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Finally, Mercy hurst students will have the opportunity to have their questions of the Presidential race answered. On Oct 19, local Democratic Chairperson, Ian Murray, and Republican Chairperson John F. Mizner will participate in a political debate entitled: The National Issues: Questions and Answers at Meicyhurst College. The debate will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be< simulcast on Mercy hurst's radio station, WMCE 88.5 FM, and television station, HTV, channel 19B or 62 on Erie Cablevision. Sean Lafferty of channel 24 will moderate the debate. With campaigns splashed with words like: health care plans, taxes, foreign policy, trade agreements, economic stability, patriotism, American, courage, and change, students are bewildered. These words have different meanings for different people, for one thing. Americans, planning on voting in a matter of weeks, look for the candidate that will provide common viewpoints on issues. There seems to be a major problem with this, however. Many students at Mercyhurst have expressed concern in that the issues of the Presidential race have been neglected. Buzz words like "change" and "pa- triotism" replace viable solutions to problems in our country. The media focuses

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on "who inhaled" or "who was the draft dodger" rather than who offers the best leadership and stability for the country. Candace Robertson, a junior member of Tau Sigma Mu, the club sponsoring the debate, says one of the purposes of the debate is "to inform the public and members ofthe Mercyhurst College community of the pertinent issues of the upcoming election." *Both Chairperson Ian Murray and Chairperson John F. Mizner pointed out that students, especially, should concentrate on what each candidate for president offers. Mr. Mizner believes that

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this is particularly important because students are the ones entering the job market and will be the taxpayers of the future. Many* students and political analysts point out that the presidential candidates lack character. Mr. Murray said that in general students are much more analytical of the candidates because they want to be able to trust them. But some students are finding that the more involved they become in the election, the more dissatisfied they become. \3jf£ As junior Monica Sertik says, "The only one qualified to lead the country is

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Bush, but even he isn't qualified. Another student, Katie Wiedmann said, "Why can't there be one who is my hero? Where is my Abraham Lincoln?" Despite these criticisms, the public should be aware of what each candidate does offer. Therecentdebates on television may help to clarify some of the 1 issues; however,the debate at Mercy hu rs will be live. This will enable the public to have their specific questions addressed. Students and members of the community are asked to call 824-2261 the night of the debate with their questions.

Friday, October 16 NO CLASSES Saturday. October 17 1 p.m. Varsity Football vs. Wittenburg Sunday, October 18 11 a.m.jMen's Soccer hosts Lock Haven. 1 p.m. Women's Soccer hosts LeMoyne. JV Football hosts Theil. Monday, October 19 8:30 p.m.l Government Chambers. MSG Meeting.

Committee pushes for a smoke-free Zurn
By Megan Circle Merciad Staff Reporter Is it a person's right to smoke or a violation of a person's right to breathe? The majority of the faculty and staff of Zurn Hall have decided that they want a smoke-free environment. It all started about four years ago when afewfaculty members wanted to designate the main entrance lobby in Zurn Hall a non-smoking area. They went through the necessary channels and the main entrance lobby became smoke-free. A short while later, a few faculty members on the second floor wanted the secondfloorlobby smoke-free as well. To accommodate their wishes, the secondfloorlobby was made a non-smoking area, but the main lobby was once again designated a smoking area. The administration explained that this was done because they have to provide some place for people to smoke in the building. The Zurn Improvement Committee is a group of four voluntary staff and faculty members that is attempting to make Zurn as safe and environmentally healthy as it can be. One of the ways in which they ate trying to create this healthy atmosphere is by making all of Zurn smoke-free. * The Zurn Improvement Committee's main\ focus concerns the dangers*of breathing second-hand smoke, which has been linked to cause cancer, lung disease and problems for; people with asthma and allergies. Another major concern is for safety reasons. Zurn is filled with flammable chemicals of all kinds. Mercyhurst students need to set an example for the younger children by creating a substance-free environment. An official ordinance passed by the Erie City Council in 1988 is providing a strong argument in favor of the Zurn Improvement Committee. It states that the purpose of the ordinance is to protect the public health and welfare by prohibiting smoking in public pi aces except in designated smoking areas, regulating smoking in places of employment, and to strike areasonablebalance between the needs of persons who smoke and the needs of non-smokers to breathe smokefree air. And, torecognizethat, where these needs conflict, the need to breathe smoke-free air shall have priority. If Zurn is declared smoke-free, every will have to comply. The Committee started by sending out a questionnaire to all of the staff and faculty members of Zurn. It asked them if they would want Zurn to be smokeflee. Eighteen out of 20 said that they would like a smoke-free environment They were concerned about the question of enforcement, however; and the fairness of the situation to smokers. As for the problem of enforcement, the

A completely different concern that the committee has is one of setting an ^ ^ ^ Many elementary art • example. ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^i i• :l students bom the gifted program in a nearby school are in and out of Zurn on a day to day basis. The committee feels that

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By Jule Gardner Merciad News Editor Editor's Note: This column is designed to let* the Mercy hurst community know what is happening in the world of politics* The news is gathered from issues of the New York Times. £ Current Leader in Various Potts: Bill Clinton i< 12-15 Points And the debates rage onThe Presidential Debate:

Alice Edwards, assistant director and professor of foreign languages, will be this year's guest Two hundred and sixty-four stu- speaker. Edwards * joined dents from Mercy hurst will be Mercyhurst jn 1989 and was sehonored at the Annual Dean's list lected for the 1991-92 Fullbright Dinner. The dinner will be held Teacher Exchange ^Program. onThursday, October 22 at 7 p.m., Edwards, who has a bachelor's for the students' superior aca- degree in Spanish language and demic achievement during the literature from Gannon Univer1991-92 school year. sity and a master's degree in SpanThe Mercyhurst College Dean's ish literature from Middlebury list is computed once a year and is College, is pursuing her doctorbased on students completing 24 ate in Hispanic literatures at the credits:from summer to spring University of Pittsburgh. She also term with a cummulative of at spent six months at the least a B+, or 3.5 Quality Point Universidad of Barcelona in Average. ? Spain. By Karen Trapolsi Merciad StaffReporter


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• T h e long-awaited first Presidential debate aired on Sunday, October 11. The format consisted of a panel of journalists asking questions of the three candidates. After a question was asked of one candidate, the other two were granted one-minute rebuttals. * President bush focused on his experience and success in foreign policy. He affirmed that the economy is not as bad as people think it is and that! he was on stage with ^"pessimists." He said his administration could right the economy if given another four years. He also surprised many by announcing that James Baker, former Secretary of State and current head of the Bush campaign, will oversee all domestic programs after election day. Early in the debate, he attacked Governor Clinton's character and his protest of the Vietnam War.

Security seizes concealed firearm
By Joseph Legler Editor in Chief A campus weapons violation committed this past weekend is under investigation by the Erie police. : According to Bud Dever, director of security, the incident occurred at a dance sponsored-by one of the college clubs in the ent union. "At some point during the dance, a couple of female students noticed a guest who appeared to have a firearm under his coat, said Dever. The two notified a security person who was hired by the club as well as campus security guard, Joe Spusta. Dever said that the individual left the dance for a period of 30 to 45 minutes in which his whereabouts were unknown. Spusta had reported seeing an individual that fit the girls' description. "With members of the residence life staff, they conducted a campus of residence life, confronted the individual and asked him outside. "A long negotiation ensued, trying to get the individual to admit that he had afirearmand if so, to turn it over to them," Dever stated. "One ofour students, Jerry Battle, who knew the,individual, was very helpful in negotiations with the individual." The end result, according to Dever, was the firearm being turned over to the staff. The individual was then permitted to leave campus with a relative. 'He (the individual) was very intoxicated and the weapon was unloaded," said Dever, "The firearm was turned over to Erie police." u; Dever said that further investigation revealed that the firearm came from a burglary in Girard, Pennsylvania.

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faculty and staff members opposed to smoking in order to enforce the non-smoking rule. Also, they feel that the many signs that they will put up will have an impact on the smokers. They don't think that the no-smoking policy will be completely obeyed, but they feel that the majority will. In order to keep the smokers happy however, they are trying to come up with a place for;people.*to smoke. It has been suggested that the green house be used as a smoking area, but there has been no definite decisions made as of yet. The Zurn Improvement Committee has written up a petition also, and with thc«hclp of individual letters, they hope that the no-smoking policy will be passed. i The Zurn Improvement Committee feels that since other insti^ tutions can become smoke-free; then it is not too much to ask to have one building here at Mercyhurst be smoke-free.


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\ By Tate Davidson \ Merciad Staff Reporter Frank Revy is a {fifth year ercy hurst student who is taking i a step into the future. As editor of : the new alternative newspaper, ) the Freedom Zone, he is inter\ ested in student activism a nd posiJ tive change for the school overall. j The newspaper provides a chance \ for virtually any student, with any \ view, to be heard. ., ) The paper was the brainchild of \Revy, John Bruno, and Kevin i McHugh. Originally, it was to be I titled The Defecator, which repi resents a process of purification. ^ The idea has simmered for a few ? years and has finally taken off r thanks to the election of John • Bruno as MSG president The stu? dent government now provides ) funds solely for printing the pa- • 5 per; the editors and workers are ) volunteers. ) Revy insists that the paper can \ "get things out into the open that S usually aren't." He understands j that?students "have valid criti\ cisms" that need to be heard. The \ paper is not distinctly subjective i to the opinions of Revy or anyone \ else. He says, "It is for the stui dents and by the students." : The first issue, released recently,, r may have proven this point. Revy states -"It's the feedback of the S tstudents...that's what matters, that's why I'm writing it. This • open- minded J attitude gives the • paper the potential power to consolidate^ student views into a } strong communicative force." } Revy's experience as a student i may have contributed to his intellectual understanding of the J strengths and weaknesses of the j Mercyhurst community. He \ speaks with a calm confidence

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By Joseph Legler Editor in Chief "Where is the controversy in this'year's Merciad?" This is something that I've heard from several people oyer the past couple of weeks. They want to know where are the stories are that strike a nerve in somebody, the stories that provoke a strong ' emotion. j To these people, I say, you can't just whip out a controversial story. A story that causes some type of dispute between individuals must be something pertinent, not something that gets printed for the sole purpose of causing a debate. ^T C Last year, the Merciad printed an editorial [involving condom distribution on college campuses. This article caused a considerable amount of heated opinions to be thrown about by faculty members, students, and alumni. Most of their letters were printed in the Merciad. The editorial that was submitted was extremely well thought out and had a purpose. It wasn't written for the sake of controversy. It was written because somebody had a strong conviction about a social issue. This year, it seems that everybody I talk to wants controversy just to liven up the Merciad. I would love to have the Merciad improve in any way that it can, but it's not entirely up to me to strike a nerve through printed topic matter. It's up to the student body and faculty to voice then* opinions on subjects they feel strongly about Last week, I wrote a column that I thought was important; I thought that it would possibly receive a responsefromsomeone in a similar situation or from a faculty member that disagreed with my views on grading inconsistencies. The only response I received was a phone callfroma faculty member who thinks that it (the column) brought up some good points and should be followed up somehow. I thought that thiswas great, but I can't believe that no one else had a response to it Let's hear how you feel Mercyhurst! 1 I can write all I want, but it's up to your response to get the ball rolling.

> Frank Revy that clearly resembles his honesty and integrity. "I like it here, that's why I criticize it," he said. According to Revy, the small campus accompanies him well socially and academically. He feels that he made the right choice

V them." In contrast he said [the Freedom Zone] isidifferent, it? tries to get things changed and • moving. As students, we must; realize that this is our school, and : we have the power to change it" • ^Presently, Revy has a contract • major in Creative Communica-5 tion Arts. His future goals are to 2 get a diploma, and to pursue a) career involving film. He also) hopes that the Freedom ZoneS will continue long after he is gone. \ But if you see Frank Revy, thank) him. The potential of individuals $ and the campus as a whole mays have drastically Improved with{ the application of his ideas. \ So if you are a person who hast ideas and feel that you deserve at chance to be heard, this is a primer opportunity. Remember,;openyour mind, (as well as your eyes • and ears), and involve yourself in • the Freedom Zone.

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October 15,1992

Asst. Sports Editor Editor in Chief John Danknich Copy Editor News Editor Michelle Ryan Anne McNelis A&EjFeatures Editor Yvonne Maher Advertising Manager Sports Editor Timothy Moriarty Faculty Advisor Craig Rybczynski

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Mary Medure Dave McQuillen Tiffanie Williams Megan Circle Monica Sertik • • Erin Hauber Tonie Bolan Grace Bruno Leon Mumford Keith Courson Rick Shelton JayKennedy Heather Ryan Nicole Geraci Suzanne Coneglio Liam Barron Karen Trapolsi Susan Lee Eback Amy jTierno Michelle Bova Sean Wa 1 1 Elizabeth Johnson Mike McClorey Andrea Myers Katie Johnson David Kosobucki Beth Nichpls Stacie Kane John Furlong John Shanahan Steph Szabo 1 Beth Haas Stephanie Wainwright The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College, Box 161, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa_1654& Phone 824-2376 The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. determined Editor holding final responsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those of The Merciad, its staff or Mercyhurst College.

f\ would also like to address the sudden emergence of Ross Perot in the political arena. |-1 watched the political debate this past Sunday and saw how Perot affirmatively said that if elected, he would shrink the national deficit. He said he could fix a lot of things in cute simple one liners that apparently the public ate up because of the jump in the poles that he received afterwards. He said, "We've got to have a growing, expanding job base to give us a grow ingH expanded tax base. Right now we have a'flat to deteriorating job base and where it appears to be going is minimum wage jobs. So we've got to really rebuild our job base..." He rambled on some more without actually presenting ANY actual theories or plans on how to fix this problem. He had plenty of colorful answers to particular questions. Colorful answers that unfortunately don't have any substance. In addressing the health care issue he rambled on and on about not much of anything, closing with "Talk is cheap, words are plentiful, deeds are precious. Let's get on with it" Let's get on with what? This is a great sound-bite (which he had a plethora of) for TV, and even a good quote for a newspaper article, but does it tell us any thing?...NO! He repeatedly said that 'If you want to stop talking about it and do it, then I'll be glad to go up there and we'll get it done." I hope the American people are smarter than this. If they aren't, I would like to announce right now that I am declaring my candidacy for president of the United States. I promise that if you put me there, I will repair every single problem that has challenged this country ever. I won'tjtell you.how, but remember...EVERY SINGLE PROBLEM, I WILL FIX! (Now that's a quote). -.1 Implore you not to buy into a humorous, cute remark that sounds like an answer to a problem. Use your mind when deciding on a candidate, not your ears (excuse the pun Mr. Perot).



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On Friday, Oct. 16 in the Student Union there will be a free By Anne L. McNeils program on "Nutrition: Linking A&E and Features Editor Food, Health, and Development" The Department of Philoso- at 3 p.m. The program will deal Well, it's my turn again to fill this space with my thoughts. The last phy and Religious Studies ns with the support and protection of time I wrote, I talked about (among other things) apathy here at happy to announce the Fall 1992 those at most nutritional risk, but Mercy hurst. I had hoped that my column would elicit some response Faculty Colloquium featuring will also cover a broad range of from Mercyworld. It elicited exactly two responses (although I Mary | Price 'Boday, the issues from food safety to dietA seminar discussing the legaldon't know how much I had to do with the letter about parking...). Mercyhurst College Dance De- related disease to agricultural selfization of marijuana will be held f That's not really enough to satisfy me. on Friday, October 16 from 12 to partment and da nee students. 'The sufficiency and trade. I guess I really didn't understand why people around here are so Role of Dance in College Life" 5 p.m. in Zurn 213 and 214. There unwilling to voice their opinions. I think I know at least part of the will be presented on .Monday, will be 10 authority speakers along reason now, and I have to say, it doesn't make me too happy. I think October 19, at7:30p.m. in Weber The next gathering of the Saint with former Mercyhurst profesw it can be summed up in one word: FEAR. " Why , you ask, "do you Hall. All members of the college Stanislaus Pro-Life Community sor Harry Grossman and a former think people are afraid to say what they think?" Well, I'll tell you. community are invited to attend. will be on Sunday, October 25 at Tanawanda, New York Police Last week, I went to the Union with a Merciad photographer to try Admission is free. 2 p.m. in the Parish Convent at Chief. to get people's opinions about the new MSG publication, Freedom Zone so they could be used in a "Campus Comments" feature. I figured this would be an ideal topic for "Campus Comments;** I NEED EXTRA CASH?! e thought everyone would have at least some thoughts about it I was By K ^w W>e partly right—most people did have opinions, they just weren't willing to share them. The situation was generally something like 4 this: .. * % ME: "Hi, I'm from the Merciad and I was wondering, have you seen the new MSG publication, Freedom Zone?** VICTIM: "Yeah." > ~ * % T? ME: "Well, I was hoping you would like to tell me what you thought about it and let Beth take your picture so we can use it in this week's issue. Does that sound OK?" VICTIM: "Uh...welJ, urn, I don't think so. Ah, I can tell you what I think, but you can't take my picture or use my name. I mean, I wouldn't want to get in trouble or anything...**^ •.i Earn *2S.OO a Waakj Now, I suppose some of these people Were just camera shy, but I 'Plus Bonuses think some of them were just plain scared. Most of the people who Ccdl /or Details wanted to hide pointed out negative things about Freedom Zone. 454-0070 Maybe they were afraid that Frank Revy and John Bruno (the publication's editors) would come and attack them during the night I don't know Revy or Bruno very well, but I really think (and hope) they have better things to do with their time than plot revenge against people who disagree with them. The whole point of Freedom Zone, at least as far as I can see, is 1H WM9USL»2A PA 165011 to provide a forum wherein students can voice their opinions, Mat* and Female Donors Need* especially their opinions about issues which could never be adF.D A. Approved J dressed I in the Merciad. Freedom Zone, could become a /very l*/ HIS I E / I L TO Fir IK» wrm THE 3 # $ Bring in this ad lor an important force on this campus, but how are Revy .and Bruno LARAy. OVfftLooXR me 0&V|el>S. supposed to accurately represent the views of students who don't additional $5.00 Bon even seem to have any? Revy said he hopes to "recapture the true spirit of stud ent publications.** Trouble is, he needs student coopcration to do that ' Some of the people who wouldn't publicize their opinions had positive things to say about Freedom Zone. Obviously, they aren't afraid of Revy and Bruno, so what are they afraid of? Oh, wait, maybe this is the chie..."I don't want to get in trouble.'' I guess we can assume they're afraid of—look out, here comes a big scary word—administration. They probably don't want to disagree with anyone they perceive to be superior. Those "superior** people might be Dr. Garvey, Dean McQuillen, the Student Accounts Office staff, teachers, anyone. Yon know, if you think about it, a lot of people around here seem |i to be afraid of school officials. That's pretty sad. The worst part is, II can't blame these people for being afraid. I can't call them cowards; they're being sensible. Their fear might be justifiable. There is a chance they'll lose their work-study jobs. They might jeopordize theirfinancialaid. I suppose by writing about this topic, iOver 50% of this year's medical school class took Kaplan. I'm taking a risk myself. I have to try not to think about that too much > To find out why, come to our free MCAT seminar at though, because I think this issue is much too important to be Zurn Science Center, room 101 on Thursday, October 29 at 11:00 am ignored. Practice with Kaplan now-so you can practice as a doctor later. College campuses are supposed to be places where students learn For more Information call Gannon at 871-7560 or 800-8 8 8-P RE P. to think for themselves, where students can develop their own opinions and express them without fear of repercussions. I thought Mercy hurst was a place where we could do that The catalog says it Save $50.00! is: "the Collegc.insists that each person has a right to express ideas Enroll at the seminar. 0 t* openly and freely." If that's true, why should studentsfearthe big cheese?; J^ Is there anyone out there who can help me? Is the problem apathy, or is it fear? Can anyone tell me if we really have to be afraid of administration? I'd hate to think I chose areformschool instead of a college. The answer to the test question, For a recording of the daily meals, call ext. 2192.

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Shoe Gazing
By David McQuillen Merciad Staff Columnist Someone, U can't remember who, looked back upon his life and concluded that, "It isn't the things that we do that we regret, but rather those things that we don't do." The band The Godfathers looked ahead and wondered if life was just "Birth. School. Work. Death." ^ ^ Those ideas never seemed important to me until I talked to an old friend the other day. He's 27 years old, working full-time, engaged to be married and wishing that he had ridden his motorcycle across the country when he had the chance. He never did it and now he believes he never will. Imagine what it would be like to motorcycle across the country. Can you see yourself? There you are, sitting with a stranger and listening to blues in a smoky, neon-lit New Orleans bar. There you are, retracing route 66, rock climbing in Colorado, eating tacos in a New Mexican diner and cruising across the California coast as the ocean air fills your lungs and the summer sun warms your skin. If they could see you then. But when is then? When are you going to do it? If "later" comes to mind, I want you to do something. Imagine an adventure. Make it whatever you want to do. Follow the Grateful Dead, plant trees in Africa, hitchhike through Europe, go on a Whitewater rafting trip, teach English to kids in South America, start a band, whatever. Now go tell someone about it, but make sure that it's someone who is at least twice your age. Listen carefully to what you hear. "I wish I'd done that when I was your age. I wish I could go with you. Do it now while you 're young, not tied down by debt, marriage, job, kids, old age, blah blah blah.....sigh." T Do it now. George Bernard Shaw believed that "Youth is wasted on the young." Would he look at you and change his mind? Or, would you look at him and apologetically display your membership in the Apathy Club? % t | Do we need to be reminded that we are young and relatively free, that we are in a position so many people wish they could be in? No? How then, can so many of us sit on the couch and watch TV, staring at such familiar four walls, when there is so much out there? If you think that adventure is beyond your grasp, it's because you aren't opening your hand. Look around instead of straight ahead. Even if the adventure is a walk around the beach collecting driftwood, at least you're exposing yourself to something different, and something d ifferent is the key. Lea rn to ice skate, join the new scuba club, start writing poetry. Forget going to the mall—you've been there before. i And, if you are lucky enough to have the time and the money, go away. GO somewhere. You know who you are at home with your friends and at the party down the street, but do you know who you are in the uncertain and exciting doorways of the unknown? Find out. ;. . Make "finding out" a way of life. Create a thirst for knowledge, excitement and experience that could empty any cup set in front of you. Look at what has remained the same in your life solely because it is comfortable and familiar. The same ol\ same ol', will teach you nothing new...push it aside. | Start with something small, start with your music. Try listening to something that you' ve never heard before. Get a feel for what others [feel and give their music a try. I am«J asked a few; people around campus what they are listening to these^days. If their choices are different that what you are spinning through your head, give some of it a try. \ean Wall Senior. Ireland: The Pogues, If I Should Fall from the Grace of God. Vivaldi, The Four Seasons. Violent Femmes, Why do Birds Sing? Paul Simon, Rhythm of the Saints. U2, Achtung, Baby I *fc N.Y. Metallica, Anthony San G Metallica. Alice in Chains, Dirt. Slayer, Season In the Abyss. Kiss, Revenge. t leveland. OH Dee-Lite, Infinity Within. Morrissey, Your Arsenal. Soup Dragons, Hotwlred-Matthew Sweet, Girlfriend. Toad the Wet Sprocket, Fear. L > Trust them. Try it. As Winston Churshill said.This is not the time for ease and comfort—this is the time to dare."

Hurst dances into the future
Mercyhurst's need for a new dance apart from others... Our facility. Mercyhurst has recogprogram is set up like a dance nized for many years the need for company."This gives experience When you struts around a new building to be used for and technique as opposed to credMercyhurst College there is a cer- dance, opera, music, and an art its. "One day Mercyhurst will be tain feeling of; pride, tradition, gallery; however, it has recently on the level with Juilliard and the and class. Though the college it- become seven more ^im porta nt. North Carolina'School of Arts self has only existed for sixty- This development would make [these schools have top dance profive years, there is a feeling of the facility the best within 250 grams]. value for the past and a strong miles of Erie.rBut, there must be In addition to Boday, the dance sense of the future. something else that makes dance faculty includes Jay Kirk ('74) As you continue on your wa 1 k so successful. Exactly... and Michael Fuhrmann ('85). you approach Weber Hall. If you The Dance Department is under Kirk was the first male to gradutake down the mirrors, the ballet 1the direction of Mary Price Boday. atefromthe dance program. Bebars, and pick up the floor, you fore his return to Mercyhurst, Kirk will'have a building that, once was * an educator at Interlochen housed hundreds of volumes of Centre for the Arts in Michigan. literature. Imagine that? Kirk was asked what makes In* 1971 Presisent Garvey was Mercyhurst's dance department the Dean of-the College. unique? Kirk said, "the dancers Mercyhurst was in its second receive a lot of performing expespring and was capitalizing on its rience. They have at their dismotto, "Carpe Diem." A Dance posal the D'Angelo School of Department was brought to Music and a talented individual, Mercyhurst. Dr. Garvey stated, Lee Wilkins. This is beneficial "...the space dictated" the arrival for both the dancers and the musiof the program. The Hammermill cians. " Experience that is needed library was completed in 1972 upon graduation is given on both and Weber Hall was vacant. The ends of the spectrum. Fuhrmann question was, "What was the strongly believes, "Mercyhurst space going to be used for?" Weallows you to be what you want to ber Hall was an aesthetic setting be. The dance program "helps and it was necessary for someyou grow in a safe environment thing to be put there that was j ust with faculty tha t cares." One other as beautiful as the building. In unique aspect to dance is the fact short, this was the beginning of that both Kirk and Fuhrmann are dance here at Mercyhurst. There In the past two years Boday has alumni. Fuhrmann actually took wasn't a place to dancefromErie provided Mercyhurst dance stu- up dance to help him with footto Pittsburgh. It was fitting for a dents£the preparation that is ^ball ^ \ liberal arts college to flourish hi needed upon graduatingfromcolThe Mercyhurst dance departthis area. And that it did. lege. Between the eight hour dance The Dance Department has day and discipline that is received ment works regularly with the grown so much that it has been through the cirriculumn and her .Lake Erie Ballet and the D'Angelo brought to the attention of the extensive a nd diverse background School ofMusic. "When a dancer College that there is a need for a as a professional and dance edu- leaves Mercyhurst they leave with new performing arts center. Just cator Boday has given Mercyhurst sel f worth, though the real world is a matter of taste," said Kirk. as the space in Weber Hall dic- | da nee students the training they Now our Mercyhurst dancers are tated the coming of dance, dance need. Boday said, "the departready to take on their dreams! is now dictating the coming of ment wants to set Mercyhurst's By Michael Arrigo Merciad Staff Reporter

Responses produce changes
By Anne L. McNeils A&E and Features Editor know. Station manager Keith Courson said, "We're positive of the new format—we're going to open it up...[to include] Top 40, dance and alternative" music. The deciThe hard-working staff of sion to start playing different kinds WMCE has completed tallying of music is a direct result of the the results of its survey. For those responses to the survey. "That's of you who have forgotten, a few what the surveys said...studenls weeks ago WMCE, the voice of helped out a lot," Courson said. Mercyhurst, conducted a poll to Courson stressed that "We're not Gnd out how the i mportant people totally eliminating classic at Mercyworld (that's the stu- rock...[but] we want to play what dents) feel about the station's for- students want to hear." mat. The answers to the survey's- Courson said that the changes in questions Indicated that WMCE V WMCE's format won't go into needs to make some changes in effect until winter term and until order to better serve the students* then, "We'll be [playing] classic According to Kevin Nixon, pro- rock." - « Nixon and Courson both said duction director, 215 people responded to the survey. Nixon said that it was fairly easy to gain that 143 respondents said that they approval for the format changes. listenAo WMCE less than one * Armed with the results of the surhour per week and that only one vey and the support of the radio person who turned in the survey station's sta ff, Nixon approached listens to WMCE for 7 or more President Garvey. Nixon said hours per week. In response tothe Garvey was "very receptive" to question which asked students to the proposal; Garvey told Nixon rate the-station's format, Nixon I to "go for it." said that 107 indicated they didn't In the past, students have cornplained because they haven't been able to tune in to WMCE. Nixon pointed out that students who have cable and a VCR can receive the station byflippingthe switch on their VCR to the B side. Students who would like more information about this can contact Nixon at the radio station (extension 2261). The next step is to expand the station's library to include music that will fit into the new format. Courson said, That's what takes the most time." Nixon agreed, adding, "Anyone willing to come over [to the radio station] and let us tape their music would be welcomed..." Both Courson and Nixon are pleased about the new situation. Courson said, "I'm in favor of anything that will get students to listen, that will get this campus to respond to us more." They both appreciate the cooperation they've had from the students. Nixon is "...really enthusiastic about.." the new format and requested § that students continue to provide feedback about it.

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Mark Boeh and 'Rich Straub season. They plan to have a fundBy John Danknich carded an 87and 88, respectively. raiser in order to make this posMerciad Asst. Sports Editor Over the weekend, Mercyhurst sible. "The weather in Erie doesn't The Mercyhurst golf team participated in the Malone Colcooperate with us very much. I wrapped up its fall season last lege Fall Invitational. The Lakers The start of the National Basthink a trip would be very helpful week with two tournaments. On finished ninth out of ten teams. ketball Association's 47th seato get us back to form," Wednesday, October 6, the Lak- Freshman Bryce Bohum had the son is already upon us. Last seaDemyanovich said. ers finished tenth out of 17 teams best finish for Mercyhurst with a son, the Chicago Bulls won their «PU* at the Allegheny College Invita- 161, (81-80). McPherson? was second straight NBA title by tional. Michael McPherson fired Qne stroke behind Bohum with a defeating the Portland Trail 162, (82-80).'Mark Boeh shot a Blazers in six games. Can the 168, (86-82). Wilkenson and Bulls "threepeat"? Read on. Puleo carded a 171, (85-86) and Let's start in the Eastern C o n - | ^ ^ w ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ™ 182, (96-86), respectively. ferenceand the Atlantic Division. The New York Knicks made two Coach Paul Demyanovich felt major trades in the off-season, acquiring Rolando Blackman from his team had a successful season. Dallas and Charles Smith from the Clippers. Their acquisition "I feel we played very well at ONFIDENTIAL PROFESSIONAL solidifies the Knicks and their hold on first place. times. But I hope we will conThe Boston Celtics face their first sea son without the retired Larry 209 HAINf tinue to im prove and become more Bird. Free agent signee Xavier McDaniel will be counted on to Gil co n s i s te n t," h e s a i d. J COUNSELING SERVICER the void left by Bird's departure. The aging Celtics are still strong Xooking toward the spring seaenough to finish second. A PERSONAL TOUCH son, Demyanovich hoped his team Last season, the Miami Heat became the first expansion team to will be able to improve on their WITH REAL LIFE CONCERN make the play-offs. Glen Rice, Steve Smith and Rony Seikaly lead biggest weakness, putting. "I tried the much-improved Heat to a third place finish. Just behind the to stress the importance of]putRelationship Issues Heat inufourth are the New Jersey Nets. New head coach Chuck Suicide ting to all of my players. We will Daly must keep the Nets focused, especially Derrick Coleman. In Sexual/Physical Abuse definitely work on it a lot more fifth and sixth are the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando. Magic, Depression be fore spring because it will make respectively. The Sixers are counting on number one draft choice Grief Counseling a big difference fin our perforSelf Esteea Clarence Witherspoon to be the next Charles Barkley. In Orlando, Date Rape . Shaquille O'Neal should make an immediate impact Bringing up a team-low 78 for the Hurst. John mance," he said. Wilkenson finished right behind This spring, the golf team will the rear are the hapless Washington Bullets. Substance Abuse McPherson with a stroke total of try to take a trip down south in In the Central Division, Da Bulls are an easy lock for first place. Family 79. Todd Puleoshot an 85, while order to prepare for the upcoming Michael Jordan and company are still the best team in the NBA. Peer Adjustments Eating Disorders Right behind the Bulls are *he Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs Oivorce/Separation could make a run at first place if they remain healthy. With a healthy Group Counseling Dominique Wilkins, the Atlanta Hawks should rebound from last Pregnancy . T season's fifth placefinish.The Charlotte Hornets should become * M i the second expansion team to make the play-offs this season if To Arrange for An .Appointment! number one pick Alonzo Mourning signs. (Fall term: October 15 - November 20) Ext-2555 or R o 209 N om The once-mighty Detroit Pistons will slip badly this season. Age and the loss of coach Chuck Daly put the^Pistons in fifth. The Mondays 7:30 - 9 p.m. Indiana Pacers, who were once expected to be at the top of the Wednesdays 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. division, fall to sixth'in the tough Central Division. The aged Fridays 6:15 - 8:45 p.m. *Ice time change on Milwaukee Bucks begin their rebuilding with a last place finish. In the Midwest Division, the San Antonio Spurs begin their first Nov. 13 to 4 - 6:30 p.m. year under coach Jerry Tarkanian. With the addition of three-point Saturdays 6:15 - 8:45 p.mtj *IceJime change on specialist Dale El'r' .ad a healthy David Robinson, the Spurs will Oct. 24 to 3:45 - 6:15 p.m. No ice on contend for the Western Conference title. The Utah Jazz traded for Jay Humphries and Larry Krystkowiak Oct. 31, and Nov. 20 to help take the pressure off superstars Karl Malone and John Stockton. Immobile center Mark Eaton will hamper the* Jazz' chances of finishing in first If the Houston Rockets don't trade disgruntled center Hakeem Olajuwon, look for them to contend for the top spots in the division. The Denver Nuggets improved greatly last season but are still a By Jay Kennedy topher Kullman for 31st, Michael player away from contending. The signing of Christian Laettner Merciad Sports Writer \ Arrigo for 33rd, and Mark Paul places the Minnesota TonberwoIves just ahead of the rebuilding for 34th. There were 35 male runDallas Mavericks. VThe Mercyhurst men's and ners overall. The return of Magic Johnson to the Los Angeles Lakers changes *j women's cross country teams both The Mercy hurst women finished the way things stand in the Pacific Division. took second place at Edinboro with 50 points on their 3.1 mile With the acquisition of Charles Barkley, the Phoenix Suns will University 's NorthwestPA Cross course. Betsy Van Nest and Stacey push past the Portland Trail Blazers intofirstplace. Barkley isjustcj Country Invitational .last SaturLoughra n placedfirstfor the Lakwhat the Suns need to push themselves into the upper echelon of day. ers to tie for 9th place overall. NBA teams. The Blazers are still one of the strongest teams in the Edinboro took first place with Nichole Puttfinishedthe course NBA, but age and injurics*may hurt the Blazers' chances oft 15 points in both events. The in 23:50 for 11th place, followed returning to the NBA Finals. men's team totaled 84 for second by Amy Kellogg in 24:05for12th The Seattle Supersonics have enough talent to beat any team in place, followed by Gannon with place. > j the West. If the Son ics can play as a team consistently, and supers tar^j 91, and Allegheny with 106 for Other Laker women to place Shawn' Kemp remains healthy,! the Son Ics may^surprise some last place. Freshman Dan Chase were Trisha Powers in 28:10 for people. The Golden State Warriors have one of the best offenses tookfirstfor the Lakers on the 6.2 14th place and Linda Dzeskewicz in the NBA but also one of the worst defenses. (The Warriors still mile course to <finisb\in 37:19 in 29:32 for 15th place. There lack a dominant center. Even with the return of Magic Johnson, the placing him 12th overall. Second were 15 women runners overall, j Lakers are still in the process of rebuilding. However, just Magic for the Lakers was Michael Brown "We're looking forward to our J is enough to put the Lakers ahead of the improving Los Angeles in 37:40 for 15th. David Taylor, next two races, the Mount Union Clippers. With the amazing number of good teams in the Pacific, and Matthew Burnett both,set and Grove City Invitationals," the Clippers may have trouble finishing higher that sixth. In last, as personal bests for the course finsaid ^ Noble-Fraley, "where we j usual, are the Sacramento Kings, f ishing in 38:16 for 17th and 38:50 expect strong performances by In the play-offs, the Bulls and the Knicks will face each other for to run a very competitive race. He both teams." for 18th respectively. the Eastern Conference title. The Spurs, and the Suns vie for the "Freshman Dan Chase was back is peaking atjust the right time for Anyone still interested in helpWestern Conference title. In the Finals, the Bulls defeat the Suns in in form this week," said coach our last three races." ing out With the cross country seven games to win their third straight NBA championship. Kathy Noble-Fraley, ^Veteran Other Laker men to place were team can still call coaches Mike In closing, ifeope my NBA predictions turn out better that my Michael Brown once' again Scott Choura for 22nd place, Bra- or Kathy Noble-Fraley^at 453American League predictions did. They couldn't be much worse. showed that he can be counted on dley Allen for 25th placer; Chris- 6425. 1
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Laker golfers wrap up fall season
By David Kosobucki Merciad Sports Writer

Student skating times for Mercyhurst Ice Center

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OCTOBER 15,1992

Dayton continues dominance over Hurst gridders 42-14
By Keith Coii rson Merciad Sports Writer The Mercyhurst Laker football team had high expectations last weekend as it traveled to Dayton, Ohio to battle the number two ranked team in Division III football. Those expectations quickly turned into frustrations as the Lakers couldn't get on track until it was too late. Dayton cruised by Mercyhurst 42-14. With the Flyers already on top 7-0, Mercyhurst's next seven offensive possessions went punt, fumble, interception, punt, inters ception, interception and loss of ball on downs. The scoreboard unkindly read; Dayton 35, Mercyhurst 0. «We felt that our kids were ready to play, and we had hoped that they would play up to their potential," remarked defensive backs coach Dave Curtis. "When we started the game, things j u s t d id n' t go well. We made some bad plays on offense and on defense." "It basically cost us the football game in the first quarter. We just couldn' t recoverfrombeing down 21-0, "he noted. * Dayton, who has now outscored its opponents by a 226 to 17 margin in five games this season, effectively shut down the potent Laker running attack. Tailback Craig Woodard now has 759 yards on the ground this season, but was will learnfromtheir mistakes." The Lakers scored thefirsttouchdown on Dayton's defense all season j at the 3:34 mark of the third quarter. Quarterback Chris Logero found sophomore Todd Melfi in the end zone for a 16yard score. ,Mercyhurst added another touchdown on Logero's 4-yard keeper tofinishout its scoring on the afternoon. "I know our kids wish that they could have the Dayton game back, but it's over and done with," said Curtis. The competition doesn't get any easier for Mercyhurst as limited to only 40 by the Flyer Wittenberg invades the stadium defense. this Saturday. Wittenberg i.. comAlthough the Lakers suffered ing off an upset victory over pethrough a dismal first half, the rennial power Allegheny. The team bounced back with poise game is part of Hall of Fame weekand gutted out a determined second stanza. "Offensively, we end. This year's inductee will be turned it around-in the second defensive back Jim Sturm. Sturm half, " said Curtis. "We played is ranked on top of the all-time v., much better and hopefully the kids interception list.

Lady Lakers up record to
By Liarn Barron: Merciad Sports Writer The Mercyhurst Lady Lakers got back on track again this past week as they upped their record to 9-2 and maintained their number eight national ranking. The Hurst enjoyed comfortable wins over Gannon University and Kutztown University. The Lakers traveled across town to Scott Park to battle the Lady Knights of Gannon who had just relinquished their national ranking. The Hurst didn't give its old enemy a look in, as they posted a satisfying 3-0 decision.]; Scorers for the Lakers were Lori Ha mbl in, Cynthia Nay lor and Erin Stewart. On Sunday, the Hurst blew away a Kutztown team which left the shores of Erie with a 0-2 record and a very unhealthy goal difference. The Lakers won by a 7-0 score. Stewart led the rout with two goals. Stewart now has nine goals on the season. Other scorers were Bridget Anderson, Tracy j Cross, Lori Ha mbl i n, Jen Leenstra and Mia U-Rycki. Junior goalkeeper Barb Rafalowski posted the shutout in both games. Coach Rich Hartis was happy with the results, "We're still unMia U-Rycki scores a goal on a penalty kick early on in defeated against Gannon, which Photo by Joseph Legler Sunday's game. is very satisfying, and our display against Kutztown was profes- opposition," he said. versity and 17th ranked LeMoyne sional considering the quality of The Lakers face Niagara Uni- College this week. *

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By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor The Mercyhurst women's varsity eight finished eighth among stringent Ivy League competition at the Bausch and Lomb Invitational in Rochester, NY, on Sunday, October 11. Mercyhurst entered its rowers against the col legiate rowing powers of Harvard, Yale and Princeton. According to women's rower Melissa Svitek, "Surprisingly, we were competitive against a lot tougher crews, and we still ranked in the top third."! The women's open eight did achieve success beating Cornell and ranking third among those crews who competed in the Dad Vail National Championships. The field of crews consisted of the University ofWisconsin, Syracuse University and Western Ontario. Wisconsin, nationally ranked last year, won the event

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Men finish 1-1 atlOakland
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peted in a tournament at Oakland University. On Saturday, the Lakers beat Northern Kentucky University by

a score of 2*1 in overtime. After trailing early in the game, the Lakers rallied with a goal from Pablo Klingenberger. Mark Shokalook Anally settled matters with the game-winning goal in overtime. The Lakers faced conference riva Is Wisconsin-Parkside on Sunda y. The team quickly found itself down two goals and could not recover. A goal by defenseman MSW;*^! Nick Roberts pulled the Lakers Ppn<iayfipi#^ial|i^ r #i >x within a goal, but they eventually 4 were defeated by a score of 3-1. Team captain John Shanahan said, "Due to a number of inju! ries, the team has been depleted. f|n^^^rtfe: _ _ M M I However, we have to keep on battling with the players we have Saturday f 2 ^ H b 4 p § | and hope to rebuild." The Lakers face Lock Haven S Wd^^^^l4|p.r|a University on Sunday, October 18. The game stalls at 11 a.m. on the soccer field.

with a time of 29:43.51. The women's lightweight four finished sixth, just behind ;St. Catherine's. Canadian schools dominated the event, as the Toronto Argonauts finished in first place. Also, the Lakers entered three men's crews in the regatta, the lightweight eight, the heavyweight eight and the open four. The lightweight eight finished tenth. The Lakers would have finished sixth but hit a buoy and lost 30 seconds. St Catherine's finished first, followed by Western Ontario. The men's heavy weight eight faced top Ivy League schools. The Lakers were defeated by Colgate for 15th place, Penn won the race beating Harvard. In the men's open four, the Lakers finished tenth in a heat that pitted them aga inst Johns Hopkins and Syracuse. ^Superior crews defeated Mercyhurst The boat consisted of coxswain Ann Lorenz, Dan McKays Bryan "Shaggy" Narusewicz, Keith Gil-?] bert and Bruce Rodriguez. The Lakers will compete Satur-| day, October,l 7, at the Head of the Schuykill at Philadelphia, Pa. On Sunday, October 18, they will row,at the Princeton Chase in New Jersey.

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