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D*Angelo Young Artist Compe- tition in strings begins. 10 aon. to 2 p .m. Student Union, formal tickets on sale. 8:30.p.m. Recreation Center, pudding wrestling.

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D'Angelo Competition. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Garvey Park, activities carnival extravaganza blowout 8 p.m. Little Theatre, The Pi- rates of Penzance. 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Erie Plaza Hotel, spring formal

Saturday, April 20

12 p.m. to 6 p.m. activities day. 71 p.m. Warner Theatre, D*Angelo Competition final. 8 p.m. Little Theatre, The Pi- rates of Penzance.

Sunday, April 21

12 p.m.to4 p.m. Shades Beach, spring activities picnic.

Monday, April 22

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Grotto, Earth

Wednesday, April 24

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Campus ice rink skates toward approval

By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editoi

A hockey rink built on campus — to be <

not to be, that is the question?

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At last Sunday's student government meeting , Mercyhurs t President , Dr. William] " Garvey, asked the student representatives for an answer to that question. fi After a presentation by Garvey, the student representatives were in favor of the endeavor. To finance the new facility, Garvey pro- posed raising the student building assessment fee starting next fall. The fee would be raised $55 per student, per year. This increase was based on a bond issue period of 30 years.

Garvey feel s this is the best current alternative

for funding

the project' 'We will build one

some day," said Garvey. "If it's not built this year, it probably will not be built until*1995 when the college plans a new capital cam-

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According to Garvey, the construction of the building will cost an estimated half a mil- lion dollars. It will cost another estimated half million to furnish the necessary equipment The students would be paying a significant portion of the construction. >, The college would be contributing about one-third o f the cos t in the joint venture. The inside necessities would be provided by dona- tions from Erie businesses and local donors. The yearl y upkee p woul d b e pai d b y use r fees . Garvey stressed that, "No money will be taken from anyone's budget No academic budgets will be affected.'' The new indoor facility would be one of the largest in the Erie area. According to Gar- vey, it would provide an additional recreation area for the students. The building would be able to seat 1500 people. With such a large seating capacity, Garvey said the building could be facilitated for a variety of activities.' 'Gradu- ation could be moved back on campus. The students could host concerts and dancesJ? The opportunitie s are endless,' ' sai d Garvey . * The plans for design of the new addition linclude adding on to the existing Recreation |Center. The contents of the rec center would be moved to the new Campus Center addition

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behind the stage. " Garvey said the new area built to expand the Campus Center was built with the idea that when a hockey arena was finally constructed, the Campus Center space could be used for intramural sports and team practices. Garvey said the area behind the stage is almost the same as a full size collegiate court Therefore, the student body would not be losing recrea- tion space, Garvey said. ? The rink would contain an ice floor from November to March. During the other months, the facility would be utilized by other sports and activities, v

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als o buil t wit h

the intention of someday turning it into a hockey rink. The lights and floor were de- signe d s o tha t the y coul d on e day underg o th e metamorphoses. '* I f the facilit y i s buil t a parkin g lo t ma y b e built behind the Campus Center within a year or two. The parkin g are a woul d provid e roo m

for 100 cars. •• f

i Garvey said when the hockey program was started, there were no professional teams in Erie. Since die Erie Panthers started playing,

finding ic e tim e has bee n ver y difficul t Lake r hockey had to play most of their games on the road this year. Garvey said being on the road adds a lot of strain to the players and makes it difficult for them to keep up academically.!

In

a letter to

Garvey, Carl Triola, chairman

ittee Self-study wrote, "After thoughtful analysis

and assessment of the facilities for our hockey program, we unanimously agreed that an ice hockey rink should be built on campus at the

site o f the

recreation center.''

* "ft" wenron tersay tharthe college'has to address the recreational needs o f the students. "Coupled with the construction of the rink should be the completion o f the Campus Cen- ter project to insure a facility to meet those needs. Completion of this project along with available student recreational use of the ice rink will afford students the space needed for leisure time physical activities." Triola ended the letter by saying, "There is sufficient support among the Mercyhurst Community to see the project become a real- ity. » » Representatives-on student government supported Garvey's proposal. Dan D*Ambro- sio, chemistry representative, said, "Many colleges spend millions of dollars on facilities to start athletic programs. We already have a nationally ranked hockey team. I think we should take advantage of the situation and build the needed hockey rink.*' $ Dale Mancuso said, "I feel students will support an ice rink even if the building assess- ment is raised." Sean O'Rourke, business administration representative, questioned whether there was any other alternative for financing other than raising the building assessment fee. He asked whether there was a possibility of selling ad- vertising space on the boards of thq rink to provide revenue. Garvey's that Erie businesses will be contributing but

th e constructio n woul d hav e t o Toe financed b y the students. After that response, O'Rourke agreed to the proposal.

Sigm a representative ,

said, "I'm in favor of the hockeyrink and I have no affiliation with the hockey program. I'll probablyfnever use i t but opportunities Mr* this don't come around everyday. This is Mercyhurst

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Editor's Note: This column is designed to let students know what is happening in the international and national areas. The news is gath- eredfroma variety of sources.

By Karen McGuire \ Merciad News Editor

INTERNATIONAL:

Iraq -- According to President Bush, relief camps will be set up by American, British and French troops in northern Iraq that could shelter more than half a million Kurdish refugees land eventually coax them back to their homes;-The campsfwill provide medical and food supplies for 100,000 people.

Italy — A burning supertanker spilled millions of gallons of crude oil into the Bay of Genoa after an explosion last Thursday. The tanker sank 2,000 yards off the northwest coast of Italy.

Netherlands - Gunmen took 20 major paintings from the Vincent Van Gogh National Museum in one of the largest art thefts on record. The paintings were found abandoned in a getaway car at a nearby railroad station. Three of the recovered paintings were severely torn.

Germany — More than 30,000 eastern Germans rallied in the rain at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate Wednesday demanding help for their economically troubled region. The strike was call by the IG Metall union, the country's largest labor organization.

Russia— Boris Yeltsin, RussianFederation President, said thatRussia planned to turn the dreaded KGB Soviet state security police into a champion of human rights.' * It will no longer be the KGB, it will be the Committee for the Security of Russia and its task will be turned into the defense of human rights,'' he said.

NATIONAL:

Los Angeles, California- The LA Times reported Wednesday four white police officers who were caught on videotape ab black motorist last month were fired from their jobs.

Pennsylvania - A successor for former Senator, John Heinz, has not yet been named. The leading contenders; include U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, a former 2-term Pennsylvania governor,

and Heinz's widow. Teresa

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New Haven, Connecticut - The Skull and Bones Club, one of the last all-male clubs, has unanimously voted to accept women. Angry board members of the Yale affiliated club changed the locks on the Skull and Bones meeting hall over the weekend as a result

Washington, D.C. -

Tlie first fetus-to-fetus tissue transplant was

performed last May while the baby was still in the womb. It was the first to be tried in the U.S. It has not yet been determinded whether the experimentsueceeded,but ifitdoes,ff^ diseases could be cured before birth.

LOCAL:

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The emergence here of two gangs of youths - the I the colors of several professional football teams, and trie u u i s , wnc are all less flashy - has thrust Erie onto a list of about 100U.S. cities affectedby gangs, which is in many cases,accompanied bydrug trade

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Senior Sean O'Rourke speaks with Professor Richard Kubiak at the MSG career fair, at which 30 prospective students attended.

GTE hangs up]on 'Hurst community

By Angela M. Camp Merciad Features Editor

We will no longer be able to reach out and touch someone with GTE if the new proposal for a telephone system is approved. The proposal initiated by Sr. Mary Mark Doulet director of research and information systems, goes before the Board of Trustees on Thurs- day, April 18. "The old system is antiquated, and GTE will no longer be able to accommodate us," said Doulet The telephone system proposal would place phones in every apart- ment and dormitory room on cam- pus. "Students will no longer have to pay the installation fees and will also be able to take advantage of the college's high volume long distance rates," said Doulet Stu-

dents will be billed monthly for long distance calls which would y then be payable to Student^ Ac- counts. "The monthly fees will probably be incorporated into the student's room and board cost," commented Doulet Not only are there many ad- vantages for resident students, but there are also various advantages . for faculty members and adminis-

trators. One of the benefits is voice mail. Voice mailjwill enable in- structors to leave Imessages for

students, and vice versa.

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Better security will be another benefit, according to Terry Camp, director of housing maintenance. A phone will beplaced on each en- tranceway to allow visitors to call the residents in order to open the front door. "This feature will al-

securc said Camp.

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There are some benefits that may not be realized for a couple of years. ( 'In the future, students will be able to wire their personal computers to^the school's com- puter system, but we're not ready to do that yet" said Doulet

If the board approves the pro- posal, the college is prepared to begin thejirnplernentation of the system immediately. **TfIfe trends ing will be done between gradu- ation and the fourth of July," said Doulet "The system will be op- erational Overall,»the new telephone system seems to benefitall ofthose concerned. As Doulet put it, "It's a win-win situation for everyone, which doesn'thappen veryoften."

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Scholarships increase

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The Mercyhurst Student Gov- ernment (MSG) Government Cham- ber was die place to be last Sunday night Among the top priorities that came to the floor (other then the hockey rink) was the scholarship proposal. MSG passed a vote to increase the officer scholarships. The presidential scholarship was increased from $3000 to $5000. However, $1000 is contingent upon the president residing in Erie dur- ing the summer. The offices of vice-president treasurer, secretary and SAC chair will be raised from $1500 to $2500 with $500 contin- gent upon whether they stay in Erie.

I Dean Michael McQuillen was

a guest at the meeting. The topic of his address to MSG was the current proposal to include minuses in the grading scale. McQuillen said the suggestion was brought before the Mercyhurst College Senate by some

faculty members who said the minus system would represent grades more accurately. £ f The proposal was voted down by the Senate by a large majority. Reasons for the rejection included economic cost and the lack of in- formation on how students'rgrade point averages would be affected overall. Cost to change the scale would include? buy ing new com- puter programs, altering forms and rewriting literature. Brad Fairfield, MSG vice-presi- dent announced that there will be four open spots for student repre- sentatives to the Senate next year. Jen Marshall, MSG secretary, reported that between 50 and 60 people attended the MSG candi- date speeches on April 11. Next year's officers will be notified Thursday April 18. Dale Mancuso, MSG treasurer, ended the meeting saying, "I've had a great year. I think we've accomplished what we set out to do."

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On Wednesday, April|l7, the college's | finance committee ac- cepted the principle*of the5pro- posal. Garvev said the committee was impressed by the fact that the students were willing to back the idea even if it meant an increase in

student fees.

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The committee plans to recom- mend that*; the trustees raise the building assessment fee^and ap- prove the icerink under the condi-

tion that the building can be built within the budget of one million

dollars.

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If approved, the athletic de- partment will be asked to conducta cost assessment This will involve written documents and actual bids. If the project's actual cost is fea- sible, the go ahead win be given in

June.

Garvey said the biggest credit goes to the j student government "If the students hadn't reacted in favor of the rink like they did, there wouldn't be a rink." f

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Engel favors construction of campus jrink

To The Editor,

|I am writing this letter to you not because I have nothing else to

do, but because at the last student government meeting a decision was reached that affects every student at Mercyhurst Dr. Garvey addressed

a full house at the meeting concern-

ing a potential ice rink on campus. Essentially, Dr. Garvey was asking: the representatives three questions: Do ••you" feel there is student support for such a venture? Are you willing to give up recrea- tional space in the rec center? Are you willing to share the financial burden with •'users" (groups that rent the facility) and private finan- cial contributors if the board of trustees motions to commit to the building of the facility? The an- swer to I all these questions after debating the issue was yes.

This is why I'm writing this now. The simple facts are: One, Thursday, April 18 at 3 p.m., I will be representing you at the board of trustees meeting. Two, I will rec- ommend the recreational center be expanded to hold an ice rink. Three,

I will submit that students are will-

ing to accept a $55 increase in the building assessment fee per person per year. Four, I will do so under the understanding that the Campus Center addition will be completed by the beginning of fall term, and that there will be no further in- crease in the building assessment fee next year.

Why?

Mercyhurst

Student

Government reached this conclu- sion not simply because the pro- posal was hand delivered by the influential Dr. William P. Garvey, but because we felt it is well justi- fied. Regarding Dr. Garvey's first question, MSG found it fairly easy to submit to him that there is stu- -dent support for an ice rink* on campus. This was evident to the representatives by the amount of print it received in The Merciad ,as well as how often it came up in conversation around campus, and in their discussions with other stu- dents. Furthermore, it is well deserved. The* hockey program has estab- lished itself as a national power playing over 25 games on the road every year, and it was felt that they have earned the right to home ice. It should also be noted that this is not the first attempt to create home ice for the team. Serious efforts were made to create home ice at both the Civic Center and at the Glenwood rink. Both

; Dr. Garvey *s second question has been moving about in my brain ever since I was in Elmira, and I had the feeling this proposal would surface. Last summer, I expressed

failed.

a great need to the board of trustees

for a large indoor recreation facil- ity. It was constructed and the need

I expressed was proven true. The carpet in the rec center is without a doubt worn. However, it

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was no secret when it was built that it was done so with the intent of expanding it into a rink in the future. Also, it was mentioned that when a rink was created another rec center would be created. Is this going to happen? MSG feels that this is being accomplished wi'J? the expansion of die Campus Cento* and the multifunctional capabili- ties of the proposed ice rink. After much deliberation with myself and others, I also feel die needs of die students that were met by the rec center will still be met One, because the stage area of the Campus Center will be roughly two-thirds the size of the existing rec center. Furthermore, the rink will not merely be a rink, but a multifunctional facility. According to Dr. Garvey and Coach Gotkin, Mercyhurst hockey coach, the fa-

cility will essentially have the same potential as a convention center. In other words, events such as gradu- ation, concerts or even a bingo may be held in it; not to mention intra- mural indoor soccer, box lacrosse, hockey, floor hockey and open

skating, etc

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Of course, Thursday, I will emphasize that the same thought, effort, and time be put into the final design of this facility that was put into the student union in order that all of the things mentioned above are not simply a lot of rhetoric but actually done.

The| last question was if you support it, are you willing to put your money where your mouth is? Above I have noted that we are not really losing a whole lot in regard to recreational facilities, and that

there is support for the rink. Is it worth another $55 per person per year? MSG felt that we were able to createa substantialburden being shared in part by users and private sources and not fully placing the

burden on students.

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The support is there, our rec- reational facilities are taking a slight step in reverse, following a monu- mental? step forward, and I will again express the need for devel- opment in this area.

Latest anti-smoking ad too much for students?

CPS) An American Cancer So- ciety newspaper ad published in many college newspapers dur- ing the past month has provoked some student criticism of the papers that ran i t

"Some

people

said

we

shouldn't be running it," said Mark Bcckman of The Fourth

Estate, the student paper at the University of Wisconsin-Green

Bay.

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College in North Carolina com- j

plained it was "gross," added Mark Puckeu of die Davidsonian, which also ran the ad.

The ad, titled * 'Sophisticated Lady,'' features a young woman, covered with tar and nicotine, holding a cigarette. Underneath, the copy reads' 'If what happened on your inside happened on your outside, would you still smoke?" Sophisticated Lady was part of the Cancer Society's campaign to promote the I 'Great American Smokeout'' on Nov. 15, when the Society encourages smokers to go one day without lighting up. "Unless you do something out of the ordinary, it doesn't get noticed," explained Sue Kiikland, an American Cancer Society spokeswoman. I Kirkland, whose group circulated the ad as a public service message, added she did not know how many papers actually

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"The ad doesn't make people feel good," but it does get the

message out, Kirkland

"I thought it was effective but a bit harsh," Beckman said. Puckeu agreed the ad was "powerful" as well as "gross." An addition to the print ad, a television ad features the same young woman in an elaborate gown and make-up, who is slowly covered with tar and nicotine. At the end of the ad, she screams and tries to claw die muck off her face. Both ads are meant to counter tobacco industry ads, aimed at youngs women, that try to make smoking lode glamorous and

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number of smokers.

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Green Bay's Beckman said the ad alone probably wouldn't

make a smoker quit

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"It would probably give you another reason to quit," he added.

Stager replies to opinion piece

To the Editor:

Before Spring Activities Week- end occurs, the Student Activities Committee spends numerous hours preparing every event from Thurs- day to Sunday with a large array of student and administrative con ten t- ment in mind.

jThe question of

security^ is

always a touchy subject for S.A.C. events&The decision for Spring Activities security was^not in the hands of S.A.C.ithis year. The Administration had pre-planned that the Erie Police would work as se- curity from noon to ^5 p.m. for Saturday's events.

In contrast to a previous" ion" article, the security decision was not taken without question. When I personally approached Mr. E. William Kennedy (director of student affairs) with die question of why we were hiring die Erie Police, he proved to me that there are over five different ways of stat- ing, "because I said so!" Upon ^receiving such a reac- tion, I decided to direct my ques- tioning to Mr.-Merrill Dcver (di- rector of Mercyhurst security). Mr. Devcr explained why off-duty police are the "choice option" available ID assist our security staff for Spring Activities Day.

Erie Police are competent and quite understanding of college stu- dent activities. S.A.C. is not fear- ing anyriotousacts occurring, but if any dangerous incident should happen, the Erie Police are solid in their training, from first aid to crowd control. Kevin, the fact that you have spoken critically of me is not the point That you have not spoken it justly, that is the point

Kierstin Stager* SAC Chairperson

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APRIL18,1991

Arts & Entertainment

No Heaven, no Hell

Brooks provides paradise of laughter

By Robi Taylor Merciad Entertainment Editor Defending Your Life j Starring - Meryl Streep and Albert Brooks Director - Albert Brooks Warner Brothers Pictures Rated - PG £ I

mm To quote the famous American philosopher Woody Allen, * 'Every- one knows there's an afterlife, but how far is it from midtown and is it open beyond midnight" That pretty much sums up the meaning of Albert Brooks latest film, Defending Your Life. | Through this one movie I finally found out that all these years my parents, teachers and preachers have been lying to me about what happens after you die. There is no eternal resting place. There is no Heaven and no Hell. There is just a place where you're put on trial to determine whether you have to go back to Earth as you were or remain as a higher form of life. The final judgement is based on the amount of a brain a person uses compared to the amount of raw emotion. The average human uses three to five percent of his or her brain. The ones who are chosen to remain use an average of S3 percent of their brains.

Although Brooks' has the reputation as a filmmaker

his

films, the audience is not going to accept the fact that he started out as comedian and he still has some funny left in him.

who puts society on .the'cutting edge through

The story follows the soul of Daniel Miller (Albeit Brooks) after he is killed after driving his brand new $39,000 BMW in the front of an oncoming bus. The place where he is taken is called Judgement City, which looks a lot like downtown Los Angeles—only it's open 24 hours a day. I can only call it the ultimate resort Some of the nicer things about Judgement City are: the temperature is a constant 72 degrees and you can eat all you want without gaining weight While there he is placed on trial for his sins of being afraid and insecure. The prosecutor pointsput all his mistakes in judgement like not investing $ 10,000 in Casio when it opened because,' 'The Japanese are no good at precision work." She argues that this was a major sin because he lost about $39 million in the deal. Between his appearances in court, Miller meets and falls in love with another soul named Julia (Meryl Streep) and it is his devotion to her that eventually saves him from another term as a normal human. I've got a strange feeling about this movie. Although Brooks* has the reputation as afilmmakerwho puts society on the cutting edge through

his films, the audience is not going to accept the fact that he started out as comedian and he still has some funny left in him. That's what he

brought out with Defending Your Life. He did what he is best at

made people laugh. ] * V

I hate to say it, especially with my intense hatred for Meryl Streep, but she was excellent injthis movie. Her performance as the well- adjusted and relatively secure love interest was the perfect contradiction to the craziness on Brooks' role. \ Defending Your Life doesn't chart any new paths into comedic territory, but it's still a cut above most big budget comedies. There is one thing that bothers me about movie, Miller complains that the judgement seems based on his lack of economic success. He states several times that he believes that there is mote to success than making money. Yet when we meet him he is driving a new $39,000 BMW. If the powers that be don't consider that successful, where does that leave the rest of us?

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Critic raves over Little Theater production

By Kristin E. Brigandi Merciad staff reporter

Friday, April 12, the Mercyhurst College Theater Department, in cooperation with the D'Angelo School of Music presented their rendition of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. A very spirited and talented castihad the audience howling with laughter. This show promises to exceed all of your expectations. Act one begins with a raucous group ofpirates toasting each other and their conquests. Here, we first meet the misfortunate Fredrick, a good-hearted lad who is an appren- tice to the pirates until his twenty- first birthday. Ruth is his confused but dedicated nursemaid. The Pirate King i s a man who love s hi s work but is not as heartless as he likes to believe he is.* These characters were master- fully portrayed by Bob Martin, Nichole Bruno, and David Peiletier, respectively. These three are reason enough to see the show. Also in thefirstact, we meet the demure and innocent daughters of the Major General and the General himself.* Monique Grottloh is stunning in her performance of Mabel, the daughter who pledges her heart to the newly reformed Fredrick. Miss Grottloh's powerful soprano voice is her greatest asset in gaining the hearts of the audience, if not Fre- drick himself. The Major-General is played hilariously by? John Gratto who wrote the alternative lyrics to his title song as well. The second act is populated by the entire crew with the introduc- tion of a new band, the police squad. Never fear, lads and lasses, the fun does not stop simply because the party is busted by the fuzz. This motley crew is lead by a sergeantportrayed by Michael Nasca. Nasca's slapstick coupled with the antics of his able-bodied squad is sure to have the audience rolling in the aisles if they are not there al-

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ready. By combining musical perform- ances that are sometimes touching, often humorous but always pleas- ing to the ear, with the outstanding performances of the cast, they cre- ate a sure-fire hit Don't get me wrong, although the show was hilarious, one should not simply view, The Pirates of Penzance as only a comedy. Bril- liant musical performances by Bruno,

Gratto, Grottloh, Martin, Nasca, and Peiletier are equally engaging. Other performances to watch for are Bob Ko walko wski, Christine Ky ser, and Sherree Piechnick all of whom play strong supporting roles. ^ f All in all The Pirates of Pen- zance will steal fits way into the spotlight and more than likely into the listing of "have to see" show.

My rating: 95/100

Dance

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founder

comes back home for a visit

By Laura Blabac AssL Entertainment Editor

who Ismet Mouhedin is, here is a brief background:

Ismet Mouhedin began dancing professionally at the Brussels Op- era in Belgium/and was a principal dancer with the Russian Ballet of Irina Grjebina. Later, in 1973 he accepted the dual positions of di- recting the Erie CiviciBallet and

founding/directing the Mercyhurst College Dance Department While he did a great deal in Erie during his four-year stay, Ismet is quick to attribute the beginnings of dance in Erie to S tatia Sublette, who founded the Erie Civic Ballet and whoseposition hecame tofill.Ismet liked his years here very much; "

The sensation of magic and jovial fascinationfilledWeber Hall dance studio as dancedepartment founder Ismet Mouhcdin came to visit last weekend (April 12-15.) Mary Price Boday and Jay Kirk

(a former student of Ismet's) ex- tended an invitation several months ago, and Jsmet happily accepted, making an allowance in his hectic schedule. The weekend that followed was exciting and comical for all.

"There is more activ-

ity in dance since I left in

is a wider .

audience/*

"the atmosphere was great Upon leaving Mercyhurst, he went to Los Angeles and became

there 1977

The first day of his arrival, Ismet began by teaching the technique classes. Dance majors found his classes rigorous, but full of many constructive criticisms, some of which brought a chucklefrom the dancers. While observing the air-

plane-like arms of adancer he quickly (and sarcastically) assured them, '

TWA! Now, get your arms more

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worry, you get a job-with

forward

THAT'S

it

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Ismet had

a smile, story and helpful hint for everyone. Many dancers were grateful for the corrections given during his critique of the rehearsals, as well. Many a step will be performed to perfection because of his help. Besides giving master classes, he also attended the opening night of The Pirates ofPenzance, which he enjoyed. Unfortunately, Ismet had to leave on Monday morning, (but hopefully not for long!) For the many people outside the dance department who do not know

the ballet master of Americana Dance Theatre, mentioning also that the privately taughtMary TylerMoore. He then went to Arizona Dance Theater, and finally to Pittsburgh, where he founded the American Youth Ballet of Pittsburgh and remains their Artistic Director.

* In interviewing Ismet, we came

to discuss how he feels about the

department today. His reply:

the department was going down the drain for years, but is finally on the right track again. Both directors have professional backgrounds, and with them here, the department will go

straight back up., .maybe higher.

dancers have good

:He also added, "There is more activity in dance since I left in

The

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there 1977

is a wider audience.

What Erie needs now is a critic, a critic with knowledge of dance. All in all, Ismet very much en- joyed his visit to his-"creation," summed up in his smile as he said, "I see that my baby is healthy again!"

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Johnson spends memorable)Spring Break

By Becky Johnson Merciad Staff Reporter

This year I had the best Spring Break. Alice Edwards, an instruc- tor in Spanish, Tracey Grafius, Kathy Chulick and I wentjto Merida, Mexico to work with the poor people in the Yucatan. We stayed at the Mission of Friendship which is sponsored by the Diocese of Erie. As I exited the plane, I knew I had entered into a different world. I began to discover new smells , sights and sounds. The idea I had about the third world became a reality. The mission offered us many different experiences which in- volved visiting a home for the eld- ery, a day care center, a mobile medical! unit, a boys* homeless shelter, a shelter for single women and children, a work site (where we helped build a cement floor for a poor single mother) and a library. I have experienced a number of memorable events. I would like to share a few with you. When we visited the home for the elderly, we played bingo with the residents. I remember a gentleman at my table who was constantly smiling and laughing. I? was surprised to see him so happy because his regular daily routine consists of three meals and a religious service. Because the people are poor, an activities director is unavailable. Another memorable experience is the children at the day care cen- ter. Although they knew that when they returned home there might not be anything to eat, they were happy and open with us.

Kathy Chulick, Alice Edwards, Becky Johnson, the director, and Tracey Grafius present the day care center with toys graciously donated by the ^ Mercyhurst College Community.

The

memorable

friendliness

is

characteristic

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left

Mexico with. A perfect example of this is when we went sightseeing at the Mayan ruins of Uxmal. On our way, our truck's tire blew. We were alone on a winding road without anyone knowing how to change a tire. Two men in a tour bus stopped and offered to change it for us. We then discovered that we did not havea truck's jack. A taxi, (a truck with 10-12 people on it) stopped and allowed us to borrow their jack. When we offend them money, they answered, "Friendship is mote valuable than money.*' I The | majority of the working class in Mexico makes 1,200 pesos an hour or about 30 cen is in Ameri-

can currency. Benefits such as unemployment compensation and food stamps don't exist. Children sell gum on the streets to support their families. Other people sell crafts or wash wind- shields as you stop at a red light Only a small percentage of the people earn high wages as lawyers or doctors. Most of the poor do not go to high school, and a very small num- ber of those attending graduate. It is common for a 14-year-old to be in third grade because so (many children have to repeat grades.

. I left a piece of me there, and I brought a part home with me. I hope to return someday.

Spring Activities

Weekend

1991

Any chocoholics out there? Wen, on Thursday, April 18 join us in

the kickoff event for Spring Activities] Weekend -

PUDDING

WRESTLING! This gooey sport is only the beginning of all kinds of insane antics going on this weekend. So go crazy, but don't eat all the pudding!

Thursday - KICK-OFF!!!!

8:30 p.m.

Friday

12 noon to 5 p.m.

Pudding Wrestling

Club Fair

Rec Center

GarveyPark

Doug Kamer, caricature artist and Mercyhurst alumnus, will be

drawing in Garvey Park free of charge.

Saturday - teams

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male and 50% female

12 noon

12:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m.

2 p.m.

2:30 p.m.

3 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

Cone Spin Old Clothes relay Egg Toss Orange Thrust Pie Eating Contest

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i S.A.C. Races Obstacle Course

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all team members 3 male/3 female 1 male/1 female 2 male/2 female 1 member everyone everyone

Pri; zes:

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All activities will take place behind McAuley Hall

Sunday

12 noon to 4 p.m. I

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Picnic at Shades Beach - shuttles begin at¥

11:30 a.m. from Baldwin Hall and the Townhouses

D J. music andfree burgers, etc. for everyone!

Over $1500 in prizes will be given away this weekend so get out there and join in the fun!

Sifrnmer Work Full & part time positionsjavailable

* $7.50 starting rate

*Full training provided * Achieve valuable resume experience *A11 majors may apply

* Interview now - work begins after finals

Anyone interested in applying for summer employment at^Mer- cyhurst College should pick up an application in the Personnel Office (Egan 3) or the Payroll Office (Egan 1). Please specify when you will be available, full-time or part-time, where you can be contacted prior to and after graduation and what type of work you are interested in doing. The deadline for application is May 1,1991.

ADfreshmen and Sophomores, no requests for tutoring willji be accepted after April 30. If you need a tutor, please pick up an applica- tion in New Student Services (Egan 12) as soon as possible.

Spring Formal will be held on Friday, April 19 at the Erie Plaza Hotel from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Shuttles will be available to all students and guests from 8:30 p.m.^ until 1:30 a.m* leaving every 15 to 20 min- utes from Baldwin Hall and the Townhouses.

All students who wish to chal- lenge a grade must have challenge applications in by April 30. This is insure time for taking a challenge exam and p< ting the grade prior to the end of the academic year. Should you need to challenge a course, please see Mr. Pagni in Egan 12 as soon as possible.

Earthday is Monday, April 22 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is being sponsored by SAC. John Hyattwill be playing acoustic guitar with his band in the Grotto. Chicken, vege-

table trays, chips, pretzels and other snacks will be provided at the cookout There will be no charge

forfi

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for anyone bringing a bag

of recyclable garbage. After the cookout, garbage bags will be pro-

vided to students to help clean up

the campus.

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A spaghetti and meatballs din- ner, complete with salad and dessert, will be sponsored by St Paul's Parish at 453 West 16th Street. The dinner will be held on

Sunday, April 21 from noon until5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are $3.50 and children's tickets are $2.50. Take-outs are available if you fur- nish separate containers for din- ners and for salads. The dinner is sponsored by St. Paul's Holy Name Society.

Mr. Richard Kubiak will be speaking in conjunction with Earth- day on an environmental topic to be announced at a future date. This activity i s being sponsored by MSG and will be held in Sullivan Hall at 8 p.m.

The West Pfenn

March

of Dimes is now accepting applica- tions for the Pat F. Lyon Memorial Scholarship. Three $ 1500 scholar- ships will be awarded to qualifying graduate or undergraduate students. Scholarship forms can be obtained

1 March of Dimes

by calling your

office. The application deadline is

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THE MERCIAD

McAndrew stands in the spotlight

By Karen McGuire Merciad News Editor

The man walks into the room and quietly takes his props out of a briefcase. He strategically places a novel, notes and papers on the table in the front of \the room. After placing everything in its specific spot, he goes to the entranceway. With the slam of the door, the play begins.

Moving from upstage todown- stage, stage right to stage left, he paces back and forth. He tries to use every inch of the performance area. He pauses, then he proceeds. with the role of an Englishman in a "theater in the round.*' Frequently he asks members of the audience to create the age, look and situation of the story. They will play a vital role in the produc- tion. Sunshine streams through the tall windows of the antique room. The smell of the chalk clings to the air and coats the woodwork and worn blackboards. Hie halls, dubbed "Old Main", provide the perfect* setting for the enactment to take

place.

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The thespian's voice projects off the walls with feeling and in- flection. He captures the audience's attention through his body motions

and vivid facial expressions. His energy and enthusiasm seem con- tagious as they filter into the room and enlighten the audience. a An occasional pun or spark of humor breaks the serious atmos- phere. The show is entertaining as well as educational.

Barry

McAndrew, associate

professor ofEnglish at Mercyhurst College, uses his theatrical experi- ence to capture the attention of his

students. >

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class,

comprised of 25 students, seems entranced by his productions. McAndrew says theater is very much apart ofhis instruction. By reading aloud and adding dimension to the classic literature, he feels the stu- dents get more out of his class. McAndrew earned his B.A. degree from die University of Scran- ton and his M.A. degree from Ni- agara University. He also completed courses toward a doctorate at SUNY at Binghamton. It wasn't until he came to Mercyhurst, however, that he debuted on a theatrical stage. 4 'Acting never entered my mind in college,'' said McAndrew. He said if he had to live those years all over again, though, he would try i t

lit wasn't until he became a faculty member at Mercyhurst, 27 years ago, that he entered the spot- light Since then, he has performed in a number of plays and musicals. He performs an average of|one show every four years. He has also performed at the Erie Playhouse. IMcAndrew has earned a solid career on the stage of the popular Canterbury Feast, an annual me- dieval dinner theater sponsored by Mercyhurst College. The produc- tion has I performed for sold out audiences for ten years. McAn- drew has been a cast member for the past nine years. The musical chosen for the dinner varies from . year to year, but the theme remains

The Bookstore is is Ithe only place on campus without a name

and the General Manager wants

I to change that!

The student who can come up

with the best, most creative^

(non-obscene) { name for The Bookstore will win a $25.00 giftkertificate

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BARRY MCANDREW

to be J the same medieval style, a style that McAndrew enjoys, Shakespearean literature is a passion that McAndrew likes to shareiin the classroom.fit is his favorite class to teach. "Shake- spearean literature was my first love," he said. "He is the greatest writer of the English language." McAndrew has learned to use the English language with eloquence and distinction. His voice has been heard by hundreds of people. He has served as master of ceremonies for several special events, includ- ing the D'Angelo Young Artist Competition land the Academic Celebration. He is also the announcer for all home football, men's basketball and women's basketball games. "I enjoy announcing the games," he said.

4 * Besides, if I didn't announce them, I'd be there watching them any- •

way."!

But what does McAndrew like about Mercyhurst? He immediately replies, "I love coming to work everyday. I still feel the same thrill I felt 27 years ago every time I walk in the classroom." He also likes the attitude of the faculty. He feels the faculty members are genu- inely interested in their students doing well. That's important McAndrew has done his part to

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aid in students' educational proc- ess. Outside of the classroom he has served as crew coach, golf coach and The Merciad advisor. He currently serves on the^Faculty Policy Committee and a commit- tee to select an outstanding profes- sor. McAndrew is also a member of the Pennsylvania State English j fAssociation and the National Con- ference for Teaching English.

So what remains to be con- quered by this well-rounded indi- vidual? The last frontier -3 space. "I've always wanted to travel in outer Space," McAndrew said. "I Iwould give my right arm for the opportunity to travel in a spaceship

1 to other planets.' *

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APRIL 18,1991

Bruno discusses damning, degradation of anonymity

By John J. Bruno Merciad Columnist

This week my column is dedicated to my friend Rob Buie who died on Tuesday. Rob was cool. That's all that needs to be said. Mere words are insignificant tools when used to describe some- one's entire life. Thus to tell you anything more than "Rob was cool'' would be a degradation. Someone go out and have a shot for Rob. If you don't drink, have a diet cola. Weneed a miniature golfcourse on campus, as well as abowling ally. Now at this point, I would normally try to justify my demand

for really fun stuff, but in this case I feel!that the need is self

explanatory.

the opinions expressed in this newspaper seriously. And if they do

Besides, I doubt if any administrators read and/or take

and they don't like it

BAM. It's censorship time. Anyone who

wants the uncensored version of any of my columns, write to The Merciad. And another thing, we need more pine trees on this campus. They're really really nice and they look swell. And to Mr. Pennsyl- vania Dutch: I like the new waste cans with the neat little Mercy insignias. I agree that they were probably overpriced. However, next time you feel like fussing and moaning over any issue, sign your name. Hiding behind anonymity lacks guts. It degrades the point that you're trying to make. It's not like your personal safety is in jeopardy if you sign your name. I like your attitude. Keep up the good work. Next time, when you wreak havoc on administrative decision making, don't ruin it by hiding behind silly names like Pennsylvania Dutch. J My first letter to the editor was under the anonymous name of SLAYER. At first, I thought I'd be better off using an anonymous name. However, with a little help from Frank "the Z man" Revy, I came to the realization that if the opinions I had expressed were really how I felt, then it is a degradation of that opinion, and thus, a degradation of myself to leave my name out So don't remain nameless. Avenge your self-degradation. Write your name down. Hey, Frank. What kind of name starts with Z, anyhow. Also, you've been too quiet as of late. Get off your behind and join the Marines. Just kiddin' dude. Not to keep harping on the poor little book store, but why don't they sell condoms there. It doesn't matter,

though. If they did sell condoms, they would probably cost ten dollars each, knowing their prices. So we're probably better off. Administrators always know what's in the students' best interests. Don't get hit\ in the face] with a pie.{Thef word for today is "degrading."

Student putts around at the 1990 Spring Activities Weekend

APRIL 18,1991

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Lady Lakers win tournament

Members of the Mercyhurst women's soccer team after the tournament victory last week.

By Nick Roberts Mcrciad Sports Editor

The Mercyhurst women's soc- cer team won it's second spring tournament this last weekend at Alfred University. The outdoor 7- a-side tournament included teams from New York and Pennsylvania. In the! first of four "round games

and Stacy Scalise. In thefinal,Mercyhurst met St Bonaventure for the second time in the tournament The game which was played mainly with Mercyhurst on the attack was decided by a Mia U-ryki spectacular shot which caught the goalkeeper by surprise, as the ballflew into the top corner of the goal to give the Lady Lakers a 1-0 victory and the Champion-

oonaventure and came out 3-1 winners. The lone goal! for the

Bonnies was the only goal the 'Hurst let in during the tournament The Lakers then beatBrockport state 4- 0, Genessee CC 4-0 and Gcnessee

State 3-0.

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In the semifinals the' Hurst met with their old rival the University of Buffalo. The 'Hurst ended,up coming out on top by a 2-0 score,

with goals from Veronica Sansom ship trophy.

4 Ratman Parry' is flying high

By Molly McCormick Mcrciad Assistant Sports Editor

In his last year on the! Me cyhurst baseball team, Keith 4 Rs man' Parry, got his hair buzzed ai took over thefield.The 'Ratma self this season b) season All-Ameri

can team

run the Lakers in his third year as a

team captain.

Parry started with his baseball career on a local little league team in his home town in Pittsburgh. He started at ageeight with the encour- agement of his family, especially his father a former baseball player. Living with three brothers, Parry had some competition in the game. Two of his brothers played in col- lege and the other may start playing at Edinboro next year, i JHis dream as a child was to go to the major leagues, but first he had to make it through Mercyhurst baseball. In hisfirstyear as a member of the Lakers the record was 21-13,

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the record now is 20-7. Parry said, ' 'The improvement of the team can be attributed to good coaching and good recruiting." Parryjsays he feels that the present team has a lot potential to go far. The team hoping to make it to the regional

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championship Nationals. Parry comments on the coach- ing in a positive way. He says he feels that Coach Joe Jordano has good control over the team and he expresses himself well. Assistant Coach Ray Hennessy is also a vital p»t of the team. Parry said, "Coach

Hennessy isfriendswith the play- ers, and hecommunicates well with

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KEITH PARRY

team

- With a major in Hospitality

Management, Parry has been of- fered a position of employment at the Georgetown UniversityfCon- ferenceCenter in Washington D.C. Presently, he is planning to accept the offer. His plans in the future of

baseball, he is not sure what he is going to do. If an opportunity to play arises he will probably take it, but to Parry his job is number one. He said, "Academics comes before athletics; this has always been stressed among the team members by the coach." When asked if Parry had anything to say to his "fans," he said, " I am pleased with the amount of people turning up at the home games. I hope to see them out there in the future Parry also feels that the school shoi invest in an on-campus baseball fie team

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cessful. He said, "I am satisfied with

the years that I have played

it's been

fun, but all good things come to an end. It might be time to go to work."

Laker golf plays in Adverse conditions

By Liam Barron Merciad Sports Reporter

The Linkstcrs resumed their season after an enforcedjlay off, and found that the time off had not helped their performances at the Ashland Invitational last f^^TfaOht Thursday in Ohio. a The 'Hurst placed 12 out of 16 teams in what can only be described as appalling conditions. Top scor- ers for the 'Hurst were Dave God- win and Mike McPherson who both shot 86. The remaining three golf- ers I' shot a little higher." J McPherson will be hoping to emulate his fall form, which saw him competing at the ECAC Cham-

pionships, while the rest of the team are confident of better things. Senior Ruairi Glecson com- mented on the tourney,' 'The con- ditions were not conducive to good golf, it was very cold and windy. The course was soft and it played very long, which led to mistakes by everyone." Ruairi continued, "We hadn't played enough golf to per- form on the day, but as the season continues we hope to be more suc- cessful. We have the ability to win one of our remaining tournaments outright, we just have to go out and prove it," The golfers are heading to the Slippery Rock Invitational on Thurs- day, where they will come up against the cream of the local talent

Mercyhurst appoints new basketball coach

By Nick Roberts ~ Merciad Sports Editor

£ What a great week in sports!

Ian Woosnam the 5' 4" British golfer with a mammoth swing, conquered all odds to win the 1991 U.S. Masters. The win is very significant to the golf world. continuing the four year domi-

nation of the British golfers at the U.S. Masters in recent years. There

I will stop before someone lynches me. But seriously, great news! Mercyhurst has hired a new basketball coach, after only 14 days of placing an advertisement in the NCAA news. The speedy execution of hiring the coach shows the eagerness of the college not to let the recruiting year pass by. Bill Morse is the new head coach of Mercyhurst Men's Basketball. Morse, age 55, has experience and knowledge of the game, and a list of honors that many coaches would dream of achieving. His coaching career began at Wisconsin High school in 1959, where he gained numberous championships. Between the years of 1971 and 1973 he was the head coach of The College of Racine, who were conference champions two years running. Between 1973-1977 Morse headed Alphena Community College with an outstanding record of 80-20 and

a conference championship. Morse spent the next five years at Hillside College where he took them to the NAIA nationals in 1981.

Russo

We

doesn't need time figure things out, and he has plenty of contacts."

Most impressively are Morses recent years at Fort Hays State University, capturing two NAIA National Championships in 1984 and 1985, as well as being district champions in 1983 and 1988.

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1985.

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Athletic Director Pete Russo, it is possible that the first signing may be sometime next week. The program still has three scholarships left, and Morse believes that there will be no major problems attracting top

class recruits to Mercyhurst

Russo has every confidence in the new coach, saying very comfortable with him. He's proven, he can start fast, he doesn't need time tofigure things out, and he has plenty of contacts." Russo also I informed me Morse is working on preparing conditioning

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Bill Morse has a wonderful record of 441 wins and 138 losses, now here a whole new chapter in Morses' life. He now takes over a program that has struggled in recent years. He comes to a college where the students have been starved of the excitement of a winning tradition. Mercyhurst will be looking for a significant turn-around

with our basketball program. With the experience and hard work of

Morse and the dedication of the players, the Mercyhurst basketball program will be elevated to new heights.

Good luck Coach Morse!

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Burfoot thanks teammates

THE MERCIAN

Sports

Burfoot receives honors

APRIL 18,1991

By Nick Roberts Merc iad Sports Ed' x>r

iLast weekend Scott Burfoot rounded off a fantastic season for himself and the Mercy hurst Hockey program at the New England Hockey Writers Association annual dinner in Boston. At the dinner Burfoot was presented with the award of, first team "Titan* 9 All-American, and also the outstanding title of the ECAC Player of the Year Burfoot had a outstanding sea- son, as did the whole Laker pro- gram. Burfoot shattered school records, and the national record with 49 goals and 47 assists. At the dinner Burfoot was caught off guard, and as the evening pro- gressed he realized that everyone was making speeches when receiv- ing their awards. Burfoot told me, he was shaking in his boots at the prospect of making the speech. Fortunately he managed to piece one together. Burfoot felt that speak- ing to a crowd ofstrangers, was not as appropriate as thanking the people that he would like to thank himself. What better place to voice his thanks than the Merciad? Firstly Scott would like to rec- ognize that receiving these awards was a tremendous honor. He be- lieves it took a great amount of hard work from everyoneinvolved in the program. Firstly he would like to thank Coach Gotkin, Coach

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year, Scott Burfoot pictured with fellow teammates of the 'Hurst hockey team

is tough at the top for * Hurst baseball

By Ed Hess Merciad Sports writer

The Mercyhurst baseball team completed another successful week on the diamond The Lakers won four of the six scheduled games, and are currently ranked 16th in the country. It is the fifth straight week that Mercyhursthas appeared in the top 20 among Division II baseball teams. According to Laker coach, Joe Jordano, being consistently ranked is a double-edged sword in many

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ranking

it shows that the people recognize the hard work we put into the pro- gram and the type of baseball we play," Jordano said. "But it can work against you also, because every

opponent wants to beat a top 20 team. We just have to play that much harder every game."

In a Thursday afternoon con- test with Division I, Niagara Uni- versity, the Lakers did outplay their competition and swept the double- header. The 'Hurst won the first game by a score of 6-2 and took the nightcap by an 8-4 mark. Bill Kieklak continued to pitch well for the 'Hurst, as he earned the win in the first contest Kieklak upped his record to 5-0 which currently leads the Laker staff. Steve Kail threw all seven innings of the second game to garner the'Mer- cyhurst win. For Hall, it was the third win of the year for the south- paw. The next team on the Mercyhurst agenda was Point Park. The Lakers had never beaten the Pioneers, and the goal of the afternoon was to break the jinx. The 'Hurst turned in two good performances on the hill and came up with timely hits to

Outdoor basketball tourney is scheduled for Saturday April 27 at McAuley outdoor court Play begins at 1pm. Signup's begin at noon at McAuley court This is a double elimination tourney with a men's and women's division. All students auiJ faculty are encourged to participate. This is open to varsity basketball players, but only two per team.

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The Goods vrs Batman

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Absolute vrs Crew Chicks

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7:15pm

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sweep the twinbillfromPoint Park, and put past demons behind them. Keith Parry's two home runs in the first game ignited the Laker offense, which outscored the Pio- neers by an 8-5 margin. Tommy

Craig added a soto shot in the contest to round out the 'Hurst scoring. Tim Kirst notched the win on the mound with five good innings, and Tim Donaldson got the save in re-

lief.

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Donaldson bounced back to start the second game against the Pio- neers and was every bit as effec- tive, posting a 5-2 decision. The right-hander threw five quality innings before giving way to Jeff Evancho. Donaldson earned the evening contest win, and Evancho tallied the save. 'Sean Hennessy and Craig each notched homers in the nightcap to put the Lakers ahead to stay. Hen-

nessy currently leads the 'Hurst batters with a .373 average and Craig was named Erie Athlete of the Week. As the Lakers hit the road for a twinbill with Geneva College, they would find out the hard way that they are at the top of everyone's hit list Geneva accomplished the first- ever sweep of the 'Hurst this sea- son by winning both games 5-4 and

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Donaldson and Al Rush suf-

fered the losses on the afternoon as the Laker record slipped to 20-7. Craig notched his seventh yard ball of the year, and currently leads the

team.

The Laker nine will take three short road trips this week as they face area squads. The'Hurst will be back in action on Thursday, Satur- day and Sunday against Edinboro, Gannon and Behrend respectively.

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The future for the Mercyhurst crew team is definitiey looking up. With practices at 5:30 a.m. every morning and additional practices

in the afternoon fi e team has proved themselves to be ready for any challenge that they may face. A member of the women's varsity eight, Erin Wade said, "All of our hard work is starting to pay off. The team is doing extremely well this season." She continues, "It is only the beginning, but we will take each race stroke by stroke and eventually accomplish our ultimate

goal

Goals or the future all depend on the results of the past This past weekend the Mercyhurst crew team traveled to Marietta, Ohio to com- pete against the highly renowned teams of Marietta College and Ohio State. I Despite competing under adverse conditions, Mercyhurst came away with a wide array of success.*The men's varsity team

the Dad-yail Regatta."

placed second in their lightweight four and was narrowly beaten by a fraction of a second in the varsity men's eight race. The women's varsity and novice teams were vic- torious in both the eight races, and the women's lightweight four took

first place in an exciting sprint fin-

ish,

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| A general air of confidence and

optimism

prevails among team

members at the moment, and with the current trend of improvement, possibilities of extensive victories is well within reach this season. This weekend the team travels to Charleston, West Virginia in its most difficult regatta to date, com- peting against fourteen colleges such as Duke, Pitt, and Ohio State. Victory in this regatta would be important toward attaining a seed- ing for the Nationals in April, and with the level offitness and prepa- ration that the team has attained, this is certainly a feasible option.