Page 3September 19, 2012
Students attend 2012 AnnualDiversity Conference
Assistant Professor Kimberly Zacherl in the Walker School of Busi-ness used a Diversity Enrichment Grant to take students to the 2012 Annual Diversity Conference Thursday, Sept. 13, in Pittsburgh, PA.Zacherl, junior Dan Tremblay, sophomore Dennis Arthur andsenior Menda Tenzing attended sessions including Bridging Culturaland Gender Barriers, Women Take Care and Men Take Charge, Multi-cultural Leadership and It’s not the Glass Ceiling but the Sticky Floor. The group also attended the Keynote Luncheon Address by SoledadO’Brien, special investigation correspondent and host of CNN’s “In America” documentaries.
Bob Woodward to speak at Mercyhurst
Investigative journalist and author Bob Wood- ward, famous for breaking the stories on the Watergate scandal during President Nixon’s term,is coming as a guest speaker to the Mary D’An-gelo Performing Arts Center (PAC) on Monday,Oct. 29.His talk, named “Inside the White House:From Nixon to Obama with Bob Woodward andCarl Bernstein,” is penned to be a part of theguest speaker series for the 2012-2013 academicyear.Mercyhurst students and faculty will be able toget their free tickets starting Thursday, Sept. 27 by presenting their Mercyhurst ID. There is a limit of two tickets per person andany remaining tickets will be offered to the publicstarting Monday, Oct. 1.Born in Illinois, Woodward has received variousawards for his work in the world of journalism,such as a Pulitzer for his work for The WashingtonPost during both the Watergate scandals and hiscoverage of the September 11 attacks.His work for the Post has been recognized forhaving remarkably reliable accounts and a strong tone, as well as attention to detail. ExecutiveDirector of The Weekly Standard, Fred Barnes,called him “the best pure reporter of his genera-tion, perhaps ever.”
Woodward is also a non-ﬁction author, with 12
of his books gaining No. 1 New York Times Best-
seller status, more than any contemporary non-ﬁc-
tion author.One of his most notable publications, “All thePresident’s Men,” co-authored with Carl Bern-stein, was adapted into a major motion picturestarring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Woodward and Bernstein.It depicts the events surrounding the Water-gate scandal that led to the eventual resignationof President Nixon.
The ﬁlm received excellent reviews and gar-
nered some major accolades, including two Acad-emy Awards. The book chronicles the investigative journal-ism on behalf of the initial report on the Water-gate break-in, detailing the events behind themajor stories the duo wrote, using sources that
remained anonymous for years and were ﬁnally
named in the publication. In addition, it tells of aseries of audio recordings from the White Housethat further incriminated Nixon for covering upthe break-in. Tickets can be reserved online at http://pac.
mercyhurst.edu or at the box ofﬁce.For more information call the PAC box ofﬁce
By Juan Mendez
Student unionundergoes changes
With all of the remodeling andrepurposing that took place this past
summer, all three ﬂoors of the Caro-
lyn Herrmann Student Union look very different than they did when studentsleft in May and the changes are not overyet. Though plans for the renovationof the Student Union Great Roomhave been in the works since lastfall, the joint Senior Gift Committee – Mercyhurst Student Government(MSG) venture has taken longer thanexpected.“We are working very hard to makethe student union a more comfort-able space,” Sarah Allen, director of the Campus Involvement Center andadviser to MSG said. When asked what still needed doneto the Great Room, Allen replied that
there are still a lot of ﬁnishing touches
to be completed, including a gas insert
for the ﬁreplace, connection to Direct TV for the ﬂat-screen televisions and
the addition of accessories such as arearugs and artwork.“I am so excited for it,” said sopho-more Julie Smicinski. “It sounds like it will be a great place to hang out and dohomework.”
Students have deﬁnitely taken
notice of the division of the GreatRoom from the rest of the Union which was completed over thesummer.“I like the enclosed commuterlounge,” said senior and commuterBrittany Barko. “Hopefully, this will
be the ﬁrst of many changes geared
toward improving campus life for com-muters.”Sophomore Lauren Smith said,“The fact that the Great Room isclosed off is awesome for studying,privacy and events held there. How-ever, I do wish the furniture took upmore room though; maybe they couldadd some comfy couches or some-thing.” Though the completion dateremains uncertain, MSG is planning to hold an opening ceremony aroundmid-October. The goal of the ren-ovation is to make the Great Roommore inviting for students to hang out in.In addition to the new decorationsand walls in the Great Room, severaldepartments have new locations withinthe Union.
Both the MSG and the SAC ofﬁceshave moved from the second ﬂoor to
the basement, located next to the LakerInn.Since their new location typically
receives more student trafﬁc than thesecond ﬂoor, MSG and SAC hope to
achieve greater visibility to students. The Campus Involvement Centerhas relocated from next to Campus
Ministry on the ﬁrst ﬂoor to the ofﬁces
vacated by MSG and SAC. Sarah Allensaid that the new location is bettersuited to the needs of the expanding department and has “been getting just
as much student trafﬁc.”
Director of Service Learning ColinHurley and AmeriCorps member toService Learning Bethany Brun madethe biggest transition, moving from the
ﬁrst ﬂoor of Egan to the space right
next to Campus Ministry.Betty Amatangelo, Campus Minis-try secretary, thinks that the ServiceLearning department’s new locationhas strengthened its relationship withCampus Ministry, especially wherestudent service opportunities are con-cerned.“It has really helped collabora-tion between the two departments,” Amatangelo said.Overall, the many changes aim toadd to the convenience and appeal of the Union for students and staff.
By Stefani Baughman
Changes to the Student Union Great Room are a work in progress.Finishing touches to the space have yet to be added.
Lindsay Beers photo