Tom Leonard, an independentdemocrat seeking the office oflieutenant governor, dropped byThe
office last Tuesday,April 25.
Leonard, who was on a campaign swing
of the local areacolleges, demonstrated acocksure attitude whenquestioned.
the youngest lieutenantgovernor in the history of Pennsylvania," he said.He also assured staff reportersthat
be outspoken with ademocratic governor.
qualified guys. I will give
all a hard tine. When Iagree with them I will say so.When I disagree with them I willsay
Leonard was accompanied byArt Martinucci, deputy to stateauditor general
Benedict, whoindicated that the candidate wonthe endorsements of firemen andpolicemen statewide.When questioned about some
analysts who predict arepublican candidate to win thegovernor race this
becausevoters have had eight years of ademocratic administration,Leonard retorted with the word"hogwash."
"That's basically a pressissue/' he
"It's truethat there is significant anti-Shapp sentiment,
thedemocratic party has an 800.000registration edge in this state."
have a validreason why: he comes off assomewhat over confident withvoters: he's one of
contendersvying for what now may be thesecond most important electedoffice
the past,the lieutenant governor wasappointed by the gubernatorialcandidate.The office is now separate andno longer, as he put it,
rubberstamp for the governor."
a respected law firm,Leonard was elected in 1075 asPhiladelphia's register of wills,
y over 300,000votes. I
.And there is no denying that he
and utilizes, a natural wit.Says Leonard, "I come from afamily of 12, so when I consolidate them into a votingbloc... "
Dad's Darling Daughter, or at least that was the case thisweekend at the annual
Weekend. Here RobertaDonley, a senior accounting major, enjoys a good old time with
PHOTO BY MARY ANN DRAKE
welcomed dads andgals this past
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
affair began in the
morning hours with fathersdriving in from Ohio, New York,New Jersey, Pa. and evenFlorida. One father's journeybegan on Tuesday
Beach, arriving in Erie on
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
some guys and specialfriends.
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.
enthusiasm as fathers led theirgals through the jitterbug, polka,tarantella, bunny hop, and
waltz. Some fathers appeared full of energy, asdaughters fought to keep on theirtoes as they whirled throughdance after dance.
provided by GibPorsch.
were various responsesas to the most memorable ac
Gretchen Narcisi, sophomoreHuman Ecology-Education
matter of factly stated,"Well, of
Dinner-Dance."Amy Blood, sophomoreEducation major, sighed,, "Letme see . . . it had to be thepatriotic
at our tableduring the band's break," shelaughed.The dinner dance
ofrollicking cheers, songs, anddances from
tablesthroughout the night."By Sunday morning the tonewas calmer, as some 500 peoplegathered
the mass, with FatherGuy Patrick as celebrant. The
in the cafeteria.
Sally Short, Junior social workgerontology major, gave this
of the best thingswas Sunday brunch, definitelySunday
. . . 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
Talks With NLRB Underway
series of hearings was begunlast week between the faculty of
theNational Labor Relations Boardto
possibility oforganizing the faculty into a legalcollective bargaining agent.According to Dr. Alan^Lewis,professor of Biology and supporter of the unionization effort,the process began with thesubmission of a
by a minimum of 30 per cent ofthe faculty, to the National Labor
The petition requested theeligibility
faculty for theproposed union.A counter-petition was filed
the Mercyhurstadministration to exclude alldivisional chairperons and thelibrarian'
the union. Therationale given for this was thatthe
andthe librarian are considered to bea part of the administration andare not exclusively teachingfaculty.At
conclusion of thehearings,
which may extendthrough the week, the NationalBoard will decide upon adefinition of the bargaining unitbased
the arguments given forboth of the petitions.. Followingthis will be a general vote by alleligible members to decidewhether the
actually beformed.If; the unionization effort issuccessful! the faculty will be, in
words, "a legallyrecognized collective bargainingagent and the
willbe obligated to bargain in goodfaith."
When asked what he felt wouldbe the first action of a union,Lewis cited the need for a cleardefinition of terms of employment.
college has beenchanging the rules in the middleof the game," he
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 administration. He feels that thescience division has been placedin a "slate of seige" by presidentShane's proposed action plan toeliminate some majors andfaculty resignations.
Robert Blessing, professorof chemistry, will be taking aposition at a research institute inBuffalo while Dr. WolfgangChristian, professor of physics,will'
joining the faculty
Lewis sees the possibility of a
within the science division alone.Linda
instructor ofBiology, told
Merciad that shewill remain at Mercyhurst for atleast another year, but doesn'tthink that unionization will accomplish anything."We're exhausted; we haven'tgot anything left to give.
don'tfeel we can do anythinganymore," she said.Lochner believes that there isthe possibility of a 25 to
percent total faculty turnover fornext year.
meeting,president Shane told us that wedon't have the whole picture,"Lochner said. Lewis suggestedthat "perhaps president Shane
been ineffective in presenting
total picture."Lewis said that he
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
with a surplus ofbetween 60 and 70 thousanddollars.Lewis also mentioned thebudget analysis done by Willis
instructor in business,dunng contract negotiations."Will said that the college hasnever
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
by recentresignations. -"It's not the most attractiveplace to be working. I feel like athird class citizen as a scientisthere," said Lewis."I
worst thing of
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 candidates; the results will
campaign periodwhich seemed to attract a
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
candidates tostudent politics.
AnnAlexander in the vice president
an incumbent, and noneof the others have come directlyfrom the ranks of the studentrepresent
pa ndida es—precisely
each of the four
using as a springboard theirinvolvement this year in
theStudent Activities Committeewhich is the most visible legacyof the departing MSG and itsofficers.
If there was a common themerunning through all the campaigns, it involved SAC. Moreprecisely, the candidates tried todefine in their own words thebalance MSG must strike bet-weep organizing
in college politics.
is of adual function," said Jim Deffner.a candidate for president. "It isthe leading organizer of socialactivities,
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.
Mike Heller, waschosen
first treasurer of SAClast November. , #?.•>•
Heller said he has "mixedemotions" about recent controversial developments such asreorganization of the Senate and
liberal studiescurriculum, and "will listen" tostudent opinion before decidingon a course of action.Both candidates are juniors.As an incumbent who won heroffice
a special election heldlast November, JoAnn Alexanderpointed to past accomplishmentsduring her campaign.
government inyears which has successfullymixed academics and activities," she
The two challengers for vicepresident are Pierre Priestleyand Linda
Ravenstahl.Priestley's campaign was uniquein that it
largely of anappeal for better contact betweenMSG and the students