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More than 500 students went to the polls on April 28 and elected Mike:Heller, Linda Ravenstahl, Steve Frisina, and Darlene Wawrejko as MS6 officers for the 1978-79 academic school year. Heller easily defeated Jim Deffner for president of MSG, 350 to 170 votes. Heller, who during the campaign stressed the importance of student involvement in campus and community activities, said he was going to "put pressure on his reps to make his main objective a reality * "I'm going to .make sure the reps get out to their departments and find out what the students want," he said in a post-election interview. "It'sfimportant that we talk to people and get all the input we can. Personally, I'm going to set aside one day a week and go to the dorms to inform the people who complain that they don't know what's happening." What does he feel contributed to his victory? "I think it was me all-around, he said. "I'm very responsible and dependable. I like people and I talk to them well I'm a very straight and honest guy?, who doesn't try to mislead anybody orBmake them any false promises. I "I work really hard and most often accomplish what I set out to

reality endorsements must sway some elections," she said. "In this election it had a lot to do with my winning because of the situation, a first-timer running against the incumbent." Steve Frisina, who defeated Bob Dell for MSG-Treasurer in the closest of the four races (256 to 245), said the paper's endorsement of his candidacy had no effect on his victory/ In fact, Frisina^ said that had the endorsement come earlier in the week, it may have cost him1 the election. P*"*5 "By the time the paper came out I had enough time to campaign; more or less establish myself as a candidate," he said. "People had pretty much made up their mind as to who they were going to support. f "There was a lot of pictorial media around campus with me. I think I might have been*overpublicized with the endorsement." "I want to do more than just sit Concerning his office Frisina in these meetings and agree with plans to keep students involved this or disagree with that. I want through open forums. to get ^involved on committees "I plan to use the size of the and be a handy-man and help out campus to {my advantage," he the other officers. I want to be a said. "I'd make it a point to keep the students involvea. They don't doer I "f^ | * She said The Merciad's en- like to get printed information in dorsement helped her win. "In their mail boxes, so I'm thinking

do. I have a lot of motivation and know how I can go about doing this job. It's going to be through a lot of hard work. But I'm a worker, not much of a "partier", as maybe my opponent was. Jim Deffner was a good choice too. He would have made a good president. But I felfel was more qualified, .maybe because I'm more motivated and more responsible. And I think that's where it's at." * 1 M | In the race for MSG vice president, newcomer Linda Ravenstahl pulled 231 votes to 183 votes for incumbent! JoAnn Alexander and 107 for \ third candidate Pierre Priestley. "My main reason for frunning for this office and the reason I'm glad I won is because I want to work,", said Ms. Ravenstahl. "Anybody can sit behind a desk and work out their job as to what is written in the job description.

of going from dorm-to-dorm and talking to them very personally. I think it's a new approach. It's been talked about for a long time, going directly to the people, but I feel I will actually do it." The r?ce for MSG secretary also involved three candidates. Darlene Wawrejko (pronounced Wah-REE-ko) came out on top with 223 votes for Jocelyn Piccuta and 81 for Anita Bonaminio. Ms. Wawrejko campaigned on a platform that called for "effective and open communication among and between students, faculty, and administration." She said her plan could work I if students were "forced to attend informal mixers on a regular basis." * ^ 5' ? I "If we had very casual social gatherings held in the faculty dining lounge or some such neutral grounds around here, many ideas would be exchanged," she said. "It would be to the benefit of the students to have an increase of activities that also involve administrators and faculty."] >* And what does she attribute to her victory? "Perhaps it was because I took the time to go door-to-door and people saw that I was interested in thetjob," she ?added.j "I'm going to try my best to see that these activities the students told me they wanted will become a reality." j% J ^



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INTRODUCTION TO WALL CLIMBING 101? No, not wall climbing, but pointing. Workers of the C.W. Beal Company were hired by Mercyhurst to dig out the old mortar behind the bricks of Old Main and replace it with new. According to Bob Sheehy and Frank Schroeck of Operations, frost gets behind the mortar and pushes it out. Pointing is done to correct the problem. More pointing is planned for the future of Old Main.

Woman Hurled i Hurst Van Rounds
It happened without warning, girls in the van, was the first one and when it was over, Linda on the scene. According to McKinley of room 30 Eagan Hall, McNicholas, the incident ocfound herself hurled from a curred at about 5:30 a.m.:as the Mercyhurst van as it rounded the girls were on their way to the college's boat house located at comer of 18th and State. McKinley was fortunate, the bottom of Peninsula Drive. sustaining only minor injuries to [' The van was said to be traveling at a speed of 35-40 the back. $ Amy McNicholas, one of 19 m.p.h. at the time, as it went through a yellow light. When it rounded the bend, the door (which had been secured by a rope) opened between one and half to- two feet. McKinley who had been sitting near the door, was immediately hurled from the van to the pavement. Other details of the accident were unavailable at press time.

College President Dr. Marion L. Shane told the Mercyhurst Student Government on May 1 that his proposed "A'.tion Plan" includes provisions to drop major degree programs in departments that have not had "growth* in enrollment."} Dr. Shane, repeated what he first announced in January, that "we should determine the number of major students that a major field of study should have in order for it to continue as a major." t~ j | The proposal requires a total of 15 declared majors for the 197879 academic year for a major degree program to continue. The figure will then have to increase by five in each of the next;two years. * Dr. Shane said the only program now considered for elimination next September is mathematics, which presently has six majors. Although no decision has been made, it appears the college will not accept any freshmen into that major next year. The president, however, also assured that the college will take care of sophomores, juniors and seniors already enrolled. "We're* committed," he said, "to anyone who is already here to finish their major field of study." He also named four other majors with less than 15 declared student majors—geology, history, theater and chemistry. But he added, "We have prospects that all these will be built up in the coming year," and said that no student now enrolled in any major will be in jeopardy next September.'

THE OFFICERS of next year's Mercyhurst Student Government, elected last Friday are, from top to bottom: President Mike Heller, Vice President Linda Ravenstahl, Treasurer Steve Frisina and Secretary Darlene Wawrejko.

surface behind us. Fortunately, there were no other vehicles behind us at the time. I'm sure there have been other incidents which involved the vans, and I'm sure that others feel the way I do. CAN YOU IMAGINE what might have happened to Linda had the van been coming back from practice say at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. during rush hour traffic? If this had happened, Linda might not nave escaped injury so easily. "Sure Chris", you say. "but that didn't nappen." No it .. .In an editorial printed in the Merclad during intersession, didn't happen, but it could! Stop to think for a second.. .what Richard Birmingham cited that "the school vans are un- If she had been killed? safe" and "will it take a tradgedy before the administration realizes." ? '" ^^f m I don't need excuses, the facts speak for themselves. If the Well Richard, you couldn't have been more correct in your story bothers you as much as it bothers me, think of how it statements. The fact is, tradgedy almost did strike on May 2, must have been for Linda, or for the girls who were in the 1978. * V • van with her, and who witnessed it. i To get straight to the point, Linda McKinley, a senior law lam thankful to God that Linda was not injured, but what enforcement major at Mercyhurst and a member of the now! You can bet that the van in question is being fully increw team, was hurled from a 'Hurst van as it rounded a spected, and you can bet also that people are wondering bend at 18th and State St. - ;. what plans are install in forms of safer traveling for our Fortunately Linda suffered only minor injuries community. physically, but the fact is she could have been very easily I don't propose that the college should go out and buy a 1 killed. Yes killed! new set of vans, but why can't we try leasing some. I am not Why did it happen? Linda didn't fall out because the door very sure at this moment if Mercyhurst vans are indeed was open or because someone opened the door. Linda fell out leased, but if they are, it's time to lease some new ones. | because the door was TIED SHUT WITH A ROPE! Yes, tied When an incident such as this takes place, it's no longer shut with a rope! * lust the concern of the administration, but of the student I was both shocked and mad about the incident. First off, body as well. everyone that's involved in sports or other social activities I have confidence in our administration to come up with a who use the vans, also stood the same chance of falling out of safe and logical solution to this problem. I'm not saying one. And secondly, this is not the first incident with the vans. they're not concerned, but maybe this issue hasn't been As a member of the crew team during my freshmen a pressed as far as students would like to see it. group of us were coming back from a meet in Buffalo, when In any case, I hope that an incident of this nature will one of the windows just blew out, landing on the highway never again occur at the 'Hurst.



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Dear Editor B I would like to publicly thank all those people who helped make Father-Daughter Weekend a huge success. It was Dear Editor, through your cooperation that made the event run smoothly \r Well once again summer returns. To us and everyone else from beginning to end. I need not mention names you know this means a lot more activities outdoors. Thank God! It's who you are. My only wish is that you will again lend your also a time when one does more drinking, smoking, eating cooperation to Vicki Martinago, next year's chairman of and consequently more littering. Father-Daughter Weekend. Thanks Again! This year, unlike any of the past years, why not show some Jo Ann DeSantis concern Pick up everything you've finished withstand Chairman F.D.W. 1978 properlv dispose of it. Neglecting to take care of our own trash has resulted in large amounts of litter around the Briggs Ave. Apartments ana behind the Townhouse a rea. j This not only affects the students living there, but is a nuisance to other Briggs Ave. residents. Make the difference, pick it up, throw it away, and feel better about it! Environmentally Yours, Dear Editor Marianne Drake Applications are now being accepted for the position of AdJim Kelly missions Counselor. The duties will include extensive Paul Szela traveling, counseling, interviewing and office work. Applicants must have effective Interpersonal skills as well as the ability to clearly communicate the Mercyhurst philosophy to prospective students and their parents. Salarv - negotiable Submit Placement office form or resume to: | Karen E.Schultz in care of Admissions Office Mercyhurst College I Erie, Pa.

Attention Freshmen Elementary Education Majors
Interviews for admission into the Elementary Education will be held on Tuesday May 9, 1978, Please see Mrs. Kaliszak, Education secretary room 306 M, for information.

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Congratulations To Resident Assistants For The 1978-79 Year * Egon Hall First Floor . t: Holly Booth Second Floors Chris Filippi McAuley Hall First Floor * .. Amy McNichlas Second Floor Al Lonczak Bob Tobin Third Floor Richard Sethman i James Ward Baldwin Hell FirstFloor. ,. ; Kim Amon Second Floor , Beth Beal Third Floor JoAnn DeSantis

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by Gary Wesman This week the Mercyhurst faculty faced the possiblity of forming a union even as it dealt with the immediate and apparently formidable fact of disunity within. As the college waited for an eligibility ruling by the National Labor Relations Boards—the NLRB will decide perhaps by the end of the term, who may vote on forming a PSEA union chapter here—a meeting of the full faculty was scheduled for Wednesday, after presstime. Several faculty told The Merciad before hand that a major issue Wednesday would be the handling of the unionization effort itself over-the past several months. They said a large number of their colleagues' felt "left out" of the process—that too many steps had been taken after too little consultation with the faculty at large. "I would not buy into this union because of the way things have been handled up to this point," said Brian McHugh, chairman of the education division. "Openness has not been present. ..The behavior of (the organizers) seems to have been exactly what they're fighting against." Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Alan Lewis, a leader in the unionization effort, said earlier this week he anticipated such questions. "It's difficult to keep 80-some individuals aware of the process, and involved," he said. "The thing to do is bring it out in the open, then deal with the real issue, which is to decide if a collective bargaining situation will be a benefit or a detriment.. .that's the real essence." ] J - £_ The Origins h Wednesday's meeting was called by a group which has been operating since early March under the title of the "Mercyhurst College Faculty Association." Much controversy centers on the actions of the Association. Tracing its origins and precise membership is difficult for r a number of reasons, not the least of which is that the unionization effort has been shuttling in and out of official channels under different titles since late December. * Another is that until Monday, April 24, the Association had, besides the working title, little? in the way of organizational structure—no officers, no staff, no membership rolls, x It consisted of a small, fluctuating number of faculty who did the early legwork of contacting various teachers' unions and drumming up support on campus. "Right-from the* beginning it was rather loose," said Associate Mathematics Professor Dr. Donald Platte, now vice president of the Association. "It's hard to say who the founders were, if that is the right word to use." "Our association has.. .been formed in the hallways and classrooms of this institution," readsia March 31 memo, although some faculty like the connotations of that statement rather less than the Association does. FPCRole I The founder Jin a sense, was the faculty policies com: J mittee. * — , It set up a subcommittee (Dr. Lewis, Assistant Physics Professor Dr. Wolfgang Christian and Sociology Lecturer Joy Kolb) to look into the possibility of unionization at one of its first meetings of the academic year. \ Later, on December 22, faculty policies voted

unanimously (one member abstained and one was absent) Breakthrough to endorse the subcommittee's request to invite on campus Kornfeld's campus visit was followed by final exam week representatives from several unions. These included the of winter term and then by the spring and Easter breaks. American Association of University Professors (AAUP); But during the final week of March the Association made its the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), an affiliate of most important breakthrough. k; the AFL-CIO; as well as PSEA and its parent organization, Fulfilling a necessary technical step, Dr. Lewis, going the National Education Association (NEA). door-to-door in the faculty offices, passed out three-by-five It was even jokingly suggested to inquire into the Team- "authorization and designation cards" granting bargaining sters Union. rights to the Association and PSEA-NEA. All this was noted in the official faculty policies minutes By law the Association needed to obtain — and did — the available to all faculty and distributed to most. signatures of 30 per cent of the faculty to petition the NLRB. "It was a continuing agenda item through Term One," Association members contacted by The Merciad were said committee member Robert Hoff. "Attendence at the reluctant to talk about "the cards," which were passed out meetings' '—which are open to all faculty—"was typically privately, all identities kept confidential, and then collected sparse." and sent to the NLRB regional office in Pittsburgh. Both Dr. At that point, however, faculty policies temporarily with- Lewis and Ms. Kolb said that more signatures than the 30 drew from any offical role in unionization. Other matters, per cent minimum were obtained, but refused to give most notably contract negotiations with the administration, specific figures. . - B 4 took precedence. And the contract negotiations made it an 'We're just saying we got the minimum," he said. indelicate time to talk of unions. "People are scared to death about those cards," she said. k "In the midst of the negotiating. . .it become clear that it Dr. Jurkowitz, however, told The Merciad he "thinks" the was appropriate to leave the unionization question to a num- Association kept collecting signatures to establish a comber of individuals, who could then work independently," said fortable margin of support, cleared 50 per cent and then FPC Chairman Bud Brown. stopped handing them out. u Crossed Wires On March 17 the administration received and turned down By the time faculty policies reentered the picture on Thur- a PSEA request for union recognition; on March 30 it was sday, April 6, * with -a- ringing 10-0 endorsement of notified that a petition had been filed with the NLRB., unionization procedures, a number of major developments The PSEA proposal asked that all full time and regular had occurred. part-time (defined as those teaching three or more courses For one, unionization backers had decided to cast their lot per year) be eligible to vote in a unionization election. The with the PSEA and assumed the title, "Mercyhurst College proposal exluded only the offices of the dean, the assistant Faculty Association." j . > dean and the assistant to the president, all of which carry The Association, under the guidance of veteran PSEA faculty as well as administrative status. organizer Marc Kornfeld, also had completed a complicated Excluding the assistant dean produced a bizarre sidelight. series of legal steps which brought about what had been the Edward Gallagher, who now holds that office, is a lifetime goal all along: a virtual guarantee that at least a part of the member of both PSEA and NEA.-Gallagher thus would not faculty would have a chance to vote on whether or not it wan- be eligible to join the local chapter of the union of which he is ted to unionize. ? already a member. On the other hand, two scheduled meetings of the full The administration countered with a proposal to exclude faculty had taken place without any mention being made of part-time faculty, division and department chairpersons union issues. The meetings — called by faculty policies — and librarians. The difference between the two proposals were held Monday, Jan, 2, and Friday, Feb. 3, dealt with the amounts to about 51 prospective union members, about half contract negotiations and drew a combined audience of 82 the maximum the PSEA proposal would allow even able to v attend. ? faculty. ' £ y. During the crucial months of March and April, support for § • The election probably hurt the Association's image more unionization grew. But so, conversely, did complaints that than it helped. ' "If we have to have these officers so we don't look like some segments of the faculty were being ignored. A reading of the facts indicates that, while the Association fools in the hearing, okay. That's our strategy, tactics, what sometimes was lax in advertising its moves, there were have you," said McHugh. "But not telling people about it other occasions when the faculty at large had a wide open that's an insult. I don't want to be part of an organization run chance to find out what was going on, participate, or inject by an elite group that calls all the shots." The second hearing was held last Tuesday, April 25; the an opinion—and virtually ignored it. Example: Kornfeld appeared on campus Wednesday, testimony and legal briefs prepared by both sides will be March 1, an event publicized in two fliers sent through the filed with the NLRB Pittsburgh regional office, where an campus mails well in advance; one on Feb. 24 and another eligibility ruling will be made, according to Jurkowitz, by on Feb. 28, announcing a second meeting scheduled later in the end of May or the first week in June. Afterward, those judged eligible will vote on forming a the day for those who could not attend the first. Audiences for Kornfeld's two talks] numbered barely more than a Mercyhurst chapter of PSEA-NEA, and in the meantime the dozen, according to Association President Dr. Paul faculty will try to reach some sort of consensus among its own ranks. Jurkowitz.


Did T h e M e r c i a d Endorsements Have A n Effect On The; M.S.6. Elections?
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Mike O'Kecfe "Yes, indubitably. I think it was a communist plot."

Mike Phillips "Yes, I think so. Six hundred people turned out to vote. Not too many people cared, but when they read the Merciad it appeared to influence them." '_:'••

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' Bill Link "I didn't read the endorsements. I think everyone had their minds made up before The Merciad came out." iI


Betsy Herzog "I think they helped a lot. If you didn't hear the speeches, you could read what they had to say in The Merciad."

- Deserii Lucchetti "No, I think they voted on what they heard from the speeches that were made."

JOHN SCHMITT, Senior, Social Science "A lot of people would vote based on what The Merciad recommended, although I don't know whether we can really say that is an informed opinion."^ JOYCE SPARROW, Sophomore, English "The endorsements didn t sway my opinion. I voted on what I know of the person, how active they are in the government, and now'responsible they are." MARIANNE BROWN, Freshman Foods .. Nutrition "I really didn't know either of the candidates for-president. The endorsements more or less helped me decide to vote for Mike Heller." JERRY SHEWAN, Sophomore, Elementary Education "Lmade my decision after reading what each candidate had to say in The Merciad. I think the endorsements influenced some voters." JOANIE STEVENSON, Senior, Com munica t ion s "I didn't -think ^anybody took the endorsements seriously. They were just names. If reasons were given for the endorsements#hey would have been more credible." CATHY BETCHER, Freshman, English Education , . "Some people don't have strong feelings about government. They may not know the people so they need a reason,to vote for a certain can* didate in particular. The Merciad gave them a reason."



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Tree People" Concerned With Environmental Issues
volunteer planters bringing thousands of trees into the forest. The project is proof that there is istill new life in the environmental movement and as Andy points out, "is run by a bunch of kids" still in college or fresh out. That's a good sign. One spin-off of this project is the "Donate a Tree" Programi| For five dollars, the "Tree People" will plant a tree on one of their sites in your name or the name of a friend. As the Los Angeles Times says, "The idea is to ask people to dedicate new growth as a gift to all of us." I A tree is a pretty neat gift to give for a birthday, anniversary or just about any occasion at all. The addresses of the "Tree People" is California Conservation Project, Inc., 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, California, 90210. An addition to all this comes trom Barb Ronksley. She ^attended a meeting at the "Return" center at 16th and Raspberry in Erie.. '> £ k "Return" is a non-profit recycling center for aluminum cans, bottles, newspapers and corregated cardboard. L.Nexl week is Earth Week and next Wednesday, May 3 is National Sun Day. This is a day set aside in celebration of the potentials of solar energy.fl I In support of this, "Return" is May 6. 9 giving away free tree seedlings If you have some places that for planting anywhere. They will could use some trees, stop by be given away at the center on "Return" and check out their Wednesday, May 3 and Saturday, seedlings.f • ! •
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by Don Burger It was a dark and gloomy night. Suddenly, a shot rang out and a human being lay ;dead in the street. Someone in dark clothing sculked away under the cover of the night. The heavy footsteps resounded in the stillness as two figures approached, I Sheerluck; Holmes and his sidekick gJDr. Rotson, were discussing apathetic viewpoints when Rotson tripped over something in the street. "What is it Holmes?" asked the astonished Dr. Rotson. *' Elementary my dear Rotson. Judging from the angle of the fall

and velocity of the wind, coupled with the sound of a shot and footsteps resounding in the stillness as we approached, I would say the object was a non-living person." " ky God, you are right again Holmes. I can verify the nonliving status by the fact that this man is dead." Holmes and Rotson began to inspect the area for clues. They passed over unimportant materials such as a monogrammed handkerchief and a smoking *shell casing and picked up a cold, wet cigarette butt with lipstick on the filter.

Schroeck Holds Piece Of The Rock
Some of us who have been here for four years feel as though it has been an eternity. Think how Frank Schroeck must feel after being here for 31 years. Coming to Mercyhurst in 1947 as a member of the maintenance crew, he has since been promoted to supervisor. When Schroeck first joined the 4 staff, the Hurst consisted of the buildings of Egan, Old Main, the Little Theater and Preston Hall. Then maintenance headquarters was located in the sub-basement in the boiler room. The college consisted of all girls then and maintenance's job was slightly easier. 1 "Because of the girls, we had less broken chairs and beds. With' men now, it is naturally more, but it.is beginning to taper off." Among Schroeck's duties are watching over the members of maintenance, fixing everything thai breaks down and plowing in the winter. "I'm a jack-of-all trades. In this business youshave to know how to do everything." The maintenance routine is certainly"tedious forithe crew, but it was more so back then. !\ "We come in early now because of our jobs, but it used to be that we would have to come in at 3 or 4 in the morning. "We would have to fire up the furnaces and get the buildings warm before classes started. The school used coal then." In the few leisure hours it hat Schroeck has out side his work, he likes to play with wood. "I make end tables and lamps," he stated. "When my wife needs something made, she asks me. Actually," he smiled, "I'm a cabinet maker." Frank Schroeck has been a part of Mercyhurst for a long time. Much more so than you or I will probably ever know. That's what I call loyalty.

Holmes studied the butt intensely. "The person who smoked this was five feet seven and a quarter inches tall, weighs one hundred and forty-two pounds, has blonde hair, smokes lefthanded and wears glasses. "But was it a man or a woman?" asked Rotson. "We will have to analyze the lipstick to find that out," answered Holmes. The fog was thick that night on the second floor of Preston Hall as Holmes noticed a light coming from under one of the doors. (Holmes studied the location and direction of the body laying cold on the floor. "Rotson, the person behind that door is obviously insulating themselves from our>scrutiny," whispered Holmes. « "What will you do Sheerluck?"

"Why, I will simply pick the lock to gain entry while you overpower the person within." Holmes began to manipulate the apparatus when Rotson turned the knob. The door opened easily. | "It's unlocked sir," stated Rotson. Holmes jumped to his feet. "Of course.J knew that. I was just testing you," 7 The two lunged into the office only to discover that no one was in the room. The window was open and when Holmes looked out the window, he saw a dark figure running through the fog. Holmes pulled out his magnifying glass. He found only the flattered remains of a newspaper.

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" It could be very important or it could mean nothing at all." Holmes and Rotson searched the office and found that all the papers had no writing on them. "Well, Rotson. These papers prove conclusively that this is the work of only one nefarious criminal?" "How did you deduce that Holmes?" queried Rotson. * "Hack in 1898, London I believe, the Times reported on a similar case, but the person was never apprehended; hence,"he must be here." « "You mean . . . " | "Right Rotson. The Professor Who Wasn't There, is here to challenge us again!" Next week: Part II

Listen To The Bells Ringing; AreJ You Sure They're Real?
# by iMark Cipriani There is an old "saying, ask a stupid question and you 11 get a stupid answer. Ask a stupid question to a Mercyhurst student and you'll get a . . . well semi-interesting answers at least. Last week a randomly selected group of students (anyone who walked by) were asked whether they know jthat there were no bells in the chapel bell tower. Granted the question was not the most thought provoking one but it was mildly interesting. Results iof the answers were that about half knew and half didn't, so thislshot the survey down the lubes. ' But even if the results were inconsequential the answers had promise. \ From the ones who were in the know they seemed offended that they were even asked. One guy snapped, "When did you discover it? I knew it two years ago." The students who did not know were much kinder and some genuinely surprised. "Really, you're kidding," or "Hold it, I aon't believe it," were common answers. Still others seemed upset by the news, "How can they call it a bell tower", mentioned one girl, "Well I'll be dipped in shit, we've been hoaxed all these years," exclaimed one irate questionee. From others, "Another typical Mercyhurst rip-off", and another guy added, "and I thought all our money was going to support Quasimodo." Trying to help out, one girl informed us, "On really. Did you also know that they are three


minutes late to?" ? Well if you've read to this point and have been saying to yourself, "Hey, I didn't know that there weren't bells up there, tell me what is." Actually, according tc operations and maintenance, there are chimes, a time clock and loud speakers. The chimes are activated by the time clock on the hour (3 minutes late) and are amplified over the speakers. So now 'all the Mercyhurst students (at least the ones who can read) know the untold story. Summing up the whole incident . appropriately by the way, was one lady. When asked she answered, "After 28 Xyears of living close by to Mercyhurst, who in the hell listens to the bells. I've got enough ding-dongs going on in my mind."

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MAY 5. 1978

Candidates Speakout About Pacer Policy
by John Bruno MSG President George Venuto, and the candidates who ran unsuccessfully un the recent election registered comments concerning the election's foutcomeand the endorsements that appeared in The Merciad. Venuto indicated that part of 5 he reason JoAnn Alexander wasn't re-elected as i vice president could be attributed to i he bad press MSG received this past year. I "What really hurt JoAnn were he perceptions that were painted for people through The Merciad <f our administration," he said. » "Nat .rally, she became the
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Ms Alexander agreed with Venu'o, but saw other reasons that may have played a part in her defeat. ', i "Maybe the . majority* of students didn't think I did the job I was supposed to do," she said. "I can look back and say I did a lot of things they didn't get to see. Hut students want to see {things and when they don't see them before their eyes they just feel it wasn't done. - She also had her doubts about the endorsements, especially how t hey were presented in the paper. "It was explained to me that a student paper paid for by all maybe shouldn't? do that, she said. *lf you're going to have endorsements you just can'tjrun hem across the page like it was done this year. You have to explain who voted and why they picked the candidates they did." Venuto also expressed doubt over the endorsements. "It's unfair, because it can be a distinctive edge to any candidate whoigets it," he said.r i t cuts town the percentages of those • >iher people who might have had a chance to get*a vote. "It hurts the other candidates because they have no other forum

to entertain their views or to refute what The Merciad has said. The endorsements weren't needed. People are starting to wise up when they vote. It's not a popularity contest anymore. They're looking for people who are sincere." * ,. Bob Dell, who lost the bid as treasurer, said the endorsement of his opponent contributed to his narrow defeat. . i; \ '* He also felt that the race he was involved in was a popularity contest. "Steve Frisina is more well known than I am around the campus and I don't think The Merciad did anything to better the situation." Jocelyn Piccuta, one of two unsuccessful candidates for secretary, questioned the paper's endorsement, even though she was, in fact, endorsed. T "They shouldn't have been put in the paper the wavlthev appeared," she said. "Maybe they should have been included in an editorial." f f Anita £ Bonaminio J also unsuccessful in t h e | race for secretary, did not care to discuss vvhy she lost.* "ifwas very pleased t-with the voter turnout and I'm glad for people who won. I know they are all going to do a good job," she said. } i Pierre Priestly was complimentary to the candidate who defeated him for vice president. "Any one of us three would have done a good job," he said. "Linda (Ravenstahl) is a darn hard worker and she's willing to give up her time." 1 He also had words'; of encouragement for his supporters. "I'D be back next year. I'm going to get involved," he assured. Jim Deffner, was defeated by Mike Heller, for president was unavailable for comment.

MERCYHURST HONORED BY BORON /BP OIL -The Mercyhurst College students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team; received an award from SIFE sponsors Boron Oil Co. and BP^Oil Inc. in recognition of a program they developed to promote the positive aspects of the private enterprise system in the greater Erie area and on the Mercyhurst campus. On hand for the presentation in Pit* tsburgh recently were: (left to right) Jim Paskert, W. 194th St.,Cleveland; Reggie O'Connor, Tonawanda, N.Y.; and faculty advisor James Pesek along with Cliff D. Shields, Boron/BP educational relations director. ^ J 3 T *< > v 4 ^

The Mercyhurst College Archives is sponsoring an Open House this Sunday, May 7, from 2 until 5 P.M. It will feature many exhibits from the wide variety of materials stored there. Formed five years ago, it is si ill the only Archives of its kind in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Its main function lis to process, organize and preserve Mercyhurst materials and tapes, slides, photographs and papers documenting life in Eriet The facility^ now has'i over 230 collections of materials which reflect Erie County's development, although several collections, such as those containing Congressional political records of Robert LaFollette of Illinois, are national in scope. Collections have been donated by local residents, JMercyhurst College, area businesses, Pennsylvania historical societies and the National Archives in Washington,



Because Of Increased U.S. Interest W In The Middle East

An extensive microfilm unit at Items will be displayed from the Archives contains everything major collections such as the from Socialist newspapers and records of the First National early Erie atlases to photographs Bank of Erie dating from 1856, of prominent Erie families in the memorabilia gathered since the 1800's. $ : ^ founding of Mercyhurstf College Students may also bej inin _ 1926, including photographs, terested in the * oral history inscrapbooks, catalogs, and May terviews with area policemen, Day films; records of the Erie experts on local Indian history Art Club, St. Stanislaus Church, and workers who organized local the Molar Oil Company, the plants. t American Chemical Society, the The Archives is under! the Daughters of the American direction of Stuart Cambell and Union; Civil War letters, and presently employs twelve workpolitical and ethnic information study students. It is located in the about Erie. lower level of the LRC.

For 1978/79 Is Expanding Its Limited Number Of UNIVERSITY YEAR ABROAD OPENINGS Applications Received Until: June 15 IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, contact Mrs. Marilynn Jewe or write or phone the University's New York Office: Ms. Priscilla Blakemore \ The American University in Cairo 866 United Nations Plaza New York, N.Y. 10017 (212)421-6320

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Goldstein Leaves Has Plans At Del U

by JudyAnanla \ Philip Goldstein, instructor of English and Philosophy enjoys leaching at Mercyhursl, "It's fun", he said. A native from Cleveland, Ohio, Goldstein will return to his home in Wilmington, Delaware after this term. "It's cosily to maintain two residences, one in Erie, and the other in Delaware", he said. A graduate from Temple University in Philadelphia, Goldstein received his degree in both English and Philosophy . He is currently planning to further his education at Temple and receive his Ph.D. in English by next year. "I really like teaching at Mercyhursl. The faculty is very nice, however the administration is average, he said. % 'J Besides teaching, Goldstein enjoys eating out, traveling, learning French and going to plays. In December, he had a paper on Hamlet published in the Shakespeare Newsletter. Goldstein's plans for next year consist of teaching English at the I'niversity of Delaware. "Next year I will continue teaching at

the University of Delaware where I taught previously before coming to Mercyhurst," he said. Truly a unique individual, Phil Goldstein will no doubt miss the friends and memories at the college, memories that may someday, draw him back to the 'Hurst.

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The Harlow Shapley Visiting Lectureship Endowment Fund The V.M. Slipher Fund Of The National Academy Of Sciences presents a series of lectures by I Dr. Alan S. Meltiar, Associate Professor Of Astronomy, Rennsalaer Polytechnic Institute "Space Probe Studies of the Planers" 10:00a.m^May5
202 Zurn Hall * Mercyhurst College |

A review of the study of Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter by unmanned spacecraft. Some results of the Mariner 10 mission to Mercury and Venus, the Viking missions to Mars and the Pioneer missions to Jupiter will be discussed. The recently launched Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn and the planned Pioneer Venus (1978) and Jupiter Probe (1982) missions will also be considered.
"Some Recent Developments in Infrared Astronomy"
Lecture Room C Nash Learning Center Gannon College...,..:-.,; £ . . . 1:00 p.m. May 5

The history (1800-1970) of the use of infrared observations in astronomy will be discussed and some of the observational techniques and instrumentation of infrared observing will be introduced. The use of Fourier Transform Spectroscopy will be developed. The main body of the talk will concern itself with the instrumentation of the Kuiper Airborne Observatory of the NASA-AMES Research Center Mt View, CA. ' The lectures will be of a descriptive and non-ma them a tical nature. Philip Goldstein
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AH students, faculty, and members of the general public with an interest in astronomy are invited J to attend.

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by Terry Kelly game, there can be an unlimited amount of players, depending on the wa 11 or area you are playing in. Usually you set up the game in a corner when two walls meet so that it cuts down the total area you can pitch. Let's say you have five players. All five form a radius about 15-20 from the comer and agree to either stand or kneel down on your knees. The first player to the extreme left starts the pitching as he pitches his first card into the corner. The rest of the players follow until somebody's card lands on top or has any portion touching on another card. This player is the winner of that particular hand. With five players there could be as many as 30 cards <out in the playing area, none of them touching. So, naturally, the object of the game is to pitch your cards out and hope they land on your opponents. One strategy that I always employed with my cards was that I kept my little-known, not-sogood players on top so if I lost them there was no harm. All my quality players were hidden in the bottom of ,my hand. On several occasions, when I was get t ing my tail beat, I would quit because the five or six cards left in my hand would be a Roberto Clemente, a Willie Mays, a Sandy Koafax, or a Harmon Killabrew. After playing;the game for so long, you learned to preserve the best. *>

Baseba 11 Season Turmoil Lakers Search For Ways To Win
As the baseball season continues, the Mercyhurst Lakers Meem to be having more trouble finding ways to win. The Lakers finished last week at 3-3 and now have a current record ot 8-12. The 'Hurst split with PittJohnstown on Wednesday, swept two from Alliance on Friday and dropped two to Point Park on Saturday. K The Lakers topped the Panthers from Johnstown 3-2 in the eighth inning opener but bowed 13-4 in the nightcap. Mercyhurst tied the score at two in the bottom of the sixth and held until the bottom of the eighth. ;; " 3 Scot t Barringer walked to start the inning and Rick Shaheen singled him (o third. Shaheen then broke for second base and while the Panthers were playing on him, Barringer raced home with the winning run. Shaheen added a double also as Barringer, Kuss Wilhelm, and Ray Gruss all singled in support of winner Craig Nicholson who struckout six and walked two. The second contest saw the Panthers score single runs in each of the first three .innings, and then a big eight-run firth inning to ice it away. Gordy Karstedt was the Lakers losing pitcher. On Friday, the Lakers came out "smoking" and downed the Alliance Eagles both ends 10-4 and 9-1. In the first game, Alliance held close to Laker starter Rick Rickgauer until the Lakers got i hings rolling. f This contest \ saw Bob Dellallocca collect three hits, Kandy Mink two, Barringer two and Shaheen two. r ' The second game was much like the first as Kuss Wilhelm ran 1 is pitching record to 3-0 as he 1 allowed only three Alliance hits. He also helped his own cause by singling twice as did Jimbo Walters, Gruss and Ron Coleman. $ > The sweep over the Eagles made the Lakers 8-10. Saturday down in Pittsburgh, the Point Park Pioneers proved to reflect their current record (20-1) as they downed (he Lakers Wr twice 5-1 and 8-0. > Joe Williams allowed only five Pioneer hits in the first game as there were two costly errors that moved his record to 1-3. Mink doubled and singled and Wilhelm singled in support of Williams and the Lakers. The second contest i saw Pioneer pitcher Tony Poperti limit the 'Hurst to just three hits while his mates were wacking out io to produce eight runs. Six Laker errors aided in the rout. Sparky Mills was tagged with t he Mercyhurst loss. A friend of mine recently bought me a pack of 1978 baseball cards and I couldn't help to bring back a favorite game of mine and all the memories it brought. "Pitch Cards" is the name of the game and I probably started playing it when I was about seven so that would make it 1964. Recess was the perfect,time to get together for this, our national pastime, but we did sneak a few games in at other times. Baseball cards were a big thing in the elementary schools at this lime and all the boys would bring them in as sort of a status symbol. "I have a whole stack of baseball cards," one of jthose deals. Well, anyway, back to the

This Week In Sports
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Softball Home...

Akron 1 p.m. Gannon 1 p.m. (Cannavino Field) j Allegheny 4 p.m.

Women Softball Still W inless

Tuesday, May 9

The women's softball team is still trying for their first-victory; The team lost their first four (•nines, the latest defeat at the hands of He lire ncl College. A ten run fourth inning proved to be the blow in the Lady Lakers' 19-6 loss. The Behrend team capitalized on the 'Hurst's mistakes. The Lakers gave up four walks and three passed balls while also committing two errors in the Inning. The Lakers failed to swing the lutts as they collected only three hits compared to thirteen for the ('ubs. Both teams registered five

errors. The fourth inning fiasco has been a regular in all the Lady Lakers' contests. Gannon 'beat the team capitalizing on miscues in the same inning. Kdlnboro and Villa were aided by a disastrous first inning in the Lakers other (wo games. j

Inexperience is the key. The 'Hurst gave up too many unearned runs and failed to get them back offensively. k Janet Price's starling line-up includes one senior, two juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. The young team knows how to take a loss and is tired of

Monday, May 8

Allegheny 1 p.m.

You ngstown Edges Lakers
It came down to the wire in tennis action on Monday with the Penguins of Youngstown State handing the Lakers their first setback of the season. •• ,yj\ *• Youngstown edged Mercyhurst, 5-4 after decisive doubles action. The i .akers, 5-i on the season, were trailing 4-2 when entering doubles comoetition. The team of Andy Flndlay and Richard Birmingham brought the Lakers within one point with a 7-6.6-1 win over Bob Green and Bill Dunn. The duo of Phil Dubsky and Tom Chybrzynskl tied the match at 4-up after defeating Kirk Kami>crman and Butch Thomas 6-2,6-3, ;;.,,, * ' The decisive action came to a climax when Penguins Brian Hunter and Scott Miller defeated Lakers Dave LaFuria and Al Culbertion, 6-3 and 7-6, garnering Youngstown its tenth victory against three losses. Chybrtynskl nd Dubsky remain undefeated in singles competition for the Lakers. The double teams of FindlayBlrmlngham and DubskyChybrtynskl are also undefeated,

The next home game is Tuesday, May 8 against Allegheny. The contest is at 4:00 at Tullio Field.


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Two handball players of the Mercyhurst community have
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Nobody can promise you that regular exercise will guarantee you a longer life, But It sure helps the odds.' I xerclse Is one of the good things you can do for yourself. > Check with your family doctor first. Than take your pick. Row, ride, swim, ski, skate, fence, bike, walk, sail, Jog, smack a handball, swing a tennis racket. Exercise is good for your weight, your lungs and the 600 muscles in your body including your most Important one, your heart. ••:..<

Earn the right to wear a Presidential Sports Award patch and pin, and receive a Presidential certificate. ;4-i * Pick one or more of the 43 lifetime sports and participate regularly—50 hours In most sports over a four month period. ^ * We'll get you started by sending you complete details and a free logbook. Write to: 4 '.'& Presidential Sports Award Greene, Rhode Island 02827

James Ktnnane, director of law enforcement, was voted "Man of the Year" Members of the Handball Club of the Erie YMCA presented Kinnane with a plaque for his ability and devotion to the game the past ten years. * Michael Tomc/ak, law en* foreeiuent student, was presented with a first place trophy as ho won the utter* collegiate Handball Tournament held April 29 - SO at Penn State University. Toinc/,ak, representing Mer* eyhurst ( defeated players from host Penn State, Harvard, Indiana and Fordham. Tome/ak beat Rick Kitchen of ivmi State 21 e, 21 7 In the finals to claim the event.

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