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Bryonn Bain discusses wrongful imprisonment
By Stefani Baughman
As a second-year student at Harvard University Law School, Bryonn Bain was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. He was arrested twice. Once for vandalism and once for outstanding warrants for arrest. Now, he shares his story of wrongful imprisonment and racial proﬁling world-wide through lecture, music, poetry and theater. Over 100 colleges and correctional facilities in the U.S., Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe have hosted Bain’s lectures and performances. After next week, Mercyhurst will be among them. After being wrongfully incarcerated, Bain won a law suit against the New York Police Department, appeared in an interview on 60 Minutes and wrote “Walking While Black,” a Village Voice cover story. Bain’s new book, “The Ugly Side of Beautiful: Rethinking Race and Prisons in America,” which is based on his experiences, is soon to be released. Bain’s Lyrics on Lockdown Tour has reached prisons in 25 states and led to the creation of a series of university courses using poetry and other arts to educate those in correctional facilities about critical literacy. The program was initiated by Bain’s grassroots organization, Blackout Arts Collective.
Speaker addresses US injustices
Bryonn Bain was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit.
Duncan, Ph.D., and Rolfe Peterson, Ph.D., are responsible for arranging the event. According to Duncan, in addition to speaking about his personal experience, Bain is supposed to address issues surrounding the high rates of incarceration, speciﬁcally of minorities and the injustices of the U.S. criminal justice system. Peterson expressed the importance of the speaker. “Dr. Duncan and I felt that one of the most pressing ‘freedom’ issues in American society is the criminal justice system, and speciﬁcally, we were interested in a discussion of the challenges the United States faces in regards to mass incarceration rates, race, and freedom denied,” he said. “Mr. Bain is a leading voice on the US prison system and its inﬂuence in society.” Along with Bain’s public lecture, Students will participate in a student-practitioner panel Tuesday, Oct. 23, where there will be a discussion of challenges in criminal justice and the prison system as well as a discussion on the ethics of crime and punishment. “(From Bain’s lecture) we hope students will have a greater understanding of the operation and impact of the prison system,” said Peterson. “Students in general will have a better
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Currently, Bain teaches for Harvard’s Dramatic Arts Division as a Visiting Lecturer. Among other universities and colleges, he has taught at Brooklyn College, New York University and Columbia University, providing courses on prison issues, hip hop and spoken word poetry. Bain completed his juris doctorate at Harvard Law School and his master’s in urban politics and cultural studies at New York University. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University where he studied political science and African American studies. The political science department, along with support from the criminal justice, English and religious studies departments, are sponsoring Bain’s visit to Mercyhurst. Political science professors Natasha
Bain shares stories of his imprisonment through poetry, music and theater.
understanding of the important intersection of race and crime and punishment in U.S. society from a leading voice on the subject.” Bain’s presentation, “Freedom Denied,” is free and open to the public. The event will be at the Taylor Little Theater on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. For more information about Bain and his experiences go to http://www. lyricsfromlockdown.com.
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’Hurst dinosaur exhibit open at TREC
By Kierston Bromley
“The Age of Dinosaurs” exhibit is the largest display ever to set up in Erie and features a never before seen adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex skull. The exhibit is on display from Saturday, Oct. 13, to Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC), located by Presque Isle State Park right across the street from Waldemeer Park. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday including weekends and admission is free to the public. The exhibit contains a variety of specimens from the era of the dinosaurs and is curated by Mercyhurst University Instructor of Geology Scott McKenzie. Most of the pieces are on loan from Michael and Barbara Sincak who maintain a business known as “Treasures of the Earth.” The exhibit marks the premiere of “Tinker,” the ﬁrst adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex skull ever found. Two adult Tyrannosaurus rex skulls, a full scale “ﬂeshed out” Plesiosaur and fossilized vomit also accompany the adolescent skull. According to McKenzie, a friend of his found fossilized vomit 20 years ago. These types of fossils assist in detailing what dinosaurs ate in ancient times and are important in piecing together the ancient past of the time of the dinosaurs. The Plesiosaur is a marine reptile that resides at about 15 feet tall. “(The Plesiosaur) is massive and the way they have it placed on the stand makes it feel as if it is coming out at you,” said freshman and exhibit help Emily Esteban-Baughman. “There is no place else that someone could see all of these specimens together at the same time,” said Archaeology and Anthropology Lab Supervisor Jeffery Illingworth. “Many
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“The Age of Dinosaurs” exhibit includes a full scale Plesiosaur, two adult Tyrannosaurus rex skulls and an adolescent Tyrannosaurus rex skull.
of these have actually never been exhibited to the public anywhere on the planet.” McKenzie in particular wishes to
promote the idea that the dinosaurs did not totally go extinct, but instead became birds. “When looking at a bird you are looking at a dinosaur and vice versa,” McKenzie said. The draw of the exhibit, according to Illingworth, is two-fold. First, the enjoyment factor of seeing cool dinosaurs and other specimens is a major factor. Second, the exhibit sets itself up for teaching and research. Esteban-Baughman thinks the exhibit is perfect to take Boy and Girl Scouts to visit. McKenzie is very excited about the unveiling of the exhibit, working with extinct animals in general and teaching anyone who will listen about dinosaurs and the history of the earth. McKenzie said, “(The exhibit) is a dream come true.”
I ntro d u c in g ‘ Lake r o f th e Mont h’
Remember that time in high school when the announcements came on and the entire class listened to hear who ‘Student of the Month’ was for their grade? Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) and the Merciad are teaming up to bring you a ‘Laker of the Month,’ but they need your help. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate an outstanding student who deserves recognition. Once nominations have been submitted, representatives from MSG and the Merciad will select one student to be the ‘Laker of the Month.’ This student will then be featured in an article published in the Merciad. The student should be someone who has excelled or put forth acknowledgeable effort for Mercyhurst or the community. The ﬁrst ‘Laker of the Month’ will be announced the Nov. 7 issue of the Merciad. Nominations should be submitted no later than a week before the issue. Members of MSG and Merciad editors are excluded from the nominations. Student nominations can be submitted to lakerofthemonth@ mercyhurst.edu with a brief description of why you think that person should be ‘Laker of the Month.’
What students need to know about voting in Pennsylvania
With so much confusion in Pennsylvania about needing identiﬁcation to vote, many people are still unsure about what is required of them on election day. There are basic things students need to know before they head to the polls:
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Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The voter registration deadline has passed in Pennsylvania. Tuesday, Oct. 9, was the last day to register to vote. Only ﬁrst-time voters and voters that moved to a new polling location will need to show an ID in order to vote. Acceptable forms of identiﬁcation include: Pennsylvania driver’s license, ID issued by a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agency, ID issued by the U.S. Government, U.S. passport, U.S. Armed Forces ID, student ID, employee ID, voter registration card, nonphoto ID issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, non-photo ID issued by
the U.S. Government, ﬁrearm permit or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check. As of Tuesday, Oct. 2, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled that photo IDs were not required to vote in this election. If you are not a ﬁrst-time voter or a voter that moved to a new polling location, you do not need to show photo ID. A poll worker will ask for photo ID, but it is not required in order to vote. To vote by absentee ballot in Pennsylvania, you must have a reason to do so. Applications for an absentee ballot must be received by the county board of elections by Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m.
To check your voter registration status, ﬁnd your polling location, obtain an absentee ballot application or address any other questions, go to http://www.votespa.com.
North East health career camp honored
By Jaslyne Halter
Over the past six summers, Mercyhurst University has offered Health Career Explorer Camps at the North East Campus, giving nearly 400 culturally diverse teens hands-on experience in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, medical lab technology, respiratory therapy and emergency medical response training. This year, Mercyhurst’s actions were recognized when it received a SPARKS Honorable Mention Award by the Healthy Youth Development of Erie County. Linda Rhodes, Ph.D., director of the Hirtzel Institute on Health and Aging at North East, said, “The idea came from me and Penny Monahan six years ago when we discussed how we were not getting many minorities applying for nursing and allied health programs. We felt that we needed to reach out to the community rather than wait for them to come to our door step.” Because of these beliefs, each summer The Hirtzel Institute on Health Education and Aging of Mercyhurst University survey new high school graduates. Now that middle school children who entered camps four years ago are graduating, the university is witnessing the beneﬁts as these previous campers sign up for degrees in allied health and nursing. Research shows that reaching students in middle school and early high school creates a commanding learning experience that can be a lifechanger. “Young people, and especially minority children, are not aware of all the terriﬁc career opportunities in health care. Our camps give them the opportunity to actually experience what it is like to be a nurse, a paramedic or a respiratory therapist. And that’s powerful,” Rhodes said. At the camp, students receive their own set of scrubs and stethoscope while they are exposed to an intense week of clinical activities, ﬁeld trips and sessions with professionals among six health occupations. “We came up with the idea of offering summer camps and I wrote a grant that was funded by the Department of Labor and Industry for four years,” Rhodes said. “Today, it is funded by the university and co-sponsors. The kids give us terriﬁc reviews each year and our camp co-directors, Michelle Lukasiak and Elaine Stanton are the true heroes with this program,” she said. Not only does the camp offer an opportunity for students to gain experience in the health ﬁelds and knowledge as to how to practice healthy lifestyles, but also an opportunity for furthering their educations. Each camp graduate receives a $2,000 scholarship toward any program at Mercyhurst University, North East Campus once they graduate from high school.
Student clubs in the Hospitality Management Department are collecting personal care items, candy and toys for Operation Christmas Child. Students will ﬁll shoe boxes which will then be distributed to children ages two to 10 in underdeveloped countries. Donations are accepted through Thursday, Nov. 1, and can be dropped off in the bin outside Hospitality Management Instuctor Allyson Minor’s ofﬁce, Center for Academic Engagement 104.
HRIM collects donations for Operation Christmas Child
October 17, 2012
Board of Trustees names new members
During the Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees meeting on Saturday, Sept. 29, three new trustees were named. Andrea T. Jeffress, M.D.; Jane Gerety, RSM, Ph.D., and Tom D. Dillehay, Ph.D., are the newest trustees. They were elected to fouryear terms beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. Jeffress is a board-certiﬁed physician afﬁliated with OB/GYN Associates of Erie. Gerety is the president of Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. Dillehay is an anthropologist and currently holds the Rebecca Webb Wilson endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Religion and Culture at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. More information about the trustees can be found under the news releases at http://www.mercyhurst.edu/news/news-releases/.
Carpe Diem Academy strengthens curriculum
By Juan Mendez
With the Carpe Diem Academy, an extended learning day initiative for children in grades K-2 in four local schools, not only is Mercyhurst helping the students meet academic standards, but also providing education majors and graduate students with hands-on experience. The academy works with approximately 280 students from McKinley, Diehl, Lincoln and Edison schools throughout the week, instructing a daily block of literacy and math instruction that follows the district’s curriculum. Leanne Roberts, Ph.D., associate dean of the Hafenmeier School of Education and Behavioral Sciences said, “This is an excellent teaching opportunity for our pre-service teachers, who are learning about teaching by teaching.” The staff includes 12 graduate students, who are PA certiﬁed teachers, and about 20 undergraduate education majors from Mercyhurst, in addition to visiting artists, dance instructors and physical ﬁtness coaches, who implement physical activity and creative arts on top of the math and literacy instruction the Academy offers. Program Director of the Academy Amy Bauschard oversees the staff and daily functioning, making sure everything is going well. “If you look at the dynamic of the program, it is much like a school,” said Bauschard. “The teachers have ﬁfteen students each, work with them every day and they get to know them. There’s a very strong relationship between them.” “From the University’s perspective, the Academy is building a community
between the staff, as well as the foundation for their careers in education,” Bauschard added. The Carpe Diem Academy is unique in that there are no other initiatives like it run by a university’s department of Education, enhancing the lives of pre-service teachers in terms of their work experience and the lives of K-2 students in terms of their learning. The pupils are also served healthy snacks and dinner with fresh produce during the three hour program. According to Roberts, the staff takes mealtime as an opportunity to help enhance the children’s socialization skills and teach manners as well. The Academy is funded by a $1.5 million 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant and was recently awarded another grant for $19,000 by the Erie Community Foundation.
Missing something? Ask Police & Safety
If you ﬁnd yourself missing something, try contacting Police & Safety. Their ofﬁce contains a collection of lost items including apartment and dormitory keys, car keys, cell phones and clothing. Students can stop by Police & Safety, located behind McAuley Hall, or call them at (814) 824-2304.
Class withdrawal date nears
The last day to withdraw from a class for fall term is Friday, Oct. 19. If you are thinking about withdrawing from a class, students are encouraged to speak with their academic counselor. For questions about withdrawing from a class call (814) 824-2299 or stop by the Ofﬁce of Academic Support, Egan 119, Mon. - Thurs. from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
October 17, 2012
Trendy costumes made on a tight budget
Junior Fashion Merchandising major Isabella Cardina gives tips to students on Halloween costume trends and how to reinvent them on a budget. Halloween is right around the corner and everyone knows that having the most unique costume is a must. Dressing up is a chance for everyone to show off his or her creative ideas. Typically, costumes consist of your favorite Hollywood celebrity or movie character. If you haven’t picked a costume yet, consider some of the costumes that are trending for Halloween 2012. A popular trend for girls this season is to be your favorite celebrity. Katy Perry, Nicki Minaji and Rihanna wigs are being sold all over the internet and may even be in your local costume store. To transform into your favorite celebrity all you would need to do is shop from your own closet to make this outﬁt complete. Think crazy, outgoing sparkles and anything that attracts attention when dressing as Katy. If you prefer Nicki, search for anything pink, high platform heels and a multicolored wig. To look like buycostumes.com photo Rihanna just get a simple black dress and add some Do it yourself Nicki gold jewelry to spice it up. Minaji costume. Another important factor to add to these costumes is crazy, outlandish makeup. Fake eyelashes are a must. Katy and Nicki wear funky, bright colors and crazy makeup, so consider a bright pink lipstick or using a few different colors of eye shadow. Rihanna sticks to darker, sexy makeup like red or deep purple. Sticking with the celebrity theme, guys can also dress as their favorite celeb or movie character. Some examples of easy homemade costumes are Indiana Jones, Michael Jackson or your favorite political candidate. To dress like Indiana Jones all you would need is a leather jacket, a fedora hat and some hiking boots. If you would want to dress like Michael Jackson you would might need to hit the thrift store to ﬁnd a sparkly or red leather jacket. To top this outﬁt off wear white gloves and then you are good to go. For dressing as Mitt Romney or Barack Obama wear a simple suit. You could even spring for a mask, which can be found in your local costume shop or on the internet. If you are going to a party as a couple there are many ideas to choose from when picking from the celebrity and movie category. You could dress as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, or Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone from Anchorman. For Ron and Veronica all you need to do is dress up in 70’s costumediscounters.com photo attire. For Kanye, wear a buttoned down shirt Do it yourself Indiana and tight jeans and a tight skirt and heels for Kim. Jones costume. All these ideas are trendy ways to create your perfect Halloween costume on a budget, because as college students we don’t have the time or money for an expensive costume. For more ideas on your favorite celebrity just search online for an image of them and ﬁnd some simple pieces from your own closet or the thrift store to complete your outﬁt. Hopefully these tips help you with your Halloween costume this year.
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Students participate and enjoy the open dance classes run by Mercyhurst’s dance department.
Dance classes welcome public
By Abigail Robinson
The Mercyhurst Center for Dance Education (MCDE) prides itself on offering dance education to those beyond dance majors. The MCDE is offering open classes, to those of the Erie community and Mercyhurst students who enjoy dancing but do not major in dance. The MCDE offers beginning adult ballet, intermediate ballet, hip hop, intermediate/advanced ballet and yoga. This is the ﬁrst year the MCDE is offering beginning adult ballet. Director of MCDE and Faculty of the Dance Department Noelle Partusch said, “This is something I’ve wanted for a long time.” The beginning adult ballet class is open to anyone who is interested in ballet, and has no prior training. The intermediate class is available for those who have some training but not advanced training. Partusch said the class runs according to student training, with routines modiﬁed accordingly. The intermediate class is also available for dance majors to makeup class. The intermediate advanced class is for those who have had advanced dance training. This is the only class taught by faculty and is also the company class for those involved in Mercyhurst Ballet Theatre. Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. intermediate ballet Tuesday 6-7:30 p.m. beginning adult ballet Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. Intermediate Ballet Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. hip hop Saturday 10:30 a.m.-noon intermediate/advanced ballet Saturday 9:15-10:15 a.m. yoga (four-week sessions, Sept. 29-Oct. 20) All classes are held in Zurn Hall dance studio. To participate in these classes, you must purchase a class card. These class cards expire at the end of each term, and can be purchased in the Mercyhurst Dance Department in Zurn Hall or by contacting Partusch at 814-8243352. Mercyhurst students and employees pay $100, which is good for 20 classes, while the general public pays $100 for 10 classes. A single class costs $15. For anyone interested in beginning adult ballet the ﬁrst class is free.
All of the proﬁts from these classes go to the Jeni-Lynn Watson Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund goes to the senior dance majors to help offset audition costs. Last year every senior received money from the fund, because they were her closest friends, and the class she would have graduated with. This year, each senior will have to apply in order to receive money from the scholarship fund. These classes offer continuing education to beyond just dance students. Students teach each class, with the exception of the intermediate/ advanced ballet classes. All of the teachers have taken pedagogy classes, which means they have been instructed how to teach a dance class. While there are many pedagogy students, Partusch says she looks for students who are interested in teaching, and also have the ability to do so. Senior Rachael Gnatowski who has taught the beginning adult ballet class said, “The students who take the class are always self-motivated and enthusiastic. They are there because they want to try something new, which is very refreshing.” Partusch has high hopes. “My wish would be to have another studio available to non-majors, so more of these classes could be offered, but this is great start,” she said.
Publisher lists 10 worst majors
By Daniel Tarr
If you ask most college students what they want to do after they graduate, they will mostly say the same thing. They want to get a job after college. Still, for some students getting a job after college isn’t easy, especially for some speciﬁc majors. Kiplinger, a Washington D.C. based publisher of business forecasts and personal ﬁnance advice, recently released a list of what they said are the worst majors for one’s career in terms of ﬁnding a job after graduation. Kiplinger gave various reasons as to why they listed all of these majors as the worst. For example, English hasn’t fared well in the poor economy. “Nearly one in 10 recent English grads struggle to ﬁnd work, and starting salaries are low, a full 14 percent below the median for the top 100 majors,” Kiplinger said. English graduates are having a hard time making money; making approximately $9,000 less than a regular bachelor’s degree holder. Their unemployment rate is 6.7 percent. 1. 2. 3. 4. Anthropology Fine Arts Film and Photography Philosophy and Religious Studies 5. Graphic Design 6. Studio Arts 7. Liberal Arts 8. Drama and Theater Arts 9. Sociology 10. English Sociology is a popular undergraduate major according to Kiplinger. However, they stated it shouldn’t be because of the numbers. Kiplinger said that sociology majors make about 14 percent less than other recent graduates. The unemployment rate for sociology majors is 7 percent. The unemployment rate for drama and theater arts majors is 7.1percent, according to Kiplinger. They also said that the ﬁeld of drama is very competitive, and the growth of jobs is currently at a stand still.
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“Unless you’re Will Smith or Angelina Jolie, drama will probably not pay off,” Kiplinger said. Liberal arts majors face an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent. Three out of four liberal arts majors will be forced to go to graduate school. “No matter which college you go to, you are sure to ﬁnd academics arguing over the value of the classic liberal arts education,” Kiplinger said. The unemployment rate of studio arts majors is 8.0 percent and salary growth prospects are basically non-existent. Kiplinger said that this is because this major does not have a speciﬁc career path and studio arts is a broad subject. “Recent [graphic design] grads face low starting salaries and super high unemployment - more than double the 4.9 percent unemployment rate for all college grads with bachelor’s degrees,” Kiplinger said. Experienced graphic design majors even face this issue. The unemployment rate for graphic design majors is 8.1 percent. A degree in philosophy and religious studies won’t do much for you in the working world. Recent graduates
from this major make 19 percent less than graduates from other majors. The unemployment rate for this area of study is 7.2 percent. Film and photography majors face tough competition for jobs in the ﬁeld. The reason for this is because ﬁlm and photography is a crowded industry. The unemployment rate here is 7.3 percent. However, Kiplinger said that ﬁlm and photography majors are the best paid out of all the arts majors. The unemployment rate for ﬁne arts majors is 7.4 percent. The high unemployment rate is due to slow-job growth and a large amount of graduates in this major. Even if graduates do ﬁnd jobs, the pay is pretty low. According to Kiplinger, anthropology is the number one worst major for your career. The unemployment rate for anthropology majors is 6.9 percent. Recent graduates from this ﬁeld make a mere $28,000. “New anthropology majors face stiﬂing unemployment, forcing nearly a third to take low-paying ofﬁce or sales jobs,” Kiplinger said. Several Mercyhurst professors gave their reactions to the list by Kiplinger.
Religious studies Professor Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel said that Kiplinger had biases that heavily favor business and ﬁnance. Forsthoefel said, “Majors such as philosophy, religious studies and English, for example, cultivate, perhaps above all, the skills of critical thinking, close reading and lucid writing.” He said that these skills are important in any ﬁeld of work that one goes into. Graphic Design Director Jodi Staniunas-Hopper said that her reaction to this list is two-fold. She also said Kiplinger doesn’t deﬁne what skills a particular Graphic Designer has. “I believe passion, drive and skill trump all the nay saying. There is more to any career than the money you make,” Staniunas-Hopper said. She also said that Kiplinger is not quantifying job satisfaction, just statistics. Forsthoefel left one last piece of advice. “Joseph Campbell was famous for saying, ‘Follow your bliss,’ and if students do that, their joy is a sign they are on the right path in their own unfolding process, and the economic issue will take care of itself in that process,” he said.
Hospitality program opens Marriott Café
By Caitlin MacBride
Besides ﬁne wine, not many things get better with age. That is, until the Hospitality Department was moved into the new Center for Academic Engagement. The brand new Marriott Café is up and running on the lower ﬂoor of the building. The Hospitality department moved their weekly meals from the Grotto dining room to this new location. The meals are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 5:15 p.m. and cost $10, plus tax. Seniors, like Brenna Kreydt, prepare these meals as a part of their senior practicum. Groups pick all three courses and must prepare the meal twice. Kreydt’s meal is themed “Days of Wine and Roses.” Her meal will include a pea and rose salad and a caprese chicken with a white wine tomato sauce. For the fall term, the Marriott Café will only be serving dinners, but in the winter there will be two dinners and one lunch. Hospitality majors learn to cook, convert recipes, run software within hospitality and learn to operate a hotel or restaurant. They can also study to become chefs and with the new kitchen further their learning. Allyson Schrimper, manager of the Marriott Café said, “I like that our students are getting a state of the art kitchen to work in.” Schrimper and her colleague, Chef Charles Magalhaes, also said there is a plan to add a bachelor program in culinary arts to the program next year. As of now, Mercyhurst North East has a culinary program, but Main campus does not. With the new equipment the department is hoping for culinary growth and more opportunities for students to learn. Magalhaes said, “Industry to educational is not that different - as a head chef, you are teaching all along.” Since working at Mercyhurst, Magalhaes has experienced three facility changes. “It’s like opening a brand new restaurant,” said Magalhaes. “Nothing has a home–there are a lot of challenges.” He applauds a challenge and said, “The new equipment is great.” He working in the kitchen at Mercyhurst is always a team effort. This is not his kitchen, it is the student’s, and he is excited to watch them grow. Magalhaes said, “We have the ability to mature with top hospitality management programs in the country.” Most people don’t know that the hospitality program at Mercyhurst is one of the oldest programs. The 41-year-old program now has the ability to keep up with the times. The Marriott Café is set up for instructional culinary management, but it can adapt to a full service restaurant. Chef Magalhaes is thankful for the new space because his ofﬁce is in direct connection with the Marriott Café. This means he can always tell what is going on and he is closer to help students. “The transition has been a lot easier than I thought,” Magalhaes said. Not only does the faculty like the new Café, Kreydt said, “I really like the new building - it’s easier being in an up-to-date kitchen.” To make reservations at the Marriott café call 814-824-2565 with the name, phone number and amount of guests in your party. The list of meals being served can be found on the Mercyhurst University website.
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The Marriott Café is the new location of the previous Grotto dining room.
October 17, 2012
‘Camelot’ comes to Taylor Little Theatre
By Mathew Anderson
The timeless tale of King Arthur, Lancelot and the knights of the round table will come alive on the stage of Taylor Little Theatre at Mercyhurst University in Alan Jay Lerner’s “Camelot” for three performances Oct. 19-21. “Camelot” tells the story of King Arthur and Queen Guenevere trying to rid the land of senseless ﬁghting, and establish chivalry along with the idea of “might for right.” With Merlin and Guenevere by his side, King Arthur creates a kingdom known for peace and sensibility. This wonderful production features student actors accompanied with faculty and alumni who have worked to bring the timeless classic of “Camelot” to life. Evening performances are Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at 8 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. matinée on Sunday, Oct. 21. Produced by D’Angelo Department of Music Chair Louisa Jonason, “Camelot” is directed by Rebecka Kerr with Mathew Anderson, a junior voice major, as her Assistant Director/Production Manager. The show begins with King Arthur, played by senior Matthew Tolbert, perched in a tree. The king is terriﬁed of his impending marriage with an unknown queen. Soon after, Merlin, played by Mercyhurst faculty alumnus, Barry McAndrew, comes and coaxes him out of the tree, reminding him of his Kingly duties. Not knowing who the king is, Queen Guenevere, played by senior Kirstan Orgel, then appears, begging for him to take her away from Camelot. The king soon charms her and she falls instantly in love with Arthur and Camelot itself. Five years later, the happily married king and queen discuss ideas such as chivalry and “might for right” instead of “might is right.” After much debate and discussion, they formulate the idea of a round table where knights would gather and discuss politics and hold trials. A new age is dawning – an age of reason and prosperity. Soon after, a young French knight named Lancelot, played by sophomore Dillon Shidemantle, comes seeking to become a part of this round table. At ﬁrst sight, Lancelot disgusts Queen Guenevere, but then fate takes the wheel and the two fall helplessly in love. Five years later, a young yet bitter man appears in the castle of Camelot. He introduces himself as Mordred, played by junior Chris Gaertner, the illegitimate son of Arthur. In a quest for blood and vengeance, Mordred leads Knights in an uprising against the round table. What then ensues will test the bounds of chivalry and the very Kingdom itself. The score of “Camelot” is as equally enchanting as the classic story line. Conducted by Mercyhurst alumnus Andrew Ferguson, a few musical favorites of this production include “C’est Moi,” “Camelot,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Lusty Month of May” and “Fie on Goodness.” Erie set designer Harold Hotchkiss pulls the whole story together with an outstanding set complete with equally stunning lighting. Tickets for “Camelot” are $15.50 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and students, $5 for youths (under 12) and $2.50 for Mercyhurst students with ID. They can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) box ofﬁce. For ticket information, call the PAC at 824-3000. Students are encouraged to come enjoy “Camelot,” Mercyhurst Theatre Program’s ﬁrst student performance this year.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Green Day back to square ¡UNO!
By Zach Dorsch
Green Day is one of those bands that has managed to stick around over the decades and continues to make good music. I began to lose faith in the band when they started to trade in their three-minute-or-less punk songs for nine-minute rock operas. It just wasn’t like “Dookie” and the other earlier albums that I listened to as I grew up. I wanted the punk side back to Green Day. That need was ﬁnally met with their latest release “¡UNO!” This album goes back to the basics with 12 blasting tracks that all come in under ﬁve minutes. There are three aspects of this album that make it seem like a blast from the past. First, the styles found in this album have that sixties guitar rumble mixed with late seventies speed which leaves no room to take a breath. In other words, it really gets to the root of what punk rock is. The second aspect of this album is that the songs are all written as if every one of them should be released as a single. This reminds me of what The Beatles and many other bands did at that time. The last aspect is that “Uno” is number one of a three part release. “¡Dos!” and “¡Tré!” are due to be released by Green Day later this year. As I said every song in this album is written as though it could stand alone as a single and will sell millions. Despite this, there are still a few songs that stand above the rest. “Troublemaker” is one of those songs. Billie Joe is channeling his inner Johnny Rotten for this song and it sounds like it would ﬁt in ﬁne with any Sex Pistols album. “Kill the DJ” is homage to The Clash with its’ almost dance-able instrument parts and lyrics. The last song that has major punk vibe is, “Let Yourself Go.” It has fast power chords, heavy guitar parts and is full of big gang vocal parts. If ¡UNO! is a taste of what is to come in their second and third release, we will certainly be seeing a lot of Green Day on the charts this year. I totally recommend this album to anyone who likes Green Day or to those who like a good, solid rock album that has an amazing vintage vibe to it.
Beyond Words II Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center
Oct. 26 Oct. 27 Oct. 28 4:30 p.m. preview concert, $5.00 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. 2 p.m.
Full list of events can be found on the PAC website
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October 17, September 3, 2008 2012
Hurst alum welcomed as instructor of dance
By Juan Mendez
Mercyhurst alumna Lana Crotty, M.A., returns to Mercyhurst University, this time as an addition to the dance department staff. Born in Rochester, N.Y., Crotty attended Mercyhurst College, graduating with a B.A. in Dance Performance and Business Marketing, and earned a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. She has served as a dance instructor at the Lynn Scott School of Dance, Perrinton Dance Co., and as a principal dance instructor at the Lake Erie Academy of Dance. She teaches ballet for children and adults, contemporary dance, jazz and dance conditioning. Crotty also trained with the dance faculty at Point Park University during their summer programs. Some career highlights include dancing the lead role of Efﬁe in one of Mercyhurst’s productions of “La Sylphide.”
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The Mercyhurst Concert Choir, conducted by Rebecca Ryan, gave a stunning performance including multiple repertoire pieces in Latin and a wonderful rendition of Pachelbel’s Magniﬁcat in G.
Her stage experience also includes roles in “The Nutcracker”, “Carmen”, “Le Corsaire”, “Swan Lake”, and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, as well as participation in other contemporary dance performances and musicals. Crotty now joins the ranks of revered dance instructors here at Mercyhurst. As an adjunct faculty member, one of her many duties on campus is to teach Dance Appreciation, a core course. She has a passion for dance that can be seen even through a group of students who aren’t traditionally dancers. Crotty incorporates many different elements that usually don’t go along with Dance Appreciation, such as a mock Broadway audition day where the students “auditioned” for extra bonus points on their next quiz. Crotty is trying and succeeding in immersing the students in the lifestyle of a dancer. She has a natural gift for dance and has no problem reaching out to students and assisting them to become all they can be.
Mercyhurst Choir revives early works
By Mathew Anderson
posed by Ola Gjeilo only 11 years ago in 2001. Nicely contrasting the modern work were four traditional works all in Latin and presented in the early style by the choir. This involves phrasing sentences and melodic ideas differently than we would in today’s music. For instance, on every dotted note, the choir would give a little jolt or “lift off ” the note. The next two presentations were both in Latin, the “Agnus Dei” and “Exultate Justi in Domino,” and although both are variations on classic texts of the church, the styles of the pieces differ greatly. “Agnus Dei” by Thomas Morley is incredibly legato and has a soothing quality; where as “Exultate Justi in Domino” by Viadana is full of energy and passion. Following of two contrasting pieces, the choir then performed two separate pieces by J.S. Bach. The ﬁrst was a very traditional selection by the title of “Sicut Locutus est.” The piece had lots of energy and syncopation incorporated in the melody. The second piece was a break
Last Sunday the Mercyhurst Concert Choir gave a stunning hour-long performance in the Walker Recital Hall, mixing mostly early works with those of more modern interpretations of early works. The pieces were performed in either English or Latin, with all of the music presenting heavy ties to the Church. The group was conducted by choral director Rebecca Ryan for the majority of the performance, but gave sophomores Ian Gayford and Andrija Andjelic an opportunity to conduct two of the pieces, respectively. Also involved in the performance was piano and a small string ensemble, with a guest appearance from a snare drum for one of the more modern pieces that was performed. The concert started out with an old work by a modern composer. “Ubi Caritas” is based off of ancient texts and follows in the style and tradition of early written music, but was com-
from the status quo of the choirs’ regular repertoire. “Sleepy Time Bach” is a choral spin on an instrumental piece consisting of no words; rather, it requires the vocalists singing “doo-be-doo.” It was deﬁnitely a fun, silly diversion from the concert that was mostly done in Latin. The focal point of the entire concert was an enormous piece written by Pachelbel– and no, it isn’t his cannon. Pachelbel’s “Magniﬁcat in G” is a massive work written with exciting harmonies, melodic patterns and booming choruses that do an incredibly great job of keeping the listener entertained and interested in the music. After the “Magniﬁcat,” the choir performed a haunting work with an even more haunting title. “Domie, ad adjuvandum me festina” translates into “Lord, make haste to help me,” and Martini makes that quite obvious in his music. The entire concert was stunning, especially with the short amount of time given to learn the music. The audience was captivated by the music the entire time.
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New ‘Bond’ ﬁlm set to be box-ofﬁce hit
By Jaslyne Halter
“Skyfall,” the namesake of the new James Bond ﬁlm and theme song sung by Adele, has become my go-to song for everything I listen to it when driving, when running and when doing homework. The song, is very similar in sound to Shirley Bassey’s “Goldﬁnger,” namesake of the Bond ﬁlm released in January 1965. Either way, I feel as though this ﬁlm might actually be worth watching. Since Dr. No’s release in 1962, James Bond has been captivating audience members for the last 50 years, with appeal stretching across two to three generations and six different actors. The [London] Times’s Kate Muir, a ﬁlm critic, stated that, “From the moment the orchestral sound of Adele belts out, sending a nostalgic shiver down the audience’s collective spine, we know this will be a triumphant return to classic Bond.” As someone who grew up watching the Bond ﬁlms with my father, this critique makes me incredibly happy. Personally, “Casino Royale” (2006) and “Quantum of Solace” (2008) were not worth watching. Of course, I watched them, but I was far from wowed. For me, they were the solutions to the ﬁlm industry equation of “how can we make money?” They took something that people responded well to, and did a quick and thoughtless production, to come up with something they knew people would spend money to go see, just because it was James Bond. Remember the times when you found yourself entranced by the classic Bond ﬁlms? Bond is a good guy, ﬁghting on the side of freedom and Western values. He is competent, professional and knowledgeable. He manages to look good under difﬁcult circumstances. However, why do we still love him? Why do audiences still watch? For men, Bond is the epitome of what they want to be: smooth, dangerous and able to get any woman he wants. For women, we ﬁnd ourselves attracted to his danger, his way of ﬁghting evil and his way with women. Still, it’s the danger and allure that keep audiences watching. The Hollywood Reporter website reviews the new ﬁlm as “Dramatically gripping while still brandishing a droll undercurrent of humor, this beautifully made ﬁlm will certainly be embraced as one of the best Bonds by loyal fans worldwide and leaves you wanting the next one to turn up sooner than four years from now.” Bond watchers are looking forward to “Skyfall” for many reasons. Hopefully, the ﬁlm turns out to be as fantastic as I am hoping, as well as falling back into the roots of what James Bond ﬁlms used to be. If Adele’s performance for the title song is any indication as to what to expect from this ﬁlm, it will be one for the books and hopefully the best Bond ﬁlm that has been released in years. My inner fan cannot wait for this ﬁlm to be released. Hopefully, it meets all of my expectations and does not let me down. All I really want, aside from a welldone ﬁlm, is for the ﬁlm to be much better than its two predecessors, and I wouldn’t mind going back to the era of “Goldﬁnger” and “Diamonds Are Forever.”
Facebook creates haven for bullies
By Juan Mendez
Facebook has completely revolutionized the way people connect with each other. Facebook can be a tool but, like most technological advances of our era, it is a double-edged sword. I learned about Amanda Todd after it became a worldwide trending topic on Twitter. I looked through the Facebook page created in her memory, only to be more disgusted by her classmates posting rude comments on the page such as, “I’m so happy she’s dead now.” Perhaps what shocked me the most was a video Amanda uploaded to YouTube on September 7, telling her story through a series of ﬂash cards. To know that other people can be so ignorant to push their peers to this point is even worse. While society is well aware of bullying and its multiple forms, including cyberbullying — which social networks only facilitate — it seems that few are actually helping this stop. There are laws in place, there are organizations that do everything in their power to stop bullying and bring awareness toward the issue. But as long as people continue to breed hate in their hearts and attack others for being who they are or any other reason not involving them at all, we might as well be walking in circles. The issue of suicide is not one that will stop with laws and decrees. The issue of suicide will stop when people stop attacking each other for every single thing they do. I ﬁnd it so disappointing that, after Amanda attempted suicide by drinking bleach, people kept attacking her. They wrote on her wall, “Try a different brand.” “She deserved it.” “I hope she’s dead.” They posted pictures of bottles of bleach on Facebook and tagged her in them. The fact that a group of ignorant teenagers desperate for some sort of validation can resort to such vile, disgusting actions such as making a girl’s life hell on Earth should be a warning sign that something needs to be done. The fact that every day, people are committing suicide or even thinking about it should be a red ﬂag for society to stop this behavior. I ﬁnd it hard to believe that these kids were not aware of what they were doing. I’m sorry, but as much as your heart throbs to be the most popular person at your school, harassing people will never be justiﬁable, let alone correct. Amanda Todd wasn’t the only one. The cases are countless — some of which receive more media attention than others, which is shameful, but they happen nonetheless. Yet some people fail to recognize the fact that abuse isn’t exclusively physical. Words hurt. And sometimes, they can hurt more than any punch or kick. Everything you say can have an effect on someone else’s life. We close our eyes to the issue, when, in reality, we should be educating others and educating ourselves, because the change starts with every single one of us doing something about it. Before you go on any social network attacking others, insulting people and posting harmful comments or pictures, think about how they will react to it. Think about how you would feel if the tables were turned. Something as simple as being aware of this is already a huge step toward stopping the epidemic of bullying our generation lives with.
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October 17, 2012
Low voter turnout inexcusable
Student discusses the evils of voting, democracy
By Zach Yost
Laker football crushed the Gannon Knights this week, extending their winning streak to 6 consecutive games, a season high. Contributing writer
With the looming presidential election soon upon us, our campus is awash with ﬂiers urging everyone to vote. We are encouraged to vote because it is our “civic duty.” Normally I ignore such things; however, as I walked by, the last part of the ﬂier caught my eye. Apparently those who discourage voting are “guilty of a crime against democracy.” I found this concept quite interesting. Excusing the lack of a trial in rendering this guilty verdict, as someone who discourages voting I am quite proud of such a label. Now I am well aware this is considered such an odd position in today’s society where democracy is considered the best thing since sliced bread. However, if one looks at democracy with a critical eye, democracy is revealed for the ridiculous and idiotic concept it is. Democracy is supposed to be the rule by the majority. This is untrue. To say that any elected ofﬁcial is chosen by the people through majority rule is blatantly dishonest. If someone is elected, all it means is that a majority of the voting populace has chosen someone, not the majority of the people subject to the government’s harsh criminal rule. In America this is especially true. The highest voter turnouts occur for the presidential elections and even then less than one half of eligible voters participate. If we were to exclude everyone not eligible to vote (roughly one-third of the population) we would still be left with only half the population voting. And even then if we were to look at the presidential race, every year each candidate gets about half the votes and wins by a small margin. What this says is that democracy is not ruled by majority. It is merely rule by the majority of voters. Each President is chosen by roughly one-sixth of the population. Because of this, we have many people running around with ridiculous get-out-the-vote efforts in order to propel the politically ignorant masses to participate in democracy in order to give the appearance of legitimacy to this fraud. It is no surprise that proponents of democracy are eager to increase voter turnout. If voter turnout rates decline more and more, our society will inevitably reach the point where democracy is exposed as the farce it is. With about 50 percent voter turnout, the proponents of democracy can still claim with a straight face that elected ofﬁcials represent the will of all the people. But eventually they won’t be able to make such a claim without it being completely laughable. When would proponents of democracy be willing to admit that elected ofﬁcials do not possess enough support of the people? When turnout reaches 30 percent? Perhaps 25 percent? Seeing the religious devotion so many people cling to democracy with, I suspect that even if there was only 10 percent voter turnout they would still claim it as legitimate. But even if we were to completely ignore the problem of participation in democracy we are still left with several large problems. The ﬁrst problem can be summed up in a quote from Winston Churchill,“The best argument against democracy is a ﬁve-minute conversation with the average voter.” We live in a world where the socalled experts cannot agree on what the best course of action is. To remedy this problem, democracy simply says we should ask everyone to give their input and whatever idea has the most support is what should be done. This seems simply comical. Can anyone contest the vast ignorance in politics of the great mass of people? I mean if 26 percent of Americans don’t even know that the Revolutionary War was fought against Great Britain, how in the world can we think that the common everyday person should be getting to decide things that affect the lives of other people. H.L. Mencken once said, “Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” What a true statement. People say we need government (government being democracy) because people don’t know what is best for themselves and need direction and structure. So how will we remedy this? We will get the said people who are ignorant (hence the need for government) and get them to collectively decide how things should be. So individually people are ignorant but collectively smart? What nonsense. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t think I am qualiﬁed to run other people’s lives. I have enough of my own problems and ﬂaws and I certainly don’t have the audacity to insist that I should have any say in using coercive force to dictate unto others through democracy and government how they should live their lives. When I vote I vote to leave people alone and dismantle and ultimately destroy democracy and government altogether. Before you step into the voting booth this November, ask yourself if you are running your life so perfectly that you are qualiﬁed to run other people’s lives through the government. Rather than calling it a crime to discourage others to vote, realize that democracy itself is a crime. Don’t vote for evil. Don’t vote to control other people’s lives. Don’t vote.
The Maria J. Langer ﬁlm series is no longer housed in the performing arts center, and those wishing to see the ﬁlms must now attend them in the much smaller Taylor Little Theater.
Students’ favorite theater is soon to be no more Cinema 6, more commonly known as the “Dollar Theater” for their low rates, is closed, leaving students with no option but to pay full price at other Erie-area theaters.
Students can draw out their thoughts on the latest issues for the Mercyhurst community. This week photo editor Zach Dorsch draws out his thoughts on the recent vice-presidential debate.
Field hockey ﬁghts for spot in PSAC
By Samantha Bante
Playing in one of the toughest ﬁeld hockey divisions in the country could be a challenge for any collegiate sports team, but the Mercyhurst Women’s Field Hockey team has taken that challenge and is ﬁghting for a spot in this year’s PSAC Championship. With a record of 6-10 so far and closing up the end to their season, the Lakers have two more games left against Shippensburg and Mansﬁeld University to claim their spot in PSAC Tournament. “Our record really doesn’t show who we are as a team. It’s a tough challenge; eight out of the nine teams we play are in the top ten teams of the country. It’s not an easy schedule by any means, so were always working hard to prove ourselves,” Coach Stacey Gaudette said. With a huge win against number one ranked team Slippery Rock last weekend, and another win against Lindenwood University in Missouri this past weekend the Lakers are looking forward to next week to claim some more wins for their team. “Slippery Rock was a huge win for us. They were the number one ranked team and they are also our rivals. It was a great game, it motivated us,” Gaudette said. With an addition of six new freshman, Kierstyn Sturmer, Andrea Goldbach, Emily Koestler, Amanda Schanz, Cayla Slade and Kirsten Rambo, the Lakers have a younger team this year and are working hard and practicing harder to make this an unforgettable season. “Our team’s makeup this year is a lot different. We have a lot more underclassmen and its progressing. It’s a very young team, but our freshmen have great attitude and they have already learned our system well so they’ve been a great addition to our team,” Gaudette said. With captains junior Meghan Smith and senior Megan Richards, the Lakers are looking forward to
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making it into the championships. “We have a very focused, dynamic team. Not one individual stands out,” said Gaudette. “We don’t have one star player, which makes us pretty unique.” “Every year we get that much better; we are always continuing to build our program and make a name for ourselves,” Gaudette said. The Lakers will play next on Wednesday, Oct. 17 against ﬁrst place team Shippensburg University at Tullio Field
Football beats hometown rival Gannon
By Joe Chiodo
Going into their game against hometown rival Gannon University on Saturday, Oct. 13, the Lakers carried with them a ﬁve-game win streak and a point to prove. The hometown rivalry between the Lakers and Golden Knights serves as a chance for either team to compete for recognition as Erie’s best football team. Having lost against the Golden Knights in their last two meetings, the Lakers set out to reverse that trend. With a team full of players that have been shattering, setting, and tying some of the schools best records, the Golden Knights were in for a battle – a battle the Laker’s prevailed in, raising their win streak to six in the 38-29 victory. The Lakers’ explosive defense made it incredibly hard for the Golden Knights to run the ball, allowing only 11-yards rushing on the ground. Gannon was forced to rely on their passing game, which earned them 428-yards, but the Laker’s defense refused to let them win. Standout performances by senior Linnel Robinson, sophomore Deonte Huggins, sophomore Colin Kimball, senior Todd Wingate, and senior L.J. Stevens resulted in three fumbles, two interceptions, ﬁve sacks, and eight tackles for a loss. The Lakers’ impressive defensive work on Saturday gave rise to the offense, which made sure to capitalize on their teammates hard
Brandon Brown-Dukes sprints past Golden Knight defenders in Saturday’s win. work. Redshirt freshman running back Brandon Brown-Dukes has one of the most impactful players all season, and Saturday was no different. “We take our games one at a time, and I feel like if we continue this winning streak, it will make a really good statement about the team,” Brown-Dukes said. Brown-Dukes rushed for 192 yards against the Golden Knights, making Saturday’s win his ﬁfth 100-yard game and fourth game in which he ran for over 150 yards. Currently, Brown-Dukes stands at an impressive 899 rushing yards (ﬁfth highest single-season total in school history). Additionally, Brown-Dukes is appreciative of the help he gets from the offensive line, who open up holes and lead the way for him. “It feels great to be recognized for accomplishing such a goal, and I have to thank the offensive line for helping me do so,” said BrownDukes. “Our key thing is to run as physical and downhill as we can, and to follow our great blockers.” As a freshman, Brown-Dukes will continue to improve and produce for the Lakers, and will continue to play a major role on the offensive side of the ball. “The fact that my mother tells me all of the time that she’s proud of me – and also the rest of my family – inspires me to keep improving my
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game,” said Brown-Dukes. “We have to continue to improve and perform better every week in order to keep this winning streak alive. We have to continue to practice hard and execute every play as hard as we have been doing.” The Laker’s will be traveling to Indiana, Pa. to face IUP’s Crimson Hawks this Saturday, Oct. 20. The last time Mercyhurst and IUP faced each other, the Lakers lost in overtime.
Grifﬁn breaks 8k record in invitational
By Joe Chiodo
How long do you think it would take you to run ﬁve miles? Could you even run ﬁve miles? At the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29 junior Jacob Griffin set a Mercyhurst University record in the 8k, completing five miles with an incredible time of 25:37. Griffin placed first individually, which helped the Lakers take a fifth place finish overall. Breaking the school’s 8k record has been a goal of Grifﬁns since his freshman year, and he doesn’t plan to stop there. “It’s been my goal for the last couple of years to break the record before I graduated. To do it this year was really exciting for me,” said Grifﬁn. “I would like to be all conference over the next two years, and break the school’s 10k record.” Grifﬁn has been the most reliable Laker all season, ﬁnishing with the
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Jacob Grifﬁn keeps a strong pace in the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational. best time in every race thus far, and this role carries with it much responsibility. “It’s a lot of motivating people in practice, but at the same time, my teammates have been pushing me really hard so I can keep improving,” said Grifﬁn. “A lot of hard work in practice, along with a great team,
coach and my family’s support has helped me out a lot.” Grifﬁn was not the only Laker to well at the Roberts Wesleyan Invitational. Sophomore Paul Schwan ﬁnished second, immediately behind Grifﬁn with a time of 25:53. “I wouldn’t have gotten ﬁrst without my teammates. I wouldn’t have done as well without Schwan right behind me, pushing me and pacing me,” said Grifﬁn. “Turning around and seeing Schwan coming down the ﬁnish line was a great feeling, awesome.” As the men’s cross country season approaches its end, only two meets remain. “We just have conference and regionals left, our two big meets of the year, and I’m really looking forward to them, I’m hoping to place well in the regional meet. The Lakers will compete in the PSAC Championships on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Slippery Rock University.
Women’s tennis improves to 5-0
By Lindsey Burke
The Mercyhurst Women’s Tennis team is off to a 5-0 start during the 2012 fall season. While the spring season still lies ahead in 2013, the Lakers have had solid play thus far. After only losing one senior to graduation, the team has been able to easily replace the lost player and continue the quest to return to nationals. “Being off to a 5-0 start has really boosted the team’s conﬁdence,” said senior Caitlyn Null. “Everyone has been playing at their top level, and we must maintain this for the spring season.” The Lakers most recently defeated Shippensburg University 9-0, in a fall crossover contest. Juniors Caroline Bristol and Courtney Thompson and sophomores Sarah Baich and Katelyn Caniford each pulled out a 6-0, 6-0 performance in singles play. In doubles play, the duos of Bristol/ Baich and Caniford/Taylor Wedlake (sophomore) recorded shut-outs in two of the three matches. Head coach Jerome Simon is impressed with his team’s play in the fall season, but is most excited for what is ahead. “This is a great start, but the best lies in front of us to achieve our goal of returning to nationals,” said Simon. “We will continue to work on our conditioning for the spring season as this will determine many of our matches in the spring.” As the Lakers’ fall season concluded with cancellations, the team will next be in action in late February 2013.
WOMEN’S TENNIS WIN STREAK:
10/7 10/6 10/5 9/11 9/9 Shippensburg Bloomsburg E. Stroudsburg U. Allegheny College Robert Morris U. (9-0) (8-0) (9-0) (6-3) (4-3)
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