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The Merciad, March 18, 1993

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Pro-legalization group started
By Jule Gardner Merciad News Editor An organizational meeting for the Mercyhurst chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) was held on Tuesday, March 9 at 6:30p.m. in the government chambers. The meeting was led by Rob Kampia, Penn State student government president; Chuck Thomas, Director of Pennsylvania NORML; and Melissa Paolello, a Mercyhurst student who appealed charges brought against her for alleged marijuana use (see related story). According to a press release sent by Kampia, the pro-legalization group has been brought to Mercyhurst as a result of Paolello's "disciplinary problem." As an activist at Penn State, he said he was "outraged" when he heard of Paolello's situation. "At Penn State, they would not have misbehaved like Dr. Gary Brown (allegedly) did/' he said. Thomas said that the Mercyhurst chapter is one of ajnumber of groups PA NORML is trying to start on college campuses. "We are trying to get as many chapters as possible. Here's where the student movement is. We are not a bunch of old men handing out flyers that say "Hemp saves trees/ Ifwe show the legislation enough political force, we'll win," he said. Paolello said, "It's depressing. A few may harp, 'Oh, how feeble,' but groups such as this one are hustlers. Sma 1 groups 1

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with it." "There is always something to do while marijuana is still illegal. One goal is to counter the lies that pop up in newspapers. Letters to the editor can fix that and help them to report accurately instead of taking part in the 'partnership for ignorant America'," Kampia said. Thomas echoed th is sentiment when he said," We want the media to start talking about die families that have been ruined by growing two plants in their closet" The next meeting for the Mercyhurst NORML chapter is scheduled for Thursday, March 25 at 8:30 in the Union. New members are welcome.

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of Mercyhurst NORML. can flourish and get things done." Kampia and Thomas stressed that people who wan t to join the group should not fear involvement You cannot, be punished for voicing political views on marijuana. Kampia also talked about his experiences and the reasons he became ; active in promoting^ legalization. Although he doesn't smoke anymore, he was once busted for growing, served time in jail, lost his scholarships a nd was expelled from school. He pointed out that before his arrest he was a straight A Physics student When he returned to Penn State, he ran for student body president and won after an openly prolegalization campaign. "I've been so screwed over by the law, I feel I must personally do something," he said. The reasoning behind legalization was
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also discussed at length, Kampia said that NORML pushes for the 5ame regulations involved with alcohol. Th is would mean that users would have to be 21 and adults would be able to grow marijuana just as they are able to brew homemade beer. Kampia stressed the medical benefits linked to marijuana for such diseases as AIDS, glaucoma, arthritis and premenstrual syndrome. Literature passed out at the meeting cites that marijua na is a relatively sa fe drug and has not been known to cause any deaths. "Our group does not encourage use. It should be a personal choice and people should befreeto choose," Kampia said. "The trick is for people to think in terms ofwhat was wrong with (alcohol) prohibition and how reversing marijuana prohibition can also reverse the problems

By Jule Gardner Merciad News Editor Melissa Paolello, a junior psychology major at Mercyhurst, made an appeal to dismiss disciplinary action aga inst her in an alleged pot-smoking incident! Recently, Paolello had accused Dr. Gary Brown, director of Residence Life, of alleged misconduct in coercing her to admit she smoked marijuana. The student judicial board, however, decided that there was not sufficient evidence and did not grant her the appeal.Her punishment stands at a $200 fine, substance abuse assessment and one year of disciplinary probation. Paolello made the request before the board, consisting of two students, two faculty members and two administrators, on Friday, March 12. The board then sent a letter within the three-day time limit stating the reasons for its decision. According to Paolello, the board decided not to proceed in the appeal process because they did not believe her due process rights had been violated. 'The fact that my appeal was not heard says that I am facing punishment for merely not accepting it (the charges)," Paolello said. She said that her goal at the moment is to seek action in an outside court Paolello is the spokesperson for the Mercyhurst chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). She said that her involvement in this group "can do nothing but help" her as she proceeds in litigation. "I was knowledgeable about NORML be fore I was ever accused,"she sa id.

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Saturday, March 20 3 p.m. Government Chambers. "Funny Ladies." 8 p.m. Zurn Recital Hall. "Fried Green Tomatoes." Monday, March 2&| 6 p.mf MSG Offlce.fLetters of intent for 1993-94 MSG Executive Board positions duel 8i30 p.m.?Government Chambers. MSG Meeting. Wednesday, March 24 £ p.m. .-Weber Little fTheater. Diversify Yourself, "Ofll the Beaten Palh." Thursday! March 2&m I 8 p.m. Sullivan Hall. Diversify Yourself* "An Examination^ of Social Discrimination" with Dr. Charles Dufour.

Major media want Heibel's opinion
By Michelle Ryan Merciad Copy Editor New York City's World Trade Center was rocked by a terrorist bombing last month, killing at least six and injuring more than 1,000 people. Robert Heibel, coordinator of the Research/Intelligence Analyst Program and an expert in counterterrorism, spoke his views to several major media segments. The Erie Daily Times, Morning News, USA Today\ Toledo Blade, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Washington Post featured-Heibel in their papers. Heibel also appeared on "Talk Radio America," KDKA in Pittsburgh and Erie's Flagship 1530 a.m. Heibel was contacted by CNN for "Larry King Live" but satellite hookup problems prevented completion. One of Heibel's counterparts was substituted. "When the bombings took place, I started to get some calls," Heibel said, noting that "As things developed...and they identified the first individual," he was contacted for talk shows. The programs were interested in Heibel's opinion on whether he believed the bombing was done by a professional

Robert Heibel, coordinator of the Research/Intelligence Analyst Program, talks about the bombing. organization and what was the responsibility of the investigators involved in the investigation. Heibel, who worked 24 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said that in such a bombing as in the Twin Towers, it was "very likely a terrorist act"The motive was political, and those involved "are part of a militant-Moslem fundamentalist group that is headquartered in Egypt," Heibel said, k "A terrorist act is an act that is in viola-

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Should marijuana be legalized?
By Jule Gardner Merciad News Editor Editor's Note: This column is designed to represent different viewpoints of Mercyhurst students about current, newsworthy topics. The opinions are obtained through a phone poll of oncampus numbers. Jim Wolfe, junior, Biology: "Yeah, actually I do, only because kids are getting killed on the streets because of illegal selling. It's no worse than alcohol. It's no worse than prescription drugs. I just don't think kids should lose their lives over it" . Anonymous, senior, Interior Design: i "No. First of all, there a re a lot more problems with marijuana that would be made worse. I can't see (President) Garvey supporting it (at Mercyhurst). Also, the Board of Trustees are very narrowminded. It would make Mercyhurst end up with a public school atmosphere." Pam Crowell, junior, Sports medicine: "Yes, I do. It's causing a cycle of problems. If they wouldn't have placed restrictions on marijuana, we wouldn't have the illegal drug trade problems we do."

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By Anne L. McNeils A&E and Features Editor

Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) held its second meeting of the Spring Term on Tuesday, March 16. President John Bruno opened the meeting with a discussion about Spring Activities Weekend, which will be May 7-9. Bruno said *he hippes this year's weekend will be unique. Bruno then brought up his request for reimbursement for $90 which he left in his desk drawer. The money was subsequently lost or stolen. Bruno requested MSG reimburse him for the los t money. The representatives voted to give Bruno the money. The next topic was this weekend's trip to Bemidji, Minn, for the hockey games. The fee for the trip is $40, which will cover bus fare, tickets to the hockey

games and hotel accommodations. President Garvey requested MSG cover the remainder of the cost of the trip. Twenty-five people havesigned up for the trip, leaving on Thursday and returning on Sunday. MSG decided to fund the'remaining cost of the trip. Remaining business at the meeting included a report from Student Activities Committee (SAC). SAC has planned a regular movie night, beginning this Saturday, March 20 at 8 p.m. in Zum Recital Hall. The movie costs $1,| SAC |is also sponsoring In All Seriousness, a comedy game show on Friday, March 19 at 8 p.m. in Zum Recital Hall. The committee has also begun to plan for Earth Day, April 30 and May 1. Throughout April, the Recycling committee will sponsor collection of used tires, newspapers and magazines. The collections will

take place every Saturday in April, with a location to be announced. There was also a discussion of the Residence Life Committee's plans to hold a sobriety test using a panel of five students and five faculty members. The committee has requested funds to take the panel out to lunch. Letters of intent for the MSG executive board are due in the MSG office by 6 p.m. on Monday, March 22. Anyone who wishes to run for an executive * position must have at least 30 credits and a QPA of at least 2.25. A meeting of all those running for MSG offices will be held on Tuesday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers. MSG meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers in the Student Union. All meetings are open to the ^Mercyhurst;community, so come and make your voice heard!

Diversity week exposes different lifestyles
By Yvonne Maher Advertising Manager Wednesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. Several "non-traditional" couples will discuss how families of inter-racial and gay/lesbian couples react to their lifestyle choices and the reaction of the general public to them. The ultimate purpose of this program is to unveil and obtain a better understanding of the many different relationships in our society. The program will conclude on Thursday, April 1 when several members of the Mercyhurst community will contrast their experiences of being 60s college students with those of our present day 90s students. This presentation promises to surprise people as to the similarities that exist between the two eras. Previous activities included an International food event!featuri n g tastes and entertainment from all around the world; a presentation by Bill Demby^an African American Vietnam veteran who stars in the Dupont commercial playing basketball on two artificial-legs; and a visit to Erie's Veteran's Hospital by students. "Students volunteered to organize activities on cultural diversity. Courses they had taken had sparked their interest!and ithey wanted to learn more about the world around them,"said Howard Paul, assistant professor of business. "We were overwhelmed by the response of the entire Mercyhurst community and expanded the program to a month long event for this year," he said. All events are free and open to the .public. For further information, contact Howard Paul at ext. 2894 or Cass Shimek a t ext. 2433.

Mercyhurst College's student government is sponsoring the second annual Cultural Diversity and Chris Jurusik, sophomore, Political Science: i Totally. It's theraputic" Awareness Program with guest speakers encompassing a broad spectrum of events and presentaScott Choura, junior, HRIM: A tions. The program includes six "Although I don't smoke it myself, I don't think a substance such events that will help participants as marijuana is at all addictive as other harsher drugs." broaden their perspectives about topical, controversial issues surNick Krayger, freshman, Family Ecology: rounding them. X. | "I'm not sure. I think it's O.K. for medical purposes but I think it "This is a wonderful opportuI would be abused by the general population, kind of like alcohol. It nity for students, faculty and memi would become too readily available." bers of the public to join together to enhance awareness and explore Amy Kellogg, junior, Accounting: different lifestyles," said Cass "Yes. If it helps people get over illnesses, it should be legalized." Shimek, director of the Student Union and project co-coordinaJason Runtis, sophomore, Dietetics: tor. 'The ultimate purpose of this I "Everyone's doing it anyway. It's not a drug that gets you totally event is to increase awareness of messed up. It wouldn't be good if it fell into the wrong hands but it people who are different from us should be legalized. and to decrease stereotypes," she continued. Heather Marshall, freshman, undeclared: Several representative of the "Yes. Enough people use it illegally so if it were to be legalized, Hari Krishna and Sun Yung Moon it would cut down on the usage." organizations will\discuss their unique backgrounds and demonChris Thompson, freshman, undeclared: "Yes. It has many theraputic uses and the advantages outweigh the strate activities that are traditional in their lifestyles on Wednesday, 'disadvantages." March 24 at 8;p.m. in Weber Little Theatre. The* program will Susan Flanagan, junior, Music Education: also include a speaker on cults "No. Drugs affect children and hurt them. Although it's abused such as the Branch Dividien group now, if it's legal people will do it more often. There will be easier in Waco, Texas. access like alcohol." On Thursday, March 25;at 8 p.m.'in Sullivan Halloa special Lynette Gargasz, senior, Political Science: program on social discrimination ft "Sure. There's nothing wrong with the drug. will be featured. Under the guidance of Dr. Charles Dufour, asSusan Voll, sophomore, Elementary/Special Education: S sistant professor of Psychology, "No. I think it would make a bigger problem than there already is." whose doctoral specialty is in social discrimination, participants Joni Dick, junior, Voice Performance: will be given the opportunity to "No. It would be easy to get and it would give people an excuse explore the effects of different to abuse it more." types of discrimination that exist in today's society. Joanna Shirley, freshman, undeclared: j • > "One Love, Different Forms" is "Yes. There's no medical evidence that says it's really harmful. the title of the presentation on It's no worse than cigarettes."
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•don of criminal law that is used to coerce a government or civilian population or any segment thereof for political or social beliefs," Heibel said. 'The United States has had very active groups (since) the 1960s and 70s. There were over 100 bombings (terrorist incidents) in the United States in the late 70s. These usually involved bombings, arson," Heibel added. As for researching the source of the bomb, investigators use various tests to identify key clues. There are chemical tests; there are electronic tests. What they are looking for is residue from the explosion. Prom the residue they can tell you what type of explosive it was," Heibel said. \ For example, it took only a ma tter of days before a suspect was traced to the van allegedly used to transport the bomb into the World Trade Center. Heibel said that investigators found a piece of the van's axle with a serial number on it and identified it "I've known of incidents where fingerprints were (left by terrorists on a wri tten communication)," Heibel said. He also noted that fingerprints have even been found on bomb parts. Another example Heibel mentioned concerned parts of a watch which were traced back to where the watch was sold. 'They (terrorists) are just not aware of the capabilities of law enforcement," Heibel sa id. "Some people aresoblasl, they just don't believe they can get caught"

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College's First Class newspaper as rated by the Associated Colle Marchl8 Vol 66 No. 17 Asst. Sports Editor Editor in Chief John Danknich Joseph Legler Copy Editor iNews Editor Michelle Ryan Jule Gardner Anne McNeils A&EIFeatures Editor Yvonne Maher [Advertising Manager Faculty Advisor Sports Editor Timothy Moriarty Craig Rybczynski

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Tate Davidson 1 Susan Lee Eback Dave McQuillen I Mary Medure Elizabeth Johnson Monica Sertikp Erin Hauber Megan Circle Keith Courson Nick Krayger Tonie Bolan Jennifer Trinidad Jay Kennedy Katie Johnson? David Kosobucki Leon Mumford Heather Ryan-! Nicole Geraci Beth Nichols* Rich Shelton Suzanne Coneglio John Furlong David Rumsey John Shanahan Tiffanie Williams Beth Haas Steph Szabo Liam Barron 11 ^ ^ ^ ^ Jay Fitchpatrick Grace Bruno Stephanie Wainright Karen Trapolsi The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College, Box 161, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa., 16546 Phone 824-2376* The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. rm Editorholding final responsibility! The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those of The Merciad, its staff or Mercyhurst College.

I would like to commend the Erie County Court system for establishing a mandatory program designed to assist divorcing parents in supporting their children's mental well being. * *The "Children Coping With Divorce Program" covers ill case filings, dated after March J 1, involving children or a dispute involving the custody of children. It requires both parties in a divorce action to attend a four-hour educational seminar which focuses on the developmental needs of children with emphasis on fostering the children's emotional health during periods of stress? This program, which has its origin in Atlanta, is one of only six established in the United States. The divorcing parents must go to the seminar or they could be arrested for contempt of court. I know a large number of young people who come from divorced households. I came from a divorced household. My parents were divorced when I was barely two years old, so I wasn't*affected very much — Ifdidn't even realize what J was happening. My mother remarried, and my stepfather (I jokingly called him my phony-father until I was about nine) is the greatest guy I know. The two have been happily married for over twenty years now. However, divorces aren't always this easy and*don't always affect children this lightly. Some children take it very hard, blame themselves and go through an excessive amount of emotional stress. Divorces can be devastating to some children. They may be torn between their parents' loyalties, forced to "choose" one of them. Each parent forces a difficult situation when they tell their child to "not tell daddy this," or "don't let mommy know that** These mixed signals can distort the view their child has and lead to an emotional collapse. Parents often worry about what is going to happen to them in a divorce action, rather than what will happen to their child. This program may prevent this from occurring. There has been a tragic breakdown of the family in this country: *One out of every two couples marrying this year will be divorced in 10 years. *60 percent of divorces occur for people between the ages of 2539. * ***$ *' •'?* *' *More than 1,000,000 children are affected by divorce each year. *70 percent of all children born in 1980 will spend time in a single parent family. *75 percent of women and 80 percent of men remarry within five years. '"Second marriages are at greater risk for ending in divorce than first marriages. *70 percent of divorced parents fail to build a cooperative postdivorce relationship, which is crucial for their children. ""Children of divorces are two to three times as likclv to suffer emotional or behavioral problems.? *More than 1,100 divorce cases were filed in Erie County last year alone. Children in a divorce must overcome possible feelings of rejection, humiliation, unloveableness and poweiiessness. Some need to resolve anger and stop blaming themselves. They must disengage from parent conflict, accept the reality and permanence of the situation and preserve ideals of love aiuMoyalty. This program is a good starting block for divorcing parents to assist their children in these matters. It will help them recognize the symptoms in children's behaviors that reflect their difficulty in adjusting to the divorce and it will benefit them in the long run, * All participants in the program pay a fee of $20 to cover the total costs of the seminar. People may be reluctant to invest this much in a four hour seminar, butwit's worth it The stability of a child's emotional health is worth well more than that paltry amount. My hat is off to the Erie County Court system.
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For a recording of the daily meals, call ext. 2192. By Jule Gardner Merclad News Editor This week I would like to talk about something easy. Did you ever discuss housing with fellow students? Did you ever notice that people suddenly posess "the gift of the gab" when this is the topic of conversation? Everyone seems to have a word or two hundred about housing and I can't say that I am unique in that aspect I have what I feel is a legitimate gripe about the inequality of housing on this campus, but first: a word from our sponsors. I am not prone to writefluff*However, I am genuinely appreciative of the housing office and it's time I recognized this. I'm a pessimist (I know to some that must be shocking news) and when I put in for a move from Mercy to Briggs, I expected the worst I thought I would be given a lot of hassle. I thought I would be wrapped so tightl y in red tape that I would emerge as a mummy with PMS. As Gomer Pyle used to say "Soo-prfse, Soo-prise, Soo-prise." The Housing office treated me like an adult and I couldn't be happier. 1 t Andrea Barnett, Resident Director of Mercy apartments, handled the approval of my move, (I just don't understand why Dr. Brown would not lend me his ear.) Considering my rocky history with the Housing/Residence Life department, I thought it would be worse than getting my wisdom teeth yanked out of my head. Andrea, however, was the epitome of impartiality. I explained my situation. She said start packing. It was all very painless. I didn't even need Novocaine. My former RA, John Meyer, was also extremely understanding. He had no air of superiority but talked to me as a friend would. He even helped me move. I tend to look for the worst in people when
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Anyone interested in joining the Mercyhurst College Summer Abroad Program should contact Mr. John Wolper, Division Chair, in HRIM in Egan 25. A change in doctor's hours has been made in the Health Office. Dr. David Kruszewski will be filling in for Dr. Cohen who will be away for eight weeks. Those who need to see the doctor may do so on Monday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Health Office.

beverage. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 8. Seating is by reservation only by calling ext 2565. Those planning a trip overseas this summer may get the International Student Identity Card, the only internationally recognized proof of student status, for a cost of $15. This card gives access to low student airfares and student discounts overseas. In addition, the card allows access to a 24hour, toll free, emergency assistance hotline. For more information on obtaining an International Student Identity Card, call 1-800G E T A N ID or contacts CIEE, Dept. ISS-149,205 East 42 Street, New York. NY 10017.

The Fitness Center will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to employees only. Craig Davie, Director of the Fitness Center, will be availFreshmen men and women volable during these hours to assist unteers are needed to host proany employee in learning how to spective* students for the Laker operate exercise equipment' ef- Live-In on April 15 and 16. SignA fectively and safely. Davie will in sheets are to be turned in to the also be available to place any front desk o f the appropriate dorm. employee on a designated fitness For more information, contact program to meet personal goals Steve Ipri or Ann Marie Heim in for exercise. the Admissions Office,

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I am seeking something they can give. John showed me that I didn 't need to have this attitude;' People Can surprise me still| I am not blowing sunshine up their....(well you kn have no real need to. I am genuinely thankful for the support I received from John and Andrea and this is the best way I can think to express it * However, I am afaid that all good things must end. Although I am very glad my problem has been alleviated and I am no longer a resident of "The Morgue Apartments," I am now an eye witness to the unequal quality of housing at Mercy hurst I understand that Mercy apartments are newer and, consequently, nicer. The bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms are much more suited for four residents than the same accomodations of Briggs apartments. This is common knowledge. Many say that a somewhat crummy apartment is the price you pay to live where the action is. (Yes, Sisters. I am thankful for any roof over my head, even if that roof is thin when stereos are involved.) I just think students are not second-class citizens and they should get what they pay for. We talk and hear about the "college community." If this bunch of buildings was a real community, Mercy apartments would definitely be the higher rent district Yet Briggs residents are expected to swallow this inequity and pay the same exorbitant price for inferior apartments. Is this right? The situation needs to be severely re-evaluated. While I am discussing exorbitant prices, do you realize how much it actually costs to live in campus apartments??? II you break it down, it is about $70 a week per person. That is ten dollars a day and $280 a month. Multiplied by four people, the monthly rent for a very moderately furnished apartment with utilities is $1,120. That, friends, is mucho cash. I looked into the rates of other apartments for the city of Erie. Many students reap the benefits of living across from Briggs campus apartments. It isn't hard to see why people opt to move across the street when you consider it costs $770 less per month for the relatively same apartment I live in. Of course, these apartments are not furnished and you have to pay electric (about $25 per month), but it is still a smarter move. Grenada Garden Apartments by the mall costs $420 a month (unfurnished) plus electric. This modern complex also has a pool, tennis courts, a fitness room and basketball courts. Two friends of mine rent on West 23rd Street They pay $ 195 a month (unfurnished) plus utilities for, as I see it, a nicer apartment Are you seeing a trend? If not, let me spell it out: Mercy hurst is ripping us off! 1 :, Sure, there a re a lot of conveniences with living on campus, but not $1,120 worth. Although^ the people in this department can be pleasant, the reality of Mercyhurst housing is a scam. Paying the same amount for unequal apartments is unjust Paying this unwarranted rent at all is simolv ludicrous.

In case of snow emergency, veThe Mercy hurst Hotel and Reshicles hindering overnight snow taurant Department will present removal may be towed at the its first annual spaghetti dinner to owner's expense. Regulations re- benefit Eta Sigma Delta Honor garding overnight parking are as Society on March 28 at the Grotto follows. In lot #2, overnight park- Dining Room with seating times ing is allowed above the southern at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4p.m. The most entrance and along the east spaghetti dinner includes meatside o f the lot all the way to the balls and spaghetti, tossed salad north end exit Overnight parking with vinaigrette dressing, italian is also allowed in the north main- bread, tortoni ice cream and a tenance lot, lot #6, 10, 13, the townhouse lot and the west end of lot #8. Overnight parking is not The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. permitted in lots # 3,4,5,9 and lot Letters must be signed, but the name can 8 (except for the west end).

The S t Paul's Holy Name Society will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner, complete with salad and dessert, on Sunday, March 28 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at St Paul Center, 453 West 16 Street Adult tickets at $3.75 and children's tickets at $2.50 may be purchased at the door; Take outs are available with self-supplies separate con ta iriers for dinners and for salads. For more information, call 864-7296.

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David McQuillen Merciad Staff Columnist I sat at my kitchent table, opened the paper and it was j us t as I suspected. The sun was out It was shining in Rome and London, Madrid and Moscow, Perth and Cape Town. It shone over Buenos Aires <tfnd Glasgow, Bang Kok and Montreal, Cleveland and Buffalo. It even s h o n e ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ • _ — _ _ ^ over a small town in Alaska where the sun hadn't been seen for six months. How nice. How nice that the entire world knows what the sun looks like. How nice that they can run and play and jump and squint through sunglasses. How happy and charming that they can drink lemonade and have barbecues and fall down in green grass and get a sun burn and have to worry about skin cancer. How depressing)y nice. Ugh. I dropped the paper .and hung my head close to the ground,shedding a thousand tears and sobbing for thesun. It's grey in Erie again. Perhaps you don't know grey as well as I do, Perhaps this is your first winter in Erie, or maybe it's your fourth. But maybe, like me, this is your twenty-second journey through a dark frozen hell that lasts (for six months and soaks your spirit with freezing rain, suffocates you in snow and then drains your soul away slowly until it finally rips it away on that day when you look out the window and realize that it's grey again, that it was grey yesterday, it's going to be grey tomorrow and it's raining and snowing and windy and cold and there are tornado warnings and hurricane alerts and all the people walking through the halls wjith fake tans don't know how silly they look because it's impossible for anyone in Erie to have a convincing tan during the winter and everybody knows that Sigh. Yes, you live here long enough and you know grey. You can look at the sky and say, This is Grey 54, commonly known as Give up Grey, and if s a unique grey particular to the city of Erie with the color of lint from a dryer screen^It lies tired and heavy on the surrounding rooftops, coughing and spitting onto the ground below and stretching to the horizon in every direction. Totally uninterest| ing in form or appearance, Grey 54 is accompanied by an annoying •drizzle, light winds and the feeling that it's never going away. It's T grey that'll soak through your little L.L. Bean Duck Boots and makeyoucry forhome.If it was snowing it'd be Grey 68,and if there were little bits o{ white clouds mixed in with the grey it would be Grey 12." \l l '•£•

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By Mia U-Rycki Merciad Staff Reporter The Mercy hurst College cafeteria will feed you like you've never eaten before on any Friday, •a medievaC dinner-theatre • Saturday or Sunday nights this June and July. And Igor Stalsky and the nine cast members of the Canterbury Feast will entertain you when they present their rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's Io Ion the. Each night begins with an introduction of the cast You'll probably recognize some of these names, such Nichole Bruno, Dana Louder and David Pelletier, who have all acted in the Feast before. New additions are Patrick Thiem, Joy Fredette, Sherree Piechnick and Joni Dick. P. Barry McAndrew and Cathy Anderson will also participate in this year's Feast as they have done in the The second act of the play is to set up a Canterbury Feast Scholpast. staged and is followed by dessert: arship available to two incoming After introductions and a song sliced apples and cheese or zuppa freshmen. Two to four $1000 per by the cast, the first course of the inglese. year scholarships are awarded to medieval meal begins. Hot loaves The two-and-a-half to three- freshmen who are chosen by of hearth bread, steaming bowls hour night ends with a group Stalsky through auditions during of stone soup and large bowls of drinking song and the closing orientation. The recipients must summer leaf salad are carried out song, as has always been done for then participate in every play put by the cafeteria staff. on by the school each year.? the past 13 years. ^Proceeds from the dinner theThe meal is medieval and so is The first Canterbury Feast, conthe style of eating. There is^no ceived and produced by Stalsky a tre have also been contributed to silverware and no plates. Instead, in 1981, was meant to be a one- I the renovation of the LittlfeThe• each person has a piece of wood time affair. However, the dinner, j Latre. An air conditioner was paron which to place the salad. Ev- theatre gained such support and chased last year. The success of eryone drinks the soup and lick- success that it has been performed ^Canterbury can also be seen ing fingers is highly recom- every summer ever since. ^around campus. The Canterbury mended. The play has grown and there Clock in Garvey Park was purAs the audience relaxes with are now two casts and two loca- chased with money earned from almost full bellies, the cast comes tions. One is here at Mercyhurst the Canterbury Feast Tickets can still be purchased out and performs the first act of in June and July and the other is in the play. Then it's on to the sec- Cambridge Springs at the River- for $30 for Saturday perforond course: whole roast chicken side Inn in July, August and Sep- mances; $28jfor Friday performances and $27 for Sundays. To cassina and roast loin of pork. tember. reserve tickets, call 824-2347, Again, licking fingers and smackAnother result of the Feast's ing lips is encouraged. success was that Stalsky was able
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Yeah-JGrey. But please, don't pity^rre, pity yourselves. My parents brought me here when I was far too young to talk them out production is remarkably true to Tuesday, March 30brings Brief of it But you, you came here by choice. Now you pay for it with a By Anne L. McNelis the actual story. Although some History of Time. This British skin pallor the hue of concrete and musings about whether God hates A&E and Features Editor who have read the book may miss movie is about Stephen Hawking you. But you couldn't have known what itwould be like, no one who certain aspects of it, they will no and his scientific career. isn'tfromhere could possibly know. Take myfriendBrona, who doubt be impressed by the movie. The following week, April 6, asked me if the winter will ever end. She is learning: Erie is the The Mercyhurst College Films The film is almost perfect in its the Spanish Culture Class spongreyest city in the country and I've got clouds to prove it depiction of the novel from the sors the Spanish film High Heels. for Discussion opened its Spring performances of the actors and The Photography Club presents season on Tuesday, March 16 with But you'll survive, take itfromme. What you have to do is take the scenery to the impression it the West German/Italian film grey into your arms, you have to love grey, embrace grey, you have a very successful showing of the gives of English society. If you From the Pole to the Equator Merchant Ivory film Howards to say "Hey grey, let's be buds for a couple more weeks and then get missed your opportunity to see on April 13. This^documentary End. Dr. George Garrelts, directhe hell out of my face before I go crazy." this movie, try to get it on v id e o contains Luca Comcrio's footage tor of the film series, announced it will be well worth your $3. of people who live from the pole that Fin anticipation of a; large • Maybe it would help if you look for color elsewhere. Go buy a big The Films for Discussion series to the equator. crowd, a second showing of the box of crayolas (throw the grey out, burn it or spit on it). Stare at a continues for the rest of Spring The last film for this y;ar, on Glm had been planned to immediblue computer screen and pretend it's the sky, look at the green eyes Term. As usual, the films are not April 20, is Panther Panchali. of afriendand pretend they're grassy fields. Buy a yellowlightbulb ately follow the one at 7 p.m. This limited to American movies; in This 1955 movie takes the point second showing eliminated the and pretend it's the tun. Get cases of Labatt's Blue, Killian s Red possibility of the usual discussion fact, there are more films from of view of a young boy watching and Yuengling Amber and pretend you're anywhere but herei other countries than from the the struggles of his family in In* after thefilm.PI aim ing a head pa id United States. Eachfilmis intro- dia. And while you're stuck inside your room, you can listen to happy off for the series because the 7 duced and discussed by someone The Films for Discussion series music or depress ing, dark moody music. For those of you who want p.m. showing was rpacked and with some knowledge of the provides the Mercyhurst commuto cheer yourselves up. give the band Sunscreen, a try. They re . there were many waiting in the major topics or themes in the film. nity with a free opportunity to see hall afterwards for the next one. new poppyAechno/raveband with a sound that will make you dance The next film is Beautiful and experience things they may However, the sacrifice of the around until you walk outside and slip and fall down^on the £ Dreamer, a Canadian film about not be, able to otherwise. Each discussion was well,worth It Otherwise, put on Breathless, a band that's quite a bit like Joy Walt Whitman and the time he film begins with an introduction Howards End is based upon the Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" sound. 1 spends with a doctor. Beautiful at 7 p.m. and takes place in Zurn E M. Forster novel by the same Dreamer is on Tuesday, March Recital Hall. David McQuillen is an Erie native who isfinallycracking under name and, unlike many other film adaptations, the Merchant Ivory 23. i. .^i.- .#«-**. u- i^n** the sun will come out tomorrow.

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By Keith Courson Merciod Sports Writer

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Club team endures difficult season
The team did have its moments. TheyHurst defeated the Gannon Golden Knights at the Mercyhurst Ice Center 3-2. The win followed Mercyhurst's first victory of the season over the Niagara University club team in Niagara Falls, NY. The club team duplicated this two-game unbeaten streak in the last week of the season. It tied Cortland College, which was followed by the win over Ithaca. However, outside of the ECHL, the Lakers failed to win a single game. Their competition did feature junior A teams from Canada. The young club team was lacking in offensive production that it had enjoyed the previous season. I The area that the Lakers did receive support from all season was goaltending. Aaron Winch and Scott Bray backstopped the Lakers' victories. These two freshmen give the team solid netminding for next year. Also, seldom-used Chris Hoshaw should getmoreplaying time next season. * With the season behind him, right winger Jason Lewis summed up the season. He said. "The program will be more organized next year, and we hope to be in the playoffs next season. It gives us something to shoot for." Lewis and the rest of the Lakers do have next year to look forward to. They will be eligible for the post sea son. The team should soon receive word from league officials about their status. Once admitted into the league as an established team, the Lakers will compete in more games within in the division. 5$This year's ECHL record bodes well for the team. The playoffs are not farfromthe team's reach. The squad is loaded with young talent. Also, the return of Louis Viselli should help restore leadership to the team. There is, however, one big question mark going into the season. Who will coach the team? Will Daryl Georger be promoted to head coach? The club team needs stability. It begins first with a coachJff ISSSaaE

There is an old adage in sports and in life, that first you have to walk before you can run, or skate, as in the case of the Mercyhurst At last, it's that time of year club hockey team. again! No, not that time when a The team entered the 1992-93 foot and a half of snow arrives at season as an expansion team in your doorstep in]a few short the Eastern Collegiate Hockey days. Pm talkin&basketball. It's League. The team began slowly, that time of year college baskettaking its baby steps in the league, ball junkies wait all year long not winning until their eighth for, that time when a television game. However, as the season set becomes man's best friend. wore on, the Lakers began to gel "March Madness," they say. Dynasties?are built here, stardom as a unit and finished the season becomes realized, and the little guy becomes a giant killer. with a 10-3 victory over Ithaca >. However, before surrendering my pick for college hoop national College. champion this season, Pd like to salute the Mercyhurst basketball The La kers finished the season program. CONGRATULATIONS, gentlemen, on a great season 3-9-1 overall, but 3-2-1 in the that gave your fans a few fantastic memories. Wins over ranked league. This is a promising sign, teams like Franklin P ierce, California, Ed inboro, and Gannon prove as they prepare for the 1993-94 that Mercyhurst basketball is heading for the top of the hill and is campaign. The team has a solid taking those necessary steps toward building a tradition.* base to work with as over half of Best of luck to those seniors who gave it their utmost attention and its players were freshmen. determination to help turn a program around that won a mere four Defenseman Marc Johnston, and games just two seasons ago. on offense, Jeff Landmesser, proPd also like to recognize those people who made it their priority vided steady play for the Lakers. to celebrate at half court following the magnificent triumph over Gannon. That's what this game is all about—to create those types of moments. Let's do it again next year, hopefully in the playoffs. Okay, now let's talk about the NCAA basketball tournament, the By Li am Barron greatest spectacle in all of sports! This year's edition could prove to Merciad Sports Writer be one of the best we've seen in a long while. There are eight to ten teams that could win this whole shebang. What more could a junkie While many of us were sunning ask for? ourselves in various exotic locaAlthough Duke, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, and North tions over spring break, the Laker Carolina have all held that top spot at some point this season, none crew team set off on its annual is a clear-cut favorite to win it all. As they say, anyone can lose on training extravaganza which is not any given day - even the big guns. That's what makes this tourney so much a vacation, but more of so spectacular. 10 days of continuous work. The first thing I noticed as I anxiously scanned the brackets during The Lakers set off with their the tournament selection shows was some of the possibly intriguing cycling counterparts in search of match-ups. V the sunshine of Georgia, but unFor example, in the East, the final may pit Carolina (North not fortunately the weather wasn't as East) against upstart Cincinnati, if they don't get upset trying to get good as they had hoped it would there. This would probably be one of the most defensive battles seen be, and they had to settle for temthis season, maybe total chaos. I peratures in the 50s. The team Hey, what about a possible Duke/Indiana rematch this season in wasn't too discouraged, however, the midwest regional. But, how could it top last year's thriller in the and it made the most of its escape Final Four? Or, consider Michigan and Georgia Tech butting heads from the snow in Erie. in the West Regional semis. These are two of the most talented The training went according to young teams in^America, and the Ramblin' Wreck is red hot plan, and the Hurst managed to following its upset of Carolina in the ACC tourney. whitewash a squad from Loyola We may even see a Kentucky/Wake Forest bout in the semis of the College at Baltimore in some useSoutheast Regional. This game could be a great one, but then again, fill racing conditions. On the way can anyone play with the Kentucky Wildcats without getting bombed home, the Lakers squared off out of the arena by three-point shots? Just ask Tennessee. against the mighty Clemson TiAdditionally, what would March Madness be without a sleeper— gers of South Carolina, and mana Cinderella story? I think that Kansas State could open some eyes aged to win six of the nine races in as the six seed in the southeast, or maybe New Mexico State in the the infamous valley of death. east These are teams that don't get a whole lot of air time but had The Lakers will be facing some successful seasons and conference tourneys. "K" State upset Kan- very tough competition this year, sas en route to winning the Big Eight tournament. including the upcoming meet with In an aside, this bumble writer's coach of the year is Eddie Fogler George Mason, which ranked 2nd of Vanderbilt. He got some talent and depth and proved he could win in the nation last year. big time with them. Vandy is one of the great stories of the year in Head Coach Dave Baugh is very college hoops. j& 1 optimistic about the team's prosI would also give out Co-MVPs this season, to Nick Van Exel of pects this spring* "By the end of Cincinnati and Calbert Chaney of Indiana. Perhaps nobody means the year we hope to be ranked in more to his team's success than the dramatic yet unheralded Van the top twelve in the nation, beI^Exel. Chaney can take over a gameby himself if need be and makes cause we have the most depth in the Hoosiers as tough as anyone. 1 our squad that we've ever had," »Okay, get to the point, you say. Fine. Here's my Final Four: he said. "The women's squad has the most experience, and has been Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, and Kansas.| And in the end, when the Madness settles for yet another season, the most successful in the past, when the excitement, the pageantry, and the dramatic memories but I believe that the future ofour become ens til led in our minds forever, blue will become the key men's squad will be very bright," color once again this year. However, not as in Blue Devils, but as in he added. blue grass. Rick Pitino and Kentucky will cut the nets down and Baugh also talked about the ; party in New Orleans. "% t youth of his squad. He said, "We Pitino's too good to not win a title, and this year he's got the army have a bunch of talented freshmen oof the team this yearjand
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we're hoping for great things from them. Although the weather is not helping our cause at the moment, we're hoping that it breaks soon because the season is short enough already, and the team is itching to get out on the water. "^ The talent of both squads is apparent in the fact that Jakub Svoboda has been nominated to represent his native Czech Republ ic in the world student games in Buffalo'this year as a single skull er. Coach Baugh is also hopeful that his heavyweight women's squad will beat off all the other competition to represent the United States In the same competition. T ] 1 For a Mercyhurst team to row under the banner of the U.S. would be a great achievement, so we'll wish them the best of luck in their endeavors. I § I 1
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Lady Lakersfinishon high note
By Keith Courson Merciad Sports Writer The Mercyhurst Lady Lakers closed out a very successful 199293 campaign with three consecutive victories, including an impressive 71-67 triumph over nationally-ranked Pitt-Johnstown during the spring break. Head coach Paul Demyanovich realized that the Lady Lakers' final record of 15-10 could have been better, but was pleased with the season's overall results. "We beat two nationally ranked teams (UPJ and Norfolk State)," he said. "Pitt-Johnstown won the eastern regional and Norfolk State was ranked ninth when we beat them." Demyanovich is encouraged with the maturity and togetherness his squad demonstrated down the stretch. "We made a good run. I believe our players matured nicely down the stretch and I'm pleased with the progress we've made," he said. The Lady Lakers met plenty of formidable foes throughout the season and had to work hard to keep the ball moving in the right direction. "We' won the California Cup to begin the season and then lost five straight games," added Demyanovich. "However^ we bounced back. The girls showed more patience and better shot selection." Perhaps the most important ingredient in the mix is sophomore sensation Teresa Szumigala, who poured in a season-high 38 points in the victory over Norfolk State in the middle of the season. "Teresa is the key to this team," said Demyanovich. "She's been theM VP at the California tournament and in our tournament. She was first team ECAC and 16th in the nation in Division II scoring (21.6PPG). She'san integral part, and she's been forced to play tired a lot of times out of necessity." Even though this season was an improvement for Do my a novich's team, he is looking forward to the future of Lady Laker basketball. "We are looking for big things next year," he said. "We should now have the experience to do well next season. You've got to remember that we played one of the toughest schedules in the east and started four sophomores and a freshman most of the time/' I With the acquisition of a few recruits to add more depth and the experience of playing a difficult schedule, the 1993-94 season should prove to be a great one for Mercyhurst women's basketball.

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Laker iceisface off agpinst Bemidji State for national championship
Mercyhurst Director of Athletics Pete Russo'President Garvey gave the strongest encouragement It's number one against number to the team. He stressed the long two for the NCAA Division II line of hockey tradition that preNational Championship in ceded the team. He said, 'It's up Bemidji, Minnesota. The to you to add to the tradition of 3 Mercyhurst Lakers take on the building hockey excellence and host Bemidji State Beavers this to come home this weekend with Friday and Saturday for the title. the championship. Praise was not all the Lakers received that night as defenseman Andrew Moir and forward Rob Madia were honored as first team ECAC West All Stark. For the soft spoken Moir, the award was a surprise. However, his stats suggested the award was deserving, as he had-34 points this year, a career high. Furthermore, for the second straight year a Laker was named ECAC West Rookie of the Year. Kevin McKinnon followed last year's performance of Craig MacDonald in. receiving the award. McKinnon finished the season with 50 points and a team leading 31 goals. The Fort Erie, Ontario, native credited his teammates with his success this year. He said, "Playing with Robby f (Madia) and Craig (MacDonald) Erie mayor Joyce Savocchio leaves the ice after wishing the has taught me a lot all year and it hockey team luck during Monday's rally. Photo by Craig R. > really worked out for the better. The Lakers got a warm sendoff on Monday night, March 15, at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The rally was held for the Mercyhurst Laker hockey team as it geared up for the national championship. The cast of supporters included the mayor of Erie, Joyce Savocchio, Mercyhurst President William- P. Garvey and
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McKinnon was not the only freshman who contributed to the Lakers' road to the championship. Bryce Bohun and Art Thomas also added some offensive depth. The infusion of the eight freshmen helped to give the Lakers' four lines that provide scoring punch.J Despite Mercyhurst's success, the team was upset by the fourth ranked team in the ECAC tournament. Canisius College won 5-3, in the semi-finals in Elmira, NY. With the loss, the Lakers finished the season 18-8 overa 11. Howev erf the Lakers now must leave the loss in the past and prepare to take on the team that produced the Calgary Flames' Joel Otto. Bemidji State is 22-7 on the season and 18-7 within the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association.; They are coached by R.H. "Bob" Peters, the? winningest coach in Division II hockey. They wonftthe Division II championship the last time it was held in 1986

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ond contest* Whoever is the winner becomes national champions. Mercyhurst heads into the weekend series led by senior Rob Madia's 60 points. The Beavers of Bemidji State are headed up by Jamie Erb who had 24 goals and 53 points. The series could come down to goaltending. The Hurst have the duo of Mirko Pellizzari and Scott Barber. The Beavers counter in net with Robin Cook and Todd Kreibich. Barber did look shaky in the game against Canisius, and Pell izzari has the knack to play well in big games. Look for Pell izzari to start in goal in the first game. However, the only way to compare the teams is by mutual opponent The Lakers split the series with Wisconsin-Stevens iPoint. Bemidji Statefinished2-4against the Pointers of Wisconsin. Taking everything into consideration, Mercyhurst wil 1 surprise the host team and return to Erie with the La kers' first NCAA National Championship. They win despite their youth and Bemidji's post season experience. Both games will be aired live on WMCE 88.5 FM| beginning at 7:30 p.m.

M e n ' sbasketball t e a m n a r r o w l y misses! N C A A
By John Danknich Merciad Asst. Sports Editor It was a season of highs and lows for the Mercyhurst men's basketball team. The high came on Thursday, February 11, when the Lakers defeated Gannon by one point at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. The low came in mid-January with a three-game road losing streak that effectively dimmed the Hurst's chances of making the NCAA Division II tournament However, the fact still remains that the Lakers won more games this season that the previous two combined. The Hurst's 19-8 record represented an eight-game improvement from the 1991-92 season. IAt the beginning of the season, Laker Head Coach Bill Morse said his goal for the team was to "take it to the next level." He also set a goal of 20 wins for the season, which the team narrowly missed. Unfortunately for the Lakers, not winning 20 games prevented them from ma king the tournament Senior captain Jamie Houston said, "As it was, we ranked fifth in the region. One more win, and we would have automatically made the tournament" The big factor for the Lakers this season was the play of firstyear transfer Rashe }Reviere. Reviere's 22 points per game led the Lakers. For much of the season, Reviere could be counted on to provide the Hurst with a spark when needed. This was most evident early in the second ha Ifofthe victory over Gannon. There it no doubt that Reviere will be even
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better next season as the Lakers try to advance to the NCAA tournament With the addition of Reviere, many of the Laker|players elevated their game to the next level. Houston, though erratic at times, raised his scoring average to 15.4 PPG and led the team in rebounding with eight per game. Houston came alive late in the season, scoring a career-high 39 points against Wisconsin-Pa rkside• S enior Kerry Ba ker once aga ih. led the team in three-pointers. He twice hit seven treys in one game and broke his own record of 74 three-pointers made in a season by hitting 77. He also raised his scoring average two points to 15.1 PPG. His season highlight came against Cedarville late in the season when he scored 29 points., Gerry Battle, who*will be counted on to provide leadership next season, upped his scoring average to 14.7 PPG. Battle's high game for the season came against St Vincent when he scored 30. Battle also finished second on the team in rebounding with 7.7 per game. Battle was the team's emotional leader on thefloor."My job," he said, "was keeping the team hyped up. I really wasn't ready to be a leader this year, but next year, it will be so much easier." Not to be overlooked was the play of freshman point guard Rahsaah Roland. Roland stepped into Morse's offense as if be had been running it all of his life. The scrappy.Roland dished out 4.3 assists per game and hit several clutch three-pointers throughout the season. Roland's experience will be vital for the Lakers next

season. ranked next season. At any rate, The key for next season, ac- the Lakers will certainly make a cording to Battle, will be filling run at the NCAA tournament next the big man position vacated by season. the loss of Houston and Redding. b "This was a rebuilding year for If the Lakers find a capable big us," said Battle. "We spent this man in the middle, there is a good yea r trying to get over on the plus chance that the Lakers may be side. It will help us build confi-

Hurst baseball team begins season
By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor The motto for the Mercyhurst baseball team can be summed as a "commitment to excellence." Coach Joe Jordano, however, is faced with a new challenge this year, as he tries to mold his young squad into winners. What Jordano hopes to accomplish from the season is to build a solid foundation for the future. It has been said a thousand times, but this year is considered a rebuilding year. He said, 'This is a young team, but a very talented team. It will make mistakes, but we have to minimize those mis* takes and learn from them. We have to keep winning in perspective." He stressed that the team has to break down the game of baseba 11; not only the physical aspects of the game, but also the mental aspect. He added that in order to be successful, the players and no one else have to want it, then it will happen. The Lakers got their first test of the year as they competed in their southern spring training swing in Savannah, GA, over spring break. Mercyhurst finished the trip 4-5. Mercyhurst's victories included two against Savannah State, and

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single wins over Belmont University and R.I.T. The Hurst was also scheduled to play last weekend , but the sn ow storm prevented the trip to Virginia. According to Coach Jordano, the spring training record did not measure up' to his expectations. He said, "I expected more*, than what actually happened. We felt that we lost to a couple of teams that we should've never lost to. We played well against the better teams, but we played poorly against the weaker teams." The Lakers proved true to form as they defea ted Belmont University ofTennessee, 10-0. They a Iso lost to Armstrong State, the fifthranked team in Division II baseball 4-3. However, they lost to R.I.T., a far lesser team than the previous two opponents. In the field, the Lakers did start six freshmen and sophomores out of the eight position players. The team does have a solid nucleus to work* with. Freshmen Dan Messner and'Ueff Benedict did provide solid hitting for the Hurst. Messner^hit .316 with Ave RBI and Benedict added .353 and chipped In with three RBI.} On the mound, the Lakers also have a staff that includes seven freshmen and sophomores out of the total nine hurlers. Despite the

team's ERA of 4.37, it did get good outings from A.J. Rusnak who pitched well in his nearly eight innings with a 1.83 ERA. Rich Runtas also contributed to the staffs effectiveness. Sophomore pitcher Jeff Hutchinson said, "Judging from our ERAs,^and being the good pitchers that we a re, we know that we have a lot of work to do.'Y The team did end the trip with its most impressive victory. The Hurst defeated Savannah State 214. Mercyhurst began the trip with a 9-6 victory over the same school. It is evident that when the Hurst played a team the second time, it fared better. It held true with Savannah Sta te and Armstrong Sta te. Thus, the more familiar the Lakers became with their opponents and themselves, the better*, they played. The Lakers' maturity as a team is the key to a whining season. With^ time and playing experience, Mercyhurst will try to build upon the tradition established by | Jordano and the school. The baseball team will be in action on Thursday, March 25, at" its new baseball field at the North East campus against La Roche College. However, the»weather could once aga in be a determining factor.

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