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By Margaret Coffey
The third MSG meeting of the year was opened by President Mike Kelly. Tracy Wasson, SAC Chairperson, announced that Matt Deibert had won the first Mr. Mercyhurst competition.? The Spring Formal was discussed in depth. There has been a lot of talk that there will be no Spring Formal; this is only a rumor. Last week Wasson and Kelly met with Lisa Costello and E. William Kennedy to discuss the problems with the Winter Formal and some controls that might be put on the Spring Formal. Costello said that she will not support a Spring
Formal as adviser to SAC. Greg Latimer commented this was like "the skipper of the ship jnot going to sea" Bob Neumaier, general manager of the Hilton, feels that renting rooms to students was a mistake. He will not rent rooms to students at a Spring Formal if the college asks him not to rent them. Kelly said the college may just do that. The SAC will help plan a Spring Formal but will not work the actual night of the formal. Apparently, the officers, most of which are female, were threatened and suffered verbal abuse. MSG is asking students to volunteer to work an hour or so the night of the formal.
Anyone interested should submit their name to MSG. % There may be several controls imposed on the Spring Formal. For example, they may sell advance tickets only, Erie police officers may be present, people extremely intoxicated may be denied entrance and people who leave may not be allowed to re-enter. The idea of having a DJ instead of a band was also discussed. - In other news, there will be a Texas Barbecue held on Activities Weekend. Where it will be held has not been decided yet. There will also be a Softball tournament and a Ms. Mercy hurst contest on Activities Weekend.
Amy Ward brought up the new calendar proposal and encouraged everyone to turn in their ballot. The ballots for a Mercyhurst Mascot are being counted. v Several problems have arisen concerning the Musical Chairs project to benefit the homeless. Insurance problems need to be worked out before extensive plans can be made. Last Wednesday a meeting with the other schools involved was called and everyone except for Gannon callecUo cancelf Kelly said another meeting would be held Tues., Feb. 3. \
VOL. 60 NO. 13
MERCYHURST COLLEGE, GLENWOOD HILLS, ERIE, PA 16546
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1987
Mercyhurst Creates Erie's First Jewish History- Center
By Julie Cherico
should be," (Erie Times, 2/28/70). "She was probably the only member of the One of the highlights of Mercyhurst's 60th Erie Catholic clergy to receive this award," Anniversary Academic Celebration was Presi- commented Wieczorek. Also, in 1972, when the College of Older dent Garvey's official announcement of the Center for Erie Jewish History. The announce- Americans was formed a number of people Winter gives Mercyhurst a blustery Academic Celebration. Temperatures dipped and over ment of the center, which will be the first ol its from the Jewish community participated. a foot and a half of snow accumulated in a 24 hour period. The *form, like the one that The following selected panelists spoke at it followed, paralyzed the South and North East regions. Photo:File kind in the Erie area, took place yesterday in Zurn Recital Hall. The panel discussion was yesterday's opening announcement on various opened, free of charge, to the Mercyhurst Com- aspects of Jewish history: Rabbi Joseph Hirsch, of Congregation Brith Shalom; Goldie Mayers; munity as well as the general public. Earlier this year, Judith Wieczorek of the Barbara Singer, Senior Adult coordinator ol the sociology department met with" President | Jewish Community Council; Lyman Cohen, Garvey and David Cooper, coordinator of the Director of Domestic Relations at the Erie celebration, to discuss the possibility of County Court House; and Moderator Mark establishing the center. Wieczorek, who will Finklestein, of the D'Angelo School of Music. to lose interest after about an hour. He went on By Jennifer Comny The center will be permanently housed in the serve as the Center's acting director, explainto say that students must look at both sides of ed that since the college opened in 1926, it has Archives of the Hammermill Library. Some of The MSG open forum to discuss the propos- the proposals. McHugh backed this up, saying had various ties with the Jewish community. In the holdings will consist of many documents ed calendar changes presented students and "as students, you are the consumers, and you the early years of the college, a number of pertinent to Erie Jewish history. In addition, it faculty the opportunity to voice their concerns need to decide what is best for you." students were from the Jewish community. In is hoped that acquisitions such as oral histories, and opinions of the changes. Members of both The forum was then opened to questions from 1970, the College's president, Sr. Carolyn Herr- personal documents and memorabilia from the the administration and faculty were present to the students present. Questions raised ranged mann, received the prestigious "Rabbi Max C. Jewish community will be donated. Wieczorek explain how each proposal would be incor- from how it will affect the graduating seniors Currick Brotherhood Award". It was given to feels that the Center will serve as a repository j porated with the college and how it would ef- of next year to how it will affect students finanher -'. . . on the basis of courageous and in- for research and learning by established fect students and their classes. The discussion cially. Many students brought up the fact that telligent application of what a modem college scholars as well as students. panel consisted of Dean Dr. David Palmer, John they felt they would not be able to handle the five course schedule of the semester system or Wolper of the HRM department, Brian (See "FORUM" page 2) McHugh of the Education department and Diane Williams of the Academic Policies Committee. V Palmer started the discussion by giving a brief BSftft' outline of each proposal. The present system •jit:* modified, the 3x11 calendar and the semester schedule. He went on to describe the problems Mercyhurst faces with the present three term calendar. He stated that the college seems out of sync with other local colleges, all of which run on semester bases. Other schools that run on a semester schedule would more fully be able to cooperate with Mercyhurst if it were on a semester system. \ Wolper voiced his concerns about the length Hammermill Library Center to be the permanent location of Erie's lewish Historical Cenof present classes and the fact that students tend
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Cheerleading Calamities Cause NCAA Rule Revisions
By Julie Cherico
A few weeks ago, the NCAA sent a publication of rules and regulations to all colleges and universities throughout the U.S., which was a result' of two recent college cheerleading tragedies. I. The first happened in October as 21- year old Janis Thompson, a cheerleader at North Dakota State, died of skull fractures and brain injuries sustained in a fall from a^ three-high pyramid. The next week another accident occured at the University of Kentucky. Cheerleading captain and gymnast Dale Baldwin suffered a paralizing spinal cord injury when he landed On his neck after executing a foward flip off of a mini-trampoline. These two cases, which are just a few of the many injuries that happen, demonstrate the dangers cheerleaders face with every cartwheel. 9 It was those two tragedies, however, that gained the undivided attention of the_ NCAA and many college administrators. Due to the severity of these accidents, the new set of rules and regulations will be enforced even more so than i n the aren't asintense, severe injuries may have already been prevented. Rather than testing their strength and ability, the cheerleaders perform simplified mounts of no more than two shoulder stands high. Probably the most difficult mount they do is a fan mount. This entails the two center bases to hold the weight of three people—it's all a matter of balance and coordination. Juenemann explained, "Instead of building mounts, most of our cheers are more of dance routines," she stated. "The basic reason," she continued, "is that there aren't enough strong people or male bases to hold more; we don't have the capabilities
(Continued from page 1) that they felt they would not be able to continue their outside jobs. Some of the students from the education department asked how it wi 1 effect 1 their graduation next year. Going to a semester system, they say, would, in effect, put them behind, in their requirements for graduation. They would only have one term to get in either six or seven classes because of student teaching during the other. This would force them to either ovefload one term or delay graduation. $| In answer to the questions raised, Palmer said that the administration would accommodate those students who would be affected by the changes. Financially, the cost to students would be moderately changed with regards to room and board charges, j Palmer went on to say that the administration was interested in the students' views and opinions and encouraged the students to vote for the change they would prefer. 5 As of Thurs., Feb. 5, the voting on the calendar was as follows: Administrators' votes were as follows;|four votes for the present calendar system. two votes for the 3xH|term and 23 votes for the semester system. In the faculty voting, 16 chose the present set up, four the new 3x11 term and 32 votes for semesters. The student vote was 79 for the present calendar, eight for the 3x11 and r 44 for semesters ^dult*students voted 71 for the present, 15 for the 3x11 and nine for semesters. ; Palmer hopes to have a decision on the calendar by the end of February. If chosen, the new calendar will most likely be in effect for the 87-88 school year. £
Laker cheerleaders doing one of their crowd pleasing cheers. Photo: L Hafenmaier I $
past. • Here at Mercyhurst, our cheerleaders are open to the same possibilities of accidental injury. According to Laker cheerleader captain Julie Juenemann, the main limitations in the new NCAA rules deal mainly though with mounting techniques. Three main limitations include: " " | -mounts cannot be made more than three shoulder stands high,
Review: , SAC Sponsoring 1986's j"Best Picture"
phor for the relationship between Streep and Redford. As the British tin the past, the movie studios have take more and morelfrom the overdosed us with hundreds of Africans, Bl ixen tries to gain more action-adventure pictures designed and more control over Hatton and to rouse our spirits, but do little to the land. As Hatton, Redford activate our brains. I hope these represents the African viewpoint as movies haven't completely dulled much as Streep represents the Engour gray matter now that Sidney lish's. He tries to teach her that they Pollack's OUT OF AFRICA has ar- can't really own anything, that they rived here on our campus. are merely travelers through this It's an intelligent adult drama land. I I 1 that's so good it cleaned up at last " OUT OF AFRICA is as much a year's Academy Awards, winning developing love affair between BlixBest Picture. OUT OF AFRICA'S en and Africa as it it a love story betstory is based on the life of Karen ween a man and a woman.; The Blixen (Meryl Streep) SJ A Danish wilds of the Kenyan landscape give author with the pen name of Isak the film an almost mystical atDinesen, Blixen wrote about the two mosphere. Pollack's direction and decades' in the early past of this cen- Davil Watkin's photography capture tury that she spent in Africa.. the beauty of the land.and the The film condenses that time in- wildness of the life that inhabits it. to one decade, starting from when The scenery must be seen on the big she moves to Africa to marry Bar- screen; its power and scope will be on Blixen (Klaus Maria Brandauer), lost on television and videotape. a man who didn't love her, to her afBesides the countryside, Pollack fair with big-game hunter, Denys also pays particular attention to the Hatton (Robert Redford); look of the period. He includes fineThroughout, Blixen has to run a ly detailed clothes, houses, and cars, whole coffee plantation by herself but doesn't allow them to call attenand endure the many emotional tion to themselves. If he had, the problems and hardships brought on movie's odd timelessness would by the untamed land. The plot may have been destroyed, be simplistic, but'it's OUT OF The only false note in this AFRICA'S honest portrayal of cinematic symphony is played by human emotions, coupled with the Redford as a Brit. His accent almost culture and lifestyles of Africa, that doesn't exist. Streep again give the film a rich texture. The transforms herself into her problems that can arise from a con- character. Far more interesting and fusion of want and need become the exciting than the Redford/Streep pairing is Streep's interaction with film's main theme. During Blixen's time in Africa} Brandauer. His acting forces Redthe British attempt k\colonize it. ford off the screen but Redford is the This imperialism is used as a meta- "movie star" and acts accordingly
By Brian Sheridan
-mini trampolines can not be used in mounting or dismounting, and g -no dismounting in flips. K "Many of the schools were breaking the rules," stated Juenemann, "and that's the reason for the enforcement of these rules," she continued. The Laker cheerleaders can get assistance in the athletic training room in case of an injury. However, because their routines and stunts
Strong and precise movements add to the Laker cheerleaders' formations. They don't need to be extravagant in their cheers or risk the chance of injury. After reviewing the NCAA's publication, Juenemann concluded, "We weren't even breaking the rules that did come out."
with reSpect to the overall piece?" Amazingly, in a time when most movies struggle to run longer than 90 minutes, OUT OF AFRICA chalks in at over two hours but still was a great box-office success. Don't let the length of OUT OF AFRICA discourage you, though. Period pieces move slower than most films, but AFRICA'S screenplay has many touches of suspense and humor to make it bearable. A tip for "watching OUT OF AFRICA is to assume a passive role. SAC will show "Out of Africa" on Sun., Feb. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Union.
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Campus Ministry! Announces Their Sixth Annual "Creative Practical Joke" Contest
Need to escape from the midwinter doldrums? Put your creativity to work and Renter Campus . Ministry's Creative Practical Joke Contest. Now in its sixth year, the contest was created by '78 Mercyhurst graduate Pat Weschler. It has suecessfully inspired many thoughtful and humorous jokes. J The ground rules for the contest are as follows: The practical joke may not be malicious. ^ ^ : It may not involve injury to per sons or property. \ It may not involve injury to reputation .* ,
The perpetrator must absolve Campus Ministry and Mercyhurst College of all potential defamation or liability. H Type-written accounts of the creative practical jokes should be handed in to Campus Ministry by Fri., March 6. 4 The perpetrator(s) and receiver(s) of the joke may be interviewed by a panel consisting of Father Chuck, Sister Elisabeth, Karen Donnelly, Mr. Kennedy and Brian Sheridan. The first prize for the contest will be $15.00; second prize, $10.00; and third prize $5.00. Certificates will a 1 so be presented to all winners.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY g
Merciad M S G Editorial Creates Controversy
the 1920's lived their Dear Editor,fe*ici&l^MjPh^l^^Xl lifestyles as extensions of their academic exThis letter to the editor of the periences. This meant getting Merciad was written in response to involved in political organizations, a recent editorial. f publishing literature, and some This letter to the editor of the times even engaging in frivolous Merciad (i.e. Brian Sheridan) is to tomfoolery. Their education conrefute his efforts to undermine one sisted of academics, work, politics, of the pillars of this institution we and social events. " f " '*! call Mercyhurst: MSG, or MerCollege, therefore, is not a place cyhurst Student Government as it is just to have fun or be social. College less frequently referred to, which is is an arena to seek a total educanot synonymous with the Student tional experience. If Mr. Sheridan Activities Committee, While SAC is< is just here, " . . . basically to get a a part of the whole, Student Governgood job in today's tough job ment is much more a group for planmarketplace", then I suggest he is ning social activities and improving missing out on an integral part of school spirit. total college education. A true Mercyhurst Student Government education is much more than books, is designed to be an open forum classes and homework. It should be where any member of the Merthe chance to learn more about peocyhurst community can address a ple, the world, and ultimately problem, present a proposal, or oconeself. You get jobs through the casionally even suggest a solution! want ads, you get an education This open forum addresses student through different and varying colwants and needs on issue ranging lege experiences. This total educafrom parking to housing to calendar tion involves student participation at changes. When possible, they sugall levels, academic, athletic, gest changes and implement solupolitical and social. tions. It is also a service What Mr. Sheridan failed to organization. MSG services such as realize, therefore, is that by adcheck cashing, shuttles to malls, vocating apathy he is not only games, and dances, the phone direcundermining Student Governments, tory, the Senior Dinner Dance, and but education as a whole. Especially education in a Liberal Arts setting. the scholarships to the yearbook A true education consists of much staff, as well as the social events that more than the daily grind of going Mr. Sheridan referred to, are all to class. Some of this variety can be functions of Student Government. provided through Student Student involvement has its roots Government. long before the era of the raccoon skin coats and megaphones. I wish that what Mr. Sheridan Students of the early 1800's through assumes the reason for lack of involvement :is *true (sic). & I ,.~i * „ SkA However T find it hard to believe the majority of the students who miss MSG meetings and events are at work. I think Mike Kelly has more than a valid reason to be disappointed. On what seemed a very noble gesture, the Editor attempted to defend the rights and liberties, and freedom of choice guaranteed all by the Constitution of the United States. (Which incidentally is 200 years old soon!) Among these is the right not to get involved. Maybe! Every student coming to Mercyhurst pays a $60.00 student government fee. This fee gives them the right to ride shuttles, receive yearbooks, and take part in student government. Student government, therefore, has the right to expect student involvement and feedback on what goes on during the year. A Finally, Mr. Sheridan, you do not "have to accept it!" Song or no song, " . . . that's just the way it is", is not the premise this country, or for that matter, this school was built on. It is the few people who said the hell with the way it is who built both jthis institution do not share the defeatist attitude of our esteemed attitude of our esteemed editor. Otherwise we may not have had a Merciad, we may not have become co-ed, we just may not have become the Great College on the Hill that we are today! Matt Whelan 5 Vice-President Mercyhurst Student Government 1985-86 Dear «J;.__ x > Editor, I am forced to write this letter because of my strong feelings against your stand on apathy. You condone the students who are inactive without suggesting how to get students involved in school activities. I have four ideas: 1) Make all student government activities part of a class with mandatory attendance. p| 2) Require a substantial attendance deposit which would be forfeited when the student is absent
~ •/ from an activity.|(Excuse from guardian accepted.) ; 3) Establish a hotline to let students tip off their elected officials as to the identities of those bad apples that don't attend activities. 4) Bring back the use of thumbscrews. ' "3 I am sure that if one or more of these ideas were adopted there would be improved attendance at all activities, j Sincerely, Jason McChesney
Dear Editor, One point related to your recent editorial "The Right Not To Attend": surely it is un-American to accept things as they are because "that's the way it is"? This country
was built on people's unacceptance of the status quo and their desire to improve the situation. Yours sincerely, Mike Kelly
To M r. Dennis McCarthy and the staff of the Merciad, 11 would like to take this opportunity to commend you on the article in last week's edition concerning the observation of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday at Mercyhurst. 1, too, was disappointed by the neglect shown by administration, staff and students. There was literally no concern for a day to honor peace and brotherhood throughout the world. I was ashamed for myself and all members of the Laker family—Black and White. I wonder if the word "family" is ap-
In Praise Of MLK Forum
propriate. A i I'm skeptical about using the word, for with each day here at the 'Hurst I become disillusioned with my new home by the lake, and its respect for the ideals of Christian brotherhood and Dr. King's dream. It seems we have all lost the desire to make his dream a reality. We are like children who need our mothers watching over our shoulders at all times or we stray off into less desirable directions. This is obvious with mounting racial conflicts here in the U.S. This includes Erie and the Mercyhurst campus. Since coming to the 'Hurst I've heard racial
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slurs that I never heard before in my home state of South Carolina—a state Dr. King once said was "sweltering in the heat of oppression." It makes me wonder what the difference is between a state such as South Carolina and a school founded by the Sisters of Mercy in the name of Jesus Christ, the "Prince of Peace''.I think with this being the beginning of a new year, all Lakers should take the opportunity to reevaluate themselves and know honestly that King's dream lives somewhere in our hearts and minds. Once again, my thanks to Mr. McCarthy and his staff for bringing this to our attention. I would also like to give a special thank you to Sr. Elisabeth for her help with the display placed in the chapel on the 15th, which, incidentally, was removed before the day could end. Pll close with a fitting quote from the Bible, Romans 5:15, 1-2, "Since, then, we have been pronounced righteous through faith. Let us have peace through our Lord, Jesus Christ." Yours in Brotherhood, John E. Graves
Isn't it odd that that the letters we Student involvement does have its received concerning my editorial, roots long before the 1920s. What against my position, came from the you have described, fiowever,«is an President ofMSG and a former V. R 'elitist society of acadamic scholars. of MSG who now works for the Col- That's not what MSG should want lege? While the two letters (one of Sat Mercyhurst College in the 1980s. which could not be printed) in favor Those groups were defined by social of my comments werefromstudents andfinancialstatus. Now everyone with nothing to lose or gain by way gets the chance to go to college. of administrational favors or posi- That's fantastic! So We're now gotion. Favorable reactions were heard ing to have the MSG telling these from students and faculty in pass- people who come from different ing, as well. social and economic backgrounds, I have afewcomments about Matt who may not have much in common Whelan's letter. First, he says MSG with the student body as a whole, is "bound by parlimentary rules of g that they are WRONG because they order." Anyone attending a meeting don't give feedback or participate. MSG does give the students plenwill notice that Robert's Rules of Order are not followed. This has t y of opportunities to express their been the case for the last two years. concerns. The publicforumforthe Last year, Senior Dean Hall had to calendar change was well attended. 1 raise a ruckus to make MSG follow Unfortunately, MSG's signs prothe rules. They instead follow the moting the event spelled calendar, bureaucratic red tape line and chain "calender" which means to press of command. There is a big dif- material between two rollers on a machine. Not only were they hung ference, f -f all over school, they were placed on You are fight, though, that student the cars in the parking lot of Zurn. involvement is essential to a student One student who noticed the error run organization. My question, and on the handwritten sheets thought it point, is what if the students don't was "an embarrassment." There want to get involved? Does^that were only ten words on the last postmake them wrong or a Judas to their 4 (See ACCUSATIONS" page 4) school?
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(Continued from page 3) er hung around campus and the first one had Dean Palmer's name pro mincntly displayed After that, how can MSO administrators hope for increased student activity if they come off as a group of- incompetents? j I This may be hard to believe, but you can get a total education without attending any activites. Interaction with classmates in the Clipper's Cove or in the Cafeteria can help someone learn "about pcople, the world, and ultimately oneself.** I have many friends who know many things about politics, music, even Zen, that learned it by talking with other students and whose interests were sparked by classroom topics. They never attended an MSO/SAC function. Those activities are a great way for people to meet people but it's not the only way, and those who do not at-l tend are not throwing away "true education/' I am"not condoning apathy but defending those who wish not to attend. I am confused about why, if we pay MSG $60, they expect students to give them feedback and get involved. They want not only our money but our time. | We should expect them to come to us for reactions. They do not have to do that though. Attendance is a good indicator; if you believe Whelan's statement that "the majority of the students who miss MSO meetings and events are (not) at work." Then, these students just don't want to bother with MSO. I take exception to being called a "defeatist." A defeatist is one who attempts to sway people from their
"And so saith the 900 foot tall Jesus unto me.. /Raise4.5 million dol lars before the end of March, or your life won't be worth diddleysquat." Actually, this time it was God Himself who delivered the ultimalum to Oral Roberts. The 900 foot tail Jesus appeared to Roberts in 1977, directing him to persevere in his task. His task: to complete his $250 million dollar City of Faith Medical and Research Center. God personally directed Roberts to build this center, giving such details as a tri-tower design with staggered heights of 20, 30 and 60 stories. Now it appears that Roberts has change.** God. Roberts Oh, and by the way, thanksforthe displeased underestimated operating expenses history lesson. for the first year of the complex by a factor of one half, lb keep the center running, he must raise $4.5 million by the end of March. Roberts' aides deny that the appeal means that the center is in financial trouble. What does it mean, then? 1 God wants to build up the ol bank account? .* In reality, I think that God wants Brian Sheridan, Editor Roberts to raise this money for anChris Kovskl, Managing Editor other famous TV evangelist—Pat JennlferConmy, Sports Editor Robertson* Robertson plans to run Matthew J. Clark, News Editor for President of the United States in Leslie Hafanmaler,' Photo Editor 1988 on the Republican ticket. Paula Bruno, Calendar Editor This announcement came in the Tom Mulligan* Business Manager/ wake of a hurricane last year, in Frank Rawlowskl, Circulation Manager which Robertson said that the Typists reason the disaster didn't strike his Bridget Presuttl, Karen sclo area was that he was there. He took this good fortune as an indication of Reporters his suitabilityforthe highest office Kelly Moore Jnnlne Adolphoton in the land, Of course, the first time Jackie Rzomp Bobble Gaydos a famine or drought hits in this Jennifer singer country, hell have to step down— Ann Johnson his credibility and possible "divine connection" (a hotline to God, so to speak) will be shot down. < • Debra Rloger, Photographer Dennis McCarthy, Faculty Adviser Personally, I'd like to see him han-1 die the deficit. What is he going to do, grab u copy of the budget and The Morclad is the student-edited newspaper of Mercyhurst College, 601 East cry out "And I say heal that deficit!", 38th Street, Erie, PA 16546. The Morclad office is located in the basement then hit the bound document with of Baldwin Hall, phone 826-0376. the heel of his hand?
position. I'm just trying to be practical,tt'mstating the position, not trying to create a new one. I'm not here to be a cheerleader. It's not like we are being paid to attend these events; in fact, we are paying for them. So no one has the right to expect any involvement or feedback. People get involved because they want to. That's the same case with the American Revolution. People revolted because they wanted to—it got to be too much and they finally said "to hell with the way it is." fliat was' the premise that this country was based on and that wave might be mounting here. Whelan concludes by saying "Fm glad more people in this institution do not share (your) defeatist attitude. .;" We didn't exactly receive reams of letters condeming my editorial except from members of MSG. The proof of how much students are concerned with expanding their knowledge will have already been demonstrated as you read this because the Academic Celebration concluded yesterday. Just find out how many went home Friday and did not return until today, went skiing or just plain didn't show up to any of the events. It should be more than "books, classes and homework" but you cannot continue to bang your head against the wall expecting a change in attitudes if those who are paying the bills and electing the officers do not want to
By Tracy Wasson,
The Spring Formal will happen. I. too, have heard the rumors that the formal was going to be a thing of the past, and, to be honest, the idea was considered by a member of the administration. However, it will occur, with a few changes. The Spring Formal will be organized by MSG. SAC will voluntarily aid in the organization , but will not be solely responsible for it. The reason for this
decision is somewhat confidential, yet I'm sure if asked an SAC committee member will explain it. I'm not writing this article to blast anyone, or smack anyone onfthe hand for the bad behavior at the Winter Formal. I felt the Winter Formal was a success, with the exception of the actions of a few people who behaved as though a zoo-keeper just opened their cages. Because of these people, the Formal became jeopardized. No, I'm writing this to stress the importance
of having volunteers to aid in the planning, organization, and running of the Spring Formal. MSG needs volunteers to help with the Formal. If we don't get them, it is possible that the Formal will be canceled, Now's your chance to really get involved in a major event. If you are interested, there is a Spring Formal meeting on Thurs., Feb. 12 at 9:00 p.m. in Zurn 114. Please volunteer your time if you're able. It may make the difference between having the Spring Formal and not having it.
By Chris Kovskl
. I really think that thi ngs have gone too far. Would he say to the leader of the Soviet Union, "Repent, ye heathens, for the kingdom of DEMOCRACY is at hand!"? I feel that we are headed for a new wave of ethical extortion. After Roberts' expected success, we may see things such as "If you don't give me money for this youth hostel, God will kill all of these homeless children. Do you want to be respon sibleforthese young lives ending so soon?" I, for one, will not be a party to this blackmail. If God sees fit to take the life of an unsuccessful televangelist. let Him. I will not interfere in the plan, also known as "Death-By-Divinity: The Adventure Begins." After all, next time it could be "Give Oral Roberts, $10 million, or I'll kill him and his son." Roberts should be happy. God wants him back. Isn't that the ultimate goal of a religious person? Instead, Roberts makes a pleaformoney to save him. If it were a pleaformon-
ey to send him to Heaven, I'd consider it—for all of two seconds. An attitude such as Roberts' is typical of a terrorist. He wants two things: media coverage and money. The former is a means to the latter. With proper coverage, he could get any money he needed. Terrorism will not be tolerated in this country. Just listen to Ronald Reagan. If God followed his example, He would sell weapons to Oral Roberts, presumably for the defense of the City of Faith, not for an attack on abortion clinics or family planning centers. God would then have an archangel channel the runds through a Swiss bank account, sending them to some Satan '.vorshippers or other religious upstarts. How would he justify this when eventually questioned by the communion of saints? "Well, I didn't know about it." Maybe the saints would view this as a forgivable transgression of presupposed omnipotence.
THE FAR SIDE
By GARY LARSON
At the Strategic Pie Limitation Talks
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Our* Modern Values And How They've Changed Society!
By Matthew J. Clark Change. Anyone who has lived in the 20th century knows that change is something which you must expect. More changes have occurred in the world in this century than in any other time in the history of human existence. Within the last 15 years, there have been dramatic value changes in society which have affected, are affecting and will continue to affect relationships between men and women. Today's women are saying: "We're all equal, men and women, and we all have the same capabilities toward success in our lives". This realization has led to an everincreasing number of women in the workforce, as the "modern women" reach their potential and strive for achievement in what was once regarded as "a man's world". They no longerfeelas if they owe it to society to get married, have 2.4 children, stay at home and do all the things which were once viewed as "womanly", and wait for their man to come home from - work so that they can serve his every need. What this means is that traditional family values are an endangered species. As more and more women begin to realize that they can have a fulfilling life without marriage, the future of such thinking is a dismal one. But family values are not alone in being affected by these societal changes. Work force competition between men and women is con stantly increasing. More and more women are now seeking jobs that were once held by men only. Dennis McCarthy, a communications instructor at Mercyhurst College, puts this idea into perspective. "Twenty-five year^ago, well over 90 % of the people who became Certified Public Accountants were male" McCarthy says. "Now, more than half of the new CPAs in any given year are female." He also suggests that this increased competition may seem threatening to some men. "They feel threatened because it means they have to compete with women for the
jobs, and even earlier, for entrance into college in order to get into the field," McCarthy explains. "Twenty-five years ago, there'd be 250 positions available at a given college," he says. * Three-hundred men would apply andfiveout of six of them would be accepted to that college. Now, 300 men and 300 women apply for the same 250 openings. It's likely that more of those spaces will be occupied by women." k
change." ? ^ ^ ^ ^ H ^ ^ H S Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, Asst. Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst, agrees that the "macho man" can't accept women's achievement. $ | <Sj^R "If a man's identity depends on his being superior to women, he won't be able to accept women as being equal. The problem is his, though," she says. Why are men so resentful? | * S?J& "Women's equality destroys their
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Matthew /. Clark Photo: File power and privilege, their vested inThe overall view of men most terests, which are their domination likely to feel threatened by women's and control of women," explains Dr. achievement is one of males who Snyder. :p still feel that this is their world and that the woman's place is in the Dr. Frederick Keck, Mercyhurst Professor of Religious Studies, home. Men who can't accept notes that this "macho man" resentwomen as people and regard them ment could lead to abuse of both merely as "sex objects" will be more resentful of women suc- wives and children. "An increase in abuse of family by; ceeding in life than the male who can accept the fact that women are the male is an attempt by him to establish the patriarchy he expected his equal. j£ "Men who can't accept women's to have in his family life and did not equality are very threatened by it get," explains Keck. "His wife and children don't view him as absolute and I've seen this leading to many divorces," says the Rev. Charles authority and ruler.'' But where did Schmitt of Mercyhurst Campus all of this change begin? "Technology has helped women," Ministry. says McCarthy. "The Pill gave them i "We have a married couple," he freedom as do modern saline aborexplains, "in which the woman tions. Now that women can control becomes liberated and the man, resenting this, becomes more their biology, they have a greater 'macho', driving her away. This chance at controlling their lives." "They have many more choices enables him to blame her rather than admitting and accepting the and much more freedom," he explains. "This makes it possible for women,to enter almost any job field they want." Women's realization of their equality hasn't affected all men advc rsely, however, as a great number of men and women live and work peacefully side by side with an attitude of equality between them. "More males now have close friendships with females than they Cottagej Industries did 20 ye,ars ago" McCarthy suggests. "This indicates that males are 1407V2 Jenkins, 5 more willing to treat women as human beings and not just as sex obNorman, Oklahoma 73069
It's great growth for men," Father Schmitt says of equality. "It has enabled men to be more gentle and compassionate, and I see a lot of real healthiness in it." ':.' "The attitude of equality permits the woman to be strong and the man to relax. They can express their fears without reluctance and then the woman, too, is able to relax," adds Father Schmitt. J If men and women regard themselves as equal and there is a greater understanding between them today, then why do half of all new marriages end in divorce within the first five years? Rev. Schmitt feels that divorce rates might coincide with technological and scientific developments in medicine. "Science has developed many medicines to eliminate physical pain, and this has led some to believe that there shouldn't be pain in any aspect of life," he suggests. "Modern technology made us believe that it wasn't right for us to have any pain." "We avoid pain," he continues, "and we avoid ever repai ring anything. Pain tells us that something is wrong, and so we tend jto run away from it." "For instance, a person breaks up with someone and then doesn't stop to think why he or she broke up, and gets into the same type of relationship again. History, unless analyzed . repeats itself, for the individual as well as the nation and the world. "We're great at avoidance," Rev. Schmitt goes on. "The .good life should have no pain, and if there is pain, then our attitude is 'it's not me, it's the environment.' Anything that irritates us ought not to be; so we eliminate our spouse when irritated." What is today's modern woman looking for in a male partner? k In an excerpt from the June 3, 1985 issue of U. S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, Lucia Gilbert, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and author of the book "Men in Dual-Career Families" terms it this way: "Women generally want someone who'll value them as independent, functioning people who can fend tor themselves. They want to be viewed as individuals, not simply as females/' Dr. Snyder also offers her views on the subject. "We're looking to be treated equally and not be confined to the gendei role stereotypes," she says. "I have more respect for a man who's not ashamed to cry when the occasion warrants than I do for a man w ho gives in to the cultura 1
stereotypes that say: 'Strong men don't cry'." "Men and women should develop their humanity— intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, psychologically—as it best suits them, rather than adapting to the cultural stereotypes," she offers. How would Dr. Snyder view a marriage based on these premises of equality? "There should be shared roles . and shared decision-making, not "fixed roles" where the responsibility for decision-making is left up to the male head" she explains. "Equal marriage would pre-suppose honest, deep communication between the man and woman and a respect for differences of potential." i "Maybe he's the better cook; then he should cook," she says. : Dr. Snyder suggests that striving for I hese principles in marriage can also affect society as a whole. "If equality happens on a one-toone basis, it will have a profound effect on how we relate economically and politically in the larger social arena," she says. "Personal is political in this sense." What are women looking for in themselves, and in the world? "Women have realized that society need not be male-dominant anymore," Dr. Keck comments. "Basically, women are looking for the same things men have always looked for; mainly to be able to use and develop their skills to make money and gain self esteem and the respect of other people." How has this attitude of equality affected the sexual relationship of men and women? "What I think has changed " offers Keck, "is that sexual relationships now have a context of friendship and not a context of domination and submission." McCarthy also suggests that there is more friendship between males and females. « I , "I think it's truly remarkable how teenagers now treat each other as people and not as boy-person/girlperson," he says. I Will there ever be total equality? " rhat would mean that the Kingdom of God has come to earth," says Dr. Snyder. "But it's still something I strive for." Matthew J. Clark is a Sophomore Communications Major residing in Wattsburg, Pa. He is News Editor of The Merciad as well as a member of Phi Cta Sigma National Honor Society
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Carnations Carnations ordered through the Social Work club can be picked up in the Student Union on Feb. 13 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Music The Erie Philharmonic will be presenting "Elijah" on Feb. 14. Tickets are $15.25, $12.25, $10.25, $8.25. Discounts will be made for students. For more info call 455-1375. Theater The Gannon Theater presents MACBETH, Feb. 12-15 and Norman Gabriel Photo: L Hafenmaier 18—21 at 8:00 p.m. For more info call 871-7494. • V | : Theater Erie Playhouse will be showing ON YOUR TOES. Feb. 26th at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 27—28, 8:00 p.m. With college I.D.: $5.00. Adult: By Kelley Moore When asked what the most rewar- $9.00. For more info call 454-2857. ding part of his work was, Gabriel In high school, Norman Gabriel said, "I gain satisfaction with help- Theater was an outstanding athlete. He coming put the player back into competiMercyhurst Little Theater peted in numerous sports until a tion after an injury. Most athletes presents the NPS production GOD knee injury ended his playing. It was are cooperative and good to work AND A WOMAN, Feb. 15, at 2:30 this injury that opened Gabriel's enwith, but the hours and traveling p.m.; and Feb. 13—14, and 19—21, vironment to Sports Medicine. with the teams are major drawbacks. at 8:00 p.m. Members of the MerA native of New Castle, PA, There are a few sports that I don't cyhurst community will be admitted Gabriel is a senior Sports Medicine particularly:like and still have to free of charge. For more informamajor. He works at the Nautilus work with," jokes Gabriel, "but that tion, call 825-0200. Tj W Center at Mercyhursl and also all comes with the territory." With assists with the Athletic Training the gained experience and knowl- Fundraiser Program. Gabriel has been active in edge of the profession, Gabriel Circle K will be selling Tootsie the Sports Medicine Program. Curbelieves Sports Medicine was the Pops and Tootsie Rolls to raise monrently, he is the Student Government right choice for his career. Conver- ey for the Geisinger Heart FoundarepresentativeforSports Medicine. sant in many aspects of the field, he tion. Tootsie Pops are 10 cents, In his junior year, he was president will be speaking on Tootsie Rolls are $1.00. For details, of the Sports Medicine Club. "Physiological/Psychological Ef- contact Tom Dore, second floor Without a doubt, Gabriel is fects on Steroids" during the Mer- Main, Kim at 825-9034 or Melanie definitely an outgoing person. He cyhurst Academic Celebration, at 825-9485.1 ^ was on Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Dean's List in his sophomore Gabriel plans on furthering his and junior years and played Varsity education by going to Physical Football in his freshman and Therapy School at either Boston sophomore years until another knee College, Emory University, or the injury halted his participation. University of Pittsburgh. He has Catholic Men Presently, he is on the "Girthahopes to someday operate his own Mania" team in Mercyhurst InSports Medicine clinic. "Stormin"' tramural Basketball. He was also Norman Gabriel certainly' is one chosen Mercyhurst's homecoming athlete with his head in more places king for 1986-87. than just a football helmet.
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Fred Lane Named Coach Of Division HI Hockey Team
by Jennifer Conmy
Mercy hurst has appointed Fred Lane as the head coach of the Mercyhurst hockey team beginning in the 87-88 season, when Mercy hurst will move into the NCAA Division III. Lane and his assistant Dr. Cisik have already begun recruiting for the team. They are hoping to get players from the Buffalo, Cleveland, Rochester and Detroit area. They are also recruiting the Chicago and
Minnesota areas. some weakness in goal tending. Lane hopes that the team will be Lane feels the addition of hockey as able play a schedule of Division HI a wintei sport will enhance the winteams and strong club teams from ter sports schedule, as it will add another colleges, learns from Division other sport that is fast-paced and in would include such schools as exciting. Lane stated he can't wait to Genesee, Brockport, Buffalo, Bufunveil the program to the students falo State and Canisius. Club teams and is hoping for a good turnout of could include such teams as Penn student support. He plans to build State and Navy. * a team that is "hard as nails" and will play hard hockey.K He went on to say that the club team we have now is a very good All games will be played in the team, that it has a strong nucleus but Erie Civic Center. If
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Lady Lakers Lose To California
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The Lady Lakers played a close game against California of Pennsylvania, going into the locker room tied at 28-28 at the half. California came out to outscore the Lakers 38-29 in the second half, however, defeating the 'Hurst 66-57. •v The Lady Lakers were led by freshman Lisa Maxson who scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds. Freshman Tina Palm scored seven points and hadfiverebounds before she fouled out of the game. Jean Deegan scored 12 points while Kelly Murphy contributed 10 points in the Laker effort. The Lakers outshot California, turning in a 43% shooting average, while California only managed 38% from the field. California was led by Kim Rutledge with 19 points and Sandy Stobolsky with 17 points. The Lady Lakers will return to home action on Mon., Feb. 16 when they host the University of PittBradford at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center.
The Mercyhurst men's basketball team continued its slump, dropping its only game of the week 98-92 to the University of Pitt-Johnstown. UPJ had a 10 point half time lead that the Lakers never overcame. Earl Moncrieffe stole the ball to make a fast break basket to bring the 'Hurst to within one point with 4:25 remaining. That was as close as the Lakers could come, however, with | Pitt-Johnstown running off the next four points. fe High scorers for the Hurst were freshman Phalon Bass with 31 points followed by freshman Eric Franos with 21. Chris Mindach and Ronen Ginzburg each contributed 12 points to the Lakers' effort while Moncrieffe scored 14 points. Bass also led the 'Hurst in rebounding with 11 off the glass. Franos had nine rebounds while Moncrieffe and Mindach each had seven. Bass's 31 points was a game high for a freshman at Mercyhurst. The Lakers next home game will be Mon"., Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. when they host the University of Pitt-Brad ford in the Campus Center.
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