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MERCYHURST COLLEGE, GLENWOOD HILLS, ERIE, PA. 16546 March 20,1997
Dialogue Needed on Sexual Harassment at Mercyhurst
By Michael J. Opperman Merciad Writer The issue of sexual harassment is a serious one and one about which we need to talk. This is intended to be the beginning of a dialogue. Every campus In the nation is faced with incidents of sexual harassment Mercyhurst College is not an exception. It is important for us to realize that it is our campus. When I refer to us, I mean students, faculty and administration. According to federal law, "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance." Mercyhurst College echoes this law and cl ari Ges its a pplication in the Student Handbook and in a pamphlet entitled "Sexual Harassmen L" The Student Handbook states that, "Mercyhurst does not and will not tolerate sexual harassment of a ny kind by a member of the faculty, administration, staff, or student body." The Handbook continues by stating that "sexual harassment is defined as any unwelcome direct or indirect sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature." 'The Handbook concludes by stating that "implicit in the idea of professionalism | is the retmiii tion by those in positions of authority that in their relationships with students or others there is always an element of power. It is incumbent upon those with authority not to abuse, nor seem to abuse, the power with which they 9 are entrusted.' Sexual harassment is seldom discussed in a public forum among students at Mercyhurst College. Consequently, it is difficult for individuals to recognize what is and what is not sexual harassment After dif^iggftifl the issue with Cathy Anderson, the affirmative action officer at Mercyhurst College, the keyword seems to be "comfort" If an individual is not comfortable, something is wrong. There are various levels of responsibility involved in a ting and maintaining a comfortable environment for learning. One level of responsibility is explained in die closing statement of the Student Handbook's description of sexual harassment Faculty mustnot "abuse, nor seem to abuse, the power with which they are entrusted." Sexual harassment is often an issue of gray areas and the Student Handbook attempts to address these areas. Faculty must not "seem to abuse the power with which they are entrusted." The relationship between a professor or staff member and a student is not simply one of two consenting adults. The Student Handbook provides a warning in its definition of relationships between persons in positions of authoiity and students. There is always an element of power." Faculty have a great deal of responsibility in observing and reshould have known of the allegspecting the nature of such relaedly hostile environment and took tionships. no prompt and adequate remedial The student also has responsiaction." The administration is rebilities. The pamphlet advises that sponsible for remaining vigilant ifplaced in an uncomfortable situand aware. ation, one should speak up at any Currently, there is no depart* time. Be sure to say "NO! "clearly, . ment or service that is specififirmly and without smiling. This | cally responsible for the handling is not the F time to be polite or of sexual harassment Perhaps, vague. Communication is vital in ~~ this is something that we should examine. In the mean time, there defining boundaries of comfort are sexual harassment advocates The pamphlet cautions the victo whom incidents of sexual hatim of sexual harassment not to rassment can be reported or quesblame himself/herself. Sexual tions can be directed. This list is harassment is not something one included. Anderson is always brings upon oneself, it is action available at (814) 824-2293. „ that the harasser decides to take. It is important to remembei It is not the victim's fault The that this is a conversation. This is pamphlet also urges die victim to our campus and we must begin to be vocal immediately.! Do not discuss this issue. Things are hapdelay and do not remain silent If pening which are not being talked silence is maintained and action about and it is incumbent upon us delayed, the harassment is likely all, students, faculty and administo continue. tration, to start the dialogue and According to the Supreme Court work toward a learning environcase Kadiki v. Virginia Commonwealth University, the adminis- u meat which is constructive for all. Silence is approval. tration is also responsible and can be held liable if it "either knew or
the cash register, their order is already being processed. "Hopefully the average order will now Faster service, better quality only take five to seven minutes, foods, healthier choices, late before it took anywhere from 10weekend opening hours and a 15 minutes," said Hodas. , campus delivery service, these a re Along with die increased apeed Just some of the aims of the in service, there jhavc been changes recently made at the changes in the menu aimed at Laker Inn. increasing the quality of the f< The new term has seen the Hooffered by the Cut food facility. tel Restaurant Institutional Man"We have introduced a salad bar agement department taking on the to cater to the healthy people," role of directing the Laker Inn's said Hodas. Other differences include a more natural type of chicken meat used in the popular chicken grilla* sandwich, a better quality fish being used in the Gsh sandwich, and the fries have been changed to regular cut, similar to those served by Burger King, Hodas explained. The names of the food items we serve have not changed, just the quality has been improved,** said Hodas. Another feature introduced is the extended opening hours on Friday and Saturday nights. The Laker Inn will now remain open from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday and 6 p. m. to midnight on SaturJunior Sarah Allen serves food to fellow student Jen Hills. The new changes aim at speeding up the Laker Inn service. Photo: Jessica Russell day. "Hopefully we can get kids
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Changes MadeAt The Laker Inn
operations. HRIM professor, Brenda Moore, along with general managers Brian Hodas and Mark Watkins, have been busy over the last couple of weeks introducing the changes. "We had a lot of complications at first, but now we are getting settled and things are starting to run smoothly," said Hodas. In an effort to speed up service, students will now order at the front of the line, this way it is that by the time thev reaj
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down here during these times. It Gary Brown.....................724-6100 has been tried in the past, but it was not really done right," said Ray Buyce........................824-2381 Hodas. "We will have the game loom open and there may be other Penny Hanes....................824-2533 entertainment offered. We want to give the kids something differ- Cass Shimek...... .........824-2433 ent to do other than the usual Lee Shuster......................824-2346 party scene,** he said. During the extended weekend hours, the Inn will also provide a Mary Hembrow Snyder. .824-2532 free delivery service to the cam.........824-2414 pus. Students can order anything Shirley Stebcll. from pizza to burgers and fries and provided the orders are val- Vernon Wherry...............824-2330 ued at the minimum of $5, the Laker Inn will deliver them to Shirley Williaras...............725-6106 their dorm or apa rtment "We aim 824-2555 at completing our deliveries in no Counselling Services more than 30 minutes. Since the probably be only a 5 to 10 cent average pizza order takes up to 40 increase," he said. minutes, we see our service as Commenting on the overall being a good improvement," said changes, Hodas is confident that* Hodas. the Laker Inn's service will be an Despite the new changes, Hodas improvement on the past "Brenda does not anticipate much of an Moore knows what she's doing, increase in the prices charged by the HRIM department is good at the Laker Inn. "We haven't what they do and working tochanged any prices yet, and if gether with them, we should see everything works out, then there things improve and attract more should be no reason for an instudents to the Laker Inn," he crease. If one did occur, it would said. I
" We have the Romero Lecture cial transformation spread to other every year so that we will not countries around the globe. forget the violence, suffering and In 1972, Eileen Egan and GorNext Monday evening, the death of Archbishop Oscar don Zahn founded Pax Christi Mercyhurst Department of PhiRomero and his people in El SalUSA in New York City. The nalosophy and Religious Studies vador, who still do not have the tional office moved to Erie in wilF commemorate the twenty1985 where it has received a great conditions necessary to live digfifth anniversary of locally-bascd nified human lives," said Dr. Mary deal | of support from the local Catholic peace and justice orgaBenedictine Sisters. Over the Hembrow Snyder, director of the nization Pax Christi USA. The years, the group has been instruDepartment of Philosophy and celebration will include a paramental' in supporting conscienReligious Studies. tious objectors and promoting liturgical service which will be The award always goes to a peace, nuclear disarmament, ecoheld as part of the Fifth Annual Catholic social activist We denomic and inter-racialjustice here Oscar Romero Lecture on March cided this year to give it not to an at home, and international human 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Sullivan Hall. individual, but to an organizarights in El Salvador, Nicaragua, The event, which is free and open tion. For a quarter century, Pax and most recently, Haiti. - •' to the publ ic, is made possible by Christi USA has been faithful to Mercyhurst alumnus David a Mercyhurst College academic the same vision of the reign of Robinson who currently serves aa enrichment grantfromthe office God that Archbishop Romero of the President embodied, and like him, they have program coordinator for the local Featured as guest speakers will been an outspoken voice for peace chapter and editor of Pax Christi be Nancy Small, national coordiUSA's newspaper The Catholic and justice in a world that would nator for Pax Christi USA and prefertoalienee them," she said* Peace Voice, said the organizaAndy Petonak, a founding memtion is presently looking into the More than SO years ago. Pax ber ofthe organization^ Na tiona 1 Christi began in southern France role that government military Youth and Young Adult Forum. spending plays in the debates as a means of reconciling French Small will present a slide show vill erning the effort to balance and German Catholics and healwhich details the movement's his- ing the tremendous'wounds in- jl die country's budget, he said, tory .The service will also feature flicted upon the people of Europe .-* At the same time, members of invocations, a breaking of bread by the Nazi war machine. During *!W Pax Christi USA are also particiand presenters who will read sepating in a program called "Welthe next few decades, the group's lections from Romero's I ll'J fare Watch," which will provide a commitment to gospel nonvion k v Mail nth*r n*&&apre&« state-by-state analysis of welfare lence, political activism and soBy Chris Wloch News Editor At 8 p jn., Wednesday, March 19, there was a showing of the film "IfThesc Walls Could Talk." Th e m ovie rel ates the experiences of three women's decisions to have an abortion in three different time periods. After the movie, more than 20 students, faculty and administrators participated in a discussion led by Anne 11 Wingerter of "People for Life. At the Women's Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, March 18, Lee Shuster, assistant professor of sociology and sodal work, discussed "Multiple Roles and the Family." Shuster rela ted that in a national random sample taken during the mid-60s, women were found to do 3 hours of daily housework and spend dose to an hour a day exclusively with their children while 17 minutes of housework and 12 minutes with the kids was the daily average for men. The researcher defined this as "double day*or "second shift"for women. During the 1980's, another researcher studied 50 working couples'intensely. Mothers reported that they felt more responsible for home and childcare and tended to do the majority of daily, on-going tasks Including bathing children and cooking mea Is while fathers usually handled one task at a time and did chores that were done periodically such as changing the oil or washing the car. The different communities within which we live and work must recognize that societal health results directly from appropriate handling of these Issues. Both genders must learn to handle multiple roles and recognize the impact of their second shift on each Other and on the family," she said. On Tuesday evening, March 18, more than 30 students turned out ID hear. theology professor Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder present u her paper Wo men's Spirituality: Challenges for the 21st Century." •Women's experience of oppression is integral to our spirituality. " In order to situate the real itiea of women's lives in their proper contexts, it is imports nt to recognize the multiple forma of violence that are perpetuated against women and their children around the world, she said. Snyder identified several challenges for women's spirituality as we enter the next millennium. Among these she listed the necessity of ongoing conversion and mature intimacy with both God and others, the importance ofglobal sol idarity, and the urgency of responding to the cries of those who have been deliberately excluded and m istrea ted by society. Snyder also stressed the need for silence and solitude in the development of a healthy spiritual life which is responsive to the needs of the poor and oppressed. The Women's History Month Speaker Series continues throughout March with Elaine Ruggerio speaking on T h e History of Women's Sports at Mercyhurst* at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25 hi the Student Government Chambers. Thefollowingweek, Miss Northwest Pennsylvania, 1997 Laurie Green will address "Dealing with Anorexia and Bulemia" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday the 26th in the Mercy Heritage Room.
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R o m e r o Lecture Celebrates 25 Years of P a x Christi U S A
programs before and after recently legislated reforms, are implemented during July of 1997. According to Robinson, one of the primary concerns for: Pax Christi USA is a continuing search for a lterna trves to the "j ust war n theory which, although useful as aframeworkfromwhich to critique the use of force, cannot exonerate armed actions classified as "risk-free interventions" because the destructive power and indiscriminate nature of modem weaponry produces civilian casualties which far outnumber
Additionally, Robinson said mat younger members of Pax Christi USA are beginning to organize in response to issues that will concern the next generation such as localized violence, guns and gangs in the streets and the environment, he said. "During the Gulf War, student groups played a prophetic role on coll ege campuses by holding v igils and serving as a witness to others who wouldn't express opposition to popular support for military intervention. They played a vital part in advancing an alter-
native vision and creating a space for counterculture 1 views in what is overwhelmingly a consensus society," Robinson said. There's a side of the Catholic Church that Pax Christi is steeped in that most people wouldn't expect to be there. But you don't havetobe Catholic or a pacifist to be a member," he added. "All th at is necessary is that you agree with our statement of purpose." Robinson said that he would like to see Mercyhurst students form a local campus chapter of die group's Youth t and Young Adult Forum. "I'm willing to help get a group off the ground, but the impetus to begin a movement has to come from within the student |y, he sa id. For more information about the event, contact Snyder at ext 2532 or Pax Christi USA at 453-4955. All students interested in learning more about the possibility of establishing a campus branch ofPax Christi USA's Youth and Young Adult Forum are encouraged to call Campus Minister Michele Garvey (#2430) or Sr Elizabeth Lintsen (#2301).
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F Highlight Women's HistoryMonth
The Mercyhurst Office of Cultural Affairs is sponsoring a carnation sale in honor of Women's History Month. Red, pink Of white carnations can be purchased for $1.50 in the Student Union from 1 -4 pjn. every day next week. On-campus delivery will be provided for an additional 50 cents. For more information, contact Lesha Powell at ext 2405. Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society is sponsoring a lecture by Judge William Cunningham and District Attorney Joseph ContJ on "Youthful Offend era and the Future of Juvenile Court* at 7-30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Mercy Heritage Room. The Senior Class Project Committee has extended its deadline until Wednesday, April 9 for all donations pledged toward Munson Plaza. Payments can be dropped off at the Institutional Advancement Office on the second floor of Egan. More than $4,000 in pledges were made this year, Which is the most that ha s ever been raised for a senior project If you have any questions or concerns, call Vanessa Pappalardo at 2993 On Sunday afternoon Match 23, the Mercyhurst Ambassador's Club will hold its 5th Annual Spring Tea at 1 pan. in the Student Union. The Mercyhurst Cheerleaders would liketoannounce try-outsforthe 1997 Football Squad on Sunday, April 13 at the Athletic Center. A clinic will be held from 10 ajn. to 2 p-nu, followed by try-outs at 2. Everything will be taught at the clinic and hinch will be provided. For more info, contact Kim Kingsland at 2899 or Gina Vitanza at 2600. Ice skating champions Caryn Kadavy and Kurt Fromknecht return to the Mercyhurst Ice Center on Friday, April 4 at 7 pjn. for "Springtime on Ice •97: A Stroll Down Memory Lane." The performance is free for Mercyhurst students, faculty, administration a nd staffwith I.D.
By Michael J. Op perm an Merciad Writer On Thursday, March 6, the new Core Curricul um wis approved by the Board of Trustees and the President ofthe College, Dr. William Ga rve y. This new core is the result ofthree years of discussion and study and will be in place for die next five years.i The new Core Curriculum will be effective for the incoming freshers. These fresher students will begin their course work under the new core, while jthe upperclass students will be grandfathered under the core that was in place when they first-arrived at Mercyhurst College, in other words, the new Core Curriculum wfl 1 have no direct effect upon the current students of Mercyhurst College. The current students will matriculate according to the requirements now in place* The new core has two parts. The common core will contain 10 courses for a total of 30 credits. This portion includes College
Writing I and II, which must be taken in thefirstyear. It also includes one course in each of the following: American History, Arts Appreciation, European or World History, Mathematics, Natural Science, Philosophy, Religious Traditions and Western or World History. | The second part of die new core is called the Distribution core. Composed of eight courses, it consists of24 credits. Two classes are required in the Behavioral/ Social Sciences (one must be taken during the first year) and two are required in World Perspectives (one course must be on a non-Western perspective). One course is required in each of the following: Ethics, Humanities, Mathematics/Natural Sciences and Religious Studies. The entire new Core Curriculum accounts for 18 courses, or 45%, of the 40 trill need for graduation (computer competency is still a conditionformatriculation). Dr. Joseph Gower, vice president for academic services, estplained that "this format allows
for a common intellectual experience as well as greater flexibility as students proceed through the n curriculum. Gower added mat the new Core Curriculum is deeply rooted in the college's mission statement The mission statement defines Mercyhurst College as "a .Mill munity of learning dedicated to die lifelong development of the whole person." With this in mind, Gower maintained that the new core was "more in line with the college's mission statement It is also a core that will better meet die needs ofour students now and in years to come."
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By Dan Hilflker Senior Writer | \ Last Wednesday night, March 12, Mercyhurst College held its Gist annual induction of the newly formed Gamma Sigma chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the International Honor SocietyforForeign Languages.. • Twelve Mercyhurst students were inducted, including Terri Barringer, a recent graduate with a B.A. in math education and a teaching certificate in Spanish; Cynthia Buyce and Rebecca Dzurik, junior foreign language education majors with concentrations in Spanish; junior Joyce O'Hani, a double major business/international studies with concentration in Spanish and French;? Julie Steiner, graduate i student in Master's of Bilingual Education program; Chris Wloch, a senior with a double major in religious studies and psychology and a minor in Russian studies; and senior Jason Giffen, a double major in marketing/foreign languages and cultures with concentrations in Spanish and Japanese. Giffen was named president ofthe campus chapter and will serve in die office until elections are held. The Spanish minors who were inducted in Phi Sigma Iota include senior history-R/IAP majors Shannon Kiser and Lauren Thayer; senior marketing major Renee Masters; junior criminal justice major Kevin Miller; and Shannon Meulman, a junior majoring in foreign languages and cultures. Three Mercyhurst language professors also became members of Phi Sigma Iota. They are Dr. Vivetta Petronio, professor ofFrench and Italian; Keiko Takioto Miller, assistant professor of Japanese and French; and Father Steven Simon, lecturer in Russian Studies. According to Alice Edwards, associate professor of Spanish, who serves as faculty advisor to the campus chapter, membership in Phi Sigma Iota is die highest academic honor that can be achieved in die area of foreign languages, literatures and cultures. In order to qualify, students need to major or minor in a foreign language, earn a 3.0 grade point average in the language and be in die top one-third of their class.
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Lucas trashes history with revamped Star
By Bifl Melville Merciad Writer With the successful rerelease of George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy, the fear exists that other classic movies may be rereleased with new and restored footage and music. In spite of the box office success of all three films, it seems unlikely, mainly because of the patchwork job done in adding the animated footage into the original films. One large appeal of the films ha s always been the way in which the universe Lucas created always looked as though it ha d been lived instance in The Empire Strikes in, and with the special editions, some of that feel ing ha s been com- Back, Darth Vader speaks new lines, in a voice sounding dispromised. A computer generated tinctly differentfromthat ofJames Jabba the Hutt, the gangster who Earl Jones, the actor who voiced assails Han Solo, has his tail Vader throughout the trilogy. stepped on, causing his eyes to Also, many of the new shots apunrealistically bulge from his pear to have been done in vanity head. In Return oftheJedi, sevbecause they have little bearing eral alien members of a band sufon the story1 ine, such as the previfer from similar unrealistic beously mentioned scene with the haviors. All of the newly .Villi computer animated Jabba. While puter animated characters have Lucas said he wanted to dean up moments when theyfitbetter in a the films and make them appear Warner Brother's cartoon than in as he originally intended, he a live-action film. missed several notorious errors, Lucas further insults his audisuch as a scenefromthe first film ence by overdubbing new dialogue over the old. In one such in which Luke (Ma rk Ha mill) calls Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) by her name in real life. However, some credit must be given to Lucas and his staff.Other improvements were made to film which improved the quality drastically. The lines left when liveaction footage was mixed with matte paintings used as backdrops have been removed through use of computers. All sound in the movie has been restored to its original quality, which helps to bring the background noises more fully into the'mix. At several points while watching the revamped films, my ears hurt me because of the fullness of the
sound. All in all, I must give the Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition a thumbs down, because in many senses, they were an excuse for George Lucas to show off what technology he has discovered in the last 20 years. It also gave him the chance to move back the release dates ofthe three Star Wars prequels he plans to make. Though it was nice to see diefilmson the big screen again, I am glad I still have all three on videotape in their original form.
By James Hain Merciad AScE Editor Okay. So I'm a little late with this, so shoot me. Not having the luxury of living in New York or Los Angeles, it takes a while for me to compile a top ten list 1996 was esp ecially rough, since every other movie out was a flash-inthe-pan popcorn extravaganza shot full of more explosions than the surface of Jupiter. But here, just in timeforthe Oscars, is my belated ten-best listfor1996. (Incidentally, the films are in alphabetical order because I think it's ridiculous to try to rank films. Who can say whether Fargo is better than The People vs. Larry Flyntl Well, Gloria Steinem, maybe, but that's another column). Bottle Rocket Not many people saw this offbeat comedy about a crew of bumbling bank robbers, which is a shame. It's much funnier and much more clever than most of the other faux-hip, postTara ntino knockoffs we *vc seen lately. WcaAnderson directed this hilariousflick,for which the term 9 "wacky seems to have been invented. Not a drop of blood is shed, either, which is also refreshing. One question: What is James Caan doing in this movie? Bound. It's Kill I a cliche by now, but this movie would probably give Jesse Helms a heart attack. Two lesbians (Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon) plot to rip off the mob in this clever black comedy, written and directed by the Wachowski Brothers, who could join the brothers Coen and Hughes as one ofour great moviemaking sibling teams (as if there are hundreds). Joe Panto! iano should have gotten an Oscar nominationforhis clumsy wiseguj just therightmix of menace and pathos.
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ally liked, gives a thoroughly credible performance, though Courtney Love is the real revelation here, as Flynt's doomed wife Althea. A truly great film—don't let anyone make you feel guilty for liking it Secrets & I Oscar-nominated gabfest is probably about a half-an-hour longer than it needs to be, which may be due to the director's improvisation a 1 style. A fascinating study of several diverse characters brought together when adoptee Hortense Cumberbatch (Marianne Jean- Ba ptis tc) locates her birth mother. Jcan-Baptiste
involving kidnapping, murder and-ah, gee whiz, you know the story by now don'tcha? If you don't, run to the video store and check out this modern classic with sensational performances by Oscar nominees Frances McDomrand and William H. Macy. And watch out for that pesky wood chipper.
equally good as the teenage version. The fact that the incredible cinematography was not nominated for an Oscar is a crime. Trainspotting. Is this an antidrug polemic or pro-heroin propaganda? Anyone who actually sees thefilm(which doesn't seem like it's asking a lot) will know It's the former. Unless crawling .into a mucky toilet happens to seem glamourous to you. Hey, whatever you do is your business. Credit directorDanny Boyle for playing this film to the hilt, with an off-kilter style that makes up for the fact that there isn't much of a story here. Welcome to the Dollhouse. Super-geek Dawn Wiener (Heather Ma tarazzo) just keeps on truckin', despite a horrific series of hum il iations both at home and in her dreaded junior high. Todd Solondz'sfilmrefuses to cop out, which may be why some found it so difficult to take. But it's really funny, if you think about it Not a kid 'a movie by any mea ns. Well, there you go. A runners-up list might include The Last Supper, Stealing Beauty, Big Night, Everyone Says I LoveYou, Ransom and Carried Away. Any of these films is worth checking out
Lone Star. John Sayles is one of those directors whose films everyone respects but nobody sees. This atmospheric mystery enjoyed the advantage of having Hollywood darling Matthew McConaughey in the cast, alHie English Patient Yes, it is long, but so were Jerry Maguire though his role is relatively small. and Independence Day and yon The film belongs to Chris Cooper (A Time to Kill, Money Tram), sat through those didn't you? who is brilliant as a small-town Anthony Minghe 11a establishes sheriff who investigates the poshimsel fas heir to the David Lean sible misdeeds of his own father, crown with this truly epicfilm,a a local hero. The twist ending will doomed love story between a ma pmaker (Ralph Fiennes) and a have you reeling-it's surely one forbidden woman (Kristin Scott- of the biggest surprises in movie Thomas). Probably a lot gorier history. than many hardcore romantics The People vs. Larry Flynt. would like (after all, nobody lost Feminist critics who lambasted his thumbs in Love Story or had his face burned oft in Sleepless in this film missed the point Porn Seattle), but in an odd way, it's king Flynt isn't the hero, the Constitution la in Milos Forma n's the perfect date movie. expert satire that presents the life of a guy everyone would probFargo. Ine Coen Brothers finally ably like to forget Woody broke into the mainstream Vith Harrclson, whom I've never rethis spectacular comedy-thriller,
and Brenda Blcthyn received Oscar nominations, but supporting player Tim Spall is equally good. It may take time to warm up to, but it's well worth the effort Shine. The inevitable backlash against pianist Da vid Hel (gott still doesn't change the fact that this is a superbfilm.Helfgott is the ultimate tortured artist, brutally mistreated by his overbearing father (Annin Mueller-Stahl) until he is reduced to a babbling basket case. Geoffrey Rush received all the noticeforhis sensational performance as the older David, but Noah Taylor has about the same amount of screen time and is
English Patient looks poised to sweep
By James Hain Merciad A&E Editor On Monday, March 24, ABC will air the 69h annual Academy Awards. It's an opportunity for your favorite stars to tell each other how great they are or, as Johnny Carson said, T w o hours ofsparkling entertainment, spread out over a four hour show." This year, an overwhelming percentage of the nominees are from independent studios, which the studios should take as a sign that nobody's going to pat them on the back for producing era p a ny more. Some predictions: BEST DIRECTOR Should win: Milos Forman, for his admirable job of making a pleasant film about a lowlife in The People vs. Larry FtynL*Will win: Anthony M high ell a, who's already won the Director's Guild award, lot* The English Patient In fact, expect Patient to sweep. BESTSUPPORnNGACTRESS Should • win: ^Marianne JeanBaptiste, for her calculated, immensely likeable performance in Secrets & Lies. Will win: Lauren Bacall, who has been in films since 1944 but has never been nominated until this year. She gets the sentimental vote, even if she's been in far better films man The Mirror Has Two Faces. BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Should win: William H. Macy, for his brilliant, controlled performance as a true loser, the scheming car salesman in Fargo. Will win: Cuba Gooding, Jr., for his role as a boisterous football hero in Jerry Maguire The Academy prefersflamboyantacting to subtle turns like Macy's. BESTACTRHSSShould win: Frances McDormand, for giving Fargo the warmth it needed. As a clever, pregnant sheriff, McDormand really did give the best performance of die year, male or female. Will win: McDormand, although Brenda Blethyn is close behind for her work hi Secrets <& Lies. BESTACTORShould win: Geoffrey Rush, for his manic, yet lovable turn as a profoundly screwed-up individual in audience favorite Shine. Will win: Rush, although Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade ) is dosing in. If there's a surprise, it will be here* BESTPICTURE-
Should win: Joel and Ethan Coen's edgy thriller Fargo is really the best ofthe bunch—which is precisely why it won 'twin. The Academy gets jealous very easfly. Will win: The English Patient It's exactly the kind of film that wins Oscars: big and beautiful, with not much going on upstairs (like Pamela Lee). I don't want to put any undue pressure on myself, but last year I was six for six in my predictions. Don't hold me to that standard again—I might crack. Well know Monday.
Dancers Attend Festival
By Amanda Smith Merciad Columnist Four members of the Mercy hurst. College Pance. Department attended the Northeast Region American College Dance Festival held at Penn State University from Match 12-16. The festival opened with a concert featuring well known artists Sean Curran and Jane Comfort and Co. and dosed with JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraczeski. The Mercy hurst da ncers were able to represent the Dance Department and make a number of contacts college dance de-
and survival strategies partments and die professional multicultural ism in dance. dance community. Corneau and Smith performed By Carrie Tappe Under die direction of Dance Merciad Columnist in an adjudicated concert presentfaculty member Catherine Schaeffer, three students, Jenni- , ing an excerpt of work choreo- I Tim Allen's comedy and sucfer Cornea u, Sondra Dorwart and graphed by Schaeffer entitled cess-'has* finally- gone flat. "Sisters - Innocence." Following JungleUungle is a flsh-out-ofAmanda Smith participated in the performance, both the danc- water comedy doomed for faildance classes, performed and aters and die choreographer re- ure. Jungle2Jungle stars Allen as tended panel discussions at the ceived feedback 7 from selected Michael Cromwell, a successful festival. The classes that were professional choreographers. In commodities trader who is going offered included modern, jazz and addition to presenting her chore- to the Amazon jungletofinalize ballet technique; massage, marography, Schaeffer was invited to his divorce from his first wife, tial arts and conditioning for dancteach advanced modern and iazz Patricia (Jobeth Williams). To ers; African dance, Chinese dan o technique master classes at the his surprise, hefindsout that he ing and Iyengar Yoga. Panel disexuberantly has a /13-year-old son who baa cussiont offered an opportunity received by faculty and students been raised as a member of a for the dancers to apeak with pronative tribe. When Michael agrees in attends nee. fessionals on topics such as dance to bring his son to New York troul
Bungle in theJungle
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F i g a r o at D ' A n g e l o abig success
By Michael Kisiel Contributing Writer Those looking for a weekend soap opera fix had to go no further than the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center on Friday and Sunday of this past weekend. The D'Angelo Opera theatre produced an excellent performance of Mozart's TheMarriageofFigank All in a 11, the production lasted a short three hours full of witty humor, drama tic professions of love and confusion, and all the complexities ofa not-so-ordinary love scandal. The turnout for both perforin ances* was sizable, but not nigh to pack the respectable •Mli seating capacity of the D'Angelo Performing Alts Center. AH of those in attendance, however, received both a treat for their eyes and ears. The set, designed by Michael Gicason, consisted of a carousel capable of changing to one of the four scenes in the opera by a simple 45-degree turn (an engineering masterpiece), sThe costumes, provided by Richard Davis of the Erie Pla yhousc, also added to the authenticity of the production. Doubtless, though, it was the voices and the orchestra of those artists who participated that added life and beauty to the set and the costumes. Stephen Colantti made his conducting debut with the D'Angelo ing Arte Center, Opera Theatre, leading the talI Susanna, one of the four leadented orchestra of. faculty and ing roles, played by Korissa students to a successful perforKirkwold on Friday and Karen mance of a not-so-easy and very Milinovich on Sunday,combined physically taxing musical score. with the role ofFigaro, played by Stage Director David Hercndcen John Taylor in both productions, also had his hands full with the were two performances which immense amount of staging (act- were definitely talked about afing) that had to be learned by the terwards. The Count, the evil behind the opera, played by Mark cast along with the opera itscl f. Riley on Friday, and Randy There is no doubt mat a lot of ha rd work went Into bringing this Hetherington on Sunday, also production to life, but it was one gave terrific performances. which the ta lented group of perCherubino, played by Mary Beth formers made seem very easy to Sederburg on Friday, and Monique Fasano on Sunday, was those in attendance, Rootraising a most impressive showing of a performances were definitely not wonderful combination of both going out of style at the Performacting and voice. Nevertheless, these leading roles could not take all of the praise, for they were complemented by many talented minor roles with such performers as Annie Armitage, Barbara Boeke, Melanie Freaney Eberard and Daniel Cabanillas. " Everyone who participated or helped with the opera, in one way or another, deserves much praise for ma king it such a success. There are many ways to Judge success. Some determine success by wealth and status and someJudge by smiles. It is the smiles th at count and the D'Angelo Center, aa roomy as it is, could not nit ta in all of them.
P r o c e s s for a p p r o v a l o f C o n e w a s s u b v e r t e d
By Tavis O verstreet Merciad Columnist If you haven't already heard, the Core Curriculum for the classes of 2001 and onward was accepted by the President and the Board ofTrustees during "spring" break. Besides the new'Core's sufficiencies and deficiencies, which were hotly debated on these very pages in the weeks approaching break, the problem of the process in which the Core was approved ought to be scrutinized. As The Merciad reported in an article on Jan. 30 (New Core Curriculum Proposed), which received high praise in a letter by the Chairman of the Senate Academic Planning and Assessment Committee (APAC), an advocate ofthe proposed Core whose praise was indeed hard-won, the Core was supposed to go through a vigorous process of examination by such constituencies as the students (MSG?) and faculty. The President ma nda ted that the Core had to be approved by an 80% majority of die College Senate and its pertinent committees, before it could go on for ultimate ratification. Instead, the Core was never voted on by any of these organizations. The question is why the Core was ram-rodded through the school after a process had been set forth to ensure the highest quality curriculum forMercyhurst graduates. Though I cannot say for sure, the only logical conclusion seems to be that the Core's advocates were unwilling to go through the deliberative process because ofdie significant opposition to the Core that would have to be overcome in such organizations as APAC, of which I am a member. As the name ofthe committee suggests, it was our responsibility, among other duties, to assess the adequacy or inadequacy of the Core Curriculum, but the panel never rendered a J judgment • * It seems mat the Core's proponents lacked so much confidence in its acceptability to the rest of the school that they bypassed the process altogether. They could not win by the rules, so they changed (or obliterated) the rules. Moreover, it seems that organizations such as APAC simply exist as pacifiers. Students are allowed to participate in the Senate and on Senate committees, which are in turn supposed to participate in the decision-making process. But, because mere is no concrete method for making such decisions, die rules can be changed at will by the very people who are submitting their proposals to be approved. I am not questioning the value of the Senate's contributions in other areas of school policy, butfrommy expe-
By Michael J. Opperman Merciad Columnist
ing to the discussion, this letter provides me with the opportunity to clarify a few of my obscrvations through a response to Mr. 6 Koskoski's » arguments. Mr. Koskoski * interpreted my criticisms ofthe Freedom Zone to mean that I considered the "publication seemingly less worthy of readership and college funding than the campus newspaper and literary journal." This is not my belief at all. The issue of deserving college funding:is not relevant to my critique. Instead I ask, "how can a publication funded by the college be considered independent?" On the same note, I ask, "how can a publication subjecttoediting and review bv individuals external to
rience with APAC, the value of some functions of the Sena te is questionable at best Students have had essentially no say in the formation of the Core Curriculum this year because the process was entirely abandoned. If students are going to be allowed to have direct input into the school's policies, especially in regards to curriculum, then the processes which make this possible must be followed. Otherwise, die school shouldn't waste the time ofthose concerned about the way in which Mercyhurst is run by pretending to give students, especially and others who serve in organizations such as"APAC or the College Senate a Voice.
First, I would like to express appreciation for the expansion of library hours. The library will now be open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays* This extra access to the library and its resources will be met with gratitude by many on this campus. This week I intend to spend some time and ink responding to Scott Koskoski** letter. He wrote last week in answer to my exa mina don of the Freedom Zone. My article concerning the Freedom Zone was intended to be only a single voice in the conversation and I welcomed Mr. Koskoski's letter. Besides add-
the publication be considered independent?" And, "how can the publication be considered underground when these reviewers are members ofdie Student Senate (one ofthe most public of student organizations)?" Mr. Koskoski states that "the members of the Freedom Zone pride themselves on being an independent, underground publican tion. This claim does not seem .___ istentwith the circumstances of the publication's existence. Mr. Koskoski contends that the versatility and flexibility of the Freedom Zone are its most valuable, assets. He also argues that the rigid formats of the Merciad and Lumen serve, in many cases, to limit the publica» • ) !
tions. I agree. In fact, I could not agree more. However, flexibility and versatility mat are not utilized and exploited are useless. Freedom untested is no freedom at all. Does this freedom actually exist? I am not criticizing current contributors. I have a great deal of respect for those individuals submitting work to the Freedom Zone. They are distinguished in their efforts. Instead, I am challenging the members ofdie Freedom Zone to confront and subvert our expectations. As members of the Freedom Zone,tiiey are in th e position to address serious, difficult issues. They are in the position to take advantage of the Freedom
Zone's versatility and flexibility. Despite Mr. Koskoski's explanation ofthe varied ways in which individuals can express opinions and his contention thatthe bulk of the content of the publication is not short poetry ("there are facts, stats, graphics, and questions in addition to the poetry"), Lstill argue that the Freedom Zone is doing far less than it is capable of doing. I see little challenging of limitations and boundaries. Stereotypes and prejudices are left standing stronger than ever. The Freedom Zone could be a place where issues are discussed openly and aggressively. That would be underground and independent
By Eniilio Colaiacovo Merciad Political Columnist' In 1953, Russell Kirk, a noted conservative theoretician, stated in his Conservative Mind, "Not by force ofarms are civilizations hcl d together, butby subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle." It seems, however, that our society has abandoned our moral fabric to favor an amoral, bordering on atheistic, social policy. Nothing illustrates this more than the recent occurrence in Etowah County, AL. Circuit Judge Roy Moore has received a lot of criticism from secular
groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union about the fact that he sa ys a prayer before each court session end that he has a woodcarved Ten Comma ndment plaque behind his bench. Besides the fad the Ten Commandments are essential components of Western and common law, social groupsfindthe judge's practices offensive and an act of invasion by various "religious* forces in America." According to Cal Thomas, another noted conservative author, thefoundersof our nation were guided by a strong sense of devotion to God and did not at all intend the current problems soci-
ety has encountered when dealing with the question of church and state. To him, religious faith sustains liberal democracy, because it provides a basis for beliefs that undergird the highest ideals and aspirations of humankind. Therefore, die subject can not be dassiGed as a "hobby* or especially irrelevant to the politics! and cultural debate our nation currently endures. In researching this article, I came upon an instance where religious freedoms were denied. In 1992," Frederick County, Virginia's school superintendent issued a memorandum prohibit* ing the use of "Christmas" and
"Easter" in school calendars and publications. The annual faculty Christmas party was no longer referred to as its traditional name but rather as a "holiday party." While such anti-religious zealots Uphold the rights ofthe few, they fail to realize that the rights of those who wish to refer to these "holidays" by their traditional names are being trampled on* Evidently, the superintendent expected religious citizens to lay down their First Amendment privilege, which states that the government can make no law which restricts the free exercise of religious beliefs, fori the minority's sake. Yet in Frederick
County, ironically, Gve year-olds are sexually educated and prepared for the later introduction of condoms in elementary school. Evidently, the word "Christmas" is extremely more dangerous and sensitive to a Gve year old than the words associated with sexual education. This topic I thought to be quite pertinent, especially with the upcoming religious holidays. Unfortunately, social activists fail to realize that our nation was founded upon religious principles with a firm belie f in a divine being. Saying a prayer in court, studying the Ten Commandcontd. pg 8
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The Oscars are coming up! What's your pick for the movie of the year and why?
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"Howard Stem's movie because I'm a Howard fanfirstof all, and if yon didn't like Howard first of all or never heard of him it was still a funny movie."
Venus Salinas, Freshman, Vocal Performance 1 think that the English Patient will win, because the acting and the story and the plot are a work of art"
Chad Ewings, Sophomore, Elementary Ed. , " My favorite movie that I've seen this year is * National Lampoon's European Vacation, because it was the funniest movie that I've ever seen."
Michelle Lecker, Senior,. Tricia Six, Freshman, Vocal Performance Art Therapy 1 think the English Patient was "I think that Tom Cruise did a really great job in Jerry Maguire the best movie of the year because and I think that little boy with Ralph Fiennes is a babe" glasses was just so cute."
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Lynn Miller, Junior, Special Ed. "Ghosts of Mississippi because it had good historical value."
Justyn Headley, Freshman, Special Ed. "Jerry McGuire had a good story line and a lot of good actors in it" :ii
Ken Fronczek, Freshman, 2 Accounting u The People Versus Larry Flyntt because Larry Flynt is my hero."
Lucas Lorensana, Freshman, Communications "My favorite movie was Howard Stern's Private Parts because Howard is the king ofall media."
Meranda lippert, Junior, Special EdJ "I think that it's Phenomenon, because I like John Travolta and I thought he played a good part",
To the Editor
problem. I do not believe that those ofus who travel hundreds of miles This letter is not a response to are in the majority, but we do anything that The Merciad has constitute a valuable portion of written but is a response to the the Mercyhurst community. Othhousing newsletter for March ers besides simply me would like 1997. Th is isfromthe perspective to go home, but it is too expensive ofafreshmanfrom New Engl and. for such a short and unanticipated Basically, my response is the ar- time. The cost of traveling just to gument against closing the dorms western Massachusetts it about during Easter Break. I have been $140-150 round trip by train. I do driven to a plea for pol icy change not travel as far as many do, and la after having spoken with both my taking die train, my time at home R.A., Andy Ganfidd, and the As- would be about 24 hours. Theresistant Director ofHousing, Shawn fore, I am stuck here. When we returnedfromspring McMasters. Having dealt with both of these people before in is* break, the people I talked to saw sues of the college bureaucracy, I the Easter Break on the schedule expected better reception when I and said that they, as I, saw it as a presented them with my housing good opportunity to catch up on class reading or begining to type dilemma. The main problem is the length up the paper due the following of the break in question. Easter week. Needless to say, it was a Break is only two days longer than total shock to discover we were the normal weekend. This now being thrown out for three days. brings into the debate the many Instead of a relaxing long weekfreshmen who do not 1 ive is Erie. end, I now look forward to •AlterNormally during breaks, it is native Housing." If you do not have any friends mostly the members of select ftfinrt*teAmithat have the housing with apartments to stay with, you
Freshmen Housing Dilemma
Letter To The Editor
are assigned to people who have empty beds whether they want you or not This seems like a wonderful solution. I am not a big pa rtier. I prefer calm, low key gatherings. Perhaps I will be thrown in to afour-dayrager where si eep is not a n option. Be tter yet, I could live with someone who was just let off of a sexual assault charge with only a slap on the wrists. My parents would be plea sed to h ear about any of these scenarios. They will no doubt feel like their money is well spent, what with their kid sleeping in the same room aa some psycho andau\? • * Perhaps, in money lies the answer. Mercyhurst, as far as I've seen, is a good deal. We pay what amounts to half of what most of myfriendsback home do and are still an accredited school, with some excellent programs, hea ded by some extraordinary people. I speak of R/IAP and Archaeology (which I am familiar with) specifically. »i&*k Mtt^tSS contd. pg8
By Dan Hilfiker Senior Writer HI living weeks a have not heard all the hoopla, the Star Wars trilogy has been rercleased to the public with a few added minutes offootageand some beefed up special effects. In contrast to what some others out there may feel, I love this idea. These movies were the most influential films for me while growing up, but I was never able to see the first episode on the big screen because it ha d run its course in the theater long before I waa attracted to the series. 2 1 * rerelease brings a' n ens ion to the film Was never before able to experience. In fact, I plan on seeing the rest of the trilogy at the cinema in the near future. Home video is great and enables us to see many of Hollywood's m asterpieces at low cost and convenience, but there is a tremendous effect th a t is lost when you a re not a ble to view a movie on the big screen. With the success of the rereJease of the Star Wars trilogy, I would not be surprised to see ma ny other big movie companies trying to follow their lead and rerelease many other great cinematic classics. Unfortunately for us and for Erie, we do not have a movie house in town that is willing to show many of the movie classics of old, such as Citizen Kane or The African Queen, I think that this is where ma ay of the movie theaters today have erred. Think of how brilliant movies such as 2001; A Space Odyssey, On the Waterfront and The Maltese Falcon would be ifthey were viewed on the big screen at a contemporary thea ter, not to me ntion Sony Dynamic Digital Sound. I imagine that most Americana have never even seen classics such as The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind on anything else but a small television screen. The renewed vigor with which the Star Wars trilogy is packing theaters and which cable television stations such as Turner Clas1 1 I 1 contd. pg 8
T i m e to Deal With "Sleeping"
By Joe Wong Merciad Columnist Imagine waking up tomorrow andfindingyourself living, literally, in a completely different country. Bat not just any country, one with an opposing political, economic and social structure. Imagine going to sleep in a country where t multitude of freedoms, liberties and rights are not only respected but encouraged and waking up in a country that limits yourfreedoms,curbs your liberties and even forbids your religion. At midnight on June 3 0, this nightmare will not be imagination for the people ofHong Kong, buta reality. StartingJuly l,Hong Kong ceases to be a colony in the British Empire and becomes a part of the People's Republic of China. In 1898, after holding Hong Kong for 56 years, Britain forced the Chinese to grant a 99-year lease to the island, which became a British Crown Colony. Over the. years, the colony has flourished and become one of the most important cities in the world for merce, banking and trade awl a jewel of not only the British Empire, but ofthe West in the face of Liberty contd from pg * < menu, or using the word "Easter* will not break our already fragile democracy; rather, I believe it would enhance It According to Cal Thomas, tie unraveling of nations occurs when humans sV tpt replace lilt to topple Cod snd His suthority with our own. We have tried this "social experimen9 tation' policyforfar too long and you can tee our problems. Spiritual deficiency and the decline "of American culture are closely related. No one is forcing
Letter. Housing ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ eontd. from pg 7 Acknowledging this, I would be willing to fay the little extra moneytostay the three days, I do not feel like I need the supervision ofan R-A- with security available, but seeing thingsfromthe schools perspective, I would help pay for an RA. Finally, I would like to urge the people in charge to remember what we are and whs t we are bere for. I intentionally avoided the fact that we arc a Catholic school and Easter is an important Catholic Holiday. I did m isforit is not
the Communist "East ^^ economy, accompanied by its to threaten military war with the views of Beijing, because the The people of Hong Kong have growth in wealth, industry and Chinese, we can threaten an ecobooks "are not suited to the benefited greatly, receiving the status in die world that has driven nomic battle, one which we surely changes after 1997." military protection of Britain and the Chinese in recent years. The would win. The new governor of Hong a guarantee oftheir liberty, all the United States must recognize that Kong, Tung Chee-hwa, was choA pledge by the United States while enjoying thefruitsofa prosapparentflawin the Chinese and sen by a committee, in turn chois needed, before the hand-over, pering economy. But Britain's use it to our advantage and the sen by the Communist governthreatening the revocation of lease expires this year and alment Unlike the current goverChina's special trading and ecobenefit of the people of Hong though Margaret Thatcher atnor, Chris Patten, who is willing nomic rights if they begin to inKong. tempted to negotiate an extension to oppose his government in Lonfringe on the freedoms and liberThe Chinese consistent! y refuse in 1982, the Communist Chinese don for the sake of his city, Tung ties of the people ofHong Kong. to discuss human rights and ecowere adamant about the return of will surely be a mere puppet for nomics in the same negotiations We have replaced Britain as the a w their island. As part of the agree- his government in Beijing. The and we have done little to oppose world's great empire, but instead ment between the two nations, Chinese record on human rights that when deciding their Most ofmil itary conquests, we acquire Hong Kong is to be returned to and especially on repressing upFavored Nation status. The Chithrough economics and Hong China, which in turn guarantees risings, regardless of how peacenese have been able to argue that Konff should be our next prize. the same liberties and economic r fill, is notvery encouraging. From what happens in their own counfreedoms for Hong Kong for the a practical point ofview, the Chitry is ofno concern to the United nese must restrict the freedoms of next 50 years. States. But die people of Hong Helmet .j the people in Hong Kong, in order Kong are different, they are Communist China proclaims the contd.frompg7 '; "Hong Kongers," ethnic Chinese people of Hong Kong will be to prevent die spread of dissensic Movies and American Movie with a tradition of British and treated fairly and will live withsion throughout China. It is beClassics have evolved, should Western \law, freedoms and out much notice of the cause the Chinese surely see the rights. It seems likely that China open the eyes of many theater changeover, but people naive need for tight restrictions on the will not folly respect the liberties operators around the country to enough to believe that should perpeople of Hong Kong, that we begin showing the classicfilmsof Hong Kong is must act now to prevent the Chihaps reeducate themselves on the years past to a new generation of used to, despite their pledges. nese from imposing those restrichistory of the Communist system moviegoers. Maybe men many and specifically the Chinese Com- • tions. & ifo .!•• .i* . .w £ ' We must not allow die Chipeople today will learn why acnese, the Communists, to renege munists. There are signs now m a t i ^Colonialism is dead fifljfc is tors like fJames tDean, Audio the Chinese are preparingtoalter time for die British to leave Hong on another agreement, we must Murphy and Humphrey Bogart the spirit of the hand-over agreeKong, but equally true is die fact not make die same mistake made are as famous as they aretoday,or HMI . Just recently, the Chinese at Yalta. We mustforcediem to that Communism is dead, a fact what movies first catapulted Foreign Minister stated die hisrespect the traditions and history that even the Chinese are willing Marlon Brando to fame. He didn't tory books in Hong Kong would of the people of Hong Kong. As to admit, at least economically. It start outi as the Godfather you have to be altered to betterfitthe is that very desire for a capitalist we should not befoolishenough know. a specific religion down throat If you do not feel ¥1111 able saying a prayer, don't say it If yon do not wish to study the March 20.1997 VOL. 70 NO. 17 Ten Commandments, don't study Merciad Editors mem. If yon arc an atheist or an agnostic, continue to believe in A&E Editor Editor-in-Chief John Murphy James Bain whatever you believe in. HowAdvertising Scott Vance Sports Editor Jason Giffen I ever, do not make the religious Copy Editor Chris Wloch News Editor Michelle Mhta Brad Rybczynskl tLtjUlll lunity suffer because of your Graphics Features Editor lAaron Council Advisor Senior Writer preferences. If only our nation Jerry Trambley Danllilflker was more understanding and less Merciad Staff confrontational, we could actuJessica Russell JamzPorzio Michael J Opperman ally make progress with some Stephen Nolan Joe Wong Carrie Tappe our pressing social concerns. Mindi McDowell BiUMelvifle | Emilio Colaiacovo the issue. We are all students, but Todd Zielinski Mary Pike Jody Washington not all Catholics. This should be Amanda Smith Steve Torriero Kara Clark first and foremost an academic Nicole Esposito Heather Cvitkovic Maureen McMahon institution, not a religious one. It should be a place to pursue acaThe Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College, Box 161, demic inquiries and studies. Stu501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa., 16546. Phone 824-2376. dents deserve a place to fed ssfe and to sleep comfortably every Hie Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. single day mat they are affiliated with and giving money to their respective institutions of learning. It should be a place we can call home. I cannot, in good faith, recommend this school to anyHie Merclad's editorial opinion is determined try the Editorial Boaidwith the Editor-in-Chief one who lives as far away as I do holdingfinalresponsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those of and that should worry adminisIke Merciad, its staff or Mercyhurst College. * trators the most
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Frannie Foltz: A n Inspiration to All
dent teaching a fourth grade class at Perry Elementary, under the guidance of Patricia Tellers. Afterfinishingat Perry, Foltz will Frannie Foltz senior early childmove on to Belle Valley Elemenhood / elementary education matary. jor from Sharpsville Pa., will be graduating in May from In keeping with her desire to Mercyhurst with hundreds of fid- educate and lead, Foltz was instrumental in starting an aerobics low classmates* Foltz, however, program at Mercyhurst Foltz will not fade from memory explained that Dawn Strunk, quickly as she leaves behind four women's lacrosse coach, was years of hard work and involvelooking for an instructor and hearment ing this, volunteered to take on Foltz came to Mercy hurst in the the task. Fall of '93 after an extensive search for therightschool. She The aerobics class began in the toured the likes of Syracuse Unifirst weeks ofthe Winter term and versity, John Carroll and Cortland runsfromMonday to Thursday at University, but it was at 8:15 p.m. in the Rec Center. Foltz runs the classes with Vanessa Mercy hurst that she felt most at Pappalardo, a senior nursing mahome. jor and newest addition, Jen During a hot August day, Foltz Hamelly, a junior biochemistry was ushered around campus by and chemistry dual major. Hamely two cousins who had attended said of her experience with Mercyhurst They showed her the ins and outs a n d ups and downs aerobics and Foltz, "Frannie is a very enthusiastic persont who of the Hurst scene. In recalling the day. Foltz remember s the out works very well with the people fit she wore and most important, who come here. We have a lot of the, impression it left on her. fun."! I ? \ I "Mercyhurst was the nicest as far Much of aerobics involves as atmosphere and people; it was dance steps and Foltz is also preeverything in one," she said. paring for another type of dance, It was her family that introthe Senior Dinner Dance. In the beginning of the year, Foltz was duced Foltz to the scenic college nominated and chosen to co-chair on the hill and it was her family the Senior Dinner Dance Comthat gave her the strength and mittee, along with Mary Sloan, a support to come. Foltzhad a very strong rela don- senior nursing major. The Senior Dinner Dance is the ship with her family which she culmination of four years of characterized by saying, "I love memories for seniors and it is no my family with all my heart, I mean feat to bring .together. wouldn't be here without them. I Shuttles need to be booked, halls wouldn'tbave gotten through half reserved, D J.s chosen and many the stuff I've been through withw other things need to be done as out them. well, but Foltz is taking it all in In fact, Foltz attributes much of stride.. her success not only to the dose relationship with her immediate She sa id, "It's been hectic, but family, but her extended family I'm enjoying it, I enjoy the responsibility. I like to know that as well. Typically, the family it's going to be a big success and vacations together and eats daily mea Is together in spite ofltving in I'm really excited." The Senior Dinner Dance is not \ households. One of Foltz's most constant Foltz's first time organizing a stuteachers wis her grandmother. dent event In herjunior year, she Living with her grandmother, she was one of the coordinators for Christmas on Campus. would come home and instead of Her involvement in Christmas letting her watch television her on Campus has been varied over grandmother taught her how to her four years. In her fresher and cook, sew and crochet among sophomore year, Foltz. was a other things. This care Cor others may have buddy for the youths th at come to Mercyhurst for a touch of holiday been what instilled in Foltz the joy and happiness. Foltz explained desire to become a teacher herself. In this final term, she is stu- her enthusiasm for the event by By Brad Rybczynski Features Editor saying," I just think it is so much fun because Christmas is my favorite holiday." For those involved in this past Christmas on Campus, you probably recognized Foltz dressed in a Cinderella costume. Seeing Foltz in a crown was nothing new for all those in attendance at the Homecoming football game. At half time, Foltz was crowned Homecoming Queen. Reminiscing about the day, Foltz recalled being very nervous and when she won she said, "It was shocking. It wasn't something I was expecting, especially with the other girls nominated for court It was a great honor and I'm looking forward to coming back next year. Being popular and becoming Homecoming Queen have a lot to do with being outgoing and that is just what Foltz is, especially when she puts on the green coat of an ambassador. Foltz has been a member of the Ambassadors Club for three years. Foltz explained her involvement by saying," I like it a lot I really enjoy the people in the club and things we do as far as prospective students go in helping them in their decisions." Alice Edwards, professor of Spanish, who has worked closely with Foltz said," Honestly, you couldn't pick a better person to epitomize what tile best Mercyhurst student is." 1 Edwards involvement with Foltz has been largely in the area of volunteering. Foltz accompanied a group of students in 1994 to Mexico to participate in a program sponsored by the Erie Diocese called Mission of Friendship. During the 10 day stay, the group helped poor families by remodeling homes and working with the young and elderly. Edwards said, "It was a really wonderful experience, itwas a great group ofpeople to be with because it was all around a nice group of kids, but especially I think Frannie's presence was just key to making it a really experience. % Foltz has volunteered In other, less exotic, environments as well. While visiting her home, she volunteers at local schools, she helps with youth rallies for the Erie Diocese and goes on retreats sponsored by the diocese for juniors
Frannie Foltz with her mother Luci
Foltz with friends (Do R) Kelly Sak, Tricia Baugb, Megan Sawyko, Lisa MaJinowskir Kerry Wagner. & Kavlene Carson and seniors in high school. done or gone through daily." Foltz 1 ists among her accomIn the future, Foltz hopes to once again return to Mexico. This plishments, four years on die Stutime for a 15-month stay with the dent Activities Committee, being Mission of Friendship. a Resident Assistant for her junIfFoltz is unable to go to Mexico ior year in the Mercy Apartments she plans on turning her eyes and being named a Dean's List South. In the South, she will look Scholar for three years. for a position teaching at the kinHELP WANTED dergarten or first grade level. The South will be perfect for Men/Women earn $ 4 8 0 Foltz who loves the sun* She said, weekly assembling " A lot offriendsback home call circuit boards / d e c me the sun goddess because I'm tronic components at always in the sun and I love to
tan."" f * t f\ In summing up four years of Mercyhurst, Foltz could not pin point one crowning moment or achievement in her college career. Rather she said, "It has been sort of a myriad of things that I've
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Senior Art Unveiled
By Brad Rybczynski Features Editor By Allssa Minner Merciad Guest Writer The days are winding down It hasfinallycome, the last term ofmy undergraduate career. I still cannot until graduation for U9 seniors tell if I am excited, sad or just so burned out that I do not care. I have been pondering this for the past month and I know that I am excited from the Mercyhurst Art Departabout die prospect of delving Into a new en of my life. I am also scared ment, but before they could think of graduating, they spent many because I just do not know what I am going to do after May. A certain sadness has set in because I will no longer have the opportunity hours creating an art exhibit to to see the people and walls I have grown so accustomed to. There will be show their ta lents for everyone in no more Wednesday nights at The Merciad of berating Murphy or beating the Erie and Mercyhurst communities to enjoy. These seniors deadlines. I have mixed emotions, I really do love this place, but I sure will not miss have been working on this project the bullshit that goes on here. After four years, I have learned so much about since thefirstterm in the Senior Photo: Aaron Connel the way things work here, or do not work here, so at times I am disheartened. Seminar class. Sculptures,! Michelle Lecker, also an art Mercyworld is only a microcosm of the real world and I realize that in light ramies and paintings are just a Art therapy major Natalie a of this, I am probably only in storeformore of the same. At least I will not few of the mediums that will be therapy major, said p was] reNeumann said that she has been be pa yingforit out in the working world. represented in the Cummings Art lieved that project wasfinallyput accepted to a graduate school in together because it was very A great concern of mine has been inactivity in the face of serious wrongs. Gallery. Cleveland, which was very imw Harassment, rape and suicide have occurred on campus and nothing has pressed with the Mercyhurst art Senior art therapy major Brad stressful. The students said it been done to educate faculty, staff and most important, students. Hetrick said, This show is very was a good experience setting up program.; " In an environment of higher education, nothing is done outside of the important because it is a chance the show, but they are glad all the The Mercyhurst Senior Art classroom to make students more socially adapted to the world we live in. for the seniors to show everyone hard work is finished. Lecker is Exhibition is being held at the how hard they've worked." This especially glad to be done beI might add that very little is done in the da ssroom. Cummings Gallery, located in the new Mary D'Angelo Performing When a tragic event occurs, it would make sense to confront the problem will be a chance to show future cause her ceramics piece actually instead of pretending it never happened. This process only perpetuates an employers and graduate schools exploded in the kiln, which is an Arts Center. The exhibit will be how talented they are'and what oven used to bake the ceramic shown from March 20 to April environment that will be ripe for reoccurrence of such events. 11. There will be a reception on Silence is revered as a path to humility and piety by Benedictine monks they've learned in the past four pieces. It took her six months to around the world, but the last time I checked, Mercyhurst was not a years at Mercyhurst Hetrick will repair her broken piece. Michelle March 22from2-4 p.m. Everymonastery. When I start seeing the likes ofMr. Richard Kubiak or Dr. Philip be showing two sculptures in the said she can laugh about it now, one is invited to a ttend. but at the time, it wasn't so funny. Supina in robes, I win stop asking for thought provoking conversation. I do exhibit not think that is on the horizon. .4 -., A part of this silence is the failure of faculty members to speak up for colleagues and students for professors. Mercyhurst lost Dr. George Garrelts, professor of Religion, and Dr. Philip Supina, professor of history, will be leaving in May. Actually not "leaving," but being "let go." By Mindi McDowell I was lucky enough to have taken cl asses with Supina. I would say that theyMerciad Writer he is among the finest professors I have had the pleasure of being educated by. He ranks among Dr. William Garvey, Dr. Michael Federici and Mr. On Rid ay, the Weekends committee brings in Mysteries on Campus in the Laker Inn at 7:30 pan. Members Ba rry McAndrew. of the audience become involved and analyze clues to solve a crime. Prizes will be given to clever detectives. Why is it then if this and other professors (Dr. Mario Diaz) are so good, On Saturday, SAC will go to Toronto. Call the SAC office at x2463 to inquire. Anyone going on the trip they are not kept at Mercyhurst? Hi at is something I cannot answer, but I must pay a $10 deposit mat will be returned as the bus is boarded. The bus will be leaving at 8 a.m. and am very curious to know. I am even more curious to know why nobody is returning at approximately 12 midnight Sunday morning. SAC is merely providing transportation; the coming forward to support thesefineacademics. activities of the day will be determined by the students. What ever happened to camaraderie? The thing that is really scary is not On Tuesday, Tournaments is having afreethrow contest at 8 p.m. in the Rec Center. Check for a sign up only that a sense of cama raderie is gone, but that the ability to question the sheet at the Union desk. Cash prizes will be awarded. establishment and status quo has fallen by the wayside. Coffeehouse will also be held on Tuesday night To coincide with Women's History Month, the We are in an academic environment and people are not questioning Coffeehouse committee is bringing in the duo VaDare at 8:30 p.m. anything. A possible exception to this may be the new core, but I imagine that On Wednesday night, the Movie committee is showing *The Princess" in the Union Grea t Room at 9 pan. a sense ofjob security might have something to do with that If courses are cutfromthe core and you teach in that major, the chance that a professor might be cutfromthe department is probably pretty good. This attitude la in the professors and trickles down to the students. It seems that Mercyhurst seeks to educate students to befreethinking and questioning Newborn babies have 300 bones, only after they leave the gatesforthe last time, not while they are here. If Mercyhurst is going to continue to excel and become the top notch adults have 206. nationally ranked liberal arts college that we all know it can be, attitudes need to change. Tragedy has to be addressed, good professors, must be recognized for what they are worth and everyone must begin to question • All words of encouragement for, and agreement with, this column would be greatly appreciated. I will not hold my breath though
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Seniors Look Forward To Their Futures
ConsfromP12 two-footed player, one wis for standing on" (said with t snicker), said Melody. These seniors will be very hud to replace. We are recruiting very strongly now and some of these players we can only hope will fill their shoes. I would like to wish the seniors the very I I *K I know some of them are going to con* tinue playing. They will always be remembered for their contributions to MercyhurstCollege and Mercyhurst College soccer," said Melody. j Future "I have a couple of opportunities right now to go and work in hotels, but I'm not sure if that is what I want to do. Ihavea marketing minor and I am just trying to see what other jobs I can get in sales," said Lengel. "I have another year here, so maybe I'll get an undergrad assistantship. This summer I hope to play semi-pro in Massachusetts. Pve-been offered a position in Kalamazoo, Mich, and in Tennessee, but I turned them down because I didn't want to do that," said Murray. I'll be going back home to hopefully work for a pharmaceutical company at home," said Selvitelli. Keith SeMtelU
Lakers Hit 14 H o m e Runs in Just 12
By Seott Vance Merciad Sports Editor The men's baseball team is once again off to a great 11*1 start to the season after three Wins this past weekend. The team has already hit 14 home funs this season in comparison to 22 for all of la st season and they have 11 players hitting 300 or over with a team batting average of 338. Due to the team's impressive performance over the weekend, they have moved from 15th to 11th place in the nation. The Hurst played Truman College in thefirstof its three games on Friday and thanks to some fine pitching by Clay "Boomer" Wood, who pitched a no-hitter (all of the runs came from walks and errors), the Lakers won the game 4-2. I t was a bad game due to tile weather conditions," said Bill Mamourieh. In the following game, the Lakers played Lewis college. The Lakers|once again secured the victory thanks to a home run derby by me Lakers. Mamourieh hit a two-run home run in the Grst in* ning and Rob Muchafollowedup with a three-run home run. "We were very aggressive at the plate and we played well defensively," said Mamourieh. The Lakers went into the final game against Quincy College looking for a win to complete their weekend sweep and once again it was die home runs mat won the game for them 11-10. Mucha and Pat Cutshall both hit two home runs, and Jose Alices and Brian Depalma both hit sing] e home runs. The Lakers were behind to Quincy but they mana ged to daw their way back thanks to some fine 'pitching by Brian Lopez. The turning point was die bases loaded, 10-10 ball game bottom of the seventh, Quincy has its two-three-four hitters coming l and Lopez gets out of the jai they don't score a run. Wheno pitching is a little bit down we a picking it up with the bats, wh the bats are down the pitching doing the job. There seems to 1 a good balance. I think* oi through nine in our lineup is pre! solid, our pitching staff is deep i
we have a lot of options during the course of the game. With all of those factors and all of those variables present, we can do some things mat maybe in the past we couldn't," said Head Coach Joe lord ana The team hopes to continue its fineformthis weekend as they play against Mansfield, Bloomsburg University and Da vis and Elkins. It's going to be a challenge," said Jordano.
By Kelly Gillig Merciad Sports Writer This past weekend, the men made their way to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to meet some conference and non-conference opponents. The Grst day of the trip was a 10 hour leg six hours of which were in complete whiteout conditions. The trip was mentally exhausting as the men got in late at night and had to play early the next day. Remarkably, the men pulled themselves together and beat a tough Lake Superior State Team convincingly. They were then back on the road and on consecutive days met Michigan Tech and the University of Minnesota Duluth. The men came away with two disappointing losses. The men's coach, Ray Yost, saw the trip as successful saying, "traveling as long as we did through such horrible weather and to beat a quality team like Lake Superior on their home says a lot about the team." fr.tll The men now have a 3-4 record and are expecting a forge during the second half of their season to propel them into the • 111 championship.
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Senior Soccer Players Reminisce About The
By Scott Vance Merciad Sports Editor It ha s been a long four years for all ofthese players who went from an unknown team to b e recognized as t national powerhouse. I had die pleasure o f meeting up with the seniors on the men's soccer team (Ian Dickerson, Darren Murray, Jack Lengel and Keith Selvitelli) to discuss their four years here at Mercy hurst, both from a sporting and person al point of view. The play en they played with "Rich Sheldon and Greg Waddle were outstanding players and inspirational during my first year. During die last two years, Jimmy Reen was a great player, a great sweeper. He read die game really well, but if I had to pick the best player over the four years, it would have to be Greg Waddle. All the players respected him and everyone really enjoyed playing with him because he brought the best out of people," said Ian Dickerson. "Jimmy Reen, Greg Waddle, Glen Francis and 'Ticker' (Dickerson). I played with Jimmy for four years and Ijust know him and w e play w e ll together. Ticker' is just Ticker', ye know he's amazing fund Glen is an Antiguan international s o obviously a good player. This year, I think that we were more of a team than last year and I think that is one of the reasons that I think w e didn't win the final four,** said Murray. I'd have to agree with Danen, Glen, Ticker and Jimmy, are among the best players, but I would also include Darren as a goalkeeper. I think the big difference was the junior and senior year compared to the sophomore and freshman year where we didn't have the team unity my first few years here and it wasn't e njoy able playing. At the end of my sophomore year, I think that Rich really worked hard on getting the team together and we all respected each Other and there wasn't as much bickering or complaining amongst each other" said Lengel. T h e first game of our fresh* man year until pj the last game of our senior year he [Jack Lengel ] held
the right back position. He played M l istently every game, and I don't remember Jack every having a bad game. He is a quality 9 defender, * said Selvitelli. Memories "Getting to die final four was probably die best moment I thought that w e should have won it, I was disappointed that w e didn't Win i t All of the times that w e went down to Hoppers and the Edge on a Thursday night were always great times because w e had a great team experience. One of the funniest memories was when Stua rt Hogg came sprinting out of die hotel toilet naked and jumped in die pool saying "final four here w e come." This was after the Missouri game and w e were just after getting through to the final four, even though Rich Hards wasn't too happy about it, but it was still| funny," said Dickerson. 1 don't havc r any specific memories, it was a great experience going to die NCAA playoffs and making die final four and that was definitely the high point of my four yeais. It was a great experience and not many people have that opportunity and just the atmosphere about being around all those people and all your friends that you play with. I met all my good friends playing soccer," said Lengel. "On a personal note, as a team w e went to Club Giggles. After the Buffalo games, w e always went to Lazertron and our old goalkeeper, Bartiey, was always taking the piss (said with a giggle) out of the workers there. It was just a fun experience going away with the team,* said Lengel. "Getting to the final fourforthe third time, two in junior college and one at Mercyhurst Off the pitch has to be Stewie, (Stuart Hogg) down in north east Missouri when he jumped into the Swimming pool. When we qualifiedforthe final four. Stewie came tun>ting out o f the jacks (toilet) right into the middle of the lobby of the hotel in his nip (naked) and dived into the swimming pool,* said Murray. » "It would have to be the Gannon game when w e defeated diem 5-1 my sophomore year. We really
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Ian Dickerson, Darren Murray and Jack Lengel gather in the union to reflect on their Mercy hurst careers thrashed them. Between that and namic center forward, he had the better back home (England), they the Missouri St Louis my junior knew a lot more, but over here I ability to win games on his own, year to go to the final four for the think Rich Harris got along with very good at taking players on, first time and nobody expected us people really well. He knew how very very good in tight situations. to do it," said Selvitelli. « Ian was one of the best players in to get people going and that waa "Every year we'd leave*for our region and he never got the his major strong point, but die games on Friday and we' d all go coaching wasn't too good," said credit that he deserved," said out on Thursday night and get Melody. Dickerson. twisted because it waa the only "Darren Murray in my estima"I had Trevor (Warren) for the time that we could go out Then tion is the best goalkeeper in Divifirst year, but I mink that Rich was on die bus on Friday morning, the more in touch with the players. I sion II soccer. He has both the bus would stink from people abilitv to save balls and distribute know that he didn't get along with farting,ftwas guaranteed always a lot of people, but I think that he UHll His skill level ass player is 19 to be a laugh, said Selvitelli. got die team pretty much to work very very high, his work ethic in together. With the two coaches practice and in games is exemRegrets plary, something for every underJohn (Melody) and Rich (Hards) classmen to learn from. It is gothere was a good persona] differ"Not winning the final four last ing to be a hard job in replacing ence. John was more of a player year and not getting to the final Darren," said Melody. than a personal coach and Rich four this year. I would have also There is no doubt about it, was more ofa personal coach, but they both had a good balance of Jack is definitely One of the best liked to have scored more goals. I both I think," said Lengel. athletes ever to play at think die coaching staff should Mercyhurst He is very aggres1 have a lot of respectforboth have put Rob Gillooly up front," sive! very strong, and veryfitand John and Rich because they took said Dickerson. a chance on taking me down here a superb one-on-one defender. I "I'm regretting now maybe Mill without even seeing me play. L j think his claim to fame was keep!toit It'sbecause I don't Erie in the middle of really like ing Mike Finn egar (three-year first thought that Rich was good, but I nowhere and there is nothing to team All-American) quiet for two had better back home, but It*s a do. In terms of soccer, not makdifferent sort of soccer over here, games when w e played East ing the final four again this year, Stroudsburg. He also gave us that it's not as intense. John was very but eh thats the way things go,** explosive ability to go forward. good on the personal level," said said Murray. We'll miss Jack and his antics on Murray. "Senior year waa kind of tough, the bus. 'The balance between John and not playing most of the year (due i"Keith Selvitelli, a big strong Rich was good. Rich knew a to injury), it's not really a regret boy. He eats pizza, he's the only tactical game inside-out to say the 9 but more of a disappointment Ital ian that doesn'11 ike tomatoes. least and John was a players Other than that, I don't really have coach," said Lengel. He's very skillful on the ball and any * 4 eta," said Lengel. very hard to mark. He gtvc us Coaching that extra physical presence on Coach on the Players the field and that extra dimension T h e coaching Was definitely « j i n D i c k c r s o i l ^ § ytry d y . going forward. He is a very good iv Contort PI 1
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