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DAVE MURPHY PRESIDENT
CAY MALONEY VICE PRESIDENT
BRIAN WILES TREASURER
TRISH KUHAR SECRETARY
VOL. 64 NO. 18
Regional college tuition shuttle lifts off
By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor The shuttle has been launched. The price of higher education is skyrocketing toward a new dimension. Ten years ago the total cost to attend the 'Hurst was $5,012.50. The cost for the '91 -'92 academic year will total $12,045. 'As of next fall the tuition to attend Mercy h urst will increase 7.48 percent from $7,690 to $8,265. | J « According to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, the average tuition for Friday, April 26 9 p.m. Student Union, Philadcndron Society. Saturday, April 27 p.m. Presque Isle, Mercy hurst Crew Regatta. 10 p.m.g to 1 a.m. Rec Center, SAC presents OroborosJ Sunday, April 28 [ p.m. Government Chambers, MSG Meetfour-year private colleges will rise seven to eight percent on the national level. This estimate is based on last year's Consumer Price Index inflation rate of 5.7 percent The national increase percentage is relc to the local colleges as well. The tuition at Gannon University, as reported in The Gannon Knight newspaper, will go up 8.5 percent from $8,000 to $8,680. A similar increase will occur at Allegheny College. According to the Office of Admissions at Allegheny, tuition and fees will rise from $13,760 to $14,850, or 7.9 percent. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that public institutions will see an average rate of tuition increase approaching double digits. Penn State Behrend's Admissions Office, however, reports that next year's tuition will rise only eight percent The cost of housing is also on the rise. Next year's Mercyhurst students will} be paying $3,345 for room and board. This is an 8.78 percent increase, fees totaling $489 next year. That is assuming the hockey rink is built and the building assessment fee goes up $54.ilf the building assessment fee doesn't go up, fees next year will remain at $435. m f t f «r V In comnarison, the cost of room and board ^ $3,500, according to the Office of Admissions. This is an increase of seven percent Allegheny's will be increasing 5.9 percent to $4,120 for the year. Behrend's room and boards fee will go up eight percent to' $2,170. I 44 With the economy in a slump," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports, "administrators fear that raising tuition too sharply will drivefinanciallystrapped applicants to less-expensive competitors, or discourage them from pursuing higher education altogether."
Faculty faces evaluations
By Mary Medure Merciad Staff Reporter
MSG releases election results
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C. Maioney It's that time again, time to fill out those 1115* tedious course evaluations. What exactly are they? | M. Korclnsky 101 "Student Instructional Reports (SIRs) are Undecided Undecided student evaluations that provide feedback to 10 S&S 8 faculty and administration on a teacher's perj . Theiss 3. Ceione formance, the results of which aid faculty sSSfe" 43 i75 li members in improving or maintaining teachR. Vanderwoude P. O'Keefe ing effectiveness," said Dr. Michael McQuillen, K Trapolsi 112 30 iu* academic dean. i According to McQuillen, the Educational Former secretary Jen Marshall reported that 372 students turned up at the rx)lls to elect tlu Testing Service, known for issuing the Student MSG officers of 1991-92. Dave Murphy for president, and Brian Wiles for treasurer ran unop Aptitude Test (SAT), sends the evaluations to colleges and universities that the company has *° The margins of victory were varied in the races for vice-president and secretary, with Ca: contracts with. .> . Maioney winning narrow victory as vice-president, and Trish Kuhar claiming wide victory as sec
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Editor's Note: This 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 McGuiref Merciad News Editor Keith Ostrowski serving up food to students at the SAC picnic INTERNATIONAL: Costa Rica — Survivors continue to dig through rubble from a devastating earthquake that shook parts of Costa Rica and northern Panama late Monday, killing at least 79 people. Relief workers expect the death toll to rise considerably, as more rescue equipment becomes available. Iraq - A tent city has been set up by United States marines for Kurdish refugees in Zakho, Iraq. American officials say they are having a hard time persuading the Kurds to leave the mountains. The Kurds express distrust of the Iraqi Government and a vast majority vow that they will never return to an Iraq ruled bv Saddam Hussein. Chernobyl, U.S.S.R. -- Scientists express-concern about the eroding *'sarcophagus" that engulfs the No. 4 nuclear reactor in Chernobyl like | a casket The power plant erupted in a volcano* of deadly radioactivity on April 26,1986. Scientists say the blackened enclosure is deteriorating at a fast pace and is allowing radioactivity to seep into the atmosphere. v Kuwait - The effort to put out 500 oil-well fires in Kuwait is off to a painstakingly slow start With fires extinguished in only SI wells so far, relations •between Kuwait and the firefighters, most of them Americans, have become strained. NATIONAL: used en a personal computer was installed in a study of f of the Oval Last week he said he was making computer literacy a personal »t too old to learn Washington, D.C. - President Bush's Chief of Staff, John Sununu, was accused of "breaking the rules" by extensively using government planes for personal travel. The President refuted accusations, saying Sununu broke no rules. On Wednesday, Bush said that the administration should take a look at the policy. Valdez, Alaska - A federal judge in Anchorage rejected a proposed plea bargain agreement Wednesday that called for the Exxon Corporation to pay $100 million to settle criminal charges arising from the 1989 Valdez oil spill. 1 New York - The New York Times reports that college graduates face the bleakest job market in a decade, especially in New York and the Northeast Some experts say the recession has shrunk the pool of entry-level jobs by 30 percent from last year. LOCAL: Erie County - According to Erie County Health Department statistics, the number of cases of sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis and gonorrhea, increased in "1990. "Health department officials said they cannot explain the increase.
Board of Trustees put rink on ice
By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor The Board of Trustees put the proposal for a hockey rink on ice until June 17. Last week President William P. Garvey proposed raising the student building assessment fee to $55 per student, per year, to finance the facility. The Board voted to continue studying the feasibility of the proposed costs and will take final action on the issue at their next meeting. "The meeting turned out like I thought it would," said Student Government FYesident Robin Engcl. "They approved! the proposal in principle, but more research about the actual cost of the rink has to be done." Engel said the building assessment fee will not increase unless the rink is approved. If the rink is not approved in June, the building assessment fee will not go up in the fall, he added. L I The Board passed a vote in t favor of implementing a new telephone system, however. According;to Engel, the new system will be in operation by next fall. The cost of the phone service will be $60 per student for the year. The long distance charges will be charged to the students* tuition bill each term. Engel said, * 'The way I figure it, the new system should end up saving the students money. Since the students will be included with the school's phone charges, they'll enjoy the volume discount" i Engel said he's been working with the figures and it looks like the students will end up paying less than they're paying now.
McQuillen explains significance of SIRs
From p a g e l Each Division Chair, Department Head and faculty member receives copies, along with an extra to remain in the division's file, j However, not all courses are evaluated every term. "Non-tenured faculty distribute SIR'S for each class, but tenured faculty only evaluate one course of their choosing per term," McQuillen said. "The dance classes and some music classes are invalid to the SIR style. For this reason, the dance department holds their own personal 'in house' evaluations." I After the evaluations are taken, they are then sent back to ETS to evaluate and rank each particular answer among other f nation wide responses. In addition, ETS takes into consideration other forms of information such | as: the course number (100-300) and the level of difficulty of each course. ETS then ranks each question on a percentile basis. '% The Dean added that although there is no perfect evaluation, the SIR is the largest nationally normed instrument Prior to the SIR, which began in the fall of 1983, the Idea System was used, another accurate system much like|the SIR. Presently, the SIR is the most widely used among smaller colleges and universities. "Most larger universities perform 'in house' evaluations. They have the updated technology to arrive at accurate decisions." ' 'The students have to be careful when answering the questions, for the anwers play an important role in retention, promotion and tenure of faculty,'' said the Dean. "If inconsistencies do occur, the Division Chair is encouraged to work with the faculty member to resolve the problem." The Dean said that a complete SIR report is maintained for each faculty member in his office. Within the next couple weeks, students will be asked once again tp evaluate their quality of instruction.
^ ^ h e dean's office invites students to submit nominations for the Teaching Excellence Award * to be given at this year's graduation ceremony. tudent&are asked to submit the name or names of faculty they feel should be considered for the award, along with a paragraph or two in I I support of the nomination, JBominations should be submitted to the Dfficefof the dean by Wednesday May 1. ast year's award went to Edward Gallagher, professor of education.
Bruno's column commended as 'inspiring
To The Editor, What's in a name, Bruno? As they say, "A rose by any other...'* And I'll tell you what degrading is • wasted talent and nitpicking. This campus represents a ripe atmosphere for a multitude of oppressions literally screaming to be addressed. You spent six weeks bitching about the bookstore, and now it's pseudonyms. A man with your obvious intelligence and wit should spend your time on more worthwhile things. What is degrading is the flak you gave me over such a small issue. So get off mv case and work with me, Bruno. We should be trying to wake up this burg, not drown it in useless rhetoric. Yours is the only inspiring column in the paper, but it's time you put your gloves back on and started fighting the real issues again. I will keep the name - no intelligent person takes adviee that demeans them personally. Prove to me that journalism is still alive. Make some waves. * Now, on to maintenance. With the winter season behind us, we can look forward to the extensive spring beau ti fieation program planned by the maintenance department These fellows are filled with energy, as they obviously used none on the plowing of the parking
Last week I was invited by a faculty member to attend a faculty forum meeting. As I sat reading the various materials that were being distributed, I: was ***U approached by Brian McHugh, chairperson of the faculty policies committee, and asked to leave. § Dutch Dr. Mary Snyder, who was coordinating the meeting, also approached me and without asking, grabbed the material I was given by faculty members. I was then ejected from the meeting. I did not attend the meeting as a spy trying to invade the faculty meeting, but simply as the editor of the student newspaper, interested in what issues the Mercyhurst faculty are concerned about (CPS) - A powerful new • ^forti- Cisco at the States University of cooler, agreed Hon. McHugh informed me in a later meeting that students had no fied" wine reportedly lis gaining New York (SUNY) College Brockneed to concern themselves with the issues that were discussed at Like wine coolers, Cisco popularity among college students, port recently, warning students of comes in 12-ounce bottles and flathe meeting. What a load of garbage! prompting several national \ alco- its effects. Some of the issues discussed at the meeting include: the relevors like red, peach, orange, berry, holism education groups to issue $ BACCHUSf International, and gold. vance of SIRs (student evaluations of faculty); the legitimacy of warnings on campuses in recent another campus alcohol awareness ensuring that faculty spend at least two hours on campus each ; In a statement, the Canadigua weeks. J. weekday, a policy that may infringe on research time; improvegroup, is planning to send letters to Wine Company in New York, The wine, Cisco, which some its campus chapters to warn them makers of Cisco, denied it is marments in classroom facilities; and the importance of maintaining opportunities for faculty to attend seminars and workshops. students refer to as * * liquid crack'' of Cisco's new popularity. keting the product as a wine cooler. because of its strength, is becomHow can these issues not be first, newsworthy, and second, of Students are tempted to try the "Cisco is higher-priced than utmost importance to students? * ing a preferred drink among col- wine by packaging that makes it low-alcohol wine'coolers and is •McHugh asked me to leave the closed meeting, and I respected lege students " in some places" look like a low-alcohol wine cool- not sold in four-packs. Moreover, his request I would appreciate it if he, in his official capacity, would because it offers " a cheap and ers, maintain Drew Hunter of it is clearly labeled 20 percent alcogive the student newspaper, and consequently the student body, the powerful high/' said Jeffery Hon BACCHUS, which is based in hol by volume,*'* the statement respect of providing information about the concerns of faculty. of the National Council on Alco- Denver. says. McHugh said that divulging such information would inhibit holism and Drug Dependency "Cisco is fortified wine prodThe company has placed anfaculty from speaking their minds in the future. This remark The group circulated letters about uct being marketed as, a wine other disclaimer on the bottle that '* this is not a wine cooler," and has patronizes faculty. From my experience, most of the faculty at Mercyhurst are not afraid of being outspoken. If the issues are asked retailers to display Cisco away legitimate, as they seem to be, what's the problem? from wine coolers. I asked Jfor a;general outline of the issues; no names,-no The leading market for wine specifics. I was den ied even that Is McHugh speaking for all faculty Mercy hurst College's First Class newspaper coolers are women and young when he says that faculty concerns are not student concerns? If so, people, Hon said. If they confuse as rated by the Associated Collegiate Press I think I may disintegrate into a blubbering mass of incomprehenCisco with a wine cooler, however, April 25,1991 Vol. 64 No. 18 sible babble and giggles, as men from the funny farm carry me they get much more than they anKevin McHugh Editor-in-Chief away. >' v j£ ticipated. * Karen McGuire News Editor Before^ that happens, I would,like to address the issue of v One bottle of Cisco is equal to Angela M. Camp Features Editor five shots of vodka, enough lo make withholding the names of people who write letters to the editor. We Robi Taylor I Entertainment Editor have this policy to protect people with legitimate incriminating a person 150 pounds or less legally Nick Roberts Sports Editor information. Take a hypothetical example where a female student is drunk in every state except for Molly McCormick Asst Sports Editor being sexually discriminated against by a professor. She could Georgia, Hon said. Photo Editor John Furlong bring the issue into the open without incriminating herself. The Drinking two bottles in less than Copy Editor Andy Penhollow policy was not - adopted* so that people could hurl blatant and an hour could kill a person of 100 Design Manager Maureen Connolly derogatory abuse at groups and individuals while cowering behind pounds or less, he asserted. Advertising Managers Maria Kelly/Yvonne Maher t |i | •" * * We're alerting individuals of a veil of anonymity. Faculty Advisor Timothy Moriarty You may notice that the letter facing this column is unsigned. the possible dangers*' of consumInstead of scrapping the whole letter, we decided to print the parts ing Cisco, said Joe Franek, SUNY's Merciad Staff director of residential life. of the letter that were entertaining, and edit the parts that were crude Mary Medure Jill Schreckengost Tricia Kuhar and derogatory. Laura Blabac Liam Barron Chicaga Parsons DanLangan I Monique Parent Tracy Schmitz Amy Fitzgerald Robin IUsey I John Bruno *\' ''\A
lots and walkways during winter. This revelation comes as no surprise to commuter students who, if lucky to be able to even enter the parking lots, were effectively blocked in by a wall of snow when the plows passed down the aisles after everyone had arrived in the morning. Amazing as it may seem, most places have their parking lots plowed out very early BEFORE die masses arrive. This "new" idea has apparently escaped the notice of our maintenance staff. So you newcomers, take heed from the veterans: buy a pair of knee-high boots and/or nark on 38th Street.
FPC chairman says faculty issues not for student ears
Kevin McHugh Merciad Editor
Students call fortified wine 'liquid crack
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Marrying Man' gives a bad twistto an old institution
Violinist Kyung Sun Lee wins D' Angelo Young Artist Competition
By Robi Taylor Merciad Entertainment Editor
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Last weekend the air around the Zurn Recital Hall filled with music of violins, violas and cellos as 95 By Robi Taylor promising young musicians showed Merciad Entertainment Editor their talents in an effort to be named The Marrying Man the winner of the 15 th Annual Starring - Alec Baldwin and D* Angelo Young Artist CompetiKim Basinger tion. Director - Jerry Rees During the three-day competiHollywood Pictures * tion, the fieldfof contestants was Rated - R gradually narrowed until only three One of the hardest things about writing about movies is to come up remained; violinist Kyung Sun Lee, with an opening line that hasn't been used in the film's commercials, j cellist Claudio Jaffe and violinist Martin Beaver. On April 20, after This time the movie, The Marrying Man, described itself with its last | all line, * * There are couples who are in love and there are couples who are| the performances were over and the judges had made their decision, hot for each other and then there's Charlie and Vicki." 26-year-old i Lee was named the The story begins at an engagement party for nice straight-laced Adele Horner (Elizabeth Shue) and her multi-millionaire playboy] turner. Lee was born and raised in Seoul, fiancee Charles Raymond Pearl (Alec Baldwin). * % South Korea, but she is now a resiFollowing the party Charlie and his four friends take off for a dent of Baltimore, MD where she bachelor party in a brothel outside Las Vegas. Charlie never makes it, he aUends is distracted when he and his buddies stop at a bar called the El Rancho I ** Peataty Conservatory. ^ t. _*£?iv&m« # . f : « H • , ... ^"Having earned her Master's Degree Casmo. It is there he meets, and seduces, a sultry lounge singer named I in 1990, she is currently working on Vicki Anderson (Kim Basinger). Unfortunately for the two of them they j are caught in a very compromising position by Vicki's gangster boy-\ her Artist Diploma under the infriend, Bugsy Seigel. Being the decent law-abiding man he is, Seigel I struction of Sylvia Rosenberg. Previous titles held by Lee ingives Vicki and Charlie a choice—either get married or spend some time at the bottom of theriver.Needless to say they choose marriage. Sincethey never loved each other in thefirstplace, their marriage is j r v s J-^ A
1991D'Angelo Young Artist Competition winner Kyung Sun Lee clude: first place in the 1990 Baltimore Chamber M usic Competition, first place in the Sixth American String Teacher's Association National Solo Competition, and first place in the 1989 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition in Peabody. I Lee won the D* Angelo competition, and the $10,000'prize, by ^ A. A. A. • performing the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Minor, Opus 47 by Sibilius. Placing second in the competition was 29-year-old cellist Claudio Jaffe who received a prize of $5,000. Third place was taken by violinist Martin Beaver who received a prize
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To show how much he loves her he posts a $500,000 bond that he will By Laura Blabac behave himself for the three months before their wedding. Charlie has every intent of following through with the agreement j Assistant Entertainment Editor But guess what happens six days before the wedding... he runs into j — — — — — — — — — — Vicki again. After a very, very brief courtship (all of about 30 seconds) * 'Quick! Get me outta this costume! and a beating at the hands of Adele's father, he and Vicki get married and | one dancer gasps. 4 'Let me through, I'm on next,'' divorced again, and again, and again. 1 The story itself has a lot of possibilities; unfortunately the director | whispers another, urgently, didn't take full advantage of what he had to work with. He did not take Outside the dressing room door, into account the level of writing and acting ability there was connected music plays while ballet master Jay with The Marrying Man. With Neil Simon as the writer and Baldwin Kirk explains the life of a dancer. and Basinger as the stars the movie should have been a lot better than it These are just some of the small was. details of the show that the MerAlec Baldwin plays the irrepressible Charlie, a man who only has I cyhurst Dancers present several times one talent - inheriting money. Baldwin does an adequate job at a role! a month during the academic school which seems to be worthy of an actor with a lot less talent than he has. It appears that he didn't feel that The Marrying Man was worth putting m sss sssa his full effort into. * m I Basinger, on the other hand played a role she has done so many times as before...a dumb, but very attractive blonde. The role of Vicki Anderson mm required less of Basinger's talent then her earlier role in Batman, Vickie Vale. ' m ssssss ms wt The one good thing about &sa her performance is her singli^&liiii •5S ing voice. She sings a number of songs throughout the metmmvmmmmBB movie and her voice can only r^^»^^S^^^« *s& be called remarkable. Other m mmm was sss ss than that her role lacked the sSs M s< §£ C« H&sssSS same spark as the rest of the m movie. As a loyal fan of Neil Simon I have to say that I was disappointed by the actSSS ®ss VVt M^S^ ing, the writing and the movie i in general. As a critic I feel Wm that The Marrying Man is a poor imitation Of Simon's S§§ earlier work; it doesn't de^ ® s >1 f fU Mm serve to have been made into wm m Kim Basinger stars as Vicki Anderson, a motion picture. Wi m K; the source of Charlie Pearl's pleasure §§& and pain My rating 45/100
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Hurst'si attitudes on drug and alcohol use
By Angela M. Camp and Robi Taylor Merciad Editors In a recent statement, President Bush said that one of three college students use controlled substances. AccordingSto a survey conducted by The Merciad, 95% of the respondents have at one time or another used illegal drugs. I've used alcohol, pot, hash and helium balloons (because I like the rush)," said one student between 17 and 20 years old. However, one faculty member said, "I tried pot and crack -1 didn't like them." As far as present use of drugs and alcohol, most respondents said that they or friends use alcohol or drugs on
a regular basis. Administration s 11% % 'I haverfriends who use drugs three ti jnes a week and alcohol four Faculty to six times a week," said a 17 to 20 11% year old female student Who replied to our survey? Another student said that she and her friends use neither but she has many friends who are recovered sober alcoholics. The range of ages offirstexpo- Marijuana 76% sure extends from nine years to twenty years to never exposed. Reactions varied among the responAmphetamines I 4% dents as well. "I was 15; my high Mescaline "fJJK 4% school friends smoked pot in the car Hash and I waited outside." 8% Next week, in the second part of Cocaine 8% this article, respondents will reveal how they feel about drug legali What drugs are the most commonly used? tion and Mercyh urst policies.
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Father Simon: T h e m a n dressed in black
to notice his wedding ring on his considered a piece of jewelry, but a By Amy L. Haslett right hand. Someone seeing this mightsymbol of the promise made to Merciad Staff Reporter wonder about his being a married your spouse. Since most everyday priest Father Simon explained, things in the church are done with As everyonefilesinto Zurn 214 twirling his ring around his finger, your right hand, the ring is placed and*gets seated, Father Simon, a that * • A married man may become a upon that hand. Looking at me inRussian Orthodox priest, begins roll priest, a priest may-toot marry." In quisitively, Father Simon said, "The call referring to everyone as Mr. or his personal opinion, Father Simon real question is why do people wear Miss. upholds this belief. He said a priest weddingringson their left hand?" Father Simon's parents are He admits being terrible with is looked upon as a spiritual Father, names and searches every Monday, and if an unmarried priest is in- American, but three of his grandWednesday, and Friday for who is volved in courting a woman, or many parents were born injRussia. He attending his Russian Culture class. women, it could be scandalous. He was born in Erie and educated at Sitting with him after class with a was obviously married, then, before East High | School. Father Simon went to Piu Law School and has Diet Coke in his hand, Father Si- he joined the clergy. also practiced law for four years in mon said he has two names. Rusa large lawfirm,but he was also an sian Orthodox people are given a Students feel that he active person in the church. His ' name church in Erie was in such disarray eighth day after you are born. The makes the class interesting that he and his wife realized that if name given to you is the name of theI by giving examples of what he quit practicing law, he would not saint that celebrates his or her feast | he is talking about, telling make large sums of money as.a day on thatday. Father Steven Paul ^o^^ being fair, friendly, clergyman, but he felt the church name ^ to I willing ^ help his students, needed him. Ashe stands in front of his baptismal name is Plimen. The and by actually showing that the class, one can see that he has the eighth day after Father Simon was he enjoys who he is and what I leadership qualities necessary to lead born was the feast day for St Plimen his student and his parish. the Great. £I he does. # In his cassock, a long black When Father Simon goes to the |"robe," Father Simon looks as if board to draw another one of his Father Simon wears his ring on he glides around the room. This "great maps," which looks like a his|right hand instead of his left being his proper attire out in public, large rectangle with little circles inside because the wedding ring is not Father Simon said he felt uncomit to represent countries, it is easily fortable wearing it at first I asked if a woman m ight ever wear a cassock •JiBwMii -iiPi!H!R8 • J:li! iliiililliOi:' fflk WMwm. .=$8f someday, and I received an interesting response. Father Simon feels a woman will never become an Orthodox priest because the Christian faith sees a difference between men and women, not a lack of equal" rjity. The church recognizes that men and women have different bodily If you've ever dreamed of becoming a DJ functions and this is what is being Baldwin 80, J ." dealt with,. Father Simon feels that located in the basement of Baldwin Hall, lit would not be proper for a woman to serve in the priesthood. He feels will be the place for you on that the difference between a man Monday May 6 at 8:00 p.m. and a woman is valid because of the understanding of the role of men All majors welcome!!! and women in history, not because his belief is archaic. '[ Instead of having a classroom lecture one day. Father Simon took the entire J R ussian Culture class to see his church on East Front Street, The Church oil the Nativity of Christ.;] It had unfortunately suffered afirea while ago, but now the church is back? to its original, if not more elaborate, beauty. Explaining certain icons and showing us around, anyone could see how much he enjoys his church. His major goal § for the Orthodox faith is to make it available to those who are feeling empty and in need of spiritual replenishment He wants the church to survive for] as long as possible so to provide an alternative that the people want Father Simon has three children, two girls ant a boy. With a smile in his face, Father Simon admitted he is quite pleased that his son would like to follow in his footsteps and become a priest himself someday. He could carry on Father Simon's goal for the church and the Ortho4 dox faith, but * We'll see...he's only eight years old." Father Simon likes to incorporate stories about where he has been while he lectures, though; he does not consider himself to be a world traveler. He has been to Israel twice and stopped in Greece once because it is an Orthodox country. Next year his traveling plans take him to the Soviet Union to see Russia because of his intrigue for the cultural and religious heritage. In addition to being a part of the clergy, Father Simon enjoys everyday activities such as: sports, movies, and eating out Talking with and listening to students in the Russian Culture class, the general reaction
SIMON to him and his class lectures ^ ^ some.'' Students feel that he makes the class interesting by giving examples of what he is talking about, telling stories, being fair, friendly, willing to help his students, and by actually showing that he enjoys who he is and what he does. Plus, he always says "Good morning." Before we ended our interview, Father Simon wanted to comment on why he is at Mercy hurst College. He began teaching at Mercy hurst because he felt that he "could convey things that people aren't aware of." He values being able to tell people about the culture and background of Russia, and at the same time it helps him put money away to send his children to college someday.
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By Joseph Legler Merciad Staff Reporter
Is cheating a problem here at Mercyhnrst? Have you ever seen 4i this scenario? Psst...hey John...move your arm so I can see your paper...write a little bigger." Most of us have experienced, "letter d". * I I M | witnessed, or taken part in various I By far and away the most dismethods of cheating throughout our tinctive method I heard was,4 'writacademic careers. ing on the sides of pencils." A Recently, the Humanities Divi- pencil has six flat sides on it.4 4 You sion had a meeting where they talked can't write on them," he stated. about cheating here at Mercyhurst ' 'But if you wrap the pencil in transMany believe that it is a large prob- parent tape,you can write on them.'' lem and needs to be addressed. He added that you can fit almost How do you deal with a behav- two pages of notes on each pencil. ior that is often very hard to detect? Most of these methods were Looking on someone else's paper is stories from high-school; do they probably the most primitive]and transfer over to college? Is it being easy way to spot, but there are count- done here on campus? less other methods of cheating. Joe Hohman, a math and comSeveral students (their names puter teacher, said that he has enwil 1 not be revealed) have shed some countered cheating,but doesn't know light on the "modem" methods of if it is a big problem or not. He cheating. described cheating as a "moment The most popular method is the of weakness" on the student's part 4 'cheat-sheet"; a devious little piece "A student looking on someof paper with tiny notes written on one else's paper might not be doing it, hidden somewhere on your body. The best place to put it seems to be under your cuff. Writing.notes on your skin is another common technique. One girl laughingly saidi "It took me almost two days to get the ink off of my J The D'Angelo School of Music teg" P .3 Another student said that l she announces its final Visiting Artists 4 saw someone write! a ton of notes' * Series event of the season. Lutenist on his desk before the teacher got to Paul O'Dette will be performing in a solo recital of Renaissance music class. n 44 In high school I hated memo- on Monday, April 29. The recital rizing physics formulas," a student begins at 8 p.m. in the Zurn Recital 44 said. So I wouldjust write them on Hall and-is free and open to the the dark flap of my calculator.* J He public. For more information, said that it wasn't that noticeable contact thelJD'Angelo School of Music at 825-0364.1 unless the light hits it iust right.
Toot stomping*' was an exclusive order patented by one student in high school. On exams containing true/false questions,his friend would stomp his foot once for true and twice for false. If it were multiple choice, one stomp became 4 'letter:a" and four stomps6was
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so deliberately,' | he said. "But at a point where the student draws a blank on a test, that 'moment of weakness' sets in and he decides to take a peek." | Barry McAndrew, an English professor, said that he has not visually noticed it on any of his tests, primarily because all of his tests are essays. He said that plagiarism is debatable. I'm sure that in the last ten years seen pened." Mary Snyder, a religious instructor, said that she has had some experiences with students who cheat, but she is very careful not toJet it happen. She said that she trusts most students, but takes certain precautions when giving a test - f "Sometimes I move the desks around, walk out of the aisles trying to keep an eye on them (the students).'' m
By John J. Bruno Merciad Staff Columnist This is a Catholic college. Hmm. Is it Catholic or is it a college? Where does one start and Jie other end? Which one is emphasized by the administration and board of trustees, etc. What kind of say do the students get fin this choice of Jreligious/academic programming? Which is thefirstand foremost priority? $' J It seems to me that the first and foremost concern of any institute of higher learning should be the needs of its students, and all other concerns should revolve around these needs. It should never be the other way around.
It is this failure to be exposed to the ideas of others that is damaging. It is sad when people who are "educated" cannot, at the very least, tolerate the ideas of others. Instead of hearing i them out, they shut them out or keep them quiet **
Open-mindedness should be one of the main things that a liberal arts college stresses in its curriculum. This includes trying new things in whatever field of study a student may be enrolled. However, I feel that very often this is not the case. It seems that the college frowns on the ideas of any of its students who,"from time to time, "rock the
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A good example is the radio station and the newspaper. Anyone involved in either of these two programs is discouraged from being controversial and/or trying new things. Why is this? If you can't try different or even controversial things in college, when can you; when you've graduated and are trying to .get a job? Yeah right! Isn't T-shirts to dye for. No, it's not experimentation and free thinking what higher learning and liberal ?" > a typo. SAC is sponsoring a Tye- arts stand for? Free thinking is achieved through experimenting with new ideas Dye Fest on Tuesday, April 30 at 8 p.m. The event will take place in the and exposure to the new ideas of others. If a person brings out Briggs basketball courts, so bring something controversial on the radio or in the newspaper, everyone, whether they agree, disagree, or in fact are offended by the issue in your clothes to dye. question, benefits from that controversy. Things of this nature inspire free thought and decrease ethnocen The Mercyhurst College Daycare Center is now taking applica- trism. When exposed to new ideas that you may or may not agree with, tions for summer employment your own values are, fin turn, strengthened (Fred Keck, 1990). Applicants must be eligible for PHEA, Otherwise, you change your thinking and abandon or modify your old work study or state work study. The beliefs. To do anything else is closed- minded, self-righteous, and/or center is open Monday through Fri- censorous. It is this failure to be exposed to the ideas of others that is day from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call Sarah or Mary at 825-0406. ; damaging. It is sad when people who are "educated" cannot, at the very least, tolerate the ideas of others. Instead of hearing them out, they shut them out or keep them quiet It is exactly this sort of It's that time of year again! It's ignorance and closed-mindedness that paves the yellow brick road of time to register fori fall'courses. racism and prejudice; two of the things higher education is supposed Seniors will be registering on Thursto putt to an end. It is obvious to me that none of us students, day, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 administration, and faculty, are sincerely doing our part in the expana.m„ juniors from 9:30 a.m. to 12 sion offreethought noon and sophomores from 1 p.m. Why can't our school newspaper and radio station have more to 4 p.m. Freshmen will be registerfreedom of expression without someone having a "rash" about it? ing on Friday, May 3from9 am. to Why are we stuck in this infernal abyss of fence-walking? Just go with 4 p.m. All registration will take place the flow. Don't raise an eyebrow. Just study. In the words of Mike in Sullivan Hall. Muir, * * .rtsorry *if I offended you, but maybe you need to be offended." If you don't know who Mike Muir is, then I've made my Once again SAC will be sponpoint For each and every one of usi.there is so much we don't know. soring Oroboros on campus on SatWe should all be striving to achieve as much knowledge in life as we urday, April 27. The band will percan. If you care to find out who Mike is, write to The Merciad. form in the Rec Center from 10 p.m. Remember, if you consider yourself open-minded, you should to 1 a.m. Admittance isfreewith a be able to discuss things like racism, homosexuality, abortion, birth Mercyhurst ID. Tickets are $3.00 to control, Satanism, and many other controversial or "taboo" subjects the public. £ §| 1 without being uncomfortable or biased to the point that it interferes with your ability to think intellectually. If you don*t consider yourself open-minded, why are you in college? | f f, I On Saturday, April 27, the crew team will be participating in a regatta at Presque Isle. The How's that for gloves, Dutch. The word for today is * 'witch hunt" regatta begins at 12 noon. | |
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Galvinj loves life on the lake
By Tricia Kuhar Merciad Sports Writer No clue about crew, Irish senior Peter Galvin felt when he first came how hefirstgot involved, I 'Freshman year, I walked into the Campus Center and wondered what the rowing tanks were. I chatted with a man about them, and he suggested I go out for crew. I started out as a novice and worked my way up to varsity/* As a member of the crew team, Galvin trains year-round. His fall and spring seasons are spent racing, and his winter season is spent intensely conditioning. He applies a lot of hard work and discipline in order to balance crew and school. Galvin spends his little time left after school and crew to relax and Ireland two times for throwing the shot put He was also active in soccer and Galic football. Galvin is also skilled at working with wood. He has improved his apartment by building a bar, bunk beds, and a storage unit Peter is not the only Galvi". on campus. His brother Eamonfis a Junior here at Mercy hurst I Peter gets along well with his brother, but thinks he should, "Do something with his hair." As a Biology major, Galvin spent last summer working on his senior project, which was finvestigating PETER GALVIN the Lyme Disease problem in Erie try and catch up on sleep lost after County. He hopes to have his paper the early morning practices. He also on the project published some time enjoys cycling or playing some of in the near future.! the Irish sports like hurling. | After graduation, Galvin plans Crew is only one of Galvin's on attending Optometry school at various talents. In high school he either Pacific University in Ireland placed third in the whole nation of or Ohio State University.
Restrictions on college athletes prove too severe
By Molly McCormickf
Merciad Assistant Sports Editor W The NCAA thinks that student athletes| spend too much time involved in their sport Do they? At the 1991 NCAA Convention in Nashville, a proposal was voted upon pertaining to this issue. It basically said that it was to restrict playing and practice seasons in all Division I and II sports. Each aspect of the on and off-season was touched upon in this proposal. I spoke with some of the coaches at Mercyhurst about this new proposal. One of the coaches pointed out that the reason for the proposal was because some schools were practicing their football, basketball and hockey teams way too much. For example, football has practice, lifting, games, technique drills and tapes and videos. All this cannot be accomplished within the new regulation's twenty hours a week. Well, it's not regulation quite yet; it will start in August 1991. The new rules basically say that no Division I or II team can practice for more than twenty hours a week, and they cannot practice for seven days straight without a day off (this includes games). *
1 1 believe that some restriction is good, but twenty hours? That is kind of short, considering that most of the teams have to leave campus or get equipped for practice.
Since the rule came about with football, hockey and basketball in m ind, is it fair for the other teams that want to practice more than twenty hours a week? For example, the Mercyhurst baseball team practices five days a week and has approximately four to five games a week. Their practicing and game time is being restricted because of this new proposal. Coach Joe Jordano said, "I think time budgeting and discipline is magnified when the athlete is in season." Soccer coach Trevor Warren also commented, "It teaches them discipline and time management" f The overall attitude of the coaches is that being in a sport helps the students with their school work and at the same time helps them stay in shape and out of trouble. Therefore, the time spent playing a specific sport is helping the students rather than hindering them. If this is true, why can't they play as much as possible. I think the coaches and most of the student athletes know that studying comes before a sport; therefore they make sure that their work is always done before they enjoy participating in extracurricular activities. il believe that some restriction is good, but twenty hours? That is kind of short, considering that most of the teams have to leave campus or get equipped for practice. i Merciad Sports Editor Nick Roberts stated in an article earlier this year that, "Due to the NCAA letting problems of this nature get out of control, it has now decided to combat these problems right across the board, affecting all sports. Many of the non-revenue sports areclearly not in need of reform." I agree with Roberts in this matter, at least All in all, I think the new NCAA rules are good, and it is nice to see some organizationfinallybeing displayed in the area of sports. But sports, coaches, schedules and schools are so different that some of the regulations should have dealt with each sport separately or in similar groups. If the GPA of a specific team is good, and they the regulation time grades j Mercyhurst baseball team presently holds a team GPA higher that of the entire college average. This is an accomplishment
Men's varsity crew team practice their strokes in Mercyhurst tanks
Crew teams win medal honors
By Nick Roberts Merciad Sports Editor iOn a weekend when most of campus was enjoying the festivities of Activities Weekend,?the Mercyhurst Crew team travelled to Charleston, West Virginia to compete in the Governors cup. This was the Lakers' first major regatta oftheyear. 1 | ' 1 y Thefirstday of racing saw almost every boat qualify for the finals. Head Coach David Baugh, racing himself in his single, also qualified with relative ease. The following day of racing started with a win for the 'Hurst as Leanne Peters took the gold in the women's open single. The second placed rower in the field was left way behind at 400 yards. In the following race, Coach Baugh, racing against other coaches, produced a gold medal for the second 'Hurst victory. The third medal of the day was won by the women's eight, who came in third behind Purdue and Ohio Smte/f After qualifying on Saturday in convincing fashion, the men*5 varsity eight were unable to medal. They took sixth lin a dramatic and explosive 500 meter dash, which brought the weekend's racing to a close. < i Coach Baugh commented on the weekend, saying,' Tm pleased I with the women, but I feel the men have been j getting off to a slow j start We have made some changes and expect to go much faster now."
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Baseball drops three of four for a 121 record
By Molly McCormick Merciad Assistant Sports Editor The * Hurst diamondmen took a short break from their winning streak this past week, losing three out of four games and dropping several more to the weather. | On Tuesday the 'Hurst were defeated by Geneva College twice, 5-4 and 4-3. Edinboro, the area rival for the team, was the next to defeat the Lakers. Mercy hurst was up 7-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, but the rival Scots came back and pinched the Lakers by one, with a resulting score of 8-7. This did!not get* the 'Hurst too frustrated, but just enough to come back and beat Edinboro in the second game of the double-header, 5breaks, and that equals a losing streak. Hopefully, we will recover." At this point in the season, with a record of 21-8, the team has done exceptionally well, especially Tom Craig, who has hit seven homeruns and has an average of .404. Sean Hennessy is also a leading hitter with an average of .378, and Pat Lieblcr is on the list of leaders, hitting .341. § f One of the most important positions on the team is, of course, the pitcher. Starting pitchers for the 'Hurst are Bill Kieklak, Jeff Evancho, Al Rush and Tim KirsL The 'Hurst will be playing St Bonaventure soon. St Bonaventure is in second place in the Atlantic Ten Conference, which is a very strong conference. The competition is going to be tough for the Lakers, but if they win this one, maybe they will start their winning streak up again. Jordano said, "If we do well in the next week, we will be in the play-offs." They only have eleven games left until the play-offs. f The 'Hurst diamondmen will back Tuesday against Slippery Rock University. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Slippery Rock.
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Men's softball team plays on the football field behind Baldwin
Buys looking toward nationals
By Nick Roberts'. Merciad Sports Editor The Mercy hurst men's tennis team is having a very successful season with a current record of 158. Last year the 'Hurst finished with a record of 12-8. This past week the Lakers won three games and dropped one. They defeated Bucknell 7-1, Millersville 6-0, Concordia 3-2 and dropped a match to the strong Bloom sburg 90. The 'Hurst have one more remaining match at Slippery Rock, Head Coach Frank Clark is pleased with the Lakers season, "I am very pleased with the team as a whole, we should start next year being ranked in the top ten in the country. 5 I | Clark is also excited with the way CoeniBuysfhas played this year. Buys has only lost to opponents who have been ranked as top ten players in the country. This last week against Concordia Buys defeated one of the top players in Division II, Ricardo Pereira. This continues Buys push for a place in the national finals which at this stage looks highly likely. Buys has a record of 30-9. J Another player pushing for a place at nationals is team member Phil Clark, who is Mercy hurst's No 2 player. Clark has a record of
Coach Jordano says that there is not only one reason for the losing streak, it is a combination of things. He believes that all the postponements have resulted in a lack of continuity which has brought the team a lack of enthusiasm. There has also been a collapse of all three aspects of the game: pitching, defense and offense. Jordano said, "We haven't gotten that many
Phil Clark and Buys team up for the Mercy hurst doubles and currently have a record of 10-9. The Mercyhurst Tennis team complete it s season on April 25 traveling to Slippery Rock to take on the Rockets, and to hopefully round off another successful season.
Laker sports update
The winners of the Mercyhurst Volleyball Raffle, held on Saturday April 20, are: Dan Weidner from Saegertown, Pennsylvania, who won a CD player; Mike Kirik, who won fifty dollars; and Ken Koch from Pittsburgh, who won twenty-five dollars. Toby Echias and the volleyball team would like to thank all the people who bought tickets and helped in supporting the team. They would also like to inform the Mercyhurst community and all those interested that they brought in over one-thousand dollars. i I
The Lady Lakers were washed out this past week. All of their games were cancelled due to poor weather and field conditions. The 'Hurst will|return to action on April 26 versus Slippery|Rock University. |
Women's intramural softball get their swings in the rare spring sun
Golf looks for 'the missing link
son. Tournaments have had to be By Liam Barron postponed because of the saturated Merciad Sports writer ground. Even when the conditions The Lin k sters competed at their were deemed playable, they weren't conducive to good golf, but the second tournament last week and fared quite well in spite of some team has struggled on and'managed to put together > some good fierce competition. The 'Hurst placed * 12th of 15 at the Slippery Rock scores. Head Coach Paul DemyonavInvitational, which was won by the ich commented, "The guys have hostteam.v * | Kurt Johnson topped 'Hurst been playing fairly well, but the weather has not allowed them to scoring with 78, while Tom Saccamanno shot a very respectable get out and practice as much as we would like." 44 McPherson ^Conditions have not favored 4 Saccamanno have been consisten the Hurst team in their spring sear *
in the 70's, while Kurt Johnson has been doing very well lately, but we're just not able to put together that vital fifth score. We've been competing at some very tough tournaments, but the competition is good for us," Demyonavich said. This competition is illustrated by the fact that the winner of the Slippery Rock tournament shot oneunder-par, and is destined for the National Championships in May. The Linksters complete their spring season this week, traveling to Edinboro and Elmira N.Y. to try to escape the dreary Erie weather.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: (14-4)
The Lady Lakers closed out their 1991 spring season losing to the Lady Raiders of Shippensburg University, 7-2. Janet Holtzhauscr led the way for the 'Hurst throughout the season.
LAKER UPCOMING EVENTS
-Baseball: Tuesday, April 30 at Slippery Rock University, 1 p.m. -Softball: Friday, April 26 at Slippery Rock University. -Men's tennis: Thursday, April 25 at Slippery Rock University. -Crew: Saturday, April 27 at home (Presque Isle Bay), 12 noon.
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