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December 8,^994

M e r c y h u r s t loses talented
By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief "He was very upset over some personal things that happened and didn't what to play the game," said Cathy Grant, mo thereof Mercyhurst student Jonathan Dylewski who took his own life Friday, November 25, near his home in Erie. 'q Shock was the word most associated with the incident "When Ahmed said that Jon died I couldn't believe it," said Jason Giffen. Accord ing to Ahmed Kossongo, <f one of his roommates, He seemed in good spirits the last time I spoke to him (Tuesda y, November 22). "He was talking about being the organist for the hockey games." ..Dylewski, 21, a senior music education major at the D'Angelo School ofMusic left his work a nd many unanswered questions behind. To understand who Jon was, one must know the things he was involved in. He was a teacher, composer, and student According to those who knew him, Jon wanted to change things around him and make a difference.*"He was an idealist," said Mrs. Grant "He saw things the way they ought to be and was concerned aboutwha t was wrong and how things get done," she said. u He wasn't impressed with the system." Roommate Dan Hilfiker echoed the statements. u 'He!wanted toi change the world," he said. Jon was involved with several projects before his death and leaves behind his music as a lasting testimony to his life and mul sical ability. u He was the organist at the basketball! games and was talking about doing the hockey games," his mother said. He also played the organ at St. Peter Lutheran Church in McKean Township and taught piano in the city of Erie. [He was always busy and on the go," said roommate Giffen. "He was a lwa ys looking for something to do." { I W According to his mother, Jon was a natural performer and learned to play the piano at an early age. "He started playing the piano at the age ofiu, wenave a piano in the foyer and he loved to play in front of people," his mother said. "He liked the applause." In high school, he traveled to
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and captured second place in the Pennsylvania Yamaha high school piano state competition. His love for the instrument brought him to Mercyhurst. "He was an excellent piano player and was very talented, " said Jennifer Hancock, a music education major. "He wrote a lot of compositions. He wrote one (Hymn for the City) for the concert choir and I was*very impressed. "But I really didn't know him too well. I think very few people really knew who he was." One person who "really" knew Jon as his professor and private teacher Dr. Albert Glinsky. "I was his private teacher for three and a half years," he said. "He was very diligent and ambitious in his goals." "He was very talented as a composer and in a short period of time he wentfromwriting simple music for piano to working on a full orchestra," he added. Mrs. Grant talked about the relationship between teacher $ and student. "''rTanb was greatesTjoy and he started out in performance, but decided to go with composition," she said. "Dr. Glinsky was the main influence Jon had at

Jon Dylewski
Mercyhurst." According to roommate Giffen, "Hejjkept to himself a lot, and didn't like to talk about his problems." Kassongo, Hilfiker and Giffen miss the presence he created when he was there. 4 "He brought this place alive and I'll miss his energy, we are all really laid back here,"said Giffen. Former roommate Peter Bax, who knew Jon sincefitsarrival at the Hurst, talked about his personality. "He was a real go getter and was an all-around nice guy," he said. "He was a j composer and musician. Mrs. Grant talked about the studentwho very few students really knew. > "He liked to party just like any other student — play spades and pool," she said. "He also loved the outdoors and going camping." But to Mercyhurst students, he will be remembered for his musical ta lent and the school will honor hfm anefhis work in a memorial concert.! »gi The tribute is slated for Saturday, May 6, at the Taylor Little Theatre at 8 p.m.
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Security Briefs B r a w l leads to arrest
By Jule Gardner Senior Writer of them Mercyhurst hockey players, allegedly went back into the apartments to get hockey sticks, Students involved in a brawl he said. fDever said those with hockey early Sunday may face expulsion. A fight involving three non- sticks allegedly smashed windows Mercyhurst people and an un- of the truck and punched one of known number of Mercyhurst stu- the men through the broken windents and alumni erupted around dow. Two other nearby cars were 3:30 a.m. Sunday when a woman also damaged, he said. from Behrend, her boyfriend and The hunting suit was allegedly a friend came looking for an or- taken from the woman outside ange hunting suit allegedly taken Felix's Nite Club. Dever said the from the woman by a Mercyhurst woman was told she could pick it student, said Bud Dever, director up at the Briggs Avenue party. of security. During the fight, the woman One of the strangers was alleg- ran to a residence and called Erie edly assaulted and kicked repeat- police. Two canine officers reedly while on the ground and the sponded to the call said Dever. A woman was allegedly punched student not involved in the fight twice in the side of the head fol- allegedly insulted the two officlowing an "aggressive" shouting ers, who were women, and was match at an off-campus Briggs arrested after being given repeated Avenue residence, said Dever. gl warnings, said Dever. He was People spilled out of the party charged with drunken and disorduring the brawl; the two men derly conduct and underage drinkallegedly grabbed a baseball bat ing, said Dever. from their truck and others, some The three non-Mercy hurst participants are considering their options, including prosecution, Dever said. They are waiting to see what disciplinary action will be taken by the college, he said. Erie police are likely to be involved if the charges include assault, he saidJ"particularly because it involved punching a woman twice in the head. That's the lowest as far as I'm concerned," Dever sa id. * > The incident is still under investigation. Those involved could be expelled for a term or indefinitely and will be expected to pay for damage done to the victim's truck and the two cars owned by Mercy hurst st uden ts not involved in the fight :*Dever said some hockey players were involved and the coach "backs us 100 percent." He also said he did not want to paint the whole hockey team as involved or as the only participants.

The baby Jesus was stolen from the manger in the foyer of Old Main on Sunday, Dec 4 sometime between noon and 8 p.m. A $100 reward has been offered to anyone offering information leading to the identification of the thief. The figure is two feet long and white. Thefingertipson the right hand are broken. Anyone with information regarding the theft of the baby Jesus should call security at 8242304. I h I

Snow is on the way
Students who park their cars on campus should consult their parking manuals to find out about snow removal. There will be a specific schedule regarding removal of snowfromcampus parking areas and some cars will have to be moved prior to plowing or else they may be damaged in the process. Look for signsfromsecurity regarding snow removal schedules.

Re-map Mercyhurst
The campus roadways will soon be named Preston Drive, Baldwin Drive, East Main, West Main and Mercy Drive. These names,will make it easier for people to find their|way|around campus. New maps of the campus showing the new road names will be available in the new year.

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I n f o r m a t i o n a l s u p e r h i g h w a y still u n d e r c o n s t r u c t i o n
By Jule Gardner
Senior Writer Like the Internet itself, the current structure of the "informational super highway" at Mercyhurst resembles anarchy. P i t ' s here, it's working, but no one is officially in charge. Dr. Mario Diaz, largely responsible for bringing the Internet to this campus, has shouldered the responsibility of setting it up and working through access issues. This has been an involved and time consuming process for Diaz, chairperson of the Physics department. "We don't have proper structure," he said and suggests Mercyhurst add a new dean - Dean of Aca demic Computing. Diaz has drafted a proposal for administration detailing what should be done to give all faculty and students access to Internet by May. It would involve the purchase of modems, although Diaz said he could not comment further because administration has yet to study his proposal. Diaz is conducting?Internet workshops for faculty members. It is key for faculty to gain access to and learn the Internet, he said, because, as teachers, they can then "narrow the gap" in instructing others, namely students. "There is a serious commitment on my behalf to give all the students access. The problem is that this as* new,and we have some organizational problems,"!said Diaz. • The Pentium lab on the second floor of Zurn contains 18 computers and was officially inaugurated November rl. Mercyhurst was able to purchase this state of the art equipment mainly through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The lab, he said, is designed for science instruction and science majors do have priority, sa id Diaz. "But some criticisms have not been fair. The lab is open to any student who needs it." About 300 students have Internet accounts and about one-third of those are non-science majors, he said. Students who want to use Internet for educational purposes, (rather than sending e-mail to a boyfriend of girlfriend) can contact I Pauline Kraus, director of Physics Lab, at ext 2059. Physics work studies are available to instruct "newbies," or new users of the Internet. "What we are trying to avoid is an onslaught of people. We can handle the pace that is coming at us now," said Diaz. The computers and the Internet are not "luxuries," he said. 'This is the way instruction is going. Students should be pushing their professors to integrate (he Internet into their classrooms. "There is a mentality jjthat stresses Mercyhurst as a 'teaching' college and that research and scholar activity would threaten that goal. This is a very serious mistake. "I am not saying we should go for the Nobel prize, but we should be publishing in journals and other publications. Research and a wide knowledge base make better faculty." Research via the Internet is the most complete and necessary means, he said. •# "Of course they (professors using the Internet) have to be able to translate what they know." Some faculty members may not adapt well to this change. They will be limiting themselves, he said. "It's O.K. to be nice and friendly with students, but that is not what makes good teachers. "Many students, in the sciences and humanities as well, will go on to grad school where they will stress research. We haveito be involved with training these students. "The reason I'm trying to be up on scholar issues and research is so that I know what is on the cutting edge," he said.

M S G N e w s : A W o r m a l ' decision in jthe w o r k s
committee is considering chang- plan doesn't work for Winter For* ing the formal, said Fitzpatrick, is mal, "w£ always have Spring For? If: to try to avoid some of the prob- mal." # • MSG Secretary Jessica Cuffia Sophomore Rep Stacey lems that have been encountered Fitzpatrick discussed the upcom- at previous formals. In the past, said she is planning a wellness ing Winter Formal at Monday's | | there has been damage to prop- day for late in January or early in MSG meetingt-She said she and . erty . at tne places where the February.-She said the day Would co-chair Matt Adams have dis- £g formals have been hekKvPbis4am- "'involve resources available both v cussed changing the structure of '* age has resulted'in MSG being * on&and off campus. Cuffia said * the formal for this year. unable to find places to hold the she would like to have participaFitzpatrick said they are con- formals because marry locations tion from organizations dealing sidering having a dinner as part of in Erie will not allow Mercyhurst with such issues as suicide, rape the formal. The price of tickets to students there for large events. crisis, and eating disorders. Some reps expressed concerns the formal would be slightly The day will feature speakers higher in this situation, but would about whether students would at- and other informa tion about these still be under $15, she said. tend the formal if they have to pay organizations. Cuffia said she wil 1 for dinner. Fitzpatrick said if the have more information about the One of the reasons the formal By Anne L. McNelis Copy Editor
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wellness day within a few weeks. MSG President George Paydock discussed the Spring Festival. Hesaid the festival committee decided to sponsor Brendan Thompson, son of SusanThompson, assistant director of the library. | j | jg Thompson is a leukemia patient in need of a bone marrow transplant. He is scheduled for the surgery in January and the Thompson family is in need|of donations to cover the expenses of the operation and subsequent care of Brendan. Reps voted unanimously in favor of festival profits benefiting the Thompson family. I Heather Marshall and Chris Thompson, members of the Environmentally Concerned Campus Organization (ECCO), requested $400 from MSG to help fund the purchase of recycling containers. ECCO is starting a campus-wide recycling program in January. The request was tabled until next week's meeting because reps

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An honorable pursuit
By Megan Circle Merciad News Editor Of the 231 honors students at Mercyhursti College, six were chosen as honors scholars. This small group of honors students were chosen because of their exceptional academic talent and leadership roles in the Mercyhurst community. This year's honors scholars are Bill Myer, Michelle Mizia, Theresa Lacomb, Dan Hilfiker, Amy DcAngelo, and Lisa Landers. The program for the honors scholars is more demanding than the regular honors!curriculum. Instead of taking nine or ten honors courses, the honors scholar must take 14 Each student must aIso create a one-credit seminar with the help of one faculty member and no more than two other honors scholars. Dr. Ludlow Brown, director Wanted!!! ,' Individuals, Student Organizations and Small Groups to Promote SPRING BREAK *95 Earn MONEY and FREE TRIPS Call the NATION'S LEADER. T INTEfcCAMPUS PROGRAMS 1 1-800-327-6013
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of the Mercyhurst College Honors Program, said that these seminars would be open to all honors students first, and then open to the entire campus if there is enough room for them. The ideal size of these seminars would be 12-15 students. The honors scholar must create at least two works, such as stories, pa pcrs, a rtwork, etc., for presentation in an appropriate venue (ie. a journal, magazine, conference, gallery, etc.), not controlled by or directly affiliated with Mercyhurst College. The student must create one event of intellectual interest*for the Mercyhurst or Erie community. IP* There is also a 40 hour service requirement that must draw on the honors scholar's intellectual abilities, such as tutoring. Brown said, "these students should become well-known

around campus. They should be involved in many of the events that go on, such as introducing speakers, doing film series and the like." He said he wants these students to be models for the rest of the campus.f Brown also said that a student must make the decision to be an honors scholar as a freshman or sophomore because the task is too monumental to try to complete in one or two years.

!Adv isor 'Cass- Sh iihek"''sa id if the club' has soine?*money of their own, that will give them "more leverage" when they request assistance from administration. Tovtin announced that Senior Rep Jeff Hutchinson was the Rep of the Week because he is "relentless." j % J Paydock said the Grotto candles will be moved into the Prince of : Peace chapel in the*Union.~ He said they are being moved because the weather has caused the candles to blow out. Paydock said the candles will be placed in the Grotto when the weather improves. MSG meetings are held every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers. The meetings are open to all students.

Forum scheduled
By Christopher Jurusik
Merciad Contributing Writer A public forum entitled "Erie's Environmental Agenda in the Next Decade" will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Sullivan Hall. Speaking at the forum will be Ed Leslie, a representative from Hammermill Papers Division, International Paper, and Marty Visnosky, the Chair of the Erie County Environmental Coalition. Each speaker will be allotted a 15-minute opening statement in which to discuss their competing conception of what Erie's future environmental priorities should entail. V Following their opening remarks, a ?panel of experts will pose questions to the representatives concerning their respective positions. At the conclusion of this session, moderator J. Philip Rogers of theiPolitical Science Department, will open the floor to the audience for questions and concerns. I This forum will offer the Mercyhurst community the opportunity to see how politics and economics influence the creation of an environmental agenda. The presentation is being sponsored by the ^Political Science Association and the Ecologically Concerned Campus Organization.

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Hold that thought
Heather Marshall Merciad Columnist It's amazing the difference just a few months can make. About five months ago I saw Nine Inch Nails in Cleveland, on their Downward Spiral tour. I saw it at the Agora Theatre, and for those of you who aren't familiar with it, the Agora is a small old theater tnat once dramatic performances, with a seating capacity of about 1,500. Last week I saw NIN in Buffalo at the Memorial Auditorium, which for those of you who aren't familiar with the Memorial Auditorium either, is a large sports arena, with a seating capacity of over 10,000. Both shows were sold out and csthctically they were the same performance, but comparibly, I noticed many changes in the band. * One obvious difference was the size of the venue, and that definitely affected the feel of the crowd and the atmosphere. But the attitude of the band had changed slightly and it was apparent to me during many of their songs. They seemed fed up and tired of the regimin that they had kept up for so long. Much of the power to their lyrics and their singing was lost; they seemed bored. The conceit began with a loud and crowd-rousing version of "Mr. Self Destruct," off their latest album, The Downward Spiral. Following that song were other popular songs off the latest album. Songs such as "Piggy," "Reptile," and "March of the Pigs," lent a hand to the familiarity and popularity of the latest album. This showed me that the band seemed more concerned with their new found fans than with those who have been behind them front the start. f x During every song, one element that stood out for me in the initial show was the power and atmosphere the lights and sets gave to the show. I realize once an area is expanded, that some of the effect will be lost, but comparing what I saw in the end of May, to what I saw now, there was a very big contrast. In the; beginning, the lights filled the entire capacity of the theatre, there was not one person in attendence who did not feel the brightness of the lights float across their bodies. Every verse, word and drum beat would resonate through one's body, and one could feel their lungs vibrate with every twist in the song. Their music still enters your ear and manages to reach every nerve ending in your body and rhythms are still as strong as they ever were. But the band did not seem to have their whole heart in the words they sang, the feelings were lost as they mingled with the bodies on the floor, while they tried to reach me in the bleachers. Trent / Reznor seemed to be playing into the pit and not to fill the entire vast complex of the auditorium. Clearly if you were not on thev floor, dancing and getting crushed, you missed the true show.. Although it sounds as though I am negative on this entire concert experience, Nine Inch Nails is still, and will always be, one of my favorite bands. It is just hard for me to deal with a band who, despite the fact they have been the same band for many years, has just recently received recognition. Therefore they change, and seem to take on different qualities, which comply with the wishes of a more "popular,"mainstream audience. i All in all the show was basically good, and if you have never seen Nine Inch Nails, I'm sure their performance would have blown you away. It is just a shame that we will never again get to see "Something I Can Never Have" or "Wish," played in a small venue. We can never see Trent Reznor's face drip with the pain wrought expressions of shows past. His emotions can never come straight out of the speakers and shake us in our seats, because it gets pretty lonely up there in row "X". Tuesday. Dec. 13.8pm Hammerheads A Rockin' Producer: Bill Steen]} Arc you a habitual couch potato Moderator: Ka t i e Pc l r i seeking fresh and diverse TV proGuests: Jim Ren nicks gramming pleasures? Well, Ron Yarosz alrighty then! The student proJason Lewis ducers of M.C.iMagazine are Jamie Houston proud to bring you creative'pro*Mercyhurst band, "The gramming that features everyHammerheads," demonstrate their instruments, and then thing from NFL Sports Talks to they perform an original rockin' Rock n' Roll. To catch these tune. outstanding productions tune in your sets at 8 p.m. to^Erie Tuesday. Dec. 13. 8:15pm Cablevision Channel 62 or 19b Java Jive Producer: Terri Ressler starting Saturday, Dec. 10 through Moderator: JoAnna Shirey Wednesday, Dec. 14. idav. Dec. l l r 8;]5pm; Guest: Heather Marshall The following editions of M.C. Talking Baseball *Heather demonstrates Magazine were produced by ten I Producer: Cra ig Rybczynski how to make the gourmet coffees, students enrolled in the fall term Moderator: Bill Steen \ likecappuccino.* T. V. Production course instructed Guest: Brad Rybczynski Wednesday. Dec. 14. 8pm: by communications department *Brad, a sophomore, was a Munchin' with Stacey head, Dick Ragan. Each student former baseball player for St Producer: JoAnna Shirey produced a show with the techni- Francis high school. He talks Moderator: Terri Ressler cal help of his/her classmates. with Bill Steen about baseball. Guest: Stacey Tegmier Producer, JoAnna Shirey says,"I think all students in the class Monday. Dec. 12. 8pm! *Mercyhurst student, Flesh and Bones would agree thatjthe hands on Stacey Tegmier, demonstrates Producer: Jeff Romito approach really reinforced the how to bake lumberjack Moderator: Damon Sterling cookies. learning of the production pro Guest: Monica Sertik cesses we studied in previous Wednesday. Dec. 14. 8; 15pm: * Monica, a senior, discourses. We had to depend on Trisha's Holiday Tips each other and work as a team to cusses Forensic .Pathology with Producer: Mel issa Torres Monica talks .make everyone's show success* Damon, Moderator: Bill Steen J ful." Don 'tmiss out on you friends .about the- remains of a deceased ^*£* Guest: *JTricia Powers * jid classmates productions. The person and how you can iden*Mercyhurst'srudent, schedule of programming is as tify the characteristics of age, sex, Tricia Powers, demonstrates how follows: to decorate a Christmas height, the cause of death, etc. cake. I Saturday, Dec. 10f 8pm: Monday. Dec. 12. 8:15 pm: Today in Hockey Another View on Getting a Tattoo Producer: Craig Zaffaroni Moderator: Jeff Romito Producer: Katie Petri, ,y Moderator: Craig Guest: Steve Torriero * Jeff Romito talks with stu- Rybczynski Guest: Mike Ski? dent and hockey player Steve '"Mike, a student at Torriero. Mercy hurst, owns his own tattoo SaturdavP Dec. 10f 8:15pm: Come and celebrate the business out of £his home. He Fundamentals of Basketball shows us his equipment and dem- reason for the season with Producer: Damon Sterling * abil- Maestro Eiji Oue and the Erie «.•».£ Moderator: Craig onstrates his artistic ity on tattoo recipient Terri Philharmonic Orchestra and Rybczynski*, ...^.. ,j 1 *< iI \ «f * Chorus when they present two i aft Guest: Rahsaah Roland . Ressler. " ' concerts of Handel's Messiah a *Raksaah Roland demonin St Peter Cathedral. As Oue will be leaving Erie for the Minnesota Symphony next year, this will be your last chance to see him conduct this majestic work. Written in 1741 by George Frideric Handel and first performed in the spring of 1742 at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, The Messiah illustrates the foundations of Christianity in a series of musical pieces that parallel the prophecy, the life, the death, and the resurrection of Christ.? This three hour long concert will be performed on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m., - Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for front pew Come see our selection of popular titles. seats with $10 front seats for students and senior citizens. Tickets for the rest of the cathedral are $8. For reservaMKRCYHCJRST tions call the Erie Philharmonic BOOKSTORE at (814) 455-1375, or stop by^ the office, 1001 State Street, Suite 924.
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rCSDOIlCiS puter Management Information Systems major nates using infof-' mation. In any case, the library staff will continue to serve the Mercyhurst community the best we can. We hope it will suffice r«i*<-1 dot Sincerely, David Pinto Director of Libraries
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Dear Editor, I would like to respond to Jay Kennedy's "Hook Up" article is the Nov. 10 issue of the Merciad. First, I would like to inform him, and the rest of the Mercyhurst community, that it is our intention to have an Internet workstation available for student use in the library during the winter tenn. We have not yet worked out the technical details, but we plan to make the Internet accessible and we have the necessary resources. Second, Kennedy's comment that "encyeloped ias, d ictiona ries, or any other kind of references" are available online is misleading. While there|is a wealth of information available for free on the Internet, most of the information sources in our library, if available online, are fee-based. They cost money, a lot of it The library buys information sources so that students can'become informed without buying the sin formation ea ch time they need it Last, I would like to comment on Kennedy's remark about using the library, which he "hate(s) like the plague." This may have been intended to amuse, but 1 am not laughing. A great many people work long and hard to build li1 brary collections, develop and provide service, and make the library a decent place to work and study. We don't expect your thanks, but we also don't think our efforts warrant your disdain. It strikes me as odd that a Com-

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Mercyhurst College's Fiist Gass newspaper as rated by the Associated Collegiate Press

Vol. 68 No. 12 Merciad Editors
Craig Rybczy nski [Anne L. McNelis Juk Gardner

Dec. 8, 1994
Sports Editor Editor in Chief Leon M u m ford Advertising Manager [Annie Schleicher Arts,Entertainment & Copy Editor I & Features Editor News Ed dor Senior Writer Megan Circle Faculty Advisor Jerry Trambley

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Dear Editor, % On behalf of the Mercyhursl Women's soccer team, I would like to thank ail of those who supported us during the 1994season. As student athletes it is nice to know that our efforts and accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. You might remember me as the author of that angry letter written last year complaining about the lack of support provided by the Mercyhurst community. However, since then, much has changed. There was not one time this year that our stands were not filled with students, faculty and the community at large for our games. We even had a traveling group of die hard fans, headed by Lori Donnelly, that cheered us on at away matches. Joel Pentz did an excellent job of reporting our progress in theMerciad while the Sports Information Department accurately publicized bur results on a broader scale. (We were even mentioned on the local news more than once.) * * In preparation for the Final Four, the team was warmly congratulated and wished good luck at a surprise pep rally/send off. I can-^ not describe the feelings I experi-5 enced as other students, faculty and administrators gathered to bid us farewell. The team especially appreciated the terrific banner made by the crew team, the balloons and flowers supplied by the men's soccer team, the signs ar-

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By Nick Krayger Merciad Staff Columnist "l For Thanksgiving break, I flew back to Philadelphia. Waiting for me at the airport were my parents and my two nephews, John and Christopher. I found the four of them staring out the window of the terminal pointing to another plane or "boat" as two-year-old John said. My four-year-old nephew Chris came running over and gave me a big hug and kept telling me how he was "looking for me since yesterday." I told him about all of the things we were going to do over break- like going to the shore, go to lunch at McDonald *s, and other things like that 4 John just stared in aweas we walked through the endless terminal, pointing and saying "see boats," and, "Look Unka Nick-see boats." And that's pretty much how break went -1 spent 75% of my time with my dad and my nephew Christopher, 10% of my tune working, and 15% of my time in my favorite bar with my friends. I have had many stimulating conversations over the course of my life, with really educated people, with really strange people-hell, I even sat next to Victoria Principalfrom"Dallas" on a plane once for six hours, but I can't say that any have been as informative or as entertaining as the ones I had with my nephew. 'We talked about important things and he asked me many questions about myself, my feelings, what I like and don't like, what the two of us had in common, etc. He's a very bright, compassionate child. I noticed how, during our conversations, I kept trying to include "things" in them that I thought would be appealing to him - things Ilike, "What do you want for Christmas," "Why don't you show me | how that toy works." I guess I was saying those things in an attempt to identify with him. f ? I : ButherepwMly Kept tejjin^me hgw^e didn't wan^tp play with this toy or that toy, that he wanted to bu ild a fort with me. Or he d idn' t want to take a nap, he wanted me to come take a nap with him. And all I could do was drag material things into it 11 was thinking about this while I was at home, and it reminded me of Christmas a few years ago. X When I was in high school, every year we used to go Christmas caroling at this old age home. We started doing it when I was in eighth grade, and we did up until I was junior. I remember that we used to sing this one song, and I forget the gname of it but it went something like this: "But we were poor that Christmas So momma stayed up all night long Sittin' in the kitchen Making us a present $ It was this song..." And I really identified with that song. When I was in fifth grade, my dad was injured on the job in an accident that would later affect every aspect of his physical health. And, for a while, tunes were pretty tough. We never starved or anything like that, but I remember lots of hard times. | And I remember that very first Christmas a fter my dad's accident. My parents tried so hard to bring the Christmas spirit to the house, and they tried so hard to make it a nice, family Christmas. And itwas.fi Then I remembered my junior year of high school. The hard financial times were presumably over, and we had a very, very material-centered Christmas. That was the year I got my first car, pilots of clothes, a leather jacket, etc... That is also the year that, for some reason, I found that I couldn't make it to the retirement home to carol. Itwas the absolute worst holiday of my life, and when I look ^jback on it, I think I learned something from it J And now to what is important in the upcoming vacation when spending quality time with my nephew. The kid doesn't have it too easy. His father, my brother, is presently notan active part of his life. He needs a male role model. Thank God he has my dadj i And thank God I realized what is really important for Christopher, and for myself for that matter, when it comes to showing love, and celcbra ting Christmas. Money can't buy a good Christmas. Instead of scheduling myself 50 hours a week so I can work to make money to buy people Christmas presents this year, I'm going to do things a little differently. I'm going to spend time with my nephew and the people who are important to me engaging in conversation, and maybe baking cookies. 1 | That might sound kind of cheap or corny, but I think it might actually work. Best wishes for you in having a genuinely happy holiday season, doing whatever it is you find most rewarding... j

Mercyhurst sends of the women's socer team in style.
tistically created by the women's there is a group of loyal supportbasketball team, and the delicious ers ready to follow us on our concookies (given to us by Mr. tinued quest to be champions. Since last year, the program has Leisering. As we were driving -away, excitedly anticipating win- experienced much growth and I ning the first ever National Cham- believe the increased support is a pions!] ip for Mercyhurst, the foot- reflection of such changes. As a ball team arrived just in time to student athlete, I realize that we wave us good-bye. The whole do not play to receive recognition from those around us; in contrast, event was unbelievable to us! In New Hampshire, the site of we play because we love the game the 1994 Final Four, we were | and we each have individual goals joined by Athletic Director Pete that we are trying to fulfill. But it Russo and his wife, as well as is one common dream that holds Sports Information Director Ed the Lady Lakers together....To win Hess, and a group of faithful fans a national championship not only (headed by none other than Lori for ourselves, but for Mercyhurst 1 Donnelly) that braved the long; College, f journey north. \'*%LV.l $ ij; f So on behalf of the Lady Lakers Unfortunately we did not soccer team, I would like to thank achieve our goal of becoming everyone for their continued supnational champions this year, a port. Hopefully the third time will bitter loss that we are still trying be a charm. to accept,and learn from. But as we look toward next year with Lee Ann Kelly * renewed dreams ofbeing number Co-Captain of the Women's one, it is reassuring to know that Soccer Team

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tion class. I was walking through the ground floor of Old Main on my way home. I've always admired the aesthetics of this school. Coming from the urban jungle of the University of Pittsburgh, Mercyhurst often seems too good to be true. | The Gothic architecture, the well groomed landscaping and the attractive art work that hangs in the hallowed halls of Old Main have always impressed me. But suddenly it hit me as I reached the end of the hall, all is not well in Camelot. "The art work dummy, look at the art work again." So I did. I turned around and walked down the hall again carefully examining the pieces on d isplay. After I had walked the length of the hall several times my original fears were confirmed. One part of this college preaches appreciating other cultures and yet the art the school chooses to display doesn't contain one nonEuropean image, unless you count the Chinese doll in one picture. Even Jesus Christ is portrayed as someone who came from Berlin or Zurich, not Bethlehem. In my mind this&is a serious issue. I have been here for almost two years and I never once questioned what I was looking|at. Unconsciously I had accepted the "dignity" that is outwardly displayed on campus. Only now do I find it a disgrace.

Contradictions. Each and every person holds contradicting views. Some people hold such contrasting beliefs that you have to question their intelligence or, worse yet, their integrity. Socia 1 institutions, being human creations, also exhibit conflicting practices. I am here at Mercyhurst as a teacher's certification candidate. In education as well as in society at large, multicultural ism isia major issue. King Newt and his Conservative Crusaders may soon save us from this plague, but for now we foolishly march down a path towards deeper understanding of various viewpoints. My education classes often Spring Break '95 Spring Break '95 stress the need to be respectful of various students' cultural, cender in <F* Ufe Earn a and religious backgrounds. I ac- 0\ O FREE cept this as productive and beneficial to both the student and the Round Trip Air F*m teacher. Swn (7) night* lodging at cholc* hot*. 1 W*lcom* party with complimentary Island bavaraga. f l ' v e also come to believe that Baach paniaa.FREE food, FREE drink* and mom. art reflects highly on the group Exclu*rv* FREE or dlacountad *dml**lon to N****W* hott**t club*. Fiu* much, much, moral which endorses |it. These two mental currents recently crossed paths in my mind after an educa-

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By Lee Ann Kelly Staff Writer For most people, Christinas falls on December 25 each year. They enjoy a decorated Christmas tree with neatly wrapped gifts scattered underneath and stockings filled with goodies hanging on the mantle. However, what about the less fortunate who do not have the money to enjoy a prosperous holiday season? What about the poor children who won't be visited by Santa Claus this year? This Saturday, students and faculty at Mercyhurst will once again spread a little Christinas spirit as they host Christmas on Campus, a program aimed at giving underprivileged children the opportunity to experience al the joys of the holidays. Started five years ago by a business student who had seen a similar program at another college, Christmas on Campus seems to keep ga ining momentum with each year. The Mercyhurst College Business Department sponsors the event, while clubs and other organizations help the charitable cause. This year's committee is led by business,students Sara Plyler. and Rebecca Koren with help from faculty advisors Penny Hanes and Cass Shimek. Christmas on Campus is* definitely an all-out campus effort; its success relies on the* enthusiasm and participation of the entire student body. Various students have volunteered to wrap gifts and decorate the union with holiday cheer. Cookies will be provided by the RAs who have offered up their time and kitchens for the cause J Faculty, staff and administrators have also played a very important part by providing the requested gifts for the children. Others Ijave offered to be Christmas "buddies" for a day, which entails being paired with a visiting child and assisting him or her in a variety of holiday-related activities. "I think that this is an excelblent opportunity for students to share the Christinas spirit with those who may be less fortunate," remarked MSG President George Paydock, who is also head of the Buddy Committee. "It gives us an opportunity to grow in ways that we have never grown before and I only wish we can do more." Club participation is also key. 'This year was the first year that groups took the initiative to come to iis;" commented cochair Sara Plyler. "We usually have to look for club support. This just shows how the program has grown." The Sports Medicine Department, the Art Therapy Club, the Marketing d u b , BACCHUS, the Computer Science Club and the Political Science Club have all contributed to making this year's Christmas on Campus a success. Mercyhurst has also been fortunate to have received outside help from Pepsi Cola, Burger King, K-Mart, Domino's Pizza, and Quality Food Market, all of which have donated items sucih as food and gift wrap to this charitable cause.! The day will begin at 1:00 p.m. when 100 children, aged 48, will meet at Baldwin Hall to be paired up with their prospective buddies. These children have been located by such participating agencies at the Bay Service Unit, the YWCA, the Food Pantry, the Mercy Center for Women and the Mercyhurst Day Care Center. The student-child pairs will then travel to the festively decorated Union where they will participate in a variety of fun activities, such as making Christmas tree puppets, getting their faces painted, playing*" M musical chairs and Pin the Nose on Rudolph, singing Christmas

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milk. "It's a great way for Mercyhurst to show its Christmas spirit by giving something to the Erie community," commented Christmas on Campus organizer Rebecca Koren. Even those who are not directly involved with the event are invited to come observe and take part in the activities. "We would like to encourage everyone to stop in," Plyler added. "Hopefully they will get a chance to see what Christmas in Campus is all about and will want to participate next year.
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carols and creating Christmas cards on the computer. Each child will also get a chance to visit with Santa Claus who will be making an early visit to the Hurst, thanks to John Wolper. Good ol' St. Nick will be taking gift requests from children, as well as posing for pictures. ?^t 2:30 p.m., everyone will meet together for a special Barry McAndrew reading of "A Visit From Sjt. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore. Santa will then pass out gifts to each child and everyone will enjoy a delicious treat of cookies and

^PARADIGM, the Mercyhurst Literary Magazine is accepting submissions for the 1995 issue. Send your poetry, short fiction, non-fictional prose, and artwork to Dr. Jim Hood (Preston 217B, ext 2136) or Maureen Kozik (Box 1373, ext 2910). The deadline for submission is the end of January 1995!!!

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By Leon Mumford Merciad Sports Editor Strike one... the baseball league; players demands for a wage increase clash with the interests of the owners who a re only willing to preserve their thick slice of the profits. Play stops. Strike two... hockey team owners stubornly refuse to add more weight to the wheelbarrow wallets their player's carry around with them. The fans go home, and stay there. Strike three... almost occured when the desires of owners and players in the NBA basketball league collided. But die dispute was resolved... at least temporarily. So we're still waiting for the third strike. Here's what some Mercy hurst athletes had to say when they were asked the question: Who's at fault for the strikes in baseball and hockey ? " Glenn Francis, Sophmore (Computer Management, Soccer) "The strikes are unfair on the public but I think the owners definitely have the upper hand. They profit so much fromI the sporting industry. I feel that they are exploiting the players. Players should get paid well because we value them so highly." •Ronald Rambally, Sophmore (Biology / Chemistry, Tennis) "Sports are becoming tooimuch^of an entertainment industry, where the only thing that matters is profit margin and budget balancing. Both the players and the owners arc to blame because the love of sports has been forgotten." £ Scott Harber, Junior (Psycology, Cycling) $& "If they wanttostrike, let them strike. Itmeans there won't be anything tp watch for Joe (my robmirrate) on Sports Center, Ha!" A J . Rush a k, Junior (Psychology, Baseball) "The strike is management's fault. Players should be paid what they are worth. If they are good enough to make the money then they are good enough to spend the money." Teresa Szumigala, Senior (Elementary Education, Basketball) ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ICThe strike is players fault. They make enough money as it is. That's all they need to live comfortably for the rest of their Amy Baxter, Senior (Marketing, Volleyball / Softball) The strike is management's fault. The players bring in money and people, so they are assets which should should be valued more highly. One editorial concludesgthat the ownersffear giving an inch baca use then the players will take a foot leaving them without a leg to stand on. Another pundit stresses that the unashamed exhibition of greed is weaning fans off their addiction to sport. The issue has become a mass producer of opinions. Thousands of opinions are being generated every day, all over the country. Some^ are well founded while others are off the cuff. Some are obviously right while others are surely wrong. At least in my opinion, unless you disagree with me... tell.me to go to hell If you like. Y'see the issue is creating thought, conflict, emotion, exitement among other
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Harriers keep on flying
By Greg Troyer Merciad Sports Writer The Mercyhurst men's and women's cross country teams concluded their seasons at the NCAA Division II Eastern Regional Championships on Saturday, Nov. 5. The race was held at Kutztown University. The Lady Lakers finished an impressive eighth place among a field 26 teams. The women's team was paced by Melissa Hall's All-Eastern performance.-Hall cornered the 3.1 mile course in 19:16, a personal best by 24 seconds, to earn . M i k e B r o w n a b o u t t 0 m a k e n js best time ever, in his last race 12th place. Freshman Bridget ' Holzheimer also ran to a personal running careers with ^personal Brown, for instance, took one and record, covering the course* in records. Brown cruised the 6.2 a half minutes off his previous 19:54 for 33rd place. Freshman mile course in 34:34 to crack the best and he typifies the attitude Wendy Lampart also set a per- top 100 in 99th position. Fresh- running through the team at the S. sonal record in 20:16, which was men Tom O'Dea and Jeff Welch moment" good enough J for the 55th spot. followed up with their own perJunior Katie Fox missed a per- sonahrecords in 35:09 (124th) ^Congratulations are in order to sonal record by one second. The and 35:24 (130th) respectively. the entire program for a fine seadedicated student-athlete gar- Scott Choura earned 153rd place son. The coaching sta ff should be nered 78th place in 20:41. Team with a 36:26 effort. Juniors Dan congratulated on the amazing captain Nichole Putt achieved a Chase and Chris Kullman rounded (lumber of peak performances season's best in 21:19, placing out the Hurst performers in 38:02 they produced in the culminating her in the 103rd spot. Freshman (169th) and 38:42 (175th). meet of the season. The Regional Sara Boyd achieved yet another Coach Kathy Noble- Fraley said Championships confirm that the personal best with a 24:47, com- " I feel we have had a really good program is in talented hands. Look ing in five spots behind teammate season this year. We have develfor even bigger things next year. Boyd. Seniortrisha Powers also oped a good work ethic and th e This!squad is loaded with talcompeted for the teanu, > ,. prograrn^eems to get better.jevery ented u ndercl assnien wh 6 g'a in ed Seniors Mike Brown and Scott year. Almost everyone ran a per- valuable experience this year. Choura finished their Mercy hurst sonal best at Regiona Is. Michael

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By Dan Hilfiker Merciad Sports Writer With seven games under their belts, the Mercy hurst men's basketball team goes into this weekend with a record of 4-3. The team has scored some impressive victories over S t Vincent College, Kentucky State, MI. Dearborn, and the University of Waterloo, with the last two coming in the Knob loch tournament held this past weekend of which the Lakers were the tournament champions. "We did well in the exhibition games at the start of the season, but we stumbled at the Indianapolis tournament where we lost games that we should have won, but now we have won the last four out of five games leaving us with a 4-3 record, so I am fairly happy," said Coach Bill Morse. With a young and energetic team, the Lakers look to go to new heights on the court. "The main strength of our team is our balance. Wei; also have a low turnover ra te - proof tha I we a re a quick mobile team with good ball handling skills," added Morse. Craig Young leads the Lakers in scoring with a n average of 13.6 ppg, while Will Stinson and freshman Jim Roe follow closely with 13.4 and 13.0 ppg respectively. Lonacy Utley leads the pack with 54 total rebounds, twentynine offensive. "We have to leant to get stronger off the boards. If we were more competitive on rebounds, we would be an excellent team," said Morse. | "This weekend we face some excellent competition in the Millersville tournament. We will [ be the underdogs going in, but as we don't have any seniors starting, we are looking to rebuild for a bright future," added Morse.

tilings. "They 're just a bunch of genetic freaks," said one of my teachers referring to modern day athletes. Considering how high standards have risen in order to gain entrance:into the profesional arena, perhaps they are. Physical competition is being replaced by science and the genetic structure of the body. By altering the chemical balance within the athlete, drugs can also be used to guarantee a favourable result Not much emotion or exitement in this scenario. * Dedication now means six to eight hours of physical conditioning a day, six days a week. Food intake is specified and measured, breathing rates and pulses are monitored. Welcome to the regiment of an Olympiad. Exit freedom and choice,what most of us associate with joy. Do what it takes to win. Iron babies are being programmed for success from birth. And these are the people we envy ? Meanwhile, the chance and luck elements in sport are gradually being calculated, mechanized, elimated. My teacher asked me "If these multi- millionare athletes are genetic freaks, do we only pity the guys in the local nut-house because they arc the mutations we can actually see ? The question seemed to answer itself. * The circus can go on strike, I'm off to the local nut-house to look for an Olympic champion, I thought

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By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief The streak is over! & R.I.T. Tigers forward Matt Thomas'goal with 1:06 remaining in Friday's contest sent the visiting Mercy hurst Laker hockey team back to Erie with a 7-5 loss — their first blemish of the season. Thomas put gaii end to Mercy hurst's seven-game winning streak. "I"*just screwed up," said defenseman Justin Proud. 'The puck came back to me and I lost it in my skates and somehow it squirted out to the other player. "I tackled him and the rebound Jon Johnson (18) and John Evangel istaa(l 5) are denied went in the net I'm counted on R.I.T. stonned back in the third ahead 5-3. We fought back and back there and I just made a misframe after trailing 2-1, scoring McKinnon scored, he scored three take," he said. Thomas' goal erased Kevin six goals, the Tigers scored three big goals," said Mike Pattison. McKinnon's third goal of the times in the period while on the "We came back to tie it at five, to power play. tie it with so little time left and game at 18:11 of the third. Mercyhurst trailed 5-3 at the then to lose it, it was heart brak"It was a little^bit'3like the ing. | Cinderella story. Art Thomas was 10:44 mark of the third. "I really have to say the referees In defeat, Scott Barber stopped my roommate and I was his best friend for the last two yea rs and to made so many bad mistakes out 28 Tiger shots. Bohun and R.I.T. forward see him transfer to another school, there... we got killed on penalti M Maybury traded goals in the first. especially beca use h is brother was es, saidKevin Mckinnon. Pattison's short-handed goal in Despite playing most of the th ird recruited to that school and see him score the game-winner just short-handed, McKinnon and the the second gave the Hurst a 2-1 advantage heading into the final hits home," he said. I t was a big Lakers rallied. , k disappointment especially when tfrHis second of the period evened 20 minutes.. *• a He batted a rolling puck past i< : Matt Thomas only had three to the contest at 5-6* :*• McKinnon snapped a loose puck Goldhar, with an assist going to five shifts all game. The penalty-filled ECAC battle past Tiger goalie Eric Goldhar in McKinnon. McKinnon scored in the secfeatured a goal scoring frenzy in the slot Trevor Hunt and Scott the third.;, ) f j Cannam assisted on the fifth ond, but the goal was disallowed for a man in the crease violation. Special teams played an intri- ^Mercyhurst goal. "I thought that our team on Fri"They > came back and went • cate role in the Laker loss.
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day played as well as I've seen any Mercyhurst College team play in the last five years, at R.I.T., despite the loss," said head coach Rick Got kin. The following night, the Tigers traveled to Erie, this time with a different result. The Hurst scored a 5-2 win over the Tigers. Pattison's two-goal effort aided the Hurst offense, he netted the game-winner at 7:18 of the second. Goal tender Barber backs topped the Hurst, turning aside 36 R.I.T. shots. "It was nice only 'cause I've been getting a lot of ribbing because I just score short-handed goals and Saturday night I scored "eofevenstreii said Pattison. "And to score the winner means you' ve done something for the team and every player dreams about doing every game." Proud and Cannam added goals to secure the ECAC victory. Trevor Brandt opened the scoring, beating Goldhar at 5:45 of thefirstframe. Andrew Lazar and Angelo Papal ia evened the game before, Pattison's second of the game. "December is our tough month and from now on it's going to be alltECAC and tough opponents and this is an important stretch for us," said Proud. The road does not get any easier as the Lakers (8-1) journey to Wisconsin to ba ttle Stevens Point

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Lady' basketball Lady Lakers do us proudj blows Hot and cold
By Chris Fiely Merciad Sports Writer TheiLady Laker Basketball team have got off to a tepid 4-2 start to the season as they have struggled.to maintain the kind of form which took themfto their Orst ever play-off position in the NCAA Division II last year|1 As only one senior graduated, this years new Coach Jim Webb knows that he holds the reigns of a very talented team. The Lakers started their season convincingly when they beat Point Park by 83 points to 41 at home. Julie McChesney ledthe scorers with 21 points while Freshman Kristen Molli impressed by netting 16 points. But the Ladies stumbled in theii next game against California, Pa. Ironically, Mercyhurst gained "We have a good, experienced their first post season victory at team with great speed and depth. California's expense last year. A lot depends on how quickly the Although Teresa Szumigala ra 1 - ] players leant to adapt to the delied by scoring 11 points, the 66- fense game we are playing this 52 loss was a dissapointment. season, especially the incoming Webb's team then travelled to Frcshman,| said Webb. Ashland, picked up the pace a nd This weekend the Lakers face came away with a hard fought tough opposition when.they parwin. The formidable forward pair, ticipateiu the Slippery Rock tourMcChesney and Szumigala fea- nament 1 tured in the 89-85 victory! | While they were able to etch a narrow victory atfAshland, the Lakers found themselves on the wrong side of an 80-77 defeat at Edinboro on 29th November. But the hot and cold form continued when Mercyhurst returned home to win easily against Mansfield. The SzumagalaMcChesney pair again spearheaded the Laker attack! Webb said "I think we need to start shooting better if we want to win consistently against the Clarions, Edinboros and Slippery Rocks in our league." ^Taking this advice, the Ladies out-jshot^Fairmont State 87-63 last night. Connie Ralston led the scorers with 23 points. The: fact that three different players have topped the scoring charts suggests strong balance in the team. By Joel Pentz Me reiad Sports Writer For the second consecutive year, Mercyhurst Women's soccer team fell to the eventual national champion in the NCAA Division II semi Gnal. After a loud, spirited send off by faculty, staff, and students the No. 2 ranked Lakers squared off against No. 1 ranked Franklin Pierce in Rindge, New Hampshire, on * Nov. 11. The Lakers took an)early lead afteriBecky Miller confidently capitalized on a direct free kick at the 3:32 mark of the first half. All seemed to be going well. Two goals by Franklin^Pierce followed though, one 22 minutes Into the half and the winner came just seven minutes later. The second half was a deadlock defensive battle. At the end of the day Franklin Pierce had out shot the Lakers only 4-2, but had come away with a hard fought 2-1 victory. Coach Hartis commented after the match, "I'm obviously not pleased with the result. It was a difficult task for us to come here to play the No. 1 team on their home field. It was a very close game though, which it should be when you've got No. 1 and No. 2 meeting in the semi-finals of a national championship." The girls were devastated upon their return. Finishing their season with a respectful record of 13-2 was no consolation for seeing Regis College making it to the final with seven losses during the season. Senior, Liz Weber, playing in her last collegiate game reflected, "The pain I experienced recovering from two major knee surgeries due to soccer was nothing compa red to having to watch Franklin Pierce celebrate their victory over

us." This championship game mis gave Franklin Pierce the confw dence to go on and defeat Regis 2-1 0 in the final. Coach Hartis also remarked, "I thought we played as well as we cou Id, considering the opposition.! We just didn't get the breaks w < needed to come out with a win.l I'm very pleased with my players though, they battled hard. They never gave up at any time as they fought al 1 of the way." The Lakers look to regroup ove the off-season knowing tbey only| have one senior to replace.
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