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By Carly E. Simon Merciad News Editor
Editor's Note: This column will cover national and world news. There will be t. survey question at the end of each brief. Readers are encouraged to respond by phoning in their votes. Readers can call 824-2936. The next column will publish the results of the surveys. I

In order to help reduce the federal budget deficit, the House and Senate committees must trim more than $10 bill ion i from student loans costs. Two plans are up for vote this week. Students would pay an extra dollar a month in the House plan to eliminate the interest subsidy for student loans. This would occur during the six-month grace period after school before students start repayment Another House plan would abolish direct lending in *wbich the government maJces^-J college loans directly to students, eliminating private lenders. | A 0.85% fee colleges would have to pay on all student loans serves as the main concern for college associations. Do you agree with the two new student loan proposals?

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CRIME COMBATANTS: The Mercy hurst College Criminal JusticejHonor | Society pulled together in the second annual Erie Youth on a I Mission Tug-OWar Challenge. FRONT (L-R) Brett Atwood, Jamie Crock, Kelly Heaton, Joe Alberts 1 BACK (L-R) | Heather Barron, Lisa Roberts, Chris Cope, Matt Bonacci, Nick Schnieder

Security investigates cutting
By Carly E. Simon Merciad Editor
Head of security Merrill Bud Dever says that the j s campus has been very quiet. He's been very pleased with the way students have acclimated so far, especially new students. Usually, there are a lot of roommate disputes and personality conflicts. The college has not had a lot of undesirable activity. Only a few incidents have put a damper on the campus' positive atmosphere. A cutting, a few small drug seizures and parking problems have preoccupied security. "A week ago, on Sunday, we had a student who received a severe laceration just below his right shoulder blade. That student does not know how it was inflicted, does not remember being cut and does not remember being in a fight," Dever said. After interviewing two dozen students and people who were out and about that night, security still hasn't been able to find anyone who has witnessed how the cut was sustained. | I Commenting on the difficulty of the case, Dever says,"We can't say for sure that there was a cutting with the knife. We are saying that there was a severe laceration sustained by the student with some kind of sharp instrument Either he fell into something to cut himself, or he was, in fact, attacked in some way. There is no evidence that we can find of this incident." Dever would like to dispel some of the rumors on campus. One rumor said that the student had told his parents that unknown assailants had jumped out of the bushes and stabbed him. Then, somebody claimed to have heard reports of something that had sounded like gunfire around 611 Briggs Apartment. However, nobody saw anybody with a gun. Ther people in 611 also had no knowledge of a firearm being on campus. | Some people had tried to tie a disagreement between athletes at a party to the cutting. After interviewing everyone at the party, there's no evidence that there was anyone mad enough to inflict a wound of this magnitude. "Of course, I find it hard to believe. In the ten years I've been here, there's never been anyone attacked in this way. If our students do have a disagreement, they usually fight it out with their hands," Dever said. | Dever docs not believe that the victim was stabbed by a fellow student. If there was a stabbing, it might have* been done by someone who's not from this campus or Iwho had been walking through the cam pus J Security S& s continuing to check and investigate the circumstances. Fellow students found the victim wandering around campus. They checked him, saw that he was cut and arranged to get him to the hospital. Erie police have been notified because of the extent of uswoumk Theirnivestig#ian is being handed by their detective division. Since school started, security has investigated three incidents where small amounts of marijuana for personal use were seized. There will be college disciplinary action by E. William Kennedy, the dean of students. J "One thing students should know is that incense and candles are forbidden on campus. A lot of these people who smoke pot think that if they bum incense, it will be okay. However, just the mere fact that they have incense and candles on campus is also a violation of student code. They should also be aware it is a tip-off that you've been smoking pot," Dever said. ^ In one case, if four Baldwin hall students are charged with every fine possible in the student handbook, they would each owe five hundred dollars. They would also face disciplinary action for a whole year which would limit their social activities. * ': "We would advise all students that they are still part of the real world, when they go to school here, jit [drugs] is a violation of the law. If apprehended, they face-severe penalties same as with drinking," Dever said. Parking at this time of year has been complicated by construction. The large parking lot behind the Zurn building has been half filled with construction equipment As a result, it has created a shortage of parking for commuter students. ' if "At various times during the morning hours, ^ particularly around ten o'clock, we basically had to have officers present to direct incoming commuters to parking 1 spots. This includes parking them on the grass which is a real no-no," Dever sa id. There is a severe crunch in the area of northern Briggs, particularly students living in the comer apartments. The college is looking at alternative parking. T h e ^ college has use of St. Luke's church parking lot Security is trying to find something to accommodate the overflow ofcarsinthat area. One of the suggestions they're making is car pooling. s Freshmen have already been banned from parking except for very dire circumstances like sickness. Some of the uppcrclassmcn complained that a lot of freshmen had cars. Only twelve to fifteen freshmen have been given special permission to drive which has helped out the crunch a little hit. % "We're probably thirty to fifty spots shy for the number of registered cars. Once construction is done, which will be probably in January or February, we feel that the crunch should end. There may be a lifting of the freshman ban frthespnngtanV'Rwadded.

Perot tocreate 3rd national | political party
After receiving 19% of the vote in the 1992 presidential election, independent Ross Perot will form a new third party called the "Independence Party." However, Perot declined to say whether he would run as a candidate for the 1996 election. Although Perot spent $60 million of his own money on the 1992 election, he will not finance the party. y Perot says that the party will be owned by the people, not special interests. Collecting signatures for the primaries proves to be the first objective for the party. The party needs 890,000 signatures in California. The 'independence Party'* will hold its national primary in April with the winner's name put on the ballot in all 50

The new party will pick its own presidential candidate., endorse Senate and House candidates and push for major reforms. However, Perot says that the party will not run congressional candidates. The party's platform consists of passage of a balanced budget amendment, congressional campaign and ethics reform, an end to the Electoral College and makings presidential and congressional pensions conform to the pensions of ordinary America ns. J Vol u n leers can calluit 800 n u in her to help out. Would you vote for this third party in place of the Democrats and Republicans?
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By Kim Coughlln Graduate Intern Student Union A Student Activities Those of you who are returning commuters may remember the "Commuter Chronicle" which was produced as a pilot publication and was sent to you in the mail. You might also remember that itwas not serving its purpose, which was to keep YOU, the commuter, informed of what was happening on and around campus. So, here we are in the Merciad in our own "Commuter Corner. * * This is the new and improved production of the "Chronicle. This column is reserved for information that directly pertains to commuters and will include information on activities and events that will be happening throughout the term on campus. Look for us weekly and let Us know what you think! COMMUTER COUNCIL: There will be an interest meeting held on Oct 5 at 4:io p.m. in the Student Government Chambers of the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union to discuss the formation of a Commuter Council .vThe council is being proposed in order to bring commuter students together and provide them with opportunities to be beard and to become more involved in campus life, activities and school. Please contact Kim Cough I in at ext 2422 or Cass Shimek at ext 2433 to reserve your spot This meeting is open to all commuters and all are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. CAMPUS MAILBOX: All commuters are strongly encouraged to obtain a mailbox on campus. For more in fo. contact Jean Coffey in the Preston-Ma i I room (lower level) or call ext 2396.. MARK YOUR CALENDARS * I \ Oct 2 • 6 - BOOK FAIR: Start your Christmas shopping early. Student Union, 2nd Floor Balcony. Lots ofchildrensbooks&great prices.! UPCOMING ACADEMIC SKILLS & LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS: £j i i % Building Your Test Taking Skills - Presented by Shane Musich, Asst. Dir. of Res. Life—Tues.,Oct. 3 at 8:15 p.m. inMcAulcyHall; Time Management - Presented by: Cass Shimek, Dir. of Student Union & Student Activities — Wed., Oct 4 at 4:15 p.m. in Student Gov't Chambers (Student Union); Anxiety & Stress Relieving Methods - Presented by: Caryl Unseld, Asst Dir. of Res. Life — Wed., Oct. 4 at 8:15 p.m; in Baldwin Hall f J* Oct. 5 - SERVICE FAIR: Sr. Carol Ann Volte, Director of Service Learning, strongly encourages all commuters to attend the Service Fair and explore opportunities to serve the Erie Community and she quoted H. Albright (1928) "Perhaps the world little notes nor long remembers individual acts of kindness - but people doOct 16 & 17-FOOD DRIVE: AII commuters a re encouraged to sign upon teams and go out into the community to collect food for the poor. Contact Michcle Garvey in Campus Ministry at824-2430 for more details. You may also bring non-perishable food items to Baldwin Hall Front Desk/ Student Union for food baskets for families in need within the Erie community. Oct 21 - FALL FUN FEST: Highlight activity: "MONTE CARLO NIGHT" 8:00-10:30 p.m. in the Student Union. Oct. 28 - HAYR1DE / SLUMBER PARTY: *AII freshmen commuters are invited to join the freshmen residents ofBaldwin and McAuley Halls on a iHayride,and then spend the night in the residence halls watching movies, telling ghost stories, and eating popcorn.; Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks. NEED SOME HELP? Tutoring in writing and a II math courses (except statistics) is available at the Academic Success Center (basement of McAuley Hall) or contact John Coleman (Egan Rm. 18) at 824-2303 for details. j | | ANY SUGGESTIONS???? If you have ideas or suggestions for commuter-oriented activities, events, workshops, etc please share them with Kim Cpughlin at ext 2422. WRITE FOR THE MERCIAD: Would you like to contribute to this column? If you like to write, gather information, or both please consider sharing your talents by writing for this column. Call Kim at ext 2422 for details. KNOW THE RULES: Student Handbooks are available in the Student Union at the Front Desk. DON'T GET CAUGHT WITHOUT YOUR SHOT: Flu shots are available at no extra cost in Student Health Services, Rm. 101 Preston, through Nov. 30 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

By Dan Hilflker Merciad Editor-in-Chief
MSG treasurer Marc Johnston is currently researching new avenues of investment fora Mercy hurst Student Government bank account at PNC Bank. The reason for the new investment is that the interest rate on the account is low. ^By investing elsewhere, money could be raised for other events such as the fund-raiser or the annual concert "We could invest it in a bunch of marketable accounts that would give us a much greater return,"Johnston said. \ i Kevin Segedi, also a Freedom Zone representative, passed but a proposal for the objectives, duties and responsibilities of the Freedom Zone. The proposal gave details of how Freedom Zone editors would be chosen and their responsibilities. The proposal was taken home to be studied by all representatives and voted upon at a later date. President Jessica Cuffia heard comments regarding a proposed study day that would separate the last day of classes from the first day of finals. To facilitate this, a few minutes would have to be added to each class period. Cuffia went on to propose that the fund-raiser be made into a separate eventfromthe annual concert. The studentgovernmenf would look into new waysofraising money for charity, while saving funds fora bigger name band. A motion for approval was unanimous.

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I hope you all had a great weekend. My highlight came on Sunday when I went to see Henry Rollins give a spoken word performance in Cleveland. I have longed for years to see this charismatic man give such a performance. For those of you who do not know who he is, let me see if I can help. He is the singer of The Rollins Band, you know, that band that does the song "Liar." If this still doesn't ring a bell, you may have seen him acting in the movies "The Chase," in which he played a cop or most recently in "Johnny Mnemonic," in which he played some kind of scientist Aside from that, he used to play in one of the BEST punk-rock bands called Black Flag. | •[f Anyway, if you still don't know him, then you probably live in a cave somewhere. So, back to the point Henry gives these spoken word performances to fund his independent record label, Imago, which tries to give underground bands a chance to record and have complete creative freedom. I have seen Rollins Band play a few times and let me just say that Henry gives quite a performance. He is the most energetic performer that I have ever seen. He really gives the fans back what they paid with intensity. But, for today, we will just delve into the man and his thoughts. } I was so psyched when I got there. I could not wait to lay my eyes on this man, again! Let me say that this guy looks mean. If I knew nothing about him, wel Heis jus*t sa y that I wou ldn't want to meet him, in a dark alley. His body is covered in tattoos and he has incredible muscles. Oh yeah, and a neck that is as thick as a tire. The weird thing is though, he is just really cool. He is not intimidating at all. He talked about so many things. We heard stories about his days with Black Flag. He talked about friends he had lost to drugs, one being River Phoenix. He told about the one time that he ever smoked pot and how stupid it was. One thing to note about Henry is that he does not drink, smoke or do any drugs As a matter fact, he despises all of them. He says that they are just a cop out. He is not into that straight edge thing though. I got the impression that he found that too averly repressive. i As his two and a half hour program went on, he told us about how he would go on nighi-time talk shows and just goof on all the other guests. He was on one with Kathy Ireland once and said that he just mocked her and her lack of a brain. He also told us about how he had an interesting "business" dinner with Madonna, which I found tofbe an interesting contrast of xrsonas. I never realized how many people ;* this "old punk rocker" knows and how they are not just other alternative or punk Sgures. i * I did feel that the best part of this show was when he told that we xnild all do everything that we ever wanted to and how he was glad for each of our existences. He also said that he wished that he had ime to meet each of us personally because we are all cool and not ust for coming to his show. As a matter of fact, he said that he was surprised that anyone even showed up to hear him! | All in all, he is a really tough, sensitive, caring and intellectual nan—perhaps some thing you would not guess atfirstglance! If you are interested in hearing any of his spoken word performances, check out the CDs "Boxed Life," which also comes on video, Talking From the Box," "Get in the Van" and "Big Ugly

Week two, kids. I was told to write in more correct English for the remainder of my tenure. This week I will be covering two of the summer releases > from the indie label Matador Records. First up is the Experimental} Remixesfromthe Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. I must say that the-Blues Explosion is a great*!*! band combining punk rock with' blues, of Course,*The Bxperi- & mental Remixes features some of their greatest hits remixed by some of today's biggest names. It starts off with a remix by Britain's U.N.K.L.E. of t Bellbottoms, off their most $ recent album Orange. It is followed by Flavor parts one ^

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While I was sitting in class the other day we began talking about who our heroes were. We did not talk about it for very long, but the idea has stuck with me ever since. We don't seem to ask ourselves who our heroes are all that often, but maybe we should. More often than not my heroes while growing up have been sports heroes. I can remember growing up in Western New York, just outside Buffalo and totally idolizing many members of the Buffalo : Bills and Buffalo Sabres. -< I used to dream about being on the field for that one big catch, or on the ice to score that game winning goal in sudden-death overtime. It was a dreams that I dreamt all through childhood, and still sometimes think about today, but not as explicitly. Maybe you were the same way when you grew up, or maybe your heroes were rock stars, or actors and actresses. Why is it that we idolize people in these positions? We make heroes out of people like Mike Tyson, a convicted rapist, but we fail to see the contributions of many people who put the needs of others ahead of their own needs. Who is it out there that is worthy of modeling our own lives after? Who is the model of the so called "good life?" It seems to me that too many people today think of people who are in the public spotlight, such as actors, athletes, and rock stars, as the best in society, or the epitome of success. Are they successful because they have led good lives and worked hard for themselves to make a living or are they successful because they were fortunate to be blessed with natural talents that not all of us are able to achieve? As part of my Religious Persons class I have the opportunity to do work for various comm unity service organizations that are currently serving the grea ter Erie area. I am going to be doing my service with the Pleasant Ridge Manor, which is a nursing home that serves many elderly in the Erie area. I have to admit that I haven't yet started my service but I am very excited to be able to work with the people at the manor. On Thursday, October 5, Mercyhurst College is going to sponsor a service fair that will present to the Mercyhurst community more than 25 different organizations that engage in community service work throughout the Erie area. Maybe some of these people are the ones that we should start labelling as our heroes. These people are the ones who are out and working with the homeless, the elderly, and those who have been victims of political injustice. Very few of these people are paid well, if at all for their services. Many do it out of the kindness of their own heart These people are the ones when* we should be labelling as our heroes in this day and age. People jump to attention when Michael Jordan sinks a jump shot from three-point land, but how many of us actually take any notice when someone goes to work in a soup kitchen, or starts a letter writing campaign in order to get someone out of prison who hasbeen wrongly imprisoned. Not too many of us I'll bet. What is the good life? If living the good life means living in huge mansions and driving nice cars every day, then I think most of us here at Mercyhurst arc going to bejrcally disappointed.mho is worthy of emulating in our lives? I have always admired my parents because of all of the things that they were able to provide for my family. We never had any great family vacations to Florida, or fancy cars every year. We didn't have a lot of money, but my mother and father always made sure that we had everything that we needed, even if it meant that they didn't get what they wanted all of the time. I am very proud to call my parents my heroes. They have always been J there for support and help in whatever it is that ifhave undertaken. The same support has been given to my older brother and my two younger sisters. On this Parents Weekend I think}it quite appropriate to say "thanks" to my parents and I urge you all to do the same to your parents as well, because without them where would we all be today. Where are we going to get by lionizing our popular performers and treating them like demi-gods? We hold these people in such high esteem and then we are crushed when they are arrested, or do something to fall from the public grace. It seems that time and again we are let down by something that one of our heroes has done, or not done. I remember when I was in high school one popular sports personality said that he was not a role model, and that there was no sense in him trying to make the public happy by doing appearances and looking good to society. At the time this statement made me really unhappy because as a person in the public spotlight, they should be expected to behave in the best character at all times. Now, I really don't care how these public athletes, rock stars, actors, or anyone who is in the public spotlight acts because these people's actions mean next to nothing* to me at this point .. I have started to reevaluate who all of my heroes are. Maybe it is time that you did the same. . . .1 -

Enough of the negative. I want By Brad Rybczynski to move on to another topic, and Merciad Contributing Writer coincidentally, another chance to To begin this week's column I I get involved. Thatf opportunity would like to thank every one who presents itself this weekend in the form of Parents Weekend. gave me a positive response to my last effort It was very encourSome of you may say: "But my aging and I sincerely thank you. parents aren't going to be here."! It's good to know thatfl'm not That doesn't matter. At 8 p.m. on alone and that people are reading Friday, a hypnotist, Mark Pittman,I the paper as well. will be at the Taylor Little TheNext, I would like to send my ater. It is free of charge and open congratulations out to Jessica to all students. Cuffia and Tim Duble on being Another event will be on Saturnamed homecoming Queen and day night It is the dinner-dance King. Along withfthem If think which will beheld in the Ice Centhat our football team and men's ter. Now, although you do have to and women's soccer teams de- pay to go to the dinner, everyone serve the same. All three played is welcome to come after the dinvery well and deserved the victo- ner at 9 p.m. and enjoy the dance. 2 ries that they received. Just don't get too drunk and make With that said, I would like to a fool out of yourself in front of spend some time reflecting|on the faculty, staff, and administrathis past weekend. As you know, tion not to mention the parents. our sports teams performed great Finally, the football team will this weekend, but who was there play against St Francis at Veterto witness it? The football team played a great ans Stadium. I'm sure that the^j game and even the most generous football team will forgive you and estimates of the crowd would say be happy if you come. After all, that 250 people were on hand. they are your friends. This upcoming weekend is full That is embarrassing. A|homecoming game with so few fans is of things to do and full of ways to a testimony to how little we re- get involved. Haven't we all had spect our school, our football enough memories of nights out<| team, and the players who put out roving down Briggs Avenue looking for a party. 100 percent every day. g If we are truly to be a part of the Aside from all the events and Mercyhurst community we have the football game, I hope that we to support each other. We used to don't forget the meaning of the show that we care. Going out and weekend here at school. It is to cheering on our teams is a good spend time with your parents, to place to start. enjoy each others company, and For those of you who took the to have a good time. time and effort to get there, good I know that not everyone's parjob. Such people as Jason ents will be here this weekend for Puhlman, who walked to thegamc one reason or another. If they will with some friends, should be esbe here that will be great If they pecially proud. Those of you who won't, then take the time to pick didn't go, get it in gear and go to up the phone and call them. the next game.

If you do decide to call them, reflect a little bit beforeyou do. Remember when your father taught you how to ride your bike, or when he would go out in the yard and play catch. Remember baking cookies with your mom, or bow she took care of you when you were sick. fI know that times were not always good, and some of you may have rocky relationsh ips with one or both parents. The thing to remember is that they are your parents and that they must have done something right because you are here. Take this weekend to thank your parents, to repair some of the hurt, or to tell them that you love them. I know that even when I was the most angry with my {parents I couldn't deny the fact that I love them and owe them everything. If it weren't for those two people whom I call mom and dad, I wouldn't even be here. Before I wrap things up, I would like to share a great experience that I had this past Friday. There was a golf outing at Gospel Hills in support of the Jim McKeever Memorial Scholarship Fund. As you may remember, Friday was cold and rainy, with hardly a ray of sunshine to brighten the day. In • spite of the inclement wea ther, the go I fing went on. Jim's family, friends, and even students came ou t to gol f and volunteer for the day. Our very own Michael Fuhrman, Bob Hvezda, and John Leisering were just a few of the golfers out there braving the conditions. The football team also supported the cause by sending volunteers, Scott Schickert, and Mike Uhler, and to be honest, their job was tougher than the golfers. See ROAST, p. 5.



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By Tricia Baugh Merciadcontributing writer Since we have been back to school, ECCO has a I ready plunged into environmental activities. Last weekend, ECCO planted trees around campus in celebration of Arbor Day. All the fun stuff aside, ECCO will begetting serious this year.*It will be expanding their recycling message to include reducing and reusing as well. We need to realize that recycling isn't good enough?if we want to make a difference in halting, or at least delaying, the filling of our landfills. It is a system that won't work effectively unless all three components are put into action, so we all need to cut back, and stop using recycling as an excuse tooverconsume. Ways in which one can begin to reduce and reuse are: r 1. Bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store each and every time. 2. Don't let the water run as you shave or brush your teeth. 13. Bring your own tnug to Coffeehouse on Wednesday nights. 4. Use old water that you have boiled or used for washing dishes. 5. Use a battery recharger and rechargeable batteries instead of spending money on new batteries each time they expire. These options are not only environmentally friendly, but they are also very cost effective. There are many ways in which you can begin to be environmentally conscious. All you have to do is break free from that natural human tendency to be selfserving, apathetic, and lazy. After you do that, the rest is easy. Another way to become environmentally conscious is to attend ECCO meetings every other Wednesday in the secondfloor lounge of Zurn hall.J Our next meeting is October 4, at 8p.m. Anyone is welcome! It will be discussing some very serious issues this year.

ROAST, from p. 4. Toward the end of the day it seemed only fitting that a ray of sunshine broke through the clouds and a beautiful rainbow graced the sky for a brief time. For those of us who have faith in God and heaven, it appeared to be a sign. Almost like Jim was smiling down from heaven. This event showed the goodhearted nature of the Mercy hurst community and is a tremendous show of respect and love for a great man who gave a great deal to our school. We should all remember Jim and his family in our thoughts and prayers. •;. For those who remember Jim, his memory is'forever in your heart. Those unfortunate not to have met Jim will also be able to appreciate the love that was felt?• for him through this memorial.

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Vol. 69 No. 3 Merciad ^Editors Dan Hilfiker John Murphy Carly Simon /essica Russell Editor in Chief Sports Edito News Editor Features Editor Nicole Ponstingle Marc Johnston Megan Circle Jerry Trambley A& E Editor Advertising; Copy Editor Adviser September 28,1995

Merciad Staff Lee Ann Kelly Nick Krayger Scott Vance M ike Lorenz Tracy Cross Mamie Jasinski Scott Williamson Stephen Nolan Brad Rybczynski

The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College, Box 161, 501 E. 38th St., Erie, Pa., 16546. Phone 824-2376. | The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. Letters must he signed, but the name will be withheld on request, under certain conditions. The Merciad's editorial opinion is determined by the Editorial Board with the Editor in Chief holding final responsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those of The Merciad, its staff or Mercyhurst College.

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September 28,1995

Compiled by Scott Vance and Mamie Jasinski Merciad Staff Reporter

Both the men •$ and women's cross country squads travelled to Michigan last r weekend for the Ferris State Invitational. .'•[.'• J Once again Melissa, Hall led the Hurst to victory with another personal best time of 19:75 for the 3.1 mile course to finish in first spot. Katie Fox crossed the line for third place in a time of 19:40. Wendy Lam part, Bridget Holzheimer, Kelly Brown, Nichole Bult, Barbara O'Connor, Ten Barringer and Sara Boyd also contributed to the team victory. Hall, FoxLampart, and Holzheimer were all honored for their "top 10" finishes. I Meanwhile, Tom O'Dea led the Laker men as he covered the5.1 mile course in a time of 28:32 for 22nd place overall out of45 finishers. Jeffrey Welch and Dan Chase finished 28th and 29th with times at 29:05 and 29:15 respectively. Davia Dausey, ThomasHumphreyvilleid Tom Vanfleet completed the line up. The men's team finshed sixth out of a field of nine teams.* i 1

The Lady Lakers anxiously await the arrival of the ball from a corner kick. The team had an easy win on Saturday but had tofighthard 4a achieve a tie on Sunday in Ihe Hamot Classic tournament

ATalelof Two Games
By Lee Ann Kelly t Merciad Sports Writer Over the weekend the lady Lakers soccer team played two different games on two different days in the Hamot Cup Classic held at Mercyhurst On Saturday thegirlshadaneasy7-0 win over Northwood while on Sunday they battled to a 1-1 tie against West Virginia Wesleyan.i In their season home opener against Northwood the Lakers gave an all out team effort Seven different players combined to score a goal each, once again demonstrating the wealth of talent on the 1995 team. From the start, the home team jjtook control of the game. Team captainiand mid field giant Tracy Cross,
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The Lady Laker volleyball team faced tough opposition from Saginaw Valley, Northwood State and Southern Illinois last weekend and were narrowly defeated by all three. , Coach Davie said, "The girls looked intimidated by the teams, but we also played pur best defense of the year against Southern Illinois." j The team has its home opener on Thursday against Clarion who narrowly defeated them in four sets in their first game of the season. Coach Davie said, "If we play as well as we did against Illinois, we have a great chance."

Tony Greidanus continued his fine form as he led the Mercyhurst Golf Team to its first Mercyhurst Golf Classic team victory in last week's Fifth Annual. It also gave the team two victories in as many weeks. Coach Paul Demyanovich said, "I don't think that Mercyhurst College has ever won back-to-back golf tournaments. ; Greidanus earned the medalist title with a 1-over par 73 and said, "It was nice to win out second straight tournament as the competition was very stiff, and I hope we can continue our momentum through to the spring." Curry Huskes (79), Bryce "the ball" Bohun(81), Mike Pattison (83) and Chad Hoisek (84) all helped achieve a fine team performance. On Tuesday, the team traveled to the Slippery Rock Invitational Tournament, but couldn't keep up a winning streak. They finished a disappointing seventh place out of a field of 15. Greidanus again led the team with a 4-over par 74 to finish fourth in the individual list.* 'The mental stress of playing two days in a row took its toll, but I'd like to congratulate Europe on their fine performance on the Ryder Cup," he saidj The team travels to Niagara on Friday where the Lakers face tough opposition Gannon and Edinboro in their final tournament before the spring

opened lip the scoring for her first goal of the year. Before halftime three more goals were added to leave the score 4-0 at the break. In the second half, despite a number of team regulars resting, it was still all Mercyhurst as another hattrick of goals were added to give the girls a huge 7-0 win. "We definitely dominated the game against Northwood, we deserved the large margin of victory," coach Rich Hartis said. The Lakers definitely found things tougher on Sunday against WV Wesley an who certainly seemed up for the challenge of playing the number two team in the nation. Their relentless desire versus the Lakers'skill and determina-

tion made for a very close 1 1 overtime result After, falling 1-0 down at the end. of the first half the Lakers came out hungry for a win. Favored by the breeze . in the second half, the Lakers created a countless number ofscoring opportunities, of which superb midfielder Maureen Gallagher was the chief architect Finally senior forward Clare Scan!on scored the equalizer with a beautiful shot to corner of the net "We played some of the best soccer of the season against a very good side," said Hartis. "Overall I am pleased with the ladies*performance on both days," he added. The team is at home again this weekend'with games on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.


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Mercyhursfs women's tennis team fell to defeat against national powerhouse Ferris State (7-2), despite the courageous efforts of sophomore Lauren Diulus. Diulus was victorious in her singles match saying, "It was probably the best match I have ever played. I was just really focused." She also contributed to a doubles victory partnered with Kim Hodgckiss despite being a set and 4-1 down. If . . . . . j Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Lady Lakers improved their winning record to 3-2 with an 8-1 victory over local rivals Edinboro University. J The women's next test is against Grand Valley, which takes place on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Westwood Racquet Club.

Action from the Lakers vs. WV Wesleyanfegame on Sunday. The game went into overtime and ended in a 1-1 tie. i & i */ Photo: Erica Barone



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Yvonne Parker 1993 graduate of Mercyhurst College and four-year member « " * soccefteam, was recently named as the Women's Assistant SocSr Coach. Originally from Brockport, New York, Parker was an influent £ S S the !991 LadyLakers that made an NCAA Final Four appearance. Parker will also - — " " " ' «* a ««*-»« degree ,n criminal ,ust,ce.


X-Country runners Wendy La in pari, Nicole Putt, and Kelly Brown in action at Ferris State Invitational



September 28,1995

Brockport W i n Gives Lakers Best Start U b d e r Kimball
By John Murphy Merciad Sports Editor On Saturday last at Veteran's stadium the Lakers delighted the homecoming crowd with a convincing 23-15 over Brockport State. The team's record now stands at 2-1, and this is the best start they have had in three years under coach Joe Kimball. "Saturday's game was a must win game for us," said Kimball. "Everyone!.knew how critical|it was and we were nervous going into the game." That nervousness showed in the first quarter, where despite one drive that resulted in a failed 42-yardfieldgoal attempt, the Lakers were slow getting into the game. It was Brockport who drew first blood early in the second quarter to score a 17-yard touchdown run this time going 17 yards for the Junior quarterback Matt Golga was named to the ECAC honor roll this after a long drive. The Lakers score. Kicker Eric Wicks conweek for his fine performance vs. Brockport State. Photo: lErie limes blocked the extra point attempt to verted to widen the lead to 20-9. leave themselves trailing 6-0. In the fourth quarter an interThis setback injected a sense of ception by* senior Jeff Monreal urgency into the home team. In set the Lakers up for their final their last drive of the first half the drive of the game. After going 39 offense went 80 yards in 13 plays yards the Lakers settled for a 26 awards are just a few of the things By John Murphy for a one yard touchdown run by yard field goal by sophomore Eric the conference promotes for its Merciad Sports Editor junior quarterback, Matt Golga. Wicks to leave the score 23-9. athletes. The other teams in the league all have quality athletic The 1995 sporting year sees the programs and so Laker teams can bulk of our teams competing in expect to face some intense comthe Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). petition. Participation in this 12-team By Lee Ann Kelly [* "The winner of the conference * league is set to spark a whole new Merciad Sports Writer gets an automa tic bid to the NCAA era in Laker sports. tournament,"said Russo. "When "It really anchors our entire This past week has been a we operated as an independent, Athletic Department," said Athstrenuous one for the men's our teams depended solcl y on their letic Director iPete Russo, "we soccer team, both physically records to get a bid." now have a lot more purpose and and mentally. The team For fans of Laker sports, the reason." played three games, two new league promises to offer Men's basketball was the only over thefweekend in the much more entertainment and Laker team associated with this Hamot Cup against Univerexcitement since Laker teams will league in the past, now women's sity Missouri-St. Louis and now be competing against conb-ball, both soccer teams, volleyNorth Missouri State and ference members regularly. "It'll ball, tennis and cross country are one! last evening against bring in twelve teams we've never all GLIAC members. Wheeling Jesuit In all three seen before," said Russo. "New »&*rm "All our athletes now have a games the Lakers looked the rivalries will be created, just like chance to play in the conference," better team but unfortuour rivalry with Gannon." said Pete Russo, "this gives evnately the scores didn't al- Freshmen Stuart Hogg heads the ball clear under pressure in Lakers 3-0 win Gaining entry to GLIAC has eryone fair attention and means Photo: Erica Barone ways reflect this. The team on Saturday against UMSL been a goal of the athletic departthroughout the second half they're all a part of the picture, scored a victory, a loss and ment for a number of years. "An tion that struck again to give but the ball never found its rather than one sport" a tie to give them an overall expansion committe of GLIAC the Lakers their third goal way to the net. In the end it § As a member of the conference, came in and evaluated our prorecord of 3-4-2. of the game. was Northeast who took [ the Lakers now have professional gram here," said Russo. "We got ^ The weekend got off to a A feature of the game was| on advantage of their very few affiliation with a college league. start Saturday when the very high marks and they the play of junior forward| chances to score the winThere is a conference office and a team played UMSL in the recommened us highly to the Ian Dickerson who relent-| ning goa I with less than three commisioner of the league. first game of the Hamot membership as a whole to be aclessly threatened the UMSL minutes remaining. "There's untold benefits throughClassic. The team found cepted." defense with his silky sk illsf This was a tough loss for out," said Russo, "both for the "Oursuccess at being accepted their rhythm and controlled and lightning speed. "We the Lakers but Coach Hartis athletes and the fans." into GLIAC is another feather in the game throughout to earn controlled the tempo of the 1 was ma king I no excuses, the cap of Laker sports," said Increased publicity, player of a convincing 3-0 win. game and it was only a mat-' c« We were very lazy and Sophomore striker Mike Russo. the week and player of the year ter of time before we won," sloppy in the first twenty Domm opened the scoring coach Rich Hartis said. minutes." he said. midway through the first On Sunday Northeast "After that we tidied up what half when he volleyed a Missouri opened up a 1-0 we were doing and played rocket-like shot past a lead over the slow starting well, but we didn't convert stunned UMSL goalkeeper. Lakers. Facing an uphill our hard work into goals." Domm is the team's leading battle the team fought desCongratulations |to the following 1995 Lasl cveningfagainst scorer? with six goals and perately to get back into the Intramural Champions: Wheeling Jesuit the Lakers game. Junior midfielder one assist controlled the game from Keith Sclvitelli answered Minutes before halftime, Tag Football- Matt Benacci, Wade Sarver, Nick junior defender Glenn start tofinishbut were once the call to duty when he tied up the score with an excelagain frustrated in their efSnyder, Chris Lope, Joe ^Alberts, and Bret Francis headed in a corner lently taken goal. forts to put the ball in their kick ifrom team captain At wood.| 1 opponents net The game Greig Wadcll to make the The Lakers controlled finished 0-0 after 120 minplay for the remainder*of Co-Ed Vollevball-lKristin Schmidtfrerick, score 2-0 at the half. utes of play. the game. ^Scoring In the second half it was the Dawn Wade, Shane Musich, and Mike Pattison. 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Eric Wicks kicked the extra pointy and the Lakers finished the half with a 7-6 lead. In the second half BrockportJj came out looking determined and capitalized on a Laker fumMc to go back in front with a 20 yard field goal. Midway through] the quarter, Brockport had a fumble of their own which was recovered for the Lakers by junior linebacker, Paul Maleski. With the ball back in (heir hands the Laker offense went 69 yards in four plays including a huge 61 yard run by quarterback Golga. Junior fullback Brian Hamblin cha rged over for a one yard touchdown. The Lakers were on a roll » and late in the quarter they added another touchdown. Fullback Hamblin again did the honors,

GLIAC Spells Future for [ Laker Sports

With less than a minute remaining Brockport scored a touchdown to give a final score of 23-15 for the Lakers. Quarterback Matt Golga led the offense with 134 yards rushing, 56 yards passing and one touchdown. Fullback Brian Hamblin's two touchdowns increased his tally to four on the season while senior running back Craig Woodard was his effective self going for 60 yards on the day. Senior linebacker Pat Klingensmith led the Laker defense with seven tackles* "We're still making mistakes, but we made less mistakes Saturda y than we d id the week before," said coach Joe Kimball, "that shows we 're becoming more consistent, a better attitude and confidence is coming into our play." fKimball's team ends its' three game home stand this weekend against St Francis College. "Even though St. Francis are 0-4, they are still a good footballfteam," said Kimball. They beat us 277 last year and the guys are pumped up to avenge that defeat." The game is scheduled 1:00pm Sunday.

Busy Week for Men's Soccer

Intramural Notes