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Affirmative action — keep it or can it The Political Sderil Sociation will discuss the issues surrounding this contested topi it the next installment of the Ad Hoc Discussion series at Market iace Grill (lower State Street) Friday, April 28, from 4 to 6 p.nf Ihfc Anderson, Mercyhurst affirmative action officer and ass lean off the McAuiey; Division^ and^Lee^ShusterJassoc >rofessorfof social work,fwill grvelbrief presentations to spa liscussion. Open to all-~4rcome|discuss,|mbibe| ! By Dan Hilflker Merciad StaffReporter This past Monday was the last meeting 3for the current Mercyhurst Student Government as it is, with next week being a joint meeting between the current student government and the newly elected student government for the upcoming school year. In President George Pay dock's address, various news was given about the spring festival. A 50-50 raffle will be held until 5 p.m. Saturday to help benefit Brendon Thompson. "The drawing will be Saturday at* 6:30 p.m.," said Paydock. Tickets; are available from all MSG reps. There will be vending machines and services provided by various organizations on campus. MSG will be selling raffle tickets and Pepsi. The yearbook staff will be manning a cotton candy machine, while the cheerleaders will be operating a dunking booth. The Criminal Justice Club will be assisting with security for the event On Friday, there will be a dinner held in the cafeteria. "From 6 to 8 p.m. there is going to be a dinner for Brendon Thompson. It is $10 for students. All money will be going to Brendon Thompson," Paydock said. Reservations can be made by calling Paydock at 2563. j | % At 9 p.m. there will be a Monte Carlo night held in the student union. "We have twice as many tables and the prizes will be great," said Paydock. Some of the prizes for Monte Carlo night are two 35 mm cameras, a Sega Genesis, and a color television. Jin other MSG news, it was revealed that the Freedom Zone offices will be relocated to the present SAC offices, "The Freedom Zone likes the idea, MSG likes the idea, and SAC likes the idea," said advisor Cass Shimek. Also, a tentative schedule for the publication ofthe Freedom Zone next year is out "December is the only month without an issue," said Kevin Segedi. Tickets for the spring formal, to be held May 5, will be on sale next Monda y to seniors only. Others can purchase tickets starting Tuesday. There will be a dinner, and tickets will cost $15 per person.

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MSG Election Results
President- JessicavCuffia Vice President- 7Ym Duble Secretary- Stacey Fitzpatrick Treasurer- Marc Johnston
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Joy Dlugas Christine Glaz * Scott McDonald Katie McGlynn Bridget Murphy Bridgette Palmisano Jason Puhlman Rahsaah Roland
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Tricia Baugh ; Peter DeSocio Amy Kovach Lisa Malinowski Kathleen McGeever Megan Muenzer Sharon Prichard Brad Rybczynski

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The formal is May 5, 1995 at the Shrine Club 2525 W. 38th Street. It is located at the intersection of38th Street and Zuck Road. The price of the dance is $15 per person, including the dinner and dance. The dance will start at 7 p.m. and end at midnight Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. Shuttles will be provided and there will be reminders attached to the tickets with the exact times and other information concerning the formal. Only seniors can purchase tickets on Monday, May 1, starting at noon. Everyone will have an op-. portunity to purchase tickets at noon on Tuesday, May 2. Tickets will be on sale until Thursday, May 4 unless there is a sell out BE SURE TO PURCHASE TICKETS EARLY. If there are any questions or concerns please see or call Katie McGlynn or Bridgette Palmisano at 824-2848. '

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On Saturday, April 29, at 8 p.m., the Warner Theatre will explode with the sizzling sound of the Latin jazz of Arturo Sandoval's fiery riffs and pulsing rhythms. A protege of the legendary jazz master .Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval is a 1994 Grammy Award winner. He will take the stage with the Erie Philharmonic under the direction of Robert Dolwick. Grammy Awa rd winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval joins the orchestra to •:perform? his own Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra. Also on the program for Sandoval is "Groovin' High" by John "Dizzy" Gillespie and "A Mis Abuelos" written bv Arturo Sandoval himself in a salute to both his grandfathers. Cuban native Sandoval, was granted political asylum in July 1990. He, his wife, and his son made their new home in Miami, Florida. He began studying classical trumpet at the age oftwelve, but he soon caught the excitement of the jazz world. He has since"* evolved into one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and fl ugel horn as well as becoming a renowned classical artist Student tickets are available at the Erie Philharmonic office for $7.75. Call 455-1375 or stop by 1001 State Street Suite 924.

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Science club on 'solid' ground
*.Dave Thomas of the Depart- "Going to the NSTA meeting was ,, ment of Anthropology/Geology a great experience stated Katy and Dr. Todd Trout of die Depart- Colvin. "I think Mercyhurst stument ofChemistry, have initiated dents get a good background in a Science Education Club. The sciencefromour lecture and laboClub is open to any student of the ratory courses, but it is also really College, including those who are beneficial to see what is going-on considering a career in elemen- outside of our campus." tary, secondary, or college educaIn April, Thomas, Trout and tion. The purpose of the club is to several of the club members as develop a number of activities well as Thomas' elementary scithat will enhance an interest in ence education class traveled to science teaching at all levels (K- Edinboro University to be a part college). of their annual science education Club activities will include at- event known as "An Evening of tending local, regional or national Science Activities." Students meetings where the focus is sci- were able to purchase an extenence teaching pedagogy and sive collection of hands-on learnhands-on learning techniques. ing science activities for elemenThis past March three Mercy hurst tary school students. students, Katy Colvin, Shannon * "Any student majoring in elHagan and Bill Pel I itier, traveled ementary education or secondary to Philadelphia with Thomas to science education would greatly spend two days at the national benefit from getting involved in meeting of the National Science the club. By attending meetings Teachers Association (NSTA). and visiting other schools, a student can gain a lot of valuable information that will assist them later in the teaching profession" according to Trout Thomas stated "One possible goal for our club would be the creation of a traveling children's' science museum. Other ideas we have discussed is travel to other colleges and schools with successful and innovative programs. The club will be student-centered with the faculty sponsors serving only as resource people." Any student interested in joining the club should contact Thomas or Trout.

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A variety of music, ranging Ifrom classic pieces to original |works,will be performed all week>y the D'Angelo School of .usic. Starting Friday, April 28th, at :00 p.m., in the Zurn Recital [all, original pieces written by ercyhurst student composition lajors will be performed. This ledley of works will, include lusic for solo instruments, small [ensembles, vocal music, large ensemble works, and selections |from original musical theater usic Student composers represented in Friday's show include ike Anderson, Daryl Bean, jGarrett Clark, Mary Hinderliter, Gary Johnston, and James IStrouse. On Saturday, April 29th at 8:00 |p.m., in the Zurn Recital Hall, the 'Angelo School will present a (memorial tribute to Jon Dylewski. ie concert will feature works by Dylewski, a Mercyhurst senior Luisa Jonason music major who died last Noember. Various works will be by Igor Stravinski at the Central rformed by students, alumni, High School Auditorium, 3325 land the Concert Choir of the Cherry Street, Sunday, April 30, at 2:30 p.m. 'Angelo School. Walter Hendl, Music Director This weekend of music will be ounded out with the D'Angelo of the Erie Philharmonic for 14 [Symphony Orchestra performing years and part-time faculty mem[the Suite for String Orchestra by ber of the D 'Angelo School, will ur Foote, and the Suite No. 2 conduct. In {.addition, Luisa

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It may not seem by the weather outside lately that Spring is here, but the arrival of the Mercyhurst Student Government's Spring Fest '95 attests to the contrary.
Spring Fest '95 will be held this Saturday,-April 29, from 12:30 to 8: p.m. on the Mercyhurst campus.« Should weather not permit an outdoor concert the festival will be moved into the Rec Center. ) Spring Fest '95 is an outdoor band festival designed to support Brendon Thompson, a young Brie boy who had a bone marrow tr a nsplant for treatment of leukemia. Bands for the event include Tennessee Backporch from 12:30-1:15, Coyote* Joe from 1:45-2:45, Fine Linefrom3:154:30, One World Tribefrom5:006:00 and Mark Eddie and the Kids from 6:30-8:00. I Tickets will continue to be on sale April 27:11 a.m.-l p.m., April 28:10 a.m.-4 p.m. and April 29: 11 a.m.-7p.m. Tickets are $5 for General Admission with $3 for Mercyhurst Students. For more information call 824-2090.

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By Craig Rybczynski Editor in Chief A young boy adjusts his hat and awaits his father's fly ball, enjoying the glow of the spring afternoon. The Atlanta Braves cap rests on his ea rs and covers the ch il d' s sandy brown hair. It shields h is facefromthe sun as it radiates off the brim of the i fading red, white and blue ballcap. - ' > The crack of the Louisville Slugger awakens him. He springsfromhis set and hones in on the ball. The lanky young boy, hands outstretched, dives for the baseball. He grasps it before his body hits the grass that cradles his body upon impact ') To the 10-year-old this is as difficult as life gets. But the young boy has grown up and the field is vacant now. Twelve years have passed and playing ball with his father and brother is a route of escape that the man travels often. The moment seems a lifetime ago. Yet, as thousand of students prepare for graduation they all carry with them similar memories. Quintessential feelings of their youth are encapsulated in the college days. /' The nostalgia may be connected with their parents, overcoming a tragedy or thefriendshipsformed in the past four years. Also the love that was lost and the love that we've cherished. Four years have elapsed at the school on the hill and it seems to be an eternity sincefreshmanorientation. Asfreshmenwe entered Mercyhuist eager and excited and as seniors we leave with the same sentiments. But outside the security and comfort of college is the future we have all lamented. Life is suspended in time and each day is housed in the archives never to be referenced again. • I guess Dr. Richard Kubiak articulated it best when he asked, "How far will your education get you?" I often ponder this question. All students have their own solutions, the avenues include graduate school, a j ob or pursuing another degree. However, as I try to hide the inevitable I think about the 10-yearold and the fun and innocence of the past Will life be the same? % ||?" V | | ? ! Also will the love I leave behind be there when I return?\ Things change daily and in college it comes tenfold. People alter the way they dress, act and learn at this institution. Despite the transformation we undergo there are things that are constants in everyone's lives. For me it is baseball. I'm reminded of James Earl Jones' quote in "Field of Dreams." 'The one constant through all the years has been baseba 11. America is ruled by it like an army of steamrollers," he said. "It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time... the game is a part of our past, it reminds us all of what was once good and could be again." A goodfriendonce said, "Step up to the plate." How right she was. My advice is to have fun and seize the day. Hell, seize anything you can get your hands on. Good-bye Mercyhurst.

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the wife who kills her husband after years of abuse morally wrong? Is the child who retaliates after being severely mistreated wrong? Is the terrorist who strikes back against an enemy it can not confront in an "honorable" military confrontation wrong? Don't terrorists know there are rules to war? Civilized people obey rules of etiquette when killing. Terrorists violate the Golden Rule of War, never kill civilians. Of course the United States always obeys this rule, right? The bombings ofHanoi, Dresden, Nagasaki and Hiroshima somehow tell another story. The thousands who died in Central America at the hands*of U.S. trained death squads reveals another side of America's hypocrisy. Perhaps my jgeneration has grown up ignorant of an incident at Kent State University. The actions of those involved in the Oklahoma City incident are wrong. But to borrow a quote, it's only the "chickens coming home to roost" The] federal government uses violence to advance its causes worldwide everyday. Americans wil 1 cry about being the victims ofevil terrorists while at the same time rarely challenging the immoral actions of the government we elect The time has come to seriously consider the sanctity of all life,' regardless of its guilt or innocence, race, creed, orientation. If we are horrified at the senseless deaths in Oklahoma then we also need to be horrified at the senseless deaths in the name ofAmerican foreign and domestic policy. Thou shall not kill never had an asterisk attached to it Never! Never?

By Nick Krayger • Merciad Staff Columnist I work really hard to try andfinddepth in everything. I do, but I have to admit that it sometimes is very draining. The other day, I was walking down a hallway in the hospital delivering some lab reports. I have walked down the hallway many times, only this time I saw it in a very different way. .| The hospital is a big place. It's easy to get lost in, and I often do. But I've got the routine down now, and I usually know where I'm going. Now that I know where I'm going, I'm not too busy to look at the people around me and observe their behavior. I'm great at observation,right?You wouldfigurethat this new found freedom would be a relief. But it's not I was walking over the bridge the other dayfromone section of the hospital to the other, and I saw the generic family walking towards me from a distance. The kid was connected to some kind to machine, as most of them are. But as I got closer I noticed something else. The kid was about three or four. He had blonde hair, was of average size and weight, was connected to an oxygen machine, and from a distance looked normal. Normal, that is, until I saw his face. Close up, I could see that his eyes were not centered "in the right place" on his face. One was about two inchesfromhis hairline; the other, aboutfiveand a half inches. That wasn't as disturbing as the bone growing out ofthe middle ofhis forehead that looked like a fist I could only look at him for a second, because he scared me. He didn't scare me because he was so hideously deformed, so much as the feelings he brought up in me were new and frightening. I sort of nodded at his parents and walked on. But the image of his little malformed face will never leave my mind. I walked back to the office and was very honest with my boss. I told him I had to leave, that I just saw something that upset me very much and I couldn't handle it He was fairly sympathetic, but somewhat annoyed. I really don't care what he thought I guess. "I can feel it coming back again Like a rolling thunder chasing the wind Forces pullingfromthe center of the earth again I can feel it.." The words to the lyrics pounded into my brain as I sped up the overpass on my way home that day, unable to form thoughts or feelings about what I had experienced. I sped through traffic almost maniacally, hoping to escape the feelings that I knew were working their way to the surface. I pulled up infrontof my house and found my nephew playing on the porch with a bucket of sand we got when I took him to the beach last weekend. I walked up and opened the gate, and he jumped up in an attempt to get me in a head lock, which brought both of us crashing to the ground. jj u 1 looked for you today," he said, "were you workin' at the supermarket?" \ He was referring to my part-timejob, where he and my fa ther often shop while I work. ii[ No, I was at my other job today, at the hospital." j. U "What do vou do at the hospital?" he curiously asked «l play with the sick kids," I told him. His wide eyes opened even wider. "Why do you do that?" Well Chris, that's one hell of a question, and boy is your timing right Maybe I do it because I have a masochistic streak. Maybe I like to suffer and feel real pain, and I can't do it vicariously and I feel like I have to go right to the heart of it and experience it in its purest form. Maybe I have this sick need to be faced with inhuman tragedy; godless atrocities. Or maybe I do it because it makes me a better person. Maybe it helps me realize all that I have in this world, even if that is only a package of sal tines and a four pack of Black Label beer in an unhea ted apartment in the middle ofFebruary. Maybe I do it because I never want to be hardened to a deformed child's pain; I never want to be the boss who is able to become annoyed because some snot nose intern don' t have the gumption to handle the sight ofa few sick kids. Maybe I do it for all of these reasons. [ ; "I do it because I like to do it Chris," Ifinallyanswered. And with that, the seemingly normal, perfect, four year old jumped off of me, probably bruising one of myribsand crushing a finger with his Power Ranger sneakers, and screamed at the top of his lungs, "I am the green Power Ranger, do you want to play with me?" | %;. Sure Chris, what the hell. All I do is play with sick kids all day anyway, right? What makes you any differentfromthem?

For the second time in roughly a year America's sense of security has been challenged. Last yearAmerica watched New Yorkers in shock after the World Trade Center bombing. Last week at least 80 people were killed when what is being described as a bomb exploded in front of a federal office building in downtown Oklahoma City. Fortress America has once again been penetrated. The use of violence to advance any cause is always wrong. When a husband beats his wife or parents abuses their child, the victim always gains the moral highground. Always! Always? But what happens to this crystal-clear definition of right and wrong when the victim of someone else's abuse strikes back. Is

Mun 's
By Bob Munson Merciad Contributing Writer " and the voice of the turtle is heard in the land." This is the herald to spring. Like the young couple in the play falling in love is yet another sign of spring. Easter with the Resurrection is the supreme symbol of this season. A reawakening, a restoration of life, an uplifting of the spirit < § i Our own campus shows the physical change. Trees are budding, grass is greener (I like the smell of newly cut grass), birds are singing* and the flowers couldn't be more beautiful. As Kahlil Gibran said, "The flowers of spring are winter's dream related at the breakfast table of the angels." What a beautiful thought The grounds crew and maintenance have been very busy. They even replaced all the missing pickets in the fence leading [ to the gazebo in back of the Student Union. Get out and smell the flowers, feel the air, enjoy the beauty of one of the most attractive campuses in the section of the country.^ ** With the season comes other change. Whatever the reason for his leaving us we would be remiss if we didn't offer our sincere best wishes to Bill Morse and a hope

JMusings
gratulations to George Paydock who has proven to be an outstanding leader. < Congratulations to Tom Hubert and Natalie Neumann and the Ceramics II and DI classes for their innovative idea for constructing the ceramic tree in Zurn Hall. As Neumann said, The tree is a symbol of nature and unity." I'm looking forward to the Pep Rally scheduled for Thursday night by MSG. Ijhave written about the lack of spirit here on the campus and I hope to see it in full force at the Rally. It' a great time to honor our senior athletes as well. There are so many unsung heroes on our campus it's time we pointed them out I fully support the Merciad'& highlighting the most loyal sport fans. The Zamboni has to be finely tuned and the ice slicked and fast so no one gets hurt. The man who handles these responsibilities and gives 110% of himself is John Danielson. He's there when he's needed. He knows his job and does it well always in excess of demand. His moment in the sun and one you'll all remember was at the NCAA tournament when he turned out in a tuxedo to operate the Zamboni. Great job John! If you know of an unsung hero,

for much success \ in the future. Karl Fogel, our new head coach for men's basketball, seems wonderfully suited for the assignment His record as a jock is impressive enough, but for us non-athletes his work with alcohol and drug abuse as well as keeping athletes academically fit is most admirable. We wish him and his family every good wish for happiness here at Mercyhurst Speaking of change, our congratulations to Jessica Cuffia as incoming President ofMSG. And what does the by-line say? "First woman PresidenUin 22 years." This is a fact that we shouldn't be happy about but one we should be somewhat ashamed about This still is and always has been a college with a population which consists of more female, than males. There should have been over the years, other female presidents. This is another example (I previously pointed some out), of women not supporting women on our campus. Her election was also shadowed by the question Why is no one else running? Is it good to have just one candidate? Thinking about that, the answer could be that no one else wanted to run against a sure winner. It should not diminish her success. We wish her well. Support her and other members of MSG. Con-

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Rugoy-what all the real men
Dan Hilfiker Merciad Sports Writer In a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, a sportswriter said, 'The Australian rugby ^league squad, who won the recent series against Britain 2-1, downed 16,200 cans ofspecia 1 y imported 1 Australian lager during their tour. Captain Mai Meninga and bis 39 teammates got through 405 cans each during their 53-day tour, caterers said. Two Mercyhurst students also play rugby, but for an Erie team. Sophomores Jason Giffen and John Murphy both compete for the Erie rugby club on Saturdays every fall and spring. Jason, in his hometown of Sydney, competed for the elite Sydney North Shore Eagles when in high school. "I started playing rugby when I was 15. My mother wouldn't let me play when I was younger, but when I was about six I played Australian rules football," said Giffen, who*has accumulated a multitude of injuries!along the way. "I have broken every finger at least once, and I have cracked my sternum and clavicle once. I've dislocated my knee four times, and broken my nose twice
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as well," explained Giffen. "I played wing and fullback so it is very important that I am in proper shape. We train twice a week down at East High School. After practice and games we take a little break and try to live up to the Australian Rugby League squad over at the Swingin' Door Cafe," Giffen said. He said they need it after one of their games which consist of two 40-minute halves. There is only a 10 minute half-time and no timeout forplayers. *, Erie, which is a Division II city in the mid-west conference went undefeated in their fall season which gave them a spot in the Midwestern Quarterfinals. Giffen, aside from' playing rugby, is a Spanish major and is looking forward to next January when he will start his study abroad in Barcelona, Spain. "Next January will be a heck of a learning experience. It is going to be hard, but I think Alice (Edwards) has prepared me well enough for the challenge," said Giffen. Until then Jason will be working on his share of those 16,200 cans of beer here at Mercyhurst with all of his Flange Warrior mates, I

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Jason Giffen

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Kawahara "fights to achieve enlightenment
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By Daniel McQuillen Merciad Sports Writer His name is Zero. The last thing you want to do is to get on his bad side. Hidetoshi Kawahara is his real name, he's known as "Zero" by his friends at Mercy hurst Zero is an expert in the martial art of karate. Trained at the National Karate Academy in Tokyo, Japan for four years, Zero achieved a second degree blackbelt and a lifetime of fighting experience. "It was like hell. You puke every day," Zero states, remembering the strenuous days in the Japanese "hornet's nest', adding," but it's something you need to achieve, something you aim for as a lifetime experience. It's a discipline. It was tough, like hell, but I never allowed myselfto think about quitting." Contact fighting was a daily task. "Everyday you get hit, and everyday you hit someone. But that's how you learn how to fight," says Zero. i"I don't want this to sound like pure violence. You always respect your opponents. But you never underestimate them. You must always be ready to give your all. Your opponent would be insulted if you gave anything less." Zero emphasizes that contact karate is not a glamorous or movie-star sport It's not a matter of who wins, but how good each participant fights. "Sometimes," says Zero, "you win the game, but you lose the fight," meaning the victor is not always the one who? learns the most from the match. The importance Zero places on the spirit of the sport is excepan equal, as a friend." The future is a bit more calm for Zero.g "I plan to work for the Intelligence Agency in Japan." When asked about his experiences in the States, Zero brightens and laughs: "Mercyhurst has opened new doors for me...I've met many=new friends, friends with which I can discuss all kinds of topics, like movies, politics and stuff like that Things aren't so open in Japan." Zero appreciates the amount of freedom in American education. "In Japan," states Zero, "there is no room for creativity. Students are inferior to teachers. Deviation means an T \ So, when I've got the chance to study in the U.S., I try my best to present my opinion against the teacher's, because in the U.S, I have die chance to do so...and the teachers value my opinion. It's a great way to evaluate my personal convictions." Zero (far right), one of his best friends Rio and another friend. (Maybe?) tional: "You know that by facing your opponent, you can feel how strong he is. By looking at your opponent's eyes you can see what he's thinking...what he's feeling. Strength is not a factor of muscle or how tall you are, it's how confident you are or how ready youare to deal with thefightand how mentally ready you are to meet an aggressive opponent." Zero likes to mention one of his friends, Rio, who exemplifies the spirit of contact karate. Rio is a small, pale-faced, skinny and rather short Japanese friend of Zero's. Rio has, however, a reputation for being a living weapon. "He's been ranked sixth best in the National Karate Association of Japan in? 1990," says Zero. "At that time, I was eleventh, and we were very good friends, but when we got to the fighting ring, he was like a madman. All our six years of friendship was nothing. The next time I saw him was in my hospital room, where he apologized to me for beating me severely," said Kawahara. Zero ended up eleveth out of 12,500 participants. Rio was sixth. He;knew how good his friend was. He also knew what to expect "If he didn't fight up to his level, I would be insulted," said Kawahara. "Even good friends meet as rivals on the contact karate floor/' he continued.! So, take the time to meet and talk to Zero. The things he'll tell These -two friends met each you about a country half a world other as true competitors. "I know away will entrance you—there's that Rio respects me. He didn't no one as jfriendlyon campus. hold back anything. Even after I And if you want to spar a couple lost, I know that he respected me rounds, he's always game. as afighterand I can talk to him as

Baseball hurdles
By John Murphy Merciad Sports Writer While the Major League baseball teams are only beginning their regular seasons this week, the Laker baseball squad is headed towards the end of theirs and into a place in the playoffs. Over the past week the team won six out of seven games and jumped four places to 15th position in the latest NCAA division of their opponents. Wins ove. Heidleberg College (17-2, 17-4) and Point Park College (6-1,103) set the La kers up for the tourna ment championship game against Marietta on Sunday. But revenge was not to be for the Lakers as bad weather canceled the game. Commenting on the weekend' s play, Jordano said, "I'm fairly pleased, after the first game the guys settled down and played really well." Senior Gary Welgoss commented, "Ourbats came alive over the weekend and we hit a lot of runs." The pitching wasn 't ba d either with Mike Koziara, Casey Crawford and AndreiCameron all pitching complete games for the Lakers. The team traveled to Geneva on Tuesday for a doubleheader. Having scored a convincing 16-5 victory in the first game, three innings into the second game and bad old Mr. Weather once again called a halt to the game. Indeed, the bad weather has played a disruptive influence throughout the Lakers' season. Lakers top pitcher David Lee said "When we can't play because of the weather it results in a lack of rhythm in our game." According to Coach Jordano "Erratic weather has made an already difficult schedule a bit more difficult to plan." 4'

Hunti hockey legacy
By Mark Nainis Merciad Sports Writer Trevor Hunt, from North Battleford, Saskatchewan, started playing hockey when he was very youngf He became interested in hockey because his father was very involved in hockey. He was a referee and a coach and this caused Hunt to start playing hockey. When he was playing before he came to Mercyhurst, he did not have many options. He came here to visit and he liked it here when he visited. He was happy that he decided to spend his college years here at Mercyhurst After he graduates he would like to stay here in the Erie area. He has no regrets about coming here as his best friends are now here at Mercyhurst Hunt likes the small atmosphere here and he says that the professors care about the students and are more lenient about classes missed for road games. He scored his first goal against. RTT here at Mercyhurst in the first game that was played at the Mercyhurst Ice Center. During his years here he was able to compete in two national championships land during his senior year the team was ranked number one in the country, a major accomplishment for any Mercyhurst sports team. This year after the season was over, he played a few games for the Erie Panthers. He said that after playing for 20 years, he will have a $ hard time giving up the game. He would like to possibly coach hockey sometime in the future at any level. In his spare time, Hunt likes to play golf, he balances his time around sports and his studies.

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Last Thursday, the Lakers showed scant regard for the highly rated California University of Pennsylvania as they handed them a 17-0 thrashing. The Lakers batters really let swing scoring 17 out of 19 hits, while pitcher A.J. Rusnak completed the entire game for a shutout With their confidence high, the team set off to play a weekend tournament at Marietta College, Ohio. They were scheduled to play at 10 a.m. Friday. However, due to some bad weather and bad organization, Coach Joe Jordano and his players were given only a ha lf-hou r notice ofwhen the game would start. "We were halfway through the game and we were only warmed up," commented Senior Chris Snusz. But by that time it was too late as Marietta had taken control of the game and went on to inflict-an 18-5 loss He will be hoping for a clear upon the Lakers. ^Despite the loss to Marietta, the sky and a clear victory as his team Lakers went on to score convinc- takes on IUP today at the Philip ing victories over the remainder D. Hirtzel Fieldl

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Tennis team prepares for N C A A
By Leon Mum ford Merciad Sports Writer With the score tied at 3-3 ca ptain of the men's tennis team, Andrew Davidson, clinched a nailbiting third set tie-break to give Mercy hurst the narrowest of victories over the East region's third ranked Concordia University and a chance to qualify for the NCAA playoffs held in California later this year. The team came backfromthe Bloomsburg Duals Invitational Tournament last weekend as the losing finalists after beating Franklin Pierce (7-0) and Concordia (4-3) before falling to the host team (7-0)/; | This year, the NCAA have introduced a new "3-6" format to Division II which emphasizes the depth of the whole team rather than the skill of the individual. Under this system, the team on the winning side of three doubles matches recieves one point overobviously well balanced. Bhuta and Marcus Muenck contributed by winning their doubles match to secure the point awarded for doubles play. Deschner, Muenck and Davidson won their respective single's games and the 4-3 victory has ignited a glimmer of hope for the team who thought they were going to regret early season losses to three teams in the top 20. "When we played Bloomsburg the next day in the tournament," said Scott Vance, "we were physically and mentally exhausted." Playing in 30 m.p.h. winds the Lakers went down 7-0. But they did not go down without a fight I Scott lost in the third set, Bhutta let a 4-3 lead in the final set slip

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away and Davidson was forced to retire due to leg cramps when he was almost assured of victory .1 Yost said that the team will have to dobetter in the three set matches if they are to qualify for nationals. Davidson's questionable level of fitness will also have to be adressed. They take part in a four team playoff tournament next Friday in Bloomsburg. The winners will travel to Calfornia, to compete with the nations best "We're playing our best tennis at the right time of the year," said Yost His optimism was reflected by Deschner, who said, "this past week has prepared us well for the nationals."

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Vyorn Bhutta prepares to hit the ball back to Scott Vance as they practice for the playoffs, all. Opposing teams then go on to same depth as us. According to the number one fc*e each other in six singles matches, each?worth one point seed Vyom Bhuta, the Hurst's third double's pair Kevin each. Mercyhurst certainly benefitted Deschner and Ronald Rambally from these new gu idelines in their provided the most influential win in this see-saw battle. Deschner is By Leon Mum ford victory upset over Concordia. Coach Ray Yost said, "We won ranked sixth while Rambally is Merciad Sports Editor because!they did not have the ranked seventh in a team that was After spending 23 years as a basketball coach in his native city, Boston, Karl Fogel comes to Mercyhurst as the new men's basketbal 1 head coach this week hoping to revitalize a program that did poorly this year. "I never thought I would leave Boston," said Fogel, "but I fell in love with Mercyhurst as soon as
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Heather Drake, Kelly McLeskey, Gretchen Storm, Nicole i themselves after hours of training and another tough race Anne M. Schleicher Features/ A&E editor After a grueling van-ride all day on Friday the 21, the Mercy hurst varsity women's crew arrived in Oak Ridge, Tenn. for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships (S.I.R.A.S). ; This regatta is the Southern region championship and a win here can qualify a crew for the national championship regatta in Massachusettes. The women's crew has a good

Fogel made the trip to Erie about Fogel. | ? three weeks ago, afte r the present The new coach stressed that the coach at Northeastern University, remainder of this year will be Jim O' Brien, recommended him spent working as a team. "We are to Pete Russo for the vacant posi- going to start doing a lot of things tion at Mercyhurst together as a team, on and off the " * m "There's a real family atmo- court," he said. While the Lakers pump iron in sphere here and I want to make my team a family that we can be the off-season, they will have to prepare to make the adjustment proud of," said Fogel. "It's a challenge, but it's a do- of playing in a new league as well able challenge," he continued.": as playing under a new coach. Starting next year, the Lakers Fogel is clearly eager to put the team back on the road to recov- will compete in the Great Lakes Inter-Collegiate Championship ery. He has already^seen them which is considered to demand a practice, met with them as a team [slightly higher standard of 'ball and talked to each individual on than that exhibited in Division II the squad. of the NCAA. £ ^ J ^ One of this years top scorer's, Fogel's confidence is refreshCraig Young said, "He told us about himself, where he came ing. "I promise you that our team from and asked us for any sugges- will be a team that will play hard tions we had to make the program and be good to watch," he said. Roll on next season. better." 1 the momentum going," said Spracklen. J Senior^ Nicole jGeraci commented on their race: "We were happy to race smoothly but we went offtoo high a nd were unable to maintain the pace. But we did well and are pleased with our results." For the women's crew, consisting of Heather Drake, Nicole Geraci, Kelly McLeskey, Jean McFeely, and Gretchen Storm, this second place win leaves their record for the sea son thus far at 36 and 2, with good hopes for the future.

Fogel, who confessed that he was a straight-talker, noticed mat the team did not play well together. "They were disjointed and they play as individuals right now. I guess losing brings out the worst in everyone," he said. But he did go on to say that he thought the team members do have a lot of talent and the will to win. "They are a really nice bunch of kids. I'm looking forward to getting started right away." said

chance of receiving eligibility following its second place win. .• Mercy hurst came in second with a time of 7.59. Florida Institute of Technology cam in first with a time of 7.54.5. Other crews in the race were Jacksonville, Rollins, Miami of Ohio, and N. W.S.L.U. Head women's coach Adrian Spracklen felt that the crew performed to his expectations for the season. "We did not race a perfect race but are improving steadily. We hope to continue to\ race well, peaking right on time for nationals in two weeks. We need to keep

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