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Calendar Talks Begin Again
bySueFius I . | jj After dealing with the immediate budget crisis of last fall, the college has again turned its efforts to evaluating the academic calendar. Dr. John J. Millar, dean of the college and vice president of academic services, met with division chairpersons last week to propose a new calendar for 1979-80. J J Two different variations of the;4-3-3 plan were suggested. Both would eliminate Intersession and increase the course load for fall term to four courses. r "It is not in the best interest of the college to move to the semester system right now," Millar said. "There is a lack of clear-cut support for intersession." * i "Intersession may be a high point for some students," he added, "but a bad experience for many and a burden on faculty.'' Both plans of the new calendar would begin with a 13 week fall term lasting until the middle of December. Two terms, each ten weeks in length, would follow after the new year. t The second plan, suggested by Millar, would call for longer classes during the last two terms, allowing the college to finish approximately two weeks earlier than the first. "Four courses could be disasterous for some people," Millar said. Winter Scene - The bare trees of the season and the gray sky give off an Erie effect. 1 'some students have never taken more than three per term." He added, "At the same time, it could provide an easier pace for those students attending college for the first time. The 4-3-3 calendar provides for experimentation and can be put into action with a minimum amount of effort and change. The present system is designed to deal with the ten-week term." The division heads will meet again with Millar on January 23 to discuss further plans. Recommendations will then go to the College Senate for action. Final recommendations will be given to the president and the Board of Trustees for final approval. "If the concensus is to stay with the 3-1-3-3 calendar, we will," Millar In the pasi, social work was a stablishing the major is seen as With the support of the College assured. "The question is, 'What does the institution itself want to Senate and Dean John Millar, concentration within the sociol- an essentia] step in the attempt to do?'" College President Marion 'L. ogy department. To some, gain accreditation by (he Council Shane approved that "social on Social Work Education work be recognized as a major (CSWE). program at Mercyhurst." "There a re some 31 social work According to Bea Weissman, majors at the college right now," assistant professor of social Weissman noted. "There were work, the major program will be many more double majors and minors indicating the many who A chapter of the national who are required to carry a 3.0 or "generic in form - having no recognize the relationship betorganization for elementary higher QPA, elected officers to particular emphasis. This will ween their major fields and education majors, -Lambda the sorority. Melanie Tompkins prepare students for working I social'work." Epsilon Delta, has been started was elected president, Mariann with people in a variety of social at Mercyhurst. 1 Ruberto, vice president and agencies including counseling 1 Reportedly, the college will be and referral work." I Sr. Patricia Whalen, associate Paula Pizzat, treasurer. applying for accreditation with professor of education, cited the ?m&&. Also elected were secretary CSWE sometime next year. If Reportedly, the college will be 1 organization's goal as one of Ann DelMedico, historian Marge approved, it will hold for majors "encouraging a high degree of Zimmerman and freshmen actively searching for a second gratuating from this year on. fulltime faculty member to teach intellectual ability among its representative Mary Smith. within the department. members." " i Weissman told the Merciad, Members of the organization "Accreditation^by CSWE is exMore than 20 people in- will meet January 28, at which "1 hope the new instructor will tremely important for keeping terested in joining the honorary time they hope to begin be able to assist in creating a the social work program at sorority met for the first time last organizing various programs and gerontology (study of the aged) 0 Mercyhurst competitive in this Sunday. < , skills workshops for all education concentration . and minor pro- wmm region." \ } gram," Weissman stated. Members of the new chapter, majors. I 1 § Bea Weissman

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•Merciad Interview


Heller Hits O n 'Hurst Highs A n d
"I think-it's about time I say something to the whole campus," MSG President Mike Heller told the Merciad. Heller was voicing his cdncern over the problems of student apathy, involvement and action. •Beginning with the idea.that (ihere is actually very little apathy on campus, Heller proceeded to encourage student involvement and participation in on-campus decisions, f increase student Involvement, Heller suggested to keep searching for "what the students want." . ft "We have to find dur own issues,"{he continued. "We just have to find .something that ignites the students." At an earlier MSG meeting, Heller stated that there was no great social issue the students could unite under such as those of thefvietnam War or the Civil "People shouldn'tlbe limited to parties." "College life is going out and participating," he added.'"Nobody seems to want to try anything new." £i Heller cited the fact that few 'Hurst jjeople^at tended concerts

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"We have to find somethinglthat ignites 9 the students. ' I
or coffee house acts, but feels that attendance is starting to increase. "In the past, we've brought in good bands, but mainly outsiders came," he said. , * [. Heller did suggest that raising . the activity fee might increase the quantity and quality of the various activities and stressed that the 'Hurst has one of the lowest activity? fees among residence life, public relations, layoff review and [..student opinion. i ; * i> Reps and officers feel that smaller committees within MSG will enable the body to act on issues that will encourage student involvement. £' As one member;put it, "Now that we've done this much, we have to stop talking and begin to

"Students have the power . . . 9 . . . but nobody uses it '

"Because students don't go to Rights issues of the 1960's. ? T Mike Heller activities doesn't mean they're "We don't need massive Heller also touched 4 on the apathetic," he said, noting that numbers because we're a small "not all activities interest all school," he emphasized. subjects of alcohol and tuition as [students." "Suggestions go "Students have the power but on-campus problems. When questioned on the former further than complaints." nobody gets together and uses issuefine commented that When asked about ways to it." 1 I I




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OpiniOII John Bruno

Lost Music. . .
To the Mercyhurst Community: - CEC would like to thank the people who let u s use their albums a t the Danee Marathon. We would also appreciate some help in locating : missing albums and 45's. & I < : The following,? albums a r e missing: Donna Summer's "Live and More" a n d "Saturday Night Fever" (Sides 1 and 2). There are also nine 45's missing: "Hot Blooded", "We Just <€ Disagree", Wooly Booly", "Hot Child in the City", "I Feel Love", ''Obladi Oblada", "Only r l< the Good Die% ouiig'\* Le>reak" and "Slow Dancin' Swayin' to the Music.''f. unclaimed albums and ^ ^ ^ i^^ Lthe Sunshine, Band", "Keep on Jump In" and "Cat Stevens Greatest Hits." The 45's are: "Slow Ride" and "AngieBaby." r If you know of the whereabouts or want to claim one, please contact either Deserii Lucchetti a t 866-5281, Mike Milligan a t 866-2107 or Kathy McMullen or Colleen Walsh at 864-3781.

SaveJPr. Guy. . .
Dear Editor, £ j. A s you m a y know, w e have a new bishop, Michael Murphy, w h o i s strengthening old programs and implementing new ones in the

I understand from the Campus Ministry staff that the bishop is very interested1 in our chaplin, Fr. Guy Patrick. He s e e m s to think that Fr. Patrick could enrich the diocese further by his being trained to be a canon lawyer. If this is what the bishop decides,-a possible transfer for Fr. Patrick may be in order. U If this should happen, I believe that Mercyhurst would b e losing a very valuable and irreplaceable part of its Campus Ministry. But until the decision i s made, F r . Patrick will remain in Erie. I would ask that the Mercyhurst community continue to support Fr. Patrick and his work here. rjj Thank you very much. Sra (Name withheld upon request)

ThePrez £ * . ._ « . College President Shane will retire next year; it s not too early to think about who should replace him. t Comments I've heard range from that of appointing someone already involved with the 'Hurst t o choosing a successor from a nationwide search. Some even feel that the next college president r should be someone from the Erie area. ' Shane has done a commendable job a s president H e has handled the "increasing pressures" of his position admirably. However, his replacement should come from a more assertive brand of administrator. One who can deal more effectively with the community: from the Board of Trustees on up to the students. The next 'Hurst president should be someone already involved with this institution. The Other Prez MSG President Mike Heller must have been born-again after that trip he and fellow MSG officers took to Harrisburg. . P m glad he brought to our attention that the 'Hurst isn't as problemridden a s some of the other schools in the state. Plain reassuring is what it is. Gives m e the feeling of wanting to possess a whole new outlook on college life, Heller's discovery does; that and the fact that it's only six credits to graduation. 1 i J ' Like it or not, Heller's correct when h e says there are no major issues for students to unite behind or against. Those days are gone. Revolution is out and hedonism is in. And it's a better world for: it; s o 1 far. ' •* ; '* Maybe it's unfortunate, but somehow the World Hunger Problem and the Energy Crisis lack the necessary controversy to rally behind that made the Civil Rights issue and anti-war protest the fashion a decade ago. i t In the last Merciad issue, Heller stated something rather profound when he said "Because students aren't exactly what one wants them to be doesn't make them apathetic." This is true. It's a case of free will. Still, sometimes people have t o b e informed about'what programs, issues or organizations need help. And sometimes people have to be reassured before they will attempt anything new. I like what Heller is attempting; anything new can't be all that bad. Again With The Calendar Talks j The only thing I have to say about the resumed calendar talks is find a calendar that includes free Wednesdays and vote it on through the bureacuracy. If that i s not to be, then keep i t the same. But do something. I'm personally growing tired of having to see it discussed in the Merciad time and again without answers. Potpourri Congratulations to Amy McNicholas who put away over 30 eggs in the egg eating contest the other night. For her effort, Amy will win a date with Mr. C h o l e s t e r o l . . . Surprise. The Library door still isn't fixed . . . There is no truth to the rumor that Erie City Councilman Bernard "Babe" Harkins got* his nickname because h e works well with children... Sign of the times from a graffiti wall: "Support the ERA-Think of where Ron Guidry would be without i t . . . "

Staff Speak Out
I w a s given the dubious honor jump out of nowhere and beg to of writing this week's article on be acted upon. J Mike Heller and his new.MSG Heller and *MSG have the philosophy. V potential for organizing and I read last week's article and activating the student body. Now found nothing. I researched this is the time to stop talking about it week's article and found nothing. and do something. I a m left with reporting empty If we're going to jump on the statements such as, "We have to bandwagon and prove that there find our own issues," without is no apathy at Mercyhurst, now pinning anyone down on an issue. is the time to do it, not just talk Mr. Heller is apparently trying about it. i to light a fire underneath the Let's hear something concrete, student body, but what he fails to Mr. Heller. Give us something to realize is that he must be the stand up for! spark. N o "issue" is going, to Sue Fuss

WilUVisit Dorms. . .
To the Students: Recently, while I was in Harrisburg attending a conference, I w a s introduced to a new definition of that dreaded term "apathy." It w a s defined as "a feeling that comes from having no control over your present situation." This struck me as having some merit. I mean, why should I be interested in something that I'm not actively involved in? Apathy is a popular term on this campus. It is an all-purpose term - it's used to describe everything from activities to cafeteria meals. As a rule of thumb, if you don't attend coffeehouses, activities or sporting events, then you're apathetic. Personally, I think apathy is the number one cop-out of the 1970's. There's no way I'm going to be forcefed activities or student involvement. I'll participate because I want to. The question to ask, therefore, is "What do you want?" Let's face it, the student government isn't all-knowing. We d o n l read minds. In short, w e need help from the students. Without any direct feedback from you, MSG is forced to act .upon blind assumptions. Sometimes w e hit it lucky and come out smelling like roses. But when w e miss, w e can really miss. .+; ? I've seen (and recorded) too many bucks that went towards poorly attended events. It's time to take action. I'm going to be paying visits to the dorms, apartments and townhouses to talk with any of you interested in improving activities and - or the effectiveness of the student government. Times and places will be posted. I hope to see you at the meetings. Thanks for your time and have a good day. I> Steve Frisina

Upset. . .
Mr. Editor, -* After reading your last few issues of the Merciad I a m really disappointed at your cheap shots at the student body. You a r e continuously complaining about the student body apathy. Well Mr. Bruno there are students, who in four years, have seen the school go downhill; involvement wise. The parties have gone from Tuesday night and weekend parties to weekend parties and finally to no parties at all. I can remember when there were parties in the dorms and incoming freshman had the chance to go around and meet people. I b i s opportunity doesn't exist anymore. I don't know more than a handful of freshman. I believe this is where apathy starts. I [ I don't want to sound like parties are more important' than academics but lets face it college students like to get together and drink it's part of college life or a t least it was. If this aspect of college life is being curtailed people just don !t really feel a part of the college. So I'd really appreciate if you'd stop all your apathy b u l l — , because you haven't been here to see the turnaround in student involvement. Thank you, Ray Gross Sesler233 Well Excuuunsse Me! - editor

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Students who have a problem with grammar, spelling, organization of a paper or any similar difficulties, can turn to Betty Gartner and the tutors who staff the Writing Center in 308 Main. The Center's purpose is to help improve the writing abilities of 'Hurst students. It began five years ago under the direction of Andrew Roth, 1 assistant .{professor of English and Communications, with a recommendation of Dr. William Garvey, then dean of the college. P . Barry Me Andrew, director of developmental skills, says, "The Writing Center is one of the major components of developmental skills." Miriam Mashank, director of developmental education, states, "I believe the Writing Center is a valuable resource for our students. I'm impressed with the diligence I s e e both on the part of the staff and of the students who frequent that Center." 1 T* The Writing Center is an established aspect of Developmental Skills and PACE programs. Gartner, director of the Center for the past four years, is a 'Hurst grad and currently studying for her M.A. in English at Gannon. She has also taught at the Opportunities Industrialization Center and with Project Headstart. ***• * . M "I have an excellent group of kids working for me; they're bright, personable and eager," she stated. ' T h e job would even be more difficult without them." According to Gartner, to qualify as a writing tutor a student must maintain a 3.0 QPA, have the ability to get along with others and be confident with his or her writing skills. "It is important to realize that the tutors come from different majors," Gartner added. "This stresses the idea that the ability to write well is a total part of any area of study. Learning how to write well is an essential aspect of any college student's education, not'?just those who study literature." Joyce Sparrow, a junior English major, discussed her job. "It does get quite hectic up here at times because of the paper work and tutoring," she said. "But I don't mind. I enjoy helping my peers. Like any job, it does have its frustrations, here, however, they are easy to overcome." i t Tutor Nan Swart, a freshman business administration major, adds, "We try to promote a casual (and friendly atmosphere. We deal seriously with the students and our responsibility while helping them learn, but we do manage to have an occasional laugh." Other tutors at the Center are: Cathy Betcher, sophomore English - Education major; Teresa Borowski, freshman, human ecology; Bonnie James, freshman, English; Mary Beth Barrett, sophomore, communications; Lynette Mason, sophomore, special education and G. NeCastro, senior, English - Business.

This week, Co-op Corner looks at the summer cooperative education experience. Students interested in a summer or fall Co-op experience should stop by the office in 207 Main. The cut-off date for summer coop employment is February 20. j Each summer, most college students are interested in earning additional funds. These additional funds help pay for tuition, room, board, textbooks and numerous additional needs of each particular student. I f T However, most students fail to correlate their summer job with their particular academic interest. Thus, the emphasis is on money rather than goals, career interests or career knowledge. Co-op provides both financial and academic rewards. ' $ Cooperative education can and does combine student goals and interests with meaningful employment. Co-op is a means of defining and solving problems through the application and testing of classroom experiences ; it helps students test career choices; and it helps to develop self-understanding. Co-op can be a meaningful experience in a variety of other ways to any interested student. j » It. is not too early to be planning for this coming summer. Many cooperative education participating employers have already selected the students who will be employed this summer. It is nevertooearly to plan ahead.} **; jj ? j Also, for your information, w e have several employers coming on campus this spring to interview students for fall term co-op placements. The positions are available to any interested major. r I I PAID ADVERTISEMENT

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Joe Ford, Senior "Return to the four day a week classes with Wednesdays off."

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Moment By Moment:
by Vicki Martina go "Moment! by Moment" is a With all that trying, Travolta definite flop. Even its title overdoes it at times. He.spouts prewarns the audience of the mushy sentimentality and slow and dragging move from an broods like a love sick puppy dog uneventful beginning to end. over the changing inclinations of Tomlin. Never has there been a Lily Tomlin portrays the in- movie so dull. famous older married woman who begins apprehensive, but The entire story line shows successfully seduces Strip, the Travolta unrelentlessly chasing character of John Travolta. Tomlin, who is struggling to Tomlin captures the passion of accept her husband's desertion their relationship about as well as for a younger woman. She suca'dried prune, j*. Her monotone cumbs to Travolta, who finds her repitition of the script leaves pleasing despite her age, and much to be desired. 'f fp\ begins to put her life back together. FYom there on the Poor John Travolta. He tries to relationship's an on and off thing. add some sparkle to his already bland lines, but it's hopeless. Even his childlike innocence, There are some exciting bright eyes and boyish grin are "chase" scenes when Tomlin, overpowered by the mechanical repenting her errors, runs after grind of bad acting combined her wounded love who has flown with empty dialogue. from the warm nest.

Even Travolta Can't Save It
But the plot just doesn't click. II has too many undeveloped subthemes that do not connect with the main story-line. ^ The film goes off on tangents. Travolta tries to save a friend from the mob, Tomlin makes an effort once again with her society friends and her husband attempts a reconciliation. The movie lacks a dynamic story-line, developing characters and quality dialoque. Unfortunately for the producers, many viewers lack the stamina needed to sit through the film. And if-all this wasn't}enough, John Travolta parades around in the same black underwear he wore in "Saturday Night Fever." Tacky. f

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Oklahoma Has Seen Theatrical H istory
by Betty Crandall With the storming success of "Oklahoma" in 1943, its new style swept all previous musicals into the ash heap of theatrical history. All other musical.comedies to follow took, the example of the successful* "Oklahoma" land patterned itself accordingly. Nearly every musical comedy success since 1943 has been a musical play complete with genuine characters and songs and ballets integrated as part of the plot| This new experience in theatre made changes not only in the style of musical comedy but also in" the careers of many involved with the show. The collaboration of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein brought about the? birth of the play and a new team. Agnes de Mille received her first assignment as a choreographer for the show and received overnight recognition. Jack Happ, owner of a small record company named Decca, recorded the music from




Thus the changes wrought jby the success of "Oklahoma" changed everything from the business aspects to the dance forms. The direction that the play pointed was the manner in which the modern™heatre™would develop. Mercyhurst College will present this classic on February 2,3,4 and again February 8,9,10 in the Little Theatre. Dr£ GarySmith,! assistant professor i; of drama, is the director. John Burton will do the musical direction and Jeanne Palmer is the choreographer. Palmer is also in the cast, as Ado Annie. Other cast members include, Kevin Rozich as Curly, Jane Ebert as Laurey, Tom McDermott as Will Parker, John Bracken as Jud, Alda Walker as Aunt Eller and Rick Radziszkiski as Ali Hakim. I I

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SACf FATHER-DAUGHTER PLACEMENT OFFICE 1 I"Mr. Hypnosis," better known EKEND The following businesses will to his family and friends as Larry The Father - Daughter supply recruiters for interviews Garrett, will be in Zurn Recital Weekend, set for April 7 and'8 is the month of January! in the Hall on Friday, January 19. Show in need of volunteers on the Career Planning and Placement time is 8 p.m. r I following committees: Office: Hill's DepartmentxStore, For the talent show, 3 or 4 girls Jan. 23; IBM, Jan. 24 and York SAC is in need of help in making decorations for the are needed to organize the show. Steak House, Jan. 29. February 16th Winter Formal. Participants in the show are also THEATRE DEPARTMENT 1 f Volunteers can check^fOr* m ore needed. 5 or 6 members are needed for | P The Theatre Arts Department info and details in the Student the decoration committee; 10 or is looking for st udent s who would Union. « more for the invitation com- be interested in ushering for their READING LAB mittee and two people for the productions. The Reading Lab, located on boutonniere committee. For more information and-or if third floor Main, will present a if interested in helping out, you are interested leave your Vocabulary •'Improvement Class please contact Judy Tischler at name, address (or room number) t wice a week. Hour^s are from 91o andjmone number in Box 29, 864-2834. 5 V™ 10 a.m. or 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday §Egan. I CREATIVE* WRITER'S and Wednesday. The hours on % v LOST AND FOUND* Tuesday and Thursday will be WORKSHOP | Creative Writer's 1 The Lost and Found Departfrom 11 a.m. to noon or from 2 to 3 |f The Workshop will resume weekly ment is located in the Security j p.m. The Reading Lab will also hold meetings beginning Wednesday, Office, basement of Preston Hall. a | Reading Comprehension and January 24 at ;3 p.m. in the If you have ;found any lost articles, please turn them in. If Rate Improvement Class twice a Writing Center, 308 Main. you have lost anything, please] week. The Monday and WedBUSINESS I DEPARTMENT contact us first. We may have it. nesday times are from 11 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 2 p.m. The hours The 'Hurst College Chapter of EDUCATION DEPARTMENT the Administrative Management on Tuesday and Thursday are All students who will be student Society has announced its first from 10 to 11 a.m. or from 1 to 2 teaching during the spring term, program of the new year. p.m. 1979, should pick up their apDonald Aldstadt, presidentj of plication plus three (3) letters of DEVELOPMENTAL! EDU- Lord's Corporation, will . be on t recommendation from the CATION campus Thursday, January 25 at Education Division Office in 306 Any student who has never 4:15 p.m. in the faculty lounge. Main. been assigned an academic Aldstadt will speak on the topic 1 Applications must be picked up advisor should contact Miriam of "Leadership Styles." f M I no later than January 26^-1979. MashankJn 215 Ma in J


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Occasionally, a journalist gets the feeling that he Is 'up a tree' compared to the rest of the world. His perception is usually a broad overview of a situation — sort of£a bird's Ideally, he should be able to look down and see the true situation, and broadcast it to the unwary public.

To do this, many off the 'Hursters try to find the perfect excuse why this paper can't be turned in or why that assignment Is late. Many of our New York City collegiates tried the sure-fire excuse from back home of "I got mugged on the bus on the way over and the thief took my backpack with jthe homework inside." Unfortunately, that excuse was fine for the 'Big,Apple', but was a little hard to swallow in Erie. A student in freshman English was overheard telling a professor the tragic story of a fire at her home the previous night. The story had a semi-happy ending though — the firemen were able to save everything ... but her term paper. The real clincher has to be this one: the*-absolutely true story that absolutely no one will believe. A young lady while trying to repair fa broken fingernail with SuperGlue, somehow managed to get her homework involved. Thejresult — one very sticky situation, no homework, and

a slightly skeptical professor. How do M e r c y h u r s t professors .handle excuses? "Well," one commented, " I usually try to let them know that I'm on to them. If they use an unimaginative excuse like a.sickness, I tell them they look sick, should be in the hospital, and then escort them to Sr. Joseph Mary's office." w-.: "If they use a good excuse," he continued, " I |ust tell them that it hadn't worked when I used It either." Since Mercyhurst is a very religion-oriented school, some try to take unfair advantage of the holydays, and become strict conformists to the old not working on Sunday rule. J But students drop that when they learn watching the tube is also against the rule. Basically, these days, it seems that excuses are like noses — everybody's -,got at least one. Mine? I lust tell the prof that I was up a tree — working on a good excuse...

This :unique perceptive ability is available to almost anyone — the only difference being the journalist is paid to use it There are a number of incidents which at the outset appear perfectly harmless — then end up significant or at least amusing. One of these cases is one I am sure everyone has ex* perienced. After the extended vacation of the past holidays, many students find it hard to get back in the work schedule — and;work very hard at not working too hard.



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Lakers Trounce Siena Heights
by Bob Delia Rocca * The Laker Basketball Team resembles U.C.L.A in one particular way: They're both unbeatable at home. * * The Laker home court supremacy held true again last Monday night as the 'Hurst soundly defeated Siena Heights of Michigan 89-73. This marks the Lakers' third straight home victory and sixth win of seven this year. Their only loss at the Campus Center this year was to Behrend College in the; Mercy hurst Invitational Tournament. • As in their previous two games, the 'Hurst, now at 8-4, jumped out to an early lead and just built it up after that, < Their lead at halftime was 50-35 and t hey opened up to as many as 19 points ahead on several occasions in the second half, courtesy of the strong shooting of Dick Brickell, who led all scorers with 22 points. The Laker starters gave way to the substitutes with seven minutes of play left. The freshmen foursome of Doug Birchard (8 pts), Bill Hall (5 pts), Paul Quinn (4 pts) and Jamie Borowicz (2 pts) took the last wind out of the Saints by shooting 60 per cent down the stretch, much to the delight of the partisan Laker crowd. Once again 'the 'Hurst got strong performances from Bill Link and Walt Clark, both with 10 points apiece, * and Sherrad Bennard, who again took assist honors with seven. Much of the recent Laker success is attributed to Bennard, who Coach Dan O'Connor says "is a steadying influence on the team, forming one, cohesive


With this latest winning streak and their Campus Center domination, the Lakers will make a strong bid at the District 18 playoffs if they can improve on their current record. The 'Hurst {took on? top-rated Westminster at the Campus Center last night. The "team's next home game will be against Geneva tomorrow evening wi'h a by Chris Tomczak This weekend, a four-game January 30. tip-off time of 8 p.m. The La dy Lakers got off on t he wrong foot last Tuesday night as home stand begins for the Women Seniors on this year's team are 'w^mmlii^m, Laker Basketball Team. they lost 54-47 to Behrend in the ^^v^i^^^w/m^^^^^^^m Mary*rAnn King and Diane Pitt-Johnstown visits the Masterson. Masterson sees acopening game of the season. The 'Hurst owned a 28-23 lead Campus Center for a 7 p.m. game tion as both forward and center. at the halfway mark but were Friday, night, January 19. out scored by the Lady Cubs 31-19 Saturday action commences at 6 Amy McNicholas, Mary p.m. as the Lakers take on Mahon, Darlene Marsh and the second twenty minutes. Debbie Chilcott led the Lakers Jamestown Community College. JoAnn Rice are the team's with 14 points while Tina TomcThe Lady Lakers are coached juniors. zak added 13. Lindy McCartney by Rhonda Carlson and assisted Tina Tomczak is the only hit for eight, Diane Masterson by- James Conn. A successful had six and Mary Ann:King home stand should give the sophomore member of the squad. recorded eight tallies. Amy Lakers the start for an im- The freshmen members of the McNicholas rounded out the provement over t he 9-7 record of 'Hurst squad are, Debbie Chilcott, Kim Dodd, Lani Krantz, 'Hurst scoring with two counters. last season. Behrend was led by Cheryl Gannon and Villa play at the Lindy McCartney and Mary Randell's 15 and Patty Hillkirk's Center before the team's first Reiber, who is the tallest Laker 14 markers. * away game against Allegheny on
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wms Mercyhurst Women's Pasketball Team - Front row, left to right, Mary Ann King, Diane Masterson, Kim Dodd and Lindy McCartney. -\ Back row, left to right, Mary Mahon, Debbie Chilcott, Amy McNicholas, Darlene Marsh, Lani Krantz and Tina Tomczak. ^ Missing from photo are Mary Reiber a nd JoAnn Rice.

Tough Lakers Upset Point Park
by Bob Delia Rocca • The Lakers, led by the strong performance off Bill Link, upset highly favored Point Park College before a very enthusiastic 'Hurst crowd last weekend. Link, who scored a game high 15 points and collected six rebounds, "does many things well," ^according to Coach Dan O'Connor. Link played his normal steady game and helped Laker Jim McElrath just does get a shot off in spite of a closely build up the six point lead which the Lakers took into the locker rding Siena Heights player. _ Diane Crandall Photo room at halftime, 40-34. *£ The second half saw both teams use a four corner stall as they tried to out-think one another^ But the Pioneers did too much thinking and not enough scoring against a strong zone defense applied by the Lakers. They could only score a mere 18 points. O'Connor credited assistant coach Steve Huefner with setting up the defense. With this strong hard-fought 5552 victory, the Lakers are beginning to make a move after two tough Tosses over the Christmas vacation which put a damper on things for awhile. But the 'Hurst isn't out of the woods yet. They still must fight NOW SERVING STEAMED CLAMS! their way through the second half of a very difficult and demanding schedule.

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GRAND OPENING Wednesday,! January 24

Laker Bruce Hennings looks for two against Point Park. Diane Crandall Photo

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