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Dancers, campus mourn passing of Jenni-Lyn Watson
By Ethan Magoc
classes—a sense of routine reestablished after a short break. A place for students to ime and space celebrate evening Mass among transformed. peers in Mercyhurst College’s A time to gather Catholic tradition. again and return to
Instead, Christ the King Chapel offered neither on Sunday night for the Mercyhurst community. But to an overflowing crowd of hundreds, the college’s
wooden chapel and its foyer at the east end of Old Main provided much more during a memorial service for deceased student Jenni-Lyn Watson. Story continued on Page 2
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discovered Saturday morning near an amphitheater by New York police. “Within a very short period of time (after her death, she was) dumped like garbage in Clay Central Park,” Fitzpatrick said at a Nov. 27 news conference. Pieper, 21, was charged with second-degree murder a few hours after Watson’s body was discovered. Police suspect he acted out of jealousy and anger after Watson broke off the relationship and a year-long engagement in October. He immediately pleaded not guilty at Saturday’s arraignment and will appear in a Clay court on Friday. An autopsy was performed on Watson’s body Sunday which confirmed it a homicide, but police are waiting for tissue samples to determine an exact cause of death. Community efforts Mere hours after her disappearance became clear to Watson’s family and local police last weekend, word spread rapidly via Facebook to keep watch for a 20-year-old female of approximately 5 feet, 3 inches and 100 pounds. “She was little, but she was spunky,” said friend and fellow junior dancer Amy Deer. “Her energy was amazing.” Friends and family attempted to reciprocate that energy during the weeklong search and subsequent mourning period. Devin Ruic, Watson’s friend and a columnist for The Merciad, began a Facebook group early on titled “MISSING: Jenni-Lyn Watson” that eventually garnered more than 27,000 members. “It was amazing to see how much one person could be loved,” said Rachel Torgesen, another junior
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Watson was murdered Nov. 19 at her home in Liverpool, N.Y., where she had returned the day before from Mercyhurst and its fall trimester. As the refrain from “On Eagle’s Wings” came to a close midway through Sunday’s prayer vigil, dozens of students—many of whom barely knew or had never even met Watson—could be heard openly sobbing. Like he had done four days prior during a prayer service for Watson’s safe return, the Rev. James Piszker, the college chaplain, strode across the altar and spoke helpful but painful words. “The question comes to mind, ‘Was our (Wednesday) prayer in vain? Was our hope misplaced?’” he asked of the assembled. “I’m here to tell you that neither of those things are true,” Piszker said. Piszker and other campus personnel have already put forth a full effort to assist students grieving over the gruesome tragedy. Her murder Watson, a 20-year-old junior dance major, was at her home on the morning of Nov. 19. New York authorities allege that Steven Pieper, a man she dated on and off for approximately 18 months, arrived at her house that morning and an argument ensued. Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said Pieper likely killed Watson, carried her body into his Volkswagen that he had backed into the family garage, then drove two miles north to Clay Central Park. There, after a five-day police search, Watson’s remains were winter term final exams ended. Weber was a 27-year-old graphic design major. Less than two weeks after school began in September, women’s hockey assistant coach Kristen Cameron was struck by a drunk driver while riding her bicycle in Erie. She continues to rehabilitate a severe spinal chord injury but remains paralyzed from the chest down in a Toronto hospital. And Matthew Lieberman, a 2010 alumnus, succumbed to NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma on Oct. 6. He was 23. Watson’s passing now carries a similarly terrible and somber process for Mercyhurst’s 70 dance majors and others who knew her. Her roommate Heather Mills said she was the “kind of person who would always be exploding with life. “She was always about creating a home for us, and we really became a family—calling each other ‘mom’ as a nickname for each of us,” said Mills, who met Watson freshman year and began rooming with her this fall. “It will not be easy,” Piszker said Sunday night. “It will take time. But it will ultimately provide us with the consolation that we so desperately desire.” Hunter, who last watched Watson perform at SoMar Dance Works’ MOVERS & SHAKERS show on Nov. 13, believes peace and hope will slowly return to her department and its students. But how? “Our department is very close, so we have a large family to take care of,” she says, “but dance is a healing art. “We’ll keep dancing.”
The Mercyhurst College community mourned Jenni-Lyn Watson’s death at the prayer vigil on Sunday.
dance classmate and close friend to Watson. Many friends have already created remembrance slideshows with the wealth of photos Watson had posted to her Facebook and Myspace accounts. Mercyhurst’s Counseling Center and Campus Ministry are each offering their services to anyone struggling with Watson’s passing. More than 60 students who desired to be at her 11:30 a.m. funeral today in the Syracuse area left on a pair of buses from the Performing Arts Center parking lot at 5 a.m. “I do not know how many might drive themselves,” said Dr. Gerard Tobin, Vice President for Student Life. In addition to the temporary memorial to Watson in Zurn Hall’s lobby, the dance department is selling green ribbons with Watson’s ini-
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tials on them for a dollar each. All proceeds will be donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. And Mercyhurst President Dr. Thomas Gamble has already established the Jenni-Lyn Watson Memorial Dance Scholarship for future Mercyhurst dancers. Donations can be made at giving.mercyhurst.edu/ jennilyn. Tauna Hunter, dance department chair, believes Watson’s friends and classmates will find the most solace with one another. “The most important support they have is for each other,” she said. Memories of Watson Jenni-Lyn Watson’s death comes at the end of a tough year of tragedies for Mercyhurst. In February, adult student Matthew Weber died in his Lewis Avenue apartment the day that
Letter to the editor: The football intercession
Editor’s note: During Sunday night’s prayer service at Christ the King Chapel, intercessions were offered for the soul of Jenni-Lyn Watson and concern for her family. A prayer for Mercyhurst College’s football program, which is currently on an NCAA playoff run, was also offered. Some students viewed it as a non sequitur amid the vigil’s somber tone. Vice President for Student Life Dr. Gerard Tobin offers his explanation and apologies to those offended. This is what I had intended, though I do not think it worked. Life is complex. When people are dying, others are being born. A mom is diagnosed with a fatal illness, and a young couple is falling in love. Dave Matthews sings, “Funny the way it seems, if you think about it, somebody’s going hungry and someone else is eating out. Funny the way it is, not right or wrong, somebody’s heart is broken and it becomes your favorite song.” What I had hoped we could communicate was that while we are at once mourning the tragic death of Jenni-Lyn, a whole group of our student athletes and coaches have just accomplished a feat we had never achieved in our history. So our challenge is to acknowledge and celebrate this achievement in the midst of our great sadness. In a short prayer, I don’t think we affectively communicated the essence of this message. I apologize to those I offended. Please know, it was not my intent.
Visit The Merciad online to watch a video from JenniLyn Watson’s prayer memorial held Sunday.
December 1, 2010
Students complete surveys for chance to win iPad
By Chelsee Callahan
Mercyhurst College students have two chances to win an Apple iPad before Christmas break. Student Life and the Portal Governance Board created two surveys for students to share their opinions about the Mercyhurst Portal. One student will be chosen from each survey to win an iPad. The surveys will be available on the Mercyhurst Portal to all undergraduate students at both Erie and North East Campuses. “We’re trying to create more awareness about the portal,” Administrative Assistant for Student Life Nadine Bower said. “We tried to come up with an incentive for people to check it out.” The ﬁrst survey includes questions about how often students use the portal and what can be done to improve it. The survey asks questions about student use of smart phones. According to Bower, depending on student responses, the college may develop an application for portal use on smart phones. The winner of the ﬁrst iPad will be picked from students who take the survey between Monday, Nov. 29 and Sunday, Dec. 5. The ﬁrst survey winner’s name will be announced through different campus media outlets including the Mercyhurst Portal on Monday, Dec. 6. The point of this is to show that
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Mercyhurst freshman goaltender Jordan Tibbett and freshman forward Kyle Just have been charged with sexual assault.
Pair of hockey players charged with sexual assault
By Ethan Magoc & Nick Glasier
Editor-in-chief/ Sports editor
Two Mercyhurst College freshmen hockey players have been charged with sexual assault stemming from a Nov. 14 incident on Briggs Avenue. Kyle Just and Jordan Tibbett, both 20 years old, were arraigned in front of Erie 3rd Ward District Judge Tom Carney on Nov. 23 on a sexual assault felony count, according to a report by the Erie Times-News. Criminal complaints ﬁled in the case allege Just and Tibbett sexually assaulted a woman and forced her to perform a sex act in a Briggs apartment on Nov. 14. They were each released on $10,000 bond on Nov. 23. Tibbett, Mercyhurst’s freshman goaltender, is a native of Indianapolis, Ind. He has played in four games in 2010-11, registering a record of 0-3-1 for the Lakers with a 2.81 goals against average. Just, a forward from Arnprior, Ont., leads the Lakers in assists with six this season. He made the Atlantic Hockey Association’s most recent Honor Roll for his play through Nov. 21. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Erie County Courthouse’s Central Court. The college’s athletic department declined comment regarding Tibbett and Just’s status with the varsity hockey program, but neither played during the team’s two weekend losses. Mercyhurst Director of Marketing and Public Relations Meghan Corbin said the college is cooperating with the City of Erie Police and “following internal student disciplinary protocol” but would not release further details about the incident.
the Mercyhurst Portal is universal and involves many different types of media. The winner of the iPad from the second survey will be announced during the week of Dec.13, on the portal. The winner must claim his or her prize within 24 hours. If the prize is not claimed after this time, another winner will be chosen. Bower said she expects many students to participate in the survey, which will allow staff to improve the portal. “For further development and design, the feedback will help a lot,” she said. For a chance to win an iPad, visit my.mercyhurst.edu and click on iPad survey under the student tab.
The Lumen is accepting submissions through Monday, Dec. 13. E-mail submissions in attached Word documents to Dr. Ken Schiff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
boerner. Students are expected to have a working knowledge of all the software and computer programs in order to effectively convey creative design solutions, both in 2-D and 3D computer drawings. One of the newest and perhaps most exciting programs used by the department is Revit Architecture, which is the leading software program of its kind. The program “allows all professionals on a building project (designers, architects, contractors and engineers) to coordinate their information to increase accuracy, reduce waste, reduce building costs and anticipate design problems before the construction phase,” said Weidenboerner. Revit has also become the primary program used to do 3-D modeling of building interiors and exteriors. Design students are able to create
December 1, 2010
Interior Design majors use unique technology
By Lynn Dula
Mercyhurst College’s Interior Design Department has taken great measures to ensure that their students are prepared to enter the industry ready to compete and succeed. The department is utilizing stateof-the-art software to prepare their students for a thriving career. This includes a new program called Revit Architecture. Kathy Weidenboerner is the chairperson of the department, which has about 60 students enrolled. In order to keep up with the demands of new technology, the department updates all its software to the latest versions every year. The computers, currently Mac Pro towers, are on three-year leases and will be renewed next 3-D views of their interior designs, map building materials and ﬁnishes and ultimately create virtual “walkthrough” images and videos. The walk through” image and videos allow the student to guide a client visually through the proposed design solution. Another program, 3ds Max, is frequently used as well. 3ds Max is a program compatible with Revit that is used to render the 3-D images with photo-realistic ﬁnishes. The program provides clients with accurate images of the proposed interior design. Interior design students are also expected to have a good working knowledge of AutoCAD and AutoCAD Architecture, as well as Adobe Creative Suites CS5, Sketch Up and Artlantis. “All of these programs are the most prevalent software technologies currently in use by the design community,” says Weidenborner.
An example of a 3-D architectural design sample designed by senior Interior Design major Kimberly Ezzo.
summer. When it comes to computer programs that aid the interior designer, the department uses software that can “provide the student with a ‘toolbox’ of computer skills that they can use to conceptualize their designs and then have the ability to accurately communicate their designs to others,” said Weiden-
Teacher feature: Robert Hoff
By Jennifer McCurdy
Robert Hoff has chaired the psychology department since the major was founded in 1970. Hoff joined the Mercyhurst College community in 1969, “right after Woodstock,” he said. He was the ﬁrst full-time psychology instructor on campus. Hoff was born in New York City. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Minnesota and specialized in experimental psychology of learning and psychopharmacology. Hoff has a passion for teaching. “I love to engage and challenge students,” he said. “When the classroom conversations really get rolling, sparks start to ﬂy, and the conversation can go into uncharted waters.” Mercyhurst has awarded Hoff the Teaching Excellence Award, but he does not consider the honor his greatest achievement in his career. He takes pride in watching students develop their own careers. “Often students start at Mercy-
hurst College and they don’t know what they want to do,” he said. “In psychology especially, there are so many ways to go.” Hoff takes interest in helping students pursue their interests and ﬁnd a suitable career. He looks for that spark in each student. In the classroom, Hoff tries to incorporate discussions that promote critical thinking and help students develop solid questions. Hoff considers these abilities the most crucial skills for undergraduate students. The class discussions allow Hoff to determine the engagement of the students and sometimes open conversations in ways that allow him to learn things from the students. Hoff compares the process to jazz music, which he said, “is all about improvisation.” Off of campus, Hoff pursues his interest in music, which grew from his own college experience as a radio show host. He now hosts a nightly jazz program called JazzFlight on WQLN. To read the rest of this article, please visit www.merciad.mercyhust.edu/features
December 1, 2010
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Dancers launch outreach performances
By Sarah Mastrocola
As part of an ongoing effort to bring dance to the greater Erie community, the Mercyhurst Dance Department is presenting a series of outreach beneﬁt performances. The ﬁrst two performances took place in the fall term, and the outreach will continue throughout the year. This outreach project has been organized by junior Megan Dunphy, who is the chairperson for the Outreach Team in the dance department. “I thought it was wonderful that we were able to get together such a great performance in a short amount of time,” said Dunphy. “I was really proud of all the dancers and choreographers.” Seniors Claire Hinde, Nicole Lyons and Sarah Mastrocola all set new works on the dancers to be used for outreach performance throughout this year. Juniors Kristen Marincic and J.M. Rodriguez also prepared self-choreographed solos for the outreach shows. On Nov. 10, 16 dancers performed at the Neighborhood Art House for more than 40 children. Along with the group pieces and solos, senior Lindsey Smith and junior David Jakubson performed a pas de deux (dance for two) as part of a partnering demonstration. “The audience was very engaged and focused,” said Jakubson. “It seemed like they were very interested and were trying to ﬁgure out what the dance was about.” To enhance the interactive nature of the performance, the dancers brought a tutu and pointe shoes to show and discuss with the children. Jakubson also did some small partnering moves with a few of the children. On Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day, 13 dancers went to the Mercy Hilltop Center and performed for residents assembled for a Veterans Day luncheon. Hinde and Mastrocola honored this holiday with their choreographed pieces, which had a slight Americana ﬂavor and featured music by Aaron Copeland and Johnny Cash. “The audience members at each of these shows had never seen a live dance performance before, and they all really seemed to love it,” said Dunphy. The dance department looks forward to several more outreach performances in the future, featuring both new works and those presented during fall outreaches.
Jessica Borowczyk: dancing into the future
By Claire Hinde
Like many dancers, senior dance major Jessica Borowczyk started at a very young age, pointing her toes from age 3 for a local studio in her hometown of Naperville, Ill. Her love of dance has carried her to where she is today. After taking classes at Von Heidecke’s School of The Chicago Festival Ballet, as well as The Academy of Dance Arts, ABT, The Washington School of Ballet and Boston Ballet, Borowczyk started looking for dance opportunities in college. Certain that a ballet program was the right choice, Borowczyk was drawn to Mercyhurst’s acclaimed curriculum. Three performances with varying styles and strong academics, as well as the small and lovely campus drew Borowczyk into the Mercyhurst community. “I like that the dance department feels like a family. Everyone is really close and supports each other.” Borowczyk said. Aside from Mercyhursts’s tight knit community, Borowczyk has had the opportunity to perform in many different areas since arriving at the College. Borowczyk was fortunate in being a part of the Lake Erie Ballet during her time as a Mercyhurst Dancer, giving her the chance to test out what it is like to be in a real company. She also appeared in many performances put on by the Mercyhurst dancers throughout the year and cites particular interest in the winter term show, Raw Edges, choreographed entirely by Mercyhurst dance students. “I think it challenges me the most in a style other than ballet and I love to see what great choreography my peers come up with,” she said. In addition to her successes on the stage, dance is not all that is on Borowczyk’s plate, as she is a double major in World Languages and Cultures. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Paris this past summer. Borowczyk also serves as president for the dance honor society Nu Delta Alpha, which has helped her to ﬁnd her voice and grow. As graduation approaches and Borowczyk looks to the future, she aims to be a performer in either a ballet or contemporary company. Teaching also interests Borowczyk and she hopes to attain a teaching certiﬁcate. Teaching ballet is a passion, but Borowczyk also hopes to be a high school French teacher when her performance career has ended.
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Borowczyk plans to join a ballet or contemporary dance company after graduation.
Although dancing professionally can be a daunting task, Borowczyk’s Mercyhurst education and experience in dance is sure to lead her to a great future.
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Floor mates cause problems
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roommates and I began joking back and forth through messages taped to our window. We assumed that everything was in good fun and nothing bad was said between us. Unfortunately, the boy took things too far—he opened our window while we were sleeping and stole our garden gnome statue that we keep on the windowsill. We got it back, but not until his friend came over to give it back to us. After that, we stopped leaving messages. We thought everything had died down until we found out that he was pretending to be us and writing insulting messages on his friends’ whiteboards. The situation has become very frustrating. ----
How to handle and overcome annoying situations
Do you have any advice? — A WINDOW WARRIOR DEAR WINDOW WARRIOR: Sometimes, living in a communal building can be very difﬁcult. There will always be people that push your buttons and rub you the wrong way. The best thing to do is not get aggravated and to ignore anything else the boy does. It is likely that he is lonely. Perhaps he is not on good terms with his own roommates and needed someone to talk to, and this was his way of trying to get your attention. The best thing to do is not retaliate, and maybe even try striking up
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a casual conversation in the hall with him one day. However, if things escalate and he tries to get into your apartment or take something from you again, you should report the situation to your RA. These things obviously make you uncomfortable and you don’t find them as amusing as your floor mate does. I hope that you can put the past behind you and continue onward with no grudges. Best of luck!
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Facebook group offers 2 ways for people to cope in crisis
By Andrew Mayher
Dozens of media outlets were contacted to post Watson’s description. Countless Facebook statuses and profile pictures were replaced with Watson’s description and the Onondaga sheriff ’s number. Many of these actions resulted from Mercyhurst student Devin Ruic’s efforts. He created the above Facebook page shortly after Watson went missing. I was a member of the group when there were only 200 people, but watched as the numbers grew from 2,000 to 5,000 to more than 25,000 members. Many Mercyhurst students were among them. Some members are found throughout the world, including Mercyhurst’s sister college in Dungarvan, Ireland. This group was utilized as a discussion board to coordinate efforts to bring Watson home. Missing flyers could be downloaded from the page. Wall posts contained suggestions of different media outlets to contact, including those that had already aired information about the disappearance. Members constantly gave inspiration to one another to continue their efforts. In today’s world, we often hear of cowards hiding behind a computer and cyber-bullying someone. We rarely hear of a social networking site being used with good intentions, yet that was the case in this instance. Junior, Michelle Tatavosian posted one of my personal favorite quotes by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Rest in peace, Jenni-Lyn. You and your family are forever in our thoughts and prayers. And may justice reach those who deserve it.
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“May God bring Jenni-Lyn Watson home to her family and friends.” This prayer has become customary among the more than 27,000 people who are members of the Facebook group, “MISSING: Jenni-Lyn Watson.” As many of us know, Watson went missing shortly after heading home to Liverpool, N.Y., for Thanksgiving break. Because of the tireless work of family, friends, friends of friends and concerned citizens who never knew her directly, she was present in the minds of thousands around the country. Hundreds of missing posters were posted throughout the nation, stretching from California to the East Coast.
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December 1, 2010
Since Schaetzle arrived in 2002, the program has had one other winning season. “I kind of wish the success had come sooner for us. In the beginning, we were growing a program. We were trying to make things better and more comfortable for us while trying to prove our program,” Schaetzle said. Coming into this season, the Lakers were predicted to ﬁnish seventh in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Schaetzle disagreed with the pick from the beginning. “We felt that we could do better than what we were predicted to do,” said Schaetzle. “We didn’t pay much attention to it.” He and the team were correct, as they have surged far past expectations. “To get to this point, we have had very hard workers on this team. We have been able to take it one game at a time and restrained from looking too far ahead,” Schaetzle said. The senior leaders—Garrett Kensy, Bryan Boyce, Tim Herbener
Schaetzle rewarded for past struggles
By Nick Glasier
The journey to success for Mercyhurst College football’s head coach Marty Schaetzle has been one of great struggle and hard work. Schaetzle has coached the Lakers for nine seasons and through many ups and downs. This year, Schaetzle has taken Mercyhurst football to new heights. The Lakers are in the NCAA playoffs for the ﬁrst time and are now in the third round. They defeated Bloomsburg University, 28-14, Saturday and earned the program’s ﬁrst NCAA playoff victory. The victory has already performed volumes for the football program. “It is great for the program, for all the players that have worked so hard, and for our students and fans that have really been coming out and supporting us,” Schaetzle said. The success has been a long time coming for Schaetzle. and 1,872 passing yards. The move to make Rearick the starter has been, perhaps, one of Scaetzle’s best moves. “Kensy got hurt a couple weeks before our fall break. Travis really excelled on the ﬁeld and lead us to a couple of comeback victories and he has had the job since,” Scahetzle said. There has also been a great deal of positive fate associated with this year’s success, according to Schaetzle. “A lot of teams are as good as us, but we have been able to stay healthy and we have had some breaks go our way,” Schaetzle said. He is now one step away from taking his team to the Division II semiﬁnals. Schaetzle, however, is not quite ready to start looking back on what his team has accomplished this year. “Somewhere down the line, I don’t know when, we will look at what we have done and see that we have accomplished a lot but for now we are staying focused,” he says.
Marty Schaetzle addresses his team in the postgame huddle after Saturday’s victory over Bloomsburg game.
and Gerald Anderson—have also played a huge role for the team. “These guys are really good people with great character and have done a great job leading this team,” Schaetzle says.
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One other big factor in the Lakers’ success this season has been the emergence of redshirt junior quarterback Travis Rearick. Rearick has sparked the Lakers’ offense with 22 touchdown passes
Manchel facing tall task with young roster
By Rachel O’Connor
Last season, the Mercyhurst College men’s basketball team posted an 18-10 record, went 8-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and made an appearance in the PSAC Championship Tournament. After losing 76-69 to Clarion in the PSAC Tournament quarterﬁnals, the Lakers also lost nine players from their roster; eight graduated and one transferred. With new roster sports open, the Lakers and eighth-year head coach Gary Manchel added seven newcomers. Three are Division I transfers, one is a junior college transfer and three are freshmen. “We have a lot of new guys that have to adjust to our system,” Manchel said. “We need them to be for us, and he is a very good defender too,” Manchel said of Ratner, who led the team last season in scoring average with nearly 16 points per game. Sophomore Luis Leao, graduate student Olivier Dupiton, junior Bill Weaver and senior Shelton Jackson could all have breakout seasons as well, according to Manchel. All four players have already proven they are essential elements to the Lakers’ lineup this season. Leao leads the team in rebounds—averaging 8.3 per game. Weaver has tallied ﬁve blocks, and Jackson leads the Lakers’ passing effort with 11 assists. Dupiton has already shown prowess from the foul line and managed 10 rebounds in three games. Although only three games into the 2010-11 season, the Lakers are 3-0 and have beaten all three opponents by at least 10 points. In fact, they stomped Lake Erie College by 26 points in Saturday’s home opener. Each new season brings new goals and expectations, but one remains the same. “I think this season is like every season. We want to be able to compete at the top level of the PSAC and make it into the playoffs,” Manchel said. The next few games for the Lakers could be crucial predictors of this season’s tone. “The next two games are going to be good tests. Urbana, although 1-7, has played a really tough schedule, and last year they beat Gannon, Edinboro and us,” said Manchel, noting that Mansﬁeld, the team’s Dec. 6 opponent, is undefeated. “(Mansﬁeld) will let us know where we are early in the season.” After Thursday’s trip to Urbana, Mercyhurst will play at home Dec. 6, 11 and 12.
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The Mercyhurst College junior guard Jamal Turner makes a nolook pass in the Lakers’ 92-66 victory over Lake Erie College.
committed to defense, grind for victories and be able to stay under control on both ends.” The new additions to the roster will join the ﬁve returnees from last season, including senior guard Heiden Ratner who already has a PSAC Player of the Week honor under his belt this season. “He is a kid that can really score
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