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From the WorldArena!
By
Gagan
Suri
Merciad
News Editor
Official Contracts AIDSFrom Artificial Insemination
Washington's State top educator, Judith Billings, said that
she
issuffering from AIDS after an
attempt to
become pregnant through
arti fici al i nsemination with a
donor sperm.
She kept
this
*
secret toherself for a year.Judith Billings is a married woman. She plans to head publicawareness on theissue.Artificial insemination may be the rarestmethod of contracting AIDS. The
news is alarming to
women who
have
been trying
to
become pregnant with artificialinsemination.
Over
75,000 women
in the
United States each year
use the
artificialinsemination
method
with
a
donor sperm.
The chances
of contract-
ing AIDS
is very unlikely, say health officials.Only seven
women have been
known to contract H.I. V.,
the
virusthat causes AIDS, as reported by the Center for Disease Control
and
Prevention.
Billings
was infected before 1986, shortly before mostfertility
clinics
began routine testing.
Layoffs by
AS&T
AT&T, the giant communications company laid off
2,000
of
itsemployees recently all over
the United States.
The company
has the
target of reducing its workforce by 48,500
in the future. AT&T,
a
company once known for job security
is^now
a highly visibleexample of
trimming
work forces while the corporate profits stillremain high.A third of
the
layoffs were in the New Jersey area
itself.
Thecompany will
have
70 percent
of
its layoff target achieved bythis summer.
AT&T also
introduced
a
buyout program in lieu of the
layoff,
thebottom line remaining the same. In the buyout deal an employeecould negotiate
a
cash-heavy
deal and walk
away, not
working
forthe company for eight extra
weeks
after the notice.Atypical
manager at AT&T is 42 years old
with
16 years
of serviceearning
$55,000 a
year. A typical clerk at
AT&T is
44 years
old
with
18
years of service earning $33,000 annually.
Welcome 40 BillionMore Galaxies
The
Hubble space'
telescope
focused for
ten
consecutive
days on
a particular spot in the sky and took long exposure shots whichrevealed a variety of bewildering galaxies.The
sun is one
of the 50 billion stars in
the
known galaxies. Theastronomers
have
estimated that
there are
approximately
50
billionmore new galaxies.The observed slice of
the
space was no more than 1/25 of onedegree, which is the size of
a
grain of sand.Astronomers
are not sure
if they have sighted the earliest
epoch of
galaxy formation.
Mexico Arrests a Top Drug Dealer
Juan Garcia Abrego,
one
of
he
most powerful
and
murderous druglords of the hemisphere was arrested by Federal Authorities inMexico and expelled to the United States, where he
is
wanted on
drug
trafficking and money laundering charges.
Mr.
Garcia
Abrego
has
been declared
as one
of
the ten
most wantedfugitives by the F.B.I. He was born in Texas.
%
Reuters press said that Mr.Garcia has been indicted
in
Houston. Hewas
operating across the
border from Texas where
he
maintaineda large army and reputedly took government corruption to newheights with millions of dollars in bribes.
Phil English, Congressman
on
Campus
fe
m
Phon-a-thon$1996
I
!
1MSG News
By Gagan Suri
Merciad
News Editor
The alumni office has cut theribbon for
the alumni phone
call-ing for this year. They invite allthe organizations and clubs oncampus to
take part in the
pbon-a-thon. The alumni calling is toraise funds for enhancing the col-lege facilities. The college hasabout
45,000
alums,
and was able
to collect more than $200,000 inthe last calling period, said Mr.Fuhrman addressing the Ambas-sadorsClub.
The a lumni
office
will give
awaycash prizes
to
the top four fund
raising organizations:1st place - $4002nd place -$2003rd place -$1004th place -$50Prizes are also given to the topindividual callers and fund rais-
ers.
The
calling begins on Febru-ary
18.
There
will be
16
phones to
be staffed for a two
"hour
ses-sion. The alumni office encour-ages large groups to call at thesame time, and would like to seemaximum participation.To ensure that all callers
areaware
of
the calling etiquette
andthe method, there will be a man-datory half hour session beforeeach calling session. Please feelfree to call extension 2569 formore information.By: Dan
Hilfiker
Edtior-in-Chief
Questions lingered at the Jan.15 meeting of Mercy hurst Stu-dent Government about whether
to donate all
of
he money gained
through the
annual JMSG
fundraiser to the Mercy Center forWomen through
the
United Way
as
part of
the Mercy hurst
CollegeUnited Way fund drive. MSGrep-
resentatives were
previously told
that
they could not donate moneyto
the
United
Way in this
manner.
Earlier,
it was
voted that MSGwould not donate any moneyraised in the fund raiser to theUnited Way, but would give all
funds raised directly to
the MercyCenter for Women."By going through the UnitedWay,
we
are basically giving themcredit for the fund raising when
all
of he money is coming straight
from
us,"
resident representativePat
Klingensmith
said.
"We're
doing all of the fundraising,
and
I think that we shoulddonate it
all in our
name," seniorclass representative Chris
Glaz
said."You voted
under a
misconcep-
tio n hat
money could
not
be
given
to the Mercy Center for Womenthrough
the
United Way.
Now
weknow that we can donate moneythrough the United Way
and
thatis why
the issue
is
coming
back,"
said Advisor
Cass
Shimek.
"We made an intelligent deci-sion before and I think that weshould
stand$by
that decision,sophomore representative
Kevin
Segedi said.
Jim Carrabia
and
George Bunch
both moved to stand by the earlierdecision of MSG to not donatemoney through the United Way.
The vote was 29-2
in favor of themotion.
In other MSG
fund raiser news,MSG President
Jessica Cuffi a
saidthat $78 was raised in the
first^
event of the fund raiser.In
SAC
news, President
Brianfe
Marshall said that there will
be a
7
pep
rally on Thursday, Jan.
25 at
the
Mercy
hurst Athletic Center. All ofthe
sports teams on campus will
bein attendance as will PresidentGarvey. At the pep rally, the new
Mercyhurst
mascot will
debut.
Any-
one who wishes to wear the
mascot
during sports events should
contactBrian Marshall.
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PAGE
2THE MERCIADJANUARY
18,1996
Commuter
Corner
By Andrew
Canfield
Rep.
Mike Morgan presented
MSG
with
the
constitution for thenewly formed Commuter Council. We hope the council will holdan informational meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 12:05 p.m. inStudent Government Chambers.
Refreshments
will be served andnominations will be taken for
the
offices of
president,
vice presi-
dent,
secretary, treasurer, and activities chairperson. Your atten-dance is vital
to
the council's success,
so be
there.Tired of
living
at home? If you are interested on becoming
an
RA,attend the Residence Life Social Mixer to learn more about youropportunities in campus housing. It is on Sunday, Jan
21,
in theStudent
Union
Great
Room from
7-8
p.m.
Please
RSVP
by
Friday,Jan
19,4:30
p.m.
to
Main
213
or
call Kim
at
ext.
2422.
jS i
Upcoming Events: 1/19
-
Mercy hurst Hockey
takes
on
Canisius at7:30
p.m.
in the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
1/23
- Voice your great
ideas
at the
SAC
meeting at 8:30
p.m.
in
Student Government Chambers. Then, rush downstairs to see
Al
Pacino
in the
classic, "Scent of
a
Woman,
"
1/24
-
Coffeehouse
will be from
8-11
p.m. in the
Laker
Inn and the
excellent local band
"Plato's
Cave"
will be performing.
Are you as
good
as you
think
you
are?
Attend the
3-point
contestat
8 p.m.
in the Athletic Center. §
I
Also, sign up Wednesday in the Union for the Blood Drivebetween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.. Share your gift of goodhealth with the community.
1/26
- Show that Laker
Pride
Friday night at:
Women's
B-Ball
V. Oakland at 6 p.m. MAC
Men's
B-Ball
V.
Oakland
at 8
p.m.
MACHockey V. Alabama - Huntsville at 7:30 p.m. MIC
11/27 There
will be
a
SAC
movie
excursion
leaving
Mercyhurst
at
6:45
p.m.. SACwill announce
the
movie at
the
meeting
Tues.
Jan
23.
Stay
tuned.
fe
Just So YouKnow
f
Resident!
Assistant Positions Open
All
Juniors
and
Seniors
who are
interested in becoming ResidentAssistants
(RA.)
for
the
1996-1997 Academic
year
should
contactKim Coughlin
at ext.
2422 for additional information.
l
Criminal Justice Club Announces Raffle
The
Criminal
Justice
Club,
in conjunction
with Alpha
Phi
Sigma,
is
holding
a
50/50
raffle
to
benefit their annual
trip
to the
Academyof Criminal Justice Sciences Convention
in Las
Vegas.
Tickets areavailable from any club member and cost
$1.
For additional infor-mation contact Shirley Williams at
ext.
2266.
Trip to Toronto
scheduled!
In
case
you
haven't
heard,
the
Student Activities Committee willbe sponsoring
a trip
to
Toronto
on
Saturday,
Jan. 20.
There
is a
$10deposit required
to
secure
your seat on
the bus.
This money will
be
refunded when you board the
bus
when
leaving
for Toronto.
Movie night at Hurst
The Student Activities Committee will also be bringing in themovie
Scent
of
a
Woman
on Tuesday, Jan.
23.
The
movie will beginat 9
p.m.
in the Student Union.
Band
Plato's
Cave arrives at Coffeehouse
During coffeehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 24. the band Plato'sCave
will
be
bringing
their brandof rock
and
roll
music
to the
Hurst.
All
are
welcomed to attend and
enjoy
the music.
Security
|
The Director of Security, Bud Dever, has reported that manypeople are complaining that
they
cannot reach
the
Security Office,
or
that nobody answers
the
phone during business
hours.
Everyoneis reminded
that
the number
to
call for security
is
ext.
2541.
This also
is the only number for security that also has voice mail.
D'
An gel
o School of Music
The
D'Angelo
Wind Ensemble, conducted
by
Frank Collura,
will
performonSunday,Jan.21,at2:30p.m.
in the TaylorLittle
Theatre.The program will include the overture to
Candide
by Bernstein,
Scenes from the
Louvre
by
Dello
Joio,
Suite
rom
he Ballet Pine-
apple Poll
by
Arthur Sullivan,
Suite Francaise
by
Milhaud,
LittleEnglish Girl
by
Delle
Cese, and
The
Cowboys
by John Williams.The concert is free and open to the public.
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18,199«
MERCIAD
PAGE
3
Nicole
Po n
s ingle
A &E
Editor
I
have
recently
been
talking
withsome people who think that it istime
for
a change
here
on campus.We had a discussion of some-thing that seems to be
missing....that
something being
an on-campus
bar.
It
seems
a logi-cal thing to be on
a
college cam-
pus.
It provides a
safe alternativeto driving to a bar and havingsomeone
take the
chance of driv-
ing
back drunk.
All I can
say is
that I
transferredhere
 from
 a
school
that had
1800people as compared to
Mercy
hurst's 2500 and we had a
greatbarcalled the
Underground,
It was run
by the students, but was
by no means
abusive
to the
liquor
laws
of the state.
You had to have
a valid state
ID.
to drink, but onmost nights,
under-age
rs.
couldget in because they would showmovies, have comedians, bandsand DJ's come. It was
a
\
great
place
to just
go and hang out with
your
friends and
meet
people you
didn't know.Imean,we do have the Union,but who wants
to go and hang
outthere
all
the time. It is like thedifference between going to theCounty
Fair and
Cedar Point Thepoint
is
that
we
need somewhere
else to
go.
If
the school can buildthe
new music building, why
ca
n'
tthey do something for
the
rest ofus? We pay to go here and de-serve to have a real place to go
and hang
out
Nobody really goesto
the functions
that
are
held at
theUnion on the weekends and it iskind of inconvenient to run allover campus for the differentthings that are happening.Aside from the fact that it issafer
than
running out
to a
bar, itwill bring in money to sponsormore events on campus. Therecan be more DJ's, more moviesand anything else imaginable,within reason, that is.This would be a great projectfor
the HRIM
students to get in-volved with. It will teach them
more than ust
burger-flipping andhow to run the soda machine. Itwould
give them
experience withthings
that they may come
acrossin
"the
real
world."
Again, it
is
just a thought that
hit us
head-on
the
other day. If itcan be done successfully at tonsof other colleges
and
universities,why can't it be here? If anyone
cares to
respond
to
this,
feel free,it would be
nice
to get somefeedback Hello???...Anyoneout there??!!
Movie Time
By James Hain
Merciad Contributing Columnist
Let's talk Oscar. It's that timeof year-again, when the Oscarrace usually begins to heat up.This year, feow^er^tji
33
h
months'worth of weak
offerings, ,the Oscar race is lukewarm at
best.
It was a bad year
for movies.Screenwriter William Goldmanwas only exaggerating slightlywhen
he
said
the
 first
en
monthsof
'95 were "the
worst
.since
theintroduction of sound." That maysound harsh...until you see
"Jury
lights;
"Dead
Man Walking," TimRobbins' disturbing treatiseagainst capital punishment; andMel Gibson's brutalagain. Life ain't
that much
like
a
box of chocolates.
"Braveheart."
The academy mem-bers,whose average age hovers
Despite the lack
of quality mov-
ies,
there
was a
surprising increasein the number of good roles forwomen, so Best Actress might
3L
around 106, hate violent
movies .
actually
 resemble
 some sort
of
a
and movies that clash
withJheir
competition
this
year. Heading
the pack is Nicole Kidmanforher
wacky blonde in "To Die For,"which more people should haveseen. Susan Sarandon will most
.
rose-colored Ray-Bans, so thesethree
are
longshots,
but
then again,they said the same thing about"Pulp Fiction" last year.
Duty."
m
Yes, there were losers. Many,many losers. But there were alsoa few winners. Among the chiefcontenders for Best Picture are
the .slightly
overrated box office
sn3a^
e
"ApolloC,^tije
 fluffy
o-
mantic
comedy "The American
President," Oliver^
Stone's"Nixon" and
Emma
Thompson's"Sense and Sensibility." But thewhole race is really up for grabs,with many wild cards hoping fora shot. Among them are severaldecidedly
grim
offerings: "Leav-ing Las Vegas," a dark dramaabout alcoholism under neon
The Best
Actor race,
as
always,is
a
tough call. There were manygood performances, but three inparticular stand out, NicolasCage's virtuoso lead in "LeavingLas Vegas," Sean Penh's creepy
but
complex killer
in "Dead
ManWalking" and Anthony Hopkin'svivid portrayal of Tricky Dick in"Nixon." John Travolta
is a
shoo-in for "GetShorty,"and Michael
Douglas has a
good shot for "TheAmerican President," even houghhe can do the charming rich guy
role in
his sleep (and nearly does).Richard Dreyfuss has also beengetting praise
as a
dedicated mu-sic teacher in
"Mr.^Holland's
Opus."
Aslfor
Tom Hanks, hemay get nominated for "Apollo
13,"
but don't expect him to winlikely get
a
nomination
as a
sym-pathetic
nun
in "Dead Man Walk-ing," and Meryl
Streep
and SharonStone
are
in the
running
for "The
Bridges
of Madison County"
and
"Casino," respectively. (Did youever think you'd see those twonames mentioned
in the
same sen-
tence?)
Other contenders, AnnetteBening ("The American Presi-dent"), Elizabeth Shue
("Leaving
Las Vegas"), Emma Thompson
("Sense
and Sensibility") andSandra Bullock
("While
YouWere
Sleeping") The nomi
nationswill be announced on February13th. Until then, it's
anybody's
guess. But
I will go
out
on a
limb
and
predict that "Showgirls"
will
not be racking up the nomina-tions.Call it
a
hunch.
What
?
Up
Well, if you have not gottenenough of
the
fine
theatrics
of hecompany down
at the
RoadhouseTheatre, you are in luck. If you
must get to
the theatre right away,
"Who's
Afraid of Virginia
WoolT
is
still playing
through
the 27th
ofJanuary.
The play has
been hailed"Scorching, Scalding, Revealingand Completely Engrossing" bythe N.Y. Times.
S
£|
As the run of
 ^"Virginia
Woolf"
comes to
a
close,
the run
of "Ani-mal Crackers" will
be
starting
on
Feb.
8th.fThis
is the Marx broth-ers musicalcomedy.
jFor
ticketinformation and all other ques-tions, call 456-5656. The Road-house
is
located at
145
West
11th
St.
SDo
you have
a
taste for flora andfauna? If
so,
you might be inter-ested in seeing
the
paintings anddrawings of Curtis Bartone. Theseslightly disturbing works, whichtend to show animals and veg-etables
in
the settings
and
arrange-
ments
that they will soon
be
part
of....as a
meal. YIKES! Nonethe-
less,
art can take rather strangeforms
and this
may
well be one ofthe
strangest.
What
does
the
artist
have to
say of
his
art work? "Muchis
sacrificed
to satisfy sensualdesire."
O.K. Curt,
whatever you
say This
exhibit
is up now
through
April
3rd.
It
is being housed
at
theErie Art Museum, which is lo-cated at
411
State St.
m
I
The Dance Department is takinga trip to see Doug
Varone
andDancers, which
is
a modern dancecompany.
Thel
show is
at
S.U.N.Y.,
Fredonia on January26 at 8:00 p.m. If
you
are a stu-dent the tickets are $10 and $13for adults. There are 5 seats lefton the van, so if you are inter-ested, call Catherine SchaefferA.S.A.P. at 824-2176. 1
Tunes on Tails
By Jason
Ulery
Merciad Contributing Columnist
This week we will talk about
the New
York
art-core
scene, boysand girls.
When you say
art-core,the
 first
 band that
comes to
mindis Sonic Youth.
This is a band that
has been around for close to 15years, and has consistently re-defined
what music on the
fringeshould sound like. They have in-fluenced such bands as the JonSpencer Blues Explosion andSouthern Culture on the Skids.Needless to say, they are a greatband and their latest release,
Washing Machine
continues themusical experimentation
that
thisparticular band pursues.For those of you who are notfamiliar with Sonic Youth, theyutilize off-key
tonarjon and a
ba-sic
drum beat
that pleases
the
ear.It is a refreshing version of so-called "alternative" music, an-other musical genre they helpedto create. Anyway, to their latesteffort. The band uses a new,bassless approach on the album(reminiscent of the Blues Explo-sion) and recorded the album inMemphis,Term.,which
is a
morerecent
trend among
undergroundbands.
&
..
,I must
admit,
I
never heard theirprevious
effort,
Made in the USA„
However,
albums
such
as
Sister,
Goo,
Dirty,
and
Experimental
 Jet-Set,
Trash and
No
Star
gave
theband credit they deserved fromtheir
 first
our albums. Songs
from
their
new
album
go
back to theirold formula of screeching
feed-
back, and once again ThurstonMoore and Kim Gordon
split
vo-
cal duties. The album starts offwith the track"Becuz,"whichhas a sound that just
epitomizes
what the band is all about.
It
isfollowed by
"Junkie's
Promise"!and "Saucer-Like," fronted byThurston Moore, which may be
the two best tracks on the
album.That
is
not
taking
anything awayfrom Kim Gordon, who is onceagain excellent
on tracks
such asthe title track and
"Panty
lies."
Maybe the guys from Rapeman
knew what
they were talking aboutafter all, huh?
S |
f
This is a
goodalbum,but
I must
admit previous releases had bet-ter material on them.
This band
isstill the reigning kings (and queen)of the underground and deserveall of
the
recognition due
them.I
think
every
body
}
should go outand buy this album, because it is
very
good and
I have
heard someof he other music people listen toon this campus.One other note:
the Beastie Boysare due
out
with
another
album in
March. These guys must be oneof the hardest working bands inrock
as this is
their fourth releasein the past
year
(excluding
HI
Communication
and the
"Get
itTogether" single). Watch out forit. Also, the
Porno
for
Pyros
new-est, which will be titled
GoodGod's Urge,
has
been pushed backuntil spring. Keep
an eye
out forthese.
One
of collected
works
of
Curtis Bartone
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