lot? Afraid Not
For one afternoon MercyhurstCollege was a political
asSenator Ted Kennedy addressedover
people Sunday at theCampus Center. With theAcademy High School bandplaying "Oh Danny Boy",numerous banners filling the air,and Walter
the stage was set for somelively political theatrics. And ithappened.Kennedy, showing no signs ofthe oratory difficulties thatearlier plagued his campaign,gave the people what they camefor. Delivering humorous barbsand sharp criticisms
at "theCarter administration,! theMassachusetts Senator showed acomplete
the toolsnecessary to discredit anotherpolitician.
Kennedy made a completesweep of the issues facing thecountry and used them as abludgeon against Carter,
Senator's supporters calledthe "best Republican thecountry had
HerbertHoover." Of course, there wasalso fa "rose agarden" spicethrown in
excite the taste budsof the audience.*
When it came down to alter-natives to current national woes,however,
Kennedy recipe wasnot substantive in the least. TheSenator appears determined todraw the President out of theWhite House to debate the issues.This, and not inflation, seems tobe the chief issue in the Kennedycamp. People know
inflationis high and that things are notgetting better.If one listens to George Bush,Jimmy Carter, John Anderson,or even Ronald Reagan,
told the same thing.
isnot a year when issues are
ficult to find and used to gain
political leverage. However,
rather than making alternativesto problems the chief issue in this
campaign, Kennedy isbent on pursuing and attackingthe Carter administration.
The Sunday address was butanother example
thisphenomenon. Until the Senator
to display some of thevision his brothers possessed, hewill
A Presidential Exam
After witnessing procedures inthis year's student governmentelections, a number ofsuggestions for future campaignscome to mind.Why
ob-jective exam to test presidentialcandidates on their knowledge ofcollege administrators, policies,and regulations? These can-didates are, afterall, potentialstudent leaders.This exam is not really a newidea. There are some universitieswhich already incorporate thistactic in
governmentelections.If the 'Hurst were to give such atest and post the results beforepolls opened, the student bodywould be better informed of apresidential candidate's workingKnowledge of the college.
In the end this could
onlybenefit all parties involved.Students would be makingresponsible choices based on acandidate's viable awareness ofthe college hierarchy.Candidates themselves wouldbenefit by attempting to ensuretheir understanding of the manyfacets of the college before beingelected. This could possiblysilence the cries of "transitionperiod."
Overall, the exam pointstoward an informative andknowledgeable campaign, basedon college
awareness, for allconcerned.Another idea is the eliminationof cafeteria speeches in favor of adebate between candidates.
Let's face it, the cafeteria isnot a realistic setting forspeeches. People are tired,hungry and ill-disposed topolitical jargon.
as candidates areconcerned, one can be relativelysure of a maddening frustrationthey experience when people getup and walk around during their
Not to mention peoplewho ignore them.On the other hand, a debate,sponsored by MSG, would drawonly interested students. It wouldalso afford candidates the op-portunity
And hungry students coulddevote their full attention tomashed potatoes in peace. Not abad deal.
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Kennedy For No Alternatives
Dear Editor:Did you see it? A 15-20 carcaravan pulling up in front of the
Center! I sure did, and Ialso heard Senator Kennedyspeak in front of a capacity crowdat the Mercyhurst CampusCenter Sunday afternoon.I'm one of the many studentsthat saw Mr. Kennedy that dayand please let me say that I havenever heard so much
speechbefore. Sure, he told us the things
are wrong with the economy,foreign policy, trade, etc. We alsoheard him refer to the president,not just once, but many times onhow he is incapable of being anykind of leader. He also pointedout all the
thepresident has done wrong sincehe has been in the White House.But you know what? He never,ever, told us how he wouldcorrect the wrongdoings or howhe would fix the economy. And
On Sunday when I walked intothe Campus Center I must admit,I walked in with a chip on myshoulder. But when I sat down I
decided to listen with unbiased
ears. I really felt I did this.Honest. But when I left Kennedyhad only confirmed my initialsuspicions of himself and hisparty. He is all to willing to givethe people what they want. Andhe will always say what thepeople want to here, not exactly avery honest way of business, heshould talk about the things heplans to do rather than elaborateon the things that are wrong.We can all make, promises, butwhen it comes to running forpresident
seems that promises
I don't want tomake this sound like I'm makinga punch for Carter
weknow that he's doing the best job
somemistakes, but let me tell you, ifKennedy gets into office thiscountry will really be in trouble.John Broderick
With a furious push to remainwithin the race, Senator Kennedyproved many of
expertswrong as he claimed a narrow
in Tuesday's Penn-sylvania primary. Riding on thewings of a strong showing in the
Philadelphia, theMassachusetts Democratovercame the pro-Carter at-titudes dominant in the westernpart of the state.
By achieving a virtual standoff(Kennedy 93 delegates, Carter
Kennedy preserved a smallspark of
sameexperts that projected a Kennedydefeat are now saying that theSenator stands half a chance inthe
other industrial-stateprimaries. While this may pullKennedy back into the race, itmay also create another pullundesirable to Democrats as awhole.
With a newly rekindled two-horse race there may be somestrains| developing in 'theDemocratic party. And justpicture what happens when twoof three possible candidatesnegate one another. We areusually left with the third can-didate.In this case the third candidateis Ronald Reagan. The formerDeath Valley Days
in this year'spresidential race, makingpolitical statements that the U.S.should get tough with Iranians,Soviets, and any stray
currently in the motion pictureindustry.
His chief political claims
tofame have come as the formerCalifornia governor who left
Brown a $500 millionsurplus. Now he wants to be
with laughterover Reagan's oratory
and ethnic jokes, take anotherlook. The
just passed upCarter in preliminary polls andsurveys. And his. support is
By Pablo Pursburg
building.What this leads to is the factthat the Kennedy-Carter con-frontation may be opening the
for a 69-year-oldRepublican who is not all thatadverse to war. The opinionhere is that this does-her-or-doesn't-he sexagenarian is not agood alternative to Kennedy orCarter. However, with growingdissatisfaction with the
performance, aswell as the Democratic
chances arebeing needlessly improved.
Walter, How About Vice Pres?