by Laurie Jo
In an interview with TheMerciad, MSG
TimSelzter attempted to clarify whathe felt were misunderstandingsarising from an article in theJan.
1980 issue.- Seltzer feltthe article, which concerned thestudent petition for the candidacyof William
did notaccurately convey his message.
can't blame the paper
anyway/' said Seltzer. "It's just theway it came across."
much asit bothered other people," he
I'm doingthis (the Interview), I've beentold by other people that I shouldcorrect the wrong that's been
Seltzer, who quoted as sayingthe
nothing," believed his quotes"weren't finished."
"I commended the people whodid
explained"I know a lot of the signatures
very valid and they
a lotof force behind them."
Seltzer stated furtherthat there were discrepanciesregarding some of the names onthe petition, which he felt neededclarification,
"All I got was a petition withnames on it," said Seltzer. "Whydidn't the names come to me? Iam
a blotchof ink on a piece of paper."He pointed out that only a fewof the people who signed thepetition showed at any of thestudent meetings scheduled forthe specific purpose of studentinput.
Continuing, Seltzer stated thatstudents could have reached himpersonally if they were unable toattend the meetings,
"I wasavailable," he said. "I
tryingto make myself very available."Responding
to an editorial(entitled
Secret Society? in theJanuary
of TheMerciad, Seltzer attempted
justify the secretive nature of thepresidential search.
"Right now I guess I'mdefending the presidential searchcommittee
mainlyfrom the students perspective.>^ He explained that many of thecandidates requested j con-fidentiality
jeopardizetheir currentfpositions. "Theydidn't
their present em-ployers that they were seekinganother job."
"I'm sure people can un-derstand that," continuedSeltzer. "If I was working in a
I wouldn't want to jeopordize thejob I have
If I haven't leastgot a good shot at the other one.That should be understandable."Seltzer also felt that any in-dependent questioning] of thecandidate's campuses couldhave closed doors for the searchcommittee, hindering Ithecommittee's investigation."Since we were the ones thatknew the candidates best andinterviewed them all the waythrough, the responsibility wasleft on our shoulders," he stated."That goes along with the thetoken representation it said The
1960 betweenfaculty and students."Seltzer stongly denied the idea
. . And when the
cleared, there stood Gallagherand the Senate.*^*
conclusion to the past twoweeks. The
of eventstriggered by the president'sproposed program reviewprovided an interesting sideshowto what is supposed to be a"higher" education.
Many people were given achance to shine. In the samelight, many people were given thechance to bury their headsdeeper in the sand. The activistscame out of the closet and thepeople who fear action andchange threw their heels downand
imitation.An interesting question toaddress all this is, "Where wasthe student body during thefireworks?" The answer un-fortunately
"nowhere." Someattempts were made to organize,but they were either criticized as"blind action"
met with ayawn.The funny thing about thecriticism
that it came from a
of people called (for lack
better terms) handsitters.Handsitters are those whowatch and might occasionallywrite a letter to The Merciadexpressing their handsittingview. Of course, after they:,
through writing, their handsrevert
permanent positions onthe underside of their buttocks.You
Merciad had a chance
into the thick of the programreview controversy. A Merciadstaff member, who had been
stonewalled by both
president and the
concerning the proposedprogram cuts, wanted to print aspecial sheet informing itheMercyhurst community of thepresident's intention to bypassthe Senate and go directly to theBoard of Trustees with theprogram cuts.The idea was enthusiasticallyreceived at a student meeting,but it
met with an editoriallysmug adjustment of eyeglassesfollowed by an upstaging "no."The
chance tobecome a real "studentpublication" went out the win-dow. The paper will undoubtedlycontinue to wallow
Don't blame the students for
"nowhere " for
weeks. With handsitters voicingopinions, leadership thatquestions valid expression ofstudent concern, and a studenteditor that fears anything but adreadfully bland celebration ofthe status quo, how can they beanything else?of token representation. "In noway
any j tokenrepresentation.'^J,
"To be perfectly honest," hecontinued,
say that studentsand faculty had the biggest voiceon that committee, the loudestvoice for sure."
feltabout The Merciad, commentedthat the coverage
of MSGmeetings had been sparse,
to be on
nowit's on page three," he com-mented. "We're getting pushedback."
MSG has one
of the toppriorities, it should be on page
Seltzer feels the reporting of
student government meetingsis sparse. It doesn't go into thedetails that it should." '3
We've had a little problembetween
or alack of respect, I don't know for
Seltzer, stating that a numberof people in the MSG had beencomplaining about the meetingcoverage
he hoped to beworking closer with The Merciadin the future."I'd like to
MSG and TheMerciad, since their both the
main studentorganizations on campus,working more closely together;instead of the seeming fight it'sbeen."He
("My room-mates in particular") hadremarked that it appeared
astruggle for power between MSGand The Merciad.
struggling for power,"commented Seltzer. "I've stillgot another year
seems like there's astruggle for power," he con-cluded, "that's a mistake."
Black HistoryMonth HereAt The
Mercyhurst College, viaMinorities On The Move, beganthe celebration of Black HistoryMonthon*February 9. Thecelebration, which will highlightnotable achievements by theblack people, will continuethrough the 29th of February.Programs
the monthinclude panel discussions withwell-known black officials fromthe political and
In addition to this, MinoritiesOn The Move will sponsor agospel hour featuring the ShienkBaptist
Choir and theInter-denominational Choir ofErie
at 3:30 p.m.These events will take place at
East 5th Street in Erie.Planning
talent show by the organization.Minorities On The Move hope toexpress their understandings ofblack history through art, music,poetry, and drama.The Mercyhurst community isinvited to attend the eventsscheduled.
Delta is planning for the
ceremony which willtake place this Sunday, February 17,
at 3:00 p.m. in the Back Porch (Cafe. AllElementary Education Majors are
are interested in being initiated pleasecontact
868-0004, beforeFriday evening.
Occasionally, one sees a movieso good that
can-cels out all the other hours onehas sat alone in the dark waitingfor something to happen. Such amovie is Kramer
Kramer theDustin Hoffman-Meryl Streepvehicle
screening at the
is a post-feminist film about a male'sdiscovery of those things in thislife that truly
In short, TedKramer is a George Up-and-coming advertising executivewho has managed to totallyignore his wife and son to thepoint where the wife feels thatshe must flee to
hersanity and Ted must ask his son
grade he is
havingforgotten.*At the wife's departure,
braces oneself for the anticipatedfeminist,polemic; however, themovie takes another turn andinstead
truly lovingrelationship between father andson, For
not someunfeeling cad, but rather a manwho had only temporarilymisplaced his sense of priorities.
giving up his son or raising himhimself he naturally chooses thelatter.It is the development of thisfather-son relationship which isthe movie's chief delight, andbasic to this delight is the
of Dustin Hoffman'sfinely nuanced performance asthe harried and sensitive father.In fact, acting of a finely tunedsophistication is at the heart ofKramer
Kramer's excellence.Hoffman as the father MerylStreep as the mother, JaneAlexander as a solicitous neigh-bor and Justin Henry as the son
revelation; even HowardDuff as an all too realisticallyaccurate reptilian lawyer issuperb.
If the film has a flaw, it is itsambiguous, if
ending whichmust rattle the teeth of bothfeminists and male
and brings nothing to mindso much as any of many "StellaDallas
' style weepers of the late30s
Davis and Barbara Stanwyck'shearts were, it seems, forever
broken. (I would
you how it ends, but if have
I don't want
depriveyou of a good cry).
Kramer vs Kramer isworth the price
you catch it at a bargainmatinee, well, then, it's priceless.Unfortunately, the samecannot be said for AmericanGigolo, the Paul Schrader film
Richard Gere andLauren Hutton about theemotional poverty of a BeverlyHills male prostitute who earnshis keep offering lonely, old
women services Welcome Wagon
The film begins on two tracks,both of* which apparently lednowhere, for about
third spur into a sado-
subplot not much moreinteresting than your gardenvariety
Jones"episode.If the film has a strength, it isthe performance of Richard Gereas Julian Kay, the maleprostitute! Gere is sublime atportraying emotional vacuitycompounded
upin the comforting quilt of asurpassing vanity. Gere is on theverge of becoming a great actor,and off of his performances inDays of Heaven ,Yanks, and
he hasn't muchfurther to go before he joinsHoffman, Nicholson, and Voightin the forefront of American filmactors. To check out thishypothesis, pay especial! at-Continued on page
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