Page 3January 16, 2013
Curriculum changes approach for next year
Students may be aware that start-ing next year a new semester systemgoes into effect. The current trimes-
ter system will change to a modied
semester system with a J-term. The biggest change for some,though, will be a revised core that willgo into effect at the same time.Mercyhurst Faculty Senate Com-mittee reached a consensus after morethan two years of work regarding thenew curriculum for Mercyhurst stu-dents.
This revision marks the rst corechange since 1997 and the rst fac
-ulty-initiated change in 20 yearsaccording to Faculty Senate PresidentMichael Federici, Ph.D.Generally, a university’s core isrevised every decade or so. It has beenmore than a decade since the last corerevision, so the time had come for achange. According to Assistant Vice Pres-ident for Academic Services Michele Wheaton, the new changes will nothinder any student’s graduation.“(The new curriculum) is intendedto try to help develop well roundedand marketable students,” said Whea-ton, who emphasizes the changesare to aid students in their academicendeavors.Information about the changes will eventually be available from alink on the portal website. Wheaton hopes to have docu-ments available, a FAQ section andthe ability for students to post ques-
tions and nd answers about the
changes in the coming weeks.Classes scheduled for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will now be60 minutes long and classes on Tues-days and Thursdays will last 100 min-utes.Current students will earn a min-imum of 120 credits to graduate andnew students for next year will berequired to obtain 121.“In terms of the changes to thecore curriculum, I think most people
will nd a very familiar and comfort
-able balance between continuity andchange,” said Chair of the Philosophy Department James Snyder, Ph.D.In terms of changes, there arenumerous changes in the differentdepartments. Overall, however, most
students will nd they need one less
course to graduate for all majors.Furthermore, the J-term, an inten-sive, multiple-week session in January,is aimed at offering students uniquecourses and opportunities.Incoming freshmen will be requiredto take J-term twice as they go abouttheir academic career. Those who reg-ister for J-term without the registrationof spring term will, as a result, receive
no nancial aid due to their part-time
status. According to Federici, the arts cat-egory has been expanded, and themathematics component reducedfrom three necessary classes to two.Nevertheless, he assures students thatthe new categories of the core stillretain elements of the old. The change of semesters will alsoaid students in getting used to the new core. According to Christina Riley-Brown,chair of the English department, mostuniversities have moved from the tri-mester system to the semester systemalready.“It is better to be on the semestersystem,” said Riley-Brown, “because
the university can remain exible,
innovative and creative with classofferings.”
Though there are difculties in any
process, the majority of faculty hasbeen behind the changes. Accordingly, students as well seempositive, though apprehensive aboutacclimating to the new changes. Ineffort to reduce student anxiety, advis-ers will sit down with students thisspring term to go over their academic
proles and make sure they are on time
to graduate with the new curriculumchanges.
By Kierston Bromley
Students’ shoe drive
steps beyond goal
“Within the Sole” was a shoe driveon campus that occurred throughoutthe holiday season.Senior social work major MarissaZastawa partnered with the Lead andSeed program through the CoalitionPathways agency to make the drive ahuge success. The program’s goal was to raiseawareness in the community aboutdrug and alcohol abuse, along withthe dangerous effects of drunk driv-ing.Zastawa acted as the preventioncoordinator, whose main goal wasto educate the community about thestatistics regarding these issues andtrain people to go out and spread the word.Zastawa, along with the Social Work Club of Mercyhurst University,came up with the idea of the “Withinthe Sole” Project to raise awarenessabout the growing issues with drug misuse, which often leads to over-dose.Senior social work major Emily Iabone was one of the 10 Mercyhurststudents to assist in the planning andexecution of the project.“We thought of this project as ateam because it was artistic and ithad a strong message to send which we thought would catch people’sattention,” Iabone said. The student’s goal for the shoe drive was to collect at least 98 pairs of shoes, which is representative of the numberof deaths in Erie County due to drug overdose.“The project was a cool idea because we were able to relate the sole of ashoe to the soul of individual’s lives,”Zastawa said.Iabone explained that, “98 may
not seem signicant but that doesn’t
include the number of people whohave overdosed and haven’t died, so itis still a huge problem.” The team reached out to the Mercy-hurst campus by advertising on Face-book, and asked the Erie community for help with this project.“Marissa is a great leader for thisteam and has done a wonderful job,”said senior social work major NatalieMagoc. “Our shoe collection turnedout better than we expected, which was really exciting and made being apart of the Lead and Seed program worthwhile.” The project exceeded its goal witha total of 150 pairs of shoes collectedand at the completion of the drive were put on display for the Mercy-hurst community. The shoes were displayed to rep-resent the lives lost, and after many outreach actions, the media becameinvolved to continue raising aware-ness about the issues. The Social Work Club hopes to con-tinue to do more projects throughoutthe rest of the year and will inform thecampus community of all upcoming events. The shoes will be donated to sev-eral organizations in the community including St. Martin’s Center, Mercy Center for Women and Safe HarborBehavioral Health.
By Abigail Robinson
Marissa Zastawa raised a totalof 150 pairs of shoes for variousorganizations in Erie.
It is better to beon the semestersystem.