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<8 NO. 22 MERCYHURS-tCOLLEGE'S WEEKLY STUDENT NEWSPAPER! Aorll 6.

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First woman President in 22 years
By Megan Circle? Merciad News Editor Jessica Cuffia broke the 22-year old gender taboo, that has accompanied the MSG Presidency. Cuffia captured the seat Tuesday garnering 337 votes. She is the first woman to be elected to this office since the 1973-74 school year when Alexis Walker was elected as president. "I just wanted to thank the student body for voting for me," said Cuffia. "I feel very honored that they chose me to repre sent the m." She fought oil write-in candidates Co lien?: Kinney and Brad Rybczynski. Cuffia victorious after landslide victory Tim Duble was elected as vicepresident with 141 votes as a write-in. However, this is under only 28 votes, said that Duble had The position of secretary was close scroti ny because Duble vio- a good idea in running, "but, a won by Stacey Fitzpatrick by a lated the voting rule which states few weeks ago, MSG voted that a landslide of 373 votes. a candid ate must befiftyfeet away person having only a 2.49 QPA There were several interesting from the voting table. could not run for office, since the write-ins: Fred Fl instone received Duble was reportedly soliciting cut off is 2.5.1 think that if we are one vote for president, Porky Pig votes right beside the ballot box going to adhere so strictly to the also received a vote for president, rules in that situation, we should and the alleged third Rybczynski during elections. Charlie Caryl, who was also in every situation." brother, Rob Rybczynski, also running for the position of viceVyom Bhuta was elected as trea- received two votes. president, and lost to Duble by surer.

Cuffia wins election

east draws to a close
After 15 seasons, the Canterbury Feast at Mercy hurst will draw close after this summer's performances. The cost for the feast ha a reduced to $ 2 0 per person instead o f the usual $27 in order ble the college community to attend the longest running dinne |heatre in Erie. A Mercyhurst night for all faculty, administrate nd staff will b e held Sun., June 4 at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. Thi r's show is the "Merry M e n o f S h e r w o o d / and only 3 0 set main for\this performance. Contact Igor Stalsky at 2 3 4 7 fo servations. Payment must be received by Mon., April 10.

College sets new record
The college has an all-time high spring enrollment of 2,li itudents, compared to 2,128 for last spring. There are 1,231 female nd 915 males, representing a student body that totals 2,090 under graduate students&and 56 graduate students. The Adult College >llment came in at 333 up 41 from last spring and the McAule ^vision showed a stable enrollment with 231 students in Erie, 80 i forth East, and 27 in Corry.

orfilio to give talk
There will be a talk given by Angel _ _ , Services of Erie Countyf to fDr. Thomas O*connor $| class o: m » fr° 1^:15 a.m. to 12:05 p.m|it|iro^ 14 of Zurapialt Porfilio win address the history of the victim' aovement, the start of victim advocacy here in|Efiej ^ocaqy^agencyjdoes and {fie handling ofVictims by the^crimina Shirley Williams at 2266
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S A C w i l | haveia T o m Hanksfdouble feature onf Fridaylani Saturday. "Big" w i l l be shown Friday at 8 p.m. and "Philadelphia | l l be shown Saturday at 8 p.m., both in the Great Room .

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he library will be open Thursday, April 13 from 8 a.m|tc$lp.r m be closed Friday, April 14 to Sunday, April 16.j|wiil reop< [onday, April 17 at 9 aJR. and stay opeftjintil 4 pill, andTuesday jrif 18, it will be open from 8 a.m*until11 pm^ After that it|vil ume its recular scheduled

Vescio fed up with MSG
By Jule Gardner Senior Writer Rob Vescio, MSG representative and student of political science, says the only power student reps have is the vote and it's not used. Beyond that, he says, the executive board expects reps to be secretaries. Vescio is fed up with the way Mercyhurst government Sis run. "It's time for a change," he said. He proposes term limits of one year: get in office and get out so someone else can have a chance. "More people need to be involved. As it is, the same people are there year after year. MSG is too stable. "I sat there this whole year and I can say that what is going on is nothing," said Vescio. "Iexpected the government to be involved with student concerns, but the board was more concerned with making sure reps sat in the office to answer phones that never ring. We were secretaries, not representatives.'' Sj What M S G needs is fresh blood, "more ideas pushed around," he said. Vescio is not planning on running for re-election, but he will attend meetings. He encourages
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other veteran reps to do the same. Such a plan, he says, allows more voices. True, only actual reps have the vote, "but that's not really being used. "This year MSG seemed to be one big charity organization.'' The government wascharacterized by inaction this year, he said, and when people did raise issues, they were not voicing the concerns of

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other students. "In political science, we discuss representatives in Congress as falling between the role of trustee or delegate." Vescio explained this year's reps have acted like trustees, according to their own opinions and interests. "I would say I'm a delegate," he said. True, he tried to be treasurer by running a write-in campaign that ended unsuccessfully,but Vescio said he is not being openly critical because of this week's election results. "I lost as treasurer but I could go back and run as rep. That's where the power is anyway. The executive boaid can't even vote," said Vescio. The Mercyhurst Student Govto represent, he said. ernment may not be parallel lo the And that should be their Job United States government, but it requirement — m l answering »the ruling body of students on phones, said Vescio.

this campus. "We need checks on what they are doing and what they are not doing. "The whole debate on term limits got me thinking." If veteran reps agreed to give their positions to someone else but still remained involved with the government by attending meetings, they would be the needed check. They could act in a supervisory role, Vescio said. Vescio also proposes that votes get tabled until the next week so information has a chance to be disseminated to the community. "I would go back to my apartment after the meetings and my roommates, who really pay attention to what's going on, would ask what happened. They would be shocked about things decided without even debating about it. "And they shouldn't have to go to meetings. Congressional constituents don't sit on the House floor everyday, but they do have opinions about what their government is doing," he said. Hang time after a motion is made would allow reps to get the opinions of the people they are sup-

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M S G News: Student rep. elections to be held
By Dan Hilfiker Merciad Staff Writer " • At Monday's MSG meeting, Advisor Cass Shimck reminded everyone that, "Letters of intent for next year's student representatives are due in by Friday, April 7." The elections for these positions will be held on Mon., April 24 and Tues., April 25. President George Paydock gave an update on the spring festival. "All invitations have been mailed out, all 3,000 of them," said Paydock. He also gave a lineup for the bands. They are, in order of appearance, Tennessee Back Porch, Coyote Joe, Fine Line, One World Tribe, and Mark Eddy and the Itch. In other MSG news, sophomore representative Kais Asfour has left school, creating an opening for a new representative. Letters of intentjfor this open position will be accepted until Fri., April 7. The new representative will be meeting for one week with the current student government. Last week, Secretary Jessica Cuffia moved for a pep rally to show appreciation for all of Mercy hurst's student athletes. A date has been set for Thurs., April 27 at 8 p.m. This rally will take place in the Athletic Center. r Freshman Kevin Segedi spoke on behalf of the Freedom Zone. He discussed the format for the next issue which should be delivered next week. He also updated everyone on the dealings of the ad hoc committee. Segedi said, "It was unfortunate that a few people from MSG didn't show up to the meeting. It was organized on short notice, but we still need to get together again." In new business, sophomore Amy I Kovach announced that there will be a bus leaving for Washington, D.C. on Sat., April 8 at mid night, and re turning the next day at midnight. This is a national march in Washington sponsored by the National Organization For Women. The march is to bring attention to violence'against women, and will cost $20 per person. In other new business, Treasurer Darrin Tovtin reminded all seniors that invitations for the senior dinner dance are due back on Mon., April 10. Seniors are admitted freejwhile guests are charged $15. Also, a slide show wil 1 be shown at the dinner, displaying pictures submitted by all seniors. All pictures will be returned. Attendance at the April 3 meeting (P indicates present; E indicates excused absence; U indicates unexcused absence): Sarah Allen, P; Tom Bender, P; Amy DeAngelo, P; Chris Herbolsheimer, P; Jen Vetter, P; Tricia Baugh, P; Stacey Fitzpatrick, P; Amy Kovach, P; Dana Pazin, P;; Charlie Caryl, P; Chris Glaz, P; Cecilie Morian, P; Katie McGlynn, P; Bridgette Pal misano, P; Rob Vescio, P; Matt Adams, P; Joe Joseph, P; Gretchen Ulery, P; Beth Hurrianko, P; Jeff Hutchinson, E; Katie Johnson, P; Jennifer? Lowe, P; Erin McGuinness, P; Aisha Nix, P; Paul Roth, P; Marc Johnston, P; Michelle Mizia, P. •MSGmeetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers of the Student Union. The meetings are open to the Mercyhurst community.

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"Security responded rather "It was like smoke pots and gave the coffee bouse that smoky quickly, they were there in two look that coffee houses are wont minutes," he added. to have," said Joel Nasman. "There was a mysterious smell Officer Joe Spusta arrived at and then smoke came out of the the Laker Inn, but the smoke was trash can," said Danielle Quill, already under control. "But no one panicked." j . . .*$ •# *^" * 1^ 4$' .' rAccording to-.Nasman, the ] . "There was no:damage and the smoke dissipated infiveminutes student manager used, the dry and the only inconvenience was chemical extinguisher to put out the cold air that filtered out the the smoldering trash," said Spusta. smoke. Security was quick to arrive at the scene, said Rybczynski.
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A discarded cigarette tossed into one of the wooden trash cans set smoke billowing into the air at the Laker Inn. {The incident occurred at 9:50 p.m., Wednesday, as the band Native played to throngs of Mercyhurst students at the coffee house. Student Manager Brad Rybczynski responded to the smoking garbage can and doused the smoldering trash with a fire extinguisher. "It appeared to be an accidental

fire," said Rybczynski. "It was in one of the wooden garbage cans. I felt for heat and didn't know what to expect." | "The Unionfilledup with smoke and the doors were opened to let the room air out," he added. "It was nothing big." . According to Rybczynski, the. Ore lasted for approximately one minute. To the students who were at the Laker Inn the smoke did little to disrupt the band, but did add a certain ambiance.

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'Make!every day ATTENTION SENIORS! f EarthfDay' We re looking for photos of you
As Earth Day approaches on! April 22, this slogan will once* again be seen and heard around the world. for some at Mercyhurst,^ u Earth Day Every Day** Is not just a matter of political correctness, but a philosophy of life. The members of the Environ-! mentally Concerned Campus Or-?f ganization have worked to improve recycling practices across, | the Mercyhurst campus. To further promote ecological awareness on campus, ECCO wil]^ sponsor the coffee house on April 19. In honor of Earth Day visitors
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to coffeehouse are encouraged to bring their own mugs. Anyone bitten by"the eco-bug who wants to volunteer for ECCO ca 11 Amy at 2866 or Grace at 4554885. m m i f i

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Earn $10-$15 an hour, part time. £et your own schedule. All majors welcome. Call Russ at 864-1162 and leave a message.
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The following are excerpts from a conversation between Andy Davidson, a senior English major, and Dr. Thomas Donahue, director ofthePhilosophy department. Donahue is a published expert on the John F. Kennedy assassination* * body of research that's attempted to refute the single-bullet theory...um...however, in every case I'm aware of, people take a kind of single issue approach to the refutation...like they'll talk about the fact that there's a gap in time between Kennedy's reaction to being shot and Governor Davidson: Why did you get in- Connally's reaction to being shot terested in the Kennedy assassi- and therefore they'll say there nation? were*two *.bullets involved and because the gap in time isn't long Donahue: I think what peaked enough i for one person to have my interest as a conscious adult fired two shots with a bolt action was not only the importance of rifle, s they say there must! have i the event and what it might say been multiple gunmen. about our political system but also So, people talk about the timing the fact that we have it on film. issue. But also they talk about the We have the whole thing on the issue that Kennedy and Connally Zapruder film and yet there's still weren't lined up appropriately to much controversy about how it receive one single shot to have actually happened. We still can't the wounds accounted for by one really figure out what happened single bullet. So, there have been and so it's kind of a challenge many attempted refutations and because we have the evidence to they also talk about the pristine figure out what actually happened character and condition of the and solve the=riddle. But also bullet that allegedly was the single there's an emotional reason, a bullet that did all this damage, political reason and also one of breaking two bones but remainsheer intellectual curiosity. ing marvelously intact, but what they don't do, is they don't comDavidson: Can the riddle be bine considerations of; say, the timing issue and the trajectory solved? issue. They don't use the two isDonahue:,Yeah, can it...maybe sues in tandem to construct what not...but it's still fun to tr)L like I think would be a stronger argua lot of important issues, they are ment against the single-bullet hard to definitively solve but they theory because what a defender of the Warren Commission can kind of tempt you to try. do in every case is take whatever Davidson: Tell me about your issue is being put forward as the arguments against the single-bul- refutation and explain the evilet theory which are currently dence in such a way so that the published in numerous issues of single-bullet theory lean remain The Fourth Decade (a journal of intact. But what I show in my articles, i the JFK assassinaI think, is that if you allow the tion). Is there a general body Warren Commission advocate to research in this area? have a factual scenario come out Donahue: Well, there's a general in such a way that they can, say, account for the timing discrepancy between when the two men reacted to the wounds, or if you allow them to account for the facts ; in a way which explains how the | two men could have been lined up appropriately ...umm.. .the bottom line is that there is no self-consistent factual scenario that will allow ^a defender of the Warren Commission version to do both at the same time. My contribution here is in bringing to bare the logical relation between issues to show that ifthe defenders of the Warren Commission theory can account, say, for the timing issue, they can't account at the same time for the issue ofthe trajectory that would be required to have the single bullet to do all the damage to the. two men that it allegedly did. So, my contribution is kind of the philosopher's contribution, using logic across issues to show that the defender of the single-bullet theory cannot account for all the evidence at the same time. less than 2.3 seconds apart from each other in time, which is the minimum time required to operate the bolt action on the alleged assassination weapon -this shows two shots and therefore it must be two shooters, since no one shooter could have fired two shots so quickly. So, all this shows basically is multiple gunmen and hence conspiracy. Davidson: You suggest a conspiracy between two gunmen in the actual assassination, but have you any ideas on the motivation behind the assassination? Donahue: I'm fairly sure there was a conspiracy involving the CI.A. who managed to covertheir tracks, by falsely implicating a connection between Oswald and Cuban intelligence or other Leftist forces. I don*t really know...I'm fairly convinced jthere's a conspiracy but I'm not at all sure as to who was involved... Davidson: ...Or how high up it went?

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Davidson: If there were two i shooters, was the second, one Donahue: Yeah...because ;that's placed behind the grassy knoll? an issue on which the physical evidence does not definitively Donahue: If this argument is pronounce. So, that's a much less valid, all this shows is there definite issue that I think is essencouldn't be only one gunman. It tially unresol vable. There are betdoesn't in itself point to a location ter and worse theories but it really for a second gunman. All this is quite speculative. shows is that since the singlebullet theory is wrong; since the Davidson: If you had to guess, non-fatal wounds of Kennedy where would you place the oricould not have been caused by a gins ofthe conspiracy? single gunman because you can't explain these facts in anyjway Donahue: If I had to guess I'd which will allow you to get to that guess that it might have been a conclusion...umm...that shows combination of certain elements that there must have been two within organized crime, within gunmen and the ultimate reason the anti-Castro Cuban commuis that they react (Kennedy and nity and possibly within AmeriConnally) to their wounds in much can intelligence ^because these

organizations had worked together. The Mob and the C.I.A had worked together to try to rub out Castro; the C.I.A had been working hand-in-glove with the anti-Castro Cubans in terms of §j the Bay of Pigs, the invasion of Cuba and various other antiCastro activities. There is some kind of cross-over between the Mob and the anti-Castro Cubans...it was like a mutually convenient alliance...but I don't | think the C.I.A as an organization was involved but...I mean, the C.I.A was very upset? with Kennedy and certain people within the C.LA had motives. At one point in the Bay of Pigs,| Kennedy thought he bad been lied to by the C.I.A and threatened to break it up into a thousand little pieces. And anti-Castro Cubans felt betrayed by what they felt was the sell out of their forces on the beaches of Cuba.IKennedy didn't provide the air-cover that they'd been expecting. Kennedy above all else wanted to be able to plausibly deny that the U.S govF eminent was involved. He had a | different objective to them. They fea wanted to overthrow Castro and he wanted to do what he could in that way but without any U.S finger prints. So he didn't go for the air cover; they felt sold-out and betrayed and of course the mob felt sold out and betrayed because they had helped Kennedy in the 1960 election in certain ways and he and Bobby Kennedy went on the most ruthless crusade against organized crime in American history! So, all three groups had significant motives toget rid ofKennedy and individuals within these three groups had been working together on various things.

The cultural life in "ghetto" from page 3 Terezin is tremendous testament were also produced. Many Jew to the resilience of the human would never have deigned set fix spirit and it is a shame that it is so inside a theater presenting Shi little known. For we find in the lorn Alecihem before the wa r; the ghetto of Terezin people who were much more interested i chose to create even though faced hearing Wagner at the Germa with a gaping chasm of overtheater that they had provide whelming fear and uncertainty. overwhelming amounts of tunc Let alone the tremendous way in ing for. which they choose to do it, for no Cultural remnants als production was shoddy, no perpoint to the development of Zioi formance was unrehearsed. One ism within the ghetto. Emign mustn't forget the vast number of tion from Central Europe to Pa original plays, poems, drawings, estine had often not even met tl musical scores, and operas that meager quotas allowed by tl were also created in the ghetto. British government prior to tl Fertile minds took advantage of precipitation ofthe war. Follov. all the materia] they could glean. ing the Nazi occupation, man It isfmy hope that my had looked to Palestine not as admiration for the prisoners of spiritual and national homelaro Terezin does not mask that this but as the only chance to escap was indeed a terrible place. One That changed for many people:must never put far out of mind the ghetto. Numerous lectun that so many fantastic things ocwere given on Zionism and Pa curred in a place that saw 150,000 estine, and Hebrew classes we adults and 15,000 children pass tremendously h popular. Matthrough its gates and only 30,000 planned to emigrate to Palestu of those adults and 100 of those after the war, having renewed i children survived. often forgotten faith and havii J found purpose to their Uvea.

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The Ryb Roast M u n
By Craig Rybczynskk Editor in Chief & All is not well at Mercy world, especially on the political front. The election of the MSG Vice President is surrounded by controversy. Apparently, write-in ca ndidate Tim Duble allegedly violated campaigning rules in achieving his victory over Charlie Caryl. I He sollicted votes within 50-feet of the voting table. This is a direct challenge to the rule that forbids such activity. Duble edged Caryl by a margin of 28 votes (141 to 113), but if the election was soiled then another vote must be administered. Campaigning is allowed, however intruding on the 50-feet parameter is a violation of a students right to chose a candidate. % Students arefreefrom the pressure of voting for the person who accosts them in the Student Union. \ If this action is pursued and Duble is found to be guilty of the act then Caryl and the Mercyhurst students deserve justice. We can have this in the form of a re-vote. May the best man win.
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Matt Tinner, Senior, History: | "What do you think the campus question should be?")(Thanks, Jer!) I I | Kerry Wagner, Sophomore, Dance: "Who do you admire most on this campus and

attendance. There is talk that Division II Hockey will be eliminated. Where Carl Sandburg once wrote, does this put Mercyhurst? Would "Nothing happens unless first a we consider going up to Division dream." This week, if you will, I or possibly down? Is there anlet's dream a little. Walk with me other league open to us which we amid some facts, some hearsay could be considering now? Let's dream about new bleachers and and most of all, some dreams. The Mercyhurst Ice Center be- the best possible league for our gan as a dream carried to fruition m hoc key team. It is said that we will be playing by a determined administration. Now, we can hardly remember some of our football at home the time when it was not part of games on Sundays. At first gla nee our campus. The bleachers were this seems to be as un-American acquired for little or no expendi- as burning the flag. Saturday has ture out of the original construc- been college football day since they played with no pads and the tion cost. This was prudent of the plan- forward pass hadn't yet been inners when the total cost seemed vented. Whether it's local colso high. Our hockey team has lege, Ivy League or Big Ten, Satestablished itself as a formidable urday is the day for games. What foe, not only in the east but na- will?this do to attendance? It tionally as well. The ECAC and would appear that with all the NCAA Championship playoffs other distractions it probably stretched the seating capacity to would decrea se. As I stood wa tchthe limit. Our present bleachers ing our ladies lacrosse game (not were not made for a hockey rink. quite as exciting as hockey but a Seats specifically designed, as at lot prettier) a dream of a football Fredonia, not only increase ca- field on this site materialized. pacity but give all fans a feeling Think about it. Bleachers which of beingrighton the ice. There is could be reversed!so that they not a bad seat in the house. Our could also be used for soccer and .* numbers massagers could easily $ a press box open on both sides for figure out new seating costs with A the two sports. possible payback on increased % -* This would be.very compa-

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rable to Ivy League schools. The students would certainly like this better and think of the great PR with alumni. They may visit the campus on far more weekends thanjust Homecoming. See your friends, tail-gate parties! Penn State is famous for them. We could be too. The closer the tie to the college the better the fundraising potential. With Sunday football in the offing, why not dream along with me? Is it time to consider season ticketsforour sports programs? We seem to have more and more ardent local fans. Everyone loves a bargain (especially this frugal Swede). Sale of such tickets when properly marketed could surprise us. I These are dreams but far from being impossible dreams. Even our current fantastic changes due for our campus carries the title "Continue the Dream." This could be a continuation of "Continue the Dream." Our dreams can still become realities when we value and explore their possibilities. Ecclesiastics 3:1 says "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven."!Please forgive our youthfulness, sometimes we want our dreams fulfilled now. T

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Jeff Romito, Senior, Marketing: "What do you think about the ^Mercyhurst College cafeteria?" Brian Hamlin, Sophomore, HRIM "Do you think there should be another rec center?" Megan Sawyko, Sophomore, Social Work: "How do you feel about the cafeteria serving ox roast?"

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ertoires. He was widely regarded as a Czech nationalist, and his "Moldau" was a veritable Czech April marks the beginanthem. Yet it was performed ning ofthe end of fiftieth anniverregularly. sary celebrations for the liberaWhy was this allowed to tion of Central Europe from the occur? It was partly out of ignogrip of Nazi Germany. The merance. None of the kommandants dia is engrossed in tracking the of Terezin were particularly wellobligatory treks of world leaders educated or cultured. The reland noble soldiers back to these evance ofthese works meant 1 ittle, hallowed grounds. But one asand so long as they were perpect of the liberation fa Us to find formed on the prisoners' own ti me itself in the limelight. Numerous and didn't interfere with the dayprisoners straggled back to the to-day operations of the ghetto, various camps or ghettos that they they didn't care much. I had been held in, some in search The Nazis failed to see of family or friends, but many creation as an act of spiritual reothers in search of the diaries and sistance; the only creation they artwork that they had hidden or concerned themselves with was entrusted to others. that of procreation, which was j Despite the overwhelmstrictly forbidden. Within Terezi n, ing physical deprivations and the Prisoners' Barracks at Terezin Small Fortress the Nazis failed to see that Jewish early winter of 1941, the first two pand the ghetto. They were all the beginning, Terezin had few mental anguish of living in J a spirit could not be exterminated expectant that Jewish control of books and few instruments. Even thousand occupants of Terezin ghetto or concentration camp, by only physical decimation. Terezin would now come about, though prisoners had brought arrived. Nothing had been precultural life managed not just to EspecialMin a place such as pared for them; only the military but that had never been the Nazis' these things with them, they were survive but to flourish. Terezin, the struggle was not so barracks had been emptied. Noth- intention. While the Jewish Coun- stripped of all their possessions Perhaps one of the finest " upon entering the ghetto. For those i much physical as psychological. ing could prepare them for the cil ran the daily affairs of the examples of cultural life in the The true horror of Terezin was truth of what Terezin truly was, Ghetto, they were to remain com- so disposed, recitation evenings Holocaust period is the ghetto of were held. A number of notable more tha n terrible work and lousy Terezin. It is also one of the least but in 1941 they hoped with all pletely under the strict hand ofthe actors were in Terezin, so they nutrition. The f honor was the known examples. The history their heart that Terezin was truly Nazis. No independent industry often; d id performances! from stupefying possibility that you and function of the ghetto of meant to be a Jewish town. Their would develop; the Jews would memory. The first productions in might come home to find a little Terezin is probably one of the belief that Terezin was indeed not have their haven. Terezin were also the result of pink slip under your door, or on Despite this, Terezin most misunderstood aspects of going to be a Jewish town is extheir carefully memorized dia- your bunk, telling you to report the Holocaust experience. Scant emplified by the first people that was a ghetto located in an entire logues. But not just actors per- for transport in the "morning. literature has been devoted to it, were recruited to make Terezin a town and life had to fu notion there. formed; anyone was free to take Transport was the most dreaded mostly as a result of the miscon- reality. Among them were 35 city Conditions were terrible in center stage in the barracks' court- of all things in Terezin. No one ception that Terezin was designed administrators, including two Terezin. Housing was completely knew what it meant exactly, for yards. Numerous bodies recited by the Nazis to be used as a "show police specialists, one postal ex- inadequate and bunks were tiered favorite poems or soliloquies from they had no way of knowing what camp" to fool the International pert and one transport specialist. three high. People made space Shakespeare that were memorized was happening in Auschwitz, It Red Cross. Thus, aside from Additionally, there were fifteen for themselves wherever they making for an interesting foot- financial and forty-one economic could. There were no modern as schoolchildren. For those not was merely understood that this interested in performing, there was not an improvement The note, Terezin does not generate specialists. Thousands of Jews facilities, so sanitation was a much interest This is unfortu- from the protectorate of Bohemia nightmare. Water was often com- was the forum of the informa- Ea st was unknown and much more nate, as Terezin was a common and Moravia had already been pletely unavailable. Food rations tional lecture. Subjects ranged dangerous. At least there, in from recreational mathematics, to Terezin, there was some semexperience for many of Central shipped East to meet an unknown were meager, and most quickly Europe's Jews, and the vast ma- end, and Terezin seemed as dropped one third of their body Chinese poetry, to the architect blance ofhome. They had friends jority of[Czech Jews. Terezin though it might save those who weight. Approximately 30,000 Adolf Loos. Choirs were also and family and they were on their was different from any other were left. died from illness while the Terezin popular, with both Czech and own soil. The thought of Auschwitz stripped them of any ghetto or concentration camp, but German songs represented. Transports started to roll in, ghetto existed. Most occupants not only because of its brief stint bringing a thou sand-some r new As time passed, the oc- of these psychological comforts. The arts in Terezin also as a Potemkin village. There is cupants of Terezin became bolder. residents every time. A {Jewish more to Terezin than that. Musical instruments were have another story to tell, about Council was established, and the n smuggled into the ghetto, or taken the way in which the Holocaust Terezin, located 60 km Jews of Terezin struggled to creoff the storage shelves, and a li- affected Jewish thinking. Prior to north of Prague in the present day ate an adequate living environbrary that would eventually num- the war, the Jews of Central EuCzech Republic, was built as a ment with the little they had been ber 65,000 volumes was created. rope had enjoyed a fair degree of given. Technical committees fortress town at the end;of the Thus the fodder for music and acceptance. Many of these Jews 18th century. It is a walled city, were formed to see to sanitation theater became accessible. Musi- were highly educated and also built in the pattern of an eight and housing. Others were charged cal groups and theatrical perfor- very assimilated and acculturated. pointed star, and is formidably with expanding the kitchen and mances increased by leaps and They had traveled, they had intersetting up hospitals. One can fortified. The Habsburg Empire married, their associations* exbounds. never had cause to test it out, only imagine the effort required tended beyond the Jewish world. Even more astonishing to turn a town designed to hold at using only a smaller fortress at Judaism, for some, meant little than this vast cultural life was the most 7000 into one that could the site to house political prisonmore than a mark on their birth subject material so often* adhold 50,000. k ers such as Gavrilo Princip, the certificate. The intricacies and dressed in the ghetto. These were From its very inception, assassin of Archduke Franz meaning oftheir religion had been no innocuous performances and Ferdinand. With the advent of the the mood of Terezin was one of lost on them, and many had never there was meaning in the subjects Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, hope. The first Elder of the Jews had reason to reflect on what it chosen. Aristophanes and Gogolit was turned over to the Czecho- of Terezin, Jakob Edelstein, was Art by Doris Weiser, age 12 meant to be Jewish. The Holosure ly these were authors that had slovak Army for use as a training imbued with the sense that if they of the Ghetto faced a ten or twelve caust forced a radical reexaminamocked those very same attitudes could make Terezin thrive and camp. tion of values, and changes in hour work day. consisting of me- and ideals that the N a ih sported? attitudes are reflected in the cul- j In 1941, Adolf create an industry within that was nial physical labor. Works by the Capek brothers were essential to the German war efture^of Terezin. We see flyers Eichmann, charged with finding One would assume, produced- the very same Capek a suitable repository for the re- fort, they could survive. The Jews given these elements, that the arts brothers who had denounced the announcing ^performances of would be allowed to. stay in synagogue musk, or works of maining Jews of Bohemia and would be the last thing that would Nazis with every power of their Jewish origin. The weekly lecMoravia, toured Terezin, and Terezin, and they could weather being. Karel Capek was a Czech thrive in the ghetto. But thrive tures by Rabbi Leo Baeck on Jufound it the best location for a out the war there. martyr, having died shortly after they did. Contained within the daism were among the most popuOfcourse this was not to ghetto. He informed the Jewish walls of Terezin were some of the the Nazi occupation. lar in the ghetto. Works by the be the case. Eventually, all civilleadership of Prague that a Jew-jg Music also had overfinest minds and tome ofthe greatYiddish author Shalom Aleichem ish city was to be established ini ians were expelled from Terezin tones of thumbing its nose at the est talents of all of Europe. CulTerezin, and that volunteers were and the entire town was now given ture was not forbidde n in Terezin* Nazi captors. Smetana's work needed to prepare the area. In the over to the Jewish Council to ex- but it was also not encouraged. 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By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief A scheduling conflict at Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium has prompted the athletic department to consider other alternatives. "We have three Sunday games this year," said head Coach Joe Kimball. "It is a one year deal, there are scheduling conflicts because the high schools, Gannon and Mercy hurst play there (Veterans Memorial Stadium)." The solution is constructing a football stadium. •According to Mercy hurst Athletic Director Pete Russo a site has already been selected. "I've been pushing for it for years," said Russo. "It will definitely be behind the Ice Center." "It is on my long-range agenda," he added. "We can't rely on Erie Stadium and can't get the best available dates. If you have a field at school you can play any time you want" Football is the only major athletic program on campus without an athletic field. The Hockey Program's arena was constructed in 1991 and Joe Jordano's baseball team received a finely manicured ball park -in 1993, with grpundbreaking at.Philip* D. Hirtzel Memorial Field. I ^ The women's softball team will join the men with a complex at Mercy hurst's North East campus. "A team has more success (with a Geld on campus) and will be a big benefit," said Russo. The hockey team is a classic example of the success a tea mean have once they play in their own arena.

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Goaltender Scott- Barber stressed the importance of home field advantage during the games against the Bemidji State Beavers. "Playing here is a real big advantage," he said. "We're at home and it is a big edge for us." However, there are two obstacles that face the football team in their quest to kick-off at the proposed on-campus dig. One of the impediments in the

building of the football field, at the site of the current football practice fields, is a clause set up by the Sisters of Mercy. "There is a regulation when the sisters turned over the property, in the deed there is a waiting period for three or five years," said Russo. "It could be in the next five years, something will definitely happen." Also with the progression of

Continuing the Dream the plans have been shelved for the moment. With the addition to the library and the conceit hall, the football team will have to struggle with the scheduling problems at the stadium and wait for the school to Gna nee the football 'steams "Geld of dreams."

FILM FOR DISCUSSION TUES. APRIL 11,J7 P.M. ZUJIN THE WONDERFUL HORRIBLE LIFE OF LENIREIFENSTAHIA
This is <the story of Leni Reifenstahl, the infamous actress, film maker and chronicler of the reign! of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Although not a?Nazi, her portrayals of Nazi domination!masked and glorified their actions.? She refuses even today to find fault in the artistic»choices she madesduringf the war. \

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Laker baseball n u m b e r one in region
By Leon Mumford Merciad Sports Editor The Lakers also claimed signifieant scalps by beating Wisconsin Whitewater, winners of the national championship two The Laker baseball team won years ago (9-2), as well as eight out of nine games against a host ofteams in Florid a last week, Hillsdale College (4-3), Trinity which I earned them an J overall University (13-1,12-0), Plymouth record of 10-1 and ranking posi- State (12-0, 7-4) and Franklin W^ ^ V | tions of first in the eastern region Pierce (12-3). | j Dealing with the aches and pains < and eleventh in the country. According to Coach Joe Jordano that are bound to accompany a the most satisfying victory of the nine game stretch in just six days trip was inflicted at the expense under the energy-sapping Florida the Lakers proved their of Harvard University who play sun, strength of depth against solid in the Division I league. "We won a great baseball game opposition. "I think the playoff experience by five runs to four. Although we were tied a couple of times the we gained last year has given us team was really focused and we the confidence to win tight game were never down at any point in situations this year," said McKnight, who scored a hit in the game," he said. Dave Lee, who pitched the each game. Jordano said that he was pleaswhole game and threw nine strikeouts, played an instrumental role antly surprised by the teams batin the win but he was quick to ting average which is presently point out that Mike McKnight registered at .394. "A lot of kids scored the big hit at the bottom of came up with some big hits when the eighth when the scores were we needed them," he continued. Third baseman Dave Runco tied at four a piece. heads the Lakers impressive bat- and ninth innings. playing against teams from now ting offensive at .592 and he is Consequently, according to on that are competing with us for closely followed by Jason Runtas Welgoss "We lost to a team that playoff positions." at .522 and McKnight at .419.*> we were much better than." The Lakers will no doubt bear But according to Jordano, the Jordano is adamant that the team this in mind when they play Lakers best baseba 1 is yet to come. will become more consistent as Clarion University later today at 1 "We focus on the pitching and they vie for a playoff position. 3 p.m. and Dominican College on defense area of our game," he Welgoss reflected this sentiment Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Philip D. said, "and I know we are capable when he said, "We are going to be Herzel field. of stepping up to the next level. Its just a matter of getting into the groove." Casey Crawford and Mike Koziara pitched shut-outs against Trinity University and Plymouth State respectively but A J. Rusnak said that he felt the entire pitching By Dan Hilfiker i "The loss is disappointing, but I staff needed to start playing more Merciad Sports Writer think that everybody played well. to its potential. We used a new zone defense and The Hurst's only loss was conThe Lady Laker lacrosse team we had a bit of trouble with that, ceded to Colby College (5-4) who goes into this weekend with a but we are working hard as a had previously been soundly solid record of 2-2. team," said senior Gretchen Ulery. beaten by Trinity and Plymouth. Last Saturday the Lakers According to Piatko, the Lakers "We didn't go out to play," said dropped a scrappy, hard-fought played up to their opposition's Gary Welgoss. contest to Grove City 2-1.1 level of competition, but they Although they built an early Junior winger Alyssa Giffen didn't play up to their own potenlead, the Lakers, lost concentra- said, "Our ball handling?:skills tial. * "?;' tion and let pitching errors creep weren't that good and we missed "But Jen Rooth was outstandinto their game towards the eighth a lot of passes. I think we had the ing saving 23 out of 25 shots," skills to play with them but we said Piatko. had some problems getting the This coming weekend, the laball up to the offensive players." dies will be playing in the U.B. "The ladies did not get on the tournament There, they will play board until late in the second half six ga me s. "We really need to win on a goal by Erin Trager," said this weekend as the playoffs depend on it. We need to win three Coach John Piatko. ' record, Weaver also felt that the Trager slammed the ball into critical games," said Ulery. Lakers could have beaten Alma the lower half of the goal after College and Tri-State University. receiving an incisive pass from w | One thing we do have," said Freshman Kristen Stayer, al- Giffen who was stationed in a Giffen, "is team unity and I think though expressing confidence in perfect assist position behind the that this weekend will bring us her fellow younger members, goal. heaps closer." emphasized that the older players were key to a good season. "Kelly Heaton," said Stayer, referring to the team's captain, "is hitting well and running bases very well." Indeed,-Weaver commented, "this year's team has more talent than it has ever had," and becoming emphatic on the next point, stressed that "We just have to learn to get rid of the mental errors that are costing us vital games." After today's match against Gannon at Scott Park, 3.30, the girls will hope to improve their record against Slippery Rock at Lady lacrosse players escape the Mercians zoom lens. home on Thursday, April 13th.

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Softball potential
By Dan McQuillen confident tha t once the team gains Merciad Sports Writer and holds a lead, bringing in a few crucial wins, the newfound With twenty games left this confidence will bring on a downspring, the Lady Laker softball 1 team will need to keep their opti- fa 1 of wins. mism and energy in order to swing "The team is very young and their 5-11 record to a winning inexperienced, with 11 freshman, four sophomores, fourjuniors and season. With the enthusiasm expressed one senior," said Weaver, adding by a few of the younger members that "because the team is so i nexof an inexperienced squad, the perienced, they lack the killer inteam is destined for nothing less stinct to finish a game they are in than a stellar season. control of." | i "We're very strong," said rookie A perfect example of Weaver's Morgan Philips, "and we've re- constructive criticism showed in ally accumulated some good tal- a game against Salem played last ent" % weekend. Her teammate, Michele When the Lakers were up by a Oakley, who was standing nearby, seemingly insurmountable 8 runs agreed with her and added that, to to 2 at the end of thefifthinning, win today's double-header a concentration lapse let the Saagainst Gannon, they will have to lem team steal victory from the f be "very motivated, hit strong, Hurst by 9-8. and stay aggressive on the bases." Coming back from a 10-game Coach Amy Weaver is equally stretch in Florida with a 4-6

Crew team get jitters
By Nicole Geracl Merciad Sports Writer This past weekend six Mercyhurst College crew squads began their official racing season when they traveled to Geneva N.Y. to race against Hobart and William Smith Colleges as well as the Rochester Institute ofTechnology. "Although we lost to Hobart, we came away from tbc race positive for the season. We realize our faults and know what we need to dotocorrect them. This week wc will work hard to improve ourselves for our next regatta," said men's Varsity coxswain, Kate Millenbach. But the women's varsity four team came away with more than experience. At the start ofthe race they were involved in a minor collision with the William Smith crew. With adrenaline cursing through their veins they went on to cross the finish Hue first. Women's Varsity Coach Adrian Spracklen attributed the tepid results to first race jitters. "Its hard to switch from training mode to racing mode and that's why we compete in these smaller dual regattas," said Spracklen. "This coming weekend will show us how we compare to other schools in Pennsylvania," he continued. I The team is excited about their next regatta, The LaSalle Invitational, in Camden, NJ. Spracklen, among others, is hoping to witness an end result to the tough winter training schedule endured by the.Laker crew learn.

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* Participation in intramural tennis and is individual competition. bowling * Entry form dead linefor all Spring Intramurals is Thursday, April 13th. j j| M Competition will begin {Thursday, April 20th.
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