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THE
i
1
"Not
EverythingThat
is
faced
can
be
changed;
But Nothing
Can be
changed until
it
is
faced."
James Baldwin
VOL. XLV, NQ. 22
MERCYHURST
COLLEGEMARCH
30,^1973
INTERVIEW
Security Chief Fisher AndkOffCampusDrug\Raids
\
by Bob Parks, Editor
Last Thursday,
I March
16,
sixMercyhurst students werearrested in four raids conducted
by
Pa. State Police and the MetroErie Drug Squad. Although the 4raids
were
conducted
off
campus,Mercyhurst Security Director
James|Fisher
was
listed*as
thesource for information used inobtaining all
the
search warrants.
Fisher's*name
on the searchwarrants seemed unusual tomany students, faculty and administrators. The most common
JIM FISHER
questions were why was Fisher'sname on the warrants and how
was
he involved
with
the
raids?
\
In order
|to
answer
these
questions
and
|others, I interviewed
Mr.
Fisher, Director
of
Mercyhurst Security and DeanWilliam
P.
Garvey.In
at
very open and frank interview, Mfr. Fisher stated thatthe State Police approached himand asked for
^information
oncertain students.
#m f
IIS
Mr. Fisher felt that he was"obligated to cooperate" as a
citizen |
and because of? hisassociation with Law Enforcement.
If
f:
He emphasized that the information he
gave|to
the StatePolice came from
'"reliable
sources".
Sf& ] J ^
Also,
"1
wouldn't lightly furnishor communicate mere rumor just
to
say that
I
have
cooperated."Furthermore, Fisher stated
that!
he
didn't
know
"howl
orwhen", they would use his information/
if at
all".
IThus,the reason Mr. Fisher'sname was on all of the searchwarrants was
because^be
State
Police
fused some
or
all of theinformation he provided toestablish probable cause for the
issuance
of a search
warrant.
Fisher
-explained
| that amagistrate determines whetherthere is
sufficient
information fora probable cause; to issue awarrant. The State Police mighthave had
other|
information toadd.
f I
<
The Security Director stressed
that?he
didn't seek the warrantsand didn't
J
"Arrange or
^par
ticipate
in the
raids".
> |*
when
tasked
how he obtained
the
information, Mr. Fisher saidthat
he
received
it
from telephonecalls and from students who stop
in
to
see
him;
>
y
*
He
emphasized that
he
"doesn'tencourage students to be informers, but
that
he doesn'tignore information that hereceives."
|
When questioned as to the
possibility
\
of an ^independent
Federal or State informantprogram, Fisher said that he
feltit
was a possibility,
but?
highlydoubtful.! It would be policecourtesy
to
inform him and that ifsuch an outside program exists
now,
he doesn't
know
about it. Healso believes that there is "noanticipation of such*
a
program
occuring
in the
future."Fisher emphasized that
Mercyhurstj
does not have anyinformant program. He closedthe
-.interview
by saying thatcollege students shouldn't feelthat they deserve* any
special
legal sanctions because they arecollege students. They should betreated
like
others,
not
in college.Mr. William P.
1
Garvey,Academic Dean at Mercyhurst,wa&| also interviewed on thematter.
*|
Garvey stated that
"the
collegemust cooperate
I
with the LawEnforcement Agencies of Erie ifwe want them to cooperate with
us."
M t
|
M
Also,
4
'Mercyhurst
can'tcondone the breaking of the lawby its fstudents. By refusing tofurnish information, we would becondoning
law
breaking.''Garvey stated
thakMercyhurst
won't;;
take any?
action until thecivil authorities have made adecision on the matter.Those
|
involved won't besuspended
§from
classes.However, they will be suspendedtemporarily from publicassignments (student teaching,etc.) until there is a guilt or in
nocence
determination."If they are found to be guilty,it will be up to Mr. Kennedy andthe Student Affairs Committee todetermine what action Mer
cyhurst will take
?'
"$
Garvey ended the interview byemphasizing that "Mercyhurst isconcerned about those arrestedand is acting to help (them, butthat it can't condone the
breakingof
the law".
BW
f^/rHTFl
'•§•••"
Financial!
Aid
Bpiii
Faces Possible! Cutbacks
by Anne IJMasliinic
In
the
past
few
weeks, there hasbeen considerable stalk
cir
culating on campus concerning
President^
Nixon's proposedbudget for 1973-74, that containsprovisions for cutbacks infederally
;
funded
jj
education.However, according to SisterBarbara, financial aid director,cutbacks in these programs areat the present time onlyspeculative.Sister Barbara pointed out thatin 1972, Congress
proposed?
andpassed
>a
new federal grantprogram which designated theBasic Opportunity Grant (BOG).The
BOCLalong
with the threepresently existing programs-theNational Direct (Defense)Student
vLoan
(NDSL),
the
Educational Opportunity Grant(EOG),
andftne
Work-studyprogram, comprised the federalgovernment's education
bill
forthe
1972-73j
year.
^President
Nixon's
I
proposed budget,however, eliminates all but the
newly
instated
BOG.
ISister Barbara views thesituation as a switching ofprograms. She explained
that;if
the programs are not refunded,the
BOG
would replace the EOG,
and the
State Guaranteed
Loan
orfederally
'insured
loan wouldreplace the NDSL. The thirdprogram, work-study will mostlikely remain intact. Due to anincrease of 500 universities andcolleges initially applying
for
lit
SR.BARBARA
|
^Financial
Aid Director
this year, the college willprobably
receive less
money.
$
5If
this elimination of programs.occurs, there will be a definiteeffect on Mercyhurst, wherestatistics show that at present
275
students are on work-study, 120are receiving NDSL, and 78 arereceiving EOG. In addition, incoming freshmen will be affected; thus, a letter from theFinancial Aid
office j
explainingthe school's proposals was sentout. The letter stated that eachstudent would receive anestimated financial aid packageincluding the existing programs.If
these
programs are eliminated,other alternatives, the BOG andthe state guarnateed loan, might
be I
open but the estimate ofproposed aid will hopefullyremain relatively stable in either
case.*j|
!; *
When asked what compensationMercyhurst might offer, SisterBarbara said that the collegewould attempt to supply her withsome increase in institutionalfunds. If the necessary funding infederal programs is not definiteby this summer,
Mercyhurst
willwaive tuition fees fori affectedfinancial aid students in the fall,
with
the
condition that payment isreceived
J
by the end
o
f
thesemester.
|8
|
J
§
»I
Again Sister Barbara., wasexplicit in
|
stressing thatelimination of NDSL, EOG andwork-study is only speculativeand that if they are eliminated,other programs are designed totake their place. Sister stronglysuggests
tthat ^Mercyhurst
students!-
-write
to^
theircongressmen in order to expresstheir desire for
the
continuation
of
the
|
existing
I
financial
aidprograms.!
/
PLANNING STAGES
Campus Food Co-op
MIKE ERI&MAN
Among the various projectionsdirected at improving the futurestudent
|iifef
at MercyhurstCollege is included the plan for acampus
Food
Co-op.
f
:
.
The
suggestion was
drawn from
a group called "The Task Forceon Philosophy and Objectives ofthe Student Center." This taskforce, one of the severaldelinating theimportance,of
Mercyhurst's
physical and socialexpansion,; was initiated on therequest
oflDr.
Shane| Presentlyall of the various
task
forces areoperating under the collegesenate.
| | «
The concept of a Food Co-op atMercyhurst is
"just
[
in the
idea
stage," said Michael Erisman.Mr. Erisman is one of
the*
eightpeople manning that
task'force
which is recommending the FoodCopop project. It is a mixture ofstudents, faculty and administration, many
^serving
onalready existing senate committees.
|
J
) ^ i
JTechnically, the proposed FoodCo-op: would be modeled afterthose already in operation,
particularlyi
those in the central
areas
of Erie* It would serve only
bt Sharon Warner
those attending this college, bothresidents and non-residents."Food," said Mr. Erisman,"would
be
sold
at
cost
or
at
a
veryminimal
profitg
*
Mr. Erisman
also
cited
some
of
the reasons motivating the
for
ce's support of the program."With tuition
going
up the way it
is,"
he commented, "this sort ofprogram would cut costs as muchas
possible.'?
Also for thosestudents who are
obliged-to
payroom and board fees, this cost is
also
expected to rise.Allegedly, the
Co-op would
notsufficiently interfere with thebusinesses of neighboring foodstores to warrant any complaintsfrom them.
| | j ;|fe
Assuming that, as part ofMercyhurst's 10-year expansionprogram, a new Student Union
will
be
built,
the committee hopesto house the
Co-op
in| thatstructure.
i
&
Yet,
even
if this structure is notcompleted,
on
if
it J
is
not givenpriority in the
lO-yeari
period,some committee members still
see its
possibilities.
? ?
Alexis Walker, one of thestudent members, as well aschairwoman,
of
the committeebelieves that the Co-op could beset up in the existing studentunion,or
some
otherbuilding.
At the
March
8th meeting
of theCollege Senate, the task
force
formally recommended theinitiation of the Food Co-op.Support for it by the committeewas on the basis of how well itapplied
to
the three philosophicalstandards of
the
force :
l).
is
jthat
which is* beingproposed serviceable ?
2).
is its
primary
function toserve
the
school
first ?
3).
does it avoid duplicatinganything already existing?Satisfied with the manner inwhich
the
Food Co-op
has
fulfilled
this philosophy, the task forcewill continue to recommend andplan.
11
\ i
MS&
Mr. Erisman also suggestedthat students from the variousbusiness departments
of £
theschool could establish a sort ofinternship for their course ofstudies and
the!
change ofbusiness and financial matters ofoperation.
 
PAGE 2MERCYHURST COLLEGEMARCH
30,
1973
/
DRUGS
andlDISTRUST.
Questionof Conscience
byAl Messina
Another change has occurred at Mercyhurst. No it's not the addition of an athletic team or
a
change in
the
curriculum.
This time it
is a
change
in the
operation of the Mercyhurst security department,a department which has become increasingly professional in thelast
year.
Perhaps
too
professional.At this point it's not startling news that security director JamesFisher's name appeared
on
the search warrants which resulted inthe arrest of several Mercyhurst students on drug charges.Everybody seems
to
know.
Yet
it
is
still
important
to
ascertain
why.
In an
interviewfwith
Fisher,
he'stated
that he provided information
to
state and local police at their request. He stressed the
f
:
fact that he didn't take the initiative; they came to him for the information.
%
'
HjF
%
Fisher also
statedfthat
in his legal opinion he had sufficientevidence
in
each individual (residence) case
to
insure the probablycause necessary for a warrant. The question that immediatelycomes to mind isthis:why didn't he go to the police with the information? Did he have to wait for their request? By temporarilywithholding the information, Fisher is at least in a moral senseguilty of
complicity.
Fisher
is
likely
to reply that since these students lived off campusit wasn't his position to take the initiative. Another question comes
to
mind.
What
about
the
commitment professionally
and
as a citizento uphold the law, a commitment Fisher spoke of emphatically in
the
interview? There seems to be
a contradiction.
*
Here's something more substantive. About a month ago thesecurity department, acting upon reliable information, apprehended a student for trafficking drugs. This student is no longerin school; he was asked to leave. But he was never turned over tolocal
authorities.!;Whether
or not
thisy shouldj"have
been done isirrelevent. What
is
important
is
that according
to
Fishers standardsthe student should
have £
prosecuted.
|
Another
contradiction? ^
Obviously. And it is a contradiction to which Fisher readily admitted.But where did Fisher
get
1
his information? From a highlyorganized informant program? That's doubtful. In fact he deniedhis initiation or involvement in
a ^
campus informant program.Rather, he said his department is open to reliable information forreliable sources.
This
is
obviously yielding results.
.?
And it is this openness to information that is a cause for concern,because
in
a theoretical sense each individual is either a possible ortangible investigative extension of the law enforcement department. It seems to me that in order for an atmosphere of freedomand trust to exist, the separation between the
individuals
and theinstitutions
in
which they
operate
ought
to be
maintained.
s
Then
there
is the
issue of
alcohol
regulations. Here again Fisher's
committment
to
enforcement
is
in
doubt.
Not more than
two
months
ago
an
RA
from
McCauley told
me
about
the
beer parties
being
heldin that dormitory. Underclassmen, most of which are not of legal
age,
participated. There was no bust. It is this kind of professionalacquiesence
on
the part of the security department that causes me
to
believe
the
laws
on
campus
are enforced selectively.
In
addition,
the
whole
matter received very little publicity in Eriepapers, fa standard procedure in drug raids. But there is oneproblem.
Why was no
reference
made
to
Mercyhurst College?
All of
the students involved are from Mercyhurst, even though they live
off*
campus. Is it because of a verbal agreement with thenewspapers to delete the name of the College when the story isconstrued
as
detrimental
to
the PR image.
THE
MERCIAD
Years of Service
The only publicity Mercyhurst seems to receive is that of apositive nature. Yet for people to fully understand the nature andcharacter of the college,
tneylmust
be given access to all in-formation, even if it indicates that there are people at Mercyhurstaccused of possessing drugs. |After all, should an institutiondedicated to free inquiry purposely or conveniently suppress unfavorable publicity in order to maintain a positive image? Theanswer
is
obvious. Certainly
not.
i *
Then why not protest the matter? A number of students havesuggested this. However, at this writing no significant action hasbeen taken because of a
particular"
administrator to
use!his
influence to either get the charges dropped or have them lessened. Idisagree. If the administrators help is contingent
.upon
the suppression of dissent, then maybe
it's
not worth having. He should be
able
to
fulfill
his
committment if he is sincere, and at the same timelisten
to the
grievances of dissidents.
$|g
From a tactical standpoint, an organized protest seems logicalgiven the sensitivity of the College to adverse publicity. Pressingthe issuesj; of selective
enforcement,,Fisher's
professional contradictions, and the danger of institutional openness to voluntaryinformation—gathering,
a«
protest-,
might cause the security
department'(at
the request of the Administration) to be less in
clined
to
accept information
in the
future if
it
results
in
bad PR.I have been associated with the College for almost five years,both as a student and employee. I have been able to see how theCollege has changed.
In
many respects I'm disenchanted.When I came to Mercyhurst in
1969
the security wasn't as
tight,
nor was it as
professional.
Somehow
the
atmosphere was freer. Andit wasn't because there
weren'tJany "f
reeks"on campus. Therewere. I knew many of them. But then people with different values,different life styles, different ideas, were able to co-exist withoutany serious encroachments. Mercyhurst was closer to a free and
open
community where people had the opportunity to grow without
the
encumbrances of suspicion, distrust
and
even cultural hatreds.I'm not asking that Mercyhurst provide people with an immunityto law. I ask that the College be honest about its image and thesecurity department reconcile its contradictions.
!Most
importantly,I ask that Fisher and his department
refrain jfrom
opening thepossibility of
making
us all
investigative agents.
r
1973-74
m
MERCIAD |
Staff
And
Recruitment 8
Meeting
aHTgAnyone wishing
to work forthe school newspaper next
year
is asked to attend animportant meeting
|
onMonday, April
2
at 4:00 p.m.
inl'MZurn.
r-
*?
'M
Applications will be accepted for positions on
the
Editorial Board and as staffwriters, typists,photographers, and layout
staff.
? I ^
SENIORS;
11
Have you completed yourgraduation application
in
theRegistrar's
office
V
ISKNCLASS MEETING
7:00p.m.
Mondayl214Zurn
Topic: Graduation
ATTENTION
Attention
PSEA
Members.There will be a meeting onWednesday, April 4th at 7:00in the Faculty Lounge. Mr.DiNardo, the principal of
Academy
High School willspeak.
ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Published weekly during the college
year,
except Thanksgiving, in-tersession, Christmas and Easter vacations and examination periodsby the students of Mercyhurst College/ Erie, Pa.,
16501.
Mailing ad
dress:
Mercyhurst
AAailrooa^firesfon
Hall/
Box 36.
wr
EditorAssistant EditorEditorial Board
.-,
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In
Feature
EditorSports
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Assistant LayoCultural
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Business ManagerFaculty AdvisorBob ParksTom Heberleathy Stevenson
I
Belovarac •
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Cipriani
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Mc
AndrewStaff Writers:
Dave
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Smith,
Andrea Kupetz, Joan
Bucher,
Pattle Beck, Sharon Warner, A.
J.
Adams, Paul
HaneS/Maureen
Sullivan.
s
L
\
Staff: Tom Frank Paul
Doran, Maureen
Hunt, Marie
Kanicki,
MaryGriswold/ Gail Stevens, Tom
Rictor,
Jim
Prez,
Sandy Nickerson,
Maureen
Connors, Sylvia McCray, Judy
Flynn,
Peggy Benedict, FranDaniels. . *
&*
*, .
7.
march
-
April,
1973
APRILFOOL'S
Movie
"Mr.
SwilftL™
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114i
7 p.m. FREE
Tri-Collag<
FilmSenior Class Mooting214x27
p.m.
Topic: Graduation• p.m.
Recital
HallCOFFEEHOUSE CIRCUIT:BARRY DRAKE. SINGERPSEA
Moating
7 p.m.Faculty
'Lounge
SPEAKER:Mr.
Di Nordo
Principal ofAcademyHigh School!2 SHOWS, 9 and 10DANCE
9-1
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"Rod,
Whita.
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Blueberry"
31
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MARCH
30,
1973
MERCYHURST
COLLEGEPAGE
3
Complacency And "Inform" ation
It has come to my attentionthrough observation and conversation pith students at
Mercyhurst;
that an atmosphereof
feaif
and
anxiety Us?
present onthe campus. Quite possibly, thisfear and anxiety could
\
be attributed to the
stepped-up
operations* of a number of individuals operating within
the
Mercyhurst community againstcertain individuals living
on
or
off
campus.-
j
8$Six
Mercyhurstjstudents
havebeen arrested on drug chargesthis
past|week.
Whether?or
notthey were morally right or wrong
in
their actions
is
not the subjectof this article. The subject of this
articlefis whether uhe
way inwhich
the!
information was obtained can be
morally?justified,
and can the
^administration's
position on
jthe
matteri bejustified. Also, why have some ofthe students
{
lost
their
\
jobs
inconnection with this matter. I wasalways told that in the U.S., youwere innocent until you areproven guilty. But, I guess youlearn something! differenteveryday.The administration indirectlyaided the security department atthe time of thefarrests by stan-ding complacently by and lettingthe security department do it's
job.
Now,
thefstudents
arresteddo not want to do anything which
by
Tom
Heberle
will embarrass the ad-
gministration
because the ad-
|m
frustration claims that
it*
isgoing to help the students involved. So, in effect, the students
Sare
afraid to turn outwards—away
from
theadministration,and feel forced or coerced to
f|look'
to
5
the
$
administration forhelp.The administration
in
acting
Sin this manner,
is
Staking the
^approach
of
"teaching them Ta
^lesson".
t
<|A few basic premises must bemade clear
now
for the purpose
of
this* article: 1) The ad-
*
ministration aided in the arrest
procedure^of
the students bypetting information
be
given to the
•-policei Thef
information wasobtained by the securitydepartment. 2) The informationgiven to the police was information received by informantsoperating on the Mercyhurstcampus. 3) The students will not
covertly
protest^
!the
| ad
ministration's
^complacency* forfear of losing administrativehelp.
iThis
third
premised
brings
up
an interesting paradox, that is,if the administration!
helps
thestudents, it will be acting in acontradictory manner. Becausethe administration, by aiding inthe information given, felt thatthe students: were wrong andshould be punished, but if theadministration helps get themoff, then that means that theydidn't do anything
{wrong
in thefirst place. ?Also, |the administration knows that
it
hasthese students where it wantsthem. By threatening not to helpthem, they are trying to help thestudents from protesting the wayin which the arrest was made.Very simply, the administrationaided in this invasion of privacyand what makes you
think
thatthey will go against their securitydepartment
and the
police^
; -J
The fact of the matter isfthatstudents living on or
offjcampus
have no privileges or right toprivacy. And in accordance withthis fact, Mercyhurst has ceasedto
be
H
a place of expressiondialogue, free from fear of informers or secret files on certainstudents. The present Mercyhurstadministration, by supporting theSecurity Department s actionshas aided in the degeneration ofthe principles on which thiscollege
was
founded
and
grew
on.
A college
community,flfree
from invasions of privacy seemsvery dim indeed, unless the administration realizes that its dutyis to foster ideals of trust andbrotherhood by which studentsonce again can exist in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual dialogue, artistic expression, and personal experiences, whatever they may
be.
COFFEEHOUSE CIRCUIT
Barry Drake Coming
At
fa time when
"folk
singers
jj^are {virtually
a dime-a-dozen,
W
Barry Drake gives his audience asound that has its roots in
 folk,
tsfeeling in soul; only the
difference
is that his songs are fresh andoriginal. And perhaps what is
more
important*
is that hismaterial is believeable.
I
Barry writes
gsongs
aboutplaces he's
been-not
Jjustdreamed about. Althoughoriginally^ from the New Yorkarea, he has spent a great deal oftime traveling, singing, writing,
and
learning
in
such places as SanFrancisco, Tiajuana, Vancouver,and generally all over the U.S.The summer of
1970
found him inEurope where
he "didialot
oflooking around and also playingat
some
folk festivals and clubs."The test
which
every:*trueprofessional performer mustpass is a hard
one—he
must learnto take complete control
on
stage,
both|visually
and vocally, and beable to
scommand
an audiencethat at times does not want to
listen.
K
When
Barry Drake is onstage,
people
listen.
j*
Barry Drake will be appearing'in the Coffeehouse
April f
2—4,with two shows nightly at
9
and 10p.m.
|
BARRY DRAKE
RATED X
i
Current Movies
by Mark Zine
Current Movies
I
Deliverance (A) starring JonVoight and Burt Reynolds is still
in
town
fori
those of you whohaven't seen it yet. Do so. Thisexcellent film is not as violent as
some
say it
is,
but it
is
paranoia in
it's!
most extreme definition,
Nominated I
for best picture,hopefully, it will give the GODFATHER a run for it's money.Fine
actine Mand
excellentcamera-work, Deliverance isworth more
thanfthe
price*
of
admission. (Cinema World).
Sleuth
Bs|
also playing at theCinema World. Billed
'Think
ofthe perfect crime.
. .Then
go onestep further"
It's
leads LawrenceOlivier and Michael Caine,
.are
nominated for the
Best!
Actorsaward, but it is highly unlikelythey
«will
receive the
^awardbecausegin
this situation (2 actors,
sameifilm)
they will canceleach other out.The World Greatest
Athlete
;isat the
Warner|fNothingf
wrongwith
good!
wholesome entertainment,expecially,since oneof it's stars,
Dayle
Haddon appears
|
in
the April issue ofPlayboy (wow)!At the Strand there is the muchoverrated
K
lute and Dirty Harry.Jane Fonda, in
Klute
does a niceacting job, but does not compare
With
her performance in TheyShoot Horses. Both films seem tolack something, maybe togetherthey compensate.At the Cinema World
andEastwaylisjSwedish
import Tjte^Emigrants
\
starring Max vonSydow
and*Liv
Ullmann
TimeS
Magazine's cover girl
^a
fewmonths
back.
$
iAlso at Cinema World andEastway is Jeremiah Johnsonstarring Robert Redford. Thisfilm is the typical man vs. theelements feature but surprisinglythe film does not become trite. In
fact,?it's
quite?entertaining! Thephotography is beautiful and thestory never lacks the| usual ex-citment. Redford does
affine
jobas
pestern
hero without losing
ghumanly
characteristics,
4
and|
then again without becoming a
Ipay
the mortgage! save thedaughter, and ride off into thesunset character.
TheDeathsof Mercyhurst?
by David Green
It is painfully
clear!
that aserious violation
of|
educationalethics
has
occurred
v
at Mercyhurst.
A
member of the facultyhas given information to certainpolice agencies which led to thearrest of several students
.{For
the purposes of this statement,the serious questions about thelegality of the
act!
of informinghave to be disregarded. Theseremarks are meant to deal withthe morality of
{the
facultymember's action.
f
p*
The role of teacher involves acertain very special
^relationship
to students. The teacher's dutiesentail a transaction of ideas andinformation,
fin
an academicenvironment, multiplicity ofideas and beliefs (as well asbehaviors) is bound to lead to thecreative tension of conflict andargument. This in turn shouldlead to dialogue, the free exchange of arguments* andpositions, active inquiryprocedures,
land
finallyeducation.
%
Education
istj
understood as discovery.
JThe
teacher's role
inline
discoveryprocess of education is to utilizehis advanced training to usefullyguide the student (learner) to
clear|
understanding of hisglife,refined reasoning for
5
his
l
attitudes, and competent ability toexecute certain skills.
An
integralelement of the learning process isthe critical!
examination tand
evaluation of various disparatevalue systems. Everything^ isquestionable. Nothing
isgfa
prioritrue and inviolable. Withoutthis open-minded stance
J
trueeducation
is
impossible.
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The
I
crucial problem ariseswhen a faculty member tries tocombine two roles which areinherently contradictory
andirreconcilable—teacher
and cop.As a law enforcement officer aperson is duty-bound to upholdand enforce one
pre-established
pattern of behavior which issanctioned by
society
flaw.
As?
ateacher, that same person isrequired
-
to
\
question theassumptions and values
of<all
systems of behavior. There is noway one individual can wear bothhats, fill both these roles, withoutcompromising;either
one J
or the
other.
As a
law
enforcer he mustenforce the law, as a teacher hemust aid the learning
process.'It
is impossible to do both. In theuniverse
ofjeducation
even thelaw
stands open
to
criticism.The issue is
truly ^whether
ornot an educational atmospherewill survive at Mercyhurst. If weare to preserve a viableacademic environment and thepossibility to learn at Mercyhurstcertain understandings must be
reached.
f
\
V
*
1.1
Mr. Fisher must choosewhether he wants to teach orenforce law. Incumbent upon his
choice
he
must either resign fromhis position on the faculty or hisposition as
Security*Chief.
Thiswriter feels the loss of a facultymember is far more severe than
the
loss
of the Security Officer. Inthe event that
Mr.
Fisher
refuses
to give up one
or
\
the
other, theadministration must make thechoice
for
him.
M
£
2.
Law enforcement students-must be convinced that informing
on
other students inevitably leadsto fear, distrust and resentment.If this type of activity continuesthe academic
environment?will
evaporate into the smoke ofsuspicion, isolation
and
innuendo.
3.
In-service Law enforcementstudents must not be assigned toarrest or investigate fellowstudents. The price of
continuing
this practice will be death ofdialogue and discussion atMercyhurst. Classrooms will beforced
into
trivia or silence.
s
4.
A full investigation of theStudent
£
Affairs
Office|must
beconducted to determine whetheror not either illegal or unethicalcooperation took place
between
the StudentAffairs*Director andPolice! agencies! in the
jrecent
arrest of six Mercyhurststudents,
gin
the event that it isdetermined that improper actionwas taken by that office, it must
be
determined what response willbe taken toward fetheAdministration involved.This situation is grave. Certainstudents now face jail, criminalrecords and large fines. Theacademic environment is
threatened.!If
Mercyhurst is tosurvive as an educational institution, changes
'mustftake
place.
:
SENIORS
Annual PledgeProgram Begins
]}
PEOPLE f RARELY GIVEWITHOUT BEING
ASKEDlgiAnd that's what we're
doing.
|
The Senior Class is conductingthe Annual
JSenior
PledgeMercyhurst continue to provideeducation for others
like
you.
l I
Only with your support can wehope to continue to
attracts
to
Mercyhurst-students
like your-
Senior
Class Officers (I. to V.):
M'Lynn
Souders (Treasurer)
iryn
Staso (President), Patty Jurewicz (Secretary), MaureenSullivan (Vice President).
Program from April 2-6. Duringthis time you will be
contacted
bya|fellow classmate
who jwill
ask
you,to
pledge
money|to
help
self.
I
jj§ £
;...People
rarely give withoutbeing asked, so we're asking
you
to
GIVE.Rated X we have* The*; YoungSeducers,
The f
Cheerleaders fafirst rate
waste
of time.For those of you holding yourbreather to see Deep Throat, youcan breath
1
now.
|Tne Supreme
Court rules it's pornographic soyou'll never get to see LindaLovelace
do
her thing.Coming to the Recital Hall onTuesday, April
3
at
8:00p.m.
is Z,
Costa-Gavras's
brilliant film of apolitical murder in Greece, withYves.
Mont
and in the lead.

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