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Catherine's m e d a l o f h o n o r
Sophomore Ruth Anne Brown was presented with the) 19th StCatherine's Medal Award on Tuesday by Rita A. Goebel, president of Kappa Gamma Pi, and Sr. Mary Lawrence Franklin, liason for Kappa Gamma Pi at Mercyhurst College, i The St Catherine's medal is an undergraduate award presented annually, preferably to a sophomore orjunior, at Kappaaffiliated colleges for specific outstanding service to the college, or for the best record of progressive achievement Its purpose is to further oneof Kappa's aims, which is "To awaken a spirit of Christian leadership among graduates of Kappaaffiliated colleges.'' > Brown said, "I would like to thank Kappa for the award, but a lot of recognition should go to campus ministry and the various other service organizations on
campus. Kappa Gamma Pi chose S t Catherine as a patron because they recognized her concern for the people and her own personal integrity, according to a spokesperson. St Catherine was executed at age 20, around 285 AJ)., for disputing the atrocities and persecutions against Alexandrian Christians by the conqueror Maxentius. Her execution resulted when she converted those he had sent to argue with her. The-whell, a commonly used device of torture, fell apart at her touch, but she was later beheaded. Symbols appearing on the St Catherine medal are the wheel, representing her martyrdom, and the scroll and quill depicting her scholarship. Brown was nominated by Sr. Elisabeth Linsten and was chosen by a college faculty.
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D'Angelo presents international competition CHECK OUT
By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor
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Thursday, April 11 8 p.m. Zurn Recital hall, SAC presents the Gong Show. Friday, April 12 7 pan. to 12 a.m. Rec center, I Fun Flicks, interactive vid VI 9 pan. Little Theatre, "The Pirates of Penzance." Saturday, April 13 I a.m. to | 4 p.m. Townhouses Volleyball tournament. I. S pjn. Little Theatre, "The Pirates of Penzance." Sunday, April 14 Scavenger hunt begins. Monday, April 15 Letters of intent for MSG reps and SAC chair accepted. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student Union,formaltickets on sale. Tuesday, April 16 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student Union, formal tickets on sale. 8 p.m. Zurn Recital hall, Films for Discussion presents Handmaid's Tale. Wednesday, April 17 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Student Union, formal tickets on sale. The D'Angelo School of Music and Mercyhurst College are proud to present the 15th Annual D'Angelo Young Artist Competition ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Forty contestants will compete for approximately $20,000 in prize money. The competition, a contest with one of the highest prize awards in the country, draws distinguished musicians from around the world. Each year the contest showcases one of three musical areas: piano, voice or strings. This year's competition is comprised of musicians playing string instruments. • •, * 3 The contestants will be evaluated by a panel of five judges. The preliminary round begins Thursday, April 18 in Zurn Recital Hall at 10 a.m., and will continue all day until 10 p.m. The preliminary round continues on Friday morning, April 19 from 10 a.m. until noon. The semifinal round will convene on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., and from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. The preliminary and semi-final rounds are free and open to the public. The finals of the competition will be held Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. The finalists will perform with the Competition Orchestra conducted by Walter Hendl. This will be the first time the strings competition will feature thefinalistsplaying with a full orchestra. 3 According to Sam Rotman, director of the music department, the contest hasfbecome very prestigious because' * the prize money is one of the highest in the country and the winners of this competition have done exceptionally well/* He went on to say that "It has become an established?fact that the winner usually wins a major international competition within a few years. This contest catapults them into a maior career," On Page 2 McAuley vandalism
Raphael Hillyer, chair of panel of judges for D'Angelo Competition
Proof of this fact can be seen with the f career of last year s winner, V 1st Hans Choi, who won two gold medals in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow within eight weeks of the D'Angelo competition. He was the only artist to receive two gold medals in this competion. According to Rotman, "Dr. and Mrs. D'Angelo graciously donate the prize money. The college will host the competition and event itself. Freeticketsto the D'Angelo Young Artist Competition are available to the Mercyhurst College Community. To receiveticketscall 825-0364. i '.]
MSG Candidates! accelerate campaign
The actual election will be held on Tuesday By Angela M. Camp and Wednesday, April 17-18 on the main level Merciad Features Editor of the Student Unionfrom10a.m. to 3 p.m. All students who have paid their student activity If you see people out shaking hands and fee are eligible to vote. Students must bring kissing babies, don't be surprised - it's election their student IDs to vote. time again. It'stimeto get out and vote for the Remember that there is always a possibility candidates who will be running our student for a last minute write-in. That's just to keep government and spending our activities money. the candidates on their toes! Candidates will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. Winning candidates will be notified on on Thursday, Apriljjl 1. The speeches will be Wednesday, April 18 but the official announcegiven at die Laker Inn in the lower level of the ment will be made at the MSG meeting. ^ ^ Student Union. * Anyone interested in being an MSG repre*An open forumSvill also be held to give sentative should submit letters of intent by students the opportunity to question die candi- Monday, April 15. Turn them in to Jennifer dates about their stands on various issues, their Marshall or the MSG office. goals * for next year and their platforms in Remember, your parents voted for Nixon, general.TTie forum will be held on Monday, so who are you going to vote for? April 15 at 8 p.m. in the meeting room on the second level of the Student Union.
On Page 4§ 3 'Pirates' opens at the Little Theater
On Pages 5 - 6 Candidate's statements
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Vandalism strikes McAuley Hall
By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor McAuley Hall residents lost their visitation privileges lastfweckend due to a vandalism incident that occurred Friday evening. Dave Armstrong, McAuley hall director, was informed upon entering the dormitory on Friday night that light fixtures had been broken in the north hallway. After further investigation, Armstrong discovered a broken banister and a couple more broken light fixtures in the first and third floor north stairwell. Security was called at 9:25 p.m. According to the security report, several residents were written-up for underage drinking. Head\ of Security Merrill Dever 9 said, - Anytime damages occur and underage drinking is involved, I less destruction is unnecessary.!? Armstrong wanted to make it clear that he will restrict visitation rights again if further problems occur. In a letter to McAuley residents, Armstrong warned that if discipline problems occur, he will take away visitation rights for Spring Activities Weekend. The punishment for the perpetrators was not revealed to The Merciad. However, Brown said the residents sited for underage drinking will be disciplined in accordance to standard alcohol policy, ask the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB) to conduct an investigation.** Hie names of those who purchased die alcohol along with those who illegally consumed it were turned in to the LCB. According to Dr. Gary Brown, director of residence life, the damage was minimal. He said the visitation rights weren't^ takenI away because of the amount of damage. It' i the principle that this kind of destruction is just-plain unnecessary. Brown? said the disciplinary action resulted from damage that has been happening all year. ''The incident was more like the straw that broke the camel's back then a major problem,* * Brown said. "We are taking action to prevent further vandalism in McAuley Hall.** The decision to revoke visitation rights was the ultimate decision of Armstrong. He said he wants to get the point across that this kind of behavior is not acceptable. "As far as following'the rules, these kids have done a great job,* * Armstrong said. "We haven't had any major problems. But stupid, sense-
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Editor international and local areas sources. By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor INTERNATIONAL Iraq - Six U.S. Air Force cargo planes have parachuted tons of food, water, and medical supplies to refugees struggling to escape Iraq to Turkey. Air Force officers say that the drops could continue for weeks J Iraq — In a terror campaign aimed at driving rebellious Kurds from Iraq, Saddam Hussein's forces have massacred an entire village and are strafing refugees from helicopter gunships. Kurdish reble leader Masoud Barzani charged that Iraqi troops killed 2,000 to 3,000 people.
Pageant searches for Miss Erie County
By Mary Medure Merciad Staff Reporter to fund the pageant," Goodrich said. •£ = According to Goodrich, the main purpose of the pageant is to allow young women the chance to be on stage, and to learn how to compete with others* Above all, the pageant awafds scholarships that go toward their college educations. Each:year, local colleges donate one-year full tuition scholarships to the winner. This year's Miss Erie can choose between this or a $500 scholarship to another college or university. The first, second and third runners-up receive cash awards to the college of their choice also. .* "Chimene Petit, the current Miss Erie County, is taking advantage of the one-yearfull tuition scholarship, by attending Mercy hurst,' * Goodrich said. This June, Chimene will compete in The Miss Pennsylvania Pageant in Altoona. Goodrich added that the five judges who will determine the winner are Miss America trained judges and reside outside of Erie County. Theirjudging will be based on four areas: 40% for talent, 30% for the interview, 15% for the swimsuit competition and 15% for the evening gown competition. Also, each contestant is asked an on-stage question during the pageant | By awarding five mflfioirTn scholarships annually, Goodrich said that this makes The Miss America Pageant the largest scholarship foundation. And there is no fee at any level. Applications will be received until May 1. If anyone is interested, please call 474-3551 or 864-5414 for more information.
"Here she comes, Miss America.* \Who wiU sheie? j ^ Iran — After accepting more than half a million Iraqi refugees, Iran has ^^^ re a female between the closed its borders to them. Iran was unprepared for the number of ages of 17-25 and a high school hungry and wounded entering its borders. graduate as of August 1, 1991, who has never been married and is Kuwait - At 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, an official cease-fire in the an Erie County resident or a fullGulf War will take effect . The first elements of the new time student, she could be youff 1440-member UN monitoring force for the Iraq-Kuwait border will Contestants may fill out appliarrive Friday in Kuwait City. w cations at no cost The 1991 Miss Erie County Scholarship Pageant, an official Miss America PrelimiNATIONAL nary, will be held on Friday, August 9, at Villa Maria Academy. Palm Beach, Fla. - Nephew of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, William According to Jana Goodrich, Kennedy Smith, voluntarily gave samples of blood and hair upon executive director of The Miss Erie request from police investigating a reported rape on the grounds of the County Scholarship Foundation, the Kennedy family mansion. | organization is a non-profit group run completely by volunteers. \"The Los Angeles, Cal. - Chief Daryl Gates of the Los Angeles Police pageant itself would not be posDepartment was reinstated four days after being suspended because of sible if it werefnot for a small his connection with the police brutality incident that occurred several committee," said Goodrich? "Along weeks ago. with the other volunteers who help put the pageant together, the scholthe Mexican arship committee contacts local increasing concern i since several immigrants have been kilk merchants for advertising, in order Border Patrol agents, bandits or packs of Americans who pn them for sport ;g
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Bowling set for Saturdayj
H The Hospitality Management Association (HMA) will be hosting a bowling tournament at Eastland Bowl on Saturday, April 13 beginning at noon. Teams of four should sign up with Leeann in the Hospitality Management (HM) office, ext 333. The cost isfivedollars per person which includes two games, shoes and bowling ball rental. Money mustebc presented when signing up. The first 20 teams will be accepted and transportation will be provided if needed. Please be at Eastland Bowl by 11:30 a.m. The tourney will start promptly at noon. I Also on Saturday, April 113, from 9 p.m. to l|a.m., HMA will host a dance in the student union. A dance contest at 9 p.m. will kick things off. The judges will be faculty from the HM department. The theme of the dance is 50*s style. te Admission is free. So, come one come all for a fun filled time!
Los Angeles, Cal. -|Actoif Michael Landon was diagnosed cancer of the liver and pancreas. Statistics from the American C Society state that thfc type of cancer is incurable and most vie tun years of diag LOCAL body Road scene. The woman appeared to have been murdered sediment of Presque considerable contamination metals and other pollutants
Criminal Justice majors sit In electric chair
iFour Mercyhurst Criminal Justice majors travelled to Nashville, Tennessee, March 6-8, to participate in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 1991 annual meeting. Tina jFielding, Renee Unik, Shelly Van Alstine, and Dan Wood are all members of Alpha Phi Sigma, Upsilon Chapter. They attended a panel discussion on white collar crime in which Mercyhursfs Dr. Frank Hagan presented a paper on ••"The Professional Criminal." Some other panels'attended
focused on violent crime and police pre-employment screening|The students were able to attend numerous receptions at which they could talk to panelists and other prominent criminal justice professionals, y The students also toured Riverband ^Maximum ^Security Institution, aprison that has only been in operation for 18 months. Students were able to talk briefly with prisoners, sit in the electric chair, and see death row. 2
Staab proposes bookstore run by students
would give the student actual experience of what is involved in operating your own business from the marketing standpoint, the finance How many students have ever standpoint, the accounting standentertained the thought of owning point, etc. a small business? Well, maybe Maybe this could be a multiMercyhurst can offer the student part course in which various astheoretical and* hands-on experi- pects of as ence with its very own lab (i.e. a taught Corresponding lab work small business): the I Mercyhurst would accompany this theory, and Bookstore! students could have a work-study ^ The business department could job related to their major. supervise its business majors in the In addition to practical experioperation of the bookstore. This ence, the lab fees could be used to To the Editor (c/o John Bruno). benefit the entire student body. The fees could cover the expense of lowering the prices on school supplies and other items in the bookstore (except the high costs of books which*are probably out of our league). * This sounds like an ambitious undertaking but hey, isn' t that what we're here for - "to seize the opportunity?'* V Sincerely, Doug Staab.
Students should on loose leash over activities
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Mercyhurst needs a new mascot
To the Editor. Attention! One mascot needed for Mercyhurst Lakers. Must first be able to define "Laker". Benefits and audience excellent Call 1 -MERCYWORLD for information. I've often wondered if this is what an ad for our mascot would look like. I\don't know, because firstly, I know as much about sports as I do about underwater basketweaving. Secondly, and the point of this article, we.don't have,a mascot to begin with. I Why don't we? I'd like to know. Mascots are important members of the team, in my opinion. They boost team and audience spirit They are the symbolic representation of the team's "statement", and they provide a great deal of tension-relieving humor. Let's face it, watching a big yellow chicken harassing the umpire or referee is a pretty funny sight One of the only reasons I attended a sports event was to see their mascot.. Anyhow, back to my pointwhy don't we have a mascot? In my search for the answer, I came up with a puzzling problem: what exactly is a "Laker"? Surveying a number of people, I received a multitude of ideas. The general replies were: a sailor, someoneswho lives on (or, in)* a lake; a fisherman, and (this is the one I liked) a viking. Some people suggested we are the Lakers simply because we are close to Lake Erie. (Big deal. So are a lot of other schools, and besides, how do you create a mascot with a statement like that?!) Picture it - a fighting bucket of lake water! One upperclassman I talked to told me about an attempt at a mascot a few years ago. It was to be a buccaneer. Granted, not as funny as a big yellow chicken, but it fits with a Laker image and has definite possibilities. I So what happened? We still don't have a mascot Besides my quest for a definition of "Laker'' I also asked what our mascot should be. Not many people had answers, but one suggested it should be a viking in a boat, "pointingand forging ahead." Not bad, but we'd need someone to pull the boat around the playing field at half time. One person replied we didn't need a mascot (Where's their school spirit, hmmmm?) Well, enough of my babbling. Just think about it for yourselves. As for myself, I think it'd be great to have a mascot (Maybe a big yellow duck...)
By Kevin McHugh Merciad Editor As of Wednesday, Student Activities Committee (SAC) is hiring four off-duty members of the City of Erie Police to patrol the activities on Saturday during spring acuviues. I am not concerned with the fact that SAC is hiring off-duty police. The off-duty police will not jhave the power to issue citations; however, if they confront anyone breaking a state law, they have the power to hold the person until the Erie police arrive. The benefit of hiring off-duty police is that they can contact the Erie police immediately if anything major, like a riot, occurs. The role of the off-duty police in enforcing the alcohol policy will be similar to that of an R A, or a campus security guard. The offduty police will, in essence, be deputized security guards. If they see any infringements, they will make incident reports which may be acted upon by Dr. Gary Brown, director of residence life, at a later date. One way of looking at the off-duty police is that they will probably be a lot more "cool*' than a number of ball-busting RAs, because how does a group of merry college students running eggand-spoonracescompare with getting shot at in downtown Erie? What I am concerned about, however, is the type of instructions that the off-duty police, campus security, and the R A * s will be given by the forces that be. * I agree with Dr. Gary Brown, director of residence life, that during last year's spring activities, "There were nofightslast year but there could have been. There was no damage last year but there could have been." The notable words in his comment are, "there were no." It is good that were will be extra back-up in case things get out off hand; otherwise, all law enforcers should act in accordance with Brown's policy whereby, "If you don't see itsmell it or hear it, there is no problem. £ £ : , Those on duty, who are charged with upholding college rules and regulations should uphold them in a manner that is, at most, consistent with the day-to-day enforcing of college laws. The law should not be layed down more forcefully than usual. Instead of coming down with a heavy hand, administration should realize that there is only one occasion when Mercyhurst parties big time; namely during spring activities. Another aspect of this issue that concerns me is that Kiersten Stager, SAC chairperson, and Cass Shimek, director of the student union, did not know that off-duty police do not have the power to arrest Stager and Shimek hired the police Monday, without knowing what authority these off-duty police would have on campus. Stager said the reason she hired the Erie police members is because Kennedy told her to. Stager is a proficient organizer^ however, she should stand up to administration, and should not take its decisions without question.' | f f Shimek is a professional administrator, and Stager should try andjmakeffiill usejof her expertise, f however, Shimek is in an advisory role, she is notfthe head of SAC. Stager should rely on Shimek, but should not be dependent on her. Along with taking the credit for SAC activities, Stager should also take the criticisms.
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Mercyhurst College's First Class newspaper as rated by the Associated Collegiate Press April 11,1991 Vol. 64 No. 16
m. Editor-in-Chief Kevin McHugh News Editor Karen McGuire Features Editor Angela Mi, Camp Entertainment Editor Robi Taylor Sports Editor Nick Roberts i Asst Sports Editor Molly McCormick Photo Editor Melissa Mangini Copy Editor Andy Penhollow Design Manager Maureen Connolly *. Advertising Managers Maria Kelly/Yvonne Maher Faculty Advisor Timothy Moriarty Merciad Staff Mary Mcdure Tracy Schmitz j Amy Fitzgerald Laura Blabac Jill Schrcckengost John Bruno Dan Langan Tammy Pcthtel Tricia Kuhar Yvonne Mahcr Liam Barron Robin Illsey Monique Parent );<gj
A Waste of money!
To the Editor. Let us all take a moment to reflect on President Garvey's industrious use of Mercyhurst funds. I am talking about the recent acquisition of the Mercyhurst monagrammed waste receptavkes now visible arournd the campus. This judicious application of funding was designed to impress the alumni and next year's prospective freshmen as well as their parents. However, I propose that such future money be spent on the purchase of some COMFORTABLE CHAIRS for the lecture halls. I would like to cor^| dially invite Mr. Garvey to park his posterior in one of the black plastic monstrosities for a two-hour stretch several days afwccki The only other alternative to decent chairs would be to hire a full time chiropractor for the student population. p I believe it is high time that Mr. Garvey realizes just exactly who is paying his salary. These people won'tbe hard to spot - just look for the people with the bad posture. Pennsylvania Dutch
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THE MERCf AD
Arts &! Eiitertainment
New Jack gives Updated ; Pirates'to open this weekend middle class look at life in
By Robi Taylor Mercaid Entertainment
Stalsky strikes again
Editor I New Jack City Starring - Wesley Snipes, Ice T and Judd Nelson Rated - R;
I had heard all the news from around the country about people getting shot and beaten after watching New Jack City (street talk for New York City). So, I was understandably nervous when I walked into the theater. Surprisingly, the audience was a mixture of races and ages and everyone wasfriendlytoward each other, both before and after the movie. (Hooray for the people of Erie!) \$ Hie movie is about ghetto life in 1986 Harlem. An enterprising cocaine dealer named Nino Brown (Wesley Sn ipes) decides to take over a welfare apartment building so he can use it as his base of operations on a day he calls' 'Crackmas Eve*'. To gain control of the building he terrorizes most of the tenants into leaving. The others are held hostage inside their apartments, all without any response from the police. i | Once the crack factory opens Brown becomes ultra-rich and ultraarrogant. He becomes so cocky, he decides to challenge the authority of his partners, (most of which have southern European accents), and the upper levels of the police. That's when Ice T and Judd Nelson come to the rescue. This movie has been run out of a number ies because of the trouble that has been see miss Oscar
Fans of The Pirates of Penzance will be in for quite a surprise during the weekends of April 12 14 and 19 -20. That is when the Mercy hurst College Little Theater will present the recently ij*. dated version of this century-old musical. Director Igor Stalsky said the new version is set in the Northeastern United States of the' 1980's. ' 'The pirates are no longer seafaring men," he said. "They are a rather bumbling motorcycle gang who fall in love with the daughters of a major-general who has just been assigned to be the military media advisor at a TV network." Stalsky called the police hired to protect the general's daughters a "Keystone Cops style SWAT team." $f [r 'According to Stalsky, "The Pirates of Penzance was updated in order to present familiar material under a new light" He said he Lovers, Bob Martin and Nichole Bruno discuss feels that the main thrust of the disadvantages of their spring-autumn love affair material and the music stand up well to the tests of time, while some Little Theater show which in- Music will be featured. of the details and references in the volved talents from?all the MerFriday and Saturday performplay need some clarification. cyhurst iperforming arts. Theater ances will begin at 8 p.m., Sunday neear some ^^^ "Besides that" Stalsky said, "it's majors will be performing through- performances are scheduled to start fun to try and outguess the authors out the play, the production is at 2:30 p.m J Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for and present what they might have. choreographed J by the faculty of the Mercyhurst College School of students/senior citizens and admistime ^^ written ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ _ ^ _ ^ _ , ^ J Dance and the vocal talents of stu- sion is free to the Mercyhurst comThis production marks the first dentsfromthe D' Angelo School of munity with proper ID.
Playhouse has area s hottest ticket
ily Robi Taylor Merciad Entertainment Editor As I walked into the Erie Playhouse I had a pessimistic attitude about whether or not a group of community theater actors could actually do justice to an American tradition like Singing In The Rain. They not only did it justice, they made the best evening of theater I have had in a long time. j The story takes place during die time when motion pictures were making the dramatic switch from silent to the "talkies". During the silent era, the most popular movie couple was that of Don Lock wood (Charles Corritore) and Lina Lamont (Christy Sloan Koontz). f While a number of great actors survived the change unscathed, some' like the character of the Brooklynaccented i soprano Lamont J found that they couldn't speak in an appealing fashion. To solve the problem: they used other actors with human sounding voices, in this case a lovely young actress named Kathy Selden (Melissa Turner), to make the real stars sound as good as they looked. | As soon as the curtain opened, the music began to build and the stage filled with performers. It was easy to see that something good was going to happen. That est star was a Erie Playhouse Youth thing good included: some Theater vetern, Melissa Turner, who best choreography the Erie plays the voice behind the star. Her house has ever had and the i sparkling personality and constant singing and dancing talents smile, not to mention her outstandof Erie's best Ho* ing dancing ability, gave the audithree performances which deserve ence a reason to fall in love with her special mention, t character. I have read a lot about the As with everything that good, immense egos that stars had when there also has to be something bad. the made fit abig in movies. The In Singing In The Rain is the one character of Lina Lamont took it to scene the Playhouse has been hypthe extreme. She is the perfect ing the most the scene where Lodegrown-up version of the whiney, wood is dancing in the rain. They spoiled bitch that everyone hated, way they set it up, it just didn't in school, and it takes real talent to work. The rain and the water on the make the audience feel for diem. street was all but invisible. The only But the way Koontz played her thing I can say is use your imaginamade her seem almost likable. tion. Corritore had his dance and There are still two weeks left for acting talents put to the test and as Singing In The* Rain some seats usual, he was more than a match for | available, but I wouldn't wait too his role. He gave Don Lockwood long to get them. A show of this the kind of humanity a character quality will be the hottest ticket in like that needs to be successful. town. Singing In The Rain's bright-
I have to give credit where credit is due. The acting in New Jack City has to be the best I have seen in a long time. The three main characters took the audience through the hell that life in a drugravaged ghetto must be like. The story itself was a surprise. Originally, I was afraid it was going to turn into just another Spike Lee stereotype movie, but it didn't Instead, it got my emotions, especially outrage and anger, going to such a degree that I found it hard to sit quiedy in my seat I just wanted to stand up and yell something at the screen to try to help some of the innocent people involved in this hell. | The camera work and rap sound track also work to take you deeper into the feeling that you are standing in Harlem in the middle of a warzone where your only enemy comes out of a little glass tube. As with any Godfather type movie, there is more than enough gunfire, killings and beatings to last a lifetime. But, as with The Godfather, Mario Van Peebles, the director, took the extra effort to make sure that there is also a story connected with the violence in New Jack City. 5 I believe that it is time that someone produced a good movie that shows the dirty underside of the American dream. New Jack City gives a look at what we don't'want to think about without being judgmental It certainly docs not glorify drugs or the people involved with them. But on the other hand, it doesn't make heroes out of the police either. Both sides are shown as human beings who suffer from the same human frailities as everybody else. , This movie has been run out of a number of American cities because of the trouble that has been following it around. But i can get a chance to see New Jack City, don't miss it It already big jump for next year's Oscar. My rating 99/100 Strong language, graphic violence and nudity
The following is a cryptograph of line from a famous piece of literature. Once you have decided whata certain symbol means, it will mean 1 the same throughout the puzzle. Example if you believe 2 £ is & E* * then it will always be an_F. I 3-8 3-5 3-8 2-2 2-11-6 2-11-6 1-3 3-8 3-3fl-6 3-5 1-7 2-1 3-4 3-8 1-6 3-3 3-4 2-1 1-6 2-3 2-6 3-3 2-2 3-5 3-10 3-10 3-9 1-6 3-3 3-9 2-4 3-5 2-6 3-4 3-3 3-3. Hint 1-3 equals C
1991-92 candidates for MSG vice-president
CAV MALONEY - "If elected, I'd represent the students first and then the president* * 1 - "A hockey rink will help the program and bring more notoriety to Mercy hurst'' -* 'There needs to be a review of the residence life department and more communication among students, Dr. Brown and Mr. Kennedy.'* - Served on MSG for three years, was president of the Hospitality Management Association (HMA), and was chairperson of the College Senate
I SHERLYN CELONE - Member of MSG in 1989-90 \ - Thinks position requires a good rapport with administration and student body - High school experience on executive board, social chairperson - ' 'I'd like to see more support for teams and clubs in die way of money and publicity." - * 'I want the student body to believe something is being done with their beliefs, not just the beliefs of members of MSG.'' - "MSG should be what the students want"
\, KAREN TRAPOLSI - Experienced in MSG affairs: has served on committee for construction of the Union, vicepresident of Laker Wave, winter and spring formal committees and has been selected to -, 'One of my goals is to work for the needs of the students as well as the whole Mercyhurst community. - "I plan to work for more school spirit on campus. I want to establish more unity among students."
PAT O'KEE^FE - O'Keeffehas no formal administrative experience; he says,' 'If you have pride in what you do, and if you want to get the job done, you can
- Advocates reform of R A system, including student involvement in selection of R As i. - "In die past, MSG members have been looking tofindfaults with administration, but now it's time to start to cooporate with administration to get things done right**
I MARK KORCINSKY - Believes key issues on campus are: rising costs of housing, parking behind Sessler, and the inconsistency around campus in regards to school policies I - Served on the executive board for two years in high school f * - "I want to make myself available to students, faculty and the Mercyhurst community." - Thinks job entails hard work, time, an open car and patience. The position also requires availability during the summer
1991-92 candidates for MSG secretary
JULIE THEISS I - "I will work well and support the other officers to the fullest extent - "I beUeve that it is important to bring as many students as possible into the decision-making process and to get as much input as possible from the students.' - "One of the biggest issues is the alcohol policy and if will always be an issue as long as there are underage students.'* - "Right now I am an R.A. so I know what's going on. I work one-on-one with the students but I also know the administration's point of view. I want to be a liaisombetween the students and administration. *
TRISH KUHAR |; - Trish has attended student government workshops at regional and state levels and has worked in a secretarial position for two years at a local parish. She has also been involved in MSG activities such as the Christmas Bingo, Senior Week and is a member of the Public Relations Club and is a sports writer for The Merciad. | - "The hockey rink seems to be the biggest issue right now and^I feelfa hockeynink'?is tt important^^ ^ ^ ^ ^ - "I want to make an impact on our class and the MSG organization by being an important 99 resource in the planning process
ROB VANDERWOUDE - Active member of MSG in 1990-91 as the resident representative | - Believes i that it is very important that the secretary shows up to every meeting and is able to work well with the executives, especially with the future president, Dave Murphy - "My goal is to do the best possible job I can. At the end of the year when the new candidates arc asked,-1 want them to say, 'I want to do just as good a job as Rob did.*'* I - "I want to make the secretary position a crucial part of the executives, not just a record keeper - a real part of the decision-making 99 irocess.
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Murphy runs for president unopposed
and because he thinks Kevin McHugh he?has the necessary Mcrciad Editor qualifications for the job. His credentials inThis year, junior Dave Murphy elude having attended will run unopposed for president all MSG meetings since of Mercy hurst Student Government fall term, chairing the (MSG). He say s he is not sure why spring formal, and asno one is opposing him, but said sisting in the Christthat the fact that he announced his mas MSG Bingo. He intentions to run early may be a has also held (leadership roles in reason. high school sports. "lama profi"I don't know why," he said. cient communicator and an active "Maybe everybody thinks that listener and thinker,'' he said. Robin Engel's shoes are too big to Murphy, a pre-med major, says fill. he intends to be "an integral liaiMurphy, who made his decison between administration and sion to run in ^January, said he students, and to delegate effecwants to become president to learn tively." f>" more about how the college is run,
I bookstore employed there may end up cracking like an egg. I wouldn*t want to be responsible for anyone walking into a crowded shopping mall with an automatic assault rifle. We're not gonna say nothin' about notebooks that cost seven dollars. No, we won't talk about any of this. This week we're gonna throw caution into the wind. With reckless abandonment we're gonna talk election candidate choice. Yeah, that's right, we're comin' down to earth. You're not having delusions. You're not having hallucinations. You're not on quaaludes.. Now that we are all earth talk How does one pick a candidate responsibly? Well, let's be straight up with each other. Who cares? I don't give aflying...no, let me rephrase that. There is no point whatsoever in picking a candidate (or officer) in a responsible manner. After all, how many of us are truly responsible people ourselves? For those of you who said, "I am," I say 4 'relative to who, you egotistical, self-righteous, dirty so and so(s)." required to do. "He fits the model In choosing a candidate say to yourself, * 'What do I get out of voting "It's minimal perfectly," Wiles said. for Joe/Joseta Blow? What'sin itfor me? Do they mean what they say, By Monique Parent now,\ it could be "He's been through some or are they just Mowing hot air? *' ;g Merciad Staff Reporter more,' J he^ said.^Td ^ ^^ ^ tough situations and he's And another thing, the administration has been lying to us! I increase it by maybe can't believe I never caught it before. The student directory under handled them well." I want to inform the students 25 percent, with the Wiles says his objecof who is sponsoring activities and Alcohol-Drugs says "Mercyhurst College abides by the Pennsylvaintention of increas- nia State Law.'' Then they blatantly deceive us, the students, by telling tives are to keep fraud where their money is going," says ing everyone's schol- us that the open container rule on campus is in compliance with down, and make sure Brian Wiles, who is currently runarship in office." money is spent wisely. Pennsylvania open container law. Then we cement heads say "well ning for treasurer. Wiles says he is gee wiz Hubert..I guess open containers are illegal in Pennsylvania." He says he intends to Wiles, a junior accounting masomeone the students can trust He inform students what money is being The fact of the matter is that this is private property; anyone in jor, who is presendy SAC treassays he hopes the student body will the state who owns property or rents is more than welcome to sit out spent on student activities. urer, says he has the experience to be more aware of, and active in in their front yard and grill up some burgers and indulge in alcohol 'In relation to scholarship money, be effective in office. Wiles said he campus consumption. To do so is perfectly legal. This also applies to anyone has observed and learned from his Wiles fech it's not enough, relative living on campus. If you do dec idc to ha ve a beer barbecue, you' re not to the amount of work officers are process predecessor, Dale Mancuso. breaking the law, just the silly school rules made by the same people irKn^SKS* that have deceived us all. The same people who may have questioned M$Mm the integrity and honesty of anyone ever accused of breaking their really stupid rule. I So where does this bring us. No, it's not political that Erie cops are being hired for spring activities and paid for by SAC. If there is • sssasi & $S; SSft: gonna be too many people here security should sport the bill not SAC. «P§iM It's not SAC's fault that when it comes to tricycle races the campus >£ :v- : : ' " security is far from adequate. AVAILABLE:^ August 1,(1991 I'd like to thank Doug Staab. The word for the day is "rentare-3ft. sfe alcop." Youfigureit out. '• M DURATION: August 1,1991 - Novemberjl9,1991
In regard to the current MSG president, Robin EngcL, Murphy said he was "overall a positive influence." He added that both the presidents' club and the Laker Wave are great ideas, but i.ecd to be expanded. He is in favor of an ice rink only if it does not interrupt existing events that are currently held in the recreation center. Murphy quit the hockey team to spend more time on academics.
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Kemling: Hot in the hotlcorner
By Tricia Kuhar Merciad Sportswriter JULIE KEMLING player, but she credited her mother with getting her involved with softball. She told how she got started, by saying, "My mother taught me when I was little with a plastic bat and ball. When I'd get tired, she would always say, J'Just hit two — H2Li f»t more ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Besides playing softballf and earning her masters in administration of justice, Kemling participates in intramural basketball and soccer and lifts weights. She has also played on the 'Hurst tennis team. In addition to all of this, Kemling also enjoys hunting (both archery and rifle) and training her chocolate Labrador Retrievers. After she receives her masters, Kemling would like to work in a police department doing investigative work. She'will continue to play softball in summer leagues and hopes to coach someday.
Rain stumps Softball team
By MoUy McCormick Merciad Assistant Sports Editor The Mercyhurst Softball team isfinallycompeting after three L-.>g months of rigorous indoor workouts. The team traveled south over spring break and competed against five very talented teams. They lost thefivegames, but continued to be competitive when they returned to Erie to face their next? softball endeavor. Since the southern trip, the Lady Laker softball team has brought their record upfrom0-5 to 4-7. $ They were supposed!to play three games this week, but were washed out by the weather. They lost to Ashland College 7-2 in the only game they played this week. The Lady Lakers were not dicouraged; they were ready to play and... win, but the bad weather followed them too closely behind * which resulted in three postponements. First year softball coach, Toby Echia$isays, "We are kind of a young team... but I think we can be competitive, with every team on our schedule." /The Lady Lakers will be playing forty games within their four-week long season; all of the games being double-headers.
Sports on campus badly needed for Laker community
By Nick Roberts Merciad Sports Editor The Mercyhurst athletic department seems,to be the big news of the moment with the push from all sides for the construction of a hockey rink. The hockey rink is an excellent idea and our hockey program cannot ^ « „ continue in its current successful capacity without one, end of story. There are also other sports that are in need of future planning to secure the success of their programs. i 4 i Take for example the Mercyhurst baseball team, which is currendy ranked 13th in the latest NCAA Division poll. * The lease at the current field isfinishedafter next season and the baseball team has nowhere to go. Planning must start now; we cannot decide two months before a season to suddenly construct a baseball field on campus. The space on campus is very limited, but Athletic Director Pete Russo believes that this problem can be alleviated.'' We have a plan designed now, that we couldfitit all on grass, because they are different seasons.'* Seasons do occur at different times of the year and the grass facility -and drainage have improved 100% over recent years,,- ^ , JL& J But there would still be someriskthat the fields couldn't handle all that usage.^ Baseball is a short term problem and must be dealt with quickly and as effectively as possible. But another underlying problem with the 'Hurst sports is a football facility on campus. But you may think we already have a wonderful facility with the stadium on State Street But Pete Russo points out that this will not last forever saying, ('We are in pretty good shape until 1993 for scheduling the stadium, but it's becoming so competitive and so over used, we can't become dependent on.an outside facility."£ Russo also pointed out that there are only nine Saturdays in a football season and with all the local high schools and now Gannon competing for dates, this places pressure to bring the football team back to campus. * M i Two years ago Mercyhurst purchased around 5,000 seats in the form of bleachers with the view of constructing a stadium on campus. With the construction of walls, concession areas and restroom facilities a comfortable stadium could be built Russo believes that the stadium could be used for football and for soccer, leavingj the remainder of the grass area for a practice area and for baseball and softball. An artificial surface is always in the long term goals, which in many ways offers many advantages. It could be used in all weather, even in Erie. Maintenance costs would be dramatically cut, and with the addition of floodlights, could be used day and night 24 hours. But and it is a big but as an athlete I hate playing on astro turf. It puts greater stress on the athlete. It can cause terrible burns that more often than not get infectious and don't have chance to recover during the season. For a practice facility it would be great or even for baseball or softball it would be great For football and soccer I would be inclined to disagree. These games are far too fast and physical for a surface like lastroturf. J? | | Mercyhurst athletics is starting a reconstuction process; the prob-1 lcmisthatitisn'tgouigtohappenovernightWehavetohaveafonnat lof priorities. First the hockeyrinkand baseball. Then, addressing the| Iproblem of bringing sports onto campus, we must be able to control^ our own destiny when it comes to |Hurst sports. But where does all the| money come from? Well, that is why it will take time. The students of this campus need our sports to be on campus. Its gpromotes so many good values and college unity. Mercyhurst College has excellent sports programs and given the appropriate support the
Action! That is what graduate student, Julie Kemling-wants and she gets it playing third base for the Lady Lakers. Explaining why, she 4< commented, In Softball, third base is what's called the 'hot corner', T L . A L ! II ^^ ! . A L . 1 '-J E The third baseman is the last person to see the ball after it leaves the pitcher's hand. If you're good, it's a really honorable position." Kcmling isn't just good, she is outstanding. Her freshman year she held the leading batting average in the nation among Div. II players with an average of 323. She has been featured in Women's Fast Pitch magazine and NCAA 'News. Kemliing was one of twenty-seven Div. II players to receive the GTE Academic All American award. She has also received first team regional honors. Kemling*s father was a big ball
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Airey flame jsets world student games on fire
decks and help with the engine By Nick Robert, rooms which she said was, "very Mcrciad Sports Editor interesting. " Airey attended college in Eng| Last Tuesday Mercyhurst Colland with Mercyhurst Assistant lege had an interesting visitor from Soccer Coach Richard Hartis. When Sheffield, England. Nicola Airey Hartis heard that Airey was in the has been traveling around the world area, he invited her to Mercyhurst with a torch, which was picked up During her visit she has discussed in Sapporo, Japan and is currently with Athletic DirectorPetc Russo heading back to Sheffield to light the possibility of Mercyhurst bethe flame at the opening of the coming involved in the World World Student Games. Student Games of 1993, perhaps .•Airey and two coworkers left within the capacity of hosting an Sheffield on March 7, where they flew to Japan to collect the torch international team which could use from this year's Winter*World the 'Hurst as a training facility. The World Student Games are Student Games. Here is where life started getting interesting. Due to a big business, with 120 nations airline safety, a flame is not permit- and 6,000 students participating at Mercyhurst community, Trevor Warren, Nick Roberts and Richard Hartis them. One of the main objectives ted to be carried on an •aircraft Airey, who is carrying the flame Airey and friends travelled across of the Games is to help finance Photo by John Furlong. ! third world countries becoming England next month* [ n a forty-thousand ton > involved. Hie sports involve evecontainer ship, keeping the flame rything from track and}field to continually burning in two" speswimming and fencing and tradi- The ship doesn't stop in Britain, so cially made miners lamps, i tional American sports like basket- the idea is to get winched of f by a After nine days they finally ball. u$ helicopter, and taken to Britain that arrived in the state of Washington. Airey was chosen for this task way/* f They then made a land journey Airey enjoyed the stay at Meracross Canada before arriving in as she is the current Athletic Presicyhurst and was amazed by the Buffalo, New York. Buffalo is dent „ are she electrical storms ofErie. She found hosting the 1993 World*Student voted in by the student body. Mercy hurst" very pretty " and said Games, so Airey held a couple of Although Airey has enjoyed that the facilities were fantastic press conferences in hopes of creDespite the lack of one middle row attack. ating pub|ic awareness about the traveling by ship so far/, a hair compared to Britain. Pm sure we Freshman Pam Mueller set well hitler and substitutes, the women's raising experience may be ahead. all wish Nicola a safe trip home, World Student Games. | volleyball team faired well in an and made some beautiful saves. flame early and I hope she manages to keep Airey * s favorite part of the trip off-season tournament at Allegheny. Backrowspecialist Lisa Kirik also was traveling on the container ship next week on ship from New York that flame burning until she arrives "We still haven't practiced played tough defense, i saying, "Not many people get the City, which will cross the Atlantic in Sheffield, England for the start The Laker.* squad held their together but we had fun anyway,'' chance to travel by container ship, for Europe. But unfortunately, the of the World Student Games. ground against Gannon University, commented Karen Stahl. I really enjoyed the experience." ship ?is not scheduled to stop in losing 11-15, 8*15. i Saturday morning began with To avoid the boredom of traveling, England. But where there is a will, y •• It was difficult trying to block two straight wins against Perm State she'volunteered to paint on the there is away, as Airey explained/ * Kathy Wotus - without a middle Behrend, 15-1, 15-1 and a split blocker," stated Monique Parent with Slippery Rock University, 15s&jMWotus is Gannon's All-Region 8, 7-15. ^ outside hitter who found holes in The Lady Lakers surprised the block easy to come by. Allegheny's team by splitting the " It's hard to have high expecmatch 15-7, 12-15. The AlSunday's contest j against the! Craig had no trouble reaching the legheny squad had a full bench and tations when we haven't practiced, The Lakers have won nine of Indians was witnessed by a large leftfieldfence as each notched home- a6'l" middle hitter. Despite the but we had a good^laugh," detheir last ten contests since return» , and enthusiastic crowd. The bois- runs in the game. ing from Easter break. More imheight disadvantage, off-side hitter fended Kris Justice. Mercyhurst wasridingthe crest terous f an s saw both games domiThe volleyball team's main portantly, the Hurst jumped seven Karen Stahl, outside hitter Monique nated by the Lakers from start to of an eight game winning streak Parent, and Kris Justice frustrated objective was to get through the places in the latest Division II when Clarion came to Erie to try to day with the resources they had. Baseball* Poll and are currently" finish. The Indians fell 6-2 in the their key players by changing the end it They did succeed tin winfirst game and 9-0 in the second ranked thirteenth in the nation. attack. Middle hitter Becky Schmitt, They managed to do better than ning thefirstgame but the Lakers Over the last two weeks, Mer- half of the twinbill. had classic "kills" from the back they thought they would. bounced back to win the second Bill Kieklak notched the win in cyhurst has dominated teams from thefirstcontest Kieklak scattered contest The streak was snapped in the perennially tough Pennsylvaa 8-1 loss, but it began anew via a 7ten hits over seven-innings and nia State Athletic Conference. 1 victory in the second game. surrendered just two runs. The Among the squads to fall at the Following the first game loss, hands of the Lakers were Slippery sophomore's record now stands at 4-0 and is gaining the reputation of the Lakers came out with renewed Rock, Shippensburg, Indiana, Edmember Phil Clark said he was vigor in the second half of the double- By Rob Vanderwoude inboro, and Clarion. TheHurstis the "big game'pitcher. very upset with the results. dip. Junior Al Rush got the nod on Merciad Sports Reporter •• Besides the disappointing team 10-2 against PSAC schools, con- [- Several players led led the of- the mound and baffled the Golden loss, there were some individual tributing heavily to the team's rec- fensive attack as six of the Lakers Eagles for all five innings of the had at least one hit Paul Dlugosz victories. Coen Buys, Greg Dickson, ognition. | rain-shortened contestJRush scatand Jamie Pilkington won their k Coach Joe Jordano isn't sur- and Jeff Nicholson drove in four of tered four hits and was supplied by The men's tennis team s month singles matches. Dickson and Pat the six Laker runs and Chris Canprised with the success of the Laka host of Lakers as eight different long winning streak has finally come O'Keeffe teamed up to take the ers at this point in the season. "As non had two hits for the Hurst players had at least one hit Hen- to an end. The team travelled to The second contest was a onedoubles. I P ve said all along this season* if we nessy, Dlugosz, and Ed Hess had Youngstown State last Saturday, The team is determined not to play the kind of'baseball we're sided affair which had the Hurst two hits apiece in the win. and after a number of tight matches let the loss get them down. O'Keeffe coming out on top by a score of 9capable of playing, we can comThe Lakers complete a long ended up with a 5-4 loss. summed up the team feeling saypete with anyone in the nation." I 0. Once again, the Lakers com- homestand this weekend with games It was the team'sfirstoutdoor ing, * 'Next time we won't let them 1 bined a strong pitching performThe latest Hurst victories came against Point Park on Saturday and match, and the warm weather made get past the second set" With this against Indiana University of Penn- ance with a potent offense attack to Mansfield onf Sunday. After this it perfect playing conditions. Yet, attitude and spirit and hard pracscalp the Indians. Jeff Evancho sylvania last Sunday and Clarion weeekend, the Lakers hit the road even with the weather in its favor, tices the team plans to return to the the next day. jThe Lakers managed flipped a two hitter for the winners to play^14 games away from their the team couldn't manage to pull a winning streak. •and registered his first shutout of to sweep the IUP Indians and split win from four matches. Team home park. with the Golden Eagles of Clarion. the year. Sean Hcnnessy and Tommy
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