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The Merciad, April 28, 1978

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Tom Leonard, an independentdemocrat seeking the office oflieutenant governor, dropped byThe
Merciad
office last Tuesday,April 25.
jj*
Leonard, who was on a campaign swing
 
of the local areacolleges, demonstrated acocksure attitude whenquestioned.
jj y
"I'll
be 32
when I'm
inagurated
the youngest lieutenantgovernor in the history of Pennsylvania," he said.He also assured staff reportersthat
he
would
be outspoken with ademocratic governor.
i"We're
fortunate
that
we have
three
qualified guys. I will give
Ihem
all a hard tine. When Iagree with them I will say so.When I disagree with them I willsay
so,"
he said.
?
Leonard was accompanied byArt Martinucci, deputy to stateauditor general
Al
Benedict, whoindicated that the candidate wonthe endorsements of firemen andpolicemen statewide.When questioned about some
political
analysts who predict arepublican candidate to win thegovernor race this
year
becausevoters have had eight years of ademocratic administration,Leonard retorted with the word"hogwash."
I
"That's basically a pressissue/' he
continued.
"It's truethat there is significant anti-Shapp sentiment,
»but
thedemocratic party has an 800.000registration edge in this state."
"Leonard may
have a validreason why: he comes off assomewhat over confident withvoters: he's one of
14
contendersvying for what now may be thesecond most important electedoffice
in the
state.For
in
the past,the lieutenant governor wasappointed by the gubernatorialcandidate.The office is now separate andno longer, as he put it,
"a"
rubberstamp for the governor."
A
former
Army
officer
and
now
a partner
in
a respected law firm,Leonard was elected in 1075 asPhiladelphia's register of wills,
^_
r
y over 300,000votes. I
PMi
.And there is no denying that he
has,
and utilizes, a natural wit.Says Leonard, "I come from afamily of 12, so when I consolidate them into a votingbloc... "
*
VOL.
50,
NO.
21MERCYHURST
COLLEGEAPRIL 28,1978
Dad's Darling Daughter, or at least that was the case thisweekend at the annual
Father/Daughter
Weekend. Here RobertaDonley, a senior accounting major, enjoys a good old time with
Dad.
A
PHOTO BY MARY ANN DRAKE
The
'Hurst
welcomed dads andgals this past
week;
at the 15thannual Father-DaughterWeekend. Attendance exceededlast years with an unexpectedshowing of 400.Joann DeSantis, chairman ofthe event commented on theoverwhelming attendance, "Iwas surprised, amazed, andfrantic,*' she stated, "but happyto see so many attend."The
two-day
affair began in the
early
morning hours with fathersdriving in from Ohio, New York,New Jersey, Pa. and evenFlorida. One father's journeybegan on Tuesday
'in Daytona
Beach, arriving in Erie on
Saturday
morning.
;;
g.
The
afternoon
included a buffetlunch provided by SAGA Foods,followed by a talent show in ZurnRecital Hall. This included song,dance, musical, dramatic andhumorous performances by the
girls,
some guys and specialfriends.
r
Mi
The evening activities began at6 p.m. with a social hour at EastErie Turners. Special guestspeaker for the evening was Dr.Joseph Pizzat, professor of Art atMercyhurst. He spoke on therelationships within each family,citing his personal experiences.
The
dance
began
with
a burst
of
enthusiasm as fathers led theirgals through the jitterbug, polka,tarantella, bunny hop, and
oc
casionally, the
mimic
slowed,
justenough to
dance th£
smooth pace
ii ii
of
a
a
waltz. Some fathers appeared full of energy, asdaughters fought to keep on theirtoes as they whirled throughdance after dance.
The
music
was
provided by GibPorsch.
i'
There
were various responsesas to the most memorable ac
tivity
of the
weekend.
Gretchen Narcisi, sophomoreHuman Ecology-Education
major,
matter of factly stated,"Well, of
course*the
Dinner-Dance."Amy Blood, sophomoreEducation major, sighed,, "Letme see . . . it had to be thepatriotic
sing-a-longs
at our tableduring the band's break," shelaughed.The dinner dance
was!full
ofrollicking cheers, songs, anddances from
^different
tablesthroughout the night."By Sunday morning the tonewas calmer, as some 500 peoplegathered
In 4he
chapel to
par
ticipate in
the mass, with FatherGuy Patrick as celebrant. The
week-end
concluded with
brunch
in the cafeteria.
;
Sally Short, Junior social workgerontology major, gave this
comment.
One
of the best thingswas Sunday brunch, definitelySunday
,brunch
. . . and themass. It was beautiful."But before you knew it, theFather-Daughter Weekend wasat an end, only to begin plans fornext year's festivities]
Faculty Considering Union
i
Talks With NLRB Underway
Ji
i (i
by
Sue
Fuss
A
series of hearings was begunlast week between the faculty of
Mercyhurst*
College
[and
theNational Labor Relations Boardto
;
discuss
the
possibility oforganizing the faculty into a legalcollective bargaining agent.According to Dr. Alan^Lewis,professor of Biology and supporter of the unionization effort,the process began with thesubmission of a
petition,!signed
by a minimum of 30 per cent ofthe faculty, to the National Labor
Relations
Board.
%
|p
The petition requested theeligibility
.of all
full-time andregular
part-time
faculty for theproposed union.A counter-petition was filed
with
the Board
by
the Mercyhurstadministration to exclude alldivisional chairperons and thelibrarian'
from
the union. Therationale given for this was thatthe
divisionaljchairpersons
andthe librarian are considered to bea part of the administration andare not exclusively teachingfaculty.At
the
conclusion of thehearings,
which may extendthrough the week, the NationalBoard will decide upon adefinition of the bargaining unitbased
on
the arguments given forboth of the petitions.. Followingthis will be a general vote by alleligible members to decidewhether the
union will
actually beformed.If; the unionization effort issuccessful! the faculty will be, in
Lewis's
words, "a legallyrecognized collective bargainingagent and the
administration
willbe obligated to bargain in goodfaith."
L
When asked what he felt wouldbe the first action of a union,Lewis cited the need for a cleardefinition of terms of employment.
*
i
"The
college has beenchanging the rules in the middleof the game," he
said,
*
Hementioned
the
new tenure policyas one example, saying that thecollege was breaking a word thatwas given upon hiring.Lewis noted that there is abasic lack of trust on the part ofthe 'faculty towards the administration. He feels that thescience division has been placedin a "slate of seige" by presidentShane's proposed action plan toeliminate some majors andfaculty resignations.
Pr.
Robert Blessing, professorof chemistry, will be taking aposition at a research institute inBuffalo while Dr. WolfgangChristian, professor of physics,will'
be
joining the faculty
<at
Allegheny College^
['
Lewis sees the possibility of a
.faculty turnover
.of,
50,
.*
per cenl
within the science division alone.Linda
Lochner,!
instructor ofBiology, told
the
Merciad that shewill remain at Mercyhurst for atleast another year, but doesn'tthink that unionization will accomplish anything."We're exhausted; we haven'tgot anything left to give.
We
don'tfeel we can do anythinganymore," she said.Lochner believes that there isthe possibility of a 25 to
30
percent total faculty turnover fornext year.
\.
"At the
lastffaculty
meeting,president Shane told us that wedon't have the whole picture,"Lochner said. Lewis suggestedthat "perhaps president Shane
has
been ineffective in presenting
that
total picture."Lewis said that he
does
notbelieve the college is in financialtrouble. He said the faculty hasonly been presented withprojection statements but noactual facts and noted that afterlast year's budget freeze the
college came
out
with a surplus ofbetween 60 and 70 thousanddollars.Lewis also mentioned thebudget analysis done by Willis
Cardot,^
instructor in business,dunng contract negotiations."Will said that the college hasnever
*been
in better financialshape then at this time," saidLewis, "I can't accept the ideathat we are having financialdifficulties."^Lewis expressed concern abouthiring new faculty to replace thevacancies
-left
by recentresignations. -"It's not the most attractiveplace to be working. I feel like athird class citizen as a scientisthere," said Lewis."I
think the
worst thing of
all
isthat the students are caught inthe middle."
MSG Offices Riding
\
On Friday's Election
Mercyhurst students go to thepolls Friday to choose fourStudent Government officersfrom among a field of 10 candidates; the results will
cap
a
brisk,
c five-day
campaign periodwhich seemed to attract a
greater-than-usual
degree ofvoter
interest.
The election will be held for allregistered students between 9a.m. and 4 p.m. April 28 in theZurn Hall lobby.
The candidates drew goodcrowds Monday* (at the weeklyMSG meeting) and Tuesday (incafeteria
,
speeches) for theirformal
*
public addresses. Onereason may be the relativenewness of
most**
candidates tostudent politics.
* *^%
Only one
candidate—Jo
AnnAlexander in the vice president
race—is
an incumbent, and noneof the others have come directlyfrom the ranks of the studentrepresent
at i
ves.
*-»
v
More*
p
pa ndida es—precisely
one in
each of the four
races—are
using as a springboard theirinvolvement this year in
SAC,
theStudent Activities Committeewhich is the most visible legacyof the departing MSG and itsofficers.
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If there was a common themerunning through all the campaigns, it involved SAC. Moreprecisely, the candidates tried todefine in their own words thebalance MSG must strike bet-weep organizing
sjtudent
events
,
and
mpbilizing
student;in^ue
nce
in college politics.
"My
conception of
MSG
is of adual function," said Jim Deffner.a candidate for president. "It isthe leading organizer of socialactivities,
it
is the vanguard ofstudent rights and the studentvoice into academic policies."Deffner was an MSGrepresentative as a freshman,was its vice president in 1976-77and presently is finishing a two-year term in the College Senate.
His
opponent,
Mike Heller, waschosen
the
first treasurer of SAClast November. , #?.>•
u
Heller said he has "mixedemotions" about recent controversial developments such asreorganization of the Senate and
Mercyhurst s
liberal studiescurriculum, and "will listen" tostudent opinion before decidingon a course of action.Both candidates are juniors.As an incumbent who won heroffice
in
a special election heldlast November, JoAnn Alexanderpointed to past accomplishmentsduring her campaign.
\'*
"This
is the
only
government inyears which has successfullymixed academics and activities," she
said.
The two challengers for vicepresident are Pierre Priestleyand Linda
:
Ravenstahl.Priestley's campaign was uniquein that it
consisted
largely of anappeal for better contact betweenMSG and the students
itrepresents.v
.. .
A (Continued
on
Page $)
 
\
the
sditor
1
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It
was
about this time last yearwhen I made up my mind to runfor vice-president of Mercyhurststudent government. Myreasoning was simple. M.S.G.needed some new ideas in termsof student
needs both
socially andacademically. This had not beenaccomplished in the previousgovernment that I had served on.In
fact,
we failed miserably inmeeting
the
student
needs.And so I ran and campaigned not only for
myself,
but for your current officers as well.Well, once again I find myself disappointed withthe way M.S.G. has handled itself
injterms
ofmeeting the student needs. The thing I compliment them on, is the fact that they handled itbetter than the previous governments which I'mfamiliar with. It's time for a transfusion thoughand the candidates running are qualified inrespect to the offices of president
and?
vice-
president,
J
\
This year M.S.G. candidates are of a highcaliber. I'm familiar with a majority of the candidates, but I've noticed many new comers aswell.
I \
i
You know who the candidates are and afterreading their letters in the Merclad, you to will
draw your
own conclusions. * .3M.S.G. is important and
that's: an understatement. I realize that the officers of thisyear's government have made a gallant effort intrying to perceive Just what the majority ofstudents are concerned about, however the factremains that there are people who are notsatisfied with
the way
things have
run.This is not the
fault
of
Mr.
Venuto
himself,
butof the entire governing^ body. They failed inrespect to getting back to their departments. (Idon't mean all
of you,
but
there have
been peopleignoring their responsibilities).
Endorsement
As
a
general rule,
we
admit college papers in ourposition - funded by
all
students through tuition
-
donot endorse candidates. Most don't,
but
lots
do. It
has been
the
policy
of
The Merciad
in the
past
not
to.
?
Well, we're changing that policy -We feel
we are
not violating
any
journalistic principles
by
doing
so.
v
We were told
we
cannot back
the
candidacy
of
one student over] another because
we are
financially supported bya
11.
t
Extend that argument
for a
moment. Studentsare
not
billed
i
directly
in
their tuition
for the
newspaper;
our
budget
is
allocated
by the
administration, which
can
choose
to
give
The
Merciad
, one
dollar
or one
million dollars
or
anythingin between.
T
T
Are we Thereforeprevented from editorializingfor or against administration policies?On more practical grounds, there remains jthefact that\we
try to
give
all
candidates
a
fair shakeandmore.Werun<
a
news story identifying
all
candidatesand allow them
to
state their reasons
and
credentials
for
running
for
office.
We run
their pictures.We open
a
special section
of
the paperforfetters
in
which
the
candidates
can
further explain theirpositions and qualifications.
*
Since
all
Mercyhurst students are*funding
The
Merciad
we
feel
we
are/being paid
to do a
professional Job:
To
objectively present
an
candidates and viewpoints,
and
then
to
choose the bestof them, as we see it. on the editorial cage.
E
the.
me nc i
.
J
J
Editor Chris Van WagenenNews Editor
,
-
,.'
John BrunoFeature Editor
..
3ii... Darlene KeithSports Editor Terry KellyGraphics and Layout....... Darlene Keith, Terry KellyWriters and Creators: Vicki Martinago, Bob Derda
Jr.,
Mark Cipriani, Chris
Tomczak,
Alda Walker, JudyAnania, Colleen Hottel, Amy Chizmadia, Lisa Manendo,Sue Fuss, Mary Beth Barrett, Nadine Belovaric
and
GaryWesman. V.Photographers Mary Ann Drake andRandyMinkBusiness Manager.... Darlene Keith and Lisa ManendoArt Editor
\
PatrickDunnFaculty Consultant William ShelleyThe iMerciad accepts,
in
fact encourages,
the
sab-mission
of
articles, letters, and stories from any and
all
member*
of the
Mercyhurst College community:students!, faculty, administrators, trustees
and
friendsof
the
school. However,
as
responsible Journalists
we
must reserve the following rights:
v
1. Thej right to revise copy into standard English;
2.
\Th* right
to
revise copy into correct Journalisticform; f
' *
4
L
':"
,3.
Ana, finally, the right to revise copy (but not changemeaning) to
fit
layout design.
,. ' ,
Inaddition, Letters to the Editor must be signed* mustbe factually verifiable,land must
be
written
in
goodtaste Names will
be
withheld upon request
but
falsenames,willnot beused,
j
* |
I cannot emphasize the importance of the fouroffices. I cannot sum up for example, what JoeNeCastro
has
done
for
M.S.G.
as
treasurer,
(andno doubt the best treasurer, M.S.G. had had todate). In fact there are
people
in
M.S.G.
who
are
dedicated
to the
student body.
V
I believe I'm
in a
position
to say
that
things
are
not
perfect
in
M.S.G.
Why can
I
say that
you
ask?Well consider this. I served M.S.G. fas arepresentative,
l
secretary and as a vice-president for four months. I understand
the
workinvolved and I understand how sometimes the
job can be
somewhat of a headache.I encourage the voters to consider all candidates with an open
mind.
What
do
they have tooffer
you?!How
can you, the
student,
benefitfrom the candidates running? Once
|these
questions can be answered, the chances are in
the
end you
probably
made
the
right decision.This editorial has probably been one of themost difficult
to
write
to
date. I
believe
however,
that
M.S.G.
has a long ways to go before it cancall itself
Mercyhurst
'STUDENT' Government.A special thanks to Jo Ann DeSantis andeveryone else involved in making Father-Daughter
Weekend
a
huge
success.
I
Friday is election day. Please make an effortto
vote
on
April
28,
if
you
don't,
don't complain.The Annual MERCIAD Awards Dinners isscheduled for Thursday, May 18, More details
coming
soon.
^ ;.
Just
31
days to graduation.
Are you
counting itdown?
'j
Did you ever stop to think, that if you couldtake SAT's all over again,
how
would you do? Itwould be an interesting experiment, if the stateof Pennsylvania would give these tests tograduating
seniors
t
from
Mercyhurst. Do youthink you'd do better, worse, or the same. Oh
Quote
Of
The
Week:
"You can't
buy
a ticketget
out
of
his town."
Tom
Circle
well, it
was
lust
a thought.Congratulations to all the girlsin Baldwin Hall. A practice drillfire alarm Tuesday evening sawthe girls set an all time newrecord in leaving the building.Two minutes, yes two minutesand you thought you couldn't doit.
MERCIAD
WE ENDORSE AS...President
Heller
Vice President
-
Linda Ravenstahl
Secretary
Jocelyn
Piccuta
Treasurer-
Frisina
The Merciad endorsements listed above were the result
of
votes taken Tuesdaynichtamong
six
staff members: Editor Chris Van Wagenen, department editorsJohn Bruno, Darlene Keith and Terry Kelly,
and
reporters Vicki Martinago andGaryWesman.
r:j
§
;*JThe procedure,
if not the
decisions themselves,
was
simple:
The
candidatewith the most votes among
the
staff earned .our collective endorsement.
Ab
stentions were allowed.Although
he
expressed disagreement with TheMerciad'spolicy
of
endorsingcandidates, Student Government President George Venuto was present
at
the
fif
th and final ballot and counted the votes.Our endorsements are based on what
we
feel are the relative merits
of
the candidates
for
each office. We-considered previous experience
in MSG or
otherorganizations, oast performance,
job
qualifications,
and the
candidates' handling of issues during two public meetings held earlier this week.
Low Enforcement Majors,..
Law Enforcement majors
ore
cordially invitedto attend a banquet in
honon'of the
Law Enforcement Faculty. It
will
be held on Tuesday,May
16,
at the Holiday Inn
South.
The cost is
$6.00.
Contact Cindy
Casali,
Baldwin
233,
formore information.
El
mr
Port-Time Student Meeting
A meeting for
part-time
Weekend College
Students
will be held Saturday,
May 13
from
12-1:00
in the faculty dining lounge.
^
Admissions, advising, scheduling 1anything else will
be
discussed.For
info,
call Kathy Skerlong or Linda Tat-sch,ext. 291/292.
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and
Its still true
Grandma knew the value ofconservation and recycling. Weneed these practices now morethan
ever.,
For
some modern ideasabout how to reduce waste, sendfor our free booklet, "The Case forMaterials Conservation."
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APRIL 28,1978THEMERCIADPAGE
3
Student
Heller:
'Listen
And
|
Consider
9
Mike
HellerAs
President,
my main objectwill be to increase student involvement in campus andCommunity activities. I
Thenefhas
been a lot ofcon
troversy
the past year over so-called lack of things to do oncampus. I
v
realize that manypeople are dissatisfied with theselection of activities, but therehas been a noticeable improvement over the past
few
months. With the development ofthe Student Activities Committee(SAC), we now have a means oforganizing a variety of activities.As treasurer of SAC this pastyear, I have seen the numerousdifficulties SAC has had to face,but I've also gained an understanding of how to attack theproblems. As President, I wouldprovide SAC with all' the understanding and supportpossible.I am not the most outspokenperson in the world but I'm goodat getting things done. I willpromote an Open Door Policy. Infact, I will search for methods ofobtaining all the student input Ican. I am and will continue to bewilling to listen to everyone and
any
suggestion will be con
sidered^
£ ^^
Mm
M*
±
We can accomplish so muchmore if we combine all our effortsinstead of confronting each other
with
complaints and accusations.As President, I will push formore communication among
students
and I will represent thebody to the fullest extent of mycapabilities.Mike Heller
r***
':.
. •tW--.,...
ON
FRIDAY, April
28,
students
will
elect
officers
for next year's Student
Governmentpresident
are
Mike Heller (left) and
Jim Deffner.
, - g
Candidates for
Alexander Up For Re-Election
I, JoAnn Alexander, amseeking re-election of my presentposition as vice-president ofMercyhurst Student Govern
ment .
After serving for the
*77-78
school year, 1
3
am
I
more thanenthusiastic to serve the studentbody in the upcoming year.Looking back over this year'saccomplishments, it is evidentthat this year's student government has earned a reputation asbeing a college governmentconcerned not only with the socialaspects of campus life but withthe academic issues as well. Thiswas one of our primary goals thisyear and was accomplished invarious ways.
^
»
Back in October, the executiveofficers 1 re-organized thegovernment in such a
way
as toallow
for
{
the most effectivemethod of
obtaining
student inputon various issues effecting lifehere at the
'Hurst.
Departmentalrepresentatives were increasedwhich meant an
^increase
in thegovernmental body, andtherefore, a stronger studentvoice.As comparative education and
the
plans for a graduate programin the administration of justicewere introduced, student
*«
7
S^WMsi
JoAnn
Alexandergovernment took
an'active
partin soliciting student opinions onthese areas. The
officers
andrepresentatives held open forumswhich served as both educativesessions as
well as
an opportunityto ask questions and have themanswered by those members ofthe faculty and administrationwho were directly
involved.
These
.forums
enabled a goodportion
of
.
the students body tofamiliarize themselves with suchprograms which could possiblyeffect them in the near future. Asthe government officers andrepresentatives received
feed
back from the students, we werebetter able to form an overallstudent opinion to present to thecollege Senate through ourstudent
'Senate
representatives.Another major student serviceprovided by M.SG., for which Iwas personally responsible, is thecalendar survey which*;
is
stillbeing compiled. This surveyoffered the upperclassmen the
(Continued on Page S)
h.
J.: 'Tedious,
Yes;
But Functional, Too
To The Mercyhurst Community:My name is Linda J. Raven-stahl, present sophomore,Human Ecology major, and I amrunning for the office of Vice-President . !People ask
me
every day why Iam running for an office. I am adetermined person, and I havedetermination! But, I would liketo do something more for theschool next year.
l%ould
like tobe Vice-President. I havequalifications behind thisdecision of mine also. I ampresently on the Senate Budgetand Finance Committee, I am amember of SAC, and I am also astudent manager in the StudentUnion. With these involvementsof mine, I
halve
been working
closely
with MSG this past year.
"**m
**:
hI
'
The Senate Committee put me incontact with administration andfaculty members, thus, I nowrealize how vital communicationis between administration andMSG. From working in theUnion, I was there and worked toput into effect ideas initiated byMSG. Yes, ideas initiated byMSG, but not put into reality byMSG. The
actual
work fell on theshoulders of those people activelyinvolved with the Union. I wasone of them that carried thatload.
S
I like to work though, and as
Vice-President,
I would have theinitiative needed to keep myselfactively involved.,, The office ofVice-President is one of the leasttedious offices of MSG, but it can
also be one
of
the
most functional.It is up to the Vice-President todecide which road she wouldchoose. Anyone can have a title,sit behind a desk, and
accomplish
their job as to what is written inthe jobdescription;
But
I woulddo more. I want to be involvedand would work to my utmostability.
;-.•..As
Vice-President,
I wouldbecome a handy-man to myfellow officers; when needed
I
would be there to
help
them. Iwould become an active member
on
any committee set up by MSG.I would be
thereto
give ideas,and answer questions as to whatthe committee needed. But, Iwould also work. I want to be adoer!
*
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I need your vote to fulfill mydreams. Vote
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for VP!
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Pierre Priestley
Priestley:
'Reps
AreNot
Always
In
Tune
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Linda
Ravenstahl
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Linda J. RavenstahlTo (he Mercyhurst Community,I. Pierre^ W. Priestley amrunning for Vice-President ofMercyhurst Student Government.
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I feel that you, the studentbody, are not always in tune towhat your representatives aredoing for you every week. Forinstance, when was the last timeyour representative discussed animportant issue with you to findout your opinion? In fact, howmany; of you know* who yourrepresentative is?
;
One of the- biggest problemsthis school has to
deal
with isstudent apathy. Many of thosewho complain are not willing to
get?
involved. I plan
to-
try toalleviate this problem through
effective
leadership coupled with
your
involvement. I will do mybest to make
it
easy for you to letyour ideas be known to M.S.G.If you would like M.S.G. to bemore receptive
to the
students, aswell as an organization that trulyrepresents your feelings, thenvote
.for
PIERRE W.PRIESTLEY on Friday, April
28.
Thank you.
>
Sincerely,Pierre W. Priestley
Deffner:
BalancingThe
'Dual
Role'
My name is Jim Deffner and Iam a
candidate
for theI Presidency of M.S.G. Thecombination of my
"theory
oriented" Political
Science
training and my "practical"experiences in Student Government, I believe to be mystrongest qualifications. I wouldlike to share with you, my conception of Student Governmentand what I feel must
be
done tomake it
effective.7
The Student Governmentperforms a dual function at the
'Hurst.
It
is
the leading organizerof social activities as well as the
*
source of student input on policydecisions
made-hy
the college.Fulfilling
fthis dual?role
effectively
iwill
require athoughtful
|
and energeticgovernment
|Under
experiencedleadership.In governmental areas, the
Student
Government has to bestructured and organized in acohesive manner. The
M.S.G.
officers, the student senators, the
representatives
and the studentson the subcommittees must beunited to insure the students amajor voice on the policydecisions made by the college. Ifeel
that
after serving as arepresentative, a two-yearstudent senator, Vice Presidentof M.S.G., I have the necessaryunderstanding of the decisionmaking process at Mercyhurst toguarantee that student concernswill be heard and responded to.In addition, the governmentmust also serve as the vanguard
of
student rights. Any student
who
feels that
he has
been treatedunfairly by the college would begranted a hearing in front of thestudent representatives toascertain the merits of his claim.Activities at the college haveundoubtedly fallen short ofstudent expectations. However, itis important to understand that(he $45,000 approximate incomeof M.S.G. compares unfavorably
yvith
most schools. For instance,the Edinboro State studentgovernment has an income ofabout $500,000. With
l
a
limited
number of students,
we also
have
J
a limited amount of funds. Thislimitation in funds can beovercome however, throughcareful planning, imaginativeideas and proper organization.If elected, I will spend thesummer in Erie and attempt toput together a series of qualityactivities for the upcoming year.I will also
contact
studentgovernment officials at the otherarea colleges to learn what activities they are providing thatcould conceivably be successfulat Mercyhurst.
I
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Finally, I would formulate astrong
S.A.C.
Committee to aidJan Gatti and the government inconducting activities.
After!
serving as Vice President duringthe 76-77 school
year,
tTve
realized that the success ofstudent activities is measured instudent support.
r
Being
*
President of student
j$j
government is a full-time
job.
Asa senior next year, I
have,only
one liberal arts requirement tofill and
I
have already finished all Imy major requirements. I alsoplan on taking a minimum of twocourses this summer so
lhat*rilonlv
have seven courses
to
take tofulfill graduation requirements.In conclusion, I ask
thejl
students
to
support my candidacybut moreimportantly,to supportnext years* government and workwith it to make it a success.
I
Thank you,Jim Deffner
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