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By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief

Dance for Brendon
On Friday, Feb. 3, a dance will be held to benefit Brendon Thompson, a leukemia patient who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. The dance will be held in the Mercy hurst College Cafeteria beginning at 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Oldies Express, diskjockey Frank Rizzone. Food and pop will be provided. There will also be a Chinese auction with prizes such as theatre tickets, artworks and dance lessons. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for all others and are available at Campus Ministry and at the door.

SAC activities
SAC is sponsoring the Dating Game on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Zurn Recital Hall. Contestants will be chosen from applications made by students earlier this week. SAC will host The Crow on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. The movie will be in Zurn Recital Hall. * f The SAC Coffeehouse on Wednesday, Feb. 8,will feature the music of Chris and Johnny. f

A gay lecture
MSG will host Rick Burd, who will speak on the sensitive issues surrounding homosexuality. Burd takes a comic approach to his lectures. He will be in Sullivan Hall at 8 cm. on Tuesdav. Feb. 7.

Sports on WMCE
I Women's basketball hosts Pitt-Johnstown this Friday, Fel 7:30 p.ra.The game will be broadcast on WMCE-88.5 FM1 ning with a pre-game show at 7:20 pan. The hockey team Elmira on Saturday, Feb. 5. WMCE-88.5 FM begins coverage game at 7:20 p.m.
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I Ice Skating hours this week are: Sunday from 12:35 p.m. until | | t 5 p.a£ and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:20 p.m.until





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A student tries to print a term paper in the main computer lab of Old Main, but to his/her disgust and anger the printers are not working. This is not a rarity at Mercyhurst College but almost an everyday occurrence. Senior Mike Brown poignantly commented on the state of computers on campus. "Most of the times the computers don't work and the small computer lab is so slow," Brown said. "Wednesday night I had to go to three different computers in order to print. Also the printers were broken and the lab assistants didn't know how to fix them." Brown addressed two important points about the labs on campus. The first is the lack of staff members and the second is the scarcity of high-tech printers. "We need better quality printers, " said Matthew Turner. "My friends at other print schools have laser printers." Other private schools not only have printers, they also have a computing staff. According to Dr. Mario Diaz, Director of the?Physics Department, in his proposal to organize the computer and media resources at Mercyhurst, Gustavus Adolphus College (in Minnesota) has better organization. They currently employ eight foil-time people in the academic computing department. The Academic Computing Committee, formed a year ago to handle the problem, serves only

an advisory function. mittee is expanded it will help," Each department is represented she said. in the committee. The committee has proposals in "Our goal is to assist faculty the works. any way we can and purchase First, Diaz has suggested hiring computers and them in the class- a Director of Academic Computroom," said Dr. Donald Platte, ing, who would help in the mainProfessor of Mathematics. "We tenance of the facilities and the make academic recommendations selecting of a paid staff.? to the dean." He also suggests installing six According to Chairperson multimedia machines in the l i Platte, the members include: Dr. brary and further networking the Jim Hood (Humanities), Mike Internet system and E-ma U to inBarnes (HRIM), Dr. Michael clude all students. Federici (Social Sciences), Peter The current situation among stuLibra (Education Division), Scott dents is one of frustration. .* McAuley (Business), Kathy According to Hood, he conWeidenboerner (Human Ecol- ducted a survey in one of his ogy), Diaz (Sciences) and Dr. classes and the general reaction Michael McQuillen. | was that they felt the facilities However, as Diaz writes in his were inadequate and students proposal, that the coordination of were not getting their money's computer facilities is not orga- worth. nized. Students are charged $75 a year "The current state of affairs at to use the limited facilities. Mercyhurst is somehow anarAt Gannon University, a fullchic," he writes. "There is a lack time student pays $50 per year for of coordination among different a technology fee. existing computer labs." This allows them access to 50 On campus there are numerous PCs, 25 Macintosh's and all the facilities. peripherals used by the computIn Old Main there are three com- ers, according to Chad Ferencak, puter labs, one modern lab in Zurn. Gannon PC Lab System AdminThe Human Ecology, ,RIAP, istrator* CMIS .departments and the At Mercyhurst, according to Merciad have computers. Eichelsdorfer, there are 28 comSome faculty members say that puters in the main lab in Old Main the committee needs to include and nine in each of the smaller outside imput labs. * One such professor is Dr. Nancy Diaz and his staff have thus far Eichelsdorfer (Director of mi- added Internet and the Academic crocomputer center and assistant Computing Committee's proposal professor of computer systems). is a positive step. She said, "There are computer But with the search for a new labs all over campus and all are dean in progress and all proposals not the same. going through the dean's office "It is not coordinated and I think the school may fall farther behind iftheAcademicComputingCom- ,-„ the computer age.
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$2 Million donated to Mercyhurst
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Two Erie residents, both members of the Mercyhurst College board of trustees, have each contributed $1 million gifts to the college's private campaign,"Continuing the Dream." | Their gifts totaling $2 million will be used toward the construction of the planned Concert Hall on the Mercyhurst campus. Both gifts were given with the stipulation that the donors remain anonymous. Mercyhurst President Dr. William P. Garvey noted with enthusiasm that the million dollar gifts came from two Erieites. "It's a fine example of the kind of civic generosity that Erie has always needed it to develop outstanding institutions," Garvey said. pThe announcement of these two anonymous gifts comes three weeks after Mercyhurst College trustee Dr. Barrett C.Walker, also of Erie, and his wife Catherine, contributed $19 million*to the Mercyhurst campaign. Gary L. Bukowski, vice president ofinstitutional advancement, who is directing the campaign, said that these latest million dollar anonymous gifts will ensure the construction of an enlarged Conceit Hall projected to cost $3.2 million, including equipment. | The college expects to break ground in April, 1995, and have the building completed by Feb. 1996. Mercyhurst has long dreamt of an enlarged/concert hall to enhance the cultural activities ofthe college, particularly in the performing arts. Currently Mercyhurst uses its Zurn Recital Hall, built in 1968, and the Taylor Little Theatre, built in 1953, for its music, dance and theatre productions. "Those facilities seat only 250 people each and were built for a school of 500," Garvey said, "our enrollment today is 2,467 students, and this space limitation forces us to go off-campus when we sponsor major productions," he said. "| Plans for Mercyhurst's new concert hall call for converting the present Zurn Recital Hall into a 900-seat auditorium, with 640 seats on the main level and 250 seats in the balcony, including six private boxes. The concert hall will be located on Mercy hurst's back campus and will connect*with two existing facilities, Zurn Hall to its north and the D'Angelo School of Music to its east. "With these latest two gifts, we are nearing the $5 million mark in the campaign to raise $6 million w by June 30,1995, Bukowski said. "The support from friends and supporters of the college has been absolutely gratifying," Bukowski said.

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Security Briefs
Student arrested for impersonating an officer
A resident assistant was arrested for impersonating a public official, namely an officer of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement, as a result of an incident that ocurred in December According to Director of Security Bud Dever, state police made die arrest and a hearing has been scheduled. Additional information was not available. By Anne L. McNelis Copy Editor "Some reps are in a lot of trouble for attendance," said MSG Secretary Jessica Cuffia at Monday's meeting. She said,f "More <than enough (reps) have two unexcused 1 absences." 'A rep with three unexcused absences is asked to resign from his or her position. An unexcused absence occurs when a rep does notcontact CufBa prior to a meeting or does not find a replacement. Cuffia reminded reps that if they cannot attend a meeting, they should find someone else within their class to attend in their place. "You're marked present if you have someone to replace you," she said. Sophomore Michelle Mizia was elected to fill the open sophomore rep position. She took her office monday night Treasurer Darrin Tovtin asked for nominations for juniors to assist in the planning of the Senior Dinner Dance. Two juniors are needed to co-chair the event with Tovtin and Senior Norma Telega. MSG Adviser Cass Shi me k explained that the junior and senior co-chairs work together to plan the dance and the juniors "kind of take over the night ofthe dance to allow the seniors to enjoy themselves.'' Cecil ie Mori an and Katie McGlynn were nominated Monday night. Tovtin said he will take nominations until Friday, Feb. 3. Reps will vote next week. SAC Chair Rich Straub said the drawings for the mascot costume have arrived. They will be posted outside the SAC office so anyone interested may look at them. President George Paydock discussed the Spring Festival. He said the Festival Committee is planning to hold other activities to supplement the money raised through the Festival. Proceeds from the Festival and other activities will benefit the Brendon Thompson fund. Thompson is a leukemia patient who recently underwent a bone marrow transplant. A dinner will be held the night before the Festival, Friday, April 28. Paydock plans to invite Erie Mayor Joyce Savocchio and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge to the dinner. Paydock said the Committee expects help from the housing office and from the Senate as well as from other clubs and organizations on campus.' "Hopefully, by the next two weeks, we'll have a lot of things finalized, Paydock said, "We have a lot of very big expectations. We need a lot of help." Students interested in helping with the Festival should call the Festival hotline at extension 2090. Tovtin thanked Winter Formal Co-Chairs Stacey Fitzpatrick and Matt Adams for their work in planning the event. Fitzpatrick said the Formal went very well. Freshman rep Chris Herbolsheimer said students living in the Duval apartments have expressed concern over the fact that the nearest dumpster to the apartments has been moved. Herbolsheimer said the students now have to walk farther to throw out their garbage. Shi me k said, This is good feedback," because maintenance has been trying some new things regarding the placement of dumpsters around campus. MSG meetings are held every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers of the Union. All students are welcome to attend.

Cassette player thiefs still atlarge
Some time after night classes on Jan. 18 and classes during the day pn Jan. 19, two video cassette players were stolen from Zurn Hall, Rooms 207 and 314. Persons disabled the cable/restraining device and removed the cassette player. This is the third cassette player stolen since last September, depleting the cassette player pool. The cassette players from Zurn are Samsung models, serial numbers are 6RBD404537 and 62LS503311. Both are engraved Mercyhurst College Media Services. In conjunction with those thefts, a security guard who was locking Zurn Hall heard noises in the third floor area, and, upon investigation, discovered two males who fled down the stairs and out the ea st door of Zurn. They disappeared in the Townhouses area. A VCR was found to have been tampered with in an apparent effort to remove it from the restraining device. Erie Police and Campus Security have been provided with complete descriptions. Both subjects*were college age, but it is undetermined if they are Mercy hurst students as of this writing.

Scale stolen
An electronic scale, TARE model, 8" x 10", and about 11/2* tall was removed, and believed stolen, from Zurn 105. This scale could be used to weigh drugs, and is worth about $700. It was last seen Jan. 16th after classes, and discovered missing on Jan. 17 at about 10:30

Students 'bagged' by Security
office foyer. All property was returned and the offending students were referred to the Dean of Students for discipline.

By Amy Hardner Merciad StaffReporter

Refrigerator raided
A person or persons unknown entered an apartment in south Briggs Avenue, and removed about $20 worth of food. The occupants were not sure the door was locked, but also indicate a former tenant may have lost a key for the apartment, and requested a lock change.

Wallet lost, bag recovered
A wallet containing about $290 in cash and check, credit cards and other items, was stolen from a shopping bag in the cafeteria. A work study who was working at an off campus party left the wallet with her change of clothes in the bag near a coat rack used by cafeteria workers. Within an hour somebody had come by and taken the whole bag, which was found in front of Main, and turned into security, without the wallet. Anyone having seen a person discard the white, cloth bag, "Limited Express" brand < Friday, Jan. 6, between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. in front of Main, please contact Security.

Over the past two weeks blue recycling bins have appearedin Mercyhurst apartment buildings or throughout the halls on campus. All of these containers were distributed by ECCO (Environmentally Concerned Campus Organization) during its campuswide recycling kickoff Saturday, Jan. 14. ECCO was formed this year to promote environmental education and awareness on campus as well as to help instill environmentally sound habits in students, faculty and staff members. Grace Lukawski, President of ECCO, said she is genuinely pleased with the progress of the recycling program. However, she did say, "The process is going slower than we originally antici- will be distributed to all faculty pated; some minor details t that and staffoffices and since there is were overlooked are being taken a shortage ofcleaning staff, ECCO

care of." She also expressed the club's appreciation to the campus community for their patience and support for the recycling project. Due to such a large campus wide program there has been some confusion as to what and how to recycle. Here are some reminders and tips on how to recycle on Mercyhurst Campus. Residential students are asked to dump all glass, aluminum, and paper products in the white recycling dumpsters. One is located behind the Mercy Apartment buildings and the other is behind the parking ramp. Another white dumpster will,'be provided for North Briggs. Students living in the dorms can put their recyclables in the big blue bins located in the dorm hallways. Little blue garbage cans

asked all faculty and staffto empty their bins into the nearest recycling container located throughout the halls. Any paper products that are dry and clean (written on or colored) can be recycled except those that are gloss or wax covered. If anyone has questions, concerns or comments concerning the recycling program they can call Grace Lukawski at 455-4885, Greg Troyer at 824-6918, Chris Jurusik at ext. 2968 or Jen LaRoche at ext. 2984. Anyone interested in joining or volunteering their services to ECCO or just concerned about the environment should attend the ECCO meeting next.week on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 8:45 p.m. in Main 206. The club is looking for a strong underclassmen membership to keep the orga ni za tion alive in the future.

Security cracks!down on unregistered vehicles
Students who have failed to register their vehicles and properly display a campus registration sticker are running theriskofbig fines being assessed to their student accounts. Time has been allowed for students who have returned from the holiday break with cars they didn't have in September, to register. Tickets will be issued without warning starting this week. Unanswered tickets will be forwarded to the business office where fines will be assessed to the student's account. Unpaid fines or other costs will cause a student's transcript to be held up.

The Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma, and the Criminal Justice Club are sponsoring a trip to Boston, Mass. to attend the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Convention and the coinciding National Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting. , This has been an annual event for the students of the club. The convention has\ more than • 300 different speakers and panels this

Students to attend conference
year. The students are given the opportunity to meet distinguished members within the criminal justice field, including the authors of their textbooks. This year, two of 'the students, Melanie Songer and Cathy Wheeler, and faculty, Dr. Frank Hagan, Dr. Pete Benekos, and Dr. Thomas O'Connor are presenting papers at this year's conference. Members of both organizations are attempting to raise money by conducting fundraisers such as: a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and submarine sandwich sales in hopes of offsetting the costs. Any contributions Or dona tions towa id a ny of these fundraisers will be greatly appreciated. For additional information please contact Advisor Shirley Williams at ext 2266.

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Shakespeare film fest
Anne M. Schleicher FeatureslA&E editor

For Discussion program that is run by Dr. George Garrelts, of the College developed a rapport with Alpha Theta History Honors Sotheology department Garrelts Lockwood, and soon after invited ciety said, "This talk promises to and others, including former To go or not to go, that is the him to speak at Mercyhurst College President Sister Eustace question, The Shakespeare be particularlyrelevantconsider"Lockwood is a specialist in the ing that the U.S. is very concerned Taylor, wanted to experiment with film fest is the answer. field of Russo-American relaother forums for bringingOn Feb. 10-12,1995 about insuring the triumph of deDr. Jonathan S. Lockwood tions. He has written books, a r- mocracy.'' Mercyhurst College will sponsor a Shakespeare to the Mercyhurst* ticles and commentaries on miliShakespeare Film Festival in Zurn community. By Leon Mumford Perhaps Lockwood's most imtary strategy and intelligence in The money having been Auditorium. * Two films will be Merciad Sports Editor pressive achievement is reflected general,'' said Belovarac. provided through the grant, a shown on Friday and Saturday in the Analytical Method for Pre"This is an opportunity for capable crew having been and one on Sunday. Dr. Jonathan S. Lockwood, a[ diction he invented, which is now established, all thatremainedwas former U.S. Army {Intelligence Mercyhurst students to quiz an This film fest differs from being produced as a software obtaining the support of several officer for 13 years, will give a 45 • experienced expert on the intraditional fests in that it reprepackage. It is currently being preacademic departments. Garrelts minute lecture on 'The Future of trigues of foreign affairs," be sents Shakespeare's drama in pared for commercial sale to coldid this by incorporating the aid of Russia" Thursday, Feb. 9 in Zurn|! continued. three diverse genres: movie, leges and universities across the Lockwood's recently published opera, and ballet, all captured on the dance, English and music Hall,room114 at 8 p.m. "-"on. book, The Russian View of U.S. reel to reel. J Lockwood is now an adjunct Belovarac urges students to atdepartments. "This is a signifiprofessor and independent re- Strategy: Its Past, Its Future tend the lecture. "I think it will be The list of films includes: cant series in that it ties together has since been nominated for the really interesting to hear what searcher at the Joint Military InKenneth Branagh's Much Ado the various academic depart-!, telligence College in Washington Russel Bowen Award, sponsored Lockwood has to say about the About Nothing, and Giuseppe ments, which is the ultimate by the National Intelligence Stud- contemporary leaders in Russia D.C. { | Verdi's opera Othello, which will function for an academic be shown on Friday night. | , Head ofthe History department, ies Center, for the best book pub- and the value he places on such statement of this kind," Garrelts lished in thefieldof intelligence issues as glasnost and the estabThe Royal Ballet's Romeo and Allan Bel Jovarac, presently worksaid. lishment of democracy," said Juliet and Arrigo Boito's opera ing towards a Strategic Studies studies during 1993. Garrelts hopes that this pilot Matt Turner, head of the Phi Belovarac. Falstaff will be shown on Masters degree at the Intelligence filmfest will branch out in the Saturday. Franco Zeffirelli's future, with various other J movie Hamlet will close out the themes being explored. HowE.C.C.O. TIP OF THE WEEK festival on Sunday. ever,financialbacking is The event is made possible by a always an issue when the cost grant from the Academic Enrich- of running a festival of this sort *Did you know that in 1988, Americans used enough ment Program. This program can run into over $2,500, if kraft paper for a person to take a [brown bag lunch to provides annual grants to promote morerecentfilmsare involved. school or work for 64 million years? affairs of academic and cultural Possible themes include labor, significance. Woody Allen, or Linkletter The initial idea for the filmfest ALTERNATIVES: films such as Before Sunrise developed from the encouraging and Slacker. response that was shown when Passes to the festival are $1 1. Don't? take a bag if your purchase is small. both Much Ado About Nothing and free to Mercyhurst Commuand Henry V played at the Films ^ty members.

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2. Bring your own mesh or cloth -'bag when you shop. 3. Ask for bags made with recycled paper. 4. Cut up brown bags & use them to wrap packages.


The last film in the winter Films For Discussion Series will be held this Tuesday Feb. 7 at Zurn Auditorium at 7 p.m. The film will be Little Buddha, the 1994 American movie . directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. It is the story of two parents, played by Keanu Reeves and Bridget Fonda, whose son is thought to be a reincarnation of a famous Bhutan lama. The film will be introduced by Keiko Miller of the language department with Ken Schiff of the English department leading the discussion following the film.

REMEMBER: All brown bags can be recycled jwith corrugated cardboard. White and colored paper bags can be recycled with mixed paper.
for more info: "The Paper Bag in Today's Environment. American Paper Institute,<260 Madison Ave., New York, NY, 10016

D'Angelo Opera
place on Easter Sunday. It is a I tragic story of two men who fall in love with the same woman. Cavalleria Rusticana f is historically significant because Mascagni used it to win an opera competition in which Leoncavallo also submitted his famous work PagliaccL Today it is traditional to perform both works on the same evening. In keeping with this tradition the Prologue to Pagliacci will also be performed. TTie operas will be sung in Italian, with English sur-titks projected above die proscenium, to allow full audience comprehension. Tickets are $5 and reservations are strongly encouraged. Call 824-2364 for morc^ | information. £sM

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By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief


The weather is getting colder now, and it gives me more time to reflect on the past four years I have spent at Mercyhurst College^ j k«r >. .; 4 mmygsamr I not only have examined the academic portion oflife at Carpe Diem College, but I have also remembered the people that I met * • I My roommates from freshman year (all three of them) and of course my family. But the person that was always there with anecdotes to cheer me up about his life is my father. This is the person who would come home at three o'clock after working for Northfolk and Western Railroad. * It may sound corny and a column that may net me some better Christmas gifts, but in reality he is the man I aspire to be like. As graduation '95 rushes ever closer, I and many seniors like myself, are apprehensive about the world that awaits us outside of Mercyhurst My father is the person who I draw strength from when I need advice. This is a modern phenomenon. «* . He has toiled in a chemical factory, driven a train from Buffalo to Conneaut, OH, his blood shot eyes transfixed on the endless miles of track that lay ahead of him, knowingfoilwell that his wife and kids were back home, a place he longed to be. The early stages of his life included patrolling the DMZ in Korea during the late 1%0's. I According to my father, this is not a place for most people, especially during the monsoon season. He, like many other parents, has worked odd jobs to raise a family and to try to struggle ahead in the world! Now I wonder what the man was really like in his prime. I thought that a lot of the time he was fall of it But as I get older my father has suddenly become more intelligent He seems to have an answer to most of the questions I have about paying my bills, working and maintaining relationships. Our relationship is similar to Nikolai Petrovich and his son Arkady in Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. By the way, a book I highly recommend. Like myself, Arkady is a college student who is met with new and interesting ideas that cause him to challenge the old beliefs of his father* Albeit as time goes on, the two struggle through their problems and settle their grievances. In the end ofthe book the two sides finally come to an understanding and the younger son adopts the ways of his conservative father. The book was a testimony to the way that two generations can differ on the issues and how irrational the young seem to the establishment \ Turgenev writes about how the youth have failed to understand the attitudes and beliefs that made the country strong. Americans today are criticized for many of the same things. He writes, "In the old days young people had to study. If they did not want to be thought ignorant they had to work hard whether they liked it or not But now they need only say,"* Everything in the world is rubbish!'" - and the trick is done." So the next time my father spins a tale about the homerun he hit, or the 12-hour days he worked on the railroad I will listen more attentively and sit back and wonder ifmy kids will ait and listen with the same enthusiasm I now have. 9 If not, that s fine, but I have to ask, "How do your parents suddenly go from being misunderstanding and not up-to-date to being the holders of wisdom on life? \ The answer: Experience!

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fundsforthe next election. This is what leads to the unresponsiveness. The American public has been Guess what happens if you proled astray - willingly. vide the money and set a a limit on The last elections proved that how much a canidate can spend? anti-incumbentfeelingswere very The elected official or potential strong. Not only were many "cacandidate can spend more time reer politicians" pushed out, but So what's the solution to the on the issues. many states passed referendums problem? Publicly-funded camBut this is the key to the whole establishing term limits. This has paigns, in combination with lim- issue. The American people don't been carried on to Washington by its on campaign spending. Like it want more focus on the issues. the new Republican majority. or not, it's money that wins elec- They don't begin to comprehend What will eventually emerge tions. Spend more than your op- them now and, in truth, they have from this Congress will more than position and the adds are good no urge to increase their particilikely be a watered-down version you will be going to D.C, or pation. When the "quickfix"soof what was promised. That is the staying there as the case may be. lution of term limits was widely nature of our system. In truth, the This is where the incumbent presented most* Americans Republicans are no more eager to has such an advantage* jumped on the idea. But can you challenge their new found control Political Action Committees blame anyone? of Congress than the Democrats give big bucks to keep the memWho has the time to watch CNN were for the past SO years. bers of Congress in power there. when Oprah and Phil both have Term limits are a poor idea which With the outlandish cost of cam- experts on to analyze B Robert gained momentum in an era of paigns, many representatives Shapiro's and OJ.'s wardrobes harsh feelings toward unresponspent their term in office raising for the day. sive career politicians. n agree with I the discontent against these political fossils. I do howeverdisagree with the method i of gettingridof them. * Mcrcyhuret College's First Class newspaper atratedby the Associated Collegiate Press Many career politicians are, or Vol. 68 No. 16 Feb. 2,1995 more accurately were, good rep-* Craig Rybczynsid Editor in Chief Leon Menford ^ Sports Editor resentatives. They are/were at a AneLMcNelle Advertising ManagerAawle Schleicher Arts, Entertainment great advantage come election | A Copy Editor I -« a\ Features Editor time, but they often are/were the fele Gartner Senior Writer Megan Circle News Editor nn st qualified candidates. ExpeJerry Trn mbley -Faculty Advisor rience is a key to success in this system. But whit can you do to Lee Ann Kelly lay Kennedy Jennifer Lowe Nicole Ponsdngle Mike Brown Tracy Cross Katrine Foltz insure that the unresponsive, en- Heather Ryan Beth Nichols Nicole Gcrad Tonya Beebe Damon Sterling trenched incumbent gets escorted Howard Wilson Heather Marshall Andrew Burck> GregTroyer out of D.C. and the experienced,4 Chris Rely Katie Petri Elizabeth Navarre DanHilflker Joel Pentz Scott Williamson qualified representative stays? Amy Hardner NickKrayger The current answer to this ageMerdad It the »^nt:produced newspaper of Mercyhurst 501E 38th SU Erie. Pa.. \f3ETphrm* ££2376 old question is that you don't alMerciad w< letters to the editor. low anyone to become a career J politician. But this denies the qualMU ^ ^ ' •*J ^tokn * determined by the Editorial Board with I « ity representative the ability to tor holdingfinalresponsibility.The opinions expressed In l i e Merciad develop and express the benefits ne^MrilyiboscoflleMerci^ittatafiforMercvhiirstColleae. of experience.

By Greg Troyer Merciad Political Columnist

Term limits not the answer

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Dr. King deserves more
responsiblity of the AfricanAmerican ; members of I am concerned about Mercy ?world (who hosted a sucM Meicyhurst's celebration"ofDr. cessful program). Anyone that King's birthday. It saddens me to cares about things of the spirit (a see that schools that associate iealm not necessarily Christian or themselves with Christian prin- even religious - simply human) ciples would not observe the holi- should Gnd plenty to celebrate. It day. seems to me> that a liberal arts Celebrating Dr. King's life and college might celebrate the conwork is not the exclusive tributions of a true liberal artist! Dear Editon I conducted a survey of all the Mercy colleges (16). Eight schools were open, seven closed and one began classes at 1 p.m. I offer no comment on the fact that Mercy ?hurst is with the majority. Charles Kennedy Act 101 Counselor

"if the Big 10 Conference of colleges and universities was imposed to bring about gender equity in varsity sports. The rule fo\ Big 10 schools is 60-40, or 60 percent male participation and 40 percent female participation.

Cam uestion: Is the 60-40 regulation fair?
Kelly Heaton, Junior, Criminal Justice: "I think it's a great idea, I think it could increase female participation in sports. I think it might help get student participation more behind the athletes. Actually, it would be more beneficial to make it a 50-50 breakdown."*. Lance Munksgard, Senior, Sportsmedicinef "I think it's a step in the right direction if it's equality they want. I don't know if it's going to solve varsity sports dilemmas, like canceling sports to make the balance." it t« i Katie Fox, Junior, Social Work: | u l think it's good. The world is beginning to take female participation in varsity sports more seriously. Maybe this will mean more coverage for female athletes which might lead to increased female participation in athletics." Joe Basco, Senior, Criminal Justice: "I feel they can try to make it as equal as possible, but due to the representation of male-oriented sports, it's never really going to become a 50-50 division." j i Carrie Alsko, Junior, HRIM:
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Fitzpatrick formally responds
Dear Editor, This letter is in response to the letter printed in last week's issue of the Merciad, the one written by a "concerned student." Let's break this letter down complaint by complaint Complaint #1: Why were the dates for ticket sales changed at the last minute? In the past they were always sold the week of, not the week before. Well, to answer that - Sabella's needed a Gnal count of attendance on Monday (Jan. 23) so they could order the food; therefore, we needed to sell tickets the week before. Besides, it wasn't as ifthe sales went on without everyone being notified of the change (i.e. the Merciad, your mailbox, word of mouth). I'm sorry if you were not able to obtain a ticket, but poor time management is not the fault of MSG. This leads me into complaint #2. Complaint #2: There were a limited number of tickets available to students. Limited amount of space = Limited number of tickets. You're more than welcome to try and Gnd a facility large enough to accommodate our needs. In fact, why don't you take charge ofplanning the entire event and see how easy it is. OK? Remember, our reputation precedes us. The reason we have such a reputation in Erie has very little to do with food. It has to do with the feet that some, not all, of our peers don't know how to a ct when they have been drinking. In previous years, there have been fights (that have caused extensive and costly damage), there have been broken urinals and paper towel dispensers in the restrooms and there have been cigarette burns on the carpeting and tablecloths. So dinner this year cut down tremendously on the drunken and immature behavior. Complaint #3: Tickets being reserved for certain Administrators. Please! It wasn't as if we invited every administrator, faculty and staff member of Mercyhurst College, besides, their tickets were sold to students because they couldn't attend due to prior engagements. And what does "the event is sponsored by MSG" have to do with anything? My final comments on the letter as a whole are that it's a shame that you couldn't put your critical energy into something a little more constructive such as offering some suggestions and/or feedback on improving the way things ran. Lastly, why didn't you sign your name? What were you afraid of? Sincerely, Stacey Fitzpatrick Winter Formal Chair

"It's a good idea toward equality, but forcing athletes who participate on the club sports to play varsity sports to balance athletics is not fair. Many students who participate in club sports like it because it's not as demanding on their time as varsity sports." '
Neeley Asbaugh, Junior, Sportsmedicine: "Yes, I think it's a good idea because it might bring greater attention to female athletics. Unfortunately, it may be necessary to cut back in male sports to help build up female athletics." \

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A musical interlude
Dear Editor,

Our high hope of seeing and DAYTONA BEACH hearing the worldrenownedflutEdfflH ist Jean-Pierre Rampal was deHEADQUARTERS flated temporarily when we arrived at Central High School auditorium last Sunday. The key word here is "temporarily." Sam Rotman told us that after 85 phone calls to New York and elsewhere after hearing the sad news of Mr. Rampal's illness,'our good old neighbors across the lake "The Deluxe Oceanfront Hotel Canadian Brass Quintet" agreed to replace the flutist at the last 1 PER minute. I could just feel the inNIGHT FROM PLUS TAX tense effort at work among the UP TO S STUDENTS Mercyhurst College musicians and administrative staffwho were Spend your Spring Break where the action is. literally burning with passion for FREE concerts on pool deck music not to dismay their Erie Contests daily • Parties audience. The eager crowd arOlympic size pool rived least expecting the sudden Sunning on a 700 ft. deck change and Sam Rotman's group Restaurant • Lounge appeared calm, i Health Club • One Free It was the perfect choice (if any) Admission To "Club Mirage" ofreplacementto uplift the lowered spirits of the audience who Sincerely, were probably .half-saturated in their own Juice of great disap- Kelko Miller


The sense of humor tirst con- 1 Andie Peterson, Assistant Women's Crew Conch: veyed in the timid-looking per"I think it would be discriminatory to cut any sports - male or sona of the tuba player seemed to ^female - to attain any title. Athletes compete because they are have pulled the lost morale of the audience back together. In his own driven in that sport and it's wrong to ask a person to move up a unpretentiously hesitant little boy- level or down a level, meaning the dub sports. They might havi like manner, we all identified with ' ioined for nothing more than to sain a new self-experience." him. It wa s that moment at which his punch line re-inflated us up into the air. Mr. Tuba said with a face of a little boy talking shyly to With Hair Porte Unlimited's his mom, "We wanted to be here, so Mr. Rampal is actually filling in Cor us in Paris." From that point on, the Canadian Brass Quintet had the show rolling and we felt like consoled children in Mom's arms, it was tun, exciting, comical and educational.L A true "rigolctto"! T We want to thank you Mr. Hair Porte Unlimited Rotman, your assistants and the Canadian Brass Quintet for givnow features the Sun ing such»unconditional care to Capsule XL100 our community who came to the Tanning Booth. concert eager like children to learn Hair Porte Unlimited more about music each day. 15 minutes in the


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FEB. 2,1995

Hurst-One stop among many
Anne M. Schleicher FeaturesIA&E editor International travel may seem daunting to many. However, for 20-year old sophomore Ahmed Kassongo such travel is just another day in the life. Originally from Dar-esSalaam, Tanzania, Old Swahili for "Haven of Peace", Kassongo has spent a good portion of his school years trotting the globe. He spent three years in Grantham, England, from ages 12-15, going to grammar school. He then returned to Tanzania for secondary sc Illli 1. Kassongo's high school guidance counselor suggested to him that he attend college in the United States, and that is how f he ended up here at Mercyhurst. "I wanted to see America and this was a great opportunity toexperienoe a different culture." Kassongo said. I Kassongo found Erie and Mercyhurst to be different than he anticipated. "I thought that it would be more bright lights and big cities, you know. In fact I think that it's pretty conservative. But there are really friendly people." Tanzania, according to Kassongo, is quite different than most people here imagine it to be. "There's a misconception that there are a bunch of uncivilized people living in muc huts. You have more technolclub volleyball team, the J.V. soccer team, and is a proud flange warrior. Dan Hilfiker, a sophomore criminal justice major, and one of Kassongo's roommates, credits his international living arrangements with expanding his horizons: "It's opened me up to a lot of different views and world opinions. It's been a great experience. Ahmed is a great guy and one of my best friends." Kassongo spends much of his time with the many other international students that are here at Mercyhurst Common experiences provide a support for those students who are so very far from home. "Mercyhurst helps you with the transition here."

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ogy but it's really not that different from here." Tanzania, a socialist country of 22 million people, obtained its independence from Great Britain in 1963. This fact and his three years in England could explain Kassongo *s slight English accent. After last winter in Erie Kassongo wasn't sure that he could handle another season of such cold weather. But after a relatively mild season so far he doesn't think it is so bad, "I don't mind it nearly so much has intentions offinishingup his H.R.I.M. degree with the hope of eventually opening up hi s own hotel back home. In order to prepare for this eventual career, Kassongo along with friend Ian % Dickinson, plan on trying to get cabin or deck steward jobs aboard a cruise ship for this summer. Possible destinations include the Mediterranean, the Bahamas, or somewhere on the transatlantic. "I love traveling," he said. In addition to his studies,

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If you have ever seen the Mercyhurst Men's Soccer Team play, you are probably familiar with the 5* 10" bearded burst of energy found in the midfieId. His quick moves and ability to score the big goals made him the second leading point scorer on the squad with 14 points (4 goals, 6 assists). His \ name is Mark Shokalook, known more commonly as Shooky. As a senior co-captain Shokalook was a key contributor to the success of the 1994 team, which just fell short of a long awaited play-off berth. "It's a shame that the team could not have gone farther because they are a good bunch of guys with a great coaching staff," Shokalook reflected. It appears that the coaching staff is what Shokalook will miss most about Mercyhurst Soccer.; Not only will he miss the expertise of head coach Rich Hart is, but Mark has also developed a friendship with the men's assistant coach, John Melody. Shooky is not just a soccer player. He is what one might call a "well-rounded" student as he is knowledgeable in various'fields of study.


By Chris Fiely Merciad Sports Writer

Senior camaraderie

Julie McChesney has worked hard the past four years to become one of the most consistent post players in Division II Women's Basketball. She has started in all four of her seasons at Mercyhurst and she currently has the highestfieldgoal percentage on the team. With a strongfinishto the season, she could reach the 1,500point plateau. McChesney says, "I really, don't care about how many points I get this season. However, it would bereallyweiid if I scored as many as I did in high school, 1436." * McChesney has been in the top two in field goal percentages in the past four years with 47 percent as a freshman, 49.7 percent as a sophomore, and 44.7 percent as a junior. The other leader is Lady Laker mainstay and one of McChesney *s former room-mates, Teresa Szumigala. "Teresa and I played against each other in high school, and it's been great playing on the same team with her. I hope that she continues to do as well as she has, and "we go to the playoffs together," said McChesney. Another of McChesney's team mates, Denise Baginski, has contributed greatly to the team's sucMcChesncy sa id, "Denisc is worker and she keeps the

Like many other college stu- works part-time at Pizza Hut, dents, Mark was unsure of what pi ays with his cat MiUy, and hangs he wanted to do with his life upon out with his girlfriend, Carrie. entering Mercyhurst as a fresh- When he finds spare time in his man. Now as a senior, he still busy schedule Shokalook also ca nnot answer t hat question com- likes to dress potatoes in doll's pletely but at least he has decided clothing. on a major. Although Mark has not been "After choosing a variety of involved in many activities on majors- Business Management, campus, he always wished that he Pre-Law, History, Communica- could make a club of his own. "I tions, Sociology, Art, Art am an avid John Melody follower Therapy, and Pre-Med, just to and I would love to start a John name a few, I havefinallyfound Melody Fan Club on campus.'' one that I would like to do for the Anyone who is interested can find rest of my life," commented bis number in the directory or call Shokalook. Pizza Hut. j. Now he is a Risk Management Another interesting fact that you Major, but to find a job in that might not know about Shooky is field is not Mark's immediate pi an that he is an avid Browns fan. He after graduation. He would like to also drives a fine piece of mafollow his dreams of being a pro- chinery that he calls the "Chicsoccer fessional surfer. Magnet" and his favorite food is Although he was disappointed that the team narrowly missed out "Me and my girlfriend .want to the Laker Burger. The thought pleased go to California to become mem- that makes him go on living is, soccer bers of the U.S. Surfing team," "Where does the wind come states Shooky. "After conquering from?" M \ ik s « ? Soccer player, student, pizza the waves in California we will then move to Australia," he con- maker, surfer...Shokalook's dreams are end less. Does he seem tinued. Upon his return from down un- a bit dazed, a bit confused? Well By Leon Mum ford league with an overall record of der, the Strongsville, Ohio native ofcourse, but don't we all at times? Merciad Sports Editor 8-3. « hopes to open a La ker Inn Restau- Mark Shokalook would like to They • 4 1 have also managed to The Mercyhurst J.V. hockey outscore their opponents by 85rant called "Melody's Place" in leave the Merciadreaderswith a Key West, Florida. There he hopes final thought: "There's only one team suffered a disappointing 4-1 33 which should give them some to catch the biggest fish in the thing in life that is better than loss to the University of Buffalo confidence as they enter this cruscoring goals and that is eating last Friday. . .«, cial stage of the season. world and get a nice tan too. Laker Burgers." -frt <fo £ Mark Fisher scored the solitary The University of Rochester, In his spare time, Shokalook goal in a poor performance which who have a few games more than fell a long way short of what the Mercyhurst yet to play, are putteam is capable of. ting a lot of pressure on the Lak"We've been in a bit of a slump ers because they have lost only lately but we sorted a lot of the one game in their season. offense running. She likes to 'turn because four seniors are heavily problems out by practicing,inPresently, Rochester are just the beat around' from the point involved. Tracy Komar, for in- tensely over the past week," said behind Mercyhurst in the league. guard position." stance, happens to ibe one of team captain Lou Viselli. Before the end of the season these The practice certainly paid off two teams will play eachj, other McChesney is quick to point McChesney's best friends away out that there is a strong sense of from the court where they got to in the next game against Ithaca twice. when the Lakers got the upper camaraderie on the team mainly know each other. Lou Viselli remains optimistic. Szumigala said of McChesney, hand in an 11-9 goal extravaganza. "We are beginning to turn it Seth Andregg scored four goals around and we are determined to "She can play both in the paint and from the outside ofthe perim- while. Brett Atwood and Mark make the playoffs," he said. ,wThe Lakers next ga me is at home eter. She can be strong at the post Fisher each netted two a piece. and can shoot the three. When I Despite the slump, the Hurst as they are scheduled to face Syrathink about it she is the all-around are still in second place in the cuse at 3.45 p.m. on Saturday. complete player and she is also a fun person to play with." Coach Jim Webb added, "Julie is areallyconsistent player. Unfortunately, she was out sick for a V la rge portion ofherfreshman year, f*fli but she has been a real steady player for the past three years. She is a very good post defender and arealcomplement in scoring with Teresa. Even though she has had problems with a nagging knee injury, Julie is quietly having a great senior season." McChesney is majoring in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management and hopes to go into marketing and sales in the hotel industry. She said, "Ifindthat this is a challenging career which can bCKvery rewarding.'' McChesney sums up her four years at the Hurst by saying, "I have had so much fun here at Mercyhurst and have made a lot Julie McChesney. Just one of of friendships that will last a lifethe seniors starring in this years time. It's going to be sad to leave, "Waaaait a minute! Wait just a dang minutel I think I've irons ladies basketball team. but I am looking forward to getffound the problem!!" ting out into therealworld." {

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Clarion has been one of the top shooting teams in the country, but earlier this season, the Lakers The Lady Lakers basketball made the trek to Clarion a nd came team has gone 9-1 so far this sea- home with a 61-38 victory. This time, the Lady Eagles we re son at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center. Numbers eight and nine m more prepared for the Lady Lakcame last week as the women's ers. However, they could not stop squ ad beat Houghton College and the Hurst senior connection of Szumigala and Denise Baginski. Clarion University. | In a low scoring game for the The duo were fierce from outside Lakers against Houghton, the the three point line. Szumigala canned four threes, starters were able to turn it over to the reserves. The reserves, with while Baginski went three of four some quality playing time were from long distance. Szumigala hit able to secure the win with the an additionalfivefrom inside the final score being 59-41. Teresa line and went 11 for 12 from the Szumigala led the team with 16 charity stripe. Foul shots were key in the game points. On Saturday, January 28, the as Ba ginski wentfivefor six while Lakers hosted the Clarion Uni- McChesney canned sevenofeight versity Golden Eagles.In the past, and Allison Marsden hit four of By Chris Fiely Women's Basketball Writer


Test your health fair?
entire Mercyhurst community an opportunity to identify their current health status. Janet Pike, head of the Sports She went on to say, "CholesMedicine Department, announced terol analysis, especially, is usuthat her Personal Health Science ally ignored by the general public class will coordinate a Health Fair because it requires sophisticated next Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Great equipment to determine, but the Room of the Student Union from fair will provide that equipment along with members of the Ameri10 a on. to 2 pan. Price said, "We are trying to can Heart Association, who will make people aware that in a learn- interpret the results.** ing institution, the development Dietary habits will also be asof physical health is just as im- sessed by Sports Medicine stuportant as the development of dents and Cra ig Davie is goi ng to academic achievement.** demonstrate how to gain the most The health fair will conduct benefits from using the equipscreening tests on cholesterol lev- ment in the Fitness Center. MT*> els, blood pressure and iy comIt's going to be interesting to position. Price said she is very find out whether people actually enthusiastic to be able to give the realize how much fat is present in
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five from the line for a team total of 27 points out of 31 attempts. Szumigala racked up 33 points, while Baginski and McChesney totaled 14 and 11, respectively. Mercyhurst had a strong defense performance with McChesney snagging eight ofthe team's 25 rebounds. In addition, Marsden had three of the team's six steals. With the 74-62 victory, the team got closer to capturing its goal of 20 wins with a current record of 16-4.The Eagles, one of Mercyhurst's main rivals, dropped to 11-6 on the season. The Lady Lakers return home for a Saturday evening game against a tough Pitt-Johnstown team on Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. ? Teresa Szumigala shoots for three in the 61-38 victory over the Clarion Eagles.

By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Editor

Health fair last held at Mercyhurst six years ago.

most of the foods we prefer to eat and how small the average serving size is, * * said Sports Medicine major Beth Nichols. The Personal Health Science are planning to display a variety offoods and their fat content by placing beakers of lard next to each of the chosen foods. They are also preparing to display one serving size of the specific foods and a number of recipes which comply with health guidelines. # According to Price, the risk factors most likely to lead to disease at the moment include abnormally high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, smoking and sedentary lifestyle. "But rather than concentrating on curing the diseases once they have occurred, we are trying to focus on fostering a responsible attitude towards the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle before the disease has a chance to develop, said Price. The&Personal Health Science class encourages Mercyhurst students, faculty and staff to evaluate their own health standard at the fair. Tracy Cross, one of the Sports Medicine students said, "Even if you think that you live a healthy lifestyle, it is well worth coming to the fair to test yourself because that is part of the ongoing process of being responsible for your own health.** m

Denise Baginski dribbles the ball down court against Clarion. Photo's by: MikeGarnica.

Buzzer victory
the rim a few times before falling in for the game winner. Leading the Lakes in scoring once again was Will Stinson with 20 points (15 during the second half). Damon Sterling imposed his off the boards instincts.by contributing 10 rebounds in the effort and Jim Roe shot a perfect, 3-3, from three point territory. We fought from behind and kept plugging away. That is really important because we have been working hard. Maybe this win will give us something to use in the next few games," said Coach Morse. "We 're proud ofour guys' effort. They aren't putting their shoes away before the games are over," he continued. Last Saturday, the squad dropped a tough 80-63 loss to Gannon at the Hammermill Center. Leaders for the Lakers included Craig Young wit hi 16 point, Damon Sterling with 12 rebounds and Jim Roe with 7 assists. Coach Morse i commented, "Our guys played pretty well. Gannon is an extremely talented squad and for us to'beat them down there is

By Dan Hilfiker Merciad SportsWriter

For those of you who missed it, and there were a lot of you, the Lakers basketball team gained a much needed victory Monday night They did so in dramatic fashion, needing a buzzerbeatingbasket from sophomore forward Craig Young to seal the victory, 66-65. Trailing by a score of 33-28 at halftime, the Lakers never gave up and worked hard to keep the score dose through the second half, where they never trailed by more than eight points. Mercyhurst, powered by an 112 run, came back and after an excellent defensive stance forced a turnover via expiration of the shot clock. With 11.4 seconds remaining on the clock, the Lakers pushed the ball up court, beating the Kentucky State trap, where Freshman Jim Roe attempted the game winning bucket Roe's potential game winner was blocked out to the far sidelines by a Kentucky State de- tough." fender, right into the waiting hands The Lakers will hope to bounce of Young who unleashed the shot back from this defeat in their next as the seconds ticked on. Young's shot bounced above

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