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68 NO|4 MERCYHURST COLLEGE SLEEKLY STUDENT NEWSPAPER Sept 22,1994

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Women's volleyball ontthe road to a successful season. "Feature onf page 8.
Fit in, freshmen and women Troyer tackles health care Page 6

Reaching new freights
Andy Schudlich rocks, or at least climbs them. Schudlich and other members of the Mercyhurst\Wilderness Club traveled to Seneca Rock, West Virginia last weekend for a little climbing, hiking and fishing. I The rock shown at left is about 3,000 miles high, one ofthe highest Schudlich and his climbing partner, Dan McKay have ever conquered At the top, McKay said he saw a lot of trees, but it was quite a perspective. Climbers must be properly trained andhave their own equipmenu Schudlich J who's § been climbing "forever," said the club is open to novices who are genuinely interested. "If they aren't, they just get in the way and that can be dangerous," he said It's like playing a high stakes chess game, said McKay. "You have to contemplate not onlyyour next move, but how that move will affect the rest of your journey. "Ifyou make a mistake, there's no way to get on top of it," he said Schudlich and McKay were the only ones to scale the rock. Others hiked or caught trout. They were wise enough not to clean them in a Mercyhurst basement after last year's fish fetus incident. Members of the club absorb the cost oftravel, the school pro- m vides the van. Fund-raisers may be on the way, but for now the dedicated find their own means for adventure. They plan to take a trip each weekend, said Schudlich. "If people are interested, they know I where to find us."

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Protect yourself from the flu this winter. The Health Services Office is providing flu vaccines free of charge until November 30. Stop by the office for a shot and stay healthy this winter!

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No, not really, that's on pages 7 & 8 this weekend, But go see the women's tennis team play Shippensburg on Saturday at 3 p.m. Men's soccer is in the Hamot Classic at •« Gannon Saturday and Sunday. They play FloridaTech on Saturday and Franklin Pierce on Sunday. Both games are at 11:30. :. fejj i *

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By Jule Gardner Senior Writer A small bag of marijuana was takenfroma North Briggs apartment Saturday night, according to Bud Dever, director of security. The bag was taken from 3808 Briggs Ave. #4, said Denise Bidwell, Resident Assistant in 3810. No chaiges have been filed. According to Dever, the marijuana "did not belong to our students to our knowledge." When asked how this was determined, Dever said the incident was Sunder investigation. 'The case is contusing with a lot of loose ends," said EJ William Kennedy, dean of students. Kennedy and Dever interviewed the residents Wednesday. A resident of 3810 #4 would not give her name and said they were told to keep the matter confidential. Dever said the marijuana may belong to "stra ngers off the street" who smoked a marijuana cigarette and left a small amount of low grade marijuana in the apartment The confiscated drug was mostly seeds, he said. According to Bidwell, the entered the apanment because of loud music. While speaking to people there, Ryan Morris, RA of 3810 Briggs, entered the apartment and asked Bidwell what was being smoked in the back bedroom. ®& Bidwell said she had no idea and Morris told her it was pot, she said. Bidwell said Morris told her to leave. "He said, Til take care of if" -; She left and Security was called, she said. Morris said he and Michelle Gotto, RA at 613, handled the bust He declined further comment

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THE MERCIAD

SEPT. 22,1994

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By Megan Circle News Editor A new program in Environmental Studies and Politics has been added to the Department of Political Science this year. Students majoring in political science who wish to pursue a career in the environmental Geld can now take classes concentrating in both areas, preparing'them more adequately for their future endeavors. Students who enter into this program will be taking courses in Political and Natural Science. Dr. Randall Clemons, who is one of the professors heading the program, stated that most employers and graduate schools prefer students whojhave experience in more than one area. Students who successfully complete the program-jw ill "have the designation Environmental Studies and Politics included on their official tran1 scripts/ according to the recruitment brochure. Their degree, however will be in Political Science. According to Gemons, students have two tracks!from which to choose. They may choose from the General Track or the Natural Science Track. The student's in-' terests will determine which track is best suited to him or her. Both tracks allow the student to have a minor as well as la political Science major. \ Clemons stated that there have been four new courses added to the curriculum. Environmentalism and Society, according to the brochure, is an introduction to the history, themes, issues, and terminology of environmental politics. Environmental Politics is a survey course that focuses on the political process of formulating environmental policy. Environmental Crime is a 300 level course that focuses on types of environmental crime, adjudication, enforcement, and profiles of offenders. Finally, Environmental Law and Philosophy is also a 300 level course that combines legal and philosophical aspects of environmental politics, t Clemons stated that environmental issues are becoming increasingly prevalent in the political science world. "Most of the textbooks have a whole chapter devoted solely to environmental topics," he said. The environment is an important topic in today's society, and career opportunities are constantly on the increase.

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By Anne L. McNelis Copy Editor "You don't have to be elected" to participate in Mercy hurst Senate, said MSG President George Paydock at Monday's meeting. Paydock said there is not enough student participation and input in Senate decisions. MSG Adviser Cass Shimek said the Senate schedule is not solid yet When it is decided, committee meeting times will be posted outside the MSG office. Shimek

and Pay dock both encouraged student participation in Senate meetings and decisions. Paydock also said he is looking into the installation of phones in Zurn Hall and expects to have a definite answer in the next few weeks. f Paydock also discussed the possibility of installing candles in the Grotto. He hopes to place candle holders in the Grotto and students will] be able to purchase the candles through MSG and place them in the Grotto. Paydock said

he looked into ordering the candle holders and is?waiting to hear from the company representative. MSG reps voted for a new student member of the Judiciary Board and Junior Jessica Cuffia was elected.

Reps also discussed ideas for this year's spring festival. Paydock asked if reps wanted to sponsor the Make-A-Wish Foundation again or if MSG should look for!anotherI charity. Reps suggested donating proceeds to

sickle cell anemia or to sponsor a local child in need of medical help. f Any student who has an idea for an organization which would benefitfroma donation can place it in the MSG suggestion box in the Union.

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Fall Funfest is underway
By Anne L. McNelis Copy Editor
On Wednesday night, SAC kicked off this year's Fall Funfest by hosting Hypnotic Clambake at Coffeehouse in the Union. The festivities continue on Thursday night with the movie City Slick-§ ers II. Monte Carlo Night starts at 9 p.m. in the cafeteria on Friday . SAC Secretary Erin McGuinness said there will be prizes and "the| more you play, the better chance.^ you have of winning."£ McGuinness also said commemorative squeeze bottles should also be available on Friday night The bottles will-have the dates of the three activities weekends of the year (Fall Funfest, Winter Activities and Spring Activities). Saturday night Comedian Reverend Billy C. Works will be in the Laker Inn at 9 p.m. McGuinness said he is "excellent." j SAC is also sponsoring a twoon- two I basketball tournament Teams of two males!or two females can sign up at the Union desk. Prizes will also be awarded to winners at the basketball tournament

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By: Heather Marshall Merciad Staff Columnist The movie would not be complete without the media scum, played by Robert Downey Jr. His character could closely parallel that of a Maury Povich or Geraldo Rivera a nd is very accurately cast He is the epitome ofthe television scum that seems to be on every channel, every hour of the day. Although I believed this to be an excellent movie and one that should not be missed on the big screen, I can't lie. I can see why some of the weaker at heart and stomach had to leave the theater. But once you see through all the killing to the real reason behind the plot, you'll enjoy the movie for what!it really is and all the carnage won'tseem that bad. Isn't that what the media has done to us anyway-desensitized us? For a movie to be gripping, horrifying and at times funny all in the span of ten minutes, shows great production, direction*and writing. In this case, Natural Born Killers is a really great movie, and has the potential to become a cult classic.

at how the media views and exploits mass murder, or any crime for that matter. In the beginning By Damon Sterling In the age of O.J. Simpson, the movie is a shockingly brass Merciad Staff Columnist Lorena Bobbin and theMenendez and bold look at killing. But as brothers, what better subject for aq the movie progresses the true Rating Scale: satirical movie than Natural Born meaning behind it comes through. Volume Control The movie's main characters, Killers? It disgusts me how they 10 All That! Blownf r media can make a horrible act Woody Harrelson'and Juliette Spea kers such as murder into a circus. Lewis, play Mickey and Mai lory, 9 Phat Obviously 01 iver Stone had simi- a couple of mass murderers who 8-6 Straight lar feelings about the media*.be- go on a killing spree. Both actors 5 Okay | cause he did an excellent job of show their diversity and talent by 4-1 KindaWeak| portraying disgust in his movie diving into the character and mak0 Since you can't hear it, Natural Born Killers. Stone sa- ing the viewer believe they are there's no need to turn it up to listen to it tirically portrayed very well just truly watching a media blown escapade. The two are eventually how sick media figures can be. My first opinion of the movie idolized by both the other characIf you haven't seen me, you've probably heard me. If you haven't was formed after I heard a couple ters in the movie and the viewers. done either, you most definitely will because I'm comin' at cha from talking about how gory it was, so Harrelson leaves a soft spot on all angles. The name is D. Sterls, young black male south of the gory in fact, that they had to leave the viewers of the movie, despite Mason-Dixon line, here to let cha know what's hittin', what's the theatre. At that point I was the fact that he has killed nearly slippin', what's hot and what's not in the work of Hip-Hop and thinking that I would never see fifty people in the movie. Juliette Reggae dance hall. that movie, because I have a very Lewis is brilliant in her role and weak stomach for;this type of becomes a heroine, while simultaneously being-completely inHold up, let's make this official movie, r Everybody let's agree that MCs need a tissue On the exterior, Natural Born sane. Her role is one that could The funks my only issue I* Killers appears to be a horror/ only be played by her and she / bet cha mama miss you thriller/murder movie. But to the proved that by giving one of the And I bet the mack takes off like an MX missle viewers it is a purely satirical look best performances of her career. No more your whinin' on the charts climbin' as I make the funk kickin' out more harder than A diamond, 2 . . . . . .

And that's exactly what Craig Mack has done and is doing. His new single, "Flava In Ya Ear" is a definite hit, no doubt! With a unique lyrical flow, backed with a beat that's thumpin', the flava just keeps kickin' in ya ear. When you play this, you must play it at level 10 on your stereo. If it's played at anything lower, you're probably rewinding it to the beginning. Next on the agenda is the Thugo-n HarmonyfromCleveland, Bone who are creep in' on ah come up. Their new single, produced by that ruthless Compton gangsta Eazy-E, Thuggish Ruggish Bone is straight It's not boomin', but it is hypei f % The high pitch synthesizer sound, accompanied by that low funky smooth pounding beat, coupled with die voice of Shatasha Williams really sets this single right The only problem I have with this is I wish I knew what they were rappin' about ?£ } Even though the beat and chorus is phat, I would have to play this at about 8 on my stereo volume control. To experience the funk, tune into your college radio station WMCE 88.5 every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday fi to 12 a.m.

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Friends of South Asian Arts visit
For the seventh time in the past four years, Friends ofSouth Asian Arts at Mercyhurst College is presenting outstanding artists of Indian Classical Music, The concert is Saturday, Sept 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall. $ Rajeeb Chakraborty (on the sarod) and Reena Shrivastava (on the sitar) will perform while being accompanied by Kousic Sen on the tabla. Rajeeb and Reena are a brother and sister duo who have performed in major music festivals in India and throughout the world.!Rajeeb is a composer and music director for television, films and classical dance dramas. He has worked asia composer/ conductor for the Manchester

(U.K.) Bducational Council project on'Indian Dance and Drama and teaches master classes at the Tagore Institute in Ronn, Germany. People of all ages and all ethnic groups have raved about performances of this kind in the past World renowned artists such as All Akbar Khan and Subramaniam have already occupied the Recital mall stage and have transformed skeptical music aficionados into enthusiastic supports overnight. Tickets for the performance are $6 for members of FSAA and $8 for non-members. Call jjDavid Palmer at 824-2262formore information.

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SEPT. 22,1994

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At least back then people knew how to read and write. 4 can remember the day I was thrust through the iron gates of Mercyhurst. I thought that the road to success and intellect was to begin. The harsh reality at this campus is that free speech and individualism arefineand proper in class, but not on the rest of the campus. In the classroom, the problem with college students today is they are force-fed drab and diluted information and are demanded to spit them out on exams. In high school, I had courses that were more challenging. Mercyhurst has to tighten up the teaching and academic ranks in order to help the college gain national recognition. The real question is, "What is the real worth of a Mercyhurst education?" That's up to the students who pay the salaries of professors and administrators. Get your moneys worth, you pay enough. Now is the time for students to demand a better education and to challenge themselves. I w. If the classroom isnt restrictive enough, once students get out of it and try to enjoy themselves they are hassled and confronted by security. One such event occurred this past weekend. A senior who was hanging out in front of the townhouses was grabbed by security for uttering, "Please disperse, the thought police are here." The quote is in reference to George Orwell's 1984. It makes you wonder how many rights students have on campus.

Gridlock
By Greg Troyer Political Columnist Time is running out on the opportunity for serious health care reform during this term of Congress, and perhaps for the foreseeable future. There remains serious oppositionfromthe far-left and far-right alike to the middle of the road proposals that have emerged as serious contenders for ratification. Ironically they are helping each other arrive at the same destination despite different reasons for the trip. On one end of the political spectrum are the ultra-conservatives who are opposed to active governmental policies. Conservative philosophy argues that the health care market works best when it is left to self-regulation. Nationalized health care violates this principal. Another stumbling block for hard-core conservatives is the proposal to force employers to help pay for their workers' insurance. This places unnecessary burdens on business Jand stunts growth. The argument has validity. Ask small business owners if they can afford to pay and still stay in business and the majority will truthfully answer no, despite any desire to provide for their employees. In general, they argue that.business-financed national health care is too intrusive and goes too far. At the other end of the political spectrum lies the devout liberal lobby which argues that anything short of universal coverage is unacceptable. The emerging compromise legislation sacrifices this policy. | Extension of coverage If Congress fails to act on reforming the system now, reform may not occur next year when Congress reconvenes.^ Many polls state that the Democratic party is in danger of losing control of the Senate and having its majority in the House of Representatives severely eroded. If the Democrats lose control the liberal block will has become a politically acceptbe weakened. able alternative to coverage for If this occurs then the conservaall citizens to many Congresspeople. Thus the ex- tive lobby may win the day . If treme left has come out in opposi- effective health care reform can't be enacted under a Democratic tion. They should. Reform that is Congress then its chances ofpasshalf-hearted is a waste of time ing under a Republican majority and money and in the long run are null and void. Despite this realistic possibility may generate more problems than President Clinton needs to stand it solves. There is a political reality driv- his ground and accept nothing but ing the current events on this topic. universal coverage.

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" Please disperse, the thought police are here."
This leads to the second major argument leading to the fall of Mercyhurst. That is apathy, which is helping to erode the college's foundation. I Students seem uninterested with the events that are held on campus. I bet if free beer was offered at the next school function half the students would show up. |The MicroRave on Friday night, is a perfect example of the apathetic way of thinking that has captured Mercyhurst It was poorly attended, despite the efforts of student organizers. One raver said, "This sucks! No one is here. Why not?" Other activities around school have experienced the same problem. Excluding the cookout on Sept 10, SAC and MSG activities have been poorly attended. Does anyone care about Mercyhurst anymore? According to SAC Chair Rich Stra ub, they held a free beach party with travel arrangements and only 35 people showed up. Another area where apathy is rampant is athletics. The blue and green always seems to be overwhelmed by the visitors, whose fans look like they actually care about their college. For example, the spirit competition at the first football game, received a poor showing. The North East students won the competition, even though the entire campus only has close to 70 students. Not to take anything awayfromthe North East campus, but the main campus should have putfortha better effort There is a solution to the current problem. Get involved and help to improve the quality of education and participation at Mercyhurst Sitting around and complaining about things doesn't help anyone. Our school motto is "Carpe Diem" and urges us to seize the opportunity to grow and learn new things.* Get off your butts and make a difference. This is the master cook signing off. Until next time, this is the Ryb Roast bringing you Mercy hurst'sfinestin burnt prime beef.

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Amy Kovach, Sophomore, Biology/Environmental Science: "Environmental and recycling awareness education^ think the school should formulate a policy that the students and faculty would have to follow. Paper, plastic and glass should all be separated and recycled in a better fashion than they are today." Fran Foltz, Sophomore, Elementary Education: There steppers andibikes.
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Vyom Bhuta, Junioiy|Marketing Finance: "The college'should have better handicapped facilities than it already has." Joy Girard, Senior, History: "An improved|library facility. They should increase the amount of volumes, as well as the actual square footage of study space available for students." Matthew T\irner, Senior, History: "I think we need better computer facilities and on-line information services, like BIT NET or INTER NET" I | | \\\ f
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Theresa Schroeck, Junior, Art Education: "I think they should have hot chocolate in the machine form all year round in the cafe. Those packets just don't cut it. The library could also use a NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION 1400 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036-2266 little help as well." Chris Moigis, Junior, Neuro Psychology: "The psychology department is lacking laboratory facilities. Many colleges and universities have psychology courses with labs offered. P.S. The crew facilities need improvement. They are in dire need of | winter training equipment." Julie McChesney, Senior, HRIM: I • ; "We don't have any real recycling program. There needs to be better separation and rules governing where recycling garbage goes and some way of enforcing it so that students andlaculty abide by it." 3 Connie Ralston, Sophomore, Sportmedidne: "I think there needs to be more student and administrative support of the athletic teams at eames and events." Quotes compiled by Nicole Geraci

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Vol. 68 No. 4 Craig Rybczynskl Anae L, McNeils »le Gardner lAidy SchudUch
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Associated Collegiate Press Sept 22,1994 Merciad Editors Sports Editor Editor in Chief Leon M m ford Advertising Manager Nick Kray ger Arts, Entertainment A Features Editor a\ Copy Editor News Editor Senior Writer Megan Circle Photo Editor Jerry Trambley Faculty Advisor

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Lee Ann Kelly Heather Ryan ^ Beth Nichols Howard Wilson Chris Fiely Joel Pentz Jay Kennedy Mike Brown Nicole Geraci > Heather Marshall Katie Petri ^ Jennifer Trinidad Janel McBride Tonya Beebe Andrew Burck Elizabeth Navarra Nicole Ponstingle Katrine Foltz Dan McQuillen Greg Troyer Bobbi Jo Girven

H i e Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercy hurst College, Box 161. 5 0 1 E 38th St., Brie. Pa., 16546: Phone 824-2376 The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. The Merdad's editorial opinion is determined by the Editorial Board with the Editor holding final responsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those of T i t Merdad, Its staff or Mercy hurst College.

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SEPT. 22,1994

T h e Do's and?Don'ts of
By Nick Krayger c A ScE and Features Editor You spent hours looking through those tedious, repetitive college brochures. You spent years preparing for the SAT. You spent lots of money sending out applications to those schools that looked cool in brochures. And you \ spent weeks mulling over whether or not to attend this or that college. And here you have landed at Mercy hurst This may be a blessing to you; it may be a curse. However you choose to view your college decision, you are inevitably going to have to face up to a few things. Many of these are unique to Mercy hurst, and others dot the proverbial college map nationwide. So here are a few tips to surviving the year that no person should ever have the misfortune to repeat Rule #1: Don't get up for breakfast before your 8:15 a.m. class. Your parents will urge you to. Your professors will persuade you to. No person should have to rise before 8 a.m., and learning to starve your way through those first two or three classes will be a great learning experience. Besides, you will make up the calories when you order that pizza at 10 p.m. Rule #2: Don't complain about the food in the cafeteria. I admit there are some questionable entrees served on occasion,but there are also many students and employees around working hard to feed you three meals a day. Even if you don't like what you're eating, the bottom line is you' ve pa id for it, they've prepared it, and if you don'teat it you're not hurting anyone but yourself anyway. So

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be labeled. Once you are labeled on a campus of this size, you are doomed. Be careful what you say. If you think it could be offensive, don't say it Rule #6: Keep your own style, whether you're draping yourself in hot pink taffeta, or faded brown bell bottoms- diversity is the key to survival onfa small campus. Wear what you want Be you. Rule # 7: Don't get visibly plastered. If your friends are telling you to slow down, take the hint You don't want to start off the beginning of your college career with alcohol poisoning. Time will march on, and you will eventually even get your own apartment. Don't wreck your chances by peeing on a bush. Control yourself. Rule #8: Take time out every now and again to call your parents and grandparents. Freedom is great, but remember that summer will come, and you will go home. If you think the adjustment to college is rough, wait until you adjust to your first summer back home. Meanwhile, remember that your mommy and daddy love you. Send them one of those postcards from the bookstore. Show them S where all their money is going. [: Rule #9: Utilize all of the services offered to you. The nurse, the counseling center, MSG, SAC, pand all of the other countless organizations on this campus are |there to help mold you into \a better person. Go nuts. Join a club. Rule #10: Don't fear upperclass persons. College is different than high school, and there is not such a strong division ofclasses. We're all here for the same purpose. We've just been wandering around aimlessly longer.

suck it up, and enjoy. 'Rule #3: Always over-prepare for the first exam in a new class. High school was different Just because the professors like you and interact with vou in the classroom does not mean that while grading your exam sAe will be thinking of how you must have had a bad day. Everyone has a bad day. This is the real world. Bad days are no exception. Rule #4: Always say hello, even if you aren't sure if that is the person who sits infrontof you in class. One of the bonuses of such a small campus is friendliness. Over the course of the next few years you will get to know all of these people, inside and out Don't be rude. Rule #5: If you are not used to speaking in a politically correct manner, learn how. Your words are key. If they are ignorant, you '11

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By Howard Wilson trum. As 51 look back on our Merciad Contributing Writer ^ journey I can say without question we are lucky to be alive toAs I mentioned earlier the plan day. When we stepped off of the was to travel east from Italy to ship in Italy it was impossible for Indiatfoilowing the trade'route us to be any greener. > Every day established | b y | Alexander the that passed taught us another lesGreat. Everyone had his or her son, and after a couple of months own backpack with little more we were transformed into road than a coupleofchanges of clothes, wise veterans of travel. toiletries, sleeping bag, a youth Across the northern reaches of hostel card and the all important Italy we went We traveled by passport^ For the next several train; we traveled by bus;* we months we-lived in conditions traveled on foot into Yugoslavia that ranged from deplorable and where the air was thick with coal outright dangerous to a brief stay smoke and everything seemed to in the luxurious home of a retired be colored in varying shades of Indian Army General in New gray. The weather was cold and Delhi,/with most of it leaning "damp. When we pulled into. toward the lower end of the spec- Belgrade it was late at night and;
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there was some sort of Communist convention taking place. Soviet troops had the city locked down tighter*than a drum* My mother wrote in her diary, "We got to Belgrade at 1:30 in the morning. What a shock! The first thing I saw were the guards and the police armed with machine guns. When we asked a t the ticket office for Istanbul we were told there would be no trains out until 6:30 in the morning. So we decided to send Mike (who was a man we had met on the ship who traveled with us for a short time) and Howie to scout around for a room. As we were waiting for them to come back a policeman with a machine gun said we would

have to move out as the station was closed for the night, so we moved the packs outside to wait. We noticed street cleaners hosing down the streets with fire hoses and not one dared to get in the line of fire. The people were being hassled to get away from the station. When Howie and Mike came back they said they didn't have much luck with the hotel. They had been stopped by police and asked for their passports. Checked the bus depot, no buses til morning. We decided to check on hotels again. No luck and people were notfriendlyhere. Wewalked the streets of Belgrade looking for a place to stay, but there were not rooms available because of

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By Leon Mumford Merciad Sports Editor The drums beat rhythmically in the background -alluring, enticing the hypnotized crowd to writhe, even jive in response to their own wild instincts. Being bumped. People all around. A flash of yellow, glimpse of blue, the shrill of a whistle and still the drums beat on. Whoa... I'm blasted. My legs feel numb and my head is spinning, but I am compelled, urged to keep moving on and on, flowing freely with the mob. Slurring and chanting in the streets of Detroit Now I'm glad I managed to buy that World Cup ticket to see the Brazil- Sweden game. I wanted Brazil to win but then Johaan, the Swedish guy next to me probably wished otherwise. Who cares now anyway? The game's over and differences are forgotten. That is blatantly obvious as Johaan awkwardly jerks his glass upwards and motions a toast > to future success towards the Brazilians around him. ;It then occurred to me that it was the game itself, more than anything else, that was now being celebrated. In fact after the last ball had been kicked in the World Cup competition the blood pressures ofwell over 2 billion people had almost undoubtedly been raised. Some were raised more than others. It's hard to understand that a game can incite the kind of passion responsible for 2,000 deaths as it did after Honduras and El Salvador had played each other in a 1969 World Cup qualifier. Harder to comprehend, perhaps is the glee of some Uruguayan fanatics who happily plunged to their deaths from the top tiers of the Maracana Stadium after Uruguay beat Brazil to win the world cup in 1950. However, it seems that the most perplexing puzzle lies closer to home, asiit becomes increasingly difficult to ..explain America's extraordinary lack of passion for the game of soccer. Despite the fact that 16 million people in the U.S. do play soccer (more than any other sport except basketball) it finished 67th behind tractor pulling in a survey that questioned Americans about their favorite spectator sports. Okay, so the survey was conducted before the World Cup but the narrow- minded jokes continue to satisfy the numerous sneering critics in this country. They say,"It's the'sport of the future - and always will be," and," of course millions play it, because that way they don't have to watch it." During the World Cup there wasn't a U.S. Daily without a soccer stinks writer who, with all due respect, just concentrated on appealing to a highly attentive audience. So, what makes it so hard to sell soccer in the ultimate consumer market? Is it a cultural blind spot? A belief that American culture is superior to all others? Or maybe there are simply too many sports glutting the calendar already. But isn't that why America is known as "the melting pot?" If Uncle Sam can assimilate a myriad of cultures and beliefs then surely he can at least try to appreciate a different sport on the spectators roster. Sam won't lose any of his national character if he experiences a little more than basketball, baseball, and football. In Detroit, I danced and drank with people from Italy, people from Scotland, people from Argentina, people from...around the world. We all joined in and contributed to one atmosphere. It's hard to describe an atmosphere like that. Different languages, beliefs, ideals, skin tone. It was a lively bubbling melting pot The people smiled as they bumped and sloshed beer over one another. They moved in unison to the beatof the mood; a feeling. I felt safe, at ease

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j Although Ian Dickerson's fantastic performance on Saturday did not earn him a goal, Sunday Despite the rain and mud, the definitely proved to be his day men's soccer team were able to when Mercyhurst faced Alders on rise above the dreary conditions and Broaddus at home. With a to beat tough regional opponent sizeable crowd and a beautiful Bloomsburg University on Satur- afternoon, Dickerson aimed to day. Right from the whistle please by scoring 2 of the 3 goals Mercyhurst applied immediate for the Lakers. On his first finish, pressure to the opposing de- Dickerson recieved a beautiful fense—their efforts resulting in ballfromcentral mid fielder Brian an earlyfirsthalf goalfromMike Ambrecht and unleashed a shot Domm. It was almost an instant across the goal. But this was just replay of his goal against North- the beginning. The Hurst contineast Missouri with Mark ued to put the opposition under Shokalook again assissting the tremendous pressure and shortly play. A goalfromGreig Waddell after half time,freshmanShawn shortly before half time cushioned Kroener proved he had something the Lakers lead. But Bloomsburg to say by launching a net-busting did not quit trying. After allowing shot past the A&B keeper. And it one goal, Mercyhurst once again still wasn't over. Dickerson expulled together with Mark pressed his offensive; expertise Shokalook scoring what proved once again with a goal from a to be the last goal of the game in corner kick play assisted by Donal the 77th minute. "They put us Knox. "Ianjjhad two smashing under a lot of pressure but we performances as did the whole defensively weathered the storm Mercyhurst squad this weekend," and threatened every time we Melody remarked. brokefree,"AssistantCoach John The Lakers' strong offense was Melody commented. backed up by an equally strong By Leanne Kelly Merciad Staff Writer

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Volleyball team cruises
By Dan Hilfiker Merciad Sports Writer

Since suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Gannon last week, the Lady Lakers volleyball team has rebounded strongly by beating Clarion University and By Leon Mumford The team is hoping to gain ex- Lockhaven University 3-0. They Merciad Sports Editor perienceifrom the fall season hope to improve upon their 4-1 which ends late November. "With regional record this weekend in Mercyhurst will unveil its first a winter of strength training be- the East Stroudsburg tournament competitive mountain bike team hind us, and if the snow gets in the The team enters as the pre-tourlater this week. Responding to way we will make our own tracks, nament favorites but know that Br* urgent pleasfromoff-road enthu- we will be looking to compete they cannot take any team lightly, JF siasts, the team decided to expand strongly in the .spring season," a lesson they learned last season 1 the cycling club, already estab- said Troyer. when they'narrowly missed out iw* lished at the Hurst since 1991. Already riding on a Monday- on a playoff place. Their oppoGreg Troy er, captain of the club, Friday basis, some of the team nents this weekend will be E. has been overwhelmed by the ris- members aim towards rubbing Stroudsburg, Mercy and Bryant ing popularity of mountain bik- shoulders with "the big boys" in The strength of the Lady Laker ing. "It's about forgetting all your the inaugural National Champi- squad is its senior core which worries, plowing through some onships in California. consists of middle hitter Michelle Tracy Komar and Amy Baxter look on as a teammate prepares to forestinthemiddleofnowhere, Troyer asks that anyone re- Bender, outside hitters Dana Dodd spike the ba 11. while your heart tries to beat it's motely interested in trekking for and Kelly Lukasik, and defensive way out of your chest and your the Hurst contact him at 824- specialist Amy Baxter.These four in kills, while Michelle-Bender with 16 service aces. Hopefully muscles scream for surrender," 6918. "The team is new. We are contribute their<leadership and and Kelly Lukasik each have the they can add to those statistics he said. Since the start of this all new to each other so I'm sure experience as well as their exper- best kill ratio. Heather Lemley this weekend and improve upoi semester, 9 people have joined we will be very welcoming to tise in every match. J leads the team with 48 digs and their fourth place ranking in th the make-shift team. They com- anyone else interested in Tracy Komar leads the squad Amy Baxter heads the team up ion joining,"be said. pete this Sunday in Edinboro.

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The Laker football team could not come back from a 9-5 deficit at half-time and were eventually defeated 35-11 by the Frostburg Sta te Bobcats. Frostburg used the Lakers' eight turnovers to seal the victory. Placekicker George Pay dock booted a 25-yardfieldgoal for the first quarter's only score. The score moved to 5-0 for the Lakers, when FSU gave a bad sna p to the punter. Frostburg scored a touchdown and a safety by sacking the quarterback, Matt Golga, to lead at the half, 9-5. , ^ At 12:36 in the second half, Golga found senior reciever Todd

Melfi for the 21-yard pass for 6 points and the 11-9 lead. An upset looked to be in the cards and the Bobcats, ranked 4th last year, would have been an impressive scalp. But FSU scored four una n-

swered ' touchdowns to win the game. , Coach Joe Kimball said, "We let an inferior team win the game. There were two pass plays (90 and 41;yards) that our defense

was not ready for. Once again, Senior Shea Berkley led all rushers with 76 yards. Junior Craig Woodard came back on the attack for the first time since his ankle injury with 31 yards on the ground. Melfi gained 42 yards receiving, while Golga went 8 for 18 for 91 yards with one interception. This week, the Lakers face Dickinson College in Carlisle . According to Coach Kimball, They are a better team than Frostburg. They run a very good option with a very experienced quarterback. They ^arc wellcoached and we have our work cut out But we have a bunch of great kids and we will be ready for them."

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