys seeing me in it, that would be great, too,” Dobiesz said. “This was always a dream, so maybe I’m achieving a small part of a dream.” KYLE JOSEPH

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this time,” she said. The couple had made various moves throughout their careers working in media – Phil Hayes in radio and Carol Hayes in newspapers. Phil Hayes said his job in Pittsburgh allowed Carol to take classes at the University of Pittsburgh, but after moving to Detroit, she completed her master’s degree. Although she said they planned to spend some time apart this time, Carol’s first visit to Erie had her sold. Carol Hayes said she drove to all four campuses in Erie, dropping off her portfolio and resume. Edinboro University called her the next day with a job offer. “You know how they always talk about holding the receiver out in movies,” Hayes said. “I actually did that, like ‘say that again?” At that point, the Hayeses decided to stay in Erie and rented an apartment overlooking the bay where they could watch the sunrise and sunset, Carol Hayes said. “After she [Carol] came to here, talk of tuition remission came about, and I finished my degree,” Phil Hayes said. He said he received his Master of Public Administration in as little time possible, even though he refused to walk for fear he did not pass his statistics class. Hayes ended up receiving a B. Before he started sharing an office with his wife at Gannon, Hayes had the chance to teach at Mercyhurst North East, where he taught composition classes. Soon enough, there was an opening at Gannon that Phil Hayes applied for, and the two have been teaching their own classes ever since. “I really like it,” Phil Hayes said. “Carol and I talk often about our students – not by name, because we don’t know all their names and we don’t share students – but we share experiences our students have.” Carol Hayes said they made a pastime of grading papers— clearing off the dining room table and giving each other pointers. She said they notice their students express worry about not having a clear plan laid out for the future, but the Hayeses don’t believe in planning for everything. “We never had a clue about where we’d end up,” Carol Hayes said. “Our lives are examples of how you can make it for decades without a plan in mind.” KELSEY GHERING


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Adele dominates Grammy Awards By OLIVIA BURGER staff writer

Awards were accepted, performances and politics combined, and the music of 2017 was celebrated Sunday evening at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were broadcast on CBS and millions of viewers tuned in to see which artists would be causing controversy and grabbing Grammys. The evening began and ended with the soulful English singer-songwriter, Adele. Adele opened the program with a seemingly appropriate performance of her quadruple platinum hit, “Hello,” and ended the evening accepting the two biggest awards of the night, Record of the Year for “Hello,” and Album of the Year for “25.” Adele went five-for-five winning every category she was nominated for, including Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Pop Solo Performance and Song of the Year. After this year’s Grammy Awards, Adele has proven herself to be Grammy royalty, bringing her total award count to 15 and establishing herself as the first person to win Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year twice. However, Adele was reluctant to accept her awards over Beyoncé’s single “Formation” and album “Lemonade,” stating that “Lemonade” was monumental, beautiful and soul bearing. “We all got to see another side to you that you don’t always let us see,” Adele said. “We appreciate that and all of us artists adore you and you are our light.” Adele wasn’t the only one disappointed with The Recording Academy’s lack of recognition for “Lemonade,” with many artists, fans and critics taking to social media to voice their disappointment. Sophomore English and Spanish major

Singer-songwritter Adele opened the 59th Annual Grammy Awards with a performance of her quadruple platinum hit song, “Hello.”

Kate Robb was one Beyoncé fan disappointed in the “Lemonade” appreciation at the Grammys. “I just think that the album spoke for so much more,” Robb said. “It wasn’t just catchy songs. “It was a statement about uplifting women and African-American power and it stood up for topics that are so important right now.” Although Queen B didn’t win as many awards as anticipated, the expecting mother

did win the category for Best Urban Contemporary Album, and delivered one of the most talked-about performances of the evening. At the beginning of the month Beyoncé turned to Instagram to announce that she was pregnant with twins, sparking much excitement and wonder about what she would have in store for her Grammy performance. Beyoncé delivered a colorfully ethereal performance of her songs “Love Drought”

and “Sandcastles,” celebrating her heritage and motherhood with elaborate stage choreography and visual graphics. While Beyoncé didn’t choose to use the Grammy stage for a political performance, other artists did. Katy Perry, an outspoken supporter of Hillary Clinton, performed her newest single “Chained to the Rhythm” in a Clinton-like pantsuit with a band around her arm that said “resist.” At the end of her See GRAMMYS, page 12

Red Hot Chili Peppers rock live show By TAYLOR WOLFF staff writer

What do you get when you combine Will Ferrell’s doppelganger, two hyperactive 54-yearolds, a walking cast and serious musical talent? The answer is a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert. In support of their 11th studio album “The Getaway,” Los Angeles’ golden boys took to the road with a tour. Beginning with a series of festivals and European dates, the tour made its way to Buffalo, N.Y., Friday. Starting the evening off, founding Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons performed an opening set on his own drum kit for those who arrived early enough to hear it. Trombone Shorty and his band took to the stage at 8 p.m. with a handful of energized, soulful grooves to get the quickly filling arena into the mood for the main act. After a brief pause, the Chili Peppers entered the stage. Chad Smith, Flea and Josh Klinghof-

Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, jams during a recent live performance.

fer kicked out an instrumental jam session until Anthony Kiedis joined in. With its lead singer in tow, the band immediately delved headfirst into the ever-popular classic, “Can’t Stop,” which they followed with “Dani California” and “Scar Tissue.” Surprising fans with a musical medley ranging from “Aeroplane”

from the 1995 “One Hot Minute” album, to the 1999 Chili Peppers staple “Californication,” to songs off of the new album, the Chili Peppers and their set list did not disappoint. The only minor flaw in the performance occurred during funkfilled tracks, “She’s Only 18” and “I Like Dirt.” Kiedis briefly found himself out of sync with the rest

of the band. This likely stemmed from a technical problem with the lead singer’s earpiece; however, with over 30 years of experience, Kiedis gracefully recovered during both and didn’t let the slip-up faze him too much. Despite this minor flaw, it was apparent that everyone in the band was present and ready to put

on a great show. With the combined experience of all four members, the showmanship of the Chili Peppers was outstanding. Even though Smith was behind a drum set for the entire show, his performance was still entertaining. Not once missing a beat, Smith spiced things up with various tricks throughout the set. Kiedis didn’t let his walking cast hinder his performance. When he wasn’t singing, the 54-year-old was dancing and skipping around the stage like a first-grader at recess. When he was singing, Kiedis belted out every song with an almost electric amount of enthusiasm and hit just about every note. It is pretty well known that Flea bounces around the stage like a jumping bean, but words cannot describe the amount of energy he exudes. If he wasn’t already amazing for his energetic playing, the 54-yearold walked across the stage on his See CONCERT, page 12

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Name: Matthew Fassnacht Major: Communication Arts and Electronic Media Year: Sophomore Specialty Shows: Prime Time Sports Guys What do you go by on air? Fozz How long have you been at WERG? I started on PTSG my second week on campus. Why did you join? Sports broadcasting was the main goal of mine, and then I was introduced to the Prime Time Sports Guys show and the guys on it and was hooked. It’s a great outlet to develop and polish quality speaking skills and to kick any bad habits. Favorite band? Pearl Jam or The Clarks. My favorite artist currently is Jon Bellion. Do you have any catch phrases or segments you do every week? “Bruh” (Created by Matt Newara) is our own spinoff of Monday Night Football’s “Come on man”. #RushPTSG where our newest members play trivia to get the only “bid” handed out for PTSG during Greek Week If you could go to any concert (literally ever) who would you see? I would’ve loved to see Queen before Freddie passed… Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, maybe… Or just combine it all and go to something like Woodstock. What’s your favorite thing about being at the station? How close and like-minded everyone is. If anyone has a cool idea related to radio, film or graphic design no one ever hesitates to help out. What do you like the most about PTSG? How laid back it is. Everyone can speak their mind and it’s a good forum to let out the anger from that past week’s sports frustrations. It’s also really great experience for my future career no matter what form of media I get into. Compiled by Taylor Wolff

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Writer recommends ‘Zombies On Broadway’ By ALLAN COLLINS staff writer

After winning his battle with leukemia, Andrew McMahon has pushed himself both physically and emotionally to put out his newest album and he really does do a good job with most of it. When the first single, “Fire Escape,” dropped from the album I wasn’t too excited about it or this new album. It was very cheesy and had very overused pop sounds to it. But when the album dropped I still took a listen and I was blown away by what Andrew put into it. The first track grabbed my attention after the 12-second intro, with a sound like a Twenty One Pilots’ song with a more interesting indie-pop sound to it. The rest of the album has some very interesting synths. “So Close” has a great beat that you really could just groove along to. “Island Radio” has the same feel to it, but with a beachier vibe beat to it, as you can see by the title of the song. “Don’t Speak” has a cool industrial sound going on within the song and a bit of a dubstep pro-

gression — but not too much. “Birthday Song” is the best song on the album. The progression is spot-on within the song. McMahon really put a lot of thought into this song and it shows. The lyrics talk about how a lot of people in the music industry take what they have for granted. They just party their lives away without thinking about what’s happening at home. You can tell he is connecting this to his life spent in the hospital while battling cancer. The album wasn’t all good though. “Dead Man’s Dollar” and “Walking in My Sleep” both have the same glaring problem. They both sound like a copy and paste of “Fire Escape.” The beat is different and the lyrics are different, but it just sounds so similar. They also both have a very unmemorable feel to them. The beats aren’t interesting or unique, the lyrics are bland and the overall substance is lacking. “Love and Great Buildings” and “Shot Out of a Cannon” are both trying to be progressive songs like “Birthday Song,” but both falter. They aren’t as bad

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Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness are touring this spring and summer.

at the last two songs listed. They both have interesting synths, piano and guitar flowing together. Overall, the album is a great accomplishment for McMahon. He tries to bring in some different genres to spin a different tune in the pop indie universe. He has touches of hip-hop, house, industrial, alternative rock and dubstep. The first four songs are very creative, exciting and groovy. The last song is a great closure that will bring you into the

thoughts of McMahon. I would recommend this album if you are interested in some simple pop indie sound with some interesting beats and synths. Happy listening, Gannon University. Rating: high 6/10 Related artists: Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate ALLAN COLLINS

‘The White Snake’ featured at Schuster By LAUREN SOVISKY staff writer

In every culture there is an epic tale that is told and re-told for generations. In England, the legend of Robin Hood has been recreated into movies. In Spain, there was believed to be a fountain of youth. Greeks tell their story of the sunken city of Atlantis. Gannon University’s Schuster Theatre has chosen a different legend to tell. “The White Snake,” written by Mary Zimmerman, is inspired by an ancient Chinese myth of magic and love. Before there was written word, stories were told through oral tradition. This transmission of story through speech often created different paths for a story to take. Depending on the culture and region a tale is told from, the story can have different information. In terms of “The White Snake,” author Zimmerman has combined all the versions into a single story, being told through Gannon students. “The White Snake” follows the life of a white snake, played by freshman physical therapy major Natalee Junker. After having spent years studying, she has found enlightenment. However, she is restless. With the help of her friend Greenie, played by sophomore accounting major Kendra Walker, the two decide to disguise themselves as young maidens for a night on the town, but a run-in with Xu Xian, played by freshman computer science major Seamus Clerkin, turns into love at first sight. From there comes an adventure to discover whether their love can endure despite many obstacles, and her secret snake identity. “There is more storytelling than anything,” Isabel Foltz, the show’s stage manager and a freshman English major, said. “It’s been really fun to see these actors grow and come out of their shell.” Aside from the three main characters, the rest of the show is composed of narrations


performance Perry shouted “no hate” as an image of the Declaration of Independence flashed across the stage. Perhaps more political than Perry’s moment was a collaborative performance from A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, Consequence and Anderson Paak that included songs “Award Tour,” “Movin Backwards” and “We the People.” During the performance members referred to President Donald Trump as “President Agent Orange” and addressed Trump’s controversial travel ban by knocking down a symbolic wall and inviting people of all different races onto the stage. Offsetting these politically charged performances were an abundance of predictable numbers from artists like The Weeknd, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, Ed Sheeran, Maren Morris and Alecia Keys, Metallica and Lady Gaga, Little Big Town and Lukas Graham. In addition to these performances, the Grammys kept with the tradition of honoring past artists with a number of tributes throughout the evening. Adele honored the late George Michael with an emotional performance of “Fastlove,” and not wanting to botch his memorial, restarted the song to give the singer the tribute he deserved. A slew of stars including Demi Lovato, Andra Day, Tori Kelly and Little Big Town joined together to pay tribute to the Bee Gees, singing hits like “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever.” The tribute of the night went to Prince, with The Time and Bruno Mars collaborating for an energetic celebration of the late pop legend. Mars dressed as Prince and performed “Let’s Go Crazy,” guitar solo included, creating a pageant of purple passion worthy of Prince’s legacy. Sophomore industrial engineering major Maggie Rutkowski said that she thought Mars’ tribute to Prince was well-done. “I think it’s always great when artists of our time look back and honor artists before them,” she said. “I think kids in our generation forget to appreciate great artists like Prince.” After honoring Prince, the performances transitioned from the past to the present as the winner of the Best New Artist category, Chance the Rapper, displayed his talents with a powerful, gospel-infused performance of “How

Chance the Rapper won three Grammy Awards Sunday evening, becoming the first artist to do so without selling music.

Great is Our God” and “All We Got.” Zachary Hall, a senior radiological science and health science major, thought Chance the Rapper’s performance was heartwarming and beautiful. “You could truly feel the love and enthusiasm he laced into every word he spoke,” he said. “This was not just another meretricious performance staged at the Grammys.” Chance the Rapper made Grammy history Sunday evening as the first artist to win a Grammy with not a single song sold. This Chicago-native indie artist has built a reputation for remaining unsigned to any record label, making music his own way and releasing it for free via streaming services like SoundCloud and Apple Music. Blessings were certainly falling in his lap as Chance the Rapper scooped up three Grammys, two in, of course, rap categories. Besides Chance and Adele, other big winners of the

night included Morris, Twenty One Pilots and the late David Bowie. Morris won her first Grammy in the category of Best Country Solo Performance. A pant-less Twenty One Pilots also accepted their first Grammy award in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, sharing a story of while “nobodies,” they joked about receiving first Grammy award in their underwear. Bowie scored five posthumous awards for his final album “Blackstar,” including Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song and Best Alternative Music Album. For a full list of winners for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards visit OLIVIA BURGER

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Zach Hyman plays the character of Fa Hai in the Schuster Theatre’s production of “The White Snake.”

Natalee Junker (left) and Kendra Walker play the characters of white snake and green snake.

from the actors to help move the elaborate story along. “It’s unlike anything I’ve done before,” Clerkin said. “It’s a more modern style of the traditional Chinese folk tale.” In addition to the student actors, there will be puppets. “Our director has worked hard with us so we can try and maneuver these snake pup-

pets,” Junker said. “It’s a challenge, but I’m kind of excited.” “The White Snake” opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, with a special reception to meet the cast and try some snacks before the show at 6:30 p.m. Shows will continue through Sunday. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. LAUREN SOVISKY

Continued from page 10 hands when returning for an encore. Making the experience special for the fans, the bassist even included some banter about Buffalo and performed a brief song about the city. Flea, without a doubt, stole the show. While Klinghoffer didn’t add much to the atmosphere with physicality or his muted and somewhat lackluster vocals, the LA native can shred on a guitar. Although the band was at its best with former guitarist John Frusciante, Klinghoffer gets the job done. Visually, the show was unique. The screens behind Smith’s drum kit blended colorful videos of the band with various illustrations to create an artistic take on the classic concert display. The most interesting technical aspect of the show was hundreds of candle-like lights that were suspended above the band and into the audience. These lights moved in an array of displays varying from wave-like

The Red Hot Chili Peppers released “The Getaway” in June and began touring the album over the summer.

motions to those reminiscent of a waterfall. The lighting rig was probably best enjoyed from the pit, but the view from the right side of the stage was utterly impressive.

Wrapping up the visually pleasing, funk-filled journey, the Chili Peppers performed “Give It Away.” This was the best song of the entire show. The band was hyped

beyond belief and its electric energy was matched by the audience, ending the performance on a musical high note. After the conclusion of the song, Kiedis thanked fans before

exiting; however, what happened next isn’t very common at most concerts. Instead of following Kiedis off the stage, Flea took to the mic to also thank the audience before making his own exit. Smith stayed as well, launching drumstick souvenirs into the crowd. Before exiting, Smith also gave the audience a heartfelt sendoff, expressing how much gratitude the band has for its fans. The Red Hot Chili Peppers did not disappoint whatsoever. Every song was strong, the atmosphere created by the stage personas of Flea, Anthony Kiedis and Chad Smith took fans to an energetic high, and the entire experience was entertaining and fun. What makes a Chili Peppers’ show special is how much the band cares for its fans. If the energy each member puts into its performance isn’t an indication, the individual sendoffs should be. TAYLOR WOLFF

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ship.” Patel also said that he and Wenrick get along really well because it’s not just about work, it’s about having fun and enjoying what you’re doing. “If we don’t enjoy what we’re doing as a team, then no one else in the GA is going to enjoy what they’re doing,” he said. “That’s the beauty of this relationship — we know how to have fun and we know how to get work done and that’s what the students need.” Kruszewski said that he and Walker offset each other because she’s a very upbeat person and on-paper driven, whereas he is very relationship driven. Then the candidates were asked how they will support each member of the SGA so that they can be as productive as possible. Patel said that he is big on making people smile and that making sure the board is always smiling and having fun will be one of his main initiatives. “I love that,” he said. “It’s my motive, it’s why I live, it’s who I am.” He also said that he wants to communicate that every member is as valuable as an executive board member. “Our goal is to be their servants and to be their servants of change,” Patel said. Kruszewski said that within the SGA committees there are people who would like to take on a bigger workload, so they would like to uncover those people and delegate more responsibility to them.

He also said that one of the most important things they want to stress is that they want roles to fit members and not force members to fit roles. “I think that’s the main problem with why people feel like they’re experiencing such a high workload,” Kruszewski said. The debate was then opened to questions from the audience, with the first question asking what the candidates’ main goals as president were. Wenrick said that another goal of hers was to make sure students feel that they’re welcome on Gannon’s campus. She also said that she wants to encourage students on campus to interact with others. “If I’m not chosen as president, I’m still going to run for executive board,” Wenrick said. “If I don’t get chosen for executive board, I’m still going to run for representative. I’m still going to take on those roles because I love SGA.” Walker said that if she isn’t elected as president, she will also still be committed to SGA. “What I really want to accomplish this year is that I want every single person, every club that we oversee, every student that is on our campus and has their own concerns, I want them to feel empowered,” she said. “I want them to know that they have the skills, they have the potential to achieve anything.” SAMANTHA GRISWOLD



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pay a $10 fee for the conference. Immediately following registration, opening remarks will take place from 8:30-9 a.m. Presentations will begin at 9 a.m. with three different events. In Room 3201, “Reimaginings & Reincarnation” will be presented by Tom Noyes, Kat Giordano, Angela Roman, Concetta Mangini and Martha Larkin. The presentation of “Landscapes: Local, Historical & Literary,” will take place in Room 3216 by Nathan Venesky, Donoven Chase and Stephen Craig. “The Labyrinth: Legacy of Women’s Leadership” will be discussed by Tania Reis, Beth Burnside, Julia Dyatel and Athar Almadanat in Room 3223. The next set of presentations will take place from 10:10-11:10 a.m. “Culture, Poetry & Motion” will be presented in the commons by Berwyn Moore, Shreelina Ghosh and the Slippery Rock University practicum dance class. In Room 3216, Eric Potter and Jon Shumway will discuss “The Nature of Faith: Poetry & Animation.” Tania Reis, Ray Oshop, Matthew Patterson and Kristen Petrushka will present “Themes of Practice in Educational Leadership” in Room 3223. From 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., four presentations will be held. “Meaning Connections & Spiritual Self ” will be presented in the commons by Becky Willow, Danielle Strohmeyer, Angie Jeffery, Derek Loesel and Anjali Sahay. In Room 3201, “Bards: Old, New & Undead” will be discussed by Rene Cooper, Kyle Rodewald and Sarai Medina. “Filling our Pockets with Bread” will be presented by Berwyn Moore, Julia Fulton, Leigh Tischler and Elias Kerr in Room 3216. Oksana Moroz, Laurie Lynne Urraro and

Ashley Sullivan will present “Understanding Gender in Education” in Room 3223. A presenters’ lunch will take place from 12:151:15 p.m. in Room 3200. During this time, all non-presenters are encouraged to use the time as an opportunity to visit one of the local restaurants near campus. The conference will resume at 1:20 p.m. with four final presentations. In the commons, Chet LaPrice and the WERG staff will present “Behind the Scenes of 90.5: WERG’s Creative Process.” In Room 3201, Terry Giles, Miguel Ternosky and Aaron Kerr will be presenting “Theological Philosophy & Paradigm Shifts.” “Transformation of Historical Reality” will be discussed in Room 3216 by Shawn Clerkin and Megan Woller. Taylor Roth, Jake Murzynski and Laura Rutland will present “Composing Transformation: The Writing Process” in Room 3223. The conclusion of the event will take place from 2:30-3 p.m. At this time, attendees are encouraged to visit the display “Catching Climate Change, A Reality Check” in Room 1219. Long said that she hopes a variety of people around campus will participate in the conference and appreciate the work of fellow students. “Gannon is a small, tight-knit community and I’d like to see Gannon students and faculty come out and support the achievements taking place this day,” Long said. The conference is free for all Gannon students and faculty. Everyone is encouraged to take part in the conference to support the achievements of the Gannon community. HARLEE BOEHM

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High scores for cheer By CIARA RAND staff writer

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From left to right: Brad Beiter, Garret Smith, Coach Don Henry, John Marroto, Nathan Reckner and Alex Shaffer.

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Costa told WERG-FM’s “Prime Time Sports Guys” show on Thursday that “any dual meet is very important. We just beat a very good Mercyhurst team but that’s in the past and we need to move forward. Focus on what’s coming up and obviously that is West Liberty. “We just need to come out there and do what we do and that’s wrestle hard for seven minutes.” That is exactly what the team did Saturday against the Hilltoppers in the Hammermill Center as the Knights celebrated Senior Day. The Knights honored five wrestlers — Brad Beiter, Garret Smith, Johnny Marroto, Nate Reckner and Alex Shafer — for their commitment to the team and guidance to the younger wrestlers. Gannon performed at the same caliber as earlier in the week with its 41-8 win. This included exceptional matches from George McGuire (149), Nick Budd (heavyweight) and Stratton (174), who each claimed pins for the day.

Along with the dual meet victories, Gannon also competed in the John Carroll Open in Ohio Sunday. Leading the team in this tournament was junior Jared Sample (157), who finished with a 3-1 record and standing firm in second place. Additionally, the Knights had four other place winners in Trevor Beiter, who placed third at 197; Christopher Matthews, who finished fifth at 174; and sixth-place finishers Justo Hernandez (141) and Travis Schmelling (197). Wednesday’s matchup with Lake Erie College will be the Knights’ sixth against a nationally ranked opponent, but facts like that haven’t held them down yet. Depending on how the lineups materialize, five weight classes could see battles between regionally ranked wrestlers. Following the meet with Lake Erie, Gannon’s next action will come in the Super Region One tournament Feb. 24-25, hosted by Mercyhurst. MATTHEW NEWARA

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— grades and athletic performance. In terms of the team’s play Dogan said he thinks the loss to Seton Hill brought the team back to reality and that the Knights have to be focused and play their best each game because each team is good in the PSAC. “The two games against Cal and Clarion showed that we were all on the same page as a team and we really played connected,” Dogan said. “We need to continue to stay sharp and focused as we head down the home stretch.” On Saturday the Knights headed to Clarion to take on the Golden Eagles and left with a 20-point win. Phoenix led the charge with a career-high 25 points and coupled it with 12 rebounds. The game saw eight lead changes and neither team led by more than three for the first 12 minutes. As the scoreboard showed

18-16 in favor of Clarion, Gannon strung together seven consecutive points to take a 23-18 lead. Dogan and junior Damon Miraud banked in a layup each before Berger sank a three. The Knights ended the half with a 13-2 run in the final 5:33. Phoenix had seven of the points from five free throws and a tip-in at the buzzer to make it 40-24 in favor of Gannon. Solid defense caused the Eagles to turn the ball over six times and limited them to four missed shots. Two free throws by Berger and a Dogan layup stretched the lead to 44-24, but Clarion followed with a 7-0 run to shave the deficit to 46-33 with 15:49 on the clock. Jackson fired back for Gannon with two threes in a row, which got the string of 11 consecutive points burning for the Knights. Phoenix came around with a classic three-point play right before a layup from Dogan to further Gannon’s agenda to 57-33. Dogan came up again offensively as he hit a three to extend

the Knights’ lead to 62-35 at the 11:01 mark. After that Clarion wasn’t able to get within 19 points of Gannon. Coach John Reilly said both CalU and Clarion were good enougn to beat the Knights. After losing to Seton Hill the Knights had to tighten up a few things to perfect their play. “For us we stayed more focused and played stronger defense than we did against Seton Hill,” Reilly said. Dogan added 14 points and Miraud contributed 11 for Gannon. Following Wednesday’s meeting with Edinboro, the Knights will travel to Slippery Rock to take on The Rock in a 3 p.m. start. Gannon has three more games before playoffs start but the Knights will have a first-round bye since they sit second in the conference. BRANDON JACES

The Gannon University competitive cheer team had another rewarding performance for both squads Sunday. The women’s squad as well as the coed squad competed uncontested at the Champion Cheer Central Red Hot competition in Clarion. Although both teams were uncontested, they earned their way into some high scores in several different categories. The coed team was scored as part of the session and received a final score of 87.4 points. The Knights had a great showing for tumbling and overall performance, earning 27.7 of 30 and 23.7 of 30 points. In the building score section, Gannon took 35.5 of 40 points. The team was only docked 1.5 points in deductions from its per-

formance. The coed team was also singled out for best stunts of all the teams in its session. The women’s squad’s performance was also scored as part of the session, and received a final score of 82.4. The Knights thrived in the overall performance section earning 23.4 of a possible 25 points. The other sections included tumbling, where the team received 25 of 30 points, and building score with 35.5 of 40. The Knights also walked away with only 1.5 points in deductions. The women’s squad clinched the best jumps award for all the teams in its session. The competitive cheer teams will next see action Feb. 25-26 at the COA Midwest Championship in Columbus, Ohio. CIARA RAND

A.J. Miceli, retired director of the School of Communication and the Arts, continues as head skipper for the Gannon University Sailing Team (GUST).

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get club funding,” Hanna said. “We also participate in events Gannon hosts that we normally can’t participate in during the on-season like the activities fair and such.” When it comes to recruiting, the team is pretty much open to anyone who is willing to commit his or her time to the team, practices and regattas. The team is open to students enrolled at Gannon and also features one sailor, sophomore Michal Szelwach, who sailed competitively in high school. “We had 24 members on the team at the end of the season, but we now currently have 30 members due to our efforts at recruitment,” Szelwach said. Even though the nearby lake and bay can’t be confused with an ocean, things can get pretty rocky out there. The team utilizes the services of the Erie Yacht Club, renting four boats from the club. Each boat requires two people — a skipper and a crew member. Miceli said practices are usually held Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to sunset, and Saturday and/or Sunday afternoons or evenings. The team is not responsible for bringing its own boats to the out-of-town competitions. “When we travel to regattas the venue provides all the boats, sometimes as high as 18 all at once in the races,” Miceli explained. As for offseason, it varies from

year to year. Team members are highly opportunistic and will sail as long as Mother Nature allows them to. “Our on-season is as long as the weather is good so this year we were able to go from August to about November and our spring season consists of one or two regattas in April and May,” Hann said. “Unfortunately it is too cold to get back on the water up here but we use that time to travel south for some regattas in Virginia and Maryland.” As the winter winds down and springtime approaches, people will look to support the baseball, softball, lacrosse and water polo teams, but don’t forget about sailing. Whether it’s saying “good luck” before their next regatta or donating some money to fund their endeavors, it’s important to support all teams and clubs. In fact, just so you’re aware, the sailing team will have its first and only regatta of the spring coming up in less than two months – that’s at the University of Maryland in Annapolis, April 8-9, Miceli said. The Knights will be sailing against the University of Maryland, American University, University of Virginia, Loyola of Maryland, Washington College and St. John’s College. Show some love and maybe even consider joining the team and learning an awesome skill. BRANDON JACES

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Senior Matthew Dogan sinks a free throw in a win over Slippery Rock earlier this season. Dogan was placed on the ballot for Academic All-American for his performance in the classroom.

Men’s basketball beats CalU, Clarion By BRANDON JACES sports editor

Coming off a close loss to Seton Hill, the Gannon University men’s basketball team rallied to string together a couple of wins last week. Up first, the Knights took on the Vulcans of California University of Pennsylvania and beat them, 74-67, in their home nest on Feb. 8. The winning continued Saturday at Clarion, where the visiting Knights beat the Golden Eagles, 80-60. The twin wins improved Gannon’s overall record to 16-7 and left the Knights 14-5 in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference action going into Wednesday’s 7:30 p.m. home matchup with Edinboro at the Hammermill Center. In the win over CalU, Gannon came out of the gate ready to shoot, taking an early 9-7 lead, which was overturned as the Vulcans bounced back with a 15-2 run in 5 minutes and 41 seconds. CalU assumed a 22-11 lead 10 minutes into the half.

With the Vulcans leading 35-28, Gannon fought back with a layup by sophomore Evan Phoenix and two consecutive jumpers from senior Matthew Dogan, who finished with 23 points to lead the Knights. Trailing 36-35, California sank a free throw to tie the score as the halftime buzzer rang. Again, the Knights came out firing at the start of the second half with 11 consecutive points, which began and ended with junior Zay Jackson. Jackson, who finished with 16 points and did not miss a minute of play, began the rally with a jumper and capped it with a three-pointer. As all things seemed to go in Gannon’s favor at the start of the half, it was the opposite for the Vulcans. They went 0-of-2 from the field, missed a couple of free throws and handed the Knights three turnovers. After 3:14 had passed CalU was able to put up some points. From then on the Vulcans fought hard and got the score to 53-48 10 minutes through the half but Gannon responded with another run, scoring seven straight points to widen its lead. Phoenix, who also finished with 16 points on the way

to being named PSAC player of the week, came up with back-to-back jumpers and Jackson hit another three to put the score at 60-48. CalU continued to plow through the deficit and managed to get it within five at 60-55 with 6:03 left to play and again the Vulcans cut it to 63-61 with 3:53 left. Freshman Jimmy Berger answered for the Knights with a big three-pointer to lower Gannon’s blood pressure and increase the lead to 68-63. The icing on the cake was four free throws made by the Knights and a layup by Dogan with one second left to finalize the victory. Dogan, who connected on 9-of-17 field-goal attempts and also played all 40 minutes, was just moved to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration after landing a spot on the Academic All-District Men’s Basketball first team. He said he is honored to receive the nomination because it encompasses what college basketball is all about See KNIGHTS, page 14

Women’s basketball goes 1-1 in PSAC games By STEVEN PITCAIRN staff writer

The Gannon University women’s basketball team continues to make strides in the right direction as it split a pair of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference games last week. The Knights fell, 88-68, on the road to the nation’s fourth-ranked team, California University of Pennsylvania, on Feb. 8 but rebounded to edge Clarion, 73-68, on the road in overtime Saturday. The split gives Gannon an overall record of 8-17 and an 8-11 mark in PSAC action going into Wednesday’s 5:30 p.m. home game against Edinboro at the Hammermill Center. The Knights’ win over Clarion featured an exciting finish, as Maggie Mitchell connected on a jump shot to tie the game at 60-60 with three seconds left in regulation play and send it to overtime. Clarion had taken a 60-58 lead with 13 seconds left on Tyra Polite’s two free throws, but Mitchell – who finished with 26 points to lead Gannon – made good on her shot

to tie the game. In the extra period, Kelsey Herbert sparked the Knights with six of their 13 points to help them secure the victory. Herbert finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. Lauren Tewes delivered her first career double-double, as she also contributed 12 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds for the Knights, who outrebounded the Eagles 49-43. Mitchell, who scored at least 25 points in three straight games, added eight rebounds as well. Chelsea Rourke finished with nine points while Lanise Saunders added eight. Julia Braungart dished out five assists and had just three turnovers while playing all 45 minutes. Gannon led by 10 at 53-43 with just under 6 minutes to play in regulation, only to see the host Eagles reel off 13 straight points to take a 56-53 lead with 1 minute, 26 seconds to play. That set the stage for Mitchell’s game-tying shot in the closing seconds, which forced the game into overtime. Three nights earlier, the Knights ran into a buzz saw in

the form of No. 4 CalU, as the Vulcans sprinted to a 20-2 first-quarter lead. But Gannon clawed its way back into the game and trailed 45-36 at halftime. The Knights pulled to within six points at 47-41 with 8 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter, only to see the Vulcans regain control and pull away for the win. CalU used a 15-0 run to extend its lead to 21 points and that sealed its victory. Mitchell scored 27 points to lead Gannon while Tewes added 12. Gannon shot an outstanding 51 percent from the floor, including 54 percent from three-point range, but committed 31 turnovers to just 11 for the Vulcans. CalU leads the nation in forced turnovers with an average of more than 28 per game. Following Wednesday’s home game with Edinboro, the Knights will return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday on the road against Slippery Rock. STEVEN PITCAIRN


bet you didn’t know Gannon University has a sailing team. If you did, then I bet you didn’t know what team members do in the offseason. And if you did, well, you can stop reading since you’re such an expert. It’s not necessarily surprising that the school has a sailing team, given its proximity to Lake Erie and Presque Isle Bay. But when I started to consider the idea, the main question I was pondering was, what does the Gannon University Sailing Team (GUST) do in the offseason, when it’s too cold to be out on the water? My first source was the skipper himself, A.J. Miceli, the recently retired director of the School of Communication and the Arts. I had no idea what to expect in the way of an answer but what he told me made sense — not that I’m the Ferdinand Magellan of sailing or anything. Given the combination of snow, cold weather and ice in Erie there isn’t much that the team can do in terms of actual sailing during the winter. But the team still manages to keep plenty busy. “During the off-season we mainly do fundraising, service hours, a little “chalk talk” (studying rules and tactics) and recruitment,” Miceli said. One of the team’s fundraising tactics is selling bottled water with the GUST logo in the Center for Communication and the Arts. They’re only a dollar apiece and they’re perfect for quenching even the utmost of thirsts. Senor sailor Katherine Hanna said the team participates in Gannon events and works on making money to offset various costs incurred throughout the season. “We work on our service hours during our offseason to See SAIL, page 14

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Gannon freshman Ethan Budd puts Mercyhurst’s Wes Phipps down en route to an 8-6 win in the 197-pound weight class, solidifying the Knights’ win.

Wrestling on a hot streak By MATTHEW NEWARA staff writer

The Gannon University wrestling team is on possibly its best hot streak going into postseason action. This all started when the calendar turned to 2017, but hit another high point last week as the Knights beat their rival – the nationally ranked Mercyhurst Lakers – 22-16 on Feb. 8 and then overpowered West Liberty, 41-8, Saturday. Both wins came at the Hammermill Center and left Gannon 7-2 overall and 5-2 in dual meet action entering the season’s final dual meet of the year at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against host Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. The Knights’ win over Mercyhurst was their fourth against a nationally ranked opponent this season. Mercyhurst entered the contest ranked No. 8 in the nation among Division II

schools and No. 4 in the region. Gannon is not nationally ranked, but is ranked No. 5 in the region. The meet went back and forth throughout and came down to the last few heavier weight classes. It was at 197 pounds where Gannon true freshman Ethan Budd swung the meet in favor of the Knights, as he beat fifth-year senior Wes Phipps, who is a transfer from Penn State. Budd wound up being named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference wrestler of the week after he added a forfeit victory Saturday against West Liberty. Budd’s match with Mercyhurst’s Phipps started with Phipps scoring the first points with a takedown, but he couldn’t hold Budd down for long as Budd scored his first points with an escape. It was after this that Budd hit the biggest move of the night and tossed Phipps for the two-point takedown, then proceeded to re-

ceive four near-fall points. Phipps tried to fight back with another escape and another takedown to make the score 7-6 at the beginning of the third period. Budd, who entered the matchup just 1-6 in PSAC dual meets this season, would go on to score another point with an escape in the third, which was enough to give him the 8-6 decision. “It was just about not stopping,” Budd said about the dramatic final period. “You’ve got to keep wrestling that whole time.” Other highlights from the meet came from Eric Lewandowski, who recorded a technical fall in less than 2 minutes of his 157-pound match, and Carmine Ciotti, ranked 11th in the nation, who earned a 6-1 decision at 133 pounds. Also adding victories were Jake Stratton at 174 and Nick Costa at 184, as both claimed major decisions. See SENIOR, page 14

Women’s water polo loses first four By KISHAN PATEL staff writer

For the first time this season, the Gannon University women’s water polo team suited up and met the opposition over the weekend at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. The Knights went 0-4 at the Bucknell Invitational, falling 15-6 to host Bucknell, 12-5 to George Washington, 18-2 to Wagner and 17-2 to Harvard. In the opener, the Knights went down quickly after the Bisons took a 5-2 lead in the first quarter.

Freshman Amanda Puthoff made the most of her opportunities in her first game as a Knight and scored one of Gannon’s two first-quarter goals, with Christine Uht netting the second. Bucknell, which is ranked seventh in the CWPA Top 10 poll and also received votes in the Top 25 national rankings, widened its lead in the second quarter to 10-3. Liz Barr finished with two goals for Gannon while Francesca Williamson and Grace Villano each added one. After a tough matchup the first night, the competition did not get any easier the second day.

The Knights faced undefeated and eighth-ranked George Washington, which scored 10 straight goals in the first half to erase a 1-0 deficit that came on Campbell Ruh’s first collegiate goal for Gannon. Junior Alison Cooney scored three goals for Gannon and Uht also netted one goal for the Knights. Cooney also accounted for both of Gannon’s goals in the loss to 19th-ranked Wagner, which used a seven-goal second-quarter burst to turn a 4-1 lead to an 11-1 advantage at halftime. Wagner outshot Gannon 33-17

on the day. Gannon’s fourth and final outing came Sunday in the loss to Harvard, with Cooney and Williamson each scoring once in the first half for the Knights. Gannon trailed 13-2 at halftime and 16-2 going into the final quarter. The Knights will be back in action Saturday and Sunday at the Mercyhurst Invitational at the Cathedral Prep-Villa Maria Events Center in Erie. KISHAN PATEL

TGK, Issue 17, Feb. 15 2017  
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