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By Chris Wloch News Editor of Mercyhurst from 1963 until 1972, oversaw a period of imThree decades ago, the United States saw a time when grea t lea d- mense growth and development ers such as Martin Luther King, at the college. Jr. and President John F. Kennedy, During the years ofHerrmann's Jr. achieved legendary status for presidency, the Mercyhurst camtheir far-ranging vision, convicpus saw a number of important tion, commitment to social change academic and physical changes and lasting contributions to sock take place, Some ofthese changes ety. Just as the generation who included the establishment of the grew up after the 1960s has come trimester system, and the buildto know JFK and Dr. King only ing of the Hammermfll Library, through books, old photos and Zurn and Baldwin Halls, and more taped broa dca sts, many of us will than 10 buildings for student housnow have to rely upon pictures ing including the original and second-hand sources to learn Townhouses. about the individual who, among Sister Maura Smith, who knew her many accomplishments at this Herrmann since 1944, described I college, can be credited with start- her bestfriendas "a leader who ing the athletic department and lether followers lead too a ad who allowing male students to attend empowered other people to do Mercyhurst. their best. Even though many Mercyhurst "Sister Carolyn was a person of students may not know it, they no pretense. She was compassionlost one of their greatest friends ate, well-read in many areas, graand advocates during the winter cious, coura geous in her efforts to break. On Saturday, Dec 28, Sitmove Mercyhurst College .forter Carolyn Herrma nn, RSM, one ward, and able to relate to everyof the college community's most one, especially the students, whom influential, dynamic and respected she always had time for," Smith leaders died at age 79 in her 63rd said. year of religious life. Herrmann, As one of her former pupils, who served as the ninth Dresident Smith related that Herrmann kept an open-door policy. For a number of years, President Herrmann herself lived in the Baldwin dormitory with thefreshmengirls so mat she could remain close to her students and learn to understand them better. Another Mercyhurst graduate, Mary Daly, now vice president of external affairs, worked closely with Herrmann for nearly 30 years. "Sister Carolyn became a second mother to me," Daly said. "She was a role model for women during a time when men usually took die lead. She had a magnificent presence and a gentle, beautiful way about her. j "Everything she accomplished, she did with such dignity. She taught us how i to live, and for those of us who were with her at the end, she taught us how to die. I feel veryfortunateto have had her as an influence in my life," Daly said. A native of Erie, Herrmann entered the Sisters of Mercy as a 16year-old high school student. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at See Herrmann, p. 2 Sister Carolyn Horrmaim, RSM

By Chris Wloch News Editor As the sun sets each day for the next three and a half weeks, MusUrns around the world will gather to break their day long fast before the evening prayer aa they observe the holy season of Ramadhan. During the month* long holiday, which began last Thursday evening with the sighting of the crescent moon, Muslims abstainfromboth food and drink during the daylight hours* From now until Feb. 8, several Mercyhurst students who are Muslim will be taking part in this daytime fasting as well. Senior HRIM major Ahmed Kassongo is a Sunai Muslim Student from Tanzania in eastern Africa. Although he has been fasting during Ramadhan since he was about 14, Kassongo said that

fasting all day is harder in Erie than in his hometown of Dar-essalaam where the population is about 60% Muslim, because the community provides more support for each other when everyone is going withoutfood."It's a lot harder to not drink at homey though, especially when the day lasts more that 12 hours. Ijt times temperatures are close to 90 degrees," he laid. Kassongo, who works at the Laker Inn, said that be does "a lot of cleaning and a 1 ittlc bit of cooking" during his Ramadhan fisting. "People can eat around me during the day and it doesn't reall y bother me anymore. I'm proud that I Can exhibit sel f-control and achieve something. In this country, I don't do as many Muslim things as I'd like, but I try 0 to make this one ofthose things, be said. I ^ H I ^ ^ H H m

When Kassongo is at home, Ramadhan is a time for him to be with family, especially cousins that be may not have seen for a while* Throughout the month he would get together with relatives to eat a suhoor meal before sunrise and break the fast with a light meal called iftar after the sun sets. For Muslims, Ramadhan com* memoratcs Muhammed 's nightly visits from the angel Jibrecl (Gabriel) over 1,400 years ago. During these visits, the Prophet received the Qur'an, Islam's holy scriptures, from Allah. Consequently, observing Ramadhan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, which arc the basic requirements for faithful Muslims. The other four include acknowledging thai there b but one Cod and that Muhammed was his Messenger, praying at five specifiedtimesa

day, setting aside a portion of one's wealth to provide for those in need, and, if possible, taking part in a pilgrimage to the city of Mecca and other holy sites in what is today Saudi Arabia* Stan Sparks, who has been a practicing Muslim for six years, said, "Islam is more than just a religion, it is a way of life that is expressed every single day.** Ramadhan is a major time for socialization. "Throughout the month, Muslims spend time with one another, eat together, visit those who are sick,pray, read the Qur'an, and focus on God' s love. Additionally, "the fasting shows that the emphasis in Islam is not placed on material things. .I There are so many rewards that you can get throughout this month. Once we establish love for God, we have a healthy appreciation for what our duties

are. I try to uphold my obligations," he said. According to Sparks, Ramadhan helps to cultivate a consciousness which rema ins in operation in all aspects of a Muslim's life. Discipline, the ability to make sacrifices and kindness to fellow human beings are developed by the practice of fasting, he said. Another Muslim student, Burheem Bakr, a junior biology major, related that in the hadith, which are traditional sayings a ttributed to the Prophet Muhammed, prayer is seen as something that you do for yourself, while fasting belongs to Allah who will reward those who participate. Islam is a religion of Milltpass ion, and exceptions to the tdhan fasting are made for the elderly, the infirm, pregnant See Rarasvrthan, p3



January 16,1997

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By Bill Melville Merciad Contributing Writer

Mercyhurst Announces Who's Who Nominees

MSG Executive Board Meets With Garvey
By MelHssa Lang Contributing Writer On Monday, Jan. 13,1997, MSG held its weekly meeting • * Treasurer Trisha Greathouse asked reps to turn in all information for the sign board to the MSG office by Sunday night Greathouse will now be responsible for calling in the inf onnation. h Vice President Tom •II • mI.I formed the b * y that there is a reai-

Who's Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities, an organization which honors upperdassmen and graduate students for their achievements, recently added 20 Mercyhurst students to the list of those to be honored. Over fifteen hundred schools across all fifty states and the District of Columbia participate in this honors program. The twenty Mercyhurst seniors nominated for the honor are Mary Camp, Robert Causgrove, Dana Gills, Trisha Greathouse, ShannonHagan, Jennifer Jurczak, Amy Kovach, All ison Ma rsden, Jennifer Matts,Mindi McDowell, Michelle Mizia, John Murphy, LaShawna Page, Michael Pattison, Connie Ralston, Brad Rybczynski, Kelly Sak, Kristin Schmidtfrerick, Chris Wloch, and Joe Wong. . i«, > , • • > • Who's Who accepts many nominees from each school as a way to better represent the large

variety of curricula! and extracurricular activities available at different colleges and universities. A committee madeup of faculty or administrationfromeach school decides on the students to be nominated. The areas which the Mil mittee considers when deciding upon nominees include academic standing, community service, leadership qualities, and the student's potential for future success. At the commencement of the Class of 1997 in May, the students will be noted for this accomplishment As Who's Who honoreea, these seniors will be entitled to use a reference service, which the organization maintains for the use ofstudents planning on postgraduate employment, admission to volunteer organizations, or those searching for fellowships. Additional! y, all the students nominated will be recognized -.in the organization's publication, Who*s
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dent rep position opentoall students Kving on campus. Tom will be taking letters of intent until Sunday at midnight in the MSG office. I 5 On Sunday afternoon the MSG executive board met with Dr. Garvey to discuss various issues concerning the student body, such aa maintenance and housing problems and the library renovation. Brian Marshall, SAC chairperson, brought computer problems to Dr. Garvey *a attention as well aa new ideas about bringing the internet to student donna and apartments. Dr. Garvey was enthusiastic Sister CarolAnn Vou%Dir*ctorofth*ServlceJLearningfo about the future and said that he is like to thank the person who returned her banner to Egan the week willing to help students with their before winterbreak. "Bmad9are4dfynkeCh*istmaspr&Hl,*sh*sa& tin:* require more women to work along side men in the marketplace and she wanted Mercyhurst students to be fully prepared for the real world,'* Garvey said. Herrmann later served as director of development and alumni relations at Mercyhurstfrom1975 until 1980, the year she was honored aa Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Pat Uebel, Director of Alumni Rela dons, observed that "once you knew Sister Carolyn, she waa a friend forever. She was supportive, helpful, very active and involved in alumni activities, and she stayed in touch with many alums.'* In 1990, the newly constructed Student Union was dedicated to Herrmann. Because of her love for the students, Herrmann was deeply honored to have a building named after her where students could •LiJITic together, Daly said. T During the; early eighties, Hermann waa executive director of the Erie County Senior Citizen Advocate Office. In 1983, the Sisters of Mercy, recognizing her potential as a leader at the national level, el ected herfora fouryear term at the highest leadership position, Superior General. Herrmann also served on numerous committees and on the board of directors of many different organizations. Sister Dominica Dcleo, who lived with Herrmann at the Mercy Campus House for more than five years during the early nineties, recalls 1 always looked forward to going home from work and spending time talking with Sister Carolyn. She was a woman of great vision and a good listener who was able to give me a lot of encouragement and direction." Over the past few years, Herrmann continued to be involved with the college as much as possible. She remained one of the strongest supporters of the athletic teams which she helped to get off the ground more than thirty years ago. After the new Tullio football field was constructed this fall, Herrmann waa excited that she could watch the home gamesfromher room at the Mother House, Daly said. At Herrmann's funeral on Jan. 2, Garvey expressed the significance of her many contributions to the community with the words of George Bernard Shaw, "Life if no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I hold for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly aa possible before handing it on to future generations." Recalling the courage, determination, wisdom and willingness to take risks that characterized her style of leadership, Garvey said, "Sister Carolyn laid the foundation for the contemporary Mercyhurst by making the college more educationally progressive, socially just, academically sound, physically expansive and intellectually exciting. On a personal level, I shall miss her deeply as a mentor,friend,and aa an example of what constitutes outstanding presidential leadership." ' Herrmann waa "ahead of her 1 time * according to Daly. There aren 't many people like her. Sister Carolyn knew that great leaders don't try to win any popularity contests. They simply do what isright,"she said. "But she could have easily won a popularity contest hands down," Daly added.

Herrmann, cont'd from p. 1 Mercyhurst and eventually returned as a faculty member in both departments for more man two decades. Additionally, as chemistry department chairperson for eight years, Herrmann was instrumental in implementing a research program at the college. Sister Bernadettc Bell, who had Herrmann as a science teacher at Mercyhurst, described her as "a very spiritual woman who was very conscious of the needs of the times as evidenced by her willingness to change, although she didn't make hasty judgments. Sister Carolyn was a real lady and a woman of conviction. She was an intellectual who was very open-minded, approachable, and easy to relate to. She also had a good sense of humor, which is important," Bell said. Another one of Herrmann's former students, Sister JoAnne Courneen, President of the Sisters of Mercy, remembers her one-time faculty advisor as "an excellent teacher who made dasa really enjoyable* Sister Carolyn was very personable, friendly, directive and helpful. She was a Skter of Mercv first and fore*

most and rema ined active in the community until she died." After serving as dean ofwomen from 1957 until 1961, Herrmann became the Grst executive vice president and also served as academic dean. Two years later, she was the first person named president of Mercyhurst College who was not also serving as a Mother Superior. ' President William Garvey, whom Herrmann hired in 1962, said, "Sister Carol yn was an irre1 placeable woman and an indispensible leader for-the 1 tunes. * When asked whether Mercyhurst would even be here toda y if it weren't for Herrmann, Garvey said, "No, certainly not in its current form* There are 1,100 men who wouldn't be here right now if it weren't for her. She was the person responsible for making the decision to befrllll ta co-educational instituUoo in 1969 because she was »111 ivinced that it was important 1 for the education of both sexes. * Although She faced some opposition, Herrmann was the strongest supporter of allowing male students to attend "Mercyhurst "She knew that the future would



January 16,1997

Campus News
Response Time Delays Cause Problems in Duval



By Todd Zlelinskl Merciad Writer Lately, there has been a lot of ^controversy about the way hi which maintenance problems are being handled, especially reg aiding the response time needed to correct them as they arise. At the present time, the housing department is taking measures to cut down the time mat the maintenance department needs to respond to problems on campus. t According to Housing Director i'Tyrone Moore, the latest inci' dents involving tenants in the Duval apartments may be the last r Before the break, Moore heard about the problems and called a meeting with the residents In Duval> East in which Larry Kozl owski, Assistant Director of feNorth Briggs, and Duval ilLA. b Renee Shimko discussed the damages that had resulted to the building in recent weeks. Shimko and other Duval residents prepared a two-page list of i damages matwas given to Moore. The meeting resulted in an agreement by Housing to have the problems in Duval fixed before students returned in 1997. There is no reason why residents should have to live without comfort," Moore said. Ranndhan, cont'd from p. 1 or nursing women and those on a journey, he said. "In the Qur'an, it's conveyed that the purpose of fasting is not to be a hardship, but to learn selfrestraint. When you can control the basic needs of hunger and thirst you become better at controlling your actions. The most important thing during Ramadhan is to reform your conduct and make it better. If you don't do that man the fasting is just a waste of 19 time, Bakr said. Bakr said that be beean his Ramadhan fasting when he was 14. The following year he made a serious commitment to follow Isla m. In his high school years, Bakr went through three wrestling seasons during which he fasted during Ramadhan. It'a difficult, but when you're in the rightframeof mind, you











Various items on the list included broken- vegetable tray holders and towel bars to larger damages such as holes in the walla and the broken outside doors. "These were problems that we had been dealing with since the beginning ofdie year. Although I had been in contact with maintenance, it was frustrating having to go all the way to the Housing Director in order to resolve tilings," Shimko said. "When students started Mill back at the end of die first week of January, there were several complaints about die lack of progress made in dealing with the problems. According to Shimko, the majority of problems in Duval had fixed within the week that aits arrived backfromthe break. | - u_| ^ Moore said that in his fourth month on the job as director of housing he plans to make great strides to quicken the response time ofsolving maintenance problems for residents. "My goal is to establish a system that has a response time of 48 hours," he said. He believes that with the cooperation of other members in the housing and maintenance department, his goal could quickly bc• • l ie a reality within weeks. • Il

Coughlin Leaves Student Services
By Chris Wloch News Editor said she will miss Coughlin because she "was areal dynamo who was very talented and a good friend. She loved our Mercy HeriNear the beginning of winter break, the Office of Student Scr- tage and waa always concerned 19 viccs said farewell to Kim about our students. Originally from Detroit, Coughlin, an administrative assisCoughlin received her master's tant in Student Services since 1991 degree in counseling and human Beginning in January, Coughlin development with a concentration started a new position at the Erie in student personnel services from Area Job Training Partnership. Aa Edinboro in December 1995. a basic skills instructor and counIn the fall of the same year, she selor, Coughlin teaches classes and sleted an internship with Cass counsels adult students to help Shimek, Director of the Carolyn • mill acquire the skills they need Herrmann Student Union. During to become gainfully employed. that time, Coughlin started the The program includes courses on Commuter^Councfl so that stubow to manage time and stress, A-nt+ o/hn live off-campus could »I fuel a resume, develop intertogether and discuss trim III view skills and work with %^^ mon concerns. puter. "Kim was truly a blessing to me Sister Carol Ann Volte, Director during her internship. She k an of the Service Learning Program,
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extremely intelligent, talented, energetic person. Her genuinev a n cern for the welfare of the student and her ability to problem solve certainly will be missed on a personal level. Kim is a good friend and was an excellent colleague who was always willing to help," Shimek said. Coughlin said that she will miss many of the different facets of student services, especially working with resident assistants, assistant directors, and administrators in the office. The RA selection process and housing signups are two of the aspects that I was involved with which were especially fulfilling because of the interaction with students," she said.

realize that God is pleased with you," he said. At the end of Ramadhan, MusI lima celebrate the festival of Eilifitr,which Sparks said is a "joyous time to come together, share gifts, and discuss the things we did and the sacrifices we made throughout the month."

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By James Bain MerciadA&E Editor Alan Parker's Evita is an enormous, 1 a vish production of the hit Andrew Lloyd Weber/Tun Rice musical. That's right A musical. Most ofdie a u d ience I saw it with didn't seem aware of Ibis beforeha nd, and there was a lot of tooth* gnashing and rumblings of mutiny in the crowd before they finally seemed to warm up to it So be forewa rned. In fact, Evita is the mother of all musicals. In keeping win the rock opera tradition they started with their questionable taste da ss ic Jesus Christ Superstar, virtually all of the dialogue is sung. Which brings me to thefilm's$


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Evita gives a Cliffs Notes version of the rise of Eva Duarte from a penniless urchin to advocate for the downtrodden and glamourous wife of Argentina's President Juan Peron (Jonathan Pryce). Don't mistake this far history, however. The fact that Oliver Stone co-authored the screenplay should tell you something. I Evita's chief asset is Antonio Banderas' lively performance as Che, who narrates the story. Banderas' contributions to the film cannotbe overstated. In fact, one could say that his performance carries the entire production, especially during itsfrequentlulls. The film is worth seeing for his phenomenal performance alone, and for the second consecutive year, he wins the Red Cross award for saving an otherwise OK film. (Last year he was the only good thing about Four Rooms). Pryce is overshadowed by Madonna in much the same way that Eva overshadowed her husband. Madonna tries hard, gliding through thefilmlike a Macy's paradefloat,with more costume changes than all the actors on Broadway combined. Dramatically, she's not up to the challenge, but you should still see Evita, if only for Banderas* performance and for a unique per* spective on a controversial historical figure.

star, Madonna. As glamorous Eva Peron, she's certainly got what it takes vocally and visually, but she still couldn't emote convincingly if you took a crowbar to her. That's not really a problem in this film, which will cither become a cult item or a camp classic (a la Mommie Dearest). First of all, it's not as bad as you might fear. In fact, Evita has many exceptional moments, thanks mostly to Parker's visual flair. Even if it seems more like a collection of music videos man a coherent narrative, Evita sparkles while it's onscreen. If you like musicals, you'll like this one. If you hate musicals, just turn around and quietly walk away in an orderly fashion.


Scream" will make you do just that
the hilarious, wild partier. Everyrules are spelled out by Randy one is a suspect (Jamie Kennedy), the scary movie Sidney's father leaves town for fanatic Don't answer the door. a business meeting, but turns up Don't hide in the closet Don't missing—-another suspect Is the just stand there. Don't go back in killer the mysterious pol ice chief? the house. Don't trip. Don't How about the high school princianswer the phone. Don't ask pal? Or someone totally new? 19 "Who's there? Don't have sex. The Scream killer is the strong, Don't drink or do drugs. And silent type who loves slasher movdon * t, under any circumstances, ies. His only way ofcommunicatscream. ing with his killers is over his Scream also stars Neve cellular phone. But don't hang Campbell as Sidney, the quiet up. You'll die. high school girl with an ugly past; Through the whole movie, the : i Skeet Ulrica as Billy, Sidney's suspense builds as to the killer's faithful but sexually frustrated identity, and the next victim. Not boyfriend;Courteney Cox as Gale only is this movie suspenseful and Weathers, an aggressive TV re- scary, but it's also comic It's not porter, Drew Barrymore a s Casey, the traditional Friday the 13tk> smart on movie trivia, but never* type predictable horror movie theless, doomed; Rose McGowan about some blonde bimbo being as Tatum, Sidney's best friend; chased around. Scream is differj David Arquette as Dewey, ent It's great If you haven't seen Scream, I Taturn's brother, a witty police officer, and MattLillard as Stuart definitely recommend going to see
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Merciad Columnist Anyone who knows the rules to horror movies knows you should never scream. But the movie Scream has taken over the big screen in a major way. The psychological thriller, directed by Wes Craven, was the #3 movie in its debut week end, raking in more than $10 million. Scream is set in Woodsboro, a small suburb of Santa Rosa, Calit The town is plagued by a serial killer who's seen a few too many scary movies. This psychopath stalks his victims, taunts them with trivia questions, then lips them to bloody shreds. The killer could be anybody and the only waytobeat him (or h er) is to stay one step ahead and know your movie trivia. The young people he targets will only survive if they follow

it If you have seen it, and liked it there's more coming. Nightwatch opens nationally on February 14. Directed by Ole Bornedal, Nightwatch is a suspense thriller starring Nick Nolte, Patricia Arquette, Ewan McGregor and JoshBrolin. It tells the story of a young law student who takes a part-time job as the lone nightwatchman in a hospital. At the same time, a serial killer has begun to terrorize the dry. All ofthe dues lead back to hint The police are closing in on him, even though he's Innocent To solve the crime, hell have to stay awake, wide awake. Ordse.-

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January 16,1997

& Entertainment
Erie Ballet Theater Welcomes Guest Artist
By Amanda Smith Merciad Contributing Writer The Erie Ballet Theater, a continued co-sponsorship between Mercy hurst Da nee Depart ment and The Lake Erie Ballet, has begun its next production, Alice In Wonderland. Guest artists Yves dcBouteillex and Samuel Pergande were In residence for the week of Jan. 6-12 to set and rehearse for the performance to be held March 1 and 2 in the Maty D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. Through elaborate sets and costumes, dancing and acting, Lewis Carroll's classic tale will be re-created for children and patents to enjoy. Yves de Boutellier is the choreographer of Alice In Wonderland. Mr. BouteQler started his professional career in Strasbourg, France with the Ballet du Rhin. He became a soloist touring with the world famous Belgian MJII pany, Bejart's Ballet, and later went on to danoe with the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Belgium as well as the§Ballet der Deutsch Oper am Rhin, Dusseldorf, Germany. In 1986, Yves joined the Milwaukee Ballet as principal dancer under the direction of Bas il Thompson. In 1992 h e founded the Chamber Dance Company, El toi, tu danses? in Milwaukee, a company mat performs a diverse repertoire including many of his own choreographies. Boutellier's ballet follows the story and characters of Lewis Carroll's book Alice in Wonder* land, rather than the second book entitled Through The Looking Glass* "This ballet leaves a lot for the dancers to add to the story. It's sort of a crazy story and it is a crazy ballet too. It is a funny ballet, the children will see one thing and adults will see another. Boutellier also feela that diewonderful costumes and sets are a great plus for bringing fantasy and enchantment to the stage* Seven Mercyhurst dancers will be performing with Erie Ballet Theater's Christina Maria (the Queen of Heart s),Boutellier(the March Hare), and additional guest artist Samuel Pi 9 of Yves from Milwaukee. Mercyhurst dancers include Erin Petitjean, Dorrie Garland, Kerry Wagner, Chrissy Vanschaick, Nikki Milano, and Marissa Brewer. In addition to the casting and setting in this ballet, de Boutellier taught ballet * technique classes during "his residency with the dance department Tickets can be ordered by calling die box office bat the Performing Arts Center. Don't miss the memorable characters and encounters of Alice's exciting journey to wonderland.

Turay Returns to the Hurst
By Jody Washington | Merciad Contributing Writer Only two months after his New York City recital debut, and nine months after winning the 1996 D'Angelo Young Artist Competition, tenor Gregory Turay returns to Mercyhurst College on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 2:30 p.m. to perform with the D'Angelo Symphony Orchestra, Frank Collura, director, in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. It's rewarding to see this young Artist winner return as part of our Grea t Performers Series with our very own Symphony Orchestra 19 led by conductor Fra nk Collura, said Michael Fuhrman, director of the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center This classic tenor has die ability to Gil the Center with an astonish ing musical range and the unmistakable ring of a bom opera star." He noted, •Turay'a talent, blended with the harmonious sounds of the orchestra, promises to create a very memorable afternoon." Turay has performed in the chamber concerts of the 1996 Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, SC, where he was deemed "the vocal find of the decade." Most' recently, Turay waa the youngest singer to win the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He then performed with James Levine and die Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in a Winners Concert which waa j Yves de Boutellier performs in Alice in Wonderland, staged by the broadcast nationally. .Erie Ballet Theater. Later this year, Turay will sing the role of Orfeo in Monteverdi's La Favola D'Orfeo with the Opera Theatre of St Louis, and has He believes that opportunities to been engaged to premiere the role By Jody Washingtoi of Rodolfo in William Bolcom's Merciad Contributing Writer J find more cures art in jeopardy because one half of the earth's A Viewfromthe Bridge with the ra info res is have already been deIt is die first lecture of 1997 at Lytic Opera of Chicago hi 19 Mercyhurst and a great opportustroyed. In 1986, Katz realized the need Currently, he la part of the Met's nity to learn about the Rainforest Alliance and alternatives to tropi- to save the world's tropical forYoung Artists Program. cal deforestation as Dan Katz pre- ests and, together with four othMercyhurst students pay S3 for sents his lecture, T a 1 csfromthe ers,foundedthe Rainforest Allitickets, President's Card holders Jungle" in the Taylor Little The- ance, an organization committed p*yS5. I I atre on Tues., Jan 21 at 7:30 pan. to rainforest conservation and the development of a national con"Kate's presentation will Dan Katz will lecture on the*. touch on tropica 1 deforestation and stituency acting on it* behalf. The environment at the D'Angelo I the effects it has on the removal of Alliance also educat' thepublic and assists in the conservation of Performing Arts Center on Jan. 21 plants with specific medicinal value," said Michael Fuhrman, * tropical forests. director of the Mary D'Angelo Katz is on the board of the Performing Arts Center. Twenty • World Parks Endowment and has years ago, the chances of surviv- | established The Canopy,"a quaring childhood leukemia were 1 in • tcrly newsletter geared toward 5, today, those chances are 4 in 5. il students, faculty and top ranks of Dan Katz, co-founder and ex- the academic community who are ecutive director of the Rainforest interested in conservation issues. Alliance, says that this is not due The event is free to Mercyhurst 9 to the creation of a synthetic drug, College students and President a but the discovery of the rosy pen* Card holders. For more informawinkle, a tropical ra inforest plant F tion, call 824-3000.

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By Joe Wong Merciad Columnists cellular phone conversation, albeitfromDemocratic supporters acting illegally, that Speaker Gingrich was organizing a unifiedfrontwith other Republican leaders responding to the a* f i l l mittee. (As a side-note, the couple who taped the telephone conference among the Republican leaders, and the Democratic Congressman who released it to the press, should be prosecutedfortheir illegal acts, but mat does not discount the value of die information.) The second case in Washington began in May 1994 when Paula Jones, a former Arkansas state employee filed a sexual harassment auit against President a inton. The case alleges that in 1991 the President, then Arkansas governor, had a state trooper bring Ms. Jones to CI inton's hotel •:eiu during a state government conference in Little Rock. Once in the hotel room, Jones alleges Governor Clinton askedfororal sex and exposed himself to her. She refused and left the room. Lawyers for President Clinton have argued a sitting President should befrnmun*fromcivil suit until he is out of office, and the Supreme Court will now decide if this president, or any president, does have thattypeof immunity* So what's to be made of these cases? Both casea demonstrate the lack of ethical standards on the part ofmany political leaders, adding to the disillusionment and animosity among many Americans towards politics. But what is lilt ire important is both men should free punishmentsforany illegal or unethical actions they committed. Speaker Gingrich, if the allegations against him are true, should not be Speaker,,of the House, if for no other reason than to be a "good Republican." It would be difficult for Republicans to investigate any financial and ethical improprieties of the Clinton's or the Democratic Party if one of their important leaders has committed similar acts. As for President Clinton, It doesn't appear that he used his position as governor to force sex from Ms. Jones, and mat her state employment was never really threatened. Regardless, if Clinton did propoa state employee, a feeling ofjob insecurity and fear is to be expected, and Bill Clinton should free the allegations in court At the same time, a precedent should not be set for a sitting president to endure a full length trial, as it genuinely may interfere and detract from the daily business of a Chief Executive. But allowing the taking of depositions in the case seems logical, enabling the frets and various points of view to be recorded, and then a formal trial could take place in four years. In the end, both men, as leaders, should set examples and take responsibilityforany wrongdoing.

t* At the risk of sounding outdated a massive 'two weeks' into the new year, I'd like to wish everyone a happy 1997.1 know we live in a fast paced The past few days have seen two society, but come on, does the year become old after a mete 16 days? I mean high-level ethical and legal dethere is still another 349 days of possible happiness that someone might bates reach the forefront of attention in Washington. The llrst case have, so why do we stop wishing them happy new year so soon? See, people at home like to take things slow, we don't like to rush into deals with House Speaker Newt them, that's why we wish each other happy new year up until March. At this Gingrich and an ongoing investistage we're able to continue on with greeting each other happy St Patrick's gation into some of his activities by a House Ethics committee. The day. This one usually survives until it's happy Christmas time. The point is, time moves too fast over here. I kind of wish it would stand second case is being heard by the still the Way It seems to in belaud sometimes. Frankly, I'm not too Supreme Court and will determine triable with mis whole 1997 thing, I'm even a little worried. The die status of a civil case against reason is simple. This is the year I'm supposed to graduate. In afewmonths President Clinton by Paula Jones. I'm supposed to leave here and go out and tackle the real world with all the The ethics case against Speaker 9 'skills and knowledge acquired in college • skills and knowledge acquired Gingrich snowballed on Dec 21 when he acknowledged he had ' in college - now do you understand why I am a little worried? Sure it's a cliche, but I can't believe how fast the time has gone here. I violated House ethics rules regardremember as a freshman all the way back in 1993, '1997' seemed so far ing the teaching of a college class. away. I thought of it as some far off distant time, sort of like those "Mad The class was seen through satelMax* movies. Yeah, 1997 was in the future, everything would be fine, it lite broadcasts throughout the wasn't going to a fleet me. M country, and was apparently meant Well, O-year has arrived, and while on the one hand it is somewhat to be a recruiting device for encouraging to see we're not living in the post nuclear war world depicted Gingrich's political action •111 in Mad Max, on the other hand, the prospect ofridingaround shooting bad mittee, GOPAC, and the Republiguys with Me) Gibson doesn't arouse the same, sort offearI have about can Party. As such, the class was graduating and being exiled from the comfortable surrounds of this place. organized and developed by AMright,perhaps I am being a little melodramatic here, but I just wanted GOPAC, but paid for with doto illustrate the type of anxiety I'm dealing with this new year, and if this nated funds, a wrongful use of taxcolumn has made no sense then you will forgive me, but making sense has exempt funds for pa rtisan reasons. eluded me in my preoccupation with survival. More important,- Gingrich adFinally, if there are any fellow seniors out there who don't happen to be mitted to submitting false inforunduly troubled by everything that lays ahesd ofus this year, then I would mation to the House Ethics 1111 like to know the name of what you're smoking, and the brand of what mittee regarding the involvement you're drinking. For all those who have the same concerns as myself, men of GOPAC In his admission of I'll see you at Hermann's. wrong-doing to the committee, Gingrich agreed not to use his position as a Republican leader to organizes partisan response to the committee and its activities. Evi- I dence has now surfaced in a taped By Dan HUflker amounts of time that baa helped to Senior Writer curb violence in America. Of course, all of these different asRecently, the government re* pects have been factored into the leased its annual report on crime reduction of violent crime and the By Michael J. opperman rates within the United Sutea. This reduced statistics. I feel mats great Merciad Columnist year has, fortunately, mirrored the deal has been done to implement trend that began a few years ago changes hi previous policies and Although this week's column that shows that violent crime in the initiatives that have had a great deal •tight read like afilmreview, it is United States is on the decrease, of positive impact on the reduction much more of a caveat With the especially in the larger cities. People of crime, but I also think that there release of the movie The People cite different factors hi an effort to are other waysfatwhich much of the vs. Larry Flynt, there has come, explain this decrease. Some will funding for these procedures could logically, a renewal of interest in argue that the increased presence of be more wisely spent Larry Flynt and his publishing police officers on the streets has Increasing the number and pres- success (Flynt is the publisher of been the key factor in reducing crime ence of police officers on the streets the pornographic magazine, HusStatistics. Others will argue that it may be a good idea, as is building tfer). has been the strength of the economy more prisons to ar"~:nmodate the Mil os Form an, the director of over the past few years tha t has kept violent offenders. I think that many the film, and Oliver Stone, the crime numbers low. of the problems of crime and vio- producer, have chosen to depict Msny others will argue that it has lence in America could be alleviFlynt as a patriotic defender of been the ability of the judicial sys- ated if there was a much greater thefreedomof speech. The Sutem to keep violent offenders be- emphasis on educating the children preme Court case represented hi hind prison barn for increasing contd. the movie was actually s rela-


Larry Flint* Man and Myth
tively routine decision that, proOne cover features a naked tects the right of journalists to woman tied up on top ofthe hood draw political cartoons, I will not of a car like a deer. She is porargue, however, the minimal and trayed as a prize bagged by a incidental nature of Flynt's inhunter. A photo spread within the volvement in protecting our free- magazine shows a woman with a doms, although the case can be shaved head being assaulted by made quite easily. men in Nazi-like uniforms. It is important, instead, to recA second coverframesa naked ognize the character and content woman fed head-first into a meat of Flynt's magazine. The film grinder; it includes s stamp notidoes not choose to examine the fying the reader of the quality of misogyny and advocacy of viothe meat Have I failed to menlence toward women that are en- tion the notorious Chester the demic in the pages of Hustler. Molesterj who stars in the These representations are not the magazine'sjoke section ? Further exception, but the rule. Here area explanation of this character is few examples for those who have unnecessary. not had the opportunity to peruse contd. pg 8 the magazine.




January 16,1997

By Eniilio Colaiacovo Merciad Political Columnist

(Miipiipi Democrats Continue Hypocrisy O n Ethics
The sub-comm ittee, which still must publish its final report and recommend the Speaker's possible punishment, found the tax matters to be so complex, they believed the Speaker sought additional tax advice,from more specialized tax attorneys. On ABC's This Week, a legal consultant stated the Speaker had no criminal intent to perpetrate such violations. Though Gingrich admitted to giving the committee untrue information, the speaker recently has complied with the sub-committee every step of the way. With a backdrop reminiscent to a witch hunt, David Bonior continues his infla minatory rhetoric and consistently demands that Newt Gingrich should step down as speaker. However, there are many inconsistencies in Bonior's argument. As stated earl icr, Bonior said mat no one with an ethical cloud above his head should serve as Speaker of the House. Unfortunately, the fellow representative Mr. Bonior was supporting for Speaker, Dick Gephardt, who has had his own ethical problems to (tend with. According to the * in Wall Street Journal, Dick Gephardt repeatedly submitted inaccurate information to the House sub-committee related to a beachfrontrental property he owned. Evidently, Mr. Gephardt declared the property his "second home" and did not have to pay $17,600 in taxes. While die Democrats force us to pay our taxes, I guess they are above the laws they place on us. After the sub-comm ittee (controlled \ by Democrats at the time) investigated the incident, they advised Gephardt to be more diligent in his finances and failed to reprimand him. While Bonior lambastes Gingrich for providing inaccurate information, Mr. Gephardt, committing similar infractions, is regarded as a saint Do you see any contradictions here? Apparently, Mr. Bonior has higher ethical standards for Republicans than he doea for his own party members. Also, Mr. Bonior is a fervent defender ofPresident Clinton, die King of Ethics in Washington. How can Mr. Bonior, after crucifying Gingrich on ethical charges, support a man who is charged with sexual harassment, accepting campaign contributions from foreign investors, and committing financial improprieties associated with the Whitewater fiasco? It is so evident mat Mr. Bonior has double standards for ethics. If you are a Republican, you are ethically accountable for your actions. If you are a Democrat and you have ethical problems, yon deserve to be President of the United States. Clearly, Mr. Bonior's actions are motivated not in the interest o f the law, but rather, in the interest of partisan politics. So much for the olive branch in Congress. breath, Congressman Henry Hyde stated he would write to Attorney General Janet Reno demanding an investigation into this incident While some Republicans, such as Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott are calling for an end to the partisan confrontations, too much political power is at stake. Unfortunately, I see no end in sight to these problems.

It is quite evident that David Bonior, the house minority whip, has had a political vendetta against Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. In the name of ethics and trust, David Bonior has filed 74 ethical complaints against Gingrich since he became Speaker. Though Mr. Gingrich has had 73 of the 74 charges denied, (with one still pending) it is I quite obvious that Bonior wishes to destroy Newt Gingrich and the Republican agenda. For those who are unaware of the current political storm, Bonior claims Gingrich purposely lied to the House ethics sub-committee aboutfinancialimproprieties concerning a college course he taught and a political action committee named GOP AC. Evidently, Gingrich is under investigation because he may have misused taxexempt funds raised for the college course for political purposes. Since the investigation, Bonior has appeared on every television show possible to make the claim that no one with a h istory of ethical problems should serve as speaker of the house.

This entire sequence of events paints a sad story of congressional politics. The American people sent these men and women to cut their taxes, reduce government regulaTo complicate matters, on NBC's tion, secure the solvency of MediMeet the Press, Tim Russert an- care, Medicaid and Social Secunounced that two individuals in rity, and enact meaningful welfare Florida listened in on Speaker reform. Instead, the congressional Gingrich's cellular phone conver- agenda is congested With partisan bickering. No wonder the Amerisations on a police scanner, mem, and then gave mem to Rep. can people have little trust in ConJim McDermott, the leading Demo- gress? I realize that-Speaker crat on the ethics sub committee Gingrich's power is diminished, investigating Gingrich, who later but I do not expect this to hurt the gave them to the New York Times agenda the Republican majority has for publication. These police state been sent to enact There is an tactics are intolerable, and I hope obvious ethical problem fin the Mr. Bonior challenges the ethical House, however, the Democrats questions surrounding this incident •make a mockery of the ethical and calls for Mr. McDcrmott's • review process when they use it for partisan purposes. This is the immediate resignation due to his illegal activities. While I hold my • dilemma which faces our nation.

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Attention Seniors
Dear Editor, around the pool. If you donate $25.00 or more, you can have your name inscribed on it. Any The Senior Class Project campaign has begun. The Senior class donations less than $25 will entitle you to get your name issued lilt i committee started the phon-a in the Mercyhurst Honors Magaon January 15. The phon-s-thon zine. will run Jan. 16,from7-9:30 PM; Your involvement in the Senior Jan. 19 from 1-3:00 PM and 68:00 PM; and Jan. 20and 21 from Class project is very important. We arc aiming to raise $3500, and 7-9:30 PM. # hope to have 100% participation We are proud to name our from the Class of 1997. project after Bob Munson, "for As the campaign moves forfellll his tireless and dedicated ward we will keep you Informed mitment to lending a hand to the of the development Thank you Mercyhurst community and for your participation in helping thereby brightening all our lives." The main area that we arc nam- reach our goal, Sincerely, ing will consist ofa sculpture and fountain surrounded by • pool. Vanessa Pappalardo. Granite stones swilllbe placed

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Campus Question
What is your New Year's resolution for 1997?

David Nemcc, senior, marketing.^ "My New Year's resolution is not to drink so much that I would puke.*

Melissa Lang, sophomore, biology. "My New Year's resolution is to get things done on tune."

Sarah Allen, junior, family ecology. "I want to be a better person, and try to get in shape.*

Connie." Ralston, senior, sportsmedicine. "My resolution is to get more si eep and to eat properly.*

Melanie Schaeffer, junior;/

"My New Year's resolution is to get a real, genuine engagement ring from my fiancee.*

Amanda Stefik, junior, elementary ed/specW ed. T o smile more and to call mom more often.*

Lynn Ws&howich, junior, science education "I'm not going to drink until the end of the term.*

Craig Phillips, senior, HRIM. "My New Year's resolution is to get good grades and get out of here in May."

Matt Kisscll, sophomore!
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"My resolution is to go to church two times a month."

Holly Henderson, senior, graphic design. * T o not procrastinate."

Clime, contd.frontpg i keep these kids out of trouble lather than buil ding prisons to house when they are young and more fat them when they go astray. It really teed of these specialized prodoes not seem logical to me to spend grams, they would not commit between $35,000 and $65,000 anthe acts ofviolence when they are nually to keep someone in prison older. I wonder what the impact when it costs only an average of would be u few years down the $4,300 to help put diem through line if more of America's youth •Head Start programs, at an early who are at risk ofcoming In conage. r tact with the law were given mora Maybe if we did something to positive treatment and si i ii in programs in school. For many of these children, school is the only safe and structured place that they know. I would like to see die money that is spent on those in prison extended to the many children out there who more readily deserve and need it, rather than building a string ofprisons serosa America. ind out how hundreds of student presents tives are already earning REE TRIPS and LOTS OF CASH ith America's #1 Spring Break ompany! Sell only IS trips and travel ree! ? ncun, Bahamas, Mazatlan. Jamaica r Florida! :AMPUS MANAGER POSITIONS LSO AVAILABLE. Call Now! Tak Break Student Travel (800) 95IREAK. :• -LA .*

Flint, contd. from pg f The point in describing the content of the magazine lies in our perception of the publisher. Forman and Stone would have the audience of their movie understand Flynt in terms of heroism. This comprehension would be, at best, incomplete. If the subjects of die aforementioned pho> tphs were African Americans or Jews, the response by the audience (and, perhaps, the decision]

to make die movie) would be different My intention in this column is not to vilify Larry Flynt, although this argument could and has been easily made. Instead, I return to the idea of a caveat, a warning. In this sound bite, flash Action society, fact is difficult to discernfromfiction. More to the pointy tact Is considered a myth* While constructing our belief systems or assigning values to deci-

sions or perceptions, it is useful to 1 make our understandings of events and individuals as Villi plete as possible. Lott Reed advised, "believe none of whs t you hear, and only half of what you see." I think, instead, that there is usually more than what you hear and far less than what you sec only halfofthe story is ever told and heroes in this mass media culture are only ca rdboard cut-outs of themselves.

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beneOts of their own individual learning styles to become more successful" in an academic environment Panetta has also stepped in to assist Bob "Mr. Help" Munson. Munson is temporarily out due to illness. Panetta is taking his calls and directing them to the appropriate areas. Students who have come to Munson in the past for help can continue to call h is number, 2324, and receive assistance. Elaine Ruggiero, Act 101 Counselor, is available to offer aid to those students categorized as Act 101 students, an individual who resides in Pennsylvania and possesses potential for success in college, but would be unable to utilize that potential without finacial assistance as well as any student seeking out academic support Ruggiero can be reached at


Help Hallway" Ready and Waiting

By Brad Rybczynsld Features Editor There u e people on this campus who tie just waiting to help you. In fact that is their job. k They arc the individuals who make up the Academic Support Program at Mercyhurst It is perhaps better known at "Help Halln way which is located on the first floor of Egan Halt \ The impetus for the Academic Support Program in the irv class, but it is not limited I Betty Damper, Director of Act 101 Counselors, said, "We are available to help all students." One aspect of the i 1 « J monitor certain groups of students to ensure academicsuccess. These groups include, but are not limited to, McAuley students, athletes, freshers on probation, transfer "students and students with learning differences. The monitoring f 1T*> allows advisors to better guide students through the transitionfromhigh school to college. It also alerts counselors early enough to help students gauge this progress as well as identity problem area that require attention. Clayann Gilliam Panetta, Act 101 Counselor and Learning Styles Specialist, is available to "helii students to maximize the




Phyllis Aiello, Director of Transfer Students, is available to transfer students as her title suggests. Transfer students include external and internal transfers. Aiello is also a Senior Woman's Administrator, and handles.all women athletes in varsity sports to review eligibility according to NCAAruks. ' For those students wishing to gain assistance in writing, mathematics or specific courses such

"Members of "Help Hallway" (from LtoR) Mkhele Wheaton, Phyllis Aiello, Betty Damper, and Clayann Gilliam Panetta f as American Government Biol- tutors in other areas they can check efitfromthe available resources. 19 "Help Hallway assists more ogy or Business Law to name a the bulletin board in Egan's "Help few, they can go to John Coleman, Hallway "or call Coleman at 2303. than 1000 students at the college. This assistance consists of directStudents unsure of whom to Director of the Writing Center, in ing students to appropriate ser* in itact, can get in touch with the basement of McAuley Halt vices, tutors and try monitoring Students are guaranteed help in Michele Wheaton, Secretary of progress of students. To sum up both the writing and math centers Academic Support Department, the program Damper said," We by signing up on the bulletin board at 2299. Wheaton guides stu•Mini!.iurage those doing well and and *ahowing up ready to work" dents to specific counselors or those who are not" as Coleman said. If students need areas hi which they can best ben-

Hurst Institute Helps Erie
By Dan Hilfiker Senior Writer In Mercyhurst College*s tradition of building communication, high standards of excellence, and participation With the community, the college founded the Institute for Child and Family Policy on August 14, 1995. Thelinstitute was set up in response to many of the concerns that the community had voiced about the problems and effects of child poverty, abuse and neglect, family disorganization, school dropout, delinquency and youth violence. The institute is s collaborai in between the college and the greater Erie community to try to research and develop policies and itratenies to better deal with many of the issues that face the youth of Eric as well as their families. The Institute for Child and Family Policy was set up as a service of the college to the community. The college is making available their resources to the community hi an effort to better inform and guide its policy and decision makers," said Dr. Peter Benekoa, director of the institute, Working with Benekoa are Raymond A Howard, who serve* •a the associate director, the Dir of the Planning Council Project, Amy Cuzzola-Kem, a research policy analyst who has a 9 master a decree in Public and International Affairs, and finally, Sherrie Sonnenbcrg, also a research policy analyst, who has three years working hi Criminal Justice and posesses a masters degree in the Administration of Justice. The Institute has coordinated a number of new initiatives in Erie County with schools, s number of service agencies, as well as the adult and juvenile court systems. Some of the diverse topics that they have researched have included the impact of welfare reform on Erie County residents and also the issues of teen pregnancy. A lengthy study was recently undertaken at the request of the Eric County Office ofJuvenile Probation which evaluated thestatis deal data available of the nature and number of Juvenile CrimestoErfc County from 19911996, 4 .i .la the past, the Institute hat

veniles and their families, the schools and the court system. They have also established a series of publications, fact sheets, and special reports that provide information about what is happening within the Erie community regarding juveniles and their fami11 "It is kind of exciting. We are only in the second year of the program and there's s lot of support from the community. It really speaks well of the college," Bcnekos said. For the time being, the Institute will keep working toward its goa Is snd seeks to involve more graduate and undergraduate students hi the process of educating, researching end guiding the Erie community.

sponsoredfedifferent teleconferences on campus that had to do with Juvenile issues. They also worked with Cannon University on a number of projects. They hired both graduate and undergraduate students to workforthe Institutetohelp conduct research projects and have assembled a library of resources and information regarding children and youth. All students sre welcome to Use this information. ^Future areas of study include a review of intermediate punishment methods for offenders in Erie County and an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Collaborative Intensive Community Treatment Program at Perseus House. Which brings together ju-




January 16,1997

By Brad Rybczynsld Features Editor '-_ I hear heroin is nuking a big comeback. Fashion models sport a look known as "heroin chic," Trainspotting, t movie about a group of kids on heroin, was a hit, and it is considered cool to be some aging rock star who has recovered from heroin addiction. The heroin being sold on the streets is said to be less potent than years before. It is just a recreational drug, right? It is no longer necessary to shoot heroin, it can now be smoked or snorted more easily man before. Jerry Garcia diedfroma heroin overdose along with countless others, some • i l l >wn, s ome not Th osebig name celebrities whohave died as a result of heroin or other drug use are a message to those contemplating moving to *hard" drugs. I got the message, but nothing hit me as hard as when over break I saw my friend's father and inquired •hfffftMm I was told myfriendwas a heroin addict and a thief! At mat point I think my heart skipped a beat and dropped into my stomach. It was a feeling I have only gotten in the past when I heard of a loved one dying. This was a kid'whom I grew up with. At one point he was my bestfriend.We did everything togetherfromhockey to baseball or going to the movies or the mall. He was like a brother to me. As his father was telling me the story of breaking end entering, trips to counselors and finally his weeks in rehab, I had to stifle tears as I felt my heart breaking. &I was left in stunned disbelief ofwhat I had Just heard. As I drove home. lalso reflected upon the 45 minute conversation I had with myfriend'sfather.t He talked to me the way a father does a son. He told me stories much like my father does with me. Hejust seemed so happy to have another young man to talk to. As I left him, he shook my hand and told me to call him if there was anything he could do for me. I have heard that before and usually dismiss it as a polite gesture. My friend's &ther meant it He had lost his son. True, it is not in the literal sense. He is still alive. What has died is myfriend'stamer's faith in the innocence of his little boy. I cannot' ima gine the thoughts of needles, stealing, HIV or hepatitus that must run through the mind of myfriend'sfather. He looked broken, but still hopeful that his son would mill through and some day become productive.

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This Friday night, it is notjust Criminal Justice majors who are being invited to solve a crime. There is no better way to solve a crime than to actually witness it At 7:30 p.m. in the Union, the Weekends Committee will present Mysteries on Campus, an interactive murder mystery. Watch while professional actors and fellow students stage at least one murder right before your very eyes. The witnesses then become the detectives to try to determine who the guilty party is. There will be cash prizes available, so grab those thinking caps and head to the Union this Friday night , I On Saturday, the Weekends Committee has decided to take advantage of the Erie weather and organize a sledding outing. Anyone interested must sign up at the Union desk, and everyone must meet at the Union by 1 p.m. The outing will last until 4 p.m. and hot tiiTITfJtllate wilt be provided* Saturday night, SAC will also be supporting the dub hockey team at their 7:30 p.m. game in the MIC Fans in attendance will have the chance to win prizes such as a 19 inch television set * *i Although Coffeehouse experimented with Tuesday night on January 14, they wfll return to their usual Thursday on the 24th. %






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Men Basketball Notr So

By Shawn Kroener Merciad Sports Writer Let's face it, the men's basketball team is struggling. The Lakers are on a four game losing streak to important GLIAC opponents, dropping to a 2-5 record in the GLIAC conference and 8-7 overall and letting post-season hopea diminish. The showdown the entire city of Erie was waiting forMercyhurst versus cross-town rivals, the!Golden Knights of Gannon, took place Jan 6 infrontof a sold-out crowd at the MAC. Coming into die game, Gannon had two highly regarded players that the Lakers paid special attention to Steve Moy er, one o fthe best three point shooters in the nation and Troy Nesmith, a high-scoring force. Mercyhurst came out very slow, not scoring a basket until Maurice Profit had a putbackfiveminutes into the game. At this point the Lakers were down ( 9-2. They fought back before half time, lead by the fairfreshman**Demond

Stewart'sfivepoints and Profit's ers having five players scoring in four points. Thefirsthalf was 4 double figures, and edging the lis pi ay of terrible offense for both Lakers 84-74. Profit ended the game with 23 points and six reteams. The Lakers shot 9/28. In bounds. Although troubled by the second half, Mercyhurst 9 gained an early lead, but Gannon fouls the "fabfreshman' had 20 points, six rebounds and three wastoughdown the stretch and edged the Lakers by a score of 47- blocks. Oakland University entered the 44. Mercyhurst shot one of 17 from the three-point range and MAC Jan 11 with a 10-5 record and a 5-2 record in GLIAC cononly 30 percent from the field. ference games respectively. The The Lakers' bright spot was Stewart's 13 points and eight re- Lakers were looking for die upset by gaining the lead early, but that bounds. Gannon's big guns Moy er and Nesmith.were held to was temporary. Oakland began 12 points combined and no three* to slowly pull ahead and entered halftime with a 52-36 lead. The pointers. Lakers were shooting much betThe next opponent to visit the ter than previous games but OakMAC was Wayne? State. Mercyhurst, once again came out ind was onfire,shooting 10 of 22 three pointers. In die second hal U ihooting poorly in the first half. the Lakers kept battling back and Wayne State came out shooting 56 percent from thefieldand sco r- cut the. lead to nine points but could not come any closer as the ing 43 first-half points to visiting Pi oneers won 98-84. OakMercyhurst's 28. Jason Ioppolo land had five players scoring in and Profit had solidfirsthalf perdouble figures and two players formances with 11 and seven had double doubles. Stewart lead points. Coming out in the second the Lakers with 24 points and half, the Lakers were strong. The eight! rebounds. Darryl Van Lakers kept cutting down the Cleave came off the bench with Wayne State lead, tat Wayne 12 points and two steals. State was too touch for the Lak-

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J Women'sB-Ball Struggle in The GUACt
By Maureen, McMaboo and K a n dark Merciad SportsWriters
Mercyhurst women's basketball started the uew year with a win on Jan 6th against Gannon University, with a score of50-35. The Lakers came out with a win against Westminster College with an ending score of 80-45. The Lakers ended their winning streak against Oakland University. The leading scores ft* the Lakers were Connie Ralston with 19 points, Tanya Potcova with 14, and Lori Morth rolling in with 13 points. Mofth was also the leading icboundcf with eight Ralston and Allison Marsden each had six rebounds. "I was proud of how the team played against Oakland, they showed a lot of heart, it will pay dividends down the road,* uys Coech Jim Webb. The Lady Lakers are three wins and four losses, overall (he Lakers are 11 wins and fourlosses. The Lady Ukers traveltoMichigan to play Hillsdale University on Sat Jtn 18- Coach Webbsald.nfWoonfuientaboutlheteain^ .«.:.:... - — tfc* «n*d and win a meaningful win.


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January 16,1997

Laker Hockey
The second period was a different story aa the Lakers started to ga in control with anlan Crockford The Laker hockey team is back goal. Mike Mass is did some good to its former glory with five wins work on the left hand boards bein a row,The Hurst won the Hamot fore feeding the puck to Crockford who buried the puck in the botclassic at the Mercyhurstlce Centom right hand corner. ter, defeating Findlay in the opening game 7-1 and Oswego 4-3 in The Lakers continued to presthe championship game. sure the opposition and yet again The Hurst then traveled to Conthey were awarded their second necticut lor the second tournagoal of the period. Bobby Atkin's meat in two weeks. Once again, initial shot was blocked, but the they were victorious, beating defense was unable to clear the Potsdam 10-1 and UCONN 7-4. puck and it fell to Atkin who "Everybody is a little bit more scored with a wrist shot confident now. We've.played Trevor Brandt added a third goal some of the top teams in the counafter a beautiful drop pass by Chris try and we've done very well. Morgan that set up the score. We've proved to ourselves that Brandt picked up the loose puck we're one of the top teams in the in front of the net and poked it* country and we're going in with borne. that attitude that no team should j • Just when the Lakers seemed to beat us," said Captain Greg have a grip on the game, Brockport Snetsinger. scored a power play goal with 24 The Hurst started sluggishly in seconds remaining in a period the opening period as they didn't which saw the Hurst out-shoot seem to be able to string even a their opponent 12-6. few passes together. The Lakers were back on track early in the third period with a By Scott Vance Merciad Sports Editor


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leers Undefeated in Last Four Games
si a pshot by Tony Borkf ord which was batted in by M ass is infrontof the net It was a game where even Borkf ord got his first goal of the season with a slap shot into the bottom left hand corner to give the Lakers a 5-1 lead. The game ended with a goal from John Evangelista and Mass is (with four seconds left) scoring to give the Lakers a 7-2 win. "We struggled, and we didn't play that welL I was hard pressed tofindanything real good except that we won. We had more talent and that came through. I fwe play the same way this weekend we'll get killed," said Coach Rick Gotkin. The Lakers will have to turn it up a notch this weekend as they face Elmira and Hobart (outdoor rink) on Friday and Saturday respectively. "All the games are big, they" really are. But, beca use they are a * team mat is nationally ranked and it is in their rink, it could carry some big weight," said Gotkin. Sophmore Mike Masse fuB of aggression as Paul Colontino looks on.

Men V-ballServes Up OptimismFor First Season

Lakers Look Forward To First Season
By Marcus Lack Merciad Sports Writer If you haven't heard by now, there la a new team in town, the men's volleyball team. The first year team is coached by Craig Davie and assisted by Mike Rumba ugh both of whom coach the girls'team as well. Before this year, Mercy hurst only bad a men's club team. Last year Athletic Director Pete Russo had approached Davie, inquiring about a men's team. Davie told Russo that a men's team would be an excellent idea. Mercyhurst lies in prime real estate for re* cruiting men's volleyball, the New York and Pennsylvania areas are rich with players entering college. Coach Davie said this team can snatch up with anyone, but they have a lack of experience. Seven out of the 10 players are freshmen, the rest are sophomores. The players to watch out for are Brian Kapusta and the co-captains, Andy Mahaven and Adam Tokash. Kapusta and Tokash, both sophomores, are the only NO players who ha ve college level playing experience. Last year they both played for Montana State. While playing there* Kapusta was the team's leading middle hitter. MeanwhileTokash was busy leading the team in kills, digs and aces. Tokash, has no college level playing experience. but he is an outstanding all-around player and an excellent athlete. He will be the go-to guy in pressure situations. There is only one division for men's volleyball, Division I. Mercyhurst will face tough established programs 1 ike Penn St, O hio State and Ball State The team opened up with a win against Niagara. This team is Y jung and inexperienced, but in two to three years they may bean established program.. The team faced Ohio State on Wednesday night However, the learn lost in three straight setstoa powerful and vastly experienced Ohio State team. The Lakers travel to take part in the Tri - State University Tournament this weekend.

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