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by Mark Cipriani The wait is finally over and Mercyhurst College has named Dan O'Connor as head basketball coach for the 1978-79 season. The official announcement was made at a press conference Tuesday morning in the faculty lounge. O'Connor, Mercyhurst assistant coach for the past two years, edged out* 60 other applicants for the position. Actually the original choice for the job was * Nick Creola, head coach of Jamestown Community College. Creola and the 'Hurst officials could not get together on salary negotiations so V O'Connor received the nod. f But Mercyhurst Athletic Director Michael Cusack was quick to point out, "Dan is not our second choice, we wanted the package of! Creola with experience and O'Connor with the youth and personality. We only got one half of the package but we feel it is an outstanding half." O'Connor becomes only the third head coach since Mercyhurst inaugurated the sport in 1971. He replaces Dick Fox who resigned after a 26-3 season and a trip to the N.A.T.A. Nationals in Kansas City, to accept the head coaching job at Gannon College. Upon his departure Fox recommended O'Connor as his successor. "Dan did an excellent job for me," said Fox, "and I know he will do an excellent job as head coach.", |£ A veryShappy O'Connor could only agreei"I know the school has confidence in me and I'm ready for the challenge. We lose six players and two outstanding coaches so it is time to lay down a new foundation." • * To build a foundation one must recruit and O'Connor admits that he is a little behind in that area. "I started some recruiting when Fox was here, but it's so late now that I will really have to get going," Jsaid'O'Connor. "I made some good contacts in the Buffalo and Pittsburgh areas and I have a hot tip on a local kid." As far as setting future goals, the new Laker boss was hesitant about making any startling predictions. "Let's just say that I would like to have teams that are always contending. That has always been a goal* for Mercyhurst basketball - toSreach the District playoffs," continued O'Connor, "It is pretty difficult to try to come up with a definite won-loss record." The 27-year-old Slippery Rock graduate) also becomes the youngest coach in Mercyhurst's short history. O'Connor does not consider his age a deterrent thoughi"I would like to model myself after some of the other young coaches around, such as Bobby Knight (Indiana) and Digger Phelps (Notre JDame)." Mercyhurst is L currently looking for an assistant for the new coach that will fit into the school's and O'Connor's plans O'Connor will operate on a one year contract. "I see no special problems here," he*noted, "all coaches here work under these conditions." Aside from his coaching duties Coach O'Connor will also coordinate the entire Mercyhurst men's, women's and co-ed intramural programs; next year. 44 1 would like to thank everyone for their support," concluded O'Connor, "I have confidence in the young;men returning and I want to get the basketball program back on track"!


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by J ohn Bruno and Gar}' Wesman |j In a widely approved decision, the college earlier this week turned to Sr. Mary Matthew Bait us, who reluctantly accepted the position of interim dean of the college. Sr. Matthew, who has been at Mercyhurst in a number of jobs for the past 18 years, will hold the job from June until next January, guiding the new dean through a transition period until he or she lakes over fulltime. Sr. Matthew was officially appointed last Tuesday by College President Dr. Marion L. Shane in a meeting with the full faculty and administration. She was one of a group of faculty which pressed Dr. Shane to hire an interim dean for one vear, but did not want the job herself. f "I was more or less conscripted," she told The Merciad. "However, many of the faculty and some of the administration felt that we needed a transition person. ! "A new dean should be acclimated to the atmosphere of the college before he tries to make decisions and actually gets into the nitty-gritty aof the job," she

the confidence of all segments of the college," said Dr. Shane. "I felt Sr. Matthew was that individual." \% ^ Divisional chairman of social sciences Dr. Michael McQuillen •also agreed with the president's appointment. "Sr. Matthew is an excellent choice - an eminent choice,,the best ..decision Dr. Shane could have made." he said. j | "I'm justj sorry the appointment was not permanent," added sociology and law enforcements Instructor Philip Paulucci. I The college still plans to hire a fulltime dean to replace Dr. Jerry Trimble, whose resignation lakes effect atfthe end of June. Plans call for the new dean to be hired this summer and take office around September 1. The new dean would not begin his duties immediately, however. He would go through a transition period first, working with Sr. Matthew to become familiar with Mercyhurst. The date is unspecified, but the new dean will probably take over sometime between the end of fall term and the beginning of winter term," The tentative date is January 1. said. ' i Dr. Shane at first opposed 4 There is only one individual appointing an interim dean who would have the support arid because, he told The Merciad,

"the search for a new and permanent dean should go on." "I thought it unwise for the college to have an interim dean for an entire academic year," he added. Much of the faculty, however, felt the college should" hire someone within to a temporary post in order to smooth some of the tensions between faculty and administration. ••• ^ "We thought it would be better to return to normal and then bring in a new dean, rather than to bring in a new dean to change the situation."* Dr.* McQuillen explained. Some 41 college- personnel, including Sr. Matthew, signed a petition sent to Dr. Shane to hire an interim dean. Dr. Shane accepted? the idea when a compromise was worked out. > "It would effect a smoother transition," he said. "(What changed my mind) on the interim dean was getting a workable plan that would* not interfere with appointing a permanent dean." Sr. Matthew said she was first asked if she was interested in the job "three or four months ago."*j "Not by President Shane," she noted. "But even before Dean Trimble resigned, different people felt that if he did resign that we should have somebody from inside who knew the ins and







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. Marv Matthew Baltus outs of the college." "I don't have any answers to all She said she was approached these problems," she cited. "I several times throughout just see the problems like many February, March, and April, so other people do." she was not surprised upon Sr. Matthew has been at the finally being selected,. & 4 college as a teacher and ad"I had said no' so many times ministrator since 1960. The jobs that I felt sure that people she has handled include dean of believed me," she joked. £ ^ students, dorm director, student Sr. Matthew' said the most services director, personnel important part of her job would direct or. ^counseling director, be to "realign^ our> energies advisor to the student governtoward more positive relations." ment, *and first president of the "There's been too much in- College Senate. ternal strife here," she added. She also wants to "reestablish She is now professor of space the faculty's position as J the science and will resume teaching primary decision maker in when the new. fulltime dean [ academic policies." finallv takes over.

College President Dr. Marion directly with division chairmen. . Dr. Shane scheduled the L. Shane formally announced on I Faculty members contacted by meeting to talk about the Action Tuesday compromise solutions to The Merciad were pleased with Plans, but the other two decisions two major issues in an attempt to all three decisions, which were are now interrelated. Dr. Shane will replace the dean bridge internal divisions at the variously described as "sub! stantial, "conciliatory," and "a as chairman of meetings of the college. ( " f • * In a meeting of the full faculty step toward more positive division heads until Sr. Matthew and administration on May. 16, relations." i guides the new dean through a Dr. I Shane postponed his "I believe Dr. Shane came to transition period; and at those Presidential Action Plans for realize that the most -serious meetings Dr. Shane and the further study and appointed Sr. problem we face now, what chairmen will discuss course and Mary Matthew * Baft us interim overrides all other con- department changes which were dean of the college through next siderations, is the morale the most controversial parts of * problem," said Dr. Michael his Action Plan. January. In another, unprecedented McQuillen, chairman of the fc Set aside for the present is the move, Dr. Shane said he would social sciences division. "I would Action Plan proposal to gradually temporarily take over one duty of compliment (the President); this phase out-degree programs in the dean's office and meet : has. been an essential first step." %major fields which have low

enrollment. Dr^Shane said the Action Plan will be studied throughout next year. j Faculty who argued against the phasing out of majors did so on two general grounds. • One was that ending any programs damaged Mercvhurst's credibility as a liberal arts school. The other argument was against the method of evaluating programs. « .. Basing everything on* student enrollment totals, faculty members told The Merciad, is a crude and arbitrary way of measuring a program's worth.

"That is an over-simplified solution." said Dr. McQuillen, who noted that a number of small departments carry courses which are needed by students in other majors. Dr. Shane said that concern was " legi t i ma t e;" , I "However."! he added, "what 1 was pointing out is that the college has some Quantitative factors to deal with.' ^ The major quantitative factors covered in the Action Plan are small classes, the high* ratio of facuItv of students, and the (Continuedon Pai*e 6)

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My congratulations to John Bruno, who was recently selected as editor of the 1978-79 Merciad. Those of us at the Merciad know of John's competency as both a reporter and a writer. I encourage those who wish to write for new year's Merciad, to contact John. *. Well this is it, my last issue as editor of this year's Merciad. Was it a learning experience? To quote a man who has advised me all year, "This job will give its headaches at times." ;: I hope I served the community well, but if I didn't I apologize. You have been a good audience and a fair one. Although the Merciad had its ups and down, it was you, our reading audience, that were in search to read our stories and our viewpoints. Thank you. ? ^ Someone came up to me the other day and said, "Chris, you gonna zap'em this last issue?" The question was a curious one, my reply was no, my reasoning is simple. Criticism in any democratic society is important, to a

point. There is that one point beyond though, when the criticism fails to achieve what the writer intended. That point is basically this. I believed that criticism is a good way to right what one believes to be wrong. Criticism can help, but too much can tear away at what we build, and the rubble left takes much more time to repair. Although I believed in everything I wrote this year, sometimes my judgement was quicker then my typewriter. In this case, about all I can do is apologize. I m sorry if I've torn down any buildings, but I can only hope that the bricks of my mistakes fall into place. -: I enjoyed working for The Merciad and I enjoyed working with its people. The Merciad has been my experience at Mercyhurst. I believe the paper has made me grow M a journalist. i Objectivity is important. Once this can be attained, one is a better editor. If I had to do it over there are some things I would change, but this is neither the time nor the place to cite what I believed to be pressing problems within the framework of this journalistic piece. Once, again, good luck to you John and don't forget the words of that wise old man, "This job will give its headaches at times." 3 Sincerely * Chris Van Wagenen 1977-78 Editor


REMEMBER WHEN . . . {3 £ We've been asked, "What is it like to be a Senior?"To respond to that question we must tell you what it was like to be a freshman, sophomore, and junior. REMEMBER WHEN . . . Freshman year? '* . . . that first look at your roommate and wondering how you were going to make it through the year. . . . that first Beer Blast at Shade's Beach and a certain person got left behind, ^fc . TURK used to be called Sue. . there used to be keg parties in the dorm. . Tuesday night parties 1 -1 j . Wednesday morning hangovers . Beer blasts off campus (Presque Isle. Hall, Knights of c Columbus.) - ' f . . . Kelly's on a Sunday night. WHEN . . . Sophomore year M . . . how great it was tone considered upper classmen • • • Baldwin didn't have an alarm on C-wing door. f • • • There used to be floor parties in Sesler. • • • townshouse parties didn't get busted. • • • Rick and Barry's used to be a variety store. . . . people went for midnight swims in the pond. ; . . . Big Joe put his head through the wall atnownhouse number 4. T % REMEMBER WHEN .. \Junior year. . . . people looked forward to moving out of the dorm and into Sesler. *. \. . A Chris was a reporter and not the editor. . . . HIGH was a response and not a constant way of life.

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REMEMBER WHEN . . . Senior year $ . . ,.you look around at the few remaining seniors and you wonder what happened to everyone else. . . . you wonder, "What am I still doing here?"

. . . you go into the cafeteria and realize you don't recognize anyone there. f V % .... social life is off campus and not on campus anymore. • 1.. the senior dinner and following party; "but then who remembers ?'' |3p[ . I . the anticipation of commencement and all of those graduation parties. f 8j «•-•; . . . MEMORIES | w What's it like to be a senior?" It's the greatest feeling in the world and some times the saddest. We all have our own memories of the past*fourayears at Mercyhurst that will linger on with us forever. g -r}A\ \ Sue Berardinelli Cindy Patrizio "Class of 78" •


After four years what more is there to say? a. "I enjoyed myself!" b. "Thank-you Sister Phyllis, I had a charming time."? C. "Boy was I ever.. .Then!" d. "I received a good education!" h e. NOne of the above. ' And "hat do I expect the school to say to me? a. "Thanks for coming!" ' c. "How soon will you be leaving?" d. "Can you tke Snake with you?" e. None of the above. Packing.up and getting ready to leave are Paul Szela (the big guy) and Jimmy Kelly (the little guy) who are preparing for graduation day. Szela, a native of Chicago, III. and Kelly a native of Philadelphia, Pa. are just two of the many people that will be graduating from Mercyhurst on June 4, 1078. Said Szela, "1 always like to pack Kel up HO he doesn't get lost. Not being from Erie, Kel always gets lost. This way I just pay the postage, mark it FRAGILE and Kel gets home safe." Here in a couple shots, Szela and Kelly demonstrate their technique to the Merciad.
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Furthermore, what would the Mercyhurst Community say tome? • >i a. "You're really graduating? ". b. "Don't worry they'11 be others.. .like you." c. "What'syour name?" d. "You're one of the best kids I ever met!" e. "There's no reason to discuss it, it's only going to get you v angry!" / , . r• f. None of the above. •

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Kelly Around The 'Hurst
After four vears here it's hard to pick "a" most memorable experience. Thanks to my good friends I have had three experiences that I won't be able to forget, or live 'DC (town"On three occasions, after going to bed I woke up in a strange place. The first time I woke up locked in a metal cabinet The second time I was between floors on the elevator in McAulev. The last time was the one I am most remembered for. I was carried on my mattress to a party two blocks awav without waking up throughout the party. I just wish I could have been awake to see it. Jim Kelly,


Finally what my parents are going to say when I graduate? a. " Is that the person we've heard so much about? " b. "You've been cut off !$" c. "Are all those stories about you true' " It s tough to pick one memory when there's been so many d "Did you get a good education?" / in four years, so 111 give you a rundown of the most outstanding. . Te. Hopefully none of the above. t Paul Szela Intercession—a solid week of parties, the veryi first warning for eight girls on 2nd floor Baldwin. The charge—having two males at a party after hours, the gorge, Presque Isle at 8:00, Niagara falls, the honeymooners, Little Richards Dicks and the games in the Dungeon, Baldwin cheerleaders, 10 cent beer day, pre game-post game parties in McAuley—in the R.A.'s room no less—the Dick Appreciation Party, the Beach Boys—oldies but goodies— the women's crew team, waiting 2-3 hours to be told you can't have a boat, volleyball games, the parties in Garvey Park, NBA, ABA, Eastern league, the new crop, the very first formal, what happened at Townhouse 5? Social director, of course we'll have a party it's Tuesday isn't it? Dinner hours 30—1 like the cat win, Townhouse— here? All nighters, cramming—NO-Doze, thrown in the shower, icing battles...

Congratulations Class 1978

MAY 19,1978



Freshmen Year More Than Just
How does one j sum up four c years atithe Hurst? That has been the question I've asked myself for the past week. I'd like very much to share with you some of the pleasant memories I've had since coming to Erie and to Mercyhurstv The following is a summary of thoughts of the more humorous incidents I've encountered since fall, 1974. Freshmen Year Fall 1974 "Some of you won't be around for graduation." I remember that line from freshmen orientation and *it turned out to be true, at least for some of us. Tradition has always played an important role in McAuley Hall. As a freshmen living on a floor ' with a< majority of upperclassmen, McAuley was home. It was a typical dorm, filled to the brim, with very untypical people, such as R.A., Joe (Kel) Kelly. The BATS * It was two in the morning one fall term day as I, along with my roommate were sleeping. A very ordinary night except that Joe Kelly had come in late and was banging violently at my door. "Chris! Tom! Open the door, I'm being attacked by a bat." Now naturally when any one r comes in at about two in the morning,'one's first reaction is, "How much did he have to drink?" '. & I Tom Miller, (who was my roommate at the time) and I ignored Kelly's banging and told joe to go upstairs and sleep it off. | But Kelly denied that he had been drinking and pleaded with/us to open the door. And so I got up p*from the bed, walked across the room and answered the door, m

"Thanks Chris, Holy , you guys ought to see that bat out in the hallway." "Sure Kel, I said, but where's it?" *Kel turned around and acted surprised "I'm serious, fellas. There was a bat out here!" v . "Good night Kel", said Tom as he pushed Joe out the door. It was ten minutes later when both Tom and I heard Kel yelling to let him in because the Bat was attacking him again.. We ignored him and so Kel went next door to room 203 and woke up two upper classmen, John TetL^and Mark ^Z" Zaniecwz* ¥ *#j ^^

*"Z" answered the door and I could hear him ask Kel, how much he had to drink, t Kel said nothing and both Teti and "Z"iiinspected the hallway. They reported seeing nothing and sent Kel down the hallway, but seconds later he came, running down yelling, "There's a bat chasing me!" Immediately afterwards, "Z", John, Tom and myself went out to escort Kel to his room, except one thing. There was indeed a bat" in the hallway.* £ * *"Run for it/' yelled "Z"»and as we headed up the hallway to the bathroom as the bat continued to swoop down on the five of us. By this time the "Corry boys," Rick Bigelow and Craig Sampsell were up, along with the R.A. of second floor, Jim|Mahoney. They too made a run for it as the bat continued its furied pace up and down the hallway. Finally Kel got a hold of a hockey stick and smashed the bat several times as it perched on a nearby w a l l S H B m I

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Afterwards no one doubted Kel, especially about BATS! * . . .But freshmen year J was more than just chasing bats with hockey sticks, J Like any other students, the main thing on Friday evenings was to get a keg and hope security wouldn't write you up, because that meant a run in with either Sister ^Phyllis or Mr. Kennedy, or both. One evening after some friends in room 215 threw a party, it took Fr. Guy*Patrick to. bring the party to a halt. I stilltpan't forget the expression on his face When he saw twenty or more of us in a long line singing. "Party, party and party . . . " . . . No aoubt Greg Zaffuto, Tony

Mancuso and Kenny (Kool) Brewster remember that. ... But the best memory of freshmen year was little Richard and his Dicks, and the P. Bailey and Tracy Kelly Fan Club. *. . . . To this day Sr. Joseph Mary remembers 5 the time Little Richard, Loopey Larry Law and I wrecked into the tree located by Zurn Hall. Fortunately no tone was killed. Just some scrapes and cuts, along with a demolished ? Vega. *» . . .Or, how about John "Max" Hayden scaling the? windows of McAuley. I always wondered how he did it without falling. . . .Then of course there was Joe

Williams waking up Franny Gies and Dave Jordan in the wee hours of the morning so he could look in their mirror. Tell me about it Joe . . .How* about! Dan (Chipmunk * Downey along with Smoke and Chas Jones, who's run in with the law at a Johnny Welsh • party brough Barry Grossman to their 1.. .Last but not least, the Bonus Babies of Crew, Frank Sands, Lamont Prince, Joe* "Dapper" Dolan. Jack Fridel and Dan "Boo 4 Boo' Bukowski. That my friends, was a long trip to Notre Dame. but we had fun. Of course only Frank Sands can elaborate on lhat subject. -J . ...about that. . SOPOMORE YEAR* I I it*

.. .Greg Van Brammer made an Zone." a • apple pie using salt instead of .. .When Pumps, Cindo etc. shot sugar. "' 45 COLTS! . . .Townhouse four had parties, . . .Going to Point Park and parties, parties, parties etc. It is watching Sammy T-Bone steal estimated' that the amount of the ball off the ref. 'j money spent on beer during that . . .Having Dick Fox offer me a year, would have fed all the baseball uniform. Hmmm. people in India. . . .When Young, Bradley, and Riley'took vthat big jump'from The treasurer of R.U.S. found Baldwin. * out that he had signed Harry . i .Telling \ Marianne Drake to Chapin«by reading it in the Merciad. Willis was surprised. come down^for'fa beer after the * . . .Did Relatively High beat the case is gone. : Kringo Kids in the football finals? . ^ .Watching Bruce ace Rumor still has it that Frank Elementary Statistics, f* Sands was blind on the final play . . .Kentwood still loves you. when Joe Kelly caught a very . . .Watching someone actually controversial pass, but not from cheat on a Andy Roth test and get the High's standpoint, ASK away with iti . . .Watching the, Great- Art Chipmunk, he'll tell you. When James, Paul and Joe Project burn * to the ground. ^ informed Mr. David Blanchfield Thanks, Mr. X. bv phone, that there was a sur- • i JWatchmg a j Jonsey-Curtis mise party being planned in Party Production. C f Vf his birthday. David, . . The Great Fall Blackout. were you surprised? j 1976 Junior Year When Randy's dad, Henry, Hectic Experience drank everyone under»the table. .,. .Watching Wally and Kel, leave When Joe Williams and I a rocket fuel party. walked the roof of McAuley in '; . .Having dinner at-Arnold's, with Hast(y)ings cook. '* f search of Randy Cooney. 5 When Snake *slept in the . . .Seeing Bobby Gaughan pick elevator with the 3help of P. Hood up a keg in a truck, during one of storms In the history of and J.W. . ." T« ..." A. the worst m f When B. Gaughan took three Erie. . too'many six packs from R & B's. . /.Seeing Donna and Colleen '4 When Joe Williams convinced crawl to their rooms. ' . . .Watching Jimmy D., Scootor me to walk to Nunzi's at 4:00 a.m. and Kush, scrounge for food, with the temp at -10. especially during intersession. When Bob Dubik-smashed my . . Having some Kool-Aid with birthday cake, in my face. Kevin Bradley, Donna When John "Max" Hayden Plassheart and Barb Both. was fined by Mercyhuret swurity I.. .Believing Scooter wore size 3 for parking in a ^ W which they shoes .f V 1 ^^yTKjg ^ claimed w a s | a | "No|Parwng

. \ .The Great Baldwin Memo wherever you are?) I wishjyou the best of luck in the future. Board Stealer t ^T . . .The * Big Streak Past Sr. Bruce and I have been through a lot together, but I've always Elizabeth. had thai sense of respect for him ... Spying on Ismet. Spy vs. Spys, and no Ferdi, not because of his lampshades and peeping around size. corners. . .|Cutting Christmas Trees with r It's friends that make the difference between say, a good Jimmy D. and Steve. i ; . . .Seeing Sammy T-Bone crawl and bad day. And people that are through my bedroom window at closer, like Judy who have given me the confidence to go on, that four in the morning. . i .Taking Intro To Spying make me smile. I'm happy to have me^people Techniques < . . .Watching Case, dodge the like Judy, Bruce, Groog, Ferdi, cops. . . .Having a Strohs with T.K., Randy, Ray and Central Beer Dist. * . . .Making the worlds largest snowball i . | . Hearing WAVE turn into a ripple! , v 1 . . .Thinking Conservation was a Writing about one of jmy blow-off. « happiest experiences while at A . .Listening to that — — — — Mercyhurst is tough because alarm on C Wing as it goes off there have been s o . many. early in the morning.• t cq Perhaps if the question had been rephrased I might have given an Senior Year itemized list like the one below: Reflection Of course this year is coming to Most embarrassing^ being crowned Hobo for the day at an end very quickly. What we've Saga's second annual Hobo learned both from, and I about each other has benefited us as a Day. ; - v*] worth while learning experience. J Most Adventuresome: our trip to Wintergreen Gorge and I told someone once that I truly believed that 60 per cent of my Presque Isle on Jan. 25 at 5:00 education was my social life. I a.m. still believe this, even today. -Most courageous: leading the Communication is important* It s shaving cream brigade a learning process that never I through McAuley halls and ceases. coming face to face with an The friends I've made-here at R.A. Mercyhurst are very important Most absurd: going to the store to me. To my good friends and to wit h 10 cents a nd coming back vou Bruce (and Bobby Gaughan, B with a]9|cent purchase !and

Franny, Willis, Bobby G. etc, etc, etc, t because this list could easily go on) that make Mercyhurst someplace special to be. It was indeed fun being part of the 'Hurst community. I realize that Mr. Shelley will take one look at this and say "Didn't the kid learn anything about journalism, (and I did) but sometimes it's nice just to sit back and Remember When?

Class of '78" Christopher M.j VanWagenen

P. Bailey's List No Lie Of Times
I change.* V * Most romantic: falling in love, again and again and again. Most daring: squirting red decorator icing on top of "Broadway Joe s" head. Most - frustrating:!standing in the boat house for 2-3 hours, to tertold we don>get*a boat. Most ridiculous: being kidnapped at 7:00 a.m. and wheeled down 38th Street in a shopping cart, clad in only a bathrobe. And the list could go on and on. Yep. that's a tough question Chris, but my saddest memory is vet to some. That will be June 4, 1978 when I have to leave all the friends that made these memories v possible. It's been great! P. Bailey.

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MAY 19.1978

Government Survey Shows
f By Gary Wesman someone who got fewer votes and Father-Daughter weekend. advisor William Kennedy would Senate. Mercyhurst students, who were give the remaining forms to accept the I shorter terms. in- p. "Student Government made Student Senators outspoken in opposing changes in professors, to be handed out in Voted to two-year terms were stead. money for the first time since * the academic calendar-at this classrooms. i& Mike Heller (the new MSG Both Heller and DeSantis will I've seen activities at Mercyhurst s time last year, have grown to like The figures will be updated at President), Eileen Zinchiak, be seniors next year. College . . . to the tune of the new schedule, a student future meetings, t JoAnn DeSantis, and Gerard Ballots were given to new and $11.50," NeCastro deadpanned. government survey indicates. In other items,| Activities Of those returning surveys, HI NeCastro (the former 1MSG outgoing representatives and 1 Almost -two-thirds of the 217were resident students and 82 secretary). * \ rfficers. They rated their choices Director Jan Gatti announced students who answered the were commuters. A, total of 24 Elected to one-year terms were for the Senate seats one through several events coming up soon, and, in closing, the government survey said they wetfe now happy students! didn't .answer that JoAnn Alexander, Al Lonczak seven.? f'•^/F* was turned over to new president with the new calendar. The major question. and Alda Walker. ></ Also at Monday's meeting, Joe change— holding classes all five Females turned in 133 surveys, Reggie O'Connor and Steve NeCastro announced that MSG Mike Heller. See accompanying ; days of the week —;was an un- males 84; and 202 of the 217 were Frisina were voted first and turned a profit on the recent stores for details. popular, measure a year ago fulltime students. " second alternates,^respectively. cause it ended "free Wed- Also at Monday's meeting, George Ventuo suggested that nesdays. 1• f?j MSG elected seven students to any 1978-79 seniors elected to twoOf the * 144 who reacted next year's expanding College year terms? should-switch with positively to the calendar, 122 said they were * 'satisfied" with it and another 22 said 11theytwere "extremely satisfied. Of the rest, 42 said they were "dissatisfied," 16 "extremely Although it took place before with the second round of applause dissatisfied," and another 15 did one of the largest crowds to at- of the afternoon. The first came not answer the question. tend an MSG meeting this year, moments earlier, after outgoing the passing of the student MSG President George Venuto Former |MSG Vice President government on to its new officers handed the gavel to his sucJoAnn Alexander, who was in charge of the survey, said that, in „ The evening festivities began enforcement major. While others was an event that nearly happend cessor, newly elected Mike } *i Heller. & the beginning.^ she expected the with flowing gowns, three piece added, "The dinner really added routinely, without fanfare. The remarks of Venuto and results to show the opposite. But an ^unexpected, closing suits, spring flowers, cameras to the iformal, the food was M "I thought more people would flashing boutonnieres, and, I of super." speech by Pat Weschler caused Heller were informal and lowThe theme of the formaliwas what probably was the biggest key. be dissatisfied," she said. "You course, bottles and fifths. with round of applause heard in Zurn i; "We've started something," heard a lot of kids complaining The Spring Formal, sponsored ' • M e t a m o r p h o s i s " that there were no more free by the Student Activities Com- decorations accenting the coming 114 this year/ ? i Venuto said in his closing. "We Wednesdays and no more mittee (SAC), was held Friday of spring. A gazebo and water "It there is one thing I am got people to notice this is a very office. .We've Tuesday night parties." night a4- Rainbow Gardens' fountain added to the decorations optimistic about as I leave here," functional But from the start the returns providing dinner and dancing for and also provided a background Weschler said, "it is that students generated a lot of respect." for the photographer, Bob have proven they are as capable Venuto also praised those *. showed strong support for the over 400. Ronksley, • senior * Com- of running the affairs of |this connected with MSG .this year: new calendar, Ms. Alexander Student Activities Director Jan said. It all began at 7 p.m. with a munications major college as anyone."* "I saw them dribble in by buffet dinner provided by Chef During each band break formal Weschler, a political science Gaiti, advisors William Kennedy threes and fours, so I wasn't Michaels. Dancing followed from pictures were taken of 'Hurst major who has served two terms and Dr. Barbara Weigert, and surprise by the results," she said. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., with music students. in thej College Senate, jwill officers JoAnn Alexander and "I was calculating all along, so I provided by THE STR1DERS, a The formal lasted many hours, graduate at the end of this term. Gerard NeCastro. Venuto Ih'en said outgoing could see where the final count group from Woodstock, N.Y. from early evening till past Weschler said he has watched was heading." Many students enjoyedl the midnight, with the addition of the MSG improve over each of his Treasurer Joe NeCastro was "the The surveys werejlianded out dinner, with only a few com- dinner. four vears at Mercyhurst and finest student government officer during the first weeks of spring plaints from ihose at the end of "Itgwas great having the for- (•ailed? the 1977-78 government Mercyhurst has ever had." "My feet are bigger.ibut it's mal longer this year," said Kathy "the best yet."| term and the results announced the line. "Our table wasj last, so we Bowen, sophomore Human at Monday's MSG meeting. "This group has been i n - going to be tough trying tOjfill - MSG originally hoped for 600 didn't get much to ea*. But other Ecology major. But she credibly organized, the best-run George's shoes." Heller joked. returns but had to settle for 217. than that it was great,'*said Paul laughingly added, "It's too bad it organization on campus." he said pHeller held off introducing any Ms Alexander said Mondav that lackowski, sophomore law- couldn't last till 2 a.m." ,in tribute. "You have outstripped new business because five of next the College Senate . . . and even year's representatives have yet as* •ssi «9» jkj the Board of Trustees . . . The in be elected. mmmmmm reason has been your ability to I "I cant wait to get started with stick together through the kinds 3he new reps." Heller said. "I've l | of times that have nearly ripped got a lot of heavy stuff to throw at this college apart." ya' - but we can get into that next m His oration ended the meeting week."

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department which received 2.1 which takes care of student Trustees. $ \ this committee then reviews per ;cent of- the budget. This services, maintenance and the money was used for the cost of other areas of the budget. the budget and if they approve it, operating the various teams, At the end of each school year the budget finally goes to the supplies and* the coaches' t here is a graduation fee which is Board of Trustees to be passed. salaries. \ charged to each graduating The Budget 'Committee conDebt services took over 3.9 per senior. This is a separate cost sists of Dean Jerry Trimble, Vice cent, staff benefits claimed 6.8 because there is no part of the President of Academic Services; per cent, and the financial aid budget which is a lotted to it. Robert Prather, Vice President office was budgeted 8.3 per cent. This year the cost is $60. The of Development; E. W. Kennedy, money takes care of expenses Director of Student Services; and The area of student services such as caps and gowns, George Kidd. received 7.1 per cent. This went diplomas, the speaker's fee, Also on the committee? are to the St udent Union, Campus flowers, chair rentals, inMinistry, Placement office and vitations, and the printing of the Michael Erisman, Associate Professor of Political Science; testing fees. \ H JT* graduation booklet." Robert Ronksley, Associate And the majority of the budget Whodunit Another thing you may ask is professor of Law Enforcement; went to maintenance, 10.4 per who decides where our money cent, and faculty and ad- goes. According to Kidd, the and Joe NeCastro, a graduating ministrators' salaries. The Budget Committee reviews each senior. T£ ifsalaries captured an expected 51 department«and determines the Now having the satisfaction of per cent A amount of money to be given to knowing where your money goes, you may feel that it is spent When a student pavs $278 for a that department/ '• three credit course, this covers After the committee goes wisely or oppose its various uses. three different areas of cost. Whichever direction you lean through this procedure, they then by, Don Burger here anyway, get out!" These are direct cost, which send the proposed budget to toward, you can now feel like an Last week, Sheerluck Holmes "I've fulfilled my requirements goes toward the instructors' President Marion Shane. If he informed person on the subject of and Dr. Rotson put all the pieces but the right to graduate costs 'i salaries; indirect cost, which approves it, he then recommends your tuition. >* together and the search for the sixty bucks. No one cares about After all, now you know where includes heating, lights and it to the Budget and Finance killer is on. iSj it, but those who can't afford it ^ I cleaning; and overhead costs, Committee of the Board of your money is going. '•Tell me Sheerluck, how can are to be ripped off again." you make sense of the bits and Rotson kicked the vagrant out piece of the evidence?'' asked Dr. of the way with the same care Rotson. and compassion one receives Boggled by notecards, footnotes and plagarism? "Well," explained Holmes, from many bureaucrats. "Let's "most murders occur: on dark go capture that villian Holmes. Come to the Writing Center mini-course "The Research Paper" on Monday, and gloomy" nights. At ^Mer- Don't i these bleeding t heart May 22 at 3 p.m. cyhurst there are no shortages of paupers: make you want to We'll explain every aspect of preparing and writing term papers. gloomy nights. Although there vomit?" It's not too late to leam the essentials! may be some-dead weight, few "Yeah," replied Holmes as dead bodies are found with the they climbed the stairs in i ' . Writing Center 308 Main exception of the bio-lab and Preston. • $ I i cafeteria. ? All that could be heard was a ' • • "What does that have to do with thumping sound. Closer obmurder?" BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND servation revealed that all the "The killer has obviously been doors except two were covered The Writing Center is offering the minicourse entitled: an i.gitator for some time. He's with dents. been insulating himself from HOW TO ANSWER ESSAY-TEST QUESTIONS "What could this mean everyone for a year. He is also in Holmes?" asked Rotson. Tuesday, May 23,1978 at 2 p.m. in the Writing Center 308 Main: close contact with professors on "It means the murder is solved the second floor of Preston." A simple way to help you prepare for finals. t( Rotson. gWe know the killer is The two were standing between blonde. Only reporters] skulk Zurn and Old Main when they around the <college. Remember heard a "whirring" sound, that we found tattered remains of k "Look there Holmes," said a newspaper on the. Professor Rotson as he pointed to the ob- Who Wasn't There's desk. The servatory on Zurn, "someone is killer also placed those dents on (Continued from Page 1) m Jp'aiehingrus up there. * ^ * the doors," said Holmes as the money J both are costing the clad. "It is, without a" doubt, the thumping grew louder. "We have been analyzing college. f killer. He is five feet eight inches "What is that infernal thumChemistry Professor Dr. administrative areas," said Dr. Dr. Shane said Tuesday the Robert Blessing, who has been an Shane, "and one of the real tall, has blonde hair, and does not ping Holmes?" '* • pr college should redistribute the outspoken critic of i ad- problems is that we've had 19 wea r glasses.'' ^Why, it's the killer Rotson. numbers of faculty in some "How can you tell all that from These dented doors all belong to ministration policies, said the individuals reporting directly to departments to reach a better selection of Sr. Matthewwas the the dean." here Holmes?" $ professors who are not there. balance. And he said some "I can't, but it sounds pretty Thev are all advisors of some "We'll be "looking at that best step Dr. Shane could have convincing didn't it? Let's go form or another. The killer is courses should be more flexible taken "if he is sincere about the problem," he continued, "maybe apprehend that scoundrel. pounding his head against their and less specialized to attract healing process." getting admissions and financial ^ Rotson, do you have the door to see if any of them are students other than majors. aid and the registrar's office into Involving each? division in The story on Sr. Matthew's a?1 unit' where the director will revolver?" there." > J* X'Making a hard look^ at its appointment appears on page report to the president." "Yes Holmes, but I trust that I "An awful lot of people seem to curriculum" and having ^access one. won't have to use it." Sr. Matthew said the new dean be banging their heads to no avail to the president while doing so is will have a job along the lines of a Holmes and Rotson arrived at around here." a "more sophisticated" Dr. Shane's decision to chair dean of faculty and students. the observatory door only to find "Rotson, do you have your solution." McQuillen said. meetings with the division heads Reorganization of the adan entire class gazing into the revolver handy? There is the The decision to appoint 'an — a job formerly done by the ministration would channel heavens. "lx>ok Up in the sky. It's killer. He's ripping up an 'I am dean met with dean — is part of an overall plan academic services through abird.cNo, a plane. No it's - it's a confused' card on his advisors interim unanimous approval among the to reduce some of the duties of the someone else before reaching the bug on my lens, darn it." bulletin board." faculty contacted by The Mer- dean's office. dean. Near the door was a lone figure "My God Holmes, the killer is, smoking an unlit cigarette with is u his left hand. He was five feet "Chris Van^Wagonwheel!" eight and blonde. revealed Holmes. Rotson leaned over and The killer looked up and ran whispered into Holmes ear. "By down the hall. He jumped into a Jove! You've done it. again. That i*ar waiting outside Old Main and man fits your discription. Let's sped away running down a quasiThe Jewish experience of the Jewish plight was at all anti- was- ordained by the Hebrew grab. him while we ve got the cop writing up tickets. holocaust has had a great impact Semitic. For the Jewish Union College - Institute of chance." "I .see now Holmes," said on the world of ideas and theologian a pertinent question Religion in 1967. He also holds a Then the man bolted past them Rotson. "The killer was fed up and down the stairs yelling "I've with professors '»who weren't literature. It has inspired plays is "To what extent is ? the M. A. degree from the Institute. such as The Man in the Glass existence of the state of Israel an The Rabbi is very active in local got to see him. I've got to." there so he shot one. The other Booth by Robert Shaw, movies answer to the horror' of the activities. He is on the faculty of "Well Homes, he got away one he killed by accident ?v I & Villa Maria College and i s a ^ n from us. How did you know it was (referring to the kindly such as the powerful Night and holocaust?" Fog of Alain Renais and novels Since so many people at adjunct professor at Behrend. In him?" philosophy professor). That also like that of Elie Wiesel's Night Mercyhurst^ expressed an in- 1976 he was the recipient of the "Elementary my dear Rotson. explains why his advisor and The Gates of the Forest terest in having a more in depth humanitarian of the year award. Just put all the facts together and disappeared.; f Even television has tried to discussion- on the issues, the This humanitarian interest is you will see clearly who the killer "It also explains why someone come to grips with the horror and campus- ministry office is often., the focus of his presenis. Also I think I know?where we else is taking over the paper next tragedy of the extermination of sponsoring a panel discussion on t at ions. Following the showing of can find him." week. Everyone will think that six million Jews. The latest effort the topic of the holocaust. "Holocaust', he led a discussion |j As they walked, a panhandler Bruno was chosen because at the office of the inter faith approached them. "Could you Wagonwheel is graduating. No to sensitize men to the human On Wednesday May 24th at 8:15 ministries. Over a hundred kind sirs help an old man buy an one will guess that the real potential for evil was that of the .education?" , * reason is that he killed The television series "Holocaust." p.m. Rabbi Lewis Littman and people attended the event. The series > about J the con- Richard Kubiak will look at the Richard Kubiak came to I "Out of the way!" said Rotson. Professor That Wasn't There!" i "Pleasesir. I've spent $8,400 on "Exactly, Dr. Rotson." said cent ration camps, shown during realities of the concentration and Mercyhurst in 1963 as part of the camps, Dick will tuiiion here-and I need $60 more Holmes as they turned and mid April, seemed to have a extermination and a commentary first major influx of laymen in significant impact here at the present slides to graduate." walked into the fog where they college. Each class day following on the major extermination the faculty. He is an expert on Poland, having studied there for "You're a bit old to be going had entered. * the program the main topic of camps in Poland: A us h wit z and 19 months under grants from the conversation^ in the campus Mazdamek. Rabbi Littman will Kosciuszko foundation. Dick is ministry office was the series and then respond from his position as familiar with all parts of the its implications. How could it. be both a theologian ana spiritual country and has*a number of otherwise? I leader of Temple Anshe Hesed. slides on the extermination The Mercyhurst College education. At present she is a The extermination of six Both Rabbi Littman and camps at Aushwitz and MazDepartment of Music will present student of Jeffry Harris, in- million Jews raises many Richard Kubiak are well known dameck. • Susan E. Bechtel in a piano structor in music. questions for both Jews and to people at Mercyhurst. The The panel discussion will be recital on Saturday, May 27 at 3 Her program will consist • of Christians. For both the question Rabbi has spoken here often and held in the faculty lounge and pin. in the Zurn recital hall. works by Scarlatti, Mozart, must be asked, "Was God silent Dick is of course a veteran should result in some stimulating Ms. Reenters recital is in Debussy, Chopin, and Schumann. in that historical period?" member of the faculty. conversation. All are welcomed partial fulfillment of her, B.A. The recital is open to the public at Christians must further decide if Rabbi Littman is a graduate of to attend on Wednesday May 24th their lack of response to the Rutgers University, where he at 8:15. * dognv requirements in music no admission charge. this year's tuition was distributed in the following way. J i The lowest percentage of the budget, 1 per cent, went directly to public relations. This was used to promote'Mercyhurst and its various programs. •* Following this cut was admissions getting 2 per cent and approximaely 2 per cent going to athletic uniforms and athletic recruitment. , 4 fe Next in line was the athletic

by Lisa Manendo and Darlene Keith As a senior or even an undergraduate, you may , be curious, if not desperate, to know where your money has gone during your attendance here. Think about it. For some of us, we have paid approximately $2,575 a year* toward, tuition. Where has it gone? \ According to George Kidd, Vice President of Business Services.

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MAY 19,1978



Women End On High Note
Although the women's Softball team finished win less, the season ended on a high note. The team lost to Gannon in a 6-5 sweaker then tied Allegheny before the game was washed out. Playing at 12 and Hess Avenue Thursday, the Lady Lakers performed possibly their*best game of the season. Gannon jumped out to an early 6-1 lead on a triple and double by Cindy Colucei and- Kathy Prest. The 'Hurst retaliated with four runs in the fifth as Mary Ann King kept a rally alive with a two-run double. ? • • < Thefoffense and defense was much improved as the Lakers out hit Gannon seven to six while collecting one more error than Gannon's three. * 1 Kathe Lowry was the starting pitcher and Tina Tomczak aided in relief. Catching for Mercyhurst was Mary Mahon. On Monday afternoon the team traveled to Allegheny for the last game of the season. ! Kathy Grieb started as pitcher and Mahon I completed the battery. I * / " f The 'Hurst scored five runs in the first inning highlighted by singles by Janie Nestor, Lowry, King, and Sue Fagan the bottom half of the inning Allegheny went ahead by]a 7-5 score. I Both the Gator gals and the 'Hurst scored two more fin the second inning, under cloudy skies, for a 9-7 score. The Lakers got hot in the top half of the fifth, unfortunately the spirit was cooled by a downpour of rain. The Lady Lakers had one out with a runner on second and the heart of the batting order due to bat. The game was called with both teams having nine in the run column. The final season record for the Mercy hurst women's softball team is no wins, seven losses, and a triumph by Mother Nature. |by Terry Kelly Thank God My last issue and the last time I have to sit down and put my thoughts into this stupid column. No, just kidding. Over the past year there has been some very exciting moments and I will miss writing about them. Here is my little summary of this past year from your sportsminded editor. I The big surprise last fall was the soccer {program. Coach Shimpeno has done wonders with that team! The quickness of the front line and the solid defense play has made the relatively new sport a highly competitive one. The likes of R.T. and Weber out front and Riles and Bobby George busting tail on defense made a real tough team this past fall. Better things are in store for next fall. Probably, the most memorable game was the overtime victorv over Gannon. The basketball team was next to impress people and what a job they aid. Who could forget all the excitement at the games in the new Campus Center and how the Lakers, continually beat the opposition. It's nice when you win. And win is what they did, never having recorded a loss at home. There was the grace of Ed Jones, leadership of Paul Young, hustle of Joe Ford, pure shooting of Kevin Bradley, defense of Don Jackson and slam 'dunking of Sweets and Helicopter. So dominating were the Lakers that they made a trip to Kansas City and the National tournament, ft didn't seem to matter that they were eliminated* in the first game, they got there and had a tremendous season. There were so many memorable games that any one could be worth {mentioning. Like the come from behind victory over PittJohnstown during Intersession or the 30 point spread over Edinboro or the thrashing of rival Gannon at the Fieldhouse. If I were to write everything about this season's.. basketball, it would more than likely be a book. One last note concerns the departure of Coach Dick Fox. I wish him well at Gannon but hope we beat them next year. I think newly?] appointed Dan O'Connor will do agj Terry Kelly fine job with the; returning players and will (have a suc- wallet either? : cessful season also. ' On to other things like girls The tennis team did a job this sports and the tennis and past season as they defended baseball teams. their district title and will be The girls teams had so-so going to Kansas City next week. seasons in basketball and softball Dennis Ranalli was named Coach and the programs are continually of the Year and he deserved it for on the up in terms of competing all the work he had put into the with others in the conference. program. Win or lose, they will Super-jocks Sue Fagan and Val make a fine showing in KC and Ferro will be gone from the scene hopefully bring home another next year a nd it will not seem the National Championship. Lsame without them in there The crew teams also had .fine grinding it out. The baseball team had showings when they took to the probably the most unusual waters. The interest in crewfon of the largest season of all the sports on this campus is oneabout. This is and most talked campus. Something was wrong evident in the number of athletes with the way things were and if involved in the program. They you care to think about what I did particularly well at the just said, do so because nobody Regatta in Marietta. Ohio else could figure out what was recently and should do well in any wrong. It reminded some of the 1977 World Champion New York future meets. Yankees with all the controversy As I wrap this column up. I and somewhat dissension. The would like to thank all the only memorable moment that I coaches who helped me along the can ihink. of was sweeping way with information and Alliance. No, not really. It was statistics on the various teams It out in Oklahoma at a night spot has been a good year and one a In? when Sparky was. bluntly told of people will never forget where to put his money. Not in his

Lakers Close Out Season
With two games remaining against Youngstown,- the Mercyhurst baseball team will cose out what has been a rather disappointing season which shows a 12-20 mark. J The Lakers have been having a rough time all season and last Thursday at Edinboro reflected this. The Scots rapped the Lakers twice, 6-3 and 6-5. In the opener, fit was Scot Bryan Gibson who limited the 'Hurst to seven hits while Laker loser Craig Nicholson yielded nine. . , Rav Gruss rapped two singles in the opener while Randy Mink tripled and singled. Russ Wilhelm, Ron Coleman and Terry Kelly added one single apiece. The second contest saw Edinboro jump off to a 5-0 lead off loser Rick Rickgauer who was eventually relieved by Sparky Mills. i The Lakers came back with three runs in the fifth inning capped by Mink's second triple of the day. |^.jfi Edinboro scored once again to make ii 6-3 when the 'Hurst recorded two more runs in the seventh, only to come up short.



MAY 19,1978

Head For Kansas City

Mercyhurst Defends District 18 Title
The Men's Tennis team proved both won each event in the final that you don't have to be six feet days activity. \ '*' tall and be able to shoot baskets Out of six singles flights, to go to a national tournament in Mercyhurst captured four Kansas City as they successfully District Champion tides. The defended their NAIA District 18 Lakers also claimed two out of three, doubles titles/ Edinboro renni.s Championship Friday by defeating Edonboro State for the copped two singles and one doubles events. title, T ; The action was heated as was Senior Richard Birmingham, a expected but the Lakers came out repea t champion, started the on Top with 23 points, the Scots action with a 6*0,6-2 victory over finishing with 20 points. Edinboro's Dave Drossman. Dennis FianalU, voted District Laker Tom Chybrzynski then 18 Coach of the Year following the advanced the 'Hurst with a 7-6, 6competition said, 'Tm'very 3 defeat of Edinboro's lion Ross. proud of everyone. It was a total Junior Phil Dubsky fought to team victory." He continued the finish and came out the victor ••These guys worked very, very 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 over Jeff Mulhollem. hard. They earned it." Freshmen Dave LaFuria then Mercyhurst now advances to captured a 6-3, 6-3 win from the National Tournament in Dennis Staller. •£• Kansas City May 30 - June 4. In top flight action, Dom 'Our next goal Is to be in the ton Masciantonlo of Edinboro I en in the nation, " Ranalli said. defeated Laker-Andrew Findlay The Lakers and the Scots en- but not without a fight. The final tered Friday's competition tied set scores were 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. Jim :tt 17 points for the lead. They Goshorn, another Scot, stole a 7-6,
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6-2 win from Laker Al Culbertson. In doubles competition the heated action came to the boiling point as Dubsky and Chybrzynski bounced to a 6-7, 6-3,6-4 win over Edinboro's Masciantomo and Mulhollem. Laker teammates Findlay and Birmingham were also successful in a 6-3,6-3 match with Kevin Kelly and Jug Moser of Indiana ^ Tom Chybrzynski and Phil Dubsky head for the Tournament undefeated in both singles and doubles competition. The doublet duo of Andrew Findlay and Richard Birmingham are also undefeated... "This was the most satisfying victory of the five years I've been at Mercyhurst," said Rich Birmingham, f Mercyhurst emerged from the 2 NAIA National Tournament rated number one in 1976. And as l he Lakers travel to Kansas City once again Ranalli sums up the feeling by saying, "When you win, it makes it all worthwhile."






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Laker Clowning
By Terry Kelly t Step right up! See the greatest nearbv basket. One fan at awe at iving snow on earth! Well, his exhibit ion was the Scots coach iiaybe the greatest living tennis**] who was probably hoping for a > earth would be a better slip or broken ankle or something n •hrase. But along with the tennis •xtravaganza, the 4 Mercyhurst .nkers hold their own when lt*j >mes to natural characters. To •II them a bunch of hams would
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consisted of verbal onslaughts, facial and body language ana there was even a flying racket. Imagine that/ a flying racket. Andy Findlay serves one up during the District I Tennis Finals. K Findlay suffered a loss but he and his teammates won the title and are heading for Kansas City.

Andy Findlay, Richard Biruingham, Tom Chybrzynski, 'hiI Dubsky. Dave LaFuria and 1 Culbertson are taking their funis show to Kansas City and long with that will be the raziness that has kept them olng thus far. You see, each one , ms his own little way of coping with being a tennis player, if oping is really what they are lolng. One had a chance to view the •policing Lakers for a bit as rain lelayed the opening and final round of the district championships. Right down the line A'cre Mercyhurst and Edinboro natch ups (except for the third >nd first doubles) and who could isk for more of a rivalry. Or hould we say that the straight, .orions Scots were set to battle he loose, laughing Lakers? Well, vhatevor the case, the ringleader Coach Dennis Ranalli) was eady to get this show on the oad. As the courts were cleared of ill players because of the prinkle, the Edinboro team nuggled Into a van while the Lakers hung around for awhile to .hoot the bull. Standing in the sprinkle did not seem to bother ihe Lakers except Mr. Dubsky. Phil picked up a tennis ball and started his "Dr. J" routine on the now slippery • pavement at a


like that. Mr. Birmingham, seeing no end in sight for the rain suggested that a basketball game be played in replace of the tennis match. You sort of have to know Richard to understand where his humor is coming from. H The drops kept coming until the matches were postponed, rescheduled for later in the day. The rain did finally break and the finals began. Mr. Birmingham was the first to return with a singles victory In record time. So
fast was the win that Richard

donned his sailors hat and was into a game of backgammon with a fan as his mates continued action. The next act was better than iloudini and was along the same lines as the lion tamer, it featured Mr. LaFuria. Although he did not put his head down his opponent's throat, he did whip this veteran Scot and used just a racquet and balls. Dave was no stranger to this cage as this whipping was the third, yes third time the Scot has fallen to Dave. Mr. Chybrzynski and Mr. Dubsky displayed about the same antics in their victories, which

Bring on the Walendasl By now the popcorn and peanuts were also flying as the Lakers had their next stop in KC all wrapped up. f Mr. Findlay and Mr. Culbertson were not so fortunate as they suffered singles losses, but through it all still remained as colorful as ever. Englishman Andy was seen sipping tea and muttering "I want to hold your 11 hand while Al was almost not seen at all. For some reason, nobody knows, Al wondered off during one of the rain delays and had to be hunted down. No, not an APB, but the ringleader had to be dispatched to cure the problem. Thus, as the Laker show moves out west in a couple of weeks, so will the fanfare and non-stop minds of these twisted tennis players. Or should that be twisted minds of these non-stop tennis players? Well, however you look at them (crosseyed), the excitement that was created cannot be replaced. And if by chance you are the type who can't appreciate such a show, too bad. But then again you probably get goose bumps over the'tattooed lady.

Editorials Richard Birmingham
I would like to take this time to (hunk Mercyhurst College for the approximate $15,000 they have spent on me during my four and one half years In Erie, Not only did I receive a free education but I saw almost all of the East coast and Kansas City while playing tennis and representing the college. But 1 sometimes wonder If the college was getting their money's worth. So far with only this year's Nationals left I have played 76 matches Of those 76 only about 10 w ere "home" matches. As you probably know none of these "Homo" matches Were ' on campus. A sadder fact Is that in the past five years I doubt more than five per cent of the Mercyhurst students have ever seen a varsity match. I can't blame the students for not backing the team. How can you support a team that over a five year period played 80 per cent of their matches hundreds of 7 miles from school. The school did reap some benefits from tennis. Among those games was good national exposure but even when Mercynurst won the Nationals in 1976 they didn't take full advantage of all* the prestige ;and publicity available. * ' '• ;* ' • Despite the above drawbacks I really enjoyed most of my years playing tennis for the college. I only hope that in the coming years the tennis program remains top flight and the Mercyhurst community can be more Involved with the team by watching matches on campus. I assume the new courts will be ready next season and taking part in tennis team teaching clinics so that the tennis team can he used as a truly excellent asset and something everyone associated A with Mercyhurst College can personally be as proua of If as I am. *

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