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Historical play lacks strong audience support
The Mercyhurst College
Little
Thea-
ter
production
of The Crucible openedlast Thursday
to a less than sold
out house.Attendance at the next four shows wasalso nominal. In fact,
thefcastfof
TheCrucible estimates that, for the Sundayevening show, the audience just barelyoutnumbered the players.
_^
Although the word around the greenroom holds bad publicity responsible for
the
play's
low attendance toldate, it may
be
that
some people simply aren'
t
familiarwith the story. So we thought we'd briefyou on it^
§ jp
The*Crucible is a
play Sby
ArthurMiller, who is best
known
for his classicplay Death of a Salesman.
i
Set in late 17th century Salem,Mass., it
is
peopled
with characters
straightout of history, including the young girlswhose games in the forest sparked theinfamous witch trials.Millerdoesbenda few facts, but here'sthe gist
offihe
story: Abigail Williams,niece
to
Salem's
minister,
and her
friendsinstigate the
trialsfby
claiming to haveseen a number of women with the devil.Finally, as he tries to stop
die
girls fromsentencing any
more
women, her ex-loverand employer,! John Proctor, condemns
himself.
When faced with
the
decision
toconfesswizard, Procfor
yourself!
VOL.64N<X5
MERCYHURST COLLEGE,
GLENWOOD
HILLS,
ERIE,
PA.
16546THURSDAY,
OCTOBER 25,1990
CHECK
II
OUT
Thursday,
Oct.25
8:15,312
Preston, MercyhurstPublic Relations I Associationmeeting.Friday,
Oct26
3:30
MSG radio show onWMCE
|8
p.m.
Zurn Recital
Hall,
SAC
presents Mark Pitman, Hypn -
list/mentalist
m
Saturday,
Ocit.27
10 p.m. to 1 a.m. HerrmannUnion, school
[
presents Roguesconcert
spirit
day
Gallery in
Sunday,
Oct.28
7
p.m.
zurn 114 MSG meetingMonday,
Oct.29
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HerrmannUnion, poster sale
Tuesday,
Oct JO
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. HerrmannUnion, posterWednesday,
Oct
31
Happy Halloween
Severe penalties await drunk students
By Karen McGuireMerciad News EditorOn Friday, Oct 19, five unsuspectingMercyhurst College students packed
into
acar,and left the
campus
in
search of
a
party. Theirdestination was Penn
State-Behrend
campus,
but
the intoxicated
individuate got
lost
The
carwas pulled over by the police. As the sirensounded, the students' hearts rounded, andnightmares of underage drinking^ filled theirheads. All six terrified individuals
were asked
to get out of
the car and
go through
a
sobriety
check.
Luckily,
the
driver
had
not
been
drink-ing,
and
she
had
refused
to
let
alcohol
enter thevehicle.The students
were let off
the hook,
but
next
time they might
not be
so lucky. According toTeresa Barker, Mercyhurst
SADD
president,underage drinking alone
can
have
a
penalty
ofup to $300, a 90-day confinement
and a
oneyear driver's license suspension. If
you
havean out-of-state driver's license, you will beunable
to
drive
in
Pennsylvania.What will happen
to
you if
you
drink anddrive?'
'First
you
will
be
given
a blood, breath,
and/or
urine
test
to determine your
blood
alco-hol content (BAC)," said Barker. "If your
B
AC is
over
one-tenth
of
one
percent
you are
considered legally drunk
in
Pennsylvania
and
will be arrested for driving under the influ-
*
she said.nce,
Freshmen SAT scoresabovenational average
licenseBy Angela M. CampMerciad Staff
Reporter
Mercyhurst freshmer; are above averagewhen compared to
na't'onal
standards, ac-cording to a preliminary report prepared by
the
admissions
office
at
Mercyhurst
College.When comparing average Scholastic Apti-tude Test scores of Mercyhurst freshmen tothe national SAT scores, freshmen at the'Hurst
came out
ahead. Of the uncondition-ally accepted sfreshmen, which consist ofabout
75%
of
the
freshmen class, the averagescore was over 30 points higher than thenational score.
When
\
ranked against thePennsylvania average (about 70% of thefreshmen are Pennsylvania^), Mercyhurst
came out
over
65
points ahead.'
'The
qualityof reshmen
his year
is
comparable
to a
yearago," said Andy Roth, Director of Admis-sions."What we need to work on is
overall
quality."
*
: Roth explained that SAT's are just one
ofthe things that Admissions looks at "SATscores are fourth or fifth on the list*' saidRoth.
t
.Roth
went
on to
list
the criteria the Admis-sions office examines: grade point average,GPA in academic subjects, class rank, andrecommendations. SATs follow
the
recom-mendations on
theilistI"SAT
scores
are
usually comparable to the GPA of the stu-dents," Roth said. "So we don't focus onthem too much."According to Penn
State-Behrend*s
stu-dent newspaper,
SAT
and
ACT scores havebeen made optional for students of variousschools including Hawaii Pacific, SouthernUtah State, Southern Vermont and
Fort
Lau-derdale colleges, and all the schools in theOregon State
and
California State universitysystems."College reformers often claim
the
SAT
in
particular
does
not
reveal much
more about
test takers than
how well
they have
mastered
accurate
guessing,'
*
Behrend's paper
added.Because of
the
criticism,
trustees
of
the
Col-lege Board, the organization that
oversees
theSAT,
are considering changes to make the
test
less "statistical."Quality
or
new
students is always on theagenda said Roth.' 'What we really need totarget
is
minority enrollment''
he
said. SinceMercyhurst is a privately operated school,
there is
no
legal quota
of minority
students
to
fill. According to this year's freshmen pro-file,
only 3
2
percent of Mercyhurst
freshmenare black, and 2.2 percent are neither whitenor black. "Those
numbers
are not
accurate,given
that
8.7 percent of
the
freshmen chose
not
to
disclose
their race on
the
application,said Roth.'
'The
actual number is closer
It
five percent
but
we are aiming for six
per
cent to ten percent"
5
suspended
for
one year, according to Barker.You could
serve
48 hours
in
jail
and
be fined
up to
$5,000.
DUI
offenders
are
also required
to participate in an alcohol highway safetycourse.
"In addition to risking these penalties bydrinking and driving, you also risk killinganother
human
being
or
yourself,"
said
Barker.
4
'Please remember
this when
you are
celebrat-ing Halloween this year." The penalties for
underage drinking
and
DUI
are
very
real,
andthe
consequences can be deadly.
3
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2THE MERCIADOCTOBER
25,1990
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Editor's
Note:
This column is designed to
let
students
know
what
ishappening in the international
and
local
areas.
The news is gathered
from
a variety
of
sources.
By
Karen
McGuire
j
Merciad News Editor
INTERNATIONAL:London
Demonstrators throwing fire-bombs and stones clashed
with police Saturday
at
a march protesting the "poll
tax.'*
Police said
nine people
were injured and 91 protesters
were arrested.
Every adultnow pays a
charge,
instead
of only
property
owners.
Everyone
in
a
district pays the same amount J
Belfast,
Northern Ireland — Bombs
exploded simultaneously before
dawn today at two checkpoints near the Irish
border,
killing at least six
security force members, and injuring 27 people, mostly soldiers,authorities
said.
Officials
said
it appeared to be the work
of the IrishRepublican Army.NATIONAL:Washington,
D.C.
— The Senate
failed
to override President
Bush's
veto
of a civil rights
bill
on Wednesday. They
fell
one vote short of the
two-thirds vote necessary to approve the
measure.
The bill would havemade it easier for workers to sue employers for
discrimination.Washington,
D.C.—The
first
resignation
of
the Bush
Administration
was announced
Wednesday.
Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole
steppeddown
lo take
a job with
the Red
Cross.
Fort
Lauderdale,
Fla.-
Jurors
ruled Saturday that the rap
group
2 LiveCrew did not violate
obscenity
laws in a conceit that resulted in thearrests
of
three band
members.
i
Dana
Point,
Calif.
-
Scientists decided, Monday, to
 free
 a 15-foot,
2,000-pound
megamouth
shark.
Apparently, it
was the
 first
 member
of its
rare species
hauled to
shore alive,
and only the
ifthsuch creature
ever
seen.
Anchorage,
Alaska - A federal judge rejected arguments
that Exxon
Corp.
shouldn't be
put on
trial for
the Exxon
Valdezspill,
and
has
ordered the oil giant to stand trial in
April.
It was the worst spill in
U.S.
history.
;-.
Americans
are
expressing
outrage over a
U.S.
government study in
which scientists shot
over 200
birds to help them
figure out
the exactnumber
killed
in
the Exxon Oil Spill. Scientists
lolled
the
birds,
dipped
them in
oil
and then
threw
them
out
to
sea.
The
scientists
will
wait and
see
how
many turn
up.
This
will help them
estimate the
proportion ofbirds found
rom
 the 1989
oil spill
to the total
number of birds killed.LOCAL:
The
2.5-mile
long Bayfront Parkway was opened on
Monday.
Erie*sformer
first lady, Grace
Tullio,
Mayor
Joyce Savocch io and GovernorRobert
P.
Casey
attended
the opening
ceremony.SPORTS:
4
'The
moment of
truth,''
the phrase dubbed for Thursday's
weight
 fight
 between
Buster Douglas and Evander Holy
ield,
s close
to
reality. Holyfield,
the
unbeaten contender, is considered
an
8
to
5favorite
to win the
title.
I
Center Wayne Gretzky of
the
Los Angeles Kings needs onto
become the
 first
 player in National
Hockey
League history to
2,000
points during
a career. Gretzky will
try
for
his
2,000th
when
the Kings visit Winnipeg
Friday.
i
Hurst student charged with theft
By
Karen McGuire
Merciad
News Editor
The
I
* case
of
the missing
wal-let" was solved recently when a
McAuley
Hall resident
was chargedwith 14
counts of theft by unlawful
taking and
disposition.According
to jMerrill
Dever,
head
of security, a Mercyhurstemployee
ast
 his
wallet somewherearound the vicinity of Garvey Park.The McAuley
student gfound
the
wallet and used the
credit
cards
totheir limit, Dever
said.
The student
used the cards to purchase
articlesof clothing, which were in turnsold to
at
least
 five
 other students
for
cash.
The
I
students
were $
all identi-fied,
and
the merchandise
was
re-
turned,
said
Dever.*
'The
studentswho
bought
the clothes were underthe impression that the cards be-longed to the suspect's father,"
said
Dever.
The McAuley Hall
resident was
arrested by the
Erie
Police
Depart-ment,
and is undergoing
litigation,according to Dever. The studentwas suspended from Mercyhurst,pending litigation. The student isalso
required to
make
restitution
tothe victim. The full extent of thedamage has not yet been] deter-mined. "Whatever the victim isout,'
*
Dever
said,
?'
the student willbe
held
accountable for."
Another case
of theft
was
also
resolved
recently. Three offices onthe first floor of Old
Main/Egan
experienced stolen credit cardsduring the first week of October.The
victims were unaware
that
theircards had been stolen and used up
to their
limits.
The person takingthe cards only took one card ineach instance, leaving the other
cards
intactAccording to Dever, one pur-chase was made with one of thecards at the Millcreek Matt. Two
more purchases were traced to the
Buffalo area, and resulted in thearrest of a black male from the
Buffalo
area,
Dever
added.
"It
hasnot yet been determined how theBuffalo
man
is connected
to
Mer-cyhurst College," Dever
said.
"Ihave to wait until I get
the
reportfrom the
Buffalo
Police Depart-ment"
i
;
" * F"It is not believed at this
time
that
the
McAuley
Hall resident was
involved in the other
three
counts,"
Dever added. "Both
cases,
how-ever,
are
considered solved."
By
Dan LanganMerciad
Staff ReporterPresident's
report: MSGPrcsi-
lent Robin-Engel
said that last
•:•:•
Friday's grand
opening of
th<ion
went very well.
Said
Engeseemed
that everyone had a
\
time.
I hope
that
everyone will
use
and
enjoy the new facility." Oneof the events scheduled for theunion
will be a club fair to be
held
on
Tuesday,
Oct 30 from
1-4
p.m.
in die
Great Room. The purpose of
the
fair, according
to
Engel,
is
forstudents to find out
more
about
sponsors
underprivileged childrenfrom countries around the world.The children
are^
brought to theU.S. to receive medical attentionnot
available in
their
own
country.Vice president's report: BradFairfield announced
that
Dr.
Gar-vey will
be
evaluated by the Boardof Trustees and MSG PresidentRobin Engel. The routine evalu-ation is done every four years to
measure the
progress
and
accom-plishments of
the
college's presi-
dents,
i H *
SAC Chair/Student Union Di-rector's report:
SAC
Chair FrankZ.
Revy reported that
approximately75-100 people attended last Fri-and organizations on cam-
day *s
performance
by
Scott
Jones.pus,
and
to encourage their partici-
pation in campus
events,
 fe.
 Other
topics discussed by Engel
were regarding the formation of
two
committees:
An alcohol
aware-
ness committee that will plan
pro-
msible
nt
grams to
encourage
a i
drinking atmosphere on
campus
and a violence committee
whicl
will set
standards to deal with
situ-
ations
involving
violence on
cam-pus.
The Judicial Review Boardneeds guidelines to follow to en-
sure that each case is treated
fairly.Finally, the
Monster Bingo hasbeen postponed until December
14.The bingo committee
will
be work-ing closely with a bingo supply
wholesaler from the Pittsburgh areaand a representative
rom
 St
Luke's
church to ensure that the event iswell-planned and coordinated.Proceeds from the event will be
donated to two
charities: GJR.O.W.(Grass Roots Opportunities forWomen), an organization affiliated
with the
Sisters of Mercy,
and Healthe
Children,
an organization whichHe
also noted
that SAC
is planninga sightseeing
trip to Toronto and a
skiing trip to Vermont For moreinformation about these events,interested people
should!contact
Frank.Cass
Shimek,
Director of theStudent Union, announced that
Saturday's Black Tie Video dancein the union was a "big
success."She said that approximately 250-
300 people attended the
dance and
that there were no
problems.
.
Shimek also announced that
Saturday
is
School Spirit Day.
B Iue
and green ribbons
will;be
hungthroughout
campus
in support of
the six
athletic teams playing
that
day.
A
local band, Rogues Gallery,will
be
appearing in
the union
onSaturday evening as the day's fi-nale.
She
encouraged all students
to participate in the day's events to
show
support
for
'Hurst
athletics.Finally, Shimek
announced thehours
of
die
union:
I
Mon.
through
Thurs.,
7:30
a.m.
to
midnight;Fri-day,
7:30
a.m.
to 2
ajn.;
Saturday,
Noon to 2
a.m.;
and Sunday, Noonto
12
a.m.
She also said
that theCove has
been renamed
the*'Laker
Inn."
%
^ A Note From the
Treasurer:"I want to encourage students touse the check cashing service. Itwill enable them to cash payroll
checks and other checks
at Marine
Bank on
38th and
Pine,"
treasurer
Dale
Mancuso
said.
Cashing cards
are
issued at the front desk in thestudent union Monday throughFriday
rom
 9
p.m.
to
4 p.m.
Thereis a one-time fee
of
$5.
Guidelines
can be
picked
up at the
union.
 
OCTOBER
25,1990
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Dear
Editor,
complains about Merciad, security policies
I find it somewhat fascinatingthat last week's unbiased story onthe Oct 12th violence in the Stu-dent Union
was
based solely on thetestimony of the Head of SecurityBud Dever, Dr. Brown and Mr.Kennedy (none of whom were atthe incident). For some reason the
Letter to the Editor
Editorialcausesdistress
Dear Editor,editor of our student paper failed togrant input about the goings-on ofthat night from any of the hundred-plus students
who
were
actually inattendance.Kevin, what Bud and our
administration
neglected to tell youwas that the original fight did notlast more than a few seconds and
was
broken up immediately by thestudents. Had security
been
insight-ful enough to practice a little
'pre-
ventative medicine' by peacefullyremoving the student
who had
beendancing recklessly
on the
stage
formuch of the evening, the incidentwould
not have
been
triggered.
Thesituation
moved'from
one whichthis was that it deterred the squan-dering of a
once-in-a-lifetime
op-
portunity for
our boys in
blue
to
actauthoritatively. Regardless ofwhether or not Bud's
claim that
theswinging of flashlights and nightsticks upon students*
craniums
waspurely*
unintentional,"the
bottomline
is
that at present a
Mercy hurst
student
is
nursing
a
painful contu-sion on
the
back
of
his
skull
whichwas induced by a security officeracting on a
'gut
level.' Possiblythis
is
a mandate for our
security
tocarry guns!The only mention
made
of stu-dents
in
Kevin's article comes withtheir concern over whether or notwas under control to one of utter foe band Oroboros will ever
return
I have just read your apologyfor the distress caused by yourillustrated editorial of the weekchaos when our slightly tardy andover-zealous Mercyhurst rent-a-
cops
felt
(he
necessity
to
show somemuscle by breaking up nonexistentfights. I suppose the logic behind
Letter
to
the Editor
to the campus. Well,
hadj
Kevindone an ilk
investigational
report-ing and
actually
contacted the band,he would know that there existabsolutely no ill feelings between
the
i
band and either the
student
involved
in
the fight or MercyhurstCollege.
He
would
also
know that
the
f
band
is very much lookingforward
to
making
a
reappearanceon campus in the spring,
i
Apart from the article on theStudent Union violence I wouldlike to voice my disgust in theformal apology that accompaniedlast week's editorial. I have longrealized that the editor of our stu-
dent paper
has
been
a faithful puppetof
Meicyhurst's
administration,
and
because of this his boot-lickingapology really should
not have
comeas much of a surprise. However,being
somewhat
t
idealistic, I amunder
the
belief
that
the providingof a medium from which the stu-
dents
are able to articulate theiropinions and concerns, free fromthe threat or influence of campusbig-wigs, is the whole philosophyunderlying a student newspaper.Obviously, our school paper oper-ates under a
different
philosophy.
I
find it difficult to believe that anapology would
have
appeared hadthe only person incensed by thearticle
been a pal
by Mercyhurst
student.
As an aside, I think thatinstead of apologizing Kevin, youperhaps should have pointed outthat those who are offended by
nonconventional
approaches to orcriticism of religious faith possessan incredibly
immature
?faith,
{if
indeed they are in possession ofany faith at
all.
*
,)1
best stop here before I getcensored.
The
Exhibitionist
P.S.
I would
like
to apologize to theeditor if I have offended him. Ifyou wish to straighten this situ-ation out I'd be more than willingto step outside!
before
last,
and I am glad you hadthe good sense to print it
Student speaks outonissues
at it
he
'Hurst
Having read earlier editorials,
I
Dear Editor,only following orders too. Some
were of
ended
at the
cartoon abouthad credited you with quite good
judgment;
but I felt deep vexationand disgust as I read the one inquestion.I give you this
piece
of advice:In writing (even in journalism),restraint is a virtue. It is its ownemphasis. Do you want to be an
effective,writer?
Cultivate restraintIt is a literary as well as a socialvirtue. i
Cordially,.
Sister
M.
EustaceProbably the toughest job on
this campus
is that of the R.A. andbuilding
manager.
They
are on
thefront lines of the disciplinary army,but on the bottom of the totem
pole.
Many of them don't get the
respect they
deserve.
However,
someof
them
deserve every
bit
of disre-spect they receive, especially theones who
simplylsay
(like somepreprogrammed automaton),
"I
amonly following orders.'! Yea sure,Hitler's death camp guards were
The Merciad
Mercyhurst College's First Class newspaperas rated by the Associated Collegiate PressVol. 64 No. 5
October 25,1990
Kevin McHughKaren McGuireTheresa
Hewitt^
Robi
Tay
orNick RobertsMolly McCormickMelissa ManginiAndy PenhollowMaureen ConnollyMaria KellyTimothy MoriartyEditor-in-Chief
^News
EditorFeatures EditorEntertainment Editor
Sports
EditorAsst Sports EditorPhoto Editor
i
CopysEditor
Design ManagerAdvertising ManagerFaculty Advisor
R.A.'s
and building managers try
to
go a bit
too
far with their limitedpowers. For example,
in my
case
Iwas told where
to
place my stereo
and
to
remove
empty liquor bottlesfrom the window sill. When is itgoing to end? Are we going to berestricted
to
certain times
when
wecan relieve our urinary and
diges-
tive tracts? This is an issue that Iwould
like
to debate in great length,but at some other time becausethere are
some
other urgent thingswhich I must shred to pieces withmy acrid pen. (The power of thewritten word is amazing...TheDeclaration of
Independence...The
U.S.Constitution...Moby
Dkk...The
Art of Zen and
Mo-
torcycle
Maintenance...etc.)
The Sisters of Mercy, I respectwith the utmost of...well, respectIf half
this
planet would
have
halfthe perseverance, kindness anddedication as these wonderfulwomen,
our
earth would
be heaven.However, I was let down when Iread
the
editor's
note that
our mostChrist
in
The Merciad a couple ofweeks
ago.
Dear Sisters,
why
were
you
offended?
Was
it because
youfeehthat
Jesus Christ was neverangry at anybody or anything? I'msure
Christ|(if
he was human aswell as God) had human
fi ail
tiesand emotions.
Thus,
it
is
very
pos-
sible that
he was
angry
at one
timeor another.The Catholic Church is thoughtof as very
conservative
and ex-tremely closed-minded. This is farfrom the truth
because
if one
was
a
real
Roman Catholic,
one was
lov-ing, liberal, and open-minded. TheChurch has made incredible leapsof progress
since
Vatican
II,
and ithas broken
 from
ts medieval mold.
However,
people don't see that whensisters,
.brothers
and priests takesuch regressive actions As beingoffended by a genuinely funnycartoon.
H
fNext
on the
Z-man's
brain
ublic;
they haven't
w hat
otner excuse
do
tney have
tormaking unintelligent
comments
toThe
Merciad.
(Just kidding,
I
knowthat
all
the members of our admini-stration are
line,
upstanding, andhonorable members of
functioning
society.)
|From now,on
the
SAC. is
hiring
the Erie Police Department
"for
concerts.
The
reason isn't because
of
thecaused
one
problem
ever.
The rea-son I'm going
to
hire
the
E.P.D. isto | protect Mercyhurst Collegewithin, because
on-campus
secu-rity obviously can't
What
really irked me wasBrown's statement to The Mer-ciad about
how
students,
"tend
tofocus on some aspects and ignoreothers." To me, it seems the ad-ministration and security are ig-noring
senile
details
while
they'repinpointing their attention on other
areas.
agenda
is
the incident at
the
Orob-
oros concert I swear to God that| certain members of our admini-
esteemed women
of
the
Mercy
habit stration have
the
weakest intellectPEACE.FRANK
Z.
REVYReporters
Black history courses needed
Maria StationBob Coneglio
Laura
BlabacSue Viverelli
DanLangan
Yvonne MaherAndy PenhollowAngela
M.
CampPeter Neilson
Liam
Barronracy
Schmitz
1
_^^
Jill Schreckengost Monique ParentBy Robin E. IllsleyMerciad staff reporterTammyGarthAre blackneeded?history courses
The
Merciad
is the
student-produced newspaper
of
Mercyhurst
College, Box
161,
501
E.
38th
st,
Erie
Pa.
16546.
Phone 825-0376Material
for
publication must
be
submitted
by
noon
on the
Monday before publicationletters
but the
name
can be
withheld
bv
requestMe re
bid's
editorial opinion
is
determined
by the
Editorial Board with
the
Editor holding^esponsibUity.
The
opinions expressed
in
\
erclad
are
not
necessarily those
of
Jerciad.
its
staff
or
Mercyhurst
College,
3>
&1£^
A
friend of
mine came up to
melast week and asked me what the
main
difference
was
between
MartinLuther King
and ^Malcolm
,X.
Itwas hard
to
believe that this
youngperson didn't know this basic in-formation on two extremelylim-portant men that helped our coun-try
so
much. It
is
especially hard tocomprehend that a college studentin this day and age doesn't know
the
basics of our history, both blackand white. This supposedly com-mon knowledge should at least beoffered in
the
Mercyhurst curricu-lum.Mr. Charles Kennedy
and
Mrs.
Betty Damper are both workinghard
tog
get several black historycourses initiated into MercyhurstCollege.
|Mr.
iKennedy, being amusician
himself,
would
like to
seea black
music
history course alongwith at [least three other generalcourses in black history.Unfortunately, our children of
this
day
and
age
are missing out onlearning about
their ^heritage
andculture.
These teachings
should startat home at an early age, but thisdoesn't seem
the case
in
numerousfamilies. So now it's up to ourschool systems.
'•
Claude Brutus, president
of
ourMinority Student Union,
is
a
trans-
fer student
 from
 Fordham
College,in the BronxiNew York. Brutushas previously taken a course inblack history while attendingFordham.
Bnitus'ffeelings
on thecourse is that, "it gives blacks a
sense
of unity, and it improves allaspects of a person." He
adds,
I
*If
you don't know your past, you'llnever know your future."Hopefully by next year we allcan share the experience of learn-ing more about black history. After
all,
it is for all of us.

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