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Construction flaws leave n e w b u i l d i n g s cold
By Joseph Legler Senior Writer The situation seems to be under control now, however some students still see a problem. "It's either freezing here or an oven," said townhouse resident Heather Ryan. "The heat either pours out or doesn't go on for hours. There is not enough insulation." i She was disturbed because the problem was not seen ahead of time. [; "It's winter! Didn't they think • ahead of time... Erie winters are very cold," she added. Ryan and Jodi Zupancic, another townhouse resident, said the major problem with the townhouses is the fierce drafts coming in through the windows. "My roommate and I are freezing because of the drafts. I woke up freezing the other night and I was covered in a down comforter," Zupancic said. Residents of Duval voiced their concerns. "For three days, we were kept alive from the heat of our oven," said Jeff Roinito. "I think they should have put a bit more time in planning the construction." Amy Horsley said Duval experiences "maj or dra fts" and the heat doesn't come on very strongly. "We put towels on the windows of our apartment to block out the cold air. The towels are now frozen there," Horsley said. Billingsley said the problems are being solved as much as possible, but students should keep in mind "this is the most brutal winter in Erie history." Students needing space heaters should contact their RA's to see about the procedure in acquiring one.

While Erie sunk into its most intense deep-freeze everjjlast Editors serve up their beers with the Cove page 4 week, most Mercyhurst students Feature editorial: Townhouses new, not perfect. page 6 were staying warm in their places of residence, except for those residing in the newest buildings. Students in the Warde townhouses and Duval apartments Winter Formal will be held at Union Station from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. experienced extreme cold because of initial designflawsin the conwith Jim Bean rocking the place with all types of music. Shuttles struction of both. will leave from Baldwin on the top of every hour. Saturday is the Dean of Administrative Sergreat winter face-off as teams try to capture or retain the Winter vices and Finance, Thomas Activities crown. Dress warm!? Billingsley said more insulation needs to be put in Warde and the air intake system in Duval must be altered to correct the problem. "There was a time period of discomfort, an erratic period of Attention Seniors! If you have not yet successfully completed the about 36 hours last week, but writing proficiency requirement for graduation,^you must make arrangements to do so as soon as possible. The next administration maintenance 'worked on it conof the Writing Proficiency Exam will be on Thursday, February 10. tinuously to solve the problem," Billingsley said. There wilifbe two sittings of the exam on this date. The^first The problem was worse on the administration will befrom3 to 6 p.m. The second administration will beffrom 6 to 9 p.m. Plan to report to Zurn 114 at least fifteen third floor of the Duval complex and most of the residents there minutes-'before the exam is scheduled to begin. Iffyou plan to were grveifspace-heaters-to keep' graduate in May, you must attend one of these test sittings. If you their apartments warm. need information, contact HeidifHosey at ext. 2336 as soon as According to Bill Kerbusch, dipossible. rector of environmental services, the entire incident started last Tuesday morning when two boilers went down in Duval. Maintenance found that blocked exhaust New doctor hours are being provided by Student Health Services. pipes were causing the problem Dr. Kruszewski will be at the Student Health Office in Preston 101 and cleaned them out. on Mondays and Thursdays from 1 to 2 p.m. A short time later, two other Duval boilers went down with the same problem and Kerbusch called*Rabe Environmental Services to see what was causing the A reminder to all volunteers planning to help at the Special Olympics Ski Meet, the date of the ski meet has been changed to Thursda y, problem. At this same tune, another probFeb. 3. A meeting will be held on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 3 p.m. in 312 lem appeared—the pipes started Old Main to discuss what will be taking place at the meet. to freeze in the townhouses. First China, then Germany, now Mercyhurst. Any way you look at it, 'sher is a purty fence.'

Get set for Winter Activities

Don't forget writing proficiency

New doctormours announced!

Special lOlympicstdate Changed

Freeiskateltimes announced

Skating times for the free skate for the college community will be from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. on Sunday, and 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday.

WMCE openslhouse
Help WMCE celebrate five years on-the-air and attend the open house on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. The WMCE Studio is located in the lower level of Baldwin Hall, oppositethe football office.

"I have no idea why they were built that way: I hate to say it but something was probably overlooked during construction." -Bill Kerbusch

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By Joseph Legler Senior Writer The individual known as "David" who has been making sexually explicit phone calls~to women on*campus has been taken into custody. With the assistance of a female student who read an article in last week's Merciad, the culprit was identified on Tuesday. "He is in custody and has allegedly admitted to making the obscene series of calls that Mercyhurst women have been receiving," said Director of Security, Bud Dever. Sixteen women have filed reports with Dever in the past two weeks about the individual. Dever said Mercyhurst will place these complaints into a blanket charge of harassment through communications on the women's behalf. The student who £ identified him had telephone contact with "David" over a period of time and met him off campus before, according to Dever. "She contacted me the same day I was with three students at the police station doing a composite sketch of the individual," Dever

Weekend Forecast
Periods of rain, high 40 degrees. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of flurries, low in teens, high 20.

Partly cloudy, chance of snow, high in 20s, low 5 to 15.

Kerbusch said the contractor who built the facilities will be held responsible under warranty to repair the construction flaws. "I have no idea why they were built that way; I hate to say it, but something was probably overlooked during the construction process," Kerbusch said. [; "We worked Tuesday night adding more insulation to the townhouse walls and putting in space heaters to thaw out the pipes. "I was here for about 24 straight hours," he said.

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Raise in government discussed by representatives
get is audited every August. Heid suggested MSG pay for a j>reaudit in January so the audit in At the MSG meeting Monday, August will be easier. The cost of this measure is unJan. 26, Treasurer Heather Heid raised the issue of increasing the determined since; the auditors student government fee that stu- charge by the hour. dents ipay. The fee*is currently Representatives voted to ap$33 per term. MSG executive prove the idea of holding a preboard members propose raising it audit in January. to $45 per term. Paydock discussed the recent President George Pay dock said the fee has not been raised in the Board of Trustees meeting. He last four years even though the said the Board did not discuss the number of activities provided by strategic plan, although attendees MSG has increased. Heid said the were given a list of assumptions, increased revenue would prima- or suggestions concerning future rily be used to fund activities or- plans for tlie college. Paydock said MSG is concerned ganized by the Student Activities Committee. Paydock pointed out with one of the assumptions, the increase will have "long term which is about the conversion of the Rec Center. He said the asbenefits." Representatives decided to table sumptions list suggests moving the discussion and continue to activities from the Rec Center in investigate the idea over the next the Athletic Center area which is currently occupied by the Fitness few weeks. iHeid also discussed a plan to Center. 5 have the MSG budget audited JPaydock said the plan will be twice a year. Currently, the bud- discussed in more depth at the By Anne L. McNeils Asst News/Copy Editor

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said. v * W "She furnished a possible last name for the suspect." Dever, who has been working with Erie police detectives, said the name-"jived with another last name security had received." * Erie Detective Sgt. Ron Slupski assisted by Detective James Skindell, who had previously dealt with the suspect, picked him up and were able to clear the many calls made to the college. "Skindell had recognized his M.O. (method of operation) from prior cases and was able to place the guy," Dever saioV "David" is a 27-year old recovering alcoholic who has been in detox!and has been charged with lewd behavior before, according to Dever. "I'd like to thank all of the students who came forward and gave statements or assisted with the artist's composite and especially to the woman who furnished the last name of the possible suspect," Dever said. Dever said because the case is still under investigation, no further details can be released at this time. Victims of the calls who would like to learn more about the caller can arrange a private meeting with Dever.

next Board meeting. Representatives voted to give the Council for Bxceptional Children (CEC) $200 toward a Special Olympics ski meet scheduled for February 3. CEC had previously asked for $300 to fund the meet and socials the group holds for mentally retarded students in the Brie area. Senior Rep. Chris Haslett said the vote was "a good compromise." ^Representatives voted to fill two spots in the Senate. Sophomore, MSG Secretary Jessica Cuffia and Haslett were elected. MSG meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. All students are encouraged to attend.

Ever Get Somebody Totalhr Wasted ?
What started out as a class assignment led to a $1,000 prize for senior interior design major Jennifer Beck. Beck won first place in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Pennsylvania West competition. Beck had to design a plan for a corporate day care center. Two other students from Mercyhurst entered the competition. This is thefirstyear Mercyhurst has participated. Beck's entry was chosen from a group of nine.

Panel explores violence
By Noreen Roberts Merciad Staff Reporter There will be several people speaking on domestic violence, and two of the speakers will talk Lauren Suher, senior Social fromfirsthand experience. Work major, said domestic vioMercyhurst staff member, lence is "an ongoing problem Phyllis Aicllo, will be speaking which needs focus." on violence and relationships. Domestic violence is a serious There will also be an expert from problem that everyone needs to Children Services talking on how be aware of. Wednesday, January domestic violence affects chil9 at 7:30 p.m. in Sullivan Hall, dren. there will be a panel speaking on According to Suher, "It will be domestic violence. The pa nel was very beneficial for everyone to put together for the senior social attend, It affects everyone somework project time or another."

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It's back! j Dancers to perform Little Mermaid
The Mercyhurst College Dance Department is proud to present The Little*Mermaid of Lake Erie, an original ballet production choreographed by Mary Price 4 Boday and Jay Kirk. , The production premiered at Mercyhurst last spring and is back by popular demand. This year, The Little Mermaid of Lake Erie will be performed at the Warner Theater on Friday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Music has been arranged by Lee Wilkins, and the faculty and stu-


dents of the D'Angelo School of ID. Faculty and staff may receive Music will join him. The free tickets for themselves and Mercyhurst Dancers will perform their families with a President's with children who auditioned for card. the Little Mermaid... * Please note: For either The Mercyhurst College Art President's card or student ID, Department h responsible for art you must call and reserve your involved with the production and seat, and you must pick up your the narrative has been created by tickets before 5 p.m., on or before Dr. Herbert Goldberg of Erie. the day of the performance. No Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 cards will be honored at the door. for children under 12 and senior Ticket purchase and pickup can citizens. For Mercyhurst students, be done at the Erie Civic Center one complimentary ticket is avail- box office. able with presentation of student For tickets, call 452-4857.

Sunday, |January 30 at 1:00 pm | Monday, January 31 at 6:00 Dm

Nineshakes Playhouse; senior Bruno performs!
f The Erie Playhouse is gearing up for the-musical Nine and proudly boasts Mercyhurst senior Nichole Bruno as one of the performers. "She is fabulous," said Jean Malthaner, marketing director. The musical also casts Professor Shawn Clerkin, from Gannon, as well as other students from area colleges. According to director David Matthews, Nine, written by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, "is thebrilliantTony winning Best Musical hit created by master showman Tommy Tune. The story line illustrates the character Guido Contini, a movie director, and the 21 women in his life, said Matthews. Nine opened on May 9,1982, y on Broadway, said Matthews. "And after years of doing the impossible, we are doing it." He sa id Nine is avoided by theaters because of the difficulty level for performers and production crew. Nine will open at the Erie Playhouse for eleven performances, Feb. 3-6,Feb. 10-13,andFeb. 1719. Student tickets are $7. For more information, call 4542852. I If you have any questions for director David Matthews, call the above number and ask for him personally.

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hurry these days. Big changes are By Daniel McQuillen happening everywhere. Changes Merciad Staff Columnist that will affect the way we?live and even think. Maybe >most Over in-Japan they are digging changes and inventions willjbe for the better. But sometimes the big holes and living in them. new developments taking place Really. It seems the Japanese are plan- sound just a little too weird. There's a new hormone that will ning to build huge underground cities; massive underground me- soon be injected into cows, greatly tropolises where you can eat, increasing milkf production and si cep, work and do Japanese things turning Bessie into turbo-Bessie thousands of feet below the earth's the milk fountain. Trouble is, no surface. To me this sounds a bit one is absolutely sure what will happen to the people who drink excessive. What if you're claustrophobic? the milk, or what to do when little What jif you're walking to Billy is a healthy, cud-chewing McSushi and, say, you stop and 48 pounds on his second birththink of the fact that you are day. surrounded and entombed by a Even simple foods like tomamillion tons of sweating, suffo- toes aren' t safe from the mad scicating rock with no escape until entists. A new experimental tothe end of the world! This might mato is now being introduced in disturb you. stores. Not only is it fresher, tastier Not to fear, though. The new and less likely to bruise than other cities call forJ a huge dome to tomatoes...it's also part fish. stretch over the empty center of Honestly. the city. Then all the businesses Scientists have mixed fish genes and apartments and McSushi's in with the tomato genes to make would look out on this stretch of a super tomato they call Flavorprecious air and everyone saver or something suspiciously wouldn't mind being so far un- innocent like that By splicing derground. People could look up fish genes into tomato genes, the a couple thousand feet a t the trees flavor and shelf-life of the tomato around the dome and imagine are supposedly greatly improved. themselves actually walking on This is very strange. the surface (Oh, one day! One I do not know what fish genes day!) fo have to do with tomatoes. Do I The future is arriving in a big throw them in bowls and feed

them fish flakes until it's time to make a sandwich? Maybe someone could stick tomato genes in cows and we 'd have ketchup swirl burgers. J Technology is speeding up really fast. Really fast. And nobody seems to know where it's going. Back in the 30s and 40s people got excited when a new refrigerator came out The new machines actually made their own ice-cubes my God, they were practically alive! Th e j new | imp roved irons didn't explode or bum clothes. Someone made a big, stupid, plastic hoop and called it "hulahoop" and everybody flipped out and loved it and spun around all day until they fell down. How about those old black and white commercials where lovely Margaret shows us the new nosmear kitchen window? Look how happy Margaret was. These were understandabl e inventions. Happy inventions. Simple inventions. t^Now, a new fiber optic cable as thin as a human hair can transmit 20,000 phone calls simultaneously — a whole nation of people can babble to each other on a little plastic string. People can shop right through their 200 TV stations while slouched in their Lazy Boy, buying all kinds of nice things to go with the other nice things stuffed

in the closet. Biologists can now clone human cells and theoretically let people give birth to an exact copy of themselves. Giving birth to yourself is very unnatural. I iHow is the average person supposed to know what's going on? If you bought that new iron back in thefiftiesand shocked yourself silly with it and burned your house down, you knew it wasn't an improvement over the old one. Now someone's supposed to be able to tell if the tomatoes they are eating are turning them into goldfish. City planners a re to be trusted

when they say that living in a huge city-sized hole in theground is the hip thing to do in the 21st century. With things getting so big and so complex, who knows what the effects of new changes will be? Technology is exciting. Technology is crucial. But technology has to be monitored and regulated, and people who understand the stuff will need to write about the developments add warn of any potential problems. |Until there' s more of these types around, skip the tomatoes with gills. J

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A Merciad Staff Editorial oes anyone remember the last time they ate chicken ^ ^ ^ , fingers, fries or a mini ta co at the Cove? We didn't think so. How long has it been since the Cove has had a fryer? How many days have we wal ked in and seen those paper plate signs: "Sorry, no fryer today "? How many times have we asked the Cove workers when the fryer will be Gxed? How many times have they said, "Soon," orj "Next week," or "I': \ don't know."? j Plenty. :*But the question remains, when will the fryer be fixed? It's been out of order for what seems like ages. Oh, wait, it has been ages. Wouldn't it be easier to temporarily rent a new fryer while it is beingfixed?They're probably losing revenue without akfryer, but apparently, they don't mind. The cove is a business and their goal should be to please the consumer—that's us students. They're not pleasing the consumer right now. On the other hand, maybe that doesn 7 really matter. After all, the Cove doe have a monopo on


Mercyhurst fast-food business. If you want a hamburger or grilled cheese—and let's not forget the Gardenburger (a Merciad favorite)—you have to go to the Cove. There is no other choice unless you have a car or can bribe someone who does. Since they have no fryer and don't appear to be in any hurry to replace it, they are not providing the l

consumer with the best possible product—which is supposed to be another business goal. Now the cocoa machine is broken too and it is decorated with the fancy paper plate signs. How long will those be there? So far this year, we have had to get used to the new Cove policies such as asking for cups, returning our receipts and asking for crackers and now we can't even order the foods we want Where does it end??? | I 1| It ends when you order a BLT and only get a BL. You have to ask for 'he tomato, only to get the

response, "You wanted a tomato with that?" J | | | Or did you ever take the time to add up the "specials?"It's cheaper to ask for the Si terns separately, sometimes by as much as a dollar. That's the truth. Forget thefriedfood, pay $1.99 for a salad filled with yellow lettuce, old celery and a tiny plastic container hopefullyfilledwith the dressing you asked for. (Some of the employees don't know which dressing is which). (That's all right. We'll just settle for a hard donut that could serve as a paperweight. Or maybe we'll pick up a kiwi fruit only to have it fall apart in our hands, it's so old. This isn't so funny. One female Merciad staffer ordered something, and two boys working behind the counter held up a banana and two apples in the shape of male genitalia and asked, "You want this too, honey?" Ask for ketchup on your burger and you get the response, "This isn't McDonald's." Don't worry, we didn't think so. We're not trying to start a war here, ve're just trying to get some results.?

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Weeding Out
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"The only other issue I' ve seen divide the country in this way o was slavery." A young man of twentysome thing said this to me a few days ago when I was working as the "Inquiring Reporter" at a local newspaper. The general opinion questfon I asked him andfiveothers was: " Wha t do you th ink ofthe unanimous decision of the Supreme Court to allow abortion clinics the power to sue violent protesters for damages under the federal racketeering law?" He thought for a moment and talked about how violent protest does not coincide with a pro-life stance. |Let me say, such thoughtful answers are fresh air. "Inquiring Reporter" is the dreaded job at the paper because asking "Joe SixPack" what he thinks can sometimes be disheartening. With a renewed motivation about what the reporter on the street is all about, I continued to ask unsuspecting shoppers their opinions. Awhile later I felt a tap on my shoulder. "I don't mean to be a pain," he said, "but the only other issue I've seen divide the country in this way was slavery." Quite right, I said, and he handed me a piece of paper. He had reflected on the question after our initial conversation and wanted to choose his words carefully. In clear language, he had written why protecting the unborn while harming the born is a moral contradiction. Others who were asked heard the word "abortion" and hitched their caboose to one of two divided camps. "Well I'm pro-life, so I think they should be able to protest" HT> I'm pro-choice and I don't want them telling women what to do with their bodies." Never mind the decision involved interpretation of federal racketeering charges and physical damages, not when life begins. Why can't all people be rational when a sensitive issue is involved? For example, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry called the decision a 'Vulgar betrayal of over 200 years of tolerance toward protest and civil disobedience." I don't think blowing up clinics is Thoreau's or Martin Luther King's idea of protest It's called violence, no matter where you hitch your caboose. We have to learn to see physical violence as it is. A bomb is a bomb, not "righteous" action. The pro-choice camp is calling the ruling a 'Victory." It is not a victory for pro-choice, but a victory for fairness and common sense. That is why the decision was unanimous. It Was clear to the justices that violent protest cannot be protected by the First AmendMercyhurst College's First Class newspaper as rated by the Associated Collegiate Press ment. Twenty years ago the court, in a close ruling, said abortion clinics January^ 27,1994 can legally exist That is the law. Vol. 67 No. 13 M Granted, laws are not always right or just and sometimes we must Editor in Chief Keith Courson take a stand against the system to change it Jule Gardner Sports Editor Yet I fail to see how harassing clinic workers, blowing up their Anne L. McNelis Asst. News & Copy Editor Craig Rybczynski Sports Editor workplace, physically barring women from making their legal Michelle Ryan Arts & Entertainment EditorJoseph Legler I Senior Writer choice, and murdering people like Dr. Gunn will aid in bringing Features Editor Mia U-Rycki ^Advertising Manager change. Instead it becomes necessary to interpret laws to deter such Grace Bruno action. Faculty Advisor Jim Doherty Photo Editor Jerry Trambley Si made this argument to the photographer on assignment with me. He then launched into why the only right argument is pro-life. There is a definite right and wrong and he informed me hwas Elizabeth Johnson Megan Circle Melissa Svitek Tricia Webb wrong. Period. Jim Doherty Lee Ann Kelly Erin Hauber Jay Kennedy He is close to retiring, which tells me why we should all try to Heather Ryan Kira Presler Suzanne Coneglio Jennifer Trinidad think rationally about sensitive issues now. Wisdom does not Janel McBride always come with age. Mike Brown Nick Krayger David Kosobucki

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M o l d sgarden g r o w s in n e w t o w n h o u s e s
Not tha t we're complaining. We The walls are cracking, the ceiljust weren't sure anyone knew ings, as well asgthe sinks, are we lived there. separating from the walls. We aren't too concerned. If the roof After three weeks of being flies off and blows away, well, snowed in someoneg finally there must be a few empty rooms plowed our sidewalks, thank in Baldwin, right? ?Now imagine sharing such goodness. Climbing a slick threeImagine being told to leave your 1 uxury with five other roommates, foot snow moundfto get to the water running all night in order to and a phantom. Imagine heat so garbage bin was life threatening. prevent the pipes from freezing hot that you wake up a raisin. One of our roommates wiped out and bursting, because some tightImagine your mouth sticking to- completely trying to get over the wad didn't invest in installation. gether , your throat parched and mound. A pat on the back to those (The Pink Panther isn't so stupid lungs dried enough so you cannot who plowed us out after all.) Incidentally, all the say "good morning" to your roomWas it the phantom? Is there a heat is blown out through thin mate. phantom? According to several windows and doors. members ofWarde 4, food disappears, strange odors are emitted, Not to mention the contractors Imagine walls so thin that your and peculiar sounds 5fiJ11 empty visiting us in the earl y morning to neighbor's phone rings and yous rooms. saw a hole near the toilet pipes to pick yours up. Walls so thin that keep them warm or to mention conversations|are broadcast We say it's haunted. Who else the sour smell under the [baththroughout the townhouses and leaves crumbs on the;counters, room sinks caused from the pipes music several units down can be drops on the toilet seat and leaking into the carpet and cultiheard. vating a mold garden. hairballs in the tub? Imagine, if you will, the Francis Warde Townhouses. The pride of Mercyhurst with their elegant furnishings, creamy walls, bright shiny kitchens, and air conditionmgw

Hmagine changing out of your pajamas late in the evening to move your car so that the snow can be removed and waking up the next day, not only tofindthe lot not plowed and your parking space taken by faculty or commuters, but also to find your car ticketed in another lot. Imagine being told, another time to push your dead car out of the lot to Zurn parking lot to allow for plowing, and waking up again to find not aflakeof snow or particle of ice moved.i Have you ever had the experience of trudging through mountains of snow, laundry basket and detergent in hand, to do laundry and finding no water available due to frozen pipes?*

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nance. As my roommate plugged her night light in it blew up leaving the westside of the townhouse powerless. Maintenance is answering calls in a whirlwind. On the one morning I had the luxury ofsleeping in, roommates at class, I was visited by this same whirlwind shouting on the path up the stairs, "Good morning." Fearful they would enter my room las I snuggled in bed, I jumped up put on my coke-bottle glasses and emerged into the hall where they stood, smoking pipes. They apologized for waking me as I pointed the way to the electrically deprived bedroom. Oh, they fixed our sockets, all rightly And left their trace with furniture thrown .'aside and my It was actually comical that roommates' belongiagasSearoiped* brisk morning when we were told on the floor. If you visit Warde 3, you'll nothe contractor was on his way to shut offthe water and work on our tice their crafty usage of closet frozen pipes. Six females had to doors. The doors never really fight and push to wash their faces stayed on track, so the girls use and brush their teeth. We filled them to hang hats and scarves in about five pans of water that day the corner of the room. When people ask us how we out of fear of losing our water for a long period of time. (Oh, by the like living in the "new way the waterjwasfnever shut townhouses" we put on strained ? smiles and chuckle, "They'rnre off.) | \ Thank goodness for mainte- Grrreat!"
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The Eastern Waves Group, headed by Keiko Takioto Miller, assistant professor of Japanese, has a full year of activities planned, including the upcoming "Noodle Theatre." \ ®ms$i$m i The "Noodle Theatre" will last approxima tely three to fou r hours liilgf on a coming Saturday. According to Miller, who was born on the Noto Peninsula of Japan, the group will make their own noodle dinner using Ramen noodles but will make their own broth with m vegetables. 3* i After making the noodles and broth, the group will sit down to "slurp" their noodles (as is acceptable in Japan) while watching the Glm by Juzo Itami called Tampopo, which translates danMerciad photo by Jim Doherty delion. Miller said the film a is a "story of a woman who begins a small Keiko Miller: Eastern waves group advisor entrepreneurship ofa noodle shop, but wants the best one possible." concentrate on the practice of Za ods used by Eastern and Western She tries to perfect her noodle by Zen," said Miller. 'This is a good countries to deal with these iscreating the faultless broth. way to detach oneself from the sues. "She becomes obsessed with turbulence of everyday affairs to Other activities that have been perfecting it, " Miller said, "and be able to learn to focus on the contemplated are an international does whatever she can to investi- matters at hand."! food festival featuring foods from gate recipes and methods. countries such as Indonesia, Ja"Her silhouette is really charmpan and Thailand; a film and disThe Za Zen meditation was a ing, " said Miller, "because she is "tradition ofZen monks and Japa- cussion on the ways women are so serious about a silly thing such nese warrior Samurais, who prac- treated in Eastern countries comas noodles." ticed these things in order to be- pared to the ways they arc treated in Western countries and a disAfter the showing of the film a come better swordsmen. Hopecussion, in conjunction with the critique/discussion will take fully, if a student could participlace. The tentative dates of the pate they would be able to use the education department, regarding "Noodle Theatre" are February 5 method to enhance focus abilities the Japanese^education or February 12. in studies, sports or pleasure," compared to the American education system. Last term, the Eastern Waves Miller said. group conducted a Za Zen medi"The purpose of the club," acThe activities, according to tation session which had an atten- cording to Nanayakkara, "is to Nanayakkara, may not all be exdance of about 30 students, ac- expose the Mercyhurst commu- ecuted this year. Keep your eyes open for signs regarding Hhc cording to president of the group nity to the Eastern way of life." The group is hoping to hold a activites or for more information Nalika Nanayakkara .£During Za Zen "one can try to panel discussion on environmen- call Miller at extension 2134 or empty one's mind and be able to tal issues and the different meth- Nanayakkara at extension 2854.
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By Keith Courson Me re i ad Sports Editor Ahhh... the Super Bowl. The most recognized sporting event $ in America, viewed by millions of people around the world. The pageantry. The Buffalo Bills. The media blitz. The Buffalo Bills. Two hour pre-game 4 shows. The Buffalo Bills. An advertising extravaganza. And you guessed it—the Buffalo Bills, again. The team that almost everyone wants to see get buried for the fourth consecutive time versus the team everyone either loves or loves to hate. Hey, Dallas just wins too much, right? You know, I really haven't decided what to make of this whole deal. I mean, it's a couch potato's ultimate dream. Everywhere you look, it's Super Bowl this, Super Bowl that It's like a pitbull latching onto your leg. It won'tgo away. But for some mysterious reason, I just keep coming back for more. Click. ESPN. Live Super Bowl coverage with the best of the best, Chris Berman. Click. CNN. Leon Lett sweating in agony because reporters won't let him forget about a couple not-so-forgettable mistakes. Whoops. Click. Local sports casts. More Leon Lett Jimmy Johnson. "How many more times can Buffalo lose?" More Leon Lett. Injury reports. A Super Bowl rematch. More Leon Lett Four-timeJosers? The Cowboys* The. Bills.. The Cowboys. The Bills. * • • STOP! My head is beginning to hurt. But wait a minute, I can't seem to get enough of this stuff. And isn't the Super Bowl supposed to be a football game? You know, the best of the AFC against the best of the NFC. Crashing hits. Aerial bombs. Come-from-behind victories. Okay, good. I thought you'd agree with me. Then why do we have to sit in agony at ha 1 (time and watch these dul 1, ludicrous, waste-of-time, bore-me-to-death, star-studded musical disasters that seem to last for at least four hours? Give me a break. This is football, not Hollywood. I don't want to see Michael Jackson disappearing in a magic cloud of dust and reappearing on top of the scoreboard. Why do they put me through this? ':• ? •"* • ^ 1 Why do they have to waste money on this nonsense? I don't tune in to watch mascots dance in circles with Michael Jackson or country hoe-downs/ Let's have the normal length halftime, talk about a few key stats, draw up a couple of plays on the telestrator and play some ball. That's all I ask. But actually, I am looking forward to the game itself. I think this Super Bowl rematch of a year ago just might turn out to be a pretty good game. I doubt however, that NBC is very pleased with the match-up. I would've hoped fora clash between Kansas City's Joe Montana and his former mates in San Francisco. How could you miss on that game? Montana, in my mind, is the greatest quarterback of all tune. Wouldn't you love to see hrn stick it to the team he led to four Super Bowl triumphs/ f Too bad Buffalo and Dallas had to ruin the party., And what about the Bills? Here's a team that's lost the game of games three straight times—actually four times if you happened to catch Jimmy Johnson's comments on media day. You suppose they ^ are striving for embarrassment yet again? That's what is so great about living in this part of the country. You get to hear that team called everything in the book. But seriously, you have to admire a team that continues to fight for a goal that has eluded it for three consecutive|years despite all of ihe*negative jj feelings that seem to hover over it f * So I'm trying to figure out who I want to root for on Sunday. Somehow, it won't be the halftime show. i Can the Bills find a way to get the media and the fans off their backs or will the Cowboys win again and further establish NFC dominance in the big game? | .ff Either way, I think I'll just sit back, relax and hope Leon Lett finds some way to enlighten my evening.

By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor The Mercyhurst club hockey team's defensive core played a pivotal role on Saturday as they pounded the Syracuse University Orangemen, 8-1 at the Ice Center. The defensemen accounted for four of the Mercyhurst goals in the rout Brian Cote led the blue liners with two goals, while Brad Ry bczynski and Bill Guzy added single tallies. Forwards Ron Yarosz, \ two goals, and Jason Lewis, one goal, continued to play well together. Jim Rennicks also chipped in with a goal.

But this game belonged to the men who guard the blue line, holding Syracuse 0-7 on the powerplay. "We're doing a lot of 3-on-3 drills in practice," said penaltykiller Yarosz. "It has let the guys feel comfortable on the vice as compared to earlier this year." Mercyhurst's offense clicked in the first period as Cote's first of the game highlighted the two-goal first period. Cote spun around at the point and fired afshot that eluded the Syracuse goalie between the pads at 13:25. Yarosz opened the scoring for the Hurst and according to Rennicks set the stage for the

game. The team continued to pound the Syracuse goaltender, as they erupted for three goals in the final period. Cote again provided the offense as he blasted a shot from the blue line that beat the Orangemen goalie to give the Hurst a 7-1 lead. Yarosz expressed the importance of the victory heading into the weekend. "It was a big confidence booster," said Yarosz. "We've played: a lot of close games and it's nice to blow a team out and have fun again." Y[ Mercyhurst embarks on a critical road trip as they visit Cortland University Friday and Syracuse Saturday.

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Reviere hits 1000, tabbed ECAC co-player of the week It only took Laker forward Rashe Reviere two seasons to pick up 1000 points at Mercyhurst. The flashy shot maker hit the first bucket scored against St. Vincent last Monday to tally the magic number. Last week, Reviere led the Lakers to wins over Malone and Pitt-Johnstown. He scored 64 points and grabbed 27 rebounds in the two contests to claim the co-player of the week honor. Lady Lakers rout Pitt-Bradford Denise Baginski scored 16 points to lead the Mercyhurst women's basketball team to a 76-45 victory over Pitt-Bradford on Wednesday Evening. Mercyhurst, 10-6, hosts Pitt-Johnstown Sun., Jan. 30 at the Athletic Center at 3 p.m. ^Burfoot shines in return to Erie Former Mercyhurst hockey All-American Scott Burfoot returned to Erie Wednesday night and led the Huntsville Blast over the Erie Panthers 3-2 in ECHL action. Burfoot scored two goals,.including the gamewinner. He leads the Blast in scoring and played in the recent ECHL all-stargame.

Gerry Battle led the Mercyhurst basketball team to two wins over the weekend as the Lakers upped their record to 11-7. The Hurst tackles Gannon next! Merciad photo/Keith C ourson
Mercyhurst, 11-7, never allowed Ma lone or St Vincent to stay close. Reviere paced all scorers against The Mercyhurst basketball program is on a nice roll after posting the Pioneers as he poured in 32 some impressive accomplish- points. The total included three treys. He led four Lakers in double ments last week. By defeating Mai one College figures. Gerry Battle shot for 24. Meanwhile, Mohammed 95-75 last Saturday, Coach Bill Morse picked up career victory Abdrabboh utilized the threenumber 500. The often animated point arch to post 12 of his 21 Laker boss has had an extremely points and Craig Young added successful career, winning 73 10. | | :l percent of the 687 games he's Intense defense has been one of coached. the keys to the latest Laker sucLast Monday, ECAC co-player cess. "It has been helping us to set ofthe week Rashe Reviere scored up our offense and it gets us out point number 1000 as he hit a on the break," said Reviere. The jumper in the opening seconds of Hurst out rebounded the pioneers an 85-67 rout of St Vincent Col- by a 62-37 margin. lege at the Athletic Center. St Vincent, who lost by just Reviere knows that showing his two points to the Hurst at home, leadership on the court is impor- never could get on track in the tant to the team. It doesn't neces- rematch. sarily mean making a lot of noise. Mercyhurst shook the Bearcats "If Gerry (Battle) and I can go out early and used two distinct runs to and give 100 percent then every- record its third win in succession. body else will/' said the Laker An 18-2 spurt in the first stanza forward. "It's important to show and a 26-3 blitz to open the secyou can take over." ond half knocked Vincent out. By Keith Courson? Merciad Sports Editor Reviere again led the way with 26 points, seven rebounds-'and four steals. Young a nd Battle each scored 19 points on the evening. That threesome has become a formidablefrontcourt "Basically, when I go into the middle I've got them to dish to," added Reviere. "I can set them up." It seems that the continuity Morse has been looking for is showing at the right time. From here on out, the Lakers have to post some upsets. A win against Gannon next Wednesday, Feb. 2 would be a good start. "People don't realize that we had eight straight games on the road," commented Reviere. "Gannon would be a really big win and I think it would put us over the hump. We've started preparing for them and we're focused." 1 Mercyhurst plays three more games at home before it finishes with six consecutive on the road.



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have not only goal support, but By Craig Rybczynski also solid goal tending. SurprisMerciad Sports Editor ingly, starting goalie Scott BarThe last time Elmira and ber will not play Saturday night "Scott Barber missed practice Mercyhurst met in*ice hockey, the arch-rivals battled in the cham- on Saturday, it was a morning pionship game ofthe Elmira Tou r- practice at 7 a.m. and everyone nament The Lakers tried to rally, showed up, unfortunately Scott but the Soaring Eagles held on to Barber did not make the alarm win. At game's end the score and missed practice," said Gotkin. board read: ELMIRA 6, "Being consistent with team policy, if you miss a practice you MERCYHURST 5 . ^ i At the Ice Center, Saturday at can't play." Despite Barber's absence, 7:30 p.m., the battle between the two teams intensifies as the ECAC Gotkin has faith in!back-up goal tender Chris Lueck in the big play-offs near closer. The loss in November to Elmira game. "We're hoping Chris can go out has taught Mercyhurst a valuable lesson. Tha t lesson is how to win. and play well; this is why he came "Bottom line is we have to bury to Mercyhurst," said Gotkin. "I our chances," said forward Joel think he's been disappointed that Montminy. "I think we are a bet- he hasn't bad a better chance to ter team and more talented, but show his stuff, but you get your we can only beat them if we play chances in a lot of different ways to the best of our ability." and God has given Chris his However, Mercyhurst must chance."

Lueck gets his second start in him. three games. His only other start In the classic series with Elmira, came against the Scranton Unihowever, the fact remains that versity Royals. He stopped all 13 one player won't decide the outshots he faced in the victory. For Lueck, it has been a long come of the game. Both clubs wait. He only recently became realize it is a team effort J the number two goa 1 ie, a fter fresh- Defenseman John Tsakanikas man Greg Simmons injured his hand. Butji'the St. Bonavcnturc University transfer has toughed it out and welcomes the challenge. t i i > m really excited about it and |l' I plan to give 100 percent," said Lueck, "We'll see if it works out." Lueck is no stranger to the ECAC or the Elmira Soaring Eagles as he played against them last year as a member of the Ice Bonnies. His play this scaso;i and last season has instilled confidence in his teammates. "He was consistent with St. Bonavenlure last year and is good under pressure."said defenseman Tom Viola. "We are counting on b

said, "It doesn't matter who's in net, j from the forwards to the defenseman, we a 1 have to do our 1 jobs to win." Now the only thing that stands in the way of goalie Chris Lueck and the rest of his tea inmates is— ELMIRA.

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