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Board to Vote on MU Football Members of the Misericordia University Board of Trustees set to vote on October 15 to decide the fate of a potential football program. By Arthur Dowell Reporter


As the Board of Trustees prepares to vote on the adoption of a football program on October 15, officials are considering academic majors, campus capacity, cultural issues, and the impact it might have on other sports programs. The biggest issue is money. According to the “Report to the Board of Trustees on the Feasibility of Football at Misericordia,” MU is hoping to generate a $514,132 profit in five years, and officials assume the total will continue to rise. Revenue will be generated by additional tuition, fees, room, and board. The addition of students who are drawn by the team might also benefit disciplines such as history, education, communications, or business, which traditionally draws student athletes. With the health

science department near capacity, this could be an opportunity for such academic programs to grow. President Michael MacDowell said he intends to maintain the university’s present faculty- to-student ratio. “Currently there are sixteen or seventeen students to every faculty member and nine students to every staff member,” he said. “We are looking to keep the rate the same even with the addition of another one hundred ten students.” Football is expected to draw 105 new students in five years, and that might force MU to make changes to housing and dining facilities. Sister Jean Messaros, Vice President of Student Affairs, said the school is exploring the use of existing buildings in the area, including the Snowdon Funeral Home on Machell Avenue and a former

Above, the photo illustration depicts the possible home of the MU football team at Mangelsdorf field.

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New dining staffer offers to help hungry students New staffer bridges gap between students and food service providers as she hopes to make improvements for all. By Katie O’Hearn Reporter Students walk into the cafeteria and scan their options, a variety of chicken, pasta, or tacos. Their comments reflect discontent as students complain to each other, but there was no one to act on their desires - until now. A new face has emerged in the crowd, one belonging to Jan Sokolowski. She can be seen walking around the cafeteria from table to table introducing herself to members of the student body. Sokolowski’s job is one that student’s have been wanting for a long time: liaison between the Metz company and the student population. She wants students to approach her so she can figure out what they want and how she

can develop plans to make everyone happy. Sokolowski is also the retail manager so she can be seen cleaning up, making sure things are getting done and filling in wherever she is needed. Just the other night she was seen serving dinner. Sokolowski has only been working at MU for three weeks, so she is still trying to figure out the best way to get acquainted with the student body and receive their feedback. Metz has a MU Facebook page, but there are only 98 likes. Since this is not an accurate representation of the student body, Sokolowski has been considering online surveys. “The most important thing I am working hard

on is bringing my personal beliefs of recycling, nutrition, going green, but I need student support. The majority of the student body needs to speak up and tell me what they want. I cannot make changes based on a small percentage of people,” said Sokolowski. Sokolowski is only a few years older than senior and fifth year students, and she feels students should be comfortable approaching her. Her age has also helped her spark creative ideas about changing the cafeteria’s setup, such as implementing an iPhone application that will allow students to check what their meal options are any time of the day. She is also working with people who have food

allergies to meet their dietary concerns. She said she wants MU’s vegetarian and vegan population to find her so she can add more options that best fit their lifestyles. Sokolowski said she is enthusiastic about making students nutritionally aware. She is working on a way to advertise the amount of calorie, fat and protein content per serving size. She worries that students may not realize how unhealthy some of their food choices are, and she hopes that by making the nutrition facts readily available, students will choose healthier foods instead of fill up on empty calories. She feels constructive criticism is the best way (Continued on page 6)


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Number of drinking violations drop MU students improve their track record.

Liquor Law Violations On-Campus Referred for Disciplinary Action:

By Jake Heller Reporter The number of reported alcohol-related incidents has dropped over the last two years, according to MU campus crime statistics. The campus recorded 57 incidents last year, significantly fewer than the 84 incidents in 2008. There has been only one major incident reported this semester, much to the delight of Bob Zavada, the associate director of Campus Safety. Zavada said he’s pleased by the decreasing numbers, but he wants students to be aware of the consequences they can suffer. Regardless of the severity of the offense campus safety will issue disciplinary referrals and officials keep track of every incident reported. “We keep stats on all of them.”

During the spring 2010 semester, 16 incidents were reported, with the last coming in April. Zavada said he feels the decreasing numbers of alcohol-related incidents can be attributed to students being involved in positive programs such as Student Activities, Residence Life and Student Affairs. Kit Foley, Dean of Students, often handles the disciplinary proceedings for students involved in alcohol related incidents. Once a student is cited, the report is generated directly to Foley, and she or several assistant directors will decide how to handle the situation. The level of the offense, severity of the penalty and the number of people involved will


2007 67 incidents

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*MU Campus Safety Handbook 2010-2011 dictate how the incident is assigned. Once the case is assigned, the student will be contacted to meet with an administrative officer. Foley said she considers this a chance for the individual to provide his or her side of the story and take responsibility. “It’s easy if they [the students] do [tell their story]. They’re normally honest,” she said. If the student has to be hospitalized after a first offense, a citation will be given. While a second offense will result in an individual evaluation,

a third offense calls for a meeting between the student, Dean of Students, Vice President of Student Affairs and the head of Addiction Counseling. While some students run the risk of dismissal, students may be sent to a rehab facility or a 12-step program. Darcy Brodmerkel, head of MU’s addiction counseling, said one of the main reasons for alcohol problems on campus is the transition from high school to college. “When students come to school, they are going through different

parts of life, trying to find out who they are and what college is about,” she stated. “While some might have a history of drinking going back to high school, most students become addicted based on who they hang out with and have limited knowledge or experience of drinking.” Students found guilty of alcohol violations will attend three one-hour sessions with Brodmerkel, “Some [students] will learn for better experiences. It can help them graduate and pay attention.”

Students sign up to serve Mercy Week coordinators encourage students to volunteer time, compassion. By Amanda Mericle Reporter Students showed their interest in helping others during a Service Fair held Sept. 22 as part of Mercy Week. Linda Ross, Director of Service Learning and a coordinator of the Service Fair, said the event is traditionally held at this time because the Sisters of Mercy are committed to service, mercy, justice, and hospitality. Agencies presented students with the opportunity to investigate them and sign up to volunteer with them. The agencies were not looking for students in specific majors. They were looking for anyone who was willing to help. Tammy Rogers from the Domestic Violence Service Center in Wilkes-Barre said she was hoping anyone who showed a willingness to help would join in. Sister Martha Hanlan from the Catherine McAuley House in Plymouth shared Roger’s sentiments. “Anyone who could volunteer,” she said. “We are happy for their services.” Marilyn Gregorski from the Meadows Nursing and Rehab Center said she had a good turnout at her table and some of her coworkers had to head back to their facility to replenish their supply of pamphlets

and informational papers. “There has been so much activity here today,” said Gregorski. “That it is outstanding. I couldn’t ask for more. We’ve been to service fairs before and this is by far the best.” Many agency staffers said the hospitality they received from the MU community was almost as important as recruitment. Ross said they appreciated the hospitality. “They really think the Misericordia students are wonderful.” Ross said she received an overwhelming number of responses from agencies that wanted to take part. Postcards were sent out in the summer and the agencies responded almost immediately, but due to space limitations, some had to be turned away. Freshman Mark Walbert said he realized the immense opportunities volunteering with the various agencies would present to him because he was looking for new experiences and content to use to build his resume. Sophomore Rachel Rinkus said she had more personal reasons for visiting the Service Fair. Rinkus hopes to one day become a hospice nurse and she spent time talking with the American Cancer Society. “You can transport patients- cancer

patients go through enough already. My grandmother used to drive my uncle Tommy to his appointments and then she passed away. Now, he is like, how am I going to get there?” said Rinkus. The agencies recognized the busy schedules of college students and made sure to stress the flexibility they offered. Stephanie Morgan from Goodwill Industries said volunteering with her agency is very individualized and students can do anything that fits their schedule. Jennifer Washney from the American Cancer Society said her agency tailors volunteer experience to what the student is studying. “We try to make sure the volunteer experience is a positive one,” said Washney. The heart of mercy that so many of the MU community share was on display throughout the fair. Gregorski expressed the sentiments she shares with many as she added more pamphlets to her table. “I can only thank Misericordia for doing this and inviting us.” Students who attended were eligible to take part in a prize drawing if they visited three or more agencies. Gas cards (Continued on page 6)

Service Fair Prize Winners! The following lucky students were the winners of the prize drawings: Misericordia Sweatshirt: Erin McKern, Kaitlyn Klemick. Misericordia Towel: Kayla Chappell, Michele Noczvgoc Sheetz Card: Amanda Radishofski, Jessica Washko, Ahnnalisa Regi Two Movie Passes for Movies 14: Jordan Papp, Jaime Novitski, Ashlee Ward Two for One Movie Passes: Andrea Carr, Janelle Lasky, Chrstine McGinn, Nick Kosowatz, Auraleah Grega.

Cafeteria, cont’d. Continued from page 1 to improve food services and make both the Metz company and paying students happy. Students are encouraged to come to her with ideas and concerns, but she stresses that criticism should be constructive. If a student feels that certain meal options are not satisfying, Sokolowski wants him or her to explain why and what she can do to make improvements. Metz has instituted several changes in the dining system this year. The equivalency policy now allow students to spend $6 in the Cougar’s Den for a missed meal instead of $5 according to the previous policy. A student cannot receive equivalency for a meal if he or she has gone to the cafeteria for that meal. The Cougar’s Den is now open until midnight Thursday through Saturday. Sophomore Kami Nestler said Sokolowski’s job will help improve

communication among the kitchen staff, management and students, and the best way to receive student feedback would be in the form of surveys or comment cards on tables. Nestler is especially interested in receiving more nutritional information. “I’m taking my nutrition class now and I wouldn’t pay attention if I wasn’t. But if nutrition value was available to me I would use it and benefit from it.” Sophomore Heather Arnold said that she felt comfortable approaching Sokolowski with her thoughts. “I feel that it is a very necessary job because it is important to have some way for students to tell people in charge what they want,” said Arnold. Students can reach Sokolowsi by approaching her in person at the cafeteria, joining the Facebook page or emailing her at jsokolowski@

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They say three’s a crowd, but not with the sensational style of townhouse 17. Whether it’s sporting scrubs for practical, working away at Mohegan Sun or silently studying, roommates Kera Hope, Haley Novack and Ashley DeLorenzo are always dressed to impress. I figured who knows these glam girls better than me? We do share a townhouse together---and maybe a pair of heels now and then. Not only do they know fashion like it’s straight out the pages of Vogue’s fierce layout, but the tastes of all three give a stylish twist to their wardrobes. I’ve watched these glam girls pick out their outfits at 7 a.m. and the process alone is longer than my sociology class. It’s okay though, I’d rather learn the difference between the Vera Bradley cupcake prints over sociological imagination any day. Oh W.E.B. DuBois, why couldn’t you be more of a fashion guru like my roommates? Anyway, it’s always the same usual questions: Do these black BCBG heels go with my Express pencil skirt? Girls. Are you wearing sweats today, because I really want to wear my new Victoria’s Secret pink yogas. Ashley, do you have a cute hoodie I could wear to class? Same questions, different designer day. DeLorenzo finds designer duds while working at Victoria’s Secret. “I never leave my townhouse without some type of sweats or sweatshirt from Victoria’s Secret. I work

there so I get amazing deals and plus the hoodies are to die for. I just bought a pair of yoga pants from the sale rack for $15. That’s the benefit of working for [a] stylish store,” said senior Ashley DeLorenzo. While DeLorenzo walks out the door for work with her signature black and white Chanel clutch gripped to her left arm, Novack is coming back from practical with one of the new pieces of her neverending collection of Vera Bradley. Clutches, satchels, messenger bags, oh my! She has them all in a walkin closet bigger than my bedroom. Hope is always in check with what’s in and what’s out. She lounges on the love seat reading this month’s 800-page Vogue front to back, writing down the savvy styles of editors’ fall must-haves. Hope has hundreds of shoes lining the closet floor, from fiery red flats to haute heels and new Nike shox. Her couture collection is like windowshopping at Famous Footwear. She organizes her heels by color and outfit coordination---obviously a true fashionista. While these fashion forward friends are trying out the new trends in Target’s designer collection, there is one fashion fall must-have that every trendsetter has to sink their designer teeth into. This eye catcher will give any cardigan a sleek look for any class. I just got a pair for my 21st birthday and can’t go a day without sporting the same savvy accessory that every celebrity owns. I can’t wait to tell you all about my savvy accessory---next time.



Cougar Radio shows ‘indie’-pendence Cougar Radio is gearing up to be on the air featuring new tunes and talk shows. By Brett Ford Reporter

By DR. GEORGE SPRENGELMEYER Music Columnist When I was in high school my parents were very concerned that I might follow the wrong path and start doing drugs. I was a guitar player in a rock band and it was the eighties-there was little doubt that I would be exposed to the dangers of the drug culture. Almost daily, I would come home to find an article that explained the effects of drugs on the human brain or reproductive system on the kitchen counter. I thought I had seen every possible warning against drug use but recently I came across the scariest example of the deleterious effects of drugs yet. I am, of course, referring to the latest release by Katy Perry and Snoop Dog named California Gurls. This story of misery begins with a regular day in the life of rap artist Snoop Dog. This admitted “connoisseur of the chronic” has always touted his love of marijuana before breakfast and on this day he decided to continue imbibing through lunch and dinner. By 11 pm he found himself in the club with a bottle of Cristal in one hand and a shot of brandy in his bejeweled chalice. Soon things became a bit fuzzy and the next thing he knew, he awoke on the floor of his home studio with a pair of headphones on and the sense that he may have done something he deeply regretted. I assume this is how

a fairly talented rap icon came to record one of the most insipid pieces of pop crap ever created with the wildly untalented Katy Perry. I am continually shocked that “artists” such as the aforementioned Perry are embraced by the American public. Every time I think that we have sunken to our lowest point, in this case buying Britney Spears albums, we reach a new low. Let me be clear: Katy Perry cannot sing or dance, and is not even terribly attractive. She has never written a song in her life and left to her own devices would likely have grave difficulty crossing the street without getting hit by a bread truck. Her music is beyond terrible. Clearly, Snoop Dog has hit rock bottom and I can only hope that he enters a 12- step drug rehabilitation center before it is too late. Remember Snoop, if I can call you that, one of the 12-steps is to apologize to those you have wronged during your addiction. I feel deeply wronged by the fact that I was forced to listen to California Gurls but I will accept your apology if you promise it will never happen again. By the way, you might also apologize for that silly “fer shizzle my dizzle” thing you did for a while. It drove me crazy.

Cougar radio is no longer home to Top 100 hits, according to Cougar Radio advisor Dan Kimbrough. “Why promote music that’s already promoted?” Kimbrough asked. “I want Cougar Radio to get back to being a foundation for the independent artist.” Kimbrough said this new format is something more colleges have been adopting. “We are college progressive radio only now,” said Kimbrough. “We play music that you have never heard of or up-and-coming bands.” Progressive radio stations, especially on college campuses, have been behind new music movements, like punk, new wave, and indie rock movements in the past. Kimbrough has not limited his plans for the station to just music. He said the station will expand into news talk radio as well as live sports broadcasting. He hopes to have multiple talk shows that can be broadcast live online, and there are plans to have full student commentary on

every men’s and women’s home basketball game. “Parents and alumni will actually be able to log in and listen,” said Kimbrough. Plans are also in the works for Cougar Radio to collaborate with Student Activities to broadcast special events such as visiting comedians and other shows in the Cougar’s Den or Tunes at Noon in the cafeteria. “Down the line, I’d like to be able to broadcast those things,” said Kimbrough. Cougar Radio will also be broadcast from a new location. After streaming from an office adjacent to Banks Lobby and a year-long hiatus due to construction and expansion, MU’s campus radio station has been relocated within the Banks Student Life Center. Cougar Radio’s absence will come to an end October 4 when the station will be fired up once again. Students can listen on its recently revamped website at

Visit to convince Dr. Sprengelmeyer that your band really is actually good or attempt to contest his opinions and statements regarding popular music. Dr. Sprengelmeyer welcomes any and all offended individuals, preferably those with well-constructed arguments.

SCENE ON CAMPUS Students continue to use the old gym in Anderson Sports and Health Center while the new one is still in progress. The new work-out facility is scheduled to be finished later this month.

Above, junior Tom Messner sits at the check-in desk in the old work-out facility in the Anderson Sports and Health Center. Left, junior Adam Hook, prepares to benches weight while exercising at the gym after classes.



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Soccer teams stride through good season

Both the Men’s and Women’s MU Soccer teams have success, continue for more. By Josh Hippensteel Reporter Two of MU’s teams have literally “kicked” off their seasons in hope for greater national exposure in 2010. The Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference [MAC], battling for Conference titles and National Collegiate Athletic Association’s [NCAA] Championship bids each year. The Cougars are expected to be included in the national scene yet again this year, as both the Men’s and Women’s team return to the turf with a sum of key players, a bundle of freshmen talent and minds full of confidence. The mastermind behind the men’s program now enters his 20th season with the Cougars. Head coach Chuck Edkins has worked hard to get the MU soccer program to where it stands today. Over the past 20 years, Edkins and the Cougars have made 10 Conference Championship appearances, more than any other school. Edkins has also received the Conference Coach of the Year Award five times

and helped the team receive their first NCAA Championships bid in 2000. In 2010, Edkins has already set the bar high for his players and is hungry for another Conference Championship appearance. “Every year we expect to be in the Conference Championship,” said Edkins, “and anything less is entirely unacceptable.” The Cougars have started their season with a streak of home games but will be tested before the year draws to a close. Although it was not the start Coach Edkins had hoped for, he remains confident in his players. “I can see an elevation in play during each match and even the very young talent that we have on this team is revealing a steady rate in increase in play,” he said Younger players have been called upon to step-up in big games this season as the Men’s team has been haunted by injuries early in the year. Three-time AllConference player, senior Joey Scanlon, will possibly miss another two weeks on

the field due to an injury suffered a few weeks ago. Scanlon, the backbone of the Cougars’ offense, led the team last year with 28 points, earning him a Senior All-Region selection prior to the start of the 2010 season. Additionally, an injury to All-Conference defenseman senior Tyler Anderson has limited his playtime and the song remains the same for senior Tim Bullis. Although many players have been shown a seat on the bench due to muscle tweaks and bone breaks, look for the goalkeeping core to have a solid year. Because of these injuries, many freshmen have been given the chance to shine, particularly David Stoner, Dennis Halpin, and Bo Garrick. Stoner and Halpin, two regularly starting defensemen, have been granted a large amount of time on the turf in 2010. Garrick sees a lot of playtime as well, but will usually play a role in coming off the bench to rest some legs. “There is a pressure to perform at your

very best once you step on the field, but the other players help me relax and make the game much more enjoyable,” said Garrick. The Cougars now hold a 7-2 record despite injuries. The environment both on the field and in the locker room remains as positive as it was the first day of practice. When asked about the team’s chances to grab a Conference title, Garrick replied, “We are going to

win it, plain and simple.” If you told Mark Stauffer, women’s soccer head coach, at the beginning of the year that his team would not win the Conference title, he would probably think you have lost your mind. Stauffer, now in his 11th year at MU, has been preaching to the women to strive for the light at the end of the tunnel--a conference championship. Stauffer knows that his

expectations are entirely realistic, as he has taken the Cougars to that point many times. Over his coaching years at MU, Stauffer has additionally compiled a 124-68-8 record and has also helped the Cougars achieve several NCAA Championship berths. “I want to see a Conference title and a national tournament appearance,” said Stauffer, “and I know that the girls (Continued on page 6)

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Working out no sweat

Reality is fantasy - football, that is

Several options are available for fun, invigorating exercise.

By Josh Horton Reporter

By Ellen Hoffman Reporter Students who are looking for a new, fun way to get in shape can look no further. The Adult Learning Center offers a number of different workout options, like Zumba and yoga classes, for students to participate in at the Anderson Sports and Health Center. Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance and fitness class, was added to the fitness courses last year. Thea Kahn, Coordinator of Non-Credit and Special Programs, said Zumba has been the most popular class among students and adults from the community. Junior Kristen Egbert teaches Zumba classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week. “I took classes at home and wanted to bring the activity to campus,” said Egbert. “My favorite part of teaching is seeing my students having a good time out there.” Freshmen got a taste of Zumba when senior Andrea Brognano offered a fun activity in the McHale lounge on September 15. Brognano incorporated hit songs like “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz and “In My Head” by Jason Derulo to entice students to join in. “I love doing Zumba!” she said. “I get to have fun while working out and listening to great music.” Most freshmen seemed to enjoy themselves and agreed that they would

participate if it were offered again. “I loved the music that the instructor incorporated into the workout,” said freshman Alyssa Gotzman. “It was sometimes hard to see what was going on because it was so crowded, but it was still something different to try and I thought it was really fun.” Brognano suggests Zumba to everyone she talks to and thinks anyone who is looking for a great workout should get involved. “It’s a fun work-out that no one judges you for and everyone can do it. And there are no qualifications for it,” she said. Although Brognano uses regular workout exercises like running, she credits Zumba classes for getting her interested in lifting. “Zumba has led me to want to work out so much more,” she said. “I tried it once, and it was honestly the best workout for my entire body and since then I’ve been lifting more and getting in shape.” Yoga is another popular fitness class on campus. Offered on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, yoga class helps people enhance their flexibility and build muscle. Freshman Emily Santory has gone to yoga classes at home and she is thinking about taking a class on campus next semester. “I enjoyed

doing it at home because it’s a way of toning muscle without using weights,” she said. “It’s really relaxing and helpful in a lot of different ways.” Other campus fitness programs are water aerobics and a 1-2-3 fitness class, which offers fitness center access and other cardio and strength training sessions. The aerobics section on Saturday mornings is a To Be Announced class, where the instructor decides what type of workout the class will go through that day. “This is another very popular course among students and adults,” said Kahn. Kahn said that she feels the unveiling of the new fitness center will help other programs gain popularity. “Once the new center opens it is going to open so many different opportunities for the courses and the students involved in them,” she said. Courses are open to both students as well as community members. Students can pick up a registration form at the front desk of the Anderson Sports and Health Center or the Adult Learning Center in Mercy Hall. All classes require a small fee, but students can use supersaver discounts to lower the cost of most courses.

Football fans take on management roles in interactive game.

Most people believe that reality is better than fantasy, but this is not the case for avid fantasy football players. Those who dream of managing a sports team now can thanks to fantasy football. Fantasy football is a game that allows fans to draft a team from a pool of players in the National Football League. Then the “managers” must make a starting lineup. Most leagues are set up so each team has one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, one kicker, one team defense/special teams and one flex player. This flex player can be a third wide receiver or running back. According to a 2004 article written by San Francisco Chronicle staff writer Glenn Dickey, fantasy football began in 1962. Oakland Raiders limited owner Bill Winkenbach, Oakland Tribune beat writer Scotty Stirling and Raiders public relations specialist Bill Tunnel developed the idea in a New York hotel room. They believed fantasy football directed attention to teams in the NFL that reporters might not be covering. It also redirects the energy of fans such as Philadelphia Eagles fan and freshman Sean Forsyth. “The thing I love most about playing fantasy sports is that it makes me


Above, junior Jeff Salvatore checks his fantasy football team. pay attention to more teams than just the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Forsyth. “I pay attention to all the games that my players are on and the games that my opponents have players in. It makes the games so much more interesting.” Sophomore Kevin O’Dell said it’s a great pastime for students short on cash. “I have been playing fantasy football since my freshman year of high school and it is a lot of fun,” he said. “I am in a league with a lot of my friends and I enjoy the friendly free competition.” Some people say they play fantasy football for bragging rights, but some make a living playing the game. Matt Pitzer of USA Today makes a living by writing articles about fantasy football. Many fantasy players read his work to gain a better understanding of which players to play and which to bench. Fantasy football is much more popular now than in previous years due to advances in technology. Most fantasy leagues are

run through ESPN or Yahoo. Team owners can now surf the net in order to research statistics on their players and their opponent’s players. Mostly men play the game, but there is also an abundance of women who play. Freshman Melanie Clabia said she firmly believes it doesn’t matter whether you are a guy or girl, it is all about how much you know about football. She feels no disadvantage. “It is such an awesome feeling to beat a guy in fantasy football,” Clabia said. “It is such a great feeling because everyone thinks that guys know so much more about sports than girls and that isn’t necessarily true. I love sports and I love the challenge of owning my own fantasy team.” Students at MU are among the millions of people who have caught on to the fantasy football fever and experts predict that the market will continue to grow.

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Students SOAR to new heights Photos by Mark DeStefano

Members of the Student Outdoor Adventure and Recreation [SOAR] traveled to Main Wall outside of Nanticoke, PA to reach new heights rock climbing. Seven students and SOAR advisor, Patrick McKamy spent their Saturday afternoon climbing 50-foot rock formations nestled amongst a wooded area. The next SOAR sponsored event is a Night Hike on Wednesday October 6th. Students interested in attending future SOAR events can sign-up in the Student Activities office located in the Banks Student Life Center and speak with Patrick McKamy.

Right, members of the SOAR Climbing Trip look toward the sky as freshman Mandy Nollte keeps the rope steady. From left, freshman Myron Romanchick, senior Sam Scalpone, freshman Mandy Nolte, junior Jessica Bealer and sophomore Ashlin Rodrigues. Below, sophomore Ashlin Rodrigues braces herself next to a tree as she holds the rope for her fellow rockclimber. Members of the trip helped each other ascend the formation. One person would scale the slab, another would stand at the bottom to hold their rope. Bottom, junior Ashley Dinko grabs hold of the rock formation as she pushes herself to the top. Participants of the SOAR Climbing Trip were able to ascend rock formations over 50 feet into the air.

Right, senior Sam Scalpone holds the rope steady as she rests against a tall tree.

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Soccer, cont’d.

Board, cont’d.

among the top goal-scorers in school history, senior Jenica Keister, senior Jenn Brucker, sophomore Nicolette Hensel, junior Katie Usher and senior Morgan Myers in the net. The team has not been led by these standout returners alone. Many freshmen have also added to the team’s record of 7-1-1 so far this season. Emily Esposito adds speed to the attack and has shown great progress since the beginning of the year. Alyssa Mocion has had similar success, earning four goals to her name and Nicolette Ruffler also shows great promise for the future, even though she has

made only four appearances in 2010. As the season draws to a close, the women’s soccer team will hopefully compete in the Conference Championships. Stauffer has already begun to develop a game plan to prepare for MU’s toughest opponent. “Eastern University is going to be the biggest challenge going into the end of the year,” said Stauffer. “They can make things tough on us, but I know we’ll be ready.” For more on Men’s and Women’s Soccer, check out the Misericordia Athletics website.

Service, cont’d. Continued from page 2 from Sheetz, Coupons from Movies 14 and MU merchandise were up for grabs. The 17 agencies that attended the fair were the American Cancer Society, Victims Resource

Center, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, McGlynn Learning Center, Mineral Springs Learning Center, Hospice Community Care, Geisinger, Catherine McAuley House, Habitat for Humanity, CEO,


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Continued from page 4 have it in them.” After losing two-time All-Conference midfielder, Ashley McDonnell, to graduation, many players on the Cougar offense have been called to prove that they can match her numbers. Sophomore Laura Roney has accepted the challenge, already posting six goals and four assists in 2010. The Cougars’ returning talent also includes: sophomore Sam Helmstetter, who earned the Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year Award and an AllRegion selection last year, senior Kim Suchoski, is

Meadows Nursing and Rehab, VISION, Goodwill Industries, Jr. Achievement of NEPA, Domestic Violence Service Center, Hospice of Sacred Heart, and the Mercy Volunteer Corps.

Join us at our S P A C Celebration! r e Cent Monday October 11th 5-7 pm

Dallas school building. “We definitely have to look into housing.” The Metz Dining Hall is close to capacity. As the report states, a change in dining hours will be necessary, and new dining facilities might be added to enable students who engage in sports or other activities to eat later in the day. The biggest impact a football team will have on MU could be a cultural change. MU’s student population is thirty-one percent males, and with an additional 100, the total will jump six percent to thirty-seven. According to the report, the school will work to hire coaches who not only understand but teach MU’s philosophy and mission. Freshman Jen Burbella said he welcomes a team. “I think adding a football team will increase the school spirit in general, so perhaps other sports will become recognized more as well.” If the plan is approved, other sports programs, including baseball, may be upgraded. MU officials might install fencing and dugouts or build a new field. The turf used by soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse will be refurbished, and the soccer practice fields will become turf surfaces as well. “I want to see students staying here on weekends

MU Football Analysis Capital Budget Breakdown

Total Capital Expenditures: Fieldhouse: Bleachers/Press Box: Site Work: Replacement Turf: Turf Grass Field: Football Offices: Scoreboard:


$2,300,000 $520,000 $388,000 $500,000 $750,000 $75,000 $35,000


Capital Expenditures Needed: Sitework: Restrooms: Team Locker Rooms: Replacement Turf:


$250,000 $250,000 $360,000 $500,000


Football Capital Expenditures: Total: to get involved more and support not only the football team, but other teams as well,” said

$3,208,000 freshman Alyssa Bazink. “I hope students get out more, and the entire atmosphere and school spirit prospers.”

The Highlander: October 5, 2010  
The Highlander: October 5, 2010  

This is the October 5, 2010 issue of The Highlander. The Highlander is a free bi-weekly publication, produced in conjuction with the MU Comm...