Press your luck at Big Rich's Casino Dance
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'Hurst basketball dominated by Erie natives
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Vol. 74 No. 10

Mercyhurst College 501 E. 38th St. Erie, Pa. 16546

December 13, 2000

S enior gift will stand as college landmark
By Sara Seidle Merciad writer In the spirit of remembrance and gratitude, the senior class traditionally presents a gift to the college upon graduating. The Class of 2001 has decided to continue this tradition by fund* ing the construction of a landmark bearing the college seal inside Mercyhurst *sfrontgates. The two-and-a-half ton, 6-foot-4-inch landmark will be made of gray granite and will replace the wooden Mercyhurst College sign that currently sits inside the main entrance. Julie Weems, co-chair of the senior gift committee along with Danielle Reid and Marcello Vavala$said, "We really wanted to come up with an appropriate project for the college's 73iH diuf!?tMsdry.?fts the class that wifT be graduating during the yearlong celebration, we felt that our gift should depict a part of the college's history. The stone will have the seal engraved into it to reflectSMercy hurst's legacy.** A committee composed of 12 members of the senior class decided on the gift. Committee members are liana Delaney, Liz Kahn, Lesley Rockwell, Jeff Gould, Karen Jansen, Valerie Bauer, Susan Gonnam, Elizabeth Roberto, Thorn Resnik, Weems, Reid and Vavala. Steve Zinram, director of the annual fund, serves as the adviser for the committee.;He has been working with the chairs throughout the summer to get the project off the ground. "It's quite an impressive project for any senior class, but with the enthusiasm the committee chairs have shown, and now the optiI mismfromthe rest of the committee, I know they' 1 be able to meet their goal," said Zinram. 1 To complete the project, the class must raise $4,000* The goal of the committee is to get roughly 30 percent of die senior class—125 students—to donate to the project. Any senior wanting to make a donation should contact a committee member for a pledge sheet and return it to the Annual Fund Office on the fourth floor of the library. Installation is scheduled for late April to Above is an artist's rendition of the senior gift. Engraved with the college seal, it will stand just inside the front gates. early May, depending on weather.


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Board passes tuition hike

Students to pay 5 percent moreiin 2001
By Stacy Norris Merciad writer Mercyhurst students and their famines will be seeing red just in time for Christmas. Hie Mercyhurst Board of Trustees, in an effort to keep Mercyhurst competitive among private, liberal arts colleges in the region, passed a 5 percent tuition increase Dec 6. The 5 percent hike amounts to a $980 raise in tuition and room and board combined. It will go into effect July 1| 2001, for the 20012002 academic year. Next year, tuition will increase by $650 to $13,940. Room and board will increase by $330 to $5,694. The total cost for a student living on campus to attend Mercyhurst will be $20,684. f According to Tom Lee, director of finance, the increase will cover costs that were envisioned in the strategic vision. The money will also be put toward improving the quality of education at Mercyhurst Lee said that there will continue to be a 5 percent increase in tuition each year. With the tuition increase, Mercyhurst is attempting to remain competitive with both the top 10 colleges and top 14 private colleges in the area, said Lee. In the $12,000 to $15,999 price range, Mercyhurst is competing for approximately 8 percent of the students in four-year undergraduate institutions. Mercyhurst's tuition rates are 90 percent of the average among schools in the top 14 private colleges category. This category includes Gannon, Allegheny, Westminster, Canisius, Duquesne, St. Bonaventure, John Carroll, St Vincent, Niagara, St. Francis and Dayton. Syracuse, with tuition set at $29,616, is the most expensive school out of the 14 and Grove City, at $ 11,426, is the least expensive. Among the top 10 competitors in this area, many of;which are public Institutions and therefore have cheaper tution, Mercyhurst does not rank as favorably as it does among the 14 private colleges. Mercyhurst's tuition rate is 140 percent of the average in this category, with significantly higher costs than all but three colleges on the list. The three most expensive schools on the list are Gannon at $19,712, Duquesne at $23,024 and Allegheny at $26,670. J i The tuition increase is actually one of the lowest in 10 years. Only the 1998 increase, at 4.7 percent was lower. Last year's tuition increase was 6 percent raising the cost by $1,119.

Sara Sekfle/Contributing photographer

Mercyhursfs annual Christmas on Campus event was held Saturday, Dec. 9 from. 1-4 p.m.' Every child ifj attendance was given a chance to whisper his or| her Christmas wishes to Old St. Nick while having a photo taken with him.



DECEMBER 13, 2000

CAMPUS! NSEW S Trimming the tree... Taking students for a ride
MSG closer ifo providing shuttle service
By Sarah Crawshaw Merciad writer Tired of nagging your friends for a ride to Peach Street? Sick of being stuck on campus on a boring Friday night? Well, the Mercyhurst Student Government-sponsored shuttle bus is on its way to becoming a reality. "We* 1 have the bus after break, but we're 1 not sure when it will be fully operational yet," said Tracy Fischer, MSG president. "Probably by the end of winter term and definitely by spring term." There were a few glitches with the original plan that MSG had to work out before acquiring the bus. Originally, MSG was going to borrow the money it needed from the college then pay it back over time. The group decided instead to go through PNC bank. "Student government is going to take out a loan and pay it back over five or six years," said Fischer.

The bus that MSG has purchased for the service is brand new. It seats 20 people and is handicap accessible when the seats are folded over. Fischer said that the seats are durable. MSG was able to choose certain features to make the bus more inexpensive, such as a diesel engine. The shuttle will run on a 25-hour route over the weekend si It will probably be free to students, as the money for the cost of the bus will be taken from the Student Government fee that students pay at the beginning of the year. Fischer said the bus will run a constant route, but there are still details to be worked out about where the bus will go. The MSG bus will only be used for the purpose of the shuttle service. It will not be utilized for various field trips or borrowed by students or faculty as is the case with college vans. According to Fischer, there will probably be two drivers for the weekend services. One driver has already been hired.

Dmssedtfbr the occasion
Annie Demeo/Contributing Photographer

The campus was aglow with the spirit of Christmas Saturday evening to celebrate the lighting of the Christmas tree. Faculty, students and administration gathered together in Garvey Park to decorate the tree, sing carols and enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. This was the first year for the event, but SAC hopes to continue the event from year to year, establishing a holiday tradition. Pictured clockwise from top left is Courtney Schmader, Bethany Schmader, Dr^Ludlow Bpown and Dr. William Garvey. j



Sara Seidle/Contributing Photographer

Jeff Oros, Karen Jansen and ilana Delaney were among the many students to volunteer their time to make Christmas a little brighter for some of the less fortunate children of Erie at Christmas on Campus Saturday, Dec. 9.

Faculty honored at Christmas party
By Betsy Budacki Merciad writer Dr. William Garvey, college president, will host the annual Mercyhurst faculty Christmas party Saturday, Dec. 16. A highlight of the event will be the presentation of five service awards and one retirement award to faculty members. The service awards are given to faculty members who have been with the college for 20 years. Employees receiving 20 Year Service Awards are Wi Hard Rice, assistant professor of accounting; Dr. Lewis Lutton, professor of biology; Carl Triola, associate professor of social work; Sister Lisa Mary McCartney, associate professor of English. Harold George, director of facilities management at Mercyhurst North East and former head of maintenance at main campus, was presented with his award at the Mercyhurst North East Christmas party on Dec. 9. A retirement award will be presented to Bertha Kiewice. She has been supervisor of housekeeping for more than half a century. In response to receiving the service award, Lutton said, "It's been a good 20 years with a lot of growth and challenge. I have enjoyed being here through it all." JMcCartney said, 'These 20 years have passed like a flash of light.I have witnessed growth in a number of students, colleagues, departments, programs and buildings." McCartney also pointed out that she is the only full time teaching Sister of Mercy at the college. .I "I depend on the spirit of Mercyhurst a good deal," said McCartney. "Perhaps that's why I am so deeply grateful for the rekindling of the Mercy Catholic tradition of the college that has happened here in recent years." The Christmas party will be held at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center with reserved seating at 6:45 p.m. and open seating at 7 p.m. Cocktails will be served at 7:30 p.m. with dinner following. All full-time faculty, staff and administration are invited to attend.


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By Casey Cline Merciad writer

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Dinner and a movie
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If one dared to venture into the blustery Erie weather last Thursday night, one would have been-quite impressed with the wide variety of art at Mercyhurst's annual faculty/alumni exhibit. p-Those who attended the event were exposed to a wide variety of mediums produced by both the college's instructors andformerstudents. * ^ u [This tradition will continu and alumni will get the opportunity to display their work," said contributer Gary Cardot. The exhibit was wel 1 attended and included a diversity of work. Cardot presented two colored photos dealing with the subject of Christmas, Daniel Burke acquainted all with some of his mixed media, Cathlyn Hahn kept with the theme of ^Mercyhurst's 75th anniversary with her work entitled "Celtic Cross." Tho-

Max and Erma's
mas Hubert also had a number of pieces in the exhibit, each in his specialty area of ceramics. Other contributions to the exhibit were works by graduates from Mercyhunlt's art department. Mercyhurst had the privilege to display works by James Borowicz, a 1982 graduate, who is now an instructor in art at Mercyhurst Preparatory., Overall, the exhibit was a fine example of Mercyhurst's prestigious art department. It was something that both the students and faculty can be proud of. The exhibit will be running until Jan. 11, so make it a point to stop by and support Mercyhurst's own. g

' The Grinch'
Just the ticket
By Brandon Boylan Movie critic Ron Howard's aesthetic collaboration of wellbuilt sets, big-name stars and an enclosed Christmas-cloned realm of Whoville may have the outer appearance of a perfect recipe to turn Dr. Seuss' most famous child story, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas** into a film, but digging beneath those Christmas colors of red, white and Grinch-green, Howard's audience is exposed to an inflated, over-acted storyline covering a scattered plot and a quickfix ending. Jim Carrey could have been the perfect Grinch, but his usual overdone styly of comedy worked against him this time. Instead of overacting, he should try plain acting. Though he's come a long way since his pet detective and green-masked days with stellar performances as Truman Burbanks and Andy Kaufmann, he seems to be stepping into yet another Jim Carrey character again. He doesn't rely on his talents to actually portray a famous, fictional antagonist like the Grinch. But the film's entire letdown can'tjbe blamed primarily on him. The scripttwas poorly written, proving once again that no matter how much money producers spend on special effects, reputable actors and crafty sets, a movie will fail without a strong, thematic backbone. v Strong points of the movie include brilliant work done by the make-up and costume designers, creating a visually flawless Grinch. Likewise to the set builders, especially those who built the Grinch's lair. In actuality, it is not really a kid's movie. The Grinch is seen drinking alcohol at one point and the violent revelations flashing back to his childhood seem dark and almost comedically black, which could prove too heavy for kids. And this movie is certainly not for the critics, as almost every review slanders it, deeming it dark and disinteresting. But despite all of its criticisms, the movie isn't 1 even funny, * The movie remains number one at the weekend box office for the fourth 'consecutive week, earning a total of $195.5 million. I gave it a D+. The film also stars Molly Shannon and Christine Baranski. "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas,** rated PG, is playing at Tinseltown daily at 12:10 p.m., 2:40 p.m., 3*10 p.m., 5:10 p.m., 5:40 p.m., 7:35 p.m„ 8:05 p.m., 10:05 p.m. and 10;30 p.m.

By Kristin Elizabeth Purdy Merciad writer. When my parents come to pick me up from school and take me home, usually we head out to grab a bite to eat before hitting the road. This past year I've found a new place that always hits the spot and is the perfect atmosphere to eat and talk in: Max and Erma's. It's the typical family restaurant or place to go with friends, similar to T.G.I.F., Applebee's and Ruby Tuesday's. Yet, I find it to have a personal touch and comfortable setting. There are Mercyhurst logo clothes and pictures on one wall, which makes me feel as if the restaurant is more in touch with the area rather than decorating inhhe same style. Although the lights are dim, the smiles are bright and the service friendly. My usual favorite is the cheese cubes on skewer sticks. Picture mozzarella cheese sticks cut into small cubes, lightly breaded and served on a stick. They're much easier to eat and bite-sized to avoid the stringy mess of biting through the normal cheese stick.* At about $5, this is something you should orderinext time you visit as a starter to a great meal. J Last time I went to the restaurant was when we got&ur first real snowrightbefore Thanksgiving break. Itwas cold biit,'blustety and the kind of day where you'd like to start off with a good bowl of chicken noodle soup. My dad ordered that and I wish I had ordered it, too, by the time the steaming bowl was placed on the table. I got a spoonful of the homemade soup and the aroma alone made me want my own bowl. Everything was perfect from the broth to the vegetables to the noodles. My favorite thing to order is the chicken sandwich. Max and Erma's has the basic chicken sandwich along with about six varieties, and each has its own unique taste. I've only had two varieties and so far my taste buds are happy. Even though 1 know which page to turn to in the menu, deciding between the buffalo chicken sandwich and the sauteed mushroom sandwich is a tough choice. You can't go wrong either way. Meals aren't too expensive if you stick with the sandwich type of meal. The chicken sandwiches are about $7, varying slightly on which variety you get. Max and Erma's is located by Borders, in the Millcreek Mall area. Whether you go to catch a bite to eat or sit down-for a nice dinner, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the menu and the variety offered.


Getiready to rolUthose iluckyidice
By Rich Johns Merciad writer You've probably seen the signs around campus and wondered what is Big Rich's Casino Dance? Well, Big Rich's Casino Dance is SAC's version of the Winter Formal. (isn't going to have a Winter Formal this year, SAC decided to have a dance where people could dress up and have a good time. inSfTTa formal*, It will be a dance/casino that you can dress casually and go to. Big Rich's will be located in the Student Union and will be held from 10 p.m. Dec. 16 to 1 a.m. Dec. 17. On the lower level of the Union will be blackjack, roulette and craps tables. In the Marion Shane Reading Room there will be slot machines along with blackjack. The Great Room will be the dance floor with a DJ on the overlooking balcony on the third floor where the snacks and drinks will be available in the Mercyhurst student government chambers. T Since the students activities committee is paying fotfthe entire event it will be free for students. As you enter-the Student Union*-from the front doors you will receive 21 Garvey bucks which you can gamble with. At any time during the night you can turn them in those to receive tickets ihat will bemused in a Chinese auction,, * \ For every three Garvey Bucks you turn in, you get one ticket. We will have a variety of great prizes with cups in front of them. You put the tickets in any number of cups and at the end of the event we will have a drawing for the prizes. Can you think of a better opportunity to go out and have a great time for free? If you are wondering just who this Big Rich is or you have any suggestions for events on campus, please feel free to go to SAC meetings which are held the first Tuesday of each month at 8:30 p.m. in the student government chambers or call the SAC office at ext. 2463.

be a reproduction of the format used in Vienna By Kate Cywinski for the last 150*years, which has been identiMerciad writer fied with the Straus family. The concert will include genres of the nineOn Jan. 1, Mercyhurst's Mary D'Angelo Per- teenth century such as waltzes, polkas, galforming Art's Center will present Vienna in lops and ending with the traditional perforErie IV to celebrate the New Year and the 75th mance of "On the Beautiful Blue Danube** and anniversary of the college. "Radetzky March. $ "It is light, optimistic and cheerful music that The performance will include an orchestra of Mercyhurst students and faculty, singers evokes all kinds of wonderful images,*' Collura said. and dancers. According to Fuhrman, the performers will "The concert is not a part of the curriculum for the dance and music department,**'said be dressed in costumesfrom100 years ago on Michael Fuhrman, director of the Mary a stage transformed into a Victorian ballroom. : In the last three years, the New Year's conD'Angelo Performing Arts Center t #• 'it's a great challenge to put it all together cert has been a "smashing success,** said in one rehearsal,** said conductor Frank Collura; the event has sold out every year. Jy The performance begins at 3 p.m. and is $ 15 Collura. "That's where the talent of the orfor adults, Si2.50 for senior citzens, $10 for chestra comes in.| According to Collura, the performance will the Mercyhurst College community and $5 for Mercyhurst students.

Vienna comes to*Erie to celebrate the New Year

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The Street Beat!
Regeneration — film at the PAC tonight at 8 p.m. Gladiator — film in the Union Dec. 15 at 10:30 p.m. Christmas shopping trip to Millcreek Mall Dec, 16 from noon to 6 p.m. Big. Rich's Casino Dance in the Union Dec. Id from 10 p.m. to 1 ajn.

Nuncrackers — dinner theater production at The Tralf Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.

A Christmas Carol" — at Gannon University Schuster Theater Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. Jake's Blues playing at Docksider Dec. 16

The Eight: Reindeer Monologues — play at the Roadhouse Theater Dec. 16 at 11 p.m

Candlelight holiday Mass Dec. 17 in the Union from 10 p.m: to 1 a.m.

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DECEMBER 13, 2000

• The Christmas activities planned around campus worked out perfectly last Saturday. Many students showed up to volunteer their time to the annual Christmas on Campus. A new tradition, the lighting of the tree, also brought several Mercyhurst students out and into the cold to take part in the festivities.

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don't have something like that where we have an escort home." f * And then I paused and wondered, why not? Although I would probably feel very childish at first—calling up campus security and asking them to guide me over a few streets — it would also be nice not to have to worry about the "what ifs." y * Not to be pessimistic about life, but in reality life isn 't always as safe as most of us would like to believe. There is crime happening all around, even at Mercyworld. It would be nice to have someone to walk home with each night after work, or to have someone ^from campus security walk me or drive me home. I'm not asking for afreeride, but a little more security about my surroundings would make me feel less vulnerable. That's why I think that an escort service would be a nice addition to security on campus. There aren't any blue lights or telephones where we can dial-up a campus escort It would be nice to be able to pick up the phone and know that we can walk home without constantly looking over my shoulder and peering into the bushes. Does campus security offer to do this, is a question I should,be asking; If they do, I wouldn't mind taking advantage of it* It's important to feel safe on our small campus. I also think that the college should put forth the effort to eliminate the fear of walking home alone in the middle of the night, no matter if you live in Duval, Briggs, Lewis or one of the dorms. 1 Kristin Purdy is a sophomore communications major from Rochester, N.Y. She is the Arts & Entertainment editor of the Merciad.

Although Mercyhurst isn't a*huge campus, there is a considerable distance from the main campus to my apartment on Lewis Avenue. Usually it takes me a good seven minutes to • While it is not at the usual spot, Sabella's, it still is a dance. But it's more than a dance, walk home in good weather, but now, with the it's Big Rich's Casino Dance, coming this Saturday in the Union. As the weather gets worse, students are finding it harder and harder to find things to do and this is a great opportunity to snow and the ice, I have to add on a few more minutes to my walk. %•£ get dressed up and have fun with your friends, all while keeping warm and maybe winning I feel safe on campus and around it, but with prizes. % the rising number of bank robberies in Erie, • The maintenance staff has been diligently keeping up with the snow and the ice, plowing including the one at PNC Bank on Wayne Street, I feel more cautious and all the more roads, shoveling sidewalks and salting paths. When the snow falls fast, as in three inches a paranoid walking home late at night. minute, it can be difficult making sure the numerous paths around campus are kept clear. After my night classes, I usually work at the Thank you for making our journey to and from class and activities safe and less slippery. library for a couple of hours and get home around 11 p.m., if I am Jucky. Without daylight savings time in effect it gets darker ear• After the cigarette butt problem was discussed in this column last term, the Merciad staff lier and earlier. was told that boxes were being ordered for some of the buildings. That was last term. What Tuesday nights the Merciad staff works long ever happened to these fabled boxes? When the snow melts will we even be able to see the hours in the office putting together the week's ground, or win we only see a sea of cigarettes? paper. Again, if we are lucky, and most times 9. we are not, we are done and out of the office • It's cold outside, so you bundle up for the weather. A shirt, a sweater, pants, wool socks, by midnight. a heavy winter coat, a hat, mittens, the works. Then the second you enter Zurn, you feel like On the nights that we aren't so lucky and you are going to melt. Or you enter Old Main or Preston and someone left the window open things are running slower than usual, the nights last night and now you can't take your jacket off for fear of frostbite. This has always been a get'longer. The longest I have ever stayed problem and students are really getting sick of it working in the office was 2 a.m., and I know that my editors have stayed many hours after • Sometimes in the face of quickly falling snow, maintenance can get behind in the shoveling my departure. and are busy with another part of campus and haven't gotten to the section yet that you use to When I finally breakfreeafter a long night's walk to class (although they will) and you areforcedto walk on the streets to get to class. Do work, I drudge home across campus to my cozy the cars that drive the streets have to drive so close to you that not only do you fear for your life apartment on good old Lewis Avenue. If s late but are splashed with slush as they zoom by. Couldn't students, teachers and security be a little at night, or in some cases early in the mornmore cautious when passing students on the road? ing, and I find my pace speeding up. Maybe I'm paranoid that someone is following me. Maybe I'm worried that someone is going to jump outfrombehind a bush and at• It's the holiday season, a time for giving gather than receiving. And tfoere are manyjfcift&jjj, tack me. Either way,*I have begun to feel unplaces in Erie — soup kitchens and after-school programs — that definitely need volunteers* safe walking home at these wee hours.' at this time of year. It would be nice if more of our students would lend a helping hand this My mom asked me a few months ago if I season.? £ had a buddy who I walked home with. A "buddy," mom; really! No, this isn't kindergarten where we were assigned a friend, or buddy, to hold our hands and make sure we • The basketball courts in the old section of the Rec Center, the ones that received the new both arrived at our final destination unharmed. tartan floors, was a crowning moment of glory for the sports teams on campus. Finally, a first t "This .is college, Mom," I told her on the phone in my most grown-up, snotty voice. "We class facility that they can practice on during the winter season. But coaches and players alike have been told that the facility is for the whole student body and not the sports teams Left to Write is a weekly column that in the past exclusively. Volleyball and basketball can be played there, but try to kick a soccer ball or play has been written by the editors of the Merciad. lacrosse and die people swoop down on you like the swat team. If it is for student use, shouldn h Students have indicated they would also like to the teams, which consist of all students, be allowed to practice in there instead of being forced write for this column. Any student interested can to make their only winter training running in the snow and slush? It is definitely a matter that submit their story to the Merciad at Box 485 or at <merciad@ mercy hurst. edu>. Names must be needs to be looked into further. included for publication.





Doing our fpart to help the environment
With all the talk about the environment, not just in the news but also on campus and in this paper, it seems strange and a little unnerving that none of us, myself included, seems willing to do anything to help the situation. 1[ I am taking Global Issues tfiis term with Mr. Robert Sturm. When I first signed up for the class I was not looking forward to it. I heard through the grapevine that the class was a lot of busy work and in my fifth year all I wanted was a class that I could just skate through. Then the first day, when I bought my books and went into class, I knew that all that everyone had told me was true. It seemed like it was going to be a lot of busy work and I was not too happy about the situation. I just might have been wrong. Then I started reading the assignments and I found what I was reading to be very interesting and thought-provoking. Most of the information on which the class is based are problems facing the world envi- j ronmentally, like global warming and the increase in the population and the loss of fresh

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water and things of that nature. These were all issues that are tossed around on a daily basis in the newspapers and on TV and were focused on in this year's election. But these are issues that are so huge on a global scale it is hard for the ordinary person to grasp their full meaning, what they mean to the Earth in part, but mostly what they mean to us citizens of the Earth. ^ I was one of those people who did not understand, and to be totally honest with you, I just did not care. I never recycled, I used paper like it was my job and I even used aerosol cans. I always thought: Well, they are predicting all these bads things wil 1 happen long after I have departed from this Earth so they really just do not affect me. But they do, in a sense. If I plan on having

children, don't I want mis world to be a healthy and safe place for them to live in? Don't I want there to be an Earth for them to live on? What about my children's children? The Global Issues class has really made me see that I can make a difference even by doing a little part, like helping with the environmental sustainability program on campus. This is all something that we need to think about Scientists are predicting that in the next century the Earth's population will double the 6 billion level it is already at. This will lead to problems with food supply, water supply and wood supply. We are already facing a crisis with these items. Do we really want to make it any worse? * I All it takes is everyone doing some Small thing to help the environment, be it walking to the cafeteria rather than driving there because| it is cold, or recycling our beer cans and bottles, I know that the problem seems so huge'that it feels as if the little people can do nothing. But if everyone was to adopt that attitude, including scientists and politicians, then the disaster they are predicting is going to be staring us in the face sooner than we thought.

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What do you think of the new Rec Center?
"I heard it was nicefrommy roommate who heard it was nice." Greg Kline, sophomore "I think that it is absolutely gorgeous ami much more than I ever expected.*' — Jeremy Verdi, junior "We paid for it, so students should be allowed to use it the way that they want" — Ryan Moton, freshman I Bm&it's very nice, the money they put into it was well spent. It's a nice environment for people to go and exercise. It's a nice alternative to lift other iBtoiifc. the football locker loom" Cody George, junior "There is so much room for more of a variety of equipment now." {Jessica Coura, freshman The biggest piece of advice that I can give for^those of you who want to check it out make sure that you have your student ID because they will make you walk all the way home in the freezing cold to get it." — Sara Foster, junior £ "I think that the staff of the new Rec Center are to rigid, but perhaps that will change once the Rec Center has been 'broken in'." — Annie DeMeo, senior* "I don't understand why we don't have lockers, don't we.need- a place to stickthe wet shoes that we get in trouble for. "A — Jagger Adare, senior

Proud to be a Mercyhurst student this weekend
It was great to be a Mercyhurst student this past Saturday when Christmas On Campus entertained many beautiful children from the Erie area. So many different studentsfromthis campus took part in this amazing act of service, and it gave me another reason to be a proud Mercyhurst student.' So many aspects of this campus and so many areas of this college were present and making a difference Saturday. T Football players and basketball players, rotaract members and circle K members, campus ministers and student government representatives, alumni and current students, faculty and staff, were among the many helpers putting smiles on the faces of those who needed it most during this time of giving, sharing and thankfulness. This is my third Christmas On Campus and the first two were truly the same. It is so nice to see such a diverse group of students coming together for the same purpose, which is to make somebody's season a little brighter. When Barry McAndrew read 'The Night Before Christmas" the kids' faces lit up more than Santa's. And when the time came to receive the gift from Santa it was as if their one dream had come true. To all those who worked behind the scenes, you deserve much credit in another successful event. Those who dressed up as characters sure made the day a little more exciting, and to those buddies that gave four hours of your Saturday to have one more child smile and laugh, you should be commended, recognized and honored. Thank you, to all who helped spread peace and joy mis holiday season. — Billy Byrnes Billy Byrnes is a junior political science and religious studies majorfromCalifornia. He is the vice president ofMSG.

"It s awesome. I am more motivated to work out." — Dayna Behm, freshman "It is really nice. They have a lot of new equipment and I am looking forward to spinning." * — Chris Coulter, freshman

"It's a definite improvement from our old Rec Center." Gina Gottuso, senior "Everybody involved in the layout did an excellent job." — Susan Kozlow, senior

"Maybe we won't have to wait as long for the locker rooms as we did for the Rec Center." — Leslie Echan, junior "I think that the Rec Center is so niceJNow I can workout inside in the warmth." Kristin Durdv. soDhomore

"I am happy about the new Rec Center because it will be a good place to look at hot, sweaty boys." :— Stacey Abbott, junior k

Forget something this season?
Zack Venable Heather C vitkovic Sara Seidle Kristin Purdy. Adam DuShole Annie DeMeo Annie Sitter Leslie Echan Brian Costelloe Stacy Norris Mike Tanner Brandon Bovlan Editor in Chief Executive & Administrative Editor Managing News Editor Arts & Entertainment Editor Features Editor Sports Editor Photography Editor Copy Editor Advertising Manager Regional Exchange Editor Local Exchange Editor Movie Critic Amidst the hurried activity of this Advent season of preparation for Christmas holidays there are so many wonderful tasks needing our attention ... decorating our work and living spaces, getting just the right present for each person on our list and then buying and baking all those wonderful sweet treats. Each of these tasks is such a pleasant moment in this special season. So, now you have arrived at that longawaited juncture. All the items on your list are checked off and you are ready to breathe a deep sigh of relief. Finally, you're done! Yet, you have this nagging feeling that something has been missed. * j> You check your list again. Yes, all has been properly prepared. Yet this nagging feeling of doubt remains. What could it be that you are forgetting ... house, gifts, food? A tiny tingle in your chest around your heart: reminds you. That's it! You've been busy preparing everything outside yourself for this celebration. In the midst of all of the activity you forgot to prepare what really matters most... what's inside yourself... your heart and soul for Christ. I k The first step toward deepening your relationship with Christ comes in the form of a request: your request for forgiveness, by confessing your sins, conflicts; transgressions, words or actions .1

Questioning faith
Sr. Geri Rosinski
The second step is the acceptance of the forgiveness that is accorded in the Sacrament of Reconcilitation. Then you will truly know that wonderful feeling of grace and peace experienced by your renewed relationship with
Christ. i | j


Kate Cywinski * Stacy Norris Megan Cvitkovic The Merciad is the student-produced newspaper of Mercyhurst College. It is published throughout the year with the exception of mid-term and final weeks. Office at 314 Main. Telephone 824-2376. Fax 824-3249. E-mail l<merciad@>. The Merciad welcomes letters to the editor. All letters must be signed, but your name can be withheld on request under certain conditions. Letters are due on the Monday before publication and should be no longer than 500 words. All letters should be submitted to Box 485 j

Staff Writers


You still have time to attend to what is most important, your heart and soul for Christ. Our annual Advent Reconcilitation Service will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity of grace and peace. Many of you have told me that it has been a long time since you last received this sacrament and you have forgotten what to say or do. Not a problem. Just present yourself to one of the priests during the service and say, "I forget what to do or say, Father. It's been a long time since I last received the sacrament. Could you help me?" The priest will be happy to do the rest. Then let Christ *s grace and peace enfold you. So this is Christmas, don't forget the most important prepartion — your heart for Christ.



DECEMBER 13, 2000


Professor pujblished:
a story of environmental awareness
By Julia Wanzco Merciad writer March of 1872 marked the birth of America's very first national park. The 2.2 million acres of Yellowstone National Park was pure American soil set aside for strict preservation. Was this an act of nature sentiment or simply another ploy of tourism, f. While natural attractions draw many Americans to their locations each year, therightfor the existence of nature is generally forgotten. This is an issue confronted by Mercyhurst assistant professor of history Dr. Chris Magoc in his recently published book, "Yellowstone: The Creation and Selling of an American Landscape, 1870to 1903 "(University of New Mexico Press, 1999). The book covers the history behind the first 30 ;years of Yellowstone National Park. Through discussing the ecological thought of the late nineteenth century along with the time periods* changes in the marketing and management policies of the "Wonderland/' Magoc claims Americans (though not all) have a misconception of nature. 'The integrity of Yellowstone is almost an illusion in the sense that Americans see our national and state parks as nature," he said. Magoc's point is clear: We are surrounded by nature, there is no need to go to a park to experience it. Along the lines of environmental awareness. Magoc served as chairman of the committee behind a two-day workshop titled, "Greening the Campus." The workshop, held at Mercyhurst Dec. 3 and 4, promoted the use of daily environmental-friendly practices. "It is important for colleges and universities to point the way towards an environmentally sustainable future," said Magoc. Magoc wasJinspired|to write about Yellowstone by the 1988 fire that ravaged the park. The incident was portrayed by the media as a land which was "being forever destroyed." This profile phrase is the one that stuck with Magoc. Working towards his master's degree at the time, Magoc wrote a 15-page paper examining the park's policies in dealing with the fire. This beginning work would later evolve into a 450-page dissertation for his doctorate at the University of New Mexico. Ten years later, the final product of his work was published. J Magoc remains hard at work in exploring the issues of environmental awareness.

Do yowknow...?
Stacy Norris
Pittsburgh native and die-hard Steelers fan Amy Wipkowsk i is glad to be a senior. A Family and Consumer Sciences major with a Business minor, Amy is also the president of the Ambassadors Club, and a hard-working member of the Ophelia Project, which is devoted to "saving the selves of girls." Yet, amazingly, she has enough free time to pursue skiing, play the piano and shop. Her interest in Family and Consumer sciences began freshman year of high school, when she took an 'interest inventory test' and it pointed her in therightdirection. F&CS is just the right combination of child development, independent living, and food and nutrition for Amy, who, although she may become a teacher, has a dream to open up childcare for employees of large corporations. Ambassadors became an interest for Amy when she got her first tour of Mercyhurst,VI had a really good tour from an ambassador when I was looking to come here," said Amy. The leadership position proved a good choice, as she was awarded 'Ambassador of the Year* her sophomore year, becoming the only sophomore to ever receive the coveted award. Jun-

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ior year, Wipkowski ran for and won the secretary of Ambassadors position, which led to her election as president this year. Hie Ophelia project is Amy's third interest on campus. She assists with sleep-overs with high school girls, where college students will mentor them on important issues ranging from STD's to college life. After graduation in May, Amy plans to return to Pittsburgh where she is considering graduate school for business.

Coat drive helps keep Erie homeless warm Diversity*! 0 Ik *a aK^vanzaa dlelebration

By Adam Dushole Merciad writer Ahhh, The season of giving is upon us; the trees have shed their last leaves, and fall's crisp weather has been replaced with the chill and frost heralding the long winter days. For many, the snowy Erie climate means long days of sledding, running inside when at last the chill has seeped through that warm winter coat and a mug of cocoa (with tiny marshmallows, of course) made by a little Swedish girl with pigtails, is needed. Sounds nice doesn't it? For the estimated 3,500 homeless of Erie, the winter coat would suffice.

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Mercyhurst student club, Diversity 101, hosted a Kwanzaa celebration in the Student Union, yesterday. i , Kwanzaa is a traditional agricultural celebration, beginning Dec 26 and lasting until Jan 1, which recognizes the importance of working together during the harvest season. Kwanzaa is a Ki Swahili word meaning "first," signifying the first fruits of harvest Kwanzaa was re-established in the United States by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966. Karenga Intended to introduce traditional values of Africa to Americans of Africann descent. * ^3* * | A Thierry Gaspard, a Mercyhurst senior* said of the event" i personally don't know much about Kwanzaa, I would like to learn more and I hope that by us having this celebration tonight that everybody else could also learn something %v about it." *f ^^ k

It's something easy "that you can do for someone and really make a 55 difference.
-- Erika Brown


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Sara Seidle, a Mercyhurst junior, donates a winter coat to the collection box in Old Main. Additional collection boxes can be found in the Student Union and Zurn

Diversity 101. The club has been collecting coats since before Thanksgiving break and plans to continue until Christmas vacation. The coats collected will be donated to local Erie shelters. Erika Brown, Diversity 101 president, says children's coats are especially needed, because of the harsh Erie climate. The coat drive will be allowed to continue through Christmas break so that students can return to school will coats salvaged from basements and attics at home, Brown noted. Mercyhurst club, Diversity 101, involved in Collection receptacles can be found in Zurn, past efforts to diversify and integrate the stu- the Student Union, as well as the Chapel in dent population, has answered the need for Main. ^ winter coats by organizing a campuS-wide coat "It's something easy that you can do for drive. someone and really make a difference/' says This is the second coat drive organized by Brown.

DECEMER13. 2000



By Matt Jensen Merciad writer The Mercyhurst women's ice hockey team picked up two more wins this past weekend by beating Minnesota State University-Mankato twice at home. The Lady Lakers have been undefeated in December, winning four straight.. The ladies have won seven of their last eight games. Saturday, Dec. 9, thejcers spread out the scoring with four? goals from four different players; Sophomore Seanna Murphy started the scoring 5:09intothe game with assists from sophomores Elizabeth Betteridge and Randi Pilger. Sophomore K.C. Gallo put one on the board for the Hurst with an unassisted goal at the 11:01 mark of the second stanza. In the third period,freshmanLyndsay Barch and sophomore C.J. Ireland put the icing on the cake, scoring 4:26 apart. j In goal for the * Hurst was sophomore Tiffany Ribble, who saved 21 shots and was named the first star of the game. Saturday's game marked her. 11th career shutout.jlreland and Pilger were named the second and third stars, respectively. Sunday, the ladies took on MSU-Mankato for a matinee bout and exhibited much of the same domination, with the Lakers matching Saturday's goal total with four. After a scoreless opening period, Mercyhurst exploded, finding the back of the net three times in the second. Pilger and sophomore Tracy Logan scored just 21 seconds apart to put the Lakers up 2-0. Barch finished the second-period scoring at the 11:49 mark. Gallo sealed the victory with a fourth goal for the Lakers in the third period. | Once again, Ribble shined in net, making 13 saves while allowing only one goal late in the third period. | Freshman; Kelly Raycroft, who leads the team in points with 14, was named the first star of the game for contributing three assists. Barch (one goal, one assist) was the second star and Betteridge (one assist) received thirdstar honors. The Lakers have about-faced from their 0-62 start to the season, evening up their record at 7-7-2. "As young as we are, it's a great credit to our leadership and our team," said head coach Mike Sisti. "The kids never got down; they battled back to even up their record and continue to work through both good and bad times." The Lakers look to add to their winning streak with two games this weekend in New Hampshire. The ladies take on the University of New Hampshire Friday, Dec. a 15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.mA



W o m e n ' s t e a m crushes Minnesota in back-to-back

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Seanna Murphy put the Lakers on the board first in the hockey team's 4-0 victory over Minnesota State University Saturday, Dec 9.

Ladies pick up win at home
By Annie DeMeo Merciad writer The Mercyhurst women's basketball team evened their record Monday, Dec. 11, with a 82-68 home court victory over Daemen College. * The Lady Lakers were motivated to beat a team they lost to last season, j "Last year we lost by three points in the championship game of their tournament, so we really wanted to beat them in front of our crowd this year," said junior center Krista Usher. The Lakers struggled in the first half, falling behind a couple of times early in the period. However, the women went ahead 9-7 at the 16minute mark and never surrendered the lead as they dominated visiting Daemen. Senior forward Amy Galla had 14 first-half points to give the women a narrow 46-41 edge going into the locker room. The team made adjustments on defense at the break and maintained their offensive spark to

Iceils beat all that they can beat
Win over Army leaves men as lone unbeaten
By Matt Jensen Merciad writer Old man winter pulled one over on the Laker hockey team this weekend. It seems the weather was much too rough for the plane to take off last Thursday, causing Friday night's game against Army to be postponed until January 5. But fate would find the two clashing Saturday evening. And clash they did. "We didn,t play great," said coach Gotkin describing Saturday's contest. "But it was good enough to win" At the end of the first period, neither team had scored, but both had roughing calls against them. In the second period, Army's Mike Fairman scored five minutes in. They also managed to scare up a hooking, holding, and elbowing charge. Not to say mat the Mercyhurst boys didn't fight back, they earned hooking, slashing, and charging penalties.

The men's team is idle until after Christmas break. They make up the postponed Army game on Jan. 5, and stay on the road to take on Colgate Jan. 6. The men finally return to the MIC Jan. 9 for a battle with Canisius.

Marty Rychley finally tied things up 2 and a half minutes into the third period assisted by Mark Stamp and Jody Robinson. The Lakers were back in the game, and had nearly an entire period to score the game clincher. The Lakers waited almost as long as possible to score again. That final clincher came with nine tenths of a second left in the game. "At about three and a half seconds left. Coach told me to try and put it in the net," said Jeff Gould, who eventually scored the game winner. ^That's exactly what he did. The puck dropped and the game was over.Gould put the puck in from center ice at the face off. 'It's just one of those things where everything has to be perfect," said Gould. It was so fast I didn't know what happened, I just looked up and my wingers were yelling. It was so random and lucky, but anyone would take it." "Army was a good team and the crowd was really great, it was a great gut check for the team," said Gotkin. "We pulled together and found a way to beat them." The Lakers are ranked second in the MAAC, two points behind Iona. The Lakers return to action after Christmas break. The Lakers will Annie Sitter/Merciad photographe make up the game at Army on Jan. 5 and stay on the road to take on non-conference foe Senior Katie Vogt passes the ball off to a teammate in the women's win over visiting Colgate Jan. 6. Fans can look forward to the Houghton College earlier this season. The Lady Lakers are 4-4 overall and 1-2 in team's return to the MIC Jan. 9 when they face the GLIAC. ? I T Canisius.

finish avenging last year's loss. Galla and Usher>led the Lakers with 16 points apiece. Rebecca Sandor and Krista Ross also scored in double figures for the Lakers. They came off the bench to contribute 14 and 12 points respectively. ; Usher led the team in rebounds, grabbing 10 boards, while Galla, the team's rebound leader, had eight. The women's 4-4 start is a far cry from last year's 9-1 opening mark. Injuries to key seniors has forced the younger Lakers play like veterans. * "It seems like we are a younger team than we are," said Usher. "The sophomores and juniors have had to step up to get some wins." Despite the injury-forced youth fulness of the team, the Lady Lakers are optimistic about their chances for being significant contenders in the GLIAC. ^ 2 The women's team is in action again 6 p.m. Monday, Dec J18 in a non-conference bout when they host Mansfield University.



DECEMBER 13. 2000

By Greg Beato Merciad writer As America struggles over who will lead our country for the next four years, the men's basketball team will turn to 5*11** freshman Justin Shouse. A graduate of McDowell High School, Shouse has assumed the role of starting point guard. He can utilize his natural.leadership skills at a position likened to the quarterback in football. The men's team is off to a fast start with a 64record and an impressive 2-1 GLIAC mark. All three of the league games were on the road, which should prepare Mercy hurst for several pivotal home games in the new year. Shouse has provided strong play at the point, both offensively and defensively. With a couple of key players missing, he took on the responsibility of shutting down the opponent's top guard. With this defensive mindset, he has also been able to average 5.6 assists and 5.3 points per game. He is leading the team in steals with


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Erie natives guide hoops
By Mike Fleckenstein Merciad writer



Justin Shouse leads young Lakers

lAmy Galla helps another

Playing without an All-GLIAC selection is a hard task to overcome for any team. Imagine playing without two of them. ? The 2000-2001 Lady Lakers are playing without two Al 1-GLIAC selections from last year. Senior Jodi Maxim is going to miss the entire season and fellow senior Meredith Koncsol has just recently returned to action f| %y : after missing the first several games. | In their absence, senior teammate Amy Galla has stepped up to fill their shoes. Galla, an Erie native, attended Mercyhurst Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer Annie Sitter/Merciad photographer Preparatory School. A1997 graduate she was recruited by several Division II schools and Senior forward Amy Galla. Freshman point guard Justin Shouse*" some Division I schools including South this equation perfectly. An unselfish player Carolina. However* Galla did not want to who prides himself on making his teammates pretty big shoes to fill. With the losses of leave home. look good, Shouse says he's "just trying to do "I really wanted to be close to home, family Maximand Koncsol, she has had to step up my best** and provide not only more points and reand friends after high school,** she said. Humbly, Shouse credits the coaching staff Lady Laker fans are glad she didn't head bounds, but also leadership on and off the with the credit for developing and maintaining the basketball team. Through recruiting south and is continuing to wear the Lady Laker court. 23. \ ' | ? • p "We've had to develop our own chemistry The adjustment from high school to college and team bonding experiences like the blue and green. 1 After arriving at Mercyhurst in the fall of with Jodi and Meredith being out. We ve had has been smooth but challenging for Shouse. Thanksgiving trip to Florida, Mercyhurst 1997, Galla knew that she would have to ad- to grow together with the new people," Galla While the concept of the game has not men's basketball is on therighttrack. } changed, he lists the pace of the game and the ^ T h e coaching staff has us working hard just her game tofitthe college style. She knew said. athletitfom ot Uie players as die" biggest dip every day and keeps the team chemistry to- that the competition would be a lot fiercer. Galla is currently leading the Lady Lakers gether," said Shouse. ference between the levels. "I knew that I had to change to fit the level in scoring with 15.0 points and 9.3 rebounds Virtually every athlete on the court is physi- Improving every practice and game, Shouse of competition. College girls are a lot more per outing. cal and imposing, which was not always true and the team are in store for an exciting sea- disciplined,** she said. frCome out and watch Galla and the rest of while he was at McDowell. son of basketball. Galla's game has changed and she is now the Lady Lakers on their way to the GUAC Come and support the team in their next one of the top post players in the league. Anyone thatfollowsMercyhurst basketball conference playoffs. cad tell you this year's team has the chemis- home game against rival Edinboro on SaturThe women play Mansfield at the MAC on This year in particular, Galla has had some try that a winning team needs. Shouse fits into day, Dec. 30. Dec. 18 at 6p.m.

Men team has unlikely leaders
If you've seen the 2000-2001 Laker men's basketball team in action this year, it's obvious they are going to be a contender for the GLIAC championship and a bid in the NCAA Division II tournament. R However, there is a key attribute besides their level of talent that make this year's squad one of the most exciting teams to watch in Laker history. In a tough conference, experience is a very important for any team. But this year's squad is different—they are young, but very experienced in D-II basketball. •» L The GLIAC is undoubtedly one of the best conferences in D-II basketball year after year. Experience and age are both key ingredients to successful teams in conference play. Any coach would love to have a team with several contributing seniors, I But* what about this year's men's team? The Lakers only have one senior, pre-season AilAmerican Honorable Mention Brent Swain. For most teams, relying on one senior would pose a serious threat. Yet this year's squad is still a major contender for the league title. X ,The new Lakers are a very young team. The Laker men have a nine-man rotation and six are either sophomores or freshman. Team those six youthful Lakers with seasoned veterans Jamal Holley, Richard Bradley, Ail-American center Swain and you have the makings of an excellent basketball team. rienced therigorousGLIAC schedule last year. Tim Fesko, Jarron Hinton, Dion Brown and Scott Melle all add experience on both the interior and the perimeter. Mike Fleckenstein These "four horsemen** all saw considerable amounts of playing time last year and are well Youth is one thing, but experienced youth is a on their way to helping the Lakers win the different ball game. GUAC Igjgt 1 1 '! The Lakers added two outstanding freshmen ^The next time you are on the Mercyhurst this year. Justin Shouse, a local legend, and college campus and are complaining that there Ohio player of the year Joshua Helm are the isn't anything to do, stop in at the MAC and only 'inexperienced** Lakers in the rotation. watch the Laker men. t But, even though they are freshmen, they The Lakers return to action on Dec. 30, when are experienced beyond their years and add a they face local rival Edinboro University— great deal of leadership to the team. hope to see you all there! In addition to the "super frosh duo,** there arefoursophomores on the roster that expe-

Off the rim


Senior Amy Galla is averaging a team high 15 points and nine rebounds a game. The Mercyhurst men's team has won two of three conference games. Last year the team was a meager 4-15 in the GLIAC.

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Justin Shouse leads the. men's basketball team with 53 assists and 23 steals.


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