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Mercyhurst College » 501 E 38th St. • Erie, Pa. 16546
Cabin fever strikes Hurst
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By Carrie Ta ppe Merciad editor
Mercyhurst students take advantage of warm weather to combat cabin fever. These seniors turned the lawn In front of Hammermill Library into a temporary football field.
Jessica Russell/Merciad photogi
By David Hermenau Merciad writer
WMCE improves broadcast range
located southeast of the campus, most of the campus is shielded from the main signal because we're on a hill," said Bill Shannon, general manager of the radio station In the past, the signal has been picked up in Jamestown, N.Y., but students on campus could not hear i t. An FM translator is an electronic device that receives the station's signal on 88.5 and rebroadcasts it on 104.9. Students on campus wishing to tune into WMCE, must now tune their radios to 104.9 instead of 88.5. With this device, slightly larger than a VCR, the entire campus can receive the station's signal.
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As a result the installation of an FM translator, WMCE-FM, Mercy hurst's radio station can now be heard on campus. Previously, the signal could not reach many parts of the Mercyhurst campus, nor could it be received on 38th Street. C The area of Erie was covered without the translator, but ? Mercyhurst's location blocked the signal. Unlike an AM signal which will follow the curvature of the earth, an FM signal runs in a straight line and is blocked when something gets in its way. 3 "Because our transmitter is
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The antenna on top of Baldwin Hall covers the entire campus and can reach as far as Lake Erie. A new translator can cost $15,000 to $20,000, but the station was able to acquire one for much less. The station also had to obtain a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate the translator. | WMCE's power is at 1 watt but that should also change soon. The station plans to appl y to the FCC to increase their power to • about 100 watts. According to Shannon, the application is expected to be approved. "It should be a nominal situation, a minor change. Most translators along the Canadian border are authorized up to about' 250 watts, it's just a matter of paper work," said Shannon. Run by the communications department, WMCE-FM broadcasts 24 hours-a-day, and aside from the overnight hours and special programming on Sundays , is produced by Mercyhurst students. WMCE-FM broadcasts many of the college's sporting events and Hurst Rock Cafe. This year, they are also the flagship station of the Erie Sea Wolves.
The men's freshman dorm was the target of an investigation by housing authorities, police and safety and Erie police Tuesday after a housekeeper found a note on the residence hall floor J**} referring to an individual alone in his room with a gun. |After finding the note in McAuley Hall, the housekeeper notified the Office of Residence Life. An immediate decision was made to call in the Erie police and conduct a room -to- room:: investigation of the hall. "I wanted all of the rooms \ searched to ensure the safety of the students and that there was no weapon on the premises,** Tyrone Moore, associate vice president of administration and director of residence life, said, *j "The situation needed to be wellcontrolled and not over-alarm the residents." * According to Sgt Eric Kraus of the Mercyhurst Police and Safety Department, officers' began the search on the third floor, questioning residents for information concerning the incident Residents were eager to help and allowed officers to conduct a cursory search, Kraus said.
& Approximately 15 minutes into the search, a student came' forward and admitted knowing about the incident and who was involved," Kraus said. "The student informed officers that the note was intended to be a prank and had fallen into the wrong hands.** 75 The names of all students involved in the incident were given to the officers. Based on the danger of such a prank, those students will be disciplined I through judicial review, j "William Kennedy, associate vice president of admisnistration, will handle the consequences for those students involved in the 1 prank. These are things we don't play with. You just don't do those kinds of things," Moore < said. ; i "We had to take the threat seriously because we did not ^ know it was a prank. We know who is responsible and these * individuals will be dealt with accordingly. Although-some pranks can be funny, any threat that could involve serious or violent bodily harm must be taken seriously and all precau0 tions must be taken, Kraus said. • According to Moore, resident assistants held meetings Wednesday evening with residents to explain what happened and to ensure their safety in the future.
$12,660, up $660 or 5.5 percent Room and board will increase to $5,106, or 4.5 percent The traditional fees for computers Despite the inevitable tuition and such willremainat $789. increase, parking fees will soon be a thing of the past The board The total cost for a resident of trustees approved a combined student will be $ 18,555. 5 fj "We anticipatefinancialaid to 4.99 percent increase in tuition increase next year," Lee said. "It and room and board for the is the fastest growing area in the 1999-2000 school year. The budget One of the reasons for $882 increase marked the third year in a row that the college has the increase is that the requirement for the college in financial remained below the 5 percent aid has increased. level. i | " Another reason for the Despite the zero change in fees, students will no longer pay (tuition) increase is the increase and demand for computers and for a parking permit. According other improvements around the to Tom Lee, director of finance, many neighbors of the college | college," Lee said. "Among other private schools, (Mercyhurst) have complained about students parking on Parade Boulevard and would be a bargain purchase. We are one of the lowest priced the streets near Briggs Avenue. private schools in the state. We By providing all students with a intend to sustain a good value, parking sticker, there are no excuses for parking off campus. ' high quality education to continue to maintain ourselves as Tuition for a traditional ona good purchase." campus student next year will be By Carrie Tappe Merciad editor
Tuition up; no parking fees
MARCH 25. 1999
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newly inducted sophomore, said training began in the fall term with a lecture every Tuesday J The "weariiT of the greeitf* focusing on the history of the -r*v returned to Mercyhurst on 5 . $ college: At tieetft'or the term? Sunday when 20 new students the pledge class had tojiass'jc^ ambassadors donned their green written exam based on the blazers embroidered with the ! information and present a threecollege seal to claim their status minute speech: *' 3Pv* in the prestigious leadership The winter term was filled group at the college. with lectures pertaining to*f^ The students inducted as activities, sports and various ambassadors during Sunday's -fk events at Mercyhurst, followed ceremony represent the seventh by an exam and speech. In class of ambassadors since the addition, each student had to honor society was founded in complete 30 service hours, some 1992. The organization assists of which were completed during the admissions department with the Phonathon, Mikolaj said. The providing tours of the college to time and hard work were worth prospective students and it, he added. % * * represents the college at official "When I got my tour before functions. f my freshman year, I was really The ceremony marked the • impressed with the person who end of a rigorous two-term gave the tour on campus," -* training period for the new* Mikolaj said." The way they * ambassadors. Paul Mikolaj, a 4 presented the college was one of By Carrie Tappe Me rciad editor j the reasons I came here. I just wanted to give that back to f$ stddents who may come* here f next year. f £ RonRan?baltV,> 1997 Mercyhurst ^radua'te and director of the student' ambassadors, said, 'The ambassadors pride themselves on knowing Mercyhurst almost as well as any of the 1 founders would. Student ambassadors are taught leadership and social skills to prepare them for their role as student leaders ofj the college and society.** J The new ambassadors are: Andrew Cieminis, Annie DeMeo, Sara Foster, Anne Hardes, Amanda Jesse, Sarah Jesse, Kristen McCaskey, Amy Patton, Seth Poloj, Sara Seidle, Paul Mikolaj, J.P. Ratajczak, Danielle Reid, Kelly Rotondi, Stephen Salas, Matt Secrest, Marianna Sun, Craig Tom, Angle Villella and Matthew Wilk. J
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By Maggie Bergeron Merciad writer The proverbial saying, March comes in like a lion, and goes out landed that were somewhat of a some of the actors and directors 1 like a lamb, does not apply to the surprise were Best Picture and greeted his Oscar with protest in Mercyhurst College dance Gwyneth Paltrow's award. , attendance, department. "Saving Private Ryan" won for r Some protested outside while i March has been a "lion" from th Best Director, Steven Spielberg, some chose to sit on their hands beginning, and will continue to be and the technical awards such as during his Oscar acceptance. until April is well underway. Sound and Film Editing. Many Martin Scorsese and Robert A number of guest teacher feel, including myself, that it *n DeNiro presented the award to residencies, a consortium appeardeserved the Best Picture Oscar. It Kazan. Kazan gave names of ance, performances with the Lake will stand up over time more communists and communist Erie Ballet, and "Sleeping strongly as a motion picture sympathizers during the McCarthy Beauty," which will be presented? j accomplishment, overal 1, than hearings. Many still gave him a [May 8 and 9, have kept the | "Shakespeare in Love." standing ovation because the Oscarl department "roaring*' with activity The Oscars for Actor in a Lead was to honor his work and not his] From March IS through 18, Role, a huge surprise, and Foreign politics. | ,>. * Sharon Randolph, director of Language Him went to the My personal reaction to the dance at I nterlochen Center for the magnificent Roberto Bcnigni for Oscars this year was mixed. Arts, visited the dance department "Life is Beautiful." He charmed Though I thought "Shakespeare in and taught several classes. She the audience, and the world, with Love" had a phenomenal script also shared her teaching and his infectious enthusiasm and and cast, I thought there were choreography background with the appreciation for the honors. movies more deserving of some of pedagogy class. 4 Bcnigni was by far the highlight of the Oscars that movie won. Richard Rein, former American the entire evening. t Best Actress in a Lead Role Ballet Theatre member and now James Coburn won Actor in a should have gone to Cate director of the St. Paul's School Supporting Role for his work in tf Blanchett for "Elizabeth." Ballet Company, will be a guest "Affliction;" at the age of 70, this Blanchett is a superior actress and resident in the dance department was hisfirstOscar nomination and contributed more to a heavier role March 22 through 26. He will win. than Paltrow.share information in technique Other wins included "Gods and Again, my choice for Best classes and will assist in rehearsals | Monsters" for Screenplay Adapta- Picture would have been different; for "Sleeping Beauty." tion, "Elizabeth" for Makeup, I thought any of the other four ~ '" Guests at Spinner McGee's 'The Last Days" for Documentary movies nominated would have during the past two weeks may Feature, and "The Personals: been a better choice, but particu- have been fortunate enough to Improvisations on Romance in the larly, "Saving Private Ryan" or witness members of the dance Golden Years" for Documentary "Life is Beautiful." department don garters and Short Subject * • The biggest thrills of the evening perform the "Can Can." Katie Elia Kazan, producer and belonged to Roberto Benigni who Mitchell, freshman dance major, director of "On the Waterfront," showed that movie making is not choreographed this traditional was given the Honorary Oscar for about money and glamour but French dance. *^ lifetime achievement at the age of about the love you give and show March also brought out the best ' 89. The Writer's Guild, as well as in your work.!; \ in children's entertainment with .1 Erie Ballet Theatre's production of "Cinderella" on March 21 at the Warner Theatre. This ballet was conceived, choreographed and produced by Christina Maria, who also danced the role of the Fairy chips, as beads, as broken shards Gucci' 8fleamarketvariety and Godmother. The music of Rodeersr* that dangle from clothing like Chanel's were so diverse that most and Hammerstein 's "CinderelL— mobiles. people didn't even feel it was a lent itself superbly to the ballet. Yet what is so mesmerizing isn't! fashion show. Could designers a) Mercyhurst dance major Jess just the beautiful way mirrors last be recommending that women Collazo starred in the production ornament clothes, but rather, how, find something in clothes that 5 Cinderella, and was joined by when you are wearing the clothes expresses themselves and not some several other dance majors in you see yourself. They show a corporate creed? '* leading and minor roles. reflection of you. And when was Also in line for March is a So now in the fashion world the last time designer clothes there is this sudden surge of 1 contemporary performance by modern dance instructor Catherine offered you anything remotely like individuality that is taking hold. Schacffer and Maggie Bergeron, that? * f - T J This season offers a wide range, literally something for everyone. freshman dance major. They will ^ The entire season seems to be dedicated to your likeness. Instead In the past, any 10 designers wouli perform an ori ginal duet at the Girls to Women Conference in of designers insisting on their own share the hem length, colors or fixation of a particular year. This Carlisle, Pa., March 25 through 28 signatures or meaningless trends, season we get complete anarchy. they created classic looks that April and May bring continued And it is a welcome change. would say something powerful work on "Sleeping Beauty," the about each person who puts them Fashion is pointing out, through cl assical ballet to music by Tchaikovsky with elaborate sets mirrors or colors, designers or OIL and costumes on loan from No one is trying to label women. | corporations, the importance ofi I nterlochen Arts Academy. being yourself,' The "Big Three of Luxury" ^ & Mercyhurst dance department shunned that idea completely. Which isfinallythe height of "roars" on with a full schedule of Prada's message was mirrors. fashion. performances and events)
Academy Awards offered many surprises
Winner shows thatfmovie making is not just j about money but about loving your work
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The 71st Annual Academy Awards, broadcast on March 21 from the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, were full of moments of I exhilaration, as well as tension. The excitement was due to the By Sarah Cra wsha w lack of clear front-runners in many l ff Merciad writer categories, other than that of Best Director, which left much room for 'This is a good example of how surprises. > . 3 »8 four years of college ...brings * "Shakespeare in Love" look about a change In our ipdftvidualhome the most Oscars with seven ity. Each piece of work is an wins, followed by "Saving Private outcry of who I am — which is Ryan" with five statuettes; different from who I was four "Shakespeare in Love's" wins yean ago," said senior art therapy included Original Screenplay; major Burt Mamula at "Spoke, Actress i n a Lead Role, Gwyneth the Mercy hurst College Senior Art Pal trow; Costume Design; Original Thesis Exhibit. Musical or Comedy Score; Art The Cummings Art Gallery in Direction; Actress in a Supporting the Mary D* Angelo Performing Role, Judi Dench; and Best Arts Center opened the show with Picture. The only two the movie a reception Saturday fox students whose work is displayed i n the 1 gallery, as well as for their families and friends. The exhibits are the efforts of J months of hard work, according to senior art therapy major Karin * Menslng. Mensing's work features two drawers filled with memorabilia from her grandparents' home which are mounted on the wall. "My grandparents recently passed away, said Mensing, "and collecting the stuff that's in the drawers was therapy for me over Heather Cvitkovic the five months that I did it" Mensing added that the idea for thefinalproject continually changed, but that she k new she wanted to dedicate t he work to her Clothes have been around for so long that designers rarely find grandparents. vanything original to show. But the Each piece in the show displays spring collections have brought the uniqueness of the student who perhaps the most interesting trend made it Exhibits are made from all even mirrors. different mediums, I ncludi ng Never in the history of fashion photography, paint, wood, and has the looking glass made such an even lipstick-kissed paper. explosive appearance. Mirrors are Cummings A it Gallery hours are f being used as they are in India, 2-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, like little disks of tight set into and I rom 7-9 p.m. on Thursday cotton. Phey are used as microevenings. The senior show runs until the end ol April/
Seniors Burt Mamula and Amy Frledrich pose next to FriedricrYs art project at the : senior art show.
By Karl Wells Senior writer
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The most recent gossip topic around campus lately seems to center .around abortion, or rather The Mercian's inclusion of the pro-life advertisement which ran last week. Some students seem to feel that those opinions expressed in the pages of the insert also reflect the beliefs of The Merciad staff. J 0, However, whether the staff is pro-life or pro-choice is beside the point t The real issue here is the nature of advertising.
The simple fact remains that American Passage, the organization responsible for the insert, paid to run their adf ' *k ^ ft If we do not like what the advertisement is promoting, then we, as intelligent beings, may choose not to read it Ads' on quick cash schemes, too good-to-be-truth spring break vacations and credit card pitches were nixed this year by The Merciad because of their potential harm to students, f ^ The pro-life supplement may have been controversial to some, useful to others. But it harmed no one.
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The inquiring campus reporter represented. The Merciad is not asked students what they thought the appropriate place to run -of the paid pro-life insert which someth i ng of that nature." ran in last weeks edition of The Christina Schlee || Merciad. Senior, Social Work name, maki ng future students "Regardless of what people's "I don't think The Merciad should apprehensive about attending opinions are, they should be kept have printed that because it was to themselves. Making money is onjs." Alicia Oliver kind of an in-your-face opinion. I hot always the most important Senior, HRIM % thing. Sometimes you have to . think it was a sell-out" consider the ethical side of things "I think that if there is a proTyler Adams 4* as well, and the school paper just choice ad scheduled to run at a Sophomore, HRIM * was not the most appropriate later date, then running this proplace to run something like that" life ad would be acceptable. I felt "I thought the insert was shock- I Mike Pa I an o j A it was entirely too graphic to runfl ing and offensive. If The Merciad Sophomore, Business Education/ as an advertisement" $\ is going ID accept pro-life ads, [ Sports Management ; Travis Lindahl £ > then they should run pro-choice Junior, English ones as well." \ "It is something like this that Karl Repennlng gives Catholic schools a bad "I don't think that it isrightthat only one side of the issue was Senior, English i£-
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Recently, a group of people involved in protests came to my attention, but not for the reason one would expect. Their* presence was strongly felt during the recent death of n Matthew Shepard, a homosexual college student from Wyoming. While many people expressed outrage over the terrible way r Shepard died, these people ^ expressed the opposite. Led by the Rev. Fred Phelps, a preacher from Kansas, they spoke out in support of Shepard's killers, saying that these men were only doing God's duty. Phelps even $ went as far as to wear a sign reading "God hates fags." We say ourrightto free speech and free expression dominates all others, but watchi ng this manflaunthis hatred tests even my patience. Phelps is using speech to try to justify murder through Biblical interpretation. • > r • I m i ght be going out on a limb here, but I imagine Phelps has never sat down and spoken with an openly homosexual person. He only sees what religion tells him, and unfortunately, that does not let him see a person who was murdered. This style of rhetoric can only cause harm and will allow such narrow-minded attitudes to prevail into the next century When people stop seeing others as human beings and
only see their differences, then we if you begin to limit what people say on screen today, sooner or are in danger of falling prey to later the limitations will become majority tyranny. Be it black or absurd. white, homosexual or heterof" The same thing goes for . sexual, we are all human, and ? Phelps. If he wants to promote people like Phelps serve only to his homophobic attitudes, let remind us of our differences and force us to ignore our similarities. him. If we infringe on hisrightto **j But back to free speech. free speech, then it could be my Another interesting case came speech that is limited tomorrow. up in Louisiana. A teen-age And I know I don't want that couple allegedly dropped acid, Should someone like Phelps be watched the Oliver Stone film monitored? "Natural Bom Killers" several Of course. Speech can never be times and then attempted a copycat murder spree. When they underestimated for its power. More people could take up his were apprehended, they filed a views (I still have some faith in suit against the film maker. humanity, so I hope it doesn't The lawsuit accuses Stone of come to that). When we start; attempting to incite violence hurting each other with words, through his film. What it doesn't then we must examine the goals attack is the intelligence of the of speech. Somehow I doubt the people who actually committed founders intended for us to let the crime. F hate be a platform for speech. No one denies that movies are powerful tools in our society, but
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The Kazan controversy
Kari Wells Elia Kazan was honored on .. March 21 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the 71 Annual Academy Awards with the honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry. *| ' A At the age of 89, he is finally being honored for his work. His accomplishments include such legendary films as "On the Waterftont" (1954), Tennessee William's "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947) and "Cat on a * Hot Tin Roor (1955), Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman** (1949), "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn** (1945) and "Splendor in the Grass** (1961) among many others. \ Kazan has directed 19 $ featurefilms.He is a multiple award winning producer and director. So what is the problem one would ask? \ Kazan appeared before the House. Committee on Un-American Activities on two occasions in 1952. During his second testimony on April 10, he identified eight people who had been members of the i Communist Party (to which he also belonged) in the mid- 1930s. This action caused irreversible damage to the careers and lives. of those involved and contri buted to the Hollywood blacklist 2 Though many believe a .lifetime achievement award is long overdue to pay homage to the I significant contribution he has made to the art of filmmaking, there are also those who feel his • actions are unforgivable. The Academy Awards ape no stranger to politics, and celebrities have used their stage time to address personal causes and issues such as Tibet, "Zionist hoodlums** and other subject areas. On those occasions, however, the speeches given were impromptu and were not pre-approved by the Academy. Though I was atfirstangry . when I learned they were going to honor Kazan, it took me about two minutes to come to the conclusion that they are honoring his work and not his political views or past actions. Many others came to this conclusion as well. *k | I was disappointed by the offensive jokes presenters made, such as calling him a "rat** -, 4 The Writer's Guild and others have every right to protest or to express their views. However, Kazan was invited to the Oscars as their guest (as was everyone else there). It is crass to use the position of presenter or attendee to attack him. -' It may sound as if I am defending what he did in the past — this is absolutely untrue. I am one of extreme left wing, liberal views. I believe that McCarlhyism is one of the darkest periods of our country's history, and it angers me to think people would name names. : Kazan was an informer to save his own career in Hollywood, that much is clear. Kazan had been a member of the *K|| Communist Party from the summer of 1934 until the spring of 1936, and he maintained close relations around thetimeof the Stalinist movement He found it necessary to name some of his ^ comrades in order to protect himself, which is not really a positive or popular character deed. I must resign myself to the (act that I am making my judgments outside of a historical context I know I would not have committed the same acts as Kazan, but I am aware of the * political climate and controversy of the early 1950s that came with the Red Scare. | Though my opinions do not» change as to his character, I still defend the honor bestowed on him by the Academy. I had pictured myself as defending a devil, but when I saw him on Oscar night I almost felt guilty. As the audience was , torn as to whether they should remain seated or stand, a pitifully frail, old man walked across the stage. He could barely hold the statuette that had been given to him. Even at this sight, a little less than half the audience chose to scowl and sit through his short and stammered acceptance i speech. It was at this point that I realized it takes a bigger person to forgive and accept
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bodies. They are given to us to use to our full potential as human beings who are in a relationship with the God who creates. We are called to respect that understand-1 ing in ourselves and in those with Reverend Jim Piszker whom we are in relationships. ^ One of the hallmarks of the Why is the Catholic church Catholic faith is the basic, against the use of condoms a universal respect and dignity for given their use as a preventativethe human person. Unfortunately, we live in a culture that glorifies measure against sexually sexual gratification at any price transmitted diseases? arid at the expense of the respect (continued from Feb. 18) of others. j Sometimes, young people do not -Stephen Nolan .* respect themselves enough to Young people are certainly recognize that giving themselves challenged in their response to to someone else wil 1 not val idate their sexuality and sexual who they are as human beings. activity. The Church, contrary to That validation can only come popular belief, is very much from within by virtue of the grace aware of this and wants to be of of God. Chastity is a challenge assistance. (And not just the and is laughed at in our culture, institution that says, NO!) but it can mean the difference , Our bodies and our sexuality between self-respect and chasing a are gifts from a loving God. We respect from others that will never are not the owners of our bodies, happen. y but rather the "stewards** of our This understanding applies to
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heterosexual as well as homosexual persons. One's sexual identity is not an obstacle to being a part of the Church, contrary to what some people think. We are all called, whether gay or straight, to be responsible for our sexuality and sexual activity. * I* The dignity of the human person always transcends one's own sexual identity. Loving and intimate (not genitally active) relationships can be ours, and they can be fulfilling until we are ready to make that lifelong commitment to one person in our lives. 1 ; The use of condoms physically and symbolically impedes that understanding. If we fall into the trap that "everyone is doing it" then we kid ourselves as far as ^ the level of sexual activity that is really occurring (the big lie) and that we somehow cannot have an identity unless we are doing what we think everyone else is doing. That is why it is a trap.
Criminal justice travels toCJrlarido conference
Club Hurstropens for business
Club Hurst, the newly formed weekend activity series, has gotten off to a slow start.! Although the first weekend's .. activities seemed well-attended, the second weekend did not fare as well. Last weekend, Club Hurst had to compete with Spring Fest activities and various comedians in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Centerj Movies were shown in the union, but attendance was down. > "We' re providing what the students asked for. It takes a while for new things to catch on," Melissa Waclawik, assistant director of the Herrmann Studen Union, said. "Consistency will allow Club Hurst to catch on." M Club Hurst is held every Friday and Saturday evening from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. This weekend, karoke will be held in the Laker Inn. f M > *i was a student here when Coffeehouse was first started,". Waclawik said. "When it was new, it was hit and miss. Now, Coffeehouse is usually packed. Students can depend on Coffeehouse every Wednesday. The word has spread and now it does very well.;Hopefully the same will go for Club Hurst" -
By Karl Repennlng Merciad writer Criminal justice department j faculty members, 12 undergraduate and four graduate students attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences* 36th annual conference which ran from March 9 to March 12, titled, "Crime and Justice Across the Millennium. The conference was held at Disney's Colorado Springs Resort, in Orlando, Fla. The conference included over 350 panels, workshops, round- i table discussions and poster J sessions. Aside from these activities, there was also an Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society, conference that many students attended;* * I was very pleased with * * Mercyhurst's representation in Orlando. It was impressive to see five papers submitted from a school this size," Dr. Frank *£ Hagan, director of the criminal justice department, said. Papers were shared by three faculty members and two
students. Hagan presented a ized risk assessment device to paper titled "Presidential ^! determine If a child can be safely Scandals from Washington to placed in a less secure facility. Clinton," and led a discussion on Since the instrument was "Perspectives on White Collar implemented in October 1998, it Crime.t p has been over 95 percent g Attorney Tina Fryling presuccessful in determining risk. sented a paper titled "Private ^ A paper titled "Responding to Actors, Civil Rights: Rights and School Violence: An Assessment Responsibilities from a Legal of Conflict Resolution ProProspective." Dr. Peter Benekos grams," was presented by presented his paper which he co- graduate students Lisa Roberts authored with Alida V. Merlo of and Matthew Bertani. Indiana University of Pennsylva- |w "It is a great opportunity for nia and William J. Cook of the students to get a chance to Westfield State College titled meet some of the names in the "The Juvenile Court at 100 field that the students have been Years: Celebration or Condemciting in papers for years. nation.** Students often sit on panels with big names and aren't even aware Dr. Thomas Gamble, who of it," Hagan said. was unable to attend die conference, co-authored a work with * Heather Powell, a junior Amy Cuzzola Kern from Case juvenile justice major and Western Reserve University psychology minor, said, "Going called "Testing the Impact of to the conference and other Risk Screening on Secure f conferences in past years has £ Detention Overcrowding in Erie really helped me figure out what County, Pennsylvania." Gamble I want to do with my degree. • and Kern wrote their paper on This is a great way to be introthe development of a standardduced to different viewpoints."
R/IAP joins the intranet withjnew site
The site is coordinated by j A new opportunity for students Adam Bode, assistant professor ^ in the Research/Intelligence of business intelligence, and was Analyst Program has arisen in the form of a R/l AP web site on constructed with help from ^ J j the Mercyhurst College intranet Robert Heibel, director of R/IAP, Through the site, students can and senior R/I AP/computer ^ | j science major Oto HIincik.i iLjS access on-line texts, transcripts ^According to Pode, this site is of lectures, a links page which one of the first of its kind to can aid with job and internship appear on the college intranet * searches, student presentations and many other items.
Clark becomes editor for scholarly newsletter
readers outside the United States, in places such as Czech Republic and Ukraine. The publication also posts announcements from Submitting papers to journals around the world, and since , and newsletters is a way of life for many professors? For Dr. fj many scholars in these countries Rhonda Clark, assistant professor do not have access to e-mail, the newsletter is a meansforthem to of history, editing a journal share ideas across the globe. recently became a way of 1 i fe This newsletter is not the kind when she was named editor of "Women East-West," a newslet- you just throw away. It's the kind that most people read cover ter for the Association for to cover. It is also a way of Women in Slavic Studies networking in these countries (AWSS). and promoting women scholars, Clark, who joined the publicaa group that needs support in ^j tion in January, had previous Eastern Europe," Clark said. involvement with the organizaAs editor, Clarkfirstbroke tion* With the newsletter, she down the tasks, which were saw an opportunity to do previously handled by one something that fit with her person, and split them among doctoral work. herself and three other people. **My dissertation was on After that, Clark and her editorial women who published journals assistant, Mercyhurst graduate in Russia during the late 19th Chris Wloch, set out to improve century. Also, I've always the look and design of the respected the power of publishnewsletter. ing,'* Clark said. "We wanted to raise the level The primary purpose of the newsletter is to provide resources of professionalism, but we didn't want to change the focus or and information to scholars content 11 sends a message when focusing on Eastern Europe, it looks professional. Hopefully especially women, who Clark that will have an effect," Clark points out have traditionally had said. 2 little support. Clark said she has enjoyed the The magazine's focus also position thus far, adding 'it puts means that it has a body of By BUI Melville Merciad editor me in touch with actual people and issues." Currently, the magazine * includes articles, books reviews and announcements about internships and scholarships, along with a bibliography f focusing on books written on Eastern Europe and by Eastern European women.* In the future, Clark said she would like to see the newsletter expand to include sections on pedagogy, columns dealing with problems in the profession and information on the current crises in Eastern Europe. A series of columns by older scholars in the field is also a possibility.; The newsletter is not meant solely for current scholars in these areas, but future scholars as "This newsletter is about being part of a professional group in support of wisdom. There's neat stuff here that Mercyhurst students could be interested in as well. It works well with the Russian studies program, and shows students that there are other opportunities out there," Clark said.
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By Lynn Burns * Merciad writer » *. After starting the season with a 5-7 record, the Mercyhurst women's softbail team looked to bounce back and pick Up some bigwins^ ' " ? f * All these games were played at the University of Charleston's tournament March 20 and 21.
' Against hard-hitting West Virginia State University, the Lady Lakers battled hard but could not match the offensive output of their opponents, as they lost by a score of 6-1. • •¥# ^towever.ln their riext five games, the women rebounded impressively. In a very tight game against West Liberty State University, behind the pitching of Karin Bender, the women squeezed out a*l-0 victory. I In their next game against Alderson-Broaddus, the women I would again suffer a loss by a narrow margain, as they were defeated by the score of 4-2. This
was the fourth time this season that the women lost by less than than three runs. *§? Following this loss, the Lakers countered with a three-game winning Streak. The women defeated West Virginia Weslyan 6-5, posted a 3-0 shutout of£Davis El kins and cruised to a 4-2 victory over University of? Charleston. Pitcher Kristen Bidinger posted two wins and Karin Bender picked up one during these wins. * This winning streak brought the team's record to an even 9-9.
Men's tennis off to rough start
Tennis team starts witjh 2-5|record, l-3inGLlAC
By Lynn Burns Merciad writer The Mercyhurst men's tennis team started its 1999 campaign against tough opponents. In the first two matches against non-Great Lakes Intercolligiate Athletic Conference teams, the squad was able to pull off one victory and suffered its first loss of the season. ; Against Slippery Rock University, the men prevailed as they cruised to a 6-3 victory in match play. Next, the men took on .• Carnegie Mellon University, where they were outplayed by*. The Lakers then faced GLIAC powerhouse Findlay University. The Lakers suffered a defeat as Findlay rolled to a 7-0 victory. However, the Lakers would rebound in thei r next match agai nst Hillsdale College. In this match, the men dominated as they captured a 5-2 victory and brought their record to 2-2. +• In the next three matches the Lakers failed to produce a • ? • victory, as Edinboro University, Grand Valley State University 'M and Ferris State University all. defeated the men's team.i* This losing streak dropped the Lakers' overall record to 2-5,1-3 in GLI AC games.
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Sophomore Ryan Bogert of Cony, Pa., combined with MikePalano for a two-hitter in an 8-2 win over Alderson-Broaddus on Tuesday. * * This gave Bogert his first career win for the Lakers. Bogert relieved Palano in the fourth inning and retired three straight - M batters. He also kept the opponents scoreless for the rest of the ,
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Men's lacrosse with surprising loss to Alfred University! * *•
Sophomore Ted Jenner scored four times in the men's lacrosse • team's defeat over Potsdam University on March 21 in the Alfred University tournament > > > On Sunday in the tournament chamionship game, Alfred St. surprised Mercyhurst beating them 7-6. Owen Jones had three goals for the Lakers. k v f This leaves the Lakers with a 4-2 record.
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Women's lacrosse struggles4o find winning form f
Wagner College outscored the women's lacrosse team 11-10 on March 21. Amy Perry and Laura Bilak each scored twice for Mercyhurst • * West Chester then dealt the Lakers a 16-4 defeat the next day. The Lakers now have a 1-3 record.
Men's volleyball wins two games in weekend tournament
The men's volleyball team defeated Tri-State University 15-10,153,15-11 and Park College 15-10,15-6,17-15 March 21 in a trimeetat Angola, I nd. . Jim Zorn paced the Lakers with 18 kills while Greg Beato finished with 64 assists. The Lakers now have a 11 -9 record.
By Scott Koskoskl Merciad writer
WMCE lands home run deal with SeaWolves
willingness to broadcast all 142 M SeaWolves this year begin .we nope to announce some games enables fans to follow AA ^affiliation with the Anaheim major signal improvements in the baseball from start to finish 1 Angels after a few years as jfi weeks ahead to enhance without missing a second of the ^Pittsburgh Pirates farm team. 1 everyone's chances to hear the action/* Instead of using WMGE talent, SeaWolves on 88 Five WMCE" however, Kale Beers returns to One signal improvement has We the broadcast booth in 1999 for already taken place since the his second season as voice of the SeaWolves deal was reached. pleased to be carrying SeaWolves. jj WMCE is now simulcast on ? !"Kale did a tremendous job for 104.9 FM in addition to its the first season of the us last season and we look original 88.5 FM home. The forward to hearing him for 142 AA SeaWolves. 104.9 addition is designed for games," said Hallal. The WMCE listeners on the Mercyhurst broadcasts will begin with a 15Bill Shannon campus and surrounding neighminute pre-game show prior to borhoods who occasionally the first pitch. The broadcasts complain of a weak signal. IThis season marks the first for will conclude with a 15-minute The station can also be heard the SeaWolves at the AA level post-game highlight show. live on Hurst TV at Channels 62/ after years as a short-season A Bill Shannon, WMCE general 19B on Erie Cablevision, giving team. Instead of playing just a manager, reflected the station's WMCE a wider audience. three-month schedule starting in exci tement The Erie SeaWolves partnerJune, the SeaWolves begin play "We are extremely pleased to ship caps another action-packed April 9 and conclude the season be carrying the first season of the year for WMCE Sports. Since in late September. The AA SeaWolves," Shannon said. the start of the school vear! WMCE Sports has traveled to 11 states to cover Laker athletics as well as other special events. In December, the station carried a live broadcast of Mercyhurst's appearance in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Final Four from South Carolina. WMCE also carried selected club hockey games this winter and plans broadcasts of select women's ice hockey games next! year. | In February, the station broadcast live from the Cleveland Browns expansion draft in ~ Canton, Ohio, and was the only' Erie market station at the event.
i r s no longer the "tiny campus station.? Mercy hurst College radio is now in the big leagues. 88 Five WMCE and the Erie SeaWolves, a Class A A minorleague affiliate of Major League Baseball's Anaheim Angels, have agreed to a partnership for the 1999 baseball season. I According to the agreement reached Feb. 17, WMCE has been chosen as the flagship station for the SeaWolves and will gain exclusive radio broadcast rights to all 142 games this season, both home and away "We are extremely excited about the opportunity to work with 88 Five WMCE," announced SeaWolves General Manager Keith Hallal. T h e i r
Two-hitter caps winning week«for baseball
On Tuesday afternoon, all the pieces came together in a two-hi win over non-conference rival If anyone wonders whether the Alderson-Broaddus in West real Mercyhurst College baseball Virginia. The win capped a 3-2 team has returned, make no . week for the Lakers, who stand mistake: the Laker pride is back. at 9-7 heading into a March 24 Three weeks into the young . ! doubleheader at Davis & Elkins. 1999 campaign, coach Scott The week started Saturday Norwood has again re-instilled against Great Lakes Intercollethe hustle and desire evident giate Athletic Conference foe ^ among former boss Joe Jordano's Ashland University at the North teams. East cainDUS. The 1 .akers edperi By Scott Koskoski* Merciad writer the Eagles 3-2 in the afternoon's first game behind a strong performance from Laker hurler Adam Tills. The righty tossed six innings, giving up just three hits and striking out eight i Saturday's nightcap was a complete turnaround for Ashland, who trounced Mercyhurst 6-0. Eagles ace Mark Smithberger threw a complete game, surrendering a mere four hits. Tony Gentilcore pitched five innings in a losing Laker effort. • >• fi The Ashland attack continued bright and early Sunday. In the first game, the Eagles again shut out the Hurst, this time by a 10-0 count The Eagles' Andrew Niederst hurled a complete game six-hit shutout, striking out nine along the way. Mercyhurst's Tom Clear got shelled, giving up alt 10 Ashland runs in just three innings.- «* 1 *< & The Lakers took out their aggression in the afternoon's second game, though, destroying Ashland 13-2. Mercyhurst pitcher Steve LaSal via gave up eight hits through six innings and Paul Welker mopped up for the save. Sophomore outfielder Ben Wiand crushed Ashland pitchers, going 4-4 with four RBI's. First baseman Mark Mattson drove home three in the winning effort, while three Eagle hurlers split time on the mound in the loss. On Tuesday, Mercyhurst's Mike Palano and Ryan Bogert
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Senior Adam Tills throws a pitch against Ashiand this weekend. Tills pitched six innings in the 3-2 victory Saturday.
combined on a two-hitter to lead the Lakers over AldersonBroaddus 8-3 in the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The•' second game was wiped out due to rain. ' * Bogert relieved Palano in the fourth inning with runners on second and third and no outs. He retired three straight batters and blanked the Battlers with three strikeouts over the final two innings. Mike Russell drove home the winning run in the sixth inning, which saw the Lakers send four across the plate. Mark George cracked a two-run double and John McEwan had an RBI. -jj I < p-i On Tuesday a doubleheader against Davis and Elkins was rained-out. The Lakers now have a 9-7" record. The Hurst hits the road l again this weekend to battle GLIAC rival Saginaw Valley State University in Saturday and Sunday double headers.
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Sophomore Mark Mattson tries to tag an Ashland University baserunner. The Lakers went 2-2 with Ashland over the weekend. HsflK