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The Merciad, March 4, 1977

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VOLUME
49, NO.
17
MERCYHURST COLLEGE
MARCH
4,
1977
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ByBobNatalo
W*
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t!
And
Mark
CiprianiSome discrepancies have beenfound in
Mercyhurst's
handlingof state education grants by thePennsylvania Bureau of SpecialAudits, college officialsacknowledged last week.
;^Although
the final report hasnot yet been filed, Vice Presidentof Business Services George Kiddspeculated that the main problemuncovered by the audit may be
that
r
a number of studentsdeclared eligible by Mercyhurstto receive funds did not meetstate requirements to be considered full time students.
The
state requires that a fulltime student earn at least 24credits per
year,
distributedevenly over three terms. A fulltime student
rby
Mercyhurst's
standards
is one who takes eightcourses over a
year,
gsgff Our
system doesn' t meet theirguidelines," Kidd
said.
"This wasthe main reason for thediscrepancies.". Kidd emphasized the school's
responsibility
in determining astudent's eligiblity status.In a statement released earlier,college President Dr. Marion
WeekendCollegeReadying
Registration for WeekendCollege spring term beginsMonday, March 7. Studentsplanning to take courses canregister in the Special ProgramsOffice, located
on
the first floor
of
Old Main, across from theInformation Office.Some of the 33 credit coursesoffered this Spring include Sportsin American Society, Economicsof Aging, Marketing Research,Human Growth and Development, Intro to Career Education,Writing, Counseling and theYoung Adult, and Ethnics ofBusiness.Among the 18 non-credit andSpecial Interest Programs offered through Weekend Collegeare Conversational French,Geology in Erie County, ImproveYour Vocabulary, and BeginningTennis.And
two
courses, Adventures inAttitudes and Management ofVolunteers, offer
.two
credits aswell as being offered for a non-credit fee.According to ProgramSpecialist Kathy Skerlong, "theweekend classes are generallyscheduled for people who find itconvenient to attend collegeweekends.
"However,"
she added, "full-time Mercyhurst students arewelcome to take any of ourcourses and are encouraged todrop into the Special ProgramsOffice to pick up the springschedule."
,.
Weekend College runs inconjunction with the regular full-time spring schedule. There willbe no weekend classes scheduledover the Easter weekend. Classes
will
conclude Saturday, May 28.Shane attributed the errorsprimarily to rapid rise in studentenrollment
which"created
heavyburdens for an overworkedfinancial aid office."
"(From
now on) students willhave to meet PHEAA guidelinesto
"be
certified eligible," Kiddsaid.
"We've
almost got theproblem straightened out."Changes PromisedKidd said the college'sfinancial aid staff will be expanded and that a full timefinancial aid director will beappointed this summer. JamesLanahan currently is director ofboth financial aid and admissions.In addition, Kidd said, studentbilling records will be computerized next year and tied inwith the financial aid office.Dr. Shane said the college took
corrective
steps last year when itfirst learned of problems in theawarding of student grants. As aresult,
Shane
said,
"the audit justcompleted reveals very fewerrors relative to this year'sgrants."Dollars Not DiscussedCollege officials say they havenot been told how many errorsmade during the four
years
underaudit were uncovered. Kidd saidhe did not know the amount ofgrants money Mercyhurst willhave to repay the state."We won't know for sure untillate spring," he
said.
"Although Isuspect that we'll have to payback something, the amountshouldn't be that large."The next step will be a "pencilreport" during which schoolauthorities will discuss thepreliminary, unofficial findingswith the auditors.The auditors will then submitan official report to Harrisburg,where a decision
will
be made onhow much Mercyhurst must payback to the state.Kidd said the auditors, who arecurrently beginning a similarinvestigation at Edinboro StateCollege, "left the door open" tofurther investigate here.School officials still claim they
do
not know why Mercyhurst waschosen for the audit."For all we know," Kidd said,
"we could
have been drawn out
of
a hat."
GrantsBecomeAvailable
The American College andUniversity Service Bureau has aservice to help students obtainfunds from grant giving foundations.
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......The bureau offers
its
help todeserving students by supplyingnames of foundations andguidance as to how to go aboutobtaining funds from theseplaces.For more details on this ser
vice,
students may write:American College and UniversityService Bureau, Department S,728-5050 Poplar Avenue, Mem
phis,
Tenn.
f
38157.BREATHIN'FIRE
-
The Mercyhurst men's basketball team qualified for a spot in the District 18Playoffs for the first time in five years with last Saturday's rout of California (Pa.) State. But not eventhe courtside growling of head coach Dick Fox (pictured above) could prevent a narrow loss, andelimination, at the hands of Pitt-Johnstown Tuesday. Tournament coverage is included in this
week's
expanded sports section, which
begins on page
7.
I
GARY
WESMAN
PHOTO
By
John Bruno
Mercyhurst's
annual OpenHouse for prospective studentsdrew varied opinions but earnedan overall satisfactory ratingfrom college workers directlyinvolved with the event.The four-hour Open Houseshowcase, held last Sunday,February
27,
in the Student Unionand several classrooms in Zurn,hosted what one student workercalled "a steady but modest"flow of high school students andtheir parents.Jack Riley, assistant directorof admissions, was more enthusiastic, calling the day "atotal success."
"What
made it work was thecooperation between studentsand faculty," Riley said.
"Everyone
showed up in fullforce and everything seemed toflow and come together."An admissions officespokesman later said this year'sOpen House turn out was thelargest on record.
I
Dr. Barbara Weigert, chairperson of the education department, complimented the studentguides for
"doing
a good job oftouring the students.'She added that organization ofthe event was the best in memorybecause of "an excellent advertising
campaign"—which
included several local televisionand radio spots.Vincent Ward, assistantprofessor of home economics,observed that two types ofstudents attended:
"Those
whoasked pointed questions andthose who stood and stared andstrolled
by
with a vast disinterestin everything."Music major Elaine Lucas,remarked that "the kids knowwhat they want to do with theirlives better than I did when I wasin high school."James Kinnane, associateprofessor of law enforcement,noted with
some:
surprise thatmany of the female studentsinquired about police work. The
majority
of women presentlyenrolled here, Kinnane said, areinto probation work.Captain Mike Konopka,assistant professor of militaryscience at Gannon College,represented the
ROTC
programat the Open House. Konopka saidhe
founa
the women to
be
"moremature in judgement" and "notas leery as the men are concerning military service."Student Activities Director Jan
Gatti
said the people
who
stoppedby her office snowed a variety ofinterest."They asked good questions,which surprised me," Ms. Gattisaid. "They wanted to knowabout clubs on campus and whatwork
there
was in the Studentnion.
Final Edition Notice
This edition
of
THE MERC1AD
marks the last of
the
winter
term.
Publication
will resume
April
1.
The
deadline
for all
copy
and photos to appear in
that
issue is
Tuesday,
March
29.
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The^Voice
of the
Mercyhurst Community
PAGE
2
THE
MERCIAD
FEBRUARY
25,1977
Staff
Editorial
Congratulations
Lakers'
I would like to express my sincerecongratulations to the Laker basketball teamand their
coach
for
the
fine performance they'vegiven the Mercyhurst community this pastseason.
To The Editor: §
Features Are Childish
r
To the
Editor:
J
Before
:I
go any further, I must apologize formy bluntness, bordering on crudeness, for it isnot a lack of means in expressing my opinions,moreover just wanting to be direct, cuttingthrough any pretense of tact. It
isfmy
personal
Trye,J
the Lakers did lost to
U.P.J,
in the
.opinion
that the majority of The Merciad'sopening playoff round omMonday, but the per-
^feature
articles are childish, totallyirrelevant,formance they gave was
jutterly
exciting. Forthat matter, the performance they've given allseason
has
been
utterly
exciting.What is truly encouraging about this year'steam was the depth on the bench. Each man,from Ed Jones to Bill Link, played up to thestandards
of a
playoff team.
•&
What
is
even more encouraging
is
the fact thatonly one person will be leaving the team, whichof course keeps the Lakers with playoff potential for next season. That one person who isgraduating is Jeff Davern. Davern has contributed his share in making this year's team abetter
ball
club.
1 |
Of
course, there is
not
a standout
on
this team.There is not that
one
man
who
shines more than
the
others. It's a
group
effort and
so
it should
be.
The day of Jesse Campbell is
over ;f
the day
of
the team is here. The team, such an easy wordto say, but* easier said than done. Yet, itheLakers did
it.
|
Even after losing such close knit ball gamesas
Edinboro
or Pitt Johnstown,* they stillmanaged
to
bounce
back.
To sum
it
up,
they saidinnheir
own'way,*''We're
for real" and theywere.{With the completion of the campus center fornext season, I can only hope that students willgive next year's team
the-support
that they
deserve.f
But. for awhile, let's catch our breath. Withand insulting to anyone
who
spends
$1,200
somedollars
a
year
to
attend
school
to be
educated.Since I began attending Mercyhurst this winter,
I
have been following the Merciad and haveyet to read an article that
is atcontinuem
of thethinking process.
\
I'm >
sorry, but I see noredeeming value in articles about Graffitti orPinball Machines or three pages with spaceallotted for the ad "I did it",
whert
obviouslynothing has been done.
*
Articles that seem
to|state
a message, such
as,
in February 25th's article
"Could
We
Sur
:
vive", end up being a spood fed pablum. I don'tmean to personally criticize anyone, but I'm
all
for a paper that has humor and reports thecurrent
business—social
events surrounding
our
college, but please not exclusively. Let's consider the world we're entering upon graduationand develop a realistic approach so as to make
for
a
smooth integration. II could
go
on and
on,
but it is easy
to
lambast.
So,
as a gesture toward controversial journalism, I submit an article on something Ibelieve relevant to
all:
the
future
politicos whohave a hand in our lives, to the future momswho'll feed us (sic) and to the rest of
us
asunavoidable consumers.
{
Karen Croot
'
Editor's Note: The article submitted by Ms.Croot appears
on
Page
5.
j?
I would like to make one point clear, as far asonly
one
senior graduating, it's pleasing
to
know
the space allotted for the
"I
did it" ad, it was
thatjthe
Lakers will once
againjin
a year haveplayoff potential.paid for by the advertiser and since |it is advertising that helps to pay some of the produc-Once again, congratulations on a fine and ex- tion costs for The Merciad, the
placement^
of
citing
season.Chris
Van
Wagenen
these
ads is
primary
in our
newspaper.
To The Editor-
Become More Involved j
§
I
would
like
to
congratulate
everyone
who
participated in the World's Largest Snowball contest, which
took place
on
February
19.
f
Mercyhurst should be proud of their contribution to Multiple Sclerosis. I do feel,however, that Mercyhurst should get involvedin more activities! of this nature. The Danceat Mercyhurst. We had the largest number off Marathon for Exceptional Children! and the
To The Editor- f
Success AtOpenHouse
A
very
\
specials
thanks to all members
oflthe
Mercyhurst Community for their help, patienceand cooperation over the last two months.
Open
House
wasfthe
climax of Admission Month. Itspersonpeople on campus for any Open
House
most of
all
the largest student attendance.Thank you!
JimLanahan
Jack RileyKaren Schultz
Dianne Walsh
Snowball contest met with a good
dear
of support and
enthusiasm<
from the Mercyhurst andErie communities.
\
I think that
MSG
should take advantage of thissupport and enthusiasm in the future by helping
out
with
other worthy
causes
such as these.SuzetteBoyer
To The Editor:
Some Personal Reflections
The next
40
days are important ones for myChristian and
non-Christian
friends. I suspectthey can be for all of us here
at
Mercyhurst. Iwould like to share some thoughts with
you,
thestudents, faculty, administration, all of
whom
Iconsider
my
friends.About a
month
ago,
I twisted
my
knee.
To
saythe least,
Ut
has affected my lifestyle: I walkmore slowly; I step more deliberately; I react
with
caution.
As I
reflect
on
this, I see good in my situation.This enforced lessening of
pace-has
given metime to look around me from a different perspective.
More
as an observer than participant;more as an outsider than insider; more
ob
jective than subjective.For these next
40
days
of Lent
or
reflection, letus all step back and reassess what
we
are doingto each other; let us during this time of specialmeaning, rededicate ourselves in our
own
waysto being what we are capable of being, persons
with
compassion and caring
for
each other.
Let us
replace negativism
with
positivism.
Let;us
speak to each other,
not,about
eachother.
I
Let us
forgive,
not
blame.
Let us not
judge
so
quickly.Let us fast from discontent but
give
gratitudefor
what
is
good
in our own
lives.Let us fast from complaining but be appreciative and supportive. 'Let us fast from suspicion
andi
gossip butrather reach
out to
understand.Let us treat each other with the love, respectand trust
each
of
us
would
welcome.These are trying times in our society today,yet here at Mercyhurst these days can
be;the
beginning of growth for
all of
us.
Let us all be friends with each other.
No
need
for
all
of us to
twist
a
knee.Joseph
Pizzat?
ATTENTION DRIVERS!!!
i
3
As this is the year that new license plates areissued,
St
will be necessary to have your
new
plate number. Please fill in the form below, cutit
out
and drop it off at the Security Office, MailRoom, or Information Room.
\
Thank You
\
Security Department
NameAddressOld License Plate NoNew License
Plate
No
THE MERCIAD
Tht
Vole* Of It*
Mtfcyhuftt Common*t»
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News EditorFeature EditorSports EditorCopy EditorsArt EditorPhotographerMelissa Mc Murray
(iarv Wesman
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Beth BealTerry KellySuePettltMaureen McCafferty
t-
Bob RonksleyWRITERS AND CREATORS:News Department:
Gee
NeCastro, Chris Filipi, NadineBelovarac, Richard Frasca,
*
Chris
Van
Wageuen, JohnBruno, Vicki Martlnago, Mark Cipriani, Bob Natalo.Feature Department:DarleneJKeith, Mark Nicolazzo.Mary Anne Ferraro, Lisa Manendo.Sports Department:
Bob
Derda
Jr.,
Donna Walker, MikePhillips. Kit-hard Birmingham.
£&
tBusiness Manager:, f Lisa Manendo, Mary Anne FerraroFaculty Consultant William ShelleyTypists: Mary Anne Cochran, Melonie Nash, Julie Collins
Everyone deserves the rightto beheard.Make the Merciad your
form
of communication.
1ATTENTION
GIRLS
Committees
are now forming for the
14th
Annual Father-Daughter weekend, April 23 and 24. We need
girls
who cancombine work with pleasure insuring this year's Father-Daughter Weekend as a memorable one.All those interested please contact:JoAnn
DeSantis302 Baldwin Hall
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i
The Merciad accepts,
In
fact encourages,
the
submissionof articles, letters, and stories from any and
all
members ofthevMercyhurstCollege community: students, faculty,
ad
ministrators, trustees,
and
friends
of the
school.'However.I responsible Journalists we? must; reserve? the followingrights:
1.
The right to revise copy into standard English;
2.
The right to revise copy into correct journalistic form;
3.
And,
finally,
the
right
to
revise copy
(but not
changemeaning) to
fit
layout design.'
* |
In addition, Letters
to
the Editor must
be
signed, must
be
factually verifiable,
and
must
be
written
in
good taste.Names will
be
withheld upon request,
but
false names willnot be used.
 
MARCH
4,1977
THE MERCIAD
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GregZaffuto
Hopefully get a
Jjob
inPsychology preferably in arttherapy or in counseling
afield.
Cindy
Belczyk}
I'd like to
get',
a job inmanagement or public administration or get a fellowshipto get
a|MBA
or MPA.
%
Becoming
officers
in
the
United States
Army,
'For
details!•
on
how ^ou can
geta
commission !
with
yourcollegedegree, call:
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456-8376
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Chris
CrisafulliI'm going
to
pay off my loansarid stay away from schools.
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Glenn HollenbachPossibly getting
.a
job inJuvenile Domestic Relations ordoing summer theatre.
PHOTOS^BY:BOB
RONKSLEY
Art Expressions ExhibitDisplayed!By Students
Two Mercyhurst students,Carolyn
*
Pommer
and *
AnnoelKrider will exhibit their artexpressions at the Erie PublicMuseum, 356 West
6
St. fromMarch
6-27M
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|Various art dimensions will bedisplayed including fiber-fabric,printing, painting, ceramics anddrawing.
'Ms.
Pommer attended
Penn
State and will graduate fromMercyhurst in
1977
with a B.A. inArt Education. |
Ms.
Krider studied art inMexico, specializing in weavingand ceramics. She attended LakeErie
College with a
major intheatre and will also graduatefrom Mercyhurst in 1977 with aB.A. in Art Education.Both
f-students*-
belong tonumerous art organizationsincluding the Northwestern Pa.
Association
of Artists (NPAA).
On
March
6,
the opening
day
ofthe exhibition, a reception
will
beheld from 2-4
p.m.
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Carolyn Pommer andAnnoel
Krider
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Library Hours DuringExams And Spring Break
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Wednesday, March 16
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Thursday, March
17 12:30
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Friday, March 18
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12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.Saturday, March
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