MERCYHURST COLLEGE'S WEEKLY STUDENTJ^EWSPAPER MARCH
Freedom, Zone ^becomes aniissue
By Dan Hilfiker & Anne L. McNelis
Celebrating women in religion
MtSf ordination is still denied to women in die Catholic church, bat that doesn't mean they sit quietly in silence.;*Women in various religious traditions are making a difference and Mercyhurst will celebrate them during a panel forum tided "Women in Religion" on Thursd ay jj Ma rch 30 at 8 pan. in the Student Government Chambers. The panel has been organized by Mercyhurst Voices for Women in recognition of Women's History Month. Look for more details on campus bulletin boards. I #.
Phantom ofjjthe Opera
There are tickets available for a triptoToronto to see Phantompf the Opera on Saturday, April g Tickets will cover transportation Jo and from Toronto, admission to the Saturday matinee anyone night's stay in Toronto. Tickets cost $ 100. The Toronto trip is open to anyone interested. Call Holly McCray at'extension|2965 ffatj information or to reserve a spot^
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The Office of Residence life and Mercyhurst Student Govern^ ment are presenting agentsfromthe liquor Control Board (L.CJB.) on Thursday, Match 30 at 8 p.m.|in|Baldwin| Hall. The forum "is designed to answer questions and concerns of students regarding the L.C.B.. Everyone is encouraged to come and ask questions c o i c a t e ^ t h ^ i g h t s and* limitations of4rjeLX.B.*when> dealing fbith students, &'
?The National library of poetry has announced tiat $24,000 in prizes wilf£be awarded this year to over 250 poets fn |he North American Open|Poetry Contest.pTie deadline for submissions|s March 31| 1995|The contest is open to everyone and entry is free. To enter, send ONE original poem, any subject and any style, to thefNational Library of Poetry, 11419 Crbnridge Drive, P.O.|Box 704-1983, Owings Mills, MD 21117. the poem should be no more than 20 lines long and the poet's name and address should appear at top of the page.
SAC will sponsor Star Struck Videos, where students will be able to make their own music videos. It will take place, Saturday, March 25 from 6 p.m. until midnight in the Rec Center. |
A mandatory education major's meeting will be held, Wednesday, March 25, at Zurn Recital Hall|
Freedom succeed, it's because of the students in this school," said Freedom Zone Editor Tate Davidson at the March 20 MSG meeting. Davidson was one of four Freedom Zone staff members,who spoke on behalf of the publication at the meeting. At the March 11 MSG meeting, Senior Rep Jeff Hutchinson said he had been approached by other students regarding the Freedom Zone. Hutchinson said the Freedom Zone needs to be "straightened out" because MSG is "paying a lot of money" for i t At the March 11 meeting, the executive board said members would discuss the issue at a private meeting and it would be addressed at the March 20 MSG meeting. At the meeting, Davidson said, "Administration wasstelling us what students were able to read and write. The Freedom Zone is something that every student is able to write in, including MSG representatives." m_ The future of the Freedom Zone will be discussed at the next MSG meeting on March 27. There will be time allotted for those interested in the future of the Freedom Zone to voice their opinions. At the latest Freedom Zone meeting on Tuesday, March 21, Davidson said, "If we go to the meeting and propose something that is better than what has been proposed, then maybe we can do something with this." If there is a motion to put the future of the Freedom Zone up to a vote, then some possible changes could be in store for the publication. Kelly Green, who expects to
become the next ed itor ofthe Freedom Zone, said, "I think that any change that will come will only be a positive one, as shocking as it first was. We need the students as much as the students need us and I think that MSG will realize that." .* i At the Freedom Zone meeting, those present discussed possible ways in which the publication could be improvedfornext year. Suggestions included the possible creation ofa distribution editor to aid in the distribution of the paper, which was one of the main complaints against the publication. Also, the idea of having a liaison who would attend the MSG meetings in order to aid in the communication between the two groups was raised. Currently the Freedom Zone offices are located in the basement of McAuley Hall, while the MSG offices are located in the upper level of the student union. Another suggestion for the improvement of the Freedom Zone was the creation of separate submission and layout deadlines for the purpose of speeding up the printing ofthe paper, and helping create regular issues, which would solve another of the complaints. I In a later interview, Davidson said, "Various things have made people lose interest in the Freedom Zone. To be more organized is important, but I think the purpose it has come to is for everyone to submit things, including MSG members. We're open to all MSG submissions and always have been, and I would be happy to have any members write, but die paper is for the students and by the students as individuals, not as die student government" The MSG executive board met and made a formal recommenda-1
tion at the March 20 meeting. Vice President Kristen Hurd spoke on behalf of the board. Hurd said the board had a "good, solid discussion" about the Freedom Zone. She said the Freedom Zone was originally intended to "represent students, but also reflect MSG" because the •:iny funds the publication. Hurd said the board recommends that the next issue of the Freedom Zone be the last for the year. A revamping ofthe publication would take place in the time off, and the creation of a possible $1,500 scholarship for the next editor is also being considered. The paper would also encounter a name change, going from Freedom Zone to an MSG newsletter. There will be time at the March 27 MSG meeting for any students to share their ideas and proposals for the future of the paper. Hurd said, "The executive board is not against the crea ti veness" of the Freedom Zone. "We respect that. "Our problem is that the Freedom Zone has been trying to get things together since day one. It needs to have some structure that it has lacked." Davidson said, "The benefit of all of this is that it is getting people to think about the Freedom Zonef and maybe now some more people will submit more things." Whether it exists as the Freedom Zone or the MSG newsletter, the paper relies upon the submission of articles from you the students of Mercyhurst, said members of the Freedom Zone staff. \ They added that in order for the publication to exist in any form, it is going to need the continued support ofthe entire Mercyhurst villi munity.
BACCHUS to sponsor conference
By Megan Circle K Merciad News Editor The Mercyhurst chapter of BACCHUS is sponsoring the BACCHUS Regional Conference on March 31 and April 1. Bob Hvezda, BACCHUS advisor, said that our chapter invited 40 schools, ofwhich 15 have confirmed thus far. At least 85 students from other schools will be attending the conference. % . The conference kicks off on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Athletic Center with a program by Screaming With Pleasure <Productions entitled "Last Call," which is a sobering look at alcohol abuse, Hvezda said. Screaming With Pleasure Productions is made up of two college studentsfromthe Massachusetts area who put on a juggling act and also tie in tips and infor- dating relationships, and»binge mation about Issues such as drunk drinking. This conference is open driving and binge drinking. to all students, but there is a $25 "They are very funny and tal- fee required of those who wish to ented," said Hvezda, "when I saw attend. This will include breakthem in Washington D.C., they fast, lunch, and a T-shirt received a standing ovation from Hvezda said that Mercyhurst over 400 faculty and administra- has never before hosted anything tion." , likes this. I t ' s very good for This program is open to all Mercyhurst In one year we have Mercyhurst students, along with gained enough recognition and a Coffeehouse that will follow it support to be chosen for such an featuring the band Skylark. There event" i will be free snacks and non-alco- Hvezda stated that he's had a lot holic beverages, such as straw- of help in organizing the conferberry daqueries and pina coladas. ence. "Lee Ann Keunzli,;Cass The event is expected to start at Shimek, and SAC, aswell as many about 9:15 and last until 11:30. students have been a big help," he Adm isssion isfreeto both events. said. On Saturday, April 1, there will Hvezda hopes that this interest be all-day conferences featuring will enable students at Mercyhurst educational talks about such to attend the national conference things as drunk driving, STDs, to b c uM ^ November.
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M S G News:! Reps decide to stand
you make an exception this time," the standards will continue to decrease. The 2.5 requirement is MSG Vice President Kristen outlined in the MSG Constitu* f Hurd addressed the upcoming tion. Hurd said that if an executive executive board election at Monday's MSG meeting. Hurd board member's QPA drops besaid one student who submitted a low 2.5 after he or she is elected, letter of intent does not have the the member is not penalized. Senior rep Aisha Nix moved to required QPA of 2.5. "One candidate has a 2.49," she said. She make an exception and allow the asked reps to consider whether student to run. Fourteen reps opthe student should be allowed to posed the motion, Gve voted in run despite not-meeting the re- favor ofit andfiveabstained from the vote. quirement Senior rep Gretchen Ulery said, JjAfter the vote, Hurd announced "I just think it's awfully risky," the candidates for the 1995 - 96 citing the fact that current board school year* Jessica Cuffia is runmembers said the jobs require a ning for President; Amy Kovach, Chris Glaz and Charlie Caryl are great deal of work. Sophomore rep Stacey running for Vice President; Vyom Fitzpatrick said, "I just think if By Anne L. McNeils Copy Editor Bhuta^is running for Treasurer and Stacey Fitzpatrick is running for Secretary. Hurd said, "Write-in candidates are still possible." A write-in candidate would not be held to the 2.5 requirement, said MSG Adviser Cass Shimek. Anyone planning to run a writein campaign should contact Hurd at extension 2428 or Shimek at extension 2433 in the Union. Shimek said write-in candidates are required to adhere to campaign rules and regulations. Junior Marc Johnston was elected by MSG reps to fill the College Senate seat Vacated by senior Heather Dailey. Johnston is also a junior MSG rep. Juniors Katie McGlynn and
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Bridgette Palmisano were unanimously elected to co-chair the Spring Formal. Senior Rep Matt Adams said library Director David Pinto has' created a survey to assess students' library and academic needs. Adams submitted a copy of the survey for reps to see. ;|Adams said the library committee is looking for people to help administer the survey. The survey will be administered for one day at various locations on campus. Anyone with questions can contact Adams at extension 2889. Attendance at the March 20 meeting (P indicates present; £ indicates excused absence; U indicates unexcused absence): Sarah Allen, E; Tom Bender, P;
Amy DeAngelo, P; Chris Herbolsheimer, P; Jen Hirt, U; Jen Vetter, P; Tricia Baugh, P; Stacey Fitzpatrick, P; Amy Kovach, P; Dana Pazin, P; Kais Asforur, U; Charlie Caryl, P; Chris Glaz, P; Cecilie Morian, P; Katie McGlynn, P; Bridgette Palmisano, P; Rob Vescio,P; Matt Adams, P; JoeJoseph, P; Gretchen Ulery, P; Beth Hurrianko, P; Jeff Hutchinson, P; Katie Johnson, P; Jennifer Lowe, U; Erin McGuinness, P; Aisha Nix, P; Paul Roth, P; Marc Johnston, P; Michelle Mizia, P. MSG meetings are held every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in the Government Chambers of the Student Union. The meetings are open to the Mercy hurst community.
sure Lakers fall j ust short of greatness vote for MSG Executive Board April 3 and
By Chris Fiely Merciad Sports Editor Fargoj N.D.—After being up 13 points midway through the first half, the Lady Laker basketball team's gallant quest for the national championship was finally halted by second ranked Stonehill College who ended up on the right end of an 80-78 score-line scrap on Wednesday. They fell just three games short of clinching the most distinguished honor that could possibly be awarded to any $ of the 243 Division II teams competing for the championship at the start of the season. £ Stonehill, a recognized national powerhouse, was making their ninth appearance in ^the EliteEight Their 29-1 pedigree glistened as they immediately strutted around the court. But the Lady Laker upstarts, only making their first appearance in the competition, ignored all ranking status. Teresa Szumigala confidently drove into the lane and posted the first two points on the board for the Hurst Julie McChesney also boldly asserted her position in the NCAA spotlight She hit a long* three pointer and then powered herway through the center to score another two points. Then, Szumigala hoisted up a long two-point*shot It ripped through the net and although there was no time to celebrate the moment, this play took her past the IIIII point mark, a recognized monumentous achievement Connie Ralston, too, refused to shy awayfromthe blinding limelight She hit a nice three pointer to put the Lakers up 18-6 at the 15:26 mark. ' The tension^mounted and a major upset seemed imminent The unstoppable Mercy hurst ma0
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Senior Denise Baginski said, "We played our hearts out." chine rolled on. When Szumigala when they gained possession in scored, two consecutive free- the dying seconds of the game, throw's Coach Webb's heart must they cruelly let thei excitement fizzle away to the despair of the haveflutteredwith pride. gallant Laker competitors. The Lady Lakers were duking it A clearly distraught Webb said, out with the nation's finest and "This program would never have they had built up a sizeable 13 come as far as it has without the point lead. 1 three players who came here four But finally, Stonehill was years ago." shocked into action and their free In their last game as Mercyhurst flowing offense began to penetrate students Denise Baginski put in 4 a crumbling Hurst defense. of 5 free.throws for 4 points, Julie !fiy half time, the Mercyhurst McChesney netted 17 points and bubble was burst and Stonehill Teresa Szumigala led all scorers were up by 50-44. with 28 points. j I Gutsy resilience, however, has But their contribution to the become a trademark of Webb's achievements ofMercyhurst Colteam as they have won numerous lege will never be able to be accugames when it seemed that they rately measured. had no right I Perhaps Baginski best captured They clawed their way back the spirit of this years Lady Lakand stood on equal terms with ers basketball team when she said, Stonehill at 72-72 when "We played our hearts out" Szumigala took a pass from No Coach or University could Denise Baginskl and drove to the ever ask more of their student net • The last three minutes of play athletes and this team surely dewere nothing short of thrilling. serves an enthusiastic welcome Both teams, traded baskets but back as they have bought honor Stonehill got the upper hand with and distinction to this College, as less than a minute left in this co- the lady's soccer team and the lossal battle. ;, men's hockey team have already Stonehill was two points up and done this year.
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By Heather Marshall Mercyhurst Staff Columnist It was a night of both apprehension and excitement for the city of Erie. A big band from a small town was returning back to its roots to treat all who were able to get tickets to one of the best shows the city has seen. On Sunday, March 19, at the ^ ^ Warner Theatre, Live — along with Sponge and Love Spit Love — made their descent and gave an incredible show. I arrived at the theater just after Sponge had begun its set and they were really good. I was surprised at how many of the I surrounding crowd seemed to know the music and really get into it. Of course, the entire audience was up and dancing when they played theirfirstbig release, "Plowed." Sponge had the entire contents of the theater ready for live when, unfortunately, Love Spit Love came on. I say this only because, although they may be a good band, this night they were pretty weak. It was upsetting for me and others I talked to about the concert to see the band treated as they were x by the crowd. I After many repeated boos and shouts of "get off the stage," I could handle it no longer and exchanged a few words about artistic respect and how those around me had obviously never had a bad night It made me ashamed of my generation to see that those around me did not have the decency to calmly sit and watch a band perform. Instead, many around me impersonated the lead singer and shouted obscenities, when they should have just left. Finally the band left the stage and the crowd prepared for Live. All at once the band slowly took the stage, just as the first few chords of "Dam at Otter Creek" began. They scared us into thinking they might just go in the order ofthe album by playing "Selling the Drama" next, but that idea was quickly extinguished when they performed "All Over You." T Throughout their first few minutes of playing, all the band performed were songs off their latest album, Throwing Copper. The only diversion from this format was one of two songs off their debut album, MentalJewelry, the ever-popular "Operation Spirit" rounding out that segment. Other favorites played off the new album that night were "Iris," Top," "Pillar of Davidson" and the mainstreamed "I Alone." The band was called back onto the stage by cheering and many lighters to perform "T.B.D.," but with a special twist. This song was by far one of the better songs played at the concert After the band was absent form the black stage, a single green jigbt silhouetted the drummer, who was pounding a methodical beat The rest of the band played the beginning chords, while the audience cheered in recognition of the melody. Then, out of nowhere, the lead singer of Live, Edward Kowalczyk, appeared up the balcony, shining in a beam of fuchsia. They ended the two-song encore with a rousing version of "lightning Crashes," after explaining that the song could be about living or dying, butforthe band it had come to mean rising or falling. Live's performance on Sunday left me awed for the most part because of their talent and the overall sound the band had. I was impressed both by the band itself and also by the Warner Theatre. Both lent an incredible sound quality that made the . 1*| show unforgettable. The opening band, Sponge, was excellent and really had the crowd ready for live. Love Spit Love, on the other hand, downplayed the crowd's mood, while the crowd seemed to simply make me mad. Every person has a bad night, and I was willing to accept that; Sunday night, it just happened to be that way for Love Spit Love. Finally, Live was just incredible. They combined all the right elements to make a band work and bring a crowd together to dance, sing and have fun. It was truly a show filled with raw talent, good feelings and many surprises.
New Dancer in Residence
Anne M. Schleicher Features/A&E editor Donlin Foreman, a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, is here at Mercyhurst College as an artist in residence. * While here, Foreman will instruct classes, run workshops and cap off his visit with an April 1 performance at the Warner The* ater in conjunction with the Lake Erie Ballet for the Erie Bicentennial Celebration. The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater will also be performing their piece "Casey at
I? Foreman will both choreograph ? and perform in this as yet untitled piece that focuses on early American folk music but will also include traditional Celtic songs. Through this piece, ^Foreman hopes to do more than merely entertain his audience. "It (dance) must take a much more necessary role. I want to get back to the artist that existed prior to modern times, when he was thought of as a seer, a leader, one who could offer insight The artist was an essential component of the society, like a erafterof pots, blades, or weapons." As a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company, Foreman brings to Mercyhurst a distinct style of dance. Foreman described Graham's style as a focus on the primitivism in art. "She (Graham), much Hike Picasso, used broken and fragmented lines to capture the necessary dramatic quality ofthe dance, not the decorative." s Foreman also brings a unique rehearsal style. He choreographs as the Mercyhurst dancers rehearse. Danielle Quill, a senior dance major, tells of learning entire portions of the piece only to have Foreman change them as he
Donlin Foreman goes along. She Gnds this process exhausting but exhilarating. "He lets it come out naturally. He is so into the dance, he becomes the movement. He does it from the way he feels; it comes from the soul, not his mind. He's so deep that it's hard to capture him, to put him into words." In this day and age when there are so many political agendas, such as war and famine, that don't include the arts at all, Foreman constantly reevaluates his role as a dancer in society. "What am IK doing? Am I involved in humanity? I must constantly return to that aspect I am concerned with dances where people move into each other, where dancers work within the y of the human condition.'' The Foreman piece will be repeated by the Mercyhurst dance department for its May 5 & 6 performances at Mercy hurst Prep.
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The D* Angelo School of Musk will present the 1994 Young Artist Competition Winner in Strings, Violinist ^Michael Ludwig, performing in its Great Performers Series Sunday, March 26 nt Central High School Auditorium at 2:30 pan.. fcLudwig is the Associate Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has appeared with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with conductors Sir Georg Sold, Joseph Silverstein and John Williams. Ludwig has also been among the winners of the Joachim Internationa] Violin competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and the Seventeen Magazine /GM National Concerto Competition. For this recital Ludwig will perform works by Mozart, Brahms, Bartok,Gluck,ElgarandSarasate. Tickets are free for the Mercyhurst Community. Call extension 2394.
The Eric Philharmonic will present magic and music Sunday March 26 and a symphonic concert featuring Mozart's Piano Concerto 20 on April & Maestro Eiji Oue, the Phil's music director will join Landis & Company Theatre of Magic for "The Symphony and the Sorcerer," a one-hour concert designed for children, that integrates the art of illusion with the enchanting magic of music. It beginsjat 2 p.m. at the Warner Theatre. At 1 p.m., parents and children can visit, "The Instrumental Petting Zoo," in the Warner lobby, where they can learn to make sounds on various instruments. Fox 66 Kids Club Mascot P.T. Barnum will greet hisfriendsat the Petting Zoo. • The program script uses elements of theater, illusion and pantomime to communicate basic concepts about the Symphony Orchestra and its music. Landis and Company's charismatic star, Alexi the Ukrainian Wonder, will host the conceit He'll bring along his unruly piano bench and then float Rosie the cleaning lady in mid-air to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert April 8 at 8 pan., at the Warner, will feature pianist Neil Rutman who returns to perform his favorite concerto by Mozart, the Piano Concerto Number 20, with Eiji Oue and the Brie Phil. The conceit will include Bruckner's Symphony Number 7. \ Tickets for either the magic or the Mozart are available by calling the Erie Philharmonic at 4551375 or by stopping'in at 1001 State. Suite 924.
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Dear Editor: By Nick Krayger Merciad staff columnist This is turning out a whole lot differently than I had expected it I thought for a while that I was iealyy going to miss being at Mercyhurst, really miss all the social stuff, all the people, the parties, eta I don't really. The other day, while I was riding the el (elevated train) into work at my internship, I noticed something. All this time I have been looking at the people who surround me in my life, both here and at Mercyhurst, and I've been thinking about how one day I will be a "grown up." I hadn't really thought that I was a grown up. Sure, I just turned 21. Now I could go into a bar and order a drink and have the passport to do it legally. But that is not whatmakes you feel grown up. What makes you feel grown.up is standing next to a fortysomething career woman, next to a thirty-something construction worker and realizing that THEY are no longer the grown ups. I am now one of them. •! Why I say this, is because while standing on the el in my shirt and tie, a teenage girl needed to get off, and I was blocking her way. She politely said "Excuse me, sir." While herfriendgiggled "he's cute". "He's too old," the polite one said, "he's probably got a wife and kids." All right honey, let's not get insulting. But anyway... I noticed my adulthood later on in the day in full gear. I am workng on an HIV Family Clinic unit of a Children's Hospital, all of the kids, and most of the mothers (and some of the fa there) are in freted with the HIV virus that causes AIDS. It didn't take long—erne week and it wasn't far away from the I \ MAC to die hockey rink was, spirit Our hockey team ably guided by Rick Gotkin, Mike Sis ti, Godfather John Leisering and Godmother Sr. Damien skated and pounded their way to the best season ever. On St Patrick's Day, their record of 23-2-2 and the ECAC Championship was one to be justifiably proud. Now, they fa ced the most formidable of foes. Bemidji State Beavers, national champions the last two years. Apathy among students disappeared like the snow in a Spring rain. Spirit was created. Spirit was obviously contagious. The student body turned out Friday as I had never seen them. You supported your team visually and, above all, verbally. We even proved to be good competition for the Bemidji band. Although the team, great as they are, was defeated on Friday, the crowd of
students on Saturday was even louder. Two drums made an appearance along with some cooking utensils (well never fry an egg in this again) and homemade noise makers. We didn't quiet down one minute for the entire match. We were the extra players in the stands. The team knew we were there and was generous in its appreciation. One of the things I spoke about in last week's letter was the importance of sitting together. Like separate links in chain that aren't functional 'til joined, so it was with 150 people who come together rather than sitting apart Most of this credit must go to
John Washington with a 1 ittle help from myself in roping offa whole reserved section. We definitely feel that this can be done for .all sports and all games. In unity, strength. Just imagine, if you will, what next year can bring. A pep band, cheerleaders and dancers splitting their appearance., for men's and women's sports. We are 50% female you know. This is not a dream. It can be accomplished. We are not apathetic. We are no longer embarrassed. We are the spirit of Mercyhurst God Bless. Bob Munson
Thanks across the board
Dear Editor: our teams and support them. The faculty, staff, and administration should not go unthanked either. A thank you should go to the trainers who mend our players to keep them in the game. Let us not forget to Thank the staff of each team, i.e., the equipment managers. We should not forget to thank all the coaches who have, through good times and bad, stayed here and seen our teams through to the end. Most important, let us not forget to thank the players themselves. Through their hard work and determination they have touched us all, whether it be the wins or the losses, they have continued to make Mercyhurst sports an honorable and respectable tradition. Finally some special thanks should be handed down personally: First to Pete Russo, who at a time of understanding helped me while helping the team o u t . . . Second to John Leisering, who in one way or another has helped all the teams... Joe Hep finger, who, as far as I have known, has been the biggest and most devoted fan to all the sports... And to anyone not previously mentioned who in any way spent some part of themselves to make everyone of us better. Wl will end this long letter with a quotationfromthe one person, without whom none of these accomplishments would have been possible. This quote is from the evening of the final game of the hockey championships, "It's amazing that only three years ago y this was a parking lot, and the enthusiasm is the best I've ever seen. It's what college hockey is all about," Dr. William Garvey, President *Garvey did not hesitate on his accomplishments nor have our athletic teams. Keeping in mind our motto of Carpe Diem, seize the opportunity, we should all take the time and thank those people!!! * Sincerely,^ Matt Adams
I Teel this has been long overdue. Many people do extraordinary things on this campus, while others only reap the rewards. This year has been a banner year for Mercyhurst sports. Our women's soccer team was third in die naCorrespondence tion, men's soccer came very dose to the finals, women's basketball I was doing some Art Therapy with two little girls when one of With his letters them looked over to me. he sent her .;• is on the road to die National "How old are you?", the eight year old asked. "An Old American's Soliloquy" Championships, and now our hockey team has made it to the "Twenty one. My birthday was last week." I responded. she replied with "big show" again. If you were not "You got a funny nose. And your hair is all different colors. It "Indelible Ink" ft| aware of it, this past weekend our looks wet, but it feels dry. You need a hot oil treatment," she said, f a poem of her own . hockey team played for the naas she looked upfromthe Indian headdress she was making. tional tide in Division II Hockey. he sent her This is no small feat and should I cracked up. She was really cool. a turned deciduous leaf not go unappreciated. The other one drawing with us was just a whole lot of fun. It was she replied with her first time at the hospital, and she thought that I just had the best thyme, sage, and cinnamon Now, do not get me wrong, I job in the world, since I got to sit around with kids all of the time and would have been the first person draw and play games. She was rightfully envious. At five and eight, he sent her to argue that our college has a these two little girls had completely run me through the wringer in } pine needlesfromNew Mexico tendency to focus more on sports an hour. f than on academics,, but I <have I guess I passed the test, because we spent the rest of the afternoon On impulse, she sent him seen the light, so to speak. This making headdresses and singing "Miss Mary Mack." The retention weekend made me reflect on this blood and fingerprints past year and realize that we have something special here. Our sports level of these kids floored me. So did their courage. ? Hasn't heardfromhim since. teams do so much for us that we Not once during her six hour treatment did the eight year old fight take for granted. Yes, that's right, with a nurse or doctor about an injection or withdrawal ofblood. She -Theresa Montagna we, the students, take for granted. just willingly handed over her arm and held tightly on to my hand. See, they do all they can to After thefiveyear old left, we spent the rest of the afternoon sitting strive to do better, to become a side by side in chairs. She told me about her new "weave" (in her better team, for themselves, for Merciad Staff hair), and we discussed possibilities in getting my hair back to its our school and for us. I know we natural color and texture. cannot all attend every game for Editor in chief - Craig It was when she was running her fingers through my hair that I every sport I also know that we Rybczynski noticed that she had nofingernails.NOfingernails.Her tips were fall prey to doing whatever we .* scabby, and she pulled back when she noticed I was Senior Writer - Jule can to attend the really big games and the championships, which is checking them out Gardner great I guess what I am trying to I wanted to say so much. I wanted to ask her about herfingernails. News Editor - Megan say is how many of us, who have I wanted to probe into her psyche andfindout how it feels to be eight Circle \ I not attended every game or any years old, to have your body, breaking down, and to have people Features/A&E - Annie game for that matter, have taken afraid to hold your hand because your brokenfingernailscould be the time to thank those people Schliecher a threat to their health. who have spent a great deal of Sports Editor - Leon time and effort to achieve the reI didn'tknow what else to do, so I hugged her. She was very Mumford sults and the accomplishments apprehensive, looking awayfromme. Ad Manager/Copy that they have? "You're new here," she said. Editor • Anne McNeils "As a matter of fact, I am." Here is mine: Advisor - * Jerry ? First let me start by thanking "I will be here when you comeback. You're my new special friend Trambley the fans who through every drop and I can twait until the next time I see you," I said. Contributing Reporters: of rain, every snowflake, and es"Will you come see me if I get sick?" Dan Hilfiker, Heather pecially every loss, still attended J "Yes." * the games they could. Thanks | Marshall, Chris Fiely, Yes. A resoundng yes that coats my mind like a thick syrup. And all this time I thought wisdom was related to a numercal age... GregTroyer should go out to all the students who tried in any way to cheer on
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By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Editor It's St Patrick's Day and I'm standing in New York City watching the parade. Things are just going on and I'm still. Car horns are honking, skyscrapers are climbing Sand people are all around. I know they are bumping me, j ostl ing and pushing me but I just* can't keep up. My head twitches... reacts violently to the mesh of brass band music)and drunken chants, a wave of handclaps mingl ing with the scent of roasted peanuts weaving its way through the crowd. All this is in the background now... a faint drone that's pulling and nagging me but Pm ignoring it because I'm paying homage to the Chrysler building. Wow! tl wonder jf Mr. Chrysler, Head Chrysl er chief- director-in-charge is looking down on all the little people now. My friend nudges me in the side, "Come on, let's go"he said. "They're just a; bunch of old people proud to be Irish." I don't mind... yeah let's go. There's bound to be something around the corner. Thisris the greatest city I've ever been in... a never ending feast of head rushes. Anyway, as we cross the street, I'm thinking maybe this is what Uncle Sam meant when he said that America was the land of freedom and opportunity. I tread on a manhole cover and I look down. It says, "ERIE, PA." I couldn't believe it, so I looked a little closer. On the damn manhole cover, inscribed in capital letters, were the words "MADE IN ERIE, PA." I mean I was really enj oy ing the Big Apple... I was really trying to absorb all the hopes and dreams, the tramps, the architecture, the sights, the sounds and the people - the attitude. And \ then I was forced to realize that a little part of all this was made in Erie, Pa. That dim and dismal land where nothing ever happens and the sun doesn't shine. I remembered what being an Erieite felt like during my first year at the college. I hated it I admit it Maybe it was because it was trendy to despise the dullness of the place. Nothing ever happened. I mean the bars were full of Jed Clampetts or Joe Six Packs and the Briggs Avenue parties were all organized and controlled by that exclusive breed of Mafioso — the Senior. All thefreshmengot together and talked about how great life would be if they were at another college, a bigger college with fraternities, more guys, more girls, a famous speaker or two and a kicking, rocking, jumping, screaming concert If I rememberright,we carried on complaining all the way through that first year... and then we went down to the bookstore to buy a couple of Mercy hurst College postcards and a sweater with "The Lakers" brazenly plastered all across thefrontof it And I thought I hadn't changed. I mean a grumble i,about Mercyhurst here and a gripe about Erie there. I thought I had got used to sneering at the very mention of "Erie," as if my lade of enthusiasm for the place could somehow be translated in the word itadfcT ^ : Then the word stared up at me while I was in New York City and I started to realize how my opinion <had changed. Mercyhurst College and Erie, Pa. have been giving me things for years. My closest friends for a start. "The Flange Warriors" have given me the best of times, the greatest of adventures and ... a permanent hangover. And the teachers. I've gotten to know some of them quite well, as you do in a small college, and I will be eternally grateful for the confidence they have given me to face the real world. I've mixed with students from some of the "big colleges." I don't care what their G.P. A. transcripts look like. I know that this college has given me a little bit of an advantage because it has constantly encouraged me to think critically and that skill will be essential when the time comes to adapt to whatever job I end up doing. While it's been giving, I have been taking. Maybe it's time to give a little back, say something good about this place that has gradually grown on me. That got me to thinking why New York City is considered to be so much better than our little sheltered city of Erie. Because of its world famous landmarks, like the Empire % State Building, the Rockefeller Center, Wall Street or the Brooklyn Bridge? Well if that's true, then Erie has its claim to fame too. Presque Isle, for instance, is one ofonly two sand spits in the world. Six million people visit our city's state park every yea r, which makes it the third most-frequented park in the entire country. Biologists' study species of wildlife that can be found nowhere else-on?the planet Wow! And I guess I came across that little piece ofErie iron in New York because Erie was once one of the leading iron manufacturers in the country. Other people have told me that "ma de in Erie" signs can be found in the city of Rome, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Panama Canal. Who would have thought it? Erie has its legitimate claim to fame despite the rampant charges made by the "Erie sucks" brigade who constantly try to tell you otherwise. But then maybe New York City is considered to be better because more people live * there. More people, more fun —right?Perhaps so, but I think I saw more fear and suspicion in New York than fun. It seems like a twisted experiment that only Dr. Frankenstein would be capable of concocting. * You put 10-12 million people of various ethnic backgrounds in a little space, give them freedom, choice and competition for limited resources and what do you get? Answer: that infamous New York attitude — an unpleasant blend of distrust and hostility waiting to erupt in your face if you get it wrong sometime. Meanwhile back at Mercyhurst, the seniors are preparing for their last term in college. Most ofdiem, as I have done, still join in the regular Erie bash ing sessions. But we've all spent four years here. There must be something about this place that we are going to miss when we're gone. $ Thefreshmen,sophomores and juniors can afford to be stubborn because they will be back next year. They can carry on ridicul ing the apparent dullness of this college. But seniors, this is our last chance to appreciate this place and all that it has come to mean to you. This is your last chance to seize the beer, seize the book, seize the friends and the sports. I hate to say it, but this is the last chance that you get to carpe the diem. On that sickeningly nostalgic note, I shall sign off. But remember, this time next year you could be stuck in New York City working, eating and sleeping die routine of an average life. You might then look back at those college days and sa y to yourself "I wish I would have made more of that last semester instead of lookingforwardto getting out of tiiere." But you probably won't have much timeforfondrecollections because you will be meeting deadlines, along with all the other productive statistics in the workforce.
Did you actively support our Mercyhurst College athletic teams in their NCAA games? If so, what did you think about the college's overall fan support?
Katy Colvin, Senior, Science Education: i1 did support our Mercyhurst teams and I felt the women's bas! team could have been better supported by students, especially a Saturday night game. It would have been nice to see the cheerle at those games. In general, I think the hockey team gets a lot of support and publicity but the women's basketball team deserve< support and recognition." 1 Melissa Torres, Senior, Music ^ ^ M I supported the hockey team, and thought the fan support was terrific. Unfortunately I was too busy to attend the women's basketball games the week before." £ Joel Nasman, Senior, History: "Yes I did support our teams. I thought the support was very good, although I thought it was rude of fans to leave before the end of the game and the awards presentation. Other than that, I thought the school spirit was very good."| %• Jessica KoUvosW, Freshman, Accounting and Finance: "The fan support at the hockey games was better than at the Women Basketball games. It's rather disappointing to attend a school where there is little fan support for all the athletic teams. I try to get to the games even though I'm not alwayf one of tfce louder fans." Jennifer Kochanek, Senior, Special Education: -Yes our entire apartment supported the Mercyhurst teams. I thoug the fan support was good for thes*games. It's too bad however, tha fan support is only that gdodforchampionship games instead of foi all the teams, all of the time,"
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By Craig Rybczynski 3 Editor in Chief f* * The NCAA Division II Men's Ice Hockey Championship made a grand entrance at the Ice Center, Friday night, but was ushered out by the victorious Bemidji State University Beavers after Saturday's loss. * The icers from Minnesota have a tradition as deeply rooted as the Montreal Canadiens. The Beavers have captured nine titles in the last 12 years, including the last four NCAA Division II titles. | Yet the weekend was not just about hockey, it was about school pride and the chance to compete for the championship. The Ice Center was transformed into a "Hockey Madhouse", the fans craving a national title. A festive atmosphere filled the stands, like no other event in the hockey program's seven-year history. The series brought droves of fans from the Erie, Buffalo, and Northern Minnesota to see the rematch of the 1993 NCAA Final. Bemidji State swept the visitors from Mercyhurst, 10-6 and 5-0. This year the Hurst raced through the 1994-1995 season, suffering its only blemish to the R.I.T. Tigers, Dec. 12.| Mercyhurst captured the ECAC West, while the Beavers squeaked into the NCAA Finals edging out Alabama-Huntsville to appear in the championship. M The time seemed ripe for Mercyhurst'sfirstnational title. Hockey's finale featured the two top teams in the nation. The g upstart Lakers (23-1-2) face-off aga inst the Beavers (22-7-2), trying to erase the memories that they left at the John S. Glas Fieldhouse in Bemidji, Minnesota. Laker fans clad in blue and green raced around the arena armed with flags and banners and rooting for the host icers. Over a thousand jammed the M.I.C. to catch a glimpse of the w Lakers' bid for the Division II crown. Fans, led by the cheering of Sister Damien, roared their approval * and performed the Laker Wave. NCAA logo plastered behind the nets and hungfromthe railings over the ice surface. 1 The Red Line Swinging Band, college hockey's oldest band, rocked the arena staging a musical rallying charge to inspire the Bemidji six. With the excitement resonatingfromthe stands, the teams whipped around the ice and battled for the critical two victories. trounced one. The following night the Lakers were not about to concede the game and the series.£ <? The blue and green skated out to a 3-1 lead, behind the scoring of Justin Proud, John Evangelista and Craig MacDonald, but the Beavers stormed back in the final frame. •* p Eric Fulton tied the contest on the power play and after Jon Johnson's goal the crowd and the Mercyhurst bench, with arms raised, sensed the mini-game. « *
Mercyhurst's biggest (and cutest) fan, Sister Damien Lee Ann Kelly Merciad Writer Student support at athletic functions— something that is almost non-existent at Mercyhurst College. And how can this be? In just this school year alone the Hurst has boasted three national championship contending programs (women's soccer, hockey and women's basketball), not to mention a host of other successful teams. So what is not to be proud of? Meet Sister Damien Miechik. Some know her as the person behind the friendly greeting you receive everyda y as the voice of the Mercyhurst College Switchboard. But Sister Damien has filled a very important void at Mercyhurst College— that of a loyal Laker sports fan. Those of you who have attended any Mercyhurst sporting event can testify that there is always one face.you will see in the crowd, one voice that stands above the rest..Sister Damien's. She is there to support the Lakers both spiritually and actively (not to mention see a competitive battle of talents;. And why is she so loyal to athletics? The answer is simple. She loves Mercyhurst J "I think it (support at sporting functions) is very important because thefSisters of Mercy founded Mercyhurst in the belief of developing the whole person," Sister Damien explains. "And since I am a Sister of Mercy, I believe my presence at the sporting events gives the athletes support and encouragement" Sister Damien's interest in sports traces a long way back. "I had no idea that they were •j going to ask me— it really was a great thrill," Sister Damien responded. "I am so proud of them and Mercyhurst" John Johnson, captain of the hockey team was quite happy with the choice of presenters. I t was nice to give something back to her since she has given so much support to the team," Johnson stated. "She was part of our success too." Sister Damien has future goals for the other athletic teams of the school. "Next year I have other teams in mind to win championships. I think they should all take turns." I Member of the women's basketball team Cynthia Naylor commented, "I think she is the model fan. We should have more fans like hen" "v » & " Now it is your turn to follow in Sister Da mien's footsteps and become a loyal Mercyhurst sports supporter. Student athletes should be appreciated and encouraged for their hard work and determination. Today, for instance, the Lady Laker basketball team will be coming back from North Dakota after their narrow loss -in the NCAA championships. Sister Damien will, no doubt, welcome mem back. Will you?
Laker baseball's great start
By Leon Mumford Merciad Sports Editor •
has already been unleashed by Jordano is quietly confident but David Lee who struck out ten in he stressed that he's just going to the first game and A.J. Rushnak concentrate on each game as lit After a rigorous pre-season who struck out nine in the second. comes. training schedule, the men's base- While the St Paul's batting line A similar philosophy has been followed by Richard Hartis, Rick That's when Fulton stole the lead and the game with two goals in ball team confidently brushed St Gotkin and Jim Webb and they thefinalfiveminutes of the game, 5-4.. Paul's College of Virginia by the have all taken their respective But the outcome was a mere backdrop to the electricity that filled scores of 14-2 and 17-2 in their teams towards national acclaim first double header of the year the Ice Center. mis year.^ \ $ over the weekend. ' That was no consolation for the 21 players that played according Perhaps Mercyhurst's assaulton The Lakers fielded their most] to the team's motto of "60 minutes of in your face hockey." #•;] a National Championship trophy successful team last year when jA disheartened and exhausted Johnson expressed his thoughts is not over yet ( | they were ranked 14th in the naabout the game two loss. tion (Div. H) after being narrowly "Maybe it just wasn't meant to be." | beaten in the Regional playoff] However, for Mercyhurst it was not a loss. It established the series; j program as one of Division IPs elite. » •% _?'• All the playersfromthat team For the second time in three years the Laker captains hoisted die bare returning this year and acrunner-up trophy. This season Proud, Johnson and Trevor Hunt cording to Jordano they are ex- up was left swatting in their wake, accepted the award. Proud raised,the trophy with despair and tremely anxious to better the mile- j the Lakers found no difficulty in disappointment etched on his face and those of his teammates. stone they set for themselves last scoring freely. Over the two games Jeff As the Hurst skated off the ice and the fansfiledout of the arena, [ftyear. . 1 4 We are very solid defensively Benedict hitfivefor six with two the memories that the team; created after their most successful season in school history will be looked upon by the next class of Sand we have several strong pitch- home runs and Chris Snooze, Dave Runko and Mike McKnight r Laker hockey players as the days when Mercyhurst hockey began its ers," said Jordano.i The Laker's bl istering firepower all connected for three out of five. own tradition thatrivalseven Bemidji State's. /
at 6:18 ofthe third. Johnson, while bound to tie the game a t one in the being hooked to the ice, swept the opening frame. puck between the pads of Beaver's "The way things started out the Different season, same results. goalie Robin Cook. nightbefore, we were feel ing great The Mercy hurst Laker hockey However, Fulton netted his sec- after going up 3-1/' said Proud. team wasfiveminutes away from ond goal of the period, tallying "We thought if we got the lead forcing a decisive mini-game, the tying | goal at 4:59. Fulton first it would be a different story." Saturday,|to decide the NCAA scored the short-handed goal In game one, Friday, the Lakers Division II Finals, that's when when he skated around the net were overpowered by the team Bemidji State University Beaver's and tucked the puck past the div- |from Minnesota, gin the third forward Eric Fulton assumed the ing goal tender Scott Barber. stra ight game against the Beavers role of hero and scored twice, His goal shocked the Hurst the Hurst yielded a goal in the including the game-winner to se- bench and silenced the crowd. opening minutes of the game. cure the school's third straight "I was just th inking there was a Craig Ma ta tall fought off a hold NCAA tide, 5-4. f couple ofminutes left in the game by defenseman Proud and deFor the second in three seasons and to just hold them off," said flected team captain lOmer the Lakers | dropped the season Johnson. "We've been in a lot of Belisle's pass over the glove of finale to the Beavers. The team close ones we've seemed to goalie Barber. from Minnesota captured the squeak out of them every time. It The Beaver's Aaron Novak A classic Kevin McKinnon slapshot 1994-1995 championship, defeat- just wasn't meant to be tonight" chipped in another goal at 1:28 to Photos By: Mike Garnica ing the blue and green 6-2 in the The Beaver's gnawed thier way set the stage for the game. opener and outlasting the Hurst in back in the third on the power "We were fortunate to get off a the second contests . play. With the Beavers with a 5- quick goal shortly there after.we "We just wanted the guys to on-3 advantage, Jude Boulianne scored the second goal," said Peplay hard and not leave anything converted a Troy Edwards pass to ters. Tt was a tremendous boost out on the ice," said Mercyhurst cut the gap to 3-2. Fulton tied the to our spirit and gave us some Head Coach Rick Gotkin. "I think game with his first goal of the momentum." we safely can say we did that night Stephan Tremblay's goal nartonight .He added an empty net goal at rowed the lead to one at 9:15, but It was a great series we've got 19:39 to clinch the title. The goal the Beaver's Eric Monsrud's to take our hats off to Bemidji was Fulton's third ofthe game. short-handed tally helped Bemidj i State they have an absolutely outBut Bemidji needed only to tie regain the two-goal edge before standing hockey team and it's no the game to win the champion- the end o f the first accident that they've won three- ship. The penalty-marred contest disconsecutive national championMercyhurst controlled the game rupted anyflowto the game. The ships, they are very deserving for the first forty minutes opening two teams combined for 90 minchampions." a 3-1 lead in the second period. utes in penalties. For Bemidj i Head Coach Bob In the second, John Evangel ista "This is unbelievable, anytime Peters, winning national titles has slammed a rebound past Cook in you go into a corner, every single become familiar territory and is the crease to give the Lakers the time there is a stoppage of play," John Tsakanikas (33) persistently bounds a Beaver player one of his trademarks. lead and Craig MacDonald's de- said Kevin McKinnon. "This is "This is one of those items that flection of Trevor Brandt's slap not national championship never gets boring at all," he said. shot gave the Hurst a two-goal hockey, you have to let the guys "Mercyhurst is a marvelous advantage. play hockey. It definitely got us hockey team and I mentioned to ; Justin Proud staked the Lakers off our game." somebody earlier that I thought it to an early led with a power-play "For the first time in a long, wouldjustbe a wonderful thing if goal at 3:37 ofthe first He skated long time we had to deal with you were closer to us. We could infromthe left point and fired a somefrustrationand we failed be in the league together." wrist shot under the blocker of the frustration test miserably, Jon Johnson, the Ford City Cook. said Gotkin. "We havejno exSniper, gave the Lakers a 4-3 lead Richard Gibbs converted a re- cuses. We gotfrustratedand we got worse as the game went on." Kris Bjornson and Monsrud scored to seal .the victory for Bemidji State. Proud's goal at 10:57 of the third from John Tsakanikas and Evangelista finished the offensive output for the 1 *Golf lessons have begun at the MAC for Lakers. beginners only. Interested students, faculty and staff In goal, Barber stopped 19 shots may contact Coach Demyanovich at 2221forarin the game, but the Beavers capi- Trevor Brandt (12) and Justin Proud (6) in search of that rangements. talized on 3 of first their 7 shots. elluslve championship winning goal Mercyhurst rebounded, Saturday, after the "Friday loss to 'Students, get your entryformsat the intramuBemidji State, but the club from ral bulletin board in the MAC lobbyffor the followNorthern Minnesota out-lasted the ing sports: Hurst Despite the failure of the team to capture the NCAA Final, the Bowling
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Lakers' head coach summarized the team's future in the tournament "Our immediate goal is to get bade into the ECAC playoffs and if that works out win the ECAC playoffs," said Gotkin. "And maybe with the help of God we might have the chance to competeifor the national title again and maybe someday it will be our turn. It just wasn't our turn."
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