The Merciad, May 26, 1978

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Mercyhurst College is certainly keeping the fiftieth graduating class ceremonies 'in the family. 4 By in the family', we mean that this i year's commencement speaker, John B. Fisher, is a trustee of this college. * Fisher, who is currently an international management consultant stationed in Washington, DC, was asked by President Marion Shane 1 to

present a speech to this year's seniors. * Fisher is well-educated in business administration, receiving degrees from Harvard College and the American Institute of Banking in Los Angeles. I Some of his past experiences include ?being; an instructor of history and English at ^ the Cambridge School, a director of

fundi raising of the American must be in the Student Union by Unitarian Assoc. • and > an ad- 1:30 in order to line up for the ministrative assistant to Senator procession to the Campus Center. Saltonstall J% ' Prior to graduation day, Listening to Fisher's* speech will be some 210 seniors who will namely Saturday, there will be be participating in the com- numerous activities for these mencement ceremonies, which fortunate students and their : ft will > be held in the * Campus families. Center. S A family picnic will begin at These ceremonies will begin noon Saturday and, will be Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m.* Seniors followed by a special Dance

performance in the Zurn Recital Hall. Later that night, an informal banquet in the college dining hall will take place for seniors and their families. And ending the evening will be an informal dance in the dining hall. Tickets must be purchased for the activities listed and will be available in the Public Relations office until June 1?

VOL 50, NO. 25


MAY 26,1978

Date Set To Vote On Union
Onj Friday, June '2, as many as 79 Mercyhurst faculty could . fill out ballots indicating i if they favor forming a local union chapter here. It may be I some ] weeks later, however, before the college knows whose|vote counts and whose doesn't.*! Last week the National Labor Relations Board ruled that all but two fulltimeft" Mercyhurst facultypwere eligible ~ to vote on unioniza ti on. i asking the PJLRB to reverse itself and exclude about 42 of the 79 faculty involved. ? * f?f As it has throughout its arguments before the NLRB, the administration contends that heads! of divisions,? departments and programs should not be aole to join the faculty bargaining unit. > The vote reportedly will take place June 2 as scheduled, but' an .administration representative will challenge votes of those in positions under dispute. I• Those ballots thenfi will be sealed and held until the NLRB rules on the appeal. I * % j A similar procedure will apply for the holders of two positions the NLRB coula not reach a decision on. Joanne Cooper, director of the LRC, and Archivist Dr. Stuart Campbell may file challenged votes which will j go uncounted until their status is decided. >. The NLRB ruled that parttime faculty are not eligible to join a , local PSEA chapter. & Even if it goes in favor of unionization, the June 2 vote would not Require membership of any individuals.. That will be decided next fall in a second vote, along with an election of union officers, j Jlfmext week's vote does *jo for unionization, owever, the union would negotiate contracts for all those eligible to join, whether or not they choose to become members n
The administration iinmedialely filed an appeal

NEWSMAKERS - John B. Fisher (pictured at left), a member of the Mercyhurst Board of Trustees, is the scheduled speaker at this year's commencement ceremony. Business Vice President George Kidd explains the tuition hike in a story below; and Dr. David Palmer (right) will wind up his term as president of the College Senate as a new constitution goes into effect.

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By Gary Wesman equivalent" of 1175 students, 25 Last 4 week the college an- fewer than the current base nounced that tuition for next year figure. 1 will go up $195, coupled with an To help offset some of < the increase in room and board of burden the school upped by $140. and another $15 for a new $30,000 the amount of institutional and essentially meaningless financial aid it awards, v "miscellaneous fee." Institutional aid is money that If it is any consolation, the comes directly from the college Increases just barely cover rising and is given in the form of a costs the college faces next year, student aide jobs, grants and a study of- the 1978-79 budget scholarships. About 600 students now get aid in this form.i * shows. Financial aid Director Norm "The increase in tuition really reflects the increase in salaries Barber said no decision has been 1 and benefits/ said Business Vice made on how the extra $30,000 will be divided. The largest President George Kidd. Salaries and benefits (things share, as it usually does, will go like social security and in- for athletic scholarships, he said. Barber said state financial aid surance) account for the largest single jump in the college budget also will be indirectly affected by the tuition raise. PHEA considers for next year. Any time the faculty negotiates total college costs when awarding a new contract, as it did this year, grants. * administration personnel are * Because of the hike, tuition for given corresponding raises. next year officially stands at Salaries, as a result, will be up $2,770. 1 i~M •2 \ some $156,000 next year and Another $15 also tacked onto benefits another $74,000. the bill is called a "miscellaneous Together, that is about $55,000 student fee," but that is more than Mercyhurst will gain misleading. The money will" go from the tuition hike and new fee. •right into the general fund and is Although they were brought not set aside for any particular about for other reasons, the purpose. t In other words, tuition went up higher cost of room and board will cover that deficit. $210, not by the announced figure. } 4 Mercyhurst also has got $62,000 Room And Board more in endowments (gifts of In different ways the college cash and scholarships from tried to cushion the inoact of alumni) than last year. j.v A relatively small > but added room and board charges. , The $100 hike for rooming, the significant drop in enrollment is expected next year, Kidd said, second in as many years, was and that also figured in the done to make the housing operation pay for itself. decision to hike tuition. "fHniisincn l o s t ! $95,000 two He expects fa "fulltime

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years ago," Kidd explained. "The' (Board of) Trustees mandated that housing should become self-sustaining.'' Mercyhurst also will put up a portion of a $200,000 grant from HUD to fix up McAuley Hall. The $175,000 from HUD is a loan which must be repaid. In passing on a $40 increase for meals,.the school is actually swallowing a slight loss. SAGA Foods, which retained its contract in a bidding contest several weeks ago, will charge $46 a student more next year. It is the first increase in food service costs in three years and it is due in part, Kidd said, to the fact that school will be in session longer next' year, "by three or four days." * 3 The charge for rooming will be $690; for board, $780. S Kidd called next year's budget an "extremely tight" one with "no frills." j The amount of surplus figured on is just over $10,000 out of a total budget of some $5.2 million, or about two-tenths oflone per cent, * . "If the roof blows off Old Main, we're in trouble," Kidd joked. But Kidd added that he found "a number of positive points" in it, "allowing us to do new things." " l Kidd said that the business and law enforcement programs have been beefed up, and more money has been put into Blueprint III programs such as mentoring. The budget also includes the new Cooperative Education program.

j by Mike Ma lpiedi The new College Senate Constitution will go into effect at the first meeting of the 1978-79 Senate on Thursday, May 25, at 3:30 p.m. in 214 Zurn. ; \ gt David Palmer, head of the ^English department and member | of the Senate, explained, "There are five key changes in the new constitution that will promote a balance that can be accepted by both students and faculty." The first key factor was the increase in the total amount oi senators from 15 to 21. The breakdown of the new total l£includes ten faculty senators, raised from a previous five, and seven student senators, raised from five also. The administrative; * senator t count decreased from five to four. A decrease in the number of standing committees from ten to three was another-change. The reason for this is that many of the committees did not have enough work to warrant their existence. The? three committees tare academic policies, campus life and administrative policies and_ operations. ' Another change in the constitutions allows anyone from the Mercyhurst community to speak at a Senate meeting upon being recognized, explained Palmer. Previously, non-members had to be voted on to be allowed to speak. x . ^ On the 1978-79 Senate will be Edward Gallagher, assistant dean elected to a two year term, and Miriam Mashank, director of counseling services. In addition, Dr. Shane will appoint two other administrators/ Faculty members elected to two year terms on the Senate will oe Robert Hoff, associate professor of psychology; David Palmer, head of f the English department; Frank Hagan, associate professor of sociology and law enforcement; Barbara Weigert, associate professor of education; and Brain McHugh, associate professor of education. Faculty members serving one year Senate terms will be Sharon Santia, assistant professor of Spanish; Philip Paulucci, sociology* and law enforcement instructor;, Vivetta Petronio, professor of French; Barry McAndrew, associate professor of English; and Cyprian Cooney, associate professor of sociology. •Voted to two-year * terms as student senators were Mike Heller, Eileen Zinchiak; JoAnn DeSantis and Gerard NeCastro. Elected to one-year terms were JoAnn Alexander, Al Lonczak and Alda Walker. Reggie O'Connor and Steve (Continued on Page 4)

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It's no secret that there's a big push on at Mercyhurst to, as an old Bing Crosby song says, accentuate the positive. The people who* were responsible for appointing Sr. Mary Matthew Baltus as interim dean and those who chose Dan O'Connor as Laker coach have made popular decisions. \%

The atmosphere at the college, especially this past year, has, at times, been downright apathetic. The Lakers, with their tremendous 26-3 season, didn't always pack the house when they played at the Campus Center. And Dick Pox's decision to coach at Gannon was no boost for morale either.

His opportunistic move almost gave the reality of the Laker's winnin season, showcased wit! their sweet victory over the Gannon Knights, the aura of a fluke. * But now Dan O'Connor steps in; not to fill Fox's shoes, but to run all over them. Dan has been subjected to a good deal of un-

due criticism by the inept sportswriting of the Ene limes. Its-judgement of O'Connor before he begins his job fulltime is not only like putting the cart before This is the last Merciad the horse, it's also adding issue of the year. I would fuel in hopes it will make like to extend my apthe cart run. The com- preciation to all the people ments of the people who helped make *it questioned concerning possible (their names ap- \ Dan's appointment in this pear in the staff box.) week's Inquiring Reporter One staff; member, ^Pat Dunn, who is the creator of say it best. The selection of Sr. Mat- the comic strip "Hassles", thew as interim dean was has been hired by. WSEE a wise and important television as the courmove. the perfect troom artist for the trial of choice to inspire positive former state assemrelations in the com- blyman Bob Bellomini. munity. Her experience, And ', to Chris Van dedication, and spirit are Wagenen, who has done a above reproach. When commendable job as questioned last week about editor this year, good luck. whether or not she was Watch out for the real glad she got the job, Sr. world out there; it'll give Matthew said J "No. I'm you headaches.

MAY 26,1978 not particularly interested in administration." You have to like a person who thinks like that.

Spring 1978 Final Exam Schedule
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Denouncing tuition increases is of time putting it together, we are as monotonous a subject as satisfied that the college made an laetrile and about as effective. effort to hold the increases as low Still, howling after the fact is the as possible. only course we have left, so here There is one item that just plain is our $195 worth. stinks, though. That's the extra About the best thing that can be $15 nibble the college will take out said about the inevitable yearly of our wallets. They call it a tuition hike is that it is. well, "miscellaneous fee," but that is inevitable. Although we couldn't deceptive, sneaky, a lie. '. confirm it. we were told that A "fee," supposedly, consists tuition here has gone up every of money set asidefora specific year for the past ten. That's a purpose. This fee is more tuition pretty predictable pattern, i under a different name; it. gets There are no accountants on funnelled light into the general our staff but we do know fund. something about asking the right questions. After going over the Trying to camouflage a measly new budget at some length with fifteen bucks while socking us two people who spent a great deal with a sum like $195 is an insult.


As this is graduation time, it seems a sure bet that at least one threadbare cliche will be trotted out like the old workhorse for one one more lap around the track. * Does this sound familiar? Listen: This is not an end, but only a beginning. ^ «f Surprise. At this college, this year, the statement is true. The end of spring term 1978 could mark a very important beginning here, a turn for the better in relations between the faculty and top administrators at Mercyhurst. . We are referring to President Shane's remarks of May 16 before the full faculty and administration. As reported last week, Dr. Shane appointed Sr. Matthew interim dean and delayed his Action Plans for further study. •• .p There is no need to repeat at length the approval Sr. Matthew's appointment received. It was unanimous. Period. < The way the appointment was worked out was perhaps even f more encouraging. Dr. Shane and supporters of naming an interim dean worked out a sensible compromise that is better than either of the alternatives. ? . £ . * ' £ ? This will give the new, fulltime dean a luxury—no, a necessity— that the departing Dr. Jerry Trimble never had:;time to get to know Mercyhurst, its character and its people.^^ ^ V "To give the guy thebenefiRnhe doubt," one faculty member told us, "they threw (Dr. Trimble) into the job and said, 'Go'." We hope the same kind of reasoned give-and-take characterizes debate on the Action Plans next year. * The faculty naturally is extremely protective about the college's commitment to strict liberal arts education; Dr. Shane, just as naturally, must consider economic realities in guiding curriculum and department structures. j It is a question of emphasis, not absolutes. \ As Business V.P. George Kidd said: "We are coming into an era where there are simply fewer high school graduates. Those colleges that can't be flexible won't survive. By that I don't mean a college has to sell its soul; Mercyhurst still must (stick to) its basic mission—to reinforce and pass on values to middle class students and train them for careers. : ± 4 » Dr. Shane said the basic premises of his Action Plans—evaluating departments on the basis of enrollment and maybe phasing out some majors—brought about "rational" discussion of the issues. !, With all due respect, it was not so simple as that. The Action Plans were sprung at a low point of morale, and were presented as policy groundrules. It nearly touched off a mutiny. In any case, Dr. Shane's decision to ease off was the right one.' For a speech which announced no new action and solved no problems, Dr. Shane's year-ending speech was a needed beginning. "It was important to end the year on a positive note," said Dr. Michael McQuillen, head of the social sciences division. "Our problems will still be here with us next year, but maybe this was the first step toward returning to a positive approach for solving them." " Let's hear it for old cliches. —GSW. *

Drizzles Festival
Due to the rain on Sunday, May 21, the Spring Festival was held in the union from noon until 5 o'clock. The group Sun Mountain played at the Back Porch Cafe and there were many different ths that people ran. Pace had ith which sold candied apples **r- x * . Whiabce Fresbee contest, Bill Meyer had a pennypinch booth, Jeanne Mates sold pottery and the social work Club sold cookies and lemonade. S.A.C. had a candy booth and sold snow-cones. A raffle was also held. The first prize, which was won by Linda Ravenstahl. was a $19 gift certificate to the Record Bar: Second prize, awarded to Steve Frisina, was a

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Editor John Bruno News Editor • G**y Wesman Feature Editor • Vicki Martina go Sports Editor i Ma* Cipriani Contributing Writers s Judy Anania, Tina Austin, Don Burger, Amy Chizmadia, Bob Derda, Jr., Sue Fuss, Darlene Keith, Ann Kofod. Michael Malpiedi, Melissa McMurray, Chris Tomczak, Chris Van Wagenen. Graphis and Layout G**y Wesman and T^:;: l f Melissa McMurray > Photographers • • Tim Hiles, Marianne Drake Artists Patrick Dunn, Jeff Paul Business Managers Darlene Keith. Lisa Manendc Reglna O'Connoi Copy Reader Cathy Betcher Faculty Consultant fWilliam Shelley

$10 gift certificate to the Brown Derby. I •& ^ / Originally, the festival was to be held in the Grotto. But, due to the poor weather, it was held in the Union. 1 Jan Gatti, director of Student Union, said, "The weather was probably the main reason why the participation was poor. But the people who did show up loved the band and had a great time. In fact, most of them stayed all afternoon." Due to the lack of participation, the student talent show was cancelled and so were some of the outdoor activities. Gatti said, "Maybe we can get more.people involved next year by word of mouth." k •

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What Do You Think Of Sr. Matthew's Appointment <As Interim Dean?

What Is Your Opinion Of The Appointment Of Dan O'Connor As Basketball Coach?
Lorraine Heigel. sophomore English major. "He's the best man for the Job, but he's going to need a lot of support next year, so stay with him."

Dennis Andres, chairman of the Theater department: "Fantastic. 1

wish she would accept the position on a full-time basis. It was a smart move on the 1 part of the'' ad* ministration.'H rXSISiH- m







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Joe NeCastro, accounting major: "Considering all the pressures on the president, she was the best possible choice." J§BBjt.


Will Svdow, security officer. 'I don't think they made a mistake. Under the circumstances Unit was the way to go.
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David* Shimpeno, assistant professor of physical education: "I don't think anyone on campus could have been better. If anyone can make a smooth transiton, she can."


Joanie Stevenson, senior com* mnnicatlons major. "It's unfortunate his appontment was not made sooner. He hasn't been given r enough time for adequate 9 preparation for next season. * £




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Lenny Cyterski, veterans counselor: "I'm very pleased. I think she can do a lot to Increase the morale of the faculty and diminish some of the anxiety that exists between faculty and administration. She'll have the loyalty and support of the entire community. "T ^SJ^* 9



BUI IParlock, sophomore en* vlronmental studies major. "I think he was the best choice. He knows the team. He also did a good job as assistant coach." 98 •

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Jeff Abel, freshman biology major. "I fed he'll do a real good job. He's enthusiastic. The Lakers Should go all the way next year." ^

Jerry Trimble, dean of the college and vice president of academic services. "She's a super fantastic person. She's symbolic of everything that the 'Hurst should be all about. I suspect she will be able to give the college the boost that It greatly needs."


Mike v Makatche, freshman business major: "He'll be a good coach. He's nad experience as an assistant coach. Hell do a good VI Job/


Jim I McElrath. sophomore business major. "I think she's a super lady. Shell do a great job."


William Pi-ather, vice president of development: "I'm pleased with the appointment and impressed with his ability, enthusiasm, and basketball and personal skills. I think he'll be very successful." jjfepjifi wBBW








MAY 26,1978

Fashion Finder

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byJudyAnania £ * The fashions in clothing this summer will vary as they always do. Light pastel shades in blouses and halters will crowd the stores. Brightly-colored peasant skirts and dresses will be a great investment this summer because this style will remain ] a J big winner next summer.? 1 There will be an overwhelming number of Danskin body suits, to suit your bathing needs. These particular Danskin body suits can also be worn with pants and skirts (which match the body suit). The shades consist of red, blue, burgundy, brown* and several other shades. The styles range from very plain to ex; tremely sexy. I (Tj Tennis anyone? The stores are offering an unlimited number of

terry? cloth jackets and shorts that match. If you're daredevilish, you can even try the silk jackets and shorts. Styles and colors range tremendously. Find the style that suits your taste, and

you undoubtedly will turn a few heads. I P * Disregard this section if you're a person who Hikes to walk barefoot all summer. The platform shoe* that everyone remembersJwill no longer beta trend this summer. A lower heel will be shown throughout all shoe ? stores'. 3j[. The espadrille shoe will be ja big seller. In case you're wondering, what exactly 'is an espadrille shoe?* Well it is a shoe that?, has strings which tie up around the ankle. I am sure you saw them last summer. The cloth and hand woven shoes will be fine with dress pants and jeans, but the espadrille shoe will be perfect with dresses and skirt outfits. I'm sure you will find something to suit your fancy. . '$• This summer will bring a lot of sunshine; and many tanjbodies will be admired. Get your shorts, bathing suits, and dresses ready and have a great summer. .«


Ann Kofods

Auditors Unsure Return August
in a motel downtown and will be staying in a townhouse when it returns in August. Coopers and Lybrand will return sometime around August 8 to begin the actual audit of the ^Thenewauditihf firnfhas been* college books, which will take i#» on campus for the past three about three weeks. weeks doing preliminary work in Kidd said he expects nothing preparation for* the year-end PHOTO BY TIM HILES audit, according to Business Vice unusual to show up in the audit, President George Kidd. It: is which concludes the school Judy Anania necessary for a new firm to do financial year ending on June 30. some "ground work" before the ^Before this year the annual actual audit, Kidd said. audit was done by the firm of The three-man team from Root, Spitznas, and Smiley. Kidd Coopers a n d ! Lybrand was said the change* afterf 10 years originally being,housed in the with Root, Spitznas, and Smiley, third floor suite of Baldwin Hall was not an exceptional move. \ The Black Student Union until a petition was circulated by (BSU) Parent's Weekend 'was some concerned residents, f t "It's not uncommon to change held this past week with activities to get a different point of view," lasting from|12 noon to 8 p.m. The team is now being housed he said. i Activities included a fashion show, .with students modeling some of the latest styles? from Ecoll Erie's finest stores. At the end of the show, Tyrone Moore, BSU advisor and Asst. Director of the Pace program, presented a leadership award to Greg Brewer, pres. of the BSU, Probably, one of * the neatest and scholastic awards to Mildred X by Sue Fuss signs that people are listening Choice and Pierre Priestly. Sometimes you don't know how happens on your birthday. You Following the fashion show a much impact you're making. You find that all of your presents are picnic was held at Shades Beach. can't always tell if anyone is wrapped in paper made from Many students took a break from reading what you've been scrap sheets or paper bags their studies to enjoy the af- writing. Sometimes you don't decorated by hand with magic ternoon^ of games, food and know if people even care. marker and crayons. Some of dancing. f But once in a while people your cards are even written in surprise you. Someone will come pencil so you can erase and reuse ^ up to you and complain about the them! new manual pencil sharpener in Tuition Upswing.... the f library or say they like r And the gifts themselves say something too, like the book "A jumping in leaves too. (Continued from Page I) Bag of Noodles" by Wally People send you J notices of Armbruster. Thumbing through Frisina were voted first and second alternates respectively. "Wasted JPaper" printed on it you can find: ^ empty spaces and you start to see The committee that developed more organizations using scrap "'What did you do today?' the new constitution included paper for their posters and ' I saw a spicier spinning a George Venuto, Joe NeCastro, notices, v "> # web, and I had never stopped for student members; Sr. Matthew Your friends will go out of their 15 minutes and .watched that and / William Garvey, faculty members; and George Kidd and way to block your view as the before. It was sensational I'" William Kennedy *as ad- cube lights up in the evening and And a short but profound little smile and say they understand ministrative members. ' £ when you ask them where they conversation: Issues to be discussed at the would get a 15 foot Christmas tree '"You say that you've 1invented from. \ first meeting will be the election an electric can opener? of officers and members of the agenda committee, the new Yes.' Walking around campus you proposal- on posting course begin to hear the word "rainbow" "What is it for?" syllabi, and the proposal on af8ee P e P , e Little making firmative Action, i kite fltS5. ° —" * progresssigns that you're friends - thank God for In an effort to find an auditing firm with more college experience, Mercyhurst has switched to the firm of Coopers and Lybrand for the yearly audit of the financial standings. J

Mary ann Rozas

BSU Holds Spring Fling

Rozsas Honored By Arts Institute
Maryann Rozsas, a graduating theater \ major at Mercyhurst, was honored by the Erie Theater Arts Insitute for the year's best performance by an actress in a leading role. | Ms. Rozsas won for her performance in the Edward Albee play, "A Delicate Balance", which was'Staged at Behrend College this past winter term. She also received a best actress nomination for her part in the Mercyhurst play, "Summer and Smoke", which she produced for her senior thesis. The ETAI "Bravo" awards were announced at the organization's sixth annual banquet, which was held last Saturday at Gannon College. The awards are presented in both - Music , and Drama categories with each school or organization responsible for nominations. The ETAI is a volunteer organization which supports Erie theater by holding fund-raisings, presenting awards for the year's best performances, and handing out each year three $500 scholarships. -1 Besides Mercyhurst, Gannon, and Behrend College, the Erie Playhouse and the Village Theater are all members. .• Another Mercyhurst student, Jan Kramer, won a "Bravo" for supporting actress in the William Inge Play, "Picnic," also staged at Behrend. | $| < I Jeff Williams, a Behrend student, but a performer in many 'Hurst productions won a "Bravo" as the best male lead for "A Delicate Balance." £ Gene Eisert from Harborcreek High School won the best in a minor role award for his "Linus" role in the Dinner-Theaters production of "You're a Good Man, Charley Brown." fl_v Mari lee Warner, "Lucy ' in "Charley Brown," was awarded one of the scholarships of $500. Ms. Warner is. a student at Mercyhurst Prep.* r The awards for the Best Play for both the Drama and Musical categories were given to the Erie Playhouse for their productions of "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" and "Shenendoah."!? .* Paul Iddings, a former professor at Mercyhurst, now T : Asst. T h e a t e r Professor at Behrend, picked up five awards out of six nominations. Iddings was director of both "A Delicate Balance" and "Picnic." While at the 'Hurst, Iddings won nine of ten awards. ^ . Ms. Rozsas will continue her career in Sullivan, HI. where she will be an apprentice at The Little pinvhouse doing Summer stock.

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MAY 26, 1978



Ex-MSG Pros. Proud Reaches Goals
by Melissa McMurray "When people ask {me what Student| Government did this year, there isn't one;particular event or activity that I can pinpoint as our imajor accomplishment," said George Venuto, ex-president of the 197778 Student Government. "Our major goal, which I feel we did accomplish, was to restore the respect that Student government lost in previous years. We made it a good strong and viable organization to act as a mouthpiece for the students and represent "themf to the administration," continued Venuto. "Student Government became more organized than ever this year," he said. "We had many good, working committees that accomplished what they set out to do. By working, efficiently, we gained the respect for our opinions from students, faculty and administrators." Venuto stated that those people who didn't think the government was doing its job were usually those who didn't really know what went into the job or what the real goals of the government were. I I * One complaint that the expresident had was that the students weren't' really interested in what the government was trying to do for them. He said thatjthey didn't get involved in school matters the way they should, although there was a small block of students who were interested in the academic and political matters at Mercyhurst.' •"If there was more input into Student Government, we could have better evaluated student problems and presented them to the right factions for consideration. This way, the government could get more accomplished," Venuto explained, p j "Students are generally apathetic except* in financial areas," he continued. "The increased graduation fee is a good example. If that many students had complained about other matters, maybe we could have accomplished a lot more through the government. On other matters, students spoke up only after the fact." -\ Venuto felt that as president he learned much more than he could have in a class. By being involved with the college at all levels, he was able to observe its functions on all those levels. He claimed mixed feelings about leaving. "I'm envious of Mike Heller and all the power he has, but I won't miss the headaches he'll bejfacing," he ex, plained. —Venuto said he would also miss the challenging,part, meeting with the people who run the college and with the students. Venuto called new MSG President Mike Heller ai"very sincere Band competent person. "The experience will come with the job. Mike has a very challenging year ahead of him, especially with a new dean," said Venuto/"He will more*or less have to act as mediator as well as president. It's a big job, but I'm 7 confident that Mike can handle it." "My officers were a big help. They did as much work as I did, and didn't receive half the credit or recognition." After spending over two years at Mercyhurst, Venuto had a few suggestions for improvement. R*"The academics definitely need to be worked on, as does the curriculumJ^he^said. ^ T h e college must realize that it doesn't have the resources to offerfo wide variety of majors. Mercyhurst should concentrate more on its strong points and be more 'upfront about jts weaknesses." "Personally," he continued, "I got a lot from my education. Much practical experience and a solid background came from my work with Student Government.' "I guess I have a traditional view of education. I think there is a need for stricter academic standards," he said. "I know I felt cheated by easy courses." Venuto said he would like to see more course variety, a semester system in which 15 courses would be taken in a year instead of 10, and more challenging courses offered at Mercyhurst. | After graduation, Venuto plans to take a month off to vacation and look for a job. He said, "Leaving here is like starting all over again. There will always be new opportunities ahead."

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Danny Sienicki and Aline Deyot are shown battling their wits over Backgammon.

by Chris Van Wagenen It started with a roll of the dice during September of this year, and before you knew it, everyone was! hit with "Backgammon Fever, " ^ - y " " ;•• + &, ^ Usually played at parties, between classes and those days of dismal weather, backgammon has quickly become the "boardgame of games. "* But why this craze? Well, as the school year progressed, more and more people turned to backgammon as a form of relaxation. The fever soon caught on, and by January, it wasn't

surprising to see a backgammon game being played at parties where 200 or more people show up. m | One of the most ancient of'all boardgames ano^ne of.the most universally played, backgammon came into existence^ over 2000 years ago. ; i Originally, it was a twelve line game and was played by both Egyptians and Romans in lands bordering the Mediterranean. In fact, it has been played so seriously that few Europeans, as well as Americans, can match the skill of better Greeks and Levantine players.

Bathing Beauties Bare Bad Weather
by V icki Martinago fl Fierce winds .^ postponed baseball games,, freezing weather cancelled crew races, the tennis team suffered, and yes, even Sesler outside parties never came to be. But despite unseasonable temperatures, bathing beauties are found on Baldwin's sun deck, Egan's patio, behind the tennis courts, beside Sesler apartments and of course, there's the pond. Whenever the sun sneaks out, bodies come running with blankets, v radios and suntan lotions. 4 One may ask, why do these intelligent students, the majority being women, lie in the sun, while the high reaches 50 degrees and 40 mile per hour winds whip across their bodies?" ^ > Certain explanations can be given! "Face it; it's been a long time since we've seen the sun, remarked one sophomore co-ed. Another explained, "It never gets too warm up here . . A so you have to take every single chance you can get!" While still another added, "It's great to lay out when it's In the 40*8 or 50's cause then you don't get so hot" Some industrious students read, write papers and do calculus problems as theyjlie in the sun, ''Well, you might as well

There has been no significant change in the rules of the game, but tne element of doubling (the size of the gameboard) was introduced during the 1920's. Since then,gits popularity has greatly increased/ Backgammon is both a game of J luck and skill. Strategies vary with each player, but most agree, "It's all in the dice." At Mercyhurst, backgammon has -grown in | great interest among students. It's not surprising where one might find a game in progress. Though many find pleasure with backgammon, it may well be one of the many fads college students.around the U.S. are going through. I i Ray Gruss, a junior at Mercyhurst claims backgammon is a thinking man's game. "It stimulates the mind. It requires a little bit of luck and strategy on the part of the player," he said. catch some rays; as you study," Sophomore Tom Moffat plays said one female student. She to pass the time. "I play to pass laughlingly added, "You know the time at boring parties and the saying, 'killing two birds with there's a lot of those," he said. one stone'." jj Played with a total of 30 pieces There are all types. Some lie (15 for each player with two out just because it's the thing to separate colors) the object of do. However that doesn't mean backgammon is to get your they like it. Amidst the gossip and •pieces around and off the board passing of suntan lotions, certain cries can be heard, "I'm bored!", before your opponent. • It may sound relatively easy, "Do you think I've gotten any sun yet? and "How long have I been but it's not. During the course of r the game, if there are not two out here, anyway?' men of the same color, occupying There aren't many ways to • the same space,, a player of an pass the time. If one does stand opposite color can take the opup they are sure to get blown position's piece, off the board. apart from the wind, not to This is sometimes referred to as mention goose tumps twice their a "Smack"; * •::, -< i usual size. It's a wonder there The player whose pieces is off aren't more colds, sore throats, 1 the board must then roll to get or worse yet, cases of pneumonia. back on the playing surface. If all Would you believe that-three six positions are occupied by two Sesler tenants admitted to lying or more men of an opposite color, in the sun with temperatures in the player must wait till there's the low 40's? They explained, I an opening. "What was so funny was none of I If, in the end, a player cannot us. would give in and go inside. get all his pieces'off before his And let me tell you we were opponent, and also has some in freezing!":* * the back ' board area, Some may question why names backgammon takes place. "aren't given to these sun tan Backgammon is a growing determinists. Well, it's only to I game among Mercyhurst protect the innocent. And let's students. Although it's 2000 Face it; anyone who lies out in 40 yearsold, Its rebirth among degree temperatures, .half students is catching on like dressed, just to get a tan, needs to I "fever," W T 1 be protected! J y




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Hurst Co-Ed Awarded St. Catherine Medal
The medal of St. Catherine, whose namesake is traditionally honored as. the patroness of scholars, is presented yearly by Kappa Gamma Pi, the only sorority of The college, as an achievement award. The woman recipient of this honor shall have performed some specific outstanding service and-or have the best record-' of academic achievement at the end of her sophomore year. Eileen Zinchiak, sophomore psychology major, will be formally presented with her award for her high acedemic standing on Tuesday, May 30. A ~, Ms. Zinchiak stated, "It's important to interact with faculty, as well as with your peers in order to be motivated to cain a well balanced education." She continued. "You can't just learn through books, you have to also learn from personal experiences. She is involved in school activities and has been recently elected to serve on the Mercy hurst College Senate for a term of two years. She is also active in the Campus Ministry and folk group. $ Ms. Zinchiak is a student aide in the Archives and her major duty is to help Dr. Stuart Campbell, assistant $ professor of • history, supervise other student workers. * | KHer future plans include graduate school, "and hopefully to someday i work in clinical psychology in an administrative capacity, she added. |




MAY 26,1978

Senior Comm Majors Bow Out Mercyhurst Wins Big Battle
by Don Burger


Writing Center: Students eligible for work study are asked to stop by the Writing Center in 308 Main for a detailed description of a job which involves meeting new people as well as helping others and even yourself write better. Appointments for interviews may be made at the center. Pace: Work study students interested in working With incoming freshmen and assisting mentors with a year long orientation program for these students may ap<ply by Completing an application blank available % 1 from Miriam Mashank, 215 Main. Student Union: Any students interested in working in the Student Union for the 1978-79 school year may see Jan Gatti in the Union and pick up an application and worker's manual. All students applying must be eligible for financial aid. Forms must be turned in by the end of spring term.

'Placement Center: Juniors: Stop in; ate the Career Planning and Placement Center, 204 Main, and get some ideas from Gary Bukowski about what you'll be 'doing next year at this time. ^Library :iThe Library will be open until midnight on Tuesday,. Wednesday, and Thursday of exam week. Public Relations: Seniors who do not have use for the six tickets to Commencement which were issued, *please return .them to Public Relations, Egan 11. There is a waiting list for additional tickets. iCommunication Majors: All Communications majors larebivited toDarlene Keith's graduation party Sunday Juneflbetweeif5^p.1n. and 9 p.m. A softball game and a volley ball] game is planned for about 7:30 in ^ Baker's Field. The party is being held at 125 East 33rd Theatre: Four one-act plays will be presented in the \ Coffee House, Thursday, May 24, through Saturday, * May 26. Carol Miller and Fred Null will appear in " A Slight Ache", directed jjby Jeanne Palmer. "Dark Glasses" is Cindy Haines and will star Tom Mc Dermot. "The Sandbox", under the direction of Kathy Grieb, features Dolores Lee, Gary Lebicki, land Dee DeFalco. Director Tom McDermot will present "Here We Are". Jeff Abel and Sue Dats play M characters "He" and* She." Admission is free and the plays begin at 8 p.m.

"Well, they only use me in pivot. We call them 'Hoover' At the end of June 4'g game, the comic relief roles. Whenever the around here. They vacuum Mercyhurst Seniors were all bases are loaded and we're about anything hit near them for the 6H j£ sitting around the locker room as to lose, they put me in to take the 4-3 combo." "Anyone else we haven't the reporters entered for the post loss. That way the stars keep t heir records intact." * mentioned?" asked Du Da. J game interviews. '';'.' "Only our power hitter, Pat Most of them passed me by and "I see," said Bob, "Hows your 'Boom Boom' Dunn. When the gathered around the stars of the batting average this year?" team. One reporter Just couldn't "I've had a few hits, but I strike chips are really down, he'll get j close, enough so he came out a lot too. Some of the players smack someone in the teeth with towards me. Naturally, I adopted call me 'cancer bat' because my a line drive to get their attention. He's more of a 'Hassle' than he's an important "air". Answers that wretchedness is contagious."! "Are there any other com- worth, though." 5 ' *[ reflected inner wisdom and inmunications majors on the . A man walked through the sight entered my thoughts. locker room and into his office. team?" 17 The reporter opened his mouth "Oh yesjthere's Clank' Van "Who is that? Du Da asked, "he to speak and I interrupted him. Wagenen. i looks a little old to still be playing "It was nothing really . f . " "Why k do they call him this game." "Excuse me sir, where is the Clank'?" asked Du Da.f "That's our manager, fiesty bat boy?" he asked. £ "He makes so many errors he Billy Shelly. We all owe a lot to must;have iron hands.! He's a him. Especially me. Under his "Over there." I said.^ After awhile, the other players great bitter, • though, and jhe guidance we've learned more 9 I about the game and how to began to drift away from the scores a lot too." other reporters. One finally came "Any others?" r succeed inside it. We all kid him a over to me. "Hi, I'm'Bob Du Da •. "Oh yeah. We're all specialists lot, but his help is appreciated. from the FLASH, got a minute?" out there on the diamond. Let's "That picture on tne wall," see;* .there's 'Stretch' said Du DaJ "he looks very "Sure." I said dejectedly.* Stevenson, our English familiar to me." . "You played a fine game out specialist. She puts enough "You've seen him on 'High Q\ there. What is your name english on the ball to keep the That's 'Ageless Andy Roth', our opposition honest. She'll throw team's owner, He has prepared ^ again?" "Don," Isaid, "Thanks, I try to them a curve when they least us all for our careers. I doubt that I do my best whenever possible." CXDCCt it * we could have made it without "Wait a minute,'' said Du Da; him." "Well Don," continued Du Da, "What's your major position?'' "is Rob Bobskley in com"I'm a communications major, munications?" 1 "He set the standard high Bob. There's only a few of us •"You bet. He's our fashion co- enough that we had to learn this ordinator. We all get new combat game correctly or we'd fail. I'm graduating this year." < "So you're one of those elite boots once a decade." grateful for that. After four years specialists we hear* so much r "What about that fantastic with this club, Ageless Andy and about. How are things out in the double play combo? " he asked. Billy Shelly ha veprepared me for "You mean the Keith-Manendo the big leagues. Thank you both." bull pen?" asked Du Da.

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by Gary Wesman Hmmmmmm," begins Joanne Cooper. Seated at her desk, she leans forward slowly and deliberately, cups her hands and settles Into one of those mock-serious, eyeball-to-eyeball stares that clearly reveals the question she is turning over in her mind: "Do I trust you to be reasonable about this, or don't

"Hmmmmmmm," she begins again, "Is this for publication, or not? Would it be possible Just to postpone this until Thursday, perhaps, or later? I have this terrible headache.. .You see, I've had it since yesterday, and. . .Could we talk next week?.. .I've got this headache. . ." But she decides to plunge ahead anyway. Suddenly straightening up in her chair, tossling her hair with one hand, she is off and. . . deliberating. "I'm not certain how I feel," she says. "I'm giving this a lot of thought, of course.. .1, ummm, I haven't come up with any real conclusions. . .umm. . .1 have a dilemma, you see. I have a job that is difficult to define.'' Thus does Joanne Cooper measure her words these days, when the subject concerns her job, which is difficult, to define. That is, no one, including herself, quite knows where the Director of

the Learning Resource Center stands in the labor-management equation. Which never mattered much before, but it's a dilemma, all right, now that some Mercyhurst faculty are trying to unionize. For Joanne Cooper, this union business could, ummm, upset the balance of her, umm mm, 1 "special working relationship.' It could be a headache, all right. On the face of it the question seems simple enough. One side wants virtually all faculty to be eligible to loin a union. The other side, the administration, wants to exclude, among others, persons whose jobs overlap. . .what? Tto use the terms of the equation, management and labor—with a capital L and that- stands for Library. * v "I think tof myself as a teacher," explains Joanne Cooper. "Roughly 60 per cent of my time goes into teaching, mostly on a one-to-one basis— how to use the library—although I teach groups occasionally. "However: I do have* the authority to hire and fire staff and I am permitted to, ummm, encumber college * moneys, without prior approval. . .That makes me management. With each side Claiming librarians *as non-negotiable properties, Joanne Cooper and

her assistants are left stuck in the middle, like one coil of the rope in this intra-collegiate tug-of-war. Asked to define her own preferences, Joanne Cooper. . tries. Carefully. In stops and starts.. "1 would not want to lose the capacity, um.. .1 would not want and I think the college would not want, umm, someone whose discretionary powers, ummm. ." But finally, it must be said: "I have the responsibilities to spend money, and to hire and fire," she says. "Frankly, I wouldn't want to give up either of those." Frankly. And yet, there is that 60 per cent of her, at least, that remains a teacher. An either-or proposition, administration or faculty, is clearly unpalatable. It is important to note here that to say IJoanne Cooper is not picking sides is not the same as saying she lis straddling the proverbial fence. Others pushed for the union, others countered to exclude her from it, and if any fences happen to materialize-, it will' be others who plonk those miserable bricks into place. She doesn't even know where. Regardless of how the National Labor Relations Board rules, Joanne Cooper will still teach. "One can't be a librarian at a







Joanne Cooper college the size of this without spending a sizable amount of time teaching," she says. "Being excluded from the union would not hurt m y teaching." * The uncertainty, she says, is " what it would do to m y relations ; with the faculty." * Here is the maddening, frustrating part. Personal sensibilities — integrity, even — are involved here. Joanne Cooper, you see, has never played it safe, hist running her department while * sitting back on her faculty rank and status and all the other contractual legalisms. No, she has always been in there pitching, in the College Senate, on subcommittees and task forces and whatnot, in there pitching for the faculty viewpoint, * the faculty position, the gung-ho liberal arts faculty philosophy—she, Joanne Cooper, the certified, papers-andtitle-to-prove-it administrator! Galling, it is, the thought of what could conceivably happen if she is excluded from the union. To be cut off from her colleagues (BY her colleagues?)!isolated, considered. . .over there, with management. .». "I hope," she says, "regardless of what the faculty does decide, that, ummm, openness and trust will continue." This is spoken with a hesitant, tentative upturn of the voice, so that it sounds almost like a question, as in, "openness and trust will continue. . .hopefully maybe possibly yes?" ,' { Ah, but what else can one do, these days? Solidarity Forever and pass the aspirin. (Ed. Note—Joanne Cooper, director of the Learning Resource Center, c\vas interviewed for this story during the first week of May, when the issue of faculty unionization had reached the'stage of official hearings. On Friday, Jane 2, all fulltime faculty will vote to deckle this issue—on whether it wants to form a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Association. The National Labor Relations Board has not yet decided if the holders of two jobs which carry full faculty status are eligible to Join the bargaining unit. One is Archivist'Stuart Campbell. The other is Joanne Cooper. Mrs. Cooper and Dr. Campbell may vote June 2, but their ballots will be sealed and held until the N LRB conducts ^ ^ f ur ttaer
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by V icki Martinago The recently elected 1978-79 MSG officers and representatives met for the first time this week as the new governing body. An important item on the agenda was the government's approval ofi the people recently appointed to the executive board of the Student Activities Committee. (SAC), They were: Jim DiSanti, chairperson; Alda Walker, vice-chairperson; Anita Bonamino, secretary; and Pierre Priestly, treasurer. All four were unanimously approved by MSG representatives. Mike Heller, president of MSG, introduced a discussion on the organization of Parent's Weekend for next year. He explained that Sister Carolyn Herrmann, director of Development and Alumni Relations, • had suggested that MSG be responsible for this annual event. Heller supported this proposal, "Though last year's government . got away from activities, I feel that MSG should involve themselves in something like this," he said to the MSG body.

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He favored the possibility of 4 Parent's Weekend i being organized as Father-Daughter Weekend has been in the past. It was suggested that a chairman and co-chairman be appointed to plaii the a c t i v i t y ^ with tfthe responsibility of organizing additional c o m m i t t e e s . After much discussion on the subject, it was unanimously approved that a chairman and co-chairman be selected to plan the event, which is held in October. MSGUreasurer Steve Frisina questioned from where funding came for such an activity. It was explained that, in the past, Parent's Weekend payed for itself through ticket sales, j The agenda also included Jan Gatti's, director of the Student Union, report on the film presentation for 1978-79. She stated that the package deal included 29 movies plus cartoons for each film. This year's movies were budgeted for $5600, while the total cost of next year's package is lower at about $5300. Ms. Gatti explained that with next year's package you are given a considerable discount if you take at least eight Warner Brother's films. This a l s o provides a higher quality of Films, with such box-sellers a s : "The Deep,"> "The H e r o e s . " "The Good-Bye Girl," "Tne Exorcist", "All the President's Men," "SlapshDt," "The Other Side of the Mountain," "Blazing Saddles" and others. At this t i m e , Ms. Gatti proposed that the admission to movies be raised to 80 cents for next y e a r . Much discussion resulted, with the majority of students protesting this proposal. President Mike Heller stated that thP movies are the one thing on

c a m p u s that }bring < people together, and suggested leaving the price at 25 cents. While others stated that the movies are the only real bargain left on campus. Bos. Gatti argued that with the higher quality of films, people wouldn't mind the quarter increase. She also stated that the increase would help to fund additional film festivals such a s the Marx Brothers and the Halloween Film Festival. Others felt that the money intake at movies is presently insignificant, and that any increase would be nominal. The proposal to raise the movie price was voted down by the governing body. This was the last vote of the day, and concluded the first meeting of the newly elected MSG.


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Tom Chybrzynski Well! On His Way
by Ann Kofod He sauntered on the court showing the confidence of Jimmy Connors. His concentration was that of Bjorn Borg. And when he missed a shot -Illie Nastase. Although he's far from reaching the plateau these professional players have achieved, Mercyhurst's Tom Chybrzynski is well on his way to making a name for himself in tennis. Tom advanced to the semifinals before losing to top-rated Jan Bortner in the Westwood Racquet Club USTA Tournament. This doesn't mean that it isn't possible to be a winner in defeat. Bortner, who happens to be touring the, professional circuit this summer, was the winner of the same tournament last year. And was again expected to shine. As a matter of fact, he only lost two games in three singles matches - * until Tom Chybrzynski. ;;,* Bortner had the look of total confidence, until Tom's first service ace and then his second until he totaledfiveaces. Jan was scared. He played well, but he was not in top form. He hit into the net again and again. As Bortner later put it. "That kid was tough, I really wasn't expecting it." But enough about Bortner. Tom played perhaps the finest tennis of his life. Well enough to drop the first set by 7-6, a feat Bortner has never encountered at Westwood before. Tom dropped the second set 6-2. | "Man, ps he giving him a fight," said one spectator. |A "That Chybrzynski's really playing tough," said another fan. These were just a few of the comments heard, between bursts of applause as Bortner missed or Tom hit a fantastic shot. The crowd was behind Tom to win. Why? One TadyTaidr't think he's cute! . . .| but really, it's good to,see someone so young play so professionally." Another man commented, "I'm Kail for this kid to beat Bortner. He shows, great promise." "Asj he glanced toward the court he added, "Look at that serve! His receiving stance perhaps best, depicts him. His free arm swings in a pendulum fashion for a reason only he knows, then the crouch, hand to court, then to •racquet, to his white sweatband and back to the grip. And then the slow smile. He's psyched. * This isn't to say that the rest of the team didn't do as well in the tournament. Rich Birmingham, a • favored player, advanced to the quarter-finals before being eliminated. J y Andy Findlay also advanced after sweeping a 6-0, 6-0 victory. The double teams of FindlayBirmingham and CulbertsonLaFuria were very impressive and, when they dropped a match,

by Mark Cipriani Has anyone out there ever Hopefully, officials in charge of wondered what happened to this will see fit to can the Mercy hurst golf team. program and use the money to Wait, let me rephrase that, upgrade some of the other sports. does anyone out there care what happened to the golf team? In case you don't already know, /Work certainly has been slow in the golf team Is in limbo right construction of our new soccer now, after being suspended this field and tennis courts. In fact there has been no work at all. spring term, t | Weather conditions and other The program as far as I'm concerned , should stay in excuses are being used to halt the suspended animation, or fur- progress in these areas. Witnessing how long it took to thermore completely dropped from the list of sports here at have our Campus Center completed, Coach Shimpeno might Mercy hurst. It was suspended due to budget nave his field by the turn of the f 4 f" problems and with all the other century, f budget problems around here who needs another? ' ,1 Tennis coach Dennis Ranalli Golf just does not lend itself to said last Monday' at the Sports Mark Cipriani spectator interest.* To me It is Banquet that he set three goals deathly dull to, even consider for his upcoming season. Two of three ain't bad." watching. They were (1) to beat Edinboro The sport does not benefit (his alma mater), (2) to win the Both crew teams have; been students from the school in any District and (3) n to A win the fighting* weather and canway since the links are off Nationals.^ f •$ £ cellations all? spring but last campus. J Twoiof the three have been Sunday the women finally rowed '• j The only students it benefits accomplished and he gets his shot one in. ^ are the six. who are actively at the third when the team leaves The girls outraced both Grand participating. for Kansas City Sunday. t Valley, and Michigan State to win It is just too expensive for what Good luck coach, but regard- the three way race on the Grand an institution (especially Mercy- less of ^what does happen, Eiver in Grand ; Rapids, hurst) gets out of it. remember what the song says, Michigan. 'v






Tom Chybrzynski i" it wasn't without a tie-breaker or a third set.* & The team has "potential *and with the departure of only one Senioff*"Little "RichardV Birmingham, it is guaranteedthe J<i team will bring results. As for Tom Chybrzynski, things couldn't be looking better.

Chris Tomczak It is difficult to believe that this is my last column of the year. It has been a year of experiences. I remember when, Chris Van Wagenen first let me write this column. I am thankful to have worked with Terry Kelly. Thanks for all the help andtips,Chris and Terry. > The first sport I covered was women's tennis. I got to see some pretty exciting matches. Hollv Bring vs. Vic Casper of Gannon was perhaps the most exciting

by Chris Tomczak match of the season. The three- rebounding department behind setter ended in a tie breaker each Amy McNicholasJ * * ' jA set with Casper victorious. The women's crew team also Overall, Coach Lynn Aldrich's had a successful season when team performed a below-average matches weren't called off season finishing below the .500 because of the weather. Perhaps mark. ^ * J the greatest achievement was at Coach Suzanne J arret looks to Grand * Rapids, Michigan, The have a promising volleyball team Women's Varsity won the 2,000 next year. Only Senior Sue Fagan meter race. will not return for the volleyers. Thel softball team had a The team's record was not as disappointing year. Anytime a good as it should have been. team goes winless there aren't Many of their games could have too many highpoints. The future gone either way, unfortunately, looks optimistic, however, many went the wrong way. because the team is young. The women's basketball team, Again, Fagan is the only Senior. under j the direction of "Rhonda ; Sue Fagan will be hard to Carlson and Jim Kahn, fared replace. At the annual women's extremely well. The 9-7 record sports picnic Fagan was voted wasn't too impressive but Most Valuable Player in represents considerable im- volleyball and basketball.' Forprovements over the past years. tunately, the name of Mary Ann The team ran up a seven game King will be heard next year. winning streak, longest in the King was voted MVP for her history of Mercyhurst " The performances in tennis and Lakers also ranked as the best softball. Congratulations, Sue defensive team with a 49.5 and Mary Ann. average.? In individual per- 1978 i has been an exformances, Sue Fagan ranked as perience . . . an experience I high scorer and second in the nope to remember forever.

Birch ard New Laker
In an effort to capitalize on local high school material, new Mercyhurst basketball coach Dan O'Connor signed McDowell High School product Doug Birchard. 3 t Birchard becomes Coach O'Connor's first recruit for the 7879 season. 5 The 6-3 southpaw had three productive seasons in a Trojan uniform. In his senior year Doug led the Erie Section One in scoring and canned 1101 points in his overall career. 1 Birchard also ranks 10th in the all-time scorers parade for Erie schools. O'Connor hopes to put Birch ard's perimeter shooting to good use and this along with his strong inside ability makes Birchard a valuable asset to the Laker team. Although O'Connor hopes to land other local standouts he hasn't ignored the surrounding area.^ The new Laker coach has set up recruiting connections in the Buffalo and Jamestown, New York areas; J j This is an addition to Mercyhurst's always productive Pittsburgh line, which has produced former Laker standouts, Pauls Young and Kevin Bradley. * • * * ^ While this does not guarantee anybody as a sure-thing recruit it does put O'Connor in a position to land impressive talent for the new season. £



College Athletes End Year] At Traditional Award Dinner
Capping off a busy sports year, Mercyhurst College held its annual sports award banquet Monday night at the Holiday Inn, downtown. For the first time ever both men's and women's sports were honored at the vearly affair. All the coaches representing the ten intercollegiate sports at Mercyhurst were there to award and thank their respective athletes. Dick Fox, ex-Laker basketball coach returned to honor his But for the most part all the players that brought, him his coaches seemed satisfied and most successful season ever. hopefully predicted new and \i Fox claimed that it was his better things for next year. greatest thrill as an athlete or fv Even the cheerleaders, 'who coach and he was lucky to be were also honored at the banquet, were anticipating better things associated with such players. Dave Shimpeno, soccer coach, for next year, like new was glad to see his sport cheer leading outfits. Although all the athletes were recognized and accepted at honored, four- individuals Mercyhurst, * In contrast, baseball coach. received special awards. The Dean Garvey award* Mike Cusack, was disappointed which honors the outstanding with his team's efforts. men'8 athlete, was awarded to Paul Youngs *j Sue Fagan was recipient of the Outstanding Women's Athlete award. ^ v Finally the Earnest Gardneraward, an honor for excellence in crew, was awarded to both John l Beck and Katie McCaffrey. * ' With many athletes returning and many new ones waiting for their first chance, more trophies, letters, and beer mugs seem in order for next year.' t



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