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ENTERTAINMENT
THE STUDENT NEWSPAPER OP MERCYHURST COLLEGE SINCE 1929
When
Wilco
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9
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SPORTS
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Academic Center dedicated in
BELARUS Moscow
UKRAINE
Campus EventsOct 31 - Pax Christi 1meeting 8 p.m. CafeDiemNov. 1 - Boxing /
Kick-
boxing in Rec Center6 - 7:30 p.m.Laser Tag
10
p.m. RecCenterPAC Preservation HallJazz Band 8 p.m.Last day to order ApplePumpkin Pie from NE
LGulinary
Club for $71x2333.Halloween Dance 7-9p.m. in the UnionNov. 2 - Prime RibDinner -
HRIM
Fundraiser 7 - 7:30. Callfor reservations x. 256510 p.m. UnionBrusters Band NightNov. 4 - Kickboxing inREC Center4-6p.m.Nov. 7 - Job Fair in
1 - 4 p.m.
Sports' Scores
Field Hockey 5-3 (win)W. Soccer
1
- 0 (OTwin), 3
-• 1
(loss), 3 - 1(win)M.hockey 8 - 2 (win), 33 (tie)
||.
W. hockey 3 - 0 (win), 2- 1 (win)W. tennis 5 - 4(loss),5 -2 (win), 5 -
1
(loss)Football
40-26
(loss)By Emily CrofootStaff writer
A dedication
ceremony heldon Oct. 27 for the Audrey
Hirt
Academic
Center
featured
performances by the
MercyhurstCollege Brass Quintet and theCarpe Diem Chorale.Both groups
were the
 first
operform in the Dr. Barrett and
Catherine
Walker Recital Hallwhich is located on the mainfloor of
the
new building.Mercyhurst
Prcisdent
Dr.William P. Garvey spoke andthanked everyone for
their
contributions, generosity, anddedication
in producing the third
classroom structure on theMercyhurst campus."Connecting the medievalperiod with the
21"
century isnot easy/* said Garvey. "It wasa challenge in designing
this
building.*'<Buildings during, themedieval period wereconsidered monuments, saidGarvey. §A building's purpose
during
that time was for beauty,elegance, and to make
a
1
statement. "We want this newbuilding to make a
statement...to
reek of style,learning,
and
elegance,"
Garvey
said.Reflections during theceremony were made byRichard Speicher of WeberMurphy Fox Architects andDan Schaff of BuildingSystems Incorporated (BSI).
"We
are proud to helpMercy hurst's vision move to areality," said
Speicher.
"It wasworth
all
of the trouble and theconsistent work which wasdone to finish the building inthe last few weeks beforeclasses
started."
Audrey
Sitter
Hirt,
for whom
the
building is
named,
is a
'49
graduate of Mercyhurst. Shegraduated with a bachelor'sdegree in business education.She married
P.
William Hirt in
1951.
£
Both have been hugebenefactors of
the
college.*Mrs.
Hirt"spoke
at thededication
and thanked
all whohelped in the designing, thefund raising,
and the
productionof
the
new academic building.
"This is a proud
moment for meand I'm thrilled," she said. "Isee myself not as a donor butas a
supporter
for
Mercyhurst
I hope to enrich the lives ofstudents for generations tocome.*' .The
new
academic centeropened for classes
on
Tuesday,Sept. 10 while undergoingfinishing touches. "Withphenomenal efforts by
BSI and
nearly 30 subcontractors, theAudrey
Hirt Academic
Centerwas ready
 for
 classes at
8
a.m.even though some stuff stillneeded
to be
completed
on
thebuilding," said Gary L.Bukowski, Vice President ofInstitutional Advancement atMercyhurst.
"The last few
weeks everyonewas working
12-hour
days tomake sure that the buildingwould be ready.**Tours of the building weregiven at
3
p.m.The day also includedperformances by
D'Angelo
School of Music students,refreshments
and the
7:30 p.m.inaugural performance in theWalker Recital Hall whichfeatured Lorin Hollander, aworld-renowned pianist. Atime capsule, placed at thenortheast lower entrance, willbe opened in exactly 75 yearson Oct.
27,
2077.
";
The 45.000-square-footacademic center houses 16
classrooms
and 20 facultyoffices as well as providingspace for the
Mefciad,
HurstTV, offices of the seniorannual, a graphic arts lab, and
Jody Mello/Merciad
photographer
A vibrant
frieze
of the college insignia
in
the Hirt Center foyer
computer
labs.It
is home to
the
education,
psychology,and
communications departments.The building has
automatic
lighting,
video
conferencing, anaccess control security system,and a geothermal heating andcooling system.
Sixteen podi
u
ms * w e
redesigned by Daniel Barricklow,a carpenter at Mercyhurst.Installed within the
podi urns
arePC systems. Professors caneither
work
from
these or
utilizetheir
own
laptop computers.
podi
urns also provide controlsfor
the
projectors in each room,as well as DVD andvideo players.A plaque located in theentrance of the building,acknowledging Mrs.
11 irt
states,'This building is dedicated toAudrey Hirt, class of 1949, inrecognition of her generosityand her
enduring
commitmentto the
vital
role of education inthe advancement of the humanspirit."
Free Tibet to perform it's
a bust...
stolen, that
is
Monologues
for charity
y Kristin
PurdyEditor-in-Chief
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By Megan BlickleyContributing
.writer
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Index
NewsFeaturesFeaturesFeaturesOpinionOpinionA&EA&ESportsSportsSports
One out
of every
three women
will, in her lifetime, be a victimof
sexual
assault.One of every four collegewomen
have
been the
victims ofrape
or attempted
sexual
assault.At one time, these statisticswould have been consideredunbelievably high,
but events
inthe past month have shown thateven a small college likeMercyhurst is not immune tosuch attacks.Safety
has always
been
one ofi he
qualities this college hasoffered. With an increasedawareness of the existence ofsexual assault upon women,students are seeking a way totake action and prevent futurecrimes.The campus organizationStudents for a Free Tibet isgiving students the opportunityto be part of a select groupwhom will perform
The Vagina
Monologues, the proceeds ofwhich will go to victims ofsexual assault.Written and begun
by
playwright Eve Ensler,Monologues condenses 200
character-driven interviews with
women worldwide.
Speaking of
their sexuality, the pieces rangefrom the comic results of onewoman's first menses to tragicstories of
rape
and mutilation.Monologues was performedby
8,000
groups across
the
world on "V-Day" (Feb. 14)2002.
Mercy
hurst's efforts
this
year will join with that ofthousands of women, includingformer celebrity performerssuch as Lisa
1
ing, GillianAnderson and Jane Fonda.Ten percent of
the
funds
will
go towards a Native Americanwomen'scharity,and
the rest
toa Tibetan women's group.Much
help is
needed
to get the
production off the ground.Students and professors areneeded for publicity,fundraising, acting andbackstage help.Ideally, the production
will
take place during the weekendof Valentine's Day (V-Day).Traditionally, this is
when
college groups perform theMonologues . because theholiday
ties
in with
Ensler's goal
of ending violence towardswomen.Meetings of the Students fora Free Tibet take place everyother Thursday at
8
p.m. in theStudent Union.To find out more informationon the club or The VaginaMonologues,
e-mail
JaimeRinne at:Mercyhurst_srt@yahoo.com. Nearly
a
month ago,
on
Sept
23,
a bust of Caesar was stolen outof the foyer outside of thechapel. TWo white males stolethe bust at midnight, and Sister
Damien
noticed it was missingthe following morning.The bust was stolen five yearsago and returned after a leadprompted students
to
confess tothe theft and burglary.The two males were caught ona surveillance video which willbe enhanced for identificationshortly, said Chief of Police andSafety Ken Sidun. After a weekPolice and Safety
.will
be
enhancing the surveillance
videoin order to identify the twomales.The thieves could facecriminal charges of
the It
andburglary, with the possibility ofbeing charged with a
misdemeanor,
paying a fi ne
and/
or
serving jail
time.Whoever is responsible for
this
recent theft
is
encouraged toreturn
the bust to its
appropriateplace undamaged
within a
week.If
the bust is
returned within thistime,criminal charges will bewaived and those responsiblewill face campus charges.Under
the
college's rule book,
"unauthorized use or
possessionof property to the college oranotherperson"
is punishable by20 hours
of community service,disciplinary probation for oneyear, a
$100
 fine,
estitution (ifreturned damaged),extracurricular restrictions, andpossible removal from collegehousing.Anyone who has informationon the stolen bust of Caesar
can
contact Sidun
at
ext.2104.
Tips
can be left on his voicemailanonymously and in the futurebe left on Police and Safety'swebsite.
Student Athletic AdvisoryCommittee hasinauguraKmeetingCareer Fair planned
By Justin QorsageContributing WriterBy Josh WestContributing WriterA group of more than 30Mercyhurst College
student
athletes sat on the floor of the
wrestling
room in the lateevening of Oct 22 to kick
off
this year's first meeting of theStudent Athletic AdvisoryCommittee (SAAC).SAAC is an NCAA-(National College
Athletic
Association) mandatedorganization that serves as aforum for student athletes toexpress concerns and to act asofficial channel ofcommunication betweenstudents and schooladministrators.
TWo
athletes from each sportwere chosen by their headcoaches
to
represent
their teams
in SAAC, which is headed byhead wrestling coach and
SAAC
advisor Tony Cipollone
I'he
committee's mission is
to
contribute to
"the
athletic andacademic advancement of allstudent athletes," according toCipollone, He went on to saythat SAAC will promote
"notonly the college's athletic
teams,
butulso...the community
andgood
sportsmanship in
general.']The SAAC plans
to
arrange
events each
term that
will
rangefrom heavy promotion ofimportant
games to
communityoutreach programs
in
whichathletes work with
local
children*
The
committeealso has almost 700
varsity
athletes
at its disposal when help
is needed
to
make
these plans
areality. Because such a largepercentage of
Mercyhurst's
Student body are student-athletes, the SAAC hopes toincrease campus awareness ofathletics while benefiting the
Erie community.?
Fall just would not be completeat Mercyhurst College withoutthe annual Career AndEmployment Fair.Thursday, Nov. 7, in the
Mercyhurst Athletic Center fromI
p.m
until 4
p.m., the Office
of
Career Services will offer achance for
students to
meet
with
job recruiters from more than100 companies. "The
Career
Fair at Mercyhurst is a
unique
experience," said FrankRizzone, administrator for
the
Office of Career Services.
"Not
only can seniors meet withpossible employers, it is also agood chance for
underclassmen
to come in and meet withrepresentatives
to see what*s
outthere." Rizzone said that manystudents do not approach thecareer fair with
the
correctattitude towards mostcompanies.
"You
have to keepan open mind about all thecompanies represented, youcan't stereotype any of them." |The
best
thing
to
do is simplynetwork
yourself.
"Sometimesit's
the personal touch
(hat
shows what a corporation
is
reallylike/
1
said Rizzone."First impressions
am
lasting." Representatives
will
not remember a student if heor she is wearing torn jeansand has
fifteen?
piercings;they will remember the
piercings an
torn jeans.
Ri/./.onesaid
"It's a good idea to coraldressed in a full suit
"
 
PAGE
2
THE MERCIADOCTOBER
31,
2002
NEWS
California
man
struggles
for
closure, healing after Bali attacks
To
contact:
By
John
GittelsohnKnight-Ridder
NewsNewport Beach,
CA
-
Swordfish
for lunch
at
the RustyPelican. A seat by the windowoverlooking yachts bobbing inthe harbor. Steve Cabler shouldhave felt at home here.But
his
stomach
beganwelling up. Vertigo made himdizzy.
Memories
of
a terroristbomb in
Baii
rushed back.Back
to
the packed SariClub
in
Kuta Beach, back
to
Eminem's
"The
Real SlimShady** on
the
sound system,back to the Bintang beers thatCabler was sipping beside
his
buddy, Steve Webster.He recalled the flash of light,
the
hurricane of debris, the tree-sized post roaring past his noseand crushing his friend.The blast shattered
Cabler*s
eardrums, but it didn't stop himhearing
the
screams
of
twoAustralian women whose hairwas on fire. He could hear thewomen now, halfway around
the
world,
bade
home."1 feel God saved me
for a
reason that
I
haven't figuredout,**
he
said during his firstextensive interview sincesurviving the
Oct.
12 blast thatkilled at least
191
and woundednearly 300.
£ ^
"I was delusional,** he said oflife before Bali. "For somereason,
I've
been chosen
to
come back
and
talk about
it,
talk
about the danger, the evil, thecarelessness.**His answer
is to
defyterrorism,
to
somehow maintainthe
lifestyle
that led
him to
Bali,to somehow keep
the
partygoing.
.
Hoping to collect insurancemoney or maybe
sell
his story,Cabler hired
a
personal injuryattorney, Michael Naso. It's notjust about money. He wants
to
sound the alarm."One bomb here
and
everybody would be
scared*"]
Cabler
said.
"They're
afraid ofa sniper? Wait
ill
 a
bomb
hits.
Idon't want
to
be
a
doomsdayguy, but it's coming.**-His blue eyes bulged.He waved his hands,
bandaged
to cover
third-degree
bums. Hewinced because
it
hurt
the
shoulder he dislocated whilebreaking through a
ence
 aroundthe nightclub.
No
one has been charged forthe attack that U.S. officialsblame
on
Muslim extremists
KRT
file
photo
Bali bombing
survivor
Steve
Cabler lost
a
friend
in
the
blasts.
with
ties
to
al-Qaida. Before theblast, Cabler said,
he had
several run-ins with what
he
believed were angry Muslims.Men in a Honda Civic shoutedwhat sounded like epithets.
"These
guys were
very
frightening,**Cabler said "Theydidn't
fit
in."He said he would have likedto stay in the hotel on his lastSaturday night in Bali, but heagreed
to go
drinking
with
Webster, affectionately knownas Web,
or
Webby, who wascelebrating his
41st
birthday.
Moments^after
they orderedbeers at the Sari Club, the firstcar bomb went off.A second explosion seemedless than 50 feet away."I saw the first bomb andwithin seconds
we
wereengulfed in flames,** he said.
"I
stood
up
and
the
roof camedown. Flames were all around.I could feel the oxygen beingsucked out of mylungs.**
He!said
he tried
to
lift thebeam that felled Webster, butquickly gave
up.
He could barelysave
himself,
j
He scrambled outside afterfalling several times, stepping onsquishy things that he believedwere body parts or corpses. Hethrew himself at
a
metal fencethat
inged
he club, injuring hisshoulder as he broke through,only to confront a
wall
of flames.Webster's widow, Mona,visited Cabler's home recently.She was red-eyed and said shewas worried about how her twochildren were
Staking
her
husband's death. Cabler tried toboost
her
spirits.
He
said
he
hears
a
voice that sounds likeWebster's. It's a
little
creepy, hesaid, but it gives him courage.
|
"I'm not going to mourn hisdeath," Cabler said. "I'm goingto celebrate hislife.We need to
come
together,
to
show strength,not weakness.
We
need
to
moveforward.**
*
U.S.
senators tentatively endorse resolutions on Iraq
By Diego IbarguenKnight - Ridder NewspapersUnited Nations
-
Two
top
weapons inspectors told
the
United Nations SecurityCouncil on Monday that a draft
U.S.
resolution on confrontingIraq would allow
a
strongdisarmament inspections,although they said some pointsneed to be clarified.The briefing from Hans
Blix
and Mohamed ElBaradeiseemed
to
bolster efforts to pushthe U.S. resolution through thedivided
15-nation
council as
it
begins what is expected to be afinal week
of
intensenegotiations. Several diplomats,,,on the council had said theywould weigh
the
inspectors'views in deciding how to vote.After the meeting, U.S. andBritish co-sponsors of the draftresolution seemed full
of
renewed enthusiasm. Thoughthe pace
of
further
U.N.
negotiations remains uncertainafter six weeks
of
talks, U.S.officials said they hope
for a
vote later this week.Blix, the chief U.N. weaponsinspector, and ElBaradei, headof the International AtomicEnergy Agency, gave the U.S.proposal essentia] support.Colombian Ambassador)Alfonso Valdivieso,
a
councilmember who favors
a
strongresolution, said Blix
and
ElBaradei agreed with the U.S.draft "on almost everything."Blix
and
ElBaradei
told
reporters that
if
the SecurityCouncil
is
unified behind
a
finalresolution, that would
give
themgreater chances of success.
"We
have stressed, both of
us,
that just as important as clarityin the text and clarity
in the
mandate.is
the
readiness of
thecouncil to uphold the resolutionand
the
prerogatives
of
the
inspectors, that there be no sortof fatigue
in
the maintenance,because then our authority willgo down," Blix said.They added that the threat ofconsequences
for
Iraqiobstruction
was
likely
to
encourage greater cooperationfrom Iraq.
But
both men stressedthat they did not want to be putin
the
position of deciding whenIraq had crossed the line
of
noncompliance."We have seen it sometimessuggested that we hold peaceand
war
in
our
hands.
We
decline that statement.
Our
jobis
to
report.
And the decision asto whether there is
war
or peaceis
a
reaction that
is for the
council and for its members."According
to
severaldiplomats, Blix and ElBaradeiraised
a
handful
of
specificpoints
in
the resolution's
text,
mostly
on
practical matters suchas reporting deadlines
and
composition of inspection staffs.The inspectors also said theywanted discretion
in
decidingwhen
to
remove Iraqi witnessesfrom the country.
Two
fundamental points in thedraft
- a
stringent weapons-inspections regime
and the
threat
of
serious
consequences
for
non
compliance
-
havesparked sharp criticism fromseveral Security Councilmembers, most notably France,Russia and China.All three, like the UnitedStates
and
Britain,
are
permanent, veto-bearingmembers. Though
none
has
saidit would veto
the
U.S.-U.K.
draft, Russia and France lastweek informally circulated their
own,
less-restrictive
ideas
abouta new Iraq resolution.The Russian position has beenall but dismissed as too loose tobe effective. But some councildiplomats have said the Frenchpaper may serve
as
a
bridgetoward a broader agreement.
U.S.
Secretary of
State
ColinPowell met with his British,French
and
Russiancounterparts in recent days."We think we're makingprogress.
We
think
we've
narrowed down the differencesto
a
few
key
issues," StateDepartment spokesman RichardBoucher said Monday
in
Washington.
"I
think there'sgeneral agreement
in the
councilthat there needs to be
a
strongresolution; that the stronger theresolution, the more chance weare
to get
some sort
of
compliance from
the
Iraqis.
science
at
your fingertips
By Megan FialkovichNews editor10 million light years away:
Sometime
between
200 and
400million years
ago,
the ellipticalCentaurus A galaxy devouredand absorbed
a
lesser
dwarf;
galaxy, leaving behind
a
brilliant "halo"
or
scar that
is
light-yearsacross.Astronomersat the John Hopkins Universityspotted
the
swath
of
young,blue-tinged
stars
when scanningthe skies with a high-resolutiontelescope. This
and
othergalactic collisions
are
responsible
for
the formation of]"halos"
on
the edges
of
starsystems. The Milky Way
isj
expected
to
undergo such
a
union with
the
Andromedagalaxy millennia from now,providing
a
spectacular
light
show for
observers
in the
distant;future.
(Source: Richard
Stenger,
CNN)
Lopburi, Thailand: More than10,000 sets
of
human remainshave been discovered by Thaiarchaeologists
in
one
of
thatnation's oldest discoveredcemeteries. Located
in the
central area of
the
country about93 miles north of Bangkok, thesite
has
yielded
artifacts
fashioned out
of
stone, iron,bronze, glass and sea and turtleshells. Carbon dating
has
determined the material to beabout
2,200
years
old;
paleoanthropologists
are
currently reconstructing
andmeasuring
the remains to get
a
sense
of the
physicaljcharacteristics
of
the long-deceased inhabitants
of
thesettlement. The site may proveto
be
crucial
in the
determination of the origins ofthe Thai people.
(Source:
Reuters)
officials insist
that
the people arein no danger from the
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Sicily: Residents
of
the ski-resort town
Linguaglossa
arehaving unseasonable weatherfor this time
of
year. A recentresurgence in volcanic activityin formerly dormant Mt. Etna,Europe's largest volcano, hassent plumes
of
smoke
and
pyroclasts (shards of
ash,
glass,and stone) into the air. Italianlava only eight miles awayschools and businesses have-been closed since the eruptiorbegan three days
ago,
howeverLinguaglossa, whose
namemeans
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<toA$M&:
The
nation's scientists report thathuman
groups
currently inhabit
83%
of Earth's land surface,
a
staggering amount when one
considers that
75%
of
the
planetis water. Burgeoningpopulations are encroachingupon the ancient habitats
of
much older species, and haveutilized
98%
of the arable (ableto be farmed)
land.
The fewremaining undomesticatedareas are in the Amazon RiverBasin, Mongolia,
Tibet.
Alaskaand Canada.
(Source: KRT online)
Sploshes Auto Bathhouse
2968 West 12th St.Car Wash
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We've
made
progress,
but
we'renot there yet."Bush sought
to
keep
the
pressure on Monday, repeatingduring
a
campaign stop
in
Colorado points
he has
emphasized almost daily
for
weeks
_
that Iraqi PresidentSaddam Hussein
is
a
threat,
andthat the
U.N.'s
credibility is onthe line
as
it
decides how
to
respond."I don't want
the
United)Nations
to be
the League
of
Nations," Bush said."But it's their choice to make... as to whether or not Saddamis going to be allowed to defytheir resolutions and weaken
_
weaken their capacity
to
keepthe peace. Their choice. AndSaddam Hussein
has got
a
choice to make, too. He can dowhat he said he would do,
he
can disarm,"In order
to
pass the council,
a
resolution must get nine votes.For
one,
Mexican
U.N.
ambassador Adolfo AguilarZinser
is
reserving his judgmentuntil
all
sides have presentedtheir arguments.
Police and SafetyLog
10/21/02
Warde
o
 wnhouses:Burglary
10/24/02
Parking lot #2: Criminal
.
mischief
10/25/02
Mercy Apartments: Useof controlled substanceLewis Avenue: College
violation/open
container
10/26/02
Parking lot #19: Theftfrom vehicle
Student athletesget involved
in
the
communitv
By Josh WestContributing WriterA group
of
more than
30
Mercyhurst College student-athletes sat on the floor of thewrestling room
in
the
lateevening of Oct. 22 to kick offthis year's first meeting of theStudent Athletic AdvisoryCommittee (SAAC).SAAC
is an
NCAA-mandated organization thatserves as
a
forum
for
studentathletes
to
express concerns
andto
act as
official channel
of
communication betweenstudents
and
schooladministrators.Two athletes from each sportwere chosen
by
their head
l
coaches
to
represent their teamsin SAAC, which
is
headed byhead wrestling coach
and
SAAC advisor
Tony
Cipollone.The committee's mission is
to
contribute to "the
athrnic
andacademic advancement
of
allstudent athletes," according
to
Cipollone, who went on to saythat SAAC will promote "notonly
the
college's athleticteams,
but
also...the
community
and
goodsportsmanship in general."The SAAC plans to arrangeevents each term that will rangefrom heavy promotion
of
important games to communityoutreach programs
in
whichathletes work with localchildren.The committee will havenearly
700
varsity athletes at itsdisposal when help is needed tomake these plans
a
reality.
A
large percentage
of
Mercyhurst\s
student body arestudent-athletes; given this,SAAC hopes
to
increasecampus awareness
of
athleticswhile benefiting
the
Eriecommunity.
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(Some
spooky
facts
Special
o
 MerciadFeature liesWith a little planning andcreativity, anyone can scare upa great Halloween party."Halloween would not becomplete without
a
spookyparty. The fall holiday allowsa
little
bit of our
devilish
side
to
come out when preparing thefestivities,*' said Gail Davis,owner
of
Gail Davis andAssociates, an even planningcompany in the Dallas/FortWorth area. "At what othertime of the year can you seeFrankenstein do the MonsterMash dance with
a
fairy
princess?
Halloween partiesare a time
to
experiment
and
letloose with your family andfriends."I
.Here
are a few
tips,
tricks andrecipes
for
creating
a
memorable
event
that
is
fun forthe whole family.Keep Those Cobwebs- Anygood Halloween party shouldcapture the spirit of the holiday,whether it's
a
spine-tinglinghaunted house or
a
masqueradeball. Before you start shoppingfor the big event, decide whattype of party you want
to
have-casual
kookiness
or exquisiteelegance.
You
don't
have
to
gooverboard with decorations-mood lighting and a few well-placed
decorations
will set thescene.If you'll be serving food,create
a
unique tablecenterpiece in the shape of aghost of jack-o-lantern.
In
addition, try replacing normallight bulbs throughout thehouse with red ones to add aspooky feel. Your Halloween
party
can
hardly
seem complete
without
a
few strategicallyplaced cobwebs.Mix
It
Up with TheMonster Mash-
a
littlebackground
music
will
help
set
a creepy mood. Most musicstored carry tapes or CDs ofspooky Halloween sounds,such as creaky doors, howlingwolves or rattling chains. To
give
your guests
an
unexpectedfright,
hide
an
extra
CD
or tapeplayer in the bathroom to playthe Halloween sounds.As the night progresses,break
out
traditionalHalloween
music
to
allow
yourguests
to
shake
their
bones
and
dance. Great Halloween tunesinclude Thriller and TheMonster Mash, as well as themusic from The Rocky HorrorPicture Show soundtrack.Work Up to
a
Witch'sBrew- when planningHalloween party menus, tryspicing up your guests' drinkswith
a
bewitching witch's brew.Go to the supermarket's freshfish counter to purchase somedry
ice.
Then.mix
up a punchwith
a
Halloween-coloredbeverage in
a
large bowl.Sunkist Orange soda, A &WRoot Beer and Welch's GrapeSoda all work well
because
oftheir orange, brown and purplecolors.Take the punch bowl andplace
it
inside
a
largercontainer, then add dry ice to
the
large container. This allowsyou to create that delightfulcreeping mist without puttingthe dry ice directly into thepunch, which
can be
dangerous.When you're ready to createsome magic, simply pour hotwater over the dry ice in theouter
container.
It's important
Getting to know the H
O
team
By
Kyla
J. SmithContributing writerOn Nov. 1, our
Mercy
hurstmen's water polo team venturesto Princeton. New Jersey tocompete in their conference'schampionship. This
seasonthas
been trying, to say the least.Despite their immense efforts,the team has yet to win onegame. Their
face-offs
havebrought them to Grove CityCollege, Washington
and
Jefferson, and Slippery
Rock,
toname a few. Still no wins havebeen brought back here to theHurst.On a brighter note, this seasonhas brought new and positivepeople to the team and to the
Mercyhurst
community, as
a
whole. Curtis Robinette is thewater polo team's new coachthis year. Robinette is a 2002graduate of Slippery RockUniversity and
originally
hailsfrom Toledo, Ohio.
When
askedhow he felt about his team thisyear, he responded that hisplayers work hard and are
a
very "coachable" group ofathietes. Robinette
alsoi
commented on hiscaptains,Rob Long and Chris Anderson,in saying that they
may not
havestrong playing experience buttheir leadership experiencehelps to carry the team. Thecoach admits that he entered
this
season
with
no
expectationsand has been disappointed attimes, yet he and the athletesnow know what to work on forthe future success of
the
team.
Also
emerging this season arethree very: strong freshmanwater polo players; PatrickStabb, Kyle Wilson, and
2
Richard Stout. CoachRobinette singles them out asthe standout players on theteam and the individuals towatch for next season. Thesethree have contributed to theteam immensely and have allachieved
'
multiple-point-'
scoring games.
**
One must
remember,
whenlooking
at the
men's water poloteam, that this
is
only
its
secondyear in existence. Next season
is
looking brighter
for
the
team,with their new coach andcontinued team camaraderie.Still, we
will
look to thefreshmen
and the
entire team
to
give
their best effort
on the
firstof November
at the
conferencechampionships.
Internet photoThe fella s of the Mercyhurst College Water Polo Team
Adios
amiga
By
Jen
RuffaContributing writer
Syracuse University.
Mosco
willbe living with a family while in
While
the
rest of
us are
treadingthrough knee-deep slush
in
"Dreary Erie," Junior Englishmajor, Emily Mosco, will
be
on
her'way
to Madrid, Spain.Mosco
leaves
Jan. 7
and
will not
be returning until May 9. Shehas been learning Spanish eversince she was in kindergartenand has always wanted to befluent in another language. Thisexperience will also be a
great
asset to her career as a futurelawyer.
|Mosco's
trip
lias
beencompletely funded through herown finances. She discovered
the
program
on
her own and willbe traveling with the studyabroad department
from
Photo
by
Emily Whitaker
Emily Mosco
S
pain, but
wi 11
not find out whothey are until she gets there.While there, she will be taking afull semester of classes (15
18
credits)
at the
SyracuseUniversity Center
in
Madrid.
Theprogram requires that she take alanguageclass,which
will help
to
finish off her minor in Spanish.
Along
with
taking classes
to
fulfillthe core, she will
be*
takingcourses for her English major
as
well. Spanish professors teachthese courses in the Spanishlanguage.While in Spain, Mosco planson taking in everything
the
culture has to offer.
"I
hearMadrid's night life is amazing,"she
said.
She
also
plans on
visiting
as
many sights
in
Europeas she can. Mosco has alreadybeen informed that she'll bevisiting Portugal as well
as
touring all of Spain upon herarrival.Once Mosco returns
from
Madrid,
she
has
been
invited to
work
at
the
American Embassy
in|Uruguay as an intern for the
summer.
She's not
quite
sure of
the
specifics
as
of
yet.
but it willbe a great experience for her toprogress
in
her Spanish speakingskills.
* 8
to be careful when handlingdry ice. Always wear gloves
and
use
tongs
to
avoid burningyour hands.Scare
tip
Some Fun-Guests will go batty for partygames, so be Sure to have avariety
of
team and age-
appropriate
activities.Challenge your friends tocreate their own scary orhumorous
video in
the
sty le
ofThe Blair Witch
Project,
andthen watch them during
your
very own film festival. Also,with the fun music you'll beplaying,
be
sure
to
incorporatea game of
"Scared
Stiff'.
The game is similar tomusical chairs, but instead ofsitting down when the musicstops, players must freeze.The first person to move iseliminated and the gamecontinues until only one
"warm
body' remains.Finally, don t forget
to
includeclassic activities such
as
bobbing for
apples
and tellingghost stories.
Special
to
Merciad
FeatureUesHalloween Through
The
AgesHere's a trick question youmay find
a
treat to answer:Where did our Halloweencustoms come from?The
Name
Halloween comesfrom All Hallows* Eve. Nov.
1,
All Hallows or All Saints';Day, is a day to honor saints.Ghosts, or
at
least the idea ofthem, comes from ancientIreland where it was believed
the
spirits
of all those who diedthroughout the preceding
year
would come back in search ofliving bodies
to
possess.
People
would dress up to confuse andfrighten the spirits.The Holiday Halloween isnow this country's secondlargest commercial holiday
and
very popular
with adults
as
wellas children. Back
in
the 1970's,just
as
Halloween
was
becoming an adult
occasion
again, one retailer beganimportant high-qualitytheatrical masks from
Europe
and other exclusive costumesand decorating item fromaround the world.Halloween Today: Thestore, Spencer Gifts continuesto offer unique Halloweenaccessories made to scare anddelight young and old alike.Among these are Mr. and
Mrs
Skeleton. This couple
is
dressed to party with faux furtrimmed coats,
top
hat and capand canes. There are flamingskull lamps and hanging lamps(actually
a
fan blows silk"flames" and an orange lightcasts an eerie glow), flamingand fogging cauldrons,pumpkins and skulls, floatingghosts and more. There areeven adorable infant
and
toddler costumes created byfamous baby photographer
Tom
Arma. All of which mayexplain why
the
store
has
been
called
the
"world's
headquarters forHalloween."You can view
all
these andlearn more about costumes,masks and other items
at
Look
out dear
Abby!
By
Jen RuffaContributing writerThat's right, we're going tohave
a
new addition to the
Merciad
and
we
need
your help
to
get it
started.
"Dear Mercy"wants
to
offer adviceconcerning any questions youmay
be
asking and all you haveto
do is
send them
to
www.featuremerciad.edu. Need an easy way out of arelationship? Need a helpfulhint to get into a relationship?Maybe you just need someadvice on studying or gettinginformation about
a
certainmajor or class. Email
your
questions
to
featuremerciad@mercyhurst.edu. It's that easy. If you want toremain anonymous, just let"Mercy" knows and youridentity will be kept quiet.You never know, maybe yourquestion
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