This is the
of what Ihope to be a weekly feature onvarious topics of interest. Of in-terest to who? Well, myself forone. Hopefully,
be of in-terest to
the reader, as well.I don't ask you to agree with theideas presented here, but insteadto just consider them. If some ofthe thoughts in this column help
define your own,then they've done their job.Although it may
news bythe time you read this, January15 marks the birthday of slaincivil rights leader Martin LutherKing, Jr. For a society whoclaims to
have made greatstrides in civil rights, there stillremains discrimination and pre-judice. I cannot help but wonderwhat motivates hatred betweendifferent groups of people, whose
only difference may be in
thecol-or of their
in the god
I pose tins issue not to preach,but rather to self-analyze, for Iwould be lying if I said there was
any prejudice in my life. I
that human nature
anunderside to it, one that surfacesfrom
eliminate these qualities
fromhuman nature, but to
realize that each of us may havesuch feelings may be the beginn-ing of a cure. -I bring this up because of a re-cent series of news stories fromBuffalo, New York. Buffalo is acity of pride, spawned at least inpart from the success its footballteam enjoyed this past year. Butit is also a city living in tensionand fear, because of crimes ap-parently motivated by racism.Several black males have beenmurdered over the past year orso,with the apparent motive be-ing that the
turns were black.These murders are as of yet
Of course, the black communi-ty in Buffalo is justifably alarm-ed at what can only be perceivedas a threat one's own existence.Just talk to any male studenthere at Mercyhurst
happensto be black and from the Buffaloarea. This appears to be a crimenot only by the white communityagainst the black, but rather one
a sick individual against
. i '*SiL
However, the issue becomes
complex because of
planned demonstration by agroup whose
are raciallymotivated. I Representatives ofthe Ku
have announc-ed that they will demonstrate inBuffalo on Martin Luther King'sbirthday, in an
to bring at-tention to their racist point ofview. Again, as you read this,that planned demonstration may
already taken place,
press time the result of such ac-tion is not known. However,members of Buffalo's black com-munity have said they plan acounterdemonstration. Such ac-tions in a community alreadytorn apart by fear and tensioncan be
throwinggasoline on a fire. Only moreharm can come from suchactions.
Martin Luther King's birthdayis celebrated as a holiday in 11states, including Pennsylvania'sneighbors, New York and Ohio,and I would suggest that it iscelebrated
remindus of the goal of equality for allmankind.
I write this because I cannotunderstand what
peo-ple to assemble in such an at-mosphere. One student recentlypointed
out to me
Klan themselves are notto be feared, but rather the fearthey may generate
what shouldbe considered a threat. I canagree with that, but it is not thefear that lynches, nor the fearthat discriminates and murders.This issue leaves me frustrated,because it is a helpless feeling tosit back and not be able to doanything about, the oppressionthat
thing I feelI can do is continue with my pre-sent course - realize my owntendencies and limitations, andguard against being swept up in
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Faculty Focus Features Igor Stalsky
By Chris SettlemireAs you
into his office yousee pictures of theatrical topicsand
he is on the phone
only one per-son we can be referring to andthat is Igor Stalsky.Mr. Stalsky came to Mer-cyhurst
College in the
fall of 1964,and he has done a lot for the col-lege and the theatre department.He hat seen the theatrical pro-gram at Mercyhurst from allangles, the classroom
commented ashe leaned back in his chair usinghands signals, as if directing aproduction.
less fulfilling to me than thespeech class
just like inproduction of plays you can seethe* change of people's ac-complishments and receive
Mr. Stalsky commented on theelimination of theater
was a major for about
years when I got here. By lastsummer I found out that onlyabout three people had becomesuccessful in the area of theater,
Warnick for example.
"So due to
level in the line of
better to drop it to a minor. Ithought the
advertising tostudents that
thema job after college, even onBroadway was just too much to
with it as a minor I feelthat it makes the students a bet-ter person because of thenumerous facets that it entails,i.e., shops, acting, speech, text,etc. Plus it makes it sheer fun in-
Mr. Stalsky has done much forthe college as well as the theaterdepartment
He has gone
out intothe local community and broughtin outside agencies to perform,included
Erie Playhouse, andprofessional actors who perform
compared to thatof a regular theater production."I would also like to bring inclowns, puppets, and even MSGmusicals because Erie did ahangup job with the summerclassics and without theater as amajor it leaves me other time to
do more things like
right now, out remember thatthis is just in the proposal stageright now. I would like to makedinner-theater a major."We have the facilities, in factI'd
bestfacilities in the area and the onlyreal cost to the school would be
to hire one more
theater group and local peoplejust loved it, so I
whyMercyhurst couldn't be
"We have the best
group of kidssince I've been here and that'ssixteen years.
great enthusiasm and they ac-cept my crazy ideas and even
come up with some
of their own."There was really only
Stalsky could point outwith college's theatrical depart-ment. "One of course is alwaysbudget and right now I'm work-ing
a new systemin order to get the departmentmore money."And the second one is boys,there is simply not enough boysand never have
"Right now I'm having pro-blems casting for
because I have sixteen maleparts and only fifteen males atauditions."
anticipatedGnys and Dolls to turn out he satstraight and a grin appeared onhis face, "Great! The leads aresensational, they look good,sound good, and are acted out
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good.. Everyone seems to havethat
up'attitude and thatis exactly what we're looking forsince it is a ham it up show."The musical
anyone singand the students are reallyenthusiastic.^
"I'm excited about it" con-cludes
And with so much
enthusiasm, Hurst students arebound to get caught up in it.