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On Page 2
Political Debate
On Page 4On Page 8
"
Everything
on my mind "
Football Profile
Homecominactivitieswrap
up
By Anne
L.
McNeils
A&E and'Features
Editor
Although the weather last Friday was
not
ideal
for all the
activities
planned
forHomecoming,
it didn't stop
people from
coming out to
begin celebrating the eventThe rain forced the
SAC-planned
Novelty Package from Garvey Park into the
Rec
Center.
I
SAC
Program DirectorMichael Arrigo said,
"Due to
the weather,we didn't
have as
successful
a
turnout aswe
would
have liked
to
have had. However, from
what
I understand, we didhave a good turnout and the studentsseemed to
enjoy
themselves."Because the program
had to
be movedinside, the Gyro was replaced byKaraoke. Arrigo also said that "Chris
Hoshaw
was our big winner with theHurricane." The most successful event
was
the
Spider
Web,
according to Arrigo.
The
main event of the weekend
was,
of
course, the football game on Saturday.Veterans'
Stadium was
filled with spir-
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Homecoming Queen, Lisa Scarsella, shows royal elation when congratulated by afriend.
1
ited fans on both sides of
the
 field.
 A-
though
the Lakers lost,
24-21,
their
fa ns *
support never wavered.The real highlight of the football gameoccurred during halftime. The crowningof the Homecoming King and Queen
Photo by
Joseph
Legler
took place immediately after the teamsleft the field. This year's king is TomPastore and queen, Lisa Scarsella.Following the crowning, the WarrenArea High School Dragons Band performed for the crowd. Their selectionwas
a
medley from Leonard Bernstein'sWest Side Story.
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Other events on Saturday included analumni men's soccer game,
a
women'svolleyball game and
a
conceit featuringthe Styrenes. Although there was
sup*
posed
to be
a dance,
due to some
misunderstanding, it didn't occur as planned.Arrigo apologized for
the
mix-up.Junior Michelle Ryan summed
up
thewhole weekend, "I think Homecoming
is
important to school morale
as
a whole.It gives everyone a chance to catch upwith visiting alumni. I really enjoyedhaving my sister (class of '91) comeback for
a
visit She said
she
wished theweekend would never end. It's great togive
alumni an
opportunity
to return
forgood times. I really got into the game,
also.
I thought the activities such as theband
and
Spider
Web
really added t lotto Mercy hurst's Homecoming."Homecoming
'92 is now
another greatweekend to live on in the memories ofcurrent students and alumni alike.
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66
NO.
2
MERCYHURST
COLLEGE,
GLENWOOD
HELLS, ERIE,PA.
16546
SEPTEMBER
24,1992
9 WW
w
CHEC
I
OUT
Thursday, September 247 p.m. Government
Chambers.*First Genetaf SACp
Meeting.
Middle
States renew
accreditation
By
Jule
Gardner
Merciad
News Editor
Friday, September 258 p.m. Zurn Recital Hall.Stand-Up Comedy and GameShow entitiled
"How
Safe is
1
Safe
Sex?"
featuring "Dr. BUI"
GoettelS
M!
1
I
Saturday
9
September 26
p.m. to
1
a.m. StudentUnion* Dance.Sunday, September 271 p.m. Townhouse*. FallFunfest Volleyball Tournamentand Pigroast Picnic. Signups forVolleyball
at
the desk in
the
Student Union. Prizes:
$100
forfirst, $75 for second and $50for third places.
On
July
13,1992,
Mercy hurst was
notified by the Middle States Associationthat accreditation has been reaffirmedfor
an .additional
10-year period.
The
college's accreditation was based uponthe self-study, compiled by an internalplanning committee, and the Middle
States Evaluation
team visit last spring.
The
Association
will not send
anotherteam to inspect growth at the
McAuley
Division, as might have been required.Overall,
the
Middle
States
visiting teamwas impressed with the self-study andthe attitude of
"openness
and coopera
tion"
on campus.The Middle States report listed manystrengths of various Mercy
hurst
pro
grams as
well as
recommendations
thatwill
help the
college.
The report
empha
sized
three issues in particular that shouldbe given prompt attention. These issueswere also addressed
in
the self-study.The first involves strategic planning.The Middle States team suggested theentire college constituency be involved
in
maintaining
the strengths and
historyof
Mercy
hurst College.In compliance with this recommenda
tion,
a committee of
30
people, including trustees, faculty, administration
andstudents has
been formed.
This
commit
tee,
The
Committee for the 21st Century,is
chaired by
Sr.
Maura Smith, who was
appointed by college
president, Dr. William Garvey.Tom Billlngsley, Dean of Administra
tion,
said
that the Committee
will
"con
sider the vision and philosophy statements of the college and use them to
develop broad
college goals for
the
next10
years."
}
The Committee for the 21st Centurywill also examine the other two mainrecommendations stated in the MiddleStates' report,
t
.One
of these is the "significant dissatisfaction with the current governancestructures and procedures'* of the college,
i
Billingsley
said that addressing the
governance
is the
"most
critical matter"of
the
evaluation results. He said, "Wesee this as, perhaps,
a
special challenge
»>
Middle Slates
Associationto
develop
a
more participatory govern
ment
system,
which will
resolve,
in
particular, tensions that may exist"One question that has been surfacing
in the last few months
is:
what
should
bethe structure of
the
college
senate?
Currently
it
Is made up of students andadministrators. The governance issue will
also
focus on providing an answer
to this
question. Billingsley said, "Some peoplefeel
the
college senate should reflect
the
faculty, just
as there Is a
student government which is all students. There arepeople on both sides within our owncollege community."The
third and
 final
 recommendation inthe report concerned the "inadequate"library resources at the North Eastand Corry sites of the McAuley Divi
sion.
The facilities do not
meet
the
stan
dards
set for college libraries.Academic Dean, ^Dr. MichaelMcQuillen, explained
that the ma
in
prob
lem
is
not necessarily
the
holdings of theDivision's libraries, but limited access
to the main
Hammermill library here oncampus. "They weren't calling on us toduplicate what we have here.
What
wereally need is a plan to automate the
libraryj
Middle States recognized the inter-library loan program and the abilities of
the
fax machine currently
in use as
positive steps forward.Concerning the McAuley Division ingeneral, McQuillen said, "Because wehave
moved
so quickly, we were
a
littleapprehensive the Middle States teamwould look
at the
Division
and
see
prob
lems and require a follow-up visit Wewouldn't have been surprised if that'swhat Middle States did, but they werepleased and impressed. There were noglaring weaknesses, no problems so serious
that a
follow-up
was needed.}
Some of the minor concerns of theevaluation centered on the faculty. Thereport states that the faculty
members
"feel too little ownership" of
the
liberalstudies core. McQuillen
affirmed
thatthe plan to. unify and clearly state
the
goals of the core, as planned by
theCommittee
\
for the 21st Century, willhelp faculty to be more involved withand
aware
of the core's purpose.
Mercy
 hurst Is expected to compile afollow-up report by April 1994. Thisreport is fairly standard and
will
document progress in the areas specified bythe Middle States report/
In
closing, McQuillen said, "From theadministration perspective, we
were
extremely pleased the report was
as
positive as
It
was. There were no seriousproblems brought to our attention thatwe weren't already aware of."
»»
 
PAGE
2THE MERCIADSEPTEMBER
24,1992
By
Jule
Gardner
Merciad
News Editor
Current Leader
in
Various
Polls:
Bill Clinton
\* &
15-20
PointsThe Democratic Scene:
* Governor Bill Clinton has released two new commercials
promot
ing
his campaign. The
 first,
 his only negative ad to
date,
shows afrizzy
picture
of President
George Bush
speaking
about an
improving economy. His words are then followed by
a
narrator reciting
high
unemployment statistics. The
tactic is to
let the President hanghimself
with his
own words, rather
tha n
to expose Clinton defamingthe President
himself.
The second commercial shows Clinton behind a
desk,
talking about the hard work put into his
economic
proposal. This ad also includes
a
1-800
number voters
can call toreceive this plan.
* Clinton's push
to
win-over
dissatisfied
Republicans is paying
off,literally.
Clinton has been able to draw
funds
 from
 places
that havebeen
off limits to previous Democratic candidates.
Donald
Swietzer,a Clinton fund raiser, said, "A lot of
the
fresh money this year iscoming from Republican business-types. Some don't
agree
philo
sophically with all of Clinton's views, but they believe Bush'spolicies have failed
and that he has
betrayed them."
*
It looks
as though Clinton can add Colorado to the
list of
states he
leads over his opponent The last date Colorado voted for a
democrat was
1964 (for those of
you
who
are as bad
with dates as
I
am,
those votes were
for Lyndon Johnson.) It has been
speculated
that
the reversal
is
due
to
the
Clinton/Gore
yuppie/environmentalistimage, which fits many Colorado citizens. Thomas Cronin, aprofessor at Colorado College and an authority on the Presidency
said that Bush is
widely seen
in this state as "a
failed President, outof
ideas and
out of
steam."
Bill Clinton George Bush
The Republican
Scene
u
*
President Bush announced to
a
radio audience Tuesday that theeconomy is not nearly as bad as the public thinks. He told
ultra
-coservative
radio
personality,
Rush
Limbaugh,
that the
economy ispoised for
a
dramatic recovery." Bush believes Americans hold
such a negative view
of
the
economy because of unpromising mediacoverage. He
said,
'The fact that
they' ve (the media) hammered intothem (the American public) that things are a total disaster isinfluencing
people's
judgments."
* Bush's campaign
strategists
are trying
to
steer the campaign away
from the focus of
traditional "family
values" because of the negativeimpact it has made on many voters. Senior campaign and WhiteHouse officials say this strategy was poorly managed, especiallytoward women who identify with Hillary Clinton. Now the taskbefore Bush's campaign is to focus on a less-damaging issuewithout
oregoing
he conservative stance.
*
Vice President Dan Quayle seems to
havejtakcn
the whole
"Murphy
Brown"
thing
in stride. After
attacking the show's plotl
inebecause of its lack of values
in .dealing
with childbirth out ofwedlock,
"Murphy
Brown"
fought back
in the
season
premiere on
Monday. Quayle
said he
planned to
watch it and he also
sent MurphyBrown's fictional
baby a
present,
although he would not reveal
the
nature
of
this
gift Quayle said on
the NBC
News program,
"Meet
the Press,
"
that he will not back down
 from
 his attack on Holly
wood,*
"because*! don't think Hollywood reflects our values.t
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True Laker
fans come out
of
the wood work to
bare'
their true colors
at
the
Homecoming
game on
Saturday, September 19.
Photo
by Joseph Legler
North East
students jump
tomainstream
By Joseph Legler
Editor in Chief
There are several new facesaround the
Mercy
hurst campus.Almost 40 of these new facesbelong to transfers
rom
he North
East
McAuley Career Division.McAuley was opened last year
as
an
opportunity
for students whowanted to advance onto collegebut
needed.a
stepping stone ofsome sort Out of 53 originalMcAuley students, almost 40 ofthem have moved to theMercyhurst
main
campus.Bob Hvezda, the director ofcounseling services and studenttransfer services, said that he isextremely
happy with
the progress
that the
students have made."They (the students) reallywanted
to increase
their academic
skills,"
he
said.
"With
McAuley,they had the opportunity to advance onto main campus or another college."Cathy Anderson, the executive
director
of
North
East McAuley,
said,
"For what
we saw...the
num
bers we started
with,
we
are very
satisfied."Hvezda added
that the program
is a huge success thanks to thehard work of the students.
'The
students proved themselves," he
said.
"Now they have a chance
topossibly live out their lifedreams."Hvezda described
his job
as di
rector
of
student
transfer servicesas
a
way of "assisting
North
Eaststudents in
adjusting fto
a newenvironment"The students seem
to
be adapting well, both socially and academically.Laura 'Nowak, a North Easttransfer, said that the academicdemands
on the main campus are
a bit more difficult
than
those atMcAuley, but that she expected
that
I ]m
"Everybody is pretty friendly,"Nowak said. "Socially it is a lot
more restricting
at
North East thanhere.?Here
you're not as sheltered."
| f
^
*» Aisha
Nix, another North Easttransfer,
agreed with
Nowak
thatacademically it is more
challenging on main
campus-than
atMcAuley.
She;
said
that a largeadjustment was the social
jump
from
a
student population of just
53 to a
student
population
of over2,000.
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I
Nix
is happy with the number
ofstudents that made the jump to
main campus and is
very pleased
with the increased
availability ofresources here
at
Mercyhurst.Anderson pointed
out
that someof the
students that
didn'
t come
to
Mercyhurst
went
to
other
colleges
or universities.The success of the facility continues this year."The enrollment basically increased by a third this year,"Anderson
said.
"This
is
ahead ofour
projected numbers and a good
sign
that people are
responding."By Michelle Bova
Merciad Staff Reporter
MSG
recycles
»»
By Suzanne
Coneglio
Merciad Staff Reporter
MSG
President
John Bruno sent
out 200 surveys during the sum
mer
Ho
various college officesconcerning recycling.The general consensus is thatmost people are unsatisfied with
the recycling
program. A maintenance person reported that there
is no need to
separate
the garbage
into
the,
two bins because theythrow
it all
together
in the brown
bin.
The garbage is then sent to
the
landfills.There is a public service message being
paid to
have trash separated at the plant Since the garbage in the brown bin is sent di
rectly to the
landfills, the garbageshould be thrown into the
whitebin to guarantee the
garbage
will
be separated.
i
Student government
established
a
recycling
committee to be
com-
prised of student governmentmembers,
although all Mercyhurst
students
may
join.
The committee wants every office
on
campus to have two trashbins and two different coloredbags to differentiate which
dumpsters garbage should go
into.
For further
information, contactcoordinators Tom Billingsley orJohn Bruno.
The Honors
Council
met for the
first
time this
past Thursday,
Sep
tember
10,
to
discuss
events
they;hope to sponsor this year. Thefirst
is the Crop
Walk,
a
politicalmeeting of local Democratic
andRepublican cha
irpeople, and various tentative Geld trips.
The Crop Walk is a n
event
to be
held October 4
in
which
the
proceeds
will go toward local hungerproj
ects.
Anyone
ca n walk as
long
as they have a
sponsor.
To sign up
or
 find
 out
more
information, go
to Campus
Ministry.
The Dem ocra
t/Republ
ica
n meet*
ing has no
set
date,
but
it
will meetbefore
the
Presidential elections.
v
"Sophomore
representative, JenLowe,
sa id pla ns are com
ing alongand volunteers are needed.
Any
student interested
should
contactDr. Ludlow Brown, the council
a
dvisor,
or
Lowe
a t
box
919.
LjThe
Honors Council is open to
anyone who
is interested
in
join
ing. They are planning a trip tothe Pittsburgh area, specifically
to visit the
new-science museum.They
are
planning
another
meet
ing
for
the
beginning of October.
Lowe
is happy to answer
a
ny
ques
tions about the council and reminds those who are eligible to
exercise
their
right
to
vote.
 
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ff
SEPTEMBER
24,1992
THE
MERCIAD
PAGE
3
Callingall students
If you would
like?
to
makefsure
that
your
name and phonenumber are correct in thesoon to be released student directory, checkthe front desk of thestudent union.
You
canalso check with thefront desk if you areunsure of a fellow students phone number.
The
Merciad welcomes^ letters
to
the
editor.
\
Letters must be
signed,
butthe name can be withheld by
The Merciad
Mercyhurst College's
FirsuClass
newspaper
as
rated by the Associated Press
Vol,
66 No. 2Joseph Legler
Jule
Gardner
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Anne
McNelis
A&EIFeatures Editor
September
24,!l
992
Editor in ChiefNews Editor
Craig
Rybczynski
Sports Editor
John
DanknichMichelle Ryan
Asst.
Sports EditorCopy Editor
Yvonne Maher
Advertising Manager
Timothy Moriarty
Faculty Advisor
Merciad
Staff
Dave McQuillenMegan CircleErin HauberGrace BrunoKeith Courson
JayiKcnnedy
Nicole GeraciSuzanne ConeglioMary MedureSusan Lee Eback
Tiffanie
Williams Michelle Bova
Monica
Sertik
j
Tonie
Bolan
Leon
Mumford
Rick Shelton
Heather*Ryan
LiamBarronKatie JohnsonElizabeth JohnsonAndrea MyersDavid Kosobucki
Stacie'Kane
John ShanahanSteph Szabo
f
|
Stephanie WainwrightKaren
Trapolsi
Amy TiernoSean WallMike McCloreyChris
Fiely
Beth NicholsJohn FurlongBeth
Haa$
The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College,
Box£l61,
501 E. 38th
Su
Erie,
Pa.,
16546.
Phone
824-2376 I
The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor.
.
determinedEditor holding final responsibility. The opinions expressed
in*The
Merciadnot necessarily those of The
Merciad,
its staff or Mercyhurst College.
what el
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By Joseph Legler
Editor
in Chief
Why don't people ever stopand think before they act? I am
if i if n
JM
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w
fcireferring specifically to people
who
don't collect their thoughtsbefore they speak. If a human
being were to
pause
and
collecteven an iota of an intelligibleverbal spout, my life would beincredibly less stressful. |
I am not talking about anybody
that
I
know personally. In fact
,thepeople I am
talking about
are
people
that I
don't really know
at
all,but I see them every weekend. Who are these people with thewonderfully dull minds
that drive
me to the edge of insanity everyFriday, Saturday, and Sunday?These
brainless bumpkins are the vast
majority of
the patrons that
exhaust my patience
every
weekend
at the video
store
where I
work.
I won't reveal
the name
of the store,
in fear that a mad scientist
mayfind it an ideal location to capture subjects for use as scientific labThe following are video store commandments that should befollowed at all times.
Commandment
1: Never,
ever
walk
up to the
video clerk
and
askthe following question, "Do you have anything good
in?"
Some
thing
good is
a
preferential
attribute
that depends
on one's
opinion.Therefore, when
a
customer asks me if
I
have
anything
good
in,
I
will tell
him that I
have
a
various
number
of tapes
in.
I
will
then
tellhim that
I
find all of these
tapes
remarkably irksome
and
altogethertedious
to
watch with the exception of
the
documentary on how toeat old dry bread in
a
fun and fascinating way.
I would
recommend this
tape
because this individual asked
me
foranything good. I don't know
what
his idea of
a
good is and hedoesn't know what my perception of
a
good tape is either.
I am not a mind
reader. If
you are
going
to ask a
video clerk whether
or
not
a
video
has been
brought
back,
make
sure
you
have
a
specifictitle in mind when you
ask.|
Commandment
2:
Look in
the store for
the tape you wish
to
watch
before asking the video clerk whether
or
not
it is up
front
in
the returnbin.Never, ever ask
the
clerk
what tapes he has behind the counter
thesecond you
step in the
door. Extend
your
curiosity
to the
thousandsof tapes just waiting
to be snatched
off the shelves before
inquiringabout the
20
or
30 in the
return
bin.Commandment 3: When you ask the clerk for a specific title,
lieve
what he is telling you. Video clerks aren't scrupuloussubhuman creatures out
to
make
sure that you
don't
take
home thevideo of your choice. If
a
clerk says,
"No,
all
of
those are rented out
right now," it means that all of those are rented out at the time.Don't
bend over the counter
inspecting the
return area
for
a tape that
the malicious clerk must be hiding.
[
Commandment
4:
Have
your card ready when you
wander
up
tothe counter to actually rent your entertainment for the evening.Sometimes lines form and people tend to get impatient with theclerks. These lines tend to advance much more, rapidly whenmembership cards are ready in hand.Commandment 5: Never come
to the video store
without identification on
your
person. You should always have some form of IDon you
at any
given point
in
time regardless of whether
you
intendto snag
a
video rental
or
not It's just
an
intelligent thing
to
do.
One common scene at the video store is when a customer approaches the counter to check out
and
says,
"1
don't have my card
with
me." To
which I
respond,
"Do you have
your driver's license?"What do my ears consume next? This arrogant slug proclaimingalmost
as
if he is proud,
"No,
I
don't have any form of ID
on me at
all. I left it at home., just look my name
up
in
the
computer." Thisis extremely rude and insensitive.Commandment
6:
Don't
be
shocked
when you hear
that it costsmoney to rent your videos. Staring at the
clerk
in bewilderment
when
be says, "That
will be $3.18
please,"
does not
bode well
for the
speedy procession of
the other customers in
line.
You should
cometo the
realization
that it does cost money to obtain
a
small boxedmovie.Commandment
7:
This is the final commandment Don't walkthrough
the^electronic
sensors bewailing an annoying' imitation"beep" sound thinking you're
funny...because
you're not. I canrightfully say
that this
occurs
at
least ten agitating times
a
day. It'snot
an
original conceptSo what does all of
this
have
to
do with Mercyhurst? Absolutelynothing!
It's
just something that
I
needed to get off
my
chest
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