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NO.
22
MERCYHURS-tCOLLEGE'S
WEEKLY STUDENT NEWSPAPER!
Aorll
6.
1995
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Cuffia
wins election
First woman President
in
22
years
east draws to a close
After 15 seasons, the Canterbury Feast at Mercy hurst will drawclose after this summer's performances. The cost for the feast haa reduced to $20 per person instead of the usual $27 in orderblethe college community to attend the longest running dinne|heatre
in
Erie.
A
Mercyhurst night for all faculty, administratend staff will
be
held Sun., June
4
at
6
p.m. in the cafeteria. Thi
r's
show
is
the "Merry Men
of
Sherwood/ and only
30 set
main for
\
this performance. Contact Igor Stalsky
at
2347 foservations. Payment must be received by Mon., April 10.
College sets new record
The college
has an
all-time high spring enrollment
of 2,li
itudents, compared
to
2,128
for last spring. There
are
1,231
female
nd
915 males, representing a student body that totals
2,090
undergraduate students&and
56
graduate students.
The
Adult College>llment came in
at
333 up 41 from last spring and the McAule^visionshowed
a
stable enrollment with231students
in
Erie,80iforth East, and 27 in Corry.
orfilio to give talk
Therewill be atalk given
by
Angel
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Services
of
Erie Countyf to fDr. Thomas O*connor
,
$| class
o:
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m
1^:15
a.m. to 12:05 p.m|it|iro^14
of
Zurapialt Porfilio win address the history
of
the victim'aovement,
the
start
of
victim advocacy here in|Efiej^ocaqy^agencyjdoes and {fie handling of Victims by the^criminaShirley Williamsat 2266
afes"*y
Weekend of
Torn!
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8
p.m. and "Philadelphia|ll be shown Saturday at
8
p.m., both in the Great Room.
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closed Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16.j|wiil reop<[onday, April
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By Megan Circle?
Merciad News Editor
Jessica Cuffia broke the 22-yearold gender taboo, that has accom-panied theMSGPresidency.Cuffia captured the seat Tues-day garnering 337 votes.She
is
the first woman
to be
elected
to
this office since
the
1973-74 school year when AlexisWalker was elected as president.
"I
just wanted to thank the stu-dent body for voting forme,"saidCuffia. "I feel very honored thatthey choseme to repre sent the
m."
She fought oil write-in candi-dates Co
lien?:
Kinney
and
BradRybczynski.Tim Duble was elected as vice-president with
141
votes
as a
write-in. However, this
is
underclose scroti
ny
because Duble
vio-
lated
the
voting rule which statesa candid ate must be
 fifty
eet awayfrom the voting table.Duble was reportedly solicitingvotes right beside the ballot boxduring elections.Charlie Caryl, who was alsorunning for the position
of
vice-president,
and
lost
to
Duble
by
Cuffia victorious after landslide victory
only 28votes,said that Duble hada good idea
in
running, "but,
a
few weeks ago, MSG votedthat
a
person having only
a
2.49 QPAcould
not run
for office, since thecut off
is
2.5.1
think that if we aregoing to adhere so strictly to therules in that situation, we shouldin every situation."Vyom Bhuta was elected as trea-surer.The position
of
secretary waswon
by
Stacey Fitzpatrick
by a
landslide of 373 votes.There were several interestingwrite-ins: Fred Fl instone receivedone vote for president, Porky Pigalso received a vote for president,
and
the alleged third Rybczynskibrother,
Rob
Rybczynski, alsoreceived two votes.
Vescio
fed up with MSG
By Jule Gardner
Senior Writer
Rob Vescio, MSG representa-tive and student
of
political sci-ence, saystheonly power studentreps have is the vote and it's notused. Beyond that,
he
says,
the
executive board expects reps
to
be secretaries.Vescio
is
fed up with the wayMercyhurst government Sis
run.
"It's time for
a
change," he said.He proposes term limits of oneyear: get in office and get out sosomeone else can have
a
chance."More people need
to be in-
volved. As it is, the same peopleare there year after year. MSG istoo stable."I
sat
there this whole year
and
I can say that what is going on
is
nothing," said Vescio. "Iexpectedthe government
to be
involvedwith student concerns,
but the
board was more concerned withmaking sure reps sat in
the
office
to
answer phones that never ring.We were secretaries,
not
repre-sentatives.''
SjWhat MSG needs is fresh blood,"more ideas pushed around," hesaid.
Vescio is not planning on run-ning for re-election, but
he
willattendmeetings.
He
encouragesother veteran reps to do the same.Such
a
plan,
he
says, allowsmore voices. True, only actualreps have the vote, "but that's notreally being used."This year MSG seemed to beone big charity organization.'' Thegovernment wascharacterized byinaction this year,
he
said,
and
when people did raise issues, theywere not voicing the concerns ofother students."In political science,
we
dis-cuss representatives in Congressas falling between
the
role
of
trustee
or
delegate." Vescio
ex-
plained this year's reps have actedlike trustees, according
to
theirown opinions and interests.
"I
would say
I'm
a
delegate,"hesaid.True, he tried to be treasurer
by
running
a
write-in campaign thatended unsuccessfully,but Vesciosaid
he
is not being openly criticalbecause
of
this week's electionresults."I lost as treasurer but
I
could goback
and
run as
rep.
That's wherethe power is anyway.
The
execu-tiveboaidcan't even vote," saidVescio.The Mercyhurst Student Gov-ernment may not be parallel lo theUnited Statesgovernment,but
it
»the ruling body of students onthis campus. "We need checks onwhat they
are
doing
and
whatthey are not doing.
"The
whole debate on termlim-its got me thinking." If veteranreps agreedtogive their positionsto someone else but still remainedinvolved with
the
government byattending meetings, they wouldbe the needed check. They couldact in
a
supervisory role, Vesciosaid.Vescio also proposes that votesget tabled until the next week soinformation has
a
chance
to be
disseminated
to
the community."I would go back to my apartmentafter the meetings
and
my room-mates, who really pay attention towhat's going
on,
would ask whathappened. They would be shockedabout things decided without evendebating about it."And they shouldn't have to goto meetings. Congressional con-stituents don't
sit on
the Housefloor everyday, but they do haveopinions about what their gov-ernment is doing," he said.Hang time after a motion is madewould allow reps
to
get the opin-ions
of
the people they are
sup-
to represent, he said.And that should
be
their Jobrequirement
ml answeringphones, said Vescio.
T
 
PAGE
2THE
MERCIAD
April
6,1995
MSG News: Student rep. elections
to be
held
By Dan
Hilfiker
Merciad
Staff Writer
"
At
Monday's
MSG meeting,
Advisor
Cass Shimck remindedeveryone that, "Letters
of
intentfor next year's student represen-
tatives
are due
in
by
Friday,
April
7."
The elections
for
these posi-tions will be held on
Mon.,
April24 and Tues., April 25.President George
Pay
dock
gave
an update on
the
spring fes-tival.
"All
invitations have beenmailed
out, all
3,000
of
them,"said Paydock.
He
also gave
a
lineup for
the
bands. They
are,
inorder
of
appearance, TennesseeBack Porch, Coyote
Joe,
FineLine, One World Tribe,
and Mark
Eddy and the Itch.In other
MSG
news, sophomorerepresentative Kais Asfour
has
left school, creating
an
openingfor
a
new representative. Lettersof
intentjfor
this open positionwill
be
accepted until Fri., April
7. The new
representative
will
bemeeting
for one
week with
the
current student government.Last week, Secretary JessicaCuffia moved
for a pep
rally
to
show appreciation
for all of
Mercy hurst's student athletes.
A
date has been
set
for
Thurs., April27
at
8
p.m.
This rally will takeplace in the Athletic Center.
r
Freshman Kevin Segedi spokeon behalf
of
the
Freedom
Zone.
He discussed
the
format
for the
next issue which should
be
deliv- women,
and
will cost
$20 per
ered next
week.
He
also
updatedeveryone
on
the
dealings
of
the ad
hoc committee. Segedi said,
"It
was unfortunate
that
a
few peoplefrom MSG didn't
show
up to
themeeting.
It was
organized
on
short notice,
but
we still need
to
get together again."In
new
business, sophomoreAmy
I
Kovach announced thatthere will
be a bus
leaving
for
Washington, D.C. on Sat.,
April
8
at
mid
night,
and
re turning
the next
day at
midnight.
This
is
a
nationalmarch in Washington sponsored
by
the National Organization
For
Women.
The
march
is to
bringattention
to
violence'against
person.In other
new
business, Trea-surer
Darrin
Tovtin reminded
all
seniors that invitations
for the
senior dinner
dance
are
due
backon
Mon.,
April
10.
Seniors
are
admitted
freejwhile
guests
are
charged $15. Also,
a
slide show
wil
1
be shown
at
the dinner, dis-playing pictures submitted by
all
seniors.
All
pictures will
be re-
turned.Attendance
at the
April
3
meet-ing
(P
indicates present;
E
indi-cates excused absence;
U
indi-cates
unexcused
absence):Sarah Allen,
P;
Tom Bender,
P;
Amy DeAngelo,
P;
Chris
Herbolsheimer,
P; Jen
Vetter,
P;
Tricia
Baugh,
P;
StaceyFitzpatrick,
P;
Amy Kovach,
P;
DanaPazin,P;; CharlieCaryl,
P;
Chris
Glaz,
P;
Cecilie Morian, P;Katie McGlynn,
P;
Bridgette
Pal
misano,
P;
Rob Vescio,
P;
MattAdams,
P;
Joe
Joseph,
P;
Gretchen
Ulery,
P;
Beth Hurrianko,
P;
JeffHutchinson,
E;
Katie Johnson,
P;
Jennifer?
Lowe,
P;
ErinMcGuinness,
P;
Aisha
Nix, P;
Paul Roth, P; MarcJohnston,
P;
Michelle
Mizia,
P.
•MSGmeetings
are
held everyMonday at 8:30
p.m. in the
Gov-ernment
Chambers
of he StudentUnion.
The
meetings
are
open tothe Mercyhurst community.
?
Natives
?
coffee
house
A discarded cigarette
tossed into
one
of
the
wooden trash cans setsmoke billowing
into
the
air
at
theLaker Inn.{The incident occurred
at 9:50
p.m., Wednesday,
as the
bandNative played
to
throngs
of
Mercyhurst
students
at
the coffeehouse.Student Manager BradRybczynski responded
to the
smoking
garbage
can and
doused
the smoldering trash with
a
fireextinguisher."It appeared
to be
an accidentalfire," saidRybczynski."It was inone of the wooden garbage cans.I felt
for
heat
and
didn't knowwhat to expect."
|
"The
Union
 filled
 up
with smokeand the doors were opened
to let
the room
air
out,"
he
added.
"It
was nothing big."
.
According
to
Rybczynski,the.Ore lasted for approximately oneminute.
To the
students
who
were
at
theLaker Inn the smoke did littleto disrupt
the
band,
but did add acertain ambiance."It
was
like smoke pots
and
gave
the
coffee
bouse that smoky
look that coffee houses are wontto have," said Joel Nasman."There was
a
mysterious smelland then smoke came out
of
the"Security responded ratherquickly, they were there
in two
minutes," he added.Officer Joe Spusta arrived
at
the
Laker
Inn,
but
the
smoke was
v--
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m
*« *
*
«fov-v-
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• •
*
*
*
trash
can,"
said Danielle Quill, already under control."But
no
one panicked."
j..
.*$ •# *^" *
1^
4$'
.' rAccording
to-.Nasman,
the ]
smoke dissipated
in
 five
 minutesand
the
only inconvenience
was
the cold
air
that filtered
out the
smoke.Security was quick to arrive
at
the scene, said Rybczynski.
-
. "There was
no:damage
and
the
student manager
used,
the
dry
chemical extinguisher
to
put outthe smoldering trash," said Spusta.
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'Make!every
day
EarthfDay'
u
As Earth
Day
approaches on!April
22,
this slogan will once*again
be
seen
and
heard aroundthe
world.
for some
at
Mercyhurst,^
Earth
Day Every Day**
Is
not
just
a matter
of
political correctness,but
a
philosophy
of
life.The members
of
the
Environ-!mentally Concerned
Campus Or-?fganization
have worked
to im-
prove recycling practices across,
|
the Mercyhurst campus.To further promote ecologicalawareness on campus,
ECCO
wil]^
sponsor the coffee
house
on April
19. In
honor
of Earth Day visitors
\
to
coffeehouse are encouraged tobring their own mugs.Anyone bitten
by"the eco-bug
who wants to volunteer
for
ECCO
ca
11
Amy
at 2866
or
Grace at
455-
4885.
m m
i
f
i
ATTENTION ALLSTUDENTS:
,
Earn $10-$15
an hour, parttime.
£et your
own
sched-
ule. All
majors welcome.
Call Russ at 864-1162
and
leave
a
message.
p
m
: *
The
Erie Yacht Club
is looking for wait staff
fbr ttye summer
season.
;
Good summer money!
:
^Uniform
is provided.
I
Applyiiweekdays from
9^a.m.
until|5*p.m*
alfthc •
I
Erie Yicht
Club
jat
the foot of Virginia .Avenue*^
Far
more
information, call 453
-
4931.
ATTENTION SENIORS!
We
f
re
looking
for
photos
of you
and your friends from
the
pastfour years
at the
Hurst
for the
Senior Dinner Dance Slide Show.
Send photos (with
lyour
name
and box #
on
the
back,
so we can get
them back
to
a
you)jto:
D
arrin
Tovtin,
Box
1631
Normal Telega,
Box
1628
Photos must
be
received
by
April
7th cto be?
included.
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6,1995
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it
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The following are
excerpts
froma conversation between AndyDavidson, a senior
English
ma-jor, and Dr.
Thomas
Donahue,director
ofthe
Philosophy
depart-ment.
Donahue is a publishedexpert on the John F. Kennedyassassination*
*
Davidson: Why did you get in-terested in the Kennedy assassi-nation?Donahue: I think what peakedmy interest as a conscious adultwas not only the importance ofthe event and what it might say
about
our political system
but
alsothe fact that we have it on film.We have the whole thing on the
Zapruder
film
and
yet there's stillmuch controversy about how itactually happened. We still can'treally figure out what happenedand so it's kind of a challengebecause we have the evidence tofigure
out
what actually happenedand solve the=riddle. But alsothere's an emotional reason, a
political
reason and also one ofsheer intellectual curiosity.Davidson: Can the riddle besolved?Donahue:,Yeah, can
it...maybe
not...but it's still fun
to
tr)L
like
a
lot
of important issues,
they
are
hard
to definitively
solve
but theykind of tempt you to try.Davidson: Tell me about yourarguments against the single-bul-let theory which are currentlypublished in numerous issues ofThe Fourth Decade
(a
journal of
i
the JFK assassina-tion). Is there a general bodyresearch in this area?body of research that's attemptedto refute the single-bullettheory...um...however, in everycase I'm aware of, people take akind of single issue approach tothe
refutation...like
they'll talkabout the fact
that
there's
a
gap
intime
between Kennedy's
reactionto being shot and Governor
Connally's
reaction
to
being
shotand therefore they'll say there
were*two *.bullets
involved andbecause
the gap
in time
isn't long
enough i
for one person to havefired two shots with
a
bolt actionrifle,
s
they say there must! havebeen multiple gunmen.
So,
people talk
about
the
timingissue. But also they
talk
about the
issue that
Kennedy
and
Connallyweren't lined
up
appropriately toreceive one single shot to havethe wounds accounted for
by
onesingle bullet. So, there
have
beenmany attempted refutations andthey also talk about the pristinecharacter and condition of thebullet that allegedly
was
the singlebullet that did all this damage,breaking two bones but remain-ing
marvelously
intact, but whatthey don't
do,
is they don't com-bine considerations of; say,
the
timing issue and the trajectoryissue. They don't use the two is-sues
in
tandem
to
construct what
I
think would be
a
stronger argu-ment against the single-bullettheory because what a defenderof the Warren Commission cando
in
every
case is
take
whateverissue is being put forward
as the
refutation and explain the evi-dence in such a way so that thesingle-bullet
theory ean
remainintact.
But
what
I
show in my articles,I
think,
is that if you allow
theWarren
Commission
advocate
to
have
a
factual scenario come outaccount for the timing discrep-ancy between
when
the
two menreacted to the wounds, or if youallow
them
to account
for
the facts
;
in
a
way which explains how
the |two
men
could have
been
lined
up
appropriately
..umm..
.the
bottomline is that there is
no
self-consis-tent factual scenario
that
will al-
low ^a
defender of the WarrenCommission version
to do both
at
the same time.My contribution here is
in
bring-ing to bare the logical relationbetween issues
to
show
that
if theless than 2.3 seconds apart fromeach other in time, which is theminimum time required to oper-ate the bolt action on the allegedassassination weapon -this shows
two
shots
and
therefore it must betwo shooters, since
no
one
shootercould have fired two shots soquickly. So, all this shows basi-cally is multiple gunmen andhence conspiracy.Davidson: You suggest a con-spiracy between two gunmen in
the
actual
assassination,
but
havedefenders of the Warren Com- you any ideas on the motivationmission theory can account, say,for
the
timing issue, they can'taccount at the same time for theissue
ofthe
trajectory that
would
be
required
to have the singlebullet to do all the damage
to the.
two men
that
it
allegedly
did.
So,my contribution is kind of thephilosopher's contribution, usinglogic across issues to show thatthe defender of the single-bullettheory cannot account for all theevidence
at
the same time.behind the assassination?Donahue: I'm fairly sure therewas a conspiracy involving theCI. A. who managed to cover theirtracks, by falsely implicating aconnection between Oswald andCuban intelligence or other Left-
ist
forces.
I don*t really
know...I'mfairly
convinced jthere's
a con-spiracy
but
I'm
not
at
all sure as
towho was involved...Davidson: ...Or how high up
it
went?Davidson: If there were twoshooters, was the second, one Donahue:
Yeah...because
i
;that's
Donahue: Well, there's a general in such
a
way that they can, say,placed behind the grassy knoll?Donahue: If this argument isvalid, all this shows is therecouldn't be
only
one gunman. Itdoesn't
in
itself point
to
a
locationfor a second gunman. All thisshows is that
since
the single-bullet theory is wrong; since thenon-fatal wounds of Kennedycould not have been caused by asingle gunman because
you
can'texplain these facts in
anyjway
which will allow
you
to get to
that
conclusion...umm...that
showsthat there must have been two
gunmen
and the ultimate reasonis that they react (Kennedy andConnally) to their wounds
in
muchan issue on which the physicalevidence does not definitivelypronounce.
So,
that's
a much
lessdefinite
issue that
I think is essen-tially
unresol
vable. There are bet-ter and worse
theories
but it reallyis quite speculative.Davidson: If you had to guess,where would you place the ori-gins
ofthe
conspiracy?Donahue: If I had to guess I'dguess that it might have been acombination of
certain
elementswithin organized crime,
within
the anti-Castro Cuban commu-nity and possibly within Ameri-can intelligence
^because
theseorganizations had worked to-gether. The Mob and the
C.I.A
had
worked together
to try to
rubout Castro; the C.I.A had beenworking
hand-in-glove
with theanti-Castro Cubans in terms
of §j
the Bay of Pigs, the invasion ofCuba and various other anti-Castro activities. There is somekind of cross-over between theMob and the anti-CastroCubans...it was like a mutuallyconvenient
alliance...but
I
don't |think
the
C.I.A
as
an organizationwas involved
but...I
mean, theC.I.A was very upset? withKennedy and certain
people
within the
C.LA
had
motives. At
one
point in the Bay of Pigs,|Kennedy thought
he bad been lied
to by the C.I.A
and
threatened tobreak it up into a thousand littlepieces. And anti-Castro Cubansfelt betrayed by what they feltwas
the
sell out of
their
forces
on
the beaches of
Cuba.
I
Kennedy
didn't provide the air-cover thatthey'd been expecting. Kennedy
above
all
else
wanted to be able
toplausibly deny
that
the
U.S gov-
F eminent
was involved. He had a| different objective to them.
They
fea wanted to overthrow Castro and
he
wanted to
do
what
he
could in
that
way but
without
any U.S
fin-ger prints. So
he
didn't
go
for
theair cover; they felt
sold-out
andbetrayed and of course the mobfelt
sold
out and betrayed becausethey had helped Kennedy in the
1960
election in certain
ways
and
he and Bobby Kennedy went on
the
most ruthless crusade
againstorganized crime in American his-tory!
So,
all three groups had signifi-cant motives
toget rid
of Kennedy
and
individuals within these threegroups
had
been working togetheron various things."ghetto" from page 3were also produced.
Many
Jew
would never have deigned
set
fixinside a theater presenting
Shilorn
Alecihem before
the wa
r;
thewere much more interested ihearing Wagner at the
Germa
theater that they had provideoverwhelming amounts of
tunc
ing for.Cultural remnants
als
point to the development of
Zioi
ism within the ghetto.
Emign
tion from Central Europe to Paestine had often
not
even
met
tl
meager quotas allowed by
tl
British government prior to tlprecipitation ofthe
war.
Follov.ing the Nazi occupation, manhad looked to Palestine not asspiritual and national
homelaro
but
as the
only chance
to
escapThat changed
for
many people:the ghetto. Numerous lectunwere given on Zionism and Paestine, and Hebrew
classes
we
tremendously
h
popular. Matplanned to emigrate to
Palestu
after
the war,
having renewed
i
The cultural life inTerezin is tremendous testamentto the resilience of the human
spirit
and it is
a
shame that
it is
solittle known. For we find in theghetto of Terezin people
who
chose to
create
even though facedwith a gaping chasm of over-whelming fear and uncertainty.Let alone
the
tremendous way in
which they
choose
to do it,
for noproduction was shoddy, no per-formance was unrehearsed. One
mustn't
forget the vast
number
oforiginalplays,poems, drawings,musical scores, and operas thatwere also created in the ghetto.Fertile minds took advantage
of
all the
materia]
they could glean.It
isfmy
hope that myadmiration for the prisoners ofTerezin does not mask that this
was
indeed
a
terrible place. Onemust never put far out of mindthat so many fantastic things oc-
curred in
a place
that
saw 150,000adults and 15,000 children pass
through
its gates and
only
30,000of
those
adults and 100 of thoseoften forgotten faith and
havii
Jfound
purpose
to
their Uvea.
children
survived.

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