Merciad Responsibility Shifts To DepartmentsDisparity Found In Method Of Selection Process
As of the 1982-83 academic
"the responsibility of thecommunications department"and a learning tool therein, ac-cording to Dr. David Palmer,Academic Dean
Garcia, currentdirector of the communicationsdepartment, will assume
housed in its newcapacity. Garcia
present Advisorto the Merciad and
communications department.Garcia claimed to be unawareof the Merciad's
from theDepartment of Student Servicesto the Communications Depart-ment.
stated.However, when speaking
as advisor tothe press, Garcia likened the
radio station is a lab forthe communications depart-
"and thenewspaper is a student
Iintend to work cohesively withthe staff - not in the dictatorialsense - but I intend to be quite
active."? * * T
When asked why the switchwas made, E. William Kennedy,
of student services ex-plained, "It seemed
to do, it seemed like a logicalplace to 'house' the Merciad. Idoubt if
majors will work on the
journalismmajors would. In previous yearsthis has not been the case, andthat's* what we'd hope toremedy."
Garcia concurred with Ken-
contention that Merciadstaff positions would not berestricted to communicationsmajors'
don't see it as amajors only thing," he confirm-ed, "although
will have acompetitive edge.
disparity of comment
arisen as to exactly what kind
"competitive edge" individualsmay possess. Although the selec-tion process for next year's Mer-ciad editor and assistant editorhas not technically begun, cer-tain steps have apparently beentaken to solidify both of thesepositions.
Three students attest to thetruth of an incident which occur-red in
Garcia's News writing
describedan incident where Garcia begandiscussing the future of thedepartment and the MERCIADunder his direction. Sw" '
claimed that he knew whonext year's editor would be,
he proceeded to write the initialsD.P. on the blackboard, in-dicating that those were the in-itials of the succeeding editor.The sources unanimously at-tributed the identity to DonnaPeterson, currently the assistanteditor of the MERCIAD. Peter-son proclaims she was notunaware of the incident."I'm very flattered that he hasso much confidence in me,"quoted Peterson when she wasasked to give her reaction to theoccurrence, "but I don't want hispersonal selection to in any wayhinder the legitimate selectionprocess. If I am chosen editor, Iwant to feel that I have justlyearned it.".
Garcia was questioned as
whether or not the incident ac-tually occurred, he stated "Idon't recall it, but it may
beenapproached by Garcia outside ofthe
as next year'seditor. Garcia confirms that he'has spoken with Peterson on thetopic also, except that
next year'spotential editor.
1- f"We talked in generalities,"Garcia claimed, "saying if shewere editor, what
of thingswould she
was the one who tried togeneralize,",
yet But he would say, Oh,there's no question; there's no
Peterson also explained that
The thefts which have plagued
within the last monthare still unsolved. No leads con-cerning the goods stolen fromvarious departments of thecol-lege have been
,Jan Gatti, director of the Stu-dent Union, stated that shebelieves nobody from the Mer-cyhurst community
of the beveragesystem
don't think it
atour campus,"- said Gatti. Gattihas established an unusual
Valley? get-together to
slave day raffle will be
at Belle Valley on February 27.Students will be able to buy a 25cents chance to win a slave, for a
student activity commit-tee fund because
had to betaken out
pay for the beveragesystem.
stolen goods include atape recorder stolen from thebiology department valued at
and two devices
tomeasure blood pressure
were valued at $70
accor-ding to Linda Lockner Williamsof the
reported that no leadshave been
The lamps stolen from the col-lege foyer are also still missing."There
or informationconcerning the lamps," saidPhyllis Aiello, director of
and safety. *
Matthew has also reportedno leads to the break-ins of
cabinets outside the observatoryin
but nothingwas stolen, she
in thecabinets previous to the break-
but were moved when Sr.
of the numerousbreak-ins occurring on campus.
were taken by Eriepolice out have not provided a
With the numerous thefts thathave occurred
campus,Aiellohas recommended to studentsthat
become more aware
their valuables^"Since the end of the term iscomingup
other students are
and will feed off thingslying around or in their lockedroom."
Students who are preparing togo home for spring term and arebeing sent
spread the feet
sophomore communications ma-jor,
Anderson, to her as apossibility for next year's assis-tant editor. Paraphrasing Gar-cia, Peterson
mind for next year'seditor. Then he told me he hadCarla Anderson in mind." WhenAnderson was asked to speak toPeterson's statement,
selection processis not scheduled to begin untilspring term. Legitimate pro-cedure for application for MER-CIAD editor involves submittinga letter of intent, a transcript,and three letters of recommenda-tion to the current advisor and
Steve Curcio andRebecca Martin. Interview timeswill then be established by Ken-nedy as the Director of StudentServices.Those serving on the selectioncommittee include the presentAdvisor to the MERCIAD, the
cumbent editor, the Director ofthe
department,the Director of Student Services,and possibly the Dean, as he hasserved the committee in pastyears as the director of the Divi-sion of Humanities.The selection process andmembers to the selection com-mittee were defined by the Cam-pus Life Committee in 1977-1978academic school year. In pastyears, applicants have also beenrequired to
samples oftheir work and to take a gram-mar test.
The entire constitution of theMercyhurst Student Governmentis being reviewed and rewritten.Under
leadership of the Con-
Revision Committee,changes are being made whichwill reshape the structure of the
One of the major amendmentswhich has been proposed is thecreation of a new executiveposi-
that of Student ActivitiesCommittee Chairperson. Cur-rently, that
is filled by thegovernment's vice-president;however,
theworkload involved it was thoughtthat an
officer's posi-tion was
Another change being discuss-ed is the creation of a standingbudget and finance committee.This committee will oversee theuse of
funds. It wasrecommended that; someunderclassmen be included so as
complete-ly, revised constitution
the government at alater date.*
MSG has also announced thatthere will be no
Hours.' Because aMercyhurst student was involvedin damage to the hotel,
any suchfuture events.
Yearbook sales have begun andpresident
for thatpublication. He stressed that ifenough
sold,the cost might force the govern-ment to abandon the project fornext
year's theme is
Editorials p. 2Budget Cuts....p. 3Feature
Classifieds p. 6Sports
This year, the Phon-athon
ted $16,316 and that does not in-clude $1,000 from various com-panies and organizations.
alumni and giving,
per cent increase in dollar
over last year. g5L'
also said a lot of alumnaeare undecided over how
they were going to give, so thatshould build
This Sunday night there
helped in the
Thewinning teams will also be an-nounced at this
one of thevolunteers said, "It was fun talk-
"I foundout what professors not to takecourses
Bukowski said, "The studentsdid a fantastic job and I thankeveryone