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Mercyhurst celebrates the magic of Christmas
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By Sara Seidle Editor in chief
Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer
Children and Mercyhurst students listen intently to the Christmas classic "Twas the
Night Before Christmas."
Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer
Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer
Each child was given the opportunity to whisper their wishes to Old. Dr. McAndrew, accompanied by junior Kristen Brown, reads St Nick. \i. p * | J * Twas the NtghHtefore Christmas."
Christmas arrived a few weeks early for approximately 90 Erie children as Mercyhurst College celebrated Christmas on Campus for the 11 th year Saturday, Dec. 8. A day full of cookies, candy, crafts, and surprises was complete with a visit from Santa, his elves and a sack full of toys. Each child received a gift donated by members Of the Mercyhurst community. Mercyhurst students worked to make the day magical by participating as "buddies" to the children* while others dressed as Disney characters. Many campus organizations provided activites for the children throughout the day. ^"Nothing compares to seeing the expressions on the children's faces.,** said Mercyhurst junior Joe Wiertel, who volunteered as a buddy. "For many of the children, this is the only Christmas they will experience. Knowing that really makes the day special," Wiertel added. Mercyhurst English professor Dr. McAndrew*s annual reciting of the Christmas classic "Twas the Night Before Christmas." accompanied by cookies and milk for all, provided the perfect ending to a fun-filled afternoon.
MSG provides airport \ shuttle service for students "Lakemef fproposed to make campus Shuttle to run before and after upcoming break communication more efficient
» By Sara Seidle Editor in chief Although it seems as if flying out of Erie International Airport may not be an option for as many Mercyhurst students once US Airways discontinues jet service from the airport, there are still a number of students that will be departing for home from the airport for the upcoming holiday break. To accomodate these students, Mercyhurst Student Government will be offering a shuttle service to Erie International airport. The shuttle will be departing from Baldwin Hall Thursday. Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. It will run again Friday, Dec. 21 with pick-up from Baldwin Hall at 8 a.m„ 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1 and Wednesday, Jan. 2, the shuttle will be providing transportation from the airport to campus. The pick up point will be located outside of the airport's baggage claim area. The shuttle will be making one trip Tuesday at 11 p.m. and four trips Wednesday at:*]2:15 p.m., 3: IS p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. According to Lauren Griglak, the MSG representative responsible for organizing the shuttle schedule, the departure times were set in accordance with flight schedules provided by the airport Griglak added that students will be receiving information by e-mail before break about what to do in the case of a delayed flight. Students can contact Griglak at ext. 3189 or Cass Shimek. associate dean of student development, at ext 2433 for more information or specific questions regarding the service. By Sara Seidle Editor in chief Plans to develop "Lakernet" an internal communications source to benefit the college community were presented by Pat Benekos, Mercyhurst*s director of information technology, during the Mercyhurst Student Government meeting Monday, Dec. 10, 2001/V T r * .$• Benekos expressed concern that there is not a more efficient communications path among campus groups and organizations? "Lakernet," as Benekos referred to it, will function as a means for posting important messages, campus events and essential information for the Mercyhurst community. "Over time, mis would more functional than the current web be the main communication device," site. It would be accessible by way said Benekos. She added that fit of the main Mercyhurst web site and would help eliminate many of the fre- available to anyone looking for more quent paper flyers that students now specific information about campus receive in their campus mailboxes. organizations, but would be specifiBenekos said Lakernet could be cally targeted for campus use. utilized not only by students and fac- Benekos said "By next fall, we will ulty of the college, but by parents that hopefully have a communications would like to be more involved with network that is useful to the commuMercyhurst She made a distinction nity of students and faculty at Merbetween the current Mercyhurst web cyhurst** site and the proposed Lakernet, sug- Benekos asked that MSG consider gesting that the current site would be forming a committee to provide used to provide "an overall picture tinuous student input for the project of the college" to prospective stu- over the next six months. According dents or other individuals looking for to Annie DeMeo, MSG secretary, that type of information, whereas plans for an ad hoc committee dediLakernet would be geared more to- cated to the issue will be finalized at ward the "inner workings" of Mer- the weekly student government meetcyhurst She said Lakernet would be ing Mondav. Dec. 17.
DECEMBER 13. 2001
CAMPUS NEWS Local colleges unite to control consumption
By Annie DeMeo Staff writer Mercyhurst College has joined forces with Gannon University, Edinboro University, and Penn-State Behrend to work on finding solutions to alcohol related problems that plague all four campuses. A grant provided by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has enabled a coalition that existed in part about seven years ago to resurface, according to Marvin Jones, assistant director of the student union, who co-wrote the grant for the Erie County chapter of the Pennsylvania Campus-Community Coalitions to Prevent Dangerous and Underage Drinking. The goal of the coalition is to share information amongst the neighboring schools on drug and alcohol policies, according to Montana, a student who is a member ofthe Healthy Lifestyles Committee, which is an offshoot of the coalition and is for members of the Mercyhurst community to share information and work out solutions independent of the Erie County organization. "We have a chance to share information from every perspective, which is extremely interesting because it gives you a chance to see what people in different positions and at different schools think about the alcohol policy," said Jess Montana. "There are two separate grants," said Jones. "One is specifically for Mercyhurst and the other is for the consortium of four schools. Both groups are funded by the PLCB. But the purpose is to create an open line of communication about problems related to alcohol." There are three specific groups in the Erie community that the schools target and invite to their monthly meetings in order to understand the 1 problem more fully. The group meets with area bar owners, beer distributors, and agencies such as GECAC. The groups have many goals for preventing dangerous alcohol consumption and consumption by underage students. Some of the events that are in the works are: sending birthday cards to students turning 21 with vouchers for dinner or a movie in order to prevent the "21 shot ritual" and encourage other ways of celebrating, beginning a social norm ing campaign next year that publicizes the positive results of a statistical study known as the CORE survey, advocate "keg tagging" which will enable police to track kegs to the purchaser. "From my perspective, although the coalition is young," said Montana, "it is on its way to making an impact on students* lives, whether it affects everyone or just one person."
Model UN lands third place
By Megan Eble Staff writer The Model United Nations team brought home third place to Mercyhurst! The competition that won Mercyhurst the title took place On Oct. 21 through Oct. 24 at Kent State, Ashtabula. Model UN is a group of 15 to 20 students who participate in debates where they represent a country. The team is given a position on a particular country and they are responsible to defend their country, explain their position and argue against positions taken on by other colleges. Kin this debate, the Model UN team from Mercyhurst represented the Public of Korea, competing against Case Western Reserve, Youngstown State and other schools. Five Mercyhurst students earned individual commendations: the Award of Superior went to Shawn Mahoney, the Award of Excellence was won by J.J. Bishop, Rachel Kaverman, Brianna Stratman and Quinn Sullivan. All members on the team enjoy competing, said Kaverman, and she has only heard positive feedback. The resurrection of Model UN at Mercyhurst was developed by professors Dr. Rhonda Clark, associate professor of history, and Dr. Brian Ripley, associate professor ofpolitical science, five years ago. Clark, who participated in her school's Model UN as an undergraduate said, "It's a wonderful academic extracurricular activity. It's designed for the students to have fun and increase their academic activIn addition to the traveling, Model UN encounters over 1,000 students] during their competitions, giving them the opportunity to get to now numerous individuals from a variety of locations. . "Participating helps you see how America is viewed in the United Nations, and it allows you to respect the United Nations," said Kaverman. Model UN increases academic strength, keeping students up to date with current events. The team decides on countries they are interested in representing and then submits those choices to a team organizer. After the submissions are received from all participants, the team organizer chooses what counity." ? | tries will be represented by which Throughout the last five years, colleges. The organizers then send Model UN has participated in events the final decision to debate coordiall over the United States. Last year nators weeks in advance to the dethe team traveled to Montreal. This bate to ensure preparation. year the team will be making their As of now, Model UN has no speway tot he United Nations in New cific dates for their next competition. York City. ;' X
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Financial worries hit state colleges, give private, schools ^advantage
By Mindy Ha gen Daily Northwestern (U-WIRE) ^VANSTON, 111. — As Illinois and other states discuss profound budget cuts as a result of the continued economic downturn, public universities set to lose millions of dollars in state funding will be challenged to provide a level of quality education on par with private schools that are less affected by the budgetary process. With financial outlooks bleak for the upcoming fiscal year, some state schools have resorted to cutting faculty, raising tuitions and halting construction projects as they expect funding to remain flat or be significantly slashed. But as public schools feel the financial effects of the budget cuts, private universities like Northwestern University may be looking to capitalize on problems faced by competitive state schools. In a Nov. 15 interview, University President Henry Bienen said NU will continue to make new faculty hires and even target some talented professors whom public schools can't afford to economy have been softening for everyone." While public universities nation-' wide are planning on decreased allocations from state legislatures for the 2002-03 fiscal year, governors of at least nine states have told schools they may need to cut their budgets between 1 and 7 percent for the current year. Other states experiencing budget shortfalls include Florida, which carved $106 million out of state) school funding allocations; Arizona, which has approved a 4 percent midyear cut on all state agencies including public colleges; and Colorado, which has put $340 million worth of campus construction projects at University of Colorado on hold. But as faculty members leave, class sizes will increase. At the same time, more public schools are discussing tuition hikes to make up for the decrease in state funding. Jon Fuller, a senior fellow with the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities who monitors trends in higher education, said although tuition increases may seem high percentage-wise, the actual dollar amounts are relatively small. I "The dollar difference doesn't really change that much, because state school tuition is so low compared to private schools," Fuller said. "Even if tuition goes up 20 percent, the amount might not be that large in dollar terms." Fuller also said the length of the economic downturn will determine the possibility of state universities falling behind private schools in research, due to less faculty and the delay of more technologically advanced buildings. "If the downturn lasts a long time, it would probably have a comparative effect on the abilities of public schools to improve education against private schools," Fuller said. "State schools are obviously more vulnerable," Fuller said. "Private institutions always have greater control over their budgets and more freedom over the allocations. But it's onlv when you have a major downturn in state revenue like this that the advantage that private schools have comes to the forefront,"
"The state universities are going to be in very, very bad shape," Bienen said. "One of the most vulnerable places now are the state universities,! so it is a good time for us to get some really good faculty. At the same time, we have to do it selectively. The world's changed, and the markets and
Senior gift in the making
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December 1,2001 Sidewalk of D'Angelo Elderly female fell on the sidewalk! causing injury to her right leg, right arm, and left hand. Em,ergyCare examined the female and covered her scrapes and bruises. By Brad Hoover Contributing writer The class of 2002 has pressed forward with their plans for their senior gift to the college. Meeting once a week since the beginning ofthe year, the senior gift committee has decided on giving the college a seven foot tall Mercy cross. The committee, whose members include seniors Megan Verbanick, Annie DeMeo, Billy Byrnes, Aaron Hayes and J .P. Ratajczak. would like the cross to become part ofthe courtyard outside the Audrey Hirt Academic Center that is currently under construction. The committee has been working with other seniors to coordinate the tundraising needed to pay for the cross. According to Megan Verbanick, "Letters were sent out to seniors along with pledge cards, and we have already received several donations." Another important part of the senior gift development has been the creation of designs by senior art students Connie Biesei, Kristen Letts and Elaine Hilfiker. "We hope to have drawings or models done before break, so we can display the idea in Old Main or the library," Verbanick said. The committee also hopes to create a new tradition with their gift. "We would like to have Sister Damien bless it, so students going linto the building to take tests could it" Verbanick explained. The cross itself will be constructed; by Erie City Memorial Company, and will most likely be made of stoneware with some type of rock base.
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FEATURES Multicultural relationships present unique challenges
By Alison Spenser Contributing writer If you are like most people, you know that making a relationship work does not come easy. Sometimes the problems can seem endless. But imagine for a moment more than those every day problems. A relationship with someone of another culture presents new difficulties. A relationship of this sort is much harder to maintain, but never let it be said that it can not be done. The word "relationship" of course, implies a romantic relationship of some sort. Defining multicultural is somewhat more difficult. One could simply say that a multicultural relationship is dating someone from another country, but there are some countries that have cultures too similar to that of The United States to present any of those more difficult problems. For purposes of this article, define multicultural relationship as being involved with a person from a completely different religion, different political scheme, basically a completey different way of life. A multicultural relationship is in many ways similar to every relationship. Honesty, trust, give and take and endurance are requirements. These things are, if anything, more important here, but there is much more that is needed to succeed. The first and one of the most important things to accomplish is to break the language barrier. Chances are that if the person, comes from a non-English speaking country, their English may not be very good. The best way is to develop a personal sign language of some sort for those occasions when communication breaks down. As you get to know one another this will become more natural and be needed less. It is also helpful if you learn a few simple words in their language. Hello, good-bye and thank you, would be start ^Remember that this is your culture and the other person may feel overwhelmed at times. You must have patience when they may not act the way they should. Things are done differently where they come from and this may have been a behavior that was appropriate in their culture. In many countries around the world, the culture is male dominated. From time to time you may find that they demonstrate this type of behavior. Don't get angry, but take time to explain it to them. Don't be surprised if you need to explain it more than once. You need to understand where they are coming from or why they do certain things. This is just as important as the need for them to understand their new surroundings. You are with this person for a reason,* so taking an interest in their life should be quite natural.Understanding of their lifestyle and culture will come along with this process of getting to know each other. You may find that the easiest and probably most fun way to start is to experience the food common to their culture. In most cultures, family is very important and, without the approval of family, the relationship can go nowhere. This is not true in some cases, but you will discover the relevancy of this in time. But either way, no one wants to make a poor first impression, so before taking that leap to meet the family make sure you know how to act. There will be times when the two cultures conflict with one another. In these times it is important to remember your negotiation skills. In many cases, one or the both of you will be willing to just cast aside the norm, but sometimes it just isn't possible. There is always a way to work around the differences, but it takes brain power and patience. Reach some sort of compromise, even if it is to keep each of your norms in place and accept the difference in each other. This occurs many times in regard to religious practices. This isn't something that most people are willing to give up. So, in this case one must agree to disagree. Take going out as another example. In many countries, men don't court women and going out is rather uncommon. In this case, you need to be patient, yet persistent when asking for those special outings. But also accept spending more time at home. No matter what culture the person is from, there will always be someone who feels obligated to tell you what you are doing is wrong. Never lose sight of the relationship and its importance to you. What other people think doesn't matter, and for each person against you there are two at your side. » « If you love someone despite their differences, you will eventually get tired of dealing with them. But if you love someone because of their uniqueness it is an entire'y different story. Some differences may fade as the person becomes culturalized. but will always be unique. The culture with which they grew up will always be there. It has made them who they are. >Every relationship takes time to grow and developme, but in these cases it takes much more work and sometimes more time as well. There is much more to learn about someone from another culture, but if you care for them there is plenty of time to get to know them. There is enough new knowledge to keep you learning and i nterested for years to come.
Id the spotlight with Verdi
Making Waves Leslie Echan
Senior communication major, Jeremy Verdi is already making some of his dreams come true. This includes his first CD, which has a sound, according to Verdi, like "Matchbox 20 with a little pop." Verdi has been interested in entertaining since he was in high school. Though most of Mercy hurst knows K Verdi from Hurst Rock and Insomniac* believe it or not, he didn't work with TV until he came to Mercyhurst. "I didn't have stage fright and I felt comfortable performing in front of people, I wasn't inhibited," Verdi said. He's not kidding either — in fact Verdi has also been in a couple .of movies. He recently completed a role In The Sum of All Fear,?* inspired by a novel by Tom Clancy, starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Unfortunately, the release date of^the film is still unknown due to increased sensitivity concemmgjihe recent World Trade Center attaj The plot of The Sum of All Fears centers around a terrorist plot to attack a stadium filled with Super Bowl fans. Presently, Verdi holds an internship at WICU Channel 12 as a photographer. "I go out and get sound bites for a story. One of the nice things that I got to do was to take shots on Presque Isle, 1 also have shot video of the Mercyhurst men's basketball games," said Verdi. Verdi is planning on getting his mastf^atJNew^prk University i n digital arts for film, specializing in the post production aspect of filmmaking, "I will be starting in July and working in the theatre department at NYU working with the film program," Verdi said. He will be working alongside Dorothy Danner, who happens to be Gwyneth Paltrow's aunt Verdi's all time goal would be to work in Los Angeles or New York City and be a part of the film industry. "It would make me happy to do either on or behind the scenes," said Verdi. % Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer For now, Verdi keeps himself in- Jeremy Verdi will soon take on N.Y.U. leaving in July to attend school volved by putting video pieces towith hopes of working on films, either behind the scenes or on screen. gether, though he likes every aspect of tie "television and movie industry.!
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DECEMBER 13. 2001
THE GOOD ...
• In its31th year, Mercyhurst's Annual Christmas on Campus was once again a success. The smiles of each child that participated served as a reminder of the true meaning of the holiday season. • Many campus organizations, in the spirit of giving, are busy doing their part for charity. Just to name a few, Diversity 101 is sponsoring a coat drive and student government is working to collect money for food baskets for the less fortunate. This past Tuesday, Rotaract sponsered a blood drive. • The Mercyhurst campus is now completely illuminated with Christmas lights after the tree lighting ceremony Saturday night. The carols and hot chocolate made for a festive evening
• The tickets for the Winter Formal, to be held this weekend, sold out Monday afternoon. Hopefully, freshmen with plans to takeifull advantage of the extended visitation policy managed to get their tickets on time. • Saturday's tree lighting ceremony was not very well attended, just another example of the consistent lack of student attendence at campus events. warm uncool for all those winter sports fans anxious to hit the slopes.
embarrassed by going into the one Last Saturday's Erie Daily Times feainside Barnes and Noble. Yet, even tured an article about how the proposed construction of an IM A X the- AndAnother Thing... with Starbucks making their stop on the commercially viable bandwagon, atre downtown is being halted due to one wonders if Erie will still be outfunding and real estate issues, basiside the winner's circle in this nevercally terms Erie government officials Phil Pirrello ending game ofpop-culture catch-up. use in place of saying-"just plain From its variety-less radio stations cheap." But I believe that the true house," and malls; plural. Now reason, given Erie's track record of attending Mercyhurst after recently to its shoppers who walk by our not being with the times since Duran celebrating my twenty-first birthday, mall's new (yet old for the rest of the Duran was a Top 40 staple, is that I miss all the perks of college life Tal- country) Abercrombie and Fitch store Erie and its governmental hierarchy lahassee provided, wondering just with "aw shucks" expressions, Erie are destined to keep the city two steps how happy a birthday could have is one giant poster child for going behind any current trends. been at FSU. But, I remain semi-sym- slow in the fast lane, while thinking Sure, if someone wants to build pathetic when I hear students say that they are indeed leading the pack. Erie another Country Fair or grocery store there is nothing to do in Erie. I got consumers and local Gen-Xers think they are hip because they have a Best • (because Erie is really deprived of two words for them: Trans-fer. ! places where you can get bargains on Over the past two years, Erie has Buy in their back yard, or when they Hostess cakes and salt licks), we'll made some sluggish headway to- hear that "new" pop-hit that is alwipe out entire demographics for wards modernizing itself. We have ready four months old in the larger them. But if we want something like sold our souls to the Eckerd and CVS markets. Erie is like the child who the 1MAX theatre, something that drug companies, allowing them to wanders into the middle of a movie might actually make people think, build all their stores in our city for and asks: Did 1 miss anything? gasp, that Erie is "cool" (read: oxy- some reason. (At least we'll never run Erie may be the '73 Gremlin to our moron), then plans for that are out of Metamucil or Biore pads.) '01 Lexus, but that doesn't mean we dropped faster than third period calc. These stores were built in case have toridebitch-seat the rest of the 1 was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania decides to approve i trip. Regardless of the things Erie bl inded by the small town feel it pro- legislature which would green light can't brag about, it can proudly boast vides. I was immune to its faults, until the sale of alcohol in the aforemen- (and we can hesitantly accept) the I went to Florida State for my fresh- tioned places. One can imagine how fact that it provides a home for all man year of college. There, it was the college community would react. those missing the comforts .and like Las Vegas for the college set: I can see the mass of co-eds walking conveniences of their hometowns. Grocery stores and CVS stores in some domestic-beer-craving mob We don't have much, but we have more than enough to keep us wishstocked with booze in one aisle and down Lewis toCVS. We are also supposedly getting a ing, shopping, and contracting for Advilforthe next day's hang over in the other, multiplexes whose theatres Starbucks in downtown. Erie. Now, more things to gripe about on a Friaren't decorated like some aban- students pan get their triple mocca- day night. doned room in "Pee Wee's Play- choca-tapioca lattes without feeling
Erie: A constant game of catch-up
Military Tribunals: Blind justice sees light of day
Staff editorial University of Michigan The big question is: What is the ment appoints its own military officers. If the convicted feels that the trail Bush Administration afraid of? They proceeded unfairly; instead of appeal^ f jsupposecjly have a jyfeatnYbf evidence.If ing to a higher court, he can only linking every terrorist to evil. They appeal to our trigger-happy President, have managed to convince an international coalition to attack a country. George W. Bush. | The two main arguments for mili- Surely this amount of evidence is suftary tribunals are weak at best. The ficient to convict a few terrorists. There is no reason why our own first is that they will protect juries from retribution for a guilty verdict courts cannot handle terrorist cases. The government should be concerned Not only are they strong enough to about the welfare of jurors but past endure any threats made against cases, such as the 1993 World Trade them, they provide an appeals process Center bombing case, have shown no that all people deserve. To say that harm in employing juries to dole out suspected members of a terrorist group do not deserve the right to a harsh punishments. t* Another supposed reason for secret free trial implies said group's guilt. The U.S. court system is one of the tribunals is to avoid a media frenzy that would provide a world stage for most respected in the world. Th is rethe accused. However, the backlash spect is vital to ensure that no one can of closed proceedings is just as wor- accuse the United States of circumrisome. The world needs to see a fair venting due process. A hastily contrial carried out, not a kangaroo court vened secret military tribunal does dishing out only guilty verdicts. Al- nothing to allay fears that the United ready these military tribunals are in- States will trample any constitutional terfering with therightfulprosecution guarantee in its pursuit of its brand of suspected terrorists. ofjustice.
THE UGLY ...
(U-WIRE) ANN ARBOR, Mich. The United States has a duty to pro•Earlier this week, a natural gas leak happened near 4007 vide all those accused of crimes with fair trials. The Bush administration's and 4009 Briggs. Students were evacuatedfromtheir announcement that it will ignore our apartments at 8 a.m. Luckily, this ugly (and smelly) established judicial system and prossituation was taken care of by the proper authorities. ecute suspected terrorists in specially created military tribunals is a rash and harmful decision. • Mercyhurst's term system gives students only two It is likely that many of the susweeks of Christmas break, a time when we should be pected ringleaders of the September relaxing with family rather than watching the days fly by 11 attacks will soon be captured. World opinion is still strongly in supuntil classes resume.port of the United States and now the next step is to try and convict the terrorists in a manner acceptable to the world. Military tribunals have the power to deal out death sentences. This extreme punishment only requires a two-thirds majority ofjudges to find symbol of the season has the same the accused guilty. There is no jury purpose—the appreciation that as the of one's peers; instead the governQuestioning Faith season progresses, the greater the light becomes. This culminates in our Fr. Jim Piszker celebration of the light, with all of its brilliance, born into the world. Each year, we get questions as to why Ironically, the Advent season has the chapel is not yet decorated for become, in the midst of our society's Christmas, while the rest of Old Main obsession with excess, a is decked out for the upcoming holi- countercultural sign. The simplicity day. Hie answer is quite simple. The of the Advent season stands in oppochurch is celebrating the. season of sition to the extended celebration and Advent, a time of preparation for the consumer excess of these same days. Advent hopefully reminds us that celebration of Christmas. Initially viewed as only a period of there is another path. There is another way to anticipate penance. Advent is now seen as a time of reflection on the coming of the great celebration of the IncarnaChrist into our lives, now and at the tion. God loved us enough to become end of time. It is designed to be a one of us, to take on human flesh and period of quiet reflection, peaceful - experience the human condition in its ness and expectation. The purple fullness. That, in and of itself, should color that is used in the Advent sea- give us pause; causing us to reflect son is supposed to be of a deep blue on the kind of God that we believe in as Christians. The brief season of hue. representing the darkness of this Advent provides us with that opportime of year and the darkness in our tunity and so much more. lives that we believe as Christians May you have a blessed Advent that only Christ can dispel. The use of the Advent wreath as a season.
Advent: A time of preparation, celebration of Christmas
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tJathering around the Christmas tree "At the camp where I work at during with all of my family,'* the summer, I get a candle which I [r Emily Surrena, senior light on Christmas Eve.'Y 4 My family has a traditional Norwe- —Jane Finn, junior [an dinner. We have lesfer every hristmas morning and we usually "Over break, I lock myself in the pen one present each the day before basement, practice my ping pong skills, and drink some egg nog." Tbristmas." [Austin S iewert, sophomore Leslie Smith, senior
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"On New Year s Eve, my family always rings these old cast iron bells that have been in my family for long time. Then, on New Year's Day we eat pork and sour kraut." "We hide a pickle in our Christmas Julie Segner, junior tree and if you find it, you get a special gift" 1 I !' ^ <t We have a traditonal Slovak dinner, —Marlene Jenkins, junior with fish and pievoyies. That's what) we do every year." | "At midnight, on New Year's Eve, we Amanda Chevnichky, senior toast and men we run around the outside of the house because it is sup- "My friends and I partake in a ritua posed to bring good luck for the com- from the TV show 'Seinfeld' call ing new year '' Festivus. [Our celebration] consist —Jenifer Cole, freshman of us airing out all of our grievence and boasting about our great feats o "I carry ^mistletoe and search for strength." | J beautiful ladies." —Dan O' Brien, senior -Robert Long, junior*
"In Canada, we have Boxing Day, where we traditionally go shopping and meet with family." —Jen Jeffery, junior.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
S h o u l d o n e ' s l o v e for p e o p l e c o s t t h e m f t h e i r life a n d t h e i r safety?
You've probably already heard that on November 9th, a young woman was almost abducted from the parking lot of the Peach Street Wegmans. If so, then you probably know that the woman was we. Maybe you know the whole story, about how some man I've never seen before snuck up behind me, put a cloth around my neck, and yanked me backwards towards a van, and tried to shove me into it, all the while holding a rag with chloroform over my mouth.« How he smiled at me and casually asked, "Hey, how are you dorngtbraght'T^AH the while, he was really thinking about raping and killing met I don't really want to talk about that. Nor do I want to discuss how the Millcreek Police didn't believe me when I reported the attack. They continued to not take me seriously even after parking lot videotapes confirmed my story. I don't even want to get into the statistics on how one in every four women will be attacked or how politics about recent legislature to get federal aid to help locate missing adults continues to redeive limited attention. What is really screwing me up is the sudden and devastating loss of my faith in humanrefused to let myself do so. Be choosing to be naive was a conscious and intentional decision. I always thought that, as dangerous as it might be, you could look at someone and not immediately distrust him or hermit was just wrong. I believed that it was better to die than to live a life in fear. Now, I am alive, just scared out of my mind. I hate it. I didn't even cry on November 9th because someone tried to kill me. I cried when I walked out of Wegmans after the incident and saw another man in the parking lot, immediately scared to death of him. I think that is horrible. Other people tell me that such an intrinsic reaction a good thing because now I'm more cautious, and I'll be safer. But is that really true? I just read an article about two girls who were waiting for a delivery truck to pull out of an alley. The driver smiled at them and waved them on— only to intentionally run them over as they passed in front of them. I almost puked. Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly jeopardizing our lives by our trust in other people. But what choice -do we have? After all, what kind of life could you live if you really believed that your waitress might poison your food or that the kid sitting behind you in class might shoot you? Maybe people don't fear these things»because theyJust areo'Lvery likely to happen. We trust or distrust the situation rather than the people who are involved. Everyone thinks that they can trust a man driving a delivery truck in broad daylight, but put the same man in a parking lot at midnight, and suddenly everyone thinks that he's the devil. Am I crazy for thinking that this is a sick notion of security? Is it too much to ask to want to be able to trust people because believe that humanity is still a good thing? & Much to the exasperation of everyone that I know, I want my innocence back—all of it However, that will probably never happen, and maybe that is a good thing. Whoever said "You can never be too careful" was dead wrong. There is a balance between fear and love. There is a price that we pay for living in an imperfect world and a trade-off that we^makenby being "cautious." Fear and distrust, in any measure, equally limits our capacity to love, and I believe that love is life. So as long as we fail to fully love, aren't we also failing to fully live?P
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I am incredibly naive. I go places late at night by myself. I smile at and talk to people I don't know. I have even (cringe) taken afride from a stranger. To most people my incredible naivete might be better classified as incredible stupidity, but up until recently I had never been able to believe that anyonewould ever try to hurt me or that anything bad could ever happen to me. Okay, that's not actually true. I had the ability to believe those things could happen, but I
anonymous, Mercyhurst student
LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
SSDP: Any questions?
college campuses, such abuse is not a concern of the HEA. Another fallacy of the HEA is that it can punish students twice for the same crime. Such "administration of justice" will not solve both our colleges' and nation's drug problem. On Thursday, December 13, at 8:30 PM, in Zurn 114, the SSDP is hosting a panel discussion with faculty and students. We plan to discuss both sides of the HEA campaign. Please join us to learn more about the HEA and to express your own opinions concerning it. In the meantime, check out the following websites: www.raiseyourvoice.com (HEA), www.ssdp.org (national organization), and hup:// ssdpssdp.tripod.com/ssdpatthehurst, the Mercyhurst chapter's page. —Erika Brown, SSDP Secretary and Treasurer.
Students for a Sensible Drug Policy have answers
Many have seen our flyers or nancial aid for either one year, two stopped by our tables in Zurn and years, or indefinitely. For one's fithe Union over the past weeks, nancial aid to be reinstated, one must wondering who we are. We are complete a rehabilitation program. members of SSDP, a national orgaSSDP, as well as the ACLU, nization of Students for a Sensible NAACP, and other organizations are Drug-Policy. working to have this provision apOur purpose is to educate the pealed. Across the country, student Mercyhurst community about our governments have endorsed a resonation's current drug policy and to lution calling for it to be overturned. take an objective approach towards In January, we will be asking our stuadvocating change. Steve dent government to do the same. Siemienski is president, Robb What is wrong with the provision? ,Solenday is vice president, Profes- .First of all, it is discriminatory. It sor Hoff is the advisor, and I, Erika only hurts students who need finanBrown, am the secretary/treasurer. cial aid and directly affects students One. of the issues we are focus- of low to moderate socio-economic ing on is the Higher Education Act status. i *?• * (HEA) drug provision of 1998. This Most importantly, this provision is provision, which is estimated to ef- applicable to drug offenses, not viofect 40,000 students, states that any lent offenses such as rape, murder, college student convicted of a drug and/or assault. And even though aloffense (including nonviolent and cohol abuse is a drug problem minor possession) will lose their fi- throughout the nation,, especially on
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Dec 14 ? fc | Blink 182,311, Sum 41, Adema, Pressure 4-5. CSU Convocation Center, Cleveland.
I Got My Hash Pipe
Weezer kicked @$$ imClevelarid
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By Phil PIrrello Opinion editor
Dec. 15 "Elvis Lives!!!" featuring Kurt Novakowski and Friends. Polish Falcons, Erie. On sale at 899-7545. No comment necessary.
Dec 15 Kiss mas Version 2.0 with OTown, Nelly Furtado. Palace Theater, Cleveland., On sale at (800) 766-6048 and at www.tickets.conL
Dec 15 Redman, Method Man. Agora Theatre, Cleveland. Dec:! 6 \ Merry Mayhem Tour with Ozzy Osbourne, Rob Zombie, Mudvayne, One Side Zero. iHSBC Arena, Buffalo. On sale at Tops, www.tickets.com, and by phone at (888) 223-6000.?
Aerosmith, The Cult. Gund Arena, Cleveland. Back from the dead — Aerosmith. Seriously v aren't fhese guys dead yet? ^ * Jan.4&5 f U.S. Hot Rod Monster; Jam. Gund Arena, Cleveland. On sale at TScketMaster. I wonder if "TruckZilla" will be mere? a Jan. 10 Brian McKnight. Benedum Center, Pittsburgh. On sale at (412) 456-6666. £> | £
Hatebreed, Poison the^Well, American Nighitmare. Agora Ballroom, Cleveland Jan. 27 Creed. Gund Arena, Cleveland. On sale Dec. 7 at Ticketmaster. Is anyone else really sick of hear-; ing about these guys? I mean, enough is enough. How many times can we hear "With Arms Wide Open** before a psychotic fit sets in? i Jan. 30 Tangerine Dream. M, Pittsburgh. Jan. 31 Dark Star Orchestra. M, Pittsburgh. On sale at www.ticketweb.com. Jan. 30 Alicia Keys. State Theater, Cleveland. On sale Dec. 7 at (800) 7666048 and at www.tickets.com. I Her music is great but someone, please, fix her corn rows! Feb. 13 Kings X, Moke. Rosebud, Pittsburg. On sale Dec. 3 at www.ticketweb.com.
It looks like a normal Erie cafe from From the moment the Warner Bros, the outside, but looks can be logo blazes in all its cold steel glory, After an exasperating break, filled decieving. we know that "Ocean's Eleven," By Adam DuShole with thousands of fans chanting Step inside the front door. The Steven Soderbergh's narrative-conArts & Entertainment editor "Weezer! Weezer!," the boys were smell of beer and a distant aroma of vent ions-be-damned opus, is gonna If you don't know what a "Cleveland back for an encore. Performing the chicken wings fill your nostril. The be a lesson in coolness, an exercise Steamer*' is, then you haven't heard perennial Weezer favorite, "Buddy Warsaw Cafe, on East 24th and Ash, in ease and a film that lives up to its the odd combination of sexual, self- Holly," bringing the house down in is the most classic "biker bar" from style, but lacks in any expectations the movies, only slightly more of substance. effacing and adept guitar playing of true punk style. My only real gripe — Weezer's friendly. It is dark, almost too dark. The Plot: This remake of one of Tenacious D. Tenacious D opened for Weezer Saturday, Dec. 8 at the original bassist (currently in rehab) There is the pool table in the middle the most famous (and worst) films Cleveland State University Convo- was replaced by a some 80s- hair- of the wooden floor surrounded by made by Sinatra's "Rat Pack" stars band-Whitesnake- wannabe (like we peanut shells. The juke box plays George Clooney as Danny Ocean, a cation Center. classical rock and almost eeryone is con out on parole who wants to reYou were almost sad to see the Te- wouldn't notice). Plus, just a suggestion, when you wearing leather. But walk to the back enter into his life of crime with a big nacious brothers go. Almost Once the pop-punk boys of Weezer do get a seat behind aforemnetioned of the cafe and the smell of chicken score, three big scores, actually. The take the stage for their opening set, high school girls, find a new seat. wings become stronger and more ap- MGM Grand, the Bell agio and the you quickly realize that the two hour Trust me, you'll save yourselfa head- petizing. In the back is a small din- Sands casinos' vaults in Las Vegas car ride, the $32 tickets, abusive se- ache of "Omigod, he is sooo cute!" ing area and kitchen. It is here that are all targets for Ocean and his team curity guards and obnoxious, pot- Also, the band never performed the Dan Melvin creates, not cooks, Erie's of offbeat professionals. Leading the ensemblejis Brad Pitt's Rusty, the classic "El Scorcho" from the best wings. smoking high school girls two rows front man; Don Cheadle's electronPinkerton album. I know, I know, in front of you are only minor incon"Chicken wings from the Warsaw ics expert; and Linus (a performance you're saying, "that's crazy talk, no used to be a tradition many years ago. veniences. which earns back Matt Damon's On tour to promote their latest 'El Scorcho,* why?" I asked myself This isn't as true now, but they are cool), a pick pocket whose fast hands musical endeavor, The Green Album, the same thing, but despite this glar- still the best. The same recipe has may save the heist. The caper gets Weezer opened with a few old favor- ing mistake the Weezer concert was been passed down along with the more complicated as Rusty and the ites from Pinkerton and The Blue a night to remember. I recommend business for years. It almost seems crew realize Danny is- in it for more checking out Weezer live to seasoned to be ingrained in the wood, it has AlbumJg than the SI50 million the vaults Personal highlights include the per- fans and newcomers alike. always been bought and sold with the contain. His ex-wife, Tess (an indifformance of "Hash Pipe** and "Unbuilding and the name." ferent Julia Roberts) is married to the The Warsaw Cafe is located on the ruthless owner of the three casinos, done.** Unlike many bands, the live sets sounded every bit as excellent Are you an avid concert-goer? Do central eastside of Erie. Established Terry, played with charm ing guile by i fci as the a1bum"vefsions!^^ ^ '^^W $du support your local scene? Weft,'as a bar stfnetime ititHeMd 1950's, Andy Garcia. The climax of the show was the why not share your experiences with Warsaw Cafe has had several ownperformance of The Green Album's the hundreds of music freaks in the ers since then. Dan and his mother The Good: This is THE cast of "Only in Dreams,'* a subtle punk bal- Mercyhurst community? If you 're bought it eleven years ago. Dan's the year. One would think assemlad. As a blue haze enveloped the interested in writing for The Merciad mother had worked there for ten bling such Hollywood heavies and stage, hundreds of concert-goers call x2376 or drop us a line at years before buying the Warsaw. "We stars onto one set, let alone one film, raised their lightersin tribute.. [firstname.lastname@example.org]. haven't done any major renovations would be impossible to pull off. But since we bought the place, or at least all the actors, with Clooney leading to the bar area, but the ownershipis and showing cool impassivity, are much more hands on now. The guy picture perfect. Pitt and Damon never who owned it before us was so rich seem to have enough to do, but their he just owned it for the heck of it." sheer presence and mastering of so Although Dan has always been a little delivers big. The film's best part of the business, he only started scene, with dialogue written by Ted Allen Ginsberg Prize. His poetry per- working there full time aout four Griffith, occurs when Tess and By Stacey Abbott formances have been featured in vari- years ago. He used to work for Ra- Danny meet for the first time after Staff writer ous venues such as Los Angeles' Be- dio Shack before entering the family his release from prison. Their banter yond the Baroque, the Detroit Art business, but in 1996 jobs were tight. and comebacks create sparks not seen The first annual Merychurst College Festival and the Lollapalooza Music So Dan made the move from being since Bogart and Bergman's days. Creative Writing Contest in conjuncemployed to running the family busiThe Bad: "Ocean's" is too selftion with the 2002 issue of the liter- Festival. ary magazine, Lumen kicked off this Over 80 students and faculty mem- ness. "But Mom will always call the aware of its cool quotient. It seerns to do just enough to skate by on the year's season Tuesday, December 5 bers turned out to see Dougherty's shots, even from the grave!" with a performance by poet Sean unique brand of poetry performed Dan does admit that the kitchen and genre's coat tails without steeping Thomas Dougherty. AS100 prize for live. His childhood, which was spent dining area is completly different outside its movie realm and into one piece of both poetry and fiction in New York City being raised by his now. "But we didn't remodel it be- "film-dom." Shame on Soderbergh submitted to Lumen for publication Jewish mother and African-Ameri- cause we wanted to. In 1998 there for following up his Oscar-winning will be awarded. The deadline for can step-father, flavor his works with was a small kitchen fire and a few "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich" with submissions is December 20. Mate- the landscape and unique feel of the minor repairs were necessary." Dan such an easy outing. He may have t. rials can be sent to city as well as the colors and textures laughs. needed a break after working back[email@example.com] or of inter-racial families and relations. The biggest change Dan has seen is to-back on his big films last year, but Dougherty's thick raspy voice, a complete customer turn over. "Col- let's hope the break is over. We all on disc in Word format to mailbox 479 in the Preston mailroom. Lumen tinged with a New York accent, de- lege kids used to hangout here all the know Soderbergh can do nothing welcomes short fiction and poetry as livers his words shaped into a sort of time until everything is started open- short of great. "Ocean's Eleven" well as photography and illustrations. hip-hop cadence. Dougherty's entire ing up downtown. I have to say that serves as a reminder to that fact, and This event was organized by En- body moves with the arresting, some- the environment has changed some- the fact that even the hottest amateur glish department faculty member times gritty, imagery he presents to what." Dan nods toward the bar. in showbiz can make commercialized Now there are people of all ages fun. Professor Jeff Roessner and was the audience in a captivating, smooth £ made possible by an Academic En- rhythmic manner. Lines like "...a who line the bar at the Warsaw. But "Ocean's Eleven" is the most richment Grant as well as funds from waitress/Who took him home, who they all have one thing in common; entertaining film of the year worth rubbed his shoulders until sleep/Be- their love for motorcycles. "Now all the Student Activities Committee. the $6.75. But don't expect it to be Dougherty currently teaches cre- gan to seep in his lids, undid the rub- I see is leather and Harley logos in anything but a shoulda-been-slicker ative writing at Penn State Behrend. ber band from her hair, sleep/Cas- the bar, bu tback here (in the restau- enterprise, comprised of Clooney's He earned a BA from the University caded from her hair, she curled her rant) we get all kinds of people. The handsome close-ups and the cast's ofNew Hampshire and an MFA from head beneath his chin, a waitress/ neighbors come in often to pick up playful charisma. It has what the "LeSyracuse University. Dougherty's Whose skin wore the scent of black food, but dont's usually stay. We get thal Weapon" sequels too frequently work has been met with much criti- coffee and grits with butter..." float a lot of sports teams, especially in the cash in on: actors who look and work cal acclaim, earning him the Syracuse into the listener's ears with a pleas- summer we get softball teams. They great together. Let's hope "Eleven Symposium Poetry Prize, the Pinyon ant col loquialrichnessthat leaves the like to come in and celebrate or is the only number this film sees drown their defeat." Press Poetry Prize as well as being audience wanting more. when a money-hungry studio exec named a two-time finalist for the shouts "sequel
Poet brings the (sounds of the city to Mercyhurst
DECEMBER 13. 2001
Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The men's club hockey team had a busy weekend defeating St*] Bon a venture University 10-5 Friday, Dec. 7, losing 3-6 to Kent State University Saturday, Deo. 8 and playing evenly to a 3-3 tie with Niagara University Sunday, Dee. 9. In Friday night's game, the Lakers dominated St. Bona venture. Scoring for the Lakers were junior forward Brendon LaBoon with three goals, freshman forward Bobby Spitzer with three also, freshman forward Matt Krusey with two and senior forward Chris Lott and sophomore forward Chris Danna made one goal a piece. Although the Lakers led 3-2 going into the third period Saturday night, Kent State University scored four goals in the final period to hand Mercyhurst a disappointing 3-6 loss. |> Mercyhurst cam e out strong against Kent State as they scored the first goal of the game just 1:53 into the game. This first goal was scored by
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Junior defender Larry Woodall hits the puck to Mercyhurst's offensive end in Saturday's club hockey game against Kent State University. Mercyhurst lost 3-6.
Krusey and assisted by junior for- the rough play and score again 12:48 wards Rob Garber and Lee into the middle period. The goal was Penascino. Kent State evened the scored by junior forward Matt Codd score 11:47 in the first period. and assisted by Spitzer to make the LaBoon scored Mercyhurst's sec- score 3-1 in favor of Mercyhurst ond goal with 4:29 left in the first Kent State then scored their second period. Spitzer assisted the play. goal of the game with 1:20 remainThe game began to get physical as . ing in the second period to shorten i it entered the second period. But, the lead to 3-2. The game continued to be physical Mercyhurst was able to overcome
Senior defender Dustin Kerr helps defend the goal from Kent State. Senior goalie Nick Lordi looks on.
at the start of the third period. Kent State only needed 48 seconds into the final period to tie the game for the second time. Kent State found the back of the net three more times within the next twelve.minutes to take a commanding lead over the Lakers. Mercyhurst would pick up the pace after Kent State's final goal, but was unable to score. Sunday's game was exciting as the Lakers skated to a 3-3 tie i.with Niagara. Garber, Krusey and LaBoon scored the goals for Mercyhurst. The Lakers will return to the Mercyhurst Ice Center Sunday, Dec. 16 as they host St. Bona venture. The game will be sponsored by the Erie Otters, who will be giving away prizes. It will begin at 4 p.m.
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M e n ' s h o c k e y t e a m defeats Bentley, r e m a i n s in first place
Findlay 4-1 and 3-f
Ribble gets first career assist
Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor
The women's hockey team swept Findlay this past weekend. The Lady Lakers defeated the Oilers 4-1 Saturday night, Dec. 8 and 3-1 Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9. Mercyhurst opened a two-day trip to Findlay, Ohio, with a 4-1 win over the Oilers Saturday night. The game was the first meeting between the teams since Findlay defeated Yule. I |$Mercyhurst 2-1 at Findlay last FebDellow put the Lakers ahead 2-0 ruary to win the Great Lakes with her fourth goal of the season, Women's Hockey Association and second in as many games, at Championship. 1:24 ofthe second period. Freshman Mercyhurst scored the first goal of defender Rachelle Haight assisted the game when junior forward Dellow on the play. Freshman forSeanna Murphy scored her second ward Sara McDonald made it 3-0 goal ofthe season at 11:59 ofthe first with her sixth goal of the year just period. Murphy was assisted by nine seconds into the final period. freshman forward Lindsay Dellow McDonald got the assists from and junior forward C.J. Ireland on sophomore forward Britney Millar the play. Freshman forward Sara and Yule. McDonald put the Lady Lakers ahead Findlay averted the shutout scoring 2-0 with her fifth goal ofthe season at 1:06 ofthe third period. Mercyhurst 18:32 in the first period. Mercyhurst outshot Findlay 25-20. Ribble picked junior goalie Tiffany Ribble assisted up her ninth win ofthe season makon the score, her first career assist, ing 19 saves. along with junior defender Randi The Lady Lakers are now unbeaten Pilger, * in their last eight games (7-0-1) and Sophomore forward Lindsay Barch are now 11-5-1 overall and 9-2-1 in made it 3-0 for Mercyhurst with her the GLWHA. Mercyhurst is ranked unassisted goal on a power play at 10th nationally in both the USA 1:04 of the second period. Findlay Today/American Hockey Magazine then took a timeout and changed and the USCHO.com polls. \ Mercvhurst will return to Minnetheir goalie. Ten minutes later, Findlay scored their first and only sota next weekend for back-to-back tally of the game on a power play. games against St. Cloud State. The Dellow concluded the scoring with Lakers will then be off until the new an unassisted goal at 13:41 of the year when they resume with home third period for the 4-1 Mercyhurst games against Colgate Saturday. Jan. 5, and Sunday, Jan. 6. Both games win. start at 2 p.m. The Lady Lakers outshot Findlay
30-19. Kibble picked up the win in goal stopping 18 shots. The Lady Lakers played without the services of junior forwards Seanna Murphy and Tracy Logan in Sunday afternoon' s match-up against Findlay, both of whom were hurt in Saturday's game. Despite the injuries, Mercyhurst got on the board first when junior defender Jennifer Jeffrey scored her second goal ofthe season at 7:54 of the first period, assisted by freshman forward Chrissy
fender Mike Muldoon. Rynshoven Mackenzie Dexter scored his second of the game alSports editor most three minutes later on a power The men's hockey team defeated play. Bentley then scored their first Bentley twice this past weekend to goal with only 2:45 left in the second I remain unbeaten in the M^AC periods Senior i defender.Marc Hockey League. The Lakers defeated Varteressian added his first career the Falcons 4-2 Friday and 3-1 Sat- goal'2:46 into the third period. Bentley finished the scoring?with urday. Junior forward*Adam Rivers four minutes left in the third period scoredjust 47 seconds into the game, making the score 4-2 in favor ofthe assisted by senior forward Brad Olsen Lakers. Senior Peter Aubry played and junior forward Marty Rychley, all 60 minutes in goal for Mercyhurst giving the Lakers the early 1-0 lead making 31 saves. The Lakers outshot Friday at Bentley. Sophomore for- the Falcons 45-33. In Saturday's game, Bentley scored ward Peter Rynshoven scored the second goal for Mercyhurst in the first 10:06 into the second period to second period assisted by senior for- take the 1 -0 lead. Mercyhurst quickly ward Louis Goulet and junior de- retaliated and tied the contest on a
goal scored by Goulet at 12:21 assisted by sophomore forward Mike Carter. Rivers then scored a powerplay goal at 15:31 assisted by Muldoon and Goulet. There was no further^coring until 13:05 of the third period as Olsen scored shorthanded for the victory. Bentley outshot the Lakers 38-18. Aubry stopped 37 shots. Mercyhurst defeated Bentley for the third time this season and now leads the overall series 9-2-1.4The Lakers are in first place in the MAAC with an 8-0-2 record and are 9-5-2 overall. The Lakers are off until Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5. when they travel to Clarkson for a pair of independent game?.
Men's basketball falls 79-66 to GVSU, defeats Ferris State 67-55
utes of the second half. This streak Stacev Abbott v allowed GVSU to take a 61 -51 lead Staff writer that they would hold onto for the The men's basketball team suffered remainder of the game. Sophomore a disappointing loss to Grand Valley forward Josh Helm had 23 points State Thursday, Dec. 6 with a score while junior forward Scott Melle had 18. Helm and Melle also comof 79-66. '"• This game marked Mercyhurst's bined for 18 of Mercyhurst's 28 total first conference opener. The win was rebounds. GVSU leads the all-time well within reach at several points in series between these two teams at the game. Hurst led the game at the 8-2 mark. A contest with Ferris State Saturhalftime shooting 63 percent from the field and tallying 39 points to day, Dec. 8 proved to be more sucGVSU's 34. The Lakers could not cessful for the Lakers. The squad keep their momentum and eventu- recorded their fifth win in seven ally gave way to a 27-12 scoring run games with a score of 67-55. Both teams exchanged the lead by GVSU during the first ten minthroughout. Ferris State led at halftime with a score of 28-25. They were also ahead 41-40 with 11:20 remaining. Mercyhurst took the lead by breaking out with a 17-3 scoring run to take the lead at 57-44, and eventually clenched the win at 6755. Helm led the scoring effort with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Justin Shouse chipped in 17 points toward the win. The team will be one of fourteen teams participating in the High Desert Classic Tournament this weekend in Las Vegas. Mercyhurst takes on Bellarmine Saturday, Dec. 15 and St. Mary's Sunday, Dec. 16.
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Mackenzie Dexter Sports editor The men's wrestling team recorded itsfirst-everdual victory Wednesday, Dec. 5, with a 35-10 victory over visiting Thiel College. The contest was the first wrestling match to take place at Mercyhurst. The Lakers got winsfromfreshmen Angelo Caponi at heavyweight, Mike Shumac at 133, Jake Squire at 141, Cory King at 157, Jared Snyder at 174 and Justin Mautz at 197. Both freshmen Ed Palchak and Ben McAvinew won by forfeit at 165 and 184, respectively. Caponi won his match 7-5 for three points to begin the scoring for Mercyhurst. Freshman Jon Pecori then wrestled for the 125 weight class losing to his opponent 10-2 making the score 4-3 in favor of Thiel. Shumac pinned his opponent with just 1:05 left in the third period giving the Lakers a 9-4 lead. Squire won his match with a 14-3 major decision to increase Mercyhurst's lead to 134. Freshman Aaron Rowe started for the Lakers in the 149 weight class. Rowe seemed to have the edge on his Thiel counterpart until the third period. He had the 5-3 lead going into the final period, but was taken down and then struggled for the last minute before being pinned with just five seconds-remaining.'Mercyhurst's lead was then cut toU3-10. With King's 5-4 win and Palchak's win by forfeit, the Lakers took a commanding 22-10 lead. Snyder then dominated his contest and won with a 134 major decision.- McAvinew;then won by forfeit and the Lakers led 3210. Mautz won his match 7-2 giving Mercyhurst three more points for the 35-10. * "
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I Men's hockey
The men's hockey team is off until the new year when they will travel to Clarkson for a pair ofindependent games. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
and losing 41-3 to Kent State at the Kent State Duals. Freshman Ryan Finn won by pin in the 133 classfat 3:15,^giving Mercyhurst the early 6-0 lead against American University. Pifer won by forfeit at 141 increasing the Laker lead to 12-0. Squire was pinned in his contest at 4:02 for the 149 class. Mercyhurst led 12-6. Rowe won his 157 class match 6-3 adding three points to make the score 15-6 in favor of Mercyhurst. Freshman Anthony Fera lost by decision 6-3 at 167 to decrease the lead to 15-9. Snyder lost a major decision 13-3 at 174 to make the match a close 15-13. Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer McAvinew then won a major deciMike Shumac wrestles his Thiel counterpart to the ground. sion 15-5 at 184 for a Mercyhurst 19Shumac pinned his opponent in the third period. Shumac's win 13 lead. Mautz won by forfeit at 197 gave Mercyhurst a 9-4 lead. to increase the Laker lead to 25-13. At heavyweight, Caponi won 6-1. Mercyhurst led 28-13. Pecori scored the final points for Mercyhurst as he won his match 13-9 at 125. Mercyhurst won 31-13. Mautz earned Mercyhurst's only win against the Division I host team, Kent State, scoring 8-3 at 197. Finn lost 10-3 at 133, Squire lost 6-0 at 141 and Rowe lost 5-4 at 149. Fera was then pinned 4:11 into his contest at 157. Mercyhurst forfeited the 165 class. Snyder lost 17-1 at 174 and McAvinew lost 2-1 at 184. Caponi and Pecori were both pinned in their contests. Caponi was pinned in just 48 seconds at heavyweight; while Pecori wrestled 2:16 before being pinned at 125. The Lakers will visit Gannon Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and then host Ashland Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in the MAC. Mercyhurst will then take some time off until they visit the University of Indianapolis to compete in the Midwest Classic Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan 5.
This weekend the women's hockey team will travel to Minnesota to play St. Cloud State. The Lady Lakers will play Friday at 4 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Mercyhurst will then be off until the new year when they resume with home games in the Mercyhurst Ice Center against Colgate Saturday, Jan. 5 and Sunday, Jan. 6. Both games are due to start at 2 p.m. Sunday's game against Colgate will be televised.
Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer
Jon Pecori wrestles Thiel opponent at 125 in the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. Pecoritosthis contest 10-2.
Before the match, two Mercyhurst wrestlers competed in exhibition matches. Freshman Jim Pifer wrestled for the 149 weight class in his match. Although Pifer started out well, he ended up losing 7-14. In the second exhibition contest, freshman Chris Troskosky wrestled at heavyweight and won 3-1. The Mercyhurst wrestling team went; 1-1 Sunday, December 9, defeating American University 31-13
The men's basketball team will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend to participate in the fourkeen-team High Desert Classic. The Lakers will play two new opponents. They take on Kentucky's Bellarmine Saturday and St. Mary's University ofTexas Sunday. Both games begin it 5:30 p.m. The Lakers will return to host four home games. Roberts Wesleyan will visit, the MAC at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. In the new year, Mercyhurst will host Lake Superior State Thursday, Jan/3 at 8 p.m., Northern Michigan Saturday, Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. and Michigan Tech Friday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. The games against Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech will be televised.
J Women's basketball
The women's basketball team will host the College of St. Rose Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. The Lady Lakers will then participate in the Saint Rose Tournament Dec. 28, 29 and (0. The first game ofthe tournament will feature Mercyhurst against New Haven Friday, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m. The -ady Lakers will then host Lake S uperior State Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6 p.m., Northern Michigan Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. and Michigan Tech Friday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. The games against Lake Superior State and Michigan Tech will be televised.
Author Feinstein visits Erie Injuries plague the Lady Lakers
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effort. Mercyhurst was outrebounded Stacey Abbott by Grand Valley State by a 47-37 difStaff writer ference. GVSU also registered eleven With junior forward Jackie Donahue, steals. The Lady Lakers were met with sophomore guard Caroline McGrath, sophomore forward Meghan Kist and another disappointing loss Saturday, freshman guard Cassie Seth watch- Dec. 8 as they fell to Ferris State by ing from the sidelines due to injuries, a score of 90-69. Mercyhurst trailed by only eight the Lady Lakers were defeated by Grand Valley State Thursday, Dec. 6 points at the half with a score of 43in the women's basketball team's first 35. The win still remained within reach at the 17:00 marks with GLIAC contest this season. GVSU's 28-9 lead with 6:34 re- Mercyhurst behind only seven points maining in the first half left with 47-40 showing on the Mercyhurst looking rather deflated. scoreboard. The Bulldogs eventually The Lady Lakers rallied in a game did take command, however, scoring of catch-up to cut their deficit to five twelve unanswered points to add to 4 with a score of 32-27 before halftime. their winning effort. Contributing to the cause were The second half was a continuation oftheir rally, making GVSU work for Usher leading the team with 17 points, as well as Ross with 14 points. every point. Mercyhurst only trailed by one Both senior guard Jodie Maxim and point with 15:48 remaining in the Sabo each chipped in 10. game. But, GVSU managed to score The loss to Ferris State was endured the next 12 points, unanswered by again without the services of Seth, Mercyhurst, and would dominate for Donahue, McGrath and Kist who continue to remain sidelined due to the rest of the game. Highlights of the game included 18 injuries. The Lady Lakers will take some points tallied by sophomore forward [Crista Ross with freshman forward time off in preparation for their home Jody Sabo stepping up off the bench court match-up with the College of to add 14. Senior center Krista Usher Saint Rose Thursday, Dec. 6 in the also added 10 points in the losing MAC at 6 p.m.
The men's wrestling team visits Gannon University Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and return to the Mercyhurst Athletic Center to take on Ashland University Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. The Lakers will then participate in the Midwest Classic at the University of Indianapolis Friday, Jan. 4 and Saturday, Jan. 5.
The Erie Otters will sponsor the club hockey team's game this' Sunday, Dec. 16 as the Lakers host St. Bonaventure at 4 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Ice Center. Free prizes will be given away!