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Mercyhurst graduate experiences 'Great Quake'
By Joseph Legler Senior Writer at roughly 3:30p.m. Wednesday.) "There have been nearly 200 of them charted so far, ranging between 3 and 6 on the Rich ter sea 1 e. We are supposed to have them for a couple more weeks." Odstrchel said dealing with earthquakes and accepting this sort of risk comes with the territory of living in California.. ' "Back east, if you have a hurricane or a tornado, you know in advance when and where it will hit With an earthquake, it can happen anytime with no prior warning." He said he could remember what he was thinking when his house was being violently rattled from side to side. "It's a natural instinct to survive. I was hoping that the house would not collapse and kill me. I wanted to survive. You can always rebuild a house or replace a car, but you can't replace a human life." Odstrchel pointed out that earthquakes are not the only thing Californlans are forced to deal with. "We have mud slides, brush Ores, violence as well as earthquakes to adjust to. But if it's going to happen, it's going to happen. There is no sense in dwelling on it — you can't let the risk of a disaster run your life." As of this writing, the death toll of the California quake lies at 38 and damage estimates are beyond $7 billion.




"It was a horrifying experience, page 8 let me tell you." These were the words of former it CQ asks: "Is there rape at Mercy hurst? page 5 Mercyhurst ^student Mike Odstrchel describing the feelings Dr. Belovarac: Turn back the clock page 6 he felt during the southern California earthquake that devastated the state early Monday morning. Odstrchel lives in San Juan Capistrano, California, about 60 miles north of the quake's epicenter in Northridge. All this snow means parking lots must be plowed and cars must Although he was 60 miles away, '$e. inoved each week of heavy snowfall. the jolt of the 6.6 magnitude |On Monday nights, students are asked to move their cars from ea rthquake shocked Odstrchel and Baldwin Lot #10 and Zurn lot to Lot #12. The lots will be plowed his family at 4:31 a.m. Tuesdaysfrom5:30 to?6 a.m. "I was sleeping in my bed and Mercy and McAuley lots will be plowed at 5 a.m. on Wednesday mornings. Students parked in these lots must move their cars to Lot all of a sudden, everything started rocking back and forth," Odstrchel #12 Tuesday nights. said. Wednesday nights, cars parked in lot|12, the Campus Center, "I jumped out of bed... I wasn't should be moved to Lot #13. These lots as well as thefrontcircle and sure what was happening at first Little Weber #3 will be plowed Thursdays at 5:30 a.m. On Thursday nights the Townhouse lots, 611 and 613 need to be And then it hit me—oh my God, cleared for plowing at 6 a.m. Fridays|Carsfrom611 and 613 may we're having an earthquake! be moved to the Faculty lot #4 and Little Weber a nd Townhouse ca rs m He said it was difficult to stand because the entire house was may^be moved to Zurn. Cars on the upper decks of the parking garage and those remaining moving from side to side. His first reaction was to see in the Faculty lot #4 should be moved Friday a fternoons. These may how his parents were. be parked in the lower deck, Zurn lot and Weber until clean-up is "I looked down the hallway and completed. Please make sure to move back to your spot as quickly as possibl e. Students are asked to make sure the undercover lots and they were standing in their bedroom doorway. I stayed under my Weber #3 are open before Monday morning.1 doorway," he said. "After about a minute, the shaking stopped We were all very nervous." He said that 60 seconds may not On Friday, Jan. 21, the Laker Laugh Inn will feature comedian seem like a very long time, but Eric Golden at 9 p.m. in the Laker Inn. "out here it is like standing on a Cinema Saturday on Saturday, Jan. 22 will be showing Little Man Tate at 5 p.m. and Silence of the Lambs at 7 p.m. in the Great Room of the Student Union.
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boat at sea, floating in turbulent, choppy water — You have?no control." Odstrchel went downstairs to check on any damage. Unl ike so many other families near the quake's epicenter, his family's house experienced no noticeable damage. A few books and ornaments were knocked off their shelves and a large amount of water had been splashed out of their pool. j After about 15 minutes, he and his family calmed down, they returned to their bedrooms to go back to sleep. Shortly thereafter, about five minutes later, a powerful aftershock shuddered their house again. It stopped and Odstrchel was able to retire for the night "The aftershocks are still going on now," Odstrchel said. (He was talking by phone to the Merciad

S.A.C. offers weekend entertainment

Professor to hold religious theme art show
A showing entitled, "Retrospective On A Theme: Religious Images," by Dr. Joseph Pizzat, professor of art, will be held in the Cuminings Gallery from Sunday, Jan. 23 to Sunday, Feb. 20. An artist's reception will be held on Jan. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. On By Joseph Legler Tuesday, Jan. 25, Pizzat will conduct an artist's Hands-On WorkSenior Writer shop from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Zurn 121. The Cu minings Gallery is open Monday through Thursdaysfrom8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; on Fridays An unidentified male calling from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on himself "David" has been makSundays from 1 to 11 p.m. ing random, sexually perverse phone calls to women living in various quarters on campus and has even met with Mercyhurst females on three occasions. Director of Security Bud Dever Partly sunny, high 20 degrees. said he is very concerned about this situation, especially for the women in Baldwin Hall where most of the phone calls have been Partly sunny, low zero to 10 directed. degrees, high 20 degrees. "He gets the woman to give him her name and in some cases he has found out, via the conversation, where she does work study, Chance of flurries, low 15 deor has a part time job," Dever



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Committee plans new core requirements
By Megan Circle Merciad StaffReporter The Academic Planning and Assessment Committee recently started discussion about renovations for the Mercy hurst core curriculum. This group, created last year, is a standing committee of the college Senate. It consists of several faculty members and three student representatives. The committee came about as a response to the Middle States suggestion that a successful institution needs [continued review of core curriculum. According to Dr. James Hood, chairman of the committee, the main goal of the group is to thoroughly review the entire curriculum. Last year the committee developed a rationale and goals statement in an attempt to correlate the core curriculum with the college mission statement. Hood stated, 'The core is the central expression of what the college is about therefore making it extremely important" This year, however, the committee is looking at actually developing a new curriculum that will adequately provide a more sound education for students. Hood said, 'The curriculum has to have coherence, it can't be just a bunch of requirements; it has to make sense." Hood said students are most interested in the relevance of the classes that they are required to take. The committee is taking this into considerationfby trying to consciously link classroom activities to "real life." According to Hood, the committee is focusing on "transferable skills," skills that apply in different situations, such as writing, oral com in un ica tion, and critical thinking. So far, the group has pinpointed certain aspects of the curriculum that need improvement. Hood said, 'The students are insufficiently prepared in the aspect of science and technology. Also, the students need more exposure to non-western culture." The major debate is about the options within the specific sections of the core. 'There are 20 different sciences that a student can take, but everyone has to take Western Classics/' Hood said.^ Agreeing on what is offered in each section is a tough decision according to Hood. He said. 'The previous core had a great variety of options.lt wasmoreofa hodgepodge type curriculum." The group does not really want to go to that extreme. They want to provide more options, but still provide some sense of coherence for the students. According to Hood, the new curriculum will begin with a freshmen class, and for two or three years, two currioil urns will be used - the old and the new. "No

one will lose credits or be required to take more with the new core;! it's more off a gradual change." The new curriculum is only in its beginning stages. Other schools have taken up to,five years to develop a new core, according to Hood. "This is a task that will take a great deal of time. We need to take the time in order to do it right," Hood said.

Come sail away
"Earth is a water planet, with the oceans covering three-quarters of its surface. Life itself originated in the oceans, and it's not surprising that many feel its pull," Belovarac said. "It haslinspired some of our most creative literature, art, exploration and science. "For years I felt it would be

By Anne L. McNelis Asst. News/Copy Editor At Monday's MSG meeting, Elizabeth CStillfvan and Theresa Schroeck requested $300 on -behalf of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). the group needs the funds to help finance a Special Olympics Ski Meet and a social. CEC organizes and runs the ski meet, which is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 27. Treasurer Heather Heid told them MSG can only provide funds for activities which benefit the entire Mercyhurst community. Junior Rep. Jennifer Lowe said CEC does benefit the entire community because the club is "representative of Mercyhurst. Adviser Cass Shimek said, "Student government as a service organization should support service." She said the money does not have to come out of club funding, "but student government could fund it in a different way." A decision was made to vote on the issue at the next meeting. Representatives also voted for two open Senate positions. Nominees arc senior Chris Haslett, j uniors Joseph Joseph and Paul Roth and sophomore'Jessica Cuffia. President George Pay dock said in a later interview tha t the elections will be held again oiv Monday, Jan. 24 because some representatives voted incorrectly. A decision was also made re-

Have you ever dreamt of going to sea? Of adventure? Of new places? Of exploring the marine environment? Dr. Allan Belovarac, chairman of the history department, has had a lifetime enchantment with the sea and is working to help Mercyhurst students study the ocean first-hand through the Sea Education Association (SEA). SEA offers students credits in Maritime Studies, Oceanography and Nautical Science through a 12-week term scheduled several quiring representatives to do 10 times throughout the academic service hours per term.{These year. . ') . hours can be fulfilled by working The first six weeks are spent aUMSG/SAC functionsjor by 5 working jh the student govern "** studying those subjects at SEA's ment office. Representatives must "" campus in Woods Hole, Mass. complete five hours for the re- The second six-week period ta kes students beyond the horizon as mainder of winter term. The tenthey continue their studies aboard hour requirement will begin in one of SEA's sailing research the spring. vessels, where they become fully The consequences of failing to complete the hours were also dis- integrated into the ship's research programs and operations.,The cussed. Paydock suggested dismissal from student government* program is open to students from Shimek**suggested the conse- all majors and disciplines. Belovarac became convinced quenccs be determined at another meeting. 4.j**£& % « <«*- one's education and personal deJunior Jim Travarca explained velopment could be enriched JD Book Exchange, of which he through a study of the sea. He should know. As a tonner crew is co-founder. He also said he member in his undergraduate da ys waqts to have teachers "publish which books will be required" for at the Hurst and later as the crew coachi from 1973 to 1986, each term before the previous term Belovarac has been drawn to the ends. Travarca suggested ^that teachers make this information water. He has also, sailed Lake Erie and served in the Naval Reavailable in the library.'He said this information is available to serve. students at other schools such as Kent State. Travarca requested help from MSG in implementing this plan. Thcjpublic relations committee was asked to look into the issue. Other topics discussed were parking and whether the bookstore should continue to sell CDs and tapes. MSG meetings are held every Monday in the government chambers at 8:30 p.m. The meetings are open to students, j ^ J





greatto allow our students to study the sea through an interdisciplinary approach, using the sciences, arts and humanities. He said the ultimate approach would be to top a liberal arts education by continuing that study on a sailing ship where students not only pursue their studies, but assume collective responsibility

for the day-to-day operation of the vessel. |"It can be a tremendous growth and maturing experience," he said. "Your life becomes woven into the rhythm of round-the-clock watches, of shiphandling and navigation. You learn self-discipline, develop a sense of responsibility to the group rather than self and enjoy the contentment that comes only aboard a sailing ship at sea." Belovarac is currently working with SEA and the Mercyhurst administration to develop an affiliation agreement whereby Mercyhurst will grant credit for students who maybe interested in 0 this opportunity. More than 150 colleges and universities!have developed similar affiliations with SEA, including Boston College, Brown, Cornell, Harvard, Bryn Mawr and Wellesley. "We would bejoining some very good company," he said, 'These schools are a good indicator of the academic rigor and integrity of SEA's program." Next week, college officia Is w ill be meeting with Dr. John McMahon, the Dean of SEA to iron out the final details regarding the affiliation. Belovarac has arranged for McMahon to meet with Mercyhurst students to answer any questions about the programs The meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in the Heritage Room, Main 203. \


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Escort service to provide w o m e n safe passage
By Joseph Legler Senior Writer needed for the program to succeed is money for neon green wind-breaker type overcoats with the label "Student Escort" on the back, some I beepers or walkietalkies, photo-identification badges and flashlights. If put into effect the program would be available to students (both men and women) between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Yurchak said this program wou I d be a compliment of sorts to the campus video cameral security system.


A new Mercyhurst campus security escort program may very well become a reality within the next three to six weeks. "The program is basically for women who are away from their homeJate at night," said senior Joe Yurchak, who developed the idea for the program.^ "They can call up and ask for somebody to come to where they are and walk them home. A volunteer will be sent out and escort them to their door/' he added. Yurchak presented the idea to Cass Shimek, director of the student union and student activities and Director of Security Bud Dever. Dever is in charge of gathering a firm bid for the total price of the project and submitting it in the form.of a grant application. Shimek is designing brochures, flyers and posters to publicize the program. Yurchak's student co-leader with the project is Aisha Nix. He said the program will be put into action as soon as appropriate funding is available and reliable volunteers are located. ^ "I would like to get it started within three weeks.-It's just a matter of getting the money. I've already spoken to somenpeople who are interested in being volunteers/' he said.«"I figure we need six or seven volunteers to get this thing on its way." Aside from the volunteers,




" The cameras are a way of catching the problem. This is a way of solving the if problem. « Joe Yurchak


to be more awareness and concent among students. "It is student sponsored. This shows they are concerned about safety,"" he added. ? The prospective escort volunteers must have a background check done before they are allowed to be an escort. We will talk to theirf police departments back home as well as going through the state crime information center/' Dever said. "We would|bc under a terrific sense of liability if we didn't do this. The escort students would have to sign a waiver to allow


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'The cameras are a way of catchI.N TICK EST. «g ing the problem. This is a way of solving the problem, fYou can catch the criminals on the cameras —this is a way of preventing it." | This type of program was attempted in 1990, but met with little support on the part of the students. Dever said a couple thousand questionnaires regarding an escort program were sent out then and they only received 30 responses. Of the 30, only two of them felt there was a need for such a program. After seeing the questionnaire results, interest in the program faded. Dever thinks it will be different T h e b r o c h u r e from Penn State University that is being used this time because the program is h ? more structured and there seems as a model for Mercyhurst's brochure.

Dever added that he would like to see team escorts of two to prevent any possible controversy or accusations from occurring.! Shimek is loosely basing the brochure on a brochure that is being used on Penn State University Campus. In this brochure it states the primary goal of the escort service is "to deter sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and assault, and to enable you to travel from one location to another with a greater sense of security." She believes this program, unlike its predecessor, will succeed and be used by the students. "An interest will develop in the minds of some, students. It will create opportunities that were not their before," she sa id. "However it must be given time to catch on." Anyone wishing to be a volunteer for the program can contact Yurchak at extension 2940 or by mail in box 1686. They can also call Shimek at extension 2433.

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Melissa JBrown Merciad ContributingWriter J Mercyhurst students wilf be volunteering theirttirae to help out In the Erie City Specia| Olympics Ski Meet 4 I i MrslDianaxBohrs Methods and jfor Students with Modlerate, Severe^ and Profound Retardation class is coordinating the event If is co-sponsored by the Council fornixceptionalvChiidrem Peek MPeak and thejBrte < S | Special Olympics. | |This is the third iyea| thaj Mercyhurst| has j»upported| tfcjls actility^Fhe special J|l yjnp iajis have been training weekly a tPeek V Peak.'There wttl be a follow* up competition at^he $(at$|evel fo^mosewhoq«J|lli^ Theievent^is scheduled |for Thursday, Jan. 27atPeek 'nfPeak.
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said. Dever said he has received between 12 and 15 reports from people who have spoken with the individual. The caller usually tries to get the women to meet him off campus, j "When they don't want to do that, or they want to bring a friend with them, he tells them to simply meet him in the lobby of Baldwin Hall," Dever stated. "Some have hung up which is the smart thing to do, but others have engaged in long conversations and, in fact, agreed to meet with the individual on three occasions — twice in Baldwin Hall," Dever added. "I don't understand why—even though most of the women are freshman — they're so naive about this kind ofthing. It troubles me that they're encouraging this guy to show up," Dever said. In one case, the individual came to the library where afemalestudent he hud spoken with was working. He tried to hold her hand and kiss heri' ••* "In all cases the women have

Dever asks all women not to engage in conversations with people they do not know, "especially when the caller gets into sexual things like this." "Do not give out personal information, such as name, address, phone numbers or places*, of work," Dever added. "Hanglup with a very firm resolve, so the subject knows he is not encouraged to call back." He said telephone lines are being monitored in a couple of instances, and the Erie Police Bureau is working with Mercyhurst security sta ff in the investigation. If caught, the individual will be charged with harassment through communications* and possibly general harassment. » "Depending on his prior record and what else be is linked to, he could be sentenced from one to three years," Dever said! "Please report any suspicious individuals matching^the*, above description to security and your RA'sJat once," Dever finished saying. ^

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been able to 'ditch' the guy,*fcut we are concerned that the subject may come onto campus again. And we are unsure of what he is capable of," Dever added. The man was described as a white male in his early thirties, 5' 10" tall and weighing about 175 pounds. He has neatly trimmed brown hair about medium length. His clothing is casual — blue sweater and trousers, denim type jacket and he wears a gold chain. He speaks softly, with no accent and has no glasses or facial hair. In all of the cases where he can keep a woman on the phone, he eventually gets into his perversion^ "He starts to ask about underclothes, sexual preferences and he actually masturbates while the conversation is being conducted," Dever said. Dever read an excerptfromone of the reportsfiledby one of the harassed women: "As we talked about different things, he was getting off in the background. He told me he loved me and asked me to talk until he came.

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Melissa Svitek ErinHauber Jennifer Trinidad David Kosobucki Rich Shelton Megan Circle Lee Ann Kelly KiiaPresler Mike Brown Beth Nichols David McQuUlen Elizabeth Johnson Jim Doherty Heather Ryan Janel McBride Nicole Geraci Dan McQuillen. Tricia Webb Jay Kennedy & . Suzanne Coneglio Nick Krayger Tonya Beebe Mark Shokalook

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Arts & Entertainment
By Heather Ryan Merciad StaffReporter How would you like to go to Jamaica for a biology class? That's exactly what sophomores JoAnna Shircy, Terri Ressler and Bridget Hardin did for their tropical marine biology class. Assisted by Dr. Lewis Lutton, these three girls plus a few other students, flew to St. Ann's Bay in Jamaica. Por $1300 everything was covered, except souvenirs and a meal or two. They fulfilled their lab in biology and experienced [this laidback country where the most frequent phrase is "No problem." While most other students here at Mercyhurst were eating their turkey dinners, these girls were swimming in Bioluminescent Bay. They slipped into the water during the evening and while swimming experienced tiny glowing micro-organisms in the water. Imagine swimming through firefly-like creatures that generate heat in cool water. During the day the temperatures reached 90 degrees. Thesun was up early. xc [You could get a suntan in the morning, like 7:30 a.m.," said Bridget Hardin, biology major. The group traveled by van to their destination, whether It was dancing or waterfall climbing. The friendly people of Jamaica would honk their horns as they passed, or wave at the group as they traveled in their van. "We always seemed to be the center of attention," said Ressler, communications major. "I was so. aware of the color of my skin.!it They proved to be the main attraction as they danced at a club. As the girls were dancing, a circle formed around them and they soon had everyone in the dance club dancing the same way. The men also seemed to be very forward with the girls, as they didn't take no for an answer. If youjust talked toso&aeone, they'd try to pick you up, said the girls. "It's not just one guy, it's every guy/' said Bridget The girls sa id they were constantly asked where they were staying, and their reply would be a place forty minutes away because they didn't want to be tracked down. Another adventure included climbing a water fall. This also was a tourist attraction. The falls are natural but there are indentions on the rocks to make for


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A g r o u p of Mercyhurst students pose in front of their tour bus during the trip to Jamaica over Thanksgiving break. easy climbing. While wearing sneakers and bathing suits, the group ascended up through the water. They had to be careful not to step in the spaces between the rocks for fear they would si ip and fell.; |i| * # The group had daily lab time for a couple of hours before they left to go somewhere. They'd listen to Dr. Lutton or pick up and identify animals, then leave to tour. These other places included a cave where bats were flying around land a (swamp where seahorses and stingrays encircled them. The girls were also bitten by fields of mosquito wasps (tiny jellyfish) in the swampy water. "It wasn't just biology," says Terri. Shirey, Ressler and Hardin learned much about the Jamaican lifestyle. Shirey'reports that u •you'd see a big house and then a shack next to it. "Therichand the poor live together, she said. Shacks were set up to sell souvenirs such as wood carvings. Shirey said, "They'd charge us double." "We'd have to bring down the price,*' said Ressler. "We'd end up paying about half of what they wanted." For a tee-shirt that started out as $30, they could get the price down to $17. "We were offered pot constantly,"said Ressler. The Jamaicans would casually ask any one of them if they wanted some "smokes."They would see people in Jamaica smoking marijuana, and the Jamaicans even carried it in their pockets, the girls said. "The cops were doing it too," said Shirey. "It's illegal down there but they won't arrest the Jamaicans because they don't havegaiiy money," said Hardin. According to the girls, some of the people in Jamaica are very poor and take measures to make money. They may target tourists for money. Shirey recalls that many times she would hear them call from their booths, " 'Can I braid your hair? Can I braid your hair?' They will offer to do things for you for money," she said. 'The Jamaicans wanted American money since it is worth so much more than the Jamaican currency. One American dollar was equivalent to 28 Jamaican dollars." The girls also noticed that the people living there are more concerned* with survival than politics. For example, the beaches were full ofgarbage like old shoes, ripped tires and broken glass, Shirey said. The resort places are the places that look nice,-but the rest of Jamaica is simply "Jamaica, they said. The Jamaican lifestyle is a very casual, simple way of living, they said. In their hotel located on a gorgeous sandy white beach, there were no screens on the doors. The girls didn't seem to mind the mosquitoes at night, ants in the sink, an occasional cockroach or the rare lizard on their^ kitchen wall* "We got the true Jamaican experience," said Shirey. "It's a nice way to pack in the science credits, and a fun way to spend Thanksgiving.
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Bridget Hardin, JoAnna Shirey and Terri Ressler, all sophomores, pose in a Jamaican swamp.

Tuckwell to perform
The D'Angel o School of Music will present the world's greatest French hornist Barry Tuckwell. He will perform at Central High School Auditorium on'Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 p.m. The Los Angeles Times said, 'Tuckwell is probably the foremost living master of the most treacherous of instruments. He has subjected the French horn to a degree of obedience that approaches perfection." Tuckwell, who performs over one hundred concerts a year, has appeared with every major orchestra and concert series throughout the world. He has recorded more French horn literature than any other hornist in history, which has included every concerto and ? chamber music that includes French horn. Tuckwell has had numerous prominent composers write works especially for him, and has published several books concerning the history and performance practices of the instrument. For TuckwelPs program in Erie he will perform works by Poulenc, Saint-Saens, Dukas, Strauss and Hindemith. Tickets will be available at the door, $10 for adults and $7.50 for students.

Barry Tuckwell, renowned French hornist'

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iDoes it affect you?
Comefindout on Feb. 9 7:30-9:30 Zurn Recital Hall Seating is limited Send reservations by Jan. 28 including name, phone#, # attending to: Lee Shuster Senior Social Work Project Mercyhurst College f 501E.38thSu Erie, PaJ6546 FREE to all Refreshments available
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"Being a science major is an experience you can't pass up," said Hardin. *3g Ressler concluded, "You can't help but learn."

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"Where the hell is the damn deepfryer? "

JANUARY 20,1993




addicts. Not unlike Alcoholics Anonymous, NA pillars itself on a promise of anonymity, and unconditional "hugs." "My name is Steve, and I'm an I went to the meeting with my addict Pve been clean for one good friend, a recovering addict, year, and today is my anniver- who has been clean for months. sary." Before his relapse in September, The room erupts into cheering he had been clean a year. He atand clapping. People smile, and tends NA meetings every day, hug one another, and congratu- sometimes twice a day. He never late Steve. Such was the scene of misses. the Narcotics Anonymous meetOn this particular Wednesday ing I attended over Christmas night, we had planned to go to a break. I have never experienced popula r club and meet some other anything like it in my life. friends. "Jason" called and asked Narcotics Anonymous is a cop- me if I could come pick him up ing group for recovering drug ea rly and go somewhere with him

By Nick Krayger Mcrciad Staff Columnist

for an hour before we went out. I | picked up anotherfriendand went to get Jason. When be got in the car he said ^he needed to go to a meeting before we went to the club. I knew about Jason's addiction and I didn't think it was an unfair request I know all about NA because my brother is also an addict That particular day had been an extremely difficult one for my brother, my family and myself, and I figured maybe if I went to the meeting, I would get a different perspective. We walked into the meeting, and were greeted at the door with hugsfby men and women of all shapes, sizes, races and ages. They "all remarked how glad they were | to have us there and how we should Ikeep coming back, "because it works." l I just smiled and scurried for a seat It made me uncomfortable to think that these people thought I was a drug addict I have never even tried drugs. Not 9once.j I thought I was better than these ? •people. Sure, I drink on occasion, just Carolyn Mc Quill en, Freshman, Nursing: jllike many of you. And I've been I'm sure it does. I don't know about how recently, but I can't drunk on many occasions. But believe Mercy hurst is isolatedfromthe possibility of such incidents fclVe neverrbeen screwed upjon occurring drugs. I am better than they are, band so are you, right? Ann Lorenz, Senior, Nursing/Biology: * I no longer think so. It's about "This juxtaposition of power can occur in the development from any ^ time we all re-evaluate the situarandom situation at any random location and it certainly is not tion. abstinent on our college campus." Listening to all these "strangers" (who greeted me with hugs Mike Conti, Freshman, Art: 4 and put warm coffee in my cold "Yes, because this is the same kind of college as anywhere else. |hands) tell their stories, I started to compare their meeting to the We're no different" t many parties held on this campus. Susan Mazeika, Sophomore, Early Childhood/Elementary Edu- INo comparison, right? cation: What the hell kind of fun is "Yes, it probably does. It's an occurrence that will happen anywhere I standing around in the icy cellar |of a community day care with a so why should Mercy hurst be excluded?" &bunch of strangers? Never mind they are asking questions who Paul Capizzano, Junior, Marketing: | you are and how you're holding "No I don't believe it occurs at Mercyhurst The school is too small up during your holiday. That's no for rape to occur. Besides.it seems as though everyone knows fun, is it? everyone else. Oh no, we here at Mercyhurst Molly Kennedy, Sophomore, Sportsmedicine: College know about real fun. Real "Yes, when you consider the ratio or percentage of students at fun is trudging across campus in Mercyhurst to a large university,|I think it does occur the same I waist high snow with a group of amount. I think it's more acquaintance rape and that it's not reported freshmen j foil ow ing. beh ind * y ou as much. A problem with this is that rape occurs at a party scene because they overheard you talkwhen a female thinks her credibility is diminished, perhaps because ing about a party. Real fun is of alcohol, so she does not report it." walking into a stranger's apartment with a hundred other people there, in the hopes that you know Jean McFeeley, Freshman, Undecided: one out of the hundred who can "Yes, but it's not as publicized as much." tell you whether the keg is in the bathroom or the kitchen. Kathryn Moses, Junior, Special/Elementary Education: You can call me a hypocrite if Yes, but it's not as reported. The authorities in the school try to keep you want, I am. I was probably in it hush-hush. It should not be the case, but rather everyone on line infrontof you at the keg this campus should be informed." weekend and I probably ignored you at brunch on Sunday. Rob Vescio, Sophomore, Political Science: But at least I'm not a drug ad"Yes, it does occur at this college. The ratio of rape occurrences in dict, sitting around in an icy cellar comparison to student body is the same here as at other schools." with people who care about my welfare, sipping coffee and talkBryan Welker, Sophomore, HRIMs ;, I i ing about how it is I am going to "Yes, I do. I think it happens a lot here but its not reported as often cope throughout the holidays and as it happens. If it does happen, the persons or party involved should still enjoy my family. At least I'm be dismissed from this lovely campus." not something as horrible as that, right? * *** Quotes compiled by Nicole Geraci.*

By David McQuillen Mcrciad Staff Colmnist I called South Carolina today. I asked the lady on the other end of the phone what I had to do to get residency there, what I had to do to become a South Carolinean. She asked why I wanted to know. I told her I was freezing to death and I didn't [want to die here. I begged her to tel 1 me what the temperature was there. She told me she didn't know. I told her I'd do anything for her if she would just give me some idea about how warm it was there. I told her that this was her big chance to help another human being in need, to make someone feel good. She said it was about 50 degrees. : I cried. * "Do you have a lot of snow?" she said. "Yeah. We got a lot of snow." "Is it cold there right now?" she said. "Cold? Well, it's 60 degrees wanner there than jit is here. Our governor declared a state of emergency because they don't have enough electricity to keep the state warm." "Oh,my," she said. 'That is cold."

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"Why do you live there?" she asked. "Uh " * M And so I'm begining to wonder why people live here. Why would anyone live here in the north, in Pennsylvania, in Erie? What is it? Is jj the weather? I really don't think it's the weather. It's so cold right now that the clouds arefrozen.If you found a stick that was long enough, you could shove it into the sky and make a popsicle. No one walked outside today, looked around, took a deep breath and said to themselves, "God, it's great to be alive in Erie today." I know this because if they had, when they opened their mouth to take a breath, it would have frozen in their lungs and they would have collapsed. Yes, there are plenty of people who live perfectly norma 1, happy lives without suffering through six months ofwinter. How about scenery? Erieites always brag about how we're supposed to have great sunsets. Well, I tell you what, the sun sets all over the world. It can't be sunsets. Anyways, when the clouds settle in and block out the sun, the scenery in winter is as spectacular as the inside of a refrigerator with the door shut It feels the same, too. Is it the people? I've been to other states. They all seemed to have perfectly nice people there. Not thatPennsylvania doesn't ha Venice people, it's just that nice people are all over the country. It can't be the people. Is it fate? Are people destined to 1 ive here for their entire lives? Yes. I discovered this in The Pennsylvania State Atlas. If you are from Pennsylvania, please sit down. You are not going to be happy. It's a proven fact that Pennsylvania has the highest number of residents who are born here, live here and die here. They don't leave.This isn't scary for me. I wasn't born here. But if you were, resign yourself to eternity in Pennsylvania, snow capital of the world, commonwealth offreeze,place of no escape! Don't even try to get out, cancel all your dreams of living where it's warm. You really have no chance of getting out The odds are against you. I'm sorry. Really, your only hope of ever moving south is to organize a band of rebels, a bunch of fellow Pennsylvanians who are fed up. Get them together and declare a civil war on America and then attack. Attack West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia. Push Pennsylvania's border south. It's your only chance. If you aren't from Pennsylvania, get out before you have kids. If they're born here, how do you explain to them that they can never leave? How do you explain, while you retire to Florida, that your kids will only be able to go as far south as Philadelphia for their golden years. I don't think you could doit with a clear conscience. Move now. I told the lady in South Carolina to expect a call from E you. |i & | I ^ Until then, stay warm. Eat chicken soup, drink tea, cuddle and get warm hugsfromthat special someone. Tell your mom to bake you some chocolate chip cookies. Have her send them federal express overnight hi one of those thermal packs that the Domino's delivery guy uses to keep the pizzas hot. They should still be warm by the time they get here.






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By Craig Ry bczy nski Merciad Sports Editor Some people don't know what "seizing the opportunity" is, but history professor Dr. Allan Belovarac does. Bclovarac's road to success started the moment he arrived at Mercyhurst, not as a professor, but as a student. The shy manfromErie has accomplished a lot at the Hurst: as a rower, a teacher and even a writer for the Merciad. He was eager to begin talking about his 1 ife as he leaned back in his chair and began to reveal his college days. His knowledge and wit conjured up the view of a father telling the kids how it used to be.

"I sort) of joined the infamous barbarians that were already here."
—Dr. Allan Belovarac
Belovarac scratched his thinning hair and stopped to remember. Then he began his story. Belovarac's college education didn't begin at Mercyhurst He studied at Allegheny College for two years before transferring in the fall of 1971/ 1 He arrived at the school on the hill with new dreams and goals. His facial expressions showed some emotion as he explained why he transferred. "I had to take a junior seminar course and the one I wanted was with Jay Luvaas, my mentor,"

Dr. Belovarac, 1973
said Belovarac. "I majored in history and he was a national authority on military history." ^However, to his dismay the class filled up and he was left to ponder the future. "I was frustrated and disappointed in not getting something I really, really wanted and was waiting a long time for." At that point he had to make a career decision. Fortunately for Mercyhurst he chose to transfer instead of staying at Allegheny. Mercyhurst was the obvious choice for the young man who grew up in the city. He Was familiar with the school because he attended summer classes* here. Thus the Cathedral Prep grad returned to Erie tofindhis roots as iF a Laker. When the subject of American history came up, his eyes widened and his enthusiasm heightened. He referred to his love for history to explain why he came to Mercyhurst during its infa nt years as a co-educational college. "There is something about the excitement of American history because it's a nation that started from scratch. I find the institutions and nations that are in the building process are more interesting," said Belovarac. "That's one of the reasons I came to Mercyhurst. It is (he same idea because at the time Mercyhurst was going through a significant transition from an all girls finishing school to a co-educational ,, colle!ge. The year he entered, he was one of the few males at the school. He was assigned to live in the tower above the chapel because of restricted living space in Preston

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With a light-hearted response he summed up his experience. "I sort of joined the infamous barbarians that were already here/' he said. "Barbarians" is an appropriate term as their living quarters were very primitive. "The rooms weretinymonastic cells. I had a pull-out bed, a chair and a desk; that's it" tt Despite not having the modern luxuries students enjoy today, Belovarac valued the education he received. Two of the teachers he admired and was taught by were Michael McQuillen, now Dean of Students, and Richard Kubiak. Belovarac's fondest memories are of Kubiak, now his colleague

in the History department "He is mellow now," said Belovarac J as he reclined even more in his chair and let out a laugh. He then became very serious as he expressed his admiration. "Dick Kubiak is Dick Kubiak. He really made us work and expected a lot out of us and I don't think he's changed; 1 have a lot of respect for the guy." Besides excelling in academics he was also a student athlete. Belovarac was a member of the crew team and his most memorable moment at the Hurst was as an oarsman. He thought for a minute before speaking and looked at his office full ofcrew memorabilia. He then described in detail the race of his life against Notre Dame. "We journeyed to Notre Dame for the epic race. They were dedicating a new boathouse on their campus and they invited us to row," he said. "They expected an easy victory and to have a huge victory party. It was great because we just kicked the hell out of them in every event we rowed

The event was just one of the things he has taken away from kj Mercyhurst^He has learned a lot . since his college days. :, t The Mercyhurst education he received helped him achieve so much,frombeing a naval officer to the head of the history department. His success as a student and as a professor stems from the belief j|Sn "seizing the opportunity." He is an example of what hard work and an education can get you.

Don Pasqua I e vi s i ts the Hurst
The D'Angelo Opera Theatre masterpieces of opera buffa. will present the comic opera Don According to the Journal des Pasquale by Donizetti. The full- Debats, Jan. 1843, "No opera length production with sets, cos- composed expressly for the Italtumes and full orchestra will be ian theatre has had a more clampresented Thursday, Friday and orous success. Four or five numSaturday, Jan. 27-29 at 8 p.m. at bers repeated, calls for the singthe Mercyhurst College Little ers, calls for the. maestro—in sum. Theatre. Tickets are $7.50 each. Directing the production is Louisa Jonason. The conductor is Frank Collura. Both are faculty members at the D'Angelo School. Don Pasquale, a rich man in his 60s, does not approve of his nephew Ernesto's fiancee Norina. Encouraged by his friend, Dr. Malatesta, Don Pasquale decides to marry, thus disinheriting his nephew. Little does Don Pasquale know that Dr. Malatesta has devised a plan involving a fake notary, to trick him into marrying his sister who is really Norina in disguise. Pa ndemonium breaks ou t after the ceremony when Norina reveals her true identity. Don Pasquale has been recognized as one of the outstanding one of these ovations which are given prodigiously by the dozen in Italy, but which in Paris are reserved for the truly great." One might speculate that these repeated numbers included the arias which even today we consider among the great—Dr. Malatesta's "Bella sicome un angelo," and Ernesto's "Com/ e gentile. Featured in the production will be Les Young who is from Pittsburgh, PA. He has sung with the Pittsburgh Opera and many opera companies throughout the United States. He will be seen as Col line in La Boheme in Peoria, 111., in February. David Herendeen is now head of the voice department at Edinboro University after having sung extensively in Europe. £ Alphonse Zenon made his debut with^thc D'Angelo Opera Theatre last year in Die Fledermaus. The remaining cast will consist of students of the D'Angelo School of Music. For tickets call 824-2364.
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Olympic Lakers find offense Controversy
By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor By Craig Rybczynski Mereiad Sports Editor What if you had the chance to injure your opponent before the big game or event? Would you ^H, do it? This is the same scenario in s the on going Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding incident Harding is accused of conspiring to injure Kerrigan before the U.S. Figure Skating Association championships in Detroit, Michigan. The date was Jan. 6 and figure skater Nancy Kerrigan just had completed her practice skate at the Cobo Arena in Detroit The 24-year-old Stoneham, Mass. native expected to compete later that day in the championships. This would be a mere stepping stone to the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway in February. That's when disaster struck. We* ve all heard the story. The innocent young woman was brutalized while being interviewed by an assaliant weilding a lead object Her knee and Olympic dreams seemed shattered. The public cried out for protection of athletes, and her parents wanted some answers. The press fiasco that followed has accused many, but we still have no answers. Was Harding involved? She won the U.S. championships and is assured a spot in Lillehammer, unless she is found guilty. J The whole ordeal is turning into a big game of Clue. Shane Minoaka Stant allegedly struck Kerrigan in the ice arena with the lead pipe. Illegal funds from Harding's skating fund were allegedly used to pay the hitman. V Meanwhile, the determined Kerrigan, fighting the affects of the' attack skated Monday for the first time, while Harding met with the district attorney in Oregon to clear her name. ' ' *' * Yet she continues to train for the games. ' This saga should be called "The Comeback Kerrigan versus the Hard Luck Harding." ^' T ' The vision of Kerrigan is of a woman performingflawlesslyas she moves with the grace of a swam. She is soft spoken and very beautiful. She is what America wants in a champion. Then there is Harding. The rough and tumble youth who has fought criticism and doubters all her 1 ife to get to the Olympics. She has skating ability, but she doesn't meet America's view of the u typical Olympic champion. 1 • * ^ /. The question on everyone's mind is, "Did Harding aid in the attack? If so should she be allowed to compete?" • Absolutely not. Michelle Kwan, who finished second behind Harding should go to Lillehammer. • • However there is something wrong with this whole event What is going on here? What happened to the purity of sports and fair play ingrained in the Olympic Oath? * "Is there something tainted about sports. The Olympic spirit is supposed to burn like the flame that is lit to symbolize the unity of sport competition. Has the money and prestige of winning a gold medal become the motivating force behind competing in the Olympics? Itshouldn't be. Olympians strive to represent their nations in search of glory, hot financial gains. * * For Kerrigan all the money in the world cannot erase the threat ol violence that lies in the bacfc of her mind. It's tough cWugh that she has to compete on the ice, why should she have to fear competition ,v off the ice? > * i * :It's no longer a question of whether someone is innocent or guilty. The damage to both women has been done. i FBOUI have scars and wounds that need to heal. Kerrigan's are the most visible. She fought hard to return to the formthat won her a bronze medal at the 1988 Winter Olympics only to-be assaulted the United States and the world will be behind Kerrigan as she performs in Lillehammer. The tough-willed skater from Massachusetts will inspire and excite the crowd, if she returte to her old form. The only question that remains is, "Will Tohya Harding be at rink side or at home watching the Olympics?"
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Hockey sweeps weekend

McKinnon opened the scoring for the La kers a 12:50 of the first period to begin the avalanche of The Mercy hurst Laker hockey goals to follow. Mercyhurst team reached the .500 mark Sat- scored four more times in the first. urday by blasting Hobart College McKinnon beat Royal goalie 8-1 a t the State University of New George Bozak to end the first York at Geneseo. frame with assists going to Bohun The Lakers began the weekend and Scott MacDonald. sweep on Friday, beating the RoyDefenseman Justin Proud also als of Scranton University 16-0. added a goal in the period and The Lakers reached the elusive received praise from his teammark for the first time since Nov. mates. 11. \ "Game in and game out he "More than anything, what this seems to be the most consistent weekend has done is give the team player on the ice," said Paul some confidence which we were Capizzano. "He?has turned it lacking tremendously," said head around this year and is no longer coach Rick Gotkin. "I think that's just a defensive player, but is a lot really been the good thing about better on offense." play ing the Scrantons and Hobarts Proud's success has not gone is that we've gotten some confi- unnoticed by head coach Rick dence. Nowwe have to somehow Gotkin. "He is by far our best carry it over to the big games." defenseman this year," said An inspired Laker hockey team Gotkin. "He showed some signs found the offense they were lack- of that last year, but this year he is ing in the first half of the season. a quality defenseman and there is The blue and green's offense no question in my mind if he was led by Kevin McKinnon who keeps going the way he is he could scored four times. He showed the end up on the ECAC all-star skills that have made him the team." team's leading scorer. ' With, Proud on defense and He attributed his success to his McKinnon on offense the Lakers linemates. stormed out to score 11 more "The other ^forwards Bryce times. They peppered Bozak with (Bohun) and Craig (WacDonald) £ a |ptal of ,80 shots in the rout set me up and we work really J 'McKinnon completed the hat good together as a line," said trick at 12:21 of the second peMcKinnon. riod. Bohun again assisted on the Three other Mercyhurst for- goal along with forward Craig wards followed McKinnon's ex- MacDonald. ample. Scott MacDonald redisChris Lueck picked up his first covered his scoring ability as he victory of the season as he stopped chipped in three, while Scott 13 Royal shots. if Bramwell and Jon Johnson each The -Mercyhurst confidence contributed two. i never faltered and neither did its

offense the following night against the Hobart Statesmen. The special teams pi ayed a pivotal role in the victory. McKinnon, Craig MacDonald, and Kevin Gauthier scored with the man advantage, while Russ Ciesielski scored a short-handed goal. "We been ecstatic about our short-handed play. We are 89.9 percent (in killing penalties) and have scored 18 short-handed goals, that has to be some sort of collegefrecord," said Gotkin. "We're a threat short handed, Bryce Bohun and Kevin McKinnon, Art Thomas and Jon Johnson, and Craig and Scott MacDonald have all done a great job killing penalties." McKinnon again started the scoring for the Hurst at 4:00 in the first. He converted a pass from Bohun to beat Hobart goalie Michael Smith. McKinnon's goal highlighted the three-goal first period. Craig MacDonald added the second power-play goal in the second period. In'the third, Mercyhurst's Ciesielski scored his first collegiate goal. Ciesielski took a pass at the Statesman blue line and went in alone on Smith. "It took me a while, but it was like a rock off my shoulder," said Ciesielski. "It was a big relief, I now know I can do it." In goal, Scott Barber picked up the victory stopping 17 shots. The 8-8 Lakers next play the Blmira Soaring Eagles at the Ice Center, Saturday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. '*




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Lady Lakers turn heat up and rout
By Keith Courson Merciad Sports Editor The Mercyhurst women's basketball team is beginning to turn up the heat at the right time as it faces a key stretch in its schedule within the next few weeks. Some of the top squads in the region are lurking ahead including Pitt-Johnstown and Lock Haven. Mercyhurst turned in two strong performances over the past week as it posted victories over Indiana, PA, and Mansfield. The 8858 triumph over Mansfield Tuesday night sets up a three game home stand for the 9-6 Lakers. "Mansfield is a tough place to play and we played well, although we didn't have a great first ha If," said head coach Paul Demyanovich. "We had very good distribution in scoring." In fact, every Laker on the roster scored. Teresa Szumigala and Karin Salem paced Mercyhurst with 17 points apiece while Julie McChesney added 15 points and 6 rebounds. However, defensive pressure may have been the key as the Lakers limited Mansfield to just 28 percent shooting from the floor. Szumigala blocked seven shots. Mercyhurst shot 63 percent "Naturally, I'd like to be a lot further than we are," added

for us to get an NCAA bid to the eastern regionals, we're going to have to beat Pitt-Johnstown at least once," added Demyanovich. He believes tha 119 or 20 wins are a must. "This year ifwe were in a league, we would have conference play. I think we'd be in good shape," he said, "but we're an independent and it makes it very difficult for us to get in." Clarion is currently the top team in the region and its only loss this season came at the hands of the Lady Lakers. Mercyhurst entertains PittBradford next Wednesday at the MAC at 7:30 p.m.

Demyanovich. "We had two very tough losses (one point losses to LeMoyne and Lock Haven) and 11-4 sure would be a lot nicer than 9-6 but the girls are working real hard." Freshmen Allison Marsden and Connie Ralston have fit nicely into the Laker scheme. "Marsden played super yesterday," said the Laker boss. "We needed her in there defensively." Meanwhile, Ralston is the third leading scorer on the team (10 pts./game) and lea ds infreethrow shooting. The Lakers, ranked sixth in the eastern region, are optimistic that a play-off spot is in the future. "We've come along but in order

Theresa Szumigala leads Mercyhurst in scoring (21 ppg). Julie McChesney was a force in the paint against IUP Sat

What if therewas no Rec Center?
comes more than that. By Keith Courson Hutchinson received word that Merciad Sports Editor the total area would be equally "If they wanted something to divided three ways between the improve the Mercyhurst commu- dance department, sports medicine and student government. nity, this is not it. "Maybe this won't have an imThere is no secret that Mercyhurst College is attempt- pact on you or me right now, but ing to ready itself for the 21st it's going to have an impact on century. The planning process is students and athletics maybe five or 10 years from now/' said in action at this very moment. It was briefly mentioned at a Hutchinson. "It's not just athletrecent Mercyhurst Student Gov- ics that will be hurt" ernment meeting that there may Hutchinson says that students be plans in store for the Rec. Cen- should have a say in the matter. ter, the 15,000 square foot buildFor many teams on campus, ing next to the Athletic Center most notably soccer and baseball, which serves as a practice facility the Rec. Center becomes a necesfor many of the athletic teams on sity when nasty wcathcrSruins campus and houses many other practice plans outdoors. The faactivities. cility is utilized all winter long for There have been no plans set, or off-season training. Other student at least stated at this time. But, the activities such as aerobics and idea of converting the building to intramurals are held in the buildserve other,purposes has been ing. 'They'll have nowhere to hinted at and is being considered. go," added Hutchinson, "and if Enter junior class representa- you want to go over there and tive Jeff Hutchinson. Along with play basketball you should have sen ior Kevin Nixon, he has spear- that option." headed an effort to prevent any Along with Nixon, Hutchinson action from being taken. In fact, has taken action and expressed their goal is to remove any his concerns in the form of a letter thoughts of conversion of the to President Garvcy. "It was at a building before such a plan be- meeting and it didn't really get







out and I caught it and just kind of stuck it in the back of my mind," added Hutchinson, "but'then I really thought about it." According to MSG president George Paydock, various future plans for the college that may include the Rec Center are going to be discussed at an upcoming Board of Trustees meeting. However, Paydock noted there have been no definite plans set at this point Hutchinson wants to keep it that way. "I know we 're here for learning and that is number one and we're not here for sports. I understand that," he stated boldly, "but when I came here to visit with all those admissions students, one of the most important things they showed me was the Rec. Center." Hutchinson wants to make students realize that this could become a reality and has formed his own committee. He is hoping his thoughts are going to be considered before any action is taken. "The main thing is that it serves a very good purpose:for athletes and students alike."

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The Mercyhurst men's basketball team defeated PittJohnstown Wednesday night as Rashe Revierc scored 32 points. A key technical foul called on the Mountaincats in the closing seconds became the clincher for Mercyhurst as Reviere hit key foul shots to seal the win. The Lakers are now 9-7 and host Malone on Saturday at 1p.m.

Preliminary football schedule out
Four home and six away games comprise the 1994 Laker football schedule. Familiar foes Canisius, Dickinson, St. Francis, Buffalo State, Pace, and Gannon are joined by newcomers Frostburg, CW. Post, Grove City and Robert Morris. | The Lakers lost to C. W. Post in the ECAC Bowl to end the 1993 season. j

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