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Paolello Issue: Dr. B r o w n presents his side of the story
By Joseph Legler Editor in Chief Director of Residence Life Dr. Gary Brown, after obtaining written permission from Missy Paolello, presented The Merciad with his side of the controversial marijuana story that plagued the Mercyhu rst community a short time ago. Brown was silent throughout the entire episode because it is the school's policy not to publicly implicate a student in any way unless consent to reveal information-is given by the student Former student, Paolello, gave Brown this privilege. This incident was "not a real biggy to begin with," said Brown and Paolello was not the reason why the administration took such an elaborate investigation into it "Missy was not the intended center of this investigation," Brown said. "However, she chose to become the center of it" V ^ A Mercy hurst employee, allegedly involved in the use of an illegal substance with Paolello and others, was verbally named by two individuals to Brown. This employee eventually admitted to the allegations, i This was the primary reason why Brown put such a strong eye to this case. "This grabbed my attention—an employee of mine involved in this type of activity," he said. "It's almost unheard and the whole incident was turned into a media event — it's really sad." He said an appeal board denied Paolello a review of her case because of "conditions she wanted set in the appeal process" differing from the standard procedures. "I don't think she was treated unfairly at all. We didn't intimidate, badger or threaten her at all," Brown said. "In my mind all of our meetings were extremely laid back. She made a big deal out of nothing." | Brown said there was no jail threat, no accusations of lying and no coercing whatsoever as reported by campus newspapers. He added that there are two sides to every story. "Students read something and they believe it," he said. 'They can say anything they want to The Merciad or Freedom Zone and more often than not we cannot confirm or deny any allegations against us. We believe in the privacy between students and administration." Paolello is no longer a student at Mercyhurst due to a separate incident that occurred a few weeks ago. I t was decided by all parties involved — the school, Missy and her parents — that Missy should discontinue her education at this time and resolve the problems she
illegal substance. All of the people who provided verbal statements were interviewed in front of more than one member of administration. Larry Kozlowski, assistant director of residence life and Bud Dever, director of security were present for the interviews, according to Brown. The student's statements were later put in writing and signed. Paolello was the onl y individual who would not reveal information about the incident She never confirmed nor denied her use of an illegal substance, according to Brown. "We had to make a decision," said Brown. "Should we accept the word of these three individuals and impose some sanctions on all four?" The penalty to these individuals was the same sanction imposed on all other people in violation of part four, section B
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Two other people confirmed to Brown that both they and Paolello had used an
of the Mercyhurst Student handbook; penalties for Use of a Controlled Substance: 1) a $200 fine, 2) Mandatory assessment (get counseling), 3) One year disciplinary probation and 4) Possible parental notification. Paolello said Brown was acting on "nothing more than hearsay." Brown said three "eye-witness testimonies" are much more than hearsay relating it to people who witness crimes and testify in court i Paolello contacted PA NORML (Pennsylvania chapter of the National Organization of Marijuana Laws) and, according to Brown, that's when this thing got blown out of proportion. PA NORML used Paolello to gather media attention, he said. "Missy was a victim being used by PA NORML to further their cause," Brown said. "She got caught up in the glamour
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Brown believes this ending was the best thing for all parties involved. "In my heart of hearts I truly believe this is a happy ending because Missy is getting the help she needed," he concluded.
Friday, April 50 | 8 p.rn. Athletic Center* Performing Band: Blues Travelers. Sunday, May 2 9 a.m. Athletic Center. Coed Volleyball Tournament. Tuesday, May 4 8 pan. Tye Dye Party. Wednesday, May 5 Athletic Center, Sumo Wrestling. Thursday, May 6 Shuttles to Miniature Golf and Carts* Go
Arrigo appointed SAC Chair
By Anne L. McNeils A&E and Features Editor Fun is the key word for incoming Student Activities Committee (SAC) Chairperson Michael Arrigo. Arrigo said the tun he has had in SAC in past years was direction this school year. We came up with a lot of good ideas." Arrigo would like to "cut back titles" in the organization of SAC. He plans to create committees to handle each of the different activities, such as movies, winter and spring activities days and tournaments. By doing this, he hopes to increase the "effectiveness and efficiency" of SAC. He also plans to produce a survey for students to aid SAC in meeting students' needs. He said the surveys will be im porta nt because student feedback is vital to the success of SAC-planned activities. "SAC will always be the same unless students tell us what they want," said Arrigo. He said he would like to plan a cultural series with visits to wineries, museums and the opera. He would like to meet the "needs of a lot of different lifestyles." ^Arrigo would like to continue some of this year's "more successful activities, such as the movie series. He wants to run the series a 1 year long and hopes to show better films as well. Arrigo also plans to work with Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG) to plan activities. "SAC and MSG are
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McAuley fight ends in injury
Mike Arrigo: New
By Joseph Legler. Editor in Chief
Friday, May 7 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Avolon. Spring Formal. Saturday, May 8 Spring Activities Day
one of the key reasons he decided to This past weekend a fight between several individuals at McAuley Hall resulted in one apply for the position. Arrigo pointed student being taken to an area hospital for injuries. j out that SAC is the group that plans Sources close to The Merciad said the incident started in the basement at one of the "weekend activities and events, (such townhouse apartments with some mild pushing and shoving and ended up at McAuley as) comedians, bands or dances. I like to be directly involved (on campus). I like with a brawLi * « *The incident allegedly started after two students argued about t\ j NHL hockey teams, £ to affect things." Arrigo's plans for next year are to alter sources said., 1 "structure and organizational things. I Director of Housing Gary Brown confirmed that "there was a fight at McAuley Hall Mark (Korcinsky) set us off in the right [which is being investigated vigorously."
Campus jQue stion:
The Mercyhurst Student Government (MSG)meeting on Monday, April 26 opened with a discussion of plans to repair the volleyball court behind the townhouses. President John By Jule Gardner Bruno said he has engaged some Merciad News Editor people to "knock out a nice jobn on the court Plans include resurEditors Note: This column is designed to represent different facing the courts and possibly "reviewpoints on Mercyhurst students about current, newsworthy doing the poles if they need it, topics. The opinions are obtained through a random telephone poll said Bruno. of on-campus numbers. Bruno then turned the floor over to Tate Davidson, editor of the Tint Alesnik, senior, Spoitsmedlcine: Freedom Zone. Davidson reitNo, I don't How can you blame the government when it was that ported that every effort is being lunatic Koresh controlling people's minds and saying there would made to get the next edition of the be no resolution? There have been no set patterns for a situation like Freedom Zone out by Friday, that April 30 because it contains information about the upcoming Tex, junior. Psychology: Blues Traveler concert They should have acted responsibly and protected the lives The next topic was the Blues inside," Traveler concert itself. Treasurer Heather Heid said plans have been Tara Puhlman, sophomore, Criminal Justice: made to extend ticket hours in an "No, for different reasons. They had little time and financial effort to increase sales. Repreresources. They gave them opportunity to get out and they had the sentatives suggested playing right to go in there." Blues Traveler's tapes in the Student Union and the cafeteria in Elizabeth Johnson, junior, Marketing: order to increase students' inter"No. The guy was a psycho. They knew he was going to do it and est in the concert Selling tickets they gave him fair warning." door-to-door on Thursday evening was proposed. SAC Chair Sara Plyler, sophomore, Accounting: Mark Korcinsky said, "If they're "No. The way they went about it was reasonable. By the news not going to come to us, we have reports, there was no way they were responsible for the fire." to go to them." Bruno also suggested "hyping" the concert durScott Khoura, junior, HRIM: . ing the week by "having a party "No. The government did what they had to do. I agreed with what (in the Student Union) every night happened and I don't blame the government at all. Koresh got what n and jamming the record! he deserved. He had more than enough time. For him to put the Vice President Nick Roberts children at stake like that was insane." said about 500 general admission tickets have been sold, compared Mike McClorey, senior, Communications: to 130 Mercyhurst student tickets "No, I don't They're not responsible. They went through all the that have been sola. "We're not checks and balances and they should not be held accountable. It's getting any interest from the unfortunate that it turned out in that manner." students.. J've heard the show is going great, the tour is going Mike Bergemann, freshman, Research Analysis: great," said Roberts, but students "They should 've acted earlier. They did the best they could with are not purchasing tickets. He what they had. They should've gone in on the second day after the pointed out that "if we end jup raid and ended it"
Do yourthink)the: government is to blame in the Waco disasater?
By Anne L. McNeils A&E and Features Editor
selling only a few hundred student tickets," MSG will be unable to bring concerts to the campus in the future. He said both Allegheny College and the University of Buffalo tried to book Blues Traveler unsuccessfully. Bruno said, "I can'tbelieve people would pay $8 for a formal ticket and $30 on booze and not spend $9 on a concert ticket" r- Roberts added that while he appreciates all the ideas, be needs help because he is "up to (his) eyeballs" in work already. Korcinsky discussed the April recycling project "We collected 2.185 tons of paper, 3600 pounds ofmagazines and 12 tons oftires," he said. Mercyhurst is likely to come in second place in the Erie area for the project He also reminded students of the upcoming
double feature, which will take place on Saturday, May 1. Rocketeer will be showing at 8 p.m. followed by Under Siege at 10 p.m. SAC is also sponsoring a trip to the mall. The van will be leaving Baldwin Hall at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Bruno announced that Monday's meeting was the last "as this body of reps." He added that representatives "can come again next week." Presid en t-el ectiGeorg e Paydock announced the candidate for SAC Chairperson for next year, junior Michael Arrigo. A vote was taken and Arrigo was unanimously approved as chair. MSG meetings are open to everyone. They are every Monday evening at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers.
DC: A monumental trip
By Jenn Trinidad Merciad Staff Reporter j Eleven students from Mercy hurst's Political Science Association visited Washington, DC, from Thursday, April 22, to Sunda y, April 25. On Thursday, the students visited the office of Senator Wo fford (PA). On the tour of the Capital Building, they saw galleries, the senate chambers, and the rotunda. While walking around the mall, they saw the White House, the Washington Monument, and went inside the Smithsonian Institute's Air and Space Museum. They also got to see Union Station, the old train station renovated to hold the train station as well as a food court and little shops. Friday, the students were allowed to go to places that they wanted to see. Some places that were visited were the National Archives, the Lincoln Memorial, the World War I Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. Some students visited the Museum of American History and revisited the Air and Space Museum. The evening was spent in Georgetown. Georgetown is an area in Washington, DC, by Georgetown University with shops, 'restaurants, and bars. Saturday was anotherfreeday to walk around the capital. Some of the sites that were seen were Iwo Jima,War Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. In Arlington, in addition to the cemetery, there was John F. Kennedy's grave and the eternal flame, Robert Kennedy's grave, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.,Some students also attended the AIDS March to the Capital Building.
Frank Ruffalo, junior, Marketing: "No, the people in the compound are to blame. The government did all they could and waited them out The tear gas alone could not have started the fire." David Pelaia, freshman, Management: "No, it's not their fault They had nothing to do with the fire, so how are they to blame?" Jessie Baker, freshman, Early Childhood Education: They had to do something. It wasn't entirely their fault It probably would've ended the same way of close to that way, no matter what the government did."
(from page 1) going to do every- be ready to handle any problems thing possible to determine the as they come up. community's needs. We're ready He also encourages everyone to to work together and we're ready get involved with^SAC. Arrigo for next year. We hope the rest of said SAC is a "learning you out there are ready to work expcrience...(members) deal with people, equipment and, most imwith us." Arrigo wa nts to work with MSG portant, they have fun. We want over die summer so SAC can be to work with everyone, so come prepared for the whole year and work with us."
Some of the newest member* of the Erie chapter of Kappa Gamma Pi, a Catholic college graduate honor society. Members were inducted into the society in a ceremony at the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 25, in the Christ the King Chapel.
Lowe wants to see some inspiration
Writer wants to know hvhere Merciad stands
Dear Editor. It was Thomas Jefferson who said the following inreferenceto newspapers: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without a newspaper, or newspapers without a government I should not hesitate to prefer the latter." While I feel this statement is an extreme?one, I agree with Jefferson's sentimentthat newspapers are a vital part of society. I write this letter to you because as a student, I feel that this newspaper is not living up to its potential. Having read your response to criticism concerning comparisons of "The Merciad" and "The Freedom Zone/' I want to say initially that I respect and agree with your contention that "The Merciad" is a d i ffere nt sort of publication than "The Freedom Zone;" that its intent and limitations are different. I agree that "The Merciad" should be objective and fact based newspaper. What I differ with is the way that aim is achieved. The reason I hold newspapers to be of such great importance is that they are not only a means of presenting information but also of inspiring people to do things about them, if only just to think! We' re in college-a time to broaden our horizons; to take up causes; to I become passionate; to take chances.* These opportunities aren't so easily found in the "real world." We've got to take all that we can get here at "Mercyworld" and try to make a difference. I know that sounds trite and idealistic but God help me, I believe it. What does "The Merciad" stand for and believe in? And are those ideologies representative of the students? Tell us about things that matter to u s-things we can cha nge; things we have to accept; things we can think about. It was W. Axl Rose who said, "There's a lot goin on." He's right, Joe and it's up to you and your'staff not only to enlighten us but to inspire us. Jennifer Lowe
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By Joseph Legler Editor in Chief My most gratuitous thanks to all who contributed to the production of The Merciad this 8 year. Be it a news, features, sports, entertainment or opinion ^mmm story; or even a letter to the editor, cartoon, page layout as- I sistance, typing, cleaning, watering the plant — just about anything — your work has been nothing short of marvelous and I wholeheartedly appreciate everything you've done in making this newspaper a success. It's been real. Bye. ^^n M
McCormack reflects on CJS Kansas City trip
Megan, Teresa, Dan, Tom, Lisa, Lara, and Sherrie for making my trip both interesting and satisfyAs an adult student who has re- ing, i We will all remember the joined the ranks of the learning highlights of our experience and enhanced, I find myself brought the people who made their imback to a time of wonderment in pression on usjjwhile we were an intellectual environment main- there. tained with this process in mind. I will remember and treasure My recent adventure to Kansas Harry-the taxi driver, Dr. Jerry City, Missouri, to attend a Crimi- Maynard-friend and associate of nal Justice convention, of which Prof. Vernon Wherry, James other CJS honor students were Inciardi and Margaret Zahn-two my fellow companions, brought authors whose words I have read forth this long-forgotten feeling. for class, Dr. Hagan and Dr. I saw in them a sense of fulfill- Benekos calling everyone (or so ment in their commitment to their it seemed) by theirfirstname, a nd future endeavors along with a need too many more people'to menfor knowledge to aid them in their tion. All of these people have travels. I viewed much of myself made an impression on my life in each of those younger souls and will now be a part of it forand was even envious of their ever. youthful minds, which were exMy Kansas City experiment was periencing much of what we were a great success. I went to this about to encounter for the first function, not to say hello and time. good-bye, but with a real hope to I want to extend my sincerest make lifelong friends. I hope to thanks to Shirley Williams for meet some of those same people talking me into going and to say at the convention to be held in that the advice from Dr. Hagan Chicago next year. Shades of caand Dr. Clemons on air travel is maraderie abound, creating better left unused (the lavatory on friendship and establishing rapan airplane is extremely small for port with people in your own field. a person of my stature). I would These opportunities should not like to thank Mercyhurst College be passed by if at all possible. for allowing the students the use of a school van and the Criminal Respectfully submitted, Justice Honor Society for picking up the tabs on the rooms and pay- Leon E. McCormack III ing the cost of our attendance at Member-Criminal Justice the convention. Honor Society I would especially like to thank Mercyhurst College-class of my HonorjSociety cohorts: 1995 f I H Dear Editor,
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Editor in Chief Joseph Leglei News Editor Jule Gardner Anne McNeils A&E/Features Editor Sports Editor Craig Rybczynski
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Mia U-Rycki Lee Mary Medure Dave McQuillenf Monica Senile Elizabeth Johnson Erin Hauber Megan Circle Keith Courson Nick Krayger Tonie Bolan Jennifer Trinidad Katie Johnson David Kosobucki Jay Kennedy Chris Kullman Nicole Geraci Beth Nichols Heather Ryan^ Rich Shelton John Furlong Suzanne Coneglio David Rumsey John Shanahan Beth Haas Tiffanie Williams Steph Szabo Liam Barron Grace Bruno Jay Fitchpatrick Stephanie Wainright Karen Trapolsi The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercy hurst College, Box 161, I 501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa., 16546. Phone 824-2376 The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. editorial opinion is determined by the Editorial Board with the S t o r holding final responsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are
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By Jay Kennedy Merciad Staff Columnist Ever since the creation of opinion columns in newspapers, many columnists, including myself, over the years have been asked how they think of all those interesting things to write about. 1 Our excuse for the longest time has been similar to this, "It takes a powerful imagination and a great deal of critical thinking. We also observe the community we write for in order to find unusual, controversial, or current issues that our readers will relate to. It takes hard work, dedication, * and persistence in putting in the time it takes to be the best possible writers for our readers." This excuse, however, may be slightly misleading...alright...it is absolute rubbish. 4 The truth is, we find all these interesting things to write about from a real smart guy named Bob. Really, he owns a private column writing agency in the basement of the White House called Drunken Fools. Every columnist who has ever lived on the planet Earth has received his/her column from Drunken Fools (On Mars and Saturn, as far as we know, they write their columns by themselves.) So, when people say that our opinions sound as if they were made by a bunch of drunks, in a sense, they are quite correct. When Ifirststarted writing my column for the Merciad, my Editorin-Chief gave me Bob's phone number. When I called him, he told me to send him a sample of my writing. I did that. Two weeks later, I received a large book of Mercy hurst College related columns in my writing style. They actually looked as if I wrote them by myself! Here's one I haven't used yet:, I think the new apartments to be built in the middle of the Briggs parking lot are a great idea! Imagine the parking advantages! Sure, you probably think that it would corrupt parking more than it already has been, but you're wrong; that is, as long as they use my brilliant idea of getting around that problem. Here it is. How about we build a parking ramp that would go around the building to the roof. Then, make the roof a new parking lot! This solution will not only improve the parking problem, it would enhance the apartment's living conditions as well. Just think, you'd be up all night trying to study in competition with all the .racket of your next door neighbor's stereo, when suddenly, a group of cars drive by your window and drown out the unwanted noise of your neighbor's stereo. Then, you'd be able to finally study in peace. Sure, the cars would only be likely to come by everyfiveminutes or so, but it would be better than if they would never come by at all. Also, thanks to the loudness of the cars driving by, you'll never be irritated again by the stupid television programming during your much needed leisure time. I know what it's like watching that annoying Burger King commercial on MTV for the millionth time. Under my new parking system idea, even if you turn your TV volume up full blast, you won't be able to make out their famous slogan, "I love this place!" Instead, the people in the commercial will sound like they're impersonating your roommate's '79 Chrysler. Hey, you'll probably never have another argument in your apartment again, unless you want your arguments to sound like, "Alright Jeff, did you and Karen < VRRRRROOOOOM>> on my bed last night?" | a$ip « j >*M t •1 Sleep will be less interrupted than ever before. Never again, will that annoying alarm clock wake you up on time so you can go to class and fulfill your college purpose, education. If my idea is executed, you won't have to worry about getting up because you '11 be up the entire night anyway. In fact, whenever you actually do get to class, where it is a lot more quiet than your apartment, you can make up all of your lost sleep! Here's my favorite part—No more emergency phone calls in the middle of the night! No more phone calls of any kind.. .EVER! You won't be able to hear the phone ringing if you used.a 50 Watt amplifier. I suppose the greatest convenience would be the comfort of knowing that you'd be living under at least 20 mega-heavy automobiles. You'd conveniently get your cleaning done every week, due to the fact that oil would be leaking through your ceiling onto your furniture and carpet I This would be so ideal! You would be cleaning in areas you never thought to clean before, leaving your apartment looking as if a professional cleaned it on a weekly basis! My idea offers Mercy hurst a perfect opportunity to improve its housing...Carpe Diem! How about that column? I certainly don't agree with it. It was [probably written by a bunch of drunks.
Anyone interested in joining the Mercy hurst College Summer Abroad Program should contact Mr. John Wolper, Division Chair, in HRIM in Egan 25.
prison reform 'Tintypes," a musical review of songs from the Gay Nineties to the Roaring Twenties will be presented by the Mercyhurst Col lege Greensleeve Players on May 1 at 8 p.m., and on May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Little Theatre. Tickets are free to the Mercyhurst Community with a college ID. For reservations, call ext. 2401.
drop them in the collection box in the Student Union until May 7. For more information, call Sharon at ext. 2895. i Erie Earth Day Celebration 1993 will be held on Friday, April 30 and Saturday,May 1. The event is being sponsored by the Erie Earth Day Coalition along with the Erie County Recycling Program and other agencies. On Friday night from 7 p.m. to midnight, five local bands will be performing live in the Cathedra] Prep School Gym on West 10th Street, between Myrtle and Sassafras Streets. On Saturday, a parade will be held at Perry Square at 10 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. with exhibits and presentations on the Square and at Gannon University until 6 p.m. For further information, call 451-6336,871-7656or868-2707. Anyone interested in working at WMCE Radio next fall is asked to fill out an application form sometime following Fall Term registration. The forms will be available at the station beginning Thursday, May 6. Returning announcers and those interested in working for the first time must complete the form and return it to Mr. Leisering (office in Baldwin) p ri o r to leaving for the summer.
Those planning a trip overseas this summer may get the International Student Identity Card, the only internationally recognized proof of student status, for a cost of $15. This card gives access to low student airfares and student Applications are nowbeingdisdiscounts overseas. In addition, tributed to students interested in the card allows access to a 24- applying for summer jobs at hour, toll free, emergency assis- Mercyhurst. Most of the availtance hotline. For more informa- able jobs,: a re in maintenance, tion on obtaining an International housing and various administraStudent Identity Card, call 1-800- tive offices and pay $4.25/hr to GET AN ID or contact CIEE, $4.50/hr. A yellow application Dept. ISS-149,205 East 42 Street, form may be picked up in PersonNew York. NY 10017. nel (Egan 3) or from Marion Nies (Old Main 101). Jobs will be ofA presentation entitled, "Ad- fered in early May. Maintenance vocating Prison Reform for Over assignments will start in late May Two Centuries,'' will be held on and administrative office jobs will Thursday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in begin when su mmer school opens the Student Union. Hosts include around June 21. Deadline for apthe Pennsylvania Prison Society, plications is April 30. Center for Justice,and Mental Circle-K, a service oriented Health Issues and Mercy hurst College Department of Criminal club, is sponsoring a book-raiser Justice. This event will be of in- for the Erie Heights Boys and terest to those who work in the Girls Club. The club is collecting field of corrections, criminal jus- books for children ranging from tice, human services, mental ages 5 to 15 years. Anyone interhealth and those concerned about ested in donating books should
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By David McQuillen Merciad Staff Columnist Daddy sits upright in his chair as he tells me of his arrival in America. His eyes always open wide when he tells this story and he shakes his hand at me when he wants to make his point dear. The chicken he was cooking in the kitchen would wait until this adventure was over, for there is I always time for a story. I sip on the pop he had grabbed for me and lean back on the couch. Daddy is my oldest friend. He's 93. We aren't related. His name is Luigi Petronio, but like everybody else who knows him, I call him Daddy. You might think that sounds funny but that's what you would call him too. He stands about five foot five and he has a thick Italian accent And if you met him, listening to him, you'd stare and wonder whether the world is still capable of creating a person like him. WE would listen to his stnrv. When he was 18, probably even before your grandparents were born, Daddy left Italy with his family and came to America, Ohio actually, in search of something better. That isn't what he found. He spoke no English when he arrived. He knew no one but his family and was unable to make friends because of the language problem.
The Little Mermaid of Lake Erie
"The | Mercyhurst Dance and Music Departments are currently preparing themselves for their own production of The Little Mermaid ofLake Erie. The production is under the direction of Mary Price Boday, and will feature a script created by Dr. Herbert Goldberg, a musical score created by Lee Wilkins and narration by Mavis Seargant The Dance Department, Music Department and Art Department have collaborated on this unique rendition of Disney's The Little Mermaid. Boday says that the story, specially written by Goldberg, stays basically with the original story,but does have slight deviations here and there. For insta nee, for those who have seen the movie, you know that the wicked sea queen, Ursula, gets killed at the end. In the Mercy hurst version, no one is killed, rather, a new character, Ursula's mother, is introduced. When Ursula starts trouble, her mother comesfinto the picture, and instead of anyone being killed, Ursula is only punished and everyone lives happily ever after. The choreography for this production has been created by Mary Price^Boday, dance department director, Jay Kirk, ballet master of the Mercyhurst Dancers, and Ron Wilga, tap instructor for the Lake Erie Ballet School and Mercyhurst College. The Mercyhurst dance students will be performing it along with 30 area dancers who were chosen through an open audition. The 90 minute score has been arranged by Wilkins, concertmaster of the Erie Philharmonic and violin professor of the D'Angelo School of Music. Students of the D'Angelo School of Music, faculty member Glen Kwok, Jolyon Pegis and Robert Frankenberry, and special guest Rita Verdecchia of the Erie Philharmonic will be performing in the orchestra. In addition to the Music and i Dance Departments, the Art Depaitment is also involved in this
By Megan Circle Merciad StaffReporter
production. Mercyhurst art professors Tom Hubert and Ernest Mauthe, with the help of students of the Ait Department are creating the scene and props. Not only is The Little Mermaid of Lake Erie being performed, but on the alternate days of the Mermaid performance, a varied repertory program entitled "Potpourri" will also be performed by the dance department Boday says-this program "consists of repertory pieces that have been favorites of the last three years." She also goes on to say that, "It is exciting for the audience that in two evenings, you can see two entirely different dance concerts." f The dates for The Little Mermaid of Lake Erie are May 6 at 7 p.m. and May 8 at 2 and 8 p.m. The "Potpourri" will be performed on May 5 at 7 p.m. and May 8 at 8 p.m. All shows will take place in Zurn Recital Hall. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children and ^—^^—•• senior citizens, and the Community
He drowned himself in work. He tells me stories of getting up at 6 for work at a factory, working until 10 at night and dragging himself into bed, too tired to stay awake for something to eat He worked like that seven days a week. He had to. He was the only one By Anne L. McNeils in his family working and he needed to help support them. Forget A&E and Features Editor relaxing with TV; there was none. Forget reading; it was all in English. Forget fun; there was no time for it Work. Never a break. * Every time I go to one of the It almost killed him. plays produced by the Mercyhurst College Theatre Department, I 'm Daddy says that he's younger now than he was then, that he was surprised by the lack of students closer to death then than he is now. I believe him. At that time, he there. I can't understand it begot so sick he had to return to Italy, where a doctor saw his condition cause the plays always seem to and put him in the Italian infantry. He credits that doctor with saving get good reviews and Mercyhurst his life. The army strengthened him. Daddy smiles as he remembers definitely has a lot of talent runa 150 kilometer march from Verona to Trento in the 1920's, where ning around, but not that many he wentfromthe weakest to the strongest soldier. Perhaps now he students on campus seem to be was ready for what America had to offer. Now he was ready to interested. The Saturday, April chance everything andriskit on something with greater promise. 24 performance of Tintypes was no exception. There were about I Leaving his wife and two children behind, Daddy took a boat from 65 or 70 people there and the Italy to Sicily to America and eventually ended up in Cleveland to majority of them were not look for a job. He found one in Erie. He began work, learned English Mercyhurst students. I especially cast sing one of the many andmadesomefriends.Hebroughthis family overwhenhethought don't understand this because the featured in the show. he could support them. play isfree.Fortunately for those cert. Essentially, though, Tin- hard. The performer's facial exof you who missed Tintypes last types is a celebration of America pressions are also good. They are Through the war, the depression, so many presidents, so many weekend, it's still running this through song. The show is made often able to convey more by their changes in the world, Daddy went to work. To support his family, weekend. Performances are Fri- up of about 50 songs and many facial expressions than they$do to send his children to school, to feed them all, he left early in the day, April 30 and Saturday, May times during the show, you' 1 find: through dialogue. In fact, many 1 morning and returned late at night If he could work overtime, he 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 at yourself ta pping your feet or even . of the scenes have very few or no would. If he could work on the weekends, he would. He made cents 2:30 p.m. | softly singing along with the cast words and the audience only per hour. He skipped lunch break. He did it decade after decade. Tintypes is not really a typical The first act of Tintypes drags knows wha t's going on by watchplay. It's a collection of songs somewhat because there are a i n g the character's expressions. Daddy leans over to me and tells me he wouldn't have had it any tied together by a very loose plot number of different scenes and Thiem deserves special recogniother way. He had a hard life, he says, but he is happy. His children The cast consists of five it's a bit difficult to concentrate as tion because he spends a great are successfol. He has wonderful memories and he enjoys life as it Mercyhurst students; senior they change. It's also pretty seri- ^deal of time alone on stage withis. He reads the paper, cooks dinner, visits his wife's grave every David Pelletier, juniors Nichole ous, although you would expect it !*out speaking yet the audience is single day; he goes out when he gets the chance. Bruno and Sherree Piechnick, to be a little bit more 1 ight-hca rted.Estill able to understand pretty sophomore Patrick Thiem and However, the second act makes clearly what he's thinking. And I wonder what Daddy thinks about the world now. We want freshman Nina Napoleone. Each the boredom you might experiThe best part of the show is high-paying jobs; we want flexible schedules; we want comfort; we performer has a set role, but they ence in thefirstact worthwhile; |; definitely the Vaudeville scene in also take on other roles through- the second act is much funnier I the second act It opens with want care; we want homes; we want vacations; we want coffee breaks; we want; we want; we want We Want What does he think? out the show. Bruno plays than thefirstThere is a fantastic Thiem telling some (very poor) Susannah, a maid; Napoleone is tribute to Vaudeville which is hi- jokes. Theim is soon joined by Daddy gave everything he had for those he loved. He never^asked Pelletier and two play off one for breaks or complained about working hard. He knew what he had Emma, a social activist; Pelletier larious. The singing in Tintypes is ab- [another beautifully. The scene is TR—Teddy Roosevelt; to do. Piechnick plays actress Anna Held solutely wonderful. Director Igor continues to improve as each perFor his courage, his love, his humor andforhis stories, I count and Thiem is Charlie, an immi- Stalsky could not have been £former comes to the stage, t h a luckier than with the cast he chose So, if you missed Tintypes last grantfreshoff the boat D.ddy e^hero. To h.ve him as . ^ ^ S l 7 o , ? t tuoughts a o o u the world that I never had before. And while I dou t about The songs are grouped accord- for this production. Each}per- week, don't make the same misinougnis "» j A t o k o f h i m w h c i l I complain of see him as often as l aracew>, * •«••». ,_. |^ing to themes and each group of former has a distinctive voice and take twice and try to make it to songs is introduced and carried even when all five sing together, one of this- weekend's perforbeing busy, when Ijfce! people ask too much of me. He is by brief scenes which hel p to keep the audience can distinguish each mances.4 Campione," the champion. the showfrombeing just a con- one's voice without trying very
Review encourages appreciation of talent
Pintea walks down Mercyhurst's m e m o r y
By Ju le Gardner Merciad News Editor In a time ma ny never knew but few have forgotten, a confused visitor walked into the vestibule ofOld Ma in. He saw a sister scrubbing the floor* "Where is the President's office?," he was said to ask. He was pointed the way and waited to meet the President of Mercy hurst College. Presently, she entered and greeted him. It was then the visitor realized she was the very same Sister of Mercy he had seen laboring on her knees moments before. "He was a little astonished," said Mercyhurst Oral Historian, Larie Pintea. Pintea, retired editor of the Erie Morning News, is in the process of taping interviews with people connected to the history of the college. The tapes are being organized and placed in the archives for anyone interested in the research. He has talked to people who remember the early days (when male students weren't a glimmer in the Hurst's eye) and peoplejust recently hired, such as the, new football coach. Pintea asserted that events "do not have to be ancient to become a vital pa it of the history." w "President Garvey felt, as I did, that we should make a serious effort to get people on tape," Pintea said. "We tend to say Too bad' when an old person dies." If you do not take the opportunity to record history, it dies with a person who could share it, he said. "Roots are very important, eventually. They become important when the next generation asks you questions you cannot answer.
(the only building of the time) to As a member of the President's different kind of place then," he a basement area. Eventually, he Board of Advisors since 1969, said. Asa child ofthe Depression, he remembers scraping days, days said, they wore a path the older Pintea has witnessed some of the when Mercyhurst provided tem- sisters can still recall. more epic moments in Mercy hurst They didn't have to do that. history. As he leaned against the porary rest for the ache in many Many times, they gave up the wall, crossed arms over his belly, men's stomachs. he told the tale of the year THEY The sisters, in addition to farm- food they grew, themselves," came. Everything changed very ing the land around the college Pintea said. "There is something quickly when male students were and maintaining the neatness of magniGcent about what they did." People say you shouldn't look admitted. it, also provided meals for men seeking work in the 1930 's. These back. "Forwardforever,backward There was a certain amount of men roamed the country at the never," or something like that resentment from the female stumention of a new factory or pros- This is not the ideology of Larie dents. After all, they chose to go to an all-girls' school. They sim- pect for a paycheck. Places like Pintea. "A great deal of what you are is ply weren't used to having young Mercyhurst were, at times, their what you were,"lie said. "It won't men around," Pintea said. "Of only chance for a hot meal. "Every day there would be a ever end. Mercyhurst archives will course, some of the women were delighted," he added with hearty line of men shuffling up the hill," always seek more history. laughter. Pintea said. Through all seasons, Whether I'm here or not, the hisThe infancy period of the col- the line extended the length of the tory goes on." lege fascinates Pintea. "It was a driveway and around Old Main
Foreign students earn visas
By Mia U-Rycki Merciad StaffReporter For most Mercyhurst students visa means fast money, good for such things as Converse high-tops, college books, vacation expenses, and the Olive Garden. For other Mercyhurst students though, the word visa means so much more. It means employment "Immigrants ca nnot work," says sophomore Tracy Cross, of Limerick, Ireland. "A visa allows a foreign person to live and work in America." Right now, Cross and most of the other foreign students on campus just have a student visa. A student visa allows them to work only on campus. It must be renewed every four years and Tit expires oncethe student ceases to be a student, says Yvonne Ma her, of Waterford, Ireland. Once a foreign student who doesn't have a visa graduates, the only type of work they can get is in their maj or Geld. And this is just as a co-op and only for one year. Ma her applied for and received her visa last year. Cross however, is in i the process right now of applying for one. Each year 40,000 visas are issued, 12,000 ofwhich go to Irish. Cross, who has already been contacted by the American Embassy in Dublin believes she has a good chance of getting a visa.! She successfully completed the first step offillingout a general form and sending it to Immigration. Right now she isfillingout the second form, the Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration. Most of the information on this form is biographic, including a section just for specific marks of identification. 'This form tells them that I'm interested," says Cross. Cross still has a long way to go before she can get herv isa, though. There are many steps she must fulfill before she even gets an interview with the embassy *in Dublin, the last step. She needs to get a full physical exam, includ- j ing a chest x-ray. She also needs'^ to have her picture taken showing her right ear and full face. And she must get a police statement from Erie saying she's never been in jail or caused any problems. With all these forms in her hand, along with a birth certificate, passport, and a letter from a future employer ensuring a job for a year, she interviews in Dublin. This interview is thefinalstep in the long process. Cross can find out that very afternoon if she will receive a visa. However, she won't receive the actual card for four weeks. "We're at their beck and call," says Cross. "I can't miss the appointment in Dublin, or that's it" Many times these appointments are given out at a moment's notice. This can be unfortunate for people living outside ofIreland at the time. However, Aer Lingus, the official a ir 1 ine o fire 1 and, gives discounts for any Irish needing to return home to get a visa. "It costs a fortune to get a visa," says Maher.^She spent a minimum of $300 last year. However, she was able to avoid paying an extra $200 for a flight to Ireland since she was at home at the time. It could have cost her a minimum of $500 to get her visa, she says. Having a visa though, is worth the hassle, time and money, say both Cross and Maher. "There's 20% unemployment back home," says Maher. "I have the option of gaining work experience in America since it's hard to get it at home." As Cross reiterates, The sacrifices that we pay are worth the experiences that we gain."
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The Cheap Seats
By John Danknich Merciad Asst. Sports Editor "And now, the end is near/* H& It's hard to believe, but the end ? of my tenure as assistant sports editor has been reached. As of 1%to&0 next issue, I return to my position ofsports writer/movie critic. It was just about a year ago that I wrote my first column, and here I am writing my last one. 1 Anyway,,a lot has happened in sports, both nationally and at Mercy hurst, in the past year. In a truly incred iblerun, the Laker hockey team made it all the way to the NCAA Division II cha mpionship before bowing to a seasoned Bemidji State squad. What makes this even more incredible is that Coach Gotkin himself called this year a rebuilding one. Even with the losses of Rob Madia and Andrew Moir, expect the Laker icers to be at or near the top of next year's preseason Division II poll. What I personally enjoyed most about the hockey season were the fans. In my mind, there is nothing better than a packed house of screaming fans cheering on the team to victory. I had one of the best seats in the house from the press box and was privileged enough to be a between-periods guest on several of the games that WMCE broadcast Speaking of WMCE, this past year I was given the opportunity to provide color commentary for men's and women 's basketball. I had dreamed for years of getting behind the mic, and I enjoyed every moment of it I was lucky enough to be help broadcast the Lakers' historic triple-overtime victory over East Stroudsburg University in the championship of the Knobloch Olds Classic. Since I'm on the subject of the men's basketball team, who would have thought that a team that won only 11 games last season would win 19 this year and narrowly miss the NCAA Championships. Of course, who could forget the incredible night of Thursday, February 11? On thatrtight,the Lakers broke the* fabled "Gannon jinx" and defeated the Golden Knights 71-70 on Terry Bush'* free throw with 1.5 seconds left. As the clock expired, the fans rushed onto the floor of the MAC, mobbing the team. The game was one of the greatest I had ever witnessed, high school, college or pro. Being from Pittsburgh, I had a lot to cheer about this past year. In the National Hockey League, the Penguins won their second straight Stanley Cup and appear to be on the verge of a third straight I don't think there is any doubt in anybody's mind that Mario Lemieux is the most dominant professional athlete in the worid today. Just ask Pat LaFontaine. . _ The Pirates won their third straight National League Eastern Division title, but once again failed to advancetothe World Series, losing Game Seven of the NL Championship series to the Atlanta Braves on Francisco Cabrera's pinch hit single. The Braves went on to lose their second straight World Series, this time to the Toronto Blue Jays. The Pirates losthalf of their team to free agency and seem destined for mediocrity the next half-decade. The Braves went out and signed Cy Young winner Greg Maddux to give them the most dominant pitching staff in baseball. Now ifthe Braves could only hit above the Mendoza line... - js . . . . Speaking offtitUlty,The Buffalo BUls made it to their thndl strafebt Super Bowl, only to lose, again, this time to die Dallas Cowboys. I'm sure the BUls will enjoy being grouped wrfh the Denver Broncos and the Minnesota Vikings when it comes to Super
Freshman Benedict stars for Laker baseballiteam
By David J. Kosobucki Merciad Sports Writer One thing about hot streaks is that they 'are usually taken for granted. A player will often begin to think that they are invincible and they no longer do things they need to do to be successful. They loseb concentration. Suddenly, what was once immortality quickly becomes reality. It is important to remember that good things must come to an end. Benedict hopes that the end won't be for a long time. "I'm trying hard to be consistent," he said. "The only difference between a slump and a streak is whether or not the ball finds the gap. That can change anytime. I have to make sure I do my part by putting the ball in play." Probably the strangest thing about Benedict thus far is that he hastbecome a bigger offensive threat than he was in high school. While playing baseball at Cathedral Prep High School, Jeffba tted between .300 and .333 in his junior and senior year. Now in his first year at Mercy hurst, he currently is batting .349 with a team high four home runs. The power surge has been especially pleasant for Benedict "I had two home runs last year. I'm surprised that I have more this year," he said. Keep in mind the fact that he?faced high school pitching last year. His overall average would also be higher if he hadn't gone through the natural freshmen growing pains. However you look at it, Benedict has certainly been an unlikely hero for the Hurst Benedict has also moved up in the ba tting order since the season began. He now bats first Even though he has never been put into the leadoff spot, he feels confident when he steps up to the plate. "I feel much more at ease when I bat now," he said. "I used to get really nervous because I felt that I was batting each time to keep my starting position. Relaxing has been a key." When out on the diamond, Benedict tries to get inspiration from his favorite player, Chicago Cub Mark Grace. Like Grace, Benedict possesses a smooth swing and a soft glove. It should be no surprise to Benedict tha t he made such a big impact h is rookie season because his hero Grace did the same in hisfirstseason in the major leagues. Some athletes play sports because they love the game. Some people play so they can receive the high they getfromgetting in a zone. Athletes can enter this zone often, but most only have a few visits into the zone. Just in case anyonefeelsthat I am putting a hex on Benedict by writing about his streak, don't worry. When I wrote about George Paydock and last second pressure field goals, Paydock nailed a 21-yard field goal two days later to tie Wittenberg,
Every good athlete knows what it feels like to be in a zone. Everything you do isrightThings seem to go in slow motion. You are at your top performance, f Mercy hurst freshman Jeff Benedict is in a zone. It all started on Tuesday, April 13,jj against Allegheny. Benedict ripped two home runs, including the gamewinner in the ninth inning to defeat the previously unbeaten Gators. Since then, Benedict has been on a tear. He has had a list of multiple hit games and a few more big hits. The day following the Allegheny game, the Laker first baseman hit another long ball in a close loss against St Bona venture. A few days later, Benedict delivered in the clutch again with a two out two-run:;double against Garion. Both runs held up in a 21 Hurst triumph. It is hard to understand just how good things really are until you ask Benedict yourself about the streak. 'Things feel real good right now," Benedict said. "I'm making good contact whenever\I swing." In fact, during a stretch in the season, isff went over 20 at bats without swinging and missing. "Itwon'talways be this way," Benedict said. "I have to take advantage of it while it lasts."
Crew team captures ten medals at Governor's Cup
By Uarn Barron Merciad Sports Writer The Laker crew squad travelled to Charleston, West Wirginia, this past weekend to compete in the host team's invitational regatta. The Hurst was in top form once again, as it took second place overall in the prestigious Governor's Cup. The Lakers entered ten races, and came home with ten medals which meant that every member of the squad returned to Brie with some kind of medal. The 1993 Lakers also went into the history books as the first Mercyhurst squad to win both the men's and women's varsity eights at the same competition. Perennial rival Marietta College won the 15 team event as a result of entering every event at the regatta. There were several Division I powerhouses competing at Charleston, and they included North Carolina* Duke, Duquesne and Ohio State. The Laker squads that were victorious were: men's varsity eight, women's varsity eight,varsity women's four, varsity men's sprint, varsity women's 2000 meters and the men's freshman four. The Hurst placed second in the men's junior varsity eight and the varsity women's sprint Assistant Coach 'Adrian Spracklen is delighted with the
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squad's progress. "The morale is sky-high at the moment, and we're eagerly anticipating even better results over the next couple of weeks," he said. "We've been unable to get out on the lake as much as we would like due to the recent high winds, but the team's results haven't suffered too much,
and we're hoping for continued success in our upcoming regattas, which are the most important of the season." The Lakers travel to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend to battle against theirfiercestrivals at the Mid-American Rowing championships.
^Ffcr ftelut part of my final column I would like to personally thank all of the great writers who contributed to the sports section this year. . -_ . «./-i__ir» tnr%v Obviously, I'll start with my partner in crime, Craig. Gteek tooK the hockey beat this year and made it his own. He also s.gned on as « l r manforLakerHockey Night on WMCE. Ifonly Mr. Leisering would let him get a word in edgewise... I Keith Courson will be taking over for nie next issue. The "Coursonator" was the eyes, ears, nose and throat * £ * j £ » team and the women's hoop squad,both in thepaper and on WMCE. Good luck, Keith, you're gonna need it! David K o s o b ^ m e d Our «wet l^htod the ean" fieshnun out to be one of thefinestwriter, on the staff. Hi. profiles were alway. Interesting, informative and a joy to reao. I can't end without mentioning .11 of ti.e other j W g J J * wrote for Craig and I. Uam Ba ^ * £ * ^ $ £ Z £ £ LeonMumfordand!ast.butnotlea»t,Chri»KuUm.n,.Hotyoug y have my thanks. • . _ . >___ «»_MI* it. I did it my The end is here. However, make no mistake abou t M did tt my way. For the final time a. »s.i«t»nt sports editor, this is Jodn Danknich signing off from the cheap scats.
The men's and women's soccer teams recently completed a very successful ^indoor and outdoor campaign. The men's team won both of the indoor tournaments it competed in, going undefeated (12-0) to win the University of Pitt-Bradford Tournament and the University of Pitt-Johnstown Tournament
Geveland State University, 4-3. The women's team competed in one indoor tournament and two outdoor tournaments and went undefeated. At the Allegheny Indoor Tournament,-Mercyhurst entered two teams which both ended up in the final. The Green Team beat the Blues 4*3 for the Lady Lakers' only defeat of the spring season. In the outdoor portion of the Mercyhurst also came away with schedule, Mercyhurst defeated the championship trophies from Fredonia 4-0 with goals from the Alfred Invitational TournaMark Shookalook, Leon ment The Lady Lakers' final Mumford, Jeff Spider and Chris record stood at 20-1, with their Farver. Over the weekend,.the only loss coming to themselves. Hurst defeated Wooster 4-0 and They also outscored their oppolost a dose game to Division I nents 46-8.
Strong pitching leads Lakers to three victories
By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor The Mercyhurst Laker baseball team improved its season record to 15-12, thanks to solid pitching that led to victories in three of four games this past weekend. The Hurst began the weekend with a double-header split with host Pitt-Johnstown last Saturday afternoon. The Lakers triumphed in the opener 2-1 on the strength of Mike McKnight's mammoth two-run home run off pitcher Lee Stanley in the fourth inning. McKnight did his best Roy Hobbs imitation as he pounded the ball over the 58-foot Green Monster and hit a clock. The home run erased an early 1-0 deficit Despite the poor weather conditions and the performance of Stanley, the Lakers' Jason Runtas (2-3) and Gary Welgoss (1-2) also contributed to the offense. According to Run tas, "We have improved a lot so far and it's one of the better games we've played all year." Aside from McKnight's home run, the game was a pitcher's duel as Laker Mike Koziara and PittJohnstown hurler Stanley limited the oppostion to six hits. Koziara held on for the victory as he allowed just one run improving his ERA to 3.06. He also upped his record to 5-0 this year.i In the nightcap, Mercyhurst and Pitt-Johnstown once again found themselves in a closel y contested ball game. This time, the Hurst fell in the bottom of the seventh inning. % The Lakers battled back to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning as Frank Sommers scored. However, Pitt-Johnstown would spoil Mercy hurst's comeback bid in the seventh inning. The Mountain Cats pushed across a run off relief pitcher Jason Ru ntas. The winning run scored as the Mercyhurst infield was drawn in with the bases loaded. Shortstop Cra ig Gelded the ground ball and fired to the plate, but catcher Sommers' tag was late. Thus, Mercyhurst was leftwith a split in the series. Freshman Jeff Benedict continued his mastery of college pitching by going 2-3 with a sing] e and a double. Five other Lakers contributed to the effort with a hit ri ) On Sunday, Mercyhurst powered its way to a sweep of Point Park College at Pullman Park. In each contest, the Lakers cruised to 11-1 victories by adding run production to solid pitching performances. Rich Runtas and Casey Crawford picked up the wins. In the opener, McKnight continued to prove he is a home run threat by hitting a solo shot in the second inning. The Hurst started off with a six-run first inning and cruised to victory. At the plate, Mercyhurst got multi-hit games from Phil Gahring, Benedict and Craig. Craig and Gahring each added two RBI apiece. The blue and green would add single runs in the second and fourth inning and three runs in the seventh to seal the victory for pitcher Rich Runtas. Runtas pitched seven strong innings as he had ten strikeouts and walked two batters in the game. In the second game of the double-header, the Lakers continued to shell Point Park pitching. Craig and Jason Runtas both hit home runs to spark the offensive output Craig's grand slam in the fourth inning broke open a 20 Laker lead. He would also add another hit and an RBI. The Mercyhurst hitting barrage was aided by Benedict, Welgoss, Jason Runtas, Dan Messner and Kevin Schultz as they all added two hits. Of the five, three are among the leaders in hitting on the team. Left fielder Welgoss and third baseman Messner improved their batting averages to .328. First baseman Benedict's .372 average leads the Lakers. The Laker pitching staff again dominated its opponents as Crawford allowed one run in six innings ofwork. With the win, he remained undefeated with a 2-0 record this season. The pitching efforts of Crawford and the entire staff bodes well for a team that still has an outside shot at the Division II playoffs. The Lakers have a tough schedule ahead of them as they take on Clarion University on Thursday at 2 p.m. and Gannon University at home at 1 p.m on Friday. The Hurstthen travels to play Saginaw Valley State on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Dziekonski tops in Western PA
By Chris Kullman Merciad Sports Writer Pat O'Keefe, senior captain of the Mercyhurst tennis team, has led a varied life at the Hurst. His tennis, school and social life have improved greatly since his move from Canada several years ago. O'Keefe started playing competitive tennis a t the age of 14. He was only 16 when he knew that he wanted to pursue a college career in tennis. One particular reason O'Keefe attended Mercyhurst was because ofthe opportunity to pursue his dream of playing collegiate tennis with a scholarship. | Here at the Hurst, O'Keefe is a biology/chemistry jj major. ''Mercyhurst has been good to me, and I am able to play competitive teiutis/'said O'Keefe. The tennis coaches have always stressed school work because the grades come before sports. In bis freshman year, O'Keefe started playing number seven singles and number four doubles, which meant he wasn't really in the lineup. Over his four years at the Hurst, O'Keefe has received solid coaching, which is why, in his senior year, he is playing number one singles and number one doubles. j. O'Keefe has a shot at the nationals in both singles and doubles. "The coaching has been very valuable, and I would like to say 'hats off to them because they are responsible for the improvements in my game," said O'Keefe. The strength of the tennis program at Mercyhurst has continued to grow rapidly. The play of newcomers Kevin Daeschner, Vyom Bhuta and Markus Muenck has been solid. They came up with wins where some freshmen would normally succumb to the pressure of playing more experienced tennis players. The trio has won key matches that have enabled the Lakers to go on their ten-match winning streak. On Wednesday, May S, the national selections come out for tennis. "It would be the ultimate personal achievement for me to get selected for the nationals to cap off my four years ihere at Mercyhurst," said O'Keefe. O'Keefe says that he admires the French tennis players, in particular Yannick Noah, Henri Leconte and Guy Forget "I like INTRAMURAL SOFTBALL them because they have a flamboyant tennis style which I per- Sunday, May 2 Tuesday, May 4 sonally find appealing in a suc1p.m. Untouchables / Brew Oew 4:30 pjn. 2hd D None /R.IAP. cessful tennis player," he said. 1:45 pin. Browsers/ Strange Parade D 5:15 pjn. Clams/No Names Outside of tennis, O'Keefe is 230 p.m. Skeller Dwellers/ Blazers FL Fly Swafiws/Not the Bills 6 pjn. 4010 Girls/We Own It interested in golf and badminton. 3:15 pjn. RJAP./FLRySwattas Wednesday, May S He also enjoys a challenging game 4 pa. Mme Time /M. Conscious of chess. lam sure everyone at the Will Be Made Up 4 3 0 pan. Brew Oew /The Rkhardheads Hurst will echo my best wishes to 5:15 pjn. Strange Parade D/M. Conscious Pat O'Keefe in his national title Monday, May 3 6 pjn. Untouchables/ Prime Time WeOwuh/BitatdTs efforts and all his future endeav4010 Girls/ Blazers ors. Mercyhurst cyclists Marcie Dziekonski clinched the district Dziekonski and David McQu il len title with j'a photo finish sprint have been selected as long team over a rider from Millersville members to represent the Eastern College, j Viselli foughthard to Region at the US National Colle- hang in with the novice pack until giate Cycling Championships, the attacks became too much. He held at the Massachusetts Insti- 'eventually finished 13th. In the tute of Technology in late May.1 intermediates, Davidson raced The announcement follows smartly, takingfourthin a 15 rider Mercyhurst's performance in the field sprint. In the experts, Western Pennsylvania District McQuil len crashed while in a five Championships, held at the Indi- rider breakaway and was unable ana University of Pennsylvania, tofinishdue to injuries. where Dziekonski won the Thefinalresults in the race gave women's division for the second Dziekonski and McQuillen the year, and McQuillen finished with points they needed to qualify for second place in the expert men's Nationals and gave Mercyhurst a division. fifth place finish in the district The Western Pennsylvania Dis- According to team advisor Jim tricts consisted of three races over McKeever, the team survived a two days. Saturday saw 12 teams difficult year I to produce some line up for the opening road race. surprising results.; Dziekonski continued to rack up "We suffered some rider losses points in the 25-mile women's due to injury and schedule conevent,finishingthird. In the 50- flicts, and things didn't go very mile expert race, McQuillen fin- well in thefirstrace of the season. ished fifth. Due to poor course But now we've come back and marshaling, intermediate rider Dziekonski's championship is Tate Davidson and novice Lou really tremendous. To have Viselli got lost and were unable to Mercyhurst selected for the Eastern region (Maryland to Maine) finish the race. * Shortly after the finish of the national championship long team road events, rain began to fall and is a step above last year." the afternoon 10-mile time trial To make the nationals, long was canceled. Thefinalevent was team members must race at the to be a criterium at the Indiana regional championships and finMalll M I 'tmi ish within a pre-set ranking.
Seniors! I Don't forget to complete yourJSenior I Survey and return it to Dean I 1 ^ McQuillen ^Office_by_ Friday^ J
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