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Administration asks for help with recent
By Carrie Tappe Editor-in-Chief Despite the many concerns raised by students at last Thursday's forum, the administration had some of its own. "I have a little show and tell. This is what* s left of one of our signs, from last weekend," Bill Kerbusch, director of physical plant, said, as he held the busted remains of the sign which previously stood in front of the cafeteria. "Since September, we' ve had more damage done to the grounds than I've seen in the past seven years —• flowers torn out, trees torn up, branches busted, signs busted, you name it I don't understand why. We need help 1 to catch or control what's happening. Here's the evidence of what's going on. Any help we can get will be greatly

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Gripes brought tof light at forum
By Jen Harwell News editor The fall forum lasted for over two hours as students raised important concerns. One of the first concerns was the new soccer field. The i question was asked why the condition of the field was poor and non-playable, and not yet up to NCAA conditions. Bill Kerbusch, director of physical plant, explained that the field was in a maturing stage. Kerbusch clarified that the soil needs to break down and '. the grass takes time to mature in able for it to be able to sustain practices and games. Tremendous effort has been put into the field up to this point and it will be continued until next fall when the soccer field is scheduled for its first use. Additional recreation facilities were something that students want the Mercyhurst administration to look into. Among the requests were to expand and improve the athletic center*; add air conditioning, and build a track and pool. Research by the college has shown that pools at other colleges are one of the most expensive to build, and the least used of all the recreational facilities. •PHL-i:

appreciated." a 1999 Volkswagen Bug. These powerful words left the "It doesn't have to be just small crowd gathered at the catching the people, it's stopping forum speechless. the behavior... it's just so Tom Billingsley, executive pointless," Laura Zirkle, dean of vice president of administration, resident life, said. said, "It is going to cost us $660 In addition to cars and the to replace that sign, which means cafeteria sign being vandalized, it costs you $660 from what you the electronic gate behind Old pay to go to school here." Main hatfagain been broken. Why all the vandalism? The gate was broken five In the past two weeks, five times last week," Sidun said. cars have been spray painted onf "On average it gets broken once campus. Four were parked on or twice each week. One girl was Briggs Avenue, Lewis Avenue, or caught breaking the gate last East 41st Street One occurred week, and a few other students behind the Mercy Apartments. In are being charged. each situation, the cars were Over the weekend, a window painted with blue spray paint In was broken in the stairwell of one incident on East 41st Street, McAuley Hall. vulgar remarks were written on The securi ty department has the student's windshield. added 10 cameras to its surveillance system this year. Unfortu4 According to Ken Sidun, Gerrlt Snuffstall/Merciad photographer director of police and safety, the nately, the car vandals were not Merciad editors Carrie Tappe and Dave Hermenau hold to" caught because of the location ofjjj gether pieces of the cafeteria sign which was recently destroyed Erie Police Department is handling the investigation into the the cars J by vandals. i £:' i incidents on Briggs, Lewis and "We do not have cameras on 41st Street. His department is East 41st Street," Sidun said. investigating the Mercy parking 'The one car on Lewis was lot incident where a peace sign behind two oak trees and could 11 was a concern of many concerned scheduling. Students was sDrav Dainted on the hood of not be seen on the tapes." students that the outdoor sensor expressed their frustration with lights on campus seem to be the process in general. They are being closed out of courses that working in reverse. Students they are required to take for their expressed the need for addimajor, as well as closed out of the tional lighting in the Lewis liberal studies courses. Students Avenue area where lighting is said it was hard to understand scarce, as wel 1 as additional why the school doesn' t have sidewalks. Sidewalks will be enough classes for the them. added as the paths are dictated! J One of the biggest concerns with students parking in the through student use and property Scheduling is a topic that will among students at the MSG underground ramp as there was see many changes within the next forum seemed to be parking. availability. in the past year or two. Ideally, students want Students were complaining In the topic of computers, it on-line registration capabilities. Many students voiced their students asked why Mercyhurst because they have to walk from This would allow a student to concerns that during special doesn't have color printers and the McA uley parking lot to their events, especially in the Ice register from on or off campus. scanners available for student housing on Briggs and Lewis One of the final concerns use in the labs and the library? Center, visitors park behind Avenues. In previous years, Students with special projects or students had was the rumors about Mercy Apartments leaving no students were able to park "preserving the A." printing needs would benefit parking forresidents.Residents behind Zurn Hall. This year the Dr. William P. Garvey, presigreatly from these options. are then forced to park behind Zurn lot is reserved for comdent, addressed the rumor as Another request was made for the Rec Center or beside being "garbage." "That may be the muters, faculty, staff and event a computer lab to be open 24McAuley Hall. , jjj parking. hours a day. As easy as this may excuse that is given, but it's "Maybe there should be signs * "We are still writing a lot of pointing to the lot behind the simply not the truth. What we sound, it involves leaving a tickets this year because building open, a security risk the want is our faculty to challenge Rec Center for event parking, students, that's the intent," Garvey students have not picked up college is not too optimistic and visitors should not be their permits in the police and about, especially with the recent said. "Grading may be inconsisallowed behind Mercy," Shawn < tent among the departments due to safety office," Ken Sidun, bouts of vandalism Gaier, Mercy resident, said. director of police and safety, The question was also asked if the ability of each department to 'This would make it a lot more set its own regulations." said. "Our biggest problems are Mercyhurst could get a smart convenient for residents who are "No teacher, however, has, is, or, in lot four by the upper ramp card," or allow students to returning from off-campus ever will be fired, demoted or withdrawal from their printing and the Weber Hall parking lot events or with groceries." experience a loss of pay due to the Weber is reserved for visitors. If card when using the copy According to Sidun, there are grades they give. I f there is cause you are a student, you are not a machine. Kathy Noce, assistant long-range plans for additional to review the grades given, to the president for instructional visitor," parking spaces to be added on teachers will simply be asked to technology, verified the issues According to Sidun, there campus. Nothing has been set defend the grades they gave to the would be looked at. hasn' t been much of a problem yet for next year. students," Garvey said. 1 A major issue of the forum

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CAMPU S NEWS
actions tor areas mat Mercyhursl can work on. •"' * * The commission carefully On October 14, Mercyhurst evaluated the program, and College* s Music Commission developed the following seven was endorsed by the 14 members main recommendations: of the commission. The commis- 1. That the music department sion was formed this summer to increase enrollment from 60 to examine assessments of the 100 students in the next four D* Angelo School of Music and years and that the music endowMary D* Angelo Performing Arts ment likewise grow $2 million Center. Members of the commis- to support the additional $. sion were trustees, faculty and scholarships needed for a larger administrators. c student body. Dr. Joseph Gower, vice 2. That the voice major continue president of academic affairs and as the focal point of the music dean, explained that it is school, while the major in music common for any department to • education be strengthened to be evaluated. Improving a become the second main pillar department is a matter of of the department identifying areas that can be 3. That a new major in musical improved, making recommenda- theater be introduced, and the tions for solutions and planning department study other new By Jen Harwell News editor

Mercyhurst board of trustees approve Music Commission
programs such as music therapy, marching band and music technology. 4. That music, dance, theater arts, and possibly the arts, be combined to form the D' Angelo School of the Arts to provide new opportunities for coordinated interaction between the disciplines and generate a greater synergy in the performing arts. ;j 5. That the Mary D' Angelo Performing Arts Center remain independent of the music I department, but that every effort be made to accommodate music students who desire to perform in the center. • 6. That the Pennsylvania Governor* s School of the Arts remain at Mercyhurst, but that the college conduct a formal review of the program every three years too determine the suitability of the arrangement.* 7. That any fund raising undertaken for the music program be coordinated with the colleges institutional advancement office to avoid donor duplication and be restricted to arts-interested donors so as not to interfere with the capital campaign goals of the college.f { I

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Already these plans have been put into action. Gower commended Dr. William P. Garvey, president for getting things into action quickly. "We are already moving forward," said Gower. **We are looking for faculty members to teach musical theater, as well as working on next year's student enrollment by enhancing our recruirment efforts in music."

Academic celebration planned for spring
Mercyhurst College Honors Program (MCHP). Dr. Ludlow Brown, MCHP director, feels that the event is extremely Academic Celebration, a series valuable to the college. ;#. ^ of student and facul ty presenta"Academic Celebration is one . tions, will be held from April 1619,2000. The theme this year is of the most unique events that "The Human Experiment" Mercyhurst has to offer," said Academic Celebration commit- Brown. tee member Beth Stoessel, said, Past presentations have ranged 'This year's theme could be from interactive dance presentations and vocal performances to interpreted to mean anything discussions of public policy, from scientific experiments to a history, psychology and a variety new way of doing things, to something we've learned during of other topics. Last year's j Academic Celebration included our time as part of the 'human over 35 student and faculty experiment."' presentations, including offAcademic Celebration has campus events like a poetry been an annual event since the early 80s and is organized by the reading at the Erie library By Kelly Schaftbld Merciad writer auditorium and a book discussion at Barnes & Noble. The Academic Celebration committee hopes that students and faculty will take advantage of this opportunity to present 1 their work to the Mercyhurst and the Erie community. Anyone interested in presenting must get an approval form from the honor's office, room 407 in the Hammermill Library or from Brown in Preston 223. The approval form must be submitted to Brown no later than Dec. 15.

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The third concert of the Great Performers Series at the Mary D'Angelo Perfomiing Arts Center will be Sunday, Nov. 14, at 2:30 p.m., and will feature the talented baritone Lester Lynch. Thirty-year-old Lynch garnered the top prize in the D'Angelo Young Artists Competition earlier this year, by stunning the full house who witnessed his incredible performance. Lynch brings his up-andcoming vocal talents back to Mercy hurst for what will be

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entertaining Reserved seating in the Gold Circle is $7.50, and student admission is only $3. On the Big Screen at the PAC, Wednesday, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17, the movies "The 1 Dreamlife of Angels' and "Central Station" will play, respectively. £ "The Dreamlife of Angels" not only won the 1998 European Critics Prize at the Cannes Him Festival, but also won' the Best Actress Award at the New York Film Festival as well. "Central Station" was nominated for Best Foreign Him and Best Actress at the Academy Awards, won Best Foreign Him at the Golden Globes, and won Best Rim and*] Best Actress at the Berlin Hlms Festival. Both movies will play, at 8 p.m. and cost $3 for general admission. } If all of this still isn't enough to wet your appetite for some high culture, try the Taylor Little Theatre, and its student production of Rashomon.

The Recipe cooks up Forward Hall
By Ken Fronczek A & E edi tor The sudden thumping beat of drums, bongos and bass grabs [your body. The cry of a violin mixed with the groove of funky, picking guitar pierces your skin. Your ears are enchanted by the effortlessly smooth, poignant, Janis Joplinesque voice of Kristin Wolverton as she leads a rowdy jamboree of jamming bluegrass, roots and funk. Where are you? Forward Hall, last Saturday night, for what was another excellent show by the band, The Recipe. For those very few of you who actually left the boring void referred to as campus, and found a livelier, energetic crowd at Forward Hall, you saw two terrific live bands. Jiggle the Handle opened the show, but was missed due to the partaking of certain mischievous activities in the parking lot during their set The Recipe came on afterward, and took full command of the stage for two hours, bringing the people to their feet, dancing to their wavy, boisterous sound. Touching on their popular | songs such as the romping, spaceyj "Affected Specimen" to the i>\ beautiful and vibrant "World Twirl," the band delighted all expecting fans in attendance. A few covers were also thrown in the mix; two Beetles songs, as well as "Another One Bites the Dust" from Queen, and "I Shot a Man in Reno Just to See Him Die" (or something like that), by Johnny Cash, that was part of a four-song encore. The Recipe is another talented band like Phish or The Grateful Dead whose studio sound justf] does not contest with hearing them perform live. The [ perfection of live music, laced with a good smokey buzz, thrilled the crowd and made for one hell of a night for only $5, minus the usual monotonous drudgery of a Mercyhurst 4 i « Saturday night. , JIn the upcoming months before the New Year, Forward Hall will be hosting many other fine acts such as Intergalactic Peyote Connection, with Secret Agent Band Nov. 20, Hypnotic Clambake on Nov. 26, Schleigho Dec. 4, and Donna the Buffalo Dec. 10. 3 Forward Hall is located at 2502 Peach St. and can be .reached at 455-8281.

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Rashomon is set in medieval Japan, with a plot that revolves around contemporary talk show-^ controversy. Filled with intrigue and acusations, the play explores issues of honor, glory* dignity and relativism. It reveals the complexity of truth, and explores the state of public morality, f The play runs from Thursday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 14., and starts at 8 p.m., except Sunday, when it starts at 2:30 p.m. Admission is free for students with college ID.

Fight Club alive & kicking
Just the Ticket
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Angry? Upset? Beat someone up! This is the main'theme of 'Tight Club." Brad Pitt, , Edward Norton and Helena Bodham Carter star in this punch-in-the-face knockout thriller. Pitt and Norton's characters are friends who form a fight club to bring out suppressed agression. The movie is centered specifically around Norton's character and his transformation from who he has al ways been, to someone £
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Do I have some dirt for you this week or what? It seems as if recently famous rapper, Eminem, is being sued. Eminem's suit comes not from a right-wing radical fundamentalist group, or some Christian Scientist organization, but from his dear old mom. Only in America would children legally divorce their parents, and a rapper's mother would sue her son. Mother "Eminem" is suing for $10 million for her sons continual description of her in interviews as an unstopable drug addict. Eminem was reached for comment, but his response was full of naughty words and was unprintable. * Smahing Pumpkins bassist, D'Arcy, has officially left the band on the verge of a new 'Pumpkins album release in 2000, with a tour to follow in support. The band, now with only two original members *, remaining, Billy Corgan and James Iha, is rumored to possibly pick up Hole's bassist, Melissa Auf Der Maur for the tour. Marilyn Manson's new live album, "The Last Tour on Earth," is due out Nov. 16, earlier than it was originally slated. This album will feature one new song, "Astonishing Panorama of the End of Time," which was originally written for MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch.
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The video for the song is currently being shown on MTV. It seems as if Jerry Seinfeld is up to some backdoor shenanigans again. This time he has stolen the 26-year-old, newlywed bride of some big-time producer. You can bet that more juicy details are quickly on the way! If you have been following | the misadventures of Elvis in this column, then give yourself a pat on the back, because this one is for you. Elvis has been locked in a recording studio with Rolling Stone's guitarist Keith Richards for the last four days writing a collection of children's books titled "The Mysterious Mister H." Whether they will ever be allowed to be released to the public, or not, is a mystery beyond the X-Files.

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t A total of 425 students and 106 companies attended the Career Fair last Thursday. Of the total number of students in attendance, 336 were Mercyhurst students, 42 were from Gannon, 21 were from Edinboro, 13 were from Perm StateBehrend, 1 lfwere from Allegheny College, and 2 were from other colleges. According to Frank Rizzone, assistant director of career services, the number of students attending from Mercyhurst is up from last year, as was the number of compa- j nies seeking employees. * 4

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It seems as though students are either happy or just don't care with what's happening around Mercyhurst lately. The student forum held last Thursday, only sparked the interest of approximately 55 students. There were almost as many administrators and faculty present as there were students. Perhaps there is no "hot topic" to he debated, or students are too overwhelmed with school work as finals approach, so just how productive was the forum? i fl The bottom line is that no matter what the administration does to better Mercyhurst, of the 3,000 students here, someone is not going to be happy or will complain about something or another. Perhaps the biggest issue discussed was the current parking situation. It was summed up best when Roger Gregorich, dean of public safety, said, 'The problem isn't that there isn't enough parking. The problem is that it is inconvenient. ' If we went to school at Edinboro, every day we would walk at least 10-15 minutes to our classes. We would park wherever we could and be happy if it took us less than 10 minutes to get to our destination. But people at Mercyhurst are spoiled because at all times, we are less than five minutes from almost any point on campus. Walking to McAuley to park is quite a burden for the spoiled. Some students suggested that we should buy parking permits on a first-come-first-serve basis and only sell a limited number of permits. But that creates even a bigger problem for people who cannot get a permit at all and probably will park illegally anyway. '"•< * It is really inconvenient, but possible, to park at McAuley and walk to Briggs Avenue in the middle of the winter. With the high concentration of students on Briggs and Lewis Avenues, it seems maybe the better solution would be to build another level to the current parking garage, or build a whole new parking garage somewhere on Lewis or Briggs. W It's easy to say what could be done, but none of this comes without a price tag. So maybe students should pay a reasonable fee for parking on .campus, and the money generated could fund the building of an additional parking garage. When a city has no more room to expand out, the only next option is to build.^ up. • '

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While attendance was up at the career fair, numbers seemed a bit low at the Health Center's open house. Competing with the career fair and classes, the number of students who attended was low. Chris Dimperio, nurse in the health center, "We did not have a grand crowd, but we had an elite crowd. There was a steady flow of people," Chris Dimperio, nurse in the health center, said. "We saw a lot of new faces of students, faculty and administrators which was good." For anyone who does not already know, the health center is now located on Parade Blvd., beside the Rec Center. £
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Although the speed bumps and bold yellow signs near the speed bumps aren't very flattering to the beautiful campus at Mercyhurst, they do serve a purpose, to slow down drivers. The intent is to make it safer for students and visitors walking around campus. But does it make much sense to have the speed bump so far away from the walkway leading from Old Main to the parking ramp that people who slow down at the speed bump have plenty enough space to speed back up at the cross walk. Many people seem to forget to "Yield to Pedestrians" in the crosswalk, and unfortunately, if people don't start yielding, this could become a very ugly scene.

Headingjhome ... bitter sweet for some
cal, sitcomesque happy home- I develop a new world perspective coming is, for many people, not once outside the grasp of their reality. It seems that the question parents and home towns, f The remnants of adolescent increasingly changes from, "You Dave Hermenau must be excited to go home?" to, awkwardness are shed as the "Oh, you're going home... is that possibility of becoming a new a good thing?" I When next week comes to a ; person develops. After such an close, as professors flip through Not to put a negative spin on experience, going back to the * the pages of chicken-scratched way things were can be difficult what is generally a wonderful, final exams, Mercyhurst's The familiar stimuli of your town healthy experience, I simply students will get a much needed, wish to bring light to "the other reminds you of that zit-faced kid indeed, much anticipated, break. side of the coin." College. you were not so long ago and of A handful of students will stay the confusion you once knew.; newspapers across the country back either due to obligations and will most likely print messages College then, is the place where a host of other reasons, but the you feel secure with yourself. wishing students a wonderful majority of students will head Home can be a source of much Thanksgiving break Some *• papers may even publish f anxiety. £ j home. £ columns proclaiming the joys of j For others, the trepidation of« Once perceived as a cheerful going home may stem from f and comforting thing, I find that being home for the holidays. people who are going home are Don't get me wrong, there is family problems. New ideas and not always completely excited to much to be said for home. Seeing freedom often conflict with the steadfast values of your parents. do so. Perhaps it is a coming of family, old friends and, of Furthermore, because books age to realize that the stereotypic course, your dog are certainly! must be purchased for the new wonderful things. For many, home is a place of familiarity, a term, add to this a week of work at the old high school job and the place where you can feel safe 1H£ FA6T&* YOU HIT TW£ result is a homecoming that is and comfortable. In all sensitivless than pleasant ;-. ity, however, we should realize O Hopefully the majority of that, for many others, going home means something different Mercyhurst students will have a wonderful break filed with rest, College often presents relaxation and merriment A I students the opportunity to recreate themselves, shells are I sensitive recognition, however, is broken as bodies are pierced and due to those whose homecomings will not be so joyous. We tattooed. Putting such cliche'd, physical changes aside, however, must remember that nearly no life is "storybook." college allows students to

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One student raised a concern at the student forum as to what happens to issues that are discussed at the forums that receive the reply "We'll look into it." In an effort not to let student's concerns become part of "The Lost Ark," everyone is invited to attend any of the Mercyhurst Student Government meetings which are held every Monday at 8 3 0 p.m. in the Student Government Chambers in the student union. *
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OPINION
MAIL BAG: Thank you sports fens *
On behalf of men's hockey sion stand. Your enthusiasm and coach, Rick Gotkin, and his cheering, I believe, provided the players, I* d like to take this impetus for Mercyhurst to rally opportunity to thank the * from a 4-1 second period deficit members of the Mercyhurst to defeat Qunnipiac, last year* s community who attended last•• regular season champs in the Saturday* s varsity hockey game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conferagainst Qunnipiac at the Ice ence (MAAC) Hockey League, Center. The crowd was by no 6-4. means large, but it got very vocal I If we could get that kind of as the game progressed. Special support and enthusiasm at all our accolades should go to the group upcoming winter sports — men's of students and student athletes and women's ice hockey, men's I southeast cornei and women's basketball, and near the conces men's volleyball — all of our coaches and players would be delighted. That type of enthusiasm can energize a team. WeTH work on getting you to the spring sporting events next March. Again, many thanks. The Lakers were able to defeat a very-1 good hockey team because of you. More exciting contests lie ahead in the upcoming months. Hope to see you at the MAC and . MIC. % ^ — John Leisering, Sports Information Director

that uses some of the same terminology as those practicing w|tchcraft but with decidedly different goals. Was this what Fr. Jim Piszker was being referred to rather than witchcraft, per se? What about At last week? s student forum, a the question here at Mercyhurst? question arose about "someone !If someone is dabbling in the practicing witchcraft on campus, occult, which goes against f Catholic moral teaching and (place name withheld for this article) and what was going to be understanding, we, as a Catholic institution, do have a responsibildone about it?" Interesting ity and a right to act on that comments began from there. moral error by providing A student commented that what difference did it make, that spiritual and psychological assistance to the person in need, one's personal choice of "reliwho is in grave danger of gions" should be honored. A harming themselves. It is not member of the administration unlike Catholic hospitals that suggested that Mercyhurst was refuse to provide abortions on| not going to get into issues of First Amendment rights of moral grounds. The Catholic religious freedom. I must admit hospitals are not discriminating that I was somewhat taken back against anyone who recognizes by that answer. Does it matter? that they are in a Catholic '* Should it matter? Is witchcraft a institution that has certain beliefs "religion" protected under the and practices that are part of the laws of the United States of mission of the institution. It is no 4 A merica? i different with Catholic schools. When individuals "sign on" In doing a bit of research (and as it were, they are signing on to I do mean a bit), I came to the appreciation that "witchcraft" per a particular set of beliefs, understandings and way of doing se, is not a religion, but part of things, and the institution has the what is called the "occult." | Historically linked to evil and for right to ban that which goes against its mission. This would the devil, the practice of witchbe true of Baptist schools, craft is not recognized as a Christian schools, Jewish religion, but an activity that has schools and so on. Freedom of no firm boundaries or underreligion does not dictate that standings. (There is no "Church "anything goes" and that a of Witchcraft".) Witchcraft and religious institution cannot the practice of "Wicca" must be protect itself from that which is differentiated from each other. contrary to its religious mission. Wicca, is recognized as an ancient earth-connected religion

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By Daw Hermenau Features Editor & Even as we approach the 21st century, the problems that people face in the natural world are < • numerous. Will a new factory poison the local water supply? Are communities in California •' too close to fault lines? Thanks to a $20,000 grant in software from Environmental Systems Research Institute, Mercy hurst* s students will now be better • 'P prepared to face these and many other challenges. Mercy hurst's geology department recently received the mapping software system known as ArcView Geographical Information System (OIS). Dr. Raymond Buyce, associate professor of geology, took part in a two-week training session with the software this summer and is currently teaching the program to students. | \ ArcView is a mapping system with many uses. The OIS takes data inputted by either a global positioning system (OPS), digital images or information that can therefore onl y those who were specialists with the system were able to profit from its use. Buyce points out that one of the great advantages of ArcView is its ability to translate data into visual forms that are palatable to a lay public who may often be .p skeptical of a scientist's opinion. 'This system has the tendency to tie together scientific information with things that matter to people," said Buyce. If home builders decides to build their homes too close to a fault zone or active volcano, ArcView allows scientists to 7^7: show them a map which proves that their future homes are in ^>"'^i^^^L danger. People often find this I J^ File Photo type of information more valid * Senior geology major, Jason VanTassel holds a surveyor's rod than the verbal warning of a scientist or engineer. while mapping the shore line of Presque Isle. This kind of data Geology and other sciences can be fed into ArcView allowing geologists and students to fight are not the only disciplines that beach erosion on the peninsula. can benefit from ArcView. The program can manipulate populaevents with unheard of ease. be manually inserted. The tion figures and all sorts of Prior to the development of software takes this data and computes it into multi layered and ArcView, the system that tf; i demographic data as well. For dominated the field was cumber- example, the manner in which 3-dimensional maps that enable AIDS cases are spread out some and arcane. The earlier the user to ask questions of the program was difficult to use and around Erie County can (redata and model cause and effect mapped using the program. According to Buyce, ArcView can be useful to the •political science and criminal,, justice departments in addition to the sciences. The Research/ Intelligence Analyst Program is currently using the program. 'There is a pretty wide spread of applicability,*' said Buyce, Having this program should prove to be an asset to the college. With the systems ease of use, it is becoming increasingly popular as different disciplines realize the vast usefulness of this tool. With ArcView's development, mapping systems can now?!! be used by workers in many fields. As a result, knowing how to use the system will be extremely ?j valuable to students leaving the college and entering the job market 'To be able to interweave this with your normal courses," said Buyce, "is going to be a nice; feature and I think it will give a* small college like Mercyhurst an edge in a world where other schools may be more well; known."
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By Dave Hermenau Features Editor Every now and again, you meet someone who, it seems, has done it all. Many computer science students have met such a person this fall. * This man of many tastes is Dr. David Hoch, Mercyhurst's new assistant professor of computer science. For Hoch, who brings an amalgam of talents.to the college, the < notion of a specialty does not exist* Computer science is just one of the many things he is qualified to teach. A native of northwestern Pennsylvania, Hoch grew up in Edinboro and attended Haverford College in Philadelphia as an undergraduate. While there he k had varied interests but declared geology as his major and English literature as a minor. Having finished his undergraduate career, Hoch went to Alaska where he worked in many different positions, until taking the position at Mercyhurst. While working in Alaska, Hoch took sabbaticals on two separate occasions to backpack around the world and a third to attend graduate school at Cambridge University. At Cambridge, Hoch earned a master's degree in geography and eventually earned his doctorate in a British form of architectural engineering. *$ | £ In Alaska, Hoch worked as an archaeologist, a computer; scientist at the Forest Service lab in Fairbanks and as a scientist for the University of Alaska on a National Science Foundation ? grant Upon return from his first trip around the world, Hoch took a job with an engineering firm in Anchorage and held that position for the last 20 years.

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"The ability to write is shamefully overlooked in technical education today." Dr. David Hoch
Working for thatfirmallowed Hoch to work on some of the biggest engineering projects known to man incl uding the development of the Prudhoe Oil Fields and the Trans Alaskan Pipeline. Hoch also worked on the Exxon Valdez oil spill of E 1989. O Judging by educational and 0 1 fe philosophies, Mercyhurst and 8 1 Hoch are the perfect fit. Hoch sternly believes that a liberal arts C A background is critical to being R successful both as a professional P in the world of work and as a 8 person, * * F "If you become too narrow, O too technical or, on the other H hand, if you avoid any math * •* * • * *

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During the 1980 National Football League season, the Cleveland Browns featured a young, gutsy quarterback named Brian Sipe who refused to quit No matter how badly the Browns Were losing, it seemed Sipe always found a way to rally his team to victory. That storied team was nicknamed the "Kardiac Kids." Move over, Brian Sipe, because you* ve been replaced* The new Kardiac Kids have arrived. Meet the Mercyhurst Laker men's hockey team. In two comeback efforts that would have made the life-saving crew from "ER" proud, the Laker icers rallied not once, but twice last weekend from 4-1 deficits to hand league opponents losses at the Ice Cent^. I On Friday night, junior center Jody Robinson's screen shot with 90 seconds remaining propelled Mercyhurst to a 5-4 thumping of the Fairfield Stags. Sophomore Brad Olsen's gamewinner with eight mi nutes to play Saturday capped an improbable rally and gave the icers a 64 decision over the thenconference leader Quinni piac Braves. Mercyhurst (5-1 -2, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 4-

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Kirkey, junior Mark Stamp, and junior Jeff Gould pulled Mercyhurst even before Robinson's $ game winner in the final seconds. Senior netminder Ashley Stevens got stronger as the night went on, shutting die pipes after the Stags' early goals. \l Whatever fans' lungs weren't tired after Friday's win certainly J were bushed after Saturday night's Ice Center showdown. Undefeated Quinnipiac entered the MIC expecting an easy winbut left shaking their heads in disbelief while a very vocal student crowd left convinced theN Lakers are for real. Trailing the Braves 4-1 in the second stanza, Mercyhurst fought to within .4-3 early in the third period andfiguredthey had a shot to pull the win out Two Mercyhurst goals midway through the final period capped * the rally and junior Eric Ellis pleased the crowd with an H empty-net goal with twotickson | § • \ Sara Foos/Merciad the clock to seal the sweet came charaina back enroute to two comeback wins at the Ice Center last verdict "Once you do it, it becomes little dangerously over the > makes for great wins." $ .. 0) now reigns supreme over the much easier the second time," * weekend, but it was great to Before Friday night' s rally, rest of the D-I 10-member remarked Gotkin. "We have come back and win the way we last-place Fairfield looked on its league. For head coach Rick great goaltending and hard way to capturing its first win of Gotkin, i t couldn' t have been a - won," said Gotkin after the victories. 'This team never quits the year. The Stags j umped out to workers on the ice that just don't sweeter 40th birthday gift (he quit We never stop believing in working, and it just proves that a 4-1 lead before the Lakers celebrated Sunday). v ourselves." good goaltending and good goals fought back. Goals by Colin "I'd say we definitely lived a

The Mercyhurst College Lady Laker soccer team will enter the postseason for the first time in four years Sunday in the championship game of the NCAA D-II Great Lakes Region, the NCAA announced Monday. The Lady Lakers ended the regular season 15-5-0 and a 9-1 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) record, good enough for 24th in the nation and third (tie) in the region. Ashland enters the game ranked third nationally.

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Sunday's playoff contest will mark the seventh overall playoff appearance by the Lady Lakers. Mercyhurst and Ashland have ^ battled five previous times, with the Lady Lakers winning twice. Ashland returns to the postseason for the third straight year in only the team's fifth year of existence. Sunday's game will mark the first time Ashland has hosted a playoff match. ;, j$ In their only meeting this year, the Lady Eagles defeated Mercyhurst 4-2 in Ashland.

Sunday's Soccer Showdown
Teams: Mercyhurst (15-5-0) vs. Ashland (16-1-0) Site: Ashland University Soccer Complex (Ashland, Ohio) Time: 1 om., Sunday, November 14 f S c ^ f S e W y h u r s l John Melody (third year), Yvonne Pfcrker (fifth); Ashland: Brad Evans (fourth) Series* Ashland leads 3-2. S h e e t i n g : The Lady Eagles prevailed 4-2 as freshman Emily g y Ha?mTand sophdmore Kristy Ritchie each posted a goal and two S s T s e n i o r Theresa Roach and sophomore Lindsay Cook each S S ^ S t iviercYiiui »i. S S NCAA W ' ^ r d C ^ t L ^ s R e g i o , a Mr A A D-II 1st Great Lakes Region
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mental with the physical" (a favorite Kimball-ism), the Lakers were taking care of that. It was, by all accounts, a great way to go out. Criticized by some for not That's how Mercyhurst senior being mean enough in games on quarterback Matt Kissell and five the road* Mercyhurst defensive other Laker seniors described coordinator Mark McNellie' s their final afternoon in a 'Hurst troops responded, sacking uniform. That's how head coach Findlay quarterback Bryan Joe Kimball likely felt after Hieber three times and pressuring finally earning thefirst(and last) him out of the pocket all day. road win of 1999. And for the The 14 points allowed by the fans making the road trip to the Lakers was their second-lowest University of Findlay last' yield of the year. Saturday, they finally had It didn't take long for Kissell something to smile about. to smell the end zone at Donnel 1 Stadium Saturday against the Remember the song "Putting Oilers (2-7, GLIAC 2-7). Just it Together?" It might as well have been written for the Lakers. 4:26 into the game, the senior signal-caller boot-legged in from Kissell threw three touchdown passes and ran for another a yard out and Mercyhurst led 6and the defense became stingy as 0 after the PAT kick failed. Findlay's Hieber rebounded, Mercyhurst (5-5, Great Lakes tossing a 30-yard ball to wideIntercollegiate Athletic Conference 4-5) rolled over Findlay 28- open wideout Darrell Ramsey $ and the Oilers were up 7-6, their 14 in the Lakers* season finale. only lead of the day. The victory marks the first Beaver, Pa. native and Laker time in six tries away from junior Mike Milanovich hauled Tullio Field (a.k.a. the "Laker Dome") that Mercyhurst brought in a 35-yard Kissell bomb at the one-yard line and sprinted into enough ammunition for four the end zone on the Hurst's next whole quarters of football. As Kim hall worried if his team Sports editor

Kissell leads footballcombine "the to first forgot one thing: the team drive, but road win By Scott Koskoski would finally

pigskin. Milanovich fumbled the ball into the end zone and raced to pounce on it and the Lakers led 12-7. Another Milanovich TD reception and a 20-yard chip shot field goal from junior kicker Vinnie Corasaniti gave Mercyhurst a commanding 21-7 lead. Which, in the big picture, £ meant nothing. Not only Lakers led by at least 14 . ^ ^ ^ Hillsdale before letting the Chargers prevail 42-40 in September, Mercyhurst led the Oilers 21-0 last year at Tullio Field before Findlay bounced back to bounce the Lakers 41-35. Not this day, though. Findlay, who led the GLIAC in time of possession entering this game, controlled the ball for only onethird of the second half, turned the ball over on downs four times, punted twice, and only scored once. Weak Oiler offense? Nan. Great Laker defense? You got it The season-ending win brings Mercyhurst to the .500 mark, the second year the Lakers finished 5-5 in as many years at the NCAA D-II scholarship level.
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Scott Koskoski campus 5. Football team serves f 11 revenge on Bdinboro. Kissell had some help in this Sept 18 upset win over the Fighting Scots. Tom Palmer's nasty hits, Scott Platz's clutch tackling, and smart play-calling wiped away the memories of lopsided losses to the Boro in the early 1980s. Next year Mercyhurst and the Scots tangle at Bdinboro. " 4. Chicks with sticks and clubs. The addition of women's ice hockey and golf to Mercyhurst brings the college to 22 varsity sports, 11 per gender. In other words, inequality doesn't exist here. Incidentally, the women's hockey goal totals are starting to equal a nine-hole round by the Lady Laker linksters. | & 3. Midnight Madness at the MAC. Usually only seen at major college basketball schools, Laker men's hoops coaches started a new tradition this year Oct. 15: introduce the 1999-00 team with food, fun and a dunkfilled scrimmage. What's more, fan turnout was great and the event was designed to involve them. Here's hoping this turns into an annual thing. 2. Women's soccer makes the NCAA playoffs. Head coach it John Melody's Lady Lakers are among the top 16 D-II squads in the nation, and there's no doubt | in my mind Melody's among the top 16 coaches in the nation, regardless of division. Mercyhurst plays Ashland on the road Sunday for the Great Lakes Region championship. 1. You. That's right, you. The complaints about apathy on campus have been around abouCj as long as Old Main, but something seems different so far this year. Crowds at home Laker football and other events were actually decent (for the most part), and with winter sports here, fans have more chances to see Laker teams in action. If you made it to games this fall, thanks. If you didn't, here's your chance.

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It may not have been the Boston Marathon, but the New England city saw plenty of running last weekend. Boston played host to the NCAA D-II East Regional race and Mercyhurst ran well in Beantown. The Laker men finished 21st overall, paced by sophomore Brian Colaizzi. with a time of 34:29. Senior women's runner Jen Standfest continued her torrid season in Boston, placing 33rd in the entire female field with a 23:32 finish to top the Lady Lakers. Mercyhurst's fall season is now finished.

What a wild and woolly fall v] sports season it's been. As the £ leaves fall, snow looms (this IS Erie, you know), and temperatures drop, the MAC and MIC are just getting warmed up. ' I Winter sports are here, and it's Number of goals scored by all 10 time to remember the fall season that was. This isn't the Letterman Metro Atlantic Athletic Confershow, but the top nine moments ence (MAAC) teams combined in 'Hurst "99 fall sports were: in games last Friday. 9. Joe Kimball's contract renewed. The football mentor has done nothing short of put Mercyhurst in a position to rank among D-II's elite as the 21st Record of John Melody's Lady century begins. Finishing 5-5 in ? Laker soccer team, all-time, their second year of scholarship against Ashland University, who ball isn't too shabby for the Mercyhurst faces in the NCA A^ Hurst, and that's with many D-II I \ playoffs Sunday. players. 8. Club hockey looks good, plays better. What used to be little more than a recreational activity at Mercyhurst is now a The number of Mercyhurst sanctioned, competitive sport* men's hockey games featuring a drawing comparable crowds to Laker come-from-behind winS the varsity hockey teams here. Coach Bill Shannon's new this season. uniforms are classy, and looking at the Lakers' 1999-00 schedule shows this program is on the way up. 7. The Kardiac Kids, Part II. Number of offensive touchdowns Club hockey aside, how 'bout scored by Laker football this Rick Gotkin's NCAA D-I varsity season that QB Matt Kissell was team? Two incredible comenot involved in. from-behind wins last weekend against conference teams have renewed a lot of interest in the Laker men's hockey team, and the Kardiac Kids are suddenly the talk of campus. J s ? Friday 11/12 6. Matt Kissell does... heck, what doesn't he do? If there were Men's hockey at Iona, 7 p.m. any doubts as to who's the most Women's hockey vs. Vermont, prolific passer in 'Hurst history 7 p.m., MIC before this season, they have Saturday 11/13 been all but erased. All #18 has Women s hockey vs. Vermont, done is pass for 56 career , touchdowns, 5,624 yards and 2 p.m., MIC complete 556 passes (51%). Men's hockey at Sacred Heartj Besides that, he's one of the nice University, 7 p.m. ' Rowing at Bucknell Fall Sprints

If there was one positive thing that emerged from the 1999 Lady Laker volleyball season, it's that Mercyhurst learned many lessons for next year. The Lady Lakers (7-23, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1-18) ended what is largely a forgettable season| Sunday at the Athletic Center with a four-game loss to Gannon University 8-15,9-15,16-14 and 11-15. Mercyhurst fell to conference foe Westminster Saturday at the MAC in three games 6-15,1015 and 12-15. ^

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Is that goals or touchdowns? Many Laker hockey fans wondered aloud the same thing after seeing the women's ice hockey results J 1 from weekend play. Friday against an overmatched Holy Cross Lady Crusader squad, coach Michael Sisti's Lady Lakers pulled a 21-0 t whooping in Wooster, Mass. Rookie Seanna Murphy (Toronto, Ont) set the all-time Mercyhurst hockey record for points in a game,f notching four goals and eight assists in the lopsided victory. Murphy's mark broke the previous standard set by former Laker icers Scott Burfoot and Troy Winch. Freshman Kassandra Gallo (Sudbury, Ont.) also scored a hat trick Friday, while goalies Tiffany Ribble and Laura Gillette combined for the shutout Holy Cross may have played football last Saturday, but the real scoring again came from the Hart Ice Center from the Lady Lakers. First-year player Teegon Black found the net fourtimeswhile Murphy and Gallo scored threetimesapiece in a 14-0 thrashing of the Lady Crusaders. Gillette notched the complete-game shutout * qg "Our progress, considering this being ourfirstyear of existence, is amazing," said Mercyhurst head coach Mike Sisti. "We've come together faster than expected, and the girls have come togethei^^^ remarkably to produce an exciting brand of|

The Week Ahead

Lakerj hoops season nears
By Scott Koskoski Sports editor First, Midnight Madness. Then, the annual Tip-Off Dinner. The only thing left to do now is get on the court and tin it off for real. m„ .. Ibasketbal 1 program continued its preseason and built enthusiasm for the 1999-00 season at the annual Tip-Off Dinner Monday at Erie's Bel-Aire Hotel. Laker men's coach Karl Fogel and women's 5j boss Jim Webb spoke about their respective teams's chances for the upcoming campai gn and the teams were introduced to the media and community. Fogel's troops will begin play Nov. 19 at the re-named Shu Its Toyota Classic at the A thletic Center. The two-day round-robin tournament will feature Mercyhurst, Point Rark, Guelph, and Houghton. The Lady Lakers will tip things off the same weekend at the Daemen (N.Y.) Tournament, playing RJ.T. Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. '•• "I've good good news and bad news," spoke Fogel at Monday's Tip-Off Dinner. The good news is that we have no major injuries to report, but the bad news is that I won't have excuses anymore if we lose." Of his Lady Lakers, Webb said, "We got hit by the injury bug a lot last year, but we still nearly made the playoffs. It •< would, be a real shock to me if we didn't contend for a playoff spot again this year." fc Hoops fans, be patient: the 1999-00 season is almost here.

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Men's hockey junior left wing Eric Ellis notched two goals and three assists this weekend in home wins over Fairfield and Quinnipiac. He is the Lakers' leading scorer and has tallied in six straight games. He is also the MAAC's Player-of-the-Week.

Laker junior left wing Eric Ellis

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