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be covered by Lemmon's insur- Director of Maintenance Bill a nee. Kerbusch to turn on thefieldsprinRoughly two hours later John klers. "It was not so big that we Loxterman, of 308 McAuley, and couldn't handle it," he said. Dever A car takes out a lightpost in two visitingfriendsfromRoches- said it continued to re-ignite beGarvey Pa rk, anothercrashes into ter were treated and released at St. cause of old wood and they were a house on 38th Street, a furious Vincent Health Center after an there for a few hours trying to fire chief helps douse a burning accident outside the gates. The control it. The fire department couch and moreflamesignite on crash occurred at 12:30 a.m. Sat- was called in but had a hard time the soccerfieldand Briggs Ave. It urday, May 7. The vehicle, driven reaching it, he said. was not an ordinary weekend. by Loxterman, hit another car afIt was later determined the dug"First of all, it was activities ter exiting the Mercy hurst gates. out was already scheduled for weekend. Our point of view is Because of excessive speed, said demolition, * that, gene ra 1 y, conduct ofthe stu- Dever, the car went out ofcontrol Although thefireon the lawn of 1 dents and visitors was very good, and broke: through a house on 3925 Briggs was off campus, (but) there was stupid conduct 38th Street, owned by Larry Dever said Mercyhurst students and senseless mischief from a Evans. The passengers were Ray from both sides of the street were Dry and Shawn Monaghan, owner involved. It occurred when "a small part or trie community, couch and some other things" of the car. said Director of Security, Bud were set on fire shortly after 8 Loxterman said Monaghan'scar Dever. p.m. Saturday, Dever said. The There were two car accidents was totaled. The other car and the 1 Erie Fire Department was called Friday night, although Dever said house also received "significant to douse the flames while stuthese were not necessarily con- damage," said Dever. He said dents gathered to watch. nected to the weekend festivities. Loxterman's insurance is exDever said Fire Chief Gregg pected to cover it. At 10:50 p.m., Friday, Richard After the accident, Dever said Lemmon, of611 Briggs, #3, drove his car into Garvey Park, mistak- Loxterman and Dry left the scene ing the sidewalk for a driveway, and were apprehended by secuDever said. Upon tiying to get rity in the lobby of McAuley Hall. out, he backed over an antique- They were taken back to the scene looking lightpost, breaking it off and turned over to Erie traffic at the base, said Devcr.'His car investigators. Any charges are By Jule Gardner became temporarily stuck but he pending. On Saturday night, Dever re- Senior Writer was eventually able to pull forward. He then circled the clock potted two fires on campus and and went out the north end, where onefireacross the street on Briggs It's a big year for Bob Munson. He's graduating... the same year he was apprehended by security, Avenue. ; DeVer and Residence Life Di- he celebrates his 50th high school Dever said. The incident was seen rector Gary Brown were called reunion. In August, he'll be 68. on the security cameras. Not your typical Mercyhurst According to Dever, "He had onto campus after "word got out allegedly been drinking, although about a large fire on the soccer grad. Then again, he's not your we're not saying that was the cause field," Dever said. The soccer typical senior citizen, either. At of the accident" Lemmon faces dugout was burned down. Dever age 60, he took one class: Art disciplinary action with Resi- said he saw at least four people Appreciation for four hours on take off toward the Motherhouse Saturdays. Roughly eight years dence Life, said Dever. later, he'll be walking with a bunch The lamppost will be replaced as he approached the fire. by one in storage, "but it is like Security, Residence Life and of 22-year-olds across the Warner replacing an antique. They are students collected "as many fire Theatre Stage to get a diploma. It was a gradual process, but very expensive." Dever said it extinguishers as we could find" will run $ 1,000 to $ L500 and will and. in the meantime, contacted Bob pummeled through these last two years like they were the ribbon in the Boston Marathon. He quit being-part-time and began the life of a "normal" student (as he phrased it) - full academic schedule, Student'Government, Campus Ministry. He was even chosen for the illustrious job of emcee at the Mercyhurst Dating Game. Friday Afterfinishingup requirements for a liberal studies B. A. a nd hisMostly sunny; tory minor last winter, he, was high 55 - 65. hired as the co-ordinator for the work study program. "I'm not ready to retire. I don't think I ever will be. As long as I'm physically Saturday able, I want to work and give." Mostly sunny; He prolongs physical ability, he high 65 - 75. said, by exercising 45 minutes every morning. "I wake up and look at the obituaries. IfI'm not in ISunday 'em I'm ready to really get started," he said, smiling broader Chance of showers; than his thick red suspenders. high 65 - 75. The origin of his energy?* Anf/ other morningritual:he sets his By Jule Gardner Senior Writer Martin was "furious" because a Briggs apartment "Apparently some students were yelling at the some students were planning on firefighters, running across the lighting it, but thought better about street and taking pictures. Dever it" after the off campus incident said Martin demanded to talk to "If someone would have thrown someone from the college and so meth i ng do wn there to set it off, eventually talked to Gary Brown, we would have had a heck of a director of residence life. "He fire," Dever said. wanted to make sure this wouldn't The danger*he said, is that the happen again. Chief Martin is very fires on Briggs Avenue were close upset thatfireswere set so close to buildings, "and that can fume to the buildings," said Dever. The . into disaster. In each case, there incident is under investigation. was evidence drinking was inAnotherfire,this time in a half- volved. Whenfiresare that close barrel near 4010 Briggs Ave., was and intoxicated people are runput out by Residence Life. The ning around, generally raising fire occurred at 10:25 p.m., Satur- ' hell, we have to see alcohol as the Icause of problems. Sooner or later day. Dever said some students in that building were cooking out people are going to have to take when it burned out of control and responsibility," said Dever. had to be put out. However, Dever also stressed Dever said they were able to he was impressed with the constop a potentialfirelater th at night duct of most students at the MakeA couch soaked inflammableliq- A-Wish band test. "We were not uid was found in the basement of called in for any of the campus functions."

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attitude. "Next to faith, love and charity, attitude is the biggest word in the world. Each individual can set a fun, healthy attitude everyday." His familiar blue and green checked pants also help to set the mood, but he eightysixed those until colder weather sets in again. Even though Bob is probably the oldest student to graduate from Me rcyhurst (no records can prove this), his greatest delight was not being treated that way. There was some trepidation for me at the start as to whether I could keep up, not compete, mind you, with younger people. But one of the greatest experiences I've had is the reaction of young people to me. They always treated me with respect and accepted me as just another student I "They're a great bunch of people, serious thinkers with a good grasp of world events." He also got a lot of support from family. Bob has three children, five granchildren and a greatgrandchild expected to arrive in. August His oldest granddaughter is 22, the same age as most of his classmates. Yet there were skeptics, he said, who didn't think he would be able to adjust. "You 're never too old to change, and I have. I came here a hawk and have come out a dove." It's his world view that's changed. He was a real "flag waver" with a military drive at 60, he


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MAY 12,1994

Graduation: Let the festivities begin
p.m. Sunday. Three graduateswill be presented with awards during the ceremony. Two students will receive the Bishop's Award for Academic Excellence. This award recognizes genera 1 scholastic excellence and iscawarded to the valedictorians of the graduating class. Jakub Svoboda and Nalika Nanayakarra will receive the award this year. Svoboda will receive *a Bachelor of(Science in biology and Nanayakarra will receive a Bachelor of Arts in busiiW^ ness finance and math. The other student award presented at the ceremony is the Carpe Diem award. This award is Vivetta Petronio, winner of the highest honor bestowed on a student by the college. It is Teacher's excellence awarded to the senior-who best exemplifies the college motto, By Anne L. McNeils "Carpe Diem," which gmeans Copy Editor Seize the Opportunity. It recogMercy hurst College will hold nizes a student of high personal its 66th Commencement exercises integrity, leadership impact and Sunday, May 22 at the Warner intellectual distinction. This Theatre. The college will award year's recipient is David 371 degrees this year and?320 McQuillen. graduates will walk across the McQuillen will receive a Bachstage at the Warner. elor of Arts in marketing. During Two hundred forty-five gradu- his years *at Mercyhurst, ates will receive Bachelor of Arts McQuillen has participated in a degrees. Fifty-five Bachelor of number of activities both at Science degrees will be awarded.' Mercyhurst and around the world. Ten students will receive Bach- He founded the cycling team two elor of Music degrees. Thirty-six years ago and is currently its capassociate degrees will be awarded tain. He is a member of a number and 27 students will receive of honors associations, including master's degrees. # Delta Mu Delta (business), Kappa Commencement begins at 2 Gamma Pi (a Catholic honor society) and Sigma Tau Delta (English). McQuillenVis past vicepresident of the Mercyhurst Business Association. He works for the Erie Insurance Group as a communications*aide and last summer he worked as a marketing assistant for R. Watsons and Sons in England.^ •M McQuillen has written a biweekly column in the Merciad for three years and he also had a radio show on WMCE. He is a tour guide and program assistant for the* Mercyhurst Summer Abroad Program. He.is also a Flange Warrior, f After graduation; McQuillen hopes to earn a Master of Business Administration in international business but said he is not yet sure what he is going to do right away. The Teaching \Excellence Award will also be presented at Commencement. Chair of the humanities division, Director of the foreign language and culture department and Professor of French, Vivetta Petronio receives the award this year. The winner of this award is selected based on nominations by students and other faculty. Petronio and McQuillen will deliver speeches at the graduation ceremonies. * be presented at the Dinner Dance. ' A number of other awards will Each department's faculty selects be presented at the Graduation an outstanding student to receive Awards Dinner Dance on Satur- the award. This year's award-winday, May 21. Grace Bruno will ners are: Colleen Kipfstuhl, busireceive the Sister Carolyn ness; Loretta A. Tech, education; -• Herrmann Senior Service Award. Amy R. Zorzi, HRIM; Pamela This award recognizes a senior Crowell; human development; with outstanding contributions of Phyllis Marie DiNicola, humanilime, talent and service through- ties; Sally Jo Wiltsie, natural sciout her time at Mercyhurst. I ences and mathematics; Laura " Colleen Kipfstuhl will receive Burris, performing arts and Janet the Sister M. Eustace Taylor Lead- E. Perkins, social sciences. ership Award. Kipfstuhl was seMia U-Rycki and Jason Hi]legas lected based on her superior lead- Will both receive the President ership as a student. The Mother Garvey student Athlete ofthe Year FrancesXavierWarde Adult Stu- Award. dent Award is awarded to an adu It Other awards include the Sister student in recognition of superior M. Angelica Cummings Senior work and personal and profes- Art Award—Jason Hi 1 legas. sional achievement. This year's Pamela M. Muller will receive recipient is Joy Marie Catania. the Pennsylvania Institute of CerTwo awards will also be given tified Public Accountants Award. to graduate students. Shawn M. Two other HRIM awards will Cronin will receive the James V. also be given. Katherine Ann Kinnane Graduate,Program Schubert will receive the Senior Administration ofJustice Award. Award and Meghan Williams will The award recognizes Cronin's receive the Faculty Award. superior work as a student in the There will be two BaccalaureAdministration of Justice Pro- ate Masses on Sunday, one at 9 gram. Bridget G. Manning will a.m. and another at 10:30 a.m. receive the Outstanding graduaThey will be followed by brunch. tion Student Award for Special Brunch tickets mu st be pu rchased Education. ahead of time and are available at The President's Associates the bookstore. Achievement Awards will* also

Munson continued fromfrontpage
better to be exposed, reminded of the war." After the war, Bob went to Gannon College for a year, then left when he was offered a wellpaying job at Erie Insurance Group in 1952. He worked there for 42 years then sold his agency when he started school full time, although he is still a licensed insurance agent "I was moderately successful, but there was something missing. There was more I had to learn." Bob said he extracted so much out of his classes because he approached them on a personal satisfaction basis, rather than thinking of just the grade. He is so satisfied with his education that he' s giving some back. Bob is planning on establishing a scholarship for non-traditional students. "Dr. Mary Hembrow Snyder, speaker at the '93 commencement, said learning is a life-long experience. Perhaps I am an example of this. "God has granted me much, including my learning experience here at Mercyhurst. I am thankful not only for the knowledge I've gained, but for the great people I have met - administration, faculty, and above all, the students."

MSG reps elected
By Anne L. McNeils Copy Editor Mercyhurst Student Government held its last meeting of the 1993-94 year on Monday, May 9. New representatives took office on Monday and will be in place for the 1994-95 school year. Next year's senior reps are: Matt Adams, Heather Dailey, Tom Gierszal, s Beth Hurrianko, Jeff Hutchinson, Joe Joseph, Katie Johnson, Jennifer Lowe, Erin McGuinness, Aisha Nix and Paul Roth, jfrfe-Jfc % i Charlie Caryl, Katie Coneglio, Chris Glas, Holly Heid, Katie McGlynn, Bridget Palmisano, Rob Vescio and Mark Williams will represent the junior class. Representing next year's sophomore class are Kais Asforur, Tricia Baugh, Stacey Fitzpatrick, Jenna Hcyl, Amy Kovach and Dana Pazin. Reps voted to increase SAC scholarships by a combined total of $3,000. Treasurer Darrin Tovtin said the funds for the scholarships will come out ofthe money MSG has already budgeted to SAC. i Reps also voted to, approve Tovtin's proposed budget. Copies of the budget are available in

said. At 68, he's still got love of country, but thinks there are better ways for peace. "I thought we we re J right in exercising U.S. muscle.,I don't think that any the student government office. longer. Instead of being the Graduating Senior and former world's policeman, we need to Rep. Kevin Nixon announced that find a way within the structure." he spoke to Gary Brown, director Bob served in Germany during of residence life. Brown told him World War II, signing up right males will be able to occupy at out of high school with many of least four townhouses beginning bis classmates. He went back to with the 1995-96 school year. Berlin last summer with the HRIM Nixon said there is a possibility of Switzerland/Europe trip. "It was males' occupying one other illuminating to see it now. When townhouse if a group of males is I had left there it was a wasteland. able to demonstrate a higher point I'm glad I we nt," he said. "We are standing than a group of females. Sophomore Lee Ann Kelly spoke on behalf of the women's soccer team. Kelly asked MSG to help fund a new dugout on the soccerfield.The previous dugout was burned over the weekend. SAC Chair Rich Straub said he spoke to David Cherico, director of athletic and Union facilities. Cherico toldj Straub that he planned to destroy the dugout Monday afternoon. | President George Paydock told Kelly to meet with Cherico and with Pete Russo, athletic director, to find out about possible funding for a new dugout. Graduating Senior and former Rep. Wally Gagric congratulated this year's government and wished the future government luck.

Spectators atop Zurn Hall sit in the shadow of the sun while viewing ^the annular eclipse on Tuesday. Just after 11:30 a.m., the moon began to cover the sun. It covered the sun, creating the Ring of Fire from 1:18 to 1:24 p.m. The eclipse was probably the last of its kind during the 20th century. It appears because the moon is too distant to cover the sun completely.
Merciad Photo/Andy Shudlich

MAY 12,1994



Nine Inch Nails gets religious Enter at your

Trent Rezner wa s set to be* gin at around 9:15; it was 9:171 when the lightsfinallydimmed. By Damon Sterling The crowd that had been steadily Merciad Staff Columnist pushing forward, made one big su rge toward the front Iwas swept If you haven't seen the face, you probably have heard the voice off my feet; feeling only the bodThe name is Damon "STERLS" Sterling, a young black male fix ies of those around me holding Maryland and a member of the Mercy hurst Men's Basketball Team me up. The people I had come to I'll be dropping knowledge to you in the upcoming year on Hip the conceit with were separated Hop/Rap Music What's hittin\ what's slippin', what to purcha from me instantly. My chest was constricted and breathing was a and what to leave on the shelf. chore. But there they were - Nine Inch Nails, on the stage less than Here's a copy of my Rating Scale: 25feetinfrontof me, I was havIStar: | I | ing the time of my life. Leave it on the shelf. 2Stars: As I pushed my way back a You may be taking a chance with your hard earned money. little, narrowly missing the heel 3 Stars: of a Dr. Marten in my face, I was There's a few slammin' cuts. able to recognize the thumping 4 Stars: beats of Terrible Lie" blasting The album is slammin'. Good purchase. out of the 12 to 15 speakers on 5 Stars: either side of the stage. The album is phat. You go grab one. Great purchase. Greai Banging my head in time to investment the beats, I was at last able to So far, '94 has praised us with a lot of funk for our trunks. This' breathe and take myfirstreal look began with the most anticipated album of Hip-Hop/Rap history: at the stage. Snoop Doggy Dog's "Doggystyle." From behind a transparent When I first heard it, I wasn't really impressed. I was used to that sheet, the multi-level stage - laden East Coast Flava: Onyx, A Tribe Called Quest, Lords of the with lights and smoke machines Underground, etc... But a fellow teammate told me to just give it a came to life, as the members chance and I did. I must say, the album is phat. slowly began to appear. When "It's the type of album that you can let ride all the way through Trent took the stage, it was panwithout fast forwarding one cut This is the type of album you can demonium. #A11 -around, me screams and shrieks were heard put on to get a party jumpin'. I give the album five stars. For those who aren't up on the underground sound, it's now time for me to put you down. This is the type of music that gets no play on the radio, but you still hear about it through word of mouth. It's the music that is not considered mainstream. For example: Das EFX, Illegal, NAS, Redman, Gang Starr, etc... This leads me to talk about a new group of Hip-Hop artist that hit the scene like a ton of bricks, Wu-TANG Clan. A group of eight brothers from the ghetto of New York City, they bring a totally different flava to Hip-Hop. The album, "Enter the Wu-TANG 36 Chambers," is so phat it should have its own zip code. The only way to really understand what I'm telling you is for you The format of the show is quite goals is to have students "begin to By Nick Krayger to experience the 36 Chambers yourself. I give this album 5 stars. unique. McLaurin personally see their school nurse as a friend; A&E and Features Editor plans to visit Erie area middle and as a link to the proper agencies". If you turn your radio dial to high schools to collect students' McLaurin hopesforthe possibilWMGE 88.5 FM on Tuesday, confidential questions, which will ity of a 1-800 number eventually. Thefirsttwo shows, which will May 31, at 6 P.M., you might be be addressed on the radio prosurprised at what you hear. gram. Area nurses, and members air May 31 and June 6, beginning The D' Angelo School of Music Mezzo-Soprano Eleni Matos, Mercy hurst student Rose from the health department, will at 6 P.M. will deal with the issues will conclude the 1993-94 con- likewise received $10,000 forfirst McLaurin is initiating an infor- provide youth with possible an- of sex and sexuality. There is a cert seasonjwith the D'Angelo placet She received her master's mative radio program that will swers and suggestions to their possibility that the air time of the Symphony Orchestra with Frank degree from the University of IIshow may change. provide youth, ages seven to 20, areas of specified concern. Collura conducting. The concert linois. She has appeared with the Those interested in more inforwith a resource for information McLaurinfeelsthat, "kids need will take place on Sunday, May Chicago Lyric Opera, and has also regarding the issues of violence, it, this type of Rap show," where mation about the program, or in 15, at 2:30 p.m. at the Central been among the winners in five sex , disease and crime in our they can voice their concerns con- contacting Rose McLaurin, call High School Auditorium, and will voice competitions. fide.ntiaUy. One of her primary WMCE at 824-2260. society. For the concert, Santiago and feature the two first place winners ofthe 1993 D'Angelo Young Matos will sing arias and duets from seven operas, which include: Artist Competition in Voice. Theresa Santiago, Soprano, re- Carmen, Faust, Samson and ceived $10,000 as the first place Delilah, and Gianni Schicchi. The orchestra will perform the winner. She receive |her Ibachelor's and master's from the Pines of Rome by Respighi, as Juilliard School. She has been the well as the Triumphal March and I Ballet Music from Act II of Aida. winner of three other voice com> petitions. She has performed ex- The conceit is free and open to the tensively, and has had the leading public. For more information, call I 'l roles in the Ju Ilia rd Opera The- ext 2364. atre productions. a



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and the lyrics of the song were chided along with the band. Although most of the time was spent either pushing off other fans or trying not to eat their hair, the show was overpowering. It included such songs as "Down In It" and "Something I Can Never Have", which were so emotional that it moved many moshers to stop theirfranticjumping and just simply listen. NIN made sure to blend some of their newer material with their older stuff, by playing "Closer",!"Heresy" and a very loud and wonderfully violent version of "March Of The Pigs." iney also played "Wish" and "Happiness In Slavery", which really got the crowd moving and threw me into the pit of mad head banging and body slamming. After a short break, the band was cheered back on stage to do a short two sing set of songs off the new album, The Downward Spiral. The stage, combined with the impressive lights and smoke machines, really set the mood for many of their powerful? songs. Many times the lights seemed to reach out into the crowd and pull them deeper into the feeling and power of the lyrics and of Trent's voice. j* The way the lights and the

smoke worked together to make some of the effects was amazing. During "Reptile", the combined use of the smoke thatfilledthe air and the lights formed a honeycomb design. It was one of the more memorable parts of the concert, both because of the spectacle that the lights had formed and the way it made the entire audience sit up and take notice to the band and not just its music. The final consensus of the group that I went with was that it was the concert of the year. My roommate Terry suffered only minor bruises, yet sustained a large lump on the back of her 4 head from a person riding the crowd. This blow, however, caused her to be pushed over the bar protecting the front stage. This knocked the wind out ofther, shifted herorgans a bit, and caused her to almost lose her dinner all over Trent "It was religious," was all she had to say. I have a large bump on my upper arm, but I have plenty of stories and memories, as do all who attended, I'm sure. Every time I hear a NIN song, I can proudly say that I survived the pit.

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About that formal thing... The Ryb Roast
By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief | It's time to Are up the grill, break out the ribs and start a roa still'. This week's candidate for the ryb roast is the select group of students who feel that a good. time means torching and destroying things on campus. <| The incidents occurred during this past weekend at Spring Activities. The Student Government run events that took placefromFrid ay to Saturd ay were very successful. They actually exceeded the projected dollar amount However, as the night approached, the destruction began.r Friday night, a lamp post in Garvey Park was the first casualty of the weekend as a student driving a jeep crashed into it, knocking it over. The chaos continued Saturday—sirens and screams filled Briggs Avenue and broken glass littered the street. The most destructive event took place on the football practice field. The soccer dugout was set ablaze and the fire was left to engulf the structure. That fire is still under investigation. ;• Couches were set on fire and a couch soaked in kerosene was found in the basement of one of the apartments. The major issue on campus, as the storiesfilledthe corridors of Mercy hurst, was whether the damage was a result of the strictness of campus policies or the work of drunken students who just have no respect for property. I heard people blame Dr. Gary Brown, drinking policies and the students. First of all, let's look at the present drinking policy on campus. Yes, it's true a lot of the students believe kegs should be legal. Why not? Doesn't the faculty get to have'kegs at their functions and graduation festivities? It would also reduce the number of bottles on campus that end up smashed in the streets and lawns of Briggs. Furthermore, causing destruction to your own campus is not the way to go about changing this policy. That is what your student government representatives are for. They are there to serve the needs of the students. Make good use of them. Also, another view of the weekend is thatfinallythe students were allowed to let loose and have fun. I agree that it was a welcome change from the normal weekends at Mercy hurst. But with thefiresand car accidents during the two days, don't be surprised if next year there are no Spring Activities. The students have to realize that the campus belongs to them. If something gets broken or needs to be repaired WE pay for it. Not Dr. Brown or President William P. Garvey. The idea behind the students' just enjoying themselves is simply ill thought Sure you can have a good time with or without alcohol, but what happened this weekend was out of hand. The scene from Animal House of bottles being thrown put of windows and cars smashing into each other were resurrected for Spring Activities Weekend. However, there was a positive thing to take away from the weekend and that is no one was seriously injured. £ Let's look back at this as a learning experience ana realize that there is a right way to go about challenging the power structure at Mercyhurst. Organize and let your voices be heard. Remember this is our home. The next time you decide to trash something, ask yourself this question: "Would you wreck your house if your parents decided to let you have a party?" For most people the answer would most certaintly be no. see a free movie. Paying $400 for Dear Editor. a video seems really out of the We would like to give our opin- ordinary when we, the students, ion concerning the article of " Un- couldlof all beenUaken to the derclassmen: Pay Attention." As movies at a cost of about $100 M a group of graduating seniors, we tops. The attack the article made was praise the attempt you made to warn the underclassmen to wake not on individual people, but on up and become involved. Yes, the the lack of organization.^Sure, activities at the beginning of the whenever, a Marge number of year were excellent, very creative people are involved, there are and full of laughs, but as the year bound to be some problems. The went on, the activities grew stale biggest for us seems to be the lack and boring. of organization leading to lack of Monday night football could be participation. We could not count viewed anywhere and anyone how many times events started could drive to Blockbuster and late, were unable to be located, or tent a movie. Speaking of mov- never even happened. We defiies, there seems to be a major nitely have the leadership but now issue dealing with $ 1 charge for we need the organization and comthe movies Blank Check. Come munication to make it work. on, the issue wasn't paying a dolFinally, as for the canceling of lar it was 1 ack oforiginality. What the Spring Formal, as seniors we happened to packing the are upset. We all looked forward Mercyhurst vans full of students to having that one last blowout to and going to Eastway Theatre to get together, have some laughs,

and say good-bye to our underclassmen friends. Now that won't happen. It seems a real shame that the Class of '94 has to pay for what the senior classes of the past have done. « After all, our Winter Formal went off with no problems. In our eyes the canceling of the formal came about because of disorganization in rescuing a place to have it not in the actions of our behaviors. So basically, we agree, underclassmen do pay attention and be involved or they may be blaming you for something our class did, but we didn't have a Spring Formal to ruin your chances of reserving a place for next year. Sincerely,

The Senior Girls at Townhouse 7.

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MSG could
By Jule Gardner Senior Writer If I were you, I'd smack my lips against anyone involved in MSG. But I'm not, so I'll just say STUPENDOUS WORK!! WELL DONE!! The all-day concert was the best activity I've seen at Mercy hurst College in three years. It invaded my personal space. It induced me to dance like John Bobbit in pain I can't imagine. It made me stand outside of my sweaty self and say, "Gee. This is what college is like. I think I'll stay." Z I confess I missed the Butlers, but Neville Blues, First Light and Rusted Root launched musical booty. 1 If you missed it you were either (1) a loser, or (2) plotting fires. Last year I was an adamant critic of the Blues Traveler concert. After last weekend, I remember why. This was a better-organized, more inclusive, longer-lasting al-

By David McQuillen; Merciad Staff Columnist "I can barely bid you goodbye, even in a letter. I always made an awkward bow." —Keats Center,
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tentative. And it was cheaper to nasty rumors that such an event boot. cannot occur next year because of I truly believe it was a perfect inflamed (so to speak) events that event. The entertainment rocked. occurred after the conceit. That People at the door weren't anal. burns rat because screw-ups Nobody restricted our freedom screwed up because of alcohol, and very few abused it. not great music. The only sour note: I've heard 'Nuf said.
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A Shoegazing Campus Question Quotes compiled by David McQuillejiUznd Leon

This is my first goodbye. There are more to come I know, and I hope they are easier.fi doubt they will be. But with you, I gave all I could. Stories, places, people. I pulled up what I was feeling and tried to pull it out of you. Did you ever feel it? 'I've always needed you, you see. I've needed to tell you about things, try and warn you to use your youth, to have fun, to enjoy it all. And what I do now, I don't know. The need will still be there, but the have won't. So very selfish of me to wish to keep it going. The end of this is hard, and truly, you don't know how difficult it is. This has all become a part of me. This column. This school. These people. You. I've got to leave it all behind. I've always told you to make yourself new, to do what you have never done, go where you have never gone. But when such a big newness is in front of me, I struggle. You will too. Believe me. No escaping it, though, time to




We decided to try something dififefentfthis week and see how creative Hurst students are. Wel|f some of you are and some of you aren't.

That taxes myfbrain too muclmTust say, I don't know" -Holly McCray, Junior, HRIMj My dear chap, it's obviously chicken. David Hancock, Freshman, interior design


So I cannot write to you anymore. But who will I give my thoughts to now? Who will sit there and listen? It was so easy with you. After all, we met so few times, but it seems like we said so much. For although I did all the writing, my monologues were always our conversations. I tried to give back to you what you have given to me: laughter, thought, sorrow. You were the inspiration for what I wrote. What wonderful times, myfriends.What wonderful times. I hope those times stay with you, as it all stays with me. I hope it's given you things that you needed, things you could think about I hope you liked it. So I go on to other things, leave some of you to continue here with this, watch some of you go on, too. I will never write again the way I wrote with you. Understand, we are close, you and I. I've shared with you things I would never talk about You know me. I'll miss it I'll miss you. Hello world! This is it, here I come. You want me to become every man. You want me to go shopping for normality, monotony and suburbia. You want me to say: "Blue suit, please, and yes, that red tie would be quite normal enough. How about the Honda Accord? Middle management job, too much coffee, too little sleep. A nice split level house in a cul-de-sac. I'll park the car infrontof it. A wife, a few babies and my own mailbox. An American flag to hang on the porch. Life is here and I love it." The hell with that I'm gonna have fun. ]


Sour cream cheese sandwiches." Stuart Byford, Sophomore, dietetics Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean it; I was just cleaning my gun —JimlDoherty, Senior,?communications Six dollars and fifty cents and I love you.' -Tate Davidson, Junior, graphic design & Do you




what vou want to know mean how to get there or what you can drink? —Diane Brunner. Senior, nursing


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MAY 12,1994

By Howard Wilson Merciad Contributing Writer

to a j o u r n e y 'around
At 17 years of age, having a girlfriend and generally misplaced priorities, I almost missed out on what turned out to be one of the most thrilling and educational experiences of my life. All the children in the family were given the choice of going on the trip or staying at home. My two sisters declined the offer. I decided to go along. It was the single best decision that I have ever made. And there we were, in New York harbor, making preparations to get underway to Genoa, Italy. L was the first time my brother and I had been to New York City, and the past couple of days had been an eye opening experience. It wasn't that we had never been away from our rural* setting of




Our father was a teacher due ror a sabbatical leave from his position at a local high school. I think Each weA of the upcomingyear, it had been a life-long dream of Merciad contributing writer his to travel the world. After years Howard Wilsonlwill remember of planning and preparation he, the trip he took around the world my mother, and my brother and I with his family by printing ex- were standing on the deck of the cerpts from a report on his jour- Zvir, a Polish freighter with room ney. for SO passengers, also known as The year was 1974. It was No- a tramp steamer. vember, and the weather was beMy parents were not ones for ginning to show signs of the im- guided tours or classy ocean] i ne rs, pending winter. The deck of the and decided that we were going to Polish freighter was slick with backpack the world beginning in the falling rain. My brother Danny Italy and J travel east, taking an and I had just finished stowing ancient overland trade route our gear in our cabin and went through the Kyber Pass into Intopside to explore. I was seven- dia, where we planned to stay for teen, my brother 13, and this was awhile. We would make our travel the beginning of the better part of arrangements as we went. a year. : f

McKean, PA, for we went on a vacation every summer. But never had we gone to a city of such magnitude. We were glad to be taking our leave of it and begin our voyage across the Atlantic. Within thefirstfew days, Danny and I had explored the ship from stem to stern. It felt great to be on the open sea, and in our excitement we never gave a thought to sea sickness, unlike most of the » other pa ssengers who were rather green for the first couple of days. I can still remember the feel ofthe spray as the ship cut through the ocean swells, and the phosphorescent glow in the water, while at night we leaned out as far as we dared over the side. We met some very nice people aboard the ship,

some ofwhom we would see again later in our travels. Danny, possessing boyish charm, was befriended by fseveral of the crewmembers, including the ChiefSteward who wanted to take him home to meet his youngest daughter. People just seem to take a shine to Danny. * Our voyage to Genoa lasted 12 days, and we all enjoyed it very much. But we were ready to get our feet back on dry land. We had developed a seaman's swagger so to speak, and I was anxious to break it. Look for the continuation of "Around the World" in September.

Twice the success for M a k e a W i s h Foundation
By Heather Marshall Merciad Staff Columnist The mood of the crowd was eager, awaiting the arrival of the various bands that were to play in the Rec Center this past Saturday for the Spring Festival. Proceeds of the festival went to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Pennsylvania. Thefirstband to take the stage was Ric and Brian Butler, who originated in Erie. Although they were nearly 45 minutes late, the portion of their show went well. Next was Neville Blues, who also drew a crowd, showing their support for both the bandj and for 'Rusted Root, who were expected least tapping in time to the rhythm. to take the stage at 6 p.m. Finally, Despite a little rowdiness from Makc-A-Wish. % First Light took the stage around when they took the stage at around the crowd in the begi nning, Rusted 4 p.m. and played an exciting and 6:30 p.m., they played to a wired Root went on to play for nearly rhythmic hour and a half, Their crowd of both general public and two hours. Afterwards, they were fii nky reggae beats really brought Mercyhurst students. called back to do a quick encore down the-house, which was an Even when the crowd didn't when they were finished. The even blend of new and familiar know the words to the songs, it crowd simply didn't want it to faces. They played much of their was hard not to find someone at end. own material and then ended their set with some well- known favorites of Bob Marie v. These sones were the perfectfinishto a music set that got people on their feet and increased the good feelings throughout the Rec Center. The most highly anticipated band of the entire festival was - Overall, every band played a major role in the amount ofmoney raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They each played an even larger role in making sure that each and every one of the people attending had an enjoyable, exciting and memorable Spring Festival.

A 'COOL' experience
Making the Buzz Word Reality," By Aisha Nix which was about how to make Merciad Contributing Writer sure young people are properly trained with meaningful activiFrom April 14-17,1 attended the ties to participate in. I was inTenth Annual COOL (Campus volved in a discussion on "StuOutreach!Opportunity League) M dents Speak Out panel for adConference, with campus minisministrators. This panel was comter Joe Dominic. The conference posed of students from diverse was held at the'' University of backgrounds and schools, who Massachusetts, Boston. COOL were available to honestly prowas a conference on student comvide answers to questions in an| munity service. open forum. I also helped Dominic The conference itself was run present a workshop on Commu-g solely by students, committed to nity Service on the Religious Aftransforming the communities we filiated Campus. live in.4All representatives, stuWhile attending Mercyhurst, I dents or administrators were involved in some type of commu- have noticed that many people nity service. It was great to be are not sensitive or even knowlaround people who shared some edgeable of social, racial or equalof the common goals in life that I ity issues. have regarding helping others „ Many of us have come to college at different stages ofour lives, across the country. from different perspectives and I gained exposure at this condifferent agendas. Insights I ference that I will cherish for the gained from the conference are rest of my life. The conference that we must be intentional in our had representatives from a 1 races, 1 communication. We must learn ages and sexual orientation. It was from each other. We must! renice being around people who move the structures in our society were open-minded and receptive, which are racist and oppressive who wanted to gain more knowl- and that starts now. We must be in edge about diverse topics. action. I attended several workshops. One of these was "Student Voice:



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By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Editor A pool of blood accumulated on the tar-black surface after Brazilian car-racing legend Ayrton Senna veered into an WHSE immovable wall of concrete at a speed in excess of 200 miles per hour. Eighteen minutes after the collision the emergency doctors, who had fought so feverishly to prolong his life, slumped over the motionless body. It seemed as though time itself had skipped a beat Everything stopped.... And then everything resumed again, as the living world began to adjust itself to the shock. The mourning process had been set in motion. Was Senna, who had always raced to the very edge, trying too hard? Was it mechanical failure? Or was it plain human error on a circuit of death? ' '* Joe Blow, the average Mercyhurst student (suffering from a hangover not entirely unexpected), found himself asking the question "who cares?" He had no idea that Ayrton Senna had won three Grand Prix Championships and was considered by many to be the greatest racing driver ever. In fact, he was completely oblivious to Formula 1 racing in general. "You mean they race cars in Brazil?" said Joe to himself, almost as an amusing afterthought to punctuate the routine of the day. Well, yeah they race cars in Brazil. They also play ping pong in China, lacrosse in Ireland and rugby in Australia. People are addicted to sports all over the world. Ayrton Senna had disagreed with a number of racing regulations recently brought into force. He even predicted that something serious was going to happen this year. Yet he continued racing. Senna was a man very much addicted to racing cars. ?~ On this campus, I see people who are addicted to various sports including football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Some are even crazy enough to get hooked on soccer or 24-hour hacky something. But how did they get hooked? Were these people genetically bred to play certain sports? Perhaps they were fed with food more likely to encourage them to bounce a ball on a court or kick a ball into a net "Gain 300 yards a game by eating Mini-Wheats" could be a popular slogan of the future (if it isn't already one now). Or maybe these people just learned to love their respective sports. So who cares about Ayrton Senna anyway? Well, even if you weren't genetically bred to become a racing driver, maybe you could learn to care. There are a hell of a lot of different sports played in America right now. I am told that Olympic gold medals are awarded to the athletes who prove \themselves to be the most technically groovy dancers .underwater! Perhaps you could learn to be addicted to a sport not yet seen on campus. I think having a succesful hockey team at the Hurst is something to be proud of. But then, so is the inauguration of a spirited lacrosse team. It is difficult to be open minded about things that are strange to us. But it's not impossible. Wise Confuscious says, "making waves in a stagnant pool of self beliefs can be invigorating." So, take a chance. Just do it, before Joe Blow convinces you that your place is in the herd, along with all the others who believe that there is only one real sport worth following. i

Rusnaklanchors Laker pitching staff
By Gary Welgoss ' • * f Merciad Contributing Writer This coming weekend the Laker baseball team will compete inthef North Atlantic Independent Baseball Classic in Farmvilie, "Virginia. Gannon and Pitt-Johnstown as well as host team Longwood are the other competitors that will be at this tournament. Currently, the Hurst is 27-6 and is bei ng strongly considered for the third and final spot in the NCAA North Atlantic Regional Playoffs. A fine Mercyhurst showing this weekend is vital for the team to achieve its goal of reaching the post season. A win over regional power Longwood would all but ensure this for the Lakers. %^ For this crucial game on Friday afternoon** Coach*Jordano will'' undoubtedly give the start to staff ace AJ. Rusnak. Rusnak, a sophomore out of Mckeeseport, Pa. is Edinboro were some ofthe things 4-2 with an ERA of around 3.00. that crossed his mind. Eventually AJ.'s hard fastball* and control he decided to stay close to home have enabled him to step up as a as he attended Penn State at premier -divisionp. starter. Off McKees porMJ which is a two year season work habits have also con- schooliHowever, his desire to get tributed to his effectiveness. Aside back on the hill Head him to from improving his mechanics he Mercyhurst a year later, a decialso enhanced his stamina in the sion he hardly regrets. ^ weight room. Leading the team in "I amnhankful that* Coach complete games shows his com- Jordano gave me this chance and mitment in this respect.' ' * ': % that I have been able to respond to I "I just try and do my best to the challenge/' remarked Rusnak. keep us in the game and give our The possibility of moving on to bats an opportunity to win it for us the next level now looms in the in the end," commented Rusnak, future for AJ. but, given the lim"our hitters have been doing ex- ited opportunities for northern ceptionally well for us this sea- players as well as the luck inson. volved in signing a pro contract Pitching at this level was not AJ. downplays this. For now, he always a consideration'for AJ. is focused on obtaining his deComing out of high school at East gree in psychology so he will have Allegheny he was unsure what something to fall back on and his future would entail. Playing helping the Lakers earn their first baseball in college, or football at regional championship.

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L a d y L a k e r Lacrosse narrowly defeated in season finale
&y Ann Lorenz Merciad Sports Writer The Mercy hurst lacrosse team ended it's season losing to R.I.T. by 7 goals to 5 in a hard fought game. Tiffany Reid scored 4 goals and Goalkeeper Kristen Shoemaker proved j to be extremely resiliant. Their record will stand at 1-2-1. Coach John Piatko and Mike Santagata founded the club team earlier this year and they are extremely satisfied with the results especially considering the fact that only 4 of the 22 girls had any experience of lacrosse before the start of this year's season. They have been competitive and next they hope to attract J more members to the team and raise enough money to buy kilts, which are the traditional uniform. Native Americansfrequentlyhurled a rounded stone towards a goal to show their strength, agility and speed. "Mercyhurst should be TheSLady Laker lacrosse team huddle around their Head Tiffany Reid has nowhere to turn as she is rapidly boxed in by proud that they are participating Coach John Piatko, during the game against RIT. They eventu- two very determined RIT players. in the oldestAmerican Sport" said ally lost 7-5 in their last game this season. Photo by Andy Schudlich. Piaiko. Roll on next year. Photo by Andy Schudlich

Mercyhurst baseball swept
opportunities you have to score." end against host Longwood Uni- embark on the tournament "We* re just happy that fate is in * While the hitters failed to con- versity, Friday. nect at the plate, Laker starting Hutchinson summed up the feel- our hands....we can determine our The Mercyhurst Laker baseball pitcher AJ. Rusnak held his team ing of the blue and green as they own destiny," he said. (27-6) team lost itsfirstdouble- in the game. He worked seyen header sweep of the year to num- innings, allowing nine hits and ber four-ranked Mansfield Uni- giving up four earned runs. versity, Thursday, at Philip D. After the shutout loss to Hirtzel Field. M * Mansfield, the Hurst fought to The Hurst has lost three of its salvage a split in the second game la st four games since the 24-ga me of the twinbi 11, but fell short 7-4. winning streak was broken against The Laker offense again was California ^University of held to five hits, but this time Pennsylvania. But despite the averted being shut out, with a late team's lack of success, Head inning rally. Coach Joe Jordano remains opti- "We left a lot of runners on base mistic. in the game but it was encouragICATHOIICS BEAT HEATHENS "We were in a situation where ing to see that we hung tough we have two tough games against under some tough conditions and I Mercyhurst's blue and green football team Slippery Rock University and scored four runs in the bottom in defeated Gannon 17-7 at homecoming and California University of Pa., the seventh," said Jordano. "So I Monday and Tuesday, and we was pleased with that, however, ended their season by making the ECAC bowl have to come back Thursday," not pleased with losing the ball said Jordano. "In my opinion it game." 1 pOCCER^OWERHOUSEf wa s a learning experience to prove Starting pitcher Rich Runtas (5The women's soccer team establish them* to this team that we can play with 1) took the loss for the Hurst, anyone. scattering five hits over his four selves as a national powerhouse after reaching In the opener, the Lakers held inning stint. Runtas' only blemthe semi-finals of the NCAA Division II chamtough after allowing two runs in ish was a four-run second inning. pionship for the second time in three years.They the first inning, but [Mansfield Jeff Hutchinson and Andre added three runs in the top of the Cameron got the call out of the finish the season with an impressive 12-3-1 seventh to put the game out of bullpen and held Mansfield to two record. reach. ru ns in the final three innings. The normally potent Run production came courtesy Mercyhurst offense managed only of freshman David1 Runco. He WOMEN MAKE^PLAY-OFF HISTORY five hits in the game, none of belted a two-out triple in the final The Lady Laker basketball team beat Califorthem for extra bases. Gary fra me, that brought Welgoss, Phil nia University of Pennsylvania 65-64 in aj Wclgoss put in the best perfor- Gaming and Chris Snusz around nailbiting game to achieve the right to compete mance for the blue and green as to score. he went l-for-2. Team batting leader Pat Cutshall in the East Regionals in New York City. They "We had a problem hitting the (.449), also contributed to the lost thenext game to Clarion 87-76, but this was ball in general," said Laker out- Laker offense, going 2-for-4. thefirsttime a Mercyhurst basketball team won! fielder Welgoss. "We didn't get The Hu rst enter the North Atthe big hit when we needed it and lantic Independent Baseball Gasa playoff game. against a team like Mansfield, sic in Farmville, Va, this weekyou have to take advantage of any end. The Lakers open the week#

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By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Editor Team "Townhouse 52" won $100 in the Spring Activities Day last Friday by eating, popping a nd tossing better tha n everyone else. The;;"No Names" and the "Kahlua Creamers" tied for 2nd and 3rd place and they shared the $125 prize money. Events included a 3 legged race,.an eating and drinking contest, pop the ba 1loon bonanza, tug-of-war, tomato toss and obstacle course. The teams had to consist of at least 4 men and 4 women who were required to perform at the peak of their abilities in this sporting extravaganza. The "flange warriors" resigned their team from the competition when they realized it was happy hour at Herman's. Patrick Koteck, captain of "Townhouse 52,'' said that the team will spend the money on beer andfoodfor the rest ofthe year. ^ i .. | His favorite moment of the memorable event was the damage his bretheren inflicted on the tug-of-war rope, which snapped under the pressure as they pulled for success. SAC Chairperson Richard Straub said "although it was utter chaos out there, everyone seemed to be enjoying them11 selves.

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