Concert Review:Rocks Civic Arena
By Heather Ryan
Depeche Mode, the alterna-
tive id a nee-rock
group whichfirst emerged in the early
asa new wave act, gave a spec-tacular concert performance atthe Pittsburgh Civic Arena onFriday, Sept
of Faith and Devotion.
thing theaudience heard
Love."The band was hidden behind a curtain to add to the atmosphere.Their giant silhouettes loomed before the crowd.
through the first song, the curtains dropped and thegigantic shadows disappeared. The four
band in the flesh wasvisible.Some of their other songs included "Knocking on
Down," "Halo," "A Question
of Lust "£
Dave Gahan, lead singer, dressed simply in
white tank top and
shoulders, dancedprovocatively on-stage.Gahan sang brilliantly, danced
and even got the crowdin the arena involved during "Personal Jesus."Not only was the crowd dancing wildly, they
responded wellto the lead singer as he encouraged the Arena to
along with him. Reach out and touch faith!Behind the dancing vision of Dave Gahan were video screensportraying nearly
figures. When Martin
sing "A Question of
crowd went wild.The songs performed from the new album included "Mercy inYou,"
in my Shoes," "Judas,"
"In YowlRoom,?*.'Higher Love?
a few numbers rather than synthesizer, andanother member of the band, Alan Wilder,
drums throughoutthe entire concertAs they were
completely synthesized band in the
theyare now moving toward electric guitars and even drums.
Depeche Mode came back for two encores
a band also from England, opened for Depeche
The crowd was surprisingly calm during this opening show.Perhaps many of them were unaware that
The now includeslegendary
Marr, formerly of the Smiths and thePretenders.
Although Marr maintained
low profile during the forty
The The performed, lead singer Matt Johnson
vocals and an overall brilliant opening for the Mode.The The performed
is Stronger Than Death," and "SlowEmotion Replay,"
miss The The
at the Richfield Coliseumon Tuesday, Oct 26 in Cleveland!
Schubert take time from the Parents' Weekend dinner/dance to pose for
"I had awonderf ul
time with family and friends," Sue
WMCE student DJs jam the airwaves
By Michelle Ryan
Arts and Entertainment Editor
know many of yourclassmates and peers are city fa-mous disc
radio station, ishome for
through-out the week. Here is
someof your friends have to say aboutthe radio station and their shifts.
Jim Bean, Music Director
is more oriented to-ward the students, playing musicof what they want to listen
I don't liketo dictate what the students play.They play their own music. It ispretty much up to them.
. "Each DJ has his or her ownstyle of
I'm trying to getmore involvement We get morecalls
city of Erie than wedo from
"I basically live here.
do pretty much everything.Either I work on getting the logstraightened, training new DJs,dubbing music and just overall
out over here."I spend well over 40 hours aweek here. The office is a place
I can come
withother student administrators ofMercyhurst's vast communica-tions complex. I have a lot ofresponsibilities and I like it thatway.
been here two and a halfyears now and I enjoy being onthe air. It gives me a chance tovent and talk."It's
inand I know they're listening tomy show.
play top 40, for lack of abetter term."Things are anything but bor-ing over here. There are alwaysthings to be doing and enjoying."I think we're the most orga-nized and
we have the best
DJs ina long
We're very commit-
organized. We want tomake the station better.
Jim Doherty, Communica-tions major
own unique brand oftop 40 related songs. It's a widevariety of
ic for the wholefamily- - and students, too. I'vebeen working at WMCE for al-most four years. It's almost
my third home.
a great ship."Ryan Morris, Criminal
enforcement and spe-cial
Marcie Presta, El-ementary Education"Our shift
our show! We'rethe hottest duo on the radio. Lis-ten to us 10p.m. to 12a.m. onWednesdays. We'll take all yourrequests and dedications."Joanna Shirey, Events Pro-moter"I type up public service an-nouncements, and when we do
of hockey gamesor basketball games or footballgames,
pass flyers around cam-
review people who DJ."I play easy listening and clas-sical."Heather Marshall, Commu-nications major
work Saturday, from one tofour,
a 1 terna ti
ve music. Stu-dents
all the popular alterna-tive music on WMCE that youcan't hear
stations."I'm from Cleveland and we
1 terna tive sta-tion-
There's nothing like
bring a lot of my own musicto simulate what I hear in Cleve-
do the easy listening. Myshift runs Monday morning
Musk major"I play classical
getthe music for the classical musicprogram.through Friday evenings whileGannon plays alternative through-out
run by administration. We're atop 40 station six to midnightessentially, Monday through Fri-day.
year for the first
Spin Radio Net-work."It's a
pro-gram produced by Spin Maga-
It interviews new
big names like
Hatfieldand the Ramones.
very often dothey
top 40 bands. They also
us in on upcoming concertdates and band releases. - ."The program is
8p.m. on Saturdays.Jenn
on Wanednesdays andon Fridays from 11p.m. to 1a.m."If people call in for requests,
Bob Merski, elementary education major, keeps
airwaves running smoothly
music they play (top40) attracted more listeners."Jay Kennedy, Production
rector"I DJ every Saturday, 8p.m. tomidnight I chose Saturday pur-posely so I can play alternative
From 8p.m. to 10p.m.
isalternative music from 10p.m. to12a.m."For
job as production
PSA, neat sound-ing
in between music,promos for football games, cam-pus events, programs and I cleanequipment for both productionrooms.
only reason why ^men-tioned
alternative on Satur-day is
plays R & B and soul all daySaturday."We switch formats
Mondayas possible, where as other
get therequests on the air."That's one of the bonuses ofour
radio sta-tion for
hurst It's a greatway
hear other students
m-pus on the radio."Nicole Acquilano, Dance ma-jor
"First of all, my shift is theNick at Night show, on Thurs-days from10p.m.-12p.m.It
most unique, and is verypersonal. I get
People get psyched whenthey hear their name on the air."I play things like Alice
I try to do is get mylistener to be a part of
show,like when they call and request