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Meal plans drain By JoEllen Marsh Editor-in-chief When Mercyhurst College students arrived back on campus,

Meal plans drain

By JoEllen Marsh


When Mercyhurst College students arrived back on campus, they discovered the Laker Inn, one of Mercyhurst’s most popular dining locations, had become a retail-only establishment. Instead of paying out of pocket or buying dining dollars, hundreds of students with board-only meal plans flock to Egan Dinig Hall as their only food destination. The Laker and the Student Union have had considerably less student traffic this year, even appearing empty during some

prime meal hours. Senior Ian Michalski said, “I come here a couple times a week for lunch, and it seems pretty dead. There’s just not the action we used to have in years past.” Sundeep Baggam from Parkhurst Dining Services estimated Egan receives between 2,500 and 3,000 transactions each day, while the Laker averages only 300-400. Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) President Dinorah Sanchez said, “It’s sad. There’s such great food, and people are impressed with Egan and impressed with the Laker. We want all students to have both options.”

Baggam, the manager at the Laker, said, “I’m trying to do the best I can to bring the board back to the Laker, but it’s up to the college to decide how and when it’s going to happen.” Board equivalency hours started in the Laker when Sodexo was in charge of food service to allow students to eat at non- traditional times. The contract Parkhurst signed called for Egan to be open until midnight, thus elimi- nating the need for board equivalency at the Laker - or so the college thought. “We have realized there’s no way for us to know how an operation is going to work and what the students are going to be

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requesting or thinking about until we actu- ally get it into place,” One Card Supervisor John Patterson said. New versions of baja chicken and sizzle salads are back on the menu in response to student comments, but any change to the board system is still up in the air. MSG reactivated the Food Ad Hoc Committee to help find a solution to these problems. “Nothing is definite, but we’re thinking together and trying to figure out what it is that we can do to bring students back to the Laker,” Sanchez said.

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Meal plans drain Laker

Continued from Page 1 Some students who do use the Laker prefer the shorter lines. Linda Smith, who worked at the Laker last year, said, “It’s a more pleasant experience for the customer. We get to spend more time with customers and give them a more personable experience. It’s nothing like it was with Sub Connection last year.” Michalskisaid,“Insomeregards it’s nice, but in other ways it would be more like a college campus, like a student union, if there were people passing through and that sense of people around.” . With the loss of the commu- nity atmosphere, club leaders and event organizers are forced to find new venues or step up publicity to draw students to activities. Director of Service-Learn- ing Colin Hurley blamed board changes for the 40-50 percent drop in attendance at the annual Service Fair held in the Student

Union. “One could count the number of students on one or two hands for the number eating at the Laker during our Service Fair. The only other students in the building were there to check a mailbox or for work-study,” Hurley said. Mercyhurst’s chapter of Amnesty International moved its display for Banned Book Week to Zurn. “The Union was our best place to table last year, but nobody goes there anymore,” Amnesty International President Rachel Brown said. “It’s going to probably take us a year to figure out what the Student Union will be,” Assis- tant Director for the Center for Student Engagement and Lead- ership Development Sarah Allen said. “Will it always be like this? I don’t know.” Make your thoughts heard:

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Juniors Lauren Balint and Meredith Stalker wait to receive their meals. They are the only students in line for the Sequoia Grill.

Hamilton lecture draws record crowd for Constitution Day

By Kelly Dempsey

Contributing writer

Constitution Day is the anni- versary of the signing of the United States’ Constitution, which was signed on Sept. 17,


Mercyhurst College hosts an annual Constitution Day lecture in honor of this occasion. On Thursday, Sept. 17, Dr. Michael Federici of the political science department presented his views on the constitutional theory of one of America’s ‘founding fathers,’ Alexander Hamilton. In his lecture, Federici discussed the constitutional and political theory of Hamilton as it related to the creation of a National Bank and Hamilton’s ideological opposition of Thomas Jefferson. After giving a brief history of Hamilton’s life, Federici spoke about Hamilton’s constitutional theor y. Hamilton was a loose construc- tionist, a Federalist, opposed citi- zen rebellion and was against the Bill of Rights, Federici said. Loose

constructionist is the name used for those who believe the Con- stitution contains not only those powers explicitly included in writ- ing, but also implied powers. According to Federici, many modern political scientists, especially those who admire Hamilton’s political and ideo- logical nemesis, Thomas Jef- ferson, tend to view Hamilton as someone who advocated stretching the Constitution to cover any power desired by the national government with no oversight. On the contrar y, Hamilton was an advocate of limited implied powers, which are powers that must necessarily be tied in explic- itly to the Constitution, Federici said. Hamilton viewed the cre- ation of the National Bank as one such limited implied power. On this and many other issues, Hamilton frequently clashed with Jefferson, who favored only allowing the national gov- ernment those powers specifi- cally stated in the Constitution. Another issue on which the two disagreed was on the type of

national government which ought

to be adopted by the fledgling

United States of America. Ham- ilton believed that the welfare of the nation depended on a strong national government, while Jeffer- son was a fervent proponent of

states’ rights, without interference from the national government. The difference in political ide- ologies between the two men continues to be discussed today. Hamilton was in the process

of writing a multi-volume work

on political theory at the time

of his death.

Its incompletion, according to Federici, makes Federici’s forthcoming book on Hamil- ton “both easier and harder” to write, he said.

Federici’s book will tentatively be released in 2011, by John Hopkins University Press. “The lecture was really inter- esting,” freshman Phil Blair said.

“I know more about one of our

‘founding fathers’ now.” Over 75 people attended the

lecture, the largest crowd ever

to attend a Mercyhurst College Constitution Day lecture.

Krugman discusses economic crisis

By Jeremy Mando

Contributing writer

Paul Krugman, a Nobel prize-winning economist and columnist for the New York Times, was interviewed at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. This event was broadcast live in the Taylor Little Theater on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The topic of discussion was the current economic crisis and what to do about the health care situation in America. Krugman said that major banks in America are failing to do enough in getting the economy

moving again. He added that the “only thing they have done right is not collapse.” Krugman expressed his dissat- isfaction with measures taken to combat the unemployment rate. He said, “The creation of new jobs has only been about half as big as it should have.” Krugman is a supporter of socialized medical care, which he said “is a lot better than most people in this country think it is.” Junior Cameron Woods agreed with Krugman. “The same people trying to derail the discussion for change are going to be the most affected in the

long run,” he said. Krugman hopes for a posi- tive change from the Obama Administration. He understands the great undertaking in finding

the best solution for the current issues and hopes that Obama can convince the more conservative voices, he said. Junior Jil Staszewski says she wishes that “more students would attend these lectures because they provide a means

of better understanding of what

is going on in the world around them.” A schedule of the 92nd Street

Y interviews can be found at

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September 23, 2009 NEWS Page 3 RSCO fair helps students become involved Tyler Stauffer photo Representatives

RSCO fair helps students become involved

2009 NEWS Page 3 RSCO fair helps students become involved Tyler Stauffer photo Representatives from various

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Representatives from various clubs and organizations spoke with interested students at the annual Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations (RSCO) Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

By Jennifer McCurdy

Contributing writer

New students, transfer stu- dents and even some upper- classmen looking for a new way to get involved filed into the Herrmann Student Union to learn about the opportunities on campus this school year. The annual Recognized Student Clubs/Organizations (RSCO) Fair, held on Wednesday, Sept. 16, offered Mercyhurst College students vital information about more than 55 of Mercyhurst’s clubs and organizations. “Students definitely need to be involved in college, and one way to do that is to join a club,” freshman Victoria Gricks said.

Spammers phish for personal information

By Alicia Cagle

Contributing writer

Phishing is not an activity you do on the weekend with your dad. Phishing is an on-the-rise problem in which

a fraudulent group attempts to trick you into

giving them your personal information. According to the Executive Director of Learning, Information and Technology Services

Pat Benekos, this problem is not just academic.

It affects people all over the Internet.

Phishing is not only a problem for the victim, but to the entire Mercyhurst College commu- nity, Benekos said. Once a group gains account information, spam will be sent from those e-mail addresses,

which can result in every Mercyhurst e-mail address being blacklisted. Like many other students, Sophomore KC Stoyer was asked for information from telemarketers and received e-mails in the past from Nigeria about lottery winnings, she said.

Benekos advises students and faculty mem- bers to never share their usernames, passwords, credit card information or any other personal information with anyone, and never open any attachments or links in e-mails about which they are unsure. Mercyhurst will never ask you to verify your information through e-mail, Benekos said. If it is necessary to contact someone with personal information, “You need to initiate the communication process and make sure it’s a bona fide office,” Benekos said. “Rule of thumb: If you didn’t contact the group first, don’t trust them.” “I think people need to be more careful about what they do in the first place,” sophomore Alyssa Boxer said. “If they are (more careful), the problem (phishing) shouldn’t be an issue.” Students who think they have been a victim of phishing should immediately change their passwords in an attempt to prevent anyone from accessing their accounts. Then, contact the Helpdesk at extension 3200. For more information on this issue, visit edu- or

Gricks joined the Snowboard- ing and Yearbook clubs because she was involved in both clubs during high school. Students who were not very involved during high school also decided to join clubs at Mercy- hurst. “I wasn’t very active in high school, and in college, I want to be more active in school activities and clubs,” freshman Amanda Stafford said. Stafford signed up for the History and Theatre Appreciation clubs. RSCO representatives had the opportunity to speak with interested students by making use of the crowds circling the many displays. “There’s been quite a turn- out this year,” Ski Club repre-

sentative Carey Pelletier said. “There’s certainly a nice variety of clubs. The fair’s grown nicely through the years.” Pelletier said that in past years, booths at the fair had been set up only in the Student Union’s Great Room. This year, several booths, including the Ski Club booth, migrated upstairs as well, “and it’s pretty crowded up here, too,” Pelletier said. The Ski Club had signed 15 new members about half an hour into the two-hour event. Other clubs showed similar results. For students who could not attend the RSCO Fair, additional information on Recognized Stu- dent Clubs/Organizations is available in the Student Union and on the Mercyhurst Web site.

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The ’Hurst is finally ‘home’

Last part of Clark’s 3-part series

By Faye Clark

Contributing writer

As Sept. 30 draws closer, the first month at Mercyhurst Col- lege draws to an end for the class of 2013. By this time many fresh- men have taken their first test, turned in their first essay and survived their first attempt at doing their own laundr y. They know where the library is, what the bus schedules are and how

long it takes to get to class. They are finally beginning to feel as though they belong on campus. “I basically found my usual group of off-beat people,” freshman Katie Felong of Red- wood City, Calif., said. There have already been a multitude of movie nights in her residence hall, both in individual dorms and in the lobby. People are invited to stay and watch as they pass a room while people look for others with similar interests. But the sense of camarade-

rie was not always so strong. Elizabeth Aber nathy, a forensic anthropology major from North Carolina, came to Mercyhurst with a sense of dread. “Because I lived so far away, I was worried that everyone here would already know people to hang out with and I would be alone,” Abernathy said. “I was terrified that I would have an emotional breakdown and have to go home,” Amanda Schmeltzer of McMurry, Pa., said.

Students: Texts too pricey

By Carolyn Carlins

Contributing writer

According to The College Board, in one year, the average college student can spend up to $1,000 on textbooks. At this rate, the cost of textbooks can add up to approximately 75 per- cent the cost of tuition. While the average Mercyhurst

College student only spends approximately $460 on college textbooks, it is always impor- tant to search for the most eco- nomical solution to purchasing books. When it comes to buying the term’s textbooks, besides relying on campus bookstores, many students rely on resale book stores and Web sites. In the hunt for reduced prices, students turn to Web sites such

as Amazon,, and Ebay. In addition to these solutions for cheaper books, another Web

site,, has

a unique answer to the search for textbooks. Rose Anderson, the creator

of the Web site, believes that

it is time to “think outside the


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September 23, 2009 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Page 5 ‘Departures’ opens movie season at PAC By Alaina

‘Departures’ opens movie season at PAC

By Alaina Rydzewski

A&E editor

The Guelcher Film Series kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Mary D’Angelo Perform- ing Arts Center, showing the Japanese film “Departures.” This film explores one man’s dream for himself and his des- tiny, which often can be two completely different things.

Daigo Kobayashi (Masa- hiro Motoki) is a cellist whose orchestra has disbanded and left him jobless. He decides to move back to his homeland of Japan with his wife to start over and look for work. While looking for a job, he stumbles across an ad titled “Departures” that he falsely thinks is an advertisement for a travel agency. When he goes for his inter-

for a travel agency. When he goes for his inter- Contributed photo “Departures” is the first

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“Departures” is the first movie in the Guelcher Film Series.

view, the owner briefly glances at his résumé and immediately hires him. Wary of the coffins lining the wall, Kobayashi asks what kind of work he will be doing, and learns that he will be a funeral profes- sional, preparing bodies for their journey to the next world. Although his wife is disgusted, Kobayashi takes a kind of pride in his work and continues with the job. Too embarrassed to confide in his wife, Kobayashi and his wife continue their relationship on pre- carious terms, which turns into the defining theme of the movie. A story that delves deep into the human soul and focuses on issues everyone has to deal with, “Departures” will remain in the audience’s mind long after they see it. The film plays at 2:15 and 8 p.m. and is free to students with ID.

Students value faculty show

By Alexandra Stacey

Staff writer

The D’Angelo School of Music hosted its first faculty recital in Walker Recital Hall on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. The faculty recital series serves as a place for the fac- ulty of the music school to perform their primary instru- ments for students and the community. This month, the featured artist was Brent Weber. Weber is an assistant pro- fessor of voice at Mercyhurst College and performs tenor voice. He was accompanied by Erik Meyer, who is an adjunct pro- fessor of organ at the ’Hurst. Students enjoy watching their favorite teachers perform. Freshman Chad Bonifazi

said, “It’s nice to hear them for once. We spend all year performing for them, and we never get to really listen to their talent.” Theprogramof Weber’srecital consisted of a few large pieces. He started the concert with “Unverganglichkeit” by Erich Wolfg ang Kor ng old. This piece consist- ed of five movements and is sung in German. The next piece that Weber per- formed was “Airs Champetre” by Francis Poulenc. These were originally writ- ten for soprano voice, but were adapted for tenor, and are per- formed in French. After a short intermission, Weber perfor med the last five movements from a piece titled “A Young Man’s Exhor tation” by Gerald Finzi. These movements explore the

changes that occur in a young man’s life. The last piece that Weber sang was “Five Movements For My Father” by Susan Kander. For this piece, a small ensemble was brought out, including Samuel Rotberg on violin, Rebecca Wunch on clarinet, Robin Hasenpflug on cello and Erik Meyer on piano. Only three movements were performed, two of which were in English, and one of which, based on a poem, was in French. Overall, the audience had a very warm response to Weber’s recital. Junior Lynn Dula said, “I love to watch the man who has taught me so much perform in his own concert.” “I’m proud to say that Mr. Weber is my voice teacher,” junior Randi Heitman said.

The Guelcher Film Series Fall Schedule

• September 23 - “Departures”

• September 30 - “Riding Alone for a Thousand Miles” • October 7 - “Food, Inc.” • October 14 - “Moon”

• October 21 - “The Drummer” • October 28 - “Séraphine” • November 11 - “Munyurangabo” • November 18 - “12”

CWB album needs work

By Casey Harvilla

Staff writer

Normally, I consider myself to be pretty open-minded when it comes to music. Still, there are few things worse than clashing genres, which, in most cases, is a cardi- nal sin of music. Unfortunately, this is the case for the Charlie Wheeler Band, made up of Greek Che- ronis, lead vocals and harmon- ica, Charlie Wheeler, guitars, Anthony Brown, keyboards, Chuck Jacques, bass and Darren Payne, drums. Based in western Pennsylva- nia, CWB’s members hail from War ren & Ridgway, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y.

hail from War ren & Ridgway, Pa., and Jamestown, N.Y. Contributed photo The Charlie Wheeler Band

Contributed photo

The Charlie Wheeler Band came out with their debut ablum, called “Highway Run.”

Their debut album, titled “Highway Run,” was released last year. The album’s overall feel is rather unclear, as the songs change from country- inspired blues to overpro- duced rock. In some cases, the variety of sounds would be a refresh- ing change, but for the Charlie Wheeler Band, the songs do not flow very well, further focusing on the fact that they are radically different. On a positive note, the vocals are very well-produced and the lyrics are well-written. The main problem is their inability to choose one genre and stick with it. The band’s tagline, “Old School Rock for Fresh Young Minds,” centers on another problem: their initial audience. CWB should aim less toward the younger generation and more toward adults who may have a less discriminatory taste in music. Overall, the album is obvi- ously not my style, but might be a new favorite to some of you. So, if you like the idea of blues, rock and country mash-up, give the Charlie Wheeler Band a chance.

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New Facebook application strikes fear in stalkers

By Jordan Zangaro

Opinion Editor

I became an obsessive, dedicated member of the Facebook community the week I started at Mercyhurst College. In all honesty, I check my Facebook between 10 and 15 times a day, and I am positive most of my fellow classmates are around that region, too. It is a great way to keep up with your friends from home, friends you made while studying abroad and your out-of-town family. But, let’s be serious, it is a

better way to keep up with everyone and anyone. This was all fine and well until last week when there was a threat of the new “Fan Check” application, which supposedly told you who visited your page the most. Panic struck Facebook stalkers everywhere. My roommate lives and breathes on Facebook. In all seriousness, she probably has been on most of the pages of every student in Mercyhurst As alarming as it sounds, don’t worr y. She is har mless. I have never seen a reaction such as hers when I told her she had

been “tagged” on a girl’s Fan Check application. Her face turned transparent and her eyes got so wide you would think she just spotted the ghost of her sister’s dog—which she refers to as her nephew. She looked at me and said, “Uh oh, this is not good.” We both busted out laughing about how panicked she was thinking of the people who were going to know she constantly checks their pictures and status. But, she was not the only one filled with fear. My older sister just missed being part of the

technology generation and only discovered the addiction of Facebook about a year ago. When she caught wind of the threat of her stalking being exposed, she immediately texted me 20 questions about the credibility of the rumor she had heard. My professors and adult family members have made comments about how creepy Facebook seems to them. I have always agreed because I have been stalked and I have stalked. My favorite incident was when a guy friend from home visited. He knew my roommate’s first

and last name and said she had

a beautiful smile

meeting her. I never understood the severity of the problem until there was a chance we were all about to be exposed. I have to admit, it was embarrassing. But really, take a minute and think about if the application



was effective and people could know that you were checking up on them. Whose page would you show up on? How comfortable would you feel if they knew? Relax. The application turned out to be a virus, so you can




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The U.S. economy: In ruins since 1913

By Thomas Kubica

Staff writer

The same people who laughed at Peter Schiff and Ron Paul’s warnings of the now ongoing economic catastrophe are con- cerned that the government- licensed central bank’s freedom and independence are at stake.

The Wall Street Journal this past July said, “More than 175 prominent economists warned

that the politicians’ attacks on the Federal Reserve are put- ting ‘the independence of U.S.


urged Congress to back off, lest it undermine the Fed’s abil- ity to manage the economy and thwart inflation.”





Procrastination ruins weekend

By Victoria Gricks

Staff writer

Scanning my room, I notice an assortment of things – a bag from Giant Eagle, filled with food from my roommate’s mom; Señor Frogs, the Betta fish that doesn’t enjoy swimming; and Domo, the hideous stuffed animal given to me by my best friend before I left for college. But there is one item that stands out the most: a drying rack. As soon as I lay eyes on it, I laugh. Every inch of the wooden frame is covered in clothes, leaving no room for anything else. (This is why my bras are currently air-drying on the floor). Also, I see that the structure is lopsided. (My roommate and I did a poor job at following the directions when building it.)

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September 23, 2009 S p o r t s P a g e 7 Football Sept.
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19, W 20-16 IUP

Men’s Soccer


W 4-0 District of Columbia

Men’s Tennis


15, L 3-6 Allegheny

Water Polo


Sept. 19, L 3-6 Bloomsburg Sept. 20, W 5-4 East Stroudsburg 19, W 18-2 Behrend, W 17-16 OT Gannon

Sept. 20, W 17-8 Washington and Jefferson

Field Hockey


16, W 3-2 Seton Hill


Sept. 19, L 1-5 East Stroudsburg

Women’s Soccer


16, L 0-2 Edinboro

Sept. 19, T 2-2 2OT IUP

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15, W 7-2 Allegheny

Sept. 19, L 3-6 Bloomsburg


Sept. 20, W 7-2 East Stroudsburg



15, W 3-2 Houghton


Sept. 18, W 3-0 Kutztown, W 3-1 West Chester Sept. 19, W 3-0 Cheyney



18, Mercyhurst College sophomore

George Hyek lost in a split decision to Jeremiah Gurley.

George Hyek lost in a split decision to Jeremiah Gurley. Ethan Magoc photo Online game of

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Online game of the week

Mercyhurst College junior goalie Andy Sekulski celebrates a Laker 17-16 overtime victory over Gannon University in this week’s online game of the week. The men’s water polo team is now 5-2 on the season. Next week’s online game of the week will feature the Friday, Sept. 25, volleyball match against Slippery Rock University. To watch videos of all the online games of the week, visit and click sports.

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Mercyhurst College senior running back Ben Jennings celebrates his 18-yard touchdown run in the Lakers’ 20-16 upset victory over Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Lakers shock Hawks

By Nick Glasier

Sports editor

Electricity was in the air on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Home- coming game at Tullio Field as 1,635 fans crowded in to catch a glimpse of the Mercyhurst Col- lege football team. The Lakers put on a masterful performance in a 20-16 upset of Indiana University of Pennsyl- vania, which came into the game ranked 21st in the nation. Despite a lackluster history against IUP, the Lakers were not intimidated. “We knew we could play with IUP because we played with a higher-ranked team in Blooms- burg University. Despite the loss that game gave us the confi- dence that if we just minimized

our mistakes, we could play with anybody,” said head coach Marty Schaetzle. Coming out of the gates, things did not look so promising as IUP scored on its first proces- sion with a 31-yard touchdown pass, giving them a 7-0 lead. “Early in the game we started off slowly on the defensive and offensive end, but after that beginning stretch, we started to exploit some opportunities that IUP was giving us,” Schaetzle said. Sophomore Robert Giambra got things rolling offensively with his first career field goal from 38 yards out, closing the gap to 7-3. In the second quarter, the Lakers tallied another Giambra field goal and an 18-yard touch- down run by senior running

back Ben Jennings to bring the score to 13-7 at halftime. The Lakers scored on a 72- yard touchdown pass from senior Joe Laffey to junior Max Khuri to bring the score to 20-7 at the end of the third quarter. Despite a late charge by IUP in the fourth quarter that brought the score to an uncomfortable 20-16, the Laker defense held strong. The Lakers will have another tough test as they travel to Lock Haven University of Pennsyl- vania on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. in Lock Haven’s Home- coming game.

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Visit Laker Life Trey McIntyre Anything but ordinary By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer The Trey

Laker Life

Visit Laker Life Trey McIntyre Anything but ordinary By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer The Trey
Trey McIntyre Anything but ordinary By Sarah Mastrocola Staff writer The Trey McIntyre Project performance
Trey McIntyre
Anything but ordinary
By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff writer
The Trey McIntyre Project
performance that took place in
the Mary D’Angelo Perform-
ing Ar ts Center on Saturday,
Sept. 18, was anything but
ordinar y.
With unusual themes and
distinct choreog raphy, the
dance troupe gave a perfor-
mance that was uniquely theirs.
The opening piece of the
evening, “Ma Maison,” had the
dancers dressed as harlequins
with skeleton masks and was
set to a combination of flashy
music and gospel tunes.
The zany nature of this
piece came from the costum-
ing and bouncy quality of the
dancing joined with the music.
The next piece shifted the
tone as three dancers took the
stage in tan slacks and but-
toned dress shirts. Titled “(seri-
ous),” this pas de trois between
two men and one woman
utilized fluid and unusual
partnering that gave the piece a
memorable quality.
“Shape,” the following piece,
served the audience a new
surprise as dancers appeared
with balloons attached to their
bodies. The first dancer had
two balloons stuffed into her
oversized shirt, seeming to
represent abnormally large
breasts; another dancer had
balloons fixed to her hands,
and the third dancer had a bal-
loon on top of his head.
This piece had a flowing
continuation of movement, a
style common in much of the
choreog raphy, and was set to
music by Goldfrapp and The
Polyphonic Spree.
The final piece of the
concert, “The Sun Road,”
was a multimedia presenta-
tion created for the Wolf
Trap Foundation of Glacier
National Park.
This work combined live
dancing with screen projection
video recording of the dancers
in the National Park.
“It was a strange challenge
for me, the idea of making
a dance about a National
Park,” Trey McIntyre, the
program’s choreographer,
said. “It becomes the story of
how human beings move into
nature and change it.”
This piece showcased the
strength of the male dancers in
the company and was set to a
variety of music ranging from
fragments of Paul Simon’s “50
Ways To Leave Your Lover”
to the sounds of rushing wind
and native chanting.
When asked about the
performance, many audience
members gave glowing reports.
Freshman Emma Rishel
said, “It was unlike anything
I had ever seen before. It was
phenomenal, and some of the
things they did I did not know
were humanly possible.”
“It was absolutely fabulous,”
sophomore Anna Daught
While the unusual choreog-
raphy may not have appealed
to everyone, the dancers them-
selves were all extremely skilled
and marvelous performers.
Dance department professor
Michael Gleason said, “The
show was wonderful, and it
was really nice to see some-
thing that was a little further
out there. The dancers were all