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THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OF
MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
ENmTMNMENT
Press your luck at BigRich's Casino Dance
page 3
i
'Hurst
basket-
ball dominatedby Erie natives
page 8
Vol.
74
No.
10Mercyhurst
College
501
E. 38th St.
Erie,
Pa.
16546
December
13,
2000
S
enior gift will standas college landmark
By Sara SeidleMerciad
writerIn
the spirit of remembrance and gratitude, thesenior
class
traditionally presents a
gift
to thecollege upon graduating. The Class of 2001
has
decided to continue
this
tradition
by
fund*
ing the
construction of a landmark
bearing the
college seal inside
Mercyhurst *s
 front
 gates.The two-and-a-half ton,
6-foot-4-inch
land-mark will be made of gray granite and willreplace the wooden Mercyhurst College signthat currently sits inside the main entrance.Julie Weems,
co-chair
of
the
senior giftcom-
mittee along
with Danielle Reid and Marcello
Vavala$said,
"We really wanted to come upwith an appropriate project for the college's
73iH diuf!?tMsdry.?fts
the class that
wifT
begraduating
during
the yearlongcelebration,
we
felt that our gift should depict a part of thecollege's history. The stone will have the sealengraved into it to
reflectSMercy
hurst'slegacy.**A committee composed of
12
members ofthe senior class decided on the gift. Commit-tee members are
liana
Delaney, Liz Kahn,Lesley Rockwell, Jeff Gould, Karen Jansen,Valerie Bauer, Susan Gonnam, ElizabethRoberto, Thorn Resnik, Weems, Reid andVavala.Steve Zinram, director of
the
annual fund,serves as the adviser for the
committee.;He
has been working with the chairs throughoutthe summer to get
the
project off the
ground.
"It's
quite an impressive project for any se-nior class, but with the enthusiasm the com-mittee chairs have shown, and now the opti-I
mism
 from
he rest of
the
committee, I knowthey'
11 be
able
to
meet their goal," said Zinram.
To complete
the project,
the class
must raise$4,000* The goal of the committee is to getroughly 30 percent of
die
senior
class—125students—to donate
to
the
project.
Any
seniorwanting to make a donation
should
contact acommittee member for a pledge sheet and re-turn it to the Annual Fund Office
on the
fourthfloor of
the
library.Installation is scheduled for late April toearlyMay,depending on weather.
zJ+lA
Above is
an
artist's rendition
of the
senior gift.
Engraved with
the college seal, it
willstand
just inside the front gates.
Jollvf
Old! St.
Nicholas
1
m
i
Sara
Sekfle/Contributing
photographer
Mercyhursfs
annual
Christmas
on Campus event was held Saturday, Dec. 9from.
1-4
p.m.'
Every
child ifj attendance was given
a chance
to
whisper
his
or|
her Christmas wishes to
Old
St.
Nick while
having a photo
taken with
him.
Board passes tuition hike
Students to pay 5 percent moreiin 2001
By Stacy NorrisMerciad writerMercyhurst
students and
their
famines will
beseeing
red
just in
time
for Christmas.
Hie
Mercyhurst Board of Trustees, in aneffort
to keep
Mercyhurst competitive amongprivate, liberal arts colleges in the region,passed a
5
percent tuition increase Dec 6.The
5
percent
hike
amounts to a
$980
raisein tuition and room and board combined.
It
will go into effect July 1|
2001,
for the
2001-
2002 academic year.Next
year,
tuition will increase by $650 to$13,940. Room and board will increase by$330 to $5,694. The total cost for a studentliving on campus to attend Mercyhurst willbe $20,684.
f
According
to Tom
Lee,director of finance,the increase will cover costs that were envi-sioned
in the
strategic vision.
The money
willalso be put toward improving the quality ofeducation at
Mercyhurst
Lee said that therewill continue
to
be a
5
percent increase in tu-ition each year.With the tuition increase, Mercyhurst is at-tempting
to remain
competitive
with both
thetop
10
colleges and
top 14 private
colleges inthe area, saidLee.In the
$12,000
to $15,999 price range,Mercyhurst
is
competing for approximately 8percent of the students in four-year under-graduate institutions.
Mercyhurst's
tuition rates are 90 percent ofthe average among schools in the top
14
pri-vate
colleges
category. This category includesGannon, Allegheny, Westminster, Canisius,Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, John Carroll, StVincent, Niagara, St. Francis and Dayton.Syracuse, with tuition set at$29,616, is the most expensive school out ofthe
14
and Grove City, at
$
11,426,
is the
leastexpensive.Among the top
10
competitors in this area,many
of;which
are public
Institutions
andtherefore
have
cheaper tution, Mercyhurst doesnot rank as favorably as it
does
among the 14private colleges.
Mercyhurst's
tuition rate is
140
percent of the average in this category,with significantly higher costs than all butthree colleges on the list. The three most ex-pensive schools on the list are Gannon at$19,712, Duquesne
at $23,024
and Alleghenyat $26,670.
J i
The tuition increase is actually one of thelowest
in 10
years.Only the
1998
increase, at
4.7
percent was
lower.
Last
year's
tuition in-crease was 6 percent raising the cost by$1,119.
 
PAGE
2
THEMERCIAD
DECEMBER
13,
2000
CAMPUS!
NSE
WS
Taking students for a ride
MSG
closer if
o providing shuttle service
By Sarah
Crawshaw
Merciad
writer
Tired of nagging your friends for a ride toPeach Street? Sick of
being
stuck on campuson
a boring
Friday night? Well,
the Mercyhurst
Student Government-sponsored shuttle
bus
ison its way to becoming a reality."We*
11
have the bus after break, but we'renot
sure
when
it will be
fully operational
yet,"
said Tracy Fischer,
MSG
president.
"Probably
by the end of winter term and definitely byspring term."There were a few glitches with the originalplan that
MSG
had to work out before
acquir-
ing the bus. Originally, MSG was going toborrow the money it needed from the collegethen
pay
it back over time. The
group
decidedinstead
to
go through PNC bank."Student government is going to take out aloan and pay it back over five or six years,"said Fischer.The
bus
that
MSG has
purchased for the
ser-
vice is brand new. It seats 20 people and ishandicap accessible
when the
seats are foldedover. Fischer said that the seats are durable.MSG was able to choose certain features to
make the bus more
inexpensive, such
as
a die-
sel
engine.The shuttle will run
on
a 25-hour
route
overthe
weekend si
It will probably be free to stu-dents, as the money for
the
cost of
the bus willbe
taken
from
the Student Government fee thatstudents pay at the beginning of the year.Fischer
said the bus
will run a constant route,but
there
are
still details to be worked
out aboutwhere the bus will go.The MSG bus will only be used for the pur-pose of the shuttle service. It will not beuti-lized for various field
trips
or borrowed
by
stu-
dents or
faculty as is
the
case
with
college vans.According
to
Fischer,
there will probably betwo drivers for the weekend services. Onedriver has already been
hired.
w
Dmssedtfbr
the occasion
£
Sara
Seidle/Contributing
Photographer
Jeff Oros, Karen Jansen and
ilana
Delaney were among the many students tovolunteer their time to make Christmas a little brighter for some of the lessfortu-nate children of Erie at Christmas
on
Campus
Saturday,
Dec. 9.
Faculty honored at Christmas party
By Betsy
Budacki
Merciad writerDr. William Garvey, college president, will
host
the annual Mercyhurst faculty Christmasparty
Saturday,
Dec. 16.
A
highlight of
the
event will be the presen-tation of five service awards and one retire-ment award to faculty members. The serviceawards are given to faculty members
who
havebeen with the college for 20 years.Employees receiving 20 Year Service
Awards are Wi Hard
Rice, assistant professor ofaccounting;
Dr.
Lewis
Lutton,
professor of bi-
ology;
Carl
Triola,
associate professor ofso-cial work; Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, asso-ciate professor of
English.
Harold George, director of
facilities
man-agement at Mercyhurst
North
East
and former
head of maintenance
at
main campus, was pre-sented with his award
at the
Mercyhurst NorthEast Christmas party onDec.9.A retirement award will
be
presented
to
Ber-tha
Kiewice.
She has been supervisor ofhousekeeping for more than half a century.In response to receiving the service award,Lutton
said,
"It's
been
a
good
20
years with alot of growth and
challenge.
I have enjoyedbeing here through it all."
JMcCartney
said,
'These
20 years havepassed like a flash of
light.I
have witnessedgrowth in a number of students, colleagues,departments, programs and buildings."McCartney also pointed out that
she is the
onlyfull time teaching Sister of
Mercy
at the col-lege.
. I
"I depend on the spirit of Mercyhurst
a good
deal," said McCartney. "Perhaps that's why Iam so deeply grateful for
the
rekindling of theMercy Catholic tradition of the college thathas happened here in recent years."The Christmas party will be held at theMercyhurst
Athletic
Center with reserved seat-ing at 6:45 p.m. and open seating at 7 p.m.Cocktails
will
be served at
7:30
p.m.
with
din-
ner following.
All
full-time faculty, staff andadministration are invited to attend.
Trimming the tree...
Annie
Demeo/Contributing
Photographer
The campus was aglow
with
the spirit of Christmas Saturday evening to celebratethe lighting of the Christmas tree. Faculty, students and administration
gathered
together
in
Garvey Park to decorate thetree,sing carols and enjoy hot chocolateand Christmas cookies. This was the first year for the event, but SAC hopes to
continue the
event
from
year to
year,
establishing
a
holiday tradition.
Pictured
clock-
wise from top left is Courtney Schmader, Bethany
Schmader,
Dr^Ludlow Bpown
and Dr. William Garvey. j
i
Corns
VMfcUs
i
.
At
the
Mercyhurst CollegeBookstoreAttention! Seniors
are
2001.
Please submit all photos in a ziploc bag withyour
name
on it to Jen Yope,
Box
Y1703.
If youwant photos returned toyou,please put your name
HI
the back of each
one
and indicate that you wouldlike them returned.
 
DECEMBER 13. 2000
THE
MERCIAD
PAGE
3
ARTS&
Showoffs
By Casey
Cline
Merciad writerIf one dared to venture into the blustery Erieweather last Thursday night,
one
would have
been-quite
impressed with the wide varietyof art at Mercyhurst's annual
faculty/alumni
exhibit.p-Those
who
attended
the
event
were
exposedto a wide variety of mediums produced byboth the college's instructors and
 former
 stu-
dents.
* ^[This
tradition will continu and alumni willget
the
opportunity
to
display their
work,"
said
contributer Gary Cardot.
The
exhibit
was wel 1
attended and included
a
diversity of
work.
Cardot presented two
col-
ored photos dealing with the subject of Christ-
mas,
Daniel Burke acquainted all with someof his mixedmedia,Cathlyn Hahn kept withthe theme of
^Mercyhurst's
75th anniversarywith her work entitled
"Celtic
Cross."
Tho-
Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer
mas
Hubert
also
had
a
number of pieces in theexhibit, each in
his
specialty area of ceramics.Other contributions
to the exhibit were
works
s
.i
u
by graduates from
Mercyhunlt's
art depart-ment. Mercyhurst
had the
privilege
to
displayworks by James Borowicz, a
1982
graduate,who is now an instructor in art at MercyhurstPreparatory.,Overall, the exhibit was a
fine
example ofMercyhurst's prestigious
art
department.
It was
something that both the students and facultycan be proud of. The exhibit will be runninguntil Jan.
11,
so make
it
a
point
to
stop
by
andsupport Mercyhurst's own.
g
Getiready to
rolUthose
iluckyidice
By Rich JohnsMerciad writerYou've probably seen the signs around cam-pus and wondered what is Big Rich's CasinoDance? Well, Big Rich's Casino Dance is
SAC's
version
of
the Winter Formal.(isn't
going
to have a Winter For-
mal
this year, SAC decided to have a dancewhere people could dress up and have
a
good
time.
inSfTTa
formal*,
It
will be a dance/ca-
sino
that you can dress casually and go to.Big Rich's will be located in the StudentUnion and will be held from
10
p.m. Dec.
16
to 1 a.m. Dec. 17.On the lower level of the Union will
be
blackjack, roulette and craps tables.In the Marion Shane Reading Room therewill be slot machines along with blackjack.The Great
Room
will
be the dance
floor witha DJ on the overlooking balcony on the thirdfloor where the snacks and drinks
will
beavailable in the Mercyhurst student govern-ment chambers.
T
Since the students activities committee ispaying
fotfthe
entire event it will be free forstudents.As you
enter-the
Student
Union*-from
thefront doors you will receive
21
Garvey buckswhich you can gamble with. At any
time
dur-ing
the
night you can turn them in those
to
re-ceive tickets
ihat
will
bemused
in a Chineseauction,,
* \
For every three Garvey Bucks you turn in,you get one ticket. We will have a variety ofgreat prizes with cups in front of them. Youput the tickets in any number of
cups
and atthe end of
the
event we will have a drawingfor the prizes.Can you think of a better opportunity to goout and have a great time for free?
If
you arewondering
just
who
this Big
Rich
is
or youhave any suggestions for events on campus,please feel free
to
go to SAC meetings which
are
held the first
Tuesday
of
each month at
8:30p.m. in the student government chambers orcall the
SAC
office at
ext.
2463.
Vienna comes
to*Erie
to celebrate the New Year
;tr
By Kate CywinskiMerciad writer
On
Jan.
1,
Mercyhurst's Mary
D'Angelo
Per-forming Art's Center will present
Vienna
in
Erie IV
to celebrate the New Year
and
the
75thanniversary
of the college.The performance will include an
orchestra
of Mercyhurst students and faculty, singersand dancers."The concert is not
a
part of the curriculumfor the dance and music
department,**'said
Michael Fuhrman, director of the MaryD'Angelo Performing
Arts
Center
t
:
#
'it's
a great challenge to put it all togetherin one rehearsal,** said conductor
Frank
Collura. "That's where the talent of the or-chestra comes in.|According to Collura, the performance will
be
a reproduction of
the
format
used in
Viennafor
the
last 150*years, which has been identi-
fied
with the Straus family.
The
concert will include genres of the
nine-
teenth century such as waltzes, polkas, gal-lops and ending with the traditional perfor-
mance
of
"On the
Beautiful Blue Danube**
and
tt
"Radetzky March.
$"It is
light,
optimistic and cheerful music
thatevokes all kinds of wonderful
images,*'
Collura said.According to Fuhrman, the performers willbe dressed
in costumes
 from
 100 years ago
on
a stage
transformed
into a
Victorian ballroom.
In
the last three years, the New Year's con-cert has
been
a "smashing success,** saidCollura; the event
has
sold out every
year.
JyThe
performance begins at
3
p.m.
and is $ 15
for adults,
Si2.50
for senior citzens, $10 for
the
Mercyhurst
College
community
and $5
forMercyhurst students.
The Street Beat!
— ENTERTAINMENT
Dinnerand amovie
Max and Erma'sCheck, please
By Kristin Elizabeth PurdyMerciad writer.When my parents come to pick me up fromschool
and take
me home, usually
we head
outto grab a bite to eat before hitting the road.This past year I've found
a new
place that al-ways hits the spot and is the perfect atmo-sphere
to
eat and talk in: Max and Erma's.It's the typical family restaurant or
place
to
go
with friends, similar
to
T.G.I.F., Applebee'sand Ruby Tuesday's. Yet, I find it to have a
personal touch
and comfortablesetting.Thereare Mercyhurst logo clothes and pictures onone wall, which makes me feel as if
the
res-taurant is more in touch with the area ratherthan decorating
inhhe
same style. Althoughthe lights are dim, the smiles are bright andthe service friendly.My usual favorite is the cheese cubes onskewer
sticks.
Picture mozzarella
cheese
stickscut into small cubes, lightly breaded
and
served on a
stick.
They're much easier to eat
and
bite-sized
to
avoid
the
stringy
mess
of bit-ing through
the
normal
cheese
stick.*
At about
$5,
this
is something you should
orderinexttime you
visit as a starter to a great meal.
J
Last time I
went to
the restaurant was when
we got&ur first real snow
 right
 before Thanks-
giving
break.
Itwas cold biit,'blustety
and the
kind of
day where you'd like to start off witha good bowl of chicken noodle
soup.
My dadordered that and I wish I had ordered it, too,by the time the steaming bowl was placed onthe table. I got a spoonful of
the
homemadesoup and the aroma alone made me want
my
own bowl.
Everything
was perfect from thebroth to the vegetables to the noodles.My favorite thing to order is the chickensandwich. Max and Erma's has the
basic
chicken sandwich along with about six
vari-eties,
and each has its own unique taste. I'veonly had
two varieties and so
far
my
taste buds
are
happy. Even though
1
know
which page
to
turn to in the
menu, deciding between
the
buf-
falo chicken sandwich and
the
sauteed mush-room sandwich is a tough choice. You can'tgo wrong either way.Meals aren't
too
expensive if you stick withthe sandwich type of meal.
The
chicken sand-
wiches
are about
$7,
varying
slightly
on whichvariety you get.Max and Erma's is located by Borders, inthe Millcreek
Mall
area. Whether you go tocatch a bite to eat or sit
down-for
a nice din-
ner,
you'll be pleasantly surprised by
the
menuand the variety offered.
'
The
Grinch'
Just the ticket
By Brandon BoylanMovie critic
Ron Howard's aesthetic
collaboration of well-built sets, big-name stars and an enclosedChristmas-cloned realm of Whoville mayhave
the
outer appearance of a perfect recipeto turn Dr. Seuss' most famous child story,"How
the Grinch Stole
Christmas**
into a
film,but digging beneath those Christmas colorsof
red,
white and
Grinch-green,Howard's au-dience is exposed to an
inflated,
over-actedstoryline covering
a scattered plot and
a
quick-fix ending.Jim Carrey could have been the perfectGrinch, but his usual overdone
styly
of com-edy worked against him this
time.
Instead ofoveracting, he should try plain acting.Though he's come a long way since his petdetective
and
green-masked days with stellarperformances
as
Truman Burbanks and AndyKaufmann, he seems to be stepping into yetanother Jim Carrey character again. Hedoesn't rely on his talents to actually portraya
famous,
fictional antagonist
like the
Grinch.But the film's entire letdown
can'tjbe
blamed primarily on him. The
scripttwas
poorly written, proving once again that nomatter
how
much
money
producers spend on
special
effects,
reputable actors and crafty
sets,
a movie will fail without a strong, thematicbackbone.
v
Strong points
of the movie include brilliantwork done by the make-up and costume
de-
signers, creating a visually flawless Grinch.Likewise to the set
builders,
especially thosewho built the
Grinch's
lair.In actuality, it is not really a kid's movie.The Grinch is seen drinking alcohol at onepoint
and the
violent revelations flashing
back
to his childhood seem dark and almostcomedically black, which could prove tooheavy for kids. And this movie is certainly
not
for
the
critics,
as
almost every
review
slan-ders
it,
deeming
it dark
and disinteresting. Butdespite all of its criticisms, the movie isn'teven funny,
1
*The
movie remains
number
one at the
week-
end box office for the
fourth 'consecutive
week, earning a total of $195.5 million.I gave it a D+. The
film
also stars MollyShannon and Christine Baranski.
"Dr.
Seuss'How the Grinch Stole Christmas,** rated PG,
is
playing at Tinseltown daily at
12:10
p.m.,2:40 p.m.,
3*10
p.m., 5:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m.,7:35 p.m„ 8:05 p.m., 10:05 p.m. and
10;30
p.m.
MercyhurstCollege
Bookstore Christmas Sale is back
I m
(ONE
NIGHT
ONIA$
Wednesday,
Dec*;
13, from 6 p.m.
to$10
p.m.S3
off of
ALL
-clothing
priced at $7 or above, even already marked down
items.
MERCYWORLD
Regeneration —
film
at
the
PAC tonight at
8
p.m.Gladiator — film in the Union
Dec.
15
at 10:30 p.m.Christmas shopping trip to Millcreek
Mall
Dec,
16
from noon to
6
p.m.Big. Rich's Casino Dance in the Union
Dec.
Id
from
10
p.m. to
1
ajn.
AROUND TOWN
Nuncr
ackers — dinner theater production
at The Tralf
Dec.
15
at 6 p.m.
44
A
Christmas Carol" — at Gannon University Schuster Theater
Dec.
15
at
8
p.m.Jake's Blues playing at Docksider
Dec.
16
.
The Eight: Reindeer Monologues —
play at the Roadhouse
Theater Dec.
16
at
11
p.mCandlelight holiday Mass Dec.
17
in the Union from
10
p.m:
to 1
a.m.
Jazz
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