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President s Staff Announce Senior Awards
By Jim Gorman MerciadNews Writer OnWednesday,May7,thel997 Senior Awards were announced by the President's staff. Three senior awards will be presented at the commencement ceremonies. These include the Bishop's Award | for Academic Excellence, the Mother Frances Xavier Warde Adult Student Award and the top student award given by the college, die Carpe Diem Award. Nominations for all senior awards were received by Dr. Joseph Gower, Vice President of Academic Affairs from the full-time faculty and administration and the recipients were chosen on Friday, May 2, by College President William P. Garvey and the 10 ^members of the President's Staff. According to Mary Daly, vice president of external affairs, this
is the first year that the candidates

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for these awards were notified of their nominations before the selection of the winners. The Bishop's Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the graduating senior who ranks first in her or his class. A $100 cash award is awarded by the Erie Catholic Diocese to the winner. This year'a recipient of the Bishop'8 Award ia chemistry maior Andrea R. Gcarbart

The Carpe Diem Award is the highest award presented by Mercyhurst College. This honor is given in recognition of intellectual competency, personal integrity, and, especially, leadership impact It is presented to the outstanding graduating senior who has had the most positive impact on the 1 ife ofthe Mercyhurst Ml 11 munity and who best exemplifies the college motto, "Seize the Day." The co-recipients of this year's Carpe Diem Award will receive a gold medallion and a Seiko Mercyhurst watch. They are HRIM major Stacey Fitzpatrick and English major Mindi McDowell. The Mother Frances Xavier Warde Adult Student Award is presented to an exceptional adult student in recognition of superior academic work and personal and professional achievement as an adult student at Mercyhurst College. The recipient of this award shall possess the qualities^ of Frances Warde, American founder of the Sisters of Mercy, who was undaunted in her mission to carry out in this country the work of Catherine McAuley "to provide an education for the poor, the$ sick and the undereducated." The recipient of this award shall be an individual whose studies and years at

Mercyhurst have been characterized by tenacity, perseverance and sacrifice and who has been an example to traditional aged students that learning is a life-long process. This year's recipient of the Mother Frances XavierWarde Adult Student Award is Gloria Morris. On Saturday evening, May 24, a dozen awards will be presented to seniors at the Graduation Awards Dinner Dance. These awards include the Carolyn Herrmann Award, the Sister Eustace Taylor Leadership Award, the James V. Kinnane Award in the Administration of Justice, the Outstanding Graduate Student in Special Education Award and the President's Associates Achievement Awards. The Carolyn Herrmann Award is presented to the graduating senior who has given unselfishly of time, energy, talent and loyalty to the college and has demonstrated a genuine concernforsocial justice issues in the Greater ErieMill munity in the spirit ofthe seventh president of Mercyhurst College, Sister Carolyn Herrmann. The recipient of this award shall be a risk taker, a role model to fellow classmates and evidence of personal commitment to the service ofhumankind. This year's recipient of die Carolyn Herrmann I w a i d ^ biochemistry major

h nbally. The Sister Eustace Taylor Leadership Award is presentedtothe graduating senior who has exemplified superior leadership, involvement and motivation. This award is named after the fifth president of Mercyhurst College. This year's winner of the Sister Eustace Taylor Leadership Award is computer systems'major Michelle Mizia. \ Also presented at the awards dinner will be the President's Associates AchievementAwards 444 m wij] be presented to th is year's outstanding seniors in each of the eight divisions of the college: business, educa tion, hotel res ta urant and institutional "'management,'hum an development, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, performing arts a nd social sciences. These awards are presented to students oftra ditional age and each division had the B opportunity to nomina te an adult • student as a co-recipient o f the award from its area. The recipients of these divisional awards are determined after the winners have been selected for the Carpe Diem Award, the Bishop'a Award for Academic Excellence, the Sister Carolyn Herrmann Service Award, rthe Sister Eustace Taylor Leadership Award and the Mother Frances Go to "Awards* p. 2

Local Authorities Return to 'Hurst
By Jim Gorman Merciad Writer Recently, there have been speculations and rumors running rampant across campus in regard to entities like the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (LCB), student arrests and thefts. First, the Pennsylvania Li Control, Board and Erie Police have been making appearances on campus at regular intervals. As noted last week, the authorities in Erie are now on the prowl and have every intention ofkeeping order on campus as well aa preventing the vandalizing of property and violation of laws, particularly underage drinking. This past weekend, two Mercyhurst students were arrested by the authorities,presumably the LCB. for a a alleged violation of the underage drinking law. From What I have gathered, one of these students had complied, but the other student proceeded to run from the authorities after he was confronted. The chase, which was a footrace, started on south Briggs and ended up at the bottom of East 38th Street and Briggs Avenue. According to Director of Security Kenneth Si dun, students feel that they have a degree of immunity from outside authorities, but this is not the case. If you are drinking underage says Sidun, you run the risk of being penalized, i According to junior R/1AP ma*
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May 8,1997

Mercy Heritage Study GroupsfConchide Year
traditions and to explore and expand the Mercy heritage by understanding how it relates to us at the end of the twentieth century." On Monday, May 5, the Mexcy Last year, the study groups read Heritage study groups concluded this year's sessions with a Mass at Catherine McAuley and the Tradition of Mercy by Mary Sullivan, 4 pjn. in the Prince of Peace RSM. The book is an excellent Chapel, followed by a reception depiction of the life, s. in the Student Union Great Room. vision of the founder of Throughout the year, approxiMercyhurst which illustrated how mately 40 particpants have been we arc able to take that founding reading The Principle of Mercy impulse and make it present to by liberation theologian foil Sobrino. According [ to Sister today's college community," Patricia Whalen, assistant acaWhalen said. demic dean, the study groups Besides the study groups, the would meet once a mouth for an Mercy Heritage Committee sponhour-long discussion period to sors the annual Maura Smith lecshare reflections on the readings. ture in addition to other social events and liturgies such as the The Mercy Heritage CommitMass of the Holy Spirit at the tee began two years sgo as an beg inning of the year and Founeffort to launch a community-wide dation Day every December 12. discussion on the traditions beAt this point, some suggestions hind the college. This program for next year's readings include wis sponsored by Dr. Michael the papal encyclical "Rich in O'Kecffc, assistant professor of Mercv." in addition to a number religious* studies; Dr. Joseph Gowcr, vice president ofacademic ofcurrent articlesfromthe Mercy affairs and Dr.' Barbara Behan, Association in Scripture and The1 chairperson of the committee.' * ology (MAST) journal which is Since there are fewer Sisters of published four times a year by the Mercy on the staff than in previSisters of Mercy. Additionally, die committee is ous years, the committee's efforts are directed toward helping currently looking into the possibility of a service project next the Mercyhurst community be year. According to Sister Carol mindful of its heritage. As a result, Whalen said that among the Ann Volte, director of th e service committee's goal* are "to create a learning program, there are three different projects which are tutdeeper awareness of the college's By Chris Wlocn News Editor
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Soldiers' and Sailors' Home and the Neighborhood Art House. Whalen said that this concern for the Mercy heritage is something that is not limited to the Sisters of Mercy. "I'm really impressed by the commitment that some of the members of the college community have exhibited in mainta ining and deepening that heritage. It's very gratifying to realize that people care about it and want to see it promoted on campus," she said. "I'd love to see more students become involved. We're always looking for new ideas," she said. By Alissa Minner Merciad Writer Four Mercyhurst undergraduates have been offered an opportunity for summer research. An anonymous donor gave the chemistry department the money it needs to offer four students a summr research program* e Dr. Jack Williams, chair of the [vision of natural sciences and mathematics, said that the department received seven good applications for the positions this summer. Although they were originally given enough funds for three students, they went out to obtain die funds for a fourth student, he said. Two students will work in the area of theoretical physical chemistry with Dr. Candee Chambers, assistant professor of chemistry and physics. Lisa Reilly, who will be a sophomore in the Call, will conduct research in pharmaceutical drug design and Benjamin Laemmerhirt, who will be a junior next year, will work on molecules that are precursors to explosives. Sophomore Veronica Ledoux and junior Jennifer Hamelly will work in the area of biochemistry under the supervision of Dr. Melissa Barranger-Mathys, assistant professor of chemistry. Ledoux will conduct research in the area of I antifungal peptides and Hamelly in enzyme mechanisms, Barranger-Mathys said. I During the summer, Chambers and Barranger-Mathys will volunteer their time, while the four students will receive $1,800 for six weeks of research. "We are glad that we can offer our students ^sn opportunity to study here because other students are going to larger schools this summer for programs. We can now compete with the larger schools," Barranger-Mathys said. "Awards," cont'dfrom£• 1 Xavicr Warde Adult Student Awards. The outstanding students in anthropology/archaeology are Cassandra Kuba and Karyn de 'Dufour. The co-recipients of this ^year's business award are Trisha Greathouse and Amcr Husain. The outstanding adult student in business is James Polito. The outstanding student in education is Jennifer S. Fragle. The award for outstanding student in HRIM is Michael E. Fry. The co-recipients of the award in humanities are Chris Wloch and Jason Giffen. The outstanding student in science and math is Amy Kovach. The outstanding student in fine and performing arts is Jennifer Jurczak. The recipient of the outstanding student award in social science is John O. Murphy. Two other awards will be presented at the awards banquet, the Jamea V. Kinnaae Graduate Award in the Administration of Justice and the Special Education Graduate Award. The Outstanding Graduate Award in Special Education is Patricia Mindel. The James V. Kinna ne Award will be presented to Robert J. Capuano as * the outstanding [master's degree -candidate^ * >.* >

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"Security," cont'd from p. 1 side authorities and there is a possibility oftheir return in these last few weeks of school. The next issue is in regard to recent speculation about thefts from automobiles belonging to Mercyhurst students. In die past there have been similar instances of theft, but security officials claim they have not received any complaints about recent breakins. Sidun is also unaware of any such instance, but in the event of a theft, he urges students who may have experienced this to report It to security so that an incident report may be filed and an investigation initiated. For now, it will be assumed that rumors of theft on campus are strictly speculation. 4 As a reminderfromSidun, students a re urge! to use good judgment when they consume alcohol, otherwise they increase their chances of getting caught with a possibility of fines or arrest We will soon see if the authorities attempt to get involved with future operations at Mercy hurst, but the only way to limit involvement by the LCB on a large sea le is to use good judgment and have some dignity and respect for school

May 8,1997



Grand Delusions
By James I Iain Merciad A&E Editor (for now) Well, it's the final edition for this year's Merciad staff. Or, to paraphrase Tricky Dick, "You won' t h a ve Murph to kick around 9 anymore.* Since this is my last column, IfiguredIlldo a sort of Ryb Roast-On the Ditch kind of ming (and, just so you know, we still can't get a satisfactory explana tion from Murph as to what the hell "on the ditch" is supposed to mean).

T h e Final ChaptenThe Editor Reflects
ancient Macs and malfunctioning printers and decided what we really needed was a new floor). I applaud my fellow staffers, especially Murph, who busted many a blood vessel over this paper. For some reason, all of the blame ^for everything that was wrong with The Merciad landed squarely on his head, like he does the whole paper himself. In fact, we briefly considered changing the name of the paper to The Murphyad, but decided not to, lest any yardstick wielding Sisters of Mercy burst into the office to decimate us like villains in a Jackie Chan movie. Asformy section, it wasn't always the best I thought it could be. Several people decried the absence of a regular music column, and I take responsibility for that I looked for people to write it, but pretty much gave up. I would like to thank my regular contributors, Carrie Tappe, Jody Washington, Amanda Smith, Mike Opperman and Heather Cvitkovic for rising above and beyond and giving me far fewer headaches than Vance and Rybczynski were subjected to.

Despite all the protests (I think I recall a faculty bigwig you all know and love referring to us as a 9 "yellow rag *) we tried to do our best Let's be honesty we're not really a big-time college newspaper and our Woodward-andBernsteh expose*, of leaky roofs may have been a bit much. £ But our critics never recognized just how difficult it can be to do this every week, especially with limited resources (in a scene worthy of Joseph Heller, the administration somehow failed to notice our

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over to Carrie. I know shell do a terrific job and if she doesn \ well, you can just blame Murph, even though he won't he here anymore (and a note to the HRIM majors—soever fear. I strongly suspect that Murph was justjerking your collective chain in last week's "On the Ditch." He'U never admit it, though!

Requiem performed at D Angelo
By Jody Washington Merciad Writer Conductor Frank Collura conducts Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da Requiem, to be performed by the D'Angelo Symphony Orchestra with the D'Angelo Concert and Community Choirs on Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Sun. May 11 at 2:30 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. The Sunday afternoon concert la dedicated to Sr. Carolyn Herrmann, past president of the college and Superior of the Sisters of Mercy, who died on Saturday, Dec 28, 1996. | T "Sr. Carolyn would be very 19 touched by this testimony, noted Dr. Will iam P. Garvey, president of Mercy hurst College. "She was a fond lover of the arts and would be proud to see the communitya t-1 a rge coll a bo r a te with Mercy hurst to commemorate her ideals of an educational institution that is both culturally and intellectually exciting," Garvey said. He continued, This v •lira* epitomizes those ideals by bringing together almost ISO students, faculty and die greater Erie a* t i l l munity in a brand new Perform1 ing Arts Center; ' He explained that it is notjust the big-name international stars who are coming (even though they
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era and homemakers, students, professors and professional chorus and orchestra members who are collaborating for a once in a life-time performance of Giuseppe Verdi's immortal mas* terpicce Messa da Requiem, in honor of Sr. Carolyn.:

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By Carrie Tappe MerciadA&E Editor "It could happen to you. What would you do if you were traveling cross-country along one of the most remote backroads of the West, and suddenly your car broke down.and if you found yourself stranded, alone, helpless? When Jeff (Kurt Russell) and bit wife, Amy (Kathleen Quinian), set offfromBoston to San Diego to leave their trouble* behind and head somewhere new, their car breaks down oa a deserted back road. They find themselves stranded on a seldom-traveled road, milesfromany type of humanity. It seems that help has arrived when an 18 wheeler semi truck Villi es into view oa the horizon. The driver, Red (J.T. Walsh), is am over-the-road trucker. He stops-, and offers, Jeff and Amy a ride to Belle's Diner, the place along the lonely highway. With hopes of escaping the sun and calling a tow truck, Amy is hesitant but decides to go with Red while Jeffwaits with the car. Shortly after Red and Amy leave, Jeff is playing around under the hood and finds a loose* wire. Hefixesthe car and decides to try to catch up with Amy at Belle's Diner. When he gets there, Amy is nowhere to befound.The

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can relate to the situation. It's a reality check. How vulnerable would you be ifyou were desperate? y*\ Aside from the actual storyline, the backgrounds and scenes of the west are magnificent. Breai> down also incorporates a lot of scenes with high intensity and special effects. On top ofthat, it is a great psychological thriller.

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This past weekend, Erie Ballet Theatre, a combination of Lake Erie Ballet and the Mercyhurst College Dance Department, presented "Coppelia: The Girl with the Enamel Eyes" in D'Angelo Center for the Performing Arts. Through eight weeks of rehearsals, hundreds of dazzling costumes and a majestic set, this production came to life. The pany was stage ready a week before the performance, and aa Friday evening rolled around, all the dancers and theatre tech staffwere ready and raring to go. The performance began magnificently as the lovely Swanhilda, danced by Erie Ballet Theatre principal dancer, Christina M aria, made her loveable impression on the audience with her stage presence and irresistible charm. Yet, no one wa s to expect what was to happen as the show continued. Tragically, during the second act of the ballet, Maria was gripped with pain in her leg, and had to exit the stage, leaving the audience wondering and worrying. An
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ambulance waa called and Maria left the theatre. 9 The ballet continued on Friday night and all the dancers reacted professionally by performing their best, under the circumstances. Yet even before the show waa over, Erie Ballet Theatre Director, Tauna Hunter began pondering on die two remaining shows and who she could get to perform' in place of Maria. Ail eyes pointed to Kim Lewis, a local professional and director of Erie Bay front Ballet Lewis immediately came in and began learning the ballet, yet a full length ballet is too much to learn in a 12hour period. Hunter, without a second thought, put on her pointe shoes, put her hair in a bun and decided to go on stage for the sake of the show. Hunter along with Lewis shared the role of Swanhilda for the Saturday and Sunday shows."She rose to the occasion and she impressed everyone," Maureen Cavanaugh, a freshman dance major, "it was a true inspin ration. Many were amazed by Hunter's performance,and she is

definitely a true virtuoso," Headier Malone,also a freshman dancer, said, Tauna did this all for her students. It is amazing tha t she would get up on stage, not for herself, but for the sake of the company. That takes a genuine love for what she does." Although the past weekend's performances of Coppelia were unforeseen, the Erie Ballet Theatre presented this ballet with as much grace and professionalism

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On The Ditch
By John Murphy Editor in chief By Joe Wong Merciad Columnist Although I have heard them on several occasions during my four years here, I never really took offense to the words, "those damn foreigners." This past week a jury in Florida Most of the time, and especially here at Mercy hurst, they are made in jest, voted that the RJR Nabisco •111 and most of the time, I have taken them this way - no offense meant, none pany, and its Salem taken. In fact, the sense I get here is that as a white European, with a college cigarettes, were not liable for the education, I don't think these words are really meantforme and in fact, as lung cancer and subsequent death immigrants go, I am sort of acceptable, even to the bigots in this country. of a life-long smoker. The jury Maybe I should shut-up and be happy with this situation (and indeed, on decided that cigarettes were not a very selfish level this situation is somewhat comforting), but I can't seem "unreasonably dangerous and deto get over the fact that the above words must hit my fellow immigrants of fective and a legal cause of the 9 a black, brown or yellow skin color with a little more displeasure. They must death in die case. The jury agreed hit them as reminders ofthis country's deeply seated, racism and predjudice, mat cjgarettes can cause death, but and they must highlight how sincerely unwelcome they are to many people decided that that fact has been here. As a member of one of the 'favored* immigrant categories, I used to widely known for decades,)and 0 feel almost guilty about the disparity of our acceptableness in this society. the "too addicted to quit arguHowever, it was a fellow immigrant who taught me that it was not toward ment was not a reasonable enough discriminated immigrants whom I should feel sympathy towards, but to the cause for removal of responsibility from the smoker. In effect, American people themselves. I met this teacher on the subway in New York and on the surface, we had smoking can kill you so if you a couple of things in common. We both came from fanning backgrounds, smoke and die because of it, it's were both young, living in low rent apartments in rough parts of the Bronx, your fault both liked soccer and also hated the yuppies who got on the train as it entered On the surface that is a reasonthe nice parts of uptown Manhattan. But this was about as far as it went He able enough argument Individuwas a black immigrantfromwes t Africa, I was a white kidfromIreland, who als must be aware of the implicahad the luxury of a scholarship to Mercyhurst He was working 14 hours a tions of their decisions, and so day as a parking lot attendant receiving $3 an hour, I got between $15-$20 must take responsibility for any an hour working as a doorman on Park Avenue. consequences arisingfromthose After he told me what he made, I got embarrassed and went red. Of course actions. But that reasoning assumes that the average adult has I didn't tell him what I got, but he knew it was much more than he and st first u I thought he was looking at me with this look that said, this is rubbish ." the ability and resources to deter* But we kept talking and the conversation turned to gypsy mine the consequences of smok(illegal) cabs in the Bronx. He and hisfriendwere doing some work fixing ing. mem on the weekends and eventually they hoped to open an autpbody shop. As we talked, it dawned on me that he didn't despise me for the disparity between our situations. He didn't resent me, because he simply didn't have the time to. He was too busy in just making ends meet and too By Dan Hilfiker and so on. What do all of these focused on succeeding in his goals to worry about societal injustices, Senior Writer ra tings and letters really mean? Is listening to hint talk with such enthusiasm, I began to admire, how, despite a 10 year old child mature enough all the hurdles placed infrontof him, his spirit remained undeterred. I left Now that we have a television to watch a TV-PG television prothe train that day convinced he would succeed in attaining his version of the ratings ay stem in place, I suppose gram? What all la contained in a TV-PG rating aa compared to a American dream. \ J that the big question is: Is it I think about him every time I hear people bitch about immigrants in this going to make a difference? In the TV-M rating? Thercjis just poo country and about the perceived burden they place on this society and past few years we have seen the much confusion as to what all of economy and I cant help wonder about the bbny involved. Here wss this increasing liberalization of the these ratings mean for them to be guy, getting practically slsviwages, Irving in s slum, and not exactly being television airwaves. More and practical aa a ratings measure. I think that what the television made to feel vcrjrwelcoma In this country. And yet, his belief in supposedly more actors and writers have been fundamental American ideals such as liberty and opportunity, seemed given the green light to use ever industry has to do is to provide a higher dosages of profanity and listing of aU of the material conmuch greater than those patriots who would send him back to Africa. I think about how the same arguments were made aga inst Irish, Italian and bare their bodies in order to show tained within the nightly televimore reality in their shows, but is sion dramas, such as what Home Polish Immigrants wheaihey first arrived here and how they worked Box Office and Showtime prodoggedly to dispel the racist andunfounded myths held against them. As this really necessary? they believed then, the African, South American and Asian immigranta' Would any of die old shows that vide for their movies. 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deal, and can have a very strong impact on their behavior. Too many parents use their tele* vision aa an artificial baby-sitter when they are not In the room to supervise their, chUdren .and that makesftnearly impossible for the parents to knoW exactly what their child is seeing all die time. I don't think that any type of ratings system is going to be able to do anything to alleviate this problem. For the time;being though, I think that the television industry has to focus more on presenting s more Informed metsage to their viewing audience than the token changes that they already have implemented.

ing m ill ions ofpeople around the world. Thefinancialimplications are virtually inconceivable, invoking thousands of lawsuits worth billions of dollars, and prompting thousands more worth billions more. But the industry cannot be expected to respond to all of those suits, and the court system should not a 1ways be the answer. If necessary, Congress should en act legislation limiting the industry's liability, in the hopes ofeliciting the truth and cooperation from the cigarette companies. The companies should not have to defend themselves on s case by case basis, rather a class action suit, similar to onefiledby 22 states seeking more than $130 billion for Medicaid reimbursements. Regardless of die details, it is time for the handful of cigarette manufacturers to admit their Wrongdoing and accept (ksfm 111 ^ ^ 11 *4 The tobacco industry must ad- • sequences if decisions m d < dcmit that it waa aware of the ef- cades a go. Americans, especially fects of its product, and take re- smokers, deserve to be told the sponsibility for the consequences truth and the time has come for ofdeciding to conceal that know!-1 the industry to acknowledge that edge. The resultsfromthat deci- claim. sion would be enormous, affect*

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By EnlUo Colaiacovo Merciad Political Columnist Last week, British voters, in a ^ry convincing statement, ended I years of Conservative (Tory) lie, replacing then with the swiy invigorated Labor party ider the direction ofTony Blair. To ny, BUk,. a . pol iti a whose style and methods ofmanagement are similar to President Clinton, received an overwhelming mandate ia the polls. Even though I was hoping for a comc-£rom-behind Tory victory, I did not mink the Labor party would trounce the conservatives as the y did. Yet, in reviewing the new political realignment in Britain, one must overstate the significance of this victory. Though this election is quite important in regard to the status of the European Union question, I am quite certain this election ia nothing but a phase in a confused British electorate. Though the Conservative Party did much for Britain. I believe the scandals that arose amid the elections did little to illuminate the economic achievements which are the envy of most European nations. In sustaining an economy with 6% unemployment, \ good growth and low levels of inflation, the Conservative Party along with John Major have nothing to hang their^ heads for. This just reaffirms jmy belief that voters vote not on the issues, but rather our scandal and media-framed sound-bites that have little pertinent political relevance. Blair deserves most ofdie credit for this recent victory. The old Labor Party, synonymous with mild socia 1 istic policies, had fallen out of touch with the electorate just as the Democratic party had here in the United States. Blair, mirroring the political spindoctoring of President CI in ton, moved his party from the left towards the populist center. In doing so, Blair removed clause four from die Labour party platform which called for nationalization of industry and opted for greater privatization and less spending. In sum, he accepted the basic principles of Thatcherism. Also, Blair adopted a 10 point plan, similar to the Republican's Contract with America, which calledforlower spending, tax reform and health care amelioration. In essence, Blair combined campaign techniques (hat worked for both Republicans and Democrats in our na tion. However, I am uncertain this recent victory transcends into a radical change in the European political schema. I feel the Labour party was able to win the election because of public dissatisfaction with 18 years of Tory rule. After 18 years, die public becomes uncomfortable with the same stale policies of a particular political faction. Similarly, during the 1994 mid term elections, we witnessed the American electorate stunningly reject 40-odd years of Democratic dominance in Congress only to replace them with a highly populist and rejuvenated Republican party. In retrospect, I seriously promises of health care reform doubt the American people were without raising expenditures and completely won over by the con- maintaining the status quo in retract with America. Rather, the gards to the economy, he may public reacted to welKplaced Re- prove me wrong. publican sound-bites which adIn dosing, leadership is far difvertised the longevity of the ferent than politicking. "Whereas Democratic rule. The same holds CI in ton and Bl air are picture-pertrue in Britain; the electorate be- fect politicians,. Clinton has came increasingly tired of the proven to be a less effective lead er, Tories and replaced diem with a often making key decisions on a new party. For this reason, I bewhim, only to reverse them later. lieve it is premature to pronounce This is poor statesmanship and conservatism dead in Britain. has long-lastingforeignand doBritain is a strongly conservamestic policy ramifications. The tive nation historically, so I do not jury is still out on Tony Blair believe Britain's Conservative However, Blair will have to conParty will go the same way as the front the same problems as John Canadian conservative party did Major did. Blair will have to recafter the disastrous Mulroney *J'4I izc the continual problem conAdministration. Whereas some cerning the IRA and Sinn Fein's predict Blair to remain in power Gerry Adams as well as the ever for some time, I remain uncerevolving matters that deal with ta in. I feel the Labor party, which the European Union. If Blair is still contains a highly antagonisunable to articulate his Labour tic left wing which is bent on party platform, he too will fall by increasing the role ofgovernment, the wayside as John Major did* will be torn apart by infighting Now, I predict a turnui tuous just as the Conserva tive Party was. five years of Labor rule. However, if Tonv Blair keens his

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"standing" but not yet "seeing* . Editors Note: The following is the winning entry into this year's And if he is "seeing," it is only the dark corner which be calls his study abroad essay competition. "self. The part of his mind that • jThe winner received $500 toallows him to make such rash wards travel expenses. judgments, is temporarily filled with negative sentiment • By Randy Hilliard In our story, Stephaa received what he believed to be a cold Where we stand may well dereception from the tribal society. termine what we see. However, Unfamiliar customs, language that alone i i not the single eleand cultural history have been ment of cross cultural education. the most distancing factors among Anyone can go to a foreign counhuman beings since the begintry, but in itself that does not ning of time. Not because either ful experiguarantee a aucce&sEul party Is inherently wrong, butc ence. Let na say that youi father these people had not taken Stephan is taken in the middle the time to understand each other. **l~a the night tad flown But he would soon find that in | island in the Pacific Ocean. this culture such s greeting shows Upon arrival, by a single prop plane, Step baa ia introduced to the utmost respect, especially^ when given by the village elder. the Tribal chief; Atalamimach. While at borne in the warm Aulamimach doea not sees* suburbs of Anywhere. USA, the pleased with Stephaa'swtnuion. thought of eating with your hands However Stephaa is going In be ia repulsive. But in our fictional there for at least two months, village of Burio Rotoi, the only which is when the next plane is due to drop into the lagoon, so it time utensils an used is when yon are dining with enemies. These behooves him to make the most customs have their own historical Of this opportunity. Like it or not Stephaa ia bound significance and in order to adapt to the culture, an understanding tD make some adjustments to his "new, strange, backward, primal must be acquired. This takes na. not to where surroundings*. Right now be to

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Campus Question


Did you go to any of the events during Academic Celebration? Which Why? How did you like it?

Tiffany Reid, Senior Forensic Science For the Academic Celebration, I went to the World of Insects. I went because I* had a display sh owing for the camp us. I thought it was interesting tofindout how insects can be used in technology today and in everybody's every day lives.

Kris Cecchetti, Freshman Pyschology • ; I went to the Women's Exhibit and I hoped to learn something about my female sisters. I think it is great that they tried to celebrate something about women on this campus.

Chris Morgan, Junior Finance I went to the Civil War Reenactment because I have a fascination with an event which I believe to be this country's filled. To understand the Civil War is to understand much ofwhat defines America.

Heather Beckey, Sophomore English Education I was in the Sites Specific Dance, Innocence on Monday, April 28, and I thought it waa an exceptionally performed piece. I was disappointed that it rained and we couldn't do it outside. Other man that we did a terrific job.

Bill Franz, Junior *MB a: HRIMif j I went to the Poverty and Human Needa and I went mere because I had to to get extra credit, but it was very interesting and gave some good points on how to get rid of poverty."

Christina Lambert, Senior Interior Design I went to Go Away for extra credit for Latin American Culture and I thought it was beneficial for anyone tanking of going abroad in the future.

Kelly Gurney, Sophomore HOHM I went to see die Liberation and the Works of MercyforAmbassadors and it was very interesting.

Laura Dlulus, Sophomore Marketing I went to Ayn Rand and Objectivism to receive extra credit for class and even though I never lead the books, it was very interesting.

Melissa Lang, Sophomore Biology I went to see the Liberation and the Works of Mercy so that I could get extra credit I thought that it was interesting and informative.

Burheem Bakr, Junior Biology I went to Dispelling Myths Islam because I waa a speake think it went well and a lot people were interested.

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risk of turning around, he can en* joy the scenery and culture, this la what truly determines what he sees. Aa our story cornea to an end, Stephan has been in Burio Rotoi for three weeks. Although he baa mastered only a few key phrases, be will dine with Chief Alalamimach tonight,Without the aid of a fork and spoon. We can be assured that by the time of bis departure, many more challenges will be faced. Whether or not they are conquered successfully has no bearing on his teaming experience. Wh at does matter though, la that Stephan is able to appreciate cultural differences rather than ridiculing them.

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L e t t e r T o T h e E d i t o r : Watkins
Dear Editor, I would like to comment on last week's edition of*On the Ditch." I am a junior here at Mercy hurst College and my major it HUM. I, only being ajunior, cannot comprehend your feelings about 1 eav- j ing Mercy hurst Yes, it will be nice to close another chapter of your life and move onto another bigger and broader one. Still, how can you look so negatively upon your experience here. I am sure you have your own reasons, and I am not writing to criticize your thoughts, memories or your beliefs. Those arc up to you to decide and figure out I am writing in defense of the staff, faculty and various departments ..here at Mercyhurst Col* lege. When making my college selection, my top two choices were UNLV and Mercyhurst College. Sure, Mercyhurst la close r to home (Buffalo), but my decision to attend this college was based on the. individual attention given to each student and the feeling ofbelonging to a community. Of course during my time here, I have had some poor experiences with professors, we all have. It does not necessarily mean mat they arcH S bad professors or that we are bad students, ft just means that there Wis a conflict of interest However, I also have had some terrific professors, who continue to remind me Why I am here and challenge me to do my best Aa for those "green jacket* individuals, I give them a lot of credit They dedicate a lot of their time to this institution and play a major role, in showing prospective students what Mercyhurat is all about Concerning your comment about the HRIM department, I would not have chosen another major. Your belief however, in shared with man y other individuals On this campus, induding the faculty. We have been called everything from "burger flippers" n to "napkin folders. This is not a concern, what la the concern is the idea that people criticize sIII thing without experiencing it for themselves. Many people do not regard our major as a "rear major. However, I do not know if you noticed, but over half the recruiters on thia campus are here for the HRIM department Also,



on something is very unfair until you have J experienced -or attempted it yourself! Everything deserves a fair chance to succeed. Sincerely, Maria Watkins.

how many other majors on campus are compared to and ranked right behind Cornell and UNLV. Our major, for at least the past several years, has maintained neatly a 100%, placement rate. The HRIM department possesses

a tremendous staff. Our department can be described aa one big family. It was the department's genuine caring and commitment to die success of their students that made me choose Mercyhurst Yes, individuals are in the major

because it is a blow off (I would be lying if I denied it). Yet they are tar outnumbered by the individuals who take it seriously. You will only get out of something what you put into it" I think that passing judgement

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T h e Politics of Tavis
By Bill Melville Merciad Writer When asked about his prima ry reason for choosing to attend Mercyhurst, senior history/ R/ IAP/political science major Tavis Overstreet says, "Of the schools I applied to for undergraduate admissions, onlyMercyhurst offered a program like RIAP, which opened the possibility of jobs with government orga nizations such as U.S. Customs and the NSA (National Security Agency). Iwasn't Mil ivinced that I would get in when I applied." Overstreet has lived most of his life in Virginia, primarily in the cities of Richmond and Charlottesville. In Richmond, he attended Highland Springs High School before he came to Mercyhurst Though he desired to stay in Virginia to attend college, the opportunities offered by R/IAP were too great to pass up. When asked to describe Overstreet, Richard Kubiak, associate professor of history, commented, Tavis is like the phrase 9 'still water tuns deep, but he doesn't make a gurgle." However, Overstreet*s interests in political sci ence be ca me equ al with RIAP in his sophomore year, after ta king two political science courses, one with Dr. Michael Federici, assistant professor of political science, and one with Dr. Randall demons, director of the political science department and associate professor of political science. Seeing a political science degree as a way to supplement his RIAP degree, Overstreet
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major. Of Tavis, Federici said, I n my eight years of teaching, Tavis stands as one of the best writers Pvc had in class. In particular, he' s one of the best concise writers IVe uught He neverwastes a

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"It's refreshing to have a student in class who isn't just there for a grade. Tavis* greatest asset h his intellectual curiosity. He's not afraid to question, and he's not one of those students who just site there and sccepu what is being taught" ^ ^ During spring term, Overstreet has kept himsclfbusy by working on both of his senior projects. While he preferred not to trail i

raent on the nature of his senior project for his RIAP degree, Overstreet did talk about his senior thesis for political science. For a topic, he chose to analyze the future implications, both politically and economically, of the European union* He also examines some of the large cultural differences between European countries, the wars fought amongst them through the centuries, and whether or not the ideas of sovereignty and federalism will survive within individual countries if a European union should occur. When asked why he chose to examine this topic, Overstreet said that the danger exists that the current European superpowers, like Germany and Great Britain, would overwhelm the less powerful countries in such a union, and a n issue such as this needs addressing. Overstreet has been deeply interested in politics for some time and considers himself a conservative, with federalist bel iefc playing a large part in his conservatism. He sees federalism as a means which helps preserve the 9 bond of society." |'*, As a Virginian, who has experienced the culture of the southern United States firsthand, Overstreet has become a believer in the notion ofthe southern states • maintaining a cultural and political identity all their own. Tavis cites his parents as his primary influence, largely because of the strict household they maintained, which Overstreet describee %A "Fundamentalist Christian, but it incorporated Hebrew and Old Testament beliefs. It set strict standards." He said of his home state, I ' m very proud to have come from Virginia, considering its long history and the many noble and talented leaders Who hailed from Virginia," Of his direct influences, Overstreet considers Dr. Federici to be his strongest influence outside of his family. "Studying under him allowed me to change the way I thought about poll ^^ losopby and many other things. He hss great power aa a teacher. He shows genuine concern over whether or not students learn from him." In terms of indirect influences, •r..,L rite* few from modern
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times, stating, "I think we live in a time of mediocre leaders and politicians. He considers his ma in political influences to be the ancient political philosophers, like Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, and Christian*philosophers, like*St Thomas Aquinas, up through the Medieval period. One modern political writer Overstreet mentions is Russell Kirk, who once co-authored a book with one of 9 Tavis uncles. Although he spent last summer in Richmond, Tavis held an internship with Pennsylvania Congressman Phil English. He traveled to Washington, D. C. to meet with English when he had congressional committee meetings, and he also prepared many reports for English, including topics like drug trafficking from Mexico and illegal drug use among minors in America. Ofhis internship, Overstreetsaid besides holiday and breaks, he had not been home in along time, so he considers himself fortunate to have received an internship which gave him the chance to return to Richmond, but which also let him work with politics. At Mercyhurst, Tavis has been a writer for The Merciad. f<tin ing on news stories and writing an occasional opinion piece. Last January, he filled an open position as residential representative in Mercyhuist Student Government Tavis is also a member of the Senate's Academic Planning and Assessment committee, which was responsible for looking at the recently approved new Core, but, aa he points out, "We never got to vote i in the final proposal.* Overstreet expresses a Strong disapproval with several as of the new Core. 1 Was dissatisfied with the process of approving it, the exclusion of a political science requirement and the shift in the English requirements front literature to composition. I believe that writing can be taught within the individual disciplines." Though Tavis admits that his group offriendshaechanged drastically in each ofhisfouryears, he has left a mark on several students. Says Emflio Colaiacovo, a junior history/R IAP major, said, 1 shall never forget the countless late night discussions* we have

Tavis Overstreet Photo: Jessica Russell had regarding pol itics or philosophy, nor will I be sole to forget the lessons he taught me regarding who I am and what I aspire to do with my life. Whether it be running for Student Government Secretary or writing an article for The Merciad, Tavis always found time to give advice and counsel. In retrospect, I know I have grown a great deal having had the opportunity to know Tsvis ss s • ill vatrve, as a fellow RIAP student and most importand, sss friend." For Overstreet, the education he received at Mercyturst has been one of the most important parts of his life here. "I found it most worthwhile to get into po1 litical science at Mercyhurst " After graduation, Overstreet will return home to Richmond, while he awaits wordfromthe graduate he spplied to, the Univerl» I f i n sity of Virginia and the Catholic University of America. Federici expresses happiness toward y
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Tavis' decision to apply to graduate schools, saying, "He's an excellent candidate for them." Overstreet; however,* remains somewhat skeptical about hit chances, since notification of aoccptance at a college usually arrives by early May. Junior history/RIAP majorJim Gorman, who has come to know Overstreet well in the past two yean, says, Tkvis holds many views which can be considered uncommon, particularly on this campus* However, I respect his opinions and the integrity he exhibits in upholding those views. I foresee a bright futureforTavis and wish him the best of tads."

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May 8,1997

Medieval Times: Unique Experience
By Brad Rybczynski Features Editor By 1trad Rybczynski Features Editor Roast bear, venison steaks, rabbit stew and vegetable gruel were all a part of a unique experienceforthe members of the Medieval Times history class. Authentic dress, food and drinks combined to add a, Hare to the class gathering on May 2. Adult student Mia Spracklen, social science education major, said, "It was a great learning experience because it was hands on and that really put the medieval age's eating style into perspective." The evening began with a prayer led by Richard Kubiak, director of the history department, in the Queen's Chapel which adjoins the Christ the King Chapel in Old Main. The class then gathered in the faculty dining room for its meal. Each student brought a dish madefromrecipes dating back to the middle ages. To add to the ambiance, the class decorated the dining room with tapestries and ate by candle light, ' The dinner was just one of many activities that the class has been exposed to. To start off die term, the class went to the Cleveland Museum of Art to view the many examples of Medieval art with the commentary of a museum guide. Another trip, to a Benedictine monastery in the Erie area, soon followed. The excursion'coincided with the class' coverage of 77*? Rule ofSL Benedict to offer die opportunity to see the evolution of Benedict's rule. Kubiak cited thefirst-timeexperience of die trip as reason enough when he said, "A great majority ofthe students have never seen the inside 9 of a monastic community.' The next trip waa to the old believer Russian Orthodox Church on Front Street to view icons, a common religious art form of die Medieval age. i Lynn Washowich, junior social science education major, said, The icons were beautiful and it was great to see themfirsthand." Kubiak said, "It gave die students a chance to experience a culture different from their own." The Medieval limes class ia unique not only for die many field trips and extracurricular activities the students partake in, but die very course itself ia a unique endeavor having been created by the students and professor in a joint effort debating an upon content before the beginning of the term. Students are required to read six books, attendfieldtrips, view films and give presentations as a part of the course material. The one thing that really set the course apartfromothers is mat there are no tests or quizzes. Grades are decided through evaluations from themselves, classmates and the instructor based on participation and presentation. James Proper, junior history major, said, "It's a great class, I'm learning a lot more because I'm learning from 13 people instead of one. There ought to be more like it" Kubiak said of the class, The class offers first time experience (on field trips) that can set the tone for behavior for the lest of your life and some of the things n arejust plain fun.

Mother's Day is right around the corner. Unfortunately I will not be able lo see my mom lor this special day. Instead of looking through more boring Hallmark cards and picking out one with someone else's words, I thought it would be nice to dedicate my column to my mother. It only seemsfittingto do this, especially after four years of college coupled with the fact that this is one of my last columns. Over the past four years I have seen less and less ofmy mother. As I got busier and more involved on campus, I have had less time to go home. It would appear to be within logical reasoning that this would distance me from my mother and would be a hindrance to the growth of my relationship with her. Luckily, this has not been the case. I have grown ever closer to my mom. We saw each other less, but we talk more. The time I spend with her has also become more meaningful. Because I have not been able to spend as much time with my mother, I have come to a greater understanding of how much she means to me. ssShc has been the driving force in my education. Without her guidance and encouragement, 1 would not have made it through these four years. She was the one who, told me I could do it when I had doubts. She had more faith in me than Mid. She saw my potential and made me realize it I realized doubts in myself because of my mother. She told me I could and I believed her. • •. S **** My mother has alao been there for me to listen. When I was depressed, I knew I could call. When I nude mistakes, she was there to pick me up. • p There was a time in my college career when I wanted to quit I ha d thought it over and was almost positive it was the right thing to do. I was going to give myself one more day to think it over and suddenly I remembered something. I remembered my mother poring over books when she Went back to college. My brother and I were almost too young to remember this, but la my mind I can recollect faint images of my mother studying after coming homefromher Job as a clerk. She worked full-time, waaraisingtwo young boys and going back to school. 1 realized why. It was not out of some grand quest for knowledge, although I am sure mat had something to do with it It was to better herself so that she could offer my brother and me a better life. So she could offer us the opportunity to go on to college and have a better life, How could I leave school when my mother sacrificed so much to give me an opportunity to go? Not only did she sacrifice some 16 years ago.lit did not stop there. She continues to sacrifice to this day. We do not comefromthe most affluent background. My mother had to scrape to serve to send us to private high school and then to college. She did this all willingly and with a smile. She did not complain. Her boys were going to go to college. ' Coupons were dipped, the old cars were driven into the ground and my parents never went out for an evening alone. Da many cases, my patents sacrificed their happiness for me. This waa all due to my mother's determination to see me a success. As I lookback ever my four years of college and 21 yean of life, I can only hope that my mom ia proud of me. What can I say to thank my mother? Not enough. All I can do ia tell her that without her love, encouragement and support I could have done nothing. . ^ If* I* 'I* " ' i 1 ' " Moan, I kaow you'll read this, so, thank you for everything. Hove you and Happy Mother's Day.

By Mindi McDowell. MerciadWriter

SAC Events


This weekend is Spring Activities, the last big weekend of the year. After dancing die night away at dieformalFriday night, conaider participating in Spring Activities this Saturday. The event, which ia a combination of various relay activities, will take place on the practice footballfieldsat noon. Anyone interested needa to form • team ofeight, four men a nd four women, and sign up at the Union desk. The top three teams receive cash prizes. Saturday night, atop over at the Rcc center between 6 pan. and

midnightforLaser Storm. Here is in the Taylor Little Theatre at 9 an opportunity to shoot your p.m. There will be a raffle for movie posters. ? • ;£• friends. -•<•' SAC does not program the Tuesda y night, the Tournaments committee has organized a two weekend beforefinals,but check on two volleyball tournament to me calendar during finals. On May take place on the sand courts out- 19, SAC will be having Food for side the townhouses. The games Finals in the Laker Inn, beginning will begin at 5:30 p.m.. Anyone at 9 p.m. Take a study break and interested should sign up at the grab some snacks from a selection that has previously included Union desk. Later Tuesday night; Coffee- bagels, cookies, fruit and veghouse hosts the band Jack Trip- etables, and pizza. Alao, if yon per. Coffeehouse will begin at are looking for a place to study, 8:30 p.m., so stop in for one last there will be Quiet Study in the Cafefrom11 pan. to 3 a.m. both mocha. The Movie committee ia signing Monday and Tuesday nights. off with a bang. The blockbuster hit, "Jerry Maguire" will be shown

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By: Kelly Gillig Merciad Sports Writer

M e n ' s F o u r Victorious

The crew teams ended their tegular season this weekend lowing against Ohio State, Bowling Green, Carlo w College, Duquesn the Universities of Charleston and Cincinnati and the crew team rival school, Marietta. Last week, Crew Coach Sean Tobin predicted that the women would be able to defeat Marietta and place highly, but didn't anticipate the "bad breaks" th e women would receive. Overall, the women came in fifth out of nine schools and doing so having only raced in halfof die events. The women didn't race the freshman eight due to personnel

problems. The meet was hampered by passing storms, and prior to the "varsity eight race, die women's boat was Mownfromits supports, putting a hole in it and making the boat unraceable. The men fared better, taking fourth overall. The men's points camefromthe men's varsity four who won their race by seven seconds over Cincinnati. The men's varsity four was led by coxswain Michael Opperman and senior bowman Kevin Kosco. More points camefromthe strong finish by the varsity two, seniors Mike Coco and DonLeClair.The two finished a . calthy second place behind the University of Charleston. Tobin said "the main boats look stroms" and in refer-

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ence to the victorious varsity teams, that "they seem to be excelling'' at the right time of the year. Grew will row in the 59th annual Dad Vail Regatta this weekend which is the national championship for small colleges. Over 100 schools will participate in the championships. Tobin has "strong hopes for the varsity women" saying "they should be finalists ifnot medalists." Tobin acknowledges "it's go* ing to be challenging" and that the women "could use a break" after all the bad luck during the last race. Tobin said he has teams that canwin and "to win this event would apeak very highly of our program."




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By Kelly GUlig Merciad Sports Writer The baseball team brought its number of games left down to six this week, meeting North w University for a four game series this past weekend. Last week, the team's loss to Oakland was blamed on the team's inability to bring home the runners in scortug position. During Saturday'sfirstgame, it looked at if the Lakers' problem was continuing until thetopofthe sixth when they scoredfiveruns
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to take a commanding 7-0 lead. The Lakers stranded 10 over the course of the game but won 9-2. In Saturday's other game, undefeated Laker pitcher Brian Lopez pitched a shutout complete game victory, improving his record to 5-0 on the year. The Lakers split Sunday's two games with Northwood. The Lakers could only come up with three nils against Northwood's tough pitcher in the first game. Clay Wood took the loss and stands at 4-1. Wood only gave up six hits, but it was enough for Northwood to score four runs and
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beat the Lakers 4-1. The Laker win on Sunday came from the combined efforts ofPaul Taylor who got the start and Jeff Benedict who came in on relief duty. Taylor and Benedict ••til bined for four strikeouts and only one earned run. Laker bats overcame the earlier defeat and shelled the Northwood pitching for nine runs on 11 hits. Pat Cutshall hit another homerun and leads the team With 16, The Lakers fell in the polls despite going 5-1 on the week. They arc now ranked 9th in the country with a conference record of 15-5

and an overall record of 36-6. Coach Joe Jordano said, "the team shouldn't be paying attention to 1 die rankings. They aren't a factor." I The Lakers finish their season mis week with two games against Gannon University on Wednesday add a four game scries against Wayne State this weekend. Jordano, discussing the games against Gannon said, "we have something to prove every time we go on the Geld, but mere is some ^extra motivation against 1 Gannon. * ;j The Lakers' conference record is

the onlytilingpotentially holding them back from receiving a g< seed in the post season tournament Oakland University shares the baseball team's 15-5 record with two games left to play. The conference champion is determined by winning percentage, which means the conference is still up for grabs. Although the conference winner doesn't get an automatic bid, the conference ideredfor champion must be t.lK t sea son play before any other team. The Lakers therefore, *> t i trol their destiny, but aren't guaranteed anything yet

A Successful Season for Men's Lacrosse
By: Maureen McMahon Merciad Sports Writer The Division I Mcrcyhurst Men's Lacrosse teamfinishedits season with a tremendous record of nine wins and five losses. Head Coach Pete Ginnegar is %ery pleased with the results of this season.'' This year was an extremely positive and encouraging one for the Hurst aa they showed the league what a tough and competitive team they are. "We far surpassed our expectations for this season in the Division I competition. I give most of the credit to the players who stuck together on the field. We came out with a winning record, which is hard to attain as a first year program,''said Ginnegar. * The coaching duo of Ginnegar and John Murphy also brought the Lakers to where they stood at the end of the season. Ginnegar said, "we could not be as good a team without the hard work and effort put in by Murphy. He helped us out, not only on the Odd, but off it aa well." The Hurst has definitely made an Impact in the Division I league md also in the sport itself, here at Mercyburst, Setting high standards for next year, the Lakers have pot some positive pressure on themselves for their future and the team really looks forward to next year. Their outlook for the __ j-98 season is strong and competitive.

End of Season Woe for Softball
selves," she pointed out, as indicated by the acquisitions hinted in the huge recruiting class of 11 players. Weaver points out that depth in the line up was a factor as the team expects to double the size of their squad for the uj i ing fall season; a recruiting class, according to Weaver, that is filled with junior college players as well as two girlsfromthe North East campus. "We need playerstotake these losses and put them Into wins,* Weaver explained aa she pointed to the huge amount of games lost by one or two runs. The excitement for next year, Weaver points out, will be the return of the entire starting in*.« . * t#*f*. , . . : -I field. &
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games, but did stay in it until the last inning against Laker Superior losing a heart breaker 6-5. The end for die Lady Lakers Their conference tournament Softball team was a disappointing results were shocking, as the team One. Last week the team traveled made an early exit losing the first two games and heading back to Green Valley to play In the year-ending GLIAC Tournament to Erie without a victory. From With disappointing results, the the tournament came Honorable team then traveled to play In the Mention Awards* to Emma conference tournament, where Pas trick and Heather Lemley. similar results were had. Pas trick ended the year with a The results in the GUAC tour376 batting average, 10 triples, nament were discouraging and two home runs and 24 RBIs. finally marked an end to the team's Lemley ended the season with a rapid improvement they displayed 354 batting average, four home over the season. The Lakers runs and 17 RBIs. played Ovc different teams. Green AccordingtoHead Coach Amy Valley, Northwood, Ferris, Lake Weaver, the team is already lookSuperior and Saginaw Valley. ing forward to next year. "Next bcy.posted.iosges in all of the, year is our chance to redeem our- 1

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May 8,1997

Baseball Seniors Say Farewell to Mercyhurst
By: Scott Vance Merciad Sports Editor This week, it was the basebal 1 seniors' turn to pour their hearts out to me ill mis oncc-in-a-lifctimc interview. The interesting thing about these nine seniors is that only three of them (Jeff Benedict, Pat Cutshall and Brian "Rocks* Lopez) have spent their entire* four years here at Mercyhurst These athletes have played a major role in propelling the Laker baseball program to greater heights. In the past two years, this team has won the GLIAC conference, qualified for NCAA regionals and this year they were ranked as high as sixth place in the nation, which is the highest the Hurst has ever been placed. Despite the fact that many of these players have attended this college for only two years, they still have enough memories to last mem I lifetime. would probably be letting regionals slip away last year.; I also regret not coming here a few years earlier, because I only spent two years here and not four," However, it was Mamourieh who added a serious note to the (Venation saying, "If I was to change one thing then it would have to be the facilities mat we have to practice hi and also the lack of money "that the school gave us." S This statement roused the rest of the group to respond in a serious manner. "I think that the college should have a field on campus because that's the main reason we don't have many students attending the games," said Kevin Giles. Soprano echoed Giles remarks saying, T d also like to see a field on campus and I would also like a little bit of respectfromthe athletic administration. There is no need for one of the top programs in the country to practice from Kc O p.m. until midnight and then fO have to get up at 7:30 aan. to go to class." i
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Top Left-right: Pat Cutshall, Dan Gasparovic, Rob Mucha, Steve Soprano. Bottom: Brian Lopez, Clay "Boomer" Wood, BiU Mamourieh, Kevin GUes and Jeff B go their own separate ways as nitely the most knowledgeable Shaker.' I never want to see that they seek to establish themselves coach I have ever had and that's bus again, it's not load worthy. in the "Real World." However, about all I'm going to say about However, I will miss Kelly Memories that, except for don't tell him to unlike the other seniors whoml have Sceusa 'a cookies on the bus," said interviewed over the past few relax, he doesn't like that very Lopez. weekly these students' futures are "My best memoriea would have much." T m going to miss all of the relatively undecided. Miss to be just hanging outwith a great money that I used to takefromPat These seniors also had a lot of "My immediate plans for the bunch of guys," Cutshall said. good things to say a bout assistant Cutshall on our road trips," Rob future are to graduate on timet These athletes had different 1 loved being a part of a team coach, Joel Dombkowski. Mucha said. maybefinda job somewhere beviews on what they are going to and these guys have been like • "He's an excellent players' cause I'm not going to be able to miss about college life here, a family tome. My memories here coach, he's a great motivator as Coaches inherit the old man's real estate. I will last'me a lifetime," said i Mercyhurst Well as afriend,he works hard, "I'm going to miss all the time Lopez. gives his heart to the program and might have to go back overseas The one aspect of bead coach digging oil. Another thing that I and effort Joel Dombkowski put "One of my fondest memork § Joe Jo rdano that the seniors agreed I'd like to see him somewhere might look into is snaking Persian into helping us prepare ourselves would have to he of Andy Wade someday as a head coach on his on would have to be his meticurugs, those are pretty valuable. If for the sea son and the time that he lous nature*! when he almost killed himself own," Soprano said. Calling down the stairs," said Bill took working with us on indiHowever, Cutshall had a differ* I am really desperate I might v The one thing that I have to say ture over to Europe and play baseMamourieh. vidua] things," said Soprano. eat appreciation for what assisabout coach Jordano is that he is a ball over there," Mamourieh said. Das Gasparovic echoed tant coach Dombkowski brings very articulate man. He pays at"I hope to graduate within this Regrets Mamouriehs remarks saying, "I'd to the team saying, "I would like tention to detail immensely. He is decade as I know that baseball like to thank Joel for all the time to thank Joel because he was data straight out talker and he tells won't work out, said Clay and effort be put in. We came However, to go along with the ing one of the girls at a tanning things the way they are. He's •ItJtl *r"W« here a bit rusty and he took us good times here at Mercyhurst, salon and she hooked us up with really in tune with dotting the Fa GUes, like "Boomer," will not there are the not so good ones and under his wing and showed us the free tanning beds." and crossing the T's, that's what be pursuing his career in baseball. ropes." these men were on hand to talk wins^ championships," However, he will continue to However, this time itwas Lopez about some of their personal reFuture Mamourieh said. strive in the sporting world and as who added the comic relief to the grets, aa well as some of their ^ It was Clay "Boomer" Wood interview that was serious for all In less than two weeks, these men he says, "I would like to join the concerns about the Mercyhurst this time who had to break up the WC W with my counterpart Rick of one minute saying, "I defibaseball program. will be graduating from semi-intellectual conversation by Flare," nitely won't miss the 'Laker saying, "Coach Jordano is defiThe biggest regret that I have Mexcyworld and they will each

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