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The Merciad, March 19, 1998

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VOL 71 NO. 15 MERCYHURST COLLEGE, GLENWOOD HILLS, ERIE, PA. 16546
March 19, 1998
Women's History Month Celebration Continues
By Neil Norberg
Merciad
Writer
March marks
Women's
HistoryMonth celebrations both across thecountry and here at MercyhurstAs in years past, students haveorganized a Celebrate WomenProject. The 1998 project focuseson the creation of a wall hangingwoven togetherfromfabricsquaresdonated by members of theMercyhurst
communi
ty."Students can bring in a swatchof cloth or fabric that
is
significantto themselves or a special womanin their
1
ife,"
said
Cass Shimek
oneof
the
organizers of the project anddirector of the Student Union. Thisparticular project was chosen be-cause it symbolizes the solidarityof women and their role in thefabric of history. A memory bookwill
be
made available
so
that
eachsection of
the
hanging will have adedication associated with it. Dueto difficulties
with the
loom,
fabric
donations will be taken throughthe month of April. In addition tothe Celebrate Women
Project,
events have been scheduled for allof March.More than 25 people turned out
for
he Poetry Reading
in
the Unionat 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March
18.
Everyone present was treatedto poems by and about women inboth English and Spanish. The listof readers included Kevin Miller,Kathy McGeever, Sheryl Meul-man, Anne Hazard, Emily Page,Michele Garvey, Alice Edwards,Su Harrington and Beth Gylys.The following is a list of activi-ties forthe second
half
of he month.
On
Friday, March
20, you
can stopby the union from
1
p.m. to 2 p.m.and fill out a postcard to send to aspecial woman in your
life.
This isthe Special Woman Awards
Post-
card Project and each student willbe able
to
send one card sans post-
age.
|
On Monday, March 23, in theTaylor Little Theater, there will be
a ^Women's ^.History
Month lec-ture.This year's speaker
is
MaxineMaxwell, and the theme is "Ech-oes of
the
Past."
The presentationbegins at 7:30 p.m.Two
important
activities areplanned for Wednesday March 25
. From2
p.m.
to 7
p.m.
there
will
be
eatingdisorderscreeningsand
edu-cational sessions in the MercyHeritage Hall to promote EatingDisorder
A
wareness Day.At 5 p.m. the Women's HistoryMonth Dinner will take place atthe Grotto Dining Room. The cost
is$ lOper
person.
The
guestspeakerwill be Mary Baird, acting presi-dent of The Ophelia Project ofErie. The Ophelia Project is dedi-cated to helping women combatnegative social pressures that canlead to eating disorders and ad-diction.
Alii
proceeds
.from
thedinner benefit
the;Ophelia
Pro-
ject in Erie.Anyone who would like moreinformation "or reservations cancontact Alice Edwards (2548) orCass Shimek (2433).
?
The activities will come to a closeon Thursday, March, 26. Twoevents are planned for that day.First, from
11
a.m. to
1
p.m. in theunion
lobb)
there
will
be a
promo-tion of "Peace A wareness.
n
Thisincludes white carnation and
rib-
bon sales, along with informationregarding domestic violence andarea shelters for women. Lastly, at
6
p.m.
a
roundtable discussion willbe held
inithe.MSG
Chambers^Women from a number of careerfields will discuss the challengesfacing women today along withcareer opportunity.All
members
of the Mercyhurstcommunity
are
urged to
attend
anyof the functions listed above. If
you have
any questions, feel
free
tocall the Union Office at 824-2432.
Annual
Romero'Lecture
to be held on Tuesday
By Chris
Wloch
Editor-in- Chief
On Tuesday, March
24, the
SixthAnnual Oscar Romero Lecture
Series
will be held at
7; 15 p.m.
in
the*
Mercy Heritage Hall. Thisyear's speaker will be authorand activist Edwina Gateley, whowill address "Violence and Pros-titution: The Challenges."The Romero Lecture is being
held
on the 18th anniversary of theassassination
of«the
SalvadoranArchbishop. On March 24, 1980,Romero
was
gunned down duringa celebration of the Eucharist.Gateley is the author of morethan half a dozen books and nu-merous articles and
has
received anumber of awards.During the
mid-
1960's
and
70's,
Gateley worked as a
teacher ^and
lay missionary in Uganda, EastAfrica. In 1981, she received amaster's degree in theology fromthe Catholic Theological Union inChicago.
Gateley has
also foundedthe Volunteer Missionary Move-ment and Geneva House, a shelterfor Chicago women involved inprostitution. Since moving to theErie area, Gateley has continuedher ministry by helping to orga-
ni zeThe
Blessing
PI
ace,
a house cfhospitality for prostitutes locatednear downtown Erie.Sister Dorothy Stoner, O.S.B.visiting professor of religious stud-ies at
Mercyhurst,
has been in-
volved-?
with the ministry at theBlessing Place for more than ayear."The speaker we bring in for theRomero Lecture. Series is alwayssomeone out there in the field,
do-
ing the
work
of
an
activist,"
Stonersaid. Edwina
is
certainly
that.
Thework that she has done with pros-titutes indicates that she reallyputs her faith into practice."Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, di-rector of the department of phi-losophy and religious studies, saidthat this is the second year that anaward is being given. Last year'srecipient was Pax Christi, a paci-fist organization which celebratedits 25th anniversary in 1997.
"The
Romero award honorspeople
who
give witness
to
a praxisof peace, justice and compassion,"Snyder said. "The suffering in
El
Salvador is on-going,
and the
samekind of suffering is going on inmany parts of the world,
partictt-"
larly
Central and Latin America.""Edwina Gateley,
in'her
minis-try to prostitutes,
like
Romero'sministry to the disenfranchised inhis own country, is an embodi-
' ment
of what the Reign of God is
all
about"For Catholics in particular, andpeople of good
will gin
general,who have a social conscience,Romero is a symbol of someonewith authentic faith. Authentic
Si
faith is more than merely being anice person. It requires us to
be-
come involved in the struggle.""The Romero Lecture is a high-light of the academic year at
Mercyhurst,"
said academic deanDr. Joseph Gower. "It is an occa-sion formally to tie in the collegemission statement's emphasis onjustice." The lecture series is madepossible by an academic enrich-ment grant from the office of thepresident. This year's budget wasincreased so that an actual awardcould be given to Gateley.Honor
Societies Welcome
New
Members. Above:
The
Inductees
to Ph
Sigma Iota,
The
International
Foreign Language
Society.
(L.
to
r)
Alice
Edwards
(advisor). Randy Hilliard, Christian Schlee,
Jay
Porter,
AmityMeisel,
Amy
Rooney, Karen
Bender,
Jen
York,
and
Cindy
Buyce
(President)
Below: The seven
new
members
of
Ps Chi the
Psychology
Honor
Society.
(L to r)
Rachelle Baker, MichelleBorsos,Dawn Boardman, LaurenDiulus,Scott
Messenger.
Carrie
Webb, Jill Ondreicak. Photos
by
Jessica Russell.
Attention Juniors and Seniors Graduating in 1998 or 1999:
The time to take the writing proficiency exam is
now.
The exam will be offered on three dates this term:
30D.m. Saturday, March 28
999
be
 
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Dartmouth
represented|at jHurst
By
Carrie
Tappe
A&E Editor
The Dartmouth Glee Club will
performs ith the
D'Angelo School!of Music Concert Choir, and theD'Angelo Symphony Orchestra,
Louis
Burkot,
guest conductor, onMonday, March
23 at
7:30
p.m. inthe Mary
D'Angelo
PerformingArts Center
at'Mercyhurst
Col-lege.
? g ' '
The Glee Club is the embodi-ment of the special
spirit "and
warmth that is characteristic ofDartmouth College.
The
128 year-old touring Glee Club is a mixed
chorus40 voices strong.The group
prides itself on its musicianship,its high
level
of camaraderie andits repertoire, which ranges inbreadth
and scope from
large
cho-
ral masterworks with orchestra, acapella works, choruses from
op-
eras and musicals, spirituals andfolksongs to the spirited songs ofDartmouth College.For the presentation at
Mercy
hurst
,jthe
ensemble willperform Stabat
Mater,
a romantic,melodious piece
dom
posed' 'By'
Antonin
Dvorak in 1877. Dvorakwrote the piece following thedeaths of three of his children, inrapid and tragic succession.
'This
is a masterful expression of lossand sorrow, to
music
as a sacredcantata," said Rebecca Ryan, di-rector of
theiD'Angelo
ConcertChoir at Mercyhurst..Ryan said,
'The
ten meditative movements toDvorak's Stabat Mater tradition-ally represent the Virgin Mary'svigil at the crucifixion of Jesus,and are sung in Latin,The Glee Club has traveledthroughout North America
and
has
»
been hailed by many critics. "Asound both fiery and
brilliant*...
highly emotionally
charged!"
The
Washington Post said, 'Theseyoung
people are
a joy to both theeye and ear ... high on the list
of
college glee
clubs,"said
The
Hart-
ford
Courant
Today's fully coeducationalGlee Club descends from a richmusical
tradi tion of col 1 egi ate si
ng-
ingat its
finest.
In the
1960s the all-male Glee Club under the direc-tion of
Paul
Zeller created
a
sensa-tion at New York's
1
Radio CityMusic Hall. Current director
Louis
Burkot has successfully trans-formed the venerable institution
into
an exciting mixed chorus, re-taining
all the
traditional music formale chorus while adding
the
moresubstantive choral works for mixedchorus.Louis Burkot is one of New
England'sbusiestandtalented
con-ductors. In addition to his work atDartmouth College where he di-rects the Dartmouth Glee Club,teaches voice,
and
coordinates the
activities
of
the
vocal
department,
" he is
Artistic Director of
bom
Op-
era North
and Opera New
Englandof Boston.Burkot has been praised by thenational
press
for performances ofboth choral and operatic worksand hailed
by the
Boston
Globe astTFirst-rate J
Capable and stylish"and
"a
conductor most
sensitive to
the needs of
his
singers."
He
con-
tinues
to appear as a guest conduc-tor for regional opera throughout
he
country.This performance is free forMercyhurst students and thosewith Mercyhurst President'sCards.
Film Based on True Story
By Carrie
Tappe
A&E Editor
"On the Big Screen" will con-tinue Wednesday, March
25,
1998,
with
Welcome
to Sarajevo,
star-
ring Woody Harrelson..The
Film
Series is held in the PerformingArts Center at
8
p.
m.In the film,
the year
is
1992,
thebeginning of he siege on Sarajevo.This cosmopolitan city that oncehosted the Winter Olympics andserved as a popular European va-cation
spot,
has
come under attackfrom groups of Serbs fighting tooverturn Bosnian independence.Based on true stories, "Wel-come to Sarajevo" invitesaudi-ences to enter the world of theinternational press corps
- a
group
ol war
correspondents, some aded,some still innocent, covering the
news in one
of
the
most dangerousplaces on earth.Admission to the
film
is free.
Guest Artist in Dance Department
By Angela Harris
A&E
Write
A
The Mercyhurst Dance De-partment
has been very
busy sinceSpring Break. Besides beginningrehearsals
for^the
"Song of Nor-way," the opera
being
presented inthe spring, the dancers have alsohad the chance to work with twoguest
artists
A
Last Friday, Jeff Calhoun, abroadway choreographer helpingwith the theatre production, cameto speak to the dance departmentabout life
*on
'Broadway.Calhoun's most recent Choreo-graphic success is the revival of"Grease.*' As choreographer anddirector, Calhoun worked with
Rosie
O'Donnell, Jasmine Guy,Brooke Shields, and DominiqueDawes on this production.
He
hasalso won the L.A Drama CriticsAward and choreographed other
musicals such as the "Will
RogersFollies" and
"Strike
Up
the
Band."
To the dancers, Calhoun of-fered the advice that "working inthe
arts
Ms arguably the hardestprofession
in
the world, because of
the
rigor, heartbreak, and
lack
ofmoney, but if it's something youlove to do, pursue it to your full-
est''
f
I
Another of
the
guest artists wasChris Tabor. Tabor is the balletmaster of the Cleveland Ballet.During
Tabor's
stay atMercyhurst, the dancers had achance to work
with him in a ballet
class and master
class
given later
in*the
day. Tabor, along withMichael Gleason, dance depart-ment
ballet
teacher,
was one
of theoriginal mergers of
the
Cleveland
Ballet
'I *
On Friday March 20, in cel-ebration of Women's History
Month,"the dance'department
isperforming during a women'sconference at
Villa
Maria. On theprogram are four pieces from thechoreography I showcase
'and
asolo from Catherine Schaeffer,dance teacher and choreographer.at Mercyhurst.
Grease is the word-Hit musical turns
20
By JamesHain
'?.
'
Merciad Writer
The
Roadhouse Theatre
or
 Contemporary
Art
Presents
9
§ THE ZANY
MADCAPMARX BROTHERS MUSICAL COMEDY
On
Friday,
March
27,
ParamountPictures will re-release
Grease
in
theaters
nationwide.
The
musical,
which
stars
John Travol ta and
such70s
"Where
are they now?" casesas
r,
OliviaJiNewton-John, JeffConaway,
Didi Conn and
StockardChanning, is celebrating its 20thanniversary with pristine, digi-tally remastered prints and THXsound.
.Originally'released
in June,
1978,
Grease
went on to become
the
highest-grossing
musical
of alltime, and its popularity has neverreally waned. A
1982
sequel,
Grease
2,
was
less successful.Travolta, currently
appeari
ng in
Primary Colors
; has experienced amuch-publicized
career
renais-
sance
lately,
and the
film's built-inaudience may help it
to
unseat
Ti-tanic
as the nation's top box-office draw.Paramount is hoping to dupli-cate the success of
Fox's
1997
re-
vival
of the
Star Wars
trilogy.Thefirst
Star Wars
added more than$100 million dollars to its totalgross in the '97 reissue alone. Itwas
so
successful, in fact, that re-vivals of
E.T.
and
Close
Encoun-\ters of
the Third
Kind
were can-celled out of worry
that*
golden
oldies had run their course at thebox office.
(Indeed,
a 25th anni-
versary $
of
The
Godfather
faredpoorly.) The
Grease
revival mayprove them wrong.
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