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The Merciad, April 18, 1975

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College Senate
MS.
SHARON SANTIA
Before the month of April is over, the MercyhurstCollege Senate will be given the opportunity to voteon its future organizational and operational structure. This will be done through the approval ordisapproval of the new Senate
Constitution,
recentlycompleted.
i
The new Senate Constitution is the result of theefforts of the Ad Hoc Committee on ConstitutionalReform, formed last November
and
charged with thegoal of "writing a Constitution with the potential forperforming the governance functions of the Senateboth adequately and efficiently."The Ad Hoc committee consisted of representatives from the
faculty,
the administration, and thestudent
body.
Faculty representatives were Ms.Sharon Santia, chairperson, Dr. Robert Cisek, andSr. Eustace Taylor.
Students
t.
were
represented byColleen McManamon and Frank Barry, and the
Administration
was
represented
by
Dean Garvey andMiriam
Mashank.
*
In an interview with Ms. Santia, the
MERCIAD
learned some of the background which went into thecontruction of the new constitution. "Basically, we
The Voice
of the
Mercyhurst Community
VOL.
47 NO. 22
MERCYHURST COLLEGEAPRIL
18,
1975
NEWS FLASHES
The
RUS
elections will be held on Friday, April18th. Polling area in Zurn Hall Lobby from
9
am to 5pm. 7
;
Presidential candidates and an
officer-candidatelorum
is slated for Thursday, April
17th in
the Coffee
houseatllam.
"•.,.
'£# ]
andACapt.j
Patrick
Hankinson • iAttorney 1
General,Robert
Kane will
be the
main speaker.
wmm*&
Dr. Cohen will have hours
in
the Health Office on
Mondays only this
Spring from
10:30-11:30
a.m. Otherappointments can
be
made
with
him
only
through theHealth Office.
&J &$ * *
1had three
things
that
we
wanted
to
provide
in the new
document:
1) the potential for efficiency, 2) thepotential for accountability, and 3)
Continuity'*.
Ms.Santia feels that the new constitution accomplishesthese purposes.Along the realm of efficiency, the new SenateConstitution provides that the size of the Senate will
be
reduced to fifteen members. Formerly,
the
Senatehad numbered close to 100 members, attendance atmeetings was poor, and conducting of Senatebusiness in session
was
extremely cumbersome and
difficult
Ms. Santia hopes that the new
5
faculty - 5student - 5 administrator Senate will lend itself to
.more
efficient operation.
*
Another thrust in the direction of making theCollege
Senate? more
efficient will come from amassive reorganization of the committee structure.Under the present committee structure, there werefour
committees—"They
had too much ground to
cover—For
example, Administrative Policies wasresponsible for
'
anything to do with those administrative operations that were critical to thecollege's
well-being.*
That covers just about
everything."
Under the new
system,
the
Administrative
Policies committee will be broken upinto five different committees, each of which willdeal with their own
speciality—Administrative
Practices, Library, Admissions, Athletics, andBudget. Similar changes will take place in the othercommittees, with the exception of Faculty Policieswhich will
no
longer be a part of the College Senate.This change is due to the bargaining nature of theFaculty
Policies
Committee/*!
In the field of Accountability, the. new SenateConstitution will delegate powers with greatspecificity, thus making it easier for people to seewhere responsibility lies in any
u
given
situation.Provisions for recall will make it possible for constituencies to remove members who have not per
formed
adequately.The final aspect dealt with in the proposed Constitution is that of Continuity. The new Constitutionprovides that all
Senate
members
will serve
two
yearterms
(The
only
exception
to
the rule will occur
in
thefirst year,
when
2-5
of the members will
be
elected toone-year terms). Elections will be held every year,and
2-5
and
3-5
of the Senate seats will be contested
respectively
in
alternate years.
* fPJjKP
'
*B Senate
members
will
be
eligible
for re-election, but
no
member may
serve
for
more than
four years.In summing up the purpose of the work of thecommittee, Ms. Santia stated that
"It
is the Committee's hope that the new Senate structure thatwould be formed under this constitution will
foster
aspirit of active cooperation between administration
and
governance".
' j ff
i
All eligible students who want information onBUSINESS INTERNSHIPS are invited to meet withthe Internship Director, William Temple. The firstmeeting
will
be in the Faculty Lounge at 4
pm
onMonday, April
17th.
\ \
WANTED: Students interested in sharing
ideas
andconcerns relative
to
their academic life are invited todiscuss same
jwith
Richard Kubiak and MiriamMashank,
OSB on
Thursday, April 24th from
7-8
pm.in the Career Planning Center, 204-M. OBJECTIVE:
to
find out what
makes
or
breaks
a
college
student.On April 30th the International Cuisine class willhold a Mexican buffet dinner entitled,
"Un
Noche enMexico."
1
#
Under the guidance of Instructor Mr. MichaelBarrett
tne
students will plan
and
prepare the dinner.Restauranteurs of the Erie area and faculty mem
bers
of
the
Business
Division have
been
invited.The Mercyhurst
College
Choir,
under the directionof Mr. Edwin
Blanchard,
will present a concert onSunday,
Apri 120
at
8
00
p.m. in Zurn's Recital Hall.The choir will sing
J.S.Bach's
Cantata no. 180
"Deck
Thyself My Soul With Gladness" and HenryPurcell's
"Te
Deum Laudamus and Jubilate Deo/'Featured in these works are soprano soloists DianeBecker and Jane Anderson, altos Kathy Kelleher andBeth Stage, tenor Andre Guthman, ana bass, RobertWaterstripe,
a
guest community artist.
*p
[ *
Included in the program is the Erie Brass Quintetwhich is under the direction of Emerson Rusterholtz.The quintet will perform works by
Chopin,
Bach,
Brown,
and Maurer.
$*
'
Accompanying the choir will be members of theErie Civic Chamber Orchestra. This is a newlyorganized
group
in
Erie with Charles J. Zebrowski IIfounding director
and
conductor.Also accompanying the choir on harpsichord willbe Kevin Sadowski, a junior music major at
Mercy
hurst. f
W
r
The concert is open to the public and
isJfree
ofcharge.
p -jls I
The College Law Enforcement
Department
ispresently in the process of planning its annual LawEnforcement Convocation slated tor
April
30th.
Honored guests include: Judge Edward
H.
Carney
WeekMerciad
SPECIAL RUS ELECTION
ISSUE—Profiles
of all candidates can be found throughout thisweek's paper. Presidents - Page Three. VicePresidents
$
Page Five. Treasurer-Secretary -
Page
Six.
«
|Should
RUS
Be Put Out
of^Its
Misery? Almostall of this week's
Letter-to-the-Editor
writersvehemently say, "No
Way!!"
See pages two andseven.
T
All
this
and all of
those
regular features too!
j^M
THE MERCYHURST
CONCERT
CHOIR
 
V
PAGE
2MERCYHURST COLLEGE
APRIL 18,
1975
LettersSupport
RUS
NOWAY!
expect the student body to offer Input Their input canDear Editor:then bo channeled through;the RUS representativesto the RUS officers and onto the Board ofTrustees,As
a
student attendingMercyhurstand especially student-faculty committees
and
administration
Staff Editorial f
Raising Hippos
kyipal Weidiler
Nobody who is familiar with the occupants of TheMerciad office would use the word "harmonious"
to
describe the way in which we work! A week doesn'tgo by that Colleen McManamon and her noisy andambitious underling (that's
me)
don't
go at it a
couple|of rounds over some aspect
of
this ^paper's
policy.
I Last week's fight centered around none other thanColleen's "Kill
RUS"
Editalk. When I first read thehandwritten copy of that editorial,
I
was filled withself-righteousfury. Who was Colleen to tell us,
the
Mercyhurst community, that
our
student govern*ment had run its course and should be put to sleep?After all, there
I
was, anxious to get involved in what1 fancied would be keen competition of a RUS officerselection.
If I was
going
to
seek
to
share
in the
leadership
in
that body,
I
had to believe that it was
a
viable organization. "Aha!"
I
thought
to
myself,
"The election- campaign will show
her
she's
all
wrong.as
a
candidate for the office
of
president
of
RUS,
I
feel it is not only a responsibility but an obligation torebute your article "Let
RUS
Die."First
of
aU,
let us
imagine*Mercyhurst as'not*having
a
Representative Union
of
Students.JRulespertaining
to
the very life style of the student could be <altered without so much as
a
word
of
protest beingallowed tobef uttered JDoes this seem impossible? Dear Editor:Respectfully submitted,Kent"Bones" Koch
CARE
Believe me,
it is
not.
I
transferred from such
a
I care. Your editorial
on
RUS
was a
vote
for
college during my sophomore year, and I've seen apathy. WhatI*amtrying
to
say
is
that you don'thow
no
student representation can tear
a
college defeat apathy
by
destroying
an
organization thatapart.
I
submitlto the administration, faculty, and gives a damn about the students at this school. Themost of all to my fellow students that we maintain students, as a whole, have almost
no
voice in campusthis vital link in intra-college communication.
I
affairs. RUS
is a
part
of
that small voice. With
|
The outgoing administration of
RUS
has done a hell energetic »leadership
and
hard work from
the
of
a
job in maintaining this flow
of
communication -members, that voicea can become; louder
and
and
it is
essential that Jthe newly-elected officers| stronger. Don't let RUS die. We must let it live so thestrengthen, to the best
of
their ability, the existing students on this campus can be heard.ties between administration, faculty and students.Sure there is apathy
on
campus; there always willbe to a certain degree. But it is our duty as students
and
your duty as editor
to
fight this apathy and not toput down the sole voice
of
the student. RUS needssupport now, so let's give it support. Let's stop thisdefeatist attitude!So let RUS die? No way!
I
say let's help RUS liveSincerely,
Frank
McMahon
NOT
A
SUCKER
Dear Editor:In response to your editorial of last week's MerciadWell, Colleen wasn't ALL wrong, after all, and the
^
*T
8tr0nger
;
^
an
,T ^T^TSf <
A
P
r11
*
197S
>
"8"**
RUS
-
l
muBt admlt
**
one who ended up learning
a
few things was me! The
*
ac
"™ ^rt of the stadent body. Wlttout this
fy^m**
some strong points.
I
agree with most
of
great RUS election battle never materialized, as far """J
0
*
*
v
°
ice
*
**
tu
*?
n
W
eVoh
?
to
"
mere
t«em,
but
there
is
one with which
I
don't agree.as I was concerned. I was notified on Thursday thatthere would be no opposition to me
in
the race
for
RUS secretary, hence,
I
was already elected!This may sound
a
little strange, but I feel
a
littlecheated. As a student of political science, I've alwayspathetic cry for recognition that will go unheard.Jimmy Hollamyer
RUS*
POTENTIAL
felt that an elected official draws his authority from Dear Editor:pit is true that at the nomination meeting there wereonly twenty people. A good portion of these were noteven members of RUS but were brought
or
sent bysomeone who wished
to
be nominated.
I
was guilty of
this,
as were others. If one were to count the members
of
RUS present, they would count only ten
or
the support of the people that elect him. An election
I
would like
to
express my reason
why
RUS should
twelve! In
"V °P
,nlon
»
1
*""
^^
that
**
meeU,
«campaign, fespecially on Ithe college level, gives
not be
allowed
to
die and
to
offer
a
possible should have be^i held after viewing the poor turnoutstudents
a
chance
to
get to know the candidate, and arrangement to keep RUS allive.what he or she stands for. Because you've seen it fitFirst, since the President of RUS
is
on the collegeby RUS members and others. To put it bluntly, whendoes not care about his-her lifenot to provide me with any opposition,
I
could be in board
of
trustees, the students have
a
direct line
to
<
es
P
ecl
*
M
y
*** '
our
y««»t
in most
cases
»
****
at
favor
of
raising hippos
in
the Biology lab and you the board.
If
the RUS is allowed to die, we lose this Mercyhurst), then this person will
be
apathetic.potential voice,
a
privilege not experienced by many Therefore, 1 believe that the conquering
of
apathyhas to come from within the person himself-herself.
I
_ ._ _
_Second,
the
Student Polides'and Academic
Mr
*
that we have a ,ot of wroB
*
<•!»*•*
vs
office with
no
idea of what it is that you desire of your Policies Committee would most likely be dissolved.
caring)
P^P
1
*
at
**
mon
*
Ume ,n
*
p,
«
ht
P
iace
-representative. That's a bad move
on
your part, but This would result
in no
appeal
for
academic
or
But how does one get a11
***
ri
8
ht
V*
0
*
1
*
at
**
ri
*
ht
disciplinary action taken
by the
administration, time in
the
right place?The particular point
I
don't appreciateisthat
I
wouldn't know anything about
it!
This is not to say that I, as secretary of RUS, am college campusesaround
the
country,beyond your reach—simply that you've put me intoI' m still going to
do
the best job possible in spite of it.RUS has
a
place
at
Mercyhurst,
so
long
as the
These committees remain important to the students,powers that
it
has been vested with can be used to the especially those students
who
stand possible resent being called
a
"sucker''If I want
to
perform
a
good
of the
Mercyhurst student body. Both! the suspension
or
dismissal from Ithe college
or
dor- Job
to
the best of
my
ability
and I do in
fact succeed instudent body of Mercyhurst and the members of
RUS
mitories.itself have to start believing in RUS again.
If
therethis performance, then
I
feel
I
have accomplishedThird, there would
no
longer be a student voice in
8ometh
tag'
I
believe in this with all sincerity and
if a
are problems that cause people to lose faith
in
that the college senate. The voice, at present, may only be Particular Job (specifically,
the
offices
of
RUS)body, then they must be corrected. Whatever you do, ajjwhisper, but students
do
have the opportunity
to
deser
v
es
thanks and appreciation, it should begivenmake sure you always have
a
choice, then,
at
least make it speak very loudly,you can second guess yourself!.For those students, faculty, and administrators whoPat WeschlerLast of all,
if
RUS died, the money one pays to the
dont or wont
^^
appreciation for acts that RUSstudent activities fund would either be dispensed with
has done ,n the
P*
81
or w111 do
ta
the
future, for them,
MERCIAD
Editor
Editoria I Board
News Editor:Feature Editor:Layout Editor:Copy Editor:
Photographer;Layout
Staff;
L
Writers
and
Creators:
Darla
Malone, Kathy Torek, Nancy Willis. Patty
Mull a
ugh.
ftocco
Riazzo, Mary Conway. Dale Mcintosh,Bob Curtis,
;
Richard? Birmingham, Esther MarieSchreiber.
*
Faculty Advisor:
or
turned over
to
the "administration." The students,now, have
the
opportunity
to go
to the RUS office andget
a
copy of the RUS budget This opportunity wouldCollet McManamon
| be
hindered
if the
money were
put
into
ad
ministrative hands for alloca tion.There are students on this campus with the abilityto make RUS work. Just in this past month, whiletrying to plan Spring Weekend, I have seen
this.
Thepotential and opportunities are here on campus
to
house a strong influential student body.The new RUS officers will have to gradually pullRUS out of
the
jut
it is
in now.! This can be done bystimulating
the
RUS representatives into action.Getting'?theminterested and working productivelyshould be the first
and
main goal of the new officers.Not until the
42
representatives are involved can oneI say this: "You are
a
very selfish and conceitedperson!"Sincerely,Sal vatore Timpani!
Pat WeschlerTerry
Schelb
Carol
Quartucclo
{
Olivia
Longo
Stark,
Jim
Prez, Jeff Best
Tina
ReichenbachLeigh
Kremer
Andrew
Roth
 
APRIL
18, 1975
MERCYHURST
COLLEGEPAGE
3
Jim Hollander
t-
"One promise
*that
I
definitely
want to make isthat I'll do
i
my best torepresent students," said Jim
Hollamyer,
candidate for
RUS
President at a recent
MERCI
AD
press conference.Jim is a Junior psychologymajor from Philadelphia whois very concerned with theplight of students
and
hopes tcuse
RUS's
powers to "make
things
easier for students."
L"
AS
part of
his
platform
Jim
was very explicit as he notedthat "RUS
is
not dying. It'sdone a damn good job thisyear." But, he feels that toooften the weak spots are dueto "lack of student and board
support.",
.^2*ff
elected,
Jim ^ hopes
toorganize people who arewilling to work and
oossibily
cut down
the
size of
RUS
from
40 to 20 students to facilitateoperations.
p
;
||&
Some
,;
of
Jthe
plannedprojects Jim would try toimplement include: a food
co-op]
(for
'•.
off-campusstudents) a used-book store(run
by RUS)
and more socialactivities.
"*
}
Jim sees a definite need forbetter social activities that
could
include "more semi-formal dances instead of therun-of-the-mill
Sesler
drinking parties."
%
i
When asked about his veiwson RUS's purpose, Jim explained that "RUS is torepresent students and keep amore democratic role in theschool. Without the
RUS
link,students could easily bemisrepresented."Tuition hikes also concernJim
and he
believes "studentshave more
to
say in them.". To improve collegerelations he would try to
establish!
better communications and try to im
plement a
"more interpersonal atmospherebetween administration andstudents instead of the hide-and-seek game that's usuallyplayed?'Communications is also thekey in Jim's plans to update
RUS.
He feels that the officers! must take an
active
role, in making surerepresentatives representtheir wards by. attendingmeetings. Jim sees this as his"main
responsibility."
•<
One special comment Jimdirected to the student body
is,
"Let's just try to show thatwe can cure
the
\
apathy oncampus through a large voteand candidate
support,
f
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*#
'M
*v4h0Mi
y?
Vmm
r&f'''Sf'tffs/*-*'*'
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-s
ir
BEbHemv
DAVID BLANCHFIEIDOLIVIA LONGO
^The
recent
national
craze of
throwing plea in
People'*
* Jit UnZhecome
a reality at
Mercyhurtt.
Last
Friday,
f
£bte!tomtf™nd
£
V
e
y
Blonchfleld
decided to attack
™nr
sweet.
Me r clad
stafj'er,
Liv
Longo.
^
L
\\ rttponded with
a
Sicilian expletive
and
recycled
the
coconut cream pie
onto Dave
flanchfleld.
Could this beim's
answer to streaking???
Announcements
Kent Koch
Feedback
WANTED:
.
STUDENT INPUT
Students
interested!
insharing ideas and concernsrelative to their academiclife are invited to discusssame with Richard
Kubiak
and Miriam Mashank, OSB
on
Thursday,
April
24
from7-8 p.m.
in
the CareerPlanning Center, 204-M.OBJECTIVE: to find outwhat makes or breaks acollege student.
New Advisors
New advisors for
i
fresh
men
have!been
appointedfor May pre-registration.Please check your campus
mailbox,
for informationregarding this.Kent Koch's nickname is"Bones." But the reason forthis article concerns
not;
his
name but his
candidacy;
forpresident in the up and
coming
RUS
elections.Kent's campaign
watch
word appears to be "in
volvement."
He believes thatRUS will work best whenstudents become |
more
involved in projects that interest them.
"Apathy/
1
believesBones,"is not
the
problem once students are
adequately;
informed they'll
pullr
As
part of his plans for nextyear, Kent includes! morefrequent and regularmeetings. He believes thatstudent representatives willbe more inclined to come toshort frequent meetings thenthey
are
now to longermeetings.Kent plans several projectsif elected, next year, which
include ,
trying
*
to keepstudents informed on allmatters, helping Mr. Herringuse all entertainment fundswisely, and helping thecollege- see, the studentviewpoint on such matters
ituition
hikes.
Lastly,
the sophomorebusiness major believes that
af
RUS
officer should beavailable
and be
able
to'
float
free" while handling the jobsof theoffice.Kent is currently StudentManager in the
cafeteria,
member of the StudentPolicies Committee, and co-chairman of this year's
Spring
Weekend.
i
In
the
not
too
distant future,Mercyhurst will dedicate itsnew campus pond, which
1B
located behind the appleorchard in the southernmostsection of the campus. It isinteresting
to
note
at this timethat the new
pond
is
not*the
first to grace the Mercyhurstcampus.
i
W:H
The first Mercyhurst pondcame into existence early inthe college's history. It waslocated just behind Old Mainsomewhere in the vicinity ofwhat is now Garvey Square.The pond was fed by a springstream that flowed throughthat portion
of
the campus.The pond was a biological
wonder—it
swarmed with allforms of aquatic life. Fish.frogs, insects, and smallanimals all drew on the pondfor
livelihood.
It
was
this factthat eventually brought
on
thedemise of the pond. The folksat
Mercyhurst—students
and
sisters—complained tha t pie
pond was breeding largenumbers or mosquitoes, andthere were allegationsrelating to rats and
muskrats
that were said to live in ornear the
pond.
So, the streamthat fed the
pond
was put intoa tube- which runs underground
to
38th
St. where itruns into one of the stormsewers, and the pond wasfilled
in.
s $In
the
pond's
heyday, it wasthe topic of as many unusual"stories" as has been theQueen's Chapel. It was longrumored that the pond was a
"burial-ground"
for the ErieChapter of a certain Italian-American organization (the
same
one
made
famous in theGodfather!),
lit
should benoted that the pond never did
yield
anycorpses!
,,,
Only one sign
remains *
on
the
campus
that
the
pond
everexisted. There is a bridge,down in the
$
Grotto, whichcrosses over dry land. Thiswas not always the case,, for
the
run-off from
the
pond
oncepassed under the bridge.AUTHOR'S
NOTE—Lest
anyone take last week's
"Window
on the Past" tooseriously and start
digging for
Mr. Clark's tunnel, I shouldpoint out that
Mr.
Clark never
existed—last
week's
"Win
dow" was my belated AprilFool's joke
on the
MercyhurstCommunity, and Mr. Clark'stunnel exists only in; the
semi-lucid
channels of mywriting
I2 Will
Overstreet
Prices
rang*
fremj
$
.85
to
'l.lfl
Available Entrees • Ham, Real
Chicken,
Salisbury Steak,Staffed Cabbaae. Meat
Le
w
TRY THEM, YOU'LL LIKE
THEM!

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