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VOL.
66
NO.
8 MERCYHURST COLLEGE, GLENWOOD HILLS,
ERIE,
PA.
16546
NOVEMBER
5,1992
A Piece
of
Hurst History Desecrated
Alleged suspect smashes Virgin Mary
statue in
Grotto
to?
X\i
The broken
pieces
of
the
statue
are
carried away in
the
security
van.
By Joseph Legler
Editor
in
Chief
The statue of the Virgin Mary located
in
the Giotto was
pushed off
its altar and
shattered this past
Halloween by
an
uni-dentified
vandalism
Bud Dever, director of security, saidthat
this was
an
incident of
"institutional
vandalism" that is a felony of
the
third
degree.
The
crime occurred shortly
after
10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct
31.*"
President Garvey said that he hopes itwasn't a Mercyhurst student who com-mitted
the
crime
but
that if it
turns
out tobe so,
"this
student would have a veryshort life span
at
the college."Garvey said,
'This person
is
in
need ofprofessional help and their contemptu-ous acts only bring contempt on him-
self."
Dever called the incident "sacrile-gious." He added, There is no excusefor it,
a
nd I'll
certainly
work with thepolice
on
extreme measures of prosecu-tion."The incident was witnessed
by a
Photo by
Michelle Ryan
Mercyhurst freshman female who pro-vided
a
detailed
description of the indi-vidual, according
to
Dever. He said thatshe (the witness) was walking fromBaldwin
to
McAuley when
she saw
someone run from the Laker Inn to the
left
of the shrine. Dever said
that
he thenlooked from side to side
to
see if anyonewas watching."When
it
appeared that nobody
was
around,"Dever said,
"he
suddenly
broke
into
a run
ran to the statue, hit it with hisout-stretched hands and knocked it over."The statue toppled backwards
and
the
head
struck the back of
the
altar whichcaused
it
to break off. The base
of
the
statue
raised
up in
the
air and came
downonto
the
altar which cracked the marble
in the
altar
itself.
Dever
said that
the individual stoppedagain, apparently to see if anybody sawwhat
he did and
then
he
ran
up to
wherethere
is a
pine grove. Accord
ing
to Dever,the
witness
and the perpetrator
made
eye
contact
before
he ran up
behind
the
rocktoward the campus.The individual is described as a whiteItalian-looking male, 23-24 years old,black straight wet-looking
hair
which is
thin iand
feathered
on the
sides. Thesubject was wearing blue jeans,
a
white
t-shiit
and
a
blue jean jacket. He is saidto
be
between 5*8" and 5*9" with
an
average build.
-
A
#
The sound of the statue breaking at-tracted security and Dr. Gary'Brown,director
of
 residence
ife, working at adance
in the
cafeteria.According to Dever,
a
campus-widesearch was
then
conducted with the de-scription the witness gave them. Theydid not
 find
he individual.*
:
-
A composite sketch was drawn by
a
Millcree
k
police artist
who
was a gradu-ate of
the
college. The sketch has beendistributed throughout the college.Dever said
that
be
has had sc vera
1 callsfrom faculty and studentsresponding
 to
the sketch. "They
have given
me
names
that
1
am in
the process of checking out,"he said.Garvey
and
Dever
do not
think that
the
crime was committed by a Mercyhurststudent.
"Very few
of
our
kids would
dosomething
like
this,"
Garveysaid.
"Our
kids
are
good decent kids."The statue
has been a
part of the collegesince 1933 when
it
was given
to
theinstitution by Mrs. Orva
Coyl
O'Neil,
the
wife
of
James
O'Neil.
It is originallyfrom France. James
O'Neil's
sisters,Mother Xavier
and
Sister Regis
O'Neil
were two
of the earliest Sisters ofMercy.Sisters
Xavier
and Regis
 returned
roma
visit
o
their
brother
James,
of Southern
France. They had a sum of money left
Continued
on
page 2
WANTED: Vandalism
Suspect
The shattered
remains stand en-closed
in
Grotto walls.i
Photo by
Michelle Ryan
If you recognize this
man,
callBud Dever at 824-2329.
CHECIlOUT
Mercyhurst provides homosexual
support
Friday, November
6
8 pjn. Cafeteria. Monte Carlo
Night.
\
J
Saturday, November 7
9
p.m. to 1 a.m. Student Union*
WMCE
Dance.Monday, November 98:30 p.m. Government Cham*bers. MSG Meeting*Wednesday, November 118p.m.Student Union. MovieNight: Beauty and the Beast, cost
$1.
1
By
Jule
Gardner
Merciad
News Editor
Thursday, November; 127:30 p.m. Student Union. PoolTournament.A homosexual support
group
does ex-
ist
at Mercyhurst. The group has recentlybeen named
"Gayla
10" which repre-sents
the
statistic
that one
out of every 10people is
a
gay
man
or lesbian woman.
Sister
Mariene Lehmkuhi,
group
mod-
era tor
and
director
of
he
Sisters of Mercyinstitute for religion education appliedthe 10 percent statistic
to
Mercyhurstand guessed that there could be at least230 gay students atMercyhurst,
Gay
a
10
is
mainly composed of mem-bers
of
the Erie community. However,there are four gay men at Mercyhurstwho are part
of
the group. Lehmku
hi
said, "It's very difficult
to
come for-ward. In this group they (the
students)
are
very
safe and secure. As
far as
iden-tifying themselves on campus as a gayman, they are not ready to do that.
It'sjust
the overwhelming homophobia." Shecited
a
survey done in classes taught bycommunications professor, TimothyMoriarty.
This
poll
 revealed
hat
78 per-cent
of 70
students
did not
thinkMercyhurst
had the
right to
bring
peopleon campus
to
conduct
a
homophobic
semi na
r.According to Lehmkuhl, It was justafter
this
seminar was
held that
the
needfor a support group was
 recognized.
 It
has
been
in
existence for approximatelynine months. The purpose of the groupis to support and increase awareness of
the
implications of
being
gay.
Lehmkuhl
hopes that
the
group
will
"allay
the
mis-
g>tions
because
we
fear the un-known."A
varied range
of topics are covered atthe meetings. Occasionally, a movie
is
shown. During one presentation, groupmembers, Xim and Dave, talked aboutparenting
in
a
homosexual environmentOne
of
the men was formerly marriedand has visitation
 rights
 with his threechildren.An Issue which has become the fore-front
of
concern
is the
lack
of
legalawareness
in
gay
 relationships.
 The group
had a
lawyer speak
about
ownership and
the
importance of
creating
wills
and
de-claring power of attorney. This idea
is
stressed because a homosexual partneris not recognized by law
in
the samemanner
a
spouse would be in
the event ofdeath.In speaking generally about homo-sexuality, Lehmkuhl said,
"It's
not
a
choice. I'm convinced it's decided
for
you.
We need to educate that
it is
not
what one does externally but how onefeels internally that matters.*
9
Incidentally,
It
is politically correct,according
to
Lehmkuhl,
to
refer
to a
person as
a
gay
man or
lesbian woman.
She
said that
it
is
not
respectful torefer
 to
them
as
a"homosexual"
or as
just "gay."
"This
terminology implies that
the
onlything
that
person
is is
gay, and
people
are
more than that," she said.Lehmkuhl extends
an
open invitation
Continued
on
page
2
 
PAGE
2THE MERCIADNOVEMBER
5.1992
By
Jule
Gardner
Met ciadNews
Editor
Editor's
Note: This column is designed to let the
Mercyhurst
community knowgathered from various
issues
offlie
New
York Times
Bill Clinton: The next president of the United States
*
The breakdown:Popular vote: 43 percent
it
38 percentClintonBush
19
percent — PerotElectoral vote: 370
~
168ClintonBush'0 — Perot*
New
York Times
statistics
and
demographic breakdown:- Bush is the third
one-term
President in 20 years.- Qinton,
4
6, is the
 first
 President born
a fte r World War
II.- Seven in 10 voters considered the economy poor
or "not
so
I
good-"
]f
| *
- Nearly half of suburban voters supported Clinton.-
Clinton
carried four in 10 independent voters.- Perot
carried
the remaining 6 of 10 independent voters.
a
-
CIinton
carried over 50 percent of
"moderate"
voters.
;
- Bush only carried three in 10
"moderate"
voters, much less
than
demographic research showed in 1988.
- Over
half of
the
Democrats who voted for Bush in
1988
votedfor Clinton.
»
- Clinton received votes from more than half of Catholic voters
and
carried the majority of
the
Jewish community.
Bush carried more votes
than Clinton
among white Protes• tants.
4
i, -
Clinton
received more votes from professional women,
I whereas
only three in 10 supported Bush.
- Clinton
carried half of
the group
of 18 to 29 year-olds,
which
has been
a
past strong-hold
for the
Republican Party.- Voters who
are
over 60 leaned toward Clinton this year.- Half of the military veterans voted for Clinton.
'
I -
Half of
irst-time
 voters cast ballots for Clinton/Gore.- More than half of union
vote rs
voted for Clinton.
x
-
Four in 10
voters declared the economy the most importantissue.
£
i-
Less than
one in 10
thought
foreign policy should be
the
J
I
predominant issue.
'
:
- Six in 10 said
the
country would
benefit
if
the
President andCongress were of the same party.General Geographic Breakdown:East and West: Very strongly in support of Clinton.•Perot had his most conclusive support
in
the West
tJMidweat:
supported Clinton, although slightly less
'
strongly
2
South:
a
very tight race that ended predominantly insupport of Bush
•*••**••••••••*•••••••••••••••***********'***********
Clinton/Gore: The next Presidential team
**************************
*Bill
Clinton
was
elected
to
the highest office in
the
nation
on
Election Day, November
3>
Jl992, with
his
running-mate
Al Gktoe
standing at
his
side. After
12 yeais
of Republican rule,*
Jthe
Democrats will
take
control of the White House. *
*•****•**
*********************************** ******* *
»
/
Career fairextendsopportunity
44
All Mercyhurst students
are
in-vited to
attend]the
first annual
Career/Employment
InformationFair
to be
held at the MercyhurstAthetotic Center on Thursday,November 12 from 9 a.m. to 12p.m.The fair gives students theop-portunity to explore career op-tions by speaking with represen-tatives from various professionsand
receiving
information pack-ets from specific employers.This is an excellent arena forundecided students to examinevarious career avenues,** saidTyrone Moore, director of careerservices
and associnfr dean
of stu-dent services
Tor
MercyhurstThis year we are inviting notonly seniors from
all
area col-leges
and
universities but
are
also
encouraging
all
underclassmen
toattend,** Moore said.The
event,
which is free, isbeing hosted by Mercyhurst andis sponsored by the Erie CollegeCareer
Cooperative.
1
K^
Registration,
which includes acontinental
breakfast,
will begin
in the
Mercyhurst Athletic Centerat 8 a.m.
From
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.,
all
students may visit representa-tives
to
discuss company
and
ca-
reer options
within
their
fields ofinterest.From
11
a.m.
to 12
p.m.
seniorsonly will have
the
opportunity to
distribute
their resumes to com-pany representatives.The Erie College Career Coop-erative includes Mercyhurst Col-lege,
Ed in bo
ro University ofPennsylvania, Gannon University
and
Penh
State Erie-The
BehrcndCollege. For more information,call 824-2426.By Monica Sertik
Merciad
Staff Reporter
A mock trial will be performedby criminal justice| students onthe campus of Mercyhurst
Col-
lege. This trial is a requirementfor the Constitutional Law inCriminal Procedure
class
^in-
structed
by Attorney Dennis Wil-liams;Students independently metwith criminal justice profession-als^
in
the community and re-searched their respective roles.This year's trial is the Com-monwealth of Mercyhurst vs. JonMcEnroe. McEnroe has beencharged with assault
and robberyby the
victim Monica
Sertik.
The
Honorable Roger M. Fischer,
Erie
County
Court
of
Common
Pleas,'will preside over this trial.The students will perform thetrial on Monday, November 9,and
Wednesday,
November
11
inZurn Recital Hall. The trial willbegin
at
6:30
p.m.
each
night.
On
November 9
the prosecution
willpresent its case and then on No-vember
11
the defense will takethe stage.
;
The trial is open to theMercyhurst student body and tointerested members of the com-munity who wish to attend.
J
(fromf
page
1) that their brotherprovided them with. They decidedto erect the Grotto with thismoney. jReverend William Sullivan was
Chaplain
of Mercyhurst
Collegeat the
time. He,
after realizing the
desire for a Grotto, offered
to
assume charge of its construc-tion.
1
With the aid
of several stonecutters and unemployed people,the
Grotto was
built
|j
It waa completely finished by1933 with the
exception
of thestatue.The statue
Was
presentedbyMrs.
O'Neil
in honor of her
daughter, Mary,
in
1933.
She
wasfollowing up on a promise thather husband originally made tothe college in 1926 when it
was
founded. He said that he woulddonate
a
considerable amount ofmoney to the college,
but;
he
passed
away before
he did
so.Hiswife
donated
the statue
as
well as
the
money for the construction ofthe chapel.Sister Mary
Lawrence,
archives
department,
said, "I
hope and pray
it wasn't
a
Mercyhurst student. Ihope that it
is
replaccd...it mightbe a nice project for the seniorclass to
consider.
^^_^^___
Garvey said that the statue
will
be replaced and/or fixed as soon
as
possible.
pom
Gayla
10 groupaugments!awareness
(from page 1)
to*anyone
whowould
like
to join the group. She
emphasized tha
t
heterosexuals
arealso welcome
at the meetings and
strongly encourages them to getinvolved
as
long
as they
have "the'proper
attitude and
they
come in
acompassionate, learning stance.
^Meetings
for
the group are heldthe third
Tuesday of every monthon the third floor of Old Main.
The J
next scheduled meeting isNovember
17 and
it
is open
to thepublic. The focus topic will
be
scriptural text that refers to ho-mosexuality. To receive any ad-ditional information, pleasecontact
Lchmkuhl at
cxt. 2572.
w
 
NOVEMBER
5,1992
THE MERCIAD
PAGE
3
fcWAMXft
Renninger upset with scheduling policy
Student blasts registration procedure
Dear Editor,"senior."
Everyone
knows that you musthave 90 credits to register
as'a
I had
98
credits
and I got
turned away because I was five
minutes
late to register on
No-
vember 2,1992. That
meant
thatI had
to
wait
in
line with
the
juniors 45 minutes until I couldregister.
I
even
went
up
and
askedBonnie Hall if
I
could register at
9:35
a.m. She said no because Iwas
five minutes
late. Well,
1
was
five minutes, late due to the fact
that
I
couldn't find
a
parking
spot.And this
is
my fault?!
I
don'tbelieve so. The commuters haveconstantly complained to the ad-ministrators and
^faculty
to do
something about the parking oncampus.
So,
I
then
decided
to
talk
to Dean
McQuillen.jjl
wassur-prised to
secjhim
in his office,because usually they (adminis-trators)
are
never
in
their offices.Bonnie
Hall said
I
could
take
mycomplaint to him. Everyone
is
probably wondering
why
this
is
a
big deal. It's a big deal because
1
m
graduating
in
February 1993
and
1 need certain classes to
gradu-
ate.
4
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So then
I
went to
talk-to
theDean. He said, "1 assumed thatseniors could register anytime."Well,
I
was once told don't everassume anything. Get the facts
\
straight
next time please!
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frustrated and
up-
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Vol. 66 No.
8
November
5,1992
Joseph Legler
J tile
Gardner
T Editor
in
Chief
.
.
g News Editor
A
nne
McNelisl
A&E/Features Editor
Craig
Rybczynski
Sports Editor
John DanknichMichelle RyanYvonne Maher
Asst.
Sports
Editor
Copy
Editor
Advertising
Manager
Timothy
Moriarty
j
Faculty
Advisor
MerciadiStaff
Dave McQuillenMegan CircleErin HauberGrace BrunoKeith CoursonJay Kennedy-Nicole GeraciSuzanne ConeglioMichael ArrigoMary MedureTiffanie WilliamsMonica SenileTonie
Bolan
Leon
Mum
fordRick SheltonHeather Ryan
Liam
BarronKaren Trapolsi
SusariJLee
Eback
Michelle
BovaElizabeth JohnsonAndrea MyersDavid KosobuckiStacie KaneJohn ShanahanSteph Szabo
Stephanie
WainwrightTate DavidsonAmy
Tierno
Sean
Wall
Mike McCloreyKatie JohnsonBeth NicholsJohn Furlong
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The
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38th St.,
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Pa., 16546. Phone 824-2376
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The Merciad
welcomes letters to the editor.
The
Merciad's
editorial opinion is determined by the Editorial Board with theEditor holding final responsibility. The opinions expressed in
The Merciad
arenot necessarily those of
The
Merciad,
its staff or Mercyhurst College.
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By Joseph Legler
MEditor
in
Chief
Why do people seem inclinedto destroy something that isn'trightfully
theirs
to
tamper with?
It
doesn't
make
any
sense
for an
individual (student or non-stu-dent) to wreck
property tha tisn't
theirs.Would you, as an individual,
a
ppreciate^ somebody walking
1
into
your
home, smashing all of
your
dishes,
ripping your
furnitureapart,pounding
large
holes
into
your walls,
and
tearing
your carpetup?
I don't think
so.
Why wouldn't you appreciate
this?
Because it'syour property! If you
want
to destroy your property,
that's
fine, but
why
would anyone want
to
destroy
the
property of others? Does itaccomplish anything besides upsetting the person whose propertyyou
a
re
ravaging?In the last few weeks,
I
have
become increasingly more
aware
ofthe vandalism that
is
taking place around this campus. Someexamples have been the useless destruction of lights on BriggsAvenue,
the
mutilation of library books
and
material,
a
break-in
at
the cafeteria,
and
probably
one
of
the
most incomprehensible
acts
ofvandalism I've seen in my three years
at
Mercyhurst..the wantondestruction of
a
religious statue. The statue of the Virgin Mary,located in
the
Grotto,
was
repulsively vandalized
this past
weekend.This statue
has
been
a
part
of
the
college since 1933 when Mrs.Orva
Coyl
O'Neil
presented the statue to the college, keeping apromise that her husband, James
O'Neil,
made to
the
institL.'in.James
O'Neil,
brother to Mother Xavier
O'Neil
and Sister Regis
O'Neil
(two
of the
earliest
Sisters of
Mercy here
at the
college) made
a promise in 1926, when the college was founded, that he woulddonate some money to the institution. He passed away before hefulfilled this*promise. His wife followed through by donatingmoney to not
only
erect the statue, but
to
build the chapel as well.The
statue
had stood there until this past Halloween when some
sick,
twisted idiot with
an
extremely unhealthy disposition,
for one
^____ ___
fell. Why?
In
myopinion
(and
several other people
that
I've
spoken with)
it is sheer
and
utter disregard
for
the
values
of
this
institution.
This
is a
warped
individual and
I
say
to him
personally
that
you are
more vile than
a
festering glob of mucus floating in pond-scum. Am I making mypoint
here? * *
I-Personal property
is
just that, personal property. This statue was
owned
by the
college
and it was a
symbol
of
what
the
college stands
for. Students and
visitors
could spend
time
at
the
Grotto
and
admire
the
statue
and
its surroundings,
but
it wasn't theirs.
If someone is that
angry that they have to break something, maybe they should trybreaking something of their
own.
Or even better, why
don *t
they just
hit
themselves
in the
face
a
couple
hundred times—maybe this will
knock
some sense
into
them
and
their
destructive temperament
out
of them.
>T
Vandalism has no place on this campus, and
it
certainly doesn'thave
a
place in society,
,
The
dismantling of light posts just
adds
to the
expenses that
we
thestudents have to pay for through tuition bikes or higher buildingdeposits. The
destruction
of library books is uncalled for. Thesebooks have
to be
replaced and
it
costs
money
to
replace
them. Thismoney
inevitably will come
rom
 your pocket somewhere down
the
line. If people just
use
common sense,
we
wouldn'
t
have
this wasteddestruction.
|1
f you're thinking about
damaging
something,
make sure
you
stop
and realize that you're
not'only
damaging
the*
object
of
youraggression, but you are also damaging your fellow students and
yourself.
I talked to Sister
Mary
Lawrence,
who
works
in
the archives, forthe information
about
the
statue. She
was
very
helpful
in
providingthe
documentation
and
history that I
needed.
I
would like
to publiclythank her for
her
assistance.
1
would
also like
to
bring
up a
suggestion that
she
submitted
tome.Each year, the senior class participates in
a
large project of somesort. It might be
a
good idea for you seniors out there to considerfinding ways
to
gather funds
for the
replacement
and/or
restorationof
the
statue. It may be something to think about
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