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Policejinvestigate alleged rape
By Jule Gardner Metclad News Editor 'An alleged rape occurred on November 12 in a Briggs Avenue apartment The alleged victim is a student at Mercy hurst. A suspect in the case, also a Mercyhurst student, was temporarily expelled but has been allowed to resume classes with permission of the alleged victim, said Bud Dever, director of security. " Apparently, an agreement has been worked out," he added. The Erie Police are currently investigating the physical evidence in the case. "As soon as they become involved, they have the jurisdiction," Dever said. Concerning the initial expulsion, he said, "As far as the college is concerned, the rules of student conduct are satisfied by suspension until it is litigated." t Dever declined any further comment and said that the matter was "in the hands of the Erie Police."
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By Anne L. McNeils A&E and Features Editor Based on national surveys, one in four women at Mercy hurst have experienced rape or attempted rape since the age of 14. One in 12 college men admit to acts that meet legal definitions of rape, yet few of them consider themselves to be rapists. There is no question that both women and men need to be educated about what constitutesrape,how to prevent it and what to do if a friend is a rape victim, f Rape, according to the ffew Mepiaiq Webster Dictionary, is unlawful sexual intercourse of any kind by force or threat Rape has nothing to do with love or lust It is sexual violence that is directed at women. Some of the treasons for. this violence are sex sole stereotypes, poor communication, mixed messages and learned violence. Rape is a violation of a woman's body and spirit. When a woman israped,her entire life will be a fleeted by the crime. Such problems as loss of trust in other people, guilt about the rape, fear, depression a nd sexual problems can occur. To reduce theriskofrape,women can take certain precautions. They are to: -avoid secluded places -be aware of situations involving alcohol or other drugs (most campus rapes include alcohol) -be assertive (remember that no one has therightto touch your body unless you want that person to) £ -be direct, actrightaway -get away from a threatening situation if possible; scream, kick, hit, bite, etc., unless you think your life is in danger—in that case, do not resist Even though these tips can help prevent rape, the only people who can end rapes are rapists. If you are raped, thefirststep is to get help. Go to a hospital, talk to friends or a rape crisis line to obtain the support you need. It is your decision to report a rape—reporting rapes is one of the first steps in ending them, but you must be comfortable with the choice. Whether you report the rape or not, it is important to seek counseling for your own good. If you know someone who is raped, there are a number of things you can do to help her. Most importantly, you should be supportive and reassuring. You should also make sure that your friend has someplace safe to stay and that she will not be alone. The most important thing to remember & aboutrapeis that it is never the woman's fault, no matter what she was wearing, how diunk she*;was or what she was doing with her attacker.
Members of the Mercyhurst community who are collaborating with Greg Rathbum, an Erie Filmmaker, are pictured here discussing thefirstdraft of his ffipt, which depicts a "wake* set in Ireland in the twenties. The Irish students t Mercyhurst were instrumental in providing colloquialisms and insights Photo by Joseph Legler ecessary for this production.
Tbmer asserts the CIA is not secret
By Monica Sertik Merciad Staff Reporter On December 5,1992, a seminar cosponsored by the Criminal Justice Department and the Research/Intelligence Program of the History Department presented "Intelligence In the 1990's and Beyond: Its Role in a Democratic Society." ' 2 ( Dr. Michael A. Turner of the Central * Intelligence Agency, spoke on Intelligence and the Role of the CIA in it "Alot of people consider the CIA to be a James Bond-like organization. James Bond doesn't write reports, he is too busy chasing beautiful women and driving exotic ca is," said Tu rne r. The CIA writes a lot ofreports. In 1991, more than 5,100 titles were written. Turner said, "The CIA is perceived by many as a secret intelligence organization." It is not a secret agency. Everyone knows that the CIA exists. If it was a secret organization Turner could not have given his talk. The CIA is in the Info Management business. It evaluates the information for the policy makers for national security decisions. They have four ways of collecting their information: from other US Government Intelligence Agencies Reports, open sources such as the media (both print and electronic),? National Technical Means (satellites), and Humint or Human Intelligence or otherwise known as spying. The second speaker was Fredrick T. Ma rt ins of the Pennsylvania Crime Commission. Martins spoke on Organized Crime a nd its hold in the US. In 1967, the Commission stated that organized crime does exist in America, and controlled vice activities in major American cities. Law Enforcement Agencies lacked an intelligence capability, and this is why the Cosa Nostra was able to grow and prosper for over 30 years, said Martins.' In the 1990's a new face of organized crime has developed. It is a multi-cultural multi ethnic There are four new faces: the Asian, Hispanic, Russian
Friday, December ill. Women's Basketball at Edinboro. Saturday, December 12 to 4 p.m. Student Union.> Christmas on Campus. 7:30 p.nWMen's Basketball hosts Bloomsburg. Sunday^December 13 12:30 p.m."AChristmas Carol/at Alex fTheatre [ Merc$hust-North| East. I FiidayiDecember 18 Christmas Vacation begins.
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Dr. Michael A. Turner of the Central Intelligence Agency shares bis. knowledge of Intelligence to a seminar group in Sullivan Hall. Photo by Monica Sertik
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By Jule Gardner Merciad News Editor Editor's Note: This column is designed to represent different viewpoints of Me icyhurst students about current, newsworthy topics. The opinions ate obtained through a random telephone poll of on-campus numbers. (That means that you should keep up on the issues because next week I might be talking to you.) Margaret Hanchek, freshman, Psychology major: "I think the U.S. should worry about their own problems." Gretchen Ulery, sophomore, undeclared major: "I don't like it. We should take care of our internal problems before we start considering foreign policy." Jason Kirby, freshman, undeclared major: "I would agree with the involvement. We're trying to'help those people. They are starving to death." Daniel Marks, senior, HRIM major. "I think the only reason we do it is because we can. The United States is a wealthy country and the reason we help others is because we are able to."
Some of the activities that will By Stephanie Szabo Merciad StaffReporter I *' take place on Saturday are picI * tures with Santa, sponsored by The third annual Christmas on Circle K; face painting, sponsored campus will be held on Saturday, by art majors; Santa Bingo, sponDecember 12 from 1 to 4 pan, in sored by Alpha Phi Omega; the Student Union. Unlike years past, the events will be covered by the local media. The children who will be attending this function range from age five to 10. These children represent Burton Elementary, St Martin Center, YMCA and the Maura Smith Day Care Center. Much planning has taken place for this event by die d ifferentcommittees. Some of these committees are:refreshments,decorating* agency contact, gifts, activities/volunteers and publicity. According to Colleen Kipfstuhl, president of the Mercyhurst Business Association and student coordinator for the Christmas events, this year's Christmas on Campus has involved more of the campus and its clubs than in the past. "I'm deeply touched by the a mount of Christmas instruments, coordienthusiasm displayed by the nated by the string ensemble unMercyhurst community to sup- der the direction of Lee Wilkins; port this activity and I hope this The Gift Shop, sponsored by the tradition continues for ma ny years Political Science Association; to come," she said. ornaments, sponsored by the
CouncilforExceptional Child ren; Christmas cards, sponsored by computer majors and the Clown Troupe provided by Campus Ministry.
Experts discuss agency
(Continued from page 1) Emigre and African. This is a different type of organized crime, which is global in nature. The groups are crossing the borders, smuggling aliens and drugs, energy resources, western goods and precious metals, according to Martins Martins suggested that students, "study other cultures extremely hard, know them, understand them, study other languages, study the customs of other cultures, the histories ofother cultures, because all of that knowledge is what intelligence analysis is all about" The third 'speaker was R.C. Fahlman of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The RCMP is about equal to the FBI but more broader and is also the Canadian National Police Force. Today's environment is rapidly changing and the RCMP must be aware of the changes and make
Archaeology grows to Big Easf
Mercyhurst Archaeological In- "We did it at Pitt," he added. stitute (MAI) could soon become Under the terms of the proposed one of the largest programs in the acquisition, the Texas operation United States. Ifa recent proposal would be the western headquarto acquire the archaeology re- ters of allfieldwork in that region search program at Southern Meth- while the Eastern Division, loDan Patrick, junior. Criminal Justice major: "I think they need help over there. It's a good idea as long as we odist University in Dal las is final- cated at Mercyhurst, would handle ized, Mercyhurst will become the all thefieldwork on the east coast. don't stay over there too long." $ largest archaeology program east Kevin Shaunessy, the SMU arof the Mississippi, according to chaeology program director, said Leo Orelli,freshman,CMIS major: M James Adovasio, MAI director. that the program's contracts have I don't think we should be there because we have enough problems in our country and we shouldn't have to spend our money* The Board of Trustees voted to "brought in an* excess of begin negotiations with SMU at $500,000" to SMU and the proelsewhere." * theirregularmeeting on Thurs- gram. % day, Dec. 3. Dr. Garvey made the Those contracts, Adovasio said, Joan Whelan, sophomore, undeclared major: "It makes me sad to see it on TV. I'm glad our government is doing announcement shortly afterwards. would becomex Mercy hurst's if He said that they are "on the road" the college acquires SMU's prosomething to help these people." to afinalagreement. gram. Garvey added that the premiere Heather Ryan,freshman,Psychology major: The acquisition could occur as M archaeology program has been early as January 1, according to I think it's a good move because these people-need food to possible at Mercyhurst ever since Adovasio. survive. It's necessary." 1 Adovasio took over the program According to Garvey, this would in 1990. \: Steve Serena, sophomore, undeclared major: | give Mercyhurst one of the finest Adovasio, formerly of the Uni- small college archaeology pro"I'm a torn heart. I'm glad they are helping them but I wish they M versity of Pittsburgh, called the grams in the United States. too possible acquisition "deja vu." Ryan Garvey, junior, Finance major: / "I think it's a good idea. Hopefully we will resolve the problem pretty soon and kick some ass." f, <
"This is a different type of organized crime, which is global in nature."
the * changes needed. They no longer can use yesterday's methods. The RCMP Act outlines the general mandates of three areas which are the preservation of peace and order, prevention of crime, and the pursuit and apprehension of criminaIs. « "Intelligence in many shapes and forms provides the support necessary for planners and leaders to recognize the emerging threats as well as potential opportunities," said Fahlman.
Erin O'Connor, junior, HRIM major: 44 I don't agree with it at all. I know someone over there right now and I think we have enough starving people Hi the U.S. and we don't need to be going to other countries. I just think it's stupid. Tim Alesnik, senior, Sportsmedicine major: "Why can't they feed American people that are starving? Why is it that people in other countries were starving in the last 15 years, such as in Ethiopia, and we didn't help them and now we are in ft Somalia? It just doesn't make sense Will Grover, senior, HRIM major: f "I think it's a good idea. They are aiding In distribution and regulation better than the rebels."
writingfor the Merciad^ A "$1,000 'reward will jbe" given for information during the winter term leading to the identity of the^person who vandalshould contact Joseph ized the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes on the egler at extension Mercyhurst campus on October 31^ The reward money was donatediby area merchants.jichiefs of 3 76 as soon as pospolice and the Fraternal Order of Police lodges. sible. Freshman comThe use of the money was arranged by Bud Dever, munication majors are Mercyhurst security director the local state Poencouraged to take adlice captain and the Crime-Stoppers committee. %e of this oppor If you have any information call the Erie police bureau at 870-1150 I \unity.
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"How can someone like you frequently eat in a high quality, full-service restaurant on your income?" asked the ignorant pseudo acquaintance with disbelief in her voice. "How can you have all of that money? After all, you only work for minimum wage, don't you?" j asked the simpleton car dealer looking upon me as if I were a beggar looking for hand-outs. " You couldn't have all of that money... Not you, no way, no how... I mean, give me a break... YOUl" said the empty-headed, witless coworker. 1 1 | "HOW CAN YOU, BEING AN ADULT|STUDENT, BE RECEIVING TfflS MUCH FINANCIAL AID?" asked the oblivious woman behind the student accounts desk, practically accusing me of some sort of thievery with the tone in her voice. The first three quotes in this column were embellished and or totally fabricated to make a point. However, the third quote, and consequently the most offensive to me because it was actually said to me, is word for word from one of the women in the Mercyhurst Student Accounts Office. I I.Was in the accounts office to see if I could possibly withdraw some money from my Mercyhurst tuition file to buy books. My account is well in the plus range and I wanted to use a mere ten percent of this excessive fundage to buy my overpriced books at the bookstore. I don't have an all-campus card, so this was the next logical step. The clerk pulled up my account on the computer; her eyes bulged out and almost kissed the terminal screen; her chin dropped to the floor, she began to writhe back and forth in rapid convulsions; sweat-beads formed across her fore-head and she asked, "HOW CAN YOU, BEING AN ADULT STUDENT, BE RECEIVING
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Vol. 66 No. 10
Editor in Chief Joseph Legler Jule Gardner News Editor Anne McNeils A&EIFeatures Editor Sports Editor Craig Rybczynski Dave McQuillen Megan Circle Sean Wall Leon Mumford*. Rich She 1 ton John Shanahan Liam Barron Stephanie Wainright Mary Medure Erin Hauber Tonie Bolan David Kosobucki BethiNichols* David Rumsey Steph Szabo Karen Trapolsi
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Now, I didn't have the best upbringing in the world, but I was taught that it's more than rude to ask somebody where they got their money. If they have their money, they have it It is not my business to ask where they got it,fromwhom they got it, how they got it, and what they're going to do with it If the person with the money chooses to tell me where he/she obtained it, fine! That is his/her option, but I would never ask him/her about it jJ was also taught not to label people. For example, I would never say, "He has AIDS, he must be homosexual." This just isn't a competent, well thought-out thing to say, and if anyone said it, they would be considered a fool. $ In the brief time it took this lady to blurt out this sentence (maybe five seconds tops), she not only labeled me as an adult student, but she also questioned me as to the origin of the money on my adultstudent a ccount Is there some reason why I, being a non-traditional student, shouldn't receive financial aid? Is it of any concern to anyone else how much financial aid I receive? Should I ha ve a sign strapped to me that indicates that I happen to be an adult student who happens to receive scholarship money for a job that I happen to do each week? Should I yell out at the top of my lungs in the middle of Garvey Park that I receive an assistants hip for another job I do on campus? Should I paint a message on my car saying that I'm several thousand dollars in debt to the federal government, drive around campus and honk my horn for aifew hours? Should I send out mailers to the entire Mercyhurst community informing them of all the financial aid I have ever received? Is it really anyones business? No, I shouldn't do those things, but if this woman is reading this, now you know how /, BEING AN ADULT STUDENT, RECEIVE SO MUCH FINANCIAL AID.
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By Jule Gardner Merciad News Editor
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Ifsecurity is needed at any time She always cooks ham when we go to her house for dinner. I hate after 4:30 p.m., call ext 2439 ham. Did you see the way Uncle Fred's girlfriend was dressed at the (Baldwin desk). If no answer, call party? Why does Grandma always buy me dumb presents? The tree ext 2102, wait for a beep and needs more lights. No it doesn't Yes it does. Go to K-Mart and get press * (star). Then press 401 *. some. No. Yes. No. Bla. Bla. Bla." \ Press the # key whenj you are If you haven't guessed, the topic of my column is the overwhelm- finished, but before you hang up. ing joys of the Christmas season. No, Virginia, there isn't a Santa Gaus and even if there was, he would be just as commercial in Anyone interested in starting a reality as he is in the current imaginations of our youth. I want I pep band for men's and women's want I thought the * 80* s were over, but materialism makes a lasting basketball programs to help crevisit every year around this time under the guise of holiday cheer. ate more spirit and atmosphere at Christmas isn't about Nintendo. It isn't about new sweaters. It games should contact Pete Russo, isn't about ham dinner. Yeah, we all know the real meaning of Director ofAthletics, at ext. 2226. Christmas. Like good, little Christians we make our appearances at Midnight Mass. Maybe it's the only appearance we make all year, The Fitness Center will be open but, geez, we go and listen, don't we? on Tuesdays and Thursdays from I'm not going to stand on a pulpit and lecture you about why we 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to employees only. Craig Davie, Director of celebrate Christmas. I'm as guilty as most of you. I just recognize the Fitness Center, will be availmy guilt. My problem isn't with losing the true purpose. That was bound to able during these hours to assist happen in this technological, skeptical society. My problem is that any employee in learning how to operate exercise equipment efthe distortion just won't stop there. fectively and safely. Davie will Case in point: By now you have probably seen the "Playboy" commercial featuring good ole* St. Nick about a gazillion times. It's also be £ available to place any even on CNN* At the end of the display containing sordid, censored employee on a designated fitness photographs of near naked women, the jolly character in the beard program to meet personal goals 3 says, "HO! HO! HO! It's good to be the Santa." Why? So you can for exercise. be admired and fondled by big-breasted bimbos in red? I'm almost Anyone interested in demonsure that is how Father Christmas should be depicted on TV. strating his/her major at the
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Every year they try to suck you in earlier and earlier. You walk into stores on Halloween and you are greeted by red and green garbage. "Christmas is coming. Start getting commercial now while the commercial getting is good." It's OCTOBER. Why does one day have to be stretched out into materialistic infinity? I haven't even touched on the relatives part For members of my family (and I know I'm far from alone) Christmas isn't a time ofjoy and giving. It's a time of obligation. You know those members in your family that don't like those other members of your family and bitch about it all the way up to the front porch. Then they open the door. Big smile, big smile. "Oh, Merry Christmas, Aunt Annoying. It's soooo good to see you again!" Meanwhile her teeth are clenched so tight that freckles start flying off of her forehead. Okay, I'm not a total grincb. I freely admit that I get all gooey-eyed when George Bailey realizes "It's a Wonderful Life." I know it is a good feeling to give someone something from inside that means a lot to that person. And, hey, how can you help but smile when The Boss cranks out "Santa Claus is Com in' to Town" on the radio? It's just that I can't believe Christmas is all it's cracked up to be. For me, the decent aspects of this drawn-out holiday cannot erase such mistakes as the fake niceties, the utter materialism or the asinine commercials. I refuse to fool myself, but I don't condemn you if that is the path you take. All I ask is that you don't look at me like I have three heads just because I like reality more than Christ* mas. So, hey, have a wang-dilly of a break. Happy Holidays and all that junk. I'm done growing old for this season. Ho. Ho.
The Back Row
By John Danknich Merciad Movie Critic Well, it's been over a month since my lastreview,and since there have been a number of "big" movies that have come out in the interim, I have decided to give capsulereviewsof three of these so-called "big" movies. Going Coppol vampire tale. In ait interesting piece of casting, British actor Gary Oldman was chosen to play the vampiriccount. OldmaiTs last major role in the United States was Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK. Oldman's performance as Dracula was the high point of the movie. In portraying Dracula, Oldman had to endure not only playing Dracula's various incarnations, but countless hours under heavy make-up and prosthetics as well. However, Oldman is at his best when he is the charming Prince VIad. In my opinion, he could be a dark horse in the race for an Academy Award nomination. The major problem with Dracula is its look and feel. On many occasions, it is very obvious that the scene is happening on some Hollywood soundstage. For those of you expecting to be horrified and scared, stay at home. This is not a honor movie. Dracula is a gothic love story a nd should be viewed with this in mind. The deciding factor for my grade was Anthony Hopkins who gives a tour-de-force performance as the vampire slayer Van Helsing. Hopkins' humor helped to break the tension and liven up a rather
dark movie. I crive Rram Stoker's Dracula a solid B+.
D'Angelo presents acclaimed cellist
miered several works and has worked with such composers as LukasFoss, Ganther Schuller and Don Froind. He is an advocate of the music of the 1 ate Eric Heckaid and has premiered a number of his works, including his cello concerto. For the past several years, Pegis has lived in Connecticut where he worked as a free lance cellist in the New York area. He taught at Newtown High School, Merit Music Studios and at< the Harrt School of Music. well as a winner of the Emerson During the summer he teaches String Quartet Competition and and performs chamber music at Artists International auditions in the Yellow Barn Music Festival New York City. He has appeared in Vermont This year he has peras a soloist with the Lafayette, formed with artists such as ChrisQueens, Harrt, Kingsport and topher Wellington, Eric Thayer Symphony Orchestras. Rosenblith, Gary Karr and Jesse Pegis made his official New York Levine and toured with his endebut at Carnegie Recital Hall in semble, the Arcadia Trio. 1990 and has also appeared in the The concert will be held on Federal Hall Concert Series, the Monday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. in the Arts Zurn Recital Hall on" the Cami Hall. Mercy hurst College campus. The As a performer of new music, concert is free. Pegis has commissioned and pre-
The D'Angelo School of Music is proud to present artist/faculty cellist Jolyon Pegis in a concert of works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven and Sibelius. Pegis is a native of Rochester, NY. He studied cello in Rochester with Alan Harris and Don Reinfeld. He continued his studies at Indiana University and the Harrt School of Music where he studied with Fritz Magg, Gary Hoffman and David Wells. Pegis is a prizewinner in the Hudson Valley Competition, as
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Next on the agenda is the "long-awaited" Home Alone 2: Lost in* New York. The Grst Home Alone grossed over $200 million worldwide and made an instant star of Macau ley Culkin. I The plot is basically the same as the Grst one, except that Culkin gets stranded in New York by himself at Christmas time. He does the same things as he did in the Grst movie. He eats a lot of junk food, watches movies and makes a nuisance of himself. Of course, Culkin's nemeses Harry and Marv (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) are back. As in the first movie the pair goes after Culkin who has turned his uncle's townhouse into a fortress. Let me tell you, if I took all the injury and abuse that Harry and Marv take at the hands of Culkin, I'd be dead.: --;.;> While some of the things Culkin does to Harry and Marv are very ingenious, I can't help but thinking the writers are trying to turn him into MacGyver, Jr. In fact, I saw one of the "gags" in the movie on an episode of MacGyver from 1985 the other night. Don't you just love how original this movie is? - Unoriginal as Home Alone 2 may be, it still is an enjoyable and fun movie for the entire family to see. However, because the Glm is basically a larger budgetremakeof the Grst move, I cannot give Home Alone 2 higher than a IK £
Malcolm X. Director Spike\Lee's three hours and 17 minutes biography ofthe slain Black Muslim leader of the 1960s is his finest movie to date. As the movie begins, young Malcolm Little (brilliantly portrayed by Denzel Washington) starts his dissent into the world of drugs and crime. little's life of crime catches up to him, and he ends up in jail. It is here he turns his life around after a fellow inmate introduces him to the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam. Of all the parts in the movie, this introduction seemed to drag the most. However, Irealizedthat it was necessary to see the man that Malcolm was to understand the man that he became* Washington, who won a Supporting Actor OscarforGlory, has to be the front-runner for this year's Best Actor. In my opinion, no actor could have portrayed Malcolm X any better. Also, the resemblance between the two is uncanny. Malcolm X is no doubt the best movie of this year. When the Academy Award nominations are announced early next year, expect this Glm to have many. I wish I had moreroomto write, but I'll save itformy next column. Malcolm X gets a well deserved A.
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By Joseph Legler Editor in Chief Out of fear, some people keep personal problems bottled up inside them for a very long time. They don't ever reveal their dilemmas to anybody, and consequently they may experience depression, trauma, anxiety, and self-pity later in life. However, telling somebody your problem, anybody you can trust, is probably the best therapy for any individual. Mercyhurst student Dara DeDad, a 21 year old senior accounting major, is a survivor of childhood molestation who just recently brought her problem out into the open. Late last term she addressed Professor Triola's Social Problems class on therepercussionsofchild molestation and the effects it leaves on victims. She said she Was nervous telling her story but she feels much better now than she has in a long time. DeDad was a 10 year old girl when, on two separate occasions, her alcoholic relative made improper advances "fondling" her
with his hands. She knew at the time that this was not right and she told her relative never to touch her like that again. He never touched her wrongly again, but she had a decision to make—whether or not to reveal these incidents to anyone.
I told my grandmother," DeDad said. "She looked at me like 'Oh it hasn't happened again* and told me to never tell anyone. She kept this incident locked inside her, repressing it from her memory, until recently when she came forward with it through therapy at the Rape Crisis Center. She said that something "triggered" her into finally facing her suppressed dilemma. That something was therecentdeath of her relative. He passed away ifrom natural causes last summer. T h e day that he died, I didn't think it was going to bother me at all because I wasn't close to him
to her closest friend, whom she met three years ago. She said that her friend helped her immensely to "get over her self pity" and urged her to seek the professional help that has been so beneficial to her. DeDad stressed the point that if you are in a similar situation, don't keep it trapped inside of you be["I t o l d ^my g r a n d wi m o t h e r , D e D a d s a i d . She attributes much of this to the cause it won't go away. "Tell anyone that will listen, a Rape Crisis Center and her best " S h e l o o k e d at m e l i k e friend. best friend, a close classmate, a ' O h , it h a s n ' t h a p p e n e d "They (the Rape Crisis Center) teacher you are very fond of...or a g a i n * a n d t o l d m e t o told me to take each day as it is even me," she stated. "The more conies and to deal with difficult yoti keep silent, the more it hinnever tell anyone." situations one at a time and to deal ders you." -Dara DeDad with what happened to me one If you would like to talk to DeDad day at a time," she stated. "I even- about a problem that you feel she tual ly got to the point where it may be able to help you with, you didn't control me anymore, I con- can reach her through Dr. Snyder, u trolled it." ^ < * ¥ ®*H Bud Dever, or Professor Triola. Mercyhurst also has a profesShe added that they helped her dying brought everything forward because now I had to face it," she narrow the problem down to a sional counseling service that the stated, "I suppose myisubcon- little comer of her mind and this students can take advantage of scious felt that I would always get made the rest of her life much located in room 209 Main. You my chance...reality sets in and I more manageable; can stop by or call 2555 for an have to deal with it." DeDad Was quick to give praise appointment. at all," she said, "I felt bad...but 9 that was about it.* She added that subconsciously she knew that this memory was still buried in her mind. "Him She has dealt with it effectively and says she doesn't experience "flashbacks" anymore which plagued her in the time she kept it locked inside. She feels that she can now handle herself much more confidently in relationships and life because she confronted her fear and overcame
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By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor
Bohun brings fresh outlook to the Hurst
By David J. Kosobucki Merciad Sports Writer Sports can be a passion for some people. They can make life seem so easy for them because they are able to get in a zone. Hockey is a- passion for Mercyhurst freshman Bryce Bohun. It has been ever since he laced up his skates for the first time when he was five years old. "I just love playing hockey," Bohun said. "I have trouble not dreaming about it sometimes." Hockey^has been traditionally considered a Canadian sport. So it is probably not, surprising to hear that Bohun was born and raised in Canada. He attended John PaulijII Collegiate] High School in North -Battleford, Saskatchewan* &r Most athletes dream about being a superstar someday. Bohun is no different. Dreams can seem more realistic when someone has a role model. In Bohun's case, he had a Great One. "Wa yne Gretzky grew up nearby the area in which I grew up," Bohun said. "I was exposed to him a lot, and he became my hero." Bohun igraduated from high school three years ago. Now 21 years old, Bryce spent those three years working at a golf course over the summer and playing hockey for the North Battleford North Stars in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. 1 He was also trying to find a way to extend his hockey career. "I planned on going to college in America," Bohun said. "I wanted to go somewhere where I could play hockey." Bohun didnothave a short trip in' coming, to Mercyhurst either. .North Battleford is about a 36 hour drive from Erie. Coming from another country had an immediate effect on Bohun. At first, he experienced a little culture shock. Since then, he has adapted and finds himself enjoying America. "I was surprised at all of the different personalities I saw when I first got here," he said. "I'm used to it now, though." Bohun enjoys all of the television exposu re tha t sporting events receive in America. "Sports are very big here on television," he said. "I hope I get to see the Chicago Bulls play a lot"In Canada, he did get to watch some basketball but not nearly as much as he will in the United States. Bohun also gol fs for Mercyhurst During the fall season, Bryce was one of the most cons is tent golfers for the Lakers. Back in high school, he also played volleyball and badminton. But according to Bohun, he has played "any and all Sports at one time or another." Bohun drew some parallels about all of these sports. "Concentration is essential/' said Bryce. "Also, the team atmosphere that 9 is created is similar.' Bryce also feels that golf has helped him significantly. When he is golfing, it is just him against the course. This kind of individual thinking makes it easier for him to raise his level of play when he is struggling in hockey. All good things must come to an end. Everyone must enjoy them while they last Athletics bring out the kid in everyone. That's what makes many of us, including Bohun, still young at heart |
"We've got five seconds left. . .do you believe in miracles. 4 Yes!" This famous quote by ABC broadcaster Al Michaels B»f reminds hockey fans of how a rag-tag group of college hockey V <$H £ f c & ^ : players : could .overcome unbelicveable odds and win. These famous words followed the USA's 4-3 upset victory over the Soviet Union at Lake Placid, NY, in the 1980 Winter Olympics. \ There;are definite simarities between the USA Olympic gold medal winning team of 1980 and the Mercyhurst club hockey team. Both teams are a collection of kids from obscure cities from around the United States and for Mercyhurst, Canada as well. The Lakers pulled their own rendition of the "Miracle on Ice" with a 12-2 victory over the Niagara University Purple Eagles on Friday, December 4. Then, like the gold medal victory over Finland by Team USA, the Lakers defeated their rivals, the Gannon Golden Knights 3-2 Wednesday night at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. The Lakers have won two in a row and have turned around their season which did not begin so spectacularly. For those of you rink rats who ventured to see Mercyhurst's finest play their first two games, you would have thought you were watching a football game by the number of goals scored. However, what critics and fans alike fail to realize is that the Lakers had had only six pra c*•ces before their first game. Like Team USA, they were thrown against competition with almost no preparation and expected to mature and improve with the passing of each game. Team USA had little time to prepare for their 10 game slate against European and National "Hockey ^League teams. Going into the Olympics, Team USA Head Coach Herb Brooks thought even a bronze medal would have been a major accomplishment Entering Lake Placid, they were coming off of a demoralizing defeat to the Soviet Union at Madison Square Garden a week earlier. With time, the United States started to gel and play as a team. The Lakers have since begun to progress as a unit and not as a team of individuals. Coach Brooks knew that this philosophy would help them beat superior teams. The Hurst has since tightened up on defense. With the addition of Scott Aiello, the burden won't solely fall on the one or two players. Defensema n Marc Johnston has been the stand out defensive player 1 all year , and it's about time he got some help. Maybe the club team should look into getting some more players from Ridley College in St Catherines? In goal, Scott Bray and Aaron Winch ha ve solidified the goal tending duties for the Lakers. With better defense, they can rely on loose pucks and rebounds being cleared from in front of the net The days of two or three rebounds have long past With this goaltending tandum, the Hurst doesn't have to rely on one goalie, I ikeTeairi USA did with Jimmy Craig. Bray captured the first win against Niagara, and Winch stopped 20 shots against Gannon. M " I ' The Olympic spirit can be found in one of the most determined, yet smallest players on the team* Sdphomore Lou Viselli gets knocked around each game, but still goes into the corners after the puck like he is 6 feet tall. Viselli scored the game-winning goal against Gannon. Does the name Mike Eruzionc ring afrell?jt Eruzione scored the winning goal against the Soviet Union to help Team USA advance to the gold medal game. He wasn't the most talented player on the team but was a team leader and winner like Viselli. «f v Offensive production has come from Joe Paluchak and Kelly Gilchrist Paluchak scored two goals andfiveassists aga inst Niagara and had a goal versej Gannon. Gilchrist scored four goals and contributed two assists in the Niagara game. Leaving the Gannon game with a home victory was a new twist, especially when the students come out and support them. The varsity team is so well known at this school that people (ail to realize we even have a club team. Well, I think you hear me knocking, and I'm bringing the club hockey team and they're going to show you they can really play. iMaybe they'll teach you if you ask them. N o t i y ^ g IBBfefli
By David J. Kosobucki Merciad Sports Writer Mercyhurst freshman Craig Woodard is probably wondering if his football season will ever end. He probably does not want it to end, the way things are going. The East Coast Athletic Conference extended Woodard's season by naming him its 1992 Rookie of the Year. Woodard led the Lakers with 1166 yards rushing, a new school record, on 176 carries. Woodard also hauled down seven passes for 69 yards. Woodard totaled eight touchdowns for the season. All of them came on the ground. The flashyfreshmanmade a sudden impact early in the season when he led the Lakers to a 14*10 come from behind victory over j Maryville with 133 yards rushing, including the game winning touchdown. Woodard displayed his exciting running style throughout the season. His 94-yard touchdown run against Ca nisi us College was probably the most spectacular of them all. Even though the game schedule is over for this season, the pivotal part of the year lies ahead, the off season. This is when athletes often mature the most, both physically and mentally. "1 plan to hit the weights harder than ever over the winter," Woodardsaid. "I want to come back an even better Cra ig Woodard.^M ^Improvement will remain a key ingredient in Craig's life, both on and off thefield."No matter what it is I do," he said. "I want to get better at it" If Craig improves any more, it will put him at perhaps an even more untouchable level than before. He might even be able to accumulate more hardware to accompany his state basketball championship in high school and bis rookie of the year award.
Mercyhurst IM Basketball Schedule
12-13&Staff vs. The Hood N. E. vs. Cavcasion Invasion Too Deep vs. Brickmisters Tumbleweeds vs. R. Rebels I ; Misfits vs. BMF Last Call vs. Nologe 12-16 Wolverines vs. Ziggy's Kaps vs. Lucky Ones Globetrotters vs.3Bricks R Us Nonames vs. Get Stuck In Staff vs. Cavcasion Invasion North East vs. Brickmisters 1-7 North East vs. Runnin Rebels Too Deep vs. Tumbleweeds Staff vs. Brickmisters 1 Cavcasion Inv. vs. The Hood Globetrotters vs. Nonames Lucky Ones vs. Get Stuck In Too Deep vs. Runnin Rebels^ Tumbleweeds vs. The Hood Misfits vs. Ziggy's Wolverines vs. Nologe Last Call Brewsers Kaps vs. Bricks R Us
8 p.m. MAC 8 p.m. \ REC 8:40 p.m MAC 8:40 p.m. I R E C 9:20 p.m. REC 9:20 p.m. MAC 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:40 p.m 8:40 p.m 9:20 p.m 9:20 p.m 8 p.m. 8 p.m 8:40 p.m. 8:40 p.m. 9:20 p.m. 9:20 p.m. I 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 8:40 p.m, 8:40 p.m. 9:20 p.m. 950 p.m. MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC MAC REC
Wolverines vs. Last Call 8 p.m. Misfits vs. Nologe 8 p.m. Ziggy's vs. Brewsers 8:40 p.m. Brickmisters vs. Cav. Invasion 8:40 p.m. Staff vs. Runnin Rebels 950 p.m. North East vs. T\imbleweeds 9:20 p.m.
L a k e r s fall to C e n t r a l State in c h a m p i o n s h i p g a m e of F e r r a r o
bling St. Vincent's output of 16 pointsfromthe charity stripe. On the boards, Mercy hurst had a 49* At the Mercy hurst Athletic Cen- 41 edge, including a 25-19 adter last Saturday night, the vantage on the offensive glass. Mercyhurst men's basketball Led by forward Gerry Battle's 10 team entered the championship boards and five blocks, the Hurst game of the Ferraro Ford Classic dominated the Bearcats inside, after a hard fought victory over which is the exact opposite of the St. Vincent Bearcats the night what would happen the next night The Lakers played inspired debefore. After racing to a 10-point half- fense in thefirsthalf of the chamtime lead, the Lakers fell apart in pionship game, 1 imking the Mathe second half and were defeated rauders to 37 points on 14 of 36 in overtime by the Central State shooting. Even though the Lakers Marauders by a score of 94-91, missed over half of their free throws, they still held a 47-37 dropping their record to 4-2. - advantage going into the locker What plagued the Lakers in the room. second half of the Central State In the second half, the Hurst were two areas that are usually strong for the Hurst, rebounding continued to lead Central State, and free-throw shooting. but showed signs of faltering. Against St Vincent Friday night, Mercyhurst's inside game'left the Lakers dominated the Bearcats ^^_^^^^_^^^_^^__^^^J5them. Central State dominated at the line, making 32-46, dou- inside, especially on the offenBy John Danknich Aferciad Asst. Sports Editor sive boards. The Marauders consistently had second and third chances which allowed them to c lose thegap to60-56at the 12:27 mark of the second half. From this point, the Hurst fell apart. Central State's Orlando Stewart's pull-up jumpergave the Marauders a four point lead with less than two minutes to play in regulation. The Lakers fought back and tied the game at 82 on Rashe Reviere's three-pointer from the right corner with 46 seconds left, sending the game into overtime. j'r In OT, the Lakers managed to take a 90-86 lead, but Stewart ing their final eight points, including four free throws in the last 18 seconds to give the Marauders a 94-91 victory and the championship trophy. For his efforts, Stewart was named the most
Rashe Reviere attempts a free throw during the Lakers' victory over Photo by Joseph Legler took over for Central State, scorCalifornia University of Pa.
the season, hitting six three pointers en route to 25 points. Baker also added nine rebounds. Senior guard Terry Bush came off the bench hitting nine of 12 free throws down the stretch to ice the Laker victory.: Earlier in the week, the Lakers recorded a big victory over the California University of Pennsylvania. Last year, California went to the Division II Final Four and finished with a record of 31-2. After spotting California an eight point halftime lead, the Lakers stormed back in the second halfto defeat California 89-86. Reviere once again led the Hurst with 31 points. The Lakers defeated Edinboro University 79-65 Wednesday night to raise their overall record to 5-2.
Lady Lakers blitzed by Clarion 112-85
By Keith Courson Merciad Sports Writer
Jones led a non-stop Lady Eagle attacks with a season-high 43 points, hitting 19 of her 24 field goal attempts. However, most of those aerials came from in the paint. While Mercyhurst had difficulty Slowing a team down-that outscores its opponents by an av- matching up against the sophoerage of 43 points seems like a more starter, the Lakers* Teresa difficult * task. Limiting a super Szumigala gave it right back. forward who produces 21 points Szumigala also shot for a seasonper contest could also prove to be high 34 points, burying 12 of 18 stressful. Throw in a "run and shots and notching 10 of 14 shots gun, never say die" attitude, and from the charity stripe. you've encountered a potent basThe key to the game, however, ketball force that's willing to go was the relentless Eagle defenthe distance with anyone. sive pressure that was extended This force confronted the to full court for a majority of the Me rey h urst Lady La kers on Tues- game. Although the Lakers were By Craig Rybczynski day evening and, in the end, able to beat the pressure occa- Merciad Sports Editor i proved to be too much to handle sionally for easy lay-ups, other as Clarion University blitzed the chances were wasted on misFor Mercyhurst center Kevin Hurst 112-85 a nd gave coach Paul handled passes and forced shots. McKJnnon, Christmas came a Dcmyanovich's squad its fourth With the Lady Lakers trailing little early this year, as he found consecutive loss. 52-42 at the intermission, that receiving is better than givThe game closely resembled a Szumigala led a valiant attempt at ing. McKinnon was awarded the track meet as the 30-second shot a comeback as Mercyhurst wa ited Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conclock was never a factor. Carlitta for any opportunity to sneak in ference Rookie of the Week, on Tuesday, December 8. M Hockey Schedule I His performance Friday night, December 4, against the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers 6:30 p.m. 12-12 Clams vs. N. Stars led to this award. He scored four 8:30 p.m. 12-13 C. Babies vs. Thunder |j goals to lead the Lakers to an 8-3 9:30 pirn. The Hansens vs. Clams victoryiat RJ.T. To McKinnon's surprise he won 10:15 p.m. N. Stars vs. C. Babies the award, but to iHcad. Coach 9:15 p.m. 1-10 Gams vs. Thunder Rick Gotkin and Assistant Coach 10:15 p.m. The Hansens vs. N. Stars Cra ig Barnett, it was the offense 10:15 p.m. Gams vs. C. Babies 1-13 they expected from the Fort Erie, 8:30 p.m. 1-17 Thunder vsiN^Starsfc Ontario, native. The Hansens Vs. C. Babies 9:30 p.m. "He scored a number of goals and assists up in Fort Erie when Gams vs. N. Stars 7:30 p.m. he played Junfor Hockey. He has C. Babies vs. Thunder 8:30 p.m. great hands and a great sense for The Hansens vs. Thunder 10:15 p.m. 1-27 the game," said Gotkin. N. Stars'vs. ;Cr. Babies 8:30 p.m. 1*31 With the victory, the blue and green improved to 6-3 overall Gams vs. Thunder J9:30pp. and 4-2 in the ECAC. Goalie Scott 6:15 p#m. The Hanseos vs. Gams Barber backstopped the Laker 7:15 p.m J N^tanfcV$4^ndei| victory with 27 saves. 6:30 p.m. C. Babies vsi Gams 2|13 Mirko Pelizzari and Barber will 2*14 TheHfM vs*N. Stars | 8:30 p.mJ split goal tending duties this weekend as they play at Division I sJCfBabies 9:30 p.m. Thefrftj University of Alaska-Anchorage 2-21 The Hansens-v& Thunder 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Champilbnshtpi 8:J5 pan. McKinnon, a freshman, is third
valuable player ofthe tournament . In the end, the Lakers were out rebounded 57-40by Central State. However, the most startling stat was the Hurst's shooting only 56% from the line, a season low. The Marauders, on the other hand, made 25 of their 30freethrows. the back door. That opportunity Things were not all negative for came in the second stanza as the Lakers. For their efforts in the Clarion coaches were stabbed tournament, Battle and Reviere with consecutive technical fouls were named to the all-tournament and let Mercyhurst sneak as close team. Battle averaged 26 points as six at one point and 11 rebounds for the tournaHowever, the defensive pressure ment. Reviere averaged 28,5 eventually claimed another vic- points, including a season-high tim as the Golden Eagles pulled 35 against Central State. Senior away in the remaining teh min- center Jamie Houston also had utes for the win. Clarion improved his best game of the season against to 4-1 with the triumph. the Marauders, scoring 18 and The Lady Lakers see action next pulling down seven boards,; at Edinboro on Friday evening at Against St Vincent Friday night, 7:30 p.m. ' Kerry Baker had his best game of
Kevin McKinnon's four goals tame the Tigers
in scoring for the Lakers with nine goals and four assists. He sta rted the year playing alongside of Rob Madia and Craig MacDonald. Playing on the M & M's Line doesn't hurt either as his two ex-line mates are one and two in points scored. McKinnon explained the difference between playing Junior A and college hockey. "Back in my other league, it's 5the Ontario Golden Horseshoe League and it's a lot rougher and tougher and a lot more banging. Whereas compared to here (Mercyhurst) you use a lot more skills and finesse." In the victory, the Lakers' offense was sparked by four power play goals and one short-handed goal. Besides the goals by McKinnon, the Hurst got single goals from MacDonald, Andrew Molr, Madia and Brycc Bohun. Moir also had four assists and Bohun added three. McKinnon's two first period goals catapulted the Lakers to a 40firstperiod lead. Hisfirsttally came on the power play af 7:15j with assists going to MacDonald and Moir. McKinnon then beat RI.T. goalie Brad Weege to extend the lead to 2-0. -TheTigers cut the lead to 4-1 in the second period with a power** play goal by Jasen Wise. However, before R.I.T. could mount** another scoring opportunity, it* was 6-1. McKinnon scored once again, this time completing the hat trick with the Lakers' fifth goal. Madia also got into the scoring with a short-handed goal. The closest the Tigers could get to the Lakers was 7-3 in period 5 three as John Pallante and Pat Boiler beat Barber. Bohun added the Hurst's fourth power play goal at 19:02, assisted by Madia and Moir to conclude the game. With McKinnon's performance he received some lofty praise from last year's ECAC Rookie of the Year, MacDonald. "He's doing , his job out there. Coach brought him in to score goals and he's out there doing it." Going into the encounter with the University of Alaska-Anchorage, the Lakers bring ins a 2-1 record against Division I tcams.| Coach Gotkin said, 'The prcs-J sure is squarely on Alaska just because they should be a better team. They have 20 full scholarships'; and play in the Western^] Collegiate Hockey League. Also,,?j it's their rink, and they have won some big games at home this year." Alaska has made it to the Division I National Tournament the last three years and Mercyhurst will try forge a victory this weekend. A win could prove pivotal to the Division I playoffaspira tions of the Lakers.