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First snowfall of the winter arrives on campus and is continued in the forecast for the next several days.
Who got your (campus number?
Students receive anonymous phone calls asking for more than just names
By Joshua Wilwohl Layout assistant Hate having trouble with those pesky telemarketers? One would guess in college you would not have to deal with them anymore; however, lately, there has been a non-stop spree of calls to dorms and apartments on campus that keep pestering students. |; The caller - a foreigner - asks for simple information including name, phone number, and address, but then asks for your social security number. When asked what this is for, the caller quickly hangs up. These irritating calls have been angering students to no end and they want them to stop immediately. Freshman Chris Geer, who receives at least six calls daily said, "I am just sick of these people. I told them several times I was not interested, but they just keep calling." Geer is only one of several victims of these irritating marketers. Freshman Christine Ferranti said, '1 get Calls pretty much every other day asking for a variety of people. We should not have to put up with this when we are in college." Supposedly, these marketers are with some sort of credit card company, but will not specify who. Police and safety's Sergeant John Patterson warns everyone of these calls. "Students should be weary. I advise that no student ever provide information over the phone, especially when it involves their social security number," said Patterson. 'These types of cases evolve to be identity theft, though we cannot prove that is what these telemarketers are after." As for obtaining student's information, Patterson remarked that it is relatively available. "Anyone can walk in and obtain a student handbook that contains student information. The information is even posted on our Internet site." Nonetheless, students just wish for the calls to stop. "I want to be able to pick up the phone and not hear someone try and pronounce my name, then ask for a social security number," said Geer. According to Patterson, Police
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"The number is not on our 'hot* or *watch' list and therefore cannot determine whether or not it is a reputable company,'? said Patterson. But students may come to Police and Safety if they have a problem. We have already dealt with about a dozen complaints." Tips for avoiding telephone scams: •Hang up if the caller calls before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. Resist high pressure sales tactics. Just say "NO!" I I f •Keep information about your bank accounts and credit card numbers to yourself;;
Upcoming Campus Events
Wednesday Dec. 15 Film: The Return, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., PAC. Annual Mercyhurst Christmas Concert: 7 p.m., St. Mary's Chapel, Mercyhurst North East. Ice Skating: 9:30 p.m. -10:45 p.m., MIC. Thursday Dec. 16 Christmas Cabaret: 8 p.m., Walker Recital Hall. Friday Dec. 17 Christmas break begins
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Prevent weight gain by following healthy nutrition tips
By Holly Burns Contributing writer Now that the warm weather has passed and the winter season is upon us, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a warm blanket indoors. However, along with this comfort comes the risk of weight gain because students are not as active and, as a result, they are eating more. First-year college students know this all too well and it's called the "Freshman 15." However, if you are a freshman, there is no reason that you have to succumb to this phenomenon. You can avoid gaining those unwanted 15 pounds by following a few simple rules. First of all, don't panic if you notice yourself gaining weight Panicking causes you to try shortterm diets and restrict yourself completely from eating the foods that you love. As a result, you end up making a late-night run to a fast food place or donut shop. Instead, you can take a more logical approach. Allowtimeto eat three solid meals during the day to keep your energy up and then you won't feel the need to binge at night Secondly, as with anyone, you should only eat when you are hungry. You may eat on study breaks, make a late night pizza run or eat simply because there is nothing better to do. However, these are all times when you are not physically hungry. So, you should always make sure that you are actually hungry and not eating for other reasons. There are many other study break habits that students can get into instead of eating. For example, you can go for a quick run and a breath of fresh air for a change of scenery and a bit of exercise. Also, you may want to put on your favorite CD and practice deep breathing or yoga. These are all ways to prevent youfromeating when you are not hungry. They are also activities that can reduce stress. Of course, one of the best ways to prevent the "Freshman 15" is to watch what you eat and drink. Fruits and veggies are key to a healthy diet and are great alternatives to other snacks high in fat and sugar. 2 Baby carrots with a low-fat dip or strawberries with a spoonful of yogurt are low-calorie, high nutrition foods that make great snacks for study breaks. Women need at leastfiveservings of fruits and veggies each day, while the recommended intake for men is at least seven servings.
Erie police officer tells of shooting
By Elisabeth Johnson Contributing writer Terry Dawiey, a former Erie police officer, and Lieutenant Les Fetterman, spoke to Mercyhurst students about their experience on the force. "Surviving an Armed Confrontation" was held Thursday night, Dec. 9, at 8:15 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre. The evening focused on Dawley, who was shot on two separate occasions and, as a result, was forced to retire from the police force. Dawiey, who was shot in the chest on March 14, 1991, during a drug raid, said it felt like someone had whacked him in the chest with a baseball bat The second incident, which occurred on July 7, 2000, left Dawiey with gunshot wounds to his knee, thigh and hand. "It all started over a traffic stop, but in policework, you never know who you're stopping-you just never know. And these are things that you have to think about" said Dawiey. Fetterman emphasized the difference between a struggle and a policefight."If you're in a policefight,you're in a fight for] your life" Dawiey agreed "not wanting to be handcuffed isn't the same as actually fighting a police officer, If ^somebody's crazy enough to fight a police officer, I mean to really fight them, then you are in a fight for your life," said Dawiey. 'It's not the best out of three or Vow, you got me this time J 1 Fil get you next time, You re in a fight for your life. They'rq gonna try to get your gun. The thing about having a gun is that gun can belong to either one of| you," Dawiey said. >i The event was sponsored by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute and the Criminal Justice Club. The club's-adviser, Dr. Art^ Amann, Director of the Civic Institute, said the goal of the lecture was to increase the knowledge of the police work force amongst students. "We wanted to expose the students to the realities of police work by having actual street officers come In and talk to them about some real horrific things that happened to them on the job " said Amann. Vice president Jortlanna Lehman said, "We think it's good to get the students that ate interested in the criminal justice field to see officers that are actually in the field and have gone through the different kind of scenarios that we could be facing in the future when we do get out in the workforce."
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The extra calories that it contains are a good reason to avoid Studies show that people who them. eat these foods weigh less. So, If you are 21 andovet, although make it a point to include some you are of age to consume alcoof these foods in your daily diet holic drinks, you should still folto avoid gaining unnecessary low the same rules as those who weight -1 are underage. Also, a good way to reduce Also, you should drink a glass your calories is to stay away from of water after every alcoholic alcoholic drinks. drink. This will rehydrate you They ate a major source of and slow down your drinking. extra calories that can cause Most importantly, do not focus weight gain. Freshmen, as well on the numbers on the scale. as any students underage, are Instead, place your focus on a \ not permitted to drink alcohol healthy lifestyle. anyway. In addition to good nutrition, be sure to stay active and exercise. Bundle up and take a walk across campus. Incorporate some higher intensity cardio activities about three to five times a week and add weight training two to three times a week. Make your exercising fan and practical. If you don't enjoy it, you are not likely to stick with it You can also get exercise by joining an intramural team or an activity-based student club. There are many benefits that come from getting involved in
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Besides weight control, students who spend some time away from their studies involved in other activities are less stressed, feel more energetic and feel better about themselves. So, as winter approaches, beat those winter blues and say goodbye to the "Freshman 15" All you have to do is stay active, eat only when you are hungry, and maintain a healthy diet You will be able to enjoy the season and feel good about yourself.
Blockbuster plans to do away with late fees
By Dan Filler Knight Ridder Newspapers FORT WORTH, Texas £ Blockbuster is tired of being the butt of jokes on Leno and Letterman. And, even closer to home, it wants to eliminate what the company's president calls 4t (those unpleasant conversations at the register." So> beginning Jan. 1, the video chain is ending latefeeson video and game rentals. Of course, laggard renters won't get an entirely free pass: Past due on that Chuck Nor-| ris video? You'll have a sevenday grace period to return late movies, DVDs, or video games before Blockbuster duns your account for the price of the item, less the rental fee. So, what if you really don't want to own "Delta Force 2"? Bring it back within 30 days. The end of the fees is BlockThe purchase price, charged to buster's latest effort to protect its your credit card or Blockbuster embattled movie and game rental account, will be credited back store empire from competition and you'll be charged a $1.25 by online subscription services, "restocking fee." led by Netflix, and mass merThe fee elimination will reduce chandisers. Blockbuster and two the Dallas-based company's rev- other suitors are also bidding to enues by up to $300 million next acquire the rival Hollywood Enyear, but it hopes to make up for tertainment video rental chain. it by generating more traffic from 1 For the first nine months of customers, Blockbuster CEO 2004, video rentals, which make up 75 per cent of Blockbuster's John Antioco said Tuesday. "We hope that customers' per- sales at its 4,500 stores, fell 3.1 ception of us will improve, and percent to $3.28 billion. That that they'll spend more time with compared to $3.39 billion for the same period in 2003. In compaus," Antioco said. In test markets, Blockbuster rable stores, those open at least a employees reported a huge surge year, rental revenues declined 6.6 in their morale when they no lon- percent as a result of weak rental ger had to give customers the bad traffic industrywide. news on their late fees. The fees "Based upon our continued were so reviled that consumers belief that the size of the video sued over their legitimacy and, rental market has contracted earlier this decade, Blockbuster as a result of the simultaneous settled several lawsuits. availability of rental and retail product, we expect the rental market to decline throughout the remainder of 2004," Blockbuster said in a third-quarter securities filing. One industry analyst, Jim Hurley of Bear Steams, questioned the timing of Blockbuster's announcement "Why now?" he said. "The industry has known of the late fee problem for the entire history of the rental business." Antioco acknowledged that the rise of video subscription businesses such as Netflix, which don't charge late fees, played a major role in Blockbuster's dccision to scrap its own late fee. ['" Reed Hastings, the founder and CEO of Netflix, said Tuesday in response to Blockbuster's move that "I'm not sure that customers will consider it an improvement if they are charged a purchase price for the entire product."
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Theft .*• McAuley Hall IUJUQJ mli4v 5-December-! 2004, rb.il Electronic equipment taken from dorm room. Investigated College Violations Lewis Ave _ 5-December-2004 Student was under the influence of an alcoholic beverage in public creating a disturbance and being verbally abusive to a college official. -r Investigated College Violations Baldwin Hall 4-December-2004 Two male students entered the dorm after visiting hours and refused to leave. Investigated Liquor Law Violations 3809 Briggs Ave 3-December-2004 Students while being under the age of 21 years old were in consuming alcoholic beverages. Investigated j r Burglary Lower Level Baldwin 29-November-2004 | Unknown person(s) took cash and checks from thefootballoffice. J Investigated
Criminal Mischief Parking Lot #15 29-November-2004' Plow marker broken from plow truck investigated Criminal Mischief Parking Lot #15 29-November-2004 Eggs thrown on a student's vehicle Investigated Controlled Substance 3808 Briggs Ave ./< 28-November-2004 * Student was in possession of suspected marijuana and paraphernalia Investigated • Criminal Mischief 3810 Lewis Ave 21-November-2004 Windows, screens broken In basement nvesti gated Theft ;:• Parking Lot #10 18-November-2004 Unknown person(s) removed the license plate from a vehicle. investigated
students can play from noon unBy Jaime Myers til 10:30 p.m. And on Saturdays, Contributing writer the tables are open between noon and 8 p.m. If you ate sick of paying money The idea for a pool table has to play pool off campus, you can been under discussion since last now enjoy playing for free right year. Because the Bookstore reon campus. located last year, space opened up Two pool tables are now lo- downstairs in the Union, and the cated in the lower level of the plans were set in motion. Student Union for students to Until the beginning of Decemplay without spending all of their ber, the room was used for dinquarters. ing. But those tables and chairs Mercyhurst Student Govern- have made their way up to the ment purchased the new tables Great Room to free up space for for all of the students' enjoy- the pool tables. ment Dan Schuler, treasurer of JV1SG, Students must sign up to use worked to finish (he plans and the pool tables in the Union at got the job done. the main desk. Time slots are If pool table use continues like available for 45 minutes, but if it has, there is also a possibility of no one signed up in the next slot, future additions including an air students can stay as long as they hockey table or a foozball table. want to play. About 100 groups of students Students can play between have signed up to play pool in noon and midnight Sunday the three weeks since winter term through Thursday. On Fridays, has started. I V**;'-'
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By Tirdad Derakhshani Knight Ridder Newspaper He's like the Trojan horse, this Regis Philbin guy. We shower him with adjective-laden accolades for stepping in for an ailing Dick Clark to host ABCs "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2005." And before you know it, he's nabbed a job cohosting the live part of Thursday night's three-hour finale of "The Apprentice 2" (yes, this show is I THAT important). And when Reege gushes about it all, you can just see the exclamation marks fly like red-hot sparks off an anvil: "Me and the Trumpster, what a team!" Three whole hours of Reege AND Donald Trump? That's probably] the one thing this holiday season : that'll make us shuffle off this] mortal coil. Pamela Anderson, who has distinguished herself as an author ("Star: A Novel"), will grace the boob tube again! According to the Hollywood Reporter, she'll star in a Fox sitcom being developed by "Just Shoot Me" writerproducer Steven Levi tan. This one'U force Pam to stretch! her acting skills: She'll play a woman who's trying to break the habit of falling in love with irresponsible rebel dudes. Like Tommy Lee of Kid Rock, maybe?
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Have a red and especially Green Christinas season
By Michelle Brewer Contributing writer Environmental concerns are constantly gaining attention with our generation's application (or lack thereof) of their knowledge toward the planet Earth. The stereotype of hippie green party members may stand strong in your mind, but face it, we have to start to realize the importance that our actions have, especially the negative ones such as global warming, increase in watte proauction and pollution^ As I recently learned, Mercyhurst has a group of students, administration, staff and faculty members who have gathered I together to work to better our environmental situation on cam* pus. They are known as Mercyhurst Green. This organization, though established in '99-*00, is really just starting to pick up momentum. Members from the team include Dr. Chris Magoc, Cathy Pedler, and student leader JoEllen Taylor. The group is working together and possibly with Mercyhurst Prep to collaborate on some goals they all have* In addition, they are working on compiling a program similar to the Academic Celebration that would involve the students in their classes with environmental protection, not just in academics and service learning As most students probably know, Mercyhurst is a school whose effort to recycle is noticeable. The 3000 students generate the most waste here on campus and we are only recycling about ' 30 percent The goal of Mercyhurst Green is to raise that to at least 50 percent I If you don't know, there are recycling bins RIGHT NEXT to most of the garbage bins so simply put your recyclables into a separate bag and throw them in the recycling bin. Mercyhurst Green is trying to| get more bins around campus, as well as generating awareness with the housing staff and other faculty about things they can do to recycle. There are some things to do (to recycle during this holiday season, and everyday, For those with fireplaces at home, use gas logs instead of wood. It reduces air pollution. Use gift bags that can be used again and again instead of multiple boxes and paper. i Get a live tree and put it out in the yard after Christmas for the birds. After that, your city probably has a recycling program that you can take it to where it will be composted* Use cards printed on recycled paper and recycle the bows and decorations you use next year. If saving money and expressing yo ur holiday spirit are on your "to-do list," why not decorate using pine cones or sprigs of berries from outside? It's free and you won't have to buy a scented candle. To find out more about Mercyhurst Green you can check out their Web page that is accessible from the La kerne t site. Here you can find their history, some eco-friendly tips, how to get involved and more.
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Don't wait for spring, give winter cleaning a try with roommates!
By Joshua Wilwohl Layout assistant Spring cleaning seems so cliche, especially when it is winter. But why not get an early start? : ; Very early, yes, I know. '" But, "winter cleaning" may indeed be the very thing that could jumpstart your holiday spirit Now, I understand that many think "oh that's so lame" or "I don't even spring clean;" but, think of die reward in having a clean room — more space, better luxury, more "party" room. So, grab that trash bin - or bag —equip yourself with some Clorox wipes and get ready to clean! Now, as far as freshmen go, you either live in the dorms or the suites, varying only by one difference: a bathroom. So, those of you living in the dorms, be happy you don't have to put up with going through that mess. But for those of you privy enough to acquire a suite—a Brillo pad, equipped with Comet can be an amazing thing for those grungy bathrooms that probably have not been cleaned since move-in day. Upperclassmen, you have this) problem too — don't deny it - make sure you clean in the same fashion to avoid the spread of germs and diseases. Looking past the bathroom, however, we come to the bedrooms - the primary cleaning targets for all students. Now, it's understandable that we at times are messy - I mean we're college students - we define
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By Joshua Wilwohl Layout assistant 20 different hot drinks. Overwhelmed by the menu and taking varying recommendations, I ordered a grande rocky road. It was a rather tasty espresso drink that contains toasted marshmallow, chocoIafiPand hazelnut [.Ashley, who has the menu already memorized, ordered a small turtle mocha that is,".. .one of the best drinks offered. It is the perfect balance between chocolate and caramel that makes it delicious." Ashley took a seat at one of the jazzy tables that contain sketches of a steaming coffee cup that blends nicely with the colors of the chairs and carpet Striking up a conversation with one of the managers, junior Bob Ruggeri, we caught up on some coffee talk about Mercyhurst's pioneer cafe, first discussing the best selling drink of the shop caused a stir amongst employees. 'Tm not sure if we have just one 'best seller*," Ruggeri said. "But if I were to choose, rocky road would be good." However, freshman employee Ben Van Balen disagreed, saying that It is the turtle mocha. Putting an end to the dispute, they came up with the top three: rocky road, caramel chai and then turtle mocha. Sorry, Ben. As for popularity, Ruggeri says they easily get 100 people per day "but the majority come at night," he said. * \ - » « * ^ fy^Vjm Balen noted theyget so crowded comefinalsthat "...there is sometimes a line out the door." A regular of the shop, freshman Katie Cahill, said, "It's so delicious and I love how it is right there in the library. The chai is amazing!" An extra perk to this venue is that money on campus cards can be used to make purchases, so if you are out of cash you can still stop in and get something warm. Also, after break, fair trade coffee is going to be offered as a choice at a slightly higher price. It will be brewed in small amounts to start with as this is a new procedure of the store, but to those concerned for human rights, the choice will be available. So, next time visiting the library and needing a place to relax while hitting the books, Cafe Diem is the place to be, and a wonderful shop that, as far as Ashley and I can see, serves a superb cup of coffee. Rating; 7.8/10
Well, ifs us again! The coffee aficionados of Mercyhurst; this time traveling to iaCtSoFfee shop that is right here on campus. No, not the bookstore. That will come later; right now it's Cafe Diem. Nesded in the heart of the library —the secondfloor—thislittle cafe is a break from the books and the constant grind of school. The aromas were not as pleasurable to the nostrils until entering the glassed complex that separates the cafe from the bookshelves and the humming computers. Decorated with a New York City theme that includes photographs of streets, bistros, signs and buildKatie McAdams/ Photo editor Look at this mess! Try avoiding this by having a regular ings, the cafe breaks awayfromthe cleaning routine in your living area. A few hours a month work environment of the library. Employees seemed calm, either can produce wonderful results. placing them in an appropriate cannot handle. Any vacuum will doing some kind of work or folder for the corresponding do; simply sweep the length of the waiting to ask, "How can I help your class. room from wall to wall. We were served by a friendly Now that the papers have been Next, believe me when I tell cleared, the clothes are next on the you that these Clorox wipes are barista, (coffee talk for waiter) who showed us the menus. list to tackle. amazing. And yes, I mean menus, which 1 know all college students are They can be used for cleaning lazy. That's a fact. So, when going just about anything from your offer about 20 different cold coffee to bed, we would rather just take desk to your coffee maker to your drinks and one that offers about off our clothes and throw them electronics. somewhere, anywhere, but the Depending on the dust and dirt laundry basket — heck it's easier in your room, you can use as little than searching for the thingl as two to as many as 20. ^However, eventually those J Wipe down just about everything clothes begin to pile and pile and — desk, lamp, window ceil, TV, rapile and pile until your carpet be- diator — and when youfinish,your comes unrecognizable. room now has the wonderful smell I <$Ancl having used the phrase "111 of "freshness." get to laundry tomorrow" about a Well, you did it, you are all dozen times now, leaves you with cleaned upl No more random two problems: a messy and now papers, no more acrid smells and smelly room. First and foremost, the carpet is clearly visible. pick up all the clothes and place Winter cleaning involves little them into a laundry basket and im- effort ~ maybe an hour of your mediately wash them — no waiting day every three weeks — but the until "tomorrow." end result is wonderful. Secondly,fromnow on once you take off your clothes, dispose of them in your wash basket and try to refrain from putting off laundry. Um Amtritw'i 01 TovrQpwmtor Well, you are almost there, butj CJU4CUN you still have a problem—the room ACAPUICO reeks I My guess is that laundry JAMAICA that you were supposed to do days BAHAMAS ago or it could have been those FLORIDA pop tarts. But, either way, there is nothing that a vacuum and Clorox wipes Sell Trips, Earn Cash, Go Free!
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On Monday, December 13, a Jury agreed unanimously that Scott Peterson should be sentenced to death. What Is your opinion about the Scott Peterson verdict?
I think he should die. I agree with the verdict. Just imagine if that was your daughter and unborn grandchild. Does what is right, moral, ethical, proper or any of that matter? Try taking to the family about morals or ethics. Kill him and make an example. I
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By Allison Moore Opinion editor ^ This week, jurors condemned Scott Peterson to death. While I'm not a huge fan of the death penalty, I have to agree with the jury's decision in this particular situation. The death penalty is a very final punishment, one that is not handed out lightly. In this case, I j believe killing your wife and your unborn child on j- Christmas Eve is worthy of such a punishment. W I often doubt the United States legal system. There are times when guilty men and women go free due to technicalities and times when innocent men and women are punished for crimes they did not commit 1 remember sitting in a fifth grade classroom when I heard the 'not guilty' verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. 1 was 11 years old at the time, but I still remember feeling like the legal system in this country had failed. The Scott Peterson trail was another high profile, high stakes situation similar to OJ.'s. Only this time, the justice system came through. 1, like many others, have no doubt in my mind that Scott Peterson did in fact kill his wife and unborn son. I think his arrogance and lack of emotion inside and outside the courtroom attests to that For a man to kill his wife in such a manner while she was eight months pregnant is disgusting and deserves the highest degree of punishment in our legal system. What is even more disgusting, and quite frankly
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disturbing, is Peterson's complete disconnect from what was occurring around him. It has been said by jurors that Peterson's face was like a blank slate and he even appeared to be happy at times. He showed absolutely no remorse for his actions. The only disappointment I have in this verdict is that Scott Peterson will not suffer enough. Being on death row, Peterson will live in isolation for what could be decades, considering California has a line of 641 people waiting to be executed. Since the death penalty has been reinstated in the "sunshine state" back in 1978, o'nlyten people have been executed. This leaves Peterson with a lot of time, time I'm sure he will use trying to save himself and keep his hope of freedom alive. If Peterson was awarded life without parole, he would be subjected to a life of torture provided by his fellow inmates. Peterson is to be sent to San Qeu ntin State Prison in California. This prison is known for its high rates of abuse by inmates, especially for those involved in high profile cases like this one. If Scott Peterson was charged with life in prison, I bet he'd be wishing for death after being in a hostile environment like this one. Undoubtedly, Peterson will appeal numerous times extending the inevitable. But in the end, the result will be the same. Scott Peterson will eventually die, either by natural causes or by the hand of the legal system. Either way, Peterson will have many years to reflect on what he's done, living as a prisoner, labeled as a cold-blooded murderer.
The crime of killing one's wife and unborn child is a monstrous atrocity, but the verdict of this to me really concerns one's preestablished view on the death penalty. Not only is the death penalty a more expensive alternative to a life sentence, but it also destroys the foundation of one's ethic in the attempt to bring about justice.
Katherien Leggiero, Senior Anthropology
He was found guilty, and should not be given the easy way out, a lifetime of incarceration is more punishment than a needle prick and a few minutes to think about what he done. Life of misery is worse than seconds of pain.
Jon Barton, Junior HRIM
Let the punishment fit the crime!
ie Alud, Junior Business Mangement
The GoodJ the Bad, & the Ugly
Playing in the snow provided a much needed break from the academic world, not to mention the prospects of a white Christmas is looking pretty darn good. Christmas break is coming. Even though we have only been back for three weeks, it seems like an eternity. Already a break is very much needed.
Salad dressing in the Laker should come complimentary with sandwiches as well as salads. Many people enjoy dressing as a condiment as much as ketchup or BBQ sauce, so why not include it? Charging fifty cents for a packet of dressing is a bit ridiculous. We pay enough in tuition, is it too much to ask to get salad dressing for free?
Instead of *the ugly* this issue should be labeled 'the pathetic.' The holidays are a great time of yearfilledwith symbolism. When talking about Christmas, the first symbol that comes to mind is the beloved Christmas tree. A couple weeks ago, Mercyhurst had its annual tree lighting ceremony. While this event is adorable and organized with the best of intentions, the actual lighting of the tree was somewhat, well pathetic. The lights are carelessly placed on the tree in a very haphazard display which actually creates laughter from those that walk by. The idea around the tree is lovely, but would it be too much to make it look like a Christmas tree worth celebrating, not just a sad symbol of what could potentially be. Christmas break is an inconvience for professors and students alike under the trimester system. While students understand they will be required to do work over the holiday, they would also like to have time to relax and enjoy the holiday. Most students are returning home to a part-time job as well over break. So, between time for work, school related assignments, spending time with family, and spending time with old friends, there isn't much time left to recharge. The amount of work being assigned to most students by professors is demanding-Newsflash: We do have lives outside of Mercyhurst and we'd like to live them.
True justice can never be served because we can't do the opposite of taking the lives of Laci and Connor. If the punishment is in part meant to help heal the damages caused by this crime, and those damages are too great to ever be mended with human hands, then what can be done? Our two choices bring different types of closure to different audiences.« Where does t true closure comefrom?I have often heard that forgiveness isn't so much for the person who has wronged but for the person who has been wronged| In this case many people are wronged and we can all begin to heal by x - v forgiveness. yyy
Paul Macosko, Campus Minister
I don't think killing Scott Peterson will accomplish anything. Two wrongs don't make a right. Besides a guy like Scott Peterson who lived a lavish lifestyle would probably rather die than live in a small cell the rest of his life.
Jennifer Ciccone, Sophomore Communications and Marketing
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was shown the Mercy Suites and Baldwin Hall, but To the astonishment and anger of many people suspiciously never Egan (which would have been a ,the demolished area next to the Mercy Suites that quick detour while seeing the cafeteria). was intended for another proposed parking lot When I found my room in Egan the disillusion- is now going to be turned into a playground. A As I was walking to class the other day, I side- ment began to sink in. I lived on the first floor in a Playground?! As students continue to be issued stepped an Ambassador giving a prospective stu- room that was a double, but had three girls placed parking tickets and fight over the limited parking dent a tour of Mercyhurst I overheard a small part into it You cannot even imagine the cramped quar- spaces available, the college is going to build a nice of the rehearsed speech the guide was giving the ters I lived in during my entire freshman year. new playground. student and was somewhat angered and annoyed Now what seems amazing to me is that this So don't worry everyone, because you can just at the direct contradiction I interpreted. instance occurred over two years ago, and since laugh your worries and frustrations away when you The Ambasstdor was saying, "Mercyhurst is then each freshman class has been getting larger. visit our playground on campus between classes. known for its small class sizes and close-knit com- Where are these students being placed? Where will First of all, having a parking lot near Parade St munity. That is something you won't find at many all these freshman move to next year? when all the students who drive live on the other other colleges in this area." The handful of Wayne apartments that were side of campus is not such a great idea. Second Instinctively, I wanted to pull the student aside opened this year for upperclassmen are not going of all, thisridiculousnew development only brings and tell them just how "close-knit" or, in real- to compensate for the influx of sophomores who more problems into focus. ity, "cramped and overcrowded" the college was will be moving onto Briggs and Lewis next year. Where would new parking lots be built that would becoming. Rumors seem to be circulating throughout the service the Briggs and Lewis apartments? It doesn't The ideal image of a small, and let me repeat small campus that the larger rooms in the apartment seem like there is any space available, unless the college was one of the most influential factors that buildings will be forced to occupy three students, college comes up with an enormous amount of caused me to decide to come to Mercyhurst I was bumping the normal four roommates to five. money to buy out local residents so we can pave fed the exact same speech while on my tour and Housing is already an extremely unorganized, ill- away our problems. was fooled into believing that Mercyhurst would structured process. I can't even imagine the chaos Seeing as how this possibility was rejected by the indeed remain a small college. that will descend upon the student union this spring inhabitants on Parade St, it doesn't appear that it Unfortunately, as the Mercian" and other reports when we all have to fight for housing next year. will work in the future. throughout campus indicate, Mercyhurst has been The problem is that although Mercyhurst has Once again, maybe, just maybe, the administraundergoing an incredible wave of growth and ex- plans for continued construction in the future to tion should think about dealing with these issues pansion the past couple of years. What many stu- accommodate the growth, this process is not oc- first before accepting more students in the fall dents across campus seem to wonder each year as curring fast enough. With an ever increasing amount of students, the the incoming freshman class grows larger and larger Has the administration been blinded by their faculty and number of classes offered should rise is, "Whatever happened to our small college?" never ending quest for continued prestige and as well. This reasonable conclusion has led to a When I moved onto campus in the fall of 2002, reputation, to the pressing issues of limited time slight change in scheduling this year, but not one I received the first of many shocking experiences and space for development? that benefits upperclassmen. at Mercyhurst I was assigned to live in Egan Hall One of the most frustrating problems MercyClasses were added and opened up for freshmen and, to my surprise, I had no idea where it was hurst upperclassmen find themselves experiencing a week after sophomores registered this fall. located. When I took my tour of Mercyhurst I is the lack of parking on campus. Although this seems to alleviate some of the By Corrie Thearle Contributing writer:
scheduling problems freshmen endure (we have all endured far worse in the past years - standing in line for hours in the Heritage Hall as everything closed) the academic schedule has been looking quite sparse the past few terms. As upperclassmen begin to narrow down on the courses required for their major, many find that these classes are only offered once or twice a year and with only one or two sections available. These limited options are beginning to cause many students to encounter problems with graduating on time and seeking credits at other institutions during the summer months. The reoccurring problem concerning the influx of students and the lack of planning by the administration is causing many people to become dissatisfied and angered by the incompetence of this institution. Although growth and expansion does not seem to ebb in the coming years at Mercyhurst, the expectation that the administration will deal efficiently and rapidly with the necessary construction to compensate for their continued "legacy," does not seem as foreseeable. I hope that the college does not think that students will simply stand by and sacrifice their comfort and expectations while more students are crammed onto campus each year. The number of students that transfer may increase in response to these problems. In a saddening way, this scenario may actually help to fix the problem at hand. I trust I'm not giving the administration too much credit in assuming that this response is not the one they intend.
Left out in the cold Fruitcake: gift Lack of housing is a major issue that keeps on giving
By Chester Hartman Knight-Ridder Newspapers Congress is not doing anywMte near enough to help the poor meet their housing needs. In the appropriations bill that just passed, Congress raised by 5 percent the amount it spends on the Section 8 housing program to subsidize rent payments. But this amount covers only a tiny fraction of those who need support, i ± Then Congress went in the opposite direction and cut funds for housing assistance to the disabled, the elderly and the homeless. Housing is by far the largest expenditure for most lower- and middle-income families. Some 13 million American households must spend half or more of their income for rent or mortgage payments, according to the most recent Census data. This leaves insufficient money for proper food, health care, transportation to work, child care and other basic needs. Sadly, housing costs are rising far faster than incomes. To pay rent for a two-bedroom apartment in a typical metropolitan area requires an hourly wage of $15.21, reports the National Low Income Housing Coalition. That is almost three times the federal minimum wage. With the national poverty rate up for the third straight year, a decent place to live is almost unattainable for tens of millions of Americans. ^ Added to these financial realities is the steeply rising cost of heating fuel, which is eating up even more of the family budget Due principally to housing costs, between 2.5 million and 3.5 million people are homeless, according to most estimates. And many more are
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"pre-homeless," temporarily doubling up with relatives or friends. Poor housing conditions contribute to serious health and safety problems, such asthma, lead - ... poisoning anfffiresJ - .fair £ II Far too many or the poorly housed are concentrated in minority ghettos, leading to what sociologists term "hyper-segregation." Millions of low-income families, mainly black, are isolated from the mainstream. Confined to such ghettoes, they miss out on the contacts, job opportunities, schools and community facilities that enable social, economic and geographic mobility. Part of the problem is old-style discrimination. Laws notwithstanding, there still is rampant discrimination by landlords, Realtors, lenders, insurers and other gatekeepers. Urban Institute studies, done for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, using "paired testers," are documenting blatant differences in how blacks and whites seeking to buy or rent housing are treated. Discriminatory residential patterns rob many minorities of the ability to accumulate wealth through rising home values. Racial wealth disparities are far larger and more significant than income disparities. Fifty-five years ago, Congress established a National Housing Goal of "a decent home and suitable living environment for every American family." < We have fallen woefully short of that goal. Housing ought to be a right- like free public education, Social Security and Medicare and Medicare. Congress can and must do more.
By Ashley Breen , Contributing writer The holidays: a time of celebration with friends and family, a time of giving and a time for the ever persistent fruitcake. The fruitcake in my family has become a family heirloom. It is the only food I have come across that can stand the test of time and never go bad, or, should I say, get worse. It's that cake that comes out of the freezer every year and acts as a centerpiece for the Christmas dinner table. No one ever touches the fruity rock, but, nevertheless, it makes its way to the table each and every year. And, likewise, each and every year the fruitcake makes its way back into the freezer, until next Christmas. My family isn't alone in the fruitcake battle; over 21 million fruitcakes were sold in the U.S. alone last year. This is something I don't understand. I mean, if no one is eating them why are people buying them? This is a question that one may never find an answer to. The traditional fruitcake had the Canadian government so concerned they banned it from any flight going in or out of Canada. Their reason: The cake is so dense not even an Xray machine can penetrate it, making it impossible for screeners to verify it as safe. If this doesn't tell you to stay away from the fruitcake, I don't know what will. If you are passionate about fruitcake, well you're not alone. There is an official organization
Whilefruitcakemakes a nice decoration, It Is not often described as a favorite treat
that fights for the preservation of this traditional treat The Society for the Protection and Preservation of Fruitcake is an organization that provides support for those who love fruitcake and tips on how to educate those who don't Their website, www. fruitcakesociety.org provides recipes, fruitcake links and a slue of information regarding the fruitcake. The holidays are a time of giving. Hiis year why not give the fruitcake a chance? If it turns out that fruitcake isn't for your family, do yourself a favor, save the freezer space and please throw the fruitcake out Happy Holidays!
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DEC 17. Christmas show. Wayne Newton. Palace Theatre, Cleveland. DEC. 17. Kissmas Bash with Avril Lovigne, Simple Plan, Jo Jo, Vanessa Carlton, Sky Sweetham, Seven Day Faith. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. DEC. 20. Mushroomhead.l House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Nov. 20 at Ticketmaster. DEC. 21. Christmas show. Clay Aiken. Palace Theater, Cleveland. DEC. 26. Donnie Iris and the Cruisers. Rock Club, Pittsburgh. DEC. 26. Carlos Jones and the PLUS Band and the Latin Connection. House of Blues, Cleveland. On sale Nov. 20 at Ticketmaster. DEC. 31. Raspberries. House of Blues, Cleveland. DEC. 31. David Cassidy. Niagara Fallsview, Niagara Falls, Canada. On sale at (888)836-8118.| JAN. 4-9. Musical. "The Producers." Shea's Theater, By Meghan Sullivan Arts & Entertainment editor
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Let your heart be light: A Christmas cabaret
Twos nine days before Christmas in Walker Recital Hall, J; The choir rehearsed their Holiday show I recall The students sang carols and danced She As tain, For soon the "Christmas Cabaret" wonId be there/ Thursday night at 8 p.m. the Mercyhurst Concert Choir will be performing "Let Your Heart be light: A Christmas Cabaret" ] g . ^ i The student run production was organized by junior composition major Richard Rockage. Rockage also arranged the opening medley "Jingle Bells Through The Ages," which brings you from madrigals and fox trot to Meghan SuHfvan/Arts S Entertainment editor hard rock and rap. The delightfully merry pro- The Concert choir will perform their "Christmas Cabaret" on Thursday at 8 p.m. duction features many soloists singing Christmas classics and mance of jingle Bell Rock," as J*:You can catch best friends Things" from the musical "The favorites. featured in <cMean Girls." Junior Johanna Brehaut and Michelle Sound of Music" Sophomore's Kade Tredent, voice majors Kimberly Foradora Thompson singing "Sisters" My Grown up Christmas Caitlin Dupsky, Leah Zahnen and Mark Donlin will perform from the 1954 movie "White list" will be sung by Elizabeth and Jessica Provenzano will "Baby its Cold Outside" in this Christmas." Senior Blake Gor- Cartwright. The classic song charm you with their perfor- year's Cabaret ity will perform "My Favorite "Have Yourself a Merry Little
Christmas" will be performed by senior Jennifer Coffman. Other Christmas songs such as "Merry Christmas Darling" "O Holy Night," 'The Christmas Song," "Surabaya Santa" from the musical "Songs for a New World" and "Who Would Imagine a King" will also be performed. The choir closes the show together with the always sentimental "TU be Home for Christmas." There is no admission for this production, but donations will be token at the door. All of the contributions received at this performance will be used to help fund their 2004-2005 choral tour to Italy. Over half of the performers that will be seen in this Thursday's production were also involved in last weekend's opera "The Tales of Hoffinan." The enthusiastic group of musicians will continue to impress their audiences with this production. From carols to rapping reindeer this show has everything to get you into the Christmas spirit
Mercyhurst students get creative for the Darfur Awareness Campaig
By Katie Goodwin Contributing writer The Cummings Art Gallery was the location for Monday's art auction organized to benefit the victims of ethnic violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. Conflict in Sudan's Darfur region has been a growing concern since February 2003. Initially, problems arose from the government's crackdown on the rebel uprising. It soon led to the use of ethnic armed forces and resulted in crimes against humanity. These crimes included acts of ethnic cleansing committed against civilians. More than one million civilians in Sudan were forced out of their homes and villages and into government-controlled areas under rebel control. Aside from limited humanitarian help, there has been little improvement in the region. Katherine Leggiero, a senior at Mercyhurst, briefly heard about the atrocities in Darfur in her ethics class and, after further researching the ongoing problems in Sudan, she decided to take action by coordinating an art auction. :;/j"It [the art auction] provided! more of an active stance than merely a discussion would and enabled everyone to benefit Sudanese victims would receive aidfromOxfam and the students would be able to showcase and sell their art to the community." ^Leggiero was not the only prominent figure who was involved in the art auction. Many students offered their help and their art to the cause. In fact, the auction consisted of pieces solely contributed by students of Mercyhurst. Their pieces included paintings and digital photography which were showcased and sold to art lovers in the Erie Community. Apart from the art donators, Leggiero applauded the professors and students from Mercyhurst \fcho offered their help and the Erie community who offered services in advertising in order to make the auction a success. The proceeds raised from the sales are being sent to Oxfam, an international agency who is assisting re-establishing the economy of victims of disaster and war. g5 Leggiero wants to be remembered for her actions for the causes she believes in. The Sudan Darfur Awareness Campaign is the most recent project that Leggiero has involved herself in, but she is quick to points out that it won't be her last. - Leggiero reminds students that M all acts, no matter how small, can support changes v rjra "Being a senior, I will be leaving, but, as well as other activist, will always be seeking innovative mechanisms to educate and assist (where they can) in the causes they advocate. The International Student Organization in collaboration with Peace and Justice and ROTARCT Club encourage Mercyhurst students who are interested in humanitarian issues to attend the Panel Discussion Dec 16 in the great room of the Student Union. The speakers will include Dr. Thomas Donahue, Dr. Mary Breckenridge, Dr. Christine Colin-Burns and a native Sudanese speaker. Students will have the oppor- i tumty -fb'sigQ petitions asking t the Sudanese government for peace and to buy t-shirt. Through education and support change, no matter how small can be implemented.
JAN. 6. Musical. "Jesus Christ Superstar." Warner Theatre, Erie. $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. On sale at Tullio Arena box office, Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 4567070? An Erie Broadway Series'production JAN. 7. Comedy. The Capitol Steps. Warner Theatre, Erie. $45, $35, $25. On sale at Ticketmaster, Tullio Arena box office, by phone at 452-4857 or 456-7070. JAN. 8. Wish You Were Here. House of Blues, Cleveland. JAN. 12-16. Ice show. Disney on Ice presents 'Beauty and the Beast/ Tullio Arena, Erie!$41,$31,$18,$11.0n sale at Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 456-7070, online at www. ticketmaster.com. JAN. 12-23. Ice show Disney on Ice Presents Disney/ Pixar's "Finding Nemo." Gund Arena, Cleveland. On sale now at Ticketmaster. JAN. 14. B.B. King, Bobby Bland. Bryce Jordan Center, State College. On sale at Ticketmaster, online at www.bjc.psu.edu, by phone at (800) 863-3336. JAN. 24. TalLGarrison Keillor. Mainstage Theatre, Center for the Arts, University of Buffalo, Buffalo. JAN. 25. Something Corporate, Straylight Run. House of Blues, Cleveland. JAN. 26. Musical. "Contact." An Erie Broadway Series presentation. Warner Theatre, Erie. $49.50, $39.50, $29.50. On sale at the Tullio Arena box office, Tickemaster outlets, by phone at 452-4857 or 4567070, and online at www. I ticketmaster.com. JAN. 27. Madball. Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. JAN. 29. Sonny Landreth. Rex Theater, Pittsburgh. JAN. 30. Queensryche. House of Blues, Cleveland. JAN. 30. Yanni. HSBC Arena, Buffalo. On sale now at
Upcoming performances at the Performing Arts Center
By Christina Ferranti Contributing writer Here is a sneak peak into what exciting performances you can expect to see at the Performing Arts Center after Christmas break. Vienna in Erie VIII takes place on Janurary 1 at 3 p.m. The performance is modeled on the Vienna Philharmonic's glittering New Year's concert Vienna in Erie is celebrating its eighth anniversary with a 65-member orchestra under the direction of Frank Collura. Paquito DTRivera and the Assad Brothers will be performing Sunday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. The number one Latin-American saxophonist joined by the greatest guitar duo play an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music The Victor Prieto Jazz Trio can be seen on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Victor Prieto is an accordion genius who has invented a new technique for playing the instrument that involves chordal playing on both sides. Prieto jams along with a bass and drums to bring an excellent jazz performance to the audience. Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul will perform on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. [v The prominent fiddler accompanied by her band, Immigrant Soul, impresses people worldwide with a combination of African, Caribbean, Latin, jazz, classical and country fiddling with an Irish spin. Matt Haimovitz will be performing on Sunday, March 13 ,at 2:30 p.m. This superb cellist with an unusual performance style will amaze you with his appreciation of classical music just to mellow out after a difficult day. The Koresh Dance Company can be seen on Sunday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. i The high-energy dance company is an exciting blend of ballet, modem and jazz structured into something emotional and graceful. You will leave your seats with an exhilarating, intense feeling. Sandip Bur man and Friends will perform on Sunday, April 3 ,at 7 p.m. The veteran Indian drummer brings us a fabulous series of compositions played with a distinctive Instrumental technique. He will snatch the attention of the audience and keep you riveted in your seat with his precision and outstanding musical ability. P Les Yeux Noirs (French Gypsy Klezmer) will perform on Friday, April 15, at 7:30 pm. The group blends together a twist of Gypsy music, throws in Jewish klezmer, mixs with the mainstream jazzswing and French musette cafe music The audience will get the urge to get up and dance along to the seductive rhythm and beat Burning River Brass will perfom on Sunday, April 17, at 2:30
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classical literature which leave the audience captivated. |$ Bill Frisell and the Unspeakable Orchestra will perform on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. This phenomenal guitarist brings us his own genre of music intertwining jazz, country, rock and Americana, played by not only the guitar but bass, drums, violin, viola and cello, to create a marvelously synchronized sound.
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Mercyhurst Musicians perform 'Christmas Carols and Classics'
By Mark Donlin Contributing writer mas Songs, including favorite and some less familiar songs. The highlight and finale of the program is the "Magnificat in C" by Franz Schubert, featuring two separate student quartets and sung with the Chamber Orchestra. Students v \\ be showcased as soloists including Eric Marshall, Jennifer Coffman, Nicole Gasse, Jessica Bunker and Mark Donlin. Senior composition major M. Joseph Rendulic will have an original Christmas song he wrote performed,titled"The Shepard's will include "Silent Night," "O Holy Night," the "Coventry Carol," "Gesu Bambino" and the "Jig" from Hoist's St. Paul Suite, among others. "It's going to be so wonderful because it's in that chapel," says Rebecca Ryan. The North East Chapel may not be very large,'but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. The sound of music will echo off the marble walls of this gorgeous space, so be sure to arrive early for this free Holiday Concert,
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By Eric Meacham Contributing writer The No. 5 ranked Mercyhurst women's hockey team has caught fire at the perfect time in their schedule. The tanking is the highest in the history of the program, being ranked above teams like New Hampshire and Harvard. In the last six games, the Lakers have won four against teams ranked in the top 10, including a sweep this past week against No. 10 Yale. % "I'm very proud of our team," noted Coach Michael Sisti. "We played a skater short here and have been without one of our top scorers in Jackie Jarrell for nearly a month." Because a scheduling mishap, Mercyhurst took to the road Tues. and Wed, Dec 7-8, heading to New Haven, Conn., to take on the host Yale Bulldogs. On Wednesday afternoon, senior Sara McDonald and junior Samantha Shirley accounted for all four goals as the Lakers blanked the Bulldogs 4-0. McDonald started off the scoring with an unassisted goal midway through the first period Just over a minute later, Shirley put the Lakers up 2-0 with assists coming from senior Chrissy Yule and freshman Sherilyn Fraser. After a scoreless second period, in which the Bulldogs outshot the Lakers 13-2, the Lakers put the game away early in the third period. Shirley tallied her second goal of the game just a minute into the third frame, with assist coming again from Yule and Fraser. McDonald closed out the scoring a couple minutes later with her second goal of the game on the power play. Sophomore Ashley Pendleton picked up the lone assist on the goalSenior Desi Clark made all 29 saves, picking up her eighth win th of the season and 55 of her career. Clark only needs one more win to tie Gary Bowles, who leads Mercyhurst with all-time wins as a goaltender with 56. Tuesday night saw almost the same result as Wednesday afternoon, but Yale did wreck the shutout with a goal late in the third period. The Lakers scored three goals in the first period to put down any chance for the Bulldogs to jump out early. Shirley scored her third goal of the weekend halfway through the first period with an assist given to Fraser. Yule put the Lakers up 2-0 just
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over a minute later, with her third | McDonald closed out the scorgoal of the season. Sophomore ing for the Lakers on the power Jill Nugent picked up the lone play midway through the third assist on the goal. period for her third goal of the Senior Teresa March ese ex- weekend. tended the lead to three with the Junior Danielle Lansing and assist coming from freshman Shirley were given assists on the Stephanie Jones. goal.
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Shirley ended the weekend with a four-point weekend, three goals and an assist Freshman Laura Hosier made her second consecutive start, picking up her second collegiate win. The Lakers finished the first
half of their season 9-4-2. Mercyhurst will now take time off for the Christmas break, and won't return to play until Jan. 8-9, as the Lakers will play host to Providence and the University of Connecticut
Winless w e e k for men's basketball in Ohio
Laker offense as they did not By Matt Jackson d score another field goal until a Contributing writer fast break layup by freshman Roland Andris at the 7:32 mark. Th^rJ^lercyhurst men's basket--1 •Playing with their backs to ball team learned this past week the wall, Gary Manchel's team that you can't play at your best by showed that they do indeed have playing in spurts if you want to offensive potential by scoring 13 be successful in the GLIAG points in 6:30 starting with the The Lakers went on a two- Andris lay-up. \ game road trip and came away But in the end it was not enough empty handed in both contests, as Ashland went on to outscore losing to Ashland University the Lakers 4-0 in thefinalminute 61-55 and to the No. 13 Findlay of play for the victory. Oilers, 72-51.^ The second game against FindIn the first game the Lakers, lay proved to be a tale of^ two playing without injured junior halves for the young Mercyhurst Andy Kubinski, tied the game squad. at Ashland with a three-pointer The Oilets outscored the Lakfrom sophomore Mitch Bren- ers 43-24 in the first half despite nan with 17:35 remaining in the being ahead by just four over game. halfway through the period. However, the next 10 minutes Once again, the Lakers went proved to be atrocious for the overfiveminutes without a field goal late in the first half and trailed by 19 with the last 20 minutes still to be played. It was the second half what the Lakers msblageato get the game played defensively, exactly the way they like it. | They held Findlay's powerful offense to just 29 points in the half while scoring 27 themselves, but by giving up 43 in the first half the Lakers were left with virtually no chance. While the Lakers certainly won't be packing it in and giving it up so early in the season, a bright spot shown by the Lakers in the previous two contests was their future. Two freshmen stepped up and played key roles in the offense, when the offense was present Terry Smith scored a combined 29 points in the two games while freshman Roland Andris had nounced that he would be leaving a combined 21, including 15 Mercyhurst College. against Ashland. Jeffery was one of the freshAdd that to Kubinski's 16 men that Manchel noted at the points against Findlay and you begifihihgf'of^the season as a have a legitimate offensive threat newcomer that could be an immediate help to the team. returning for next season. The Mercyhurst Laker future Jeffery is the second freshman also took a hit on the negative basketball player to leave Mercyside in the previous week. hurst College this season., as earFreshman Kyle Jeffery an- lier in the season, Darrell White withdrew from Mercyhurst due to personal reasons. Manchel] and his staff learned this two weeks prior to the team's opener. The men host Sheperd on Wednesday, Dec. 15 and then they will travel to play in the Quincytournamentthis weekend where they will open play against Saginaw Valley University.
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By Matt Jackson £ Contributing writer It's that time of year again. Christmas day is less than two weeks away So that means less than two weeks a wayfroma dayfilledwith joy, filled with giving and filled with...sports? In recent years sports have become as much a part of the holidays as the presents, the meals and the family get-togethers. This Dec 25 will be no different and should not disappoint those avid sports fans that would rather give their attention to their overpaid idols than their loving families. \ After all the presents have been opened and the food has been cooked, you can begin your holiday sports viewing with two NBA games that both have intriguing story lines behind them. At 12:30 p.m. you can tune into ESPN to watch the first meeting between the Detroit Pistons and the Indiana Pacers since the near riot occurred between the two teams and the fans at the Palace on Nov. 19. Neither team has enjoyed too much success since the brawl with the defending champs going 6-6 and the Pacers going 3-7 with
a six-game losing streak. This is not all that surprising, however, when you consider the fact that the Pistons were without their defensive force Ben Wallace for five games, and the Pacers have been playing without their top three players, Jermaine O'Neal, Ron Attest and Stephen (haymaker) J ackson. After you finish watching the teams behind the physical brawl, it will be time to pick up the remote and turn the channel to ABC to watch the two players responsible for a two-year verbal brawl through the media. At 3 p*m, Shaquille O'Neal and the Miami Heat travel to Los Angeles for the first time since Shaq's signing with his new team to take on Kobe Bryant, who was the other half of the he said-she said encounter, and the Lakers. In this game you can probably expect Kobe to try and be a one man show to prove he is the better player, while Shaq will probably still dominate and include his teammates to ensure his team wins the battle. After the NBA games are finished it will be on to CBS where the real fun will begin. Who could
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By Ryan Palm Sports editor Following the huge win for the eighth-ranked Mercyhust Lakers wrestling team over No.4 XJPJ last Wednesday, coach Tony Cipollone told his wrestlers that they needed to validate their performance. Does three wins over Division I opponents in one day sound like validation? The Lakers traveled to Slippery Rock University this past Saturday and came back 3-0 with wins over Eastern Michigan, Slippery Rock and George Mason. Freshman Hudson Harrison continued to prove he can hang with some of the best by going 3-0 on the day, recording a pin and two decisions. Harrison stepped into the starting lineup after Will Tedder was injured at the Simonson Invitational on Dec 4. He provided a huge spark for the Lakers in hisfirstdual match with a 6-4 win over Matt Roncolato, ranked No. 6 nationally, that's stepping in and wrestling just as good or at least somewhat near the same level." "He's only 11 matches into his freshman year so he has a little bit more proving to do, but he has beaten some quality kids so far," Cippolone added. Fourth-ranked Zach Schafer, No. 8 Justin Mautz and Angelo Caponi also went 3-0 on the day while No. 6 Ricky Randazzo and No. 4 Ben McAvinew were 2-0 before sitting out the last match due to minor injuries in the first two. In the first match of the day the Lakers pounded Eastern Michigan University, the team Cipollone figured would be the toughest competition, by a score of 25-10. |; K McAvinew came through in a big way with a 9-8 win over Eddie Magrys. Magrys is the returning Mid American Conference champ and a Division I national qualifier last year. The second match pitted the Lakers against a Slippery Rock team that they had already dominated earlier in the season. Saturday proved to be no different as Mercyhurst used two falls and a major decision on their way to a 34-3 victory. After watching George Mason, theirfinalopponent, lose to Eastem Michigan, Cipollone assumed
Freshman Hudson Harrison has gone 10-1 it would be okay to take the forfeit at 125 so that Randazzo could rest up. It seemed early as if the plan might backfire when the Lakers were down 15-0 after the first four bouts. It was the Lakers that prevailed in the end, winning five of the for the Lakers this season, provided an unexpected spark. last six bouts including a pin from Frank Zatta at 184, for a cyhurst's record to 6-1 with their only loss coming to Division I 2148 win. ^T ¥ 1 Clarion University. "(Frank) Zatta has been workNext up for the Lakers will ing hard all year and got a good be the fifth-ranked Ashland chance to get in there, and he University. proved himself that he can win a The two teams had wrestlers big match," said Cipollone. square off in every weight except The three wins improved Mer- heavyweight when they compet-
He is now 10-1 on the season, and is beginning to be noticed. 'Tm a little disappointed that Will (Tedder) is probably going to be out for the season" said Cippolone, "But it's good that there's somebody behind him
ed at the Simonson Invitational. • Although Ashland was victorious in the tournament and the majority of the matches, most of them could have gone either way. "If we can beat them we will be in the top five" said Cipollone. 'That's our challenge."
Men's hockey goes winless on h o m e and away
By Chris Van Horn Contributing writer Jjae Mercyhurst men's hockey team played two tough contests oyer the weekend of Dec 10-11, and could not manage a victory in either game, The Lakers lost 4-3 to Canisius on Friday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center in front of a crowd of over 1,000^ On Saturday the Lakers managed a 2-2* tie with Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y The loss on Friday knocked the Lakers out of first place in Atlantic Hockey, and it was their first conference loss of the season. W Mercyhurst gained a 2-0 lead in the game on goals by junior Dave Borrelli and senior Rich Hansen but could not hold the lead as Canisius came back with two goals of their own. With the score tied at 3-3 with a little over a minute left, Canisius managed to slip one past goalie Andy Franck which proved to be the game winner for the Golden Griffins. Franck stopped 31 shots in the losing effort On Saturday in Buffalo the Lakers spent most of the game trying to rally from two one-goal deficits. After falling behind 1 -0 at the 2:22 mark of the second period, the Lakers came back with a goal nine minutes later on a goal by sophomore forward Jon Asselstine. Three minutes later, Canisius took the lead again 2-1 on a goal by Andrew Dawe. The Lakers tied the game for good at 2-2 at the eight minute mark of the third period on a goal by sophomore forward Scott Champagne. Champagne's goal was on a breakaway, and he was tripped Katie McAdams/Photo editor up right in front of the Canisius The scoring for the Lakers has not been up to what coach Gotkin is looking for. § goal. The sophomore forward still on both sides as both teams com- Lakers a 4-1-2 record in Atlantic kin feels good about the team, managed to get the puck past mitted 11 penalties and went a Hockey play, which puts them in although he was disappointed the goalie, literally lying fiat on combined 1 16 on power plays, third behind Canisius and Sacred with the weekend performance. his stomach as the puck was with the Lakers failing to score Heart, and an overall record of "It's frustrating to only get one point from this weekend when 5-9-2. | on any of them. pushed in. Laker Head Coach Rick Got- we could have gotten four," The weekend's results gives the The contest was a little sloppy
Gotkin said.' While still in good shape in Conference play, the Lakers have suffered tough losses early in the season to several highly ranked non-conference teams. Among these losses include two to the University of Wisconsin^ ranked third nationally, the University of New Hampshire, ranked fifth, and Colgate University, who is ranked ninth nationally. The Lakers have not been playing particularly well in close games as they have six one-goal losses. I "Our main problem is that we just haven't been scoring enough goals. We've been playing hard and executing our systems well, but we haven't consistently taken advantage of our opportunities to score," Coach Gotkin said. The Lakers are now off until Jan. 4-5, when Atlantic Hockey rivals Bentley and Quinnipiac come to Mercyhurst Each contest will start at 7:30 p.m. in the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
Hockey's Gotkin h o n o r e d b y college for w i n N o J 3 0 0
By Ryan Palm Sports editor On Friday night, Dec 10, Mercyhurst College honored men's hockey coach Rick Gotkin for his 300** win which he notched earlier this season with a 2-0 road win at Army. Gotkin, in his 17th season at Mercyhurst, was honored by Director of Athletics Pete Russo and also by several others. This was the first chance for the school to honor Gotkin since he earned the win on the road. Atlantic Hockey commissioner Robert M. DeGregorio, Jr. congratulated Gotkin via email, expressing his gratitude for his longstanding efforts with the program. Gotkin holds a career record of 303-178-3 at Mercyhurst, by far the winningest coach in the school's history. Last season he passed former baseball coach Joe Jordano for that distinction. During his years at Mercyhurst, he has taken the program to the NCAA Playoffs at all three levels of play, from the days of Division III in 1991, to most recently the Division I playoffs in 2003. No other college coach can boast that feat, a recognition which landed him in the 'Taces in the Crowd" in Sports Illustrated in 2001.1 |; J The program made the leap to the Division I level in 1999, and made it to the Frozen Four squaring off against powerhouse Michigan in 2000-01. 3? Gotkin has seen hundreds of players over his years and has had seven Ail-Americans and numerous all-conference selections during that period. i^Thc reputation of the program at Mercyhurst has led to the Lakers being picked to win the conference in five of the last six years, a sign of the type of leadership and year after year success Gotkin brings to the program. In the five years the program has been at hockey's top level, the team stands at 103-42-4. Gotkin has led the Lakers to three regular seasontitlesin that span, dating back to the days of the MAAC, where the Lakers were the perennial powerhouse. The Lakers have won 18 or more games 11 times, and 20 or more eight times in the Gotkin era, and look to increase that number for many years to come. ff*Gotkin is also very active in hockey outside of Mercyhurst. He has long been participating in USA Hockey, having coached several USA Select teams, as well as taking part in clinics all over the country. This past year he was invited along with 11 others among hockey'sfinestcoaches to participate in the NCAA Youth Education Through Sports programs, which took place at the 2004 Frozen Four. During his years at Mercyhurst, the team has been active in the community in many different ways, including providing many younger children with the opportunity to skate. The team failed to bring home a win for Gotkin, as they dropped a 4-3 contest to Canisius. Gotkin looks for win No. 304 Jan. 4 when Atlantic Hockey rival Men's hockey coach Rick Gotkin (left) was honored by several different people Friday, Dec Bentley come to Erie. 10, Including Director of Athletics Pete Russo, who presented Gotkin with a plaque.