Yoga instructor stretches bodies, heals minds
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer As a staff member of more than 15 years, Betty Amatangelo, clerk at the Registrar’s Ofﬁce, has struggled to ﬁnd a position in which she can help students in a way not covered by other college organizations, such as tutoring and Campus Ministry. “I’ve always had a ministry bone in my body,” Amatangelo said. She remembers that a senior staff member once asked her, “What do you have to offer that no one else has?” At the time, Amatangelo did not have an answer. Now she does, and that answer is yoga. She now teaches a weekly class held every Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Rec Center. “The kids love it,” Amatangelo said. In every class of the past four weeks, 40 to 60 students have participated as well as ﬁve to seven faculty members, although Amatangelo hopes more faculty will show interest in the future. “It’s relaxing and inspirational,” freshman Jenna Dascanio said, using two words that were repeatedly used in other students’ responses as well. “We’re making this a weekly thing,” said Dascanio’s fellow freshman, Kaitln Wrona. Besides the obvious physical beneﬁts of yoga, Amatangelo explained that the class provides students with a chance to unwind and deal with issues in their lives. Each class consists of a short discussion, which helps students emotionally and spiritually; asana, the movement portion of the class; and a motivational reading, which Amatangelo reads while students do a relaxation exercise. “Yoga is a nice break from my hectic schedule as a student,” junior Taleisha Johnson said. “It’s a challenge for my body, and I feel really good.” While the class has met with great success at the
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Recreation Center, Amatangelo hopes to offer a second class every week at another location. “There are a lot of students who would like a class in the dorms, and I’d be willing to do a class one night a week at the dorm for free,” Amatangelo said. She explained that the common area of Baldwin would be ideal as the majority of her students are female. Two major factors play into Amatangelo’s offer. “Some students are intimidated by the Rec center,” she said. “There are people who have always wanted to try yoga but are too self-conscious in this setting.” In addition, scheduling prevents some students and faculty from attending the class. Someone with a Thursday night class could not make it to class, but two classes a week might solve that problem, provided that the second class does not take place on Tuesday. Students widely encourage the idea of a second yoga class and hope the administration will soon approve and implement the plan. See more at merciad.mercyhurst.edu
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mism,” Riley-Brown said. Before the Depression, the American dream had been one of “ﬁnancial independence through hard work,” but after this period, “We have a sense of the American dream…turned into the American nightmare,” she said. Argaez followed this discussion with an exploration of how economic thought inﬂuenced behavior. By exploring Neoclassical Theory, Keynesian Theory and other economic trends of the past 130 years, Argaez demonstrated that economic behavior comes in cycles of demand-side and supply-side economics. By studying these cycles, an economist can use the Great Depression as a model to examine today’s recession, Argaez said. According to Olszowka, New Deal policies brought about a “transformation of the American working class.” This time period saw the rise of worker unions, which became recognized by the government under President Franklin D. Roos-
evelt. After World War II, per capita income jumped and unions continued to thrive. In effect, the working class evolved into the middle class of today, Olszowka said. Not only did the dynamics of the working class change, but the “collective mindset about poverty” changed as well, Benekos said. Benekos compared poverty to a coastline. He said, few people care about the gradual erosion of the tide line, or day-to-day poverty, but funds ﬂood in from the public when a tidal wave, or economic disaster, strikes. Clemons told the audience, “Almost one in four people in Erie live in poverty.” “I didn’t realize Erie was so impoverished,” junior Sarah Hlusko said. After comparing the recent recession to the Great Depression, Clemons concluded his presentation by saying, “When this storm hit, thanks to the New Deal, we already had institutions in place.” Commenting on the other
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Panel discussion highlights poverty in past, Erie
By Jennifer McCurdy
Contributing writer Nearly 25 percent of Erie’s population today lives in poverty, a ﬁgure that dredges up images of the Great Depression of the 1930s. As part of its yearlong examiination of the Depression, Mercyhurst College presented a panel discussion on “Lessons and Legacies of the Great Depression” on Thursday, Oct. 29. During the panel discussion, six faculty members shared their thoughts on the effects of the Great Depression on various aspects of American life. The six speakers were Dr. Allan Belovarac, Dr. Juan Argaez, Dr. Peter Benekos, Dr. Randy Clemons, Dr. John Olszowka and Dr. Christina Riley-Brown. Riley-Brown began the discussion by examining the “images and icons” of the Great Depression. Literature and photography showed “an important and decisive break in American opti-
Dr. Juan Argaez spoke at the panel discussion, “Lessons and Legacies of the Great Depression,” on Thursday, Oct. 29. This discussion was part of the yearlong series, “Fear Itself: The Great Depression, New Deal and Today’s Search for Economic Security.”
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speakers’ presentations, Clemons said, “It’s always interesting to take an interdisciplinary approach to problems like this.” Hlusko said the discussion was “well-rounded” and that she enjoyed the presentation,
particularly the “popular photographs.” The ﬁlm, “The Grapes of Wrath,” will be shown on Tuesday, Dec. 15, in the Taylor Little Theatre as the next installment of the yearlong series.
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prices of identical items sold at CVS. The results showed that many items were more expensive at the C-Store. Even so, some items cost the same at both stores or were cheaper at the CStore than the items at CVS. According to Director of Food Services Kim Novak, the differences in prices between CVS and the C-Store are due to CVS having a larger buying power and the fact that they sell more items. The C-Store only sells about 12 boxes of Kleenex a month, but CVS sells thousands, Novak said. This in part explains why a Kleenex box with 200 tissues costs $3.89 at the C-Store as opposed to $2.39 at CVS. The C-Store does not have the “volume that CVS does,” Novak said. Therefore, CVS is able to charge less for their items. According to Novak, the prices in the C-Store are based on the cost of the item, the cost of labor to put the item on the shelf and the costs of lighting the store. Novak explained that the purpose of the C-Store is to offer items that suit the students’ needs. “The store is there for convenience for students,” Novak said. She said that not all students walk by the C-Store on a daily
Comparing prices: C-Store and CVS
By Kelly Luoma
News editor The C-Store located in Frances Warde Hall is a convenient place for Mercyhurst College students to purchase snacks, coffee, frozen foods and items such as shampoo and toothpaste. Despite its convenience, the C-Store does not always offer its items at the lowest prices. Prices of items offered at the C-Store were compared to basis, but she hopes that during the winter the C-Store will be a convenient place that students frequent when they run out of an item they need or want to grab a snack. Novak encouraged students to share suggestions with Parkhurst about items they would like the C-Store to offer.
The C-Store located in Warde Hall is open from 4 to 11 p.m. every day.
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Campus TV station receives new name
By Bryan Parker
Contributing writer At the beginning of this school year, the Mercyhurst College’s Communications Department revamped its former television station, Hurst TV, and developed it into the new Laker TV. Laker TV is a comprehensive entertainment station that informs and entertains the surrounding communities. The name change will be ofﬁcially adopted at the beginning of the winter term when the station receives a new logo. Students of all majors have the chance to participate in the production of TV shows, which are shown between 6 and 9 p.m. every day of the week. Freshmen Victoria Gricks, Jules Sheehan, Billy Kraus, Megan O’Polka and Alex Keener are among the staff members of Mercyhurst’s new version of the campus TV station Laker TV. Together with 25 other students, these students work with professional TV equipment. The students work behind and in front of the camera on shows like “MC Charts,” “The Movie Show” and “Gossip Girls.” Laker TV, which is on Channel 19 in Erie and Corry, is available to be viewed by thousands of cable customers. This year, production manager Nadine Bower supervises a total of seven shows and is developing new ideas in hopes of producing more shows for Laker TV. “We have such a high number of students who are interested in being on camera this year,” Bower said. The majority of the students who work at Laker TV have never worked with professional TV equipment before, Bower said. In short training sessions, Bower trains them in the most important features, “and the rest is learning by doing,” she said. To become involved, either behind or in front of the camera, contact Nadine Bower at email@example.com.
News Updates Mold situation unchanged
The group of students is still waiting to set a date for the tour of the worst apartments on campus.
H1N1 infects 13
As of Friday, Oct. 30, health authorities have conﬁrmed 13 cases of the H1N1 virus at Mercyhurst. Two of these cases are at Mercyhurst North East.
Baran ﬁrst became interested in UNICEF after volunteering at an orphanage in her home of Lublin, which opened her eyes to some of the conditions in which children live. “Imagine that 20 percent of the world’s population, which is about 1.3 billion people, live on less than a dollar per day, or the fact that pneumonia takes the lives of about 2 million children each year — more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined — or that 24,000 children die every day from causes that are preventable,” Baran said. Because of her consistent involvement with this organization, Baran was invited to attend the national conference and was encouraged to put in an application for the National Council. Baran’s application was accepted and during her training, which took place Oct. 2-4 in New York City, she gained a better understanding of UNICEF and learned how to fully comprehend her role in the scope of the Campus Initiative National Council. They also built collective and individual work plans for this year and created a system of communication between UNICEF leaders. Twice a month, Baran engages in conference calls with other National Council
November 4, 2009
Baran assumes national UNICEF leadership position
By Carolyn Carlins
Staff writer Senior Marta Baran, a hospitality management major, is one of ﬁve students across the United States chosen to assume a leadership position with the Campus Initiative Council of UNICEF for 2009-2010. Baran’s experience as an international student from Poland at Mercyhurst will bring an perspective of diversity to UNICEF’s mission. Her passion for helping children helped her ﬁnd the college’s UNICEF chapter. With her new position, she will be able to further promote her beliefs in the UNICEF initiative. The UNICEF Campus Initiative is a grassroots movement that promotes the belief that college students can make a difference in helping to improve the lives of children around the world. In Marta’s position, she will work in the areas of education, advocacy and fundraising activities that beneﬁt UNICEF. This initiative includes organizing concerts, promoting UNICEF on campus and participating in UNICEF activities such as “Trick-or-Treat.”
Baran, lower right, and fellow UNICEF student volunteers pose in the Campus Initiative National Council in New York City.
Members and UNICEF headquarters in order to communicate the development of UNICEF’s goals. For the future, Baran said she “would love to see ‘The US Fund for UNICEF Campus Initiative’ to be well-known on
college campuses as an effective agent of major difference in childrens’ lives.” UNICEF-MC Club is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Convention of the rights of the child by having an International Film Fest Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. in Taylor Little Theatre.
‘Gossip’ spreads at Mercyhurst College
By Alicia Cagle
Contributing writer Mercyhurst College has its very own Gossip Girls. Junior Kristen Ribelli and sophomores Paula Siedlecka and Kristen Grenga host Hurst TV’s talk show “Gossip Girls.” The three hosts discuss the latest fashions and celebrity and entertainment gossip. “We are trying to build into the show a little bit of our personalities,” Ribelli said. This includes talking about things like weekend plans, she said. “The show is all our opinions, so the viewers really get to know who we really are.” The girls say that their favorite things to do on the show are the different segments. Some of these segments include reviewing red carpet dresses, matching up celebrities and the ‘Love it or Hate it’ segment. “I absolutely love being a host,” Ribelli said. “It is a lot of fun just sitting on camera, talking about the latest celebrity gossip. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that!” “We all have a lot of fun (hosting),” Grenga added. “I love looking at celebrity gossip anyway, so I might as well talk about it.” Graduate student Nadine Bower, the production manager for “Gossip Girls,” said she hopes the show will have a steady viewership. “The start of the show has been a little rough, because the hosts took it over from three girls who did the show last year,” Bower said. “The new girls are still getting used to being in front of the camera and working as a team, but I’m sure it will all fall in place very soon.” Ribelli, Siedlecka, and Grenga meet every Wednesday to lay out what to do on the show and ﬁlm on Thursdays. “It takes a week of collecting info and thinking about what would be entertaining for our audience,” Ribelli said. “Watch the show,” Grenga said. “We hope people enjoy it as much as we enjoy making it.” New episodes of “Gossip Girls” air Fridays at 6 p.m. on channel 19. Re-runs air Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
‘35 Years’ honors Dance Dept. success
By Claire Hinde
Contributing writer Exciting things have been happening in the dance space at Mercyhurst College: Alumni stream in and out, guest artists’ choreography shakes the studio, and it is all leading up to the department’s end-of-term show. The show is called “35 Years: A Celebration,” and includes choreography by guest artists Diego Salterini, Bill Evans, Sandra Baldwin and Bruce Marks, as well as guest appearances by Bill Evans and other department alumni. The production will be at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 2 p.m. When asked about the show, freshman Ashley Cook said, “We’ve all put in a lot of work, and I think all the students should come to support their classmates.” The show marks not only the end of a term’s worth of work by the dance students, but also the 35th anniversary of the dance department, which has gone through many changes over that time. Starting out in what is now the great room of the Hammermill Library, the department has now graduated to its own space and received accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Dance. “35 Years: A Celebration” is going to be quite the show. With pieces such as “Terra Mia,” a traditional Italian folk dance, and “Hard Times,” a modern piece about the Appalachian sub-culture, there is plenty of thematic and stylistic variety within the show. Beyond the array of exciting pieces, the performance includes alumni of the dance department.With ideas and artists coming from the past and present as well as all over the world to collaborate for the show, it is sure to be an incredible experience for all. Tickets are $1 for students with a Mercyhurst ID.
Yamato drums down the house
Yamato returned to Mercyhurst with sold-out shows and amazed audiences. Read the full review and look at pictures online.
Train rolls back to roots with new album
Train’s ﬁfth album, “Save Me San Francisco,” features songs that return to their Californian roots. Read a review of the album with a song-by-song description, plus a picture of the album cover online.
‘12 Angry Jurors’ takes audience for ride
An unabridged version of this article can be found online.
Mercyhurst’s unique play debuted over the weekend and garnered positive reviews. Read the full review and look at pictures online.
Acclaimed artist brings Latin American ﬂair
By Kathleen Vogtle
Staff writer This Saturday the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center will be playing host to a leader of the Latin American music scene. Lauded for his “futuristic approach to the Latin jazz big band canon” by The New York Times, and for the “high energy” suffusing his tracks, audience members are surely in for a treat when Bobby Sanabria and ¡Quarteto Aché! take the stage. Bobby Sanabria is heralded for his many talents as a drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, recording artist, producer and educator. He has also received multiple Grammy nominations. Sanabria was born to Puerto Rican parents and raised in the South Bronx of New York City. Deciding that he wanted to “get serious” with his music, he attended the Berkley College of Music in Boston from 1975 to 1979. Along with obtaining a Bachelor of music degree, he also received Berkley’s prestigious Faculty Association Award for his work as an instrumentalist. In 2002, Sanabria released his ¡Quarteto Aché! recording; it is said to “document his virtuosity in a small group setting.” The recording itself was acclaimed as a “classic” by Modern Drummer magazine and critically acclaimed by The New York Times. It was also nominated for Best Latin Jazz recording of 2003 by the Jazz Journalists Association. In 2006 Sanabria was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame by having a permanent street named after him on the Bronx’s famed Grand Concourse in recognition for his contributions to music and the arts. It is recognized by the Bronx Borough President as the highest honor a person from the Bronx can achieve. Sanabria and his ¡Quarteto Aché! recently toured Armenia this past June, being personally invited by the U.S. Embassy to represent the United States in a series of concerts; the group received an ovation from the estimated 8,000-person audience. When asked what jazz represents to him, Sanabria simply replied, “Freedom.” Ben Ratliff of The New York Times says, “Mr. Sanabria expands the possibilities, moving the sound of bands like that of Puente and Machito, with all the heft and intricacy and clave-based dance rhythm, into the harmonically oriented sophistication of current New York jazz players.” Presented through JazzErie, the performance will take place in the Walker Recital Hall on Saturday, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 with Mercyhurst student ID. Sanabria will also hold a clinic open to students and the general public on Friday, in the Walker Recital Hall at 8 p.m.
Acclaimed musician Bobby Sanabria will bring Latin American ﬂair to the ’Hurst on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m.
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Furious and fed up with spoiled students
By Brian Weisman
Contributing writer It’s been two months since Parkhurst came to Mercyhurst and I’ve had enough. Not of Parkhurst, but of the students. People have noticed they can leave comments about the cafeteria and the posted comments clearly show how spoiled some people have become. For instance, there have been numerous complaints of the Egan closing two hours earlier. First, if you are going to complain, learn how to spell. “Eagan?” “Outragious?” This is a college cafeteria, not an elementary cafeteria. Anyway, people are demanding they get their money back for the reduction in hours. I know, you pay $30,000 and think you are entitled to everything. If you are going to invest $30,000, maybe you should do some research. You chose to come here. Which means you should have eaten here to see what the food was like. Had you done that, you would have found out the cafeteria used to close at 6 p.m. When I was a freshman, if you didn’t make it to the cafeteria by 6 p.m., you ate from the vending machine, found a microwave to make Ramen or walked to Arby’s. And, there was no such thing as a to-go box. But you pay $30,000 and can’t eat at the cafeteria and then ask for a to-go box. You also can’t ask for a to-go box at Old Country Buffet. I know, but you did your research and came here because they said the cafeteria would be open ‘til midnight this year. But then they changed it and you want your money back. Do you demand money back when your professor cancels class? You paid to have your professor teach you for 20 classes a term. How
dare he or she only teaches you 18 classes. You should demand money back because you don’t know how to spell “Egan.” Seriously, I don’t think we are ever going to be satisﬁed. People want Reese’s Puffs and Lucky Charms all the time and then someone wants less sugary cereals. It wasn’t good enough to put out hot chocolate unless they put out marshmallows. American, Swiss, cheddar and pepper jack cheese is not good enough. You need provolone all the time. This is a cafeteria, not a cheese factory. Sure, I would like to see a racquetball court, more parking and a beer fountain. However, since I decided to pay $30,000 to come here, I knew what the college had and what it would not have. When you pay $30,000 to come here, it is your responsibility to know what the campus is like and not be a whining brat, demanding the college fulﬁll your every want.
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Staying healthy in workaholic environment
By Jordan Zangaro
Opinion Editor Starting my freshman year, I had an obsession to excel in my academics. I became a perfectionist to the point of destroying my health. My close friends and family will tell you that I spun out of control and that my grade point average didn’t mean anything to them when they got a call that I was in the hospital from stress. Since then, I was able to calm down, prioritize and even enjoy my last two years here. With the swine ﬂu on the campus, and illness around every corner, I am reminded of the way I used to be and what is really important… your health. I cannot tell you the number of times I have said I can’t afford to get sick right now. As illness has strategically taken out two of my roommates, I stayed away from my house at all costs to reassure myself that I can make it through the rest of this term without missing a class and falling behind. I put such a stress on remaining healthy because I went to school unhealthy for so many years. While your grades, projects and jobs are imperative to getting the career of your dreams after college, it is not the most important thing. I think most will agree that remaining healthy should be your number one priority at all times. I quickly get lost trying to stay aﬂoat with
all of the tasks that I have taken on, and so I think if I get sick it will be the end of my life because I may not get an “A” in my religion class. That is not the case. If we all continue to work ourselves into the ground, we are going to have a lot more to worry about than writing a research paper or taking an exam. The stress you are under can actually affect your immune system and leave you vulnerable to illness. If you do not have your health, you do not have anything. I know this because I have lived it. So as the term winds down and the projects and exams pile up, make sure to take time to eat right, sanitize, get the sleep necessary and stay healthy. You’ll be truly sorry if you don’t.
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November 4, 2009
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Students track greenhouse gases, await plan for solution
By Erin Dascher
Contributing writer Mercyhurst College is now one of 1,200 campuses in the United States participating in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory. Mercyhurst alumna Brittany Prischak conducted an inventory of the college’s emissions from 2001 to 2008 as part of her thesis. Prischak gathered data about the college’s campus population, building space, electricity, natural gas, fertilizers, refrigerants, solid waste, commuter, air, and college ﬂeet transportation and entered it into the Campus Carbon Calculator provided by The college already uses solar panels to supplement its energy needs, and the Hirt Academic building is exothermally heated. Hopefully, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) agreement, which Mercyhurst College President Dr. Tom Gamble signed in 2007, will encourContributed photo age the college to pursue This graph shows the distribution of Mercyhurst’s greenhouse gas further actions to make the emissions for the 2007-2008 school year. campus carbon neutral. “Now that the school has Clean Air-Cool Planet, Inc. for a new academic building completed the ﬁrst step of the This inventory revealed under way, it is foreseeable that that the top three sources of Mercyhurst’s energy and natu- ACUPCC agreement, I hope it Mercyhurst’s GHG emissions ral gas needs will increase. This won’t be long before we see the are electricity, natural gas and does not mean that the college completion of the other steps,” transportation. With the addi- cannot reduce its emission of Green Team President senior Zoey Alderman-Tuttle said. tion of the new dorm and plans GHGs. Apparently a plan is already under way. Last spring, senior Michelle Zaccagnino presented a plan of action that included making students aware of how they can help cut down on electricity use, helping to facilitate commuter car pools, replacing single-pane glass windows to prevent heat loss and cut down on natural gas consumption. “I think awareness is key, not just about what the problem is but how we can ﬁx it,” senior Josh Tracy said. It is intended for a member of the student body to update the inventory each year, but according to professor John Campbell, “No one has yet stepped up to the plate.”
Students attend Power Shift
By Erin Dascher
Contributing writer Power Shift is a project of the energy action coalition dedicated to combating climate change by advocating clean energy on a political level. In the winter of 2009, Power Shift delivered a message of change to the nation’s elected ofﬁcials while enhancing the climate and clean energy movement. In the middle of the Obama administration’s ﬁrst 100 days in ofﬁce, 12,000 American youths gathered in Washington, D.C., as part of Power Shift ’09. This represents the largest lobby day on climate and energy in our nation’s history. According to senior Marcella Bunge, who attended the conference as a junior last year, “It was a lot of fun, and you learned a lot.” Power Shift ’09 continued this fall with 11 regional summits held across the nation. The Pennsylvania Power Shift Summit was held at Penn State University on the weekend of Oct. 23. Four Mercyhurst students – myself, senior Zoey Alderman-Tuttle, senior Sherette Almandoz and junior Emily Monahan – embarked on the four-hour drive to Penn State to take part in the event. We arrived at the college just in time to take part in the 350 Days of Action picture. Afterward, everyone split up to either partake in workshops and training or to listen to a panel on environmental justice. During the day’s “breakout sessions,” students got to discuss what their schools were doing to be sustainable, how they felt about environmental issues and what they could do to become more sustainable themselves. While the regional summit left something to be desired in the way of organization, it was still a great experience. “I am glad I went, and am deﬁnitely becoming more involved,” Monahan said Sunday was ﬁlled with even more panels, workshops and trainings, including topics such as food sustainability and campaign planning, followed by more breakouts. During the return trip to Mercyhurst, the car was ﬁlled with the sharing of newly learned information, talk of new ideas and plans to enact change. For the four of us who attended the Pennsylvania Power Shift Summit, it was certainly an exhilarating learning experience. More information about Power Shift can be found at www.powershift09.org.
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Mercyhurst sends second mixed martial arts ﬁghter into action Nov. 7.
Women’s hockey lost their ﬁrst game in a weekend series split with Minnesota Duluth, 4-3.
Women’s hockey handed ﬁrst loss
Men’s hockey splits with Bentley
Men’s hockey splits weekend series against Bentley, gaining their second victory.
Women’s soccer falls to IUP, 1-0, in the ﬁrst round of the PSAC tournament, ending their season.
Women’s soccer season over
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Mercyhurst College freshman Austin Solomon kicks the ball up the ﬁeld in the Lakers’ 2-1 victory over Slippery Rock. The Lakers clinched the top seed in the PSAC West playoffs with their victory over The Rock.
Men’s soccer top seed
By Katie Dinunzio
Staff writer The Mercyhurst College men’s soccer team earned the No. 1 seed in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West with a victory over Slippery Rock University last Tuesday. The Lakers ﬁnished the season with a 7-1 PSAC record. In the ﬁrst half of the game, junior Michael De Rose sent a breathtaking header into the net for the Lakers’ ﬁrst goal. The Rock also produced one goal in the ﬁrst half, making the score 1-1. The second half brought an advantage for Mercyhurst as Slippery Rock was forced to play a man down the entire half when one of their players redcarded. The Lakers embraced this opportunity, allowing for more time and space in the midﬁeld. Despite the advantage, time still seemed to be running out with the game tied and the Lakers in need of a break. That break came in the 80th minute when junior Billy Colton knocked in the game-winner for the team. The Lakers held on the last 10 minutes for the 2-1 victory over Slippery Rock. On Oct. 30, the men approached their ﬁnal game of the regular season at Lake Erie College. Down 2-0 after the ﬁrst half, the Lakers were determined to ﬁght back. In the second half, Colton cut the deﬁcit in half, 2-1. Late in the game Lake Erie knocked in another goal, giving them a twogoal lead that stuck. Despite an extreme amount of hard work by the Lakers, Lake Erie held on for the 3-1 victory. Although an upsetting game for the team, the men’s team still concluded their regular season with an impressive 14-5 record and an even more impressive one seed in the PSAC West. Today, the Lakers will host Slippery Rock in game one of the PSAC semiﬁnals as the Lakers make their playoff run.
Mercyhurst College junior Arash Fahandezh heads a ball against Slippery Rock.
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