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Please help Haiti
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Student reports on visit to the world’s murder capital
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A U.S. airman helps put ear plugs in the ears of an infant boarding an aircraft flying out of Port-auPrince, Haiti on Jan. 15. Portau-Prince residents are being evacuated in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Russell E. Cooley IV.

Class of 2010 to donate ‘green’ roof
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News

Features

Students win awards, money for art
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A&E

The Board of Trustees wants to change the entrance to the college. Which project do you A new entrance-way 0% think takes priority?
A new academicImprovements building 29% to the Rec Center 25% Tennis courts or other sports facilities on campus 9% Investment in ‘green’ projects 9%

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Renovations to the Highland Square apartments 29%

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NEWS
hurst College President Tom Gamble has approved the project. It will cost an additional $40,000 for the addition of the green roof, according to Joe Howard, director of alumni relations and annual giving. The Green Energy Fund will cover $15,000 and the seniors hope to raise between $2025,000 to cover the cost of the green roof. The green roof will take five weeks to complete. To come up with the Senior Gift idea, the Senior Gift committee conducted a survey for all seniors, Long said. Gift ideas on the survey included a student section at the football field and a media room for upperclassmen. According to Long, none of the ideas on the survey received an overwhelming response from the seniors, so the committee

January 20, 2010

Class of 2010 to donate ‘green’ roof
By Kelly Luoma
News editor The senior class of 2010 has decided on the gift they will donate to Mercyhurst College. It will be a ‘green’ roof to be built over the ceramics lab in Zurn Hall. “A green roof in its simplest form is a roof with vegetation growing on it,” Senior Gift chair Angela Long said. The green roof provides environmental and financial benefits. It will reduce air pollution, absorb carbon dioxide and conserve energy. The green roof extends the life of a conventional roof by 15 years, Long said. Maintenance already planned to replace the roof, and the green roof will go on top of it, Long said. Mercy-

came up with the idea of the green roof. “This gift is as much a statement about the character of the Class of 2010 as it is a gift to the college,” Howard said. “As freshmen, these students voted in the Green Energy Fund. As seniors, they’re leaving a gift that extends that initiative.” Long explained why the green roof was chosen. “We wanted something that was feasible and something we could get support for,” Long said. “This year, we chose a gift that not only enhances Mercyhurst College, but enhances the

world we live in.” Long said the community will receive environmental benefits from the green roof, but students will also receive academic opportunities because it can be utilized by science majors and sustainability minors. The green roof “celebrates Mercyhurst’s commitment to sustainability and global responsibility and provides educational opportunities for future students,” Howard said. Long hopes the gift will help more students and communities in the future. “Mercyhurst can become a

pioneer to green initiatives,” Long said. “We can help other colleges start green initiatives.”

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Student performers jam for AmnesTEA
By Chelsee Callahan
Staff writer M e r c y h u r s t C o l l e g e ’s Amnesty International Club hosted AmnesTEA in order to raise awareness about juvenile life without parole. Juvenile life without parole means criminals who committed crimes under the age of 18 will spend their entire lives in prison. “The issue is very controversial, and I am glad that it is being brought into the light,” freshman Kaitlin Muldowney said. On Thursday, Jan. 14, Amnesty International sold fair trade coffee, cookies and tea and had an open mic night where some students shared their talent for the cause. Students read poems, played guitar and violin and sang. They played songs from different genres and bands including Third Eye Blind, U2 and Bob Dylan. Some students performed original works. Junior Meghan McNamara played guitar and sang. “I felt it was important to play the event because I learned how to play guitar my senior year of high school and never really played in front of anyone so I thought this was a good opportunity and atmosphere to first perform. Plus, I am in the club so I had to represent,” McNamara said. Freshman Nikki Sherrets said listening to the performers was “a great way to unwind after a long day.” “Amnesty brings up issues of human rights and we take into account what people are passionate about, like juvenile life without parole which is something the club felt strongly about because juveniles who made mistakes long ago are still serving time for it,” Rachel Brown, one of the presidents of Amnesty, said. “Also, fair trade is important because the people who grow things like tea and coffee need fair pay and benefits for the hard work they do,” Brown said.

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Junior Meghan McNamara played guitar and sang for a crowd of students at AmnesTEA on Thursday, Jan. 14.

January 20, 2010

NEWS

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Major Fair informs undeclared students
By Alicia Cagle
Staff writer The Major Fair is arranged every year to give students a chance to explore the many majors and minors offered at Mercyhurst College. This year’s fair took place Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Warde Residence Hall. “Major Day is always an effective way for our students to meet faculty from different departments and become more familiar with what the various majors involve,” Psychology Department Chair Robert Hoff said. Students not only get a chance to talk to faculty members but also get to know some peers in that major. Among some of the students manning the tables were freshman art therapy majors Paulina Wielandt and Katie Cecchetti and senior psychology major Jen Stepic. “This was my first time helping, and it was a positive experience,” Wielandt said. “I met new people, and we all hope they join art therapy.” “This is a great way to learn about all of the opportunities we have on campus,” Stepic said. Lee Anna Belovarac, Business department chair, said the fair allows students to find a major that matches their passion and not something that their family members choose for them. Freshman Irene Gallagher was one of the students who attended the major fair. Gallagher said that she thought the fair was informative and let her explore possibilities for her major that she did not think of prior to the fair. She said she found the Walker School of Business’s table to be interesting. “It (the major fair) is much more informal and relaxed than some of our ‘big production’ efforts such as the admissions open house in the fall,” Hoff said. Students can contact the department chair of any major they are interested in for more information or talk to their academic counselor.

Students eat healthy without sacrificing taste
By Jennifer McCurdy
Staff writer Timothy Harvey’s nutrition class in the Sportsmedicine Department prepared 24 food dishes for the Taste or Waist event at Mercyhurst College. The event raised $211, a record-setting amount earned for Taste or Waist. The money was donated to the Mercy Center for Women. The Center for Student Engagement & Leadership Development, the Cohen Health Center, Mercyhurst Human Resources and the Sportsmedicine Department teamed up to host the event, which offered a variety of food samples, including appetizers, soups, entrées and desserts. Of the two versions of each item, one followed a traditional recipe while the other followed a modified recipe which lowered fat and calories without compromising taste. On Wednesday, Jan. 13, students bought tickets for 50 cents each to try the dishes, or they traded canned goods for tickets. After trying the versions of the food, students voted on which one they thought was the healthy recipe. Overall, the lasagna won the contest for tastiest food “The event accomplished its goal by showing students that the healthier version tasted just as good as the traditional version, making it challenging to distinguish the difference in most cases,” Monnie Kirkpatrick, administration coordinator for the Center of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, said. “Personally, I ended up liking a lot of the healthier versions better than the traditional recipe.” “The results from this year’s food fair are similar to past years in that about 60 percent of the voting population could not tell the difference between the healthy and unhealthy recipes,” Harvey said. “This is a good thing because it highlights the notion that people can in fact change ingredients to a healthier choice without sacrificing taste or texture.” Seniors Megan Goetz and Lacey Neugebauer made peanut butter cheesecake pops. According to Goetz, their healthier recipe was “winning by a landslide” due to its richer flavor. “You can eat a healthier version that tastes better,” Neugebauer said. Students no longer need to ask, “Taste or waist?” They can have both.

Freshman Allison Natalo spoke with Dr. Jeff Roessner from the English Department at the annual Major Fair.

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FEATURES

January 20, 2010

Visit to the world’s murder capital
Mercyhurst’s Priscilla Chavez crosses border to dangerous Juarez, Mexico

By Priscilla Chavez
Contributing writer

Across the Mexican border below El Paso, Texas, lies a city filled with gore, agony, invulnerability and fatality. With a passport in hand, and a camera in the other, I now pose as a victim. As I enter the city, I stare at a sign that reads “Welcome,” then I look to my right and see abou 20 soldiers standing with rifles protecting the border...lovely welcome. Five minutes into the city, we run into a jeep load of more soldiers ready to do their job. Fifteen minutes into the city, police sirens are heard and two jeeps with soldiers go by at approximately 70 mph; someone has been murdered. Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, is commonly known as ‘The City

of the Dead’ and ‘The World’s Murder Capital.’ It is one of the most dangerous cities in the world. With a yearly death rate of 2,600 in 2009, the city is far from being the safest place for tourists, let alone for its residents. Serious problems of robbery, kidnapping, sexual assault, and drug-related crimes pose threats to the Juarez community and to its tourists. People from the city blame the situation on the drug war between the Sinlalou cartel and the Juarez cartel who are battling over the smuggling route into El Paso. According to El Diario de Juarez, a local newspaper, 99 percent of all crimes in Juarez go unpunished, which is why it is believed that police may be involved in a cover-up. The newspaper also states that one in every 889 residents are either

killed or brutally abused each day. For their own protection, residents are left with no option but to move out. Socorro Lopez is among many who has chosen to migrate to El Paso. She filed her papers and has been in the U.S. since June 2002. She explains that she has not visited her “barrio” (neighborhood) since 2005. “I had no desire to stay. My life was at risk for no reason,” Lopez said. “Friends of mine have suffered deaths of family and friends, but they have no papers to come to the U.S.” Two months ago, Lopez and her family suffered as her granddaughter was kidnapped. Luckily she was eventually rescued. With a worried look, Lopez said she fears for her son’s local business in Juarez. She informs

me that gang members burn businesses if the money they have asked for is not delivered by a certain time. This money is then pocketed by members of the cartel. “Things are going to get worse before they start to get better,” 63-year-old Sergio Gonzales said. “This city has no hope.” With 129 deaths, the city has already started off the year in bad condition. With a passport in hand, a story in the other, and pictures

on my camera, I bow my head and say a prayer for the safety of Juarez city residents. After crossing the Mexican border into the States, I look back at one of the most dangerous cities in the world and exhale a breath of relief, for now I stand in the safety of U.S. territory.
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Above: Landscape of Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico. This impoverished city is also one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

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January 20, 2010

Features

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‘My friend survived the earthquake in Haiti’
By Javi Cubillos
Features Editor On the evening of Jan. 12, the worst earthquake in 200 years hit the poorest country in the world – Haiti. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake was followed by 12 aftershocks of 5.0 and above, destroying the entire infrastructure of the city of Port-au-Prince and vicinities. In between the rubble, 10 Lynn University students and two faculty members, who were on a humanitarian mission in that country, went momentarily missing. Mercyhurst College junior Felicia Guerra was at the gym when she heard the news. The news hit especially hard as she thought of her fellow Nicaraguan friend who was in Haiti. Daniela Montealegre, one of the 10 Lynn University students mentioned above, was participating in the “Food for the Poor” program and had been in Haiti for two days before the earthquake hit. “When I heard about the earthquake, I was really shocked. It took a while for the idea to sink in that my friend was living this,” junior Felicia Guerra said. Thankfully, her friend is still alive. Of the Lynn University group, only six of the 12 people on the trip have been found. The students were interviewed by CBS and explained how the events occurred. Most of them found each other after the earthquake, Guerra’s friend said, but they are still praying for their four friends and two teachers who are still missing. United Nations photo by Logan Abassi Read the rest of the story online. A young victim of the powerful earthquake that shook Port-au-Prince receives
medical treatment at an ad-hoc clinic installed at the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH)’s logistics base in the Haitian capital.

’Hurst organizes effort to help quake victims
A&E Editor

By Alaina Rydzewski

Haiti’s recent earthquake has encouraged Mercyhurst faculty and students to step up efforts to raise money. Mercyhurst College’s own Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, department chair of forensic sciences, is on a team being sent by the Kenyon International Emergency Services to the Dominican Republic to a morgue to process remains and get them sent back to their families. The School of Social Sciences has issued the other schools on campus a challenge to see who can raise the most money to donate to Haiti. Staff, colleagues and friends in administrative positions who don’t have a specific school can still donate by picking their favorite school and giving in their name. The school with the most money will choose to which organization the money

is donated. The choices are the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, Americares, the International Relief Committee, or Partners in Health. Each school will have different collection offices and people, and checks can be made out to Mercyhurst College with a notation saying ‘Haiti Relief Fund.’ Checks should be sent to the Advancement Office in order to receive a receipt for tax records. Questions or comments can be sent to Randy Clemons at extension 2358 or Shirley Greene at extension 2266. There will also be a week-long fundraising effort on campus from Monday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 5, in order to raise money for Haiti. Any RSCO officer who is interested should attend a meeting on Tuesday, Jan 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the MSG Chambers to obtain information and discuss how best to serve Haiti. Read the rest of the story online.

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OPINION

The views expressed in the opinion section of The Merciad do not necessarily reflect the views of Mercyhurst College, the staff of The Merciad or the Catholic Church. Responses on any subject are always welcomed and can be e-mailed to opinionmerciad@mercyhurst.edu.

January 2008 September 3,20, 2010

Calling out campus slobs
By Devin Ruic
Staff writer There’s something that bothers me on a more visceral level than any political disagreement with any politician ever could. While I may become vocal in my discontent from time to time with policies adopted by Congress, or advocated by the President – they’ve really got nothing on this particular plague. The plague is a lack of class. When we came to college, we were presented with a freedom that I’d bet most of us had never encountered. Hurray, we can run around campus at all hours of the night. Awesome, we can hit up some parties and stumble back into our respective places of residence the next morning. Sweet, we don’t have to worry about our mothers yelling at us to clean up after ourselves. That’s the rub, right there – more than anything else. When we got here, there was a reason why we were entrusted with a new degree of freedom. We’re supposed to be adults. Even though Mercyworld isn’t the real world, it doesn’t negate the fact that you ought to be able to act like an adult and stop acting like you’re living in your mother’s basement, waiting for your next meal to be readied for you, or leaving your messes for your mom to clean up after you. That’s why I’m repulsed by the widespread state of affairs at most colleges. How many times have you walked into an apartment and felt like you just entered a locker room – seemingly 10 degrees warmer -- just because of the stench. I’d like to think that the students at Mercyhurst plan on

becoming responsible adults and professionals at some point, but the way many act doesn’t demonstrate that very well. If you can’t take care of the things that you invested your own money in, you’re classless – and that definitely carries over to the way you present yourself day after day. What I mean is how you dress yourself when you go to class. How do you think professors feel when they’re teaching to a class of people in pajamas? Would you go into a meeting at your job after college in those ratty sweats you’ve been wearing since the ninth grade? So now, besides ranting in your inner monologue about how much of a pompous jerk I seem like, what do you do? Read the unabridged version online at merciad.mercyhurst.edu

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Memories from London to last a lifetime
By Jordan Zangaro
know where to look first, the incredible details in the marble walls, the tombs in the floor, the beautiful alters, the dedication to Britain from the United States or the unbelievable murals painted on ceilings so that I could barely see the gold shimmer in the light. As I walked down the halls and heard the stories over the fight people put up to make this Cathedral possible, I was shocked as I began to tear up. Not being a very religious person, I remember thinking about what my photography teacher said to me earlier that day in class: “All you will have left of this trip will be the photographs you take. You will forget how you felt and the moment

A student’s trip taught her about embracing experiences
Opinion Editor I wrapped my scarf a little tighter to keep the wind off my chest and tucked my Tube pass back in my purse. I walked up the beautiful stone stairs that were covered with tourists and locals eating lunch and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. I passed the breathtaking pink roses and followed the crowds of people into the door of the enormous cathedral. Immediately, I was at a loss for words. I pulled out my eight pounds to pay to get in to tour St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. I did not will end.” Mind you, she was from Paris, so that is a paraphrase, and you can picture it in a horribly broken American accent that always made me laugh. But, she was right. I will never have the moment back. It is surprising to me how far away that day is now. As the snow continues to fall and my trip to London becoms distant memory, I find myself trying to hold on to my time now. It seems that we hold on to the wrong things and seem to let the good things slip away.

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January 20, 2010

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
reception and award ceremony. The show consists of printmaking, sculpture, photography, digital imagery, drawings, paintings and several mixed medium. The show was judged by jurors Jean Stull and Lois Wiley, retired art teachers of the Erie School District, who chose 61 works to represent this year’s show out of a total of 130 submitted. Out of the 61 works, there were nine awards given out: six honorable mentions, and first-, second- and third-place purchase awards. Honorable mentions went to junior graphic design majors Lisa Bathory and Megan Jarosz, senior art education majors Jeremy Weber and Kristina Dahlgren and senior advertising major Angela Long. The purchase awards were in the amounts of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. First place went to junior graphic design major Ryan Perkins for his Digital Image, “The Looking Glass.” Second place went to junior graphic design major Chris Borzilleri for his black-andwhite silver print, “Self Portrait.” Third place went to senior art education major Betsy Morningstar for her Drypoint etching, “Austin in the Rain.” The overall turnout not only in the number of entries received, but also in terms of community and student body turnout was among the highest the Cummings Art Gallery has seen so far this year. “It’s nice to see so many students...coming out to support their friends and fellow students,” said Professor Dan Burke, Chair of the Mercyhurst Art Department. The show will be on display

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Students win awards, money for art
By Tyler Stauffer
Photography editor On Thursday, Jan. 14, the Cummings Art Gallery opened its doors to the Mercyhurst College Juried Art Show with a until Sunday, Jan. 24. The gallery will be open for viewing on Tuesday through Sunday from 2-5 p.m. and additionally on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. An unabridged version of this article can be found online.

The Juried Art Show opened on Thursday, Jan. 14.

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Students and community members alike enjoyed the art show.

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‘Der Rosenkavalier’ gets streamed to PAC
By Megan Duane
Staff writer Another MET Simulcast opera will be showing at the Mary D’Angelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) this weekend. This time the opera is Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier,” also known as “Cavalier of the Rose.” “Der Rosenkavalier” is a three-act German comic opera. The opera was written in 1911 by Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. The plot is of a love story between characters Octavian and Sophie. Octavian is played by a pantsroll mezzo-soprano. (A pantsroll mezzo-soprano is a part where a woman plays a man). It is common practice in the opera world for teenage boys to be played by pants-roll mezzosopranos. One reason for this is that the vocal range and body of a female is more believable on stage. This production of Strauss’s “Der Rosendavalier” at the MET features many wellknown names in the opera world such as mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as Octavian and soprano Renee Fleming as Marschallin. In Act I, Octavian is revealed as the lover of an older, aristocratic woman Marschallin, who suggests that Octavian deliver a token of engagement to Sophie on behalf of her cousin the Baron Ochs. In Act II, Octavian delivers a silver rose to Sophie, who falls madly in love with him. It is also discovered that Sophie hates the Baron Ochs. In Act III Sophie’s father is left to decide which man he favors for his daughter’s hand in marriage. A decision has to be made that only can be seen on the stage. Tickets are $15 for students with Mercyhurst ID. An unabridged version of this article can be found online.

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Enjoy new band Fun’s first release
Currently touring with Jack’s Mannequin, Fun proves to have an interesting, novel sound that listeners will love.

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‘Hakawati’ provides interesting subject matter
This is a read filled with amazing cultural details about the Arab way of life.

Howery sings art songs
The latest Faculty Recital was performed Thursday, Jan. 14, and featured adjunct professor Lydia Howery.

‘Der Rosenkavalier’ will be streamed at 1 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 23, at the PAC.

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Laker Sports
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January 20, 2010

The Laker Spirt Club gave away 100 black t-shirts at the Jan. 16 Mercyhurst College women’s hockey game.

Why ‘Blackout’?
Why “Blackout”? I figure this is about as frank and succinct as I can be. Mercyhurst’s colors are officially forest green, white and navy blue. If you ask the men’s hockey team, the colors are kelly green and royal blue, but hey, who’s counting? Black is not a school color! I don’t care how cool it might be to wear black, don’t slap a Mercyhurst logo on it and call it school apparel. We should not have a blackout at a hockey game! It doesn’t make any sense! It doesn’t make any sense at all, and I find it hard to believe that nobody said that at the meeting where they came up with that insane idea! Whiteouts at games have been done since the days of the Winnipeg Jets, and it’s been quite effective all over. How about a Sea of Green for our Lakers? Or a good ol’ fashioned whiteout? Let’s come up with something that actually fits with the college. Why did we set a specific set of colors otherwise? Maybe Laker Spirit Club (LSC) should work on something more effective, like encouraging people to be loud at the hockey games. That would be nice, hearing people cheer for a goal. The Rochester Institute of Technology came to the Mercyhurst Ice Center and you’d never know that the Lakers were at home. It’s pathetic! Did you know that Mercyhurst has a fight song? We do! I know, because I got a little card with the lyrics on it at the beginning of the football season last year. It’s set to the tune of “Anchors Aweigh.” It’s actually pretty awesome! Now maybe if we used something like that. How about a pamphlet about Laker traditions? Include in it the chants, cheers, logos and such that we always used to do. Make it dirt cheap to print, and hand them out at the games for free. Let’s get people involved in ways that make sense! I’m sure somebody is going to point out that the men’s hockey team’s warm-up jackets are black with green and blue, and I realize this, but they aren’t even complying with the school color change, so I’m not really all that concerned. Anyways, black is not a team color. Use a color that the school has adopted, so-called Laker Sprit Club!

By John Baranowski

Mercyhurst College sophomore Jess Jones had one goal and four assists against Clarkson University last weekend as the Lakers maintained their rank as the nation’s top team.

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Lakers vanquish Knights
By Courtney Clair
Contributing writer The weekend was billed as the biggest series in women’s college hockey this year. Topranked Mercyhurst College squared off against fourthranked Clarkson University. The Lakers got the best of the Knights, defeating Clarkson in the first game and tying the second game. Despite the success, this series did have a bittersweet taste for the top-ranked Lakers. “I think overall we did a lot of things well this weekend, but we unfortunately made some mistakes that allowed them to keep coming back and stay in the game,” junior captain Vicki Bendus said. The Lakers were swept by the Knights last year and so were grateful to escape the weekend with a win and a tie. However, Bendus thinks it is hard to use this game as a benchmark in comparison to last year. “It’s hard to compare this year to last year because we’re a completely different team this year and so are they. I think Clarkson has improved from last year and are having a good season, but coming into the weekend we were focused on getting two wins and we ended up just short of that,” Bendus said. Friday’s game was a great beginning, as the Lakers won by a 6-3 final score. It was the first time the Lakers have beaten the Knights since the 2006-07 season. Bendus and sophomore forward Bailey Bram both tallied four points this game with one and two goals respectively, and junior Jesse Scanzano scored on a spectacular backhanded goal.

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