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The Merciad, May 14, 1998

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Three Seniors to be Presented
CARPE DIEM
Awards
By Carrie
Tappe
News Editor
In what was an unprecedented
move
on
the
part
of the President's
Staff,
three seniors,
Emilio
Col-aiacovo, Karen Milinovich, andKevin Segedi will all receive theCarpe Diem Award at graduation. •The President's Staff was dead-locked in naming a single reci-pient of the award, the most cov-eted and
highest,
student honor
given
by the college. The Staff met
forthree
hours on Wednesday, May
13,
to
make
a
final
decision
on
theSenior
Awards
for
the
college.The idea of
co-recipients
wasaccepted after no one candidatecould be ruled out The quality ofthe nominees was without prece-
dent,"
said
Dr.
William
P.
Garvey,president of the college,
"and
theten-member
President's
Staffcould not reach consensus be-,cause of the outstanding quality ofthe three top nominees who werealso nominated for
the"
CarolynHerrmann Award, and the SisterEustace Taylor Leadership A ward,as well as for President's Associ-ate Achievement Awards in theirrespective divisions.
'-
In addition to Garvey, thePresident's
Staff includes
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Any questions, contact the
Billingsley, vice president of fi-
nance
and
dean of administration;Dr. Joseph Gower, vice presidentof academic services; AndrewRoth,
dean
of enrollment services;GaryBukowski,vice president
of
institutional advancement; MaryAnn Daly, vice president of exter-nal affairs; Thomas Lee, directorof finance; Dr. Gary Brown, ex-ecutive dean of Mercy
hurst-North
East;
Catherine
Anderson, associ-ate dean of McAuley/Wayne; andE. William Kennedy, dean of stu-dent services.
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"The
only
agreement that could
be
reached with
justice
to all,
wasto break with tradition and notaward a Carolyn Herrmann Ser-
vice
Award,
or a
Sr.
Eustace
Tay-lor Leadership
Award,
but insteadto name three seniors as equalrecipients of the 1998 Carpe Diem
Award,**
Dr. Garvey explained.
This
year's winners of this mostprestigious award given by thecollege embody the best of allthree
awards.*'
A Buffalo, NY native,Colaiacovo is a
R/IAP
major car-rying a 3.68 Q.P. A.
He
is secre-tary of
MSG,
president of Intelli-gence Researchers Students
Asso-
ciation, and very
jactively
in-volved with the campus life com-mittee, Campus Ministry, and thePolitical|Science
Department,
among other things. He is also a.member of three honors societiesand a four year member of theDean's List
'*
The second recipient of theCarpe Diem award, Milinovich,will graduate with a B.A. in Ear-ly Childhood Education
with?a
3.56
Q.P.A.
She is a member
of
the
Mercyx Heritage
Committee,Ambassadors.
Club,
and
a
peer;minister. She is president of PhiEta Signa and a member of
Kap-
pa Gamma Pi. Originally fromWaynesburg, PA, Milinovich
has
been actively involved with themusic department performing invarious operas, sang the NationalAnthem
at
many Mercyhurstsporting events and also servedas cantor for masses in Christ theKing Chapel.The third, and
final
recipi-ent, Kevin Segedi, a graphic de-sign major, has been on
the
Dean's List for two years,
a
member
of
the
Ambassador's
Club,
and president of
MSG.
Heis also a member of Phi Eta Sig-ma, Editor-in-Chief
of
The
Freedom
Zone,
and on SAC.The Bishop's Award of Ex-cellence went to Amber
Hoff-
man, a Math and Computer Sci-ence major, who has
a
3.987Q.P.A.
Hoffman has completedall her courses
at!
MercyhurstCollege which is a requirementto be eligible for the Bishop'sAward, the top academic honor.The President's AssociatesAchievement Awards
will
be pre-
sented on Saturday night at theSenior Dinner-Dance. This awardis for a traditional-aged studentand nominated by the faculty ineach division. The
final
decision is
made
by the
President's
staff.
The
recipients
are
as
follows:
.William
Meyer (Anthropology/Archae-
ology);
Rebecca Koren and Ja-son
Ioppolo (co-recipients
in
Bus-iness);
Amy
Bolash
(Education);Stephanie Todd
(Fine
&
Perform-
ingArts);
Marie
Watkins(HRIM);Marcia
Farrell
and $ MichaelOpperman
(co-recipients
in Hu-
manities);
Andrea Cerio (HumanEcology); Bethany
Kormos
andSara Boyd
(co-recipients
in Natu-
ral
Science and Mathematics); andLisa Roberts and David Dausey
(co-recipients
in Social
&
Behav-ioral Sciences).The Mother Frances WardeAdult Award will be presented atcommencement to
James
Triplett.This award is presented in recog-nition of superior academic workand personal achievement as anadult student
at
Mercyhurst.Triplett has a 3.81
Q.P.A.
and ismajoring in business administra-tion.
Triplett will
pursue
an
M.B.
A.at Gannon University and is theparent of
three
children under
the
age of 10.From the nominees
received,
the President's Staff chose
to
present two Adult* AchievementAwards this year. They will bepresented Friday
night,
May 15,
atthe Adult and Graduate Reception.Winners of
this
award are
Sandra
Williamson (Business) and AnnBadach (Human Development).
In
another break with tradition,the President's Staff chose
to
present one Graduate
Student
Award from among
the
nomineessubmitted by the Administrationof Justice Graduate Program andthe Special Education GraduateProgram. The winner of
the
1998Graduate Student
of
the Year
Award is Michele
Biel,a4.0 gradu-ate student in the Administrationof Justice.
Brown Receives Teaching Excellence Award
By
BUI
Melville
Editor-in-Chief
Student Union at
2434.
tirw
Ludlow
"Bud"
Brown, profes-sor of philosophy and director ofthe Mercyhurst Honors program,will
receive
the
1998Teaching
Ex-cellence Award. Brown was cho-
sen by
a faculty committee whichreviewed all teachers nominatedby students.Dr. Joseph Gower, Dean ofAcademic Affairs, said,
"Brown
brings a distinguished record ofyears of outstanding teaching."Brown received a bachelor's
degree
in philosophy from CornellUniversity and received a doctor-ate from the State University of
New
York at Buffalo.
Since
then,he has taught in the philosophydepartmental Mercyhurst for thelast
twenty-four
years, and
said
the award surprised him as muchas anyone else.
**I
was
ecstatic and deeply hon-ored. For anyone who defines
Dr.
Ludlow Brown
themselves
as a
teacher,
to be
hon-ored by faculty and students is agreat thing," Brown said.
"Dr
Brown
brings
far
more
than
just
a
knowledge
of philosophy tothe classroom," said senior archae-ology major Bill Meyer. "He is ascholar with
a
passion for scienceand literature.
Throughout the time
that I've known
Dr
Brown,
he
hasalways shown excitement for hiswork.
Dr.
Thomas Donahue, Associ-
ate
Professor
of Philosophy, said,"Many times
I
've
come
to him
withproblems, questions, and concerns,
and he's
always wi 1 ling
to
give
the
time.
He's
got
a razor-sharp mind
and a lot
of knowledge from differ-ent areas. He brings that, alongwith a lot of enthusiasm, to
his
classes."
For
the
award,
Brown
must give
a speech at this year's graduation,about which
he
said, "I'm lookingforward to it. There are a lot ofpeople I have to thank and eightminutes is a nice space of time toacknowledge
all
those people."By teaching philosophy, Brown
said
he
hopes
that students will beable
to use the
ideas
brought
up in
the classroom once they go
out
into
the
real world
"I
try to get them to wear
the
intellectual shoes of other peoplefor
the
moment
and to
make
themmore interested in other people s
views,"
he
said.
Brown has alsotaught outside of philosophy, insuch areas as writing, creativeproblem solving, and
physics.
'4
Brown has been the director ofthe Honors Program for several
years
now,
and
has
instituted many
changes
in the
program,
including
the introduction of new entrancestandards for next year's fresh-man
class.
V
"I
have enjoyed
it (the
HonorsProgram) immensely. It's grown
primarily
because we have manygood students who can benefitfrom the program and can helpchange it as well. In the last few
years,
it has been as important to
me as
teaching
has,"
Brown said.Junior
Kari
Wells,
president
and
senior representative for the
1998-
99 Honors
Counci
l,said,
"He's
thekeystone to the honors program
and has
been a major motivator for
me
in the last
two
years."
 
May
14,1998THE MERCIAOPAGE
3
Finale
By Heather Cvitkovic
A&E Editor
In a season finale
with
singingand dancing, a liveorchestra,col-orful Norwegian folk costumes,elaborate sets and a piano solofinale, Mercyhurst College pre-sents
the Erie
premiere
of "Song
ofNorway" on Saturday, May
16,7
p.m. and Sunday, May
17,
at 2:30p.m. in the Mary
D'Angelo
Per-forming Arts Center.
"Song
ofNorway,"which ranfor
859
performances (over twoyears) on Broadway, is staged injoint collaboration between the
D*
Angel o
Opera Theater
and
ErieBallet Theater. The
show is
a
trib-
ute to Edvard Grieg with Englishlyrics and musical adaptation byAcademy Award Nominees
Rob-
ert Wright and George
j:
Forrest,based on the book by MiltonLazarus. For this performance,Frank Collura, assistant professorof music at
Mercyhurst,
will
lead
the
D'Angelo
Orchestra.Familiar pieces drawn fromGrieg's 200 compositions
are
in-tricately woven into the perfor-mance.
C
Choreography by the
Dance
DepartmentfacuIty,TaunaHunter, Catherine
Schaeffer,
andJay Kirk,
will
showcase
the
per-formers in lively folk dances
along with
passionate, exotic and
sometimes
spooky dances of
ThePeer
Gynt Suite
and finally theclassical, theatrical elegance of
the
Piano Concerto in
A
Minor.
"Grieg's
music
is fun
and chal-lenging to work
wi
th,"
said
TaunaHunter, director of
the
dance
de-
partment at Mercyhurst "Eachof the three choreographers hasinterpreted
Grieg's
music in his
or her
own
special
way."
This
isa highly romantic piece,*' saidLouisa Jonason, "Song Of Nor-way"
producer.
"There is so
muchcolor and activity on the stage,which make
"Song
of Norway"reminiscent of famous operetta-style productions.'*
u
Song
of Norway" tells ofGrieg's boyhood ambitions towrite music indigenous to
hiscountry,em
bodying the
jpiri t
andaccents of Norwegian folklore.
It
details his temporary estrange-ment from both
his
ambition
and
his
childhood
sweetheart throughhis acquaintance with the fash-ionable world of Rome, as the
composer/accompanist
and pro-tege of opera
diva 3Louisa
Giovanni.With unique set design, theproduction
will take you from
thesimple peasant life of a peacefulfishing town on a rocky Norwe-gian fjord,
to the
gilded glamourof sophisticated urban life of theEuropean capitals in
the.
1860s.During the course of its story,
some
of the most
melodious
and
me
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VAi*
familiar themes from Grieg'sworks are heard in adaptationsinto modern operetta numbers.
-
Reserved
seating for
both per-formances cost $ 10 for adults,and $7 for seniors and students.There are a limited number of
$15
gold circle seats available
also.
To
order,
call the Box
Off-
ice
of the at
824-3000.
£».
The Subtle Moods of
GnostiGenic
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By
Brian
Eichstadt
Merciad Writer
Electronic music has
its
vary-ing forms that range
from
the hard-ened sound of industrial to thehypnotic minimalistic vibe of
ambientm usin
gs.
Mos t
artists whoattempt
to
combine or reproducethese forms usually sound likepoor imitations of Bill Laswell,
the Silver
Apples, or early FutureSounds of London. While not adie-hard connoisseur of either in-dustrial or ambient music, I be-lieve some aspects that make thegenres appealing are their shift
inmood and use
of
samples
or extra-neous noises. The project titled
GnostiGenic,
created locally
here
in Erie, seems to understand thisprinciple on its first promotionalrelease.Surprisingly, this project isfromanEriemusicianwhomakes
ori gi nal
music
and
doesn' t coveroverplayed tunes from rock'snostalgic past The main thrustof the album
is
an eclectic
mix
ofsome of the more diverse ele-ments of electronic music. Be-ginning with a mix ofmachinegun drumbeats com-bined with some keyboard ef-
fects,
the
group
creates
a chaoticabstract atmosphere. Further
lis-
tening solidifies
the
project's
di-
versity as it takes heavily pro-cessed orchestrated sounds andcombines them with distortedsamples of human moaning.
In my
opinion,
most acts
with-
out vocals
tend
to
get
stale
with-out frequent changes in musicalstyling.
GnostiGenic
does thiswell because almost every threeminutes a new mood is
created.
Whether it is demented moaning,an eerie keyboard, or a distorted
beat this
album covers
al I
bases andcannot really
be
pigeonholed
into a
specific genre. This album does agood job of combining a
subtle
at-mospheric background with a dy-
namic
foreground consisting of in-dustrial rhythms or processedsamples/beats.Overall, this album's strength isits eclectic nature. This recordingdefinitely won't
be
played
on MTVanytime
soon,
but
that is not neces-
sarily a bad
thing. This band shouldbe applauded for doing somethingcreative and different. If you arelooking to check this
one
out,
bring
an open and abstract mind.For
more
information on
Gnosti-Genic,
contact
Reese at 521
E 6thSt. Erie, PA, 16507.
The Music and Magic of
Andrew
Lloyd
Weber
featuring senior
Rob Schupp and
members of
the Laker Hockey team.
Saturday,
May
16,
Mercyhurst
Ice
Arena, 7 p.m.
Tickets are available
in the
Campus Bookstore and at the
door.
:
.
$3 for students
[
$5 for adults
By Sha'kele
Brown
Merciad Writer
The
Big
Hit
is
a movie about
a
planned kidnapping gone wrong.
This movie
cannot
be
classified asone specific type. No, it takes,
on
many categories. It
is
a
movie that
is part thriller, part comedy and
part
satire. It
stars
Mark Wahlbergas hit man, Mel, who reluctantlybecomes involved in the kidnap-
ping
ofa recently bankrupted Japa-nese tycoon's daughter.
M
Unknown to
Wahlberg's
char-
acter is that the kidnapped victimis the goddaughter of
his
boss. In
the middle of all this
consatisfy hisfiance*, played by
Married withChildren
star,
Christina A
pplegate.In the meantime, he must alsoplease his golddigger girlfriend,
piayed byLela
Rochen,
and
he stillhas time to
fall
in love with hiskidnapped victim.I found
this movie
entertaining.I thought that the movie featuredgreat graphics and stunts as
Wahlberg's
character and his as-sociates face death time and time
again only
to survive.
I
loved how
the
writers eased
the tension in the
script by making a
joke
out of thesituation. It
was,
in
fact,
so
unreal-istic that it could not help but befunny.
I
I was, however, disappointed
that
a
tough as nails
hit
man was in
actuality
a
wimp. During the film,
Mel was
so overwhelmed
with
try-ing to please his women that heliterally chugged Maalox through
out the
wholefilm.Secondly,
I was
disappointed that the movie pre-views made it seem as thoughformer General Hospital
star,
An-tonio Sabato
Jr.
had
a
big
part in themovie, when
he was
on screen forless than
10
minutes. All in all, if
you want great
graphics,
a little bit
of action and comedy all rolled
into one
then
I
suggest you
go
seethe film. If not, then don't wasteyour money.

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