Receive Million Dollar Gift
Mercyhurst will receive a $1million gift to found a school ofmusic from
surgeonGeorge D'Angelo and his wife,Mary it was announced Sunday.According
$400,000 whichwas given by the
up-front on Sunday, will be used tobuild an addition to Zurn Hall.The addition will house theD'Angelo School of music andbuilding is expected to beginwithin the next
months.The remaining $600,000 will beestablished as an endowment forthe music school to aid in pro-gram costs. These costs includeequipment and an eight to tenmember faculty.
Garvey called the D'Angelodonation a "challenge gift," ad-ding that the college is
million fromother sources for scholarship andprogram support. Four founda-tions that might have an interestin funding have already beentargeted, and the National En-dowment of the Humanities isanother strong possibility.
One provision of the
per-manent endowed choir will beestablished for the head of themusic school. Dr. Louis Menniniwill be the first chair holder.D'Angelo, who performed thefirst area open-heart surgery in1962, gave a number of reasonsfor choosing
gift to thecollege.
College embodieswhat a private college should beto me," he stated "It is movingahead and there is nothinggreater than moving forward
upward." *In interviews with
press D'Angelo cited an era of
renaissance" asanother reason for his donation."I believe there is a genuinepassion for excellence takinghold here and that it will extendto all areas, not just music," hesaid.Garvey echoed this sentimentstating that
as "the first
series of ma-jor contributions that the collegewill seek from benefactors
foundations to support the highlevels of
in otheracademic programs at thecollege."
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"Mercyhurst should be one ofthe most prestigious colleges,"said D'Angelo during a speechMonday evening.
cept medocrity we must
forward in distinction.
Chairman of the new school ofmusic Dr. Louis Mennini com-mented on the donation saying"There has never been anythingof its kind in the Erie area. I amelated that I am here to see itcome about."The D'Angelo School of musicwill offer a bachelor's degree inApplied music and music educa-tion. Students Twill be
toselect majors from strings,woodwinds, piano, voice, andcomposition.For
four years theD'Angelo's have provided theprizemoney*for the D'AngeloYoung Artists Competition heldat the college every
Thecompetition is often consideredas one
most importantevents of its kind in the UnitedStates.Late Monday, Garvey announc-ed that D'Angelo had also in-creased the amount of prizemoney for
competition, whichattracted international con-testants from Japan and theSoviet Union this summer.
"D'Angelo increased the prizefrom
four years ago
this summer and it is
thandoubled next year/' commentedGarvey."The revival of music and thearts is the important thing,"D'Angelo said. "Culture
im-portant because without it thereis no community."
a student publication
Garvey Ushers InThird Spring At Hurst
Mercyhurst is ushering in anew era. With this week beginsthe celebration of the school onthe hill's "Third Spring".Dr. William P. Garvey, Presi-dent of the college, acclaims the1980s as the coming of arenaissance to Mercyhurst,noting the school's
two greathistoric periods and pointing outhow
age will combine theideals of both earlier epochs.Garvey emphasized the
of tradition formed during the
First Spring, from 1926to
He hopes to maintain thehigh goals that were formed dur-ing those years by the Sisters ofMercy
founded the college.The president also cited theperiod of change and transitionwhich marked the
from1968 to 1980, —the Second Spr-ing— adding that this spirit ofchange, as well, will be incor-porated into the
re-birth at the collegewill be a quantum leap
distinc-tion," said Garvey.
will be arenewal for Mercyhurst in everysense." Garvey praised
George D'Angelo and his gift of 1million dollars to the college asthe seed that will sprout further
efforts for f
undraising during the
Spring". He noted thatbesides the attempt to securemore resources for the school,the
characterizedby greater challenge for facultyand students,
initiation of newand more developed programsand a drive to
the hopes anddreams
which Mercyhurstwas founded.
Student Government AnnouncesChanged Spring Exam Schedule
Final exams for 1981 springterm will
a Friday andSaturday, it was announced byMercyhurst Student Governmentpresident Tim Seltzer at the
MSG meeting of the year.Since Activity Day is being heldon Tuesday, May 12, the examswill be pushed back a day to Fri-day May 29 and
Seltzer explained that theof the spring term wasa contributing factor in the Ad-
rative, decision of alteringthe calendar. Seltzer pointed outthat part
reasoning in thedecision was due to the fact thatActivity Day is a day with educa-tional purposes above and beyondclassroom experience. Addingthat it is also considered a day tounify the college community.It was also announced
academic calendar now in effectwill be abolished in the 1981-82year. Three new calendars were
and are under con-sideration by the administration.The first would have three
week terms, classes held fourdays a
with WednesdaysContinued on
the sound of
Grotto during Saturdays
After Six Years
New Athletic Field Completed;Construction Problems Overcome
six years in
andconstruction, a new athletic fieldhas been completed here at thecollege. The new field, locatedbehind Baldwin Hall and adja-cent to the Tullio Baseball field,will be used for the soccer teamas
as intramural football andSoftball.
constructionof the Held from the beginning.Explains George Kidd, Directorof Business Services, "The fieldbegan as a hill. It had to
level-ed and the base needed to be
Several times the area wasleveled off, fertilized and seeded.Because of the poor drainage inthat area, the seed never tookhold.Director of Operations, RayJustice explained that drainagewas a problem since the
hadnever been properly sloped by agrader before. That situation hassince been corrected.This summer there was; aserious problem with the com-
contracted to construct thefield.
contractor was notliving up to the specifications ofthe job," said
Consequentlythe contractor was fired
The college which
inlitigation with the contractor, hadalready paid a portion of the com*
fee in advance.The field was finally con-structed by a maintenance crewsupervised by Justice. "If s avery good field", he added, "at agood savings for the school."The
soil and 4000 square yards of
Soccer Coach Dave Shimpenorates the
as "one of the top,if not the top field in WesternPennsylvania."
As of yet no
for the dedication and nam-ing of the new multipurpose field.