use them. Each of the two will be responsible for recruiting another five student volunteers to help diem. In two and a half weeks, Smith and Counce will travel to Harrisburg for training ata weekend workshop. Sister Carol Ann Volte, director of the service learning program, who will be accompanying Counce and Smith to the state's capital, said, "We are very excited that Angela and Michael were selected as participants in the program. Students involved in service learning ha ve impacted our"* " " ^ I community by receiving this national award." Smith, a freshman archaeology major who lives in Erie, said that he was surprised after learning that he h a d been chosen. "It should be an interesting and valuable ex9 perience,' he said. A resident of Wattsburg, junior Counce is a famfly ecology major. Counce said that it was goodtobe paid for something that was going to bring a lot of good to the community. Financial difficulties sometimes prevent some people from being able to participate in service work because they have to work more than onejob in order to make ends meet, she said. 'I've always wanted to be involved In something like this. II was more than just getting a job, it was a
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A m e r i C o r p s Selects T w o Mercyhurst Service Scholars
By Chris Wloch NewsE&tor At the beginning of this week two Mercyhurst students received the news they had been waiting for. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Angela Counce and Michael Smith were notified by AmeriCorps that they had been named as service scholars to participate in a program coordinated by the Pennsylvania Campus Compact. Counce and Smith will receive more man $8,000 each for a minimum 900 hours which are to be completed by December of this year. "Normally students i till pletc their hours in a period of three years. They gave us a year to finish ours," Smith said. The compensation will be broken up into a monthly living allowance of $536.40 over the 10 months and a post-service Educational Award frc&*»the National Service Trust of $2,36230 in the form of a voucher. As part of a program for uii munity Resources Institute, the two will be involved in preparing and distributing computers donated by GE to physically challenged, people living in Erie. Smith will clean and program the computers and Counce will function as a public representative consultant who delivers the putcrs and shows people how to
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From left toright:Dr. Garvey, Angela Counce, Michael Smith and Sister Carol Ann Voltz dream becoming reality, Counce said. X Upon hearing the news, Mercyhurst President Dr.^William Garvey expressed his satisfaction with the net that the college received two positions out of the Gve available to local colleges and universities including Gannon, Behrend and Edinboro. "We are very happy to have two students selected by AmeriCorps, particularly since this is thefirstyear for the program. This is an indication ofthe quality of students we have here at Mercyhurst Both Angela and Michael exemplify what \ Mercy College is all about They have broughthonor on themselves, their famSies and the college,* he said.

Fire Extinguisher Incident Highlights Miscommunication
ported the Incident to f Resident Assistant Katie Burke who then called in the incident to security. In last week's Merciad, it was 1 called security as soon as the reported that residents of Baldwin students told me," she said. After being informed by the resitownhouse eight had been left without a tire extinguisher since dents mat their extinguisher had before the Christmas break, and not been replaced, Burke again i u etcJ security. Evcntuall y, she tha t the extinguisher was not actually replaced until Thursday, Jan. turned the matter over to Assistant 23, almost a month and a half after RA Director, Glenn Holmstrom, the incident waa reported to secu- who took up the task of getting a rity. Since mat time, it has been response from security. "It is my understanding that the discovered thatH this breach in health and safety regulations was RA, as wall as Glenn, contacted the result of ooor communication security about the extinguisher," said Tyrone Moore, director of between the Security Office residence life. "Security should the Depa rtment of Resident have acted upon the information, As reported last week, an and they didn't Clearly put, the fire in the townhouse befor job was assigned and the person winter break caused the resi who received the assignment did to use the fire extinguisher not follow it UD in S timely nf a lifollowing day, the student By John Murphy Editor in chief
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Sunday, Feb. 9,3:30-4:30 p jn. Minority Student Union Meeting. Student Government Chambers Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:15 pan. Film:"Secrets and Lies" Taylor little Theatre. Friday, Feb. 21. Trip to Albion State Prison. Students will .lead dialogue onfilm"Shadow of Hate" Saturday, Feb. 22. 8 p.m. to midnight Cultural Jamboree. Free Buffet and DJ. provided.
For more Info on area events: Contact Lesha Johnson Powell in the Cultural Affairs Office next to Security, orcaU extension 2405.

ner," Moore said. Security Patrol Sergeant Joe Spusta said that he had no knowledge of the unreplaced extinguisher until around Jan. 20, when Kan Sidun, director of security, contacted him directly. "After learning of the incident, I had a workstudy take over a new extinguisher on Thursday, Jan. 23," Spusta said. "I can't speak to anything that happened before this period since I had no knowledge prior to when Ken called." Commenting on the incident, Rodger Gregorich, dean of public safety programs, said that the RA's failure to write an incident 3 report,, which he believed waa Standard practice, contributed to security's slow response time. "Maybe she (Burke) did report it to someone, but I don't know

Who she reported it to. Unless they can say who they talked to and when, unless we can determine whether or not that conversation took pi ace, I am at a loss to try and defend anything," he said. Burke aa id tha t when she called, she talked to a security guard who told her he would be over within ten minutes. She did not think she had to get his name. iMoore said that in the past, an RAinormally just called in an incident and security acted upon it However, under what is a new system, the RAs write up an incident report, submit it to maintenance, and then security and maintenance decide on a course of action, he said. "Several things occurred that should not have," said Moore. Go to 'Fire,* p 3



February 6,1997

Health Psyc Class Suggests Changes
By Nikki Eaposito Merciad Writer\ j This past Tuesday, students in Professor Rob HofiTs Health Psychology dasa discussed possible reforms that could be made on
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campus to make M a health pro* moling environment Hofif provided an open forum for students to use course material to make an educated appeal for change. "Before attempting to make any suggestions for improvements, it k vital that the health needs of the students be assessed. Any tain mendatioAs should be based on this assessment," Hofif said. During a heated classroom discussion, there were many outspoken students who were eager to express how their health needs had been neglected. [, For example, senior Cody Marx stated, "Despite the relocation of
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small and the equipment is outdated. There are, neve* enough functioning bikes or Stairmastera

for those who want to work out" Students were not only displeased with the availability of quality exercise facilities, but they also commented on die lack of healthy foods accessible to students. Some students recommend dial Mercyhurst should have vending machines with healthy food alternatives or a snack bar that serves nutritional meals. Thefoodserved at the cafeteria also concerned the members of the class. Senior Marc Fisher said, "For the amount of money a meal plan costs at mis school, the students should be made aware of what they are eating. Calories and other nutritional information should be posted so that students can make informed choices." Other points that the class made related to the low visibility of the counseling service on campus. Senior Monica Ross said, There should be more counselors available for specific issues." Hoff added. "With suicide as the third
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By Mindi McDowell Merciad Writer The Student Activitiea Committe ia once again kicking off another great week of events. This weekend, the D ance Department will showcase the dancers in student choreographed pieces, and SAC ia encouraging the student body to attend by sponsoring a happy hour before the ballet Friday night The performances will be held in the Taylor Little Theatre and SAC will supply freshmente upstairs starting 7:30 p.m. I Saturday night, both the me and women's basketball tea will be heading to Gannon, SAC wants to support the-teams so they are providing a shuttle service to the game. Shuttles will leave from Baldwin Hall beginning at 5:45 pan. and will run every 15 •minutes. The first 50 fins to sign up at the Union desk will receive free tickets, Nit everyone is welcome to use the shuttles. | ked Tuesday night is double in the Union, as Coffeehouse settles in to its new night and the Tournaments Committee^ organizes another match. At 8 p.m. in the Laker Inn there will be a Hearts tourney, so anyone interested should sign up at the Union desk. There will be cash prizes for the winners. Coffeehouse will begin at 8:30 p.m. and feature Carl and Shannon, two members ofJagged
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By Dan HilCker Senior Writer As many of the seniors here at Mercyhurst already; know, the fund raising for the senior class project has begun. Over 500Ml*MI bers ofthe class of "97 were called and asked for donationsfora park named Munson Plaza after • ' • I Munson, Mercyhurst alumnus and part-time retention counselor, affection a tely known to many students as "Uncle Bob." Of the students who were called, around 175 offered a pledge. Another 115 gave a maybe answer. "Our goal for donations was $3,500 and we've received donations of over $4,000. So, at this point we have exceeded our goal by* $500," said Vanessa Pappalardo, senior project chairperson. For all who pi edged; a donation, the deadline for submitting them is March 21. All students who pledge a donation of $25 or more will have their name displayed on the monument Earlier in the year, all students were asked to give their ideas for a name for the project Steve Rozier came up with the name Munson Plaza. The dedication quote will be: Tor his tireless and dedicated commitment to lending a hand to the Mercyhurst community and thereby bright19 ening our lives. ' Munson Plaza will include a fountain and an abstract structure which will be located in the grassy area between Baldwin Hall and the D* Angelo School of Music, Pappalardo said that there will be a display in the Union soon of what the project will look like.

greatest killer for.college aged students, an easily" accessible n counseling service is imperative. The class suggested many different ideas for changes here at Mercyhurst, however, the students were not unaware of the costs of such health reforms. Senior Gretchen Storm said, "Although; the changes we proposed may cosU a lot of money, the school would» benefit from having a satisfied student body. This could eventually help the college by lowering attrition rates and possibly increasing future alumni support" Using their acquired knowledge about health and healthy environIments, the students insisted thatf many changes be made top priorpjity here at Mercyhurst "In general, people operate under the law of least effort There'fore, the key to promoting a healthy environment is to make healthy choices easier," HolTsaid.


By Joe Wong Merciad Writer This article is the first in a series of reports on the finances ofMSG. In the next few weeks, students will be receiving their spring term bills. Alongside charges for tuition and housing is a student government fee, at $38 a term. With every student paying the fee every term, the yearly allotment for MSO is typically between $140,000 and $160,000 and adding in revenuefromcoffeehouse and other student activities, the total funds available for MSG is 1111 |dosc to $200/100. A great deal of MSG money, over 60%, provides for the monthly activities staged by the StudentActivities Committee and events like Senior Week, the Musicfests and the formals. The events of both SAC and MSG are well attended*and consistently receive positive feedback from participants and attendees. It is

unlikely that every MSG/SAC
event will be enjoyed by aU, but there is diversity and imaginativeness to the activities and the majority of people are likely to find a handful of events they enjoy and attend every year, g§ fl

The low cost of the Formals and the abundance offreefunctions is made possible by subsidies from the MSG budget As with any tax, the student government fee we all pay provides services mat theoretically can be utilized by every Mercyhurst student 5 The difference between the MSG fee and a government tax is that mere are no restrictions on who can see the benefits of the MSG fee, like age for Social Security or * income for Medicaid. The only exclusion to receiving the benefits of the fees is to not attend or participate in an event As such, the majority of money spent on MSG feca is<directly returned to the students who provide the funds. Every year, the Student Gov* eminent undergoes an audit to determine the accuracy and reliability of its financial recordkeeping of the thousands of dol- » j lars in student fees, Afinalreport on the audit of the 1995-96 school year was made in the fall of this school year and recommendations stemmingfromthat audit came in December, While not directly reveal ing any discrepancies or mismanagement,

the recommendations themselves reveal some insight into th< • : • : alft> keeping in MSG. One disturbing recommendation urges the signing of checks only be performed by authorized personnel, and in pairs. Another guideline calls for the MSG advisor to approve and sign all checks issued to MSG officers and advises that officers should not sign checks issued to themselves. Other recommendations imply poor record-keeping of MSG funds: all receipts and invoices should be turned in for checks issued for activities, excess funds should be promptly returned, deposits should be made "on a timely basis," cash should be safeguarded, donations should only be made by check, and canceled checks should be kept in numerical order. These recommendations suggest the handling of money and records within MSG was not performed In a accure and reliable method. What fa the basis for these recommendations? 9L Next week this scries will look more closely at specific incidents andfiguresand provide apace for responses by current MSG offic-



Wednesday night caters to the Mil mtk with the movie •The Truth About Cats and Dogs," at 9 p. m. in the Union. People can be reminded ofthe power oflove as Jeanine Garofalo and Uma Editor's Note: The Merciad Thurman prove that love is built ould like to correct the infori in a co; fell! deeper than Inution reported last week about justappearai ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ he cause of afirein townhouse Plan ahead for the Dating Game tight Thefirewas not the result on the appropriate date of Feb. >f clogged filters, as reported, 14. Five selected students will try Kit waa caused by a defective to find the man or woman oftheir notor as the Erie Fire Depart dreams by asking three unknown bent confirmed. The Meri prospective dates a series ofques- 'apologizes for implying that tions. Anyone interested in being maintenance did not do its jd one of these S main contestants checkingforclogged filters, should sign up at the Union desk for any other implications thatj beginning Feb, 9. The 15 other the inaccurate reporting may have contestants will be chosen that caused to the hard working men night A raffle will also be held and women of our maintenanof for a chance to win one of three department i H ? 1 gift certificates to the bookstore.



February 6,1997

Service Seminar
By Michael J. Opperman Merciad Columnist

M S G N e w s : Billingsley Meets with Reps
By Melissa Lang MSG Secretary * On Monday, Feb. 3, the Mercyhurst Student Government held its weekly meeting in the Union. *Tom Billingsley, dean of idministrative services and ^finances, was the guest at Monday *s meeting.'Billingsley addressed concerns that the reps brought to his attention. He will be looking into getting die Rec center hours extended, the ba ck walkway from the Union to the Cafefixed,and the parking garage tamp expansion joints sealed so that they will no longer leak. Billingsley was happy to report mat skid strips will be installed on the back stairs of''the Union sometime on Wednesday or Thursday. Billingsley will be attending MSG meetings monthly to talk with reps about campus problems. Vice President Tom Bender announced mat letters of intent for executive board positions are due in die MSG office by Monday, March 17. Elections will be taking place April 7 and 8 in the Union. SAC Chairperson letters of intent will be accepted from April 8-13 in the MSG office. 4 President Stacey Fitzpatrick announced that the Student Government Auction will take place on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 8 p jn. in die Great Room ofthe Union. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the American Ca ncer Society. Students attend and "buy" their favorite representative. "Fire," cont'd from p. 1. "We have to take responsibility, even though someone may have called security, aformalincident report should have been given to security and thiswould have mi mitted them to act There is no question that this incident highlights a miscommunication, and this is something we are presently looking at "I do not want to use this as an excuse, but I am very new to this position. Roger is new to his position and so is Ken. It was just a matter of our not communicating appropriately. The bottom line is, we recognize this to have been a minor communication glitch and we have already dealt with it We have undertaken a series of measures to ensure an incident like this will never happen again," Moore said.

their own food, and take care of themselves. Most volunteer programs rev Fa cing gra duation, moat quire a year or two of commitMercy b urst seniors have received ment A list of possibl c progra ms notice of an informational meetwill be provided attilemeeting in ing in the Mercy Heritage Room the form ofResponse, a volunteer (formerly Sullivan Hall), Tuesopportunities directory published da y Feb. 11 a 17 p.m. This meeting by the Catholic Network of Volis an invitation to explore the opunteer Service. tion of With the expectation that a *-graduate volunteerMercyhurst graduate matriculate ing through a variety of programs with a concern for justice, mercy, According to the notification and compassion for others, Gower letter, the Mercy Corps Volunbelieves that at least 20-25 inditeer Program "accepts graduates for a year serving in the inn er city, viduals from every class would on reservations, in schools or with pursue this path. Gower recognized that "the needs are everysocial agencies. The Corps arwhere" and predicted mat a graduranges a job assignment and proate who volunteered for a year or vides room and board, a modest two would emergefromthe expemonthly stipend, and health inrience with *a global view and a sura nee. You would undergo knowledge of poverty and powtraining and then live in a trim erlessness. This individual would munity of volunteers sharing a simple life-style.* •••Hi ic a responsible agent for An interview with Dr. Joseph change. Such an education canGower, vice president ofacademic not help*but lead to personal affairs, served to abed some light growth and self-knowledge," he on th is unique op portunity. Gower said. * • ,# Anyone, unable to attend the has been involved in volunteer meeting or who would like addiprogramsforseveral years and is tional information, J responsible for sending students tact Dr. Gower (2311), Sr. Carol to places as far away as Samoa, Ann Vol tz, director of the service Honduras,and Africa. i This is not for everyone," learning program (2473), or Gower cautioned, "it is not a va- Michele Marie Schroeck (8644889), Erie coordinator and cation." The graduates must be willing to live in community, cook former Mercy Corps volunteer.
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Weak Stomachs
By Michael J. Oppennan and Richard Costelloe Merciad Writers/. I Two 01ms of tremendously strong content will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 8. Ranked among the most terrifying movies, A Clockwork Orange will be presented by the video committee of the Mercyhurst Student Honors Association at 3 p.m. in Main 206. ? < Based upon an abridged version of Anthony Burgess* lovcl of the same name, A Clockwork Orange provides a distressing view of the practice of behavior modification. Thestory concerns Alex, an "ultra^vWent" youth who, as a result of his criminal nature, experiences a correctional treatment aimed at realigning his moral constructs. Through the use of classical conditioning which involves chemicall y-induced nausea, Alex develops a deep aversion to experiences of sex and violence. However, the side-effects which result from his "treatment" present's disturbing perspective on the use of clinical solutions to society's problems. At 6 p.m., Students of Philosophy at Mercyhurst (SPAM) are sponsoring a viewing of Henry: Portrait ofa Serial Killer (1990) in theTullio Room on the second floor of the library. Henry is s critically acclaimed documentary style film chronicling a week in the life of a sociopath. Video Movie Guide 1994 describes Henry as "chillingly real and brutally explicit... emerging as a quasi-documentary; that dwells so deep in the psychoid thic mind of its title character.


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Entertainment Gun Control Speaker New Works Showcase
By Amanda Smith Merctad Contributing Writer The Mercyhurst College Dance Department will present a student choreography concert entitled New Works Showcase in The Taylor Little Theater Feb. 7 and 8 at 8p.m. The concert will feature a diverse and exciting program mat includes modern dance, improvisational work, ethnic dance, contemporary ballet, classical ballet and even some Villi Two faculty members perform unique works! ototbe student world mieres Seven students are presenting
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Petitjean, Kerry Wagner, Nikki Mflano, Stephanie Todd, Kristin Cantalice, Marissa Brewer, and Kristen Kenny. Tauna Hunter, director, has restaged "Moon Song," and Erie Ballet Theater's Christina Maria and faculty member Catherine Schaeffer will be performing an improvisational work in progress. Schaeffer's work, entitled "Framed," reacts to the art ofphotography and the many qualities mat can or cannot be hidden from the eye of the camera. Petitjean, a senior dance major, has choreographed a work devoted to ethnic dances and "expression through

movement around the world* Todd, a junior dance major, has created a piece that is centered around the "Peanuts" cartoon series. Other works are accompanied by upbeat theme song from The Pink Panther, choreographed by Mflano, and to music by the artist formerly known aa Prince, choreographed by Wagner. Senior dance major Cantalice has choreographed a piece about friendship and loyalty, and Brewer will present her work -entitled "8 9 Doves.' Ticket pri•cw are avaual calling The Mary D'Angel < forming Arts Center at 824- • ii

By Jody Washington Merciad Contributing Writer

"America is in a gun crisis. Citizens are usingfirearmsto kill themselves and each other at record rates," claims Josh Suga rmann, executive director of the Violence Policy Center, a national education foundation that conducts research onfirearmsviolence in America and works to develop violence-reduction poli-\ cies and proposals. Sugarmann will apeak in the Taylor Little Theatre M Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 1996-97 Cultural Series. Sugarmann, a graduate of Boston University, is a former. communications directorforthe

Books They Hate
By Michael J. Op perm Merciad Columnist Starting this week, th e Merciad will compile a short list of books that you will not come across in the Classics Literature courses at Mercyhurst College or most college, survey literature courses. Most people say that there is good reason that these books are not included. I agree. Usually, it has to do with silencing a voice that 'they" (whoever you think that they are) do not want to hear or be heard. Below is this week's father ed ectic short mix. This list claims to be neither exhaustive nor comprehensive. I am just reaching my hand into a bag and pulling out goodies. 3. On the Rood, Jack Kerouac . This counterculture text is almost passe. Kerouac was, a scholarship football player at Columbia before he decided the system was a farce and started hanging out with Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs. That brings me to my next recommendation. \ "they not true. This list is just a start •Ve know how busy everyone so we are only expecting you read Gve books

National Coalition to Ban Handguns and has published numerous articles in publications such as The New York Tunes, Watt Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Law Enforcement News, Hie lias, also appeared on programs including Nightline *od All Things Considered, In 1992, National Press Books published Sugarmann's book, National Rifle Association: Money, Fire- k . power and Fear,

According to Sugarmann, more than half a million Americana have died infirearmsuicides, murders and accidents since I960, and statistics show mat in the past six years, than 35,000 Americans ha ve died by gunfire. ^ ^ _ ^ _ _ _ ^ T h e Center works notjust to react to events, but also to anticipate change and supply the information necessary for effective decision i»*fring |n the gun fri'i trol debate and public policy development,'' said Sugarmann. The group encourages a movement beyond the perception of firearms violence aa solely a 9 'crime issue to place it in the perspective of a 'public health problem,' of which crime is merely the most recognized aspect" Admission is freeforMercyhurst students with ID and President's Cardholders. For ticket information, call 8244 in

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4.Junky, William Burroughs This narration m a k e s Trainspotting look like an episode of "The Electric Company." Nancy Reagan ahould 1. Empire of the Senseless or have used this aa Great Expectations (this ain't a textbook for Dickens), Kathy Acker her "Just Say Either book will give you a No" program. •taste of the alternative sexuality and violence for which Acker is 5.Live From famous. The novel is disjointed and strange. You should pick it up Death Row, and just Uke a peek. Curiosity did Mumia Abul Jamal not rea 1 v kill the cat 1 \ This is a good > for all the k 2. Killing Rage, bell hooks The title and author should criminal justice be enough to interest you. Read- majors out there. able and engaging, the book is Do you really written by a brilliant African want to underAmerican woman. Let's see if stand the capita 1 your beliefs are the same before punishment system (especially and after. Pennsylvania's)?
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By James Hain ' B MerciadA&E Editor ThePeople' vs. Larry Flynt, like such cinematicMolotov cocktails *&JFK and A Clockwork Orange, seems tailor-made for the op-ed pa gc, as outraged pundits who go to the movies once a year lick their chops in anticipation of another Hollywood feast And is there any lest likely screen subject than a sleazy pornographer like Larry Flynt? Outraged feminists and religious leaders, op-ed crucifixions, talk of boy<Will*. can Oliver Stone be far behind? Given all the baggage that comes with its choke of subject matter, Larry Flynt the film is much more likable and ingratiating than Larry Flynt the man. While the film certainly doesn't ask us to like Flynt, it glosses over many of the most despicable dements of his personality. This is only a problem if you fail to rec(as many have) that, de• '41 spite the title, the film is not necessarily aboufljuty Flyntso much as it is a primer j on; the First Amendment Producer Stone and

nma(Amadeus) unique spin on an geous story, and the e best and most entertaining film of the year. * Woody Harrclson start as the self-described "scumbag" who goesfrombackwoods moons hine peddler to strip club owner to pornographer, almost by accident Flynt starts Hustler magazine, initially is a newsletter to publicize his strip dub, and sees his rag MJM e an overnight sensation when he publishes (authentic) nude photos of Jackie Onassis. Flyntsees his magazine as a working diss Playboy, and as his photo spreads become more and more graphic, he becomes the subject of a string of obscenjty arrests and eventually winds up in jail, more for his attitude in court than anything else. Harrclson throws himselfinto the performance, and the result if certainly one ot the oddest creations everput on film. After Flynt is paralyzed by a sniper'8 bullet, Harrelson's performance hits another plane altogether, as the drug-addicted,


marble-mouthed pornographer gives a searing performance as decides he's got nothing In lose Althea Leasure, Flynt's wife, a •and sets out to really shake up the former stripper who succumbed establishment to heroin addiction and AIDS in ,{Thefilmignores Flynt's darker 4ie late 80s. ^Edward Norton, the side—the violent misogyny in his year's best new actor, is endear' magazine, child abuse allegations ing as Flynt's jlawyer Alan ' by his daughter and alleged atIsaacman, who, against his better 1 tempts to have Hugh Hefner asjudgment, sticks by.the man sassinated are never mentioned. whose lifestyle and values appall But again, there's a larger issue at him. ,j * work here. Thefilmargues force* Unlike Stone's Nixon, where folly thatjust because Flynt is the at the end you felt sorry for the slimiest of slimeballs, and just title character, you wpnt come because his magazine is offenout ofthisfilmliking Flynt Trysive to most of thek American ing to make Larry Flynt likable people, that doesn't exclude him Would belike trying to make lead from First Amendment protece out of float But you will tion. • "If the First Amendment the Gim loving the First Amendprotects a scumbag like me," says ment The People vs. Larry Flynt Flynt, "then it'll protect all of is one of those rare films that you." That's the fundamental ismanages to be both thought-prosue. : * yoking and entertaining, and it's The supporting cast, full of ' one that should be seen by every ' Forman's characteristically ecAmerican as a seat-of-your-pants ; centric casting choices (James civics lesson on our most imporCarville as an anti-porn prosecutant of Constitutional rights.* tor; Donna Hanover, a TV personality and wife of NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani as evangelist Ruth Cartel Sta pieton), and they all per.formadmirably. Courtney Love


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vorce from his wife and is now left with practically nothing. He decides to conduct an "experiment" by moving from LA. to San Francisco to live with his widowed mother to gain back "a feeling." He redesigns his old room and tries to get to know his mother while suffering from
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ing at Tinseltown, You can call By Carrie Tappe I 8664444 for show times. Merciad Contributing Writer Mother made the charts at the number nine Slot this past weekStar Wars made history II end bringing in $2.6 million. past weekend as it debuted, Mother MATS Debbie Reynolds ss years after its original release Beatrice Henderson, a very indethe biggest January release cv pendent and strong yet helpless An estimated $36.2 million del mother. Beatrice adores her two smashed tin petition, with #2, sons, John Henderson (Albert /eriy A/flgu*r^bringing in a meaBrooks) and JeffHenderson (Rob sly $5.6 million. 1 Morrow). John had moved out to The story of the heterogeneous be on his own before he and his gang of heroesfightingin a galmother truly understood each axy far, far away has been other. He is independently emrereleased with enhanced special V9II ployed as a writer. Although! effects. The film is rated PC When Star Wars was origi- of his work has been published, nally released in 1977, it raked he has not been extremely sucin $323 million, fourth on the all- cessful.^ « Jeff, on the other hand, is a time list Soon alter, in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back and in 1983, very successful, rich sports agent Return cfiheJediwttt released m LA. He and mother are very as chapters two and three of the dose.pcrhapsbecauseheis needy Trilogy. Both of these chapters and insecure despite his greatjob, will be rereleased over the ncKt wife and kids. John has just signed for s difcwweeks. StorP/ar5 is nowplay• r u n

The story goes on to tell of John's struggle with his mother and Jeff's insecurity of losing his pi ace as "mommy'i boy" to John. Although a bit has a classic story line that almost anyone could relate to with their own mother. The writers incorporated numerous funny scenes, but the movie as a whole tended la drag. On a scale of 1-5 (five being best), I give Mother a 2 1/2. I think Mother wfll have a hard time •Clill Beting hist paced action movies. Mother

true love story of a courageous is the type of movie parents and nurse and her saving grace la a older adults would enjoy more. must see. Asforthe competition, In Love Other competitors include and War brought in $3.9 million Gridlock'd(Tim Roth and Tupac this past weekend. Sandra BulShaknr), Metro (Eddie Murphy) and Chris O'Donncil star in and Michael, starring John this epic story of courage in a Travolta as a womanizing angel time offear.It is a true story of Who encourages romance between love, in a time of war. Caught in two lonely reporters (William Hurt the crossfire of World War I, this and Andie MacDowell). AH of Red Cross nurse (Bullock) and the above are currently showing \ ambulance driver you ng • at Tinseltown, * v (O'Donnell) fall in love, and roWhat does the future hold? In mance blossoms during that sumlata February and early March, mer in 1918. the next two sequels otStar Wart The film is a rendition of the will debut along with 77K? Saint story of Ernest Hemingway (18 starring Val Kilmer and Howard years old) and?Agnes Von Stern's Private Parts. But, these Kurowski (26 years old), a nurse are only a few of the many upwho nurtured Hemingway back comingflicksthat you've got to to health after a terrible battlefield check out on the buz screen. j[ injury. In Love and War is a spinoff of Hemingway's classic, A Farewell To Anna. In Love and War opened J Jan. 24 and has marked charts since then. This



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Psychology the Did You Get Your Classes? Morning Talk Show
Michael J, oppennan Merciad Columnist Nearly every morning, my roommate watches Sally Jesse Raphael. For at least afewminutes (sometimes longer), Ijoin him. Sally did the "Makeover My Teenager" episode and men there wis the "My Mom Dresses Sexy and I Hate I f spot But it was a show on abuse that really gave me a pregnant pause fox thought After several years of beating his partner, a young man (20-25 years old) explained by saying, "I have an anger problem." Anger problem? I wanted to tell the guy, "No, you beat your partner. Anger problem? You have to stop hitting her." The nineteenth century gave the world William James. The early twentieth century disclosed the studies of Sigmund Freud and Cad Jung and, since mat time, the discipline of psychology has seen the work of Peckand people such as Viktor Frank!, Robert Coles, and even M. Marianne Williamson (I am purposely avoiding talk of neuroscience). With every discipline, there are those who ate considered creditable and those who, well, are not Psychology has, however, been displaced and become the d • I am of anyone who can turn on the television* Perhaps, this is not, in itself, a problem. Watching this twentysomething male explain his position was, however, disturbing. L He had become a victim. He was at the mercy of his "anger problem." Was he intending to seek counseling or therapyforthis "anger problem?" Absolutely not Why should one seek help for something that functions as such a versatile excuse? With an "anger problem,'* one can giverailreign to the id (if one chooses this understanding of the psyche). With an "anger problem,"I could hit my partner, yell at my boss, insult the waiter and give a dog a good kick to end the day. But I am not speaking only of this single man or his choice to abuse his partner. I am thinking about an entire psychology. For many, this By Joe Wong understanding ofthemselves and society absolves diemfromresponsibil- Merciad Columnist i I ity of their actions. This feeds into a cult of irresponsibility. This "cult" is Legislators once again introseductive. It is a com forting parent mat will always welcome you into its duced a balanced budget amendlap. It is also Milquetoast It is the hand of veal farmer that will keep you ment this past week for Congrescut off at the knees, dining on spoiled milk. sional approval. This time around Our pasts are legitimate, our weaknesses a reality. The world is s die amendment, or at least a verdifficult place and "life's but a walking shadow." It is, however, your life sion of it, seems to have a fanand you havc choices. The choices are there. Without taking responsibility chance of passing both houses, for mistakes or transgressions, there is no way to take joy in success. considering die increased Demo* 1 Well, it ha s been a fairly heavy handed article this week (I even did s omc era tic support for the measure, extremely amateur arm chair psychology,work). Perhaps, it is all ironic including Senate Minority Whip, Anyway, I think I hear my roommate calling. Today is Sally's show on Wendell Ford. Senate Minority "People Who Hale Bach Other and Would Really Rather Not Talk About Leader Tom Daschle has even suggested the amendment would win Senate approval ifa vote were Hurst TV Presents 3 TV Specials" taken right now. The Information Superhighway Atfirstglance, the idea of prejj 7 P.M. each Nigh venting the federal government from spending more than it colWright, General Manager < lects is logical, but reservations >anel: Sarah Lelle and Scott about the idea quickly surface. In Moderator Chris Bucci announcing the amendment, SenatorOrrin Hatch explained the James Dible, General Manager of Erie Tiroes Publishing Co. amendment would bring fiscal Student Panel: Shawn Kroener and Mary Kathryn H aides Hardes responsibility back to Congress. Moderator Jamie Smith The? Senator is perhaps correct that an amendment would force Michael Kobylka, Engineer, WJET-TV and Radio responsibil ity, but it seems a more Student Panel: Matt Wilds and Mike Gratzmiller positive step if Congress Would Moderator Matt Dimperio adhere to soundfiscalobligations Hurst Television- Channel 62 or 19B on Erie Cablevisidn. and bal ance the budget on its own* Programs Made possible through a grant from the Mercy hurst The problem with achieving a College Academic Enrichment Fund. balanced budget*in the current

to alter it So we simply have to grin and bear it" However, this opinion is not the Once again students of general consensus anymore, esMercyhurst College are meeting pecially among seniors, as exin Sullivan Hall for the quarterly pressed Jim Kocis and Laura procedure of registration. At least Osborn. Kocis, like many seniors, three times a year, all Mercyhurst faced the challenge of scheduling students have to partake in the major classes and core classes registration * process, an ordeal without clashes; but like many which has often been criticized seniors, he struggled to achieve and debated by faculty, adminishis purpose when his senior core trators, advisors and students. dass, Applied Ethics, dosed prematurely and left him in a bind. Over the four years I have attended , Mercyhurst, I have not Kocis describes the procedure witnessed any significant practias, "a time consuming and unneccal changes in the process. While essary hassle mat I have to worry at Mercyhurst, I, like many of my about to graduate." Osborn sha res fellow students, have been afKocis' discontent "Registration fected by the registration process is inefficient and stressful; itneeds in some way or another. This for- to be improved to a better system mality is a prehistoric procedure even Iif it is expensive. Other which we do not want to continue schools have it, and so should as we approach the new millenwe," she said. { nium. In the past, many students have Under the current system not held the same opinion. Senior foreveryone is a "loser." There are eign student, Amer Husain, says students who benefit from the that, "registration is an ordeal that procedure, like adult student Mike none of us like, but there is nothLorenz and Resident Assistant ing which we ca n do as students Katie Burke, who both are al-

By Jason Giffen Contributing Writer

lowed to register first, even before desperate graduating students like Kocis and Osborn. This privilege does not make sense. Why should a junior RA, with one to two years left at Mercyhurst be allowed to register prior to a graduating senior and be assured ofhis/her dasses? It is argued that seniors can sign in, but what happens if there are 20 seniors who needed to be signed in for a particular dass. Burke and Lorenz both pledge the current process personally benefits them, but Lorenz says, "reform is needed for this system." As a graduating senior, I do not want to see current and future students having to deal with this problem any more. Two possible improvementsforalleviating die stress ate an automated registration process, or even better, improved channels of communication in die Mercyhurst bureaucracy between faculty, advisors, administrators, and students. Students want change! so jet's stop debating the solutions and put them into practice.

Unbalanced Call For Balanced Budget
system is the political baggage that accompanies every decision Anxious about returning to then districts and explaining themselves to the local AARP members, lawmakers are literally fearfid of cutting into Social Security or Medicare spending. A balanced budget amendment provides cover for many politicians, forcing them to do what they should do but sre unwilling. A truly balanced budget, or more important a budget that saves money to pay off the $1 trillion debt we seem to have forgotten, can only be accomplished by cutting every aspect of the federal budget As Ronald Reagan said in 1983, "We might come doner to balancing the Budget if all of us lived closer to the Commandmeats and the Golden Rule," If Congressmen did what was reasonable and not simply what gets them re-elected, that is exercising voluntary fiscal responsibil* ity, there would not be a need for a balanced budget amendment "Beyond the economics of the issue, there is a much larger point that needs to be discussed. Even if two-thirds of each house of Congress > passes the balanced budget, then the amendment still must be passed by 38 state legislatures, no small feat The creators of the Constitution intended the amendment processtobe difficult, to prevent it from being used to make constitutional changes based on fickle sentiments. The Constitution establishes the structure of the government and amendmentstothe document are to correct structura 1 problems with the American system that were unforeseen by the Founders. The amendment process is not mesnt to reflect cultural and societal concerns (evidenced by Prohibition). , I The call for a balanced budget amendment is an admission that we are unable to take personal responsibility to do what is right and must be forced to do so. We have experienced 30 years of irresponsibility and libertarian individualism in this country, from drugstohome life and even federal budgets. The answer to excessive spending and unbalanced budgets is not an amendment, but a stand on what needs to be done and a willingness to do it



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By Emilio Colaiacovo Merciad Political Columnist On Feb 6, former President Ronald Reagan will celebrate his 86th birthday. In reflecting about Ronald Reagan and his presidency,! am reminded ofhis many accomplishments that * I could speak about at some length. I could praise his economic achievements, his tax cuts, or his fascinatingforeignpolicy. However, I would rather like to concentrate on a issue that is central to the Reagan legacy. President Reagan instilled in us all a new sense of pride and appreciation for America. After the Watergate crisis and the malaise daya of the Carter Administration, America's hopes in their


Ronald Reagan: O u r Century's Last Lion
guished the powers and nightmares oftyranny in Europe. During Ronald Reagan's life, he witnessed a nation rise to the status of a super power and emerge as a beacon of hope for democracies and people who y| andfreedom.Where many called his rhetoric corny and vague, tc Reagan, these beliefs in liberty, hope and progress were not just dusty relics but living trams essential to the vibrancy of America. For Reagan, America embodied a va st land full of opportunity where individuals, free of government constraints, could prosper andflourish.To quote Peggy Noonan, Reagan was "an American exceptionalist who saw America quite differentfromthe other nations around the world." He believed mat God placed this nation between two oceans, destined as a place of refuge for all those who wished to reap its wealth offreedoms.He saw the United States as a special place with a specialjob ledby the forces of good destined to be the shining city upon a hill as John Winthrop envisioned. In times ofprosperity and during times of doubt and question, Reagan}s love and faith in America was unwavering. Reagan really loved America, period. In his farewell address to the Republican Party in 1992, President Reagan summed up, for me at least, what he will be remembered for. He said, "Whatever el se history may say about me when I am gone, I hope it will record that I appealed to your best hopes and not your worst fears, to your confidence rather than your doubts. My dream is that you will travel the road with liberty's lamp guiding your steps and opportunity's arm steadying yourway. My fondest hope for each of you is that you will love your country, not for her power or wealth, but for her selflessness and her idealism .... May all of you never forget your heroic origins, never fail to seek divine guidance, and never lose your natural, God-given optimism. And finally, my fellow Americans, may every dawn be a great new beginning for America and every beginning bring us closer to that shining city upon a hill." Sure, Reagan made some mis*a^

nation were thwarted by crises and moral depression. Yet, one individual had the determination to rejuvenate the American spirit Ronald Reagan bequeathed to America a .fiery new patriotism and a new found belief in the tenets ofdemocracy and freedom. President Reagan was raised differently than the rest of us were. Reagan grew up in a nation which overcame a depression and extin-

takes along the way, but he did have a much larger vision full of hope and progress. Central to that vision was the importance of individuals taking responsibility for their lives. In retrospect, the most important legacy he left behind was how much he changed our minds. E | Yes, the Reagan years must long period of historical perspective before being properly analyzed. Yet, if anything immediately can be deducedfromhis eight years in the White House, it is his accomplishment in mating us feel good about ourselves and our nation. Through his deeds and actions, he truly brought us closer to the reality of a "shining city upon a hill." In his farewell address to the nation, President Reagan said, "One of the things I'm most proud of in the,past eight years is the resurgence of national pride that I called the new patriotism. This national feeling is good, but it won't count for much, and it won't last unless it's grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge." This is the challenge we as a nation now face. Our freedoms and democracy will not mean

much ifstudents are not grounded in the fundamental principles of 9 the;government which governs us. And more 'important,' the government which governs over us will not equate to much unless good standing citizens remain true servants of the people. This is the dilemma which now faces our academic communities, towns, villages and cities all across America. President Reagan touched us fe all by the manner in which he 'y lived his life. He was committed § to the ideals offreedomand deB mocracy and his belief in America !,. and God went unquestioned, even * in the face of adversity. His aci tions and ideals continue to be a source of inspiration for all who wish to be the bearers ofReagan's torch of truth. At the dedication of his presidential library, President Reagan said, "the judgment of history is left to you - the people. I have no fears, for we have done our best" , Yes Mr. President, you have done your best, and much, much more and we all thank your,for your service, your optimism and your frith in America.

Helmet s Verdict
By Dan Hilffker Senior Writer

The Merciad
VOL. 70 NO. 14 Merciad Editors February 6,1997

OJ.hasbeen found guUtyinhis civil trial. What a relief it will be to finally John Murphy A&E Editor James Hain Editor-in-Chief put an end to all of the attention that his court cases have received within the Scott Vance Advertising Sports Editor Jason Giffen media, or will it actually come to an end? This has been one of the most hotlyChris Wloch Copy Editor News Editor Michelle Mizia debated court cases in decades and I am sure that this debate will not stop for Brad Rybczynskl Graphics Features Editor Aaron Connell quite a while. With so many critical issues involved, most notable the DMA Dan Hilflker Advisor Senior Writer Jerry Trambley evidence and the racial aspects of both cases, the debate over whether The Merciad Staff Juice actually had anything to do with this tragic double murder, or if he actually did commit the crime, is sure to cany on for many years to come. Jamz Porzio Jessica Russell Michael J Oppcrman Maureen McMahon AH of the hoopla surrounding the Simpson trials reminds me of another Stephen Nolan Joe Wong Shantae Howard Carrie Tappecourt case that I have heard much about, the trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard. Of BiU Melville Mindi McDowell Emilio Colaiacovo Mary Pike course, this case took place in 1954* and I wwiwt yet born, but I have heard Todd Zielinski Jody Washington Kara Clark much about the case, as it too has been the source of rumors and discussion Amanda Smith Steve Torriero. Heather Cvitkovic Nicole Esposito ZoeCohen for years. Actually, there are many new clues that tend to exonerate Dr. Sheppard of the crime for which be was convicted, Imprisoned, and later acquitted. The Merciad ia the student-produced newspaper of Mercy hurst College, Box 161, Z Anyone who has seen the televiaion series II«F«|girii^orthemovieofthe 501 E. 38th St, Erie, Pa., 16546. Phone 824-2376. samcMme, k fainfliwwim m e p a r t f c ^ Dr. Sheppard did not escape and become a fugitivefromjustice as Holly- Hie Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. wood likefonistobelieve. He was t i W ^ aniently, he spent 10 years in prison and vehemently denied his slsneck b u l t h involvement in the commission of the crime. In 1966V Dr. Sheppard was granted a second trial by^the Supreme Court because his first trial was prejudiced by the excessive media coverage and canuval-Ukc atmosphere. Sound familiar? The second trial had him acquitted of the <*»rges. The Merciad'a editorial opinion ia determined by the Editorial Boardwith the Editor-in-Chief Much of the new evidence that is being presented by Dr. Sheppard a son holdingfinalresponsibility. The opinions expressed in The Merciad are not necessarily those involves the new technology of DNA testing. Sheppard s son, Sam, has The Merciad, its staff or Mercy hurst College. > contd. pg 8



February 6.1997

Campus XJiiestiori
Lou D'Ambrasia, Sophomore, Elementary Ed. r "My £ivorite 'Star Wars' character is Boba Fett I was kind of upset tha t they kill ed him off early even though he was evil.(I liked him a lot" " ? y i t ^ Belinda DaVallc, Freshman, ^ Psychology. ^ "I like Skywalkcr because he is the greatest hero, and he's a real nice guy."

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Chris Moigis, Senior, '? Psychology. "Boba Fett! Because he's a bad ass intergalactic bounty hunter."

Joseph Sanyko, Sophomore, Graphic Design, "f "My favorite character is Chewbacca because he's power* Ail." t ' f '*£$£

Julia Metzlcr, Senior, j Anthropology/Archeology. "My favorite character was the moving Jabba the Hurt in the new movie.* ' -?*"

Ken Fronczek, Freshman, Accounting. "Darth Vader is the best villi an out there."

Chetchen Stonily Senior, Sports Medicine. "Princess Leia. Ifs all in th e hair.

Rebecca Braine,. Sophomore, Undeclared. "I like Yoda because he's old, wise and he's green.

Jessi Gentfle, Sophomore,




"I like Jawas because they're little 1 and their eyes glow. *

Kristin a Robison, Junior, Elementary Ed. "I like th eEwoks, because th ey 're furry and cute."

volved. Personally we do work •all year to earn money, but this We are writing in response to money must go towards tuition, the Jan 23 "On the Ditch "column room, books, food... therefore in which the author discussed stu- there is little to no money left to spend on traveling abroad. Moredent apathy • specifically summer travel abroad. The editor as- over, being overseas for the sumsumes that the only reason that mer program would rob us of Stud ents choose not to pa rticrpa te potential work hours and consein this valuable learning experi- quently leave us lacking necesence Is because we are uninter- sary funds for school-related costs. a* ested and too lazy to earn the Putting the money issue aside, necessary money. T^Vhat he fails to acknowledge has the author even considered* is that there are other factors in- that we have already taken the Dear Editpr, Helmet contd.frompg 7

Letter to the<Editor
few courses that art offered? Why should we spend the money to take these classes a second IIII e? Perhaps the underlying problem is not student apa thy, but the program itself. Sincerely Becky Wittmann and Jill Aldrich &

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attracted many in the legal and medical profession to examine B*«t H o t e l s * evidence in the light of this new technology. Blood found at the crime scene, and sperm samples that were found hi the body of the victim, Dr. Sheppard's All Spring Break Pot wife, do not match that of Dr. Sheppard himself The power of DNA testing Destinations: has shed new light on the evidence presented in 1954, and seems to d ear the Florida, Texas, Cancan, name of the accused. * j t Jarnica. Etc Now, 43 years later, Dr. Sheppa rd's son is bringing a lawsuit against the state of Ohio for the wrongful imprisonment of his father. Under Ohio law, CaD NOW for the best he could /receive/ $25,000 for each year his father was in jail. He also mayrooms - or sign-un as our receive money for the lose of pay when his father was forced to give up bisINTER-CAMPUS lucrative office. Representatives Although O J. Simpson has been found not guilty in criminal trial and CaU 1-800-327-6013 cannot be forced to go through another trial, I just wonder If later evidencehttp://www.icptcom will prove that Simpson was guilty of the crimes that he has been acquitted of, In opposition to the evidence Alumina ted in the Sheppard case. 3



February 6,1997

eaurrjes Pattison: pExample of Excellence
Brad Rybczynski Features Editor Senior Elementary Education a nd Communications major Mike Pattison bales from Bee ton, Ontario (Canada) which lies about an hour and a half North of Toronto. Growing up in Beeton, Pattison played and coached hockey as well as paying careful attention to his education. Pattison attributes much of his success toll is patents, especially his academic achievements. Neither of his parents went to college, but as he said, "they always strongly recommended it (colWhile glowing up, Pattison's parents were very much a part of his life, as they continue to be. He said of his patents, "All through school and everything they were always there for me over the years and really paved the way Cor me to go to college. They always let me live my life, but were always til ere for support, they sacrificed a lot for me." Before coming to Mercyhurst, Pattison played junior hockey for the Newmarket 87V From 91-94 he averaged almost two points a game and was named captain in hisfinalseason. During his years in juniors hewas scouted by many colleges and universities and actively recruited by such schools as Canisius, RAT. and Buffalo State. both of his goals. For the past three years he has been named to the Dean's List and carries an overall grade point average of 3.73., Along with academic success, Pattison has managed to play both varsity hockey and gol f and \M for the past two years to be on the | executive board of the Student Activities Committee and be a Resident Assistant in the Mercy Apartments. Looking back over his career as a Laker, Pattison,points to his sophomore season as being the highlight of his career. It was the season that the hockey team Won the ECAC Championship and u hosted nationals. Pattison said, It was awesome, a real thrill. You look to the team first and obvi- \ ously the year we went to nation-/ IT) als and won the ECACs was by' far the best years." p Head Hockey Coach Rick Gotkin said of Pattison's contributions to the team and winning die ECACs that, "He was huge. Mike Pattison u Everybody wants to be a star and another apathetic student. I grab the headlines, but he's the wanted to get involved and expekind of guy, especially that year, rience college." SAC was a vethatwas willing to do what it took hicle by which Pattison could get to get to that level and he didn't involved. get slot of credit You need guys During his junior year he was like Mike Pattison to win." one of the weekend committee On the golf course, Pattison chairpersons, andforthe past year brings with him the same f ii» « he has taken the lone cha ir posiand intensity he has on the ice. tion of the Spirit/ Tournaments Golf Coach loe Podolsky said, committee. This post a 1 ows him 1 "being competitive hardly deto get students involved in athletscribes Mike while engaging in ics more than as mere spectators. any athletic «>tii itest. He comes to It affords students the opportuwin and he demands the best from nity to become boosters for vanhimselfand hisfellowtea m memous teams on campus. bers.'* V , As a Resident Assistant. , For the golf team, Mike assumed Pattison has had the opportunity a leadership role. For the past to get further involved in the day three years he has been co-capto day lives of his fellow students. tain. With a heavy heart, he said Assistant Housing director Larry that he will be unable to VIM pete Kozlowski said, "Being an R.A. this spring due to academic oblihas given Mike the opportunity to gations, but is confident that his interact with many people and co-captain Curry Huskes can pick has helped him to develop his up the slack. leadership skills." Pattison is farfrombeing one As an elementary education major, Pattison has done a lot to dimensional and his involvement prepare himself for a career as a in activities outside of athletics teacher. Gotkin cites his contrishows his versatility. Pattison bution oil the ice through com* said • f didn't want to be just
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Photo: Jessica Russell munity service as being key to his success as a teacher. One of the activities sponsored by the hockey team over the years has been skating lessons for Erie youth. Jon Danielson, Zamboni driver and member ofthe maintenance staff at the Ice Center,said, "He's always out there with the little kids giving them lessons. He's real good with die kids." Pattison's goals for the future include coaching and teaching at "either the grade two or grade three level," he said. Describing his decision to become a teacher Pattison said, " I've* always coached back home and now I guess I finally realized that being a teacher would be a grea t th ing." Assists at Hockey Coach, Mike Sisti said, "Most importantly he (Pattison) is a great person, he's really genuine and hell find that his greatest successes are going to come after college in the real World." To sum up his college career, Pattison said, * I loved it I did a lot of things while I was here, but that's what I went out to do when I got here." Pattison added that he had no regrets about th e decisio ns he made at Mercyhurst Among his honors, Pattison lists membership to two national honor's societies jKappa Gamma Pi, a Catholic Honor's Society and Phi Eta Sigma, a Freshman Honor's Society, but it waa his being named to the "Who's Who Among Students in American 19 Universities and Colleges that Pattison points to as his crowning achievement He said, "I think mat shows that I haven't just sat around forfouryears. It symbolizes good grades, activities and just being around. A lot of people graduate and people have never heard ofthem. I really appreciate die honor." Editor's Note This is the first of a series of articles that will be appearing in thcMerciad that will highlight seniors. Anyone interested in recommending a senior may call the office at cxt 2376.

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Pattison's decision to come and attend college at the 'Hurst including a good hockey program and a sense of camaraderie at the college. As Pattison reminisced about Us visit to Mercyhurst, he said, "When I came down I really liked it and my heart told me to go here." Following his heart, Pattison arrived on the hill in the fall of 93, and with him he carried lofty goals. He had the desire and will to get involved and to achieve the honor of Dean'a List Throughout his four years at Mercyhurst, Pattison has reached

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iatiiites Fresh Start With Powell
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Brad Ryhczynski Features Editor Last year I began what I termed a tribute to unsung heroes." So far this year I have not revived the practice for many persona] reasons. I had not planned on doing it at all in fact Something has changed my mind and I am reminded of what a dear friend -of mine always told me, "You can never say never, because you never know." 2 . . - *' Now that is a lot of nevers in one sentence, I always thought I was the type of person that could say never. I guess I was wrong. We all are capable of a change of heart v. To the point now. Mercyhurst is often seen as one big family. To an extent, I, too, believe this to be true. In our family there is a very special person that I feel often goes unappreciated. That person is none other than Joseph Hepfinger, better known as simply Joe. » That is how he is known at the Student Government meetings he attends regul arly. If you have ever been lucky enough to get a copy pf the MSG minutes yon will aee at the bottom "Joe's Report* Joe is a regular at the meetings. This may be in part because Joe is the "sergeant in arms'* of MSG, a position he has held for many years. Part of Joe's duties as sergeant in arms is to give a weekly report of how the college athletic teams have done over the preceding week and to inform student representatives of upcoming athletic events. Now ifyou know Joe personally, you know mat this is afittingduty for him. That is because Joe is one ofthe foremost supporters of Mercyhurst athletic teams. 1 can mink of no one person on campuswho attends more J ga mes than Joe. * * ~ Joe is a regular at all sporting events. Whether it is football, basketball, hockey or volleyball, Joe is there rooting for the Lakers. Joe is a true example of school spirit f >' If you know Joe, and you practically have to wall yourself up in your dorm room or apartment not to, you know he is not a student here at the college. Joe is an employee of Mercyhurst Joe works as a p art of the maintenance personnel in the Athletic Center. He can often be seen there in between halves sweeping thefloor.Joe can also befoundia the Student Union on most days talking to students and filling them in on the state of Mercy hurst athletics. Joe brings moretohis job than just a good work ethic and desire to do job. It is a rare even!tosee most of the employees of the college «g at a sporting event, but Joe strives to be at them all. In fact, I truly believe Joe missed his calling in life^He would have been a great letter carrier for the post office because through nin, sleet and snow Joe is there looting on the Lakers. Joe possesses what so few people do in today's day and age-a true love for the place he works. That is what makes Joe such an invaluable and integral part of Mercy hurst There are few people you can rely on day to day to always be there and Joe is one of the few. Joe stands out as a model for school spirit He tirelessly supports each team to the best of his ability. If I were a member of an athletic team, I would be sure that Joe was not taken for granted. Thank him for his endless support * Joe is also afriendtomany people on campus. He Is always willing to talk or lend an ear to others. If there was a little bit ofJoe in all of us, the Mercy hurst family would be that much better. On behalf of all of Mercyhurst athletic teams, think you Joe,
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Near the end of last year, a new director of the Multi-cultural Af' fairs Office was named, Lesha U Johnson-Powell. I Powell has planned a number of ' events on campus in celebration of Black History Month. Some of these event! include a trip to fi. Albion State Prison on Friday Feb. 21 where 14 students will conduct a dialogue about the film "Shadow of Hate," a "Cultural Jamboree" featuring a buffet and DJ. on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight; and the film "Secrets and Lies" at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at which Powell will serve as guest facilitator. %v : Powell spent thefirstcouple of weeks on the job getting acquainted with the history of the department Powell said that she wants the department of multicultural affairs to be "a catalyst for student empowerment and involvement in social change where students will pick the issues and collectively discuss appropriate actions or advocacy." Although she started her position as director of multi-cultural affairs in late November, Powell is no stranger to the Mercyhurst community. At the age of 17, she started off as a nurse's aid at the Mercy Infirmary, where she continues to work one weekend of every month. For the past couple of yean, Powell has also led seminars during RA. training on the topics of relationships, racism and leadership. Additionally, ahe has been s guest speaker in Dr. Michael O'Keefe's Religious Person classes for the last two years. "Lesha provides a positive, lifeaffirming approach to human sexuality and responsibility. She's not afraid to speak about the pleasures a ad pains involved in sexual relationships,** O'Kecfc said. Powell said Uu.l she enjoys having the opportunity to speak about aa issue which she feels is very important "It's an interactive class where we discuss how sexual responsibility and healthy relationship* are tied to one's own Self-image and information, pecJally the early messages receive concerning sexuality

Lesha Johnson-Powell relationships. Essentially, I try to give the students a different view on the issues, get them to assess their own information and determine where changes are needed," she said. j Originally from Erie, Powell presently resides on a farm in Linesvflle. She begins her day at 4:30 a.m., cheering her husband on as he does the chores, such as collecting eggs and feeding the chickens, pigs and cows. During the morning and early afternoon, Powdl works as a life skills specialist and aav instructor In the GED program at the St Benedict's Education Center, where she teaches science, computer and other skills necessary to get and keep a job. She also serves as the co-chair of Citizens Against Racism in Erie County (CARE) and aa a Board Member on the YWGA's Social Action Commit: tee. -* *£ rI Powell also spent a year with the PA Service Corps and underwent two years of training In

Photo: Jessica Russell multi-cultural awareness'with Betty Powell and Joan Olsen, who served as advisors on racial sensitivity to the Rodney King trial. Before beginning her position at St Ben's, Powell attended St Vincent's School of Nursing and the Erie School District LPN Program. After graduating from the McAuley division's municipal police program, she spent a year at Allegheny College as a ttJII munity service officer snd also served as a dispatcher and triage officer in Franklin, PA. Powell men spentfouryears at Hospitality House ServicesforWomen as a crisis counselor at the shelter for victims of domestic violence and another two years as a community education specialist Powell said mat she hopes to see an increase in student participation at the events for Black History month. For more information about any of the events during Black History Month, contact Powell at ext 2405 or atop in at her office in the lower level of McAuley, next door to security.

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February 6,1997

MMS i t Women Hockey Checks In' at the Hurst

By Zoe Cohen Merciad Writer Feb. 7,8 and 9 will mark the third annual Valentine's Tournament This is an all-girls Ice Hockey tournament which draws players infromChicago, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Canada and Michigan. Players involved range in agefrom12 up to 55 and are divided, into six divisions. These arePccwee C and B, which go up to 15 years old, Midgets A, B, and C, which go up to 19 years old, and Seniors, which are 20 years and up. There are 28 teams which will compete. Women's Ice Hockey is a sport which is just recently gaining popularity. So far, only one state, Michigan, has an official high school level girl's hockey league. The director of the tournament, Gary Brumbaugh, says that "More and more college women's hockey teams are forming every year.* numa*

Besides the elimination of checking, there arc no differences from men 'sice hockey. For'«T¥ V' ch ing, women can receive two minutes in the penalty box, forcing them to rely on skill ratter than pure force to win a game. This year's tournament includes one of Mercyhurst's own, Lesl ey Foster, afreshmanfromdie Pittsburgh area. Foster will be playing defense for Yvette's Lady Lions, a team in the Pittsburgh league and sponsored by Erie? Youth Hockey. For five years Foster played in both an all girls and a co-ed hockey team. Her brother also plays hockey and* she has loved the sportfroman early age. A girl playing on her brother's team encouraged her to join as well. She started with the Lady Lions in September of '96. Her team practices twice a week for an hour and plays 1-2 games per weekend against other teams in the Pittsburgh area and one from Morgantown, West Virginia. Fes-

ter said that, "Even though my team members, ages are varied, we work well together and have the t * potential to go far." The tournament will be held in four different ice; rinks, Mercyhurst Ice Center, Glen? and Igloo Ice Rinks and me Civic Center. There will be an opening ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 8 in the MIC at 5 p.m. There will be television coverage and a possible appearance by the mayor of h On Friday, Feb. 7 games will be held at the Civic Center from 6 Jp.m. to 10 p.m. and Glenwood Ice Rinkfrom6 p.m. to 9 p.m.. On Saturday, Feb. 8, games will be in the MIC from 7 a.m. to 9 pan,, the Igloo Ice Rink from 6 a an. to 4 p.m., and the Glenwood Ice Rinkfrom6 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tournament will end on Sunday, Feb. 9with games at the MICfrom 6:30 a.m. to 11:30a.m., the leioo Ice Rinkfrom5:30 a.m.
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lice to 3 p.m., and the Gienwjtun Rinkfrom7 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The games that Foster's team will be playing in are on Friday at the Glenwood Ice Rink against Rochester at 6 p.m., Saturday at the MIC against Brampton at 12 p.m., and Sunday at the Glenwood Ice Rink against Ithaca at 8:15 ajn..

Every one is invited to attend and support would be greatly appreciated.] Admittance to any game will befreewith a student ID. Otherwise, it costs $5 for a card that will gain admittance to any of the games or $3 for each individual game.

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Women's Basketball Unable To
By Kara Clark and Maureen McMahon Merciad Sports Writers Last Thursday, Jan. 30, the Laker women's basketball team took a loss to Lake Superior State with an ending score of 76-64. The Lakers stayed within 2-3 points of Lake Superior and even tied the score. The only lead the Lakers had in the Gist half was a four point lead, still allowing Superior to quickly gain the lead once again. t* The half time score was 30-33 Lake Superior came back in the second half with a Strong lead only allowing scoringfromTanya Potcova and Lori Morth making the score 40*34 The Lakers worked hard to gain

Once again, the Lakers came nut in the second half with a slow start, letting Hillsdale gam a five point lead. Mercyhurst started to kick in their offense and defense, slowly gaining a lead. In the last five seconds, of the game, Potcova was fouled and both shots were good, giving an ending score of 62-57 in favor of Hillsdale.

the lead but were unsuccessful as out with a win. In the first few Lake Superior kept their lead by minutes of the game, the Lakers six points. As time ran out, Lake started off slowly but quickly came to a tie score still letting Hillsdale Superior gained the lead even more, winning the game. Leading keep up with mem. The teams both fought for the lead as die scorers of the game were Morth with 13,LonnaEhinlap with eight, score went back andforthpoint KristenMoili and Connie Ralston by point The Lakers had four turnovers B by Alicia Scott and hadfiverespectively. The Lakers played Hillsdale Dunlap. The first half ended with University on Feb. 2 and came a score of 28-26.

Men's Volleyball Experience Rough Weekend
tear reminiscent of last years winning campaign. The Lakers defeated Niagara University 27-0, St Bonaventurc 8*7, and Just this past weekend they won both games on their weekend road trip beating the University offtochestcr10-2 and Syracuse University* 8-8. Their overall record now s lands at 9~& 1. * '* This weekend, the team will travel to Ithaca and Cortland and on Monday they will return home for the much anticipated rematch of last year's championship against the University of Buffalo, who defeated the Lakers in Buffalo carlicfthis year by a scoreof ML r.ame time is at 7:35 p.m By Mniiou Led* Merciad Sports Writer This past weekend, the Lakers volleyball team had a tough away schedule. On Friday, the team traveled to Indiana Purdue at Fort Wayne. However, the team put up a good fight against this tionally ranked team. The following day, the Hurst traveled to Chicago to face TriState. The Lakers were able to turn around the result, of the previous night as they won in five sets. On Sunday, the team completed its long road trip with a game against Lewis University, which was ranked In the top four teams in the nation last year. 'The Lab* ers were unable to come vp with an upset and they were defeated in three straight sets. This Saturday the team plays at home against Ball State University in a double header starting at 2 p.m.

By JJ). Hadtigiui Merciad Sports Writer After last year's "miracle seaton" la which the Mercyhurst JV hockey team (known to many as the dub team) went undefeated in league play and won the Eastern Collegiate Championship over the University of Buffalo 7-6 in a tfrombehind win, it gritty came as no surprise to the team mat there were Ugh expectations for them this year. The season began a little rocky with a tie and a loss in three games. However, since then the Lafc* ers, led by team captain Todd Hengerer and prolific goal scorer Rob MacKinlay, have been on a
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February 6,1997

Laker leers Suffer Disappointing E C A C
By Scott Vance Merciad Sports Editor The men's hockey team has given up the chance to make up ground on Bemidjifora place in the national championships. The Lakers are tanked third in the nation,, and only two teams go to the national championships. The team was defeated by Niagara University on Saturday night by 6-4, in what was a very disappointing resultforthe Hurst "I thought that we played awful, I thought that we played terrible. Mike Sisti (Assistance Coach) and I were really hard pressed to find anything that was good about that night, other than
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By Shawn Kroener Merciad Sports Writer

The men's basketball team is 2lf in their last three games. The Lakers came out of a long losing streak on Jan/30, when they battled Lake Superior State. The Lakers started off very slow, not scoring theirfirstbasket until four minutes into the game when Maurice Profit nailed a Jump shot At that pointy the Lakers were down by s score of7-2, but quickly battled back to make it a great game. Midway through the first half, the Lakers were up 17-16. Lake Superior showed how tough thev were, however, and staved

strong, hitting 8 of 13 from three point territory, giving them the advantage at halftime, 40-35. The second half waa a roller coaster aflair with the teams trading the lead. Craig Young atarted the tally, hitting three consecutive jumpers that gave the Lakers die fc»4. The difference in the second half was the tough defense displayed by the Lakers. They forced 12 turnovers and were solid down the stretch aa Mercyhurst came away with an 80-77 victory. Young led the Lakers in scoring with 22, while "fab freshman" Demond Stewart turned in another excell ent performance with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Matt Thielker had a great game with 9

points and 10 assists. added 21 points and eight rcAfter the victory, Mercyhurst ] bounds in the victory. Young had was pumped up ajpd ready to play 14 points and Jody Crimes had when visiting Northwood Unicrucial free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. versity entered'the MAC on Feb. After two solid victories at 1. Mercyhurst proved to be too home, the Lakers were put to the excited i s they fell behind early teat when they traveled eto in die first half. But out of the MAC comes "instant cash," as Hillsdale Collegeforan important GUAC ^a me. Once again, Jason Ioppolo hit five three pointearly mistakes hurt the Lakers. ers. Behind Ioppolo's IS points, the Lakers had a comfortable 44Three turnovers in thefirsttwo minutes hurt the Lakers, and 34 halftime lead. f * Hillsdale took advantage of that In the second half the Lakers situation with an 11-1 run to open were solid, holding aa much aa a the game. 16 point lead. The Lakers never The Lakers kept battling back, looked back and cruised to an 8471 victory over a highly talented but Hillsdale proved too strong. Northwood squad. Instant cash* The Hillsdale lead was in the Ioppolo finished with 20 points, 6 double digits the entire game. of 7 from behind the arc Profit Hillsdale hit 10 first half three
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pointers and <A dust J The second half again was all Hillsdale. They led by as many as 25 points in the second half and had little trouble defeating the Lakers 88-73. The Lakers were led by Profit's double-double performance, 20 points and 10 rebounds. Local star Keith Nies saw some action in the loss, ending the game with a great steal and a solid assist for the Lakers. Mercyhurst will battle the arch rival Golden Knights of Cannon University on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Hammermill Center. Mercyhurst lost in a dose game earlier in die season, but our Lakers are hot and plan to be victorious mis Saturday at Gannon.|

Club V-Ball H o p e To' Serve Up' Winning Season
By Todd ZleUnsU Merciad SportsWr iter

This year marked the return of the dub volleyball team. The season has not exactly gona smoothly. The dub team has experienced a multitude of problems stemmingfrommoney for jerseys to transportation to the away matches. According to Bill Desko, a pioneer of the dub, the team came a bout because several people were

cut from the varsity squad. Those people then met and elected Mike Hammer aa their captaimand coach. When he left school because of medical reasons, the team's hopes of competing became even dimmer. In his absence, Rich Cranston waa named the captain. Another problem that came up was how they were going to finance the team. Desko pointed out that they raised money at varsity volleyball games refereeing

the lines and ended up raising $250. Although for some reason, the dub team wits not allowed to use the money i "A expenses like uniforms. Every player on the team had to pitch in his fair ahare of the costs for jerseys, and the play era did reluctantly. The problem of transportation to and from the away matches also loomed over the heads of the team. When denied an athletic bus, Desko went to Vice President Tom Billingsley and told

him about the troubles they had been having. Out of the meeting arose the first good sign of the program taking off, explained Desko. He said they were given transportation, a driver If neccssary, and an account so that all out-of-town a ccommoda tions can be met. Since then, the dub team has been handed a schedule, which include,teams from Slippery Rock, Penn State Behrend, AlIcghcny and Baldwin-Wallace.

They "also have been handed a coach who will assist them in practice but not on their weekend games.- Mike Rumbaugh, assistant head coach to die varsity. Since most of the team has high school experience, Desko said, "Our biggest hope la to become a team." With a tri-match including Baldwin Wall ace and Allegheny already under their belts, the team looksforwardto their upcoming match this Thursday against Slipper Rock. $

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