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VOL.
69
N045 jMERCYHURST
COLLEGE,
GLENWOOD
HILLS,
ERIE,
PA*16546
FEBRUARY
8,1996
From The World
Arena
By Gagan Suri
Merciad
News Editor
*
Bomb
Blast
by Terrorists in Colombo
The terrorist threat in Sri Lanka
is
still not over
according
to the Sri
.xinkan
government Recently, a truck loaded with high explosives
ammed
into the central bank which
holds
the
counti
y
v
s
gold reservesn Colombo, the
capital
of Sri Lanka.Authorities have reported that at least
73
people died and
more
than
1,500
people were injured in this devastating bomb blast. The blastoccurred at
11
a.m., the busiest time of
the
day at the central
bank.
The authorities suspect that the Tamil Tigers rebels are responsible[for this attack. The city came to a stand still and heavy security was
mforced
to control any further riots.
'
The ethnic majority of Sri Lanka are the Sinhalese,
17
million of
Iwho
are Buddhists. The minority of he Tamils are Hindus. TheTamil Tigers are the rebel group who have been complaining about
Ihe
Sinhalese domination in the country.
f
Earthquake in China
On
Feb.
4,
China
suffered a
very severe earthquake
which
measured7.0 on the
Richter
scale. The quake left
thecounfry
with at least 200dead and 14,000 people homeless.
'•;.
r$ | f
The Red Cross has sent 50 doctors to the affected areas and$156,600 worth of relief supplies.
£
China's worst earthquake in the past century was in 1976
which
killed 242,000 people and measured 7.8 on the Richter scale.
In Honor Of Black History MonthFamous African American Quotes
What could I dream of that had the barest
fssibility
of coming true? I could think ofwasnothingness that my mind began to
dwell,
thatconstant sense of wanting without
having,
ofhated
Wright
Whenixou control a mannot have to worry about his actions.
You
do nothave
to
tell
him not
to stand here or go
yonder.
willfind
»
and will stay
init.
You
do n ot need to send him to the back
door.
i
fact,
ifth
for his
sf
benefit.
-Carter G. Woodson
/
don't
know the key to success, but the key tofailure is trying to please everybody.
-Bill Cosby
When life knocks you down, try
to
all on yourback
because if
you
can look
up,
you can get
up.
fj
-Les Brown
Campus Ministryto Build Houses
;
By
Gagan
Suri
Merciad News Editor
m
Mercyhurst College's CampusMinistry is traveling to Conway,S.C., to
participate in
the Habitat for
Hum a
nity'
s Collegi a te Cha 11
engeworkcamp;
program
during thespring break. Eight students arejoining Habitat for Humanity ofHorry County
on
Feb. 24 throughMarch 3 in an effort to build de-cent, affordable homes
with
fami-lies in need. -This is the third consecutiveyear that Mercyhurst is offeringan
Alternative Spring
Break Pro- .gram to its students. "Interest inthis program is gaining popular-ity. The first year plans were
ca
n-celled due to problems at thatwork site. The second year thestudents successfully completeda
weeks
work in Georgia. This
ycar!we
will be traveling toConway,
S.C.
We will assist inbuilding two, three bed-roomhomes. The students
will also
havethe opportunity
to*
meet the twofamilies who
will
occupy thehouses. Each student is requiredto
pay a building
supply fee and
a
registration fee. The fees
incl
udebuilding supplies, housing, andbreakfast. Local churches and
Pepsi will
be sponsoring thelunches and snacks on the worksite. The students are now ac-tively fund raising to provide fortheir dinners. We are also grate-
fully accepting
donations frombusinesses." said
Michelle
Garvcy,from the Campus Minis-try
office.
!
<
£
Collegiate Challenge: SpringBreak
'96,
an event
coordinated
by the Campus Ministry depart-ment of Habitat for HumanityInternational, will run from Feb.18 through April 6. The Colle-giate Challenge program offersconstruction work camp experi-ences to students at
HFHI
affili-ates around the country. WhileCollegiate Challenges has tradi-tionally been held during SpringBreak, the Campus Chapters de-
partment provides
ongoing workcamp opportunities for studentsthroughout the year with
Habitat
for Humanity.
|
|
This year's
Collegiate Challenge
wil
1
have more than
5,200partici-
pants.Approximately
$400,000
will
be
contributed
to
the work ofHabitat for Humanity at partici-pating affiliate locations.In its 20th year, Habitat for Hu-manity International is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian or-
ganization
dedicated to eliminat-ing poverty housing worldwide.Habitat for
Humanity*works
inpartnership with people in needthroughout the world buildingsimple, decent shelter that is soldto them at no profit, through no-interest loans. To date, the orga-nization has built over 40,000homes worldwide.
i
The Campus Chapters depart-ment was
formed in 1987 and
hasprovided thousands of studentswith opportunities to become asignificant part of Habitat forHumanity's work worldwide.For morel information about
Taxes Made Easier
By Gagan Suri .
Merciad Ne ws Editor
If you are single and normallyuse Form
1040EZ
to file yourincome tax return, you may be
able to file
your
1995
return usinga
touch-tone
telephone viaTeleFile,
IRS's
new paperlessphonejfiling;system, according! IRS reports.
The transaction will take aboutHabitat for Humanity, contactSarah
Egan^at
(912) 924-6935
ext.
448. For information aboutthe Mercyhurst
chapter
callMichclc- Garvey at (814) 824-2430.
k * I
10 minutes
over
the phone and arefund
can
be
expected
in about
21
days
 from
he
date the
call wasmade. The person filing taxes has
to
send
no
other forms
to the
IRS.The filing over the phone
is
done'with the help of
a
special code,similar to a Personal Identifica-tion Number that is included inthe TeleFile package.
'.
Making its debut in most areasof the
country
this
year,
TeleFile
will
allow about 23 million tax-
payers
to choose
this
easy option.In western Pennsylvania about
400,000
individuals receive thespecial TeleFile package.The
TeleFile
system
is
availableonly to taxpayers
who receive
theTeleFile package.
It is accessible24hours a
day, seven
days a
week.
Instructions
advise users
to
com-plete
a.l0-line
work sheet, callthe
toll
free Telefile number
us-
m
ing
a
touch-tone phone, and enterthe information from theworksheet and their
|W-2
forms/The computer
will tell
youthe amount of your refund or theamount you owe. IRS cautionsfilers
to wait
for
a six-digit
confir-
mation
number
that they wil 1 need
to verify their filing has been ac-cepted by
I
RS.
^Individuals
who receive thepacket and who arc
claiming
de-
pendents have
more than
 five
 W-2\s, or who have changed theiraddresses will not
11
able to usethis system.
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2
THE
MERC
IAD
FEBRUARY
8,1996
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Commuter Corner
Jennifer Lehr
Merciad Commuter Columnist
Congratulations
to
HeatherSinnott.
She is
the
Winner
of
the
X
$25 gift certificate
to the
book-
"
store
sponsored
by the
"Com-muter Council."Upcoming Events:
I
Friday,
Feb.*9
:
Head
to the
Union
at 9
p.
m.
to catch the movieDangerous Minds.Saturday.
Feb.
10:
44
»
Bungee Running from 7:00 p.m.to
11:00
p.m. at the Rec Center.Monday,
Feb. 12:
Get involvedwith Student Government in
the
Student Government Chambersstarting at 8:30 p.m.Tuesday,
Feb 13:
Catch the flickplaying
in the
Union starting
at
9p.m. The feature presentation
is"While
You Were Sleeping."Wednesday, Feb. 14:
^Happy
Valentine's Day!
Would you like
some good tasting coffee-
for a
low
price?
Join in the
 filn
 at
Cof-
feehouse. This week's Coffee-house will have
an
open MikeNight from
8-11
p.m.
If
you're
not
interested in
going
to the
cof-
feehouse
head to
the Student Gov-
ernment
Chambers
at
8:00 p.m.for a
lectu
re
featuring
Jeri Jewellfrom
"
The
Facts
of
Life."Thursday, Feb. 15: Catch
the
basketball games at 6
p.m.
and
8
| p.m.
At
6:00
p.m. the
women will
fcplay Grand Valley and
at
8 p.m.
Ithe men
will alsoplay Grand Val-ley.Friday Feb. 16: Do you enjoy
playing euchre?
If
so
head
to
theLaker
Inn
for
the
Euchre tourneyat
7
p.m.Saturday, Feb.
17:
Watch
as
our hockey team skates againstFredonia.
If you
are
interested
in
attending the gamc,the
shuttle willleave Baldwin
Hal] at5:30p.m.Or
catch
the men's
and women's
bas-
ketball games. The women andmen will
[day
Saginaw Valley.
The
women's
game
will
start at
6p.m.,and
the
men's game willstart at 8
p.m.
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By:
Dan
Hilfiker
Editor-in-Chief
Security
was
on the
minds
of
the representatives
at the
Feb., 5
meeting
of
Mercyhurst StudentGovernment.
It
was reported
by
the
Security Committee that theysat down
and
talked withMercyhurst Security Director
Bud
Dever on Wednesday, Jan.
31.
"We met with Bud Dever andgot answers to some of the ques-tions that
have
been weighing
onour
minds
for
a
while
now,"
saidMSG President Jessica Cuffia.The
two
parties talked aboutvarious issues about security
on
campus such
as
the cameras
"andsome incidents
regarding vehiclesparked
on
the top
of
the parking
ramp.
"We
have
to
realize that
the
security personnel here at schoolare
here
to
help
us
when
we
need
Security Questions Answered
th
an
.
They
are
not
out there look-ing to bust you when you have a
keg,"
said Cuffia.
One
thing that
became
apparentto
the
Security Committee duringtheir meeting
was the
fact that
there
has
to
be more of
a
proactiverole as well as student participa-tion
in the
security
of
this cam-
pus.
"Students who
see somethingwrong going
on or a
suspiciousface have to report it
to
security.You
are not
being
a
snitch.
We
need
more
of
an
active role
by thestudents
in the
security
on
thiscampus," said Cuffia.In other MSG news, it was re-vealed that
the
penny wars thatwill
be
held
for the
fund raiserwill
be
held between the differentmajors on campus. Previously,
it
was
to be
held between
the d if
fer-ent classes
on
campus,
but was
changed
for
those who fall
be-
ll
...i
tween classes. The wars
will start
4
on Feb.
7 in the
Student Union.
I
'There
will
be
about
10
different
I
majors represented
in
the pennywars. Whatever major wins will
j|
hold
a
random drawing
of
all
1
their
students.
The one
student!
from
the
winning
major who is
||
picked in the drawing will win aprize," said Cuffia.In SAC news, President Brian
p
Marshall noted
that
this weekend
|
will be Winter Activities
Week-1
end.
They will
be
taking the firsteight teams
who
sign
up at
the
||
Union
desk.
Teams must
be com-prised of eight people; four
men,
four women. The activities will
y-y.
I
VVV
consist
of a
variety
of
snowOlympics.SAC also will
be
sponsoringinflatable run on Saturday night
|
There will
be
inflatable sumo]wrestling and bungee running.
Kg
m
We
buy oil books with current
market value
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FEBRUARY
8,1996
THE MERCIAD
PAGE
3
mm.
SSSSftSS
Get
Nicole Ponstingle
A&E
Editor
In my last article
I
failed
to
mention
one last fantastic newBritish Band called
Block Grape.
They
a re
a very up-beat
and fu
nkysounding
band,
in other
words,
agreat
dance
band.
One
very men-tionable band member is the ex-lead singer of The Happy Mon-
days.
It
is nice to hear his yoiceagain. The name
of
their
debutalbum
is "Its
Great When You'reStraight..Yeah!"
And how
ap-
propriately
it
jbrings
me
to
my
next point!I just wanted to mention howrepulsed
I was at
the homophobia
that was
being thrown around theopinion page last week. This is
,
of
course,
in reference to
EmilioColaiacovo's
article
on
NickKrayger's
Integration
column.
I
am aware that this has virtuallynothing to do with my column or
page,
but
Nick is a friend and I
feltit necessary to address this fool-ishness. Upon reading
it,
I wanted
to know who
"
most of
us"
werethat were so utterly sickened byhis articles.
I
have never knownof anyone that
has
been offendedby them.Secondly,
I
think the
issues
thatNick addresses
are
many
more
than just "gay" issues. He has
a
great
deal to
say
on
today's moraland social issues that
are
veryvalid
and
important
to
today'scollege students.
To
me,
he seemsto be one
of
the only people onthis campus who has
a
"voice"and
I
am glad that he chooses touse
it,*
As
a
member
of
the Merciad
staff,
I
am aware that
everyone
has the right to speak their
own
mind, but to be so blatantly vic-
ious is
wrong. I don't
know why
Mr.
Colaiacovo
has such
a
prob-lem with
gay
people, but I would
like to
know! It
is people like
himthat
are the so
called
"social
ills,"
not
gay
people. Smarten
Up
Emilio, your young republicanthoughts don't mean much here.
Well kiddies,
I
will get offmy horsy for now and if you
liki
good dance
tunes,
check outBlaclGrape. Until next
week,
justf
entertained
by
the ignorance
o:
those around you.
Point
of
Interest
One •
thing
of
interest
is a
collection
of
"Photomon-tages
of
the Nazi Period,"by John Heartfield. Thereare 40 works on loan fromThe
Peace Museum
of
Chi-cago.
His works are satiri-cal of the Nazi regime andgive taught
rftto
fheWorce"*behind Hitler's rise
to
power.
They will
be
shown
at the Erie
Art Museum from
Feb.
17 through April
10.
The
museumns
located
at
411
State St.
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The Seeds
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Death/Where This Sower Walks
Through
The
Country,
He Reaps
Hunger,
War &
Fire,
*
by
Heartfield.
Movie
Beat
By: James Hain
*
Merciad movie reviewer
In a few
weeks,
Disney's lack-luster Pocahontas will be drag-ging its sorry carcass into video
stores,
but
while you still
have thechance,
you
should definitelycheck out Toy Story for an ex-ample of
a
real Disney animatedmasterpiece.The first 100 per-cent computer generated feature,the sheer artistry of Toy Story isenough
to
make traditional ink-
and-paint
animation look like
a
pre-schooler's art class scrawls.
But don't
forget the second partof the
title.
If the
film were just ashow-off exercise in technologi-cal know-how, it would ring hol-low. Toy Story benefits from
a
witty, imaginative screenplay anda handful of delightful vocal per-formances. In fact, after a whileyou
may
find yourself gettingcaught up in
the
story and forget-ting about all those poor
mouse-
jockeys
silling
at
their PC's
til
fou r inlhc morning
drawing scaleson plastic dinosaurs.
But*don'tfeci
too bad for them.
They have
created
a
milestone film,
a
re-
markable
achievement.
It's alsothe most fun family
Glm
to
come |
along in
a
while.
The premise is
that toys
are
likereal working folks. Being playedwith is
their
job,
and
when their
-
owner
is
away, they
come
to
life.
The leader
of
Andy's toys
is
a
floppy cowboy doll namedWoody (voiced by Tom Hanks);Woody
is
Andy's favorite, whichgives him the authority over theother
toys,
which include
a
wise-
cracking Mr. Potato Head (Don
Ricklcs),
a
timid
T-Rcx
(WallaceShawn)
a
nd a legion of hose little
green
army men with
the
moldedbases attached to their feet. Thislittle microcosm
is
thrown
intoturmoil with the arrival of
a
newtoy, a shiny plastic space rangernamed Buzz
Lightyear
(Tim
Allen),
who labors under the de-lusion that he is actually
a
space-man stranded on
a
bizarre planet.The new toy commands Andy'sattention and
wins
over
the
other
toys,
leaving
Woody
boiling over
with
jealousy. I don't
want to
giveaway too much, but
let's
just saythat
Woody
does
something
fool-ish, which forces
the
two rivals towork together to get back home.
As
I've said before, this type of
film jean
only coast
so
far on
snazzy visuals. The makers
of
Toy Story were aware of
this and
obviously took great pains to en-Sure that the characters had per-sonality and that the pacing wasjust right for the short-attention-span crowd. The human
charac-
ters look
a
little goofy, but thetoys
are
meticulously detailed,right down to the reflections
in
Buzz's
helmet.
The world of ToyStory looks so real that you startto forget that it's not.Many may be tempted to
dis-
miss this as just another kiddiefilm, but it's
got
just as much for
adults,
if
not
more;
It really
is one
of the funniest movies I've seenin a while (My favorite
gag
the
rubber arcade game
prizes'who
think "the claw." is a messengersent to take them
to
nirvana).
I
know
a
lot
of
people have
an
aversion
to
kid
Muff,
but do
voursclfn
fivor.Cal.!
^•'enlaht.showing
well
past*
the nigra
is*
bedtime,Wd
enjoy.
I
guaranteeyou will not be disappointed.
Tunes
on
Tails
By Jason
Ulery
Merciad ColumnistIn
the mid-eighties, the scenethat was known as punk split intwo directions. One group went
1
t
towards what
is
the
forefather
sound
to today' s "alternative," theother group retained a hard coresound and adopted different prin-
ciples.
Among the front runnersof this latter group were- bands
such as
the Gorilla Biscuits, Bold,Youth ofToday,and Youth Bri-
gade.
Today members
of
thesebands return
in
the'form
of
theband Civ,
a band that has
retainedsome of that hard core edge butalso plays music that sounds tootrendy for them.The album, entitled
Set YourGoals
,
signals
a
return
for
theband mates after a considerable
layoff
in which
none
of them
pro-
duced anything of consequence.The album' starts
off
with
the
overtly trendy "Set Your
Goals "
which
is
followed by the excel-lent "Do Something/'
It
seemsthat the first six songs alternatebetween bad and good before thealbum eventually settles into
a
harder sound that
reflects'music
of
he
band members' pasts and isfor the most part
a
pretty goodsound. However, songs like "SoFar,
So
Good..:-
&
What" and
?
"Can't
Wait One Minute
More"
fall into the same category
as
thetitle track and have that GreenDay sound that has just beengrossly
exploited.
At
some points
in the
album I'm not
sure
if
these
guys are more interested in get-ting their
message
across or sell-ing records.After
the
initial turbulence, the
guys do
settle
into a
groove start-ing with the live cut "Trust SlipsThrough Your
Hands"
followedby "Gang Opinion," two songswhich restore
th e
bands'
hard
corecredibility after hearing some ofthose first songs. The last listed
song on
the
albu
m,
"Don't Got to
Prove
It,"
is a live studio
outtake,but
it
still doesn't make me un-derstand that earlier garbage. Also
look out for
the hidden track afterthis song. It's a good one.The strength of the
album lies in
tracks such as "State
of
Grace,"
United
Kids,"
and "Boring Sum-mer." The first
one
mentioned inthat sequence is just
a
dynamicyet tough track that is probablythe cream of
the
crop on this al-bum.Overall,
the
music is
really good
and frontman Civ just goes
nuts
screaming his brains out
If
youlike Civ though, you must checkout
the
Gorilla Biscuits. They arejust a sick
band.
I
would not rate
th is a
must-have, but
i
f you know
* somebody-*who
has
it,
I
would
borrow »it
from them. That way
you ca n save
your money
for
moreworthwhile expenditures. Howabout
a
campaign against YoungRepublicans?
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Feb,
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8:00 PM Feb.
10
2:30 and 8:00
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6.3HlhSt
aylor Little
Theatre, Mercyhursi Campus,
su I
b.
.win
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$8.00,
Sr.
Citizens, Children under
12
$4.00,Mercyhursi Staff
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Faculty
$2.00
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