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By Joseph Legler Senior Writer On Saturday, April 23, Assistant s Professor of English Jim Hood will be shot and killed and take an existential trip I through hell as a bellboy. If he has time, he will also provide any and all assistance to fellow members of the Humanities Division in making the first-ever, all day humanities festival, called In Spring& a success. Some of the festival's events include: A scavenger hunt in search of the meaning of life; "Who Shot Jim Hood?" an interactive mystery/contest; a debate on whether God exists; a flash fiction reading, calligraphy demonstrations; a poetry reading, a student cartooning contest and a multicultural dance party.

Profile: Shirley Stebell

And they mean business
Security has been getting complaints from neighbors about students parking in their neighborhoods, particularly on Woodbine Terrace (that's upper Briggs). Mercyhurst Security cannot enforce where students park off campus, but it wants to alert students that neighbors are going to ask city police to start towing because several cars are being parked in no-parking j zones.

There are cash prizes available She said the idea for the festival for some of the events. originated about six months ago With the absence of Academic when members of the humanities Celebration, this is perhaps the division (Art, History, English, largest campus event to be planned Philosophy, Communications and this year. However, it is not a Foreign Languages) gathered and replacement for Academic Cel- brainstormed the concept. ebration according to Heidi She said it was done partly in Hosey, assistant professor of En- response to the absence of Acaglish. I See Humanities, page 2,


Do something good for once
Volunteers are needed to help out during the Make-a-Wish Foundation Festival that's taking place during spring activities weekend. All types of jobs will be available for the May 7th event All interested should sign up at the Union desk. .

your duff, girls. Humanities Fest is coming at "ya.

(S)he's such a good actor
Based on a novel by Virginia Woolf, this movie is the latest| presentation by the Films for Discussion and plays on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. It somehow juggles the gender, anatomy and history of a hero/heroine. Come see just what the heck this means.
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Humanities Festival schedule
Ongoing Events: * Information Table—Great Room Student Union. Information and schedules are available throughout the day. * Humanities Fest T-Shirt sale — 12-6 p.m. — * Art Gallery ShodoVCalligraphy demonstration by Keiko Miller upstairs at the Student Union. Also Primordial Art of the Pre-Columbian Period by Argentine artist, Carlos Grind a. From 12-6 p.m. Scavenger Hunt: * Great Room — Student Union: noon - 5:30 p.m. Join in the search for real "truth" and the meaning of life. Individuals or teams are welcome. $100 for first place winner. j Murder in the Division: An Interactive Mystery: * Great Room — Student Union * Who shot Jim Hood? Since it could have been any one of us, come help us find out who dunnit. $50 book: store gift certificate available for student with correct deduction. s * 1 p.m. — Finding the body... * 5 p.m. — Book 'em Dano (Who did it and why hypothesis due). Poetry Message Service: * * 1 - 4 p.m. in the Great Room — Student Union * Finding the perfect words to make your feelings known seems so impossible sometimes. Let usfindthem for you — and for only a buck. Open Poetry Reading: 1 * 12 -1:30 p.m. in the MSG Chambers — Student Union * Poetry written orappreciated by the Mercyhurst Community. Bring some poems that you * ve written orjust love to share with others in an open and welcoming atmosphere. Film — "Little Buddha" * 1 - 3 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall. Discussion will follow. Debate: Does God Exist? * 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the MSG Chambers — Student Union * St. Thomas Aquinas (Dr. Kevin Donahue) and Bertrand Russell (Dr. Bud Brown) meet in a display of philosophical fireworks. Participation is encouraged. Political Cartooning: A Discussion: | * 4 - 5 p.m. in the Cove — Student Union? * Pundits gather to show that politics really can be a joke. Headed by David Pinto. * Entries due by Thursday, April 21 with your name to David Pinto in the Mercyhurst College Library. Prizes available. * 4 - 5 p.m. in the MSG Chambers — Student Union f * Come to listen or to read an original piece of flashfiction- shortfictionthat ranges from two paragraphs to four pages in length. Film — "Angel Heart** * 5 - 7 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall. Discussion will follow. Theatre — "No Exit" ? ^ * 8 - 9:30 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Little Theatrei \; | * Come to see Barry McAndrew, Heidi Hosey, Su Dean and Jim Hood in Hell. You'd like that wouldn't you? An existential play about 3 people who end up in thefierypit together. Multicultural Dance Party: f * 9 - midnight in the Cove — Student Union t * Dance! Dance! Dance! Julio Negron and Gabriel Santiago will spin the best of Latin music for your dancing pleasure. Cha-cha, mambo everyone. Free admission Student Essay Contest: g * * Write a creative non-fiction essay and win S100 (first prize) or $50 (second prize). Essays should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length and are due Monday, April 18, at noon to Sr. Lisa Mary McCartney. * The winner will be announced at a multicultural dinner held in the cafeteria on Friday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

SAC will sponsor MC Lip Service, just like that hit show on MTV. Teams of three tofivepeople can test their skills, however, like the TV show, no skills are required. The big event will be Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Union. First prize is $100, second is $75 and third is $50. Sign up at the Union desk.

up seniors
Seniors are being asked to evaluate the past to change the future. It's time for the senior survey and a big push for greater participation. You only have two more chances to tell the college what you liked and didn't like about your years here: April 26 at 2:45 p.m. in Zurn 114 or May 2 at 6 p.m. in Zurn 137

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Plans Ifor next year
Sophomore Jessica Cuffia was also re-elected to her position as MSG secretary. Cuffia defeated junior Erin McGu inness with 58.6 percent of the 595 votes. Junior business finance major Darrin Tovtin is the only new member of the MSG executive gboard.JTovtin defeated junior -Heather Dailey by a margin of 53.4 percent Five hundred ninetyone students voted for treasurer. Paydock said he is "excited about next year." He said one of the advantages to next year's board is their history together. "We know what to expect from one another... We're more comfortable ... I see things working out between us already," said Paydock. One thing Paydock hopes to improve over this year is communication about what activities students want to have happen on campus. He said, "More people 9 need to be held accountable ' for finding out what students want Paydock also hopes to see more student involvement next year but pointed lout, "students have to want to be involved." Paydock hopes to work with RAs to in-d crease student involvement injj activities. There's no reason why | (RAs) can't stir up excitement" about activities, Paydock said.

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from page one
f demic Celebration, but primarily partment "Hell is a great metaphor for to provide a forum where students canfindout that humanities just thinking about the human condition, and that's a very 'hucan be fun. She hopes that this festival, in manities' thing to do," Hosey said. The majority of events will take addition to other events and speakers brought to Mercyhurst, will place in or around the Student accomplish the great things that Union to make itfeasily accessible for all students. There has Academic Celebration did, "Everyone in the department is been limited outside publicity in involved and seems really excited order to keep it as open and availabout this," Hosey said. "It gives able for Mercyhurst students as us a chance to show another side poss ible. that students don't often get to see Hosey said the community is in the classroom." \ welcome to attend, but that stuWhen looking at the schedule dents are the primary audience. of events for the festival, a reocAs far as becoming an annual curring "religious hell" theme event, Hosey said it depends on seems to be mirrored throughout how well it is received by the the festivities. students this year. She added that This was unintentional in bring- Dr. Garvey has been very suping the festival together, but shows portive of all aspects of the festihow importantthe concept ofgood val. and evil is to the humanities de-

By Anne L. McNelis AssL News/Copy Editor Junior elementary/special education major George Paydock was re-elected president of Mercyhu rst Student Government last week. Paydock will be serving his second term as president of the body. Paydock defeated fellow juniors Paul Roth and JeffHutchinson with 44.4 percent of the vote. Roth received 31.2 percent of the vote and; Hutch ins on received 24.4 percent A total of 610 students voted for one of the candidates. Junior psychology major Kristen Hurd was re-elected vice president over junior Richard Straub with a 55.8 percent margin. Six hundred three students voted for vice president

"I need to confront more of the executive board staff when something isn't going right," Paydock said in reference to how he plans to improve MSG next year. He pointed out that his experience will also! help him to improve because "wesknow what worked and what didn't... We can stay away from what didn't" Paydock cited Alcohol Awareness Week, installation of additional phone lines and handicapped accessible doors as some of MSG's major successes this year. "We can name a long list of successful activities,but... I think peoplefforget that student government is not just an activities group." Paydock also hopes more students will use the MSG suggestion box in the student union next year. He said the suggestions that were placed in it this year were usually minor and were puUnto effect quickly. He hopes to continue that practice in the future. Paydock said he also plans to work out a plan for campus-wide recycling that will be implemented at the beginning of next year. He said he has been approached by a studentwho worked at a recycling company and is willing to work with MSG to design a plan.

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brown Jansport with yellow trim. Dever said these crimes and the suspect closely resemble thefts Two hundred and fifty dollars that occurred in McAuley just in government checks and a book before Christmas break when a bag were stolen from two third Walkman and some I cash were floor McAuley rooms on Mon- stolen. day night "Three or four rooms on the Director of Security, Bud Dever, third floor of McAuley i over a said]an unidentified individual, period of four months have been who may or may not be a guest of entered and had items removed in someone in the dorm, found the a very similar fashion," he said. doors to these rooms left open Individuals who have seen the and removed the articles. individual described him to Dever The checks have been canceled, as a very large black male about but Dever does not know whether 6'2" to 6'4" weighing between it was done in time or not 200 - 240 pounds. He was wear"If this individual illegally ing a maroon hooded sweatshirt cashes government checks, he is with dark pants and a Miami Hurin big trouble because that auto- ricanes hat He has hoop earrings matically becomes a federal of- in each ear. fense," Dever said. The first time he was seen, in After security was told of the the fall, he had on a teal-colored thefts, a search was conducted Charlotte Hornets jacket and the books contained in the The security cameras did not bookbag were found in the down- pick up anyone resembling that stairs laundry room. * description, according to Dever. 'The individual who took the "Anybody who may have seen stuff apparently went down the this individual or know ofanyone back steps| of McAuley and similar to this description who dumped the books, but the visits someone on campus, should bookbag is still missing," Dever contact security immediately," he said. He described the bag as a said. By Joseph Legler Senior Writer

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By Anne L. McNelis Asst. News/ Copy Editor At Monday's meeting, MSG President George Paydock announced that letters of intent for SAC Cha irperson are due on Sunday, April 17. Paydock said interviews for the position will begin on Monday. The position is open to anyone. | SAC secretary Beth Hurrianko outlined two ideas for the structure of SAC next year. The structurefornext year would involve a chairperson, a secretary, a treasurer and a number of other positions specific to certain activities

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The D'Angelo School of Music s ?: Reflections. Visiting Artist Series is featuring I received these poems in the mail from a brother of mine. He doesn't live "back home" nor does he the Pittsburgh New Music Enlive abroad or even a fa r. My brother Abdul Latif sent me these beautiful poems from Albion State Prison semble in [concert and master and with you, my other brothers and sisters, I'd like to share them. «f class. Notice the color, the grandeur, the life! Didn't expect something so beautiful from a convict, did you? The 1976 brainstorm of comHard to believe that a man (or woman) who could commit a rape, a robbery, a murder...a crime could poserDavid Stock, the Pittsburgh feel, love to live and fear to die? Why not? What makes you so different from your sisters and brothers?^ New Music Ensemble was orgaBars? Crime? Chains? Ignorance? Truth? ™ fW nized and backed by a small group Scary, isn't it? i * of people committed to creating something completely new in the Well, "read it and weep?" "Enjoy?" You tell me! Tiffany Re id j arts. Today, the ensemble is supported by a loyal following that continues to multiply. The ensemble, in residence at Duquesne University, is our region's chamRumination of Abdullah pion of new music, presenting numerous world premieres each I met a woman once in afieldofwhite blood stained grass, where we were entwined, where we shared season. the reminiscence of her people, of my people... Regularly she spoke ofthe tribes of old, and regularly I listened with an ear sponge-like, absorbing every word. Africa is underdeveloped. Our best were enslaved. I was told that my people wore silk and jewels when their animal skinned captors came to rape the land. I was told that my people worshipped One God before they came with their idols and weapons, coerced salvation. Warriors leaping to the sharks to evade the anticipated abuse. My brothers, my devoted warrior brothers. Family, the structure and incubator for growth. Here is where the most damage was done. Here is where we rebuild. * Eggs were laid and sheltered in the days of old Kept warm by strong mothers, kept alive by strong fathers, warriors now hatch.! &U A\ # lO^rs^li —Abdul Latif ir i 4 Isi tt «rf/TS
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In concert Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
The group will offer a concert of new works representing sa rich cross-section of today's multiplicity of styles. Composers to be featured include Michael Daugherty, Jackson Hill, David Land, Christopher Keyes and David Stock. In their master class they will focus on the particular challenges of performing contemporary music. The recital of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble will be on Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall. The master class wil 1 be on Tuesday, May 3 at 2:45 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall. Admission to both events is free and open to the public. For more information, call 824-2364.

Without the Dark

Praying for Freedom But fighting against it For in the distance Sky...Fluid and stark lies a rotton blinding to the deaf I apple with no smell I deafening to the a small fly nibbles awa mute. and chokes on the core Needing a new beginning Tate Davidson Reaching for the End

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JETow do you
By Jule Gardner Editor in Chief j Two issues ago, we published a letter lambasting Mercyhurst faculty for spoon-feeding "liberal jargon that we're supposed to take verbatim." The authors of that acid letter, Patrick Shanahan and John CegielslS, said they paid to have their minds expanded and in-) stead received "unsolicited viewpoints." It's nice professors have views, but it is their "responsibility to explore all sides of an issue," they wrote. I welcome their opinion, but I strongly disagree with their view of a Mercyhurst education* $• J r The issue I'd like to take up is religion. Remember the flood of college mail you received your senior year of high school? When I began paying attention to it, I remember I would only look at Catholic or Jesuit schools. *I was going to go to a nice Catholic school, dammit. It only makes sense, then, that I came to Mercyhurst Let me tell you why it makes sense that I am still here. I think I wanted to be crammed with, or spoon-fed or indoctrinated with religion when I was a tunnel-visioned freshman, j Thanks to Mercyhurst, my vision now is more like a landscape. I meditated in Japanese Culture. I learned about the Torah and Talmud in Religious Person. I understood agnosticism after Intro to Philosophy.' ' " **' * * * ™ And it isn't just the classes, it's the core itself. At St Bonaventure University, students are required to take three classes in theology. In four years, that is three out of eight semesters of forced theology. My friend from Bona's said that not all the classes, but most, "have a Catholic point of view." We are required to take one course about religion. The rest is up to you, as it should be. $ According to Shanahan and Cegielski, Mercyhurst "preaches" liberation theology. This is untrue. In my experience, I have been exposed to many traditions at this college, including liberation theology. Notice I said exposed to, not preached at The difference is tremendous. And the tradition of Catholicism is certainly here, but I feel an openness to explore everything out there. J I'm not saying that it isn't wonderful to be Catholic. If you choose that tradition, I've nothing against that * ~ \ For me, I'm having a lot of problems with it, but I know it's a touchy subject I realized it was a touchy subject when I tried to talk about it at home. With family and withfriendsfromother schools, it was like I was committing blasphemy instead of trying to have an intellectual conversation about religious traditions. w Is that what they teach you at that Catholic college?" I was asked in disgust No, that is what they teach me at that Catholic, thankfully liberal arts institution which has exposed me to "all sides of an issue." I took for granted how free and easy discussion is at Mercyhurst and I never will again. fPatrick Shanahan and John Cegielski said we are paying teachers' salaries to expand our minds. I'11 just say Thank you. Money well spent


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Leigh Ann Mrakovich, Junior, Art Therapy: 'It's a more fair system, but more of an inconvenience. The lottery system gives everybody a fair chance at the apartments and townhouses." Leo Orelli, Sophomore, CMIS: "It needs to be more organized. It was too chaotic having everyone sign up at the same time. It's unfair about the bias towards men getting townhouses." Holly Heid, Sophomore, Marketing: "I like it, because the students have more say about where they want to live. The points make more of a difference this way." Meghan Herrgesell, Sophomore, Sportsmedicine: "I was not directly involved in the process but people I've talked to seem happy with the process. Not everyone I 'm sure was pleased by the process but the majority seems happy." Jeff Spitier, Sophomore, Elementary Education: "I think it was a better system than last year because this year we could pick our own apartments ourselves rather than housing doing it for us." Chad Marrison, Junior, Marketing/Advertising: "I think it's wrong because there's only two townhouses for males although the lottery system is 'fair. If males are considered too destructive then give them the old townhouses and the females the new houses.*^ r Beaker Pazin, Freshman, Biology: '1 think it's a great idea because it allows the students to choose where they want to live." Stacey Fitzpatrick, Freshman, HRIM: "I guess it seems fair, but I don't have a ny other process to compare

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The Merciad
College's First Class newspaper-as rated by the Associated Collegiate Press Vol. 67 No. 20 April 14,1994 Merciad Jule Gardner Editor in Chief Keith Courson Editor Anne L. McNeils Asst. News & Copy Editor 'raig Rybczynski Sports Editor Michelle Ryan Arts & Entertainment Editor >seph Legler Senior Writer Grace Bruno Features EditorMia U-Rycki Advertising Manager Jim Doherty Photo Editor Jerry Trambley Faculty Advisor

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is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College, Box 161, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa., 16546: Phone 824-2376 The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. rhe Merciad's editorial opinion is determined by|the Editorial Board With the Editor holdingfinalresponsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those of The Merciad, its staff or Mercyhurst College.

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Dear Editor: I am writing this letter to counteract what I regard as a misleading implication in your recent article on gender bias. You referred to studies dating from the early 1970s and 80s citing gender bias in high school chemistry texts. These references were embedded in a discussion about the apparent acceptance of traditional gender roles a t Mercy hurst. As presented in this context some readers might conclude that any individual choosing to major in chemistry at Mercy hurst would automatica 1 ly encounter gender bias. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In the late 1970s the American Chemical Society (the field's maj or professional organization) established a Women Chemists Committee that is currently chaired by Sr. Mary Thompson, Ph.D. When I called Dr. Thompson she stated the studiesfromthe early 70s and 80s quoted in your article are "clearly outdated." She referred me to Dr. Martha Tucker, manager of the ACS Office of High School Curricula. Ms. Tucker reported that the American Chemical Society and the Women Chemists Committee in particular are very sensitive to the gender bias issue. She stated 25% of current American high school students use a chemistry text published in 1988 (and revised in 1992) that was delibrately screened to be gender fair. She

reported that in most states textbooks are now selected by committees that are accurately sensitized to bias issues. "They are very aware that portrayals can be "bias" and try to see that it doesn't happen." < Of the 57 chemistry majors graduatingfromMercy hurst since 1972, most have 'been placed hi jobs or graduate programs related to their chosen undergraduate major. (Since 1976 all initially were). Thirty-eight of the 57 are women. Of those who attended graduate school in chemical Gelds, most received grants or assistantships that deferred all or part of the cost of their education. Women majoring in chemistry at Mercy hurst have some very distinguished role models. Sr. Carolyn Herrmann, former Presi-

dent of Mercyhurst College, whom you quoted in your article, earned! her Ph.D. fin chemistry from the University of Notre Dame. Sr. Mary Charles Weschler, former Chairperson of Department of chemistry, earned hers from Carnegie Mellon University. I hope these comments counteract the notion a that women studying chemistry at Mercyhurst will automatically encounter gender bias and conveys to all potential majors ideas about opportunities for advancement in the Geld. Thank you. Sincerely, Jack D. Williams, Ph.D. Chemistry department director

Shoe Gazing
By David McQuillen Merciad Staff Columnist



I'm looking at my hands and so are you. *Fhey are wrinkled. :They 're cracked, too. I swore to \ God that I'd never let it happen, but it did. I'm old. I'm seventyfive years old and there's nothing I can do about it You'll be my age soon. A lot sooner than , you think. You ask me how I got here? How did I let this happen? Like you, I thought I'd always be young. I thought that I cou Id always do what I wanted, as often as I wanted, and even when I didn't want to. I couldn't. Youth ends, I suppose. College, work, family, retirement.....here I am.

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Jf you have something you want to! say and canlput in writtenfform, The Merciad gladly welcomes letters to theledi|or^Le|texsinust be signed, bultfthe name can be withheld by request jundericertain conditions.

And I've become everything that I said I 'd never be. When I was young, I made a list of things that really annoyed me about old people and which I said <hat I would never do. I would never start a garden and subscribe to a gardening magazine. I would never drive slow. I would never, ever wear brown polyester pants with a limegreen shirt and fishing hat Never would I call my wife "Mother." Never would I base all my conversations on the weather, and never would I find prunes in any of my meals. I never thought those things were cool. 4 But now look at me. Look at the things I take pleasure in. Gardening, bingo, Wfieel of Fortune. There's a radio station that plays my kind of music, you know T h e Oldies." The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Stone Roses, James, and a lot of that rave stuff, even though I can't dance quite as well as I used to. They just don't make l music like they used to, do they? I don't feel like the world belongs to me. You know, as I got older, I held on to everything that I liked. When something new came along, I just didn't feel like getting involved, and now everything is so different My world is so far away.

I remember when you could lie down on the couch and just watch television. That was it You just watched it Now, there's all this interactive stuff (we called it virtual reality when I was your age) where you have to be a part of the show and tell it what to do. It's hell. . . . . . . . . . w & • . '..f. ' J % f And kids today. What the hell do they think they're doing? Don't they see what they have? Youth. They can do anything, go anywhere, become whatever. And so few enjoy it I remember. I used to say, 'I'll get to it tomorrow. I'll ask that girl out next week. I'll take that trip to Australia when I have more money. Why do any of that stuff now? I'll be young forever." I never got to it No idea where that girl is. Never got to Australia. I look back and regret it all. What did I do? I worked hard, too hard. Do you think I look back and say, "I wish I spent more time at the office." No. I wish I had spent more time with my family. Do I look back and say "I'm so glad I spent all that money on my cars." No. I wish I had spent my money on adventures. Memories are all you have at the end of the day. I can't remember my first car, but I bet I would remember that trip to Australia if I had gone, p Are you listening to me? When I was young, old people used to tell me, "David, do it while you're young. You 'U never get the chance again." Of course, I didn't do it. And they were right, I never got the chance again. Retirement? Oh, I've been retired for awhile now. Got lots of free time. I rest a lot, but sometimes I get out Just last month, 1 went on a bus tour with 40 other "Golden Agers" to Nashville where we drove all over and got led around like a herd of sheep. Saw Elvis* place. Have you ever heard of Elvis? ^Enough about me. What are you doing with your youth?

David McQuillen is taking vitamins, drinking lots of water and excercising reguarly so that he never gets old.



APRIL 14,1994

Staff Profile: Shirley Stebell
night security/counselor by Dr. Garvey when he took his position as President. "Night security in Shirley Stebell, McAuley and the residence halls wasn't estabBaldwin Hall *night security/ lished until Dr. Garvey took ofcounselor, is a retired professional fice.** Stebell said, "Dr. Garvey singer. She has performed felt night security should be suthroughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, pervised by people in the Law the southern states.and as far as Enforcement program and/or Canada. graduates. "I have done a great deal of "Because of my background as n vocal performing voluntarilyt she volunteer para-professional counsaid, "for the Veterans hospital of selor at the Erie Rape Crisis CenErie. I received recognition from terfrom1975 through 1984,** she Merciad photo/Jim Doherty the American Legion Post Volun- continued, "he (Dr. Garvey) felt teer Service.** my being here was a two fold rity staff tries to do that by inter- stern, but in my heart the students "I stepped off the stage after a purpose: to maintain security in acting with students and staff are like my own children." lifetime of performing and my in-house residences and to coun- members as much as possible. Stebell *s greatest joy is seeing son stepped on,'* she explained. sel students who may need counthese students at commencement Stebell*s son, Marty Lee, who seling during the night." graduating after they have grown graduated from the Hurst in 1988, According to Stebell, who re"I have seen students from all and matured. I'd like to think,** is the lead guitarist for the na- ceived her masters in Criminal over the world and have had the she said, "that I have had a part in tional rock band, Donnie Iris and" Justice Administration from pleasure of knowing them as that growth." \ the Cruisers. Lee now works for Mercyhurst in 1983, Dr. Garvey friends and students," Stebell said. Papa Designs of Erie as a graphical wanted to keep the atmosphere in T v e j always enjoyed working Recently Stebell, who is one of designer. the residence halls like* a home' here. 1 feel a warmth to students. the rape advocates for the ColStebell was hired in 1980 as away from home. The night secu- I give the impression that I am lege, had Paras Chouwdryfand
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Patrick Odiambo, both alumni, stop by Baldwin Hall to visit with her. This is nice," she said," whe n alumni come by to touch base. They come-back because they want to hold on to a little bit of Mercyhurst They don't really want toilet go. I think it will always be in their hearts." When students come to Stebell she has always left them with this one thing in mind. "Everyone has a dream. If you go for the dream and it Works, it's wonderful. If you go for the dream and it doesn't work, at least you know you gave it your best shot. You will never have regrets. You wont say'what if, what if?' Then I always tell them to try again., .keep trying, don't give up."

Congratulations Shirley on the birth of your grandson Erin Francis, born on April 13th to daughterJennifer Gefert and Iter husband, Jan Gefert. I $

Dream o f Macaroni
By Grace Bruno I ? Merciad Features Editor "We were lying in a huge box of macaroni and cheese." ? >i« X utun • JRS A friend told me he had a dream that he and I were in detention and had to put cheese into a huge box of macaroni. Instead of mixing the cheese into the macaroni, we began to throw the cheese at each then just lay down in it and watched the stars. *' * 1 Sigmund Freud believed dreams are something unacceptable to the conscious being prevAvl sented to a person. Carl Jung believed dreams were the key to unfolding one's soul. 4% I believe dreams are symbols of unconscious desires, fears' and aspirations; that dreams are the way that people sort through their troubles. For example, I've had this same dream frequently: lam running as fast as I can I from "something" that wants to kill me. I then come across my closest friends and family members standing around talking, and I
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proximately 20 people I had spoken with, there was only one other person who had never dreamed in color. I always dream in black and white. Dreams are fascinating clues that help us look closer at who we are. Bethards suggests that everyone "keep a dream journal. Date each entry as you go along, for you will begin to see patterns as the weeks go by." She suggests that you keep the; journal beside your bed and tell yourself before you fall asleep, "Tonight I want to remember a dream, and I will remember a dream." As soon .as you j op e n your eyes, write down what you remember.; Write down every detail .possible: colors, numbers, even feelings of anger, happiness or fear. 1 If you'd like some help with interpreting your dreams there are lots of books available. Betty Bethards "The Dream Book: Symbolsfor Self-Understanding** is very informative, containing more than 1,000 dream symbols.

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Swingin' in the rain
By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor The patter of rain drops echoes in the background and I look out at the street below, wondering when this ra in is going to let up. Rain is the thing baseball and softball players dread the most and living in Erie, PA doesn't help. The rain does have its positive points. For instance, it gives me a chance to daydream and think about life and my relationship with sports. t As the downpour continues, I think about what it must have been like in the 1950s. I am transported to a different time and to the ancient amphitheaters of the past. Images of Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, PA and Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY come to mind when the 1950s are mentioned. when the rain comes the dream that follows has a central theme. It is a cold and chilly day in a Northeastern city and the game is interrupted due to inclement weather. There is the sight of a baseball team huddled in a wooden dugout The stands are empty and the woolen uniforms, that usually hang from their bodies, are even more weighed down by perspiration and water. As the rain continues, the player from the minors rubs his eyes and gazes to see the players around him. For the first time he realizes that the man next to him is Duke Snider and the man to his right is Jackie Robinson. He is not accustomed to staring at pla yers, let alone one of his own teammates, but this is a little different These are the "Boys of Summer" and not the boys that he played with in college ball; :' The year he discovers is 1956, the year after the Dodgers triumphed over the New York Yankees. He discovers this by watching the World Series banner wave in the hail of the frigid rain. The young man tries to keep himself occupied, while the veterans gather to talk about their plans after the game. He is but a mere backup infielder. With Robinson playing third base, Peewee Reese at shortstop, Gil Hodges at first and Charlie Neal occupying second, there is little chance he will start this season. He then glances at the stadium that sits at Bedford Avenue and Sullivan Place. The large iron overhang that extends from the right field foul pole to the stands in left center field shields some of the rain drops that fall from the sky. The weather is letting up and the billboards are more visible. The color and detail of the advertisements is eye catching. Ads for Lucky Strike Cigarettes and Lifebuoy Skin Cleaner are just two of the many that line the outfield walls. f• ' The umpires ascendfromthe dugout and the tarp is removed from the reccntl y cut grass. The Milwaukee Braves take the field in their red, white and blue uniform*. < j Then my heart sinks as last year's 17-game-winner Warren Spahn takes to the mound. The lanky left hander fires the ball and wanns up as the fifth inning is set to resume. At that moment Dodger manager Walter Alston looks down at the bench and yells, "Rybczynski, grab a bat and get up there and hit" My hands and knees tremble. The sweat poursfrommy brow, even though the temperature is only 40 degrees. I step to the plate and await the offering from Spahnny and glare out at the cathedral called Ebbets Field. The 40-foot scene in right field seems miles away. I adjust my blue and white Dodgers cap and dig my cleats into the earth. Spahnfirestwo by me before I realize what is happening. I glance at Alston as he nervously scratches his head. Only the yelling of Snider in the dugout awakens me. * X I step back in the batter's box and Spahn stares me down and fires the ball. His arm whips around his body and slings at me. The ball crosses the plate and I swing. CRACK! It * fAt that moment I wake up and the Erie skyringswith thunder. I look at the street below and wonder when the rain is going to end. Also did I hit the Spahn fastball or not? Either way, rain can be a time to sitback and relax and think about how things used to be. For me the Dodgers always occupy those rainy Erie days.

ByTriciaWebb Merciad Sports Writer Most students come to.college without knowing exactly »what they are going to do. They may have an idea of an activity they would like to try out or even a field of study they wish to pursue, but their plans are far from definite. Junior Amy Baxter is not one of those students. Amy came to Mercyhurst on a three-way scholarship (academic, softball, and volleyball). Throughout her three years as a Laker she has maintained eligibility for all three of those scholarships by holding a grade point average above 3.0. As a marketing major, Baxter has found it can be very difficu 11 at times to keep up with everything. 'There are days when I just want to scream. So me times it feels as if all of these people are depending on me like my coaches, teacherSfOther students, and especially my parents," she said. "I just don't 1 want to let anyone down." So far, it doesn't look like Baxter has done that For the past three years she hasbeen a starting player in both sports, and because of her academic performance she has now been assigned as a tutor for other students. Baxter has proved to be an integral part of both athletic teams. She was one of the leaders of a potent Laker volleyball attack that narrowly missed playing in the national spotlight a season ago. "I don't want to have any regrets," she said. "I want to play every game like it's the last I think we have an excellent shot to make

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A m y Baxter has been a[ leading influence toward Hurst j volleyball and softball success. Merciad photo/Jim Doherty nationals next year. As for soft- j She has arranged to graduate on ball, we have improved 100 per- time and has managed to save cent this season." H "' some of her "easier" classes for With all of these activities it next year's spring term. appears there would be no time & She is planning to go back to left to socialize, but that's where Rochester, NY, her home town. Amy draws the 1 ine. She has 1 h/ed She hopes to find a job there to on Briggs Avenue for the past start off and spend some time two years and she quite possibly with her family. At there were a specific definihas attended every party that street tion of a well-rounded student, has ever thrown. '-. "My friends are very important Amy Baxter would definitely be to me and I have a lot of different listed under the category. As for people I like to hang out with," athletics, They have alwa ys been she said. "After I graduate I don't a true love." In the long run, she hopes all of want to • look back and just remember tests and practices, I want her hard work will pay otL Her 1 to remember good times and my ul timate dream is to make it big in whatever she does and to have a friends as well." $ Baxter is looking forward to her lot of money. This explains the senior year in which she antici- reason for her favorite song, "If I pates a more relaxed schedule. had a million dollars."

Cycling team battles the jelements
Meanwhile, Lou Viselli raced ever done,in my life," said to 18th out of 30 riders in the Mumford. "We're competing with guys who have been condinovice class. The final day of the competi- tioned beyond what we have, so The Mercyhurst cycling team tion ^featured the nasty weather we have to just stick in the pack took to the track at >Carnegie conditions and Mercyhurst riders and hang in." Sunday's two-mile circuit feaMellon University and battled faired somewhat better. heavy rains and cold temperaMumford again placed 12th tured downhill speeds in excess tures to compete in a stage race while Troyer improved to 13th of 45 miles per hour. Iftst weekend The team competes in an Allenspot at the finish. | the Lakers'finished fifth in the "It's the hardest thing I have town race next weekend, m f overall team standings. They squared off against the likes of two state champions and aPenn State cyclist who was a semi-pro racer in France. fLaker women's volleyball is also in full swing this spring* The Theriderswere broken up into three classes with "A" consisting Hurst hosted a ?10-team tournament last weekend that included several ofthe best teams in the regional of the region's best riders. Mercyhurst eventually fell to arch-rival Slippery Rock 15113,1% It is equivalent to Division I in other collegiate sports such as •&ko concludebits play in the round-robin tournament fThe Lady Lakers had jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the'first game against th8 baseball and football. At the other end of the spec- Rock bufcouldn't hold on for the win. The Hurst defeated Lock Haven and California but lost to Edinboro trum, class "C" consists of novice and defending national championshipfinalistJuniata before bowriders. f f On Saturday, Mercyhurst's ing out against Slippery Rock: Gannon University won the tourney. t Leon Mumfordfinished12th out of 21 competitors while Greg The spring season serves as a tune-up for the fall season beginning Troyer claimed j 15th in the top •in September. class. 1 By Keith Courson Merciad Sports Editor




APRIL 1^1994



Mercyhurst baseballl off to
By Craig Rybczynski Merciad Sports Editor Sophomorefirstbaseman, Jeff Benedict continued his torrid hitting display, as he collected four hits in a double-header sweep of Clarion University, Monday, at Philip D. Hirtzel Field. With the victories the red-hot Lakers improved to 11-3, Mercyhurst struggled in the.. opener, winning 6-5, and came back in the nightcap to complete the sweep, 7-2. The formula for success, according to Head Coach Joe Jordano, is a total team effort. "What makes a team win is playing solid in three areas: pitching, defense, and hitting," said the Laker coach. ;"Right now we are doing an above average job, I feel, in the three areas. When you do that you are going to create opportunities to win and when you take advantage of those opportunities it dictates an 11-3 record." The Lakers took advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves in the opener. Doug Yeager's suicide squeeze in the sixth inning, scored teammate Benedict to tie the game at five. "They had just put in a new pitcher and while he was warming up coach (Jordano) came up to me, because he might put the squeeze on," said Yeager. "I never did it before and was just concentrating on getting it down." Yeager, typifies the 1993-1994 Lakers. He and his teammates are doing the little things it takes to win baseball games this season. This is in large part due to the confidence the coaches and players have that they will * execute well. "I felt tremendous confidence that we were going to win," said Jordano. "We had a suicide squeeze to push across the fifth run, which I did not hesitate one iota giving the squeeze sign." The Laker comeback was completed in Mercyhurst's final atbat Benedict drew a bases-loaded walk to send catcher Chris Snusz across with the game-winning run. A.J. Rusnak picked up his first win of the season in a complete game five hitter. In the second game, the Lakers pounded visiting Clarion en route to their ninth straight win of the season. Mercyhurst exploded for four runs in the * second inning* and coasted-Uo victory behind the pitching of Rich Runtas (2-0). The Lakers' big inning was highlighted by back-to-back singles by David Runco and Benedict With his two hits in the closer, Benedict's average climbed to .378, third among Laker hitters. He trails only Pat Cutshall (.417) and Jason Runtas (.415). The youth of the team, that includes both Cutshall and Benedict, has helped to bolster the offense this season. "Pat (Cutshall) took over for a four year starter, Tom Craig, and as a freshman has exceeded all expectations," said outfielder

Gary Welgoss. "He is solid both on offensive and on defense." With added production from the freshmen and sophomores the Lakers are gunning to become the third Mercyhurst team this year to receive an NCAA bid. Mercyhurst's road to the NCAA playoffs travels through Allegheny, Thursday, April 14. The blue and green battle the host Gators at 3:00 pm.


Larie Pintea, Mercyhurst oral historian, established and coached the very first Laker crew team during the 1970-71 academic year and will have a new $12,000 men's heavyweight eight shell dedicated in his name this Saturday. The ."Larie Pintea 11" replaces the first boat dedicated in his name during the 70's. M /The ceremony takes place at 9*a.m. at the Sommerheim bqathouse preceding a regatta featuring the Lakers who host SUNY-Buffalo, Canisius, and RIT. The races begin at 10 a.m. The Mercyhurst community is encouraged to attend.


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The Laker golf team competed in the two-day Malone Invitational last weekend and placed 11th overall. The host squad -led the team standings at the tournament's conclusion. Tony Greganius and Rich Straub Spaced Mercyhurst by firing 167's. Bryce Bohun shot 169, Scott MacDonald 171 and Matt Sharrow 175.


Mud wrestling anyone? . . . Mother Nature has dominated much of the Mercyhurst sports action and the rain has taken its toll on the athletic fields. Henderson field looks more like a Merciad photo/Jim Doherty swamp than a Softball diamond. May the sun sh ine soon!

Hurst eager for home regatta
By Richard Shelton Merciad Sports Writer While many of you are still sleeping, there is a group of people at Mercyhurst looking forward to a brisk workout The Mercyhurst crew team has started its 5:30 a .m. practice sessions in preparation for a tough season. Head coach Dave Baugh and his assistant, Adrian, Spracklin, have assembled a squad they hope will compete with the best in the nation. "This year's squad is one of the fastest in the history ofMercyhurst College," said Baugh. The Laker crews routed Colgate 1 ast weekend by winning all but one event However, they lost on Sunday in, a meet against Ithaca. Even so, Spracklin added similar praise toward the Hurst rowers. "We're very happy with the level of performance the team is producing. We're working hard in practice and things are looking good," he said. Unfortunately, as with many sports in this area, mother nature has put a damper on the proceedings. 'The weather has been terrible," said Spracklin. "We' ve ha rdl y had a chance to go on the water at all in recent weeks. Our practice sessions have been limited to work in the tanks, ergometers and the weight room. It's been very frustrating.'' I £ The culmination of the crew team's season] will be when it tackles the Dad Vails and Champion's Regatta during the second weekend in Ma y. 'This | regatta; will give us a guidepost as to how we can compete against quality opposition such as Temple, Georgetown, RIT and the Navy," said Spracklin. Spracklin, who ha Us from England, has seen many changes in the program since his days as an undergradua te at Mercyhurst "The whole program has devel? | oped one hundred percent This is due largely to the head coach and his recruiting and the fact that

people are starting to apply to us, instead of Mercyhurst going to them. The administration at the college has also been very supportive and without its help we couldn't ha ve achieved so much," said Spracklin. The team will try to carry on its winning start*this weekend at Presque Isle. The Lakers host a regatta featuring Cahisius, RIT land University of Buffalo as the competition. M We'll also be presenting a new boat to the college, the 'Lane Pintea IT," said Spracklin. "Mr. Pin tea, who is historian at the college, founded the crew team back in the early seventies. We'll be j presenting the boat in his honor," he said. The boat dedication gets underway at 9 a.m. with the racing to follow. Baugh added that the best location from which to watch the competition \sL from the Mercyhurst College, boathouse located on Sommerheim Drive off sixth street, just east of Peninsula Drive.
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Even though the Huntsville Blast were recently eliminated from the East Coast Hockey League playoffs, former Laker and Blast leading scorer Scott Burfoot had a remarkable series. He scored four goals and assisted on five others in the three-game set.

The Mercyhurst men's tennis team put the big hurt on Edinboro Tuesday as it swept all nine matches from the Scots. In singles competition, Mercyhurst never allowed an Edinboro opponent to win more than three games in a match. The victory raised the Lakers' mark to 6-6 on the spring season.

Soflballtf At Henderson Field, Belle Valley * Friday, 4/15, vs. IUP @ noon (DH) * Saturday, 4/16, vs. Hilbert @ 1p.m. (DH) B a s e b a l l : At Hirtzel Field, North East f * Sunday, 4/17, vs. HUbert @ lp.m. Monday, 4/18, vs. 'Boro @ 1p.m. (DH) L a c r o s s e : * Sunday, 4/17, vs. Canisius @ 2p.m.


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