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Spring 1987, Vol. 5, No. 2

MercyhurstFeatures Big Plans For the 'Hurst; a preview of how the campus skyline will change


Chairman of the Board of Trustees William C. Sennett, Esq. President Dr. William P. Garvey Issue Editor Mary Kathleen Kappelt Alumni Editors Gary L. Bukowski '73 TomDore'81 Editorial Board Dr. Allan D. Belovarac 7 3 Dr. Ludlow L. Brown Dr. Marilynn Miller Jewell '48 P. Barry McAndrew Dr. Vivetta G. Petronio '48 Sr. M.Eustace Taylor'29 Contributing Writers Dr. Ludlow Brown Dr. Thomas Donahue Joanne Druzak Dr. George Garrelts R. T Guerrein Rhonda Schember '71 Robert Shreve Margaret L. Tenpas Dr. Michael J. McQuillen Photography Dennis L. Bachelder David Bell Rich Forsgren '84 Robert Lowry Lou Caravaglia Art Direction Dave Nene Production & Printing Dispatch 2000 Printing System Erie, Pennsylvania ALUMNI BOARD Officers Michael E. Heller 7 9 , President Lance J. Lavrinc '83, Vice President Claudia M. Englert '82, Secretary Directors Helen A. Clancy Bavisotto '58, Corning, N.Y Allan D. Belovarac 7 3 , Erie, PA Deborah S. Duda 7 7 , Palo Alto, CA Margaret Anne Mooney Emling '37, Erie, PA Joan Kostolansky Evans '60, Erie, PA Sr. Mary Lawrence Franklin '41, Erie, PA Diane M. McKeon Friske '67, Glenshaw, PA H. Daniel Hill III, J. D. 76, North East, PA Jeff W. Jones '84, Cleveland, OH Sally C. Carlow Kohler '51, Erie, PA Patricia J. Liebel '53, Erie, PA Kevin J. Rozich, J. D., 7 9 , Johnstown, PA

The Dance: Showcase of Talent; The Mercyhurst Community collaborates . . . beautifully 2 Strategic Defense Initiative Program; Can it work? Can we afford it? by Mike McQuillen Responsible Citizenship or "Godless" Humanism? Three faculty look at the implications of last year's Tennessee Textbook Decision 4


Medieval Merrymaking; a Christmas madrigal showcases culinary and theatrical talents of Mercyhurst students by Rhonda Mahoney Schember 7 1 8 Mercyhurst: A Great Example of Victorian Gothic; the effect is produced by mass and vertical accents by R. T Guerrein 10 Fuji and Futons; an interview with an alumna by a former faculty member, Margaret L. Tenpas 12

Departments Sports On the Hill Alumni News Class Notes .

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Cover: Former Mercyhurst College President Sister Carolyn Herrmann has been instrumental in the direction the College has taken and the growth it has been enjoying. Now, as she steps down from her position as Superior of the Sisters of Mercy, Sister Carolyn will be receiving an honorary doctorate during this year's Commencement ceremonies. Thank you, Sister Carolyn, for your part in the 'Hurst's big plans, past and future. (Cover photo: David Bell) Read more about the latest plans, next page. Mercyhurst Tiffany-style lamp available through the Alumni Relations Office.The Mercyhurst Magazine is published by the Office of External Affairs of Mercyhurst College, Glenwood Hills, Erie, PA 16546. Copyright 1987. News items and letters to the editor should be sent to the Editor c/o External Affairs Office. Send change of address to Mercyhurst Magazine, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA 16546. External Affairs Office 814/825-0285 Alumni Relations Office 814/825-0246

Big Plans For The 'Hurst

s the College prepares to leave Saint Mark's Center next year, exciting and extensive building and renovation plans are about to begin. Approval was granted by the Board of Trustees at its March meeting for $5 million in projects to be completed by the summer of 1988. At the heart of the projects are the new facilities for the Hotel-Restaurant and Music programs: The Mary D'Angelo Auditorium (see architect's rendition on this page), a 32,000 square-foot addition and renovation to the Zurn Building, has been designed to provide extended use of the present facilities and at the same time provide more sophisThe expanded cafeteria and Hotel and Res- ticated spaces for quality performances of taurant department facility are expected to beballet, drama, opera, chamber orchestras, named after Father William Sullivan, first chamber groups and symphonies. The chaplain of the College who built the Grotto seating capacity in the new auditorium and the Main Drive. The windows of Sullivan will grow from the present 250 to 792 with Hall will look out over the Grotto which Fa- the balcony capable of being used as a septher Sullivan fashioned in 1933 after the one arate 182-seat lecture room. An orchestra pit will accommodate a 45-50 piece orat University of Notre Dame.

chestra, adequate for any performance; a fly gallery will provide ample space for storage and changing of scenery and lighting; the 40-feet-deep stage will accommodate most performances; a projection room will allow 35mm films to be shown, and an entrance lobby will be provided. A new Music Wing behind the proposed stage is of great importance to obtain required space for the D'Angelo School of Music without duplication and within reasonable cost; planned for the Music Wing are much-needed classrooms, fourteen practice rooms, a listening room with control console, and restrooms. This project will cost approximately $2.2 million. The opening date for the first performance in the new auditorium is scheduled for May, 1988, with the Juilliard String Quartet providing the opening concert. Sullivan (formerly Egan) Hall (see architect's rendition), a $1.2 million expansion and renovation project for the HotelContinued on page 5


The Dance: A Showcase of Student and Faculty Talent


A blaze of color and talent delighted the packed house for the Fall Dance Performance directed by Jean-Marc Baier. "Dance Esoterica" and "Graduation Ball" spotlighted students and faculty and some

wonderful surprises. A special collaborated portion entitled "In Dreams Only" brought together June Hines' choreography and dancing, Angela Elston's poetry, and narration by Barry McAndrew and

Vivetta Petronio. It s haunting quality contrasted with and balanced the uptempo finale.

Worldblind by Angela Elston

I see you now.. (I memorized the silence in your eyes and studied sunlight iridescent in your hair. I see, as though going blind, that rain drops there are better than a halo) . . . only in dreams . .. (I learned meanings in the colors of your voice so I can say to any symphony and song as I would say to you: come to me when I remember you)

. . . dreams within dreams . Memory can't serve fragrant apples in the Fall or roses or dust after rain or you or me.


I see you now dream waking within dreams . . . and if the other side of death should be eclipse without penumbra, what would I learn then? Waking within waking I would learn to forgive to forget the braille of your birthmarks.

The gala finale "Graduation Ball" is the story of an evening of entertainment put on by young girls at a finishing school in Vienna to fete the graduates of a nearby military academy The audience enjoyed the fun even more when College Chaplain Father C. R. Schmitt stepped out as headmistress, a part he carried off with extraordinary panache.SPRING, 1987

By Michael J. McQuillen, Ph. D. Professor of History, Department of History ana Political Science

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE PROGRAM: CAN IT WORK? CAN WE AFFORD IT?Mike's article can be read in the light of the sal is attainable and affordable. To the proposed $1.02 trillion 1988 White House "doubting Thomases" further pursuit of Budget which calls for $312 billion in Reagan's dubious and dangerous "Star military spending. Federal spending on edu- Wars" program will prove hopelessly futile cation would drop from $17 billion to $14 bil- and ruinously expensive. It is to these two lion under the 1988 proposed Reagan issues of SDI's potential success and cost budget that I would like to direct my remarks. I early four years ago Ronald Reagan challenged the scientific community of this nation to devote its considerable talents to one of the most challenging and potentially most rewarding tasks of this century that of rendering nuclear weapons "impotent and obsolete." In his March 23,1983 address to the nation the President noted that the only way we can currently prevent a Soviet nuclear attack upon ourselves is by threatening to destroy Soviet society in return. "Wouldn't it be better," he asked, "to save lives than to avenge them?" He thereupon shared with the American people a personal "vision of the future which offers hope." His vision entailed resting America's security not, as at present, "upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a Soviet attack," but on a proposed ability "to intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of our allies." Over the past three and one-half years the idea of a strategic defense against nuclear attack has grown from a mere gleam in the President's eye into an extensive research program with its own Pentagon bureaucracy and a current budget of $3.6 billion. Over that same period the President's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program has generated an increasingly passionate debate over the feasibility of its goal and the wisdom of its approach. In this debate, of the many claims made by SDI's proponents and the equally numerous criticisms voiced by its opponents, the most important ones have centered on two crucial questions: Can it work? Can we afford it? To SDI's "true believers" the President's laudable and revolutionary propoCan It Work? Can the "promising new technologies" mentioned by President Reagan in his 1983 speech be developed to the point where an "effective" defense against Soviet ballistic missiles is feasible? Clearly, the President and his supporters think so. They envisage a "layered" defense capable of attacking and destroying Soviet nuclear warheads in each of their several stages