October 20,1994

Lakers crusht Pace University 52 -13 in\1994 Homecoming* See story on page 8.

Crew Concert Controversy
By Anne L. McNeils Copy Editor Andrea Peterson spoke to MSG reps on behalf of the crew team at Monday's meeting. Peterson asked MSG to loan the crew team all or part of a $ 1,500 fee required to supply sound for a concert the team is sponsoring. The concert, which is scheduled for November 12, is a fundraiser for the team. Peterson said proceedsfromthe event will help pay for uniform and travel expenses that are not covered by the team's budget MSG President George Pay dock said, "In the past we have stayed away from athletic events ... as a student government, we do support athletics but we cannot afford to support athletics financially." Peterson said the team plans to pay MSG back, but they need the money before the concertbecause they have to pay for the sound up front Some reps questioned why the crew team could not borrow the money from the athletic de- J partment Peterson said a representative from the crew team spoke to Athletic Director Pete Russo. Russo reportedly said the athletic department cannot give or loan the money to the crew team. Junior Rep. Charlie Caryl said, "We might have an obligation to do something for some students" if there is a need for the money. MSG Adviser Cass Shimek said, "If student government is going to do something, they may want to look at the unfairness of the budget to the crew team. I don't know who else is going to do it if it's not student government" Paydock said MSG should investigate "reasons why the crew team doesn't have the funding they need" for uniforms or travel expenses and suggested tabling the discussion until next week's meeting. Paydock said he would talk to Russo this week and report to reps at the nex t MSG meeting. ^Paydock also discussed the success of the first day of National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. There was a picnic in Garvey Park on Monday afternoon. Paydock said it was "a lot of fun. A lot of great things happened." The Spring Festival committee has been meeting on a weekly basis to start planning for/this year's festival, which is tentatively scheduled | for April 29, 1995. Paydock said the committee plans to sponsor someone in the Erie area who is in need of medical and financial support The committee already has "a couple people in mind," said Paydock. Paydock said there is a plan to contact alumni this year to donate money or services to the festival. He said he wants to "invite the Board of Trustees, faculty* and administration" to the festival. "Let's make this a community," said Paydock. The festival committee meets every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. in the Clubs and Orga niza tions room on the second floor of the Union. Paydock sa id all students are welcome to attend. SAC Chair Rich Straub reviewed last week's activities. He said 25 percent of the profits from last week's Coffeehouse were donated to the Erie County Food Bank. Twenty-five percent ofthis week's proceeds will benefit Amnesty International and another 25 percent will be donated to Rape Crisis Intervention, Straub said. Paydock said he had heard from a company regarding a candle holder for the Grotto. There is a "wrought-iron candle holder" available|from an Erie church, Paydock said/It holds 50 candles and can be purchased for $75. Paydock said he and MSG Treasurer Darrin Tovtin would go see the candle holder this week. Reps unanimously approved a motion allowing Paydock and Tovtin to purchase the candle holder ifthey are satisfied with it Sophomore Rep. Stacey Fitzpatrick and Senior Rep. Matt Adams were elected to co-chair the Winter Formal. | Tovtin named the first Rep. of the Week. Fitzpatrick was selected based on her dedication to MSG, Tovtin sa id. Fitzpatrick was given a Mercyhurst mug in recognition of her service. MSG meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers of the Union. All MSG meetings are open.

NationaP Chemistry fWeel|
On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Brie section of the American Chemicaf Society will sponsor a day of hands-on chemistry activities at the Millcreek Mall. Participation in the event will include Mercyhurstj College, Allegheny College, Edinboro University, Gannon Univen sity and Penn State-Behrend students, area high school science teachers and representatives of local industry. The main goal of the activity is to stimulate younglpeople's interest in science. The activity is for, all science education majors, as well as science or elementary education majors. Anyone interested in participating hi the mall show should contact Dr. Todd Trout in Zurn 305i
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Hurst Bread BoxjAward 1
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pennsylvania wilf recognize Mercyhurst College with a Bread Box Award for participation in three 1993 projects.!Mercyhurst donated 2,1325 pounds*of food in the fall of 1993, raised $400 from a film presentation and discussion In October 1993 and also raised $19050 through charging admission to student activities. Mercyhurst^ contributions earned second place*in the college division of 'the awards.

Christmas on Campus

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It seems far away, but it's time to start planning for Christmas on Campus. Sign-ups for the organizational committee will be held in the Union next week. A meeting will be helditext Wednesday, 0$L 26 at 8 p.m. in Preston 314.

Youth on a Missionl
I On Saturday, Oct 8,10 members of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the Criminal Justice Club participated in a Tug of War sponsored by Youth on a Mission. The mission, which focuses on programs for area youth, promotes its motto, "Life£+ neat ion and Pride - Drugs and Crime = Success." Mercyhurst sent a HI en's team and a women's team. The men's teamSreceivediii plaque and T-shirts for the Best Pull.

HOMECOMING
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Darrin Tovtin and Abha Nix were crowned Homecoming king and queen last Saturday during half-time at the Mercy hurst-Pace football game. The Lakers triumphed 52-13 in he game at Erie Veterans Stadium. Photo by Craig Rybczynsld

This week in sports
The hockey team opens;its 1994-95 seasonjon Saturday night against Seneca College at 7:30 p.m. at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.| The game will be broadcast on WMCE. The football game against GW. Post will also be broadcast on WMCE on Saturday aftcrnoom

Friday Partly cloudy; high around 60. I Saturday Partly sunny; lows 35 - 45; highs upper 50s to mid 60s. Sunday Chance of showers; lows in the 30s; highs mid 50s to low 60s. The Court:
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Basco,Amy Baxter, Rich Straub, Erin McGuinness, Darrin Tovtin, Aisha Nix, Chris Fiely, Beth Hurrianko, Matt Adams, Danielle Baginski

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A step in the right
"It is the first great step," said President William P. Garvey. "We want to be one ofthe top 10 schools in the region, then cross the Mississippi and become ranked with the national schools and that will take years. Our goal is to be one of the top 25 schools in the country." Garvey commented on Mercyhurst College being ra nked as one of the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the North in the 1995 edition of "America's Best College," published by US, News and World Report. "We were not in the top 10, but in the middle of the pack," said Garvey. "We guess 13 or 15." The rankings for the 1,400 colleges in the guide are based on a survey of 2,800 college officials who were asked to place each school in one of four quartiles or tiers based on the school's reputation. The groupings were then combined with educational data supplied by the colleges themselves to arrive at the final milking for each school. "It's definitely a breakthrough for the college to be ranked in the top tier of liberal arts colleges in the Northern region," sa id Garvey. "Ratings by no means convey the whole story, but, when used in conjunction with other kinds i>f information, they can help provide a better overall picture of the institution. 'This ranking is a reflection of the combined efforts of the entire Mercyhurstcommunity - faculty,

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in the 1995 guide are divided into five categories: national universities, national liberal arts colleges, regional colleges and universities, regional liberal arts colleges and specialized institutions. The colleges listed in the guide supply statistics that measure student sel ectiv ity, fa culty resources, financial resources, graduation rate and alumni satisfaction. In addition to Mercyhurst, other schools ranked in the top tier of Northern liberal arts colleges include Elizabeth town, Grove City, Kings College, Lebanon Valley, LcM oy ne, Lycom ing, St. Ansel in and Stonehill. *

students, administration, staffand Andrew Roth, dean of enrollalumni -{and fits well with our ment services for Mercyhurst, atlong-range plans for the school," tributed the ranking to increased academic standards, the geohe said. t Garvey said it was difficult to graphic diversity of candidates make a clear comparison between for admission and the growing this year's rating and last year's academic reputation of several of because, until this year, the school's key programs and Mercyhurstwas placed in another the college as a whole. "Th is val idates whatwe've been category: regional colleges and trying to]accomplish in recent universities. "Last year we were ranked in years and will certainly help as the third tier of regional colleges we continue to raise our academic and universities," Garvey ex- standards," Roth said. "Because plained) "but beginning this year our ranking in this year's guide they changed the criteria for some was based in part on information categories and Mercyhurst is now for the 1993 freshman class and evaluated as a regional liberal arts the 1994 class is even stronger, I ' college, which is certainly a more look for us to be able to sustain accurate reflection of who we are this position." Colleges and universities listed a n d h o w o t n e r s s e c us# »

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By Terri Ressler Merciad Contributing Writer Europe, with Dr. Michael McQuillen, or Issues in Multicultural ism with Brian McHugh. Both classes were accepted for When most Mercyhurst students core requirements. The students sat in class become back from summer break, tween two and four hours a day they tell tales about spending their for each course, but the atmolong days working for minimum spheretwas very relaxed. Class wage and their nights drinking time included many things becoffee at Denny's. But for 20 stusides lectures. One field trip indents, their summer stories are a volved spending a weekend in little different The doors of the Munich, Germany. Students could world opened for them, through 4 shop, visit local hangouts and their participation in the Mercyhurst Summer Abroad Pro- explore the culture of the city. One requirement for the trip was gram in Europe. John Wolper directs the pro- a tour of Dachau, the first concengram and he and the students who tration camp in Nazi Germany. "The feeling I got when going participated in the program left Pittsburgh International Airport through the camp was indescribJuly 7, to begin their adventure. able," Bridgette Palm isano, a junWolper is a strong supporter of ior, said. "There is an eerie presglobal education and said it offers ence in the^air that makes you students a wonderful experience, wonder how something such as because "the world is shrinking the massacres there could have and as a society and as individu- occurred." After the students finished their als, we need to be more aware of studies, they were off for a week our global partners." The students' home base for the of travel on European railroads, month of their tour abroad was in using their Eurorail Pass, that alEngleberg, Switzerland, in the lowed unlimited travel during the heart of the Swiss Alps. There, at time the pass was good. the SchillerrUniversity Swiss The students traveled together Branch, students could take ei- to Italy to explore Florence and ther one or both of the courses J Rome. offered: A History of modem "Italy—Florence in particular,
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was pure chaos," Trisha Klosky, junior, said. "We arrived a15 a.m. and people were riding around like! crazy on their scooters already. "And the -people were so friendly,'* she said. . After Italy, the students split off into groups to travel to France, Holland, Spain and other places. The students visited local landmarks, explored the night scenes and learend a lot about the people in the countries they visited. "You can go to one country, such as Holland, and experience five or six different cultures in one place," Palmisano said. When they came back, most of

the students agreed that none of the spots they visited looked better to them than Engleberg. The small resort town, they said, was an ideal location, the train station was* right across from the students' hotel and] the town was surrounded by mountain trails that were ideal for either hiking Or biking. There was also a complete athletic center at the students' disposal and the pubs and discotheques were not far away. Klosky said, "My favorite thing about Engleberg was walking out of my hotel room onto the terrace every single morning and seeing nothing but snow-capped mountains." 'ffpPI'v

Wol per took a longer-term view ofthe experience. "By having th is international experience, you gain a greater appreciation for other countries and people," he said. "It is a very exciting time for the development of an international studies program, given the climate in central Europe during the past few years." The program cost about $4,500 for airfare, room, board, classes and a 15-day unlimited Eurorail Pass. Financial aid is available to those who are eligible. Further information about the next Mercy hurst Summer Abroa d Program is availablefromWolper at extension 2338.

By Jule Gardner Senior Writer Slurred phone calls made late at night to the Baldwin desk have been traced to a student who did not know how to use the phone system, according to Bud Dever, director of security. Tony Prima vera, a night desk attendant!at Baldwin JHall, re* ported possible harassment after receiving numerous unintelligible phone calls. Dever said the calls were made by an intoxicated student trying to call relatives in another country. Security was able to trace the calls and the student received a crash course on the Mercyhurst dialing formula. The whole incident turned out to be a "nonsensical-type thing," said Dever, In other security news, an offcampus student reported being stalked by a group of "skin-head types" after an altercation at a townhouse party, said Dever. The student reportedly helped throw someone out ofa party following a political argument.

Dever said two carloads came looking for the Mercyhurst student the next day and found out he was in the library. The student was warned by a friend about their intentions and called security. Security apprehended a few in the grou p nea r the library and another carload at the parking lot near Weber Hall. Erie police said a report had been filed and declined to give details or confirm the name of the student.! Dtver said the individuals are from the Mil I creek and Wa terford areas and Millcreck police have been notified about the suspects. No arrests were made because a specific crime had not been com-

mitted. to campus from the Stadium Lounge. According to Dever, the boy told the students he was "displaced" or homeless and needed somewhere to stay. The students called security to check it out Erie police arrived and said the boy had a history of running a way and took him home, said Dever. $ "Our students were very wise to handle it the way they did, | he said. | On Wednesday, Oct. 12 security and Erie police responded to a call concerning a possibly displaced boyiwho followed two Mercy hurst students walking back

Eco Tip of the Week
In order reduce waste and pollution, bringjyour own bags to the grocery store.

Laker football fanatics Bill Steen, Joe loseph and Scott Harbor root the Hurst on to victory, Saturday.

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H o l d t h a t t h o u g h t V a m p i r e L e s b i a n s o fW h e r e ?
By Heather Marshall Merciad Staff Writer Anne M. Schleicher Features! A&E editor The Roadhouse Theater, 1505 State Street, will continue its tradition of bringing unique and interesting theater to the Erie community. Starting October 28th and running throughjNovember 26th, the theater will play Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. This is a comedy in the Rocky Horror genre and has been a smash cult hit in New York City for many years. According to Scott McClelland, director of the Roadhouse, the play begins at the mouth of the cave of the succubus, a monster that is tormenting the characters in the play. A vampire of ancient proportions spends'the three scenes of this one act play chasing throughout time after a virgin to sacrifice, who cunningly escaped his clutches. The play runs the gamut from ancient times through 1920s Hollywood concluding in Las Vegas in the 1990s. The Smashing Pumpkins have released a new album of previously unreleased songs and "B" sides. The album is a rather eclectic collection of the different types of music that the band is able to play. I personally love this disc. Even if you're not the biggest Smashing Pumpkins fin, I'm sure that there is at least one song that will catch your ear on Pisces Iscariot Many of the tracks, as I mentioned before, seem to have a different flavor for the Smashing Pumpkins. Songs such as "Blew Away," which is not sung by Billy Corgan, but by Jameslha.lt uses his voice and makes it sound reminiscent of... oh, I don't know, for some reason, it reminds me of the Carpenters. It has that aged but classic feel to it. It's a really good song. The next out-of-character song for the group is "Girl Named Sandov," wh ich reminds me very much of Jimi Hendrix. This song includes strong guitar rifts mixed with Corgan's croon, which abruptly stops and then breaks into a low whisper. Mixed in with these songs is also a remake of a Stevie Nicks song, "Landslide," which is completely acoustic and lets the talent and power of Billy Corgan's voice truly shine through. Throughout the entire CD there are the type of songs that have become the Pumpkins' trademarks and will make any true fan happy. Some of the songs that aregparticularly wonderful are: "Whir,* "Obscured," and "Starla "Whir" combines the power of the lyrics that the Smashing Pumpkins are known for and the melodies that are a trademark of this great band. Corgan says in the album insert that this song basically symbolizes what the band is -frailand gentle - "sweet and sadness." "Obscured" is a happy song that incorporates the typical melodies and beautiful lyrics of the band. Even Corgan agreed by saying that it id such a pretty song. It was recorded around the time when Gish was recorded. The best song on the entire CD is "Starla." It is an epic song that goes nearly 12 minutes and twists and turns through melodies 1 ike there is no tomorrow. It takes the listener through a trip that involves nearly all the senses. Whenever! listen to this song, it relaxes me and draws me into the aura of the electric guitars and harmony of the band members voices. f *• Pisces Iscariot is the widest range of melodies that the Smashing Pumpkins have produced so fa r. This album shows they can prod uce a variety of different ivpes of music. Hopefully this album will appeal to a variety of different listeners. All throughout the album, the band shows its diversity and true talent I would highly recommend that anyone who has any interest in the Smashing Pumpkins: get this album.
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An interesting extra - following each performance there will be an EXDRAGAVANZA, complete with different performances by drag performers* from across Western Pennsylvania. Shows start Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. In addition, on Saturdays there will be a midnight show. The midnight show, "the forbidden time slot," a ccording to McClelland has a long tra-

dition at the roadhouse theater. However, on Saturday October 29 there will only be one show at 8 p.m., as the theater will be sponsoring a Halloween costume party, complete with catering by La Bella Bistro. Tickets for the show are regularly $8 but students can get $6 tickets Friday and Saturday nights at the midnight shows.

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cycling of paper. In addition to these ind iv id ua 1 concepts, the cl ub Students who feel strongly will also provide weekly env ironabout environmental issues such mental facts and tips to the as recycling are welcome to at- Merciad. tend a meeting of the Environ- [pf the club's plans sound like an mental Awareness Club. This is a interesting way to accomplish the new club concerned with the re- environmental issues that concern cycling, reduction and reusing that you, come to the next meeting, in goes on, or doesn't go on, at the Government Chambers. Help Mercyhurst. The meetings are implement and discover newways held every other Wednesday to protect the environment, both night, at 8:45, in the Student Gov- globally and iiuyour own perernment Chambers in the Union. sonal space. Members say they hope to implement a recycling program, as well as make the college community aware of the need for environmental protection and what they can do about it. Some ideas the club has already discussed are the suggestion that the school adopt an alternative to Chemlawn, and the concept of individual rcBy Heather Marshall Merciad Contributing Writer

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The Ryu Roast
By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief It's time to set down the prongs and address a serious problem. It involves battered and abused women. Domestic violence has captured the headlines in recent & j months and October has been designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But behind the cases involving celebrities that occupy the front pages of newspapers, there live people in towns and cities all over America that experience the same thing, but with less publicity or notoriety. Tuesday's trip to a shelter for battered and abused women introduced me to two real people. The house didn't resemble a shelter. It looked like ray grandmother's house. When I entered I was politely escorted into an office. As I prepared to ask the questions I knew I was exploring a topic I knew little about. Excluding the O.J. Simpson case, I've only briefly talked about abuse ofwomen. Now I was going to pry into the lives of two women who have survived abuse at home.4 Why? * w I 4. I did it because in order to alert the public to this problem, something must be written. And I was the reporter who was chosen to write the story. With pad and pencil in hand, I glanced at the surrounding walls. t The office was filled with pamphlets and literature about women and children from abusive homes. This meeting interview was with a woman who had undergone three f marriages filled with emotional and physical abuse. I knew then that this wasn't just an ordinary reporter intern's interview. ^ ja M A She grasped for the words to explain the suffering she and her children had endured. She talked about the period of abuse she referred to as "the most humiliating, dehumanizing andfrighteningtime of her life." Beatings in the basement and in her car became a daily routine in her life and she finally decided to leave for good. But for many women leaving is the hardest part At Mercy hurst, if you are seeking help from or need information about abuse call Bob Hvezda 's office, 2555. Stories that I was exposed to and the women I met will forever stay with me. The interview sessions that were supposed to last only an hour or two, exceeded the four-hour mark. After the talk with the first woman, I felt tired and exhausted. Yet I sat and talked to the woman who fired up cigarette after cigarette. The second interview was more difficult This time she asked me questions about my own life. We interviewed each other. Not only did I learn about her, but I also learned something about myself. She has been divorced for longer than I've been alive. The abuse she had to go through in the almost 20 years of marriage is incredible. The question is, "How can a man be so brutal to the women he'loves?' She wiped her eyes and tried to hold back the tears, but could not I found myself also struggl ing to cope with the d emons thatfilledher past. I wanted so much to reach across the desk and give her a hug. But I didn't because I barely knew her. I learned a lotfromthis woman in the two hours I spent with her. These are the experiences you cannot get in class. Talking to such people not only made me realize the plight of abused women, but also made me question something that has bothered me about a person 1 know. When I left the shelter, I realized what a great internship I have at Hie Cony Journal. I realized, that women's rights are very important. That's right guys! 1 said it. This problem has to be addressed and Mcrcyhurst is one of the places to spread this message. If you a re bored one day or are concerned about women's rights take a drive to a shelter and talk to the people who have lived the experience.

By Greg Troyer Merciad Political Columnist

instability in this backwater pose to the United States? He argued none at all. Quayle's logic is dis£ The former Vice-President of torted. Iraq's actions in Kuwait posed the United States Dan Quayle rolled into town last Thursday. no threat to the "security" of this Mr. Quayle delivered a speech nation. It did pose a threat to the before a full auditorium at Perm supply of cheap gas. Quayle exState Behrend. As expected the plained that our actions were deconservative Republican estab- signed-to protect the rights of lishment of Erie and Brie County Kuwait . It was worth endangerwere well represented. Even Phil ing Americans to restore the govEnglish, the Republican candi- ernment of Kuwait date for the 21st Congressional This is the same government District's seat in the U.S. House with a well documented record of of Representatives made a coat- atrocious actions on women's istail appearance. sues and the treatment of foreignMr. Quayle chose to focus his born laborers. Yet Quayle had appearance on foreign affairs. The the nerve to challenge the wisreemergence of problems in Iraq dom of restoring the leftist leanwas extremely current and ing Aristide back into power. America's Haitian policy is still Quayle apparently favors self de; being openly debated. Quayle termination only as long as the played the Republican mouth- decision is pro-American and propiece to a tee on both these issues. capitalistic establishment In other To Quayle's credit he did ex- words Quayle favors actions to press that the concern for the loss uphold pseudo-democratic govof life should be of primary im- ernments as long they only portance. I agree, as I have stated threa ten women a nd working class before in this column. However people and not the moneyed elite. Quayle specified that the loss of I asked Quayle to comment on lives he was worried about were Rush gLimbaugh's recent stateAmericans. The value of human ment that Saddam Hussein was life remains the same regardless intentionally left in power to serve of the label applied to it as a butler between Iranian funQuayle went on to challenge damentalism and the rest of the what the United States*Interests Middle East. The former vice in Haiti are. What threat did the president denied that this was the

A Republican mouthpiece but can he spell? policy of the Bush administration. Mr. Limbaugh needs to get his "facts" straight. Then again this is nothing new for Rush. As to his political future, Quayle commented only that he will not make a decision on running for the Presidency in 1996 until after the upcoming m id term elections are over.^Quayle's speech was part of a national tour promoting his new book Standing Firm.. I hope Quayle makes more sense in print than in person or in his four years in office.

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Colaiacovo stands up for Rush
Dear Editor: ^Recently I had the displeasure of reading a purely tasteless article authored byfthe Merciad "Political Columnist," Greg Troyer. in which he tries to attack Rush Limbaugh. In my experience, so many more capable "political analysts" have tried to discredit Mr. Limbaugh, and have failed. Mr. Troyer, I do not rank you up therewith the top political minds, so eventually you will be placed in the political graveyard. I found it very offensive how Mr. Troyer called Mr. Limbaugh the King W. A.S.P. Why is it when you call yourself a conservative, you are immediately plagued as a racist or a bigot. Like Mr. Limbaugh, I want the best out of people. Mr. Limbaugh and I support programs that promote empowerment of people, and we do not support any dependency programs. Also, Mr. Troyer, the mainstream press is predominantly a liberal medium. Why is it that all the liberals are getting more press time than their conservative counterparts. And you have the audacity to claim that the conservatives get more press than liberals. Have you been smoking illegal substances with President Clinton? ^ * + Also, I was insulted how you pegged Rush as a sexist, and how you scoffed at his support of 'traditional values.' After former Vice President Dan Quayle was blasted for his stance on family values, the Clinton Secretary of Health and Human Affairs Donna Shalala, after the election was over she agreed with Dan Quayle that the country needs strong family values. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Mr. Limbaugh is the most listened to talk show host in all of America. This is something you can not deny. How can you be* little yourself by saying that us conservatives and our philosophies are self defeating. If this is so, why in the last 14 years, have the American people have elected Ronald Reagan twice and George Bush once. It seems to me that the American people know wha t they want They favor the supply-side econom ic policy, they support the right to life, they support the conservative stance on foreign policy, they! support* the conserva tive pol icy of empowering people. The people have spoken against what you yourself preach. Thankfully they have not been listening to your "commentary." We are winning. The conservatives across the country can smell that the people in this country are fed up with liberals like you in this country. You are part of a dying breed. I personally believe that when people vehemently attack a person, like you did, deep down inside, they question their own political existence. There is still time for you Mr. Troyer to see the light I think you need to tune into Rush's show and be enlightened to what many in America feel is right Throughout your article you showed signs of conservatism with your references to the dccline of moral values and using Briggs Avenue!as an^example. See, you are seeing the light Thank God there have been people like Rush Limbaugh, who bring us around to the ideals and philosophies that made this country great. People have notabandoned them. They were brought back in the 80s under Ronald Reagan. In the 80s America had eight years of the greatest econom ic growth and over 18.2 million jobs were created. Do not insult my intelligence Mr. Troyer by saying wc are not winning. The writing is on the wall Mr. Troyer, all you need is to open your eyes to its illumination and its radiance. Sincerely, Kntilio Colaiacovo

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Bhuta addresses Krayger' s complaining
Dear Editor: ^ ^ Accept this fact - It is not Harvard and it's not Stanford, it's Mercyhurst! However, someday, I feel, it will reach the status of an ivy league school. Is our school a success? Does Mercyhurst provide for its students what every college should be providing? You bet! The three years that I have been here, the school has given me a good, solid Liberal Arts education and has helped me tremendously in my personal growth and development This, in my mind, could have only been possible at a small college like Mercyhurst It has taught me to live^ the school's motto "Carpe Diem!" Mercyhurst to me is a home away from home, a place where people (faculty and administration) are there to help and guide me. It is here that some of us make our life-long friends. It just frustrates me j;when someone complains about Mercyhurst For instance, Nick Krayger, a Merciad staff columnist This past weekend being the Homecoming and Alumni weekend, the entire school was trying to build school spirit All the students came together and showed pride' in being Mercyhurst students. Everyone, that is, except Nick. What does he do? He downgrades the entire school including the faculty and the students. How? Well, he wrote an article in the Merciad titled "Disintegration." I would like to comment on some of the things written about Mercyhurst in that article: ?Nick's statement: "I don't know if it is the time of my life that lam in, or the juncture of my academic career, or a stage of my personal development that is causing me to question the way that 'things' are, or if it's something completely opposite." Response: I think that you are just questioning the way that things are. You are probably too stressed out and that is leading you to blame someone else. Nick's statement: "Mercyhurst- this idealized, aesthetically appealing mass ofbu ildings and people is not everything that the admissions office cracks it up to be to prospective students. I took the bait my senior year of high school, and so did many of you. Response: First of all, I would like to apologize on behalf of admissions if you were misled in any way. On the other hand, I seriously doubt you were misled. If you were hinting that an Ambassador misled you then you are wrong. To get any sense of who an Ambassador is then I suggest that you attend the lectures given by Dr. Garvey, Sr. Eustace Taylor, Andy Roth, and Michael Fuhrman explaining the history of Mercyhurst and the admissions department. By doing that? you will get a sense of what Mercyhurst is all about. Maybe then you will stop complaining. Nick's statement: "And I think that part of the problem on this campus is that there are a few students,who do everything, hordes of students who do nothing, and numbers of administrators who take the credit for 'molding Nick into the person that he is today' or 'helping generic freshman #37 see that Mercyhurst is a good place to be' or whatever. Response: Don't worry about the students who seem to you to be doing nothing. Each individual has his/her own interests and capabilities. For some of them the things that they do may be all that they can handle. If you or I , for that matter, choose to be more involved, then that's our own choice. ^Mercyhurst, along with the administrators, has all the reason to take pride in your achievements. Just because you don't take pride in being a Mercyhurst student does not mean that Mercyhurst can't take pride in you. Nick's statement: 'The only thing that I find to be absolutely rewarding is my major department. The Human Ecology department- small as it may beseems to be the only SYSTEM on this campus that is functioning at its fullest capacity. I have had a few professors who have stimulated me, aji'handful who have pushed me to maximum potential. But not nearly enough. lam paying approximately $14,513 a year to be involved in a SYSTEM that I give more to than I get from. Sometimes I feel like I should be paid for being here." Response: There was something positive said-almost! Well, it is good you are happy with your major department. I am sure there are students who are happy with their departments too. Otherwise they wouldn' t be here. If you are not pushed to your maximum then enroll in some honors courses or make it a point to tell your professor to push you to your* limits. Unfortunately,INick, the school has to function at the standard of the average student You should know that the school has and is continuing to raise its academic standards. Nick's statement: "If you were to take 10 of the strongest student leaders on this campus out of the picture for a term, I think you would gain first hand knowledge ofjust how pathetic a pi a ce; Mercyhurst can be. They say that any chain is only as strong as its weakest link. What happens when even the strong want to give

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^Response: They are not strong enough! They apparently are not as strong as they seem to be. Look at George Paydock! Does he ever seem to give up? No, because he is strong and he* functions in a way in which he can make the weakest link in our school a strong one. Nick, right now you are the weak link! Don't let that happen to you. Be strong! Yes, continue to make a statement but in a positive way. From the way you talk I find that you are a very talented, gifted and intelligent individual. I think that people with your qualities should gear themselves to have an optimistic outlook on life. Please, please stop the moaning! Sincerely, Vyom Bhuta Junior, Marketing major

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By Jule Gardner Senior Writer Anne Wilson Schaef, in her book' Women's Reality, describes the white male system (otherwise known as patriarchy) not as reality, but as pollution. It is difficult to recognize white male rules, role playing and stereotypes as we breath in the thick of it Male domination is not natural - it is created. Although written rather simplisticall y, Schaef encourages women and men to step far enough away from what we think is reality to recognize the myths. One such myth: women today trying to "have it all" - career, marriage, family. The phrase has become so overused it's moot Economic situations necessitate w women's °rk (never mind whether she is educated or enjoys so) and tradition dictates she be the nurturing aspect of the family. She is all things to all people and perhaps widely respected for it In effect, she is selfless - without self. This is a common argument in feminist circles, especial ly when discussing the importance of voice. Across the socioeconomic spectrum, women gain self-knowledge through others' definitions and perceptions. Wc are told: you justify yourself by

Jeff Spitler, Junior, Elemenjpy Education: g to vote because I "Yes, but I'm probably not think that I should be educatjp about the issues in the elections." Will Sauve, Junior, Biolg^fcemistry: "No. I don't like campaig ^ ^ ? i don't have the time to look into candidates. Whenlt comes time, I will look close into it." Jen Wilson, Sophomore, Biology Education: "No, I wasn't planning on voting. I haven't thought about the elections." Susan Colter, Sophomore, Archaeology/ Anthropology: % "Yes, I will vote. I think it's important to have a say in what is going on." Hillary Hamilton, Senior, Interior Design: *g "Yes, I'm going to vote. The campaigns get more interesting every year. I definitely care about whatfis going on. Too many people have no idea what's going on. I'm glad that my vote is going to be taken seriously." Melissa Boyd, Freshman, Communications/ Political Science:, III * I'm not registered but I want to vote. I think candidates should win on their own merit, not the faults of somebody else." j _ _ _

surprisingly large audience. But let's say a woman searches out those bookstores and college classrooms, grows and changes because of them. Let's say she hurdles over mainstream's obstacles and finds a voice undefined by patriarchy. How is she affected when she discovers a voice of a woman, about women, makes those in her home, college, having children, succeed through office and life uncomfortable? As an adversarial approach, you are Schaef would say, she grabs her filling a quota, keeping the family solar plexus and runs. JShe begins to think she is entogether is your responsibility. Such ideas become part of who tering an exclusive club with sewe are, affecting our ideas of our- cret passwords and mottoes, and although she is aware that this selves and our actions. Outside the pollution, this is, of makes her among others, it is not course, oxymoron ic Self-knowl- enough to take away the real fear edge cannot come from others, - Aloneness.j? The voice she yet where are women's voices? worked so hard to gain continues They are stifled in this thing we to live inside herself but she bethink is reality and if they shout gins to wondeitif she should let about the reality, they are met those outside the club hear it After with disdain, sarcasm and often a all, how easy is it to explain pollution if she is one*of the few hearty laugh. In the 1990s there is a time and around her who can see, smell a place for women's issues: book and taste it? Through her educastores and a few college class- tion she has pulled herself away rooms. Always on the fringe of from it partially. Completely getthe mainstream, feminism is still ting out means being on the outa dirty word. And no wonder side of nearly everything and evwith the likes of Rush Limbaugh eryone she has known. "When we dead awaken," as declaring women who assert themselves as "feminazis," a hei- Ibsen wrote, is a moment of both nous term comparing women to exhilaration and fright. Still, I'd genocidal murderers but accepted just as soon open my eyes. And as a funny kernel of truth by a you?

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The Rzyczycki Plan
By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Editor

The Jesus & Mary Chain is "To tell you the truth, football is back again,'playing the exact my life," said Mercy hurst defensame kind of music as usual, but sive back Brad Rzyczycki. this time with a more mellow No. Really Brad, what do you acoustic feel. I never found this want to do after you finish playband to be that talented to start ing football for the Hurst at the with, however 1 at least always end of the year? "I would really knew wha t to expe ct from them: like to coach football at the colfuzzy, psychedelic distorted guitars with a hard 60's style driven lege level", he replies. • But what beat and vocals that ra rely use more than the same four notes. I never about yourfriends?What do they respected their ZZ-Top repetitive guitar work or the fa ct that the lead like? What do they do? This time vocals would never utilize the potential that it had. Rzyczycki looks me straight in Honey's Dead, their previous album, was exactly that kind of the eyes. 'They play football too," music coupled with techno-like rhythms, and I would go as far to say he says, with the slightest trace of that a couple of the songs were reasonably good for the dance floor. a smile lighting up the serious- the academic workload. the day in] day out scenario With that in mind, Honey's Dead was a !j slight, but pleasant ness in his face. Besides football itself, Rzyczycki was describing. transition from the usual Mary Chain sound, but was still highly "Seriously, I've been a football Rzyczycki is going to miss the Attacking the complexity of repetitive throughout the majority of the album. Three songs on the fan my whole life. Even after my friends he has made within the post graduate life with convicalbum were mellow, for a change, and were almost as hazy sounding brother pulled my pants down team.? Coach Kimball has cre- tion, commitment and self belief as Pink Floyd. Those songs seemed to force the band to concentrate during a Brown's game....in the ated a close knit squad here," he offers a refreshing solution to more on beautiful melodies and less on grunge. v middle of November", he said. said. "I'll also miss the inspira- many of the fears conjured up by Their latest release, Stoned & Dethroned (accurate title), which Rzyczycki came to Mercyhurst tional Kimball pep talks," added students facing the end of their was originally going to be an all-acoustic album, takes that mellow as a dual athlete to play football senior year. Rzyczycki. soundfromthose three songs on Honey's Dead and incorporates it.; and baseball, but he was forced to But what if football doesn't throughout the entire 17-track album. Most of the songs are less than compromise his position on the three minutes and concentrate mostly on the vocals, leaving the baseball team as he struggled to work out? "I'll have a degree in Meanwhile Brad's commitment endless repetitive grunge sound of the Mary Chain behind. This^j adapt to the demands of the class- Marketing and I'll put the same is focused on football, in the album makes them sound more like a 60s band than-any of their room. "When I first came here, kind of commitment in to what- present, at Mercyhurst with five previous efforts, and it stands out as their best album musically ever, my mom liked it more than I did. ever I end up doing." Rzyczycki games to go in this season. He is C though still not that good in comparison to musically talented bands. All I could do was keep my head quickly replied. frustrated by last quarter losses Rzyczycki's plan may be simple against second, third, and sixth Too bad for me, though, because I never wanted to listen to the Mary up and work harder."1; but it is reinforcedjby a fierce ranked teams in the nation but Chain for their musical value. I just liked to listen to them whenever Spurred on by his mom, who sincerity. He is determined not to 1 was mad at the world for a few minutes and had unending tensions refuses to give up the prospect of desperately wants Brad to become "end up doing something I hate, like the unchanging structures of their songs. a place in the playoffs; the. first person in the family to day in, day out" I began to wonThe track that's making all the news about this album is that achieve a college degree, Mazzy Star shares vocals on "Sometimes Always" ("I Got You Rzyczycki eventually got used to der how many Smith and Jones with PHDs and ABCs belong to Babe" comes to mind), the best track on the album, and the onlyS track like it. Sorry folks, she isn't on any other tracks, and none of £S them have that cute love song appeal either. That stinks for theg commercial crowd, and because the other songs are so disappointingly unlike the Mary Chain, it stinks for the old Mary Chain fans^ as well. The Jesus & Mary Chain are learning a whole new type of music,S and until they have it mastered to a decent degree, they will be hard to fully appreciate. It's funny, because even though they've tried to change their sound to avoid repetition, most of their songs sound alike anyway. They have one nice hook to every song, but that's it! Even "Sometimes Always" has one hook in it, and if it hadn't been for Mazzy Star's vocals and the cute story the song tells it would have fallen on its face about asflatas anything else releasedfromthe Mary Chain. All the best musicians incorporate at least three catchy * i hooks in their songs that make you want to sing along, which is why rap artists will never be known for their ability to achieve outstanding musical harmonies. I never understood how the lyrics of a song Check us out every Wednesday for can make it so popular, even though it's crappy otherwise. I guess that's why I never understood Bob Dylan, either. a If you're an old Jesus & Mary Chain fan, I wouldn't recommend a buying this album unless you like feeling Stoned & Dethroned, which in such a case this album is an excellent prescription. If you 're a new fan, that is, inspired to like them because of the "Sometimes Always" v ideo, you'll also be very disappointed in the album due to the lack ofMazzy Star in the rest of it The one catchy hook per song, though considerably catchy, is not enough to make this a pop album or a good album for any ones' tastes. Really, this album is a disappointment in the same way that the latest Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, and Pavement albums were. They were all trying so hard to go commercial that they ended up having every song on the album carefully and intentionally sounding the same in order to avoid fitting in with the true definition of a 1 terna ti ve music. Check out any Dr. Dre or New Kids On The Block album sometimes, and tell me just how much melodic variation and originality you find from song to song. 'Very few groups have been successful in totally changing their sound while maintaining a unique, yet pleasant sound. Soundgarden's Superun known is a great example of such a successful change. To my dying day, I will still insist the Supemnknown was not a pop on't forget to come down on Sundays for Karaoke andDJ music album, but an attempt to show that the group is talented in other

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By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Editor

Yesterday's News Both crew teams an top 10
J McGill, Trent, Toronto, St. Catharines, Princeton and Yale. Despite thevtough competition, the men's team really held their This past weekend the own, showing the Ivy Leagues Mercy hurst Crew team traveled the abilities of a small school. The other men's crew to comto Rochester for the Bausch and Lomb regatta which is a 5,000 pete was the men's lightweight meter head race followed by a eight which was coxed by Kate Millcnbach. This team consisted 1,500 meter sprint. Joyce O'Hara was the men's of Stephen Rozier, Doug heavy weight four coxswain, and Reynolds, Judah Sussman, Chris she was very pleased with her Moigis, Jarrett Coco, Rob Fetter, John Janota, and Chris Thompcrew's position of sixth overall. son. When asked how she felt "It was our first race as a crew, about her team's performance, and things really came together Kate replied, "We showed a lot of for us* It was a tough race but we strength in the head piece, but we managed to hold off the bigger weren't prepared for the 1,500 schools," she said. meter sprint due to lack of water Her crew (from bow to stern) time the week before the regatta. consisted of Josh Pawlovich, Jim We really "pulled together, and Kaveney, Will Sauve and stroke we're looking forward to the next Jon Milgis. two races."This team also placed It was the first race of the fall in the top 10, with a ninth place season for the team, although finish. many of the schools there were Most fall regattas only include finishing off their fall with this race. There were crews-from the three mile piece, so this week's By Jean McFeely & WillSauve* ( Merciad Sports Writer s racing was particularly grueling for all involved, and the women definitely rose to the challenge. The women's head coach, Adrian Spracklen, was pleased with their performance, saying that he was "very happy" with the results "and it's as sim pleas that"

Nolan Ryan's fastball cut through the air, blurring a pathway behind it scarcely perceptible to the human eye. Instinctively, I swung toward the movement. Owww! It felt as if I had thrust my bat into the spokes of a Harley Davidson roaring past me at 130 miles an hour. The feeling jolted through my whole body as the bat fellfrommy numb fingers. A tide of noise began to invade my consciousness. From all around it got louder and louder. Startled, I looked up and there it was. My dream surrounded me. The familiarity of thescene, which had been replayed in my mind thousands of times, eased my response. Now I knew what to do. Calmly, I set off on my victory lap of honor. One foot at a time, one in front of the other deliberately drawing the moment out, allowing the others to gawk in my wake. But this wasn't enough. What ifI stretched out my arm and pointed to the ascending ball which would carry on rising as I rounded the first base, until it crashed into the scoreboard igniting sparks which danced across the screen causing the spectators below to shield themselves from the "electricity cascading down toward them? ...Yeah! That would be a more fitting epitaph of my greatness. Maybe if all the faces in the crowd were the faces of famous people I had admired since being a boy. They could all do the Wayne's World "I am not worthy" sign too. And after I had touched homebase, Babe Ruth could pick me up above his head, before embracing me, tighter and tighter squeezing and shaking me. Until I began to shrink in his grasp, evaporating into an atom which sailed between the gaps of his clenched Gst and By Joel Pentz swirled into an atmosphere of infinite possibilities. Merciad Staff Writer Is this a dream I'm experiencing? It can't be'reality. Some fundamental laws of physics are being broken. But it feels real. As The Women's Soccer Team (0an atom I can see and touch another atom*?My breath draws shorter 1), ranked second in the country, and my heartbeat races as I am lifted into the air by the wind. won both of it's matches this past I'm flying in Cyberspace. The hallucinating realm in which users week and has put itself in a very immerse themselves in infinitely variable computer-generated unigood position to earn the coveted verses, otherwise known as virtual reality. Entry*to this makeautomatic berth into this year's believe world requires special cyber gear (helmet, glove, bodysuit) Final Four. which is hooked up to a computer. Sensors within the gear track On Saturday the team"faced body movement and subsequently re-align that movement with the tough regional opponent corresponding virtual body in a computerized three dimensional Bloomsburg University. In a game world. All this means, of course, that you have the power to change that will probably determine this the laws of physics if you do not like them. For approximately season's, regional champion, the $250,000 your dreams can become a reality. Lady Lakers battled to a decisive God (the one that exists) made sure that we comprehend one 2-0 victory. Tracy Cross and Erin billion bits of information per second just by looking at something. Stewart both found the back of You probably already knew that our bodies control "squillions of the net while Stacy Bortz and the complex processes with every passing moment" (you definately had to know this to pass Biology j 101).'But now, in this moment, computers are getting closer to translating that 'real world.' Jaron Lanier, founder of Virtual Reality rest arch, predicts a future By Greg Troyer world without words as people conceptualize images faster than columns of numbers or lines of texts (100 bits per second). Steven Mericiad Sports Writer Levy, who writes for Macworld says "1,000 words Will die with The Mercyhurst men's and every image used to convey a complex idea." Woooah ! Maybe Prince was ahead of his time when he changed women's cross country teams both his name to... uuh what was his name again ? I won't even pretend ran to second place team finishes at the Ed inboro University Northto understand what's going on. All I know is that they are saying I've got a chance of playing God in the future and I want in. Don't west Pennsylvania Invitational on Saturday, October 15. you ? jBoth Laker squads easily outIn my world (that's what it will be because I'll be the one defining it) I can trounce Michael Jordan in a one on one game just for a cheap distanced crosstown foe Gannon, making it a clean sweep for thrill. On second thoughts, who needs conventional sports? I can make up the rules to my own game, hook up with Cedric in Oregon Mercyhurst* this past!weekend with the men's soccer team vievia modem and compete in the annual nerdathon challenge. The winner's reward is subject to the imagination. But then again so is tory. Mercyhurst also easily defeated Allegheny College. the losers. Freshman Jeff Welch led all Next to virtual reality, reality seems boring. Why watclj other Laker men with an 8th place finpeople become sports sure for instance, when you can experience ish in 36:08. Mike Brown foltheir rise to fame in a virtual world? All you have to do is let the lowed Welch \L -36:30 for 9th computer, instead of your senses, interpret reality. Then you can have anything you want. And you won't have anyone else bothering place. Dan Chase and Tom O'Dea ! finished the 6.2 mile course in you. Just you, your computer and your imagination. * * \££j 37:16 and 37:17 respectively. I'm looking forward to the future. There's just a couple of things thatbotherme. After I've imagined everythingl could possibly wish Their performances were good for, what will I do then? Won't 1 be a little bored? Maybe it's the for 11th and 12th places.*'The Hurst's top five was rounded out unobtainable that keeps dreams and the imagination alive. And, by Scth Carl's 15 th place finish in then, what will be the real world? 38:04. * j pf Won't the necessity of feeding always keep one foot firmly In the ladies race Melissa Hall entrenched in the real, real world? Maybe it was a dream alter all.
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The va rs ity women's crew tea m also competed in Rochester this past weekend and rowed with exemplary form and strength to finish| an impressive lOthlin a category consisting of over thirty entries. Many of the crews present were from Canadian schools, and several Ivy League schools were represented. In order to place so high, the women not only had to row a three mile timed course, but also a three- quarter mile sprint that was averaged into their previous time for the final tally,

Lady's soccer first in region
impenetrable defense kept the visitors scoreless. Coach Hartis was quite pleased with the result saying, "We put forth a solid performance against the number eightteam in the country. The team could have actually won by more on the day." He a lso remarked that, The girls were a bit unhappy with the resu 11, sh owing the high standards which have become part of our program." Tuesday night saw LeMoyne attempt to kick the Lady Lakers off the park rather than play soccer. Coach Hartis was disgusted with the officiating at LeMoyne commenting, The officia ting was the worst I have ever seen in any Division II game." Cynthia Nay lor put the Lakers ahead with a nice volley from the top of the penalty box. LeMoyne pulled even with one of their own in the second half, pushing the game into overtime. In a game in which the Lakers had 35 shots on goal, it was only deserving that 2 of those found the net in overtime. Claire Scanlan and Becky Miller did the honors. The weekend brings matches against Canisius and Shippensburg for the women. The season is nearing a close, but the experience and work ethic of the Lady Lakers makes another appearance in the Final Four likely!

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continued to run well. She broke into the top five with fourth place showing in 20:37 for the 3.1 mile course. Freshmen Bridget Holzheimer and Wendy Lam part secured 7th and 8th places respectively in 21:27. Katie Fox followed quickly in 21:30, taking 9th place. Nicole Putt rounded out the scoring positons for the Lady Lakers by placing 15th in 23:18. Congratulations go out to all members of the squads?for their outstanding efforts this past weekend.

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By Lee Ann Kelly Merciad Sports Writer "Hurst men score biggest win ever," was the headline in last week's Erie Times in response to the result of the traditional Mercyhu rst-Ga nnon soccer game. Although this might be a bit of an exaggeration,; it-was, by no means an ordinary game. Last Saturday, the Lakers invited their cross-town rivals to the hill to deliver a long awaited brutal bru ising. Mercy hurst, confident from a four game winning streak, was looking to avenge last year's 4-0 loss to Gannon as well as secure hopes for a well deserved playoff berth. "Not only did the game hold NCAA playoff ramifications," commented coach Rich Hartis, " it also served as bragging rights for the next 12 months." After seven years of being defeated by the Knights, the Lakers were ready to turn the tide. Eleventh- ranked Gannon came out strong, settling into a rhythm quicker than Mercyhurst. Fourteen minutes into the game, the Lakers faced a loud wake-up call when the Knights almost scored off *a low shot that fortunately hit the goal post From then on, Mercyhurst tooMcontrol of the game, taking no prisoners. The men went on to outshoot their opponents 2-1, proving that they would accept nothing but a win. The Lakers began their scoring with a late first half goal from nonefother than... Mike'The Domm-inator" iDomm. Midfielder jLeon Mumford crossed the ball to an awaiting Domm positioned right in front of the goal. Displaying tremendous composure, the Dommina tor slid the ball past the keeper into the right comer of the net In the second half, Mercyhurst outhustled, outmuscled land outshot their opponents 7-2. After a free kick from Joel Pen tz that inadvertently bounced off a defender into the goal, the Knight's game went down the drain. "It was a good play by Joel Pentz to take the free kick early," commented Hartis. "I think'that it broke their backs." J Pentz struck again later in the half with a rocket of a shot to the near post The Gannon keeper did not even have a chance to react Freshman Mike Shiels scored his second goal of the year with an impressive back heel off a pass from Mark Shokalook. A Mercyhurst game would not be complete without a goal from Shawn Kroener. The freshman capped off the Laker's scoring by thoroughly beating a player oneon-one to slide the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately, Mercyhurst did not record a shut but for the day. A late second half Gannon free! kick squeaked tits way past Bartley Joyce and into the goal. While all the players performed well, the| three seniors deserve special mention for their extra efforts. Leon Mumford' s positive runs from the \left hand side mid field caused all sorts of problems for the Gannon defense. Mark Shokalook was superb in the second half, delighting the crowd with his moves and aiding in the scoring of two goals. And

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Joel Pentz posted yet another strong ^performance. Even after Pentz suffered a gash to the chin, he was still able to anchor the defense as well as post two goals for the Lakers. Although Hartis was very pleased with the result, he was disappointed that the Lakers gave a silly goal away in the last two minutes. "While I'm delighted to beat Gannon, everyone still realizes that we have a lot of work to do to maximize the position that we've put ourselves in." The victory against Gannon puts Mercyhurst in an excellent spot for playoffs. The men are currently ranked number 15 in the nation and number4 in the region with crucial regional games still left to be played. As Hartis looks towards the future, he comments, "We are looking to continue the positive mom en turn we have built up." If the Lakers continue to perform this well, anything is possible. This weekend the men will be looking forward to extending their winning streak to six as they face tough regional opponent Shippensburg University away from home. The game is scheduled for Sunday at noon.

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Kimball's m e n destroy the Setters
on the verge of humiliation, the Setters went on an eight play 76yard drive which ended with a After four long unsuccessful touchdown. Going into the secweeks on the road, the Lakers ond quarter the score read 13-7 in football team made its home- Mercyhurst's favour. Amid Laker coming a triumphant one by de- domination the glimmer of hope stroying Pace University 52-13. still shone in the eyes of Pace's Head Coach Greg Lusardi. In front of a partisan Hurst But the;party had only been crowd of 1,078,Head Coach Joe, briefly interrupted as the home Kimball said "I think we proved team inflicted a 15 point blitz on that in spite of our record we're a the Setters in the second quater. pretty decent football team." Justin Everett and Cra ig Woodard Mercyhurst completely over- both ran in touchdowns from close whelmed Pace as they accumu- range while Steve Fa ilia caught a la ted 345 yards compared to the Golga pass for a two point conSetters' 247. version and George "the Pres." Quaterback Matt Golga started Pay dock kicked in the point after the barrage when he connected touchdown. By the end of the first with Brian Hamlin on a 30- yard half Meryhurst controlled a 28-7 pass; But in recent weeks the Lak- lead and the supporters began to i had built impressive leads shed their 'fallprooF jackets and against top qua 1 ity opposition only enjoy the warmth of the sun. to see it vanquished in the final quarter. Kimball's men were deAfter two touchdowns in the termined not to let that happen on third quarter, both at the hands of this occasion. Shea Berkley, the Lakers began to ooze with a confidence missMercilessly, the Hurst applied ing in the last couple of weeks. relentless pressure. Then Brad Pace coach Lusardi paid Ryczcycki ran a 31 yard punt re- Kimball's team a huge mark of turn which set up a second touch- respect when after the game he down for the homecoming King said "Mercyhurst is much better and Queen to savor. Jeff Andries than its record. They're very worked himself an opening to physical upfront and I could tell pluck a 39-yard Golga pass which from their game against Buffalo put the Lakers 12 points ahead of State last week that their offense was starting to come around." a scoreless Pace team. Matt Golga finished the day with With theirbacks against the wall, By Leon Mumford Merciad Sports Editor five succesful passes out of 12 attempts for 132 yards and two touchdowns, while the Laker runners were allowed to roam the field piling up 213 yards. With the homecoming confidence booster behind them, the Hurst travel to C.W. Post next week to face a tough Conference encounter. Kimball will look to improve on the team's 2-4 record, aga inst the side that knocked them out of the ECAC bowl playoffs last year.

Brian Hamlin (9) celebrates after soring first T.D

Day for Lady's Volleyball
By Dan Hilflker Merciad Sports Writer Following straight set losses to number one ranked Edinboro, and number two ranked Ashland University, the Lady Laker volleyball team, which carries a record of 9-9 and a sixth place ranking in the At! antic region, is keenly looking forwa rd to th e next two weeks. "The girls are prepared. All that matters is the next two weeks," said Coach Davie of the women's volleyball team. 'This weekend will be the big one," said senior captain, Kelly Lukasik. On Friday, and Saturday, the women will compete in the Edinboro University Tournament, which will be comprised of the top teams in the Atlantic region. "We must beat the third, fourth, and fifth ranked teams in order to move up into the top three and get into the playoffs," said Coach Davie, adding, "By beating Gannon we know that we have the capability to beat everyone below them, and that is a must if we are going to make the playoffs. Everything that has happened so far doesn't matter. All that matters is the next two weeks." "We are all looking forward to turning our seasons around because it has been a bit disappointing for us so far, but this weekend is the biggest of the season so far and should tell'if we make the regionals or not We are looking forward to coming in as a complete team and playing as a unit," added Lukasik. The ladies next home match will be against Slippery Rock University on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 PM in the MAC.

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