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Tennis CourtControversy Resolved
By Karen
MerkleMERCIAD
News
Editor^
The recent controversy over
the
new
"campus parking
lot,
whichwas formerly
the
outdoor tenniscourts,,
has
been resolved, accor-ding
to
president
of the
college,Dr. William
P.
Garvey.The problem began last week,when
a
letter from the Mercy hurstWomen's Tennis Team appearedon
the
editorial
page
of The
Merciad.
1
Signed
by
Coach
Ric
Hardenand seven members
of the
team,the letter
was
an angry response
to
the
summer switch
of the
tennis
courts behind
the
Mercy
hurstApartments into
a new
120
spaceparking
lot.
In
the
letter,
the
team said thatbecause
of the
lack
of
tenniscourts
for
last week's matchagainst Grove City,
"the
embar-rassment
i
we,
(the
team) faced,will never
be
forgotten."*All
of
this, according
to Dr.
Garvey,
is
"pure, unadulteratedbaloney."
"I'm
annoyed with
the
situation.
I had no
idea there
was
a problem," Garvey said, referr-ing
to the
tennis team
letter,
aBut
now, he
explained
"the
problem with St. Mark's has
been
resolved."
V
Dr. Garvey explained that there
was.
some question
about
the
availability
of
the four St. Mark'scourts
for
the tennis team and stu-dent
use.
Any student
who
wants
to use
the
St.
Mark's courts
can
call
the
athletic department
to
make
an
appointment.
mv
He explained that
the old
Mer-
cy
hurst courts have long been
a
problem, citing their
bad
locationand worsening conditions.Dr. Garvey
and
others havebeen concerned with
the
courts'location next
to
the baseball field.He said
the
possibility
of
injuryfrom
a
foul ball
has
always beengreat, and that
"We've
run out onour streak
of
luck."There were also unofficial war-nings from
the
school's insurancecompany about
the
possibilities
if
someone were
to
be
hurtaccidentally.
|frn
addition,
the
condition
of
the
courts
has
steadily decreased.
So,
early
this
summer,
Dr.
Garveysaid,
it
was
decided that the courtswere unsuitable for-playing,
and
that,£
t
repairs
would
run
intothousands
of
dollars.Since there always seems
to
be
a
parking shortage
at
Mercyhurst,
this seemed
a way to
solve)two
problems
at
once.So
in
June,
the
decision
was
made
to
turn
the
courts ^into
a
parking
lot,
explained Garvey.At this time,
Dr.
Garvey said,the athletic staff was informed
of
the plans
for the
courts.
T
f
This
was
seen as a good time
for
i
Transportation IssueUnder Investigation
* By Amy
Wood worth
K
M
ERCtAD Staff ReporterMercyhurst Student Govern-
ment*
Vice-President
Kathy
O'Conner
opened Sunday night'smeeting with
a
proposal
to
paintthe
"Signature
Wall"
in the
Stu-dent Union. This proposal
was
ac-cepted
and
anyone interested
in
helping
the MSG
officers paintthe Union wall
are
welcome
to
join them
on
Sunday, October
2,
directly following
the 7:30 p.m.
MSG meeting. Refreshments willbe served.The, Thanksgiving holidaytransportation proposal
is
stillunder investigation. With thisproposal,
MSG
will provide
a
shuttle service using
the
schoolbus to take people
to
Buffalo and-or possibly Pittsburgh airports
for
flights to areas
far
distances fromErie.
If
this proposal
is
establish-ed, flight, arrangements wouldalso
be
made through
MSG.?
SAC chairperson John Jonesannounced that the activities com-
mittee .will
begin their interviewprocess
for a
freshman represen-tative
on
Monday, October
3.
Freshmen interested are encourag-ed
to
submit letters
of
intent.Jones also announced
that
therewill
be a
dance held
on
Saturday,October
1,
after
the
first home,football game. The
disc
jockey
for
the evening will
be
Aiitoinne
Thompson.Missy Hurlburt, studentgovernment representative, mov-ed that MSG establish
a
commit-tee
tot
form
a
senior directorybooklet. This booklet would takethe place
of
the
discontinued Mer-cyhurst yearbook
and
would
in-
clude photos
and
addresses
of
graduating seniors. This
commit-
tee
is
open
to
anyone interested.O'Conner announced that thisyear, both MSG
and
SAC plan
to
print
a
newsletter to keep studentsinformed
on
events
at
Mercyhurst.
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the conversion
of
the courts sincethe recent acquisition
of St.
Mark's Seminary
has
made fourmore courts available
to
the tennisteam. These courts, along
with
thetwo indoor courts,
on
campus,were believed
by the
administra-tion
to be
sufficient.Coach
Ric
Harden replied thatwhile! all four
St.
Mark's courtsare
in
good condition,
six
courtsSt. Mark's Tennis Courtsare still needed
in
one location
for
a match.According
to Dr.
GarveyHand
E. William Kennedy, director
of
student services, parking space
is
also
in
desperate need.There
was a
definite
''parking
crunch"
on
campus, Kennedysaid.
"We are
very happy
to
havethe parking, though not necessari-ly
at the
expense
of the
tenniscourts,"
he
added.Dr. Garvey stressed that
the
need
for
parking
is
specifically
in-
tense around
the
MercyhurstApartments
and the
CampusCenter, especially when events arebeing held
in the
gym.But, Harden remains uncon-vinced that
the
conversion
of the
tennis courts was
the
best path
to
choose. «*
Davor
Photo CompanyTo Create:SeniorSupplement
By
Brent ScarpoMERCIAD Staff ReporterDue
to an
$8,000 loss,
the
Mercyhurst yearbook
no
longer exists.
In
its
place, willbe
the
new Senior Supplement.Sheila Delaney, studentgovernment treasurer said,
"Last
year,
we
allotted about$12,000,
and
made about$3,450.
So, we
lost approx-imately $8,000."The decision
to
discontinuethe yearbook
occurred,:spring
term last year
on May
22,
at a
special
MSG
meeting. FourBudget Proposals werecreated:
A, B, C, and
D.
:
Budget
A
entailed raising
the
activities
fee
and discontinuingthe yearbook. Budget B entail-ed
not
raising
the
activities
fee
and discontinuing
the
year-book. Budget
C had a fee in-
crease and continuing the year-book,
and
finally, Budget
D
had
an
increase
in fee,
whilecontinuing
the
yearbook.After much deliberation,Pat Reed, MSO
J
Represen-tative, made
a
motion
to
ac-
cept Budget Proposal B, whichcontained
no fee
increase
and
no yearbook
for the
1983-84school year.
Tom
Buckleyseconded
the
motion.A roll call vote
was
taken,which showed 10
in
favor,
six
against,
and one
abstentionresponse
to
Budget;
Proposal
B.
The
motion
was
carried.
1
That particular vote produc-ed
a
number
of
results. Besidesnot having
a
yearbook, BrookeBuzard, former yearbookeditor said,
"I was a
littleupset, because
I
wasn't eveninformed
of the
specialmeeting being called."Since
the
crucial vote,
not
much
has
been said
or
doneconcerning
the
issue, accordingto sources.
It
wasn't*
untilrecently
that]
anyone knew
of
the
new
Senior Supplement.Sheila Delaney,
as
well
as Sue
Bennett, MSG
%
secretary,
had
no idea
of
whether
or not one
existed
or was
going
to
exist.E. William Kennedy, direc-tor;
of
student services, toldThe Merciad that
the
DavorPhoto Company,
in
Bensflen,Pennsylvania,
was'selected
to
do the
1983-84
senior portraits.The company voluntarily saidthat they would create
a
SeniorSupplement, consisting
of
senior portraits
and
campussurroundings. The supplementis free
to all
seniors
who get
their pictures taken
by
'the
company.Abe Orlick, President
of
Davor Photo Inc., agreed thathe would, "photograph
each
member
of
the senior class
and
submit color proofs
of
four
.'poses
in the
yearbook*
attireand two poses
in
academic
cap
and gown;
to
schedule
ail
senior portrait sittings and sup-ply
the
seniors with appoint-ment slips containing
all pre-
sitting information required,along with designating the timeand place
of the
appointment.In addition,
he will
mail proofsto seniors. Having additionalposes entails
an
additionalcost.'
The
cost
for
publicationof the directory will be absorb-'ed
by
Davor Photo
in
lieu
of
the services that would havebeen given
to a
yearbook.
The
number
of
copies
of
studentdirectories will equal
the
number
of
seniors
photograph-ed, with
an
additional twenty-five copies being printed
for
the college, free
of
charge."
 
Our
opinion
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30,11983
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Editarfe
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It is impressive to see a student organization so full of energyand creative projects for the benefit of the student body.The time has come to recognize the efforts and leadershipskills of this group. If you haven't guessed yet, it's the StudentActivities Committee, (SAC).This year the SAC officers: chairperson, John Jones; vice-chairperson, James Sherrod; treasurer, Christie Smith;
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'
secretary, Patrick Callahan; public relations officers, BrentScarpo and Jean Moniewski, under the guidance of
Marjorie
McDermott the student activities director, have truly shined.Each week these people work hard to plan and tailor differentactivities both on and off campus, to meet the needs and wantsof the Mercyhurst community.
Octoberfest,
Chicken Wing Night, Midnight Madness, HeroNight, and
Surprise-Surprise
are some of the upcoming eventsthat are going to be first activities to ever be sponsored by SACin its history.
*To
make these events successful and
on-going
in the future,students need to support SAC and let the officers know whatthey think. After all, it's your money that is being used to payfor the activities.
This
year two positions have been revitalized in order to makeSAC more productive. The Public Relations position has beendivided into two categories. Brent Scarpo is in charge of adver-tising and publicity, and Jean Moniewski meets with people togenerate ideas, distribute information, and survey the Mer-cyhurst community to find out their likes and dislikes aboutevents.Currently, letters of intent are being accepted for FreshmenActivities Officer. This
position,has
been improved to ensurethat ideas from freshmen are generated.In addition, the Freshmen Activities officer would beavailable to help with other Student Activities Committee dutiesin case another officer is unable to do
so.!The
Freshmen Ac-tivities Officer post is also a steppiing-stone to other leadershippositions.By re-evaluating add
up-dating
the officer duties in SAC, thetalent becomes more developed and allows activities to expand.SAC is the students of Mercyhurst College. Anyone can jointhe organization and give input through suggestions, working atevents, making decorations and even enjoying activitiessponsored.
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Bravo to SAC for a job being well done.
The
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THE MERCIAD
 
England
in the
Spring
nan
By
Chris Chmielewski
When I recall
the
five weeks Ispent in England
J
and Scotlandthis past spring, I get incrediblynostalgic and sentimental/ Iremember getting caught in adownpour in the English coun-tryside, seeing Mick Jagger
in'a
disco in London, travelingthrough the Scottish Highlands'and wishing that I could smugglea lamb back into the States, ex-perimenting with various Englishales, and daydreaming in Har-rod's.I miss all these things andmany others, but what I probablymiss the.*
most
is my visit toGlastonbury.
\
As far back as I can remember,I've always
[been
interested inEnglish history, especially when itdealt with knights, chivalry,
Robin
Hood,,
and King Arthur.While
I
was in Britain, I wanted tosee many of the historic placesthat I've read about.
1
especiallywanted to see Tintagel, where thecastle ruins of Arthur's childhoodhome
exist.
But, alas, the CornishCoast, where Tintagel is located,is very difficult to get to without acar, so
If
opted for another spotsteeped in Arthurian
legend.'
That's when my roommate, Gina,who is a total Arthurphile, sug-gested
we
venture to Glastonbury.Glastonbury is a
town
ofhistory and legend. The problemis that the history and legends areso intermingled, that they
are
in-separable. Most of the town's. history involves King Arthur andthe Holy Grail. Glastonbury Ab-bey is the alleged burial place ofKing Arthur and
his
consort,Guinevere, the stream flowingunder Palimer Bridge is
where
Ex-
calibur
is
hidden,-and
the ChaliceWell Garden is the protector ofthe Holy Grail.
]*
So,
on Friday, the 13th of May,(an appropriate day for seekingout legends), Gina and I set outfor our Arthurian adventure.
After'a
three
r\our
combinationtrain and bus ride, we finally ar-rived in Glastonbury.The first stop in, our journeywas Glastonbury Abbey. The Ab-| bey was dissolved in 1539 byHenry
VIII
when he abolished theRoman Catholic Church
and
in-| stituted the Churchh of England.
L
As a result, the Abbey was aban-doned and now only the ruins re-main. Pieces of the structurestand out against the landscape-like redwood trees in a meadow.Amid the ruins is Arthur's allegedburial plot. Surprisingly, there isno shrine, only a simple marker.Whether this is Arthur's realburial
i
pi
ace no one will everknow, but I would like to
.thinkhe's i
buried here. There's such apeacefulness here that befits sucha legend as Arthur.Also among the ruins is the'Thorn Tree of
St/Joseph
ofArimathea, a follower of Jesus.He came to England in hopes ofconverting the pagans, but he
.
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Chris Chmielewski
JL
Hfl
wasn't having much luck. So toshow the pagans that his God wassupreme, he
thrust
his staff into
theJground
and it took root andblossomed. Supposedly/
ever
since then, it blooms twice a year,at Christmas and Easter.
i" S|
Finally we left the ruins, feelinglike we momentarily stepped backin time.The next place we wanted to go
see^was
the
Chalic
Well Gardens,
where
the
Holy Grail is supposed-ly hidden, but we didn't knowhow to get there, so
we'stopped
into an antique
store'and
askedfor directions
J
The owner of theantique store,
a
woman by thename of Barbara Cox, not onlygave directions, but she also toldus many of the legends andmysteries of Glastonbury. Mrs.Cox is presently working on adocumentary film on King Arthurfor CBS, so we were lucky to beable to talk to an expert on thesubject.
*
She
told
us
about Excalibur andthe Chalice Well Gardens. Abouta mile from the Abbey is PalimerBridge, which now covers a smallstream. Apparently, at One timethe stream was a slow-movingriver with an island in the middle.This island (the Isle of
Aval
on) isnow present-day Glastonbury andthe river, which flows around theIsle,is where Excalibur wasthrown. Legend has- it that whenArthur fought his
final
battleagainst Mordred,
he was
woundedand taken to the Isle of Avalon torecover. Before
he
left for the Isle,he instructed one of his loyalknights, Perceval, to toss hissword, Excalibur, into the river.So that's
why*Excalibur
is sup-posedly hidden 'somewherebeneath Palimer Bridge.
So,
we left Mrs. Cox and made
our
way to the Chalice WellGardens. The Gardens containbeautiful
foliage,j
waterfalls,fountains, and, of course, theChalice Well. As legend goes, St.Joseph of Arimathea brought theHoly Grail (the chalice that Christused at the Last Supper) with himwhen he came to convert thepagan Britons, and
.for.
somereason he hid the grail in this well.The water which flows from the, well happens to be red. (Don't tellanyone, but the reason that thewater
is
red
is
that
is
has large irondeposits.) This water is supposedto have curative-
*
powers andpilgrims from
ali.over
the worldcome to drink it.
^
The area surrounding the wellmysteriously has a high magneticfield, and mediums and psychicscome here to
"feel
the vibes."
Ad-
cording to Barbara Cox,, a few
I *years
ago, psychics met here andprevented the end of the world.At
last,
we finally made
it
to thefoot of Tor. The Tor is
a^very,
I very
s'teep
hill with a ruined chapelatop. The hike up the Tor is ex-hausting, but the view from thetop is worth it. It was a beautiful,clear day and I could see formiles. The top was so windy that Ihad to hold my glasses on to keepthem from blowing off my face.On the way down the Tor, Ginaand I met up with a
flock i of
sheep.
TheyJ
freely roam the Tor,so
you
have to watch where youstep.
.
i
According to Barbara Cox, awhite
witchcraft"
sect, TheEssenes, hold mysterious
rituals
atop the Tor. So apparently, theTor has more than a nice
view.t
To end our
Arthurian
Adven-ture,we ate dinner in a 500-year-old restaurant and drifted back intime.Editor's Note: Chris
Chmielewski
is a
sophomore
Communications major atMercyhurst.
Representative Positions For:
3 Freshmen
Biology major I
Dance majorDietetics majorEnvironmental Sciences majorFashion MerchandisingmajorInterior Design majorSecretarial Management majorSociologymajor
Please submit letters of intentto the
MSG office
- 2nd
floor
Old Main, by Monday, |October 24,
1983
at 4:00 p.m.
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