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cide to press criminal charges, a judicial process is begun on campus. ?MSG is forming an ad hoc com- If the victim decides not to press mittee to investigate how criminal charges, she and her alMercyhurst handles on-campus leged assailant eventually come rapes. before the J udiciary Board, which The investigation has been ini- is made up of faculty, administratiated by Vice President Kristen tion and staff, Hurd said. "EviHurd. She said, "(Rape) is not dence is given and decisions are dealt with properly at all." She made, just as in any jury," she t said the process of reporting and said. prosecuting an alleged rape on "We would like to change the campus is ineffective. fact that the appeal comes before In a later interview, Hurd ex- the Judiciary Board (because) alOne of the largest career fairs in the region will be Thursday, plained that a rape victim must most immediately following the March 10,from9 a.m. to 4 p. ml at the ExpoMart, Monroeville, PA. report the incident to an RA im- incident, the alleged assailant is The job fair is open to any student who will graduate]with a mediately. After that report is in the same room with the alleged Bachelors or Master's Degree before August 31,1994. This year, recent Alumni (past five years) will also be allowed to attend. Pre* Gled, "there are many different victim," said Hurd. routes." According to Hurd, the alleged registration is required. Seniors must pre-register at the Careers If the victim "goes directly to assailant is allowed to bring in Services Office in Old Main by no later than March 1 to complete an application and view a special Job Fair video. Students will need the hospital and then decides to character witnesses. She said in press criminal charges, there is no one case, a victim was "called a resumes to attend this Job Fair. There is a $5 registration feef For further school involvement," said slut and a whore by the character more information, contact Frank Rizzone at ext. 2424 or ext.12426. Hurd. witnesses. This is not how a school If she doesn't immediately de- should be dealing with something

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Hurd investigates|rape
By Anne L. McNeils A sst. News/Copy Editor like that." Hurd said she was approached by a female student who experienced the Judiciary'Board process. "She didn't want anybody to go through what she did." The committee plans to contact other schools and look into ways of improving Mercyhurst's rape policy. She said more than 25 people have already joined the Anyone else interested should contact Hurd at the MSG office, extension 2428. In other MSG news, President George Pay dock discussed the interview of the first of three candidates for the Dean of Academics. He said the interview "went all right." The second of the candidates is scheduled to be on campus on Thursday, Feb. 17 and the last of the candidates will visit on Sunday, March 6. Any student interested in participating in the interviewshould contact Paydock.

Bruno' recaps RA weekend page 4 Dave explores gestation £ page 5 Regionaljiob fair

Extended hours during exams
The Hammermill Library will extend its hours for final exams. |The library will be open Saturdayjjfrom 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 6pm 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Wednesday from 8 a»m. To midnight; Iliursdayfrom 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday front?) spfp to 4 p.ml The library will have special hours during; spring breaklS will be closed from Saturday, Feb. 26, to Sunday, Feb. 27, and frop Saturday, March 5, to Sunday, March; 6. It will be open Feb. 28, to Friday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and on Monday^ March 7 from?8 a.m. to 11 p.m. i Ife

Musical interludes

The Chapelfcboirwill hold a concert on Thursday^; Feb. 24 at 2§|o p.m. The concert will be held in the Christ the King Chapelf f i The D'Angdo School of Music will present a performance of the D'Angelo Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Feb>20 at 2:30 p.m. at Central High School Auditorium. The concert will be conducted % Frank Collura, Director of Instrumental Ensembles at the D' Angeljb School. Featured as soloists in the program will be Sam Rotman and Oxana Yablonskaya performing the Piano Concerto forTwo1>iaS©s and Orchestra by Mozart.Other works on the program will be the Overture to the Merry|Wives of Windsor byJMicolai, the Elegiac Melodies^by Grieg and the Symphony No, 4 by Schumann.-This concert i&free andbpen to the publicv

Brian Pasteryk, senior, (right) moves his tutoring session with senior Kevin "the K-Man Nixon (left) outside Townhouse 8 to enjoy the balmy weather of 50 degrees. Break out the Bermudas, boys, ^ ' +Merciadphoto/Jim Doherty

The real Malcolm X revealed
By Megan Circle Merciad StaffReporter Kari m. He immediately became a Moslem and \ started to follow Malcom X and his teachings. Benjamin Karim, close friend Karim said the Malcolm X of and assistant to Malcolm X, movie was a realistic portrayal of spoke to Mercyhurst about the the man's life, though there were man was "more concerned with a few minor discrepancies. correcting the ignorance ofblacks Malcolm X was an outstanding than the racism of the whites," he teacher, he said, who taught about said. everything from etymology to Karim, editor of "The End of history. Malcolm believed the White World Supremacy," gave history of a culture doesn't ina speech entitled "Remembering volve only the main country or Malcolm: The Story of Malcolm continent, but also many cultures X From Inside the Muslim of many lands, said Karim. Mosque" Wednesday night, Feb. Karim said there are a lot of 16. The talk was sponsored by things people do not know about MSG and the Minority Student Malcolm X. He was often porUnion. trayed by the media as a very He first met Malcolm X in "hard man," but Karim said there 1957, when he went to hear him was a "soft, charitable side to the give a sermon. man also." He never taught any* It left quite an impression on one to hate, but the history of the black race was impossible to talk about in a pleasant way, which stirred up animosity among his followers. He said Malcolm X hated all white people until he took a pilgrimage to Mecca,,which all Moslems must do at one point in their lives. While on this pilgrimage, he noticed that every race and color had traveled to visit Mecca, and he was not looked down upon by anyone for being black. He realized they were more concerned with nationality than race. This brought about a change in thinking for Malcolm X, according to Karim. "He saw the ugliness in himself, living in a country infected with institutionalized racism. He was now able to ascend above this narrow mentality." & m*


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U n t i t l e d Photography club ready jto shoot
Too often you see a perspective of me; you don't see what's real. People tal k and what seems to make sense becomes reality. Too often^ By Heather Ryan Merciad Staff Reporter has discussed flash and is working with the developing of black and white film. Members share If you've ever felt like shooting their work with each other which someone, here's your chance. allows for constructive criticism The photography club is a rela- and helps generate ideas, as well tively new organization on cam- as improve future photo expepus. It consists of about 12 mem- ditions. bers, a nd is willing to recruit more. Photography experience is not The club aims to shoot better pic- necessary to join, and all majors tures and gain experience by are encouraged to join. Members working with film. are expected to supply their own As of now, the photography club 35 mm cameras and black and white film, which is primarily what the club works with. Field trips to photography exhibits, possible competitions and videos are planned as activities for the future, said Jodi Zupancic, photography club member. The photography club will meet the second week ofspring term in the darkroom of Zurn Hall, located in the basement. If you want to join, call Jodi Zupancic at ext. 2995 or Gary Cardot at ext 2529.

r you see the smile, the laughter, the strength. byou don't see the loss, the tears,
the longing. Too often you judge only the smile, the laughter, the strength. Look deeper.* No...still deeper. You should have now a perspective of Me; you should see what's real. You should see a woman...once a little girl, whose world was shattered for the first time A little girl shoved into this new world... far too soon. All at once the loss. the violation,! the theft became real. Now what's real? A little girl's world was shattered for the first time, and after years of living with the loss, the violation, the theft...the anger this little girl grows to find inside her old smile, her old laughter, her new strength, in essence—her spirit. Too often you see a perspective of Me Look still deeper. G.A.B.

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The D'Angelo School of Mu- and winning critical praise from ber music. The recital will take place on sic Visiting Artist Series an*, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nounces a concert and master class "astute programming" and a Monday, March 7 at 8 p.m. in to be presented by the renowned "sharp and seasoned perfor- Zura Recital Hall. The master class will be on Tuesday, March 8 mance. " San Juan Islands Trio. The San Juan Islands Trio in- at 2:45 p.m., also in Zurn Recital This ensemble, part of the San Juan Islands Chamber Music Fes- cludes Maria Bachmann, violin; Hall. tival on tour, will present a pro- Jon KI ibonoff, piano; and Semyon Admission is free to both events gram of music for a piano trio, Fridman, cello. These artists will and open to the public. For more including works by Beethoven, also offer a master class in cham- information, call (814) 824-2394. Mendelssohn and Moravec. The San Juan Islands Chamber DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR Music Festival brings together soloists from the Concert Artists HEALTHY BONE MARROW COULD Guild roster and special guest artSAVE A CHILD'S LIFE? ists to make music together. ' The 1992 inaugural season was an extraordinary success, resulting in nationwide broadcast on NPR's "Performance Today," an t enthusiastic audience response,









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Weeding It Out
By Jule Gardner Editor in Chief According to Dr. Garvcy, pre-fence BriggsAvcnue looked "like a slum." The Fence was needed because Briggs is "the most unsightly area on campus... It looks like a slum/' Garvey said at the Jan. 31 MSG meeting. Dr. Garvey said the fence J gives Briggs an "ivy-league" appearance, more like a "garden court" Other "ivy-league" schools have a Fence, he said. First, Mercyhurst is not "ivy-league." It is a small, private, Catholic college that would gladly accept most "ivy-league" tli rowa ways. * Secondly, not all ivy schools have a fence. Cornell doesn't. "Give it a chance," he told representatives. Fair enough. It's a bit of a leap when students say it makes them feel like they're in jail. It's just a fence. It doesn't have barbed wire attached to it or anything. I could live with it Then I found out how much money was sucked into it The Fence cost $40,000. Yes, that's right. According to Jim Lieb, director of finance, materials and installment totaled approximately $40,000. Join me and hoist your chin from the floor. Then again, Briggs Ave. looked like a slum. Did you know that slum rent at Mercyhurst is $1000 per month? Pretty steep for the projects. How did I get this outlandish number? From the most recent college catalog.? Briggs apartment rent for the year is $2,250 per occupant, multiply by four: $9,000. We are here a bit short of nine months: $ 1,000 per month, $250 each. This perplexes me. Could the $40,000 have come from our rent? Although Lieb could not say offhand where it came from, he said what often happens is the college will budget, not spend as much as expected, and transfer the savings for other expenses into the "special projects" fund. I've got a few suggestions for the special projects fund (and I'll say offhand, one is not a fence around Mercy apartments): 1) Tear down the new housing and get someone to build it right this time. 2) Rip up the Astro turf in Briggs apartments aud replace it| with carpet worthy of $1,000 rent 3) Find out why there is a "water main break" every week or so in Baldwin and Gx it Heck, determine why freshman girls in the shower are scalded every time a toilet flushes and fix that, too. 14) Install a thermostat in the Merciad office so I don't have to type this wearing gloves. 5) Get TWOfryersfor the Cove. (Don't attack me with a fork. I'm just joking.) 6) Here's a thought: put the money into academics. A) There are some departments with only two professors. That is a disgrace. B) Create a Peace Studies department. If we are going to call this college Catholic, let's spend money on peace, not C) Pay our professors and staff what they deserve. We spend $40,000 on an aesthetic project while Mercyhurst employees stew about their paychecks and benefits. Even with the raise this year, most could be making a helluva lot more at another college. 7) Promote parking equality: put a roof on the deck. The powers that be may say to each of these suggestions: "That'sridiculous.We can't just yank money from the budget to do these things. It's not that simple.it I see. Making Briggs a garden court is more important. Don't you love simplicity? '

Campus Question:
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What are you^oing to do for spring break?
Kim Sulzmann, Sophomore, Communications: "Absolutely nada. Although, my ultimate spring break would include a trip to the Bahamas with some gorgeous guy where I d sip alcoholic beverages on the beach all day long."

By Grace Bruno Merciad Features Editor

Bruno brutal weekend

Scott Olson, Senior, Sportsmedicine: "I'm going to Georgia with the rowing team. Hopefully in any spare time I will prepare for my NATA exam." Jason Altman, Freshman, Accounting: "Working for a contractor in Washington, Pa. I have to earn some money to pay for school." Craig Dimperio, Senior, Criminal Justice: 'I'm going to Daytona Beach. I'm going to drink lots of beer and catch some of those warm Florida rays." Julie Allegretto, Freshman, Secondary Math: "I'm going to Daytona, where I will spend lots of time at the beach. Not to mention the occasional beverage at some cool Daytona parties. Who knows? Maybe I'll swing by Orlando while I'm down South and visit Mickey." Ray Micelli, Sophomore, Undeclared: "I'm transferring to a college in Florida." Dino Depaulo, Senior, Political Science: "I want to go where no man has gone before. I want to go to Braddock, Pa , where there will be a huge party on the Monongahela River because I'm graduating at the end of this term." £^__ ft i Jennifer Rooth, Sophomore, Political Science: "I'd like to go to Florida, but that's not happening for me this year., so I'm going home, where I'll enjoy the free time."

MY WEEKEND WAS BRUTAL, i I'm the resident assistant of the Warde Townhouses a nd was "on duty" this past weekend. •On Friday night there was a party where racial tension mounted. At one point Suzanne Caryl,fthe RA in 4014 Briggs, and I were caught in the middle of two angry black students and one angry white student screaming they were going to kill ea ch other. I actually was scared! I'm not sure if I was scared for Suzanne, for myself or the unknowing students surrounding the fight, but I was sea red. Suzanne was yelled at by an angry student, "If you would have done your f ing job, this never would have happened." What do people think our job

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"Ryan Morris, the RA in 3910 Briggs,said, "People look at RA's in a negative way but we are here to help people. We just want people to be safe." Rich Straub, the RA in'Mercy 100, said, "I went over to South Briggs (Saturday night) to see what was going on and there was a big fight. I was surprised to find over 35 people there and about six people fighting at once...it just shows what alcohol can do to See "Bruno," page 5

BJMercvhurst! T h i s is Iffyou have something|you want to say and can put it in written form, The Merciad gladly welcomes letters to the editor. Letters must be signed, but can be withheld by iequestmnder certain conditions.

FEBRUARY 17,1994



Behind the Wheel
By David McQuillen Merciad Staff Columnist You graduate in May right?" I said yes and my eyes dropped from my co-worker to my sandwich. I took another bite and thought about taking a nap when I got home. "I guess when you graduate, it will be time to start your life. You know, work." I looked up. a You know, work." My lunch companion gestured to everything around us. The employee cafeteria. The people rushing back to their desks. The building that we all worked in. Himself. He is a senior vice-president. I looked back down as he stood up and straightened his tie and pulled his sportcoat mound his fat. "I hope you're ready," he said. He took his tray to the garbage can and walked away. I stopped eating. His words sat on the tray next to my sandwich. 81 imagined that he felt so alive.

Life in the real world. He must be pulsating with vitality. A newborn when he started work, each promotion, each new title, the sign of greater and greater strength andfitness.Up at 6:30. At work at 8. Break at 10, lunch at 12. Break at 2, home by 6. TV till 10. Racquetball once a week. Life. | I imagined that Pm yet to be born. After all, life begins when I get that job. This is gestation. I thought about what Pve been doing. School. Sitting in classrooms preparing myself for entry into Life. Holding part-time jobs, to practice Life so I don't blow it whenjit actually starts. Paying bills. I stopped thinking about it. It made me sad. I thought about what I did in between training for Life. Trips to Europe. Sitting in a cafe in Paris for hours. Hiking through the French Alps with my brother. Sleeping in our car night after night as we drove across Italy eating bread and cheese three

times a day. Laughing with friends. Spending evenings at Herman's and meeting new people. Experiencing. Seeing. Hearing. Touching. Alive.; I wish you could have sat in the chair beside me then. We could have talked about this. I would have asked you what you thought about that comment. That we begin life the day we begin a career. I would have asked you if you felt like you were alive. Like you were doing something. What would you have said if I told you that you have your whole life ahead of you to do things? I hope you would have stood up and left the table. I hope you would have walked out of there ^ and started ?living right away. After all, you have to start working soon.

By Nick Krayger Merciad Staff Reporter I was baptized a Catholic. I went through 12 years of Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I went to a typical all-boys Catholic high school. I never minded being Catholic. Actually, I'm the only really "practicing" Catholicgjn my house. I haven't always been, though. Every Sunday, throughout the course of my high school career, i would convince my bestfriendLinda to ditch Church with me and go to Burger King with the moneyfromher envelope. I didn't have to skip it My parents thought that once my brothers and I were in high school, we could make the decision ourselves about attending Mass. But Linda's parents were just the opposite. The more Linda contested going to Mass, the more her mother insisted. Actually, her mother was a hypocrite. Linda had to go to Mass every Sunday morning without fail, while her mother slept in. It was a challenge for me each week to see how long it would take Linda to give in to the pressure and start walking towards Burger
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from page 4 people. I think we're lucky that in that large group, no one was hurt." I W Rich makes a good point; think about it. I wish this weekend could have been just "busting parties." I' d rather make people mad by asking them to turn down their music. Instead, I was making sure a freshman woman was escorted to Baldwin after being harrassed by one of her male friends. I was getting reports from my residents about a man who has been parking behind the townhouses, peeking in windows and moaning loudly. *MY WEEKEND WAS BRUTAL.


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Life 9 liberty and the pursuit o f abortion?
Dear Editor: Our Declaration|of Independence (second sentence) says, "We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men arc created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happinessj Would you kindly look up in a dictionary (1 had to) the words "endowed", "certain" and "inalienable"? ^ And would you please next call or write your three Congress persons and let them know you do not want abortion in any health care plan or program. Because abortion is not health care! It never was! (This is also self -evident!)



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Once I got a car it was all over. Each week she would get in, and I would inevitably turn down the wrong street and head towards our Sunday morning hang out While there, she would complain about how guilty she felt, and how she wasn't "going to hell" because she had been making up the Masses she missed during the week. I never really worried about this "going to hell" nonsense. I knew I was a good person, and I|knew Godalovedj.me. 1^tried to do everything that I thought was fair and just The reason that I didn't attend Mass was not because I didn't like being Catholic, it was because I didn't like my church. It seemed to me that all the homilies were about money, sin, and that if I didn't put in my weekly $21 wasn't being a good Catholic. That's bull, and I knew it then. So I didn't go. At the beginning offreshmanyear, I immediately started going to Mass again while here at Mercyhurst. I like the service.rl feel comfortable in the setting, and I like Fr. Steve's homilies. If I didn't feel that way, I wouldn't go. Even then, I think I would still be a good Catholic You see, last week I had a spark fired in me. My 11-year-old cousin, Brooke, is being confirmed. She asked my mom to be her sponsor. My mother went to our church to fill out the proper forms, and the priest pulled up her name on the computer and saw that she hadn't been contributing weekly. "WHAT? HAVE YOU BEEN HANGING OUT AT BURGER KING, MOM?" %* * ? I I She felt really guilty about not attending Mass regularly, and in "good conscience" wouldn't allow herself to be Brooke's Confirmation sponsor. The priest was going to allow her to do it if she promised to go to Mass and put in her donation. But my mother is just not a regular church-goer, and she doesn't want to lie. To me, that's a good Catholic. One who doesn't want to lie, or manipulate or seem like a hypocritical role model. Now I am going to be Brooke's sponsor. Yes, my mother, the cheap, unfaithful Catholic who "can't spare one hour and $13 dollars a week" to go to church just spit up $138 dollars toflyme home the weekend of the confirmation ceremony. She did this because she is a person of great integrity, and also because she is a good Catholic. I can't make it myself to the practice ceremony because 1 will still be here. My mother is going to stand in for me. I hope she realizes that on March 18th, when I step before the Bishop, I will not only be "standing" for Brooke. As the "Catholic in good standing," I will also be "standing" for my mother.


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Vol. 67 No. 16 Merciad Editors

February 17,1994



Editor in Chief Keith Courson Sports Editor Jule Gardner Sports Editor f Anne L. McNeils Asst. News <c Copy Editor |Cralg Ry bczy nskl rts Senior Writer Michelle Ryan A & Entertainment Editor Joseph Legler Features Editor Mia U-Ryckl Advertising Manager Grace Bruno Faculty Advisor Photo Editor Jerry Trambley Jim Doherty

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Melissa Svitek Erin Haiiber Jennifer Trinidad Mike Brown Beth Nichols David McQuillen Megan Circle Lee Ann Kelly KiraPresler Janel McBride Nicole Geraci Kevin Pude Elizabeth Johnson Jim Doherty Heather Ryan Nick Krayger Tonya Beebe Tricia Webb Jay Kennedy Suzanne Cooegl io Mark Shokalook Dan McQuillen

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ing may be judged by an actor's veying the reality of cutting wood ability to simulate reality. He to the audience. would strive to concretize the On the other hand, however, (Editor's note: this is first in a script *as vividly as possible thereris a set of choreographed series of articles by Keiko Miller, through his act of expressiveness, movements which by themselves asst. professor of Japanese, about such as facial expressions, tones are meaningless, but when comaspects of the Japanese culture.) of his voice, body movements, bined with the incongruent lyric, etc they become "spirited" through The object is to convince his the actor who has internalized the "In noh, there is this inner strength of an actor that becomes audience that his acting justifies role. This is known as "no action" in the center of an attraction/' says the reality; his acting must be Matsui, the noh master who came believable. Thus a triumphant noh. In these abstract movements, to SUNY Fredonia to give a lee- actor would make a splendid de- the only thing which holds the ture-demonstration on the?600 nouement having convinced the parts together is the mind of the actor'behind'an expressionless audience with his "perfect" act year old Japanese theatrical form In noh, however, the audience mask. on February 14. An actor who is capable of such Noh's origin goes back to does not become cognizant of re"sarugaku," or a popular outdoor ality through an actor's perfor- a spirited action is said to manientertainment which began in mance. In fact, it sometimes seems fest "Yugen," or true beauty or ancient Japan and continental to defy reality deliberately. In elegance found in five areas: in Asia. But it was thanks to the noh, there is no action. As an the person of an actor,*the lanfather and son effort of Kan'ami artistic form, it does not attempt guage, the melody,hhe dance and Zeami toward the end of the to represent reality, but it attempts movements and acting. As a highly stylized theatrical 14th century Japan that this clas- to symbolize it sic theater form was created and .In this way, there is always a form, a noh may not succeed in became one of the most refined mysterious ambiance in a noh attracting the first time audience play. jFor example, as Master which seeks realistic acting, but it classical art forms. To understand and apprecia te a Matsui illustrated in his lecture, offers a great, suspended space in noh, it would be beneficial to first on the one hand, a graphic act of which actors and audience may recognize the common element cutting wood may coincide with be able to interact spiritually in a in Western theater. lyric which sings precisely about most finexplicable, mysterious In a Western drama, good act- that particular action thus con- way. By Keiko Miller Merciad Contributing Writer

Next time your friend insists on driving drunk, do whatever it takes to stop him or her. Because if he or she kills innocent people, how will you live with yourself?

Jewish perspective
By Lee Ann Kelly Merciad StaffReporter New York City. Once and still the melting pot and home of many different nationalities, cultures and religions. A clashing of various beliefs, values and customs givingiway to a birthplace of multiculturism. Freshman Meredith Toback left her home in Staten Island, a predominantly Jewish and culturally integrated neighborhood, to attend Mercyhurst, a predominant!y Catholic institution. But why? Why would a practicing Jew leave a community in which she was surrounded by people who shared in her religious devotion to attend a school in which the population of Jews is so small? Toback is a reformed Jew. ^Reformed Jews adhere to the basic structure of Judaism, but with a more liberal attitude. Unlike fundamentalist Orthodox Jews who strictly follow the cultured laws, reformed Jews enjoy many i more liberties, especially in the synagogue. Women can not only participate in the service, but can also be rabbis. When looking into colleges, Toback knew she wanted to attend a private school. But most private Jewish colleges are Orthodox. This type of education not only entails a rigorous religious studies curriculum in which all aspects of Judaism are taught, but also a comprehensive college education. Students at these schools generally begin classes at 8:00 a.m. and go all day until 5:00 p.m. What originally attracted Toback to Mercyhurst was its music department which had offered her a scholarship.! Toback plays both the flute and the guitar. But since coming to Mercyhurst, she has changed the focus of her education. "Mercyhurst has a very little


"What isfdisturbifrgfis that people at Mercyhurst seem Jo be ignorant of any religion outside; their* own fand there ismo exposure to new religions." -Meredith Toback, freshman
Jewish population. Of the Jewish people I have met, very few have strong ties to their religion," Toback said. There is also not a Jewish organization on campus that she knows about But this was expected. "What

is disturbing is that people at Mercyhurst seem to be ignorant of any religion outside their own and there is no exposure to new ••••SPRING BREAK '94**** religions." CRUISE SHIP JOBS! Toback argues there needs to be Cancun, Bahamas, Jamaica, 'Students needed! Earn $2000+month)y. fFlorida & Padre! 110%Lowest more education in addition to the |Price Guarantee! Organize 15 j Summer/holidays/full time. World travel. | Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, Mexico. basic Religious Person course friends and your trip is FREE! Tour Guides, Gift Shop Sales, Deck Hands, offered at the school. According TAKE A BREAK STUDENT TRAVEL Casino Workers, etc No experience necessary, (800) 328-7283. to Toback, the class seems to give I CALL 602-680-4647. Ext.. 014?*. a quick overview of everything but gets into nothing. ? SPRING BREAK "Mercyhurst should develop a IANAHA CIT> EEAcSl multicultural curriculum that 11:4 IIIA T teaches about different races, re1 High quality beachfront accommodaligions and ethnicities," she said. tions for 7 exciting nights. Round trip chartered motor coach. Toback is not just speaking about Free pool deck parties, activities, & Judaism. Shintoism, Buddhism, promotions. -SET ? African American history Inter-Campus Programs I.D./Discount should also be included. card. |S Toback would 1 ike to see a more On-location staff for complete assistance. ^ multicultural -Mercyhurst. She All taxes, tips. & service charges has hopes for a remembrance of included.I < the Holocaust day (Yadvashem) on campus in April. "It was not only an,atrocity i 2rt * against humankind," she said. "Judgingfromthe recent rel igious For information and reservations wars in Bosnia, we haven't learned > TOhy i T r ^ ^ to stop the inhumanity. Toback is also hoping to see a Seder, which is a ritual dinner WS?« V0$2 remembering the exodus* from Egypt, held on campus. "It conTRAVEL A B R O A D tains symbolistic foods and ritua n d WORK! als of 400 years of Jewish enMake up to $2,000-$4,000+ per slavement," she said. month teaching basic conversational Overall, Toback does not regret English abroad. Japan,* Taiwan, ber decision to attend the college. and S. sKorea. Many employers "Mercyhurst has the potential to provide room &|board + other become a multicultural campus," benefits. No teaching background she said, "but first people must or Asian languages required. For break free of traditional stereomore information call: 1 types and open their minds to new (206) 632-1146&xt J5249 ideas."


FEBRUARY 17,1994



Alumni game benefits D.A.R.E Don recruit; me
By Keith Courson Merciad Sports Editor Last Saturday I was clicking! my life away with the remote to see what!the menu of college^ basketball games was on television. It hit me that Gannon was playing a game in D.C. The game was on the radio. Pve a lwa ys ha d a n interest in jK how our cross-town rivals are doing. So I decided to tune in with my trusty old Walkman. I continued to watch TV at the same time. Gannon won big. After the broadcast, I remained a listener because of the post-game show which includes phone calls from area listeners. One of the topics discussed throughout the course of the show was recruiting. Another was fan support This brought me to a state of wonder. If I were a serious athlete and was recruited to come to Mcrcyhurst College, would I come? The more I thought about it, the more I seriously said to myself, "No way." J * ' ••* ' W i Why would I want to come to a school that might get 200 fans to show up for a game? Sure, I know Mercyhurst isn't the only school hi America where attendance is low. Sure, I know people have other important things*to do on game nights. But attendance at this school's athletic events is ridiculous at times. At least the basketball teams can use "not in a conference" for an excuse. As an independent, Mercyhurst isn't able to build those natural rivalries that are commonplace in conferences and draw fans. Edinboro can get up for teams like California, IUP, and Slippery Rock. Those are natural rivalries in the PSAC. ^Mercyhurst has Gannon. That's it. Honestly,show do you expect me to get up for a game like Mansfield or Alderson Broaddus? Let's turn our attention to the Hurst hockey team. Okay, we are in a conference (ECAC) and we do have a new ice arena. But, obviously the newness has worn off. "It sounds like a morgue in here," I overheard someone say in last Saturday's rout of Canisius. And by no means is Canisius a slouch. The Griffs are one of the top teams in the ECAC. And this is the student support for a team that played for the National Championship just a short season ago? Then I thought back to what the women's soccer team accomplished this past season and what its players had to say after it was all over. Maybe these teams aren't playing for Mercyhurst College. Maybe they are playing for themselves. Maybe wearing blue and green doesn't mean anything after all. And if this is the case, why would I want to come to a school like this if I were a recruit? I thought to myself that I would want to be part of a team. And my concept of a team goes beyond my teammates. Every fan in that building is on my team. They aresupposed to be yell ing and carrying on like there is no tomorrow. Isn't that what home court advantage is all about?

F o r m e r Buffalo Sabre Wilf Paiement chases down a loose puck as goalie Don Edwards looks on during the last Saturday's Penguins/Sabres alumni hockey game at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.

By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor

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The game itself was not really time Stanley Cup winner Fred typical of an NHL contest Even Stanfieldpowered the offense. The players, who traveled two the Sabres' mascot Sabretooth, a At the Ice Center Saturday, Pitts- 6-foot tiger on skates, scored on a hours by bus just to get to Erie, burgh Penguins alumni enter- breakaway. also reaped the benefits of such tained Buffalo Sabres alumni in There was no scoring battle be- an event. an exhibition game in front of a tween Mario Lemieux and "We have a lot of fun doing it," near sell-out crowd to benefit the Alexander Mogilny in this match said Ferguson. "We believe it's a D.A.R.E program of Western of Eastern Conference foes. worthwhile program and if we Pennsylvania. The players that did strap on can help in the smallest way that D.A.R.E., Drug Abuse and Re- skates* included former Pens is what we want to do." The game not only helped a sistance Education, is a program George Ferguson, Kim Clacks on that helps educate young children and Randy Hillief. The Sabres local charity, but gave people a about the dangers of drug abuse. sent more ex-NHLers and it glimpse of the sport of hockey. Hockey is oneway of its many showed. Former Vezina Trophy To Sabre goalie Edwards, that is fundraising ventures duringfthe winner Don Edwards played in "very meaningful. goal and Ric Seiling and two"It's important that the retired year. {players keep promoting the game |and keep expanding the interest of hockey," said Edwards. However, the game would not |have been possible without the I support of Erie businesses, the MiIIcreek Police Department, and Mercyhurst hockey. Patrolman Craig Skellie helped organize the effort and cited the assistance he received from Mercyhurst assistant coach Mike Sisti. Sisti, a former employee of the Buffalo Sabres, arranged for the Sabres to play in Erie. "Mike had given me a couple of names to call, including Fred t,V«. "StJW T -" Stanficld from Buffalo," said Skellie. "I just picked up the phone wMm and gave him (Stanfield) a call and told him who I was and he said, 'Lets do it."' 0F '-So with Sisti's help the game exceeded all expectations and introduced the Erie community to the Mercyhurst College campus Only the GE Classic MasterCard, offers students and its ice arena. Head coach Rick this unequaled package of benefits. Got kin and Sisti both realized the significance of the game to the This great offer could only come Irpcr The GE O u t * MuierQtrd is the educated a team like GE Card Services and school and the hockey program. 0 choice for students looking for smart ways MasterCard. GE Card Services is p i n to save It offers one of the lowest APRs "Anytime we can have func| of one of the leading financial services! APR you'll find on campus - 9 9** variable APR companies in the world And MasterCard's the credit card for the fin* year with a low 169% variable APR thereafter tions here at school, if nothing more widely accepted than any other on the planet Together That means that even if fov r« oniy able to pay the minimum ney provide you with unparalleled financial security •mourn dyc^oVn pay JUM ? 9|ton your ouuundinj balance else it promotes Mercyhurst ColNO other credit cards charge annual fees of S20 or more, STUDENT DISCOUNTSe also emitted tc liege," said Sisti. "Also any event ANNUAL*EE! As a GE Classic MasterCard member you're alsc irVMe we have at the Ice Center speaks special discounts at many of your favorite stores Through xfn .he GE Classic MasterCard has no annual fee. Frankly, we COLLEGE ManerVakits * profram. you'll enjoy savmp ol lon't see why you ahoulo pay run for putting our card tr. highly of the hockey program." up to 40% on everything from CDs to travel 'our wallet ' The Sabres preva iled in the conThe GE Classic MasterCard. An educated choice. test, but the 9-6 score was really insignificant• The" real winners Look for an application on campus or in your mail. And get thefinancialaid every student needs. were the D.A.R.E. program and un «^ jGJIiHS * *fir* flSSI r ***** C'*vr#|to-4 M r / ~* ^««v «i~*» " " f l E B B ^ ^ R ^ f f l l ^ the kids who got to meet these modern day role models.
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Ashland tops Lady Lakers BRIEFLY
Men's hoops endfour-game skid, shocks #4 California 84-81
Mercyhurst put together its most impressive performance of the season Tuesday night and stunned nationally-ranked California by dominating the boards. The Lakers, 12-11, outrebounded the Vulcans by a 41-21 margin and shot 57 percent from the floor to pull the upset. Mercyhurst trailed by as many as 12 points in the opening stanza but made a run to lead 45-42 at the intermission. Although California was able to tie the Lakers in the second half, it never could pull in front. The Vulcans had a chance to tie the game with a three-point bucket in the closing seconds but the Hurst held on for the win. Rashe Reviere scored 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the upset Gerry Battle and Craig Young each added 16 markers.
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Win streak ends at nine

Stacey Pope was one of three Mercyhurst basketball seniors honored during senior night at the Athletic Center last week. Merciad photo/Keith Courson butshe struggled against Ashland. McChesney hit just one of her eight field goal attempts and finStill in search of a Division II ished with two points. "Julie has been playing super pla y offs p ot, the Mercyhurst La dy Lakers ran into a road block in the for us tms '2year, added this form of Ashland University Tues- Demyanovich. "She just had a day 'night, who ended bad day and she lost confidence Mercyhurst's nine-game winning in her shooting." streak with an 84-64 triumph. Teresa Szumigala paced the The Hurst, now 16-7, shot just Lakers by scoring 23 points and 36 percentfromthe floor and was grabbing nine rebounds. Denise outrebounded by its host, 52-35. Baginski scored 14 points. Laker coach Paul Demyanovich "We outrebounded Lock Hathought this might happen sooner ven. We outrebounded Gannon. or later. "Even though we've been That's what's saved us," said winning and getting the job done, Demyanovich, "butyesterday not we haven't really played a solid only did we shoot bad, we got game since'Pitt-Johnstown," he murdered on theboards. We were said. "I hope we come a round and getting one shot and that was it. start playing better. "The best thing to do about that "They (Ashland) may be as good game is to forget about it," he as any team we've played this said. year, as good as*they were last Meanwhile, the Lady Lakers night" Mercyhurst trailed 40-26 won some impressive games in at the half and never could re- the nine-game streak. In the procover. cess, Demyanovich recorded his Junior Julie McChesney has first victory at the Hammermill been one of the team's leading Center as Laker boss last Saturforces all season long as she leads day, 77-59. ; it in rebounding (9.6/game) and is Although the Lady Knights have second in scoring (13.2/game), suffered through a down season, By Keith Courson Merciad Sports Editor they led the Hurst by five at the intermission. Demyanovich wasn't worried. "I knew we were missing shots that we normally would've made and I just had the feeling we were going to play stronger," he said. 'The girls were just pressing a bit on their shots." Demyanovich was right on the money and Mercyhurst opened the second stanza with a 10-0 run, on its way to a big win. Mercyhurst is currently ranked fifth in the latest eastern region poll. Demyanovich and his squad will |encounter three final road contests to conclude the season. The key game, according to the Laker coach, is at Pitt-Johnstown March 3. "I think that is going to be the determining factor as to whether we get into the eastern regionals or not," he said. "If we lose, I think we're going to be out. If we win, I think we have a pretty good shot. We're going to have to play

Barber tabbed EC AC West Player-of-the-Week
Mercyhurst goal tender Scott Barber was honored for his performances last week agianst RIT and Ca nisi us. The junior from Troy, NY, stopped 34 of 37 shots against the Tigers last Friday. The following day he shut out the Griffs by posting 24 saves in the Lakers' 7-0 win at the Ice Center.

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of close contests

The Mercyhurst club "hockey team suffered two close defeats last weekend. On Friday, the University of Rochester posted a 6-5 victory over the Lakers. Saturday, Cortland ousted the Hurst 11-9 at the MIC. Ron Yarosz, Brian Pazdan, Marc Fisher and Jim Rennicks each scored two goals in the contest

Tennis team earns honors at Pitt. Invite
Last weekend the Mercyhurst men's tennis team competed in the Pittsburgh Tennis Invitational. Vyom Bhuta captured the singles' title. Mcanwi.»Jc, Markus /Muenckf and Tony Moran placed second in doubles' competition.

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The Lady Lakers travel to Notre Dame of Ohio this Saturday to try to pick up win number 17.

In revenge scrap, M e r c y h u r s t hockey routs
By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor Mercyhurst hockey coach Rick G oik in said he felt cursed after the R.I.T. game, as the Lakers' road to the playoffs continued with a weekend split. The Hurst dropped the opener^ to theTigers of R.I.T. Frida y night, | 3-1. However, Saturday, at the Ice Center the Lakers downed the* Canisius College Ice Griffs 7-0. In Rochester, against R.I.T., the Lakers tried to avenge the "10-7 loss they suffered at home earlier in the season. But Tiger goaltender Derrick] Barnett had other ideas and stopped 51 Laker shots to back- ] stop the R.LT. victory. His coun-J tcrpart, Scott Barber, also played well, blocking 34 shots. R.I.T. jumped out to an early 30 lead and held on despite a re- team's hustle in the final stages of didn't phase the Lakers as they overpowered the pee Griffs. lentless Mercyhurst attack] that the contest. "I was really pleased that the Mercyhurst got two goals from fired 20 shots on Barnett in the final period alone. Barnett clearly team worked hard in the last two Kevin McKinnon and single talperiods," said the Laker coach. lies from Kevin Gauthicr, Art was the difference. "I was frustrated that we had 52 'They could have folded, being Thomas, Tom Viola, Bohun and shots and we came away with one on the road and in front of a hos- Tod Lavender. Mercyhurst slammed its way goal," said Gotkin. "Their goalie tile crowd, but our guys never to a 4-0 lead in the second period. played really well and I can't take quit." i of the peanything away from him, but it The following night against Thomas'goal at 11:31 has been like this all year." Canisius, the Lakers displayed the riod proved to be the turning point Despite the deficit, the blue and same attitude as the two ECAC But as the Lakers celebrated the green refused to accept their 11th rivals battled for every inch of goal, Ian Crock ford got tangled up with Brad Parascak and Andre loss of the year and dominated ice. play in the last 40 minutes. "I think if you look at the roster Bourgeault of Canisius and a of Canisius and the roster of our brawl erupted. The offense continued to chip "Two of them came at me with team you see a lot of players from away at Barnett and Bryce Bohun how their sticks up and cross-checked finally broke the Lakers scoring north of the border and Uiat is drought at 8:13 of the third. Left the game is played up there,"said me in the face," said Crockford, | winger Jon Johnson picked up the Gotkin. "It's our building and we '1 tried to get away from them couldn't letCanisius come in here because I didn't have my helmet assist. Even though the Lakers dropped and try to run us out of our own on so I butt-ended one of them." Then, Thomas stepped in to another ECAC game, Coach building." The physical aspect of the game help Crockford. He squared off Gotkin had only upraise for his


against Parascak and left Crockford to fight Bourgeault Thomas subdued his opponent while Crockford, already cut from the high sticks, took four punches to the face before the two were separated. The Lakers, after the fight, never let up as they scored three more times in the third period. McKinnon's second of the game gave him 26 on the year as Bohun assisted on the short-handed goal. In net, Scott Barber stopped 24 Ice Griff shots in the shutout. "It was the first time I got anything likcthaf'said Barber. "It is a privilege, but I owe a lot to the defense who have,been playing well lately." i Mercyhurst battles the Hobart Statesman Saturday at the Ice Center at 7:30 p.m.

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