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By Sarah Mastrocola
Staff writer An engaging sound is about to arrive at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center at Mercyhurst College – the sound of acclaimed jazz violinist Regina Carter. Lauded as “wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring...taking the listener into the future of jazz,” by Time magazine, Carter is known for her interesting combination of the African Diaspora and more standard jazz sounds. Regina Carter ﬁrst pursued a career as a jazz violinist against the wishes of her parents, who were concerned for her ﬁnancial future. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance with a double major in classical music and African American music, studying at both the prestigious New England Conservatory and Oakland University. She then forged ahead with her career, carving a path for herself within a difﬁcult ﬁeld. Among her many varied accomplishments, she was the ﬁrst jazz musician and African American to play the Guarneri del Gesu, the renowned violin owned by Nicolo Paganini, and she has played alongside jazz legends like Ray Brown and Dr. Billy Taylor and popular musical icons
Dolly Parton and Billy Joel. Carter is known for giving riveting performances and has ambitious national and international touring schedules. Since her arrival on the music scene, Carter has had success that shows no indication of ending. Downbeat magazine named Carter the world’s greatest jazz violinist for four straight years. The album “Reverse Thread,” a collection that offers a contemporary interpretation of African folk music, is Carter’s newest work. This album is set to be released in 2010 and will feature the talents of accordionist Will Holshouser, kora player Yacouba Sissoko, bassist Chris Lightcap and percussionist Alvester Garnett. When asked about the upcoming performance, Music Department Chair Louisa Jonason said, “Regina is a jazz artist, although classically trained. I look forward to hearing her.” “Talented violinists really impress me because the violin is so hard to play,” junior Leah Kroll said when discussing Carter. The performance is Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the PAC box ofﬁce or by calling extension 3000. Tickets are $15 with a Mercyhurst student ID. More information on Carter is available at reginacarter.com.
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préfout, a type of bread baked with garlic and olive oil. The chefs had interesting reasons for competing. Sophomore Meghan Hess said of her and her partner, junior Chris Ulrich, “We’re both from Buffalo, so we have some secret techniques. We have some pretty good competition, but we’re not sweating over this. [We’ve] got this in the bag.” “I have always liked to cook, and I always like to experiment,” said freshman Demi Boeltz. Freshman Hannah Beck said, “Actually, I was really excited for the free apron.” The chefs were not the only ones to enjoy themselves. Freshman Alison Palimeri said she enjoyed Hess’s and Ulrich’s buffalo chicken dip, and several other student judges went back for seconds of the fruit salsa prepared by Boeltz and freshman Amanda Stafford. After the judges tried all of the appetizers, the winners were announced. Third place went to freshmen Hannah Merrill and Aldyn Stewart, whose buffalo chicken
September 30, 2009
Iron Chef contest cooks up competition
By Jennﬁer McCurdy
Contributing writer Imitating the Food Network’s television series, the Student Activities Council held an Iron Chef Appetizers competition to determine the greatest chefs at Mercyhurst College. On Saturday, Sept. 26, student chefs had an hour and a half to prepare appetizers for student judges to sample and vote on. According to several walk-in student judges, they came for free food and were not disappointed. Tables ﬁlled with ingredients and hot plates lined the perimeter of the Herrmann Student Union Great Room. Music played in the background while judges watched and listened. The cooks prepared appetizers and spoke openly about their recipes, revealing the secret ingredient of the competition: Swedish Fish. The recipes included chicken burritos with a sauce that included melted Swedish ﬁsh, two recipes for buffalo chicken dip, sweet potatoes and fruit salsa, and a French dish called
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Freshmen Hannah Beck and Lucas Sageot won ﬁrst place for their préfout. This French dish is a type of bread baked with garlic and olive oil.
dip earned them each $10 gift certiﬁcates to Wegmans. Juniors Christine Appell, Christine Lichtinger and Katie Wise earned $10 gift certiﬁcates to Wegmans for winning second place with their chicken burritos. First place was awarded to freshmen Hannah Beck and Lucas Sageot, who borrowed their recipe from Sageot’s native
region of France. His préfout won the pair two $25 gift certiﬁcates to Wegmans. “This just makes you feel like you did something,” Sageot said about winning. The Iron Chef Appetizers competition concluded with the winners going home with gift certiﬁcates, and the judges leaving with full stomachs.
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More changes to come: LECOM partnership creates greater possibilities
By Kelly Luoma
News editor Mercyhurst College President Dr. Thomas Gamble said, “We look forward to a fruitful and productive relationship that will result in long-term synergy and strategic planning between our two institutions.” One beneﬁt for the students is that they will “get really good medical care,” Tobin said. As part of the agreement, Dr. Sarah Breon and Dr. Troy Thompson were added to the staff of the Cohen Health Center at the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year. Prior to the LECOM partnership, physicians worked between six and eight hours a week, Director of the Cohen Health Center Christine Dimperio said. Now, with the addition of Breon and Thompson, there is a physician present for at least two hours a day, for a total of 12 hours a week. This arrangement allows a doctor to be available to students ﬁve days a week. Despite the additions, the remainder of the staff at the Health Center has not changed. “Our nursing and front end staff have been together now for 15 years,” Dimperio said. Besides increasing the availability of doctors, this agreement results in educational beneﬁts for students. Physical therapy students and sportsmedicine students will beneﬁt from this agreement because they will receive more learning opportunities, Tobin said. Students from various majors have the opportunity to observe specialists at the LECOM Wellness Center and Millcreek Community Hospital. “Adding this very large wellness and medical facility into the total clinical experience that we offer our sportsmedicine students provides an even greater opportunity for them to observe and learn from allied health care professionals,” sportsmedicine department chair Bradley Jacobson said. According to Dimperio, students who frequent the Health Center will receive educational beneﬁts as well. “Our doctors were always great at teaching,” Dimperio said. Now, having two physicians at the Health Center increases and continues the teaching of students, she said. As this partnership between Mercyhurst and LECOM grows, there is a greater potential for new ideas to evolve, Tobin said. According to Gamble, one of these possibilities is a graduate program in sportsmedicine. The agreement between Mercyhurst and LECOM was announced at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 24.
Mercyhurst College expanded its educational and health care opportunities through a partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). Administrators from the college explained how this partnership will beneﬁt Mercyhurst and its students. “The opportunity is for two educational enterprises here in Erie to combine our efforts together to help the student population,” Vice President of Student Life Dr. Gerry Tobin said.
September 30, 2009
By Katie Atkins
Contributing writer Desks and chairs, dressers and lamps, cribs and mattresses, some new and some used, line the sidewalk in front of the This and That variety store on East 33rd stret and Pine Avenue in Erie. The store’s interior is even more interesting with its vintage feel. A middle-aged man stands behind a counter that holds old costume jewelry, glittering in the sunlight through key chains and sunglasses in the window. Owner Don Coffman has operated This and That for just over a year and says his business ﬂuctuates. “It’s on and off,” Coffman said. “My store is popular for its furniture. People buy it as soon as it comes in. I don’t usually have it for more than a day.” His most common shoppers are middle-aged women and college students, he said. The store offers consignment, where customers ask the eBay. “I just sold a cookie jar for $50 yesterday,” he said. Regardless of whether the economy is in a downfall, Coffman is ﬁnding ways to keep his store thriving; he continues to sell inventory. Amy Cobb, owner of Cobb’s Second Time Around Thrift Shop at 2630 Parade St. in Erie, said, “There has deﬁnitely been an increase in sales and a change in demographic of shoppers.” Cobb opened the store three years ago as she was looking to start a small business and purchases most of her inventory from auctions and estate sales, while people also bring in items to consign. She claims that not only has there been a rise in sales, but a rise in the consignment trend as well. “People call the store and come in all day asking me to sell their belongings,” Cobb said. “We sell a lot of furniture, used DVDs and knick-knacks,” Cobb said. “People buy secondhand items for the obvious reason that it’s cheaper than buying new.”
Secondhand shopper and Mercyhurst College senior Marissa Stuart found several items in secondhand stores, including a vintage jacket purchased in New York City and a Calvin Klein shirt found locally. “I enjoy buying from secondhand stores because you can ﬁnd things that are more unique,” Stuart said. “Each item has a story behind it.” “The key to any secondhand shop is looking at everything and taking your time because sometimes you don’t see the potential right away.” “Typically I don’t go into any store with a set item I want. However, I do tend to look for jackets, dresses and jewelry. I usually ﬁnd items that are much more appealing and different than items found in retail stores,” she said. A few popular Erie thrift stores include Plato’s Closet, in the Summit Towne Center Plaza, Thrifty Shopper at 914 State St., Salvation Army at 1209 Sassafras St. and Goodwill at 2526 East Ave., all in Erie.
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store to sell their personal items. This and That also buys items back from people after they’ve used a product. “This is especially popular with college students in the surrounding area and makes (the store) unique,” Coffman said. Anyone can sell at This and That. Simply bring in gently used or new items and Coffman will sell or buy them if they’re worth it. “What’s nice about our store is that we offer a 75 percent return on items we sell for people. Most other consignment stores only give back 50 percent,” Coffman said. Coffman also sells items on
This and That sells and buys items from customers.
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CollegeFitness.com helps ﬁght winter blubber
By Jemma Homer
Contributing writer CollegeFitness.com is an interactive Web site that allows its members to create their own ﬁtﬁle (proﬁle), manage custom workout routines, watch workout videos, join groups, add and share photos, create a workout calendar, chat and interact with friends and more. The site is easy to navigate and setting up an account is easy too. Best of all, it’s free. The site’s motto is “Simplicity, Interactivity, Productivity.” Anyone can beneﬁt from the information and workouts, from spin class instructors to people who don’t even know what an exercise ball is. The various tools the site offers, such as the workout schedule, seem to be students’ favorite aspects of the site. “Exercising helps me stay motivated to improve all areas of health in my life. The site keeps you on track and gives you a chance to create a schedule, and I know I deﬁnitely operate better with structure,” freshman Amber Kissman said. When the name of the game is health and ﬁtness, it’s great to have variety. With resources like the Rec Center, the exercise room in Warde Hall and now CollegeFitness.com, it shouldn’t be difﬁcult to ﬁnd ways to work out daily, even in the winter. Kissman feels like CollegeFitness understands the college students’ situation. “I like CollegeFitness.com because it feels good to know I’m not alone in struggling to ﬁnd time to stay healthy in college,” she said. There are some drawbacks to the Web site. The site’s videos often include different aids, such as dumbbells and exercise ﬂoor mats. Inexperienced gym members, who are not well equipped with these tools of the trade have fewer videos to choose from. There is an option for students to upload their own workouts, so they can add exercises that don’t require any extra materials.
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Still, some students prefer the convenience of the REC Center. “I would prefer to go to the gym, but I see how others would want to use the site, especially in the winter and it would be convenient for time,” freshman Maggie Reed said.
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A story in last week’s print edition about buying textbooks online did not include a comment from Dan Cullen, manager of the Mercyhurst College Bookstore: “Renting books is the same thing as our used book program, just marketed with a spin.”
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
giveness, the father promises to him that he will be his substitute in the opera. The father begins his life-altering journey when he is instructed by the son to seek out his friend, Li, who plays the lead role. When the father shows up to work on the opera, he learns that Li has been imprisoned for assaulting a man who made a rude comment about Li’s negligence toward his illegitimate, eight-year-old son Yang Yang. The father refuses to change his promise in any way and convinces the authorities to allow Li on stage. However, Li’s spirit has been crushed by his new realization of the awful carelessness he has had for his son, Yang Yang, and is unable to act. In hope of curing Li’s grief and keeping his promise to his dying son, the father sets off to bring Yang Yang to Li. During his time spent escorting Yang Yang, who is like an efﬁgy of his own son so many years ago, the father realizes the magnitude of the invaluable relationship he had naively put on hiatus. “Riding Alone for a Thousand Miles” conveys the timeless hardship of two people bound by a past, but torn in the present. Showing the often difﬁcult relationship between a father and son, this movie is easily related to. It emphasizes life’s most important priorities in a beautiful and touching way. The ﬁlm will be shown twice on Wednesday in the PAC at 2:15 and 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the PAC box ofﬁce. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Tickets may be obtained free by students with Mercyhurst IDs.
September 30, 2009
‘Riding Alone’ portrays father-son bond
By Jeremy Mando
Staff writer As the second film shown in the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center’s (PAC) fall 2009 Guelcher Film Series, “Riding Alone for a Thousand Miles” seems to emphasize the truly important aspects of life. After separating himself from society for many years, a father sets off on a journey through China to earn his dying son’s forgiveness and to be granted the permission to see him once again. The story revolves around the opera, “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.” The son, who is a scholar of Kenichi, the Chinese opera, is unable to perform his duties in the opera due to being weak from his terminal illness. As a way to gain his son’s for-
‘Riding Alone for a Thousand Miles’ is playing at the PAC today at 2:15 and 8 p.m.
Sixers’ new album ‘The Bear’ amazes fans
By Casey Harvilla
Staff writer I’ve said it many times, and I’ll stand by it forever – Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers is my alltime favorite band. Their combination of heartfelt lyrics, unique instruments, and fun-loving personalities makes the Sixers one of those bands you never get tired of hearing. The band started out in Massachusetts and is made up of Stephen Kellogg, Brian Factor, Keith Karlson and the newest touring member, Sam Getz. The Sixers are closing in on their 1000th show and are still going strong. Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers released their ﬁfth studio album, “The Bear,” on Sept. 8. The self-described “deﬁnitive” album was recorded in New York and Maine, and presents imperfectly produced, yet effective tracks. The band’s genre can best be explained as Americana, so the rough-around-the-edges production expresses the songs as they are meant to be heard. The album’s title track is actually the roughest recording, which I feel was done intentionally to set the tone for the album. The simple, yet introspective lyrics state, “Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you. Sometimes you’re gonna win and sometimes you’re gonna lose...but you know in the end, it’s all the same to me.” The more upbeat songs on the album give way to Kellogg’s sensitive side as well. Two particular songs, “Oh Adeline” and “Howl at the Moon” reveal sincere words from a family man. “Oh Adeline” was written for Kellogg’s youngest daughter, and “Howl at the Moon” was co-written by his wife, Kirsten. With lyrics such as, “I’m gonna need a second heart for all this love...you’ll never be neglected in these arms of mine,” it’s clear that the general theme of both songs is love and protection. The ﬁrst single, “Shady Esperanto and the Young Hearts” is reason enough to give the album a listen. The upbeat and catchy track features infectious handclaps and an overall feelgood rhythm. The Sixers also ﬁlmed a music video for the song, featuring the UMass marching band. If you haven’t heard of Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers, I highly recommend giving any of their albums a chance, especially “The Bear.” The album is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, stephenkellogg.com and independent record stores.
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers’ newest album, ‘The Bear,’ has impressed devout fans and is sure to impress new ones.
September 30, 2009
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Senior students tap arts’ offerings
Evans participates in student productions on campus
By Chris James
Contributing writer The large room is barely lit as groups of people sit waiting for what is to come They watch as music picks up volume and tempo and at last, a light shines over a stage. The people applaud and slowly become absorbed in the show put on in front of them. It is in this moment Garrett Evans feels most alive. Evans started acting in small grade school productions but soon moved to community theater where his roles and the productions were far different. Most of these performances took place in musical theater. “My ﬁrst role was in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar.’ We put it on in my Community Theater when I was in 6th grade,” Evans said in a clear voice that carries through the room. The transition from community theater to Mercyhurst College was not difﬁcult for Evans, who always loved being on stage and being the focus of an audience’s attention. “We don’t have a theater major offered here, so most of this is all student run. It’s extracurricular so you’re not graded on it, and the people doing it are doing it because they want to have fun, not because they think they’ll end up on Broadway,” Evans said. He also likes that the audition process is less stressful. He thinks it helps that no one treats it as a life or death situation. While in college, Evans has played many parts. “Freshman year, I got Conrad Birdie in ‘Bye Bye Birdie.’ I was pretty surprised I got the lead,” Evans said with a smile on his face as he talks more about Mercyhurst productions. Other roles he played included The Cat in the Hat during “Seussical” and Daddy Brubeck in the Production of “Sweet Charity.” Asked what his favorite role is, he said, “It was a fun character, but I worked at Waldameer Park the last two summers, and I’ll always have a special place in my heart for my days as Wally Bear.” A senior, Evans hopes to play several more parts in the future, and he hopes that he will still be performing after Mercyhurst College. Going along with this, Evans will again participate in the musical theater production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ this spring. He is looking forward to having fun on stage with his cast members, but he is not sure what part he would prefer. Just being cast would be enough. Whether the light shines on him or his fellow actors is of little concern to Evans. “I like to be center stage. Most actors are going to say that to you, but I’ve played characters that don’t get the spotlight for large parts of the show and still have had a lot of fun with them,” Evans said. Evans believes that just being on stage and watching as the crowd becomes immersed in a story makes all the time and effort worthwhile.
Evans takes advantage of student productions at Mercyhurst College.
Sones uses ’Hurst opportunities to plan for future
By Emma Rishel
Contributing writer Spunky, friendly and outgoing, senior Trevor Sones is one of only two male seniors in the dance department. His in-depth experience in dance has given him the ability to dance in almost any genre. Sones especially enjoys the dance genres of hip-hop and jazz, and if you watch him in class, you will see how naturally it comes to him. He was recently involved in the local production of “Chicago” as a featured dancer, as well as being in the ensemble. His plans for senior year and beyond include auditioning for UPTA Universal Professional Theatre in Tennessee. This is an open call audition for regional theatres and 95 different performing companies. Sones hopes to snag a spot in one of the companies. With his talent and energy, he seems to be ahead of the game. When asked what he likes about Mercyhurst College Sones said, “It is nice to have a small campus. I love the landscape and small-town feel.” Sone’s favorite part about the dance department is that everyone is so closely knit and there is always someone to talk to or look for advice. “It’s like a family here. We are each other’s support system.” Some of the faculty in the dance department who have particularly inﬂuenced Sones are Tauna Hunter, department chair, and Michael Gleason, dance department professor. “Hunter is so positive and encouraging. She gives you so much energy in a class that there is no way you can’t work your hardest. She always has the best advice,” Sones said. When Sones ﬁrst came to Mercyhurst, he had only been dancing for three years, and Gleason was the ﬁrst professor he had. “It was very beneﬁcial to have a male teacher because he understands how a male’s body works. He knew how to break everything down for me,” Sones said. The only advice Sones has to offer is, “Take advantage of all of the offerings on campus. Never limit yourself and always try to ﬁgure out your own style.”
Senior dancer Trevor Sones has enjoyed his time at Mercyhurst but is ready for the future.
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September 30, 2009 September 3, 2008
Obama repeats Bush’s shortcomings
By Thomas Kubica
Staff writer I believe in the free speech that liberals used to believe in, the economic freedom that conservatives used to believe in and the personal freedom that America used to believe in. Most Democrats and Republicans, however, do not. They are nothing more than two wings of the same bird of prey, two sides of the same coin and two rival gangs ﬁghting for power. I will brieﬂy attempt to explain why. The criticisms of G.W. Bush were many: He started illegal and wasteful wars, and he was a repeated violator of civil liberties. He manipulated the public’s emotional response of fear in order to achieve his objectives. He subsidized and favored corporations over the needs of the people, etc. These criticisms remain accurate, and during his tenure a large faction of the American public strongly, and sometimes violently, protested the actions of their government, one many felt was causing more harm than good. Then, with the election of Barack Obama, many felt hope that things would change. The mainstream media proclaimed that this was an election about change. You couldn’t turn your head without seeing “Believe,” “Change,” “Hope.” Suddenly, like magic, the public anger dissipated. Anti-war protests once numbering in the tens of thousands disappeared. Shame and rage changed to pride. The people believed that change had occurred. Barack Obama is increasing the US presence in Iraq by replacing soldiers leaving for Afghanistan with even larger numbers of private military contractors. He is increasing the military pres700 ence in Afghanistan, including members of the CIA, ordering drone missile attacks on villages in Pakistan, and threatening sanctions backed by force against Iran. He is building military bases in Colombia to counter the presumed threat from Hugo Chavez. And the U.S. leads in foreign weapon sales. He is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Patriot Act, the act for which as a senator he originally voted “YEA.” He is continuing the policy of indeﬁnite detention without charge or trial. He is allowing the policy of “anti-terror” rendition to continue. His Justice Department is claiming “state secrets” in trials against two American lawyers who were illegally wiretapped. Two weeks ago, as Glenn Greenwald said, “The Obama [Department of Justice]... ﬁled a legal brief which adopted the arguments originally made by the Bush DOJ to insist that detainees whom they abduct from around the world and then ship to Bagram lack any constitutional rights whatsoever, including habeas review.” Just as the “Terror Alert” would move to Orange anytime Bush wanted Congress to fund his wars, just as Congress was debating to reauthorize the Patriot Act, there were terror threats everywhere: in New York, Dallas, Virginia and Illinois. Iran had a super-top-secret-nuclear-facility that we’ve known about for years. The fear card was played and once again the drums of war drone on. I won’t detail the billions in corporate welfare that Barack Obama has handed out to the banking, housing and auto industry. The next two industries to gladly receive your tax dollars are the energy and health insurance industry. Do not worry, citizen: Paying more to heat your home so that energy companies and banks can proﬁt from the trade of carbon credits that they received for free from the government is in your own interest. As is being forced to purchase health insurance or face ﬁnes and jail time. This is to protect you and won’t beneﬁt the health insurance industry brutally forced to accept millions of new paying customers, or the pharmaceutical industry, now spending millions promoting Obamacare. Clearly there is little difference between the policies of Bush and Obama, just as there is little difference between the Democratic and the Republican parties. In fact, both parties work together and support each other in their efforts to confuse the American public into believing that they have a real choice when they vote. You see this confusion in the liberal’s protests, against War and for the Welfare State, and the Right’s protests against the Welfare State and for War. Americans are deliberately trapped in a false LEFT-RIGHT paradigm. If they were ever to wake up and discover that no matter the party, their labor would be stolen from them to be handed over to connected elites to build bombs and death technology that kills and destroys, that their liberties are stolen no matter which party rules... there might be a revolution. For now though, the elites are safe. The American people have been paciﬁed once again. The face has changed, the rhetoric has changed. And the WELFARE-WARFARE state marches on... unnoticed.
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Football…....................................……Sept. 26, W 19-7 Lock Haven Men’s soccer…...............................….Sept. 22, L 1-2 Slippery Rock Sept. 26, W 2-1 Molloy Water Polo……..............Sept. 26, W 7-6 Washington and Jefferson W 8-4 Salem International Field hockey…..................................Sept. 25, W 3-0 Slippery Rock Women’s soccer….............................Sept. 23, W 2-1 Slippery Rock Sept. 27 W 2-1 West Virginia Wesleyan Volleyball…..........................................Sept. 25, W 3-1 Slippery Rock Sept. 26, L 2-3 Clarion
Mercyhurst College junior Dean Adkins ﬁghts for the ball with the goalkeeper for the University of the District of Columbia. The Lakers will take on Gannon University at 4 p.m.
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Men’s soccer on ﬁre
By Katie Dinunzio
Staff writer The Lakers’ men’s soccer team is dominating on the ﬁeld and still looking to further improve their game. The menhold strong at second in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and are in good position despite an extremely tough loss this past Tuesday to Slippery Rock University. The Lakers went into the game 6-1. The Rocks entered the tussle 7-1. With two very competitive records, the game couldn’t have been expected to be anything less than competitive itself. Despite their hard work, Mercyhurst fell to Slippery Rock, 2-1. “We didn’t take our chances when they came through and that was the difference in the end,” said junior Billy Colton. Mercyhurst controlled a majority of the possession throughout the game. “Keeping up our hard play, things will look very promising, as it has already been a good start. Not only have we been winning, but we’ve been dominating teams,” said Colton. The loss means the Lakers will have to continue to work hard to stay on track. “The two defeats (this season) have obviously been disappointing, but we have to look at the positives,” Colton said. The Lakers were able to get back on track Saturday against Molloy College. Despite the wind, rain and physical style of play, Mercyhurst was able to take the advan-
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This week’s game of the week will feature the Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team taking on Erie rival Gannon University Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Lakers are 7-2 this season. The Lakers are led offensively by senior Nicholas Thompson, who has eight goals and two assists this season. For the full coverage at mercaid.mercyhurst.edu.
tage over Molloy, winning, 2-1. Both goals were knocked in by senior Nick Thompson. The win improved the Lakers’ record to 7-2, winning their seventh straight home game this season. Thompson has scored at least one goal in all seven home victories. The last time the Lakers won seven straight at home was in 2004, when the team went 7-0 at home for the season and had a 14-3-2 overall record. Mercyhurst hosts Erie rival Gannon University Knights Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m., gunning for their eighth straight win at home. “If we carry on like we have been, then we should be making a real run at winning the PSAC and then going as far as possible in the NCAA’s,” Colton said.
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The Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team, despite a loss to Slippery Rock University on Sept. 22, has brought it’s overall record to 7-2 as the players ready themselves for a showdown with Erie rival Gannon University on Wednesday.
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