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Before a packed Mercy Heritage Room Feb. 8, the Rev. Roy Bourgeois lectured on social justice in Latin America and later received the Oscar Romero Award for his dedication to the cause. Bourgeois is founder and co-director of the School of Americas Watch. The standing-room-only crowd consisted of both followers and critics of Bourgeois* cause. The School of the Americas is a U.S.-funded institution that trains Latin American military members, many of whom have committed numerous human rights atrocities. The school's graduates\ include the likes of Manuel Noriega^ ex-dictator of Panama and Salvador death squad leader Roberto D'Ambuisson. The gripe of Bourgeois and his followers is that die poor of Latin America are being oppressed, murdered and raped by dictators and soldiers trained in America by U.S. tax dollars. The school's graduates, they argue, contribute to making a small elite groupricherwhile f the poor get poorer. ^M I I I "It's a war against the poor," Bourgeois said prior to the I 1
U.S. allotment to the school, which he claims is close to $20 million a year, to our nation's multinational interests. "It's all connected," he said, "to an economic system in the developing world, and around the world, that really keeps a small elite very very wealthy and the vast f majority very poor." Bourgeois first learned of the | SOA upon the murder of human rights leader Archbishop Oscar Romero in H Sai vador by SOA graduates. Nationwide media coverage of the SOA came in November 1989 when six Jesuit priests, a young mother and her daughter where killed in the middle of the night at a university in El Salvador by graduates of the school. * '' Bourgeoisjbunded SOA Watch in 1990 and set up shop in a small apartment outside the gates of the school in Fort Benning, Ga. ' "We started with 10 of us, 10 years ago," said Bourgeois, "not knowing really what we were going to uncover. What we uncovered was a school of assassins in our backyard." I Not all agree with Bourgeois and his followers. "Have you ever protested against Harvard?" a student asked
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Dr. Joseph Qower presents Rev. Roy Bourgeois with the Archbishop Oscar Romero Award. Bourgeois is the founder of the School of Americas Watch, f , T *
during the lecture. The student went on to explain that Uni bomber Theodore Kazinski was trained at Harvard University and was responsible for the death of many people. The argument that the SOA is not responsible for the actions of its graduates is a common rebuttal against the movement to close the school. Bourgeois, who was a naval
officer for four years and earned a Purple Heart fighting in the Vietnam War, has certainly been on both sides of the fence " I himself. Imprisoned many times for his activism, Bourgeois realizes that he has opponents, yet is still grateful for a set of ^open ears. He believes that the SOA is valuable for anyone to study. "I t's a teaching moment in a sense; we can look at the school of the Americas and we can learn about our foreign policy," said Bourgeois. $ For his work in educating people about injustice in Latin 1 America and his dedication to humanrights,Mercyhurst's department of philosophy and religious studies gave its annual Oscar Romero award to Bourgeois.-^* - ' 'f' ~f r* "The award recognizes an individual or group that promotes 1 the college s tradition of Catholic social teaching," Gower said. Despite the controversy surrounding the SOA, it is clear that Mercyhurst, with its Archbishop Oscar Romero Award, 1 was honoring a man not for his political affiliations or beliefs but for his dedication to the underprivileged of Latin America and for his efforts in justice and human rights.
Smooching scholars try to kissftheir way to Paris
Kissing your loved one took on a whole new meaning Saturday as three Mercyhurst students remained lip locked with their lover for 10 hours and 38 minutes as part of Star 104's "Smooch-athon 2000" at the Mi llcreek Mall. • To qualify for the event, the contestants had to be caller 14 after hearing the infamous smooching sound on STAR. t I Couples Kate Cywinski and Shawn Basile, and Diana Gettinger and Jason Fidora battled with 27 other couples for an all-expense-paid trip to Paris, France. The contest began at 10 a.m. By 6 p.m., only 9 couples remained. To make the contest harder, the contestants were no longer allowed to embrace. By 7 p.m., they had to hold their hands behind their backs, and at 8 p.m. they were no longer allowed to move. How do you prepare to kiss for over 10 hours? "We didn' t% kiss for a week," Basile said "The hardest part was standing there for so long. Around the fourth or fifth hour, my neck and back were so sore." The couples were not allowed to take a break for any reason without being disqualified. "I didn't eat or drink Friday oi Saturday so I wouldn't have to go to the bathroom,"
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Shawn Basile and Kate Cywinski pucker up for the Smooch-a-thon Saturday I at the Millcreek Mall. I I
Basile commented. Call it the power of love, call it passion — whatever it may be, only eight couples made it until 8:45 p.m. when they were finally allowed to stop kissing. The eight couples were drawn randomly to choose a French pastry, one of which was filled with cream, to determine the winners. Although the Mercyhurst students did not have the luck of the draw, overall it was a Valentine's experience to remember. * "I don't think it was really fair that it came down to a pastry," Basile said. "It was a fun experience, but I don* t think I would do it again for a couple years."
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Diana Getti nger and Jason, Fidora kissed for 10 hours and 38 minutes during Star 104's Fourth Annual Smooch-a-thon.
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through the steps of story development, writing, revision, editing and publishing. At the end, they've learned the value of these steps and have a finished project to show for their work. "The students are so proud of their books, and the books give them confidence in their abi 1 i ties to write,** she continued. .The approximately 120 second-grade students who took part in the project were divided into groups of three or four and assigned a Mercyhurst student who served as the group's teacher. Each group developed a theme for the books such as sports, animals or favorite activities, and each student was™ responsible for narrowing his or her topic, Bukowksi said. "The Mercyhurst students were really the teachers in this project/' she said. '^They * instructed their groups oil the * steps in writing and worked with each student throughout the process." Bukowski and a new group of Mercyhurst education majors will return to McKinley during the college's spring term to work with third-grade students. The writing resource center will remain a permanent part of McKinley's library.
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Hurst students help second graders become authors
Second-grade students at McKinley Elementary School celebrated their achievements as newly-published writers at the school's second annual Author's Tea on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the McKinley library. The young authors were joined by the 34 Mercyhurst College education majors they worked with during the six-week project as they presented their printed books to friends and family members during the celebration. Dr. Kathleen Bukowski, assistant professor of education at Mercyhurst, began the book writing project last year with a $9,000 Pennsylvania Higher Education Initiative Grant from the state Department of Education. The project also included the development of a writing resource center for teachers and students in the McKinley school v library. • \ ** \ -^ 7 * "The Erie School District has made improving students' writing skills a top priority," said Bukowski, referring to the district's leadership project, Schools Organizing to Achieve Results or SOAR. "This project fit perfectly with that goal. Writing can be difficult and intimidating to some students, but this project walks them
Over $2,600 has been raised toward a $3,600 goal for the Class of 2000 Senior Class Gift. Pictured is the construction site where a stone and brick patio will soon be built off the Laker Inn and overlooking the Grotto. The deadline for seniors to make their gifts is rapidly approaching. For more informa1 tion or to pledge a gift, call Scott Koskoski at Ext 3211 or Steve Zinram at Ext 3023. **
GrantsitoiMercyhurst exceed! $1 million in 1999
By Jen Harwell News editor ;Several departments at ttjf Mercyhurst College have received thousands of dollars in grants and contracts enabling each to cover the expenses of projects, research, travel and equipment that their budget might not have covered otherwise. For the 1999 calendar year, Mercyhurst received a total of $ 1,350,174 in grants for various programs. From that money $602,291 went to the Mercyhurst Civic Institute, $237,852 to the Research/Intelligence Analyst Program, $216,000 to the Archaeology program, $191,019 to the Education Department} and $58,570 to HRIM. In addition, $24,800 was given to the Chemistry Department and $19,642 to the Geology Department \f J, Robert J. Heibel, director of R/IAP, feels that this program has been positively influenced by these grants. The funding has allowed R/IAP to hire two more personnel, pay the wages of students not receiving work study and those who use up their work study money, equipment, as well as travel. None of these would have been possible with the program's regular budget allocation. | "Our goal is to keep the department's momentum going, and this outside funding certainly helps," said Heibel.
Job opportunities looking good for HRIM students
By Jen Harwell News editor Mercyhurst* s hotel restaurant management program has had great accomplishments in its success with internships and job placements. One of the major employers that Mercyhurst students have gone to after graduation is Hyatt. The hard work of the HRIM students, along with the help of Career Services, has promoted Mercyhurst's excellent reputation among many potential employers. Recently, Hyatt gave one of its biggest competitors the tip about Mercyhurst students. John Wolper, director of HRIM, said that Hyatt told Hilton Sales Worldwide that the Mercyhurst program produced excellent Since then, Hilton has been eager to recruit the graduates that they have been hearing so much about. Hilton is currently finishing up on a merger, but fully expects to be ready for Mercyhurst students by next fall. "It's great reinforcement for our program, but more importantly, it provides additional „ » » opportunities for our graduates^ said Wolper. j| I Robert Hvezda, director of career services, oversees the job and internship placement for all HRIM students. Recruitment for HRIM students for Hilton Sales Worldwide will begin for the very first time this fall, 2000. "The presence of Hilton Sales Worldwide on the Mercyhurst Campus is a great compliment to John Wolper ad HRIM faculty and students," said Hveda.
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"Mercyhurst in Ireland," January 2001, informational meeting for all interested sophomores and juniors, Main 208, at 8 p.m. Broom Hockey Tournament, 8 p.m. in the REC Center. Concert: Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. in the Performing A its Center. v Play: "Tintypes," 8 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre.
Play: "Tintypes," 8 p.m. in the Taylor Little Theatre.
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Anna Held, the music hall sensation; the socialist, Emma Goldman; Susannah, a domestic worker; and President Teddy Roosevelt. This is not the first time "Tintypes" has graced the Mercyhurst stage. Director Igor Stalsky has presented the show twice before toravereviews and community accolades. This production features Mercyhurst students: Jeremy Verdi, Ray Allen Fritz, Tricia Six, Julie Mason and Kristin Weeks. Musical director Louisa Jonason provides direction for songs such as T h e Yankee Doodle Boy," | "America the Beautiful,** "Meet Me in St Louis," "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen,""Bill % Bailey, Won't You Come Home," and "You're a Grand
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The Youngstown State University Jazz Ensembles
Looking to put a little Biddle de Bop in your life? The Youngstown State University Jazz Ensembles have plenty to spare and will be sharing i t with everyone Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center. The YSU Jazz Ensemble,
with a straight-ahead big band sound, will perform jazz staples like "Willow Weep for Me" and other works from greats like Thad Jones and Tommy Harrell. The group will be joined by jazz saxophonist Bruce Johnstone. The 18-member ensemble has earned numerous awards,
including "Most Outstanding Band" at the Wichita Jazz Ensemble in 1976 and the If you can't wait until July to Central Ohio Jazz Festival in celebrate everything American, 1980, 1982 and J984. They then all the makings of a July 4th have performed at many jazz celebration are available six * festivals, including the Notre months early in the nostalgic, Dame, Cleveland, and Central patriotic musical revue, TinNew York Jazz Festivals. Band types." The trip down memory members are both school lane runs Thursday, Feb. 17, faculty and students. through Saturday, Feb. 19, at 8 The ensemble, begun in p.m., and a Sunday matinee Feb. 1969, is under the direction of | 2 0 at 2:30. The show will be Tony Leonardi, director of Jazz h performed in the Taylor Little Studies at the Dana School of Theater. Music at Youngstown State "Tintypes" is a musical University. He has played pageant of pre-World War I professionally with Woody America, from the days of Herman, Stan Hen ton, Buddy ragtime up to the birth of Rich and Chuck Mangione. He vaudeville. The show features was named "Jazz Educator of over 50 classic American tunes, the Year" in 1966 by the Ohio telling the story of Charlie, a chapter of the National Associa- Russian immigrant, who has tion of Jazz Educators, and decided to dream the American received the Distinguished Dream. Along the way, he meets Professor Award at YSU in five people who have defined 1991e " their decade in American historv: Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students. By Charon Hribar Merciad writer
For tickets, call Ext 3000.
Upcoming movies at the PAC
The Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center continues this season's film series with "Buena Vista Social Club," Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. This highly popular film presents the story of a group of legendary Cuban musicians, some as old as their 90s, brought together by Ry Cooder to record a CD. Come earl y for coffee! •On Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m., the PAC presents the Indian film, "Earth." Directed by Deepa Mehta, this film depicts the 1947 culture of the city of Lahore, portraying the deterioration of tolerance between close friends of different religions and the maddening off religious zealots as the city of Lahore is decidedly given to the newly freed Pakistan. •The PAC will continue its spring film series with "Dancing at Lughnasa" on Wednesday, March 1, at8 p.m.!The story, told through the eyes of a young boy, portraysfivesisters who are forced to cope with the fatherless boy and their older brother. The sisters continue to function as a close-knit unit, until something, happens that disrupts the very fabric of the cohesi veness beyond repair, ? •On Wednesday, March 8, at 8 p.m. the PAC will show "Princess Mononoke." This movie tells the story of a prince in search of a cure for his deadly disease. During his journey, he comes upon a war waged by the animals of the forest against an exploiting mining town. The animals are lead by the human Princess Mononoke, who was raised by wolves. Tickets are $3 for each movie. Mercyhurst students are free with ID.
Hurst presents "Y2Dance?"
upbeat techno number, "Glowing Paradise." The list of choreographers include Cindy Cannon, Sylvia Blum, Brendon LaPier, Kelly Markos, Katie Mitchell and Elizabeth Shelton."Y2Dance?" is a show that features "a little bit of everything." With the great diversity of dance being presented Thursday evening, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. * M Y2Dance?" will be held in', danceSpace, Studio A, Thursday at 8 p. m. Admission to the performance is free. saved by none other than ObiWan himself, Ewan.-Through the mix of it all, they sort of fall in love and end up... well, I'll let you watch it u The acting wasfine,except for a few scenes delivered by* Judd. who tries her best to be a "bad" girl but can't pull it off. Ewan was good as the "savior," 6 though his character was limited to only watching Judd throughout the whole movie (if you want to call that a limitation). The scenes were almost non-existent, and the plot was much to be desired. The only really good thing about it was its shortened length (1 hour 42 minutes). I gave it a 3 out of 10.
On Thursday, Feb. 17, the Dance Department will present "Y2Dance?" an in-studio performance with all-new, worldpremiere choreography by dance majors, and a guest appearance from the Lake Erie Ballet Festival Dancers. The production showcases a wide variety of dance styles from the dramatic memorial presentation of the Columbine High School shooting, "Lament and Requiem," to the electrifying,
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This movie was almost as bad as "Any Given Sunday," but unlike "Sunday," the editors of "Eye" knocked off an hour and a half, making us somewhat grateful. Ewan MacGregor and Ashley Judd are surely wasted in this "I'm going.to try to confuse you on purpose" type of a movie. Judd plays a murdering woman who lashes out violently toward men because "daddy wasn't there for her while growing up." She is stalked, followed and eventually
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• To many students surprise, attendance at Monday's basketball games against Gannon was so high that many students were denied admittance to the game. The fan support for the teams was phenominal. Too bad it will probably end there. Going home." -Eileen Smiley, Senior I am going to Hawaii to relax on a beach and visit my relatives." —Jennifer Ross, Senior*
What are your plans for spring break?
"Doing homework." —Misty Smith, third year graduate student "I am working." — Laurie Surrena, graduate student "I am going home to Maryland to spend time with my family and friends." —Amy Doane. graduate student
"I am going to bake bread at Wegman's." —Gen-it ShufTstall, Senior "I am traveling with the lacrosse ,;>' team to New York City, North Carolina and South Carolina for season openers." —Kerr! Hard, Freshman "Working at a day-care center." K— Amy Bakewski, Freshman "I am student teaching." —Colleen Pazderski, Senior "I am going home to Connecticut for the week." —Dave Hermenau, Junior
• As finals approach, many students have questioned the scheduling of tests. Does it make much sense that we have class Monday and start finals Tuesday and Wednesday? Final exams seem to be crammed this term. It would seem more logical for students to have a day off to be completely prepared for these exams. We are under so much pressure already to finish papers and projects, it would be a great help to have an extra day to get our bearings before plowing through finals.
"Nothing at all. I am staying here on duty for a couple of days." —Richard Cranium, Junior
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• As the snow slowly melts, it seems that instead of sidewalks, the campus is revealing an unbelievable amount of empty beer cans or bottles and chewing gum. Students spit out their gum in the snow and apparently think it just disappears. The snow may melt away, but the gum sure doesn't That's why we have garbage cans around campus. Use them! ' . ' - ' ' • ' 3| ^ '
"I am going to stay at home, d H hang out with friends and relax. *i — Alyson Berkowitz, Junior "I am staying on campus because I don't want to go home." "I am working and going to —Adam Sorensen, Senior Vermont" —Kate Jezsu, Senior
Students need a place to cashjehecks
By Jen Harwell Cashing checks in Erie has News editor become a common dilemma for out-of-state and out-of-town students. Mercyhurst relieves equipped to manage the large many problems by using a direct flow of cash that would result in deposit system to deposit work starting a check-cashing prostudy money, but this does not gram. Another potential problem al Ieviate all check-cashing could be cashing checks thatp bounced. problems. k "Mercyhurst could not be Many students are mailed liable for the amount of checks checks from parents or other that would bounce," Anderson outlets. Without a place to cash the check, the check is in essence said. Instead of trying to institute worthless. Banks will only cash a check for a student if the student an internal program, Mercyhurst is looking for a nearby bank that has an account at that bank, or could support students who feel the check is drawn on that bank. Many of the banking institutions, it is not necessary to open a new account to cash the occasional such as Mellon and PNC, which check. All the student would have increased their fees for have to do is show their accounts which students might Mercyhurst ID. open at their institution. Anderson feels that al most Catherine Anderson, dean of any bank could benefit from this student development, is helping to find a way for students to bank sort of situation. Students would develop a positive image of the without opening a new account in a local bank. She feels that the bank, and continue to use their services in the future. Once general focus of Mercyhurst students are out of college, they College is to provide an education rather than banking services. will be thinking of purchasing a car which will need to be This sort of program would take financed, house loans, mortmuch more time and personnel gages, etc. They will definitely than Mercyhurst could provide. be likely to patronize the bank Student accounts is not
that helped them out in college. According to Marleen Mosco, regional president of PNC Bank, it is very unlikely for any bank to make such an agreement with the college where students without an account can cash a check at the bank. Anyone can, however, cash a check through an ATM machine. "As long as the 'Plus' or 'Cirrus' logo is on the back of the ATM card, a student can cash a check at any local bank machine," Mosco said. This may help students using ATM machines at local banks, but the ATM machine in the student union can not accept deposits, therefor making it impossible to cash a check. 11 is not fair to compare Mercyhurst's services to that of a college such as the University of Maryland which has a bank with tellers available to the students in the student union. Such an operation would not be economical at Mercyhurst. Starting a partnership with a local bank would be economical. This is something the administration and admissions office should follow up on. Banking services are a concern for students.
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• In last week's Merciad, it was reported that MSG representatives would be visiting every apartment and dorm room on campus to survey students about their concerns and comments on the happenings of Mercyhurst College. The general consensus seems to be that reps are not doing this. They, too, are plagued with final projects and exams. A good idea, not enough planning.
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When we return from the spring break, two days after classes begin, the season of Lent will begin. While most Christians *' know that Lent is a preparation period for the celebration of Easter, it is also a time for * examining one* s relationship with God and others and seeing how it measures up to the demands of the gospel and the dictate of being a disciple. Traditionally, Lenten activities emphasize prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Prayer is essential to the spiritual life and
ajuniversal symbol of religion land Lent
can take many forms, but the bottom line is that our best relationships are based on good communication. Should that not also be true of our relationship * with God? | i Fasting has been a tradition in Christianity and other world religions for centuries. Fasting is believed to provide mental and physical focus, and align us with the most needy of the worldsFasting usually implies refraining from particular foods but it can also mean fasting from* particular behaviors. Fasting from gossip, anger, excessive behaviors like drinking and inappropriate sexual behavior, and the excessive use of the world's precious resources, monitoring water and energy consumption, can prove that we are able to master some of our faults through the use of our will. Almsgiving was designed to provide for those most in need. Through the use of our time and talent (yes, we know that college students don't have much time) in the assistance of others, we move from self-centered behavior to a healthier way of viewing life. ./ Lent begins with the celebration of Ash Wednesday, March 8, and with the reception of the symbol of ashes, we acknowledge several things: that the cross of Jesus is central in our faith lives, that our lives are finite, and that conversion is an essential part of the spiritual journey. Lenten Ash Wednesday
services will be held in Christ the King Chapel with Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m., both brief because of time constraints, and an ecumenical prayer service at 4:30 p.m. for all Christians who wish to celebrate Ash Wednesday. Ashes will be distributed at all three services.
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By Dave Hermenau Features editor . Last month, Mercyhurst students were matched against students from Harvard, Cornell, the University of Chicago and a slew of other upper-level institutions in the 2000 McGill Model United Nations Debate. "Our students held their own against the others" said Dr. £ Rhonda Clark, assistant professor of history and adviser for Mercy hurst's chapter of Model United Nations. Eight Mercyhurst students took part in the McGill debate, held in Montreal, Canada, Jan." 27-30. Sophomore political science major Todd Conklin served as the group's head delegate. Juniors Adam Davis, * Jason Laprade, Steve Salas, Perry Wood, Beth Stoessel, sophomore Maria Perinetti and freshman Michael Pickreign all attended the Montreal Conference where they represented the Czech. Republic and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). The McGill conference was the second that the club attended this school year. In October they H attended a conference at Kentt State University in Ashtabula, Ohio. In that conference three of the five Mercyhurst students in attendance received individual merit awards with ratings of "excellent" and the group ranked fifth overall against some much I arger schools. Seniors Oto Hlincik, Donna D'Aleo and juniors Josh Heimburg and
Hurst students compete with the best
By Dave Hermenau ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ Features Editor | Dr. Alice Edwards, director of the foreign languages and culture department and director of study K abroad at Mercyhurst College, P would rather not see so many students wandering around campus and is prepared to fix the problem. Our green-coated friends need not worry, Edwards is not trying to lower admissions but trying to make it possible for students to experience the world. According to Edwards, a | I decade ago the Pennsylvania Council on International Education set a goal for the state. That goal was to have 10 percent of all Pennsylvania College students study abroad before graduation. Unfortunately said Edwards, "Mercyhurst is averaging 5 precent and that* would be an aggressive estimate." j | Little by little, however, students are starting to realize the benefits of studyi n g for a % summer, a term or even a year in a foreign country. Last year 15 to 20 students studied abroad. This year that number has risen to * approximately 25 students and * Edwards was given a work study to help students broaden their horizons. According to Edwards, • studying abroad is valuable for many reasons. The world is a huge place with infinite variation. When abroad, students gain a far greater understanding of different cultures than they could ever hope to gain from a Website or travel show. It is an excellent way to improve a foreign language and, when on a resume, shows employers that you're flexible, adventurous and open to different people and lifestyles.
Study abroad needs "alpush
"During the summer between my junior, and senior years, I went abroad to Spain. I studied in Madrid at the university, but also started taking flamenco dance lessons. By the end of the summer, I was invited to join the Spanish dance troupe where I was studying flamenco and we traveled all oyer Spain doing performances. It was a great experience and one I will never forget," said Theresa Vocatura, senior Spanish major. There is really no reason not to do it In most cases, a year£ abroad is cheaper than studying on campus and sometimes * Mercyhurst financial aid is even ^applicable to study abroad tuition. The majority of students who participate in study abroad * programs graduate on time. Edwards helps find programs jjw that allow students to complete the required coarse work for their major. Students tend to participate in study abroad programs their junior year because, by that J time, they have already chosen their major and enjoy being on campus for their senior year. You don't even have to speak the language to go because many programs offer classes in English, g Edwards feels that study abroad at Mercyhurst needs to be drastically expanded. Currently, the only Mercy hurst-organized study abroad trip sends students to Ireland and is run through the Dean's office. With only one work-study, Edwards is limited in the time she can devote to helping students study abroad. Edwards encourages students interested in spending any amount of time studying outside the country to visit her for information and guidance.
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Three Model U.N. members (from left to right) Maria Perinetti, Michael Pickreign and Todd Conklin pose with adviser Dr. Rhonda Clark/*Andrew Olson attended that Many of these larger conference. school s," said Clark, "attract The Model United Nations incoming students simply because Club began three years ago they have a strong Model U.N. when Clark and Dr. Brian organization. At those schools it's Ripley, assistant professor of almost like an athletic program." political science, recognized the The Model U.N. club will be need for a venue where students participating in the Mercyhurst could debate political issues. College Honors Program's While participating in the Academic Celebration this spring. They will be demonstrating a debate, students gain many practical skills including public >; typical Model U.N. debate with human rights as their topic Clark speaking and assertiveness.' "We gained public speaking..j urges students interested in the skills and gained a knowledge of club to attended the Academic Celebration event Model U.N. is current events. In addition to open to all students, not just that, getting to experience; history or political science another culture was also students. !* j* valuable," said Conklin. After only three years, "Students can speak with Dr. Ripley or me if they are interested Mercyhurst College's Model U.N. club is actively competing in the club," Clark said. with powerhouses on the Model U.N. debate circuit
Archaeological Institute lecture series conitnues
Last week anthropology students and interested members of the „ college community were treated to a slice of Native American culture and tradition. On Wednesday, Feb. 4, Jay and Nancy Toth gave talks as part of the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) Lecture Series. Jay Toth is a doctoral candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and is Health Director of the Seneca Nation's Health Department Jay Toth's lecture dealt with medical anthropology, specifically addressing Native American health. & I One of the most detrimental affects when Western Europeans encountered Native Americans, said Toth, were the diseases they brought with them. The Nati ve Americans were not immune to the Old World diseases and suffered grave consequences. 1914 Colorado Coal Held Strike Following Jay Toth's which resulted in the death of 18 presentation, his wife, Nancy people by Colorado National Toth, one of the very few Seneca basket artists gave a talk Guard troops. McGuire has launched an archaeological and partial demonstration on project to study the strike. ;' traditional Seneca basket The MAI Lecture Series is making. Basket makers, once sponsored by an Academic prominent in all Native AmeriEnrichment Grant and is free to can populations, are dwindling in numbers. Nancy Toth is the the public. director of personnel for the PRESIDENTIAL PALS Seneca Nation at Allegheny, c A P [ E H IT 0 P U Is |A C K _ New York. 0 R |A~ LI [H A V E N IT 1 M E • The next lecture in the series w 1 I I L rr A M A, N D B u 0 D y will take place this Friday, Feb. 8 A mm ID U E L I |E L D 1 R 8 [A L T S \B R A sJHMI 18, at 5 p.m. in Zurn 114. Dr. P P R A B B 0 B B Randall H. McGuire of the rc A R o A L A P R 0 N ° 11 0 M Li 1 L 1 E *N University of New York at L _ 0 I o R 0 rr A Binghamton will present E 0 R 0 TIP.[p 1 E sMti A 1 N _ "Archaeology as Political Y A M l |M i L D | It A D D E R Action: Archaeology of the o 8 8 B | p 1 0 j|H P A R L 0 E~1 Colorado Coal Field War." A B 0 u c T rA N F A L A P R A N K L 1 N DJ McGuire's talk will address 0 A M E D 1 T _a| R A N Q class and unionism in the United D E N 8 0 N e JLI 8 A L E States by looking at the 1913[ • •
Remembering the innocent..«
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Crosses placed in the snow last week by members of Students for a free Tibet symbolize those stain by graduates of the School of the Amercias. See story page 1.
Maxim, Koncsol power Mercyh
There may be more fans at * Mercyhurst men's basketball games at the Athletic Center, but it is the Lady Lakers who are this year's real "MAC Daddies." In a game that displayed what college basketball is supposed to be ail about, the Mercyhurst women's basketball team used clutch performances by its junior class in dismantling Gannon University, their most hated Jj rival, by a 80-74 count in front of ... well, just about everybody. It had excitement It had emotion. It had the blue and green-adorned fans distancing themselves from the maroon and gold-sweatered fans from the J enemy camp. } For the first time since 1997, there was the smell of victory in the air. * & Not'only was the Lady 'I Lakers' six-point verdict over the Lady Knights significant for local bragging rights, it was b ^ignificant because Gannon's rj lead over Mercyhurst in the tight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) South Division was sharply cut to one game. Mercyhurst currently stands at 14-8 overall and 8-7 in the GLIAC South while the Lady Knights are 16-8 and 9-6 in the conference.' Simply put* this was a mustwin game in a series of must-win games for the Lady Lakers, and the home team came through. jS The win over Gannon caps a successful weekend for coach Jim Webb's women, who burned Ashland 87-61 on the road Saturday to move to .500 in
his players arefinallybelieving in his system. Webb's team received an enormous boost of confidence with the win over * Gannon, something they could use heading into two more mustwin road games at Wayne State i and Westminster this Thursday and Saturday, respectively. -. Besides Maxim, one of the keys to the Lady Laker victory was the play of Webb's bench. Even though the reserves didn't score much, their quality 47 minutes and bit roles helped Maxim, Koncsol and Galla do their thing. Monday night, that thing was winning. £ Although it's not definite, it is very likely that the Lady Lakers will earn a trip to the GLIAC postseason, with so much more at stake than a win over their hated cross-town rival. Hillsdale's Monday night loss to jiV ' ''• ':'-"Gerrit Snuffstall/Merciad photographer Fmdlay gives -Mercyhurst•£•5 solidAfter avenging an 84-55 loss to Gannon earlier this season, Mercyhurst responded in style t w hold oh se&kufpl aceihlhe '^^! South Division,'with Gannon in Monday night. Above, the Lady Lakers celebrate after a commanding win over the Knights. first by just a game and Hillsdale league play behind 19 points bounds, two steals, one assist, Gannon, helped by three triples trailing behind In third place. If from junior guard (and Gannon and roughly 267 glares from her and eight foul shots in 13 the Lady Lakers finished behind University transfer) Rebecca < former Lady Knights in 27 attempts. Junior Amy Gal la was Gannon at the season's end, the trifecta in Mercyhurst's three- Mercyhurst would most likely Sandor. W minutes of play. pronged third-year attack, It was Maxim, according'to face Ferris State in the * £ ? You think Sandor didn' t want knocking home 15 points and Gannon coach Jodi Kest, who postseason'sfirstround. That to prove anything to her former .nine rebounds in 35 tough: game would take place Thursteammates in perhaps the biggest was "the X factor" Monday night, though. Maxim's 25 point minutes. day, March 2 at 1 p.m. in Grand game of her collegiate career performance, including an 11-12 - I was sick of losing to them," Rapids, Mich. Monday night? said Maxim after the victory. If the Lady Lakers can stretch from the free throw line, Even though she didn' t post This was probably the biggest overtake Gannon in the standmany points, Sandor's hustle and sunk the Knights* ship every '9 ings, thefirst-roundplayoff *j * time they tried to drop an anchor game of my career so far." defensive tenacity was as What an understatement. opponent Would be less challeng* important as the 25 points scored in Mercyhurst's lake. ing. And with the way MercyA fter al 1, who wasn' t sick of Three-point marksman by fellow juniors Jodie Maxim falling to the Erie Enemy? Surely hurst played Monday night, do Meredith Koncsol dead-aimed and Meredith Koncsol. Sandor not Webb, who must believe that you dare doubt it? for 25 more points against notched five points,fiverei
Mercyhurst plays great, Gannon greater
scoreboard advantage. but not greater. It is near-perfect Fueled by a 28-20 halftime but not... near-perfecter? lead, Gannon big man Zaid AlThe latest oh-so-close loss For Mercyhurst College students came to a team that Mercyhurst ^j Khas was too much for Mercyhurst's depleted corps and wanting to analyze the 1999-00 y| knows plenty about oh-so-close the knights muscled to a hardmen's basketball season, try this losses to, Gannon University. Monday night at the MAC, head fought 61 -56 win, their eighth simple analogy. s? Picture yourself working your coach Karl FbgeFs squad tried to straight victory over the Hurst Mercyhurst drops to 8-14 capture some of the magic that tail off every assignment and overall (3-12 GLIAC) south and their female counterparts left on receiving a "B+"... every time, the court following an emotional is mathematically eliminated no matter how hard your effort. from any playoff hopes, while Now picture your classmate next 80-74 victory over the Knights. Apparently, all of the magic^j Gannon racked up its 20th win to you receiving an "A" on the was picked up and brought down against just two losses and has same assignment... every time. already clinched a postseason i to the Lady Laker locker room. It seems if as though no berth. The Knights were 13th in matter how hard the Lakers work Well, maybe not all of it The both in practice and during tough Laker men jumped to a quick 3-0 the latest national NCAA D-11 poll. lead 33 seconds into the contest GLIAC games, their opponents None of Gannon's regional or with sophomore Jamal Holley' s do just a little more. three-pointer, and actually held a national rankings matter much For Mercyhurst, it is a long.^ 5-2 lead 3:22 in after a Dion when these two teams collide, long string of consecutive "B+" though. (and some "A") performances. It Brown lay-in, but that was the is good but not better. It is great^ last time the Lakers owned the By Scott Koskoski Sports editor
Mercyhurst junior center Brent Swain puts home a lay-up Monday 4 n t against rival Gannon. The Knights won. 61-56
FEBRUARY 16, 2000
Koskoski's top nine
grabs » Although he* much less of the media spotlight, Webb
definitely knows how to hit the high school hardwood. An example is his current junior Scott Koskoski class, which carried him to a Number of wins by the thrilling win over Gannon Mercyhurst women's hockey The best of times from the Laker Monday night. Third-year players Jodie Maxim and team in their very first season, > winter sports season: 9. Men's hockey gets invited Meredith Koncsol provide a through last weekend. to an ice palace. Last Nov. 30, & majority of the points and the Mercyhurst men's hockey attitude for this year's team, team faced more than just an which will likely advance to the opponent... the Lakers had to GLIAC playoffs for the first time contend with Value City Arena. since 1997. \ v A 19,000 seat ice palace, the. ; .4. Beam me up, Scots. It* Total number of wins by the one-year old facility on the % seems like an eternity ago, but campus of Ohio State University last Nov. 29 the Mercyhurst Mercyhurst men's hockey opened the doors (literally; even team in their first varsity men's basketball team captured a the Lakers' bus actually parked double-overtime victory over season (1988-89). inside the arena) to Mercyhurst. local rival Edinboro that goes Even though Rick Gotkin's team down as one of the Lakers' \ came away with a 5-2 loss, his biggest wins in recent years. It troops played hard in front of a may not have been a win over sizeable crowd. With biggerGannon, but on this night Winning streak of the Lady name opponents in the Lakers' Mercyhurst was king of the local Laker basketball team against near future, arenas like OSU's courts while showing pnde, won't intimidate Mercyhurst cross-town rival Gannon hustle and heart. much longer. University. 3. Men's hockey in the \* 8. Men's spikers upset #15 MAAC. I remember sitting at Ball State. It may not seem like this year's pre-season hockey much of a victory to the casual media dinner and listening to observer, but YOU try starting a Gotkin boasting about his 1999men's volleyball program from Losing streak of the Laker 00 squad and all their big-name scratch and be expected to not opponents. I remember him men's basketball team against only compete, but BEAT some talking about the highlyGannon. of the nation's most established competitive D-I Metro Atlantic teams j ust a few years later. Athletic Conference and how his Mercyhurst coach Craig Davie's Lakers could dominate. Part of freshman boys are now becomme doubted Gotkin's claims back ing senior men, and the losses then. Three months, 18 wins, and Number of socks worn by Lady are turning into wins. a clinched home playoff game Laker guard Jodie Maxim during 7. Go to the head of the class. later, my doubts have been put to rest. a typical basketball game It's a big country out there, but somehow men's basketball coach 2. Anything you can do... Not (right leg). Karl Fogel and his staff manage to be outdone is the Mercyhurst to find some of the nation's blue- women's team. At the same chip talents. Particulary pleasing dinner, first-year women's coach this year is rookie forward Dion -% Mike Sisti talked about the Brown, who possesses cat-like challenges of building a firstHome games in italics jumping abilities and a soft year program after six successful jumper, and freshman guard Thursday 2/17 years as the varsity men's Jarron Hinton, who runs the floor assistant. I wondered whether the Women's B-ball at Wayne, well. First-year center Scott 5:30 p.m. Lady icers would win even one Melle is learning Fogel's system game this season. Twenty wins Men's B-ball at Wayne, and, with a little confidence, can and 13 shutouts later, I don't 7:30 p.m. eventually take over big man have much to wonder about Friday 2/18 Brent Swain's post position. anymore. Women's hockey vs. Wayne, 6. Profit cashes in at Mercy1. And the top Laker winter 7 p.m.' hurst-North East. In just his first sports moment is... Mercyhurst Men's hockey at UConn, year as Saints men's basketball 80, Gannon 74! After nearly t 7:30 p.m. (radio) coach, former Laker superstar three years of waiting, the Lady Saturday 2/19 .**, Maurice "Mo" Profit has led the Laker basketball team finally Women's hockey vs. Wayne, 4 Hurst branch campus team to shut up the "Peach Street 2 p.m. his league playoffs and an 11-6 Prissies" at the MAC on Men's hockey at UConn, record with one game remaining. Valentine's Day. Believe me, no 3:30 p.m. $ I always knew Profit would love was lost between these two Men's tennis vs. Canisius, 4 p.m. make an excellent coach, even teams, who have absolutely none Women's B-ball at Westminster, during his playing days under for each other to begin with. 6 p.m. (radio) Fogel. 11 wouldn't surprise me Men's V-ball at IFPW, 7 p.m (and a lot of others) if Profit Playoff Update ... Men's hockey at Westminster, P someday gets promoted back to If the playoffs started today, the MAC as an assistant under 8 p.m. (radio) Fogel, his mentor. the Lady Lakers would play Sunday 2/20 Men's V-ball at Findlay, 1 p.m. 5. Juniors standing tail. An Ferris State in the first round equally bright Mercyhurst Radio: 88.5/104.9 WMCE on 3/2/00 at 1 p.m. in Grand basketball recruiter is Laker Last home basketball: 2/24-26 Rapids, Mich. women's boss Jim Webb. vs. Findlay and Hillsdale
At Purchase, N.Y. last weekend, the Mercyhurst women's hockey team bought a lot more than two more road wins in their first-ever season. With two shutout wins over ManhattanviHe College, the Lady icers have posted one of Mercyhurst College's finest records for a first-year team. Head coach Mike Sisti's squad put an exclamation point on their surprising 20-6 overall mark with 4-0 and 5-0 victories over the Valiants last weekend, the 12th and 13th shutouts of the season to date. In Saturday afternoon's 4-0 matinee win, rookie Seanna Murphy's power play goal at 11:25 of the second period proved- to be the gamewinner. Freshmen Randi Pilger, K.C. Gallo and C.J. Ireland also notched goals in the victory. Junior goaltender Amber Natali stopped just 13 Manhattanville shots to ice the victory. ? Up against an early (11:30 a.m.) faceoff Sunday, the sleep was clearly out of Mercyhurst's legs as the Lady icers came out flying. Pilger scored her 15th and 16th goals, while rookies Christy Vinge (two goals) and Jennifer Jeffrey (one goal) also picked up tallies. > Rookie Tiffany Ribble, who shares time in goal with Natali, earned her tenth win in net by stopping 14 Valiant shots. Sisti'sfirst-yearprogram is third in NCAA D-I scoring offense and first nationally in scoring defense. Rookie center and captain Ireland is first in the nation in freshman scoring. Ribble, allowing just 1.22 goals per game, is first nationally. The Lady icers host fellowfirst-yearhockey foes Wayne State , University this weekend.
Lady icers race to 20th win, I post one of' Hurst's best rookie records
The Week Ahead
Former Mercyhurst College men's basketball star Maurice "Mo" Profit is still making big waves on the court, even though his career ended over a year ago. ".; f Profit, 23, is finishing his first season as head coach of the Mercyhurst-North East Saints at the college's branch campus. Even though 1999-00 marks Profit's only head coaching experience, the Saints are 11-6 and gunning for a top seeding in the upcoming Western New York Athletic Conference (WNYAC) playoffs heading into Friday night's season-ending game against rival Genesee C.C. Led by freshman forward Marc Sturdivant (Detroit, Mich.), who averages 19.5 points per game, Mercyhurst-North East (6-5 £ WNYAC) has clinched a playoff berth and will wrap up the top seed with a home win against the Cougars at Liguori Fieldhouse Friday night. Sturdivant joins freshman guard Terelle Lewis (14.1 ppg) as anchors of the young Saints squad.
Profit wraps up first season at MNE, f Saints headed to junior college playoffs
Men's hockey hands Iona two 3-1 wins
It seems that the Mercyhurst Ice Center has a habit of producing identical wins lately. After the women's hockey team dueled Findlay to two consecutive 5-2 wins two weekends ago, it was the men's team's turn. The Iona Gaels were the latest Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) victims of Mercyhurst, as the Lakers won conference games #15 and #16 with consecutive 3-1 victories last weekend. In Friday night's close contest, juniors Jody Robinson (#4) and Eric Ellis (#12) notched goals while Erie product Chris Brotka (#4) got the clincher late in thefinalperiod. Senior netminder Ashley Stevens got the win in goal, stopping 27 of 28 Gaels shots. Iona outshot the Lakers 28-25. \ v Saturday's 3-1 Mercyhurst triumph in a playoff-like atmosphere proved no less easy. Jeff Gould, Louis Goulet and Fedor Zakusilo found the back of the net in the victory while soph goalie Peter Aubry put aside 14 Iona shots. The victory clinched a home playoff game for Mercyhurst (19-6-4 overall, 16-3-2 MAAC) in just their first year in the conference. The game will take place Saturday, March 11, most likely against Fairfield.