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C a m p u s Ministry Supports Hunger Awareness
By Marcia K. FameII Contributing Writer October is observed as Hunger Awareness Month and Mercyhurst once again takes its place as a place of support in the Erie area. Within the past week, Campus Ministry hassponsoreda teleconference, the annual food drive and the Hunger A \v areness Di n ner. The teleconference was held Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the Student Government Chambers. Those who attended learned, via video tape provided by the Bread for the World Organization, that there are 38 million Americans living in poverty while 26.6 million people were forced to turn to the use of food stamps last year. In addition to those sobering statistics, 14 million children under the age of 12 are hungry or at the risk of hunger in this country. The Community Childhood Hunger Identification Project (CCHIP) states, "Hunger stunts growth and affects cognitive development in children, reduces the ability of adults to learn job skills and be productive citizens. Fortunately, in our nation, hunger has a cure, and effective federal nutrition programs are an essential part of the cure." According to Michele Garvey, the campus minister who directs volunteer services, the teleconference was very in formative and dealt Is. Those who atwith global i tended raised questions about the role of the United States as a first world country in dealing with this problem, which was not addressed during the teleconference. These questions are being sent toCCHI P. Additionally, Garvey said that Sr. By Chris Wloch Editor-in-Chief During the past few weeks, there have been numerous complaints about students who have left their cars parked in the lower level of the main parking ramp on campus during the daytime. According to director of security Ken Sidun, if this continues then students will no longer be Dorothy Stoner, visiting instructor of religious studies, is considering whether to use the information provided by the teleconference as part of her curriculum. Garvey said that this is wonderful because the most important part of battling the problem is education. In addition to the teleconference, Campus Ministry also sponsored a Food Drive Monday and Tuesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Students went out into the community to collect non-perishable food items to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank in Erie. The Reverend Steve Anderson, College Chaplain, said, "Mercyhurst students have always been the leaders for the local food drives (our college is the one who started them) and have always been most generous with their time and energy. The Food Drive shows a real conce rn for the hungry of our community." According to Garvey, Tuesday usually yields better results that on Monday, but with every can of food, at least one person will be fed. This past Monday there was a great response with four college vans)being filled with students.. Garvey said that the team could have used another van. The only problem with the first night of the Food Drive was transportation, she said. Overal 1, Garvey said that there has been great response from the I studentsandcoachesofMercyhurst in helping to collect food, with participation from various teams such as dance, football and soccer to name a few. Several coaches have made sign-up sheets for their teams. Garvey praised the hockey team for attending both nights.
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pose 1997 Hunger Awareness Month Food Junior Kate Shaffer said, "Helping out with the Food Drive, I was impressed with the number of people who were participating. It was wonderful." Kelly Sceusa, campus minister for the North East campus, said that they will be conducting their food drive Oct. 23. All donationsj will be given to a food bank in North East. "Last year we raised over 300 pounds of food," Sceusa added. The crowning event of Hunger Awareness Month was the Hunger Awareness Meal held in the cafeteria Wednesday night from 4:305:30 p.m. and the cost was $5. "We are forfeiting our choice of one meal for one day and manyj people go without food everyday.
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The Hunger Awareness Meal helps us to be aware that there are people who aren't choosing to go hungry," said Garvey. According to Garvey, the money collected from the meal will be given to the Food Bank along with the food collected on Monday and Tuesday. For every penny, the Food Bank is then able to purchase a pound of food to be given to the hungry. There were various reactions among the students who attended the meal. Fresher Tim McNicol said, "As I sat here, I felt for the people who are in need and I have a deep desire to reach out and help them." Jenn Lehr, a junior and Kathleen Oprcsko, a sophomore helped to

serve the meal to those who participated. "My thoughts would be that we need to get more students aware of the hunger problem,"said Lehr. "I think there needs to be more of a focus on the community versus the self." Opresko echoed Lehr's send men is. "The Hunger Awareness Meal really surprised me, "shesaid. "I knew there were hungry people in the world, but I never knew the distribution of the food was so unequal." Freshers Elizabeth McDonnell, and Heather Weber said they were enlightened by their attendance at the Hunger Awarencss Meal. "It helps us to realize how lucky we are," they said, "and to not take for granted w hat we have."

STUDENTS MAY LOSE PARKING RAMP PRIVILEGES
night visitors have been parki ng in able to park in the lower level. Students arc currently permitted the ramp's lower level. Additionally, Sidun related that to leave their cars in the ramp's lower level from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. 'starting next week, unstickcred When students fail to remove their cars that remain in the lot after I cars in the morning, the faculty a.m. will be towed in the morning. who have paid for a parking spot Sidun said that the loss ol parkare forced to look elsewhere. Any ing ramp privileges "is dependent cars without a parking sticker are on whether students follow the lagged with a $25 ticket. rules. If they continue abusing Sidun said that the rules will also these regulations, then we will ^ sirioily enforced because over- close the lower level to students/

Campus Interior to be Closed to Traffic
By Chris Wloch Editor -in- Chief In the October 2nd issue of The Merciad, it was incorrectly reported tha t new 30 by 60 fool cast iron gates were to be placed in the campus interior. College President Dr. William P. Garvey, said that the two new gales, which were recently installed on Preston Drive in front of Zurn and Baldwin, will remain permenantly closed starting Monday, Nov. 3. fc After a traffic study is conducted this term, a decision will be made whether the gates should remain closed only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Garvey said. Access cards will be issued to handicapped persons and mail delivery trucks which need to get through.

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By James Gorman News Editor The Mercyhurst College United Way Program has reached 28% of its goal thanks to employees who have pledged a total of $4,800 thus far. Coordinator of the drive Karen English said, "We need their hcl p to reach the top, so the United Way can continue to provide support to agencies in Erie County. Duringf 1997, Mercyhurst contributed more than $ 15,000 to the United Way of Erie County to help fund human service agencies such as the Mercy Center for Women. The center founded by the Sisters of Mercy, provides long term transitional housing for homeless women and their children while assisting them in obtaining the education and skills they need to become self sufficient. If you can help with a donation or a gift of volunteer service, contact Karen English at Ext. 2004 or mail your pledge to Institutional Advancement in Egan 41.

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The Mercyhurst College Circle K Clubis teaming up with United By Emilio Colaiacovo Cerebral Palsy in an effort to MSG Secretary, raise funds for fighting the disOn Monday, Mercyhurst Student Government held its weekly meet- ease statewide. ing at 8:30 p.m. in the MSG Chambers, upstairs in the Herrmann Union. Nearly 70 other PeAnsylvania Tom Billingsley, vice president for administrative services, met with clubs are also fuhdraising for representatives of student government to discuss a number of issues United Cerebral Palsy this year, that concerned the student body. Billingsley informed the student body according to Mercyhurst Circle that the college is trying to finish construction on the library before the K President Scott Koskoski. winter begins, however this would not deter the administration from One hundred percent of all dollars donated will stay ri ght here accommodating student wishes. \ Billingsley also said that the new Rec Center advisory committee will in Pennsylvania. To raise funds and awareness consist of Dr. Adovasio from the Archeology department, Vernon Wherry from the Criminal J ustice department along with Tom Bender for cerebral palsy at Mercyhurst, 1 and Emilio Colaiacovo, as well as staff from the Rec Center. The a campus-wide "nickel war * was committee will meet Thursday. Billingsley said that he hopes that the started on Monday. Competing new com mi t tee wi 1 be able to devise a plan that will rectify some of the against each other are the resi1 existing problems that concern the students who use the REC center dence halls for current freshers and the front desk of Herrmann regularly. Union for the upperclass stuAdditionally, Billingsley made mention of the new electronic gate that will be operational on Monday, Nov. 3. It will limit traffic into dents. Starting in winter term, faculty'members from the difstudent areas for their safety. At the meeting, several students expressed outrage at the heinous ferent divisions,of the college actions done by some students to vandalize the new Munson Plaza. For will also enter the "war," acmany on this campus, Bob Munson was much more than an adminis- cording to Koskoski. According to Koskoski, the trator, he was a friend and confidant It distressed many in MSG that his memory was tarnished by someone who has little respect for other first group to completely fill people' s efforts. Billingsley encouraged the students to spread the word their container with coins will be treated to a large pizza party. about the respect thai ought to be shown for Munson Plaza. "The goal is to create a sense President Kevin Segedi began to conduct discussion on the donation that MSG gives to a charity this year. This year, MSG has decided to of competition between the difdonate $500 to ALS otherwise known as Lou Gherig's disease. A vote ferent dorms and the uppc rclasswill be taken next week to officially donate the money to this worth- men, "Koskoski said. "Itall goes The fountain " Blessing'' was recently installed in to a good cause, and we're not while charity. Munson Plaza only to be quickly defaced by vandals. asking for a thousand dollars At last week's meeting, a letter was read from the Buettner Family Fortunately, the grafitti is not a permanent addition. apiece. Every time you leave or thanking the MSG representatives for their generous donation last spring. Bob Buettner was a member of our maintenance staff who enter the dorm or Union, if you A dedication service is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 16. passed away suddenly last spring. Those in Student Government have a little change, think of Members of Munson's family and the artist who decided to donate some money to the Buettner family to assist the Cerebral Palsy." created the stunning water sculpture will be present children with their education. Treasurer Ryan Kennis announced that last month's expenses were posted outside the MSG office in the Student Union. By James Gorman Segedi related that the Executive Board met with College President News Editor Dr. William P. Garvey and Director of Residence Life Tyrone Moore. According to Segedi it was a productive meeting and the results will Mercyhurst College football started as an NCAA Division III team and then moved to Division II nonhopefully benefit students. scholarshi p in 1993. .1 MSG representatives also debated the annual donation to the United On Oct. 16, 1997, at Mercyhurst-North East Campus, Mercyhurst College trustees approved a motion to Way. After a debate, Senior Representative Eric Wicks made a motion make the team a Division II scholarship football team. Consequently, the Lakers will be moved into the to donate $500 to the United Way. Additionally, junior representative Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference (MIFC) at the beginning of the 1998 football season. Brian McCarthy was elected to the Judiciary Board. The MIFC will increase the number of teams in the conference with the addition of Findlay, Westminster, MSG meetings arc open to the entire student body. If any students and Mercyhurst. These three teams wilI be competing in the South Division along with Ashland, Indianapolis, have a particular issue they wish to bring to thefloorfor debate, or if Hillsdale and Wayne State. The Northern Di\ ision includes Ferris State, Grand Valley, St. Francis of Indiana, students would 1 i ke to become more involved i n student life on campus,Michigan Tech, Saginaw Valley, Northwood and Northern Michigan. Each Ml FC member will play the other they may come to the weekly meetings which are held Monday night six teams in its division, plus four games of inter-division play, thus making it a 10 game schedule for each at 8:30 p.m. in the government chambers. squad. * J The tentative 1998 Mercyhurst schedule includes home games with Michigan Tech Hillsdale, Grand Valley, Ashland and Findlay and away games at St. Francis, Indianapolis, Westminstei Saginaw Valley, Northwood and Northern Michigan. Mercyhurst Athletic Director Pete Russo said. "This upgrade will give our football program the opportunity to gain greater regional recognition, a guaranteed ten game yearly schedule, the ability to compete in the conference championship and the opportunity to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament** , " With the addition of scholarship football, 19 of Mercyhurst's 20 sports programs now offer financial aid to student athletes.

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his seven-member band, known as background for a new CD in the the Stillwater Band, played on a making. Each concert was taped in fairly simple, plain, octagon- efforts to produce a new "Garth Six sold out concerts in six con- shaped stage. The drummer, origi- Brooks, Live" cd. He said himself secutive nights... 100,000 Pitts- nal ly from Beaver Falls, Pa., was that during his stay in the B urgh, if burgh and local fans...and $2 mil- enclosed in a glassflat-edgedball. he needed to describe the city in lion in ticket sales: those are quite The remaining band members one word, it would be 'class'. impressive credentials. moved all over the stage throughOverall, the concert was a threeGarth B rooks overtook the city out the concert Garth himself was hour energy packed display of talof Pittsburgh last week by sched- out of control. The more the people ent, enthusiam and "country music uling six concerts at the Civic got into the concert and his music, with a little bit of muscle," accordArena, breaking previous ticket the more wound-up Garth became. ing to Mr. Brooks. The audience sales records. A11 six concerts sold The concert was packed with sang right along with Garth. out within five hours. The going special effects ranging from It was evident that he appreciprice for tickets was $ 19.25. The smoke, fog, lighting and confetti ated the feedback through his comlast time Garth performed in Pitts- to sound effects. Garth was decked ments and excitement Although burgh was for one single show in out in a Steelers jersey given to at the age of 35 Garth feels he is October of 1992. him earlier Friday afternoon. He is getting too old to perform his faAs for the actual concert, it was known to be a serious Steeler fan. mous flying trick, the audience fabulous. Garth, accompanied by The Pittsburgh fans served as

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the community is by placing coldidn't seem at all disappointed. Among the crowd were Garth's lection sites outside the arena parents, T royal and Colleen where his concerts are held. ConBrooks. His mother seemed hon- cert goers are asked to donate nonored to sign autographs and even perishable food items at the sites. pose for a quick picture or two. But All of the food and money collike all good things, the Brooks' lected will benefit local homeless stay in Pittsburgh had to come to shelters and people in need. Born in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 7, an end. Next stop on the World Troyal Garth Brooks was Tour...Chicago. Garth will be per- 1962, forming eight consecutive con- named artist of the year in October, 1997, aC the American Music certs i n C hicago this week. Another major attraction at the Awards. Brooks also won, for the concert was Garth apparel. T-shirts fifth year in a row, favorite male and sweatshirts were priced start- country artist and favorite country ing at $18. Posters were only $5. album for Hits. His album sales Merchandise stands were crowded have topped 60 million worldwide both before and after the concert. in a career of less than seven years Garth's way of contributing to and only eight releases.

By Melissa Lang SAC Chairperson

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Last week SAC took a break so that all students here at Mercyhurst could study for their finals. On Friday night the Tournaments Committee held a spirit contest at the Hockey game against Penn State. Ron Ram bally and his team won the'contest for having the most hockey spirit On Saturday night the Weekends Committee sponsored an offcampus excursion to the movies. A majority of the participants saw the movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer." This week, SAC will sponsor a Bingo tournament, open mike night and Mysteries on Campus. Mysteries on Campus will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Room. Cash prizes will be awarded. To keep up with the hockey excitement the weekends committee will be driving to Fredonia to watch the Lakers play Fredonia on Saturday. Please sign up at the Union Desk. November calendar informalion is due in the SAC Office by Monday, October 27. All weekly activities arc listed on the SAC phone hot-line. Call extension 2093 for the ti mes and locations of events sponsored by the Students Activities Committee.
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By Carrie Tappe, A&E Editor and James Hain, Copy Editor On Oct. 12, 1997, John Denver's life came to an abrupt end. His experimental plane, a fiberglass two-seater designed by Burt Rutan, nose-dived into Monterey Bay near Pacific Grove, Ca. Denver, 53, was one of America's most popular folk singers. Born in Roswell, N.M., he became the second-biggest selling artist in RCA Records' history. His timeless hits include "Take Me Home, Country Roads,""Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Annie's Song." Of his 35 albums, 14 went gold and eight went platinum. In 1975, the Country Music Association named him its Entertainer of the Year, and two years later he costarred with George Burns in the comedy, Oh God. Denver was also well-known for his efforts in environmental and wildlife conservation. In 1976, he founded the Winds tar Foundation, which campaigns on environmental and world hunger issues. In 1979, however, Denver was subjected to much criticism during the energy shortage for driving a gasoline-powered Porsche and storing fuel tanks on his property. A lifelong pilot, Denver was also active in the Cit i zens i n Space program which was devoted to putting civilians on space shuttle missions. The program ended after the Challenger disaster, which claimed the life of the first citizen in space, school teacher Christa McAuliffe. The plane Denver was piloting was an experimental model, but aviation experts agree that it is generally safe and must meet all normal FAA requirements. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but early reports i— n J dicate that Denver was not intoxicated, although he was flying with an expired pilot's license. Denver joins a long list of musicians who ha\ e perished i n plane crashes. Among them: Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valcns, Otis Redding, and Patsy Cline. Married twice, Denver is survived by three children.

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By Angela Harris Staff Writer * The Erie Ballet Theatre, a collaboration of the Mcrcvhursi dance department and Lake Erie Ballet, will hold the first performance ofi its 11997-98 season, "Rock, Roll and Remember", at the D'Angelo Performing Arts Center Friday, Oct 31, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 p... ;The dancers have been preparing for this performance since the begi nni ng of the year, and the prod uct of their hard work should be fabulous, according to Tauna Hunter, director of the department, The evening willij begin with George Balanchi ne's masterpiece, : "Serenade." ; *> Next, there will be the pas de deux from the ballet "Lc Corsairc." Closing the first half of the performance will be "Mobile" where the choreographer experiments with balance points and the thought of three dancers "moving as one". The second half of the show is dedicated to the "Rock, Roll, and Remember" theme. This energetic group of pieces will reminisce about the days of "poodle skirts, pajama parties, and leather jackets." i During the "Rock, Roll and Remember" portion of the show, disc jockey, Dan Geary of local radio station Froggy 94.7, will lend a hand in bringing a "flash from the past" to the audience. To help Erie Ballet Theatre with this production, Y ves dc B outeiHer and Sam Pergandc, two esteemed danccrs, will perform as guest artists i n a few of the pieces. Jay Kirk, ballet master of the dance department, said, "It's such a thrill to have Yves and Sam back to work wi th us on another producUon. with a cast of more than 50 danccrs and six choreographers, this show is sure to be lively, spirited and diverse. 'The content is very accessible to the general public," Kirk said. "The dancers exude the fun nature of the material and draw the audience in with them." "With less than a week left before opening night, the aura of the dance department is thai of anticipation and excitement," Kirk added.

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While not attracting major interest, the underrated album showed Radiohead was turning intoa wellDuring the past couple of years rounded band. A men can cu 1 tu re has e m braced the >"Ok Computer," is aptly named music of our British cousins to a for today's seemingly automated degree not witnessed s i nee the days society. While not using this theme of hippies, flower power, and the lor a concept album, this recording does have consistent songcraft Beatles. Lost in the shuffle among Oa- throughout It is mellow and well constructed. For the majority of sis, Bush, White Town, and the Prodigy, Radiohead is a band that the album the crunchy guitars, continues to get:better with age. angst-ridden vocals, and heavy Released in July 1997, Ok Com- layers ofsonic dissonance arc gone. In their place are mature song putcr is the newest and most diverse addition to the Radiohead structures, harmonic hymns, little piano parts, bells, and an occacatalog. sional electronic blip. Previously Radiohead was and The first single called "Parapossibly is still best known for noid Android" is a six minute chotheir 1993 single "Creep" off their "Pablo Honey" album. With its rus-lcss marathon with mellow success, the young quintet grew vocals and acoustic guitar interinto the image ol a "grunge" band mingling with periods ol loud guiand enjoyed huge publicity by tar distortion and eerie harmonic riding the coattails of Seattle bands interludes. While not\cry radioon to modern rock radio and MTV, friendly, it definitely creates a With the release of their diverse deeper atmosphere than most pop sophomore sctThe Bends, the Brit- songs because of its extreme uscol ish foursome developed their first dynamic changes. 1 Other songs such as "Airbag* successful ballad "Fake Plastic Trees" and also honed their hard and "Karma Pi >licc " possess a laidedge sound with tracks like "Just" back retro-rx >ck feel that uses subtle By Brian Elchstadt Merciad Writer

The Criminal Justice Club will hold its fourth annual haunted house Saturday, Oct. 25, from 7 p.m. until midnight and on Sunday, Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m. JThc spook lest will haunt the Zu in parking garage at Mercy hurst College. Admission to the haunted house is $3 for ad u I is and $2 for students with a Mcrcvhursi ID. The children\s admission price is set at $1.01 as a thank vou to Rocket 101 forils sponsorship.^Bakcd goods and refreshments will also be sold. The haunted house is the first major fundraiser of the academic school year for the Criminal Justice Club. The club, made up oF criminal justice majors, is one of the most active organizations at the college. Aaron Laulh, president of the Criminal Justice Club, said, "The strings, piano tinklings, and catchy haunted house is a great way lor us chords rather than a typical explo- to interact with other members of sion of guitar feedback to capture the club as well as the students and listeners. Tracks such as "No Surprises" sound similar to 1995\s "Fake Plastic Trees"and "Lucky" seem destined for radio play with its soft vocals and catchy gospellike choruses. fully moving, talented and crcai i vc By Richard Costelloe as these works arc, they do not Fans of heavier Radiohead ma- Merciad Writer seem to demonstrate a progresterial will not be totally disappointed with this release.because Now on display in the Cum- sive, or relatively contemporary the song "Electioneering" is heavy mings Art Gallery' is the annual approach to the artistic project. Ol w ilh guitar and "Climbing on the Faculty Art Exhibit. This exhibit all the works in this exhibit, leu Walls" also possesses some thick features a total ol 29 pieces con- seemt to represent anything hut tributed bv Ihc faculty ol the art antiquated, traditional exercises in distortion. the procedures of academic art. Overall, the album "Ok Com- department at Mercy hurst. Art today seems less concerned This year's show features pieces c putcr" is good because it shows trj band is striving forward and not by professors Daniel Burke, Gary with questioning its own procejust trying to make similar albums Cardot, Calhlyn Hahn, Passlc dures than with rcdclining what to capitalize on past successes. Hclminski, Thomas Hubert, Will- exactly its intentions and goals More than anything this release iam Malhic, Ernest Maulhe and may be. I recently met an artist shows that Radiohead is making a Joseph Pizzat. This exhibit fea- from Pittsburgh who was experitransition to smooth out the rough tures a wide variety of<: works, menting with art o\er the internet, I. edges in their sound. With the re- implementing many dil lercnl mc- forming collaborations with people all over the globe. This struck lease ol a six-minute chorus-less d i a. single, the initial commercial sucIncluded among the pieces dis- me as progressive. I do not hesicess of the album looks bleak, but played arc works implementing tate to question the purpose behind the true fans ol the band should wood, metal,ceramic, paper fiber an exhibit which displays such enjoy 11. and more. There arc a lew weak- passive, classical ait in a gallery] nesses, however, which arc quite whose lour walls are alrcadv well obvious.For example, as power- knownlorcontaimngarl-lor-prolii.

faculty of thecollcgeandliriccommunily. Not only is this haunted house a well-anticipated event lor the club, but a vital fund raisci for the future adventures of the club." Materials used in constructing the haunted house, such as lumber, hay and fog machines, were donated by area companies. Me icy hurst's maintenance department is also contributing through the use ofgils vehicles and some additional tools and equipment. Malt Berlani, ircasuicr of the Criminal Justice Club said, "We couldn't have had such successful haunted houses in the past il it wasn't for the support of local companies and the college. We arc grateful for the local support. n Funds raised from the haunted house and other even is are used for various activities and trips the club takes during the year. This spring students from the club will be tra\ cling to Albuquerque, N.M., for the National Criminal Justice Convention.

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By Joe G al I a gh e r Merciad Columnist The most adequate explanation of something is the highest potential of truth one can possibly achieve. One hundred percent adequacy is total truth. To strive to be as close to this standard as possible is the only way to accurately stand for or against something without falsely presenting it. When you read, lines or words are not skipped over if you want to know the author's point in its entity. All the words were placed in that order so a point could be illustrated. The negative impact of partially presenting something or lifting it out of context is no new news. In any matter of life, this idea comes into play. It is why being understood and effective in conversation, giving complete artistic expressions, being thorough in arguments, etc.is essential to achieving a personal state of truth. Regardless of What media is used, being sufficiently informed in the topic at hand to accurately show for whatever points are involved is needed for this. One must consider the impact ofrwhat they express, and be truthful. Even if an audience is thought to be zero, be truthful to the air around you and the wall in front of you, it is good practice if nothing else. When writing, often a vast audience might be reached and over an immortal time frame, hence the responsibility of impartial explanation grows. This is not a call for people to be "politically correct" and follow any limits someone may impose with that. This is rather a summons for adequate voicing and accuracy in presenting information provides this necessity for clear communication. In order to prevent misleading information and prevailing bias, it is a need we must all strive to meet. It is nice to sec that so many individuals can afford this school and are. able to have such a great time while here. But I wonder how much these students actually get out of it. Do they put in all they can to present knowledge as directly and completely as they can? In the past two issues of this publication, a couple instances of inaccuracy have been present 'How many people paid attention * to that, or how many quickly read right over it if they read at all? I n the first issue of The Merciad, Mr. Shawntae Howard had some sensible points regarding the prices of items in the campus bookstore. However, his conclusion that this is not the ethics one would expect from a Catholic institution does not hold much validity. This is especially the case when the outstanding amount of money extracted from people over the centuries by the Catholic Church is taken into consideration. On page three of the last issue Mr. Randy Hilliard discussed eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia nervosa; Again, this is a topic of vital importance. Physically, it is self deprivation, but mentally it is an issue of control that supports these "disorders." I n essence it is fasting taken to a mental extreme, J and often subconsciously. Not to criticize Mr. Hilliard, but outside of "image** the mental component of these disorders is many times overlooked in discussions of this topic. Treatment methods frequently cater only to the physical conditions of the problems and as a result are ineffective i n rooting out the disorder from someone's life. It is wondered what exactly Mr. Hilliard did /mean in his discussion of "proper treatment" Later in the same issue, Mr. Emilio Colaiacovo criticizes John Stuart Mill. That in itsel f may not be a problem, but some misrepresentations might be. Without being an expert on Mill's philosophy, it can be said that "an individual's rights to opinion and speech" do not equate libertarianunnecessary without vetoing an entire bill. Instead of harming millions of people by vetoing a comOn Monday, Oct. 6, President plete spending bill, and shutting Clinton used his line-item veto to down the government, the lineeliminate 38 military construction item veto confines the affects of projects, worth $287 million, from the President's actions to the rea Congressional bill. Of the 38 election cam paigns of,' Congresprojects vetoed, 26 (68%) were in sional re pre sen tat i ves .S ureC 1 i n ton districts with Republican Repre- is playing political games, but who sentatives, leadingjto the attack really thinks Congress is acting that Clinton was simply (playing solely in the interests of military partisan politics at the military's i? readiness? m m w The first part of Congressman expense. Congressman Joe Scarborough's statement is very Scarborough (R-FL) explains the Republican reaction: "I think [the interesting in that it is itself a form of political gaming. It is easy for vetoes] say volumes about the president's continued war on the [Republicans to continue to return to the President's military history, military and how he* 1 play poli1 tics with military readiness.** Let's or the lack thereof It seems somewhat short-sighted to consistently examine the last part of this statement first,-die accusation that I attack Clinton's military record since he has many more interestClinton was playing politics. Within the Beltway, virtually ing secrets and traits to attack. For every action and reaction is "play- Congressman Scarborough to say verv c ing politics.'*!The *ty °^ pthat the vetoes were* part of Washington was created by means Clinton's "continued war on the of political haggling, and 200 years military" is an attempt by the Conlatter, it is still politics as usual. For rgressman^to shift attention from Congressman Scarborough to the realities of the vetoes to a red claim that things should not be that herring, a time honored political way, and call for the President to game. Clinton did not veto the stop playing political games is pure projects injsome .master-plan to hypocrisy. The Congressman's eliminate the military, although very state mentis a prime example that is of course what all draftdodging hippies from the 1960s of playing politics. The 38 projects that the Presi- want to d a Clinton vetoed unnecIt is wished to offer congratula- dent vetoed were not requested by essary projects in order to save tions to anyone who does encour- the military and most had not even money, with minimalriskif any, to age independent thought and bring completed a design stage; Mem- the readiness of the military. up perceptive points on issues of bers of Congress voted for the A much better argument against very high importance »A gain, this projects without knowing exactly Clinton's vetoes is the fact that is not a call for political correct- what they were supposed to be they are unconstitutional. Vetoness and the control or limits it once constructed. So the projects power is expressly defined in the imposes. However this is a call for were not a necessity for "military Constitution, and' it cannot- be completeness and accuracy for readiness, "and were still in a plan- changed just because members of adequately presenting-*anything ning stage. Then why were they Congress do not* have political (not just writings in The Merciad). included in the spending bill? nerve to vote down pork-barrel Without such precision for truth, There is a very simple answer: provisions or the civic responsidangerous conclusions can be political pork-barreling. bility not to offer such spending in reached, and the impact they may To claim the readiness of the the first place. President Clinton have in some situations both seri- military depends on the construcused the line-item veto the way it ousl >, and ex ponen t ial 1 y, is nojoke. tion of a couple of reserve centers, was intended to be used, despite It is hoped now that the reader will a painting facility, and a wharf is Congressman Scarborough's obinvestigate the definitions in these ludicrous. The projects were not jections, and demonstrated the articles. requested by the military, and were value of such a power in saving not included in the bill to help the money. But that does not make it military, rather they w ere meant to constitutional, only an amendbring more money and jobs into ment can do that. Congressman Congressional districts, in time I Scarborough is correct in that for the beginning of the 1998 elec- President CIinton is playing a type tion campaign. The whole purpose of political game, except the prize of the line-item veto was to give is not political points, but a weaker the President the power to elimi- Constitution. nate spending provisions that were ism with anthropocentrism. Also, in discussing Mill's writings, Colaiacovo's examples of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater, libel, and voicing a plan to overthrow government are inadequate because these are not self-regarding acts. Moving on then, perhaps, Larry Flint does lack finesse, but he is very accomplished in his field. Maybe the film of his career is a bit exaggerated, but the points regarding the serious issues involved are nonetheless important. In both The People Versus Larry Flint and Natural Born Killers, the inaccuracies and blood-thirst of the news media are pointed out Upholding a high quality of life in society is often claimed to be a goal for many conservative beliefs. Mr. Colaiacovo attests that a risk of immorality is involved with allowing pornography and films about media and society. Yet he does not recognize that the sameriskfactor of "moral decay** is involved in the heart and lung diseases which result from smoking or the compassionate treatment of nonhuman animals such as dolphins? Indeed, something does need to "be done to curtail the problems caused by perverse speech ... this danger affects us all," an excellent'point Emilio, no pun intended. By Joe Wong Merciad Writer

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actions. In our republican system of government, the President must be held accountable for all actions of his administration regardless of purpose of intent. Unfortunately, this has not happened with the Clinton Administration. I would be doing a great disservice to myself and the conservative community by criticizing all of the President's endeavors. However, I would like to concentrate on three in particular: Filegate, the Paula Jones case and the current Campaign Finance Debate. First, for those who are unaware, members of the> President's administration were fired and investigated for misusing the office of the presidency. These administrators secured hundreds of confidential background investigations of former Republican staffers who at one time worked in the White House under a different presidential administration. Once the story had hit the newspapers, the President, with this usual political savvy, said that this was merely a " bureaucratic snafu." This act was similar to the one committed twenty five years ago which helped force President

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Nixon from power. While the Clinton Administration's goals in this matter are unknown, the liberal media absolved the President by buying into his "bureaucratic snafu" explanation. I cannot believe this. The Clinton Administration was skating on thin legal ice by misusing these files for purely political purposes. However, this violation of the constitution was not} pursued-further by the liberal media. In regards to the Paula Jones case, Iithink that the President's camp and various radical feminists, like Patricia Ireland of the National Organization for Women, have unfairly attacked a woman who has every right to have her case heard. After the announcement by Paula Jones that charged the President with sexual harassment, Clinton's advisors attacked Paula Jones by calling her "trailerpark trash." This administration, which allegedly "feels ourlpain" and cares for all people regardless of their station in life, has evidently departed with its idealistic rhetoric. Instead, it has decided to take a page out of the O.J. Simpson Defense Team play book which calls to attack the messenger and not the message. To complicate matters, Ireland, and other so-called radical feminists, have showed how they really valued women's rights when they supported their liberal knight in shining armor. I would think that Pre si dc n t Clinton stands for everything that feminists are repulsed by, a womanizing politician. Yet even though they supported Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, thesefeminists would offer no support to Paula Jones. According to the "American Spectators" As a legal specialist, Jones has much more credible and incriminating evidence than Hill ever had. However, since Thomas was a conservative and Clinton was a liberal, the decision seems to have been clear for these liberal feminists. If nothing else, it showed that the President could get away with sexual harassment. In reviewing this, I wonder i f the radical fe m i nists in this country are more i n teres ted in protecting women's rights or in courting political big-Whigs? Finally, the campaign finance scandal represents the ultimate criminal act done by this administration. As of Sunday morning, T h e Los Angeles Times" reported that the Chinese government has attempted to buy influence within the administration by donating some $2 million to democratic campaign coffers. Yet, Sunday morning talk shows regarded this as insignificant. The entire campaign finance scandal has been poorly covered by the liberal media. They could not shed any dark light on their liberal prince. In this matter, we have the possibility of breaking election laws, mortgaging our national security to the Chinese communists, and misusing soft money for illegal purposes. If we do not hold politicians accountable for violations under the

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present act, who is to say that there will be no future illegalities committed under new proposed campaign finance resolution. Attorney General Janet Reno has had to testify before a House committee investigating the flagrant campaign finance violations done by the Clinton Administration. Most significantly, a video tape has surfaced that shows President Cli nton with a number of campaign donors. Magically the audio portion of the video tape has vanished* I believe this happened to Richard Nixon during Watergate as well. But, he- was a Republican and he deserved to get caught. Attorney General Janet Reno has done noth ing substantial to look into these improprieties. Yet, the scandals surrounding the campaign finance si tuation are the most damaging to our democracy. It reveals that even the White House has a price. Regardless of one's political slant in life, it is obvious that the President has been less than forthcoming in discussing his "problems. " Democrats are the first to say, "well, Republicans do it too. If Clinton was an honest man, he would recognize his failures, address the nation and take his punishment. These continual scandals do nothing but lower the stature of the presidency. It seems that there is one standard for Republicans and another for Democrats. This is a terri ble double standard to set in the art of politics, yet it is one that we have become accustomed to. These abuses will change only when people finally realize what type of man we have as our President. Apparently, CI i nton will say and do anything for political advantage. His politics are not based on principle, but rather survival in a hostile political environment. Will campaign finance finally break the spell? Only time shall tell. In the meantime, a lot of damage has been done that injures our fragile political system J

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I am writingjin response to the October 9, 1997 Opinion Article "Promising Lies" by Risteard McCoistella. I was quite \ ^ ' R E AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER WITH disturbed by the article that seemed to label the Promise Keepers UNEQUALED OPPORTUNITIES FOR EMPLOYMENT? Organization as a deceitful, superficial, money-hungry group. As adults, we must form our opinions based upon factual data. Apparently, Risteard McCoistelladid not consult the facts when v**r forming his opinion of the Promise Keepers Association.! m^,fmkPromise Keepers is a Christian movement!begun by Bill £ Br< id. Kinkvlaar. £ McCartney (former football coach of The University of Colot&lnvestmsnj' Analyst tm rado) in 1990 to bring men closer to God and to their families. f McCartney explains that he was inspired to begin Promise I f you're looking for a J & Al Nathan v-(_ Keepers when he looked at his wife's face and saw how unhappy % L Customer Response Service 1 m r career that's equally I A.. Senior Analyst she was a result of years of neglect on his part McCartney left L _ l L 4/4/83 A a promising coaching career in an effort to alter the increasing r A challenging and rewarding, V Sheerer Ra&cgi M decay of the family structure in America. Promise Keepers is I then you should definitely F mmifiisfr founded upon seven promises which are to love and serve the ilf e a loo ^ ^ [^^^ •SSP. Lord, pursue friendships with other men, practice "spiritual, i * State Farm Insurance. wgw& moral, ethical, and sexual purity, build strong marriages and Because we're offering &J families based upon biblical truths, support the mission of one's graduates like yourself a own home church, reach beyond"any racial and denominational *WS variety of positions with barners<' and influence the world by spreading the Word of .ViraS ;^j God. Are these foundational promises violent? Are they mali5H 'excellent pay and benefits, cious? Are they deceitful ? r& as well as a number of Why in a society where we are constantly bombarded by til opportunities for advancereports of homicides, increased drug use, and teen pregnancies II I ment, and a business-casual would an organization that seeks to better society be attacked? i dress code at the office. Presently, one in every two marriages in America ends in t And we'll give you the divorce. Why then would an organization that inspires men to 3 ! uncqualed opportunity to respect their wives and spend time with their children be labeled as a "disturbing carnival "and an "enlightened mob?" How can IS the Promise Keepers, who promote such basic, universal morals ^> an the relaxed college town as the Golden Rule and Love Thy Neighbor, be said to present atmosphere of a superficial facade of morality? The Promise Keepers do not v Bloomington-Normal, £ represent any one particular religion but seek to promote BibliIllinois. * cal Truths (the foundation of morality). The Promise Keepers stand for Biblical love, peace, unity, and family. A place that combines My father-in-law was one of the "cult" members who attended \m small town charm with the the Promise Keeper's Stand In The Gap Rally in Washington, social, cultural and rccre- ,v D.C. At one point in the rally, every man held up a picture of his V* I ational benefits of ,' family so that the entire gathering could collectively pray for the I living alongside two equally safety and well-being of each man's family. Is such an action taw**\SmA J* renowned universities. deceitful? Throughout the day the Promise Keepers heard All of which make testimonies of how God had touched and transformed men's | V i 1 i ves for the better. Is that malicious? The men also spent a large r*52JEMfr^ State Farm an unequaled W6$: iv y& portion of the day singing praises to God. Did such an action place to begin a very ,:: cause anyone harm? rewarding career. The Promise Keepers Organization'was attacked as being A* solely motivated by economics. It is foolish to believe that the 'tisBM organization docs not require money. Can any organization TATI exist without some kind of financial backing? What about the If you're majoring In computer science, data processing, accounting, auditing, math or law, contact your Salvation Army? Or the Peace Corps? They both collect dona- Placement Director for more information, or write to: Assistant Director, Corporate Human Resources, iy*(ito*> INSU Three State Farm Plaza-Kl, Bloomington, Illinois 61791-0001. tions, have fund raisers, etc. Additionally, the monies raised at The Stand In The Gap Rally are going to be used to host State Farm Insurance Companies • Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois • An Equal Opportunity Employer numerous free Promise Keepers gatherings next year. wwwJtaterarm.com Many of the readers ot this newspaper are future husbands and fathers in-training. This is why I was so disturbed to read an article in the college newspaper that attacked an organization are an attack not only against the organi- their families, opting to immcrs nority groups in America. It is that teaches men how to be good fathers and husbands and zation, but against the principle themselves in work and/or extra- true that (he Promise Keepers provides them with support in times;of need. During your it stands for, namely Christianity. I chal- marital affairs, sports, etc. denounce the homosexual lifecollege* years J is when you often drift} far from your faith, lenge you to ask any family member of a The Promise Keepers have also style. That is because the Promise occupied with studies, dating, and experiments with sex, alco- man who is a Promise Keeper about how been labeled as a prominent white Keepers are committed to sexual hol, and drugs. Maybe when you are done here at Mercy hurst the family has been positively affected group. At the Stand In The Gap purity. The Promise Keepers do and begin a family you will remember Promise Keepers. I want by the man's participation in PromisT Rally, approximately 38% of the not hate or attack homosexuals you to remember the organization to be one that exists to help Keepers. In nearly 100% of the cases, the gathering consisted of various mi- but instead pray that homosexuand support you. families have witnessed a dramatic nority groups, which is afair repre- als will alter their lifestyles. The objections to an organization such as Promise Keepers 11 change in the men who once neglected sentation of the population of mi ' t See "Promise, p. 9.
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Editor-in - C liief On Monday, Nov, 3rd, a brief organizational meetingu ill beheld for the Third Annual Mercv Hentage Study Group at 3 p.m. in Sullivan 2. The groups are made up of interested students, staff, faculty, and administrators who wish to learn more about the college's roots. Throughout the year, participants will read Henri Nouwen's book, Reaching Out, in addition to journal articles. Anyone who has questions or is interested in attending the meeting on November 3 should contact either Whalen (ext. 3070, e-mail: pwhalen) or Missy Breckeiuidgc (ext 2295, e-mail: mbrecken) by Thursdav, Oct. 29.
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Tsk, tsk, tsk. It never fails to amaze me how upset and verbally abusive people become when they encounter someone with an opinion opposite their own. As you probably all know by now, I was attacked in the last issue of The Merciad by a Mr. Harry Lyons. While I won't stoop to his level and personally attack him like he did'myself, there are numerous false statements about my column in his letter. For starters, it would appear that Mr. Lyons has more of a problem with the style that I wrote the article than the article itself. I can clear up this problem by stating •that this column IS AN EDITORIAL. 11 can be written However I may choose, as it is NOT a news article. It is MY opinion, how I see it, agreeable or not. Mr. Lyons begins his letter by not only attacking my writing style, but claiming that I did not exercise "investigative journal-1 ism." What he may have overlooked in the article is that for two and a half months, I was an eyewitness to the renovations. Eyewitnessing is the NUMBER ONE source of investigative journal ism. He then asks why I did not

choose to interview maintenance, even though I specifically noted that the bulk of my information was dictated to me by a friend who worked maintenance during the summer, and had to clean the librarv several times. Mr. Lyons also states that "the library and dorms are being renovated for students 1 i ke (me)." I hate to say it, but not only do I not live on campus, I also prefer to use the Erie Library, which is more convenient for me (obviously he doesn't practice investigative journalism, either). Mr. Lyons goes on to ridicule WMCE, apparently since he believes this to be insulting to me. Wrong again. The main problem I had with his letter was his i nsul ting me personally (i.e. "get off your big butfr). He claims that my article would fit into a high school paper, while his comments bring | to mind kindergarten antics. While I admit that I may have been too rough to the workers, at least I did not insult them personally. Truthfully, I applaud Mr. Lyons for having the impetus to write in and give his view on a subject. However, name calling and personal attacks don't help you get your points across. In fact, they deep-six any credibility that you possess.

Meeting time: 8:30pm Every Monday Night
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The Gay-Straight Alliance at Mercyhurst College is proud to? present its first activity of the year. On Monday, Oct. 27, local business* owner Harry Miller will address "Erie's Gay History." The half-hour long talk, followed by discussion will be held in Zurn 213 at 8:30p.m.

"Promise," cont'd from p. 8. was chosen because it was a cenMcCoistella's article also implied tral location, was large enough to that the Promise Keepers held the accommodate the gathering, and rally solely for media attention. Ihad adequate facilities to hold the Did the Promise Keepers hold any day-long affair. The only logical explanation that press conferences before or after the rally to promote their cause I can conclude upon as to why (which would have been the logi- someone would attack an organi cal avenue to gain increased atten- zation that promotes commitment tion)? In response to meeting in to God, man, and family is thai Washington D.C., the "customary such a person is afraid of what the haunt for any extremist group with organization stands for. half a cause," is not Washington DC. one of the few logical places Andrea R, Gearhart to assemble? Washington D.C.

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Institution allow this group to continue?" f i "Of course!" I think I may have Just the other day I was ap- been shouting at this point. What proached by a friend who asked kind of hypocrite would deny the about my thoughts concerning the rights of peaceful assembly to a Gay-Straight Alliance, a new group geared at dispelling the £ group forming at Mercyhurst. I myths of a minority in our culture. had not really considered whether And that really is what the Gayit was good or bad, right or wrong. Strait Alliance is all about. Just as Why should I have? Is there some- the name implies, it is a group of thing wrong with a group of like people from both sides of the minded individuals peacefully as- sexual spectrum learning to sembling in public? Of course not, accept and respect one another. and the Bill of Rights in our Con- There are similar m i sconceptions stitution protects that right about the Minority Student Union. Our conversation finally got According to LaShawna Page, around to the main question that I director of minority services, have since heard rumbling about MSU is notjust for African-Ameriour campus. "Should a Catholic can students, it is for everyone. If

CAFFEINATED PARASOLS
By Marcfia K. Farrell Merciad Columnist This Weeki To Graduate With Honors The slow end of autumn signals not only the coming of winter, but also the sadness of recognition within the seniors that our time at Mercyhurst is rushing towards its close., With October being Hunger Awareness Month, we are asked to pay attention to those less fortunate than we and give of ourselves for them. To my eyes, the feeding of the hungry and the so-called college experience are two seemingly unrelated, but closely connected states. As a pre-frosh, I remember being bombarded with visions of a college life that existed somewhere between movies like "With Honors" and "Higher Learning." For months I have been awaiting these ' great promises with the persistent nagging thought that Hollywood was wrong. It wasn't* until I watched the gathering of the Campus Ministry Food Drive that life smackedmein the face. This month has been dedicated to bringing awareness to those who are hungry. College is a form of hunger satisfaction. We come to college wanting to be educated so that we may walk across the stage and receive a degree. The truth is that we receive much more than that Through opportunities provided by the Performing Arts Center, the lecture series, volunteer organizations, MSG, SAC and other activities, our hunger for various pursuits are satisfied. Our interrelations with friends, co-workers, classmates and authority figures
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we think about it for a second it is apparent that we are all minorities in some aspect. Be it our race, sex, sexual preference, religion, or even our hobbies, we are all unique and we should embrace this fact. ^ Jit the campus would unite and join •''with these different groups, we could have a true Utopia at Mercyhurst.'Learning to put aside stereotypes, prejudices and racial tensions will make this a better place to learn and to live. So before we try to knock down a group before it gets established, take the time to see what they're all about You might be surprised to know that you actually agree with them on some points.

The Dean's List Dinner will be held this Sunday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the upper level of the Egan Dining Hall. There are 276 students on the 1996-97 Dean's List Featured as the key speaker for the evening will be Dr. Frank Hagan, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Criminal Justice Department and Director of the Graduate Administration of Justice Program at Mercyhurst.

Fresher Guide to Campus Survival
By Don LeClalr Contributing Writer By now you have probably all gotten over the initial shock of being in college. You've found your classes, met some new people and started to learn the pattern of food in the cafeteria. But, you may still have many questions about what is happening all around you. After spending four years at Mercyhurst, I'm starting to understand how everything works. So I' ve come up with 7 simple ideas for ensuring that you have a great year. 1. Remember why you came. Chances are it was to get educated so don't forget to do it. Go to your classes. Talk to your professors they Iike it, makes *em feel important. I ntroduce yourself. Getting to know your professors will make it easier to get the help you'll need dow n the road. 2. Study! I learned this lesson long after'my first term. If you study on weekdays, you won't fall behind and you will learn what you need to. Remember that it is why
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serve to enhance our growth emotionally. Yet, with all of these opportunities, people still go hungry. Why is it that there are students who shun the full college experience, or limit it to the experience of only a handful of stimuli? As the freshers follow the new core and scurry around interviewing people on the.mission statement of the college, I am reminded of the motto of the Sisters of Mercy -"Carpe Diem." fe Do we, as students, follow this motto? I venture to say "not fully." As long as we allow ourselves to remain hungry for various types of food, we are not living by the code upon which our school was founded. As a senior, this is heartbreaking. To think that the years of hi ghereducation have been wasted on only a small bisection of life truths is stunningly sad. There are so many ways to stop our hunger through activities, the counseling center, academic support - and yet, denying ourselves these experiences, we are forced into a state of starvation. Let us embrace our once in a lifetime opportunity and drag ourselves out of the stagnated cesspools of crabbiness and routine. Do what college life was designed for and make your own entertainment because no one else is going to put on a sideshow just for you. While feeding those with all kinds of hunger, feed yourself as well. Falling back upon the excuses of being busy does not allow you to graduate with true honor and dignity. Take advantage of these opportunities - helpothers, grow from experience and tend to yourself as well.
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N E W D I R E C T O R O F M I N O R I T Y S E R V I C E S
By Chris VVIoch
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Last Wednesday, Oct 15, LaShawna Page, a graduate student in the special education program was named the new Director of Minority Services at Mercyhurst. "In the past, students have often felt that they were not a priority or a concern, Page said. "The administration has shown a lot of support We're looking forward to changing students' perceptions about this office," she said.. Page said that she is considering a possible name change for her office, although nothing has been decided upon at the mom en I. I ' m very open to suggestions," she said. Page replaces former director Lesha Powelf who accepted a job closer to her home in Linesville in order to cut down on a daily commute which was more than 100 miles round trip. According to Powell, "LaShawna is very committed to herj new position. She has a genuine concern for the student body and a good work ethic. She is never unprepared for the job and is always quick with a smile." College President Dr. William P. Garvey said that Powell's resignation was a loss to the Mercyhurst community. "Lesha had done a wonderful job by creating some real momentum that we hope to continue," Garvey said "She recommended LaShawna to keep it going, and the students fully supported the idea." "We're try i ng to encourage minority students to extend their impact on this campus," Garvey added. "Across the nation the dropout rate is higher for minorities. We need to find a way of bringing the campus community together. It's a matter of connection that holds true for any group that is a minority." As a result. Page will be actively involved in strategies designed for the retention of minority students at Mercyhurst. Her responsibilities will also include recruitment in area high schools, and increasing the academic profile of minority students with projects that she is working on with Betty Damper, Director of Act 101. "A few years ago, I asked LaShawna to serve on the Act 101

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advisory board," Damper said. *I really believe that there are many ^talented students like her that are going unnoticed and do not think that college is an option for them. "LaShawna and I are trying to identify more students in the Erie area who would come to Mercyhurst if they were given the opportunity," Damper added. Originally from Erie, Page graduated from Mercyhurst in 1996 with a degree in education. She served as president of Minority Student Union last year and was also involved in the Pre-Law Society. At the present time, she is looking at law schools. According to Director of Student Services, E. William Kennedy, Page will receive the room presently occupied by Sister Carol Ann Voltz, director of ser-

vice learning, after Voltz moves to her new office. Until then, Page has been receiving phone calls at her apartment on campus. She has yet to receive a phone line with voice mail. Page is currently busy planning events for the upcoming months. In November, she is hoping to show the recent film "Rosewood" on campus. A talent show is also in the works for January. < In planning these activities, Page has already started working with Michael Fuhrman, Director of the Performing Arts Center, and Cass Shimek, Director of the Herrmann Student Union. "I think LaShawna will be great," Shimek said. "She is a high energy, strong-spirited person and a good role model She's close enough in age to the students to understand what they're going through and to help provide some guidance. What she lacks in experience at the administrative level, she more than makes up for in her enthusiasm and desire to do really good things for the students." For next term, Page is trying to involve Mercyhurst students in the "Volunteers in Probation Program" which provides mentors for children. "I 'm hoping to get as many males involved in the program as possible," she said. Additionally, Page is serving as advisor to Minority Student Union. Senior Effie Tucker, activities director for MSU, said that she is involved with the group because it is one outlet for people to show that they are committed to Mercyhurst's being a true liberal arts college. "I would like to see everyone on campus take advantage of the activities provided by MSU, "Tucker said. "People see the word 'minority' and they think only blacks or women are involved. Minorities include everybody. We all have our own individual thoughts, religions, majors and athletic associations. This group is open to everybody." On Saturday, Nov. 1, MSU is sponsoring its first social mixer of the year from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Herrmann Student Union. D.J. Jason Minor will be providing the music and refreshments will be provided. The mixer is free and open to all students. Anyone willing to help out with decorations is encouraged to call Effie Tucker at extension 2742.

Writing Center Prepares to M o v e from L a n g u a g e
brary. In the following weeks, preparations will be made to move the Writing Center to its new locaWith all the attention devoted to tion, she said. renovations of the Hammermill According to Panetia, there are Library, some as peels of the project currently 10 writing consultants ha\c received less attention. working at the Center for a total of Among these low priority concerns about 25 hours per week. They at ihe moment is the College Writ- include Lisa Bednarski, Rebecca ing Center w hich is to be mo\ cd to Bainc, Megan Bullota, Lisa the basement of the library some- Fowler, Wendy Ken/, Jody Kim time before the beginning of next Tern Lacomb, Catherine Mason, term. In the meantime. Dr. Clay- Autumn McClurg and Jackie Tamas. ann Panetia, Director of the Writ| The writing consultants were recing Center has set up shop in the ommended by faculty and chosen language lab \\ hich is just down on the basis of iheir performance the hall J rom her present office in on a sample consultation. Euan 14. There arc a few more work study Pa net la, v ho rcccn cd her Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition, said positions still available, said that she is happy'about her new Panctia, w ho is looking for a stuposition. B> the end of next week, dent sec re tan to help file all the Panetia will mo\e to her new of- paperwork that must be completed. Paneita stressed that the Writing fice next to the former archival center in the basement of the li- Center is there to benefit all stuBy Chris VVIoch Editor-in - Chief
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N e w Director, Professors Join Walker
By Bill Melville Features Editor For Mercy hurst's Wal ker School of Business, the 1997-98 school year has brought several new faces, Chris Stenberg, associate professor of accounting and chair of the Walker School, Dr. Kenneth Saban, associate professor of marketing, and Dr. Michael Golden, assistant professor of economics. Stenberg, who received a bachelor's degree in business from Mount Union College and a master's degree in accounting from Duquesne University, was previously associate professor of accounting at Robert MorrisCollege for the last 14 years. Stenberg presented a speech at Mercy hurst in early 1997, and was impressed from the beginning. He replaces m Erie. I 1 Dr. Helen Mullen, former chair of "I'm glad to have the position. the Walker School. Other places are cutting back, so "Mercyhurst offers me the it's good to see*a school that's chance to grow as an academic and expanding! There are many -culas an administrator. Also, it offers tural offerin gs at Mercyhurst and me the opportunity to make some in Erie as well. changes in the Walker School of Sabany a Pittsburgh native, reBusiness to elevate its stature on a ceived a bachelor of science and a regional basis. Wheal came here, business administration degree it seemed I I ke a close-knit com m u- from Y oungstow n Slate, a master's nity plus it's a liberal arts college. degree in advertising management All of these factors left a very from Northwestenuand a doctorpowerful impression on me and 1 _ ate fromjthe University of PittsM

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decided that this was the type of college I wanted to be a part of. When my position was offered to me it was a very easy decision to make," he said. Golden, originally from New York City, received a bachelor's degree, in economics from Canisius College, and received both a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Connecticut at Stores. Prior to Mercyhurst, Golden taught at the University of Connecticut at Waterbury and at Allegheny College, which he said "makes him somewhat familiar with northwest Pennsylvania weather. ^ _ ^ _ Mercyhurst attracted Golden because of its tradition and his interest in the mission of Mercy colleges. He was also excited by the happenings at Mercyhurst and

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burgh. Mercyhurst is Saban's first full time teaching position, although he served as an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne Uni versity, the A. J. Palumbo School of Business, Robert Morns College, Penn State at New Kensin gton, CI cveland State, Kent State, Case Western Reserve University, and the Weatherhead School of Management T h e Walker School's concentrations and goals impressed me, and I believe I ha\ e the ability to contribute to the development of the marketing concentration. When I came here, the faculty I met made mc feel comfortable and welcome/* Saban said. Stenberg, Saban, and Golden said they all have high hopes for the Walker School in the next few years. Stenberg said, *Right now we arc in the middle of our strategic plan which will guide us I the _ne_xL_ several years. Also, we have received donations which will furnish our student lab and all I acuity with new computers. In addition, another majorcon* tnbution will pro\ ide an endowment for the Walker Lecture Series, student awards for excellence, and computer upgrades." Stenberg said he also hopes to add an international angle to the Walker School, including studies abroad, a closer relationship with the local business community, and scholarly activity by more faculty members. Golden hopes to expand cooperation between the college and local business as well. Additionally, he said he would like to teach a course on economic history through en t re preneurshi p, a course on .-the economic history of Erie and the region, and arrange a trip to the Cleveland branch of the Federal Reser\e Bank. Of his students, Golden said, "I try to be available as much as possible. Mere) hurst students expect that." Saban, as faculty advisor to the Mercyhurst Business Association (MBA), wishes to arrange visits to world class manufacturers and to the offices of Pittsburgh sports teams. Saban said all students are welcome to attend any of the fu-l lure tn ps. M l want our students to be on equal footing with other institutions,** Saban said. Saban said the MBA should redefine its mission in the next few years. Saban, in conjunction with Dr. Mary Beth Pinto, associate professor of business, also wan is to leach courses in capstone marketing and capstone sales management, which will help students apply book knowledge to real world situations. By offering these courses, Saban hopes that students will be better prepared for internships and job experiences. "It really gives students something exciting to talk about during interviews," Saban said. The Walker School of Business has a bright future. Our professors want to make positive changes and arc willing to put in the time to make them happen. We plan on having a strong relevant curriculum that is expertly taught," Stenberg said.

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Simon Leads Debate on N e w Russian
By Chris Wloch Editor-in-Chief On Wednesday, Oct 15,10 students and faculty members attended a debate in the [Union's Student Government Chambers which examined a recent law on religious liberties which was overwhelmingly approved by the Russian parliament. At 3:30 p.m. the Rev. Steven Simon, instructor of Russian, led a discussion of a new piece of legislation entitled "The Law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Organizations." Essentially, the new law exclusively protects the 1 be rties of those 1 religious groups which have been recognized by the state. The only four traditional faiths which receive guaranteed protection under the law are Russian Orthodoxy, Judaism, Buddhism and Islam. Other religions which have not been registered with the state for the past! 15 years will be considered as groups that are not necessarily assured full protection under the law. u This is ironic, Simon said, because it rewards those religious groups which decided to register with the Communist system. Any dissenting groups who chose not to collaborate with the Soviets, by remaining unregistered, are being punished for their stand against an oppressive regime. Ironically, the new law?was largely unnecessary, Simon opined, given'that Russia approved legislation in 1990 which granted its citizens full religious freedom. According to Simon, the law, which was formed in committees during thesummer, is designed to "protect" the Russian populace from three perceived threats. The first alleged danger is the proliferation of extremist cults and pseudo-religious groups which are trying to claim the tax exemptions allowed for churches. One such group,| which calls itself "The White Brotherhood," has adopted an apocalyptic worldview and encourages its members to sell all thei r possessions. The second perceived danger, according to Simon, was the purported threat to Russian culture posed by "foreign" religions including various Protestant sects such as the Baptists. These groups are apparently taking advantage of the current weak economic state of affairs in Russia. At the present time, religious crusaders like Billy Graham are coming into the country and holding conventions which | attract ^thousands of people because food, clothing and other articles are given away to participants. Since theRussianOrthodoxChurch.with its present lack of monetary resources, cannot compete wi th those

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who hand out free goods, the Russian legislators are hoping to curtail the appeal of other Christian denominations in their country. The preventing of further schism within Russian Orthodoxy is the third threat, according to Simon. In order to do this, Russian legislators decided to outlaw minority sects within the church which refuse to recognize the author ty of the Moscow Patriarch. Ever since 1927, such groups have been growing in popularity both within Russia and outside its borders. This discussion was sponsored by the Russia and China Study Group which was formed this year to examine issues facing these two superpowers. The next presentation will be held at 3:30 p.m., Nov. 12 in the Student 1 Government Chambers. It will examine issues concerning trade laws which affect China.

Career Services Gets Makeover
By Bill Melville Feature Editor In the past few months, Mercyhurst Career Services has made many i mprovements that will help provide more services for students and also make it easier for them to utilize the services it offers. The first change came in July, when Robert Hvezda, former head of Counseling Services, became director of Career Services and the Cooperative Education/ Internship Program/ Hvezda had served as Acting Director since Oct. 1996. This is Hvezda *s 10th year at Mercy hurst. He considers that his master's degrees in counseli ng education and human resources complements his new position well. "It's important that students know I welcome their ideas. I want their feedback as well as faculty feedback. Hopefully we have responded effecti\ cl\ to the demand thus far," he said. H\ czda said that one of the key changes was "a big push on the pari of our staff to connect ourselves with Mercyhurst alumni." Encouraging alumni to makes presentations to classes, to hold workshops on campus, and to attend the career fair are some of the ways in which Hvezda hopes Career Services can improve the relationship. According to Hvezda, other programs have been implemented to give Career Services better publicity among all Mercyhurst students. Career Services, in cooperation with the admissions department and office of development, wants all students to know the services provided are free and to consider Career Services a user-friendly place. "We want ail classes to know that we are here," Hvezda said. One way in which Career Services hopes to keep students better informed is a program call Don't Cancel That Class, which was started by Academic Dean, Dr. Joseph Gowcr. Under this program, if a teacher needs to cancel a class for any reason. Career Services will use class time to educate the students about the services it offers. Hvc/da has already taught this class several times this year,

Speaker Urges Christian Nonviolence
By Bill Melville Features Editor

world powers buy the weapons Students and faculty have reinsteadof feeding theirown people. sponded well thus far. More stu<!Kent said the solution to viodents are getting to know about On Monday, Oct 13, Bruce Kent, lence lies in making reforms us," he said. ormer University of London within the United Nations. He also Career Services has also added a bhapl ai n, spoke on the topic " C hris - said that groups working outside new computer base guidance sys- ians and Violence'* in the Mercy the UN are making the greatest tem called SIGI Plus. Students who heritage Room. Kent, an active impact as peacemakers in that are undecided on a major, can sit lember of Abolition 2000, an or- area. According to Kent, the major down and assess their skills, which anization devoted to the elimina- points are the lack of world court, provides a list of possible careers on of nuclear weapons, focused a global police force, and manbased on the student's informa-1 his speecrf'on the idea that even dates on arms trading, and the domition. hough the doctrines of almost ev- nation of the UN by World War II Hvezda has also done several ry major religion promote peace, victors and major arms dealers. presentations for clubs and organi- here is an incredible lack of peace Kent also sees a problem with zations, as a way to inform more n the world. people not viewing themselves as students about what Career Ser"If we're supposed to love our world citizens. vices can offer them, 1 i ke resumes, Enemies, then why do we spend so One reform which Kent said that job searches, and internship/co-op nuch time trying to kill them?" he considered important was the opportunities. Hvezda attributes Kent asked his audience. Kent end of nationalism taking the place the success ot Career services this said he grew interested i n the su b- of a religion. Kent said, "Ninety year to his staff: Frank Rizzone, ect of non\ iolence after serving percent of religion in the world is Angela Jones, Kyle Foust, Patti n World War II and visiting Nige- nationalism." Montie, and Ci ndy Waidlcy. While-he lectured, Kent pro|ia in the 1960s during the middle Hvezda said that the Career bl its civil war. moted several other ideas—such Fair, which is held in conjunction For Kent, the availability of as the j usi war theory—which he with other area colleges, will be v capons was a primary reason for believes ha\ e become muddled in held on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 1- he lack of peace. He criticized the twentieth century. He urged 4p.m. in the Rcc Center, Over 100 America for the looseness of its support for a conference in the^ companies and agencies will be zun laws, and also for its willing- Netherlands during 1999, which present All students are encour- less to sell arms to the highest will focus on the abolition of war. aged to attend. Seniors arc encour- bidder. Another sore point for This con I e re nee wi 1 be a repeal of 1 aged to bring resumes and pass Kent was the fact that many of the one held in 1899 on the same topic. them out. pounines buying weapons from

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what seemed to be an easy chance in front of goal. Senior goaltendcr, Avi Karunakar took off a pair of great saves to keep the Lakers within a goal of Windsor, with just under five minutes to play in the period. The Lakers were rewarded for their assault on the Windsor goal with just four minutes left in the opening period. Fresh man j Eric Ellis fired the puck home from close range after a great pass from Oto Hlincik. The Hurst took the lead with just 28 seconds remaining in the period, thanks to a calm finish from John Evangelista as he rounded the goal tender and slotted the puck into the empty net The second period started as the first ended, with a goal (scored by Hobart) within the "first minute as the Lakers fai led to clear the puck out of its zone.
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The Mercyhurst hockey team started off this weekend with wins against Penn State University and Windsor University. The Lakers opened their season against a much weaker Penn State team and it did not take them long to get a stranglehold on the game. Trevor Brandt led the Lakers to a 7-2 victory with two goals. However,; the real test was to come against Windsor, who had already beaten two top class Division I teams. T he gam e started i n a very competitive manner with the two teams trying to get the momentum swinging in their direction. It was Windsor who broke the deadlock wi th only eight minutes gone in the opening period after a wrap around goal. ^ Moments later, freshman Shawn Kane was given the chance to level the scoring, buthe failed to convert

It was Scott Ludeviks' turn to restore the Lakers lead as he scored , with a long distance slap shot thai the keeper failed to hold. The game switched hands many times throughouttheseeondpcriod, butthe Lakersreallyseemed to take control of the game after a goal by Mike Masse in the last six minutes of the third period. Masse scored ' ^with a wrist shot in the top right corner of the net after he seemed to have lost control of the puck. This [ gave the Lakers a 7-6 lead and the team was not about to let it slip. Aaron Morrison sealed the game *-in the last minute as he poked the puckinto the net to give the Hurst a 8-6 lead. "It'sagood sign beating such a good team at the start of the year. Hopefully we can continue to work hard and continue to be successful for the rest^of the season," said senior Chris Morgan.

Ron Rambally gets in touch with his feminine side during a spirit contest

Women's Soccer time and we were ranked swhat we deserved on this particuContinue to Shine Culler Leads Laker Striders * By Stephen Nolan t i on at the
On Oct 14 the men's and the women's cross country teams competed Merciad Sports Writer in the Slippery Rock Invitational. The men's team has been improving all year, slashing vital seconds off The Women's Soccer Team have had some ups and downs over the its times from last year. Once again it was Andrew Culler who led the Lakers, as he finished the past week. Wins coming against 6.2 mile course i n 17th place out of a field of 54 finishers. Team Captain Lock Haven University, ShipDavid Dausey was right on his heels crossing the line in 18th place. pensburg, and Gannon were someDausey achieved a personal best time of 37:58 which was 47 seconds what clouded by an uncharacteristic loss to Bloomsburg University. better than last season. "David can always be counted on to give a great performance," said The women now have a record of 12-2-1. ; coach Kathy Noble-Fraley. The Lakers were on the road Last weekend both teams traveled to Grove City College. On the women's side it was Bridget Holzheimer's time to lead the Lakers with against Lock Haven but managed a personal best time of 20:48 for the 3.1 mile course which was good to come away with a 3-1 victory. All three goals coming from star enough for a 10th place finish. The women's teamfinishedfourth out of seven teams, f {• i-\forward Theresa Roac h. 'The Lock Haven game was The men's team continued to lower their times, as theyfinishedin fifth probably the best we have played place out of a eight teams. all year. Everybody played very well," said Head Coach John Melody. Theresa Roach scored a very good hat-trick. We really pulled out all the stops against them, we had some easy wins going in to the Lock Haven game, so this was a real test for us. "I'm very happy how we played. Lock Haven didn *t score until the last minute of the game, so wc were winning 3-0 for most of the game, 2-0 at half time. I can't say enough about the effort put in by the girls. I'm very happy, it's always nice to godown to Lock Haven and come away with a win. They were ranked ninth in the naCaptain David Dausey strides away during a racing meet 10th, so it was an important game for both sides and we just happened to come out on the right end of it," he said. The Lakers then moved x>n to Shippensburg for another big game, they came away With a 2-0 victory. Goals from Allison Marsden and JuileAnn Chiodo helped the Lakers to victory. "Shippensburg was a decent team. We didn' t play very well but wc scored some very good goals, they were worked very well. We worked hard as a team. The field wasn't the best, it was bumpy and uneven. So it wasn't conducive to good soccer, but we were happy wc edged out a good result. After a 10 day layoff it is hard to go back and play, and play at your best but we were happy with that result," Melody said. Still on the road the Women moved on to Bloomsburg University where they found a tough mountain to conquer. The Lakers went down to a 2-0 defeat. This result ended a nine-game winning streak and was hard to swal low by the Lakers. "I think, it's safe, to say that Bloomsburg outdid us in every area of the field. We didn't play well as individuals, and we didn't play well as a team. I think we got

lar occasion. It was a must win game for B looms burg because they had slipped in one or two games before this but they are still a good side. They thoroughly deserved their win,'*Melody said. Next the Lakers returned home to play cross town rivals, Gannon University, in a rare on-cam pus appearance. In freezing conditions the Women came away with a well deserved 3-0 victory. Two goals came from freshman Olivia Mcndicino and the third from Roach. All three goals came in the second half of the game. The Lakers did not look under any pressure during the game and a strong second half buried the Knights for good. Sarah Hoppe and Beth Forbus played extremely well in midfield and Nicole Esposi to and Stacie Bortz kept the Laker goal impenetrable.* 'The Gannon game was very important for us, especially after our loss to Bloomsburg. Conditions were very bad and it slowed down the pace of the game.The 00 half time score did not reflect the game but the girls came out strong in the second half, scored some good goals, and came away with the result they deserved," Melody said.
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L A K E R F O O T B A L L TRIES
By Todd Zielinski Merciad Sports Writer In this year's most anticipated game against arch rival Gannon, the Hurst proved to be the better football team beating the Golden Knights 35-18. Just as the Hurst was riding a three game winning streak, the Buffalo State Bengals pulled off a close win 16-14, handing the Hurst its third loss of the season. Against; Gannon, the !| Lakers could do no wrong, as they outdid the Golden Knights on the ground, 229 to 190 yards. The first quarter saw both teams try to establish theiroffensive drives as the Lakers held Gannon to only one drive in the entire first quarter, while producing two long drives themselves. The score remained 3-0 in favor of Gannon until Jack Stover turned things around for the Lakers. His blocked punt returned by Ed Bailey for a 34 yard touchdown proved to be a turning point for the Lakers as they took the lead 7-3. From then on the offense took off, engineered by junior quarterback Matt Kissel I, who took the Lakers all the way into the endzone via a 12 yard run by sophomore Justin Gibson to give the Lakers a commanding 14-3 lead. The second half was just as positive for the Hurst Senior outside linebacker Jason Maier picked off a pass and then handed it over to the offense. From there Gibson took it straight up the middleof the Gannon defense for his'second touchdown of the day to give the Hurst a 21-3 lead * Gannon was able to reduce the deficit with a 22-yard drive into the end zone. Soon after, Gibson scored a 59 yard-touchdown run ending Gannon's hopes of making a comeback, c The fourth quarter started off with Laker quarterback Matt Kissell launching a missile to Senior wide receiver Tim Brediger for a 95 yard touchdown. Gannon answered back as the Golden Knights masterminded a drive starting at its own 31 yard line, and turned it into a score. The game against the Buffalo State Bengals started with the opposition scoring on their first drive, taking the ball from their own 16yard line into the end zone. The Lakers then got the ball back only to struggle offensively, not moving the ball into Bengal territory in the first quarter. The Lakers seemed to be in real trouble as the Bengals scored another touchdown before the end of the quarter. It was not until senior comerback Jack Stover's interception, that the Lakers started to take advantage

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of an opportunities at hand. From the Bengals' 29 yard line Kissell completed a 13 yard pass to Joe Liotta on fourth down. From there Sophomore Justin Gibson ran it in for the score, bringing the Hurst back into the game. I n the second half it was Gibson again who seemed to give the Lakers some life as he scored a touchdown on the Lakers second drive of the second half. For the first time in the ball game the Lakers had the lead 14-13. The Hurst took the lead, but looked to extend it into the fourth quarter. The start of the fourth quarter saw the Bengal's take the ball all the way to the Laker 10 yard line. From t there they were forced to settle for a field goal giving them a 16-14 lead with a little under nine minutes left in the game. The Bengal defense made a big play stopping the Laker drive on a fourth down attempt in Bengal territory. The Lakers would have one last attempt to win the game as they took over on their own 24 yard line with 1:17 left in the ball game. MaU Kissell tried his best to bring the Lakers back running 14 yards for a first down on fourth and 10, to sustain the drive. With the Hurst takin g a "too many men on the field" penalty for five yards, the stage was set for Senior kicker Eric Wicks to

Eric Wicks gets good protectionfromhis linemen as he punts the ball. give the Lakers their fourth win in a row. The 41 yard attempt by Wicks was blocked. Offensively, Brian Hamlin led the charge with 15 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown. This marked his best game of the season in a bittersweet?win for the Senior fullback from Washington, PA. Defensively, free safety Doug BrinkJey led the Lakers in tackles for the second straight game with five solo and six assisted tackles. The Lakers travel to Robert Morris College^ on Saturday, Nov. 1, to play their last away game of the* year. The Lakers will be hoping to keep their winning record alive

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Disappointing Year For Woman's V-Ball Comes To A Close
By Jen Harwell Merciad Sports Writer The women's volleyball team are coming to an end to what coach Craig Davie describes as a "tough season.'* Despite their record 12-21, which is an improvement on last year, the Lady Lakers are still "fighting hard,' Davie said. "We are not quite playing up to our potential," said Davie. Mistakes made at key points are the basis of their problems, Davie said. Performances by junior Colleen Pazderski. sophomore Laura Smith and fresher Missy Miller. Davie highlighted as just a few of the key players for the team. Outside hitter Colleen Pazderski has 155 kills and 149 digs, while Miller, an outside hitter, comes in next with 150 ki I Is and 171 digs for the season. Setter Smith has 524 assists. On Tuesday the Lakers hosted Gannon. However, the Hurst were unable to defeat their archrivalsand they were defeated in three straight sets 16-14, 15-13, and 15-9. The team will host Mt. Vernon and Na/arene on Thursday Oct. 23. Watching Sports is Fun: Lana Brown and Laura Kurillk show their Nazarcne stands at 28-5.***It looks as if it is going to be a tough match," Davie said. supports for the varsity hockey team during Friday nights game.

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