News briefs: Mar. 20

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Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 at 6:02 PM

Mock trial wins award at American Mock Trial Regional Intercollgiate Tournament

The Edinboro University Mock Trial team recently made its mark in the American Mock Trial Regional Intercollegiate Tournament.

Competing against 12 other teams, the presented case focused on civil negligence, in which a television studio employee was killed by a trained animal during a studio dress rehearsal.

Edinboro participated in four trials, two as plaintiff and two as defense team, yet no verdict is reached in these contests.

The team’s vice-president, Emily Maziarz, was recognized for her performance both as an attorney and a witness, as were Julia Mutranowski and Josh Hudacky.

Others recognized for their work as attorneys included Tarae Price and Madison Lawrie, and for witnesses, Taylor Szuchon, Mary Lindeman and Josh Carpeno.

Mutranowski, a junior psychology major, is one of 10 students who received the “Outstanding Witness Award.”

Amber Chisholm | @edinboronow


'It Takes Two' coming to Pogue

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to “It Takes Two to Talk,” a free presentation to be given Thursday, March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center in Multipurpose Room (MPR) A.
The Hanen Program for Parents, which focuses on speech and developmental disorders in young children, will be discussed in order to help both the parent and children in focus, with workshop instructor Toby Stephan presenting.
Those with schedule conflicts are encouraged to attend at 11 a.m. as a break will take place at that time to minimize distractions.

Amber Chisholm | @edinboronow


Event looked to KO homelessness in Erie Area

“Over the past 11 years they’ve raised $550,000 and to be part of something like that, that’s generating that type of help for the community, is just awesome,” said Matt Pribonic, owner of Level Red Boxing, when asked about the Erie City Mission’s Knockout Homelessness event.

Knockout Homelessness is an annual charity boxing event put on by the Erie City Mission that benefits their Men’s Emergency Shelter and looks to aid those within the community that are dealing with addiction, hunger and homelessness.

Since 2008, notable leaders within the community have stepped into the ring in order to help battle these epidemics. The event’s 12th installment was held at the Bayfront Convention Center on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and was headlined by notable contestants such as Erie Mayor Joe Schember, Pastor of Elevate Church Colby Atkins, the Bizzarro family and Level Red Boxing’s Pribonic. Over 700 people filled the banquet style hall surrounding the ring for a night of fundraising, food and excitement.

Local legend and former professional boxer Lou Bizzarro Sr. faced off against Mayor Schember in the main event, while Pribonic stepped into the ring against Lou Bizzarro Jr. in a co-feature bout. Lastly, Colby Atkins stepped into the ring against John Boy Bizzarro.

“What we hope to accomplish through this is raising a lot of money to allow the mission to continue doing what they’re doing and also to raise a lot of awareness for how much need there actually is within our city,” said pastor Atkins regarding what he most looked forward to seeing happen as a result of the event. “We just have a passion to do that, to help people in this city that can be a very hopeless place in a lot of different areas.”
Pribonic, who wore American flags from head to toe, echoed these sentiments by noting: “I want there to be a heightened sense of awareness about what the Erie City Mission is doing, that they’re really doing something incredibly big. That’s part of the reason I’m dressed like this, so the community will look over and say, ‘oh what’s going on tonight? That’s cool, I didn’t know that the city mission did that.’ So the city mission gets credit for that.”

General admission was $40, or $350 to reserve a table for 10, while a gold table cost $100 per person, or $800 for a table of 10 that was located closer to the ring. If an attendee chose to donate more than this, they had their choice of five price levels with varying rewards for each.

A $250 donation resulted in a “Round Sponsor” designation and awarded the contributor two general admission tickets and their name featured on a sign before a round.

Donating $500 earned the designation of “Knockout Sponsor” and a choice between five general admission or two gold tickets, a half-page ad in the souvenir program and their name on a round sign.

A donation of $750 granted the same rewards as the previous level, but with the name of the contributor displayed on a towel during their choice of fight and the distinction of being a “Bout Sponsor.”

Being a “Fight Sponsor” allowed the benefactor one general admission table or four gold tickets, their name announced during the fight and their name being displayed prominently for a price of $1,500.

Finally, the honor of being an “Event Sponsor” could be gained through a donation of $3,000 and resulted in being issued one gold table, a full-page ad in the souvenir program, the name of the patron or their organization displayed at the event and their name on all advertisements.

All proceeds went directly to the Erie City’s mission to help those afflicted in the community by giving them a place to live and rehabilitate, while also providing the necessary services to ensure they get can get back on their feet and begin working again.

Andrew Barefield |

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