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were especially appropriate during this time ol war. A few social gatherings lightened up the By Angela M. Camp week to include "An Italian Extravaganza" Merciad Features Editor and the' 'Wine and Cheese Tasting". § Not only members of the Mercyhurst Another Academic Celebration has come and gone. The fifth annual event was held at community participated but also people from Mercy hurstfromJan. 28 through Jan. 31. The thefErie area were invited and shared in the topics varied from cultural, to intellectual, to experience. current and to social events. There were cul- Top applicantsfromvarious high schools tural programs such as the "Watercolors were invited to participate in a scholarship Exhibit" and|"The Meicyhurst Dancers". competition for which a total of $55,000 in There were also more intellectual topics in- scholarship money will be awarded. cluding <"My Life Among the Atoms" and Speakers rangedfromthe nationally known, "Cancer Research at Mercyhurst". Timely such as Jonathon E. Ross, a trainer on the subjects such as "Songs of War, Peace and subject of sexual offenders, to our own MerProtest" and "Peacekeeping: the New UN." cyhurstpiofessors


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the director of the creative writing program at Mercyhurst. The speakers came from all over the nation from New York City to Memphis State University to Penn State University to Duquesne University. « l Academ ic Celebration was a collaboration of efforts coordinated by Dr. David Palmer, Dean of the Corry Center and arts coordinator, and the office of External Affairs.

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Neighbor calls Erie police to campus
Friday, Feb.8 10 p.m. Student Union, Tony Mes ^jxpeffSnGG^Tfregg&e band). By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor Around the toll of midnight last Friday, a call came in to Baldwin base announcing the presence of the Erie Police Department on Mercyhurst's campus,
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licemen knocked on the door of a North Briggs resident's apartment to break up a party. Apparently, an unknown caller called in to report Saturday, Feb.9 afightand disturbance. Unexpecting resident, Tony Redding, an accounting major, was TBA, Ski Trip to Pee K 'n Peak hosting a birthday party for a friend. (Details at union desk). There were approximately 35 guests in the apartment. The officers asked, for identificaSunday, Feb.10 tion'from the residents and warned that,all those students without proper identification 2:30 p.m. Civic Center, must leave or Redding would be arrested. Hockey versus RIT, featuring f] The|report said words were exchanged noise and banner contest between the police and guests. The two secuShuttles leaving from Baldrity guards on duty reported that the residents win. £ seemed to be harassed for no reason.* 7:00 p.m. MSG meeting in ph < The on-duty resident assistant, Julie Theiss, Student Union. -£ £ > supported that conclusion. She said she had just come back from making rounds when she Monday, Feb.ll . §'• . was alerted by a student that the police were on 1 campus. Theiss said the party seemed to be 7:30 p.m. Sullivan Hall, under control. While doing her round she Harry T. Burleigh Day Lecture heard music, but it wasn't extraordinarily loud ,?: Concert or unruly. Theiss said she didn't have to talk to the residents about noise or anything else preTuesday, Feb.12 vious to the police intrusion. * ? Assistant Directors of Residence life, Larry 7:30 p.m. Campus Center, Kozlowski and Brad Parker, were also on the Women's basketball versus scene. They were unaware that the police were University..; Buffalo. ? coming, v i, \. $• Bud Dever, director of security, said the Wednesday, Feb.13 | call to the police came from someone across thw street He also said students and staff at the 8 p.m Campus Center, Men's party site felt remarks made by the police were basketball versus Pittuncalled for. | Johnstown. kTony^Redding said he didn't know anything about afight,or even anything that might have been misinterpreted to be a fight After

checking his identification and asking all underage people to leave, the police told Redding he could continue the party if he turned down the music and told his friends to quiet down. There were no charges brought against Redding. The police, with their van and K-9 unit waited outside for a short period of time and then left the premises. | Atithe request of E.\ William Kennedy, di/ectbr* bf*studenr services, and Dr. Gary Brown, director of residence life, Dever will speak to Erie Police officials and discuss the complaint on behalf of the students and residential life staff. * 'If police conduct was over officious and unjust*' Dever said, "I will speak to the Chief and Mayor about the reaction to a baseless complaintfroman unidentified neighbor.'*

According to Dever, the Erie Police Department was also on campus on the previous night,Feb. 1, to investigate a break-in. A South Briggs apartment was broken into sometime between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. Approximately $230 to $300 worth of personal belongings were stolen, including a VCR, telephone/answer machine and jacket \ I Dever said the patch cords from the VCR were found on the Briggs Avenue sidewalk, leading him to believe that the stolen goods were placed in a car or carried across the street Dever-is investigating the possibility of involvementfroma person living off campus. I The serial numbers of the stolen items have been turned over to the police. Dever said the items may be partially covered under home owners insurance.

'Hurst makes donations to city of Erie
scholarship fund in the amount of $30,000, Over the next three! years College will contribute goods and services $10,000 per year for three years, for use by , Jf000 to the City of city police for courses in criminal justice. r| Erie, it was announced by Mercyhurst presiIn a similar resolution, Meicyhurst trusdent Dr. William P. Garvey. | tees approved the donation of a college van The initiative, Garvey said, comes in re- valued at $10,000 for use by the Erie County sponse to the combination of increased de- Prison and the establishment of a scholarship mand for services and diminishing revenue fund in the amount of $15,000, $5,000 per now being experienced by local government year for three years,?for criminal justice or L • * 'With dramatic reduction in federal fund- business courses, as approved by the County i'.ig over the past decade, local governments Executive. \. have been left to fend for themselves," GarThe scholarship funds for both the city and vey said. ''Dealing with this crisis is some- county will be available beginning with Mer[Persons recommended thing that should concern all of us, not, just cyhurst's 1991 fall those responsibleforrunning for government for the courses must go through the norm As an integral part of the greater Erie commu- college admissions process. nity, Mercyhurst wants to do its part to ensure "The Meicyhurst board of trustees w thai both the city and the county are able to influenced in its decision to make these gifts rrieet the growing demands being placed on appreciation of the services rendered the cc them,'* Garvey added. f. ' | lege by the City of Erie," Garvey said in fin a resolution passed by Mercyhurst's letter to Mayor Savocchio announcing ti board of trusties, the college decided to pur- board's decision. "We hope this will be chase and give the city three police cruisers significant contribution to public safety in tl * with a total value of $60,000, to be paid for Erie i he added. over the next three years, and to establish a



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Ed is column is designed to let students know what is happening in the international and national areas. The news is gathered from a variety of sources. By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor INTERNATIONAL: Amman, Jordan — Iraq announced the suspension today, bringing further deprivation to a wintry lan< shortages of food, water, electricity and gasoline, came after allied bombers hammered Iraq's refineries networks. Johannesburg, South Africa - The trial of Winnie Mandela, the wife of Nelson Mandela, got under way Tuesday. Mandela and seven of her supporters are facing four counts of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm in connection with the abduction of four Soweto youths, the youngest of whom was lata* found dead. Iran — On Tuesday, President Hashemi Rafsanjani of Iran offered to serve as a mediator between the United States and Iraq in an effort to bring about a peaceful end to the Persian Gulf war. An abandoned orbiting Soviet Space Station will plunge from space sometime on Feb. 6 or Feb. 7. Some flaming parts of the 90- foot- long, 43-ton space station, Salyut 7, are expected to hit the earth's surface. Debris from the main object that worries experts will weigh 2,600 to 4,000 pounds upon reaching the earth, depending on how much is destroyed by atmospheric friction, a Soviet press agency, said Wednesday. Preliminary indications, Major Niemann added, were that the station's debris would fall on South America. WARLOSSES: As of Wednesday, the Pentagon reported that the toll among American forces stood at 12 killed in action, 24 missing and eight confirmed prisoners of war. Fifteen American and seven allied aircraft were shot down by the Iraqis. That does not count aircraft otherwise lost on war-related missions, like the B-52 and two helicopters that crashed over the weekend with at least some of their crew members killed. Twenty-five Iraqi soldiers'surrendered, having hidden in the battered Saudi town of Khafji since last week's fighting. With them, American commanders counted 842 prisoners in all, including 49 officers. Baghdad said 428 civilians had been killed so far. NATIONAL: Washington, D.C. - President Bush announced at a news conference on Tuesday that he had spoken with President Salinas of Mexico and Prime Minister Mulroney of Canada. Together they intend to pursue a trilateral free-trade agreement that would link the three economies in bold and far-reaching ways. According to Bush, this agreement would be a dramatic first step toward the realization of a hemispheric freetrade zone stretching from Point Barrow in Alaska to the Straits of Magellan. * i:

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Washington, D.C. - President Bush unveiled his budget for 1992 According to the New York Times, the $1.45 trillion budget admit tedly^understates the cost of the war, offers no measures to figh recession and seeks to redistribute subsidies that go to the mosi affluent . i Li si

Angeles - Actor Danny Thomas, called "America's favorite ision comedian" in the late 1950s and early '60s, and the factor of St Jude Children's Research Hospital, died Tuesday. died at ace 77 of a heart attack

charities. Revenues generated from ticket sales accounted for much of the event totalled $7,777.54, while the profit realized on the even t. expenses were tallied at $6,694.96. With a successful first event, Each charity will receive a $500 many may wonder if and when The only remnants of Christdollar donation from MSG. there will be another bingo held on mas 1990 seem to be the credit card Mancuso noted that all materi- campus. Both Engel and Mancuso bills that have been bombarding everyone these past few weeks. als Jwere purchased on consign- . both stated that the possibility exOne Christmas memory that will ment which allowed MSG to return ists for another similiar event ' 'We are presently looking into not be forgotten, however, is the roughly $600 lost in food costs. first Mercy hurst Christmas Bingo, Sales were nowhere near the pro- another bingo; however, nothing has yet beenfinalized,''Engel said. which was held on Dec. 14. Over jected figures, he said. The efforts of all who helped Mancuso added,' 'We're now bingo $4,000 in cash and prizes*were given away, including the $1,500 coordinate the event did not go un- educated. If we try it again, we'll jackpot won by a Mercy hurst fac- noticed. Robin Engel noted that he definitely be more profitable." wanteds to thank the Mercyhurst i The proceeds will be turned ulty member. The bingo, which was spon- Public Relations^ Association for over to each charity, as well as an sored by Mercy hurst Student handling all publicity for the event additional donation of $400 to the Government (MSG), was held to The club designed posters which United Way, before the winter term raise money for Grass Roots Op- were hung throughout Erie and its ends, Mancuso said. portunities for Women (G.R.O.W.), surrounding areas. They were also an organization affiliated with the able to secure public service anSisters of Mercy, and Heal the nouncements on area radio stations Children of Pennsylvania, Inc., and placed advertising for the event which sponsors children in need of in the Showcase section of Times medical attention to come to the Publishing's newspapers. United States for treatment Engel also praised the work of According to MSG President Hospitality Management students Robin Engel, the event was a suc- under the direction of Brad Faircess. "I think it was a successful Held, Darrell Knopfel andlAngie charity event,'' Engel said.' 'More DiPietro. Finally, Engel noted that By Karen McGuire importantly* it was an event that he and MSG are grateful to those Merciad News Editor brought the Mercyhurst and Erie who worked as Santa* s elves sellall unopened materials to Penn communities together." On Feb. 11, a raffleticketwill Distributing Company in Pittsburgh. Dale Mancuso, MSG treasurer, be drawn that will entitle two people The larger expenses which limi; *A added that, from a financial perto have dinner compliments of the I the amount of money available for spective, "overall, it was a sucLaker chapter of the Club Managdonation included approximately cessful endeavor." Mancuso highers Association of America $700 for chair and table rental and lighted some of the expenses for (CMAA). g | ing instant-winner tickets to pathe event, and he also gave the final CMAA plan s to go to the win trons throughout the night Instant amounts that will be donated to the ner's home on* Valentine's Day and cook a romantic candlelight dinner for two. The club members will serve the food and even clean up afterwards. The menu for the evening will include a four course meal featuringfiletmignon, Alaskan king crab claws and a special Valentine's Day cake for dessert There will By Mary Medure also be champagne if the winner is Merciad staff reporter of legal age. | ; 5*"For the price of the tickets, Mercyhurst Student Governthis is a really good deal," said ment (MSG) has introduced | a CMAA Secretary Debbie Lang. process of officer evaluation to "For the high quality of food, you ensure better communications becan't beat it I hope students take tween the representatives. advantage of this great opportuFor thefirsttime,by handing nity." £ out executive board andf officer Proceeds from the raffle will evaluation forms, die representago toward a trip to the CMAA BRAD FAIRFIELD tives are able to rate certain aspects national convention in Dallas, Texas. Tickets for the raffle are on sale of MSG on a scale of one to five Marshall, secretary. The Student (one being poor and jfive being Activities Committee (SAC) Chair, now for a donation of $2. They can good), according to President Robin Kierstin Stager, was the second be obtained from contacting any Engel. He said that the form's main part of the form. CMAA member or by contacting According to Fairfield, all four Debbie Lang at 825-5278. purpose was to let the officers know what they were doing right and officers were rated above average. However, he said that the evaluwrong. The first part of the evaluation ation of the SAC Chair was not is based on the executive board as accurate, because of the new offia whole, and is broken down into cer change that occurred in the two parts: administrative and lead- middle of the school year. ership duties. An evaluation of the All in all, Fairfield said that the four executive board members; evaluations were very helpful to Robin Engel, president. Brad Fair- MSG, and he said that he will field, vice president. Dale Man- encourage the officers for next year cuso. treasurer, and Jennifer to use the same idea. % By Dan Langan Merciad Staff Reporter

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U.S. should take initiative to end arms race
To the Editor, We know more about war than we do,about peace-- more about killing than we do about living." General Omar Bradley, U.S. Army Chief of Staff. I Think about this statement Can you imagine a world without war. I know at this very moment itmay be hard since the U.S. is at war with Iraq, but it's no more difficult than to imagine a world after a war. Because this difficulty has yet to be overcome, many humans believe that war can never be demolished. I'm a conscientious objector, I don't want to shoot, I don* t want to kill, and I don't want to drop the bomb. Nuclear weapons have reached a point where they are totally destructive, and have destroyed




its effectiveness as a means of settling disputes between large states. Today we should be questioning, "Should there be a war system at all?" Can we not suggest nonviolence resistance as an t effective substitute for war? Security can be improved when a demilitarized world security systern is established and military equipment for all countries' armed forceT isstricHy prohlbiterl '^double monitoring system of national and global authorities would detect violations of prohibitions against arms and a international peace force would enforce rules against rearmament These are not just my words but the words of many who

have a strong belief that this world and the humans who struggle with it can change. But despite this, there's still a growing number among us who remain skeptical of any strategy for abolishing war as an accepted institution. The common question of defense is, "What if an opponent cheats during the arms reduction process?" Consider however what may pose a bigger threat to our survival and security. The strategy posed for abolishing war or a continuation of the present arms competition. During the process of reducing arms and establishing global monitoring agencies, governments will retain enough weapons to discourage an attack by another country and to make small differences in military power insignificant. Although the major powers may remain rivals, they will no longer need to prepare for war. If the United! States pushes toward thefirststep, it will be in the Soviet's interest to join the movement They want to avoid f major war, the spread of nuclear weapons and the economic burden of war. (Unknown to many people who mayJiousfcfals^perceplionSfcthejLtoo.) What can we do? Changes will onlyfcome when we, the future generation arohnd the globe, join together in unilateral support to press government officials to end the deadly war system in favor of a global peace system. We must rec-

ogmze and believe that it can happen. If left to follow the path they'ie taking, policy makers will continue their chit chat of arms control discussions r which has gone on for twenty years. Diplomats fail to lead us into a safer world, instead they continue with their familiar policies war after war even though they lead to disaster. Change^von't come at the top unless we push for our rights from below. It will riot demoralize those who take part in it, but leave their honorable men and woman who cry out it's wrong. Or la Stevenson

Student rights, housing and donations spark concern 1
By Kevin McHugh Merc iad Editor

Recycling priority stressed
To the Editor, It seems to me that a large portion of this campus is not taking recycling very seriously. Each time I walk past the dumpsters I see recyclables in the garbage bins and garbage in the recycling bins. Last week I saw something that really disturbed me; a Mercyhurst maintenance worker placing bags with aluminum cans into the garbage instead of the recyclable bin. Now, if they're in a clear bag aren't they intended to be recycled? I wonder if this inability to recycle stems from ignorance or laziness? Either way, we need to further educate or discipline ourselves about recycling. As it's been * said, "If you don't recycle, you're throwing it all away". S

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Mercyhurst College's First Class newspaper as rated by the Associated Collegiate Press Feburary 7,199 Vol. 64 No. 12 Kevin McHugh Karen McGuire Angela M. Camp Robi Taylor Nick Roberts Molly McCormick Melissa Mangini Andy Penhollow Maureen Connolly Maria Kelly Timothy Moriarty Editor-in-Chief News Editor Features Editor Entertainment Editor Sports Editor AssL fSports Editor


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I feel like a television remote control being flicked from channel to channel as I try to pick a topic for this week's editorial. Because I am part of a generation of 18 to 24 year olds who can watch three or more channels at once, I am going to deal with diree or more topics at once. * On the student rights channel: On a visit to Dr. Gary Brown Tuesday,"I was troubled by Dr. Gary Brown's position regarding the judicial review board. Brown told me that he does not have a policy of informing students involved in disciplinary action of their right to appeal any decision made by him. He says that the fact that this right is published in the student directory and elsewhere is enough. ~. * J Most people have heard of, * * You have therightto remain silent, anything you say can be used against you, etc.' * Although we have all heard this before, if you are not made aware of your rights, your case may be dismissed. Most Americans take their rights very seriously. | On the housing channel: If you ever visit the residence life office, you will notice a wall papered with the occupancy status of each apartment on campus. If an apartment is without a fourth occupant, the space for the fourth occupant on the status sheet is marked with either a blue line or a pink line. The blue line signifies that the existing occupants do not desire a fourth. The pink line signifies that the existing occupants do desire a fourth and have requested a fourth. Ingenious. However, this ingenuity turns to farce if there happens to be a blue line where there should be a pink line. To my disbelief, I found on that fateful visit to Brown's office that for the entire winter term, my apartment had a blue line instead of a pink. Thus, if the residence life department was ever looking to place a student in an apartment, my apartment would automatically 'be disregarded as an option. Nice, real nice. Maybe the residence life department will give me a reimbursement Yeah right! On the donation channel: Why are WE giving over $60,000 to the Department? We don't have enough money for supw e r and equipment to deal with treacherously icy sidewalks. We don't have enough money for a buzzer system in our apartments. Yet, we're giving in the area of$ 100,000 in cruisers and scholarships. Being involved in this year's phoneathon, I feel disgusted that as students s man phones for hours on end asking alumni for scholarship donations, in the hope of meeting last years figure of $8,000, the board of trustees is handing over over $100,000 in donations to the Erie police. Did I read on the front page of The Merciad that administration may be making a complaint to the mayor in regard to police conduct on campus. Maybe not

Liam Barron Mary Med ure Tracy Schmitz Laura Blabac Jill Schreckengost Monique Parent Amy Fitzgerald Dan Langan Tammy Pethtel r John Bruno i Yvonne Maher Robin Illsey The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst^ College, Box 161,501 E. 38th St.. Erie Pa. 16546. Phone 8254)376 Material for publication must be submitted by noon on the I Monday before publication The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor, lifters must be s)gned hu{ the name ran be withheld bv request . j
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Russo outlines Recreation Center hours
To the Editor. I read with interest an article written by Tom Gault in reference to the lack of available time in the Rec Center for student use. Allow me to correct the misconception that was conveyed by this article. jy The Rec. Center is open a total of 82 hours per week, Monday through Sunday, with 61 hours per week available for student use (not five to sue hours as stated in the article). I In addition there are 50 hours per week of available time for students in the Campus Center for recreational activities. During these times we have the following activities for the students: intramurals, club volleyball, karate, \ aerobics, and soccer. i 1 1 I We have a total of 111 hours per week from 8:00 A.M. through 10:00 P.Nfiin both the Rec Center and the Campus Center* which is available for student use. Let me also remind the write©! that an athlete interested in baseball or Softball, is also a student and is entitled to use school facilities. The writer's reference to soccer use is also misleading because they do not use the Rec Center until after it is closed at 10:00 P.M., and this is also open for anyone interested in soccer. ^ Until I have read this article we have not received one complaint about the use of the Rec Center, and our purpose will always be to accommodate as many students a s | possible in this fine facility. 1 Pete* Russo, I Director of Athletics

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Arts & iEntertainment
rv' and 'Pirates Of Penzance'

A w a k e n i n g s ! is a t r u e IStalsky announces triple audition schedule

I Van Winkle story
By Robi Taylor Merciad Entertainment Editor • Awakenings Starring - Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro | Rated PG-13 When I was younger I saw people walking down the street who have developed silly, jerky movements because of some kind of neurological disorder which I did not understand. Most times I would turn away so I wouldn't laugh. But, since I saw what pain they suffer in Awakenings, I will never laugh at them again. Hie story follows the true story of a young man named Leonard Lowe (Robert DeNiro) and his life in the Bainbridge Hospital, an institution set up specifically for people with severe mental or neurological disorders. Leonard suffered from encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) during an epidemic in the 1920s. Although he, and most other people who caught the disease, appeared cured, years later a condition called post-encephalitic syndrome gradually began to take away their speech and movement, leaving them living as vegetables. However, the one thing it could not take away were their minds.

Although both actors have a history of excellence, DeNiro won best actor for Raging Bull and Williams has been nominated twice, for Good Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, their performances in Awakenings are far superior to anything they have done before.

When Dr. Malcolm Sayer (Robin Williams) is hired to help treat the 25 or so catatonic patients he finds that there are similarities in their conditions and that they respond to some stimuli, such as music and human touches. He believes that since the symptoms are the same as a condition called Parkinsonism, a drug called L-DOPA will work to bring them back to reality. * After a long hard struggle getting the hospital administration to listen, he is given permission to try the drug on Leonard. Within days of the drug'sfirstuse Leonard is returned to a normal, somewhat slow life at least for awhile. It isn't hard to see that this movie took a toll on the cast and crew. The subject matter, the directing and the acting were, through most of the movie, so intense that no one in the audience spoke, much less •• moved from their seats. Although both actors have a history of excellence, DeNiro won best actor for Raging Bull and Williams has been nominated twice, for (Sood Morning Vietnam and Dead Poets Society, their performances in Awakenings arc far superior- to anything they have done before. It would be a shock if both of them are not at least nominated for this year's best actor awards for their efforts. They carried the audience through the story, keeping everyone on the edge of tears throughout the entire two hours. J The direction quality of this movie took me by surprise. I remember Penny Marshall as Laverne DeFazio in the 70s TV show La verne And Shirley. I guess because of that I never took her seriously as a director. She proved, with Awakenings, that she has reached the highest level of ability that Hollywood allows, she has become a master of both comedic and also serious film making. 'Awakenings is a slow, somewhat tedious movie that I consider a masterpiece of film. It will shock you. It will alarm you. Most of all it will make you think. My Rating 99/100

Feburary 10,1991 promises to be a very busy day for people interested in acting. Auditions for three r Mercyhurst College productions have been scheduled for that day in the Mercyhurst Little Theater. The 11th annual production of Canterbury Feast: A Medievalstyle Dinner Theater is looking for at least 20 actors\actresses to fill the roles of this Mercyhurst tradition. Igor Stalsky, director of the theater department, said that due to the long run of the performance - May 31 through Sept 29, at least two people are needed for each role. H A solo - q uaii ty voice is required for each role. Stalsky recommends that actors come to the audition with a prepared song. The Mercyhurst Little Theater will also be looking for nine actorsNactresses for the new presentation, Canterbury Feast: The Gay Nineties Dinner Theater, consisting of a rollicking farce, vaudeville routines and songs. A good singing voice is a must Actors are requested to bring a

prepared song with them to t the auditions. The production will run at the Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs from Oct 12 to Nov. 16. | Times for both Canterbury Feast auditions are Sunday, Feb. 10 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.. The final auditions of the day will be for Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates Of Penzance. They are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. and on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. in

Mercyhurst College Little Theater. Stalsky said he is looking for 25 to 30 men and women for the cast The production will run from Apr. 12 to 21. A prepared song is requested for those interested in auditionii.6 for leading roles. v For more information on auditioning for any of "the, performances call Igor Stalsky at 8250347 or 825-0711. r

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Writers discuss their collaboration efforts
By Mary Medure Merciad Staff Reporter Jim Fisher and Ross Spencer, two successful crime and mystery authors, spoke on their distinctive writing styles last Thursday, during Mercyhurst College's fifth annual Academic Celebration. Fisher, who has worked in the criminal justice field throughout his career, is an accomplished nonfiction writer, while Spencer, is strictly noted for his fiction. Fisher said that he came across Spencer's name in a Dalton Bookstore and, as Spencer lived

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nearby, he decided to contact him According to Fisher, that call was the beginning of a creative partnership between the two. "I took each chapter atatimein Jim's book and paraphrased them," Spencer said. According to Fisher, Spencer did a little more than that, for he organized Jim's facts into an interesting story.' * Ross taught me how to pace myself and how to develop the characters in my books,*' Fisher book said. * name Fisher said that he was working he said that it never would have on a novel based on the Donald happened without Ross Spencer's Chism case at that time, and Spencer help. agreed to assist him.

Faculty concert gives life to the songs of war

Academic Celebration discusses legalization
Wind Ensemble Concert
Sunday, Feb 10 J at 2:30 p.m. & * in Zurn Recital Hall Flrcc and open to the public Conducted by * •?. ?' Robert Dolwick By Yvonne Maher Merciad Staff Reporter

Student Recital
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall

College Symphony Orchestra Concert
Sunday, Feb. 17 . Sg at 2:30 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall Free and open to the public Conducted by Walter Hendl

Did you know that you could be jailed in Virginia between 1763 and 1767 for not growing cannabis hemp, or that home-spun cloth was almost always spun from the family hemp patch in the 1900's? These were some of the facts presented by Deborah Gray fat the debate "To legalize or not to legalize marijuana/' on Wednesday, Jan. 30, during Academic celebration. 4 ' Hemp is a natural commodity that is biodegradable and was socially accepted until it was outlawed in 1937 under pressure from propagandists," according to Gray,

always been a part of war," ThBy Robi Taylor ompson said. He added that Lie Merciad Entertainment Editor only war not to have its own music was the Korean Conflict. "But," "From a distance, we all have hter note, "nobody enough and no one is in need; ^^^^^^ there anyway.* * and there are no guns, no bombs, The program was originally and no disease, and no hungry planned to cover all forms of promouths to feed..From a distance, test songs, including labor-related you look like afriend.Even though songs. "Because of the war^we changed our program to feature only we are at war, I cannot comprehend what all this fighting is for." war songs," Thompson said. The songs we chose for each war show These words, from the Bette the view from both sides of the Midler song From A Distance, have conflict and one song protesting the been adopted by the American serv- war." icemen and women presendy servAlthough most of the audience ing in Operation Desert Storm as could remember back to World War their song, according to Bruce II, most people think of war-related Thompson, assistant professor of songs as beginning with the contemporary anti-war songs of <the philosophy at Mercyhurst 1970s. "Some of the older protest Thompson joined with-fellow who is in favor of marijuana legali- faculty members, Dr. Brenna Loienz, songs, like Irving Berlin's Oh, How zation. Joe Hohman and David Pinto, on I Hate To Get Up In The MornHemp is uie stem of the plant Jan.30 to share the music Ameri- ing, were very popular. Some of that produces marijuana and pos- cans have written during times of them became commercial sucsesses qualities for the production war. I ? cesses," Lorenz said. of food, paper, gas and textiles, m Hie highlight of the program A crowd of about 50 people "Marijuana cannot be consid- filled Sullivan 3 to listen to a con- was an impromptu duet when ered in a vacuum," slated Rusty certjof traditional protest songs. Lorenz's six-year-old daughter, Cunningham, D. A. for Erie county, "Beginning with the RevolutionMegaera, joined her mother in sing"It may not cause deaths directly, ary War song Free Amerkay, ing the World War II standard Rosie but could l^ad to further drug use written in 1773 to support the colo- The Riveter. Megaera later said, and may be lethal in combination nial troops, through the and-Viet- "I learned the song by listening to with alcohol or other hard drugs. nam War songs like I Feel Like my mother sing it while we ride in He did agree r with Gray that no I'm Fixin To Die Rag, songs have the car." evidence has been produced to show that marijuana is an addictive drug or that any overdoses have been caused direcdy by marijuana. The debate was conducted in Zurn Hall, to a packed audience of students, faculty, and members of the general public. Discussion was limited, however, due to the late starting time. This is a subject that will in no doubt be debated again. de deux, of partnering. Tracey By Laura Blabac YanckeUo once again became the Asst Entertainment Editor sylph in Valse from Les Sylphides

'Hurst Dancers delight their audience at? the Academic Celebrationj

While the rest of the college enjoyed the luxury of a day off, the Mercyhurst Dancers were up earlier than usual, preparing for the day ahead, because January 30 was a day long awaited. Much prepare don went into the planning for the lecture/demonstration that was given ^ ^ ^ ) a.m. during {he Academic Celebration. * Weber Hall was fairly crowded at the start of the program, which began with A Day in the Life of a Dancer, a mini-class covering in IS minutes what a dancer does everyday for two hours. This class began with barre work and stretch, and included a brief but strenuous looking center work. Next, the reappearance of Mary Price Boday's Enchainement, a fast paced dance, followed by a demonstration in the art of pas

and then the appearance of several new pieces added a new twist | Sung by Kendra Shank, the pieces Run River Run, Sun and Moon and Nantes were all beautifully performed, then to top it all off a dance performed in sign language was done. God's Critters put a look of delight and amusement into the viewer's eyes as one by one the dancers emerged from the dressing rooms as different domestic and woodland animals. The dancers' vivid animation made each animal very realistic, as they played with or chased the other animals before coming together to perform the song. All in all, it was a successful performance, one that will also be shared again in the future with the area elementary * schools in the department's new touring program.





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By John J. Bruno Merciad Staff Columnist The Feb.2 Slayer concert was excellent However, it is obvious that the Public Music Hall was not intended to host speed metal jam sessions. Also, there were just plain too many' 'redneck" bouncers. On the whole, the show was worth the money. For more information write to Slaytanic Wehrmact/ 298 Elizabeth street/ New York, New York 100122.^ | & And what simply orgasmic weather we had late last week and early this week. It kinda makes ya wanna say, "Oh...Isn't that special.*' Just remember this is Erie and as far as the weather goes anything is possible but not necessarily plausible. So break out those penny loafers and put away your silly * 'Donald Duck'' shoes. I just may start a sin ister footwear of the week award. You will never know when I'm watching so ah... so ah... so what Who cares? Enough about the weather and how it pertains to exquisite little shoes. It's time to get serious. It's always been my secret life long dream to be a staff meteorologist However, all this is irrelevant The important thing was that Academic Celebration was so nice. There was a veritable smorgasbord of stuff. Next year let's try to spread out the good stuff a little bit There was too much at once. Not everyone got to see all they wanted. But hey, that's life. Seriously, the celebration was cool. I just hope next year someone plans the times for the various events in such a way that a person can see as many as possible. , Okay? I'm sorry to keep harping on this but now I really have offended the dance department Last week when I told certain individuals to get off your high horse ', this was not directed at anyone in the dance department As I said the people it was directed at know who they are. I hope that all the ballerinas will forgive me for not being clear. I also hope that they lift the million dollar contract on my head(just kidding). News flash. Yesterday, in and around the vicinity of Zurn hall, a corpse was found. The booy was identified as John J. Bruno (Merciad staff columnist and meteorologist). Cause of death is unconfirmed, but it seems the victim was slowly bludgeoned to death with ballerina shoes and penny loafers. Sources also report that the victim was wearing a black leather jacket a pink speedo, as well as big blue fuzzy slippers. Wait a minute. Just another dream. Sorry. | | Did you ever beat your head against the sidewalk over and over just because it feels good when you stop? Did you ever get in the mood to hear a fun-pickin little banjo song? Ever wonder why it was like Silly Putty? Where does it end? It doesn't And another thing, why are we giving money to the cops? Don't we pay taxes? Just another reason why you should feel just plain silly. Why don't the students ever have a say in things of this nature. The word for today is lynch-mob.
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Henderson: the multi-dimensional! player
By Tricia Kuhar Merciad Sports Reporter What does #41 mean to the MJE.C.C. basketball league? It means one of the leading women players this season, and the stats are there to prove it Senior Ruth "Doc" Henderson, captain of the Mercy hurst j women's basketball team, is the league's third leading scorer, averaging 15.8 points per game. She is fourth infreethro ws, fourth in block shots, fifth in steals, and seventh in rebounding. Ruth showed signs of her playing potential early in her basketball career. She was recruited by Mercy hurst from Seneca High school in Wattsburg, Pa. where she received the Seneca Athlete of the year award. In her freshman year at Mercy hurst she was named to the All-Rookie Team which consisted of five freshman who were expected to make an impact on league basketball over their remaining three years. Henderson proved herself worthy of her awards by playing for the benefit of her team as a whole. Laker teammate Michal Beale it all. The thing that makes her even more unique is that she is an unselfish player who gets everyone in vol ved. Her stats could be even more impressive if she was just in it for herself, but thats not her goal." A goal Ruth has for herself is a job in family ecology. Ruth commen ted on her future, "Sports was my first priority when I started college, but I've learned over the years that academics come first After you play basketball for four years, you're done, but you have your academics to bank on. I want to work with older people and be a basketball coach for kids." When Henderson isn't busy with school or basketball she likes to spend her time helping with intramurals, or doing something active involving sports. She likes to watch other basketball players including her brother Brian, a senior at Seneca High-school, who is doing exceptionally well this year. R I Stats or no stats, Ruth has proven herself to be an important asset to both the Mercyhurst basketball team and community. She is a good example for her ieammates and feL'ow students as well.

NCAA legislation affects Laker sports
By Molly McCormick Merciad Assistant Sports Editor I f Whatis the NCAA thinking? This is the question that is traveld0nBKA ing around the United States from college to college, pertaining to the new proposal to eliminate multidivisional classifications. m ^^^^mBS&Mrm <r» mmmM This means that Mercyhurst, akxig mmmmimm^» with all their competing NCAA ___ institutions has to eliminate the luxury of being able to place different teams in different divisions. For example, if the 'Hurst classifies itself as a Div. II school, all of the teams have to play in Div. II. Is this proposal fair? What is Mercyhurst going to do?


#41 Ruth Henderson said, "For the past three years she has been playing in the shadows of older key players, but this year she was given the opportunity to prove her versatility as a player.'* Beale also added, "Most people in her position would have stayed in the shadows, but Ruth proved she is a multidimensional player, from shooting three to hitting the basket from the inside." Also adding on Hendersons talents on the basketball court Beale said,' 'Ruth can do

|Well, let me tell you, not everything is fair. That is part of the reason that the proposal is being made in the first place. An example given to me by Athletic Director, Pete Russo helped me to understand this new rule from a different perspective than the one I had. He said that Dayton University in Ohio, who is classified as a Div. I school, has had their football team playing in the Div. HI league and winning. This team would win two or three years in a row and all the Div. Ill schools were unhappy that a Div. I school was holding the championship title. Mercyhurst's problem is... What division are we? Hockey and Football are Div. Ill and men's and women's soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball and softball are all Div. II. | | |

Russo and the Director of Administration, Tom Billingsley, both informed me about the new steering committee that has recently been formed. The committee consists of students, faculty and administration. It will look at Mercyhurst athletics in general and all the new NCAA rules that were recently fabricated. The main goal of the organization is first, to determine what division we, Mercyhurst College will be in. There are basically three options: Div. IJI and III. But the decision will not be easily made as to what division we are suited for. The 'Hurst is endeavoring to be considered an athletically competitive college and at the same time a college that looks for academically as well as athletically proficient students. By this I 16 points. mean that in some aspects the college is not looking to buy athletes. The Lakers then took a wellMercyhurst wants students who will participate in a sport but, at the earned week rest before entertainsame time, be a good student This brings up the point that if the ing the ladies of Philadelphia Texschool did not buy students, the quality of sports and the competitile on .Saturday. The breather tion would not be that good and students may not be' 'proud*' of obviously did them good as the their school's Mill. iizat» -Hurst regained!their form, and Billingsley said,' 'I think institutions should be able to play in comfortably won with the score a variety of divisions depending on what emphasis they want to give 73-57. The 'Hurst jumped out to a the<a specific) sport" Although, he followed his statement with the 32-21 lead at the half, and continfact that there are ups and downs for all the options. Therefore, until ued to press home their advantage me committee starts looking into this situation and it is discussed, no after the fintermission. The Lady one will know the best outcome. The teams, mainly focusing on Lakers connected in 67 percent from football and hockey can play Div. Ill programs, but they cannot lead thefieldin defeating the Lady Rams the NCAA championships. / .* * #*$ for the second time this season. There are many opinions on this topic and we will soon know Karen Salem was outstanding the outcome of the new NCAA regulation. My personal opinion lies with 19 points, while Pam Crowell .Jhe fact that Mercyhurst sports are ali on different levels of added 17 more as the Lakers found a winning way once again. The competition. Fbr example, the football team is going through a LadylLakers are now 3-3 in the "transition stage" and soccer is at its besti 1 g Mideast Collegiate Conference and Who knows what will happen in the next three years. THe 9-8 overall. The Lakers played regulations have been set, therefore from here on inwehavetodejd three games in six days this week, with our options. I cannot state my opinion on what level we should entertaining Bam Slaie-Behrend and be at until we know all the facts and hear the opinions of the University of Buffalo on the 6th Mercyhurst coaches, faculty, staff and of course, the student athand |12th and\ travelling to|Pittletes, t , 1 I • i Johnstown on the 4th of this month as a long season draws to a close. * photo by John Furlong

Lady Lakers split weekend series
By Liam Barron Merciad Sports Reporter The Lady Lakers have upped their record to 9-8 after a busy couple of weeks play. On Jan. 23 th 'Hurst led to the University of Buffalo and suffered a 96-74 loss at the hands of the second seed team in the conference. On Jan. 25 the Lakers returned home to face Le Moyne College and were once again out of luck going down on a score of C9-68 in double overtime. In a pulsating game, the lead changed hands on several occasions. The 'Hurst held a slim lead of 24-23 at the half. Le Moyne came back with. a 29-28 lead in the second session to knot the game at S2-S2 at the end of regulation time. The two teams were once again tied after the first period of overtime, but Le Moyne held their nerve to record a narrow victory. Leading scorers for the Lakers were Cheryl Tomczak and Ruth Henderson with 18 points apiece. Ann Duhigg also chipped in with


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Mercyhurst he a built a friendship By Nick Roberts with students, faculty, and coaches Merciad Sports Editor which makes him the ideal placement to be a liaison between the On July 16, 1990 a proposal three. A former athlete at Mercyhurst, was submitted to the jj Mercy hurst he is aware through experience of administration for a new academic the difficulty that student athletes r advisor for the De artment of Athcan encounter during their college letics. On Aug, 11990 the proposal years. His experience for a position was accepted and on Septjl the r of this nature is extremely valu- 1 familiar assistant football coach able. David Armstrong was ] catapulted The purpose of having an aca-fj into faction as the new {full time demic advisor for athletes is to academic advisor to all 355 student provide academic advising to alii athletes of MercyhursL student athletes at Mercyhurst He \: Armstrong, a graduate of Mer- will monitor all athletes' academic cyhurst in 1986, an academic Ail- progress to determine athletic and American, andipast President of academic eligibility. As the adviStudent Government at Mercy h urst sor, he will be a liaison between the is the man with a mission of careacademic support fully guiding, counselling and at services provided by the college, times, ^pushing student athletes Armstrong is the person who will toward a successful life both on or identify a problem and either deal off the field after Mercyhurst with it himself or refer the problem Through Armstrong's years at to the academic SUDDOU services.

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just been carefully sifting through room." The chance to learn these 1,500 midterm progress reports, techniques is a great opportunity anyone with a D+ or below will be for any student contacted personally by Armstrong | The computer system at Merto see if there is any specific prob- cyhurst is a vital tool fori Armlem, and how it can corrected. If strong who is "plugged" into all Armstrong feds there is a need for student athletes grades and GJPA's correction, he will ask the student and also class schedules. Armstrong athlete to attend study sessions on says his new role, as well as the Monday and Thursday nights be- facilities available to him, show, tween 6-8pm. These study sessions "The concern that this school is are not soley for studying. The putting on academic i advising." DAVID ARMSTRONG Armstrong can do many things opportunity to learn many useful Overall Armstrong's main concern to help a student athlete. He can skills are available,!which Arm- is to, "Develop our athletes acamake tutors available, introduce the strong himself will teach. For ex- demically, athletically, personally use of the writing skills lab, or the ample, college note taking skills, and socially." reading:.skills lab. Armstrong be- how to be affective in trueNfalse There has been academic adlieves that his role goes outside questions. This is something that vice available before, but j never academic life and 'he feels he can some students never have the op- this intense and progressive. Coach portunity to learn, as Armstrong Dave Armstrong is a very t;i; i n * handle athletes personally, socially explains, "Many athletes have to and with any other problems stuable person. He cares and hejjis learn and are shown correct techdents may encounter. concerned for all student athletes. niques in certain sports, but not Take the time to introduce yourself * All student athletes are now being many students get a chance to learn carefully monitored by Armstrong. die correct techniaucs in the class- and meet our new Athlete Academic Ad Coach David As I sat interviewing him, he had Armstrong

Men's basketball suffering through) season
By Ed Hess J Merciad Sports Reporter The Mercyhurst men's basketball team is suffering through a season where it can't seem to buy a break. g This past week it hooked as though the hoop team was going to break out of its slump and upset two conference foes. But as the games unfolded, the Lakers came up just short in both affairs. The pair of losses extends their current losing streak to 11 consecutive games The first of the two defeats came in a road tilt as the Lakers tangled with the University of Buffalo. The 'Hurst kept i I>">:I I.I I:K alive by staying within a few points of the Bulls. Both teams enjoyed a solid first half of plays as the Lakers trailed bv onlv three at intermission. The second half saw both clubs playing well with neither gaining an advantage until late in the game. The Bulls converted several 'Hurst turnovers intojeasy baskets with several minutes to play«and the Lakers never recovered. This late surge by Buffalo proved to be the difference in the game as the Lakers bowed by a 73-62 score. Senior Kraig Swanger led the 'Hurst in both scoring and rebounds with 15 points and six boards. MJ Coming off the loss at Buffalo, the Lakers looked to rebound in front of a home crowd against visiting Philadelphia Textile. The underdog/Hurst team seemed to have fate on its side as it was exacdy one year ago they knocked off the Rams 65-62 in front of the Campus Center faithful^ ; \ The Textile team opened the game with an early lead and forced the Lakers to play catch-up for most of the contest Both clubs shot 54 percent in the first half, but

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I The future is looking posiBy Molly McCormick tive for the Mercyhurst Laker leers. Merciad Assistant Sports Editor They are in the run for the Div. in title but., there are still six season $|. Mercyhurst hockey fan and games left ^ to be played. Coach baseball coach? said, *'The/MerGotkin said, "It's a whole new cy Hurst Laker* leers are on fire." season when the play-offs start It This has shown to be true with a is a one game elimination." J record of 11-9-1, and, 10-2 in their ; The far future for the Laker league. .*£. ^ii hockey team was looking good but ^ The 'Huratftraveled to Cort- now since the new NCAA regulaland State on Feb.2 only to melt the tions have set in Gotkin is worried ice with a victoryjof 5-2. They about scheduling for next season. continued their streak on Sunday There are 78 teams in Div. Ill and at Brockport State with another only eleven in Div. II. Therefore, killing, 6-0. i Senior goaltender, if Mercy hurst's final decision is to Gary Bowles^'as usual played an stay at Div. II, it will be very hard extremely good game between the for hockey scheduling in the fuBlue and Green pipes, while Mick ture. Gotkin said, "It's not going Keen tallied a hat trick at the other to be so much winning and losing, end of the rink. it's going to be who you play, just Junior center Scott Burfoot again because there is not that many Div. helped to put the team in its glory II teams. ?We are one in eleven." this weekend by scoring one goal The Lakers are taking off for and adding seven assists 4o his Olcan.Ncw York to compete against already record-breaking numbers. St Bonaventure on Friday. They Coach Rick Gotkin said,' 'The will then return home for their final, guys worked hard, played well and we won." That simple statement regular season home game against explains the entire successful week- Rochester Institute of Technology on Feb. 10 at 2:30 p.m.. andl f

erry Bushv flying high for the L "Jeers

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it was the Lakers who were down buzzer beater earlier in the year sent by seven as they entered the locker a game into overtime, took the inbound pass and tried to weave some Mercyhurst spent most of the of the same magic. Bush let fly with second half trying to close the seven a 20-footcr as thefinalhorn sounded point gap the Rams had established. but this time fate would not be so The Lakers finally eclipsed Tex*; kind. The ball carromed off die rim, tiles' lead with only minutes left in handing the Hurst another tough the game. Both teams played it nip loss by a 71-70 score.; f The Lakers next take to the and tuck the rest of the way as the outcome would be determined in hardwood as they travel to Pace this Friday in hopes of ending their the game'sfinalseconds. With 11 seconds remaining on current losing streak. To«accomthe clock, the Hurst took a timeout plish this, the 'Hurst would have to to plan itsfinalstrategy. Freshman upset a tough conferencefoe,a task point guard Terry Bush, whose they have not done this year.

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